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Monday Madness - 10/20/14
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We’ve all gone the past few years dealing with all of the background noise of sports and yearned for hope, and I got to thinking of the first lines of the song “Hello World” by Lady Antebellum:

Traffic crawls, cell phone calls

Talk radio screams at me

MLB Playoffs.    KC and SF gave me pause to think of the closing lines of the very same song, and I realized why we come together – why we love sport so freaking much (I changed the word "world" to "sports"):

All the empty disappears…I remember why I'm here

Just surrender and believe…I fall down on my knees

Oh hello sports…Hello sports…Hello sports

 

Hello sports…How've you been?

Good to see you, my old friend

Sometimes I feel cold as steel…Broken like I'm never gonna heal

I see a light, a little hope

In a little baseball…Hello sports

None of us here have a direct connection to Kansas City that I’m aware of, but I’ll be damned if this KC team in this city in a sport thought changed forever for the worse hasn’t brought a nations worth of Baseball fans together.

World Series on the Field.   SF has to hit the KC starters early and often, and then convert by getting their RISP across the plate, something they've struggled over since June.  If they can’t do that, forget about it, especially late when KC has that bully up and running.  The fact that KC plays that amazing defense makes it even tougher on SF, especially in KC.  It’s gonna take another Pablo Sandoval World Series explosion to keep this close, and he’s gonna need help from Pence, Belt, and Morse.

As for KC, can they stay hot?  Can they take advantage of their speed and steal on Buster Posey? 

NFL – 10 questions/thoughts.  This was not a week for the ages.  Pretty boring actually, though sometimes you just gotta tip your hat and say that the team you root against was the better team.  Denver classified as that last night, so good job Denver.

1.  New England/New York.   I’m calling shenanigans on this one.  How does NYC stay that close to New England?  And now NYC is gonna be the new home for the biggest diva of all – Percy Harvin.  Good luck with that Rex.  Wonder how long it’s gonna take for the world’s biggest Migraine sufferer to start giving Rex one while he’s playing Locker Room Lawyer and Bouncer?

2.  San Francisco/Denver.   Thanks to the football gods that SF has the bye week coming up - they need to get healthy and come together as a team!

3.  Miami/Chicago.  All of a sudden Miami has an offense?  Who knew?   Chicago is 0-3 at home and now fighting with each other post-game in the Locker Room?  U-G-L-Y, Chi-town got no alibi it’s UGLY.

4.  Kansas City/San Diego.  The one game that should have got press and didn’t.  Does anybody know what happened in this game?

5.  New York/Dallas.  One thing Tom Coughlin doesn’t suffer well is players who fumble.  #84, consider yourself officially in Coughlin’s dog house.   Meanwhile, DeMarco Murray is making a serious case to be considered NFL MVP.  He won’t get it of course, but he’s a worthy contender.

6.  Minnesota/Buffalo.  If I’m the NFLPA, I’m taking a hard look at how many injuries came out of this game.   Did we just witness the birth of the next big WR in Sammy Watkins?

7.  Cincinnati/Indy and Atlanta/Baltimore?  Yawn.

8.  Cleveland/Jacksonville.  Really Cleveland?     

9.  Carolina/Green Bay.  Props to Green Bay, but I’m not getting Carolina at all.  Can somebody please explain that Kuechly ejection to me because I sure don’t get it.

10.  Seattle/St. Louis.  I think it’s safe to say that most of The Gab enjoyed the outcome of this one.  I’m thinking Pete Carroll is going to be spending quality time with his Special Teams Coach.  As for St. Louis, they got away with it this week, but somebody needs to have a chat w/that Defensive Coordinator because they shouldn’t be playing that soft.

NFL Trade thoughts.  If I’m Minnesota, I’m looking towards the future, and while it may not be possible or even realistic, if I’m Minny’s GM, I’m calling Arizona to see what it would take to get Larry Fitzgerald, or hell, even this off-season trying to get C. J. Spiller.

CFB – 10 thoughts.   I got stuck in a place where I had to listen to ESPiN Radio during Saturday and I actually heard Danny Kanell (Former FSU QB) try to sell parity in CFB – uh yeah, because nothing says PARITY like four SEC West teams in the National Top Five.  Really Danny?  Effing ESPiN…

He then tried to sell that Blow-hio State deserves to be in the mix for the playoffs.  Really Danny?  Remember Virginia Tech?  If your boy Herbstreit is gonna bust Baylor for a crappy schedule, how do you justify Blow-hio State who lost to Virginia Tech, and whose only big game is Sparty?

1.  My four playoff teams right now:   Florida State, Notre Dame/Arizona State winner, Ole Miss, Mississippi State/Alabama winner.  To me, this is simple – if the Domers win out, they clinch one of the spots, though Alabama got a HUGE boost today when West Virginia (A previous Alabama opponent) beat Baylor while the Tide rolled and destroyed TAMU.     

2.  SEC:   The East is Georgia’s to lose and they will be waiting for a beatup SEC West Champ in the SEC Championship Game.  If they pull the upset in December, all of a sudden we may see a Bulldog in the Playoffs, but not the one many are expecting/hoping for…

3.  PAC 12:  Arizona State is 5-1, and though their loss to UCLA is inexcusable, I think they could end up having a playoff argument if they win out, especially if they can beat Utah and Notre Dame, at home then @ Arizona and take the PAC 12 Championship Game?

4.  ACC:   Duke seems to be in the drivers seat to face Florida State in the ACC Championship Game BC is a huge surprise giving Clemson a game at home  - nice job Eagles.  Meanwhile, North Carolina waited two weeks to long to show their potential.    

5.  Big 12:  Kansas State has one loss – to Auburn (20-14) and still has games against OK State, @ TCU, @ a suddenly better West Virginia, and @ Baylor.  Meanwhile, TCU and Baylor have got to be kicking themselves right about now, and if I’m Oklahoma fan, I gotta wonder what is it that’s holding this supposedly great program back.  West Virginia beat Baylor?  OK, before anybody makes any judgments on this game, it really wasn’t a game so much as it was a referee fest. 

6.  MWC:  I get ridiculed at times for my belief in the MWC, and that’s fair, but I also see a conference that has 6-1 Colorado State, 5-2 Boise State, a rapidly improving Nevada team, and a Utah State team that many big power schools wouldn’t want none of.    Add in Air Force, a competitive San Diego State and San Jose State, along with BYU as a pseudo affiliate, and I think this is a deep conference.   Too bad they’ll never get a fair shake to see what they can do.

7.  Big 10:  Sparty and Blow-hio State won, Yawn – their matchup is still three weeks away. 

8.  Big 10 #2:  But there were two damn good games with Maryland beating Iowa and Minnesota coming back from the brink and getting to 6-1 by beating Purdue.  .`

9.  Other non-Power Conferences:   Believe it or not folks, there were actually two ranked non-power conference teams:  East Carolina and Marshall.

10.  Next Week:  Ole Miss/LSU, USC/Utah (Will Devonte Booker run wild on Trojan man?) are about the only real interesting matchups.  And while it isn’t in the “Power Five”, I’ll take the BYU/Boise State and San Jose State/Navy games.      

West Hills Update.    The boys got their first test this week and the defense struggled, but West Hills scored with :07 left in the game to take a 48-43 win over Reedley and remain undefeated for the first time in forever. 

Good Story #1:   You want to talk about redemption?  Let’s talk about #31, St. Louis Rams.  Goes from Football star, to CFB player at Utah State, to trouble of the judicial variety, to kicked off team, to moving back in w/mom, to getting job as Janitor at Edward James Dome, back to Utah State, then drafted by…you guessed it, Jeff Fisher and the St. Louis Rams.   Redemption indeed, and I’m glad to see he hasn’t forgotten his roots.

Good Story #2:   The Kansas City Royals.  Seriously, nothing else need be said.  

Good Story #3.  MLB got wind of a little six year old boy who is a KC fan and wanted to go to a World Series game in the worst way.  Well, Joe Torre stepped up and is getting little Noah Wilson into a game as his guest.  MLB and Joe Torre - class act!  

Good Story #4:  It appears that we are going to be spared a Justin Bieber/Eminem collaboration because ole Marshall Mathers decided he didn’t want nothing to do with that gangsta wannabe.

Sick Thought.  What if Bieber and Miley Cyrus hooked up and had a kid?  That poor spawn of Satan wouldn’t have a chance.

Douchebag of the Week (DBOW).   Washington, DC.  So let me get this straight:  Ebola in America is Republicans fault based on sequestration that was agreed to by BOTH parties, and DC referring to anybody trying to deal with the Ebola problem in Africa as RACISTS.  You read that right – RACISTS. 

Folks, if you vote for any incumbent regardless of party – YOU are the problem.    

DBOW Honorable Mentions?  City of Houston demanding transcripts of five preachers preaching, Johnny Twitter tweeting about the TAMU beatdown, the NBA with Cleveland 24/7, and the Swaggy P/Snoop Dogg Beef all were all dishonorable mentions.   

College Football Preview - 10/18/14
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World Series.  We here in Northern California are lucky, we have Jon Miller calling SF games and he let out a beaut when Ishikawa blasted the homer heard round Northern California.  It was the sweetest sound to 20 folks sitting in a classroom Thursday Night screaming while an unsuspecting professor who isn't a sports fan was wondering what the hell was up.

CFB.  Not a particularly great “name” team week, but let’s face it there’s only one true big matchup and that is Notre Dame @ Florida State.  If Notre Dame wins down in Tallahassee, they may have punched their ticket to the playoffs, though they still have some tough matchups.  If Florida State loses, they can forget about the playoffs, weak schedule and not enough time to make up ground, but if they win, they pretty much have punched their ticket - it would take a herculean idiotic collapse for them post-Notre Dame to lose one game.  As for the rest of CFB:

  • ACC:  It’s all about Notre Dame/Florida State, but I also like this Clemson @ BC matchup.
  • B12:  K-State/Oklahoma, OK State/TCU. 
  • B10:  I guess Sparty/Indiana is best name game, but Iowa/Maryland could be a good one, and don’t sleep on Nebraska/Northwestern. 
  • PAC 12:  Utah got a break and Jerry’s former teammate at JUCO Devonte Booker at Utah is going to be a big player on Sundays.  Stanford/Arizona State looms large now.
  • SEC:  TAMU/Alabama, Georgia/Arkansas, LSU/Kentucky.

Mix in some non-“Power Conference” games and that only helps:

  • MWC:  I like Utah State at Colorado State, and Nevada at BYU.
  • AAC:  #19 ECU.  Marshall is #25?
  • MAC:   Uh, never mind here.

CFB – Upset Alert.  Last week I was 4-1 on upset alert (6-3 thus far), so let’s see if I can do better this week with one game per power conference, and I’ll slip in the MWC just for fun:

  • ACC:  Virginia over Duke in Durham.
  • B10:  I’ll go with Northwestern at home over Nebraska.
  • B12:  Kansas over Texas Tech.
  • PAC-12:  I don’t feel real good about it but Cal over UCLA in Bezerkeley.
  • SEC:  Arkansas over Georgia.
  • MWC:  Nevada over BYU.

CFB – Not Buying It

  • ACC:  Louisville.  The fact they are 5-2 is irrelevant.  They beat Murray State, FIU, and Syracuse, while losing to Virginia and Clemson.  Paper Tiger, and it hurts the ACC.
  • B10:  Nebraska.  They have taken advantage of a weak ass schedule to be 5-1 and got exposed by Sparty.
  • B12:  West Virginia at 4-2.  Have they heard of defense recently?
  • PAC-12:  Oregon.  I’m just not impressed with them in a very competitive PAC 12, especially on defense.  Very weak OOC as well (South Dakota and Wyoming?).
  • SEC:  How in the hell is Texas A&M ranked #21?  Not buying it.

Here’s a shock:  Nick Saban being pissed at critics.  The latest is him complaining about folks who mock Alabama’s one point win over Arkansas.  Hey Nick, that’s the price you pay for your success, so stop bitching and start looking at what’s different on your team.  Perhaps A. J. McCarron was right… 

Laugh of the Day.  Hey Jameis Winston, you know you’re approaching rock bottom when everybody in the world is coming out to say they gave up trying to help you - the latest being what I consider to be one of the two greatest athletes ever, and fellow Winston home-towner Bo Jackson.  When you aren’t listening to that man’s advice, a guy you claim to model yourself after, then dude their ain’t no hope for you.  Enjoy Canada and Minor League Baseball Jameis.

http://www.foxsports.com/college-football/story/bo-jackson-jameis-winston-help-advice-comments-florida-state-seminoles-jim-rome-show-101514

And memo to the teams of the NFL, if you take a chance on Winston considering his decision making ability, then you are dumber than he is.

Laugh of the Day #2:  I can't help but laugh at these idiots:  SEVEN North Carolina State Football players caused $880 dollars damage two cars while having a BB Gun incident.  Five of these players are redshirt freshmen.  Are you freshmen for real?  You’re trying to find ways to get to play, not screw yourselves over. College kids being college kids, you know they’re gonna do ignorant dirt/stuff, but I find this one really stupid.  

Tuesday's Tantrum - 10/14/14
Category: FEATURED

Welcome to the tantrums where I come to you live from Lake Tahoe, but will be on the way home today.  We have finally just today broken away from the 90 degree temps.  Today it will be 84, then tomorrow we finally get seasonal into the 70s and possible rain for the rest of the week and into the weekend.  Yeah Baby!

MLB Playoffs.  This Kansas City run is amazing.  Literally two games away from the World Series?  And could the NLCS get any more exciting? 

MLB 2015.  When I think of next season, I think of up and comers and improving teams and all the great storylines on the diamond and how they will build on a fantastic 2014.  However, one thing that has gone unmentioned (thankfully) but has started to get a TON of press is coming out of (Surprise!) New York and that’s A-Fraud. 

NFL – 10 questions/thoughts

  1. Don’t nobody lie, you all know that the first thing you thought of when Katy Perry was announced for the Super Bowl Halftime was “WARDROBE MALFUNCTION.”

  2. J. J. Watt is ridiculous.  Can we just go ahead and give him a new award:Player of the Year?

  3. Congrats Buffalo, you now have an owner committed to keeping your team there, but I sure don’t understand your team.All that talent and you just can’t put it together…

  4. San Diego fan wonders why many don’t take their team seriously.  Example one:Sunday vs. Oakland.  C’mon San Diego, it should NEVER have gotten to that.

  5. Speaking of Oakland, how very Raider fan of you fans egging San Diego’s bus on the way in.

  6. Tampa letting Atlanta and now Baltimore do them like that makes me wonder what is going on?  Are they tanking?

  7. I wonder if the Factory of Sadness got all drunk and crazy after whoopin some Pittsburgh ass.

  8. Damn Miami, your defense played damn good solid ball and in the second half you had some great offense, but that last drive was a stinking heartbreaker.

  9. Hey Dick Sherman, how did DeMarco Murray’s ass taste as he dragged you across the end zone.

  10. Bob Costas, could you swing any more off of Dallas’ nuts?

CFB – 10 thoughts.   Another week of “You gotta be kidding me, right?”

  1. My four playoff teams right now:  Florida State, Miss St., Ole Miss, Baylor.  But Alabama, Notre Dame, Oregon, and Sparty are knocking on the door.  If FSU beats Notre Dame next week, they will be a lock for the playoffs.

  2. SEC:  Give the devil his due, the SEC West deserves praise and with Arkansas and Kentucky rising up, it’s gonna be hard to shout down the obnoxious honks.  Another big day in the State of Mississippi, and right now the Egg Bowl is looming VERY large in the playoff picture, though Miss St., still has to get by Bama, who just BARELY got by Arkansas (causing a Saban meltdown) and that is a major hit to them.  Meanwhile, Georgia shocked a whole lotta people by laying the wood to a ranked and not terrible Missouri team, but as we all know they’ll blow it.

  3. PAC 12:  UCLA – it’s all mental with them.Speaking of mental, we get to the two schools who faced each other Saturday Night:U$C/Arizona was one hell of a game.  The cheaters had this game in the bag and promptly gave it back at the end, only to have the Arizona Kicker lose it and their #10 ranking and potential talk of playoffs with three missed FGs, including one with 17 second left that would have won the game.

  4. ACC:  Notre Dame had a chance to silence the haters with a big performance, and they allowed UNC to drop 43 on them and Gholson had 3 turnovers?  That one’s gonna hurt the Domers chances, and now they head to Tallahassee.  Clemson/Louisville was an underappreciated game – that’s for sure and I’ll go out on a limb and say that Clemson is the best two loss team in CFB.

  5. Big 12:  Texas/Oklahoma was a lot better game than anticipated, and Baylor struggling is no surprise to me, especially against TCU, but coming back against a #9 team may just give them something for their resume.  Kansas gave OK State a game too?

  6. MWC:  I’m shocked at the fall of Fresno State, now 3-4 after losing to UNLV?

  7. Big 10:  The rest of the league really doesn’t matter, but hey Sparty, did you really let PURDUE hang 31 on you?  Yet another team where things are gonna come back to bite em.

  8. Big 10 #2:  Michigan actually won a game, beating Penn State, and meanwhile Minnesota is now 5-1 after beating Northwestern.  Indiana has the offense but they have got to find a defense somewhere.

  9. Other non-Power Conferences:  East Carolina just keeps on winning and the rest are pretty weak.

  10. Next Week:  Utah/Oregon State, K-State/Oklahoma, Texas A&M/Alabama, OK State/TCU, Notre Dame/Florida State, Duke/Virginia, Stanford/Arizona State, Washington/Oregon, and Kentucky/LSU.

You know who was the happiest team of all this week?  Alabama because they are right back in the mix.

Can we get Clemson/Alabama in a bowl game?

West Hills Update.  The boys are on a bye this week and ranked #18 in California, so Jerry came home and watched his alma mater online.  Sioux Falls is 6-0 and ranked around #20 in D-2 and took care of the “Battle for the Key” in Sioux Falls with their third straight win over Augustana 23-12.  His old JC team is #1 in the State and #5 in the nation, and the high school is struggling hard. 

Good Story #1:   While I am not a fan of any of the performers slated, The “Concert for Valor” for vets on November 11th in that city referred to as our Nation’s Capital, there will be a concert put on by HBO that will be available on cable, even if you don’t have HBO. 

Good Story #2:   Last Tuesday, the Utah Jazz signed little man J. P. Gibson to a one day contract.  J. P. is 3’6” tall, five years old, and is battling Leukemia.  Utah not only had that kid in for a workout, they dressed him out, and put him on the floor for one play in the Utah open Scrimmage at the arena to show off his skills, and the little guy has a few, and confidence after the dunk:

Did you catch the end?  Little man was so cool that he just strolled back up the court like he belonged.  J. P. is gonna beat this freaking disease, I can just feel it and I hope in 15 years or so we are hearing his name called again in the NBA.  Great job to the NBA, Utah Jazz, and all the others.  Class act!

NBA.  Karma got Kevin Durant who fractured his foot and is out 6-8 weeks.  KD my man, you can’t roll with Justin Bieber and not expect something bad to happen.  Cut the cord dude…

Douchebag of the Week (DBOW).  Carmelo Anthony is like the gift that keeps on giving.  This moose twit decided to run with the “I think I’m the most underrated superstar.”  First off Carmelo, what makes you think you’re a superstar – the fact that you jack up a bunch of shots and play little to no defense?  Or is it those numerous playoff appearances you’ve led New York to?  Secondly Carmelo, there are a lot of folks out here that think you are the most OVERrated player in NBA History. 

DBOW Honorable Mentions?  Josh Hamilton, I would be the first to bash LA fan of any kind, but you of all people bashing them?  I’m thinking you just need to ignore the criticism.

An example of Hollyweird?  Here you go:  New Kids on the Block were honored with a star on the Hollyweird Walk of Fame. 

Hey Dick Sherman, your Campbell’s Soup commercial is pretty lame.

That “Concert for Valor?”  Yeah, uh, where is Gary Sinise and the “LT Dan Band?”

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Saturday's College Football Preview - 10/11/14
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This is my first attempt at this, so bear with me, I might make this a weekly thing:

I realize that the SEC has MOST of the marquee games Saturday, but take a look at what else is on tap for yet another potentially great week:

  • ACC:Duke/GA Tech, Louisville/Clemson, BC/NC State, UNC/Notre Dame.Not horrible.

  • B12:Texas/Oklahoma, TCU/Baylor.

  • B10:Well, Penn State/Michigan is a name game.

  • PAC 12:Oregon/UCLA, Washington/Cal is suddenly a big game, USC/Arizona.

Mix in some non-“Power Conference” games and that only helps:

  • MWC:Air Force at Utah State, Colorado State/Nevada

  • AAC:#19 ECU faces the heat down in South Florida.

  • MAC:Central Michigan/Northern Illinois

I guess everybody was right – losing Hall killed BYU. 

CFB – Upset Alert.  Last week I was 2-2 on upset alert, so let’s see if I can do better this week with one game per power conference:

  • ACC:Duke goes down to Georgia and beats 5-0 Georgia Tech.

  • B10:Minnesota beats Northwestern who had their big win last week.

  • B12:TCU over Baylor because Baylor doesn’t know how to play in a close game.

  • PAC-12:USC isn’t going to get swept by the Zonies – they’ll beat Arizona down in Tuscon.

  • SEC:Missouri over Georgia, but watch that Charleston Southern/Vanderbilt game, and keep an eye on Alabama/Arkansas.

CFB – Not Buying It

  • ACC:Duke is 4-1 and only given up 68 points.Could be a VERY misleading stat.

  • B10:I’m not buying Iowa at 4-1.They’ve got Indiana coming in, so let’s see.

  • B12:I refuse to believe Texas is as bad as everybody says – they’ll make Oklahoma work for the Red River shootout.

  • PAC-12:There will be talk about Washington/California being for the PAC 12 North lead.Yeah, right.

  • SEC:I’m not buying this Saban/McCarron heat – sounds like a distraction of a way to bring the team together.Cheezy, but if it works, then good for them.But the other thing I’m not buying is this continued talk of Saban leaving.Folks he ain’t going – it’s just media trying to start (bleep).

Here’s a shock:  Barry Switzer admits to covering up misdemeanor crimes of players while at Oklahoma.  Gee Barry, how bout some other earth-shattering news like the world is round or water is wet.

Laugh of the Day.  Fran Tarkenton yapping about how McCarron was disrespectful in his comments about Alabama. 

Laugh of the Day #2:  Florida fan acting all holier than thou towards Florida State about doing the right thing with their players.  Hey Florida, remember Aaron Hernandez???

Tuesday's Tantrum -10/7/14
Category: FEATURED

Welcome to Tuesday where October means Apples as much as sports, and trust me, Apple Hill up here has just about everything in terms of food, candy, snacks of the apple persuasion.

I wish I could express in words what this sports weekend was like for me.  If I had one word, it would be FUN!!!  This has been by-far the best sports weekend I’ve enjoyed in a millennium or so, and it helped that a lot of it went my way.

MLB Playoffs.  I’m so thrilled with what is going on, but I’d rather leave MLB to much better minds (Jeff).  Absolutely incredible, in my mind 2014 has been one of the best baseball seasons in recent memory. 

NFL – 10 questions/thoughts

  1. Hey San Diego and Oakland, bend over because here it comes:  The NFL believes its 12-24 months away from a return (or two) to LA.  Uh oh…sorry San Antonio, you got punked.
  2. Maybe it’s because I had a kid who played on the D-Line for years, but I can’t freaking stand chop blocks and what Denver did to Calais Campbell should have gotten Thomas suspended.
  3. Will the FCC lifting the blackout rule mean that we are one step closer to PPV games? 
  4. SF has enough problems without Deion Sanders, Trent Dilfer, and Jay Glazer trying to stir the pot, but an offense with as much talent as they have with that inability to score TD’s is bad. 
  5. Cleveland coming back every week reminds me of the 1980 kardiac kids. 
  6. Dallas played and called a GREAT game against Houston.  Where has this Dallas defense been?  Putting six DB’s one yard before the first down marker is pretty damn smart.  They owned the lines too.  It’s unfair to ask the Houston DB’s to commit to tackling DeMarco Murray and then trying to keep up with Dallas WR’s at the same time.  The rest of the front seven outside of JJ Watt need to step it up.  Oh, and to defensive coordinators who play Dallas – how many years does it take for defenses to start paying attention to #82 for Dallas?  Maybe put a spy on his ass?
  7. How do you read Chicago and Carolina because that was one weird game.
  8. Please NY, don’t fire Rex Ryan, he’s a GRRRRREAT coach!  Next up:  Denver.  Good Luck.
  9. There are reports of a Fat Walrus (Mike Holmgren) sighting in Oakland.  Don’t do it Oakland!
  10.  Peyton Manning throws for nearly 500 yards and four TD’s and I still got smoked in my non-gab Fantasy league.  Damn, what a waste! 

CFB – 10 thoughts.  For those who are tired of “same ole, same ole”, Saturday was for you.

  1. My four playoff teams right now:  Florida State, Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Notre Dame.
  2. SEC:  These are the weekends that justify SEC fan running smack, and I can’t say shit! 
  3. PAC 12:  Great teams, yet don’t get the same amount of respect for their conference that SEC does.  All the talk w/the big games, did anybody notice the Cal/WAZZU game?  60-59.
  4. ACC:  Looks like Clemson is pissed, Florida State sleepwalks, and just a bit too late Virginia Tech is getting on track.
  5. Big 12:  I guess this year the Big 12 is Baylors to lose, Oklahoma did it again, and watch out for TCU who is just trolling in the background and draw Baylor this week.
  6. MWC:  Boise and Nevada had one helluva game in Reno Saturday Night, and if you look past Utah State you’re gonna get a shock.
  7. Big 10:  Sparty won, Wisky lost, & Miss-again has hit rock bottom!  Tell me when to stop laughing.
  8. Big 10 #2: The Urb had a “somewhat serious” conversation with the coach who leveled the idiot who got on the field?  Hey Urb, I think he used up his eligibility.
  9. Non-Power Conferences:  East Carolina is sitting at 4-1 and ranked #19.  ACC should poach them.
  10. Next Week:  If you thought this week was good, take a look at next weeks schedule:  TCU/Baylor, Oregon/UCLA, USC/Arizona, Alabama/Arkansas, Auburn/Miss St., Georgia/Missouri, Ole Miss/TAMU.  Then there’s the traditional Oklahoma/Texas.  As Ole Kurt Angle says, it’s about to get real – DAMN real!

West Hills Update.  The state ranked #11 team took the drive to just south of San Jose to play Gavilan and Jerry thought this might be a challenge.  His team won 50-14. 

Middle B.O.B..   I sometimes refer to her as my “Baby Shaq” because of her approach to how she plays Basketball – she’s a freaking bad ass - if you get in her way, you pay – hell, I don’t want none of that down on the block/low post and I have seven inches and more than a few pounds on her. 

Recently she got back into a Women’s league with a bunch of her old friends from High School days, and Sunday Night I went up and watched, and she (and they) still have game.  The two best teams squared off and sure enough it went to OT tied at 47.  That’s when my Baby Shaq had an offensive explosion scoring eight of the ten points in OT for the win. 

These women play hardcore – it reminded me of military basketball.  Some of them have one hell of an outside shot, more than a few of them lay great picks, and none of them have a problem with contact.

HSFB.  An interesting comment came out last Thursday that says player participation in HSFB is decreasing, and a talking head wondered if it had to do with head injury fears?  I think that’s part of it, but I also think that there’s way too much politics and personality involved at so many levels that they may not want to deal with it?

Oh yeah, not a big fan of Long Beach Poly beating Compton down in LA Friday Night 99-9.  Yes, you read that right 99-9, and the word is that there was no running clock, which I thought was required in Cali once one team goes up 40.

NBA.  Nine year, $24 Billion media deal with the sports TMZ and TNT.  Great, more Bill Simmons on our TV, that’s exactly what we need.  Oh well, at least we still have “the Chucksta.” 

Hmmm…those of you who care should stand by for Seattle expansion into the league.  There is no reason not to, unless LA North can’t get their act together on a new arena.

 “The best stories aren't on the cover. They're the kid at the end of the bench, the fan who snuck into the game, the coach who shouldn't be alive. They're the ones that are hardest to find, and hardest to forget.”  -- Rick Reilly

          

One Good Story.   Cincinnati practice squad guy Devon Still and his daughter Leah’s strong fight against Cancer.  Let me say on behalf of the Gab that we here are pulling for you little girl. 

One Good Story #2.  Lake Howell (FL) played Cleremont Ridge East (FL) and they put 19 year old Autistic C. J. Williams into the game just before Halftime where they “ran a play” for him where he ran and “scored a TD.”  Never mind that it didn’t count and the play was untimed, it’s the fact that two coaches, an officiating crew, and 22 kids from two teams took the time to allow this to happen inside of the game.  And that wasn’t all for C. J. as he warmed up with the team, walked to midfield for the coin flip as honorary captain, and ended up taking a knee on the final play of the game, a game Lake Howell won 10-7.  Props to both schools for giving a young man (and his family) his 15 minutes of fame!!!

Good Story #3:  Last Monday Night at bowling, the hat was passed for donations for veterans, and that alone was great.  But we were also treated to a young man who rolled a 300, and not only that, threw seven straight strikes in the next game for 19 strikes in a row (which is virtually unheard of even at the pro level) and ended up with a 781 series in three games (a 260 average)!!! 

Douchebag of the Week (DBOW).  Forget 12 minutes on Philly, Bill Burr needs to do a 30-minute rant from hell on this one.  If I am an actively serving veteran or a prospective recruit looking to join the military, I am taking a hard look at how this current government and military leaders treat our vets.  With the receding benefits that THE PENTAGON is proposing and apparent lack of concern for vets who get captured/arrested/killed  (ISIS/Benghazi/SGT Tahmoreesi in Mexico), not to mention the disgrace of the VA medical system, I’m not sure I would make the same decision I did 32 years ago next Sunday, and if asked, I’m not certain I would recommend the military (including the reserves) to a young kid right now, and while the economy blows, I would tell a kid that the moment the economy starts getting better again, you get out and make your money elsewhere.

DBOW Honorable Mentions?  Time to smack my own:  San Francisco fans of all sports – when the hell did you go from White Wine Sippers to gangsta wanna-bes?  This is beyond ridiculous now!  Chill the hell out - you are San Francisco fans, not Oakland.

IHM beat me to it – Jim Schwartz.  If we bring back Tool of the Year, this guy gets nominated.  What a Richard Cranium.

To the kid who got onto the Suckeye field only to get steamrolled by the coach.  Yep, he lost his scholly for that stunt. 

Kevin Durant, don’t think I didn’t notice you slipping that picture of you and that wannabe Justin Bieber on Twitter.   C’mon man, I know you’re better than that.

NEXT WEEK, I COME TO YOU LIVE FROM LAKE TAHOE!!!

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