Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Sunday, April 27, 2014
Believe it or not, this is perhaps one of the tamest images and/or Tweets I found circulating on Twitter tonight. And rightfully so.
Donald Sterling has a long track record for racism, and yet only two NBA owners have spoken out against Sterling’s *alleged* comments as of this writing. Kudos to Peter Holt (Spurs) and Micky Arison (Heat) for stepping up and taking the leadership Adam Silver has not shown as of this writing.
The rest of the league? You get the Double Angry Birds salute from me.
There probably is nothing in the NBA’s constitution that will allow them to strip Sterling of the Clippers franchise, but I’d love to see him banished from the league for a very long time. The game, and the league, doesn’t need his disgraceful chardonnay sippin’, racist remarkin’, stupid ass at courtside.
Saturday, April 26, 2014
Give credit to the Red Wings, who in my opinion played hard and for the most part up to their potential. But give more credit to the Bruins, who played the way the better team should play. They played like a well-oiled machine, despite the fact they're missing Paille, Seidenberg and McQuaid. Other than losing game one 1-0, the Bruins overmatched the Red Wings, who in particular couldn't solve Tuuka Rask, nor did they have an answer for Milan Lucic or Tory Krug. They were the immovable object on the penalty kill and, unbelievable if you saw the Bruins a couple of years ago, the unstoppable force on the power play, scoring nearly 50% of the time.
I'll be honest, the Red Wings were the last time I wanted to play in the first round -- a seasoned team with speed and skating ability, great goaltending and being on a roll...they played as well as anyone down the stretch. Watching the Bruins dispatch them with relative ease makes me more confident than when this thing started, especially since we're going up against arguably the other team that gives us fits.
So bring on the f'ing Habs and the greatest rivalry in the NHL.
Friday, April 18, 2014
Wednesday, April 16, 2014
Here is the link to the investigation and a big FU to all those authorities involved that decided they wanted to protect a star athlete. And it appears that Jameis has had other incidents with females and sexual relations with them. He has some characteristics of a sexual predator according to the reports out there. Yep, someone to be proud of having on your team and in school.
Found On Twitter: In Response To The NCAA Allowing Student-Athletes To Have Unlimited Meals and Snacks
I'll tell u what the NCAA really lucked out that I don't have any eligibility left.— jared lorenzen (@JaredLorenzen22) April 15, 2014
In case you didn’t know, former NFL quarterback Jared Lorenzen weighs C.J. Spiller, E.J. Manuel and Brandon Spikes – three Bills. And then some.
Saturday, April 12, 2014
Flyers Fan got Boom Roasted so hard. pic.twitter.com/gE0J3hIp6A— Big Cat (@BarstoolBigCat) April 11, 2014
For all the bad things going on with the Tampa Bay Lightning today, what their home rink did to this Flyers fan during a recent game should cheer them up.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Since the Maple Leafs seemingly can't figure out how to make the playoffs, they will bring in the master of wishy-washy from the NHL's Director of Player's Safety, Brendan Shanahan.
From Pro Hockey Talk:
Brendan Shanahan is on the verge of leaving his position as the NHL’s director of player safety to claim an executive title with the Toronto Maple Leafs, the Toronto Star’s Damien Cox reports and multiple outlets confirm.
Shanahan will leave this post (which means we might have to retire “Shanaban,” unless we just consider that a scientific term) on Friday and could join the Maple Leafs’ management team as early as this weekend, Cox reports. The exact title isn’t clear yet, but it could include the word “president” in it:
I admit that Shanahan was a great player, but I despise him due to things that he did during those days, so I hope he joins the Maple Leafs and falls flat on his face. That would be the perfect scenario to my way of thinking.
Tuesday, April 08, 2014
Monday, April 07, 2014
Okay, so the Nats lost 2-1 (we did pull a boner by getting caught in a rundown between 2nd and 3rd with no outs), and we blew a 2-on, no outs opportunity. But other than that, it was a great day! The beer was cold, (the girls were cute), and I wasn't working!!! Maybe that's why I felt so much like a kid!
The following is a poem I found that will be my 2014 inspiration for the Washington Nationals. We have a good team, we have the players who have talent, and a good manager. I say we approach this season with wide-eyed hope like we were kids! GO NATS!!!
Sunday, April 06, 2014
G: @Zeb: there is no hope for the Capitals' team lethargy this season...I've accepted the inevitable.
I promised on the blog--I won't renege. Gonna also do one for the Nats' home opener. Be patient; time rushes for no man!!
Me: I won't rush greatness, my friend. I think the Caps biggest issue is identity. They either need to be what they used to be, a very dangerous wide-open offensive team, or they need to completely change to a well-rounded team like the Bs. Either way though, Ovie does need to play some defense. Leading the league in goals and the opposite end of plus/minus is not acceptable. It's like a CB who gets 10 interceptions a year but gives up a shitload of TDs.
G: Some folks (including me) don't put much stock in the (+/-). Despite his 49 goals, too few of them are even-strength, that's a bigger offensive problem when only six other teammates are scoring in double digits, and only two of them are in the 20's, with the highest being 23 (Brower). The teams defense is atrocious, but that can't be on Ovechkin's shoulders. I don't buy the "identity" thing, that's a cop out--like the Skins, the team just isn't playing well, and the rest of the league is much better. We became complacent in the "NASCAR" division, now we're playing much better teams more frequently. It's just that basic--that simple: we're not a good team. Next year.
Me: I stand by what I said. I think they're trying to have it both ways, trying to play D (and failing miserably) while also being wide open offensively. I like the +- but it's not the be all end all. For instance, in Ovie's defense, his linemates have equally miserable numbers, which means when he's out there, none of them are playing defense. Not every team can be a complete, well rounded team-first team like the Bruins. :)
G: @Zeb: Sounds to me like you've made my points, but what do I know? I'm only a Caps fan. I'll let you have complete ownership of that "image" viewpoint, but I can say with certainty that it's not shared by most fans around here, including our high-born coach. The Caps' problems this year are many, but they're not so complicated that they deserve the attention of head shrinking or rebranding. We simple folks in "non-hockey town" don't try to compare ourselves to the O6. Our problems are fundamental. You don't win by committing more penalties than the other team. You don't win by falling asleep at, or tripping over, the blue line. You don't win by horrendous shooting. You don't win by missing passes, or poor puck handling, or not being physical when you should be, or being too physical when you shouldn't. You know--the stuff you learn in high school. I and many of my Caps fans friends agree on this--it's how we see it. Oates, who was a player very much like Ovie, sees it this way, too. If their "style" of play were THE problem, that gets put squarely on the shoulders of "Hull and Oates," and he's taking his hits, too. But it is just fundamentals--not psychology...or even the Pens, just poor execution and even poorer defense.
Me: Said another way, they (meaning the players since all you can see on the ice is how they play, not necessarily what is attempted to be taught) seem not to know how to play a committed team game. Sorry to use another O-6 example, especially since I absolutely abhor the Canadiens; but watch that team play. They are very much, like the Caps, built to be almost the opposite of the Bruins, yet they do it in a way that is very much like the Bruins with tenacity, never quitting on a play, disciplined and hustling. The Caps best players, including their captain, don't and IMO never have bought into that. I'm afraid I can offer no solutions though.
G: Un-aggressive and lackluster play is exactly what I alluded to in my original post when I said the team is playing with lethargy. Why this is happening, I couldn't possibly speculate from where I sit (either on my sofa or in the rafters of the Phone Booth). All I know is the product sucks and any hope of the playoffs are lost. So it's down to offseason training and restructuring, and a new season gut check.
Me: I said a committed team play, which should include at least a modicum of defense, something that outfit has never played in all the years I've been watching. That's the point. It's just much worse of late.
G: "...something that outfit has never played in all the years I've been watching."
Really? :-) I had no idea you were a Caps fan! But in the past 5 seasons we've had the upper hand over the vaulted Bruins--seems to me the defense was fine during those 20+ games. But it's neither here nor there. We're not Boston or Montreal--not trying to be. We're Washington and we'll get through this.
Me: I obviously didn't write that part well. I meant to say the Ovie era. The rest of my statement stands, whether the Caps have had success with the Bruins or not, they've accomplished jack in that period. I've never suggested they change their identity but I firmly believe that in the last couple of years the reason they've been worse is in large part due to an identity crisis and I stand by that. You know what? This discussion would make a pretty good blog post...I'm gonna copy it out here shortly.
G: That's cool; it would relieve me of a lot of interpretation. I won't defend the Caps' poor play and I don't want to try to analyze why it's poor, other than what's apparent to the eye on TV. Their current ineptitude is no more or less great than the remaining 22 non-playoff teams with equal or worse records, players, or coaches. I don't think it's fair to heap all hope of a team's success on the shoulders of one player--Ovie, RGIII, Strasburg, Wall. The Caps' success or failure isn't on Ovie's shoulders. To be honest, I don't understand what you're saying when you talk about an "identity crisis," Oates will fix things, one way or the other--either by inspiration, trade, or he'll be fired. To me, that's where it starts and ends.
Friday, April 04, 2014
So I'm going to sort of play-by-play this a little. The ceremony begins with a video highlight, of course, of the 2013 Red Sox season, showing from the start the hiring of a new manager and bringing in guys most people thought were support players but not the kind that would ultimately lead to a championship by season's end. The beards were very short. Then we jump to the bombing during the Boston Marathon, which spawned Boston Strong and frankly the springboard for the belief of this team. Remember how close and unexpected Daniel Nava became?
A quick side note: The Red Sox traded outstanding shortshops in two of these three champions
hip seasons -- Nomar in '04 and Iglesias in '13. Would you ever expect that to happen even once? Ortiz and Uehara in the playoffs and World Series, along with "Every little thing gonna by alright," right #18? This all still brings a near tearful smile watching it all unfold again.
Now they start unfurling the World Series banners down the Green Monster, starting with 1903. then 1912, 1915, 1916, 1918. Then all those small old ones are covered over with a gigantic 2004 championship banner that covers the whole Green Monster, then covered by the 2007 banner and then (as if you didn't know what was next)...(while the Boston Pops play) 2013!!!! (refer back to the previous statement about a tearful smile).
Now a bunch of "average folks," presumably fans who won this honor, are walking out of the Monster with 617 numbered Sox jerseys and ring boxes in hand. They could be Sox staff and vendors, sponsors because their seems a lot of familiarity between these folks and the Sox owners and players.
Now the staff, lead by GM Ben Cherrington and the manager and coaches are receiving their rings. This is the only kind of awards show I can get into. There must be close to 100 rings being handed out. Wow. Now to the players, lead by Dustin Pedroia, then John Lester and the rest of last year's starting pitchers. Then on to the rest of the players, lastly Big Papi getting his THIRD championship ring including a special World Series MVP ring that the Sox had made for him.
There might be a bit too much man hugging going on here though.
Now the firefighters of Engine 33 and Ladder 15 are being honored and they're all walking out on the field. People who are not from Boston or New England have little idea how much of a small town and community Boston truly is, and the Red Sox have always been at the heart of it. Now the wives and children of the two firefighters lost recently in that tragic fire.
Alright, where's the damn trophy? It's been sitting on the ring table the whole time but apparently it's not going to be displayed anymore prominently, as we are now introducing the Brewers players for today's game. Yup, Ryan Braun got a big boo.
"And now the defending champions of Major League baseball, can you believe it?" says Joe Castiglione, "the Boston Red Sox!"
I'll note for those who didn't know it, the Red Sox uniforms are very subtly trimmed in gold around the red. Now let's play ball, shall we. Well, of course we need the National Anthem, played by the Dropkick Murphys accompanied by the Boston Pops, followed by "Shipping Up To Boston." Then, just to rub it all in, former Bruin, Celtic, Patriot and Red Sox players carrying in the last 8 championship trophies for the City of Boston. (Mark Recchi, Leon Poe, Teddy Bruschi, Ty Law, Troy Brown, Jason Veritek, Mike Lowell and Pedro Martinez)