Tag:Volunteer Basketball
Posted on: February 5, 2008 5:09 pm
Edited on: February 5, 2008 5:56 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Albrighty now, we have a name

I learned two* things today.

  1. The symbol-letter-thing the NFL uses to denote a Pro Bowl player is dead -- z -- also signifies a first-round bye. 
  2. Ethan Albright is in the Pro Bowl.

You'd really think they could find a new letter for situations like this. But the letter z had that funny little distinction. Who knew?

As for Ethan Albright ... how you may remember Ethan Albright (look right)? OK, you probably won't no matter what clever intro I give him. He's the Redskins' long-snapper.

He's also the lowest-rated player in Madden '07.

From lowest-rated player to Pro Bowl. Not bad I tell ya, not bad at all. Of course, it may have something to do with this letter he wrote to John Madden. I particularly like the part about eating rocks and his throwing accuracy.

We shall name thee: Catch 42

As for what to call the Eli Manning to David Tyree catch, it's looking like Catch 42 will be our winner. However, big props to Slip and Grip (gscott279), The Great Escape (iamayanksfan), and Connection 4 Imperfection (njnysporskid) . Deadspin found another blog trying to name this thing as well. They don't have Catch 42, but they did have our Glendale Grab, Slip and Grip (Adande?) and Great Escape. 

What's with the *

The * is for a Blog Day Afternoon re-learned lesson. Ken Williams is a bad, bad GM. Scott Podsednik, the goods the White Sox general manager received for Carlos Lee, just signed a minor league deal with the Rockies. El Caballo, if you remember, is worth $100 million to the Astros, and that's in major league dollars.

Yes, Pods helped the team win a World Series. But there are dozens of speedsters in the minors with average defensive skills and a slappy bat (but not wifey Lisa Dergen [look right]). Trading a premier slugger for a burner is like signing middle relievers to mega-million contracts. You just don't do that. You find these people within the organization, you don't mortgage the future on them.

On to the best blogs ... around!

It's Signing Day Eve (I'm more of a Father's Day Eve guy), and Football and Fun takes a lap around the high school gyms to check in on Terelle Pryor, Julio Jones and a bunch of other 17-year-olds old people spend way too much time fawning over.

Wonder what was really said in Roger Clemens' testimony on Capitol Hill? Red, White and Burnsy is our resident fly on the wall of Rayburn, and it sounds like Roger no likely D.C.

It's almost Pro Bowl time (and there wasn't much rejoicing). Tell The Blog Whisperer why you love or hate the game they play in Hawaii for some reason.

The big winners of the Patriots' 18-1 season wasn't the Miami Dolphins. It was the cast of M*A*S*H. The Sports Comedian explains.

BigTen's Fantasy Baseball Blog asks the tough questions our Fantasy guys refuse to answer. And by refuse to answer, I mean write about on a daily basis. As for his David Ortiz question: I never take a DH-only person. I just hate having the position locked up.

OK, here's a blog I never thought I'd read on our site. It's our pal, The Words of Dezy, and he's doing a Drug Lord Power Rankings. Surpsingly, my high school buddy Brad didn't make the list. He was overpriced, but sheesh.

A popular topic among bloggers is taking trips down memory lane. Various stuff I feel like talking about talks about arcade games. The blog likes Track 'n' Field. Personally, I grew up on a healthy diet of NBA Jam, Mortal Kombat, Virtual Fighter and going way back, Spyhunter.

Somehow, Tennessee basketball (no, not that guy again) is the most-blogged-about college basketball program. Today's topic du jour, Chris Lofton and his shot at the 3-point record. Too Legit To Quit! breaks it down.

Vols 91, Gators 79. I just bet my one-day first born's bar mitzvah fund on this, Volunteer Basketball (baseball?).

Posted on: February 4, 2008 5:55 pm
Edited on: February 4, 2008 6:25 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Catch 42, Glendale Grab or...

We've all had time to let it settle in. Eli Manning, David Tyree, Super Bowl XLII, Glendale, Patriots Stunner, ya know, that one.

So the question remains, what do we call this thing?

Their names offer little in terms of punnery.

The city is best known as "Arizona’s Antique Capital" (move over Sonoma).

And the stadium is named after an online university (move over Lincoln Tech).

How the #$%^ are we supposed to coin this catch with that craptastic material?

But that won't stop us from trying. Thanks to your all's help, we've got some candidates for this thing. Here's some samples of what you all provided:

Mauxdeverite -- The Catch That Saved The World
Wheelhouse -- The immac-helmet reception
OpinionatedNoob -- The Tyreefic Catch!
sc369 -- The Reception that Ended Perfection, David Bleeping Tyree
Devilsenvy -- David's Goliath catch
fullseptic -- The Manning Matrix
thebabz -- The Highlight Ty-reel
SmashMoutFBall -- Statue of Liberty catch

The Blog Day Afternoon Philosophy for Coining a New Term (BDAPCNT) has a few groundrules:

  • Don't just tweak an existing one like "The Immaculate Reception" or "Shot Heard Round the World." Let's keep things original here.
  • Don't stop at phrases like "The Drive" or "The Play." Give me something that shows some context. Otherwise it's likely to be replaced when the next great thing happens. And there will always be a next great thing.
  • If you have to explain the name you've given the play, it's not going to work. All labels should be self-explanatory.
  • Alliteration is always good, making use of pop culture is always good, using cliches like David and Goliath is just OK.

I know I'm being a stickler here, but let's try and make some Internet history. Tomorrow we'll come to a decision on this so hit up the blog board with your best suggestions.

Here are mine:
The Glendale Grab
Flight in the Phoenix
Catch 42

On to the best blogs ... around!

Did you know HD stands for High Definition? That's what I learned from the Super Bowl ads, courtesy of Charles Barkley. The Sports Comedian learned a whole lot more.

It's not often I come across a NASCAR blog in this here neck of the woods. You Think You Know talks about Junior and how us media folks should leave the poor guy alone. Zoom zoom.

Cubs fans want Brian Roberts. FRANTIC'Sthat's not beer in that trough wants Brian Roberts, right now. I say give the blog what it wants.

I take it back. Cubs fans, listen to Red Line Ramblings. The blog likes the Cubs for just what they are -- a decent team. Nothing like settling.

If you want to remember the NFL season that was in seven easy steps, What I Think Is Important breaks it down. The blog's take on the Redskins is priceless (Here's the chronology: the 'Skins suck, Sean Taylor dies, the 'skins stop sucking, the 'skins go to the playoffs. Who cares if they lost?). 

And a token shout out to Volunteer Basketball (I think he means Kentucky) who shares his favorite things about the Super Bowl ... I think, I didn't really read it. I kid, I kid. I read a few words.

Posted on: February 1, 2008 4:34 pm
Edited on: February 1, 2008 5:10 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: First day of Feb. edition

In my some quarter-century on this planet, I've seen quite a few companies fall to the mercy of the car gods.

I saw AMC bite the dust in 1987. (we miss ya, Gremlin)

I saw Merkur briefly come and go. (Jim Rome misses ya)

I saw Plymouth vanish. (if I had a Hemi Cuda, I'm sure I'd miss it).

And I saw the U.S.'s oldest car company, Oldsmobile call it quits. (I miss my mom's Delta '88).

And I'm sad to report our days with Isuzu are numbered. The Japanese car maker is pulling the plug on U.S. sales of its two remaining vehicles, the Ascender SUV (rebadged Trailblazer) and i-Series pickup trucks (rebadged bad pickup trucks).

Now, I know that news means little to most, but growing up in the late '80s early '90s Isuzu was a pretty sweet truck company. The Trooper was the ultimate box on wheels (who wants to see me tip my dad's car going 25 MPH?). The Rodeo was the Ford Explorer alternative during the mid-'90s SUV boon and the Amigo, well, featured some of the best commercials out there. ("Amigo, Amigo fun for a boy and a girl...").

Speaking of commercials, lest we forget about Joe Isuzu? The man could sell a ketchup Popsicle to a woman in white gloves. Who was Joe Isuzu? Why Joe Isuzu was none other than comic actor David Leisure. How you may remember David Leisure? You may remember David Leisure from such movies as Airplane, Airplane II: The Sequel and as Charlie from the popular TV show Empty Nest. But if you're like me, you remember David Leisure as gameshow host Bink Winkleman from an episode of Married from Children.

We'll miss ya, Joe I. and all your SUVs. Oh, what this has to do with sports? Well, Isuzu was actually in the automotive racing arena with its Isuzuperformance Racing Team. The Isuzu I-Mark apparently was at LeMons and various other stuff. So yeah, there's a connection in there somewhere.

And now a quick Blog Day Afternoon Friday Harangue:

Roger Goodell's explanation for destroying the tapes -- "The reason I destroyed the tapes is they were totally consistent with what the team told me," Goodell said during his State of the NFL speech. "It was the appropriate thing to do and I think it sent a message." -- is ludicrous. If they didn't destroy the Ark in the first Indiana Jones after all the madness and death that thing unleashed, you're telling my Roger couldn't find a place in NFL HQ to store this tape? Absolutely insane. My guess is the tape featured 30 seconds of "spying" and four hours of obscene content like the assistants' Belichick shower cam and Mike Vrabel and Junior Seau's take on 2girlsonecup.

On to the best ... blogs around!

If you value what CBSSports.com producers think (we in the newsroom sure don't), check out their predictions for the Super Bowl in Screaming in Digital. My favorite would be the Giants 42, Pats 3 guestimate with Jeff Feagles as the MVP. You see what I have to work with? That's why I'm like this.

Despite a glaring Miami U. (Big Ben, Wally's World, Devin Davis, me) omission, Too Legit To Quit! breaks down the Top 25 all-around programs from 1998 on. Seriously though, where's Michigan on this list?

I feel for My never ending Story......, I really do. I went to every Orioles opening day from about 1990 to 1997 with my father. It was the team I grew up watching. So I feel for this blog. But the question has an easy answer. The O's have an owner unable to instill a baseball management system in an era where good teams are separated from the best by their structures. Not even Rocky Coppinger can fix that.

I've been exposed by The Blog about Nothing. I'm the guy the blog's talking about. Sorry, but I just love a good Sudoku puzzle. However, I'll never admit to surfing around on that "sportsline" site.

I couldn't resist. We had to end the week with the latest and greatest from Volunteer Basketball (I think he means football). The blog's question du jour is: What is the craziest thing you've done at a sporting event? Suffice to say, my greatest hits don't come close to these Redskins jacknobs (bad words warning).

Ever wonder what the man behind The Sports Comedian talks like? The fake-news wizard steps out from behind the curtain today, and today only.

And lastly, I had to end with this one, if only because it's my type of sophomoric humor. Read The Blog about Nothing's quick take on war being the answer to at least one question.

Posted on: January 31, 2008 5:38 pm
Edited on: January 31, 2008 6:36 pm

Blog Day Afternoon: Last day of Jan. edition

I don't understand people who listen to Don Imus. I really can't understand people who watch his simulcasted show.

In fairness, I know very little about this guy or his show. But what could one aging shockjock DJ bring to the table that some younger version of himself couldn't? He's so lame/out of touch/whatever that the "joke" that got him canned -- "nappy headed hos" -- wasn't fresh. It wasn't clever. It was just some old white guy trying to sound fresh and clever.

Yes, he's a former CBS employee. Is that why I'm blogging about this. NO.  Disclaimer: I watch nothing the Eye produces outside of sports and probably won't until I'm 45 and three kids deep.

But Imus proves one of two things: On-air talent is deceptively thin or the powers-to-be are so bad at thinking outside the norm, they bring back this retread.

Heck, if they do it time and again with semi-successful coaches, why wouldn't they do it with shockjocks? So there you have it, the Jim Fassel of radio hosts is back. Enjoy Baltimore, Detroit, Philly and all the other cities that will soon be able to watch his simulcasted radio show. Mazel tov.

On to the best ... blogs around!

I'm proud to add Mind of The Big B to the Fraternity of Worst Sports Franchises in Football fans. Guess which one the blog is a "fan" of? It's not my Redskins. It's not PC Free From PC Central's Raiders. It's the starts with Li- ends with -ons. Oh, and he's kind enough to remind us how much of sporting oasis Motown is outside of the Wayne Fontes' old team. That's nice. Jacka**!

If you're too lazy to type in "Bobby Knight" at Wikipedia, check out Fiddle's Faddles' brief history of the General (also, uh, his cousin?).

BigTen's Fantasy Baseball Blog brings up the R Kelly-ian point: Age ain't nuttin' but a number. He's playing the skeptic to EMack's true-and-tried recipe of drafting 27-year-olds come Fantasy baseball time. Me? I buy into it because it's reason to believe that contrary to my long-standing, uh, stance, I didn't peak at 17 ... I still have one year to go.

The same people who follow Brittany Spears' every move are the same people who love the two-week gap before the Super Bowl, according to The Words of Dezy. The blog is mad, mad I tell ya!

Our new buddy Volunteer Basketball (who knew they had a team!?) is surveying the blogospheres' best pickup lines. Since the "nice shoes one ..." was used, I'll go with "You must be Jamaican, because Jamaican me crazy." Lame, yes, so add yours to the list.

Euphuism's 101 asks the all important question: When is the last time you ... destroyed a public toilet. I'm doing it right now! God bless wi-fi. Oh, wait...let's stop there.

Sadly, I knew about this several months back. I asked our Fantasy Managing Editor Peter Madden if we were going to get in on this. His response? "We'll leave Fantasy Fishing to the Ocho." Don't worry 'bout it Spotsy Scratch, you won't be weighing your bass on our site. Wait, that didn't come out right.

And I had to add this one. If Fantasy fishing isn't your thang, NaterB's Junk Drawer has the perfect game for ya. It's Fantasy announcers and while Dick Vitale may be the A-Rod (or marlin if you're a fisher?) on the draft board, please don't underestimate the vocal powers of Gus Johnson.

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