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Instead of talking about Super Bowl XLIX and how good a matchup we’ve got with the two number one’s going head to head, we’re listening to moronic, non-stop talk of a thing called “deflate gate”. I'm actually amazed at some of the things I’ve been hearing, my favorite so far is from an Atlanta bonehead who ranks this up there with Bounty Gate...Sorry, but compensating players to hurt another is pretty reckless, and the Saints were warned about it prior which I believe takes precedence over just about most of things we’ve heard of late from the NFL. But how does the PSI of a ball have anything to do with the coach in the first place, because as of yesterday everyone wanted the guys head…some still do, even with no definitive clue as to what happened? I didn’t need a talking head or even Hoodie’s press conference to know there’s a long list of flunkies that have their game day jobs, inflating balls may be one or like Bledsoe said today, he’d have his game balls picked out on Saturday and never saw them again until game time. So I’m willing to bet that being at home playing for the AFC Championship, Belichick had one or a hundred other things going on rather than worrying about how inflated game balls were…why would he care? He doesn’t throw them, so I believe him that he had no clue what happened prior to Monday morning, and I don’t think him saying you’d have to ask Tom about that because he knows what the next question is before it’s even asked, so that’s why he said, ask Brady…he certainly wasn’t throwing his star QB under any bus. Anyone that follows New England knows one thing, you aren’t getting squat out of this team unless their under subpoena.

 
Then there’s Brady, he had laughed off about the deflated balls when first asked because he didn’t even know there was a story out there until the morning as well. In the end, I don’t get why this is such a big story…well actually I do get it, that doesn’t mean I’m going to agree with conspiracy theorists, and they can kiss my ass saying the Pats cheat, they mostly out-coach teams they play, we learned that two weeks ago with the Ravens. Since this broke things have come out…like the Pats supposedly played with Indy’s balls instead of their own and then in the second half it was all resolved anyway..the Patriots also ran the ball more than passing it and by giving up only 7 points what I heard yesterday was true…”The Patriots could’ve used a bar of soap and still won that game”…or they could have never passed the ball at all and won it too, their ground game alone was all they needed for the scoreboard. No harm, no foul, bottom line; it’s Belichick, Brady and the Patriots…the guys they love to hate. If this was the Colts or even the Broncos and Manning would this be an issue or hiccup and with a quick apology and a round of coupons for Free All-U-Can- Eat Papa Johns and it would all be forgotten. I’ve also heard a few retired and active QB’s who all say the same thing, they liked the ball a certain way…nothing critical or criminal here, such as Aaron Rogers likes his over-inflated and come right out and said it…however if their is this guideline/rule were Packer game balls weighed just to make sure Rodgers was pushing it over the edge or did they just let fly? Or has this been going on, one of those unwritten rules which if if that were the case the Ravens staff would look like real douche bags having told the Colts they thought New England did it to them. And if they had, and already were knocked out and screaming over 4 man formations why didn’t THEY start Deflate Gate? Honestly you look more like a douche orchestrating it and staying quiet than when you man the hell up and own it. 
 
The infatuation the media has with the Patriots and the never-ending residuals from the so-called Spygate, it’s only natural for all these pundits to simply want blood. But there are a couple of problems for Goodell. First is the obvious, the Super Bowl, he can’t afford to muck this up, not the biggest stage in the land, so he most likely will not be addressing this until after the game, and from what I’ve heard Patriot players saying today, they’ve already started to move on. Two, Goodell’s first and biggest supporter when the Ray Rice story broke was Robert Kraft, an I’m not talking a Twitter blurb, Kraft stood right next to the guy, Goodell owe’s him, and let’s remember who is replaceable here. And lastly…it’s just not the big deal the media is making it out to be but there’s blood in the water and unless Goodell can really drive home the point that this really wasn’t the Patriots going out of their way to cheat So what the ball was just under, it was corrected. Who is to say the ref’s didn’t screw up before the game? Oh, we have to careful there, they’re NFL employees too…so where’s the smoking gun? You all might be very disappointed because without an actual person to blame here it’s virtually impossible to levy a fine or take away a draft pick, which has also been suggested. The most interesting I’ve hear to date when it comes to fines was on the Dan Patrick show this morning…if the Patriots have gone so many games not fined or charged with anything what’s the difference in the way their treated than NDamukong Suh, whose time off for good behavior was his saving grace so as to not miss the NFC Division game. If the Patriots were given a clean slate like Suh is the NFL decides to cave to this media hysteria I’d be okay with it, but placing Sygate in concert with Deflate Gate is simply ludicrous. 
 
Like most of you I’m simply deflated by Deflate Gate. By the way, I have a New’s Year’s resolution I’d like all of us at the Gab to try to adhere to…let’s not refer to anything with GATE at the end of it. I think once you stoop to using DEFLATE with GATE you’ve run out of things to drive the point home. 
 
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Q-o-t-D 12/30/14

What is your SPORTING hope for 2015?

What is your SPORTING hope in 2015?

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Greetings From Hoodwood 11/11/14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

 

Greetings from the Hoodwood, where the proud men and women who served our country are always honored and revered. We salute our veterans today and everyday!

Leading off: Another wild weekend in football

I love this time of the year in sports, except for the shortening days, the football is what I crave and enjoy. High school is getting into the big time playoff atmosphere, colleges are grinding through the conference schedules with the stakes getting higher and higher every week. And the NFL is its usual wild and wacky self. Preps and Pros have a way of shaking themselves out as November progresses. Before this year I used to rail against the notion that the regular season was the playoff to shake the pretenders out, but what I like is that you have the conferences that play and the conference title games to follow. Then the plain jane named college football playoff its an exciting buildup and now you have the high powered games that really do act as a knockout stage. Examples:

Arizona State proves ND is fake again

Ohio State: Comeback Bucks?

I saw the Buckeyes get taken to the woodshed by Va. Tech to begin the season. As someone who loathes the Bucks and their noisy arrogant fans, I saw it as a delicious comeuppance. I saw a flustered JT Barrett and thought that my beloved Bearcats had a real chance to pull an upset. Well of course we know how that went. The Bucks rolled the Bearcats on the last Saturday and September and have rolled to a number of wins. But after struggling with a so-so Penn State, went to East Lansing to face the 8th ranked Spartans. Falling behind 21-14 in the 2nd after Sparty lumbered downfield on a methodical drive the Bucks looked like they were actually in peril. But the Bucks began ripping off points. Barrett looked more and more poised as the game went on and shredded the vaunted Spartan defense. When it was all said and done the Bucks had a 49-38 win suddenly they look more and more like a formidable threat and nearing the head of the 1-loss teams that have a realistic shot at being selected for the College Football playoff. I still loath the Bucks make no mistake but as the wise philosopher Sheedy Wallace taught us here in Hoodwood “Ball don’t lie.” The Bucks are ballin’ and are in position to make noise.

Bama still lurking

Speaking of lurking, that team from Tuscaloosa is hanging around…again. The Crimson Tide are like Freddy or Jason. You think that you’ve killed them off and are just starting to relax and look for something to drink when they pop up again and start slashing. Most people wrote Bama off after they took a stunning loss to Ole Miss and struggled mightily with Arkansas but the Tide just keeps rolling. Now after thrashing Texas A&M and Tennessee then getting a crucial win in Death Valley over LSU don’t look now but the Tide are right in the thick of things themselves. SEC honks think that they are deserving of two berth and Bama keeps making a case for one of them. But with a supershowdown on the docket against Mississippi State, this might serve as an elimination game.  With their hated rival Auburn out of the way with a loss to Texas A&M the path clears more for the Tide

Oregon plays it smart and wins

The Ducks were on the ropes to be sure. Utah had burned them on long pass play to Kaelin Clay and were about to go up 14-0 in front of a rowdy home crowd in Salt Lake City. When things turned bizarre, as Clay crossed the goal line  dropped the ball. But he hadn’t crossed the goal line with the ball and the ball was on the ground on the 1 yard line. The refs stood there eyeing the ball suspiciously but not going near it, a couple of Oregon players and a Utah player trailing the play briefly tussled over the ball before Oregon linebacker Joe Walker emerged from the scrum and went trundeling back down the field toward the opposite goal. Now keep in mind that a third of the Utah players were in the end zone celebrating what they thought was a score and the other 2/3 was headed the sideline on the far side of the field. Meanwhile Walker was rumbling down the sideline with a virtual secret service convoy detail around him. Taking out the one Utah player that was still on the field, the Ducks scored on an improbable play and instead of the Utes being up 14-0 they were now tied and the air took out of a potential upset bid. The Ducks cruised to a 51-27 win behind the sharp play of Marcus Mariota, the player no one east of the Rockies really has seen much of but should be a shoo-in for the Heisman. Oregon is ranked #4 and is likely headed for a showdown with the aforementioned Arizona State for the Pac-12 title and a likely playoff berth. And what was it we were saying about every week a playoff?

In the Pros its just as nutty and fun

Detroit the quiet 7-2

Contrary to what many think it’s the Lions not the Pack that are leading the NFC North and like their quiet coach Jim Caldwell, the Lions have adapted a more low key tone and are playing tough. They won a slugfest with the Dolphins on a last minute toss from Matthew Stafford to Theo Riddick gave the Lions a 20-16 win. The Lions now face the equally hot Cards in what could determine home field for the playoffs. You read that right the Cards and Lions, long sad sacks of the NFC are this years kingpins. Why couldn’t the NFL flex this game to primetime. Don’t they say in their own fact and record book that flexing games gives a chance for surprise teams to play their way on to primetime? I know that the Pats and Colts are division leaders in their own right, but it would be nice to see other teams get the primetime spotlight every now and then

Rodgers shreds Da Bears

I mean really, this is getting almost criminal. The Bears got throttled by Tom Brady and the Pats two weeks ago, then went on their bye. When they resurfaced after the bye they were in the Jaws like sight of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack…at Lambeau…on a primetime stage.  It was almost sickening to watch Rodgers abuse the Bear secondary again and again. 6 touchdowns in one half??? Are you kidding. What was sadder was watching Jay Cutler just flounder against a less than formidable Packers secondary. The Pack rang up a 55-14 thrashing and the Bears become the first team in the modern era  to give up 50 or more points in back to back games. The only other team to do that was the legendary Rochester Jeffersons, I think they beat the Raiders a couple weeks ago…

Phat Dap

Its rare when I give dap to a White Sox, since I still despise the team but you have to give it to Jose Abreu who was named the AL Rookie of Year unanimously. When you lead AL rookies in home runs (36), RBIs (107), hits (176), doubles (35), runs scored (80), OBP (.383), slugging percentage (.581) and OPS (.964). You are a lock to win the honors, hats off to a breakout star.

 

Head Slap 

To the Arizona Cardinals. Not for their 8-1 start but locking up Carson Palmer on a 3 year $50 million contract with $20.5 million guaranteed then Palmer goes out the very next Sunday and shreds his knee the same one that he hurt in 2006 in the playoff against the Steelers.

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