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

 

I had two of my wisdom teeth pulled last night. I was able to go with just numbing the jaw. Honestly, I just wanted the one out. Half of it had fallen out and it was constantly aching. I’m on some sweet painkillers.

 

So, a few folks have posted about the Steelers backfield getting busted for tokin and drivin. Let me elaborate on just how stupid this incident was. These guys were cruising on a MAJOR road just outside of Pittsburgh. It wasn’t some small road near the team facility. This is a major roadway.

 

Also, Bell informed the police he didn’t know he could get a DUI for bein high. Both players and their lady friend were quick to admit they were under the influence and in possession. Of course, Bell and Blount threw out the “It’s ok, we’re Steelers” defense. It didn’t work. They’re facing charges, though really the girl in the car with them will get the worst. They’ll miss 4 games.

 

Another question: Why would Pittsburgh want Bell, who seems to have a decent future, to hang out with a train wreck like Blount?

 

People have also been talking about the latest f you from the NFL: pay for play for bands at the Super Bowl. I’d love to see everyone turn them down. It would be funny to see the Shield have to bring in some college band or something.

 

It’s exciting to see the Pirates starting to do well. Unfortunately, McCutchen is still being held back by his rib injury, but the team as a whole is doing well. They have some crucial series coming up against the Cards and the Reds. Gerrit Cole is doing well against the Cards tonight. We had to give our vouchers away, as we’re a bit busy. Looks like our friends are getting their moneys worth though.

 

The Buccos have a slim chance of taking the division, but they’re a game a half from a wild card spot and are takin it to the Cards. On the other hand, the AL West is coming on strong and looks like they could get 3 teams into the playoffs. The Tigers are struggling on offense now. They, of course, still have bullpen woes. As of now, the Tigers have 16 blown saves in 45 opportunities. We’re about the middle of the pack in save percentage, but we paid so much more for our bullpen.

 

We got another cat primarily for our cat to have a playmate. On the other hand, our landlady really wanted a cuddly cat. We got another black cat. He’s a beanpole. I wanted to the name him The Dude. I ditched it in favor of Chupacabra, or Chupa for short. He’s got a habit of suckling on fingers. He’s got a bit of a dark side too. He’s playful, naturally. He thinks my wife’s hair is string. He went after a strand in her face and caught her eye. It looked like she had an extra pupil made of blood. Chupa seems like it will stick.

 

That’s it for the week. I’m gonna give in to my meds. Thanks as always for stopping by. I should be more with it next week.

Musings From The Hoodwood 8-26 NFL Preview Pt.3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood where the fantasy teams are getting ready to get back to the championship ways

More of the NFL Preview Lets look East where the more things change…

AFC East

New England Patriots

2013: 12-4 Champs lost to Denver in Conference Championship

Coach: Bill Belichick 163-61 in 14 Seasons in New England, 199-105 in 19 Seasons with Cleveland & New England; 218-114 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: Stevan Ridley needs to be more a force in the running game, 774 yards won’t be enough to balance the load of the offense

Fast Facts: Belichick’s 163 wins is more than triple the wins of the next winningest coach Mike Holovak

The Patriots have had one losing season in the Belichick tenure his first the 13 straight winning seasons, they had 18 winning seasons in the 40 years before Belichick arrived

The Patriot Way: The Patriots have been the class of the division and are a shoo in for at least 10 wins, as long as Brady has his health, the Pats are the team to beat. Their defense is still suspect and their running game has always been subpar but they are the Pats and there isn’t a team in the division that matches up well enough to beat them out.

Miami Dolphins

2013: 8-8, Missed Playoffs

Coach: Joe Philbin, 2nd  Season in Miami 8-8 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: Ryan Tannehill, he has to see his peers in Dalton, RG3, Luck and Wilson have all made the playoffs and he hasn’t come close

Fast Facts: The Dolphins have missed the playoffs in 11 of the past 12 seasons. Before this they had never missed the playoffs more than 4 seasons in a row

The Dolphins have only had a 1000 yard rusher 12 times in their team history

Big Fish or small tuna: Pushing past the mess that was the Martin-Incognito the Dolphins are a decently talented team, but lack a big name on either side of the ball. Tannehill is on the spot to assert himself more on the offense while a non-descript defense needs to play better.

 

New York Jets

2013: 8-8 Missed Playoffs (worst season since 2005)

Coach: Rex Ryan 42-38 in 6 Seasons in New York 46-40 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: Ryan, he can’t have another mediocre season and get away with it in Gotham

Fast Facts: The Jets 290 points were the 4th fewest in the NFL in 2013, the three teams scoring fewer points had 10 wins combined

Gotham Gridiron: The Jets are an overhyped mediocre squad, they might get up for the Pats but they fall asleep at the switch way too often, I’m not convinced that the grinning jeering Ryan will ever change and that the Jets will do nothing to change their perception.

 

Buffalo Bills

2013: 6-10 Missed playoffs

Coach: Doug Marrone 2nd Season 6-10 overall

Man on the Hot Seat: EJ Manuel, the Bills QB needs to grow and fast, the

Fast Facts: The Bills are the only team in the NFL to have not played in the playoffs in the 20th Century (Even the Browns and Raiders have made the playoffs since the turn of the century, in 2002)

B-Lo Football: The Bills are stuck in a rut, they are in a weak division but don’t have the chops to pass the other teams in the division much less take on the Pats. They have the tools to be sure, but one can’t be sure if they can put it all together. The loss of their long time beloved owner puts the team’s long term future in western New York in doubt, but the Bills are just stuck in a bad situation.

NFC East

Philadelphia Eagles

2013: 7-9 Wild Card lost to New Orleans in Wild Card Round

Coach: Chip Kelly 2nd Season 10-6 in 1 season in Philadelphia

Man on the Hot Seat: Nick Foles, the job is his as the Eagle QB how will he handle it?

Fast Facts: The Eagles haven’t had a losing season since 2006

Philly Phootball: Chip Kelly and the fastbreaking Eagle offense are not to be trifled with. Start with the accurate Foles at the helm and dangerous running backs Shady McCoy and Darren Sproles seemingly everywhere, the Eagles will score points. They are good enough to win a weak NFC East again but how deep can they get in January?

New York Giants

2013: 7-9 missed playoffs

Coach: Tom Coughlin; 90-70 overall in 10 seasons in New York, 98-73 overall, 170-137 in 17 total seasons overall in New York and Jacksonville

Man on the Hot Seat: Eli Manning, if he throws 25 interceptions again 2 rings or no he and Coughlin might be unemployed

Fast Fact: The Giants have never had back to back losing seasons during Coughlin’s tenure

Big Blue Football: If there was a rebound waiting to happen, it’s the G-Men. I still have yet to embrace the laconic style of Eli Manning but I can’t count a Coughlin coached team out.

Dallas Cowboys

2013: 8-8 Missed playoffs

Coach: Jason Garrett 29-27 overall in 3+ seasons in Dallas

Man on the Hot Seat: Jason Garrett, HA! You thought I was going to say QB Tony Romo. Romo can only do so much the Pokes mediocrity is Garrett’s responsibility

Fast Facts: The Cowboys 3 straight 8-8 seasons are the longest .500 streak in team history

Big D Football: The Pokes and their fans talk big but the reality is that a solid offense can only cover up just so much for a horrid defense that is marginally better than the putrid squad of last year. Jones can bluster all he wants about respect but the Pokes are no better than a 9-7 team, and in a loaded NFC that won’t get them to the playoffs.

Washington

2013: 3-13 missed playoffs

Coach: Jay Gruden, 1st Season

Man on the Hot Seat: Robert Griffin, III. After a poor sophomore year the electric QB needs to make a stand

Fast Facts: Only the Vikings gave up more than Washington’s 478 points last year and only Jacksonville had a bigger point differential…and the Vikings beat Washington last year                                                    

Capital Football: A new regime in DC and old problems, a so-so running game, a defense that gets no better and continued problems with the development of RG3, who is the starter but if Washington starts 1-3 again…uh oh.

Ill add more as the day goes. Until next post fellow sports fans…

 

 

 

Saying Nice Things
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: torre yankees soccer death broncos rams

You know what I hate?  I hate when I have to hit the head after eating spicy food,

That and saying nice things about guys who work for the competition. 

Peyton Manning has been playing for, what? 16-17 years?, and he’s still got that fire in his gut.  He’s a passionate guy – and when you knock his favorite receiver out of a pre-season game with a concussion, he’s coming after you.  He gets up in DJ Swearinger’s face for an illegal hit, concussing Welker – and he’s wearing Manning’s temper tantrum as a badge of honor?   That’s not cool. 

All the news about the Rams/Brown tilt was Michael Sam sacking Johnny Football, but apparently what was missed was Sam Bradford tearing his ACL and heading out for the season.  Oops.  He’s making a pretty good salary for a guy that’s not actually doing anything – think about it, how many other guys do you know who get hurt at work and wind up fired?    Certainly they don’t get a $12MM salary.

On Saturday the Yankees – the hated Yankees – retired Joe Torre’s number.  Torre, who was the captain of the team who basically terrorized the Red Sox, was never anything other than a class act.  Actually, the reason I have such a hard time hating on the Yankees is that they’re so damned professional – in part as the legacy Torre left.  Ruthlessly efficient.   I think that’s probably one good reason people hate the Patriots.  The organization does the right thing and they have the right people in the right place.  The fact they have gobs of money behind them doesn’t hurt, but given the Sox recent history I’m not allowed to complain about buying championships, but let me just ask – who wouldn’t want to work for an organization willing to pay you what you think you’re worth in your job?

Albert Ebosse is a name you probably haven’t heard before.  He’s a “striker,” or “forward,” for an Algerian soccer team.  He died Saturday night after being hit in the head by a rock thrown from the stands in his teams’ home stadium.  He was 24 years old, and had actually scored the teams’ goal in a 2-1 loss.  Just random happenstance that he should be hit, never mind die from being hit.  Consider this now, this could be ANYONE. 

Throwing that homerun ball back doesn’t seem so innocuous does it?  I did a google search “athletes killed for losing.”  Turns out North Korea sends Olympic losers off to prison camps, and Iraq under Saddam Hussein did some pretty horrible things to losers, but I couldn’t find anything to compare to this.  Maybe Andreas Escobar, about whom I wrote a little bit this summer, but this was just a random act.  Escobar cost someone a bunch of money because the Columbian team lost.  This guy actually scored.  He should’ve been the one bright spot for the local fans.  That would be like David Ortiz taking one off the melon because the Sox lost, even though he hit his 400th homerun in a Sox uniform

So, there was this:

 

 

 

 

 

NASCAR Update And Other Fast Stuff 8-23-14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Michigan Bristol Dale Jr Gordon Logano

                         

Good morning. Welcome Gabbers and others to my NASCAR updates and other fast stuff. So you got to wonder. If that picture isn't photo shopped, what the hell is that bear thinking?

So this is what it's like to be human....When is the waitress gonna take my order?....I've been stood up once again....All I did was sit down and everybody runs away. 

I'm sure some of you could think of some cool captions for this picture.

                    

So Dale Jr says his Dale Call will be available during the Chase. People actually were asking for them. I do love that commercial but I want the one that works just like in the commercial. Fire out the tailpipes, shaking air cleaner and race motor rev sound. He showed this on Twitter but didn't say if it actually works or even makes a sound. Cute though. Wonder if it comes with a 6 pack of Mountain Dew?

CARL EDWARDS TO JGR IN 2015

Ok, so they finally announced that Edwards is going to be in the Joe Gibbs Racing stable next year driving car #19. He promises to be a much better team mate too. I'm wondering if Matt Kenseth is buying that line. He just came from RFR. Everybody was smiling in the pictures though. Ky Bu and Hamlin have had nothing but issue after issue. I wonder if it's these 2 guys or if there's something deeper going on at JGR. For Edwards sake I hope it isn't catching. He may be leaving one sinking ship for another.

MICHIGAN RECAP

               

This guy here would be the winner of the Michigan race. Logano led the most laps but some how Gordon beat him on the last restart for the win. Ky Bu was in the garage early after smacking the wall on lap 4. Dale Jr had contact with Larson on pit road but managed a 5th place finish after lots of damage control. The Danica took out 2 of my drivers during a spin but managed to get an 18th place finish on the lead lap. Fantasy owners that took her were rewarded.

The guys were hitting their marks. Johnson was clocked at 214 mph at one point. Fast. Then his shifter handle broke off. During pit stops they hand him a pair of vise grips which were a no go. Finally about 50 laps later Larson wrecks, brings out the caution and now he gets his shifter fixed.

Burton was subbing for Stewart. The bad luck keeps piling on. On lap 82 Burton goes to the garage for electrical issues that turn out to be a broken tail pipe. The heat shield started smoking so he thought there was an electrical fire.

Top 15 finishers : Gordon - Harvick - Logano - Menard - Dale Jr - Bowyer - Hamlin - Keselowski - Johnson - Biffle - Newman - Ambrose - Allmendinger - McMurray - Stenhouse

BRISTOL RECAP

So Bristol was Saturday night. Atlanta is next Saturday night and Richmond the Saturday after. 

Bristol is known as that last great colosseum. It didn't disappoint either. Hamlin got bumped from behind by Harvick and as he spun he peeled off Dale Jr's drivers door. Messy. 

Ky Bu got nailed for speeding on pit road and had to start near the back of the field. Which makes him in harms way when the next wreck happens. He never really recovers.

Johnson got 2 speeding penalties on pit road but some how manages to finish with a top 10. Last weeks winner Mr Gordon didn't fair so well. Contact with Ku Bu ruined his day.

Top 15 finishers : Logano - Keselowski - Kenseth - Johnson - Ku Bu - Stenhouse - Edwards - McMurray - Menard - Biffle - Harvick - Newman - Allmendinger - Burton

So we're getting down to the wire. If Kenseth can keep showing up in the top 10 for the next 2 races, he'll be in the Chase without a win. He will however be seeded near the bottom so chances of being booted out in the first round of cuts is high. I still maintain that Gordon or Dale Jr are the 2 main guys for the title. They've been the most consistant.

So that ALS challenge is off the hook. At work there are 3 people with challenge areas set up in their yards. I've let everyone know I'm not interested and don't bug me. It's become a gimmick. Right up there with Pink-tober.

I don't know who the actor is but he did a Bullet Bucket challenge. His message is one of trying to be a better person, to love more and not judge. He's hoping to strike up a change in gun violence. I saw this on CNN at lunch time. We'll see how far it gets but I guess it has to start some where. 

I hope all our Gab travelers are safe and everyone has their NFL draft list set. I'll have mine set after I read the arrest records around the country one more time. SERIOUSLY!!!!! GET A MAN CAVE!!!!! You can roll dollar bills or fat ones to your hearts content and nobody will see you. Have a bucket by the door for cell phones. That way nobody can photograph you. DUH!!!!!!!! Ok then...

I'm outta here.....

Talkin' Baseball
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Pete Rose Joe Jackson MLB Playoffs

It has been 25 years since baseball banned Pete Rose for betting on his Reds.  With a new Commissioner of Baseball due to arrive on the scence, does this offer Charlie Hustle any glimmer of hope that baseball will welcome his back into its fraternity before he heads to the Big Bench in the Sky? (Pete is in his 70's)  The history behind the ban - and really the appropriateness - while not in dispute for the most part, is not fresh in the minds of most fans.  Now what fans remember is that the man with 4,254 hits is banned from the Hall of Fame.  The condensed version of his gambling on baseball is that as manager of the Reds, he bet on his team's games on a routine basis with the size of the bets ranging from $2,000 to $10,000.  While Rose has admantantly claimed he only bet FOR his team, MLB investigator Dowd has said he believed it was likely that Rose did in fact bet AGAINST the Reds.  Periodically a segment of the fan base begins a campaign to reinstate Pete Rose - my view is that perhaps in time, but "Not Yet....Not Yet."  (my Gladiator reference of the day).

  

Which brings me to the other baseball betting "injustice" - the sad plight of Shoeless Joe Jackson.  Joe was associated with the Black Sox as one of the Eight Men Out for taking $5,000, a hefty sum in those days, yet Joe was basically dumber than a sack of rocks and did not appreciate the implications of his deeds.  At that time in baseball, gamblers were prevelant in and around the clubhouse and games were often influenced by this seedy element around the game...think "The Natural" and the pressure that beset Roy Hobbs by bookie Gus Sands.  Joe paid a heavy price for being associated with the Black Sox, who although they were aquitted in court, we still banned for life from Baseball.  Joe Jackson would have possibly been as great as Babe Ruth - or maybe even better - but the world will never know.  As it stands, his career as a White Sox and his body of work was certainly Hall - worthy.  If Rose is to be forgiven, I think Joe Jackson also has to be in the conversation.

Perhaps what Baseball needs is a wing of the Hall for those whose stats are worthy of merit, but for one reason or another, fell into disrepute.  Spots for Rose, Jackson, Bonds, Clemens, Sosa, McGuire and others from the steroid era may need a place to call their own.  It might be a good solution to a thorny problem.

In other news to note...

Will this be the first time since 1994 that the Yankees and the Red Sox will not be in the playoffs?  It is going to take a great run from the Yankees to get in.

How about them O's?  To me the Orioles are the surprise team in baseball - they have a monster lineup that has now been dinged further with the loss of Machado, but I am still amazed they have put themselves at the top of the AL (after the Angels) with an unheralded pitching staff.  I don't know if they are built for the post season, but we shall see.

Speaking of the post season, I ordered by playoff strips from the Nationals...will I finally get to go to a World Series game?  Here is hoping that I don't have to turn those tickets back in for credit on next year's tickets.

A damp Saturday here...nevertheless, the honey-do list will be calling.  Have a good one!

 

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