Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. It truly is hard to believe that we are in the final month of 2013. December is a very festive time of year. It is impossible to get too far into the month before the lights of the season begin to adorn neighborhoods. I have not put up lights yet, but will probably begin the process next weekend. Somehow, I always miss the warm days and end up on a ladder battling a raw December cold front. Frequently, as I struggle to string the lights, I wonder why I go through the same routine each year. I realize that it is because it is a tradition. The tree, lights and the music are all part of what is December for many of us. I also recognize that I would do nothing to change this part of the holiday season. Tradition is a very powerful thing. Families, towns, states and even countries have established traditions that are difficult to change. As much as we may gripe about certain aspects of what happens during Christmas, it is what we do that defines family memories. This is the time of year that many families reunite. It has been accurately said that Christmas is for children, but there is more to it than that. It is a time for families to make memories. As I think back over my life, I am left with wonderful memories of Christmas. Of course I remember the excitement and anticipation that Christmas brought to being a kid…I think the happiness of watching my kids enjoy the season is much more rewarding. So, when you complain about the music and the routine of the season, remember that there are eyes and ears that are witnessing this for the first time. It is what puts me on the cold ladder stringing those lights.
Austin has a tradition of lighting the tree in Zilker Park for Christmas. It really is very cool…
View of the tree and downtown...
The view from under the tree. You have to stand under the tree and spin at least once to be an Austinite...
This was shared by a fiend on Facebook that I thought was worth showing here. Thanks Mitch...
Although the season says football, there are big changes happening in MLB each day. I was shocked to learn that the Astros finally made a move that I think will immediately improve their team. Dexter Fowler was acquired from the Rockies for Brandon Barnes and Jordan Lyles. I am scratching my head on why the Rockies would make this deal, but I guess it was about reducing payroll. Lord knows that the Astros have plenty of room to add Fowler’s 7.5 million dollar salary. I would make a joke about doubling the Astros payroll…but it is too close to the truth to be funny. I have been talking about the Tigers needing a closer since last year and it looks like they have finally grabbed a good one. It is being reported that Joe Nathan is headed to Detroit. I think this is a great sign for the Tigers and suddenly makes the Tigers a very tough team. I am scratching my head a bit over the Tigers trading Doug Fister for Steve Lombardozi, Ian Kroll, and minor league left hander Robbie Ray. With the improved middle infield of the Tigers, I was surprised that the Tigers would allow the ground ball machine that is Fister to get away. I know that they have Smyly to plug into this spot...it still was a bit curious for me. I think this was a great trade for the Nationals, but I guess only time will tell if this was a good or bad move for Detroit.
Of course the signing that grabbed the most attention on Tuesday was Jacoby Ellsbury going to the Yankees. Naturally, Red Sox fans won’t like this and I was sad to see Ellsbury leave the Red Sox. I can’t disagree with the Red Sox not paying big for Ellsbury, but they will miss his wheels at the top of their order. The big if in the Yankee’s grabbing Jacoby is health. When Ellsbury stays healthy, he is great…but he is not always healthy. With the short left field porch at Yankee Stadium, chances are good that Ellsbury power numbers are very good next year. Another player leaving Boston is Jarod Saltalamacchia. The Sox are apparently going with A. J. Pierzynski over Salty. As good as Salty was for Boston last year, I really like what A. J. brings to the Red Sox. I don’t think that the Sox will miss a beat in this exchange.
Robinson Cano remains unsigned, but the Yankee dollars are getting less with each player they sign. From what I have read, the Seattle Mariners are making a play for Cano, but I have to really wonder if Cano would trade playing in New York for Seattle. I do know that Cano’s power numbers would take a huge hit if he signs a long term deal with the Mariners. I remain skeptical that Cano signs with Seattle, but maybe it really is about the money for Robinson. Baseball winter meetings are next week and I have read that the Reds plan to dump Brandon Phillips. If Cano continues to play hard ball, the Yankees might make a play for Phillips. I suspect that if the Yankees keep Cano that something happens before next week.
The Oakland Athletics have been a terrific team the past couple of years. Is there any doubt that they do more with less? Billy Beane has been busy this week and I think the moves make Oakland a serious threat to continue their playoff ways. Beane added Jim Johnson to fill the void of departing closer Grant Balfour. He also strengthened the bullpen by adding Luke Gregerson and Josh Lindbolm. There is no doubt that adding these relievers will make the As better. Beane also grabbed outfielder Craig Gentry and starting pitcher Scott Kazmir. I really liked Gentry as a Ranger and I am sad to see him leave. He does not have much power, but could plays great defense and is a very good top of the lineup guy. The Rangers got Jemile Weeks and a very good minor league OF in Michael Choice. Weeks has impressive speed, but as we know…you can’t steal first base. Perhaps a change of scenery will help Weeks. Choice has shown promise and could be a very big addition down the road. The acquisition of Kazmir puzzles me a bit. Although he seemed to regain some of his mojo last year…a 10 and 9 record will not replace what Colon gave to the As last year. But hey…who am I to question Billy Beane?
Obviously Seattle is a very good team at home. If the Seahawks played each game as they did against San Francisco earlier in the year and New Orleans last Monday night…they would be undefeated. As I look at the NFC…I really only see one team that might have a chance to go to Seattle and win…the San Francisco 49ers. The only way to beat Seattle is to play great defense and run the football. The secondary of Seattle is probably the strength of their team. Damn, they are really good. I don’t think there are two better home teams than New Orleans and Seattle. There is just something really different about how they play at home. It looks more each week like the NFC road to the Super Bowl will travel through Seattle. The 49ers have a rematch this week with the Seahawks and have opened as a slight favorite (1.5). I have been saying for weeks that I like the 49ers to win this game and I don’t think it will be that close. I really believe that this will be the 9ers best game of the year and think they win by at least 6. The 49ers defense is completely different with Aldon Smith back in the fold. With that front 7, I think that Russell Wilson will be in for a long game.
Call me crazy, but as I look at the Cowboy schedule…I can see them winning out. The Bears defense is not what it has been and although it is a road game, I like the Cowboy’s chances to outscore the Bears. It also helps that Sean Lee will be back for this game. The remaining schedule for Dallas is…at Chicago, Packers, at Redskins, Eagles. Tony Romo has been known as a great November QB and a terrible QB in December. This year, I think he changes this mold. Of course I am a Dallas fan, but I do try to leave my rose colored glasses on the table when I look at my team. Then again…it is hard to have faith when disappointment has been the Cowboys trademark of late.
I know that Patriot fan was happy with their win over Denver…honestly, I see trouble ahead. As I look back on the big win over the Broncos, all I keep remembering is Knowshon Moreno running all over the Patriot defense. Although my Pat friends don’t want to hear this, Peyton Manning did not lose that game. With the terrible first half and numerous fumbles, Denver was able to pile up points without Manning ever getting going. With Montee Ball’s fumble, the momentum tumbled the Patriots way, only to be iced by the late fumbled punt. Hey…the Pats did what good teams do; they won when they did not play their best. My only point is that championship teams stop the run and I see this as a big problem for the Pats. Case in point…Ben Tate had his first 100 yard day since 2011 against the Patriots last Sunday. Losing the big man in the middle has really impacted New England's defense. While I am on that game…I thought it was ludicrous that Antonio Smith was suspicious that the Patriots were somehow cheating because they made great adjustments. Dude…have you even watched New England before? Bill Bellichick is as good as any coach in the history of the NFL at making adjustments. When it has been two months since your team has won a game...just keep your mouth shut.
The Texas Longhorns have a huge game this Saturday in Waco against the Baylor Bears. For much of the year, I did not think that the Horns had a chance to beat Baylor. Playing in Waco is never easy and I just did not think that the Texas defense would be able to slow down the Bears. Texas will need the game to go just right for them, but I am more hopeful now that at any time this year. I think it is less likely that Oklahoma beats Oklahoma State…which is what Texas needs to have a chance to win the Big 12. I would be very satisfied if Texas can just take care of their business on Saturday. Considering where they have come from since early in the year, it would be a very big deal. It is supposed to be wet and cold on Saturday in Waco..,a good thing if you are a running team...just saying.
Have you heard about operation mouse drop? Apparently there is a really bad problem with tree snakes in Guam...they are parachuting 2000 mice pumped full of acetaminophen to poison the snakes. Cost of this is reportedly $8 million. Check it out...
I know most people don’t talk about NFL Realignment since the teams haven’t changed in a while, but I just think it would make sense. I think there are a lot of fans who end up watching weird games because many of the divisions don’t fit well on the map. I don’t think anyone will listen to me, but I thought it was nice to think about. Let me just start out with a map of how I think it should look, and I’ll have some discussion below.
Each division has its own color, except both of the East divisions are included in the (darker) blue area.
I also made an alternate version that puts the Texas teams in the same division with the Saints and Falcons while placing the Missouri teams in the NFC West: http://i.imgur.com/QysTKW0.gif
The Saints and Falcons, rivals since the Saints’ first season in 1967 (which was the Falcons’ second season), stay together. It makes a lot of sense to break up the current AFC South. A division stretching from Jacksonville to Houston to Indianapolis for the sake of keeping everyone in the same conference was silly. If it’s not immediately obvious, I’ll explain why the Dolphins were left out below, but I thought at least two of the Florida teams should stay together. Tampa Bay has already been playing in the same division with Atlanta and New Orleans.
I know the first three teams are used to playing the Cowboys, but I think they’ll get over it. It just makes too much sense in my opinion to have Baltimore playing Washington and Philadelphia in particular.
I can only really talk about my own experiences as a Saints fan in how I look at such changes. I did have a bit of nostalgia for the regular 49ers games over the weekend, but it just didn’t have much to it beyond football. Atlanta, on the other hand, goes a lot deeper. If you’re in New Orleans, you probably know people in Atlanta or from Atlanta. There is a lot of overlap of the two fan bases, not only in moving from one city to the other but also in places like Alabama. When the Rams moved to St. Louis, that instantly added a lot of fuel to the rivalry because even though it’s not as close as East Coast cities, St. Louis is still considered a nearby big city and there was a lot of interplay between Rams fans and Saints fans.
Anyway, you get over playing an opponent just because you’re used to it. I think with the logical passions that would develop in the actual geographic area, the Cowboys would be forgotten fairly easily.
As for the Ravens, I think the fact that Cleveland and Cincinnati were not natural rivals added to the intensity of the rivalry with the Steelers. But if you remember, that developed fairly quickly. It hasn’t even been 20 years since football returned to Baltimore.
The NFC North (Minnesota, Green Bay, Chicago, Detroit) should remain the same.
A lot of people in Texas don’t seem to have noticed they have another team yet. Maybe by having the Texans play the Cowboys, people will realize this. I thought it was a really good fit to combine the two Texas teams with the two Mountain time zone teams. The Cardinals are technically in the Mountain time zone all year, but I do realize they’re two hours off for the first couple of months of the season since most of Arizona does not observe Daylight Savings Time. Other than habit, I don’t see how it makes sense to have two teams in Texas and insist they play in two different conferences and also to have two teams in Missouri and insist they play in two different conferences. Since Texas makes a lot more sense with Arizona, I decided to put that pair in this division.
Basically, you have the two Ohio teams, and then you add a team from either side of the state. Pittsburgh, Cleveland, and Cincinnati have been playing one another as long as I remember. I clearly remember the Houston Oilers being in that division. Other than trying to break up the AFC East or NFC North, there is no other place that makes sense for the Colts.
I just mentioned the old AFC Central (Cleveland, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Houston), but I couldn’t think of a better name for this one. St. Louis and Kansas City are naturals, and Tennessee and Carolina are more leftovers, but that could be a good rivalry too. Tennessee does border North Carolina. I also toyed with trying to put everyone but Kansas City in some kind of Southern division, but ultimately either the AFC North or one of the Eastern divisions was going to need a Southeastern team, so I went with the Dolphins since they’re already in the AFC East. They’re all in the in-between zone between the North/Midwest and the Deep South.
Like the NFC North, this one remains the same. I already explained why I decided to leave Miami here. It’s the only spot on the map that doesn’t make any sense, but I couldn’t see any logical way to change this.
The 49ers preceded the AFL by only about 10 years, and the rest were all AFL teams. I know the 49ers have been in the NFC the whole time, but Seattle would be back where they belong, in my opinion. The 49ers and Seahawks are already familiar with each other from recent years, and I think it would be fun seeing the rivalry between the Seahawks and Raiders renewed. Chargers/Seahawks won’t get anyone excited, but San Diego will still be playing Oakland, and San Francisco would be an added bonus. I think that would make up for the loss of Denver (a good ways away from San Diego anyway), and Kansas City was never the best fit with the West Coast teams.
Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. One beautiful thing about being a sports fan is that we are given endless controversial plays to discuss. This past weekend of football featured two pivotal plays that have fans loudly debating the accuracy and logic of NFL officiating. The NFL has made it clear that they want to protect their players and especially those under center. There is no doubt that Ahmad Brooks whacked Drew Brees very hard…which is his job. In truth, it appears to me that he did his job too well. The force that Brooks arm impacted upon Brees had Drew’s head attempting to separate from his body. Or as Brees put it, “I went go go gadget neck"…and compared himself to a crash dummy. In truth, the reality is that the NFL would rather flag a play that is close than lose Brees, Brady or Manning for the season. Like it or not, this is now the reality of professional football. We can all argue that Brooks did not hit Brees in the head or neck but in the chest…officials have been instructed to throw the flag when it is close. The interesting thing is that against Brady or Manning, the same hit would probably not been penalized. The hit that rode into the neck of Brees, would have been six inches lower on other NFL QBs.
Change is often difficult to accept, but players and fans must understand that what was once a great play will now draw a penalty. In truth, there was more to San Francisco losing this game than the questionable penalty on Brooks. The play that stands out just as much to me was the wide open pass dropped by Gore in the flat. If he catches the ball, it was a huge gain…if not a score. It would seem that instead of fuming about this penalty, this group should put the play behind them and get ready to play the Redskins. I still think that the 49ers best football is ahead of them and their next game against the Redskins would be a very good time to begin a nice winning stretch. I am still very much looking forward to the rematch with the Seahawks and 49ers in San Francisco in early December.
The other big play that has everyone talking is the interference penalty that was not. For the world, it looked like Tom Brady would rescue the Pats with a last second comeback. The comeback was waved off by a very confusing call. There is one thing that I have learned over the years…if it looks and quacks like a duck, it is usually a duck. The mugging of Gronk in the end zone could have been called face guarding, holding or interference. How is it possible that it was none of the above? I know that there is no guarantee that the Pats score from the 1, but they should have had the opportunity. This was a very hard hitting, good football game that was ruined by the non-call. There is no question that Carolina is for real this year. There is one thing that I admire about the Patriots…they have already put this play behind them. They know that they cannot change what has happened and are preparing for their next game.
Another thing I took away from this game was that Steve Smith is a bad man. He may be small in stature, but the dude is not afraid to bring it. His one liner leaving the field was a classic…
The Bronco and KC game was pretty much what I expected. The Broncos jumped out early and did just enough to prevent the conservative Chiefs from ever really doing enough to threaten Denver. It has been said repeatedly that KC has not really been tested this year…now they have. There is no shame in losing in Denver, it is one of the toughest home venues in the league…as I said here last week, regrouping at 9 and 1 is not necessarily a bad thing. One thing that KC should take away from their game on Sunday is that Denver did not really run away and hide. The Chiefs have a great defense and do a good job running Jamaal Charles…but they really need a receiver to step up. Dwayne Bowe and Avery just do not do it for me, but they are the choices. Alex Smith does a very good job of managing the game, but needs some help. If KC expects to be successful the rest of the way, they must find a way to become more explosive on offense. . I know that most will talk about the rematch in two weeks against Denver, but they should be very careful not to overlook San Diego. The Chargers are not an easy team to run on and if Rivers gets going, he could be tough to stop.
Were you surprised that Tim Hudson signed with the Giants? I was…not so much that the Giants signed Hudson, but that the Braves did not re-sign him. Hudson was really on a roll when the freak injury sidelined him last summer. He was such a leader on the Brave’s team that I guess I just assumed that he would remain with them. Somehow, the Braves manage to let a Glavine or Smoltz go only to wind up with another talented arm ready to take their place. I guess, I can’t question this move…but it sure does seem like the Giants took a big early step forward for 2014.
I know that Yasiel Puig does many different things that annoy fans. From the bat flip to sometimes throwing to the wrong base…Puig has made a definite splash in baseball, but has earned himself a large number of detractors as well. This week, Puig did something that I thought was worthy of a mention. Puig entertained 50 Los Angeles youths this week at Dodger Stadium. Many of these kids who had never been to Dodger Stadium before…were allowed to play baseball on the field, and then were invited with their parents to tour the dugout and clubhouse. Once in the clubhouse, Puig hosted everyone with a meal of Dodger Dogs. There will be those that say Puig set this up for the cameras, but for the kids involved, I suspect they could care less why thy they were invited. Great job Yasiel…
I called my brother in Buffalo this week to wish him a happy birthday. In our visit we got to talking about the goof ball that tried to slide down the stadium rail during last Sunday’s football game. The guy has been banned from ever attending another Bills game and has been fired from his PR job. My brother also heard that a law suit was coming from the guy that he landed on. Although he is lucky to be alive, this is one stupid act that the guy will be living with for quite some time. Both fans involved in this accident were treated and released from the hospital. For those of you that missed the stunt…here it is:
If you have been reading my blog very long, you know that I love fishing over any other sport. Most of us that fish, grew up catching sunfish or perch, right? The cane pole and bobber adorned with a juicy worm was the required tools for any young fisherman. Whenever I hear mention of sunfish, I am immediately taken back to my youth and great times watching my bobber disappear. When I saw the picture of this sunfish, my happy thoughts regarding sunfish quickly vanished. Ugh...what an ugly fish! The beautiful sunfish that we all know has a very ugly relative living in Jamaica. Two fishermen hooked this bad boy and after a lengthy fight, managed to subdue this mutant sunfish. After almost sinking their boat, these fishermen managed to haul the fish into their boat and slowly head to shore. In case you ever head to Boston Bay in Jamaica, leave your cane pole and bobber at home...
This is what a 900 lb sunfish looks like. The fishermen initially thought it was an alien. Can you blame them?
That is all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
Better not take a dog on the space shuttle, because if he sticks his head out when you're coming home his face might burn up.
If you're a horse, and someone gets on you, and falls off, and then gets right back on you, I think you should buck him off right away.
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Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. If 2013 was a sporting event, the fat lady would be warming up. We are entering the time of year a college professor of mine called the season of “holidaze”. From mid-November to the end of the year, things get a bit fuzzy for many of us. Is it possible that Thanksgiving is almost here? With each passing season, I am amazed at the blur of time. This year, I am determined to slow things down a bit and enjoy the time with my family.
With the college football season winding down, conversation regarding the Heisman will begin to heat up. Due to Oregon’s loss last Saturday to Stanford, Marcus Mariota removed himself from the Heisman list of candidates. By losing two fumbles to Stanford, Mariota now has 8 fumbles on the season and seems highly unlikely that Mariota will be asked to attend the Heisman party in New York.later in the year. Now that Mariota is out of the running, who is left to battle for the Heisman this year? Here is a list of four that I feel have the best chance of winning college football's most prestigious award:
It has been said that the numbers never lie and this is probably true. But frequently, the numbers are misleading. It guess it really all depends on how you look at the numbers and what outcome you desire. Johnny Manziel has the best numbers, right? Last year Johnny Football won the Heisman and his numbers are better this year than last. With the off season that Manziel had however, it would seem highly unlikely that Manziel would win the award again. Many pointed at Manziel as why a freshman should not win the Heisman. For those keeping score…Winston is also a red shirt freshman. Will this enter into the voting? Good question. As I have noted previously, the mistakes of Manziel should not prevent another talented player like Winston from winning the Heisman. The award is for the best college football player, period. From what I have seen of Winston, he is a completely different guy from Manziel. The word that teammates have used to describe Winston is “goofy”. He is quoted as saying that if he ever gets the Manziel disease that he wants someone to knock him in the head. Obviously, this is a much different guy than last year’s Heisman winner. Winston is similar to Manziel in that they are both tremendous athletes. Winston was drafted in the 15 round of the MLB draft, but chose college instead. He is a very talented baseball player and has indicated that he would like to play football and baseball professionally. If he continues on his current path, he may get his wish. But first, he has a few things left to do at the college level. It would probably take a Florida State loss for Winston to lose his Heisman footing.
The Heisman voting will probably come down to either Winston or Manziel, but I think that AJ McCarron much better than many realize. The sad truth is that because his team is so good, Bama does not typically need to have McCarron rescue them with a huge game. I saw enough in Bama’s victory of the Aggies to know that McCarron is capable of much more, when needed. The term game manager has been the tag placed upon McCarron. While I understand the thinking, I know that McCarron’s coach Saban would disagree.
Bryce Petty has quietly had a great year for the Baylor Bears. Petty’s number are solid, but like his team, has heard the knock that he has not faced quality competition. Honestly, all Petty can do is to keep winning games and let voters figure it out. The way it looks is that Baylor will probably win the Big 12 and play in a BCS bowl. This seems to be a very good way to jump start a senior year that may offer him a real opportunity to win the Heisman.
My guess is that Winston wins the Heisman trophy. If I were voting, it would be difficult for me to not vote for McCarron. You could call it a career award if you want, but this is a guy that deserves more acknowledgement for Bama’s success than he has gotten. Manziel is a great player, but I just can’t see his bad boy image playing too well with Heisman voters.
For the record...I just learned about the alleged sexual assault from 11 months ago now being brought to light against Jameius Winston. I suspect that this will have a huge effect on Winston's chances to win the Heisman. Sometimes there is more to being selected than just numbers....
In reading about the best players of this season, I stumbled across a freshman playing for Jim Mora at UCLA. Myles Jack is something else. Normally a linebacker, Mora turned to Jack for help with the running game against Arizona. Take two minutes to watch this video, you will not be disappointed. What really struck me is the reaction by Arizona fans and even a few of the Arizona players. To say Jack is impressive is an understatement.
I figured that Texas would beat West Virginia, but did not expect it would take an OT victory to do it. There is something about this Longhorn team that is very appealing. After two ugly early season losses, the Horns managed to circle the wagons and play very good football. Chris Whaley and Jonathan Gray have been a big part of this success and it was really sad to see each of them go down with season ending injuries. Case McCoy continues to do just enough to lead this team to victories. For the life of me, I don’t understand the play calling of Major Applewhite. I don’t know how many bubble screens that Applewhite called against the WV, but the next successful play, will be the first. It is obvious that McCoy does not have the strong arm to throw the horizontal passes, yet they continue to be called. There is a pick six coming if Texas continues with this play. I like Texas’ chances to beat Ok State and Texas Tech. Beating Baylor in Waco will be a much tougher task. But, there is something about this team that is very resilient. I will remain hopeful…
A great coach in the making...
The New Orleans Saints set an NFL record against Dallas Sunday night with 40 first downs. Drew Brees threw for 492 yards and it could have been much worse. When you travel to New Orleans, you better come prepared or you will get embarrassed. The Cowboys have heard complaints that they do not run the ball enough and it was obvious that their game plan was to feed Demarco Murray against the Saints. Of course, it is great to have a balanced offense….to a point. A team is what their talent allows them to be. San Francisco and Seattle can play power football because they both have defenses capable of containing most offenses. Dallas has a huge problem with health. For whatever reason, the Cowboys cannot keep defenders on the field. The only chance that Dallas had was to score a ton of points and hope that Brees made a mistake late. Romo catches a ton of heat, but the biggest problem in Dallas besides Jerry Jones, is their defense. If Demarco Ware and Sean Lee cannot stay on the field, Dallas cannot win many games…it is that simple. Dez Bryant is getting mugged play after play, yet Dallas does little to attempt to get him open. Romo moved Dez to the slot for one play and that was the only pass completion of the game. Guys are paid big bucks to figure this stuff out…why can’t Dallas get someone to do this? It is clear that Jason Garrett is not the guy. I suppose until Jerry Jones puts aside his ego and hires a football guy to be GM that Dallas will never be all they can be.
I am not convinced that KC is all that. I know that they have a good defense, but look at the list of QBs that KC has faced. Many think that KC will beat up on an already hobbled Peyton Manning. I say, don’t count on it. Playing in Denver is a tough test and I really think that the Broncos jump on the Chiefs early. The funny thing is, I think a loss might actually be good for the Chiefs. Going undefeated and winning the Super Bowl is a nice dream, but problematic in this day. At 9 and 0, the Chiefs are in a perfect place to regroup and begin to build for the playoffs. But of course, I guess we should play the game first. I am not much for predictions, but I think 38 to 20 sounds good.
Speaking of playoffs…I wonder if anyone in New England noticed that Ed Reed was cut by the Texans? Seems like a perfect place for Reed to end up. It is no secret that the hoodie loves Reed’s play and I can’t help but think that Reed would be a perfect guy for the Pats.
How on earth does this provide an advantage? Totally disgusting is all I can say.
That’s all I have today, but I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handey…
"Here's a good thing to do if you go to a party and you don't know anybody: First take out the garbage. Then go around and collect any extra garbage that people might have, like a crumpled napkin, and take that out too. Pretty soon people will want to meet the busy garbage guy. "
"If you get invited to your first orgy, don't just show up nude. That's a common mistake. You have to let nudity 'happen.'"
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I borrowed that name from one of my favorite musical artists from an album he did in the mid 70’s back in the day.
it's almost unfair the amount of paradise and lunch we have here in Boston... just when things look bleak
The Patriots have struggled this season, looking for some identity in the post dynasty era.
TB 12 is still here as is iconic HC Bill Belichick (now 5th all time in wins as an NFL head coach passing Chuck Knoll)
The last hold over from the SB 39 team other than Brady was big Vince Wilfork, now done for season. Bleak...but wait
At 4:25 PM the Pats kicked off vs The then unbeaten New Orleans Saints. Unable to sustain a 10 point halftime lead the Pats were up against the wall with time running out.
Brady was able to drive the team 70 yards in 70 seconds with no time outs to beat the Saints with a 17 yard corner pass to rookie WR Kenbrell Thompkins with 5 sec left for a improbable 30-27 win.
Brady was hit frequently and sacked 5 times by the relentless Saint’s D and his passing was off for most of the day but came up big when he needed to.
The real stars of the game were D backs Talib and Arrington who shut out monster TE Jimmy Graham, no catches, no yards, no heartache, no remorse.
Injuries to Talib, a reported hip flexor issue, Danny Amendola with a head injury, Jerod Mayo with a shoulder and chest injury which will most likely end his season, Edelman with a knee and possible concussion and RT Dan Connelly with a concussion will put more pressure on Brady to find a way vs the Jets version of Ryan D this weekend.
Welcome back to Stephen Ridley 20 carries for 96 yards and 2 TD’s
inspite of the bleakness
The Pats are 5-1 with Brady, smoke and mirrors and the beatable Jets 3-3, Dolphins 3-2 and Steelers 1-4 coming up before the bye.
How good are they? Who knows… but here in Paradise we will enjoy this free lunch.
The John Farrell Red Sox turned the bleak Bobby V Red Sox 67 wins into 96 wins from 2012 to 2013
Facing the Tampa pitching was going to be the undoing of this team, at least that’s what the experts said but it wasn’t… in a 3-1 series win.
The Tigers starting pitching was going to be the undoing of this team…
Anibel Sanchez totally dominated the Sox with 6 no hit innings and 12 K’s, the Tigers bullpen was equal to the task and beat the Sox 1-0 in game 1
Game 2 Cy Young leader Max Sherzer no hit the Sox into the 6th and had 13 K’s and a 5-0 lead when things seemed to change.
In Paradise the situation changes…suddenly it’s a 4 run game and then the bases are loaded and Big Papi, David Ortiz is at the plate. The Tigers go to their closer Benoit a right hander to face the left hander Ortiz. First pitch is an 85 mph grapefruit down the middle to the fastball hitting Ortiz. Ortiz said after, I knew he wasn’t throwing a fastball on the first so I sat on the offspeed and got it…bang a Grand Slam…tie game.
Koji has a 1,2,3 top of the 9th
Somehow Jonny Gomes gets a hit and goes to 2nd on the throw, third on a wild pitch and scores on Salty’s walk off single…Lunch.
Only in Boston
check out Boston sports writer and radio personality Gerry Calahan's column about David Ortiz
More Lunch in Paradise, a 4 PM start for Game 3 with Lackey and Verlander facing off.
Verlander comes a s advertised, a stud fastball pitcher that can crank it up to the high nineties when ever needed and doesn't need to be coddled with a pitch count. His 8 innings with 10 K's, 4 hits and 1 earned run should and would win most of the time.
John Lackey, part of the chicken and beer debacle of the '11 Sox and one year removed from Tommy John surgery at the age of 33 has been solid all year for the Sox. His sub .500 record the direct result of no run support. John is an intense man, not necessarily a nice man, has spent his 4 years in Boston as a guy many fans wish would just go home...
Lackey's line in game three: 6 2/3, 8 K's, 4 hits, ZERO runs and a W
The bullpen of Breslow, Tazawa and Koji shut the door on the Tigers.
ahhh Boston is sports paradise
I have to post this in advance of game 4 but will be back to comment in the morning.
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