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Sports Friday with Hal: AFC East Theories
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The NFL was kind enough to schedule a Thursday Night Football game between two of the poor sisters of the AFC East, Buffalo and Miami. Both teams have struggled with consistency and both have 5-4 records and are tied for second in the division behind New England who is 7-2. Once again the fan bases in the AFC East are looking at quarterback Tom Brady having an MVP caliber season and head coach Bill Belichick putting together a strong defense as they once again look like a favorite to go deep in the playoffs.

 

Since 2001, the division has been in a stranglehold of the Belichick and Brady led New England Patriots. The Patriots have won the division every season save for 2002 and 2008. In both seasons the Patriots still tied for the division lead in victories but missed the playoffs on tie-breakers. Also, 2002 was Brady’s second season as a starter and 2008 was when he played just one quarter of football being sidelined the entire season with a knee injury.

 

In Buffalo, the Bills are still lamenting the end of the Marv Levy era in the late 1980s and early 1990s where the Bills went to (and lost) four consecutive Super Bowls and were an almost automatic double-digit winning team. Since Wade Phillips was run out of Western New York following the 2000 season that saw him run the Levy machine into the ground, the Bills have topped .500 just once when they won nine games in 2004.

 

The Bills have finished 7-9 or worse every season since that nine win season. They have run through head coaches looking for a winner starting with Philips (1998-2000), Gregg Williams (2001-2003), Mike Mularkey (2004-2005), Dick Jauron (2006-2009). Chan Gailey (2010-2012), and now Doug Marrone (2013-present). With five wins through nine weeks, this is the most successful team in Buffalo in a decade.

 

The Dolphins have been struggling as well since having Don Shula and Jimmy Johnson running the team from 1970 to 1999. Dave Wannstedt had four winning seasons and two trips to the playoffs carrying on the Jimmy Johnson plan after Hall-of-Fame quarterback Dan Marino retired. Replacing Marino has been Quixotic quest as Jay Fiedler, A.J. Feeley, Gus Frerotte, Joey Harrington, Cleo Lemon, Chad Pennington, Chad Henne, and Matt Moore (among others) failed to pick-up the Marino mantle. Miami is pinning their hopes on 2012 first round draft pick Ryan Tannehill to become their quarterback of the future.

 

Miami tried everything to turn around the franchise, even bringing in Bill Parcells to lead the football operations. They tried college coach Nick Saban in one of the biggest disasters in turning over a franchise to a coach who belongs in college (see Washington and the Steve Spurrier disaster in 2002). Parcells led them to the playoffs in 2008 where they lost in the Wild Card round (again, no Tom Brady that year) and since then they have won 7, 7, 6, 7, and 8 games. In head coach Joe Philbin and Tannehill’s third season together the Dolphins are hoping they begin making strides.

 

In New York, the Jets came the closest to knocking the Patriots off the top of the division. After Bill Parcells tried to leave the Jets to Belichick in 2000 and Belichick instead resigned as “HC of the NYJ” and bolted to the Patriots. After a year of Al Groh in 2000, Herm Edwards had some productive season making the playoffs three times before the team bottomed out with four wins in 2005. The Jets raided the Patriots and stole the “Man-Genius” Eric Mangini where they immediately won ten games before losing in the Wild Card round in 2006.

 

Two more less than stellar seasons led to importing the brash and arrogant Rex Ryan from the Baltimore Ravens. He brought an aggressive and blitzing style of play to a franchise in desperate need of someone who “wasn’t brought in here to kiss Bill Belichick’s Super Bowl rings”. The Jets reached the AFC Championship in the first two years of Ryan’s tenure (making the playoffs as a Wild Card both times), but since the 2011 season the Jets are 24-34 without making the playoffs. The 2011 season was the last time the Jets scored more points than they allowed and are 2-8 through ten weeks of 2014.

 

The three AFC East teams are all in various phases of building and re-building. All three have spent high draft picks on quarterbacks in the past three years as the Dolphins spent their top ten pick in 2012 on Tannehill, the Bills invested their 2013 first round pick on E.J. Manuel, and the Jets spent a 2013 second round draft pick on Geno Smith. Smith and Manuel are sitting on the bench a year and a half in after flaming out as starters and have been replaced by veteran re-treads Michael Vick and Kyle Orton.

 

What is most striking is the way all three teams have suffered by focusing on their own short-sighted views being stuck in the AFC East. All three franchises have invested heavily in the running game and the defensive line. Curious.

 

The Dolphins brought in running backs Mike Gillislee and Knowshon Moreno and spent draft picks on Daniel Thomas and Lamar Miller. The Jets brought in Mike Goodson, Chris Ivory and Chris Johnson from other franchises while drafting Joe McKnight and Bilal Powell. The Bills invested a first round draft pick on C.J. Spiller and found diamond in the rough Fred Jackson. They also traded for Bryce Brown from Philadelphia and Anthony “Boobie” DIxon from San Francisco.

 

The Dolphins have edge rushers Olivier Vernon, Dion Jordan (#3 overall pick in 2013), and Cameron Wake with big bodies Earl Mitchell, Jared Odrick, and Randy Starks inside. The Bills have edge rushers Jerry Hughes and Manny Lawson to go with big pocket pushers Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams, and Mario Williams. The Jets invested first round picks in defensive tackles Muhammad Wilkerson and Sheldon Richardson to join big run stuffer Damon Harrison. They have edge rushers Jason Babin, Calvin Pace and first round draft pick Quinton Coples.

 

All three teams have invested heavily in the running game and in a defensive line capable of generating pressure without having to blitz. Hmmmm. Sounds the game plan the New York Giants used in two Super Bowls to upset the heavily favored Patriots. A sound plan to invest that way to beat New England, but not so great at winning enough games to make the playoffs. Or win a Super Bowl.

 

Are the Jets, Bills, and Dolphins trying to beat the Patriots twice a season or win the Super Bowl? To me, it looks like they are looking to beat New England and struggling without a balanced defense and strong passing attack.

 

Getting beat repeatedly by the same team for a decade and a half can be frustrating, but it does not need to be an obsession. This obsession is stagnating three teams that could be playoff contenders with a better plan instead of all falling into the same trap.

 

Belichick wins again.

 
OH Thursday
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Tags: NFL Ditka Satchel Page

    

OH Thursday

I want to start off by thanking all the Veterans here at the Gab, Veterans Day should not be treated as just a day off for businesses but should be on the level of Independence Day. Our freedoms now and throughout the history of the USA are only possible through the sacrifice and efforts of our Military.

As for my retirement…I survived the first week without any hitches.

I kept busy getting my employer up to speed on the jobs I have been working on and reminding him that reduced hours mean I won’t be here as often. I will not be available for phone calls every 10 minutes.

My darling bride gave me her wish list to add to the honey do list to be added to my usual chores.

And my Mother said, “now that you have nothing to do…I have some things that need attention”

So anyone worried about me being bored and lonely…no worries

Plus I have my fellowship of gabbers right here to keep me out of trouble.

     Beeze had a great QOD on Monday, Name the best guitarist. Great choices from all gabbers, it shows that we are real people with varied interests not just in sports. The range from blues to rock to metal to folk to C&w, loved it.

Speaking of trouble there are some things that trouble me.

I’ll stick to the sports troubles and steer clear of the political troubles.

The Bengulls of Cincinnati trouble me.

Andy Dalton makes a load of money and cant seem to be able to win the big one.

The 24-3 loss to sure first ballot HOFer Bryan Hoyer of Cleveland is just the latest in the career of Dalton. The Bengals need a QB

And

Marvin Lewis makes a load of money and can’t seem to win the big one. The 24-3 loss to

Mike Pettine’s Cleveland Browns on Thursday night was a microcosm of Lewis failed HC career with the Bengals. He’s been the HC since 2003.

 A regular season record of 95-88-2 and a 0-5 playoff record.

The Browns HC has a lifetime NFL record of 6-3

The Browns were prepared for the game and my knock on Lewis is, his teams are NEVER prepared to play.

Why? Because he is not a good head coach, he is overmatched whenever the big stage presents itself.

 

The Bears…51, 55 points allowed in consecutive blowouts…New England and Green Bay are good but not that good.

Time for Trestman to go…time for the Bears to get a real QB.

 

Playoff picture as November weather sets in:

AFC

1. New England   7-2

2. Denver             7-2

3. Indianapolis     6-3

4.  Cleveland       6-3

5.  Kansas City    6-3

6.  Cincinnati       5-3-1

 

NFC

1. Arizona            8-1

2. Detroit              7-2

3. Philadelphia     7-2

4. New Orleans    4-5

5. Dallas               7-3

6. Seattle               6-3

There are some really good matchups this week, watch for these games...

Tonight

Buffalo 5-4 at Miami 5-4

Sunday Night

New England 7-2 at Indy 6-3

Sunday at 1:00PM

Seattle 6-3 at Kansas City 6-3

Sunday at 4:00PM

Detroit 7-2 at Arizona 8-1

Philadelphia 7-2 at Green Bay 6-3

 

Another game of interest is the Brady Backup Bowl

Hoyer, Cassel, Mallet and Garapolo all seem to have that Tom Brady arm slot and release.

Brian Hoyer’s Cleveland Browns 6-3 and leading the AFC North

Travel to Houston to play the Ryan Mallet led Texans 4-5.

 Mallet will be getting his first NFL start

Hoyer spent 3 years as Brady’s backup after Matt Cassel, 3 years as Brady’s back up, departed to the Chiefs. Ryan Mallet spent the past 3 years backing up Brady and was replaced by Jimmy Garappolo this year.

Hoyer has been steady and reliable with Cleveland and should be rewarded with a new contract at the end of the season…he will be a free agent.

Mallet is reunited with HC Billy O’Brian who was his offensive Coordinator in his rookie year with the Patriots. The offenses are not a lot different and with Hopkins and Johnson at WR, Mallet will get to use that big arm.

 

Mallet’s strength coaches have had great success in their past projects

They are here to Pump you up!

 

The Ditkah’s stayed atop the standings with an 8-0 win last Thursday.

We didn’t bowl our best but the team we faced had their worst night of the season.

I’ll end with a couple of quotes from guys I admire

    Courage is not simply one of the virtues

But the form of every virtue at the testing point.

~CS Lewis

 

   Age is a case of mind over matter…

If you don’t mind, it don’t matter

~Satchel Page          

 

Have a great day and a great weekend.

Check out my Boston brahtha Lanz talking sports to the right

 

Deep Thoughts 11-12-14
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Tags: Houston Baptist Baseball Minor League baseball does not pay Garrett Broshuis NFL...Jerry Jones and Dez Bryant

 

Hello and welcome to another Wednesday of deep thoughts. Back in September, I wrote about my son attending a showcase for JUCO baseball players that was being held in Austin. I have been to several of these showcases over the years and in general, I have not seen that they are all that fruitful for the participants. With this event, there was a difference…Blake was immediately contacted by the coach from Houston Baptist to let him know that he would be in touch with him. Over the past month, Coach Hernandez has been in contact with Blake and it was apparent that their interest was sincere. After receiving Blake’s transcripts, they actually sent him a scholarship offer that was pretty attractive. So…last Friday we headed to Houston for an official visit. It was a nice visit, which culminated with Blake deciding to accept their offer and become a Husky in 2015/2016. Houston Baptist plays in the Southland conference, which is very established baseball conference. I think we are all relieved to have the next step put in place, so we can enjoy the season ahead at Ranger. I have to say…college athletics can be stressful for the parents as well as the student.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

                                                                       Garrett Broshuis  is taking on MLB...

 

I was watching an interesting interview about the pay structure of minor league baseball earlier this week. I knew that minor leaguers did not get paid too much, but I suppose I never really looked at the numbers very closely. There is a former minor league pitcher named Garrett Broshuis that decided that he wanted to something about the poor pay for players. At some point during his career, Broshuis realized that he was never going to move beyond the AAA level of baseball. So, he began to use his down time to study for the LSAT to gain admission to law school. After graduating from St. Louis University Law School, Broshuis did not forget about his minor league experience. He tried to tinker with idea of creating a union for minor league players, but this effort failed. So, he decided to explore attacking baseball on the basis of unfair wages under the Fair Wages Standard Act. The starting salary for minor league players ranges between $1150 and $2150. In the off season, players receive no compensation and are not paid for spring training. They may put in 50 to 70 hours each week, with no additional pay. Baseball says players voluntarily seek the job and that playing in the minor leagues is training for playing in the major leagues.  They are like “interns”…playing to earn experience. The problem with this is that when fans pay their $8 to see a minor league game, the players are no longer “apprentices” but the featured attraction.  It is rather odd that the guy working at the concession stand is making more than the players on the field.

 

 

 

I think that many fans see the huge salaries that major league players make today and don’t realize this generous pay scale does not trickle down to the minors. Perhaps a fan might argue that if minor league players are paid more that the ticket prices would increase. That would be a valid argument if the minor league teams paid the players. I was surprised to learn that the big league teams are responsible for paying most levels of minor league players.  The reality is that major league teams are owned by billionaires and the best players become millionaires. But, the majority of professional players are grossly underpaid. Baseball believes that they are exempt from paying overtime or minimum wage, but my hunch is that this trial will deliver a different answer.

 

Information gathered from WS Journal article by Ashby Jones and Mother Jones article by Ian Gordon.


 

 

Each week of the NFL season that passes presents us with a slightly better view of the playoff contenders. I laughed when some were proclaiming the Cowboys the best team in football a few weeks ago. Denver was looking good, until traveling to New England. Arizona took a big step forward until Carson Palmer went down with a torn ACL. Big Ben leads the Steelers to two big wins with 12 TD passes, and then they travel to New York and lose to the Jets.  This season reminds me of a horse race many with horses taking turns surging to the lead. There are two games looming this weekend that I think will be very pivotal. Philly at Green Bay and New England at Indy are huge games.  The Eagles have been winning ugly all year; I have to think that Aaron Rodgers ends this streak. All talk of Tom Brady sucking has ended. Isn’t it amazing what a healthy Gronk and some practice time for the OL has done to New England. After what I have seen this year…I have no idea who wins in Indy. Brady vs Luck…that should be fun.

 

 

 

 

I have stopped trying to figure out what goes on in the head of Jerry Jones. I am completely puzzled by the mess with Dez Bryant. A few years ago, I could understand giving up on the guy. But from all I have seen, this is a guy that has matured tremendously and is obviously one of the top receivers in the NFL. Jerry, pay the man…he has earned it. Is there more to this story than what we see? Can Jones be pissed because Bryant changed agents? Does Jones really think that Bryant is not able to handle a big contract? This has certainly never stopped him from writing a check before. I know that there are plenty of teams that will spend big for the talent of Dez Bryant.

 



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

 

"He was a cowboy mister, and he loved the land. He loved it so much he made a woman out of dirt and married her. But when he kissed her, she disintergrated. Later, at the funeral, when the preacher said, 'Dust to dust' some people laughed, and the cowboy shot them. At his hanging, he told the others, 'I'll be waiting for you in heaven...with a gun."

 

"Fear can sometimes be a useful emotion. For instance, let's say that you are an astronaut on the moon and you fear that your partner has been turned into Dracula. The next time he goes out for the moon pieces, wham, you just slam the door behind him and blast off. He might call you on the radio and say, he's not Dracula, but you just say...think again bat man."

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tuesday's Tantrum - Veteran's Day 2014
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Why do you like them so much?  Because they stand on a wall and say, “Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch. 

Kevin Pollak as LT Sam Weinberg

A Few Good Men (1992)

Zero Dark 30 (4:30 AM).  Then it began, Platoon Staff formally introduced us and then took charge.  Imagine tables flipping, chairs getting thrown against walls, instructors screaming.  A volume that shocks the body, PT has been harder than any work I’ve done in my life…Pain is constant here.  Honor, sacrifice, integrity, aren’t just fairytale phrases.  They’re earned every day in sweat, tears, blood, etc., by these people.  The values of the USMC are one of a kind.  Keep shit straight…The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.

Nate Krissoff, For Love of Country (2014)

Veterans Day.  I believe it takes more than saying thanks to a veteran, you have to mean it in your heart, not just forget about it after you say thanks or buy that round at Starbucks.  Chris Mortensen at ESPiN Sunday Morning made the best point.  Mortensen was a vet during Vietnam, and he encouraged everybody to support the veterans organizations, with time, or just volunteering – money would be nice, but we know how that goes.  Hell, just be a guest at an Wounded Warrior, American Legion, VFW, DAV, or AMVETS meeting.  Or even the newer Iraq/Afghanistan support groups.

I was away for most of this weekend, but I came home to find a bit of an outrage brewing over an article written Sunday by David Masciotra of Salon.com, which can be read right here.  Needless to say I’m not thrilled, but I’m not going to get all worked up about it either.  The reason for that is because I actually pity the man because he doesn't have an original thought in his head - all he does is spew far left talking points.  Dude has the right to speak his peace no matter how stupid he sounds, but he was so all over the place that I honestly didn't know who he was talking about – indicting the military, the cops, government, and just about everything else.  It truly seemed as though it was nothing more than a hit piece from the hippie movement.  Here is a sample of his “work”:

(Quote) Physical strength and courage is only useful and laudable when invested in a cause that is noble and moral. The causes of American foreign policy, especially at the present, rarely qualify for either compliment. The “troops are heroes” boosters of American life typically toss out clichés to defend their generalization – “They defend our freedom,” “They fight so we don’t have to.”  (End quote)

Hey David, Physical Strength and Courage are a daily REQUIREMENT because we know not what the day brings.  Thanks David, so you’re blaming the military for foreign policy?  Isn’t your guy the Commander in Chief who just ordered 1500 more troops into Iraq just three days after the election?  Where is your rage for that?  As for the noble and moral comment, I dare you to make that statement in front of injured veterans families, but of course you wouldn’t dare because then you’d have to get out from the cocktail parties and behind the keyboard.  But as pitiful as I find his comments, I’m reminded of so many quotes in that movie “A few good men”:

We joined the Marines because we wanted to live our lives by a certain code, and we found it in the Corps. Now you're asking us to sign a piece of paper that says we have no honor. You're asking us to say we're not Marines. If a court decides that what we did was wrong, then I'll accept whatever punishment they give. But I believe I was right sir, I believe I did my job, and I will not dishonor myself, my unit, or the Corps so I can go home in six months... Sir.

LCPL Harold W. Dawson

A Few Good Men (1992)

We do for the most part live by a code:  Honor, Courage, and Commitment.  But here's a question for you David:  What do your dear leader politicians in Washington stand for?  Does anybody even know?  We veterans run to the fight.  We help in cases of emergencies (remember Katrina?).  We are sent to fight ebola in West Africa – what the hell are you doing about ebola?  We fight where and when we’re told – we don’t have the luxury that you do – to be the self-appointed lone judge of what is right and wrong, especially when you refer to the unproven stuff.  We don’t have that right – we voluntarily gave up our first amendment right of freedom of speech for a higher purpose.  But again David, I refer you to a quote from that movie, this time from Jack Nicholson:

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? (you David?)  I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it.

In the plot of the movie, Jack Nicholson was a douche, and I personally abhor hazing and code reds as well as his overall arrogant demeanor, but there’s a greater point to that quote – and it’s in reference to what we as veterans and service members do as opposed to the consistent whiny LA/NYC/DC party circuit who mocks us and takes our rare mistakes and uses them against us, but has no problem sending us off while at the same time demanding cuts in spending and benefits. 

I would say to David that for people who serve, there is no more noble and moral cause than defending our country.  We don’t do it for glory, we don’t do it for money, we don't do it for the discounts every November 11th, and many of us certainly don’t consider ourselves heroes – in fact we shun the spotlight.  In fact David, if you took a poll, I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of veterans consider Police, Firefighters, Teachers, EMT’s, and yes, even Doctors to be much more of a hero than we could ever think of being.

David, you remind me of the character David Janssen played in “The Green Berets”, a cynical writer/journalist who hated the war and the military, but then changed his tune when he went over to Vietnam to see for himself.  This isn't 1968 David, it's 2014.  Come out of your Utopian dreamland David, and take a look at the real world, and just for the hell of it, go out and see what it is a veteran goes through - we aren't all evil little baby killers like you seem to imagine.  

West Hills Update.  There are days that are particularly satisfying, ones in which you could almost say were perfect, and to me Saturday was one of those.  When you have perfect weather to sit in the stands for a JUCO game, followed by one hell of a BBQ dinner, it puts  me into a fantastic mood, and quite honestly, I continue to believe that the small schools, junior colleges, and high schools have what we seek when it comes to sports, and a Saturday spent at a lower division or JUCO college game is a day well spent.

Mrs. B.O.B. and I drove 180 miles down deep into farm and cattle land to watch Coach Jerry’s #8 West Hills team put their 8-0 record on the line against a Merced, a tough team from a few miles away.  West Hills jumped out to a 24-7 lead at half with some incredible luck and plays and an aggressive defensive line that had 13 sacks on the night.  The second half starts and West Hills goes up 38-7 late in the 3rd quarter, and Mrs. B.O.B. (who knows nothing about Football) looked at me and said has anybody ever come back from that?  I said I do remember the 49ers doing it in the playoffs and they won 39-38.  Well guess what, Merced came back and got the game to 38-35 with three minutes left, but finally the D-Line reasserted itself and in the end with one minute left, West Hills got an INT, and got into victory formation.

Afterwards, I had the opportunity to meet other coaches on the staff all of whom really like how Jerry coaches and conducts himself – they say to me that he has a knack for coaching. A nearly perfect day indeed.  Next week is the final game on the road and should they win, it will determine when and where their bowl game is.  Jerry is hoping for a bowl game at Monterey, and believe me, so are his mom and dad.

 

 

College Football – Sioux Falls.  Jerry’s alma mater took the road trip to #1 Minnesota Mankato at 8-0, and ended up losing 27-13, then came home to defeat Upper Iowa 45-21 to get to 9-1 with one home game left against Wayne State (NE).  Here’s the problem for them, D-2 only takes the top six for playoffs and guess what?  USF is #7.  All those great teams in Super Region 3 and they can only take six.  So what will end up being a 10-1 team could very easily be sitting out of the playoffs come three weeks from now.  That sucks.

College Football – D1.  When I sit here and think about things, the clearer the picture is becoming for the playoffs: 

  1.  SEC.  The Winner of Miss. St./Alabama will get in, so long as they win the Conference.
  2. PAC 12.  The winner of the Oregon/Arizona State PAC-12 Championship should get in, provided Sparky gets by Rich Rod down in Tuscon.  Worst case?  PAC 12 gets a playoff bid and the loser goes to the Rose Bowl, not a bad deal for the Zonies.
  3. Big 12.  You would think TCU could have a legitimate chance to get in, especially now with the SEC and PAC 12 leaders hooking up, despite the Big 10 trying to denigrate the conference.
  4. ACC.  Florida State is looking VERY beatable, but they’re still undefeated and a spot in the playoffs is theirs to lose, but when they do – THEY OUT!!!  Notre Dame got smoked, and now Duke is looming after FSU gets Miami, and improved Boston College and a suddenly resurgent Florida.  
  5. Big 10.  Really Ohio State?  Yeah, I get it you beat Sparty (who Oregon blew out BTW), so what?  You lost to Virginia Tech.  You have no resume.

     

NFL – Week 9, or is it 10?                 

  1. Those two plays pictured above saved SF's season.  San Francisco’s defense has carried their offense, and that certainly didn’t change this week as SF had to pray for a herculean effort from the D because they (mostly second stringers) are performing vastly better than all that talent on the offense. 
  2. Ordinarily I’d say it was a tough break for Carson Palmer to go down like that, but Bruce Arians don’t play that.  He EXPECTS his backup to run the show and keep it going.
  3. Cleveland is alone in first place in their division AND has a better record than San Francisco nine games in?
  4. I’m guessing there’s going to be some firings in Chicago this week.
  5. You get the sense that Pittsburgh just spent too much energy the past two weeks.
  6. Oakland, you silly little freaks you.
  7. Seattle actually ran for 350 yards against New York (Blue).
  8. Detroit has a little something going too and they love to take games late, don’t they?
  9. Miami might have lost, but for them to be sitting at 5-4 far exceeds what was expected of them.
  10.  Did Chicago quit or were they just an unfortunate victime of red hot New England and Green Bay?
Monday Moaning 11-10-14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: The Beeze Life Sex Review Writer's Block Music Billy Joel Above and Beyond Rambling Alone Tonight Captain Jack Ferris Steakhouse


 


I posted this picture to start this blog, about 45 minutes ago...I've been surfing around the net looking for something to inspire me...But nothing got me going...So, I'm just going to tap these keys and see what happens...

I can't write about sports...I haven't watched any this week...Oh wait...I saw about 5 minutes of the  BU vs. BC Hockey game Friday night...But that was it...

Friday evening Molly spent at my parents...A little sleep over with grandma and grandpa...So, the oldest got to take a test drive at watching little Beeze...She's always been a Mother Hen, so we weren't worried...So what did we do?


We went and looked at a house we can't afford...The wife wants a bigger house...I wouldn't mind either but there is the whole issue of trying to sell our house as well...We would also like to be a better school district...Our oldest is having nothing to do with us moving...Luckily, she doesn't need to worry...It's not happening right now...Just not there financially...Plus, this house was overpriced...When the relator describes the kitchen by saying, "It's kind of queer!"  Well, that's not gonna help sell it...We walked in the front door, and almost smashed into the kitchen island...They redid the kitchen, expanding it, and screwing up the flow...Plus, they slacked off on a lot of finishing work...The living room was huge...The master bedroom was huge...It had 4 bedrooms total...All good size...2 baths...Both on the second floor...No yard...and needed a new hot water tank, furnace, washer, and dryer, and some plumbing work...

Good luck getting that asking price dipshits!

Then we went out to dinner...A place called Ferris Steakhouse...The food was good...She had a Filet, and I had Prime Rib...We started with Bruschetta...I had a Caprese salad...I forget what salad she had...She finished with Crème Brulee, and I had a Triple Chocolate cake...The Moscow Mules were good...And well, the key for all my restaurant reviews, that gets them a positive grade...I got road head on the way home! Good Job Ferris Steakhouse!


And Saturday morning we had some classic morning sex...It's so nice not having a 3 year old (almost 4) waking you up at the crack of dawn on a Saturday! Thanks grandma and grandpa!

The rest of Saturday was work...I finally saw Molly at 5:44 AM Sunday, when she puked in our bed...Why, we have no idea...But then she felt great, and was quite the chatty little shit for the next hour, filling me in on her adventures...Then come 11:00AM it was back to work for a long Sunday pounding...

And now, "here I sit broken hearted, I came to shit and only farted!"

I've got some music going on my iPhone...It's on shuffle..."Captain Jack" by Billy Joel is on right now...




It made me think about a girl I dated oh so many years ago...She put this song on a mix tape...Yeah, I'm that old, fucking mix tapes!  She had this thing where she'd tell me to imagine I was on an island when I was having issues...Either stressed, or angry, or whatever...But you know what "Captain Jack" is? what the song is about...Shooting heroin...Holy shit, I think that bitch wanted me to kill myself!

No, she wasn't...She wasn't hip enough to understand drug lingo!

How's this blog working out for ya...Just a wacky guy babbling while listening to music...What's song will be next?

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It's a pretty cool tune...Especially since in it's original form it was done in a techno, club style...I'll stick to this jazzy, mellow version...

I'm sorry for this rambling through writer's block post...It feels like I'm writing in a High School journal...Hopefully I'll get my shit together...

The Beeze

 

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