Weekend Update: #SadFansAreSad

#1 with a Bullet…

 

Oh the humanity…Bert, you got waxed again – remember when you opened your mouth at a Texas football camp and said; if you didnt have a fullback you would get your ass kicked?  Well Pepperidge Farms remembers and apparently so did Kingsbury.  All the offseason hype, all the faux-swagger and next week is Texas A&M – you’ve got Hawg-Town losing their minds.  Bert, you know it’s bad when the people of Hawg-nation are calling for Greg Schiano, Lame Kitten, or just outright cheating.  It’s gotta sting the nostrils a bit.  Sure, fans will get over ranking 118th in 3rd-down conversion-defense, or ranking 84th in penalty yards and even 119th in RedZone efficiency – but having Kliff Kingsbury put you in your place?  These are Dark Days Bert, dark days…


Dark Days ahead for Auburn too.  This is who Auburn is.  They just don’t go quietly into the night, they fall off the cliff.  It’s in their DNA.  Their history proves it, and when a defensive back spouts off about how easy it will be to stop Leonard Fournette…well we all saw what happened.  Fournette had Auburn quitting before halftime, especially Mr. Ford – the mouthee.   But, to me, the issue is Jeremy Johnson.  He had a lot of hype coming in and the expectation was that he would do and be everything we’ve come to expect from the field-general of Auburn’s offense.  He has the talent, just not the heart or more importantly the head to get it done, because it is not translating to the field in real time.  Seriously though, it’s Auburn and it was a great weekend for those who dislike the entire state of Alabama.


More sad fans were found in SoCal.  Beyond Sark’s pre-game holla-ba-looza earlier in the year, the only thing people really had to say about him was – He’s a nice guy.  I’m sure he is a nice guy and that is honorable, but when it is attached to a football coach that is getting treatment for a drinking problem, he says he doesn’t have and then Stanford happens, you get flashbacks.  The kind of flashbacks that take you back to Seattle where Sark was 34-29 and the thought was, “it was hard to breakthrough in Washington, and wait and see what he can do with national-elite talent.”  Well we did. Talent is important, but it’s what you do with it, and so far and far too often, Sarkisian is outmatched by the other guy on the other side-line.  It’s going to get harder for “the Fans of Troy” to believe this is going to work as envisioned, because, as of right now –  it’s not the symbol of victory that fans are giving, it’s the number of losses every year.


But what about Ole Miss and Alabama? The Rebels caused five turnovers Saturday and also benefited from a once-in-a-lifetime—see Auburn in bamasad2013—miracle touchdown in a six-point win in Tuscaloosa.  Alabama is going too have to, again, win out.  But is it the same as last year? Last year, Alabama had a defined starting quarterback. Saturday, Nick Saban went with sophomore Cooper Bateman (who got blown up) before he was replaced by Jake Coker – who had started Alabama’s first two games. Coker almost led Alabama to it’s best come-from-behind victory at Bryant-Denny Stadium since the one Cam Newton led in 2010.  This is a fluke they say, the dynasty is still intact, the emperor’s new clothes are still made from the finest invisible silks…To quote our friend Lee Corso – NOT SO FAST…Alabama is 4-5 against top 15 teams since 2013.  That’s a trend, not a fluke, and what I’m saying is – gone are the days that Alabama beats teams with comparable talent more often than not.  Back in the day, Alabama fans would be upset if you beat someone by 10pts instead of 20 and after they’d come back down to earth, they’d be on to the next week.  Now the freakouts seem longer and that might cause Saban to see the writing on the wall and pack up.

For week 3 we were 72% SU and 64% ATS – that still crushes, but it is not what we are used to around here – our upsets did pretty well, but the ones we thought would be E-Z, hmmm not so much as we’d like.  If you haven’t seen it, take a look at how Memphis tied the game at 41 in the 4th qtr against Bowling Green – yeah a full-on double-reverse-flea flicker!!!

Other thoughts I cannot put anywhere else:

  • Notre Dame has lost a starting defensive tackle, a starting tailback, a starting tight end and a starting quarterback to season-ending injuries. Saturday, it may have lost a starting safety to a chest-bump-celebration
  • TCU lost their cornerback to a knee injury against SMU and also had 5 other defensive players sit out with injuries
  • Doing his best Johnny Manziel impression – OU quarterback Baker Mayfield, accounted for a school-record 572 yards of total offense and six touchdowns in the Sooners’ 52-38 win over Tulsa
  • Al Golden escaped with a much needed victory over Nebraska, but it still does not seem to haved cooled off his seat any.  During the game you could see a plane pulling a banner that read: C’MON #FIREGOLDEN. THESE BANNERS ARE EXPENSIVE – nevermind the Hurricanes were up 17 by halftime.  Maybe he felt vindicated after watching Miami choke away a 23pt lead, yet still won 36-33 in OT
  • For Nebraska, it could have been one of the great comebacks in their history – then Tommy Armstrong threw an interception on the 1st play of OT, and then a player gets flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct when he shoved the Miami guy who intercepted it – Miami, short field goal – ball game.  It’s a heart-breaking way to lose a game, and yet it has happened to Nebraska twice in three weeks.

It’s all about the Benjamin

Some headlines will highlight Johnny Manziel‘s role in the Browns’ 28-14 win over the Titans. But the star of the show was Travis Benjamin, who caught touchdown passes of 60 and 50 yards from Manziel and returned a punt 78 yards for a TD. The only other active players to have scored three TDs of 50 yards or longer in one game were Chris Johnson (2009) and Tavon Austin (2013). Benjamin was the first Browns player ever to do so – ever.

Benjamin also caught a 54-yard touchdown pass from Manziel in the Browns’ season opener. The only other player in NFL history with four touchdowns of 50 yards or longer in his team’s first two games of a season was Jim Brown for Cleveland in 1963 – 1963!

Manziel may have completed just 8-of-15 passes, but he was able to limit the turnovers and make plays when the Browns needed him the most.  In reality, there is absolutely no reason for Mike Pettine to go back to a lower-ceiling quarterback in Josh McCown.  As a result of Manziel replacing McCown, Cleveland extended its streak to 14 consecutive seasons in which at least two different players started a game at QB. That tied the longest such streak in the NFL since 1950, set by New England from 1980 to 1993. The Patriots drafted Drew Bledsoe with the first pick in the 1993 NFL Draft, and Bledsoe ended New England’s streak in 1994.


Are the Cardinals early Favorites?

Fresh off a solid win against the New Orleans Saints in Week 1, Bruce Arians and the Cardinals laid the smack down against an inferior Bears team in Chicago. While the game was relatively close about halfway through, anyone watching it knew full well that Arizona was going to end up pulling away.

For Carson Palmer, it was a continuation of what has been a stellar run for a USC quarterback. The veteran has posted a 15-2 record with 34 touchdowns compared to 12 interceptions. His four touchdowns on Sunday – including three to Larry Fitzgerald – represents the first time Palmer has matched that total since he was with the Oakland Raiders back in November of 2012.  That was the first regular-season game of Fitzgerald’s NFL career in which he scored more than two touchdowns; he came into the game with 89 TDs.

Only one player in league history with that many touchdowns never scored three in a game: Charley Taylor (90 TDs) – (Note that Fitzgerald caught three touchdowns in the NFC Championship Game following the 2008 season, but never before in a regular-season game.)


New Rams, same as the old Rams

All the good feelings the St. Louis Rams may have felt following their Week 1 win over the Seattle Seahawks came crashing down in D.C. on Sunday. Never really in control of the game against Washington, St. Louis dropped an ugly game by the score of 24-10. At this point, we have come to expect Fisher-led squads to lay eggs following good performances.

It happened in all three of the Rams big wins last year — against Seattle, San Francisco and Denver. In fact, the Rams lost the following week after beating those favored teams. This is one of the primary reasons I avoided to pick St. Louis on Sunday.

Kirk Cousins completed 23 of 27 passes (85%) and Matt Jones gained 123 yards on 19 carries in the Redskins’ 24-10 win over the Rams. Jones and Alfred Morris, who gained 121 yards on Week 1, are the first Redskins teammates to rush for at least 100 yards in the team’s first and second game of a season (one in each game, that is). The only other running backs to do that in this century were LaDainian Tomlinson and Michael Turner for San Diego in 2006.

For his part, Cousins posted the fourth-highest completion percentage in team history (minimum: 20 passes). The three higher marks were by Mark Brunell, 89 percent against Houston in 2006; Patrick Ramsey (Tulane), 86 percent against the Giants in 2004; and Sammy Baugh, 86 percent against the Steelers in 1945.


New England is putting the league on notice

Tom Brady passed for 466 yards and three touchdowns in the Patriots’ 40-32 win at Buffalo. Brady’s totals after two games-754 yards and 7 TDs without an INT-are rare even for a quarterback of his elite status. This is the second time he has passed for at least 700 yards and seven touchdowns in his first two games of season, the first being 2011. Only four other players did that even once: Jim Kelly (1991), Drew Bledsoe for the Patriots (1994), Peyton Manning (2013), and Aaron Rodgers (2013). Of those players, only Manning and Brady did so without throwing an interception.

Incidentally, Brady set a record for passing yards in one game against the Bills, breaking a mark that was set the same month that Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth’s single-season home-run record. On October 29, 1961, George Blanda of the Houston Oilers passed for 464 yards at War Memorial Stadium in Buffalo, and that mark remained the highest against the Bills until Sunday.

At some point, the Patriots will have to find a run/pass balance on offense – right?. They won’t be able to dominate like this through the air on a consistent basis – can they? The interesting dynamic here is that New England did average nearly four yards per rush. It’s not like the running game was completely ineffective.  Instead, Bill Belichick and Co. decided to make a statement, again, that the big boys of the East don’t reside in Western New York and play under Rex Ryan.  It could be a long year for anyone who gets in their way.


The Eagles are mess

About halfway through three quarters on Sunday against Dallas, the Eagles had racked up more penalty yards than total yards. Heck, the Cowboys domination could be summed up by the fact that they had run more plays (44) – at about the nine-minute mark in the third quarter – than the Eagles had total yards (34). It was that ugly.

The Cowboys defeated the Eagles, 20-10, in a game in which the story was Tony Romo‘s broken collarbone.  But storyline 1-A was the continued ineffectiveness of DeMarco Murray, who netted two yards on 13 carries one week after gaining nine yards on eight carries in Philadelphia’s season opener.  Over the last 30 seasons, there are only four games in which a defending rushing champion gained less than 10 yards on at least five carries. Christian Okoye did it in 1990, Chris Johnson in 2010, and Murray in each of his first two games with the Eagles.

Murray’s net of 2 yards was the third lowest in NFL history by a defending rushing champion in a game of at least 10 carries. Steve Van Buren of the Eagles was held to negative-2 yards on 10 carries by the Browns in 1950; and Clem Daniels, the 1963 AFL rushing leader, carried 14 times for negative-1 yard against the Boston Patriots in the Raiders’ opening game of the 1964 season.  But Murray’s performance on Sunday was extraordinary for any player, not just for a rushing champion. Over the last 37 seasons, only one other player finished a game with at least as many carries and as few rushing yards as Murray. Jonathan Wells of the Texans carried 13 times for 1 yard on Dec. 29, 2002 against the Titans.

It’s this type of offensive performance that will have many questioning Chip Kelly’s scheme moving forward. More than that, it will have skeptics on full alert when it comes to criticizing the team’s off-season moves. And now at 0-2 on the season, Philadelphia finds itself in a must-win situation against the New York Jets next week.


6 straight home losses?!

At 0-2 on the season (2nd straight year), Drew Brees and Co. are in a terrible position. Only 10 percent of teams that have started 0-2 since the 2007 season have earned a playoff spot. And while playing in the NFC South helps New Orleans early in the year, they just lost a home game against a Tampa Bay Buccaneers squad that won just two games last season.  Costing many people their survivor pool!!!

Jameis Winston led the Buccaneers to a 26-19 win at New Orleans. Winston became the first quarterback chosen first in the NFL Draft to get a September road win in his rookie season since John Elway did so in 1983.  Of course, Elway’s two road wins in September 1983 have a big fat asterisk, since Steve DeBerg was the QB who rallied the Broncos to both of those victories.

Since that time, #1 picks had lost 16 straight September starts in their rookie season, and it’s an impressive list of QBs: two losses each by Troy Aikman, Jeff George, Drew Bledsoe, Peyton Manning, Tim Couch, and David Carr, followed by single losses by Matthew Stafford, Sam Bradford, Cam Newton, and Andrew Luck.

There isn’t much left up for interpretation here. New Orleans appears to be terrible.

Looking well past his prime, Brees was outplayed by Jameis.  Drew completed 24-of-38 passes for 255 yards with one touchdown and one interception. This came on the heels of Tampa Bay’s defense yielding FOUR touchdown passes to Marcus Mariota last week.

If the Saints can’t win a home game against a bottom-feeder, it pretty much tells us what we need to know about this team. Unfortunately for Brees, the twilight of his career is likely going to be spent with fans watching him thru paper-bags.

 

Coached Up

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Trying to figure out or rank the NFL’s coaches is a difficult task because so many X-factors exist in the determination of success and failure. Sometimes an average coach is in the right environment and he thrives and sometimes a good coach is in a toxic environment that even the best couldn’t dig their way out of. One thing is for sure, though, the better your head coach the higher the chance you’ll have at winning. Below is a smattering in no particular order:

Bill Belichick, New England Patriots

Belichick is on a legen…(wait for it)…dary path and while discussing 32 coaches is difficult, agreeing on who is #1 is not. Belichick has been AP Coach of the Year three times, won four Super Bowls, and been to the playoffs 12 out of 15 seasons.

Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs

Reid’s run in Philadelphia was a very good one but more impressive perhaps is how quickly he turned the Chiefs into a playoff team. Anytime you can do that in multiple environments, you’ve shown your abilities. Injuries bit the Chiefs last year, as well as the allergic reaction his WR’s had to the endzone, lead an expectation that Reid will lead his team to a rebound year.

Sean Payton, New Orleans Saints

Last year’s meltdown was hard and it would be quick to condemn both Payton and the Saints based on one bad season. The Saints rebounded from their post Bountygate season to make the playoffs and in 2009 they rebounded from 7-9 to win a Super Bowl. Payton is likely the best offensive mind in the game. His offense has been in the top five every year except for one since he coached the Saints and they were #1 in the NFL last season. He’s been AP coach of the year and led his team to the playoffs five times in eight seasons.

John Harbaugh, Baltimore Ravens

Any coach that survives the retirement of Ray Lewis and Ed Reed to maintains this level of success, deserves credit. He’s been to the playoffs 6 times since 2008 and he has won a Super Bowl.

Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers

The Steelers looked like they might be falling apart, before we saw a big resurgence from Ben Roethlisberger last year in part thanks to the explosion of Antonio Brown and Le’Veon Bell. Make no mistake, Tomlin plays a huge part in keeping this team competitive despite the big drop off defensive talent and the hole now left by Lebeau . He’s been to the playoffs 5 times with a Super Bowl title since 2007.

Pete Carroll, Seattle Seahawks

His player friendly style has worked wonders both at USC and in Seattle. While anyone could win with the talent he’s assembled he deserves a lot of credit for cultivating and maximizing those players. His run the last two years with two Super Bowl trips and one title has been dominant.  Maybe next time he’ll run the ball.

Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts

He brings a certain level of toughness, and the Colts seem to be on the verge of really big things.  But it seems we have seen this movie before with the previous QB era.  Jury is still out until we see more besides just Andrew Luck.

Jeff Fisher, St. Louis Rams

Fisher is a fantastic coach that knows how to assemble a roster and get the most out of his players. His Achilles heel in St. Louis remains his inability to get consistent healthy quarterback play. Maybe Nick Foles can bring consistency and change that; and if he can the Rams are a team to take very seriously.

John Fox, Chicago Bears

Fox has had successful stops in Carolina and Denver. The Bears are elated to have someone of his quality and he should be able to turn things around quickly, but the ceiling is always low.

Tom Coughlin, New York Giants

His improbable two Super Bowl title runs have kept him in New York much longer than anyone expected. He knows how to get his squad up for the most important games, that’s for sure.  Remember, his Jaguars still have more playoff victories than the Cowboys in the last 20yrs.

Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals were a Super Bowl contender before the injury of Carson Palmer. Arians has done a fantastic job there after being a very successful assistant coach for a long time. He deserves that job based on how he filled in for Pagano in Indianapolis.

Mike McCarthy, Green Bay Packers

One could argue McCarthy has underachieved a little bit considering his quarterback is Aaron Rodgers. He’s still an excellent offensive mind, though, and there’s no question his 94-49-1 record speaks for itself.

Jim Caldwell, Detroit Lions

He’s a disciplinarian that runs a tight ship and has Super Bowl experience with the Colts. His first season in Detroit was promising.

Marvin Lewis, Cincinnati Bengals

He catches some heat and he’s been fortunate to hang on to his job as long as he has but he is a premiere defensive coach. Unfortunately he’s never had enough talent, under center, to really take this team to the next level, but he’s still an above average coach.

Ron Rivera, Carolina Panthers

The Panthers defense has been dominant the last couple of years and Rivera has greatly benefited from a weak division. He’s been a gutsy coach that seems to have a great feel for the game.

Bill O’Brien, Houston Texans

His turnarounds of both the Texans and Penn State are nothing short of remarkable. But can he compete at the top?

Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers

The Charges have been ok under McCoy, but he’s been a bit of a disappointment and hasn’t really shown that he’s an upgrade over Norv Turner.

Rex Ryan, Buffalo Bills

Ryan is a good coach who had success in New York for a while despite poor quaterback play, but can he turn around a team in Buffalo with the same exact problems?

Jack Del Rio, Oakland Raiders

Will he be able to succeed where it seems like everyone else fails? He’s got a good history as a defensive guy, but for this team to win Derek Carr will need to develop and Del Rio will need to stay out of the way.

Gary Kubiak, Denver Broncos

This is a good fit for a prolific offense. His stint in Houston was mediocre at best but he’ll be working with more talent.  It is now or never to show what he is capable of.

Chip Kelly, Philadelphia Eagles

The jury is still out on Kelly but he certainly seems to have blown up his roster. And as explosive and exciting as his style has been at times, the team still hasn’t won a playoff game in two seasons with him. A lot of talk without results. It’s hard to see the Eagles being better this year unless Sam Bradford can stay healthy and productive.

Dan Quinn, Atlanta Falcons

Quinn seems as solid as it comes in terms of coaching defense. The Falcons will need it as they were 32nd overall last season. We’ll see how he does as a head coach, though, there are a lot of unknowns.  Lucky for him he has Matt Ryan and Julio Jones to help him figure it out.

Mike Pettine, Cleveland Browns

A solid effort to get the Browns to 7-9 last year but with Hoyer gone it could be worse this year.

Jason Garrett, Dallas Cowboys

Garrett has underachieved and like Romo he cannot get it done in the postseason.

Mike Zimmer, Minnesota Vikings

He did an admirable job last season considering the Adrian Peterson situation. It remains to be seen if he’s the right man for that job, though.  Having Norv Turner is going to help.

Todd Bowles, New York Jets

He’s had a couple good years with elite talent as a defensive coordinator in Arizona. A lot of unknowns exist on how he’ll do as a head coach in a new environment.  Alot hinges on the growth of Geno Smith.

Lovie Smith, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

His credibility took a big shot as the Bucs regressed last year. The future of his head coaching career now rests on the arm and head of Jameis Winston. I’d be nervous.

Joe Philbin, Miami Dolphins

He’s 23-25 since 2012 with no trips to the playoffs. He’s a mediocre coach for an average football team.

Ken Whisenhunt, Tennessee Titans

Last season was a disaster in Tennessee. He’ll be looking for a new job soon if results don’t improve.

Jay Gruden, Washington Redskins

Not only was Gruden’s team a disaster on the field last season, there were issues off the field surrounding the management of RGIII. I’m not sure any coach could succeed in this environment, many have tried.

Jim Tomsula, San Francisco 49ers

Really have to question his qualifications here and based on the offseason he’s really set up to fail.

Gus Bradley, Jacksonville Jaguars

7-25 since 2013 speaks for itself, unfortunately, but there is talent and they play harder than most teams.

Einhorn is Finkle; Finkle is Einhorn

It’s gonna be a Rugby Sunday ’round here…

Hi, I’m Logan Cartwright. You may remember me from such educational films as “Two Minus Three Equals Negative Fun” and “Firecrackers: The Silent Killer“.

Earlier this week when the Wells Report came out, I was transported back to a time where we celebrated the takeover of the New York, New York Hotel in Las Vegas, to honor a golden-gilded-god of football and rename it the Boston, Boston – sure there was every reason to believe we were headed for trouble, maybe we had pushed our luck a little to far – certain liberties were taken – we had abused every rule Vegas existed by – burning the locals, abusing the tourists, terrifying the help – our only salvation was the possibility that we’d gone to such excess, that nobody in a position to bring the hammer down on us could possibly believe it was all for “Tohm Fah-Q-ing Bray-dee!

So it was written, and so it was done.  As was the Wells report, it has shamed and tarnished a legacy that further puts into question – what happens now?  Do we ever get to set foot in the Boston, Boston Hotel and parade around as disciples of Tom the Terrific again?  Will there be a reckoning because of this?  We must face again, the answers to questions we should never have had to ask; like will the wives of Olympic gold medalists ever get us ice again while we are held at gunpoint by Persian pimps drinking flower garnished moonshine?  They will, but that’s not the point – what about Tom and our annual cosmopolitan diaspora of bacchanalia?

A lot of theories and reflections have been trotted out like show ponies recently – the outrage!  The evil empire of the Patriots caught again!  Tom Brady is the new Whitey Bulger and should be banned from the Hall of Fame, or suspended until the 1st game, or a full year suspension, they decree.  Let’s slow it down.

Before we jump to the sentencing phase of this non-hearing, non-court proceeding and also temper the opposite over-reaction of “innocent until proven guilty” talk – that exists only in the court of law, not the court of public opinion.  Someone break down what advantage does an under-inflated football have?  Is there proof of that advantage?  Was it not during the 1st half of the game against the Colts where the footballs were under-inflated, and in the 2nd half they were proper?  Tom did better in the second-half than the first right?  So please someone quantify the advantage for us.

There are those that say he broke the rules.  Would these be the same rules that seem to change every 5 years?  The Immaculate Reception was an illegal play, and it doesn’t stop the myth of that moment.  Franco Harris is not called into question about when it was he knew he was just gonna run with it – he should have just stopped right, gave up?  You could probably make a case for several highlights involving the RaidersThe Holy Roller, The Tuck, etc…all legal then made illegal now by the rules.  The NFL has changed so dramatically the last 10 years that it’s not even the same game we grew up with.  So, to make a case based on the rulebook is absurd, especially on a rule that none of us knew anything about or cared.

For Haters and supporters alike it all turns into 3rd Century theological discussions:

person 1: I believe in X
person 2: I believe in Y
person 1: Why don’t you believe in X? I would love to explore your belief system further in hopes of bridging our — HAHAHA, just kidding; I’ve already set you on fire!

So, are we hurt because he lied?  Do we really jump to lying with terms related to “more than likely” with no smoking gun?  If this was a criminal proceeding – he’d be found, “not guilty”.  But public opinion is a civil case where all you have to prove, is reasonable doubt – it does not have to be beyond reasonable.  Really, we know he did, we know he was complicit – he was the architect of the heist – maybe he didn’t pull it off – but those guys don’t walk into the bank without Tom’s plans on how to rob it.  It’s called being an accomplice, it’s also called conspiracy.  It’s also not the same thing.

So what’s the punishment?  If Marijuana use and Ray Farmer gets 4 games for sending text messages during games, then Tom gets at least that right?  Rich McKay got suspended for the Falcons piping in crowd noise.  So clearly we have to find a comparative, a value in over/under inflated balls and their meaning towards the outcome of a game.

The NFL opened this door long ago allowing QB’s to have control of game balls (Tom Brady led the campaign to change that rule) and lets not forget that the success of the league is founded on point spreads and information – and as long as that’s honest, then truly the only thing that should be punished is the fraud in withholding that information – everything else is fair game when we talk about brutes in the coliseum.

More than Hizzoner’s righteous judgment, Tom Brady should be more concerned that he lied to Bill Belichick and Robert Kraft – they should dole out the punishment themselves if they had any integrity. HAHAHAHAHA, just kidding the league has already set us on fire.

This Saturday, May 9th we’re excited to host an MLB $3 entry contest with the 1st place prize being a trip for two (2) to this year’s MLB All Star Game!  This includes airfare ($1,000 credit), hotel accommodations, two (2) tickets to the Home Run Derby and two (2) tickets to the MLB All-Star Game (please note that the winner and participants must be 21 years of age or older.)

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It’s unlikely that any Rockie will earn themselves a trip to the All-Star Game this year.  Typically a team that can’t win at home or in an entire region like SoCal, and are also winless on the weekends, ever deserve that honor.  Anyone seen Tulo or CarGo?  We were told if they were healthy this team could contend. According to my sources, these are the facts!

someone should ask if he can pitch

Meanwhile, the Red Sox just fired their pitching coach because they are slightly above terrible in team ERA – terrible is the Rockies – nevermind the songs of praise the Red Sox gave him for turning the staff into World Series Champions in 2013.  They are beer-leaguers now and too close for comfort in the basement with the Rockies – in Boston that gets you a pink slip.  In Denver that gets you…free excuses, and a coupon for one free hot dog (redeemable only during $1 hot dog night).  Mgmt., and Weiss clearly have no taste for metrics – because if they were paying attention, they would not have sit Justin Morneau against James Shields when he has .320 average against him or not start Drew Stubbs against lefty fly-ball pitchers when he has an .834 OPS – as examples.  We are seeing the same clap-trap we saw when Jim Tracy rested everyone on the weekend, before he quit playing nurse-maid – paying major league prices for minor-league talent.

The Dodgers have used 30+ different players so far this year, more than anyone in baseball and are in first place – so the Rockies have no more alibi’s and might have also missed their window to trade CarGo – who looks more like Josh Hamilton in LA, than what we are used to.

Thank goodness for StrikeZone, the Astros, Royals, Mets, etc…Because everywhere else there is some good baseball and great young talent to watch.  So, keep reading for our baseball lineups in our baseball page and good luck with your chance at winning the All-Star game contest – thoughts on who to play for Saturday’s tournament will be up later today.  Mahalo.

3rd Stone from the Sun

This revolution goes on and on…

Justice, is supposed to be blind.  It seems like it has been a awhile since we have seen the scales tip as they should.  Life’s virtuous dance is a comedy of errors, frequently performed with you walking home one night; and a young derelict asks you for a smoke – you don’t, so you apologize you don’t have anything to give him.  But as you continue to be on your way, you feel a sharp pain in your back and then another in your arm as you turn around to watch this vagrant repeatedly stab you.  As he runs away you plead for the woman across the street to call the police.

Shortly thereafter disposed in your hospital bed, you overhear they picked up your assailant jay-walking, with the knife, your blood on it, in his hoodie-pocket – the woman who helped call the police for you also identified him and he is arrested for stabbing you.

While you continue your physical therapy you see on TV that the knife isn’t admissible because it was found without probable cause, because they only stopped him for jaywalking – and the woman is discredited because she wears eyeglasses and wasn’t wearing them at the time because she needs them only for reading – furthermore, it’s revealed that there is a pornographic theater somewhere in her neighborhood, so clearly her character is in question…

The guy who stabbed you…his attorney will say that he was fondled by his 4th grade basketball coach and you were mocking him for not being able to afford his own cigarettes that he needs for his medical condition.  So now as you look forward to months of rehab and the real possibility that you will not be able to hold more than a box of Kleenex for more than 2min and going up the stairs will require grandma’s motorized chair-lift, because the one lung that functions properly gets you as far as the laz-y-boy to the TV – all charges end up being dismissed and you wonder where is your equity?  This allegory is not far fetched – we’ve watch it all unfold in a myriad of ways across this country in real time.  Like a cop who busts a motorist for having over 200lbs of drugs in his trunk, being inadmissible because the officer pulled him over for not having a front license plate, and the state does not require it…

It’s all so fortuitous, justice being defined only by “rule of evidence”, and several institutions are failing to get it right.  The NFL resembles a kangaroo court of it’s own – at times almost a facsimile of the actual ideology in real life.  Hizzoner has said that justice for the Browns and the Falcons will be swift and severe.  The Browns for texting staff and coaches during football games.  The Falcons for pumping in crowd noise.  Crowd noise that did not help a team that went 3-5 at home.  Stupidity is punishment enough and has never been an acceptable excuse – for the Browns they deserve the death sentence as an organization with no control.  As for what the severe penalty(s) will be…who knows…it could be draft picks, fines, suspensions, no more caviar in the owner’s box, and all beer must be served at room temperature, in red solo cups from Budweiser.  We know the NFL esteems the safety of QB’s more than women and children – the going rate for a player who abuses women is 2 games or time off with pay – if it is simply child abuse, just time off with pay…so what will the punishment really be from a league tribunal, who claims a balance sheet defense, being unable to afford endzone cameras – Belichick is still lobbing profanity laced tirades at the Oligarchy of old rich white men.

Justice?  One rule change to aid officials in getting the call right is turned down and another is made because everyone forgot the rules – turning something legal, illegal.  The “illegal type thing” is the  innovative play the Patriots used against the Ravens.  The NFL has decreed swiftly to punish creativity and innovation – while rewarding the soap-opera of fools.  All the creativity of Belichick did was line up multiple men along the line of scrimmage, but outside the tackle box.  Any youth football coach will tell you to ignore a player who lines up along the line of scrimmage between the split end and the tackle – that player is a decoy.  Simple right?

But instead Hizzoner ruled it was too much for a professional athlete to have to think about such complicated, unorthodox formations – as the forward pass was once thought of.  Someone like John Harbaugh should know better, being a son of a coach, whining, calling it an “illegal type of thing” – it isn’t, but who knows what that even means – the rule is clear as it relates to how many can lineup on the line of scrimmage, how many must, who is eligible and all told to the referee who announces it, so it is far from deceptive.  Innovation is a fundamental right, but then again, change is hard for troglodytes and….

Justice, seems to be best served cold – like revenge.  Served up when a governing body is tasked and created to keep institutional control from spinning out of instituional anarchy.  Existing to prevent rogue nation-states of education from creating an unfair advantage on the field of play – rogue’s like SMU, Kentucky and USC.  But who watches the watchers?  What do you do when internal affairs makes up the rules as they go – how does law and order get upheld and when does justice prevail?  For the NCAA it doesn’t.  It does what it wants.  It fabricates, oversteps and turns away whenever it feels like and decides that its ceremonious power is absolute.  You either become what you hate or fall victim to what it is you hate and the NCAA is now emerging from the muck as the bastard child, as rogue as any of the institutions they pretend to serve.  They regulate peanut butter instead of searching for real corruption.  They profit from every contest the “student-athlete” participates in, but when that same student barters free merchandise they received in a NCAA-sanctioned event for other services – they swing the hammer and tattoo justice.  Decades of child-abuse and assault is swept under and given a blind eye, when they chose to reinstate arbitrary wins – completely missing the point of what “lack of institutional control” actually means.  Miami gets nothing and USC’s Todd McNair gets a show cause penalty for no evidence of wrongdoing.  Typical misguided NCAA Frontier-Justice.

The NFL, the NCAA, all frauds, as is every other entity that believes they merit justice fairly and with principle while we watch their hypocritical maneuvers and insane decisions, only to wonder when does the scale tip back towards due process.   Watching the faith we had in Justice disappear is sad and confusing.  Justice is a backbone of democracy, essential to the Republic – you lie, cheat, steal etc, you pay the price – now its all shrouded in a fog of mistrust and disbelief – being manipulated by corporations and governments – leaving imitation justice merited out on the small and large screens, prostituted by Hollywood – the whole thing is out of order.


 

I’ll leave you with this…enjoy the Madness and your weekend.