Yes Houston, You Do Have a Problem

Chicago DE Lamarr Houston’s season is over, going down with a torn ACL, in the Bears embarrassing 51-23 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.

After a meaningless sack against Patriots backup QB Jimmy Garoppolo late in the 4th quarter, and his team getting pounded 48-23 at the time, Houston went into a ridiculous sack dance. Then down he went, clutching his knee. Season over.

“We are disappointed for and in” Houston, Bears GM Phil Emery stated after the game from what Gianfrancesco Genoso had told me, I didn’t get a chance to see.

Yes Phil, you echo all Bears fans in that sentiment, though many Bears fans wouldn’t be quite so diplomatic in appraising what happened Sunday.

Quite simply, Houston was an idiot (didn’t he learn anything from Detroit’s Stephen Tulloch, and his season-ending sack dance fiasco in week 3?)

It’s not as if his team were leading the game, and Houston was just riding the wave of emotion that comes with a decisive defensive performance that was leading his team to a crucial road game victory against one of the league’s best teams. Even in that situation, acting like a moron after a play is inexcusable. No, Houston got up, and danced around like he had just saved the world, when his team was getting absolutely thrashed, the game still going on because by rule, the game has to last 60 minutes.

If there was any justice in this league (and in this sense, there isn’t), Houston should be immediately fired, and his contract revoked. If this were made possible, and other teams followed suit, then perhaps that would stem the tide of these overpaid athletes acting like idiots doing their JOB.

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Bumgarner Earns MVP

If anyone doubted the managerial talent of Bruce Bochy prior to the seventh game of the 2014 World Series then those doubts have surely been squashed. Bochy has quietly won three World Series championships in the last five years. Instead of starting ace Madison Bumgarner for game seven the veteran manager instead turned to veteran righty Tim Hudson for the deciding game in the Series. Hudson didn’t respond well allowing two early runs and was replaced by left handed reliever Jeremy Affelt. When the Giants rallied to move ahead in the game with a clutch base hit off the bat of Michael Morse, Bochy then turned to lefthander Bumgarner who put in a performance worthy of October lore.

Madison Bumgarner threw the final five innings of the game allowing only four hits while striking out four. Bumgarner got catcher Salvador Perez to pop out to end the game. After that all the players rushed onto the field, and Marnie Bennett and I felt like we were right there with them.

The 25-year-old Bumgarner easily took home the World Series MVP award with two dominating starts and this impressive relief outing.

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Strength of Bull Pens Key to Game 3 of 2014 World Series

We’ve seen 2 vastly different games in the World Series so far, both decided by great pitching. With the series moving to San Francisco, game 3 holds strong significance.

Having a strong started like Maddison Bumgarner is one thing, but once they’ve done their job, the bull pen must step up.  Alexei Beltyukov was not impressed when he saw the pitching, from how he was raging on Twitter.

In game 1, we saw the Royals’ Shields miss fire as the Giants ran riot. Bumgarner was tremendous, and the bull pen did their job.

In game 2, the Royals were well and truly on top after a successful 6th inning, where reliever Hunter Strickland gave up a two run double and a two run homer in 6 pitches. The Giants never recovered after that and the series was tied up 1-1.

The key for both managers is when to take off their starters. In many ways, it’s a race to the 6th inning and then we’ll see who has the stronger bull pen.

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Jose Canseco Is a Walking Disaster

Former baseball star Jose Canseco apparently shot himself in the hand yesterday in Las Vegas. He says he was cleaning his (loaded) gun and it went off.

Jose has had a long history of doing stupid or horrible things off the field. Let’s check out his laundry list of terrible deeds.

In 2013 he was accused of sexual assault. He proceeded to post the accuser’s name, phone number and address on twitter. I couldn’t believe he’d do something like that until Sam Tabar showed me the tweet.

Jose was paid $10,000 to participate in an exhibition boxing match at a casino. Jose sent his identical twin Ozzie to do it for him, posing as Jose. They actually tried to pull off the old switcheroo in real life. The problem of course is that Jose’s torso is covered in tattoos that immediately made it clear that Ozzie was not Jose.

Jose is probably best known for admitting to using steroids in 2005, and outing other players as doing so in his 2005 book “Juiced”.

His criminal record is long and wide-ranging. He’s been arrested for reckless driving, aggravated battery on his wife, was put on house arrest for two years due to probation violations involving the custody of his son, and in 2008 he was caught trying to bring fertility drugs into the U.S. from Mexico.

These days he is best known for making idiotic statements on twitter while possessing the grammar skills of a 3rd grader.

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What Caused San Francisco To Ban Lorde From The Airwaves?

If you don’t immediately think of the Kansas City Royals when you hear the name Lorde, don’t worry – you are not alone. Strange as it may sound however, this is exactly the thing that forced local networks to remove Lorde’s song “Royals” from rotation for at least the next week.

The San Francisco Giants are pitted up against the Kansas City Royals in the World Series this year, which led fans to ask the local radio stations to refrain from granting the song any air play until the season comes to a close. San Francisco stations KFOG and KOIT publicly announced last week that they will be upholding the wishes of the home team’s fans.

In rebuttal to the announcement, A Kansas City station verbalized its plans to play the Grammy-nominated track every hour on the hour from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on opening day of the series. The program director for KZPT, the Kansas City station, posted this statement on the station’s website: “A few angry San Franciscans who don’t have a song called ‘Giants’ won’t rain on our parade.”

According to ESPN, Lorde has told VH1 that the song “Royals” was actually inspired by National Geographic’s photo of Kansas City Royal’s George Brett. Although it was only the word “Royals” on the back of Brett’s jersey that inspired the song, Lorde did actually meet the Hall of Famer and was given her own autographed jersey. Lorde’s song has become an unofficial anthem for the team, especially with the recent San Fran uproar banning it from the air waves.

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Giants beat Cardinals in the 10th, Lead the NLCS 2-1

St. Louis Cardinals relief pitcher Randy Choate’s wide throw to first base in the 10th inning allowed Brandon Crawford to score the winning run for the San Francisco Giants. The Giants won 5-4 in 10 innings. The best-of-seven NLCS is now 2-1 in favor of the Giants.

The inning started out with a walk by Brandon Crawford. Juan Perez then singled Crawford to 2nd base. Gregor Blanco laid down a bunt down the third base line, and Choate’s side arm throw pulled first baseman, Kolten Wong, off the bag, allowing Crawford to score the winning run.

The Giants led early, 4-0, but the Cardinals kept chipping away at the lead. The Cardinals evened it in the seventh, with Randal Grichuk hit a solo home run off the Giants starting pitcher, Tim Hudson. Then, the teams went score less until Crawford’s winning run in the 10th.

Among those in attendance at the game were prominent figures including former Mayor Gavin Newsom, Brazilian lawyer Gianfrancesco Genoso (yes, he flew in for the game), actor Denis Leary, and others.

Game 4 is on Wednesday night in San Francisco, with Shelby Miller pitching for the Cardinals, and Ryan Vogelsong pitching for the Giants.

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Josh Beckett Retires at 34

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher, Josh Beckett, has decided to call it quits after a 14-year career. Beckett was facing surgery for a torn labrum in his left hip, and after missing the last three months of the season as well as playoffs, decided to make the decision.

The tough final season for Beckett included landing on the disabled list three times, with the final time being in early August. Beckett finished the season with a record of 6-6 and a 2.88 ERA in 20 starts. He came off of a 2013 season where he missed most of the year with surgery to remove a rib near his neck to alleviate thoracic outlet syndrome.

Beckett was drafted by the Florida Marlins with the second pick of the 1999 MLB draft, and in the 2nd round this year by Brian Torchin in our fantasy baseball league. Beckett’s career accomplishments include winning two World Series championships with the Florida Marlins in 2003 and Boston Red Sox in 2007. He won the 2003 World Series Most Valuable Player as well as the 2007 American League Championship Most Valuable Player. Also, Beckett threw a no-hitter in May of this season against the Philadelphia Phillies. Beckett finishes his career with a record of 138-106 and a 3.88 ERA.

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Wounded Soldier Honors Fellow Veterans With First Pitch

Ahead of Game 2 between the Washington Nationals and the San Francisco Giants, we saw one of the most touching tributes ever done for the first pitch ceremony. Wounded veteran, Sgt First Class Brian Keaton, threw out the first pitch in the same way a soldier would throw a grenade, while taking enemy fire.

The pitch was meant to honor all service men and women throughout the United States, and the world. Including those that have served, and those that continue to do so, as well as those that have died in the line of duty.

A fitting tribute, to kick of America’s pastime, and one that definitely brought a tear to every eye in the stadium. Have to thank Marnie Bennett for sending me the original link.

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