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Posts from September 2012


NFL Boycott = Laughable...
This is one of those rants that looks good on paper.  Oh, we’re so outraged about the Clown Car that is the Replacement Ref Fiasco… that we need to boycott the NFL games.  Don’t go to the stadium, don’t buy the beer, don’t buy the rally towel, don’t watch on TV.  Right, like we’re gonna miss our favorite team on Sunday.  That’s beyond laughable.  Let me know if that brings professional football to its knees.
 
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The Fiasco...
You knew it would come to this.  The Clown Car has become a raging inferno, an out-of-control fiasco.  The bumbling NFL replacement refs have blown another one, as the Packers could only look on in utter disbelief.  It’s all anyone is talking about, and the disastrous call overshadows a fantastic first half performance by the Seattle pass rush.  And no one is talking about the utter idiocy of rushing just three players in the final moment.  Yeah, that always works out well.  What will it take for the NFL to get the real officials back?  I don’t know, but we’re dangerously close to a violent brawl…. or a replacement ref getting strangled on live TV. 
 
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The Clown Car... And Other Pain....
You could just see what Jim Harbaugh must have been thinking…. “How many times do I have to tell you… we got our butts kicked.”  Sure, it was painful.  The 49ers got beat in every way… offensively, defensively, special teams.   They looked a half-step slow from the opening whistle, and things proceeded to go downhill from there.  In the post game show, Dwight Clark looked like there was a death in the family.  Well, get over it.  I recall that even in Bill Walsh’s heyday, they lost to teams they should have dominated.  Welcome to the NFL.  By the way, how much longer do we have to put up with this Clown Car known as the Replacement Refs?  I know Steve Young came off a little harsh when he said “The NFL doesn’t care about player safety.”  As the late Sam Kinison would say… “Is he right?”
 
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The Willie Mac Award...
The Giants will announce this year’s recipient of the prestigious Willie Mac Award tonight, named for their Hall of Fame first baseman.  The players vote for their choice as “most inspirational” and past honorees have included Matt Cain, Andres Torres and Ryan Vogelsong.  Yeah, it’s a big honor.  After coming back from a near career-ending injury, how can you not choose Buster Posey?  Or how about Sergio Romo, who’s not only had a fantastic year in the bullpen, he’s always a cheerleader for the rest of the guys.  Or maybe Angel Pagan, whose infusion of energy in the leadoff spot has been a huge catalyst in so many games.  But do you know who I think would appreciate this honor the most?  Barry Zito.  Yup, the guy who watched his team enjoy their finest moment, and was kept off the roster two years ago.  He never complained publicly, never threw anyone under the bus.  And now, he’s won 13 games, and he’s enjoying his finest year in a Giants uniform.   Yeah, the often vilified Barry Zito would  be my darkhorse tonight.
 
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