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Storminnorman's Sports Blog 7/25
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MNF NFL and whatever else comes to mind

Are you ready for some football? Welcome Gabbers to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog NFL Training Camp Edition. As you all know by now, most if not all NFL training camps are open preparing for the upcoming season. The problem I am having is this, unlike most previous years when the Lions opened camp I was excited for the upcoming season. But...This year for some reason, I could give a care less about the Lions, maybe it was the 14' draft which reminded me of a Matt Millen draft. Maybe it's because the Tigers are stealing most of the press away from the Lions with their trade for Soria last night, which proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are in it to win it all.

Maybe because everyone but the Lions made smart draft choices and filled some of their needs, the Lions subtracted a little too much during the off season, and like always they forgot to fill the open positions with draft choices. I remember sitting there watching the draft, and they had made their choice as they were announcing Vikings draft pick. Come on man let's get it right for once, you hire a quality coach and then you screw him? Typical Lions, and then they wonder why they are the laughing stock of the NFL. I mean come on, even the Browns had a better draft then the Lions.......

Thursday night's markee matchup was Max Scherzer v. Garret Richards, both pitchers have 11 wins and are probably strong contenders for the AL Cy Young award at season's end. Nothing like a nice long weekend series in LA, kind of don't mind staying up late watching Trout and Cabrera, will make for some must see late night television.

This is a little thought of mine, I agree with Old Harry, his pick of the Pat's to win their division really is a no brainer, they are the best team in their division. But here are a few more for you:

AFC EAST - Pat's, Bills (Wildcard)

AFC North - Beezer's Brownies (It's about damn time)

AFC South - Indy

AFC West - Denver, Chargers (Wildcard)

I know that this was a little crazy, maybe it's the meds I am taking for my shoulder....

NFC EAST - Redskins (no wildcard again this year, unless its the Eagles)

NFC North - Packers (maybe the Lions and Bears get in as Wildcards)

NFC South - Saints

NFC West - Arizona, I know you Seahawks and Niner fans think I am nuts, but they just missed last year....

If you think this was weird, wait to you see who I pick for the Super Bowl next week.....

NASCAR (Q's sport) are in Indy this week racing at the Brickyard, my uncle raced motorcycles and at Daytona when I was growing up. Now they are racing at 200 mph on a track that is not nearly big enough for those boys....

Is it true they reduced Pre-season to just 2 games to reduce injuries?

Don't forget to head to the left and read Hal's blog, he always has an interesting take on the world of sports....

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 7/18
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Skynard Shinedown and Whatever else comes to mind

Hello Gabbers and welcome to another edition of Storminnorman's Sports Blog. Today I am going to start out with a little compare and contrast, before I get on with the focus of my blog this week for which there isn't really. Be honest in comparing the two videos, because one is the newer version of the song, while the other is the original version.

I know which version of the song I like, but this kind of reminds me of how Bud Light used the All-Star game to baseball's advantage to exploit Derek Jeter's last All-Star game.

In some sort of ways Derek Jeter tried to keep this game simple, but for whatever reason Major League Baseball decided to take advantage of the situation, and used him to their advantage. Did anyone take into consideration his feelings, or did they not matter to Bud Light? What if for some reason the 40-year old Jeter decides to come back next year, after announcing his retirement at the beginning of the season? Its been known to happen, people are allowed to change their mind afterall....

I watched the game as I am a fan of Jeter's, not the organization he represents. Guess I am jealous of all the World Series Championships they have won, so many I will have to ask my Boston fans because I have lost count, nearly 30? But who wouldn't be jealous of the Yankees, they were built to win by their owners both past and present. Kind of like a few teams during the 21st Century, Old Harry mentioned one in the Patriots, never cared for them before Tom Brady arrived, but have followed and rooted for them out of respect.

King James, King James, King James, when will you learn that you are not the savior, and unfortunately for Tim, he has to put up with this crap again. Old Harry was once again right, the Browns have a better chance of winning with Brian Hoyer, than LeBron does in the two years he will be in Cleveland. Looks like the rich get richer, as he probably will leave your town once again after his contract is up. By the way Lebron, use some of your money to obtain at least an Associate's degree, so you don't have to have someone else write your going away speech.

ARE YOU READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? NFL training camps will opening soon, another gut-wrenching season for AFD, IHM and myself as we watch the Lions underacheive again. How much talent or lack of talent can you possibly obtain for sucking all these years, and not win or at least get a good sniff? The last time they were that good, IHM and AFD and myself weren't even around, and yes they played Tim's Browns........

I have a fantasy football league on Foxsports.com, if anyone is interested in playing shoot me a message with your email address and I will send you an invite.

As we return to baseball today, there is an important series about to be played in Detroit. Wonder who it means more to, the Tigers who can put some real distance between them and the rest of the division, or the Indians who need a good series to remain in contention? After this series, the Tigers it the road for Arizona and L.A. for a week. A lot of late night ass whoopings could be taking place, as the Angels are now challenging the Athletics for first place in the Wild West...

Jeff I can't wait to see what type of role the Astros play. Will they be the spoilers, and ruin either the A's or Angels season and allow the Mariners to sneak in? There are a lot of teams that can ruin a division leaders chances of winning this year, so what do you think?

Jerry what's up with the G-Men, do they look like they will be able to challenge the Dodgers the rest of the year?

One final jab at the Lions, we will all know the end is near if the Lions and Browns wind up in the Super Bowl this year. But hell anythings possible right?

That's all I got, have a great week! Don't forget to go to the left and read Hal's blog, there is always something interesting to read....

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 7/11
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Aroldis Chapman MLB and other things...

As I sit here and watch the Reds and Cubs in extras, I was wondering what the hell Aroldis Chapman was thinking when he was taunting the Cubs bench during the nineth inning. I was keeping count of the pitches he threw during that inning, and only 5 pitches were below 90 mph. Most pitches were between 100 and 103 mph and were unhittable, and everytime he threw a pitch he would look either towards the bench or the hitter and smirk. Chapman was lucky that Rizzo didn't kill him in between innings, because he was chirping at the Cubs players as they took the field. I then asked myself a question, why would someone with that kind of talent taunt the Cubs players. Then I remembered a trip to Cincinnati that the Tigers made a couple years ago, and the Tigers blew his ass up in the 9th, and made him look like a minor league player at best.

I guess we all have our moments, where we think we are better than everyone on the planet, but it comes down to sportsmanship and the crappy example Chapman set by nearly causing a bench clearing brawl between innings. Is this the kind of example we want to set for our kids? I think not, and if anything Bud Light and his gang of knuckleheads should take a look at this and discipline both Rizzo and Chapman for their actions. If you have time, watch Quick Pitch on MLB, because they will be beating this incident into the ground on Friday, there really is no need for any of this in any professional sports.

There was a part of me that wished Rizzo would have kicked his cocky ass, but like always the players stepped in and really kept this from being a Sports Center moment that everyone would not have wanted to see the weekend before the All-Star break.

LeBron, LeBron, LeBron, just can't ride out into the sunset and leave Miami without some big stage production can you? Noone outside of the Heat and Cav's actually care if you disappear right off the face of the earth, so just decide what you want to do so we can get on with our summer. Sure it would be nice if you wound up in Detroit, because you are the one piece of the puzzle that could actually return the Pistons back to the playoffs. Highly unlikely but everyone has a dream, and just think of the story that would lead to, Melo would want to follow and you could probably sucker D-Wade and Bosh into following you, but once again only a dream. 

You are also a great role model for the youth of today, backing out of a contract or obligation just because you didn't win a championship this year. Think about this LeBron, most of us wouldn't get this opportunity to choose where we want to work, and back out of our obligation to our job whenever we feel like it, just because we have millions of dollars and don't give a shit about the city we represented for the past two years. You destroyed the Cavs team, even though they have benefited rather nicely from your departure and the sad thing is, is they are considering taking you back. I think their owner should be drug tested, because he is just that damn ignorant, but who could blame him for wanting the best player in the NBA, regardless of whether or not he screwed him and the city he represented.

In this free market society we live in, I guess it's LeBron's right to choose where he wants to play but it leads me to this, what if this was an NBA conspiracy to give the Heat two titles, and build the Cavs through Draft Choices? The year before Bosh, and James joined the Heat, they completely dismantled the team in order make room to sign them, and now the "Big 3" basically want to jump ship and go to another team. LeBron's group says he hasn't made a decision, which is not true, he decided to opt-out of his contract as did Bosh and become free agents. So basically they said F-you to the city of Miami and their ownership group. how fair is that?

I probably missed a few things, but I will let you add to this rant. Hell I am starting to sound like B.O.B., which really isnt a bad thing at times. I wouldn't want a broken down and aging D-Wade, and Bosh has shown signs of slowing down. Correct me if I am wrong, but D-Wade isn't half the player he was when the Heat signed James and Bosh a couple years back. His knees are shot, he can't jump or shoot like he used too, so I guess what I am saying to the City of Miami, is get ready to rebuild via the draft, because you have already lost the core of your team unless LeBron is using this as leverage to encourage the Heat to sign Melo.

The real truth of the matter is that I am getting really sick of waking up and listening to the LeBron watch for which I really could care less, unless he was considering playing in Detroit.......

I was going to rant about the Tigers, but I feel no real need to, as they seem to be righting the ship a bit before the All-Star break, without V-Mart they handled the Dodgers rather easily.

Hey B.O.B. you back home yet, or are you still on your roadtrip? 

Well that's all I got for now, please feel free to stop by and leave your comments. Don't forget to stop by and visit Hal on the other side. 

Have a great week, I am on vacation next week!

 

 

It's Been a Week......7/4
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Steve Miller July 4th just a ramble.....

Well it's been a week around here at my house, my laptop crashed for good last weekend so I spent the week looking for a suitable replacement just so I could start classes again on Monday. I am not too sure whether or not I have quite yet, as I am trying this one out for the time being. The Beezer mentioned he was having insurance issues and I feel his pain, before I went to have my shoulder operated on a year or so ago, they made me go through all of the same shit he is going through now. Hope you get better soon man, cause I know it sucks really bad.

IHM, are you still not convinced after the way the Tigers handled the A's this week that everything is going to be okay. I wanted to apologize to you first and foremost, because it was while I was trying to reply to your post to my blog last weekend that my laptop decided to croak. It really sucked, because I was also trying to weigh in on your weekly grumble. And because of my laptop dying, I got my ass kicked my most everyone in my fantasy leagues, I am looking forward to playing the Beeze again to see if my team is on the right track heading towards the playoffs. Got to beat the best in order to be the best, and right now he is the best in our fantasy league....

Did you not see the way the Tiger's handled the A's this week? This is the turning point of their season, and everything will be okay my brother just ask AFD....

Anyway now on to the reason we are all here, and what it means to me. My grandma was a history buff, could tell you just about anything you wanted to know about anything including nursing. I remember one day she was talking about the meaning of Independance Day, and so I think of this

If it wasn't for George Washington and everyone else standing up to the King of England and giving them the preverbial finger, then we would not have the freedoms that we have today. LeDouche wouldn't be able to be who he is a carpetbagger who moves from team to team when ever the mood strikes him. We wouldn't have Baseball, we would have cricket (don't quite understand this one) and our football would be fucking round, instead of its present shape and it would be called rugby instead........

While I was working Sunday, one of our young cashier's was watching the World Cup in the breakroom I believe it was Uraquay and I forget the other team. She couldn't understand why there were so many different colors on the Uraguay team, and because they don't teach real history in high school, and apparently not much in college either, I had to remind her that the slave route went around South America into the Dominican and that's how they got to America in most cases from either Africa or England. It's pretty sad that when I have to give the history lesson that our sorry ass education system can't give to our son's and daughters......

The 4th shouldn't be about BBQ's and beer, as it should be remembered as a celebration of our freedom. Freedom we wouldn't have if not for those who perished in order for us to gain our freedom. We should remember those who served both past and present, and those who passed during troubled times. Sure we celebrate those days, but we should remember today as not one for lighting off fire works, or going to a parade, or attending a ballgame at our favorite teams ballpark. It's about those who passed protecting us and giving us the country we live in today.

Truth be told, as fans of sports we know that the 4th means we are only a few weeks from training camp beginning, not that I am sure I wouldn't want to root for another team rather than the Lions. I am not really sure what they were doing this offseason outside of having an I Hate Millen draft, are we sure he wasn't in the Lion's warroom again making decisions? Did he tie up Lewand and Mayhew and lock them in a closet, so he could screw the Lions over again for the next 10 years? And just to clarify I was talking about Matt Millen, IHM is too damn smart to screw up this team, hell he probably could do more good.....

I have decided that I am going to obtain my substitute teaching certificate from the State of Michigan, and work as a substitute teacher this fall. I am not sure how I will do, and who knows, I just may continue on and receive my teaching degree especially after what I mentioned earlier in my blog, sounds like they need it.....

On Monday I was watching the 84' Tigers reunited for the most part, those who weren't dead or working somewhere else. What kind of struck me odd, was that Alan Trammell was there, Sweet Lou (hadn't seen him since he retired), but no Kirk Gibson? If Tram could make it and he is your bench coach, WTF Kirk you not good enough? But Rajai Davis provided us with his own Kirk Gibson moment, when he cleared the bases with a walk-off grand slam.

My favorite line is from Sparky Anderson when he tells Gibson "He doesn't want to walk you," and two pitches or so later Gibson damn near hits the ball to the back of the upper deck in right to seal the deal. It makes you wonder this though, are the 2014 Tigers this good? I think so, and I will tell you why. IHM, back in the 80s there was no such thing as a set up man or barely even a closer, so teams didn't worry much about this because Petry, Morris, Wilcox were always out there at least 8 innings unless they struggled. Ask your dad, Willie Hernandez had a lot of 9 out saves in 84' and pretty much was the reason they won. During those days in order to win, you sacrificed your stats for victories. The other they sacrificed their egos, ask Stevie Y., the Wings didn't win a Stanley Cup until they sacrificed their personal stats under Scottie Bowman for playing better defense, which led to more victories and the Stanley Cups...

The Tigers have one thing that most teams don't have, 4 quality pitchers. If Verlander, Scherzer, Sanchez and Porcello are going right, for which they are, they are inning eaters. They will take the strain off the young bullpen, and make things easier. IHM just watch what I say, it's the only they will win, and win it all. The Tigers of the 80s had more bench players than pitchers, Sparky never carried a lot of pitchers because of the horses he had going out there night after night, sometimes on 3 days rest.

The 14' Tigers have sacrificed their stats in order to win, and to me is why they will be World Champs. You have to take baby steps in order to grow, and there have been plenty of bumps the past 3 years, but this my friend is the year of the Tiger..........

Thanks for stopping by, and I apologize to those I couldn't respond to last week. Don't forget to visit Hal on the other side, as I am heading out to the campgrounds to hang out with mom and dad for the day.......

 

 

Storminnorman's Sports Blog 6/27
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Hey Gabbers, it's time for another Friday of Storminnorman's sports blog, and for once I am pretty much at a loss for words, so we will see where this blog will take me as I will be here for a while next to Hal. But anyway I thought I would start out by saying congrats to Old Harry's daughter on her pending Honorable Discharge from the Marines next Friday, and thank her for serving and protecting our country.......

As I mentioned in IHM"s weekly rumble last Saturday, all will be well in Tiger land by season's end. I hate to say I was right, but the 6 game winning streak is a sign of things turning around. J.D. Martinez, Victor along with basically the whole lineup is tearing the cover off the ball at the moment, punishing opposing pitchers at an alarming rate. IHM you know that the Tigers are better than every team in the Central Division  and probably two-thirds of the rest of the American league, especially if the pitching and hitting are clicking on all cylinders. The Rangers will be lucky to not wind up being swept tonight as I am typing out my blog. 

Next it will be off to Houston to face the young Astro's team, who seem to have found their way since the Tigers last faced them. Their young starters gave the Tigers fits in Detroit, even if the results didn't show after the last series, it gave the yong Stro's confidence they could compete.

If I remember right, it's the A's and the Ray's next week when the Tigers return home.

I wonder how the people of the City of Cleveland feel about LeBron James wanting to return to the Cavs, not going to be a very well-received homecoming if it happens. Go figure, leave Cleveland for Miami to help them finish at the bottom of the league and rack up high draft choices to rebuild, then return to Cleveland with a better chance to win a title than what you had when you left? Sounds kind of screwy if you ask me, but afterall this is the NBA, and nothing makes sense. And now Wade and Bosh are considering leaving Miami and following, this stinks like a big pile of shit (excuse my language).

Tuesday myself and the Mrs. celebrated our 14th year together as husband and wife, can't believe she has actually put up with me for this long. While I was off last week (only because I knew Kroger) would screw up this week, I took her for a nice steak dinner with all the fixings, and we actually had a pretty nice afternoon without our kids. Then on Friday, my sister got married to the man she has been with for 26 years, for whom I have 3 beautiful neices. I was actually happy for her, or think she may need a drug test, since she swore off marrying him to my face on several occasions.....

This is just one of my favorite videos, thought I would throw it in......

As we head towards the end the NBA draft will have started and hopefully ended, as the Pistons have only one pick at 38. Not much chance of them getting a great player to help them, unless someone drops off or they trade Josh Smith like the rumors have been swirling.

NFL Training camps will be opening soon after the 4th, one of our favorite times as for most we head of to our fantasy leagues and root for our teams that way. Who do you think is the early favorite to win the Super Bowl?

Hey that's all I have, don't forget to stop by and visit Hal and I will see all of you during the week. By the way B.O.B. do you think "The Freak" is still washed up? I never really gave up on him, he may not be the same pitcher he was when he came up as a rookie, but as you can see he can still pitch well......

 

 

 

 

 

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