A Few Quick Words on Colin Kaepernick/National Anthem and the Lousy LA Rams

Y’know, I don’t agree with Colin Kaepernick sitting and kneeling during the anthem, but that’s his constitutional right. However, all the people whining and crying about it weeks later after the media originally caught onto his shenanigans are the biggest pussies in America right now. Social media can be a disaster for rapid, impulse reactions and silly statements opined by people who trip over themselves when they can’t get to the keyboard fast enough.

Somebody I know posted about boycotting the San Francisco 49ers’ throttling of the Los Angeles Rams on Monday Night Football last night (before the game, of course; if you are going to boycott the game, boycott it because one awful team — the Rams — let the other awful team — the 49ers — whip ’em), and there were a couple of people in the comments agreeing to do the same. What’s the difference between whining, crybaby idiocy like that & whining, crybaby liberals? Not one thing. The two go together like Blue Moon and mango habanero chicken wings from Buffalo Wild Wings…

At this point, it’s a joke. The media is keeping this story alive, because people like that have their panties in a wad over it! Again, I don’t agree with Kaep, but the world keeps spinning and we all keep eating and shitting! Time for people like the dude on Facebook and others who also ‘boycotted‘ the game to put their big boy/girl pants on and suck it up. Time to be a grownup and accept that everybody has differing opinions, values and views. Hardcore left-wing nuts and right-wing nuts are guilty of the same bullshit. Boycotting a football game because a BACKUP quarterback is kneeling during the anthem? Shew… they say liberals are pussies, but these idiots like the dude on Facebook are getting their panties in a wad just the same.

As for the Rams’ performance last night, it is what it is. I expected a fight out of them. I even expected the team to neutralize the 49ers, since the defense is ‘supposed‘ to be top notch… instead, the 49ers had their way with the Rams and won 28-0.

It shouldn’t, but it amazes me that Jeff Fisher is still around. He’s probably the most overrated head coach in the history of the NFL. He had a few good seasons with Steve McNair and the Titans, including a Super Bowl appearance, before he became comfortable with a reputation of mediocrity and subpar play. Oh, and yeah, he had an anomaly of a good season with Kerry Collins in 2008, but that team bowed out as soon as the divisional round of the playoffs rolled around.

Fisher came to the Rams in 2012 and the team has posted four consecutive losing seasons, and I’m sure this season will mirror the same, but he’ll be kept around with excuses like, “the team just drafted a rookie quarterback!” (who isn’t even playing) and, “the team just moved to Los Angeles! Give him a break!”

Rams’ owner Stan Kroenke isn’t even about winning. He’s about making money from the team. That’s it. However, he’ll eventually find out that the money won’t come around if the product on the field isn’t any good, especially in Los Angeles. Los Angeles sports fans are the biggest fairweather fans on the planet. If the team is good, they’ll be there hootin’ and hollerin’. If the team sucks, you’ll hear crickets in the stadium. Besides, a college football program rules that area, anyway, in the realm of pigskin.

I’m genuinely jealous of sports fans who root for teams with owners with a winning mindset. It must be nice to know that, even when your team sucks, they are actively making moves to become better. The Rams are simply farting in the goddamn wind.

The Rams can keep losing. I’ll still be a fan, because after all, it’s just a game played by spoiled millionaires.

UFC 202 Reaction: Damn! The Hype was Met

Donald Cerrone obliterated Rick Story, Rumble Johnson starched Glover Teixeira in thirteen seconds and the rematch between Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz was a blood bath.


It’s rare that MMA rematches live up to the hype. The rematch between Diaz and McGregor has been in talks for five months. Last night, McGregor defeated Diaz via majority decision. As expected, there’s a lot of controversy around the decision, but I don’t see the issue.

While watching the fight with my girlfriend, I told her that — if McGregor were to win by decision — people in the online MMA community (and Nate Diaz & his camp) would cry that he ‘ran’ from Nate the whole fight. Well, what you call ‘running’ is more or less circling your opponent. If you are facing a bigger opponent that has absurdly good boxing skills, are you supposed to stand there and let said opponent tee off on you? No! Circle the cage! Avoid being cut off!

Personally, I scored the first, second and fourth rounds in McGregor’s favor. He knocked Nate down once in the first and twice in the second. A lot of people are saying, “Well, they weren’t devastating knockdowns; Nate wasn’t even hurt”. Doesn’t matter… they were scored knockdowns. Besides, it looked like Nate was engaging in some Fabricio Werdum-esque tactics by trying to goad Conor into jumping into his guard. To me, there’s nothing controversial about last night’s decision. Conor destroyed Nate with kicks and stuffed a shithorde of takedowns when Nate was giving his damned best to take Conor down while against the cage in various rounds.

The Diaz Brothers are the darlings of the online MMA community — and I reckon their boxing and jiu jitsu is slick — but I can’t stand their attitudes. The whole thuggin’ and’ah buggin’ attitude is fucking silly and immature. They are grown men in their 30s walking around like thugs. It’s idiotic. Time to pull your jeans up and wear a belt. A lot of people laud the Diaz Bros for being “real” and “genuine” yet… they make as many excuses after losses just as much as anybody. Nate immediately concocted an excuse last night, about how he was hurt going into this fight and that Conor should have finished him. What a load of horse shit. Yet the online MMA community hivemind will bash Johny Hendricks for doing the same thing (making excuses). As much as I try to be objective, I can’t help but root against the Diaz Brothers because of the online MMA community that makes them out to be the greatest. Maybe it’d be different if I didn’t view them as 30+ year olds acting like little punks… which… is what they portray.

I’m biased. I wanted Conor to win this fight just as I’d hoped he won the first. He’s a polarizing figure that’s fantastic for the sport of MMA. Now, I can only hope he’ll either defend the 145 lb. title against Aldo (and then the winner faces the deserved Max Holloway, who’s on a 9-fight win streak) or vacate the title and fight at 155 lbs.

A Quick Word on UFC 202: McGregor/Diaz 2

The most anticipated fight I’m looking forward to tomorrow night isn’t Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 2. It’s the co-main event featuring Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Glover Teixeira. If that fight lives up to the hype, it’s going to be a doozie.

McGregor is promising to starch Diaz, but hardly anybody that is well versed in MMA (sans Irish fans…) thinks that’s going to happen. The whole time leading up to the rematch (including the UFC 200 debacle which saw the original rematch removed from the card) I’ve been in the mindset that this is Nate Diaz’s fight to lose, that he’ll defeat Conor, but I’m having second thoughts.

I admire the Diaz Brothers’ boxing and jiu jitsu abilities. Both of them prefer to stand up and goad their opponents into getting into a slugfest with them, which typically goes in the Diaz Bros’ favor. In the first fight between Nate and Conor, Nate took the fight on nine days’ notice, and Conor had to quickly prepare for a 170-lb. fight when he was originally planning for a 155-lb. superfight against Rafael dos Anjos. In the first round, Conor hit Nate with some bombs that would’ve dropped the 145-lb. fighters Conor was facing before that fight, but his shots — outside of turning Nate’s face into pizza sauce — did next to nothing in regards to damaging Nate.

By the second round, Conor was gassed and Nate started hitting him with combos before he rocked Conor, which then Conor shot in for an anomalous takedown before Nate used his superior grappling and jiu-jitsu to flatten Conor and lock in a rear naked choke for the victory.

I can’t wait to see how this one goes. My girlfriend is even super hyped for this one (she’s a McGregor fangirl).

With Nate Diaz having a full camp this time, will he dominate Conor McGregor even more-so than the first fight?

Will Conor McGregor avoid expending all his energy in the first round against Diaz?

What if McGregor spent the fight utilizing kicks against Diaz? The thing about the Diaz Brothers is that they are stubborn against fighters who execute leg kicks and take their time circling the octagon and avoiding being cut off all night. McGregor could win this spending all five rounds staying on the outside and hitting Nate with kicks all night for a unanimous decision victory, but that wouldn’t be any fun.

I have a feeling that Conor won’t do that. He’s a prideful Irishman, and I reckon he’ll stand and trade with Nate again. I just wonder if he’ll still try to win on points. It’s going to be interesting.

Going against the grain on this one… McGregor by KO/TKO… somehow, someway…

Tim Duncan is Retiring

I’ve been inactive for a few months due to being busy (life and traveling). I’ve missed commenting on such things as the Conor McGregor/UFC debacle, Stipe Miocic winning the UFC Heavyweight title, Michael Bisping shocking the world and winning the UFC Middleweight title on short notice and UFC 200, but this morning Tim Duncan has announced his retirement from basketball after 19 seasons in the NBA.

Duncan is probably my favorite basketball player of all-time. While I’m forever a Celtics fan, I’ve always been a Spurs supporter/apologist. My dad was also a Celtics fan, but he loved the way Gregg Popovich ran the Spurs; in the early 2000s, my dad and I watched a shithorde of Spurs (playoffs) games and practically adopted the team as a western conference favorite. The last NBA Finals we watched together was the 2003 Finals in which Duncan and the Spurs ousted the back-to-back eastern conference champion Nets in six games (David Robinson’s last ever game).

I don’t have anything to say that somebody else couldn’t sum up better about Duncan’s career. I hope he’s not forgotten in the annals of NBA history. I mean, hell, of course he won’t be — he’s one of the greatest players of all-time; he’s in my top 5 based on pure leadership on and off the court as well as the way he played the game. He was never involved in a single controversy nor did he create drama within his franchise like another former NBA player who also played his final season this past year.

I was hoping Duncan would come back to play at least one more season, but it is what it is.

Mahalo and ciao, Big Fundamental.

James Harden Epitomizes My Boredom With the NBA

The Golden State Warriors ran roughshod on the NBA this year. The San Antonio Spurs, a team I’ve had a deep affinity for, for so long, were right behind them. Kobe Bryant retired.

And I’m bored with the Association.

I’ve been bored for a while. I mean, I love the playoffs. I love basketball. But I’m rooting for something interesting to happen. I want rivalries and tough, physical play between players that want to win more than they want to breathe, but most of those days are over. Sure, there may be some ultra competitive players in the league today, but what’s advertised more often than not, and what’s in the limelight, are millionaire buddy-buddy basketball players high-fiving each other and homie-hugging it out on the court while wearing different jerseys. Their mentality seems to be, “Yeah, winning is okay, but I’d like to play with the other team’s star player and make sure we are still cool so we can hang out in cool suites in the offseason”.

I miss that “fuck you” mentality of players.

James Harden of the Houston Rockets is an unequivocal offensive juggernaut. He could be a superstar if he was dedicated enough to the game of basketball to play defense. There’s a video of him going around the web (I’m too lazy to find it and share) allowing a free layup on a fast break last night during game 2 of the Rockets/Warriors series. That’s a common theme with Harden. You can go on YouTube right this instance and spend a whole day watching his defensive blunders and still have room to watch even more.

Here you have a guy that is incredibly marketable (thanks to the beard), who can be among the cream of the crop as far as top basketball players go, yet he’s… unremarkably below average at defense, and not from a deficiency in talent but from being fucking lazy. What’s the point of watching?

The NBA playoffs are outright physical — you can tell from watching the games — but James Harden is one of the players on the court marking his stamp of an exception to that rule. Why?

Goff or Wentz, What Does it Matter for the Rams?

I’m leaning towards Jared Goff, for what it’s worth. As for Carson Wentz, I know small college program quarterbacks have had success in the big boys football league before, but those are exceptions and not the rule. A quarterback going from a little North Dakota State school to a professional football team based in Los Angeles? Seems like an interesting situation to me. By the way, who did Wentz play against in the FCS? I feel like you could’ve plugged anybody in as the quarterback for North Dakota State, and that team would’ve won.

Goff may be two years younger than Wentz, and he may also weigh less, but he can put on weight. He can go on a regular diet consisting primarily of ribeyes drizzled in butter and pasta. Goff also played at California, a Pac-12 school.

But at the end of the day, the Rams… oh, the Rams… they gave up a shithorde of picks to the Tennessee Titans for this number one overall pick, and at the end of the day I’m not sure Goff or Wentz will be worth their salt.

The Rams haven’t made any improvements to their team this offseason. They’ve lost players — from Chris Long to Rodney McLeod to Janoris Jenkins. That defense, as promising as it’s been, will take a step back. The offense is still a starless group outside of Todd Gurley. The offensive line is still a mess.

The Rams are going into the fifth year of a three-year rebuilding plan. What gives? Jeff Fisher should’ve been gone by now, and with a rookie quarterback inevitably coming in, that will buy him a sixth year after the Rams go 5-11 or 7-9 this year.

It seems to me that the team is sitting around with its collective thumb up its collective ass waiting for 2019 (the new stadium will be ready to roll by then) for the rebranding. This team isn’t geared to win games but to look pretty under the guise of glitz and glamor.

Let’s Take a Deep Breath (UFC 196)

Last night featured another damn good night of fights. The main and co-main event bouts lived up to the hype, anyway. Gian Villante/Ilir Latifi was a grindfest displayed by Latifi (a dominant one), but not very entertaining. I feel that Tom Lawlor soundly defeated Corey Anderson, but he wasn’t granted a decision. The Brazilian Amanda Nunes picked up a damn good showing against Valentina Shevchenko.

The women’s bantamweight division is more entertaining than ever! Miesha Tate defeated Holly Holm with a beautiful rear naked choke near the end of the fight last night to win the title.  At this point, the division has become a case of rock, paper, scissors. Ronda Rousey’s judo beats Miesha’s wrestling, but Miesha’s wrestling beats Holly’s boxing, yet Holly’s boxing beats Ronda’s judo.

As for the main event, Nate Diaz defeated the Notorious One, Conor McGregor, with a rear naked choke of his own in the second round.

In reference to Nate’s post-fight speech, I’m not surprised either, motherfuckers (look up that post-fight interview).

I wanted Conor to win, because he pisses people off (and he’s one of my favorite fighters to watch), but I knew Nate could beat him going in. While Nate is typically a 155-pounder, he’s fought at 170 multiple times in the past, and he’s the much bigger fighter.

Let’s take a deep breath, though, and not act like Nate dominated this fight. Conor clipped him many times and caught him with some good lefts and uppercuts. However, once Nate hurt him, everybody knew it was over. Conor was dead as soon as he shot in for that takedown! That was a safety measure for Conor, like how boxers hug up and clinch when they are rocked!

I’m just glad we don’t have to hear about a prospective Conor/Robbie Lawler fight, because Lawler would rip his face off with his punches. He’s much, much bigger, way stronger and would eat through any of the strikes Conor would have to offer. Also, before the pay-per-view, there were rumors of — if Conor beat Nate — Conor facing Georges St.-Pierre at UFC 200. Hell NO! That would have been a trainwreck.

Props to both McGregor and Diaz for this bout. McGregor for taking a huge leap in weight to go up and fight as a welterweight, and Diaz for taking this bout on 11 days’ notice!

Conor needs to go to 155 lbs. or at least try to not kill himself to stay at 145. Either way, a very, very hungry Frankie Edgar is on the prowl and has been so for a while (even if his fans annoy me).