Category Archives: Sports

This is just strange…

Well…okay, let’s talk about something different today…not feeling the political thing right now so I want to talk about an ad I saw the other day on the internet that made my jaw drop…I’ve owned boats in the past with the largest outboard motor being a 1961 Evinrude 75 horsepower two stroke 4 cylinder…but yesterday, I saw what I think is just strange…Mercury Marine just announced what I think is the biggest outboard motor ever built…a 450 cubic inch V-12 that makes 600 horsepower….and that’s not the strangest part, that is the price…77,000 dollars…yep, you saw that right, 77 grand for an outboard? My house only cost 13 grand more…you can buy a new Corvette for less than that…you can buy a BMW M3 for less than that….who the hell is the market for something like this?  Mercury says it’s for people with 32 to 60 foot boats and those go for close to 200 grand or more so I guess it’s for people with more money than sense….I’m still shaking my head….

This is nuts….

Well…you know, being a female athlete looks like a pain in the butt with men running all of the sports they play….just yesterday, a story broke that the Norwegian womans beach handball team was going to be fined because they didn’t want to wear bikini bottoms when they play…preferring shorts instead since it made them more comfortable…but, that’s not good enough for the head of the Norwegian Handball federation…of course a man, who said “it’s not appropriate clothing for the activity when they are playing in the sand!” So let’s take a look at the men’s team….hmmmmm….I wonder what  they are allowed to wear…you guessed it…shorts! So, I wonder when the men will be fined for wearing shorts?  This is just nuts but it gets worse…an paralympian long jumper was just told that the official running briefs that she has been using for the past nine years and that Adidas have had approved for use around the world are “too short and inappropriate” and that embarrassed the hell out of her…why are woman constantly subjected to this nonsense? Why can’t these women athletes decide for themselves what to wear? Yeah, we know why….men like to see women in skimpy outfits and the heads of these federations are just a little sexist and think they know better than the athletes themselves…what the hell year is it, anyway? 1860? This crap has to stop and I’ll support any female athlete if they just boycott these sexist assholes….they are people, not objects for men’s amusement…geez…

Formula 1 screwed up my big race day…

Well….it you’ve been here for any bit of time, you’ve heard me go on about my favorite race day of the year…normally the weekend of Memorial Day when we had the F1 race from Monaco, the Indy 500, and then the Coke 600 all on the same day and I spent that day being a couch potato watching 15 hours of racing…but this year, F1 moved the Monaco race to this weekend and screwed up my big race day…ever since I can remember, I’ve spent my Memorial Day Sunday watching all three races and this is going to put a big dent in my fun…I guess I’ll be able to get a bike ride in that morning now instead of using the races as an excuse to take a day off…oh, well….but, it just won’t be the same….

Soccer and greed…

Well…as you know, I’m a big soccer geek with a great affinity for the Premier League in England, so if you don’t care about soccer, you can wait til later when I do a political one…go ahead, I won’t mind…I really can’t say that I’m sure you’ve heard about this…that the richest teams in Europe tried to create a new league called the super league that would allow them to insulate themselves from competition and the thing that makes the Premier League so cool…that, if you have a bad season, you can be relegated to a lower league and have to fight your way back to the Premier League over the next season to get to the financial windfall that being in the Premier League brings. I would be like if the Detroit Tigers had a bad year (don’t they always?) they would be demoted down to AAA ball and play teams like the Toledo Mud Hens or if they were really terrible, they may even go down to AA ball the next year…and this is what the new Super League was designed to do…to guarantee that the money keeps rolling in no matter what the performance of the team is….and this bastardization of soccer would have ruined the entire league set up across Europe where the seasons would mean nothing if there was no way to qualify for this new league. And, guess who this money grab was engineered by? Of course the American owners of three of the Premier League teams along with a few of the big teams in Spain…this announcement was met with outrage across England where soccer is more than just a game but is a way of life for the fans and they saw this as a betrayal of their support over the years that made them the success they are….fortunately, the outcry of the fans and of soccer organizations across Europe killed this stupid idea before it was two days old…and I share the relief of the English fans since I am a huge fan of Man U and to have them as one of the traitors to the tradition of the league irritated the hell out of me and I was prepared to stop watching them in protest…but, thankfully that won’t need to happen and I can continue to enjoy my game….

Too many rules in racing….

Well…if you’ve watched any type of racing in the past 20 years or so, you have seen the explosion of rules that have taken all of the innovation out of the sport. Watch any Indy car race for example…every car is a Dallara that looks exactly the same as all the rest…and all of the engines must meet a rule package that is tested all season to make sure that no one figures out how to make more power or reliability…when I started following this series, there were every kind of car imaginable and they only had to have 4 tires and then anything else went…you had Offenhouser 4 cylinders, Ford V-8′s, Novis, diesels, turbines…front wheel drive, all wheel drive, rear wheel drive cars and any body work they needed to cover the engine and driver….and it was cool to see what people had come up with over the winter to try to get an advantage…now they shave .003 of an inch off a side plate of a wing and the car is disqualified….too many damn rules. This misguided reliance on rules permeates NASCAR, too…with cars being rejected in inspection for being .0002 inches too low or for having a rear fender that is a 16th of an inch too wide and all of this is measured by lasers which is taking all of the creativity out of the sport…I sound like an old guy but, again, when I started following nascar in the early 60′s you had people like Smokey Yunick showing up with a Chevelle that had a foot cut out of the center of the car to lower the drag…and no one would have found out but someone parked a rental Chevelle next to it and then you could easily see the difference…and what about Freddie Lorenzen’s 1966 Ford “banana car” that had the front of the car pushed down by a foot while the rear had been bent up by a foot to give it more downforce…or the special manufacturer cars like the Charger Daytona or Torina Talledaga that gave each manufacturer an advantage for a while. And the engines….like the Chrysler Hemi, the Ford Boss 429, and the Ford SOHC 427 that were built just for this series….and now the engines are basically all the same and in the truck series, they ARE all the same engine built by Ilmor and put in the Fords, Toyotas, and Chevys…no innovation at all other than what is allowed by the series…and this has made all of the series just too damn boring. I think they should have a”run what you brung” series that goes back to 4 wheels and a driver and no other regulations…I mean Bill Elliot lapped Talladega at over 215 mph all the way back in 1985 and the cars have just gotten slower and slower since and how can that be exciting? Okay…that’s enough for now…don’t even get me started about formula 1….it will take one of these just for that….

Is Manchester United for real?

Well…I was going to combine all three of these sports posts into one but the first one went a little long so I decided to break them up into their component parts as I sit here and try to stay busy…I am a little confused about Man U after their start this year in the Premier League….they were mired down the table at about 15th and it appeared they could be headed to relegation which would be one of the biggest shocks in English football…or soccer…but, something happened over the past few weeks and they have climbed up to 7th, only 5 points from the top and with a good shot of making the top four to get back to the champions league in Europe in the spring. But, damn, they are becoming cardiac kids that is a little stressful to watch…like their game yesterday, they went behind 2-0 early and the score stayed that way until well into the 2nd half when I just turned it off with frustration with how they were playing…but then, like someone turned on a switch, they came back to win in the final minutes of the game 3-2 and I missed it until I saw it on the game highlights later in the day….I was shocked to say the least and maybe I’ll have to stay with them in their next match just to see if it’s a fluke or not….it would be nice to have one team that I follow do well since all of the rest of them really, really suck this year….fingers crossed…

Finally, the Lions fire Patricia….

Well…as you know, the Detroit Lions have been one of the worst teams in football since they won their final championship in 1957, only making the playoffs a few times and never winning a playoff game…and the past three years have been one of the worst stretches in that time…with the current regime going something like 13-39 in that time. But, finally, the head coach and GM of this debacle were fired over the weekend and we start another “rebuild” of the team that seems like it has been going on since I started watching them when I was five or so. Matt Patricia came to the Lions from New England along with the GM Quinn and they were supposed geniuses that were going to bring the “Patriot way” to the Lions…after all the Patriots won 3 super bowls while these two were there so they just had to be great….but, not so much….they failed miserably in Detroit and joined the long line of other “saviors” that failed to even put a credible team on the field…so now the rebuild begins and we wait another two years until the Lions can be even a mediocre team….I could be dead by then…I think we need a new team here in Michigan….geez…

A little sports….

Well….I have been sitting here pondering whether or not to go out for a ride and have come up with many reasons not to…okay, not reasons but excuses but they look like reasons to me…it’s cold, the wind is blowing, I have coffee to finish, my legs are sore…you get the idea…but, that’s not what I wanted to talk about…if you watched the F1 race yesterday, you saw one of the most horrifying crashes that I have ever seen…Roman Grosjean, driving for the American Haas team cut across the track to avoid a car that was trying to spin out and clipped the front of another car that sent it straight into the guardrail at around 140 mph….when the car hit, it broke in half, puncturing the fuel tank and driving the drivers protective cell straight through the guardrail leaving it stuck in it and engulfed in fire….track marshals arrived quickly but it looked to be a fatal accident…then, you see the driver climbing out of the remains of the car and running away from the scene with the help of the doctor and driver of the medical car…I was shocked that Roman even survived the crash, but to see him walking away was one of the coolest things I have ever seen…and yesterday evening, he posted a video with his burned hands saying he would be okay and he was in good spirits and looking forward to getting back to the track…go out to you tube and watch it…it is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen at a racetrack….

Texans have to be the dumbest people on earth…

Well….sitting here watching the nascar race from Texas and I am just shaking my head at the stupidity of the people they let in to the race today…after a big wreck, the race was red flagged and the cars stopped along the front straight…so, in a state with the second worse coronavirus outbreak that is happening right damn now, these morons all flocked down to the fence in a crowd of a couple of hundred people standing shoulder to shoulder with no a mask on any of them…not one damn mask in any shot that I’ve seen all day…so, you can guess where the next big outbreak is going to be….and the announcers I’m sure have been told to not mention it…just go on and on about how great it is to have fans back at the track…not that there is a pandemic raging through texas that is killing hundreds of people every day…nope, nothing about that…just happy talk about how they can’t wait to have more disease spreaders at the races and it’s a shame that they didn’t let more in today…Governor Whitmer, these morons are coming to Michigan soon, please don’t let them spread the virus more here by letting them have unmasked fans at the track…it just isn’t worth it to put the whole state at risk…or better yet, no fans at the track at all….it’s just not worth it…

RIP Al Kaline

Well…you know when a sports figure that has been there for your entire life dies, it makes a difference…especially one as special as Al Kaline who played his entire career with the Tigers and was part of the team from the time I started to love baseball when I was about 5 years old….Mr. Kaline died yesterday at the age of 85 after a short illness and for once, there is nothing but good to say about one of my heroes…he was one of my role models growing up with his innate goodness that he showed every day of his long life…I actually met him once and got his autograph when I was about 10 when my father took me to see some of the Tigers that were traveling around the state before the season started…I know there were others there but I don’t remember any of them…but I do remember Al….There will never be another one like “Mr. Tiger”….RIP Al….