Sunday, September 30, 2012
Saturday, September 29, 2012
I found this and thought it was very interesting. I always had a great respect for Jim, I don't have to get into his good/bad points because they are discussed in the article. But the point I found so important is all the talk over the last few years about concussions, and the deaths of some very young hockey players. The age 53 is so young and your life is still just taken for granted at that age. But to have your mind slowly go, which is a terrible thing at any age. This must be, and is devastating, and something that franchises from any sport should be looking at very, very, closely. If there is any problem because this article has been borrowed please delete.
Super Bowl-winning quarterback Jim McMahon says he wishes he had played baseball
Maggie Hendricks | Shutdown Corner – Thu, 27 Sep, 2012 3:20 PM EDT
During his career with the Bears, Philadelphia Eagles and other teams, McMahon never started a full season. His tough and sometimes reckless style of play meant he suffered many, many injuries. Now, 16 years after he retired, he is experiencing an injury that can't be fixed by a surgery or therapy.
At 53, McMahon is in the early stages of dementia. He is part of the group suing the NFL that says they hid the effects of concussions. Though his career resulted in a Super Bowl ring and a Pro Bowl appearance, he still says he would have played baseball if he knew what concussions would do to him.
"Being injured, if you don't play, you don't get paid. If I was able to walk out on that field, I was gonna play," he said in an interview with Chicago's WFLD-TV at his Arizona home. "Had I known about that stuff early on in my career, I probably would have chosen a different career. I always wanted to be a baseball player anyway."McMahon played football while at Brigham Young University, but said he would have stuck with baseball had he received a scholarship for that sport.
He is a group of more than 2,000 players who need help from the NFL after concussions have filled their retirement with dementia, memory loss, and in some cases, a bitter end. McMahon's teammate, Dave Duerson, committed suicide and asked for his brain to be studied. He was found to have chronic traumatic encephalopathy, the same disease found in other players who have died under tragic circumstances.
The NFL has made strides in improving how concussions and head injuries are treated. Though problems still exist, like Colt McCoy being sent back in the game last season when he was not healthy, the culture around head traumas is changing.
But the retired players who sacrificed their bodies to create the exciting game we all know and love today should not be forgotten. When one of them says he wishes he didn't even play the game that won him fame, it's a cry for help that should not go unheeded.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
So click the link I did because, even though I think there are too many interleague games, I like it and am curious who'll be coming to town. Don't get excited, boys and girls, there's nothing to get excited about. Here's the teams from the National League that the Sox will be playing next year, in no particular order since they all suck: The Padres (hey RJ, wanna come to Boston? LOL), the Diamondbacks and the Rockies. The Astros are also on the schedule but I think they become an American League team next year -- yawn! (Hey Brent, four-game series in Boston at the end of April!)
So other than the favorite teams of my two farthest away blog buddies coming to town, it's absolutely the worst set of teams possible. And now that the Stros are in the AL, we supposedly have the benefit of a balanced schedule, which means the Red Sox will be playing a two-game series in COLORADO for their next to last series of next season. Tell me please how that's balanced? I guess it is in a world where a one-game playoff is balanced.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The NFL offices today came out and conceded that a bad call ultimately cost the Green Bay Packers a win, but I interject that NFL's statement was a self-serving piece of male bovine excrement. Of course, they're going to agree with their "scab" referees (I'm not going to use "replacements" because it sounds too PC.) The bad call they conceded was offensive pass interference -- which is not reviewable and was a meaningless concession. The NFL wants to interject that this call was correctly made on the field and didn't effect the outcome of the game. Moo, moo.
When the NFL sided with the scab referees, they affirmed the erroneous judgement call on the field. Holding is a judgement call, pass interference is a judgement call, and they are not reviewable. However, turnovers are reviewable. That the scabs couldn't differentiate between simultaneous possession and one receiver trying to steal the ball from a defender didn't matter to the NFL offices. Thus, the NFL gets to sit in their offices in New York City and tell everyone, "We're sticking with the judgement call. It didn't effect the outcome of the game. What is everybody poo-pooing about?" It is sooooo self-serving in the referee strike crisis and negotiations in their public statement that a mistake wasn't made, and that they'll continue to use scab referees. Then there's statements out of their office about, "Well, even the real referees make mistakes during games too." IMMATERIAL!!! Would the real referees have made THIS mistake on THIS call is the only question, but we'll never know because they were sitting at home drinking beer and eating nachos. (Unless you're Ed Hochuli, he was probably doing arm curls.) *I know I owe someone a reference to that one, I can't remember who -- sorry.
I'm not saying the NFL should have overturned the call the next day and give the Packers a win -- that would have been unprecedented and set an extremely slippery slope; could you imagine that happening every week? What I'm saying is the NFL talks the talk about "integrity of the game" (moo, moo) but doesn't walk the walk. The NFL should have recognized a mistake was done, that the scabs are knuckleheads and blow calls, but that they won't/can't reverse it, and let's move on to next week.
- Zeb: 8 wins Cardinals: 27 Eagles: 6
- Aaron: 7 wins Falcons: 27 Chargers: 3
- Shelly: 7 wins Texans: 31 Broncos: 25
- Rick: 6 wins Bengals: 38 Redskins: 31
- Jim: 6 wins Raiders: 34 Steelers: 31
- Brent: 6 wins Bears: 23 Rams: 6
- Robbie: 5 wins Bills: 24 Browns: 14
Cowboys: 16 Bucs: 10
STANDINGS: Titans: 44 Lions: 41
Weekly Wins Points Jaguars: 22 Colts: 17
- Zeb: 1 Zeb: 28 Jets: 23 Dolphins: 20
- Shelly: 1 Shelly: 26 Vikings: 24 49ers: 13
- George: 1 Brent: 25 Chiefs: 27 Saints: 24
- Robbie: 0 AA: 24 Ravens: 31 Patriots: 30
- Aaron: 0 Rick: 24
- Jim: 0 Robbie: 23
- Rick: 0 Jim: 23
- Brent: 0 George: 22
CLE/BAL WAS/TB CAR/ATL NE/BUF MIN/DET SD/KC
SEA/STL SF/NYJ TEN/HOU OAK/DEN MIA/ARI CIN/JAX
NO/GB NYG/PHI CHI/DAL (Monday)
Sunday, September 23, 2012
When the Expos moved to DC in 2005, my cousin, John Samuels, got me to once again start attending Brewers games against the Nationals. Now, I believe I saw Alfonso Soriano steal his 40th base -- in a Brewer's loss. I remember some long forgotten Nationals' banjo hitting second baseman hitting a frozen rop of a home run in extra innings in another loss. On the same day my mom went into her unsuccessful heart valve surgery, ("No, don't come home, I'll see you next month,") I watched Randy Wolf in his first year with the Brewers pitch as if home plate was high and outside. Yeah, he was supposed to be a control pitcher who'd pound the strike zone. Last year, the Friday night game got rained out and the Nats offered a traditional double-header. The Brewers couldn't lose both games; could they? Well, Livan Hernandez won the first game throwing his junk and pitches slower than the national speed limit, and Yovanni Gallardo was ineffective in the second game.
This year, things had to change. John and I attended Saturday's game but the match-up wasn't good. Wily Peralta was going against Gio Gonzales, who was going for his 20th win of the season. To top it off, Dierkes Bentley was giving an after the game concert. With those two factors, and the Nats in first place in the NL East, of course it was sold out. Tried as we might, we could only get tickets on the first base side in the right-field corner. Wily didn't last through the third inning, Livan Hernandez threw batting practice to the Nats in the fourth, and the Brewers lost 10-4 -- it wasn't even that close of a game.
However, hope springs eternal in the baseball mind. Giovanni Gallardo was pitching for the Brewers on Sunday against, what I hoped to be a throw away pitcher by the Nats, Chien-Ming Wang. The Brewers had won 10 in a row when Gallardo started, 8 straight victories for Gallardo. This had to be the perfect Brewer game; right?
First off, I had to attend because the Packers are playing on Monday night, Redskins were playing on Sunday in their home opener. DC's a football town AND they just sold out the day before. I listened to the sport talk radio network and all they talked about was the Redskins -- shit, their team's in first place in the NL East! I figured all the Redskins fans would either be at the game or at home watching. I put the over/under at 18k but was wrong. I never heard the actual attendance of the game, but I guessed at over 30k. So when I got to the park, I got John and I tickets right away behind the third base dug out, seven rows up. If you're ever in DC and want an iconic DC flavor, you have to have Ben's Chili Dogs and Chili Cheese Fries. It's like going to Chevez Ravine and getting Dodger Dogs. Zeb came down to a hockey game, Caps and Lightning, a couple of years ago, and I took him to Ben's. It's that good.
Well, the game was kind of anti-climatic. Gallardo went five innings but got the no decision. The sun ended up being more of a factor in the game due to balls dropping in the outfield. I didn't understand Brewers's manager Ron Roenicke's decision to platoon a bunch of pitchers and then go with a sloppy arm in the ninth before settling on John Axford for the final out. But the Brewer's won, and now I got to remember what I wore to that game so I can wear it to the next to see if that's the factor.
As a final zinger to this piece, John has invited me to next weekend's game of the Orioles vs. Red Sox at Camden Yards, where they're going to be handing out Brooks Robinson statuettes to all attendees. It seems he has an extra ticket to the game that he bought months ago for $13. Now, was it the Brewer jersey with the ManU/Barcelona t-shirt and khaki shorts or the Brewer jersey with USMC t-shirt and grey shorts? Oh, and I'm definitely going over to Boog's Pulled Pork. Sounds like another post.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
- Brent: 9 wins Dolphins: 35 Raiders: 13
- Zeb: 9 wins Texans: 27 Jaguars: 7
- Robbie: 9 wins Bills: 35 Chiefs: 17
- Aaron: 8 wins Bengals: 34 Browns: 27
- Jim: 8 wins Colts: 23 Vikings: 20
- Rick: 8 wins Eagles: 24 Ravens: 23
- George: 6 wins Panthers: 35 Saints: 27
Cardinals: 20 Patriots: 18
Giants: 41 Buccaneers: 34
Rams: 31 Redskins: 28
Seahawks: 27 Cowboys: 7
Chargers: 38 Titans: 10
Steelers: 27 Jets: 10
49ers: 27 Lions: 19
Falcons: 27 Broncos: 21
HOU/DEN PIT/OAK NE/BAL GB/SEA (Monday)
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Friday, September 14, 2012
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Texans 30 Dolphins 10
WAS / STL DET / SF NYJ / PIT HOU / PIT
KC / BUF CLE / CIN MIN / IND OAK / MIA
ARI / NE TB / NYG BAL / PHI NO / CAR
Mistakes in all aspects of the game cost them a game they could have won. Sure, some people might make the excuse that without starting wide receivers Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford in the lineup the Raiders were doomed before kickoff, but I know different. It wouldn’t have mattered with the comedy of errors that occurred starting with the opening kickoff.
Here’s why the Raiders lost a winnable game, in no particular order:
- TAIWAN JONES: He started the game by fumbling the opening kickoff, and then botched a double reverse and turned it into a twenty-five yard loss. With the exception of him taking a knee in the end zone every time Nate Kaeding kicked off for the Chargers, Jones never played the rest of the game – and deservedly so. If he can’t be mentally prepared to play in the NFL, he should take his world class speed and run track. Then again, he’d get penalized for dropping the baton in the 4x400 relay. Forget I said that.
- TOMMY KELLY: He played a decent game overall but his two boneheaded offsides calls on one drive allowed the Chargers to score the game’s only touchdown. These calls were momentum killers, and the Raiders for all intents and purposes never recovered.
- GREG KNAPP: I have to put some of the blame on the new offensive coordinator. With targets like Marcel Reece barely getting any touches, Knapp should have called more plays to stretch the field and create more opportunities for other players. By the time the likes of Brandon Myers and Rod Streeter had a chance to get on the stats sheet, it was already too late. The Chargers made adjustments and keyed on Darren McFadden while teeing off on Carson Palmer in the backfield.
- TRAVIS GOETHEL: I have never, ever seen such poor play at one position in my life. Considering I’ve watched JaMarcus Russell miss a five-yard slant pass to Darren McFadden AND Ryan Leaf go 1-for-15 in a game that’s saying a lot. In four plays after long snapper Jon Condo left the game with a concussion, Goethel skidded two snaps along the infield dirt and the other two arrived in Shane Lechler’s hands so late that one of his punts was blocked. If the Raiders pick Condo as their MVP this season, I’m all for it. Without him in the lineup the Raiders don’t have a kicking game.
Even though the Raiders lost the game, there were a few things I liked:
- CARSON PALMER: Even though the offense was limited by Knapp’s play calling, he threw for 297 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. You couldn’t ask him to play a better game.
- DARREN McFADDEN: The Chargers defense stopped the running game but they couldn’t stop him on those short passes he turned into first downs.
- MILES BURRIS: The former SDSU Aztec starred at linebacker in his first NFL game and led the Raiders with eight tackles, some of them for losses. He made me forget about the losses of Kamerion Wimbley and Quentin Groves during the offseason very quickly.
- RICHARD SEYMOUR: Big Rich had a great game, disrupting the Chargers offense every chance he got. If he knee was hurting him, I didn’t notice.
- THE RAIDERS DEFENSE: They held the Chargers to 32 yards rushing and one touchdown, despite the Chargers getting the ball deep in Raiders territory on multiple occasions. Unlike previous seasons, they didn’t quit when they got hopelessly behind. But it’s only Week 1, so we’ll see what happens after a few more weeks.
Thursday, September 06, 2012
1. Auburn (+3) at Mississippi State - The Tigers should be able to beat the Bulldogs by double digits. I don't understand this line.
Auburn 31, Mississippi State 21
Actual Score: Mississippi State 28, Auburn 10. LOSS
2. East Carolina (+21.5) at South Carolina - Lattimore is back from his injury last year but QB Shaw for South Carolina has questions surrounding his arm and whether or not it is injured.
South Carolina 35, East Carolina 20
Actual Score: South Carolina 48, East Carolina 10 . LOSS
3. Iowa State at Iowa (-5) - This pick is one of those that could go either way. The history says that Iowa will win this one since it is in Iowa City. However, the Hawkeyes did not look very good against Northern Illinois last week.
Iowa 27, Iowa State 21
Actual Score: Iowa State 9, Iowa 6. LOSS
4. Florida (+1.5) at Texas A&M - There is lots of big talk coming from the Aggies camp about how well they are going to do their 1st year in the SEC. Well, they start out with one of the heavyweights and the Gators aren't in a good mood.
Florida 31, Texas A&M 28
Actual Score: Florida 20, Texas A&M 17. WIN
5. South Florida at Nevada (-1) - The Wolfpack are looking good and having South Florida come across the nation for the game won't hurt either.
Nevada 37, South Florida 28
Actual Score: South Florida 32, Nevada 31. LOSS
6. Wisconsin (-8) at Oregon State - Wisconsin is hoping to be in the National Title race, so they need to prove that they can control games against inferior opponents. This is the 1st test.
Wisconsin 45, Oregon State 27
Actual Score: Oregon State 10, Wisconsin 7. LOSS
7. New Mexico State at Ohio (-21) - The Bobcats can be undefeated this year. The team is laden with Juniors and Seniors and beat Penn State last week. The MAC favorites should have an easy time with New Mexico State.
Ohio 38, New Mexico State 14
Actual Score: Ohio 51, New Mexico State 24. WIN
8. UTEP at Mississippi (-7) - Mike Price has a good job with UTEP but they are not a team that should be able to hang with an SEC team, even if it is Ole Miss.
Mississippi 38, UTEP 24
Actual Score: Mississippi 24, UTEP 10. WIN
9. Georgia (-1.5) at Missouri - Remember when Georgia starts to run up the score about all the talk coming from Columbia about Georgia playing "Old Man Football". Such talk from a underachieving program.
Georgia 48, Missouri 28
Actual Score: Georgia 41, Missouri 20. WIN
10. Vanderbilt (-3.5) at Northwestern - Vandy came close to pulling the upset against South Carolina last week. This week they play a less talented Northwestern team. Coach Franklin's team should win on the road.
Vanderbilt 24, Northwestern 19
Actual Score: Northwestern 23, Vanderbilt 13. LOSS
Oklahoma State (-11.5) at Arizona - Arizona is undergoing a change on top and shouldn't be able to put up too much of a fight against the Cowboys that are looking like the offense will still be able to score boatloads of points.
Oklahoma State 49, Arizona 27
Actual Score: Arizona 59, Oklahoma State 38. LOSS
Last Week Results:
Road Favorite: 1-2
Road Underdog: 2-1
Home Favorite: 1-0
Home Underdog: 1-2