Welcome Gabbers to another Tuesday edition of the Tantrums, where I have spent the better part of the past few weeks finishing up my Masters (two weeks left), and working on a very special event here in my little town, which if you don’t mind, I’d like to share with you. together to honor our veterans: Past, Present, and Future.
Veterans moment. This past Saturday, due to the hard work of so many great volunteers, individuals, veterans, and mothers, we put on our 5th Annual “Walk for the Troops”.
We at the VFW Post stood up our new Honor Guard for the ceremony, the city unveiled a new mural at the Veterans Park/wall, they arranged a flyover, closed Main Street which is a State Highway, and arranged for the Motorcycle Veterans Guard and on top of all of that arranged to have a catered meal provided with a live band and beer and wine and 50 raffle prizes including tickets to AAA Sacramento, Oakland, and San Francisco.
These folks have worked hard to accomplish an incredible feat and I hope that future generations continue the tradition of what has been built by such fantastic and dedicated people.
As a Veteran, I want to thank the Veterans Park Committee: Skip, Larry, Cathy, Doug and his wife, but particularly the drive and determination of Regina and particularly Robin who have turned this event into the success it is. Thank you all.
MLB – 9 thoughts.
- Holy Crap Alex Gordon, are you kidding me?
- Adam Wainwright being lost for the season sucks, and it’ll hurt St. Louis for sure. But here’s the deal, it’s St. Louis – how many times have they gone through this and made deep October runs. Louis is an incredible organization.
- Jim Palmer called out Big Papi for bitching, moaning, and crying over balls and strikes, referring to him as a puppy who needs to be housebroken. That led Jim Rice to infer “Pot, meet kettle.” They’re both right. The whole thing is that everybody needs to just shut up and play, let the umpires call balls and strikes. Memo to MLB: You aren’t the NBA – just STFU!
- On Thursday, there was one of those statistical anomalies. Oakland held Anaheim to one hit – and lost 2-0.
- When I think about attendance at MLB games and of who doesn’t support their teams, I think “Oh yeah, Miami and Tampa.” Well, I just looked at a stat for averages, and peep this: Five teams have home attendance between 20,050 to 25,000 (Houston, Toronto, Pittsburgh, Oakland, and Minnesota), and then teams at 20,049 and below (Miami, Cleveland, Chicago South Siders, and Tampa (17,220)).
- Speaking of stats, here’s a weird on that surprised me: Miller Park in Milwaukee has the most HR’s in a game averaging 4.667 per game. The #2 stadium? Target Field in Minny with 1.571. Busch Stadium in St. Louis? The cheapest at 0.417 HR’s per game.
- For the first time, Houston went into Oakland and swept them. That’s pretty good.
- Hey Baltimore, I get you’re angry – you should be. But to beat up journalists and then make it so bad that it scares off MLB from having a game at Camden Yards?
- Josh Hamilton from Anaheim back to Dallas may be a good thing for Hamilton, but didn’t he relapse back there too? I realize nowhere is safe for an addict or whatever, but maybe what this kid is just time away to review his life.
Cleveland/Boston Game 4. Cleveland bitching about Boston and particularly Kelly Olynick is amusing considering that they have the mother of all red-asses in Kendrick Perkins and the biggest d-bag in the NBA in J. R. Smith, both of whom took liberties with Jae Crowder. I don’t care how you justify it NBA, just two games suspension for J. R. Smith is utter and complete BULLSHIT – he should have gotten much more than that! And by the way, why wasn’t Perkins tossed for his hard and yes retaliatory foul?
And ESPiN talking heads, how very ESPiN of you to roundly criticize Olynick as being dirty.
Olynick shouldn’t escape punishment as the incident with Kevin Love was certainly borderline, but as Shaq, Jet, and Barkley said last night – what Cleveland pulled was FAR worse and LeBron James needs to shut his yap, as does Kevin Love, who it should be noted was hooking Olynick just as much as 41 was doing to him.
Let’s face facts here – the refs lost control AGAIN and the NBA needs to address officiating. Add in as part of that review they really need to address player flopping and whining (J. J. Barea in Dallas – I’m looking square at you on both counts!). Good Lord, what players are getting away with is ridiculous.
These issues need to be dealt with far more than addressing “Hack-a-Shaq” (yeah Shaq, I said it – deal with it!) and Adam “The Gambler” Silvers tunnel vision regarding advertising on uniforms and bringing gambling in.
NFL in LA. Well, it looks as if whether we like it or not there will be NFL Football in Lower Alabama (err, Los Angeles) in 2016, and it sure appears that there are three very strong candidates in St. Louis, Oakland, and San Diego.
First off, it’s time for San Diego to wake the hell up and shit or get off the pot. I realize politicians and businessmen wait until the last minute before they realize that a franchise isn’t kidding before they get serious, but I think more so than any other franchise, this is the one who is most vulnerable, but at the same time from a devils advocate standpoint, San Diego will survive and thrive without an NFL franchise.
NFL Draft. Yeah, whatever. I’ll be in class during Round 1, Tampa is just being stupid, Tennessee is playing the cat and mouse game, and of course we have to hear about New York Green and Gold and Dallas.
FOR THE LOVE OF GOD Tampa, will you please figure it out – Jameis Winston has the same ignorant decision making off the field (probably worse) than that guy who wears #2 in Cleveland – and you want to go ahead and trust the future of your franchise to this guy? Trust me, when Winston pulls the same shit in Tampa – and we all know his entitled ass is going to do it, there are gonna be A LOT of people who say “I TOLD YOU SO.”
NFL – Dallas. Looks like Stephen Jones is now the new face of the Dallas Cowboys, and I for one couldn’t be happier. Dallas wised up and backed out of the Adrian Peterson sweepstakes, as did the Zonies.
Bowling. On Sunday, I accomplished two things that I had never done before – I won a tournament (albeit a very small one) and I shot a 700 series (253-216-246).
D-Bag of the Week. Rajon Rondo, come on down. This guy is a cancer, and I don’t give a darn what anybody else says, this clown is in it for himself and no other. If you can’t handle the heat, get out of the kitchen and retire. But don’t bring discredit upon the Dallas Mavericks, the Playoffs, and the NBA because you can’t handle sticking to James Harden.
Hey Rajon, there is no shame in not being able to handle Harden, he’s done everybody dirty this season and in seasons past. Knock it off.
DBOW – Dishonorable Mention:
- NBA Officiating.
- Kansas City Baseball.
- ESPiN and their shameful hype of that unnamed fight hype and sickening ass-kissing of Mayweather. I’m with a lot of folks on this one, I will not pay an outrageous amount of money to subsidize a Woman Beater’s outlandish lifestyle, or Pacquiao’s campaigns in the Philippines. ESPiN is taking MAJOR heat for going so hard after Ray Rice, but saying nothing about Mayweather’s escapades in woman beating. I believe I heard the term hypocrite directed at “the Worldwide Leader” more than once on Monday.
- Baltimore rioters.
- Johnny Law. Look you will find no more ardent supporter of the cops than me, but I’m through giving leeway. It really is time to start holding cops accountable. Get the bastard in South Carolina and prosecute any cop who had any involvement in the death of this kid in Baltimore.
Good Story of the Week – Ali Harpet. This kid is a D-3 O-Lineman from Hobart College who all of a sudden finds himself in the thick of being drafted by some team in the NFL through hard work. This is a great story and something that should be shared throughout all the D2 and D3 schools. What I like about this is that FINALLY the NFL is noticing the smaller schools.
Good Story of the Week #2 – Leah Still. This little girl got to run a play at Temple’s Spring Game for a touchdown and her little funky chicken dance at the end was cute. If you’re in a bad mood or something has pissed you off, find this on YouTube – I guarantee you won’t be angry any more.