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Thought #1- Question: What’s worse than dropping a routine fly ball and costing your team a game in the playoffs? Answer: Doing all that and getting popped in the junk. Just ask Matt Holliday who completely misjudged a fly ball the other night, catching it in the crotch rather than his glove. Now I don’t think there is a guy in the world who hasn’t gotten tagged at some point during a sporting event, but we all know, its all in how you react. Some of us choose to play it off as if we are made of steel. The downside of this is that if you end up throwing up, you’re probably going to be called a douche bag. Others chose to take the comedic approach and make loud whooping noises. Of course if you don’t accompany these noises with a few witty comments, there’s a good chance you could be called a douche bag as well. It’s a delicate situation to say the least. I will say that I appreciate God putting in that little 30 second window between the tagging and the sick feeling. It’s kind of like God saying, “ok you got 30 seconds before it hits, get some where safe, preferably near a toilet, trashcan, or at the very least an old Wendy’s bag.”

Thought #2 – Some people are already complaining that they are seeing too much of Kate Hudson on T.V.kateenjoysyankees during the Yankees games. I call those people idiots. Can you really ever show me too much of Kate? I mean honestly, did you see Fool’s Gold, good lord. I could, however, go with a little less Jay-Z, although he is rocking Harry Carry’s old glasses these days so its not all bad. Funny how the more popular you are, the weirder you can dress and you’re considered “trendy” not stupid. Guarantee Jay-Z could show up to that game in a snuggie and a cowboy hat and still be money.

By the way, I wonder what that conversation is like during the game. I mean what do Kate and Jay-Z talk about? “So Jay did you um see umm How to lose a guy in 10 days?.” “Why yes Kate, but what I really liked you in was Raising Helen, that was delightful.” Oh to be a fly on the wall. Anyway, thank you A-Rod for providing me with some happy moments between pitches.

Thought #3- I’m not sure if Tim Tebow will play or not, but I’m sure the dude wants to. I’m always sure that if he does and gets injured again, heads will roll. You know exactly what I mean too, people that haven’t seen a football game in their lives will be shouting from mountains about the abuses on student athletes. I feel like he will get to play, and most likely play well, because that’s what Timmy does.

Thought #4- I went to turn on my T.V. to watch the Va. Tech game on the affiliate station here that is supposed to carry it just to find out that the local station is choosing to run golf instead. Now I have nothing against the sport of golf, in fact I’ve enjoy playing the sport before and have mad respect for anyone who is good at it. But…..golf on my T.V. when it’s football season is something I am against. In fact, have you ever noticed golf is always in T.V.? Who is watching all this coverage? In my whole life I’ve known about 8 people who have gotten excited about watching golf on t.v., and that was like middle of the summer Saturdays when its either that or some random Jackie Chan movie. I feel like golf is just hanging out there hoping and praying someone gives in and tunes in. It’s like that awful kid at the gym, who stands around shooting on the side goal, just hoping and praying that the guys playing pick up only have 9 or someone playing will roll an ankle and they’ll will be forced to give him a shot. You know this kid. He’s rocking running shoes, brought his own rubber Final Four ball that he got at Pizza Hut, and doesn’t have the ability to make a lay up, but yet he is there all the time, just wishing and hoping. Yeah, I feel like this is golf in the t.v. world, just putting it out there all the freaking time, hoping, by some miracle all the college football games get shut off and someone chooses to watch golf instead of TBS’s weekly airing of Hitch. Sorry golf, I like you, but I love football and Will Smith movies.

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Thought #1 – Lebron owns the city of Cleveland, and Braylon Edwards, you are no longer welcome there. How fast was the turn around on this? What was it all of 24 hours after getting into it with one of the King’s friends that Edwards is shipped off to the Jets? That’s got to be some kind of a record. I guess its official though, Lebron is the one good thing that city has going for it sports wise and the heck if they are going to let a guy who dropped 39 balls last year mess that up. Now Lebron, what can you do about Mangini?

Thought #2 – The best part of that whole exchange, which I should have guessed it would be, was Rex Ryan’s interview. Rex stressed that Braylon would be able to relax and have a good time as a Jet and that would really help him out on the field. So wait, dude has slide in two years from one of the best receivers to a guy who could barely catch the swine flu if he was trapped in a suana with the Ole Miss football team, is currently under investigation for a bar fight, and your main concern is him relax and having a good time? I think if I was you, my main concern would be getting my hands on some of that gunk Orlando Jones had all over his hands in the Replacements not making sure Braylon knows how to relax, pretty sure he’s been doing a darn good job of that in Cleveland for a while now.

Thought #3 – When all else fails, M.C. Hammer will come and bail you out. This year’s biggest rookie hold out, Michael Crabtree, finally signed with the 49ers this morning thanks to a little help from a guy in some sweet golden parachute pants. Maybe he was finally able to make it clear to Crabtree that no play = no pay, and with the possibility of a hold out in the near future it could be quite some time for Mike got another chance at a pay check. Head Coach Mike Singletary said it was a “fair deal” for both sides, while Hammer simply said “you got to pray just to make it today.” I really hope Hammer showed up to that meeting with the giant golden “H” chain on and the sports coat with the giant shoulder pads in it. Nothing says you mean business like that.p1_sanders

Thought #4- Speaking of gold chains and former rap “stars,”  apparently hanging out with Deion Sanders isn’t as cool as it used to be. Oklahoma State wide receiver Dez Bryant has been ruled ineligible for this season after lying about going to Sanders home and working out with him. That’s embarrassing Prime Time. Dez basically just gave you a pity jog, then denied it. Yup, you’re officially that old guy at the rec, trying to slide in and lift with the young guys from local high school, mean while creeping all the high school girls out by being a little helpful in your demonstration of proper squat techniques. Granted, Dez shouldn’t have lied about spending time with you, but he was still in the running for homecoming court at that point, so I understand where he was coming from.

Thought #5 – Pod cast tomorrow hopefully. A look back, a look ahead, and we’ll pitch the suggestions from shoes. Will Karl’s L.A. Lights make a run? Or will it be Shawn Kemp’s Reebok? We shall see.

Thought #1 – ESPN is officially starting their “30 for 30” series tonight with a film on Wayne Gretzky’s exit from the Edmonton. Now granted outside of the month after each Mighty Ducks movie came out, I’ve never really paid attention to hockey. You remember those days, we all bought roller blades and plastic street pucks. You probably even bragged to your fprostarsriends that you could shoot a knuckle puck, and talked about dekeing (sp?)like you had a clue what the heck it meant. (Lord knows I did.) But the bottom line is that despite never watching a hockey game, we all loved Wayne, he was our token hockey star, and we ever hung up that mini poster we bought at the book fair to prove it. I can’t tell you many stats on the great, but I can tell you his most impressive feat to me, being a Pro Star. When he joined forces with Bo Jackson and Michael Jordan to fight crime, that was magic. Least we forget, he also had rocket powered roller blades. Awesome! He truly was the great one.

Thought #2- Is Bobby Bowden going to retire? I doubt it. I think he’s actually passed that “enjoy a nice retirement” age, where you leave your job, buy a boat, and start taking in the early bird T-Bone for half price. No, he passed that long ago and entered the “going work till you die one day on the job” age bracket. I mean if Bobby retires, what’s he going to do? Fish? Golf? Walk circles around the mall in matching FSU windsuits with his wife? Yeah, no way, not Bobby. Guys like him and Jo Pa, the day they walk away from coaching, they just keep on walking up towards Heaven. So FSU fan, you better just suck it up, cause I don’t think Bobby is ready for heaven just yet and you darn sure ain’t going to fire him.

Thought #3-The SEC has officially apologized for the excessive celebration penalties in the LSU-GA game on Saturday. I’ll be honest, until today I thought I was just missing the highlight of the penalty itself. I mean I kept watching and watching and I saw a guy jump, and I saw a guy hug another guy, and I really thought I was just catching the wrong clips. Am I wrong or didn’t we go through this same mess last year in the Pac 10? Why do we care if people celebrate anyway? So what, a guy scores and gets excited, maybe even pumps his fist or does a little dance, so what? I mean obviously we kind of like it, if it’s a good dance we’ll surly talk about on the ride home and then of course we will try to mimic it at Thanksgiving when we score on our 12 year old cousins.  It’s stupid to change a game over something like this, but thanks for the thought SEC. Thanks for the nice note and stuffed mini bulldog you sent. Season’s kinda screwed, but all better now.

Thoughts about last night:

Brett Farve is still Bret Farve, at least for the first part of the year. Let’s not forget he did this last year too. He had an amazing week 4 last year, 6 touchdowns in fact, but he’s body just couldn’t hang in there for the long run. At least Berrian is healthy again, the deep ball threat should be a help for Brett, although could it get the best of him? Hmm.

Rogers is a very good quarterback but it’s hard to play on your butt. Seriously Green Bay line, I know you’re banged up, but 8 sacks is ridiculous.

And by the way, Jarad Allen got 4.5 of those on his own. That’s one dude Packers. One dude who you knew was going to tear it up going into that game and you let him run wild. Granted, he has a mullet, and those are intimidating, so I can’t blame you but so much.

Update: The Bo Jackson Nike cross trainers have been nominated by James for best shoe. Good call on those, I really miss all that “Bo knows” stuff, and the K-mart knock off “Moe knows” with pictures of Moe from the 3 stooges.

Thought #1 – Tom Brady got told to take his skirt off this weekend and I have to agree. Brady whined his way into getting two horrible rougher the passer penalties in their defeat of the Ravens yesterday. Now, granted those penalties didn’t turn Mark Clayton’s hands to stone, and Brady didn’t make up the rule (although he darn sure was part of the reason for it’s Tom Brady Crybabycreation.) but Brady did a great impression of the kid from your neighborhood who calls carrying the ball or illegal screens during pick up basketball games. You know that kid, he causes encroachment penalties when you go throw the football around at Thanksgiving and takes a walk during softball games at picnics. This is also the kid from school who always reminded the teacher that she left some of the spelling words on the board just as she was about to pass out the spelling test. I hate that kid. You hate that kid. Well that was Brady yesterday, “Ref, ref, isn’t that a penalty? I mean that guy almost touched me and it clearly states in the new NFL rules, Tom Brady shall not be touched.” I know you didn’t make the rule, but you didn’t have be the whistle blower.  Tom, you are not invited to my picnic.

Thought #2 – The Manning brothers are awesome, although Eli’s flaw is that I drafted him on my fantasy league team. For that he is now suffering from some strange random, Travis Williams- esque injury to his heal.

Thought #3- Not only are the Browns always on a quest to find new interesting ways to lose games, they also find new interesting ways to stay in the news. This week stars the highly overrated Braylon Edwards who spent his evening, following his catchless performance in the Browns’ tanking against the Bengals, punching one of Lebron James’s friends in the eye. Apparently there is a little jealousy there. Perhaps it’s the whole successful highly drafted athlete verses a highly drafted bust? Nice to see Braylon attempt to drag Cleveland’s one bright spot into the trailor park of suckyness that the Browns and Indians are living in.  All I know is that if I’m Lebron, I would strongly consider getting out of Cleveland before it rubbed off on me. That Drew Carey shaped stain is hard to scrub out.

Thought #4 – Tony Romo apparently has not played any Madden over the past 10 years. If he had, he would know you don’t through at Champ Baily. Can we officially go ahead and say the Cowboys aren’t that good? Can we finally say that Romo is just average on most days? Why are we so hesitant to do this? And why hasn’t he started dating someone really hot so I have someone to gawk at between plays?

Thought #5 – The Broncos are good, but really played anyone good yet. Granted they held the Cowboys running game down fairly well, but they were pretty injury hampered. It will be interesting to see how they new over the next few games.

Thought #6 – Still need more suggestions for shoes. Suggestions for bests: The Space Jam Jordans and the original Penny’s. Worst: Shawn Kemp’s and the Kobe Potato loafers.

Thought #7 – I think  Rogers has a nice tonight and Favre goes a little gunslinger on himself. If the Packers can even slightly contain Peterson they should have a decent shot. I like the Packers in a close one, but it should be interesting.

Update: So Bret did go gunslinger, Rogers played good too, but unfortunately no one informed the Packers O-line as to the their job expectations. I’m guessing they just skimmed that whole blocking section of the contract. 8 sacks? 4.5 by Allen alone? Geez.