Super Bowl Commercials Super Blow

Now as everyone should be doing around this time of the year like myself, I was tuned in the first Sunday in February to watch the Super Bowl. It is an American tradition for almost 50 years now! That’s what those Roman Numerals means right? I along with millions of people believe it should be coined a national holiday, “Super Bowl Sunday”. I mean, up here (points to brain) it is, but not officially. Hell, the Monday that immediately follows it should be a day off, “Super Bowl Hangover Monday”…..okay, that one kinda drags on, but you get the idea. We’ll work on a different name at some point.

As it happens every year this event comes out, it was the most watched television broadcast in U.S. history. And why not? People tune in hoping for the greatest game on the gridiron. The un-biased football fans and the self-centered media could not have asked for a better 2-week period leading up to the game itself. Patriots/Belichick/Brady/DeflateGate + Seahawks/Sherman/LegionofBoom/TrashTalking = Boners for life and ratings through the roof! I had one roommate even show me a very faux Twitter page a day or two ago showing the page tweeted out the first week of September (the first week of the NFL season) that the New England Patriots would square off against the Seattle Seahawks, because the NFL is rigged and it is what the media would want……okay, whatever. So it might be. Everyone has an opinion.

Back to the day in itself. Some people aren’t exactly football enthusiasts. The Super Bowl has grown  a very strong tradition over the years of showcasing new releases of commercials, typically of the humorous variety, for big brand name companies. Look, I personally feel such companies do not need to continue to throw themselves out there and shoot themselves in the foot sometimes with commercials because they are already so successful and so well-known. But if it is for humor purposes, sign me up. The Super Bowl commercials are excellent ways to show movie trailers too, movies that are being released at some point that year. Sounds good right…….right?………..RIGHT???

Before I continue, here is a picture of my general reaction and opinion to Super Bowl XLIX’s commercials:

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Holy. Shit. People. Might have been your worst showing of commercials I have ever seen. In my 14-15 years of watching a Super Bowl, watching the commercials, ENJOYING said commercials, you went and disappointed me. Like, you’re damn lucky it is a football game first and commercial entertainment second for most people, or else this would be a completely dumpster fire, as one of my role models Seth MacFarlane would put it. You didn’t just drop the ball, you took it, wrote “Fuck you all, humor is bad” on it, and threw it at your people. Yeah, because that will definitely get us interested in your companies. One commercial, McDonald’s is telling me I can get a free meal by letting them guilt bomb me into doing something corny and cheesy (Not that I’m opposed, I’m just saying)? The next I’m being told Nationwide is on my side when a close relative, possibly my future son, is upstairs OD’ing in his room? And I think every 3rd or 4th commercial shown, I felt inclined to call my dad and tell him I love him and tell him have a wonderful Father’s Day. That reminds me. I gotta get him something…..oh wait, not yet I don’t. It’s fucking February! The fuck is wrong with you people?

This is America? We like stupid, witty, smartass, classic humor. You gave that to us for years for this glorious event. This one day in the 365-day calendar, and now you’re taking it away. Don’t you ever go that safe route again. I would not be surprised if the Super Bowl starts losing viewing numbers and ratings because of those commercials. Like I said, there’s people who watch the big game strictly for the entertaining 15- or 30-second, sometime minute-long commercial, and that is fine. It adds to the enjoyment. I’m a huge football fan just like a lot of this country and I too enjoy the commercials….err, well, I did. They’re in the doghouse for now.

I hate commercials nowadays. I hate them so much. They are not funny anymore, big name companies make worse and worse commercials to get their points across. We know McDonald’s is the most popular fast food joint. We know Nationwide will help you in life situations. Don’t shove it down our throats, take it away from our REAL entertainment, and don’t milk things completely dry. You want to be successful in the commercial business? What do the following have in common: Game of War, AT&T, Hot Pockets, and Wendy’s have in common? They all have a pretty-faced and completely irrelevent spokeswoman for their commercials. And you can only milk those kind for so long. I like the AT&T girl, I’m sick of the fake Wendy’s redhead now, who the hell doesn’t love Kate Upton, and as corny as shit as it is, the Hot Pockets girl is pretty good lookin’ too. I’m not condoning these companies to use women to further ratings by the way.

Very very rarely do you see good commercials over and over again. Also very rarely do you see variability in the commercials. I think the commercial business or whatever the hell that is called is going down the tubes and is just desperate. Or I just hate them.

Here are some pictures of my general reactions towards some of the majorly disappointing Super Bowl XLIX commercials from Sunday:

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The Media Needs to Leave Athletes, Coaches Alone

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See that? That is the feeling I get when the media talks about sports these days….or at least they think it is still sports.

This posting is a shout out to my very good friends and sports knowledgeable people, Brian Bobal and Ricky Lindsay.

I love sports. No denying that. That being said, there are a lot of things in today’s sports world that irk the living shit out of me. One of the biggest if not the absolute biggest is media. They have seriously got to be the most annoying, arrogant, and selfish people on the planet nowadays. This is more directed at the people who cover the games and are there are pre- and post-game interviews and all that jazz. Some of the questions that come out of these people’s mouths is just ridiculous. Absolutely ridiculous. It’s really sad to see that the media basically takes over every god damn sport in this country strictly for themselves, for money, for ratings, for recognition, and do not really give a flying fuck about the sport and its athletes and coaches. Like seriously, where do you draw the line in the sand with them? There has got to be one certain event that has happened in the last five to seven years that has just set the media off, giving them major league hard ons, and they see an opportunity to be the nosiest person on the face of the earth.

First off, it just seems like that it is no longer about a player’s performance on the court or field, and is ALWAYS about their personal lives. You know they have networks for you slimy self-centered people, the biggest one being TMZ. Speaking of TMZ, this goes and answers my question a little bit ago, about the one major event in sporting history recently that has sent the media in a frenzy. I think of when Tigers Woods crashed his car into a tree and then the story just unfolded day after day that he had been cheating on his wife with hundreds of women and whatnot. I remember clearly, there was wall-to-wall coverage on multiple networks for that time. Like, cover your own damn stories! There is no need for sports networks to be covering the personal lives of people, and there is sure as hell no need for noteworthy news stories to be covering a high profile athlete. Look, I’m not defending Tiger’s actions by any means. I know what he did was wrong and probably the worst thing any man, married or not, can do in his life. But God damnit, leave the man alone. He made a mistake. He knows it too. He fucked up big time. Me personally, I think part of the reason why he hasn’t been the same Tiger and has not won a major tournament since that event was because the media just ripped into him for days, months, years…..probably today still even! That’s what the media does today, they feed off the negative attention and news for the dumb middle-of-the-road people who don’t have a mind of their own so they easily sway those people. It is among the lowest levels of scum and disgust I’ve ever seen. I know, Tiger is clearly not the same person since, and it sure has reflected in his game. He is still a professional. I expect no less from him, and expect a whole hell of a lot more from the media. They always hype up and bring about these players nowadays and then when they see an opportunity, they strike and bring them down in flames. Just awful people.

My second point, how about some of the questions being asked by the media members? Are you fucking me? Why would you even ask three quarters of the questions you ask. You’re covering athletes and coaches, ask them questions they want to answer, which are the ones revolving around the game ON THE FIELD. I look back to not too long ago. In fact, last weekend, with this whole “deflated football” nonsense. Okay, so the New England Patriots had some footballs deflated. So what? Sure, every team likes to have their own game footballs a certain way, hence why the referees approve them before and after games. They used them in the first half, where they were only up by 10. Then they use “regular sized” footballs in the second half and outscore the Indianapolis Colts 28-0. How does that make sense exactly? Are we still talking about how the deflated footballs helped the Pats? Because according to the scores in each half, it really didn’t. What were the intentions on New England’s part anyway? Okay I got sidetracked there, back to the media……This could not have been any more of a textbook negative story for them to feed off of and barrage the Patriots with all week long in their practicing for the upcoming Super Bowl against the Seattle Seahawks. I paid attention to a good chunk of the media’s so called “coverage” of New England this week, I’m not sure if there were any questions regarding their practices or the big upcoming game. Like, as a fan, why does the media feel the need to swamp us with complete bullshit coverage and questions. I wanna hear about their preparations and what they think about Seattle, not the damn deflated footballs. I commend QB Tom Brady and Bill Belichick so much this week for putting up with that garbage. They are among the most classiest and professional people in sports for one of the great and most successful NFL franchises, especially this century. And now possibly, their careers, reputation, and ability to play and coach respectively are in jeopardy in the eyes of the media and swing voting, fair weather fans of sports. That being, the people who are just looking for something to agree on and not feel wrong, they all of a sudden hate Brady and Belichick. I’m so honored as a fan to have grown up and watch arguably the best QB-HC combo in the game, and now I cannot even enjoy watching them without knowing they have a million cameras and microphones in their face. If I were them this week, I would have walked in to that press conference, announced my presence right away and said something along the lines of “I’ll say this real quick and nothing more about it. I have no knowledge and had no involvement in the deflating footballs, and myself and our organization are working thoroughly to figure it all out. That should and will answer your questions about that. If you ask me a question other than our practice and preparation for Seattle, I will not answer. Because I answered it already for you.”…..That is just me personally. That’ll shut those damn people up (hopefully). Now I know they didn’t do that, and most players and coaches wouldn’t. In today’s world I believe, if they said something like that in any way, shape, or form, then it would be just like dangling the line in the media pond and they pump you question after question about it. I think it is the dumbest rule ever that athletes and coaches are required to speak to the media. Are you kidding me? If I don’t want to, then I won’t. It’s dumb. Pretty sure I have freedom of speech (or in this case, free to not talk). Get your damn cameras, mic’s, arrogance, and lack of knowledge out of my fucking face.

The media and coverage of sports and stories nowadays is just simply terrible. They should be there to cover games, start to finish, ask GAME-RELATED questions, and do their part and go home. It is simpler on everyone else, including the people with the cameras shoved in Tom Brady’s face. But no, we got to have a media where as long as the ratings are good, then it is no problem. What might be more sad? The fact that their ratings are higher when negative stuff happens, and when people who don’t have their own opinion or side to the story are glued to it and are instantly on the side of negativity. That speaks more so to the people of this country, and how we operate. Negativity rules!

Breaking Down the 2015 Tigers, AL Central Outlook

The 2014 offseason has been a busy one to say in MLB. We have seen moves like Jon Lester going to the north side of Chicago, The Padres getting a completely new outfield look with Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers patrolling the outfield left right, and the BoSox getting the likes of Pablo Sandoval and Hanley Ramirez for their left side of the infield. The Tigers have been in the news themselves throughout the winter months. Most notably, they traded starting pitcher Rick Porcello to Boston for outfield and power hitter Yoenis Cespedes. I personally would have preferred to keep Ricky P, he was always one of my favorites and blossomed really well in 2013 for us. Nothing against Cespedes by any means, I believe he will fit in very well in the teeth of the lineup, sandwiched between the Martinez boys. They also made moves for starting pitchers Shane Greene (Yankees) and Alfredo Simon (Reds) via trade. Another big story this offseason in Detroit was whether or not Mad Max Scherzer would re-sign with the Tigs. As of last night, he agreed to a 7-year contract with the Washington Nationals for over $200 million. A precursor to us not being interested in signing him was avoiding an arbitration hearing with current Tigers lefty David Price, signing him to a 1-year deal worth nearly $20 million. After all these moves. The Tigers now hold the 3rd highest payroll behind who else, but those Bronx Bastards and the Hollywood Dodgers.

The Tigers are not the only team in their division to make some noise this offseason however. Every other team in the AL Central. Here are some key moves made by their division rivals:

Chicago White Sox: traded for SP Jeff Samardzija from Oakland, signed OF Dave Robertson and Melky Cabrera

Cleveland Indians: traded for 1B Brandon Moss from Oakland, signed SP Gavin Floyd

Kansas City Royals: signed SP’s Luke Hochevar and Edison Volquez, signed OF Alex Rios, signed DH Kendrys Morales

Minnesota Twins: signed OF Torii Hunter and SP Ervin Santana

You gotta think the big winner in the division this offseason (so far) is the White Sox. From a standpoint of addressing the big holes in their roster, they definitely did that. They acquired players to help bolster each phase of their game. Samardzija forms a dominant 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation with lefty ace Chris Sale. The Melk Man gives another good reliable bat in the lineup and provides a decent upgrade in the outfield defense. Dave Robertson was a very solid and dependent set-up man and closer in his time with the Yankees and will certainly help the Chi Sox in the pen. They had a lot of work to do and did their job.

Despite them probably not being able to re-sign James Shields, KC did pretty solid as well. They essentially replace Shields with Volquez, former 1B/DH and fan favorite Billy Butler with Morales and Nori Aoki with Rios. Maybe not necessarily upgrades at each of those spots, but certainly filling the void for an already good team without messing with their outstanding bullpen.

Minnesota on paper certainly looks like a much more competitive team than in recent years. They are fairly young and do have some question marks still, but the fact is they do have so good players in a lot of the right positions. Some big key things to look out for them will be the emergence of super prospect Byron Buxton, soon to be the everyday CF for years to come. Joe Mauer may not be the same player he was six, seven years ago, but is more than capable of rebounding and producing adequately. The return of longtime Twin great Torii Hunter will certainly be a boost on a number of levels as well, especially both on the field and in the clubhouse. Most importantly, he will finish his career with the team he started with. If guys like Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Arcia, and Eduardo Escobar can improve, and C Kurt Suzuki can replicate his solid 2014 campaign, the Twinkies are a growing formidable opponent in the AL Central.

The Cleveland Indians were probably a little more quiet than they would have liked. They have a young rotation they really like and will continue to improve, headlined by 2014 AL Cy Young winner Corey Kluber. Some rather disappointing seasons from 2B Jason Kipnis and DH/1B/OF Nick Swisher pushed this team back a bit in the standings. Carlos Santana struggled early in 2014 as well, but picked it up in the 2nd half of the season. He could use a good bounce back season though too. Some solid numbers from those three players along with CF Michael Bourn will greatly increase this team’s chances at winning the division, or at the very least a playoff spot. The terrific season by MVP candidate Michael Brantley, who I believe is the most underrated player in baseball, and under-the-radar performance of Lonnie Chisenhall is definitely another thing for this team to build on going into 2015.

So with only a month of so away from spring training taking place in Florida and Arizona for MLB, the AL Central has made some noteworthy noise and made the division much more competitive. How does the division shake up now? Let’s be honest, the division still runs through the Motor City and has for four straight seasons. Can they make it 5? Absolutely. But it is by no means easy. Here is my personal prediction:

1st – Detroit Tigers: 91-71

2nd – Kansas City Royals: 89-73

3rd – Chicago White Sox: 88-74

4th – Cleveland Indians: 84-78

5th – Minnesota Twins: 75-87

What do you think? How will the 2015 AL Central shake out? Chip in!

What have you done for me lately?

Being a huge sports fan, there are a lot of things that have or currently do irk the shit outta me. One thing in particular that has bugged me over the years has been the hiring and firing of coaches. To me it just seems like there are not a lot of long tenured coaches that have been in the current position they are in for at least 10 years or more. It just feels like when a new coach gets hired, he instantly is stuck with the mentality in his head that he needs to take home the title in four or five years. In other words, what have you done for me lately that should make me consider keeping you around longer?

I absolutely cannot stand when these newly hired coaches are being hired and before the even start their upcoming seasons at the helm for their respective teams, their head is in a noose, just in case some things go totally awry right off the bat (pun intended for those baseball managers. I sometimes understand when a franchise that is not know for any consistent, recent, or relevant success in their history, that they want to find the “savior” to bring their team back to prominence and promise. I sometimes understand that there a rich, history-filled, franchises in professional sports that just simply know how to win, regardless of their coaches and personnel. I even sometimes understand that when things are not going well for a team in the middle of a season because of the turmoil. But why is the coach ALWAYS the center of it all and the first one to get the hook?

Let’s start with those rather not so good teams in sports where they are “just there”. They show up, compete, do their job (sort of), blah blah blah, you get the rest of it. These are teams where they haven’t exactly had the most winning, the best players or the best coaches to begin with. First of all, if you wanna re-build and turn your franchise around, it begins at the top. Right? Your front office people have to make the right moves. Some teams that come to mind right away for me are the Jaguars, Raiders, Browns, and Jets in the NFL, Bobcats/Hornets (Charlotte franchise), T-Wolves, Kings (though they’re kind of going somewhere slowly) in the NBA, Mets, Padres, and A’s in MLB, and for you hockey buffs, the Thrashers/Jets, Sabres, and Coyotes in the NHL. To me, these are simply just teams who struggle to make the right moves on all sorts of personnel levels. Over the last few seasons for majority of these teams, I’ve noticed they can their coaches after just a few seasons. Talk about giving him a chance to do his job…..these teams have a lot of balls to bring in a guy, give him the notion and title of turning the franchise in the right direction, and then give him the heave-ho. A lot of these teams that fall under this category often start from scratch. You can’t keep re-building every 2 or 3 season if you want to have ANY long term success.

For you Lakers and Celtics of the world, you Yankees and Cardinals of the world, Steelers, Cowboys, Niners, and Packers of the beloved shield, and the Original Six of hawkey. I look at you next. I give much more leeway to long storied franchises in professional American sports. They’ve had lots of chances to have the right players and coaches come walking through the door and have cashed in plenty of times. That being said, these teams are not afraid for a second to give their team leaders a pink slip and politely asking them to leave as head coach. The Celtics made a big move in 2007 bringing in 3 highly coveted and high profile names, won their championship, got old, and went on to newer things. Now they’re re-building. The Lakers…..I don’t know what you’re doing. You have Kobe. He’s frickin Kobe for God’s sake. Build around him until he retires. Look at the Spurs! Don’t just recycle coaches year after year. Find the right compliment of players that can work with Kobe and the coach and go from there. It’s okay if you float around .500 or something along those lines, that’s the whole damn point of the experiment.

Okay Knicks and Bears, I’m talking to you now. So much turmoil and anger in house, you completely forget about your performance on the field or the court. Are you all really that self-centered? Are you all so swamped in the pool of money and talent that you take it for granite? When I see teams like this, I feel bad for the coaches. I know what’s coming, sometimes sooner rather than later. Drives me insane. Believe me, I hate the Bears and most Chicago teams. But part of me really felt bad for former head coach Marc Trestman. He had a loaded and talented but unbelievably inept offense, an incredibly poor performing defense and disputes between coaches. How can all of that lead to HIM getting fired? Now look, I am entitled to my own opinion as is everyone, hence why I made this, but if there’s turmoil with my team because players are being selfish assholes, not liking the coaches, or cooperating on all levels, then I’ll give YOU the boot. and a lot of this falls of the front office people making the hire and fire as well, especially in the NBA where it is soooo superstar driven. Wouldn’t you think you want to talk with your current key players under contract about what they think about having a certain person as their coach, i.e. Derek Fisher? Fisher is a proven champion on the court, leader in the locker room as a player, and good coaching potential. You’d think him and president and former coach Phil Jackson running the show, they’d make all the right moves. Instead, they have blown the team up and will begin rebuilding now. Glad to see as a sports fan, they did it sooner rather than later. But I swear to God, if he gets fired within the next year or two, count on me having a sports meltdown.

There’s my very opinionated piece on coaches in professional sports. Tell me, what have they done for you and your favorite teams lately?

Who really should be “America’s Team”?…..I say Nobody

The Dallas Cowboys have been coined by many as “America’s team”. But why? I mean, they haven’t done a damn thing except hog the national TV spotlight on FOX 13 out of the 17 weeks, build the ‘Taj Mahal’ of NFL stadiums that’s hosted everything but my birthday party yet (they haven’t called me back yet), and bring mediocre football to not only Dallas, but all the NFL for a good what, 10-15 years now? They are a piss poor representation of the term “America’s team”.

I hate the phrase for one, because it pretty much takes the other teams in the league away from any attention whatsoever. God forbid they actually just demolish and remove some franchises from the shield, because according to the NFL and the rest of the world, Dallas is the only one that matters. As long as they are winning, getting into the playoffs consistently and taking home the Vince Lombardi trophy every other year or so, everything is hunky dory right?……..Ummm, timeout there. As if their ego was not huge enough, because Jerry Jones just had to top everyone one more step on the ladder. Pretty sure you were already doing that pre-JerryWorld, and while your cathedral you call home, where you went a disapppointing 4-4 this season, the one season in about 15 years where you had some promise. I guess it doesn’t matter that you have things like each NFC division being up for grabs every year because the NFC is loaded, including your own division. C’mon Big D, you lost the division three times in the last three seasons, each season to every other team in your division at least once! And you had a comfortable position and outlook into the postseason each of those years. Instead you fall flat on your face and blame everyone for your faults. Let’s face it, for being America’s team, to me, you’re more of a disappointment than teams like the Raiders, Jaguars, Buccaneers, etc. You put that own damn title on yourself, that huge target on your back and just continue to let people fire away at it. Nice job. Absolutely masterful. Dallas has zero room to bitch and moan about everything that has happened the last few weeks too in the NFL playoffs. You got a gift from the NFL God’s because they probably felt so bad for you, you finally made the postseason, the NFL just HAD to keep you going. And then for the NFL to come out and say they missed 7 or 8 calls on us during the game? Bull. Shit. Not only is the NFL throwing their entire referee staff under the bus, but that suddenly makes everything all better for you classless sore losers? Get a hold of yourself. And then Sunday’s game in Green Bay. I’ll be honest, I thought they had no chance up in the frozen tundra. But Dallas made it a good, respectable, watchable game. And then all hell broke loose…….of course it was Dallas, of course it was Dez Bryant. Dude, you dropped the ball, end of story. The ground caused you to lose control. You know damn well that rule has been implemented and called correctly on a consistent basis according to the rulebook for a good 5 years or so now, thanks to Mr. Megatron himself, Calvin Johnson. Whether you agree with the rule or not, you have to agree with the call. They made the right decision. So don’t go bitching all offseason about how you got fucked over. Newsflash, your referees fucked us over. They’re not just going to give you the game, or at the worst a re-match. Well, they might. Because you are America’s team right?

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I thought I hated Dallas plenty, but even more so now.

Brand Names and Superstars

You see it everywhere in sports, college or professional. If you have made a name for yourself at ANY point in your history, you are seen by the public eye with a big target on your back. You’re the big bad bullies on the block, the tyrant king that everyone wants to overthrow. But here’s something that grinds my gears year in and year out in sports: The professional leagues only care about a handful teams’ success, or in some instances, specific players, and the NCAA certainly has their favorites they want to win as far as football and basketball goes.

Let’s start with the NBA shall we? The NBA has become a media-driven, star-driven sport where most national sports media platforms cover news and stories strictly for their own benefit, rather than the audience, their fans. Remember those old days in the sport when it required a TEAM effort to win championships? I don’t, I’ve only been on this screwed up planet for 21 years. I unfortunately am growing up in a day and age where this sport, one I grew up playing and paying close attention to does not give a flying fuck about teams anymore. It’s absolutely absurd. I have seen one team take home the Larry O’Brien trophy five times in my lifetime, all in a 15 year span. That team, my friends is the San Antonio Spurs…..Who? Exactly. They are the poster child for success in this sport, Everyone equally contributes year after year, doesn’t question their role on the team and accepts their purpose to the team and is dedicated. Sure, it helps to have mainstays like Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobli, and head coach and now resident caveman Greg Popovich. But it’s those same professionals that have helped propelled this team to where they are today. They continue to win 50+ games a season, draft very underrated, significant role players to help bolster their roster and just continue to do things right. Apparently the NBA either doesn’t like that or does not care. All the NBA cares about is where guys like LeBron and KD will be and how their teams will do. Look, I am blessed as a sports fan that I get to watch legends-in-the-making like those two play basketball everyday. People can say what they want about them. “Oh they suck, they’re overrated, I hope they lose all the time or get hurt.” Here me out, don’t point the finger at them. They are the two men keeping this god forsaken league afloat. You see all those empty buildings around the league? Yeah, even the Palace was like that for a good 5-6 years now. You don’t see empty arenas where ever the King and the Durantula show up on any given night. Look at the league. They don’t get it. They care about their players, not the teams of their league. Nowadays it is all about having a “Big 3” on your team, apparently it leads to some sort of success or something? Wait……..you’re figuring it out now? Boston was the first to do it in 2008, then Miami again in 2011? No! First off, San Antonio started that back in 2003. The reason it works for them is because they have a whole bench of other role players to chip in for their consistent success. The best part? They don’t care. They simply just do not care about how they win or what outsiders think. Wake up NBA. Care about your teams, not just the players. Big 3’s make the league so top heavy and un-competitive to watch. You should be damn lucky and proud the Spurs are winning championships.

Let’s go to baseball next. I think where you all know where I’m going with this one. Let’s look at two teams. The Yankees and the Dodgers. These are MLB’s prize winning dogs, and why not? They have all the money, the fame, the success right? WRONG AGAIN! It is not a sport when all you care is about a handful or less of your teams. Just because you’re a big market doesn’t mean it’s all about them. Yes, I hate the Yankees. I hate them for a number of reasons, this being one of them. It sure is nice knowing my Tigers can handle them in the postseason right? Anyway, back to my point. When these team are at a low-point and not contending for a title, the MLB goes into a sadistic stage and ratings just plummet. You want fans to watch the sport right? You want people to attend your stadiums and root for your teams? Are we just pawns to you? Why do you ONLY care about those two teams? Hell, since 2004 you can throw in the Boston Red Sox to that category. Ever noticed how many times those 3 teams are always on national TV? I don’t want to see that crap on a weekly basis. Stop showing me them. I don’t need to see a lineup 1-9 hitting barely .250 hit home runs out of their high school size stadium. What a joke. Play half a season in Comerica Park and let me see your numbers then…..So who would the “Spurs” of baseball be? Gotta be the Cardinals right? Or the Giants? Pick your poison. Top to bottom, not very star-laden, but they do it best and just know how to win. After the Giants beat KC in 7 games this past Fall Classic, I will take the Giants or Cards against the field in the National league every year, until I see a true changing of the guard. As for those Skankees? Well…..plain and simple, you all can just go fuck yourselves, you slimy, selfish, greedy, spoiled classless fans.

Now onto the college level. Let’s start off by saying that every so-called student athlete is merely a pawn in the sports, both football and basketball, purely a moneymaker for their universities and the NCAA as a whole. All these brand new, fancy looking, high paying football stadiums and old historic basketball arenas? Straight cash, homie. More money in the pockets for the universities. So who else kisses more ass than Ohio State? Oh, I’ll answer that question. Nobody. It is ALWAYS about them. If they and/or Michigan are having a sub par season, it’s suddenly an unsuccessful college football season. Get over yourselves. Seriously? There’s plenty of skilled, talented, and championship-caliber college programs in this country. But I guess when you’re a Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, USC, Nebraska, Texas, etc., things are just handed to you on a silver platter. How about you evaluate the teams properly? Five of those six teams did not even end up in the final rankings of this college football season. Nebraska was suppose to just “roll through the Big Ten and claim the crown from everyone”, said many experts when they made the switch. How’s that going for ya? Welcome to big boy football Nebraska. Not so easy is it? You made a mistake firing Bo Pelini in my mind. I cannot stand this “What have you done for me lately” world, but we’ll do that some other time. Back to the Fuckeyes. They are the prime example of selfish scum who think of themselves better than everyone. I was the happiest man on this planet when that story came out about them cheating and selling memorabilia throughout the season. Serves you right you god damn cheaters. I hope they lose by 5 TDs to Oregon on Monday night.

Well this has been a longer posting than I would have liked. But I feel I got my point across and did my venting. You agree or disagree? Would love to hear your opinions. It is welcomed!

Pilot – Pistons streak snapped, so now what?

The Pistons made a very bold decision on December 22 to waive veteran and highly paid Josh Smith. Smith was a hot free agent target with loads of talent and a number of faults that only he was oblivious to. It certainly did not take long for head coach and president Stan Van Gundy to make a move going forward. With intentions to develop the younger players on the squad and distribute playing time more evenly, Detroit showed Smith the door.

I can’t say I blamed Stan Van Gundy for wanting to try out the Smith experience. Smith was in the Motor City before SVG, so it was fair for the coach to let him play and see if he could be the savior and figure out the problem. A guy getting paid the money Smith was getting certainly wasn’t going to ride the pine very often. It was obvious to not only Pistons fan, but every NBA expert and analyzer that Josh Smith simply does not fit in the organization.

So what has happened post-Smith? Only a modest 7-game win streak. Five of the seven on the road, including back-to-back W’s in San Antonio and Dallas, six of the seven were by double-digits, and two of the victories included double-digit comebacks by the Pistons. The most important and eye-popping thing about this streak? The chemistry. Everyone is distributing, having fun, helping each other, and having the common mentality of wanting to win basketball games. It is safe to say this team is moving in the right direction since allowing Josh Smith to move elsewhere. The team could not quite overcome a 20+ point deficit in Friday night’s game at home against the equally hot Atlanta Hawks, who had won 20 of 22 coming in. They are clearly the class of the Eastern Conference right now.

The Pistons however, showed a toughness and resilience to them that they never did when Josh Smith was on the team. Let’s face it, he was toxic to the team and affecting their will to win and their ball skills. He flat out did not give the other players on the team to perform at the level they have been lately. If Smith was still on the team for the last eight games, including tonight, there is a good chance they would have lost majority of them, by a wide margin like they did when they had him on the roster.

Better team now? Absolutely. Win streak a fluke? I don’t think so. Playoff bound??? We’ll see how they respond.