The One Where: I Knew It!

Welcome, welcome,

I knew it! I knew it! Friggin’ Kelly Shoppach had bad written all over him. He just simply led this team into disarray.

Okay maybe it was the drinking buddies, but frigging KS just friggin’ sucked.

If, you’re confused, its probably best it stays that way, this team has so many issues.

But long season, short, the players commit a failed mutiny against their manager using texts through one teammates phone. And we find out today that a player no longer on the team allegedly sent it, from his teammate’s phone, or convinced him to send it.

Either way, I’m sick of this team and honestly, preseason football is terrible, so I’m briefly talking about soccer. This might actually continue on as well, and I’ll just add them in during the week. (Which I know I haven’t kept up with).

Arsenal is my team. It has been since I started following soccer, excuse me, football.

They might have lost RVP and Alex Song, who I was just beginning to like, but they looked like they were a piece or two away from being really good against Sunderland.

Yeah, I know that Sunderland is unbelievably less talented than Chelsea or MU or MC, but if Arsenal had another player or two then they could really challenge those big guns. (Kind of a pun for you gunners out there)

I would like to see them sign Sahin, but not just on the season’s loan. I want them to work out a deal for him, he could really thrive in the EPL. I would also like them to get either Huntelaar or Fernando Llorente.

Yeah those are big names and a bigger price, but I feel like Wegner’s name is bigger than both of those. Plus it tells the premiership we’re not kidding around.  Also a f-you to RvP and Nasri and Adebayor.

Anyway, I really need to figure out how I can watch more of their games, I hate watching the highlights of games for no reason really.

I think if ESPN had a specific soccer channel, or partnered with Sky Sports, then made a channel for US citizens to watch games, the sport might grow here.

That’s a whole different monster though.

-Lomonte

Gunners,

What do you think of Santi Cazorla?

 

 

The One Where: CBA Please?

Welcome again friends!

The topic for today will be why and how the NHL needs a CBA, and then what the Bruins should do if said CBA is reached.

How many lockouts have we seen this past year?

Too many.

Sure the NBA and NFL seasons got off and both were entertaining enough; but the NHL’s looming lockout won’t play out the same way. One, the other two sports will just dominate the ratings. Two, the NHL is growing, not at the same popularity as the other sports. And three, they will lose viewers and fans faster than you can say Veresheeska (Pink hat reference).

To start off, the owners must be concussed or something because they are asking for the players to decrease their revenue salaries or whatever, from 57% to something like 42%. That’s unheard of because they are the toughest kind of players out there. Plus they risk their lives on the line more than many people would like to do. Especially when they play against Big Z (Chara) when his slapshot fires a 1 pound rubber puck over 100 miles per hour. Yeah, risking their lives.

The players should’ve been making much more than they were before the other lockout, which kind of made sense, but now? Now that the original 6 fan bases are interested and warm weather teams are involved? They need to avoid a lockout at all costs. I understand that some teams would benefit from lockouts, but in a rising league like the NHL, they cannot let it happen.

What the owners don’t understand is that the money is still going to be coming in, except for the Blue Jackets and other cities, but as long as the hockey team is bearable they will make money. Over half the league makes it into the playoffs and fills their stadium (excluding Phoenix); which is a lot of revenue.

Bottom line, the owners need to be less greedy and more accepting of the fact that if there is a lockout, the league’s future is a jeopardy. Although the new split should be more like 54-52% (Players) to 46-48% (Owners).

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Hoping that there is not a lockout; the Bruins are in a perfect position.

What?!

A regular reader might think, because of my wanting a snipah (sniper) a few weeks ago.  Now that I think about it; they are in a great position.

Firstly this year they have Jordan Caron who is ready to be a Rich Peverley type producer (numbers wise); who will be on the team to begin with. From what I’ve seen through Bruins tweets, he and Patrice Bergeron have been training together which is a wonderful sign for Bruins fans.

Then we have Jared Knight and Ryan Spooner in Providence to start the year, who also if they live up to the hype can be regular producers on this team for years to come. There’s nothing better than that situation either, I believe they both are under 2-way contracts which means that they can swing up and down from AHL to NHL and back. Meaning that if we need them to come up they will provide the regular rookie spark and help us win a few games, then when that one gets tired we can bring up the other one. Sounds simple enough.

Secondly they can still make a trade for a sharp shooter in Bobby Ryan judging on where Krejci is and how well Seguin is producing. If Krejci is doing poorly and Seguin has shown leadership then we might go for it. If both are doing well then there is no need for a trade. So I think the Ryan situation is under control. Unless of course the Flyers trade for him or the Penguins try that too.

And lastly, the Bruins should have a lot of cap space next year. Tim Thomas and Marc Savard should both be coming off the books and there will be a few more free agents we could be ready to say goodbye to. Meaning we can sign Rask to a new deal, we can add a sharp shooter if needed or we can get a new defenseman.

The Bruins seem to have played this one right, now its just time for the NHL to follow their lead and get a deal done.

-Lomonte

 

The One Where: “We” are a Team

Welcome once again or for the first time!

Those of you who follow the Red Sox are probably sick of all this talk about them, and if you’re like me you’re just about ready to hide them from yourself until the season is officially over.

More and more controversy comes out of this Red Sox club; and it’s to the point where it is just annoying and routine.

John Lackey is double fisting like a champ.

Papi is bitching about his contract. (Bro we already know you’re going to the Yankees, another curse?)

Will Middlebrooks is getting made fun of by the manager.

Pedroia is posing in front of the manager.

Beckett’s back hurts.

Adrian Gonzalez got mistaken for Ernie from George Lopez.

And on and on it goes.

Every time we hear the same things too. “We are a team, we support each other in the clubhouse.”

Yeah of course you do! You, on the team do but Bobby V isn’t part of the team, he manages it. He may put on a jersey like everyone else on the team, but he his not part of this team. This team is everyone except Bobby V, he was not part of the collapse, he was not part of the world series wins, he was never here. No one likes this manager.

That is hardly a team to me, yeah the players are all supporting of each other but that doesn’t mean anything because they all supported the same guys who stumbled back from the clubhouse.

(Okay that was a pathetic joke about the drinking.)

This “team” is too over privileged. They are pampered and soft, if Ted Williams and Johnny Pesky did this in their playing days they’d be ran out of town faster than you can say Yastrzemski. But not this team the ownership is getting ready to roll out a bunch of events about random stuff that doesn’t need to be celebrated (Not including Pesky, that man is a legend).

The ownership hired Bobby V and that project needs to go, as does acting like the Yankees; as does Beckett’s beer buddies, and Dice-K (why Daisuke? Because he’s fucking Dice-K!)

Ending on a good note, we got rid of Shoppach!

-Lomonte

I wasn’t joking about that curse either.

The One Where: Busy… Like I Said.

Welcome,

I told all y’all that I’d be busy and, I was serious. But I’ll be back as long as I can, until I get busy again, so hopefully you’ll stick with me for the next few weeks while I straighten things out before school restarts.

Well, the Olympics ended, Will Middlebrooks broke his wrist, and now the Red Sox are all but done for the season. That brings us to the Patriots.

They were so close to breaking out for not one, not two, but nearly three wonderful catches in their preseason game a few days ago. They were just barely broken up by the cornerback, the safety and the ref. (If you saw that pass to Lloyd you know what I mean.)

And then we saw quite a few flashes from the 2 running backs who broke out a few times that picked up a few first downs, which is exactly what we need from them this year. Every team is expecting the Gronk show and the Lloyd threat, but if we draw it to one of them from time to time, we can surprise the defense and get the run attack going.

The Patriot defense will be in the top 15 this year, especially if Chandler Jones plays like he did on Thursday. He man handled a very very good tackle in Bushrod. If he does that and the secondary doesn’t need someone else, say Brian Hoyer to play safety, then they will be up in the league’s top defensive cores.

The only problem with the game was the score and the blocking. They need to figure that out because if Brady is constantly pressured, our hopes of his 4th ring are toast.

Every team on their schedule took note of their performance on Thursday and will be hungry for a sack on Mr. Tom Brady.

Keep him safe.

-Lomonte