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Nobody Likes the Truth
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Tags: Kevin Durant NBA Media Truth

If anyone hasn't realized this by now, it was rather refreshing to hear Kevin Durant put the media in it's place last weekend. As you know most athletes won't say what's on their minds, because they are afraid of the negative pubicity that comes with being honest.

It's the social role that the media has on professional athletes that causes a certain fear of repercussion, if the athlete offends the media. To be quite honest with you, I wish more athletes like Durant would realize that they are nothing more than media puppets and stand up to them more often. 

The problem with our media today, are that there are too many ways to invade a professional athlete's private life and expose anything negative about them. Hell if I want to read a tabloid report I will pick up the National Enquirer and read it. I really don't care about how many kids this athlete has with 7 different women, because it's their business not mine. If the athlete chooses to inform the public, than so be it. Leave them alone!

The effects that the media has on an athletes private and professional life, is why there are so many athletes like Durant starting to come forward with how they truly feel about the media, for which the great tabloid magazine ESPN takes great offense too.

Leagues like the NBA and NFL should be ashamed of themselves for forcing athletes who may not speak well in public to do so, or face league imposed fines or suspensions. The fact remains, that if a person doesn't want to talk to the media, in turn you get a Lynch and Durant type response. 

Our media needs to realize that there may be reasons why this particualar athlete doesn't want to speak about his private or professional life, and they should leave well enough alone, but in most cases they  continue to pry.

I realize that this blog is nothing more than a rant, as like many of you I really don't have nothing much to say sports related. I could care less really if the Lions sign Suh or franchise tag him for what it's worth, the more local media attention this draws will really not have an effect on the outcome. It's just cold outside, and they are starving for stories to write until the Tigers start Spring Training, and the Red Wings make the playoffs for a 24th straight year......

Last night the local media made a big deal out of the Pistons trading Augistin and Singlar to OKC for Reggie Jackson, who cares, and then Jerebko and Datome to Boston for Tayshaun Prince? All this told me was that SVG is clearing cap space to sign more free agents next summer, as all involved are either in the final year of their contracts, or restricted free agents.

Who cares what the media has to say about these trades, and the fact that in hinesight, SVG was clearing space so he could keep Moose in Detroit. The fact remains is that the media will eventually decipher these trades like I did, and make a big deal out of nothing...

Just like always......

Thanks for stopping by and don't forget about having coffee with the Hoov....

 

THE HAWK WHO SOARED
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Tags: NBA MLB NFL

 

 

He honed his skills on the playgrounds of Brooklyn, playing at the most famous of the street basketball courts Rucker Park.  Before he ever played his first organized basketball game at Boys High School in Brooklyn when he was a junior, he already was a basketball legend on the streets.  Beating a player like Lew Alcindor one on one can do that for your reputation.  It was rumored that it was not a chance occurrence, that he beat Lew regularly.  He was destined to be the greatest basketball player of all-time, yet it was all taken away from him.  The NBA banned him from playing in the prime of his career and redemption would come too late.  He never reached the lofty goals that were destined to be his.

 

Connie Hawkins just may be the greatest basketball player that you never heard of.  His story does contain a belated redemption, but it was too little, too late.  Let me start at the beginning.  Coming out of high school Connie was recruited heavily, and he accepted a scholarship to play at the University of Iowa.  While Connie was a freshman, a point-shaving scandal broke out in New York.  During a federal investigation, the name of Connie Hawkins came up.   Connie was never named as a conspirator; indeed it was obvious that he was not involved.  The year was 1960 and freshman players were not permitted to play.  Iowa, fearing NCAA reprisal, booted Connie from the school.  He was grilled by New York City detectives and denied legal counsel.  His rights were continuously violated.

 

The NBA banned him from playing in its league.  He played for a season for the now defunct American Basketball League Pittsburgh Rens and was named the league’s MVP.  When the league folded the next season, Connie then played for the Harlem Globetrotters for the next three seasons.  In 1967 Hawkins played for the American Basketball Association‘s Pittsburgh Pipers and led them to the league championship.  Connie was both the regular season and playoff MVP.   The next season Hawkins had knee surgery and missed most of the season.  That takes us up to 1969.

 

Connie’s lawyers had sued the NBA for $6 million while he was playing for the Globetrotters and the case was finally settled in 1969.  The NBA paid Connie a $1.3 million settlement and assigned his rights to the expansion Phoenix Suns.  In his “rookie” season with the Suns, Connie put up 24.6 points, 10.4 rebounds, and 4.8 assists per game.  To put an exclamation point on his season, he had 44 points, 20 rebounds, 8 assists, 5 blocks and 5 steals the last game of the season.  He was named All-NBA First Team.   Due to serious knee problems, Connie was forced to retire after seven NBA seasons.

 

I first met Connie Hawkins after the 1972 season.  I was the manager of a huge record and tape store in downtown Phoenix which was called Circles Records and Tapes.  One day I walked into a competitor’s record store, Milano’s, to check out their record inventory.  I saw this huge man looking at some jazz, and I immediately recognized him as Connie Hawkins.

“Hi Connie, I’m Harvey”, I said.  “Do you like jazz?”

“I like jazz, R&B, Motown, just about everything”

“Connie, let me give you my card.  I manage a new record store a couple of miles from here.  Milano's has 8 bins total.  I have over 100 bins of just jazz”.

Connie came in and was blown away by our inventory.  We really were the biggest record store in the nation.  One time the Blackwood Brothers came in and found three of their records that were out of print and that they desperately wanted, but that is another story along with Van Cliburn visiting one day.

Connie asked me to put aside all the new records that he liked each week, and he would come in on Tuesdays and buy them from me.  He never once refused a record that I picked out for him.

One day he needed a needle for his player and I told him that we only had cheap needles.  “That’s okay, Harvey.  Charlie Scott has a $5000 system and mine cost $100.  I can’t hear a difference between them.”  So I gave him a needle.

We had a ritual.  Connie and I would sneak out to the parking garage and I would give him one, and only one, Kool cigarette to smoke.  He said it was from his days on the streets.  It was our secret and I promised that I would never betray him.

One day towards the end of the summer Connie came in to the store all excited.  “Did you hear Harvey?”

I had heard the rumors that he might be traded to the Lakers.  “Do you want to play for the Lakers?” I asked.

“More than anything in the world, I want to play for the Lakers.” he said.

“Then I know that it will happen for you Connie.  The NBA owes it to you.”  Connie was soon traded, and I figured that I would probably never see him again.

Lady Luck intervened for me once more about 30 years later.

I walked into Casino Arizona and the poker room one day and saw Connie Hawkins sitting down to play.  I wondered if he could remember me.  He got up later for a break and I approached him.  “Remember me, Connie?” I said.

“You got a Kool?”

I believe that if Connie had not been denied those eight years in the NBA, he might just have been its greatest player.  He was Doctor J before Doctor J and could soar like a Hawk.  Even with the limited playing time, he was voted one of the Top NBA players of All-Time.

 

 

POPOURRI

The NBA trade deadline was today.  One notable trade had Kevin Garnett returning to the Minnesota Timberwolves, who he starred with for 12 years.  It is a classy move by the Wolves, who will give Kevin a wonderful sendoff on an incredible 20 year NBA career.

The Suns were very busy, making three trades including trading Goran Dragic to the Miami Heat.  The Heat scored a winner on that trade.  I can see Goran taking them to the NBA Finals.  He is that good.

Portland Trailblazer Jerome Kersey passed away at 52.  That’s too young.  RIP

Larry Fitzgerald signed a two year contract to stay with the Cardinals.

Marcus Mariota scored some of the highest scores ever on the Wonderlick test.

Jameis Winston has small hands, less than 10 inches.

Half the spring training teams have already reported and the rest report tomorrow.  It was 80 degrees here in Phoenix today, not sure about Florida.

Kung Fu Panda is fat.

The Arizona Diamondbacks signed a $1.4 billion television contract with Fox Sports.

The NFL Combine will be running on the NFL Network for the whole weekend.

The Daytona 500 is Sunday.

 

Do you remember Connie Hawkins or do you have any potpourri to add?  You can comment on the way out, and don’t forget to peruse the madman, IHateMillen------>

O H Thursday
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Tags: MLB Bowling Manning

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I am suffering from A major case of writers block or is that bloggers block. Ive been going thru the daily motions trying to think of something to write about today. total blank

I'm off to Florida next Thursday so I'll be looking for guest hosts for the 26th of Feb and the 5th of March.

I'm all done talking about the snow and cold weather we've had here this Winter,

my good friend Jon that lives in Arizona who is originally from MA said the other night,

"Harry, just move"

It's on me now, I have options and oppertunity so it's on me if I stay...no more complaining.

I'm dusting off the golf clubs, I emptied the bag and all of the pockets. I found 3 water bottles with a few drops in each, an empth Sam Summer Ale bottle, 2 broken tees, sand, a towell that went straight to the trash, a broken 3 iron...oh yeah, I remember breaking that after I hit a shot into the water on hole 5.

I found a score card from Locust Valley, 45 on the front nine and 49 on the back nine...a 94? I'd be happy with that when I hit the course in Fl next week.

My putter has a load of dirt in the head...I can't figure that out...I only use it on the green.

My son and I are trying to decide which truck to take to FL,

Both get between 15 and 19 mpg, both are extended cabs. His has a bed cover mine does not but the golf bags and other supplies will fit in my back seat. 

I read this morning that Peyton Manning is ready to commit to another NFL season with the Broncos for the paltry sum of 19,000,000. Kubiak says he wants Peyton...Elway says he wants Peyton. lets face it, the Broncos are a playoff team with Manning and are not without him. Julius Thomas wants to be the highest paid TE in the game, Demarius Thomas wants to win but wants to get paid too. Wes Welker says he's ready to come back after much dicussion about his head injurys.

The Broncos are over the cap and may ask Manning to take a pay cut...this will be interesting.

Derek Jeter and Peyton were part of the SNL 40th anniversary show.

A local reporter asked the question, "Why not Brady on SNL?

 

the answer: Gisele and a warm beach in Costa Rica

 

MLB is getting closer and I can't wait. The Red Sox were rumured to have made an offer for Cole Hammels to the Phillys.

Phila laughed off the Victorino, Justin Masterson, Jackie Bradley offer and said they wanted at least two top prospects including Mookie Betts

so

No deal.

The Ditkahs got back on our winning ways last week, we are in a battle for position here in the second half of the season. I've been off my game and Jake, out top bowler has missed a couple of weeks due to vacation.

This past week I put 7 strikes together for the first time in a while and finished game one with a 248, my son Luke complimented that with his first of three games in the 220's My bride was way over her average for the the night and the sweep was on.

Mrsharry also won the 50/50 weekly raffle to the tune of $135 bucks...not to shabby, the last time I won it was $12.

Hope you all have a great day and check out Lanz over to my right, with the Lanz's and his Zebra tails he never seems to be without something interesting to say

 

 

 

Deep Thoughts 2-18-15
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Ranger College baseball Kevin Durant's rant Alex Rodriguez Anthony Bosch Jason Giambi Stevie Wonder PC and Terrorism

 

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Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. The past few Wednesdays, I have mentioned the wonderful weather that we have been enjoying. For those of you stuck in the dead of winter, you will be happy to know that it is now cold here as well. Now, it is not 2 degrees cold, but 35 degrees feels pretty damn cold after several days near 80. When I see that my brother in Buffalo will be facing -4 Tuesday night…it makes our 30 something overnight low seem pretty good. All I can say is to hang in there, spring is coming soon.

Last weekend Blake’s Ranger College Rangers were playing in Galveston and Alvin. We left Austin late trying to get to Galveston in time to catch the game that started at 3:00. Not two hours out of Austin, we came across a wreck that had Highway 290 completely shut down. We sat for 45 minutes and only began to move when they diverted us to a small country road. Literally…thousands of cars driving down a small country road. We were finally got back on the highway, but by the time we got to Houston, it was rush hour. We took the “outside” toll road…but it was bumper to bumper. We never made it to Galveston, but apparently a ton of other folks were headed that way for the weekend Mardi Gras celebration. We spent the night in beautiful Alvin, Texas (home of Nolan Ryan) and to be honest…had a really good time. We got a tip from the hotel manager about the seafood at the Alvin Seafood restaurant. We picked up Blake at his hotel and headed off to grab some grub. If you are ever in the neighborhood, I highly recommend the Snapper Vera Cruz.

Ranger played a double header starting at 10:00 in the morning. They lost both games, but they were very competitive games. Blake played the second game and in the bottom of the 5th with a runner on first, he was asked to sacrifice the runner. He used a perfectly placed push bunt to move the runner over and get an infield hit. The next hitter fouled off two bunts and with the bunt off, laced a double down the right field line. Two runs scored, but the inning could have much more…a poorly executed safety squeeze resulted in an out at the plate and then a double play ended the inning. Ranger’s starting pitcher had pitched very well, allowing only a couple of hits through five innings. The long top of the 5th proved to be his undoing, as in the top of the 6th, he walked the first batter. The Ranger coach had seen enough and went to the pen. So many people look at teams starting pitching and don’t realize how valuable a strong bull pen is. The past couple of years, I have watched the Astros blow games late due to a weak bull pen. It is early in the Ranger season, so I will give the guys a break…but the three walks added to the starters walk led to a big inning. Five runs on a couple of hits and a contested fielder’s choice, proved to be the difference. The final score was 5 to 2. That fielder’s choice was originally called a double play and would have ended the inning…at 3 to 2.  The first base umpire conferred with the home plate umpire and they ruled the runner at 1B safe. Ranger’s coach had a different opinion and expressed it rather vociferously to the men in blue. It was an odd ejection. The coach said his piece and then as he began walking back to the dugout, the home plate umpire tossed him out of the game. I suppose he might have said a magic word, but I did not catch it. My favorite play of the game was the back pick at 2B by my son. Navarro had runners on 1st and 2B and no outs. The lead runner took an aggressive lead, anticipating a bunt. When the hitter whiffed on the bunt attempt, he realized that Blake was gunning for him. He tried to get back, but the throw was perfect and he was dead meat. To be honest, that play was worth the drive for me.

 

 


 

 

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I really don’t follow the NBA much, but every once in a while, something in the league does catch my eye.  We have all discussed the role of the media and the modern day athlete. I could not help admiring the words of Kevin Durant as he sat and told the media that they were not his friend. Of course, I am somewhat partial to Durant because he is an ex Longhorn, but beyond that…he is a great player. In an age when most athletes use clichés, Durant spoke the truth. I think what really surprised me is that KD chose the all-star game to blast the media. In case you missed Durant’s rant, here it is:

“You guys really don’t know (expletive)," Durant told reporters in his final interview session before Sunday’s All-Star Game.

Durant was later asked what stories he would like the media to focus on more.

"To be honest, man, I’m only here talking to y’all because I have to," Durant said. "So I really don’t care. Y’all not my friends. You’re going to write what you want to write. You’re going to love us one day and hate us the next. That’s a part of it. So I just learn how to deal with y’all."

I'm 26 years old so I'm in my mid-20s, almost to 30. My first few years in the league I was just finding myself. I think most of the time I reacted based off of what everybody else wanted and how they viewed me as a person. And I'm just learning to be myself and not worry about what anybody says. I'm going to make mistakes. I just want to show kids out here that athletes, entertainers, whoever, so-called celebrities, we aren't robots. We go through emotions. We go through feelings. And I'm just trying to express mine and trying to help people along the way. But I'm not going to sit here and tell you that I'm just this guy that got programmed to say the right stuff all the time and politically correct answers. I'm done with that. I'm just trying to be me and continue to grow as a man.”

Some may see some compare Durant’s diatribe with the Lynch “I am just here so I won’t get fined”…but I think this is completely different. Marshawn Lynch does not like to talk to the media; KD is attempting to set some parameters to his relationship with the press. Durant is right, the media will write whatever they choose. It does not matter what words he uses as they can twist and infer things, regardless what he says. We have all seen this and know that he is right. They are certainly not his friend, but he is right that he has to learn how to deal with them. I thought that this was pretty amazing insight from a high profile athlete. I found it also a bit sad, because it was only a few years ago that Durant was playing flag football with folks in Oklahoma City. I remember reading about Willie Mays coming into baseball and how he would play stick ball in the streets of New York City. After a few years of being a professional, he stopped playing in the streets. I guess the truth is, young men grow up. To my eyes, the interview with Kevin Durant was exactly what has happened. KD is no longer a kid or even a young man…and I guess we should not expect him to be who he was. As long as Kevin can do what he says…”just trying to be me and continue to grow as a man”…I guess that is about all anyone could ask of him.

After reading Durant’s words and thinking about Beezer’s blog on Monday…something occurred to me. Political Correctness and terrorism have much in common. I know at first glance, this seems to be a ridiculous thought. But follow me on this. Political Correctness or PC if you will..is an attempt to silence or influence what you say and how you say it. Beezer mentioned that he had drawn a cartoon of a terrorist and his wife was afraid for him to use in his blog. Given the attacks on cartoonists, this fear is not totally unfounded. In this manner, how are the PC police and terrorists any different? While our country certainly has problems, one of the bedrocks of our society has always been that we are able to speak our mind. Sometimes it is painful to read or listen to the nonsense that some spew, but this is one of the beautiful things in the US. I think it is time that we realize that being political correct is really no different than being a terrorist. As I sit thinking about this subject, I began to think back on the origin of being politically correct. I really don’t recall when this first began…maybe in the past 10 years? It is sort of like a virus, it is invisible…but you certainly know when it attacks and it is damn hard to get rid of it. As this “virus” has become woven in our society, I am not sure that we will be able to completely remove. Part of the problem is with us, part of the problem is our government…but the main problem I see is with our media. The manner that they pounce on something that they decide is an “issue” has quietly wrested the power to determine our thinking. This is pretty damn scary when you think about it…if you think I am wrong, tell me why. But as I sure as my fingers type these words, this happens every day. I watched a pretty graphic video of a young American being gored in Spain. I will post the video, not because I think that the goring was cool (although it is pretty crazy), the thing that struck me is the commentary after the scene goes back to the CBS news desk. Check out what the lady says really bothers her. Not that a young man may have just lost his life…but the fact that she feels sorry for the bull? Huh? This is the type of commentary I am talking about. This is a professional news person? Here is the link. Beware, the images are pretty graphic:

http://news.yahoo.com/american-youth-gored-bull-spain-intensive-care-093830781.html

 


 

Speaking of professional media…The David Letterman show had an intern named “Todd” at the Super Bowl and the NBA All-Star game. While this makes funny video for the Letterman Show, should this guy really have access to the Super Bowl or the All-Star game? If you watch the video, you will see that Durant is obviously pissed at the continued harassment. Perhaps this is what prompted him to go off on the rant? I think that BOB mentioned last month that perhaps there should be a more stringent filter to keep this type of reporter from athletes? Here is the video of Todd doing his thing:

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

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In case you missed it, Alex Rodriguez has apologized on Tuesday to baseball fans…again.  Here is a summary of Arod’s apology:

"I take full responsibility for the mistakes that led to my suspension for the 2014 season. I regret that my actions made the situation worse than it needed to be. To Major League Baseball, the Yankees, the Steinbrenner family, the Players Association and you, the fans, I can only say I'm sorry.

"I accept the fact that many of you will not believe my apology or anything that I say at this point. I understand why and that's on me. It was gracious of the Yankees to offer me the use of Yankee Stadium for this apology but I decided the next time I am in Yankee Stadium, I should be in pinstripes doing my job."

The words sound good and Rodriguez sounds sincere…but it is too late for me. The problem I have is that I just don’t like Arod and the manner that he has conducted himself as a player. I have a wide margin for forgiveness.  I understand the human condition and recognize that a player like Alex could be tempted to cheat to try to become the best.  I just can’t get out of my mind that Rodriguez is a liar and all around douche bag. There is more to my dislike than covering up his ped use. I often watch the interaction between players to get a glimpse of the heart of a player. I can generally tell which players get it. Here is a question for you…who is Arod’s best friend in baseball? In watching this guy play over the years, it is clear to me that his teammates don’t care for him and other players certainly don’t care for him either. It is possible that as his career draws to a close that he has real remorse. I am sorry, but that is just not good enough. Rodriguez has been the poster boy for the selfish athlete and this is the legacy he will have to live with.

I am adding this after posting my blog. I must confess that I have just perused a very interesting article about Alex Rodriguez. Although, what I have read does not minimize his past mistakes, it at least explains why he has seemed so ill at ease with being himself. I did not realize that his father left when he was 10. Or that in the past year, he has attended college and begun to do some serious work on finding the real Alex Rodriguez. Time will tell if this is real or not, but I can't help but wish him well on his journey. If you have some time, you really should read this. It is a very revealing story: http://espn.go.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/12321274/alex-rodriguez-return-new-york-yankees 

This is the really great writing by ESPN...for once.

It was appropriate that on the day that Arod read his apology, Anthony Bosch was sentenced to four years in a federal prison. Bosch’s attorney pleaded for leniency from the judge due to his help in bringing down Alex Rodriguez and the other MLB players that were involved. For once, a judge did the right thing. He called Bosch the master mind and refused to waiver on his sentence. Bosch got what was coming to him. I read some of the comments on the article about the sentencing and predictably...some felt that this penalty was too hars. When you consider that Bosch was masquerading as a doctor and injecting high school athletes…I am not so sure that the penalty might have been harsher.  I say best of luck Anthony. I hope you like prison food!

 

 

 

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It is interesting to me how things tie together sometimes…on Tuesday, Jason Giambi announced his retirement from baseball. I find this interesting because at one time, Giambi was heavily involved in steroid use. The difference between Giambi and Arod for me is that Giambi loved the game of baseball. It was as obvious in his interaction with his teammates and other players…just as it was for me with Arod. Jason Giambi made a mistake and moved on. He finished his career primarily as a pinch hitter or DH, but was very influential in Colorado and Cleveland as a mentor to young players. He was a great club house guy and I suspect that he will be a manager in the big leagues in the near future. Giambi was a great hitter for a  short period of time, but he will be most remembered as a great teammate. There is a big lesson there for younger players…

 

 


 

 

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I managed to catch part of the Stevie Wonder special and listening to him had me remembering all of the great music he has given us over the years. In fact, as I think about it, I cannot think of a musician in my lifetime that has had more impact. Sure, there was Elvis or the Beatles and I would put Sinatra up there with all of them…but for me, it has to be Stevie Wonder. His album in the Key of Life was amazing…but I like all of his music. Here is one of my favorites. Stevie in 1974...

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

For mad scientists who keep brains in jars, here's a tip: why not add a slice of lemon to each jar, for freshness?

 

If they ever come up with a swashbuckling school, I think one of the courses should be Laughing, Then Jumping Off Something.

 

 

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

 

 

Tuesday's Tantrum - 2/17/15
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Well, we’re still kind of in the dead zone of sports, the weather blows, and there's a metric butt ton of dumb shit going on in the world of sports and news, so let’s look for some diversions if we can, especially in the Northeast.  Hello boys and girls and welcome to Mardi Gras where we’ll use any excuse for a celebration ESPECIALLY in the Boston area, right?  Well, let’s get this party started…

Food.  Today is a great day if you love the Cajun Food.  I wish I wasn’t such a picky eater because everything I see on that menu looks really fun.  But damn if I don’t love me some Jambalaya with dirty rice and Shrimp Po Boys.

A bit lame take to start, but Mrs. B.O.B. and I have a new favorite place to go on Friday Nights, a very small hole in the wall that serves Gourmet Hot Dogs and wine/beer.  The place has a guy who takes up a corner and plays some blues/80’s rock and it’s just a very small place to kick back and relax. 

Speaking of food, this is a local newscaster of long tenure here in Cracktown roaming around and ran across this restaurant.  Classic:

His question: “How’d they get away with that?”  went viral on Facebook here locally.

Golf – Monterey.  This past weekend was the Pro Am here in Monterey, and kind of the kickoff of the Golf Season.  On Thursday, perennial bad boy John Daly shot a 7-under 65 to take the lead early.

I say this every year, but if you are swimming in money and want to find a place to hang out for a few days in February, Monterey is the place my friends.  No, it isn’t Spring Break and no, it isn’t cheap at all, but the sheer beauty of the area along with the food, and the Monterey Bay Aquarium is a place that really just can’t be beat. 

NHL.   The party spot known as Vega$ continues to troll hard for an NHL franchise.  I simply don’t get it. 

NBA.  A FASHION SHOW?  During All-Star Weekend?  That’s it – every single one of you are being stripped of your man cards.  You may turn them in at the front desk of YouGab’s Palatial Headquarters, otherwise known as Sully’s Kitchen Table.

Charles Barkley had a rant (a small one) mocking “analytics” in sports and I support him in this because he is right.  Anybody who has worked at any job knows that numbers can be manipulated to make any point of view sound good and right no matter how wrong it is.

Charles then went public with his not liking DeMarcus Cousins, and we found out this week the feeling is mutual.  But we Sacramento fans need to stop getting so damn butt hurt whenever something negative is said.  Damn fans, the team is winning what 30% of its games?  Of course we're gonna catch shit.  If anything, go off on the ownership for not being professional enough to keep their dirty laundry in house.

George Karl was hired here in Sacramento and for us long suffering fans, it’s certainly reason to celebrate.  This organization has been leaderless and rudderless for far too long.  I don’t like what’s gone down this season with firing Michael Malone then doing Tyrone Corbin dirty like that, but Karl can at least provide a stable foundation and get these kids motivated to play, provided this new ownership group can grow the fuck up and start being a bit more professional.  Yeah, I said it.

Two days to the trade deadline and…yeah, a whole lotta nothing.                       

MLB – All Star Game.  It was announced recently that Miami will host the MLB All-Star Game in 2017, and while I’m in the minority here, I say BRAVO!!!  People don’t like the park, they say it’s “antiseptic” or whatever.  Let Uncle B.O.B. set y’all straight – I’ve physically been to Marlins Park and it’s nice. 

Would I prefer an outdoor park in Miami?  Of course, but having grown up there the heat AND humidity absolutely sucks for fans to sit through particularly in July – it’s what they bitched about when they played at Dolphin Stadium just up the Turnpike a few miles, and trust me – a very good portion of the community in South Florida is retired – they can’t deal w/that weather – not to mention cost of tickets.   

Of course, it’s now up to you fans in Miami – this could very well be your last chance to show MLB that you deserve a franchise.  If you can’t sell the place out for this event, you seriously don’t deserve a team.  You’ve got a good team, you’ve got a baseball passionate fan base, the stadium is pretty much in Little Havana, get that building filled.

MLB - Spring Training Countdown:  2 days give or take before the first camps open.  I honestly don’t believe that there has been more looking forward to a season in probably the last 30-40 years.  If you didn’t read Harvey’s take on Baseball last Friday, do yourself a favor and go back and read it here.  It brought back a lot of memories.

NFL.  If ever there was a time that the NFL could do without press coverage, it would be in the months of February, March, and April.  Don’t need to hear another Ray Rice apology, don’t need to hear about Rich Eisen’s 40 time at the combine, don’t need to hear about the police blotter, don’t care about Marshawn Lynch retirement talk and the motives behind it, I damn sure don’t care whose fault it was that Harbaugh is out in SF two months after it happened, and damn sure don’t need to hear about mock drafts when were about two and a half months away from the draft (Memo to Tampa, do you REALLY want to invest your #1 pick of the draft on Jameis Winston?  Seriously?).  Seriously NFL, do yourselves a favor and just go away.  Go underground, go wherever, but just go away!  I’ll see you in April for the draft and then again in July when training camps start.

Uncle B.O.B.’s World Tour Stop #5 Update.  This one is a doozy – 17 days between Phoenix and South Florida.  Grand Canyon, Spring Training in Phoenix, South Florida checking out Cuban food, Disney World, and hopefully Spring Training around Orlando.

Music video of the Week.  Let's get some blues going here, yeah, it's Joe Bonamassa (again):

Good Story of the Week – Karl Malone.  Going off on a damn rant, he called NBA players soft, telling NBA players to stop resting and play, get stronger in the weight room, mock challenging Brock Lesnar to a fight in the WWE,  and wanting to perhaps drop the gloves for real on Kobe Bryant too?  I always loved the Mailman, and I’ll bet he could still give Utah 10 and 5.    

Good Story of the Week #2 – Adam Silver.  It was amazing to me to hear that Adam Silver, commish of the NBA say that although tanking is a “perception issue” than an “actual issue”, it’s enough of a problem that it needs to be addressed.  Good.  If players are being held accountable for their behavior, owners should be as well.  Fans in cities that perennially suck don't deserve this shit.  Frankly I can't believe so many people still go to any NBA games in areas outside of the big eight cities. 

Sporting D-bag of the Week – A politician.  OK, I swore off talking about these bozos, but in what’s got Beeze fired up, some Republi-turd in Montana tried to get a law passed to outlaw Yoga Pants.  Yes folks, you read that right, Yoga Pants.  Memo to Republicans – You just chased off one hell of a metric:  guys from the age of 12-90!  Are you really so offended by this - a trend that eventually will go away like all trends do?  I can only speak for myself, but this is why I can no longer take you idiots seriously - you always do and/or say stupid shit that make you look like you think it's the freaking 1950s.  This is what you are worried about?  In Montana?  I would think that there are a hell of a lot bigger problems than that. 

Sporting D-bag of the Week – Honorable Mention.  People raging over 50 shades of Gray, the Riley Cooper “controversy”, Homer fans who call those who criticize those who challenge the status quo calling such people "negative" or "not real fans", LeBron James being named 1st VP of the Players Union, Chicago Little League Parents, Bill Walton calling Michael Jordan “average”, and the government for not taking these fucking killers seriously.

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