Hello Gabbers and welcome to another edition of Storminnorman's sports blog, a bi-weekly blog that I share with Sully. Anyway before I get to the subject I wanted to talk about, I want to say it's damn cold here in Michigan at the moment. I have lived here all of my life, and never remember a winter this bitterly cold. I visited my doctor today because I was having problems with my surgically repaired shoulder, think I pinched a nerve in my neck, but no tear in the rotator cuff was found which is a good thing. So I am sitting here stoned from the muscle relaxer that he gave me to relieve me of the discomfort I am suffering from at the moment. But anyway, on to the subject at hand....
Now with the Olympics over, and Canada winning both Gold medals in hockey, the Brooklyn Nets decided to sign Jason Collins to a 10-day contract. As you all know, Collins is the first professional athlete to come out and say he was gay. I have no problem from a personal standpoint, because there are probably more athletes in other sports that have probably been afraid to come out and admit they are gay, because of the disrespect they will receive from others in their sport.
My personal feelings are this, before Collin's was forced out of the game he loved to play initially for admitting his sexual preference, he was a heck of a basketball player. Even at 34, he realized he could still play ball so he received a tryout from the Net's who were desperate for a center due to injuries. He was given a tryout and had to earn his way onto the Net's team, so he must still be able to play. Also, if as an athlete you are that homophobic as to where you can't be around other men in a shower after a game, then maybe you should leave the sport. The point I am trying to make is this, before Collins admitted or came clean with the fact that he was gay, he was still in the same locker room with his former teammates, shared the same hotel room with one, and everything was fine. So let's just leave him alone, and let him play out the rest of his career. The problem lies with the media, ESPN in particular who made a big deal out of the signing, by showing his first game last Sunday.
I have several friends who are gay, as well as many of you may also. Does it change your opinion of them, I hope not, because after all they are still your friends. I know it doesn't in my case, and if Michigan ever get's it right, I will be able to attend and watch them share their vows for which I am not ashamed to say after all, because they are my friends, and I don't look at them as being gay, but as my friends.....
I don't normally touch on NASCAR, because I normally leave this for "Q," because she is our racing expert. But that was one hellava race last Sunday night. Six hour delay due to rain, and yes the right person actually won the race in Dale Jr., he had the best car for most of the race I watched. Crash and burn NASCAR, some of the best crashes I have seen in quite some time in the last 10 laps, not that watching the closing ceremonies are boring, but that was fun to watch. Even though my driver did not win, I was still involved in the race right up to the end. Thank you for the restrictor plate racing, at least it makes it interesting.
I must be old school NASCAR, because I believe that someone else who had been around should be racing with the #3 on their car instead of Austin Dillon, who is basically a no-name driver, who is riding around now using the number of one of NASCAR's greatest racers Dale Sr......
As Hank had his surgery yesterday, I realized the Wing's playoff run just might be coming to an end this year, so I am trying to get enthused about the trade for Ian Kinsler and the signing of Joe Nathan, thank you once again for raiding the Texas Rangers for two of their better players. I guess because of this crazy weather, and the occasional look-see at Jeff's blogs about Blake, I just can't get enthused about baseball at the moment for whatever reason. Baseball is normally the time of year that I get the most enthused about sports in general, but with it being so cold, spring seems like it's never going to arrive. Kinsler, Nathan and Raji Davis will give the Tigers something they haven't had since Todd Jones was their closer, and Sweet Lou was their second baseman a little speed and stability, which should benefit Miggy, Justin and Max, because they will not feel like they have to carry the brunt of the load on their shoulders. Not that Prince Fielder was a bad choice, but as we all know Scott Boras is a money grubbing jackass who likes to wait until the end to sign his players, so he can get more for them then what they deserve.
Finally, last Friday I found out through a friend that the "Motor City Madman" Greg Carrier had passed away. Greg had been battling MS for quite a while, and as usual the illness finally won. Greg was an avid Detroit sports fan like myself, and a rather interesting person and fierce fantasy sports competitor. Rest in Peace "Madman," you will be greatly missed by your friends and family.
The Wings were his team, he loved his hockey......
Thanks for stopping by, Sully should be here next Friday.
Something I have learned, that it's okay to grow old, and make new friends.,,,,,,
To replace a blogging legend, a man that I respect is never an easy thing to do,
But I will try.
To be the best father and husband is never easy, as they teach you something new every day. However, as with Mariano we must now prepare to say good-bye to another Yankee legend in Derek Jeter at year's end. Of all the Yankees from their 5 World Series winning teams, he is the one I respected the most of all, a quiet leader, who led by example with his actions both on and off the field. When Jeter joins Rivera in Cooperstown in 5 years, his legacy will be just that, he led by example.
I know it's the dreaded Yankees I am talking about, but how could you not respect him? 3200+ hits later and a lifetime .312 batting average along with 5 World Series rings speaks for itself. He is a winner, and maybe someday he will go down as the greatest to play his position.
But like always, age catches up with you, as it did with Derek. An ankle injury during the 2012 ALCS against the Tigers, started the beginning of the end of his baseball career.
Once again, it's okay to grow old and not recover from your injuries like you did in the past, it's only natural.
What will become of Jeter after he rides of into the sunset? Only Derek truly knows.....
Will A-Rod step up next year and become the new leader of the Yankees, who seem to lose more and more each off season?
I doubt it, even with Jacoby signing during the off season, the Yankees like all teams are going to struggle. Why?
Because there is no one who will step up and replace their "Captain," not even Jacoby can fill those shoes.......
The Winter Olympics started this week,
does anyone care about any sport other than hockey?
We follow our local stars, like Pavel, and Alex, Hank and Team USA......
But who really knows about the other sports,
because we have been waiting for the first game between Team USA and Slovakia, which at the moment I am watching
turn into a rout....
Tomorrow's the day
Pitchers and Catchers report,
Will the Tigers finally reach the pinnacle of their sport,
or be the best team once again,
not to reach their potential?
Adding Ian Kinsler and Davis were key acquisitions,
but signing Joe Nathan
will determine their fate,
a settling bullpen influence,
should make a difference
with an all-star lineup,
and a staff full of aces.
I am rooting for the Astros
for no particular reason
other than you root for the underdog,
just not when they are facing your team.
Thank you for reading my first Friday Blog, and feel free to leave your comments.....
Ding Dong, the Schwartz is gone. After 5 years of coaching the Lions, one playoff appearance, and failing miserably as I sat and watched the Lions go 1-6, when all they had to do was win 2 games to win the NFC North in 2013. Schwartz finally takes the bullet for the underachieving Lions. Along with all the other names that took the bullet for their teams, Shanahan, Schiano, Frazier and Chyzinkski all get the ax, and in typical Ford fashion, Bill Ford fires another coach as owner of the Lions. Not that Schwartz was a bad coach, because as like the other three, he was given enough talent to work with, he could not get the players to reach their full potential. I don't blame Schwartz for their epic meltdown that cost him his job, as I do the players who made numerous mistakes and took foolish penalties that were not seen during their 6-3 start.
What happened to holding the players accountable for their job performance, as were are held daily at our jobs? Each player from Stafford to Akers should take a good hard look at themselves during the offseason, and realize they not so much Schwartz (flipping off a fan), were responsible for him failing as head coach, not Schwartz. Their inconsistent play over the past 5 years, Suh taking foolish penalties, and Matt Stafford throwing interceptions led to his demise. So the search for a new head coach begins, a ritual that has grown rather old for me as a Lions fan, but that is how it normally goes in Detroit, for all teams except the Red Wings, who are the only team not to fire a coach in the past 10 years.
For the Gabbers who's team made the playoffs, Good luck to your teams, may your teams reach the success that you are hoping for them (winning a super bowl), as I watch another year of playoff football without my Lions. I guess I should be used to mediocrity, because the Lions have basically sucked for a good portion of my life, but they weren't 0-16 this season, just a real unacceptable 7-9.
Bengals-Chargers: I really like this game because it could go either way, my heart says that Phillip Rivers will show up and win their wild card game at Cincinnati, even if no one outside of myself wants to believe it's possible. A.J. Green and Andy Dalton, will have a say in determining the outcome of this game, however, Chargers 24-Cinci 17. Dalton's inexperience will play a big role in their demise, as he will be picked off 3 times, leading to all of the Chargers points.
Chiefs-Colts: This game should be one of the better games of the weekend, Alex Smith and Andrew Luck pitching the ball all over in Indy. The outcome in this game will be determined by which defense decides to show up, for which I believe the Colt's D will, Colts 31 - Chiefs 21.
Saints - Eagles: The outcome of this game will depend on which Drew Brees shows up in Philadelphia Saturday night, I know Foles, who thankfully rescued the Eagles from Michael Vick, will be ready along with their defense. If Brees shows up Saints win 35-17, if not another disappointing season for the Saints.
49ers - Packers: One question, how the hell did Green Bay get to host San Francisco when the Niners have a better record and beat them earlier this year? Did they blow up Candlestick right after the game? Anyway, this game is rather interesting now that Aaron Rogers is back, but truth be told, I believe the Niners win again in a defensive struggle 17-14.
Reality is this: The NFC is going to struggle to win a Super Bowl this year, the AFC mainly Denver and New England are poised yet to win another Super Bowl. I really don't see outside of San Francisco, a team from the NFC winning this year. I haven't bought into the Seahawks or Panthers being contenders for the crown, too young and even though their defenses are stellar, not enough offense to compete with Manning or Brady.
I would have normally written about the Rose Bowl, but I just can't bring myself to writing about the Spartans. In fact, I hope Stanford kicks their ass so all those goody two shoes in Spartan land goes home with their tails between their legs.
Does anyone outside of B.O.B care about the National Championship game?
Thanks to Sully for the invite, and Old Harry for visiting his family. I wish to all a very safe, happy and successful new year.....
Hello Gabbers, it's another Happy year for the people who live in "Beantown" and the surrounding cities and suburbs as their beloved Red Sox made them proud by bring home another World Series against the Cardinals. Poor Mo is probably still somewhere celebrating, and can't be here today. Can't say I blame him, he and other New Englander's have a lot to be proud of this week!
I got home on Wednesday a little late, and was sitting watching television with my wife, when I got to the computer and remembered they were playing, it was already 4-0, game over I thought immediately. When I finally sat down to watch, it was way out of hand for the Cardinals as it was 6-1. Yea I actually was rooting for Mo and Sully's team to win the World Series, which was a really difficult thing to do, as you know I am a loyal Tiger fan til I die.
Then yesterday I wake up to the festive scene in Boston, and one thing bothered me. Why the hell would you go out and flip cars yesterday, and create a public scene. There are other ways to celebrate a win, but that is totally wrong. I know that this has happened after Red Wing and Tiger series wins in the past, so this is nothing new. It just must be a tradition after a championship to go and destroy the city that you live in.
Since I am writing this blog on Friday, because I have other commitments like work and school, I am kind of limited to what I am going to talk about. It's Go Green, Go Blue Weekend, does not matter who wins as long as its not the Spartans. But like always Michigan St. dominates Michigan on both sides of the ball winning 29-6. Not to knock Gardner, but he should go back to wide receiver or even running back, because he is so indecisive, he could not decide whether to throw or run yesterday whick led to most of his sack issues. Anyway it was Big Ten Media day yesterday, and they picked the Spartans and Wolverines to finish 1-2 in the Big Ten Basketball race. Guess those who predict these things forgot that they need to actually play the games, because unless these two teams go undefeated (which will never happen), this conference is always up for grabs with the likes of Indiana, Wisconsin, Ohio State (the "Suckeyes") and Purdue. Wonder what these boys were smoking when they made up this prediction?
What's up in college sports? Beezer's team the Fighting Irish barely gets passed the Navy,and were trailing at one point. This is a game that they normally dominate, but with the apparent parity in College Football this year it is not hard to believe. I check the fantasy league I am in, and look out still stuck in 8th place with 189 points. Can't move an inch in the standings, because the games I am losing I am going with the odds and the team that is picked as a favorite. OH Well, I will give it another shot next week.
To no one's surprise Calvin Johnson was named Offensive Player of the month for October, 14 catches and 329 yards Sunday would have done it for most anyone in the league. I bet if you go to NFL.com and check the receivers, he had more yards than most wide receivers whose quarterback isn't named Peyton in that game. He was just freaking amazing on Sunday, that was the best fourth quarter I had witnessed by both teams all year.
Now to touch on something - I know everyone has been on Dez Bryant's ass in the media, calling him a "crybaby" and blasting him for his tantrum on the sideline last Sunday. I am going to state this, the two times Romo threw to him, he made a great catch in the end zone, and had a 60 yard touchdown in the same quarter. His tantrum was unprofessional, but justified. I have seen games this year (because they force the Cowboys) down our throats, where they have not even attempted to throw him a pass the entire game. All he wants to do is contribute to the success of the organization, and I would take 53 outspoken Dez Bryant's on my team, because he wants to WIN!
Honestly, I sure can't wait for the Wings to finish with the West Coast portion of their schedule. I am actually interested in watching hockey this year, because I don't have to spend 3 months out of the year, up until 1AM watching hockey. The only problem I have with this team, is they didn't exactly adjust to the physical style the East likes to play. I recently watched a game against the Rangers, where they had a lead and the Rangers just muscled them off the puck until they tied, and eventually won the game in overtime. The European Style of hockey may not fit in the East, they need some bigger, more physical players or it will catch up with them in the end.
What's up with Tom Brady, is he just having an off year because he doesn't have a good receiving core? I have him on two or three fantasy teams this year, and cannot drop him because he is undroppable. I would love to give him to someone that needed a quarterback, but I don't think there are any takers this year, because his touchdowns are down from years past.
IHM, here is a thought: You and I go down to Comerica and ask for an interview for the Tiger's managerial opening. I like the idea of Tim Wallach, but not Lloyd McClendon (who they probably will hire). Wallach would be a great fit for the Tigers, while McClendon would probably just wind up getting fired like he did in Pittsburgh. He just doesn't make sense, even if he has been with the organization since being let go in Pittsburgh.
Little Noah went trick or treating with his friends last night, while I took Taylor over to mom's. Trick or treating never gets old, love every minute of it.
Qwazier old buddy you taught me well this year, I finally found the winning formula for success on both ESPN and Nascar.com. I have found a team that works, and I have stuck with it throughout the Chase.....
Mo wherever you are today, its always a pleasure to come and fill in for you. Be safe and don't celebrate that World Series win to hard! Hope everyone has a great week!
I know its been a while since the last time we chatted, but I thought I would stick my head in and say hello. I know that I have been a pig-headed fool on Facebook lately, ranting about how Boston was going to lose to the Tigers and now I have came to take my medicine.
So hat's off to all the Boston fan's and I wish your team nothing but success against St. Louis in the World Series. If everything's right I will be donning a Red Sox hat during the classic, kind of my punishment for being so loyal to the Tigers. To me I took from this series was this, you don't always have to have the best pitchers, hitters and manager in order to win, you just need clutch hitting from players like David Ortiz and Shane Victorino. You also need a closer that is lights out like Uehara, maybe the Tigers can talk Mariano out of retirement?
However I am going to stick with my prediction a root for a Red Sox win in the World Series, even though deep down in side I know my team was the better team, just not in this series. Now onto another thing that is rather disturbing to me at the moment......
The Tigers are kind of pissing me off at the moment, how could they blame Jim Leyland for losing this series to Boston? Wait a second, someone had to take the fall for the $200 million dollar man getting doubled off of third, Jackson getting picked off of first, and Jose kicking a sure double play ball just before the grand slam. So I guess it was Jim that had to bite the bullet, and tell his players it was time to get a younger manager to lead his team. After 8 years of winning, they treat him like that and toss him aside the trash in a trash can along a curb. What a classless act, guess you can't trade the dumbass with more personal problems than all of us combined, because he makes more than most teams whole roster's combined. Guess we need to lose a starter, in order to gain a closer for next season. Wonder who we will sacrifice in order to do this?
Anyway to Gerry, congrats on receiving your degree from UOP. I know how hard you had to work to get there, I am proud to also say "I am a Phoenix," Class of 2009.
I am out of here for another day, I will be here more often to read your blogs.....