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This and That
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Overrated football players Mercy Rule Cam Newton Cowboy-Giant Game instant replay Jerry Jones Notre Dame Alabama ESPN Sports Announcers

Mercy, mercy, mercy. Cowboys. Overrated NFL players, Guess who?? ESPN, Irish, Tide, and more in this weeks edition of…..

Before I start, I would like to send my best to all those effected by hurricane Sandy. I hope you are safe and okay.

Okay, so like we didn’t already know that Tim Tebow is the most overrated NFL player there is. So now Sports Illustrated has to validate what we already knew with the help of 180 NFL players. Tim received 34% of the vote, followed by his teammate Mark Sanchez with 8% and Tony Romo who also had 8%. Michael Vick finished 4th with 4% and in a shocker, Ray Lewis received 3% for 5th place.

Maybe SI did it to quite Skip Bayless, who as we all know, is the #1 fan of Tebow.

I know they have the Mercy Rule in Little League Baseball, but I think it is time to expand it to College Football. I really don’t want to watch a game that is 70-14, 68-3, etc, etc. etc. I think the NCAA ought to come up with a rule that states “If you are more than five touchdowns behind at half-time, or at the end of the 3rd quarter, the game will end and all stats are final. Game clock will still run and with the remaining time, both teams bands will entertain the fans until the clock runs out.”

How the mighty have fallen. Cam Newton, last years stud, is this years, dud.

Sorry Dez. You, Romo, the Cowboys and all the fans in the stands and those watching on TV thought you had the game winning touchdown. Then you did this…

Instant replay showed “the truth.“ It turned out to be the catch that wasn’t. Victory taken away from the use-to-be America’s team!!!! Another great Cowboy blunder!! How does that eat at you Jerry Jones!!!

How can you have anyone other than Alabama as the #1 team in the nation? First off, the Crimson Tide are undefeated and second, they are the defending National Champs. Until someone knocks them off, anyone who is ahead of them in the polls are imposters!!

I am one who is for the defending National Champ, in any college sport, to be the next years preseason favorite, regardless of the number of talented players who have departed the team. The Champs have at least earned and deserved that right. Once they lose, all bets are off.

We bitch and moan about ESPN and how they are all this, or that, but admit it, we go right back and watch their sports programming. Same goes for announcers. I use to dislike listening to Howard Cosell, but I’ll be damned if I didn’t turn on Monday Night Football to listen to see what BS comes out of his mouth.

Til Next Time


Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Players Yorvit Torrealba Detroit Lions World War I

Party Rock dominating ScottJax?? Another pro team in Detroit?? Torrealba slaps an Ump?? Little tibit about World War I, ScottJax message to the gabbers, in this weeks edition of:



You ever listen to a song and then for a couple of days, the song dominates your brain? Well I have not been able to shake LMFAO’s Party Rock. I just love the music. I just want to shuffle, but with the hip that ain’t happening. So for those that have never heard it before, or have heard it, and want to listen to it here it is:

There is a 30 second commercial so please be patient.

Note: Redfoo (the one with the white glasses) is the son of music legend Barry Gordy, while Sky Blu is his grandson. Redfoo is also a former brother-in-law to Jermaine Jackson.


Did the NFL really hide evidence linking concussions to long-term neurological problems?

That’s what ex-Miami Dolphin players Patrick Surtain, Oronde Gadsden and 19 other former NFL players think. They filed a lawsuit the other day. The players also claim the NFL made misrepresentations about the seriousness of their injuries "with the intent of inducing NFL players, including plaintiffs, to return to play as soon as physically possible after having suffered a football-related concussion and to promote an aggressive style of football that would attract viewers."

The NFL denies the charges and says the safety of the player has been a priority.

This lawsuit is not the first pertaining to concussions. In August 2011, Jim McMahon and six other former players sued the NFL, as well as other former players who filed a lawsuit in Atlanta.

All the lawsuits have the same basic format, the NFL held information regarding concussions and the long term effect it has to neurological problems.

Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, a player for the MLB Texas Rangers and Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan League, was suspended for 66 game for striking an umpire during a game. After striking out, Yorvit got in the face of the umpire and eventually hit him in the mask with an open hand. The suspension will last for the remainder of this season and all of the next season of the Venezuelan League. Suspensions in winter ball do not carry over to Major League Baseball.

"I wanted to express my sincere apologies to all parties for my actions during the Venezuelan Winter League game on Friday," Torrealba said in a statement Monday. "I have extended an apology to the Rangers organization as well. I am embarrassed for my conduct, and personally relayed that feeling to the umpire after that night's game. On the field, I strive to be an example for children, especially those in my native Venezuela, and I regret my actions. I understand the reactions to the incident and will make every effort to set a positive example in the future."


I only thought that Detroit had the Tigers as winners. Now it looks like they have company.

Congratulations go out to the Detroit Lions who finally made in the NFL playoffs after a long drought. It was a joyous occasion as the fans were chanting “Playoffs, Playoffs,” and QB Matthew Stafford going around the stadium high-fiving fans.

This is the Lions first playoff appearance since 1999.


Did you know that on December 25, 1914, during World War I, British and German troops observed an unofficial true and they even played football together on the Western Front.


I want to take this time to thank the Gabbers on a wonderful 2011. You guys and gals make it a pleasure to do my weekly blog.

On behalf of my wife, Raye, and I would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy New Year. May all your dreams come true!





Five Minute Frags - Orally Rectifying Tags: NBA Strike Lock-out David Stern Players Union Occupy Protests


There are many things in this life that I am unsure of.  At 34, I’m still not secure yet in what I want to be when I grow up. I also haven’t figured out how to make my 8-year-old twin sons to do my bidding without questioning my authority or immediately ratting me out to my wife. Nor have I figured out how to best choose my numbers for the PowerBall.

That said there are at least two things I am sure of in this life:

1.)    There are more differences between an oral and a rectal thermometer than just the taste.


2.)    In war, the side that fights on a second front against dissension is the side that loses.


While I cannot apply item one to sports, I certainly can point to item two as a lesson that the leadership of the NBA Players’ Association has yet to learn. If they had, they would realize that while they bicker amongst themselves, they are essentially handing the owners exactly what they want; a broken union without strong leadership which will eventually bow underneath the overwhelming weight of straw on their backs.

At this stage of the NBA lock-out, we are no longer in a stalemate. We are at the stage where Billy Hunter and Derek Fisher no longer know who to trust between them, nor if they themselves can be trusted. Instead of working to present their case, they are backpedaling to the media like Herman Cain at a restaurant convention. All of this while Paul Allen wrings his hands in triumph.

The war is over and now the union just needs to accept its loss. They’ll have to pack up and go back to the players with a mere 50% split of revenue instead of the desired 52.5% and they’ll have to like it. And the players won’t like it, so they’ll call for decertification of the union because they won’t feel that they are being fairly represented, costing the league the entire season over 2%.

So it comes as no surprise that the owners are now giving the players just four days to accept the current offer on the table or the offer drops from 50% to 47% and a harsher cap. The owners know that they have the players backed into a corner and that the mass majority of them won’t run the route of playing in Europe this winter.

The players are misreading their position in this matter. They is the point that the owners have to spread their half of the revenues into operating costs with the arenas, up to and including the thousands of staff involved in making everything go as planned for the 48 minutes that the self-righteous players step onto the court. They have absolutely no understanding of how this looks to you and me, struggling to get by on the pittance of a salary we can scrounge out of our employers, if we’re lucky to have one.

So while all the hippies in the world are inventing reason after reason in order to get free camping in the city parks around the world, I say they move their love fests indoors. Why not Occupy Boston Garden or Occupy LA Forum? Why not set up stake on the front lawn of LeBron James? I hear South Beach is quite a bit warmer than Central Park this time of year.

It’s time for these one-and-done college drop-outs to suck it up and find a way to live off of $8 million instead of $10 million. It’s time for them to realize a good thing when they see it and accept the career path they chose and are lucky enough to have.

Or better yet, it’s time for them to learn how to say “I was fouled” in Serbian so that they can continue to realize the dream of playing ball for a living.

Killing Time for the Unemployed
Category: User Showcase
Tags: NFL Lockout Ochocinco Players Owner negotiations Sumo Diving Futbol


In today's Herald it's announced that Chad Ochocinco “may” play some exhibition Futbol games with the Palermo Juniors. My hands went cold, involuntarily I began to crumple the paper until it split down the middle and I was holding two wobbly rods of newsprint. Am I to be spared nothing? Not here, no, no, no. I came six thousand miles to get away from the Ochocincos of the world but that wasn't far enough. What's next? Now that the former NFL players haven't much to do will we be visited with images of overly fat linebackers raising money for Japan by entering Sumo Wrestling matches? There's a sight that ought to make you spit up your oatmeal. Some things are simply beyond the pale; synchronized diving for example. Even the lithest of tight ends and quarterbacks would look, at best, odd plunging thirty feet executing an intricate series of whirls and tucks. (But there is money to be made here. However minimal a Speedo might be, there's just enough room to plaster someone's logo on the butt. Or, for the sake of economy, one small logo on each cheek. I'm sure the AAU will love that.)


In keeping with not having anything to do, one of the most amusing bits of publication was produced by the (former) NFL players union. What to make of a caution that suggests that (former) members restrain themselves when considering the purchase of what they euphemistically call “wheeled vehicles”. I know and you know what they're talking about but I'm concerned that the (former) players will. Never a group to understand precise meanings, this may well be interpreted to mean that they oughtn't by their (putative) kid a pram. Indeed the whole jolly tract is chocked full of cutesy-isms that are meant to sound, well, like suggestions but come across more like a book read to an undemanding four year old by a worried parent. (You have to admit, there's accuracy there.)


Elsewhere there are some thigh slappers dealing with guns, alcohol, drugs and “encounters with authorities”. I'll bet. Since many players aren't entirely sure what the meaning, much less picture, of an “authority figure” might be, this could get interesting. I'm not certain which of those “commandments” (along with the regulation 10) have already been broken but I cannot feel I'm too wrong when I say, “Most of them”. As a group, these are not people given to caution, saving for a rainy day, prudent behavior or helping old ladies across the street. Boy Scouts, they're not.


But what are they to do? Trading on their celebrity they could do a great deal of good that would benefit the players. The problem is that it might inadvertently help the overall “look” of the NFL and since that would include their arch satans, the owners, that stops that. They could actually find other jobs to replenish their suddenly empty coffers. Although it doesn't quite come up in my developing tank to see a Steeler or a Cowboy flipping burgers at Mc Donalds. (Of course, if you're a Cowboy and Jerry Jones owns a fast food franchise, all bets are off. I know, he's an owner but still... Equally, I feel certain the Fords aren't going to offer jobs on the production line making F-150s.)


Both players and owners caught a nasty break when just as their protracted negotiations broke down, Japan's nuclear plants did as well. And there was that earthquake and Tsunami....In a sense both players and owners had thought to use the month of March, except weekend which were thoughtfully donated to basketball and the NCAA, to have to plead their case to the country. Who knew that the wailing wall would look like Soldier Field or that it would be in Foxboro? But amidst the genuine problems of others, they were forced back several pages and below the fold. For once, the public was able to discern the difference between real news and created news. And, face it, it's very hard to find sympathy for people who are arguing about how to ante up billions which, ultimately come from the fans. I'm told that I'm wrong on this point, that it's advertising and networks that pay the freight but the reality is, they're paying because they have found the fast track to our consuming little hearts and wallet and that's....the NFL. Also, there's been no seat at the (now abandoned) bargaining table for the fan, no one to quietly suggest that if and when this internecine war is over, that raising prices on everything to cover the monies lost during the lockout would be poorly received.


Now that we're a day or so away from the NCAA Champion, here's a new bracket to fill out, just for fun. Down one side have the Owners and on the top side, a list of dates. Admittedly, it's not much of a bracket but extended over 365 days, you've lots of chances and the take to play could provide a substantial pot. Then there's year two for pessimists although just now I think that's best handled as a “field” bet. Possibly around November or December should there have been no settlement (And I think there will have been for, by then, the players will be running short of cash and a bad deal that pays is better than no deal and no funds at all.) it can be extended into the next 365.


As to the coming visit from Sr. Ochocinco, at least he'll at last be in a place where they'll get his name right.....




Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Big East NFL Players NFL Owners NFL LT Lawrence Taylor Gasoline Pumps Elizabeth Taylor


A screen legends passes. Oh man, I try to talk up the Big East, another lame suggestion on how the NFL can split $9 billion, new NFL rule changes and LT and more in this edition of Rants and Raves.

Elizabeth Taylor passed away of congestive heart failure at the age of 79. But it was MS. Taylor who gave many a man heart failure in movies like “Cleopatra,” “Butterfield Eight,” “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” and “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf.” She was like the goddess she played in “Cleopatra,” elegant and above all the other actress in Hollywood at the time. She will be truly missed.


What’s up with the Big East? They had 11 teams in the tournament, but now only 2 survive. Last Sunday didn’t help in that there were two games where the Big East played against each other. Now there are naysayer’s that say the Big East is over rated. I say it isn’t. ACC, SEC or any other conference from top-to-bottom is not as strong as the Big East. Anything can happen in a tournament . That is why its called March Madness.


I just can’t give it up. I have to stick my two cents in. Here is another suggestion for the NFL owners and players. How about each side taking 45% each and then give 10% percent to the players that played in the NFL before 1970, who don't have the pensions that players now have. These legends of "real" football don't have great, or any, medical coverage, while living on a very small pension. They can use all the $$$ they can get.

Now the NFL is taking on the poor defenseless player. Looks like there will be more rules changes once the NFL gets their act together. The NFL will change the rules for illegal hits, instant replays and kickoffs. Players will have a chance to get suspended for flagrant illegal hits.

Rules defining a defenseless player will be expanded and now will include eight categories:

• A quarterback in the act of throwing;

• A receiver trying to catch a pass;

• A runner already in the grasp of tacklers and having his forward progress stopped;

• A player fielding a punt or a kickoff;

• A kicker or punter during the kick;

• A quarterback at any time after change of possession;

• A receiver who receives a blind-side block;

• A player already on the ground.

The league's competition committee plans to propose at next week's owners meetings moving the kickoff up to the 35-yard line and are thinking about bringing a touchback out to the 25. It also will propose making all scoring plays reviewable by the replay official.

What’s the NFL trying to do?? Ruin a game that is already starting to go down the tubes?? Its hard enough for the refs to run the game now more senseless stuff for them to mess up.


This has nothing to do with anything I am currently blogging about. But I just like her smile and had to post it.


Hopefully Lawrence Taylor will finally learn from his mistakes. He was sentenced yesterday to 6-years probation for sexual misconduct and patronizing an underage prostitute. LT has to register as a sex offender.


Can someone answer this question? Now pay attention

Why is it that when you go to the gas station and use your credit card to pump gas, the gas pump doesn’t stop until your car’s gas tank is full.

Are you still paying attention, but, when you pre-pay, the gas pump slows down with about 50-cents to go and it then takes almost a minute to finish pumping? Any gas experts???


Pictures by: Big East Logo with teams - missourisportsblog.com, NFL Logo - 6magazineonline.com, Elizabeth Taylor - glamour.com/images, Lawrence Taylor (after football) - 3.bp.blogspot.com 


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