I originally wrote this earlier in the week as I was planning to stay away from Rolling Stone article, but after the local news shows went after New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick, I had to take the time to read the piece. I initially wrote:
Aaron Hernandez was using angel dust, had become paranoid to the point of carrying a gun everywhere and was told by New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick to lie low or he'd be cut in the year before being accused of murder, according to a story in an upcoming issue of Rolling Stone: I don’t even want to hear about Rolling Stone and their desperate attempts to remain in the public eye. Of course Hernandez was a druggie loser (nice drug testing, NFL!). Angel Dust made him paranoid. Boo-hoo, he couldn’t stop his partying and hanging out with gangsters. Hernandez is yet another pampered millionaire who still doesn’t want to take responsibility for the fact he’s a screw-up.
My biggest complaint with the piece was that writer Ron Borges hopped on with writing credit and used the national stage to try to discredit his arch-nemesis, New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. I understand that Ron Borges hates Bill Belichick. It’s been known since 2001 by me, and I don’t care what his reasoning is or what Belichick did or said that so offended Borges. He is a paid media member who is supposed to be fair and objective to the team he covers. Instead, he lets his petty little personal vendetta destroy his credibility and turn a decent sports-writer (he is one of the best boxing writers in the country...I’d read him all day if he only wrote about boxing) into a petty, whining baby.
My buddies at ColdHardFootballFacts.com (shout-out to Kerry Byrne...who is now writing part-time for the Boston Herald as is the target of this piece, Ron Borges! AWKWARD!) went after Borges in 2006 with this piece here which was written by Bruce Allen at BostonSportsMedia.com, a longtime blogger and respected media member.
“Well, we discovered why Borges continues to hammer Belichick: He personally dislikes the coach. Football fans have long suspected that this was the case. But it was proven on Friday, Jan. 6, when Borges appeared on ESPN Radio Boston with host Michael Felger. Borges said he's not going to invite Belichick over to his house any time soon, and otherwise admitted his personal distaste for the coach for the first time in a public forum.”
Also, they were able to have plenty to pile on Borges:
Borges is also a boxing writer who seems to fancy himself a tough guy – at least if his behavior as a reporter is any indication – and wants everyone to know he's a tough guy. Former New England coach Pete Carroll often got the bully treatment from Borges, such as the time former linebacker Ted Johnson missed a tackle in a game that New England lost. Borges berated the coach in the postgame press conference, demanding that Carroll mete out some punishment after – gasp! – a player missed a tackle. The Broadsheet Bully attempted to flex his muscles most recently on Jan. 6 during that appearance on ESPN Radio Boston. Once again, Belichick was the target of his schoolyard antics: "Bottom line is, you know, I bet he (Belichick) had a lot of his lunch money taken from him in sixth grade. And you know what? And you know what? I'd have had all his quarters." Yeah, that is about the most juvenile thing we've ever heard. Borges says that back in school, he would have beaten up the coach and taken all his money. That's called a Bully Complex. But, hey, it's nothing like beating up a fat, old man who walks with a cane, which is exactly what eyewitnesses say Borges tried to do back in 2004 when he was covering a Bob Arum press conference before a fight card that featured Oscar de la Hoya and Bernard Hopkins. Borges apparently got into a physical altercation with a boxing writer named Michael Katz, who wears a neck brace, walks with a cane, and was described as an overweight man in his 60s.
This is the tip of the iceberg from the article. Yes, Borges was fired from the Boston Globe, but he somehow was brought back by competitor Boston Herald. Ron Borges doesn’t belong within 20 miles of the New England Patriots. How he manages to find work in Boston and in the national media never ceases to amaze me.
Just as recently as last year, Allen was continuing to bring Borges and his crap to light with this piece here as well. Allen included in that article:
One accusation that Sheppard made was that Borges had had dinner at Drew Bledsoe’s house, and how this closeness was part of the reason Borges turned on Bill Belichick so venomously when Belichick named Brady the starter even when Bledsoe was ready to return in 2001.
Borges went ballistic on Sheppard, screaming, asking what evidence he had of this supposed dinner, and when pressed on it yelled “NO I DIDN’T” and demanded again to have Sheppard reveal evidence. Here’s your evidence, Ron: From Drew Bledsoe himself:
“@johnpumatang: @doublebackwine did Ron Borges ever eat dinner at your house?Him and Pete Sheppard we arguing about it on WEEI” Yes. — Drew Bledsoe (@doublebackwine) November 28, 2012 So there you go. Yet another documented case of Ron Borges lying.
Ron Borges is everything that is wrong with sports-writing. A talented guy with petty agendas given a national stage and drunk on his power. The less Borges the better: he should be fired immediately, but the Boston Herald is so desperate for any controversy (they are the number two newspaper in the market in a decade plus downturn in newspaper relevance in print). This Rolling Stone baloney should be used to call out Borges, get him out of the Boston media for good, and not simply give him a megaphone and give him more power!
Tuesday Morning Quarterback has long felt the Giants are a better reflection of the New York City milieu than the Jets, setting aside that both neither practice nor performs in the Empire State. The Giants bicker openly about money and ego, seem constantly on the verge of collapse, then rally and do something special. That's New York! The Jets seem constantly depressed and fouled up. That's New Jersey.
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Finally, some inspiration to end on a high note here.
Too often the world of sports is full of stories about overpriced slobs squandering an opportunity that we regular schlubs would give an arm and a leg for if given the chance. So, it was great to come across this story in the world of English Footy (soccer):
Stockbridge’s goalkeeper Ben Scott was red-carded for a dangerous high tackle just minutes before the end of Stocksbridge’s Evo-Stik Premier (Division 7 & 8 -- the bottom of the English Football Levels) match at King’s Lynn Town FC and a young girl ran up to him and notified him that a man in his 70s had collapsed in the crowd. Scott’s day job is as a staff nurse at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, and he quickly made his way over to the man. Working together with members of the on-site ambulance crew, Scott said they used a defibrillator to help the fan’s heartbeat to return to a normal rhythm.
While anticipating tonight's episode of The Newsroom...
The Red Sox are playing the Dodgers this weekend and the first two games were split. The Dodgers won the first game 2-0 and the Red Sox won the second game 4-2.
This is the one year anniversary since the Red Sox traded Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Josh Beckett to L.A. The trade got rid of three dead weight players and their equally awful contracts.
Sure, Beckett had some good years here but he had long since worn out his welcome in Boston. Adrian Gonzalez was actually providing some contributions but his piss poor attitude turned a lot of people off.
And Crawford was simply a bad signing all the way around. And he has continued to be a worthless piece of Red Sox history with his constant whining about how much he hated being in Boston.
It is almost like he is missing out on the part of the equation where Red Sox fans have no use for him either. He stunk here in Boston, when he actually managed to get on the field, which wasn't often.
His biggest contribution to the Red Sox was being part of the trade that got him the hell out of here.
Of course, most Red Sox fans would be willing to leave it alone and chalk it up to a bad fit, but Crawford won't let things go and keeps running off at the lip any time he gets the chance.
Keep running your trap Crawford because all it does is reveal what a loser you are now and were during your undeserved time in a Boston uniform.
The news that ESPN pulled out of a documentary project on concussions in the NFL is hardly a surprise. But the network and the league denying reports that pressure was put on the network by the NFL seems like the worst possible spin job by both sides.
I think by now everyone knows and understands that there is a huge problem with concussions in all levels of football and the league can't keep burying their head in the sand with past or current players piling up on the injury report with concussions or a variety of diseases associated with the effects of repeated concussions.
While it is possible the NFL didn't put pressure on ESPN, the league doesn't get the benefit of the doubt because of their track record with ESPN. Remember the drama series the network did called Players? It ran for one season and was killed at the behest of the NFL.
In preseason football, Armageddon happened on Thursday. At least if you believe some of the stuff written in the aftermath of the New England Patriots getting their butts handed to them by the Detroit Lions.
And no that isn't a typo. The Lions killed the Patriots 40-9 (No I didn't watch) in Game 3 of the preseason. The game is usually the dress rehearsal game for the regular season, when the expected starters see the majority of their game action.
And no one on the Patriots did anywhere close to good. The Lions, the freaking Lions outdid the presumptive AFC East favorite. Hell, they completely undressed the Patriots in every facet of the game.
It was painful to read about the next day in the papers, I can imagine how painful it was to actually watch.
New York Liberty - The Liberty had a pretty bad week as their playoff hopes faded even more. An 88-57 loss to the Lynx was made worse by comments from Liberty coach Bill Laimbeer saying that Lynx player Maya Moore should get hurt for being in the game late during the blowout.
He got fined by the league for his comments, as he should've been but a lot of people thought he should've been suspended for a game at least.
Katie Smith and Alex Montgomery scored 11 points apiece to lead the Liberty offense in the game.
Things didn't get any better for the team on Friday night. They played the Chicago Sky and lost 82-64. Plenette Pierson had 25 points in the game. Katie Smith (pictured below, photo from Getty Images) scored 3 points.
The Liberty are now 10-16 on the season and while still mathematically alive for the fourth spot in the Eastern Conference, it isn't looking likely.
Chicago Sky - Before going into the Sky's side of the Liberty game, let's go back earlier in the week. Chicago started off their 3-0 week by knocking off the Connecticut Sun 89-78. This victory came after the Sky was trailing by 25 points. Epiphanny Prince had 21 points and Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 21 rebounds to lead the comeback.
Next up was the Washington Mystics and the Sky came away with a 79-73 win thanks to 24 points from Elena Delle Donne. Fowles had 16 points and 15 boards while Courtney Vandersloot scored 19 points.
As for the Liberty game, it was Fowles with 14 points that led the way. Swin Cash and Delle Donne had 11 points apiece and Vandersloot had 10 points.
The win moved their record to 19-8 and it also qualified them for the playoffs. While that would normally be a lesser kind of news item, the Sky in the playoffs is kind of big since it is the first time in team history they've qualified for the postseason.
But the Sky weren't done, oh no, now they had a chance last night to tighten their grip on the top spot in the Eastern Conference. They played 2nd place Atlanta, who had beaten them in their only other matchup, and came away with a 67-56 victory. It is their 5th straight win (they are now 20-8). Delle Donne had 25 points to lead the Sky. I think she is a shoe-in for the Rookie of the Year award, but her season long performance has a lot of talk coming up around her for possible MVP as well. Swin Cash finished the game with 12 points and Fowles and 10 points and 13 rebounds.
Maryland - Dez Wells, a guard on Maryland's men's team, filed a lawsuit this week against Xavier University, his former school.
He was expelled from Xavier after a 2012 sexual assault allegation and he's claiming that the school failed to follow its own policies when they threw him out of school.
I honestly don't remember the story, but it seems like Wells might just have a case. The local prosecutor declined to prosecute the charge and went so far as to say IN THE MEDIA, that the case "didn't come close to a standard of proof and never should've gotten to the point that a person's reputation was ruined." A grand jury also refused to indict Wells.
I will be interested to see how this case proceeds. That is, of course, if it doesn't get thrown out first.
Boston College Women - The BC women's team out of conference schedule was released this past week. I was pretty happy to see that they'll host Hartford this year (December 8th I believe), but was totally blown away that they'll be HOSTING Stanford on November 9th.
Usually when a program on the level of BC gets a game against a perennial title contending team like the Cardinal, they are going on the road.
Of course, I was starting to plan my ticket buying and trip to see the game when I noticed the date and realized that I have a commitment for that day already. ARGGGH!
Meanwhile, one of my ex-players tried out for the 8th grade Cape Cod Waves AAU team. And Gabby made the team! She was nervous about trying out but when I saw that she made the team I sent along my congratulations, but said I wasn't surprised that she made the team because talent always shines through.
LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES
I know I'm likely the only person reading (or in my case writing) this post, but I'm a big fan of the Little League World Series. I watch every year and enjoy the hell out of it.
Friday I watched Mexico beat Panama to get to the International final and saw the wild comeback win earlier in the week for the New England team from Connecticut as they beat Washington to get to the US title game.
Yesterday I saw most of the International final with Japan beating Mexico 3-2 and the US final that saw Chula Vista California end the dreams of Connecticut 12-1.
It sets the stage for what could be an amazing title game tomorrow afternoon on ABC. Japan brings a strong overall team that can pitch and hit with aplomb. Meanwhile, California sends their 6 foot 4 pitcher to the mound. He's already got a no-hitter in this tournament and he can swing the lumber as well. The rest of the team is pretty darn solid as well. Their #2 pitcher was on the mound in yesterday's game and he had 10 strikeouts and went all the way to the final out of the game before having to leave due to pitch count rules.
It's going to be an exciting championship game. I'm sure both team will acquit themselves well. While I was rooting for Connecticut to go all the way, I'll now have to be rooting for Chula Vista to win the whole thing.
Anyone else taking part in Fantasy Football this season? I'm in two returning leagues that I've been a part of for a number of years now. One is doing a live draft on Wednesday while the other is doing an autopick draft.
I don't know which way is better, but here's hoping that I do significantly better than I did last year.
Movies - Not much to report here this week, though I did end up catching the fourth Rambo movie the other day. It came out in 2008 but I somehow managed to miss seeing it until now. Unfortunately, it really wasn't very good and it isn't a movie that will affect your life if you never see it.
TV - The networks are really picking up their ad blitz for their new shows so you know that the fall season is fast approaching. But before I get all busy trying to check out all the different NEW shows I want to see and both talk and write about, I thought you'd find this video amusing.
I don't watch Breaking Bad, it never appealed to me, but this Honest Trailer was pretty amusing:
Meanwhile, I'm in the midst of a rewatch of The West Wing. I've made it to Season 3 already in between catching up on the various first run summer shows I'm already watching. It has been fun to go back to the show and realize how much the fictional president Bartlet was so much better than the last couple of REAL presidents we've had.
Oh and if you are watching The Newsroom on HBO, tomorrow night's episode delves into the season long story arc surrounding the story "Operation: Genoa". It will be good to see if Aaron Sorkin has the ability to really come through with what fans of the show are hoping will be a HUGE impactful story.
Books - This week I finished the second book in the Booktown Mystery series by Lorna Barrett. I wasn't overly thrilled with the first book Murder Is Binding, but I have to say that I really enjoyed Bookmarked For Death.
I picked up two more books in the Joe Pickett series by author C.J. Box yesterday. I got Below Zero and Nowhere To Run.
Music - The first bit of topic related news I have is a link to the review of the Queensryche self-titled CD. This is the second album released under the band name this year, which is explained in the review. You can check it out here: http://www.knac.com/article.asp?ArticleID=10005
And to close out there is a preview for an upcoming review I'll be doing. And it isn't a rock or metal CD. Instead, you'll get my thoughts on the Kim Richey CD Thorn In My Heart. You can check out the title track below:
The summer of alternating between embracing and denying one’s age continues, and not without consequence. The summer began with my 25th high school reunion followed the next day with my daughters’ graduation. Not too much aging angst represented there or anything.
Now, as I discussed previously, I MAY have landed a water ski to the head and contorted my hammy a few weeks ago. So, it’s with some degree of satisfaction that while it would normally take Manny Ramirez 6-8 weeks to get past a tweak of that kind, It took this old bastard about a week and a half. Let’s not forget old Manny had conditioners and trainers. Nope, old Mo just has his own gusto.
So, my aforementioned daughter and I ran the Spartan Sprint this weekend. We actually registered for it last October – plenty of time to train and condition. Or so you’d think. It turns out that sofa surfing, drinking beer, and hitting yourself with skis really isn’t an adequate training regimen. The flip side of that though is that while it took me about 40-minutes longer than I thought it would, I didn’t actually spend all that time training so I figure I made out on the deal. And since I didn’t die, it’s all to the good.
As it happens, I’ll be taking in Black Sabbath tonight and I’m quite certain I won’t be the only “geezer” (see what I did there?) there having trouble walking and complaining about the pains in my back. This whole summer has been this weird time warp flashing me back and forth over a good 20-odd year period.
I remember the year I graduated from college, I took a crummy job at a psychiatric ward (no jokes, please) and on occasion had to take an employee shuttle from the satellite lot. So there I was the only cat on the bus and was chatting with the driver about the likelihood of the Patriots drafting this kid out of Washington who looked like the real deal. That kid pretty much single-handedly saved the franchise, and parted Foxboro a champion, albeit as a back up.
Over the last 20 years, pro football in New England has gone from an interest akin to slowing down to watch a wreck on the side of the highway, to something close to a regional religion. Growing up, it was always someone else’s team that was the national team – Pittsbugh, Dallas, Oakland. Indeed, it’s been a good ride for us old guys.
It’s through this lens that I have to say I welcome the start of the NFL preseason. Now, never let it be said I wish the summer away so football season can get here – I hate winter and snow and all of that stuff. Good god, by the end of February I’m ready to jump off the roof of some tall building because my seasonal affect disorder has peaked. I’m not as down on autumn – I love the cool nights, warm sweat shirts, maybe an occasional fire pit. Football is the perfect game for a chilly time of year.
So, here comes last Friday night and the start of the preseason. And what I think could be the start of what could be one of Belichick’s master strokes. Now, I’m not usually one to come out with bold predicitions, because frankly they’re usually wrong, but I do have a feeling the Tebow acquisition could go down as one of his finest. So Timmy T made his Patriots debut Friday night, and guess what? He was shaky on the mechanics. Well, here’s the deal – he’s not really a QB. He’ll be in to spell Brady if/when a game is out of hand, saving a few hits on the now 35-year old QB. Other than that he’s not going to be a quarterback on this team – god willing, anyway. He’s going to be a halfback, perhaps a tight end. The brilliance here is that he was only played as a QB. There will be a time this season that Tebow is on the field at the same time as Brady and we’ll see what that looks like.
Other than that, week 1…actually weeks 1 and 2 don’t really tell you much about the team , only some of the players. With that, I’m really looking forward to Week 3, when we see who is really under serious consideration for making the team.
So for me, the Preseason is simply a time to get my football fix adjusted, perhaps re-addicted as the case may be, and to just enjoy the fact there are men playing football again. I don’t mess around with who’s likely to make it, or get cut, who can get acquired, etc. because, I’m terrible at that stuff. I’ve come to realize that since I’m no strategist, nor player personnel guy, I’m best served with a beer and watching the game. If you're looking for any of the prediction stuff, Radatz made his picks yesterday.
Because it’s that kind of personal growth that takes a good 20-odd years to achieve.
It’s Friday already, Folks! Another week of summer down the drain as the days grow shorter and winter looms larger, but fear not, as there is always autumn. With autumn there comes two of my favorite things: Playoff baseball and the NFL! Yes, nothing beats a crisp New England autumn of NFL football and October baseball.
Once the games start, all this silly training camp controversy in the NFL disappears, and in baseball the real action starts with wild card play-in games adding extra drama with the one and done format. It adds some extra drama to the wild card and gives the division winners a much deserved advantage in the playoffs. Division Series giving way to Championship Series in each league finally leading to the World Series where no matter who the two teams are, interest remains high.
The NFL has become the cash cow of all leagues, as time stops on Sunday as games start early and run through the night. Pregame shows and DVRed programs take up the morning hours, along with scouring the Internet for injury news and last-minute fantasy football tips. Once the games begin, its a manic ten hours of checking fantasy football websites for real-time scores, watching and writing about the games, and just absorbing the football, the family time, the friendships, the drama, the trash talk, the food, the beer, the snacks and the love of football.
So let’s jump into the gabbing:
I feel I can’t add much more to the PED suspensions and drama as I think it was well covered here on the Gab, and there’s no need to rehash it here. I will add that at least I am happy that my one league with Jhonny Peralta at shortstop had a suddenly hot Stephen Drew on the bench ready to jump in and upgrade the position. I’d talk more about fantasy baseball, but considering everyone has taken their free shots at my depleted squad these past few weeks, the less said about the beatings I’m taking in the Gabber league, the better. I’m in striking distance in the other two leagues I’m in, so I cannot complain.
The big news in Boston is the “comeback kids” at Fenway Park have continued to stay at the top of the standings in the American League East in dramatic fashion. With the addition of Jake Peavy to the rotation to join a resurgent John Lackey, a spectacular Felix Doubront, a solid Ryan Dempster, an improving Jon Lester, and eventually (hopefully) the best pitcher in the American League in the first two months of the season before his injury, Clay Buchholz. While there is never any such thing as enough or too much starting pitching, the Red Sox are in better shape than many of their counterparts.
Where Boston has the most issues is where the team looked the deepest this spring: the bullpen. Closers Joel Hanrahan and Andrew Bailey have already washed out and injury issues have ended the season for both. Set-up man and never a closer in the states prior, Koji Uehara, has stepped into the closer role to stabilize the back-end of the bullpen. Beyond Uehara, things get interesting in the bullpen.
Lefty set-up man Andrew Miller had carved out a role and then went down with a need for foot surgery taking him out for the season. Former starter Junichi Tazawa emerged as a dependable set-up man in the pen, and lefty Craig Breslow has become one of the most essential relievers in the bullpen. Beyond those three, it is a muddled mess.
Many expected that the Red Sox would trade for an arm or two at the break, and other than Matt Thornton, who came over from Chicago in the middle of July and pitched well until landing on the disabled list this week. Young veteran Clayton Mortensen was expected to be a key piece, but washed out after a number of ineffective performances led to his exit.
The Sox have burned up the gas miles on route 95 shuttling relief pitchers from AAA affiliate Pawtucket and Boston. Rubby De La Rosa, one of the prizes of last season’s salary dump on the Dodgers, showed up this week and looked electric in his first bullpen session. Although he projects as a starter in the future, coming out of the bullpen in a pennant race to pitch in high pressure situations can accelerate his development. Alex Wilson and Franklin Morales are likely candidates for the bullpen when healthy, and the Pedro Beato’s of the world have made do in a pinch.
While the bullpen structure has been unique by necessity, it has held up (so far!). Some health, young arms, and continued contributions from the farm may just carry the pitching staff through into October for the Red Sox.
I’ve been knee-deep in the AFC East this week, churning out content on the AFC East in general (the recently launched Cover32.com), the Buffalo Bills (FirstStopFantasy.com), and--of course--the New England Patriots (MusketFire.com). However, there is always so much going on the NFL that I can hardly contain myself. So onto the Notes!
Yeah, $3 million per year for a wrong side of 35 guard who sat out all of last season is what happens to teams desperate for offensive linemen. Former Jets butt-fumble participant Brandon Moore (it was his butt Jets QB Mark Sanchez ran into) was signed off the scrap heap and abruptly retired this week, so the ‘boys are bit desperate to find someone to protect QB Tony Romo.
Adam Schefter of ESPN also reports that Denver Bronco's linebacker Von Miller’s appeal will be heard on August 15. The NFLPA said that Miller’s suspension was not for a violation of the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy, which suggests it falls under the substance abuse policy.
This will be interesting to hear, because Miller has spoken out saying that his suspension was not a positive drug test, so I’m kinda confused what the heck this pending suspension is for, anyway. He would be a huge loss for Denver early in the season, as he is one of the few “must see” defensive players in the NFL. He is a game changer on a defense that needs him desperately.
“I’m excited to see when DuJuan Harris comes back, because I view him as our starter,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said, via Tom Pelissero of USA Today. “I want him to get back in there and earn it like he did all of last year. He made an impact in our offense.”
Well, starter until Eddie Lacy takes over sooner rather than later. The Packers drafted Eddie Lacy to play immediately and carry the rock. This may be a case of a coach appeasing a player who played decently and wants to at least give the appearance of not taking away his job. I expect Lacy to play a lot, and early in the season.
“You would love to have a back who can play first down through third down,” Steelers running backs coach Kirby Wilson said, via Mark Kaboly of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. “That’s always the best. Now, you have players who can spell a starter, then you have situational players that have strengths in other areas, put for the most part you always want a guy who is there first through third.”
That guy is Le’veon Bell. He is the beast the Steelers have been looking for since Jerome “the Bus” Bettis drove outta town into retirement. Isaac Redman, Jonathan Dwyer, and Rashad Mendenhall were not up to the job. This kid is going to be a star one day very soon in the Steel City.
Former Bills and Patriots wide receiver Donald Jones retired because of kidney disease, but it took a major scare during a workout for another team to convince him stepping away was the right thing to do.
Jones may need a kidney transplant and apparently he had an issue with his blood pressure during a stress test visiting another team prior to signing with New England. His release was quite shocking, but at least there is an explanation for it now. Forget football, let’s hope he just stays healthy.
The Philadelphia Eagles were in their 10th practice this week, when wide receiver Arrelious Benn joined wideout Jeremy Maclin and linebacker Jason Phillips on the sidelines with the same injury.
Three ACL injuries in less than two weeks can devastate a team. All the injuries were non-contact and took place on the team practice field. That is bad luck (or a bad facility).
Broncos receiver Wes Welker told Sports Illustrated that toward the end of his six-year stay in New England, Belichick got on his case, admonished him in front of his teammates, and generally made things difficult.
Oh boo hoo. Welker sounds like that jilted boyfriend who says he’s over his gal and does nothing but talk about her all night as you wonder if this next beer will drown him out as he rambles on and on about her. Get over it, Wes. You were dumped. The Patriots kicked you to the curb and found someone prettier in no time. Just deal with, and make the best of your new gal, Peyton Manning.
OK, Gabbers, thanks as always for reading and let’s kick off a great weekend. Enjoy!
Welcome gabbers to Shorty and Harry’s annual NFL prognostication.
ButBefore I get along to all that I have an MLB update.
MLB suspended 13 of the deserving users and credited time served to 3 others.
public notice:This is a no arod zone.
The biggest blow to me and my oldmansgame fantasy team was of course the loss of my all star SS Everth Cabrera. I don’t think he was in any way connected to any thing bad, it was a case of mistaken identity or he was taking the fall for someone else or,
or he has a sickness…that’s it a sickness,
an addiction which in today’s world means he’s not responsible…he’s just sick and we as a society need to figure out what we did wrong to cause this…we need to admit our wrong doing, apologize and pay a lifetime of retribution and learn never to do it again…
that’s it, a sickness! That explains it…
Heck, all Everth was trying to do was to keep me ahead of Norman’s Miggy’s Monsters down the home stretch of the fantasy season. Everth was just doing it for the team.
He was a strong contributor with a lot of hits, xtra base hits, runs, good Ave and OBP and most of all steals.
Steals was one category I could count on winning week in and week out this season and now with the playoffs looming Everth gets canned…poor sick man…
what a buzz kill that turn of events is Dick...want another O'Douls before we go back and fight crime?.
Do you miss me yet?
Ok back to virtual reality
A new season for the NFL is rounding into shape and from what I read most gabbers are well rested and ready to embark on the new campaign with enthusiasm and high hopes in both reality and fantasy football.
Every team, my team and your team… including the Lions, Raiders, Saints and even the Jets will start in first place with goals of winning the division and making it to the playoffs with at least a wildcard chance of hoisting the Lombardi in February.
New coaches, new GM’s new QB’s, new uniforms and renewed hope in the game that we all love to love and hate to wait for.
My home town Patriots had a rough off season as you know but
We have moved on from that!
I’m not really great at, well not even really halfway decent at making prognostications…
but this season ole Shorty and I are once again ready and willing to put our reputations on the line as we virtually guarantee that at least 8 of the big 16 predictions that follow in this blog will come to pass.
Shorty and I have done a virtual travel and visit to 31 of 32 NFL teams in the past couple of weeks. Only Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys rejected our visas…something about Shorty’s concealed pearl handled high capacity mic being confiscated at Logan when we were boarding…
I guess that’s a weapon now too
Ok based on the information we gathered and the insight we possess by virtue of ridiculously astute gene pools…here are the 16 or so facts that will be recorded as NFL history in the 2013 season:
Drum roll please
1. The Patriots will win the AFC East
2. The Denver Broncos will have the AFC West wrapped by Thanksgiving Day, and easily capture the # 1 seed at 14-2
3. The NFC West will be decided on the final day of the regular season with the St Louis Rams gaining the tie breakers over San Francisco for the division and the #2 seed in the NFC.
4. Jets tight end Kellen Winslow will fulfill his personal goal of catching 100 passes this season…counting the 88 catches he’s able to make in practice and pre season.
5. Aaron Rodgers will be the NFL regular season MVP
6. Detroit Lions fans will be asking, “How does Mathew Stafford pass for 5000 yards every year and the team can’t win 8 games?”
7. Jerry Jones will stalk the sidelines of the sub .500 Cowboys… and he will personally send plays in to Tony Romo’ headset after Nov. 1st.
8. Atlanta finishes with an 11-5 record and will win a playoff game before being eliminated by the Green Bay Packers.
9. The Texans will not wear their fancy blue varsity homecoming blazers prior to the December 1st match up with the Patriots. The Patriots will continue their dominance over the Texans with a three TD win.
10. The Redskins will not change their name…not ever…and will get the NFC #1 seed with a 13-3 record
11. The Cincinnati Bengals will win the AFC North at 12-4 and get the AFC 2 seed while Baltimore fails to make the playoffs
12. Tim Tebow will throw a garbage time TD pass in the 4th qtr of the Pats/ Jets game on Oct 20th in New Jersey in a Patriots 42-3 win. The Jets fans will chant Tebow-Tebow-Tebow every minute of every home game for the rest of the season. And coach Rex Ryan will wax poetically nostalgic in the post game presser on how he enjoyed the Tebow era in NJ and how keeping guys like that gets harder and harder what with the salary cap and all…..
13. A pumped and jacked Pete Carroll will contract chronic laryngitis in week 3 and be speechless for the rest of the 9-7 season at his QB Russell Wilson looks and plays a lot like a cross between Tool Times over the fence neighbor Wilson W. Wilson and Tom Hank’s Wilson in the movie Castaway.
14. Adrian Peterson wins the rushing title again with 2001 yards and 12 Td’s
15. Crowned Prince Roger, Duke of the NFL and Earl of Goodell signs a personal decree
And he stamps it with his signet ring, that the regular season, starting in 2014 will have 2 pre season games, 18 regular season games and .500 teams cannot qualify for the playoffs.
So let it be written, so let it be done.
16. and lastly, YOU MAKE THE CALL…
vote for one each of these five Super Bowl result scenarios in these two categories:
A- which is most likely to happen and
B- which would the NFL prefer to happen:
1- Green Bay beats Denver 28-27 Rodgers wins the MVP
2- New England beats Washington 31-30 and Tom Brady wins the MVP
3-Atlanta beats Houston 24-17 and Matt Ryan wins the MVP
4- San Francisco beats Cincinnati 31-27 and Colin Kaepernick wins the MVP
5-Denver beats the Rams 34-21 and Peyton wins the MVP
that’s all from Harry & Shorty’s prognostication central this week.
We have to tend to our part time jobs driving elderly folks to emergency treatment centers in the new rig.....