Distraction is the enemy of success…

There is plenty of news leading up to the 2019 NFL season to keep u occupied, from AB’s helmet, to Lucks, ankle, from Eli’s game count to whether or not Melvin Gordon and Ezekiel Eliot Deserve top-five contracts in the for mf $$$.  And while this may be driving the big networks bylines on a daily basis, to me, it is all just fluff.  the bottom line is the season starts in three weeks, who is going to be ready and who is not gonna compete.  To me, all of the story lines that are happening is going to interfere with what the goal is… A World Championship.

Antonio Brown may be in the news because he has frostbitten feet and he doesn’t like his helmet, and Eli may be in the hot seat in New York because a Rookie that had no business being drafted at #5 had ONE good series in the FIRST preseason game, and while the media converge on Indianapolis because Andrew Luck has yet another boo-boo that may keep him on the sidelines for week one to “whatever”, the distractions off the field will always distract from the goal, and that is to win a championship.

All of these issues have fascinated the masses and put the spotlight on stories that will, in the long run, determine who is playing in January and who will be sitting at home.  The Raiders, the Giants, and possibly even the Cowboys and Colts will not make the playoffs because of what is happening before the season even starts.  In the NFL distraction breeds mediocrity, while teams flying under the radar in the preseason end up being contenders in January and February.  With all that being said, in regards to all of these teams facing drama and issues before the season even starts, will not be in Miami come February…  None of them.

I’m just sayin…

Have a good night… and remember to be good to each other

Scott “The Sports Nerd”

How many divas can we find in the NFL?

So it has been a while since I have posted a blog, such is the habit of an overworked, old sports fan that has been lazy and been trying to get with the program.  But tonight I come at you with renewed vigor, excitement, and drive.  The NFL season is upon us, and thus, my favorite time of the year.  tonight I want to vent some thoughts over what news is happening in the NFL, MLB, and just general thoughts in my head at this moment.  So here we go, The Sports Nerd is about to vent…

First… Antonio Brown of the Oakland Raiders lost his arbitration hearing today, and despite saying that he would not play if he could not wear his “old” helmet, he appears prepared to come back to camp and prepare for the season.  How happy the Steelers must be to be rid of this guy.  there is NO DOUBT that AB is one of the most talented receivers in the NFL, that is not the issue here, the issue is how much of a distraction this guy is off the field.  The drama he brings to whatever team is playing for is a major distraction.  He makes it all about him, his feelings, his needs and his “I am entitled to do what i want” attitude is a cancer to any team that happens to have him on their roster.  the raiders don’t need any more drama, especially since the eyes of the football world are glued to their TV screens right now watching Hard Knocks on HBO.  This is all about him and he intends to have the spotlight fixed directly on him and no one else.  First he ruffles the feather of Mike Tomlin and the Steelers late last season, being the diva he is, then he comes to Oakland and then decides to go into a chryo chamber and get frostbite on his feet because the didn’t prepare properly.  Then this whole thing with the helmet-gate or whatever you want to call it, is nothing more than wanting all eyes on him.  I have been saying this ever since he left Pittsburgh, he will not be as good in Oakland as he was in Pittsburgh.  He is their #1 receiver  and then after that you have Tyrell Williams and Hunter Renfro in the #2 & 3 spot.  So basically, he is going to get double teamed all season long and the guys behind him are gonna have to carry the load, which does not bode well for the Raiders.  they are a sub .500 team and once they start losing AB is gonna start pointing fingers and more than likely it will be at Derek Carr, followed closely by Jon Gruden. 

Moving on to a few other “divas” in the NFL.  First, the news out of Dallas today is that Dak Prescott turned down a contract worth $30m/yr and wanted something closer to $40m/yr.  Zeke is still in Cabo, holding out for a new contract, despite the fact he still has two years left on his current contract, and Melvin Gordon thinks he is worthy of a top-five RB in the NFL type contract.  I have news for Gordon, he isn’t a top five RB, he is barely a top-ten RB and if he decides to pull a Le’veon Bell and hold out the season, he is in for a rude awakening.  No one will want to touch him.  He is injury-prone and cannot finish an entire season without spending at least part of the season on the IR.  I advise Gordon to play, prove yourself this season that you DESERVE the big payday and then you can get paid.  Same goes for Zeke…  man I love this guy, I followed him in college (hello!! Buckeys!!) and have been impressed, but to hold out with TWO YEARS left on your contract, that’s being petty.  And as for Dak, you wanna hold out for $40 mil, but I got news for ya man, you aren’t even the best player on the offensive side of the ball for the Cowboys, and the guy who is, wont get $40 mil either… just sayin…

With the NFL season upon us I wold like to provide some advice to those of you that play fantasy football.  if the league you are involved with has their fantasy draft on ANY DAY prior to the fourth preseason game, get out.  no draft should be held prior to the last preseason game.  At the very least, no draft should be held prior to the third game.  injuries ruin fantasy seasons, and if you draft prior to game three and then one of the players you drafted gets hurt in the third preseason game, where most starters will play up to an entire half of football, you’re in the wrong league.  Your commissioner is an idiot and has no business running a fantasy football league, because he is drafting in week two of the preseason, he is setting up the entire league up for failure, because if Tom Brady or Aaron Rogers tear an ACL AFTER you draft, you’re screwed…  Be smart and find a league that drafts the Monday or Tuesday before the start of the season, or at the very least the Saturday or Sunday of the last week of the preseason.

On to more important matters…  The Indians have the best record in baseball since June, they were 11 games back of the Twins on June 2, and as of last night they are now tied for first in the Central Division of the AL.   They are the hottest team in baseball and can expect Corey Kluber back in the lineup in the next couple of weeks.  they added a couple of big bats to the lineup with a recent trade, including Yasiel Puig.  MLB is heating up and I can’t wait to see what happens.  #GoTribe, and lets win the division first… then anything can happen.

I want to give a shout-out to a good friend of mine, he isn’t on the block chain, but he was a sportswriter for over 40 years and he joined my show last night for the first time.  I have known Ken Costlow for nearly 20 years, and in that time he has always had a smart take on sports, no matter which one he was talking about, and he always has a quick story to tell and has a quick wit.  Ken, I want to thank you for joining the Sports Nerds last night Link Here  it was great having you on and I look forward to you joining us again.  he brings strong content and his knowledge of NFL and MLB is second to none.  He would make a great addition to the Sports Nerds team, and I am glad to call him friend.

Be sure and follow me on the block chain…  join us each and every Sunday night at 7:30 PM eastern time for the Sports Nerds… we discuss everything going on in the sports world, and @jongolson gets to brag about his Raptors winning the NBA Championship, much to my chagrin.  We have a lot of fun, it gives us a chance to let go, say whatever we want, and at the same time, provide quality content.  Catch us on Vimm –  https://www.vimm.tv/@the-sports-nerd   Facebook ( https://www.facebook.com/scottwright127 ) and if you cant catch us live, watch the replay on Dtube. 

Have a great night… and be good to each other…

Scott – The Sports Nerd

Escape from the drama….

There is a lot of bad news out there right now, division, hate, racism, finger pointing, and yes loads of just plain drama…  I would be lying if I told you that it doesn’t affect me, it does, but I choose to look for the good in people, the happy stories, the good news, and the issues that we all can agree on.  I could sit here and write several paragraphs on how I feel about a lot of non-sports topics, but if there is one thing I have learned, its that ranting and raving about what’s wrong with society, politics, and world events do nothing to solve the problems we face on a daily basis.  Sports has always been a great escape for me from the problems of the day, week or month, and today is no exception.  While the majority of the country is tuned in to the news, no matter how depressing it is, I am focused more on the sports world and the great things that are happening that make me hopeful for the future…

First…  the men’s final yesterday at Wimbledon between Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer was one for the ages.  4 hours and 57 minutes long, a 13-12 final set and both men leaving it all on the court, especially 37 year-old Roger Federer at 37 years old. showing age is truly just a number and yo can do anything you set your mind to, despite coming up short.  It was a testament to all of us well pas our prime and what can be done if you truly set your mind and body to it.  I have been following tennis for over 35 years, I played in High School, and it was one of my favorite sports as a teenager.  I was good (not great) and I loved to play, and yesterday’s 5 set masterpiece only caused me to love it more.  I find myself looking forward to the US Open in a few weeks and plan on watching as much of it as I can.

Second… I found myself glued to the TV screen last weekend watching the #USWNT win the
World Cup.  Those of you that know me understand that Soccer is not exactly my favorite sport, I refuse to call it Football or Futbal or Footy.. meh..  it’s Soccer…  and despite its growing popularity in the US, I still have a hard time siting and watching a full 90 minutes of grown adults running back and forth on the pitch kicking a round ball and hoping to place it in goal…  I find it boring and sleep inducing.  But for some reason I was enthralled by that match last weekend.  so proud of the women and what they have accomplished… and yes, I believe they deserve to be paid the same as the men…  After all, they are currently a better team than the USMNT is, and will be for the foreseeable future.

Third… The NBA Offseason has been exciting, tension-filled and downright dramatic.  As @jongolson and I discussed last night on The Sports Nerds, the NBA competition will be WIDE OPEN next season, and we can say goodbye, for a least one season, tot he “big Three” teams have been looking for as we now have the dynamic duos on teams such as the Lakers, the Clippers, Houston, Utah, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, and others, the playing field has been leveled and the season should be fun when it kicks off in October. 

Finally…  the NFL season will start in about 6 weeks, and for the first time in over 25 years, I am actually looking forward to watching my Cleveland Browns and seeing what they can do.  ON PAPER this team is loaded, but I am from the school of “DONT TELL ME…SHOW ME”.  I hope that they are a good on the field as their roster looks now, and I am hopeful for a season where we can win more games than we lose for the first time in a long time.  I am hopeful for a 9-7 or 10-5 season. They do not have an easy schedule –games against the Rams, the Seahawks, Patriots and Broncos, along with the usual two games vs Baltimore and Pittsburgh.  I am hopeful, I am positive and I can’t wait.  #GoBrowns

We still have the Open Championship to look forward to this week, The World Series, the NHL season (#GoBolts) and aforementioned US Open (Tennis) as well, so there will be plenty to watch, get excited about and distractions from the shit show that is the News and Politics.  So do yourself a favor, step away from the news and focus on the good stuff coming up in the world of sports…  Trust me…  you’ll feel better about the world and you’ll feel better about yourself.

Later…

Scott – The Sports Nerd

Random thoughts….

Today is the slowest sports day on the calendar.  There are no games being played today, MLB is in the All-Star break, it is the offseason for NFL, NBA, & NHL.  NASCAR returns Sunday, PGA tour first round is tomorrow, World Cup is over, and because of this, ESPN is holding it’s annual Awards show, the ESPYS tonight so as not to interfere with any games that may be playing. 

With all of that being said, I have some random thoughts going on in my head regarding the sports world.  They may or may not be profound, but it is what’s on my mind at the current time.

At the halfway point in the MLB season, it appears to be the same song and dance we have seen the last few years.  In the AL its the Yankees and Astros leading the way, with the Dodgers, Braves, and Cubs leading the way in the NL.  The only changes that I can see is that the Rays are second in the East, while the Twins are leading the Central.  This is the time of year where my interest in baseball starts to peak, with it culminating once the playoffs begin.  I’m curious to see if the Rays can keep up with the Yankees and sneak into a wildcard spot and if the Indians can catch the Twins.  The Rays are currently 2.5 games ahead of the Red Sox, while the Indians are 5.5 games behind the Twins.  The races are gonna start heating up and I’m here for it all…

The dust has settled in the NBA free agent period, and if you are a regular viewer of my sports show on Sunday Nights you will see that I have actually been willing to talk NBA Basketball.  The free agent frenzy was some of the most exciting offseason happenings I have seen in any league in recent memory, and my takeaway (if you haven’t seen the show) is that both the Eastern Conference and Western Conference are both WIDE open going into the 2019-2020 season.  Instead of teams trying to gather a BIG 3, we have a bunch of teams that have a BIG 2, so I may actually watch some NBA next year.

As we briefly discussed on the show last week, I am heartbroken at the news regarding the death of former KU QB Jared Lorenzen at the age of 38 years old.  He was a human highlight reel and was exciting to watch. Rest well Jared, and thank you for the honor of watching you play.

60 days until opening day of the NFL season…..  That is all…

84 days until the NHL season…  All I ask if for the #Bolts to be more physical and not get caught up in their success.  The Cup needs to come BACK to Tampa Bay… 

I’m still reeling from Tiger’s win at Augusta, and how improbable it is.  Disappointed in his follow up majors in the PGA Championship and the US Open…  Oh well, the Open championship is this month, let’s see how he handles that test.  On a personal note, I applied for tickets to the 2020 Masters…  I was denied for the third year in a row…  one of these days I will walk those grounds, it is pretty much the only thing left on my sports bucket list.

Those of you that read my last post recall that I had a good day last Friday.  Still in awe of the fact that I was with my three sisters for the first time in over 40 years, in the same space at the same time.  I was a kid the last time we were all together, and the emotions that I have gone through since that day have been heavy.  I love them so much, I miss them all the time, and I am so glad that we had the chance to catch up, even though the time we spent was short.  Lynn, Lisa, and Tanya, please know that I love you all deeply, and I can’t wait to see you again.

Until next time…

Take care… and be nice to each other…

Scott – The Sports Nerd


It was a good day….

I have three half sisters, all from my father’s side of the family.  They are all older than I am,  they have all been married to the same husbands for 30+ years, they have grown children (10 between them) and all but one have multiple grandchildren.  Lisa is the oldest, she was the Solitarian of her high school graduating class, her husband Ed, whom she has been married to for 40 years this year, was the valedictorian of the same class.  They have four children and six grandchildren, have lived in the same town and home for most of their lives, and hardly ever travel outside the state of Ohio.  Lynn, the middle sister has also been married to the same man for over 30 years, also lives in Ohio but is about an hour drive from her sister.  she has 4 grown boys (well men) and they all live within shouting distance of each other.  The youngest Tanya, has lived in the Pensacola area for as long as I can remember.  She and Roger have bene married for 30+ years as well, and have two sons, one of which is about to be married. 

My sisters are the result of my father’s first marriage, and they have never treated me as if I were not part of the family.  Lisa and Lynn actually lived with us for a good part  of my childhood in Ohio.  we were close, and as all siblings, since I was the youngest, I was the brunt of their jokes and was teased most of my childhood, but that’s how it was back then, the 70’s was a different time, practically a different era, and my love for them never diminished.  I looked up to them, idolized them and never resented how they treated me. 

When my father moved us to Florida in the Summer of 1979, we grew apart, the distance seemed too far to stay close, and I missed them.  After my parents divorced, my father moved back to Ohio to be close to his elderly mother and life went on, I lost touch with the family in OH and was more concerned with trying to figure out what I wanted to do.  When I became an adult, I managed to make a couple of trips to Ohio to not only see my dad, but to reconnect with my sisters.  Our father died in 1996, I went home for the funeral, and spent some good quality time with Lynn and Lisa, as well as the nephews and nieces I have never known.  That was the last time I saw Lisa, nearly 23 years ago.  I recently found out that Lynn was coming to Florida each year to celebrate Tanya’s birthday (July 4) Her and her mother would drive down and would spend the week with them.  A couple of years ago my m,other moved to the panhandle of Florida near Tallahassee and I had reconnected with Lynn on Facebook, so we decided that we could meet at my Mothers the week she was here and bring Tanya along to visit for a few hours.  It was an excellent idea and for the last two years we have been meeting up annually at my mothers’ place and spending a few hours together telling stories and catching up.

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This year was different…  Without me knowing, Lisa came with Lynn this year.  So there we were, four siblings together in the same spot for the first time in over 40 years.  I cried, I laughed, and it was a really good day.  Thanks sis, words cannot describe how wonderful that was and how appreciative I am to both you and Lisa for getting us all together again.  I hope it wont be the last time, and I look forward to the next time.  I love you all, and as I said…  It was a really good day

Scott