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November 25, 2014

Week 12 Dallas (8-3) 31 NY (3-8) 28
I think that the score of this game should have been 28-20, NY. But because of numerous non-calls, missed calls, and wrong calls Dallas won. Some of the guys said I’m a conspiracy nut- yet I don’t think so. I think the network didn’t want Romo disabled, ala Theismann, on national TV so the “zebras” looked the other way on a lot of holding, had reviews go the Cowboy way, and let a lot of roughing calls go uncalled. Odell Beckham astounded everyone with his catches yet had to leave the game in the 3rd Q after a hit to his back while running after a catchthreatening a NY score. It’s strange how these things just happen- isn’t it?
Buffalo (6-5) 38 Jets (2-9) 3
Different venue- same results- enough said.
The Legend That Is JR Smith
Ian O’Connor said the Knicks should ship Smith out. “J.R. has had a lot of issues but he can be a big-time scorer when he’s doing the right things,” said one high-ranking league executive. “There’s always a team out there willing to take a chance on somebody if they feel he can put them over the top, and there’s no doubt J.R. can play. People are going to be concerned about chemistry issues in the locker room, so it would have to be a strong leadership and coaching staff that take him in.”
Smith is 29, in his prime, banking nearly $6 million this season with a $6.4 million player option for next year. Older and lesser players with more forbidding contracts have been dealt before.
Already burdened by a losing team and a disconnect between the newbies and his cherished triangle offense, Jackson said he wanted to know by the holidays which Knicks qualify as learners, and which do not. He doesn’t need to wait to find out about Smith, who answered Jackson’s question before it was asked with this hard-to-believe quote:
“Trying to think about the rest of the team over myself or my scoring is something that I never really had to do before.”
Smith is the ultimate square peg that’s never fitting into selfless triangular concepts, and his résumé of misdeeds says it all. The elbow to Jason Terry that cost the Knicks dearly in the 2013 playoffs. The inappropriate tweets. The five-game drug suspension. The shoelace thing. The headband thing. The Rihanna partying thing. The night he staged a boycott and refused to shoot. The time he suggested the Knicks betrayed him by cutting his brother Chris, who didn’t deserve a roster spot to begin with.
Smith spent a lot of time and energy disrespecting Mike Woodson, and unwittingly called into question Anthony’s leadership as well. If a franchise player can’t impose his will on a supplemental piece gone awry, is he really a franchise player?”
Futility?
From the Sports Curmudgeon, “Dwight Perry of the Seattle Times had a perfect perspective on that record as it relates to Kobe and the Lakers:
“Kobe Bryant broke an unwelcome NBA career record with his 13,418th missed shot. “Or as he prefers to call them, rebounding opportunities for teammates.”
Perry Patter
These came from Dwight Perry (Seattle Times), “If I’m ever accused of wrongdoing,” wrote Len Berman of ThatsSports.com, “I want Florida State and FIFA to investigate.”
“According to The Wall Street Journal, from 1944 to 2013 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology produced exactly as many Nobel Prize winners (80) as it did football victories.
But not this year: The gridiron Engineers are 8-0 and off to the NCAA Division III playoffs.
“Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on Troy’s 34-17 football win over Idaho: “I picture the victorious Troy coach being carried off the field by his players when he says, ‘Guys, c’mon, we just beat Idaho,’ and they promptly drop him.” “Money Talks Dept. The NFL fined Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch $100,000 for not talking to the media enough the past two seasons.
To the surprise of absolutely no one, Lynch had no comment.”
Forgotten QB
Dan Daly reminded us of Steve Pelleur, “In 1986, he played — for my money, at least – one of the most amazing games by a quarterback the NFL has seen. He didn’t do this by throwing for a bunch of yards or touchdowns, either; he did it by surviving. Even though the Chargers sacked him 11 times (one off the record) for 93 yards, he didn’t throw a single interception, completing 18 of 33 passes for 246 yards and a touchdown.
But here’s the best part: In the late going, he took Dallas down the field, 61 yards in four plays, for the deciding score in a 24-21 victory — and did the honors himself by running two yards around right end. I ask you: How many QBs in pro football history have been more resolute than Pelluer was that afternoon in San Diego?
(Which isn’t to say he was totally unaffected by the San Diego stampede. “On one play,” he said afterward, “I handed off to the wrong guy. That was a play after I got hit. It was that kind of rush.”)
From Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle)
“Justin Bieber was a drop-in guest at a recent Pittsburgh Steelers Saturday night prayer meeting. Terry Bradshaw said that when he played, the Steelers didn’t allow “outsiders” to attend their prayer services. Makes sense. We know how Jesus felt about outsiders.
Gene Keady, former Purdue men’s basketball coach, confessed that for years he paid a hairdresser $600 per week to dye his hair, add extensions and whip the whole mess into a comb-over. That’s like Quasimodo getting silicone injections to plump his hump.
Keady, having seen the light, now wears an Elvis wig. (Yes, I made that up.)”
Pitchers/Suckers
This just proves that there is one born every minute.
I read that A.J. Burnett signed a MULTI-MILLION DOLLAR deal with the Pirates. Burnett won 16 games as a 35-year old; 10 as a 36; and 8 as a 37-year old. He lost 18 when 38. Gene Collier (Pgh. Post-Gazette) said in Burnett’s favor that he has a good ETI (Evident Tattoo Index).

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November 17, 2014

Week 11 Frisco (6-4) 16 Giants (3-7) 10
The Giants held the ‘Niners to 330yards but still lost because Eli threw 5 Interceptions. A couple of those picks had me yelling at the TV, “Where the heck was he looking,” or words to that effect. They still gave up 148 net yards rushing and 185 net yards passing The D had 1 sack, no int’s, a 2 fumble recoveries. Overall not a good week!
The Circle Of Stink
A lot of sportsters list the best NFL teams but the Sports Curmudgeon looked at the other end of the scale for the four worst teams-Tampa, J’ville, Oakland, “Last on the list are the NY J-E-T-S, Jets Jets Jets who have a 1-8 record as of today. Because they are in NYC, the Jets get more scrutiny and national attention than the other three teams on my list so even casual NFL fans probably know about the QB fiasco there and the poor play of the secondary. However, let me offer two points to try to show how ineffective the Jets’ defense is:
In 9 games, the Jets’ defense has created 3 turnovers; the last one was on October 5 – more than a month ago. Only 1 of those turnovers was an interception.
The defense has allowed 24 TD passes in 9 games.
The problem for the Jets is simple. They have talent on the DL and at LB; other than that, they are deficient and like the Raiders, the fix is not going to be quick. However, the impatience of NY fans and the NY media will likely put pressure on the Jets to make some quick-fix moves. I do not think that will help…
A group of Jets’ fans has raised money to buy a billboard ad near MetLife Stadium that will say “Fire John Idzik”. A pilot flew a small plane over the Jets’ practice field towing a sign that said the same thing. These folks have issued public statements to the effect that they represent the body of Jets’ fans who are disgusted and whose voices will now be heard. A coach – I cannot remember which one – once said that if you start listening to the fans in the stands you are likely going to join them as fans in the stands. GM John Idzik might want to take heed here…
Finally, here is a snarky comment about the NY Jets. As I said, they are in NYC so they get more attention than the other three teams on my list:
“The Jets are starting Michael Vick because of Geno Smith’s interceptions. Looking to Vick as a solution to your turnover problem is like hiring an obese chain smoker as your personal trainer.” [Greg Cote, Miami Herald]
Michael Cuddyer
The Mets made a big hoo-ha about trading for Michael Cuddyer. I don’t think this is that big of a deal. He is on the DL quite a bit and has only played in 62% of his games over 14 years. He’ll be 36 years old this spring and carries an .813 career OPS, with a 10HR average away from Colorado. Let’s wait on him.
Mets Focus
Adam Rubin (ESPNNY.com) wrote about the Phoenix meetings, “Daniel Murphy’s future with the Mets heavily depends on how the Mets address shortstop. Murphy, who is due to make roughly $8.1 million in his final season before free agency, likely will remain a Met in 2015 if the team is unable to acquire a shortstop and uses Wilmer Flores at the position, or if the Mets acquire a defensive-oriented shortstop (think Arizona’s Didi Gregorius). If the Mets are able to land a shortstop with a more potent bat (think the White Sox’s Alexei Ramirez) (bc. I think Alexei would be a good move), then it is more likely they deal Murphy.
Of course, that requires getting a quality offer for Murphy, which has been an issue in the past. (but that would mean Alderson would be thinking ahead)
ROY
The Sports Curmudgeon passed along his thinking on the NL Rookie of the Year, “ MLB named the Rookies of the Year earlier this week. Jose Abreu won the American League award with a unanimous vote; I cannot think of any good argument in favor of anyone else for that award. In the National League, it is somewhat different. Mets’ pitcher, Jacob deGrom, is the Rookie of the Year. My reaction to hearing that news fell somewhere on the spectrum between:
“Really?” …………………”Are you sure?”
Then I saw who finished behind deGrom in the voting:
Billy Hamilton
Kolten Wong
Ken Giles
The bottom line here is that it was not a bumper crop of rookies in the National League last year.A
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) gave us, “NFL headlines-
At SportsPickle.com: “Report: Cowboys deciding if getting Tony Romo paralyzed is better than playing Brandon Weeden.”;
At TheOnion.com: “Philadelphia-area sports psychologist already clearing schedule for Mark Sanchez.”
“Malasia’s Lee Chong Wei, the world’s top-ranked badminton player, has tested positive for the corticosteroid dexamethasone.
Which certainly explains why all his birdies suddenly started flying south to Australia.”
“Forward Alandise Harris, to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, on his clashes with Razorbacks basketball coach Mike Anderson last season: “He didn’t like the answers I was giving him. We solved that when I got suspended.”
Steven LoBue, the world’s third-ranked cliff diver, once put his talents to work doing leaps from 89 feet at an amusement park in Shenzhen, China.
“It was a flaming dive in a fire suit,” LoBue, 29, told The Miami Herald. “It was about as safe as it can be, considering you’re lighting yourself on fire.”
“Taima, the Seahawks’ live mascot, went off-course on his latest pregame flight and landed on a fan.
It could have been worse,” pointed out OtherCrap.com. “It might have been a Lions game.” Times reader Bill Littlejohn, on Taima the Seahawk mascot landing on a Seattle fan’s head: “Personal fowl.”
“Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on Steelers safety Mike Mitchell launching himself over the line into the Jets’ victory formation: “In Mitchell’s defense, who knew the Jets had a victory formation?”

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November 10, 2014

Week 10 Jets (2-8) 20 Pgh (6-4) 13
Even a broken clock is right twice a day. Pitt was picked twice, lost two fumbles, and even blew a “gimme” FG. It’s pretty hard for a team to overcome that- even against the Jets. Don’t think NY played a perfect game, though. Vick was sacked 4 times and the team had 9 penalties. Don’t go nuts; just move on.
Seattle (6-3) 38 Giants (3-6) 17
I only have 2 comments: 1- there’s a reason the Seattle QB has the nickname “Runnin’ Russell Wilson.” He ran 14 times for 114 yards. The Giants team ran for 54. 2- this is the 4th consecutive game that the Giants have allowed at least 400 yards.
‘Nuff said.
The Butt TD
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) commented on this latest head-shaking Jets moment, “The Jets (1-8) didn’t commit a single turnover, saw their starting quarterback produce a 100-plus passer rating for the first time in more than a year and watched in disbelief as one of their wide receiver cracked the 100-yard mark … and yet they never posed a serious threat to the uninspired Chiefs. It takes a lot of bad tricks to ruin those rare treats, yet the Jets — losers of eight straight, heading to an all-time stinker of a season — were able to accomplish that.
Every touchdown is an epic struggle for the Jets, but the Chiefs (5-3) were able to score with a player sitting on his behind. You can’t make this up.
“It was devastating,” nose tackle Damon Harrison said of Fasano’s fluke touchdown. “You have guys who are working their tails off to make a play and then something so simple hurts us. There’s a guy sitting on the ground and he gets a touchdown. That’s heartbreaking.”
Fasano was on the ground after an unsuccessful cut block. The ball, tipped by Pace, fell into his lap — quite literally. Fasano, sitting at the 2, lunged six feet into the end zone, completing the wacky touchdown. Safety Dawan Landry made contact with Fasano, but it was a split-second too late; the officials ruled he had crossed the goal line.
Even when they do something right, the Jets can’t avoid a wrong. Pace made a heads-up play, deflecting Alex Smith’s quick pass to the outside, but the ball took a sharp left and found the tight end on his rear end to make it 14-0.”
Sports Curmudgeon’s Giants Thoughts
“The Giants new offense might work a whole lot better if it had a running attack that
opponents had to worry about. In addition to Eli Manning having to adjust to new
patterns and calls and even adjusting to which foot he has in front as he takes the snap.
According to Jon Gruden, a major deficiency in the Giants’ offense is the lack of a
running game.”
Deep Thoughts, & Bon Mots
Scott Ostler (SF Chronicle) writes a column under this header and asked, “Hey,
whatever happened to that Robert Mueller probe of the Ray Rice elevator video? As of Sunday, it is 61 days since Mueller & The Probers were hired. To probe one video in one office. Did Mueller’s boys run into Bud Selig’s blue-ribbon Oakland committee and veer off to Tahiti?”
Winning Formula
Dwight Perry said, “Winning formula
Fox TV has renewed “Gotham” for another half-season.
Critics say the series’ appeal is simple: It goes heavy on the Batman and light on the Jets
and Giants.”
Time Is Their Enemy
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) gave us this poser-
“How do the Philadelphia 76ers mark the end of Daylight Saving Time?
They set their clock back one hour, and then some other team comes and cleans it.”
Perry Patter
Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, on Fox Deportes adding stock-car races in Spanish to its telecasts: “NASCAR previously had been broadcast in only two languages: English and Redneck.”;
Alan Ray, on the 0-5 Lakers providing a whole new meaning to “give and go”: “Fans give it a quarter
or two, then they go.”
Survivor
Bob Molinaro (leaving PilotOnline.com) is being retired after 38 years but still commented about the recent World Series, “The World Series was won by a mediocre team carried by an exceptional pitcher. That’s not just my opinion; the report speak for themselves. The Giants were eight games under .500 (over the season’s final 98 games and were the last team to get into a 10 team playoff).”
Plaschke Suggested
Bill Plaschke (LA Times) said, “Baseball is my favorite sport, the sport I covered for 10 seasons as a beat reporter. It is the most regal yet rawest of endeavors, the perfect marriage of sport and humanity. I love it, yet as a columnist for this newspaper I have not covered a World Series for seven years because it is no longer a sport that resonates beyond the love for the local teams.
Baseball used to be Mr. October, now it is October miss. It desperately needs help. Here’s hoping incoming Commissioner Rob Manfred can overcome his sports stilted smugness and agree. Here’s some ideas to get him started.
Use a pitch clock to shorten the games.
This would apply to the entire season, but it is particularly needed during the intricately played postseason, where every strategic move feels like the slow pulling of a tooth. It’s only getting slower, and for no good reason.
The Behavior Police
Some scribes enjoy stirring up pots of old news. Now these guys are saying that the Yankees should find a way to get rid of A-Rod. Why?
If he’s clean and in baseball shape- let’s see what he can do?
These stirrers like to crow, I was the first one to point out—
Finally, The Sports Curmudgeon
“Finally, here is an item from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald related to a “minor error” in a TV sports report:
“Seattle TV station KOMO, airing a report on Peyton Manning breaking the TD-pass record, mistakenly showed a photo of Gary Payton. Other than the football/basketball, black/white, first name/last name and spelling differences, the report was accurate.”

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November 4, 2014

Week 9 Chiefs (5-3) 24 Jets (1-8) 10
Maybe when the Jets field an NFL level team I can enjoy watching them play. But right now they can’t do that, so I dislike watching. It’s pointless to rehash their stats except for saying that this was Harvin’s first 100 yard game in a long, long while.
Colts (6-3) 40 Giants (3-5) 24
To use a “Parcells-ism” The Giants are what record says they are. However, that play with the incomplete pass resulting in a Colt TD stunk. It changed the whole complexion of the game. Instead of the score being 10-3, it became 17-3.
How-Evah
Stephen A. gave us a preview of what to expect at MSG, “LeBron James is now back in Cleveland. A healthy Rose has returned to Chicago. And with Dwyane Wade, Chris Bosh and the rest of Pat Riley’s crew in Miami now agitated over the perception that greener pastures lay home in Cleveland instead of South Beach for LeBron, does anyone really expect the Knicks to be relevant in a championship equation?
If so, congratulations! You’re the new fool on the block.
Before hitting a basket, running a play correctly or actually basketball games, the Knicks will first need to learn how to execute Jackson’s vaunted triangle offense. Only then can we consider the notion of them being a contender.
It’s one thing for Melo to come to the rescue when things inevitably break down (i.e., like Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant) in Jackson/Fisher’s system. It’s another thing entirely to expect guys like Hardaway, Shumpert and Smith to execute from the 2-guard spot — accurately reading defenses, reading their teammates and reacting accordingly and effectively.
As Jordan explained: “The league is tough. There are a lot of good players in this league, and they’re spread throughout. No matter what you think you have, what you believe you have, you’re going to need to be ready. That applies to everybody and everyone knows it. Those who are ready will win some basketball games. Those who aren’t . . .
He didn’t need to finish the sentence.”
Knicks-Cavs
The Knicks gave us a glimpse of what could be but what isn’t necessarily so. In the 95-90 Knick win, Shumpert exhibited his defensive acumen with his nearly complete shut-down of LeBron in the 4th quarter. This might not be a regular thing, but it was nice this night.
Tarred Heels
The Sports Curmudgeon reflected on the UNC mess, “Now, we have something akin to a litmus test for the NCAA. For at least the last 50 years, the NCAA has presented itself as an organization dedicated to the concept of the “student athlete”. Recall all the self-congratulatory promos that the NCAA has done about its athletes who will be “going pro” in something other than sports. Here is a situation where one of its member schools – and one of its very successful athletic schools – has systematically undermined the concept of the “student athlete” for two decades. That situation is far more subversive to the concept of the “student athlete” than a booster hiring an athlete for a summer job and paying the kid more than he is worth. What UNC has been doing is to perpetuate a system that incentivizes athletes not to be students.
Please notice how quiet and private Mark Emmert has been over the last week or so as more information regarding the academic scandal hits the press. I doubt that he is in a coma so I wonder where he is and what he thinks about this and what the hell he is going to do about it.
Non-statThe Sports Curmudgeon said, “I want to give you the career stats of two long-term MLB players anonymously at first for a reason that will become clear at the end. Importantly, these two players played the same position for the vast majority of their careers:
Player A: 17 years in MLB; 7 times an All-Star; career BA .260; career OPS .667; career WAR 36.2 (WAR wins against replacement)
Player B: 18 years in MLB; 5 times an All-Star; career BA .255; career OPS 675; career WAR 34.7
Considering the length of these two careers, I think it is fair to say these players are pretty much “peas in a pod”. Player A is Bill Mazeroski; he is in the Hall of Fame. Player B is Frank White the long time second baseman of the KC Royals; he never even sniffed election to the Hall of Fame.
I have said this since 2001 when the Veterans’ Committee inducted Mazeroski into the Hall of Fame: He is there because of one at-bat in a 17-year career. If his World Series winning home run had been a pop-up to the shortstop, he would never have been considered for the Hall of Fame.”
Gerry Ford Sports Talk
Dan Daly remembered an article in Sports Illustrated from forty years ago where the then Vice-President, Gerald Ford, commented about fans and money, ““The sports news is glutted with salary disputes and threats of strike, of demands and contractual harangues, of players jumping from one league to another, or owners threatening to pull their franchises out of this or that city unless demands are met or profits improve.
“[W]hat scares me is that the fan may ultimately be abused, if he has not been already. The money has to come from somewhere. Traditionally, the somewhere is the fan’s pocketbook — and in the electronic age in which we live, the advertiser’s. At what point will the fan become disillusioned? When he comes to the conclusion that the team he is supporting has no reciprocal interest in his affection, I think there will be a withdrawal of support. It might not come today, or this season, but it will surely come.” Perry Patter)
From Dwight Perry (Seattle Times), “Bud Shaw of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on reports that Alabama trustees paid off the mortgage on football coach Nick Saban’s $3.1 million home: “No doubt because the players’ chemistry test scores are up.”
Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on North Carolina’s sham classes for athletes: “Where do you think they learn stuff like ‘110 percent’?”