Dreams Blog

September 25, 2015

Giants 32 DCs 31
Ian O’Connor (ESPNNY) wrote, “The game was too hard on the eye — on both sides — to stamp it as some sign of grander things to come. But the result does offer a reminder that Manning might remain the same resilient and opportunistic threat he was during his second Super Bowl MVP run four years ago, after the 7-7 Giants hobbled into a Christmas eve matchup with the Jets.”
Jets 20 Colts 7
The Jets were QB’d by, journeyman, Ryan Fitzpatrick in this upset and featured 3 INT’s by an active D
Falcons 24 Giants 20
This is the 2nd week that I ended the game by yelling at the TV. The media wrote that the team choked but to have choked the team had to have been able to play well to begin. The Falcons out passed NY 340-290 Wait- Eli is supposed to be able do it, at least his HUGE paycheck says so. But living up to that is hard. Let’s see what happens in D.C. after 4 days of regrouping.
JPP
The middle finger that was wrapped had a procedure done on it less than two weeks ago, on Sept. 4. Sources have told ESPN that it was the last of many procedures Pierre-Paul has had to repair damage to the skin and bones of his thumb and fingers and that he’s focused now on rehab. Pierre-Paul has had several skin graft surgeries on his hand, and the photos do seem to show some discoloration of his right ring and pinkie fingers, which suffered damage as well. They do not offer a clear look at his palm, which sources have said also needed to be repaired. Pierre-Paul stayed away from the Giants following the accident, even refusing to let team trainer Ronnie Barnes see him in his hospital room in the days that followed. He finally showed up Sept. 7 and allowed team doctors to examine him. At that time, he offered to play if he and team could figure out a way to protect the hand during practice and games, but the Giants declined and told him they’d reconvene in a few weeks to decide whether he was ready to play at that time.
World Series Foes
The Sports Curmudgeon looked ahead and wrote, “I said before I wanted Toronto in the World Series in November so that there might be a snow-out for one of the games. (Yes, I know; I said there would have to be a roof malfunction in Toronto to make this happen.) Baseball should be over before November. Now that I look at the standings, I think I want to see the Mets play the Blue Jays in the World Series. Here is why:
This would feature both Yeonis Cespedes and Josh Donaldson.
Both of these players were deemed to be expendable/replaceable by the Moneyball guru who runs the Oakland A’s.
Any bets he will not be one of the studio guest commentators on MLB Network if that happens?”
Molinaro Marainara
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote, “Have you gotten your fill of the fantasy football league ads that promise “a shot at $1 million!”? Speaking of a million, that’s how many TV spots for FanDuel and Draft Kings seemed to have run during the first week of action. The NFL, which is nominally opposed to sports gambling, conveniently permits individual teams to form sponsorship deals with fantasy franchises, thereby ratcheting up the promotional machinery. Aren’t the fantasy leagues just elaborate gambling networks? But the logic used by the NFL is as ingenious as it is cynical: The fact that these commercials are allowed to inundate the airwaves during games means fantasy football isn’t gambling. Because the NFL, you see, frowns upon gambling. Prepare to be pummeled by more TV spots. Come back, Cialis ads. All is forgiven.
The enshrinement process for the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass., can be an inscrutable business, and not just because Lefty Driesell has been snubbed these many years. Last week, Kentucky’s John Calipari was inducted, and while he’s been a big winner at three colleges, his teams at Massachusetts and Memphis had Final Four appearances vacated after the discovery of NCAA violations. Calipari, it’s true, was never specifically implicated in either case. Of course not. How silly of anyone to think that a coach could possibly know what was going on inside his own programs?”
Betting Info From The Sports Curmudgeon
I agree with the SC’s theoretical conflagration wish. “I believe that daily fantasy sports should be treated under the law exactly the same way poker and/or wagering on the outcome of individual sports games are treated under the law.
I have indeed grown immensely tired of the non-stop ads touting both DraftKings and Fan Duel to the point that I want the ad agencies that produce them to burn to the ground.”
Shocking, I Say, Shocking
The Sports Curmudgeon wrote,” Finally, here is an item from Greg Cote in the Miami Herald demonstrating that some football coaches may indeed be from another galaxy:
“A football assistant coach at Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, took a high-voltage shot from a Taser gun last week in a morale-boosting stunt to increase team unity. It worked, as afterward players unanimously agreed the coach was an idiot.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the flap over coaches’ communications going haywire during the NFL opener: “The Patriots have an alibi. At the time the headsets began acting up, they were busy letting the air out of the Pittsburgh team bus tires.”
Stat of the week
The Marlins’ J.T. Realmuto became the first catcher in 35 years to hit an inside-the-park home run and a conventional home run in the same game — and the inside-the-park job went 22 feet farther on the fly (406 to 384) than the one that left the park did.
At TheOnion.com: “Giants move Tom Coughlin to assisted-coaching facility.”;
Name of the Week
College Football Division, courtesy of Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel: “The Oklahoma safety who gave the one-finger salute to Tennessee fans last week in Knoxville: Hatari Byrd.”

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Dreams Blog

September 18, 2015

HOO RAH!
The Sports Curmudgeon said: “Dwight Perry wrote the 3500th iteration of Sideline Chatter in the Seattle Times. That is a whole lot of puns and plays on words. He began writing these columns in December 1999 – 189 months ago. He wrote this-
“If Mariners ace pitcher Felix Hernandez is The King, what does that make their best outfielder — Lord of the Flies?”
And … “A former corrections officer was arrested after throwing two footballs stuffed with drugs and contraband into the prison yard at the Richland (Ohio) Correctional Institution, the Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum reported.
Prosecutors can’t decide whether to charge her with drug trafficking or detentional grounding.”
And So The Games Begin
Game 1 is a game that gives the fans a lot of answers and more questions.
To begin- I don’t like the Cowboys-The Giants lost to Dallas 27-26 in the final seconds. And YES I think the officials missed that holding call where the Giant TE was held at the line. That being said, NY has NO pass rush or pass coverage. DC Spagnuolo has his job cut out for him especially when, as Dan Graziano (ESPNNY) wrote: “The New York Giants feel the damage to Jason Pierre-Paul’s right hand is worse than they were led to believe, sources said, and after the team got a chance to examine him on Monday, there are people in the organization who fear he might not be able to return to the field at all this year.”
The Jets beat the Browns 31-10, but remember this was the Browns they were playing. McKown started at QB for Cleveland but was knocked out of the game after the first series bringing in Johnny Manziel. Cleveland had 321total yards and the Jets had 333yards. Fumbles by the Browns helped the Jets to no end. The Jets ran for154 and passed for179 while the Browns had 104 and 217.
Why Does It Always Happen To The Pats?
So there is, yet, still another dark cloud over the Patriots. This time it’s about the Steelers’ headsets picking up a Boston radio play-by-play instead of the Pittsburgh coaches communications with each other. This has happened to different teams quite a bit in the last few years.
Coach Bill always puts wears the same expression, “What are you talking about. I don’t understand that stuff.”
Arte Johnson would have said on laugh in, “Veeery Interesting.”
“Self- Bloviating”
Rich Cimini (ESPNNY.com) wro-10te: “New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith, addressing reporters for the first time since his infamous locker-room altercation, said Monday he has no plans to file charges against former teammate IK Enemkpali for breaking his jaw with one punch.
Smith refused to provide any details about the incident, which occurred four weeks ago, but he painted himself as an innocent victim. He said “some things will be clarified” once the NFL completes its investigation into a possible personal-conduct violation by Enemkpali — suggesting he did nothing to provoke it.
Even though he was on the receiving end of what coach Todd Bowles called “a sucker punch,” Smith was criticized by fans and media for allowing the situation to escalate. Sources said he pointed his finger in Enemkpali’s face. His leadership was questioned.
Smith didn’t respond to direct questions of that nature, but he clearly felt he had no culpability.”
It was presumptuous of smith to say he wasn’t going to why am I not sue when he was the one who caused the whole thing. But, why am I not surprised.
Help, Help Me Ronda
The Sports Curmudgeon told us that, “I am not a big fan of MMA. I may watch a few minutes of a bout if I happen to pass through it while grazing channels but under no circumstances am I a fan or a connoisseur. The sport seems to me to be very much like pro ‘rassling with its hype and feuding but with undetermined bout outcomes and real blood/injuries. Like I said, I am not a connoisseur…
With that as background, I have to admit that I do not understand the media fascination with Ronda Rousey. I understand that she is an undefeated MMA fighter and that she has dominated all of her opponents there. Somehow, that has translated into her becoming the focus of paparazzi and gossip mongers. If I paid more attention to MMA, I might understand why that is. In any event, Greg Cote had this item in the Miami Herald recently:
“UFC star Ronda Rousey accepted an invitation to the Marine Corps Ball as the date of a Philadelphia soldier. He’ll be a perfect gentleman, or she’ll beat the !@#$ out of him.”
Iron man
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote: “As he starts his 10th season at left tackle for the New York Jets, former U.Va. All-American D’Brickashaw Ferguson hasn’t only played in every game of his career – all 144 – he hasn’t missed a practice in nine years.”
Perry Patter
And from the Sometimes These Items Just Write Themselves file comes word that organizers in Hawaii canceled the annual Waikiki Roughwater Swim, citing high surf and … rough water conditions.
Two Kansas City Royals — Kelvin Herrera and Alex Rios — are sidelined with chickenpox.
But not any Atlanta Braves. They can’t catch much of anything these days.
Two Olympic shot-put medalists — Canada’s Dylan Armstrong and Russia’s Yevgeniya Kolodko — have announced their engagement.
If wedding planners get their way, well-wishers will be throwing 16-pound balls instead of rice.”
Two western Pennsylvania teams lit up the scoreboard Friday night, Meadville winning, 107-90.
The Beavers (Dubois) got a 741-yard passing performance from Matt Miller, rang up 90 points — and still lost by 17!
That’s largely because Journey Brown of the Bulldogs (Meadville) rushed for 722 yards and 10 touchdowns.
At SportsPickle.com: “Patriots say they heard Steelers admit they’re just jealous in secret recordings of Steelers locker room.”
At BorowitzReport.com: “Patriots never bothered to steal Jets’ playbook.”
Strangest three-and-out in football history: The Cleveland Browns kick off the season Sunday with a GM, coach and player suspended.

Dreams Blog

September 11, 2015

Omen
There is a new film scheduled to be released on Christmas day entitled “Concussion.” It’s reputed to be powerful with ties to pro football that will, in all likelihood, initiate deep discussions from owners and players about the future of the NFL.
Cubbies Rebirth By The Sports Curmudgeon
“It certainly appears that the Chicago Cubs are poised to shed their ”identity” as lovable losers over the next couple of years. The Cubs are playoff bound this year barring a catastrophic collapse and they are a team of young players who project to improve in the near future. The only quibble you might have with that last statement is that their starting rotation is not full of young pitchers. However, I would counter that Dan Harren at age 34 is the only “old-timer” in the group; the starters may not be “Young Turks”, but they are not “geezers” either.
A small part of the improvement for the Cubbies comes from a trade made by Cubs’ GM, Theo Epstein at the trade deadline last year. He sent starter Jeff Samardija to the A’s along with starter Jason Hammel to acquire Addison Russell and two other prospects. Hammel turned out to be a “rental” for the A’s because he went back to the Cubs as a free agent over the winter. Russell has been a fixture at second base for the Cubs at age 21 while the A’s gleaned three players who have been OK for them this year in exchange for Samardija over the winter. In all of that shuffling, Addison Russell looks to be most valuable asset.
Oh, and by the way, acquiring Joe Maddon over the winter to run the club on the field was another good move by Epstein. Maddon has shown in the past that he can get a young team to believe that they can win now and not necessarily have to wait for the future to arrive. He seems to be doing just that with the Cubs again this year.”
SC’s Snacks
With the baseball season on the wane, you have precious little time left to head out to the ballpark to stuff your face with these culinary monstrosities:
In Milwaukee – at Miller Park – the Brewers tempt their fans with a series of gut bombs: Inside the Park Nachos: This is ground beef with taco seasoning on a stick covered with doritos, nacho cheese and sour cream. It is basically nachos that you can eat while walking around. Oh, and of course it comes with a salsa dipping sauce.
Pulled Pork Parfait: This is alternating layers of pulled pork – duh! – and mashed potatoes covered with chives and gravy. You eat this bad boy with a Spork.
The Beast: This is a bratwurst that has been stuffed with a hot dog then wrapped in bacon and topped with sauerkraut and onions on a pretzel roll. I don’t know if you can get a side order of Crestor with this puppy.
It is too late this season to go and see the Fresno Grizzlies so you will have to hope they bring back “The Frankenslice” next year. This concoction is a slice of pepperoni pizza with a full sized hot dog baked into the rolled over crust. If the creator of this dish did not win a James Beard Award, I have no idea what the judges could have been thinking.
Let me close with this observation regarding Messr. Mayweather by Greg Cote of the Miami Herald:
“Floyd Mayweather Jr. announced his final fight before retiring would be Sept. 12, with no date set yet for his final fight after that one.”
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote:
“Pat Dooley of the Gainesville (Fla.) Sun, proclaiming the Tennessee football team as “the Kardashians of the SEC”: “They look good, but they haven’t done anything.”
Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta flummoxed the Dodgers: “Best no-hitter I’ve seen since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.”
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the hype that Ronda Rousey’s next opponent will give her a competitive fight: “I had no idea Godzilla joined the UFC.”
Seven pitchers named Jim have tossed no-hitters since 1960: Abbott, Bibby, Bunning, Colborn, Hunter (better known as “Catfish”), Maloney (twice) and Palmer.
The Electronic Sports League says it will start testing its video-game players for juicing.The first 120 volts are on the house.
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, on Canada’s world-champion pole vaulter, Shawn Barber: “It’s easy to spot Barber: His pole has red and white stripes.”;
Got your bloomers in a bunch over Alma Mater U’s season-opening defeat? Cheer up out there.
“Last year, Ohio State lost early and dropped out of the Top 10 in the early polls,” pointed out Jack Finarelli of SportsCurmudgeon.com
“Oregon lost early and dropped out of the Top 10 in the early polls. Now, which two teams played for the College Football Championship at the end of the season?
“The prosecution rests, Your Honor.”
At TheOnion.com: “Tom Brady haunted by destroyed cellphone ringing beneath floorboards.”;
A Dunkin’ Donuts in Maine has offered Richard Berman, the judge in the Tom Brady case, free coffee for life.
If he accepts it, of course, that’s grounds for appeal.
Reader Ted, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, on the Browns’ 24-0 exhibition loss to the Bears: “Is this the first time in NFL history that a complete team was inactive for a game?”
Reggie Hayes of the Fort Wayne (Ind.) News-Sentinel, on Wrigley Field’s aptly named inhabitants: “These Cubs are so young, they think manager Joe Maddon invented the football video game.”;

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September 4, 2015

The Sports Curmudgeon On Roger Goodell
For me, there has never been sufficient evidence that the balls in question were purposely deflated – let alone evidence that Tom Brady was involved in that activity even it actually happened. Judge Berman evidently thought that was important too because he reportedly kept asking the NFL attorneys what evidence they could present to show that Tom Brady had anything to do with tampering with game balls on January 18, 2015. And they could present no such evidence.
For me, there were procedural inadequacies from start to finish in the case that should have rendered it moot. Most important in those inadequacies was the fact that The Wells Report – paid for by the NFL with the intent of showing wrongdoing in the matter and costing somewhere between $3M and $5M – could only come to the conclusion that Tom Brady might have been generally aware of something that it had to use pseudo-science to determine had happened. Ted Wells is an attorney and has to consider his reputation and the reputation of his firm even in light of the $3-5M he was getting in billable hours for this report. He could not/would not put his name on the line to say “this guy did that thing because here is the evidence.”
Just the same, Judge Berman never said Brady was innocent. BTW, who is hearing the NFL appeal- Goodell?
Mets Batting Coach
Before this season began I praised the Mets hiring Keven Long as batting coach and the team’s long ball totals bear me out. Bob Molinaro (Pilot Online.com) added: “After struggling at the plate for most of the season – in part due to a balky knee – Chesapeake’s Michael Cuddyer broke loose for five RBIs and a home run in a pair of Mets victories over Philadelphia.”
I Was Naïve When…
I wrote about Geno Smith’s big mouth disorder. ESPN hinted that the argument wasn’t about owed money but a “Catfishing Scheme.” One of the guys had to tell me that the scheme has one group making a second individual believe that he’s on-line with a girl when there isn’t one. It seems that Enemkpali was a “dupee” while in college. Evidently Smith threw this info at the LB who got mad about it.
This Is The Fellow Who Believes The Iranians
It does pay to hit to all fields.
At least it did for ex-Yankee great Derek Jeter, who got the best of President Obama during a golf outing last November
“When we got to the practice range, he was shanking balls everywhere,” Obama told attendees at a Nevada Democratic fundraiser. “I said, ‘You play golf, Derek?’ And he said, ‘I just started 2 weeks ago.’ ”;
So Obama spotted Jeter 30 strokes, to his immediate regret.
“We had to take a picture of me handing Derek Jeter money at the end of the game.”
Isn’t This A Wagering Site?
Draft Kings – one of those websites that offers daily/weekly fantasy leagues – has just signed a partnership agreement with the Dallas Cowboys. The agreement will give the company a branded fantasy sports lounge inside AT&T stadium and “access to Cowboys’ fans as part of the team’s digital, TV and radio networks”. In part, that translates into Draft Kings being able to offer its customers things like tickets to Cowboys’ games and VIP events in that fantasy sports lounge.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “At SportsPickle.com: “RG3 expected to be healthy enough to get hurt Week 1.”;
Former Olympic 1,500-meter champ Sebastian Coe of England defeated former 20-foot vaulter Sergey Bubka of Ukraine, 115-92, to become president of IAAF, track & field’s governing body.
Moral of the story: It doesn’t pay to run against Coe, even if you are No. 1 in the poles.
A bystander at Green Meadows Golf Course in Charlotte, N.C., was shocked to see an unhinged service door from a commercial airliner pinwheel from the sky and land 40 yards from the seventh-hole green.
Golf historians immediately declared it the mother of all drops.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled that Northwestern football players will not be allowed to form a union.
The Wildcats insist they’ll set up a picket line on punt returns anyway.
Angler Jacob Wheeler, to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, after two that got away cost him the lead at a bass-fishing tournament in nearby Hot Springs: “If I’d caught those fish, I’d be as fine as frog hair now.”
Rays catcher Curt Casali had to leave Tuesday night’s 11-7 loss to the Twins after straining his left hamstring rounding first base — during his home-run trot.
“Flying disk sports, including Ultimate Frisbee, have been granted full recognition by the International Olympic Committee.
“’We got next!’ said lawn darts.”
The International Olympic Committee has recognized ultimate frisbee as a sport. I believe this was pushed by the ‘It’s no dumber than synchronized swimming’ committee.” [Brad Dickson, Omaha World-Herald].”
It only took seven years of fantasy football to turn Gary Dzen from casual player to stereotypical fanatic.
“It was a minor distraction, and it was fun,” Dzen wrote at Boston.com. “So how the hell did I get from there to this past Saturday, live-drafting through an iPhone video chat an hour before my stepbrother’s wedding? …;
“I squint into the phone, trying to determine who’s been picked and who’s left for me to take in Round 2. ‘Dude, hurry up,’ my friend implores me through the phone …;
“I hear the wedding was beautiful.”
Comedian Argus Hamilton, on USC students’ reaction to football coach Steve Sarkisian’s drunken rant: “He received bids to pledge Beta Theta Pi, Alpha Tau Omega and Sigma Alpha Epsilon.”
Comedy writer Alex Kaseberg, after Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta flummoxed the Dodgers: “Best no-hitter I’ve seen since the Mayweather-Pacquiao fight.”;
Brad Dickson of the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald, on the hype that Ronda Rousey’s next opponent will give her a competitive fight: “I had no idea Godzilla joined the UFC.”
Negeri Sembilan FA, a Malaysian soccer team, released all but six of its players, saying they faked injuries so as not to play but still collect pay.
Things apparently came to a header when one claimed his paycheck gave him a paper cut.”