Welcome to the tantrums, where Uncle B.O.B. was very happy to see some actual cool sports performances on the field, and almost no drama off it. Let’s keep this trend up.
Just a sports thought. Damn if this weekend was not a phenomenal sports weekend. Great CFB games and all, but how far has the NFL fallen when we are pleasantly surprised by the product they put out this weekend? Let’s be serious for a moment, when you looked at this past weekend schedule, you weren’t exactly enthused were you? Yeah, there was SEA/SF and CAR/NO, but really was there anything genuinely compelling?
NFL. I love Football, and I’m disgusted by what it’s becoming. Case in point – nobody is going to convince me that what is going on with the Houston Texans is nothing more than players absolutely quitting on the team. A team with that talent losing 11 games in a row? Something very deep is going on down there. Oh, and congratulations Texan players, you got your coach fired.
Speaking of quitting – hello Washington Deadskins. Good Lord, could you imagine the rage coming out of our friend 3rd Stone from the Sun?
Ten NFL thoughts:
Hey Richard Sherman: You mad bro? Seattle got exposed yesterday in SF. Zebras finally took away their excessive physicality on D.
Hey 49ers: GROW UP!!! Play your game and stop whining to the Zebras.
Vikings/Ravens game was a classic. I don’t know why, but I’m on the Vikings bandwagon.
Don’t get me started on the Cleveland/New England game. Absolute BULLSHIT!
That Gronkowski injury was absolutely brutal. But because it was New England, I guarantee that all of a sudden the NFL will become "interested" in low hits.
Are we really looking at a Miami Dolphin team that is 7-6 & in the fight for a six-seed in the AFC?
Philly/Detroit game was amazing.
I absolutely love the improvement of the Arizona Cardinals. Who knew?
Just because Denver blew up Tennessee, it doesn’t mean the Peyton questions aren’t still relevant.
Was just thinking, Tampa is 4-9 right? A few breaks go their way in September and we’re looking at 7-6, add in blowing that lead in Seattle, and they could have been 8-5. A better team than we all think?
NBA. Hey Spike Lee, how you doing?
Amazing how a few years changes things. Just a few years ago, Carmelo Anthony engineered/forced a trade to the New York Knicks. The Knicks mortgaged everything just to get him and now look. Now all of a sudden Knick fans want to trade him. OK Knick fans, what exactly do you think you are going to get for a superstar with baggage who only wants to play in NYC at a high price? I would be shocked to see anybody fool enough to pull the trigger and grab Anthony.
Wow, what happened to the Knicks Sunday? Getting blown out by 41 is bad enough, but to the Celtics?
I really wish I could take the NBA more seriously as a legitimate professional basketball league because what’s going on in San Antonio, Portland, and Indiana is certainly worthy of mention. Teams playing as a team and dominating.
Toronto and Sacramento trading seven players total (Rudy Gay, Acy, and Gray to SAC for Salmons, Vasquez, Patrick Patterson, and Chuck Hayes) is good for both teams, but does nothing in the short-term.
MLB. DO NOT be surprised if at some point within the next ten years, Robinson Cano is wearing Yankee pinstripes again.
How cool would it be if A-Fraud wins his battle and the Yankees say “OK” then sit him.
Joe Torre, Tony LaRussa, and Bobby Cox going into the HOF? Hell yeah, right thing to do.
Lastly, there will come a time very shortly where I will have to talk about the debacle regarding the Oakland A's ownership, location, and stadium issues. It's getting ugly folks. It'll probably be some filler come January, but this issue could be huge and Bud Selig is an effing liar.
The last two weeks of this CFB season made up for a lot, and there’s at least one final regular season game, Army/Navy. Now this is gonna sound a bit arrogant, but I believe that when you talk about student-athletes, you have to use these young men (as well as Air Force) as role models.
Color me a happy B.O.B. today as Ohio State lost.
Northern Illinois blew it, and it hurts the MAC’s chances going forward of ever getting props.
How weird is it that the 2nd best CFB in the State of Florida is Central Florida?
Rice is the C-USA Champ?
For as much bashing as I do to the SEC, that game yesterday was good. Didn’t go down the way I would have liked, but it was still good.
I honestly thought Arizona State was gonna give Stanford a bit of a challenge.
How in the hell did Oklahoma State blow that game against Oklahoma? They came in way too flat.
Fresno State has had a pretty good run this season. Too bad that because they are the champs of the Mountain West that they didn’t get more respect. But I will say that CBS putting that game on their channel was pretty cool.
Who got the better coaching deal, USC or Washington? I say Washington. But out of all of that UCLA will win the recruiting wars.
What does losing Peterson mean for Boise State?
I wanna give props to Texas. They may not have achieved the normal level of expectation in Austin, but they didn't shrivel up and fade away either.
My Bowl Picks. Holy Crap, did the BCS get lucky. After all the craziness shook out yesterday, the Orange Bowl went from looking at a potential Duke/UCF matchup to Clemson/Ohio State. Uh, I'd say they were the big winners down in Miami. The Fiesta Bowl got screwed, and if I'm the folks in Phoenix, do I really want to buy a ticket to a Big 12/Big Least game?
NC Game: Florida State/Auburn
Rose: Stanford/Michigan State
Orange: Clemson/Ohio State. The big bowl winner here.
Fiesta: Baylor/UCF. No disrespect, but the biggest bowl loser here. This game will get ignored.
Cotton: Missouri/Oklahoma State
My CFB Top 25. As you know I am a Florida State fan, but there is no joy in my heart about this NC Game. Their schedule was PATHETIC, their leader put himself in the middle of a felony charge, and now they potentially are the sacrificial lamb being led to the SEC slaughter. There's one thing we don't know about the Seminoles: How will they play when they face a challenge? How will they respond if Auburn jumps out to a lead? They don't know how to respond to adversity.
Auburn (12-1) (1, Won vs. Missouri 59-42). SEC Champions & NC Championship Game vs. Florida State?
Florida State (13-0) (2, Won vs. Duke 45-7). ACC Champions & NC Championship Game vs. Auburn?
Alabama (11-1) (5, Lost @ Auburn 34-28). Sugar Bowl vs. Oklahoma? Not to their standards, but not bad consolation.
Michigan State (12-1) (7, won vs. Ohio State 34-24). Big 10 Champions & Rose Bowl vs. Stanford.
Ohio State (12-1) (6, Lost vs. Michigan State 34-24). This has to be the luckies program out there. A trip to Miami in the Orange Bowl vs. Clemson?
Baylor (11-1) (8, Won vs. Texas 30-10). Big 12 Champions. Fiesta Bowl bound vs. UCF?
Stanford (11-2) (9, Won @ Arizona State 38-14). PAC 12 Champions and Rose Bowl vs. Michigan State. Physical game.
Oklahoma (10-2) (13, Won @ Oklahoma State 33-24). Inconsistent team, yet they draw a Sugar Bowl bid vs. Alabama?
Missouri (11-2) (3, Lost to Auburn 59-42). Hell of a run. Hope the Tigers get a Cotton Bowl bid.
Arizona State (10-3) (10, Lost vs. Arizona 38-14). There's something about these guys I really like.
Oklahoma State (10-2) (4, Lost vs. Oklahoma 33-24). They’ve got to be sick after this loss.
Oregon (10-2) (12, Won vs. Oregon State 36-35).
Fresno State (11-1) (15, Beat Utah State 24-17). MWC Champs. I hope they get rewarded w/a good bowl.
Duke (10-2) (12, Lost to Florida State 45-7). Peach Bowl bound?
South Carolina (10-2) (21, Won vs. Clemson 31-17).
LSU (8-3) (17, Won vs. Arkansas 31-27).
Clemson (10-2) (7, Lost @ South Carolina 31-17).
UCF (11-1) (19, Won @ SMU 17-13). Big Least Champs. Congratulations - you got a Fiesta Bowl bid against Baylor.
North Dakota State (12-0) (20, vs. Furman). Second Round FCS Playoffs.
Louisville (11-1) (22, Won @ Cincinnati 31-24). Meh…
Bowling Green (10-3). MAC Champions.
Northern Illinois (12-1) (12, Lost vs. Bowling Green 47-27). Damn. At home? Lost a whole bunch of chedda on that choke job.
Miami, FL (9-3). (24).
Ball State (10-2) (NR).
Biggest Winner yesterday: Michigan State.
Biggest Losers yesterday: Arizona State, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Northern Illinois. These guys have to be absolutely sick at what they lost considering prestige and money involved.
Welcome to the tantrums, where Uncle B.O.B. welcomes you to December and hopes that you had a fantastic Thanksgiving weekend, and to those celebrating Hanukkah, Happy Hanukkah. Sad to see the weekend go away, but since time stands still for no man, I guess we need to move on…and look towards Christmas. My your holiday season be full of fun.
But before I get started on the rants, does anybody else think the Wendy's commercial with the dude getting all hot and bothered by the newest Wendy's burger is a bit creepy?
Just a sports thought. I know I’m preaching to the choir here, but there HAS GOT TO BE a frank and honest discussion about the officiating in “professional” Football, Baseball, and Basketball. The latest issue? When the Redskins are trying to drive the field with less than two minutes left in the game, down seven points, and the clock running. How on Earth can the officials not be on the same page with respect to what down it is, and or communicate it to the Redskins? If there was even a hint of confusion did they not take an officials timeout? That is inexcusable.
NFL. Hey y’all, I heard that there was some good football being played this weekend in between all the commercials. Can anybody confirm that? I heard AP, Josh Gordon, and Alshon Jeffrey had 200 yard games, but how could anybody know that?
I do not want to hear Wide Receivers pulling diva-type antics ever again. These divas as so busy dropping balls and costing their teams drives that its getting crazy.
I take some heat for not drinking my teams Kool-Aid, but the San Francisco 49ers have shown me NOTHING! Their record is clear – they’ve beaten the teams they should and have lost to the teams who are better and that does not bode well for the 49ers come January. They are the sixth seed in the NFC and will likely stay there, maybe 5th. The offense has a long way to go, the defense can’t continue to hold them up, and the players are spending way too much time responding to Twitter rather than focusing on getting better on the field. The thing that is saving them right now is that they have played a lot of the NFL bottom-feeders.
Can you believe that already we are heading into the final month of the NFL season? WOW!
Detroit, FOUR turnovers and a 30 point win? That’s unusual.
I’m really shocked by the Oakland Raiders performance this season. I expected five to six wins, but they seem to have been competitive and it seems the Silver and Black are turning a corner in terms of cleaning up that franchise.
Mike Tomlin needs to be held accountable for that sideline thing.
All this crazy crap surrounding the Miami Dolphins and yet they are the #6 seed in the AFC? Are you kidding me?
What in the world is going on with the Chicago Bears?
How great is Adrian Peterson? The quickest to 10,000 yards? Can we start talking about him being in the group of best of all time yet?
I think a lot of people are getting it twisted: Kansas City is still rebuilding and just because they’ve won so many games, it doesn’t mean they were ready for Denver.
NBA. Watching the Kings play the Warriors Sunday Night, DeMarcus Cousins, who is no stranger to officials wrath, was tied up with Andrew Bogut on many occasions. He gets an elbow to his face – no call. On a play later in the game, Bogut is holding his arm down, Cousins raises his arm up, Bogut flops as if he was hit in the face, and Cousins is hit with a Flagrant 2? Fortunately, it was rescinded moments later, but officiating falling for the flop needs to be addressed.
CFB. Really Alabama? This what it has come down to for your spoiled asses? Hey Alabama fan, are you really Twitter screwing with your kicker and making threats? Oh, that’s right, all the dropped passes of the wide receivers had absolutely nothing to do with the loss. How embarrassing for the state of Alabama that they actually have people who did that. Cowards. YOU SUCK!
What a weekend of College Football – this is what it should be like every stinking week!!! For those who want to see the BCS sweat just a little bit, this past CFB weekend was just for you because now it’s utter chaos and could be devastating if Michigan State wins next week over Ohio State. I’m in the minority, but I don’t believe either Florida State OR Ohio State is worthy of the NC Game.
I spent the majority of yesterday and today listening to the bias in favor of Ohio State and I wonder "Really?" So I say OK justify it, and all I get is "Undefeated". OK, fair. So by that standard (and I know Doug hates this) why isn't Northern Illinois in the discussion? They're undefeated. They play a D-1 schedule. So tell me why Ohio State, or for that matter Florida State is more deserving. See my point about how ludicrious that argument is?
Take it a step further: If the decision is that that NIU is unworthy, then what are they or the MAC, MWC, CUSA, Big East, or Sun Belt doing in D-1? Why if they have ZERO chance of being recognized, let alone have an actual chance don't they create their own division?
At first glance, Florida State/Duke might not seem to be a challenge, but…
40 years of watching football and what Auburn did to Alabama at the end I only saw once and that was at a HSFB game.
Did anybody catch that ass-whoopin Arizona State put on Arizona? This is a team who might challenge UCLA next season for sure.
Speaking of being dominated, the Ultra $ucky Cheaters took a beatdown from UCLA, and while I don't care it's significant to see the power shift down south.
My Bowl Picks. This is as of right now:
NC Game: Florida State/Auburn
Rose: Stanford/Ohio State
Fiesta: Oklahoma State/UCF
Cotton: Alabama/Michigan State
My CFB Top 25. No offense, but I’m not ranking four-loss teams. I have respect for SOS, but four losses is four losses. Nobody has a better resume than that.
Auburn (11-1) (4, Won vs. Alabama 34-28). Next: Missouri (SEC Championship Game)
Missouri (11-1) (5, Won vs. TAMU 28-21). Next: Auburn (SEC Championship Game).
Oklahoma State (10-1) (1, Idle). Next up @ Oklahoma 12/7
Florida State (12-0) (2, Won @ Florida 37-7). Next: Duke (ACC Championship Game).
Alabama (11-1) (3, Lost @ Auburn 34-28).
Ohio State (12-0) (6, Won @ Michigan 42-41). Next: vs. Michigan State (Big 10 Championship).
Michigan State (11-1) (8, Won vs. Minnesota 14-3). Next: vs. Ohio State (Big 10 Championship).
Baylor (10-1) (10, Won @ TCU 41-38).
Stanford (10-2) (11, Won vs. Notre Dame 27-20). Next: Arizona State (PAC 12 Championship).
Arizona State (10-2) (14, Won vs. Arizona 58-21). Next: Stanford (PAC 12 Championship Game).
Oregon (10-2) (12, Won vs. Oregon State 36-35). From NC contenders to ugly uniform matchup.
Duke (10-2) (15, Won @ North Carolina 27-25). Next up: Florida State (ACC Championship).
Oklahoma (9-2) (13, Idle). Next up vs. Oklahoma State 12/7
Northern Illinois (12-0, Beat Western Michigan 33-14).
UCLA (8-3) (19, Won @ USC 35-14). This will be a very tough team next season!
Fresno State (10-1) (9, Lost @ San Jose State 62-52). Next up: Utah State (MWC Championship)
LSU (8-3) (17, Won vs. Arkansas 31-27). Once again, prevent defenses prevent wins.
South Carolina (10-2) (21, Won vs. Clemson 31-17).
Clemson (10-2) (7, Lost @ South Carolina 31-17).
UCF (10-1) (22, Won vs. South Florida 23-20).
North Dakota State (10-0) (21, Idle). Hey Big 12, Why not?
Louisville (10-1) (26, Idle). Next 12/5 @ Cincinnati.
Cincinnati (9-2) (23, Idle). Next 12/5 vs. Louisville.
Welcome to the tantrums, where I and my family want to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving Day, especially to Mama B.O.B. and “In the Gene Pool” and his family. By the way “ITGP”, feel free to bring it here at The Gab more…we need some smack talk from a Gator fan. Don’t worry, I won’t hold your Cowboy fandom against you. We don’t have any Central Florida representation here.
This day quite possibly the week is the one I look forward to the most all year. I give thanks for all that we have, and I'm a very lucky man, but really how much better does life get than Thanksgiving week including family, a fantastic meal, and tons of football?
Some of you may already have traveled, some may be traveling now, but please be safe out there.
And to the veterans and their families who are apart on this very special day: we love you, and we honor you. We hope that you are safe and sound and most importantly, we hope you come home soon!
One of the things to be thankful for during all Thanksgiving week is Football. There is Monday Night, three games Thursday, traditional College Football Friday and Saturday, and the NFL again Sunday. Good Lord, you can OD on Football more than turkey.
Just a Black Friday thought… At first I was concerned about this, but on days like Black Friday, I come to appreciate things like Amazon and internet shopping. I mean seriously, I realize it’s a tradition for some, but how can folks handle the craziness of Black Friday, a day which year after year I see the worst in people, just mere hours after we celebrate what’s best and what we should be thankful for? Once again, I’ll be sitting at home watching news reports on Friday of people trampling each other and acting ignorant while scrambling to get the goods.
Just a sports thought. We all know that professional sports are a business – it’s about money. I don’t begrudge anybody for trying to make a buck, but at the same time don’t insult the intelligence of the fans of the sports that pay the freaking bills. Officiating, unbelievable prices for the events, poor quality on the field, rumors of pay per view games, excessive injuries, more commercials than action, and on and on and on...
That being said, there are times that I question the intelligence of sports fans, myself included. We accept this. We allow ourselves to become emotionally invested in sport, and as the years go by, I ask myself “Why?” Is it even sport anymore, or is it an "event"? And yes folks, there is a MAJOR difference. Until fans stand up and demand better, professional sports will continue to be what it is, a sub-par product. Seriously, how many of you fans without question open up your wallet to attend a pro sports event? I don’t.
We as fans have to accept that professional sports is one of two things (1) corrupt, or (2) so completely ignorant that they allow horrific performance from their refs year after year. Businessmen that run these leagues don’t make money by being ignorant, so…
Let’s call it like it is – officials cannot be that bad, for if they were, don’t you think they’d be fired by now, so that kinda narrows it down, don’t you think? In any other walk of life, if somebody performed to the level that NFL, MLB, and NBA officials seem to perform, they would have been gone long ago.
NFL. Beeze posted this video and I had to repost it because it’s so funny, true, and speaks for more than just Cleveland.
My friends over the weekend stole my thunder, so let me ask the question this way: Has the NFL hit its peak? Who runs this out of control league?
Let’s call it what it is, the officiating in the NFL absolutely sucks right now, and the Carolina Panthers have been a HUGE beneficiary. Miami got boned.
Why is Dallas Cowboy fan so silent and apparently accepting of Jerry Jones’ myopia?
Why were the New York Giant players running their yaps leading up to the Giants/Cowboys game?
$16,000 fine to Brooks for that hit on Brees? NFL Alumni are getting pissed.
I have to offer a big fat, juicy mea culpa to my man B-dub. I was the ring leader of hatred over Cam Newton when he was first drafted, and after a few years, he has proven me wrong. That being said, that Superman TD celebration makes him look like a douche.
That Denver/New England game was crazy, and it did nothing to enhance the legacy of Peyton Manning and the knock that he can’t play in cold weather. Hey Denver, way to piss away Knowshon Moreno’s 225 yards rushing.
Hey Detroit, Tampa just smoked you in that sewer you call a home. Feel free to play well EVERY week, not just when you feel like it. And don’t ruin my Turkey Day by screwing up again.
Memo to Tampa: You’re next on the Carolina schedule. So that means part of my game plan is to ensure players understand that they won’t get any benefit of any doubt from any official. Oh, and since flopping is now OK in the NFL, anytime a Bucs offensive player is anywhere near Luke Kuechly, fall down. You might get a call…
Thank you Baltimore. Any time the Jets lose it’s a good day.
Psst, anybody catch that beatdown the Zonies laid on Indy? What a good football weekend for the State of Arizona.
Michael Irvin, please for the love of everything holy, STFU? How in the hell can you act a fool and turn the entire NFL Network post-game show into a love fest for a .500 franchise?
CFB. One thing that I wanted to mention and forgot to on Sunday was this: The Navy Quarterback literally ran FOR SEVEN TD’s in Navy’s win at San Jose State on Friday Night. I don’t care who you are and who you faced, that is incredible. If Peyton can get that much love for it, a kid playing for Navy deserves that much…AND MORE!
CFL. I just want to give a quick shout to the folks in that frozen ass place known as Regina, Saskatchewan. Those fans went out and watched their hometown boys beat Hamilton to take the 101st Grey Cup. I would put the fans of the green up against any group of fans anywhere. They are real and rabid and they act right.
Oh, and though I absolutely LOVE Canada, no my friends of the Great White North, A great Grey Cup does not make up for your unleashing Justin Bieber upon the rest of the world. Consider yourselves not forgiven for that major, MAJOR party foul!