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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Fansided.com: 2013 MLB Preview: Washington Nationals

2013 MLB Preview: Washington Nationals

The Nationals are the best team in the NL East going into the 2013 MLB season. With the best pitching staff thats now healthy with a well rested, too rested from my perspective in Stephen Strasburg's case. But he'll have plenty of motivation to do very well in 2013. And with a very solid defense and a solid lineup thats not great but with Ryan Zimmerman, Adam LaRoche, Jason Werth, Bryce Harper in the middle of. The lineup with Denard Span at the top of the lineup, the Nationals if they stay healthy should score more then enough runs in 2013. To be in that 95-100 win neighborhood competing for the top seed in the NL Playoffs and then its a question of what do they do with that once they are in the playoffs. And has Davy Johnson taught this team how to win in the postseason and that just getting there is not enough.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Billy Blythe: Video: Vintage Redskins: Dave Butz, The Redskins Man in The Middle

This post was originally posted at FRS Real Life Journal on WordPress 

Back in 1975 then Redskins Head Coach/General Manager George Allen traded for S.t. Louis Cardinals defensive tackle Dave Butz, who was probably the best trade that coach Allen ever made at least in Washington. Because Butz would go on to anchor the Redskins defense for the next fourteen seasons. While the Cardinals after the 1975 pretty much went in decline failing to make the NFC Playoffs for the rest of their time in S.t. Louis. After making the NFC Playoffs both in 1974 and 1975.
Joe Gibbs and Bill Parcells didn’t have much in common, but they both believed in at least one thing together when it came to football. That you win football games by controlling the line of scrimmage. You run the ball well and stop the run, you protect your quarterback and pressure the other teams quarterback. And you protect the ball and come up with a takeaway or two. 
You do those things well and you’ve dramatically increased your chances of winning. Because now you are in charge of who can move the ball down the field because you can run and throw. While your opponent is having their running game stuffed and consistently seeing their quarterback hit and under pressure. Joe Gibbs gets a lot of credit for the Redskins having such great offensive teams while he was in Washington as he should. But the fact is in his tenure and under assistant head coach Ritchie Pettibone, the Redskins except for maybe 1981, were always in the top ten in defense. 
Because the Redskins were about as good as anyone or better than anyone in the 1980s at controlling the line of scrimmage. On both sides of the ball which is why their pass rush led by defensive ends Dexter Manley, Charles Mann and others including Dave Butz, was so good, because the Redskins forced teams to throw the ball a lot. And consistently throw the ball under pressure because they couldn’t run the ball. 
Dave Butz was the anchor of the Redskins defense in the 1980s because he consistently commanded double teams if not triple teams. Because of his awesome size and strength, 6’7 300 pounds plus. Looked more like an offensive tackle with better mobility back in an era when defensive lineman weren’t generally that big. Which freed up a lot of one-on-one matchup's for DT Darryl Grant, Dexter and others.

Friday, March 8, 2013

WBAL-TV: Sports: NHLPA OKs NHL's Proposed Realignment: A Better Way to Realign The NHL

NHLPA OKs NHL's proposed realignment | Sports - WBAL Home

I got a much better way to realign the NHL with its current thirty teams but also for it to be able to expand and perhaps go from two conferences. To at least three conferences or even four which would be great for Canada as well as the Southeast in the United States and have them travel less to far and away. Places that would also create new rivalries in the National Hockey League instead of having Canadian franchises play in separate conferences. Or have teams like the Columbus Bluejackets or Detroit Red Wings who are both eastern time zone markets having to play in the Western Conference. And having to make regular trips to the West Coast especially into Alberta and British Columbia in Canada. Its great that the NHL has seven Canadian franchises because this is a Canadian sport. And America shares a three thousand mile long border with them but one of the problems with having so many Canadian. Franchises in what's basically an American sports league with all of the American cities that have NHL franchises. Is that it leaves out major markets in America that could support NHL franchises, like Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Cleveland to use. As a few examples, Salt Lake, Seattle and Portland would be others and my plan would fix that.

Canada should have its own league or at least its own conference that would still compete with America for the Stanley Cup if not play them in the regular season as well. And have more of a North American Hockey League not just in reality but technically as well since 1/4 NHL franchises are from Canada. So I would move all of the Canadian franchises to a Canadian Conference and even look to expand back to. Quebec and Hamilton and perhaps even Regina as well as have a ten team conference there. And then have two American conferences with the rest of the NHL but they would both be National conferences. Meaning no longer the East and West but more like the American and the National where all teams would have. To travel out West or to the East or Midwest once or twice a year to play each team. Instead of basically just Detroit, Chicago, Columbus and Nashville having to go out West ten times a year or. More instead each team not from the West Coast would have to do that once or twice a year.

So what I would do basically with the NHL is create its version of the Super Bowl or Final Four when it comes to the Stanley Cup. And have a best of three that would be competed for from the champions of the American, National and Canadian conferences to see whose the best pro hockey team in. North America and make it a real international event and give some new life to the Stanley Cup and also. Save major league hockey in Canada because now they would basically have their own league.

Richmond Times: Sports: Via AP: Redskins Still Paying Cap Penalty: The Problems With The NFL Salary Cap

Redskins still paying cap penalty - Times-Dispatch - Richmond, VA News: Washington Redskins

I believe there needs to be a way to control player payroll spending as long as they are seeing their fair share of what the National Football League is spending. But was does controlling player costs means, it means don't overspend on players and don't give big contracts to players. Who just had the year of their career but have been around and haven't shown much in their career before. And are basically an average player or a good player even but not someone whose one of the best players at their position. And who makes the Pro Bowl on a regular basis, so their needs to be a way to control player costs as far as players being overpaid. Without hurting the franchises chances of being successful and remaining successful. So what the NFL should be doing instead is encouraging teams to spend the resources that they need to be. Successful and to win as many games as possible each year and yes that takes a lot of money to do that. But if you are in the right market, with the right stadium and the right fan base. You'll always have the resources and then some to be competitive if you spend that money wisely. Don't spend too much on average or slightly above average players and don't underspend on very good players.

What happened to the Redskins in the early and mid 1990s when the salary cap was put in place. Because they are a big market club that always had one of the highest payrolls in the NFL. But when the salary cap took effect in 1993, they were something like 50-100M$ over the salary cap. At a time when their team was aging so instead of being able to use free agency to rebuild their club. What happened instead is that they lost players to free agency instead because of the salary cap weren't able to resign. Those players and if you look at the Redskins of the last twenty years, they are still trying to get back to where they were. In the 1980s and early 1990s which is an annual Super Bowl contender and a team that made the NFC Playoffs. Almost every year but so far under Head Coach/General Manager Mike Shanahan, the Redskins have used the resources of this great franchise. Thats worth over a billion dollars very well and haven't over or underspent  but the salary cap is still a problem that needs to be addressed.

What the National Football League needs is an economic system that encourages teams to be successful and spend wisely the resources that they have. So teams that are only interested in making money but not winning and there are clubs like that. The Phoenix Cardinals as I still call them come to mind that have never been interested for the most part of spending the money it takes to win consistently. Wouldn't be able to do that or be punished for that and be in a situation, where they spend the resources that they. Have well or be taxed for not doing it along with not winning consistently. To go along with a safety net for small market clubs like the Pittsburgh Steelers and Kansas City Chiefs to use as examples. And the NFL already has that system in place with revenue sharing of all broadcast money in the league. But the allow clubs who want to spend what it takes to be successful to be able to do that and not punish them. With a salary cap but perhaps tax them when they do spend more then a certain amount. Or overspend on players.

What would be a better economic system for the NFL is to have what's called in Major League Baseball. A payroll tax where teams that spend more then a certain amount would be taxed for every dollar that they go over the cap. But add to that which would be a big benefit for the players as well as fans of cheap teams. Is tax clubs who do have the resources to be competitive but don't spend those in order to won and tax those clubs for their underspending. And we won't see teams lose their competitiveness each year and lose players that they normally would've had the resources to resign.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Sky Sports: Sky Sports Classic- EPL- Liverpool Reds vs Newcastle United- 4-3- 3/10/1997

An actual shootout in English soccer. I didn't see this game obviously not being a regular viewer of the English Soccer League. But if there were more soccer games like this in America I think Major League Soccer would be a much more popular league. Americans regardless of the sport and perhaps even the activity, like action. We don't need to see high scoring games all the time, but we like it when offenses play a major role and when games simply aren't dominated by defense. We like defense to and that is one of the reasons why American football is still so popular. But I believe the main reason why professional major league soccer hasn't caught on as well in America as in the United Kingdom and Europe, is because the rules in soccer are so oriented towards defense. With the offsides rule, just to use as an example. But this game right here is where the offenses stepped up and you saw a more balance soccer game. Instead of both teams essentially playing for a scoreless tie. And you open up the rules in soccer more and liberalize the game and it could be more popular in America.

Monday, March 4, 2013

NHL Video: Video: New Jersey Devils @ Washington Capitals Highlights: 2/23/2013

The 2013 Capitals haven't been about talent and ability but about putting those things together consistently so they win on a regular basis.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Kay Jay: Washington Senators 1957 & 1959: A Little History of The Washington Nationals

I'm not sure that a lot of lets say younger Washington Nationals fans are aware of this. But there's actually history of Major League Baseball in Washington with the Washington Senators. That goes back to the early 1900s, or even further back then that that lasted up until the original Senators left for Minneapolis in the early 1960s. To when Washington was rewarded another MLB franchise in the early 1960s. Lets call them Senators Two, that were basically counted on to finish last every year until they left for Dallas after the 1971 season. So before the Montreal Expose relocated to Washington after the 2004 season, MLB already had a long history in Washington and the Senators even won a World Series in 1924 and at least one other American League championship as well.

And they did play in the American League as well in the same league as the Orioles. Where the Washington-Baltimore regional rivalry could've started in the 1950s or 1960s. Instead just in the last few years as both franchises have struggled to become contenders and finally reached that status in 2012. With the state of both the Nationals and Orioles franchises and the fact they play in separate leagues. But play each in two series a year every year and into the indefinite future. With both clubs young and very talented and poised to be contenders for a very long time. The Orioles-Nationals, rivalry is not only going to be real, but a rivalry between two very good teams. Making baseball in the Washington-Baltimore region very good for a long time. And something fans of both franchises will look forward to every year.

The Senators, were like the Pittsburgh Steelers before the early 1970s when the Steelers finally became really good under Chuck Noll. The Senators, even though they actually had plenty of very good and great players, similar to the Steelers in the 1950s and 60s, were expected to and generally obliged to finish in last place in the American League. And again similar to the Steelers, the Senators from time to time would come up with a good team and have a winning season and perhaps even contend in the American League. But the Senators were always underfunded, because their ownership under Calvin Griffith and Later Bob Short, were always very cheap and had a hard time drawing fans to their games. But Washington, like most other big sports markets, tend to need good teams to watch in order to turn out for their teams.

The Senators, weren't losers because Washington was bad baseball city and market. They were losers, because they put a lot of bad teams on the field on an annual basis. Or wouldn't have the right manager, or coaching staff, or a combination of all of those factors. The Senators, wouldn't have left Washington either in 1960, or in 1971, had they simply been managed well and gave their fans reasons for coming to their games. Washington, was not the same city and market in 1971 that it is today. Its much larger today, but as the Redskins have shown when their teams commit to winning, their fans commit to them and turn out for the games. The Nationals of today, have a great ballpark and very good team, because their management is committed to winning and their fans are committed to them. The Senators, could have had that as well and still be here today.

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Warrior 922: The Fast and The Furious- Hot Dom and Letty

Source: Warrior 922- Vin Diesel & Michelle Rodriguez-
Source: Warrior 922: The Fast and The Furious- Hot Dom & Letty

The Fast and The Furious is not one of my favorite movies. It is not even one of my favorite movies of this century so far. Which is saying something, because most of the top movies of this era at least in popularity are based on style, what is considered hot, awesome, OMG or whatever. I think you get the idea and special effects as well. And movies like that which aren’t based on writing, acting and plot, don’t tend to impress me. But I do like Michelle Rodriguez, not just physically as a gorgeous baby-faced adorable sexy women, but as an actress as well. And I like Vine Diesel purely as an actor and these two characters and how they relate in this movie are really the only thing that impresses me about this movie. And they look great together and communicate very well together. They simply go well together as you see in this scene.