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Feburary 3rd – Deja Vu – December 30th

January 21, 2008

Damnit. I was really hoping to see Brett Farve and the Greenbay Packers face off against “pretty boy” Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. I like Farve. I’m not particularly a Greenbay fan — but I like Farve. I don’t like Tom Brady, and I don’t like the New England Patriots. So, by default, I’m backing the New England Giants come Super Bowl Sunday. But, I’m thinking that the “big game” might very well play out quite similar to the last regular game of the season between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants.

Sure, Brady has had quite a season. He threw an NFL-record 50 touchdowns in the regular season and led New England to another NFL-record of scoring 589 points. But, I just can’t buy the fact that he’s the game’s greatest quarterback ever. I know New England came back from a 12 point deficit to beat the Giants in their previous match-up with the final score being 38 to 35. I’m not sure we’ll have the same sort of high-scoring game two weeks from yesterday, but I feel the game will look quite similar the the December 30th meeting.

So, come Super Bowl Sunday I ‘ll be looking forward to hanging out with friends and catching the new commercials that often prove to be more entertaining than the end-all-be-all sporting event.

No Seinfeld For Manning

January 17, 2008

seinfeld-manning.jpgI have a nightly ritual that I partake in on most weekday nights (unless there is a new episode of Law & Order: SVU airing) in order to fall asleep. And, that is watching two reruns of Seinfeld on local television at 10:00 PM to 11:00 PM. It’s not that Seinfeld puts me to sleep, it’s just a routine that I’ve developed that seems to help me drift off to slumberland. Now, I’m not sure if Eli Manning watches Seinfeld for the same reason that I do, but the local Fox affiliate in Green Bay isn’t looking to make the New York Giants’ quarterback feel at home when they visit the area for Sunday’s NFC playoff game against the Packers.

Jay Zoller, WLUK’s general manager has decided to pull the Saturday 5:30 PM rerun of Seinfeld because the show is a favorite of Manning’s. “We do not want to give any comfort to the enemy whatsoever when they come into town, ” said Jay Zollar.

So, for the record let me state the following — If for any reason I’m visiting a city that considers me their “enemy” and they wish to deter my comfort by modifying my television viewing selections in my hotel room, let it be known that I absolutely “hate” free hotel porn.

Go Packers!

Yesterday And Football

January 14, 2008

Well, I dropped the ball yesterday. I already messed up on resolution #2 — to post every day. There really wasn’t much to post about yesterday other than football.

Speaking of football… It was nice to see Green Bay beat up on Seattle. It would’ve been nice to have witnessed Jacksonville doing the same to New England, but… San Diego and New York’s wins over Indianapolis and Dallas were surprises. Hopefully San Diego will defeat New England next week. And I expect Green Bay to beat New York. But, come Super Bowl Sunday, I’m hoping to have Bret Farve and the Packers beat whoever they face off against from the AFC — be it the Chargers or the Patriots. And then Bret Farve can retire a champion. (Not that he will,)

Death Defying No Longer – Evel Knievel

November 30, 2007

eksicover.jpgPerhaps my very first true-to-life hero as a kid was the iconic Evel Knievel. I was maybe four years old when I first learned of the death defying daredevil. I remember watching his televised stunts on ABC’s Wide World of Sports. I had all of the Ideal bendable Evel Knievel action figures and wide-up cycles, vehicles, and accessories. My little brother and I were both Evel Knievel one year for Halloween. I made my parents (actually I think it may have been my dad losing to a match of Roshambo with my mom) to take me to see the movie Viva Knievel.

I just found out about a half an hour ago that Evel Knievel — born Robert Craig Knievel — died Friday. He was 69. While it was well known that his health was deteriorating over the last years, suffering from diabetes and pulmonary fibrosis, I still find it hard to believe that he was finally unable to defy that in which he defied for so long — death.

Just yesterday, I was reading his latest, and hypothesized as his last, interview in the December issue of Maxim — ironically entitled “Evel Never Dies.” Well, as it turns out… It does. He does.

“They started out watching me bust my ass, and I became part of their lives,” Knievel said. “People wanted to associate with a winner, not a loser. They wanted to associate with someone who kept trying to be a winner.”

Knievel led a colorful life, to say the least. Though the colors may have mostly been black and blue. Thanks, Evel.

Gold Glove For Halo Shortstop

November 7, 2007

ocabrera.jpgHaven’t had much to post regarding my American League Western Division champions, the Angels, after they quickly departed the 2007 postseason, being swept by Boston. But, yesterday the winners of the American League Gold Glove awards were announced, and Los Angeles Angel Orlando Cabrera took the honors at shortstop. Cabrera led qualifying AL shortstops with a .983 fielding percentage and a league-low 11 errors. This is Cabrera’s second Gold Glove having earned the award in the National League in 2001 with the Montreal Expos.

Only 112 days until the Spring Training schedule starts. Here’s to 2008.

Do Or Die… Sigh.

October 7, 2007

angelsgame3.jpgThis is it… The proverbial “do or die” situation for my Angels. The Halos are going into today’s game at home in a must win situation after losing the first two games of the ALDS to the Boston Red Sox at Fenway. Boston has won eight consecutive postseason games against the Angels, dating back to the 1986 ALCS when it came back from a 3-1 deficit. The young Jared Weaver is making his first postseason appearance of his pitching career. he will be facing veteran pitcher Curt Schilling.

In other MLB Division Series playoff news… Two of the teams — Chicago Cubs and Philadelphia Phillies — I picked to go on to the Championship Series are already out. Both were swept in three games. The Yankees, who I also picked to move on are in the same situation as my Angels, and it looks like Yankee skipper Joe Torre may be checking with come next week.

Why ESPN Doesn’t Hire Me…

October 5, 2007

The Major League Baseball Division Series aren’t over yet, but talk about stumbling out of the gate when it comes to predicting the outcomes of the four series currently under way…

  • Angels vs. Red Sox — My pick, the Angels, are down by one.
  • Yankees vs. Indians — My pick, the Yankees, are down by one.
  • Cubs vs. Diamondbacks — My pick, the Cubs, are down by two.
  • Phillies vs. Rockies — My pick, the Phillies, are down by two.

Anybody out there want my football picks for this weekend?

Octoberquest Predictions

October 3, 2007

I thought I’d get my predictions for the 2007 Major League Postseason out there before the first game of the American League Division series between the Boston Red Sox and my Angels kicks off in about six and a half hours from when I’m typing this. Alright, they go something like this…

My Angels vs. Boston Red Sox — Angels over Red Sox in five games. (It ain’t going to be easy.)

New York Yankees vs. Cleveland Indians — Yankees over Indians in four games.

Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks — Cubs over Diamondbacks in five games. (The Cubs’ll have to earn it.)

Colorado Rockies vs Philadelphia Phillies — Phillies over Rockies in four games. (Rockies may have already blown their wad trying to get into the postseason.)

Now onto the two Championship Series…

ALCS: Angels over Yankees in five games.

NLCS: Cubs over Phillies in six games.

And, last but not least…

World Series: Angels over Cubs in six games.

American League West Division Champs!

September 24, 2007

“Scioscia’s the rock. He and his coaches and trainers are a bunch of great people, but he’s the rock,” Angels owner Arte Moreno said. “We’re lucky to have had him for eight years, and as long as I’m here, he’s going to be here.” The Angels have made the playoffs four since Mike Scioscia became their manager. It looks like the authentic number 14 Scioscia jersey that I bought while attending the second game of the 2002 season (the very same season that the Angels went on to win the World Series) was a sound investment. Although it seemed as if the Halos could have locked things up a couple of games back, it seemed fitting for the team to win the division title during the last home game of the season in front of 44,000 plus fans. Now it’s bring on Boston, Cleveland, or New York!

Alright… Today Had Better Be The Day

September 23, 2007

Apparently, the frustrated Seattle Mariners aren’t going to “go gentle into that good night” and are making the Halos’ efforts to win the American League Western Division an uphill effort. Obviously with this post, my Angels did not win Friday night against the Mariners. The same fate fell upon the Halos yesterday afternoon after a fifty minute rain delay (the first rain delay for the team at home in something like nine years.)

So, we’ve got a little drama now. It’s not a question of “if” my Angels are going to win the AL West — they’ve already clinched at least a tie — it’s a question of “when” are my Angels going to win the AL West. They had an opportunity to do it Friday night and Saturday afternoon in front of a home crowd. Now, today — Sunday — is the final home game for the Halos. It is also the final game of the series against the second place (in the AL West) Seattle Mariners. It would be nice if the team could finalize the Division win today in front of the home crowd on the final home game of the season. I will be in attendance at today’s game — along with 40,000 plus other Angels fans looking to celebrate win number 92, a playoff spot, and a Division Championship.