Dreams Blog

September 11, 2015

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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