Hi all.. I only have a couple things on my mind tonight as I begin a 5 day vacation. First, I had an MRI this morning of my neck to see if there is a possibility of a pinched nerve or worse, once the results are in I will share what is going on with the tingling and numbness that happened back in November. my symptoms have been almost non-existent recently but I have been doing physical therapy for the last few weeks and, to be honest, I have been more concerned with other issues that have been going on the last month. I don’t think they are serious in the long run, but that begins to be addressed tomorrow with a scheduled consultation with a new Dr. tomorrow. I will share how that goes on my next post.. Anyway, on to more fun topics.
The Stanley Cup playoffs start tonight and I am very happy about that. The bolts start their first-round series against the Blue Jackets. Historical note, the Head Coach of the Blue Jackets is John Tortorella, who just happened to be the head coach of The Tampa Bay Lightning when they won The Cup in 2004.
The Masters begin tomorrow, thus the reason for the five days off, and I am excited for it to begin. enjoyed the Par 3 contest today, and look forward to watching many different feeds over the course of the next 4 days taking it all in until a winner is decided on Sunday night. I have three favorites, Rickie Fowler, Rory McIlroy, and of course, Tiger. The Best tournament of the year, on the best course, loaded with the best players in the world. there is never a dull moment and Sunday at Augusta is some of the most exciting golf of the year, especially if you are a fan of the game.
Well, it’s been a while, and a lot has happened since my last post over a week ago. I am dealing with some health issues and although in the long run, they will probably be minor, it has messed with my head and my motivation. I have really started to feel my age and the effects of what I have done to my body the last 30 or so years, and it seems to an extent, it is starting to catch up to me. I’m in the process of taking care of those issues and to be honest, I have actually started to put the worriers in the back of my mind and try and focus on what I can control, and that is work, friendships, and this blog. Rest assured I’m not going anywhere and the issues are NOT in any way shape or form serious at this point so I am not going anywhere.
So… the Sports world is pretty busy these days, despite the fact that the NFL is in the offseason, there have been plenty other goings-on that can be addressed and highlighted here as I am so “famous” for doing. But where to start is the question, but with some good music blaring in my ear and a website to keep going let’s dive right into it shall we? First, the NHL Playoffs are about to start Wednesday night with a full slate of first-round matchups set to begin. Tampa-Columbus, Pittsburgh-NYIslanders, St Louis-Winnipeg, Dallas-Nashville, and Vegas-San Jose all start their series on Wednesday night, with Toronto-Boston, Pittsburgh-Carolina, and Colorado-Calgary starting their series on Thursday night. My fandom is worn on my sleeve, as a die-hard Tampa Bay fan, the Presidents Trophy winner, the leagues top point winner and arguably the best goalie in the NHL, the bolts look to do what they haven’t done in 15 years, and that is lift Lord Stanley’s cup high over Tampa Bay. Having the best record in the NHL means nothing if you don’t win the cup, so “bring it home boys” will be my motto for the next couple of months.
Since I was shot down during The Sports Nerds Show last night due to no interest, I will share my thoughts on the NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis. I actually DID watch both games Saturday night and they were both excellent games, with the early game providing more drama than the late game. Virginia beat Auburn to advance to the final tonight due to a couple of controversial calls/non-calls at the end of the game. First, the refs missed a BLATANT double dribble by Virginia player Ty Jerome in the waning seconds of the game, allowing Kyle Guy to loft a last second three pointer at the end of the game. Guy was fouled and went to the line for three free throw shots. He nailed all three with seemingly “Jimmy Chitwood” confidence and sent the Cavaliers to the Championship Game tonight against Texas Tech, who defeated perennial NCAA Tournament powerhouse by 10 points behind the heroics of Matt Mooney, who scored 22 points, including four three-pointers, three of which came in a 2 1/2 minute span in the second half to lead the Raiders to their first ever Championship Final. With tip-off scheduled around 9:30 eastern tonight, I don’t know if I will be able to stay up for this one, after all I DO have a real job to go to in the morning….lol.
I want to close tonight’s post out with some NFL news. In case anyone was wondering or had any questions on their mind, Antonio Brown is a DOUCHE. He needs to move on to his new team, get the Steelers and Ju Ju out of his head and just prepare for the season. going after him on Twitter and proving what a little “BITCH” he is, does no one any good and only makes him look like the bad guy. Dude.. get over it, The Steelers were done with your antics, your drama, and your diva attitude. As a good friend of mine said last night during the show… you will have plenty of time to whine and moan trying to catch bounce passes from Derek Carr next season, so you have plenty to worry and bitch about so leave the past be the past and just move on…
Now there are several other subjects I could approach tonight in this post, but I am going to let this one stand as it is. Just a few things tolook forward to coming up.. Tonight’s National Championship game, the NFL draft is in two weeks, and my favorite week of the year is here… It’s Masters week, and as is my usual tradition, I will be off work from Wednesday through the weekend watching as much golf as I possibly can. this is my favorite tournament, and the ONLY one I take time off work for each year. Look for posts all this week to be golf-heavy and full of talk about tradition and history. Have a great week everyone, and #GoBolts!!!!
PS: – a HUGE shout-out to Blain Jones for moving my stand-alone site over to his server this week. He saved the website from certain deletion, and I am eternally grateful to him for doing that. Along with that, a big thank you to sunny Suggs for hosting my site for the last several years, I appreciate your patience, your kindness and your friendship.. and to quote your own catchphrase.. I #MissYourFace… love you…
So, Rob Gronkowski has decided to retire. the question is not whether or not he is a hall-of-famer but the question is, as we discussed on The Sports Nerds last night, is whether or not he is the greatest Tight End in the history of the NFL. I say no, as there were many that came before him that I feel are better… Tony Gonzales, John Mackey, Shannon Sharpe, Ozzie Newsome (GO BROWNS), and my favorite, Kellen Winslow, just to name a few. Gronk was the greatest of his era, no doubt, but the greatest of all time, no I don’t think so. His longevity is an issue for me. he only played 9 years, and the only players to play less and still make the Hall of Fame were Terrell Davis and Gayle Sayers. Jim Brown played 9 years, Barry Sanders played 10, is Gronk on their level? Well, maybe not but I do feel he is a Hall of Fame player and will reside in the Hall when his time comes. I am not sure if he will be a first ballot (despite the praises of the media) but he is a Hall of Famer in my book. With all of that being said, I know a lot of AFC East teams and fans that will be happy to see Gronk is no longer on the Patriots roster for 2019.
The Sweet Sixteen is set, and this weekend’s games did not disappoint, with the nail-biter in the UCF-Duke game being the most exciting of them all. I was watching that game during the show and wow how could that ball not fall in at the end. UCF nearly pulled off the upset and Duke escapes with the win and a trip to the Sweet Sixteen for the (I think) 26th time in its history. That is the most for any school in NCAAA division one and is a testament to Coach K (you think I am going to try and spell his name?) and the program at Duke. However, on a more somber note, and this is another topic we discussed on the show last night (you should really come see us) is the exploitation of these college athletes to the point where they get no reward for their performance and their names and likenesses are exploited to the point that CBS even created a “Zion Cam” to cover Zion Williamson exclusively, CBS gets to use this kid’s name and likeness to make money, while at the same time, the schools involved in the tournament and the NCAA itself make billions off of these kids. I am in favor of paying these athletes, but the scope of that payment is a gray area for me as I am not exactly sure by what method to compensate them. Some will argue that the education these kids get as compensation is enough, but if you look at the scope of the amount of money the schools and the NCAA get for the tournament, as well as NCAA Football and the Bowl Games it pales in comparison. Pay these kids!!!
Thank you for reading.. and please.. join me, Jon G Olson, Eliot “Big E” Lomba, Bob “The Beer Man” Pizor and Brian “Scooter” Cullen for The Sports Nerds each Sunday night on Vimm.tv each Sunday night at 7pm Eastern
The Parkland shooting from a year ago continues to affect the victims from that day. Recently it was reported that Sydney Aiello, a survivor of Parkland, took her own life as a result of Post traumatic stress form the shooting. People that knew her say that she never felt safe in a classroom after that day, not even at college, and took her own life. Today it is being reported that another student of Parkland also took his own life last night. This is evidence that the trauma does not end when the shooting stops, that it continue on for months and years to the victims that survive.
I am old enough to remember Columbine, and 20 years later the survivors and family of the victims of that day are remembering their loved ones and how their lives have changed since that massacre. I remember all of them, Aurora, Sandy Hook, Las Vegas, Arizona, the list goes on and on, yet the laws in place 20 years ago have not been changed, no action has been taken and we wait for the next mas shooting to occur. That;s right I said the NEXT mass shooting, because there will be more, innocent lives will be lost, kids will be killed, innocent lives will be taken and as we look to those we elected for answers, they will do nothing.
Yet in the wake of the mass shooting in New Zealand a few weeks ago, their government IS taking action. They have decided to outlaw assault-type weapons, including AR-15’s, and the Prime Minister isn’t getting any pushback from the opposition party in her government. This is how it should work folks, and I am sorry if you disagree with me, but I’m right.
There is no other reason for ANYONE in this world to own a weapon of this kind other than to kill people with it. It isn’t for hunting, it isn’t for sport, and it isn’t for home protection. These weapons were designed and marketed by the manufacturers and the NRA for the sole purpose of being able to kill the most amount of people as quickly as possible. I don’t care if it is fun to shoot, and I don’t care if you just like having one (or more) in your “arsenal”. there is no practical every-day need to own one of these weapons. You want to cite the 2nd amendment, fine, the words WELL REGULATED is part of that amendment and the government has the authority to regulate what weapons we can own, and I feel that the obsession with these weapons has devalued human life, minimized responsibility, and allowed us to become numb every time someone snaps and kills a large amount of people.
The owners of these weapons can come at me with any explanation why they feel they should have them, I have heard them all, but the fact is there reasoning is flawed, because the longer we allow these weapons among the general public, the more innocent lives will be lost, for every 100 or 1000 responsible owners there are out there, there will be a small percentage of the population that makes the decision to use that weapon to commit murder on a grand scale. That is not a sacrifice we should make for freedom, because the freedom to live is greater than your freedom to own these weapons, and that should be the end of the discussion.
Greetings one and all… So begins day 2 of my effort to create more content until I have 20 million followers (HA!! yeah I know… but one can dream cant they?) and am in control of the world.. MUAHAHAHAHA!! .. (Ok.. tone it down… breathe nerd.. breathe..) anyway, here I am 24 hours after revealing my insecurities, my faults, my lack of production..etc.. and I have to make a post.. so lets see where this takes us…
The Tampa Bay Lightning of The National Hockey League (Yes that’s a sport, and a real league) is on the verge of history. They have already clinched The President’s Cup (best record in the NHL) and Home-Ice advantage throughout the playoffs, but they are in sight of finishing with the most points in NHL History(132) and the most wins (62). they have Defenseman Nikita Kucherov looks to take the Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) and is looking to be only the second player in NHL history to score 130 points or more in a season (Guy Lafleur 1976-77). the bolts are on the verge of history and I am here along for the ride, albeit in front of my TV, but still.. I’m all in on the Bolts and their magical season. A shoutout to my Canadian friends Janelle and Jon.. bring us the Leafs… bring us the Habs, the Bolts are on a mission and wont be satisfied until they are hoisting Lord Stanley’s Cup high in the Tampa Bay sky. Those that forget.. the Bolts did win The Cup in 2003-04 with a 7-game victory…at home… against the Calgary Flames.. I was there… outside the Arena (The Ice Palace back then) when they won the cup and I can vividly remember the excitement in the air when it was all over. To Tampa, this was bigger than the Super Bowl the year before, because a team from the SOUTH (gasp!!) won The Cup and the entire hockey world was upended on its rear end… So, GOBOLTS, and bring the cup back to Tampa once again!!
Today has been a struggle… I woke up with a severe stiff neck and can barely move it from side to side without cringing in severe agonizing pain… I have a tube of Biofreeze next to me… since I do not own a heating pad, I have been heating a wet towel in the microwave. My physical therapist advised rotating heat and cold to loosen the muscles, but it has remained the same all day and I cant wait for it to just go away. I am such a baby when I don’t feel well, as both of my ex-wives can attest (Hi Shauna!!) I just want this to go away so I an move my head. any home remedies that can be offered are most welcome… (in the comments.. yeah.. down there.. below the post.. click “reply”)
OH!! did I mention… the Tampa Bay Lightning are on a SEVEN game winning streak.. they defeated Carolina 6-3 last night after winning in OT the night before in Washington DC… just sayin… Go BOLTS!!
Day two of the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament and I still have no idea what’s going on.. I know the first two rounds are this weekend… then we have the sweet sixteen… the the final four… then MASTERS WEEK!! For those that do not know me.. I usually take a vacation during the week of the Masters (Golf People… PGA…Augusta National) and this year is no different. I will be off Wednesday through Sunday and will have nothing on my TV and computer except the sights and sounds of what is the first Major Championship of the year, the best venue, the best course and the best tournament. I love it.. cant get enough.
OH!! have I mentioned that the Tampa Bay Lightning have a more devoted fanbase and following in this area than the Bucs and Rays COMBINED??? Amalie Arena seats about 20,000 and it is filled to the roof each and every home game during the season (That’s about 41 games not counting playoffs). Not bad for a southern city and a NORTHERN sport…
Opening day of MLB is right around the corner and although most might be excited about it, I am not so optimistic.. as long as the Yankees and Red Sox continue to spend hundreds of millions per season to load their roster, the Indians have NO CHANCE. I wish Cleveland was a more attractive destination for Major League Players, but if you aren’t in New York, Boston, Chicago or Los Angeles, you don’t have a chance. This is what is wrong with baseball in my opinion, the big markets have all the money and the owners that are willing to break the bank for a championship, while the smaller market teams aren’t willing to take that risk.. MLB needs a salary cap.. just saying..
Have I said GO BOLTS lately?
Finally tonight, we come to the most awaited report in the history of politics.. the Mueller report was sent to The Attorney General of The United States today. I don’t hold out any hope that Cheeto-in-Chief will be indicted, nor do I think Mueller will directly go after his lard ass, but I do think that there will be bread crumbs offered to the SDNY District Attorney that will lead to the oh so deserving jail term of the most corrupt, misogynistic liar-in-chief in the history of this country. No matter what the report says, he will claim it exonerates him of all “collusion” charges, that he is proven right all along and that it was all one big giant “witch hunt”. I got new for you donnie… this is just the beginning. You have profited off the office, your children have profited from the office and you will say and do anything to continue that trend. the Oval office isn’t your personal piggy bank, its where you were placed to SERVE the people, not the other way around. You have lied, you have manipulated and you have bribed more people in your lifetime than I have had to take a dump… Your time is coming.. and this report is just the tip of the iceberg…