Monday, December 29, 2008
The Bucs lost their last 4 games to wipe out any post season play. It all culminated with yesterday's disasterous loss to the lowly (read: sucky) Raiders, 31-24. The pain from coughing up yet another 4th quarter lead pales to the potential serious injury Carnell "Cadillac" Williams suffered yesterday to his left (read: other) knee. The Bucs had the lead, were driving, and Cadillac was finishing off a great run when it happened. After that, the air seemed to go right out of the Bucs as the drive stalled, the defense gaped open for Micheal Bush of the Raiders to score on a long run, and Garcia tossed an INT the next time the Bucs got the ball. Horrific all around.
The head coach takes the hit when things like this happen, and rightly so since he's the guy in charge and its his staff. All of this did seem to go sour when it became known that Monte Kiffen was leaving to coach with his son at Tennessee. Couldn't all of that waited until the end of the season? I guess not. Anyway, they sucked, and it all sucks.
The Bucs loss early in the afternoon left me to watch the Cowboys meltdown against the Eagles. At least the Bucs showed some remorse for their sad showing. The Cowboys just seemed glad that it was over, and basically just quit.
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Secondly, it usually wakes up the starters. Last night was Singlers first time to not start in something like 55 games. Coach expects hard nosed play and hustle every play, every game, every time you go out there. The second team plays hard because they don't get to do it as often and they want to prove themselves. The starters begin to feel like they are "the man" and start slacking off, feeling they've already achieved their starting position. Thats not so at Duke. Play hard, play with heart, or sit on the bench. Its that simple. The Dukies did that last night to the tune of a 99-56 win over UNC-Asheville. On Saturday, the team makes the trip up to the Meadowlands to play Xavier in what should be a good road test.
Probably by now you've seen the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl rosters. Barrett Ruud is noticably absent, but its nice that Derrick Brooks and Clifton Smith made it. TBO has a good feature on Clifton making the Pro Bowl. He's really been a weapon for the Bucs on Special Teams this season.
I saw this story on Deadspin about a guy suing a couple of Bucs for apparently beating him up at an IHOP in October. Michael Bennett is no long with the team and Anthony Davis....well....haven't seen hide or hair of him this season with the offensive line improvement. I'll try not to judge before all the facts come out, but at least its not a big distraction with someone who actually plays significantly every week.
And finally, its good to see someone who got screwed over inappropriately make it good, even better, despite the setback. Robert Flores was a sports reporter for the new station KEYE in Austin years ago. He got railroaded out of town for saying the "F word" in a priliminary taped segment for a morning sports update when someone made a very loud noise on set. After being reduced to a local radio gig for a couple of months, he got hired on with ESPN and is doing pretty well now.
Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Just the same, the Bucs still control their own destiny in the playoff run. With the Chargers and Raiders coming to RJS over the next two weeks, they should be able to make the Playoffs, and hopefully the Cowboys will fade. Here's a good breakdown of the Bucs playoff scenarios and what all needs to happen for the Bucs to still even win the Division. Its not over yet!*
*C'mon Jeff! Get well, Bro!
Oh, and a note from yesterday. Greg White has legally changed his name to Stylez G. White. Fans of the 80's "Teen Wolf" Micheal J. Fox movie unite!
Friday, December 12, 2008
On the Bucs front, because its still Football season even though the Hot Stove is heating up for baseball, they've got a big game in Atlanta Sunday. We took these guys down 24-9 on Sept. 14th, and I think (hope) we can do it again. With a Buc win and some losing in the NFC East, the Bucs can clinch at least a playoff spot this week. Here's to not taking this down to the last weekend Bucs.
Still after clinching early last year and resting guys thus resulting in a loss to the Giants, it may not be a bad idea to remain competitive through week 17. Of course, after last Monday night, we'll need to push hard to win the division now. That should keep things rolling as long as we can stay/get healthy.
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
Speaking of ESPN's broadcast in Carolina, I will say this Carolina Fans, you guys are schmucks. Pretty soon, you'll be right up there with the Eagles and Terrapin fans in being assholes. What's the deal with chunking stuff at Steve Young during the ESPN post game last night. Show some class you drunk bastards.
The broadcast crew was horrid last night. I came to realize how little I watched Monday Night Football and Countdown this season with these guys. There was pathetic analysis and lame commentary from beginning to end. I used to think Cornhieser was somewhat funny and entertaining, but not anymore. This guy has really turned into a dumbass boob. ESPN has got to do SOMETHING to improve on this product next season. Please?????
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
It should be a good road test for the young 'uns, but I think the depth and pace should get to the Boilermakers, and the Dukies should get out of there with a win. Bob Knight says it usually takes 10 games to figure out what you got and where you are as a team. We'll know alot on where things are after tonight. Tip time 8:00PM on ESPN.
Monday, December 1, 2008
The Bucs won over the Saints yesterday, 23-20 in the wet and cold. So much for the idiot's article about the Saints winning the South and the Bucs falling out of it. Like I've said, the division will go down to next Monday night's game in Carolina.
Jon Gruden won his 100th game as a coach becoming just the 3rd youngest (45) to do so. John Madden (41) and Bill Cowher (44) were the only others to do it younger.
The Bucs will host the Patriots on October 25, 2009 in London, England next season. They'll play at Wembley Stadium, home of the also Glazer-owned Manchester United. The Saints beat the Chargers there earlier this season.
ESPN is reporting Monte Kiffen, the Bucs defensive coordinator, will being moving on to join his son, Lane Kiffen, at Tennessee after the Bucs season is done. Geez, I hope not, but looks like it might be so. Monte wasn't talking much about it yesterday, calling it "speculation".
And wasn't it great to see Cadillac Williams score yesterday for the first time in what seems like forever. Its good to have him back and off blocks.
Oh, and the Blue Devils romped over Duquesne last Friday. They matchup against #10 Purdue tomorrow night at 8:00CST on ESPN as apart of the ACC-Big Ten challenge. Its on the Boilermakers home court so they should pose quite a challenge for the Dukies.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
The Bucs laid an egg in the first quarter and got down 17-0 before roaring out in the 2nd to take the lead before halftime. A punt return by Clifton Smith and a INT return by Ronde pretty much sealed the deal after that for a 38-20 win. It was a nice victory, ugly in some ways, but a win none the less. 8-3 is nothing to sniff at, and with the Falcons downing the Panthers, the Bucs are tied for the division lead.
Oh, and I love how the Cowboys beat a team they were supposed to in the 3-8 49ers, and now they are back and the press is preaching how good they are now. If it wasn't for the slumping Redskins and the referees against the Bucs, they'd be dead in the water. So, now they face Seattle, another team they are supposed to beat and we'll have to listen to all the bullshit about how they've turned it around, not mentioning they really haven't played anybody good to get those wins. I guess that'll be ok though because I see at least two more losses for them in the near future - the Giant and Steelers. They might make it three, but hey, I'm not an talking head expert on TV.
Friday, November 21, 2008
The Blue Devils take on the Michigan Wolverines, who upset #4 UCLA last night, in the Chamionship game of the 2K Sports Classic Benefiting Coaches Versus Cancer tournament. Tip is at 6:30 CST on ESPN2.
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Earnest Graham and Geno Hayes were placed on Injured Reserve today. The Bucs brought back LB Matt McCoy and signed RB Noah Herron to the team to fill the roster. It looks like more work for the Caddy and Dunn this week. At least it is against the Lions. Yeah, it'll probably come down to a last second field goal by Bryant. Like the wife says, "The Bucs can never make it easy, can they?" Not usually, but lets hope they do this week.
What a dumbass! Here's an even more focused article on his gaffe. I guess the guy is used to talking down to Jerry Jones' level.
Morneau and Youkilis were the only players named on all ballots. Pedroia was left off one ballot entirely -- by Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, who gave Youkilis his first-place vote.
"Obviously, I was wrong in my opinion in this situation," Grant told the Globe's Tony Massarotti. "This year, I think I may have tended to value power numbers over the intangibles. I may have focused too much on the statistical analysis. As I continued to weigh that, Dustin dropped further and further on my list, but I think what was proven today was that I was wrong."
Tuesday, November 18, 2008
Friday, November 14, 2008
Kenny Mayne from ESPN has this new digital show, Mayne Street, that is hilarious, with similar tones from the Sports Night days. You can tell that Aaron Sorkin got the idea for Sports Night from watching ESPN Sports Center and seeing the camaraderie between Keith Olbermann and Dan Patrick back in the day. Below is the clip from the first episode of Mayne Street which hit home with me....and made me cry....from laughter.
Thanks to Television without Pity, I noticed there is a new DVD set of Sports Night out now with a significant amount of extras and recognition of what a fine show it was. Too bad good shows like this, "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip", are still not kept around to provide solid, smart entertainment anymore. I guess there's all that quality television in reality and game shows instead.
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Very good! Well done!
Oh, the joy of preseason tournaments. Most, if not all, of the Monster sized schools get to pick on the little guys. The press either over hypes the winners as the best they've seen or hammers them for playing sub-standard competition. This is more evident this time of year in College Football than Basketball, when the RPI comes out for the Big Dance in March. No matter, the Blue Devils put a whuppin' on Georgia Southern last night, 97-54. There.
The only intrigue was whether the Dukies would top the century mark or not. Without some freshman hotdogging by Elliott Williams, they would have. The coaching staff gave him some stern looks after he misfired on a behind-the-back pass across court that would've been an easy assist to Plumlee. The guy looks to be confident and he'll need to be to take on the tough competition in the ACC this winter. But after his 360 dunk on Monday, and the errant pass last night, he should tone it down and focus on making the play, and not showboating. Acts like that are a sure way to get roughed up in conference play down the road. Leave that crap to the buffoons in powder baby blue from Chapel Hill.
Also, I really liked the report on the Veteran's Day Pros-vs-Joes event. As a veteran myself, I know it really means alot to be able to communicate back home and keep up with whats going on with the family, and letting them know you're ok. Kudos to the Bucs brass for hosting the event, and thanks to those out there continuing to protect our freedom.
Jon Lester was recieved the 2008 Hutch Award given to the Major League Baseball player who best exemplifies the honor, courage and dedication of baseball great Fred Hutchinson, both on and off the field.
Jacoby Ellsbury was honored with the James "Cool Papa" Bell award as the AL Stolen Base champion.
Red Sox Bench Coach Brad Mills is in Seattle to interview for the Seattle Mariners managerial position. John Farrell is not.
From a week or so ago, Kevin Youkilis won the 2008 AL Hank Aaron Award for the American League's best offensive performance.
The AL MVP should be announced soon, so we just might have another one or few to add to the list later on.
Tuesday, November 11, 2008
I only watched the first half of this one. The kids seemed to play tight and never seemed to get a good rhythm going offensively. I would blame that on first game jitters and pressing alittle too hard to make a statement. The defense was there as Coach K would demand it be. I don't think we'll get a real sense of what this team will be like until they get a couple of games under their belt, and play more together. Then, we'll see the learning and developing process begin to take place as they grow through the season. I love that about college basketball.
Monday, November 10, 2008
I'm ready to get the college basketball season started. After following baseball so close this year, there's very little to fill in the gaps during the week. All that was made worse this past week with the Bucs having their bye week. It should be interesting to see the effect, if any, of the 3 point line being moved out further this season. I'm sure we'll still see plenty of 3's from the Dukies. Lets get it started!
Friday, November 7, 2008
“I really didn’t think about it,” he said of winning the award. “I take pride in my defense, it’s a huge part of my game. In fact, my biggest (priority) is defense. I need to be extremely important to our pitching staff. I put in a ton of time with Luis Alicea and Alex Cora from Day One. It’s only my second year playing second base. I took extra ground balls every single day and it definitely paid off.”
Thursday, November 6, 2008
Word is that the Dodgers have an offer on the table to Manny Ramirez for $25 million a year. The length of the contract still has to be worked out, and Scott Boras wants to tap a few team GMs on the shoulder first to see if they're willing to pay more for longer.
The Blue Devils won an exhibition game against Lenoir-Rhyne last night, 95-42. Coach K was none too happy with the crowd turnout despite the game's exhibition status. Cameron is like Fenway in the aspect of it's cathedral-ness. If you got tickets, you got to go. Its that big of a deal. College basketball is just around the corner with some of the preseason tournaments to tip off in the next couple of weeks. The Dukies start next Monday vs. Presbyterian in the 2K Sports Classic. Coverage should be on ESPNU at 6pm CST.
Oh, and a congratulations for Cyn, formerly the Red Sox Chick, over at "Toeing the Rubber" for winning the WEEI.com's "Next Great Sports Blogger" contest. She was one of ten finalists and will get to post a blog for WEEI.com. It's great to see good things happen for good people. She's a great and entertaining writer, so check her blogs out.
On the politics front, everyone knows of the historic win by Obama Tuesday night. I, too, was happy with the result. Now lets see if he can start digging us out of the deep hole Bush got us in. Black or white, male or female, it doesn't matter to me as long as you are a strong leader. I think we have one now, and he's got one helluva job ahead of him.
Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Geez, I was really worried about Longhorn fans then, especially my brother-in-law. That was the type of shock that causes fans to hop of bandwagons for the season, if not forever, and some to swear of sports altogether. Thank God there weren't any reports of students jumping off the Congress bridge and people seem to be dealing with it. The therapists in town will probably see a financial bump. At least somebody is these days.
Speaking of shock, the Bucs about did me in Sunday. They had no business winning a game they played so poorly in. All I could say for the majority of the game was WTF is going on. KC isn't that good and they were whuppin' the Bucs in all phases of the game. Luckily, they were able to turn it around and get some drives late for scores, including a late 2 point conversion pass to Alex Smith. His knee really seemed to get twisted there, so hopefully he'll be ok. That had to be one of the weirdest Buc games I can remember. It was definitely a big win to keep close to Carolina, and one we can definitely say was stolen.
Congrads to Coach Gruden for becoming the Bucs all-time winning coach with his 57th victory. Here's to hoping #58 doesn't take very long or be a rough as this past weekend one was.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
That Rays band wagon is alittle lighter tonight after the Phillies won the 2008 World Series 4-1. Yeah, sure, good season and all, but they won't be as surprising next season. Congratulations to the Phillies for taking the crown.
Now, lets put baseball to bed for the winter and see what Theo comes up with in building the team to compete for next years title.
Oh, and I voted today....have you? If I can do it, I know you can. Go get it done and make your picks.
Sorry for all of the 'crappy' references this round, but it just makes me sick for the Bucs to lay a turd like this against such an inept team. Now, they face the KC Chiefs this week before the bye week. Sounds like a perfect chance to add to the W column. They've had their share of drama lately like Dallas.
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 20, 2008
See, last night, I was innocently watching NCLS game 7 on TBS and simulateously following the Bucs-Seahawks NFL game on NBC.com, since Time Warner and our NBC affiliate in Austin can't seem to get along. When the Rays went up 2-1 over the Red Sox, there was a cheer that rippled through the RJS crowd and a "Let's Go, Rays!" chant started. Also, there was a delay in the after game news conferences because the Bucs were watching the Rays win over the Red Sox.
Geez, you want to talk about weird. I had to tell myself that of those 40,000 fans that were there in Tropicana Field, 25K were serious bandwagon jumpers. Talk about hopping on at the last minute. The Bucs still had a full house, so no losses there. Our football fans were accounted for apparently.
With both teams from the same area, I can't fault the Buc fans for rooting. Thats ok Gruden, you can say you wanted to watch them before meeting the media. That's alright. I just despise the sudden 'hopping aboard' that so many Tampa baseball fans are doing now, for a team they showed no interest in less than a month ago.
The Rays are young, and just might be able to pull off a World Series title against the Phillies. I don't really care all that much if they do or not. What will be interesting is to see if the sudden Rays following will stay on to support the team in the regular season next year. AL East rivals have been filling the seats in Tampa for years. We'll see if it changes from here on out.
I did it with the Blue Devils for a couple of years, volleying back and forth between them and the Tar Heels in the mid/late 80's. That was before I knew it couldn't be both. I just grew to respect what the Dukies had going and through my hat into that ring. That's paid off in spades with three National Championships!
With the Bucs, I waivered after swearing off the Cowboys when Jerry Jones let Jimmy Johnson leave the Pokes. (And hired a Sooner no less in Barry Switzer). It was the mid-90s and the Jaguars and Panthers were just starting out. It seemed like a fresh start could be had. (I still have a Jaguar Football t-shirt). I chose the Bucs as my NFC team, but my love grew for what the Glazers and Tony Dungy were building, that I dropped the Jags altogether a year or so later. Now I've dedicatedly followed them since, and enjoyed the great ride of 2002 with a Super Bowl victory.
Now, with the Red Sox, I had still been in that middle ground. I had always followed the Astros, and my favorite player had always been Craig Biggio. However, a year or so ago, I began to notice that he was the only reason I was rooting for the Astros. Once he retired, there was nothing left. Astros managment was ditching all of the prospects for middling players and what I viewed as basically, crap! The Red Sox were my American League team by that time, and I had rooted for them through the Grady debacle, and the two World Series wins. I didn't consider myself neccessarily a bandwagon jumper, but I guess I am. I officially jumped in with both feet this season with no turning back, and spent evenings on the back patio listening to WRKO radiocasts via MLB.com. They didn't win it all, but they'll be back.
Thanks for a great year!
Friday, October 17, 2008
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
What sickens me the most this Playoff season is the downright blatant disregard by TBS to provide fair and equal coverage to both teams involved in the series they are covering. Never have I seen, or heard, such a wide disparity of attention in any sports coverage slanted towards one side from a supposed national network. Examples are wide ranging from fluff stories in pregame to play-by-play action to color analysis focusing on things positive towards the Rays, and/or minimal and negative towards the Red Sox. It is pathetic! I could see if the Braves were involved, or even some slant against one of their rivals, but they aren't covering the National League at all. This is the ALCS and sure the Rays are a good story, but give me a break. There are two teams showing up, one that still are defending champions and have had a pretty good year themselves. Just sloughing that off that we already know enough about the Sox and the Rays are the only thing is BS of the highest degree.
Eff you, TBS! Chip, you do a dis-service to your Grandfather and Dad (both whom I respected as great baseball press men and broadcasters), with your over-the-top Rays rooting. I know you sucked last year, and other markets noticed, but I didn't think you'd be this awful. Its hard to find quality game announcers these days and that is sad. This time of the year, baseball fans deserve to have more than what FOX and TBS provide us with their broadcast crews. I think I'll just watch the Hot Corner online from now on, so I don't have to hear those mouths. Then again, there's always You Cast.
Oh, and I'm not the only one who feels this way. Believe me, my wife was sick of it before I was and has already sworn off watching the TBS coverage. And she's a Cubs fan! Here's some others who feel the same way:
Bleacher Report and an Open Letter to TBS
I could go on, but why waste more time proving the obvious.
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Friday, October 10, 2008
The Bucs have a rivalry game of their own this week as the Panthers come into town. The pussycats have already had their share of luck scoring on last second plays and the like, ones that put the Bucs close wins to shame. They've got a game up on us in the division and have beaten us at home the last five times, but I think we got this one. Garcia will replace Griese with most of the rust and injured calf now behind him. The defense is playing well, and Davin is back so we should win the trenches. Just another knock-out-drag-out brawl in the NFC South.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Monday, October 6, 2008
The Bucs fought tough against the Broncos in Denver yesterday, but couldn't stay with the Ponies when Griese got hurt. I haven't checked the wire yet, but lets hope he's not down too long. We've the the Panthers on tap next weekend.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Anyhoo....they MFYs won last night after a 90 minute rain delay, and Dice-K was pulled from starting so he didn't suffer any effects from pitching under the wet conditions. Good move, I think, especially now that the Sox are definitely the AL Wild Card. It weird to have these Yankee games not mean anything. I find I really don't care just as long as we get and keep everybody as healthy as possible for next weeks ALDS series in Anahiem. Already today's games is delayed and I checked the radar. It sure don't look good. Let's give everybody the rest of the weekend off and head to Cali. Maybe we can delay Pesky's number retirement to the ALDS, too.
Friday, September 26, 2008
Bucs have the Packers into town Sunday. The Cheeseheads are coming off a home loss to the Cowpatties last Sunday night. Hopefully, they'll continue to mope about it because they shouldn't have lost like that to the jokers in Dallas. The Bucs are favored so we'll see how that goes. If they limit any big plays and play smart, they should be able to take it.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
The Mighty Quinn reminds us of the boob that leads the crumbling Evil Empire is a horses ass, which cracked me up. Hank is upset that the system doesn't fit his team right so they can make the playoffs every season. His comparison to the Dodgers, who coincidently are in the National League West, is absurd. Dude, stick a sock in your pie hole and enjoy watching the Playoffs.
The Texas Gals Clinched: This is 2008 post, provides something I feel is important. Judge and respect this season's team on its own merits, not on the Red Sox of 2004 and 2007. The journeys have be sooo different with ups and downs, situations to overcome, mountains to climb, et al. Thats one of my favorite things of being a sports fan, and something I've picked up from reading Coach K's books, and following Duke through the years- every season is its own unique journey. It makes every season special.
Now the task to win the Division doesn't look as promising after the O's went belly up last night against the Rays, but its still possible. Let's root for the team to finish strong and win out, and whatever happens.....happens. No matter how it turns out, it has been a helluva journey.
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
The Red Sox continued to drive towards the AL East lead with the Rays. Dice-K looked strong yesterday as they club took the series over the Jays. Thanks to the Twins, the Sox were able to move up a game and now reside just one and a half games back with the final week to go. Its not going to be easy, but the Indians and Yankees are beatable. JB on the mound tonight to get it started.
I listened to the Buc game yesterday on Sirius, while watching the Red Sox play on TBS. I really was frustrated with all of the turnovers. Hey, that's always been a focus with Gruden - minimize turnovers and penalties. You never want to become one dimensional, but the Bears were playing the run tough with all of the blitzes. Amazingly, despite those blitzes, Griese was able to throw the ball a team record 67 times, and even more astoundly, without a single sack.
The Bucs came from being down 10 late in the middle of the 4th quarter, to tie it up and force overtime. Heck, FOX even broke in and I got to see some of the game for a bit. I was really thinking the offense would go down and score on the first drive in OT, but an intentional grounding call kinda took care of that. A few meanderings later and the Bucs ended up deep in their own end appearing to have their backs up against the wall when the Bears were called for unsportsmanlike conduct. With new life, the Bucs drove down quickly and deep into Chicago territory, and kicked the game winning field goal. What a great win!
What an amazing performance by the Bucs offensive line, and wide receivers. Yes, you could say Griese as well, but he did throw some INTs that put the team in a bind before getting hot late. The "O" line has been so highly criticized through the years, and the Bucs have been building a solid nucleus for what seems like an eternity. Even with Joseph out, they were still strong. Run blocking could've been better, but with a stout Bears D shooting the gaps on almost every play, thats not to be expected.
And where have these receivers been. Another often maligned position seemed to suddenly shine without the #1 option in Galloway. Bryant, Hilliard and Clayton had over 20 catches, as well as Jerramy Stevens returning to action to catch 5 and a score. There were other TEs and backs that caught balls to, but when do you remember getting this sort of output from the WRs. Hilliard has always been a solid option, but everybody's been on Clayton's ass since he's failed to follow up his rookies campaign. Bryant has bounced all over the place, including the hated Cowdungs, but he caught 10 balls yesterday. Totally unexpected and for once, the WRs were impressive. I seem to remember Stovall dropping a few, and there were more that could've been had by everybody, but hey, they caught enough. 2-1 is very nice with the Packers coming into RJS after getting beat last night. Let's keep it going!
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Monday, September 15, 2008
On a less important note, the Bucs won with Griese at the helm and things went better this weekend with a win over the Falcons, and their rookie QB. Things sure felt good when Earnest broke out on his 68 yard run there late in the 4th quarter to pretty much seal the deal. Now, looks like Griese will be the starter against Chicago next week. Sounds good to me. He was rolling a few years ago for us before he got hurt, so lets see where we go from here.
Lastly, the Red Sox managed to work a series win out of the Jays series while the Yanks took some sting out of the Rays, leading to just a 1 game deficit and a series kicking off tonight at Tropicana Field tonight. Dice-K against Kazmir, both getting a no decision last week. Here's to hoping Dice can be effective and keep his pitch count down, while the bats roll all over the Rays. I'm sick of hearing all this "the Rays won at Fenway, but the Sox haven't won at the Trop." Well, that should change TONIGHT! Make it so!
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
The sudden influx of "free time" has allowed me to follow more pro baseball this season and keep up with the Red Sox more than I typically have been able to. The Missus is probably about sick of hearing about their latest exploits on damn near every freakin' day! She hasn't said anything, but I wouldn't blame her. The Sox visit Arlington this weekend and earlier in the year I had thought we'd try to make it up there for the weekend. No matter how much supposed extra time you appear to have, things tend to come up out of nowhere and those plans didn't work out. So, I'll be scrounging for game coverage on FOX Southwest all weekend, and putting up with the Rangers announcers. Oh Joy! One cool thing though is JB is on the bump tonight and FOX SW is showing that in HD. Let's have a good one and keep this streak going. Rays are up only 3.5 now.
The Bucs come to the watery town of New Orleans to kick off their regular season. I'm still not sure I'm ready for some football. I guess thats because I've been able to be hardcore baseball fan this summer. Aw, I know I'll come around. I was contemplating the trip to N.O. for the game, but in my opinion, football is better on TV. I just can't see paying $75 for a crappy seat, and $8/beer, when the one at home in front of the big screen with a six pack of pints is so much more enjoyable. I'm almost positive I'll be stuck with the Cowboy game and others I could give a crap about other than Fantasy points, so I'll have to follow the game via Sirius and the internet. Lord knows there are worse things. Go Sox and Bucs!
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
On a serious note, well wishes to Carl Yastrzemski, who was admitted into the hospital today with chest pains. Take care, Yaz!
Monday, August 18, 2008
The Bucs beat the Pats last night, 27-10. Neither starter played at all due to nagging injuries. From the Bucs web, it appears the offensive line played well, and we all know how important that is.
I'm not quite set on getting into the football groove just yet. I need these Red Sox to get on a roll so I won't have to worry so much. It'd be nice if some of these other teams could help out by at least taking a series or two from the Rays. Yeah, thanks Rangers. Geez! Let's hope the Angels that came into town a couple of weeks ago and put some hurt on the Sox show up against the Rays.
Friday, August 15, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Here's a good conglomeration article on the Yankees demise as they fell further in the standings last night in a loss to the Twins. I'm not ready to RIP them, but I'll rip them when I can.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
We'll wait word on Lowell's MRI today on his strained oblique and continued hip issues. A trip to the DL seems likely. Youk will likely shuffle back over the 3rd like he did earlier in the year when Mike was out, and the Mayor will move in for some time at 1st. Zink already was optioned back to Pawtucket with Byrd's signing yesterday. We'll see if there's more action regarding a infielder later today with Lowell's results.
The Sox are on ESPN tonight 6:05 CST, with Lester pitching. We need another Ace performance to settle this series down. We're three back now with the Rays loss last night.
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Jeff Garcia was back on the practice field Monday although he probably won't play against the Pats Sunday night. He's still getting over the calf injury.
Speaking of injuries, Wakefield is having some shoulder issues and will be put on the DL today when Charlie Zink is called up from Pawtucket. Zink has been in the Sox system since 2002 and is another true knuckleballer. He is 13-4 this season and hopefully he can bring some wicked stuff with him. Wake's been awesome this season with his dancing pitches, and Zink is capable of the same.
Colon maybe about ready to rejoin the big club within the next couple of weeks. He looked good just the other day. That maybe a chance to send Clay down for awhile to work on things.
The Sox start a three game set with the Rangers tonight @ 6:05 CST. Some injuries are beginning to stack up and Tito seems to have been doing a good job trying to get the players some rest in when he can. The Rays are about to feel some of the strain like we did when Papi was out in June since Longoria and Crawford are injured now and on the DL. Lets hope our guys can work through their bumps and bruises, and keep playing well. We should be able to make some ground on our 4 game deficit behind the Rays.
Ellsbury seems to have broken out from his funk and Tito has moved him back to lead off. Pedie's streak of 29 straight road games with a hit came to an end last night. He'll still keep rolling. Bay cooled off some on the road trip, but I don't think it was reasonable to expect him to maintain things at such a high level forever. Lowell and Papi are nursing their injuries. We'll need more production from the bottom of the lineup in taking on the Rangers. The team from Texas tends to score alot of runs lead by Josh Hamilton. Focus...pitchers....focus....!
Oh, and I love this! Unfortunately, he has their record wrong. As of today the Yankees are 63-56, and 9 games out of first place, and 5 games behind the Red Sox as they lead the Wild Card. The Yanks are third in the wildcard race behind the White Sox...er...the Twins...no, the White Sox. Whoever it is today or tomorrow, they are behind them, and it appears taking on water.
Last night's game was important so that the road trip wouldn't be a total bust. Going in the team was even on the road this time, and wins away from home have been hard to come by for just about every MLB team this season. Commander Kick-Ass took the mound and brought the heat with him with 8 strong innings. Through 6 frames, it almost looked like we were seeing a repeat of what Lackey did to us a couple of weeks ago, with Danks pitching perfect. Youk and Drew took care of that, with one out-top of the 7th, with a bloop single and a strong double, with a Lowell walk in between for a 2-1 lead. Throw in some runs in the top of the 9th for a nice cushion for Paps to get some work and we have a 5-1 victory, and a 4-3 road trip.
Now the Rangers come in on a quick turn around tonight for a three game set. Checking the schedule, there's no off day until Aug.21, with the Jays in town over the weekend, before heading to Baltimore early next week. Whew guys! Keep swigging those Monsters and Red Bull.
Now, some commentary on Sunday after we checked out of the condos down south. We went to the Aquarium in Corpus which has continued to grow through the years. I don't think we've been back there since the kid was a toddler. Us guys were given the option of the Lexington or the Aquarium by the ladies. Which would you choose in 95 degree heat, and 100 percent humidity? Thats what I thought.
So, the Aquarium was nice. Not neccesarily $15 nice for a couple of hours, which was the approximate fee to get in, but hey, they preserve stuff and its a good family environment, so I let that go. It's around lunch time and no one wants to make a 3 hour trip home on an empty stomach. Within walking distance, we find a couple of places. One nice place is packed with folks, with a long enough wait that we decide to move on. We end up at a place right in front of the Lexington, with an outside deck area. Not to bad since its covered and not in direct sun to keep you from being baked.
There are some expectations that I carry when I visit a restaurant:
- I shouldn't have to wait for a menu, or for a server. Hey, I'm there to eat. You want my money. Let's work together on this. I can understand if the place is super busy and people are running everywhere, but this is a Sunday late morning-early afternoon, and the place wasn't hopping. Like my sister-in-law said, maybe that should've told us something in comparison to the other place we'd passed by earlier.
- You should keep enough common things in stock. I say this because I'm from Texas and we're notorious for drinking beer, especially when its hot, we're on a deck, and about to eat a meal. These jokers were out of Miller Lite. I was agast. I'm typically a Bud Light/Corona/Sam Adams drinker, but sis-in-law wanted a light beer from the 2nd most popular and easiest to get beer producer in the country. And they're out!
- Make sure the food is cooked and served warm. Bro-in-law noted his meal was alittle chilly, but he's still among the living, that I know of so far. Maybe I should check on that.
- Present yourself as a clean establishment. Serving drinks with crap floating in them, and disgusting bathrooms isn't the way to do that.
- Don't force me to tip you by adding gratuity for me. We split the check among families and it isn't like we were taking you away from other customers. Our waiter was sitting on his ass most of the time with someone at another table. He must've been aware that we weren't happy with the place or his service by tacking on gratuity to the checks. A-hole!
I'm probably missing a couple of other things, but thats enough. You get the point. We did eventually get out of there and get on home. It was a good weekend time, and kudos to the Johnson clan for the invite and being gracious hosts. We'll have to do it again sometime sooon. I think the wife is already planning......
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Anyway, the Red Sox won impressively last night, 6-2, over the White Sox. I was getting alittle worried after the 6th inning update on my cell phone still showed a tied game, and not much scoring. It looks like Dice-K pitched pretty well, and was the beneficiary of several double plays. Whatever it takes, ya know. It was a relief when the alert came through on Pedroia's single and Papi's double to bust it open. Big Papi finally seems to be getting over his wrist clicking and Manny's move to L.A. Even Ellsbury hit another dinger. Keep that offense rolling, fellas! Today we got Buchholz pitching on TBS, then JB on Monday night, before heading home to welcome the Rangers.
It sure doesn't feel like football season, but those Buccaneers played last night, beating up on the Dolphins 17-6. After scanning a few notes on the game, it looks like Griese was impressive as was Michael Bennett. The defense held pretty well, with some good plays by several guys. Chris Simms even had some good stats and played well. Of course, Garcia didn't play considering his injury, and neither did Chad Pennington, who the Dolphins signed Friday to be their starter. Another thing of note is the Bucs didn't have a penalty. That means no false starts, or inopportune holdings, which is very significant. I would give the offensive line high marks for that one. They killed us with enough of that crap the last couple of seasons. Maybe we're finally getting the experience to get us past that.
I'm sure I delve into more of the Bucs game later in the week as we move back home to take on the Patriots next Sunday. I like the Red Sox, but I can't stand the Patriots. That ought to keep my blog from being listed on many, if not all, of the Red Sox rooter blogs out of Boston. Oh well. I'll keep reading them because I love their insight and opinions on the Sox, but when if come to the Bucs, I trend a different way. Let's go Pewter Pirates!
Saturday, August 9, 2008
So, we went over the Port A last night for dinner, and had some micro brews. Port Aransas Brewery makes a good pilsner, bock and stout if you ever get the chance to try them. The pilsner is real good if you like typical lite beers. The bock is similiar to Shiner Bock. The Stout has alittle too much coffee, and a slight chocolate after taste, but I wouldn't say it sucked. Its not Guiness mind you, but what is.
There was probably 10 screens attached to walls all around us, but none with anything I cared to followed besides the Little League Southeast Championship game. A hunting show here, boxing there, WTF on others. They turned on the Opening Ceremonies for the Olympics, but other than a few odd and end events, I don't care for Olympics all that much. Of course, I couldn't listen to WRKO on my laptop because, well, I didn't have it on me, and who knows if there's wireless of there. Besides, I would've recieved some flak for it at dinner anyway.
So, that left me with following the Red Sox with scoring updates via my cell phone. It looks like Beantowners had a time with Buerle. Meanwhile, Lester gave up a few runs which hasn't been the norm lately. I did manage to tap into wireless back at the condo just after Pedie hit his dinger to pull the Sox closer 4-3. Of course, Carlos Quinten, he of the Diamondbacks "The Show" series a few years ago when he was coming up in the Minors, hits a shot off of MDC for another run to make a comeback harder. A runner gets on in the ninth but nothing more than that as the Red Sox fall 5-3 to the Pale Hose.
Dice-K is on the bump tonight. He should bring the heat and I feel the guys should pull out the victory. They've done it all year when he pitches, no matter how many walks he throws. It'll be hot here and hopefully I'll be able to catch a few innings. If not, I'll be waiting for the cell updates, hopefully not wiping off condensation to read them. The wife and kid are heading down to the beach, so I guess I better get off my ass. Bring on the heat!
Friday, August 8, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Today comes word that the Red Sox are looking to pickup some depth from the Padres in a wavier wire trade for Brian Giles. I guess that sounds alright considering there's a few guys fighting through some injuries. Lowell with his hip. The freak out over Papi's wrist this week. Youk getting popped on the hand last night. At least its not broke.
The thing is Giles won't come cheap. $9 million is alot even if its late in the year and the Padres have paid him most of that already. The option for next year in lieu of the trade takes that number to $11 million. Thats not chump change. He'll have to be a real producer to make it worth while. He's been a solid player for a number of years and quite possibly could be a really good pick up. We'll see if it goes through, or gets blocked by somebody. I was just starting to get used to the idea that the club might pickup Borowski. With today's off day, both may go through.
Anyway, off Favre goes to the Jets. My condolences to Packer fans. Now maybe the Bucs can re-focus, and get down to work at camp. We've got an NFC South title to defend!
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
No harm done last night since the Rays and Yanks both lost. It would've been night to make up a game, but hey...it happens. Its worth noting that Joba left the Yanks game in the 5th with some shoulder stiffness. We'll see what shakes out there.
Sunday, August 3, 2008
From Bucs camp, word is Garcia's injury isn't serious and whats a few more reps this time of year for the backup QBs. Galloway is in camp now and should start getting into the groove early next week. The rookies are coming along and Talib has been impressive according to Coach Gruden. Can you believe there is already a preseason game on NBC tonight? Colts at Redskins. Preseason games are typically yawn-fests so I'm not sure how much it'll be worth watching, but football is on the way back!
Friday, August 1, 2008
Thursday, July 31, 2008
Thus we can declare this the end of the Manny era, and put it in the past. Lets hope the Sox can get back to the real business tomorrow, and focus, when the A's come in. So long to ManRam! C'ya!
photo courtesy of Bucpower.com
Free agency is one of the facts of life in the NFL, and often favorite players come and go with the years. One of the Bucs all time greats that was tough to lose a few years ago was John Lynch. Through cost cutting measures to get under the salary cap, and some premature speculation that he was pretty much done anyway at his "advanced age", it was hard to see him go. He was a role model on and off the field - A leader in the locker room and in the community.
Now comes word that he's leaving the Broncos. This time he just might be done for real. There's not many football players with the class and character like John Lynch, or that could lower the boom on a ball carrier like he could, and did. If this turns out to be it, well.....we'll probably see him on Sunday NFL telecasts somewhere, and eventually on the steps of Canton in a fitted HOF jacket.
Salute to ya #47!
I've been browsing and scanning through too many blogs for too long now to not have one of my own where I can say my piece. I'm grateful to the many Red Sox blog lists to finally push me over the edge. ;) At least I can delgate some blame somewhere. Isn't that what most Sport Fans "do" these days? Hopefully something will come out of this.
Smash the bottle on the bow!
Shoot off the fireworks!
Because here goes somethin'.