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Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/17
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Royals MLB and a few other things.....

As I sat in the living room waiting ever so impatiently for my wife to hand me the laptop (because we are down to one) for the moment, I started remembering a few of the things I witnessed yesterday. Some things I never thought I would see happen again, and a few things I hope I never see again.

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Honestly, did anyone see this coming at the beginning of the year? I surely didn't, but then again if you had told me the Royals would be waiting the winner of the St. Louis-San Fransisco series to play in their first World Series since 1985, I might have asked you what you were smoking......

But let's give the Royals their due. How many offensively challeged teams step up and perform at the level they have for 8 straight games? For what they lack offensively, they sure have made up for it with their pitching. Herrera, Davis and Holland, have been as close to automatic as any staff in baseball, and at the right time. 

But I don't really think the Royals would be in the position they are in right now, if it wasn't for their manager Ned Yost. Yost seems to be in tune with every situation during the game, and isn't afraid to yank his starter because he knows his bullpen is the best in baseball, hands down.......

Thank you Jeff for the pic, I thought I would use it one more time.......

Before I go out on a limb and crown the Royals champs, I remember a 3 years back when the Tigers disposed of the Yankees, and had to wait for the Giants to win their series. A week is a long time to wait to play, even though I heard it mentioned by the Royals that it would be good for the bully, because they were used every game. Good for the batters no, it's going to take them a couple games to get back in the groove, and like in 2012, it could be too late.....

Damn Giants up 2-1, Panik hit a home run.

And since I have left, Adams and Tony Cruz hit home runs, might be going back to St. Louis after all, but that's what I thought last night......

So I thought I would touch on a few more things, I figured out the difference between the first game played between the Bruins and Wings. The Bruins came out with that bit of nasty that the Wings don't have with all the young players on their roster. The Bruins were able to basically bully the Wings just like they did in the first round of the playoffs last year. The Wings still lack the toughness to compete in the rough and tumble Eastern Conference, and unless they add a little toughness their playoff streak might end. Oh hell what am I thinking, there are only a few really good teams in the East and Detroit is one of them....

Chara looked the the middle school bully trying to take lunch money from the Wings players, but then again that's one of the reasons I love watching him play, he is so damn nasty.

Have a great weekend, and don't forget to turn to the left and check out what Hal has to say about football...

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Royals Tigers NHL Red Wings NFL Lions

 

Hello Gabbers, and welcome to another weekly installment of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. Let me start by saying it was a crazy week in both College Football and Major League Baseball, with heavy favorites such as Alabama, Texas A & M, Tigers and Angels all falling in their respective games and series.

Seriously folks outside of Baltimore and Kansas City, who would have thought these two teams would be meeting for the to face the National League in the World Series? Honestly, the Tigers didn't deserve to win their series, their bully basically choked and was pitching batting practice to the Orioles hitters. Dombrowski made a pretty good move by acquiring Soria, but for some reason it just didn't work in this series.

I made the comment to a few of my friends at work after the series was over, and I mentioned to one of them how poorly Brad Ausmus managed Game 1 and 2. His moves during those two games reminded me of Jim Leyland, he pulled Scherzer after 98 pitches and the bully proceeded to give up 8. Verlander being pulled in the 6th was okay, because he was getting his ass rocked that day and didn't seem like himself. Ausmus went to the well once to often with Soria, Chamberlain and Choke-Zero, and he got burned. Maybe Dombrowski will get the hint this offseason, and sign a few free agent relief pitchers.....

But let's give the Royals and Orioles their dues, they outplayed and outpitched the Tigers and Angels during their series, and deserve to be playing each other in the ALCS. Good luck to both teams, it should be an interesting series.

In the National League, I really thought the Dodgers and Nationals had a legitimate chance of facing each other in the NLCS. Great pitching, great hitters and poof just like that the Cardinals and Giants disposed of them like we do our trash on a weekly basis. Hell if hadn't been of ex-Tiger Doug Fister and Ryu, both teams would have been swept. Who would have thought Kershaw would have blown up twice in the same series? Bet you Dombrowski is kicking himself for trading Fister, the Tigers sure could have used him this year....

Thursday night begins another season for the Detroit Red Wings, as they face off against Sully's Bruins. With the apparent youth movement in Detroit (mostly because Mr. I is spending it on the Tigers), this year could be the year the streak finally ends. I would like to see it continue, but they will be leaning on a Sheehan, Tatar, Nyquist and others to move the streak to 24. With Datsuyk starting out injured, even though he should be back really soon. The first few weeks will be rather interesting to say the least.....

I would have loved to have said something good about the Lions this week, but after Henery looking like Nate Freese last week missing 3 field goals which cost them the game, and the Lions playing to the Bills level, loving that Lions defense still. I have been considering playing Teddy Bridgewater this week......

How can a team look like Super Bowl contenders one week, and then revert back to themselves the next? Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. Couldn't score another touchdown, and looked like a really bad high school team offensively. Oh wait, I am talking about the Lions. I guess you get were I am going with this........

Well that's all I have for the week, don't forget to turn left and give a shout out to Hal....

 

 

 

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 10/3
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB Tigers Orioles

 

Hey Gabbers, welcome to another Friday edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. I am sitting here at home watching the Tigers and Orioles, not a really bad game so far, with the Oriole's ahead 3-2 in the 6th inning as I type. Nelson Cruz, for which I probably am in the minority with this probably should be the American League MVP, as many of his teammates have mentioned without Nelson Cruz, they would not be where they are today...

 

 

By now you all know that V-Mart and J.D. went back to back, and Cruz hit a 2 run bomb, but the story of this game and series, might actually be the pitching by the time the series concludes. The Tigers starters vs. the Baltimore bullpen. Let's face it guys, the Tiger's starters when right are one of the best staffs in baseball, which should give them an edge in the series. However, with the addition of Porcello and Sanchez in the bully, along with Soria, Chamberlain and yes, Joe Nathan 35/42 save opportunities, may even the score a bit during the series.

I really like the Orioles bully better than the Tigers, wish Andrew Miller would have pitched like this in Detroit, looks like a great addition to their staff. As this game continues, we are nearing the likes of O'Day and Britton, should get kind of interesting. 

I like each teams starting lineups, they seem to be equal and may cancel each other out as the series goes along.

The starting staffs for each team seem to be where the Tigers have strength over the Orioles, Scherzer, Verlander, Price, compared to the likes of Chen, Norris and their starter tonight (name escapes me at the moment), do not compare......

 Does anyone actually care about the Packers-Vikings game tonight? I am going to be watching the Royals-Angels game after this one is over. I am intrigued by the Royals, and want to see if they are for real. Vargas against Weaver, should make for an interesting game. Hey Jeff, did Blake get drafted by the Royals out of High School?

I like the National's chances of winning the National League and making the World Series, because outside of the Dodgers their pitching staff is one of the best in the National League. Sorry Cardinal and Giants fans, not going to be your year....

Oh before I forget I am not a Mike Trout hater, I just believe that he is over-hyped by Major League Baaseball, and should not be named AL MVP. 

I chose not to respond to "The Beezer's" QOTD earlier this week concerning Brady Hoke, but I will now. First thing, Hoke may as well consider himself fired after the season is over, no matter how the season turns out at Michigan. The loss to Minny last week, and Utah the week before proves that he doesn't have a clue about coaching. I was listening to Sports Center this morning, and he mentioned that he would not put on a headset, that he had someone right behind him with one on communicating and passing information along to him during the game. Maybe if he put a damn headset on Shane Morris would not have went back out after the hit he took. You may have one of the best training staffs and doctors in the U.S., but you totally blew that one by not following up as Morris stumbled around on the field. Hope you enjoy the unemployment line, because if you lose at Rutgers this weekend you may be there on Monday......

Stanford-Notre Dame, Nebraska-Michigan State, should be some good football Saturday. Did ESPN fall out of their chairs when they chose to go to Mississippi instead of South Bend or East Lansing? Geesh, talk about a lack of respect for these schools.....

The Lions face the Bills on Sunday, and Kyle Orton actually scares me a little bit. I would have really liked to seen E.J. Manuel start, because it gives the Lions a better chance of a win. With Orton at the helm, there is just enough veteran leadership to lead the Bills to a win at Ford Field on Sunday........

Well Folks have a great weekend, and don't forget to turn left and visit Hal.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 9/26
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Hello Gabbers, it's nice to be finally back online and writing my weekly blog. At first I really didn't know what to talk about, but then something came to my mind as I am sitting here in McDonald's writing my blog and listeners along with a few of the radio personalities are ripping all the Detroit teams, it's called loyalty.

Jerry is loyal to the Giants and Niners, along with a few other teams. The Beeze is loyal to the Indians, Irish and Browns, Sully, Old Harry, Lanz are loyal to their local Boston teams. But it seems in Michigan there are a few fair-weather fans who take every opportunity to slam the Lions, Tigers, Pistons and Wings whenever they can. Those are the fans that come next week, will be calling applauding the Lions for beating the Jets and the Tigers winning the Central Division and preparing for the team that they will face in the ALDS. 

I personally hate ass-holes like this, because if you can't be loyal to your teams during the lean years, then you aren't a true fan of your team. I remember one time I did a project for shop class, and it was a wood plaque in Steelers colors, I thought my grandfather was going to go through the roof when I showed it to him. It was then I learned about loyalty, when he took me aside and reminded me that even when your team is not doing so well you should still remain a fan. That little life lesson helped me during the 70's, 80's and 90's, when their was only one really good team during those decades in Detroit.

So what I say to all those fair weather Detroit sports fans is this, I was a Tigers fan when Ralph Houk was the manager and they were perrenial 100 loss teams. 

I was a fan of the Lions, even when they went 0-16.

I was a Pistons fan before they won back to back.

I was a Wings fan even when they were really bad.

So if you can't be a fan when times are tough, then don't jump on the wagon because you ain't welcome. You people make me sick and want to puke.  

I know that last night was not a good night for Jerry, as the Dodgers beat his Giants and clinched the West. But at least look at it this way bro, if you win the play-in game you are going to get the chance to get your revenge right away, because you are probably going to face them in the NLDS. I will say this, Clayton Kershaw is a beast and you better bring your bats with you, or it's going to be a short series. 

Whomever faces the Cardinals might have their hands full, because they look built and ready to win another World Series. What is it about this team, they suck for 4 months out of the year, and then find the other gear and run away with their Division? 

If life is good, it should be the Cardinals and Dodgers in the NLCS. 

I personally don't see the A's or Royals surviving past the ALDS, even though their pitching is wonderful, their bats just don't provide enough offense to scare me into believing they are going to be World Series contenders.

The Angels, Orioles and Tigers, seem to be the class of the American League, and of those three teams I am not really sure who will survive to make it to the World Series. The playoffs should be fun, which will make for some good television over the next few weeks.

I forgot about the National's, they finally may be living up to expectations. I didn't think the addition of Doug Fister was going to make that much of a difference, but I am sure they are thanking the Tigers for getting the better end of this trade so far. Not saying that Robbie Ray and Ian Krohl won't be major leaguers some day, but trading Fister may have cost the Tigers a World Series ring in the end........

The Lion's face the J E T S, JETS, JETS, JETS on Sunday, with what the NFL's #1 ranked defense? If they were playing in Detroit, I would say this is a easy win for the Lions, but since they are playing in New York, and the Lions absolutely suck on the road. The Jets will probably be in this game for the long haul right up to the end.....

Hey Jeff, I remember a conversation we had about your Astro's, and the progress of Altueve and a few others should make you feel a lot better about the future of your team. He is about to win the Astro's first batting title, lead the league in hits and stolen bases. You have a pitching staff with a great future, and your position players are starting to round into shape. Won't be too long my friend, just think they were placed in the wrong division.

Well that's all I have for the week, please don't forget to turn left and visit Hal.......

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 7/31
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: David Price Van Halen Eruption

Hey Gabbers welcome to the final addition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog, I will be speaking to the Beeze and or Sully about taking over the blog for a couple of weeks while my daughter has her surgery. It's been a really interesting Thursday in my neck of the woods, who would have thought Dombrowski would have pulled this trade off? Not me even though the Magic Man has done it 3 years in a row, which just proves that Mr. I is all in for a World Series Championship in Detroit.

So I guess you know what this means Mad Max just may have lost out on his big contract in Detroit, even though the Tigers should be able to keep Price through arbritration for at least 2015, or maybe even longer. This is like a dream rotation even with Verlander not having the type of year we are used to seeing him have here in Michigan, Price, Scherzer, Sanchez, Verlander and Porcello, damn life is good if you are a Tiger's fan.

I was really all set to talk about football, but the Sox traded Lackey and Lester for Gomes, Kelly, Craig and Cespedes and a minor leaguer from the Tigers named Adames. (Probably got Adames going to the wrong team, no matter with the infield in set in Detroit for years to come, he was going to rot in the minors anyways).

Austin Jackson moves to Seattle and the Sox get Nick Franklin, the Rays get Drew Smyly, and Ben Zobrist moves on. I guess the Tigers are positioning themselves for the September call-up of Steven Moya, their next stud prospect waiting his turn.

Did anyone hear Cliff Lee hurt himself again?

Didn't the A's cut Sam Fuld in April? Guess they needed him after all.....

Brewers get Parra for a couple of minor leaguers

Mariners got Denorfia from the Padres for the same....

The Beezer finally moved Asdrubal, while the Spankees got Prado from the D-Backs. 

The Marlin's made a trade? Do they really think they have a chance of making the playoffs? This was a rather interesting trade they made with the Stros, thought Houston was building not tearing their rotation apart.........

The Braves acquired Bonafacio and Russell from the Cubs. watching the O's and Angels on MLB, and can't keep up with everything I am reading.....

A couple of nights ago, they celebrated "Christmas in July," guess it was true this year if you are a Tigers fan..........

Old Harry, and anyone else who wants to play in my league on Fox. I want you guys to join, and Q I haven't forgot you either. Please Facebook me with your e-mail addresses and I will send you an invite.

I should be down maybe a week or two, which will still give me time to set up the league for the draft just be for the season starts. Taylor comes first, she will tell you that her Tiger is Miguel Cabrera, even though she loves J.V. The funny thing is that when she was little, her favorite Tiger was Pudge. She has great taste in Tigers, she was blessed with seeing J.V., and her first game was on her 7th birthday, she loves her Tigers even though she is turning into a young lady.

It reminds me of a time when my baby sister was about 6 or 7, and I would come home on military leave during the summer. I used to take her to old Tiger Stadium, one of her favorite places to go. She wanted to see Jim Abbott pitch, so I loaded her up in my car and we drove down and grabbed a couple of upper deck reserves. Abbott v. Morris, couldn't have asked for a better matchup, if Jack Morris would have pitched like he normally did. The Tigers lost that day to the Angels, but the memories of that day still exist in both our lives, as I made a life-long Tigers fan out of my baby sister.....

Take care Gabbers, and I will see you in a couple of weeks......

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