Saturday, July 4, 2015

Trevor Bauer's Multiple Batting Stances...And a Question



Friday night the Cleveland Indians began a weekend stand in Pittsburgh, which means the Tribe pitchers get to pretend to be hitters...And in the 7th inning started Trevor Bauer had a little fun at the expense of a few of his teammates and their unique batting stances...

The video won't embed because MLB.com sucks...So here is a LINK

It's just under 4 minutes long, but worth a watch...

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After the walk, Bauer stayed active on the base-paths...Taking a good lead, and when Pirates reliever, Bastardo bounced one infront of the plate, Bauer jumped out for an extended lead towards second...Cervelli picked it, and cocked back to throw...Bauer dove back to first, covering himself in mud, since it was pouring rain the whole game...As Cervelli came forward and then pulled the throw down, you could see him laughing under his mask...

I have to say, I loved seeing this young kid having fun out there...I loved seeing him working the count, fouls off balls, earning a walk...I loved seeing his energy and taking that big lead, then diving back to first...I can't tell you the last time I've seen a pitcher dive back to a bag...If all pitchers had fun with it like Bauer did, and if they all actually got into game and played like he was on the base-paths, I'd be all for doing away with the DH, league wide...But most pitchers don't put in the time and effort...It bothers me that in 2015 there is still a level of surprise when a pitcher gets a couple hits in a game...When he does more then bunt a runner over...When we aren't saying, 'It's just the pitcher, I'm going for a piss and another beer.'

Besides eliminating fan voting for the All-Star Game, I've always felt, that if I was the Supreme Ruler of Baseball, I'd put the DH in, league wide...But Bauer may be pushing me the other way...Maybe mandatory BP and base-runningdrills for all pitchers and get rid of the DH....

What do you think?

 PS: the Indians and Bauer won 5-2

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Hockey Hall of Fame is Bullshit...



Yesterday the Hockey Hall of Fame announced their latest class...And at first glance, it looks like a legit class...But like all sports Hall of Fames, it's tainted with politics and bullshit...

Issue #1...It took too long to put Phil Housley in...Housley has been eligible since 2006, and just made it...He is second all-time in scoring among U.S. born players...He is fourth in scoring among Defensemen with 1,232 points...(338 G...894A)...He did this over 23 seasons...The only reason any Hall of Fame voters have given to justify why it has taken so long, is that Housley was often gruff, and not the best at talking to reporters....Boy, we hear this all the time with the different Hall of Fame voters...'He wasn't our buddy...he didn't buy us drinks and get us laid...He didn't like talking to us after a loss.'  Fuck you whining cocksuckers!  Housley was a Hall of Fame Player and backed it up with the numbers...What you twats did was Bullshit!

This year's class was dominated with defensemen...Also getting in are Nicklas Lidstrom, 6th among defensemen in scoring, and was a rock for the Detroit Red Wings winning the Norris Trophy 7 times, one less then Bobby Orr, and played of 4 Stanley Cup winning teams...

Then there is Sergei Fedorov a Center during that Red Wings dynasty...He finished his career with 1,179 points...He also racked up a bunch of awards in his career...These two first ballot guys were no-brainers...

That brings us to Issue #2...Chris Pronger....Compared to his blue-line counterparts who got in, Pronger is 26th all-time among defensemen scoring...698 points in 1167 games...I have always felt Pronger was overrated, and I feel even more validated by the numbers...Yes, he was D-man, and he played physical and good defensive hockey...Well so did the guy sitting at 30th on the all-time defensemen scoring sheet...James Patrick was a rock solid D-man who played 1280 games and racked up 639 points...So why exactly is Pronger going in and Patrick isn't?

But even worse the this...As I referenced in my Monday Moaning blog, Pronger was traded this past weekend...He still has an active contract...So please tell me how the fuck is a guy with an active contract, that got traded 3 days ago, eligible to get into the Hall of Fame?

BULLSHIT!

I don't care about the "Builders' Category, or the Females they have started putting in, so I won't get into those names...I will link some players who aren't in, and should be...

Theoren Fleury

Dave Andeychuk

Steve Larmer

Jeremy Roenick

Mike Vernon

And yeah, I'm putting the Beezer in there too...

John Vanbiesbrouck



Monday, June 29, 2015

The Primes They are a Changin'



There is a trend in hockey that has changed in my lifetime...What trend is that? It's the "Prime" of players careers...When I was kid, NHL players, hit their "Prime" around 27, 28, 29 years old...These days, the elite NHL players hit their "Prime" around 23-26 years old...

We'll use Sidney Crosby as our example...I don't like Sid the skid, but he is the guy who many have called the best player in the NHL for almost 10 years...Crosby is now 27 years old, and his numbers have declined...And over the past couple years when you look at fantasy hockey forecasts, he is not the #1 guy on draft boards...Last depending on where you looked, he had slipped out of the top 3...But that's just fantasy right...

Like I said his numbers have fallen...And he has had some injury issues...He's wearing down...In 10 years Crosby has played 627 regular season NHL games...13 Olympic games...9 World Championship games...100 NHL Playoff games...That's 749 hockey games in ten years...Along with multiple concussions...Based off his offensive numbers Crosby's prime was between the '06-'07 season and the '09-'10 season...In that time Crosby played 290 regular season games with 404 points, with 62 playoff games and 101 playoff points...Since 2010 the numbers have fallen...

By comparison, Tyler Seguin is 23 and said to be hitting his "Prime" now...He was last year and is this year's #1 projected fantasy pick...Seguin has 5 NHL seasons under his belt...In those 5 seasons he's played 354 regular season games with 282 points, and 48 playoff games with 21 points...

So why is it said that Seguin is hitting his "prime" at 23, with half the experience of Crosby, who (in my youth)  at 27 would have been said to be hitting his "prime," but now is said to be "starting to look at the back-end of his career?"....

It's simple...the elite players now, are coming into the NHL at 18 or 19 years old...they're playing a longer NHL season...They're playing an extended playoff season...They're playing World Championships, and Olympics...And they're playing in a era where the game has gotten faster...the players are bigger, faster, and stronger...Their bodies are having a helluva toll being put on them...You have to hit your "Prime" by 24, because by 27 you have headaches and you're icing your knees twice a day...And some of this may also be why the idea of seeing NHL superstars regularly put up 100 point seasons seems like a memory as well...

I wonder what the "Prime" for bloggers is?


Monday Moaning




Wow!  Seriously, how else do you respond to walking into this bedroom...Or for that matter what other way do you react after the Boston Bruins spent draft weekend destroying their franchise even more then former GM Peter Chiarelli did...

This weekend was the NHL Draft but most of the talk leading up to it, and during, was all about trades...Many expected the Toronto Maple Leafs to be active, trying to move asshole Phil Kessel and whatever other dead-weight Mike Babcock want to be rid of...But no, it was other teams that were busy...

We'll start with Buffalo since they got things rolling Friday morning...Buffalo traded the #21 overall pick to Ottawa for goalie Robin Lehner and center David Legwand...Then Buffalo traded D- Nikita Zadorov, F- Mikhail Grigorenk (who has not lived up to the potential and hopes he came with), F- J.T. Compher and pick #31 for C- Ryan O'Reilly and F- Jamie McGinn...O'Reilly is good, a solid two-way center but the offensive numbers aren't up to where his agents has his sights set money wise...Colorado didn't want to deal with those negotiations again next year...But it could work out in Buffalo...Mix those additions with 2nd overall pick C- Jack Eichel, and last years 1st roand pick C- Sam Reinhart, the Sabres are suddenly stacked at Center, and Lehner will get his chance at finally being "the man" between the pipes...The Sabres got better this weekend...

Then we come to Boston...Thursday they traded Carl Soderberg to Colorado for a 6th round pick...Considering the Avalance then Signed Soderberg to a 5 year $23.75 million deal, the Bruins should have gotten more then a 6th rond pick...Then he Bruins, again traded away an elite, you player, this time D- Dougie Hamilton...He was sent to Calgary for the 15th, 45th, and 52nd overall picks...Next, they traded LW- Milan Lucic to the Kings for the 13th overall pick, backup goalie Martin Jones and a prospect...So the Bruins opened the draft with 3 first round picks...You can do some serious rebuilding on the fly with that...Instead they drafted 3 guys that most teams didn't have going in the first round...Our friend Sully is very pissed folks...Very pissed...

My Rangers needed to get some cap space, because they have some key guys to resign...The biggest name being talked about was backup goalie Cam Talbot...Thursday there was an offer of two 2nd round picks for Talbot...Overrated GM Glen Sather said no...He wanted more...He wanted at least a first rounder plus...For a 27 year old backup, with limited experience...Well, that pipe-dream got squashed when late Friday night/early Friday Morning the Vancouver Canucks traded proven goalie, Eddie Lack to Carolina for a third round pick and a seventh round pick....Fucked up Glen!

Following on twitter it read as if Sather was in a panic talking to everyone Saturday...Then it broke, the Rangers traded F- Carl Hagelin the 59th and 179th overall picks to Anaheim for Emerson Etem and the 41st overall pick...Hate seeing Hags go...Etem is a similar player style wise...A bit younger, and will cost a good deal less...Some dickhead Rangers fans dogged Hagelin trying to justify the move, blasting his offensive numbers...Yeah, he never score 30-40 goals, because he played in a defensive system, played on the penalty kill and not the power play, and was stuck on a line with old man Martin St. Louis most of this year...It was a money move, and they got a body back...It is what it is...

Then the Rangers traded Ryan Haggerty to Chicago for backup goalie Antti Raanta...Good deal, Raanta is solid...So then you knew Talbot was gone...He was moved to Edmonton along with 7th round pick, for a 2nd, 3rd, and 7th...Idiots could have had two 2nds!

There were a lot of draft picks moved around the board, and some other players here and there, but nothing major...Well, there was a somewhat odd one with Arizona...They traded Sam Gagner and a couple picks for a solid defenseman, Nicklas Grossmann and Hall of Fame candidate, Chris Pronger....Huh!

While Pronger is not an active player, his contract is active...This move frees up cap space for Philly, but it also helps the Coyotes...His contract will give them the boost to take them to the salary floor...Another odd thing about Pronger's contract being active, is that he has been working for the NHL in their Player Safety Department...Definitely the oddest draft weekend trade...

-Moving  on to a different topic after B.O.B. posted THIS Q-O-T-D about Russell Wilson...Rumor floating around is that Wilson wants to be the highest paid QB in the NFL...I actually got to learn all about this via my phone while walking my dog...We were away this weekend at my in-laws assisted living home, and my two sister-in-laws came in from Massachusetts as well...I walked the dog a lot to get away from people...So here is the scoop...

Technically he’s not asking to be the highest paid QB in the NFL...His agent is asking for at least 80% of his contract to be guaranteed which never happens in the NFL…Wilson's agent is a Baseball agent, where contracts are guaranteed…he’s trying to change the game in the NFL where career ending injuries are more likely...And I'll tell ya what...With how fucked up ex-football players are, I don't blame him at all!

-Now, the last thing you NEED to checkout is Charlotte McKinney...



When faced with question about how "ugly girls" have to be the funny ones, and good at giving blowjobs, Charlotte responded with this...

"Oh my God, I actually was thinking about this the other day–there are girls that I know that won’t even give blowjobs, and I guess it’s because they think they’re too hot, or something? It’s such bullshit."

I don't think there is anything else we need to know about her...She's a goer!

Have a week...

Friday, June 26, 2015

Guilty Pleasures (vol. 2)



"American Pickers"....No, she's not one of them, but better looking then the two stars...And her tits aren't covered in tats like the chick on the show...

I have always hated "Reality TV" and refuse to watch...Yes, I've watched things like Chopped...I did a couple of seasons of Hell's Kitchen, but come on, that one is so scripted it's unreal...But otherwise, no way...And I have had countless rants about how annoying I find it that The History Channel has "Reality Shows" about pawn shops and building motorcycles and whatever else...I love History...I loved the History Channel...My Dad always called it the "Hitler Channel," because in the early days it was all WWII and Hitler stuff...

Then a few years ago, I was picking the kids up from my parents house...They were having a snack and glued to the TV...They just ignored me...My dad walked me into the kitchen and told me how they love this show, and he was explaining it to me...I thought it was really weird that kids were enthralled by a couple of guys, Mike Wolfe from Iowa, and Frank Fritz from Illinois, rummaging through people's junk...And really that's how I was viewing it as I caught glimpses of the show...It seemed odd that this is something that would catch my father's eye, let alone, my kids wanting to sit calmly and watch it...

I blew it off...Where is my Hitler coverage...Show me some footage of  U.S. ships shooting down Japanese Zeros...



So one day I'm sitting in my chair, relaxing, flipping around the tube with the remote...My son walks in..."Wait, stop, I love this show!"  It was American Pickers on The History Channel...So, as I often do, I give in to what the kids want to watch, unless Hockey is on!  Then My daughter comes down stairs..."Oh, I love this one!"  

What!?!   How often did they watch this at my folks?

So, I sat there and watched this show...I had to see what it was all about...So these guys are dealing with hoarders, and collectors, and digging through junk...And they are buying things that I would never think to buy...Haggling over prices that I would never pay...But then, they would cut in with little tidbits about these items...Giving the history of them...What they were used for, where they were made, when they started disappearing...

As the show went on, they're buying old bike, motorcycle, and car parts...Buying old cars...Buying old Texaco signs...Old school Coke machines my kids never saw, and I only saw in movies...Old toys...My kids love when they came across vintage toys from the 60, 50's, 40's, 30's, 20's...What!  It's amazing the condition some of these things are in...

After a little while, I was hooked...Why? Because as they say in their tag line, "We make a living telling the history of America...one piece at a time."


The show really does fill you in with a ton of History...And these guys are serious Motorcycle and Car guys...I'm so far from that it's unreal...But I have found myself learning about the little details about why this company did this, and why that company  did that...Why they stopped making this thing...And so much of the stuff, the old signs, and the old odd pieces here and there that were in some long lost Soda Fountain, or General Store...It takes you back to a different time...I think a better time...

I've got going to Memphis and Nashville, both great music cities, on my bucket list...When I get to Nashville, I'll be making a stop at Mike's second store, to checkout some overpriced junk, from our country's great past...

I also, out of nowhere, all because of this show, really want a 40's era Knucklehead with a sidecar...



Stay tuned for the next guilty pleasure....

Thursday, June 25, 2015

The NHL Continues to Make Mistakes



And no...They didn't sign her!

As I posted Wednesday afternoon HERE the NHL has decided to totally screw up overtime...That whole think makes me nuts...3-on-3 overtime play can totally tilt the ice...And again the league is out there doing their best to kill Defense...Then the media dolts will start bashing goalies as their Goals Against Averages will start climbing over 3.00, and then closer to 4.00...Sometimes you just need to leave things alone, and enjoy them for the beauty they have...There is just as much beauty to playing great defense as there is in some fancy finesse goal scoring...It's just that the average Joe...The casual fan is too damn lazy to look and watch those little nuanced details...

But now to the other NHL news that broke late Wednesday afternoon...

The NHL has confirmed that they are open to expansion and will begin vetting expansion applications...

It's official...They're nuts...First, you have a team that right now, doesn't have a home arena...Yep, Arizona...If nothing else you look to move them where they'll be treated better (by city officials) and have a stable fanbase...The Coyotes have a wealth of young talent coming up, and have the potential to be a player within the next couple years...Get them some stability...Since this franchise had been ripped from Winnipeg, it's had hot and cold spells with it's fanbase...It's also had some bad ownership in the past, to the point where the NHL had to take control of the franchise in 2009 after then owner Jerry Moyles filed for bankruptcy...

Then you have the Florida Panthers...1. Florida does not need, or deserve 2 NHL Franchises...Tampa Bay has won a Stanley Cup, and made a great run through the Finals this year before losing to Chicago...They have a wealth of talent and are run well...You gotta leave them alone...(side note, the Cup winning Lightning team didn't get a chance to defend their title and build on their momentum, becase the following season was killed by a lockout)....But the Panthers, suck...They don't draw well...2012 was the first time they made the playoffs in 12 years...They had a run to the Stanley Cup finals in 1996, before they were swept by a much more talented Patrick Roy and Colorado Avalanche...But seriously, they make bad draft picks...Bad free-agency signings...and they don't draw...It's fucking Florida, how much damn hockey can that state really support!?!

So, you move these two franchise...In the last decade there have been too many NHL franchises that have struggled...Atlanta struggled horribly...What did they do...They moved them...got a team back to the good people of Winnipeg...Ottawa, and Buffalo are just getting back on track after some serious financial scares...And those are fucking hockey towns...

Now before anyone says Las Vegas...Fucking shut up...Please stop saying a franchise in Vegas would be great...It wouldn't...It would put players at a higher risk of getting into trouble...Both the home team and players visiting...What the fuck are you going to do on an off day in Vegas?  Do some gambling, rack up huge debt...Get a couple hookers...They lace your 9th drink with something, post your little dick on Instagram while you're past out...Maybe they try to blackmail you, you snap take a swing at her phone, her face gets in the way...You're fucking locked up, and your team releases you when the news breaks...

Besides all those sweet ass possibilities, a franchise in Vegas would just flat-out fail...It will have a quick fling, and then pass...

Kansas City, OKC, Milwaukee are all talked about...Won't work in any of those cities...The great people of Milwaukee can't afford a NBA team and a NHL team...Kansas City is great to the Chiefs and Royals, but I don't think the have the NHL in them...

Quebec...Yeah, that could work...It makes perfectly good sense to get another team in Canada...You know it will be supported...

The other big one is Seattle...Seattle as a city can afford to slap up a state-of-the-art arena...The city's economy is great...And they people are starved for another major league franchise...They need to fill that gap between the Seahawks and Mariners...If you have time checkout this video about the Seattle Sounders fans...That's the MLS team...It's an incredible atmosphere...






The NHL expanding is a foolish money-grab move...Moving to a couple stronger markets is the right move...This expansion shit is stupid....

Fucking Vegas...What the fuck!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

NHL Wants 3 on 3 Overtime...



The NHL and NHLPA have reached an agreement to switch the overtime format in the 2015-2016 season to a five minute period of 3-on-3 Hockey...

They're fucking killing me!

The idea is to cut down the number of shootouts and have more straight up wins...Yes, they will still go to a shootout if tied after the 5 minute period...(Personally I don't hate the shootout as much as many others do)...I already hated the 4-on-4 overtime...It changes how teams play...And going to 3-on-3 will do that also...Plus going 3-on-3 could give some teams a distinct advantage...Which in my opinion is bullshit...

Example: Lets say a hard-nosed, defensive-minded, grind-it-out style team forces a skilled-passing, offensive-minded, finesse team to overtime...Now that grinder team has lost any edge they had...You've taken two of their players off the ice...Do they (as a defensive team) put two defensemen and one forward out there?   Their opponent is surely going with two forwards and one defensemen...Do they somehow change their style from a chip, chase, and check game, and put their fastest players out there and try to play a wide-open-free-wheeling style, which will hang their goalie out to dry?

I really get annoyed with how the NHL is constantly trying to "Increase Offense"...Defense is great...Do you know why defense is great...Because it's hard...All the rules work against the defensive side of the game, and yet there are players that make their career out of being elite defensive players...And that doesn't even include the goalies and the shit they have to deal with...Everyone wants more scoring, and then they shit all over any goalie who's Goals Against Average goes over 3.00...Bastards!

Another possible rule change that has been accepted, is giving coaches the ability to challenge goals on the basis of goalie interference calls and off-sides calls...

All rule changes are waiting to be approved by the NHLPA's Executive Board and the NHL Board of Governors...

I hope someone wakes up and screams NO!