Yes, it’s been quite a while that I’ve written anything on my blog, and I think it’s time that changes. A good portion of this past year has been less than kind in my world. But, my phrase is with any adversity is how we grow as people. I can safely say I’m doing that now.
I can’t say with 100% certainty that I’ll do this blog weekly going forward, but it will be a good spot to jot thoughts about various topics. Primarily, this blog will be about sports. A second one will be used for the rest of the topics in the region, country, ripping on pop culture, etc. Two things you will not see me write about is religion or politics. Those are off limit subjects for me.
Without any further ado, this is the sports blog.
- We are back to baseball starting next week with the pitchers and catchers reporting, and most importantly to the Milwaukee Brewers. And, that warmer weather is not too far off.
Those that read or watch sports news, I assume you haven’t been living under a rock and the Brew Crew made one helluva splash in signing outfielder Lorenzo Cain and trading for fellow outfielder Christian Yelich. This currently adds to a surging group of outfielders in Milwaukee, but also creates a mess with other good players in Brett Phillips and Domingo Santana, and well good in defense in Keon Broxton. Broxton, at times, can be good at offense – or at least rather streaky. Of this group, I’d guess the Brewers are trying to move Santana and Broxton the most. Currently, they could get the most in return for Santana, who is still young and coming off his most productive season in the big leagues. I wonder if the Brewers (and other teams?) feel this past season was his peak and could be the reason he hasn’t been traded yet.
Notice in the listed outfield group, I have not included the original starting left fielder – Ryan Braun. For anyone new to this, I refer to this guy as Gummy. You can ask me later to why if you don’t know. Him trying out first base is probably the right move and I think that’s where he opens the season up. That leaves a new question – what to do with Eric Thames and Jesus Aguilar? Trade one of them?
I do think they have another trade (or two) in them sometime during Spring Training. There’s an influx of outfielders and the Brewers still need another starting arm in that rotation.
When we closer to the season, I will preview what I think the Brewers look like, and how they’re going to fare in the Central Division
- This may be the first season I have not watched much college basketball in a long time, mainly due to Wisconsin and Green Bay having garbage seasons. With the Badgers, there are a few reasons to their struggles. Losing your two top guards to injury, having a group of really young players play more than they perhaps were ready for, and seriously mis-reading the development of their current junior class.
Going into next season, the Badgers will be a little more seasoned and hopefully healthy? Adding transfer Trevor Anderson should also certainly help them make their way back up the Big Ten standings and back to the NCAA Tournament. For now? They stinks!!!
In Green Bays’ case, they were just flat out young going into the season, and it has played out that way for the most part. This next season, they should be in the mix for the upper half of the Horizon League. Key word…”should”.
My hope as we get to the end of the season is this: Marquette does not make the tournament, or even win a game in the Big East Tournament. Purdue and Virginia make good runs in the NCAA Tournament. These are two programs that seem to have traditionally strong seasons, but then fade when the tournament gets going.
- I think we can stop with the “is the highest player in NFL history” crap now. With how the market is now, of course any contract signed by a quarterback of any value in the future is going to be the highest in league history. For crying out loud, Joe Flacco makes over $20 million. 49ers QB Jimmy Garappolo just signed a 5-year $137.5 million deal….for what the team has seen in practice and in 5 starts. Good for him, actually if someone sees that he’s worth that kind of jack already.
And for the record, yes, I think Aaron Rodgers is going to get an obscene amount in his extension with the Green Bay Packers. Based on how the NFL market is working currently, he has certainly earned it.
(note: I don’t think any athlete, musician or actor/actress is worth this kind of money – but a lot of people do)
Congratulations to the Philadelphia Eagles for winning Super Bowl LII over the New England Patriots. And more importantly, keeping your city upright after the game was over. I was imagining a full-chaotic riot of some sorts in the city, and we only received a couple tipped cars and a couple fires. Well done, Eagle fan!
For the game – I’m more of a fan of defensive football, but that was one entertaining football game!! The aggressive nature the Eagles came out with and taking it to the favored Patriots from the outset was impressive. Equally impressive was the defending champs’ resiliency, where it felt like they should have been down by more than 10 points at halftime only in standard New England form by rallying to take a 33-32 lead with 5+ minutes left in the game.
Not deterred, the Eagles drove right back down the field with Nick Foles finding Zach Ertz for the game-winning score.
Even more fun with the turnover on Tom Brady leading to a field goal by Philly. And then the “failed” Hail Mary by New England to cap off the win. Hey Tommy Boy, talk to Rodgers next time on the art of the Hail Mary! Ha!!!
My favorite Super Bowls were 31 and 45 – the ones the Packers won, duh!! After that, 52 is up there with the better games played.
There were also a mass number of media members and corporate giants that were whining about the weather in Minneapolis. You have money – there are things called clothes, jackets, hats, gloves? Things that can help keep you warm during the cold waits in line! It seems like there’s enough people out there that are in need of a serious toughen-up pill!
- Also, one thing I’ve done in the past is have a feature called “Dumbass of the Week” – and yes, that will continue. Based on what I’ve seen in the news – we have a winner:
Watch the Video first. And now….
To the mom who walked out on her son for picking a different college to play football than what you wanted him to. A young man named Jacob Copeland from the Pensacola area picked Florida over Tennessee and Alabama, which apparently pissed the mom off. In the video, the mom was clear in her clothing which of two schools she wanted Copeland to attend and then stormed off like a jealous middle-school child when she didn’t get what she wanted.
Yo, dumbass…this is NOT about you. This is entirely about your child and what they want to do with the next 3-4 years of their life. If it’s a decision you may not agree with, it’s still not your decision to make. Support your child and be there for them no matter what!!
Eventually, she did come back into the post-decision press conference to ‘support’ her son. However, this video has now gone viral and is subject to ridicule…as she should be!!
Enjoy this “balmy” weather if you’re in Wisconsin. If you’re cold, drink something warm like bourbon on the rocks.
That’s it for the return. As I get more into it, I promise to get back into my more smart ass ways many of you have grown accustomed to from me. Happy Hallmark Day (Valentines) and Lent Season. Don’t forget to give up Lent for Lent every year! No, really.
Chat in the next couple of weeks!