COMMENTS FROM THE PEANUT GALLERY
Written by: Mike in DA
Date posted: 11/18/2010
YATES BASKETBALL GAME MOVED!
As mentioned here Tuesday, originally there was a time conflict this upcoming Saturday between the Yates football playoff game and the Yates basketball game, making it very difficult for fans to see both games. However, that has now been resolved.
The Yates Varsity basketball game vs. Sam Houston on Saturday at 1 PM at Barnett Fieldhouse has been moved to Delmar Fieldhouse at noon preceded by the JV game at 9 AM and the Frosh game at 10:30 AM, so that the fans can go to the Yates-LaMarque football game at 2 PM at Delmar Stadium.
HOW ABOUT ANOTHER CONSPIRACY THEORY
Conspiracy theorists had a great one to talk about after the Baltimore-Atlanta game last Thursday (11/11) night, when the general consensus concluded that Atlanta receiver Roddy White pushed off on a game-winning touchdown pass and should have been flagged for offensive pass interference.
According to the AP report, “The official kept the yellow flag in his back pocket and held up both arms. Touchdown…With commissioner Roger Goodell looking on…”
Before the game, Goodell said that the city of Atlanta likely will have to build a new stadium if it wants to host a Super Bowl in the near future, which it does. As reported by the AP report, he said, during a reception before the game, “The bar has been raised because you’re getting great facilities around the country in great communities. These games are a tremendous value to the communities, so there’s a lot of competition for it. So I think a new stadium with this great community would be beneficial to bringing another Super Bowl to this community.”
First of all, anyone who uses the word community four times in two sentences is trying to sell that community a bill of goods. Secondly, it’s pure bullshit that Super Bowls or Olympics re-vitalize cities. They do not. They line the pockets of the planners, and that’s about it. This is from a Chicago Sun-Times article about Atlanta’s 1996 Summer Olympics: “Vendors, mostly small and minority business owners, who paid $10,000 to $20,000 to sell their wares on the street, ended up suing the city after going bankrupt.” But hey, the city of Atlanta got its share up front from them, didn’t it?
Thirdly, the story reported, “The Falcons have been pushing for a new facility to replace their longtime home, contending the Georgia Dome no longer produces sufficient revenues to keep up with newer stadiums around the league.” Well, the Georgia Dome was built in 1992. It is less than 20 years old. You don’t need me to tell you that trying to imply that a 20-year-old stadium is out-dated is pure bullshit and just plain greed.
But if you want to con taxpayers into giving the state the right to steal from them, it’s always a good idea to have an exciting, winning football team before you put the matters to the suckers for a vote. Touchdown, Roddy White!
Just be sure to remember: Referees are mostly incompetent clowns lacking in the tools necessary to make important decisions accurately in a game played at high speed by males 20 to 30 years younger than them. They make so many mistakes, that it is easy to assume they are in on something when the reality of the situation could be that they are just flat-out bad, and unqualified to do the job.
DON'T WORRY, THE WRIGLEY FIELD OUTFIELD IVY BEHIND THE END ZONE IS FULLY PADDED! BESIDES THAT, THE BEARS PLAYED THERE FOR 49 YEARS AND NO ONE DIED FROM CRASHING INTO THE WALL!
MOREHEAD STATE WOMEN’S HOOPS COACH WEARS COLORFUL SUITS TO PROMOTE HIS PROGRAM!
How do you draw attention to a women's basketball program that struggles to average 500 fans per game at home and just made its first post-season appearance last year? If you're Tom Hodges, rookie head coach at Morehead State (KY), a blue checkerboard-print suit is a good start in this game vs. Kentucky.
Hodges' Eagles have had a tough start to the season, being blown out by two Top 25 teams in Kentucky and Notre Dame. They were outscored 173-76, managing only 28 points against the Irish when he wore this suit.
The two ensembles didn't bring any luck to the team, but the coach has succeeded in drawing attention to his program, or himself, at least. Morehead State has made headlines in the past week, mostly for Hodges' loud attire.
Prior to the Texans-Jaguars game Sunday afternoon (11/14), I caught the part of the CBS pre-game show in which the guys were giving their pre-game "Upset Alert" picks, which turned out to be a joke. Dan Marino took Miami, a one-point home dog; Bill Cowher picked Cleveland, getting three at home; Shannon Sharpe chose Detroit, a two-point dog. Only Boomer Esiason took a real dog, the Bengals, plus-seven. A one to three-point dog has over a 40 percent chance of winning based on past history; hardly something that I would consider an upset.
THESE COLLEGE JEOPARDY CONTESTANTS DON'T KNOW THEIR SPURS PLAYERS OR THE NBA!
SPEAKING OF THE SPURS: ANOTHER NBA SOAP OPERA HITS THE FAN!
MAYBE THERE WILL BE A HAPPY ENDING FOR EVA AFTER ALL!
Like another Texan, Sandra Bullock, Eva was totally "blindsided", after learning that her soon to be ex-husband Tony Parker was unfaithful. It’s just not like an NBA player to cheat on his wife. Hey Eva, NBA players cheat on their spouse like most Americans allegedly cheat on their taxes. But I'm sure Eva will be okay in the long-run.
BRENT BARRY: "WHAT DID I DO TO DESERVE THIS? I'M MAD AS HELL!"
SEC SCHOOLS = CRIME FAMILIES???
All last week on local sports talk there was plenty of talk about Cam Newton and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist or even a $12 per hour bookkeeper to realize that Auburn is in deep shit, whether it’s brought out into the open now or after a long investigation. You don’t mess with the Feds; in this case the FBI. John Gotti and other crime lords have found out about that.
And speaking of crime lords, long before this three-school (Florida, Mississippi State, Auburn) Cam Newton scandal hit, the SEC had begun to resemble a collection of rival crime families. But instead of names like Bonnano, Lucchese, Genovese, Gambino, Colombo, etc., now we have names like Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Tennessee, etc.
If the Feds ever wanted to prosecute an NCAA Division I football or basketball conference as a whole for racketeering, they should begin with the SEC. No conference is clean; all are dirty. But it's a matter of filthy, filthier, filthiest. And the SEC, aside from the tons of arrests of scholarship recruits, is the filthiest.
And the primary, "see-no-evil, hear-no-evil" enablers of these racketeers are CBS and ESPN, who pay the SEC tens of millions of dollars a year for TV rights. Every week brings more blemishes and more reasons to consider whether the major college sports of basketball and football have now become more of an ethical issue than anything else.
HUFFINGTON POST: THE UNITED STATES OF MOVIES
Last month, on the Huffington Post website, the following map was published, identifying every state of the U.S. by one movie. Here’s the map they came up with:
The selection criteria wasn't clear on the Huffington Post website, as not much was said about what kind of thinking was behind these selections. It appears that most of these movies have stories based in the states listed.
I think they could have come up with some better selections for many of these states. In the near future, the Peanut Gallery will come up with it's own list by state.
WTF? – COWLIN COWHERD SITCOM ON CBS!
One of the biggest blowhards in sports talk radio is Cowlin Cowherd. Well, guess what? His life story is coming our way next year in a new CBS sitcom. He won’t star in it, but he will be the producer of the sitcom. Not even Colin Cowherd can make Colin Cowherd likable or appealing in any way. My guess is that there is absolutely no way this finds more success than “Listen Up”, the dumbass sitcom about Tony Kornheiser, which was cancelled after one season.
Cowherd is probably the most arrogant and egotistical national sports talk show host in the U.S. In other words, he and Sports Talk 790’s Charlie Pallilo would make a great team. Unless CBS decides to turn Cowherd's character into a sports-comedy version of "House", this has no chance of being a success.
I can’t wait for Josh Innes to have his own TV sitcom some day.
NOTRE DAME COACH KELLY CHEERLEADS, ALSO!
Last Saturday, Notre Dame was leading Utah, 28-3, in the fourth quarter when Utah went for it on fourth-and-13 from the ND 15-yard line. On the ND sideline, head coach Brian Kelly began to gesture to the crowd, to encourage more noise, to make it difficult for Utah to hear signals, as if ND needs help from the fans to stop a fourth-and-13.
Usually, a benchwarmer behaves that way, standing on the bench, waving his arms to the crowd. Coaching greats would be too embarrassed to do that. Could you see Knute Rockne or Bear Bryant doing that? "Coach Kelly turned cheerleader!" said play-by-player Tom Hammond on NBC. Analyst Mike Mayock just laughed.
THE CRIER'S BCS ELIMINATION TOURNAMENT GAME OF THE WEEK!
BOISE STATE* (-30.5) over FRESNO STATE
With three of the six remaining teams idle this week, there were only three games to choose from, so the Crier will go with college football's equivalent of Yates HS basketball, as Boise State may not have the toughest schedule, but they are still the best team until proven different to him.
BSU typically brings their A-game every week no matter what the situation. With the Broncos ability to make gashing runs, accurate passes, and defensive plays FSU will have their hands full, as soon as they get off the bus.
Sure, the Bulldogs offense should be able to move the football and put it in the end zone a few times, but the defense will be strung out by Boise’s incredible offensive balance until it breaks time and time again. If you think Boise may be looking ahead to a November 26th road game at Nevada….don’t, because the Broncos always put out a full effort no matter who they play and are like KISS - always ready to rock n’ roll. BOISE STATE, 59-20.
ODDS AND ENDS:
1. When the final horn went off Monday (11/15) night, the Dallas Mavericks had beaten the New Orleans Hornets giving the Hornets their first loss of the year. That game would have had zero significance whatsoever except for the fact that the Hornets were the last undefeated team in the NBA. And so, minutes after the final horn sounded, I wonder if Don Shula, Mercury Morris, and the rest of the 1972 Miami Dolphin attention whores cracked open a bottle of champagne.
2. Sarah Davis is the choreographer and a member of the NHL Washington Capitals’ cheerleading team, the Washington Red Rockers. On the team website, Sarah lists her favorite book as “Facebook”.
3. This March we will get expanded coverage of the 68-team NCAA tournament. The NCAA tournament will now be on four networks (CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV). TNT has announced that its NBA crew will be covering some of these games. The TNT studio show and the game announcers do a pretty good job. Can you imagine Marv Albert covering a Siena-Pudue tournament game or Kevin Harlan doing the Robert Morris-Villanova game with Charles Barkley hosting the halftime show.
MIKE IN DA
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