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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!!


A Little This and That

Welcome back everyone, there are a number of topics I would like to cover today.  From NFL playoff winners, Hall of Fame finalists, to the mess that is the Browns and everything in between.

First, on a positive note, the NFL Hall of Fame finalists came out this week.  The list includes many, many, great players on both the offensive and defensive side of the ball. I am of the belief that if a guy is a Hall of Famer than put him in the Hall of Fame.  There is no reason to make a guy wait to get the required 80% vote if he is a Hall of Famer.  A lot of guys are hampered and made to wait to get in the Hall of Fame because of the guys that are in their class.  Guys that I think will get the 80% of the vote and be enshrined in Canton in August will be:

  1. Ray Lewis-if he doesn’t get in they should lock the doors and never allow another player in again.  He is the greatest linebacker of all time and it isn’t even close.  I do not care that he had a brush with the law early in his career, he was a great football player and that’s who belongs in Canton.  Also, I can’t wait until his speech, that will definitely be one for the DVR.
  2. Alan Faneca-Drafted by the Steelers in 1998, he had a great career with Pittsburgh till 2007. He then signed with the NY Jets for 5 years and $40 million, $21 million guaranteed.  The Jets cut him in 2010 and he retired in 2011 after 13 years.  He was a great offensive guard and was voted to the Steelers 75th anniversary team by the fans.
  3. Tony Boselli-1st pick by the expansion Jacksonville Jaguars, he was then drafted by the Houston Texans in the expansion draft in 2002.  He retired after the season due to injury.  He has been on the ballot for five years and I think this is the year he gets in.
  4. Brian Urlacher-spent his entire thirteen-year career with the Monsters of the Midway.  He won rookie of the year in 2000, was selected to 8 pro bowls, and was named the Defensive Player of the Year in 2005.  He played at the same time as Lewis did and was considered 1B to Lewis’s 1A.
  5. Randy Moss-Had a storied and sorted career, but there is little doubt that he is the most talented wide receiver ever to play the game.  He was bigger and faster than everyone else on the field.  He played on some great teams, his rookie year 1998, the Minnesota Vikings went 15-1 and lost in the NFC championship game.  He also played on the 16-0 New England Patriots in 2007 that lost to the New York Giants in the Super Bowl.

That is my take on the Hall of Fame inductions in August.  If you look at the list, there is a case to be made for everyone on that list to get enshrined.  The Hall of Fame needs to redo how the pick the HoF class and put in the guys that are deserving of the honor no matter how many there are in the class.

I started with a positive note now to turn a little bit to the dark side.  The Cleveland Browns are the perpetual dumpster fire.  So, on Sunday a number of NFL coaches got fired, the one exception was Hue Jackson who by the way is 1-31 in his two years in Cleveland and 9-39 overall as an NFL head coach.  Then on Monday, he issued the statement that “not everyone could do the job he did this year.”  He is 100% correct, anyone else would at least accidentally won 1 game as evidenced by there only being two teams in the history of the NFL to go 0-16.  I hate to say this because most of the time it is not right, but Jackson should be fired tomorrow.  He blames the front office and lack of talent on the roster for the team’s failings every week, he takes no personal accountability.  He does not deserve the privilege of coaching this franchise anymore.

As Jason McCourty said after last Sunday “this team does not have the talent to win the Super Bowl, but it also does not have the talent to go 0-16!”  This is a huge draft for the Browns this year they have four picks in the top 35 including #1 and #4.  They need to get weapons that will be developed and coached so that one day soon the Browns will not be the laughing stock of the league, but be competitive.  I am sending a letter to Mr. Haslem telling him I will coach the Browns for 1/2 of whatever he pays that bum Jackson.

Now to this scam of a “parade”, they are going to have on Saturday.  They should not be celebrating a 0-16 team, this is just reinforcing to the Haslem’s that they have the fans right where they want them.  We, as the fans, need to put pressure on the Haslem’s to make a change to make the team better.  If you are a true Browns fan do not show up for this “parade”, instead, everyone should call up and cancel their season tickets.  I’m not sure that not showing up will put pressure on the Haslem’s, but I do know that the NFL does not want empty stadiums so the league will put pressure on them to either become better or sell.  People, do not show up on Saturday send the Browns a message that we will not stand for this any longer and they need to bring us at least a competitive team with more than one good player.  Make a move Mr. Haslem for the betterment of the team.  Have some pride as a fanbase and do not attend this celebration of a disaster of a season.

On to college football, another scam “parade” is being held in Orlando, Fla.  UCF’s athletic director is throwing a “championship parade” for the undefeated UCF Knights.  UCF’s claim is based on the fact that they beat Auburn in the Peach Bowl and Auburn is the only team to beat Alabama and Georgia so they are using the transitive property to claim this national title.  UCF is a nice little story this college football season but to think that they could beat Alabama, Georgia, or even Auburn in a regular season game is ludicrous.   UCF is paying there former coaching staff, all of which are leaving to coach Nebraska, and won’t be there for the parade, their bonuses for winning the national championship.  This is the most insane thing I’ve ever heard.  This is opening a whole can of worms, how can an athletic department pay their coaches bonuses, coaches that are leaving, by the way, a mythical national championship bonus and Universities can’t pay their athletes.  This is not a good look, especially since the one doing the paying is not a power 5 school.  That is a discussion for later in the winter when there is nothing else going on.

Speaking of College Football Playoffs.  The Rose Bowl was one of the greatest games I’ve ever seen, while the Sugar Bowl was a curb stomping by the Tide.  In the Rose Bowl, Georgia was down 14 at the half 31-17.  In the second half behind, a strong defense and a great running game the Bulldogs came roaring back to take a 38-31 lead.  Then with about 6 minutes left in the game, Oklahoma scored to tie the game.  On the ensuing possession, a Georgia fumble was returned for a touchdown to give the Sooners a 45-38 lead.  Then Georgia marched down and tied the game with just under a minute to go on a direct snap to Nick Chubb.  In overtime, I thought the Bulldogs were in trouble after their first possession ended in an FG, but the Bulldog defense stepped up and held the Sooners to an FG thanks to some questionable playcalling by the Sooners.  The Sooners started the second overtime on offense and again some questionable playcalling that took the ball out of Baker Mayfield’s hand led to another FG by Oklahoma.  On Georgia’s possession, they snapped the ball to Sony Michel and he ran left and went untouched for a touchdown.

The Sugar Bowl was not so entertaining the Crimson Tide held Clemson to 100 yards in the first half on their way to a 26-6 win.  Setting up an all-SEC National Championship game on Monday in Atlanta.  We will have a preview of that game on Sunday. The best thing that ESPN does for the semi-finals and the national championship game is the coach’s film room.  This year they had Bret Bielema most recently of Arkansas, Larry Fedora HC at North Carolina, Gary Patterson HC at TCU, Major Applewhite HC at Houston, Dino Babers HC at Syracuse, and Dana Holgerson HC at WVU.  Gary Patterson was the star of the show, he was next level good with his analysis.  Babers, Holgerson, and Bielema were the next best with there analysis.  For a guy like me that loves the ins and outs of the game of football, it was very enjoyable to watch these experts break down a game and catch the little things that you do not always get to see when watching the regular broadcast.  Keep this up ESPN, looking forward to National Championship game.

This weekend my wife is taking over the cooking since here in Avon it is 0 degrees.  Tomorrow she is making one of my favorites Cauliflower Pizza.  That means the “crust” will consist of cauliflower and parmesan cheese.  Our toppings for tomorrow will include fresh mozzarella cheese slices, pepperoni, peppers, and pizza sauce.  It is going to be delicious.  On Sunday, we are having a beef roast that she is making in the oven, that is going to be awesome as well.  I am looking forward to having the weekend off from cooking.  Our two words for the New Year are healthy and simplify.  Make 2018 great!

Tonight we taped the great room for painting.  Erin, could not wait to get some color on these walls.  We built a house last September and had to wait to paint the walls until all of the nail pops were fixed.  Our weekend project is going to be painting the great room greige and the half bath Naval Blue.  Sounds fun!

I didn’t forget about you with the NFL playoff winners.  After a 20-16-1 showing in the bowl season for 56%, we are ready to tackle the NFL Wildcard this weekend.

  1. Chiefs -8.5
  2. LA Rams/Falcons under 48.5
  3. Jacksonville -9
  4. Car/New Orleans under 48

There you go, winners, for Wildcard weekend! Let’s go 4-0!

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