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Random Thoughts On A Sunday Morning Updated To 10 - 6

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On 12/24/2015 at 4:02 PM, Yankee4Life said:

San Diego Charger and Oakland Raider fans: Teams to root for next year.

Not Ram fans?

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This next little piece is for my friend Jim825, who no doubt was in front of the TV that day like I was. Unlike me, he cared about what happened that day because he was a Viking fan.

It was forty years ago today, December 28th, 1975 that the world first heard the term "Hail Mary" pass when talking about a desperation pass to the end zone. That's the date the wildcard Dallas Cowboys invaded Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minnesota for the second of two NFC playoff games that were played that weekend.

The day before on December 27th the Pittsburgh Steelers hosted the Baltimore Colts and the Los Angeles Rams hosted the St. Louis Cardinals. The Cowboys - Vikings game that day was followed by the Raiders hosting the Bengals in Oakland.

I still have very clear memories of this game. I was pulling for the Vikings because I could not stand the Cowboys. That is still true to this day. If you were a Cowboy fan back then you were guaranteed to watch them on TV each week. It was like an early version of the Sunday Ticket on DirecTV for Cowboy fans because that team got more attention than any other team in the league. And at that time there were some very good teams.

It was a defensive struggle throughout the entire game but with less than a minute to go Dallas got something going. That's when you had to pay attention because the Cowboys of that era were a very lucky team. Calls always went in their favor. And that was no exaggeration.

With less than thirty seconds left the Vikings were holding on to a slim 14 - 10 lead but Dallas was at midfield and you almost had the feeling anything could happen. Unfortunately it did. Roger Staubach went for broke and threw the ball as far as he could to Drew Pearson, who was running down the right side of the field. Pearson caught the ball for a touchdown but not before pushing off of Minnesota cornerback Nate Wright. When I first saw this happen on TV I saw a flag thrown and my first reaction was out of hope and not common sense. I thought the flag would be against Dallas because it was obvious that Pearson pushed off Wright for the catch but of course I was wrong. The referees called defensive pass interference and the Cowboys got their touchdown.

Suddenly the usually friendly place of old Metropolitan Stadium became angry. The referee that made the pass interference call against Wright was hit in the back of the head by a whiskey bottle. That one throw was more accurate than all of Fran Tarkenton's were for the entire game. The referee's name was Armen Terzian. Amazing how you remember the little details.

After the Dallas score the Vikings could not manage a miracle of their own and went down to defeat by a 17 - 14 score. At the end of the game when Staubach was interviewed about the play that won the game he told the press that he closed his eyes and said "Hail Mary." And so a new football phrase was born.

Youtube video of the play (excellent quality)

Game photos


The Vikings' Jim Marshall (70) got this sack of Dallas' Roger Staubach during their 1975 playoff game at Met Stadium, but the Cowboys' quarterback got his revenge on his final throw of the game, the famous/infamous "Hail Mary" play.


Dallas Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson walks into the end zone after catching a 50-yard TD pass from quarterback Roger Staubach during the fourth quarter of a NFC divisional playoff game at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. on Dec. 28, 1975. Efforts to block Pearson by Minnesota Vikings defenders Nate Wright (43) and Paul Krause (22) were futile and Cowboys won the game 17-14.


Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Drew Pearson (88),third from left, looks back to see referee Jerry Bergman signal touchdown after catching the famous 'Hail Mary Pass' from quarterback Roger Staubach (not pictured) during the final minute of a NFC divisional playoff game on Dec. 28, 1975 at Metropolitan Stadium in Bloomington, Minn. Minnesota Viking defenders Nate Wright (43), Terry Brown (24) and Paul Krause (22), partially hidden, watch in dismay as Bergman signals the touchdown.


Minnesota Vikings cornerback Nate Wright falls down while defending Dallas Cowboys receiver Drew Pearson as Pearson traps a 50-yard pass between his right elbow and hip, giving the Cowboys a 17-14 upset of the Vikings during the final minute of the 1975 NFC divisional playoffs at Metropolitan Stadium.


1975 Playoff results

December 27th, 1975

Pittsburgh Steelers (12 - 2 in 1975) 28, Baltimore Colts (10 - 4) 10

Los Angeles Rams (12 - 2) 35, St. Louis Cardinals (11 - 3) 23

December 28th, 1975

Dallas Cowboys (10 - 4) 17, Minnesota Vikings (12 - 2) 14

Oakland Raiders (11 - 3) 31, Cincinnati Bengals (11 - 3) 28

January 4th, 1976

AFC Championship Game (At Pittsburgh)

Pittsburgh 16, Oakland 10

NFC Championship Game (At Los Angeles)

Dallas 37, Los Angeles 7

January 18, 1976 Super Bowl X

Pittsburgh 21, Dallas 17


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Yes, I was watching that game (I was 14 at the time) and I still have vivid memories of that play.  I remember the feeling I had, thinking that the Vikings were going to win, only to see the Cowboys win it at the end.  It was like a kick in the stomach.  During last night's Vikings - Giants game, they mentioned that it was the 40th anniversary of the play and they showed a replay of it.  Luckily, The Vikings were up 49-17 at the end of last night's game, so I didn't have to worry about deja vu.  ^_^ 

Last night's game was the first nationally televised Vikings game that I've seen them win in 3 or 4 years.  It seemed like every time there was a game broadcast in our area, the Vikings would lose.  It already happened with two earlier games this season.  Hopefully the Vikings can make it two in a row next Sunday night when they play the Packers for the NFC North title.

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2 hours ago, Jim825 said:

Yes, I was watching that game (I was 14 at the time) and I still have vivid memories of that play.  I remember the feeling I had, thinking that the Vikings were going to win, only to see the Cowboys win it at the end.  It was like a kick in the stomach.  During last night's Vikings - Giants game, they mentioned that it was the 40th anniversary of the play and they showed a replay of it.  Luckily, The Vikings were up 49-17 at the end of last night's game, so I didn't have to worry about deja vu.  ^_^ 


Jim, my kick in the stomach came one week later as the Raiders lost on the ice field in Pittsburgh.

I liked football as it was played back then. Now, not so much. If you sneeze near a wide receiver you get a pass interference call.

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Adrolis Chapman to the Yankees? Adrolis Chapman??? The guy who can throw 100 miles per hour??

And he's left handed. :yahoo:

Stay with me for a minute and you'll see why I have been smiling ever since the trade was announced.

The first time the Yankees visit Boston Chapman is on the mound and David Ortiz lumbers up to the plate. He takes his time because he owns the place, or at least he acts like he does.

Ten minutes later after he digs in he faces Chapman.

POW...a 100 mph fastball hits him right in the head.

You have your little fantasies I have mine. :D


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On NFL relocations:



Phoniness and fake sincerity can be seen in professional sports on all levels. You just have to know where and when to look. You'll see it in the newly-signed free agent who, with a sad look on his face informs his former home town fans that money was not the reason that he signed a six-year 200 million dollar contract with someone else. Of course not. That never entered his mind for a minute.

Team owners are just as bad and maybe even worse. But NFL owners are in a class by themselves. These highway robbers in suits and ties have been threatening their hometown cities with relocation promises if they don't get what they want when they want it for years now. Ever since Al Davis first left Oakland after the 1981 season and got away with it they looked at themselves and said 'why not us'?

Why not us indeed. I grew up a football fan in the 1970's and the differences between where the teams were then as compared to now is a result of one thing: greed. Younger fans may find this interesting. I honestly find this disgraceful. Back then there were teams called the Baltimore Colts, the Houston Oilers and the St. Louis Cardinals. Because of pettiness and the never ending search for another dollar those cities lost their teams. Baltimore got a team back but by doing that Cleveland had to lose one and the Browns were out of the league for a few years because of that. Same for Houston although they were given an expansion team instead of a current one. The Cardinals went to Arizona and St. Louis was without football until 1995 when the Rams left Los Angeles.

The Rams were in Los Angeles for forty-nine years until their owner decided for some reason that Missouri was a better place to be. The fate of the Raiders and the Chargers has not been decided yet but it is the fans of those two loyal football towns that will suffer the most if they lose their team.

St. Louis is a city that got taken by the NFL twice and that was two times too many. They lost the Cardinals after the 1987 season and now the Rams. They wanted another NFL team so bad that they built a dome to attract one. Now after 21 years they have a state-of-the-art dome but without a team to play in it.

Over the years there have been many teams that have threatened to move. There were rumors and insinuations that the Vikings would leave Minnesota to go to Los Angeles if their demands were not met. They were. There was talk about the Bills going to Los Angeles or Toronto. The Falcons could have left Atlanta.

Rams owner Stan Kroenke could have built a new stadium for his team from the money that was in his back pocket. Kroenke happens to be the billionaire son-in-law of Walmart co-founder Bud Walton, so this guy does not need St. Louis to raise money for him for a stadium. That's a big reason why he is in Los Angeles now. Those people are spending their money so he doesn't have to spend his.

Where will the NFL go next? It's a safe bet that St. Louis will say take a hike. At least they should.

These are the same owners that gave Al Davis such a hard time when he made his first move back in '81. I find it ironic that they have now become even worse than Davis ever could have dreamed to be.


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Updated to 2-7

Special Super Bowl and football edition.

...I don't know about you but I am thrilled that today is Super Bowl Sunday. This is the most hyped sporting event ever and if you don't happen to fans of these two teams all you are really going to care about is if the square you bought in your Super Bowl pool pays off for you. The NFL Network bragged that it had 88 hours of Super Bowl coverage last week and maybe forty-five minutes of it actually had something to do with the game. They had live coverage of the Broncos landing in San Francisco and they almost made it sound like a CNN-newsworthy event. Here's comes Peyton Manning now. He's wearing a light blue suit. By the time the game begins tonight you're going to know all there is to know about when Manning has breakfast, what he has and why he says no to Cheerios.

...That's another thing that has changed for the worst too. The start of the game here in the east. 6;30 p.m. is kickoff and by quarter after seven I'm so bored with it that I check to see what's on the Hallmark channel. I have to get accustomed to them talking about the game right now and not Peyton Manning's opinion on Cheerios. Part of it is because the Raiders aren't in it but after all these years you'd think I would be used to that.

Years ago, and this is back when Oakland was good, the Super Bowl would start around 4:00 p.m. here on the cold side of the country. There's no reason why they can't start it at this time again because people will watch this game any time it is on. The halftime show back then wasn't as long either. Now each halftime show has to try to beat the one from the year before. I predict within ten years we will see these go over the one hour mark.

...If you are a fan of the Cleveland Browns you have to like how the off-season is going so far, although that will not officially start until around 9:30 p.m. tonight when we find out who won Super Bowl 50. They finally went out and got themselves a decent coach in Hue Jackson, a man who given the time, resources and patience can turn things around for that team. That is saying a lot because people are so used to quick fixes but that's what they've been trying to with this team for awhile now so why not give Jackson the time to do his job? He did a great job in Oakland a looked like the perfect fit there. I don't know why he was let go after the 2011 season. He was replaced by Dennis Allen and all the Raiders did under him was continue to lose. The second thing Browns fans can look at positively is that next month when the new league year starts Johnny Manziel will no longer be on the team and although Manziel can or will not realize it, this is all his fault. There were times that Manziel showed Cleveland how good he was and why he was a first-round pick for them but what he did off the field since joining the Browns overshadowed everything he did on it. Giving Manziel the boot was Hue Jackson's first move in his rebuilding process. Nothing like starting a new era of Browns football off with a bang. :D

...I think it's great news that the Chargers will be playing in San Diego next season and I hope that it will be for many more years after that. Those fans support them very well just like the Raiders fans do up in Northern California. If the Raiders leave Oakland I don't know if I will watch the NFL again. I've lived through this happening once already.

...Too Much, Too Little, Too Late, Dept: Oakland's Ken Stabler was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame yesterday. All I got to say about this is that is it about time and why couldn't this happen a year ago? Stabler has been retired for over thirty years now so there was plenty of time to get him to Canton so he could enjoy it personally. Stabler died last July of colon cancer and now a member of his family will have to represent him this year when his name is announced. It's good that he is finally in but it makes me wonder why they had to wait until now to let him in the door.

...Oh yeah, the game. I am an AFC fan and as a rule I root for their representative in the game unless New England is playing or if it is another AFC West team. So by default I am rooting for Carolina. What would really make this game worth watching is if Peyton Manning does something at the worst possible moment to make the Broncos lose. Throw a key interception in the fourth quarter, fumble the ball, over throw a receiver on a key third down play. I'm not picky. And if he wins or loses he'll still get his Papa John's pizza on Monday. :D

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Updated to 4-17

...It's almost hard to believe that baseball season began two weeks ago today. So much has been going on these past fourteen days and as usual some of it's been good to see and some of it hasn't. During the first week of play all the talk was about Colorado's Trevor Story. All he did was hit four home runs in his first three games and that was good enough for some people to hand him the National League home run title right there. He's calmed down a bit since then (three K's yesterday against the Cubs) but he's doing a great job for the Rockies and should hold down the shortstop position for them until Jose Reyes gets back, providing he doesn't beat up another woman along the way.

The team that I am pulling for to fall flat on their faces this year along with the Boston Red Sox are the Kansas City Royals. Yeah they won the series last year and if you forget that for one second they'll be only too glad to remind you. They'll even be wearing special gold uniforms on all of their Friday home games for the remainder of the year just to soak more money out of the farmers and rednecks and to rub it in the noses of every visiting team that comes to Kansas City. Not even the Red Sox when they finally won in 2004 came out with gold uniforms. 

Speaking of the Red Sox, why is David Ortiz allowed to wear a hoodie during the game when no one else can? 

I don't think the Padres are as bad as their first three games showed (all shutouts) and while I don't think they can win the division they won't be pushovers either. The Yankees on the other hand are. I had no faith in them coming into the season and I didn't believe one word when the team was being praised when spring training was going on. I am not going to let this team give me an ulcer. I've had one of those and they are not fun and these guys aren't worth the time fretting over. And yet, that's what I'll do. I just hope I don't spend too much of my time doing it. It's nice to know that slugs like Mark Teixeira and Carlos Beltran will be off the books after the season is done but what worries me is who will be the next group of overpaid has-beens to take their place?

Let's see...now we can't have any catcher's collisions anymore and sliding into second base now is equal to betting against the house at a casino. You know you're going to lose. Best thing for a runner to do is take a right hand turn into right field so he doesn't get in the way of the shortstop or second baseman. Then hope for a wild throw. Because if you slide in the bag you're gone. Baseball made those two middle infielders as off-limits as the NFL has made quarterbacks. Cough by one of them and you got a fifteen-yard penalty. I'm afraid to find out what they are going to do to baseball next.

...Sometimes, well most of the time, those people at ESPN are ridiculous. The NFL schedule was released last week and when that happened every fan went to check for themselves how good or bad they thought it was. That's what I did when I made a beeline to the Raiders page to see first-hand how the NFL screwed them again. And they did because Oakland has to play three of their first four games on the road and three of their last four games on the road. Trust me on this you only see them pulling this with the Raiders schedule. Looking it over and mumbling and grumbling about it was one thing but then I read where some ESPN writer, who obviously had nothing better to do, wrote a piece where he gave his game-by-game predictions for next season. Really? And how the hell do you do that with a straight face? Of all the organized sports I believe that football is the hardest to predict week to week because of the high rate of injuries. Are the Patriots a different team without Tom Brady and a few of their offensive weapons? Of course they are. And you never know if one of them will be ready to play from one week to the next. The guy who wrote the article about the Raiders said they were going to lose the first game against New Orleans because Drew Brees "has not thrown an interception against the Raiders in 209 passes dating to 2003." So it's a sure thing that Brees will be playing? And if he does it's also sure that he won't throw an interception? It's also possible that a team can win a game without picking off a pass, something that the writer of that article would find hard to believe. I've never been someone that was into predictions. I just hope for the best and hope that they can win as many games possible. Of course if you look at it like that you wouldn't have a column to write.

...Johnny Manziel has a lot of time on his hands now ever since the Cleveland Browns told him to pack his things and leave. And every other team in the league that was smart enough not to draft him is avoiding him out of common sense except maybe for the Dallas Cowboys who would sign anyone just as long as it meant it would get a few more people to buy tickets to sit in their overpriced stadium. Manziel and a friend of his rented a $4.5 million house in West Hollywood for two days last week and luckily for the renters it was only two days. If it was more they would have ended up tearing apart half the house. They did manage to smash an expensive glass table and a bathroom door. Someone must have drank so much that they smashed through the door because they couldn't hold it. There was plenty of wine at the party and some of it people managed to drink. The rest was spilled on the rug in such large quantities that along with the cigarette burns, the rug has to be replaced. Along with all of this the broker who rented Manziel the house also found evidence of drug use when she went there the day after Manziel and his friends were to have left the house. She is demanding $32,000 from Manziel for damages but that's just a rough estimate. The woman who rented this house to Manziel now must know how the Browns felt when they put their faith in him. What the hell did she think he was going to do, have a Madden tournament on the PS4? If this guy keeps it up they won't even let him play in Canada.

...When you stop to think about it North Korea is really helping this country out and what's even better they don't know they're doing it. Those good ol' boys from Pyongyang have once again nabbed another American idiot who decided that hey, if I can act like a dumbass back home I can do it here. Wrong. Otto Frederick Warmbier, a twenty-one-year-old student from the University of Virginia traveled to North Korea on a backpacking tour and while he was there he decided to remove a political banner from the hotel he was staying at. The guys in those oversized hats don't like when that happens so when Warmbier was getting ready to leave the country they came up to him and told him not so fast, we want a few words with you. Warmbier's trial only lasted one hour and that's because it was getting close to lunch and they didn't want their bowl of rice to get cold so they got it over with nice and fast. Fifteen years of hard labor. Wham, bam, pass the chopsticks. I have no sympathy for this guy. Not one bit. And if someone asks me if I think that the punishment was kind of harsh I'd agree with them. But then I'd say what the hell is he doing there in the first place? There's no place to go backpacking here? Or in Canada? Any American who goes there and is detained there put themselves in that situation. And then they act surprised that they're held prisoner there. We just have to hope that North Korea never figures out that they are really doing us a favor. 

...Not too long ago two men from the Spokane, Washington area escaped from a nearby state psychiatric hospital. It caused quite a stir because both men were considered armed and dangerous. One of the guys was quickly caught fifteen miles from Seattle at a Starbucks when he went ballistic over what they charged him for his coffee. He's now back in his rubber room with a few extra locks on his door courtesy of the hospital. That was their way of welcoming him back. The other guy was caught on camera buying a bus ticket using a phony name but he was more resourceful then his buddy because somehow he managed to get out of Washington state and did not pop up again until he hit Massachusetts. To be precise, he landed in Boston and was picked up by Boston's finest when he was loitering outside Fenway Park on Opening Day last week. Criminals always make a mistake that leads them to being caught when they commit a crime and crazy people do something to draw attention to themselves to let people around them know that their elevator does not go all the way up to the top floor. This guy was walking up and down Yawkey Way screaming about how great the home team was but what did him in was that he thought the Orioles were the good guys. And even though some people tried to straighten him out he kept right at it until two cops that were observing him from a distance finally stepped in and pulled him aside for his own good before someone decided to shut him up by busting him in the nose. And when he started being belligerent to the police, they arrested him and took him away. It wasn't until they got to the police station that they realized who they arrested. And that's how the second guy got caught. One witness said that had he been rooting for the Red Sox instead of Baltimore they would have never been able to tell him apart from any other fan at the game that day. He hid out at the right place. He just picked the wrong team.

...Any comparison you think I am trying to make between an armed and dangerous mental patient and Red Sox fans is....uh, let me get back to you on that one. :D

...Ever hear of Greyhound, Dept: Here's another sob story about a family of Muslims moaning and groaning about being mistreated. I'll wait here so you can grab a Kleenex and then I'll continue on with this narrative. The family in question is demanding a formal apology from United Airlines after being removed from a flight at Chicago O'Hare International Airport. The airline states that the reason why they were taken off the flight was because of concerns about their child's safety seat which did not comply with federal safety regulations. In other words it was too big and bulky and it was a hindrance to the other passengers. The only regulation this booster seat met was for the Muslim family themselves. They didn't care about anyone else on the flight except for the comfort of their future bomb maker. United didn't put up with it and they told them so. Good for them. If anyone had an oversized safety seat that they didn't care got in the way of other people the airline would have removed them too. But these people believed that the only reason why this happened was because they were Muslim. You know, you really got to feel for these people. They're always picked on. They never bother anyone. Right? :D

...This one's kind of shocking. There's this little girl from Detroit who at the age of seventeen is all of 4-foot-8 and weighs 95 pounds. From the description of her you wouldn't think she would be capable of putting a hurting on anyone over the age of four but as the saying goes don't judge a book by its cover. This little munchkin goes by the name of Roksana Sikorski and she will be quite busy for the next ten to twenty years because that is how long she will be in jail for attempting to kill her entire family because her twenty-four-year-old boyfriend said it would be a good idea if she did it. This girl would have fit right in with Charles Manson's little family. Their little plan got all messed up because as she was cutting her brother's throat with a fish filet knife he was able to get away from her and while he was running away he screamed like he never screamed before and hopefully never will again. Once the whole family and everyone within a three mile radius woke up, Sikorski dropped the knife and ran outside to her boyfriend and the two lovebirds got the hell out of there as soon as they could. They didn't get far because the whole neighborhood was awake and the police quickly apprehended them. If she serves her full twenty years she'll be thirty-seven when she gets out. What I want to know is how someone that size is going to survive a prison term? A strong wind could throw her twenty feet if she doesn't watch it. And as she'll find out the inmates will throw her even farther than that.

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Updated to 6-19

...Today's a special Father's Day edition of Random Thoughts and I'd like to begin with a salute to all the fathers who are members of this website and all of your fathers too. Dads get the short end of the stick on their "days" compared to the mothers. Moms get flowers and jewelry and are taken to a fancy brunch or a dinner. Dads get a toolset or a new weed eater and if there's any food involved its a burger on the grill. So happy father's day to all of you. I'm not a father myself but I can appreciate how hard this job is.

...Today's also a special day for proud papa Jerry Remy, who was elected Boston's Father of the Year for the third year in a row. Remy's got one kid in Massachusetts state prison serving life without the possibility of parole for killing his girlfriend. His youngest son was arrested for indecent assault and battery after groping a woman at a South Boston sports bar. And not to be overshadowed by her brothers, Remy's daughter was arrested on a multitude of charges that included disorderly conduct, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, resisting arrest, wanton malicious defacement, and misdemeanor breaking and entering. Not bad for one night. It's no wonder why Remy and his Boston family values continues to win this award year after year. :D

...It's a good thing that Remy and his wife stopped after three kids. Who knows what the fourth one would have been capable of?

...Death by Selfie Dept: And I mean this literally. Not too long ago a fifteen-year-old boy from India got it into his head to take a selfie while holding his father's .32 caliber pistol. You can guess what happened next. Somehow the gun went off when he was trying to take the picture and he died soon after from the gunshot wound to his head. And I'm sure you thought all the stupid millennials were only here in the United States. I think at the age of fifteen you are supposed to know better and not handle guns for any reason but at the same time don't let that stop you. All that matters is life, liberty and the pursuit of your next selfie. Because of one lousy and fatal decision on his part his career of answering your tech support calls will never come to pass.

...If there is anything good about Twitter I have not been able to find it yet. It causes arguments, people have been fired over comments made on it and worst of all it gives a voice to people that really have nothing intelligent or constructive to say. Here's a perfect example. The promo billboards for the new movie X-Men: Apocalypse  from 20th Century Fox has the villain of the movie (Apocalypse) strangling Jennifer Lawrence's character (Mystique.) Keep in mind that this scene was from the movie and not from real life and the police were not called as soon as the guy let loose of Lawrence's throat. But that didn't stop people from running to twitter to complain about violence towards women. Fox of course immediately removed the billboards and apologized for being so insensitive and also said that they would never condone violence against women. Unless of course they happened to be blue. It is nice to know that these people with no lives and common sense were so worried about the rights of a fictional character.

And here is the billboard photo that got them all in a knot. Remember, this is not real life. Have any of you watched that old movie called Old Yeller ? At the very end of the movie the boy has to shoot the dog. He didn't want to but he had to. If twitter was around then they'd have wanted someone to arrest that kid.


Now don't worry about poor Jennifer Lawrence. The millions they gave her made her neck feel better.

...Baseball, baseball and more baseball, Dept: The only enjoyment I get out of watching the Yankees this year is from highlight videos that I find on Youtube but as bad as this year's team has been they still are only 5 1/2 games out of first place. Something to consider...I look at Eduardo Nunez having a great year for the Twins (.318, 9 HR and 25 RBI) and I compare him to Chase Headley (.260, 3 HR and 14 RBI) and it reminds me of how impatient the Yankees are with their young players. If you don't play like an All-Star within the first couple of weeks they write you off. Nunez would've looked good at third...I watched that Jayson Werth interview that he gave on the field after he had that game-winning hit and I said to myself that this guy must not have shaved or got a haircut since President Obama was elected to office back in 2008....I'd love to have the chance to shake Rougned Odor's hand. I guarantee you quite a few pitchers would have loved to have the chance to punch out Jose Bautista too...The Cleveland Indians look like they are for real this year...Mark Teixeira says his knee is feeling much better and is aiming for a return to the Yankee lineup on June 24th. It's always nice to have a .180 hitter get back in there. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if he doesn't make it through the month of July without getting hurt again...Why do these sportswriters want the Yankees to trade one of their three star relievers? We have some good people coming up from the minors and we are dumping some bloated contracts at the end of this year and next year. Patience is the key but that's something these people have none of...And I would not let Adrolis Chapman go for any reason. That is a golden left arm.

...Just for Gordo, Dept: Skip over this part if you don't want to read some obligatory Yankee ranting. This is a ball club that takes one step forward and three steps back and  calls it progress. They are the worst hitting team I have seen since the 2013 Yankees and that's not saying much. A rally for that team was two walks sandwiched around a strikeout and a double play. While I like to blame it all on Mark Teixeira I know that it is not even close to the truth. You have to actually be out there playing to have any impact on the team and as I write this he's in the middle of another extended vacation away from the team with all expenses paid by the Yankees. They must love that. He's hitting .180 this year with three home runs and twelve runs batted in. Even David Eckstein put up better numbers than that and they didn't have to pay him twenty-three million a year like the Yankees are dishing out to Teixeira. There is a chance that he will have to have surgery on his knee and if that is the case it will end his season and his Yankee career. If there is any mercy for Yankee fans that is what will happen.

   It is frustrating seeing your favorite team playing like this but it's even worse knowing it is their fault. They have a lot of contracts that no teams would touch while they were sober. They are the ones who have put themselves in this position. It's tough watching baseball this year because the Yankees are playing like the Cubs used to and the Cubs are playing like the 1998 Yankees. If they finish above .500 this year it will be a miracle.

...This took place in Florida. Where else, right? A man shot his brother to death over an argument over a cheeseburger. Really. It wasn't over money or over a woman. It was over a cheeseburger. Ok, maybe it was a char-broiled one instead of a McDonald's one but it was still a cheeseburger. I can recall one time when I was a little kid my parents took my sister and I to a drive in and I had to use the restroom between movies. When I got back all my popcorn was gone, courtesy of my sister. I will be happy to inform you that she is still alive and walking around today. There has to be something seriously wrong with you when you can get mad enough to reach for a gun and shoot anyone over a burger. If this keeps up will require background checks for cheeseburger purchases.  

...The disease known as being politically correct appears to have no borders because recently some of the easily offended individuals in our country expressed their outrage over a commercial in China. In it, a black man who appears to be an artist has paint all over him and he is approaching a beautiful young Chinese girl. She smiles at him and then sticks a laundry tablet in his mouth and shoves him into a washing machine. When she opens up the washer a young Chinese man comes out wearing a clean white shirt. That's where the cries of racism came in. I think we call all agreed that a commercial like that would never have been made in the United States. Can you imagine the makers of Tide  doing this? Neither can I. So forgive me if I am not concerned at all about a commercial that was intended for Chinese consumers. I just don't get why people who live in this country have to involve themselves in this. What should they do, boycott Chinese laundry products? That'll teach 'em. If it were the other way around and we made a commercial that people in China found offensive we'd probably say too bad and mind your own business. Maybe that's exactly what we should be doing here.

    See for yourself right here. And the next time you go to China let them know what you think. I'm sure they'll listen.

...Last week really was a week to remember and all for the wrong reasons. And what would the odds have been that two separate gruesome events would take place in the same city? The first was an assault by a crazed Muslim on an Orlando, Florida night club and the second was an attack by an alligator on a two-year-old boy at Disney World. Could both incidents been avoided? Who knows? In one way you can compare Muslims to alligators because both are natural born killers. Last Tuesday night an alligator snatched a small child who was wading in the water about a foot from the shore. The boy's father jumped in the water and tried to pull the child from the gator but was not successful and rescue crews that included the Florida Fish and Wildlife spent the entire night searching the man-made lake that the gator was living in but were able to find nothing. I can not imagine the anguish that family is going through right now and especially the father. Today's father's day and instead of celebrating that this man now has to go through the rest of his life without his little boy.

It got me wondering why aren't the people down in Florida given free reign to shoot these bastards on site? Make some luggage out of them instead of giving them the opportunity to do something like this again. Shoot them right between the eyes and call it a day. At one time alligators actually were listed as an endangered species under a 1967 law that preceded the 1973 Endangered Species Act. Not anymore. Conservation efforts have now allowed their numbers to increase and as a result the alligator was removed from the list in 1987. So this is our fault. By turning a blind eye to these reptiles their numbers have increased and now they are even more dangerous. I am not in favor of wiping out species of animals that are on the endangered list for no reason at all but I am in favor of killing off the ones who make a habit out of eating people all the time like the alligator and the crocodile.

...I don't think this is a rush to judgment on my part to reduce the population of these reptiles since there are an estimated 1.3 million alligators in Florida. The way I see it that is way too much. And I don't give a shit about their animal rights. They gave that up when they attack people and small toddlers. Put yourself in the shoes of those two parents who now have to go back home to Nebraska without their little boy. I don't even care to think about the nightmares those two will be having in the coming weeks, let alone years. They've got their own guilt they have to live with too. There are "No Swimming" signs at the lagoon where this took place and no one else was in water besides this little boy. This is what they are going to be living with from now on.

...This terrible tragedy was preceded by a few days by another one in Orlando when a crazed Muslim man opened fire on a gay nightclub and the result was the worst mass shooting in American history where almost fifty people were shot to death at the hands of another ISIS supporter living here in the United States. Oh I know what people are going to immediately tell me. The guy that did this was born here. Maybe so but his family is from Afghanistan so I am sure that more than once it was drilled into his head that America is an evil country. This was in all intents and purposes a suicide mission by this man and just to make sure that there was no confusion on anyone's part as to who was behind this he called 911 during the attack to pledge allegiance to ISIS. After the incident was over the Police Chief of Orlando said that it "appeared that he was organized and well-prepared." Of course he was. If there is one thing that ISIS does well is train their followers to be cold-blooded efficient killers and until and unless we come to grip that Islam is a violent and vicious religion, these tragedies will continue to happen.

I am someone who believes that Muslims should not be permitted in our country and that they should not be allowed in for quite a long time, say for the next one or two hundred years. Muslims do NOT like the USA therefore there is NO reason for them to be coming here. The only reason why they want to come here is to apply for welfare. And these Muslims here in the U.S. that the FBI has currently on their "watch" list should not be watched any longer but rather be rounded up and sent back to Syria or Iraq or wherever their families are originally from.

I can hear it now especially from the twenty-something college age kids who have been trained to look for and believe that everything in our country is racist. I don't hate Muslims and I don't want to harm them. Hell, I don't want to harm anyone. But I don't like them or trust them or want anything to do with them. That is because of what they have done for the past fifteen years or so to our country and other countries around the world. If you can't understand that then you are so blinded by political correctness that the simple act of thinking for yourself is something you have not done in a long time and the sad part is you don't even realize it.

I was amazed -well no, not really- to still see support for Muslims after that night club attack. What worried me was when it was announced that it was the worst mass shooting in our history was that there was a Muslim out there somewhere planning something just to break that record. But still, let's remain politically correct here. For those of you in your twenties you probably have a good fifty or sixty years left to live. It concerns me to think about how much progress the Muslims will make here because you all are sitting back allowing it to happen. The only way some of you are going to wake up and realize what is going on is when some Muslim goes on a shooting fest in the town you live in while screaming out Allahu Akbar over and over again and he ends up seriously hurting someone you know. And I don't want that to happen to anyone in here. That is about as clear as I can make myself here.

I know not all of them are bad. No one has to twist my arm to make me believe that. But consider this:  About eight or nine days ago the person behind these killings was a free man in Orlando. You could have walked past him on the street down there and you would have never known you were close to an ISIS member. How many more do we have to be concerned about before these people are dealt with?

...Enjoy your father's day everyone. I hope it is a nice day weather-wise and be safe. Take care.




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Hi Y4L, thanks for your special edition! it's always interesting to read your opinions, as I said you  in other occasion, sometimes I agree in others not.  This time I agree about the alligators/crocodile problems that also occur in my country, and also as part of a country who with a lot of inmmigration I agree that we should permit only people who really respect and work for the country that open their arms.


Best Regards!


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I don't have a problem with anything you said Y4L. Sometimes I might react to something you say on here just to see what your motive was. But I've never been offended by you.

I'm really excited about this father's day, I'm taking my dad to see Brian Wilson in concert - music we'll both really enjoy

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Goredsox34 great way to celebrate with your father!

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The only thing I disagree with is this comment about the Yankees that you made:  "They have a lot of contracts that no teams would touch while they were sober."

I might be wrong, but I think you meant, "They have a lot of contracts that no teams would touch while they were sloshed out of their minds."  Obviously, if they were sober, they would know better to trade for those contracts.  But, if they were stone-cold drunk and were still smart enough to turn down those contracts?  Now, THAT would be an accomplishment!

Thanks for the occasional write-up, too!

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I don't have a problem with anything you said Y4L. Sometimes I might react to something you say on here just to see what your motive was. But I've never been offended by you.


That makes me really happy to know that. I don't write this stuff in here to offend you at all and I am glad you see it in the way I intended it to be. I don't mind you saying to me what the hell are you talking about or are you serious ? Take that Jerry Remy comment today. It was a complete fabrication on my part when I called him Boston's Father of the year. If Boston ever had that kind of award he'd be the last guy to win it. I gave him that award because I was setting up the punch line at the very end. I try to make people laugh in here the best I can.



I'm really excited about this father's day, I'm taking my dad to see Brian Wilson in concert - music we'll both really enjoy

I hope you both have a wonderful time and that the two of you kept yourself hydrated.

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The only thing I disagree with is this comment about the Yankees that you made:  "They have a lot of contracts that no teams would touch while they were sober."

I might be wrong, but I think you meant, "They have a lot of contracts that no teams would touch while they were sloshed out of their minds."  Obviously, if they were sober, they would know better to trade for those contracts.  But, if they were stone-cold drunk and were still smart enough to turn down those contracts?  Now, THAT would be an accomplishment!

Thanks for the occasional write-up, too!

You know what? You're right. Thank you. And I am glad you liked this latest edition.

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That commercial was pretty good.  Now see I wonder how that would go over in the US amongst Caucasian PC people.   Do you have trouble with changing the Black guy into another race?   Or do you have trouble with it being an Asian guy coming out??  Either way, you can't win the argument.  

If we're supposed to be "all accepting", then technically, you should have no trouble with that commercial at all.  She was just changing up to a guy she wanted.  See? It really doesn't matter if you're Black or White (or Yellow or Red).    Ulp!!  I said "yellow" and "red"..... that's racist!!

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That commercial was pretty good.  Now see I wonder how that would go over in the US amongst Caucasian PC people.   Do you have trouble with changing the Black guy into another race?   Or do you have trouble with it being an Asian guy coming out??  Either way, you can't win the argument.  

If we're supposed to be "all accepting", then technically, you should have no trouble with that commercial at all.  She was just changing up to a guy she wanted.  See? It really doesn't matter if you're Black or White (or Yellow or Red).    Ulp!!  I said "yellow" and "red"..... that's racist!!

I understand what you are saying. I think it was crazy the way people got worked up over this. There are a lot of problems in the world and we also have our own individual issues we have to deal with but to be concerned about a commercial from China should not be something to worry about.

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...I am still having a hard time deciding what the biggest upset and surprise was for 2016. Donald Trump winning the seat in the White House or the Chicago Cubs winning the World Series. Got to admit though if you are a Republican and a Cubs fan you had a hell of a year.

...What I am pretty sure of is that Major League Baseball was thrilled with the Cubs victory for breaking their 108 year World Series draught because that meant that Cubs fans would flock to MLB Shop and buy all the over priced gear related to their favorite team finally winning it all.  You want a men's home jersey? $134.99 please. Oh, you want an authentic one? You should have said so.  That will be $261.99. Thank you so much. How about a Cubs World Series hat? You got to have that with the jersey. Only $22.39. Can I interest you in a World Series Champions T-shirt so you can wear it with pride when summer rolls around? Just $27.99. That's a steal! And before you wear your T-shirt you are going to need a hoodie for Opening day because you never know how the weather's going to be in early April at Wrigley. Here's a World Series champion hoodie for only $59.99. Thank you for coming!

...I do not pretend to understand people's views about politics and that has helped me throughout the years because I've never been involved in a political argument. Every time someone talks to me about politics in an attempt to convince me that their views on things make the most sense I always say 'maybe you're right' and that ends it right there. But between you and I and anyone else reading this today I would like to ask why they think things are going to change so much when Trump takes office later this month? Politics is the art of making nothing happen while looking busy at the same time.

...One final thing. If you or someone that you know is upset that Trump is president and Hillary Clinton is not then consider this. The voter turnout for this election was at a twenty year low. What the hell does that tell you? I suppose you can interpret it any way you want but I think a lot of people just didn't give a sh**. How would it have looked had five percent more of registered voters turned out to vote? It could have been different but now I'm just speculating. What I do know for certain is that if you or anyone else did not vote and were not happy with the final tally then you have no reason to be agitated.

A week or so after the election I saw on the local news that a lot of people were so upset with the election results that they were having panic attacks and were beginning therapy. Really? What the hell do they expect Trump to do, add another day to the week so people will have to work more? As ridiculous as that sounds I am confident I could have convinced some of these people that he was considering this. There's a saying that I am sure everyone has heard many times and it goes like this. The more things change the more things remain the same. In other words relax.

...Even though a lot of time has passed, I am still upset at how the Yankees shoved Alex Rodriguez out the door back in August while at the same time allowing an equally unproductive Mark Teixeira (A-Rod hit .200 and Teixeira hit .204) to finish out the year. You can love the guy or not. That's not the issue here. The point is that he deserved a lot more respect than he got from the New York Yankees. The Yanks showed more respect to David Ortiz in September on his last trip to the Stadium when he retired than to Rodriguez a month before. I laughed when Joe Girardi said “My job description does not entail a farewell tour.” Either the guy has a bad memory or he is lying through his teeth. I'll leave that to you to decide because just two years prior he did just that when Captain Wonderful said goodbye to the game. While managing to lead the Yankees to miss the playoffs that year he made sure Jeter was nice and comfortable for the entire season as he refused to drop him in the order because he wasn't hitting at all and the only time he really helped the team was when he wasn't playing. “We’re trying to win,’’ Girardi said. Thanks for the insight Joe. Good thing there isn't any farewell tours for awhile now. Who knows how he would have screwed the next one up.

...I don't know about any of you but probably the best day for me of the entire holiday season has to be Christmas itself because you know when you are walking down the stairs on Christmas morning everything related to sales and buying and buying some more is put away for another year. There ought to be a song for that.

...Hope Solo is going about it in the wrong way if she wants to return to the U.S. women's national team. The team's players are negotiating a new collective bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer and Solo wants them to "hold their ground" to get more pay during the negotiations. It's not exactly the attitude to get back in the good graces of the people who run the women's soccer team but it just goes to show how clear Solo's thinking is. She's probably had one too many soccer balls bounce off her head. If she was a boxer they would say she is punch drunk.

If you recall U.S. Soccer suspended her for six months and terminated her contract because she called the Swedish national team “cowards” following a quarterfinal loss at the Rio Olympics. Naturally she had people defending her and were implying that she was fired because she was a woman. The fact that most people turned a blind eye to the fact that she was arrested for assaulting her sister and nephew, stealing a team van with her husband and drove it while intoxicated and has been a terrible role model for sportsmanship on many occasions even before the Olympics.The team terminated her not for her comments but the culmination of all of the above actions. We do the same thing at our homes each and every time we take out the trash.

...MVP Baseball wasn't even invented yet the last time the Oakland Raiders made the playoffs. That was in 2002. That should give you an idea how long ago that was. Since the Super Bowl blowout the Buccaneers gave the Silver and Black that year there really has not been much to cheer about in Oakland. This year, finally, it was different. The Raiders were winning games. Twelve in all. And a lot of them reminded you of the comeback wins this team used to get all the time back in the 70's. But when Derek Carr went down with a broken leg against the Colts you just knew that the Raiders season ended on that play too. The players and the coaches all said the right things before the Denver and Texas playoff game. Maybe they were trying to convince each other because no one else outside the Raider locker room believed it. I don't blame Matt McGloin or Connor Cook. They just didn't play enough to get into a rhythm. I have confidence in this team because I think they finally got the players that want to win and their draft choices have proved to be a lot more intelligent. No more Jamarcus Russell draft picks. Next year it should be time for the Raiders to win that division, something that they should have done this year.

...And if there was any justice in the world someone like Colin Kaepernick would have broken his leg instead of Derek Carr.

...When I was stationed in San Diego for six months I saw with my own eyes how much the people in that city loved their football team. Don Coryell was the coach of the Chargers at that time and he also owned a sporting goods store in the city. I happened to discover it by accident one day and when I went in there were a few people there buying some Charger and Padres gear. I wasn't there for either one of those teams and about the only thing I saw for the Yankees were as few hats but I did find me a black t-shirt with the Raider shield on it. That's when the hooting and hollering started. They told me I had the wrong shirt and asked me where I was from and if I was on parole from a nearby prison. When I told them I was here because I was in the service they somehow got it into their minds that I didn't know any better because if I did I'd be wearing Charger Blue.

Don Coryell actually came into this store every so often but I never saw him. The people there loved him and San Diego loved the Chargers. They were all over the place when I was there. Radio, TV, papers, you name it. Those people were loyal to that team then and it hasn't changed after all these years. That's why it was so hard for me to see pictures of those fans burning their Charger jerseys and hats. They did not deserve to lose their football team and I am really afraid that the same thing can happen to the Raiders.

When is this going to stop? These NFL owners are blackmailing their cities to get what they want and if they don't get their way they'll leave. The Spanos family who owns the Chargers is worth over two billion dollars. They couldn't use some of their money to build a new stadium? What other teams are next? Jacksonville? Tennessee? Buffalo? Someone else? Trust me, this isn't over. It's just starting. Look, I know this is just a rant of mine but this just isn't right. These owners could care less about the people who buy their tickets and keep them in business and you won't understand unless it happens to your team or your city.

...I miss baseball as soon as the World Series news trickles down but I have to say the best part of the off season is not seeing or hearing or thinking about Michael Kay. How the Yankees managed to get the worst TV play-by-play guy in baseball is embarrassing for a team that is so rich in tradition as they are. The guy spends just as much time praising the other teams as he does the Yankees. The next time he says "see ya!" is when the Yankees are throwing him out the door.

...What the hell is it with Brett Gardner that the Yankees can not get rid of him?

...When Carrie Fisher died a few weeks back Steve Martin made what appeared to be a very nice and respectful twitter post on her passing. He called her beautiful, witty and bright and what should have been just a simple message of respect from one entertainer to another turned out to be another reason for a bunch of people to complain about what Martin wrote. They complained so much that Martin was forced to delete his post despite the fact that he had a lot of supporters who saw what he wrote and had no problem with it. This is what happens when you put an iPad in the hands of ugly, fat women who have never been called pretty or beautiful in their entire life. If they can't be called those things then neither will anyone else.

...My niece watches a TV show on the CW called Supernatural and if you've never seen that show it's something else. Scary as hell. I tried to watch one with her but I never made it. I think she's seen just about all the shows of the series and I got to give her credit because she's not afraid of anything. One time she asked me who I thought was one of the scariest characters I've seen on TV or the movies and my answer had her running to Youtube to see what I meant. I told her that when I was a little kid I used to watch reruns with her mother of Gomer Pyle and every time Sgt. Carter ran into a room you could see how angry he was and he was always yelling. Throughout the years that character has always stayed with me and even when I was in the service and I was getting chewed out for something I could not help of thinking of the late Frank Sutton, who played that character to perfection.


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Man, I missed this! I happen to agree with a lot of what you say.

Voting is down all over the world, not just the US. People are kind of tired of what regular politicians say and do. To me, Trump is just what he always has been - A guy selling a product, and this time he sold himself to the American people. I highly doubt much will change. You put it perfectly when you said politics is the art of making nothing happen while appearing busy. Like a former portuguese dictator once said: When you don't want something done, name a commitee.

About the Jeter-Rodriguez-Teixeira situation, I wonder how many of those decisions actually went through Girardi. I think he's a good manager, and he's done a pretty good job with the material he's had. I mean, there is now way the Yankees top brass let Joe sit Jeter. Or even Teixeira - and he did try to play Austin as much as he could. As for A-Rod, they couldn't wait to push him out the door. I still believe A-Rod is going to be an asset in developing and mentoring young players.

Best day of the holiday season to me? December 27th. That's when it's all over! In all, between Christmas spent with my wife's family and mine, my brother in-law's birthday on the 25th and mine on the 26th, I went through 6 different Christmas\Birthday parties this year. Oh, and that leftover food and cakes and whatnot from all those parties ended up in my refrigerator because my house was the last stop of this whole never-ending Christmas partying. I gained 15 pounds. Seriously. Fifteen. In three days. I'm fighting next friday, so you can guess how fun it was losing all that extra weight.

Goalkeepers are strange in every sport. Hope Solo is just following what's normal for people who don't mind when others shoot things at them.

I don't know much about football (of the american kind that is). I just know that the Portuguese American Football champions are a team started by a guy I went to school with and who is a distant cousin. He's the team president as well. In three years he started the team and now is running all over the competition and they even had some ex-NFL guys on their roster. So that's my team. Go go Lisbon Devils!

I don't dislike Michael Kay because I've only ever heard him. And most of the times, since the games are played at around midnight in Portugal, I watch the games on mute or with very low sound (except when Sanchez hits a ball, that can be heard all the way over here. Wow!)

I'd prefer the Yankees trade Ellsbury, but I get what you're saying.

It's so sad about the Steve Martin tweet. I mean, when is this politically correct thing going to end?! It's not like he insulted anyone, he made a compliment for christ's sake! Grow up already! I always say that the problem with this world isn't dumb people. It's people who think they can think. And they can't apparently.

Want to watch something scary? Turn on the news.

Next week is the Jiu-Jitsu European Championship. Last year, the day before my students fought, I totally ripped off Mariano Duncan and posted this on our board:
"We fight tomorrow. We win tomorrow. That's it"
In english and all. 
I had four people fighting and we got a gold and a bronze medal, everyone fought admirably. Some of the proudest days of my life, and I couldn't stop thinking of out that phrase helped motivate my guys. I'm doing it again this year. Man...baseball!


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About the Jeter-Rodriguez-Teixeira situation, I wonder how many of those decisions actually went through Girardi. I think he's a good manager, and he's done a pretty good job with the material he's had. I mean, there is now way the Yankees top brass let Joe sit Jeter. Or even Teixeira - and he did try to play Austin as much as he could. As for A-Rod, they couldn't wait to push him out the door. I still believe A-Rod is going to be an asset in developing and mentoring young players.

Well, maybe you are right. Maybe Girardi was told to play Jeter no matter what and if that is what happened it cost the Yankees a playoff spot in 2014.

There's no way he should have been hitting second the entire season. He hit .256 that year and only had 149 hits and of those 149 hits he only had 24 extra-base hits. So he really wasn't much of a threat. But the only thing people will remember is that he got the game-winning hit in his final game at Yankee Stadium. The guy went out on a high note and that one hit covered up his entire season of basically being a designated out.

Girardi let Jeter have his farewell tour for the entire season and he enabled him every step of the way. I think the Yankees wanted to keep Jeter happy for the 2014 season because they didn't want him to get mad at them in case he decided to write a book in the future or refuse to attend special events at the stadium when they invite him. That would make them look bad. So they let him bat second day after day when he should have been lower in the order or on the bench when he wasn't hitting. I bet they couldn't wait until that season was done and he left.

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Updated to 1-29

...Donald Trump's inauguration has come and gone and if you'll look around you'll see the world did not come to an end even though some people were certain that that was going to happen. And just like the inauguration ceremonies for Presidents Obama, Bush and Clinton I did not watch any of it. I wanted to be fair. Besides, there was a movie on that I wanted to see. I did read that evening that over two hundred people were arrested in Washington because they protested Trump becoming president. I'd like to know how many of the people who were arrested actually voted back in November. I'll say it again. If people felt so strong about not having Trump in office they should have showed up at the polls. It's like they were depending on others to do their voting for them. I'll admit I am not his biggest fan but he is keeping his word on the Muslim situation.

...They can always try Mexico, Dept Donald Trump signed an executive order barring citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States for the next ninety days and at the same time suspended the admission of all refugees for one hundred twenty days. The only complaint I have about this is that the ban should have been even longer. People from all over the world are upset about this new U.S. policy mainly because while this ban is in place they can't use America as a dumping ground to send these Muslims to. I'm aware that a lot of these refugees are good people who just want to get away from what is going on in their homeland but at the same time we can't risk having some terrorist sneak in so he can plan something in our borders. When Iran found out that they were one of the countries whose citizens were banned they called it an "insult" and in turn they banned U.S. citizens from their country. I'm sure a lot of tears are going to be shed from that decision. Coming from someone who does not like Muslims dating back to what they did to the World Trade Center sixteen years ago I don't mind this at all. The door is temporarily shut on them now. Now we need to lock it.

...One thing I got to ask. This guy's got a lot of money, right? So why is it that he is always wearing the same dark suit, white shirt and red tie?

...Well, one more. Stay the hell off of Twitter. You are the president now. Stop fighting with Hollywood people and anyone else that doesn't agree with you. The office of the presidency should not leave you time to insult Meryl Streep, Alec Baldwin or Madonna. Discretion is the better part of valor and if he doesn't know what that means he can look it up.

...I wouldn't mind one bit if Ivanka Trump gets photographed a lot more because her father is president now. She's a hell of a lot nicer to look at than Chelsea Clinton, whose teeth jut out so much she puts a beaver to shame.

...When Trump's first day in office came and went a realization hit me that made me laugh out loud. Suddenly millions of people did not have Obama to blame for everything anymore and it made me wonder who their scapegoat was going to be next. Certainly not Trump. He's building a wall. :D

...Super Bowl 51 is next week down in Houston and I am going to be forced to end this season as an Atlanta Falcons fan because there is no way in all that is holy that I will be rooting for a Boston team. If the Patriots end up winning this game I am not going to be bummed about it. It's just that when a Boston team wins their fans have to remind you of it over and over again. These people are the worst fans in the country. Philadelphia gets a lot of press for this but they don't compare to Boston. Have you ever gone to a wedding where someone ends up having too much to drink and makes a total jackass of himself? Now multiply that by a stadium full of Patriots fans or Red Sox fans and there you have it.

...Lady Gaga will be performing at the half time show. That's when millions of TV sets around the country will change the channel and check out what is happening at the Puppy Bowl.

....Show me the proof, Dept: People think I hate the city of Boston because of the Red Sox. Nonsense! That's only part of it. Mostly it's because of the people. The night before the AFC Championship game a Patriots fan sneaked into the Logan Airport Hilton where the Steelers were staying and pulled the fire alarm in the middle of the night. He did it because he said he was dared to by his friends and when he was reluctant to go through with it they triple-dog dared him and as everyone knows when that is said to you there is no way you can back out. So he then walked into the hotel, stumbled to the first fire alarm he saw and pulled it. His friends were waiting for him in the car and they took off but did not get far when they were caught by the Massachusetts state police. According to the arrest report this loyal Patriots fan told police “I’m drunk, I’m stupid, I’m a Pats fan.” No kidding? What Patriots fan isn't? The fan was charged with disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and setting off a false fire alarm and the Patriots announced the next day that they will be paying all legal fees for him because he showed the "true spirit of a New England Patriots booster." The Red Sox got involved too as they gave this guy season tickets for the upcoming 2017 season. There's even talk of him throwing out the first pitch. Stupidity pays in Boston. They always claim to be a well-bred and educated city that boasts such prestigious schools like Harvard and M.I.T. But the reality is that Boston is full of blue collar trash.

...Did you see where McDonald's now has three versions of the Big Mac? There is a small Big Mac called the "Mac Jr" and it's a a smaller, single-patty cheeseburger with all the ingredients of the regular Big Mac. And the "Grand Mac" is an even larger version of the Big Mac, with 61% more beef and it weighs 1/3rd of a pound. They're really pushing these new items and they really want the bigger one to be a hit because it compares to Burger King's Whopper. McDonald's is making sure to let everyone know that the same ingredients are included in both of them but they have not mentioned how much more fat and calories this big one is going to bring to the table. It's like they don't want you to even think about it until you put ten pounds on without thinking about it.

...And Yankee fans? Forget any hope for C.C. Sabathia for reporting next month in any kind of shape. He'll be knocking off so many Grand Macs that they'll have to hire more people at the McDonald's he goes to.

...And any hope for the Red Sox that David Ortiz changes his mind and comes back one more year is gone now too. That guy knows how to put 'em away too.

...Despite their roster cleaning that they did last year and their focus on youth, the Yankees could not resist in signing thirty-seven-year-old Matt Holliday last month to a one year contract worth thirteen million dollars. Like an alcoholic who sneaks a drink they just couldn't help themselves when they saw him out on the market minding his own business. After three sub-par seasons the Cardinals said goodbye and see you later and the Yankees won the bidding war against themselves to put him into pinstripes for this upcoming season. “I think I have a lot left,” Holliday said last week at Yankee Stadium. I don't know if he was trying to convince himself or the Yankees. Well, at least it was a one year deal. Cashman learned his lesson with Beltran.

...Johnny Manziel said last week that he wants to get back into football again and admitted that he did not like the person that he was last year because he was "lost in the sauce." He wasn't just lost he was swimming in it. This guy made a lot of mistakes and he played himself off the roster of the Cleveland Browns and he really made himself look bad but at the same time there has been a lot of players who have been suspended or released who have returned to the league and continued playing. Manziel was his own worst enemy and he probably had a bunch of people sponging off of him and telling him he was doing nothing wrong. He needed some real friends to straighten him out but you know how it is when someone listens to you and it goes in one ear and out the other. Manziel ignored them until it was too late. If someone like Adrian Peterson can return to the Vikings after child abuse charges then Manziel has a chance. But he has to show it. He just can't say it.

...ESPN has dropped commentator Doug Adler after he compared Venus Williams to a "gorilla" at the recent Australian Open even though he has repeatedly said the word he used was "guerrilla". Even though Adler has apologized for the misunderstanding and despite the admission by ESPN when they said that the two words are pronounced similarly and therefore it was impossible to say for certain which word Adler spoke, they still removed him from his remaining assignments. Is this how bad things are now? Well, we don't know if you did anything wrong and we really can't prove anything but social media says you are guilty so that means you are. Just once I'd like to see a company stand up to these idiots on Facebook and Twitter and just ignore the hell out of them. These people need to realize that not everything that happens and everything that is said is not a major incident to be made a big deal out of. I never heard of this guy until now and I didn't watch the Australian Open but the two words do sound alike and if he says it was a misunderstanding then just take him at his word and stop acting all shocked and offended.

...Not too long ago I got a letter in the mail inviting me to join a neighborhood community that is on a website called nextdoor.com. Nextdoor is a private network for your neighborhood and it helps you connect with your neighbors about the things going on around you. You can post something that you want to give away or you can welcome someone to the area, etc. There's also a lost and found section too. Before I joined this website the neighbors across the street from me lost their cat and were spending a few days walking up and down the street looking for it. They knocked on my door asking me if I saw it but I hadn't. The lady told me that the cat was an indoor cat and they had the door open and that's when he ran out. I'd have to say the cat was gone for almost a week and when he was gone that long I thought he'd never be found but then I read on the site that they found him in a neighbor's garage and they brought home. I was pretty happy about that because this all happened a few weeks ago and at the beginning of this month it was pretty cold and I imagine it had to be worse for an animal that is used to being inside all the time.

Well, after I learned that the cat was home safe and warm I sent them a message telling them how happy I was because this woman was a wreck about not having her cat with her and then I asked them what steps could be taken for it to not happen again because losing a pet once is more than enough. Any cat owner will tell you that these animals are extremely fast and eventually you are going to have to open up your door again to go out. I went on to say that the winter has a long way to go and I didn't want anything to happen to their cat. They said I brought up a good question and they thanked me for my concern because they know I was looking for the cat every time I went outside.

Imagine my surprise the next day when I received an e-mail from the website informing me that someone read my comment and that anonymous person deemed it "offensive and inappropriate." It's been a few weeks now and I still can not understand it. I was told by some people who have been there for awhile that there are some people who do nothing but complain on that site and once I found that out I wanted nothing else to do with it. I got a lot of support for my comment that 99.9% of the people saw as no problem at all but one person decided they didn't like it and an issue had to be made of it.

Nothing was done about it and to this day I don't know who complained or why but it made me happy that I am not a well-known person because if certain people read these random thoughts (Bostonians, people from Florida, Philadelphia and Detroit, politically correct people and Muslims) they'd be going ballistic and making my life a living hell. :D

...Recently a judge in Illinois sentenced a woman to forty-three years in jail for the murder of her eleven-year-old daughter. This little girl had a very short and hard life because she was kept locked up in a closet that only had a sink in it and was fed a bowl of cereal a day by her mother. She died in September of 2014 when her mother punched her in the stomach so hard that she developed an infection that ended up killing her. At the time of her death she weighed only sixty-seven pounds. When you think you can not be shocked anymore you suddenly find out you still can. The problem I have with this long prison sentence is that the woman is only thirty-five. She can still serve all her time and be released when she is in her late seventies, provided nobody kills her first. And since she is ineligible for early release, Illinois tax payers will be footing the bill for her for over forty years since there is no death penalty there. When she goes to prison she should be treated exactly like she treated her daughter. They should put her in a closet with just a sink and give her only one bowl of cereal per day to see how she can handle it. But that won't happen. The sad part is she will be fed better in prison than she fed her own child.

..Checking in with Florida, Dept: A twenty-three year old man was arrested in Pensacola, Florida on charges that he has been having sex with the family pit bull for years. No one would have ever been the wiser about it until one of his own family members notified the authorities after she saw the man take the pit bull to his room and engage in sexual contact with her. The woman, who happened to be the man's sister, told police that the dog has been sodomized more than one hundred times in the past few years and she was getting very tired of her brother choosing to have sex with the dog instead of her. If it were anyone else the first time this would have happened the police would have been called and the dog taken away. But with these redneck white trash they let it go on until someone got jealous.

...And I bet that every time this guy got done giving the business to the dog he never once thanked her, said he loved her or sent her flowers.

...What the hell is it with people broadcasting their suicides on Facebook now? A month ago a little twelve-year-old girl hung herself and last week a fourteen-year-old Florida girl hung herself in her bathroom. Also, a thirty-three-year-old actor named Jay Bowdy told his followers that were watching via live-stream that he was going to do himself in and true to his word he did just that. It is not my intent to try and inject some humor in this because I don't see anything funny here. This is not an isolated incident with these three people too. Obviously they were all very troubled and depressed and had different reasons for ending their lives. But what I don't get is broadcasting it live so people can watch it happen. Whoever saw this as it was going on has an image in their mind that they will never get rid of for the rest of their lives. Social media. It gets worse every day.

...Right now little is known about the circumstances surrounding Yordano Ventura's and Andy Marte's fatal crashes in the Dominican Republic one week ago. Toxicology reports won’t be completed for weeks and in Ventura's case, mountainous terrain and foggy conditions may have been contributing elements. What is known is that they were both driving at a high rate of speed and with the poor condition of the roads in that country you had to wonder what was going through their heads at the time.  I'm sure that there has been some talk about alcohol being a contributing factor but before the official cause of death is released to the public I am not going to assume that. But drunk or not they were still speeding and they would have had better luck driving blindfolded at night on the hills of Tennessee than on those roads in the Dominican. We only hear about this when someone from the sports world dies down there because I am sure this happens quite a lot to someone who does not hit or throw fastballs for a living. R.I.P. to both of them.

...And before I sign off I want to give my condolences to Mary Tyler Moore, who passed away last week at the age of eighty. I first saw her on the Mary Tyler Moore show back in the 1970's and I could not get enough of her and the rest of that talented cast. Youtube has full episodes posted on there and if you've never seen it I am sure you'll like it, especially Ted Knight's Ted Baxter character who stole just about every scene he was in. Rest in peace Ma'am.

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...Ok, let me get this one out of the way before I get on to the fun stuff. Last week's Super Bowl was probably the best one I've seen in years and that includes the one nine years ago when the New York Giants ruined the Patriots perfect season. If you look back on the fourth quarter of last week's game you could see it coming. Everything Atlanta did right in the first half they couldn't do then and visa versa. It did look like a comfortable lead when it was 28 - 3 but then all of a sudden I thought of the Bills - Oilers playoff game in 1993 when Houston had a 35 - 3 lead over Buffalo and they saw the Bills come roaring back as they lost the game in overtime to them. So, in the back of my mind I knew it was possible but at the same time did not want to see history repeating itself. But it did and New England earned it and their fourth quarter showed why they have been champions for so long. And that's where I end this. That will be the last time I praise or congratulate a New England team for the rest of the decade and probably the next one too. I feel so dirty.

...Thank you Tom Brady, Dept: While no motivation was needed for me to continue hating New England after my rare public praise of one of their teams, Tom Brady was kind enough to provide me with one anyway. Next month he is going to be at a autograph session and if you plan on going and want to get the John Hancock of the five-time Super Bowl winner you are going to have to have a lot of cash. In fact, you better dip into your savings. Here are the rock-bottom sale prices for each item:

                              Footballs....$1,000 each.
                              Autographed photo....$850.
                              Patriots mini-helmet....$900
                              Brady "game day" style jersey....$1,200  (add another $400 and he will add "5X SB CHAMP" to the jersey. And (this gets even better) for another $500 he will add a twenty character personalization to it, bringing the total to $2,100.)

        The sad part is that people will pay and not think twice when they do it. The guy is a multi-millionaire and he's going to make his fans pay this much for this stuff? What about those little kids who think this guy walks on water? How are they going to pay for any of this? Thanks Tom. Thanks for getting me back on the right path back to hating everything your city is about. What a guy!

...Besides the Patriots the biggest winner in the Super Bowl was a company named GNC. GNC (General Nutrition Store) purchased air time to have one of their ads played during a break in the action at the big game. Four days after FOX approved their advertisement it was rejected by the NFL. The reason why was that a few of the products that GNC sells are banned by the league. That decision by the NFL was the best thing to happen to this company because instead of paying five million dollars (or more) for a Super Bowl ad they are now getting five million dollars worth of free advertising.  While trying to suppress a smile the CEO of GNC expressed disappointment that the ad could not be aired but he said that it will still be aired on television and other platforms. I'm trying to understand this. The NFL won't let them air their ad because some of their players abused GNC's products? They come down hard on them for that but game after game and year after year it's ok to push beer onto their fans because everyone knows that beer is completely harmless.

...Welcome back baseball, we missed you, Dept: The last time we saw a baseball game was back in November when the Cubs somehow managed to win the entire thing. It's been over three months now and I still can't believe it. Well, we are going to find out if they are good enough to defend their title or sink down to fourth place where they belong because Spring Training opens this week with all teams reporting to their respective camps. Sixteen of the teams have their pitchers and catchers report tomorrow and one team, the American League Champion Indians, open up today in Goodyear, Arizona. They sure had one of those last year and Tribe fans are hoping for one more victory this year so they can really go nuts. I'll be cheering them on as soon as the Yankees eliminate themselves on Labor Day. :D

...I'm not defending the St. Louis Cardinals here and I even think they got off lucky by only losing a couple of draft choices and some money to the Astros but don't you think that if they hired a better hacker they would have got away with it?

...High-fives to the Baltimore Orioles, who refused to sign selfish and moody Jose Bautista over the off-season because their fans did not want that guy wearing an Oriole uniform. Even though they knew his right handed bat would have helped in their lineup their fans would have stayed away by the thousands in protest or would have used Bautista's head as target practice for anything they could find to throw at him. Let him stay in Toronto. He fits right in there so well it's like he was born there.

...I don't know how the spring is going to work out for the Yankees and I admit they have a lot of questions. Will Luis Severino bounce back? How about Greg Bird from his surgery? Who will strike out more, Aaron Judge or Chris Carter? How well will Gary Sanchez do for an entire year up in the majors? I can play the what-if game about this team until the sun comes up tomorrow because that's how many questions I think they have but there are at least five positive things I can come up with right now.

             1. Mark Teixeira is gone and he is not coming back. Just looking at first base on opening day and not seeing him there will bring tears to my eyes. I'll miss his glove but not his strikeouts, pop ups and double play balls. I hope he doesn't show up for spring training because he might jinx someone.

             2. Brian McCann is gone. He was another one of the superstar free agents that the Yankees seem to be always drawn. Even though they didn't need him he was there and what the hell, may as well get him. It's only money. They're like women who can not resist going into a shoe store when a sale is going on. Even though they may not need anything they got to go in and you know once they are in there they won't leave empty handed. Good riddance to this guy.

             3. This is C.C. Sabathia's final year with the Yankees as his contract runs out as soon as the 2017 season is completed. I only have two words for him. Get out.

             4. Welcome back Adrolis Chapman. Now I am going to sit back and wait until he drills Jackie Bradley, Jr. and Mookie Betts, Boston's two biggest hot dogs and show offs now that David Ortiz has retired and moved into a Dairy Queen in a Boston suburb.

             5. The World Baseball Classic is this year. While indirectly this has nothing to do with the Yankees, I can't wait to see what country shows up these overpaid millionaires on the American team this year. There's been three already and the red, white and blue have not come close yet.

...Last week a rattlesnake slithered out of the toilet in a West Texas home and the family had to call a snake removal company to remove it. Luckily the snake was discovered before anyone sat down. When the company arrived they captured the bathroom intruder and after an inspection of the house the guy found thirteen adult rattlesnakes inside the cellar and ten underneath the house. That's enough to supply you with a few years worth of nightmares. I'll tell you one thing, if I lived there and had to go to the bathroom I'd go to the nearest gas station before I sat on that toilet.

...Just an observation here but if the new administration would worry about the country as much as they care about what happens on Saturday Night Live  we may start to make some progress. Never mind. I'm talking nonsense. I need to lay down. :D

...I am not in full agreement with a lot of things coming out of Washington these days and that includes the people surrounding the President. This Sean Spicer guy has a pretty bad attitude along with a face that looks like it is there waiting to be punched. And where the hell did Trump dig up this Kellyanne Conway woman? I'm trying to figure out how many face lifts she's had. I'm going with five. But what I am in agreement with is the travel ban on those seven Muslim countries. It is amazing how much these people are treated like victims here. It seems to me that for some people what happened on that September day sixteen years ago is forgiven and forgotten and there's no hard feelings. These people are the worst of the worst and if you don't believe me go ask France.

At the same time I know there have been a lot of good people being screwed by this travel ban. People who have lived here for years can not get back into the country and some who have not left the United States at all are being deported. These are the same people who are being hurt by this more than anybody else and who have no say when they see their families torn apart. So, I understand the frustration here and it all can be traced back to 2001 and what these people have been doing since then. They have been killing people all over the world in unspeakable ways all in the name of their religion and people are getting tired of it.

Life was a lot better and much easier before these people took out the towers, part of the Pentagon and crashed another plane in Pennsylvania. Why isn't this drilled into the public's heads? I'm kind of curious as to how schools teach what went on back in 2001. In this politically correct world I am sure that the kids are taught that only a small number of Muslims did this. That's true. There would have been more but some of them didn't have money for the plane ticket so they had to do their cheering on the ground. But not all Muslims are bad!!! Oh, do I hear that a lot. And believe it or not I have to agree with this and I am not saying it reluctantly. I am sure that there are a lot of good people that want to come here that are tired of what's going on there and there are already good people here right now that are no threat to anyone. But how do we know which ones coming in are just playing possum until they are let loose in society? We still have a lot of tall buildings here and everyone knows how much those people like blowing up things. The problem with this ban or at least when the ban is put back into place is that we don't know which refugee wants to come here and live and which ones want to come here and die.

...Major League Baseball has come up with another ingenious way to screw up the National Pastime and all I can say is I wonder what they are going to come up with next? Starting in the low minor leagues this year a runner will be placed on second base at the start of extra innings. If you think this is a lousy idea just imagine what the pitcher must be thinking when he walks out to the mound in the tenth inning and before he throws one pitch he's already given up a double. The purpose of this rule is to increase the action in the game once extra innings begin. I think it is a horrible idea but Joe Torre, the former Yankee manager who is now MLB’s Chief Baseball Officer thinks it is a good idea and is a strong proponent of the new rule. Of course he is. Baseball picked the right guy for this job because he goes along with whatever they say without objection. I am an old-fashioned baseball traditionalist and these new rules designed to speed up the game or tinker with it are getting worse and worse. If they really want to speed up the game they'll tell FOX not to air so many commercials between innings because a quarter of them are promoting shows on their network. That will speed it up right there. But this?? A bunt and a fly ball can win the game and when that happens I bet the losing manager will be fit to be tied. You know what? I got an idea. If you don't want to sit through extra innings then just leave. Or change your channel.

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