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Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: HMS Bounty Halloween NBA NBA disloyalty World Series NHL Cam Newton Vince Young

Happy Halloween Gabbers! Itís gonna be a damned cold and windy one here and lord only knows what kind of celebration folks out East will be able to have between the flooding and wind damage and the snow over in the Appalachians. Mother Nature proved she can be pretty damn scary this week. Hell, she brought down the HMS Bounty this week. Made as a prop for promoting the film of Mutiny on the Bounty starring Marlon Brando, the ship has recently been restored and was used in The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and sailed to various festivals during the summer. The ship went down in the midst of Hurricane Sandy and took a female crew member and the 63 year old captain with her.
You know what else is scary? The idea of moving Halloween. Itís being considered in my hometown of Warren, MI. Now, I can see doing this in places that were directly affected by the hurricane, but weíre a good ways off from the disaster zone. Granted, the weather has been better. Weíve gotten a taste of the wind and rains, but trying to move the whole damn holiday to Friday is a bit much. Our genius mayor thinks this is a good idea as tomorrow is still calling for wind and light rain. To hell with that! I went through far worse to get candy as a kid! The year I got to dress up as a Tigerís ball player, I had to hide most of my costume under my Starter jacket. It sucked because I had a mock batting helmet, jersey, and everything. Of course, I was still out WALKING in the wind and rain to get my treats. Most kids donít walk anymore. Mom and dad drive them from house to house, meanwhile whatever the hell neighborhood they leave to come to mine has fewer and fewer houses giving out candy.
To hell with this new generation of trick-or-treaters! A lot of them are too damned old to be out in the first place. Most of them donít wear costumes. Hardly any of them know enough to say ďTrick-or-treatĒ much less ďThank youĒ. My light will be on tonight. I will have candy in a bowl, the good stuff, chocolates. I will have all my decorations ready to roll. Theyíve been out enduring the wind and rain. If you want candy, get your pampered self out of the car (and not in my damn driveway that is for MY car), wander up to the door (I might pass candy from inside if it is that crappy), and knock on the door and ask. Halloween is on the 31st. Donít expect me to go along with any bull shit moving of the holiday.
You know what else is scary? Some of ESPN rumor mongering about the NBA. Why does ti scare me? I just think that with David Stern gone the NBA will finally stop trying to show how damned rigged it is. LeBron is up in free agency in 2014. Stern is gone. Kobe may be on the way out in LA. LA will need a new draw. LeBron fits the bill. Now, all these Heat fans are crying that LeBron would never leave them. Heís got D-Wade. Heís got a family. Really? You remember Cleveland? Hell, Lebron will not only leave Miami given the chance, but heíll host a damned two hour special about it live on ESPN. Does anyone really think this guy has loyalty to anything but himself? Can these fans be so naive?†
The NBA is the picture of self-fulfillment and greed. I just installed a picture of it on the Wikipedia page for greed (not really, but itís a great idea anyone with a membership or whatever the hell you need). There is no loyalty from the players to any franchise, fan base, or contract. The owners need to wise up to this and figure that if these guys want to use them as pawns, they need to get proactive and use the players. Orlando had a prime chance to limp Dwight Howardís gimp leg off for a few players and some draft picks. Would they have gotten fair value? No. But they had way better deals than what they got from LA and Philly. They got no one. Brooklyn at least offered the lesser of the Lopez brothers and Mr. Kardashian.
You know who got it right: the Thunder. They know they have three guys up for contracts. Each guy is going to want the maximum deal. They canít afford that. So, you take the less talented of that three, James Harden, and ship him off for an expiring contract and some draft picks. Harden, who people will claim was blindsided, gets a chance to be the man for the Rockets and the Thunder actually get something for a player. Fans canít be sentimental in the NBA. Fans that are tend to remind you of that guy who blubbered on about how wrestling is still real to him. The NBA has done all it can to build up the franchises it wants to see succeed. Itís a watered down league who is letting the players run it into the ground. Player loyalty has left in a big decision. Fan loyalty left just as fast, or at least it should.
I was also pretty scared by the Tigersí World Series slump. Now, all credit goes to the Giants first and foremost. The Giants had an amazing series and completely dominated in every facet of the game. Heck, the Giants intelligence and ability on the base paths even got everyone a free taco today. (I forgot to get mine, but I hope some of you got yours.) Still, the Tigers were on the threshold and just didnít show up. Iím not trying to bash the tigers either. They ended the season in the best way possible considering they looked out of it as of September. After the late September/October run they put together, itís very hard to be upset with this team. I had figured as had the team that not being idle during their wait for the Giants would help. Despite going up against the best their farm could offer, the Tigers bats werenít there and even JV, the rock of this team, was shaky.
You know whatís so damned stupid, itís scary? The labor negotiations between the NHL and the players. Look, you have a small, but loyal fan base that wants hockey. You start to lose more fans with every game you cancel. Youíre going to cancel the best thing youíve done in the last few years IMHO, the Mid-Winter Classic at the Big House, due to the idiocy of Bettman-Fehr. Youíre league only recently clawed back from the damage of 2004. Get something done and put something out there. You wonít survive another lost season.
Iím a bit scared that the Lions are wasting what should be a talented roster. Iím worried that the Roar Restored is shrinking back to a yelp of fright. On paper, the Lions have a great squad. In actuality, we have guys slumping at the worst possible time and players not living up to potential. Maybe some of our guys were just graded too high, but weíre looking eerily similar to the lovable losers who tried to claw back from 0-16 than the high powered offense that made it back to the playoffs last season. Iím afraid weíll be shut out of the playoffs this year.
Iím afraid for Cam Newton. Iíll admit I figured Newton would be a bust, but not many busts put up the numbers that Newton has. People have started comparing Newton to Vince Young. In my opinion, Young never got enough of a chance. Really, Youngís numbers donít bear out a terrible comparison. Young went a strong 8-8 his rookie year. Newton led a mostly young Carolina team to a 6-10 record last season. Still, Young came back to lead the titans to the playoffs in 2007 and 2008 with 10 and 13 win seasons each year. What came next was the strange part. Young battled injuries. Young came back in 2009 to have an 8-8 season, but struggled in 2010 eventually losing the job and maybe his mind.†
I think the pressure got to Young. This was a kid who came out of Texas on fire. Heíd beaten the highly lauded USC team starring Reggie Bush and Matt Leinart. He was called a Hall of Famer by ESPN the year he was drafted. He was under so much pressure to win and distanced himself from Bush and Leinart so quickly that he just came apart under the scrutiny. Weíve all seen it before. Weíll see it again. Last year, Newton played to silence his critics and took a lot of the strain himself. He had to some games since he had little help outside of a revitalized Steve Smith. This year, the magic isnít working. Newton canít do it himself, but heís still trying. I only fear this may lead to his undoing. I fear he might come apart under the criticisms. Iíd like to see Young reach out to Newton. I think heíd be a good mentor and maybe get Newton to take it slow and remember he has a team.
Well, thatís about all Iím scared of for this week. Well, outside of bears, but Colbert kinda helped with that. I hope all of you have some great times trick-or-treating. If you get kids without costumes, I suggest getting a big bowl of fast food condiments to hand out. I know I have a bunch saved up. I expect to see some costume picks from the parents. Thanks as always for reading and I leave you with your word of the week.
frankenstorm, noun
A Frankenstorm is a hurricane and winter storm hybrid, involving a "monster" combination of high winds, heavy rain, extreme tides and snow. A Frankenstorm carries with it a risk of fatalities, power outages and severe property damage.
Farewell! I leave you, and in you the last of humankind whom these eyes will ever behold. Farewell, Frankenstorm!
Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: MLB playoffs OSU v TCU coaching

With a little chill in the air and shortening days, we step into October. To be honest, Iíve been ready for October for some time. I got to the cider mill early this year. I went into late August. I got my usual cider and cinnamon donuts as well as a cider cooler (apple cider slush mixed with soft serve vanilla ice cream). You add some cinnamon to it and it woulda been apple pie in a glass.
While we donít get to see the World Series in October anymore, we do get to see some great baseball. Unlike last week, most of the races have been settled. The White Sox couldnít keep pace and the Tigers got hot, resulting in the Tigersí clinching the AL Central last night. Itís a great and welcome distraction from the Lions march backwards.†
Of course, the most interesting race is the AL West. Texas currently holds a one game lead over the Aís. As luck would have it, the Rangers are finishing their season out against the very same Aís! The Rangers lost a close 4-3 game to the Aís just last night. They square off tonight at 10 and have a final game Wednesday. The winner of this series gets to play the Tigers in the first round. The loser gets either the Yankees or the Oís in a one game playoff. As luck would have it, the Yankees and Oís are also battling for their final spots. The Red Sox are relishing the role of spoiler for the Yankees and currently lead their game 2-1 about midway through. The Oís are playing the Rays who, despite being out of the hunt, wouldnít mind keeping the Oís in the wild card. Still, how great would it be if the Oís snatched the East from the Yanks? (Well, not so much for our few Yankee fans out there, but the rest of us would love it.)
As it stands in the AL, the Oís and Aís will play in the one game wild card match-up. I like both of these teams. I donít think many folks saw either of them being here. I know I didnít. Buck Showalter had the Orioles playing really well as 2011 wound down, but I wasnít sure if theyíd be able to keep it up. The Red Sox implosion may have helped, but here they are. The Aís, on the other hand, always have young talent. Still, they never seem to be able to gel. This year, however, they did. I see Oakland as the hotter team right now and whether they play the Oís or the Yankees, they walk out of the wild card with a win. I wouldnít be shocked to see them move onto the AL Championship series either.
On the other side of the coin, the Tigers have caught fire. We have some solid starters (Sanchez has started to put some ball games together) and the hitting has improved, but they still struggle at the set-up man and closer positions, which can really cost a team in the playoffs. Couple that with the fact that the Rangers have had our number this year (Rangers lead the series 7-3) and you have a tough first round match-up.†
While things could flip entirely today, this provides a great match-up. Both teams are pretty evenly matched. Detroit has the best hitter of the season in Miguel Cabrera, while Texas has some solid hitters and the next best thing in Josh Hamilton. As far as pitching, I give Detroit a slight edge. I just like Verlander, Scherzer, and Fister a little better than Harrison, Darvish, and Dempster. Still, the Rangers have an edge in the bull pen and Joe Nathan has been notoriously nasty to Detroit. Iím optimistic for my team, but realistically pick the Rangers to win the series.
Barring any sort of miraculous comebacks or horrendous meltdowns, the NL is set. Youíve got Washington, San Fran, Cincy, Atlanta, and St. Louis with LA having as much of a chance as a snowball in downtown LA. What doesnít help LA is that they wrap up the season against the Giants. What does help them is that the Cards wrap up against Cincy. These are huge rivalry series, so itís anyoneís guess how theyíll shake out. Still, I donít see the Giants losing two.†
Thatíll give us an Atlanta v. St Louis one game playoff. Two storied franchises will get one chance to make it to the next stage. Tim Hudson against Kyle Lohse (I would guess). If only Chris Carpenter was healthy. Can you folks picture much better than a Tim Hudson-Chris Carpenter gun fight for that last playoff spot? Statistically the Cards have the offensive edge, but not by a terribly wide margin. I do, however, give the Cards the edge in experience. I think that will make the difference here. I take the Cards to move on.
The Cards prize is to face the Nationals in the next round. Washington will be without fireballer Stephen Strasburg, but they still have a formidable staff anchored by Cy Young candidate Gio Gonzalez. The Cards, in my opinion, have a much deeper rotation. They also have a lot more experience. I give the Cards a pass to the next round in a hard fought, seven game series.
The other match-up in the NL features the Cincinnati Reds and the San Francisco Giants. As I said last week, the Giants have a heck of a rotation with a revitalized Barry Zito. If Tim Lincecum can do what heís done in previous post seasons, this really is a scary team. The Reds have an up and coming offense and Joey Votto has returned just in time for the playoffs. Still, I take a good rotation over a strong offense most days. Letís not forget that San Fran has gotten itself some pop even without Melky. I think the Giants move on to face the Cards. My apologies to Bandit (though I would be perfectly happy to see the Reds move on).'
The story around Detroit is Miggy chasing down an achievement that your superstitious author was hesitant to bring up. Seriously, think of the pressure that going for this achievement has to be putting on the man. Heís looking to join names like Carl Yastrzemski (the last to do it), Mickey Mantle, Ted Williams, Frank Robinson, and fellow Tiger Ty Cobb. Itís a relatively short list, but itís long on hall of famers. Barring serious injury, I can see Cabrerra joining these men in the hall, but itíd be great to see him join them on a certain achievement list.
OSU president Gordan Gee will get a chance to eat his words come 2018. The Buckeyes have signed an agreement to play a home and home series against TCU. Gee famously called TCU a ďlittle sister of the poorĒ when asked about non-BCS schools playing for the National Title. Who knows, the Buckeyes might actually be eligible by 2018. Wouldnít it be poetic if TCU kept them out of the title game?
Some of you may have noticed that I havenít talked about my high school team lately. The reason is simple: I had to resign. As we ended practice a few weeks ago, our head coach asked for a joke. One of the seniors gave one at my expense (pretty much implying that I have no genitalia). Now most schools that costs you a game at least and a shit ton of running. My head coach laughed it off, broke practice and thought nothing of it. Being an unpaid volunteer, I was pretty pissed at my head coachesí reaction. †When I asked him about it, he first told me it was just a joke and nothing to worry about and then tried to convince me that I misinterpreted a 17 year old boy. I spent four years studying English lit, I think I can wrap my head around a 17 year oldís lewd jokes. Long story short, I didnít feel the right kind of respect, sense of team, or backing from the head coach and resigned. Iíve had the support of the school staff and one of the guys I used to coach with at Center Line was frankly shocked at my ability not to want to slug my former head coach. Frankly, Iím just happy to put it behind me.
Thatís it for this week. Thanks as always for stopping by to read my thoughts. I hope everyone is ready for some MLb playoffs. I leave you as always with your word of the week.
woman cave, noun†
A sanctuary in a home free from males and kids, where a woman can go to get some peace.
Sheila retreats to her woman cave to clean her gun after a long day on the job.
Teresa likes to watch movies in her woman cave when the kids go to bed.
Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Chicago teachers labor NFL refs NHL

If Iíve seen anything about this upcoming election so far, itís that unions will be a huge topic of discussion. Here in MI, we have an initiative to vote on whether or not unions should have collective bargaining. I believe Iíve heard of a few other states with similar proposals. Over in Chicago, it appears that the teachers and schools have reached an agreement.†
Iíve read BOBís take and can understand his view. Itís tough to have a city with that kind of hike in violent crime and see something like money come in the middle of getting more kids off the streets. Still, not too many teachers in Chicago make $75,000 per year. What Iím seeing on is that the average salary for a public school teacher in Chicago is $47,677, though no bonuses are listed. If they have bonuses like health care, than the number is obviously higher. Teacher salaries in Chicago run from $41K-$77K. I believe the people BOB is referencing are probably teachers with more seniority, who are worried about a wage increase and revising performance evaluations. Bandit makes a valid point that teachers face a tough job. I also believe that neighboring states like Michigan and Wisconsin who have famously been working to pass legislation to restrict teacherís rights has a considerable role in the strike as well.†
I can understand why the teachers walked. Administration can be notoriously hard-nosed in negotiations, while they generally give themselves a prime cut of the budget. I agree with the sentiment that administration is where the scissors should be applied when people speak of trimming school budgets. Well, any budgets for that matter. Weíve become pretty bloated by bureaucracy. Look at the administrative budgets of most cities. Your top folks (mayor, deputy mayor, city councils, etc.) generally have 7-8 appointees. I know weíve faced this here in Detroit.
On the sports angle, fans are now suffering from two labor stoppages: the NHL players and the NFL refs. Personally, Iíve seen far too many blown calls or non-calls this year. Hell, the secondary has been looking the the Thunderdome so far; anything seems to go. Players have figured this out and the refs are paying more attention, but thereís still a lot for hastily trained replacements to catch. Players and coaches across the league are starting to get fed up. The NFL is making billions. Surely they could sacrifice some of their profits to get the professionals back and improve the quality of their product.
Of course, we like to call ourselves Hockeytown here in Detroit and many are worried about whether or not theyíll get to see their Wings this year. Weíve made a lot of changes (granted no huge splashes) and this is a crucial year for the team. Not only that, but downtown bars and restaurants are starting to sweat a little and many fear a repeat of the 04-05 season. Following that season, the league has done a nice job of building itself back up with a huge assist from the recent Winter Olympics. On the brink of losing another season, the league should wonder if cash strapped fans will finally be too fed up with millionaire vs billionaire scenarios to come back. Another strike should also, in anyoneís right mind, signal the death knell for two of the principle actors of this drama: Gary Bettmen and Donald Fehr. †Neither are too popular with fans as it is, but I remember a lot of folks being nervous when Fehr was named head of the NHLPA. It seems these people had a good sense of what was to come.
All this labor makes me tired. Thatís about it for me this week. Good luck to all the proud poppas with their Friday nights this week. I leave you as always with the word of the week.
chainsaw katana, noun
Possibly the most badassed weapon on the planet.
Limp Bizkit was too weak to pack a chainsaw katana and the idea that Fred Durst could pack a simple chainsaw remains up for debate.
Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: high school football Ditka Favre Stephen Strasburg Kidd v Cuban

While it may already be underway elsewhere, football season kicks off in Michigan tomorrow. My boys have their first JV game tomorrow and varsity follows it up on the road Thursday. The down side is that weíre starting against our big rivals. That should be enough to get our guys amped, but weíre a rebuilding program. Ours guys got 44 points hung on them by this squad last season. I hope they keep that in mind come Thursday, because theyíre lack of maturity has been showing lately.

We overhauled a few things. We arenít crab blocking. My boys on the line werenít getting it, werenít conditioned enough, werenít quick enoughÖ We went to a two point stance, which is helping guys fire off. I made them wrist band cards of blocking assignments. I spent so much time getting my varsity line straight, that I wasnít able to do much with the JV. I took myself out of the play calling assignment. I figure thatís ok since I have a lot of assignments: o-line coach, JV coach, equipment manager, field equipment manager, video uploader, heck I filmed our first scrimmage and run the water system at practice. Keep in mind I took this position voluntarily and for no pay. I took a good chunk of this week to focus on the varsity o-line.† Hopefully that is enough for them to be competitive.

This might sound weird, but I remember the high school game being a lot simpler when I was playing. It could be that I was just at a small school in Michigan. It could just be my age. Still, thereís a lot going on now. Your bigger schools have a football class that starts in September and runs til June. They go over schemes, review opponents, and study film. They also have spring/summer conditioning and strength training. What yanks me is that I know this is even tougher in the South. I donít know if folks up here are just trying to catch up or if this is just a reflection on how big a business football has turned into. Still, it seems like itíd be tough to do much more than football during a school year. Thereís not much time for other clubs. Itís hard to get a job thatíll work around the time commitment. I love the game, but the bounds between college and high school seem blurry anymore.

Keeping to the football front, it seems Brett Favre has found something to do. Heís coaching (Qbs and offensive coordinator) down there in Haddiesburg. I guess Ed Werder can go back to the Cowboys beat. I wonder how he is as a high school coach? I heard there was a reality show about Mike Ditka taking over a high school team. Not sure most kids could stand up to a rant by Ditka.

The MLB continues to be a free for all heading toward October. With a 6 game lead over the Braves, the idea of the Nationals making the playoffs continues to look very real. The Nationals have already said they are looking to shut down Stephen Strasburg at 160 innings this season. Could this mean sitting him in the playoffs? I donít think they would. Itís hard to go without your big gun. Still, will he have rust if they bring him back? The Nationals are on strange new ground with their handling of Strasburg.

It doesnít sound like Mark Cuban has handled the departure of Jason Kidd to the Knicks very well. Before this offseason, a lot of folks in Dallas thought Kidd would retire a Mav and maybe even come back to a front office job. Since his departure, however, Cuban has made it very clear that heís shut the door on Kidd. Cubanís gone so far as to say he would never even think of retiring Kiddís jersey. Cuban can hold some grudge, but I wonder if heíd cave to any fan pressure? I think Dallas fans would count Kidd as deserving of enshrinement if anyone is.

Well, that's it for me this week. I'm getting ready to go into battle and hope our boys are ready. We are off on the 2012-13 season. I'll warn you that I'll be out for a long while tomorrow, so I may not get to view things here til pretty late. Thanks as always for stopping in. I leave you with your word of the week.

radar ass, noun

This happens when your body knows when you are getting close to home and automatically wants to expell all feces in short order

Holy crap we are still 10 minutes away from getting home and i have a turtlehead poking out, must be my radar ass kicking in again

Buzz from the Bleachers
Category: Daily Blog 2.0
Tags: Olympics water polo JV v. Liriano MLB Penn State

Hey Gabbers and welcome to the half-way point of the week. After a good run through the south, Iíve made it back to Michigan on Sunday. No thanks to storms over Chicago. I got delayed a few hours and had to change gates about three times. I got back just in time to start the football season off. We had a midnight practice to kick the season off, which was awesome aside from the fact that I pulled filming duty. Thatís coaching dues I suppose. Tomorrow is the first day weíll have pads, so I hope those boys are ready.

Heard this song over the radio a lot. I'm not normally a country fan, but I like this one and it speaks to the driving I did with my girlfriend.

My girlfriend has been geeked up about the Olympics since she got back from Brazil. I may have mentioned she came back a soccer fan. She got to go to see a game in Rio. She saw Flamengo RJ, which is apparently the working manís team there. The atmosphere was crazy and the fans were up and moving through the whole game. I canít blame her much for this, but she also attributes her new love of soccer on seeing pics of a lot of the players. I suppose the ladies need their eye candy too. Still, Iím going to need her to stop calling it football since I get immediately excited and then crash when she says she means soccer.

My favorite watch of the games so far has got to be water polo. I think it's vastly underrated as an Olympic sport. Has anyone else been watching? This sport is nuts. Men and women have to continuously tread water in a pool at a minimum depth of 6 feet. The game is plaid a lot like handball. You have a goalie and the rest of the players have to throw the ball into the net. None of the players are allowed to punch the ball into the net.

Whatís even crazier is that while all of this is going on, the men and women are beating the shit out of each other. They really get after each other. If a player is found to be getting too rough, they have a penalty box and the offending team plays short-handed. The biggest offense is taking off another playerís cap, which they wear to protect their ears. Itíd sting like crazy to get pegged in the ear. Itís pretty common to see them dunking each other though. Apparently one of the womenís matches even had a wardrobe problem due to the fighting for position.

Just today, our womenís team beat out Australia 11-9 to move onto the gold medal game. The women take on Spain for gold this Thursday at 3 EST. The menís team takes on Croatia in the quarterfinals round today.

I kinda fell out of following the Tigers while I was on the road, but saw that the White Sox have gotten back in it. I was also assed out to see that the Twins basically gave the White Sox Francisco Liriano. Granted Liriano isnít what he used to be, but that guy can give the Tigers fits. Really, itís a shame that Liriano caught that shoulder problem. When Liriano and JV both came out in 2006, I figured weíd be treated to some amazing pitcherís duels down the line. Verlander could have easily lost his Rookie of the Year award had Liriano stayed healthy. Their stat lines in 2006 were eerily similar:
Verlander: 30 games, 17-9, 3.63 ERA, 124 SO

Liriano: 28 games, 12-3, 2.16 ERA, 144 SO

Still, both sides of the MLB have so much to decide still that the MLB has my attention more than the NFL at the time. The NL West is bound to give some fans a coronary. I figure Harveyís hoping his boys can pull a winning streak out of somewhere. The Wild Card is doing what the commish thought it would. We might even see the Pirates make the playoffs. The Aís could break a lot of hearts here in Detroit. This is going to be a great finish, even if it was more engineered this season.

Lastly, while we notice that Penn State is making waves about fighting their sanctions (though they may just make things worse), it seems that a group of former PSU players are looking to fight to bring back the vacated wins. Lead by former QB Michael Robinson, the 8 man group filed an appeals letter yesterday. The group is challenging the consent decree signed by the universityís president as well as the findings of the Freeh Report. The playersí main complaint with the Freeh Report is that the findings mention of a ďcultureĒ that enabled unlawful acts against children seems to indicate that players contributed to those heinous acts committed by Jerry Sandusky. I agree with these players. The language could easily be changed to reflect that the actions of the coaching staff and administration created an environment that enabled such acts. Changing a few words around simply places the blame more squarely on those who need to shoulder it.

I believe that restoring these wins also shifts some of the blame. The mistakes of Sandusky and Paterno shouldnít weigh on any former players. Put the wins back on the record, but leave Paterno where he is on the wins list. Feel free to place a huge asterisk next to his name with a vivid description of the depths he sunk to in an attempt to compile so many wins. Heck, he was up in the booth for a good number of them anyway. The young men that played, however, should be able to show their kids what their work got them.

Thatís about all I have for this week. Iím pretty pumped to get my squad in their pads. Itís hard to see what kind of linemen I have without pads. I hope theyíre just as ready to get popping. Iíll also be glued to Olympic coverage and MLB standings the rest of the week. I hope you all have exciting weeks of sport as well. Thanks as always for reading. I leave you with your word of the week.

Chik-Fil-Atheist, noun

A person who loves Chik-Fil-A, but not God, and is therefore pissed that Chik-Fil-A is closed on Sundays.
Even though I'm an avowed Chik-Fil-Atheist, I tried to go to Chik-Fil-A on Sunday again. Goddamn it!

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