Sunday, January 31, 2016

"Shirts v. Skins" LIVE 1/31/16

Sunday, January 17, 2016

"Shirts v. Skins" Live 1/17/16

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Hoke to the Ducks

Think what you want about Hoke, but he knows defense. And being that the Ducks were last in the Pac-12 in total defense, this is a lights out hire by Helfrich.

"Shirts v. Skins" Podcast #2

Bill Burr on Colin Cowherd

Best comedian on the planet! Also, I'm a huge Cowherd fan, but it is funny to see Burr make it as if Cowherd had no idea what to say, or how to deal with him. Enjoy.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Top 10 Thursday

Happy Thursday from Venice Beach.

Some quick hits:

Trump missed the memo. Doesn't matter, really. Does it?

Looks like Chandler Jones is trying to keep up with his brother, Jon. Apparently, Chandler went to the emergency room for "synthetic weed." Police say he appeared to be "actively praying or worshiping." He's all good, and he'll be playing Sunday against the Chiefs, but I gotta know, is that synthetic shit really that good!?" I haven't tried it, but it sounds like I should.

Red McCombs is trying to get the Oakland Raiders to come to San Antonio. First off, I thought Red was dead. The guy's 88, and looks worse than Al Davis did before he finally kissed the dirt. You're right, he wasn't as bad as Davis. I mean, Davis is really tough to look at. But the San Antonio Raiders? GTFO.

Von Miller missed practice Wednesday because his tummy was feeling icky. Today, we found out why. Bud, TWO icees AND mozzarella sticks? What are you, 4?

Hue Jackson will be the new Head Coach of the Cleveland Browns. Obviously, this will be the last we hear of Hue Jackson again. And he'll forever have that face.

Chip Kelly's going to San Francisco. I actually think this will be a really good fit, but the best part is this.  Oh, and it look as though they've already met.

Poor girl gets suspended for speaking the truth. She should've got a reward, and been named the head of the WIAA. Fucking Wisconsin.

In one of those all-too-often-moments when you just get mad from the simplicity of it.

Can't wait for LeBron to show us all those classy spots in Cleveland.

The Joke of the day! (Mi-chelle) Get it? My shell? Alright then.

That's all, Folks! Enjoy your night.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Deja Vu (and not the good kind)

The picture alone makes me want to shoot something.

I've been told many times to "let it flow, then let it go", but after 7 hours of not being able to let the Vikings loss to the Seahawks go, I feel like like blogging about their defeat is the only way to truly "let it go."

The culprits are obvious. Blair Walsh missing the inexplicable 27-yard FG to win the game. And Adrian Peterson, fumbling (3rd fumble lost in 5 post-season games) the football away ('09 NFC Championship anyone?), in what gave the Seahawks a chance to kick the go-ahead FG, and then blaming himself for the loss. Together, they were able to hand the out-played Seahawks a playoff win in what appeared to be a miserable setting (-6 degrees below with a windchill of -25).

Yet the question to so many Vikings fans is always "Why us?"

4 Super Bowls losses, 4 NFC Championship defeats ('87, '98, 41-0 & '09), Darrin Nelson' drop, Gary Anderson's game-sealing FG miss, 12 men in the huddle, Drew Pearson's "Push-off" Hail Mary, Favre's interception, & Antonio Freeman picking the pass off Chris Dishman's back are just a handful of tear-your-heart-out moments in the illustrious history of the Minnesota Vikings. There's so many more that I can't even remember, or maybe I just don't want to try, but either way, you get the picture. For whatever reason, the Vikings have been cursed as bad as any franchise in pro sports. And yes, that includes the Cubs.

Yes, I realize it's just a game, and just like every other disaster the Vikings can cause, I'll be fine. You have to wonder, though, why it is the Vikings, and basically every other Minnesota sports team (minus the Lynx) has a dark cloud hanging over? In the iconic words of Vince Lombardi, "What the hell is going on out there!?"

If I had to guess as to why, I'd say it's because Minnesotans, when it comes to their sports teams, always expect the worst and hope for the best. It's seriously the only thing I can come up with. Ask any of them, and they'll tell you they're not ready to crown a victory until the final horn/whistle blows. And because of this, games like today happen. I truly believe it's gotten to the point of karma with the Minnesota fanbase.

I know that sounds ridiculous, but there's no other explanation I can think of. Instead of going into games expecting to win, we expect to lose, while hoping for a win. Seriously, listen to sports-talk radio in Minneapolis/St. Paul, and you tell me what the vibe is. It's definitely not an air of confidence.  It's more wishful, and it's understandable, too, after getting kicked in the balls for the last 54 years. The guy at the bar today, a Seahawks fan, said he expects to win every game. I'm sure the Patriots fans feel the same. That's how we felt in '98.

And maybe that in itself is why this game, albeit hurting a lot right now, will dissipate a lot faster than '98 or '09 did. The expectation of those two teams were Super Bowl, whereas this squad wasn't pegged to be Super Bowl contenders. Nonetheless, it hurts like a son-of-a-bitch. If nothing else, just the way they lost. I mean, 27 Goddamn yards! Are you fucking kidding me?! Seriously, it's just stupid.

They might not have had the same expectations, but to lose like this, in true Vikings style, is what hurts, and in turn begs the question, "Why us?"


Thursday, January 7, 2016

Fer Christ's sake, Johnny..

Seriously, Johnny. WTF!

The Cleveland Browns hate their fans.

In a move that can only be heralded by 3rd graders, Manziel actually donned a blonde wig and fake mustache, and went out in public on Saturday... in Las Vegas. VEGAS! And if that's not dumb enough, on the way to the airport [that morning], he was stopped and given a traffic citation for expired plates on his '15 Nissan, which I could only hope was a Skyline. 

Generally, getting dressed up incognito, and going out isn't a big deal, and really, who gives a shit if he did?  It's a little strange when it's not Halloween, but whatever. 

The problem is that Johnny was supposed to be in Berea, OH, Sunday morning for his mandatory concussion treatment, and as you probably have heard by now, he missed it, along with Cleveland's game vs. Pittsburgh. 

We all have friends and family who have addictions. Be it drinking, gambling, eating, etc. I deal with a hellish binge-eating addiction, and I can only tell you the place is very dark. 

Some of us try to get help to overcome the addictions, and others try to beat it themselves. Johnny wants to think he's trying to "beat" alcohol. Problem is, the Cleveland Browns think Johnny has an alcohol problem, as do many other millions of people. I strongly disagree. Johnny has a "partying problem."

Johnny comes from a very wealthy family, and I can only imagine he's had his ass wiped for him his whole life. He's the kid with the messy room, because, well, "somebody else will clean it up." His traffic citation Saturday morning because of "expired license plates" screams spoiled, simply because he probably doesn't know how to renew them.

But aside from his silver-spooned misgivings, which you really can't blame him for taking advantage of, he seems to have always been the life of the party, and that's why he's acting the way he is. It's hidden as alcohol addiction, because that's what he and his friends do. In case you didn't know, partying generally involves drinking. If they partied at the chess hall, it would still bring about the same dilemma; Johnny needs the attention. He needs to feel wanted.

Johnny's problem is that he has to be where the action is, and is willing to throw away something 99.9% of the rest of us would kill for. Study the craft to become an All-Pro QB, or go to Vegas with the guys? Johnny says, "Vegas, Baby!"

It's sad, too, because I'm sure Manziel is a good kid. I have a friend who shares his dilemma, and the kid has a heart of gold. He just has to be out every night, because that's where the people are, and those people LOVE him. It's like a drug, and he can't stop using.

Manziel's also blinded by what he thinks isn't a big deal (i.e. missing a mandatory treatment for concussion, or going out with the guys instead of watching film). He's still young enough, and naive enough, to think that people will continue to keep giving him second (and third, and fourth) chances.

Eventually, the Browns, and then whoever he signs with next, will finally be done with him. Unfortunate? Maybe. But his understanding of success isn't grounded in becoming the best QB, it's about being the best at partying, and having a dark place in his mind that doesn't want the fun to stop, because he's scared of what comes next. And I'm thinking he's OK with that. After all, he's got his family money to fall back on.

I said long ago, before Cleveland drafted him last year, that Johnny would fail at the NFL level. Not because of his social life, but because I didn't think his game would translate [to the NFL]. But seeing him against the 49ers, a little against the Seahawks, and definitely during the Chiefs game, I thought I may be wrong about his NFL potential. I just don't think he can shed his inner Joe Nameth for all of us to find out.

And for Cleveland fans, the change can't come soon enough.

Friday, January 1, 2016

Happy New Year!

Hope all of you had a great end to your 2015, and a good start to your 2016.

Hate to say it, but thank God for Ohio St. & Michigan. After the Michigan St. ass-whooping last night, and Northwestern laying an egg this morning, the Buckeyes and Wolverines came through with a couple beatdowns of their own. Hopefully, Iowa can handle Stanford (unlikely), and the Big 10 (12? 14?) can come out with a decent Bowl season.

Some quick hits:

Speaking of Ohio St. & Michigan, as long as Meyer and Harbaugh stay put, this matchup will get back to being the best in the country (and I'm totally stoked about it).

Matt Barnes got drunk and went to Instagram. Full whine here:

I don't think Ezekiel Elliott will be a good pro. He's already as fat as Lacy- and he's a poor man's Lacy!

I'm tired of Vikings players not able to play through the pain: Seriously, it's the biggest game of the year, Linval. Man up!

If Rick Pitino wants to give ANY of us the finger, we should be so lucky. But seriously, it's 'the finger", and seriously, who really cares?

I was at the gym this morning at 8:30am. On New Years Day. You know who wasn't at the gym? Attractive people.

More impressive record, Golden State or the 76ers? Don't be so quick to discount the 76ers on this one... 3-31 is kind of impressive.

I can't tell you how difficult it is dealing with this weather everyday.

It's Rose bowl time!

Have a great time watching the game, and best wishes to you all on a very successful 2016!

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