At Section 123 – 06/13/2015

Hey all – started the new job this week and this will be a great position to grow in my career.  This should be a great opportunity and keeps me in the area!  Busy week as usual, so let’s get to it.

– OK, Milwaukee Brewers, you had a good week.  Took series from the Twins, Pirates and have taken the first two games against the Nationals.  During the course of a 6-month baseball season, usually the law of averages plays out so theoretically the Brewers should play relatively close to .500 baseball the rest of the season.  The problem is you’re 14 games under .500 already.  Hopefully, you continue the ride and let’s see what some of the young guys have so you know what to do with your rebuilding process that has been overdue.

– The New York Mets are scouting Aramis Ramirez and Jean Segura?  You can have Ramirez, but Segura?  That’s going to cost you one of your starting pitchers.

– I’ll be honest, I haven’t watched much of the NBA Finals between Golden State and Cleveland.  But, based on what I’ve heard – with the series being 2-2.  If LeBron pulls this off without Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving due to injuries – this may be the greatest single performance in NBA History.  Jordan at least had a top-50 guy in Scottie Pippen to assist.  Who does LeBron have right now – JR Smith? Dellevadova?  Child, please….

– Great Stanley Cup Finals thus far between Chicago and Tampa Bay.  If you haven’t seen any of this, you’re missing out on some great games.  This leads me to…

– NBC.  What in the hell are you thinking of not having your main sports’ finals on the main network, but have two games delegated to the NBC Sports Network?  One of the main 4 sports should always have their Championship Series on the main network (FOX, NBC, CBS, ABC)?  Can you imagine if the World Series is moved to Fox Sports 1, or the Super Bowl moved to HBO?  Enough people don’t pay for the extra channels and not having the events on basic TV is a huge mistake and quite idiotic if you ask me.

But go ahead, put some lame pop culture reality show on TV.  Most of reality TV today is what is causing the general stupidity in society today, so I take that back.

– Glad to see the Bucks, Packers and Badgers each give golfer Rory McIlroy a jersey yesterday at Whistling Straits in a PGA Championship press conference.  Like he’s actually going to wear any of those???   However, it’s cool to see golf majors come to Wisconsin.  I’m actually looking forward to seeing the U.S. Open at Erin Hills near Germantown in 2017.

– Not this this is much news, but I noticed the New Jersey Institute of Technology joined the Atlantic Sun Conference giving every Division 1 basketball school a conference.  The only reason I make this comment is this school is nowhere near the geographical are where the other schools are located – translation, there needs to be some sort of realignment of some sorts done again that makes sense.  I’d like to see some traditional rivalries brought back, but we all know money drives the schools, er businesses now.

– I’m trying to get into watching a little bit of the World Cup, really.  If you laugh, I get to kick you…with spikes.  However, I’m not sure if you’ll get a full interest unless you get some fantastic moment like when Brandi Chastain won the World Cup for the United States and promptly took her shirt off.  I’m not trying to make it sexist by any means, but when that happened, it generated a lot of interest in soccer in the United States – for both genders.  A prime example of interest would be the mens’ team – their last three games are wins against power teams Germany, Netherlands and Mexico.  If they followed that up, there would be more excitement in the U.S.  But they get results like this and then lose to teams like Ghana, Ireland or Canada – teams the U.S. should regularly beat.  I would love to see soccer grow in the nation, as I do think it’s a sleeping giant vs. the Eurpoean powerhouse teams.

– If you watch enough baseball, you know Seattle P Felix Hernandez is one of the best in the league.  Did anyone ever see him get tagged like he did in Houston last night?  8 runs in .1 innings?  Ouch!!

– Dumbass of the week

This weeks’ recipient is a columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times…Blair Shede.  He had some idiotic idea to quote some moron named Eric Belair in comparing QB Jay Cutler to Aaron Rodgers and Matthew Stafford.   While the blog did state he’s the third best quarterback in the division, couldn’t you come up with a better title than “Is Cutler the Best Quarterback in the Division?” – that made me spit out my coffee and thought this guy is a complete dumbass.   Use something along the lines of “Comparing Cutler to Division” would have worked here.

This blog compares Bears QB Jay Cutler to the other quarterbacks in the NFC North.  Link

I’ll compare his blog to my thoughts.

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers has a plethora of playmakers that make him so great…which does help.  But, let’s forget about the intelligence, or arm accuracy, putting his playmakers in positions to make plays, or his ability to elude the pass rush in this analysis.  If not for Rodgers, the Green Bay Packers aren’t near the elite team they currently are.

Detroit QB Matthew has a cannon and can lean on WR Calvin Johnson is also a benefit.  So, I guess having more weapons like Golden Tate, Nate Burleson (at the time), Reggie Bush (at the time), Eric Ebron doesn’t help as well?  But, let’s also forget how tough Stafford is – and this guy is clearly the heart of the Detroit Lions.

Vikings QB Teddy Bridgewater is only in his second year in the NFL, and already you can see he will be better than Jay.  I agree adding Mike Wallace and pairing him with Charles Johnson will increase production.  I’m still curious to how the Adrian Beat-your-son piece plays out.  Minnesota is the wild card in the division.  If Bridgewater continues to develop, they finish second to Green Bay this year.

And that brings me to Jay.  Everything listed above – tough, accurate, leader, winner, field aware, agile.  None of that applies to you.  Teammate (at best), wild card definitely applies.  If you’re accurate and find a way to not take 6-7 sacks per game from that horrendous offensive line, the Bears could potentially be dangerous with the weapons they have.  However, he’s still dumb as a box of rocks and finds a way to throw such dumb passes that Giants QB Eli Manning would even wonder what the hell is going on out there.

Enjoy the cellar, Chicago because that’s where you’re headed again in 2015.

A close second for DOW is Oregon State.  They made a Twitter comment congratulating their new coach Gary Andersen

“Congrats to Coach A, his staff & players for achieving the #1 football APR score in the country for 2013-14! 998 at UW!

That’s a little odd coming from OSU for a guy who was whining about how high the academic standards were at Wisconsin which helped him move back west.  I bashed this guy before when he left UW, but I’m thinking he should be just focused on Oregon State and move forward at this point.

That’s it for me this week.  Enjoy the week and chat at you next week!

-n

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One thought on “At Section 123 – 06/13/2015

  1. After reading about Coach Anderson and the academics , I applaud him. Maybe that is why they lost to Bowling class, class with no attendance required, Tatoo U – Ohio State. Sadly good grades do not equal wins. Then Ohio State would be in huge trouble. I am sure Urban Meyer is stressing academics, but I guess they’ll get that free in prison like some of his former athletes at Florida. Insert murdering Tight End here.

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