The Wednesday Dregs: or 6 things I think

1st bullet:

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The Associated Press is a joke, and has always operated as one.  Remember back in 2003 when they handed out a paper-weight to USC because of their pompous piety to standards/tradition and what not – eschewing the BCS notion of who was truly the #1 team – endorsing a lack of institutional control in Compton.  So, now that history has been written and the crystal football still resides where it has always been – we get the current AP poll.

Yes, history has been made with 10 SEC teams in the top 25 – sure, last week the SEC went 12-1 – (sorry Vanderbilt, you’re supposed to be SEC) – and so of course with one week of football being played we see Alabama moves up to #2, Notre Dame moves up to #9 — polls are stupid and should not be published until after week 5 – they are as outdated as the newspapers they are used to sell more of – can’t wait until after this week and the chaos it will cause – Mich.St v Oregon, LSU v MissSt, Oklahoma v Tennessee, USC v Idaho, etc….


2nd bullet:

On Monday night,this week,  this was on NBC, and all I could think about is how – how is this happening and why did anyone let Drew this?  All the what If’s aside, Has Drew not done enough? Mardi Gras King, Superbowl Champion, to crocodile wrestler?  He also jumped out of a helicopter – Crikey!  If you listen closely you can hear the theme of Indiana Jones in the background – Drew even got a tooth for good luck.


3rd bullet:

Ronda Rousey Road House

Yes, in real life Ronda Rousey is a badass – and yes she can be easy on the eyes – but why is Hollywood trashing the memory of Patrick Swayze?!  First, they remake Point Break – reread my thoughts about that here: and now they are re-making Roadhouse?!

Why is Hollywood continuing to redux movies that do not need updating?  There are only a handful of remakes that ever turned out decent, and that is because no one saw the original, or it was so outdated/long-ago that no one is sane, or alive enough to care anymore.   Remakes should only be like Ocean’s 11, The Fly, The Thing or Invasion of the Body Snatchers – movies remade from the 50’s.  Don’t want to be rude – be nice – ok, it has possibility, but I’m betting it will be a Double Deuce – two things!


4th bullet:

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This is last night’s perfect lineup and we had several targeted for lineups that ca$hed, on this list.  Keep up to date with us for your baseball needs on Tuesday and Friday nights – you can also use the information for the games in between those days using our WAVE number.


5th bullet:

Word is, Americans will bet, mostly-illegally, $95 billion dollars on professional and college football this year – so says the global gaming research firm – Global Compliance…who knew one of those existed.  But that amount would be the largest in the world and is more revenue than the NFL.  So think if it was legal – Global Compliance says that would mean $12.4 billion in estimated annual revenue.  I am not gonna pretend I know enough of the logistics or how to make that happen, but it is mind-boggling.

I’ll stick with giving advice like I did last weekend that gave my attorney an extra $600+ because I told him to take Temple – he did, he won.  Now Penn State has literally buried their game-footage and we still started off the season being 90% accurate straight up and 76% ATS – thats picking up where we left off, eh?!


6th bullet:

ESPN unleashes a report that ties all the Patriots have done into a nice little package, from SpyGate to DeflateGate – and the digital-ether explodes!  Really, how is this all still news – we knew this already – we have discussed it at length in this space, and not just the Patriots but all the cheaters – where is all this outrage coming from?

Roger Goodell going on Mike and Mike and then the Lebatard Show – tells me this all on purpose by the NFL.  Hizzoner couldn’t get a judge to uphold his suspension of Brady, so they help give birth to a smear campaign, littered with innuendo and rumor.  Where are all the facts and proof of SpyGate and all that stuff – OHHH that’s right, Hizzoner DESTROYED all that information – hmmmmmm….

It didn’t stop Bill Simmons from going off on twitter yesterday tho:

Finished OTL piece. Agree w/ theory that Goodell’s DeflateGate botching was a crazed overreaction to his bizarre Spygate performance. But…

Not sure what to make of the sour grapes stuff. Sure seems like everyone who ever lost to 2001-07 Pats now has a built-in excuse for failure

Also doesn’t explain the Patriots’ ongoing success from game 2 2007 through SB 49 which mirrored their success from 2001 thru game 1 2007.

I’m just happy the 2001 Steelers can blame stolen signals for losing and not their special teams breakdown or Kordell shitting the bed.

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And I’m happy for Rams – who scored a TD on their only SB36 red zone appearance but can now blame the Pats for stealing red zone signals.

And I’m happy for the Eagles – who fell apart down stretch in SB39 like they did in 20 other McNabb/Reid games but now have a good excuse.

And I’m happy for the Colts – who kept blowing big games to NE until Polian got the NFL to change the passing rules, but now have an excuse.

And I’m happy for Carolina – went 14-18 in the seasons before & after SB38, heavy underdogs in 03 playoffs, but somehow robbed of a title.

Wednesday Dregs

Baseball info is up on the Baseball Page for tonight’s 8 games, along with potential lineup combinations.  I like Sonny Gray and Lance Lynn tonight as the pitchers to go with and believe that Baltimore could have a big night against Ivan Nova.

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As for a post today, you know what my thoughts have been about Hizzoner (Roger Goodell) and Chris Korman of USA Today Sports wrote an excellent article, regarding his idiocy – the man needs to go – ENJOY!

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell says he is taking his time deciding what to do about Tom Brady because he wants to make sure the process is “fair and open.”

The words “fair” and “open” are uncomplicated ones, and yet here we sit waiting for a leader who has never shown much interest in the actual meaning of either.

Goodell will surely cut Brady’s four-game suspension. It was a wild over-reaction in the first place to a minor offense the league had rarely been checking for, anyway. Brady and Peyton Manning asked for the ability to manipulate footballs prior to games back in 2006 and the NFL acquiesced without bothering to put in a strict protocol for making sure those balls stayed legal. Refs generally gave them a cursory look, then handed them back.

If the league actually cares about ensuring fairness, it should provide and watch over all of the game balls, the way Major League Baseball does. If it wants its star QBs to be able to rub lucky mud or whatever over each game ball, then fine. Understand that they will do anything and everything they can to gain an advantage.

In some ways, allowing the offseason discussion to be dominated by something so menial has worked out for Goodell. Remember how, this time last year, he’d not done anything at all about Ray Rice, who slugged a woman in an elevator?

Goodell eventually came up with a two-game suspension for Rice, until he saw (for the first time?) video of the Ravens’ running back knocking his soon-to-be wife unconscious when it leaked two weeks into the season.

So a nice faux controversy generated by a team whose success and past indiscretions make it an easy target is, in comparison, light and breezy stuff.

What makes it all so bothersome, though, is that this all feels too orchestrated. Bob Kraft, the Patriots’ owner and an avowed Goodell supporter, has at times appeared to be incensed by the league’s actions. Other times he has hung with Goodell on a quiet sofa, then hugged him. The Patriots released a 20,000-word rebuttal of the NFL report indicting them, but aren’t bothering to fight the penalties handed down.

You can just smell the scotch and cologne and money and back-room dealing. Much like Goodell’s reaction to the league’s domestic violence problem, the way “Deflategate” has unfolded feels more like a public relations campaign than it does the urgent business of the country’s most popular league being dealt with fairly and openly.

Does the NFL believe the Patriots committed an egregious act of cheating? Does it believe one of the best QBs of all time is a deliberate cheater deserving a suspension equal to taking steroids? It will be hard to know once Goodell has finished obscuring this.

Kraft can pay his lawyers to create a sprawling document proving the team’s innocence but gives in to league punishment anyway because, in the end, this is all beside the point.

Goodell’s job is safe, and Kraft is ultimately happy: The NFL disbursed $7.2 billion to its teams this year, an increase of 20 percent and more than double what it was five years ago. That’s $226 million per team, more than enough to cover player salaries. Goodell also has no qualms using the vacancy in Los Angeles to extort money from current NFL cities, exploiting politicians all too eager to guide tax dollars to billionaires instead of schools.

He does the important part of his job well.

So now Goodell must make good with the player’s association and one of the game’s biggest stars, which is all happening, of course, through negotiations. And when the final announcement comes, the whole thing will be buttoned up, everyone will have learned something from the experience, the league will emerge both stronger and more humble, Patriots fans will feel some sense of minor victory and the focus will return to football. It won’t feel right or clean, but we’ll move on.

That’s a testament to the power of the game and the players. Goodell couldn’t have bungled these last few months any worse than he has. He is a walking gaffe who happens be peddling a product so appealing that it doesn’t much matter either to his bosses, the owners, or the people who make the league work, the fans.

As long as Goodell continues to find shrewd ways to get money from the latter, the former clearly won’t care that he’s taken a once-respected league office and, through misaligned priorities and mishandled decisions, turned it into a melodramatic sideshow.

Late Night DiRT

Listen, and understand.  Change is out there.  It can’t be bargained with.  It can’t be reasoned with.  It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and it absolutely will not stop, ever…Change, has come, so we say goodbye to an era.  Goodbye to a man.  Goodbye.  Tonight the cowboy rides off into his sunset, never to be seen again.  The game has changed.  One generation grew up with Johnny, another with Dave, and the current one seems more interested in YouTube clips and celebrity pandering.

I haven’t always stayed up too watch Dave – the albatross made it more difficult as time flew by – DVR made it singular – but it was always a comfort to know that if/when I did – Dave was there.  I’m not a smoker, but every now and then a cigar is extremely satisfying, and that, to me, embodies the Late Show with David Letterman.

His reluctance towards celebrity-ism and the abhorrent genuflection of an industry was reflected in those of us that watched.  The set pieces, the Top 10 lists, stupid pet/human tricks, dropping stuff off of buildings, crazy street interviews/pranks with Rupert – all now American cultural lexicons, given to us as a savvy, self-contained, adult – just like his idol Carson.  Maybe Leno beat him regularly in the ratings, but that wasn’t the point – It’s Ham and Eggsdays work for the Chicken, a lifetime commitment for the Pig – Leno induced you to sleep.  Dave committed you to watch.

For Dave, the public drama, all those years ago, still stings the nostrils, but like Frank, he did it his way.  If the best revenge is living well, then there’s a certain redemption being played out, contra to those late night wars.  We won’t see Dave try to undermine Stephen Colbert and gradually sneak back into the spotlight.  In fact, we won’t see him at all.  That’s because Letterman’s way of doing things has taught us to expect the unexpected, and in this instance we know what the man will do.  He will leave tonight, gracefully like an adult, like Johnny Carson – as expected.  Thanks Dave!

In other news – it seems the other owners told Bob Kraft to shut up and sit down.  No more Bad-NFL headlines and thankfully, we will not have to hear anymore of this nonsense, except of course, from Brady.  Is that the point?  Was this self-serving crisis a ruse to get to the real issue – the 4 game suspension?  I bet Hizzoner and the rest of the owners told Bob to quiet down and we will give your Golden Boy a sentence-reduction to one game – after-all Hizzoner is overseeing the appeal and it will be another chance for Roger to happily-fall on the company sword.

Averting our attention so they could focus on the real issue(s), like the extra point.  It has now been declared that the customary one-point, after a touchdown, will now occur from the 15yd line – making it a 32yd field goal – or teams can go for two from the two.  Kickers have always been treated as non-essentials; in the locker-room, on TV, and now the NFL just made it worse – won’t anyone think of the kicker.  I never remember wanting more drama from a kicker, it’s bad enough how many times they seem to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.  It will be interesting to see how team philosophies will change going forward – for me this seems to be directed towards the Tim Tebow show and what Chip Kelly plans to do.  So play on league of valor, let our champions riot in the circus to entertain us – we will be fine, as long as we have our bread!

We have learned several things about these Warriors over the last few weeks and we thought they learned a valuable lesson against Memphis.  It seems they still needed reminding.  The Warriors were lucky last night – no Dwight Howard and being down 16 in the first half, only to squeak out a 4pt victory.  Of course, Bogut  not scoring and only grabbing 4 rebounds, won’t continue – and at some point someone is going to make a free throw.

Losing the first game on the road isn’t a big deal if you’re Houston, but possibly losing Howard could be.  Plus, Golden State will do better than 7-24 on open three point shots and if that’s what Houston has planned – wide open 3’s – this series won’t last long at all.  If you’re like me, you enjoyed the contrast of styles of the MVP and the runner-up – it’s what I wanted to see, Ali v Frazier.

The NBA Lottery – always exhibit A, in the great conspiracy debate.  “But Logan, the winner was Minnesota and the worst team hasn’t gotten the 1st pick since 2004, so wouldn’t it be fixed if New York or L.A. won the lottery?”  Wrong.  Now before I reach for my tin-foil hat – stay with me.

In the last three years prior – the Pelicans, Cavaliers and Cavaliers have gotten the number 1 pick – the odds of that happening are .4% – seriously .4%.  As long as the cloak-and-dagger cabal exists behind the scenes, the league will never avoid this charge.  Open it up, put it all on camera – show us.  Yeah but how does Minnesota prove it’s fixed?   Because the NBA always gives the top pick to the most obvious team and yes, Minnesota is obvious.  For the Pelicans/Hornets the league no longer owned the team but was committed to them staying in New Orleans – so Anthony Davis.  Then the NBA wanted to reward Cleveland for losing Lebron and to show that teams win titles not players and maybe create a rivalry with the Heat for ratings – so Anthony Bennett.  But he was terrible, so they had a do over – Andrew Wiggins.

But Leborn came back and they traded Wiggins for Love.  Exactly!  So the reason it was clear that Minnesota got the number pick is this:  The NBA wants a greater presence in Canada, (#BlameCanada).  Sure they have Toronto but that team chokes like a fat-kid on cake.  The Clippers will move to Seattle, (near Vancouver who lost a team to Memphis and Steve Ballmer’s $2b buys a lot of juice) and Milwaukee will move to Montreal if a new arena deal falls thru.  Don’t believe the Montreal rumor?  Then why was Adam Silver there to lay the groundwork beyond exhibition games recently?

So in the meantime, the NBA gives the #1 pick to the T-Wolves who already have the rookie of the year in Andrew Wiggins.  From?……Canada!  So the T-Wolves, already with some young talent, get a talented big man like Jahlil Okafor – BOOM goes the dynamite! Check-Mate! That just happened!

 

Done DiRTy

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) moves the ball between Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) and Memphis Grizzlies forward Tony Allen (9) in the first half of Game 4 of a second-round NBA basketball Western Conference playoff series Monday, May 11, 2015, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

That was what we expected from Golden State – finally the Warriors played like a team that won 67 games and they did it by going inside-out, with a little extra-creativity on defense, earning back home court.  Whoever sounded the trumpets of Golden State’s demise prior to the game should be hung by his toe nails over a vat of hot oil.

Besides Steph Curry driving and moving the ball around – Steve Kerr chose not to double team Gasol and Z-Bo in the post or any other conventional ideas – he went mad scientist and had Andrew Bogut guard Tony Allen.

Centers usually don’t guard small forwards, outside of switching or broken plays – but Tony Allen is a career 27% 3-point shooter and has never averaged two assists per game.  SO what you had was Bogut letting Allen run around and choosing to guard him when he got to the paint.  Allen had 3 wide open looks from beyond the arc in the 1st qrtr, and missed all three.  After the third miss Allen left the game and only played 16 minutes, none in the 4th.  It was hilarious.

The brilliance was in the details – the Warriors got burned by Conley’s return in Game 2 and by Marc Gasol in Game 3 – they dared Tony Allen to be the man to beat them.  It allowed Harrison Barnes to handcuff Z-Bo since he didn’t have to guard Allen and Draymond could play straight up on Gasol with Bogut lurking around with no defensive responsibility – a triangle-defense if you will.

It was a terrific coaching move that likely will not work again, right?  Memphis has a counter punch to this strategy, right?  Make Tony Allen slash to the rim without the ball instead of wandering around aimlessly?  More pick and rolls with Conley?  It made for an amazing behind the scenes of game that got out of hand quickly and now we have a series that sees Memphis in a must win.


Hizzoner decried that the issue was not the act that caused the punishment, it was the QB and the team not fully cooperating with the investigation.  Creating the typical logical device that is found in bombastic media, manufacturing a bigger crime out of an infraction – taking a small misdemeanor and blowing it so far out of proportion that the obstacles placed in front of it’s investigation become the real violation – “because the relevant individuals never cooperated” so its now felony-jay-walking because you couldn’t access the perp’s gps on his phone to see if he actually crossed 6th and vine at 12:22pm – similar to the modus operandi of justice in late 17th century Salem – If we push you off the cliff and you fall to your death, instead of flying away, then you weren’t a witch.

The crime isn’t the manipulating of the footballs anymore – it’s about submission.  If you don’t do what the league says, follow protocol – then you must have something to hide.  This is how Sean Payton was given the boot for a year because “ignorance is not an excuse”.  The way Hizzoner sees it, you’re grandma can go to jail too because you chose to have a party in your hotel-room in Vegas and some furniture may have been peed on – but because you won’t let him look at the pictures on your phone – everybody is up the river.

The NFL and its rules are so vague and arbitrary now that anyone can be punished for anything at any time – or not at all.  Earlier this season, Minnesota and Carolina played a frosty game and were caught warming the footballs by a space heater – that’s a rules violation – no punishment.  Adrian Peterson performed ritualized child-abuse on a 4yr old – no punishment.  In 2012, the Chargers were caught using towels with stickum on the sidelines so players could grip the ball better – $25,000 fine.  We outlined more transgressions in our post DiRTy Minds, back on January 21st, – so owners, coaches, players and teams will always find ways to circumvent the rules and all of them as small or bigger than Ball-Ghazi.

Consider the conditions of the game itself, the proper psi should have been between 11.32 – 11.52 psi, the ball in question was 11.30.  We are talking .02 (psi) being the hangin’-judge-difference without actual proof that anything happened – but become a hindrance to whatever truth Hizzoner wants to hear, you may get a – $1m fine, loss of 2 draft picks one being a 1st first-round pick and a future HOF’er superbowl-golden-boy will also get 4 games – the same as someone violating the drug policy.

To the league, being obstinate and uncooperative is the same as smoking marijuana or steroids – not HGH because they test for it worse than UNC basketball players.  Goodell will continue to make pretty speeches on integrity and how the league will conduct itself, all while standing on his grandiose soap box arbitrarily doling out sentencing in whatever way he thinks will satisfy the vocal-majority.  Does anyone think integrity and then think of the NFL in the same sentence?  This current gambit could finally cost him his head.  Tom Brady, nor any employee needs to hand over his property because some pseudo-authoritarian within the company demands it – when that same dictator answers to the same boss(es) as Tom.  Robert Kraft demanded an apology before – we’ll see if he demands anything else.


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Dave Blatt, Mall Cop pt.2 – After trying to avoid appearing more inept than he is, said this:

A basketball coach makes 150-200 critical decisions during the course of a game, something that I think is paralleled only by a fighter pilot.

There is so many things wrong with this – beyond just stop talking altogether, just admit you messed up and we’ll all move on.  Maybe he eats to many Red Baron pizzas, because clearly Blatt has never seen Top Gun – if he had then maybe he’d understand what Maverick meant when he said:  You don’t have time to think up there.  If you think, youre dead.


UNLEASH THE KRAKOW

Sure it’s May, and yeah its from Poland, but a good punt return is still good enough while we wait – here’s hoping no one drowned from doing The Wave over there.  The Kick Returner is James Williams formerly from Olivet College if you were wondering why he looked so much faster than everyone else – ‘Murica!


Today in History

1903

Teddy Roosevelt’s visit to San Francisco caught on film

A parade in his honor, escorted by the 9th Calvary(all black regiment) became the first time, film had recorded an official activity by the President.  Roosevelt would later encourage more of his activities to be recorded in the medium, ending with his funeral being memorialized on camera in 1919 at Osyter Bay, New York.

Shovelin’ DiRT

It’s been a rough weekend – all those buzzer beaters, sure does angry up the blood pressure to unhealthy levels – causing one to black out once or twice from the insanity.

Rare is not just a unicorn, it’s also a buzzer-beater in the playoffs.  Just think about how seldom it actually happens – that someone goes from way downtown to win the game with no time left and this weekend it happened back-to-back-to-back.  The trend started with Derrick Rose on Friday, continued with Paul Pierce on Saturday and finished with Lebron James yesterday, (watch all three).

With Kanye giving the introductions and throwing a mini-concert during the first media timeout, you could understand why the game itself was so ugly – a true visionary was in attendance.  It was like having to sit thru another Adam Sandler movie of hippity-dippity-doo – the game had a fantastic ending that almost wasn’t.

Dave Blatt – Mall Cop – almost cost his team a victory, twice.  First by calling three consecutive timeouts to get a proper inbound pass, then attempting to call a timeout he didn’t have after the Bulls tied it up, only to be saved from a technical by Tyron Lue.

Then, secondly, wanting the best player in the league to inbound the ball with 1.5 seconds left.  Huh?!  Thankfully the GM and real head coach of the Cavaliers changed the play call and took the shot himself.  Just think how different the Superbowl would have been if Lebron was there.  I have seen enough of Dave Blatt as a coach.  He has no idea what he is doing and the internal struggle of his adolescent mind is going to cost Cleveland down the road.  A 13yr-old babysitter can make better decisions in crisis, seriously!

Another coach that has to go is Kevin McHale and his ridiculous flashback to old-school basketball last night against the Clippers.  Dusting off his Celtics playing-days-playbook backfired as the Rockets went down again like it was dollar day at the whore-a-porium.  If you cant beat them – beat them up!  Hous-Done sent Deandre Jordan to the charity stripe 28 times in the first half – he made 10 – and now the Clippers are set to face the Grizzlies in the Western Conference Finals.  Is that presumptuous of me?  Have you seen the psychological warfare the Grizzlies are employing on the Warriors as they grind them down?  If the Warriors win tonight, maybe they get to the conference finals – but look closer – Golden State has no answer for Z-Bo or Gasol and they also cannot stop turning the ball over.  It doesn’t help that the Splash Bros are having trouble hitting water falling out of a boat.  The Warriors missed the memo in all their regular season praise that said playoff basketball is different and follows the fundamental principles of going inside out and defending the post.  Heart is found on the inside, not out on the wings.

Tonight is “what are you made of” night.  The Hawks and the Warriors could be one more step closer to beach reservations by way of Memphis and Washington.  Winning might just delay the inevitable either way – we’ll see – but I’m placing my money on Memphis(+4) and The Wiz(+4.5).  Watch both games tonight on TNT beginning at 7p EST.


One more time for the cheap seats – you can only deflate a ball so much before physics take over and when you consider all the league has done in favor of offense – how does this faux-rage continue to rave on?  If a league seceded control of the game-balls to the teams, then doesn’t a ball that is easier to catch and throw, better for TV?  The league could erase it all right now by controlling the game-balls the same way they do the balls used for kicking and make everyone play under the same conditions – so why don’t they?

If you are unable to move past this and feel as Troy Aikman does, that this is an issue of integrity – then you also agree that Hizzoner must also be held accountable in his meriting of sanctions.

“For the balls to have been deflated—that doesn’t happen unless the quarterback wants that to happen. I can assure you of that. Now the question becomes, Well, did Bill Belichick know about it? This whole comment by Roger Goodell based on the Saints when Sean Payton got suspended for the year, and he said, ‘Hey, ignorance is no excuse.’ That’s gonna come back and haunt [Goodell] again. It haunted him during the whole Ray Rice situation. And now it’s going to haunt Roger Goodell in terms of what the punishment is for the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick. If ignorance is no excuse, and it wasn’t for Sean Payton, and I think it’s going to be severe. Now twice under Bill Belichick—and possibly a third time—they’ve cheated and given themselves an advantage. And to me, the punishment for the Patriots and/or Bill Belichick has to be more severe than what the punishment was for the New Orleans Saints.”

Troy Aikman on radio station KTCK in Dallas

Goodell told the Saints that ignorance was not a suitable defense – so where does this hypocrite turn now?  Either integrity of the game is serious business or it isn’t.  For Goodell, he created this mess of swift frontier justice and unfortunately any decision made will bring scrutiny.  He needs to step down.  The league, under his watch is a breeding ground for incompetent psychopaths and criminals – that continues to fester under his reign.  It used to be the NFL was worried about gamblers challenging the integrity of the game – not it’s own employees.  I want my brutes honest and my coliseum spotless.  I also want the NFL to stop acting like a bad reality show on some shore in Jersey.


This Day in History from History.com…

1981
Bob Marley dies

In what would prove to be the next to the last concert of his tragically short life, Bob Marley shared the bill at Madison Square Garden with the hugely popular American funk band The Commodores. With no costumes, no choreography and no set design to speak of, “The reggae star had the majority of his listeners on their feet and in the palm of his hand,” according to New York Times critic Robert Palmer. “After this show of strength, and Mr. Marley’s intense singing and electric stage presence, the Commodores were a letdown.” Only days after his triumphant shows in New York City, Bob Marley collapsed while jogging in Central Park and later received a grim diagnosis: a cancerous growth on an old soccer injury on his big toe had metastasized and spread to Marley’s brain, liver and lungs. Less than eight months later, on May 11, 1981, Bob Marley, the soul and international face of reggae music, died in a Miami, Florida, hospital. He was only 36 years old.  Here is an old video of Bob, singing Redemption Song.

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.)

Enter here:  http://partners.draftkings.com/aff_c?offer_id=1446&aff_id=284742

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.

…Let there be DiRT

Ball 1

To some, the story goes…In the beginning the Lord created the Heavens and the Earth…and said let there be light, and there was, and it was good…then he decided to create Tebow and made him a QB and it was, meh.  Tim is maybe, one of the greatest college football quarterbacks, based on results, that constantly willed his team to victory, more than his talent.  In the record books, Tim has one-less playoff victory with the Denver Broncos than does Peyton Williams Manning.  That’s were the legend was born for most non-football fans that follow his exploits like methed-out Grateful Dead fans – except instead of a dead-head-sticker on their Cadillac, they were their love around their necks.  We all have a friend or two, that adore this man like no other – someone who would sacrifice an entire Fantasy Football draft/season to give him a roster spot, just to say, they drafted Tim Tebow.  No denying, Tim moves the needle.

But beyond all that, the man himself is what you would want your son(s) to grow up like – if all that you could accomplish as a parent, was raise a son like Tim, you would be proud.  As you should be, but that’s were it ends, because Tim believes himself to be a quarterback – an NFL quarterback – in a league that exposes your flaws faster than a runway model does after eating a cheeseburger 4 months ago.  Any other profession outside of sports would likely succeed with Tim at the helm – but not as an NFL QB.  He requires to much beyond his actual ability; he needs a similar offense to the one he ran in college, or a coach that would risk everything to defy NFL convention and actually build a team to run that offense. The NFL is never easy on mavericks, or coaches who are all hat and no cattle – Bill Walsh and Jimmy Johnson types do not come around often.

But if you found that guy who could challenge the good ol-boy, same-as-it-ever-was standards, then wouldn’t Tim be the perfect fit, with Chip Kelly as the coach?  This off-season, Chip Kelly has already created an industry of fans parroting “what’s up with that?“, with a side of, huh?  Chip Kelly’s offense is designed to challenge you sideline-to-sideline, and ironically that is Tebow’s strength too.  You must wonder the risk Chip is taking, with back-to-back 10-6 seasons, bringing the circus to town for a guy that is a great person, but just hasn’t shown great NFL QB skills.  If ever there was a perfect match however, this might be it – it certainly is Tim’s last shot – the quintessential spread QB in the quintessential spread offense, that does not require a PHD in reading defenses.  Or maybe it’s nothing more than a ploy to quiet the Philly fans from having Sam Bradford.  Sort of like the George Bush Sr strategy of having Dan Quayle as your vice president – no one will ever think about assassinating George if Dan is the next guy up.

It moves the needle, it is an interesting dynamic that leaves you to wonder, what might happen.  It either anoints Chip as a genius or another snake-oil salesman from the college ranks.  The future of NFL offensive coordinators depends on Chip’s success – he has already showed the value of tempo to the league.  Spread concepts have been around for awhile, just not to Chip’s degree.  But with Sanchez, Bradford, Barkley and now Tebow, you wonder how it all takes shape and this is what the NFL does – keeps you talking about it, (I expect Bradford to be traded on game-day).  That is why I think this is nothing more than collusion between the Eagles and Hizzoner.  Because what better way to redirect the darkness of serial killers, and abusers than to bathe the entire league in the guiding light of Tim Tebow – the penultimate distraction.  His goodness, his wholesomeness is all encompassing and it will become the league manifesto – retiring the “No More” campaign because it’s the Tebow show.  Get your NFL prescriptions ready and go comatose, baby – Tebow will be with us, and also with you – in Tebow’s name, we’ll watch.


Ball 2

Remember this day?  If you read this site, you know what we thought about the Jon Lester signing and how it was money well-over spent.  It’s early still, but there’s enough data to have cause for concern on the Cubs‘ $150m investment.  In the 3 games Lester has started, (he is 0-2) the Cubs have only won one game, and Lester has given up 12 runs, with 6.89 ERA.  It’s early but it has prompted the announcement of support from the manager that he, and the organization are behind Lester – even if the team that plays behind him are giving him the honest truth as Catcher David Ross has said – sugar-free-honesty.

The Cubs were looking for the Lester that led Boston to the World Series in 2013 – but two years removed, is a lifetime for a pitcher who also suffered a “dead-arm” in spring training.  The point being is that the Cubs (over)paid for an Ace, on the other-side of 30 and a trade with Lester is handcuffed by that contract.  So the Cubs hope that Lester does find more consistency and goes longer in the game without high pitch counts, as he said, he feels like he is doing.  Either way, Lester will be nothing more than a expensive #3 starter and as the years go by, no better than a #5.  None of that will matter if the Cubs ever win a World Series.


Ball 3

If you have not met him, say hello to Mookie Betts!  He was a second baseman in a logjam for the Red Sox, with Pedroia and young-future-cuban-star Yoan Moncada, waiting in the wings – so he moved to centerfield.  All he has done with his chance is go off.  Take last week as an example, Mookie robbed Bryce Harper of a homerun, stole two-bases in one play and hit a 3-run homerun, all in the first two innings!  Mookie is 22 and ironically only 9 days older than Bryce Harper – however, it seems the game is having a renaissance of young talent in the game – it’s now up to Major League Baseball to promote all of these guys – not just Trout and Harper, etc…If you get a chance, watch.


Ball 4…take your base

Jay Hart, a failed professional soccer player who plays in the English semi-pro league, has been fired for putting the club in disrepute.  Only in soccer could a player be fired for celebrating a bit too much on Ladies night.  Now that doesn’t seem like much, until you consider that after a few drinks, and after Clitheroe (not making that name up) lost the match 4-1 – did he believe he was hidden away in the other team’s dugout, still wearing his jersey, while having coitus-interuptus with a fan.  Yup, as you see in the picture – this dude was caught having sex with a fan in the dugout of the other team after a loss, on ladies night.  You could say that the reason he could not crack the professional level is because of his decision making skills – not just the act itself but the selection of hand positions and choice of booty being #HighlyQuestionable.  Only in Europe.