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Party Rock dominating ScottJax?? Another pro team in Detroit?? Torrealba slaps an Ump?? Little tibit about World War I, ScottJax message to the gabbers, in this weeks edition of:

 

 

You ever listen to a song and then for a couple of days, the song dominates your brain? Well I have not been able to shake LMFAO’s Party Rock. I just love the music. I just want to shuffle, but with the hip that ain’t happening. So for those that have never heard it before, or have heard it, and want to listen to it here it is:

There is a 30 second commercial so please be patient.

Note: Redfoo (the one with the white glasses) is the son of music legend Barry Gordy, while Sky Blu is his grandson. Redfoo is also a former brother-in-law to Jermaine Jackson.



 

Did the NFL really hide evidence linking concussions to long-term neurological problems?

That’s what ex-Miami Dolphin players Patrick Surtain, Oronde Gadsden and 19 other former NFL players think. They filed a lawsuit the other day. The players also claim the NFL made misrepresentations about the seriousness of their injuries "with the intent of inducing NFL players, including plaintiffs, to return to play as soon as physically possible after having suffered a football-related concussion and to promote an aggressive style of football that would attract viewers."

The NFL denies the charges and says the safety of the player has been a priority.

This lawsuit is not the first pertaining to concussions. In August 2011, Jim McMahon and six other former players sued the NFL, as well as other former players who filed a lawsuit in Atlanta.

All the lawsuits have the same basic format, the NFL held information regarding concussions and the long term effect it has to neurological problems.



Catcher Yorvit Torrealba, a player for the MLB Texas Rangers and Leones del Caracas of the Venezuelan League, was suspended for 66 game for striking an umpire during a game. After striking out, Yorvit got in the face of the umpire and eventually hit him in the mask with an open hand. The suspension will last for the remainder of this season and all of the next season of the Venezuelan League. Suspensions in winter ball do not carry over to Major League Baseball.

"I wanted to express my sincere apologies to all parties for my actions during the Venezuelan Winter League game on Friday," Torrealba said in a statement Monday. "I have extended an apology to the Rangers organization as well. I am embarrassed for my conduct, and personally relayed that feeling to the umpire after that night's game. On the field, I strive to be an example for children, especially those in my native Venezuela, and I regret my actions. I understand the reactions to the incident and will make every effort to set a positive example in the future."



 

I only thought that Detroit had the Tigers as winners. Now it looks like they have company.

Congratulations go out to the Detroit Lions who finally made in the NFL playoffs after a long drought. It was a joyous occasion as the fans were chanting “Playoffs, Playoffs,” and QB Matthew Stafford going around the stadium high-fiving fans.

This is the Lions first playoff appearance since 1999.



 

Did you know that on December 25, 1914, during World War I, British and German troops observed an unofficial true and they even played football together on the Western Front.

Interesting…



I want to take this time to thank the Gabbers on a wonderful 2011. You guys and gals make it a pleasure to do my weekly blog.

On behalf of my wife, Raye, and I would like to wish you and your family a safe and Happy New Year. May all your dreams come true!

 

 

 

 

Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Sam Hurd Johnny Knox Fumblerooski Random Thoughts ScottJax

ScottJax update. Hurd is a pusher?? Fumblerooski invading the NFL?? All this, and more in this Christmas edition of

 

Wow, in one aspect it felt good to be back at work and seeing my friends. But, on the other hand, I really took a beating at work. It was rough the first week back. My hip was sore from standing and walking. At the post office, I have to feed or sweep a machine that sorts the letters. My partner and I rotate what we do every two hours. But even after an hour I start to hurt so I sit for about 10 minutes. Several people at work, who have had hip replacement surgery say it will take another 2-3 months to get back into shape with the hip as long as I continue to do my exercises at home.



Fool of the decade has to be former Chicago Bears wide receiver, Sam Hurd who was arrested on federal drug charges. While still a member of the Dallas Cowboys, he attempted to buy large amounts of cocaine and marijuana in July 2011. At a meeting at Morton’s The Steakhouse in Rosemont, with an undercover agent, Hurd told the informant he wanted to buy “five to 10 kilograms of cocaine and 1,000 pounds of marijuana per week for distribution in the Chicago area. It was reported that he would pay $25,000 per kilogram and $450 per pound for the marijuana. The complaint says that Hurd "further stated that he and another co-conspirator currently distribute four kilograms of cocaine per week in the Chicago area, but that the supplier could not supply him with enough quantity." After they agreed on a price, the undercover agent gave Hurd a kilogram of cocaine, according to the complaint. Hurd told the agent that he plays for the Bears and would get out of practice at 5:30 p.m., at which time he would make arrangements to pay for the drugs. According to the complaint, Hurd then took the drugs and got in his car. He was promptly arrested.

If convicted, Hurd faces a maximum penalty of 40 years in prison and a $2 million fine for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 500 grams or more of cocaine.

All this on a signing bonus of $1.3 million?

Wow that’s $250,000 for the coke and $450,000 for the marijuana per week, or $13,000,000 for the coke and $23,400,000 for the marijuana per year. If that’s what he is paying for it, and then he sells it on the streets, whoever is the head cheese, has to be making close to $100,000,000. That’s a lot of money.

Come to think of it, if people buy this stuff then where is the recession??



 Chicago Bears receiver Johnny Knox needed surgery to stabilize a vetebra in his lower-to-mid back after the nasty hit he took Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks. The good thing is he has total movement throughout his body, and is not paralyzed.

Johnny had caught a pass from Caleb Hanie, when Kam Chancellor poked the ball out of his hands. As Knox went to retrieve the ball he was hit by Anthony Hargrove and got bent backwards.

Thank goodness, because it didn’t look good there.

This clip is in slow motion, the hot is nasty!!

 

 



The Carolina Panther’s must have been watching the movie “Little Giants” because this past Sunday they used the Panther’s version of the Fumblerooski against the Houston Texans. The latest twist was borrowing a hidden-ball trick very loosely adapted from a play called "the annexation of Puerto Rico" from the 1994 movie to help the Panthers beat the Texans 28-13. The play resulted in a 7-yard touchdown run by fullback Richie Brockel and landed the Panthers on highlight reels across the country.



Do you ever notice in college football and the NFL, that during the game, when a running back, or wide receiver is tackled, the linesman never really spots the ball at the same spot they were tackled at. Why is that? The lines are straight, refs have good vision, they even have markers on both sides of the field.

Even better yet, to make play interesting, how about, wherever a player is tackled, that’s the spot you have to snap the ball from. Ummm.



Why is it that when a star players signs, or is traded to another team, we think it stinks. But when that same said star is traded or signs with your team it’s the greatest thing since sliced bread. He the same player no matter what. Ohhh



How come there are two different types of footballs used during the course of a football game. One for kicking, and one for running/passing. It’s the same game, shouldn’t it be the same type of ball?



Before teams use special jerseys, or retro jersey, they should submit them to a designer for approval before being seen by the public. YUK.



Why is it that football can be played in snow or rain, but in baseball they delay the game when it rains. it’s the same type of water isn’t it?



You ever watch bowling and say to yourself, I can bowl better then him/her?? Yea right, sure you do.



Why is it that golf announcers talk so quietly when the action is miles away?



If its illegal for college football/basketball players to except gifts, why do teams who make it to bowl games/tournaments receive them from tournament bowl committees?



Here is another surprise military reunion



 

 

My family and I would like to wish all the gabbers, and their families a very Merry Christmas.

Scott

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Category: FEATURED
Tags: NBA David Stern Albert Pujols Cardinals Stan Musial Houston Texans Xavier Cincinnati Ryan Braun James Harrison Syracuse Orange NFL Coaches

Is David Stern sly?? Albert an Angel?? A fight at a college basketball game?? Braun doing drugs?? Syracuse!!!! All this, Coaches dropping, and more, in one of the biggest ScottJax bogs ever, in this weeks edition of

 

ScottJax has been released, by his surgeon, to go back to work. I started work, this past Tuesday, boo-hoo, and already can’t wait until I go on vacation in March. It felt good relaxing, and spending time with my family during the day and evening. I work at night, so it was really different being up all day.



When are attendance figures, at least in the NFL, correct? I go to Jacksonville Jaguar games, and for the last 3 games, the attendance was reported at over 62,000. While that figure would be accurate for the Jaguar game on Monday Night Football two weeks ago, it was not correct for yesterday‘s game. The two bridges leading to Everbank Field, were empty a half hour before game time. The weather was miserable, it was windy and cold. Their weren’t a lot of fans in the stands, maybe 40,000 if that. When you have been a season ticket holder for a long time, who can get an idea of what the attendance is.



How sly is David Stern?? First his cronies who are running the New Orleans Hornets trade Chris Paul to the Lakers in a three-team trade. Then, because some NBA owners cried foul, he canceled the trade.

Now its okay for a team to trade any of its players, as long as they don’t have a no-trade clause, but, it isn’t alright for a team run by the NBA to trade its star player, especially to a team who already has a mega-star on it.

You are going to tell me the Hornets get Lamar Odom, from the Lakers, and from Houston they would get a 2012 first round pick from Houston that they got from the Knicks, Luis Scola, Kevin Martin and Goran Dragic. Do any of these players strike fear in your heart? Nah, not a chance. In the meantime, Houston gets Pau Gasol.

So the Lakers give up an injury prone Lamar Odom and a player who will never be a mega-star in Gasol. No wonder the Lakers wanted to make the trade.

Then the Hornets turned down a trade that would have sent Chris Paul to the Clippers, because Los Angles Clippers weren’t giving the Hornets enough in return. Originally, the Clippers were to send center Chris Kaman and prospects Al-Farouq Aminu and Eric Bledsoe, but New Orleans wanted Los Angeles to add Eric Gordon and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round draft pick, which the Clippers thought was too much to give, even for the chance to get Paul. Another move by the NBA to keep Paul in New Orleans.

But the essences of the owners lock-out had been to stop big-market teams from leveraging small-market teams for star players pending free agency.

The real problem is going to be, DOES ANYONE REALLY KNOW WHAT THE NBA OWNERS GOT FROM THE NEW COLLECTIVE BARGINING AGREEMENT????

Or

WAS THERE SOME BACKROOM DEALS DONE JUST BETWEEN THE OWNERS THAT THE PLAYERS DON’T KNOW ABOUT???

It has now been reported that CP3 will be going to the Clippers



 In what was a dominate game by Xavier, turned out to be remembered as a game that was called with 9.4 seconds left when the teams fought on the court. This game was marred with trash talking throughout the game, then words escalated into shoving and then swings were seen in the pile, as coaches pulled their players away.

The cheap shot has to go to Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates as he sucker punched Xavier’s Kenny Frease in the face.

Cincinnati suspended senior Yancy Gates, junior Cheikh Mbodj and freshman Octavius Ellis six games each and freshmen Ge’Lawn Guyn one game.

Xavier suspended freshman Dez Wells and walk-on Landen Amos for four games, junior Mark Lyons for two and senior Tu Holloway for one game.

I feel that Yancy Gates should have been suspended for the season for his actions. He was the player who was throwing multiple punches during the melee.

Cincinnati coach Mick Cronin said the four suspended Bearcats players will still have to earn their way back onto the team, even with their fixed game suspensions handed out by the school and endorsed by the Big East on Sunday afternoon.

Before any of them put a uniform back on they will apologize and that's just the first step before putting the uniform back on," Cronin told ESPN.com Sunday. "Just because the press release says what it says that doesn't mean they're all back. They're going to sit in front of a camera and say how sorry they are and how grateful they are for getting a second chance.

"If I don't believe it then they won't be on the team -- and if they don't demonstrate that they won't ever put on a jersey again -- period," Cronin said. "They're going to sit in front of a camera and say it. I can tell the difference as to how genuine they are. The university issued the suspensions and I supported it. But for me it's different. I have the autonomy to not let anybody back on the team."

Officials and coaches, from both teams, have offered apologies and expressed embarrassment.



On top of the suspensions of Xavier and Cincinnati players, comes word that a southwest Ohio prosecutor will consider criminal charges in the aftermath of the brawl. Hamilton County prosecutor Joe Deters said in a statement Monday that his office will review the fight to determine whether any charges are appropriate.



 

What’s up with Ryan Braun? Come-on man!!! Just when we thought baseball was getting back to normal, you go and screw things up. Braun found out about the results before he received his MVP award. He is appealing the ruling. Now Ryan’s spokesperson is telling all who will listen, "There are highly unusual circumstances surrounding this case which will support Ryan's complete innocence and demonstrate that there was absolutely no intentional violation of the program. While Ryan has impeccable character and no previous history, unfortunately, because of the process we have to maintain confidentiality and are not able to discuss it any further, but we are confident that he will ultimately be exonerated."

Ryan should have made a statement, on his own, if he had nothing to hide.



Congratulations go out to the Houston Texans who finally have made it to the playoffs. Got give props to T.J. Yates who was throw into the job after quarterbacks Schaub and Leinart went down with injuries. Yates is 2-0 as a started.



 

St. Louis screwed up!! They have a loyal fan base who fill the stadium and what do they do, they let Albert walk. If he was with Yankees, they would have given him what he wanted. This is like saying todays Cardinals would have let Stan "the Man" Musial walk.



 

James Harrison has to be one of the dirtiest players in the NFL. Here is the hit on McCoy the other day. Notice how Harrison brings his arms up. He does that on most of his hits. Tell me there’s not something wrong with that.

He has to get an suspension or a heavy fine placed on him.

The NFL gave James a one game suspension. Was that enough??

 



I know its early in the season, and number one really doesn’t mean as much as it does at the end of the college basketball season, but I have to give props to MY College basketball team Syracuse Orange. With all the adversity with the Bernie Fine incident the team has stood tall. It does help that this is the deepest team that I can remember. Ten players play consistently while the team has had fifteen players play in a game. I can never remember when that many played in a game for Cuse.

Go Orange!!!



What do these three coaches have in common? They are no longer the head football coach of their teams.

Jack was fired two weeks ago, 2 years too late, by the Jacksonville Jaguars. Del Rio was the coach for 9 years, with a record of 68-71. His last three years were suppose to be years Jacksonville was to make it to the playoffs, but just the opposite happened. The team finished 7-9, 8-8 and was 3-8 when fired.

Todd Haley, 19-27, just couldn’t get the chief untracked after quarterback Matt Cassel, and three starting offensive lineman, went down with a season ending injuries. The future looked bright after Kansas City made it to the playoffs with a 10-6 record. I think the Chiefs were looking for a reason to fire Haley.

Tony Sparano, was 11-5 in his first year as the Dolphins head coach, leading people to believe that the future was bright. Ah how records of 79, 7-9 and 4-9, finishing with a 29-32, spoiled it all.



Here is another video of a military person surprising a family member

 

 

Til next time

Scott


 

Random Thoughts
Category: FEATURED
Tags: ScottJax Lakers Kobie BCS Playoff System NHL Miami Marlins

ScottJax update, BCS, NHL and more in this weeks edition of

Am I not a master-paster?? Her name is Nessa Devil and she is the girl of my dreams.



Just an update on how I am feeling. I am now walking unassisted and it is an adventure. I feel at times like I am doing well, and other times I feel like a weeble, but I don’t fall down. Remember those weebles, gabbers?? Anyway, I see the surgeon on Monday and if all goes well he will authorize me to go back to work on Tuesday.

Also, yesterday was the 70th anniversary of Pearl Harbor. It also happened to be 35 years ago that I enlisted in the Navy. I showed my Patriotic duty then.

God Bless all that have served our great nation.



If I am an NBA General Manager, there is no way I am trading my star player to the Lakers, or any other power team. Why would I want to make them more powerful, while taking on massive payroll from the Lakers. Isn’t it obvious, the Laker’s aren’t happy with any of its players not named Kobie.



I wish there was an audio device on my television set, that would turn the volume off every time LeBron James or Bret Favre is mentioned. I am sick of hearing about them already. There are plenty other sports personalities that deserve the airspace.



The problems with the BCS is that not all the teams are created equal. To make all the teams equal, you have to create 16 conferences with 12 teams in them, that equals 192 teams. Each conference has a championship game with the winner advancing to the BCS playoffs. First round drops 8 teams, second round 4 teams, semi-finals drop two teams, and then you have the national championships.

Or

To make it more simpler, the top 25 advance to the playoffs, with the number one team in the nation getting a bye until the semifinals. Then the first round eliminates 12 teams, second round eliminates 6 teams, quarterfinals eliminates 3 teams, then, in the semifinals, top seed team (#1 in the nation) versus the lowest ranked remaining team, and then the other two seeded teams play each other with the winners going for the National Championship.



What’s up with the NHL. New Division and Conferences.

Conference "A"

Anaheim

Calgary

Colorado

Edmonton

Los Angeles

Phoenix

San Jose

Vancouver

Conference "B"

Chicago

Columbus

Dallas

Detroit

Minnesota

Nashville

St. Louis

Winnipeg

Conference "C"

Boston

Buffalo

Florida

Montreal

Ottawa

Tampa Bay

Toronto

Conference "D"

Carolina

New Jersey

New York Islanders

New York Rangers

Philadelphia

Pittsburgh

Washington

It would be one thing if realignment was to save transportation costs, but this does just the opposite for several teams.

The NHL does this way too often for a professional organization.



What’s up with the Miami Marlins?? Reyes and Buehrle signed. Now going after more players in the free agent pool. Wow, it just goes to show how far the New York Yankees money can go with the revenue sharing.



Here is an insanely cute video of a little girl reacting to a pre-recorded video of her deployed father reading a book. It’s an amazing reminder of how technology can be used to bring us together, and how it can make the tough times apart a little easier.

 

 

 


 

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Category: FEATURED
Tags: Bernie Fine Urban Meyer Joe Kapp Angelo Mosca Alabama Houston NCAA Jacksonville Jaguars Jack Del Rio

Busy day in Jacksonville, let’s get ready to rumble, who needs the NCAA or BCS. All this, and more in this weeks edition of



Does anyone really know their friends anymore?? Here is a man, Bernie Fine, who has been accused by 3 people of being molested; then you have a man, Jim Boeheim, who has know Bernie for over 40 years sticking up for him because of the friendship they have secured over the years. It just goes to show that no matter how long you may know someone, you really never know them.



What about Bernie’s wife? Did you hear/or read the transcript of the taped conversation between Bobbie Davis and Laurie Fine? What is not being mentioned is that in a brief interview Feb. 10, 2003, Laurie Fine acknowledged she had the conversation with Davis, confirmed portions of the tape were accurate, but suggested Davis had created a phony tape.

What would you do if your Bernie?



Urban Meyer is now the head coach of Ohio State after spending a year away from college football. He left a very high profile, high stress job with the Florida Gators. He left the Gators citing medical/health concerns, stress and being with the family. Now he is going into the fire cooker by going to Ohio State. He must have made a remarkable turnaround.

I like to think he left the Gators because he didn’t want to tarnish his won/loss percentage which was starting to take a hit in the 2010 season, when Florida went 8-5 with an un-Meyer like .615. He also knew what he had going into the 2011 season as evidence by the Gators 6-6 record.



CFL legions Joe Kapp (on the left of the video) and Angelo Mosca get into a fight on stage at the 2011 CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon in Vancouver. It appears there is still some Bad blood between these two after a controversial hit on the field nearly 48 years ago. Joe was attempting to make piece with Mosca when all hell broke loose. Joe Kapp was a former B.C. Lions quarterback and Angelo Mosca was a Hamilton Tiger-Cats defensive linemen in the game.

The bad blood between Kapp and Mosca goes back 48 years from Hamilton's 21-10 win over B.C. in the 1963 Grey Cup. In that game, Mosca delivered a controversial hit on Lions running back Willie Fleming, knocking Fleming out of the game.

 



Does the NCAA have any control over their teams or the BCS? The NCAA should be the “clearing house” for all movement to another conference. If a team wants to move to another conference they submit it to the NCAA for approval and they will decide when it is to happen.

Make all conferences eligible for the BCS or Championship game.

As for the BCS, its okay for the computers and humans to come up with the polls, but I am getting sick and tired of teams who are undefeated not getting their fair shot at the National Title. I don’t care if they don’t have an automatic bid, that was done to prevent non-power conferences from having a legitimate shot at a title.



 

 

Today was the second most historic day in Jacksonville Jaguar, the first being Jacksonville selected as an NFL city. But today was a grab bag of items for the 30th team in the NFL.

General Manager Gene Smith was signed to a 3-year contract extension.

Coach Jack Del Rio was fired Tuesday. Everyone expected Del Rio to be let go at the end of the season. Defensive Coordinator, Mel Tucker will take over the Jaguars. Del Rio coached 9 seasons and had a 68-71 record. Jacksonville hasn’t been in the playoffs since 2007. Jack is only the 2nd coach in Jaguar history. He replaced Tom Coughlin who coached 8 years and was 68-60. Del Rio never was able to take the team to the “next level’ as the owner of the Jaguars Wayne Weaver said Del Rio would do.

Speaking of Wayne Weaver, he announced that the Jaguars were sold to Shahid Kahn, an Illinois businessman. The 77-year-old Weaver had been looking for an "exit strategy" for years, wanting to find someone to buy the team and keep it in Jacksonville. He had tears in his eyes several times as he announced his impending departure. "It's the right thing at the right time and for the right reasons," Weaver said. Forbes reported the sale to be worth $760 million. Kahn, born in Pakistan, left home at age 16 to attend the University of Illinois. He graduated in 1971, a year after he started working for Flex-N-Gate Corp. in Urbana, Ill. He purchased the company in 1980. Today, Flex-N-Gate is a major manufacturer of bumper systems for pickup trucks and sport utility vehicles built in North America.



The stupidest commercial on television, the past two months has got to be Nike’s “Basketball Never Stops.” Did Nike forget there was a NBA stoppage??



Some people go out of their way to propose. Listen to what the band leader says at the end.

A trumpet player (Eric Meunier) proposes to his girlfriend of 7 years (Ashley Chalmers) in front of thousands of people at the famed University of Wisconsin-Madison Varsity Band Concert in the Kohl Center.

 

Til Next Time

Scott

 

 

 

 


 

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