Daily Blog 2.0
Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. Halfway through the week and we have baseball back. It’s hot stove time, but there’s very little cooking. The league is waiting to see what might happen with David Price and the Rays, otherwise…you get nothing and you like it.

Meanwhile, all the big news seems to be coming from sports that are out of season.

 

The chips fell in the NBA when Lebron announced his return. The other free agents have found homes for the most part. No news in LA. Detroit might get rid of Josh Smith if they can get the Kings to bite.

 

Right now, everyone is looking to see if the Timberwolves will deal Kevin Love. The most talked about destination is Cleveland. If you were the Wolves though, the best destination is the one that will give you the most in return. If I’m a Minny fan, I have no delusions about keeping Love. He pretty much said he’s gone after the season, so you might as well get something for him.

 

I’m not in a rush, though. The Cavs want him. You have a shot to get Andrew Wiggins maybe. Take your time and see if you can get Wiggins. You’re trading a good youngish player for a rookie with a lot of upside. The longer you can hold out, the better deal you might get from Cleveland. They need Love to placate James. If they won’t play, you still have LA, Chicago, or most of the league.

 

Over in football, there’s a lot of stupid coming out.

 

FSU QB Jameis Winston came out at Sec media day to state that he has matured. Forgive me if I prefer to wait and see rather than take his word. The more I hear about this kid…

 

Southern Methodist University’s head coach June Jones decided that smaller football programs were taking too much attention from the big boys. Jones wants non- power 5 conference schools to play their games in the spring. You know, like the USFL. He, of all people, should know the USFL failed. Also, having these teams around sounds like a good idea for Jones. The more teams for people to focus on, the less people will notice his 5-7 record last season.

 

Finally, in the NFL, we have to decide whether or not Tony Dungy’s rep has taken a hit. The Tampa Tribune, for some reason, decided to ask former Bucs coach Dungy whether or not he would draft Michael Sam.

 

Quoth Dungy: "I wouldn't have taken him. Not because I don't believe Michael Sam should have a chance to play, but I wouldn't want to deal with all of it.”

 

 

On one hand, a few are praising Dungy for telling the truth. He is merely stating his beliefs. Dungy is outspoken in his beliefs on homosexuals. Some think people are making too big a deal out of this.

 

On the other hand, this is the man who stood up and advocated for Michael Vick. This is a man who came to the league as a QB, but played as a DB because owners and coaches didn’t want to have to deal with a black QB. This is a man who faced people who didn’t want to deal with a black head coach. Dungy was built up as such a righteous man that seeing a quote like this seemingly weakens his work. It seems odd that Dungy has no qualms about redeeming a man who killed dogs, but wants nothing to do with a homosexual man.

 

Personally, I find it hypocritical. I also find it hypocritical to be too upset with Dungy. His beliefs are what they are. He gave a simple answer. People are never wholly satisfied with such answers. Dungy is going to have a week or so to make this up to some. Camps start soon. Story over.

 

In the mean time, I’m still watching baseball. The wife and I are tabbed to go see the Tigers play the Pirates at PNC soon. I’m also putting out more teaching applications. I finally have a few days off to do so. I’m pretty hopeful I can at least start subbing soon. I can also get to the gym. I’ve been slacking, but give myself a pass since I have been military pressing mini fridges at work. I am back in the gm so I may one day military press the full size ones. Here’s hoping! Have a great end to your week.

Musings From The Hoodwood 7-22
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NBA MLB NCAA

Bride asks Sebastian the Ibis to fill in for her late father...hope the Groom wasnt a FSU or Florida Fan

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where we return to the printed word with the exception of a couple really cool video highlights

 

The Colbys: Baseball Soap Opera

There are the so-called unwritten rules of baseball, a lot of which I think are pretentious and dumb some make sense sort of. But what went on Saturday between the Rangers and Blue Jays was a bit puzzling, more specifically between Rangers pitcher Colby Lewis and Jays Colby Rasmus. In the 5th inning, Rasmus dropped a two out bunt opposite of a defensive shift that the Rangers had employed. Rasmus beat out the bunt but was the focus of fury from Lewis who could be clearly seen screaming at Rasmus “Swing the bat!” Lewis then went to the press after the game complaining that Rasmus had violated the “unwritten code” Huh? Wait a minute, the Jays were nursing a 2-0 lead and Rasmus was getting a hit by any way he could. Had someone like speedy rookie Billy Hamilton done this, it would have been an expected part of the arsenal but Rasmus doing it was a surprise but it was still a good play. And Lewis came off looking like that much more of a whiny spoiled sport.

 

5 Foot tall woman bosses American Ninja Warrior qualifying course

Is it cheating?

The football media days for the power conferences in the NCAA are dotted the otherwise sleepy sports months of the summer, the hype and hoopla of the all-powerful SEC, the ACC home of the defending national champs and the imposing presences of the  Big Ten and Pac12 conferences. The Big XII (12) conference may be the smallest and weakest of the so-called power five conferences but they have provided some of the bigger headlines. Big XII commish Bob Bowlsby stunned many of the media contiginent by stating that “cheating pays” and that “he doesn’t see it getting any better in the near future” Bowlsby didn’t come right out and name names. But he more or less implied that schools were taking advantage of lax enforcement of NCAA rules. Im not really sure what Bowlsby is trying to prove by making these statements. Anyone that watches college football knows that there is lots and lots of money afoot and that money doesn’t just evaporate. I liken it to the movie Blue Chips where the money and friends of the programs are taking care of players, but the question then gets to who’s getting paid and how much. Im just shocked that someone in Bowlsby’s position would openly speak of “cheating” This may be just another domino to fall in the increasingly shaky house of cards that college football might be in.

 

NBA: The Big Deal?

Now we wait. The biggest free agent LeBron James has returned to Cleveland. Carmelo Anthony ad Chris Bosh have returned to the original teams in New York and Miami respectively. The free agent market signings are coming through in dribs and drabs but the biggest deal seems to be just waiting to happen. Kevin Love is looking to get out of Minnesota, and he will either by trade or letting his contract run out at the end of this season. The Timberwolves are trying to get as much as they can for their recalcitrant power forward, and are trying to strike the best deal that they can. They are dickering with the Warriors and have an offer of Harrison Barnes and David Lee but are also trying to pry sharpshooting Klay Thompson from them, the other suitor are the suddenly high rolling high profile Cavaliers who with the return of their homegrown superstar in James and are looking to get another big name to boost their fortunes. The Cavs are pondering trading their recently drafted top pick Andrew Wiggins and former #1 Anthony Bennett, the latter is looking more and more like a bust, for Love. The wheeling and dealing is interesting to watch and the speculation is getting more and more rampant. I think that the deal with the Cavs benefits both, but the Cavs seem reluctant to let go of Wiggins who looks to be a cant miss prospect. Though Love has expressed a positive reaction to playing with his former Olympic teammate and sign a longterm deal with Cleveland, the Cavs are hanging back from consummating the deal and the Wolves keep looking like that they are using the Warriors to drive up the bargaining price. This looks like a fascinating soap opera stay tuned.

Speaking of Wiggins: Check this sick dunk

 

 

Phat Daps

25-year-old German soccer star Mesut Ozil has donated his World Cup prize money – totaling more than $400,000 for winning the tournament – to various charity projects in Brazil. The hefty sum is reportedly going to fund surgeries for 23 Brazilian children.

 

 Stuart Scott’s heartrending speech at the Espy’s, I know that there are many in this collective that don’t like the four letter sports monolith. I tolerate it more than I used to but the ESPY awards aside from the push for the V Foundation is a useless drill though the award for perserverence going to Scott who has been battling cancer. His fight and his quiet determination is admirable and like him being the father of two, I get the inspiration and motivation that he draws from. Cancer sucks, as you well know I lost a dear friend to this awful disease a couple months ago and have several friends who are fighting this now. I do what I can do to support them but in reality have no idea the fight that they face. Scott’s simple yet eloquent speech was poignant, and heartfelt without being cheesy. Here’s to you Stu, keep fighting the good fight.

 

Head Slap

To MLB and Fox for not honoring the memory of Tony Gwynn during last weeks All-Star game…if not wanting to slight others why not do like they do at the Oscars and have a segment on those Baseball lost…

 

Quick hits

Dan Uggla…how far has this guy fallen…

Cancer sucks…best wishes to Atlanta Dream and former Laker Michael Cooper who is battling cancer of the tongue.

Even the best of men can shoot off their mouths, Coach Dungy? Really?

The Ol' Ball Coach cant help but dig at Dabo but how many BCS games have the 'Cocks been too? (Ill give you a hint, my beloved Bearcats who have been to two more than South Carolina...)

If Sterling stays in LA, look for the biggest mass exodus from a team since the old Padres fire sales.

Have you started prepping for your fantasy drafts yet?

 

That’s the view from the Hoodwood, until next post fellow sports fans!

One Fine Day
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: red sox sandcastles

If I had a perfect day, I would have it start this way

Open up the fridge and have a tall boy

Yeah

 

This time of year is an exceptionally stressful one in my line of work.  Suffice to say that the month of July and August usually have me working about 80 hours a week, sometimes 100, and I don’t even get overtime.  I eat a lot of crap food to sustain myself, and drink a bunch of beer to calm the nerves.  On the other hand, the family generally leaves me alone.  I can usually do a bunch of the stuff at night, and if I really bust hump, I can have good chunks of the weekend to hang out with the fam.  But those 15-18 hour days start adding up.  

 

 

 

Then I'd meet up with my friends

Head out to the game again

We don't even really care who wins

 

This Saturday I basically spent the day at the beach for a sand sculpting competition and a family cookout.  I wrecked myself in a “friendly” competition of volleyball “wives vs. husbands” in a game where everyone knew who was going to win, even if they didn’t win the game: the object was not to humiliate anyone.  I had sand in my hair, ears and...nether regions and got to really lay out a couple of times to make the play...that we all knew wasn’t going to count for points, because.

 

When we're hangin' with the bro's, When we're chillin' and we pound a case of Stroh's

Now the game is cool to see

You can "High 5" on TV

Count the riot on the one two three

 

Of course Mo, Jr. wanted to dig in the sand.  Except this kid doesn’t just set his sites on digging a little channel of water or anything.  Nope.  He staked out a full out archeological dig site, stakes and all, and dug.  And of course, he asked me to help.  We dug about 3’ down and about 3’ square.  Needless to say, between the sunburn, scrapes on my elbows and my sore back it’s hard to know what was the worst thing for me.  It was pretty much what the doctor ordered though, because I’m just STRESSED OUT about work.  Ever get that way?  

 

I joined this Facebook group for owners of the breed of dog we have, and it’s pretty cool - just pictures of these fantastic pooches and it brightens my outlook, if only for a little bit.  Of course, there’s always someone whose dog has just come down with heartworm or just “gone to the rainbow bridge,” and that totally harshes my mellow, but it does help to take the edge off.

 

The worst part, though, is that summer is my favorite, and work just sucks the life out of me, speeds the summer by so fast, and before you know it we’re looking at the NFL schedule and budgeting for winter oil bills, almost like summer never happened.  I tell myself that it’s all worth the flexibility and relatively low-stress rest of the year, but…

 

Water hoses and batons

That's the real game that's on

I don't really give a shit who wins

 

At least the Red Sox are doing their part in making me feel like I’m not missing much.  The reigning world champs are in last place - pretty much where I expected they would be last season.  It’s almost like 2013 didn’t happen.  

 

But since it did, I can take some solace in knowing it did.  Just like the moon landing 45 years ago Sunday.  Happily, while Bart Sibrel can deny the moon landing all he wants, I know for a fact the Red Sox won it all, just like Buzz Aldrin knows he landed on the moon.

 


 

I believe it's my god-given right

To destroy everything in my sight

Cause it never gets dull, it never gets old

The only thing it gets is more bold

 

Interestingly enough, we may soon know what Bill Belichick knew about Aaron Hernandez’ activities and when he knew it, a question not unlike the one posed of Aldrin contemporaries by Howard Baker, who passed away last month.  It seems prosecutors have turned over 33-pages of text messages between BB and Hernandez spanning a 5 month period.  Makes you wonder what all he could’ve had to say that would take 33 pages, of course I’m sure it sounds way more sinister than the reality.  While the Coach B haters will posit that it’s probably Bill telling Aaron how to hide evidence, and to delete his security DVR, or (perhaps even more heinous for a football fan), coaching instructions in the off season, I’m guessing it’s screen caps of scouting reports for guys he knew, or other innocuous chatter.  My bet is that if his texts to any player were subpoenaed, they’d all look the same.  So sue me, I’m a homer.

 

In our world it's a way to stay sane

If you're asking me

To have it my way, I'd say that's

One fine day….

 
NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 7-20-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: New Hampshire Tony Stewart 10 worst in customer satisfaction NASCAR Chase Stuff

                          

Hey hey hey neighbors, friends, Gabbers and others. Welcome to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. This week is an off week. No Cup race. Nationwide drivers were at Chicagoland. Bill Elliot's son Chase won again & has taken over the points lead. 

I just got back from Maryland. Took my son & #1 grandson to see the Monster Truck Jam. Red neck heaven. Was an awesome show. Grave Digger Legend did a jump into a wheelie and held the wheelie going down the front stretch over the bumps. He was so vertical there was mud on his rear bumper. He got the prize for the free style part of the competition hands down. The free style is my favorite because these guys get some wicked air going over the bumps. There were only like 7 trucks there. Really expected to see at least 10. Both Grave Diggers were there, Hot Wheels, Monster Energy, Strait Jacket and 2 others that I can't remember the names of. Great show. Worth the drive. Grandson was happy and thanked me for taking him. 

STEWART BACK IN THE WINGED SPRINT CAR SADDLE

This week Stewart did just what he said he would. He snuck into the Crystal Motor Speedway in Michigan and got into a winged sprint car. Not only did he race but he won it too. 

On Wednesday, July 23rd Stewart will host the 2nd NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race at his track Eldora Speedway in Ohio. Last years winner Austin Dillon and Kyle Larson plan to return.  You can watch it on FOX Sports 1 @ 9pm.

RACE TEAM ALLIANCE UPDATE

NASCAR says they will communicate with the newly formed RTA through lawyers. Now that's starting things out on the right foot. NASCAR still says they hold no animosity towards this group. They're just covering their butts.

Scared much?

SPECIAL CHASE PAINT FEATURES INTRODUCED

When the Chase starts besides the winner decals above the drivers door for every win they'll be some more Chase type markings. The front splitter, roof number, windshield viser where the driver name is and a Chase decal on the drivers door all will be in yellow. As the drivers get eliminated from the Chase they will lose the yellow markings. I wonder if they get a horn too. Get out of my way. I'm a Chase contender.

TOP 10 COMPANIES WITH THE WORST CUSTOMER SERVICE

In light of the recent Comcast scandal where a customer tried to cancel their Comcast cable and the customer service rep drag the poor guy through the wringer, I found an article on customer service.

1. Bank Of America

2. Comcast

3. Sprint Corporation

4. Dish Network

5. Direct TV

6. Time Warner Cable

7. AOL

8. AT&T

9. Wells Fargo

10. Citigroup

So Comcast is 2nd. They're planning to merge with Time Warner Cable. Charlie Ergen, CEO of Dish Network went to the FCC to tell them his thoughts on that merger which pretty much added up to things are gonna suck if you let those 2 monopolies merge. The FCC says that they're taking all comments on this merger till August 25th. So if you're not happy and want to comment on it then you best get your comments into the FCC before the decision is made.

I find it interesting that all these entities are banks, phone companies & tv service providers. They all can make up their rules as they go along and not much we can do about it.

NEW HAMPSHIRE RECAP

So last week was Ky Bu on the pole to start the race. Off we go and 7 laps in Johnson is in the pits with a flat left rear. Then lap 13 Caution is out because Johnson is in the wall. Done

Lots of Twitter back & forth between the #48 team and Goodyear about who's fault it is. Team #48 saying it's bad tires and Goodyear saying it's too low air pressure.

Ky Bu leads till lap 63 when Hamlin takes over. Gordon has fallen to 26th. Says car is undrivable.

Lap 90 sees Keselowski to the lead. Top 5 : Keselowski - Hamlin - Ky Bu - Kenseth - Harvick

Lap 127 Kenseth takes the lead but has trash on his grill. On lap 139 Keselowski takes it back and Kenseth uses him to get the trash off the grill.

Pretty much Keselowski is dominating this race. On lap 212 Morgan Shepherd loses control of his car and drifts up into Logano as he's passing by. Logano's day is done.

With 4 to go Allgaier is in the wall. We're going into a green/white checker. Gordon is on the apron. He needs fuel. Hamlin pits for fuel. And Harvick tries to restart but his car runs out. 

Top 15 Finish - Keselowski - Ky Bu - Larson - Kenseth - Newman - Bowyer - Stewart - Hamlin - Stenhouse - Dale Jr - Kahne - Edwards - Dillon - Biffle 

Next week is The Brickyard at Indianapolis. I'll post a review next Sunday.

                  

So I leave you with this gem. Have an awesome and safe weekend. 

And I'm outta here.....

 

 

Golf for Breakfast, Anyone? Anyone?
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: British Open Tiger Rory McIlroy

I have to apologize for not publishing last Saturday - I was in a remote location that was supposed to have Internet but it turned out to be DSL and bad DSL at that.  Hopefully with football season just around the corner, my travels will not include further Internet connectivity issues.

So we cannot have a discussion about Golf without talking about Tiger Woods.  Every time Tiger steps on to the golf course, it is news.  Whether it is because he is a compelling story, a compelling train wreck or some combination of the two. I can't say but especially with major championships, it becomes All Tiger All of the Time coverage.  I have to admit to following the train wreck angle yesterday as a promising opening round devolved into what has become typical Tiger championship golf...he just unravels.  One has to wonder if Tiger realizes that he does not have the game to compete with the dominant young players who are emerging on the game today.   Back in the day when Tiger was Great, his mere presence caused the competition to wilt, yielding titles with barely a whimper.  Those days are over.  While I do think Tiger will press on with his quest to catch Jack Nicklaus' major record - and he may even win one or two more - he will be more of a celebrity golfer than a tour d'force on the course.  Seeing this pose again in my mind is unlikely...

 

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