Daily Blog 2.0
Weekly Grumble with IHM 11/14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

  Hello folks, and welcome to this week’s Grumble. It’s getting cold out there, but luckily here in southern Michigan we haven’t had much in the way of snow just yet… still dreading the time when that stuff starts flying again… I know it’s coming, I just sure as hell don’t want it to! It’s sure as hell cold enough for it… we’re going to be barely breaking freezing for the foreseeable future. I need to go snow bird and get my fat ass down south ASAP!

Kim Kardashian tries to “break the internet”

   Speaking of fat asses, earlier this week well known whore Kim Kardashian posed with her gigantic, nude ass on the cover of some rag, and claimed via Twitter that it would “break the internet”. So sad when someone doesn’t know they are old fucking news! Anybody that wanted to see that overused, played out ass saw it when you made your little video with Ray-J… you know, the guy that was with that crack head Whitney Houston when she died! Way to set an example for your kid… the poor little bastard you named North West… The best part? She posted a separate photo in which she balanced a champagne flute on her big fat ass, then said “and people say I have no talent”… can’t make this shit up people. She is, in fact, proud of the fact that her ass is huge enough to function as a fucking table!  

LSU fans chant “fuck you Saban”

  Since we’re talking about whores, why not talk about the biggest whore in college football… Alabama coach Nick Saban. Seems the folks down in the Bayou haven’t forgotten Saban’s midnight run to Miami, and could be heard chanting “fuck you Saban” after Alabama’s 17-10 overtime win over LSU last Saturday night. Of course, a lot of people are saying this move was “classless”… but in my opinion, you get what you give… and Nick Saban is the epitome of classlessness.

CFP rankings- TCU moves into 4th, Oregon up to 2

   On Tuesday night, the College Football Playoff rankings were released, and Mississippi State stayed right on top. The biggest surprises came after the Bulldogs, as Oregon hopped a spot up over Florida State after beating Utah to become the #2 team in the nation. The Seminoles came in at #3, while the TCU Horned Frogs rounded out the top four. Alabama sits at #5, with a big matchup with the #1 Bulldogs looming this weekend, while Arizona State parleyed their big win over Notre Dame into the #6 spot in the rankings. Baylor, despite their head-to-head win over TCU, sits at #7. Ohio State, fresh off a big win in East Lansing, Michigan over the Spartans, comes in at #8.

   This week’s schedule includes a couple of big ones… the biggest of course being the matchup of the #1 Mississippi State Bulldogs and the #5 Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa. The SEC gives us a second ranked-vs-ranked matchup with the #9 Auburn Tigers traveling to face the #15 Georgia Bulldogs. The Big Ten has a pair of ranked vs ranked matchups, as the # 16 Cornhuskers head to Wisconsin to face the #20 Badgers, and the #8 Buckeyes face the #25 Golden Gophers in Minnesota. The ACC gives us the final ranked vs ranked matchup of the weekend with #19 Clemson facing #22 Georgia Tech. Should be another fun weekend of college football, as we get closer and closer to seeing who is in the first college football playoff.

Pedo State continues to play the victim:

  Seems like the pieces of shit that call themselves Penn State fans still just don't fucking get it: this team got off waaaay too easy, yet they still cry about the penalties levied against the school. Now, there is an asshat state Senator by the name of Jake Corman filing a lawsuit that challenges the school's modest $60 million dollar fine. He claims that Freeh, the former head of the FBI, and the NCAA, worked too closely together after the school hired Freeh to conduct a "private investigation" into the school's lengthy history of condoning, supporting, and enabling pedophelia. Corman claims that the communications go "way beyond merely providing information" and that the two sides "worked together to get to an outcome that was predetermined." Just be happy your shit shack scool didn't get the death penalty and shut the fuck up, Corman...

Lions eeke out another last minute win

  The Lions did what they’ve made a habit of doing over the past two years… eeking out a last minute win against the resilient Miami Dolphins. The Lions jumped out to an early 10-0 lead in the first quarter, including Matt Stafford’s 49 yard bomb to a returning Calvin Johnson. Johnson caught 7 passes for 113 yards and that score in his return to action following a four week absence. Despite some early success, the Lions found themselves trailing 13-10 at the half following a near TD return by Dion Jordan of the Dolphins, who returned ANOTHER blocked field goal to the two. Miami was able to punch it in two plays later on a Mike Wallace TD grab, but other than that, the Lions D was dominant, holding the Dolphins to three field goals on the day otherwise.

  Eventually, it was a 16-13 Dolphins lead until Stafford led a 74-yard, last minute drive to the end zone to give the Lions the lead back, 20-16 with just 29 seconds left in the ballgame on an 11-yard TD toss to Theo Riddick. Gotta say, just as Beezer predicted a few years ago, Riddick has developed into a pretty nice change of pace back and receiver for this team. Lions punter Sam Martin went 2/2 passing, including a successful 4th down pass to FB Jed Collins, but a failed attempt later on as the Lions went to the well one time too many.

  With the win, the Lions improved to 7-2, good for first place in the NFC North a game ahead of the Packers, who dismantled the Bears 55-14 on Sunday night. Next up for the Lions is a trip to Arizona to face off with the 8-1 Cardinals, who will be without their starting QB Carson Palmer and will start former Lions draftee Drew Stanton in his place. Stanton led the Cardinals to a comeback win of their own over the Rams last week. Looking forward to what should be a great ballgame between two of the best defensive units in the league.

  As for the Bears… the one time I was rooting for you bastards and you shit the bed like that? Aaron Rodgers torched them for 6 first-half TD passes, tying the Raiders’ Daryle Lamonica’s NFL record for TD passes in the first half of a game. Just have to hope the Packers get Sanchized this weekend against the Eagles.

  The Sunday nightcap features the Patriots and the Colts at Lucas Oil Staduim with one of the best QB matchups you’ll get this side of Brady vs. Manning. Andrew Luck has fairly quietly put together an MVP caliber season himself, with an NFL leading 3,085 passing yards and 26 TD passes. We’ll see who wins this prime time matchup of full beard (when he wants to) vs. neckbeard.

Incognito tries out with Broncos

  Professional jerk ass Richie Incognito had a tryout with the Denver Broncos this week and failed to make the cut, as the Broncos decided his abilities did not counter the locker room cancer he is documented to be. Can’t say I blame them, but I have a feeling he gets his shot somewhere soon as injuries begin to mount across the league, especially along the offensive line.

Bears Marshall to fight Lions fan

  Bears WR Brandon Marshall agreed to a $25,000 purse to fight a Lions fan to settle a Twitter beef between the two. The two went back and forth over a period of time, and eventually someone said some "fightin words". After some negotiation, they settled on a $25,000 prize if the fan wins; if Marshall wins, the fan must volunteer 100 hours at a local orphanage... and apologize to Marshall's mom.

Rand University: Randy Moss still blaming everybody and everything else:

   On Tuesday night, ESPN’s 30 for 30 series aired its special on Randy Moss, named Rand University for the town of Rand, West Virginia where he hails from. The piece told the story of Moss’s struggles through a mostly white high school with racism, his off field problems that led to his loss of a scholarship with Notre Dame, eventually settling for Marshall University, and tells the story of his other teammates who had a shot at stardom but failed in their attempts. In fact, one teammate wound up in the Milwaukee Brewers organization, but was cut after he failed a drug test. But, in typical Randy Moss fashion, it was everybody else’s fault but his own, and he’s just “misunderstood”. In my honest opinion, one of the worst 30 for 30 specials they have aired… completely biased and slanted towards trying to make Randy Moss look like more than what he was… a degenerate waste of talent who could have been the greatest wide receiver ever to play the game… but who squandered his gifts and, while he is among the top five, never reached that status.

MLB All-Star showcase in Japan

   Not sure if you’ve heard about this or not, because I hadn’t heard a word about it before stumbling across it online, but Major League Baseball currently has a team of MLB All-Stars over in Japan taking on various Japanese professional teams in a five-game series, with an additional two exhibition games. The biggest stars on the MLB team include Robinson Cano, Jose Altuve, Evan Longoria, and Yasiel Puig, and is managed by Sox manager John Farrell. So far, the series is tied at 1-1 after Japanese ace Kenta Madea held the MLB team to just two hits over five innings. Madea is expected to be one of the next big-name Japanese players to make the leap to the Major Leagues. If anybody is interested in watching, the series is aired on MLB Network (which I unfortunately don’t have, but some of you do) throughout the next week and a half.

  The hot stove is already simmering, with rumors flying about that free agent closer David Robertson wants “Papelbon money”, the Red Sox are “all-in” on signing Pablo Sandoval, and the Marlins may very well be open to trading their young superstar Giancarlo Stanton... or they might just sign him to a ten year, $300 million dollar deal; a contract that would be worth roughly six times the team's 2014 payroll! Stanton’s name is joined in the trade rumor department by Cole Hammels of the Phillies and Starlin Castro of the Cubs.

Tigers re-sign Martinez to four-year deal

  The Tigers made a fairly big splash in the free agent market by re-signing their All-Star DH to a 4 year, 70 million dollar deal. The deal pretty much ensures that Max Scherzer will be pitching elsewhere next year (which wasn't a very big stretch to begin with... this team can't afford three $25-million dollar a year players plus Martinez making 17 million a year). On the plus side, the team gave Scherzer a qualifying offer, so wherever he signs, the Tigers get a compensatory pick in exchange for him. Not exactly a sure thing or as solid of a get as an NFL first round pick, but it's better than nothing, for sure.

Kershaw, Kluber win Cy Young awards

  Predictably, Clayton Kershaw was able to capture the NL Cy Young award, winning by a unanimous vote. Kluber's race was a bit closer, but he was able to edge out second-place finisher Felix Hernandez to become the third Cleveland Indian in team history to win a Cy Young award, joining Gaylord Perry, C.C. Sabathia, and Cliff Lee.

Kershaw, Trout named MVPs

  Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw and Angels OF Mike Trout were named the NL/AL MVPs Thursday, as predicted last week by yours truly! Kershaw adds the MVP award to his growing trophy case, which now also includes three of the last four Cy Young awards. Trout became the youngest unanimous MVP recipient at just 23, winning after finishing second for the past two seasons.

Kobe Bryant is now the NBA’s all-time leader in field goals missed at 13,418!

  During yet another Lakers loss on Tuesday night, Kobe Bryant made NBA history with his 13,418th career missed field goal attempt. Bryant, who finished the game 10-26 from the floor, passed John Havlicek’s NBA record for misses, had 28 points as the Lakers fell to 1-6 on the season.

Dirk is now #1 all-time

  Dallas Mavericks F Dirk Nowitzki moved up to #9 on the NBA’s all-time scoring list Tuesday night, and in doing so, passed Hakeem Olajuwon to become the NBA’s all-time leading foreign-born scorer. Nowitzki ended the night with 26,953 career points, and is within striking distance of Elvin Hayes (27,313 career points) and Moses Malone (27,409 career points) on the all-time list, and could end the season at #7 all-time. You don’t hear a whole lot about Dirk these days, but he’s still averaging 20.9 PPG this year and leads a Dallas team currently in the 5th spot in the always heated Western Conference playoff race.

  In honor of Dirk, I'll leave you with footage from one of his fellow countrymen:

  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, and be sure to check out the NFL news and notes with Hal next door there… and make sure you let him know I don’t have a clue what keeps happening to his garbage can lids!

Talking Sports
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB NFL NHL and Other stuff

The bye week is awful not as bad as Thursday Night Football. But awful, I realize it’s good for your team to heal up and get some well deserved rest. But I’m a fan damn it. It’s all about me not a bunch of millionaires. Sure there was Football on. There was a good game with the Bills and the Chiefs. The Chiefs knocking them off... Then it was the Giants and the Seahawks yawn The Seahawks winning 38-17 with leaves needing raking and early darkness dinner and a 5:40 Hockey game No Giants or Seahawks yawn. It’s time to settle in and watch the Bears and the Packers. I was there in my living room all nestled on my couch Ruby the wonder dog by my side Damn dog ten pounds of terror she must of scared those damn Bears away because they didn’t show up. To bad it was dark and cold the leaves needed to be raked again. Yeah , the bye weeks sucks, No Tom Brady, No Vince Wilfork, No Gronk damn. But Leaves got raked even though by days end it didn’t look like it. My damn neighbor has been away there are no leaves in his yard only mine. Damn leaves.

MLB

Kung Fu Panda coming to Fenway so the rumors have it. That lil Pork Chop of a First Baseman who is asking for way too much cash and will fill a need on Yawkey Way could be on his way. I’m not really liking the idea. I can see Buck Showalter bunting a lot down the Third Base line, Ditto for Joe Giradi. Sure the guy can hit and sure for a guy that size he is athletic and a champion for us fat guys everywhere. However, since this is the about me blog . I want a guy that can hit the Green Monster and get a double not a single. Let’s face it was outfielders today are pretty quick and most can play the wall. Sure occasionally a guy can mis read abounce or moves in to tight to the Wall and miss plays it. Most don’t.. Maybe the panda can rake my damn leaves and get in shape that way.

There also a lot of rumors that the Red Sox will oen the purse strings and break there so called  player value and are willing to pay John Lester to return. I would love it absolutely love it but, I’m of the opinion that it is rumor and only a rumor what else do writers have to do at those GM meetings or owners meetings  sit around and float rumors.

Give me a source other one unnamed source in the know.

NHL

The NHL are thinking Expansion(dumb asses). In los Vegas . This will be headed up by William Foley and the Maloof  of Family of Sacremento Kings owners and another city in the Western US.. according to the NY Post 

. This league is finally doing some good things and have a decent TV money  and a deplitated talent pool. Although the article said there is no time table on expansion., now or the near future isn’t the time to expand. If you want to move a couple of teams that makes more sense move the Coyotes or the Panthers or both. There are some very weak fan bases throughout the league and there are too many team as it is. We know they won’t contract the number of teams but they shouldn’t expand. The league is enjoying a bunch of success now is not the team to expand. I will predict a franchise in Vegas will flop as much as an NFL team in London. I don’t like and it is totally not necessary.

LIL Warriors Report

Boys had a few tough games over the weekend battling both Saturday and Sunday in close games than the wheels fell off both games. The boys were down 4-1 Saturday battled back to 4-3 with about 6 minutes left and the wheels came off losing 8-3. Just freaky goals bad bounces crappy rebounds and what not and an empty netter.

Sunday Lil lanz poked home his 3rd goal of the season. Boys were in a 4-4 tie and ended up losing 7-4 in a nasty chippy game. That almost brought the coaches to blows. I’m happy to say calmer heads prevailed. Our head coach argues and off sides call that resulted in a goal and he was ejected. He was right the kid was 4 feet over the Blue line when he scored. That took the wind out of the sails.

On Tuesday the boys got a nice win in a good hockey game back in fourth yes it was Veterans  Day game. Asked Lil Lanz check is bag , he said he did . he forgot his Hockey pants. The Mrs. Wasn’t too happy driving to the rink about 20 minutes away with a bunch of other stuff on her plate. She got them there in time. I was suppose to work too many things to do and too many leaves to rake. I took the day off.

Zebra Tails

As the season is coming to end. I had a rare Saturday Night Game this week as I worked Friday as well. Saturday I left for the game right after Lil Lanz’s Hockey game. It was a lousy game two 1-7 teams.

This Bear always showed up. he doen't have to rake the leaves.

One team couldn’t move the ball so they brought in their version of the Fridge. Kid had to be 6-3  and 3 Bills. His first run from scrimmage it took 8 kids to bring him down. I’m thinking there wasn’t a kid over 200 pounds on that defense. A few more runs a few first downs. They stopped him fourth and goal from the 2 all 11 kids stood him up at the goalline. It was like a barn raising. It was a bragging rights game as I was to find out both head coaches were roommates. They don’t normally play each other.

Monday , I had a JV game scheduled at 4pm  it gets dark at 5.(no lights at this field). It a nice turf practice field that they play their sub varsity games on. .Before the turf was installed a few years ago the tree line use to jet out at one end of th field made for some weird plays. According to the home team the coach is a pretty good guy. The AD changed the game to 3:30 of course he forgot to tell us and the visiting team as the bus pulled in at 3:45. Only two Officials in that game . (Damn you run a lot in those). We got both coaches to agree that it would be 9 minutes running time per quarter and two minutes regular time at th end of each half.

The last three plays I could  not see who had the ball we let those playskill themselves.Nobody got hurt and we got it in everybody worked together to get done Coaches , officials, and players. Chalk that one up to experience.. It’s time to rake the leaves again!

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome to Wednesday, Gabbers. We’re deep into the football season. We’re also about to be slapped by Old Man Winter. I was comfortably wearing shorts outside last night. I damn sure won’t tonight.

I’m also damned confused about our old friends at E-Spin. Last week the NFL experts were polled on their mid-season MVP candidates. There are some great choices. Peyton Manning is still Peyton Manning. DeMarco Murray is picking up the slack as best running back in the game. Heck, Murray is statistically having a better start to the year than AP ever has. Andrew Luck is living up to the hype. JJ Watt is a dark horse. Phillip Rivers was looking mighty good again. ESPN went another direction.

Most of the ESPN experts chose Tom Brady. The same Tom Brady that the same ESPN staffers publicly asked if he was washed up. The same Tom Brady that people wondered if he should be benched. A 2-2, 4 touchdown v 2 interception QB through the first 4 games of the season.

I respect and appreciate Brady. He’s had a remarkable career. He’s been an incredible story. I do, however, doubt that Brady would consider himself an MVP candidate this year. He had a rough start. He’s had a nice rebound, but others have had far better and more consistent seasons. I have a hard time buying that stats and wins don’t factor into MVP races.

I find this to be another case of ESPN playing favorites. I mean the folks had three choices: Brady, Manning or Murray. Brady didn’t just win, he got more votes than the other two combined.  He had double the votes Manning had, triple the votes Murray got. Brady is ESPN’s poster boy. It’s hard to turn that network on and not hear his name. They make money on Brady. This time I think they’ve turned the personal hype machine into hyper drive.

Pittsburgh found a scape goat for their loss to the Jets. The media have pointed out that Justin Bieber stopped by to join the Steelers during their prayer service. Roethlisberger came out to take the blame from Bieber, but no one wants to see this kid near any locker rooms. Send him back to Canada already.

TCU has finally broken into the playoffs. The Frogs are number four, trailing Mississippi State, Florida State, and Oregon. Could this be the Frogs chance to show their mettle to the big boys? I’d love to see it.

That’s all for me this week. Thanks as always for stopping by. Stay warm out there Gabbers.

Greetings From Hoodwood 11/11/14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the proud men and women who served our country are always honored and revered. We salute our veterans today and everyday!

Leading off: Another wild weekend in football

I love this time of the year in sports, except for the shortening days, the football is what I crave and enjoy. High school is getting into the big time playoff atmosphere, colleges are grinding through the conference schedules with the stakes getting higher and higher every week. And the NFL is its usual wild and wacky self. Preps and Pros have a way of shaking themselves out as November progresses. Before this year I used to rail against the notion that the regular season was the playoff to shake the pretenders out, but what I like is that you have the conferences that play and the conference title games to follow. Then the plain jane named college football playoff its an exciting buildup and now you have the high powered games that really do act as a knockout stage. Examples:

Arizona State proves ND is fake again

Ohio State: Comeback Bucks?

I saw the Buckeyes get taken to the woodshed by Va. Tech to begin the season. As someone who loathes the Bucks and their noisy arrogant fans, I saw it as a delicious comeuppance. I saw a flustered JT Barrett and thought that my beloved Bearcats had a real chance to pull an upset. Well of course we know how that went. The Bucks rolled the Bearcats on the last Saturday and September and have rolled to a number of wins. But after struggling with a so-so Penn State, went to East Lansing to face the 8th ranked Spartans. Falling behind 21-14 in the 2nd after Sparty lumbered downfield on a methodical drive the Bucks looked like they were actually in peril. But the Bucks began ripping off points. Barrett looked more and more poised as the game went on and shredded the vaunted Spartan defense. When it was all said and done the Bucks had a 49-38 win suddenly they look more and more like a formidable threat and nearing the head of the 1-loss teams that have a realistic shot at being selected for the College Football playoff. I still loath the Bucks make no mistake but as the wise philosopher Sheedy Wallace taught us here in Hoodwood “Ball don’t lie.” The Bucks are ballin’ and are in position to make noise.

Bama still lurking

Speaking of lurking, that team from Tuscaloosa is hanging around…again. The Crimson Tide are like Freddy or Jason. You think that you’ve killed them off and are just starting to relax and look for something to drink when they pop up again and start slashing. Most people wrote Bama off after they took a stunning loss to Ole Miss and struggled mightily with Arkansas but the Tide just keeps rolling. Now after thrashing Texas A&M and Tennessee then getting a crucial win in Death Valley over LSU don’t look now but the Tide are right in the thick of things themselves. SEC honks think that they are deserving of two berth and Bama keeps making a case for one of them. But with a supershowdown on the docket against Mississippi State, this might serve as an elimination game.  With their hated rival Auburn out of the way with a loss to Texas A&M the path clears more for the Tide

Oregon plays it smart and wins

The Ducks were on the ropes to be sure. Utah had burned them on long pass play to Kaelin Clay and were about to go up 14-0 in front of a rowdy home crowd in Salt Lake City. When things turned bizarre, as Clay crossed the goal line  dropped the ball. But he hadn’t crossed the goal line with the ball and the ball was on the ground on the 1 yard line. The refs stood there eyeing the ball suspiciously but not going near it, a couple of Oregon players and a Utah player trailing the play briefly tussled over the ball before Oregon linebacker Joe Walker emerged from the scrum and went trundeling back down the field toward the opposite goal. Now keep in mind that a third of the Utah players were in the end zone celebrating what they thought was a score and the other 2/3 was headed the sideline on the far side of the field. Meanwhile Walker was rumbling down the sideline with a virtual secret service convoy detail around him. Taking out the one Utah player that was still on the field, the Ducks scored on an improbable play and instead of the Utes being up 14-0 they were now tied and the air took out of a potential upset bid. The Ducks cruised to a 51-27 win behind the sharp play of Marcus Mariota, the player no one east of the Rockies really has seen much of but should be a shoo-in for the Heisman. Oregon is ranked #4 and is likely headed for a showdown with the aforementioned Arizona State for the Pac-12 title and a likely playoff berth. And what was it we were saying about every week a playoff?

In the Pros its just as nutty and fun

Detroit the quiet 7-2

Contrary to what many think it’s the Lions not the Pack that are leading the NFC North and like their quiet coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions have adapted a more low key tone and are playing tough. They won a slugfest with the Dolphins on a last minute toss from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick gave the Lions a 20-16 win. The Lions now face the equally hot Cards in what could determine home field for the playoffs. You read that right the Cards and Lions, long sad sacks of the NFC are this years kingpins. Why couldn’t the NFL flex this game to primetime. Don’t they say in their own fact and record book that flexing games gives a chance for surprise teams to play their way on to primetime? I know that the Pats and Colts are division leaders in their own right, but it would be nice to see other teams get the primetime spotlight every now and then

Rodgers shreds Da Bears

I mean really, this is getting almost criminal. The Bears got throttled by Tom Brady and the Pats two weeks ago, then went on their bye. When they resurfaced after the bye they were in the Jaws like sight of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack…at Lambeau…on a primetime stage.  It was almost sickening to watch Rodgers abuse the Bear secondary again and again. 6 touchdowns in one half??? Are you kidding. What was sadder was watching Jay Cutler just flounder against a less than formidable Packers secondary. The Pack rang up a 55-14 thrashing and the Bears become the first team in the modern era  to give up 50 or more points in back to back games. The only other team to do that was the legendary Rochester Jeffersons, I think they beat the Raiders a couple weeks ago…

Phat Dap

Its rare when I give dap to a White Sox, since I still despise the team but you have to give it to Jose Abreu who was named the AL Rookie of Year unanimously. When you lead AL rookies in home runs (36), RBIs (107), hits (176), doubles (35), runs scored (80), OBP (.383), slugging percentage (.581) and OPS (.964). You are a lock to win the honors, hats off to a breakout star.

 

Head Slap 

To the Arizona Cardinals. Not for their 8-1 start but locking up Carson Palmer on a 3 year $50 million contract with $20.5 million guaranteed then Palmer goes out the very next Sunday and shreds his knee the same one that he hurt in 2006 in the playoff against the Steelers.

Musings From The Hoodwood 11-11
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: NFL College Football MLB

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the proud men and women who served our country are always honored and revered. We salute our veterans today and everyday!

Leading off: Another wild weekend in football

I love this time of the year in sports, except for the shortening days, the football is what I crave and enjoy. High school is getting into the big time playoff atmosphere, colleges are grinding through the conference schedules with the stakes getting higher and higher every week. And the NFL is its usual wild and wacky self. Preps and Pros have a way of shaking themselves out as November progresses. Before this year I used to rail against the notion that the regular season was the playoff to shake the pretenders out, but what I like is that you have the conferences that play and the conference title games to follow. Then the plain jane named college football playoff its an exciting buildup and now you have the high powered games that really do act as a knockout stage. Examples:

Arizona State proves ND is fake again

Notre Dame Seems to always be the one team the pundits want so badly to be the great national power, but it seems that as of late the Irish seems to fold on the national stage. This time in Tempe in Sun Devil Stadium where Arizona State raced out to a huge 34-3 lead then weathered a hard charge rally by the Irish that had their faithful believing that they were going to rally for another predestined win. But a funny thing happened in the desert, the Sun Devils buckled but didnt break, cashing in on a pick six, they parried the Irish charge and rolled to a 55-31 win. I think we've seen the last of the Irish this year...good riddance. Ive long railed against the fake Irish and their supposed superiority, but playing all these cupcakes and soft teams in the friendly confines of South Bend and other Irish friendly venues like Yankee Stadium comes back to bite them hard when they play in a venue that isnt kowtowing to them and the audience is truly hostile. Both times the Irish played as a true visitor they have lost and Ill bet that they will lose when they play at USC too...

Ohio State: Comeback Bucks?

I saw the Buckeyes get taken to the woodshed by Va. Tech to begin the season. As someone who loathes the Bucks and their noisy arrogant fans, I saw it as a delicious comeuppance. I saw a flustered JT Barrett and thought that my beloved Bearcats had a real chance to pull an upset. Well of course we know how that went. The Bucks rolled the Bearcats on the last Saturday and September and have rolled to a number of wins. But after struggling with a so-so Penn State, went to East Lansing to face the 8th ranked Spartans. Falling behind 21-14 in the 2nd after Sparty lumbered downfield on a methodical drive the Bucks looked like they were actually in peril. But the Bucks began ripping off points. Barrett looked more and more poised as the game went on and shredded the vaunted Spartan defense. When it was all said and done the Bucks had a 49-38 win suddenly they look more and more like a formidable threat and nearing the head of the 1-loss teams that have a realistic shot at being selected for the College Football playoff. I still loath the Bucks make no mistake but as the wise philosopher Sheedy Wallace taught us here in Hoodwood “Ball don’t lie.” The Bucks are ballin’ and are in position to make noise.

Bama still lurking

Speaking of lurking, that team from Tuscaloosa is hanging around…again. The Crimson Tide are like Freddy or Jason. You think that you’ve killed them off and are just starting to relax and look for something to drink when they pop up again and start slashing. Most people wrote Bama off after they took a stunning loss to Ole Miss and struggled mightily with Arkansas but the Tide just keeps rolling. Now after thrashing Texas A&M and Tennessee then getting a crucial win in Death Valley over LSU don’t look now but the Tide are right in the thick of things themselves. SEC honks think that they are deserving of two berth and Bama keeps making a case for one of them. But with a supershowdown on the docket against Mississippi State, this might serve as an elimination game.  With their hated rival Auburn out of the way with a loss to Texas A&M the path clears more for the Tide

Oregon plays it smart and wins

The Ducks were on the ropes to be sure. Utah had burned them on long pass play to Kaelin Clay and were about to go up 14-0 in front of a rowdy home crowd in Salt Lake City. When things turned bizarre, as Clay crossed the goal line  dropped the ball. But he hadn’t crossed the goal line with the ball and the ball was on the ground on the 1 yard line. The refs stood there eyeing the ball suspiciously but not going near it, a couple of Oregon players and a Utah player trailing the play briefly tussled over the ball before Oregon linebacker Joe Walker emerged from the scrum and went trundeling back down the field toward the opposite goal. Now keep in mind that a third of the Utah players were in the end zone celebrating what they thought was a score and the other 2/3 was headed the sideline on the far side of the field. Meanwhile Walker was rumbling down the sideline with a virtual secret service convoy detail around him. Taking out the one Utah player that was still on the field, the Ducks scored on an improbable play and instead of the Utes being up 14-0 they were now tied and the air took out of a potential upset bid. The Ducks cruised to a 51-27 win behind the sharp play of Marcus Mariota, the player no one east of the Rockies really has seen much of but should be a shoo-in for the Heisman. Oregon is ranked #4 and is likely headed for a showdown with the aforementioned Arizona State for the Pac-12 title and a likely playoff berth. And what was it we were saying about every week a playoff?

In the Pros its just as nutty and fun

Detroit the quiet 7-2

Contrary to what many think it’s the Lions not the Pack that are leading the NFC North and like their quiet coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions have adapted a more low key tone and are playing tough. They won a slugfest with the Dolphins on a last minute toss from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick gave the Lions a 20-16 win. The Lions now face the equally hot Cards in what could determine home field for the playoffs. You read that right the Cards and Lions, long sad sacks of the NFC are this years kingpins. Why couldn’t the NFL flex this game to primetime. Don’t they say in their own fact and record book that flexing games gives a chance for surprise teams to play their way on to primetime? I know that the Pats and Colts are division leaders in their own right, but it would be nice to see other teams get the primetime spotlight every now and then

Rodgers shreds Da Bears

I mean really, this is getting almost criminal. The Bears got throttled by Tom Brady and the Pats two weeks ago, then went on their bye. When they resurfaced after the bye they were in the Jaws like sight of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack…at Lambeau…on a primetime stage.  It was almost sickening to watch Rodgers abuse the Bear secondary again and again. 6 touchdowns in one half??? Are you kidding. What was sadder was watching Jay Cutler just flounder against a less than formidable Packers secondary. The Pack rang up a 55-14 thrashing and the Bears become the first team in the modern era  to give up 50 or more points in back to back games. The only other team to do that was the legendary Rochester Jeffersons, I think they beat the Raiders a couple weeks ago…

Phat Dap

Its rare when I give dap to a White Sox, since I still despise the team but you have to give it to Jose Abreu who was named the AL Rookie of Year unanimously. When you lead AL rookies in home runs (36), RBIs (107), hits (176), doubles (35), runs scored (80), OBP (.383), slugging percentage (.581) and OPS (.964). You are a lock to win the honors, hats off to a breakout star.

 

Head Slap

To the Arizona Cardinals. Not for their 8-1 start but locking up Carson Palmer on a 3 year $50 million contract with $20.5 million guaranteed then Palmer goes out the very next Sunday and shreds his knee the same one that he hurt in 2006 in the playoff against the Steelers.

 

Quick Hits

Could the Sixers tank as bad again?

Kansas State Fails another primetime test

I don’t know how who is more on a downward spiral, Jay Cutler or Andy Dalton. I would say the former more than the latter, 

Is Charlie Strong really in trouble?

Why are my Wings so damn frustrating?

Dont look now but my Bearcats are still in a postion to shot call in the American (I know its not a power conference, but winning is winning)

A million apologies for the delay in posting, Routers and passwords and other things dont like IT guys like me...

 

Until next post fellow sports fans

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