I want to thank Beeze for allowing me to add another blog on Monday. I have so much stirring in my mind that I want to get off my chest before I leave town. Like Jerry Reed sings in “Smokey and the Bandit”, we’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there, so let’s get this party started:
Before I start though, I do ask for one thing, your prayers. My nephew and his girlfriend were expecting their third child and she was 23 weeks pregnant. Suddenly Sunday Faith arrived in the world. Faith weighed one pound seven ounces and she is still fighting for life and was rushed to the specialty unit here in Sacramento. Faith, you keep fighting girl, you hear me? Your obnoxious Uncle B.O.B. wants to meet you come Christmas time, and if we’re truly lucky at Thanksgiving! That will be my Christmas present. I don’t need nothing else.
Props? To ESPiN??? ESPN announced that they have entered into partnership to cover the 2015 Special Olympics in LA, and I think that’s absolutely FAN-FREAKING-TASTIC. I hope to be able to catch it.
Props? To ESPiN #2??? 21 years ago I was moved by Jimmy V’s speech. I mean, who wasn’t??? Classic lines, lots of laughs, and good advice. In case you forgot:
And Wednesday, I became moved yet again. This time it was Stuart Scott who moved me. I knew he was fighting, but I didn’t know it was that bad. Stuart, PLEASE KEEP FIGHTING, MOST OF ALL WIN! Here is the video link if you're interested in Scott's speech: http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=11225895 . I watch Jimmy V, Robin Roberts, Stuart Scott, & my father all those years ago and my Mother in Law. I marvel at their strength, courage, grace, positivity, resilience, & determination. You want to talk about role models?
Baseball. Mike and Mike, ESPiN, and Bud Selig bristled at the mere mention of a comment made by some union mouthpiece about Baseball being a “regional” sport. Take a look at this and you tell me:
Can we cut the “we’re not regional” crap? It's about money that just happens to be in the NYC, LA, St. Louis, and Boston areas. Yet In 2014 out of potentially 30 teams in the league, 16 can’t get a sniff of playing on Sunday Night, including arguably one of the best and most exciting teams right now, the Oakland A’s? A two time defending Division Champ with SIX all-stars and the two-time defending HR Derby champ, and this team can’t play once on Sunday Night, yet you can show the Yankees and Dead (err, Red) Sox FIVE times? What about SunTzu’s Washington Nationals? B-dub’s Braves only once? Kyle’s Blue Jays? AFD’s new home Pittsburgh? Who gets to watch King Felix pitch outside of MLB Network (which a lot of folks don’t get)?
OK, OK, enough ranting...on to real Baseball, sorta. Did you catch 105 year old Great-Granny's act in San Diego down at PETCO Sunday throwing out the first ball? How freaking cool was that? MLBMemes did, and thanks to them for this:
Yet another thing to be truly inspired by!!!
But then we get to this:
Seattle She-hawks. She-hawk LB Bobby Wagner said the Denver Donkeys “…looked scared out there. Nobody wanted to catch the ball. Nobody wanted to come up the middle.” WELL NO SHIT!!! Everybody knew Denver was a finesse team. Could the table have been more perfectly set for ya?
When Seattle didn’t get away with excessive holding and contact beyond five yards they were a very average defense and Dick Sherman nowhere near lives up to his hype when refs call it straight. Speaking of Dick, I don’t normally advocate this, but can somebody step up and sacrifice 15 yards on the very first play he grabs them by going all Deacon Jones upside his helmet? Anybody ever notice that when somebody gets in Dick’s face he backs down like a little bitch? Hey Dick, you’re yapping is getting tired. And Dick, shut up, Russell Wilson and Skittles man bailed out your team far more than you did – douche.
Good Lord and I thought Deion Sanders was bad…Seattle wins because they get in folks domes by talking junk. Teams are beaten before they ever get onto the field - and that’s more of an indictment on coaching league wide then a testament to Seattle’s “greatness.”
Golf (British Open). Rory McIlroy went wire to wire and took the Claret Jug. Can we now have a discussion about Tiger and Phil passing the torch? Wake up PGA, you’ve got great golf out there.
Golf – Celebrity Pro Am at Lake Tahoe. Middle B.O.B. has got guts and a toughness to her. She had her four wisdom teeth yanked Friday, but that didn’t stop her and her boyfriend from making the trek up to Tahoe just hours later to see the celebrity pro-am. She got to see Steve Young, Jerry Rice, Larry the Cable Guy and Ray Romano.
Remember I referred to being inspired? Chad Pfiefer is a wounded warrior who lost his leg above the knee in Iraq, and look what this dude is doing: he was in the final grouping of the final round w/Mark Rypien and Jeremy Roenick. I absolutely love stuff like this. It 100% motivates me. If I can’t get pumped up to ramp up the workouts, I have no soul.
The Gym. Speaking of being inspired, I walk into my gym and marvel at the old folks at my gym who come in religiously and bust their asses on the treadmills then move on to the weights. Hell, I’ve watched some 80-plus year old going flat out balls to the wall. Same with 76 year old Mama B.O.B. down in South Florida. There ain’t no way I can half-ass it out there, I’d be too embarrassed.
Tour De France. For whatever reason, I find this bike race compelling. These guys covering this much ground in all different types of weather, terrain, inclines, declines, speeds, and types of surface of road is incredible. Mix in the unprecedented amount of wipe outs and how many favorites got knocked out early because of it, and it’s actually pretty compelling.
Jerry’s Midwest Tour. Apparently Chicago, Minneapolis, Dallas, Padre Island, OKC, and KC in 2014 weren’t enough, this dude spent his final free weekend in the Midwest with his buddies taking a roadie across state to Mount Rushmore to go camping and gambling. For those who haven’t been there, it’s so much more than just the mountain, the Crazy Horse monument is making progress, Casinos have been put in at Deadwood, camping is everywhere, Sturgis is very close, and it’s a pretty cool place to hang, oh and in Summer, the weather is fantastic.
Uncle B.O.B.’s World Tour Stop #4. It begins Saturday at 7AM. And while sports will figure prominently, so does BBQ, so there has been a step up in the workouts prior to leaving. I hope that I can keep my phone properly charged throughout and get lots of pics – that is certainly the intent.
Douchebag of the Week. Controversy has erupted up in Lake Tahoe when the Celebrity/Athlete Pro Am invited LPGA Hall of Famer Annika Sorenstam to participate in the tourney this year. WTF is this? Sterling Sharpe was whining about this and there are rumors others are too. Shut up you sissies, the Tahoe tournament is nothing more than a fun weekend for charity, don't be taking this seriously. Now step up and accept this award that you so richly deserve...
Bride asks Sebastian the Ibis to fill in for her late father...hope the Groom wasnt a FSU or Florida Fan
Greetings from the Hoodwood, where we return to the printed word with the exception of a couple really cool video highlights
The Colbys: Baseball Soap Opera
There are the so-called unwritten rules of baseball, a lot of which I think are pretentious and dumb some make sense sort of. But what went on Saturday between the Rangers and Blue Jays was a bit puzzling, more specifically between Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis and Jays Colby Rasmus. In the 5th inning, Rasmus dropped a two out bunt opposite of a defensive shift that the Rangers had employed. Rasmus beat out the bunt but was the focus of fury from Lewis who could be clearly seen screaming at Rasmus “Swing the bat!” Lewis then went to the press after the game complaining that Rasmus had violated the “unwritten code” Huh? Wait a minute, the Jays were nursing a 2-0 lead and Rasmus was getting a hit by any way he could. Had someone like speedy rookie Billy Hamilton done this, it would have been an expected part of the arsenal but Rasmus doing it was a surprise but it was still a good play. And Lewis came off looking like that much more of a whiny spoiled sport.
5 Foot tall woman bosses American Ninja Warrior qualifying course
Is it cheating?
The football media days for the power conferences in the NCAA are dotted the otherwise sleepy sports months of the summer, the hype and hoopla of the all-powerful SEC, the ACC home of the defending national champs and the imposing presences of the Big Ten and Pac12 conferences. The Big XII (12) conference may be the smallest and weakest of the so-called power five conferences but they have provided some of the bigger headlines. Big XII commish Bob Bowlsby stunned many of the media contiginent by stating that “cheating pays” and that “he doesn’t see it getting any better in the near future” Bowlsby didn’t come right out and name names. But he more or less implied that schools were taking advantage of lax enforcement of NCAA rules. Im not really sure what Bowlsby is trying to prove by making these statements. Anyone that watches college football knows that there is lots and lots of money afoot and that money doesn’t just evaporate. I liken it to the movie Blue Chips where the money and friends of the programs are taking care of players, but the question then gets to who’s getting paid and how much. Im just shocked that someone in Bowlsby’s position would openly speak of “cheating” This may be just another domino to fall in the increasingly shaky house of cards that college football might be in.
NBA: The Big Deal?
Now we wait. The biggest free agent LeBron James has returned to Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony ad Chris Bosh have returned to the original teams in New York and Miami respectively. The free agent market signings are coming through in dribs and drabs but the biggest deal seems to be just waiting to happen. Kevin Love is looking to get out of Minnesota, and he will either by trade or letting his contract run out at the end of this season. The Timberwolves are trying to get as much as they can for their recalcitrant power forward, and are trying to strike the best deal that they can. They are dickering with the Warriors and have an offer of Harrison Barnes and David Lee but are also trying to pry sharpshooting Klay Thompson from them, the other suitor are the suddenly high rolling high profile Cavaliers who with the return of their homegrown superstar in James and are looking to get another big name to boost their fortunes. The Cavs are pondering trading their recently drafted top pick Andrew Wiggins and former #1 Anthony Bennett, the latter is looking more and more like a bust, for Love. The wheeling and dealing is interesting to watch and the speculation is getting more and more rampant. I think that the deal with the Cavs benefits both, but the Cavs seem reluctant to let go of Wiggins who looks to be a cant miss prospect. Though Love has expressed a positive reaction to playing with his former Olympic teammate and sign a longterm deal with Cleveland, the Cavs are hanging back from consummating the deal and the Wolves keep looking like that they are using the Warriors to drive up the bargaining price. This looks like a fascinating soap opera stay tuned.
Speaking of Wiggins: Check this sick dunk
25-year-old German soccer star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money – totaling more than $400,000 for winning the tournament – to various charity projects in Brazil. The hefty sum is reportedly going to fund surgeries for 23 Brazilian children.
Stuart Scott’s heartrending speech at the Espy’s, I know that there are many in this collective that don’t like the four letter sports monolith. I tolerate it more than I used to but the ESPY awards aside from the push for the V Foundation is a useless drill though the award for perserverence going to Scott who has been battling cancer. His fight and his quiet determination is admirable and like him being the father of two, I get the inspiration and motivation that he draws from. Cancer sucks, as you well know I lost a dear friend to this awful disease a couple months ago and have several friends who are fighting this now. I do what I can do to support them but in reality have no idea the fight that they face. Scott’s simple yet eloquent speech was poignant, and heartfelt without being cheesy. Here’s to you Stu, keep fighting the good fight.
To MLB and Fox for not honoring the memory of Tony Gwynn during last weeks All-Star game…if not wanting to slight others why not do like they do at the Oscars and have a segment on those Baseball lost…
Dan Uggla…how far has this guy fallen…
Cancer sucks…best wishes to Atlanta Dream and former Laker Michael Cooper who is battling cancer of the tongue.
Even the best of men can shoot off their mouths, Coach Dungy? Really?
The Ol' Ball Coach cant help but dig at Dabo but how many BCS games have the 'Cocks been too? (Ill give you a hint, my beloved Bearcats who have been to two more than South Carolina...)
If Sterling stays in LA, look for the biggest mass exodus from a team since the old Padres fire sales.
Have you started prepping for your fantasy drafts yet?
That’s the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!
Yep, bad penny time. I’ve got a pile of stuff I need to get through and with my trip looming I want to clear my stack of irrelevant stuff I torture you all with on a weekly basis. Sucks for you, so here are some off the wall thoughts:
Politics and Diplomacy. Beeze put up a very thought-provoking blog on his blogspot site, and I encourage everybody to read it here. But I just want to add this: Arabs and Jews have been going at it for over two millennium and probably longer – the (bleep) isn’t going to stop no matter how much we wish it so. Both sides are guilty of going too far, and we as Americans will NEVER get the whole story, so taking either side of the issue is relatively pointless.
Hell, I’m almost convinced that if you went up and did an unscientific survey with ten people (five jews, five arabs) and asked them what is this fighting all about or what is the root cause, the answer would be that neither side knows why their fighting, they just are. Sad and pathetic.
My take for what its worth is this: Israel is no longer going to listen to Barack Obama tell them what to do, Israel believes that they are in the most dire situation imaginable, and that they are going to get minimal help from the United States, if any at all. They believe they can't wait for two and a half years for a new administration to show them support and are gonna do what they need to ensure their survival. Buckle up folks because I get the feeling that between now and January 20, 2017 we're gonna see more, not less of stuff like this.
SF 49ers – Aldon Smith. Every time I say I can’t be surprised, I get surprised again. Felony Weapons charges (possession of illegal assault rifles), DUI, and this clown gets his charges dropped to misdemeanors, 11 days with a work crew, 235 hours of community service, and a $4000 fine. Oh, did I mention that the party that got out of hand where he was stabbed and which ALLEGEDLY involved “gangstas”?
Oh, but the county in question (Santa Clara) said that Smith didn’t receive special treatment. Nah, the fact that the new stadium where the 49ers will be playing is in your county had nothing to do with it. Yeah, right. I guarantee you if it was anybody else who wasn’t a pro football player, their asses would have been in the hole long ago, probably at Pelican Bay, California’s version of “Supermax”.
Memo to Santa Clara County: You should be ashamed of yourselves. When this idiot does something ignorant again (and he will), any blood spilled will be on your hands. Holy Shit Santa Clara County, Jack McCoy wouldn’t have allowed this type of crap on his watch. Are you serious? You have got to be effing kidding me! This waste of humanity gets away with claiming he had a bomb during a run-in down in LAX, and now he gets away with weapons and DUI charges? This dude is gonna think he’s bulletproof. What's next Aldon?
Memo to the San Francisco 49ers, you are my team – BUT THIS IS A FUCKING DISGRACE!!! I hope the Sheriff goes medieval on his ass and suspends him for a full year if not two. Hell Sheriff, ban this walking crime wave from the freaking league for all I care. Hell, I’ll give you a hero of the week certificate!!! Playing in the NFL is a privilege, not a right and criminals like this (and that’s what he is) do not deserve to be in the league.
Oh yeah Ray Rice, that goes for you too. Beating the crap out of your old lady…YOU COWARD!!!
Speaking of Law and Order: Cops have got to be seething right about now. Shit like what is going on in Chicago, and now “gangstas” ALLEGEDLY very publicly threatening the lives of cops in New Jersey? Gang-bangers in Stockton using hostages as human shields during a bank-robbery-gone-bad running gun battle with "Johnny Law", one hostage dies, two others severly hurt and a Ford Expedition with 72 bullet holes? You think shit isn’t about to get real? Criminals have taken that one step too far and they’re about to get snapped back into reality because at some point, cops are gonna get nasty and people are gonna start handling shit on their own.
ASG Thoughts. One of the things that I enjoyed seeing was the ASG in a different, off-the-beaten-path place. Minnesota did well in my opinion. Sold out, packed house, with great and knowledgeable sports fans. Weather didn’t help on HR Derby day, but otherwise not a bad showing by those in “the Great White North.”
San Francisco Giants. If I were to sit here and say who could the Giants get? David Price? Dan Uggla? Chase Utley?
Holy Crap San Francisco, what happened? A talking head here made the observation that Angel Pagan, he of the very bad back, has proven that for the last two years he is the team MVP. That may be the case, but how can this team not function?
You know, earlier in the season the Giants were getting all kinds of press because they were getting so many hits and runs scored with two outs in an inning. So really, why are we surprised that when that stat went away, they went to crap?
Los Angeles Angels. Our friend Doug should be very happy, the Angels acquired closer Huston Street from the Padres. To me that’s a big move for them.
Changing of the Guard? I mentioned this a few months back, but it hasn’t gone unnoticed here in the bunker that the power in many if not all pro sports leagues has shifted to the West. Seattle/SF/Denver in the NFL, LA in the NHL, San Antonio in the NBA, and even in MLB with Oakland, both LA teams, SF, and Seattle rising up.
In Golf, it would appear that Tiger and Phil are becoming a bit more of a relic than competitive, and while Roger Federer and Serena Williams are still strong presences, youth is starting to be served in Tennis.
If I had a perfect day, I would have it start this way
Open up the fridge and have a tall boy
This time of year is an exceptionally stressful one in my line of work. Suffice to say that the month of July and August usually have me working about 80 hours a week, sometimes 100, and I don’t even get overtime. I eat a lot of crap food to sustain myself, and drink a bunch of beer to calm the nerves. On the other hand, the family generally leaves me alone. I can usually do a bunch of the stuff at night, and if I really bust hump, I can have good chunks of the weekend to hang out with the fam. But those 15-18 hour days start adding up.
Then I'd meet up with my friends
Head out to the game again
We don't even really care who wins
This Saturday I basically spent the day at the beach for a sand sculpting competition and a family cookout. I wrecked myself in a “friendly” competition of volleyball “wives vs. husbands” in a game where everyone knew who was going to win, even if they didn’t win the game: the object was not to humiliate anyone. I had sand in my hair, ears and...nether regions and got to really lay out a couple of times to make the play...that we all knew wasn’t going to count for points, because.
When we're hangin' with the bro's, When we're chillin' and we pound a case of Stroh's
Now the game is cool to see
You can "High 5" on TV
Count the riot on the one two three
Of course Mo, Jr. wanted to dig in the sand. Except this kid doesn’t just set his sites on digging a little channel of water or anything. Nope. He staked out a full out archeological dig site, stakes and all, and dug. And of course, he asked me to help. We dug about 3’ down and about 3’ square. Needless to say, between the sunburn, scrapes on my elbows and my sore back it’s hard to know what was the worst thing for me. It was pretty much what the doctor ordered though, because I’m just STRESSED OUT about work. Ever get that way?
I joined this Facebook group for owners of the breed of dog we have, and it’s pretty cool - just pictures of these fantastic pooches and it brightens my outlook, if only for a little bit. Of course, there’s always someone whose dog has just come down with heartworm or just “gone to the rainbow bridge,” and that totally harshes my mellow, but it does help to take the edge off.
The worst part, though, is that summer is my favorite, and work just sucks the life out of me, speeds the summer by so fast, and before you know it we’re looking at the NFL schedule and budgeting for winter oil bills, almost like summer never happened. I tell myself that it’s all worth the flexibility and relatively low-stress rest of the year, but…
Water hoses and batons
That's the real game that's on
I don't really give a shit who wins
At least the Red Sox are doing their part in making me feel like I’m not missing much. The reigning world champs are in last place - pretty much where I expected they would be last season. It’s almost like 2013 didn’t happen.
But since it did, I can take some solace in knowing it did. Just like the moon landing 45 years ago Sunday. Happily, while Bart Sibrel can deny the moon landing all he wants, I know for a fact the Red Sox won it all, just like Buzz Aldrin knows he landed on the moon.
I believe it's my god-given right
To destroy everything in my sight
Cause it never gets dull, it never gets old
The only thing it gets is more bold
Interestingly enough, we may soon know what Bill Belichick knew about Aaron Hernandez’ activities and when he knew it, a question not unlike the one posed of Aldrin contemporaries by Howard Baker, who passed away last month. It seems prosecutors have turned over 33-pages of text messages between BB and Hernandez spanning a 5 month period. Makes you wonder what all he could’ve had to say that would take 33 pages, of course I’m sure it sounds way more sinister than the reality. While the Coach B haters will posit that it’s probably Bill telling Aaron how to hide evidence, and to delete his security DVR, or (perhaps even more heinous for a football fan), coaching instructions in the off season, I’m guessing it’s screen caps of scouting reports for guys he knew, or other innocuous chatter. My bet is that if his texts to any player were subpoenaed, they’d all look the same. So sue me, I’m a homer.