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December 2011



Morning News: Football, Garza, NASCAR, & Gary Busey

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Four Days of Football, Part 1 – between now and Monday night’s kickoff of the Fiesta Bowl there will 32 football games (16 each college and pro). Most of the NFL games are at least marginally compelling, but the regular season finale between the Giants and Cowboys should be highly entertaining – whoever loses will have choked away a trip to the playoffs and a home game in the first round against the Lions; in other words, a trip to the second round. And of course there’s Tim Tebow; either the Broncos or the Raiders are going to the playoffs, and actually the Chiefs probably have more to say about the situation than anyone (they are Denver’s opponent on Sunday).

Four Days of Football, Part 2 – some of the notable bowl games should be quite entertaining, but it’ll be hard to top last night’s Alamo Bowl (the Baylor-Washington game, not the FSU-ND slapfight). Heisman winner Robert Griffin III and the Bears played a game worthy of the arena league, burning up the turf for a 67-56 win over the Huskies – in regulation! The highlights are worth a look, unless you love defense because there was absolutely none in this game.

Obligatory Garza Notes – some sources seemed to think trade talks were heating up over the last couple of days, specifically with the Blue Jays. But everyone agrees Theo and Jed are asking for a lot in return; seems like the Cubs are slow-playing this option at the moment but their potential trade partners are trying to speed it up. It might have something to do with the fact that Edwin Jackson and Hiroki Kuroda are the top free agent arms remaining. Don’t expect the rumors to stop anytime soon.

NASCAR – my only comment on this story; it’s hilarious that THIS is where Kasey Kahne draws the “nasty” line. I would think that for a NASCAR driver who probably sees more plumber’s crack in one day at the garages than most of us will see in our lifetime; who literally works within sight of rows of Andy Gumps; and whose die hard fan base includes a high percentage of people who think “hygiene” is nothing more than a two word phrase they use to greet their friend Gene – I would think he would be able to handle this situation with a bit more indifference. However, the woman who most vehemently chided him is completely crazy as well.

Gary Buseythis seems like a fairly terrible idea, but apparently it’s just the type of crap that TV producers are looking for.

  • CubbieDude

    On an unrelated note, I’m planning to have sweet and sour meatloaf and potato chip potatoes for New Year’s Eve (with appropriate liquid refreshment). Thanks Lizzie!

  • Lizzie

    Awwwww, Dude!!! I’m touched! I hope you enjoy both! Cheers!

  • Buddy

    A source familiar with the situation who knows a guy who met a guy who read online who once spoke to Theo’s cousin’s lawyer said that the Cubs may or may not trade Garza.

  • CubbieDude

    Lizzie: Back at ya.
    Buddy: Can I take that to the bank?


    I saw the end of that Baylor-Washington game, why did that fat lineman jump in front of the skilled return man, snatch the ball away from him, and then keep trying to fight for yardage? Idiot. Cost his team a chance to get back into the game. They had great field position.

  • flyslinger2

    I laff at the NASCAR article. I enjoy watching 33 cars drive constantly in a big left hand turn. My Sunday routine after Church includes a nice meal, stretching out on my comfy leather couch in the Den, fire up my LED large screen image displaying device and succumb to the rigors of a crazy week and gently drift off into a nice slumber while the din of 900+ horsepower per engine roars by in my 7.1 digital surround system. And to think that one milk-laden breast wielding socially inept woman can so gross out a manly man (and most manly men I know like breasts-based on my scientifically approved independent survey that was conducted on my patio last night while enjoying large portions of adult beverages and smoking fine LEGAL organic products available at you local tobacconist). We have definitely gotten too PC.
    Sorry to see ND loose. 🙁
    Garza is being used as an object lesson.
    If anyone from VFTB management reads this the anti-spam generator is awfully hard to read for us blind peeps. Usually takes a time or two before I can get it.

  • Just saw that Brian LaHair is leading the Venezuelan league in dingers. Nice. Also, his parents should have named him Harry.

  • Allan Bendert

    Lets not be so quick to count out the Lions. These are not your grandfather’s or father’s or brother’s or for that matter sister’s Lions. I can see them handily beating either the Giants or the boys

  • Jedi

    The best team the Lions beat? The Cowboys. And I wouldn’t be surprised by anything in the NFL playoffs, but go tell any team that they get the Lions at home in the first round and they’ll like their chances of advancing. They can’t run the ball, they can’t stop the run. Not exactly a formula for postseason success.

  • Jeremiah Johnson

    If your husband was Ted Haggard, Gary Busey might be a welcome change of pace.

  • Jedi

    We signed a couple of Cuban defectors today. Take that Fidel!

  • Buddy

    More breaking news…The Cubs may or may not be interested in Prince Fielder!