Greetings from the Hoodwood where the grills are almost as hot as the weather…
In what has become a tradition in my blog writing, I invite the readers to participate in my annual summer grillout. I grew up in a family and neighborhood that grill got fired up as soon as it got fairly warm and just like the Fresh Prince stated in his classic jam, a grill can and does spark nostalgia. It also sparks some of the best debates/arguments ever. So grab a plate of food, pull up a cold one and join in. Moms always fixes a great spread. I’m a grill master. And the rest of the family does what they do. This year, Im gonna do the grill a little different. I get some of the Yougab peeps to stop thru, grab some grub and chat. Take a listen.
Bandit: Gimme 5 minutes and the steaks will be ready
Sully: You burn mine and we’re gonna fight, what the hell is Dwight Howard thinking? First he wants to stay in Orlando, then he wants out. Now he wants to go to Brooklyn?
Dwight Howard is the classic enigma, and you have to wonder who the hell is in his ear feeding him these ideas. The iconoclastic Magic center more or less told new GM that he wanted to be traded, but only traded to the Nets. For their part the Nets are pretty cool to Howard, they were working feverishly toward a deal last spring when Howard decided to not excerise his opt out. Now he wants to be traded, teams like the Rockets and Lakers have shown interest but have to be put off by Howards posturing. This will get a whole lot messier before its all said and done. Me myself, I
Beezer: Man, this grilled corn is something! Let me get another ear. Did I hear this right? Brandon Phillips ain’t an All-Star? What’s up with that???
The Reds 2nd Baseman is out hitting All-Star starter Dan Uggla by better than 50 points but didn’t win the vote. This is something that the All-Star manager could correct, right? Not if the NL manager is Tony LaRussa who will comeback to manage the NL, of course LaRussa holds a grudge and selects the heretofore unknown Jose Altuve of the Astros as spare 2nd baseman, then tries to act like he doesn’t hold a grudge by selecting two Cubs for the NL roster. CUBS!!! LaRussa is obviously holding a grudge from a fight from 2 years ago…geez get over it.
Princess Katie: Daddy, I love the spicy grilled chicken, but Im sooo upset. Steve Nash isn’t going to come back to the Suns…but why would he go to Toronto? That’s so gro-te. (Katie-ism for gross)
Steve Nash may very well be on his way to Toronto. The expatriate Canadian would be a PR coup for the otherwise nondescript raptors, the Raptors reportedly have offered Nash a fopur year deal which is more than any other team has offered. The Suns for their part have offered Nash a two year deal, but Nash wants at least three. The Nets are interested if they cant land the prize bull of the free agent class Deron Williams who is agonizing between the Nets and Mavs. Williams is a Dallas native and likes the idea of playing for his hometown, but he also likes the direction that the Nets are going and if they get Dwight Howard that changes the game even more. A Nash to the New York Knicks deal would be a strict sign and trade since the Knicks are so tight to the cap you couldn’t get a chicken bone under it.
Qwaizer: Hey Bandit, I was talking to your mom, I think its cool that her and her boyfriend really dig NASCAR. Did they ever get that situation at Kentucky Speedway straightened out? Make sure that you don’t burn my chops either
Brad Keselowski roared to an impressive win (in a backup car no less!) at the Kentucky Motor Speedway this past weekend which is in Sparta, KY about 45 mins southwest of Cincinnati. Last year was an absolute nightmare as many of the would be spectators were stuck in a hopeless traffic jam that ran miles back from the Speedway. I had a friend that left their house north of mine at noon to get to the track for a full day. Normal conditions its about an hour drive to the track They got about 20 miles from the speedway about 45 minutes later and only moved about 3 more miles in the next 8 hours! The speedway officials worked on improving the access to the track and the state worked quickly to improving the infrastructure in the area heading to the track. The result? No traffic problems and better that 107,000 people took in the race which other than the blistering heat (triple digits before the start of the race and 140 degrees on the track) came off without a hitch and NASCAR happy that the Kentucky Motor Speedway stepped its collective game up and turned out a fine race.
Lady Bandit: Honey, you keep gabbing and your gonna end up burning those ribs and brats! Do you really think Jonathan Vilma can sue the NFL and win?
Vilma is taking a super huge gambit suing the NFL in federal court saying that Commissioner Roger Goodell is not making a timely enough ruling on Vilma’s appeal of his year suspension for the bounty issues. This is separate from the defamation lawsuit that Vilma filed in May. Vilma is seeking a restraining order that allows him to keep playing if the suspension is upheld. While ballsy, the lawsuit has no traction and no chance of winning. All the league has to do is pull out a copy of the CBA and ask did they not negotiate the Commissioner’s ruling power. Its been well documented here that Im no Roger Goodell fan by any stretch but he has the law on his side here. Villma and the players are in a painted corner.
Princess Jazzie: Goal!!! Viva Espana!
Leave it to the Little one to say so much with so Little. Spain’s soccer team rolled through the Euro Cup and barely broke a sweat thrashing a solid Italian squad 4-0 to win their third straight major soccer tourney. The Spainards scored barely 15 minutes intop the match and the Italians just looked like they were out of their league and two steps behind all match. With the successful defense of the European title, it might be foolish to bet against the Spainards in any compettion anytime soon especially with the World Cup in 2014.
Moms: Some more of your Yougab people are coming over, so you better get that other box of steaks and chops out of the freezer. You say free food and suddenly you get a gallery like Tiger Woods.
Don’t look now but guess who is on top of the FedEx Cup Standings in Golf? That’s right Ol Eldrick himself, getting all Ranger Rick on the PGA tour, his win in the AT&T National was his 3rd in the 2012 season and his 74th of his storied career passing his idol Jack Nicklaus , Woods’ shot a final day 69 and went a breathtaking 41 straight holes without a bogey and beat Bo Van Pelt by 2 strokes finishing at 8 under par. Woods seemed to relish the fact that many in the media was openly questioning if he would win another event much less another major.
Allow me to step away from the grill for my phat dap and head slap of the week
Dap to Jeneba Tarmoh who finished in a dead heat with Allyson Felix for the 3rd and final spot on the US team for the 100 meter women’s race. A winner take all run off was supposed to be held yesterday at in Eugene, OR but Tarmoh decided to concede the spot to Felix, though some replays showed that she just beat Felix to the line. I would have liked to have seen a runoff, but Tarmoh decided to step away and not race. She had though she had won the spot and only found out it was a dead heat from reporters. A bit of a slap to the USATF for not having a contingency plan in place for something as prestigious and important as an Olympic Berth
Im not one to speak ill of the dead but I have to. Penn State just seems to dig itself even deeper with the revelations in the wake of the Sandusky. Now its being reported that Joe Paterno not only knew of the allegations but convinced his higher ups to keep it quiet. Little by little JoePa’s pristine image is being shredded. I was never a big fan of his, and thought his supposed pious image was a fraud. To see him rage on the sidelines and then act like he was supposedly so calm. I always had a beef with Penn State with the plain jerseys and Paternos assertation that it was about the team, but he never stopped being lionized. I always thought he was covering for his homie in Sandusky and that he knew more than he wanted to admit. Of Course this is all speculation and conjecture, no one will ever know the extent of what Paterno knew and the calls for Penn State to get the death penalty are just plain ignorant. To punish the kids that are playing for the school and had nothing to do with what that sick ass bastard Sandusky did is just flat wrong, Stop calling for punishing the body of the school, lets punish those that knew of the situation and did nothing to stop it.
Mo: Hey Bandit I brought DVT, IHM and Lanz and they are hungry…Average Fan DET is still trying to find his way through this maze of a neighborhood to your house but hes coming (Jazzie toddles her way over to Mo who picks her up with a big hug)
Jazzie: Uncle Mo! Why do the Red Sox Suck?
Everyone breaks up laughing
Fix yourself a plate, pour yourself a cold one and join the conversation!
Until Next Post Fellow Sports Fans!