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Storminnorman's Sports Blog 1/24/15
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Noah and a few other things

 

 

Well as most of you know I have had a pretty busy last few days with Noah having eye surgery, for what we can tell at the moment turned out pretty well. I thought I would share a few of the lighter moments from the past couple days.....

While in pre-op waiting to go to surgery, Noah badgered the nurses into giving him another puppy. He's been to that hospital so much with his tonsils being removed, and tubes put in his ears that he knew where they kept them, and persisted until he got Tubes Jr.....

Noah really working on his comedy routine at the time, drew two eyes on his fingers and then a smiley face on the palm of his hand. He showed it to his doctor, and the nurses which made everyone smile....

The best part about today was when he tried to open his left eye (the one he had the surgery one), and he said is it 4:07 as he sat in his chair in the living room. "I can see it clear as day from here." This leads me to believe this surgery is going to be a bigger success than what was first thought....

Anyway, now that Jeff Gordon has decided not to race full-time after this season, what's he going to do with all his spare time, teach Danica Patrick how to drive? We all know he doesn't need the money, and I don't really see him as an owner. I am glad that he is going out on his own terms, unlike Kobe and a few others, that just can't figure out it's time for them to go.....

 

Don't want to break the news to all the Brady Bashers in the media, but underinflated or not, the Colts weren't going to win that game on Sunday, so find something or someone else to cover. I realize that the week before the Super Bowl is a dry week for the media, but come on now, isn't this a little drastic. 

Not to ice the Patriots chances of winning but come on, even Noah and I couldn't believe the come back we witnessed against the Packers. By all rights, the Packers had them right where they wanted them, and bam 15 points and a tie game. What are the odds of them recovering a tipped ball on an onside kick, a million to one?

I am sick of Troy Aikman coming out publicly and accusing Tom Brady of cheating, stating that Brady knew the balls were underinflated when the game started. Geesh Troy it was freezing cold and raining, balls have a tendancy to deflate in the cold weather.

Read in the local paper that Cespedes will bat wherever the decide to put him, and play both right and leftfield. It was also mentioned that he is interested in signing an extension with the Tigers. 

It was also mentioned they are really interested in signing Price, wouldn't be a bad move on their part now that the Max Scherzer soap opera is finally over.

In turn, why not throw a bone to Big Game James and offer him a couple of years? Shields seems to be a better offer than Greene, still can't believe what they gave up to get him...........

Someone on Facebook stirred the pot over Pete Rose being elected into the Hall, I seen his interview on CBS and until he shows true remorse, then he should stay out of the Hall. 

And one final note, Mr. Cub Ernie Banks passed away last night at the age of 83. Gonna be strange not seeing him at the ballpark this summer....

Hey that's I got, and don't forget to stop by and have a cup of coffee with "The Hoov." 

Another Broken Dream? 1/18
Category: User Showcase
Tags: Patriots Colts Seahawks Packers NFL

 

In case you guys are thinking man he's back again on Sunday, well I have some unfinished business from yesterday's blog. I didn't weigh in on one of the best days next to the Super Bowl and Final Four in the NCAA Men's Hoops. There will be a lot of broken dreams tomorrow after each game, but in turn the games should really be exciting regardless of the outcome of each game.

 

Sure my Super Bowl dreams were dashed by the Cowboys 2 weeks ago, but I will still be watching tomorrow even the Lions will not be playing. You kind of get used to it, but honestly that's not the emphasis of my blog today, it's really about the games being played today.  Who's dreams will be crushed tomorrow, we will all know by the days end.

Not many give Andrew Luck much of a chance against the Patriots tomorrow, even though anything can happen. Guess we will wait and see........

With the finish to the regular season that the Seahawks had, are they the odds on favorite to repeat? If injuries hadn't over ran Arizona, would we be talking about the Seahawks right now?

Brady is always a contender for a ring, even if the team behind him always changes. I really don't like making predictions, but I really like his chances of reaching Arizona in two weeks.....

I am not sure if he will survive Sunday's game against the Seahawks defense, pass protection will be a must tomorrow if the Packers want to reach Arizona.......

The Final Four in professional sports, there's nothing like watching teams playing for the right to see who's the best at what they do. Who will walk down the Boulevard of Broken Dreams, only time will tell.......

 

 

 

 

I Had a Dream 1/17
Category: FEATURED
Tags: MLK Jackie Robinson Racial Inequality

 

In a time when our world is full of some pretty disturbing events, most if  not all of us turn to sports as a way to take our minds away from the bombings, and wide variety of murders that are being committed. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. sacrificed his life to acheive some racial equality for African-Americans, and those of other races he felt were being treated unfairly. 

Sure I could write about the NFL this weekend, but think about this if Jackie Robinson wouldn't have joined the Dodgers, would their be as big of African-American presence in professional sports today? If Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. had not taken an assassins bullet in Memphis, would the Civil Rights Movement still be taking place? Truth be told racism never left, it still exists in some form, even though it's not publicized like it was when I was growing up in the 70s and 80s.

So what do you think the United States would be like today, if Dr. King hadn't taken the assassins bullet or didn't even stand up for African-Americans? Would their be African-American have the professional sports status that they have today, or would it be like in the 50s where they were considered the lesser race?

What if Jackie Robinson hadn't joined the Brooklyn Dodgers, and faced stood up to all the racist ballplayers by proving that he had the ability to play, and was not just a public draw just to enhance ticket sales? Would there be as big a black athlete presence in baseball, football and basketball, all considered white athlete sports when they were founded?

Sure Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell and others laid the foundation for Kobe, LeBron, Michael Jordan and others to make millions of dollars doing something they loved to do, but what if they never played, would professional basketball even exist today?

I am not even sure who the first African-American football player was, or even if it really matters.........

The problem that I have with our world today, is that we judge others by our race, religion and in some cases their disabilities and we stereotype them as dumb. I work with someone like that, who one of my bosses who doesn't work with handicapped employees all too-well, cut his hours so much that Curtis found a job at Lowes. He succeeded so well at Lowes compared to Krogers that they promoted him to full-time with benefits despite his disability, and one of my friends says they are teaching him how to use all the different types of fork-lift trucks to make an even better employee, for which Kroger wouldn't do.....

Anyway, it's not about Curtis or even being black, it's about treating each other fairly despite the differences we share either by color of skin, or religious beliefs. Martin Luther King wanted everyone to be treated the same regardless of their race or religion it didn't really matter to Dr. King.

So before we get wrapped up in Sunday's games, we should remember that Monday is just as important, because without those who sacrificed their lives we wouldn't have forums like the Gab to share and express our views......

Happy Birthday Dr. King, it's too bad that we were robbed of what could have happened if you would have been able to fullfill your dream.....

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 1/10
Category: FEATURED

 

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog, the freezing your ass off edition. As IHM will tell you, it's snowy and cold here in Michigan right now and frankly places like Florida can have this weather because it sucks. I have been trying to stay focused at work, even as the customers brains and attitudes have taken for the worse along with the cold weather.....

As we prepare for the this weekend's playoff games, I will state this, I am glad that I am not in Green Bay watching the Cowboys face the Packers, because it's going to be a rather chilly afternoon at Lambeau Field. I don't want to burst bubbles of everyone who has a team remaining in the playoffs, but the Cowboys are a team of destiny and this just may be their season to shine once again.

If anyone hasn't noticed, they were 8-0 on  the road this year, while 4-4 at home. They have already beaten Seattle in their place earlier this year, so they won't be intimidated by going there. So this leads me to believe they shouldn't have a problem in the snowy, yet cold conditions in Green Bay either. Hate to break the news to all you Packers fans out there, but I can see Dallas beating you on Sunday, plain and simple it's their year......

Most of us who are older remember the great Cowboy teams of the 70s, led by Roger Staubach and coached by Tom Landry. They may not have won many Super Bowls, because they ran into the buzz saw during that era, but they can say they were there, which is one more trip to that fabled game than my Lions have made. Didn't Troy Aikman lead the Cowboys to 3 Super Bowl victories while at quarterback, and maybe this year will be the year that Tony Romo adds his name to the list of quarterbacks to do so in Dallas.......

 

 

Since we are closing in on an election year where we will be listening to everyone shout "Hillary for President," why not Walter for President?

Before I get out of here, I want to touch on something that I seen mentioned on Foxsports1 concerning Jamis Winston entering the NFL draft. There were a few teams whose names escape me, who are considering taking him in the first round. If you are that desparate in that position, there are a few quarterbacks out there for whom you should consider before taking Winston. Why would you want to waste your first round pick on a quarterback who may be a bust? Let's refer back to Matt Linehart a can't miss quarterback, is Matt still in the league? Jameis will be as big a bust as Manziel will be in Cleveland, so don't rest your Super Bowl dreams on either one, cause it's not going to happen.....

Have a great week everyone, and don't forget to turn right and visit The Hoov!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 1/3/15
Category: FEATURED

 

Hello everyone and welcome to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog, and as you can see Noah and I had a pretty busy day today visiting the Curious George exhibit at the Sloan Museum this afternoon. It was a pretty neat exhibit, full of all the stories told on George's television show, but the neat thing is the history of the City of Flint, once known as "Buick City," the home of the "Sitdown Strike" which laid the foundation of the UAW......

Yesterday was an interesting day in College football, not to pound on B.O.B.'s team, but I was flipping channels between commercials during the second half yesterday, and it seemed like everytime I would leave for a second, Oregon St. would score a touchdown. It got so bad, that I actually felt sorry for the Seminoles, because they never had a chance to recover from the Duck's onslaught, even though it was mostly self-inflicted on their behalf. What a way to have your 29 game winning streak ended, getting your ass kicked. Noah turned to me and asked if Oregon St. was going to reach 100, and I told him no, only because they ran out of time and the Oregon St. coach started putting in the reserves........

I was reading the Q.O.T.D., and The Beezer asked the question who do I think is going to win it all, for which I would like to think Oregon St., but with a full week to prepare Urban Meyer can get Ohio St. ready to face the Ducks, to say this, the Buckeyes have a real chance of winning this game. I am putting my personal feelings aside (I hate Ohio St.), and believe the Big 10 could possibly be the first playoff champion......

The most improbable comeback New Year's Day, was not really a surprise to me at all, Michigan St. erasing a 21 point 4th quarter deficit and defeating Baylor. Michigan St., lost to both Oregon St. and Ohio St. this year, which killed their playoff chances. Keeping this in mind, here is a thought concerning the playoffs that the NCAA may be considering in the hear future.....

Why not expand the playoffs to 8 teams, using the 4 major bowl sights for playoff games and making the Rose Bowl the host sight for the championship game. Why should Jerry Jones profit by hosting the championship game, doesn't he make enough money during the regular season without having this to benefit from? Since you have already expanded their football season by two games anyway,you could have the semi-finals at the Orange Bowl and even the Georgia Dome the following week and the Championship game the week after. You allow the basketball teams to play an extra 8-10 games through the NCAA tournament, and for the most part they would still be able to attend classes while the playoffs are going on. This would be the perfect scenerio for the money-hungry NCAA, along with the schools who would benefit from it in some way........

I want to give this shout out to IHM, and B.O.B., the best thing that happened to the Pistons was this, waiving Josh Smith. B.O.B. you didn't want him playing in Sacramento, you have good young team for which I will get to see again on Sunday. After 4 games without Smith, you can see the change in the team. They are playing much better, and Brandon Jennings wasn't the cancer you thought IHM, it was Smith. Good for Houston, they haven't won very many games since he became a Rocket, he doesn't like to share. I liked the change in attitude, passing the ball, looking for the better shot, instead of settling for the shot that Smith wanted them to take. Not to say he was a bad choice, but Dumars didn't exactly make a lot of good decisions since their last championship in 2004. Maybe Smith being waived, woke everyone up and made them realize they could be next, whatever Stan did it has worked so far.....

Suh supended, the reprieved from his so-called accidental step on Aaron Rodger's calf. I was watching the game, and even I had a hard time believing he stumbled on his leg, but I guess donating $70K will teach him a lesson considering they suspended Raiola for doing the same thing the previous week. 

All this won't matter one bit, if the Lions lose in Dallas on Sunday, they will still be the same old Lions who haven't won a playoff game since the last time they beat the Packers at Lambeau Field. Barry Sanders was on that team, and the hard part I for me is listening to Troy Aikman and Joe Buck say Emmitt Smith is the greatest running back of all time. The only reason Smith was able to become the all-time rushing leader, was because Sanders put the screws to Detroit and retired, outside of that it was Barry's record and Emmitt would have never touched it, if not for Sanders retiring......

I love the matchup at quarterback Sunday, but Dallas has the one thing the Lions don't have, a running game. If Murray goes off, the Lions are in trouble. Lions 24 - Dallas 17.

Is the third time a charm in Pittsburgh, will Ben take down the Ravens again, or will the Ravens make another championship run? I think not, Steelers 21 - Ravens 13....

Indy-Cinci should be an interesting game, with Andrew Luck passing his way to victory. Colts 34 - Bengals 27.

Finally, Carolina - Arizona, if Stanton was the quarterback, I would give them a decent chance of winning. But since even a half healthy Cam Newton is better than what the Cardinals have. Panthers 24 - Cardinals 10.

New Years is a time where we all make lame resolutions, some we keep, while others go away like the snow that falls then melts an hour later.....

There are some things that influence my writing, and believe me this site is one of the few that let you express yourself. 

This is all I have, and please don't forget to stop by and visit "The Hoov," he always has something interesting to say....

 

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