Wednesday Night Rant…

Greetings sports fans, hope you are having a great hump day… 


I have a couple of portions of beef to get off my chest tonight and they involve the ineptness of a couple of NFL teams that I consider “my” teams.  First, let me just say that I write this post under the influence of 90 proof Bourbon so take it with a grain of salt and enjoy the potential typos, irregular knowledge and most of all, emotional distress…


I will start with the least important rant…  The Tampa Bay Buccaneers…  The team I adopted after moving to the Tampa area in 1998 (has it really been 21 years???)  a shit show with a QB that can’t seem to stop throwing it to the team with the wrong colors on their uniforms.  Hey Jameis, you might want to consider getting contact lenses because either you can’t see what you are throwing at or you are as color blind as Vinny Testaverde.a  It is becoming clear each week that you may not be on this team after the 2019 season if you can’t start throwing it to the guys in pewter, red and white.  This past week you lost to a Tennessee Titans team that started Ryan freaking Tannehill…  a guy so bad the Miami Dolphins (0-7) didn’t want him on their roster in favor of Josh Rosen and Fitzmagic… so… yeah..  they are bad, and no glossing over with colorful metaphors is gonna solve the problems that are plaguing this team.  the defense can’t stop anyone and the offense can’t seem to get out of its own way.  Bruce Arians is a good coach, he proved that in Arizona, but not even he can fix the Bucs because the talent is just that bad.  I am so glad that I am not a more die-hard fan of this team because if I was as invested in the Bucs as I am in the subject of my second rant, I probably would have thrown myself off of the proverbial roof by now.  I am not a fan AT ALL of the ownership in Tampa,  the Glazer boys have buried this team into the bottom of the NFL, which is probably causing their late great father Malcolm Glazer to roll over in his grave.  The old man left you with a former Super Bowl champion, and you have done nothing to make this team better in the years following his death.  Do the fans of Tampa Bay a favor, sell the team to someone that actually wants to win, and please put us all out of our misery…


Now, on to the main event…  The Cleveland Browns made some major acquisitions in the offseason, not the least of which was Odell Beckham freaking Jr…  he of the one-handed legendary catch all those years ago…  they went and got them a running game, a solid defense, a franchise QB (supposedly) in the 2018 draft, and “on paper” clearly had some of the best talent in the NFL.  the problem with that is teams aren’t judged on what they have on paper, they actually have to play the games…  Freddie Kitchens was the RUNNING BACKS COACH last season under first Hue Jackson, then Gregg Williams (he of bounty-gate fame) he was promoted to Offensive Coordinator for the last half of the season.  In the front office’s infinite wisdom, they decided that Williams was not the right fit at head coach and promoted Freddie and got rid of Williams.  Kitchens had never been a head coach at ANY level before and just because his offense provided new life for the Browns down the stretch last year, he deserved to be promoted to head coach…


So, here we are… fast forward to the near half-way mark of the 2019 campaign, the Browns are 2-5, they have shown glimpses of brilliance, but the fact of the matter is there are a couple of things that are preventing them from transferring that “on paper” talent to the field. 


The first is the penalties… Oh my lord, the penalties…  false starts, holding, you name it, they have done it.  One of the most penalized teams in the NFL for 2019 and to be honest, I don’t know if they can make it through the season without being the most penalized team in the NFL for 2019.  It all boils down to discipline on both sides of the ball.  If you can’t get through a play without holding the attacking lineman or if you can’t remember the snap count, I hear the XFL is looking for players to fill rosters after the first of the year, why don’t you take your talents there.  The lack of discipline on this team is ASTOUNDING…  The role of the coaching staff is to COACH, and that means teaching your players not to hold, making sure they know the snap count and seeing that they are a more positive influence on the success of this team, and not just some lackey wearing a uniform.  Get on the same page gentlemen, and focus on what is at hand, not just how you may look on the field and believing the press in their praise of the talent that is on this team.  Your actions will speak volumes to the future success of the Browns than your stupid brain-dead mistakes will…


The second is turnovers…  good god what a mess…  Nick Chubb fumbled twice (or was it three times)  last week, one of which was due to an OFFENSIVE LINEMAN kicking the ball out of his hands – yes – FRIENDLY FIRE… and the second was after breaking a 40+ run that seemed destined to reach the end zone, a DB that had been originally dumped to the ground on the play, hustled and raced Chubb down and knocked the ball out of his hands as he reached the 10 yard line…   The Browns went toe to toe with the world champs on Sunday and were it not for three consecutive offensive turnovers – three plays – three turnovers… they actually would have had a chance to beat the almighty Tom “Goat” Brady and Bill “Goat#2” Bellichick (Bellicheat) in Foxboro… on national TV… with Jim Nance and Tony Romo in attendance, but no…  mistakes… penalties… turnovers… it all boils down to the head coach having control and being in charge of discipline of this team.  A team can have all the talent in the world on its roster, but unless that can translate to the field of play it doesn’t mean squat…


The entire offseason, the press, pundits, prognosticators, and ESPN all said that the Browns were the second coming of the greatest show on turf, what with their great WR’s, world-class RB and a defense that was stacked from head to toe with playmakers.  For the record… I was NEVER on that bandwagon…  go back and listen to the replays of The Sports Nerds beginning after the draft and you will see that I was impressed with what they had built on paper, but I wanted to see it on the field.  Well, I haven’t seen it yet, and although I will admit the first half of the season has presented the Browns with one of the toughest schedules in the league, it doesn’t make a damn bit of difference to me. 


They have 9 games left… the schedule appears to be a bit softer than what they started with, with games against the Broncos, two against the Bungles, two against the Steelers, the Dolphins, and the Cardinals in line…  they need to show us what they promised…  I love my Browns…  have been a fan for over 50 years, and I have suffered through “Red Right 88”, “The Drive” “The Fumble” and now 20 years of expansion headaches, and frankly I am tired of suffering through season after season of 4-12, 5-11, and yes even 7-8-1 seasons.  You guys say you are better than what your record shows…  PROVE IT… SHOW US…  This fan base deserves more from the front office, the coaching staff and the players…  Get your shit together and start putting it on the field…


I’m out…


Scott “The Sports Nerd”

NFL Week 8 in review…

Greetings everyone and I hope you all had a great weekend. I, for one, did not if you look at how my NFL teams did in their week 8 matchups. I will save my rant on those games for another post, but for tonight’s post, I’m just gonna delve into the week that was in the NFL.

Let us begin with the most anticipated return in the NFL thus far this year and that is the return of Drew Brees to the lineup in New Orleans against the Cardinals. Any lessor quarterback would have sat out one more week, get through the bye and come back week 10 for the stretch run to the playoffs. After all, Teddy Bridgewater was undefeated while subbing for Drew and if you want to err on the side of Drew being healthy and fully healed, maybe teddy could have played one more week. but Drew is a gamer and he loves the game and at 40 years old, he shows no signs of slowing down, which is good for the NFL. Anyway, in his return to action after being out what, 6 weeks? he threw for 373 yards and 3 touchdowns to lead the Saints past the Cardinals 31-9. I guess his thumb is good, and a message was sent to the rest of the NFL… The saints are for real and will be a difficult opponent when playoff time comes around. Welcome back Drew… we missed you.

Next on my list of games is the Eagles win over Buffalo. This game was not what I expected when I saw it on the schedule. Philly was coming off a beat-down at the hands of the Cowboys and did not look like a team that could go into Orchard Park NY and beat a Buffalo team that had only lost one game to division rival New England. That being said, Philly made the Bills look like a team that wasn’t ready to compete with the big boys with a 31-13 victory on the road, putting them back in the mix in the NFC East. Philly had three rushing touchdowns which is almost unheard of for this team, and I don’t know if this is an awakening of their offense or if they just exposed the Bills defense as not being able to stop the run. The Eagles finished with 218 yards rushing led by Jordan Howard with 96 yards and Miles Sanders with 74 yards, granted Sanders had most of those on one run – a 65-yard touchdown to open the second quarter. Not sure exactly what this means for the Bills, but they face the Redskins this weekend, and if they struggle as they did against the Eagles and the DOLPHINS last week, they may not be as good as we thought… sorry @jongolson…

Finally, on my list this week of the top 3 games I was watching is the Colts-Broncos from Indianapolis. This game was, to put it bluntly, HORRIBLE. Bad QB play, bad defense, bad special teams, and if not for an impossible escape in his own end zone by Jacoby Brissett in the fourth quarter to get the ball to TY Hilton for a first down to keep the last drive going, the Colts would have lost to a team that is clearly not on their level. Adam Vinatieri missed a 45 yard FG and an extra point but was true on a 51 yarder to win the game in the final moments 15-13. the highlight of tis was after the game when Joe Flacco decided to criticize the play-calling in the fourth quarter as too conservative. basically saying that the Broncos were playing not to lose so much as playing to win in the fourth. Is it a coincidence that this week Flacco revealed a herniated disk in his back and he will be out next week against the Browns? Who knows but there is definitely some tension in Denver right now as well as a lot of finger-pointing going on.

After week 8, these are the things I believe…

  • The Bengals announced today that they have Benched Andy Dalton and will start Ryan Finley next week.  Today is Andy Dalton’s birthday.  Happy birthday Andy, now go sit your ass on the bench.  Truthfully, this has been a a long time coming, the Bengals are in the cellar of the AFC North and they need to look at the future.
  • Has anyone else noticed that since losing the Super Bowl, the Falcons defense is just horrible?  Dan Quinn may be looking for a job soon.  Oh and the Falcons released Matt Bryant today after he missed two FG’s Sunday.  Fine way to treat one of the best kickers in the NFL, but he is 44 after all and I suppose the most important part to fix is the place kicker position… right?
  • Hey Chicago… see above…  I hear Bryant will work for cheap.  Pinero missed a game-winning 41 yard FG as time expired…  sound familiar?  wow.. not only do you still have the kicking woes that plagued you last year, you still have the most overrated QB in the NFL on your roster… well, except for that guy in Cleveland (more on that tomorrow)
  • Man…  the Jets are just… wow…  you let a guy with a porn-star mustache that was riding the bench with no hope of seeing the field at the start of the season throw for 279 yards and 3 touchdowns.  you beat the Cowboys two weeks ago…  was that a fluke or is that the Cowboys playing down to their competition?  Well at least with the bye Dallas couldn’t lose this week.
  • Don’t look now, but the best team in the NFL is not in Foxboro, it’s in San Francisco.  The Niners are for real and that defense is insane.  Shanahan has his boys playing world class football and I don’t see anyone stopping them. 
  • I really would have loved to see the Mahomes-Rogers duel in KC Sunday night, but we had to see Matt Moore instead due to Patrick’s dislocated kneecap.  Aaron proved once again he still has it and how about the other Aaron balling for 159 yards RECEIVING and two touchdowns.  Aaron Jones is the Packers running back not a WR, yet he was the leading receiver for the Packers Sunday night.
  • Welcome back Mason Rudolph…  nice to see you finally wake up in the second quarter last night, after the Pittsburgh defense spotted the Dolphins 14 points in the first quarter.  I still don’t think the Steelers are good, and I look forward to seeing them finishing BELOW the Browns this season in the division.  I don’t care if the Browns miss the playoffs… if we finish above Pittsburgh in the standings, its a win.

That’s all for tonight sports fans…  I have a rant festering in me that I will share tomorrow night… and as an added bonus it will be a two-fer…  stay tuned…

Scott “The Sports Nerd”


Officiating, QB play and other random thoughts

So here we are again, there is controversy surrounding the officials in the NFL. Surprise surprise, this isn’t new, it has been a subject of discussion forever, but yet it seems it has been more prevalent lately, what with the new PI challenge rule after after what happened in the NFC championship last year.  Then last night during the Lions-Packers Monday night game there were two supposed ”phantom” hands to the face calls against the Lions, the second of which led to a game-winning FG by Green Bay as time ran out.  Listen, I am all for better officiating, and would like to technology take a bigger role (see Sky Judge), but it has been really bad the few seasons, and it feels like to me that the Refs are trying to hard to make sure the game is called fairly, but the result has been some of the worst calls I have seen in 25 years.  I actually remember a time before replay was part of the game, and yes the Refs missed calls back then too but because of the increased television exposure and better camera angles than they had back then, the calls seem more egregious in today’s game.  I think the NFL really needs to sit down in the offseason and get a strict policy in place as well as making refs accountable for their bad calls.  it just doesn’t seem like they are being held accountable.  If you or I screw up at our job, the boss holds us accountable in some way that affects how we get paid when it comes time for review.  It just doesn’t seem like these guys (and gal) are being held to the standard that is required at this level.  I do not have the silver bullet that would solve all the issues, but it seems that in today’s NFL, something can be done to minimize errors so that yet another team is denied a super Bowl berth because a Ref didn’t see a foul, or as in last nights situation, call a penalty that didn’t actually occur.

The common theme I am seeing this year is that it is becoming the year of the backup QB.  With injuries to Drew Brees, Nick Foles, Cam Newton and Ben Roethlisberger, the backups for those teams have been thrown into the spotlight.  Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) Gardner Minshew (Jags) Kyle Allen (Panthers) and Delvin Hodges (Steelers) have suddenly lit the NFL on fire with their play.  Bridgewater and Allen are both undefeated since taking over their respective teams under center, and Minshew has evolved into a cult hero with his personality and porn star mustache.  Hodges is actually the third string QB for the Steelers because of injury to Mason Rudolph a week ago against the Ravens.  All of these backups have been thrown into the limelight and making cases for themselves as potential starters for any team that would be willing to give them chance should they become available.  Add to that controversies surrounding the play of a few select starters in the league now such as Jameis Winston for the Bucs and Marcus Mariota of the Titans, both of whom were #1 and #2 overall draft picks in 2015 are not playing up to expectations and with both of them in the last year of their rookie contracts, they may be on different teams next year if they don’t right the ship and get back to top form.  Mariota was benched in favor of Ryan Tannehill against the Broncos last week, and he didn’t fare much better than Marcus, but that is a situation worth watching.   As we move on to week seven in the 2019 season, QB play will be the focus of nearly half of the teams in the NFL, especially when Brees and Newton are healed and are ready to come back.  I mentioned on the show Sunday night that you put Brees back in once he is healthy…  but what about Cam, he wasn’t exactly playing up to his MVP talent.  Riverboat Ron may decide that to keep the momentum going, Allen may be the best chance for the Panthers to keep winning.

Things that I believe after week six…

  • The Dallas Cowboys have a lot of injuries on their roster, including two O-linemen, but I still feel they are not the best team in the NFC East, the Eagles come to town on Sunday night, this will be the measuring stone to see how good they are/aren’t, and may end up costing Jason Garret his job.
  • The Atlanta Falcons are a shit-show.  They got beat by the Cardinals Sunday and it seems like their defense has more holes in it than swiss cheese.  Plus the offense, despite all of it’s weapons cant seem to get moving.  they had a nice rally late in that game, but the defense once again let them down.  this team has not been the same since they blew a 25 point lead in the SB against the Patriots. 
  • San Francisco is for real.  This defense is no joke and Jimmy G looks in mid-season form.  They dominated the Rams Sunday and it wasn’t even that close.  Kyle Shanahan has this team running on all cylinders and they lead the NFC West.  they have a date with the Seahawks Week 10 at home and they could very possibly still be undefeated when that game kicks off in 4 weeks.
  • Kansas City looks mortal.  A lot of pundits and “experts” are saying the Detroit lions, of all teams, produced the blueprint for the rest of the league on how to beat the Chiefs.  that is play man to man coverage and get constant pressure to Mahomes, and you will throw them off their game.  the Chiefs have now lost back to back games at home to the Colts and the Texans, and they looked pretty bad in the process.
  • Breaking news as I was typing this.  The LA Rams have traded for disgruntled Jacksonville defensive back Jalen Ramsey for two first round picks (2020 & 2021) and a 4th round pick (2021).  With Aqib Talib on IR with fractured ribs, this is the perfect acquisition for the Rams and he will make an immediate impact to that defense.
  • I believe that my beloved Browns are about to go on a tear after the bye week.  I believe in them, I have faith that they will right the ship, and I believe these rose colored glasses I bought over the weekend are making me blind…  Go Browns

Have  great night everyone…  until next time..  be kind to each other…

Scott “The Sports Nerd”

So… I Blog… occasionally…

Well…  aren’t I the slacker.  There have been times where I go weeks and months without making a post, and these days, to be honest, the urge just has not been there.  I seem to be going through the motions of life, content with being average, satisfied with just going to work during the week, chilling at night, consumed with Netflix/Amazon video and sports on the weekend, only to come out of my unambitious coma on Sunday night for The Sports Nerds show, and then going back in my coma for another seven days, without speaking a word to anyone outside of work.  I don’t know what started it, or why it even started in the first place.  Maybe I’m just getting old and lazy.  @jongolson has harped on me for MONTHS to show up every day…  hell, maybe it’s been years, I don’t know, but either way, I need to figure out how to get out of this funk.  I haven’t posted in what seems like months, and have not had much internal motivation to do so.  See, in my head I KNOW I am missing out, I know I am falling behind, yet, for some reason, my brain just doesn’t give a shit.  So, tonight, I reorganized my amazon playlist and created a list that just might energize me, just might inspire me, and hopefully can get me into the mood.

Sooo…  its now October 14, the middle of the month, and the NFL is in full swing, the MLB Playoffs are in session, NHL has started, NBA will soon start, and here I am quiet as a church mouse.  Lets see if I can get up off the floor and bring some content…

Casual observations of the NFL season thus far…  The Patriots are the best team in the NFL, the Dolphins are the worst, and all of the teams in between don’t matter cause New England is gonna win it all again this year.  OK that’s just depressing…  I would like to send a message to Tom Brady and Bill Bellicheat…  We are TIRED of you guys winning…  we have had to sit for nearly 20 years watching the two of you beating everyone, laughing at all of the competition, dominating the AFC East, winning six championships (thank God for Eli and the Giants) and we are just sick of it, so if you could just do us a favor and just be mediocre for the remainder of your tenure in New England that would be great…

ok…  was that too much?… no?.. good..  F**K the patsies…

let’s move on…

OMG I just witnessed Adam Schefter doing a Lambeau Leap… it was horrible…

Seriously, those that read my blog and those that know me, are very much aware that I am a Cleveland Fan, whether it be Browns or Indians, and you know I have been a fan for most of my life, having been born in NE Ohio and spent my childhood there.  With that being said (again) The Indians missed the postseason thanks to a fluke season by the Twins, and the fact they had to attempt to overcome numerous injuries both to their main lineup and pitching staff…  Kluber was out for most of the season and that definitely hurt their chances.  I am still proud of how they fought to the last day of the season, and I look forward to the 2020 campaign.  Can we just please beat the Twins and White Sox next season and once again take our RIGHTFUL place at the top of the AL Central…  I still hold true to the opinion that as long as the Astros and Yankees continue to maintain their dominance, the Tribe has no chance, but as the old adage goes, that’s why they play the games, it’s a 162 game season and anything is possible.

As for the Browns… well.. where to start… 

Freddie Kitchens seems like he is in over his head, he is a terrible game manager and his play calling is nowhere NEAR what it was last year, despite having significantly better talent on the offensive side of the ball this year.  Baker Mayfield threw for a record amount of touchdowns for a rookie last year,  and he didn’t start until week four of the season last year.  He energized this team, and he led them to a respectable 7-8-1 record, including a final stretch of 5-3 record after Hue Jackson was fired after week 8.  There was plenty of hope coming into this season, with the addition of OBJ, but thus far, they have been disappointing, going 2-4 the first 6 weeks of the season, including a week one loss to the Titans 43-14 (!!!!!)  who are also 2-4, but they have lost to the Broncos and Jaguars, two teams that are not exactly the top tier of the NFL.  I am disappointed in their performance thus far, and although their schedule remains favorable, they have a long way to go before they are among the NFL elite.  Baker has eight picks through six games, and only 4 touchdowns.  He seems lost behind center and he is not making the plays he made last year.  The lone bright spot for the Browns is RB Nick Chubb, he is a stud and has been responsible for most of the offensive production thus far this year. 

I will close with this…  The next five games will determine where the Browns will finish in the division.  They play New England after the bye, then Denver, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, and Miami.  I can see them winning at least three of those games, and if that is the case they will be 5-6 heading into the  final stretch of games, where they will face a somewhat soft schedule, so lets see where they go.  they could still finish 10-6, and if that’s the case they could sneak into the playoffs with a wildcard, or perhaps even win the division.  I am optimistic, but then again this is the Browns after all.  I am an eternal optimist when it comes to the Browns, call me a homer, call me delusional, but I firmly believe they can still right the ship.  we’ll see how they play after the bye in Foxboro, then we will move on from there. 

Thanks for reading my drivel…

Scott “The Sports Nerd”


Wednesday… halfway to the weekend…

The Sports Nerd | The Incoherent Ramblings of a Die Hard Sports Fan

Been thinking all day what to write about, and for the record, I still have no idea.  but as a friend of mine once told me…  Who cares what you write about, just keep doing it, so here I am.  I have a lot of thoughts in my head about the sports world, including the current pennant and wild card races in the American League.  I keep waiting for the Twins to falter, but as we approach less than two weeks to the end of the season, my prediction that they will, eventually, be the Twins has not come to fruition, so here I sit looking at the Wild Card Race between the Indians, the Rays, and the A’s…  All I see for the future is the Indians sitting at home in October because both the Rays and A’s are playing really good baseball, and it is depressing.  The Indians are currently 5 games behind the Twins for first place in the AL Central, the Twins magic number hovers around 7 and the Indians hopes of overtaking them were dashed over the weekend when they lost 2 of 3 to the Twins in Cleveland.  As for the Wild Card, the Indians are a half-game behind the Rays in the Wild Card Race, and they have been sitting in that position for weeks.  Even after losing to the Dodgers last night, the Rays still hold that precarious lead over the Tribe…  The Indians are currently in a three-game series against the Tigers, then have a series against the Phillies on deck.  the Rays have one mo0re game against the Dodgers tonight, then face the Red Sox in a home series that begins Friday.  I don’t foresee the Indians overtaking the Twins in the division, so I have to continue to hope the A’s or Rays slip up and the Indians will take that second spot for the Wildcard.  The thing is… I am not a fan of the wildcard in MLB, because the two wildcard teams play a ONE game series to advance to face the team with the best record in the AL, and as of right now that’s the Yankees…  Not a pleasant possibility for me, but if they make it I will be happy, but as I am with the Browns, always have that feeling of dread in the back of my mind that it is all going to fall apart at some point and we will be disappointed once again.

As for the Aforementioned Cleveland Browns… After their victory Monday night I spewed about how disappointed I was in their offensive performance I was, and despite the win, and despite how good the defense looked, I look at their schedule and think to myself how it is so very likely they will be 1-6 after the next 5 games…  Sunday night they face the Rams in Cleveland, and after that follows games against Baltimore (away), the 49’ers (away on Monday night), the Seahawks (home), and then the final nail in the coffin will be a date in Foxboro against the Patriots.  The ONE thing these teams all have in common is currently, they are all undefeated.  This 5-game stretch will be the litmus test to see just how good they are, and I am nervous as hell and will be glued to my seat and watching without my rose-colored glasses each and every week.  I have been one of the few fans since the OBJ trade that has said on a consistent basis, don’t tell me how talented this team is, because the talent on paper doesn’t mean shit to me.  I have been disappointed for the last 50 years of Cleveland Browns futility, from Red-Right 88 to the Drive to the Fumble (look ‘em up, Google is your friend) that I refuse to buy into the hype.  Baker looked like a rookie in his first start Monday night and nothing I saw encouraged me to believe that this team has the offensive firepower to go up against the best teams in the league and be successful.  Not even a one-handed catch by Odell or the 89 yard TD convinced me because the remainder of the offensive production was abysmal and lethargic.  They could not move the ball in the red zone, and after scoring 6 points on their first two drives they went 0 for their next six drives Monday night.  This week and the next four weeks to follow will tell us EXACTLY where the Browns stand in the ranks of the NFL.  I am betting on mediocre at best, so I challenge Freddie and the rest of the team to prove me wrong.

HOCKEY!!!!  NHL preseason is in full swing and after last season, I am optimistic for the regular season for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but I look at what happened in the playoffs last year and I cringe with what regular-season success can do to a teams dedication, their fire, and their desperation for a run in the playoffs and if they can overcome adversity.  They didn’t have much adversity in the regular season last year and they didn’t have fire in their belly’s when the playoffs started last year.  They let a mediocre Columbus team beat them four straight, and became a meme for all top seeds that fail in the first round of the playoffs, no matter what sport.  I will root them on, I will cheer their success, but it is all about the cup, so when the playoffs come around this time, I hope they have the drive and the focus they need to succeed.  GO BOLTS!!

OK… if you have made it through this far into this post, you probably think I am a miserable old man who has no happiness in his life.  Well, that’s not true, because, despite my disappointment in the performance of my favorite pro sports teams, I do have some positive things going on.  The OSU Buckeyes are blowing opponents out in College Football, and for that I am thankful.  This team has a realistic chance to run the table and be in the College Playoff in January, I have watched both games thus far and true, their opponents have not been great, but the fact that they have a new head coach and lost a lot of key pieces to graduation and the NFL, they are a dominant team and I love watching college football on Saturdays.  I recently celebrated my 53rd birthday this past week and had the chance to spend a few hours of it with my favorite human on the planet.  She knows who she is, and if you are reading this, please know I am thankful and appreciative of how close we have remained after 12 years of knowing each other and how you have not only put up with me but how you have stood with me in good times and bad.  I love you and am thankful to have you in my life now and forever.  I am happy and content with my professional life, have a job I love, work with great people that I admire and respect, and would not want to be anywhere else than where I am at the moment. 

And with that… I will end this rambling of a die-hard sports fan…  have a good night everyone, and always remember, be kind to each other…  A lot of what is going on in the world sucks right now, but at least we have each other, and we can wake tomorrow with the rising of the sun to a new day, and a fresh start, and a positive outlook on what the future may bring…

Scott “The Sports Nerd”