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Storminnorman's Sports Blog 11/22/14
Category: FEATURED

Hey Gabbers welcome to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. Sorry I am a little late, I have had a week at work. But anyway so have a few others in Buffalo....

Here's a thought, they moved the Bills-Jets game to Monday night at Ford Field which was nice of the Lions to host the game. Yesterday they announced that tickets were free to all those who wanted to come down and watch the game. That's cool that they did this that way, but why don't they do it for Lions fans who pay their hard earned cash to drive down in sometimes crappy weather from all over Michigan to see a team that's offense is not living up to its potential, and scoring just about as many points as the defense is allowing go figure. 

It reminds me of a few years in the late 90s when the defense was good, and the offense was Jason Hanson. I believe the year was 1999, Bobby Ross (another offensive genius) was the coach and they couldn't score in the red zone if you put them on the 1-yard line, but their defense won games for them. Until 3 years ago, it was also the last time the Lions made the playoffs.....

I always judge a Detroit team by how they play against the "cream of the crop," and the Lions defense is going to get a true test on Sunday, when they face the Patriots. Sure they have seen Brees, Rogers and even Matt Ryan, Tom Brady is going to be the true test of the Lions defense, especially with how well the Patriots prepare for teams during the week.....

I checked the old work schedule yesterday, and found out I am going to be home for this one. I am not too sure this is where I want to be, because if Brady and the Patriots are right tomorrow, it's going to be a long day for the Lion's "D."

I was having a discussion about NASCAR with a friend of mine, who doesn't like the new format (mainly because Hamlin lost) and we went back and forth about it. Tony doesn't like it because the best driver (the one with the most wins), didn't win the Sprint Cup. I mentioned that I liked it, because it gave the driver who raced the best and in the Top 4, the chance to win. I also mentioned that in other sports the best team doesn't always win (the 16-0 Patriots), the LeBronless Miami Heat (2013), the 94-95 Detroit Red Wings who were swept by New Jersey. So why not have this format?

I am sick and tired of the media making up excuses for Brady Hoke, I realize that they are a young team, but Don Belien is going through the same thing on his basketball team this year, with all the players from last year heading towards the NBA. Just fire his ass and get it over with, that's what the alumni and media both want, so they will have something to talk about in Michigan outside of the professional teams.....

Here's and early prediction for next week, Ohio St 45-Michigan 13. Because this game will mean more to Ohio St, than it will Michigan, and this will spell the end for Brady Hoke.....

Another prediction, the Lions will defeat the Bears on Thanksgiving Day. I won't lay a score, but the Lions "D" loves hitting Jay Cutler, so it should be fun to watch. I just hope the Lions season isn't hanging on how well they do in both of these games, because its been a fun season to watch....

Well Alabama is on top of the playoff rankings, imagine that, and if the playoffs were to begin today, they would be facing off against Miss. St. Bet you this game will be alot better than last Saturday's, especially with the amount of time both teams would have to prepare for it.........

With Turkey Day rapidly approaching, here are a few things I am thankful for...

I want to thank all the veterans (both and past), for serving and protecting our country......

I am truly blessed to have Courtney, Taylor, Noah and Michelle in my life, for without them I would be truly lost....

I am thankful we have professional sports to talk about, because without them we would not have the Gab....

I am thankful to be blessed with friends to talk sports with, because without them there would be no need for the Gab.,,,

I am thankful for friends like Jerry, even though you have been gone 3 years, there are still plenty of great memories of the fun we had.......

I am thankful and truly blessed to have a great job, and serve my community that I have lived in all my life. I may not like all of the people, but there are quite a few I do.......

I am thankful to have parents who taught and gave me the knowledge and determination to succeed in everything I do....

By the way, Happy Birthday YouGabSports, and thank you to Sully and Beeze for giving us this great forum to express ourselves with......

Have a great week, and don't forget to stop by and visit SunTzu....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 11/15/14
Category: FEATURED

Hello Gabbers, and welcome to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog, the who would have thunk this was taking place edition. I mean seriously, can you guys actually remember, or were even alive to see the last time these two teams were actually considered the best teams in the NFC? I know I can't, and the only people that were alive in my family the last time the Lions were decent was my mom and dad, and they hadn't graduated from high school yet.....

The Lions-Cardinals face-off at 4:25 on Sunday for the conference lead, which should become an interesting defensive struggle considering both defenses rank in the top 5 in the NFL.....

Even though he has matured both as a quarterback and a person, would you want to put your playoff lives on his shoulders?  I got a taste when the Lions drafted him, not completely his fault, but no. Not that Stafford is doing any better this year, but I would rather have Stafford over Stanton.  

I like the Lions chances on Sunday over the Cards, more because of their defense than their offense. So I look for a shoot-out, because nothing ever turns out the way it should.

The Red Wings-Black Hawks faced-off last night in an Original Six match-up that didn't quite shape up to the game that I expected to see, with the Wings winning 4-1. The Wings dominated the game after the 1st period, and Jimmy Howard continues to look like the goalie that was traded for over the summer versus instead of the goalie we seen over the past year. 

The Pistons beat the Thunder for the first time in quite a while last night as Brandon Jennings scored 29 to lead them to victory.

Victor Martinez signed his 4-year deal yesterday to remain in Detroit, while the Tigers announced they wouldn't be retaining the services of Torrii Hunter, which only means another rookie outfielder in Detroit next season.

Well that's all I got, I apologize for being late. Please stop by to the right, and visit SunTzu

 

 

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 11/8/14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Noah Happy Birthday Son

Wow, what a week, glad it's finally over! I have to admit I am about to throw my laptop right out the window, I have been officially trying to write this blog for the better part of an hour and due to technical difficulties, I for some reason am having  troubles getting this done......

 Before I throw my laptop out the window, because that's the type of week I am having, I would like to welcome you to the "Boy Turns Nine" edition of Storminnorman's Sport's Blog.

There probably won't be a lot of sports talk this week, IHM pretty much covered most of what I would have talked about today, so instead I would like to share a little another story about how the boy almost didn't to be....

As most of you here on the Gab are friends of mine on Facebook, so you have seen pictures of Noah on my Facebook page.....

Back about 12 years or so ago, when his sister Taylor was nearing 2, my wife became pregnant again. I commend my wife, because before I knew her she had some really awful luck when it came to having children, Taylor and Noah are her only two children that has survived......

Everything was going pretty much normal for her during this pregnancy, until the end of May, when we went to the drive-in to watch a movie, and everything started to go crazy. We wound up going to ER that night, for which they examined her and sent her home...

About a week later, we were coming home from the her grandma's house, and something went wrong. Michelle's blood pressure shot up, and her placenta came shooting out cutting off the oxygen to our son.  If not for our neighbors, the police officer and the paramedics, Taylor would have lost her mommy that night. The problem was, Hunter was 2 months early and honestly pretty much behind the eight ball.... 

Hunter was clinically dead, no oxygen to the brain. But Michelle's doctor wouldn't give up and revived him, which led us on our journey. My wife and Iwere having problems during this part of our marriage, and honestly if Hunter wasn't born we probably would be divorced right now, instead of working on year 15.

After countless trips to Detroit  to Children's Hospital, we received a phone call at 6pm saying Hunter was nearing death. I always thought I would never be this parent, one who lost a child but it was about to happen. 

At Hunter's funeral, I remember telling everyone "How Hunter taught me to lose with dignity," and it's the truth. If not for that angel sent by God, my marriage probably would have ended in divorce. Instead of pulling us apart, Hunter brought us closer together......

A year or so later Michelle and I started talking about having another baby, the problem was she was about to have her galbladder removed. The day was weird, I remember saying to her jokingly "what if you are pregnant," after she had her bloodwork done. The results came back, and there he was...

I always say that Noah was God's reward for being patient, after losing our little angel. Now our reward is turning 9 today, Happy Birthday Noah!!!!

I'm Lost, It's Saturday 11/1/14
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Gordie Howe NHL NBA and a few other things

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Welcome to the Saturday edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog, a new day as IHM and I have switched days and spots in the weekly rotation. I am not really sure what I am going to speak about today, and truthfully to my own admission have forgotten who is on the other side of me writing the 2.0. 

I admit to almost a fault that I am not big on college football, more because I work almost every Saturday, and don't normally get to watch too many of the games, unless I stay up late and pick up a PAC-12 game or force myself to watch Fowler and Herbstreet, which is almost like watching Buck-Aikman on Sunday, I'd rather get a good nights sleep then watch them.... 

Now that the dust has settled from the yearly Halloween madness, and Noah and all the little ghosts and goblins have gotten their yearly buckets and pillow cases full of candy, I want to share a story with you, a story from my baby sister Kristen's life, one memory I'm sure she hasn't forgotten even now as she has grown older, and has two kids of her own.....

When Kristen was younger, she was spoiled by my brother John and myself, almost to a fault. The Flint Spirit's of the old IHL, were affiliated with the New York Rangers at the time and were running promotions all of the time, and I caught wind of Gordie Howe coming to Flint, so I purchased tickets for Kristen and myself so we could attend the game. 

It didn't matter who they were playing that night, frankly because I forgot. Anyway, along with about 4,700 others jammed into the IMA Sports Arena that night, we stood in line and waited our turn with "Mr. Hockey," as the line was wrapped around the arena as others waited patiently for their turn to either have their picture taken with him, or have him sign a jersey or program, or in this case a pennant for Kristen.

I remember seeing the look on her face, when it was finally her turn. Even though it was only for a minute at best, Gordie was polite and signed Kristen's pennant as he had done for everyone that evening.

It's going to be a sad day around the Canada and the United States, if "Mr. Hockey" doesn't make a comeback from his stroke and passes, but my sister will always have the memory of this day, the day she met "Mr. Hockey."

I now fully understand why the Beeze hates the Cavs, because this team is a joke! IHM, as I mentioned to you a couple weeks back, the Cavs have nothing outside of Love, James, and Irving and have been crowned Eastern Conference Champs, without playing a game. It really came to fruition last night against a Knicks team who played and were embarassed at "The Garden" the night before. If you watched the Pistons last night, you got to see what they gave up as Wiggins is going to be a pretty damn good player before his career is over. 

As the Yankees have found out, you can't buy or trade and win a championship in most cases, and for Cavs fans you will find this out too. Outside of being 4 years older, and claiming he wants to win a championship in Cleveland, it will take LBJ and K-Love a lot more than just 2 years to build a winner in Cleveland, they just don't have enough pieces to the puzzle like when he signed in Miami........

Also there is an upside for the first time in a while in Cleveland, the Browns are playing decent ball for the first time in a while, and Tito seems to be righting the ship as the Indians seem to be improving and working their way back to be contenders once again.....

Why is it that everyone as written this team off, and the longest playoff streak in the history of professional sports over? The return of defensive style of hockey in Detroit, along with Hank and Pavel seeming to be healthy once again, has made this team a playoff contender, not a pretender like they were last season. It will be interesting to see how far they go, remembering that just 2 years ago this team took the Hawks to the brink of elimination and nearly reached the Stanley Cup Finals. 

Everyone just thinks the kids are going to just roll over and play dead for the rest of the league, well here's a news flash for the rest of the NHL, it's not going to happen. These kids have bought into the system that Mike Babcock and his coaching staff have in place, and if not for their pathetic power play they might not have a regulation or overtime loss. So don't write their streak off as done and over, but also don't be surprised if they add another year to the streak. 

Brady-Manning, how about Steelers-Ravens? Both games will be good, if not great. But Brady-Manning is getting old, they have done this dance before, so what's the big deal? I know that this is going to irk Patriots-Broncos fans, but like watching the NBA, some games and teams can be over-hyped........

Well have a great weekend everyone, and don't eat too much candy. Also, don't forget to stop by and visit SunTzu, he always has something interesting to say.......

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/24
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Welcome Gabbers to another Friday edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog, as things start to heat up hear again sports wise with the Lions, Red Wings and Pistons going after it. I was bugged by a shot of Ford Field Sunday, with Comerica Park sitting next door empty, I thought to myself, how many of us thought the Tigers would truley be sitting at home watching Kansas City in the World Series?

Since the last time I was here I missed a little work due to an infection, for which I say "Thank God" my body fought it off rather quickly for a change and I was able to return to work on Monday. Unfortunately for myself, I was able to watch an interview Pete (I am a selfish, greedy asshole) Rose did for CBS Sunday Morning. 

I remember in the past, how I came on the Gab and ranted about how Rose should be in the HOF based on his All-Time Hit's record, and his accomplishments before he was busted for betting on baseball. 

For the record, Sunday was the first time I ever heard Pete Rose admit to betting on baseball, but not the Reds publicly. In the past, he has always denied it. For which I also asked myself how much CBS was paying him for the interview.....

 Rose mentioned that if all it would have taken was an apology to be able to enter the Hall of Fame, he would have given one a long time ago, for which Faye Vincent mentioned "he never once offered an apology for what he had done." So it makes you wonder what really happened, guess we will have to buy Pete Rose's book to find out.....

The one thing I did take from this interview, was Peter Edward Rose at 73 is still one of the most arrogant, self-centered assholes who will say anything and do anything to make a quick buck. It felt like the whole interview was scripted to Rose's liking, not to make him look bad...........

Pete Rose does not feel any true remorse for his actions, it was all apparent during the interview. Rose is just as big a phony as he was when he was caught, hope he enjoys the embarassment for the rest of his life. All of his accomplishments tainted by his greed, and love for money.....

It's "Go Green, Go Blue" or as most have become to know it as Michigan State's annual ass-whipping of Michigan on Saturday, and I don't care if Michigan is coming off a bye-week or not, this one shouldn't be close.......

The Lions are in London this weekend playing the Falcons, supposed to count as a home game for the Lions, so let's hope they play like it.......

The Wings are playing Sindy and the Pen's tonight, after losing to the Habs 2-1 Tuesday. They head to Philly for the weekend, and the goaltending and defense is much improved over last year so far.......

The Royals and Giants are heading to San Fran for the weekend, hope the weather gets a little better out in B.O.B. land. Boy you talk about two different games, the G-Men put a whooping on the Royals in Game 1 and the Royals give it back to the G-Men in Game 2, wonder what Guthrie and Hudson will have to keep the offensive explosion down on Friday?

Have a great weekend everyone, and not to steal Q's thunder but I was rather disappointed by Talledega, not enough wrecks this year, and I'm not the biggest Keslowski fan in the world either, wished he would have crashed......

Chargers vs. Broncos, might be a shootout, might not be, maybe they will play some defense tonight? Doubt it, Rivers and Manning ought to have some fun throwing the ball around. Peyton would like to thank the 49ers defense for allowing him to sit out a portion of the second half......

That's all I got, have a great weekend and don't forget to visit Hal to my left for all your NFL information.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

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