Sporty Blog - The Sport Blog

Sporty Blog - The Sport Blog header image 1

Santa Skips Bringing Pacific Northwest Sports Teams Any Presents…

December 23rd, 2021 · No Comments

Whale’, My Blinkin’ confuzers were certainly being Naughty for Almost the entire year of 2020! As your Blind El Senor Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy struggled thru a litany ‘O Computing Problemas! Most notably trying to get my new and most definitely Not improved Zoomtext Screen Readers to interface with my winDOUGHS 10 Confuzer! As I was constantly Bitchin’ when Jockeying back ‘N forth between my Trusty ‘Ol winDOUGHS 7 Puter’ and my Forced Arse-simulation to Ye Oh, So Wonderful World ‘O winDOUGHS 10, SPEW!

Technology Rears It’s Ugly Head Again…

Thus I’d originally planned to scribble here about how the outcomes of Seattle’s top two Football teams compared last year. Even though the Seattle Sounders FC faired Mucho Better in the Playoffs vs. that Seahawks Pigskin team.

Although obviously last year’s Seahawks team’s outcome was far better than this year’s. As the 2020 Seahawks finished 12-4 in the regular season and won the NFC West Division for the first time since 2016. They also broke the team record for most points in a season with 459 vs. the 2005 record of 452, which if I recall, was the first time the Hawks ever went to the Super Bowl Hut Hut, Omaha?

Yet it wasn’t to be, as Seattle lost in the Wild Card Playoffs to the L.A. Rams 30-20, being their first Home Playoffs lost since ironically losing to the Rams Wayback in ’04…

Meanwhile the Sounders, who I believe finished second in the MLS Western conference? Hey, that was a Gory year ago! Looked like they were well on their way to Back-to-Back Major League Soccer (MLS) Cup Championship wins! Beginning by dispatching the L.A. Galaxy 3-1. Then Defeating Dallas One-Nil, (1-0) before the Comeback of the Century! As I still fondly recall that Insane match against those Pesky “Loons,” when Minnesota FC had the Gall to go ahead Two-Nil on Seattle’s Home Pitch in the 67th minute of the match.

And instead of doing my normal “Fair Weather” Sounders FC MLS Playoffs run, I begrudgingly told myself to keep listening and Not turn off the Bloody match!

For which the unthinkable happened, as the Sounders not only tied the match 2-2 late in the game, but I recall saying Out loud that Seattle’s gonna win!

As Seattle served up the comeback of the Decade! Ultimately scoring three times in 18 minutes, beginning with Will Bruin putting Seattle on the Board in the 75th minute. Then Raul Ruidiaz scored the “Equalizer’ in the 89th minute, knotting the score 2-2, Yeah Baby! And then the most unlikeliest of All sounders, Midfielder Gustav Swenson capped the game winning score with a Header in the 93rd minute of Stoppage time, with the Rave Green Home Fans going Beserkoe!

Thus Seattle advanced to it’s fourth MLS Cup appearance in five years as the reigning MLS Cup Champions. including their 2016 victory against Toronto FC. Then losing to Toronto the following year and Defeating Toronto 3-1 at Home in 2019’s MLS Cup “Rubber Match!”

SoccerClaus’ comes to Century Link Field early!

Yet it immediately became apparent that the Sounders had used up All Nine lives against Minnesota and just appeared Flat vs. the Columbus Crew, who’d ultimately Shred the Sounders for a Three-Nil (3-0) MLS Cup victory

Yet you’d have to say that this year’s outcome for the majority of Seattle’s Professional Sporting Franchises hasn’t exactly been Jolly, since it appears that those beleaguered Seattle Mariners might be the Emerald City’s Darlings with their unexpected 90 wins season and flirting with making the MLB Playoffs for the first time in 21 Freakin’ years All the way up to the final regular season’s game…

Whilst that other Jet City Franchise Nobody talks about, the WNBA’s Seattle Storm finished third in the Western Conference (21-11) and Quietly lost to the Phoenix Mercury in the second round of WNBA Playoffs.

And the Jury’s still out on the City’s newest Franchise, the Kraken, playing thar NHL Debutante Hockey season this Fall. But Don’t expect them to repeat the Las Vegas golden Knights Expansion Season “Miracle On Ice” and go All the way to the Stanley Cup Finals in their first year…

Strangest thingy’ of All, here upon thoust Oregon Coast I cannot manage to get many Sounders FC matches on Thy Telie, as they seem to have an affinity for showing those Dreaded Portland Timbers FC instead, I Dunno Why, Hya!

Thus, guess I was being a bit Naughty, Eh? Since I ultimately ended up just “Watching,” Err listening to two Full 2021 MLS cup Playoff matches this year. Naturally beginning with whom will forever be my Home Team, now being a Diehard Rave Green Fan in Oregon!

Finishing as the second seed in the Western Conference, Hosting the lowly seventh seed Real Salt Lake (RSL) at Looman Field, this appeared to be a Cakewalk, and nothing more then simply a tune-up for Seattle’s future opponents, Righto?

But Seattle’s going 0-6 in it’s last six regular season matches should have been an ominous warning, even if Jordan Morris made his first MLS Start in nearly a year? Since he’d torn his second ALS while trying to latch on for Swanzy City’s English Premiere League Across thou Puddle.

But you can’t say that Seattle didn’t try, with a total of 21 Shots, albeit just 2 On Target and One Hitting the Crossbar in the 73rd minute. Along with taking a ridiculous 15 “Set Pieces” corner kicks.

As Real Salt Lake took an unheard of Zero Shots! Becoming the First team in MLS History to ever go 90mins in a Playoff game with Zero Shots! Although the longer the match went, the more apparent it became that RSL’s whole match philosophy was to force the game into Penalty Kicks and see who’d prevail? Which is exactly what happened after 120 scoreless minutes.

Sounders Goalkeeper Stefan Frei Blocked the third RSL player’s PK’, but was Off his line prematurely once again! As I cannot recall which regular season match it was? But Frei had done the exact same thing, and sadly with the exact same outcome!

Retaking the Shot, which naturally goes into back of Net. RSL’s Goalie, who’s a real piece ‘O work stops Seattle’s 6th PK Shot. And then Frei gets one hand/finger on following shot but it deflects into net and Sounders are Stunned in Defeat! Failing to advance past the first round since 2013!

Although I originally hadn’t intended to, I reluctantly decided to “Watch, “ Err listen to my second and final MLS Playoffs match, being the MLS Cup between those Dastardly Portland Timbers and the Upstart New York City Football club on December 11th. Since ironically my last MLS match attended in the Jet City was the Sounders vs. Portland Wayback in 2018 when some other Star was making a bunch ‘O noise…

The Day LeBron tried to Upstage Soccer

This match ultimately would eerily foreshadow Seattle’s earlier Home Field Playoffs outcome, with Portland Hosting NYC FC at a raucous Providence Park Stadium in the Rose City.

Believe it was ABC’s Colour commentator Taylor Twellman proclaiming that New York City had seemed to handle the onslaught of Portland at Home very well during the first 15-plus minutes of play. Before Valentin Castellanos, the reigning MLS Golden boot winner used his ‘Ol Noggin’ instead of his shiny gold boot to give NY City FC a One-Nil lead in the 41st minute of the first Half.

Also believe it was Twellman who said it was the 93rd minute? But All of the other Talking Heads said it was the 94th minute. Regardless I just sat Shocked and Dumbfounded after lead Play-by-Play Announcer John champion proclaimed “It’s Now or Never!” As Portland miraculously Slammed Home the Ball into the back of NYC FC’s Net to notch the match 1-1 with a scant Nine seconds rmaining in regulation time, Aye Karumba!

As the Portland timbers Army had basically gone Quiet in the waning minutes of the second Half when it appeared New York City was on it’s way to it’s first major championship title, before Providence Park Stadium simply Erupted like a volcano in Jubilation over the Timbers last gasp Goal!

As the 30 minutes Overtime drug on, I firmly believed we were headed to another PK Shootout. And after first begrudgingly thinking I had to root for Portland, Gasp! I found myself wishing for New York City to be victorious instead.

As I hadn’t realized until late into the match, that Seattle and Portland have represented the Pacific Northwest the last seven consecutive times, Seattle leading Portland 4-3 in MLS Cup appearances. And if the Timbers were victorious, then they’d be tied with the Sounders as MLS Cup champions 2-2.

Thus I laughed in astonishment when NYC FC claimed not only their first major Championship, but captured their first MLS Cup title in only their seventh season, winning over Portland in a Penalty Kick Shootout!

As the TV Broadcast Pundits were quick to point out it being New York’s first major Championship since that Star Studded (New York) Cosmos squad including the Great Pele and Franz Beckenbauer Defeated the original North American Soccer league’s (NASL) Seattle Sounders 2-1 in Soccer bowl 77, ironically held at Portland’s then Civic Stadium, now renamed as Providence Park, home of the MLS Portland Timbers…

Alas, Seattle keeps it’s lead of MLS Cup Championships 2-1 vs. Portland, who’s lone victory was in 2015 vs. Columbus Crew, winning one year before Seattle’s first MLS Cup triumph. Followed by losses in 2018 to Atlanta United and then this year’s crushing Defeat to New York City FC…

Meanwhile, “Mr. Sporty” and countless Hawks Fans in the Northwest and elsewhere have been having a very Blue, Blue Christmas! As I’m still in Shock over Hearing the ravenous 12’s accosting Rus’, aka Russell Wilson with a cascade of Boos in the final moments of the second Quarter vs. division rivals Arizona! As the Boos could be clearly Heard over the Talking Heads as Wilson failed to complete two “Gimmee” TD passes in a row before Seattle slinked off-field at Halftime trailing the Cardinals 13-6 at Home, Yikes!

As how the Mighty Seahawks have faltered! Sinking as low as a paltry 3-8 before their two game winning streak was snapped in Los Angeles by those Dreaded Rams 20-10, dropping to 5-9 and ensured Thar first losing season since the year before Wilson arrived, Oops Butterfingers!

Merry Christmas Y’all! And may Santa bring Yuhs some tasty treats for your stockings, Ho Ho Ho!

→ No CommentsTags: Racing · soccer · Misc · NFL Football · NBA Basketball · Uncategorized

Not All Sports Persons Are Turkeys…

November 28th, 2021 · No Comments

Sorry Ye loyal Sportyblog readers for the lack of stories lately. But the Man behind “The Curtain” who posts these Zany sports related stories for your El Senor Blind Sportyblog Scribe Mr. Sporty had Done gone Fishin’. And I myself went on my very first trip outside of Oregon for the first time in two Freakin’ years…

Just before leaving to travel the I-5 Corridor via Amtrak, I really Didn’t feel very motivated to scribble anything Sports related after the Disgusting Gruden Gate episode began Dominating the Daily News “Feeds” I follow.

As I’m not gonna scribble anything definitive about the now former Las Vegas Raiders Head Coach John Gruden’s Disgusting, Horrible Behaviour, other than Good Riddance! Although as The Guardian’s Melissa Jacobs notes, we shouldn’t let the Washington Football Team’s Owner Dan Snyder get away with his continuing repugnant nature!

Email Scandal Cost John Gruden his Job, Dan Snyder Must not Evade Accountability

Yet is it just Mwah? Or is there something worse than the water the Las Vegas Raiders players are apparently Drinking? For which I realize that’s presumably Not even a Funny Ha Ha Pun! Since we All know about Henry Ruggs Killing an Innocent Female when recklessly driving his late model Corvette at speeds up to 156mph in “Sin City” before colliding with the unknowing victim! And that the 22 year old Wide Receiver was found to have a Blood Alcohol level of 0.16, Twice the State’s legal limit.

Yet Ruggs catastrophe precedes the Raiders releasing Damon Arnette who’d posted videos Holding guns and Threatening people, also apparently involved in a Hit and Run Accident, leaving the Female victim with $92,000 in Medical Bills! As both ruggs and Arnette are former No. 1 Draft picks.

All of which makes you wonder how Raiders QB Derek Carr can be so philosophical about everything swirling about the Raiders Nation right now?

Derek Carr’s Treatment of Ruggs and Gruden Highlights his Nuanced Compassion

On my return Amtrak train ride home, a Blowhard got on my car in The City of Roses, aka Portland which the NBA’s Trailblazers call home, Damn, it’s already Basketball season again?

Informing me that he was going to Redding, California before inquiring where I was going? Oh, Eugene’s just a Hop, Skip, Jump from here if we ever get moving he told me.

Although in Amtrak’s defense, we were running considerably late due to the train tracks having been closed for a Police Investigation due to a Freight train having struck a Pedestrian near Sumner, Washington earlier that morning…

As we spent nearly 45mins in Portland loading, He just began trying to strike up a conversation first with me by asking did I know what time it was and how late we were? To which I told him we were now three hours late, pretty much “Straight Up!” And then anybody else in the car since I tired of his pointless questions.

Hey does Anybody know who won Game 2of the World Series? He said Out loud to our nearly Full train car, for which Nobody answered and Hell! I didn’t even know that the World Series had begun or who was playing in it? But when I heard him Clattering on to himself about the Braves vs. Astros, I knew I wanted the Braves to win.

Next he got on the telephone with who he loudly told us was his ex-wife and tried asking other pointless questions to No Avail, since Nobody would answer him.

So he decided it was time to try pushing our “Hot Buttons” by telling us how Great of a President Trump was! I voted for Trump, as he’ll go down in history as one of our greatest presidents! He didn’t have anything to lose, he was already a Millionaire. Yep, he was a great president. He’s somebody you could sit down with and have a cup of coffee…

And then the Amtrak Car Attendant brought him his Heated Buffalo Wings to which first he complained on the telephone to his ex-Wife that he didn’t have anything to open the package with, but they sure looked good. Before the man in front of him passed him a knife to cut the bag open before he began complaining about how Spicy they were!

Hey, do you notice how Nobody answers me whenever I say something or ask a question to Anybody? Bemoaned this Blowhard, which All I could think of was Bill Engvall and “Here’s your sign!” Dip Shit!

VIDEO: “Here’s your Sign!”

And speaking of Baseball, for which I’ve never truly been a Fan of, I’ve just learned about Ed Lucas, a former Blind Baseball Reporter via the New York Times Obituary section.

As your Humble Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy also had a similar experience to Edward’s. Since I lost any passion for the game of Baseball when playing catch with my cousin John as a Wee lad and couldn’t See the Ball he’d thrown me to which I summarily received a bloody Nose for!

Yet I can only imagine how difficult Mr. Lucas’s life was, since after being Blinded from his Detached Retina’s when struck by a line drive he’d Pitched himself in a Sandlot game as a youth, he graduated from College in the early 1960’s before there was anything such as the modern technology of Screen Readers today, for which I rely 100% to scribble these riveting Stick ‘N Ball stories for Y’all upon.

And I found it touching how perennial MLB Hall of Famer Joe Dimaggio sat down next to Ed one day in the late 1970’s in New York Yankees Pressroom and said, put your transistor radio away and then preceded to provide a Play-by-Play description of the entire game Out loud. For which surely Nobody told “Jumpin’ Joe” (Dimaggio) to be Quiet!

Or as much as I Hate the Yankees and Always thought that it’s late owner George Steinbrenner was a total Pompous Arse! I have to applaud him for paying for 350 people to attend Mr. Lucas’s second wedding at the Yankees Stadium, which Steinbrenner had given permission for! And I hope to be able to shortly find a CD Audiobook version of Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story: A Blind Broadcaster’s Story of Overcoming Life’s Greatest Obstacles.

Ed Lucas, Blind Baseball Chronicler Dead at 82

Thus with the impending Turkey Lurkey Holiday fast approaching,
When presumably many of Y’all will be engorged over the day’s three Pigskin games, where I’m certain Nary a Peep will be made about the NFL’s Bad Boy Raiders, or their litany of Horrendous problems!

I prefer focusing upon the Good in Sports, which obviously rules out the Seattle Seahawks right now, especially since Russell Wilson’s had his wings Clipped! While I’d say that the Hawks are Toast this season, even if Rus’ has returned. And won’t even get started about his recent adversary “Professor Rogers” of the Green Bay Packers…

Nope, instead I’ll leave Y’all with another touching story below about Marco Cheseto, a Double Amputee runner who just contested this year’s Boston Marathon and wants to Help others Selflessly…

Marco Cheseto: “I Wanted to Do this for My Own Sanity”

→ No CommentsTags: major news · Misc · NFL Football · Uncategorized

Golfers On The Fringe’

November 1st, 2021 · No Comments

So a few weeks ago or more, Four!

Aw Shit, that Sportyblog story’s Definitely in the Rough! As it’s now been several weeks since I finally Teed Up this El Grande Masterpiece, and have been Ah-lookin’ for it ever since, Uhm Dude thought you played with a No. 9 titlist?

Alas, Wayback’ when your El Senor Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown tommy was doing his Daily perusal of Ye Sports pages via his NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service. Everyday Reuters, the Indianapolis Star and The Guardian amongst others, were chock Oh Block Ah-Foamin’ Almighty over this year’s prestigious Ryder Cup, sigh!

Never having been a Fan of Golf, which ranks right up Thar with Baseball and watching Paint Dry for Mwah! As think I’d rather “watch,” Err listen to a Curling Match instead, but I digress… Naturally I just kept Ah-Punchin’ Next on my telephone when searching in vain for any riveting Sporting News to scribble ‘bout.

Yet just having finished Michael J. Fox’s latest book No Time like The Future: An Optimist Considers Mortality on ‘Ol School CD Audiobook format, the Game of Golf once again reared it’s Ugly Head! As Fox, who presumably everybody knows suffers from Parkinson’s Disease, took up Golf as a Sport he could actually participate in, even if he Never kept Score. Noting bemusedly whenever the subject came up, what do you think my Handicap is? Or Cam Neely once telling him he had L.O.F.T. And when Fox asked what that meant? Neely Dryly replied Loss Of Fucking Talent, Yikes!

As fox describes how he tries to get everything ready the night before his “Insane” early Tee times and not wishing to wake up his wife Tracy. Noting how triple checking everything the night before, invariably something will go wrong.

So he’s getting dressed at Gory 6AM whilst trying to not disturb Tracy when he notices he’s got two left Golf socks, Ah Shit! As he can hear his Dad saying well, Thars two right ones somewher in the sock drawer…

But he’d have to go back in the bedroom and wake up Tracy, so he decides he’ll just “Deal with It.”

Funniest part of the whole book for Mwah is Fox describing how his Foursome always lets him Tee off first. He describes how it typically takes 10-15mins to get his golf ball to stay upon the “wooden dowell,”.excuse my lack of golf equipment terminology. As it falls off the “Tee?” Ah-Many times and nobody helps him, which is how he wants it.

So he’s finally all set to tee off, discussing to make sure his hips are positioned correctly, Left foot, right foot planted, relax your grip, steady, follow thru on Oh Shit, two left golf socks AUGH! As his golf ball careens off course and into the parking lot and nearly hits another member…

Golfers On the Fringe
Golfers On the Fringe

Two Teams came to Play
One Team left in Dismay
With Bloody England on the Road
And a Trophy Out on loan

Golfers On the Fringe

DeChambeau Crushed another golf Ball
He’s Raging like A bull
Whistled it Strait like an Arrow
Down the Fairway
England better Get Outta the Way
If you give Dechambeau a Golfball
He’s the Mad “Scientist” After All and He’ll gory Make you Pay…

Golfers On the Fringe

England’s Gotta Hit the Pin
England’s Gotta Hit the Pin
Their Ryder Cup Depends
England’s in the Rough Again

Golfers On the fringe
Golfers On the Fringe

Two Teams came to Play
One Team left in Dismay
With Bloody England on the Road
And a Trophy Out on loan

Golfers On the Fringe
Golfers On the Fringe
Golfers On the Fringe
Golfers On the Fringe

With Apologies to Thee Lizard King’, Ray ManZarek and the rest of The Doors!

But it just made me laugh when I began thinking of this Oh, So Finely Honed, Four-Four-Four! Oh Shit Duck Man, Four!

Uhm, what was I Saying? OH Yeah, it just made a “Crooked Stick,” Err Smirk turn into a toothy Grin upon my Mug! Over my really Bad rendition of one of The Doors greatest songs…

Even if ‘Ol Jimmy Morrison, or is that Mr. Mo Jo Risson? And Ray-Ray’ (ManZarek) are Rolling Over in Thar Graves…

As Riders on The Storm was the final song Jim Morrison recorded before his Death some 50 years ago in Paris, along with the last being released while he still was Alive. And it’s somewhat hard to fathom that this Classic Rock Song, which was released Wayback in June, 1971 is now a Half Century Old, and still sounds as Great as Ever!

VIDEO: The Doors – Riders On the Storm
And since I Don’t give Ah-Flyin’ Sand Wedge about Golf! May be somebody can explain to me the significance of the Bi-annual ryder Cup? And why it’s such a Big Dealio?

Since surely the next time in 2023 across thou Gory Puddle when Bloody England plays on Home soil, it’ll just be a painful memory for the Queen and All of her loyal subjects over how badly they were Defeated at Whistling Straights in Wisconsin! And I Say, with Thar Stiff Upper lips, Revenge, err Defeat will be firmly expected…

And as the late Kurt Vonnegut once famously penned: And “so It goes…”

→ No CommentsTags: Misc

Two Cities Collide…

September 10th, 2021 · No Comments

Yeah, You’re All probably ah-lather’ over some ‘lil Pigskin Series Kicking Off it’s season right about now, Hut Hut, Omaha, Oh Never Mind!

As your El Senor Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy hasn’t even botherd paying Attenzione to the just concluded NFL Preseason, nor does he know how his team the Tennessee Titans faired? Or for that matter any teams including the Seattle Seahawks or Arizona Cardinals.

Since it’s Funny Ha Ha? How I know for Feverish “Stick ‘N Ball” Sports Fans who All root passionately for one team apiece in the vaunted NFC West Division, but I digress…

Alas, I guess the Big News outta The Valley of The Sun, albeit dated now is that soon to be Hall of Famer Wide Receiver Larry Fitzgerald has said he’s not feeling the “love,” Err groove to play Football right now, which I’m told is related to his Quarterback’s Swollen Head according to another Arizona Cardinals Fan…

Which sent me down another Wabbithole’, thinking of how Seattle’s faired better on the ledger side of ultimate glory, i.e.; Championships won vs. Phoenix.

Since we know that both NFL Franchises hve played in the Super Bowl with Mr. Sporty’s Beloved Seattle Seahawks having Trounced Payton Mannin’s Denver Broncos 43-8 in Super bowl XLVIII, or simply 48 for those of Yuhs Roman Numerally Challenged Wayback in 2014!

And Ditto for round Ball, as those long ago Seattle Super Sonics won the NBA title Wayback in 1979 vs. the then Washington Bullets, whilst I was pulling for the Phoenix Suns this past July vs. the Milwaukee Bucks.

All of which apparently got me reminiscing about Uhm what did ‘Ol Bruce call ‘em? Oh yeah, Glory Days. Err, In the Wink of an Eye, glory Days…

Since a few months ago now, I was talking “Round Ball” with a friend, who’s even less of a Stick ‘N Ball Aficionado than Mwah, Hya! Got me thinking ‘O Yesteryear, when I actually Drove a Car and went to NBA Basketball games in a different lifetime, since have I told Y’all I’m Blind lately?

My two most favourite players in order were both Philadelphia 76ers, beginning with the Hall of Famer “dr. J,” aka Julius erving. And then I quickly became a fan of whom was routinely called “The Round Mound of Rebound!”

And although Charles Barkley began playing as a Rookie for the 76ers in ’84. I didn’t actually see him play in person until I started going to NBA games at the Coliseum with former Co-Worker Marcus ‘between 1986-87.

Since I can still remember seeing Dr. J Skying in Key Arena and know I saw Barkley playing alongside him, not to mention having gone to Julius’s final NBA game in Seattle. Whilst I can still vaguely see Sir Charles in my mind as a young Philadelphia player in a plain white Sixers’ uniform with Buzz Cut Hairdo, which obviously was a long, long time ago…

AnyHoo’, “Sir Charles” quickly became my Numero Uno NBA player, even if he was the enemy! As the Highlight of the multiple games I attended with Mar, at whatever for Mwah will always be known as The Coliseum at Seattle Center, although it later became known as Key Arena, and No idea what it’ll be called this winter when Seattle’s NHL Franchise begins it’s inaugural season. As the team just finished paying it’s $650m as in Millions Franchisee Fee! But I digress further…

As I was saying, my Zenith of NBA games was attending the 1993 Western Conference Finals, when the Seattle Super Sonics played the Phoenix Suns. As I had to look it up, since I’d guessed it was ’92, so pretty close, Eh? Which means I could be wrong, since I no longer remember what game it was, although my memory sez’ Game 3, when Mark and his friend Jim and I sat behind one of the baskets, halfway up from the floor and could see the whole court! And I thnk we payed an “Outrageous” $45 per ticket, Crikeys! Than probably wouldn’t even get’s Yuh a SRO ticket these days, Righto?

But I’ll never forget Sir Charles (Barkley) going Mano e Mano Shawn Kemp! As Kemp came straight at us and attempted Dunking on Barkley, who clearly Fouled him, and the Ref’ called it. Barkley went Buhzirkoe’ and raced over to the Scorers table, and if I recall correctly? Even jumped atop the table Yelling and Screaming, and next thingy Yuhs know, the Announcer said over the PA system there is No Foul, there is No foul, Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot! As I’ll never forget that outrageous sequence!

And I can still recall Kemp yelling Yo G! When Skying for a Dunk, as G’ was “The Glove,” aka Gary Payton. Whilst other memorable players were the “X Man,” Xzavier McDaniel, “tommy gunner,” aka Tom Chambers who ironically later went to the Suns. Nate McMillan, Benoit “Lazyboy” Benjamin, Russ Schone and, well I’d have to look up the others, although suddenly I can see “Downtown Freddy Brown 2.0” Scowling at Mwah! As Dale Ellis never seemed Happy, even when lighting up Key Arena with a propensity of 3 Pointer long balls…

As Mark & I attended games yearly during the Bernie Bickerstaff and George Karl Super Sonics Coaching era, along with having actually gone to the Spectrum once when on an East Coast Holiday to see Sir Charles, since I can still fondly recall Shouting Muh-Nute’ from the Nose Bleed seats in the Rafters when Manute Bol played for Philadelphia. But I soon fell out of caring about the NBA afterwards, presumably since I could no longer drive to games? And definitely after that Clown Clay Benadict Awnold’ Bennett moved the Sonics to OkeyDokey-town’ over a decade ago.

Whilst Mark and I also made many, many trips to the Kingdome to watch the antics of the then perpetually losing Seahawks, as I still delight in the fact of having been in attendance the day that Dave Whoopsey, Butterfingers’ Kreig Broke Dan Fouts record for most Fumbles by an NFL Quarterback! Which I believe was against the Sand Francisco 49ers, but I’d also have to look that up too, to see if I’m correct or if times playing tricks with Ye ‘Ol memory?

But I do find it Hillarious that I actually attended one of the Phoenix Suns last NBA Finals appearance nearly 30 years ago before they returned to the finals this year. And I’ll confess “I Know Nothing!” About either teams current rosters, other than I’ve always thought that Chris Paul was a troublemaker, especially during his long tenure with the Los Angeles Clippers, despite how much Doc Rivers tried to coddle him. But that’s just the opinion of an uninformed Basketball Fan…

But it wasn’t to be, even though the Suns got off to a 2-0 start before the Milwaukee Bucks throttled them and won their first NBA Championship since 1971, Aye Karumba! Only the Franchise’s second ever NBA title, while Phoenix is still trying to win it’s Debutante NBA Championship.

And now fast forwarding to the commencing 2021 NFL Season, where I did “read,” Err listen briefly to an Indianapolis Star article via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service on predicting the NFC West Division. Their Odds claimed that the Los Angeles Rams will win the division followed by the Farty Whiners’, Uhm 49ers and after that I quit listening, although I’m led to believe by that same Arizona Sports Fan who gave me the lowdown on Thar QB that the Cardinals will be really, really Bad this season and thus finish last in their division.

But Seattle finishing third in the NFC West would imply to Mwah that Russell Wilson will be getting Hammered again, being Sacked relentlessly and that the Hawks’ won’t make the Playoffs. But then again like I’ve already said, that’s from an uninformed and not even “Casual” Stick ‘N Ball Sports Fan, so who knows?

Hut Hut, Omaha Indeedy!

→ No CommentsTags: NFL Football

SportyBlog Not the Only Surfer to Wipe Out…

August 9th, 2021 · No Comments

Although your El Senor Scribe Touchdown Tommy’s never gotten in thou water so to speak, especially since it’s so G-Damn Freezing here upon Ye Oregonian Coast! And even if I was so brave to don a wetsuit and try paddlin’ out into Ye Breakers ‘O Smugglers Cove, I’d be a Nightmare waiting to Happen since I’m blind, Wuh-Wuh-Wuh-Wipeout Indeedy Mates!

Having first reverted back to Ye Trusty ‘Ol winDOUGHS 7 Confuzer for the time being Wayback in March, 2020 whilst Hunkerin’ Down in thou ‘lil Bungalow by the Sea initially during the COVID 19 Pandemic, a la the majority of the Nation and Globe. And then trying to get my brand new Bitchin’ winDOUGHS’ 10 Puter’ Up ‘N Running the majority of last year as yeah, Thar was mondo amounts ‘O Bitching going on here in Thy bungalow by The Sea, but I digress!

Hence, I thought I’d finally try poppin’ up to stand upon thou mythical longboard and try catchin’ a few waves to tide Y’all over, whoever comes to Sportyblog these days Crickets-Crickets, Err Bueller?

As Hawaii was in full “My Corona” Lockdown Mode when I first began attempting to scribble this before thou Confuzer Meltdown! Nonetheless it would have been the ideal place to be climate-wise during the Pandemic, Eh?

Garrett McNamara on Nazare: the Surfer’s Favourite Town in Portugal

 

As the above Guardian article I listened to a long, long time ago now, albeit apparently it was from Thar Archives, Eh? Got me thinking ’bout the ultra Bad Arse Big Wave surfer Garrett McNamara a Wee Bitamyte’ more, causing me to Flashback to this ‘Ol Sportyblog post on my last trip to Thee Big Island, which should leave a Warm Glow in everybody’s Hearts, Aloha!

Change of Scenery, Seasons, Fresh Breezes from Hawaii make a World ‘O Difference…

 

Actually the impetus for this long forgotten, washed out in thoust receding foam of the Pacific Ocean’s Hawaain froth was casually following American Surfing legend Kelly slater’s desires to compete in this year’s Debutante Olympics Surfing event which I was reading, err listening to via my NFB Newsline for The Blind’s telephone service until Yuhs Guessed it! The Newsline’s Guardian “News Feed” got summarily Wiped Out! Ergo No Guardian Newspaper to listen to for several months, Crikeys!

Kelly Slater wants to Surf in Olympics, but his Neighbor is in the Way

 

Although I read that New York times article almost two years ago, Aye Karumba! It was a good story about Slater’s neighbor John Florence and the Cat that brought them together, even if they’re rivals when Surfing! Although the New York Times has a Nasty Habit of Blocking out those of us who wish to read articles from December, 2019 with it’s Digital Paywall, since it told me I’d reached the limit of my “free” Articles when I tried opening it for the Headline, buggers!

But I did read, err listen via The Guardian before it got pummeled by massive Technical Waves Crashin’ Down on it due to the IT Boffins trying to catch one more Pipeline, Oh Never Mind! Since it was the younger “john-John” Florence claiming the second and final USA Men’s team Surfing position in the finals nearly two years ago…

Kelly Slater Misses Cut, John-John Florence takes Final Olympics Spot

 

But don’t feel too bad for Slater, since he’s not exactly doing nothing, not to mention presumably being one of the richest Pro Surfers and has since focused his Business Attention on the following project that I was initially unaware of.

Pro Surfer Kelly Slater Builds World’s largest Artificial Wave Pool

 

Meanwhile, even though I refused to watch one single, solitary wave, Uhm lick of this year’s ridiculous Tokyo Olympics, I have just learned that indeed two Surfers made History at this year’s Games, with American Carissa Moore taking gold in the Womens and Brazil’s Italo Ferreira taking the gold in the Mens Olympics Surfing events…

Carissa Moore, Italo Ferreira win Surfing’s first Olympic Gold Medals

 

Hang 10!

→ No CommentsTags: olympics


© 2006 Sporty Blog - The Sport Blog. Cutline by Chris Pearson