Tagged with "Tebow"
Some Have Character, Others are Characters...
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Aaron Hernandez Tim Tebow Jamaal Franklin Ken Caminiti Roger Clemens Rafael Palmeiro

Character versus Characters...

Gotta be careful these days...

You can get a guy like Tebow with character, but not as much ability...

Or a guy like Hernandez with ability and not much character...

There always seems to be a team or two willing to take a chance the characters...

Unless of course they've killed somebody...

Allegedly...

Yes, there is forgiveness with some of these characters...

The key???

Admit your stupidity early...

Don't be the King of Denial...

Rafael Palmeiro...

Roger Clemens...

Oooppps, I misremembered...

Forgot to say allegedly...

And don't repeat the offense ad nauseum...

Here's one for you...

He gets a DUI...

And gets a technical for crashing into UConn's Kemba Walker at a critical juncture...

Of an NCAA playoff game...

San Diego State's talented Jamaal Franklin...

And teams don't seem to forget that nowadays...

Even if it did happen two years ago...

Turning a cinch first round draft pick...

Into number 41 in the second round by the Memphis Grizzlies...

Consequences...

You would think they would learn...

But they don't...

This is enticing world is too much for some of these guys...

Be careful the company you keep...

If Tim Tebow couldn't save Aaron Hernandez, who can???

(Yes, Christian friends. I know Tebow doesn't do the saving, but you get my drift...) 

And, as you may have heard...

Tebow unsuccessfully tried to keep Hernandez from punching a restaurant manager in 2007...*

Consumed two drinks, then refused to pay for them...

Allegedly...

Yeah, and he was only seventeen at the time...

Just look at the guy and you can tell he has issues...

All inked up like that...

So the beat goes on...

The only question is...

Not if it will happen again...

But when it will happen again...

And it will...

Must we forget the drunk who killed Nick Adenhart and two friends four years ago???

And speaking of that incident...

If you haven't heard...

Angel pitcher Jered Weaver and his wife honored their friend Nick...

Naming their baby boy Aden...

That's character...

These things are not restricted to one particular skin color or ethnicity either...

Remember Ken Caminiti???

​Steve Howe???

This is what I preach to my incoming freshmen...

"What is the one thing that will keep you from graduating?"

The answer???

"Your friends."

"You hang out with the wrong people and you are doomed for failure."

It really IS sad...

The characters getting more attention than those WITH character...

As Earth, Wind, and Fire sings...

"That's the way... of the world..."

 

dvt

 

 

 

 

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The Time Is Right for Tebow Time in New England
Category: NFL
Tags: New England Patriots Tim Tebow Rob Gronkowski Aaron Hernandez

My computer is up and running for and extended period of time and I will see how long this will last.

Believe me I am not a Tebow fan, but I think the stars have aligned themselves for the re-branding of Tebow Time.

The Patriots sure know how to draft tight ends. They have Rob Gronkowski, a 2nd round pick in the 2010 draft and Aaron Hernandez, a 4th round pick in the 2010 draft.

While they were considered great picks, and rightfully so, as Rob and Aaron had good careers at Arizona and Florida, respectively. On the football field, they have played well. Hernandez has 18 touchdowns and 1,956 yards in three seasons, while Gronkowski has had a stellar career so far with 38 touchdowns and 2,663 yards in his 3 years.

It’s the off season that has been the problem for these two men. Gronkowski had been a avid partier with a girlfriend who was a porno star. Rob has several surgeries to his left arm and just recently he had back surgery for the second time. Not necessarily career threatening, but 2 back surgeries and multiple arm surgeries and there is talk he will need another arm surgery later on down the road. Ah, and Hernandez is another problem. Right down the chances aren’t looking for him. Cops have been search his home with a fine tooth comb looking for evidence in the murder of Oldin Lloyd. Lloyd was last seen with Aaron the night before his death and was found a mile away from the home of Hernandez.

Which leads me to Timmy….. Now no one really thinks that Tebow is going to play quarterback for New England, do they???? So, the perfect position to put him in would be at tight end. That way Patriot fans will see first hand what Tebowing is all about.

Good Luck Patriot fans.

Deep Thoughts 6-19-2013
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NBA Spurs vs Heat Lebron's shoes Idiot DJs Hernandez Gronk and Tebow

 

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Have you ever had one of those days when you seem to be chasing your tail? My wife left for the Philly area for a 3 day conference on Monday morning and it has been an uphill battle every since. This week it will be TGIT.

 

For the first time all year, I sat down and watched most of an NBA game. Honestly, I thought game 6 was a hard fought game that San Antonio let slip away. The Heat really impressed me with the defense they played from the beginning of the fourth quarter on. The Spurs struggled with finding the three ball, but still had the game in their pocket with only a few seconds left in the game. Who am I to question Pop, but if Tim Duncan is in the game, that offensive rebound that allowed Ray Allen to tie the game would have probably been in Duncan’s hands and game over. My prediction of Spurs in 6 games very nearly game to pass…but sadly for Spurs fans it was not to be. Does San Antonio have a chance to win game 7? Absolutely, but they will need a better shooting nigh to beat the Heat. The media will say that this was a punch in the Spurs gut. ..a really devastating loss that will be tough to get over. That may be true, but one thing that I know is that Pop will have the Spurs ready to compete on Thursday.

 

 

 

 

 

So, I guess you can’t fault LeBron for lack of confidence. News broke on Tuesday that James new Nike shoes have already crowned James with two championships. Do you think this was an accident? Nah…Nike does not make “accidents’. I would love to see them forced to recall the shoes…

 


 

Did you hear about the Atlanta area DJs getting canned for mocking an Ex New Orleans Saint, Steve Gleason. One of the ‘hosts” pretended to call in as Gleason. He told a few jokes before asking the hosts to smother him. What do people think about sometimes? How would anyone think that this would be remotely funny? Predictably, the phone line lit up with angry callers. The guilty trio took to twitter to apologize for their actions…but that did not keep their jobs. Thankfully!

 

Monday night, my son played a game down in San Antonio at the Mission’s minor league ball park. For the first time in a long time, I decided not to make the trip to see his game. I wish I had made the journey as he went yard for the first time using wood. This is really quite a poke as left center it is about 370…I wish I had been there, but listening to him describe the at bat was pretty damn cool too.

 

 

Yesterday I read that Aaron Hernandez is being questioned about a murder. I figured that it was probably nothing and that he would be cleared. Today, I heard on the news that Aaron Hernandez is facing a civil suit that accuses him of shooting a man in the eye while they were riding together in a car. Authorities have now picked up the story and a looking at filing criminal charges against him. With Gronk out after having surgery on his back and these accusations about Hernandez...it looks like the Pats maybe in dire need of a TE. Hmmm....not saying anything about Tebow, but it sure does look suspiciously like the hoodie might have been hedging his bet. Can you imagine this conversation...Tim the team needs you to work out a bit at TE...Coach Bill is not a dumb guy.

 

 


 

 

That is all I have today, but I will leave with a bit of Jack Handey…

 

Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say you're an astronaut on the moon and you fear that your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces, wham!, you just slam the door behind him and blast off. He might call you on the radio and say he's not Dracula, but you just say, "Think again, bat man."

 

Most of the time it was probably real bad being stuck down in a dungeon. But some days when there was a bad storm outside, you’d look out your little window and think, “boy I am glad that I am not out in THAT.

 


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

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lazarus
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Tebow Patriots Belichick

 

Isn't there something that seems just so right about all this?

Scant weeks ago this writer, along with many others, had penned Tim Tebow's football epitaph. But it seems the phoenix has risen from the ashes --- or perhaps Lazarus would provide a more fitting analogy. Scratch the 'perhaps.'

Ah, the power of the media. About a month ago we all knew that Bill Belichick 'hated' Tim Tebow 'as a quarterback.' That seething contempt has boiled over into a two-year unguaranteed contract. Before the deal was made Belichick made a point of slamming the media over the report. Owner Bob Kraft has gone out of his way to publicly embrace the signing of a good influence with the coveted quality of spirituality, not a circus side-show or Bible-thumper as Tebow's critics in the media and elsewhere would prefer to spin him.

Of course, no one knows the eventual outcome. Right now it's a typical Patriot low-risk-high-reward offseason move. They don't all pan out, but that's where the 'low-risk' part comes in. Sometimes they do --- that's where the 'high-reward' portion of the deal gets amplified, such as with Randy Moss and Corey Dillon, both with significantly higher perceived risk than Tebow.

Tebow could be cut. Tebow could become a situational and special-teams ace, the sort of versatile contributor so beloved by Belichick. Tebow even could (and this is where New England has a trump card) be slowly groomed to fill the role he surely wants --- that of quarterback and leader --- by an acknowledged master of the trade. For the Patriots it's really a no-lose situation because the taciturn Belichick knows how to keep the media at bay and how to keep his players from caving to it. Didn't anyone get a funny feeling when Wes Welker made a number of distinctly unPatriotlike comments to the media the past few seasons? And crazed tweeters need not apply. Yet there is tolerance for off-field antics, or even tweets, especially when the player produces no issues on the field or in the clubhouse.

Tebow's resume is suddenly laced with criticism. How quickly the media can change things. Bad mechanics. Lousy completion percentage. Bad in practice. Let's face it, his most egregious flaw to the media has been his Evangelical faith. Even when fans in places like New York tried to accept it, they were told that they didn't. Kraft put that one to bed early. Belichick just says what he always says, that the Patriots will 'see how it works.' 

So he prays. Ever see Ray Lewis pray? Tebow's past is vastly less scarred than Lewis'. He truly practices what he preaches. Maybe that's what gives the media fits of insecurity.

And what's Tebow done that's so bad, anyway? Looking at the record and nothing else, he's been
1. a record-setting high schooler in Florida, whose HS teams can beat most small colleges,
2. a multiple national and SEC champion, plus a Heisman winner, in college,
3. a surprise draft pick who was inserted into a cellar-bound Denver lineup and led them to the playoffs, where he beat none other than Ben Roethlisberger with a brilliant slant pattern toss that ended overtime almost instantly.

Maybe he's just been too good for his own good.

That after scoring on the team's opening drive in Foxboro he was crushed by New England in the next playoff game of 2012, and that he then languished behind perhaps the worst quarterback collection in the NFL in New York, seemed to be what the naysayers were praying for. They pounced. Funny, it didn't seem to faze the supposed agent of his downfall, New England.

Tom Brady comments that Tebow has been all over him since coming, reminding him of himself years back with Drew Bledsoe and Doug Flutie. That can't be bad.

He's 'unorthodox.' Yup. What, Kaepernick is 'orthodox'? Wilson? Griffin? Newton?

If Tebow fails with the Patriots, it will be for one reason alone --- that he really isn't very good with playbooks, of which New England's is at least rumored to be the most complex. But it won't be because he's 'a distraction' despite contemptible and endless media attempts to make him one, and it won't be because he doesn't work hard. Even the playbook might not be a factor... he's not a Tom Brady clone, and everyone knows that. It's doubtful that fact is lost only on Belichick.

The beauty of it all is that if this experiment succeeds, it could be anything from a positive addition to the coup of the decade. If it fails, it will be just another mug of many who failed to crack New England's roster.

Hal B's Fantastic Friday Sports Spectacular
Category: FEATURED
Tags: NHL hockey bruins blackhawks NBA NFL football Tim Tebow Wes Welker RGIII Harbaugh

Happy Friday everyone! (unless you work weekends, then it’s a Monday or something for you and you hate these “Happy Friday” jerks like me and you have good reason to be grumpy). Wait, I have to work on Saturday? Anyway, there was another fun week of sports with lots of topics to touch on today.  Yes, this is a Sports Spectacular, not an extravaganza anymore.: I realized I was flunking alliteration and needed to get it straightened out.  OK, enough blather about nonsensical and onto the sports:

WHAT THE PUCK?:

The NHL Stanley Cup Championship Finals kicked off in style with a triple-overtime thriller in Chicago where the Blackhawks gutted out  a 4-3 victory over the Boston Bruins.  Both teams showed their grit and determination in game one Wednesday night and Thursday morning.  The Bruins looked like they would continue their domination of their opponents by jumping out to 2-0 and 3-1 leads; however, unlike against Pittsburgh and New York where the imposing black and gold defense locked down the opposition, Chicago stormed back on their home ice.

 

The Blackhawks scored quickly to cut the deficit to 3-2 after Bruins rookie defenseman Torey Krug made a terrible pass out of his own end and right onto the stick of the Blackhawks at the blue line and Dave Bolland netted it to cut it to one.  Boom. The light was lit and Chicago had a skip in their stride as they attacked Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask with a bombardment of shots.

 

They finally broke through to tie the game with Chicago’s Johnny Oduya converting on a strange bouncer, as this time the puck deflected past Rask off the skate of defenseman Andrew Ference who was defending against the attacker behind the net with his back to the shooter. Suddenly in less than 5 minutes the match was tied and soon into overtime.

 

The Bruins brought the energy to the first overtime, generating some great scoring chances but not getting the puck past goalie Corey Crawford who was strong in goal in the extra period.  By the second overtime, the Bruins had lost their mojo and looked like a team of “Jaromir Jagr”’s, slow and plodding as the Blackhawks skated circles around them.  With first line playoff star Nathan Horton (upper body injury) in the training room, the Bruins constant offensive pressure of the first overtime was gone, and they hung on as goalie Tuukka Rask tried to keep them in the game.

 

Chicago finally broke through after almost completing an entire extra game as Michal Rozsival’s shot was deflected twice as it worked its way past Rask and ended the marathon game one.  

 

The Blackhawks are a strong team, with some really creative and explosive players who can move the puck and put pressure on the defense.  For the Bruins, it has to take some wind out of their sails after having been on a great roll since their game seven comeback in the first round of the playoffs against Toronto. Playing over 110 minutes and still losing has to hurt, and it will be interesting to see how the Black and Gold respond to this adversity.

 

The Bruins had this game in the bag, as a two goal lead should be an automatic win at this juncture of the season.  Much credit goes to Chicago, as the Blackhawks ramped up the pressure and goalie Corey Crawford made a number of great saves to give his team a chance to to win.  I may not want to stay up to 1:00 AM every game, but if game one is a preview of the series to be, it is gonna be a heck of a ride!

 

BIG ROUND BALLS:

Word association time as the NBA season grinds to its end with the Heat and Spurs locked in combat for the NBA Championship:

 

  • The Heat: annoying

 

  • LeBron James: flip-flop flippity flop flop

 

  • Ray Allen: Traitor!

 

  • Tim Duncan and the Spurs: class act

 

and one for the Boston locals:

 

  • Doc Rivers: say it ain’t so! Baby, come home. Don’t hurt the ones you love.


 

NFL NOTES:

Chad Johnson amazingly found the spotlight yet again outside of the gridiron. In court for a plea deal to get out of jail time for a violation of his probation after his domestic violence case involving his headline loving ex-wife (and reality television “star”).  The player formerly known as Ocho-Cinco slapped his lawyer on the rear end playfully and got smacked down by the judge as she put him in jail for 30 days. So now the failure that was an overpaid wash out in New England, Ocho-stinko, is now Ocho-Clinko.  The worst part of being in jail 30 days for Johnson is that if someone tosses him the soap in the shower, based on his play in New England, he’s gonna drop it.  

 

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OK, now that two years of pent-up frustration (due to overpaying and dealing with a bozo, overpaid, self-promoting wide receiver who could not get on the right page in the offense with one of the greatest quarterbacks of the modern NFL) is out,  we’re focusing on keeping it classy the rest of the way with the NFL Notes:

 

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Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow, Tim Tebow.  There. That’s more than enough Tebow talk for me.  The battle for the 53rd spot on the roster and right to be one of the seven inactives each Sunday has never been so thrilling.  

 

In my opinion, Tebow is at his best a back-up quarterback who should be kept in glass with a “Break in Case of Emergency Only”.  No team can afford to develop him at another position without an NFL Europe to send him out to for learning and seasoning. Also, any situation with a shaky starter in place can fracture the team.  New England is a fit for him this camp, because he has no chance of starting (Tom Brady) and equally has no chance to be the number two quarterback (Ryan Mallett).  After thinking about it, and the fact he has a two year contract, Tebow is likely to spend the season on the Patriots “veteran practice squad”, which is injured reserve.  A tweaked hamstring or “concussion” is often enough to shut a player down for the year and another look after a season of working out, learning the playbook, and being coached up.

 

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One story that was lost in the Tim Tebow news cycle was former New England Patriots wide receiver Wes Welker sounding off in Denver about “finally being able to be himself” now that he’s out of the Foxboro Gulag. It seems almost silly that a 32 year old man has to go out of his way to complain about the repression of the multi-millionaire Proletariat by the repressive Bourgeois in New England. Sorry, Wes, but I get paid a whole heck of a lot less (see: a pinch higher than zero) than Welker earned in his worst year, and you should be subjected to the restrictive privacy policy and non-disclosure junk I have to wade through each year as a government employee.  Shut up and play football. Just because the coach say you can talk, don’t waste anyone’s time by whining.

 

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St Louis Rams fans have to be in a tough spot.  They must wonder what in the world their management staff had to be thinking when they kept quarterback Sam Bradford and traded Washington the pick that turned out to be Robert Griffin III.  Bradford is back for year three in St Louis without a lot of progression towards becoming a star, and having watched RGIII lead his team to the playoffs as a rookie and revitalize an entire franchise in just one year, panic must be setting in. This is a big year for Bradford and the Rams, as they do not want to find themselves in the position of the franchises who passed on Dan Marino in the 1983 NFL Draft and suffer a decade plus of regret.

 

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San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh, spent part of this week smack talking like he was the illegitimate son of Buddy Ryan, making news by noting division rival, the Pete “pumped and jacked” Carroll led Seattle Seahawks, are currently leading the league...

in PED suspensions.

Coaches commenting on other teams is usually not something going on in the NFL, but the Harbaugh’s are part of the young, brash coaches who talk big and then back it up.  There’s n problem with anyone talking trash, but backing it up is important. When the Jets beat the Patriots in the playoffs, the Patriots had no choice but to take the heat.  Seattle fans may not like to hear about it, but this has the makings of a heck of a rivalry this fall.  Both teams have creative coaches, fantastic young quarterbacks, strong and aggressive defenses, and loads of big play talent on offense. The teams meet in week two, and this could be a rivalry for the NFL to spotlight for years to come.

 

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Some running backs are on the move, as former New York Giants bruiser Ahmad Bradshaw landed in Indianapolis on a one-year deal.  One of the “old breed” running backs, Bradshaw chews up yards and linebackers while trying to play through the foot injuries he has had and the bumps and bruises of his pad-lowering power running style. An underrated performer in New York, some dings and bruises last year hurt his value this off-season and the Colts got a true feature back who, when able to play, will make young Andrew Luck better just by keeping linebackers close to the line of scrimmage and safeties up in the box.

 

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The Denver Broncos decided to release feature back Willis McGahee and give the ball to 2nd round pick Montee Ball, from Wisconsin. Ball the Bruising Badger must have put on a heck of a show in OTAs as McGahee, who missed the voluntary workouts for personal reasons, never got on the field to show he was healed from last season’s knee injury that left the Broncos vulnerable in the post-season with only third-down back Ronnie Hillman and the completely useless Knowshon Moreno to try and keep defenses honest.  The pressure is on Ball to step up and contribute immediately, as Denver is not going to scare any linebackers with Hillman or Moreno in the backfield.

 

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Interesting tidbit (I found it at Mike Florio’s NBC site ProFootballTalk) about the Buffalo Bills and high price free agent defensive lineman Mario Williams.  Williams mentioned to Buffalo News writer Tim Graham that Mike Pettine, the defensive coordinator in the great white north of New York, usually says “Kill ‘em or hurt ‘em”.  Florio mentions it as part of the post-BountyGate NFL frowning upon these statements, but not really dishing any discipline.  So the defense is trying to “kill the quarterback”?  Shocking. Of course, from what I saw of Williams in his in initial season in Buffalo, he’d best concentrate on getting near the quarterback on the field, and not talking about it on the sidelines.

 

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OK, that’s all for now. Thanks as always for checking-in, and let’s kick-off a great weekend!

 
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