#HelloCano

Even though I’ve never been a huge Robinson Cano fan, mainly due to the fact that he played for the evil Yankees, I was beyond happy to see him jump ship and head out West to join the Seattle Mariners.

I’m not a huge M’s fan, but I do have a soft spot for them because they are the closest team to where I live, and they are the team I have had the chance to see live the most times. Plus, I love Seattle, and Safeco Field is one of the best stadiums that I have ever been to.

canoMy primary reason is that because somebody actually left the Yankees. Yes, the Mariners overpaid him. And, yes, 10 years is far too long for a 31-year-old player. But the best second baseman in baseball left the biggest team, and that is good. Sure, he did it for the money, and he will probably miss playing in New York. Plus, this helps out my favorite team, the Boston Red Sox, as one of the best players will no longer be someone they have to deal with 18 times per season. So that can only be good.

The Mariners have a long way to go before becoming a serious playoff threat, but this is a start, and it gives them a building block for the next few years. Plus, if they were able to woo someone of Cano’s calibre, then who knows, maybe other big names could be lured by the Emerald City, to enjoy a great sports town and the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

15 Games- Is that enough? Nope.

Word just came in that Shawn Thornton has been suspended for 15 games by the NHL for his vicious attack on Brooks Orpik. After several attempts to engage him in a fight throughout the game, Thornton slew-footed him and beat him unconscious while Orpik lay defenceless on the ice.

It was pretty brutal. It was a cowardly act. It is just another thing that makes the NHL look like a league for goons. It makes the sport that so many of us love look like a complete joke, where we are sort of just waiting for somebody to die on the ice. Be it from something like a hit from behind, a brutal elbow to the head, or a grotesque attack on a defenseless victim.

And he gets suspended 15 games.

I personally believe that the conversation should have started at 40 games.

If the league wants to be serious about getting this kind of activity out the game, make the punishments unbelievably harsh. Maybe then someone will learn. Or maybe even, teams may stop employing these no-skill cowards who contribute so little to the actual sport of hockey, and do even less to provide your team with an advantage that will help you win the game. You know, by doing hockey type things like scoring or setting up goals.

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Tired of seeing things like this?

Of course there are dinosaurs out there (Don Cherry, Brian Burke) who believe that fighters are honourable and important parts to a teams success. And they are entitled to their opinions. But what will it take for us to realize that with the size and strength of these men, that someone will die on the ice at the highest level? Where would the league go from there?

Get the goons out. Make them pay for their actions. 15 games is hefty, but not nearly enough.

NFL Logos- Animals getting Angrier

Being a complete junkie for uniforms and team logos, I found the article linked below to be pretty hilarious. It is definitely all true. Everybody wants to look angrier. So we’ll make our logo try to look mean. Even if our team is named after the friendliest creature in the sea (Dolphins), we’ll do what we can to make it look a little bit more unruly. Even the Cardinal, perhaps the least intimidating of all winged creatures, needs to look like a pissed-off cardinal. That’ll show the other team what’s what!

cardinalsI especially enjoyed the comments on the disembodiment of the heads of the animals. An eagle? Apparently not scary enough. But the severed head of an eagle? Now we’re talking design department!

Take a look, it’s well done and funny.

http://www.businessinsider.com/nfl-logo-redesigns-1996-2012-a-history-of-really-pissed-off-animals-2012-4

Also, for other uni junkies like me, you must check out http://www.icethetics.info/ and http://www.uni-watch.com/. They always have must-read information on uniforms.

Can You Bet Against the SEC?

Well, I got my dream, in that Ohio State will not get to participate in the BCS Championship Game. I love it. As an added bonus, they won’t even get to play in the Rose Bowl, which is just a cherry on top of the delicious sundae of the Buckeyes losing to the Spartans last week.

So our final is set…the Florida State Seminoles against the Auburn Tigers.

This is a tough pick, in my mind. FSU has been ripping people apart this year. Ranked or unranked, they have decimated their opposition and look like an incredibly complete team. The Tigers have lost a game, but they survived the ultimate brutality that is playing in the SEC. You know, the conference that has won the past what, 7 national championships? Plus, they beat that little team from Alabama to get there. No easy feat, especially since the Mighty Tide looked like they were rolling to their 3rd straight championship. What an incredible beast of a team.

Auburn has benefitted from two unbelievably lucky finishes to keep their path to the NCG on track. But, whatever, they won the games.

As much as the Seminoles look like the better team, could I bet against the SEC representative?

I guess I can. I’ll take FSU by 10.

Ohio State, I’ve Always Hated You

Being a massive fan of US College Football, I have cheered for the same group of teams for the majority of my life. Since I was a little kid, I’ve loved the Miami Hurricanes. Everything about them. The dominance of their national championship years, the often garishness of their orange and green uniforms, and especially the iconic white helmet with the simple “U” on the side. It was easy to cheer for them over the years, because they were such a successful program. Lately, it has been tougher, since they have definitely fallen on tough times, but it was great to see them rise into the Top 10 again this year, if it only lasted a little while before they imploded after getting whipped by Florida State.

One team that has always been the focus of my undivided derision, however, has been the Ohio State Buckeyes.

I hate their bland grey and red uniforms. I hate their lame pride stickers. I don’t like their coach, or any OSU players that have moved on to the NFL. I cheered their NCAA sanctions, and laughed when they picked the wrong year to take their bowl bans. I hate the way their fans and players call it THE Ohio State University. Like it’s being mixed up with another Ohio State University? And I hate that they are currently #2 in the BCS. I don’t want to see them in a National Championship game ever again.

I especially hate that they beat my Hurricanes in one of the most exciting championship games in recent memory, especially since they were given new life on, in my opinion, a blown call. That interrupted what was a great ‘Canes dynasty, with a plethora of NFL stars on the roster. That game still makes me mad.

To me, a one-loss SEC team should be in the NCG over the Buckeyes. And yes, this all comes down to their soft conference, and non-conference, schedule this year. If Auburn wins the SEC, they should play FSU. Heck, if Auburn loses, I think they should put Alabama back in the big game. It is no secret that they are a dominant team, and they are one fluke play away from being undefeated yet again. I think if the Crimson Tide were to play OSU, it would be an absolute decimation in favor of ‘Bama. They would shred them like they did Notre Dame last year. Not even close. I don’t think the Big 10 can roll with the SEC.

So it pisses me off that it will probably be the Buckeyes in another National Championship Game, another chance for them to be embarrassed nationally when they get whipped by a superior program. I will like that, but as a fan of the game whose team is not in it, I will feel ripped off because there are more deserving teams out there, that should be there before the Buckeyes are.

Or maybe it’s just me. I like seeing the SEC dominate. Because, let’s be honest, they are the dominant conference. I want to see the best teams in the best game, and I honestly don’t think we’ll get that with Ohio State this year. I’m sure that part of that is because of my eternal hatred for the team, but the more realistic part of me knows that because there are better teams out there that will provide a more entertaining game, and a better challenge to Florida State. I don’t think many people outside of Ohio would argue that an Alabama-FSU matchup would be more entertaining.

All I can do at this point it cross my fingers and hope that Michigan State can pull off a huge upset and send the Buckeyes packing to some random other bowl game (probably still a BCS bowl, but it seems many of those have lost their value to me…maybe that will be a post for another day).

Life Altering Moments- Road House

My life changed a little bit yesterday. Not because I did something amazing, or used my weekend time wisely to catch up on work or something smart like that.

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It changed because I watched Road House for the first time ever.

How I went so long in my life without seeing this before, I will never know. But it was amazing. I feel like I am a different person now than I was 24 hours ago. A better person. There is, simply put, nothing not amazing about this movie. Swayze in his prime, a young Sam Elliott (whose voice needs to be mentioned up there with Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones in all time voice manliness, and is also just so badass, all the time), crazy fight scenes, throats literally being ripped out, random and unnecessary 80’s nudity, a lot of kicks to the knee, the Jeff Healy Band, and an awesome love story ripped from the pages of Days of Thunder. Or I guess vice versa, since Road House came out first.

Such an enjoyable movie, I’m glad I finally had the chance to see it. All because of Netflix and their random picks.