Sunday, December 31, 2006
Well folks it went down pretty much how I anticipated. Liddell out boxed Ortiz until he Knocked him down and man punched him for the win in the 3rd round. This goes back to my theory that a good boxer can beat pretty much any one. It's just a theory though.
On the cusp of a new year, I am sad. The Bears are playing the Packers tonight in Soldier Field in what might be Brett Favre's last game. I should be there, but I won't. My folks got me tickets for the game, which I received on Christmas morning, along with a new firetruck and tickle-me-Elmo doll. Unfortunately, I work in a restaurant. Not knowing I would have the opportunity to go to the game, I was scheduled to work, all day, all night. After calling some of my coworkers, I quickly realized getting out of the shift wasn't in the cards. Seeing Brett Favre throw a record setting interception, while being eliminated from the playoffs, would not be my fate. Both tickets passed to my brother, Timmy. I wished him Godspeed to tailgating and kickoff at noon.
But wait, much like the evil Sauron himself, NBC, capitalizing on the "Brett Favre might retire frenzy," (now in it's third year and running) invoked their powers to claim the game as the Sunday evening game. Here it changes from a sad day for Phil, to a screw job of my brother and the entire city.
Timmy is a New Years baby. He and his girlfriend have twenty-five people coming over for his birthday, as well as, a New Years celebration. The guests are set to arrive around eight p.m. Scratch Timmy from the list of fans passing through the turnstiles tonight.
This is a common enough story throughout the city and suburbs of Chicago. Parties are in conflict. Parking in the city is fucked. Restaurants are scrambling to provide t.v.'s in dining rooms to hold reservations. Mayor Daley, I'm sure, is already planning his revenge. Make NBC pay, make them pay.
Happy New Year's everyone. Go Bears!
- College football: MPC Computers Bowl, Miami vs. Nevada, at Boise, (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.)
- Men's college hoops:
- San Jose State at Duke, (FSN, 1 p.m.)
- Dayton at North Carolina, (FSN, 3 p.m.)
- Washington at UCLA, (FSN, 5 p.m.)
- Pavlik-Pierre (MIDDLE-WEIGHTS), (VERSUS, 4 P.M.)
- Men's college hoops:
- San Jose State at Duke, (CSNCHI, noon)
- Washington at UCLA, (3 ILL-03, p.m.)
Saturday, December 30, 2006
- College football:
- Meineke Car Care Bowl, Navy vs. Boston College, at Charlotte, (ESPN, 1 p.m.)
- Alamo Bowl, Texas vs. Iowa, at San Antonio, (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.)
- Chick-fil-A Bowl, Georgia vs. Virginia Tech, at Atlanta, (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
- College men's Hoops:
- College women's hoops:
- Arizona State vs. Stanford, (FSN, 8 p.m.)
- Cleveland vs. Chicago, (WGN, 8:30 p.m.) Is WGN still national?
- College Men's Hoops:
- AHL Hockey:
- Rochester Americans vs. Chicago Wolves, (3 ILL-03, 7 p.m.)
- High School Basketball:
- T-Mobile Invitational, (VERSUS, 3 p.m.)
Friday, December 29, 2006
Do you know what I love about today's NFL coverage? Robots.
I read blogs, and seen on television, people complain about the Fox Football Robot, I just can't understand it...
I fucking love that Fox Robot, not so much the one that actually plays futuristic robot football (as seen in his 25-second demo reel here). I'm talking about the everyday Sunday robot, the one that fades you in/out of commercial breaks... he warms you up, starts up with doing a little calisthenics, but then, he takes a break and starts waving his finger, and talkin' shit.
I imagine he is talkin' shit to other robots he will be playing later on that day. Robots who told him "you will never make it to professional robot league football"...
Maybe he is talking shit to me, because god knows I deserve it. Or maybe he is just psyching himself up in the mirror pre-game.
It's nice how Fox keeps the robots current. Like on halloween, we saw halloween-pumpkinhead robot, and likewise, robotic trash-talkin' turkey for thanksgiving.
Even before the game on Sunday, I was thinking "God help me, lets see a santa robot", behold, a fucking santa robot. I was at my girlfriends parents house in Detroit (yikes), I pumped my fist on the table, and I was like "Yeah! Santa Robot! Lets Go!", her various uncles just stared at me.
So I don't see why you can't have that robot dressed in a diaper, with a "2007" sash and top hat. A New years shit-talkin' baby robot. Its the only thing that could top that robotic turkey waving its finger at me.
I have also noticed that the Fox Robot wears number 34. I was excited that Walter Payton's corpse had been re-constructed RoboCop-style as the Fox Football Robot. Unfortunately, I think I might have seen a Cowboys Star on his "helmet". And that confused me, because really, a Herschel Walker Robot is a waste of our time. Or maybe, that robot is just how Herschel Walker pays his bills.
Seriously, I need a picture of that robot, for next years Christmas card. I wonder if there is an graphics department guy at fox I could contact...
Allen Iverson looking real good in that Denver jersey huh? Interested to see him team up with currently suspended Carmelo Anthony.
Don't come after me Jason Taylor, but are you so squeaky clean that you can rip on Merriman? Admit it, you at least pick your nose don't you?
Scott Boras is a money maker. He is making baseball difficult for many. Have fun with Barry, Barry. Also, have a good time on that mediocre team.
Dennis Savard Brings some respect back to the Blackhawks. Still, I can't get into it unless they decide to play a few games a year on my television. Oh, by the way, I only get 2,5,7,9, and local Fox.
I was listening to Mike and Mike in the morning today. If you don't know who these guys are, you are probably missing something. A great duo in sports radio They are 30-30 picking NFL teams with the spread. I decided to pick these games myself. Why? It's a geek thing, that's why. Perhaps someone will take me up and make some money. Probably not.
Giants giving 2.5 at Washington. I'd take the Giants here, wouldn't you. Washington really sucks. I hate both these teams. Go Bears!
Bears giving three at home to the Packers. I don't see the Bears losing this one, no matter who is playing. Bears should win by ten I hope.
Baltimore at home is giving nine to Buffalo. This is a tough match-up. Nine is a ton of points to a Buffalo team that might be getting better. Hmmmm. I will take Buffalo here.
Cincinnati is giving 6 to the Steelers. Another tough match-up. I'm picking Cincy to win the game, but not cover the spread. Gamble on the Steelers, who have gotten to 7-8.
Dallas at home are 12.5 favorites against the Lions. I expect Dallas to come out and prove something to Big Tuna fish. Cowboys will pound the Lions.
Houston at home giving 4 to Cleveland. Cleveland sucks at 4-11. Houston pretty much sucks at 5-10. Phil Dawson all day? Maybe. I would still take Houston at home.
Indianapolis giving a nine spot versus the Dolphins. I think the Colts are struggling and that is a lot of points. Addai a bit banged up. With a ticked off Jason Taylor and Ronnie Brown, I would. Yes I would take the Dolphins. I hate the Dolphins. Go Bears!
Jax getting 2.5 at Kansas City. Chiefs here.
Minnesota at home gets 2.5 from the Rams. Rams.
Carolina giving three at New Orleans? Carolina will play against the scrubs early. Can they win then? You better hope so if you take this one.
Jets at home are giving 12.5 vs. the Raiders. Pick Jets to win but not to cover the spread. A lot of points to make up here.
Philly at home gives 8 to the Falcons. Take the hot team in the Eagles.
Tampa Bay at home giving 3.5 to the Seahawks? Sure, why not. See what Rattay did the the Bears? Take a chance here, though not too confident.
Tennessee giving three points at home to Tom Brady? Yeah right. Patriots.
Denver 10.5 home favorites over the Niners. I see Denver covering this.
And finally, San Diego at home gives 13.5 to the Cardinals. Take the Chargers? Two touchdowns for L.T.
- College football:
- Gaylord Hotels Music City Bowl, Clemson vs. Kentucky, at Nashville, (ESPN, 1 p.m.)
- Brut Sun Bowl, Oregon State vs. Missouri, at El Paso, (CBS, 2 p.m.)
- AutoZone Liberty Bowl, South Carolina vs. Houston, at Memphis, (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.)
- College men's Hoops: Wake Forest vs. South Florida, (ESPN2 , 7 p.m.); Illinois vs. Xavier, (ESPN2 , 9 p.m.)
- NBA: Bulls at Raptors (CSNCHI, 6 p.m.)
- AHL Hockey: Chicago Wolves vs. Peoria Rivermen (3 ILL-03, 7:30 p.m.)
Thursday, December 28, 2006
- College football:
- Petro Sun Independence Bowl, at Shreveport, La., Oklahoma State vs. Alabama (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.)
- Pacific Life Holiday Bowl, at San Diego, Texas A&M vs. California (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
- High school basketball:
- Girls T-Mobile Invitational, at Seattle:
- College Football: Houston Bowl, Rutgers vs. Kansas State (NFLNET, 7p.m.)
- Men's College Hoops: MVC, Baby! Drake vs. Evansville (3 ILL-03, 7p.m.); Washington State vs. UCLA (CSNCHI, 9:30 p.m.)
- Women's College Hoops: Penn State vs. Illinois (CSNCHI, 7p.m.)
Wednesday, December 27, 2006
Thanks to my friend (and Minnesota fan), Jason for this little bit. Turns out, Randy Foye, isn't like you and me. His heart is on the opposite side, along with the rest of his internal organs. Wierd. I'm not sure if this condition (Situs inversus) had anything to do with his game-winning, runner off the glass last night, with 1.8 on the clock, to beat me Bulls, but I'm not ruling it out either. So, when he puts his hand over his heart during the national anthem, he puts it on the other side? How can I be asked to not fear something so unAmerican. He's tried to keep it a secret for most of his life, not caring for the extra attention. To bad, Randy. It's out there and I'm freaked. I call for his immediate suspension. Get this guy on the table, cut him open and see if there are any valuable nutrients he can offer us.
- College football: Emerald Bowl, Florida State vs. UCLA, at San Francisco (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
- Men's College Hoops: Bradley at Northern Iowa (ESPN2, 9 p.m.)
- High school basketball:
- Girls T-Mobile Invitational, first round, at Seattle:
- Winter Haven (Fla.) vs. Collins Hill (Suwanee, Ga.) (VERSUS, 4 p.m.)
- Issaquah (Wash.) vs. St. Elizabeth (Wilmington, Del.) (VERSUS, 7 p.m.).
- Boys T-Mobile Invitational, first round, at Seattle:
- Solon (Ohio) vs. LeFlore (Mobile, Ala.) (VERSUS, 5:30 p.m.)
- O'Dea (Seattle) vs. Fairfax (Los Angeles) (VERSUS, 8:30 p.m.).
- NBA: Heat vs. Bulls, (CSNCHI, 7 p.m.)
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
- College football: Motor City Bowl, Middle Tennessee vs. Central Michigan, at Detroit (ESPN, 7:30 p.m.)
- NBA: Bulls vs. Timberwolves, (CSNCHI, 7 p.m.)
- American Hockey League: Chicago Wolves vs. Milwaukee Admirals (3 ILL-03, 7 p.m.)
Monday, December 25, 2006
Everyone off the Romo/Cowboys bandwagon now? Way to get a trip to Hawaii out of it, Tony. Way to prove you don't deserve the trip, T.O.
I gotta think it sucks playing QB for Nick Saban. Cleo Lemon gives you the best chance to win, plus he quenches any thirst.
The ESPN Sportscenter: Monday Night crew, Wingo, Salisbury and Hodge. Are there three guy on sports t.v. clinging more pathetically to their receding hairline than these three? I keep waiting for Merrill Hodge's toupee to hold out for more money, (truthfully) claiming responsibility for Merrill's success.
I hate the stat, QB rating. This might need it's own post. It's useless, telling me nothing about the game I couldn't learn from a box score. I can't calculate it without assistance while reading the box score, so I don't really know what it means. The Titans have won six straight despite their QB, Vince Young, having a rating of 69.7. Sean Salisbury's career rating? 72.9. Who you taking?
Sunday, December 24, 2006
A customer of mine wondered aloud last night, "Who invented the Gatorade bath?" I ventured to guess that the Giants had back in '86, (actually '87 was the year of their Superbowl, after the '86 season) that's the first time I remember seeing it.
After some quick googling, it turns out I was right. There is some dispute as to which player gave Parcels his first bath. The American Management Association website states that Jim Burt was first to splash the syrupy liquid on his coach. Most others claim it was Harry Carson. Without the video, I'm alittle sceptical about Carson given his grumpiness in interviews. But it takes two, so let's say they both had a hand in it.
I was surprised to see the amount of writing dedicated to this ritual. Some loving and exhaustive, most of it negative. Seems people are sick of it. They think it's cliche and juvenile. Bryant Gumbel, jerk-off circa '05, had this to say.
Wow, Bryant, you compare the harmless fun of minor tradition, the coaches, fans and players to criminal trespassers, while also calling them "neanderthals" and "stupid." You'll never get a job calling games for the NFLNETWORK.
I started with a simple question. What I discovered was the integrity of my football championships were being threatened by this simple ritual. One the "neanderthal" players may have been dreaming about doing since they were children. Come to think of it, let's lose the roses at the Rose Bowl. I mean, how old is that anyway? And that tired bit when each player and coach on the NCAA Championship team climbs that ladder to cut off their piece of the net. How long does that take, really? Forever, I think. It's obviously disrespectful to the net, plus a waste of money. I would gladly go without seeing the joy on their faces as they do it. That's not what sports is all about.
T.V., you control so much of my life, please start exercising more control over these problems, as well as our sports viewing experience.
- College football: Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, Arizona State vs. Hawaii, ( ESPN, 8 p.m.)
- Golf: Wendy's 3 Tour Challenge, (ABC, 4 p.m.) (tape-delay)
Saturday, December 23, 2006
We only ask that you be gentle. We are in our infancy.
Without listing everyone, the links to the right are all of the highest quality sports writing I can find, so far. Read them.
- College Football: PapaJohns.com Bowl, South Florida vs. East Carolina, (ESPN2, 1 p.m.); New Mexico Bowl, San Jose State vs. New Mexico, (ESPN, 4:30 p.m.); Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl, Tulsa vs. Utah, (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
- Men's College Hoops: Texas vs. Tennessee, (ESPN, 12 p.m.) Miami (Fla.) vs. Louisville, (ESPN, 2 p.m.) Ohio State at Florida, (CBS, 4 p.m.); Bucknell vs. Texas Tech, (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.)
- Regional Coverage of Men's College Hoops: Boston College vs. Kansas or Michigan vs. UCLA, (CBS, 2 p.m.)
- Golf: Wendy's 3 Tour Challenge, at Henderson, Nev., (ABC, 4 p.m.) (tape-delay)
- NBA: Charlotte at Chicago, (WGN, 8:30 p.m.)
Friday, December 22, 2006
Ron Karkovice Fan Club has an excellent post breaking down the Bulls current success, their improvements since the circus road trip and the difficulties they have against quality defensive ball clubs. I agree with pretty much everything he says, as well as the comments by Hideki Matt Suey.
I think the Bulls top priority should be improving their low-post game. Obvious, I know. Most sports talking heads like to use the term, "go-to guy" when discussing Bulls needs. They usually mean Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, etc. But I don't think they need a franchise player, what they need is a low-post scorer.
The low-post scorer is to basketball, what the running game is in football. What a high O.B.P. lead off man is in baseball. It's about executing your game plan with low risk, high percentage plays. It sets up everything else.
The Bulls might get this from Sweetney (after he delivers his baby) or perhaps Deng can grow into a reliable post player given some time and commitment from the coaches. It doesn't have to be Garnett, it could be Zach Randolph.
Well, maybe not Zach Randolph...
ANYWAY, think about it Scott.
- NBA: Houston at San Antonio, (ESPN, 8 p.m.); Washington at Phoenix, (ESPN, 10:30 p.m.)
- College Football: The New Orleans Bowl Rice vs. Troy (ESPN2,7 p.m.)
Thursday, December 21, 2006
- NFL: Vikings vs. Packers (NFLNET, 8 p.m.)
- Men's College Hoops: Tulsa vs. Oklahoma (ESPN2, 4:30 p.m.); Pittsburgh vs. Oklahoma State (ESPN, 7 p.m.); Gonzaga vs. Duke (ESPN2, 9 p.m.)
- NBA: Pistons vs. Cavaliers (TNT, 8:15 p.m.); Wizards vs. Kings (TNT, 10:30 p.m.)
- College Football: Vegas Baby!! PureVision Baby!! The Pioneer PureVision Las Vegas Bowl BYU vs. Oregon (ESPN, 8 p.m.)
- Men's College Hoops: Idaho State vs. Illinois (WCIU, 7 p.m.)
- American Hockey League: Chicago Wolves vs. San Antonio Rampage (3 ILL-03)
All I can say is, it used to be about the competition. It used to be about the sport. It used to be about, two hot (Or not so hot. Whatever.) women climbing into a tub, filled with twenty-pounds of instant mash potato's, wearing nothing but a bikini and seeing who's WANTS IT.
When I say IT, I mean our cheers and twenty drunken offers to, "help you get that off."
The point is, we respected them.
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
The Mighty Quinn is on board, so we must be doing something right. Shelto, Bren, Liz... Get on it.
Tuesday, December 19, 2006
I'd like to say how pleased I am to become a blogger. I have read many blogs in my day, and I must say that I am excited to read/help write this one in particular. Now, that is not only due to the fact that I have been allowed to join by the blog's founder, Mr. Phil Hendricks, but the quality of the commentary I believe will occur. Mr. Hendricks is, as many of you know, an entertaining fellow with a tremendous amount of knowledge in many fields, and by the by, quite witty to boot. If you want to get a taste of what's in store for you check out the blog entitled, "God's Own Suburb." Delicious.....
Also, from what I have heard the other voices you'll experience here are second to none. It's an array of fans, key word there.. fans, that will offer up honest and frank opinion on sports, and hell, I think that there just might be a laugh or two along the way. So strap up, hunker down, and stretch. The fun has just begun....
Well, that's it for now... I must go prepare for the Braggin' Rights game.... That's Mizzou v. U. of I... Blood feud you know.... ILL... INI...