Dreams Blog

August 28, 2015

Duck And Cover
William Weinbaum (ESPNNY) wrote about the recent number of batted balls that hit the pitcher. MLB only allows players to wear approved head gear. I think that means the supplier paid a licensing fee. “Pitchers are and would remain free to wear any protective equipment, regardless of whether baseball has tested or approved it, as long as it doesn’t conflict with on-field competition or licensing agreements. But so far, nearly all have eschewed changes to what they wear atop their heads, citing effects on comfort, delivery and appearance, from padding’s added size and weight.
Bryan Mitchell, who suffered a nasal fracture and was put on the seven-day concussion disabled list for precautionary reasons, joined the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Clayton Kershaw, the Cleveland Indians’ Carlos Carrasco and the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Archie Bradley as pitchers who have been hit in the head by a line drive in 2015. All four were struck in the face below the cap line, so none of the three types of cap padding in use or the 2016 product with an ear flap would have cushioned the impact.”
I think that the only true protection would be a batting practice shield.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Comedy writer Alan Ray, on dancer Julianne Hough’s upcoming wedding with NHL player Brooks Laich: “The ‘something borrowed’ will be his false teeth.”;
TBS’s Conan O’Brien, after a Nepalese teen set a world record by kicking himself in the head 134 times in one minute: “He broke the previous record of zero.”
Apple is working to develop a driverless car.
They might’ve gotten the idea watching the Jacksonville Jaguars’ offense last season.
At SportsPickle.com: “RG3 expected to be healthy enough to get hurt Week 1.”;

That Bell Signals The End Of Round Six
The SC tells us that, “Creed will be the seventh opus in the Rocky Balboa movie series; it is scheduled for release late this year. In this episode, Apollo Creed’s son wants to take up boxing and gets Rocky Balboa to train him for his fights. I have no idea if the film will be any good – or even marginally interesting – but there is one hopeful sign. At least Rocky is not still fighting for heavyweight championships; Stallone is getting a bit up in years to pull off that kind of casting. Moreover, Rocky fight scenes would stretch credibility due to the bulging of the Depends under the boxing trunks.”
The Sports Curmudgeon Said Not To Even Look At The Water
I have written before, and it has been confirmed recently, that the promise to clean up the water in the venues for watersports will not be honored. In fact, the Brazilians and the IOC are not going to test that water for viruses – only for bacteria – even though the AP took samples for testing and found the virus levels 1.7 million times higher than levels that “would cause alarm on southern California beaches”. I do not want to make California out to be a perfect model for the world, but a factor of 1.7 million is not something to ignore.
Remember the tradition after the rowing events are over is that the winning coxswain gets thrown into the drink. Given the virus content there and the thousands of gallons of raw sewage that pour into the bay every minute, that is probably not such a great idea this time around.
Looking at the MLB playoff schedule, the 7th game of the World Series – should it be necessary – will be in the AL champion’s city on November 4. Neither Boston nor Minnesota look capable of making it to the World Series so I guess I have to root for Toronto to make it along with a malfunction of the retractable roof in Toronto freezing it in the open position. Oh, did I just say “freezing”; I am rooting for snow too. “Baseball” and “November” do not go together.
Finally, Brad Dickson of the Omaha World-Herald lets us in on a potential TV viewing appointment he may have next Spring:
There is YouTube video of a drunk golfer in Wolstanton, England, who got his head stuck in a trash can. If this guy is granted an exemption for next year’s Masters, I’ll watch.”
In Or Out
The SC also said, ““Enablers: Jimbo Fisher had no choice but to accept responsibility for recent events involving Florida State football players striking women – one caught on video, the other being investigated. But it’s not Fisher’s fault. He’s just a cog in the machine. Put the blame on university presidents and other officials for turning a blind eye to what’s involved in the care and feeding of those athletes who don’t belong on campus. The real scandal is these guardians of higher education are never embarrassed enough by a dubious process to do much more than offer lip service to their schools’ true missions.”
All I can say to that is “Preach on, Brother! Can I get an Amen here?” For me the key phrase in that statement is “athletes who don’t belong on campus”. I know my position can be assailed as elitist and exclusionary; nonetheless, I remain convinced that there are loads of people in college who do not belong there and the percentage of such people who happen also to play a “revenue sport” probably approaches 50%.”
Yes, a big AMEN! I still get upset when one of these future millionaires is unable to put 3 words together correctly. Just don’t get me started about double negatives.
The SC On NBA Stuff
“There will be 5 – that is FIVE – NBA games on television on Christmas Day. Forget any religious significance or any traditional family gatherings on that day; treat it as any ordinary day on the calendar and ask yourself this:
Do I care sufficiently about 10 NBA teams such that I might find a 5-game TV schedule even marginally enticing? You may stop chortling about now… Oh well, at least it will be a change from the bazillionth re-running of Miracle on 34th Street come December.”

Dreams Blog

August 21, 2015

NFL Hi-jinx
I wouldn’t be able to identify the origin of the smell in Tom Brady’s court room if I walked in there, but I would know what it was if I stepped in it.
Greed And Density A Bad Combo
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote, “There was evidently a law in St. Louis and/or Missouri that required a referendum before the city and or state could shell out taxpayer money to upgrade the Rams’ stadium. That requirement meant the city/state could not meet the NFL deadline for proposing what they would do to keep the Rams in St. Louis. So the folks in charge went to court to get the law that was on the books declared too vague to enforce so that they could pledge taxpayer money without a referendum.
If that is not strange enough, they did that even though the Rams’ owner does not want to stay in St. Louis and would prefer to spend lots of his own money to build a stadium in Inglewood, CA.”
What Was Geno Smith’s Wonderlic Grade?
The Sports Curmudgeon also wrote, “According to a report in the NY Daily News, a “Jets’ source” said that Smith deserved what he got not because of his late payment of the $600 but because he was in Enemkpali’s face pointing at him and perhaps even poking him. If that is the case – and I have no way to know if it is –, then Geno Smith is dumber than toast. None of that would raise the level of Enemkpali’s behavior beyond the level of moronic. Even at the Pop Warner level, players know that they should not purposely take out their own starting QB.”
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “I suppose sports fans who are paying attention to current events arrived at the unmistakable and mischievous conclusion that the Buffalo Bills’ move to pick up linebacker IK Enemkpali after his release from the New York Jets for punching quarterback Geno Smith is a “jaw-dropping” decision.
The Washington Generals, put together by the late Red Klotz in 1953 as the foil for the Harlem Globetrotters, disbanded this summer after the Globies severed relations. Thus ends a 62-year tradition of spectacular losing that will never be surpassed. Except, perhaps, by the 76ers. (and maybe the Knicks- bc)
It’s only to be expected that when Notre Dame junior tailback Greg Bryant was ruled academically ineligible that some in the media would reflexively deem it to be a “scandal.” In what sort of warped world does disciplining an athlete for failing to live up to his classroom responsibilities constitute a scandal? The actual and time-honored academic scandal in college sports, we all know, is how few big-time athletes – certainly no star players – are lost due to poor grades or cheating. It’s amazing how that works.
So how do we best assess Clayton Kershaw’s feat of tying Dodger great Sandy Koufax’s franchise record of six consecutive 200-strikeout seasons? For today’s freer-swinging hitters, there’s less of a stigma attached to striking out than when Koufax pitched. On the other hand, Koufax threw off a Himalayan-high mound compared to today’s smaller bump. Call it a wash.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote: ““Broken jaw to force Geno Smith to miss 18—30 turnovers.”
The Knicks finally signed small forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo, a 2014 draft pick, and one delusional Knicks fan we know is already saying Antetokounmpo is worth 21 points a game.
We’re talking Scrabble, right?
Indoor football QB Jared Lorenzen — the 320-pounder known as The Pillsbury Throwboy — has volunteered his services to the short-handed Jets, saying he looks good in green.
If the Jets say no, maybe the Red Sox could use a Green Monster mascot …
Jason Pierre-Paul’s concussion protocol going forward, you have to assume, won’t include the question: “How many fingers?”
NBC’s Jimmy Fallon, on Hillary Clinton’s $350 billion college-aid plan: “Which has to be better than my parents’ plan to make college affordable: ‘Be good at sports.’ ”;
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after a dog in Arkansas somehow survived despite swallowing 23 bullets: “One problem: His hair keeps coming out in bangs.
Rex Ryan, via Twitter, on partaking in the Dog Biscuit Challenge: “With a name Rex, I’ve eaten a lot of dog biscuits in my life.”;
Ryan ate a Milk-Bone dog biscuit to show his support for the Erie County SPCA.
Coincidence? Buffalo visits the Dog Pound this Thursday.
U.S. teen swimmer Katie Ledecky — who set three world records and won five gold medals at last week’s world championships — is delaying her entry into Stanford until after the 2016 Olympics. Too bad.
That “What I Did This Summer” essay could’ve been a doozy.
Overheard during a Jets team meeting late last week: “We like smashmouth football as much as the next guy, fellas, but c’mon …”;
So, Rich Rodriguez was asked at Pac-12 media days is it refreshing to return your starting quarterback at Arizona?
“Refreshing?” Rich-Rod responded. “I think a nice cold beer or a Bacardi and Coke, or maybe even a nice iced tea sweetened, is refreshing. What was the question again?”
Steve Schrader of the Detroit Free Press, on all the venom directed at Jane Rosenberg over her courtroom sketch of Tom Brady: “Bet she didn’t see that coming when she answered the ‘Can You Draw This Quarterback?’ ad in the back of the magazine.”
Greg Cote of The Miami Herald, after Buffalo signed QB-puncher IK Enemkpali: “First day in the Bills’ locker room, Enemkpali had his lunch money stolen by Richie Incognito.”
Reader Michael Sarro, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Wasn’t the Washington Generals’ motto ‘Play Like A Brown’?”
“I feel like I’m the best quarterback in the league,” Washington QB Robert Griffith III told D.C.’s WJLA-TV, “and I have to go out and show that.”
Results of RGIII’s hastily arranged drug test were not available at press time
Finally, here is one more comment from Scott Ostler regarding Pete Rose:
Scott Ostler On Pete Rose
“I’m 100 percent in favor of letting Pete Rose into the Hall of Fame, but under my proviso that he has to get past Ray Fosse guarding the door.”

Dreams Blog

August 14, 2015

A Special And Unique Tree
The sports Curmudgeon told us Tonciu, Romania is a town that thought it needed a soccer pitch for the local youth to play on and to develop their skills on. So, the City Fathers decided to spend about $20K to create such a facility. However, here in Curmudgeon Central, we know well that no good deed goes unpunished and now those City Fathers are being held up to scorn and ridicule for the implantation of their “nice idea” due to the giant oak tree in the middle of the pitch.” The pitch had to be built around the tree.
Jet WR
But now he’s out with a concussion, and that’s troubling because it’s at least his fourth concussion. He’s onl5 25.
Chris Owusu’s final season at Stanford, 2011, was cut short because of a concussion. In a November game against Oregon State, he went down after helmet-to-helmet contact and left the field in an ambulance. It was his second concussion in a three-week span, his third in 13 months.
His skill set intrigued NFL scouts — some felt he had third-round talent — but he didn’t get picked at all. No doubt, teams were concerned about his medical history. He signed with the San Francisco 49ers, also spending time with the San Diego Chargers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers before landing with the Jets last season.
After a strong offseason, Owusu got off to a fast start in camp, moving up the depth chart. He was getting first-team reps in three-receiver packages, working ahead of Jeremy Kerley at times.
I Agree With The SC On This
“Scott Ostler of the SF Chronicle wrote recently that the National Anthem renditions at various sporting events need an upgrade. I could not agree more. Some of the “local talent” they trot out to sing the anthem is enough to make your hair hurt and while it may be “cute” there are precious few sixth grade glee clubs that can sing the song even marginally well. One more note from experience:
Jazz saxophonists have their place in the musical cosmos but standing at home plate and blaring the anthem in to a microphone prior to a baseball game is not their place.”
Robert Merrill was the best I ever heard.
The SC Added
I have said it before and will reiterate it here. José Canseco is the gift that keeps on giving for these sorts of rants. Here is the latest “Canseco antic”:
He is going to spend an entire week living as a woman as a show of support for Caitlyn Jenner. Canseco will be in full drag dress-mode for that whole week.
Seriously…
The fact that Canseco will also be involved in his own “reality show” come next Fall of course has nothing to do with this behavior. It is all about learning what Caitlyn Jenner “feels” and nothing at all about an episode for the Internet reality show Spend a Day with José. Yeah, right…
Boston Did Something Right
The SC wrote, “While I was gone, the good people of Boston – and of Massachusetts as a whole – seemingly came to their senses and terminated their bid to hold the 2024 Olympics there. The mayor of Boston had been a supporter of bidding for the games but when he was faced with signing a “host city contract” that included clauses making Boston responsible for any cost overruns that “might occur”, he balked. Evidently, there was some pressure from various Olympic officials with regard to a deadline for signing and Mayor Marty Walsh would not be cowed by the USOC. The folks in Boston ought to hold a parade for Mayor Walsh.”
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “The way it is: Not to exaggerate the dominance of MLB pitching, but doesn’t it seem like that every three or four days a starter takes a no-hitter into the late innings? Makes you wonder how little offensive production there might be in the playoffs, when pitching traditionally dictates.
Hospital report: During NFL training camps, we’re reminded almost daily of the carnage created by the football grind. Spotlighted this week is the grisly injury to Texans running back Arian Foster, who is undergoing surgery today to reattach his groin muscle to the bone. It hurts just to write those words.
Suspicion: A third women’s basketball player from North Carolina’s heralded 2013 recruiting class has transferred this summer, jumping ship before NCAA sanctions are handed down in the paper-class scandal. The loss of another star apparently deepens the paranoia in some Chapel Hill circles that the women’s program will be scapegoated by the university that’s looking to reduce or avoid sanctions on the big money makers: men’s basketball and football.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “
Looks like Oregon’s return game is in midseason form.
USC football coach Steve Sarkisian made the mistake of taking a poke at the Ducks at Pac-12 Media Days, saying, “We’re not going to take the field this year in 13 different uniforms in 13 games.”
Bad idea, Sark.
Responded Oregon media-relations staffer Joe Waltasti in a pair of tweets: “Sark 0-5 vs. Oregon as a head coach” and “Oregon has outscored Sark-coached teams 227-97.”
UFC champion Ronda Rousey will be the next Carl’s Jr. spokesman.
Well, why not? Everything she touches turns into hamburger, too.
The top three schools in The Princeton Review’s latest ranking of top party schools — Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin — are all from the same conference.
Little wonder nobody’s sober enough to realize the Big Ten has 14 schools in it.”
The future NBA coach, as a Providence graduate assistant in 1987, predicted Friars star Billy Donovan had a great shot at making the Utah Jazz roster because “they’ve got a guy there that’s in, like, his third year named (John) Stockton that I’m not so sure about. He hasn’t played very much.”;
Donovan — now the Oklahoma City Thunder coach — told The Oklahoman that Van Gundy got this return call immediately after Donovan’s first NBA practice: “Hey, Jeff, remember that comment you made about you’re not sure about Stockton? That’s the best guard I’ve ever played against in my entire life.”

Dreams Blog

August 7, 2015

REP. Debates
I was impressed by Carly Fiorino and Jeb Bush
JPP
I read that DN sub-headline which said that John Mara “still doesn’t know how many fingers JPP has.”
I know that if I were Mara, I’d tell him that his checks were still signed by me and if he wanted them to continue he’d better contact us and bring us up to date about his condition. But then again, John Mara is nicer than I am.
Are you kidding me? Those pictures in the DN showing JPP with his hand heavily wrapped and his arm in a sling were very troubling, to say the least, and made me wonder what was really wrong with the hand. John Mara wanted to know how many fingers he had. Maybe when the next shoe falls, we’ll get a look in there. The damage looks greater than was first indicated. But, we’ll have to wait.
Owa
The Jason Pierre-Paul situation has created openings and opportunity on the New York Giants’ defensive line. Rookie third-round pick Owamagbe Odighizuwa is one of the players the Giants hope can step forward and seize that opportunity. But first, he has a lot of learning to do.
“I think the biggest thing for me right now is pass rush,” Odighizuwa said Sunday. “They want me to be a great pass-rusher. And so every day, I’m always talking to (defensive line coach Robert Nunn) about what he wants, what I did well or what I need to improve on. They know I bring a lot to the table, and they want to maximize that.”
Odighizuwa was a 3-4 defensive end at UCLA and wasn’t ask ed to develop pass-rush moves or get after the quarterback in that scheme. But the Giants drafted him in the third round because they liked his physical profile — 6-foot-3, 267 pounds, 4.62 in the 40-yard dash and a best-among-defensive-linemen 39-inch vertical jump at the combine — and believed they could develop him into a fearsome pass-rusher
O-Line
Dan Graziano (ESPNNY.com) wrote, “The New York Giants on Thursday practiced without four of their original five projected starting offensive linemen. One of those, left tackle Will Beatty, has been out since May with a torn pectoral muscle and isn’t due back until November. But the other three — tackle Ereck Flowers, center Weston Richburg and guard Geoff Schwartz — were practicing earlier in camp and are now struggling with injuries.
Flowers has a hip flexor injury and has missed three practices in a row — especially troubling since he’s a rookie trying to get up to speed to start at left tackle in Beatty’s place in Week 1. Coach Tom Coughlin said Flowers is doing better, but he’s definitely concerned about the missed practice time.
Molinaro Maranara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “Debategate: I won’t go so far as to say I don’t care anymore about the tiff between Tom Brady and the Patriots and Roger Goodell, but when the landscape of this protracted saga changes so often, I am willing to offer the words a so-called columnist is never supposed to write: “I just don’t know.” I don’t know when or how this will end. Presuming it will someday.
Back and forth: Maybe the silliest here-today-forgotten-tomorrow Deflategate story was the one alleging that the owners of the Colts and Ravens were lobbying Goodell to really give it to Brady good. Because it’s not as if all this time Patriots owner Robert Kraft, who owns a pretty large soapbox, couldn’t have been applying pressure of his own on Brady’s behalf.
In his dignified rant against Goodell, Kraft got in some digs at the lawyers, who when last seen were crying all the way to the bank. No matter how this NFL embarrassment is resolved, it’s the lawyers who always win.
(Bob C- Brady has never said that he didn’t do it- only that there was no smoking gun or evidence. There’s a huge difference between not guilty and innocent. Whatever evidence might be there, it’s probably circumstantial. However there’s so much of it, some has to be true. Nevertheless it makes you wonder why these things always happen to the Patriots.)
JA Happ
Dwight Perry said that if pitcher Happ was, traded from the Mariners, it might allow for the headline: “Happ-less in Seattle.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “If Pete Rose were a Buddhist,” wondered Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, “would he be banned for more than one lifetime?”
At SportsPickle.com: “Dodgers making late push to acquire Toronto Blue Jays before the trade deadline.”
The Miami Marlins serenaded the Washington Nationals on Wednesday with “noises of flatulence” piped through the stadium loudspeakers while the Nats took batting practice.
Well, that’s one way to cut down on whiffs.
Seahawks QB Russell Wilson agreed to a new four-year, $87.6 million contract Friday.
Fortunately, Seattle citizens still have vastly less-important issues to hold their attention-like education, transportation and health care.
It’s official, then National Football League training camps are finally in full swing.
“As usual,” cracked NBC’s Seth Meyers, “the New England Patriots camp began with the ceremonial burning of the rule book.”
Comedy writer Tim Hunter, after a German electric car broke a world mark by going from 0 to 62 mph in just 1.779 seconds: “It also set a new record for the world’s longest untangled extension cord.”
Blogger TC Chong, on corpulent Red Sox third baseman Pablo Sandoval: “If Panda gets any bigger, Greenpeace will be trying to save him.”
At SportsPickle.com: “Cowboys believe they may have their most talented underachieving team yet.”;
Latest sign that the apocalypse is near: The Electronic Sports League announced it will randomly drug-test players at competitive video-game tournaments.
Mets pitcher Jenrry Mejia earned himself a 162-game suspension for a repeat PED violation — less than a month after completing an 80-gamer for the same offense.
“Once, you might think you’re invulnerable,” noted Janice Hough of LeftCoastSportsBabe.com. “The second time? Proves again that MLB drug testing is also an IQ test.”
Difference
Is doing things the right way any different than “Doing things the right way as I see it?” Ask Hillary.”
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