Category: Sports

Nick: Soccer Star!

Nick taking the ball down the field

Grandson Nick was recently selected to play on an elite travel soccer team, so Brenda and I went down to Richmond to watch Nick play one of his last YMCA soccer games before he he moves up to the big leagues.  Today, his team dominated.  After the game, we went over to nearby a restaurant called “Fest,” a German Beer Garden with many wonderful draft German beers, sausages, pretzels and other great German fare; perfect for 9 year olds and their parents.  Dane took command of the community chalk board at the restaurant and a splendid time was had by all.

Julian’s First Soccer Game


With one practice under their belts, Team Green had their first game the very next day. And even thought the temperature was over 100 degrees, they won easily, scoring many more goals that Team Blue.  The first score of the game came about 25 seconds after the game started.  Julian took the ball, and just went up the field and scored.  After the game, the team celebrated with the traditional water and orange slices.

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Not So Rosy

SportsYelling at my TeeVee

Stayed up until about midnight watching the Spartans blow their lead in the championship game and lose out on a trip to Pasadena. So my question is what was any MSU player doing within even 40 yards of the punter?

Besides the end result, I was also disgusted with the Fox sports announcers.  I want sports announcers that inform and don’t get all shouty and over-excited, like Fox News/Politics announcers. But, working for Fox, they probably can’t help it.

Anyway, stupid Spartans.

On a happy note, Gabe and Erin get married today!  More on that later…

The Kings of October!

Heart AttacksSportsYelling at my TeeVee

Wow! Just wow!  A blocked field goal, a safety by rule, going for and getting 2 points after TD, then with game tied 31-31, a Hail Mary with 4 seconds left, and “upon further review…” I was just sitting in a chair watching the game drinking a Belgian ale, and I was exhausted! And I probably had several heart attacks.

So MSU upsets #6 Wisconsin!  Last week  MSU upsets Michigan.  Week before that  MSU upsets Ohio State.  I know, next week is Nebraska, but for the Kings of October…who knows?  They might just pull out another one – any given Saturday. Here are some highlights.

UPDATE: Highlights gone.



WOW! The new Nike Combat Uniform is unveiled in East Lansing, MI today at Spartan Stadium as the MSU Spartans take on the Michigan Wolverines for the 104th time (67-31-5 U of M). I don’t know how I feel about this look? I’m more of a traditional kinda guy. In fact I’m so traditional that I think they should bring back the leather helmets of the 1930’s and 40’s…..OK U of M just ran a fake field goal for a first down. I’ve got to go, MSU needs me to watch this game and to make nachos while having a beer in my new “Go Fish” beer stein. I’m sure you all understand.
P.S. Tigers V. Texas tonight at 8:05pm from Arlington, TX. Go TIGERS!!!!!!

Rangers just went up 3-2


I hate them and I must stop watching.  Let’s talk about something else.

I don’t know if you noticed the amazing awesomeness of my weather widget on the News page or not, but you should.  The cool thing about it is that it figures out where you are  based on your IP address, and displays the weather for that city.  I know!  I’ll give you a minute to let the awesomeness of that sink in.  If it can’t figure out where you are, it displays the weather for Rehoboth Beach.  Why not?

Tigers just retired the inning.  I’ll watch them bat, I guess.

Five and Oh!


Okay, so the Tigers are down 0-2 against the Texas Rangers.  What a stupid name, “Rangers.”  But I digress…

The Lions however, played its first game in over 10 years on Monday Night Football last night and beat da Bears 24-13 in front of the largest crowd ever at Ford Field.  The crowd was so loud that the Bears had a record number of false start penalties because they just couldn’t hear the count.

The Lions are 5-0 for the first time since 1956.  I was 5.  Who are these guys and what have they done with my Lions?  Where is Wayne Fontes and his hideous yet hilarious play calling?  Speaking of that era, Barry Sanders was co-captain for the team last night and he did a voice over for the Monday Night Football intro – so much better than than that Confederate wingnut bonehead Hank Williams Jr.  Glad he’s off my TeeVee.

Calvin Johnson had a 73 yard TD reception; Jahvid Best had an 88 yard TD run; Brandon Pettigrew had an 18 yard TD reception.  Detroit’s defense was all over Jay Cutler all night.  It was a great game marred only by too much passing & not enough running.

Here’s a link to video highlights because the NFL won’t let anyone embed its precious, precious video.

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To display your local weather, click on the 3 short lines at the top right of the widget. Delete “Washington D.C.,” and start typing the name of your nearest fairly large city. When the correct city appears in the drop down list, select it.  Wait for the Page to reload, and there’s your weather. The page should remember your city.

06:2119:52 EDT
Feels like: 57°F
Wind: 11mph NNW
Humidity: 59%
Pressure: 30.1"Hg
UV index: 0
min 53°F