President’s Day

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I had the extraordinary experience of going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon with my father today.  It was a great time with some great old guys.  The speaker today was Sean Lewis the new Head Football Coach at Kent State University, my alma mater.  Coach Lewis is 31 and his background includes playing at Wisconsin for Barry Alverez.  He got his first full-time coaching job at Eastern Illinois with Dino Babers, and stayed with Coach Babers at Eastern Illinois, Bowling Green, and also at Syracuse before coming to Kent State.  He talked about his plan with regards to how he was going to build Kent into a winner.  He talked with enthusiasm and passion and how he plans to build the program up with kids from right here in Northeast Ohio.  I am super excited to watch the Golden Flashes in action this fall.  I think Coach Lewis will bring an exciting brand of offense to Dix Stadium and finally we can take part in the #MACtion unlike the 10 points a game that we have been averaging the past few years.  I remember November 23, 2012, the day after Thanksgiving watching the people pile into Dix Stadium to support the Flashes as they wrapped up the Eastern Division against the Ohio University Bobcats.  What a sight it was and also a shame that the alumni and supporters of Kent State have only been a part of three winning seasons in the last 30 years and two bowl games in last 46 years, 1972 and 2012.  One day soon I would like to get Coach Lewis on the blog as an interview guest to fully explain his vision and plan for the program.  In the meantime, Spring Practice starts March 6th and the Spring Game is April 14th at 11 am, so mark your calendar’s and I’ll see you there at Dix Stadium.

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Today is the first workout for the full squad at Spring Training for the Cleveland Indians.  I love this for two reasons, one is that I think it is going to be another fun summer in downtown Cleveland and two it is that much closer to spring and getting out of the doldrums of winter.  In my opinion, the Indians have been the smartest team in baseball in the last few years by locking up their good young players in multi-year deals before they can hit free agency.  Also, they very rarely overpay for a veteran and opt for developing a younger player instead which has led to some subpar seasons but we are reaping the fruits of that system now.  Not to mention we have beyond a shadow of a doubt the best manager in the game of baseball, Terry Francona.  Since he has gotten here our August/September’s have been incredible, to include winning an AL record 25 games in a row last year.  I do believe that we will miss the loss of our pitching coach Mickey Calloway, who went on to be the manager of the New York Mets, coincidentally my favorite team in the NL.  Our pitching staff is second to none led by returning Cy Young Award winner Cory Kluber, and if we can muster an above average offense the Indians will once again win the Central Division and 100 games again.  Here is to another season of fun in the sun and watching the Indians dominate the American League.

I do not care who you are or who you root for we can all appreciate this:

The Cleveland Cavaliers made some moves before the trade deadline and one of them seems to be injecting some energy into LeBron James.  The Cavs got rid of six players Isaiah Thomas, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, Channing Frye, Jae Crowder, and Iman Shumpert and got younger and more athletic with the additions of Rodney Hood, George Hill, Larry Nance Jr., and Jordan Clarkson.  The last four games they won before the All-Star break included blowing out the Boston Celtics and beating the Oklahoma City Thunder on the road.  The whole Cavs organization seems to be revitalized and I for one cannot wait until they embark on the “second half” of the season, which is really only 28 games.  As of today, the Cavs sit at 34-22 and in third place 6.5 games behind the Raptors and 4.5 games behind the Celtics.  I think the only real threat to the Cavs in the Eastern Conference is the Celtics, but we have the best player in the game and will win that series in 4 or 5 games.  The Cavs also have two roster spots open for bought out veterans from other teams to help in the playoffs and against whoever comes out of the West.  This summer is going to be awesome watching the Cavs in the finals again and the Indians marching to the playoffs.

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So at the Pro Football Hall of Fame luncheon today, of course, they served lunch if you could call it that.  It was baked fish, a triangle of fish and an acute triangle at that, a 1/2 scoop of mashed potatoes, and some vegetables and a bun.  For dessert, wait for it now a scoop of chocolate ice cream unless you ask for vanilla then they will get it for you, so nice of them.  Lunch isn’t much when they get into the program for the day that is when the real fun starts, according to the regulars they try to have a video every week and it never works, but today it did work except that it was the video from about four weeks ago, fail.   They do send the week’s video in an email to all of the members which is nice, here’s to hoping all of the 70+-year-old members can open the video from their email or open their email at all or remember their email to open it.  The speakers and the camaraderie at the luncheon are well worth the price of admission and of course my father is the center of his table and all the guys love him.  On the Shamrock scale, the Pro Football Hall of Fame Luncheon gets ☘️☘️☘️☘️ for the speakers and the members the lunch not so much.  Next week Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, and Bob Brazile will be there representing the Hall of Fame Class for this year along with John Fankhouser the Head Football Coach at Walsh University.

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America!!

This is not going to be a normal blog, the usual sports, and lame stuff I do will have to wait until the end.  This week we suffered a tragedy as an American society that we face all too often.  I started typing a different sort of blog yesterday, one that was written from a place of anger and sadness.  The blog, I will let you read it if you would like, was not going to achieve what I feel this blog should.   I wrote a blog last week that talked about culture bringing people together.  The blog that I started yesterday was a total one-sided response to a problem where there are no easy answers.  What happened in Florida and what has happened in schools far too often cannot be allowed to happen again.  We as a society must do everything in our power to protect our greatest asset, our children.  I do not know the answer whether it be gun control, mental health help, better security at schools, not publicizing the suspects or whatever it may be.  The one thing that I am sure of is that we are never going to have a solution if we are torn apart as a country.  Our elected leaders need to come together and bring our country together to find a solution to all of the violence in our country.  Now is the time for our elected leaders to stand up and do whatever is necessary to protect our children.  They need to put aside their differences for the safety of our children because if nowhere else they should feel safe at two places home and school.  In my original write, I was going to make this highly political and therefore be part of the problem, but I am choosing to be part of the solution to finding an answer to this epidemic.  Listening to the response from the leaders of our country it did not sound to me like they, Democrats and Republicans, were willing to put aside politics to keep our children safe.

It is at times like this that our country shows that we are mightier than the evil that befalls it.  At times like this, we as a country work as one no matter our differences to do what is needed to help other Americans.  America is the greatest country in the world and we are like one big family, that may at times get upset and frustrated with each other but if there is an attack on one of us it is an attack on all of us, and we take it personally.  Remember 9/11, Sandy Hook, Columbine, Boston Bombings, or Newtown?  It did not matter your race, ethnicity, gender, or religion we were all Americans doing whatever it took to help our fellow Americans, wouldn’t it be great if we could have that attitude every day and not only when tragedy strikes?  Our leaders need to be unifiers and not dividers going forward, they need to understand there is no right way or wrong way there is only the American way and what is best for American citizens and most importantly American children.

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On to more lighter things, pitchers and catchers reported this week which means 43 days until opening day.  The tribe is looking good again, all of our main pitchers are back, but we lost Jay Bruce and Carlos Santana to free agency.  I like the look of this club it should be an interesting summer and hopefully fall here in Cleveland.

Erin and I have been enthralled with the Olympics from South Korea.  I was never an extreme sports guy but I caught the halfpipe men’s and women’s final. These guys and gals are nuts the way they flip and turn is amazing.  Sean White and Chloe Kim both brought home the gold.  White’s third run which he needed to get the gold was amazing as you can see here:

Chloe Kim was equally impressive as she dominated her way to gold.  This was her run even as she already had the gold medal wrapped up:

The guy that is stealing the show with his exuberance and showmanship is Adam Rippon.  He had a great run last night in men’s figure skating landing a number of different tricks, but the greatest part of Adam Rippon is post-program interviews. He calls the reporters by their first name, for instance when he was asked how he liked the Olympics, he looked the reporter right in the eye and said, “Andrea, it’s pretty amazing!”

Here is a video of his performance that had the crowd rocking and the post-performance interview:

On Fat Tuesday Erin and I went to Fiesta Jalapeno in North Ridgeville.  Erin loves Mexican food, I’ll eat it but I’m not as big a fan.  It was good the decor was nice but not too over the top.  They give you all the chips and salsa that you can handle, which is bad for me since I have no willpower to say no.  I got three soft shell chorizo tacos, I did like the tacos because they just come with cheese and meat and then you add your own vegetables from the taco bar.  Great idea!  Overall the experience was nice and we will probably go back again.  I am instituting a new rating system of shamrocks, 5 being the best that you can get so I give Fiesta Jalapeno  ☘️☘️

That is all for today, wow that was a tough one to write.  Thoughts and prayers to the families of the victims of this terrible tragedy and also to the survivors from the school. Remember this America and its citizens will always be there for you.  I will close with two things, first do not judge others for you have no idea what battle they are fighting within themselves and number two smile and say hello to everyone it takes no effort and you never know being nice may just save that person from the depths of depression.  Lastly, if you are feeling depressed talk to someone talk to anyone if you need to talk to me through this blog or my Twitter account @WCPeters_1, my DMs are always open. Parents talk to your children let them know that they are never alone.  The most underused word in the world is Love, tell someone you love them and mean it.  I know I am guilty of not telling the people that I love that I love them enough, plus love heals all.

Love you guys have a great week!

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Olympics

 

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I apologize for missing Friday’s blog, I was in Columbus, Ohio at the OHSFCA annual clinic.  I love this clinic, not so much for the speakers that they lineup, but I love catching up with guys that I see once or twice a year.  I love the camaraderie that is at the clinic, everyone is there for the same purpose to learn and get better, and that is why I go but it is also nice to come home to Erin and Hank.  Also, shout out to Coach Pavlansky of Canfield High School, one of the best human beings that I have ever come across, for letting me hang out with their staff during the weekend.

The reason that I love football is its correlation to the military which is another part of my life that I am extremely proud.  The military and football are alike in a lot of ways, mainly if you have a great football team or a great platoon or squad on a mission they will be vertically aligned in their beliefs and vision and are striving for the same goal or end result.  Leaders are made from great football programs and also from the military if you do not have a great leadership you are not going to be able to accomplish your mission, plain and simple.  One belief that I have is that there are great leaders and then on the other side of the coin there is no leadership, I do not believe that there is anything in between, there is no o.k. leader.  I believe that great leaders are always trying to improve there ability to lead, not so that they become better leaders but so that their subordinates can benefit from better leaders.  The best leaders are servant leaders that put their people first before themselves, they understand that as their people improve the organization improves and that makes everyone better. The main goal of any leader is to make others better, and to align the organization with clear and concise expectations and a vision of where they want to go.  I was listening to a Podcast with Jon Gordon and he was talking about Dabo Swinney, Head Football Coach at Clemson University, when he was getting interviewed to be the HC at Clemson.  The board told him they wanted their football program to be mentioned in the same breath as Ohio State and Alabama.  Swinney looked at them and said that he had the vision to make Clemson bigger and better than those two programs.   Arguably, Swinney has built Clemson to their level and are getting better, all because their leader has a vision and a plan to execute and is aligning his program to chase that vision.

This weekend there was a lot of talk about creating a culture and different ways of doing it.  There is one thing that I know any organization that can not tell you what their expectations and vision, have no culture.  Culture is a buzzword nowadays, no doubt, but it is vital to creating a successful organization, whether that be a business, team, or a family.  Everyone has to be aligned to the same goal and vision for the organization to be successful.  I would love to be a head coach one day, not because I want to have a team run my offense and defense, I think that is boring, but to be able to build a culture that creates leaders of men.  I think that is what is the most important thing that comes from playing high school sports, especially football.  The world needs leaders for the future that will bring everyone together, rather than the so-called “leaders” that we have today that drive a division between people.  America needs what we have in a locker room, 100 guys of different backgrounds all fighting for the brother to the right and left of them and for a common cause.  This is why football is the greatest of all sports.

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I have been watching the Olympics from South Korea, and I love them!  How about this kid from Rocky River pulling out the Gold medal in snowboarding.  Red Gerard was awesome in that third run!  After his second run when he fell and came up grabbing his back it did not look good for him.  He pulled out an awesome third run and thanks to WKYC Channel 3 and their spoiler alert I knew he won gold before it was telecast, thanks a lot, guys!  I can’t even imagine being 17 years old and being on top of that mountain with all of that pressure and pulling out the run of his life.  Erin and I were emotionally invested in him since we lived in Rocky River for 5 years.  We were cheering every jump and twist and turn and Hank was running around barking, “USA! USA!”  It is amazing how everytime the Olympics come on you get behind the country no matter the sport, in fact, I am watching figure skating right now and am totally invested because it is country vs country.

How about the Cavs?  They made some deals at the deadline and I think they got younger and better.  For a quick recap, they got rid of Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, Iman Shumpert, Dwayne Wade, Derrick Rose, and Jae Crowder.  In return, they acquired Larry Nance, Jr., Jordan Clarkson, Rodney Hood, and George Hill.  I must admit they looked great today in blowing out the Celtics.  These trades and this result pretty much secure the Cavs as the favorite once again in the East.  They had to get Thomas out of that locker room.  He came here and thought he was an alpha, and quickly found out that the alpha of all alphas already resided in Cleveland.  Also, you can not be an asshole and call out perennial all-stars when a) you are brand new to the team and b) you are a 5’5″ ball hog that plays no defense.  The Lakers will be his 6th team since he got to the NBA, there is a reason you’ve been on that many teams and there is only one common denominator, you!  Good Bye and Good Riddance!  It was a nice move to send D Wade back to Miami, that is where he belongs and he can retire a Heat.  The others were expiring contracts and the only one we will miss will be Frye’s versatility.  All in all, I like the moves especially since they kept the Brooklyn pick which will be a lottery pick, so they will get even younger next year.

In my opinion, LeBron is going to stay and retire in Cleveland.  This will be the best move for his legacy and I think he will bring at least one more title to the ‘Land.

Today we celebrated my mother and father in law’s birthdays and I cooked 20lbs of pork for the occasion.  I made two kinds, one was New Orleans style and the other was Carolina style.  Everyone said they were tremendous and I can not wait to cook for more people in the future.  I love to make pulled pork, it is good and easy, the only difficult part was that it took 15 hours.  Hank and I started cooking around noon and we finished around 3am.  We were a little tired but it was well worth it! Happy Birthday Mark and Barb!

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Fly Eagles Fly!!

This weeks edition includes a Super Bowl LII recap of both game and party foods, Hall of Fame Class, and The Phoenix Open.

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Super Bowl LII proved to be one of the greatest Supr Bowls of all time.  The game was well played and cleanly played for the better part of the game.  Philadelphia started out strong and continued that way to a 9-3 first quarter lead.  The kickers had a rough game today as they combined to miss a field goal and two extra points.  The second quarter had some more fireworks and it looked like the Patriots were going to take control, but then the Eagles ran a trick play on the goal line to seize momentum for the rest of the game.  The second half saw the two teams trade touchdowns, with the Patriots taking their first lead at 33-32 on a Brady to Gronk TD pass with about 4 minutes remaining.  Nick Foles calmly led the Eagles down the field converting one fourth down and culminating with a TD pass to Zach Ertz with just over 2 minutes remaining.  This is a move by Doug Pederson that will get overlooked because the Eagles won.  When they scored to go up 5 at 38-33, Pederson elected to go for two and they missed.  He should have kicked the extra point and gone up 6 with just over 2 minutes remaining.  The Patriots got the ball back and on the first play Brady got strip sacked by Brandon Graham, and the Eagles recovered.  The Eagles proceeded to run the ball and kicked a FG to go up 41-33 with just under a minute remaining in the Super Bowl.  Remember, if the Eagles would have kicked the extra point they would be up by nine now and the game would be over, but they didn’t and gave the greatest QB of our generation the ball back with time to tie.  I tweeted about this as it was happening, so it is not second guessing, it is first guessing.  As it turns out the Eagles survived a last-second heave into the end zone as time expired.  Congratulations to the Eagles and Patriots on a great game.  Congratulations to the city of Philadelphia, it has been a long time coming for the city of brotherly love to win a Super Bowl.

The MVP was Nick Foles, he threw for 337 yards and three touchdowns, including the game-winner to Zach Ertz.  Foles has a great story, he had a great year for the Eagles about 4 years ago, in fact, he was MVP of the Pro Bowl.  Then he got traded to the St. Louis Rams were he stunk it up and was contemplating retiring and getting out of football.  Then his brother in law talked him into trying out again and the KC Chiefs gave him a shot, and when Pederson, who was the KC offensive coordinator before becoming head coach at Philly, got the Eagles job they signed Foles as a backup.  This year starter Carson Wentz was having an MVP type season before he tore his ACL in a late-season game against the Rams.  Foles stepped in and the rest is history, Super Bowl MVP, and Champion.

The Patriots need to shore up the defense, they scored 33 points and lost by 8.  If you would have given the Patriots defenses in the early 2000s 33 points they would have won 100 times out of 100.  For the drafting genius that Belichick is supposed to be, he has really missed on some defensive talent, namely, they have none!  Their defense is porous at best and the only reason they are playing in the Super Bowl is that of Tom Brady’s greatness.  This defense is proof that Tom Brady is the GOAT because despite how bad they are the Patriots were in the Super Bowl and Matt Patricia, the defensive coordinator is going to be the Lions head coach tomorrow.

The Hall of Fame class of 2018 was announced Saturday and the members are Ray Lewis, Randy Moss, Brian Urlacher, Bobby Beatherd, Terrell Owens, Brian Dawkins and senior committee selections, Robert Brazile and Jerry Kramer. All are deserving of the nomination but I find it hard to imagine that there would be a Hall of Fame class inducted and there would be no lineman in the class.  The only guy that I am shocked at that got in is Owens, I believe he deserves to be in the hall, I just thought the committee would make him wait a few more years.

Justin Timberlake did not disappoint this year at halftime.  He is the greatest entertainer of our generation and was on fire during his halftime performance.  The tribute to Prince was phenomenal as was all of his singing and dancing throughout the show.

Super Bowl parties had all of the usual fares.  I heard of parties having buffalo chicken dip, sausage bread, wings, fries, and brownies and cookies for dessert.  All of it was fantastic I am sure but it is back to the ole diet and exercise plan tomorrow.

Once again the Phoenix Open did not disappoint with their breathtaking views and great shots the players were making.  16th was its usual loud and raucous self.  17 and 18 were holes you could really score on too. Hope all in attendance had a great time as we creep closer to the Masters in April.

That is all for this week as I will leave you images of the Zach Ertz winning TD tonight.

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RIP Cheif Wahoo and Super Bowl LII

This weeks edition includes a Super Bowl LII preview of both game and party foods, Chief Wahoo is gone, and The Phoenix Open (I need to get back there).

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The Super Bowl is Sunday and will be held in Minnesota.  The Patriots on the heels of a 4th Quarter comeback win against the Jaguars will represent the AFC and the Eagles after running roughshod over the Vikings in the NFC Championship game will represent the NFC.  The Patriots obviously have the experience in this one as almost everyone on the roster has played in multiple Super Bowls.  The Eagles are the complete opposite as they have very little Super Bowl experience, hell there QB has only started about 6 games this year.  I think this will be a better game than most think.  First, the Patriots have yet to play a blowout Super Bowl, and this one has the feeling that if the Eagles win it will be close, but the Patriots could also beat them by 4 touchdowns.  On paper, the Patriots offense is better than the Eagles especially with Gronk coming back and the Eagles defense is one of the tops in the league.  The Eagles quarterback Nick Foles is playing out of his mind and if he continues the Eagles will have a great chance of pulling the win out.  There are so many storylines in this one from Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia last game as Patriots, is Tom Brady leaving if he wins this one, are Kraft, Brady, and Belichick fighting, and is Doug Pederson really a QB whisperer.  It will be interesting to see how the Eagles and their young Head Coach handle the carnival that is the Super Bowl.  The Patriots having the experience edge in this one will definitely benefit them as they are used to all of the distractions that lead up to the game.  These are all things to look for in the game on Sunday and I will give you the winner below.

The other great part of Super Bowl Sunday is the party for the game.  The party is a great time to get together with neighbors or family and enjoy the biggest game of the year.  The menu usually includes some old favorites such as wings, buffalo chicken dip, sliders, pulled pork, and nachos.  I am not sure where we are having at our SB party but I know that Erin and I are bringing brownies and buffalo chicken dip.  Erin “homemakes” her brownies from  Trader Joe’s, the Chocolate Truffle Brownie Mix.  I will post the buffalo chicken dip recipe below.

Buffalo Chicken Dip 

  1. 1 package 8 oz of cream cheese
  2. Secret to the best Buffalo Chicken Dip must use chicken from a rotisserie chicken
  3. 1/2 cup Frank’s Red Hot
  4. 1 cup ranch
  5. 2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack Cheese
  6. 2 cups of shredded SHARP Cheddar Cheese
  7. Celery, Carrots, or Tortilla Chips for dipping

Preheat oven to 350°.  In a medium saucepan on low melt the cream cheese and fold in the shredded chicken. Add ranch, Frank’s Hot Sauce, the Monterrey Jack Cheese and 1/2 of the sharp cheddar to the saucepan.  Transfer to an 8×8 square dish and top with the remaining cheddar cheese, sprinkle a dash of garlic powder and onion powder before remaining sharp cheddar cheese.  Then warm in the oven until top is warm and bubbly should take 30-45 minutes.

This weekend the PGA Tour is the best tournament that I have ever been to, The Waste Management Phoenix Open.  I have been a couple times before and I really need to get back there.  This tournament is unlike any other there will be 100’s of thousands of people there this weekend and the 16th hole is unlike any other on the tour.  Here is a preview of the tournament that started today:

This is what you can expect at the par 3 16th hole:

This seems pretty fun!!

This week we had both the removal of Cheif Wahoo from the Indians uniform and the first State of the Union Address by President Trump, but I am not going to comment on them here as I am not about to turn this into a political blog.  I would like to see them replace Chief Wahoo with the C and feather from GV Art. It would be a great PR move to have a small business from Cleveland make the new logo.

Today, the dying network that is ESPN, they reported that LeBron James is open to talking to the Warriors this summer.  First off, I doubt this is true because ESPN will print and report anything that they think will drive ratings since they are losing subscribers by the hundreds of thousands a month.  Secondly, why if it is true why would LBJ leak this now in the middle of the season?  Thirdly, if he left the Cavs for Warriors at the end of the season, the media and fans would annihilate him.  His legacy would be trash, presumably, the Cavs will play the Warriors for the Championship for the fourth year in a row and win or lose it would not be a good look for him to go to GSW.  LBJ may leave Cleveland after the 2018 season but there is no way he goes to GSW, you heard it here first.

Here are the winners for Sunday including some Prop bets:

  1. Since the bigging of this blog I have talked myself into the Patriots winning by two touchdowns, so take the Patriots -4.5 and over 48.
  2. Take tails -105
  3. Over 2:00 for National Anthem
  4. Over 5 Donald Trump  Tweets on Sunday
  5. Best Value Amendola +1000 to score the first TD

I am also excited about the halftime show featuring Justin Timberlake.  JT is the most talented entertainer of our generation.  He is a great singer, dancer, and actor, plus I think at least one member of N’SYNC will join him on stage!

That is all for this week, see you on Sunday with the results from the game and a recap of all the action. Remember, February 15 pitchers and catchers report!  Go Tribe!

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Thoughts from a Great Weekend!

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Admittedly, I do not listen to the music that is on the radio my commute is filled with podcasts and books from the library.  Therefore, when Erin wanted to watch the Grammy’s tonight I wasn’t sure who would be nominated much less win, but I saw the commercial and Bruno Mars was performing so I watched.  Bruno Mars is a great entertainer and I would love to take Erin to his concert, she absolutely loves him, but other than that I have never heard of 75% of the artists James Corden is announcing.   I will say that “Despacito” is a very catchy song and probably my favorite so far of the Grammy’s.  It was also great to see legends such as The Edge, Bono, Sting, and Shaggy tonight performing.  I love seeing Tony Bennet get out there to present an award with John Legend. Bennet is 91 years old and won a Grammy 56 years ago and still seems sharp as a tack.  I obviously started this segment before the Grammy’s were over, but they may have just saved themselves with Elton John and Miley Cyrus singing “Tiny Dancer”.  By the way, Miley Cyrus looked tremendous in that gown, can’t remember ever saying that before usually, she looks like trash.

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Tiger had a great showing at The Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torry Pines near San Diego, California.  I just saw where they suspended the Open playoff, with Noren and Day tied at -10 after 6 holes, and I’m assuming will finish tomorrow.   Tiger finished tied for 23rd after making the cut right on the number Friday.  I saw today where he finished 656th at the end of 2017 so for him to be able to finish in the top 25 in a legitimate PGA event is awesome, considering he did not have near his A game this week.  I am looking forward to seeing how he rebounds in two weeks at Riviera Country Club at the Genesis Open.  It is one thing to get up and make a cut at one tournament but can he do it at multiple tournaments in a row, if he can do that I will then get excited for Tiger’s return to Augusta.  This weekend Tiger finished 3 under par and shot even on his final round, not bad for a guy that at times looked like he had never played Torrey before today.  Although, it was great seeing the redshirt back out there on Sunday!

One thing that I do pride myself on is that I feel that I am very self-aware.  Erin has asked me before, “If we have a boy will I push him into football?” I told her honestly, no I hope he plays something that I know nothing about so I can stand at the top of the stands and enjoy watching him play.  I discovered that it doesn’t matter if I know the sport or not I enjoy arguing with referees, and before you say anything I am fully aware that it doesn’t help he or she is not going to change the call.  I can not help myself that striped shirt is like the red cape to a bull, it just fires me up from the get-go.  Thinking back to my time as a coach and even as a basketball referee I constantly yell at officials.  That’s right I when I was refereeing basketball I would in my head tell myself that was an awful call that I just made, I yelled at myself more than the coach did.  One highlight, or lowlight depending on the viewpoint, of my past, was when I was 21 years old coaching football at TCC.  We were down 2 points and our QB rolled out from our own end zone and no one was open so he threw the ball out of bounds happens all the time right? The head official called intentional grounding resulting in a safety and effectively ending the game.  I was in the booth and was so upset that I took my headset off and threw it against the wall, exploding it.  I then left the booth and hopped over the railing at the bottom of the stands and ran to the sideline where I expressed to the official my displeasure and he gave me a flag.  This prompted my Aunt who was listening to the game on the radio to call my mother and ask, “Which TCC coach got the flag at the end of the game?” To which my mother answered, “You’re dumbass nephew!”  She was 100% correct it is not a moment I am proud of, but it is one of many.  This weekend we had a wrestling tournament and admittedly I only coached wrestling because they needed someone to be an assistant.  I allowed this referee to get to me again and I spent the whole day mad at this referee because he was not good at his job of being a referee.  I tell you these stories to bring us back to my original point and admit that it will not matter what my son or daughter plays I will always yell at referees, always have always will.  I apologize for my actions in advance.

In the last foodandfootballandeverythingelse.blog I stated that I wanted to make Erin ribs for her prize for coming home to us from Dallas.  I was unable to get ahold of her before she went to the butcher and bought an 11lb pork shoulder, so I made that instead.  I hope next week to make the ribs, they sound like a good Super Bowl Sunday treat.  I put the pork shoulder on the smoker yesterday at 6:30pm and it was going to take 16.5 hours so it should be done around 11am the next day.  I prepared it as I usually do by spreading yellow mustard on it and sprinkling Three Little Pigs All Purpose followed by Three Little Pigs Kansas City Sweet, then injecting it with the Kansas City Sweet, and started the smoker at 250*.  I woke up at 5am and went outside and the pellets had all run out of the fire box, I refilled it and then I went back inside.  Two hours later I went back out and the firebox was empty again and the temperature had fallen and the pork was at 134*, so I took pork off of smoker and finished it in the oven.  It was finished around 3pm and was as good as ever, I figured it would be since the smoke had gotten in the meat and therefore the taste.  I think what happened was over the winter the drop in temperature and then the subsequent rise caused moisture to get in the pellet bag and mess them up, but we saved the pork.  I will be having that for lunch this week!

Until next week when we will talk all things Super Bowl from the game to the party and everything in between. Don’t worry even with this winter storm warning coming tonight feel better because pitchers and catchers report in 15 days!  Go Tribe!!

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Tiger is Back!!

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I am going to discuss two sports topics today along with a review of a local establishment and a preview of the ribs I am going to make Erin as her prize for coming home to Hank and me.  I am watching the replay from SanDiego and the Farmer’s Insurance Open, and seeing Tiger swinging the club well again is great for golf.  When Tiger is competing in tournament championships golf is better because of it.  Tiger was arguably the most dominant athlete of all time during the stretch between 2000-2007.  No one dominated a single sport the way he did, he won majors by double-digit strokes.  Tiger has 14 major championships with 13 coming between 2000-2007, he won the Masters in 1997.  In my opinion, Tiger changed the type of athlete that played golf.  Prior to Tiger’s dominant stretch, your average golfer was a middle-aged white or European man that most of us could not identify with.  Tiger comes along as a young, energetic, African-American man who ushered in an entirely new demographic of golf fan.  Sponsored by the largest athletic apparel company in the world, Nike, and he was an in every living room in America on Sundays in the summer.  I firmly believe that if it were not for the “Tiger” effect the golf world would have never had the likes of a Dustin Johnson.  Tiger forced other golfers to be better, he was at the cutting edge of training and nutrition and he forced other golfers to change the way they trained if they wanted to keep up with him.  Tiger made it cool to be a golfer, with his red shirts on Sunday, 300 yard drives, and his overall dominate play.  Tiger was the biggest star of the early 2000’s because since the incident in 2009 every time Tiger picks up a golf club he is the number one golf story.  Tiger has only played sparingly since 2009 and when he has played it hasn’t been well but he is a story at every tournament and when he is coming back.  I think he is healthy and his swing is back, I hope he eases his way back into the season and doesn’t rush so he can maintain his health.

I think Tiger will be good again but for those that think that he will be the old dominate Tiger are kidding themselves.  Also, if Tiger is not as dominant as he was before it does not mean that there is anything wrong with him.  First, Tiger is 42 years old and hasn’t been healthy in 10 years, the last major he won he had a torn ACL and broken fibula.  I have just entered my 40’s and can tell you there are things that hurt in the morning that did not when I was 39, so age will affect Tiger for sure.  Second, the competition is 100x better now than it was in the early 2000’s.  Speith, DJ, Rory, Fowler, Rose are all great players and capable of winning each and every tournament they enter.  When Tiger was at his most dominate his major competition was Phil Mickelson and everyone else was a distant third.  I hope in 2019 Tiger is back to 100%, it will be fun to see him in groups with the aforementioned younger champions.  Here’s looking forward to a great 2018 golf season and the return of Tiger!

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The baseball writers have turned the Hall of Fame into a yearly joke.  These old crotchety writers need to get over themselves, the last few classes while they have been decent, the story is more about the guys they are leaving out.  Baseball needs to step in and do something about them leaving out the guys from the steroid era.  Barry Bonds and Rodger Clemens are two of the greatest players of all time and definitely deserve to be in the Hall.   Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa who were both on PEDs brought baseball back with their home run chase in 1998 after baseball went on strike in 1994. They need to construct a new wing in the Hall and call it players from the steroid era, but whatever they do these guys need to be in the Hall of Fame.  If the conspiracy theorists are correct and baseball turned a blind eye because these guys were hitting HRs and driving up attendance and ratings, well then baseball really needs to step in and do something for the guys who brought fans back to baseball.

This years class was ok, Chipper Jones, Vladimir Guerrero, and Jim Thome all were good players in their own right.  Chipper was the #1 draft pick in the amateur draft by the Atlanta Braves.  He played 18 years in the big leagues primarily at third base, he was an 8x All-Star, MVP, batting title winner, and played in three World Series winning the 1995 WS.  He had a decent career, but I do have one funny story about my man Chipper.  My family was at the Atlanta Braves game in the summer of 1999, a couple years earlier a story broke that he had impregnated a Hooters waitress, well my brother Mike came to the game armed with his information and it just so happens we are sitting on the third base side.  Michael berates Chipper the entire game, hurling barbs at him using his given name Larry, mind you Michael at the time is like 14 years old.  If you think that I have some useless knowledge in my brain about sports, I do not hold a candle to Michael.

Vladimir Guererro is the best player in the class, I remember watching him bat and no matter where they threw it he could hit it and hit it hard.  Vlad hit HRs on balls that bounced to the plate!  Vlad was a 9x all-star, MVP, and an 8x silver slugger winner.  Vlad played on the last great Montreal Expo team in 1994 that was probably going to the World Series but the season was cut short by players strike.

Jim Thome is the name in this class that confuses me, in my opinion, he is nowhere near a first ballot Hall of Famer.  He was a 5x all-star and a silver slugger award winner, that is all.  He batted in one of the most prolific lineups with the Indians in the mid-1990s.  He was never the best player on his team, he did play in the World Series in 1995 and 1997. Jim did hit 612 home runs but struck out 2548 times in 22 years.  He was never higher than 4th in MVP voting, I just do not understand why he gets first ballot status and they continue to leave Bonds and Clemens out.

Omar Vizquel was the biggest snub from this class and to make matters worse he only garnered 30% of the vote.  The guy is the greatest defensive shortstop to have ever played the game.  The plays he made were unreal, watch the clip below for evidence.

This was in the World Series folks!  The guy made play after play for the Tribe whether it be on offense or defense.  He was a 3x all-star and an 11x gold glove winner.  The reason he was only a 3x all-star was because of Derek Jeter and the Yankees.  Jeter couldn’t carry Vizquel’s glove but because he played for the Yankees the media loved him.  One day the writers will reward defense and not just these guys that hit 600 home runs but strikeout 2500 times.

I stopped at Frank and Ellie’s today for the Thursday review.  I thought it was going to be more along the lines of a bar/grill, but it was not.  I walked in and they had nine different drafts but they were all domestics so I just ordered a Miller Lite.  I asked the waitress for a menu and she said that they do not have one and pointed to a little board on the wall.  I got two Frank’s burgers which were ok, they were made on an oven grill.  I was a little disappointed by what I thought I was walking into, but after I came to grips with what it is, it is a fine local establishment that I will be back to after dinner!

Lastly, Erin has been out of town nine of the last ten days for work and Hank and I miss her.  Shout out to Tami, Julie, and Jack for taking care of Hank while I was at school, he couldn’t go to daycare because of his damn puppy warts!  Thank you for proving once again we live in an awesome neighborhood!  Erin gets back tonight around midnight, so I decided to make her favorite ribs on Sunday.  I am going to make Barbecued Beef ribs.  I am going to need slabs of beef ribs, 1/2 cup basic BBQ rub, 1 cup basic BBQ sauce.  First, I am going to season ribs on all sides with the rub, then set the Big Green Egg to indirect cooking at 300*.  I am going to place the ribs on a V rack in a 9×13 drip pan lined with aluminum foil on the grid.  The ribs will cook for 2 1/2-3 hours, until tender or 190*F internal temperature.   Then, I will take Ribs off and raise the temperature of the EGG to 500*F.  Then I will place the ribs directly on the grid basting with the sauce every few minutes for 5-7 minutes until they are covered with sauce.  Serves 4.

Ingredients for a Basic BBQ Sauce:

  1. 2 15 oz cans of tomato sauce
  2. 2 cups Apple Cider Vinegar
  3. 1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
  4. 1 cup Brown Sugar
  5. 1 tsp Kosher Salt
  6. 1 tsp Black Pepper
  7. 1/2 tsp celery seed
  8. 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  9. 2 tsp smoked paprika
  10. 1 tsp ground cloves
  11. 1 tsp garlic powder
  12. 1 tsp onion powder
  13. 1 chipotle pepper in adobo

Place the tomato sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and brown sugar in a medium saucepan and mix well.

Wisk the salt, pepper, celery seed, cinnamon, paprika, cloves, garlic powder, onion powder, and chipotle together in a small bowl until completely blended.  Add to the saucepan and mix well.  On the stove top simmer the sauce over low heat for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until sauce thickens.  Remove the Chipotle with a slotted spoon and serve.

Ingredients for the Basic BBQ Rub:

  1. 3 tbs sweet paprika
  2. 1 1/2 tsp celery seed
  3. 2 tsp garlic powder
  4. 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  5. 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  6. 2 tbs Kosher Salt
  7. 1 tbs black pepper
  8. 1/4 cup Brown Sugar

Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.  You can store in an airtight container for up to 3 months.

That will be my Sunday of cooking I can’t wait to get back out there this Sunday and fire up the Big Green Egg!

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See you Sunday for recap of Tiger’s round and a review of the Ribs!!

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