Daily Blog 2.0
Saturday's Showcase - 12/13/14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to the weekend version with your host, the Bad Penny himself…UNCLE B.O.B.   This weekend should be the big Christmas Parties (work and home) weekend for many.  I wish you all an enjoyable and safe time if you partake in the parties.  

Today is a very busy day for the ole hermit known as myself as I will be attending the Wreaths Across America ceremonies this morning, which is honoring vets by putting holiday wreaths at the graves of veterans.  I will also be putting the finishing touches on tomorrow’s town VFW Kids Christmas Party, and participating in the town parade doing some advertising.  

Before you all head out to start your weekend, let me drop a few tidbits on ya:

Weather.  Yes, the “Storm of the Year” hit us here in NORCAL, and my house wasn’t without damage.  Heavy winds blew off shingles and exposed wood, and the rain got in and caused water leak in my bedroom.  Small price to pay I suppose for getting water out here.  Need a new roof anyway and I expect we’ll be getting that in the next few months.  For the time being, temporary fixes are in order.

Ugly Sweater Craze.  Before I start, This ugly sweater fetish has got to stop.  People look like damn fools and in a few years they are gonna regret getting their picture taken.

Sons of Anarchy.  I kept hearing about this show, about a biker gang located in Northern California, so Tuesday I finally took a peek at what it was all about.  Well, it was the series finale of all things – a two hour show.  What got me interested was the references to the areas (cities and towns specifically – Stockton, Lodi, etc.) near where I live. 

I watched it and it was definitely better than that garbage reality show “The Devils Ride”.  Wasn’t too keen on the ending, but it is what it is. 

Pretty good show with Peg Bundy, her rack, and Jimmy Smits, and others.                 

UFC.  C. M. Punk saw how bad the direction in WWE was going so it makes sense that Phil Brooks goes to the UFC.  And why not?  Lesnar, Lashley, and Bautista all tried it to varying degrees of participation and success.  But at age 36, can he hang with the Middle and Welterweights who are bound to be much younger?  My understanding is that Brooks/Punk holds multiple black belts in jiu-jitsu and practices kenpo.  Question is, does he have real wrestling in his repertoire?  I’m not a UFC guy, but I think I’ll watch this just to see how he does. 

WWE.  Vince McMahon going on Stone Cold’s Podcast and publicly saying that his talent basically sucks and needs to step up is a cop out – perhaps Vince and HHH need to take their own advice and step it up.  The talent is there – it’s creative that’s the problem the same ole shit week after week is what’s driving people away.  How many weeks in a row do we have to start off with 20 minutes of talk and end with the same ten guys charging each other in the ring.  It’s the same shit and people are tuning out and not going to shows like they used to.  Take the chance, feature Cesaro more and if he sucks on the mic, work with him – hell, bring the Rock in to teach him.  More Cesaro and less Big Show and Mark Henry is a good thing!

It’s like anything else in business nowadays, leaders blaming workers rather than stepping up their own game, thinking outside the box, improving their leadership and communication skills, and skillfully influencing employees to do better, and making things better for everybody – apparently it’s easier to remain with the status quo – which increasingly has a short shelf-life and publicly call out your workers and throw them under the bus.  News Flash Vinnie Mac:  The Rock, Stone Cold, HBK, and the Undertaker aren’t coming through that door - Work with what you have. 

Memo to WWE:  When Sirius XM has a two hour wrestling show and all they talk about is Ring of Honor and how much better their product is than yours, it pretty much tells you all you need to know about your product.


NBA.  Well, I guess Tragic the Myopian (err Earvin Johnson) is at it again, adding his voice to something that isn’t really welcome (what else is new with this clown?).  He actually had the audacity to say that losing is the best option in the NBA and that he advocates the Lakers losing so that they can get a high draft pick.  That ought to make Commissioner Adam Silver real happy - one of the greatest players of all time advocating losing.

That Carmelo Anthony is such a badass eh?  Threatening to kick his teammates asses after games?  Uh yeah tough guy.  Hey Melo, just admit you signed with the NY Tricks for the money then planned to engineer a trade.  It's easier that way then having to go through all your drama - yet again.  


  • I wasn’t really that in tune with what was going on with Darren Sharper, but damn.  The State of Lousisiana AND the Feds want some of this guy for Date Rape, and just this week he was indicted?  WOW.  Dude could have a life-long reservation at the Graybar Motel? 
  • Was horrified Tuesday to hear of the car accident of Cam Newton.  That’s scary, and it has nothing to do with Football.  Best wishes to Mr. Newton for a speedy recovery.
  • How funny was it to see Kaepernick get into a verbal w/Oakland LB Sio Moore and Kaep telling him “I’m coming for you in the 2nd half?”   Hey Colin, how bout focusing on your own play rather than letting opponents get into your freaking head?
  • Adrian Peterson's appeal was denied.  So what, he gets paid and he's fresh for next season, wherever he ends up.  Seattle?

MLB Winter Meetings.  Just wanted to try to keep it about stuff we haven’t already talked about.

  • I don’t know about the rest of you, but I absolutely LOVE the Nelson Cruz to Seattle signing.
  • I’m trying to understand San Diego wanting to trade Yasmani Grandal plus some for Matt Kemp.  San Diego should be looking at Kemp’s many, MANY injuries.
  • And once again the threat of “New Stadium, or the team moves”.  This time its in Tampa.  If I’m the politicians there I just laugh at that prospect, call their bluff and say “Did you see what a new stadium did for Miami?”.  Story is right here.
  • Apparently Jon Lester is going to the Cubs and a ton of people are saying that the North Siders are “winning the offseason.”  Well, let me introduce you to a quote from former MLB Pitcher and now SF broadcaster Mike Krukow:  "I heard someone say the Cubs are winning the offseason. Well, when the Hell have you ever seen a parade for winning the offseason?"

Christmas Music.  DJ Uncle B.O.B. is back with a few more video carols for your pleasure.  The first is in honor of our Boston contingent here at the Gab:

Let me say this, I love when the Pops do this, but I also found a version performed by the United States Marine Corps Chamber Orchestra here, so I’m putting the same song on twice: 

One final one is R&B, may I present one of my favorite songs from Mr. Donnie Hathaway:


Weekly Grumble with IHM 12/12
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Red Sox Tigers Dodgers NFL Manziel NBA LeBron NHL

  Hello folks, and welcome to this week’s Grumble with IHM. Been a long week for yours truly… mostly because of the wait I’ve been dealing with since Monday, when I got a call with a potential job offer making a hell of a lot more money than I’ve ever made thus far in my “career”. As of the time I’m writing here, I still haven’t heard back… but I’ll keep the hope alive until I hear otherwise!

  Been a big week in baseball hot stove news, as the winter meetings are in full swing in San Diego. This week’s biggest players have been the A’s, Dodgers, and Cubs; all of whom made big splashes in one way or another. The A’s seem to be in the midst of yet another firesale… first trading Josh Donaldson last week, and this week trading away Jeff Samardzija to the White Sox for a gaggle of low level prospects (the Sox also added closer David Robertson) and All Star 1B/OF Brandon Moss to Cleveland for a prospect. With a shitty stadium, shitty ownership that refuses to spend a dime, and a GM who seems to enjoy rebuilding more than any fan can stand, how does this team maintain any form of a fan base? Good lord!

  The Dodgers were all over the place this week. On Tuesday they made a move to bring in Phillies SS Jimmy Rollins. Wednesday they made another series of moves… acquiring a handful of prospects from the Marlins for All-Star 2B Dee Gordon, SP Dan Haren (who is allegedly retiring, in which case the Marlins receive $10 million from the Dodgers), and SS Miguel Rojas. They then parlayed parts of the Marlins trade into All-Star 2B Howie Kendrick (formerly of the Angels, much to DVT’s chagrin), then made another deal moving former star Matt Kemp to San Diego in exchange for C Yasmani Grandal, cleaning up the mess that was their crowded outfield situation. The team is also allegedly near a deal with SP Brandon McCarthy… who will likely parlay a good 15 game run with the Yankees last year into a 4 year, 48 million dollar contract!

  The Cubs made their first move on Tuesday, trading a pair of pitching prospects to the Diamondbacks for All-Star C Miguel Montero. The next day they made their biggest splash, signing SP Jon Lester, considered by some to be this year’s biggest free-agent prize, to a six year, 155 million dollar deal. James Shields has also been mentioned as the Cubs next potential target. With the surplus of young position talent this team has in the minors and Majors, expect to hear a lot more from the Cubbies before the offseason ends.

  As for the Tigers, they were in the category of “watchers” until just a few moments ago, when they traded RHP Rick Porcello to Boston for power hitting, power armed OF Yoenis Cespedes. The Red Sox also added Wade Miley in a trade with the Diamondbacks earlier in the week, and signed Justin Masterson. Doesn’t do a damn thing to shore up the bullpen (aside from a pair of minor league pitchers who might end up in the pen), but still, nice to get some added protection for Miggy and VMart in the lineup. Plus, the Tigers added Shane Greene in a three-way trade with the Yankees and Diamondbacks earlier in the week, which sent DiDi Gregorious to the Yankees to replace a retiring Derek Jeter, and some minor leaguers to the Diamondbacks.

  The Tigers just made another deal, this time acquiring 2014 All-Star Alfredo Simon from the Reds for IF Eugeno Suarez and minor league P Jordan Crawford. Simon was 15-10 with a 3.44 ERA for the Reds last year. The best part is his nickname… he loves it when you call him “Big Pasta”. The Reds then traded SP Mat Latos to the Miami Marlins for SP Anothony DiSclafani and C Chad Wallach.

  Two guys I was hoping the Tigers would make a move for to shore up that bullpen, Luke Gregerson and Pat Neshek, were signed by the Astros on Wednesday.

  As for Max Scherzer, the Tigers, Yankees, Dodgers, Red Sox, Giants and Nationals are among teams mentioned in speculations as to where he will land. I’m guessing the Tigers are out (kind of hoping, actually), since they already have a solid rotation with Price/Verlander/Sanchez/Greene/Simon… but I’ve been wrong before, and I know how much Scott Boras enjoys bending Dave Dombrowski over the negotiating table!

  Over in the NFL we have three big stories this week: Johnny Clipboard is now Johnny Starter, and Roger Goodell and the NFL’s owners have decided on a new conduct policy… without the input of the NFLPA, and Cam Newton was injured and likely shelved for the rest of the season after being involved in a car crash…

  As for Johnny Football/Cashsign/Scumbag/Douchebag/Clipboard/Starter… it is probably best for the Browns to go this way, especially after the horrendous play of Brian Hoyer the past four weeks. In those four weeks, he ranks at or near the bottom of the league in the majority of NFL Quarterbacking stats, including throwing only one TD pass and a league high eight interceptions. At this point, they’re still in the playoff hunt, but Hoyer simply isn’t making the plays needed to help that defense win games. Will Johnny make it any better? Well, he can’t really make it much worse at this point! Besides, with two first round picks in next year’s draft, the Browns need to know if this guy’s play making ability translates to the NFL or not… and whether or not they need to go after yet another name for the long, long list of starters for the team since 1999!

  As for Johnny’s first start… it comes against Marvin Lewis and the Bengals. When asked about Manziel, Lewis apparently called Manziel a “midget”… which sent the world of little people into an angered, adorable frenzy. Lewis apologized for the comments later… sad when midgets can force an apology out of a full sized man. Just goes to show you the PC hellhole we now call reality.

  The new NFL conduct policy is set… highlights include:

  • Embracing the use of independent investigations; the NFL will hire a special counsel for investigations and conduct who will oversee initial discipline.
  • The policy will implement an element of leave with pay during investigations of people charged with violent crimes.
  • The commissioner still has some role in the appeals process, but may appoint a panel of independent experts to decide an appeal.

  Doesn’t sound like all that bad of a deal, but I’m sure the NFLPA will find something to cry about in there… most likely about the fact that they weren’t able to collectively bargain for any part of the policy. Whaaa, whaaa, whaaa… fucking unions.

  Cam Newton was injured when he was cut off by another driver and rolled his truck a few times on Tuesday. Newton was in the hospital overnight, and suffered a pair of fractures in his lower back, similar to the injury Tony Romo suffered at the end of last season. Best wishes to Cam on a full recovery.

  This week’s games include: The Lions hosting the Vikings… a team that always gives them trouble. The Packers travel to Buffalo to face a tough Bills D. Hopefully we get a little help from Gym Shorts and the boys. The resurgent Falcons (despite the loss to the Packers on Monday night) host the Steelers. The 49ers and Seahawks face off in the afternoon and the Cowboys and Eagles battle for first place in the NFC East on Sunday night. On Monday night, the Saints travel to Chi-town to face the Bears.

  In college football, the debate continues over the playoff teams and the slotting of the rest of the bowl eligible teams… but this weekend we get a chance to see football in its purest form. The Army vs. Navy game on Saturday at 3. Only game on the schedule… as it should be. These young men deserve the spotlight, even if only for one week. Make sure you tune in if you get the chance.

  Over in the NBA, LeBron James caused a stir early in the week with his perpetuation of the “I Can’t Breathe” slogan on a t-shirt (he among other athletes around the country), then caused an international incident by daring to touch the duchess when he met the royal couple (don’t remember their names, don’t give a shit either). Apparently nobody is to touch the future queen… not even “King James”. Neither the duke or duchess seemed very offended by it, but apparently the tea suckers overseas were quite upset. LeBron scores major points in my book if he comes out and tells the uptight citizens brigade to sit on it! Fuckin limey Brits!

  The Warriors won their 14th straight over Houston Wednesday night, improving to an impressive 19-2 on the season in the process. Does this team finally have it together enough to make a serious run at the NBA title? I’d love to see it, personally.

  The NHL is apparently in the grips of a mumps outbreak… Travis Zajac and Adam Larsson have been diagnosed with the vaccine-preventable disease, as have players for the Minnesota Wild, New York Rangers, Anaheim Ducks, and St.Louis Blues this season. Looks like somebody missed their shots growing up.

  This week marked the ten year anniversary of the night Dimebag Darrell Abbott was shot and killed while playing in a Columbus, Ohio club. RIP to one of the finest guitar players this world has ever known:

  Well, that’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks as always for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out. Enjoy your weekend, Gabbers!  

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB and NFL

Hello Gabbers it’s been a crazy week in the Lanz household more on that later.

Let’s go right to bat the Boston Red Sox made the deal of the century not signing Jon Lester. I know you all are thinking I’m nuts to say that. Here is may reasoning no team should over a 6 year deal an expect the guy to be good for all 6 years. Sure the Red Sox have some muscle now on the team and will be far more productive offensively than they were in 2014. However how productive will Lester be 4 years out. Good Luck to Theo and Joe Maddon and Jon Lester.

Lester is a guy I like solid work effort wants the ball and can pitch. However, there were no home town discounts as the local media led us to believe. Lester did what anybody else did he took the money and I think all of us we had that talent would take the money especially if somebody is willing to pay. I really don’t care what kind of money anybody signs for, it’s a short career make it while you can.

On the other hand I can’t believe what kind of deals teams are offering. I guess it’s just a sign that baseball is making money. There is one thing from a fans point of view that drives me crazy it least  with people who call sports talk radio. When a guy struggles for whatever reason people automatically turn to his salary. We have that and he makes this. While he makes that because somebody offered him that money and Mr. Fanboy you would take it as well. People forget that Profesional Sports is a business first and they are paying for a specific talent.

Nobody is upset when some self absorbed act or singer gets millions for crappy movie that had a good advertising budget or some singer that can’t put two sentenaces together we are all alright with it. .Perhaps we identify athletes as more normal guys. I don’t know we do know they work hard their crafts but they aren’t exactly Iron Workerss.

My take on the whole Lester thing is the Red Sox had their chance for him at the point when they low balled him on extension that’s where they lost him 4 years 70 million.I also think they were hoping for a home town discount but knew he would get more than 6 years and 135 million, I think they knew they could recover from what the market would bring.

The Red Sox did acquire Wade Miley (stats) from the D-Backs as a consulation prize in Adam Wiley. He will eat some innings that normally Lackey and Lester would eat. Wiley has averaged about 200 Innings a year and with the often injured Clay Bucholtz  in the rotation they need somebody to eat innings.


Has a new conduct policy which includes money for victims . Go head go do something stupid and see if your company pays for the victims. No they would simply fire you . Instead of having independent investigations and 6 game suspensions. I think from an image standpoint this maybe a good policy from a practical standpoint. You violate the good conduct policy . You fire the guy plan simple and he is not let back in the league. Incorporate it in every contract so that a Federal Magistrate doesn’t get involved.

I think the policy is a step forward but I would like a no nonsense approach.

Lakesiders Report.

Lil Lanz wore the hat in a 9-5 los. He netted the first two and then picked up at third in the final period , The first goal was the best goal he ever scored. He broke down the left side and let a wrister go from the circle beat the goalie to the short side puck was about 2 feet of the ice when he let it go. Funny thing he knew the opposing teams goalie from a hockey camp they attended over the summer.


Some other really cool stuff happening at the Lanz house. For the first time in like 4 years we all got into decorating the Christmas Tree complete with Hot Chocolate , Sugar Cookies and Christmas Tunes and they we sat and watched a cheesy Christmas movie to boot. It was fun.

The Laser played in his first orchestra concert last night as our High School presented their winter concert. Laser plays the Bass or as I like to call it the big Fidel. He joined because a few of his friends who have been playing instruments for years did. Of course when he joined he couldn’t play anything except soccer and baseball. A few Bass lessons some hard work and some tutoring from kids in the music program he did ok.

Than my daughter got an early acceptance with a really nice merit scholarship to a nice small private college here in MAssachusetts. not sure if it’s her first choice but she has sometime to decide. She was extremely exciting for a kid that  really doesn’t get to animated about anything she was extremely happy.

Finally, I was able to have a great lunch Friday it was way to short with Sully and Mo and as Mo said Monday he and I don’t live that far from each other but with busy lives we don’t get together enough. If you have never met either guy they are both top notch. Iw as able to share some good news with both of them where I’m leaving my job which I have been in for 12 years . I’m leaving my boss who we have worked together for nearly 20 at a few different companies and he has become my best friend over the years. I got an offer I couldn’t refuse with a significant bump up in pay  and responsibilities that are more inline with my professional training and state license.. So it has been quite the week in the lanz world.

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. Christmas is quickly gaining ground on us. I’m proud to say I’ve got shopping just about wrapped up. That’d just leave the wrapping. Luckily my wife likes to do this. I am horrible. The plus side is she won’t be able to tell what I got for her.


The tough thing about this stretch is figuring out what to write about. I have to admit to getting some blockage. There’s hot stove in the MLB. The NHL and NBA are going on and college basketball has only just begun. The NFL is still going strong. College football is wrapping up. A lot of this has been done.

The biggest news out is Cam Newton suffering a back injury in a rollover accident. Wow. Looking at the car, you have to be happy that he didn’t suffer a more life threatening injury. The photos from the scene are spine chilling. Newton was unconscious and unresponsive when the police showed up. Newton has been something of a polarizing figure, but you have to wish the guy well. Tony Romo suffered from similar injuries and has been able to come back. I hope the same can be said for Cam Newton.


Time Magazine has come out with candidates for person of the year. If you judge the year based on these nominations, you’d consider 2014 to be a shit year. Fergusson protestors. Vladimir Putin. These are some of the names that made the list. You can add Roger Goodell to that list. Goodell has been more of an infamous character this year, though he’s far from the likes of rioters and Putin. Still, were there no good news stories this year? Last year we had Pope Francis. You can’t get more hopeful than that. This year we get a lot of terrible stories. My vote has to go to the Ebola aid workers. It’s been a terrible story and a mighty struggle, but these people have put their lives on the line to try to hold and stop this outbreak. It’s also the biggest international story of the year.


Looking forward to spring, the A’s are trading off some big pieces of their team. I’m not sure what Billy Beane is thinking here, but he’s getting some untried players and plenty of prospects to retool. What’s worse is the Indians have profited. The Tribe landed All-Star Brandon Moss for a minor league infielder. Moss will add some pop to the Tribe’s line-up. He’ll also be a big pain in the Tigers’ ass.


Justin Verlander may have Kate Upton, but Madison Bumgartner has dated: Madison Bumgartner. Bumgartner managed to find a girl with the same name and was attracted to his own name. The bombshell came in a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. Bumgartner also revealed that he bought his wife, Ali, a cow for a birthday present the year before they were married. Bumgartner may have interesting ideas in romance, but he gets a break if he keeps pitching like he did in the post-season.


Finally, the yuletide season started off with a power chord. Christopher Lee, the famed British actor who made a name for himself in British horror movies among other roles, has released a heavy metal version of “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing”.  The song will be part of an entire heavy metal Christmas album. Saruman is coming to melt your face this Christmas. Take a listen:

That’s all for this week. Thanks as always for stopping in. There’s slightly more than two weeks left to shop before Christmas. Be careful out there, Gabbers.

Musings From The Hoodwood 12-9
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL NBA NHL College Football

How much longer will Johnny Football be on the sidelines?


Greetings from the Hoodwood where the locals are gearing up for the playoffs

College football: The chosen four

You now have the four teams that will compete in the the playoff for the initial college football championship all four teams have flaws in their own way yet have the tools and talent to be the last team standing in Jerry World next month

You have Alabama, SEC heavyweight, Nick Saban and his crew aren’t near the dominating team that they have been in years past but they still have the ruthlessly effiecent offense and the punishing defense. You wonder sometimes though if they mentally wander. But they made it through the rugged SEC with a few bumps but only 1 loss.

You have those wacky quackers from west with the myriad of unis. Led by Heisman finalist Marcus Mariota, Oregon is a high speed high scoring juggernaut who dominated the Pac 12 and avenged their only loss to Arizona with a devastating revenge beating in Santa Clara in the Pac-12 title game. This is a team that plays fast scores fast and never wears the same unis twice.

You have the defending champs, Florida State who is the only unbeaten team who dodged bullet after bullet in seemingly every game but got out every time with a win. Jameis Winston may be the most hated and polarizing college player in the game but he seems to get the win every time. The Noles have the nations longest win streak and will have gone better than 2 calendar years without a loss when they line up in Pasadena against the Ducks on New Years Day

Finally you have the school that makes sure you know it start with THE. Bullies of the Big Ten, Ohio State took a puzzling loss to a weak Virginia Tech and was seemingly written out of the national championship picture before the season turned to fall but grinding away he Bucks climbed back in behind the sterling play of JT Barrett who was thrown into action when senior QB an incumbent starter Braxton Miller was injured before the season started, but the Bucks jelled behind Barnett and rolled to another perfect Big Ten regular season, their 3rd straight but the in the season finale against hated rival Michigan Barrett suffered a gruesome ankle injury he was also lost for the year. The Bucks seemed to be the heavy underdog to the Badgers of Wisconsin behind their rugged run game. But the Bucks started fast and never let the Badgers up for air much less off the proverbial canvas and laid a frightening woodshed beating to the tune of 59-0, you can clown on my beloved Bearcats giving up 50 back in September, but they lead some in the game and were competitive in the game. Wisconsin was never close to being in the same area code much less competitive. The Bucks impressed the selection committee to bypass TCU and Baylor to get the final dance invite.

So did the committee get it right? I think given they could only take four, yes. You have the playoff winners of the four power conferences with title games. The co-champs of the Big 12 were left on the outside looking in. Baylor might have had more of a beef, they beat TCU in a wild shootout in October but shared the title with the Horned Frogs. Both teams were shunned. I think personally that it should be 8 teams, take the power 5 conference winners. Add three wild cards either the teams that get upset or the little conference champ that goes unbeaten. Play the tourney over three weekends, the first after the conference title games the semis on New Years day and the championship either on a Monday or the Saturday between the pro conference championships and the Super Bowl that would be a real lead into the Super Bowl fesitivities and use the big six bowls Cotton (at Jerry World) Fiesta, Rose, Orange, Peach/Chik Fil-A (in Atlanta) and Sugar and rotate the quarters semis and championship. Keep the other bowls as rewards for the other schools. You still have your fill of football and the major ones have their proper stage…Problem solved.

Phat Dap

To John Wall who played his usual beast self (26 points, 17 dimes) in a thrilling double overtime against the Celtics but revealed side many don’t get to see, getting very emotional revealing that he was playing this game with an especially heavy heart after losing a young friend to cancer. Wall played this game in her memory and broke down during the post game interview talking about losing his friend. Dap to Wall who showed a tender side.

Dap also to Southern Methodist Football who is arguably the worst team in college football and the only team in FBS yet to taste victory. The Mustangs played more often than not played like glue factory nags, getting beat by ridiculous scores. My beloved Bearcats toyed with them beating them 41-3, but they got beat by more lopsided scores. They were shutout twice, where they didn’t score more than 6 points in any of their first four and aside from a painful 14-13 loss to South Florida were never in any game. Until their last game against UConn, which looked like the same old same old when they fell behind 20-6 but the Mustangs rallied to score 21 unanswered to upend the Huskies and win 27-20 to avoid a winless season. The Mustangs not only avoid an ofer but they get out of the American conference basement since their 1-7 conference record matches UConn and they won their head to head matchup. The win wasn’t without its laughable difficulties, The Mustangs took three penalties late in the game trying to run out the clock in a victory formation. Ironically when the Mustangs came off their death penalty in 1989 their first win was a 31-30 decision over then Division II… UConn.

Head Slap

To the Cincinnati Bengals who melted down royally in the 4th quarter against the Steelers. I was a personal witness to the carnage, entering the 4th quarter of a tight 21-17 game with their hated divisional bullies cum rivals, the Bengals were riding high having just scored a touchdown on a long bomb from Andy Dalton to AJ Green, but after a field goal cut the Bengals lead to one, Andy Dalton fumbled on the ensuing possession and the Steelers cashed in four plays later on a run by LeVeon Bell and also converted a two point conversion. After a short possession by the Bengals the Steelers looked backed up after Kevin Huber landed a punt at the 6 yard line. A defensive hold might flip the field and make a tense game tenser. The Steelers had other ideas and Ben Roethlisberger threw a bomb to a streaking Martavis Bryant who had badly burned Bengals CB Leon Hall, Bryant caught the ball in stride and barreled down the sideline in front of a stunned Bengals bench into the end zone and the sound you hear was the Bengals back breaking from the Steelers kill shot. Bell finished the job with his 3rd touchdown score of the day and the Steelers rolled to a 42-21 win. The Steelers scored 25 points in the 4th. The Bengals never got close to the end zone and now the AFC North is once again in chaos. The Bengals are in trouble and their defense once a proud gem of the team, may have fueled their collapse.

Quick Hits

Scoring a game winning goal after losing a chunk of your ear? That’s why hockey players are inherently tougher. Kevin Cline of the Rangers lost a chunk of his ear on a high stick but had it reattached and game back later in their game Monday against the Pens and scored the game winner in OT…that’s stones brudda!

Im in two playoffs in my fantasy and won one of the first round games by .5 of a point…YEAH!

Johnny Football will likely get the start for the Browns and implode that team

13 in a row for the Warriors as they beat the Timberwolves…but they need to call up former Bearcat stud Sean Kilpatrick from the D-League Santa Cruz Warriors…just sayin…

Cordarelle Patterson…what happened to that guy?

I spot light the Sixers losing 17 in a row and they beat…the Timberwolves…sigh

My beloved Bearcats won their 5th conference title in 7 years but nearly gave me heart failure holding off Houston

Landon Donovan gets to ride off into the sunset with an MLS title, a fitting end for a classy player.

Until next post fellow sports fans!

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