Welcome to the Gab, where we all celebrate and enjoy Cervezas and Nachos, especially during the warmth of July and we certainly don’t allow two sports lockouts to hold us back!
I hope everybody enjoyed celebrating the 4th of July weekend and was able to enjoy what they could. So time marches on and now we’ve officially made it to the graveyard of sports - July. Baseball is going on but is there much else on the docket? Well maybe if you like NASCAR, the Tour de France, the British Open, High School football camps, and a certain celebrity golf tournament up at Lake Tahoe.
First off, I want to wish the relaunch of the new The Sports Blog Network and Pablo de Tejas well. I'm sure the new kids on the block will do just fine.
On to the tantrums…
Rant of the Week. I love the Nathan's hot dog eating contest, but these morons trying to sell competitive eating as a sport? Give me a break! Yeah they can make a couple of bucks dressing like idiots, wearing fake wrestling belts, and gording themselves, but don't try to sell me that these guys are athletes. Its a sideshow, nothing more.
MLB. Mad props to the Disabled Veteran who caught that foul ball at Yankee Stadium the other night.
Hey Cleveland, Justin Masterson has a 2.78 ERA and he’s only 6-6? WTF?
Worst possible timing for Jose Reyes to have hamstring tightness. I guess now his “Escape from New York” will have to wait. Dammit, the Giants could have used him.
Can somebody please explain to me how Andrew McCutcheon doesn't get into the All-Star game?
The umps can’t count to four, so Cameron Maybin gets the three ball walk, and ultimately comes around to score in a 1-0 win for San Diego over Seattle, AT SEATTLE? The scoreboard guy in Seattle should be immediately fired.
Canadian Football League – Week 1. Got to catch some of the Canada Day festivities in Frenchie-ville (err, Montreal). BC gave ‘em more of a game than I imagined. But the big surprise was Toronto beating Calgary in Calgary. It wasn’t just the fact of Toronto winning, but it’s how they won – most of their big plays were running the ball.
Music. We spent a little time talking about Sax players and all that. What about combining Chicago with Earth, Wind, and Fire and letting their horn section go at it?
Yo Bruce Springsteen, this is what REAL music is rather than that bullshit screaming you do. You (and your political rants) suck and you’re an embarrassment to New Jersey, the home of Frank Sinatra! In fact, I’d go so far to say that when it comes to embarrassing your state, you aren’t too far away from those Jersey Shore pukes.
Golf. Man, the stuffed shirt crowd ain’t gonna like this. Robert Garrigus, who had a helluva run in the final round of the U. S. Open admitted to “partaking of the herbage” in the middle of rounds of golf in one of the lesser golf tours back in the day.
Speaking of Carl Spackler, where the hell has he been lately Jeff?
NFL . Alrighty boys, we’ve made it to July and you got your weekend of rest, let’s get this lockout stuff fixed right now! We need something to talk about. Need I rant more? I wanna join IHM and Stormin' Norman on the Lions bandwagon, and I want to bash Jeff's Cow-sissies. Let's get this done so we here at The Gab can talk about free agents making teams better and we can start talking Football on the field...
Had the opportunity to watch Herm Edwards speak at the rookie symposium. He may not have had the results on the field, but it’s perfectly obvious to me that he’s a coach who gets it and cares about the players. Maybe he should be the guy representing the players.
Wrestling. TNA is pitching the fact that "wrestling matters", and what's their lead - Hogan and Sting? One a 58 year old who medically can’t wrestle, and the other a 52 year old born-again christian who won’t go past a certain line when it comes to storyline. Crazy Sting is not very creative or funny. As for the WWE, Randy Orton telling a radio station that Kelly Kelly was doing the horizontal mamba with many of the WWE talent is kinda jacked up. Hey Randy, so what if she was doing the nasty, who are you to criticize? Didn’t you get into trouble a while back for jerking with the divas? Grow up dude – you know if she threw it in your face that you’d be down like four flat tires!!!
NBA. You notice how the media is lining up on the lockout? The ones from Miami and LA are saying how the “competitive balance” will never help the league.
If I'm David Stern, I call the media and players bluff. I'd immediately contract to 20 teams by folding the franchises in Toronto, Indiana, Milwaukee, Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando, Memphis, New Orleans, Minnesota, and Sacramento right off the top. Why? The players don't want to play there, the media can't be bothered with these markets, Buss and the deep pocket owners want nothing to do with them, the puppet Stern only wants the Boston and LAs in the finals.
At the same time, put New Jersey, Miami, Oklahoma City, Utah, and San Antonio on notice that they will be reviewed every "X" amount of years to ensure there are no business related issues.
You do a contraction draft and make the remaining 20 teams stronger and give them the opportunity to survive and thrive. Cut the season to 76 games (four games against every other team in the league), and then run it like the And One league. For the playoffs, have two conferences, with the top four records from each conference qualifying.
One reporter from Miami even had the audacity to say with a straight-face that the NBA is America’s new pastime. I’m from Miami and I know that sparking up is pretty much second nature down there, but you'd have to be higher than Cheech and Chong to believe that take. Miami doesn't care about the Heat without the "big three" and its fans are some of the worst around - so good luck with "America's Pasttime"...
College Football. Hey Oregon, like sands through the hourglass you're time is winding down. When the NCAA gets done deflecting questions about why they’re ignoring Ohio State, their attention is gonna turn to you, and they won’t let you off so easily. Can you say Death Penalty???
I think I’m gonna start a weekly bashing about those who have jacked up out of conference schedules. This week I start with Florida. The Gators are playing Florida Atlantic, UAB, Furman, and Florida State – all at home. Florida State is one thing, and bringing in money to Florida Atlantic is cool, but what’s with UAB and Furman?
Douche Bag of the Week – Floyd “Money” Mayweather. It's funny how this worm gets into a cash crunch and now he goes on the air and says he'll fight PacMan. He got lucky and waited it out so now he'll earn $100 million for the fight. The dumbest part of this whole thing is that we the sports fan will pay the outrageous fee to watch it. Hey "Money", you don't want none of the PacMan and I for one can't wait to see you get pummeled.
PEACE AND RANTING FOREVER!!!