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The Morning After: January 26, 2009

The Morning AfterThere are those of us who will say there were no sports to speak of this weekend. I have several links to prove you wrong. You may look at these links and say to me that the links I provided were largely linked to sports that no one talks about. If I look at the weekend traffic here at Sparty and Friends and compare it to those weekends when we had college football as well as “paid to play” football games on from sun up to sun down – I would largely have to agree with you.

So for all of the tormented souls out there who didn’t get their sports fix this weekend… let me be the first to welcome you to Super Bowl Week. You get your fill of the biggest event in sports on tap for the next 150 hours or so before kick off. More on this in a little while after the jump… Continue reading

The Morning After: January 25, 2009

Still the Jets best QB

Still the Jets best QB

One week from today, America will settle in and watch the most popular TV event of the year. The game will probably suck, it sucks more often than not, but occasionally we get a classic like last year. I am pretty much a non Super Bowl party guy, I like to actually watch and hear the game and not have people shush me during the ads. Ads are for talking, running to the fridge and emptying myself of rented beverages.

The week leading up to the game is filled with stories that most of have already heard or are non stories created by the “real” media. This goes by the title of hype, here is some you will be forced to gag on this week…… Continue reading

The Morning After: January 21, 2009

Some of us have had a shorter work week than others. Monday I was off, so when it took me a little while to remember that today was my TMA day. It’s hard to believe pitchers and catchers due to report in 23 days, especially with this weather. Here in Florida we have multiple freeze warnings, wind chill adversaries, and here in Orlando, an overnight low of 30. I know it’s probably colder where you are, but it’s serious stuff here, mostly because the produce that is in your refrigerator  probably came from around here.

Anyways, I’ll quit crying… Continue reading

The Morning After: January 11, 2009

Huh, what?

Huh, what?

Most of my friends love the NFL, and wouldn’t think of missing a playoff game. They don’t  believe me when I tell them I prefer the college game. Don’t get me wrong, I watch a ton of pro football and love the game too, I  just think college is better. I am a Notre Dame fan, so I am definitely not biased based on my  team being successful.

Yesterday was a perfect example 0f why I don’t drink the NFL Kool-Aid. After turning down an invite from a buddy to go watch his beloved Tennessee Titans (he’s a Jew from the Bronx, yet loves the Titans?), I spent the first three quarters of the game in Home Depot, Lowes, and my back yard building and painting. Never even went inside for a score update. I sat down after eating dinner and settled in with about 9 minutes remaining and the Ravens clinging to a 10-7 lead. The first play I saw was Crumpler’s fumble. The game was going the way I figured it would, lots of D, little scoring, conservative play calling.  Then it happened. The referee’s got noticed. They ALWAYS get noticed in the NFL.

This is one of the main reason’s the NFL just isn’t to me what their marketing machine wants me to believe. 5 man conferences after  every play. Inconsistent holding, pass interference, and roughing the passer calls. Stupid replay rules. Please tell me why the Titans couldn’t have put a screen shot on the Jumbotron of the play clock showing :00 and the Ravens center still holding the ball? Then just throw the flag. The NFL always talks about just getting the call right,  but common sense is totally lacking at all times. Continue reading

The Morning After: December 28, 2008

As a die hard Jets fan, it doesn’t get any better than this. I know my boys have faltered down the stretch, but the reality is they are a good team, having a decent season. They are not the Titans, Colts, Steelers or even the Chargers (don’t sleep on this team).They aren’t going to win the AFC, in fact they probably won’t make the playoffs. Doesn’t matter. When they beat the Continue reading

The Morning After: December 17, 2008

Goooooooooooood Mooooooooooring!

You’ve got 8 more shopping days til Christmas, 4 til Hanukkah, and 3 more years of Joe Pa in Happy Valley. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan the ol’ man, but this isn’t what Penn State fans wanted is it? Consider this. Joe Pa is 81 years old, when he ends this contract he’ll be 84. It’s not a question of WILL HE RETIRE, but more like WILL HE MAKE IT. (I know too easy, I’ll get better) Continue reading

The Morning After: October 18, 2008

So I drank enough yesterday that I fell asleep at around 10pm and woke up five hours later. Thats right…its 245 am here in the west and I am on the computer. This is proof. I have no life.

Halloween Decorations are going up all over my neighborhood this weekend. In fact…I put lights up. Why the fuck am I putting up lights for Halloween? Preety soon I will be putting up lights for Easter and Valentines Day too. Continue reading