HAPPY NFL / NASCAR SUNDAY!!!!! Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. I'm a bit stuffed right now. Blew my diet all to hell. Friends and family day at work Saturday. Foooooooood and more foooooood that I'm trying to avoid. Mac n cheese, ice cream, cookies and bad bad things. Back on the wagon today. I swear the more water I drink the bigger the mac n cheese lump in my belly is getting. I've made the best juice combo in my juicer ever and I will concentrate on drinking that today......right after breakfast of course.
Oooooooooooooo look at that. A 1971 Plymouth Barracuda which went for $98,000 at the Barrett Jackson Auction. Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice.
TONY STEWART ACQUITTED BY GRAND JURY
So Stewart has been acquitted in the Ward vs Stewart racing accident. The Grand Jury pointed out that according to the autopsy Kevin Ward Jr had enough marijuana in his system to impair judgement. The enhanced videos showed Stewart was trying to get away from Ward.
The Ward Family however is going after Stewart in a wrongful death civil lawsuit. They say we should be looking at what Stewart did to Kevin not what Kevin did. New York state law says that a jury must find a percentage of fault to each party in the lawsuit. Expert lawyers are popping up saying that Stewart should just settle out of court to preserve his reputation and sponsor drawing power.
I say, how much money is enough? Money won't bring Kevin back. The jury won't give you what you really want. The Ward Family can't put Stewart in jail, won't bankrupt him, can't take his NASCAR team or keep him from racing or living his life.
Stewart has said that he can't bring himself to get into a winged sprint car again. His love of the tiny fast wild ride around the dirt track is effectively over. He loved the gimmick free racing and the purity of the dirt tracks around the nation. He feels his dirt racing days are over. This has profoundly effected him and he doesn't get mad at the things the Ward family are saying.
Whatever Stewart's reputation with his anger management may be he is still a very philanthropic person. The Tony Stewart Foundation is dedicated to children who are critically ill or physically disabled, animals at risk and endangered and race car drivers injured in racing.
Last year when his leg was broken by the winged sprint car wreck he got people involved in getting safety improvements for that part. He also gave out $110,000 in helmets and firesuits to dirt track drivers in need of new updated equipment. He has given back to the racing community in a big way. Does this exonerate him? No. The videos did. Hopefully the Ward Family can come to grips with what happened and maybe reach out to Stewart to do something positive in their sons honor.
ROCKINGHAM SPEEDWAY FORECLOSURE ISSUES
$4.2 million is a rather big loan to default on but owners Any Hillenburg and Bill Silas did just that and Farmers & Merchants Bank of Slisburg were going to grab the keys but lawyers representing the owners hammered out a deal to keep the keys and have a private auction to sell the track and hopefully keep it out of foreclosure. Good luck with that one guys. Shame. That was a good race track. Wish NASCAR still raced there.
NASCAR DIGITAL MEDIA TEAMS UP WITH YOU TUBE
YEAH!!!!! I missed last Sundays race because of my most handsome middle grandson's birthday party. On Tuesday I read that NASCAR Digital Media would allow You Tube to put all the Chase races on to watch after the race was over. So I got to watch my race after all. After the fact but at least I got to watch. Kind of like a DVR but not. Knowomsayin'? I'll take it. Hope they do more of that. Mom's threatening to shut off the cable.
NASCAR 2015 COMPETITION PACKAGE REVEAL
Yup. More new rules and stuff for the teams to deal with. Over 60 new improvements and updates were brought out with the following goals in mind. Better competition - improved safety - reducing costs and environmental improvements...green stuff.
So here a a few of the new improvements.
---> NASCAR is banning all private testing
---> Teams will be invited to Goodyear tire testing
---> No testing at Daytona before the Daytona 500
---> Reduction in horsepower to 725
---> Rear spoiler lowered from 8 inches to 6 inches
---> Optional driver track bar adjustment inside car
---> Rain tires on road courses - Mandatory wipers, defoggers and rear flashing rain light
So these are just a few of the new changes for 2015. I think the rain tire thing is a cool idea. And I don't know how they're going to stop race teams from packing up and going to a non NASCAR sanctioned track to test. I know it would save money but how do you police that?
NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP
The 2nd race of the Chase wreaked havoc on a few drivers. Hamlin had fueling issues. The car wasn't taking on fuel. A fuel probe replacement was in order but put him minus 11 laps and doomed. He ended his day in a wreck on a restart.
Ky Bu was in a wreck but managed to dig himself out and finish 8th. Crumpled up hood and all.
Ku Bu had a right front tire go down and into the wall he went. Finished 36th minus 35 laps
Gordon had a tire go down with 9 laps to go. Was running 6th
Keselowski even hit the wall at one point but salvaged a 7th place finish
Top 15 finishers - Logano - Larson - Harvick - McMurray - Johnson - Almirola - Keselowski - Ky Bu - Dale Jr - Vickers - Dillon - Truex Jr - Allmendinger - Bowyer - Menard
It's the Monster Mile this Sunday at 2pm. The rumor mill was going after people saw footers were poured for poles around the track. First thought was that Dover was finally going to install lights. Psych. Dover says nope. They're replacing the catch fence.
So this track is 1 mile around, concrete and highly banked. A concrete blender. There are 5 guys who absolutely need a win or everyone else to wreck out or they're out of the Chase after this race. Almirola, Biffle, Ku Bu, Hamlin and Newman all will be fighting to stay in the top 12 that go to the next round.
The top 15 in the June 1st race - Johnson - Keselowski - Kenseth - Bowyer - Hamlin - Truex Jr - Stewart - Logano - Dale Jr - Menard - Larson - Almirola - McMurray - Edwards - Gordon
Harvick has the pole today. He charging hard and I say top 10
Ky Bu is starting 2nd. He won the Nationwide race. He wrecked in June here. He should get a top 10 but I'm not counting on it. Star crossed.
Hamlin is the same thing. Should get a top 10 but he's star crossed.
Larson is still our rookie with the mostest. I will say top 10
Johnson is top 10
The Danica starts 13th. Ummmmmmmmmmmm....25th
Ku Bu is celebrating 500 career starts today. Star crossed
Gordon starts 6th. Top 10
Keselowski starts 4th today Top 10
Bowyer has had his issues but I'm saying Top 10
McMurray got a 4th place finish last week. Top 10
Truex Jr - Menard & Almirola do good here. You may see a top 10 from one of them
Newman is in a must win situation. He's great at short track racing. Top 10
Kenseth has no wins yet this season but still sits safely in 8th spot in the points. If he doesn't get that elusive W he best have a good finish. Top 10
So there you have it. September is almost gone. Fall colors are slowly popping. I need to mow my yard once more and check for my tomatoes. I will miss the fresh tomatoes this winter. Freezing or canning them just never is the same. Good luck to all you fantasy sports players.
Today has a lot on the docket, so lets get this started.
MLB. Congrats to Kansas City, and I sincerely wish them the best of luck in the playoffs. Should they beat what looks to be Oakland, it would seem as though they will draw Anaheim, but I believe Anaheim can be beat. And that leaves a potential Baltimore/Detroit series on the other side.
Over in the NL, it’s increasingly looking like SF will be flying to Pittsburgh for the one game wild card battle for the right to face Washington, while LA is looking like it will face the one team that they didn’t want and the one team that owns them in the playoffs – St. Louis.
NFL. I absolutely without a shadow of a doubt believe that Thursday Night football absolutely sucks, and for the third week in a row, it was blowout city this time New York blowing out Washington 45-14. I really hope that smarter folks can stand up and tell the Sheriff that this just isn’t a good concept, and can anybody tell me when there’s been a good Thursday Night game?
And here’s yet another bad by-product of Thursday games: one less game on Sunday afternoon on top of the byes already costing two other games. This sucks.
As for the rest of this week: I like a lot of the matchups on the field, particularly Green Bay at Chicago, New England at Kansas City and Carolina at Baltimore. A lot of games are kind of flying under the radar but could be good: Detroit at New York, Buffalo at Houston and expect a damn shootout Sunday Night with New Orleans at Dallas.
What I don’t like: Philly at SF. This is the wrong match up at the wrong time for San Francisco and expect SF to play strong in the first half and Philly to roll them in the second. Jax at San Diego is gonna be ugly, but Oakland and Miami in London could be FUGLY.
King Jerrah. So the King of Dallas decided to run his yap about charges against him of sexual assault by claiming that the entertainer (err, STRIPPER) waited too long to file charges. Hey your royal highness, STFU. Better yet carpetbagger, just go away and let somebody else own the team.
CFB. I should know better. Every season I have high hopes for Arizona State and every year they find new and creative ways to disappoint. This season was particularly bad, for the night they choose to honor Pat Tillman, UCLA comes to town and laid a 62-27 beatdown on the Zonies. And this UCLA kid Ishmael Adams? He only had a 95 yard INT for a TD followed by a 100 yard Kickoff Return for a TD.
Clearly at this point, UCLA should be considered far and away the front runner for the PAC 12 South.
CFB Schedule Today. Oh oh, UPSET ALERT – Florida State is at NC State, a house of horrors for them, and potentially Cincinnati over Ohio State? Could Cincinnati pull it off? Is it possible that Arkansas can surprise Texas A & M?
The Top 25 Game of the Week? It may very well be the very late game of Oregon State at USC.
Watch how loud the drumbeat grows if Penn State gets to 5-0 by beating Northwestern today. It’s about to get ugly and the rankers will have a tough decision whether or not to include the Pedos into their rankings.
NBA. What a great week to be an NBA fan: First Bill Simmons gets suspended and secondly Rajon Rondo gets injured with a broken hand or finger and is out 6-8 weeks. Why is it great? Because we don’t have to go through the next 6-8 weeks having to read about or listen to (yet again) Bill Simmons inspired trade rumors involving this Rondo. Secondly, Boston and Danny Ainge is going to be forced to start focusing on moving forward without this cat AGAIN!
As for the circumstances surrounding Simmons’ suspension? He freaking dared his bosses at TMZ to suspend him, and thirdly dropping the “f’n BS” term was gonna get him regardless. That being said, he voiced an opinion on his podcast, which had nothing to do with TMZ, and this smacks of the NFL making a call to TMZ to make sure Simmons was dealt with.
I don’t like Simmons in any way, I think he sucks, is a homer, whines too much, and adds nothing to NBA broadcasts. But at the same time he has an absolute right to make an ass out of himself on his own podcast. We are heading full steam into the slippery slope that Mark Cuban talked about. This is becoming a very bad sign that censorship is growing in America.
As for Rondo, he supposedly slipped in the shower then swung at the wall and connected. If that part is true, that would indicate to me that he really isn’t the type of guy you want on your team, whether it be a young team looking for veteran leadership or a team one piece away from an NBA championship run, or anywhere in between.
Hello folks, and welcome to this week’s Grumble with IHM! I’ve got a lot to blast off on this week, so let’s get right to it…
Not sure if anybody heard this rumor or not… but Derek Jeter is retiring. I know, I know… shocking, but it’s true. Jeter played his final game at Yankee Stadium Thursday night, and you’d think that Jesus himself showed up in cleats and pinstripes and played the position of short stop for the day. I get it, he’s had a good, twenty year career. While he was there, they won some championships… but the bottom line, he really isn’t as GREAT as everybody is making him out to be. Does he deserve a nice sendoff for a good MLB career? Yes, he does. Does he deserve a fucking international sendoff from every pathetic media outlet trying to sink their claws into a “hot story”? Hell no!
Let’s put it this way… Derek Jeter is very good. Is he the greatest short stop ever to play the game of baseball? Not even close. Best fielder? Nope. Best hitter? Nope. Best anything? Nope. Sadly, the world today doesn’t have the attention span to realize just how insignificant this guy really is in the scope of baseball history. Guess how many MVP awards he owns… a big, fat ZERO. In fact, he finished second once. Batting titles… zero. Leading the league in hits… that’s a negative. Never, not one time, did he lead the league in a major production category. Even for those who prefer the newer stats… how about his career WAR? You want to know who it compares to? Larry Walker… Lou Whitaker… Jim Thome. Didn’t notice the big sendoff any of those three got when they retired, and we all know why that is. They didn’t play in New York.
The fact of the matter is, that if Derek Jeter weren’t a Yankee, nobody would give a rat’s ass that he was retiring. He’d probably have half the career All-Star appearances he’s currently got. He’d have less than half the rings, and he likely would have been taken off the SS position three or four years ago. Is he a very good player… yes. 3,400 hits, 1,900 runs, 300 steals and a .309 average, and 5 Gold Gloves makes for a solid career. Legendary? Hardly.
I don’t blame any of this on Jeter… he’s said all along he wants to go out quietly… but the folks at ESPN, other media outlets, and even that tool Spike Lee weren’t going to let THAT happen… so we get all this fucking noise. I respect Jeter, he accomplished a lot in his career. He had the longevity, success, and ability it takes to be a sure fire Hall of Fame ballplayer. Did he deserve a season long farewell parade? No. Did he want one? Hell no. But nobody listens to any of that kind of nonsense anymore, certainly no the all-knowing and all-powerful media!
With all the garbage going on in the world of sports, it’s nice to see someone willing to do things the right way. That person would be Phillip Hughes of the Minnesota Twins. On Wednesday, a rain delay cost him the final third of an inning needed to trigger a $500,000 incentive bonus on his contract for reaching 210 innings on the season. One out would have earned him half a million dollars. Twins manager Ron Garndenhire has offered Hughes the opportunity to pitch this weekend during the Twins final series vs. the Tigers, but Hughes has declined, saying he owes too much to the organization over the next two years to risk getting hurt chasing cash. He said if they were in a playoff chase, he’d be “100% available, but given the circumstances, it just isn’t right.” Class move from Hughes, and that is rare to see in this day in sports, where it seems to be me first all the time, and the only attention seems to go to those who do wrong.
How often do you see a pitcher with 20 wins, a 2.38 ERA and a WHIP of 1.03 not really even in serious consideration for his league’s Cy Young award? When you have another pitcher with 21 wins, six fewer losses, a 1.77 ERA and 60 more strikeouts (not to mention a WHIP of just 0.86), that’s when. Adam Wainwright happens to be in the wrong league in the wrong year, because Clayton Kershaw has the NL Cy Young award in the bag, and likely the NL MVP as well. If I were voting, he’d get a sweep of the NL’s major awards, with Jacob DeGroom winning the NL ROY, and Bruce Bochy taking home the NL’s MOY award.
Over on the AL side, it looks like Mike Trout is finally going to claim his MVP award. Jose Abreu, Victor Martinez, and Jose Altuve all deserve some votes, but Trout has been the face of the game over the past two years, and deserves to bring the trophy home this year. As for the AL Cy Young award, I’m going to surprise some of you by going with Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, who is 17-9 with a 2.53 ERA, 258 K’s and a 1.10 WHIP. Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale would be my 2nd and 3rd place finishers there, but Kluber gets the nod from me. The AL ROY will, in all likelihood, be Jose Abreu of the White Sox, and he has had a monster MLB debut season. Personally, I don’t consider him a rookie since he played pro ball in Cuba, much like Tanka of the Yankees who played professionally in Japan. For my money, the best true rookie in the AL was Matt Shoemaker of the Angels, who stepped up when the team needed it the most to overcome the loss of Garret Richards, and wound up with a 16-4 record, a 3.04 ERA and 124 K’s. The AL MOY would have to be Buck Showalter, who overcame numerous injuries to lead the O’s to the second-best record in baseball.
Note* Kluber won his 18th game Friday night, throwing eight scoreless innings and striking out 11 against the Rays.
Still some great baseball left to be played this weekend, as both Central divisions have yet to be decided and Wild Card positioning is still at stake. The red hot Pirates are trailing the Cardinals by a game in the NL Central, and the Tigers are two up on the Royals for the AL Central crown.
Over in the NFL, the Lions got an ugly 19-7 win over the Packers last week, and look to do the same (if not better) against the Jets this week. The good news, they are now 2-1 and tied with the Bears for the NFC North division lead, with the Bears facing Green Bay this weekend. The bad news, they still haven’t played the Bears this year, so it’s hard telling how they’ll fare there. The Bears, on the other hand, have a lot of injuries in the secondary, and have relied on some solid play from Jay Cutler to get to 2-1 after a disappointing week one loss to the Buffalo Bills. The Packers sit at 1-2, as do the Vikings, and both look like absolute messes. If the Lions take care of business as they should against the Jets, and continue to handle the teams they should handle, we could see a big game on Thanksgiving Day when the Bears come to town.
Speaking of the Bears, their first round pick, corner Kyle Fuller, has as many interceptions (3) as the Lions’ first round pick, TE Eric Ebron, does catches so far. Yeah…
That’s all I’ve got for this week folks. Thanks, as always, for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out. Have a great weekend, Gabbers!
Hello Gabbers, it's nice to be finally back online and writing my weekly blog. At first I really didn't know what to talk about, but then something came to my mind as I am sitting here in McDonald's writing my blog and listeners along with a few of the radio personalities are ripping all the Detroit teams, it's called loyalty.
Jerry is loyal to the Giants and Niners, along with a few other teams. The Beeze is loyal to the Indians, Irish and Browns, Sully, Old Harry, Lanz are loyal to their local Boston teams. But it seems in Michigan there are a few fair-weather fans who take every opportunity to slam the Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Wings whenever they can. Those are the fans that come next week, will be calling applauding the Lions for beating the Jets and the Tigers winning the Central Division and preparing for the team that they will face in the ALDS.
I personally hate ass-holes like this, because if you can't be loyal to your teams during the lean years, then you aren't a true fan of your team. I remember one time I did a project for shop class, and it was a wood plaque in Steelers colors, I thought my grandfather was going to go through the roof when I showed it to him. It was then I learned about loyalty, when he took me aside and reminded me that even when your team is not doing so well you should still remain a fan. That little life lesson helped me during the 70's, 80's and 90's, when their was only one really good team during those decades in Detroit.
So what I say to all those fair weather Detroit sports fans is this, I was a Tigers fan when Ralph Houk was the manager and they were perrenial 100 loss teams.
I was a fan of the Lions, even when they went 0-16.
I was a Pistons fan before they won back to back.
I was a Wings fan even when they were really bad.
So if you can't be a fan when times are tough, then don't jump on the wagon because you ain't welcome. You people make me sick and want to puke.
I know that last night was not a good night for Jerry, as the Dodgers beat his Giants and clinched the West. But at least look at it this way bro, if you win the play-in game you are going to get the chance to get your revenge right away, because you are probably going to face them in the NLDS. I will say this, Clayton Kershaw is a beast and you better bring your bats with you, or it's going to be a short series.
Whomever faces the Cardinals might have their hands full, because they look built and ready to win another World Series. What is it about this team, they suck for 4 months out of the year, and then find the other gear and run away with their Division?
If life is good, it should be the Cardinals and Dodgers in the NLCS.
I personally don't see the A's or Royals surviving past the ALDS, even though their pitching is wonderful, their bats just don't provide enough offense to scare me into believing they are going to be World Series contenders.
The Angels, Orioles and Tigers, seem to be the class of the American League, and of those three teams I am not really sure who will survive to make it to the World Series. The playoffs should be fun, which will make for some good television over the next few weeks.
I forgot about the National's, they finally may be living up to expectations. I didn't think the addition of Doug Fister was going to make that much of a difference, but I am sure they are thanking the Tigers for getting the better end of this trade so far. Not saying that Robbie Ray and Ian Krohl won't be major leaguers some day, but trading Fister may have cost the Tigers a World Series ring in the end........
The Lion's face the J E T S, JETS, JETS, JETS on Sunday, with what the NFL's #1 ranked defense? If they were playing in Detroit, I would say this is a easy win for the Lions, but since they are playing in New York, and the Lions absolutely suck on the road. The Jets will probably be in this game for the long haul right up to the end.....
Hey Jeff, I remember a conversation we had about your Astro's, and the progress of Altueve and a few others should make you feel a lot better about the future of your team. He is about to win the Astro's first batting title, lead the league in hits and stolen bases. You have a pitching staff with a great future, and your position players are starting to round into shape. Won't be too long my friend, just think they were placed in the wrong division.
Well that's all I have for the week, please don't forget to turn left and visit Hal.......
Fighting a head cold and spent the week on the road for some training with the Feds so it looks like a little short and sweet this week. Sorry about that. On to the NFL:
Some good news this week as on Thursday Cincinnati defensive lineman Devon Still’s four-year old daughter had her tumor removed. Leah still has another round of chemo, radiation, stem-cell transplants, and recovery, but Holy Christ, pediatric cancer has to be one of the scariest things in the universe. I have a couple of kids and I cannot imagine how someone can function in that situation. Scariest thing in the world. Great work by Still using his family struggle to help raise money for research and the NFL kicking in and contributing money from the sale of Still jerseys for Cincinnati Children’s Hospital pediatric cancer research unit. Double-kudos to Saints coach Sean Payton who purchased 100 jerseys himself. With all the Ray Rice/Domestic Violence and all the other crap around the NFL this year, what an inspiring story of an amazing player and the league jumping to his support.
The Miami Dolphins made a stir this week when head coach Joe Philbin did not name starting quarterback Ryan Tannehill the starter for Sunday’s game in London against Oakland. Philbin is on the hot seat and after being New England in week one the Dolphins have lost two straight. Philbin should have been fired last year with the Richie Incognito crap and his team quitting on him for the second straight season and is again mishandling the team in 2014.
Matt Moore is not the answer at quarterback. Ryan Tannehill is still young, still inexperienced (he arrived at college as a wide receiver and was converted to quarterback) and the Dolphins offensive line is terrible. They brought in a new offensive coordinator who wants to run the Philadelphia offense with Mike Wallace (bust alert!) and Brian Hartline at wide receiver.
Personally, I am a big fan of Tannehill. He has a strong arm, athleticism, and seems like a smart kid. He is struggling learning a new offense but was excellent last year after a strong rookie season. I spent some time debating it with some Dolphins fans this week and they are ready to throw out Tannehill and start over. I think they are nuts. Give the kid a chance to succeed. He has the tools, he just needs time to integrate the new offense, the overpriced and underperforming receivers, and some blocking up front to get over the hump.
Former Titans kicker Rob Bironas died in a single-car accident last Saturday. He was reported missing right before the accident and reports say he was enraged and threatening other drivers before the accident. Former teammates do not believer he was depressed or suicidal or enraged. It was a weird circumstance. It was a tragedy. But who knows if we’ll ever know what really happened.
Someone tell me what the over/under is for Rex Ryan being fired. Starting Geno Smith over Michael Vick. Going from Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie at quarterback to...well, who
ever they have with 2013 first round pick Dee Milliner having issues staying on the field and free agent signing Dimitri Patterson having imploded, gone AWOL, and released in the preseason. Now they roll out frick and frack and wonder why they lose. Now this week top free agent signing on offense, former Broncos receiver Eric Decker, had an injured hamstring and was marched out on Monday night to play. Guess what...he reinjured the hammy. Decker may play this weekend, he may not. But he missed much of Monday and may not be 100% all year. Hammies can be difficult to heal when reaggravated. I was shocked Ryan came back the last two years as his shlock routine runs its course quickly. It may finally have done so this year.
The NFL returns to London this week. With three regular season games the league has certainly made a clear commitment to international expansion. Personally, based on the lack of success with the NFL Europe, the clear choice is the American Football mad Germans, but the NFL wants England so London it is. The NFL knows it needs to grow across the pond, and there are 400,000 Sky Sports viewers (per NBCSports.com) each week watching the NFL game of the week there. Not English Premier League games there type numbers for SkySports (probably four times the viewers) but a significant chunk to build upon for the NFL. I still think the logistics won’t work for a team in London, but expect more regular season games in Europe over the next decade.
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