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Sunday Musings #163
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While possibly headed towards a Internet hiatus as my home computer seems to have died on me as of yesterday (Saturday September 5th)...

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NFL

Denver Broncos - So...Wes Welker gets banged up on the field for his 3rd concussion within a year and everyone is concerned for his future welfare.

But a couple of days later, the concern goes out the window when his 4 game suspension for PEDs is announced. Apparently he decided to do some extracurricular celebrating at the Kentucky Derby and now he's going to pay the price.

You can imagine that Peyton Manning isn't going to be very happy with this turn of events. His initial comments gave you a little insight to what he was thinking. You know that "It's a self inflicted wound" can't bode well for Welker when he returns to the field.

Of course, you do have to wonder just how stupid Welker has gotten. PEDs? Really? For a guy who built is rep and career on being the scrappy underdog type of player, he's not going to get any sympathy for cheating this way.

FANTASY FOOTBALL

I'm in two leagues this year, but for the first time I wasn't actually involved in the live drafts for either of the leagues. I got my teams autopicked and will have to see how I do with the computer's idea of stocking my team.

Is anyone else not quite feeling ready for fantasy season this year? I know that missing the live draft didn't bother me much at all. Could that be a sign that the allure of fantasy football is fading?

WNBA

Typical, eh? Last season I rooted for the Chicago Sky as my secondary WNBA team because they had Carolyn Swords on the team. They cut her before the season this year and my fandom left with her.

And then earlier this week, the Sky advanced to the WNBA finals. ARGGGHH!

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The high school season has gotten underway and while I have decided to pull back on my attendance at the fall sports events, I will still follow them through the papers.

Upper Cape Girls Varsity Soccer - The Lady Rams got off to a 0-1-1 start by tying Holbrook at nil and then losing to Bishop Connolly 2-0.

Wareham Girls Varsity Soccer - Despite a reported improvement in overall play, the Vikings dropped what is at least their 37th game in a row, falling 2-0 to GNB Voc-Tech.

Wareham Girls Field Hockey - The season opened with a 3-2 loss to GNB Voc-Tech. They lost on Friday to Apponequet 6-0.

Wareham Girls Volleyball - Their season opened with a 3 games to none loss to GNB Voc-Tech. Against Bishop Connolly on Friday, they lost 3-0 as well.

Here's some photos of my ex-players in action during the Voc-Tech match:

Erica



Raelyn (#9)



Wareham Football - I ended up attending this game because my girlfriend's daughter is in the marching band, so I promised to attend a game to see her perform. As for the game, Wareham went up 12-7 early but Bishop Stang rallied back to take 15-12 lead before a 64 yard punt return for a TD gave the Spartans control of the game and they rolled to a 42-26 victory over the Vikings.

One of my ex-players on the team is Josh, and he scored a 3 yard touchdown early in the game.

BOSTON COLLEGE EAGLES FOOTBALL

The BC Eagles opened up their season on Friday night and unfortunately for them, they came away on the wrong end of a 30-20 score versus Pittsburgh. 

Tyler Murphy (pictured below) was again the main star for the Eagles. The QB had a relatively inefficient night throwing the ball (10-27 for 134 yards and a TD while getting sacked 4 times) but he rant for 104 net rushing yards and another score.

But the Eagles defense gave up 416 yards of total offense including 213 rushing yards (and a TD) to Pitt's James Connor.



MISCELLANEOUS

TV - The A&E network screwed over fans of the series Longmire this past week when they canceled the show after three seasons. It was a cancelation that reportedly took TV industry insiders by surprise. As a big fan of the show, I'm fed up with how A&E does business. They've fallen so far into the abyss of TV programming, there's really nothing left on the network I would watch without feeling the need to apologize to the entirety of mankind for doing so. (Yes, Storage Wars...this means you!)

And in really good news, the first season of the Robert Urich/Avery Brooks series Spenser: For Hire was released on DVD through Warner Archive's MOD program. I ordered it and now I'm in the midst of watching it. Though Robert B. Parker (the author of the Spenser prose novels) was not thrilled with Urich's portrayal, I've always loved him in the role and am a bit overjoyed that this show is now on DVD. Oh and Avery Brooks as Hawk still resonates strongly to this day.

I also picked up the second season of the sitcom Benson this week.


Books - I finished reading the Carol O'Connell book The Chalk Girl this week. I'm a bit behind on that series as the paperback was released in 2012, but the series heroine Mallory (don't call her Kathy), a sociopathic NYPD detective, is always a fascinating read and this entry in the series is no exception.

I also picked up the new Patricia Cornwell paperback called Dust. It is the latest in her Kay Scarpetta series. Now I just need to catch up on the series as I'm three books behind in reading.



Music - You can check out my review of the Night Ranger concert I attended back on August 20th via this KNAC.com link.

I also picked up a couple of new CDs. I went back in time a bit and picked up the first Night Ranger CD Dawn Patrol. And coming back to the present, I picked up the new Accept CD Blind Rage, which comes with a bonus DVD featuring a 22 live concert performance.

 

In sad news, one of my favorite singers passed away this past week. Survivor vocalist Jimi Jamison died at the age of 63 from a heart attack. His work with the band will always remain a highlight, but his earlier work with the groups Target and Cobra as well as his solo career and collaborative projects are also well worth the effort of tracking down.

Jamison was my first close up brush with rock star fame as I saw him with Survivor in 1986. During the encore of "Eye of the Tiger", I got to exchange a high five with him. At the time, it was quite a moment for me.

One of my favorite songs from his Survivor material is the track "It's the Singer Not the Song". You can check it out below.



His voice is one of the most underrated of the entire AOR genre and instantly identifiable. Though 63 may not seem young, it is still far too soon for his voice to have been forever silenced. RIP, Jimi.

Some Football Notes
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From the three top levels of football...

 

HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL

There's two teams I will keep tabs on this season. The first will be Wareham High. They have at least a couple of players that I coached slotted to contribute in a big way on offense. I won't go to many games, but my girlfriend's daughter is in the marching band so I'll probably have to go to at least one game to see the half-time show.

The other team I'll be following a bit is the Upper Cape JV team. My girlfriend's son is on the team. I won't be able to make it to any games because of when they play but I'll be able to get the skinny on how the team does I hope.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

I was occupied with a funeral on Saturday so I missed 99 percent of the football action on TV.

But the two teams I follow got their seasons off to a winning start.

Alabama - The Crimson Tide picked up a 33-23 victory over West Virginia. The first game showed Bama's run offense and run defense are already in midseason form.

T.J. Yeldon ran for 126 yards and 2 scores while Derrick Henry had a career high 113 yards and score.

The Tide's run defense held the Mountaineers to just 28 yards on the ground.

But the pass defense has some work to do as they gave up 365 passing yards. Nick Saban can't be happy about that at all.

As for the QB situation, Blake Sims got the start and did a solid job. He threw for 250 yards and ran for 42 more. Receiver Amari Cooper had 130 yards receiving.

Boston College - The Eagles used a strong second half to roll past UMass 30-7. Transfer QB Tyler Murphy made a strong first impression as he passed for 173 yards (and a TD) and ran for 118 yards (career high) and a score.

I don't know that he'll be able to maintain being the main star of the game for the Eagles throughout each and every game, but since BC only has him for a year, let's hope he is consistent in helping the team win games.

NFL

New England Patriots - As the rosters got cut down, the two biggest moves for the Patriots this preseason had to be the trades of Ryan Mallett and Logan Mankins.

Mallett going to the Texans officially signified his failure to do much of anything in the preseason games. It wasn't much of a surprise that he was expendable because Jimmy Garoppolo showed much more in the way of promise than Mallett has showed during his years here.

Granted, being the backup to Tom Brady is nearly a futile enterprise but even in extremely limited action, Mallett never did enough to give anyone faith in his ability.

As for the Mankins trade, despite the cold-blooded reputation of Bill Belichick, this had to be a surprise. And it wasn't really tied to on field play, but rather it was a money thing. Sadly though, the trade weakens the offensive line which is a rather important component of keeping Tom Brady upright.

I really hope the newly constructed O-line gels quickly or Garoppolo just might be seeing the field a lot earlier than anyone would like.

Sunday Musings #162
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Tags: MargaretBurke BostonRedSox Grandma

While taking somewhat of a break this week...

This week's Sunday Musings is a single topic and a rather quick entry. Things will return to what passes for normal next week.

This week however, I didn't feel much like writing anything as I spent this week with the extended family as we bid farewell to the 89 year old matriarch of the family.

Margaret Burke, my grandmother, passed away on Tuesday August 26th. We had the wake on the 29th and the funeral on the 30th, where I was one of her pallbearers.

She was a mother, a grandmother, a great grandmother and a great great grandmother. She did it all with amazing grace.

And much like everyone in the New England area, she spent a number of decades as the unofficial manager of the Boston Red Sox. Watching the Sox was the only time I can ever remember my grandmother swear ( as any Red Sox fan knows, that's a reaction the team tends to induce whether it is good times or bad), but of course five minutes after she let loose with the vulgarity, she denied she would EVER use that kind of language.

She was a grand old dame and though I don't get overly emotional as others in my family do, I will miss her greatly.

RIP Grandma.

Sunday Musings #161
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Tags: WNBA LittleLeagueWorldSeries NewYorkLiberty BostonCollegeWomensBasketball

 

 

While still psyched about the concert I saw this past week...

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LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

The New England representative Cumberland, Rhode Island got knocked out in the beginning of the week though they did play well. The thing most people will take away from their games is the rather strong oratorical presence of the team's coach. He sure has a way with making speeches that serve to inspire his young charges.

His speeches were so good that ESPN was running them as highlights on Sportscenter AND during broadcasts of other LLWS games.

As for Mo'ne Davis and the team from Pennsylvania, they lost their last two games in Williamsport. She got tagged with the loss in the first of those two games. Of course, you could chalk up the end of their run to the fact that Davis realized a dream of all athletes this week when she was on the cover of Sports Illustrated. Yes, the curse lives!

The U.S. title game was played by teams from Nevada and Illinois. I saw the end of the Illinois/Rhode Island game and their reliever came in and just killed the Rhode Island batters. And he did it with a deadly serious look on his face that brought to mind any number of major league closers.

Illinois beat Nevada to win the US title and advanced to play in today's final against South Korea. The Koreans beat the defending Japanese champions to seal their berth in the title game.

WNBA

The New York Liberty closed out their season with wins over the Washington Mystics and Indiana Fever. Each game was decided by the score of 73-61. But the Liberty's record of 15-19 kept them out of the playoffs again this year and my interest in the league pretty much ends.

I'll keep tabs on the playoffs to see which team wins, but this has been a hard year for me in terms of my WNBA fandom. I wasn't a fan of any active player this year and the Liberty never got on track enough to convince me they were going to make the playoffs. 

As for next season, who knows what is going to happen.

BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

The school's website has published another interview with one of the team's players. This time around it is junior to be Alexa Coulombe. You can check out what she had to say HERE.

MISCELLANEOUS SPORTS

There is a men's summer basketball league here in my town and their season is winding down. An article in the local weekly paper featured the league's founder bemoaning the state of the attitudes of the players while saying it might be the last year for the league because of said attitudes.

My question about this was how did he just notice this trend NOW? The piss poor attitudes of the players (some of who coach or coached at one time or another in the youth league) has been atrocious for years. This is not some new development.

I follow the local paper's sports editor on Twitter and earlier in the week he mentioned that there was a number of fights in the parking lot during one night's games.

It's good that the league is there for men still looking to play basketball in a competitive fashion but it is entirely facetious to act as if this year's attitudes are the straw breaking the camel's back when it comes to continuing to have the league at all.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Books - I finished reading the Louise Millar novel The Hidden Girl this week. I am hopefully doing a review of the book soon, but the main thrust of my review won't be positive. It was billed as a psychological thriller but for me it was 300 pages of annoying characters and their interactions before getting about 5 minutes of actual thrills. Very disappointing.

 

Music - Fair warning, there's a lot of music stuff this week.

My latest CD review on KNAC.com is for the brand new Kix CD Rock Your Face Off. After I posted it on the various places I pimp out my reviews on Facebook, the band shared the link on their FB page and it got a lot of likes and shares. The band also responded to the review in a quickie message to me. Oh and the singer for the band Hellion hit the favorite on the link when I tweeted it out so that was cool too. You can check it out the review for yourself HERE.

I picked up the new Unisonic CD Light of Dawn this week. Yes, there will be a review forthcoming.

I've got a couple of new songs for you to check out this week. The first is the new single from John Mellencamp. The song is called "Troubled Man" and you can check it out via this Youtube link.

The second song is from the band Soulbender. This is the side project of Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton.  The song is called "Turn Anger Up" and you can check it out via this Youtube link.

Finally, this past Wednesday I attended what is likely my only concert of the year when I saw Night Ranger at the Zeiterion Theater in New Bedford, MA. It's about 25 minutes from my house so this was perfect. I'm planning on doing a full review of the concert at some point but I will say that I had a blast at the show as the band just rocked out. The high energy show was filled with one great song after another. I was about 5 feet from the stage so when the guitarists came up to the edge of the stage, I could see up close and in detail as their fingers flew across the fretboard. It was just something great to see.

Of course, the odd thing about going to the show on Wednesday is that less than 24 hours later, one of the band's guitarists (Joel Hoekstra) announced he would be leaving the band to join up with Whitesnake. This meant I was even more happy I'd seen the band play on Wednesday.

Sunday Musings #160
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Tags: LittleLeagueWorldSeries WNBA NewYorkLiberty BostonCollegeWomensBasketball HighSchoolSports

 

While horrified at someone posting a nearly 30 minute video on Youtube of my 1988 junior prom (THE HORROR! THE HORROR!)...

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

I know that a lot of people kvetch and moan about the Little League World Series and every year I mention how I absolutely love it. Well that time of year is upon us again and the games have gotten underway.

I'm rooting for Cumberland, Rhode Island this year at the moment. The team is the North East US representative and I always follow whichever team ends up getting that bid. They lost to Texas in their first game on Friday night but there is still time to bounce back.

They are playing Tennessee as I write this on Saturday night and they are currently up 5-2 in the 4th inning. Cumberland was still up 5-2 going into the top of the 6th inning but Tennessee put 5 runs on the board to take a 7-5 lead. But the Rhode Island boys rallied back for a walk off three run bottom of the 6th and a thrilling victory.

There's a team from Chicago that made a big splash in their first game with one of their players hitting 3 homers (and a triple) in their debut.

And let us not forget the team from Pennsylvania. They've got the young girl Mo'ne Davis as their pitching star. She throws a 70 mile an hour fastball and she has been overpowering batters. In the game that got them to Williamsport, she threw a complete game shutout with 6 strikeouts. And on Friday, she became the first girl in the 75 year history of the Little League World Series to throw a shutout. Tennessee was the victim as she had an 8 strikeout day while giving up just 2 hits.

While the story is obviously going to get a lot of play because this is a girl doing so well in the boy dominated LLWS, I'm simply enjoying watching her dominate in her performance. Best of all, she seems thoroughly unaffected by all the media attention and shoutouts from pro athletes she's been getting.

You can read more HERE.



WNBA

It was another busy week for the New York Liberty. Sadly things didn't go well for them. The week started with a 90-76 loss to the Indiana Fever. They followed that up with a 76-64 loss to the Phoenix Mercury. Then came another game against the Fever and they lost that one 76-63.

The team just doesn't have the personnel on the roster that will allow them to truly compete with the league's best teams. Bill Laimbeer's magic touch with roster moves hasn't really panned out over his two seasons in New York thus far.

Unsurprisingly, my WNBA season will end as the regular season ends, another depressing season soon to be in the books.

BOSTON COLLEGE WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

This week you can check out an interview with senior Victoria Lesko as she prepares for her final season with the Eagles. The interview can be read HERE.

HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS

The girls track coach at Wareham High has run a fitness camp for all female athletes this summer. The local paper had an article last week that included quotes from Paige, one of my former players. She is in the photo below (2nd from the left). Here's the article.



MISCELLANEOUS
 

Comic Books - The Boston Comic Con was held last week. I was unable to go and that bummed me out a bit because I would've loved to have met creator Stan Sakai. He's celebrating 30 years of work on his comic series Usagi Yojimbo. While I can't share a photo of me with him (since I wasn't there obviously), you can check out this interview with Sakai reflecting on the 30 year journey with his "Ronin Rabbit".

Toys - I don't really collect much in the way of toys, but when I saw they were coming out with some old style action figures for the Firefly TV show I knew I had to pick them up. Two of the figures were released this week and I picked them up at my local comic shop yesterday.

Books - This week I finished the Daniel Silva thriller The Heist. It is the latest in his Gabriel Allon series and like the rest of the books in the series, this one was a fantastic read.

 

Music - You can check out my review of the new Overkill CD White Devil Armory via this KNAC.com link.



The new Accept CD Blind Rage comes out on Tuesday August 19th. You can check out the lyric video for the song "Final Journey" below.

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