Dreams Blog

October 23, 2015

Busy Week
My Goodness- Met Pennant Hunt, Jets Win, Giants loss. Whoo Boy, I’m tired and need a nap!
Let’s Go Mets
Congratulations to the Mets organization for taking the NL title, one to go.
Iggles 27 Giants 7
The Giants lose quite a lot of games in Philly. This time they started well going right down the field for a TD but then went to sleep- so I did also. The game quite clearly showed there was no pass rush or pass defense on the field even though NY had 3 INTS. Philly averaged 7 yds per passing play (incl. int’s & sacks) to NY’s 4, and Philly still won the game.
Jets 34 DC’s 20
Good game for the Green Guys. Total net yards were 474-225. The allowed only 34 rushing yards & had 2 int’s plus a sack. Ivory rushed 20 for 146.
Knicks News
Ian Begley (ESPN.com) wrote, “It’s way too early to make any grand statements about the Knicks, but it seems that they want to play at a much quicker pace this season.
“We want guys to understand that it’s OK to go down and try to score as quickly as possible. We’re not running to set up an offense, The game that we’re running to go score,” Knicks coach Derek Fisher said. “[This] hopefully just continues to free them from the idea that we have to run the offense a certain way as opposed to just taking what the defense gives you. We’re trying to make sure they understand that.”
The quicker pace may be indicative of a subtle shift in philosophy for the Knicks. It showed
Fisher seems to be more comfortable this season with players looking for scoring opportunities outside of the framework of the triangle offense.
Take Derrick Williams, for example. The reserve forward has led the Knicks in scoring in the past two preseason games. Williams has scored on plays both in and out of the traditional triangle set –– and Fisher is OK with that.
“That’s obviously the way it should be,” Fisher said. “We can practice running the offense, helping guys understand where opportunities come from, where shots may lie. But at the end of the day, they’re on the floor and they’re out there as NBA players, and they should just make plays that they instinctively feel. So a player like Derrick will never really always necessarily be in the right spot [in the offense] because his instincts tell him something else.
“We have to trust that and find a balance between giving Derrick, as well as all of our players, the room to be who they are. But have some balance when it’s time … to execute as a five-man unit. We don’t want to take away his individual ability by putting him in a box.”
Or keeping him in the confines of a triangle.
Mind-bender
Bob Molinaro (Hampton Roads Pilot) wrote:Wake Forest’s 3-0 victory over Boston College last week produced the weirdest football stat of this and maybe any week, courtesy of Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News and Observer: “Under Dave Clawson, Wake Forest is 2-1 in ACC games when it doesn’t score a touchdown and 0-8 when it does.” Give this one time to sink in.
Perry Patter
Dwight Perry (Seattle Times) wrote, “A garage-sale shopper in Fresno, Calif., came away with quite the $2 find: an 1878 photo of Wild West bad-boy Billy the Kid — playing croquet.
Bet Billy’s participation kept any rules arguments to a minimum.”
Sports quiz
Q: What did retired soccer great Juli Veee and the Texas Rangers’ infield have in common this week?
A:Three straight E’s.
Mike Bianchi of the Orlando (Fla.) Sentinel, serenading his state’s three NFL teams — the 2-3 Buccaneers, 1-3 Dolphins and 1-4 Jaguars — to the tune of “Three Blind Mice”:
“Three bad teams; three bad teams; see how they lose; see how they lose;
They fire their coaches; they miss their kicks;
Jameis Winston just threw four picks.
They’re a football version of the New York Knicks;
Three bad teams …”
The NFL suspended side judge Rob Vernatchi for one week with pay after he failed to detect the clock operator letting 18 seconds elapse off the clock in the final three minutes of Monday night’s Steelers-Chargers game.
On the bright side, he just clinched this year’s Rosemary Woods Award.
Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle, with a title suggestion for a Sepp Blatter biopic: “The Line on Ethics: Bend It Like Blatter.”;
Headline at SportsPickle.com: “Cubs’ 105-year rebuilding plan beginning to bear fruit.”;
Just-retired South Carolina football coach Steve Spurrier, not impressed that he was still coaching at age 70: “The pope is 77 years old, and he’s in cha rge of a billion people. All I have to do is put 11 on the field.”
Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane’s residence used about 6,000 gallons of water daily in drought-stricken California, according to the Septembe r report from the East Bay Municipal Utility District, but he’s blaming it on three irrigation leaks.
Looks like finding a stopper will be high on his offseason shopping list.
NBC’s Seth Meyers, after Playboy announced it will stop running nude photos next year: “So now if you want to see a naked woman you’ll have to go to HBO, Showtime, Cinemax, the Internet, Burning Man, a PETA protest, perfume ads or ESPN The Magazine.”;
Times reader Bill Littlejohn, after a Japanese swordsman halved a baseball going 100 mph from 30 feet: “Well, it started out as a fastball and ended up being a splitter.”;
RJ Currie of SportsDeke.com, after the Rockets’ James Harden told NBA.com he’s the best player in the NBA and should have been last season’s MVP: “Is it possible for someone’s beard to be too tight?” The Indianapolis Colts are 25-13 the past two-plus NFL regular seasons — 15-0 against their AFC South rivals and 10-13 against the rest of the league.
Reader Chas K, to the Cleveland Plain Dealer: “Interesting weekend: I saw the tooth fairy, the Easter Bunny and the Browns’ pass rush.”
This reader could have, also, been referring to the Giants.

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