Friday, December 29, 2006
Bowl Picks (I'm hot)
Gotta love Scott Boras. Guy just gets amazing deals for his clients.
Tyson arrested for DUI (didn't know he knew how to drive) and crack cocaine possession. I'm shocked.
Knight doesn't get the W, UNLV has a pretty good team out there.
Iverson drops 44 at home and with some nifty moves mixed in.
Suns succumb to some Dallas "D" although the alley from Nash to Amare was so sweet.
Spurs spank Jazz. Clearly that 21-8 record is fugazy.
Rough year 67-83-2. Parity rules.
But this is the story of the NFL this year. The NFC is a shit show. The AFC's shittiest team, take your pick (Jets, Bengals, Broncos, Jacksonville), would destroy any NFC top seed including, DA Bears and the Aint's. This year's superbowl, unless it's Chargers/Saints, will suck and the AFC team will be favored by two TD's. Yeahhhh!
On to the Picks:
Jints -2.5 over SKINS: because they will make the playoffs then get crushed by 40pts. (burnin face on panini maker)
Bills +9 over RAVENS: Ravens can clinch a 1st rd bye with a W but Bills make them work for it.
BEARS -3 over Packers: are we serious with this line?
Steelers +6 over BENGALS: AFC North battle to knock each other out of playoff contention.
COWBOYS -12 over Detroit: 38-14, thanks for showing up Detroit.
TEXANS -4 over Browns: Crennel showed no improvement this year.
Dolphins +9 over COLTS: Fins have two things the Colts don't. A running game, and a defense.
CHEIFS -2 over Jacksonville: Can't believe Jax is not going to the playoffs. Those two losses to the Texans have to be stinging the nostrils.
VIKES +2 over Rams: Vikes peek into the future and play all their kids. Truth is, all their kids are pretty good.
SAINTS -3 over Panthers: Aint's clinch the 1st round bye.
EAGLES -7 over Falcons: No team is hotter right now than those Iggles.
BUCS -3 over Seahawks: Hasselbeck, Alexander get rest
TITANS -3 over Pats: Why not? Pats have nothing to play for.
BRONCOS -10.5 over Niners: Denver wins for a playoff birf.
Cards +13 over CHARGERS: Just to cover, of course.
oh yeah, hi bill
and Happy fucking new year!
Thursday, December 28, 2006
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
The track hits ya eardrum like a slug to ya chest
Pack a vest for your Jimmy in the city of sex
We in that sunshine state with a bomb ass hemp beat
the state where ya never find a dance floor empty
And pimps be on a mission for them greens
lean mean money-makin-machines servin fiends
Yeah, I'm in a West Coast mood today... West Coast Offense, that is.
Before I go on to a few non-Philly topics, let me share a few photos.
I hung out at Chickie's and Pete's in South Philly last night. They did a live TV show for Comcast Sports Net, and Jeff Garcia was one of the guests. Even though I did not get to meet him (they kept him back in the VIP area and only allowed certain people back there), I did get to meet his lady, the lovely Carmella DeCesare, and get a few pictures (I'm not sure what to call her now... I thought they were married, but I now read that they are just dating... hmmm). They were letting her be a part of the show as a reporter from the crowd. She's even better looking in person.
And because I like to share, here are a few photos for your enjoyment. Yes, I actually took these pics with the express purpose of sharing them here at LOV.
Why? Because I care, dammit!
Now... onto other things...
- You know, if we had the death pool running, this would have been a huge week. James Brown, now former President Gerald Ford. Names don't get much bigger than that.
Will there be a hat trick?
- Did I miss something with the White Sox? They traded Brandon McCarthy in a 5 player deal. I thought they traded Freddy Garcia to make room for McCarthy. Now McCarthy is gone for minor leaguers. Any White Sox fans out there willing to explain?
- AI... 28 points, 13 assists, first win as a Nugget yesterday.
Now, everyone is going to say "Gee, he passes a lot." And George Karl is actually encouraging him to shoot more and pass less.
Someone shoot me!
- So Tom Coughlin has stripped his offensive coordinator of his play calling duties, and has given them to his QB coach, Kevin Gilbride. Desperate move, isn't it?
Of course, I find it funny that they gave the play calling duties to someone that Buddy Ryan once punched in the mouth on national TV. And Buddy used to refer to Gilbride's offense in the Houston days as the "Chuck and Duck" offense.
Giants fans ought to enjoy that.
That's all I got for now. I actually have to do work today. WTF?
not even some turkey, not even a beer.
this sucks and i hate it, but what can you do?
kill santa for sucking and smack your boss too.
i wished it had snowed some, i woulda called off!
but dat shit aint happ'nin, and my whining is lost..
**so probably the biggest story over the weekend was the Iggles boning Dallas. thanks Big D, for finally proving that your team is not anywhere near being elite, and doing it on a big stage. no better gift than seeing BitchTits and TO lose on xmas.
**dear NBC, eat a fat one. granted, Carrie Undercarriage is super hot, but showing her all the time and linking her to Tony Romo is retarded. did i tune in to f*cking Entertainement Weekly? are Al and John reading out of a smut mag to us? why do i care about who some cheeseball QB is dating? thank you for the shots of C.U., i swear i appreciated them to no end... but really, im glad you stopped short of showing her expression every time Romo got sacked. thank you for sparing us. and Al, nice try trying to prove that you dont know anything about American Idol. youre a tool. you dont have to watch it or be a fan, but you damn well know what the show is. trying to play the "you crazy kids and your music" stuff like an out of touch parent.. nice. hearing an announcer say "well i dont know anything about this.." and then telling a story is about the dumbest thing ever. youre supposed to be the one that at least SOUNDS informed. hell, that's why we're listening to you, right? so when they hand you the card, just read it. dont try to distance yourself from it and act like youre too cool for school. you read shameless plugs for NBC tv shows, why not some chick singer?
**speaking of nbc and shameless, since this is the stuff that helps ruin football broadcasts for me.. thanks again to NBC for having some retarded Dallas fans hold up a sign that promotes one of their dumb shows. sickening. and it wasnt just me, but even the non-football fan in the room pointed it out too. "let's throw to a crowd shot here... oh look, they just happen to be holding an NBC show sign!" bad enough we have to hear Al and John in the first place, but then to have Al fein like he's above reading tabloid gossip and listening to john choke a turkey down his fat throat... well, lets just say you helped put the Cool Whip on the pumpkin pie with the network plug. i hate you.
**the LA Lakers suck. D-wade gets mad calls, and pretty much everytime he touches it, it is a questionable travel. that said, he is by far the sickest player in the N'iba. makes his teammates better and just kills people when he wants/needs to. kobe, keep trying to be a big brother to your teammates, d-wade will keep winning.
**the FL/OSU hoops game was a massive waste of time in the first half. OSU needs someone to teach their team fundamentals. seriously, can your team play any sloppier? do they actually have an offensive set to run? and yes greg oden looks old as dirt. he looks like the big kid on the playground who just stomps the other kids out cause they havent hit puberty yet. wake me up when he has a good hand to shoot with though, then we'll see the real deal.
**there's apparently a pissing contest involving shaq and phil now. stop me if youve heard this before..
**im sure youve seen the amount of NFC teams that are still eligible for the playoffs. wow, you really cant say enough about the suckiness of the conference. seriously.
this is our country. and i want to slit its throat.
merry black tuesday. and tELl mE YOrU FAvoRiTe xmAS pReSEnt In tHE coMMEntS!!!111
Friday, December 22, 2006
Today New Yorkers celebrate the 3rd anniversary of the Isiah Thomas Era. Fuck you.
But seriously, he did do some good things (David Lee, Frye, Q via trade) and Scott Layden was no better.
Byu put it on Oregon last night. I should have known the bet was bad as soon as the camera's showed former Wash St. star Ryan Leaf in attendence rooting for the Ducks and his brother.
Anyone going to see "We Are Marshall". Reviews are luke warm, but a quick side note I was listening to WFAN yesterday and some guy called in and said he was in the fraternity that lost 9 of the men in the crash. He told his story and broke down several times throughout. It was great radio.
Again, for the my Bowl picks you can get them here : Bowl Picks
As for my dismal record (60-76-2) ATS this year I'll pick every game on the slate for the next few weeks.
Just to see if I can swing the record over .500
KC -7 over Oakland:
Is Mrs. Brady Quinn, MD going to be a Raider or a Lion?
Pitts -3.5 over Ravens:
Ravens locked a p/off spot and Boller might start, no they are throwing this game *wink*.
Atlanta -6 over Carolina:
ATL has everything to play for, Carolina does not.
Chicago -5.5 over Detroit:
Despite what happened last week (Tampa), I still can't take Detroit.
Indy -9 over Houston:
Texans are bad. Indy looked real good Monday night.
NE +3 over Jacksonville:
I'll take the points, I know JAX is awesome at home. I think Brady treats this as a playoff game.
Tampa Bay +3 over Cleveland:
Rattay is the man!
Buffalo -4 over Titans:
It's fucking cold in Buffalo.
Redskins +2 over St. LOO:
Gibbs, rallying the troops for year end.
Zona +4 over San Fran:
People think San Fran won last week. They didn't. Seattle lost.
Denver -3 over Cincy:
Palmer looks hurt.
Seattle +4.5 over San Diego:
Time for S.D to stumble.
Philly +7 over Dallas:
Philly is really believing their own crap. Maybe they keep it close.
Miami -2 over NYJ:
Jest lay an egg. Again.
That is all.
Serious, everyone have a Merry XMAS. And to the Jews (I know it's late), hope you had Eight Crazy Nights. And Happy Kwanza to my nubian brothers.
Thursday, December 21, 2006
So apparently, Iverson didn't actually demand a trade. He said he didn't like losing, and Billy King took that as he couldn't be in Philly any longer. I think this confirms what is already known...Billy King is a moron. I think it was Meiz that said that they have 3 first-rounders and they have to get 2 good players, even if by dumb luck. The Sixers have to be one of the few teams that could screw that up (see Knicks, Hawks).
Another lackluster Thursday night game...Minnesota at Green Bay. This whole Thursday night thing has pretty much been a disaster. All the games have been horrible, and most people in the country can't even watch it. If I had to pick, I'd take Minny at +3. I just want Farve to retire. Earlier this year when he and Clemens were seeing who could get the most attention, I just wanted to jab a fork in my eye.
For your viewing pleasure.
Per El Pad's orders:
Oregon +3.5 over BYU : Former BYU coach Gary Crowton knows BYU's personnel very well. And this will help coach Bellotti gameplan against star QB John Beck and that spread offense. OU tailback Jonathan Stewart figures to be big in this game with his ball control, pounding style of play.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
I just got back from the 7:35 showing of Rocky Balboa. Before I go on with the review, I'll fill you in on a few personal things with me regarding the Rocky series.
I'll admit this at the risk of being viewed as a bit of a sap. But then again, it's the Rev writing this. So that won't surprise you.
There is only one movie in the world that actually makes me feel emotional at the end. In fact, it damn near makes me want to cry. I don't know why it does, but I guarantee you it will get to me every time. I'm helpless against it.
That movie is the first Rocky.
Again, I have no idea. I've watched damn sad movies in my day, and I've watched much more emotional movies. Rocky is not a sad movie. It has a lot of emotion at the end, but there are far more emotional movies.
I can't explain it. And I will never try to explain it. It just hits home with me.
I won't say Rocky is my all-time favorite movie. I would put the Godfather above it. I would put Goodfellas up there. I'd put Shawshank Redemption there. And for years, I've always considered The Color of Money my favorite movie. I still do.
But none of those movies hit me like Rocky does. It's got a special category all to itself in my world. No other movie chokes me up like this. Go figure.
And we all know the theme song. And we all know when he runs up the steps. And to this day... chills! I still get them when I see it. Feel free to play this in another browser while reading this to get the feeling.
I never got to see Rocky in the theater or Rocky II. But I saw them on TV. And I saw Rocky's III, IV, and V in the theater. I actually liked V at first. At the time, it was 1994, I was in college in Boston, and a little homesick. So the opportunity to see Rocky V on the big screen and the fact that they brought it back to Philadelphia was a big deal to me. Now that I am older, I realize that it was far from cinematic genius. But I will still watch it. It's corny enough to be entertaining to me.
So that's my story. Now, here's my honest review.
Like most of you, when I originally heard he was doing this movie, I actually laughed too. I didn't think it was a good idea at all, and I thought he was silly for doing it. But I knew if it came out, I would go see it just because. And even if it was a train wreck, I would just write off those two hours of my life.
Well, I've given up thsoe two hours now. And I'll tell you what...
I liked it. I liked it a lot.
Maybe I am biased. But I tried to go into the movie with a mindset to judge it as much as I would any other movie. And to my surprise, it held it's own
Here's another opinion. My lady who didn't grow up surrounded by the Rocky hype like I did, but did eventually watch Rocky when she came to America, said after the movie tonight, "I'm surprised I liked it so much."
It's nowhere near as corny as the last three Rocky movies. In fact, a lot of it is a little sad. You really see the Rocky character in a different light for a good portion of the movie. He looks like a guy who's been beaten up over the years not only physically but by life as well. It's believable. And you feel for his character. Unlike V where they basically turned the Rocky character into more of a clown, they made him much more human this time.
There's a lot of reminiscing. And two former characters from the first Rocky reappear as important characters this time. You might not expect the ones who reappear. I'll leave it to you to see the movie. Of course, a few characters you would expect appear such as good ol' Paulie. Burt Young was made for that role. He still is.
I won't go heavily into plot. I'm assuming you basically know the premise. And I won't tell you how it ends.
I'll let you in on one small cameo... Skip Bayless has two lines in it. And he plays an asshole. Which means, he plays himself.
But I'm sure you want to know this much... how does the boxing scene look?
Again, surprisingly, that part of it is pretty good. They do the boxing scenes just like it was an HBO PPV. Larry Merchant and Jim Lampley play significant parts as the announcers with Max Kellerman. Michael Buffer has his part too. They use real referees and judges. They use all the HBO bells and whistles. It really looks like you are watching it on TV. The boxing itself looks pretty good. It's probably a little more violent than a real match. There are a few points where you think to yourself that in real life it would be stopped. But it goes on. Yet, it is pretty believable boxing action. Antonio Tarver is not much of an actor. But he does his job in the boxing scene.
I'm not going to sit here and tell you that it's the best movie of 2006. I'm not going to gush over it. I wouldn't expect you to take me seriously if I did that. But I'll tell you the truth. The movie is pretty good. It's not going to waste your life to go see it. In fact, I think you might like it if you give it a chance.
And watching it in a full theater in Philadelphia makes a big difference. Yes it's true. Philadelphia takes this movie series a little more seriously. There were many moments of audible cheering during the fights. When the movie began, the theater erupted. And at the end, it got a long ovation.
During the previews, the guys near me were yelling out Rocky lines. And not the easy lines like "Yo Adrian". They would rock out a line like "Yo, take her to the zoo! I hear retards like the zoo!"
Yeah, we're crazy in Philly.
And this might be the most telling thing about this movie for me. The music still gives me chills. They jazzed it up a bit with some saxophone. But it's still got that chill factor for me.
You do have to get over a couple of things. We are supposed to forget that Rocky was diagnosed with brain damage in V, yet in this movie he passes the doctors' tests to eventually get his license back. We are also supposed to believe that not only will an entire bar watch a computerized fight, but will cheer for it as well.
And yes, I do agree with SG that it does seem like many of the lines are a "cry for help" from Stallone. Yet, somehow, the fact that it seems like Stallone is saying these lines from his own heart like they apply to him as well makes the movie interesting to me. It's a unique look at him as well. A little corny a few times, yes. But in some spots of the movie it actually works well.
The reviews have been good for this movie. And it deserves the good reviews. Go see it with my blessing.
And maybe I do know all the words. Just kiss my rosy red Reverend ass if you don't like it!
All y'all ma'fuggas in trouble now! I'm ready to go on a rant and a half tonight. I'm talking about 8 mouse scrolls on this sumbitch. Oh yeah! It's on, bitches!
(pausing to breathe, and take a shot of scotch)
OK, I'm calmed down now. I just had to write those things to let off some steam. I promise, I'll keep this to a few scrolls.
So I spent 12 hours today with the boss and a bunch of other guys moving a bunch of furniture in and out of the office. We got new carpet, new desks, new everything. It sucked, but I got a free lunch out of the deal and even a Christmas gift from the boss of some cold hard cash, so that didn't suck.
But here's what did suck. I was completely sheltered from the world throughout the day. No e-mail, no internet, no media whatsoever.
You know what that meant? You all were here making fun of my ass all day behind my back, which I enjoyed catching up on later at 11 pm, thank you very much. No really, I actually liked that.
Know when I found out about the trade? About 7 pm.
And that was only because I managed to sneak a peek at the net while the boss was in the other room. He came in shortly thereafter, and I had to abort. I didn't even get a chance to click on and see what we got until about 8 pm.
This being under a rock all day thing sucks. I feel so Amish.
So I'm back at 11 pm and figuring you all are expecting my take on the whole thing. Or maybe you don't give a rat's ass. But I'll tell you anyway.
You know what pisses me off the most about the trade? January 2nd... that's the one game the Sixers have left against the Nuggets. And it's in Denver. We don't even get to have the big return game for Iverson in Philly until next season.
My God! I just realized the next time Allen Iverson plays a game in Philadelphia, I'll be married. How the fuck did that scenario happen?
Anyway... Andre Miller is a half-decent player who is now stuck. Joe Smith sucks ass. The two draft picks are interesting. It might make Philly a major trade player in the offseason when they clear some cap room and they have three first rounders to play with in the next draft.
But the Sixers are dead to me this season. Maybe next year I'll get back into it. Maybe not. Maybe we will suck for about three years straight.
Let's just say I won't be throwing down for any Sixers jerseys in quite some time. But a Denver Iverson jersey???
No, can't do it. Light blue is not my color.
I would have loved that Clippers trade. I could have rocked a Clippers Iverson in 2x. I really could have.
I got nothing else right now. I'm tired as all hell. I'll be back to my normal commenting self as much as I can and you all can make fun of my ass while I'm around again. Consider this your Wednesday hotness, posted early and ribbed for her pleasure.
5 more days until Xmas, and the Sixers just shit in our stockings. God bless us every freakin one!
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
so one week proves to us that the Colts can actually score again, the Bengals apparently can't, and yet both teams are basically still pretenders at this point. Colts D plays solid for one week, and they'll probably get bobbed on. they still have mad issues, and i dont think anyone is fooled. nice gameplan by the Bengies. they must want Indy to clich ASAP.
i think the biggest underlying problem here is that for as amazing a player as Peyton is (even if youre a hater, you can at least respeck' him), they have done nothing for him on the defensive side. you have some good individual players, and even on paper it seems like they should at least be decent, but they are a siv. swiss cheese up in this mofo'. swell. that'll win ya a super bowl.
so yesterday TO got nailed with a $35G fine. sean taylor got 17,500 last year for his playoff game loogie, but TO gets double. hmm. also, a detail that everyone seems to be glossing over is that i believe they havent even seen the incident on camera. they just seems to have based the fine off of TO simply saying that he did it. this is the league trying to "set a standard" or something now. maybe theyre taking it a bit further this time due to the basketbrawl. or maybe theyre finally just out to get TO. and maybe they are.. but i'm fine with that. this dude deserves everything they can throw at him. what an ass pony.
speaking of the nfl being Billy Bad Ass on suspensions and fines.... remember that Detroit Lions asst coach that was drunk and naked when he rolled through a late-night drive-thru? yeah, well the league finally suspended him for the Bears game this week. i guess the one game that the team immediately suspended him for didnt matter. way to hop RIGHT on that though, Commish. incase you were wondering, yes, this incident happended back in freaking September. this was in preseason. now we're at the end of the season. thanks for getting right on top of it.
random baseball news.. the Yanks, not to be outdone by the Saux, have signed some Ching Ming Wong lefthander. yeehaw. and folks, please dont sit near the edges.. you will be the first to fall off when the (asian import) bandwagon breaks. move to the inside (you'll thank me later). and didn't we already go through this once? well, now we're going top dollar on them apparently.
im done, and im going to pistol whip you now.
and as we inch closer to bowl season kick off, this comes courtesy of Senor El Padrino:
TCU -12 over NIU : TCU's two losses come via Utah and BYU. They were early in the season and the have rolled since. NIU's star back Garret Wolfe will need to have a monster game in order to beat the Horned Frogs. I think TCU will neutralize him when it counts and I think they come out on top.
Monday, December 18, 2006
I had an encounter with a scorpion over the weekend, first one in quite sometime. I was dropping a deuce and noticed it crawling across the floor. Nothing the bottom of a Lysol can and lighter couldn’t handle though. Oh yea, first sentence has a deuce reference, I smell a good week, pun intended.
Perhaps the biggest story of the weekend was the Nuggets/Knicks brawl. Apparently the real Zeke was putting out hits on people. And for as “thugged” out as the NBA is, why can’t anyone land a solid punch?
Speaking of boxing, did anyone see Boxing After Dark on HBO on Saturday? There were two quality KO’s. One dood was jumping around like a fish out of water after a 1st round punch. I love shit like that.
I don’t get the constant uproar after another of TO’s antics. You hear people say how they’re sick of him yet when he does something stupid it gets another round of publicity. Spitting in a guys face is pussy shit, we all know that, do we need all the guys on Countdown to tell us this? Anyone see the Simpsons Halloween episode where the billboards and company statue advertisements came alive and wrecked shit? And the only way to kill them was to not pay attention – I say this needs to be the solution to TO, just don’t look.
Oh, and I think the Eagles won yesterday, although I couldn’t tell by Rev’s 73 comments and emergency post after the game. I’ll look into it.
For those keeping score at home – Yul, from the Asian tribe, wins Racist Survivor. I thought the jury questions were lame and devoid of hate, quite a disappointing end.
Alright this is all I got today.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
My God, that was an amazing win! The Giants needed payback... and we gave it to them!
Thank God for Eli Manning. I'm so glad he's the Giants QB right now. I counted on him to do something to make sure the Eagles won at the end, and he didn't let me down.
Jeff Garcia... he's not pretty. But he's just won 3 straight. No, I never thought I'd see that either.
And ElP... I'll take 3 sesame bagels, 3 poppy bagels, 3 cinnamon raisin bagels, and the rest I will leave to your good graces.
AHHHHH... the sweet taste of victory! B-A-G-E-L-S... BAGELS!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Porter gets fined 10K for calling Winslow a homo.
Magic lose to Bobcats and cost me a new pair of wingtips.
Tank Johnson shoots his gun off then realizes it's illegal.
Matsuzaka takes over Boston.
The stripper gave birf to a baby. The one in the Duke case. No DNA match any member of the team, BTW.
Cowboy's New Stadium
Maybe a sensored remote controller isn't the greatest idea?WII
Rev, little wager on the big Giant-Eagle game this Sunday? Maybe if the Giants win you can send me Iverson.
NFL - no more amounts, switching it up (superstitious) 58-70-2
Cheifs +9 over CHARGERS
Why not? Cheifs are desperate for a AFC win. Their long beloved owner just died. Herm can motivate a peanut to do a backflip. I smell a "win one for the gipper". At the least, throw me the cover.
VIKES -2 over Jets
Best run defense in the league. And since the Jets don't have a running game that means they have to rely on Pennington and his pop warner arm. Nyet! Not in that noisy Metrodome.
Dolphins +1 over BILLS
Fins continue the hot December in chilly Orchard Park.
Some easy one's that need no explaining:
PATS -11.5 over Texans - Angry Brady
RAVENS -11.5 over Browns - Shutout
OVER / UNDER
PACK vs Lions (43) : OVER
BILLS vs Finis (34) : UNDER
Stepping up to da plate.
JFreak I got your back. You organized the pick ‘em challenge so it’s all good.
Lamar Hunt dead at 74. Led the AFL-NFL merger and came up with the name “Super Bowl.”
Peter Boyle dead at 71. Pop locked as Young Frankenstein and delivered mucho hate as Ray Romano’s television dad.
WWL says Heat have interest in A.I.
RIP the heat. I think AI could work in Boston or Minnesota. He and one other superstar ego should be able to mesh. Throw him in Miami though and you will see how a team can score 80 with zero assists. Walker, Williams, Peyton, Shaq (for 35 games), Wade, and AI. Come on. Everybody saw what happened with the Lakers and their super squad. They got it handed to them by D town. All those players are great but throw them together and it’s every man for himself.
Riley is a good coach. He got the Alpha Dogs to play great for a season. Throw one more in the kennel and it’s DMX’s house on a basketball court. Now I’m kind of pulling for this to happen just to see how it pans out. Truthfully I would like to see him in Boston alongside of the Truth. But it’s been 20 years since the last Celts title. They wouldn’t win another one soon with AI on the ship. Maybe Miami can get him and keep their other ego’s for comedy’s sake.
picture for header. boom pow surprise.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
So now, the city of Philadelphia, or at least the ones who still care about our basketball team, get to sit and wait. Sixers fans are being held hostage while they wait for the other shoe to drop.
Allen Iverson now has not only apparently said he does not want to go to Charlotte, he now has apparently made it clear that Northern California is not to his liking either. So no go for Sacramento or Golden State.
He apparently does want to go to Indiana, Denver, Boston, or Minnesota. So we got that going for us. Which is nice.
No, he doesn't have a no trade clause. But it seems that his simple dislike of going to a team is enough to get a trade killed on the grapevine. Some teams just don't want to deal with his griping.
Everything that people used to tell me about him is finally coming true. And it's not like I didn't believe them when they said he would eventually kill this team. But each time something came up in the past, it would eventually be solved and put away. Then he would go out on the court and amaze us with his play again. It happened so many times in the past.
This time it's really happening for good. And I just want it to be over with so I can see what the new look Sixers will look like.
Because I'll tell you this right now... the Sixers current look with Chris Webber leading the charge is not looking good to me. I'd rather watch the Knicks and Celtics play than this Sixers team right now. And that's pretty sad.
Alright... I promised myself this would not be a totally Philly column. So let me grab a few more headlines...
- So the Dallas Cowboys' new $1 billion stadium will apparently keep the hole in the roof, but it will add in a retractable closing for that hole if needed. That was the big news out of Big D.
So when they announced the stadium design yesterday at a press conference, they showed a video to those assembled comparing the new stadium to such architectural wonders as the Egyptian Pyramids and the Colisseum in Rome.
Jesus H Christ... could that team be more full of themselves? Next thing you know, Jerry Jones will start asking people to refer to him as Napoleon.
- So after paying $51.1 million just to talk to the guy, the Red Sox go in and low ball Daisuke Matsuzaka. They're offering $8 million a year for 6 years while agent/asshat Scott Boras is trying to get $11 million a year for 6 years.
Now, we can have the debate whether this guy is worth $11 million a year, and I might be inclined to see both sides of any argument. We don't know what he's really worth yet. But I also look at it this way... if you're willing to throw 50 million plus up front just to get in the door, now is not the time to play cheap.
The Red Sox think the $51.1 million should be taken into consideration for a lower deal. But not one dollar of that is going to the player. So it really shouldn't.
Yeah, maybe I'm defending an overly greedy player, or maybe more of an overly greedy agent when the pitcher in question hasn't done one thing in MLB. But I look at it this way too... Gil Meche got $11 million a year for 5 years in this market at age 28, and he never won more than 15 games and had two years with an ERA over 5. Ted Lilly got $10 million a year for 4 years at age 30, and he's a career .500 pitcher with an ERA lifetime at 4.60.
Datsuzaka is 26. He obviously has big-time ability if you're giving up that much money just to talk to him. I think he's probably worth more than Lilly or Meche.
Why go through all of this if you were going to low ball him?
The Red Sox will look like the biggest asshats of the year if they don't sign him.
Of course, Scott Boras is the same guy who convinced the Rangers that Chan Ho Park was worth $65 million over 5 years. So maybe I see the Red Sox's point.
That's all I got. I think it's a B- at least.
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
-how do u (intend to) drop $50 million for the chance to simply OFFER a contract to a player, and then low-ball him? Boras in the house though.. you know he'll snag his guy a deal. too much of a cash cow to let him swim back home.
-tag team back again. new-old ball, it's coming back. Emperor Stern's Reich has decided to change back to the old leather rock mid-season. setting a triumphant return to an arena near you on new years day. yippee. maybe the Suns will score 200 with the regular ball? i would classify them as having tremendous point upside potential. can this be the Dikembe Mutombo theory? (as a fellow G-town guy) i dont know what the theory would be, but there's one lurking. Bill, get on that will ya?
"Our players' response to this particular composite ball has been consistently negative and we are acting accordingly," Stern said in a statement.
so basically what youre telling me is that if all the players whine enough, they can still get things changed? i thought they gave up on the dress code thing kinda early. they were weak with their battle. they shoulda stood up for their right to wear Karl Kani. what's next? telling you no ipods and to tuck in your shorts? slavery!!1111wun!!
how do u feel if youre Spalding? kind of shitty pub' for your company. better luck next time.
-i think the Suns have caught onto this "putting the ball in the basket" thing.
-dennis erickson... arizona state. he used to coach in a pro league, right? ah how the mighty have fallen.
-dear philly, trade AI and get some players STAT. you just lost to the Trailblazers.
-some retard car driver broke his hand after falling off a golf cart. nice lie to begin with though. "my buddy took a corner hard and i fell out of the car". hmm, cause that sounds more reasonable than "i was goofing around and got hurt, im a bonehead".
shut your mouth and get back to work...
eat one Bill.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Here’s what I encountered within the first five minutes of driving around the place:
1) Narcolepsy Guy – this is the guy that falls asleep at the 3 way stop entrance to the shopping center. Of course he is at the head of your line. This guy (or probably woman) gets confused or panics and misses their turn at least two times.
2) Impatient Guy – This is the guy who at the 3 way stop refuses to play nice. Instead of waiting his turn he has to double up. Seeing that someone has not turned in their allotted time, he tries to capitalize on the hesitation and barges ahead.
3) When you finally traverse the intersection you’re in the parking lot, then you come across, the Turtle. This is the guy who drives incredibly slow trying to find the perfect spot or his Alzheimer’s is acting up and he’s lost. This guy is letting people turn in front of him and is causing a 10 car pileup behind him. Just find a spot asshole.
1) The Vigilante. They’ll cross whenever and however they feel like it. This person just blasts right in front of you with no warning.
2) Preoccupied guy : This person is probably on their celly or talking with the person next to them and either totally disregards you or acts like they don’t see you – and they will cut in front of you regardless.
3) The Human Shield : This is usually the mommy who uses their toddler and/or baby stroller as a shield to abruptly cut in front of you. This is parent of the year material.
4) The Slow Walker : As you’re going down an aisle trying to find a spot, there is always some asshole who found a spot before you and is walking to a store. Instead of getting to the side and letting you pass, they walk down the middle of the aisle and don’t move. Fuck you buddy.
Like I said, I encountered all of these lovely people within five minutes of being in the shopping center, and I got cut off by a cop. Happy Holidays everyone!
I did get to see Apocalypto however. Like whoa. This movie is a more violent, South American version of Braveheart. I enjoyed it.
1) AI – I can’t wait to see how this plays out, reportedly within the next few days.
2) Troy Smith, Heisman – QB of #1 team all season. Not an inspired choice, but when you consider Chris Wienke and Jason White won Heismans, this selection doesn’t seem so bad. And Quinn, MD. got 3rd, that’s justice.
3) LDT – ball dips Alexander’s record with 3 to play. That boy is bad.
4) Indy – I think I could have run for at least 50 yds yesterday on them.
5) The Pats get shut-out, you stay classy Bill B.
6) The Cardinals beat Seattle, sun shines on a dog’s ass some days.
7) NO COMPLETELY ball dips Dallas, at Dallas. I was very surprised by this. Impressive.
8) The Suns have run off 10 straight.
I'll take a C+ Monday.
Thursday, December 07, 2006
Medical malpractice, can't say much but basically old lady checked into hospital, old lady fell, old lady died. We decide if old ladies' kid's get mula. Boring and yeah my boss is pissed but hey....I didn't volunteer for this shit. It's mad boring. The plaintiff's lawyer is a stumblin' bumblin' fool. Judge is ripping him apart, other lawyer is objecting him up the ass. Good times.
In case your wondering I will be handicapping every bowl game. First one I believe is Dec. 19th. So sometime before then.
Anyone check out the NJ/PHX game last night? 161-157, PHX.
318 total points.... Nash had 80 assists.
Bonds. Giants. 16MM. 21 shy of Hank. This is really happening.
Colts -1.5 over JAGS:
Losing two in a row? I understand the Jags are stout at home but, 2 in a row is a stretch. I smell a big Ricky Proehl catch. ($50)
MIAMI +3.5 over New England:
NE always, always have a tough go putting up points against the Fish. Take the home points. ($25)
Seattle -3 over ARIZONA:
Maybe the Rams suck. Maybe this is a tough team to figure out. Maybe I'm a mush but you have got to respect Seattle's game the past two weeks. They showed some toughness last week in Denver. This is my 5 star lock of the week. ($50)
Titans +1 over Texanz
Stop. VY back in the building. ($50)
Oakland AT Cincy + over 39: Bengals rout at home, scoring most of the points.
New Orleans +19
Bunch of baseball news happening. We'll hit them quickly.
Jason Schmidt to the Dodgers. Schmidt makes up for the loss of Maddux. That pitching staff's gonna be pretty good. Can't remember any of their names, but they were pretty good last year.
Gonzo and Lieberthal too. Gonzo's power numbers have been down, but he's a good clubhouse guy. I'm pretty surprised the D-backs let him go. Douchebacks maybe? Lieberthal seems like a solid backup at catcher.
White Sox trade away Freddy Garcia for someone I've never heard of to the Phillies. If I'm Rev, I'm pretty happy about this Garcia deal. He'll be a number 1 or 2, really help bolster the staff.
Ted Lilly signs with the Cubs. First move of the offseason I really don't like by the Cubs. That's a whole bunch of money to spend on someone who's career record is one game over .500.
A's acquire Piazza. Finally Piazza makes the move to DH. I doubt he'll be nearly as successful as Thomas was last year. All I can really think of now is when he was back with the Mets and everyone thought he was gay. Whatever happened to that rumor?
Thursday is the first day you can smell football. You shouldn't be able to see it. These Thursday games are crap. Bryant Gumble is a complete moron and Collingsworth is only slightly better. Plus, I'm one out of like 3 people here who can actually see it. (Yay premium cable). But Cleveland at Pittsburgh? Only way I'm watching it is if someone ties me down or Rothelishbereqriuiger gets another concussion.
Yes, I brought the weak sauce.
Wednesday, December 06, 2006
Hollis Thomas suspended for asthma medication.
Even after a note from a doctor saying he has to take an inhaled steroid for his asthma is brought out to a hearing, the league looked at it, nodded it's collective head at it, and still suspended him anyway.
Really, I can't stress this enough. The NFL needs a big collective ball dip on this one. The man needs medication to function. And you're going to suspend him for that? What a collection of douchebags.
Next thing they'll tell me is that you can't dance in the endzone with the ball.
- You know, I like the Red Sox a lot. I really do.
But now that they've signed JD Drew, it's going to be a little harder for me to like them. JD Drew is an ass.
And now that they overpaid for Julio Lugo, they're looking more and more like teams that overpay for players like the Mets and Orioles.
And if they lose Manny Ramirez, David Ortiz will be walked 346 times this season.
I think Theo Epstein has lost his mind.
- Somewhat of a WTH, mild level 1...
Let's just say I won't be eating at any Taco Bells in the Philly area for a while.
- I'm still spent from the Monday night game. I can't tell you how awesome that was to experience live. I'll throw out one more story here.
Yeah, we booed a lot. Or at least my fellow fans did. I'm one of the few Philly fans that reserves my boos for the other team. However, I do like throwing out witty insults to my own team after things go wrong.
Case in point... I don't know how many of you remember the play where Brian Westbrook suddenly lined up at QB with the Eagles having a first down at the Carolina 12. It was after a big play, and we were all stoked. Then someone yells in my section, "Holy shit! Westbrook is in at QB!"
We all get excited. Something big is about to happen, we think.
Then Westbrook takes the shotgun snap, and runs... for one yard.
Everyone in my section went into dumbfounded silence. But I remember yelling out loud, "What the hell was that for?" I'm pretty sure the whole section heard me. I was that loud.
Really... you put in Westbrook as the QB in a shotgun, you expect something different than a one yard run. What is the point?
I cracked up everyone within a few rows of me when I yelled out seconds later... "Hey Andy, I'm available to quarterback the next play if you want."
I think if you saw me, you would appreciate the irony and humor of that statement. But you had to be there for the timing.
That's all I got. Rev... OUT!
Monday, December 04, 2006
but this controversy will rage on for at least another 4-5 more weeks and all the talking heads will rage on.. but it's been decided, and we are all stuck with it. so that is that.
my next haterous moment comes at the expense of pro ath-uh-leets. we all realize that half, or even most, of these guys would be cleaning the urinal you use at work, but because they can bounce a ball or run with a ball really well, we're left squeezing out a life of bill paying while the Spreewells of the world try to make ends meet while collecting the mid-level exception.
so i see that D-wade was named SI's sportsman of the year or something. now im not picking out d-wizzle, cause he actually seems halfway intelligent, unlike someone like lebron (i loves bass-et-bawl!), or kobe (the O.J. of the nba, getting away scott-free). so what would these cats be doing if not for sports? would they be just another junkie on the streets, would they be boardroom execs, would they have made some great contribution to society, or would they run drugs and killed "narcs" like the people that Carmelo hangs out with ("i swear i dont condone that type of activity").
so what would your favorite player be doing if he/she wasnt in their current profession? tAle mE iN THe ComMEntz SexSHun!
let's just admit that most nba players would be in a rappers' entourage in a heartbeat. what would you do if you were 6'8" 250 and could bench a Vietnamese family? i dont know, maybe be a stock broker?? own a farm in nebraska? maybe be on tv and add even more ghettoness to ESPN like Mike Hill (i think thats his name)? "yee bro, keeps it ruhl, keep it poppin, we caints waits for you to be back flossin on espnews bra, pace! word, dirty"
i kid you not, that was pretty much the exchange between host and guest on espnews at about 530/6pm when they had some wide receiver on there. freakin terrible tv to watch. gimme Wilbon and Cornhole. hell, give me Joey T rather than that crap.
i think about a quarter (half if we're really stretching it) of pro league players would be able to land a real job if their league disbanded today. actually all of them would land jobs because of who they are, so i guess just imagine if they never were athletes, what type of skills they would have, or what jobs they would get. i think there is a top portion of educated guys mixed in with a bunch of walking barbells.
so in other words, i WILL take fries with that.
hater in the house.
Sunday, December 03, 2006
Now I know how Auburn fans feel.
I won't watch a minute of CFB until there is a playoff.
The Harris Poll results are interesting. The Gaytors worst rank was a 5, UM had a lot of 3's and 4's. Some moron had SC still at 3! This is what is used to determine the finalists! Yikes.
I'd be ok with the Gaytors getting the nod if people really felt they were the #2 team. Yet all the arguments you hear in their favor, or rather against UM is "they had their shot" and "we don't want a rematch". I haven't heard one valid argument against Michigan. Fuck, Gary Danielson and Verne Lundquist, the announcers for the SEC Championship, were openly politicking for Florida. The only person who I heard even make a case for sanity was Herby. Everyone had already crowned Florida. So now the SEC is even, this makes up for Auburn. Now the Big 10 is owed. I hope UM gets to collect. And take note, with this system your team will get screwed somehow eventually.
I don't think UM got a fair deal. And what do they get? A matchup with a 2 loss team in their hometown! Awesome! I wanna see Lloyd Carr raise some hell or they need to boot his ass out. File a lawsuit. Get on every national stage you can and call out the system. Refuse to play. Call out Urban Crier because he obviously campaigned better than you. Call Crier a fag, call FLA a bunch of monkeys, do something Lloyd. Don't just sit back and enjoy getting raped.
I'm not saying the Gaytors are completely undeserving. They are a good team. Yet all you hear all year is how the SEC is the greatest conference in all the land. Riiiiight. I guess if you say it loudly and long enough people will just accept it as fact. Florida will get beaten badly vs OSU. I really hope OSU throttles them. Florida has to win the game to validate their selection. Anything less and they should be considered underserving pussies. OSU is a very good team. Chris Leak will end his career in tears. And don't mention Teeball.
And the rest of the BCS matchups suck. ND vs LSU!!!!!!!! Ok so we get to see ND get spanked one mo gain? Okla/Boise! Wake Forest/Louisville! And that one fag on Louisville who was offsides on the Rutgers kick should be on suicide watch.
That's all the recap I got. Call me whatever you want but don't call me a CFB fan anymore.
Friday, December 01, 2006
Mamba drops 52, 12th time he's gone over 50.
Doesn't this kid know that XMAS time is coming, WTF.
Long-whoria and Parker are engaged. Whoever has Parker in FFB trade him now. We all know that pussy conquers all.
I really hate the Giants right now. They all make me sick. The coach, the RB star, the DE star, the WR star and the overated QB star. Being a fan of them is not easy right now. With that said....if they beat the Cowboys they will be in first place and they will be sportin' a 4-0 division record. So for now, I have no choice but to root for them. They remind me of the Bonilla Mets but since the Bonilla Mets sucked like something fierce it's a little different.
Wish I could talk more but I got a 9:15 meeting. Fucking ridiculous. I'm going to mention in the meeting that it is Friday and whoever did this will pay.
($25 across the board)
Ark +3 over U F : We can put those "Florida won 11 games this year in the SEC" talk to bed. They have been due for a loss for about 4 weeks now. I think they get to Leak and if they do that, I render him pretty useless.
Sooners -3.5 over Nebraska : I say the Stoops/Callahan matchup favors Oklahoma. I know Callahan has those kids playing well but OU has too much talent to lose this game for all the Big 12 marbles.
Gtech -2 over Wake Forest : Forget the fact that they have no one to stop Calvin Johnson but focus on Reggie Ball and how well he is going to rebound from a pathetic game last week. And with pretty much the same rosters last year Tech won pretty big. Nice story about Wake though. It's good for college football when other programs compete for titles.
(shitty week, shitty lines, shitty games for the most part)
RAMS -6 over Cards : I've been waiting for the Rams to blow out the last 3 weeks. They haven't. I'll try one more time. But mainly I think Haslett knows they can't run the ball so I have a feeling he is going to be busy all day celebrating his numerous blitz packages en route to harassing rookie Matt on Sunday. ($50)
BRONCOS -3 over Seahawks : Even if Plummer started I would put a 5bone on them. Seahawks may be back at full stregnth but Denver is hungry for a win right now. Get ready for a week of annointment for Shanahan and his QB switch move after this big Sunday night win. ($50)
Colts -7 over TITANS : I know the Titans always play the Colts tight. But are the Titans even focused after that big win over the G-men last week? They might still be whopping it up. I predict a 38-7 trashing in Nashville this week. ($100)
Two upsets (each for $25):
BROWNS +5 over Chiefs : Herm always has a big letdown game in him. Always.
PACKERS +1.5 over Jets: I love me a good homedog. Pack are due for a win, Jets are due for a setback.
Just Teasing ($150)
Falcons +14, as WAS never blows anything out
Giants +15.5 as NFC East games are usually decided by less than 10 points
SAINTS/Niners over 33 as both teams can score (Saints might put up 33 by themselves)
Dolphins +11, as the battle for Florida will be decided by Mare or Scobee
Trying to bolster the 54-60-2 record, for the record.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Ohio State falls. Finally they lose this year. Dirty skank of a university, if you ask me.
Mavs win 11 straight. They started the year 0-4. I'm looking for a witty comment about them losing the last 4 games of last season, but I can't think of one. So I'll just say, "ha, you lost the finals."
Craig Counsell signed with Milwaukee. Only means something because a). he beat the Yankees and b). he's from Indiana.
Pujols thinks that only players on playoff teams should get the MVP. What he fails to realize is that Howard's team had two more wins during the season.
Nick Lachey buys Mariners Triple-A affiliate. What a weird move. Didn't I hear there was a sex tape coming out soon?
A few WTH's and one WTF
WTH: this, this and this.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
-racist nba owners (slave traders?). scoop jackson had some great insight to how the REAL NBA works. darn those slave traders!!! forcing us to wear or not wear something.. who do they think they are? paying us MILLIONS to play a stupid game? what bastards. really though.. everything that these players are bitching about is just stuff that gets enforced in high schools in alot of places. wearing ties on gamedays? we did it all the time, every year of jhigh/hike school. being able to wear headphones or excessive arm bands that make you stand out? not a chance. hey scoop, maybe it's just the principle of having everyone look the same on the playing field. why dont u go be a beat writer for the NFL and bitch about their rules. if someone's socks arent right, they get fined. STFU. again.
-young QBs getting their chance (and stepping up). either cause the league is beginning to really suck, or the new crop of guys is really good. i think its a little bit of both. pretty talented guys, but overall, the league is slipping a little bit. becoming too much like the NHL where guys shift teams way too much and the casual fan cant name half of the "big time" receivers on the field. who is tom brady throwing to? vince young? drew brees (other than Cell-phone-Joe-Horn)? steve mcnair? unless youre in those cities, im betting you cant name too many..
-millionaires flipping the bird cause someone was mean to them. speaking of this.. it was mentioned yesterday in the comments, but fo' reelz.. you can see someone throwin' one up practically every day on the highway (if you drive in front of me you will). giving someone the finger is a meaningless action, why do people make such a big deal when it's caught on camera? get over it, news media. you guys curse in your newsroom like any average person does.. dont get too high on your horse, cause it'll hurt worse when u fall off.
-duke squeaking by. thats right bay-bee, you squeaked.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
There is one thing I want to put out there, and I'll make this a one topic posting today.
I didn't watch MNF last night. I was burnt out on football from watching Sunday night's debacle. So you tell me... how many times did the announcers make a big deal about Brett Favre possibly making his last MNF appearance?
I won't miss the slobbering over Brett Favre when he's gone, or should I say if he's gone.
Great QB, yes. Hall of Famer, yes. Do I respect him? Very much.
But I've never been a huge fan of his. That's just me.
How's this for an inflammatory comment? I'll even go as far as to say that the only real difference between Brett Favre and Drew Bledsoe is that Bledsoe lost to Favre in the Super Bowl. Bledsoe picked that day to throw a bunch of interceptions where Favre didn't. (Desmond Howard also had a say in how the game ended up more than both of them.) If the roles were reversed and Bledsoe won that day, I think their careers might have taken different paths. Bledsoe might have gained some confidence and Favre might still be looking for his ring.
I don't know if I really truly believe that. And I'll admit I said that mostly for shock value. But really, everybody gets on Bledsoe for throwing dumb interceptions and rightfully so. But Favre has thrown more interceptions in his life. And we all know many of those INT's were of the dumb variety. So what's the difference? Why does Favre get off the hook while other QB's get villified for doing the same things? Favre plays in a town where they forgive him for everything because he won that Super Bowl, and Bledsoe played in places that were much less forgiving in the long run.
No, I'm not trying to say Bledsoe is as good as Favre. Favre has much more mobility and has many more TD passes. And I'd even say that Favre has a more fan-friendly attitude about the game with his gunslinger mentality while Bledsoe has taken on more of a grumpy persona lately. I'd take Favre in his prime over Bledsoe in his prime. However, if the roles had been reversed and Bledsoe had won that day, don't you think it would be a little different story now? Maybe Bledsoe still eventually falls apart, but maybe Favre isn't seen as a legend if that happened.
All of that is speculative, yes. But I will say this, and this I truly believe. Favre benefitted by spending his career in Green Bay where the fans saw him through Packer colored glasses. If he had been a QB in New York, they would have turned on him in recent years with all those bad interceptions, past Super Bowl win or no past Super Bowl win. In Green Bay, they forgave him for a lot, and maybe too much. And I think that forgiveness made him want to stay in Green Bay about two years too long.
You Packers fans can bash me all you want. But I say Favre should have retired two years ago and gotten out of the way. He cost Green Bay more than he helped them in recent years. And without Favre around to hold them down, the Packers could have rebuilt into a more solid contender because they would have been forced to do it. With Favre around, the team stays in a mode where they don't grow.
And if Favre even entertains any thought of coming back next year, the Packers fans ought to say a resounding "Oh hell naw!" But we all know they won't.
I read today that apparently the Packers would bring him back in 2007, and would bring him back as a starter if he wanted to.
And if they do, I will say that at least that's one team the rest of the NFC won't have to worry about contending.
Monday, November 27, 2006
The biggest stories to me are:
1) CFB - Still haven't heard a valid argument to prevent a rematch. And I haven't heard one talking head point out the fact that SC lost to a 4 loss Oregon St. team. SC is a good team so crown their ass if you want to, they are who we thought they were.
2) Haven't watched a ton of CBB but there seems to be a shit load of upsets in the Top 25. I'm talking about shit like Old Dominion over Georgetown type upsets. Should make for a wild season.
3) Bryant Gumble should not be anywhere near a NFL telecast. Unless its a cut-a-way into the stands and some announcer goes "there's Bryant Gumble".
4) This is really coming across like SP's "things I think I think". I hate myself.
5) NFL - Vince Young. FUUUUCCKKKKKKK. I hate that guy. I am dumbfounded he's had success at such an early stage in his career. I'm hoping its just teams getting adjusted to his game. If he's like this for the next 10 years I'll be unhappy.
Along this same lines, what happened to rookie or young QB's taking their licks? There are a ton of young QB's doing well. Tony Rhomo (silent r)?
I'll admit this. I don't hate Peyton Manning. I hope he wins it all this year.
And I appear to have made it through a few flights and a week in cold weather without getting sick. This is after sitting around the cougher, the sneezer and a kid who had a farting problem. Good for me.
Friday, November 24, 2006
No NFL Network, no game last night for most of the country. That must have sucked.
51-56 going into this week....dismal but not terrible.
Texas -13 over A&M : The McCoy's want to finish strong here. Maybe get a bump in the BCS standings....maybe put some fear in whoever they will face. ($50)
Oklahoma -6 over OK State : Another in-state rivarly game as the Sooners smell a BCS berth and need to rout to get it. They have covered 5 straight since AP went down. Jus sayin'. ($50)
Nebraska -14 over Colorado : Hoping for the Cornhuskers to blow out here because they don't fare well when they keep things close. At home, they should. ($35)
Bengals -3 over BROWNS : Some see a trap, I see an opportunity. Must win game for Bungles as next week is their 2nd showdown with the Ravens. ($50)
FALCONS - 3 over Saints : The Bayou hit da wall. Falcs must win to stay in the wild card hunt. They will. Bank it. ($150)
Rams -5.5 over 49ERS : I'm doing this for your sake, SF fans. It's silly to think that the niners will make the playoffs so with a loss here, it'll be damn near impossible. ($50)
Giants -3 over TITANS : Normally I don't bet on the home team but take it from me. They will win this week and it'll be by more than 3. ($100)
Texans +18 (Jets don't blow teams out)
Colts +3 (They might win by two TD's)
Pats/Bears over 24
Panthers/Skins under 48
Bonus Bet : Lakers +5 over Utah Jazzzzzzzzzz
Still undeafeated at home, Lakers either give them a scare or beat them outright. Mamba time!
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
If I don't get a chance to say it later, Happy Thanksgiving, and be sure to get a hold of that leg. Turkey leg, that is.
The following words are Martin's. They were written a few days ago, so a couple of words might be outdated, but it is still very relevant. Enjoy!
Hoop Hop Hooray!
Thanksgiving is just a few days off. I know football has long been associated with turkey day. Amongst other things many people give thanks for the NFL on that Thursday in late November. But this year fans of another sport will be offering up thanks across the nation as well. Hoops fans. Particularly those who enjoy NCAA hoops as much as a fat plate of butterball and pumpkin pie.
Every year around this time the collegiate hardwood explodes with the start of the basketball season. There are shootouts in Alaska and invites to Maui and New York offering a usually tasty spread of basketball action (although Alaska looks pretty weak this year). Thanksgiving Day does not have any games scheduled itself but the rest of the week around it is filled with quality hardwood battles. This year is different though. This year isn’t the same old turkey. This year is the fried turkey with the Cajun rub and hot sauce. Not because of these early tournaments are so special but the entire season. This is the first year when prep phenoms can’t make the jump straight to the pro’s. The new NBA rule says a player must be 19 and his graduating class out of high school for a year prior to entering the draft. This rule flooded some teams and conferences with new, raw talent that might otherwise have passed them by. As a result there will be more than one college coaching staff and fan base thanking David Stern this year and for many years to come. The world of college hoops has been changed as we know it.
One thing that has made NCAA basketball both interesting and a gamble over the last few years is parity. Traditional powerhouses like Kentucky, and Kansas have had an off year (by their standards) or early exits from March Madness. UNC had some rough years not long ago despite their National Championship in 2004. The absence of a roster filled with McDonald’s All Americans brought the level of play in storied programs down and evened the playing field to a degree. Teams like West Virginia and UAB emerged to make runs into the tournament knocking out conventional favorites by using decent players, fundamentals, hustle and good coaching. Now with the high school highlight film cast back in the college game I see the level of parity dropping a notch.
With the blue chip underclassmen bringing more talent and hype back into the collegiate realm it will still be a different game than the 80’s and early 90’s. Even though they will be in school chances are most of these players will only stick around a year or two. Especially if they have a dominant first year and don’t care about a NCAA ring, then why stay away from the millions? Coaches know this better than anyone. They will want to get the most they can from these players before they bounce to the NBA. It won’t be a surprise to see offenses run through freshman and those same guys getting the ball with the game on the line if there’s not a proven upperclassman on the squad. Expect to see a harder work ethic and desire from some of these young guys too. Now they have to prove themselves on a greater stage and against better competition with more than their hometown and a few NBA scouts watching. They have to. Guys like Greg Oden, Kevin Durant and Spencer Hawes can’t afford to have a weak showing like Randolph Morris did his freshman year at Kentucky. It could cost them a guaranteed contract or worst case scenario a spot in the draft at all. Many of these players are here for one reason only… the NBA says they have to wait. They will do whatever they can to ensure that they get to the next level. That said we can expect some good things from NCAA hoops as individuals and teams embrace their windows of opportunity as small or as big as they may be.
I also love the NBA around this time of the year. They have been playing for almost a month at this point with most (well coached) teams starting to hit form and get into a rhythm as the early season kinks are worked out. Good time for hoops on all levels.
Anyone dare partake of the day after Thanksgiving shopping madness? I stay away from it myself. Usually I refuse to do any Christmas shopping or decorating until the first week of December. I need some space between Thanksgiving and Christmas even it’s only a week. Retail America has pushed the Christmas season to before Halloween it seems. Wack if you ask me.
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Lambeau Field. What a place. I don't even know where to begin. First the stats:
4 planes, 4 airports, over 2000 miles logged, one gray Impala, 42 beers, one resident Green Bay crack whore, 58 cows, 73,000 Packer fans, one old perverted host at Titletown Brewery, one sprinting waitress (at the same establishment), one gay Chinese gas attendant, two black people in the entire stadium, one three fingered brat server, and one really fucked up room that the cleaning lady may still be cleaning now.
We left early Saturday from Newark, NJ airport. With a stopover in Chicago we were a little sleepy so as we settled in for the 2hr flight we all agreed that a morning cocktail was in order. You know, just to perk up a bit. Nothing like a good screwdriver on a early morning flight.
After landing in Chicago (tremendous airport) it was on to Wausau, Wisconsin. 30 minutes later we were in Wausau. Time to get the rental car and drive the 90 miles to Green Bay.
Now as you may imagine there isn't much going on in Wausau. In fact when the guy in front of me asked the rental car clerk where the nearest drug store was she laughed. Of course I chimed in with a "well, if you travel 50 miles south there is a general store on the right" joke. She seemed semi-amused. This may be a good time to mention that she didn't wash her face with soap in about 2 months. The drive there was fun, we stumbled out of the gate by making one bad right turn but thank god for Chinese people. What the fuck are they everywhere or what? Coming to an intersection straight out of Cast Away (right, left, straight, go back) we asked where we can find the route we needed and sure enough my man Don Ho knew the way to go!
We got to Green Bay in under two hours. The drive was cool. Bunch of farms, tiny restaurants, lots of cows and horses. Pulling into Green Bay and immediately you see the impact the Packers have on this town of 102,000 people. Packers signs, flags and apparel covered most of the town. As we get to the "downtown" area there were some shops and restaurants. After checking into our hotel we headed to TitleTown Brewery . The food was pretty good and the beer was fresh homemade shit. Pretty good. Plus alot of Packer Memorabilia and shit. After that we wanted to find a liquor store to load our room with beer. The plan was to watch the OSU-MICH game and other games while getting loaded. We found the only liquor store there and I decided that we were only to drink shit made in Wisconsin. So this meant, Miller brands, Old Style, Pabst, Milwaukee's Best and a few other one's that started with an L and ended with an U. But first we had to ask the resident Green Bay crack whore which was better. Olde Style or Pabst. Bitch smiled with some fucked up tufts and was in the most country ass accent you know said "member when I used to drank Olde Style? (country laugh). Um, I don't know which is better. I LIKE BUUUDWEEISER!" Ok then, settled. Ring up the Pabst and let's get the f out of here (we had a running joke all weekend about that country skank, one of them was me saying that she ate Dick and Balls for breakfast every morning).
So we had 42 beers to plow through. One of my boys really wasn't feeling the beer so it was more like 3 of us on that 42. Long story short there were only 5 left when we checked out. Basically we drank them all and had the balls to head down to the hotel Pub and shoot some darts and play some video blackjack. The hotel housed mostly people in town for the Packer game. So the atmosphere was real cool. There were even some Pat fans roaming around to make fun of. We ended up drinking a few more beers down at the Pub which wasn't a good idea considering we already went through about 30 cans of Miller High Life and Pabst. After the Pub my cousin was hungry so we headed over to a sports bar that was serving food til 2am. I had on a yellow Farve jersey with nothing under that and no sneakers on. Just socks. P.S it was 30 degrees that night. Basically I was walking around downtown Green Bay with no sneakers on at 1:30am. After shoving a few pies of pizza down our throats we all crashed.
Waking up the next morning never felt so bad. After my boy Drock started the heave-ho conga line we laid down, cleaned up and headed to Lambeau with the rest of what seemed like the whole town. It was great. Driving in towards the stadium all you saw was Packer fans. Along the tree-laden blocks were signs saying "No Parking on Day of Packer Games". Starting 10 blocks from the Stadium were signs for parking. But not like municipal parking. People would charge to park on their lawns, driveways or on their front curbs. It was crazy. I chose a nice little modest house to donate my $15 for parking. But when I pulled in, the whole backyard is open and packed with cars. They must make $10,000 a year during the Packer season. And from the guy's backyard you saw the top two points of Lambeau....an oasis of history in the middle of one of the smallest cities in America.
The walk from the car to Lambeau.......
The closer we got the better it looked. Big and green. Sounds simple right? The Lambeau Atrium was sort of centered in the middle of the stadium. Throngs of people draped in green and yellow. I felt the mystique. It was imposing....almost like a big bully. I could see why teams (mostly in the past) were intimidated by Lambeau.
It was like a mini glasshouse with the Packers Pro Shop, Curly's Pub, Hall of Fame Grill and Frozen In Time Ice Cream Shop. The entrances to the actual Stadium part were to the right and left. Once you went in the cold slapped you in the face. Every 12 feet was a food stand or a beer stop. Brat's, pizza, hot dogs, burgers, chili's, etc. My first order was a bowl of Chili and a Miller Lite in a souvenir cup. Later we had some brat's of course, delicious stuff.
Once we found our seats I realized that there wasn't a bad seat in the house. It's a stadium that holds 70,000+ and there were no real seats. The stadium was filled with bleachers. Metal bleachers each marked with a number. The crowd was close to the action too, like on top of the Pats bench and the Pack's bench. It was old school at it's finest. We settled in right when the Packers were being introduced. I looked around, took a deep breath and took in the atmosphere. It was clean, crisp air, sun was shining brightly, fans were cheering the intro's and I was in Lambeau. I looked at the crew, told em to suck it all in. I was sitting next to an old couple that had been season ticket holder for 31 years. Packer country indeed.
The game........the crowd......more Lambeau
Everyone knows they didn't win. But that doesn't mean the game wasn't exciting. The fans are great. No matter what the situation they cheered and tried to will their team to do well. Every 10 minutes or so the chant "Go Pack Go"! would ring throughout the stadium. Even on bad plays the groaning was to a minimum. Farve looked putrid but was never booed. At one point a man to my left was clamoring for Aaron Rodgers and just about everyone in my section who heard him, scolded him like a dog who just shit on the rug. Never talk bad about Farve. You want to talk about legend. Shit. The minute this man retires a statue is going right outside next to Curly Lambeau and Vince Lombardi statues. When he got taken off the field holding his arm I thought the lady in front of me was going to cry. They were devastated, you must of heard the OHHHH! all the way to Cali. But as Aaron came onto the field everyone applauded and rooted for the young man. It didn't matter if Satan was QB'ing....as long as he had a Packer jersey on they were rooting for him. Best hometown crowd/team I've been around. After the game we went down to the endzone where players would have leaped into the crowd had the Packers score. Took some pics and took it all in once again before leaving.
For the good times the crowd was more than electric. Loud and armed with white towels they made sure they were heard all the way in Dorchester, MA. Unbelievable experience. Every man that loves football or sports in general should make the pilgrimage to Lambeau Field. And to sum up the crowd, it's the 4th quarter, about 3 minutes left andit's 35-0 New England. Most of the crowd was still in attendance. Most of the crowd was CHEERING the Packers on. CHEERING Aaron Rodgers to make a play, CHEERING the defense to force a turnover. After the game we went down to the endzone where players would have leaped into the crowd had the Packers score. Took some pics and took it all in once again before leaving. What a place. Make the pilgramage. Go to Lambeau.
Monday, November 20, 2006
So propers are dealt to OSU for a great game, and having a great team. Add in that UM looked slightly under-prepared and ill-managed, and you see why OSU won. But there are no excuses in the book that can take away the fact that OSU is just a great team, and simply ended up with the ball last, so they won. This game was similiar to the USC/Texas matchup last year. You felt as if whichever team scored last would win. If they played a fifth quarter, we would've just kept on scoring back and forth. One team didn't really lose this game, it was more like time just ran out. Classic matchup, good rivalry, lots of quality players making quality plays.. it really was a good effort, even though my team lost. I am content to say that UM, for the most part, played as good as they could've. They left it on the field and made the fans proud. Like I mentioned though, as far as from my side, I think the coaches helped lose this as much as the players did. Some questionable calls by Lloyd and the staff. Why so conservative on O? How long do you stick with a zone D before you realize "hey, you're playing against the Heisman winner here". But, overall, they showed up, and I'm content with that. Do I wanna see another crack at them? Yes. But will that really show who's best, after a 50 day layoff? I think the bowl stuff sucks. It's alot of pomp and circumstance just for show and money. This illusion of a football championship is busted. You can't have that much of a layoff and then try to crown a champ. Kind of a disservice to the players and fans, but that's how it's been, and that's how it'll be for the foreseeable future.
Nextly, I do have to say that I think the OSU was also a disgrace. I realize that circumstances are out of their control, as they said the field was replaced due to all the rain and bad weather that has been in that region. But the one reason I would blindly vote for a rematch was because I think they totally jipped the fans and the players themselves by making them play on a dumpy field. I'm not saying that either team won or lost because of the bad field, but you cannot sit there and believe that the game wasn't affected by it. I just think it sucks that a game means that much to the standings, to the 2 teams rivalry, to fans everywhere... and you come up with a shitty field that interrupts what really matters. The players. I was getting pissed off watching a championship caliber game being played on a less-than-high-school-quality field. Seeing people slip and fall numerous times sucks. Seeing people slip and fall and have it directly affect the play, that's embarrassing. I'm not saying that either team had the advantage cause they were both obviously on the same field, but damnit, I wanna see a game that is decided by great players making great plays. This is the equivalent of a hoops game being decided by the refs. Nobody wants to see that crap. I don't wanna see super-quick Steve Breaston absolutely lose his footing 2 yards from a first down. I wanna see someone make a play on him.
So if USC runs the table, I say give 'em a crack. Final games are Cal (won), ND, UCLA. That's a stretch of quality opponents. Although they lost to a weak team (oregon st), and even Florida's loss came against a decent team (a continually sketchy Auburn team), I would say FL is about out of it at this point. If FSU was a worthy opponent, like any other year, then the Gators would've had a chance. But that, combined with scheduling cream puff, 1-AA teams at the end of the year will prove to hurt their chances. Sweet, 62-0. Nice warmup for the division/bowl season. And ND has no chance. Pack your bags for another bowl, you have zero chance of the NC game.
Either way, there's a high probability of seeing OSU hold up the crystal ball. They are clearly the best overall team. If one team plays perfect, and OSU plays only average, then they can be beat. Other than that, please make sure the addresses are correct on the labels, cause they're gonna be shipping the Heisman AND the NC trophy to Columbus.
Friday, November 17, 2006
So as you all may already know, me and three of my homeslice's are going to Green Bay this weekend for the second annual "32 Stadiums" Tour. Last year we hit up ATL, fo sho.
The Patriots will be in town so it should be either a good game or since they lost two in a row it could get ugly. We'll see. I just wanted to see Farve in the cold, at Lambeau before I died.
My time is now. I will definitely post about my experience, perhaps on Tuesday if that's ok with IAM (you can take my Friday spot that week if you want and I'll just post picks w/o analysis, up to you) and might have some pics to share as well.
Onto some sports news:
Why cover Slaton with a safety? Guy runs like a 4.2 flat.
We'll miss you George
Obviously the biggest story is the Mich-OState game tomorrow. I really think Michigan is going to win. Could be cuz that's the team I root for but if you look at the skill positions I think Michigan has the upper hand. Henne has to mistake free and the front four has to get pressure without the blitz, something they have done all year. Go Blue.
Another huge match up is the Pac-10 tilt between Southern Cal and Cal. With last weekend upsets all over, Carroll has his team believing that they can go the the national title game for the third year in a row.
Mavs -4 tonight over the stumbling Grizz..... Lock it up!
Michigan (+7) over O.STATE
Any close Big Ten game you go with the points. And yes this is breaking my rules about betting on teams you root for but Michigan's D is so nasty that I have no choice. Henne will be key and I have a felling he'll make some great plays with his arm. ($50)
USC (-5.5) over Cal
Yup. I've been riding Cal all year. Even said at one point that they could beat USC. But now with what transpired last week (upsets all over) and Pete Carrol pushing the "control your own destiny" bit. USC is now super-motivated to win out and make the BCS NT game for the third year in a row. ($50)
Kansas St. (-2) over KANSAS
Big 12 action! I can't see K.State losing this game, espeacially coming off a big win vs. Texas. ($25)
PACKERS (+6) over Patriots
Unless I'm traveling to a stadium to see the Giants play, I root for the home team. Might as well throw $50 on the game too, make it more exciting. I'm going to be real drunk.($50)
Steelers (-3) over BROWNS
This game might start out slow for the Steelers but eventually they will end up winning this game because they absolutely have to. Falcons should be ashamed of themselves. ($50)
Redskins (+1) over TAMPA BAY
Someone said this in yesterday's comments.....I think this is accurate, not looking it up but Ronde Barber is second on the team in TD's. Couple that with the Redskins having a habit of winning games when the chips are against them and you'll be ($50) richer.
Colts (-1) over COWBOYS
Listen folks, the Eagles and the Jags are the only two teams who now have a shot at beating the Colts. The cowboys don't. ($50)
St Loo @ Carolina (OVER 44)
Bulger to Holt, Delhomme to Smith. Neither can be stopped. Neither will. ($50)
A rough 46-49-1 after last weekend's debacle but the forecast for this weekend is sunny and bright. Bet on.
Thursday, November 16, 2006
3. San Diego at Denver
LaDainian Tomlinson. He alone is worth the price of any admission. The man simply knows how to play football. He is by far the best back I have ever seen. That's why it still shocks me that he went to TCU and not some big renowned football school. Besides him, you have up and coming Philip Rivers who has been a very nice waiver pickup for many a fantasy team. I, for one, was writing him off at the beginning of the season. And that brings me to the most intriguing part of this matchup which is the Denver defense. Only allowed 3 TDs in their first 7 games, but have allowed 7 TDs in their last 3. Granted, four of those TDs were by the Colts, but still. I'm seeing another huge game for LT, with the Chargers winning 35-28.
2. Ford 400
The final race of the Nextel Cup season. This is an h, u, g, e, deal (say the letters individually, it helps). This thing is Jimmie Johnson's to lose. Ginormous 68 point lead going into the last race. Just has to finish 12th or better. JJ is in line to become the first person ever to win the Daytona 500, the Brickyard 400 and the championship in the same year. Even my man Jeff hasn't done that. Predictions are far too hazy in NASCAR, so I won't make any pertaining to the race, but I am 98% sure Jimmie wins the Cup.
1. Michigan at Ohio State
Two programs I have much disdain for. But there's no chance I'm missing this. Title hopes across the nation depend on this. If Michigan wins, everyone is back in the race. OSU's strength of schedule is not so hot, with only one win over a top 15 team. Michigan, however, has beating 2 top 10 teams. But, if OSU wins, look for Michigan to fall no further than 4 or 5. And I haven't even gotten to the game yet. A big, dominant running back on the Michigan side, and a very tantalizing passing offense for OSU. But I'm just not sure this is going to live up to the hype. Especially considering everyone's been hearing about it ad nauseum for the past month. Even with that said, I still see it being a close game. My prediction: 23-21 Michigan, with a lackey OSU kicker missing a winning FG.
Keyon Martin is out for the season. Big ouch. He was on one of my fantasy teams, and now I actually have to pay attention to early season NBA to try to find a good PF replacement. Really pisses me off. Plus, this doesn't bode well for the real team he plays on.
Frank Thomas close to signing with the Blue Jays. Frank is old. I know he hits the ball a ton. But he's old. And he's not Jaime Moyer old, because Jaime looks like he could be 36 or so. Frank looks about 48 (he's really 38). Just don't see a 2 year deal being a good investment.
Floyd Landis looking to be cleared because of a clerical error. I know you haven't heard this name in a while, and most of you don't even care about cycling, but in my head, this is huge. While Landis' B sample was being processed, the number for his urine sample was transposed incorrectly. Because of the number error, there is no way to know if they tested the correct sample. So there is a huge likelihood that he is going to be reinstated as the Tour de France champion. And the best part about this is that I called it. Way back in the first post. I rule.
Oh, and Emmitt Smith apparently can dance. Good for him.