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Too many disjointed thoughts here, but I'm pissed:

I'm torn to be honest.  I don't know what to think, but I do know this much, I'm sick to death of all this outrage and I'm sick to death of the violence.  Qwazier said it best today:  What did the businessmen do to the people of Ferguson to deserve being torched?  Well guess what Ferguson, your problems just grew worse because what businessman would want to do business in your town?

The death of Michael Brown was tragic, but WHERE THE FUCK IS THE OUTRAGE FOR THE SENSELESS VIOLENCE KILLING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE IN CHICAGO, LOS ANGELES, OAKLAND, and everywhere else - many victims being innocent children?  Where is the outrage at the criminals who do this shit?  I can never reconcile this FACT.   Where is Magic Johnson, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and LeBron James when it comes to this stuff?  For that matter where is President Obama?  Isn't Chicago one of his hometowns?  So I just want to get this straight NBA players - what you are telling me by your ignoring it is that it's OK for the persistent death and violence to roll through places, so long as a cop isn't involved.  That's what you seem to be saying without saying it.

Here's the bottom line - and I've said it before - our generation has failed.  We've abdicated our responsibility as leaders, communicators, parents, role models and everything else.  We can't think straight, and we can't think critically.  By every conceiveable measure we are leaving our children worse off than we were, and I'm disgusted.  

President Obama likes to talk about hope and change - we have neither of either.  Too bad because those are Good words (not catch phrases or buzzwords).  It's too bad nobody listened, including himself because we could have moved on to greater things, but we had to be stuck in a never ending cesspool of violence and mistrust.

Last Saturday on my way to Jerry's ball game on the way out of town I passed a gun show, and guess what?  The place was packed and it got me to thinking - nobody on either side trusts the cops to keep the peace, so where are we as a society gonna be in 5 years?  Armed to the teeth, just like the wild west - that's where.

Monday's Moaning with a Sub - Thanksgiving Week
Category: FEATURED

Welcome to Thanksgiving Week folks, one of my favorite times of year.  Food, Family, Football, and Fun.  So without further ado, let’s get this Turkey Week edition started.    

I’m gonna talk about working this upcoming weekend, but first I want to say this:  If you’re camping outside of a retail outlet for days while waiting for that “Great Deal”, you’re just as loony as Star Wars guy, or video game guy, or iPhone guy, or Sneaker guy.

Working on Thanksgiving Day.  In retail, Thanksgiving weekend is a blocked weekend – nobody is allowed to take vacation or days off, switches aren’t allowed, and woe be to the Manager who tries to sneak one deserving person by.  Believe me, I know.   I read with great interest Sully’s take on working on Thanksgiving – and he’s right – it’s BULL.  I get that retail planners and managers are dictated by customers and $$$, but at some point retail has to train their customers better and actually have the balls to say NO to customers - while at the same time treating their employees right/far better – because after all, it’s the little things that make for better, more attentive employees.  Retail can’t be everything to everybody.  So retail, give your people a break and a chance to rest and recuperate – at least for one day.  They all busted their asses to get the stores ready for Black Friday, so give em Thanksgiving off, they’ll come back happy and ready to attack Black Friday.  That I know FOR A FACT!!!

After all retail, if you’re open on Turkey Day, that just cuts into the profit that Black Friday brings – and it does.  So why are you doing it?

Black Friday.  Having seven years experience with Black Friday (five of which in management) I can tell you this:  IT SUCKS.  Black Friday is simply the worst day on the retail calendar dealing with some of the worst that humanity has to offer.  It’s HELL for everybody:  Good and respectful customers get trampled on by the idiots in their rush to get “the deal” while the media celebrates the carnage, Workers have to be in by 3 or 4 AM, first dealing with neurotic managers scared to death of corporate and their unrealistic demands.  Workers then have to deal with zombies (err, customers), some of whom want us to cut prices even further.  Cashiers and other floor staff are verbally abused by the same customers while managers hide in the back.  It’s particularly worse for the cashiers who have to deal with lines of folks in a hurry to get to the next place yelling and screaming for “more cashiers” – as if these morons didn’t plan for stores to be packed.  Security is on edge, HR’s are left to scramble trying to keep the workers happy with token efforts such as bringing in continental breakfasts and pizza.  Meanwhile, sale stuff is “stashed” so that workers can make their purchase once they get off work. 

OK, enough ranting and negativity.  I want to talk specifically about what in sports I’m thankful for:

NFL.  Three great games on Turkey Day (no turkeys here) that actually mean quite a bit in the NFC playoff chase:  Chicago @ Detroit, Philly @ Dallas, and my personal favorite, Seattle @ San Francisco. 

What in the world is going on down in San Diego?  St. Louis comes down and apparently 20,000 LA folks take the short drive down to cheer St. Louis?  Hey Charger fan, where the hell are you?

CFB.  On Turkey Day, all eyes will be on Texas as TCU @ Texas and LSU @ TAMU.  Black Friday has Arizona State at Arizona, and Saturday will have Florida @ FSU in Muschamps last game (watch out FSU!), Michigan @ Ohio State, South Carolina @ Clemson, the Civil War in Oregon, the Egg Bowl, Notre Dame @ USC, a suddenly VERY important Arkansas @ Missouri, and Auburn @ Alabama.  And if you need any more incentive to watch CFB on Saturday, Minnesota @ Wisky, if for no other reason to see what that RB is gonna do to that Minnesota defensive line.

CFB Thankful #2.  While I’m not usually one to tell you “I told you so”, I TOLD YOU SO.  Arkansas was gonna wreck somebody’s season in the SEC West, and they went out and did it TWICE – LSU and now Ole Miss and didn’t give up a freaking point while beating both.  Missouri, you’ve been warned.

CFB Thankful #3.  I know this is way down the line, but CFB is changing.  Take a look at this:  Boise State has announced that in 2022/23 they will play Oregon State, Sparty, and BYU home and home.  You think some schools are starting to take note of the new way things are being looked at?  Weak Conferences have to step up OOC, look for promising programs AND power programs need to start playing on the road too.

West Hills Bowl Game.  I’m thankful that my son is getting this kind of experience as a coach.  West Hills won 24-14 over Yuba finishing 10-1 after 2-8 last season.  Some final stats to brag about:  Jerry as a player and coach in Junior College is now 31-2 in three years and two programs.  His Defensive Line this season LED THE NATION (Junior College) in QB Sacks with 70+.  Now comes the post-season for him where he tries to get his kids into four-year programs and starts recruiting for next season while prepping for winter workouts.  Just like his Head Coach told me Saturday, coaching is a grind, but he’s learning, gaining experience, and trying to build his network.

NBA.  I’m thankful that Sacramento is 8-5 with wins over Portland, the Clippers, Phoenix, San Antonio, and Chicago, a record that absolutely NOBODY predicted.  I thankful for new ownership of the Sacramento Kings, who last year cleaned 90% of the mess after the Maloofs left.  Yes, they still have a ton to improve upon and work on, but believe me as a long suffering fan, this is paradise compared to 2006/2007-2013/2014. 

DeMarcus Cousins is one of the best big men in Basketball and he has so much more growing to do.   Rudy Gay was signed to a bargain extension, and Darren Collison has proven to be a very adequate point guard.  Ben McLemore is improving at the SG as well.  Many others are buying in to watch the franchise is trying to do as well.

NHL.  I’m thankful for not being in last place in the Gab Hockey League.

MLB.  I’m thankful for the most fun I’ve had in decades in Baseball this past season.  I’m also thankful for lots of opportunities to watch MLB live in various places and hope to build on that trend in 2015.

CBB.  I’m thankful to read that Sacramento and the new arena will get 1st and 2nd round NCAA March Madness games in 2017.

Bowling.  I’m thankful I got back into it.  It’s fun with good people, and the fact that I’m better now than I was when I bowled competitively (and for money) 30 years ago is an added bonus.

Sports Media.  I’m thankful for Sirius XM, so that I don’t have to listen to the garbage on free radio.  Oh, and they actually have 70’s and 80’s music channels.

Douchebag of the Week.  Honestly, I was in such a festive and good mood and I had absolutely no plans to post one this week, but “The New Yorker” just went too far, but then I saw this cover, so I had to bestow our honor on them.  I believe in free speech, but this march towards political correctness has just gotten so out of hand. 

Why in the world is it necessary to politicize Football?  Again, I have yet to hear about any majority of American Indian tribes who are offended by the Football name.  Why are the media elite so intent on doing this?  Don’t they understand that every time they try to force feed this issue down our throats that we just get further entrenched in our belief to be left alone?

Happy Thanksgiving Gabbers!

Tuesday's Tantrum - 11/18/14
Category: FEATURED

One of the underrated joys in life is sitting down with a book and just getting lost for a while.  I was reading my current book and there was a passage which referred to a Norman Rockwell painting known as “Marine Homecoming.”  It got me to thinking about the old Saturday Evening Post, which has been in existence in one form or another since November, 1821.  My curiosity piqued, I went back and noticed the essays and stories and poems that some of the greats contributed:  Agatha Christie, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Vonnegut, and many MANY others – so how is it this magazine lost its popularity?   I mean after all, this is a paper that had well written stories and celebrated American life OUTSIDE of LA/NYC/DC and talked about things that were important to those in the middle of the country.

Where has Americana gone?  Is Americana an acceptable virtue of life in today’s society?  I honestly wonder.  It seems as if it’s wrong to celebrate life and actually read short stories?  I sometimes wonder if we as a generation along with the ones moving forward were cheated by not taking advantage of something like the SEP.  Do they even teach short stories and literature in school anymore?

Some of you are wondering what this might have to do with sports.  In 1967, the paper was sued for defamation because they wrote an article that implied that Bear Bryant and Wally Butts conspired to fix a game between Alabama and Georgia.  Butts was awarded $3 million, and there were other issues related to libel that went all the way to the Supreme Court, but the paper was never the same.  This is one slant on the whole issue here.  Interesting reading to be sure.

The good news is that the Saturday Evening Post still exists on newsstands (is there such a thing as this anymore?), but it’s also online, but they tease you:  Read part of the story, then you have to pay to subscribe.   The way of the future, paying for a glimpse of the past right???

MLB – Epitaph for 2014.   When people think back to the MLB season of 2014, I have to believe that one word may come to mind if you are just a fan of Baseball – FUN!!!  When is the last time that any of us could say “Hey, MLB is a damn good time/thing right now!”?  There’s just so many positives – it was a no non-sense zone for the most part (outside of that d-bag Puig), but this season also had plenty of drama on the diamond.

Please forgive my movie analogies – I know I sound a lot like Tony DiNozzo, but this is how I see Baseball right now.  20 years ago, there was a Baseball movie that came out called “Little Big League.”  It was about a 12 year old kid who loves Baseball and whose grandfather died and gave him the Minnesota Twins.  He then went out and named himself the Skipper.  He saw Baseball rightly so from the eyes of a child and struggled with adults who took a game he loved and removed the fun and made it a business – there was no joy for his players, yet in the end, the ball players came around and just had fun.  It was silly and not a particularly great movie, but it got me to thinking about the 2014 version of Kansas City.  They relaxed, had fun, and lookie what happened…

Well in 2014, this 50 year old got to see Baseball from the eyes of that 12 year old and in a sense I regained a certain joy of summertime that I long ago forgot about.  But you know what?  I’m also jealous.  I’m jealous of Jeff and of Doug and Kyle, and all the others who always had the love of the game and never lost it.  I’m jealous that I turned away from the X’s and O’s of the game, and quite honestly it’s a life regret that I took so long to regain my enthusiasm for the sport. 

     

2014 was interesting for me:  How do you not enjoy taking in a game at ATT Park in San Francisco?  Or what about doing a cross-country drive and hit Target Field grabbing some fantastic grub in a beautiful stadium, and yes, celebrating the 20 year anniversary of Little Big League with the stars of the movie.  AND what about Kauffman Stadium?  Oh, and for kicks, visiting Arizona AND Florida Spring Training wasn’t too shabby.  Add in Jerry’s visit to Wrigley Field, and it was an incredible year.

For me, I also got to see how others enjoy it- for instance Doug down in Arizona telling me all about D-backs games in Phoenix, Kyle writing about Toronto, all the talk of sitting in the seats at Fenway, and the minor league stadiums.  My son tells me about Wrigley Field and then All-Star Monday at Target Field.  There’s really no other sport that you can talk like this.

And what about on the field this season?  How could you (even as an SF fan) not get with Kansas City going all the way to the final game of the World Series and watch Moustakas and Hosmer FINALLY play to their vast capabilities, while Madison Bumgarner had his coming out party?  And as a San Francisco fan, how do I not enjoy what they have done since 2010?  How was it not cool to see Oakland, Seattle, Cleveland, Milwaukee, and Pittsburgh do the “small market teams” proud?  And what about those solid, solid teams in Baltimore and Washington and St. Louis?

For that matter, how do you not enjoy watching the beginnings being built in Houston with their kids starting to produce and the North Side of Chicago?  And what about how Miami played .500 ball all season long?   You see strides in San Diego, and then you see that teams are showing signs of life in Minnesota as well with their talent starting to heat up – but still needing a pitching staff.

Well, now we move on to 2015, and before that the Hot Stove League, where already players names are being talked about – Pablo Sandoval to Boston for instance. 

MLB Trade.  And just yesterday Atlanta and St. Louis hooked up on a deal that sent Shelby Miller to Atlanta for Jason Heyward and Tyrell Jenkins and Jordan Walden?  Me thinks Atlanta gave up a bit much and it makes St. Louis that much better.

Farewell to 2014 – you were a great season, THE standard for future seasons.  Baseball is in a great spot right now and I hope 2015 can be more of the same.  I can promise you MLB, I’ll be back.  Speaking of which:

Uncle B.O.B.’s World Tour Stop - #5.  Yes folks it’s official, Uncle B.O.B. will be going back out on the road next March and this time while it includes South Florida, we are also going to DisneyWorld, or Epcot Center to be more precise which allows me to also have a greater choice of which Spring Training game I would like to attend.  And to my friends in Michigan, it may very well be in Lakeland catching a Detroit game…

Be on the lookout because Stop #6 is in the planning stage with a very cool “Bucket List” side trip included.  I was also blind-sided and surprised about a proposed #7 which IF it happens, I can’t wait for and it will be different for the Gab – to an area not covered regularly by the Gab, and might even be particularly pleasing to the Beeze who has mentioned a desire to go there.

West Hills Update.  Jerry’s team hit the road to Salinas for their final game, going in 9-0 and needing a win to win their conference.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be as Hartnell came back from down 16-3 to win 24-16 – the teams both ended up at 9-1 and were co-champs.   The good news is that the kids still got to host Yuba College in the NCFC American Division Bowl. 

Props to the West Hills team and it’s coaching staff who took an abysmal program and in one year turned in a 9-1 record.  That is quite an accomplishment and while the loss might sting, the performance this season is worthy of respect.

 

Good Story of the Week:  This is a bittersweet one.  75 year old Wilbur Heath was dying of Cancer and he had one final wish, the longtime civic supporter wanted to see his beloved high school football team one last time which is one of the powerhouses here in the Sacramento area.  On Friday Night, he was brought in by ambulance.  From his bed with folks surrounding him, he watched the game from the track at the 50.  As a special surprise, he was wheeled out to midfield for the opening coin toss.  Sunday Night, he died, content.  RIP Wilbur.    Here is his story: 

http://usatodayhss.com/2014/dying-man-cancer-del-oro-high-school-football-california#sthash.EsQaAr3N.uxfs

Props to all the good folks who made this happen.

Good Story of the Week #2:  Those of you who watched Ohio State @ Minnesota may not have noticed, but on the back of the Minny jerseys weren’t last names, it simply read:  MINNESOTA.  Refreshing.

Douchebag of the Week.  The American People.  How the hell is it we spent more time discussing a Kar-trash-ian fat ass than the problems of the day?  

Saturday's Showcase - 11/15/14
Category: Daily Blog 2.0

Well, I see there's an opening, so I think I'll jump in and talk some college football, where a lot of the fog is going to clear today.  

SEC.  Some absolutely great games on the docket today with Mississippi State traveling to Tuscaloosa.  It's more than just a game, a lot of folks will be watching to see exactly how up and up this is gonna be.  While I vehemently disagree w/theknightswhosay that the refs took the game from LSU last week, I truly believe that there could be some shenanigans here IF MSU is up and the game is close late.  

Auburn is gonna go hang out in Georgia today and this could be an interesting one.  Neither are in the chase for the playoffs, but they sure are gonna have a lot to say about who wins the SEC.

Also, for the first time since I can remember, LSU and Arkansas aren't playing on Turkey Day weekend, and Missouri is heading down to College Station for an undervalued game as well.

BIG 12.  Uh they took the week off, though Texas at Oklahoma State could be interesting just to see how far Charlie Strong has come.  Otherwise, get back to me next week.

PAC 12.  This is why I like the PAC 12:  On paper, almost every matchup can be considered a pick em.  This week Arizona State is at always tough at home Oregon State, Washington is at Arizona, and Utah is at Stanford.

ACC.  Florida State and Miami are hooking up in the Night game and while I'm loathe to do it, this could be an upset alert.  Meanwhile, Clemson has GA Tech, and for name recognition Virginia Tech is facing 8-1 Duke who needs to upgrade their schedule if anybody is gonna take them seriously from here on out.

BIG 10.  As I write this Ohio State and Minnesota are going at it in snow flurries up in the Great White North.  Ohio State went up 14-0 got greedy and went for a long bomb, Minny intercepted and marched it down the field so it's now 14-7.  

Otherwise, there's Nebraska who is desperate for a win and having to head into Wisky, and Michigan State is heading over to Maryland in a game that could be good as well.

Calling my shots.  

  1. Upset of the Week:  I like Arkansas over LSU.  It's in Fayetteville and LSU at 7-3 and no shot of the SEC Championship is playing for pride, but the Hawgs can pound the ball and ball control is what can beat LSU, well that and mental mistakes and bad coaching calls.
  2. Close but no cigar game of the week:  Minnesota will hang with Ohio State for a while.  Ohio State plays lethargic in the first half then dominates.  But the longer Minny hangs w/Ohio State, the faster Ohio State's playoff chances go down the drain.
  3. Playoff standing:  The winner of Miss. St. and Alabama is in.  The winner of Oregon/Arizona State is in.  The other two?  Who the hell knows and the problem with that is it gives the NCAA an opening to run some kind of game.  Watch out folks...
Tuesday's Tantrum - Veteran's Day 2014
Category: FEATURED

     

Why do you like them so much?  Because they stand on a wall and say, “Nothing’s going to hurt you tonight, not on my watch. 

Kevin Pollak as LT Sam Weinberg

A Few Good Men (1992)

Zero Dark 30 (4:30 AM).  Then it began, Platoon Staff formally introduced us and then took charge.  Imagine tables flipping, chairs getting thrown against walls, instructors screaming.  A volume that shocks the body, PT has been harder than any work I’ve done in my life…Pain is constant here.  Honor, sacrifice, integrity, aren’t just fairytale phrases.  They’re earned every day in sweat, tears, blood, etc., by these people.  The values of the USMC are one of a kind.  Keep shit straight…The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.

Nate Krissoff, For Love of Country (2014)

Veterans Day.  I believe it takes more than saying thanks to a veteran, you have to mean it in your heart, not just forget about it after you say thanks or buy that round at Starbucks.  Chris Mortensen at ESPiN Sunday Morning made the best point.  Mortensen was a vet during Vietnam, and he encouraged everybody to support the veterans organizations, with time, or just volunteering – money would be nice, but we know how that goes.  Hell, just be a guest at an Wounded Warrior, American Legion, VFW, DAV, or AMVETS meeting.  Or even the newer Iraq/Afghanistan support groups.

I was away for most of this weekend, but I came home to find a bit of an outrage brewing over an article written Sunday by David Masciotra of Salon.com, which can be read right here.  Needless to say I’m not thrilled, but I’m not going to get all worked up about it either.  The reason for that is because I actually pity the man because he doesn't have an original thought in his head - all he does is spew far left talking points.  Dude has the right to speak his peace no matter how stupid he sounds, but he was so all over the place that I honestly didn't know who he was talking about – indicting the military, the cops, government, and just about everything else.  It truly seemed as though it was nothing more than a hit piece from the hippie movement.  Here is a sample of his “work”:

(Quote) Physical strength and courage is only useful and laudable when invested in a cause that is noble and moral. The causes of American foreign policy, especially at the present, rarely qualify for either compliment. The “troops are heroes” boosters of American life typically toss out clichés to defend their generalization – “They defend our freedom,” “They fight so we don’t have to.”  (End quote)

Hey David, Physical Strength and Courage are a daily REQUIREMENT because we know not what the day brings.  Thanks David, so you’re blaming the military for foreign policy?  Isn’t your guy the Commander in Chief who just ordered 1500 more troops into Iraq just three days after the election?  Where is your rage for that?  As for the noble and moral comment, I dare you to make that statement in front of injured veterans families, but of course you wouldn’t dare because then you’d have to get out from the cocktail parties and behind the keyboard.  But as pitiful as I find his comments, I’m reminded of so many quotes in that movie “A few good men”:

We joined the Marines because we wanted to live our lives by a certain code, and we found it in the Corps. Now you're asking us to sign a piece of paper that says we have no honor. You're asking us to say we're not Marines. If a court decides that what we did was wrong, then I'll accept whatever punishment they give. But I believe I was right sir, I believe I did my job, and I will not dishonor myself, my unit, or the Corps so I can go home in six months... Sir.

LCPL Harold W. Dawson

A Few Good Men (1992)

We do for the most part live by a code:  Honor, Courage, and Commitment.  But here's a question for you David:  What do your dear leader politicians in Washington stand for?  Does anybody even know?  We veterans run to the fight.  We help in cases of emergencies (remember Katrina?).  We are sent to fight ebola in West Africa – what the hell are you doing about ebola?  We fight where and when we’re told – we don’t have the luxury that you do – to be the self-appointed lone judge of what is right and wrong, especially when you refer to the unproven stuff.  We don’t have that right – we voluntarily gave up our first amendment right of freedom of speech for a higher purpose.  But again David, I refer you to a quote from that movie, this time from Jack Nicholson:

Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Who's gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? (you David?)  I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the Marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it.

In the plot of the movie, Jack Nicholson was a douche, and I personally abhor hazing and code reds as well as his overall arrogant demeanor, but there’s a greater point to that quote – and it’s in reference to what we as veterans and service members do as opposed to the consistent whiny LA/NYC/DC party circuit who mocks us and takes our rare mistakes and uses them against us, but has no problem sending us off while at the same time demanding cuts in spending and benefits. 

I would say to David that for people who serve, there is no more noble and moral cause than defending our country.  We don’t do it for glory, we don’t do it for money, we don't do it for the discounts every November 11th, and many of us certainly don’t consider ourselves heroes – in fact we shun the spotlight.  In fact David, if you took a poll, I’d be willing to bet that the vast majority of veterans consider Police, Firefighters, Teachers, EMT’s, and yes, even Doctors to be much more of a hero than we could ever think of being.

David, you remind me of the character David Janssen played in “The Green Berets”, a cynical writer/journalist who hated the war and the military, but then changed his tune when he went over to Vietnam to see for himself.  This isn't 1968 David, it's 2014.  Come out of your Utopian dreamland David, and take a look at the real world, and just for the hell of it, go out and see what it is a veteran goes through - we aren't all evil little baby killers like you seem to imagine.  

West Hills Update.  There are days that are particularly satisfying, ones in which you could almost say were perfect, and to me Saturday was one of those.  When you have perfect weather to sit in the stands for a JUCO game, followed by one hell of a BBQ dinner, it puts  me into a fantastic mood, and quite honestly, I continue to believe that the small schools, junior colleges, and high schools have what we seek when it comes to sports, and a Saturday spent at a lower division or JUCO college game is a day well spent.

Mrs. B.O.B. and I drove 180 miles down deep into farm and cattle land to watch Coach Jerry’s #8 West Hills team put their 8-0 record on the line against a Merced, a tough team from a few miles away.  West Hills jumped out to a 24-7 lead at half with some incredible luck and plays and an aggressive defensive line that had 13 sacks on the night.  The second half starts and West Hills goes up 38-7 late in the 3rd quarter, and Mrs. B.O.B. (who knows nothing about Football) looked at me and said has anybody ever come back from that?  I said I do remember the 49ers doing it in the playoffs and they won 39-38.  Well guess what, Merced came back and got the game to 38-35 with three minutes left, but finally the D-Line reasserted itself and in the end with one minute left, West Hills got an INT, and got into victory formation.

Afterwards, I had the opportunity to meet other coaches on the staff all of whom really like how Jerry coaches and conducts himself – they say to me that he has a knack for coaching. A nearly perfect day indeed.  Next week is the final game on the road and should they win, it will determine when and where their bowl game is.  Jerry is hoping for a bowl game at Monterey, and believe me, so are his mom and dad.

 

 

College Football – Sioux Falls.  Jerry’s alma mater took the road trip to #1 Minnesota Mankato at 8-0, and ended up losing 27-13, then came home to defeat Upper Iowa 45-21 to get to 9-1 with one home game left against Wayne State (NE).  Here’s the problem for them, D-2 only takes the top six for playoffs and guess what?  USF is #7.  All those great teams in Super Region 3 and they can only take six.  So what will end up being a 10-1 team could very easily be sitting out of the playoffs come three weeks from now.  That sucks.

College Football – D1.  When I sit here and think about things, the clearer the picture is becoming for the playoffs: 

  1.  SEC.  The Winner of Miss. St./Alabama will get in, so long as they win the Conference.
  2. PAC 12.  The winner of the Oregon/Arizona State PAC-12 Championship should get in, provided Sparky gets by Rich Rod down in Tuscon.  Worst case?  PAC 12 gets a playoff bid and the loser goes to the Rose Bowl, not a bad deal for the Zonies.
  3. Big 12.  You would think TCU could have a legitimate chance to get in, especially now with the SEC and PAC 12 leaders hooking up, despite the Big 10 trying to denigrate the conference.
  4. ACC.  Florida State is looking VERY beatable, but they’re still undefeated and a spot in the playoffs is theirs to lose, but when they do – THEY OUT!!!  Notre Dame got smoked, and now Duke is looming after FSU gets Miami, and improved Boston College and a suddenly resurgent Florida.  
  5. Big 10.  Really Ohio State?  Yeah, I get it you beat Sparty (who Oregon blew out BTW), so what?  You lost to Virginia Tech.  You have no resume.

     

NFL – Week 9, or is it 10?                 

  1. Those two plays pictured above saved SF's season.  San Francisco’s defense has carried their offense, and that certainly didn’t change this week as SF had to pray for a herculean effort from the D because they (mostly second stringers) are performing vastly better than all that talent on the offense. 
  2. Ordinarily I’d say it was a tough break for Carson Palmer to go down like that, but Bruce Arians don’t play that.  He EXPECTS his backup to run the show and keep it going.
  3. Cleveland is alone in first place in their division AND has a better record than San Francisco nine games in?
  4. I’m guessing there’s going to be some firings in Chicago this week.
  5. You get the sense that Pittsburgh just spent too much energy the past two weeks.
  6. Oakland, you silly little freaks you.
  7. Seattle actually ran for 350 yards against New York (Blue).
  8. Detroit has a little something going too and they love to take games late, don’t they?
  9. Miami might have lost, but for them to be sitting at 5-4 far exceeds what was expected of them.
  10.  Did Chicago quit or were they just an unfortunate victime of red hot New England and Green Bay?
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