Wednesday, September 7, 2011

The scariest part about playing Notre Dame is...

He really needs to ease up on the tanning.  Look at how red his face is!
Things have gotten so bad at Notre Dame that opponents need not worry about the players on the field. 
No more studying their offensive schemes.  Their defensive prowess is a thing of the past.
The only thing that Notre Dame opponents need to keep in mind is this...don't make Head Coach Brian Kelly angry! 
I have a feeling that we will be seeing this face quite a bit this season. 

Quiet Kitties...or Kings of the Jungle?

The Detroit Lions kick off a much anticipated 2011 season this weekend against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Lions fans all across the state of Michigan have been anxiously awaiting this moment all summer long, and with good reason. 
After winning only 2 of their first 12 games last year, the Lions rebounded to claim victory in the final 4 games.  Then, they won all 4 of their pre season games this year as well. 
Needless to say, Lions fans were drinking the Honolulu Blue Kool Aid like it was going out of style. 
However, you won't find me partaking in any Kool Aid drinking.  I hate to sound like a Negative Nelly, but these are the Detroit Lions.  Sure they looked great in the pre season, but they also looked great a few years ago in the pre season.  Does anyone remember what their record was that season??  I'll give you a hint...it starts with a "0".

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dumars Hires Former Child Star to Coach Pistons

Dennis the Menace
 The Detroit Pistons are set to name Lawrence Frank as their new head coach, according to recent reports.  Frank will attempt to do what Michael Curry and John Kuester failed miserably at and that is bringing the Pistons back to respectability. 

Frank went 225-241 in 6½ seasons as coach of the New Jersey Nets. He was fired by New Jersey in November 2009 after the team started that season 0-16. He was an assistant for the Boston Celtics last season.


Lawrence Frank
I'm not sure what to make of this move.  In my opinion, the Pistons need to generate some interest in the team.  At least on this side of the state, the Pistons are now a joke of a franchise.  It's a sad thing to say because for so many years, they were one of the strongest.  I can still remember watching the Bad Boys back in the late '80s and early '90s.  More recently they advanced to six straight Eastern Conference Finals.  Now though, they are a far cry as to what they once were.  Even worse, there's no hope that things will get better anytime soon. 

I still believe that they should have hired Bill Laimbeer as head coach.  More than anything, he would have gotten people excited about the Pistons again, very similar to what Alan Trammell did for the Tigers when he was hired.  Sure, Trammell didn't do a very good job of managing the Tigers, but people wanted to come back out to the ballpark to see them.  Trammell brought back memories of the "good ol' days".  That is the same thing that Laimbeer would be able to do for the Pistons.  People will remember the Bad Boys days and start to feel excited about being a Pistons fan again. 

But no...Joe Dumars (whom I am convinced is just grasping at straws now) has decided to go a different direction and hire a guy that looks like an aging Dennis the Menace to resurrect the Pistons. 






Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Is Osgood Headed for the Hall?


Chris Osgood...Hall of Famer?
 Veteran Detroit Red Wings goaltender Chris Osgood retired today during a news conference in Detroit.  The 38 year old is going to be hanging up the skates and taking a job within the organization helping scout and develop young goaltenders for the Red Wings.

The question on everybody's mind now is if Osgood should be considered a Hall of Famer. 

I initially thought no.  Even a good friend of mine who is a crazy Red Wings fan told me a few years ago that he didn't think that Osgood was "Hall-worthy". 

After a bit of investigating though I changed my mind.  What changed it were the career stats that Osgood put together.  He is 10th all time in wins (401) which puts him ahead of Hall of Fame goaltenders Billy Smith and Eddie Giacomin and future Hall of Famers Dominik Hasek and Nikolai Khabibulin.  He is 8th on the all time playoff wins list (ahead of Hall of Famers Terry Sawchuk and Tony Esposito and future Hall of Famer Curtis Joseph).  He is 24th all time in career shutouts (2006 HOF Inductee Grant Fuhr isn't even in the top 50), and has lifted Lord Stanley's Cup on three different occasions. 

If it were up to me...Osgood would be in the Hall of Fame.  He is a proven winner on one of the most successful franchises in all of professional sports and deserves to take his place amongst the all time greats. 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

And the winner of this week's "Just Shut Up" award goes to...


Jimmie Johnson; 5 time Nascar Sprint Cup Champion

  Seattle Seahawks wide received Golden Tate (yes...that's his real name) was upset at the fact that NASCAR driver Jimmie Johnson was included as a nominee at the Espy's in the Male Athlete of the Year category.
Tate was so enraged that he decided to take to his Twitter account to voice his displeasure.  The following are a few of his "tweets"...


Golden Tate...he went to Notre Dame
-Guarantee he couldn't in million year play any SPORT

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Congrats to #21

On Saturday, July 16th, Desmond Howard will be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.  In my mind it is a well deserving recognition for one of the most exciting players in Michigan history.  I know that I will never forget this punt return against Ohio State in 1991.

Monday, July 4, 2011

Chestnut Adds to his Legendary Status by Winning his Fifth Consecutive Mustard Yellow Belt

Some people would call it gross, others would say that it was a disgusting display of gluttony.  There are many words that some people would use to describe the MLE (Major League Eaters and yes...it is a real organization) and the annual Nathan's Famous Hot Dog competition. 

I would call it impressive.

The majority of us have overeaten at one point in our lives.  I know that when I do I feel horrible.  I ate three brat's in a single sitting and threw up shortly thereafter.  These guys wouldn't even call that a warm up. 

Joey "Jaws" Chestnut claimed his 5th Mustard Yellow championship belt by inhaling 60 Nathan's Famous Hot Dogs in 10 minutes today.   

Like it or not, what these guys (and girls) do is impressive.  They all have what I would call a "gift" and are lucky enough to get paid for it. 

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

This is How It's Done...

Everyone that knows me is aware of the fact that I am a baseball fan.  Most of those people know that I used to work in minor league baseball for a few years.  Although I don't work in baseball anymore, I am still as big a fan as ever.  When I go to the games I love to see the luscious green grass of the field, smell the vast array of processed meats on the grill, and hear the sweet symphony of the crack of the bat. 

Now, thanks to my friend Benjamin Hill of minorleaguebaseball.com's "Ben's Biz Blog", I can add one more thing that I'm looking forward to when I go to see a game...the dancing men.  And no, I'm not going in a YMCA/Village People angle.  I'm talking about the Fort Wayne Tin Caps and their "Bad Apple Dancers". 

By day they are known as the Tin Caps grounds crew.  They get the field in tip top shape every game.  Once the game starts and it comes time to drag the field during the game, they turn into the "Bad Apple Dancers". 
By no means are any of these guys going to get confused with Fred Astaire, but what they do well is entertain people for a few minutes while the infield is being tidied up. 

This is why I love minor league baseball.  They don't have the big names that draw fans to the ballpark.  What they do have though are lots of little things like this that delight fans and give the entire family a nice time out together.  Kudos to the Tin Caps and their "Bad Apple Dancers".  Keep up the sweet moves boys!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Apparently, Finishing Second is Just Fine for Lebron James

“All the people that was rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today,” James said. “They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.


And with that, Lebron James capped off his inaugural season with the Miami Heat by telling the rest of the world to go “F” themselves. He’s rich and doesn’t really care that his team just lost the NBA Finals. He’s saying that he’s going to live the lifestyle of a millionaire because he can and the rest of us are going to go back to our crappy lives and mediocre jobs.

When Lebron made “The Decision” last year, I wrote in this blog that I thought that the biggest problem that the Heat were going to face is deciding who to give the ball to in crunch time (to read the article, click on this link Good Luck in Miami Lebron).

Well, I was wrong. The Heat’s biggest problem that I saw wasn’t that each of the “Big Three” wanted to take the big shot; it was that none of them wanted to step up and take the big shot, especially Lebron.

For the Heat to have a chance at winning, the self appointed “King James” needs to get a killer instinct. He needs to have the courage to hit the big shot when his team needs it. He should be able to in a sense, smell blood and go for the kill when the game is on the line. Michael Jordan was able to do that. Kobe Bryant can do that. Dirk Nowitzki showed during these NBA Finals that he is able to do that. Lebron has yet to prove that he can carry his team when it counts the most. Once he does that, then the Heat will have chance to win the Finals.

Until then, King James is going to “continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.”

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Here we go again...

In what’s getting to be an all too common occurrence, the Detroit Pistons are looking for a new head coach. Their most recent failure, John Kuester, was fired earlier on this week.


That raises the body count under the leadership of Pistons General Manager Joe Dumars to six. There has been a lot of talk about who the next coach of the Pistons is going to be. Since Joe Dumars hasn’t had the best of luck in choosing a coach, I figured that I would give him some friendly advice about some of the rumored coaches.



Rick Adelman – No way, no how. Adelman has been in the league way too long for him to consider going to a team like Detroit. He will pick and choose until a job opens up where he feels like they can win a championship. Adelman isn’t in any hurry to get a job either, the last time he was let go from a team (besides his most recent), he sat out a full year before deciding to come back and coach again.



Mike Budenholzer – Ever heard of him? Me neither. Apparently this guy is the next big thing. He’s been with the San Antonio Spurs for the last 15 seasons. My issue with this guy is that he’s been an assistant for the last 15 SEASONS. If this guy was head coaching material, some team would have given him a shot by now. Some great assistants make horrible head coaches (Marty Mornhinweg) as well.



Tom Izzo – Forget about it…Izzo is a Spartan for life. It’s an NBA job in Michigan so of course Izzo’s name is going to be thrown around. Couple that with new owner Tom Gores being an MSU grad and you’ve got yourself a great rumor.



Bill Laimbeer – My pick. He’s one of the all time greats in Detroit Pistons history. He sort of has head coaching experience (WNBA). Laimbeer is tough and gritty. He would bring a no nonsense attitude that has been missing from the Pistons since he played the game. For the past year, he has been an assistant for the Minnesota Timberwolves helping to turn Kevin Love into one of the most dominating players in the NBA.



So there you go Joe…some helpful insight into some of the rumored coaching candidates. Please pick the right guy this time. The Pistons have gone from heroes to zeroes since you’ve been in the driver seat. The city of Detroit and the state of Michigan deserve better basketball than the crap that you’ve been giving us lately.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Everybody just needs to chill out...


Do you see the picture to my right? It's of a play at home plate in a game between the Florida Marlins and San Francisco Giants on May 25th. Does there seem to be anything out of the ordinary about this play?

Most people would say "no"...but here we are on June 4th still talking about it.

To make a long story short...the Marlins Scott Cousins collided with Giants catcher Buster Posey (one of the Giants best players) during a play at the plate. The collision at home plate left Posey with a broken bone in his left lower leg and three torn ligaments in his ankle. He's had surgery and is done for the season.

Since that time, Cousins has apologized numerous times about the incident. He and his family are receiving death threats from Giants fans on an almost daily basis. And earlier on this week, Giants GM Brian Sabean called the play at the plate "malicious" and said that "if we never hear from Scott Cousins again or he never plays another game in the big league's, we'll all be happy".

This is the most one of the most ridiculous situations that I have ever seen...and I'm not talking about that tool from Jersey Shore.

Collisions at the plate are a common occurrence in baseball. Scott Cousins was just doing his job. He has been toiling around in the minor leagues for years waiting for his chance to show what he can do in the big leagues. The Marlins were finally giving him his big break. If he wouldn't have knocked over Buster Posey, then he may have blown that chance. He was just doing what he was supposed to do. If Giants GM Brian Sabean was a player, he would have done the exact same thing if they were in Scott Cousins shoes.

And so would each and everyone of you. Think about it...if you finally landed a job with a company that you were trying to get into for years...wouldn't you give 110% effort?

Oh, in case you were wondering...Cousins scored the game winning run on that play.