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Chicago – The Ultimate Town

chicagoI love Chicago. I’ve been there twice and can’t wait to go again

Chicago has everything – Art, music, culture, you name it. Chicago is a great town. It is a great college town. If I have to name something I like best about Chicago, it has to be the food. You can eat in a gourmet restaurant every night, and never eat in the same place twice.

It is also a great sports town – one of the best. Until recently, you could argue this point by saying, “But their sports teams haven’t won any championships lately.” That has never mattered. Philadelphia, Detroit and Boston are also great sports towns. Win or lose, sports in these towns is not just entertainment for its people. It’s a religion.

As far as not winning any championships lately, the Cubs have changed all of that. They’ve always been the darling of all professional sports, and not just baseball. For years, everyone loved the Cubs. Now, everyone loves the Cubs even more.

Over the years, the fans of all the Chicago teams supported them, even when they lost. The Cubs were proof of this.

The Chicago Cubs are an inspiration to anyone struggling with life. They showed that patience will be rewarded.

Source: BuzzFeed

Chicago Cubs most Profitable Team in Baseball

chicago cubsTo the Chicago Cubs – WELL DONE!

About four years ago, the Chicago Tribune named the Chicago Cubs as the most profitable team in baseball.

This came as no surprise. Everyone loves the Cubs. Over the years, they’ve gotten a lot of exposure, since their games have been on cable and satellite for as long as anyone wants to remember.

At one time, the Cubs were so loved because people felt sorry for them. Now, people feel sorry for the teams that have to play them.

The Chicago Cubs – The biggest sports story of the decade – Go Cubs!

Kentucky Wildcats a national power? More like a national thief

Kentucky Wildcats

Did the Kentucky Wildcats steal Tennessee’s logo?

You’d think that a team like the Kentucky Wildcats, a perennial national power in basketball, would at least have enough imagination to be original. There aren’t many fans of the Tennessee Volunteers who are happy about their rival doing this.

That’s the way it is with some of these so-called national powers. Alabama has been stealing ideas from Auburn for years. They stole the idea of the famous Tiger Walk, and called it the Elephant Walk. Auburn was the first college to have car tags, and others followed, including Alabama. Auburn stole an idea from Alabama in 2010. They won a national championship, and Alabama didn’t like it. WOW! If this isn’t the ultimate double standard, I don’t know what is.

 

But where did the Tennessee Volunteers get the checkerboard idea?

Without question, the checkerboard logo belongs to the Tennessee Volunteers. But if you want to get technical, you can form an argument that they stole the idea from Legion Field in Birmingham, Alabama. Once known as the Football Capital of the South, the stadium hosted some home games for Alabama and Auburn when they played the high profile teams, because their on-campus stadiums were not large enough. Birmingham also kept the stadium available on the back burner, for that NFL team that they never got.

Legion Field introduced the checkboard end zones in the early 60’s, and Tennessee followed in 1964. The Volunteers resumed the famous end zones in 1989, and have had them ever since. But the checkerboard logo has become such a part of Tennessee, that it’s safe to say that the famous logo belongs to the Volunteers.

As for the Kentucky Wildcats, give up the checkboard logo. Do something more original, like winning a championship. You seem to be having problems doing this lately.

Legion FieldTennessee Volunteers

New England Patriots greatest team of all time? No way! Not even close!

New England PatriotsEveryone is on the New England Patriots bandwagon, now that they’ve won the Super Bowl in such dramatic fashion. Before you dub this team as the greatest of all time, you’d better look at 3 facts.

Greater teams were Super Bowl Champions

There was a great team that started it all, the Green Bay Packers? They had a man considered the greatest coach of all time, Vince Lombardi (sorry Bill Belichick). Lombardi not only knew how to win, but how to destroy the opposition. But this was a different era. Consider some other teams.

No one can forget the Pittsburgh Steelers from the 70’s. This was the next real powerhouse in the NFL, and one that knew nothing about losing.

From 1983 to 2003, the NFC dominated the Super Bowl with 6 powerhouses. The San Francisco 49’ers started it all, and won 5 Super Bowls during this period. The Chicago Bears, for one year, 1985, played like the most un-beatable team of all time, and embarrassed their opponent in Super Bowl XX, 46 to 10, the New England Patriots I might add. The New York Giants and the Washington Redskins had their great runs, also destroying their opponents in the Super Bowl. And don’t forget the Cowboys of the 90’s. And finally, The Tampa Bay Buccaneers put a team on the field in 2002 that destroyed the Oakland Raiders, 48 to 21, and a 3 time super bowl winner until the Buc’s humbled them.

I don’t know which of the above 7 teams was the best. I’m not concerned with the best. I’m writing about the team that’s not the best, the New England Patriots. Had the Patriots of today played any of these teams in the Super Bowl, both at their best, they would have been annihilated. The point spread would have been at least 21 points.

Greater teams destroyed their opponents

When each of the 7 great teams from the past walked on the field on Super Super Sunday, they didn’t think they would win. They knew they would win. They literally destroyed their opponents. But there’s more to it than that.

First, consider the fact that the Bears and the Buccaneers only won 1 Super Bowl. For the two years these teams were Champions, they were among two of the greatest teams of all time. The Bears destroyed a team with 5 total Super Bowl wins. The Buc’s beat a team with 3 wins. During the 49’er’s run, they won 5 Super Bowls against teams with a total of 5 Super Bowl Wins. The Giants won 4, against teams with a total of 8 Super Bowl wins. The Redskins won 3 Super Bowls, with total Super Bowl wins of 5. The Cowboys out did every body, winning 5 Super Bowls against 10 Super Bowl winners.

During the Patriots run, they practically had to fight for their lives in every Super Bowl they won. And they only beat teams with 2 total Super Bowl wins. That should have been 1 win. Had instant replay been used 1999, the Rams may not have beaten the Titans. Also, the opponents of the Patriots in the Super Bowls were mostly teams that couldn’t win a Super Bowl if it stood up and bit them in the ass.  In fact, the Falcons had this happen to them, and still couldn’t win the damn thing.

New England Patriots are also chokers in Super Bowl

I wouldn’t exactly compare the New England Patriots with the Buffalo Bills. But the Patriots, like the Bills have lost 4 Super Bowls, against teams with 9 combined Super Bowl wins. The Bears won 1, the Packers won 4 and the Giants won 4. Had the official flagged Malcolm Butler for pass interference like they should have, they wouldn’t have won Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 (see photo below).

To be considered the Greatest Football Team of All Time, a team had to beat great teams.

Sorry Patriots, you’re not it.

I must mention one more team, the 1972 Miami Dolphins. This is the only team that had a perfect season. The Patriots challenged this record in 2007, only to choke at the end of Super Bowl XLII in 2008.

Where do the New England Patriots rank?

At best, I’d have to rank the Patriots as the 9th best football team of all time. By the time your ranking drops below 6th, you’re not really considered a great team. You’re just one of many good teams over the years.

The New England Patriots will not go down in history as one of the great teams. The only thing people will remember about the Patriots 40 years from now is,

“That’s the Team Tom Brady played for.”

New England Patriots

Super Bowl Statics: Pro Football Reference

Alabama Crimson Tide SEC Champions – But where is the heart?

Alabama Crimson TideLack of heart can mean one of two things.

First, it means no feeling, unkind, unsympathetic, harsh and cruel. A vicious dictator can be a heartless individual.

Second, it means, no spirit, and no enthusiasm. It also means, no courage. But without spirit or enthusiasm, there’s no need for courage.

SEC Championship Game – A big disappointment

On Saturday afternoon, I happened to be fortunate enough to go to the 2016 SEC Championship game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Florida Gators. I’m a huge college football fan. However, my favorite team did not make it to the big dance. I didn’t really care who won. I just wanted to see an exciting football game.

Outside of the few bazaar plays during the first quarter, the game was anything but exciting. Florida was in rare form, as usual, by getting off to a good start, and then fizzling out. I can’t help but believe that Alabama went on the field knowing they were going to win, and Florida, knowing they would lose.

Where’s the excitement?

Alabama Crimson Tide – Not a very exciting team to watch

I’ve seen the Alabama Crimson Tide on TV many times. Even though I’m not an Alabama fan, I was looking forward to watching this team in person. Now that it’s over, I wish I’d stayed at home and watched the other games on TV. I’ve seen Army and Navy games that were more exciting than this dud.

Sporting Goods

Alabama has convinced themselves that they’re going to win every time they run on the field. For some strange reason, all the other football teams, except for two, believe this.

Alabama did nothing amazing yesterday. They just went through the motions, and won the SEC Championship, without a heartbeat. Of course, they can thank the Florida Gators for a lot of this. The Gators practically handed the Championship over to the Crimson Tide on a silver platter. But what’ else is new? Almost every team Alabama plays literally says, “Come on. Here’s the game. Just take it. We can’t get it.”

It’s as if the players were nothing but a bunch of trained robots. This has to begin with their head coach, Nick Saban. Sometimes I think if Nick Saban, and his players were to be dissected, there would be nothing there but a bunch of circuits and wires.

Alabama fans had no heart

alabama-crimson-tideI love college football. There’s nothing like it – the tailgating, the mingling among friends, the good food, and finally the game. It’s a great feeling to cheer your favorite team on to victory.

By observing the Alabama faithful (???), I got the impression they were watching a Shakespearean play for the hundredth time.

No heart. No enthusiasm. When Alabama did something good, the attitude was, “BIG DEAL! That’s what we’re supposed to do!” The few times Alabama did something that was not so good, the fans turned on them like a rattlesnake. “What the hell’s the matter with you?” “You guys are pitiful!” Damn, Nick! Who taught you how to coach a football team?” There was one instance, when Florida made a first down, that I actually heard a fan say, “Get rid of Saban. The bastard should be fired.”

Alabama mentality needs a major overhaul

The Alabama mentality began over 50 years ago. The late coach, Paul Bear Bryant brainwashed every one of the fans into believing that Alabama is prefect, and is incapable of making mistakes. The late legendary coach also taught his fans that anyone who is not Alabama should be hated.

When the MVP’s of the past SEC Championship games were introduced, one of the former players was Jason Campbell, the quarterback for the 2004 Auburn Tigers that went 13 and 0.

I can somewhat understand the Tide faithful booing Jason Campbell, considering he was a great quarterback for their arch rival. But Peyton Manning was also introduced as the 1997 MVP. Why boo Peyton? There’s not a more respected man in all of football.

Bama – Grow a heart

Alabama needs to grow a heart very fast. Otherwise, they will not see National Championship Number 17.

For what it’s worth, Alabama will murder the Washington Huskies. I listened to the interview with Washington Coach, Chris Petersen. He talked like almost everyone else who has faced the Tide this year – Like he doesn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of winning the game.

alabama-crimson-tide-ohio-state-buckeyesBut don’t forget about the most dangerous team in college football – the Ohio State Buckeyes. This is one team that opposing teams don’t want to see pissed off.

Even before the Buckeyes were selected for the College Football Playoffs, the rest of the media criticized them, saying they didn’t deserve to go. Keep it up guys! You’re just adding more fuel to the fire. If I were Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney, I’d tell the media to shut up.

Has the media ever been wrong? Ask Hillary!

Ohio State will beat Clemson. When the Buckeyes face the Tide, the media will be talking about the Tide’s revenge from two years ago. This will get the Buckeyes even more pissed off.

Alabama won’t beat Ohio State for two reasons. First, the Buckeyes will run on the field knowing they’re going to beat the Tide. They’re one of the few teams on the same level as Alabama. Second, every team Alabama beat this year had all but given up in the 4th quarter. But the Buckeyes will still be hanging around.

If this game happens, Nick Saban better bring a heart. If he doesn’t, he will be forced to produce one. Then, Urban Meyer and the Buckeyes will cut it out and show it to him.

Colin Kaepernick has rights. Remember this, Mr. Rob Lowe

Colin Kaepernick

According to Donald Trump, “If Colin Kaepernick Doesn’t Like America… GIT OUT!!”

So what? He got down on one knee during the National Anthem. Big Deal!

This whole issue isn’t whether or not Collin Kaepernick likes America. What people are bitching about is, he got down on one knee instead of standing at attention.

I get down on both knees when I pray. Does this mean I don’t like God? No it doesn’t! Every time I walk into a Catholic Church, I genuflect, by getting down on one knee and showing my respect for God. If this is respectful to God, why do the critics think it’s disrespectful to the flag?

The biggest whiner and complainer is Rob Lowe.

Sorry, Mr. Rob Lowe. I don’t see it your way. What I see is an American exercising his rights. Whether or not Collin Kaepernick is right or wrong is immaterial. The issue is, he dropped to one knee instead of standing at attention. Many people, including you, are whining and complaining about something that’s none of their business.

Collin Kaepernick can get down on one knee during the National Anthem, because this is his right as an American citizen. Rob Lowe can complain about it, because this is his right. But to deny NFL players the right to exercise their rights is something that should not be tolerated.

If someone wants to scratch their balls during the playing of the National Anthem, so be it. It’s their right to do so. Personally, I wouldn’t do this. But if they itch during the National Anthem, I may reconsider. This is, in no way, disrespectful to the flag. If they itch, I’m going to scratch them.

People in the U S have rights. Everyone has the right to show respect to the flag in a way they choose, provided they do nothing illegal or in bad taste. Likewise, people have the right to their own opinion. I think I’ll exercise this right by saying,

“Rob Lowe, in my opinion, you’re an idiot!”

Hope Solo suspension is double standard to many, except USOC

Hope Solo

Ryan Lochte is not the only athlete who stepped in manure in the Rio Olympics. Immediately after the U.S. Olympic Committee suspended Hope Solo for unsportsmanlike comments and trash talk, many people were quick to compare the goalkeeper and Ryan Lochte, who made up a false robbery story and vandalized a Rio gas station.


Ryan Lockte is about to pursue another career. I knew there’d be something for a man with special talents.


Is one athlete more expendable than the other?

Team U.S. may be saying, “With the possible retirement of Michael Phelps, we may need this guy in 2020.” The U.S. loves their swimming, but doesn’t give a hoot about soccer. Perhaps their logic is to hold off suspending this guy. One thing’s for sure. If he’s swimming in Tokyo in 4 years, he will put a lot of butts in the seats, and will be the most watched athlete. On the other hand, Hope Solo will be over the hill by the time the Tokyo games begin.

Of course, there’s another angle. The games in Rio were good, as far as the competition was concerned. In all other areas, the games were a disaster. I attended a few events at the games, and believe me when I say, the City of Rio isn’t nearly as glamorous as it appeared on TV. I think both the USOC and the IOC realized a mistake was made having the games in Rio.

Even though Ryan Lochte’s story was fake, how do we know that something like this couldn’t have really happened? From what I saw in Rio, I’d say it is very possible. If there is, seemingly, a double standard, perhaps Team USA is trying to prove a point.

Ryan Lochte loses endorsements, but his life is not over

Ryan LochteRyan Lochte is human, or have people forgotten this?

Ryan Lochte is the most hated person in the world right now. I can’t sugar coat this. It’s a fact, and a very unfortunate fact.

As to what people think about him, I’d have to put him in the same class with Paula Dean and O.J. Simpson. He’s done, as the result of a very insensitive group of people known as the human race. People are taught forgiveness all of their lives, but somehow, never use what they learn in a real life situation.

Everyone hates Ryan Lochte now. As usual, I go with the underdog. I have to give the Olympic Gold Medalist the benefit of the doubt, which is more than he’s getting these days. However, he did mess up. But there’s a way to find a little levity in every situation.

The public needs to go easy on Ryan Lochte. He just screwed up. He’s human. Don’t take it so personal.

Many people on the internet are writing hate comments about this guy. If you are one who has tortured this guy in a hate message, I have a question for you, “Have you ever screwed up in your lifetime?” Some people make a career out of screwing up. But that’s OK. They’re not Gold Medalists. Does winning the Olympic Gold Medal mean that the athlete has to be perfect?

Ryan Lochte loses endorsements – What next?

Speedo, Ralph Lauren and other corporate sponsors dropped the Olympic Gold Medalist in the wake of the Rio scandal. Sponsors did the same thing to Paula Dean after her scandal. Since then, she has seemingly dropped off the face of the earth.

The world is not over for this Olympic athlete. There’s something he can do to exercise his talents. What’s next for Ryan Lochte?

I’m not one of those people who’s so quick to judge Ryan Lochte. It’s not my place, just as it’s not anyone’s place, to judge the man. However, I do have a blog to write. And this is Merjeo, the place for stories that are Fun, Entertaining and sometimes Wild and Crazy. So Mr. Lochte, if you’re reading this now, don’t take this seriously. It’s all in the sense of fun and good humor. I’m sill a fan. But face the fact, you screwed up. No need to bury your head in the sand. There’s nothing wrong with trying to make a bad situation a little better.

Here are 11 things Ryan Lochte can do with his life:

  • Perhaps he can go into politics. People have confidence in politicians, considering they vote for them. But they’re voting for a candidate, knowing full well he’s an out right liar.
  • He could go into the advertising business. I’ve never known an advertising campaign to tell the whole truth about anything.
  • Mr. Lochte can get endorsements from Companies like Google and Yahoo, and promote their email division.
  • He could endorse free email services, such as, Thunderbird, Hushmail and Zoho. Email seems to be the hot topic today for people who don’t know how to tell the truth.
  • He could enroll in law school and become a lawyer. Do lawyers lie? Oh, HEAVEN FORBID!
  • How about Mr Lochte going into acting? He may be a movie star one day. He certainly has the looks for it. Movie stars make a career out of being someone they’re not. That’s what acting is all about – Lying.
  • If worse comes to worse, Mr. Lochte can become a car salesman. Do they ever lie? Do lawyers lie? Is Pope Francis Catholic?
  • He could become a college coach. Coaches lie like crazy. For example, when a successful college or NFL football coach is secretly offered a head coaching job at a rival school, or a rival NFL team, he swears to his fans he’s not leaving, then, leaves after the last game of the season. If I can recall, Nick Saban told the fans in Miami he was not leaving the Dolphins to be the head coach at Alabama.
  • He can become a journalist. Many of them write what they want people to read, instead of the truth.
  • He can become an environmentalist. These people are as full of shit as a Christmas turkey.
  • Finally, he could become a minister. Do ministers lie? Oh, certainly not. Neither do car salesmen and lawyers.

On a serious note, I do feel for Ryan Lochte, and what he is having to go through. Although he brought it on himself, no one deserves to be judged harshly by others, and especially by those who aren’t much better themselves.

Come on, people. Let up on Ryan Lochte. He just screw up. Don’t we all at some time or another? If you can’t forgive the man, I want you to cast a stone, if you really believe you can.

I wish Ryan Lochte all of the best in the future.

Olympic Games are over. Let’s look ahead to Tokyo 2020

Olympic Games in Rio were inspiring, producing the best athletes in the history of the games.

Time to look ahead to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo

Women’s gymnastics will be the highlight of the games in Tokyo 4 years from now. During these games, another athlete will make her (his ??) return to the big stage after a long absence from the games. The US already has the athlete who will dominate these games.

Olympic Games

This aspiring US gymnast will be so great, that she (he ??) will be the one whose picture will appear on the cereal box after the Tokyo, 2020 Olympics. Look for this in the grocery stores in 4 years.

Olympic Games

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Sports at Olympics Should be Reversed, for the sake of the athletes

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Now that the Rio 2016 games are finally here, people are getting excited and geared up. As I was watching some of the events the last two days, I couldn’t help saying to myself, “It’s so hot there in Rio! How can those athletes stand it?” Perhaps the International Olympic Committee can do something about this. Continue reading Sports at Olympics Should be Reversed, for the sake of the athletes