Archive for August, 2017

I have never been the biggest Joey Votto fan over the years but even with the bad season Joey have truly become a leader of a young ball team that is trying to find their way.

Today Joey Votto showed that he has become a leader of men.  Look what he did for a kid at the game today.

 

Very classy of Votto and something that family will remember forever.

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Today is GAMEDAY in Bloomington!  The Buckeye are in town and they brought the college football circus with them.  Lee Corso and the College Gameday crew are here and Hoosier Nation is ready!  Indiana announced on Wednesday the game was a sell out and the co-eds are already tailgating as you read this.  One of the cool things about today is one time IU coach and national treasure, Lee Corso is back in town to enjoy the festivities.  College Gameday will not be the same when he decides to hang it up and it’s nights like tonight we have to embrace the greatness that is Coach Corso.  Here are a few of his finest moments.

 

Win, lose or draw today is a great day for Hoosier football and it sets up for a great football week in the state as Purdue will take center stage in Indy Saturday evening against the Dirty Birds and that fumbling Lamar Jackson.  But today is not about the Boilers, it’s about Hoosier football.  Enjoy it, the circus doesn’t come to town very often.  Let’s GOOOOOOOOOOO!

 

Ugly Colts QB Situation Getting Uglier

Posted: August 29, 2017 by cschrump in Uncategorized

by Chad Schrump

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The Indianapolis Colts’ quarterback situation is as big of a mess as you can imagine. It’s an absolute nightmare. What’s more, it’s getting worse by the week – if not by the day.  What’s caused me to lose my mind, and perhaps you’ve already heard this – is that in yesterday’s media scrum with Colts’ inept Head Coach Chuck Pagano, Pagano told Indianapolis Star columnist Gregg Doyel, that he hasn’t seen Andrew Luck throw the football yet.  I mean, he’s thrown the ball some but he just hasn’t watched it.

Uh, what?! Come again?  How in Sam Hell can that even be possible?  In what universe is that a plausible scenario?

One, I don’t believe that for a second – not one – but two, if that’s indeed true, then Pagano should be embarrassed and may as well resign immediately because he’s as far on the outside of a team’s inner workings as a person can be without getting fired.  Save yourself the embarrassment and resign.  But again, I don’t believe that for a second.

Can you even imagine admitting (lying) to the local media that you haven’t watched your $140M QB throw the football yet? Hell, Andrew Luck is the only guy in this entire organization that has any legitimate shot at saving Pagano’s job and enabling him to continue coaching for more than one season with Colts’ new GM Chris Ballard.  You haven’t seen him throw?  Give me a break.  That’s a bunch of bullshit.  You know it and I know it.  Shame on you for even coming at the media and the fans with that garbage.  If I’m Pagano, I’m not sure Luck has thrown a pass that I haven’t seen!

It’s actually pathetic that the Colts’ brass sent Chuck out to the media with that message in tow. You know without a shadow of a doubt that when Ballard told Pagano to play dumb and tell the media that you haven’t seen him throw the football yet that Pagano had to feel like an absolute buffoon.  I thought Pagano was a proud man.  Nope, I was wrong.  Anybody that can go out in front of a media herd like that and lie with that much conviction, all the while making himself out to be a first class stooge – nope, not an ounce of pride left in the man.  None.

The writing is on the wall. Andrew won’t be playing the first couple of games, at best.  You can take that one to the bank.  So, with Luck out, that leads us to our next issue:

Stephen Morris is not getting the shot to be the starting quarterback that he deserves. Hell, he’s not getting the shot that this football team deserves.  We’ve seen Scott Tolzien.  Are you impressed?  Is there anything you’re seeing that blows you away and would make you think that Morris doesn’t deserve a chance?  Any attributes possessed that you see and say, “Now that’s what I want in my starting quarterback!”  Hell no.  Of course not.

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Tolzien was putrid in the first two exhibition games. Simply awful.  Granted, he did play better against Pittsburgh but guess what?  We were watching the details, weren’t we?  We saw that the first scoring drive was keyed by a Donte Moncrief broken tackle that turned a 7-yard gain into 55 yards and then an opening TD.  We were watching.

Don’t think for a second that we didn’t see the red zone interception when Tolzien never saw linebacker Ryan Shazier pop out and make an easy play, costing the Colts some points. Those are mistakes that can’t be made.  They just can’t.

Meanwhile, Colts’ 3rd team QB Stephen Morris continues to inch closer and closer to Tolzien.  Morris continues to make play after play after play after play.  When something breaks down, he finds a way to move the ball – or at a minimum, to find a way to not lose field position.  He’s not making big mistakes and quite frankly, deserves a real shot to work with the Indianapolis Colts first-team offensive line and playmakers.  This is not the time for Chuck to be weak.  There is a realistic scenario that says Andrew Luck doesn’t play for a month of this season.

If Indy wants to waste yet another Luck season, then go ahead and stay with status quo. Go ahead and start the career backup quarterback that every damn player on the Colts’ sideline knows won’t make a real difference.  Go ahead and start that backup that the opposing team’s defensive coordinator won’t lose a wink of sleep over.  Not a single wink.

I’m fearful that Pagano has wasted all of training camp not giving Morris the snaps with the first team that he needs to be successful. This weekend’s final preseason game with the Bengals won’t be a great venue to showcase this battle as most likely, Cincinnati will sit most, if not all, of its starting defensive unit.  Wouldn’t have been nice to see Morris play against the Steelers starters, instead of backups, to see what was there?

I’d like to have seen it.

Not Chuck Pagano though. You see, Chuck doesn’t watch his quarterbacks throw the football.

Just ask him.

College Football’s Top 10 Games of the Week

Posted: August 29, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

We had the college football equivalent of the wedge salad last weekend and now I’m ready for the steak.  Here are this weeks top ten college games complete with game times, channel info, line and picks.  There are some great games starting this Thursday so make sure to save the pic so you don’t miss any of the action.

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by @jaydyer77

Looks like UofL is just placing a job placement ad for their volleyball players to me.    I bet Bobby P had something to do with that since he has always taken interest in the well being of collegiate volleyball players.  The best part is the players can keep their amateur status too.  That’s a win win!

College Football KnockOut Pool is Back!

Posted: August 28, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

With five games last Saturday and a full slate this week means it is time to bring back the College Football KnockOut Pool!!!

The best thing the College Football Playoff brought to the sport is the chance that every team has a chance to lift that national championship trophy at year’s end.  Yes, all of them and every game matters.  The way I like to look at the college football season is like it is one big survivor pool.  Lose and you are out with all Power 5 schools plus Notre Dame and BYU getting a mulligan.

Each week I will post the pool results so you can follow along to see who still has a chance to play in the College Football Playoff.

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The NFL is Straight Garbage and this is Why!

Posted: August 28, 2017 by jmklee in Uncategorized

If you follow me on twitter, and you should @BDSlider, then you know my continuing disillusion with the NFL.  This league is a mess and they know it.  A league whose Commissioner and Owners have gotten accustomed to printing money and are scared to death of losing this money train due to decreasing youth participation and the PC police.  So what has this league has done in the past few years to address these issues?

  • Pointless PSAs they don’t believe in.
  • Play dress up with their players in attempt to trick women in believing they care about them.

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  • Change the rules and punishments whenever they want to make them appear to be ahead to the game on social issues and violence. 

This last point is the one I want to focus on today.  Full disclosure, I am a Bengals fan and have been since birth.  Also for the record I have been wanting the Bengals to cut Burfict and Adam Jones for the past two seasons because I don’t feel you can win in the playoffs with guys you can not count on mentally.

With that said I show you this clip…

 

Now the PC police are running out in groves saying in their best nerd voice, how according to the new rules a receiver running a pass route is a defenseless player when the defender approaches from the side or behind. If the receiver becomes a blocker or assumes a blocking posture, he is no longer a defenseless player.

Sweet Jesus!  What the hell are we talking about here people?  Look, is Burfict a dick?  YES!  Does he have a history?  YES!  Will he probably do this again?  Of course!  But aren’t they still playing football?

Burfict was not coming from the full back’s side nor looking to destroy the guy.  If Burfict wanted to hurt him trust me, he would have.  He steps up and leans into the guy leading with his shoulder and the back get knocked off his feet.  Nothing more nothing less.

Aren’t you taught as a receiver coming out of the backfield and within 5 years of the line of scrimmage to keep your head up and watch for this?  They teach that in CYO for the love of God but now we have to baby full backs.  You get that right, he was a full back!  And because of this hit Burfict is facing a 5 game suspension.  What a crock of shit.

I love football but I can not stand the NFL.  If it wasn’t for the Bengals I wouldn’t care if the league folded.  I honestly do not remember the last time I watched a non Cincy game from start to finish and that includes Super Bowls.  If they keep this shit up I will not be the only one.  Being a husband and father of 4 girls I can only squeeze in so much football in these fall weekends and for me the choice is a simple one, Saturday > Sunday.

Give me college football everyday over the NFL.  You can keep your clown of a commish, your social causes and rule book that cause officials to start guessing on the field.  I’ll stick with Saturdays.