Category Archives: Sports

Evel live….

Well….have had a lazy day today and just saw something that might be interesting to watch tonight…not sure if you know who Travis Pastrana is but he is a pretty famous motocross racer…has been on the “Xgames” quite a bit and tonight, he is going to try to re-create Evel Knievel’s three most famous jumps live on the History channel at 7…he is going to try to jump over 50 cars, 19 buses, and the Ceasar’s Palace fountain that Evel almost killed himself jumping…I remember seeing that jump live on “ABC’s Wild World of Sports” when I was a kid….well… not a kid but a lot younger than I am now…and he is even going to do the jumps on a comparable motorcycle…a big twin Indian that weighs twice Pastrana’s normal bike. So, that’s what I’ll be doing at 7 tonight…I know with the technology and preparation, there is little chance that he will crash doing these stunts but it will still be cool to watch….

And, I have leftover cocktail materials for it…yay!

A little more World Cup…

Well…just watched a stunning match with my guys from Belgium knocking off Brazil 2-1 and I actually stood up and cheered when the final whistle blew…and that leaves my two teams still in it…at least until tomorrow when England plays Sweden early in the morning…Belgium went up 2-0 in the first half but the Brazil just kept throwing attack after attack at them….and scored a goal at around 75 minutes to make the rest of the match pretty nerve wracking….this is the best word cup that I have seen since I started watching them in 1994 when the US hosted them…. and my guys from Man U, Lukaku and Fellaini were terrific all day…I’m still smiling…

Having some problems…

Well…no, nothing really serious…even with everything that is going on in the world, I just am having some problems figuring out a topic for today…and that started yesterday as you can see. Oh, okay…let’s talk about the world cup…have been watching quite a few of the games and there have been a lot of surprises…my adopted team from Mexico beat the Germans yesterday and that was not supposed to happen…the Germans looked slow and like they had no ideas how to cope with Mexico’s fast break and energetic defense that challenged every ball for the entire 90 minutes…I’ll surely be rooting for them the rest of the tournament. Another big surprise was when another favorite, Argentina, was tied by Iceland…yep, you heard that right, Iceland tied the powerhouse Argentina and Messi looked pretty ordinary for the best player in soccer…I am a little disappointed that England is playing this aft just when I’ll be shooting pool but they may have a replay somewhere later so I’ll have to look for that…okay, Belgium and Panama is almost ready to start so I’ll end here and try to find something political to write about later….

This is what’s wrong with Nascar…

Well…I’m a little tired of the political stuff right now with the drunken Godzilla trump crashing into everything and destroying the world, so I think I’ll talk a little about Nascar. I used to be a big fan of the series but lately the moves they have been making with rule changes is ruining the racing…and you can see that in the shrinking crowds at every track and the dropping tv ratings. It used to be that there was innovation when people were allowed to use their brains to get an advantage over the rest of the racers…but now, the rules are so strict that every car is exactly the same as the rest and all of the engineers and mechanics spend all their time making sure the body is not a thousandth of an inch off. Now they are even going to make things worse by introducing restrictor plates to more tracks than just Talledega and Daytona….if they do this, why do they need professional drivers at all if you can just hold the gas pedal to the floor and get around the track? Cripes..I could even drive one of them if they do that. With the shrinking crowds, I think they should just bar spectators from the big tracks and then unrestrict the engines of the cars that run there…after all, Bill Elliot ran a 212 MPH lap all the way back in 1988 and with today’s technology, they could race at 220…now that I would watch….one more thing I think they should do is, instead of mandating every damn thing down to the thousandth of an inch, there should be a range that the cars could fit in…say a range of 1-4 inches for the rear spoiler…of a range for ride height…you get the idea…and differing engine sizes…run a smaller one that gets better mileage or a bigger one with more power….the cars they have now are just spec cars that have killed the public’s interest…at least it has killed mine…

Holy Crap!

Well…just watched one of the best games I’ve seen Man U play this year where they beat Man City 3-2 after being behind by 2-0 at the half. I even turned it off since Man U looked so crappy in the first half and it looked like they were going to be humiliated by 4 or 5 goals….but then I had to look to see how bad it had gotten and Man U had tied it in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd…and they went ahead a few minutes later with a gorgeous volley by Chris Smalling…not a goal scorer by any means since he is a defenseman. This was pretty damn cool and makes me have some hope for a championship next year…City will still win it this year, but it is so great that Man U didn’t let them win it on them….

Not sure I like this…

Well…sitting here watching the Tigers playing their opening game which is a tradition for me, and they just announced that the safety netting that normally is just there to protect the people behind home plate has been extended all the way down the baselines to first and third base. Now, I’m not sure I like this….part of the fun of going to the game was the chance to get a foul ball hit into the stands and now that is gone for almost half the park.  I understand the perceived need for safety of people in the park, but I’ll bet there are more people injured going to and from the park walking or in their cars than there are from balls going into the stands. So, I’ll have to think about this one for a while….I’m okay with a little danger at the park or at the  arena and I wonder how other people feel….hmmmm…

Russia banned from the Olympics…

Well….we all know that Russia is a decaying oligarchy that meddles in other countries with impunity across the world including the last US election…well…every election that has been held since the internet, but finally, someone has held them accountable for their cheating. Just announced today, the entire Russian Olympic team has been banned from the 2018 winter Olympics due to overwhelming state-sanctioned doping that happened in 2012 and 2016. This plan was actually run by state scientists paid by Russia to figure out new ways to cheat and it rivaled the other great cheating scandal that was East Germany in the 60′s, 70′s, and 80′s that allowed them to steal more medals that any other country earned in that same time. In this world of cheats, from lying politicians here in the US now to the Russians being the only country ever to be banned for cheating in sports…it is about time the cheats were held accountable….and the capper here is that no government official from Russia will be allowed to even attend…poor baby Putin….geez…

A little sports…

Well….have been taking it quite easy today after a hard bike ride this morning…even got out in shorts for the last time this year…but, that’s not what I want to talk about…how about a little sports? Have been watching Man U’s match with Newcastle and, finally, Man U looks pretty good with getting toward the end of the match up 4-1…so that is a good thing….have had the Michigan game on the flashback channel and they have been holding their own against Wisconsin…they are even up 10-7 in the 3rd…so, I have some hope for a win still…but Michigan looks bad…again…. so I’m not sure how much more I’ll watch of this one….and there is still State and a race to watch later so I’ll have something to do the rest of the day…it would be cool to see Michigan knock off the #5 team and put a defeat on them….Wisconsin is looking pretty average today…

A little sports…

Well…sitting here waiting for the idiot trump to do his next bit of idiocy and thought I’d just do one on sports while I wait…okay, it’s mostly the Wings but I may touch on other sports, too….the Wings looked pretty good last night in their 4-2 win over the Wild and they even scored a power play goal…so that was cool…and my guy Hank got one, too…that is just icing to me….now, I’m not going to get carried away by one win, but they could have gone the other way and that would have dampened a lot of my enthusiasm for this year…it is cool to see the youngsters hold their own and get some goals, too….now, I guess I’ll talk a little about Man U and their start to the year….only one tie for the first 8 games and that puts them tied for first in the league this year….after last year’s 5th place finish, I have hope they will do better…at least in the top three to get into the Champions League without having to go through the Europa league to get there…not much to say about the Tigers other than I am a little curious who the new manager is going to be…I think it’s best to just forget about their season….oh, almost forgot to talk about the Lions…3-1 so far and they should be 4-0…but, they didn’t look good in their last game at all…so all of the hype about the playoffs I’ll take with a grain of salt being the long time Lions fan that I am…that’s enough….

Let’s Go Red Wings!

Well…another fall, another hockey season starts tonight…for us anyway and I’m not sure what to think about it…last year was such a bust with half of the team in a slump that lasted the entire season and not making the playoffs for the first time in 25 years. But, when any new season starts, there is hope that we will play better…we really can’t play any worse…I mean not scoring an away PP goal for three months?  I am still going to watch them tonight…and I’ll have my gear on with the hope that they get back to being the Wings again…..