Welcome to the tantrums, where Uncle B.O.B. was very happy to see some actual cool sports performances on the field, and almost no drama off it. Let’s keep this trend up.
Just a sports thought. Damn if this weekend was not a phenomenal sports weekend. Great CFB games and all, but how far has the NFL fallen when we are pleasantly surprised by the product they put out this weekend? Let’s be serious for a moment, when you looked at this past weekend schedule, you weren’t exactly enthused were you? Yeah, there was SEA/SF and CAR/NO, but really was there anything genuinely compelling?
NFL. I love Football, and I’m disgusted by what it’s becoming. Case in point – nobody is going to convince me that what is going on with the Houston Texans is nothing more than players absolutely quitting on the team. A team with that talent losing 11 games in a row? Something very deep is going on down there. Oh, and congratulations Texan players, you got your coach fired.
Speaking of quitting – hello Washington Deadskins. Good Lord, could you imagine the rage coming out of our friend 3rd Stone from the Sun?
Ten NFL thoughts:
Hey Richard Sherman: You mad bro? Seattle got exposed yesterday in SF. Zebras finally took away their excessive physicality on D.
Hey 49ers: GROW UP!!! Play your game and stop whining to the Zebras.
Vikings/Ravens game was a classic. I don’t know why, but I’m on the Vikings bandwagon.
Don’t get me started on the Cleveland/New England game. Absolute BULLSHIT!
That Gronkowski injury was absolutely brutal. But because it was New England, I guarantee that all of a sudden the NFL will become "interested" in low hits.
Are we really looking at a Miami Dolphin team that is 7-6 & in the fight for a six-seed in the AFC?
Philly/Detroit game was amazing.
I absolutely love the improvement of the Arizona Cardinals. Who knew?
Just because Denver blew up Tennessee, it doesn’t mean the Peyton questions aren’t still relevant.
Was just thinking, Tampa is 4-9 right? A few breaks go their way in September and we’re looking at 7-6, add in blowing that lead in Seattle, and they could have been 8-5. A better team than we all think?
NBA. Hey Spike Lee, how you doing?
Amazing how a few years changes things. Just a few years ago, Carmelo Anthony engineered/forced a trade to the New York Knicks. The Knicks mortgaged everything just to get him and now look. Now all of a sudden Knick fans want to trade him. OK Knick fans, what exactly do you think you are going to get for a superstar with baggage who only wants to play in NYC at a high price? I would be shocked to see anybody fool enough to pull the trigger and grab Anthony.
Wow, what happened to the Knicks Sunday? Getting blown out by 41 is bad enough, but to the Celtics?
I really wish I could take the NBA more seriously as a legitimate professional basketball league because what’s going on in San Antonio, Portland, and Indiana is certainly worthy of mention. Teams playing as a team and dominating.
Toronto and Sacramento trading seven players total (Rudy Gay, Acy, and Gray to SAC for Salmons, Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes) is good for both teams, but does nothing in the short-term.
MLB. DO NOT be surprised if at some point within the next ten years, Robinson Cano is wearing Yankee pinstripes again.
How cool would it be if A-Fraud wins his battle and the Yankees say “OK” then sit him.
Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, and Bobby Cox going into the HOF? Hell yeah, right thing to do.
Lastly, there will come a time very shortly where I will have to talk about the debacle regarding the Oakland A's ownership, location, and stadium issues. It's getting ugly folks. It'll probably be some filler come January, but this issue could be huge and Bud Selig is an effing liar.
Make no mistake – the officiating in the Browns/Patriots tilt was atrocious. How many times during the course of a game do coaches issue 3 challenges and have them all upheld? That’s not to mention the calls that cannot be challenged. It turns out the average coach in 2011 issued about 6 challenges all year – put another way that’s about one challenge every 2.5 games. That season, the success rate was 51%. Coach Chud and Coach Belichick issued three and were successful on all three, Chud throwing 2 flags. Interestingly enough, Coach Bill was written up on NBC Sports earlier in the week asking why coaches shouldn’t be allowed to challenge everything. I like that idea, by the way.
What would be interesting would be to see challenges by officiating team – my theory is that the number of challenges over a season, and furthermore successful challenges, would give some indication of how well an officiating team handles itself. To be sure, the NFL evaluates the officials but we the fans never see those evaluations, so we’re left with our own analysis with the NFL sponsored talking heads to prop up the official calls.
I’d love to see the official evaluation of the officiating in the last minute or so of the Browns/Pats game. Jordan Poyer gets called for unnecessary roughness on the touchdown pass to Julian Edelman. Somewhat questionable, even to this Patriots loyalist. Then, the officials got the penalty wrong, quickly correcting themselves to imposing 15 yards on the kickoff. Now what makes that call important was that it was clear the Pats would on-side kick, and they would be doing it from the 50 instead of the 35.
When the Pats remarkably collected up the kick, on the second play (:30 seconds or so showing on the clock) Brady’s pass to Josh Boyce in the endzone gets batted away…on what was called Pass Interference. This was a far more suspect call for sure.
For sure, there was a lot of opportunity for the Browns to win this game – even with the suspect calls. You HAVE to recover the onside kick. Have to. The Pats moved the ball some 80 yards over the course of the last 2 minutes of the game and scored two touchdowns. You HAVE to stop that. But like most things in life, mistakes compound each other, and in the end that compounding effect lost the game for the Brownies. The officials questionable calls certainly didn’t help, but in the end analysis it was adversity to be overcome. The PI was the icing on the cake, but take care of what you have to take care of and we don’t get to PI. I wonder if that call was a bit of a gift – had that call not been made, Brady would have taken more time off the clock and may have scored anyway. At least Campbell got one last bite of the apple to get to FG territory – and he almost did.
A LOT of things had to happen in the Pats favor – and it worked out that way. The Pats had to execute, and they did. The Browns had to stop the execution, and they didn’t. The Brownies got no favors for sure, but they didn’t do what they had to.
Now this is a Patriots team I can figure out. They sit at 10-3. They could easily be 12-1. They could easily be 8-5. Think about how the Denver game ended – ball bounces off a Denver player and the Pats recover…and take the FG. What’s the likelihood Manning doesn’t move that ball 50 yards for a FG attempt?
Their last game with the Jets ended when they were called for a penalty that hadn’t been called all year, and hasn’t been made since. With another bite of the apple, Jets win. As it turns out, it was the same ref for both the Browns and Jets games. Looks like both teams have been "Bogered" this season. They could’ve easily lost to the Texans…and the Browns.
They could easily have lost to the Bills in the first game of the season. It’s an interesting team to watch, because they’re good but not dominant. You just don’t know what team is going to show up. Of their 10 wins, they’ve beaten the snot out of the Bucs and the Steelers; beat the Dolphins convincingly and the Falcons by 7. The rest are all victories of 3 points or less.
Other notes: We put up our Christmas tree this weekend. It’s one of the few places, the Vikings and Packers live in harmony. I’m actually kind of embarrassed about the number of sports ornaments on the tree. All 4 Boston teams. Many Patriots and Red Sox. Complete homer tree. The only thing that keeps it out of the trailer park is that they’re reasonably high quality, expensive ones. But lets face it, the upper crust don’t have sports ornaments on their tree.
The Dog: He’s hanging in there, but he took a bad turn this weekend. He’s not doing well. It’s been such a roller coaster for us: seems to be doing better, seems to be failing. Up. Down. It’s so hard to know what to do with our little guy, so we’re just doing our best to enjoy his company .
Be well. Enjoy your loved ones. And my the best team win.
So Monday is here again...Wow, that went fast...Before I get into all the College Football madness, and my own personal madness, I have to talk about the Cleveland Browns game in New England...I was busy all day Sunday, but I kept checking into the game...Each time I was shocked to see the Browns in the lead...The lead was never too big...That will happen when you settle for field goals instead of punching it into the end zone...
Late in the 4th quarter the Browns were still up, but Tom Brady gets the ball back with over two minutes left...TD, Onside Kick, Bad Pass Interference Call, TD, Game Over...Patriots win...The Browns snatch defeat from the Jaws of victory...BRUTAL!
I was reminded of why I gave up my Browns Fan Card...Games like this...Like most of the games they've played this year...
My numerous Ohio State fans had a rough go at it this weekend, and Michigan State's defense handled Braxton Miller and company...And the MSU offense seemed to surprise the hapless Buckeyes defense...The Spartans took down the #2 Buckeyes 34-24, and every Auburn player, coach and fan rejoiced...And all of the SEC had another chance to laugh at Ohio State...
Earlier in the Day Auburn won the SEC title in a no defense allowed battle with Missouri, winning 59-42...Florida State rolled Duke 45-7 in the ACC title game...So it's set...#1 FSU will take on Auburn in the National Championship Game...So how did the other bowls shake out?
I was hoping they would have matched Urban Meyer and Nick Saban's egos in a battle...But instead Saban's Tide will face Oklahoma in the Sugar Bowl...Ohio State will take on Clemson in the Orange Bowl...Or the battle of two highly touted teams that fell on their faces!
The Fiesta Bowl will be Baylor and UCF...Oklahoma State and Missouri will play the Cotton Bowl...And in what could be the most fun game to watch, the Rose Bowl, Stanford will face Michigan State...Two hard-nosed teams that like to pound the ball and play defense...Defense! What's that!?! A rarity these days!
My Irish will play Dec. 28th against Rutgers, in the Pinstripe Bow at Yankee Stadium...The Irish better win! That's all I have on that.
As for my life this weekend...Friday night I took the kids skating...My wife and I were suppose to go out to a Christmas party, but our sitter got seriously sick, and our evening out was screwed...
Saturday we took the kids with friends to lunch with Santa...The saw the fat man...Asked him for a specific thing or two...(already have them...Santa already has his shopping done!) Here's Little Beeze thinking hard about exactly what he wants...
Afterwards we took the kids for ice cream...Then back to our friends home...My buddy and I ditched the kids and ladies for a couple hours, grabbed a couple beers, a burger, and watched some football...Lunch with Santa wasn't that good, or filling...
Sunday was work...Lots of work...We did a big switch in the Beeze house...We moved the girls upstairs to our room...and moved us down to their room...Fuck I forgot how heavy that King size bed was...And those sweet bunk beds I put together months ago...I had to take them apart to get them through the doorways, and up the stairs...It was ton of work, cleaning, lifting...Good exercise too...Which will go well with our change in diet...We've gone with organic meat, fruits, and veggies...And we've been juicing in place of one meal a day...We've both felt better and lost some weight in just a week since we got the juicer...
The weekend went fast, and somehow felt long...
Now for this week's Christmas song...It's more of a anti-Christmas song, but I like it...Daniel Mustard's "Since Santa Ain't Coming"
The last two weeks of this CFB season made up for a lot, and there’s at least one final regular season game, Army/Navy. Now this is gonna sound a bit arrogant, but I believe that when you talk about student-athletes, you have to use these young men (as well as Air Force) as role models.
Color me a happy B.O.B. today as Ohio State lost.
Northern Illinois blew it, and it hurts the MAC’s chances going forward of ever getting props.
How weird is it that the 2nd best CFB in the State of Florida is Central Florida?
Rice is the C-USA Champ?
For as much bashing as I do to the SEC, that game yesterday was good. Didn’t go down the way I would have liked, but it was still good.
I honestly thought Arizona State was gonna give Stanford a bit of a challenge.
How in the hell did Oklahoma State blow that game against Oklahoma? They came in way too flat.
Fresno State has had a pretty good run this season. Too bad that because they are the champs of the Mountain West that they didn’t get more respect. But I will say that CBS putting that game on their channel was pretty cool.
Who got the better coaching deal, USC or Washington? I say Washington. But out of all of that UCLA will win the recruiting wars.
What does losing Peterson mean for Boise State?
I wanna give props to Texas. They may not have achieved the normal level of expectation in Austin, but they didn't shrivel up and fade away either.
My Bowl Picks. Holy Crap, did the BCS get lucky. After all the craziness shook out yesterday, the Orange Bowl went from looking at a potential Duke/UCF matchup to Clemson/Ohio State. Uh, I'd say they were the big winners down in Miami. The Fiesta Bowl got screwed, and if I'm the folks in Phoenix, do I really want to buy a ticket to a Big 12/Big Least game?
NC Game: Florida State/Auburn
Rose: Stanford/Michigan State
Orange: Clemson/Ohio State. The big bowl winner here.
Fiesta: Baylor/UCF. No disrespect, but the biggest bowl loser here. This game will get ignored.
Cotton: Missouri/Oklahoma State
My CFB Top 25. As you know I am a Florida State fan, but there is no joy in my heart about this NC Game. Their schedule was PATHETIC, their leader put himself in the middle of a felony charge, and now they potentially are the sacrificial lamb being led to the SEC slaughter. There's one thing we don't know about the Seminoles: How will they play when they face a challenge? How will they respond if Auburn jumps out to a lead? They don't know how to respond to adversity.
Auburn (12-1) (1, Won vs. Missouri 59-42). SEC Champions & NC Championship Game vs. Florida State?
Florida State (13-0) (2, Won vs. Duke 45-7). ACC Champions & NC Championship Game vs. Auburn?
Alabama (11-1) (5, Lost @ Auburn 34-28). Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma? Not to their standards, but not bad consolation.
Michigan State (12-1) (7, won vs. Ohio State 34-24). Big 10 Champions & Rose Bowl vs. Stanford.
Ohio State (12-1) (6, Lost vs. Michigan State 34-24). This has to be the luckies program out there. A trip to Miami in the Orange Bowl vs. Clemson?
Baylor (11-1) (8, Won vs. Texas 30-10). Big 12 Champions. Fiesta Bowl bound vs. UCF?
Stanford (11-2) (9, Won @ Arizona State 38-14). PAC 12 Champions and Rose Bowl vs. Michigan State. Physical game.
Oklahoma (10-2) (13, Won @ Oklahoma State 33-24). Inconsistent team, yet they draw a Sugar Bowl bid vs. Alabama?
Missouri (11-2) (3, Lost to Auburn 59-42). Hell of a run. Hope the Tigers get a Cotton Bowl bid.
Arizona State (10-3) (10, Lost vs. Arizona 38-14). There's something about these guys I really like.
Oklahoma State (10-2) (4, Lost vs. Oklahoma 33-24). They’ve got to be sick after this loss.
Oregon (10-2) (12, Won vs. Oregon State 36-35).
Fresno State (11-1) (15, Beat Utah State 24-17). MWC Champs. I hope they get rewarded w/a good bowl.
Duke (10-2) (12, Lost to Florida State 45-7). Peach Bowl bound?
South Carolina (10-2) (21, Won vs. Clemson 31-17).
LSU (8-3) (17, Won vs. Arkansas 31-27).
Clemson (10-2) (7, Lost @ South Carolina 31-17).
UCF (11-1) (19, Won @ SMU 17-13). Big Least Champs. Congratulations - you got a Fiesta Bowl bid against Baylor.
North Dakota State (12-0) (20, vs. Furman). Second Round FCS Playoffs.
Louisville (11-1) (22, Won @ Cincinnati 31-24). Meh…
Bowling Green (10-3). MAC Champions.
Northern Illinois (12-1) (12, Lost vs. Bowling Green 47-27). Damn. At home? Lost a whole bunch of chedda on that choke job.
Miami, FL (9-3). (24).
Ball State (10-2) (NR).
Biggest Winner yesterday: Michigan State.
Biggest Losers yesterday: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Northern Illinois. These guys have to be absolutely sick at what they lost considering prestige and money involved.