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Storminnorman's Sports Blog 4-29-12
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NBA Ron Artest Brandon Inge Metta World Peace NFL Lions Riley Rieff

 

Well it wouldn't be an appropriate blog, without me mentioning the release of a long time favorite player of mine yesterday by the Tigers. He was the last player from that 43-119 team, that did not have much of a chance to win because they were loaded with AA and AAA players and did not stand a chance against anyone that year. The question remaining in my head, is how the hell did Ryan Raburn survive not being sent to Toledo? But as all things go, they must end sometime and it was time for Brandon to go, hope someone picks him up that needs a great defensive player, who may not hit for average but pick everything hit his way.....

It leads me to this, back in the 70's it was acceptable for a position player who could play his position but not hit for average the Tigers had Aurelio Rodriquez and Eddie Brinkman as examples. Couldn't hit there way out of a wet paper bag with a hole and a road map to get their asses out of that bag, but when you hit a ball their way you may as well headed from the batter's box back to the dugout, because you were out nearly every time. Every team has their Brandon Inge's, and they deal with it because they know what he lacks at the plate he makes up for by saving them runs out on the field with their glove. Brandon will be sorely missed by the Tigers and my daughter Taylor, she was his Tiger when she was 3 and learning about baseball.

Thank you Ben if this was truly your last game as a Piston, I really enjoyed coming down to the Palace and watch you play.  You understood your role as a Piston, and were a major reason they brought a title back to Detroit in 04' Your fans wish you would stay another year, but understand that its time to watch your children grow up. The Pistons will be fine, because from the looks of the kids coming out of college this year, they will find your replacement for many years to come.

Dear Metta World Peace:

No offense, but I remember when you were a member of the Indiana Pacers and went into the stands one evening at the Palace and assaulted some fans. Sorry my friend I do not believe the sincerity in this apology, because I have seen your ignorance before first hand.

When and who will you snap on again, and then claim it was an accident and make it all better? Did David Stern forget about the incident at the Palace a few years back, if he had remembered you may have been suspended a whole lot longer than 7 games, or the first round of the playoffs if the Laker's get lucky enough to get by without you on their bench. I guess that is the benefit of playing for the Laker's and not the Pacer's, because you were suspended a whole lot longer than this for what you did that night.......

I just did not come here today to slam and rip World Peace, I wanted to show you a soft side that came from his site about his daughter's battle with cancer. It shows there is a human side to this man, and may explain his anger but still is no excuse for his actions.........

I was going to talk about the NFL Draft today, but I am still puzzled by the Lion's first pick Riley Rieff. Can he run the ball up the middle, cover a wide receiver going deep and going over the middle? I think not, he may plug a hole on the offensive line but he will not help cover up the Lion's real weakness, their defensive secondary. I will leave it at that for the moment......

Not to rub it in, but the Stanley Cup finalists are now both sitting at home watching the playoffs on television. I give the Capitals and Kings credit, they played two great series and the Caps got a great goal in what turned out to be a great series to watch on television. The Wings sucked badly during their series against Nashville, but Rinne was the real reason they are also at home, he outplayed Jimmy Howard the whole entire series. I guess I am not much of a fan of the Flyers and Pens, but I am glad that Sid the Kid and his team of crybabies are gone, and I do not care much for the Flyers so I hope someone takes care of them in the next round. 

My buddy told me once that its not a hockey game unless there are fights, and he was pissed off when the NHL tried to eliminate them from the sport entirely. The sad part is I actually agree, I believe half the stick and elbowing to the heads causing the concussion issues are caused by the NHL not letting the players take out their frustrations on a player that pissed them off. I believe they should let them get it out of their systems, because most of the time they do not fight a second time anyway. It does not really slow the pace of the game down, it adds to the entertainment value especially if the fight is a good one. He also hates the 4 on 4 and shootout at the end of overtime, he believed in 5 on 5 and sudden death overtime 20 minutes or until a goal is scored. No points for losing in overtime or shootout, because why should a team be rewarded for losing? Bring back Center Ice and the two line pass, so that teams like the Penguins can cherry pick and score easy goals. Make the goalies fair game if they come out of the crease, and eliminate that blue patch that protects them. If you notice, they use their sticks as well as the position players on opposing players in front of the net and should not be protected like they are the superstar players most goalies aren't in the first place. Finally, stop protecting the superstar players like they are Gods, and make them fair game also. They seem to get penalties called by the refs if the opposing team touches them, if you make them accountable for their actions then maybe players like Daniel Sedin will not swing his stick or take liberties on others. He clearly got what he deserved, and a few years back he would have got the crap kicked out of him and the other player involved would not have been suspended for getting his revenge.....

As I close out my blog, I will say one more thing get rid of the Designated Hitter. The reason the pitchers are getting away with intentionally hitting opposing batters in the American League is there is no course of retribution other than the opposing pitcher hitting a member of their team which normally results in a ESPN highlight the next day. When I was growing up, if you threw at a player you had better put catcher's equipment on because Tom Seaver or Nolan Ryan was going to bust your ribs the next time you batted.....

Thank you for reading my post, hope you enjoyed my rants and raves...

 

 

Blame it on Neuropathy...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Ron Artest James Harden

 

 

 

Let me get my stethoscope out here and do a diagnosis...

 

First of all...

 

Please be informed that I am a diabetic...

 

Secondly...

 

Please note that many diabetics such as myself have neuropathy...

 

Not familiar with neuropathy???

 

Let me enlighten you...

 

 

* "Diabetic neuropathies are a family of nerve disorders caused by diabetes. People with diabetes can, over time, develop nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage have no symptoms. Others may have symptoms such as pain, tingling, or numbness-loss of feeling-in the hands, arms, feet, and legs. Nerve problems can occur in every organ system, including the digestive tract, heart, and sex organs. About 60 to 70 percent of people with diabetes have some form of neuropathy. People with diabetes can develop nerve problems at any time, but risk rises with age and longer duration of diabetes. The highest rates of neuropathy are among people who have had diabetes for at least 25 years. Diabetic neuropathies also appear to be more common in people who have problems controlling their blood glucose, also called blood sugar, as well as those with high levels of blood fat and blood pressure and those who are overweight."

 

 

 

 

In essence...

 

I live with foot numbness every day...

 

But I still have some “feeling” in my tootsies...

 

 

 

 

 

Thirdly...

 

There are other kinds of neuropathy as well...

 

Such as ulnar neuropathy...

 

Not necessarily connected to diabetes...

 

But possibly connected to erratic behavior...

 

Let me explain...

 

 

** "Ulnar neuropathy is irritation of the ulnar nerve at the elbow. It can cause numbness, tingling, and pain both at the elbow and into the hand. The pinky finger and half of the ring finger may become numb and are the fingers most commonly affected by this condition. We see this for many reasons. With the weather getting nicer, we will see it in bicyclists due to the shocks and bouncing that they experience while holding on to the handlebars. It will also happen to people who lean on the inside of their elbow. In baseball, throwers that have problems with their ulnar collateral ligament will sometimes complain of ulnar neuritis due to the stretching of the nerve caused by throwing with an unstable elbow.”

 

 

 

We also see ulnar neuropathy in other sports...

 

Such as...

 

 

BASKETBALL!!!

 

 

NBA Basketball to be exact...

 

The most recent form of ulnar neuropathy...

 

Was exhibited this past Sunday...

 

With an elbow so terribly numb...

 

The player launching it had no feeling as...

 

His elbow collided with the noggin of another player...

 

 

 

 

Thus resulting in a concussion to the cranium...

 

And causing a large dent in the side of said player’s head...

 

 

 

 

Obviously...

 

The player who threw the elbow...

 

Has a severe case of ulnar neuropathy...

 

No feeling in his elbow whatsoever...

 

How do we know this for sure???

 

We know this for sure...

 

By the subsequent reaction of the "elbower"...

 

Who had zero concern for his “elbowee”...

 

Said player continued to march down the court...

 

Beating his breasts...

 

And flexing his muscles...

 

Like he was in a Tarzan movie...

 

Once restrained...

 

Said player was sent to the showers...

 

And eventually given a seven game suspension...

 

Friendly advice...

 

Please have your elbows checked on a regular basis because...

 

If you play basketball...

 

 

 

You might have ulnar neuropathy...

 

 

 

And there are side effects to ulnar neuropathy...

 

It affects the mind...

 

You can’t think straight....

 

You do something extremely stupid...

 

And miss work for one week....

 

Remember this...

 

 

Ulnar neuropathy is not your friend...

 

 

 

 

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http://www.freedomscope.com/History/doctor_with_stethoscope.jpg

 

*(http://diabetes.niddk.nih.gov/dm/pubs/neuropathies/#what)

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lf3BNRF9ICc

 

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Deep Thoughts 4-25-2012
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Hockey fights NBA Olympians Ron Artest Pudge Rodriguez

 

  

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. April is buzzing by and May will be here before we know it. I as I sit pondering my blog, I realize that this is a great time of year for sports fans. Hockey and basketball are winding down and the MLB season begins to reveal glimpses of the summer ahead.

 

 

 

 

As kids, we grow up learning to play the games we love. I don't know about hockey, but with baseball, football and basketball...I would watch the games then try to repeat what I saw. Over time, I began to understand the nuances of each game which gives us what I call a sports IQ. When I was coaching, if I said that a player had a high baseball IQ, it meant that they were more than a good player. Kids with a high sports IQ bring an intuition to the sport that other players simply do not have. In a brief discussion with Beeze and Sully regarding hockey, I got to thinking... The NHL is trying to remove hits to the head from the game. This is obviously good for the long term benefit of the players, right? As we have seen with the NFL, rules changes designed to improve the safety for players, often leaves fans lamenting the good old days. If hockey is determined to eliminate hits to the head, why not ban fighting? As I watch hockey fights, it is clear that fighting on skates is limited to punching to the head. I know that there will be howls of disagreement, but think about the sports that you grew up with. Are they as they were when you grew up? Exactly. Football has been reduced to a physical version of touch football. The NBA is determined to eliminate fighting by creating extremely harsh rules and punishment for fighting. Is hockey next?

 

 



 

 

 

 

   

An old boss of mine had a favorite saying..." you can paint a leopard, but the spots are still there". In other words, people rarely change. Ron Artest has gone to great length to change his reputation. But changing your name does not change who you are. Do you remember the event above? Although Artest tried to make a joke of this by singing he was sorry...who pulls down an opponents shorts? Should we really be surprised that Artest threw the elbow? Metta World Peace is still Ron Artest. I have seen some fans wishing Artest be suspended for the rest of the year. I suspect that a 7 game suspension is about right. But if I was the commish, I would keep him off the court until Harden was able to take the court again.

 



  

Sports has become big business. Like it or not, this is a reality today. Dwayne Wade made a comment that athletes should be paid to play for the USA Olympic team. Of course, he is not alone, but the words just do not sound right. The Olympics are supposed to be a celebration of amateur competition. This is a time to put aside personal thoughts and embrace the patriotic opportunity of playing for your country. This is what I have always believed. I read an article this week that detailed thoughts of Mark Cuban regarding NBA players in the Olympics. He called the practice by the NBA of lending players, "the biggest mistake that the NBA makes'. Here are Cuban's exact words:

“If you look up stupid in the dictionary, you see a picture of the USA Dream Team playing for free for corporate America so the U.S. Olympic Committee can make millions of dollars. If you come up with something that you own, that you give it to me for free so I can make billions of dollars, I want it.

“And it has nothing to do with patriotism. It’s all about money. You don’t see the Olympic Committee saying, ‘Oh we made so much money. Let’s give it to people.”’


Cuban has a good point. I have to admit that I have never considered that the Olympic Committee made millions of dollars. As an NBA owner, why should Cuban and others be forced to "lend" their players to the Olympics, without compensation? Truthfully, I just don't have it in me to feel sorry for millionaire players or billionaire owners. Why not go back to stocking Team USA with players eager to play? Of course, what about those foreign players playing for their country? Should the NBA be able to prevent its players from participating in the Olympics? In fact, why would the NBA allow the players to participate in the games unless they got something out of it? In truth, it is the exposure that the players bring back to the league that makes this deal work. Cuban may not want to admit it, but a rising tide lifts all boats...or yachts as the case may be. The original dream team captivated the youth of Barcelona and gave basketball an entire new audience. Of course, if the league has more money, then the players get paid more...sort of takes the "sting" out of playing for free...

 

 



 

 

 

 

After 21 years, Pudge Rodriguez called it a career on Monday. I have to say that Pudge was a favorite player of mine. It was obvious that he loved the game. How else could you catch more than 2100 games if you did not love it? Do you think he will be in the HOF? 2844 hits is just shy of 3000, but damn good for a catcher. Pudge would be in my top 3 of defensive catchers. Certainly good enough for the hall, but who knows?

 

 I loved the way that Pudge threw out the first pitch on Monday. Here is the video:

 

Congrats on a great career, Pudge!

 

 



 

 

This is a triple bypass burger served in Las Vegas...a woman had a heart attack this week eating one of these burgers. Why do I think that is funny? At least they are truthful...

 



 

 

 

 

 

 

What's up with the Royals? With all of the young talent, this was supposed to be the year that they began to make waves...check out the fan in the background and the empty seats. Losing 12 in a row, is not a good thing. How long before the managers seats becomes too hot to stay?

 



 

That is all I have today, but here is a bit of Jack Handey to take with you:

 

"People think it would be fun to be a bird because you could fly. But they forget the negative side, which is the preening."

"How come, just as the rocket is launching, the astronauts don't also shoot some fireworks out the window? It would make the whole takeoff look more impressive."


Thanks for stopping by and feel free to leave a few deep thoughts of your own...

 

 

 

 

Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Ron Artest Metta World Peace Jim Riggleman Washington Nationals Tennis Golf July 4th South Carolina Gamecocks


 

Name changes, Jim Quits, catch of the year, and more in this edition of Rants and Raves.

 

 

Ron Artest is trying to have his name changed. Yep, you read it right. His attorney’s filed a petition in Los Angeles Superior Court, last week, seeking the name change. His new name he is requesting, Metta World Peace. He has done charitable work on mental health issues, and he has testified before Congress to support legislation concerning mental health care.

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I Quit!!!!

Okay so he was turning the Nationals around. But why do this?? What a team player former Washington Nationals manager Jim Riggleman is. He quit his team when he resigned, last Thursday, because he felt Nationals ownership wasn’t committed to him for more than the current season. Could you imagine Albert Pujols did this. He is at the end of his contract. What a loser Riggleman is. I hope he never gets a job in baseball again.

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This has got to be the catch of the year…Watch this video and see….

Outstanding catch. God bless this Vet.

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What has happened to American tennis?? Where is the talent?? This country use to dominate the Tennis world. Now, we are nothing more than runner-ups, and even that’s not true. Once the Williams sisters retire there is nothing on the women’s side. There is nothing on the men’s side who can dominate. Andy Roddick has to be the most overrated American men’s player ever. Oh well, at least the foreign women are cute, and I sure do like it when Maria gunts.

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Speaking of tennis, Roger Federer lost in the quarterfinals of Wimbledon to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 5 sets. But what was amazing to this point was going into this match Rogers was an outlandish 178-0 when he was up two set to none in a tournament. That’s greatness.

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 Speaking of what happened. Where are the American golfer’s??? You would think winning a tournament which can earn you over $1 million dollars a week more people would get involved. With sponsors, and earnings an above average player can rake in $5 million easy.

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Congratulations go to the South Carolina Gamecocks (55-14), who won the NCCA baseball tournament to become a two-time National Champion. In the process, they went 10-0 in the tournament, and with streaks of 16 NCAA tournament wins and 11 straight in the CWS are both records.

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I want to wish all the Gabbers, a wonderful 4th of July. We are having a cook-out on July 3rd, when most of the family is off from work. 

 

 

Deep Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NFL Tom Brady; MLB Zack Greinke Adrian Beltre; NFL Tiki Barber; NBA Ron Artest

  

 

 

 

It's Wednesday again? What happened to last week? Well, since yesterday was Fat Tuesday, today must be Ash Wednesday. Since I grew up a Methodist, I did not know what Ash Wednesday meant until well into my adult years. I was fascinated to learn that you had to abstain from something that you really liked. My old boss gave up drinking for Lent. Another co-worker gave up bread. It was always interesting to me to find out what my Catholic friends gave up each year. If you want to share what you have given up this year, feel free to comment on this.

 

 



 

 

Here is a picture of Tom Brady and his "lady" celebrating this week in Rio de Janeiro. As you can see,, Brady has taken his hair to the next level. He has responded to complaints about his hair by saying simply..."hey, my lady likes it this way." While this hairstyle is not my cup of tea, it should be noted that Brady is in Rio de Janeiro mugging with Gisele Bundchen . What are you doing this week? I would have to say that Brady is "winning".

 

 



 

 

Here is another bit of odd news with Greg Proops: http://oddnews.yahoo.com/video-odd-news-24391978 

I am sorry, I love this stuff. Wedding dresses at Costco? What will they offer next? A college degree? That reminds me of one of my favorite silly movies...

 

 

 

 



 

 

Third base is often called the "hot corner". Balls hit to 3rd base are either screamers or dribblers...(there is a joke there somewhere). A 3rd baseman at least has the benefit of being set before the ball is hit. What about the pitcher who is much closer and is often left defenseless after delivering a pitch? What would you think about a helmet for a pitcher? I asked my soon to be 16 year old son and he scoffed at the idea. As a parent, I have a different thought. Why not protect young pitchers? We are so worried that batters and base runners must wear protective head gear, yet we leave the pitcher completely unprotected; until now.

 

 

Here is a photo of the Padres' Chris Young after getting hit by a line drive.

 

 

 

Here is a young pitcher that was hit by a batted ball off an aluminum bat. If this were your son, would you like him to have this on his head?

 

 

 

Another look:

 

 

 

 

While this may not have the style factor that young men want, I think that this will be something we see in the future...at least I hope so.

Here is a bit of the article:

 

If we're talking about seeing these in the major leagues, though, we're probably talking about a much longer path to being accepted. Those "Great Gazoo" batting helmets have been slow to gain approval in the bigs over the past year (David Wright(notes) was roundly mocked for wearing one) and pro ballplayers are notorious for refusing to adopt any changes that the player's union doesn't officially require.

But with a 100-mph line drive reaching the rubber in less than half a second and concussions having the potential to wreak havoc on a career (see Morneau, Justin), why wouldn't you seek to put an extra layer of protection over your noggin? 

 

In a word...absolutely!

 

 



 

 

In the offseason of MLB, there were several big time signings. Of course the Phillies signed Cliff Lee, but the Brewers signed Zach Greinke and the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre. Although it is early, the Brewers and Rangers have not tasted the fruit of their offseason labor. Somehow, Beltre's leg injury has prevented him from any spring action. Grienke had a few outings, but something was off. It turns out that Greinke has a broken rib suffered playing off season basketball. He will miss opening day and probably his first three starts...

I was not happy with the Beltre signing and I hope this is not a sign of things to come. The last big contract he signed did not work out so well.

Greinke's situation is a bit puzzling. He broke a rib going for a rebound. While there is nothing wrong with a bit of exercise; the Brewers have to be a bit steamed. Missing his first three starts is not the end of the world. But, spring training is used to develop arm strength and prepare for the season. Realistically, Greinke won't be full speed until May..at the earliest. At least Zack has someone to comfort him until he is healthy...

 

Greinke's wife...

 

 

 



 

Although it is not football season, I could not help but mention a word about Tiki Barber renouncing his retirement. Older running backs do not have a very favorable track record. I suspect that Tiki's comeback will be disappointing. Of course, now we will have another drama for the media to run with. I dread it already...

 

 

 

 



 

 

I am not a big NBA fan, but I had to share this video of Ron Artest this past week:

 

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So many questions for this fan. Why are you drinking coffee at a basketball game? Why not sit in your chair to text? Too funny...

 

 




 

That's all I have for this week. I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey to take with you...

 

"If you're an ant, and you're walking along across the top of a cup of pudding, you probably have no idea that the only thing between you and disaster is the strength of that pudding skin." 

 

"How come the dove gets to be the peace symbol? How about the pillow? It has more feathers than the dove, and it doesn't have that dangerous beak."  



Thanks for stopping by and feel free to comment...

 

 


 

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