Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Lady Took a Break

Just as a friendly warning, this may be stream of consciousness writing since I only snagged about five hours of sleep last night. Don't ask.  Earlier this month, I watched the World Cup with some interest and became a big fan of James Rodriguez.  He's incredible!  Of course, not to be outdone, the sports world then saw LeBron James come back to Cleveland.  More importantly, the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA title back in June, and it seems like an afterthought.  Grr!  Congratulations to the Spurs including Coach Popovich, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and the gang.  My son was thrilled.  As you know, he roots for the Spurs in a Mavericks household.  I should ground him for the rest of the summer.  We'll see how things shape up.

The Home Run Derby was fun to watch.  My only regret was that Joey Bautista got cool while Yoenis C├ęspedes was cooking with peanut oil, so to speak.  Todd Frazier's good-natured demeanor made it hard for me to decide as I watched them duel for the crown.  ¡Felicidades, Yoenis! Well, the AL has home-field advantage again this year for the World Series after defeating the National League 5-3.  My grandfather and father used to bet who would win the game.  Papa Bear took the American League, and Daddy took the National League.  I told Daddy that I'd be glad to accept the payment as Papa Bear's descendant. He replied that the check was in the mail.  My mail box will grow cobwebs and whiskers before I see one red cent of that money, you realize.  It's all fun anyway.

The SEC network kicks off on August 14, and I've been bombarded with information about it.  I'll see it for myself when it debuts on my local cable carrier.  My beloved Aggies will take on South Carolina. I look forward to wearing my maroon and white and whooping like mad. Lady Grid out.

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Conference Championship Time!

I predicted three of the four teams correctly for the conference championships in the NBA.  Now I have the privilege of contemplating who will win the conference.

Spurs vs. Thunder: The Thunder beat the Spurs every time they played during the regular season.  Tony Parker has a hamstring injury that is plaguing him right now. I like the Spurs because they're the "grumpy old men," but I like Kevin Durant and his attitude towards his Mama. I predict the Spurs in game seven.

Heat vs. Pacers: The sportswriters have been drooling to see this matchup.  Once the Pacers started slipping in the late season, it wasn't a sure thing. I just don't want a ThreePeat, but the famed Roy Hibbert had better get with it to keep the Pacers from the broom-happy Heat.  Heat in five or six games. Ugh.

Lady Grid out.

Monday, May 5, 2014

NBA Finals, Round Two

The grumpy old men ruled the day on Sunday with the Spurs and Nets victories over the Mavericks and Raptors, respectively.  That bucket-denying block by Paul Pierce was phenomenal to see live. I guess because I'm the oldest sister, I'll sometimes pull for the older competitor to win.That was my philosophy whenever Venus and Serena played one another. I never asked my sisters if they cheered for Serena in those matches.  Hmm.

Second Round Predictions:

  1. Nets vs. Heat - Grumpy Old Men 1.0. I don't want a three-peat, but the Heat are more rested as play begins tomorrow night. Heat in five games.
  2. Spurs vs. Trailblazers - Grumpy Old Men 2.0. Tony, Tim, and Manu have a ball with the west coast kids, but it takes six games. Spurs win.
  3. Clippers vs. Thunder-Griffin and Paul playing against Durant and Westbrook? How fun will this one be? All the way through game seven in a "never-say-die" attitude. Clippers will edge Thunder.
  4. Wizards vs. Pacers-If the Pacers remember how to play the ball and keep the right personnel on the floor, they'll be fine. If not, some hungry young players with the eye of the tiger will be glad to move on to the conference finals. Pacers in seven just to be safe.

Lady Grid out.

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.