Well folks, it’s that time of week once again… time for another grumble from IHM.
Back in 2007, the college football season opened just as it does every year; a few solid match-ups, but mainly bigger brothers going up against the weaker sisters of the world. #3 Michigan was all set for another run at a national championship… they returned star, future NFL players such as Chad Henne, Mike Hart, Mario Manningham, and future #1 pick Jake Long, as well as a host of other future NFL players on either side of the ball. Enter Appalachian State, a FCS team that had won and won often at their level… but was never expected to go into “The Big House” and have a snowball’s chance in hell of beating the Wolverines… in fact, the game was probably going to be over by halftime. Well, somebody forgot to tell the Mountaineers that, as they went on defeat the maize and blue 34-32 in an absolute stunner… the first time an FCS school had ever beaten a ranked FBS opponent.
For me, it was an absolute thing of beauty. I have hated Michigan my entire life… and being stuck here in Wolverine country, it was a moment I will cherish forever. The sadness, anguish, and humiliation on the faces of every Walmart Wolverine fan in this area was enough to tide me over for a lifetime. Seven years later, the Wolverines have their shot at revenge, as Appalachian State returns to the Big House, now a member of the FBS from the Sun Belt conference. Sure, it is unlikely that history will repeat its self, but I can dream, right? Either way, college football is back and I couldn’t be happier!
Aside from the games slated for this weekend, there is also all the drama coming out of USC this week. First, there was AD Pat Haden being hospitalized twice earlier in the week. Next, senior corner Josh Shaw was caught in a lie… first saying he sprained both ankles jumping out of a window to “save his drowning nephew”, then changing the story when bullshit was called. Finally, in the final act of the week, running back Anthony Brown quit the team while accusing coach Steve Sarkisian a racist. After quitting the team, he posted on Instagram “Sark treated me like a slave in his Office… Can’t play for a racist MAN!!!!! #Fighton” The post was deleted soon after it was posted, but the damage was already done.
Sarkisian refuted the claims, and many players have come to his defense since, but the fact remains that the allegation is out there now. The question is, does this adversely affect the USC program with Sarkisian at the helm? Does it hurt his ability to recruit players in the future, or in essence, to do his job? Assuming the allegations are complete and total bullshit, what kind of accountability does Brown have as a result of any damages done to the program and to Sarkisian? People pull the race card all the time for no real reason these days… but the question is, where is the accountability? What are the consequences for damaging someone’s reputation in that manner? Right now, there are none, and that is something that needs to change.
Shelly Sterling claims that Steve Ballmer got a “deal” in buying the Clippers at two billion dollars! Evidently there were still offers rolling in when his offer was accepted, including David Geffen and an Egyptian princess. She also adds that there is “no point” in divorcing Donald at this point… saying it is of no benefit, according to lawyers.
The LA Clippers also decided, for some reason, to pay Doc Rivers ten million dollars per year, extending the former Celtic coach through the 2018-19 season. He also received the title of VP of basketball operations.
The NFL continued its erratic designation of suspensions this week, as Vikings WR Jerome Simpson was suspended three games to start the year stemming from a DUI arrest. As you may recall, Simpson was arrested back in 2012 for having over two pounds of marijuana to his home in Kentucky… and somehow only got fifteen days in jail and another three game ban for it. Good thing he isn’t just a “regular person”… otherwise he’d still probably be in prison over a bust like that. But, evidently that break didn’t prevent him from doing anything else idiotic in the future… hell, he couldn’t even make it two years. Still, you have to wonder how Gordon gets a full year, yet this idiot gets away with just three games again.
How about some congratulations to Yusmerio Petit of the San Francisco Giants, who set a Major League record by retiring 46 consecutive batters, breaking the record set by Mark Buehrle of 45 in 2009. The record was set over an eight game period. The very next hitter, Jordan Lyles, doubled to left field.
That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks, as always, for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out. Have a great weekend, and enjoy your football!
Hello folks, and welcome to Friday... where we get to enjoy the longest period of time between work and more work (aside from the folks that work on weekends... God bless ya all!). We've got some big stories brewing this week, so let's get to it!
Two of the biggest blow hards in the world of sports admitted guilt this week... the four letter network and the Sherriff himself! First, ESPN issued an apology for choosing to report on Michael Sam's shower habits earlier in the week. No word yet on any potential punishment for reporter Josina Anderson, who had the misfortune of reading the teleprompter during the episode of SportsCenter on which it aired. Either way, good to see ESPN taken to task for the stupid things they do, and for the irresponsible way they rush to report things that are normally better left unsaid.
Late Thursday, the Sherriff Roger Goodell issued an apology of his own... admitting that the penalty for Ray Rice was weak, and sent a pretty shitty message about the NFL's policies towards violent acts towards women. The new rules state that any NFL employee...from players to front office personnel... will get a minimum six game ban for a first infraction, and a lifetime ban (with appeal) for a second incident. The even better part; it not only covers domestic violence but sexual assault as well. Looks like Jaemis is sunk before he even gets started!
But the biggest win of the whole thing has to be the fact that the Sherriff finally took culpability for something. Sure, the word "we" was prominent in his statement, but we all know who runs the show at the NFL offices. But honestly, we all also know that Goodell is nothing more than a mouthpiece, albeit a high paid mouthpiece, for the owners. But to see him admit to fucking up in a public forum is a thing of beauty.
The San Diego Padres made what I would consider a pretty idiotic decision when they announced they were going to dedicate the stadium plaza to Bud Selig, changing the name from the Palm Court Plaza at Petco Park to the Bud Selig Hall of Fame Plaza. Bad move, especially considering the numerous slights the Padres have dealt with at the hands of the commissioner. During Selig's years running the league, he essentially approved of a fire sale when the Padres were just 4 and a half games out of contention, did nothing to help the team build thier new park, had a labor stoppage on his watch during a season in which Tony Gwynn was close to batting .400 for the first time since Ted Williams, botched a team sale, never awarded an All-Star game to San Diego despite their new stadium, and of course his absence for the memorial for Tony Gwynn. Despite all of that, the Padres made the decision to pay tribute to perhaps baseball's worst modern era commissioner... and you really have to wonder what the hell they were thinking!
The NFL wrapped up its' preseason yesterday, and the regular season kickoff is now just six days away when the Packers travel to Seattle to face the defending champs. As for college football, their regular season kicked off Wednesday with Abilene Christian being edged out by Georgia State 38-37, and 14 games last night, the biggest of which being Texas A&M traveling to South Carolina to take on the Gamecocks. The Cocks came in ranked #9, while the Aggies were ranked #21, but the final score didn't reflect that at all. The Aggies wound up blowing the Cocks out in their house, 52-28 behind an impressive performance from Kenny Hill. Hill broke Johnny Football's team record for passing yards in a single game by throwing for 511 yards, and the SEC Network broke several records once held by ESPN for the number of times mentioning Johnny Manziel in a three hour period.
But the big question that comes out of this game is this; was Johnny Football simply the product of a system? Judging by the immediate success of a guy who never played a down of college level football taking his place, you might just end up having to say yes to that. Especially with as bad as Manziel has looked so far at the professional level (against second and third stringers no less).
Another big question from last night's games... is this the end of the line for Boise State? Sure, they came in unranked and faced the #18 team in the country, but they failed to get into the end zone until the 4th quarter (garbage time), and lost 35-13 to Ole Miss, despite three interceptions thrown by the Rebs' Bo Wallace. So is this just an off year for the Broncos, or is their run as college football's Cinderella over?
Well, that's all I've got for today folks... I'll be back tomorrow morning in the next slot over with my usual Saturday Grumble. Thanks for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out.
Well folks, I noticed the lack of new material yesterday and so far today... so I thought I'd pop in and add this little bit today in the featured spot! I'm sure Jeff will be by with some Deep Thoughts for us a little later on...
Not sure how many of you got to see the Twins-Royals game last night... but what a finish! Alex Gordon hits a two run jack in the bottom of the ninth off of All-Star closer Glen Perkins, and the Royals walk off with a 2-1 win! Great game from start to finsih.
Of course, I was bouncing back and forth between that game and the Tigers-Yankees tilt. The Tigers won that one 5-2, keeping themselves within a game and a half of the AL Central lead and half a game off the second Wild Card spot, trailing Seattle. Rick Porcello picked up his career-high and MLB best 15th win, going eight solid innings for the TIgers.
Seattle picked up the win 5-0 over Texas last night to stay in that second spot. The #1 spot in the AL of course is occupied by the Oakland A's, who are just a game behind the Angels for the AL West lead. The A's lost to Houston last night, while the Angels beat the Marlins in Interleague action.
The biggest AL division lead belongs to the Orioles, who lead the Yankees by seven games after their 4-2 win over the Rays.
Over on the senior circuit, the division races aren't quite so tight. The Nationals lead the slumping Braves by seven games, and the Dodgers enjoy a five game cushion over the Giants. The Central is a cluster fuck as usual... with the Brewers a game and a half ahead of the Cardinals, and the Pirates within striking distance at five games back.
Pete Carroll was fined $100,000 and the Seattle Seahawks another $200,000 for violating the league's offseason no-contact policy in practices. Couldn't have happened to a bigger bunch of douchebags if you ask me. Like I said earlier this week to BOB... I'll pretty much be rooting for anyone that ISN'T Seattle to win the Lombardi Trophy this year!
ESPN decided to run a report on the showering habits of Rams DE Michael Sam... but as disgusting as that is, some good came out of it! Rams starting DE Chris Long chimed in with this tweet, winning the internet for the day for sure:
Couldn't have said it better myself!
As for the players on the Rams roster not being placed under a microscope because of their sexual preferences, looks like Sam Bradford is done for the year AGAIN! This leaves career backup Shaun Hill in line for the starters job, and the Rams scrambling to find either a real starter elsewhere. Will St.Louis be a destination for a guy like Mark Sanchez... Kirk Cousins... Ryan Mallett...or any other former starter that wants out of town?
What do you do if you're the Rams GM, Gabbers? Do you give up on Sam Bradford and try to get your quarterback of the future next year in the draft? Personally, I don't see how you can possibly have any kind of confidence in the guy's ability to stay healthy anymore. He's just not reliable enough.
Kevin Love made it to Cleveland yesterday, and was introduced to the media and LeBron's personal sack rest, Brian Windhurst. Meanwhile back in Minnesota, Wolves owner Glen Taylor went all Dan Gilbert on Love, saying he got away with not playing much defense a lot of the time in Minnesota! Pretty strong shot out of a guy who hasn't fielded a winner since he became an NBA owner if you ask me! But he has a point... Love is going to be in a whole new world of pressure in Cleveland, and I think he might just become the next Chris Bosh... suddenly a #3 option and seeing his numbers dip quite a bit compared to what he did in Minnesota. Personally, I hope he's a failure in Cleveland, and I hope LeBron fails in his attempt to bring a title there. Not that Cleveland doesn't deserve a championship... but they deserve it in a better sport and from a better source than the fucking charity act LeBron is dropping on them.
That's all I've got for today folks. Have a great Hump Day, and I'll see you again on Saturday!
Hello folks, and welcome to this week’s grumble with IHM. Admittedly, sports has taken a backseat for me over the past couple of days, as the new network FXX has begun their “Every Simpsons Ever” marathon. Starting Thursday morning, each episode ever syndicated of the Simpsons will be played back-to-back-to-all 522 of them. For a Simpsons nerd like me, it is a pure state of nerd-vana… for most folks, especially my wife, it is simply overkill!
I did take a break last night to check out the first half of the Lions vs. Jaguars preseason game… game three on the preseason schedule. The “dress rehearsal” for the regular season, if you will. Neither offense looked very sharp; the Lions got a big, 86 yard run out of Reggie Bush to go up 7-6 at the half. Stafford was so-so, Megatron actually played for the first time this year, and had 2 catches for 27 yards. Stafford was 10/16 for 95 yards and an interception… not all that impressive. On the other side, Jags starter Chad Henne was 9/14 for 70 yards, and rookie backup Blake Bortles took over late in the first half and led a two-minute scoring drive to cut the lead to 7-6, then threw a TD pass in the third quarter. Overall, he finished with 158 passing yards and a TD. In the end, the Lions edged the Jags 13-12.
While the Lions and Jaguars combined for 25 points last night, the Tigers and Twins got together and combined for 26 runs! Unfortunately for the Tigers, 20 of them belonged to the Minnesota Twins, as the Tigers lost 20-6 thanks to two big innings by the Twins. Bad sign for a team that is now 5-5 in their last ten, and now 2.5 games out of first place.
Remember when David Price was excited to come to Detroit because he’d “finally get some run support”? Yeah, well how’s that working out for ya so far, David? Price went 8 innings, giving up one run on one hit Thursday against his former team… and picked up the loss for his effort as the Rays beat the Tigers 1-0. Wonder if he’s still “excited to be here”.
Team USA made it’s final roster cuts yesterday, sending Damian Lillard, Chandler Parsons, Kyle Korver, and Gordon Hayward home to make a final roster for the championships in Spain. The final roster includes Derrick Rose, Kyrie Irving, Stephen Curry, James Harden, Kenneth Faried, Anthony Davis, Demarcus Cousins, Klay Thompson, Rudy Gay, Mason Plumlee, DeMarr DeRozan, and Andre Drummond. Now that Kevin Durant is out, it’s a fairly weak looking roster… but still probably good enough to win the FIBA tournament.
Today is the day that the NBA mega-deal in which Kevin Love goes to Cleveland for Wiggins and Bennett goes through. The 76ers have also become involved, sending Thaddeus Young to the Timberwolves in exchange for the Cavs 1st round pick. Rumors are the Suns became involved recently, offering the Wolves G Eric Bledsoe, who wants a max deal despite the notable handicap of not being a max type player. So let’s see… either the Wolves can get Eric Bledsoe for Love… or they can get Wiggins, Bennett, and Young in exchange. Yeah, not even the Timberwolves are that stupid… but thanks for the offer, Phoenix. Meanwhile, Bledsoe still hopes to get that max deal from Phoenix, who wants to pay him more like Toronto just paid PG Kyle Lowry, in the 12 million dollar per year range.
Good news for Red Sox fans this week, as they were able to sign Cuban OF Rusney Castillo to a 7 year, 72.5 million dollar deal. Castillo becomes the highest paid player out of Cuba, surpassing the deal signed by Jose Abreu last year with the White Sox. The majority of what I read has Castillo being a Rajii Davis type with a little more power… but only time will tell. So look out Boston… “The Panther” is coming to town.
Le’Veon Bell and LeGarrette Blount were arrested for marijuana possession on Wednesday after Bell’s Camaro was pulled over because an officer smelled marijuana. Things sure are looking up in Pittsburgh… hopefully these two dopes get it figured out. Both have apologized for “being distractions”. No word yet on what type of suspension they’ll face from the league, but chances are it will be more substantial than what Ray Rice got for beating his wife unconscious… the NFL cares!
That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks as always for reading and for any comments you leave on the way out. Have a great weekend, Gabbers.
The Bird is the Word… over the past week or so in the world of sports, the bird has indeed been the word. Hello folks, and welcome to Thursday, Friday’s annoying little brother. I’m filling in for our good friend Lanz today, as he’s out of town with the littlest Lanz for some travel baseball. Hope it’s a great trip my friend, and we’ll see you back here next week.
Back in 1976, a different type of Bird was sweeping the nation… as Mark Fidrych was using his unusual mannerisms to create a cult following for the Detroit Tigers ace. Unfortunately, that’s not the bird we get to talk about today…
A few years back, we had a bird flu scare. This, of course, came off the heels of mad cow disease, which came off the heels of upset horse disease, which came off the heels of swine flu, which came off the heels of disgruntled goat disorder. Again, not the bird we’re going to discuss today…
Of course the Trashmen had their moment in the sun thanks to the bird back in 1963… but we’re not talking about any Surfing Birds here.
Nope, the bird this week takes many forms. There’s the good ol’ fashioned, in your face variety…
The double barrel…
What’s this in my pocket…
There’s something in my eye…
The girly, over the shoulder as I run away bird…
The hidden message chin swipe…
No matter what way you use it, the bird has been the word recently. Last week, the Tigers were mired in the middle of yet another rough stretch, and closer Joe Nathan was in the midst of shitting the bed once again. Fortunately, he avoided disaster, and got a double play ball to close out the game. Unfortunately for him, after that he decided to go with the ol’ fashioned under the chin swipe directed at fans… and he took a lot of heat for the gesture locally. He has since apologized, and many of his teammates have backed him up, but the gesture paired with his ERA of 5.28 and six blown saves… the same number as he had combined in 2012-13, means fans are not likely to forgive this guy any time soon. Want some forgiveness, Joe, get your fucking ERA under four and quit shitting the bed on a nightly basis!
Then, of course, there is the performance of Johnny Football on Monday Night… evidently someone on the Redskins sideline said something that got him all butthurt, and he responded like this…
Dip shit move by someone who has proven to be a major dip shit over the past few months. The camera is ALWAYS on you dummy… I would have thought you’d realized that by now, especially after your little bathroom photo incident. At this point, I don’t know of anyone who isn’t rooting for this guy to fail. Maybe a season on the bench will give the little twat some perspective; but somehow I doubt it. ESPN will continue to cover him, build him up, and revel in the eventual teardown… like they’ve done with numerous players before and they’ll do many times in the future. When Johnny finally gets a shot as a starter, he'll be a hunted man. Seems that veteran players don't like little shits like Johnny Manziel coming into the league as cocky as this... and somebody will take him out.
But the real question here… why are people so offended by this gesture… much like profanity to begin with? We live in a world full of famine, suffering, war, with disgusting, unspeakable criminal acts being perpetrated against innocent people every day. So somebody used some foul language around you and you’re upset about that? Well, I’ve got one thing to say about that…
That’s all I’ve got for today folks. Thanks for reading, and for any comments you leave on the way out.