So as you can probably tell I am just a little excited to have NFL football this fall.  I am an unapologetic JETS fan.  I love Rex Ryan, I think he has done wonders for the red headed step child in New York.  I think anyone who has the brass to say the things he does and the belief that his guys will make him look like a genius when the game is played.  From everything I have read or seen his players would do anything he asks of them.  They seem to push themselves beyond what they should be capable of, I think that alone is the mark of a great coach.  I know there are tons of folks out there who think Rex is a loudmouth who needs to be put in his place.  To all of those folks, if he was the coach of your favorite team you would love him too.  Down here in Dolphin country it has been amusing seeing the transformation of Dolphin fans, they went from thinking Rex was a big fat buffoon, to grudgingly respecting him, to flat out wishing he was their coach instead of Sparano.  Which is odd because they play the same style of football.  Rex just seems to win more games.  This is the NFL not college, the talent levels are comparable.  Mark Sanchez is not better than Chad Henne, Santonio Holmes is not better than Brandon Marshall, I could go on and on but I think you get the point.  The difference must be scheme and coaching?  Since the schemes are pretty much identical 3 yds a cloud of dust, take a shot once in a while get points however you can and PLAY DEFENSE, that leaves coaching.  Rex Ryan > Tony Sparano.  For that matter the only person who I think is on Ryan’s level is the hoodie wearing guy in New England.  I am looking forward to watching this season play out.  I am thankful to have a season to watch.  I hope this year is the year the Jets get over the hump and take home a title.  No matter what, it will be entertaining!  Good Luck to the Jets!   Rex, I hope you can keep the players believing in you as much as they have in the past. I believe a team takes on the personality of its leader or it revolts against him.  In Ryan, the Jets have found the former J- E- T- S, JETS JETS JETS!!!!!!!!!


3000 Hits, The last generation bridging stat?

In Major League Baseball amassing 3000 hits is a stunning accomplishment ofexcellence and consistency for an extended period of time.  To put it another way it takes 200 hits per year for FIFTEEN years to accomplish.  Most major leaguers don’t even play for 10 years.  Heck, according to ScienceDaily.com the average career is only 5.6 years.  I guess that’s why only 28 players have accomplished this feat.  For me, it makes what Pete Rose and Ty Cobb accomplished, surpassing 4000 hits, simply astounding.  Recently, Derek Jeter became the newest member of the 3000 hit club and it seemed much more meaningful than when A-Rod hit his 600th homerun.

PED’s have taken the magic away from the longball, which is depressing me, just thinking it.  How many of us remember going to a game as a kid and watching your favorite player knock one out.  For me that player was Don Mattingly, for others maybe Ted Williams or Stan Musial, maybe Harmen Killebrew. In any case, it was thrilling.  Now, I hear people say after a homer, “It was the juice, that guy only has warning track power on his own.”

500 home runs used to almost guarantee a trip to the hall of fame.  For the guys that have done it in the past 15 years what does it mean for them?  It means lots of questions. Did he use? Did he admit using?  Should it matter if he used?  Can I vote someone into the HOF that cheated?  500 home runs is not as meaningful as it used to be.  3000 hits still is.

500 homers and 3000 hits were the last milestones that bridged generations and caused more than one argument between fathers and sons.  There really can’t be anymore arguments about who was better in the 500 homer club.  Guys with 3000 hits, yeah you can still debate if Jeter is better than Yount or Boggs.  Is Rose the best hitter ever, (not only do I think he is, I think it is an absolute disgrace that he is not enshrined in Cooperstown)  or maybe Ty Cobb or Rogers Hornsby.

To end this rambling mess, 3000 hits IS the last milestone where the modern player achieving it can be readily compared to players of the past.  The only other milestone you could use was 500 homers but with PED’s beig so prevalent today homers are no longer comparable between generations.

A Good Dehydrated Veggie Burger, Yup it Exists!

Never in a million years did I think I would try a dehydrated veggie burger mix.  When a unique opportunity presented itself, my wife Smarty Pants Mama received a package of Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger mix to try.

I was incredibly skeptical at first, I am a meat and potatoes kind of guy.  Then I thought about what I tell my 4 1/2 year old daughter,

you don’t know if you like something until you try it.  So, my wife and I hydrated the mix, and decided to use it to make a breakfast sandwich.  It was awesome.  We made a veggie egg and cheese sandwich and couldn’t have been more pleased.  Now the better part, after eating this delicious sandwich, we entered a contest to try to win a Big Green Egg energy efficient grill!

It’s pretty simple to enter, first you go to the Harmony Valley website www.harmonyvalleyfoods.com then click on the Great Grill Challenge.  Next up, post your unique recipe of how the veggie burger was used, last up post a picture of your creation.  Good luck and be sure to let me know about your recipe!

Disclosure:  A free sample of Harmony Valley Vegetarian Hamburger Mix was provided, however all opinions are my own.

Texting and Driving a Deadly Combination

Have you ever sent a text from behind the wheel?  I have, and I am not

proud of it.  By now we have all seen some type of video, either on YouTube or a major news network, showing a horrific accident because someone thought a text was more important than paying attention to the road.

The Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) has proclaimed

Father’s Day as “No Texting and Driving Day” to try and curb the growing trend of texting and driving.  This proclamation is part of their larger safety campaign “The Last Word”.  This short film seen at www.textthelastword.com details the  the consequences texting and driving would have on your family. After watching, I immediately took the pledge on their site not to text and drive.  I hope you will as well.  MDX has set a goal of one million pledges.  With a cause as important as this, I hope others will continue to pass the message along and help MDX not only achieve their stated goal but far exceed it.

I am a stat guy so here are some stats for you to chew on:

  • According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, drivers who use handheld devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves.
  • The University of Utah reported that using a cell phone while driving, handheld or hands-free, reduces the reaction time the same as drinking enough alcohol to raise your blood alcohol level to .08 or the legal limit in most states.
  • The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stated that 81% of drivers admitted to texting and driving.  This number should be 0%.
  • The National Safety Council reported that 28% of all accidents occur when people are on the cell phone in some manner or another, talking, texting, or perhaps even searching the net.

Please join me in supporting this initiative!  Let’s get the word out and hopefully help save a few lives in the process.