Archive for December, 2010

December 30th, 2010

I knew I said that I wasn’t going to post until after the new year, but my Mama told me to go and read Jerry Crasnick’s interview with Baggy, who didn’t exactly speak in any sort of cliches. I’m proud of the guy – he’s talked more openly about his opinions about steroids and weightlifting and roiding baseball players than any other real Hall of Fame candidate who is busy either decrying the McGwires of the world as EVIL or puffing himself up with innocence (Saint Dale Murphy). I think it took some serious, uh, guts (ahem) to dare to say what he says about players and performance enhancers.

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December 30th, 2010

The Cubs. BossCubs

The punching bags of professional sports once again shoved themselves into the national consciousness when they allowed the CBS reality show ‘Undercover Boss’ come in one late summer week when the Small Bears were out of town and film an episode that aired during the baseball playoffs.

If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s the most formulaic TV ever created. And I mean that sincerely. It never, ever varies. And in fairness, it doesn’t really need to. If you’re interested in the inner-workings of companies you’ve heard of, you’re watching this show.

Basically an owner of a large business agrees to ‘go undercover’ at his or her company and do all the menial tasks that your mother warned you about when you got all those F’s in high school. The boss will fail pretty spectacularly, but find gut-wrenching stories of woe along the way. He will also find one bad apple that he or she is appalled at and will speak to sternly during the reveal.

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December 30th, 2010

Last month when Shelly was given a two game suspension for a hit from behind on Adam McQuaid I was told on my twitter page that Jody Shelly wasn’t that type of a player. Huh! Now he is a repeat offender. Because funny thing, that is Jody Shelly’s second suspension of the 2010-2011 season.

csnphilly.com — On Wednesday, the NHL suspended Shelley for two games. He will miss Thursday’s game in Los Angeles and the New Year’s Eve contest in Anaheim.

This has been a “December to Remember” for the 35-year-old native of Thompson, Manitoba, as he served a two-game suspension earlier in the month for a hit from behind to Adam McQuaid in Boston.

Given Shelley is a repeat offender, this could have been four games instead of two.

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December 30th, 2010

This was the penalty that led to the Boston Bruins power play that Boston Bruins forward Mark Recchi scored on. The Tampa Bay Lightning took issue with this call that cost them the game.

TBO.COM —Don VanMassenhoven, the referee at the trailing end of the play, put his arm up and called boarding on Stamkos, giving Boston a man advantage with under two minutes to play.

“Not a penalty, a shoulder on shoulder hit,” Boucher said. “I’ve watched it 10, 12 times and I still can’t get myself to see what others saw. … This is a game I firmly believe should have went to overtime. It’s just very, very difficult to swallow for everybody, everybody. I’m not going to point my finger at my players for this one. They battled hard enough to win this game. It was not decided on something I could control.”

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December 30th, 2010

I applaud the IIHF for throwing the book at the two Slovaks and giving Martin Marincin three additional games and Peter Hrasko two additional games for their bush league hits during their game with team USA…

BUFFALO – Dan Marouelli, the IIHF`s appointed Disciplinary Single Judge, handed out suspensions totalling six additional games to three players for flagrant violations in games played yesterday.

The Slovakia-United States game produced five of those games to two Slovaks, the heaviest suspension going to Martin Marincin (three games). Peter Hrasko received two additional games while Canada’s Zack Kassian got one extra game.

The IIHF has very specific rules regarding dangerous hits. These are not limited just to the head but to the neck area as well, which is defined by that part of the body above the collarbone and shoulder pads (i.e., unprotected areas).

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December 30th, 2010

Tomorrow the Miami Redhawks will play the SCSU Huskies again for a third time this season tomorrow in the Championship game of the Florida College Classic. Miami has had SCSU’s number as of late going 0-4-1 against them since 2007. Actually, Miami has been dominant against the WCHA since 2005 and the only team to have a winning record against Miami from the WCHA is the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux which is 1-0-1, DU is 0-2, SCSU is 0-4-1 and UMD is 0-1-0 that is a combined 7-1-1 against the WCHA. I would say that this is a statement game for the Huskies tomorrow night…

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December 30th, 2010

I’ve been reading that new Death to the BCS book (book review to follow in the coming days) and here is a disturbing website, operate by the BCS, they directed me to: http://www.playoffproblem.com/index.htm

This site’s purpose is simply to  attacks a playoff system and defend the current status quo.  However, the desperate and defensive way in which they do it just makes BCS Elitists look pitiful.  It kinda reminds me of something the USSR would have published in the 60s and 70s warning about the evils of free market society.  The most mind-boggling thing of of all is that their principle argument for why a playoff system won’t work is because there is a lack of consensus on how the details and specifications should be worked out.    That is exactly like saying that just because Republicans and Democrats can’t agree on many policy matters that we should have a dictatorship in place instead.  Can’t the BCS Cartel come up with a better argument than that to feature on their home page?

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December 30th, 2010
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David Garrard’s interceptions cost us our winning streak this week, but we’re prepped for a win to close the season. Here are this week’s picks.

1. Atlanta over Carolina – The Falcons lost on Monday night to the Saints, which did a huge favor to suicide pool pickers who have Atlanta in the bank. With a bye and home-field advantage hanging in the balance, the Falcons will take care of business against the two-win Panthers, division rivalry or not. This is a super-safe Week 17 option.

2. Philadelphia over Dallas – The Eagles still have a shot at the No. 2 seed in the NFC East, so they’ll still have their foot on the gas against the Cowboys this week. That’s reason enough to ride the Eagles in your pool, especially in a week where so many contenders are locked in.

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December 29th, 2010

QB Job Webb made his first start for the Vikings and he faced Michael Vick and the Eagles.

No one thought the Eagles would fall to the 5-9 Vikings, who got beat by the Bears 40-14 last Monday night.

The Vikings defeated the Eagles last night and that means the Bears will be the #2 seed in the NFC and will get a first round bye.

The Bears can still get the #1 seed in the NFC, which means they would get home field throughout the playoffs, but they would have to see the Falcons fall to the Panthers, the Saints fall to the Bucs and they would have to beat the Packers.

The game last night was a shock to the football world. I never found myself cheering for the Vikings, until last night’s tilt with the Eagles. The Eagles seem to be a tad overrated.

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December 29th, 2010

Here are the week 17 Bears power rankings from various sites around the web:

ESPN: #6 (Last week: #8)

Analysis, “Bears are tough to beat when they’re averaging 39 points in the past two games.”

CBS Sports: #3 (Last week: #4)

Analysis, “Jay Cutler now has four consecutive seasons with at least 20 touchdown passes. He has 23 this season. Anybody still doubt him?”

WEEI: #6 (Last week: #8)

Analysis, “There must have been much celebration in Chicago when the unthinkable happened Tuesday night: the Vikings upset the Eagles. Philadelphia’s loss gives the Bears a first-round bye.”

Pro Football Talk: #6 (Last week: #8)

Analysis, “OK, maybe the Bears have a defense that can rattle Tom Brady.”

Yahoo Sports: #8 (Last week: #9)

Analysis, “If Brian Urlacher isn’t the NFL’s comeback player of the year, is Jay Cutler?”

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