Thursday, October 30, 2014

Rapid Fire Sports Review for Thursday October 30th

I'm trying something different today and we'll see if it becomes a regular part of the site. It's called Rapid Fire Sports Review. It's a quick recap on some of my favorite stories of the day. I will scour the net for sports stories and then briefly comment on the ones that I like.

The intent of Rapid Fire Sports Review is to comment on stories that I don't want to write an entire article about.

So let's kick this off.

GM Chevy Guy

If you watched the MVP presentation to Madison Bumgarner who pitched the San Francisco Giants to their third World Series title in five years, you witnessed one of the most awkward moments in World Series history.

GM rep Rikk Wilde was selected by GM to present the MVP with a Chevy truck. Wilde is a Royals fan and was hoping to present the award to one of his favorite players.

Wilde bumbled and fumbled the presentation, which also included presenting Madison Bumgarner keys to a Chevy truck. At the end of his presentation, Wilde who had forgotten his script and was forced to wing it referred to the truck as having "technology and stuff".

I felt for the guy. Most of us have been scared giving presentations but doing it in front of millions of people and then struggling with that presentation has to be tough.

Before I joined Toastmasters, I couldn't speak in public. I know how hard it is to do and give the guy credit for doing it in front of a national audience.

It was definitely a memorable moment. It was also an uncomfortable moment as it was unfolding and then when they panned on the poor guy who was sweating profusely was amusing and made me feel for sorry him all at the same time. I thought the guy was going to have a heart attack.

What's the Biggest Game for Lebron?

Lebron James said that the opening game for the Cleveland Cavaliers and his return to Cleveland will be one of his biggest. So winning two championships and winning the games that it took to get them were as big as his Cleveland return?

I don't think so and if I were a Cavs fan I would be hoping his biggest game will be a championship for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Don't get me wrong. This is a big game. It's an exciting moment but one of the biggest?

Is Gary Player Senile

Autographed Gary Player Picture - 8x10Golfing great Gary Player claims that all he needs is one hour and he could fix the golf swing of Tiger Woods. The 78 year old is a nine time major winner, so he does have some credibility but I think it's a stretch that he can fix Tiger in one hour.

It will take more than an hour to fix Tiger. It might never happen. Tiger hasn't shown any signs that he is capable of winning another major and the fact that Tiger has suffered from back injuries that have kept him out of large parts of a number of golf seasons would definitely damper Player's ability to fix Tiger's swing.

I sure hope that Player hasn't become senile because his opinion is quite lofty.

That's it for my favorite stories for today.

Rapid Fire

What was your favorite story from today

Lebron James Return to Cleveland
Gary Player - Fix Tiger in one hour
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Something Special - Madison Bumgarner Slams the Door Shut on the Kansas City Royals

Madison Bumgarner powered the San Francisco Giants to a game seven World Series victory with a five inning dominant pitching performance. Bumgarner pitched a gem and we may never see anything like this again. It was a performance for the ages.

To be truthful I was cheering for the Royals and I'm kind of bummed out that they didn't win the World Series. With that said, the performance that I witnessed by Madison Bumgarner was one of the most incredible performances I've ever seen.

Madison Bumgarner an Abundance of Energy and Power

Madison pitched briefly in last night's loss to the Royals and that came after a game five victory on Sunday.

How did Bumgarner do it? How could he pitch so many innings with basically no days rest. I don't have an answer to those questions. Wow is all I can say. You'd think that Madison would run out of gas but he seemed to get stronger with every pitch.

The Royals gave their fans some hope in the ninth inning with two outs when Alex Gordon singled to center and then got to third base on an error. I thought that the Royals would do it again. All postseason the Royals defied the odds by winning game after game, even when it seemed unlikely that they could win the game.

It didn't happen in game seven. I know I'm going to sound like a broken record but the guy threw 68 pitches and 50 of them were strikes. That's after pitching nine innings in game 5. The guy is incredible and this pitching performance during this World series was truly amazing.

Bumgarner Unbeatable

On Wednesday it wasn't to be. Madison Bumgarner was too good. He really was unbeatable.

Kudos to both teams for an amazing MLB playoffs. Both the Giants and the Royals provided baseball fans with lots of exciting games and moments. The Royals can hold their heads high. They had a great 2014 playoffs and took the final series down to the wire.

I'm not sure that the Royals could have done anything differently. It was Bumgarner's night and series. Madison won three games and game seven as the best of all. The guy is a pitcher's equivalent to the energizer bunny.

MVP Goes to...

Madison Bumgarner won more than just the World Series. He won the Most Valuable Player award. I couldn't think of any other player who was as deserving as Bumgarner.

Will we ever see anything like Bumgarner's  MVP performance again? I'm not sure but every year we see a player and a team do amazing things. So I believe we will see other great moments that provide us with as much as excitement.

Will we see a pitching performance like we saw in the three games that Bumgarner pitched? Once again I don't know but Bumgarner's MVP preference will be tough to beat.

Congrats to the San Francisco Giants for winning the 2014 World Series. It was their third World Series in five seasons.

Madison Bumgarner

What word best describes Madison Bumgarner's World Series Performance?

All the above
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Monday, October 27, 2014

NFL Recap - Week #8- 2014 Season

Tom Brady New England Patriots Sublimated 10.5" x 13" PlaqueThis past week showed us that no lead is too large, especially if you're the Atlanta Falcons. It also showed NFL fans that if you're a Jets fan, your quarterback could do the unthinkable and that's have a zero passer rating.

This past week also showed NFL fans that some players are complete and utter boneheads. Well, just about every week shows us that, doesn't it?

All in all week #8 was a good one. In fact it was a great one and that's because my Minnesota Vikings won a game. Wins are few and far between, so a victory is a huge thing for Minnesotans.

Funny thing is if the Minnesota Vikings were in the NFC South, they would have a shot at winning the division. It looks like the South is overtaking the Snorris as the worst division in the NFC.

Let's get to the recap.

San Diego Chargers 35 at Denver Broncos 21
San Diego - Phillip, why couldn't you keep up with Peyton. Shut the F up. You guys gave up 35 points. Can't you stop the guy?
Denver - We're rolling now. Everything is working well. When you have Peyton, you could give up 30 points a game and still win.

Detroit Lions 22 at Atlanta Falcons 21
Detroit - Hey Stafford? Did you see how those losers handed us the victory? OK, I'll stop laughing now.
Atlanta - Let me see. We can run out the clock and win the game or we can take a dumb penalty that stops the clock and then pass on third down to stop the clock again. It's no wonder we can't win a game. Fire Smith.

Buffalo Bills 43 at New York Jets 23
Buffalo - Of all the teams we've played all season the Jets are the worst.
New York Jets - One pick, two picks, three picks done. Geno! What the heck were you doing out there? I was just doing my best coach? Your best sucks. Sit your ass down!

Chicago Bears 23 at New England Patriots 51
Chicago - Lamarr? You're one of the biggest idiots in the NFL. We were down big and you sack the backup and celebrate? What the heck is wrong with you? What's wrong with me? I tore my ACL. I think you also tore your brain you moron.
New England Patriots - Jay Cutler and Chicago sucks. You call them a team? They're a joke. I shouldn't say that. They're great and I just threw for 5 touchdowns.

Miami Dolphins 27 at Jacksonville Jaguars 13
Miami - We just put up 27 points on the Jaguars and that doesn't even allow us to gauge how good we are. It's like we just played our practice squad.
Jacksonville - Don't give us that much credit. Your practice squad could beat us any day.

Baltimore 24 at Cincinnati Bengals 27
Baltimore - We had them where we wanted them and we let them off the hook. Who do you think you are Joe? Dennis Green?
Cincinnati - So you think I can't win big games? What do you call that?

Seattle Seahawks 13 at Carolina Panthers 9
Seattle - At least our defense played well and we won a game.
Carolina - 9 points? 9 points?

Minnesota Vikings 19 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 13
Minnesota - Barr with the strip, fumble recovery and game winning touchdown!
Tampa Bay - We suck!

Houston Texans 30 at Tennessee Titans 16
Houston - Now that's a bad time? Watt did you say? We destroyed that selfie infested quarterback.
Tennessee - What more can we say? We can say we're terrible and the season is over.

Kansas City Chiefs 34 at St. Louis Rams 7
Kansas City - So they say we weren't going to be good? It just shows that they know jack.
St. Louis - Our Super Bowl was last week.

Philadelphia Eagles 20 at Arizona Cardinals 24
Philadelphia - Geno! You can't throw INTs against that team. My name isn't Geno. It's not even close coach.
Arizona - Seattle who? We're the top dog now!

Indianapolis Colts 34 at Pittsburgh Steelers 51
Indianapolis - We gave up 51 points to that offense? Seriously?
Pittsburgh - This is our house and Ben will destroy you.

Oakland Raiders 13 at Cleveland Raiders 23
Oakland - We have a perfect the loss column.
Cleveland - last week was an anomaly. This is the new Cleveland Browns.

Green Bay Packers 23 at New Orleans Saints 44
Green Bay - Aaron you looked average against a Rob Ryan defense. It's not like you were able to stop the Saints.
New Orleans - I think our Rob Ryan defense is just fine. We destroyed Aaron.

Washington Football Team 20 at Dallas Cowboys 17 in OT
Washington - We beat your pathetic defense with our 3rd stringer.
Dallas - Do you think we're for real now?

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Anthony Barr and the Vikings Win in Dramatic Fashion in Overtime

Zi) 2014 Topps Prime ANTHONY BARR Rookie RC Silver 25/99 VikingsTeddy Bridgewater led the Minnesota Vikings on a drive with a little over two minutes left in regulation in the game against Tampa Bay and the Vikings tied the game with no time left. That sent the game into overtime (OT).

Tampa Bay started with the ball in OT but Anthony Barr, arguably the best defensive player on the Minnesota Vikings, ripped the ball away from Tampa Bay tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and then picked up the fumble and ran it 27 yards for the game winning touchdown.

It wasn't a pretty game but the Vikings found a way to win this time around. They could have folded when Tampa Bay took the lead with two plus minutes left. They didn't.

It could have been a disaster. The defense played another great game but crumbled for the second straight week when it mattered most with time winding down in the fourth quarter. Like last week's game the Vikings had the lead until the end of the fourth.

Teddy showed his composure by leading his team down the field and putting them in place for a field goal that tied the game.

Then the defense did what it had done for most of the game. It took control of the game and won it for the Vikings.

Anthony Barr has had an amazing rookie season and he showed why he will be a future superstar in the NFL. I believe that he is the Vikings best player right now. He's a game changer.

Offense Overcomes Mistakes

Mistakes continue to plague the offense. Rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a little erratic today. He missed some big plays by overthrowing receivers or missing easy passes but he also made some big plays, especially when they were needed most.

Teddy didn't throw any interceptions or fumbles. He protected the ball and that was huge. By not turning over the ball, Teddy allowed his offense to live another down. He didn't throw away the game. On the contrary, he played a big part in his team's victory.

The offense will need to find a way to score more than 13 points in four quarters to give the Vikings a better chance of winning games.

The offensive line still needs major improvement. Bridgewater was under pressure all game long. The difference this week is that Teddy showed poise and didn't panic and didn't make bad decisions.

This was a big game for Teddy and will hopefully be a start of big things to come. This is part of his growth. While his playing might not be pretty right now, he is progressing and he made a huge progression from last week.

Defense Won this Game

The defense had one lapse and it almost cost the Vikings just like it did last week against the Buffalo Bills. The defense regrouped in OT and not only snatched the ball away from Tampa Bay but also snatched the victory away from them.

The defense has shown that it is the one constant on this team. The defense is making plays, causing turnovers and putting this team in position to win games. There has been no bigger play this season than Anthony Barr's strip and recover fumble recovery for a TD.

That play won the game for the Vikings. The defense deserves a lot of credit for this victory and their good playing was rewarded in week #8.

The Vikings will host the Washington football team next Sunday. For at least one week Vikings fans can rejoice n victory. Hopefully we will have another chance to cheer next week.

My imaginary game ball goes to Anthony Barr!

Skol Vikings!

Yikes! Geno Smith Benched After Throwing Three Straight Interceptions

Geno Smith Autographed Jersey - XL Green Nike JSA HologramIn what is probably Geno Smith's worst game as a New York Jets starting quarterback (QB) (Geno has had some terrible games) he was benched after throwing three straight interceptions in Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills, all in the first quarter, Geno Smith was benched in favor of Michael "Dang...I wanted to be a backup" Vick.

Three straight picks in the first quarter? Saying Smith is a terrible QB doesn't even begin to explain how bad he is. Just when the Jets thought that Smith was turning the corner after two back to back good starts, Geno took 180 steps backwards Sunday afternoon.

Geno Smith left the game with a zero passer rating.

Geno Smith Should be Benched for Good

I don't think that Geno Smith is the quarterback of the future for the New York Jets. That's an understatement. I never thought he was. Maybe only Rex Ryan thought he was and he's supported and defended Geno Smith all the way through the QBs terrible play.

I'm not sure if even Rex Ryan can support Smith now but we're talking about the New York Jets and Rex Ryan. Ryan surely has to have enough common sense to realize that Smith shouldn't play another snap for the Jets, doesn't he?

I'm not sure he does but Geno should be benched for good, at least as far as the Jets are concerned. I'm sure there will be some bone head who believes they can work with Geno and make him an elite QB.

Geno should be done in the big apple, for the fans sake. They've endured bungle after bungle when it comes to the QB position. Rex Ryan is a good defensive coach but is terrible when it comes to what to do with his quarterbacks.

Now the Jets turn to Michael Vick in the hopes that Vick can navigate the offense out of the murky water that they find themselves in.

Is Michael Vick the Answer?

With Michael Vick taking the field on Sunday and likely for the remainder of the season, there is one question that I have. No, it's not "when will Vick get injured"? It's "is Vick the answer the Jets are looking for"?

I think that Vick is washed up and would rather be a backup QB. He's practically hinted at that. If Vick is able to remain injury free, the Jets will find out that Michael Vick isn't much better as the disasters they've had at QB before him.

The answer might lie in another draft for the Jets but they will need a capable and credible NFL mind to do the picking.

Unfortunately for Jets fans, their team is back at the drawing and building board. They have to start from scratch now and that will take a few years before they will see if they've build a winner.

If it has felt like an eternity for Jets fans to have a credible QB and offense it will be a few more years at least before the team resolves their problems. That's assuming they can find the right QB.

This is a disaster for the Jets. Geno looked like he was turning the corner and they had just traded for Percy Harvin. They believed that Harvin was the missing ingredient for the team's offense.

Now it will likely be Michael Vick's chance to work with Harvin to see if they can work some magic.

Geno Smith Benched

Has Geno Smith played his last game as a New York Jet?

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Monday, October 20, 2014

NFL Recap - Week #7- 2014 Season

Peyton Manning Denver Broncos Becomes NFL All-Time Touchdown Passing Record Leader Framed 15�?? X 17�?? 5 Collage With a Piece of Game-Used Football �?? Limited Edition of 250It was a great week of football in week seven and the best part of it was Peyton setting the record for touchdown passes. Peyton needed three TDs to break Brett Favre's record of 508. Manning threw four TD passes and his record now stands at 510 and counting.

Peyton set the record in the first half of Sunday night's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Peyton put on a show and it was a thing of beauty. Now he can set his sights at 600.

Now for the recap.

New York Jets 25 at New England Patriots 27
New York - Can we win a game that we dominate? No we can't. Not when we have to settle for Field Goals most of the time. Don't worry. We now have Percy Harvin to deal with.
New England - It's so beating the Jets. I wish we could see something as spectacular as the butt fumble again.

Carolina 17 at Green Bay 38
Carolina - How do you stop Aaron Rodgers.
Green Bay - You don't!

New Orleans 23 at Detroit 24
New Orleans - Rob, we had the Lions and your squad blew it. Shut up Drew. You have to score more than 23 points and you had a chance at the end but you blew it.
Detroit - First place! First place!

Miami Dolphins 27 at Chicago Bears 14
Miami - We made some Veal Cutler and it was good.
Chicago - When will we learn that Jay Cutler is the most overrated QB in the game.

Minnesota Vikings 16 at Buffalo Bills 17
Minnesota - Debacle doesn't even begin to describe our performance yesterday. We sure love to cause our fans to endure heartbreak.
Buffalo - Orton heard a who and stuck it to the Vikings.

Cincinnati Bungals 0 at Indianapolis Colts 27
Cincinnati - You see what we get out of Dalton in big games against good teams. You get a doughnut (Donut).
Indianapolis - Poor Bungals. They couldn't stop Luck and company. Andrew sure made the Cincy defense look like a bunch of amateurs.

Cleveland Browns 6 at Jacksonville Jaguars 24
Cleveland - Everyone thought that we had turned the corner and couldn't lose to the Jaguars. Hey people? We are the Browns.
Jacksonville - We won a game? Who did we beat? New England? Dallas? Green Bay? No! We beat the Browns? That figures. We couldn't beat a decent team.

Seattle Seahawks 26 at St. Louis Rams 28
Seattle - Where's the ball. Where's the returner? He's over there. No he's over there. Doh!
St. Louis - OK guys. We tricked these duds once, we can do it again. Let's fake the punt. But coach, we're deep in our end of the field. Don't worry. They won't expect it!

Tennessee Titans 17 at Washington Football Team 19
Tennessee - Hey coach? We're not a good team. Did you just get that memo now!
Washington - Whew! We pulled that one out of the bag. It's really not that tough when you play the Titans.

Atlanta Falcons 7 at Baltimore Ravens 29
Atlanta - We give up!
Baltimore - Ha ha ha ha ha.

Kansas City Chiefs 23 at San Diego Chargers 20
Kansas City - Who said we wouldn't be good this season?
San Diego - We came close. Does that count for anything?

New York Giants 21 at Dallas Cowboys 31
New York - Lose 2, win 3, lose 2 and counting.
Dallas - Any doubters yet?

Arizona Cardinals 24 at Oakland Raided 13
Arizona - It's so nice playing a college team every once in a while. College team? They're more like a High School team.
Oakland - Coach? We have a good chance at getting a win next week in Cleveland. Don't kid yourself.

Houston Texans 23 at Pittsburgh Steelers 30
Houston - Losing to this team proves how terrible we are.
Pittsburgh - Thankfully we played the Texans tonight. This may be one of the only wins we have this season.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

Fiasco in Buffalo - Vikings Blow Game With One Second Left

Blair Walsh Minnesota Vikings Sublimated 10.5" x 13" PlaqueNow that a couple of hours have passed since the fiasco in Buffalo, I can now sit down and write my weekly update. I'm still upset and fuming but I'm a little calmer now. It's just getting painful watching a terrible brand of football week after week and year after year.

The Minnesota Vikings had the game with 2:30 left in the game. They had the Buffalo Bills where they wanted them and that was a 4th down and 20. Had the stopped the Bills, they would have won the game. The defense that played well all day long blew it. They allowed the Bills to get a first down and march all the way to the two yard line.

If that wasn't bad enough, the Vikings defense gave the game away with one second left. It was a pathetic end to a well played game by the defense. It would have been nice to see the Vikings finish the game and win one but the team is terrible, makes big mistakes throughout the game and has shown their fans that this team is a long way away from being a contender.

Vikings Offense to Blame for Loss

For the most part it was the Vikings offense that is to blame for the Vikings loss. When you only score 16 points in the game, while the defense holds their opponent to 17 points and you lose the game, you have a pathetic offense.

The main problem is the offensive line which has been embarrassing the team all season long. Rookie quarterback (QB) Teddy Bridgewater has faced defensive pressure all season long. On most plays, the offensive line has missed their blocks and allowed the defense to march in on Teddy.

Matt Kalil continues to digress and it's painful for this fan to see. At this point in time, my hope is that Teddy doesn't get injured and that the relentless pressure that he faces doesn't harm his confidence.

Teddy is a rookie QB that has been put in a tough situation. I think teddy has what it takes to make it through this tough time and when he does he will be a much better QB.

There was a bright spot on offense. It was Blair Walsh who kicked three field goals (he was 3/3), one of which was a 55 yarder. It's sad when the best player on offense is the kicker. That's no offense to Walsh. It;s more an indictment on our offense that they are struggling scoring TDs.

Vikings Defense Did their Job

The Vikings defense forced 4 turnovers, three fumble recoveries and an interception. That should have been good enough for this team to win the game. They stopped the Buffalo Bills all game long while the Vikings offense stumbled and crumbled.

Sure the defense fell apart in the last couple of minutes but this loss can't be blamed on them. When a defense is consistently stopping their opponent, it's up to the offense to score some points.

My game ball goes to Everson Griffen who had eight tackles (two for a loss) and three sacks. Everson had a good game and deserves my imaginary game ball.

Coaches Had Some Blunders

The coaching staff deserves their share of the blame, especially at the end of the game. A couple of times during the Bills game winning drive, Mike Zimmer could have called a timeout to make sure the defense could regroup and have the right defense.

When you have your opponent on a 4th and 20, you don't need a fancy defense. All you need to do is make sure they don't get 20 yards. So the Vikings poured everyone on the line and exposed themselves against the long ball.

That's on the coaches.

I'm not going to throw in the towel. The Coaches can't turn things around in their first year and I'm sure they will make the necessary changes with time.

The same can be said about Teddy Bridgewater. Teddy is a rookie and I still believe he has a lot of potential and will figure things out.

Teddy is being blitzkrieged out there and will have to learn how to deal with tough situations without making mistakes.

The Vikings have been without some key players all season long. That's not an excuse but reality. While it's become painfully obvious that they will not make the playoffs this season, I hope they will show some growth as the season progresses.


Vikings Lose to Bills

Who is most to blame for the Vikings loss?

Offensive Line
Teddy Bridgewater
Wide Receivers
Coaching Staff
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