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Hunting for Nebulous Sports Tie-ins on thou Oregonian Coast…

December 20th, 2018 · No Comments

Otay Sports Fans, once again your El Senor Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy’s struggling to poond out another riveting Sports story for your Consumption, as the Mighty Pacific Ocean nearby relentlessly Churns away…

As I’ve just learned of a new term, Denoted in my telephone news “Severe” Weather Alert for thou Oregonian coast, with a Double Whammy ‘O High Surf & High Wind Warnings. As the message sez’ to be aware of potential “Sneaker Waves” in the High surf of 18-22 foot cresting to 22-25 foot waves; aye Karumba!

As I’ll let Y’all Lookie-Sea’ what a Sneaker Wave is, ‘R Mateys!

Not to mention sustained winds of 35-40mph with Gusts up to 60mph, which means it’s a very good day for me to stay inside my “bungalow by The Sea” during my first Winter’s Storm, Eh!

Alas, if I was savvy enough I’d tune-into “The Voice of The Seahawks” Steve “HOLY CATFISH!” Raible via Seattle’s KIRO 97.3FM via Zed Internetz’, albeit it rightly should be Messer Raible going Hoarse from Yelling his trademark “TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS!” repeatedly by the City by The Bay, vs. them lowly 40-WHINERS’…

but the Webpage wants me to click on some button THAT I CANNOT s-e-e for a new tab which I Don’t understand. So I’ll await Sportyblog’s Chief Technical Officer “Mr. Sporty’s” assistance later, as he’ll be firmly ensconced in thou Days riveting Pigskin Games from morning to night; But I digress…

And speaking ‘O Football, I won’t even bother trying dissecting another Disgusting Domestic violence incident perpetrated by another NFL Football Player. Since presumably Y’all know about the Kansas City Chiefs Star Running Back Kareem Hunt, Righto?

Why Does it take a Video to move NFL to Action against Assaults on Women?

Other than there Absolutely shouldn’t be any “Wiggle room” for anybody displaying such Despicable Behaviour towards others, especially “Star” NFL running Backs, et Al, regardless of taking somebody away from the National Football League’s Capitalistic Gravy train; Hut-Hut Omaha!

Family of Former Kansas City Chiefs Star Kareem Hunt has History of Criminal Behavior

As it seems somewhat ironic, karmic or symbiotic that the tack I’d originally planned to take for this Sportyblog post is nebulously connected to the very same National Football League Franchise, albeit needing to stretch out Dem’ Chains, but you’ll see My Oh, so Clever tie-in hopefully? As I’m going for I-T on 4th and just inches; Hya!

Doing my typical Nightly News Trawl for topics ‘O interest, I ran across the name of Caroline Rose Hunt in the New York Times Obituary section earlier this Fall, for which her last name sounded vaguely familiar.

Hmm? Wracking thy Cranium, I mused to Thyself isn’t (Major League Soccer’s MLS) U.S. Open cup also known as the Lamar Hunt Cup? For which although the Rave Green crumpled in the MLS playoffs to thou rival Portland Timbers earlier this season. Nonetheless, the Seattle Sounders FC have previously made waves in that particular championship.

Sounders FC make Open Cup History

But back to Thy Nebulous Sporting connection, Eh? As I read; Err listened to the Caroline Rose Hunt article via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service, I chuckled to Thyself thinking how I’d never put the connection together before, especially since Caroline’s brothers were so well known for Thar different business exploits.

Caroline Rose Hunt, 95 Dies, Turned Inheritance into Vast Wealth

As the New York Times story denotes, Caroline’s father Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr., better known publicly as H.L. Hunt was a phenomenally rich Oil Tycoon, with various Hunt Petroleum companies, and was apparently prolific in the Bedroom also by squiring fifteen children by three different women over 35yrs.

As H.L. Hunt was believed to possibly be the Richest Man in the World at the time of his Death in 1974, leaving the bulk of his estate to his first seven children, including Caroline, who at one point in time, was the Richest Female in Americre’.

Caroline’s four brothers included H.L> “Hassy” III, Nelson “Bunker,” William “Herbert” and Lamar Hunt. As presumably Mr. Sporty is well acquainted with Bunker & Herbert’s Silver exploits, when they tried cornering the World’s Silver Market, before causing its ultimate collapse on “silver Thursday” in 1980!

whilst Haroldson Lafayette “Hassy” III, the only older brother of Caroline’s is largely ignored, presumably due to his having been given a lobotomy following being diagnosed with Schizophrenia in the early 1940’s.

Yet it’s the Brother’s Hunt’s youngest sibling whom uze “Stick ‘N Ball” Sports Fans will obviously be most interested in, as Lamar, who apparently only dabbled lightly in Bunker & Herbert’s precious metals concern, was a major force in American Professional Sports for over four decades.

Lamar reportedly was a Huge Sports Aficionado his entire life, and even played Football Collegiately, before turning his attentions to Ownership instead.

Having wished to purchase a National Football League Franchise in the late 1950’s via his extreme wealth, the NFL turned him down on the basis of not wanting to over expand. Thus having approached other wealthy entrepreneurs, notably another Texas Oilman named K.S. “Bud” Adams, future owner of the Houston Oilers. These Businessmen led by Lamar, known as the “foolish 8″ created the rival American Football League, better known simply as the AFL in 1959.

Lamar subsequently created his AFL Charter Franchise the Dallas Texans in 1960, who were not related to the NFL’s folded Franchise of the same name playing for one season in ‘52. Before the NFL attempted to Quash his team by inserting their own Texas Franchise, which Y’all might know as the Dallas Cowboys.

With attendance of Lamar’s Texans dwindling, vs. Americres’ Team the Cowboys, he finally moved the team to Kansas City in 1963, becoming the Kansas City Chiefs, and the rest as they say is History.

Lamar is also credited with coining the term Super Bowl, for which he sez’ probably came from his children then playing with a Superball toy. For which Hunt’s Chiefs with his first Head Coach, a man named Hank Scram, later inducted into the NFL’s Hall of Fame won the final rival leagues Championship in 1970, better known as Super Bowl IV today - before the AFL merged with the NFL.

Lamar was also enchanted with another form of Football, one us Yanks’ prefer to calling soccer. As Lamar was instrumental in the formation of the NASL, nee the North American Soccer League, the predecessor to today’s Major League Soccer, for which he was also an initial investor in ‘96.

As Lamar owned the NASL’s Dallas Tornado, which won “Soccer Bowl ‘71,” and then later the MLS’s Kansas City Wizards, known today as Sporting KC. Along with owning the Columbus Crew and FC Dallas.

As noted previously, the U.S. Open Cup, Soccer’s oldest Stateside trophy was renamed the Lamar Hunt Cup in honour of his pioneering role in the development of soccer professionally in North America during both the NASL and MLS leagues.

Lamar also was a minority owner in some National Basketball Association Franchise called the Chicago bulls until his death at age 74 in 2006.

Lamar also co-founded World Championship Tennis, whilst he was unsuccessful in his quest for a National Hockey League Franchise. Being Frozen out of his co-owner bid for what ultimately became the Columbus Bluejackets franchise…

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Pacific Northwest Icon Times Out…

November 8th, 2018 · No Comments

Ah, once again your humble el Senor Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy’s running; Err more like Stumblin’ along in first gear; But I Digress.

As surely by now, Y’all have heard the news that Paul G. Allen has Died at the Age of 65 from Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma disease.

Microsoft Co-founder Paul Allen Dies at Age 65

Mr. Allen, whom many of you in the Sporting World will know was the owner of the Seattle Seahawks NFL Franchise, for which Allen saved the team from the ruinous Ken “bubbah” Bearing, who’d actually tried moving it to “Thee City of Angels,” aka Los Angeles, California early in 1996, before Allen bought the team for $194 million.

As part of Allen’s condition for buying the team and keeping it in Seattle was the passing of a local Bill for Taxpayers to Approve Funding of a New Stadium to replace the aging Kingdome, which first was known as Seahawks Stadium, then QWest Field, when the Hawks’ were in Quest of a Championship! And ultimately as today’s Der Clink’, nee Century Link Field.

But more about those Championship winning Seahawks shortly, since ironically I’m poondin’ out another riveting Sportyblog story right now upon a product of Mr. Allen’s legacy, albeit I’m using a very outdated, retired copy of Microsoft’s Office 2007, which is causing me Fits ‘O Agony right now, but Who Bloody Cares, Righto?

As it seems to me in Motor Racing parlance, Wayback in the Good ‘Ol Dayzes’, when you were either an A.J. Foyt or Mario Andretti Fan, when I was being introduced to the world of Personal Computers you were either a Microsoft Devotee or a MAC’ User, with Apple users Despising the world of MS!

Yet Microsoft’s not been All Shiny, Bunnies ‘N Rainbows for Mwah, as they tried unsuccessfully to Cram their All Digital, Touch screen, Colour Coded “Tiles” Technobabble Down our Throats; Uhm, under our Thumbs? With that Abomination known as Windows 8! For which I specifically had the very Confuzer’ I’m typing on now custom built to utilize Windows 7 instead.

Microsoft Wins the Race!

But back to the world of Stick ‘N Ball Sports since that’s what Y’all are here for presumably, Eh? As I suppose it’s somewhat symbiotic that Paul, Hey Paul really is Dead! As that’s an ‘Ol Beatles line; Hya! Uhm, that Paul’s Left the Building as the Mighty Legion of Boom’s dissipated and the Hawks are in rebuilding mode.

As we All know that under Allen’s watch, the Hawks went to all three of their Super Bowl appearances, Circa 2006, 2014-15 and were victorious in Super Bowl XLVIII when Thrashing some dude named Payton Manning and the Denver Broncos 43-8; YEEHAW!

While Devotees of Roundball, nee Basketball, will know that When at the youthful age of 35, Paul bought the Portland Trail Blazers National Basketball Association Franchise Wayback in 1988 for $70 million “Sawbucks.”

As I tend to recall hearing the story that Allen had a regulation sized NBA Full court “Playground” installed underneath his house upon Mercer Island, or was it Medina?

And when I think of who my good friend Carpets’ likes reminding me of being known as the Jail Blazers, when I think of the Portland Trail Blazers of that era, I immediately think of Clyde “the glide” Drexler, Kevin Duckworth, Terry Porter and Jerome Kersey.

Although I’d forgotten about Head Coach Rick Adelman who led the Blazers to their final two NBA Finals appearances in 1990 and ‘92. When Portland also won their final two of three overall Western Conference Finals, ultimately losing to the Detroit Pistons and Chicago bulls respectively.

According to Folklore, the Blazers a la the Chicago Bears infamous “Icky Shuffle” and accompanying Dance Song wrote two songs of their own, with the Hit Rip City Rhapsody being used during their run-up against those Pesky Detroit Pistons ‘90 Championship Showdown.

VIDEO: Rip City Rhapsody

And whilst rehashing Portland’s History, somehow I’ve totally forgotten that the Seattle superSonics only NBA Finals winning Head Coach and Hall of Fame inductee, thou Great Lenny Wilkens also patrolled the Blazers Bench between 1974-76.

As Wilkens finished his playing career at Portland during the 1974-75 season before solely being Head Coach the following season before subsequently taking over the reins of the SuperSonics.

With Portland’s last nebulous tie-in to Roundball being that current Indiana Pacers Head Coach Nate McMillan was Portland’s leader from 2005-2012. While ironically Nate played Guard during the SuperSonics latter Glory Days for Bernie Bickerstaff and George Karl, where he played his entire NBA career.

And Don’t forget Allen’s Yes Man “Trader Bob,” aka Bob Whitsitt who was General Manager of both of Allen’s Professional Sports Teams, with Whitsitt being instrumental in the building of Seahawks Stadium, hiring Mike “The Walrus” Holmgren and returning the Seahawks to the NFC.

Yet Allen had other interests, or passions, for which I know a little about a few of them, since they’re all related to my former Home, thee Emerald City or Jet City, nee Seattle.

As Allen’s (FHC) Flying Heritage Collection based at Paine Field in Everett, WA boasts a fantastic collection of flying World War II Aeroplanes, for which I used to be able to hear flying overhead towards Lake Washington during Seafair weekend and other times during the year.

And I also know vaguely of his Stratolaunch Systems venture in the Mohave Desert, as Allen’s formerly known Vulcan Aerospace venture, One Small Step; Err part of his
Vulcan Incorporated “Holding” company was building a humungous twin fuselage 747 sized Aircraft to launch Satellites into Space.

Officially known as the Model 351, the World’s largest aircraft sports a wingspan of 385-386 feet, which is longer than either the legendary Spruce Goose’s or a Saturn V rocket!

A Day of Infamy, 75 Years ago…

While the last time I noticed Paul’s name in the news was when recently he Spearheaded a scientific research team that discovered the World War II Battle Cruiser USS Indianapolis in the Philippines at a depth of 18,000 feet during August, 2017.

As the USS Indianapolis was sunk by the Japanese late in the war,
on July 30, 1945. After delivering components of the weapons used for one of the two Atom Bombs subsequently Dropped upon Japan on August 6th and 9th respectively. And was the U.S. Navy’s largest single loss of life during the war.

While on another tangent Allen briefly? Dabbled in exotic cars, since I’ve got zero clue if he was a “Car Guy” or not? With the vehicle in question being one of the Uber Rare Porsche 959’s, for which a scant total of 345 were produced.

As the Ultimate 911 has a storied past here in the Pacific Northwest, as some chap named Gates, perhaps Y’all have heard of him? As in a one Mr. Bill Gates of Microsoft fame along with company co-founder Paul Allen tried importing a pair of the non-U.S. Emissions legal chassis into the country with both cars being immediately scooped up by customs Agents upon a pier in San Francisco I believe.

Then Mr. Gates, and presumably Mr. Allen’s Porsche’s sat impounded for 13yrs prior to the pair getting a “Show & Display” law successfully passed in order to allow them the ability to drive their Porsche 959’s in the United States…

Another relic from Microsoft’s Dustbin…

And if Yuhs haven’t guessed already, Messer Allen’s fingerprints are all over Seattle in multiple guises, one such being the futuristic Frank Gehry designed building at the Seattle Center, for which the Monorail briefly passes thru. Which were built for the World’s Fair in 1962!

The multi-coloured building, which has been described as looking like a smashed guitar to Mwah, will forever be known by its original name, the Experience Music Project, or simply EMP.

although it’s undergone a multitude ‘O name changes since it’s Y2k debut, and now sports the moniker Museum of Pop Culture, or simply “moPOP.”

Having visited EMP last a long, long time ago, specifically to see Jimi Hendrix’s guitars that Paul Allen bought, and much later he’d also acquire Captain Kirk’s commanders chair from the Enterprise! Which makes it easy to see where his company’s name Vulcan Inc comes from, eh?

Not to mention renovating another Seattle Landmark, the legendary Cinerama movie theater in Downtown Seattle, where as a Wee lad, I attended the premiere engagement of the first Star Wars movie Wayback in 1978; YIKES!

Yet how many people know that Allen actually brought two championships to date to Seattle? The latest being for the raucous Rave Green Sounders FC Fanatics. As Allen was a part owner of the Major League Soccer’s Seattle sounders FC Franchise which won the MLS Cup in 2016…

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Sportyblog’s Head Scribe returns from Summer Sabbatical

September 25th, 2018 · No Comments

Howdy Folks and remaining Diehard Sportyblog readers, whomever Y’all are… Chirp-Chirp, Bueller?

As sorry about the lack of posts here lately, but your El Senor Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy decided to be Wild ‘N Kurr-razy this Summer! Doing the Unthinkable for Mwah by deciding to move…

And not only move for the first time in 21yrs; YIKES! But also to a different state for the first time ever; aye Karumba!

Hence the lack of any riveting Sportyblog posts lately, which Y’all know the Drill, so Thanxs for your Patience, while Mr. Sporty & Co. attempt patching back together my very antiquated E-E-E’ lectrics communications network. Which unfortunately is still a work in progress; SIGH!

Alas, for those of you who Don’t Know, Touchdown Tommy is a Blind Word Butcher who infrequently contributes his unique Blend ‘O Wordsmithing regarding the relatively foreign world of Stick ‘N Ball Sports for Mwah. Being afflicted by the very same eye disease as Danelle Unstead, the very first ever Blind participant upon the current Dancing With the Stars show…

Low Vision Racer

As a legally blind word Hack’, I rely heavily upon “My Gal” Lucy’, My ARSE-Steamed Screen Reader to read me whatever I diligently type for Y’all, and hence am obviously dependent upon technology, which naturally is a Double edged Sword.

Case in point, since the Wordpress Blogging platform utilized for Sportyblog isn’t colour conducive to Mwah, I rely upon ‘Ol School email to send these riveting BLOB’ Stories to Mr. Sporty, who serves as my virtual Editor, along with being the Blogmeister of this website.

Microsoft Wins the Race!

Although in fairness to Microsoft, I have been fully immersed in the “Ribbon” for my very antiquated version of Office for five years now, and cannot imagine not using it now Daily, since it’s “Hot Key” enabled. Which naturally is a bonus for me.

Yet when moving, and preferring having a dedicated Internet Service Providers’ email address vs. the various web-based versions that exist, i.e.; Yahoo, GMail, Hushmail, Hotmail, etc.

The first three I’ve tried over the years, with the exception of a Hotmail account, finding them to All be Not Screen-reader Friendly, making it very difficult to do one of the easiest tasks, ergo sending an email.

For which I’ve been awaiting Mr. Sporty’s technical expertise to help me create my new ‘Ol School Bitchin’ email address as Randal, Thy Moniker King of No Fenders would say; Hya!

Another relic from Microsoft’s Dustbin…

As it’s a royal pain in the Keister’ Daily trying to navigate that World Wide Web thingy’, which the various Coders at Microsoft and Google enjoy randomly changing things just for change’s sake!

Case in point. For the last several years before moving. Whenever I selected Youtube from my web browser, it would immediately have Lucy’ speak the word Search and Wallah! I could merrily type in my search criteria.

But NNOOOOOOOOOOO BUCKWHEAT! As suddenly after setting up shop in my new Bungalow by The Sea, and re-establishing Internetz’ connectivity. When I queried Youtube per usual, No longer did Lucy’ say the word Search; WTF?

As I needed Mr. Sporty’s assistance for him to discover that I now need to select the Tab Bar three times to hear Lucy say Guide, You-tube Home, Search, FUCK!

Otay, she Doesn’t actually say the word FUCK unless I type it here; but I digress…

Although now I’m forced to go thru three extra steps just in order to get to the Search tab, which is still there, but is NO longer speech enabled; SIGH! And one must visually see the Search tab’s field instead, which costs me extra time doing this.

Or the weird fact that whenever I now do something in Microsoft Word, email, etc. it NO longer chimes when I save a file, wish to permanently delete an email, etc; HUH?

As that’s just two of a Bazillion examples I could give Y’all, of how tough it’s being Blind or Visually Impaired and trying to interact with today’s technology.

Which although it’s nice to hear that Microsoft and others, Can You Hear Me Now Google? Are deciding to tap into this typically overlooked market segment, and hopefully the Inventors trying to help us, will actually make products that work easily for All platforms technology, especially the outdated ones, that many of us cannot afford to upgrade willy nilly ’cause the products changed again for the umpteenth time!

Inventors offer hope to those with impairments

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When the long forgotten USFL New Jersey Generals Owner was jus A Punk’

September 25th, 2018 · No Comments

Ah, what an Ounce of Perception, or a Pound of Obscure is worth, Righto Geddy Lee? As Pause, Rewind, Replay…

VIDEO: Rush Vital Signs - Song

Although like almost every News Story I hear when listening to my Voluminous Cache ‘O Newspaper selections via my NFB Newsline for The Blind telephone service. Which allows me to listen to Newspapers vs. reading them.

Almost 100% of the time I push the Next button immediately whenever I hear anything with the word Trump in it, which is what I did originally regarding this USFL story I ran across on The Guardian’s Sports section.

As it’s a very good article about how an Oh, So Smug and Dare I say it? Pompous! Uhm a Snide Businessman who thought he could simply get his way over anything he wished, which at the time his lofty aspirations were just focused upon landing himself an NFL Franchise, hopefully being the Baltimore Colts no less.

As the story rightly points out how his unbridled Arrogance led the Jury to basically tell hymn he was Number One! When awarding monetary damages in this Anti-trust lawsuit of a lone, single George Washington piece of paper; Err Federal Reserve Notes as Mr. Sporty likes calling ‘em…

The Day that Donald Trump’s Narcissism Killed the USFL

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Falling on Deaf Knees…

September 25th, 2018 · No Comments

Ah Shucks Folks. It’s the beginning of August and All of the Foliage in Washington’s turned Brown and Dead from our mini “Heat Wave” we’ve been enduring lately. Hey multiple days ‘O 91 degrees Fahrenheit without any Bloody AC is H-O-T for us Warshintonion’s; but I digress…

Well that was before August turned into September, as hopefully Mr. Sporty, the Blogmeister ‘O Sportyblog will post this riveting story for me sometime in Zepptember’. For which surely all of Yuhs Classic Rock Hounds get this Oh So Clever Wordsmithing by one of Washington’s Classic Rock Stations, Eh?

Since your El Senor Sportyblog Scribe Touchdown Tommy decided to be Wild ‘N Kurr-razy and move this August!

Hence we’re now firmly ensconced in that Mother of All Mothers, when some 800lbs Chimp takes over the Nation’s Airwaves and Decimates; Err Dominates the Talking Heads Sporting “News” landscape.

Yep, that’s Correctomundo Kiddies! It’s time for Americres’ Game, Football that is. Which surely means some Old White Guy who Masquerades as “commander in Chief” at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue will be busy unleashing his Fluff; Err Furry, Uhm I men fury; Hya! via TWIT-ER; Eh?

How the NFL stumbled its way into becoming Trump’s top target

But The Fool On the Hill keeps Bangin’ his Head; Err Merrily Tweeting away about how the NFL’s Black Football Players are Desecrating the Flag, Blah-Blahity-blah…

Donald Trump lashes out at Players as NFL preseason starts with protests

Uhm, really? So how come not a single Bloody Tweet ’bout his Bosom Buddy Jerry Jones Not taking his Hat off during the playing of the National Anthem at his own Training Field Pre-season? Even after his son tried telling him repeatedly to remove his Ballcap. Nah, not gonna say anythingy’ about how that Buffoon in the Whitehouse is a Hypocrite!

By keeping hat on, Cowboys’ Jerry Jones reveals big flaw in NFL attempt at anthem policy

whilst I’d say it’s pretty Black ‘N White that the league has definitely Colluded against having any NFL Franchise sign Colin Kaepernick to a contract. As what do they call it? Being Black listed Me Thinks…

Colin Kaepernick is out of the NFL but he is more powerful than ever

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