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Q-o-t-D 7/31/14 Tags: MLB Red Sox Trades
Are the Red Sox making moves for the future, or to get back in the hunt now, or both?

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Trade Deadlines

It’s deadline day and I’m being selfish. Yes I’m being selfish. I don’t want prospects although I know it’s the way to go. It’s time to rebuild and my team is a seller because they are in the cellar. That’s fine sometimes even the previous years World Series Champ have to rebuild. Like the huge salary dump in 2012 getting ride of non contents for prospects and James Looney for Crawford, Beckett, Gonzalez and Nick Punto. The prospect Ruby Delarosa finally is pitching for the Red Sox not badly, not good just kind of middle of the road. ( I know Delarosa got some work last year as well)

I know it’s about prospects ,But Damn It if I’m giving up good pitching I want good hitting in return not the kid that will hit 3 years from now. I need a guy too hit now, If I give up John Lester I don’t need Bobby from Shits Creek Iowa that baseball perspective calls him a top prospect. A prospect is a prospect until he is not.

Which means he is an MLB player or he is working at an Insurance Company or a car dealership. I don’t want to wait for him and have the media tell me he is doing great in Portland and He has been called up to Pawtucket but there is a back log in Boston and I’m never going to see Bobby From Shits Creeek, Maybe old Bobby is a September call up and he gets me excited but in March I hear he isn’t ready and will be called up by the All Star break. Then he gets injured and struggles. Maybe he gets a shot the next September. Maybe he gets called every time they need a 4th or 5th Outfielder and the guy ends up logging more Miles between Boston and Pawtucket than Lou Merloni did the 45 minute drive up and down I-95.

I want major leaguers I want people in exchange for people. I don’t want to stockpile prospects so I can trade them for more prospects. I want players that will hit the ground running if only for few months until they find new homes for more money.. The Indians traded Cliff Lee to the Phillies for prospects(go head name them) You can’t and neither can anybody else. I want player for player.

Yesterday was a day of waiting for a deal to happen all day the Red Sox pulled John Lester out of the rotation last night against the Blue Jays they actually announced it Tuesday. I suspect they had a deal fo him somewhere but couldn’t pull it off. At this writing Lester is still a Red Sox and I’m guessing he won’t be at 4 pm this after noon but who knows. Anybody who tracks trades knows sometimes deals just can’t get done logically. Sometimes they do.

The deadline is closing in on us and it ain’t like the world is going to end but things happened and sometimes the deals that weren’t made we find out were better than the deals  that were made. It will be interesting day I’m kind of sick of the local news outfits getting carried away with Lester deal rumors.

Other Stuff

Lil Lanz plays in our town summer sandlot league just a fun league that keeps the kids playing 12 games no practices 2 games a week for six weeks. Last Night his Clemson Tigers were taking on the Miami Hurricanes. The Hurricanes hve several kids fom his Hockey team on it. Kid Jack was playing second base and Little Lan hits the hardest ball I ever have seen him hit. He broke the stitching on Jacks Glove. Just a line shot right at him. I actually thought he broke Jacks hand. Just the glove thank god. Even the other coach said I didn’t realize he can hit the ball so hard. Anyway I have never seen that before I thought it was wild.


Keep your eyes on the trade  talks today it will be busy.

OH Thursday
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Shorty NFL Neighbors


Had a great birthday this past weekend with family and friends…I am truly blessed. Thank you to all of the gabbers for well wishing.

Mick did not show at the harry’s place, other entanglements from what I hear but… I did pay tribute to my birthday brother by playing the entirety of Beggars Banquet, Let it Bleed, Gimmie Shelter and Sticky Fingers back to back to back to back

Something that my abutting neighbors,..  that I’ve nicknamed :

Jack Sparrow, a guy who some times wheres pirate pants to do yard work

Wilson, who lives next door and talks to me over the fence 

and Newman   who is a mailman...I mean postal worker...

all applauded my music choices

Felix, Oscar and Tater Salad across the street kept their distance

Face it

If you’re my neighbor you get a fitting nickname. It’s just the way it goes…


Training camps are in full swing around the NFL and


Old side kick Shorty  has agreed to help me with my

NFL prognostication


Last week we broke down the East of the AFC and NFC

This week

We move to the AFC and NFC South

AFC South 2013 final standings:


Indianapolis   11-5       6-0 div

Tennessee     7-9        2-4 div

Jacksonville    4-12      3-3 div

Houston           2-14      1-5 div.


The Colts won this division by 4 games last season and should be improved  at WR with Reggie Wayne back joining TY Hilton. The Colts will score points with Andrew Luck running a good offense. The Colts problem surfaced in the 2013 playoffs. The managed to get by Kansas City 44-43 with a relentless 2nd half offense but ran into a buzz saw the next week in the divisional round at New England 43-22.  In two playoff games the Colts scored 66 points…but gave up 86.

Tennessee will have to overcome the odds and 3 of the first 4 games on the road vs playoff teams from last season. Jake Locker says his foot is fine and RB Shonn Green 5'8" 233lbs, has been ashed to lose weight.

This division is much improved and the Titans could easily find themselves in last place

Jacksonville had what many are calling the best draft in the NFL. Adding QB Blake Bortles, WR’s Marqise Lee and Allen Robinson will help this team that scored only 15 pts per game while surrendering 28.

Scott told us about the new scoreboard the Jags have, maybe they can put more points on it this season.

A new hope in Jacksonville…and a new attitude and maybe a winning season.

Houston finished a dismal 2-14. they have a new coach, Billy O’Brien and a new QB. They added the first pick in the draft in Clowney to strengthen that defense. Andre Johnson is still on the team and the future looks bright…sort of. Are we are looking at an 8-8 team if Fitzpatrick is really your starting QB


Shorty’s picks:

Indianapolis    11-5

Jacksonville      8-8

Houston            8-8

Tennessee        5-11


The NFC South is perhaps the hardest division to pick.

Last season

Carolina                    12-4     div 5-1

New Orleans             11-5     div 5-1

Atlanta                       4-12    div 1-5

Tampa Bay                 4-12    div 1-5

The Panthers are coming off a season that had them on the short end of the best NFC line up in a while. Seattle or San Francisco were sure to be the NFC representative in the SB which left the Panthers home watching. Was it opportunity lost? With the Saints as good as ever and Atlanta and Tampa Bay arguably the two most likely to improve on last season the division is anything but a sure thing.

The New Orleans Saints are coming off an 11-5 season and will probably duplicate that this season. With TE/WR Jimmy Graham in the fold and Drew Brees , who says he wants to play until he’s 45, ready to light up defenses again the Saints are always in the mix. The Saints were 1 of just 3 teams unbeaten at home last season (Cin & NE).

Atlanta had one of the most surprisingly bad seasons in the NFL last year and it went mostly unnoticed in flyover country because of the Houston 2-14 debacle. This team has a solid foundation, good coaching, good QB,  excellent receivers in White and Jones, and a good defense…but can they win games?

Shorty says yes and watch out Carolina and New Orleans.

Tampa Bay has the dreadful position of playing in a division with Carolina, New Orleans and Atlanta. Their opponents this season are the NFC North and the AFC North plus the Rams and the Redskins. Not a cupcake schedule for a team many are projecting to rise…Shorty is not in that school.

The NFC South could be the second best division in the NFL

Projected finish

New Orleans    11-5

Atlanta                10-6

Carolina               9-7

Tampa Bay        5-11

don't be distracted by this beauty

Next week we move to the North of each conference of the NFL and the following week we will finish up with the West’s and Shorty’s playoff picture.


I heard there were MLB trade deadline moves but I’m guessing my Thursday brother Lanz will take care of that----------->

Right over there.

thanks for reading and commenting

Deep Thoughts 7-30-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Ray Rice Stephen A. Smith Strong in Austin Goodell hides behind the shield Missouri Slim


Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. This Wednesday is a bit more festive around our home as our son arrives home tonight from two months of playing baseball in California. Although his Aviators did not make the playoffs, I really do think that this summer was a great experience. He finished the summer hitting .294 with 6 doubles and a couple of dingers. It also appears that he has found his inner Benito Santiago, as he has been throwing runners out from his knees. I am not sure where this came from, but he says he has been consistently throwing 1.8s to 2B…which is pretty damn good. I wonder how his college coach will feel about his new throwing “style”. It won’t be long until he finds out…just a few weeks at home then he heads off to Ranger.






There has been much discussion about the Ray Rice suspension. There is not much that I can add that others have not already covered, but I had to weigh in regarding Stephen A Smith’s one week suspension by ESPN. I am not a fan of Smith…actually, not even close. Smith’s comments about women not provoking an attack were ill timed and really rather dumb. But, I think most of us understand what he was trying to say. Maybe it is just me…but doesn’t a 7 day suspension for Smith seem as ridiculous as Rice’s suspension? I sort of go back and forth with regard to what Stephen A said…it was dumb, but was it something he should be suspended for? Or was it so dumb that he should have just been canned…period. Smith is paid to give his opinion and although it was not communicated very well, it was still his opinion. The job of those in front of a camera and microphone walk a very slippery slope today. Opinions are fine as long as they are within the confines of what their employer is comfortable with. But, there is more to this. What if ESPN was okay with what Smith said, but was forced to do something because of pressure brought from sponsors? Is this just the world we live in now?

On the way home from work on Tuesday, the local radio sports guys were kicking this topic back and forth. The question that they were discussing was whether it was ever appropriate to hit a woman. This is a topic that I truthfully have a tough time even discussing. I have never come close to hitting a woman, especially one that I loved. As I thought through this, I wondered if being a football player makes one more disposed to violence. The more I thought about this, the more I realized that this has nothing to do with football. I believe this is more about role models and family dynamics. I also think that this has something to do with a segment of our society that celebrates violence. Many of us enjoy our lives living comfortably in our suburban homes. Kids that grow up with little guidance and a lack of love gravitate toward something that appears to offer what they are missing. Gangs seem to provide love and support for those kids desperately seeking both. In truth, gangs are not about love, but about survival. The way that they survive is by brute force. Gangs demand loyalty and a willingness to commit violence against any that threaten their group. Kindness and understanding are viewed as being weak. Respect is earned by violent acts. Respect is very important for those that grew up never being respected. What many never understand is that true respect is earned by showing respect of others.

We may believe that our kids are not part of this group and as such are not influenced by this behavior…but I must disagree. Even though kids are loved at home they are not immune to the effect of popular music and actions of their peers.The words and actions of this culture are slowly creeping into our society. You only have to listen to a bit of rap music to realize that the message being broadcast is a troubling message indeed. With the violence that this music describes, is it any wonder that many young men react to confrontation with violence? This lifestyle demands respect, but offers little respect for others…especially women.  If you think about it, if you are willing to put a bullet into someone…slapping a girlfriend is no big deal. Domestic violence is a complicated issue, but one that the NFL and other sports must address. I think that all of us can agree that Roger Goodell has failed with regard to Ray Rice. Yes, the suspension was ridiculous, but equally as bad was the statement issued this week by the NFL regarding Rice.  Roger Goodell has made it clear to everyone that upholding the integrity of the NFL shield is extremely important to him. His actions with regard to Rice suggest otherwise. The NFL had an opportunity to make a strong statement regarding domestic violence, but chose another path. Roger Goodell had an opportunity to respond to the outcry of public criticism…he chose to hide behind the shield and send out a suit to defend the NFL’s punishment. Roger Goodell believes that he can do whatever he chooses to do. He believes this because he is commissioner of the most popular sport in our country. It appears that he thinks that the public is so addicted to his sport that he can get away with whatever he chooses to do. I believe that he is wrong.

Roger Goodell and the NFL faced a tough test with Ray Rice and they failed. But, there is hope that the publicity that this situation has garnered will begin to change some minds. There are many groups that have the ability to make a difference, but one I want to speak to specifically is coaches. Across our country, many coaches seem to turn a blind eye when their best players screw up. It is time for this to stop. Of course kids screw up in many ways, but one that we repeatedly hear is sexual assault or a violent act toward a woman. Perhaps they have witnessed this growing up, so it is imperative that they understand that this behavior is not acceptable. It is time for these athletes be forced to stand accountable for their actions. One coach that has embraced this philosophy is Charlie Strong. The new Longhorn coach has made it clear to everyone in Austin that he does not play. Six Longhorn football players have been shown the door, with 3 more teetering on being gone. I will be the first to admit that I really liked Mack Brown and his grandfatherly approach. But, watching Strong in action…I am sold on the man. I think that the core values that Strong stands upon are exactly the right answer. I think that any NFL should follow Strong's lead and take a stand against violence toward a woman. Any player guilty of assaulting a woman should lose their job for a year…and be required to petition the league for reentry. Strong’s words hit home with me…”when you take away something that a player loves, it sends a message’. This may seem harsh to some, but it is exactly the right thing in Austin…just as it is the right answer for schools all across the US. Yes…Texas may suffer a few additional loses this year, but is on the way to building something special. The sooner that athletes understand that hitting a woman is not acceptable, the sooner we will have a change begin to occur.





                               These are the core values that Charlie Strong brought to Austin...Awesome stuff, Charlie!








I realize that the topic of domestic violence is pretty heavy. I had to share one comment I read this week that tried to bring a bit of humor to the issue of Ray Rice.  “We should give Ray Rice a break…that carry of his wife from the elevator was his longest carry of the year”.




I watched the MLB HOF presentation last weekend. It was a great tribute to three terrific players and three iconic managers. As I sat listening to the words spoken by each recipient, I could not help but think that there should have been one more speech being made. Craig Biggo deserved his day at Cooperstown and as an Astro fan, I felt cheated. Biggio is too classy of a guy to make much of a fuss about being excluded, but I have to believe that he was at home thinking the same thing. When I caught a headline earlier this week about the MLB HOF making changes, I was hopeful that the changes would be with regard to the voting practices of the hall. I was wrong; it was only wishful thinking on my part. The changes being made are simply to shorten the time a player can be on the ballot from 15 years to 10 years.  As noted by at least one person on twitter…this is simply to push the players from the steroid era off the ballot sooner. I love baseball, but will never be happy until changes are made with regard to who does the voting for the HOF. It is a damn shame…

In reading about the changes, I was struck by the comments made by a guy that calls himself Missouri Slim. I am going to use his words as I could not express the sentiments better:

“I have touched on this before and I raise the issue again based on this story. It is my position that if you are going to effectively bar certain players from the Hall of Fame, especially players who would be a "lock" otherwise, you should go all the way as in revoking their records and titles. If you are going to tout Barry Bonds as holder of the (single-season & career) HR records, then you have to restore his eligibility based on those records. If you don't want a Roger Clemens in the Hall of Fame, then you shouldn't acknowledge his Cy Young/MVP Awards, strikeout/ERA titles, etc., and in effect you must rewrite baseball history. Same with Pete Rose; if he's not eligible for the Hall of Fame, then his all-time hits record should be expunged from the record books; conversely, if that remains the standard then Pete should be eligible for the Hall. To me these things are by necessity linked to each other: either ALL or NOTHING. Personally, as long as the record books show Bonds and McGwire, Clemens, et al., being league leaders in various seasons and with high standing in lifetime stats, then I think they are Hall of Fame eligible, or should be. To list them as record holders and their stats as worthy of standing on the seasonal and all-time lists, then you've got to accept their "credentials". All or nothing; one way or the other. Otherwise, doesn't make sense.”

I have to admit to being troubled with regard to the steroid era. Here are a few things that have troubled me specifically:

- Selig and MLB for ignoring the issue of steroids, while allowing the blame to be placed solely on the players.

- Writers and others in the media turning a blind eye to the elephant in the room that was steroids in baseball.

- All players from this era being tainted by the suspicion of steroids.

- All of the records with none of the players being voted into the HOF.


Missouri Slim gets it right. It should be all or nothing. All of those records with none of the players in the hall makes no sense. I am not sure who Missouri Slim is, but I wish he would stop by the Gab.






                                                   I saw a tee shirt available that really cracked me up…anyone interested?






I saw that President Obama was visiting KC this week and eating BBQ at Arthurs. I looked carefully to see if BOB and son might be doing a photo bomb. Now that would have been a classic.




                          would have been easier for Kershaw if they used real baseballs...Kimmel is hilarious.




Forrest Gump’s mom always said, “Stupid is as stupid does”.  A 54 year old woman in Oklahoma called police to complain that her crystal meth was laced and she wanted to make a complaint. Police were only too happy to come by to take a look. Seriously…this is a true story. Take a look at the video in the link as it is damn funny.



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



I wish outer space guys would conquer the Earth and make people their pets, because I'd like to have one of those little beds with my name on it.

I think a good product would be "Baby Duck Hat". It's a fake baby duck, which you strap on top of your head. Then you go swimming underwater until you find a mommy duck and her babies, and you join them. Then, all of a sudden, you stand up out of the water and roar like Godzilla. Man, those ducks really take off! Also, Baby Duck Hat is good for parties.



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





Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome, Gabbers. I decided to take part of BOB’s post to heart, mainly that we bitch about what’s wrong with sports too much. There is a lot wrong. The last few weeks have been filled with examples. It does give us conversation material, but it also really burns folks out.

Honestly, how many of you are already a little sick of the NFL right now? Training camps just started and we’re already fed up.

A Cleveland man got a measure of revenge against Art Modell. A lifelong Browns fan found Modell’s grave and urinated on it. It’s gross. It’s disgusting, but to many Browns’ fans, it is well deserved. Unfortunately, like too many folks anymore, the fan taped the whole thing and posted it on YouTube. He’s facing two years in jail and $500 in fines, not to mention court costs.

I think we all know that sports fans are nuts. To be a fan is to be fanatical. To be fanatical is too be attached to something at an unhealthy level. You see the Philly Fanatic? I don’t know what that thing is, but it’s plump and green. It’s not healthy.  It’s sick enough to justify peeing on a grave. Still, it’s the kind of act that you just shake your head about.

Chip Kelly said what we’ve all said: The NFL Combine is boring. It’s a waste of time. You might be too much of a fan if you watch the coverage. The NFL Network could do everyone a favor and show highlights of the top prospects at each osition. That’d be a lot better.

BlackBandit went old school format and reminded us how exceptional the incoming MLB HOF class is this year. They were pure. They were great. They were untarnished by steroid talks (maybe there were some with Thomas, but no one really bought any of it). He said it all, but let’s just enjoy some highlights.

Speaking of highlights, the Pirates have been a great story and added another all star with Cutch in Josh Harrison. If you haven’t heard about Harrison, take it from me, he’s the kind of guy you want on your team. He came up through the system with Cutch and he’s proving his worth now. By the way, he’s only making $513,000, which is a bargain in the MLB.

This weekend, Harrison got involved in one of baseball’s greatest plays: the pickle.

Harrison has been caught up in two this year. He’s beat out both of them. What he did to the Rockies this weekend was just silly.

You know what else has to make you feel good as a fan? Just about every division in baseball is at least a two dog race right now. The Tigers have a 5 game lead on the Royals right now, but the Tigers like to make things interesting right about now. Stay tuned.

Either way, we’ve had our share of headaches, but we’ve also had some great playoff series across the board. How great were the NHL playoffs? How surprised were you with the competitive nature of the NBA playoffs? How amped are you for the conclusion of this MLB season and the coming playoffs? It might be flawed, but we even have playoffs coming to college!

That’s all I have for this week. I got a week to work before I get a vacation back in MI and my trip to PNC.  Thanks as always for reading. Time to get happy. 

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