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Monday Night ramblings…….

So here I am sitting here watching MNF and all I can think about is how much better Gruden was as a coach, where he could swear at will and we didn’t have to hear his annoying voice.  The NFL has become a shadow of what it once was.  These days it is all about the show, the entertainment, and less about the game.  The result of which is less sport and more show..  The players still dress and play for the love of the game, but sports media has made it a spectacle, the NFL has made it all about offense and the hands of the men that actually play this game have been tied with rule changes, all created to benefit the offense.  This is the game I love, this is the game I grew up with, BUT…   today’s game is a shadow of its former self.  Now its all about personalities, about the showboating, and of course, the safety of the game.  Football is a brutal sport, always has been, and there is no more visible proof of that than the injuries we have seen just 5 weeks into the season.  Marquee players have gone down, Beckham, Watt, Rogers, Carr, Winston and Mariota, just to name a few.  I wonder if the NFL will look at the injuries to it’s star players and try and put even more rules in place to try and keep these guys healthy in the future.  They will look for even more rules they can put in place to protect their stars, so they can earn more advertising dollars, so they can sell more beer, more insurance, more cars, and entice you to spend even more money on merchandise.  This is the reality of today’s professional sports, whether it be the NFL, the NBA or MLB it doesn’t matter, what matters is the bottom line..  how many jerseys did we sell today?????  Aaron Rogers has a broken collar bone…  Odell Beckham has a broken ankle, and JJ Watt has a busted knee.. but…  that’s ok… cause we sold 10 million dollars in jerseys and hats today.  

Zeke Elliot is accused of domestic violence, the NFL wants him to sit for six games, but the NFLPA is fighting it so we can have more spectacular plays, so we can be excited, so we can be entertained.  Colin Kaepernick cant get a backup job with the Green Bay Packers or start for the Jacksonville Jaguars cause he is too polarizing, but in truth, the NFL is trying to avoid controversy so they can sell more merchandise and they don’t care that a player that could start for 1/4 of the teams in the NFL RIGHT NOW is being shunned and diminished because he decided to kneel for the national anthem, when in fact 75-80% of all US veterans SUPPORT him in what he is doing and the message he is trying to convey.  Did you know why he decided to kneel instead of sit during the anthem?  It was only after having a conversation with a former member of the military he decided that taking a knee was more respectful, but the right wing media wont tell you that, only that he is disrespecting the “FLAG” and that he is a piece of shit.  I have news for you, Colin Kaepernick is a better man than I and most others because of what he does in the community.  He doesn’t let the haters keep him from being the caring and giving man that he is.  He has given more to charities, not just in money, but in TIME, than most people that are criticizing him ever have or will.  His philanthropy is on a scale comparable to Jimmy Carter, and he shows no signs of stopping.  I root for him, and I hope he finds a job in the NFL.

OHHHH…  fuck it…. I’m on a roll  here…

So, 4 marines die in Niger…  and what do you know…  45 decides to be quiet and go play some golf.  But…  BENGHAZI!!!!!  ..  fuck you ….  he hasn’t said anything publicly… he didn’t meet the bodies at Dover… and he hasn’t called the families.. but yet you want to condemn Hillary, 44, and his tenure as President.  HE AND HILLARY AT LEAST WENT TO DOVER and met the bodies the night they came home from Benghazi…  he called the families of soldiers that died… he showed more respect for fallen troops and their families than 45 ever will… but yet,…  no one on the right will report that… they will sweep it under the rug…  Yet when 44 took the time to meet the bodies… 45 decides he is going to play golf instead…  when people in Puerto Rico are dying from lack of food and water… 45 plays golf…  when Nazis are killing innocents in Charlottesville, 45 is golfing or attacking the NFL via Twitter…  when 58 American citizens are gunned down in Las Vegas, 45 is attacking the NFL or the mayor of San Juan via Twitter…  He has become the Twitter-in-Chief…  he is a man that cares only about himself, he doesn’t care about you, me, or anyone…only about how he can make himself richer.  If you believe otherwise, than you are only fooling yourself, and I feel sorry for you.  This is a man who provided all the aid needed for Florida and Houston… but yet decided that there was a limit as to how long FEMA and other government assistance would last in PR.  This is a man who continues to attack Hillary a YEAR after the election of 2016 is over because he still cant get over the fact she won the popular vote.  He has threatened Nuclear War with Korea…  walked away from a climate treaty that every other nation in the world has supported….  stopped funding of ACA funds because he doesn’t want “Obamacare” to succeed, despite the fact it has insured 20 million people that otherwise could not get or afford healthcare….  only because 44’s name is on it.  He is threatened by the Obama legacy… he is trying to undermine everything that 44 accomplished….  his ego cant take the fact that Obama is a much better human being than he ever will.  Obama…  ONE marriage… two beautiful daughters… one of which is attending Harvard this year…  and a presidential legacy that will secure him as one of the most compassionate, intelligent and competent leaders this country has ever had. 

OK…  whew…  glad I got that off my chest… 

how bout the MLB playoffs??  Dodgers with a walk-off last night…  the Astros up 2-0 on the Yankees with game three tonight…  if it weren’t for the fact the Indians were out of it I would be more interested..  In the NHL, The Lightning are tied with the Maple Leafs (wait what???) for first place in the Atlantic…  The Browns Suck (same story different year) the Bucs have no identity… and the Jags and Rams lead their respective divisions in the NFL…  I suck at fantasy football…  The NBA starts this week (who cares) and I for one can’t wait to see if Tiger can truly make a comeback.  NASCAR in it’s current form is horrible and barely watchable…   But Dale Jr is officially going to be a father (CONGRATS)…  Justice League, Thor Ragnarok, and Star Wars VIII all release in the next 60 days….  With all that being said…  Tom Petty, Chris Cornell, David Bowie, Prince, George Michael, Elvis, Michael Jackson, and John Lennon are still dead… 

Have a great night…

The Sports Nerd


Thursday Night thoughts….

Thank you to those that responded favorably to my last post.  I look forward to keeping this blog going, as well as putting my thoughts down for all to see.  I am a pretty private person so putting my thoughts out there is difficult for me.  I will try and put aside my anxiety issues and confidence issues to try and be unfiltered and inhibited in what I post.  No promises, no assurances, but I will ty…

First, let me address the elephant in the room.. The Indians…

I am heartbroken, I am sad and once again the Indians, a team I am loyal to, lost a series where all they had to do is win one game to finish off their opponent.  it is disheartening, it is debilitating from a sports fans point of view, but it has not dwindled by one inch my love for this franchise, my fandom, or the fact I will root for them until my last dying breath.  I am disappointed in what happened, unable to understand why it happened two years in a row, and above all else, disgusted it was against the Yankees, one of my most hated franchises in all of sports.  I will get over it eventually, but for now the pain is prevalent, it hurts that after such a wonderful season it is over.  I will not give up, and I will not waiver my devotion to this franchise.  Most of you know that I am no fan of the NBA, so despite all of the facts, I don’t count the NBA championship as a victory for the city of Cleveland because the NBA to me is not a league that I would consider a real sport, nor do I celebrate its victory in the NBA finals.  to me. there is only the NFL, MLB and the NHL, that is all.  I wont rest my devotion until either the Indians or Browns win a championship, and until that happens, in my opinion, Cleveland has not won a championship since 1964.

Next up, the Browns..  so it would appear that we have a new starting QB.  Kevin Hogan will get his first start, and I for one am glad, because Kizer was put in the mouth of the lion much longer that he needed to be.  he needs to be groomed and learn from the sidelines.  this way he avoids injury, he gets to learn and will be more ready when the time is right.  In the meantime, we face a depleted Texans defense this week, but that does not allow me to be hopeful for a win.  Good luck Brownies..  kick ass…


Once again, we have reached the feather ruffling portion of this post…


So much sadness, so much anger revolving around the country these days.  I can’t help but think we are heading towards disaster, that we are moving towards a time in our history that will be looked upon as one of the darkest times of all time.  I am not as optimistic now as I was in 2009, but I trust in the youth of this country to learn from what is happening now and learn to make a better future for all of us.  I have been very critical over the last few months of our current administration, and in the process I have been admonished, I have been threatened, and I have been called out for my so-called extreme liberalism.  Let me just say, that I refuse o back down from my positions, I refuse to compromise what I believe in and will speak out against injustice whenever necessary.  Call it an overreaction if you wish, but I firmly believe this country is at risk, and I do not know how it will all come to pass.  If you believe in God, then please by all means pray that we all will survive this turbulent time. 


“The Sports Nerd” BRINGS IT!!!!!

So for the last few days I have done some intense reflection in my mind over what I have experienced the past few years.  I have often been off in a daze at work, not focusing on what I should be doing and instead thinking of what I have not done to promote my brand.  I take pride in the moniker “The Sports Nerd”, as it was a name that I gave myself and for the most part, it has stuck within my circle of friends and colleagues on the web.  I don’t foresee any reason why I should ever drop that from my online persona, so to honor that name and to continue my love of sports, I have decided to NOT delete the website www.thesportsnerd.us and keep it going as best I can.  Most of you know that I post rarely, and the blog has been in disarray for a while.  Months go by without me making a post, and when I do it usually doesn’t garner a lot of attention anyway, but because there are times that I need to blog and put my thoughts down, I am going to keep it going.  With that being said, don’t expect me to all of a sudden make daily blog posts because those of you that know my track record, that wont happen.  What I am saying is that I have grown attached to my little corner of the web and will keep it up, if for nothing else than for my own vanity.  I feel that if I were to close it down I would no longer be “The Sports Nerd” and just go back to being Scott, and I know that sounds stupid, but that’s how my mind thinks.  So this blog is staying and I will be posting.  How often I’m not sure, but I will post from time to time, and as you all know, when I do post, I usually have a LOT to say. 

And as if on cue…  I have some thoughts….

 

First..  The Browns are still a train wreck and Kizer is not the answer.  I don’t know what the answer is, but Kizer looks like a deer caught in the headlights every time he drops back to pass.  He isn’t progressing, and hell, “Mitchell Fucking Trubisky” looked better in his first start last night against a stout Vikings defense than Kizer has looked all year.  In the last two drafts, the Browns have passed up on Carson Wentz, Dak Prescott, Deshaun Watson, AND Mitchell Fucking Trubisky…  That says a WHOLE lot right there.  Who the hell is scouting for this team?  Helen Keller?  Hey Hue..  how bout you get your head out of your ASS and find a QB… 

Next…  Devastating injuries throughout the league after 5 weeks.  Beckham, Greg Olson, JJ Watt, Derek Carr, Marcus Mariota, Dalvin Cook, Darren Sproles, CJ Fedorowicz, Danny Woodhead, Allen Robinson, Kevin White, Brandon Marshall, Sterling Shepard, and that’s just the ones I can remember.  What the hell is going on in the NFL where we have so many injuries?  I don’t know, but my fantasy team has taken a huge hit already and we are only 5 weeks in.  Don’t get me wrong..  Fantasy Football is a hobby, and I don’t get depressed or very pissed off over a depleted fantasy roster, because well…  it’s FANTASY…  and these guys getting hurt is real and I have a sense of perspective, but I just can’t help but feel like there is something in the NFL Gatorade recipe that’s making these guys more susceptible to injury this year…

After week 5…  here are your division leaders…  Jacksonville…  Buffalo(tie)… NY Jets(tie)…  LA Rams(tie)..  wait… WHAT?

 

We now bring you to the feather ruffling portion of this blog post… 

 

Recent events have caused Politics to enter the world of the NFL.  Colin Kaepernick’s actions from last season has bled into this season with the “stand or kneel during the national anthem” debate.  It seems that everyone I know has an opinion on this issue and frankly I don’t care what your opinion is, I respect whatever your stance is, but for the record, I could care less if you stand, kneel, sit, or lay down and take a nap during the national anthem.  The anthem is nothing more than a song to represent the USA, it isn’t sacrosanct and it isn’t a holy song, anymore than “God Bless America” or “My Country Tis of Thee”.  Its a patriotic song, it is our national anthem, but what most don’t know is that It is one of the most racist, pro-slavery, anti-black songs in the American lexicon… cited here:  Star Spangled Bigotry .  There are more verses than what you hear on Sundays prior to your favorite NFL team taking the field.  Francis Scott Key was a pro-slavery aristocrat and city prosecutor, so to think that the anthem represents “everything” that is good about the USA is misguided at best.  Look, I am a middle-aged white male, and although I was born in the north (Ohio), I was raised in the south since the age of 12.  I love Lynard Skynard, country music, NASCAR, and sweet tea, but I ALSO voted for Obama twice and also Hillary last November, so that makes me a minority in my “class” (and to some of my friends it also makes me an idiot) so let me just say that I have NO PROBLEM with rich, elite athletes taking a knee or sitting during the national anthem.  I have bloodlines dating back to the Mayflower (I can cite proof if need be), my ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War, Civil War(north), WWII, Korea, and Vietnam, and if you want to get to the bare bones fact of the issue, they ALL fought not only for the freedom to STAND for the anthem, they also fought for the right to kneel or sit for it as well.  It’s called freedom of speech, freedom to protest, and freedom to bring attention to an issue that anyone feels strongly about.  With that being said, I also respect and understand if you are offended by what these players are doing, because it also your right as a citizen of this country to be offended by their actions.  It doesn’t make them wrong, it doesn’t make you right, its called freedom of expression, another right guaranteed by the constitution of this country.  If you want to express your feelings and say that the players are showing disrespect to the flag and our military, than so be it, you have that right, and I won’t criticize you for it.  However to be honest, and if you were actually paying attention, this protest was NEVER about the military or the flag, it was about the injustice that has been plaguing minorities in this country since its inception.  You can choose to believe it, understand it, accept it, reject it, or call it a load of horseshit, that’s your right, but I ask, no plead for you to actually LISTEN to why these guys are doing what they are doing. Take your  patriotic blinders off and understand what they are attempting to bring to the forefront of this situation.  I will respect your right to be pissed off, I will honor your right to speak out against them, but as long as I respect your right to be pissed, you also have to respect these players message.  They may be rich professional athletes, but you also have to agree that they have a stage in which the plight and struggles of those with no voice can not and do not have the access or ability to bring their grievances to the forefront of the country and those that have the power to make changes.

With all of that being said…  I do have some criticisms of the players and owners of the NFL..  First, in week 3, you all decided to have a “kumbaya moment” and link arms in a show of unity across the entire league.  This “SHOW OF UNITY” only came as a response to the President of the United States “putting himself in the discussion” by announcing at a rally in Alabama that owners should fire any player that decides to sit or kneel during the anthem.  Instead of addressing the underlying issue, you became pawns in Trumps “reality show” drama, and in my opinion only made it worse.  Now we have owners laying down the law and the commissioner of the NFL drawing a proverbial line in the sand practically ordering and mandating that all employees of the NFL must stand during the national anthem to give the flag is due respect.  This has become a circus, and the only clowns in this drama are the players, the owners and the front office of the NFL.  Trump is laughing at you, because he forced you to play his game.  Mike Pence left the Indy vs San Francisco game early on Sunday, stating that the actions of the players caused him to leave, when he knew DAMN WELL they were going to do it.  He only left the game to satisfy his boss’ desire to create more drama, not to make a point.  Oh and don’t get me started on the media…  they love this shit…  they love to sensationalize all of it, anything to drum up ratings and create talking points for a story.  They are as guilty as anyone.  I quit watching the news a long time ago and for good reason…  you cant believe any of it..  you have to be intelligent and see through the sensationalism, the lies, the exaggerations, and the pure bull shit that is the mainstream media. 

I appreciate you reading my thoughts..  I had a lot to say, and if I pissed some of you off, sorry about that, as it was not my intention, but this is what I’m thinking and felt since I had the venue… What the hell…  put it out there.  Despite all the drama, I will be in front of my TV Sunday, rooting for the Browns and the Bucs to win.  When it comes to football, politics are not even involved, and I will root them on no matter what happens off the field.

 

But wait…  there’s more…

 

Game 5..  ALDS…  Indians/Yankees…  Kluber vs Sabathia…  Progressive Field…  Yankee fans have been up in arms about this series since game 2, when the “hit by pitch” issue came up. should Girardi have challenged the call, shouldn’t he, was he right to let them keep playing?  the answer is… who cares, it’s postseason Baseball and the longer it goes on the better it is for the game.  I say, let all series go their maximum games…  we all need deciding game 5’s or game 7’s in our lives.  This is why we love the game…  the drama, the excitement, the tension, the “on the edge of your seat stress” of the postseason.   I love it, and win or lose tomorrow…  I am proud of the Tribe for what they accomplished, and am hopeful for the future of the franchise. Terry Francona has proved he is a genius, and I am happy he is the manager of this team.  GO TRIBE!!!

OH!!  the NHL season has started????  what a great time of the year….

Thank you for reading.  Be well, and be nice to each other….

 

“The Sports Nerd”

 

End of a long ride….

Well,  this has been coming for a while now.  I have seen the trend and the lack of interest.  Mot if it is my fault, but I just don’t have the passion anymore.  A lot of you know that I host a weekly Sports show and have done so for the last six years.  A few friends and I started it to talk sports every Sunday night for a couple of hours and it has been a wild ride for sure, but it’s time to move on.  We have struggled for a year or so with dwindling viewers, platform issues, and inconsistency with which of my co-hosts were going to show up or not.  Combine that a wake-up call regarding my weight and lack of a healthy lifestyle has moved me to focus more on getting healthy and my career.  I have a great job, I work with great people and right now, that’s pretty much the only thing in my life that is fulfilling to me.  it has taken me 30 years to find where I belong, and I have found it.  Regarding the show, I am sad to end it, but it hasn’t been fun for me in a long time.  I am mostly to blame for its demise, I take full responsibility for that.  I failed to promote it and I failed to keep my blog going with the passion that I started it with.  the URL should be up for renewal next month,  www.thesportsnerd.us will also close down, as I am not passionate enough to keep it going. 

for those of you that have followed me and come to my show…  I thank you for supporting us over the years..  but it is time to move on.  Ill be on Facebook for all of my sports commentary…  maybe I will get a good enough following there to where I can re-launch the show..  but for now..  its the end of an amazing time in my life..  Part of me is sad, but mostly I am focused on the future and what the next chapter of my life is going to bring.


Life…. iin perspective

So this week has been interesting.  I made a post on my Facebook page yesterday and it has gone “viral”, at least among my friends and I thought I would add a little clarity to what actually happened here on my blog. 

I was at a company event yesterday and part of the event included lunch.  the lunch was a salad bar along with some great looking turkey wraps, shrimp, chicken, and shrimp.  I prepared my plate and sat with some fellow co-workers ready to enjoy some good food and some great company.  I took a bite out of the potato salad but a piece of potato decided it was gonna get lodged in my throat.  I can usually get relief by drinking whatever is in front of me and in this case it was iced tea.  I tried to swallow the tea and the potato decided it wasn’t going to budge  Tea started to come out of my nose, and although I drank more the potato wasn’t moving.  I started to choke and realized that I was having trouble breathing. I got up out of my seat, but not 2 seconds later was on my knees realizing I was in trouble.

People at my table realized I was in distress and started asking if anyone in the room knew the Heimlich maneuver.   the noise level started rising and then all of a sudden I felt these arms around me and the person performed the Heimlich and I was able to finally get the food down and breathe.  I was scared, I was embarrassed, and I was thankful this person was able to help me.  I went outside and got some air, but after a few minutes I realized just how shaken up I was.  I realized I actually could have died, and panic ensued in my head.  I started shaking, tearing up, and wanted to just run away and hide from all 91 of my co-workers.  but something amazing happened, when I came back inside, there was a huge amount of people that came up to me and just wanted to hug and hold me to make sure I was ok.  You really never know how much people care about you until something like this happens.  I was overcome with emotion and although I wasn’t showing it on the outside, inside I was losing it.  I wanted to break down sobbing and lose all inhibitions, but I was afraid to show that kind of emotion in front of people I respected.  I kept it all in and decided to be strong and assure everyone I was ok, and it was a minor issue.

24 hours later and I have had time to think about all that has happened.  You see, yesterday’s events wasn’t all about how close I was to death, it was an event that made me realize how much I love what I do, and how much I love the people I work with.  I was presented with a couple of opportunities to make a difference in the company, and because of that, realized how much people look to me for advice, leadership, and comfort.  My entire career I have always been the guy that stayed hidden in the background, not making waves and just doing enough to keep my job.  After yesterday, I feel a larger sense of responsibility and an expectation to make a difference.  I embrace this role and look forward to what the future holds. 

To my friends and relatives, look for me to be a more active participant on social media, and to my co-workers, look for me to be more involved and accepting of responsibility and accountability.  I’m not just going through the motions anymore, I want to make a difference, and I look forward to the challenge.  I want to be a leader to those I work with, and I want to make an impact on everyone I come in contact with.

To Melissa King, the wonderful woman who saved my life…  there aren’t enough words in the English Language to describe how thankful I am to you.  Your quick response and action saved my life, and although we may not work side by side on a daily basis, I will always feel connected to you, and I will always be indebted to you.  To the rest of my co-workers, your outpouring of love, caring, and concern did not go unnoticed and I thank you so much for showing me not only how much you care about me, but making me understand and realize just how much I care about you, the company, and the relationships I have with all of you.  I am looking forward to the future for the first time in a very long time, and understanding how much I am loved allows me to move forward with hope, and expectations of great things.

stay tuned…  the future looks bright…  and I am thankful to be alive…

Scott…