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.....
Hey while I was doing my homework tonight, I was thinking about a few things concerning Alex Rodriquez (alias, A-Roid). How the hell can you sit on television, in front of reporters and say your being screwed over considering you were announced as the ringleader for those who are serving 50-game suspensions? Really Alex, you can't be serious? But any way I found this video rather fitting, concerning A-Rod so enjoy....
Even I am having a hard time buying this "I don't deserve this suspension, because it's my so-called first offense." Give it up and save what little bit of your career that you have left. Your skill sets are declining by the day my friend, and you are never going to catch Bonds. DO YOUR TIME LIKE EVERYONE ELSE IS! You are making yourself look bad in the public's eye, and making a mockery out of this situation that you have placed yourself in. So what you will be 40, you could come back to the Yankees as a DH, that is if they want you back.......
Mainly because I like be a smart-ass from time to time, I found this video by the crew to be rather suiting. Alex "Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away." If you have not figured it out by now, we are all sick of your whining, Man Up my friend and once do your time!
And finally Alex, to support the public's feeling about your whining, here is a little news clip. This is another reason for you to SHUT THE HELL UP, AND SERVE YOUR SUSPENSION LIKE THE REST!
Well now that I have my rant out of the way, I am going to say one thing to the person that I cannot stand Bud Selig. You yellow-bellied coward, you took your team and moved them to the National League because you knew the teams were getting much better within your division. The suspensions that you handed out were the first thing that you have done right in quite a while. You screwed up the All-Star Game and the World Series, and make it rather difficult to watch. You will not remove the life time ban on Peter Edward Rose, even though he served his time and corrected his past mistakes. You have made a mockery of the playoffs by adding just one Wild Card, when the best fit would be adding one more to make it an even number. I mean come on Bud, baseball is already played for half the NFL season now. So what will one more team do other than make the playoffs fair for everyone you dumbass.
I am off to take my wife to the store and my son Noah to have his post-op hearing test and check up. I hope everyone has a great day, and please feel free to leave your comments.........
When Old Harry asked me to fill in for him this week, I really had to search for what I wanted to talk about this week, I could go on a rampage about how ignorant the ballplayers who are about to be suspended for being involved in the Biogenesis Scandal, or I could just find other things to talk about and share opinions with you. I chose the later, because I have an opinion on the Scandal which I will share later in the blog.
As Jeff mentioned yesterday, the Tigers got a pretty decent player in Jose Ingelsias from the Red Sox; and all it cost them was Baby Miggy in return. Nothing against Dave Dombrowski, but he better get used to seeing Garcia starting this weekend when the White Sox hit Motown. I really liked what I seen from Garcia, I hope he has a long, productive career starting on Friday against the Tigers; because I am rooting for him to do well.
I am however still scratching my head over a few moves the Lions made during the past off season, which are supposed to strengthen their team in 2013. I am not a big Reggie Bush fan, I know outside of his days in Miami, he never really got a fair shake in New Orleans. My question is this: On a team with a questionable secondary and linebacker core, why the hell would you sign an unproven running back and draft a nose tackle who is nothing more than a project at best? Is freaking Matt Millen back in Detroit, screwing with the Lion's 2013 draft? Guess I can look forward to another 4-12 season, because once again they really blew a draft loaded with secondary help for which they really needed.
We all know what so-called Super-Agent Scott Boras is about, and unfortunately most of the players that are about to be suspended or in the case of Ryan Braun have been suspended means that Boras won't be making that huge score this year financially. I find this rather amusing, because Boras will deny he knew that his players were shooting up or whatever they were accused of doing at the clinic. My question of the day is this: Is A-Roid smart enough to take the suspension offered by MLB, or will he accept the life-time ban? The other thought, if they were to ban A-Roid would he be able to challenge this through the union, and even the courts and win? No matter, Peralta will be back by the playoffs as well as the others who are going to be suspended on Friday.
I guess Joe Dumars felt like Brandon Knight was expendable yesterday when he traded him to Milwaukee. I am not a fan of this trade, because Knight was forced out by the signing of Chauncey BIllups. What will happen in two years, when they will need a solid replacement for Billups who will be ready to retire? Are the going to count on that kid from Kentucky to replace him, he will be lucky to get enough minutes or experience to be ready to take his place on a permanent basis.I guess Rodney Stuckey is going to be a Piston as long as Joe. D. is the President and GM of the Pistons. God I hope Gores gets sick of him and fires him after the season.
Finally, the Tigers pounded three of the National Leagues premier pitchers over the past 6 days in Cole Hamels, Stephen Strausburg and Gio Gonzales. Torrii damn near hit for the cycle today, and the rest of the team is starting to make their push towards their 3rd straight AL Central Division crown. The addition of Jose Veras is rather interesting, since they have decided to make him the 8th inning pitcher, and spot closer for when Leyland wants to give Benoit a day off. It was kind of a statement in Benoit's favor by not taking the closer's job from him.
Well guys it's time for me to go back to the books, and finish the weekly work in my courses. Hey Old Harry wherever you are, I hope you and your family are having a great time. I look forward to filling in for you again. Also a shout out to Sully, I hope you are feeling better my friend. Until next time, have a great day out there Gabbers.......
As the second half of the Major League Baseball season is getting ready to take off, how many of your favorite teams are still in contention, or do you think they are pretenders? I ask you this only because I am surprised by the number of teams that still have a chance to make the playoffs this season, as the second half officially begins.
The biggest surprise may be coming from the AL Central in Cleveland, even though it is not to most. Terry Francona has his Indians playing like contenders, not pretenders for a change. The question is, will they fade into the sunset like past summers or will they be the team that gives the Tigers the most fits the rest of the way?
The next surprise of the first half of the season, is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Can this be the year that the Pirates finally finish above .500? I believe so, they may even win the NL Central before this season is over. I have witnessed the Pirates first hand, and in my opinion they are finally back and ready to become a contending team. With the emergence of Jeff Locke as a possible #1 starter and Jason Grilli taking over the closer role in Pittsburgh, this could be the shot in the arm that the city of Pittsburgh needed, their Pirates are back. I sure hope the fans return and fill their stadium the rest of the year, it will be a much needed boost for the players if they do.
Well those "Swinging A's" are back at it again, who would have thought after last season with Billy Beane moving players around, free agency taking it's toll on the team, that the A's would be contending for another Western Division title once again? I know I wasn't, but then again this is Billy Beane we are talking about. With Yoenis Cespedes showing himself, he may finally get the recognition he deserves, but his team may reach the playoffs again.
The biggest disappointment to me so far, but not a surprise is the San Francisco Giants. Fresh of their World Series Championship over the Tigers in 2012, the Giants have been beset by on onslaught of injuries to key players who helped them win in 2012. Gone at the moment are Pagan and Vogelsong, and they continue to have trouble scoring runs. It seems to me that there will be a new champ this year, could it possibly be in Detroit?
Could this be the "Year of the Tiger?" Cabrera is nearing another Triple Crown, with only Chris Davis standing in his way. The addition of Hunter in the outfield, and the emergence of Max Scherzer as an All-Star, along with other key components Prince Fielder, Victor Martinez this could finally be their year. We will have to wait until the end of September to see if the Tigers can shake off the Indians, and win the Central Division, until then I can only anticipate another Central Division Crown.......
I know that I have failed to mention certain teams like Boston, New York, Atlanta, Arizona and St.Louis, but they are always contenders in my mind. How the rest of the season plays out for those teams depends on a lot of factors. Will the Pirates fade and will the Dodgers, Phillies, Nationals and Rockies push them to the finish? I do know one thing however, it should be a great finish.
Finally, out of respect to one of the greatest closers ever that's name isn't Trevor Hoffman, I leave you with this final thought. Thank you for all of the wonderful baseball memories Mariano, even though I am not a Yankees fan. You are a classy individual, who deserves to be immortalized in Cooperstown one day. I hate to see you go, and I wish you well in your retirement. I used to hate as a Tiger fan to see you come into a game when the Yankees were ahead, because it normally meant the game was over.
Thank you for stopping by, and feel free to leave your own comments or thoughts.....