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Can the Golden Knights Beat the odds?

May 3rd, 2018 · No Comments

This year in Dallas, 32 NFL Franchises will be “Betting-the-Farm” with their respective First Round Draft Picks, not to mention all of the Wheeling-Dealing that’ll occur over the three days riveting Draft television coverage; YAWN!

Yet instead, I found the Los Angeles Times article over the possibility of this year’s Cinderella National Hockey League’s expansion Golden Knights more entertaining than all of the noise surrounding the NFL Draft!

Since although I only follow Hockey casually, most notably having paid minor Attenzione over the latter season’s Playoffs Push of my current favourite NHL Team, the Los Angeles Kings, albeit I may have my own team to root for in Seattle soon?

Hey, if Yuhs cannot land an NBA Franchise, then why not start with an NHL Team instead, Eh?

Having first become acquainted with the Kings Wayback in the late 1980’s? Whenever it made front page News over “The Great One!” Wayne Gretzky having been traded by the Edmonton Oilers to La-La Land, which I can still recall learning via the USA Today Newspaper, but I digress…

I then began rooting for the L.A. Kings via a serendipitous connection a few years ago, when we used to frequent a fine ‘lil Bistro specializing in Bison Meat in “the city of Destiny,” aka Tacoma, where it’s proprietor Nathan is a Gynormous Kings Fan! Making frequent trips to Los Angeles during their past Playoff runs.

Thus I began my casual association of Kings Fever during the Daryl Sutter era, which ultimately netted them two revered Stanley Cup trophies! Before he, and their GM were Fired.

Whilst I won’t make any noise over the Synchronicity ‘O Sutter being a Cattle Rancher and Nathan’s “good Eats” Bison restaurant; MOO, MOO! Get along ‘lil doggie…

Fast forward to this year’s NHL Playoffs, where if you’re a Hockey Fan, you already know that the upstart expansion Las Vegas Golden Knights eliminated the Kings in their first round playoff series.

And I believe that the golden Knights have already made History, by becoming the first NHL expansion Franchise to win their Division., although I didn’t follow them this year. Along with having dispatched the Kings, now face another California team, the San Jose Sharks in their road to the Stanley Cup.

All of which makes the Bookmakers in Vegas mildly Nervous, since initially the Odds given to the Golden Knights winning the Stanley Cup were 500-1!

Golden Knights’ surprising Stanley Cup playoff run could be costly for Vegas

Yet presumably, the Betting Industry is a multi-Billion affair, for which although I didn’t read the story, nevertheless whilst perusing The Guardian’s Sports section, I came across the Headline denoting Tennis’s current integrity issue regarding betting.

Tennis has serious Integrity issue with Betting says Independent Study

Alas, my ‘Ol Fashioned One Arm Bandit came up with Three Lemons; Chuh-Ching! Having previously read the Air & Space Magazine’s article upon the Ultimate Bet having been wagered on over a Half Century ago, before paying off Handsomely on live TV for its winner upon Neil Armstrong stepping on the Moon.

Betting On the Moon

Which naturally made me reminisce over Armstrong’s co-pilot and Rapper Extraordinaire, Edwin Buzz’ (”Lightyear”) aldrin, Jr., the second Man to step upon the Moon. As how time flies by, Eh? As it’s already nearly three years ago that I read his great Autobiography.

Magnificent Desolation: An Astronaut’s re-entry to life on Earth and Beyond…

As I Don’t recall; Hmm? Total Recall? Oh Never Mind! How I found It, but Buzz did a Rap Song with Snoop Dog-Dog a few years ago.

And thus, while I’ve got ZERO Clue if the golden Knights will come up All Sevens in their Quest to hoist the Stanley Cup triumphantly, all they’ll need is? What is it Buzz? sing it Buzz! All You Need, is the Rocket Experience…

VIDEO: The Rocket Experience Song

Uhm, perhaps that’ll be the Houston Rockets NBA Championship victory son instead? Oh Never Mind! That’s a “Hole Nutter” story for another day…

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Spring Blitz: Swedish Superstar Scores twice while Knocking off ‘Ol Man Winter’s rust, Catches The “Chicken Skins” in Debut

April 13th, 2018 · No Comments

Ah, it’s the Month ‘O May, Uhm, wait Ah Minute, that’s a whole different Story; Hya! As many of Yuhs are probably going Ga-Ga over some Madness in March right now, Eh? Whale’ it was March when I began honing this finely crafted Sportyblog post; but I digress…

As I’m Ah-thinkin’, think Pink! That the National Football League’s annual Free Agency Pass Rush is a distant memory now. As Arse-sumedly Y’all are Frothing’ over the impending NFL Draft?

NFL: Winners, Losers and Biggest Questions on Day 1 of 2018 Free Agency

And although “Mr. Sporty” may not find it funny; Ha-Ha? I found it Hilarious that one of Seattle’s biggest Mouthpieces Sherm’ immediately signed a contract with the Division rival San Francisco 49ers a lone, single, solitary day after being cut loose from the Seahawks!

As Richard Sherman was just another Salary Cap casualty according to Seattle’s GM John “Not Bo duke” Schneider.

NFL. Looking at how NFC West was redone. Rams and the San Francisco 49ers do a bang-up job to flip the division upside down

Meanwhile I heard it via The Grapevine. If Yuhs Sports Fans in The Raisin State are looking for some way to spend your Tax Refund, perhaps Y’all will wish to put a down payment upon one of Los Angeles newest coming attractions, where a shiny new padded seat will cost you a small fortune…

New football stadium’s best seats will come at a price. Rams’ top season tickets will have $100,000 seat license. Chargers ask $75,000

Yet with The Boys ‘O Summer now having ended Spring Training, many Major League Baseball Fans eyeballs are squarely focused upon the lowly Los Angeles Angels newest Superstar. Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani, who at age 23 is hoping to become MLB’s first two way sensation since the late Babe Ruth.

Shohei Ohtani, Angels undaunted by rocky spring: ‘He’s going to wow us,’ says Mike Trout

And although Ohtani’s definitely wound-up his Fastball to sixth-gear, and is currently wowing Angels Fans with glimpses of his impending Super-Stardom. I’m more intrigued over the forthcoming Showdown between the “Grasshopper” and the Master. When Shohei comes to Safeco Field to square off against the Seattle Mariners beloved ichiro Suzuki.

A different side of Ichiro emerges in return to Mariners

And while it’s hard to believe that it’s already time for the NBA Playoffs, with Ice Hockey skating towards the impending Stanley Cup finals, I’ve been more intrigued lately over Major League Soccer’s newest European sensation, for whom I have trouble pronouncing his last name, Ya Sure Yuh Betcha!

Although the 36yr old Swedish Superstar Zlatan Ibrahimovic, obviously in the twilight of his Football career, seems to have chosen the right MLS Franchise and City to land in. Having simply announced his arrival to La-La Land with a full page Advert in the Los Angeles Times saying” You’re Welcome LA!

HE’S HARD TO IGNORE. Ibrahimovic has enormous talent and an even bigger ego, which make him a perfect fit for Los Angeles

As I just simply chortled out loud to myself, after Ibrahimovic’s Cinderella debut vs. cross-town rivals Los Angeles FC, that the Galaxy had just spent the best $3.2 million dollars ever!

Laughing loudly when reading how Zlatan said, How Do you Say? I got the Chicken Skins; Err Goose Bumps after scoring the winning goal…

SOCCER. GALAXY 4, LAFC 3. Ibrahimovic makes presence felt in a flash

Alas, although Spring may have Arrived? It seems that Mother Nature was telling us here in the Pacific Northwest to not jump the starting gun just quite yet. As the yearly AMA Supercross event came to Seattle’s Century Link Field Saturday, April 7th and the track was a virtual Mud-bog due to the continuous deluge ‘O Wet Stuff we’re being continuously Bombarded with! As Century Link Don’t Have NO Stinkin’ Retractable Roof!

Not to mention the Mariners vs. Minnesota Twins game being Snowed Out! Whilst some Bald Eagle wanted to see how the weather was atop our “Big Maple Leaf” James Paxton’s shoulder; Cymbol Crash please! Although we’ve at least turned the corner, or is that a 6-4-3 Somme-thun’ Baseball play metaphor?

since soon before your rambling Sportyblog el Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy knows it, it’ll be Memorial Day weekend and time to G-O watch Danica Patrick’s final race before retiring. But that’s another story for a different day…

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So, Just How GURR-REAT! Really was this year’s Great American Race?

March 6th, 2018 · No Comments

Fortunately I’ve gotten somewhat savvy enough to know to wait ’til at least half of the race’s scheduled broadcast time’s passed before turning on Thy Telie!

Although for once, inexplicably, I couldn’t stands its No more! Which was probably due to another miserable winter we’re having here in the Pacific Northwest!

Hence, I turned Thy Telie’ on for Background noise whilst making myself a Ham Sandwich for luch; Hya! But why were they only on Lap-26 at 12:33PM, an hour after the green flag had supposedly been waved?

Since the last DayToner’ 500 I can recall watching was when ‘Ol Monty, who was also given the moniker of Mac Montoya upon switching allegiances over from Formula 1 to Roundy-rounds RASSCAR’ Wayback at the end of ‘06, in deference to eatin’ at some Golden Arches franchise…

As unbelievably Juan Pablo Montoya H-I-T the Jet-blower drying the track during the 2012 event; Aye Karumba! As what’s that song ’bout Great Balls ‘O fire?

VIDEO: 2012 Daytona 500 Juan Pablo Montoya Crashes into Jet Dryer

Then again, it was Queen Danica’s final NASCAR Stock Car race, since she’s still got one race remaining in her esteemed “Danica Double.” Yuhs know when Danica Patrick takes the green flag for the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend; Chirp-Chirp, Crickets?

Yet besides the inclement weather, which was just Rain at that point here in Seattle… I suppose I was somewhat curious, since the media was doing a good job of gettin’ us all ah-lather over the new “Brat Pack,” which will hopefully deliver the TAxicabland Bombers into the future.

Baby Faces: Cup Series flooded with New Drivers

And whilst it would be like “Shooting Fish in a Barrel,” regarding NASCAR’s plummeting TV Ratings numbers, with this year’s just completed Daytona 500’s dropping a massive 23%. for comparison, this year’s just concluded Winter Olympics dropped 17%.

And while I know of one fellow IndyCar Blogger who continually beats thou Drum of how it’s television ratings are on the Rise; Tuh-Duh!

It’s pretty Sad commentary since, that’s the only way they had to G-O from there, having floundered in the 0.2-03% Nielsen ratings category previously. Meaning if they dropped any further, the series would be Dead.

Nope instead, and hang on Sports Fans, specifically Y’all Stick ‘N Ball devotees, this rants supposed to be ’bout the Drivers, for which I have to give some extremely small Kudos to NASCAR, since after its 14 years Diversity programme netted a whopping 10% Diversity.

As this year’s DayToner’ 500 featured a woman, a Mexican, a driver of Cuban descent and one African American. With Dan-Dan-Danica, Daniel Suarez, Aric Almirola and Darrell Wallace, Jr. respectively claiming four of the race’s 40 starting positions.

2018 Daytona 500 Entry list

Yet ironically Almirola takes over the seat Danica previously held at Stewart Haas Racing this year Fulltime. While Suarez, who’s just beginning his second Cup season, has already scored nearly twice as many Top-10 finishes (12) in one season vs. Danica’s entire six-plus year career. (7)

But as one door seemingly closes upon motor racing, i.e.; the loss of Danica Patrick and female drivers in general. Since motor racing is one of the few sports today which isn’t gender biased, i.e.; separate Men’s and Women’s categories, albeit Thars one backwards looking European organization trying to wreck that…

Females Racing in Men’s World…

Yet, the timing seems Apropos, instead I find Darrell “Bubbah” Wallace, Jr’s Swagger and Persona immensely refreshing, especially since he’s all of 24yrs old, and now seemingly has the entire nation’s Spotlight upon him. Whale’ at least the Nascar Nation’s since he drives for none other than “the King!” Formally known as Richard Petty, Stock Car’s most successful ever Driver! who by the way, has won the most Daytona 500’s with a record seven victories.

Bubba Wallace, Nascar’s African American star, takes on tracks and the trolls

And whilst I’ve known casually of Bubbah Wallace since his breaking into NASCAR’s Craftsman; Err Camping World PickemUps’ Trucks series. Not to mention Lewis Hamilton, who’s been decimating the Formula 1 world the past four years. Who as the reigning F1 world Champion is seeking to join only two other drivers in the Sports History as Five-times World Champions this year.

Instead, it’s another driver I knew the mane of, but not his ethnicity who I’m more impressed with. As his name is Jann Mardenborough, who went from the unlikely avenue of “Gamer” to race winning driver, who’s currently carving out his niche in International Sports Car racing.

Whilst it would be super easy to make some Wisecrack about a Nut in the White House who just celebrated his favourite month of the year. Not to mention having to endure watching a Black Man nearly win his beloved racing series premiere event!

Nope instead, I’ll point Y’all towards another unheralded African American racer, who’s a multi-time champion himself, and who I recently listened to in a great interview.

Antron Brown on Excellence and His Mentor…

While Oh Yeah, That Great American Race? NOT really so great if Yuhs ask me. Besides the three hours ‘O Commercial breaks… Thars just somme-thun’ fundamentally wrong with simply Nurfing your fellow competitor outta duh way to Win Duh Race!

As I know one of NASCAR’s time honoured slogans is “Racin’s Rubbin’, but SHIT! There’s just NO Sport in Crashing somebody purposely into the Wall at nearly 200mph in order to be victorious… As Y’all cannot get away with that on the Freeway, Righto?

and lastly, it’s pretty funny how all of the speculation leading up to the race is how the two Americun’ Auto Manufacturers were chasin’ that pesky foreign jobber’, i.e.; Toyota, since guess who won the race?

Chevy, Ford working to catch Toyota

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A True Pacific Northwest Madman?

February 15th, 2018 · No Comments

If you’re one of the few, the Brave… Who read’s these meandering Sportyblog stories, then Y’all know that your El Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy went Cold Turkey upon this year’s Super Bowl LII. Or in “New Money,” as Formula 1 Pundit Steve Matchett would say: 52; as New Money’s European Slang verbiage.

Instead I just watched; Err listened to the first 10mins of the Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl XIV, which I think we all can figure out equals 14, Righto? Since just couldn’t discern how much of that Puppy Luv I could handle; Hya!

Although I’ll admit it was a Wee bit tough not checking thou score via my telephone hotline, but I simply didn’t want to know, especially since those Dastardly Patriots were Thar once again; BARF!

A few weeks before, or may be it was the week before? I swear I heard the comment via The Seattle Times that Doug Pederson, Head Coach of the Philadelphia Eagles was the first coach from Washington to go to the Super Bowl.

Which naturally, now afterwards, having spent at least an hour’s time searching Al Gore’s wondrous invention, thee Internetz’; Hooah! Naturally I cannot find the story or the quote, but bizarrely I found that a story which makes NO sense seems to typically come up first when I query is Doug Pederson from Washington?

Super Bowl 2018 Secret: Doug Pederson is actually Don Draper’s youngest son from Mad Men’

Having never watched this Madmen TV Show, which I don’t know if it’s even still on the Airwaves? I’m quite Cornfuzed over who this Donald Draper character is?

And even more confused over this alleged five year age gap in the young Messer Pederson’s so called background. As say it isn’t so? Is this some of that Fake News that’s sweeping thou Nation?

Philadelphia Eagles coach Doug Pederson is the pride of Ferndale right now

But it’s pretty funny to Mwah, as I’ve just learned probably more ’bout the Eagles Head Coach Doug Pederson than I was planning to; cymbol Crash please!

As he was indeed born in Bellingham, Washington, and just gave himself, family ‘N friends his bestest Birthday present ever! As he reportedly just became the B-I-G’ 5-OH! January 31st.

Doug Pederson played QB for Ferndale High School for three seasons, beginning in his Sophomore year, and reportedly compiled a 24-6 record while at the controls of the Golden eagles.

Then he played Quarterback for Louisiana-Monroe in College before becoming a Backup QB to such luminaries as Brett “Polaroid” Favre and Dan Marino. Even winning a ring as Favre’s Clipboard holder in Super Bowl XXXI in ‘97! Ironically, when the Green Bay Packers defeated the New England Patriots.

Although No idea if Tom Brady was the Pat’s starting QB Wayback then? Hya!

Then, as I sat listening to another countless CD Audiobook, the sounds ‘O multiple Conchs shells Ah-blowin’; Err, a cacophony of BOOM-BOOM Fireworks erupted outside around 7:22PM Pacific, for which I knew meant Duh Game was over! Now all I needed to do was find out if the right team had won?

And instead of simply checking my telephone Hotline’s NFL Scores section, I called a good friend in Oregon, for which I even overlook some of their feverish Oregon Ducks obsession! along with their allegiance to the 40WHINERZ! (San Francisco 49ers)

As I was thoroughly delighted to hear that, what All of the nation already knew. That the right team had won!

As my friend Jeannie extolled, if I could have only seen the look upon ‘lil Terrible Tommy’s face! After Brady had fumbled, ultimately losing the game!

Having since learned that the Philadelphia Eagles winning score was actually a lot closer then it sounded when I heard 41-33. As Philly’s Nick Foles reportedly scored the go-ahead TD with just 2:21 remaining!

As there’s so many good things ’bout the Eagles victory, including “Breaking their Duck!” Of having gone winless in their previous Super Bowl appearances, and finally winning their first Lombardi trophy since 1960!

Whilst those adorable puppy dogs of Team Ruff ‘n Fluff were once again playing for the LamBarkie trophy instead; Wuf-wuf!

While it’s also great that Nick Foles, who was the team’s Backup QB until Carson Wentz went down with a torn ACL (and LCL) in Week 14 of the regular season, not only won in his first Super Bowl start, but was also named the game’s MVP.

As much has been made of Philadelphia’s attention to detail, including Foles catching his one pass, which was for a touchdown No less! While Tom Brady was Butterfingers!

And lastly, as I was unawares’, but thanks to “Mr. Sporty,” for which I randomly dribble out these Sportyblog posts for Y’all. I had NO idea that Foles went to U of A, formally known as University of Arizona, and was a Wildcat’s QB for three years: 2009-11, after having transferred from Michigan.

Then ironically being taken in the 2012 NFL Draft’s third round by the Eagles, before returning for his second stint in Philly last year…

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TwitterDumb: Two Politicians enter the Arena of Twisted Tweets. None Walk Out the Wiser…

February 15th, 2018 · No Comments

Yeah, that’s kind of like one of those Two Men Walk Into a Bar Jokes… Except this time it AIN’T Funny! Albeit I’m not surprised by thee leading Buffoon merrily tweeting away his visceral nothingness! whilst the other’s a No-Name wanna-be Representative from Indiana…

Doyel: Edwin Jackson’s death is a tragedy, not a political opportunity for Trump

Presumably, by now Y’all have heard of the tragedy befalling the Indianapolis Colts Linebacker Edwin “Pound Cake” Jackson, whom along with his Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe were both killed by a Drunk Driver the night of Super Bowl LII, or 52 for All of us Roman numerically challenged…

While the tragedy in Indianapolis is horrible, I found Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel’s article upon the tragedy of the two men very refreshing, as Doyel correctly points out that Jackson was a person, who at age 26 is GONE! And isn’t a Tool for somebody’s Political Madness!

As how long will we have to hear this ceaseless rhetoric? Like seriously Donald, who’s gonna clean all of your Hotel’s bathrooms and make their beds? Keep your Golf Greens tidy and wash your Dishes…

And how come NOT one iota’s been mentioned about the unheralded Uber driver Jeffrey Monroe? Or as Doyel correctly points out, All of the other unnamed people killed by Drunk Drivers every day!

And although I’m not exactly a fan of the Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay’s, for once I have to applaud him, and the Colts organization for standing behind one of its players, and doing the Right Thing… Especially for somebody struck Down in the Prime of their life. along with his hapless Chauffer who also have miles to go…

Jim Irsay to pay for Edwin Jackson, Jeffrey Monroe’s funerals after tragedy

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