The Last 24 Hours in the world of Sports (kind of)

Well you know how to saying goes.. The best-laid plans of mice and men go awry.  I had fully intended on starting my blog series..  “The Last 24 Hours” as mentioned in my previous post, but there was a migraine that got in the way of my plans.  I was out of it yesterday, the day I planned to start this series, by a migraine that festered itself from last Sunday night into Monday.  I left work before 2:00 pm and was in bed for a majority of the remainder of the day, therefore was in no condition to sit in front of a bright monitor and pound a keyboard for an hour or so.  With all of that being said, here I am at 6pm on a Tuesday night creating a column for what happened over the weekend in sports, as well as what happened yesterday.

First lets get the 1000 pound gorilla out in the open.  I am not a fan of Soccer, I hate the game it is too slow, boring and just not my cup of tea.  However there is this thing called a The World Cup going on in Russia and everyone I come across lately can not talk about any other sport right now.  I guess that is because the NFL is in the offseason, the MLB hasn’t reached the All-Star break yet and the NBA and NHL just wrapped up their seasons, the NBA of course was anti-climatic due to a four game sweep by Golden State of the Cavaliers, while the Stanley Cup was won by the Washington Capitals in dramatic fashion, earning the first ever Championship for a DC team since the Redskins won the Super Bowl in the early 90’s.  So for the record, England is taking the tournament by storm, there are discussions of Messi and Renaldo (if the spelling is wrong, I don’t care) an exciting match between Senegal and Japan on Sunday, (per my friend Jon) and we still have to get to the “knockout stage” of the tournament. **sigh**  ok that’s my take on the World Cup..

So the biggest story in the NBA is of course, where will LeBron go?  Well, as a sports fan that was born in NE Ohio and lived my first 12 years as a human there, as well as having family still living there nearly 40 years later, I don’t care.  He can stay, he can go, he can retire, it doesn’t matter.  Why? you say? because the NBA is an awful representation of the game of basketball.  The sport is full of egos, showoffs, and guys that don’t care about playin a pure team game and only interested whether or not they are going to make Sports Center’s top 10 that night.  Don’t get me wrong, these guys are phenomenal athletes, and they can do things I was never able to do with a basketball, but the fact of the matter remains I just can’t get into today’s NBA.  I am more of a purist, I miss the days of Bird, Magic, Kareem, and Jordan.  With that being said, the hype is that LeBron is going to LA, and if that happens, then the Lakers will lose to the Warriors in the Western Conference Finals every year for the foreseeable future.  I think he should stay in the Eastern Conference, because his game is more suited to Eastern conference type of play.  It is a more physical game in the Eastern Conference, and that is suited perfectly for how he plays the game. 

Now that I have completely alienated all of my Soccer and NBA readers, lets move on to other happenings.  Congratulations to Bubba Watson on his come from behind victory at the Traveler’s Championship on Sunday.  Coming from six shots behind Paul Casey at the start of the day, Watson shot a final round 63, and wins the Traveler’s for the third time in his career.  Casey had a chance to run away with it but two errant drives down the stretch sealed his fate.  Congrats to Bubba, he earned it and had a great finish to wrap up the tournament.  In Major League Baseball, a woman was hit in the face by a “hot dog cannon” in Philadelphia over the weekend.  The Phanatic shot a duct tape wrapped hot dog into the stands at a Phillies game, hitting a woman who was unable to defend herself because of a bum shoulder and it gave her a black eye.  The woman said that she was not angry and would not press charges, thus making it a non-story, but ESPN and the other networks made a point to rehash it over and over again all weekend long, thus showing how slow the sports news cycle is with 3 of the 4 major sports leagues in their offseason. 

Finally in the NFL, Julian Edelman is going to appeal his suspension for violation of the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy, to no surprise to anyone.  The problem here is that the NFL can’t tell him what it is they found in the test, and that in and of itself is a red flag in my book.  I am no fan of the Patriots, but this is something that I have a problem with.  Edelman has a right to know what he is accused of taking, and because the NFL doesn’t know, that the positive result was for a substance that wasn’t immediately recognizable tells me that they are fishing without a lure, trying to dig something up and now that Edelman is calling them on it, they are going to have a fight on their hands they didn’t expect.  Edelman is arguing the mishandling of the paperwork and and delivery of the testing sample.  They call it the Ryan Braun defense, and I for one, am looking forward to it.

And with that… I leave you until tomorrow…


A new vision, a new focus, and a plan for the future…

I have been spending the last few days contemplating what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  I have a great job, I love everyone I work with and my work gives me a great sense of satisfaction.  I feel I am respected at my company, and I feel that I bring a good deal of worth to the company I work for.  With all of that being said, there is something missing, something I cannot describe, and something that I can reach for but don’t have the education or knowledge to accomplish.  My passion statement at work has to do with a work-life balance.  We have embraced what is called a passion and purpose statement in the “People First Culture”  My purpose statement is the following:

Through patience, knowledge and direction, I inspire others to succeed in our personal and professional lives while maintaining a healthy work/life balance so that we may all enjoy the journey to the finish

I firmly believe in that statement and try to live it on a daily basis.  The culture at my company is awesome, they allow us to be ourselves, they encourage criticism and feedback while at the same time setting expectations on what they expect from each and every employee.  In my 34 years in the workforce, I have never been with a company that has encouraged their employees to be open, involved, or engaging a the company I currently work for.  It is truly a rewarding experience, and I can honestly see myself working there for the remainder of my days in the workforce. 

With that being said, there is still something missing, something I cannot explain, something that eats at me each and every day.  I have a passion for sports, and that is not something that can be satisfied by my work, it is something that needs to be fulfilled outside the office.  This doesn’t change the passion I have for the work that I do, but it is aside from that, something that can only be fulfilled in my personal life, in outside endeavors, and in a way that only I can create here on this blog.  The problem I have faced is that I have been challenged by fear, by insecurities that have prevented me from expressing myself in a manner that comes across in an intelligent manner, to the point where I am fearful that I will be viewed as an idiot in the subject.

I don’t have a college degree, nor did I go to journalism school, but what I have is passion, and that is something that I can bring to the table when it comes to sports.  My first love is the NFL, followed by NCAA Football, and with that I hope I can express knowledge, passion, and instigate discussion with others that have the same interests.  My goal is not to educate, but instead create conversation with others that have the same passion that I have, building relationships that will last for a lifetime. 

I’m on a mission, and that mission is to bring my brand to the world, to promote, to impress, to engage, and to create conversation.  I will not always be right and I may in fact embarrass myself at times.  but one thing will not change, and that is my passion for sports, whether it be football, baseball, hockey or whatever, I will bring it, I will not apologize for my comments, and I will not waiver from my passion.  So get ready world.. here I come. 

I’m gonna bring a different view of the world of sports, gong to be controversial, gonna throw stuff out there that may not be right, and I am always going to say what is on my mind.  I look around Steemit and I see a few people talking sports including the account @steemsports but while they only report the news in the sports news, I will bring a different view and a personal touch on the trending topics in the sports world.  I don’t expect to take away from the readership of @steemsports but instead provide an alternative to what they report.  I don’t have an agenda, nor do I expect to be popular, but instead will post my thoughts on what is going on, and that will include everything in the sports world, including NFL, NCAA, MLB, NHL, NCAAMB and yes, even though I HATE it, the NBA.  so get prepared, cause I am all in, I am a full on Sports Nerd, and I fully expect to prove that to the world. 

Let’s start with the fact that did you know I have a weekly LIVE Sports Show?  I do, and it is right here on Steem, well, DLive to be exact, Sunday Nights at 7pm eastern time, and I have the pleasure of sharing the broadcast with three of my best friends. Jon Olson, Brian “Scooter” Cullen and Eliot “Big E” Lomba have been doing some form of this show for the last seven years on many different platforms and basically all we do is  we sit for two hours (Sometimes longer) and talk sports in a format that would be considered less than a talk show but in fact a conversation between friends talking sports.  There is no subject that is taboo, no sport we wont discuss (yes even World Cup – UGGH) and when the Sports Talk goes dry, we will discuss pop culture, movies, and yes even politics on a rare occasion so I encourage you to follow me on Steem at(click—>)  The Sports Nerd  and at DLive as well at (Click –>)  The Sports Nerd,  sit back and enjoy the fun. 

I am currently getting ready for our show tomorrow night, (7pm Eastern) but beginning Monday, June 25, I will begin a new series of posts on Steem, as well as my personal website(Click –>)  www.the sportsnerd.us called “The Last 24 Hours” outlining and commenting on the day in sports over the previous 24 hours.  I am looking forward to doing this, and am excited as to how this will work out because it will allow me to comment and bring my personal feeling on specific subjects, no matter the sports subject.  You wont agree with everything I say, and at times, you will think I am an idiot, but that’s okay, as long as it stimulates conversation and opinion.  My main goal is to build my brand, get my name out there and encourage discussion and make you, the reader, get in the discussion and provide me your point of view.  I won’t pull any punches, and I don’t expect anything less from my readers. 

I look forward to this journey, and look forward to your input as well.  I don’t expect to agree with all of you, and I don’t expect that I will always be right, but I hope to have fun and engage with passionate sports fans.  So get ready, ‘cause shit is about to get real on Steem and Dlive. 

One more thing…  I ask that you follow me on Twitter (Click –>) @The_Sports_Nerd and on Facebook at (Click—>) Scott Wright for more juicy goodness, you wont regret it.

Until next time, nerds, buckle up…..

The Sports Nerd

Oh what to write about…..

Oh what to write about..  So much happening in the Sports world.  NHL Eastern Conference finals going to a game 7 (GO BOLTS!!) NBA eastern/Western conference Finals heating up (meh) Offseason NFL News, (personal foul for kneeling?) MLB closing out month 2, oh and most importantly “The Sports Nerds” return delayed a week… 

Let’s start with the NHL.  The Washington Capitals won game 6 last night to force a game 7 in Tampa tomorrow night, and although I would have preferred the Bolts to have won game 6, I am glad game 7 is in Tampa so that the Bolts can put the Caps away on home ice in front of some of the most dedicated and rabid fans in the NHL.  Amalie Arena (It’s The Ice Palace Damnit!!!) is one of the toughest places to play in when you are a visitor and I expect the fans tomorrow night will not only be wild, but will inspire the Bolts to take home the win and face that team in Las Vegas for the Stanley Cup.  The Stanley Cup Finals begin Monday, and I fully expect the Bolts to be there. 

Lets be honest here…  I HATE the NBA (I know… Shocker!!) and what it has become in the last 20 years.  Bunch of overpaid, glory hungry “players” that care only about how many 3’s they can make or how they can make the SC Top 10 each night.  It is not the game I loved in the 80’s and 90’s with Magic, Bird, Kareem, and yes… Jordan..  I was born in NE Ohio, grew up loving the Indians and the Browns, but for some reason I never got into the Cavs, maybe it’s because they always sucked, or maybe because football was king in my household and everything revolved around the Browns.. but I never got excited about NBA Basketball.  I miss when it was all about the team, I miss when all players cared about was working together to achieve a similar goal, and that was to win together and there were no “super teams”.  Today’s NBA is a shadow of what it once was and I rarely watch.  Either way, go Cavs and I hope they win the series.  They wont beat whoever comes out of the west.. but then again.. everyone knows that.

The NFL meetings are happening and the news coming out of them is head scratching..  Some of the owners want to implement a personal foul penalty to any team whose players take a knee and don’t stand during the national anthem.  What’s next?  ejections for not taking off a hat, or spitting during a game?  Sheesh the desire to micromanage the game has gone to stupid, and to top it all off, they have changed the way kickoffs are played.  No more running start, 5 players mandatory on each side of the ball, two players must be outside the numbers, two players must be between numbers and hashmarks… blah….blah..blah.. Just play flag football already.  the new rules against lowering your head are good for the game and for safety sake, I agree, but this isn’t my father’s NFL anymore..  three months to preseason…  we’ll see..

I am sitting here watching the Indians take on the Cubs, TV is muted, I have Amazon Music turned on the “All 80’s Station” (Yes I’m that old, don’t judge me) and currently they are at the middle of the third inning, Tribe up 4-0, and life is good.  Shoutout to my Buddy Brian “Scooter” Cullen (Cubs Fan). It’s early in the season but looking at the overall picture,  the Yankees and the Red Sox seem to be the best teams in Baseball right now.  The AL Central is mediocre (Including my Indians), the AL West is close and who cares about the NL..  I really don’t get into Baseball hardcore until after the All-Star Break, but the races are close and the games have been entertaining. (Shohei Ohtani anyone??)

(oh wow.. Ghostbusters… love it.. Who Ya Gonna Call?)

The Sports Nerds were to make their triumphant return Sunday night but due to reasons beyond our control we had to put it off another week.  We are scheduled to return this coming Sunday night after months of hiatus (all due to this humble writer’s life getting in the way) at 7pm Eastern Time.. so watch this space for updates and link to the show…. We’ll have a lot to catch up on, and we plan on having a lot to talk about and it should be a lot of fun and entertaining. 

Thus ends the sports section of this post. 

Those that know me, know how I lean politically, and I have posted many a blog about those leanings in the past, but with the shit-show that is US Politics I have become numb to whatever is coming out of 1600 Pennsylvania or Congress these days and I refuse to allow it to get me down, or jade what I believe in.  I have several conservative friends, most of which support the President and what he is doing, but I also have Liberal friends that agree with me and feel that the only way out of this mess we are in is to vote them out in November.  Let me express what I feel is the answer to everything that is happening.  How much what goes on in DC REALLY affects your life?  What decisions have been made that determine how your day-to-day life is affected?  I have a roof over my head, I have a good job (great, actually), I have a car that runs and have no fear of it breaking down tomorrow, I have a family that loves me, I’m relatively healthy, for my age (for now), have health insurance through previously mentioned job, have a 401k, have two cats that keep me sane, and I have a good network of friends that care about me and I love with all my heart, both in my personal life, and my professional life.  I refuse to allow what goes on in the corrupt world of politics get me down or allow it to define how I go about my daily life.  the moment I do that is the moment I allow myself to give up, to remove hope for the future.  My son is 24, I worry about the world he will be left in when I am gone but also know I am powerless to induce any huge change to the overall picture.  I instead will focus on local and state politics, where real change can be made and the impact can be felt up the food chain to the capital.  You see, real change comes from within, and if we don’t try and change the small things, the big things will never change.  So I tell you to focus on the small to impact the large.  You’ll feel better and the impact of the Cheeto and his minions in Congress will not impact how your life is lived.  That’s al I have to say about that..

Have a good night everyone…  and take of yourself..  and each other..

Scott “The Sports Nerd”

GoBolts

So as I mentioned, I am a Tampa Bay Lightning fan.  I didn’t care much for hockey until I moved to the Tampa Bay area 20 years ago.  over the years I have grown to love the game, the speed, the action, and the belief that Hockey players are some of the best conditioned athletes in professional sports.  imagine if you will, skating a full speed for 2-3 minutes at a time, not slowing down, not stopping.. then you go back to the bench for 5 minutes and then get back on the ice and do it all over again.  That’s cardiovascular superhero shit right there, and I am in awe how well these professional athletes do it.  I remember being outside the Amalie Arena (It was The Ice Palace back then) in 2004 when the Lightning won the Stanley Cup, it was one of the greatest feelings in my life, I had only ever felt close to that euphoria when the Bucs won the Super Bowl.  The Lightning was different, I was more invested with the Lightning because they were the only hockey franchise I ever followed.  they say that a team based in the Southern US is not really viable, but the Lightning sell out each and every home game, 20,000 screaming fans root this team on each and every night, the Bucs could only dream of such loyalty.  To attend a game at the arena is like entering another world, and that is what has caused me to be such a rabid fan over the last 20 years.  I love this team, from the era of Vinny and Marty, to now with Stamkos and Hedman, I love this team, and I love the game of Hockey. 

With all of that being said, the #Bolts are in the fight of their lives right now with the Capitals.  they lose the first two games at home, and in dominating fashion.  I watched both games and had given them up for dead.  I decided not to watch the games in DC, and so they won both, bringing the series back to Tampa tied 2-2.  so with that being said, I won’t be watching tonight, instead I will keep track of the game through twitter and the #GoBolts hashtag.  I am not normally a superstitions person, but in this regard I cant help myself.  All I will say is #GoBolts, beat the Caps and move on to getting that second Cup. 


Take Two….. Kind of….

So….  as I said on my last post..  my brain has a lot of things in it, and I have a hard time putting them down in a blog post.  its scrambled…  incoherent, and the ability to present them in a few sentences is hard for me.  I am burning inside, wanting to express what is in my head, but the fear is there, the reluctance is there.  I am but a small voice in a tidal wave of voices.  But here I am, attempting to express what it is I have to say…

Sticking to sports, for now, the Tampa Bay Lightning have come back from the brink, and thanks to  Andrei Vaselevski,  they have remained alive in the NHL Eastern Conference Finals.  the series comes back to Tampa tomorrow night, and as I have for the last two games, I will not watch.  I watched the first two games and paid the price for it.  I wont watch the remaining games for fear of Jinxing the #Bolts.  I know its stupid, but it makes me feel better.

It was announced that the Cleveland Browns will be on Hard Knocks this year.  this will be on HBO in August and my feelings on this subject are tentative at best.  the spotlight will be on the Browns and although I welcome all the press possible to be shined on my favorite team I only hope that with the history of this franchise for the last 19 years, they will not embarrass themselves.  I like to think that the tide is about to turn, that they will start winning, but in this regard I feel like Pacino in Godfather III, where they are bringing me back in.  time will tell..  we’ll see…

Being from the Cleveland area, I have an obligation to mention the Cavaliers and their quest for another NBA championship.  I don’t care.  the NBA needs to die a slow, painful death.  It is a terrible league, filled with terrible talent, full of lackluster effort, and rooted in “talent” that cares more about their social media status than they do about integrity and talent in the game itself.  Basketball is a great sport, and when watching March Madness is more important and has more meaning to me than the NBA, its time to move on.  I could care less about who wins the NBA Championship.

Ok, the sports minute is over.  Another shooting, 9 kids and a teacher killed.  When does it stop?  when do our elected officials come to their senses and say enough is enough.  I truly believe that tougher restrictions on guns is the answer. Where it is banning the AR-15 ore the ban on persons with a history of mental illness from owning guns, I don’t know what the answer is.  All I know is that kids are being killed, congress refuse to do nothing, and the NRA has more congressmen in their pocket than than the drug industry, the oil industry, and big tobacco does.  I don’t have the answer,, I’m not an educated man, but I have to ask…  Why, as an American citizen, why do yo need to own an AR-15…  why do you feel that owning an assault weapon is more important than a kid being able to live and reach for their dreams.  The language in the 2nd amendment was written 242 years ago.  they had no conception of a weapon that could fire 100 rounds in less than a minute.  It’s time for the realistic view of what exactly our right to bear arms truly means, as well as what limitations should be in place to accommodate that amendment.  I respect the 2nd Amendment, but at what price do we give to the youth of America, and while our kids are dying in schools because of mass shootings, the NRA, Republicans bought and paid for by the NRA, and people like Wayne LaPierre and Dana Loesh continue to promote guns we are all at risk.  I just don’t know what the answer is, but I call for a humanitarian reaction, a comforting reaction by our elected leaders than “thoughts and prayers”

Good night… and may all of your dreams come true…

Scott “The Sports Nerd”