This week, I received an email about Matt Bonner, aka The Red Mamba, becoming the new brand ambassador for Big Red, one of the top beverage companies in North America, and it was too perfect not to post. As my once red headed father says, “Red headed people make the world go ’round.”  And this campaign is gold.

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Images of Bonner will be found on Big Red soda displays at hundreds of stores across Central and South Texas starting in December. Unfortunately, I’m a long way from Texas so I won’t be able to see it in person – but if you do, send a picture in and I’ll definitely post.

When will the Knicks odyssey end?

Posted: December 20, 2014 by BSRadmin in Basketball
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One has to wonder: when will this Knick odyssey end? This seemingly endless failure to build a winning franchise? Why has this been such a difficult task for such a storied franchise. It is very hard to understand how people who do this for a living haven’t figured this out. Now that Phil Jackson is on board you would think this would be figured out sometime soon.

The first part of this season has been a disaster – and while Carmelo has won me over, I think unless they get a legitimate point guard who can defend and set everyone up, the Knicks are spinning their wheels. We have to give the new regime time, but time after time Knick fans are left wondering if they are ever getting back to the glory days. Time will tell and, if left alone, Phil Jackson will figure it out, I just hope it’s sooner than later because this ride has been awful.

What do you think needs to happen to get these Knicks back?

Some members of the media will have you believe that the Giants players have stopped playing for their coach. While most of them are just stirring the pot, some of them are clueless. The Giants defense showed heart and played well enough to win under their embattled DC Perry Fewell. It was the offense, in particular Eli Manning, who gave the game to the 49ers. With Pugh out, Manning was under pressure all game and until the 4th quarter, the running game was no help. We have seen Eli have bad games but this was almost laughable.

While I long for the days where the Giants would run it four times,if necessary, at the goal-line, I realize at times you have to pass. At that juncture of the game the Giants were running the ball with success at least enough to try to run it in. Even if you don’t agree, calling three straight fades is downright ridiculous. If the Giants  score there, I believe they win that game. I am a huge Eli supporter and always will be, however I firmly believe if Coach Coughlin would have taken Eli out of the game for a couple of series and re-enter the game it would have at least let him gain his composure and maybe, just maybe fire him up. I know in this QB driven league some would say this is heresy, but if a cornerback or an lb was having as poor a game as Eli was having, would they have stayed in the game? Why should Eli be exempt from being accountable for his poor performance – and another question is, if you know you are never going to be benched, you’ll never have any fear of failing. What I always hear from the coach and Eli himself is that he has to get better and can’t turn it over as much. Ask yourself this question: If Phil Simms threw three interceptions during a game would he have been in there under Parcells to throw a fourth? I know the Coach has to be politically correct these days but you also have to instill fear in your players that if you don’t perform you will be replaced.

Fear is the greatest motivator and as far as I am concerned it’s time for the Coach to step up and make a tough decision that to me would make Eli understand he is not above the team and must step up. If Eli continues to turn the ball over and he is allowed to continue then why would we think things are going to get better? This Sunday night the Giant nation needs a win against the hated Cowboys and if Eli is having an off night, it’s time for the coach to step up and hold Eli accountable. Why not try yanking Eli for a series or two? After all football is the ultimate team game isn’t it?

Giants vs. 49ers Pregame Thoughts

Posted: November 16, 2014 by BSRadmin in Football
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This week we’ll see if these Giants have any pride. Can you imagine how pumped Kaepernick is to run the read option against the Giants, who have had no answers to stop or even slow it down? The Giants must show discipline on defense this week or it will be another disaster. Can Perry Fewell put his defense in position to compete this week or will this team give another sub-par effort?

On the other side of the ball, the running game should get a boost depending on how many snaps Jennings will play, but let’s hope Eli stays patient and doesn’t force the ball into double coverage. Once again, I find it amazing that some of the Giants defensive players say they have one of the most talented defenses in the league. Now everyone in the NFL is extremely talented, however when you let a team set a record on you with basically the same play you must be delusional. Let’s put it all together and play hard-nosed disciplined football for 60 minutes and make Big Blue nation proud.

Giants vs. Seahawks Post Game Thoughts

Posted: November 11, 2014 by BSRadmin in Football
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The once proud Giants defense looked like a sub-par high school team on Sunday against an average Seahawk offense.

The rest of the league knows you have to limit “Beastmode” and take away Wilson as far as the read option. For a while it looked promising and then, during a record setting performance by the Seahawks, it all collapsed drastically. I can’t believe at the highest level of football, the best coaches and players in the world, that the Giants had no adjustment to stop the “zone read.”

When JPP was asked after the game, “Were there any adjustments made at halftime?” His reply was, “I don’t know I was in the bathroom.” Now, it’s hard to believe that’s true but judging from the second half it sure looked like the Giants defense had a”shit in” at halftime. I’m sick and tired of hearing about injuries and excuses why, the fact is Perry Fewell had no answers to even slow the onslaught down.

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At times it looked like some of the secondary members shied away from even attempting to tackle Lynch. The tackles and McClain came to play and that was it. The bottom line is the head coach is under the gun here when, to every Giant fan it appears obvious, our once proud tradition of great defense is over as long as Perry Fewell is the defensive coordinator. If it’s the players who are disinterested in the game-plan then my apologies to Fewell. If that’s the case then let’s put some less talented, hungry players out there and get rid of those who seem to be content living in the past or who aren’t disciplined to stay home and do their job. Either way I wish someone would wake this team up because they have been an embarrassment the last two games. I haven’t given up yet but in the name of the great Giant tradition, make some kind of move to wake this team up!

The Curse of the Biebs

Posted: November 9, 2014 by BSRadmin in Football, Misc
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On Saturday night, the players of the Pittsburgh Steelers were surprised at bible study by pop sensation Justin Bieber.

And Pittsburgh’s defensive end, Cam Heyward, seemed just as confused as everybody else, tweeting this Saturday night:

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Looks like the Biebs took a page out of rapper Drake’s book. We can only hope he doesn’t start ‘blessing’ other teams with his presence as the Steelers fall to the Jets 13-20.

Let the angry/conspiracy/hilarious tweets commence…

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New York Giants punter Steve Weatherford announced on Saturday the launch of his new philanthropic organization, The Steve Weatherford World Champion Foundation at Momentum Cycling and Fitness Studio in Momentum, NJ.

He pulled up to Momentum with a group of very excited fans awaiting his arrival. He got out of the car and immediately went up and gave high fives all around. Then he asked the kids if they always did their homework, to which they all unanimously screamed “Yes!” He asks, ok so who can tell me what 11×4 is? A little boy yells 44! Weatherford high fives him and hands him a signed cleat. The boy was thrilled.

Couldn’t have been a better start to the day.

Weatherford’s foundation directly benefits the many charitable initiatives Weatherford serves – from his Rush the Punter and Kicks for Kids programs in his home town of Terre Haute, Indiana  to his New Jersey based Project Prom campaign, which benefited high school victims of Superstorm Sandy, his health and wellness involvement with Wellness in the Schools and Boys and Girls Club in New Jersey, and helping underprivileged children with Second Chance Toys.

“I am so excited to be able to formalize my charitable work under the umbrella of my new foundation, which will serve to support all of my philanthropic efforts,” says Weatherford. “Our focus will center on family and fitness.”