In yet another addition of the mad ranter, is Cliff Lee all that?? What’s with the possible playoff expansion?? Is there something wrong with Childress?? Do you have a T206 baseball card?? Did ya vote??? Is Syracuse for real?? That and more… inside this addition of Rants and Raves…
I guess Cliff Lee is mortal after all. After all the hype, about him being the best clutch pitcher in all of baseball, and possibly ever, he gave up 6 earned runs in game 1 against the Giants. Then in game 5, Lee gave up 3 more earned runs. Wow 9 earned runs in two games (6.94 era in World Series), after only 2 earned runs in 4 previous playoff games in 2010. Okay which is the real Cliff Lee??
Congratulations go out to the San Francisco Giants. For a team that had Willie Mays, Juan Marichal, Willie McCovey and Barry Bonds in its rich history, it is ironic that a bunch of no names took it all.
Syracuse has won more games than last year. They are 6-2 overall and 3-1 in the Big East. Last year, the first under Doug Marrone, they were awful. Now you can see a marked improvement. Marrone’s first recruiting class wasn’t in the top 60 in the nation, yet key true freshmen are making an impact on the team. Freshman kicker Ross Krautman has 11 field goals, Prince-Tyson Gulley has one touchdown and is averaging 23.7 yards per kickoff return. DE Mikhail Marinovich has 13 tackles and 1 sack in 8 games, LB Malcom Cater has played all 8 games so far with one sack and LB Brice Hawkes has also played in every game. Things are looking promising.
Is Derek Jeter going to be a Yankee? Do the Yankees want him? Oh yeah they want Jeter back. He is one of the all-time greats and a fan favorite. Derek needs 74 hits for 3,000. No career Yankee has ever reached that milestone. The question is, at what cost. Jeter just became a free agent and his last contract was for $189 million, 10 year deal. Now coming off the worst overall season of career, his .270 batting average, the lowest since he became a regular in 1996, is 44 points below his career batting average and represents a 64-point drop from his 2009 production, when he hit .334. His 179 hits matched the lowest total since his injury-shortened 2003 season, and his .340 on-base percentage was the lowest since his rookie season of 1995. Do the Yanks give Jeter less money so they can try to sign Cliff Lee and Carl Crawford???
Is Mariano Rivera going to remain a Yankee? He is considered the greatest reliever of all-time. He is also the greatest post season pitcher of all-time. Yet he is 40 years old, but still posted 33 saves, with a 1.80 era while earning $15 million. The Yanks have 27 year old Jonathan Albaladejo who saved 43 games for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees. They also have Joba Chamberlain who is still only 24 years old. He has the make-up to be a closer.
For the record, Hank Steinbrenner described Jeter and Mariano Rivera as "hopefully lifelong Yankees" and said that re-signing both of them "is going to be a priority."
"Obviously we want them back," he said. "They're two of the greatest Yankees ever."
Yep, Brad Childress has a lot of explaining to do. First he sends players to Brett Favre's house to beg him to come back for another season. Then he makes a deal for Randy Moss. With the release of Moss, you have to start to wonder if Childress has lost his team?
MLB baseball players Union says its players are open to adding more wild-card teams for 2012 and possibly extending the division series to a best-of-seven. I don't think the owners will cut back the regular season to 154 games. Its all about the $$$. What I do see happening is that the season will be two weeks shorter. There will be more day/night double-headers, with teams getting an extra day or two off. Players and owners want more money not less.
The School Sisters of Notre Dame, a Roman Catholic Church out of Baltimore is selling a Honus Wagner T-206 card. The card donated by a brother of a nun who died in 1999 left all his possessions to the order when he died this year. The card is in poor condition, yet it is expected to bring in between $150,000 and $200,000. A near-mint condition sold for $2.8 million in 2007. Only 60 Wagner cards are know to exist. The proceeds will go to the ministries in 35 countries.
Hello Gabbers. Another Wednesday is here, and I am here to offer a few deep thoughts.
I don't even know where to start. It has been said that a picture is worth a thousand words. So here is a picture nobody expected to see this year:
Yes, the Cowboys officially suck. I am sure that Jerry never expected to see fans with bags on their heads. This was no Halloween trick, but it certainly is a treat for Cowboy haters all over. As bad as the Cowboys have played this year, they are certainly not alone. Here is a list of the top ten most disappointing teams in the NFL for 2010.
1. Dallas Cowboys...a no brainer.
2. Minnesota Vikings...they beat the Cowboys, so they couldn't be 1.
3. Cincinnati Bengals...did they really need TO to be here?
4. San Francisco 49ers...at least the Giants won the World Series.
5. Denver Broncos...lost the last 4 in a row. They lost to the Raiders by how much?
6. Carolina Panthers...Do DeAngelo Williams and Steve Smith still play here?
7. Arizona Cardinals...still looking for the play Fitzgerald to Fitzgerald. Woeful QB's...
8. San Diego Chargers...were top 5 last week before they beat a good Titans team. GM is a douche.
9. Washington Redskins...RB's are dropping like flies and coach unexplicably pulled McNabb in the last two minutes. Backup fumbles to seal another loss.
10. Buffalo Bills...hey they were expected to win at least one game.
So, while we are talking about bad NFL teams and strange decisions. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan; or the Rat as I like to call him... I don't forget Shanahan! Every year I drafted a Denver RB and suffered each week trying to figure out who the hell was going to get the rock. It was stupid then and it is stupid now. You pull McNabb and then try to sell the story that McNabb does not know the 2:00 minute offense? No, wait...it was because McNabb is not in proper cardiovascular condition? So, who was at the Redskins practice facility this week? JaMarcus Russell was asked to stop by and let the Redskin folks take a look at Russell under center. Funny thing, Russell is 6 foot 6 inches and 286 now. Mike, do you think that Russell is in "proper" cardiovascular condition?
Randy Moss. I wrote a blog several weeks back about Moss while he was still a Patriot. I detailed the productivity that Moss had with the Patriots and how much that he helped the other New England receivers (namely Welker). Everyone thought that it was strange that Moss was suddenly released by the Pats. Every Moss fantasy owner rejoiced when Moss resigned with the Vikings. Like everyone else, I watched expecting Moss to break out. But, it never happened. Why? I watched the Patriot and Viking game on Sunday. There was a play that Moss broke free down the left sideline. Favre threw the ball just a bit to the inside, but Moss was grabbed by the cornerback on his way to scoring. I have seen many NFL receivers shrug off the bump and adjust to the ball. Moss looked at the ball and just let it drop a few feet from him. It was almost like he did not care to catch the pass. It was almost like Manny jogging out the ground ball when he played for the Sox. No, check that...it was exactly like Manny loafing it toward first base. Nice move again, hoodie.
Today, I read a write up of what happened last Friday at the Vikings training facility. A restaurant was asked to cater food for the team. Here is a report of the event: “This wasn’t a chain – it was a mom-and-pop restaurant, and you could tell it was their best stuff. They had a special carving station set up, and there were players and other support staff lining up to eat it. And [Moss] is at his locker saying, ‘You know, I used to have to eat that crap – but now I’ve got money.’ You just felt so sad for them. I had never seen anyone treated like that.
When Childress, according to one person in Monday’s meeting, said of Moss, “This just doesn’t fit with how we treat people, how we talk to people and how we act,” it was clear that he was referring to the incident that occurred last Friday. Sunday’s stream-of-consciousness statement to the media only reinforced the internal perception that Moss was going out of his way to disrespect the organization." You may not like Childress as a coach, but at least he had the berries to send Moss packing.
Perhaps the strangest story I heard this week was about the poor Nitany Lion fan that picked the wrong costume to wear to the Penn State game. Here are the details:
A Penn State fan dressed in a blue and yellow Halloween costume sustained a possible broken nose Saturday at 9:25 p.m. after he was assaulted by four unknown Penn State fans at Beaver Stadium, police said.
The men attacked, police said, because they thought the victim was a University of Michigan fan.
I thought it was called Happy Valley? It sounds more like Philly fans...
An NCAA violation?
You probably have heard about the great lengths the Iowa will go to recruit basketball players. I was just shocked at this blatant violation of NCAA rules:
"The Des Moines Register reported Sunday that Iowa athletic officials have told the NCAA they allowed two recruits to meet Kutcher, Moore and ex-Hawkeye basketball stars Dean Oliver and Reggie Evans prior to a home football game last month.
Kutcher, an Iowa native and Hawkeyes fan and donor, is considered a representative of the university's athletic interests, as are Oliver and Evans. The NCAA prohibits potential recruits from having any contact with such individuals as a result of the undue influence they could have on the recruiting process. "
Recruiting process...isn't that when you visit a school and they try to convince you to come to their school? The NCAA has to be revamped. This is total crap.
Before the Boston Celtics allowed Shaq to practice with the Celtics, he had to be swabbed. The Celtics have battled staph infections in the past and have taken a very aggressive stance to fight staph infections. Each player must have their nose swabbed to detect staph. The purpose is to determine the threat that the new player poses to the team. Delonte West and Paul Pierce each had experienced bouts with staph and the team is determined to eliminate the hospitalizations and surgeries from their future.
We hear about staph infections all the time. But, so often the details are not widely discussed. A few years ago when Kellen Winslow was hit with a nasty staph infection. Cleveland's GM Savage tried to hush the talk of a staph infection. When it eventually came out, the Brown's attempted to portray Winslow as wanting to keep the talk of an infection quiet. Do you remember the mysterious setback that hit Tom Brady on his way back from the knee injury? It is rumored to be a staph infection, but no official word was ever released.
Why does this interest me? Earlier this season, my son left a game with a very nasty turf burn on his elbow. I knew that this would be very sore, but that it would eventually heal. Each day at practice the trainers wrapped up the burn, but suddenly the healing was not right. We took my son immediately in for medical treatment and we learned that he had a staph infection. Blake was lucky, the staph infection that hit him looked sort of like chicken pox with more puss. For many victims a bout with staph can be a life threatening experience.
It is strange that this epidemic affects so many athletes. But, sharing towels, weights, showers, etc...offers opportunity for staph to spread. The Celtics trainers became educated quickly. Staph can return to the same spot 60 days after sanitizing. The Celtics routinely sanitize the floor and all surfaces in the locker room. Each time an athlete slides off the training table, it is immediately wiped down with a disinfectant. Some teams routinely drain the whirlpool after each athlete is finished with treatment. Overkill? Perhaps, but the Celtics have had zero staph infections since they began to fight staph.
The most deadly strain of staph is MRSA, which strangely is primarily found in hospitals.
If you wish to read more about staph, there is a very good article in this month's ESPN the Mag.
Here are a few photos of staph:
This is what my son's arm looked like. The sores leave scars when they heal.
That is not an adam's apple...
MRSA is lethal if not caught in time
Congratulations to the Giants on a well played World Series. Great pitching and timely hitting will always be a successful recipe. I really thought that the Rangers had a better team this year, but when it mattered most, the Giants showed up in a large fashion.
My son's high school team lost a close game last Friday night 36 to 28. They battled to the very end, but lost to a team with a very talented player. Coaches make me laugh sometimes. A kid that has played wide receiver all year, finally got a chance to play running back. Not a bad first game carrying the rock...306 yards rushing. He only got about 15 carries, but he was truly electric. Fast is an understatement. No angle was proper. Too steep and he just cut back. Too short, he just took it up the sideline. Finally, we were able to make a few adjustments and slow him down in the 2nd half. One more regular season game and then it is on to the playoffs. Next week, the Warriors play Carl Spackler's RR Dragons. We have a better team, but of course that does not mean a thing...
Now, I will leave you with a bit of Jack Handy:
“My young son asked me what happens after we die. I told him we get buried under a bunch of dirt and worms eat our bodies. I guess I should have told him the truth - that most of us go to Hell and burn eternally - but I didn't want to upset him.”
“What is it about a beautiful sunny afternoon, with the birds singing and the wind rustling through the leaves, that makes you want to get drunk?”
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MLB. I guess miracles do happen - First the Saints win the Super Bowl and now the Giants win the World Series. 2010 has been a damn good sports season for me. I couldn’t be happier to be wrong about a baseball prediction. San Francisco Giants – World Series Champs 2010!!! Is this heaven? Hell Yeah!!! What a feeling of pride here. Hey baseball fans, if you ain’t down with this collection of oddballs then I got two words for ya – SUCK IT!!! Edgar Renteria – MVP of the World Series!!! Now here’s a dude who can say that Beisbol has been very, VERY good to him!!!
Aubrey Huff parading around in a red thong for the last two months of the season? Brian Wilson and Fear the Beard? Timmy the Freak and his boys Cain, Sanchez, and Bumgarner? Cody Ross?
Then there's Uribe and Kung Fu Panda, and that superstar Cather Buster Posey.
Since I’ve had to listen to “New York, New York” for years, let me put a San Francisco twist on winning the World Series. Take it away Journey:
If you don’t think this won’t play for at least a week straight, well then you have no idea how long the Giants fans have waited for a championship.
Just how stupid are media dolts? Apparently, it’s a big news story to some dumb shit reporter that he could smell “the sticky icky” wafting through the stands at Pac Bell Park in San Francisco. You’re kidding, right? Brownies anybody?!?
NBA. Some of the older guys on here might remember back to when the NBA was an actual competitive league with "enforcers"? Well we all heard about the passing of Maurice Lucas, the enforcer and certified bad ass of the Portland Trail Blazers of the championship of 1976/77. He was a nice off the court as he was nasty on it. RIP Mo, and may his family find peace and comfort.
NFL. Just because bashing the Domers isn’t fun doesn’t mean I’m not still getting off on bashing the Cow-QUITTERS. .
Hey Cow-Quitter fan, this song must be rolling through your head about now!!! What the fuck, did your beloved Blue Star ointment boys actually let JACKSONVILLE do you like a $5 hooker in a back alley? Hey Jerry Jones, you should apologize - YOU DID THIS!!!
What the hell is going on in Minny? No, I still don’t care about Brett Perve, I’m referring to waiving Randy Moss? You know what, never mind – Moss is a douche, Childress is totally incompetent, and the Vi-Queens are stupid little twits. Miami could use Moss, but I have a sick feeling Dallas is gonna pick him up.
Psst, don’t look now, but next Sunday Night we’re actually gonna have an AFC West (note, not NFC East) showdown that actually means something and it involves Kansas City coming into the Black Hole? Hey Raider Fan, you’re back on the national stage – do it right! I gotta admit that I’m really looking forward to this game.
The 49ers picked up Troy Smith as their QB and the offense is moving? Granted its against the Donkeys, but damn, this guy hasn’t thrown a pass in what, three years? I know that Ted Ginn is dangerous returning punts, but does he really have to take punts back at the five yard line with defenders all around him – it’s a turnover waiting to happen. Hey 49ers, run the freaking option – they’re keying in on Gore up the middle. Jesus Christ!
CFL –Sasky @ BC. Welcome to the party, albeit a little late BC! Sasky has lost four in a row and this playoff race is getting interesting. Let’s go BC!!!
Beaver Report. I can’t even begin to explain the fun I had on Saturday watching Not-so-little Fan and his merry band of Beavers go four hours up the mountain and take on the Golden Eagles of Feather River College.
I swear If you didn’t have your head on a swivel you missed a lot. The drive through the wonders of nature were phenomenal (as pictured above), Rain and Wind dominated at game time, there was animal shit all over the field, a little verbal jousting on the sidelines between teams, the game itself was beyond wild with all kinda of twists and turns, the refs either sucked or were absolute blatant homers, and Not-so-little fan was on point with two sacks and five tackles (all of which were in the backfield).
The Beavers were were up 27-10 at half, down 45-41 at the end of the third, and came back late to win 56-52! Yeah, I said 56-52. As crazy as this sounds, there were large stretches of the game where both offenses absolutely sucked. Memo to refs, there are more penalties in a game than offsides – you might want to look up the term “HOLDING” in your “Refeering for Dummies” book.
As for the Golden Eagles, they were all class guys who came out to play hard. They even approached us as fans and thanked us for coming and cheering (attendance – about 150). Funny part was that these kids all came from the Carolinas, Georgia, and Florida and they all mentioned the “culture shock” about no beaches.
High School Report. The Mustangs made their longest trip of the season to face off against the defending league champ Bears Friday Night and came away with a 28-14 win.
Now it’s on to the regular season finale at their rivals – the Buffaloes. The Mustangs have won seven in a row in this 90+ year rivalry, but this could be the season the Buffaloes break through – they’ve only given up three points in two games – unheard of in High School football.
Never mind that Mustangs, everything you’ve done, every rep of weights, every hit in practice, everything comes down to this one game. Remember the tradition, remember the greatness before you, and go out and win. I know most aren’t down with this music, but the words of this song seem so right:
It’s been a long road
Getting from there to here
It’s been a long time
But my time is finally near
And I will see my dream come alive at last
I will touch the sky
And they’re not gonna hold me down no more
No they’re not gonna change my mind
‘Cause I’ve got faith of the heart
I’m going where my heart will take me
I’ve got faith to believe
I can do anything
I’ve got strength of the soul
And no one’s gonna bend or break me
I can reach any star
I’ve got faith, I’ve got faith, faith of the heart
It’s High School Football boys, heart will take you a long, long way. Now go out and dominate on Friday Night and then into the playoffs!
Rant of the Week – Election Day. Folks, I ain’t here to tell you how to vote, only to ask that you do. As for me, I’m gonna be brutally honest – I believe in civilian government where folks come in for a short time, help out, then go back to the private sector and EARN their way through life. There is no way in HELL I’m voting for any incumbent, nor am I voting for a career politician trying to weasel their way back into another job on the taxpayers dime. I WILL NOT vote for a Democrap or Republitard – both groups are a bunch of fucking lying criminals who feed off the trough and care nothing for anybody out there. I WILL NOT vote for anybody who is a Lawyer or a Businessman. I’m done with it all. Jesus, the founding fathers must be rolling over in their grave to see what has happened to this great nation.
Oh, and before I forget, check out who I’m voting for Governor of California…
At least this fat cat will do more than the dumb shits out here.
Peace and ranting forever!!!
At some point Halloween went from kids dressing up in costumes and pestering people for candy, to those two pieces of delicious candy up above...Don't get me wrong, I've always hated Halloween, but those two gals up there, have me agreeing with these two down below...ALL ABOARD!
Suddenly, I'm hearing STYX...'Cum sail away, cum sail away, cum sail away on me!' Oh, those aren't the lyrics...
Yes ladies, you smile, and I'll dream!
So, Sunday was Halloween...Nothing like getting the kids all sugared up on a Sunday night...I'm trying to watch the end of the Patriots game, which included Brett Favre leaving the game looking like this...
Such a wonderful image!
Then somehow, I'm suppose to get these kids to bed, so they get plenty of sleep before school tomorrow...But they're all hopped up on sugar and excitement...Oh, and little Beeze has quite the big ego going...He was a Shark this year...It's a pretty cool costume...He was the hit of the school Halloween parade last week, and people were just raving to him while he was out begging for candy...I also got a number of compliments on my Shark pumpkin...But he took credit for it, because he told me to carve a Shark pumpkin...Little prick!
So in sports this weekend, the Fighting Irish lost to Tulsa...But that was the least of their concerns...It was A_BAD_WEEK_IN_SOUTH_BEND...
Then of course there is the whole BCS race...Last week Auburn jumped to the top of the BCS standings...Suddenly, Oregon jumped to #1 this week...Now I thought Oregon should have been there last week, but I just don't get this jumping up and down shit...Both teams lit up their opponent this week...Auburn beat Ole Miss 51-31...Oregon beat USC 53-32...It's fucking madness...
But my hope of Boise State or even TCU getting a shot at the title, got a little more help this week...Undefeated Michigan State got destroyed 37--6 at Iowa, and unbeaten Missouri got pounded 31-17 by Nebraska...
In the "World Series" the San Francisco Giants have a 3 games to 1 lead over the Texas Rangers...Just in case you were wondering...I haven't paid attention...I had to look it up...
The Browns didn't play this week, which gave Kent read, Kent write, Kent State the chance to honor Josh Cribbs...They retired his #9...Here's some numbers on just how good he was there...7169 passing yards with 45 touchdowns...3763 rushing yards, with 41 touchdowns...Pretty damn good...At the ceremony, Cribbs gave something back...He gave the University $100,000 which was equal to his scholarship for 4 years...
Saturday night, the annual "Holy War" took place...
My Alma Mater, St. Edward, gave rival St. Ignatius a much deserved 33-10 beating, completing a perfect 10-0 regular season...Onto the playoffs, and hopefully a State Title...
Let's move onto the gossip scene...I figure since I saw this shit standing in line at the grocery store, why not throw it in...
So Charlie Sheen was suppose to pay this gal (Capri Anderson) $12,000 for an evening...
But apparently it spun out of control when he got coked up and freaked out...She ended up being found by the police, naked, locked in the bathroom...I wonder if she'll be seeking legal counsel for her lost wages...
Then I saw Justin Timberlake cheated on Jessica Biel...
With Olivia Munn
I'll just say, way to go! Hey, he ran up in both of them...And I'd take Munn over Biel...And if I was him, I'd keep playing the field as long as I could...
That's it for now...
Have a week...
Later, The Beeze.
Thoughts from an Island Girl
Some times, we get the trick and some times the treat. In sports this year, we suffered through another round of our Favre-vorite ex super-hero, Brett. We had live 24-hr coverage of his decision to fly back. Then he allegedly showed his private parts to a nubile temptress, but we found that was a couple years ago and they all look alike, right? Reminds of the episode of SVU, where the heroin recognizes a mole, but we won't go there.
Likewise, Lindsay Lohann, got the books of spells thrown at her, and a virtual incarceration at a rehah center. In a similar vein, the world-renowned 'Snookie' arrived late for a court hearing and the judge didn't seem so impressed. At the last second, her lawyers helped the spoiled MTV-star avoid a trip to the Chateau d'If.
Michael Vick also had a moment in the sun, but like Angelis (Angel) of the hit TV series, an injury and his demons put him at the bottom of the ocean. Perhaps a re-incarnated dog did that.
I remember during the regular season of Major League Baseball, we had our own version of Cujo. You know, that Oakland pitcher who was put off that A-Rod would dare cross the mound on his way back to first base. Pretty scary stuff right there and then he throws a perfect game. You was hoping this young pitcher could overcome his hydrophobia, but I guess not.
I wonder how many people remember Voldemort? Oops. I mean Reggie Bush. Was that a Heisman he gave back or did he fence it with Rick, of Pawn Stars? And Pete Carroll. He is like those guys on Ghost Hunters. Those guys who hear a creak in an old house or dank cave and the next thing you know, they are taunting the dead. Well dead, is where both Carroll and USC stand now. The difference being is that Ole Pete got a raise and the USC fans what? A portrait of Freddie Kruger? Or maybe they saw, the Great Pumpkin!
Well despite an 18th place finish today, the Onion, Todd Bodine, looks like he may lock up his second regular season championship. Not bad for a self-effacing star, whose mom died just last week. God bless her and his family.
Scariest and most annoying event of the past year, was during the World Cup Soccer matches and those stupid and annoying Zuzu Horns. Is that the rest of the world trying to get back at America? Or like the commercial where the football announcer is calling a chess match and yells goooooooooooooooooooooool. I would rather hear the piggie go weeeeee, all the way home.
Have a happy Halloween!!!!!!!!