Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday Moaning



It's Memorial Day and I honestly don't feel much like writing...I spent Sunday with Little Beeze and myself both sick...He's really feeling shitty...just wrecked...I could trudge but I was finding myself on the shitter way too often...It was a real bummer because I spent some time Saturday whipping up and awesome slaw for a party friends were having Sunday...We were really looking forward to it, but then the boy got sick...There was talk of our oldest staying with him while we went briefly, she was feeling lazy after having a couple friends sleep over Saturday night, and of course they were up all night...But then my issues started, and the day was kicked in the head....

Yes, spare me the lecture that Memorial day isn't about cookouts and parties...I know, I actually read history books...Nonetheless it is a time when we happen to make time to see people we maybe haven't for awhile, so take a breath...We're hoping the boy will be up for going to the Parade Monday morning in our neighborhood...molls is very excited...

The big news in Cleveland, beside the Cavs, which I have yet to catch that fever, and don't plan on getting it...but the other news broke Saturday morning when the verdict on Officer Brelo came down...What a judge...Dropping the verdict on a Saturday morning, during a holiday weekend...Stellar move if you ask me...People are moving slow Saturday morning...So their protesting game took a hit...Brelo was on trial for shooting and killing too people who had lead police on a 22 mile high speed chase, and then had rammed a police car...There were over a hundred bullets fired, by a bunch of cops, but this poor bastard was the guy thrown on the grenade...Well, he got off...And the judge went into great length and detail explaining why... Here is a LINK to the entire transcript of the judge's decision....

Personally, here's my view...Mistakes were made...It's easy to say that after the fact...And when a bunch of cops put over 100 bullets in the car, why was one guy taking all the heat? But in my opinion, the most important part of this whole thing is, things wouldn't have gone so badly, and two people wouldn't have died, if these two dolts just would have pulled over...As I heard the two dozen protesters yelling "Hands up don't shoot!" I got really frustrated...These two didn't have their hands up, they were fleeing the police, and then rammed a police car...Then I saw the same phrase hash-tagged all over twitter, so I started tweeting comments ending with #PulloverDontRun...

The local media was very proud of how peaceful Cleveland was, but there were 71 arrests as the day moved into the night and people started acting dumb....They didn't bother to show this...




Yep, people were out enjoying the nice weather, having some dinner, and "protesters" started getting physical, throwing stuff, and spraying random people with pepper spray....Again I'll say it...People will not sympathize with your cause when you act like an asshole...Speak your mind...Have rallies...Protest...Go for it...But when you stop being peaceful, you lost all ground.


-As for sports, the New York Rangers, Tampa Bay Lightning series has been driving me crazy...While Lundqvist is the better goalie, the Lightning look to be the better team...Better speed, better passing, better scoring chances...The Rangers are a defense first team, and when they have the lead, they lay back and play only defense. (except in game 4)...But their defense has been picked apart by great passing and speed in this series...Tampa Bay keeps their foot on the gas the entire game...they play good defense, but they never stop looking for a chance at more offense...The Lightning are up 3-2, and I'm losing the hope I had after game 4...The Rangers were so flat in the third period, I put on M*A*S*H* the movie...Such a great, classic!

I hated when the Rangers traded for old man Martin St. Louis...I hated when they signed even older man Dan Boyle...(you can look up the old blogs and tweets)...And I wasn't please when they traded their first round pick, and top prospect Arizona for Keith Yandle...Everyone said Yandle would be the perfect QB for the power play...He doesn't even play on the top power play unit now...His Defense sucks and his offense is weak...Yeah, he got a goal the other night...The shot was going 6 feet wide, when it hit a Tampa Bay defenseman's leg and deflected in...Dude blows!

-Anyways...I feel like crap...I'm going to lay down...Have a good Memorial Day...Have fun...and if at some point you forget what the day is about, sit in front of the TV and put on "Band of Brothers" or "The Pacific" or "Hamburger Hill" and then maybe it will come back to you,  just how lucky we are to live in a country where people (right or wrong) can protest, and the brave few are why.

Have a week.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Maple Leafs Make the Big Off-Season Splash



Thursday the Toronto Maple Leafs officially announced the signing of head coach, Mike Babcock...After 10 years at the helm of the Detroit Red Wings, Babcock wanted to test the waters...Most of the talk was of him staying in Detroit, or going to Buffalo for 10 year deal and rebuilding on the shoulders of Jack Eichel and other young prospects...

Then seemingly out of nowhere...Babcock inked a 8 year $50 million deal with the Leafs...Detroit didn't want to go over 4-5 years and said it wasn't about money for them, just years...Not sure that I believe that but it doesn't matter, because they have their man waiting in the wings already...

Jeff Blashill head coach of the Wings AHL affiliate Grand Rapid Griffins...Blashill is eyeing his second Calder Cup, and Detroit GM Ken Holland says he's the leading candidate to replace Babcock...Blashill has also served time as an assistant under Babcock, so the transition should smooth and easy without the Wings missing a beat...

The team/fan-base most upset is Buffalo, who feel hurt saying "Babcock used their 10 year offer as leverage" in his negotiations...Umm, grow up Buffalo that's the way the game of business is played...

Babcock also visited with and studied St. Louis and San Jose...

Babcock also made it clear that he wasn't going to walk into Toronto and turn that steaming pile of shit into a winner day one..."There's pain coming." Nice to see a new coach not bullshitting people.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Monday Moaning



There are a few things I have to write about this week...A couple we will discuss here, and another will be given it's own post...The first thing I am going to touch on is comedian Louis CK and his appearance Saturday on Saturday Night Live...Twitter was exploding Saturday during the broadcast, and Sunday morning the Internet was covered with columns, and blogs, and blurbs about how offensive Louis CK's monologue was...It appears Louis wasn't afraid to poke fun at three hot-button issues, as well as himself....Racism, the Middle East (Israel included) and Child Molesters...Here's the clip if you want to watch...




I have two problems with those getting upset about Louis CK's jokes...

1. He's a comedian telling jokes...You may not laugh at the same things as everyone or anyone...Just as we all don't like the same movies, music, politics, food, you name it...Everyone has their own tastes...It's comedy, not Maw and Order where every fucking episode is the same!

2. It's SNL...This use to be the place that did ground breaking comedy...The place where the envelope was pushed...Where it made you laugh, cringe, and think...I was happy to see them pushing again, because to be honest, with the exception of a skit here and there, the show has sucked for a number of years...

The Child Molestation shit really got people touchy...(pun intended)...Maybe you twats should go back through the archives and look up SNL in the early years, when they had a character named "Uncle Roy"...He was a babysitting pervert, who not only did creepy shit with young girls, but in the end, he won...He didn't get busted...Finding video is hard because SNL has gotten so soft...But here is a clip of the Opie and Jimmy show...Early in the show they are talking about SNL, and then some characters Jimmy does, which lead to discussion of "Uncle Roy...At 14 minutes and 20 seconds they play the sketch and give you play-by-play...It was a whole lot worse then what Louis CK said...





Uncle Roy is a fucking creep...But no matter how cringing something is, I'm not going to complain about it being on TV or radio, or whatever...I believe in freedom of speech, even speech I don't agree with...I also believe in something just as powerful...

The remote control! You don't like it, turn it the fuck off cunts!

And one last thing to all those bitching and tweeting about what a monster Louis CK is...Guess what, you're talking and writing about him...He won!

- Next, the stupid Patriots underinflated balls story kept getting air-time all week...And looking at it all closely, I have to say, When the fuck is Robert Kraft going to sue the NFL?  Their idiot report clears the Patriots organization of wrongdoing, yet Goodell fined the team a million dollars, and ripped them of two draft picks...Doesn't really make sense...And the main reason they say Brady is guilty is because he didn't give them his phone for them to look at texts...A phone they had no legal ground to ask for....I do remember another investigation (with no legal standing) that asked Roger Goodell to give his phone and he refused....So why the fuck is this guy still the commissioner!?!

If Brady just would have punched a women, beat a kid, raped a girl, and covered up a murder, he'd be fine....

Fuck them all...I'm done with this topic now, and I'm done with the fucking asshole NFL!

- Okay, on a much more important topic...Sunday Cleveland had it's annual Marathon...Yes, we have a marathon...As long as I've been a live...It doesn't get the hype or the fanfare of some of the other marathons...We're a smaller city, and we aren't always mugging for the camera....Don't give me your shit New York and Boston, we all know you love the spotlight, and you know you're a little fucking annoying sometimes...

Honestly I don't really pay attention to any marathon...they're kind of boring to watch...But a friend of mine Brendan Goers was working down there and snapped a pic and posted it on facebook...


Yep, those are Firefighters running in full gear...26.2 miles...a high of 82 degrees with 64% humidity...I was blown away by how, as my friend described them, "Badass" these guys are...I had to dig into it a bit...


They had the full gear, including the 40 pound pack on their backs...The only exception they made was running shoes...Why did they do this? to raise awareness and money for ALS...One of these guys dad has the awful disease...The Parma Heights Firefighters raised over $15,000 for ALS...That's fucking awesome!

Screw your ice water challenge...Run a marathon in full firefighter gear....That's a fucking challenge...I shit on things in Cleveland area often...But I was proud as hell Sunday seeing this.

That's it for now...But more to come this week...

Have a week.


Friday, May 15, 2015

11 Year Old English Girl Dominates Between the Pipes



Emma Nichols, an eleven year old girl, put on an amazing show during a EIHA Inter Conference Tournament in Sheffield, England...She carried her team to a 3-0 win, making 35 saves in the shutout performance...And some of these saves are just outstanding...Watch the video!





Just killing it!

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Moaning



          Ole #12 looks pretty good now!

So I don't if you heard, but Tom Brady has been in the news quite a bit lately...Something about deflated balls...yes, it's been covered constantly, by all sports outlets, all bloggers, everything...So, should I write about it...NO! But fuck, I really think my opinions on this bullshit needs to get out there...

1. Stop saying "Deflate-gate"...I am sick of having to write about how idiotic the world has become by attaching "gate" to ever little incident, every major incident, and every other bit of nonsense that gets some one upset...

2. Stop saying Deflate, or deflated balls...They weren't deflated...The air pressure was decreased...they weren't squishy...They weren't flat...They weren't like Brady was out there chucking around a Nerf ball...

3. Did the NFL really need take 4 months, 250 pages, and $5 million to find out if some balls didn't have enough air pressure in them...

4. Does the NFL, or you, or anyone else really think that when the NFL gives teams balls 2 weeks in advance that the QB's don't manipulate them in some ways that make them comfortable for that individual QB? Why give them balls at all...How about the officials just bring the balls on game day, and everyone uses the same fucking ball?

5. Do you really thing that Brady is the only QB that likes his footballs a certain way? You're fucking nuts, stupid, or high if you do.

6. WHO FUCKING CARES!?!  Why is this such a big deal? People are wondering how long has Brady been doing this? Who cares...You know his team has lost a couple Super Bowls as well...

7. Can we talk about cry-baby, bitch, drunk driving Colts Owner Jim Irsay...this cunt sits on the NFL rules committee, and every time he cries because his team can't win, we get an investigation and/or rule change...His team lost 45-7...looks to me that Brady could have worked the Colts over that day with a beach ball...Cunts!

And lets not forget that awhile back when the Pats D was shutting down the Colts, and Manning, Irsay complained and bitched about contact in the secondary...Shortly later, DB's were no longer allowed to make contact, just run next to receivers like a shadow, let them catch the ball and gently tackle them...Boom, Manning started squashing Marino's records and finally won a Super Bowl...

 Seriously folks...Every NFL team, player, and coach are trying to get an edge...Anyway they can, they'll do it...But Belichick isn't a likeable guy...And Tom Brady was a 6 round pick, that everyone else blew off, and boom, fucking worked his ass off, and wins...knocked up a hot actress, and then married a supermodel and knocked her up....He has multiple house including one with a moat...All he does is win, and people love to hate winners...

If the NFL really wants to suspend/fine Brady because of a couple equipment guys snarky texts, hey go ahead...I already turned my back on this bullshit league last year...the Commish acts too late, and too soft on the big stuff, then turns around and comes down too hard on the little shit...Well, if he wants to ding the Patriots/Brady for under-inflated footballs, they better start get the magnifying glass out for all the little ticky-tacky bullshit...

-Enough of that bullshit!

My New York Rangers battled back to force a game 7 with the Washington Capitals...Eventually Holtby had to look human, as his goaltending has been outstanding...My biggest problem with this Rangers team, is when they get a lead, they don't keep their foot on the gas...They don't go for the kill shot...They hang back and play shutdown defense...It has gotten them in trouble against this hungry Washington team...And Holtby has been just as solid as Lundqvist between the pipes...Game 7 should be intense...This Caps team worries me more then any other team in the East...In the West, Chicago is clearly the team to beat...So much talent...

Playoff  Hockey is great people...Watch it!

That's it for now gabbers...But I'll have some more to write this week...Stay tuned...Now go play with your balls...





Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Moaning




How was everyone's weekend...We had beautiful weather here in Cleveland...Yes, I said Cleveland...Unlike every hipster, and every company in this city's marketing department that has decided to call Cleveland "the #CLE"...Yeah, often with the fucking hashtag!  While I find it annoying, whatever...People are trying to feel better about this city and hype the positives...and no way are they showing the negatives like "Tent City"...

I would suggest checking out this guys full Instagram feed...Great shots of all of Cleveland....

But back to this #CLE shit...I really hit my boiling point when I was watching my local 6:00 PM "News" on WKYC and the anchor never said Cleveland...He only would "the CLE"...When I say people are saying this I mean they are literally saying the individual letters C-L-E, like they are spelling it but just got too fucking lazy to finish with the V-E-L-A-N-D...You're a fucking news anchor...You are suppose to be giving me the news...You're not suppose to be a PR firm for the city...

I have given up on the 24 hour news channels to be legit news more so then entertainment...For Christ's sake CNN admitted that the best News coverage they brought the public about the earthquake in Nepal was from their "I Reporters"...Which means, viewers who pulled out their phones and started filming, and then CNN ripped it fromYouTube...And I've gotten use to these dolts talking about what's trending on twitter as if it's news...It's not, they're just lazy...But the local and Nightly News have started doing this too...

Listen Mr. News Man, if you think you are keeping up with the times, and reaching all demographics by telling us what's trending on Twitter, you've got a serious problem...People who seriously use twitter and other social media know what trending already...Shit, they're part of the reason why shit is trending...Then you have people like me...I use it...But I filter out the nonsense, so if #KimKardasianEatsCockBallsAndAss is trending, I pay it no attention...If #7000DeadInEarthquake is trending, I'll take a look at that...Then you have people like my Dad...He doesn't have Twitter...He doesn't have a computer, or tablet, or smart phone...He's as close to off the grid you can get in this day and age...He reads the newspaper every day...Yep, he's one of the handful left...He want to get the news when he watches the news, not some vest wearing douche saying "The CLE"... and not some prompter reading twat saying, "Trending today!"

I'm really saddened by the direction our media has gone...Hell, I'm pretty saddened by the direction our country as a whole has been going...

-Do we want to talk about Baltimore? Listen, I don't know what happened to that guy other then he died...I'm guessing that mistakes were made by the police, but I wasn't there, and I don't do there job, so I'm not going to try and play judge and jury here...I'm willing to wait for the full story to come out...But if people feel a wrong has been done, they have the right to speak up...They have the right to protest...The thing is, protest doesn't mean assault...It doesn't mean steal...It doesn't mean burn down stores, burn cars, destroy others property...The second a protest goes there, I stop caring about your cause...You lost your credibility...What injustice gives you the right to steal, destroy some one's place of work, destroy another's property?  Oh, and the assholes cutting fire hoses live on TV and the firefighters are trying to stop your neighborhood from burning, should be charged with attempted murder...Sorry, folks, when you act like a fucking asshole, I can't have your back...

But let me add this to the conversation.....


That's Molly playing at a park right by the kids' school...We were the only ones there...And sitting there the whole time was that police car just behind her...he is not parked in a spot on the lot...He is aimed right at the playground...I wondered, is he sleeping while my tax dollars pay him?  Is he just there doing some obnoxious paperwork he has to do after answering a call that was a complete waste of his time and our tax dollars? Is he having a late lunch wishing he was playing with his kid? But as time went on it got more uncomfortable...Is he creeping on my kid?  Is he thinking I'm a creep that snatched this kid?  Not that she looks like she is terrified of being there with me...What the fuck is this cop's problem?

That is exactly what went through my mind...I took this picture along with others, all of Molly with Johnny Law in the background...I texted them to my wife and asked her if I was nuts because this cop was creeping me out? She thought it was weird, but figured I had no reason to worry...I took one more picture...Not of Molly or any of the playground...Just him...Seconds later he left...I was relieved when he left, but even more bothered...

Bothered that he immediately pulled out when I snapped a picture...Bothered that a police presence made me uncomfortable...Bothered that I was relieved to not a police presence....I know police officers...The ones I know personally are great guys...I know this isn't just inside my head...Is it because the media only shows us when police screw up? Or not even when they don't screw up, it is skewed as if they did...Is this really where we are?

My one Uncle, a former Police Officer told me when I was young, never trust a cop...I always took that in sense of if I had done something wrong, don't trust them...Don't talk yourself into more trouble...I mean let's be honest, my family history has bootleggers and bookmakers in it, so not trusting police wasn't a surprising thing to hear...But I never thought I would feel unsafe because a cop was nearby...Again, I'm saddened by the road we are on...

-So should I mix in some sports now? Who watched the big fight? No way I was paying for that...1. I don't have $100 for a fight that should have happened 5 years ago...2. Why pay, or go to a crowded bar and pay for overpriced drinks, when you can download a free app, and watch it on your phone...Yep, an app called Periscope...People all over the world were streaming it off their TV's through their phones, for anyone else to watch for free...When it was over, I regretted wasting the time, but was happy that I wouldn't need a sleep aid...Just a totally boring fight...Yeah, yeah, yeah, you can tell me Mayweather out thought him...Whatever...He danced and didn't fight Pacquiao...He boxed not to lose, instead of boxing to win...In my book there was no winner, not even bastards like me who watched for free...All this fight proved was the sport of boxing dying a slow death...The fight everyone wanted for 5 years and that was intensely hyped for months, was a glorious letdown...And the sport has no stars on the horizon that will energize like the greats of yesterday...

-The Kentucky Derby on the other hand was very exciting...I had Dortmund...Molly Frosted...The other kids and the wife finished back in the pack...I knew I was in trouble Dortmund was out in front setting the pace...Just ran himself out...Frosted really impressed me...That horse closed great...Second year Molls has picked good one...

That's it for now...This week I start my new career adventure, and I'm really excited about it...

Have a week...

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Monday Moaning



Major changes going on for me...I was absent last week...Work has ground me to shit...It's been rough lately...The amount of stress I have had due to work lately has been insane...Then, I would get home after a long day, and get into a fight with my wife, who is sick of me working 60 hours a week, when my company was only paying me for 50...She understood my loyalty to my crew and not wanting to leave them hanging, but she was quite tired of me giving so much of a damn, and not getting the same or anything close in return...Plus last week, some other issues have come up with my family (that I am not allowed to discuss right now)...

I had a week of vacation two weeks ago, and received multiple calls and texts from work...including just hours into the first day...The stress and frustration with numerous work issues were weighing on me heavily...the knots in my stomach were horrible...The lack of respect of late was very hurtful...Over the years, comfort, some fear, and loyalty has kept me from moving, or taking a chance on something else...Loyalty to the original 3 owners who hired me many years back, as well as loyalty to co-workers...But those feeling lately have been replaced with frustration...and a growing ulcer!

I'm not willing to lose my family, or health, or respect for anyone or anything...

Thursday afternoon after having multiple talks with a couple who own an Italian restaurant, they put a good offer on the table...I had recently turned down other offers, but this one felt good...A month earlier, I spent an evening working in their kitchen, getting a idea of the menu, and a feeling for the kitchen and restaurant as a whole...the week before my wife and I ate there, and scouted them...I told them I would have to talk it over with my wife...

It wasn't hard convincing her...Guaranteed less hours, and a bit more money...Besides that, I wanted to do it...I really like these people, and feel a strong connection to them already...While the company I have given 20 years to is a strong company with 7 excellent restaurants, I feel like I can be part of something special, and bigger with these folks...

Friday I let them know, I'm in...Then I went to work, and planned on giving my notice, and as I walked in, I had a giant, steaming pile of bullshit dropped in my lap...There was a huge slap in my face, and a complete lack of respect shown to me and others, as the pile of bullshit was dumped on me...I'm not going to bash my former employer anymore, it was just clear that for me, my health, and my family, that is was time to move on...I informed my bosses I was done, and nothing they had to say would change my mind...

In the past just thinking of changing jobs terrified me...But I left work Friday with a feeling of great relief...Stress was already floating away...When I told my kids and wife the news, they were thrilled...Clearly all this shit wasn't just weighing on me...I'm thrilled about this next step in my life...I'm so excited and can't wait to get started...Sometimes we have to look to the past to find our future...


The Little Italy neighborhood is one of the many little gems scattered around Cleveland...It something I overlooked for many years, but am very excited to share it with my kids...Plus I have some personal enjoyment being a half Irishman who will be running the kitchen of an Italian Restaurant...

Saturday afternoon I took my daughter and 6 of her friends to the movie, "Unfriended"...They love horror movies, and don't find shit like the original "Halloween," or "The Shinning" scary...this movie sucked...You were stuck watching asshole teenagers chat on their computers via Skype, Facebook, and Text, and (SPOILER ALERT) ...and get killed by the ghost a girl they drove to suicide...Besides the movie sucking, one teen was played by a chick who is 28 years old...Seriously!?!  But it actually scared these 13 year girls...Maybe because of the social media aspect and this digital age we're in...

After that I dropped off the girls except for one friend who was sleeping over and helping babysit...Babysit because we were going to Little Italy for dinner at the new place, besides hitting up one of the fantastic bakeries down there...My wife wanted to meet my new employers, and they wanted to meet her...Afterwards, she understood why I liked these people, and why I wanted to make this move...

Sunday was Mrs. Beeze's birthday (number not to be published)...She was happy with the new Blue Ray player I gave her with the new Star Wars blue ray box set...We're all getting pretty excited about the new Star Wars coming out around Christmas...

One of comedian Jim Norton's characters had his own take on the Star Wars trailer...





As for sports, I've missed a lot...But I'm thrilled my Rangers took out the penguins 4 games to 1...

The NFL draft is quickly approaching, and I can't wait to not watch...But I'll have an eye on twitter watching people freak out over the Cleveland Browns next big mistake!

That's it for now...But for the first time in a long time, I feel happy and energized, and wasn't dreading sitting down and writing a blog....More to come!

Have a week!