Monday, April 21, 2014

¡Chill Out, Carlos!

Catcher Brian McCann had words for him last September when the Brewers played the Braves. Pirates pitcher Gerrit Cole felt the need to verbally express himself yesterday in their game.  The common denominator in this pair of incidents is Brewers CF Carlos Gomez.  He likes to watch the ball fly in a "nanny-nanny-boo-boo" fashion; some of the opponents want to watch their fists fly into his face.  He's been knocked down a couple of times in the dust-ups that have become bench-clearing brawls.  Simmer down, son.  Just hit and catch and show them your stuff without flaunting it in their face.  For your revolting display of temper, you get a Yellow Flag of Shame.

Lady Grid out.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

UCONN All the Way - Ugh.

I wasn't happy to see the end results of the men's and women's basketball championships this week.  Congratulations to the UCONN teams, but I wanted someone else to win.  C'est la vie.  It's baseball watching time anyway.

Diamond Time

  1. Josh Hamilton is out for several weeks.  Sorry, Angels!
  2. The Red Sox beat the Texas Rangers 4-2 today thanks to Big Papi's three run homer.  Ugh.
  3. Cleveland and San Diego split their double header, and the Reds blanked St. Louis.  St. Louis losing is always good news.
  4. I agree with OF Adam Jones that fans belong in the stands during games.  This storming the field or court that is all the rage needs to stop. Now.  Someone will be hurt, and it won't be good for anyone.  

Lady Grid out.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Madness Indeed!

I created several brackets for both the men's and women's basketball tournaments.  In my best-case scenario, I have three of the Elite Eight correct for the men's tournament with Dayton as the one who spoiled things for one of my other brackets. We'll see how the other games turn out; however, I am picking Florida to win this year.

In my top bracket for the women's tournament, I have the Notre Dame Lady Irish winning.  I correctly picked/guessed thirteen of the Sweet Sixteen teams.  Each year finds me tuned in to see some roundball, and this year has been no different.  Last week some of my students stayed after school to watch with me.  I didn't have popcorn for them because it was unexpected.

Miggy landed a ten year deal for $292 million?  Let's hope the Detroit Tigers get their money's worth out of this two-time AL MVP.  Opening Day cannot come too soon for the rabid baseball fans.  Enough of the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues.  The Yankees are starting CC as pitcher on their first game of the official season on April 1.  Let's see how things turn out for him since he's reportedly made some changes.  I am glad that the LA Dodgers had a wee chat with Yasiel Puig.  Take your practice drills seriously, friend.

Lady Grid out.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Another Day, Another Dollar (or Snip, Snap, Snout)

The Cowboys' release of DeMarcus Ware means the Denver Broncos' defense is undergoing immediate rebuilding.  The Jets acquired Eric Decker to improve their receiving corps.  The Broncos picked up Aqib Talib from the Patriots for a nice amount of money, and James Harrison was cut by the Bengals. Miles Austin will be cut by the Cowboys. Darrelle Revis is now a Patriot.  The Panthers have released Steve Smith.  Don't remind my son; he's still unhappy about that one. Sproules will be an Eagle and no longer a Saint.  Where will Hakeem Nicks land?  How will Jonathan Martin fit in with the San Francisco 49ers? When will we get a new QB in Big D?   As if that's not enough, the draft begins in eight weeks. My head is reeling.  I hope to keep it together for Selection Sunday as March Madness unfolds.

Speaking of college hoops, Mizzou defeated my Aggies in two overtime periods 91-83.  Ugh.  Kansas upset Oklahoma State in overtime 77-70.  Louisville CRUSHED the life out of Rutgers and allowed them a paltry 31 points in the game. Seton Hall just edged Villanova 64-63.  It's getting hot in here!

The Lady Aggies were beaten in the semis by the Lady Vols.  Rats.  Next year!  Even better, bring on the tourney.

Lady Grid out.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Selection Sunday is Coming!

Just think of it. In ten days, I get to fill out my NCAA basketball brackets for the men's and women's tournaments.  Giddy begins to describe the feeling I have. My one regret is that some of the more serious games take place when I may be working.  I'll keep ESPN's feed on my workstation and let my young charges know of their teams' successes or failures.  Bring on March Madness!!!

Lady Grid out.

Sunday, February 23, 2014


There have been a few interesting items since my last post.

  1. It's good to see the MLB back in action. Both of my grandfathers were addicted to baseball.  My regret is that I didn't discuss the game with them when I had the opportunity. Barry Bonds is returning to the San Francisco Giants as an instructor; apparently, he never officially retired. We'll see how things work out for him.
  2. LeBron James has a broken nose and plans to be careful about his return to the hardwoood.
  3. The Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat the Knicks; pass me some of that sweet iced tea, Maynard.
  4. Kobe is out for another three weeks. Maynard, put me a lemon slice in it, will you?
  5. Texas A&M Men's Basketball beat Tennessee in overtime, 68-65.  
  6. Syracuse was beaten by Duke; Coach Jim Boeheim was beside himself after the charge call late in the game.
  7. Wichita State is 29-0. I think they need to move ahead of Florida in the rankings now.
  8. Kansas routed the Texas Longhorns 85-54.  The Jayhawks were ranked number eight; the Longhorns were ranked nineteen.
  9. Number eleven-ranked Louisville edged number seven-ranked Cincinnati 58-57.
  10. At the time of this posting, the gold-medal game featuring Canada and Sweden had just dropped the puck in Sochi.  Good luck, Sweden.  I think you're going to need it and a miracle.  
Lady Grid out.

Monday, February 17, 2014

More Round Ball

We are getting closer to March Madness one day at a time.  I can hardly wait.  I was happy to see the Lady Aggies take down the Alabama Crimson tide last night.  Whoop!  Come on, Aggies, as we take on the Ole Miss Lady Rebels on Thursday night.  Gig 'em!

The men's team isn't faring as well as I'd like, but they take on the Crimson Tide at Reed Arena in College Station.  Farmers, fight!  In other men's basketball news, the UNC Tarheels–one of my perennial favorites as long as they don't play Texas A&M–beat Florida State tonight after falling behind early in the game.  Whew!

We've got about eight days until the MLB has all of their ducks in a row after the pitchers and catchers showed up last week.  Bring on the Cactus and the Grapefruit Leagues!  Hats off to Ryan Dempster for deciding to spend time with his family instead of chasing another World Series with the Red Sox.  Good luck, sir!

Lady Grid out.