Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Today In... The Social Distancing Edition

It's been too long since I posted here and thanks to the Corona virus, it's a great time to take this blog out of mothballs for a bit. Today, we will check out a few historical games in the NBA on St. Patrick's Day. Let's have some fun.

Today in:

1954 - The Syracuse Nationals (now Philadelphia 76ers) edged the Boston Celtics 96-95 in their first game of the NBA Playoffs. Hall of Famer Bob Cousy led all scorers with 32 points for the Celtics. Hall of Famer Dolph Schayes led Syracuse with 20. Other Hall of Famers in this game were Earl Lloyd for Syracuse, and Ed Macauley, Bill Sharman, Chuck Cooper, and Don Barksdale for Boston. The Nationals would go on to sweep the Celtics 4-0 in the round-robin competition and go on to lose to the Minneapolis Lakers in the NBA Finals.

1962 - NBA Hall of Famer Oscar Robertson scored 33 points and led the Cincinnati Royals to a decisive victory over the Detroit Pistons 129-107. Don Ohl and Gene Shue each scored 18 points in for the Pistons while Bob Boozer scored 26 for Cincy. Detroit finished the season in 3rd place in the Western Division with a 37-43 record while the Royals finished in 2nd place in the Western Division with a 43-37 record. Both teams made the playoffs and faced each other in the Western Semi-finals. The Pistons won the series 3-1 and went on to lose to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Western Division Finals 4-2.

1975 - In an ABA game on this day, the New York Nets beat the Indiana Pacers 124-116. Hall of Famer George McGinnis led all scorers with 34 for the Pacers while Larry Kenon led the Nets in scoring with 32 points. Hall of Famer Dr. J, Julius Erving scored 24 for the Nets. Indiana went on to finish in 3rd place in the ABA Western Division with a 45-39 record and went on to play in the ABA Finals. They lost to the Kentucky Colonels 4-1. New York finished at 58-26, 2nd in the ABA Eastern Division and lost in the Semi-Finals round to the Spirits of St. Louis 4-1. Neither the Spirits of St. Louis nor the 1974-75 ABA Champion Kentucky Colonels survived the merger with the NBA in 1976.

1986 - Hall of Famers Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars led the Detroit Pistons into the Salt Palace Arena against Hall of Famers Adrian Dantley and Karl Malone of the Utah Jazz. In a nail-biter, the Jazz squeaked past the Pistons 107-106. Thomas led all scorers with 32 points. Bill Laimbeer had 26. Dantley led the Jazz with 35 points. A side note, Hall of Famer, John Stockton, played as a reserve for Utah. It was his second season in the NBA. The Jazz improved to 34-35 and the Pistons fell to 40-29. Each team made the playoffs with Detroit losing in the first round to the Atlanta Hawks 3-1 and Utah also losing in the first round to the Dallas Mavericks 3-1.

1993 - In another nail-biter, Hall of Famer, The Admiral, David Robinson led the San Antonio Spurs over Hall of Famer, James Worthy, and the Los Angeles Lakers 101-100. Robinson led all scorers with 29 and Hall of Famer, Vlade Divac, led the Lakers with 23. The Lakers fell to 33-29 and the Spurs improved to 39-22. Both teams made the playoffs and both were eliminated by the Phoenix Suns in succeeding rounds. The Lakers were eliminated 3-2 in the first round and the Spurs were eliminated in the SemipFinals 4-2.

2007 -The Golden State Warriors invaded the Key Arena to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat against the Seattle SuperSonics (now Oklahoma City Thunder), 99-98. Hall of Famer Ray Allen of the Supersonics led all scorers with 25. Jason Richardson led the Warriors with 23. Golden State improved to 32-36 and Seattle fell to 25-40. The SuperSonics finished the season at 31-51 and missed the playoffs. Golden State finished at 42-40 and made the playoffs and lost to the Jazz in the Western Semi-Finals 4-1.

2013 - The Minnesota Timberwolves hosted the New Orleans Hornets (now Pelicans) and held on to win 97-95. Derrick Williams led all scorers with 28 for the Timberwolves. Greivis Vasquez led New Orleans with 24. Minnesota improved to 23-41 and New Orleans fell to 22-45. Neither team made the playoffs that season.

If you want the complete stats to all of these games and more, go to Basketball Reference.com

Have a great St. Patrick's Day!!!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Today in 1974 - Key To the Sea Championship

August 3, 1974 - On this day, ten corps competed for the Key To the Sea Championship in Toledo, Ohio. Each link is either to the corps' website or their DCX page.

Here are the results:

  1. Anaheim Kingsmen - 85.55
  2. Madison Scouts - 84.70
  3. Blue Devils - 81.05
  4. De La Salle Oaklands - 79.55
  5. Phantom Regiment - 76.50
  6. The Cavaliers - 75.35
  7. Black Knights - 74.35
  8. Royal Crusaders - 72.50
  9. Beverly Cardinals - 69.80
  10. Regiment Militaire - 68.30


  • Of the ten corps competing, only four are still in existence: Madison Scouts, Blue Devils, Phantom Regiment, and The Cavaliers.
  • Of the four remaining corps, they are all still Drum Corps International (DCI) World Championship Finalists. The Cavaliers last missed making Finals in 1978. The Madison Scouts missed Finals several times, including 2007, 2009, and 2016.
  • Every corps competing in this contest made the DCI Top 25 that season.
  • The top six competitors made DCI Finals that year.
  • The Madison Scouts went on to win DCI Prelims, but finished 2nd in Finals.
  • This year would mark the Blue Devils' and Phantom Regiment's first appearance at DCI Finals.
  • The Anaheim Kingsmen placed 2nd in Prelims and 3rd in Finals that year. They last competed in 1986.
  • This De La Salle Oaklands placed 6th in Prelims and 7th in Finals. They were the first Canadian corps to make DCI Finals. 
  • After the 1974 season, they merged with the Etobicoke Crusaders to become the Oakland Crusaders. The Oakland Crusaders made DCI Finals in 1975 (6th) and 1976 (8th). They missed making Finals in 1977 (15th) but had the top percussion score at DCI Prelims.
  • The De La Salle Oaklands were the oldest corps there, forming in 1910. They (Oakland Crusaders) last competed in 1995.
  • The Black Knights last competed in 1989. Their only DCI Finals appearance was in 1973 (10th).
  • The Royal Crusaders last competed in 1980. They're listed in 1998, but there are no scores. Their only DCI Finals appearance was in 1975 (9th).
  • The Beverly Cardinals competed for only two season in the DCI era, 1974 and 1975. They placed 23 and 29th respectively at the DCI World Championships.
  • Regiment Militaire was the first merger of the Bleu Raeders and Stardusters. They went on to tie the Royal Crusaders for 17th place at DCI Prelims. After the season, the merger failed and the Bleu Raeders and Stardusters went on to compete as individual corps until 1981, when they merged for the second and last time, to form the Louisiana Southernaires. The Louisiana Southernaires went on to win the 1981 DCI Class A Championship, but would be inactive by 1983.

To see the results of this and more about each corps from the 1974 season, go to the Drum Corps Xperience website. To learn more about the drum and bugle corps activity, go to Drum Corps International for junior corps and Drum Corps Associates for all-age corps.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Brain Freeze

When I began the first draft of The Curse in May 2010, I had done only a little research on the craft of writing. All I wanted to do was to get the story out of my head. When I finished, the feeling was indescribable. When I came down from that high, reality kicked in. That first draft went from an awesome book ready to publish to leaving a lot to be desired. Well, it proved the axiom that all first drafts suck. Thankfully, I chose to work on the second draft and wait until the final product was ready.

Since then, I've done a ton of research as well as learn from other writers and editors. I used that information to edit the hell out of my backlist, including the last re-edit I finished this year. In fact, I spent so much time trying to learn all aspects of the writing and self-publishing process, along with re-editing my published and unpublished books that I realized it's been almost four years since I wrote a story from beginning to end. On a positive note, thanks to those efforts, I'm finally happy with my backlist. No more re-editing. It's time to get the three books on the Upcoming Books page published. On a side note, I'm halfway finished with the blurb to Justice.

Over the past couple of months, I've re-edited Justice and Second Chance, and my ideal reader has them now. While she beta reads them, for once, I have the time to write new stories. There are two I want to write, but there's a problem.

I have brain freeze.

It isn't an official writing condition. It's a term I came up with to describe what I've been going through lately. Now brain freeze isn't writer's block. I know the stories I want to write and have plenty to say with them. But the routines and disciplines I developed in the editing process are now interfering with the creative process. Instead of letting the story flow, I'm committing the indie author bad habit of editing while writing, among other things, such as word counts for each chapter. None of that should matter when writing a first draft. If I had a deadline, I'd be in real trouble.

But how do you overcome brain freeze?

This took some time, but I figured it out. For all you going through it, too, the way to beat brain freeze comes from within. As Yoda once said, "Unlearn what you have learned." For me, it means go back to the basics. In other words, turn off your inner editor and let your story flow no matter what. That's what later drafts are for. It doesn't mean you shouldn't use what you've learned. Save it for later. Your first draft is going to suck anyway. It's vital that you finish your story. Then you can edit.

For example, a few days ago, I started the first draft of a continuation of a story I thought had ended, the sequel to Second Chance. I went through brain freeze while writing the first chapter. It got to the point where I was ready to give up on the project. If I can't even finish Chapter 1, what good would the book be? Last night, I found my answer: To hell with Chapter 1. Move on to Chapter 2.

And the story flowed. Chapter 2 took over three hours to write, but it helped beat my brain freeze. My inner editor now says to juxtapose Chapters 1 and 2, and it's right. I can do that before moving on to Chapter 3. I'm only doing this bit of editing, because it gives me more to work with in order to finish the original Chapter 1. More story can now come out.

Are the two chapters high quality work? My inner editor is screaming, "No!" More description of the people and area are needed, and that's fine. They can go in the second or later drafts.

As with writer's block, brain freeze is a temporary condition. For those of you who are suffering from brain freeze, the solutions are similar. Just write. Write the first draft and don't worry about it being good. Don't worry about editing, word counts per chapter, proper grammar, or whatever else.

It's time to start writing and get that story out. 

You can find this and other writing blog entries here.

Saturday, April 28, 2018

Some 2018 NFL Draft Trivia

It's been too long since my last sports post. There is a ton of stuff out there about the players and what kind of future they have, as well as a plethora of stats.

This post is a bit different. The trivia here involves the teams at their pick location as well as the university where the player selected came from. In Cleveland's case, they had the first pick in the draft before and other Oklahoma Sooners have been picked with the first selection. The players previously chosen will only have listed the year they were drafted. When featuring the university players chosen with a pick, the year and team who drafted them will be listed. Also, if a team trades a pick away, then it will be treated as if that team never had that pick. Hence, the team having the pick is the team who made the pick

This post will only cover the first round. Now let's have some fun.

1. Cleveland Browns - QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma  - This is the fourth time the Browns have had the first overall pick and the third where they picked a quarterback. Their previous three first overall picks were busts, QB Bobby Garrett (1954), QB Tim Couch (1999), and DE Courtney Brown (2000). Mayfield is the fourth Oklahoma Sooner to be picked first overall. The other three are Hall of Famer DE Lee Roy Selmon (1976 - Tampa Bay Buccaneers), RB Billy Sims (1980 - Detroit Lions), and QB Sam Bradford (2010 - St. Louis/Los Angeles Rams).
2. New York Giants - RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State  - This is the third time the Giants have had this pick, The first, HB Skippy Minisi (1948) played for only one season. They fared better with the second one, Hall of Famer LB Lawrence Taylor (1981). Barkley is the third Nittany Lion selected second overall. The other two were first round bust RB Blair Thomas (1990 - New York Jets) and LB LaVar Arrington (2000 - Washington Redskins).
3. New York Jets - QB Sam Darnold, USC - This is the fourth time the Jets had this pick. The first is DB and future LSU head coach Jerry Stovall (1963), but he chose the NFL and played nine season for the St. Louis Cardinals. The next two fared better, RB Matt Snell (1964), and RB Freeman McNeil (1981). Both were solid performers for the team. Darnold is the third Trojan picked third overall. The other two were AFC Central foes fared well in their careers, Hall of Famer T Anthony Munoz (1980 - Cincinnati Bengals) and LB Chip Banks (1982 - Cleveland Browns).
4. Cleveland Browns - RB Denzel Ward, Ohio State - This is only the second time they had this pick. The first is WR/P Gary Collins (1962), who played ten seasons with the team. Ward is the fourth Buckeye to be selected with this pick. The others are T Chris Ward (1978 - New York Jets), QB Art Schlichter (1982 - Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts), and current Dallas Cowboy RB Ezekiel Elliott (2016).
5. Denver Broncos - DE Bradley Chubb, North Carolina State - This the third time the Broncos have had this pick. They drafted DB Kermit Alexander (1963), but he chose the NFL to play for the San Francisco 49ers. However, they fared better the second time, drafting TE Riley Odoms in 1972. He played 11 seasons with the team. Chubb is the first Wolfpack alum to be picked with this selection.
6. Indianapolis Colts - G Quenton Nelson, Notre Dame - This is the second time the Colts have had this pick. The first time was from they were still in Baltimore, selecting LB Barry Krauss in 1979. He played ten seasons for the Colts and a season for the Miami Dolphins. Nelson is the seventh Golden Domer to be selected with this pick. The others were C Frank  Szymanski (1945 - Detroit Lions), G Jerry Groom (1951 - Chicago Cardinals), T Frank Varrichione (1955 - Pittsburgh Steelers), FB Nick Pietrosante (1959 - Detroit Lions), Hall of Fame WR Tim Brown (1988 - Los Angeles/Oakland Raiders), and current Baltimore Raven T Ronnie Stanley (2016).
7. Buffalo Bills - QB Josh Allen, Wyoming - This is the second time Buffalo had this pick. They selected TE Paul Seymour (1973), who played five seasons with the team. Allen is the first Wyoming alum to be selected with this pick.
8. Chicago Bears - LB Roquan Smith, Georgia - This is the sixth time the Bears have had this pick. Their other selections had average careers. They are E Les McDonald (1937), WR/TE Jim Dooley (1952), DT Wally Chambers (1973) T Dennis Lick (1976), and WR David Terrell (2001). Smith is the second Bulldog selected with this pick. The first was draft bust G Royce Smith (1972 - New Orleans Saints).
9. San Francisco 49ers - T Mike McGlinchey, Notre Dame - This is the sixth time the Niners have had this pick. The others had respectable or better NFL careers. They were Hall of Fame RB Hugh McIlhenny (1952), DT Charlie Krueger (1959), RB Bernie Casey (1961), DE Cedric Hardman (1970), and RB Wilbur Jackson (1974). McGlinchey is the fifth Notre Dame alum who was selected with this pick. Three of them were drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles: E John Yonakor (1946), QB Frank Tripucka (1949), and draft bust FB Neil Worden. The fourth was DT Mike Fanning (1975 - Los Angeles Rams).
10. Arizona Cardinals - QB Josh Rosen, UCLA - This is the sixth time the Cards have had this pick. They are T Bill Fischer (1949), LB Jerry Tubbs (1957), LB Eric Hill (1989), LB Jamir Miller (1994), and QB Matt Leinart (2006). Rosen is the fourth Bruin selected with this pick. The others, including the aforementioned Jamir Miller, are 49ers: DT Bill Sandifer (1974) and J.J. Stokes (1995).
11. Miami Dolphins - S Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama - This is the second time they had this pick. The other played defense as well, DE Bill Stanfill (1969). Fitzpatrick is the second Bama alum selected with this pick. The other is current Los Angeles Charger T D.J. Fluker (2013).
12. Tampa Bay - DT Vita Vea, Washington - This is the fourth time the Bucs have had this pick. The other three were selected in consecutive years. They are Hall of Fame DT Warren Sapp (1995), DE Regan Upshaw (1996), and RB Warrick Dunn (1997). Vea is second Huskie to be selected with this pick. The first is current Cleveland DT Danny Shelton (2015).
13. Washington Redskins - DT Da'Ron Payne, Alabama - This is the third time the Skins have had this pick. The others selected here were draft bust RB Ray McDonald and current Tennessee Titan LB Brian Orakpo. Payne is the first Bama alum to be selected with this pick.
14. New Orleans Saints - DE Marcus Davenport, Texas - San Antonio - This is the third time the Saints have had this pick. The previous two picks have had productive careers. They selected DE Renaldo Turnbull (1990) and current Saint and last year's Super Bowl Champion with the Eagles, DB Malcolm Jenkins (2009). Davenport is the first Roadrunner selected with this pick.
15. Oakland Raiders - T Kolton Miller, UCLA - This is the third time the Raiders have had this pick. They did okay with the first one, Marc Wilson (1980) but the second was a bust, T John Clay (1987). Miller is the first Bruin to be selected with this pick.
16. Buffalo Bills - LB Tremaine Edmunds, Virginia Tech - This is the fifth time the Bills have had this pick. Two of them played on the Super Bowl teams and one is a current player. The Super Bowl players are G Jim Ritcher (1980) and DB James Williams (1990). RB Ronnie Harmon played in a Super Bowl, but it was for the San Diego Chargers. The current player selected with this pick is now Oakland Raiders QB E.J. Manuel. Edmunds is the first Hokie selected with this pick.
17. Los Angeles Chargers - S Derwin James, Florida State - This is the first time the Chargers have had this pick. James is the second Seminole select the other is longtime Oakland Raider and now current Seattle Seahawk player K Sebastian Janikowski (2000).
18. Green Bay Packers - CB Jaire Alexander, Louisville - As long as the Packers have been around, this is only the second time they had this pick. The first was DE/LB Tony Bennett (1990). Alexander is the second Cardinal selected with this pick. The first is current Jacksonville Jaguar player S Calvin Pryor (2014 - New York Jets).
19. Dallas Cowboys - LB Leighton Vander Esch, Boise State - This is the first time the Cowboys have had this pick. However, this is the second time a Boise State alum has been selected with this pick. The first is current free agent DE Shea McClellan (2012 - Chicago Bears).
20. Detroit Lions - C Frank Ragnow, Arkansas - This is the sixth time the Lions have had this pick. The previous ones are draft bust TE David Lewis (1984), DT Luther Ellis (1995), DB Terry Fair (1998), draft bust T Stockar McDougle (2000), and TE Brandon Pettigrew (2009). Ragnow is the third Razorback to be selected with this pick. The other two are RB Gary Anderson (1983 - San Diego Chargers) and Denver Bronco great S Steve Atwater (1989).
21. Cincinnati Bengals - C Billy Price, Ohio State - This is the fifth time the Bengals have had this pick. Three of those picks are current NFL players and two are still on the roster. The first was WR Tim McGee (1986). TE Jermaine Gresham (2010) just finished his third season with the Arizona Cardinals. The current players are TE Tyler Eifert (2013) and T Cedric Ogbuehi (2015). Price is the third Buckeye selected with this pick. The other two, who had respectable careers, are RB Robert Smith (1993 - Minnesota Vikings) and DB Nate Clements (2001 - Buffalo Bills).
22. Tennessee Titans - LB Rashaan Evans, Alabama - This is the second time the Titans have had this pick. The first was when they were the Houston Oilers, picking RB Lorenzo White (1988), a good selection. Evans is the first Crimson Tide alum selected with this pick.
23. New England Patriots - T Isaiah Wynn, Georgia - This is the third time the Patriots have had this pick and they chose well. The first two are T Bruce Armstrong (1987) and DB Ty Law (1995). Wynn is the first Bulldog alum selected with this pick.
24. Carolina Panthers - WR D.J. Moore, Maryland - This is the first time Carolina has had this pick. Moore is the second Terrapin selected with this pick. The first was DB Chad Scott (1997 - Pittsburgh Steelers).
25.  Baltimore Ravens - TE Hayden Hurst, South Carolina - This is the first time the Ravens have had this pick. Hurst is the second Gamecock to be selected with this pick. The first was DB Rick Sanford (1979 - New England Patriots).
26. Atlanta Falcons - WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama - This is the second time the Falcons have had this pick. The first time, they selected DB Devin Bush (1995). Ridley is the first Bama alum selected with this pick.
27. Seattle Seahawks - RB Rashaad Penny, San Diego State - This is the first time the Seahawks have had this pick. Penny is also the first San Diego State alum to selected with this pick.
28. Pittsburgh Steelers - S Terrell Edmunds, Virginia Tech - This is the fourth time the Steelers have had this pick. Each previous pick was an offensive player and each was the pick of the Super Bowl Champion. They are the late TE Bennie Cunningham (1976), RB Greg Hawthorne (1979) and QB Mark Malone (1980). Like his brother twelve picks ago, Edmunds is the first Hokie to be selected with this pick.
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - DT Taven Bryan, Florida - This is the second time the Jags have had this pick. They swung and missed with draft bust WR R. Jay Soward (2000). Bryan is the second Gator to be selected with this pick. This first is current Los Angeles Ram DT Dominique Easley (2014 - New England).
30. Minnesota Vikings - CB Mike Hughes, Central Florida - This is the third time the Vikings have had this pick, but the first time with it being in the first round. The first two players were second round picks and both were cornerbacks. They are CB Willie Teal (1980) and Isaac Holt (1985). Hughes is the first Central Florida alum selected with this pick.
31. New England Patriots - RB Sony Michel, Georgia - This is the second time the Pats have had this pick. The first time, they drafted LB Chris Slade (1993). Michel is the first Bulldog to be selected with this pick.
32. Baltimore Ravens - QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville - This is the second time the Ravens have had this pick. They first selected current Raven S Matt Elam 2013). Jackson is the second Louisville alum and second Cardinal QB selected with this pick. The first is current Minnesota Viking QB Teddy Bridgewater (2014).

And that's it. As the cliche` goes, the draft is one big crapshoot. These teams may have selected great franchise players, solid players, or awful draft busts. The NFL Draft is a time of hope and let's hope this draft produces a group great players.

Have a great day!!!

Friday, April 13, 2018

What Genre Do You Write

I originally posted this entry on my website blog. Since it doesn't have an RSS feed and I want the post to show up on my Amazon blog feed, I'm posting it here. in fact, until Wix decides to let its blog pages have RSS feeds, most of the posts will show up here. I am working on an NFL Draft entry as well as another NFL entry. They should be posted come draft time. 

Here is one of the entries from my website blog: 

When talking to people and other authors, this is probably the most common question I've been asked. My most common answer is, I write whatever comes to mind.

And this is how this conversation goes...at least in my mind.

Really? Come on, dude. Every author has a genre.

True. As I write and publish, the genre I'm most comfortable will become more apparent.

Wait. You're a pantser, aren't you?

Yup. For those of you who don't know, a pantser is one who writes stories as fast as the ideas come. The term is taken from the phrase, flying by the seat of your pants. There is little to no planning when writing a story.

That also means you have to edit more than an author who is an planner. For those of you who don't know, a planner organizes his or her story out using outlines and notes before writing the first word. Most writers fall inside these two extremes.

It's true that I have to edit more and that part of the process is a pain at times, but the benefits outweigh the costs.


When writing stories, I have a good idea how they will turn out. But the fun part is when things go sideways. It happened in Second Chance. I had the story ending a certain way, but things went sideways early in the process and continued to go sideways. The result was a story that turned out different and much better than what I planned.

So what genre is that story? After all, that's the subject of this post.

See? Things went sideways. The genre of Second Chance is paranormal time travel or some form of it. It's related to The Curse, or as my resident grammar police said, it's prequel-ish. Here's a scene teaser. The scene at the end of Chapter 6 of The Curse is the epilogue of Second Chance, but from different points of view. Once Second Chance is published, I would recommend reading The Curse first. Also, Popeye is a main character in both stories, but his story is explained only in The Curse.

So your other books are paranormal time travel, too, huh?

Uh, no. Some of the short stories in The Acts of 1 fit the bill, but not all. A Flash In Time is pure time travel and, believe it or not, it's the prequel to Rickshaw, New Mexico. I wrote The Hunted while angry, but there's a paranormal element. Rickshaw, New Mexico is time travel, but not paranormal, as is its sequel, Timewatch. Justice has ghosts or as some people think, figments of the main character's imagination. That story could be classified as a paranormal detective story or paranormal mystery. I wish Amazon, et al, had a better selection of categories and don't get me started on keywords.

Fess up, dude. Your genre is paranormal time travel and its variations.

Okay. I'll agree with the variations, so there you go. Therefore, until I publish more books, my genre is a variation and combination of paranormal and time travel.

You know, you could have said that the moment I asked the question.

Yeah, but remember. I'm a pantser and things had to go sideways.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

2017 NFL Series Trivia - Week 7

Got some good football going on today. How have these rivalries fared in the past? Note: The series records include postseason games.

Tampa Bay vs. Buffalo - The Bucs lead the series 7-3, and are 3-1 against the Bills since 2000. Buffalo last beat Tampa Bay in 2009, 33-20. Until today, that 2009 game was the only of the series ever played in Buffalo. They first met in Tampa Bay's inaugural season in 1976. Buffalo won 14-9. They never met in overtime or in the postseason. Neither team has ever shut out the other.

Tennessee vs. Cleveland - Though it's hard to believe by watching them today, the Browns lead the series of these former AFC Central divisional rivals, 35-30. They first met in 1970, when Cleveland won 28-14. The series is tied 16-16 in Cleveland. Since the Browns returned in 1999, they are 5-8 against Tennessee. They met in overtime three times. Cleveland is 3-0 in the overtime series, the last one a 31-28 victory in 2002. They met in the postseason once, in 1988. Bernie Kosar and the Browns won a squeaker against Hall of Famer Warren Moon and the then Houston Oilers, 24-23. The last time Tennessee shut out Cleveland was 24-0 in 2000. The last time Cleveland shut out Tennessee was 20-0 in 1972, when the Titans were the Oilers.

New Orleans vs. Green Bay - The Packers lead the series 16-8, but the series is tied 4-4 since 2000. However, the Saints are 2-10 in the (sometimes) frozen tundra of Lambeau Field. They first met in 1968, then Green Bay won 29-7. They never met in the postseason nor have they gone to overtime. Though each team has scored at least 50 points on each other (Green Bay 52-3 in 2005 and New Orleans 51-29 in 2008), neither team has ever shut out the other.

Baltimore vs. Minnesota - The Ravens lead the series 3-2, but the series is tied 1-1 since 2009. They first met in 1998, when the Vikings won 38-28. Minnesota won the only game of the series at home, 33-31 in 2009. They never went to overtime nor have they met in the playoffs. Neither team has ever shut out the other.

Carolina vs. Chicago - This is a game pitting Julius Peppers' first former team against his second former team. Da Bears lead the series 5-4 and is 3-1 against the Panthers since 2010. They first met in 1995, when Chicago won 31-27. The Bears lead the series at home 4-1. Though they never went to overtime, they met in the playoffs once in the 2005 season, with Carolina winning 29-21. Neither team has ever shut out the other.

Jacksonville vs. Indianapolis - The Colts lead the series 22-10 and is 7-5 against Jacksonville since 2011. They first met in 1995 when Indy won 41-31. The Colts also lead the series at home 12-4. They never met in the playoffs, but they did go to overtime once. Indy won that 2015 matchup 16-13. Neither team has ever shut out the other.

New York Jets vs. Miami - The Jets lead this AFC East rivalry series 54-49-1 and is 4-3 against Miami since 2014. They first met in 1966 when the Jets won 19-14.  The Dolphins lead the series at home 25-24-1. New York leads the series in overtime 5-0-1. Their last overtime game was a 23-20 Jets win in 2012. They met in the playoffs once, in the 1982 AFC Championship Game. LSU alum A.J. Duhe and the Dolphins blanked the Jets in a rainy game 14-0. This is also the last time Miami shut out New York. The last time the Jets shut out the Dolphins was 24-0 in 2001. Their only tie was 28-28 in 1981.

Arizona vs. Los Angeles Rams - The Cardinals lead the series 38-37-2, but the series is tied 5-5 since 2012. They first met in 1937, when the Chicago Cardinals beat the Cleveland Rams 6-0. The Rams also lead the home series 21-19. They met in the playoffs once, in 1975, when Los Angeles beat the then St. Louis Cardinals 35-23. The Cardinals lead the overtime series 2-1, winning the last overtime meeting 19-13 in 2011. Their last tie was 24-24 in 1953. The last time the Rams shut out the Cardinals was 21-0 in 1979. The last time the Cardinals shut out the Rams was 7-0 in 1942.

Dallas vs. San Francisco - The series is tied 17-17-1, but the Cowboys are 4-1 against San Francisco since 2005. They first met in 1960, when the Niners won 26-14. The series is also tied in San Francisco 9-9. They met in the playoffs seven times and Dallas leads 5-2. Of those postseason games, six were in the NFC Championship game. Their last NFC Championship game was in the 1994 season, when San Francisco won 38-28 and went on to spank the San Diego Chargers in Super Bowl XXIX. They went ot overtime twice, with the Cowboys winning both. Their last overtime game was a 27-24 Dallas win in 2011. Their only tie was 24-24 in 1969. As much as they beat up on each other, neither team has ever shut out the other.

Seattle vs. New York Giants - New York leads the series 9-8, but trails the Seahawks 2-3 since 2008. They first met in 1976, when the Giants won 28-16. The Giants also lead the home series 6-3. They never met in the playoffs, but they did go to overtime once. Seattle won that game 24-21 in 2005. The last time the Seahawks shut out the Giants was 23-0 in 2013. The last time the Giants shut out the Seahawks was 32-0 in 1981.

Cincinnati vs. Pittsburgh - The Steelers lead the series of these longtime divisional rivals 60-35, winning the last four games against Cincinnati. The Steelers also lead the series at home 31-16. They first met in 1970, when Pittsburgh won 21-10. They met in the postseason twice, both in the AFC Wildcard Game. The Steelers won both games, winning their last playoff meeting 18-16 in 2015. Pittsburge leads the overtime series 3-1, winning their last one 23-17 in 2006. The last time Pittsburgh shut out Cincinnati was 15-0 in 2000. Cincinnati has never shut out Pittsburgh.

Denver vs. Los Angeles Chargers - The Broncos lead this AFC West divisional rivalry 65-50-1 and is 11-4 against the Chargers since 2011. Los Angeles leads the series at home 33-24. They first met in 1960, when Denver won 41-33. They met in the postseason once, with the Broncos winning 24-17 in the 2013 season. The overtime series is tied 1-1, with then San Diego tying it up 16-13 in 2011. Their only tie was 17-17 in 1970. The last time Denver shut out the Chargers was 12-0 in 1988. The last time the Chargers shut out the Broncos was 23-0 in 1978.

Atlanta vs. New England - The Patriots lead the series 8-6, including their only playoff and overtime meeting, Super Bowl 51, a 34-28 Pats victory. New England's Super Bowl win increased their winning streak against the Dirty Birds to five games. The Patriots also lead the series at home 3-2. The last time New England shut out Atlanta was 34-0 in 1992. Atlanta has never shut out New England.

Washington vs. Philadelphia - The Redskins lead the series 86-74-5 and is 5-2 against the Eagles since 2014. Washington also leads the series at home 42-38-2. They first met in Fenway Park in 1934, when the Boston Redskins won 6-0. They met in the postseason once in the 1990 season, when the Redskins won 20-6. Washington also leads the overtime series 3-1. Their last overtime game was a 20-17 Redskins victory. Their last tie was 7-7 in 1971. The last time Washington shut out Philadelphia was 23-0 in 1991. The last time Philadelphia shut out Washington was 24-0 in 1980.

Here are some historic scores for this week's matchups on October 22:

1939  Cleveland Rams 24 - Chicago Cardinals 0
1967  New York Jets 33 - Miami 14
1967  San Diego Chargers 38 - Denver 21
1972  Cleveland 23 - Houston Oilers 17
1995  New York Jets 17 - Miami 16
2007  Indianapolis 29 - Jacksonville 7

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Year Odds and Ends

As 2016 comes to a close, it has certainly been an interesting year. One year ends and another begins. I hope 2017 will be a better year and I hope I have the time to make more entries here. My current job takes up the vast majority of my time, but sooner or later, that will change.

A year ago, I figured Second Chance would have been published by now. Little did I know that my sixth book, Justice, will end up being my fifth published book. Justice is still in the editing process, but it's looking much better. After this post, I'm making the time to get some significant work done on it.

Since I haven't made a post since July, let's get down to business.

Congrats to the 59-103 Minnesota Twins. You are the 2016 MLB Kings of the Cellar. Even though you ended the year on a two game winning streak, you dominated the runner-up 68-94 Cincinnati Reds by nine games!

This week's NFL Kings of the Cellar, the 1-14 Cleveland Browns, are one loss away from the winning the beer in the NFL cellar. They face a playoff bound Pittsburgh Steelers team on the road, so their title is all but earned. Their only competition, the 2-13 San Francisco 49ers, will host the Seattle Seahawks. The title will go to who wants the beer more.

Now for some trivia. On December 22, 1979, the LSU Tigers faced off against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons in the Tangerine Bowl (now the Citrus Bowl). LSU won easily, 34-10. Here's some trivia about the players in that game.

  • Wake Forest's head coach was John Mackovic. He had a 34-14 record there and went on to coach at Illinois (1988-91), Texas (1992-97), and Arizona (2001-03). His record was 95-82-3. 
  • Mackovic was also a QB for the team from 1962-64. As QB, he threw 6 TD's and 26 INTs. This was his only bowl appearance with the Demon Deacons.
  • Wake Forest WR Kenny Duckett was drafted in the 3rd round of the 1982 Draft.  He played for the Saints from 1982-85 and the Dallas Cowboys in 1985. Over his career, he caught 36 passes for 503 yards and 4 TD's.
  • The was LSU head coach Charlie McClendon's last season with the Tigers. He coached the team for 18 seasons with a 137-59-7 record. His bowl record was 7-6.
  • LSU QB David Woodley went on to get drafted in the 8th round of the 1980 NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins. He played for Miami from 1980-83, including an appearance in Super Bowl XVII, and the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1983-85. Over his career, he passed for 8,558 yards 48 TD's and 63 INT's.
  • LSU RB Hokie Gajan went on to get drafted in the 10th round of the 1981 Draft by the New Orleans Saints. He played for the team until 1985, when a knee injury ended his playing career. Over his career, he rushed 252 - 1358 yds and 11 TD's, for a Saints record of 5.4 yards per carry. He also caught 63 passes for 515 yards and 2 TD's. He went on to be a scout for the team and later, the color analyst for WWL radio. He passed away in 2016.
  • LSU RB Carlos Carson was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the 5th round the the 1980 Draft. He played from 1980-89 with the Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles (1989). He played WR and caught 353 passes for 6,372 yards and 33 TD's.
  • LSU WR Tracy Porter was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the 4th round of the 1981 Draft. He played for the Lions (1981-82) and the Baltimore/Indianapolis Colts (1983-84). He caught 79 passes for 1,161 yards and 3 TD's.
  • LSU WR Orlando McDaniel was drafted in the 2nd round of the 1982 Draft by the Denver Broncos. This was his only season in the NFL. He played in 3 games, with no statistics.
  • LSU TE Greg LaFleur went on to get drafted in the 3rd round of the 1981 Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. However, he never played for the team. Instead, he played for the St. Louis Cardinals (1981-86) and the Indianapolis Colts (1986). He caught 64 passes for 729 yards and 3 TD's.
  • LSU TE Malcolm Scott was drafted by the New York Giants in the 5th round of the 1983 Draft. This was his only year with the team. He played again during the 1987 players' strike with the Saints. Over his brief career, he caught 23 passes for 241 yards and no TD's.
  • LSU DB Willie Teal went on the play for the Minnesota Vikings from 1980-86 and the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987.
  • LSU DB Chris Williams went on to play for the Buffalo Bills from 1981-83.

    Here is a link to the video of the 1979 Tangerine Bowl on YouTube. Enjoy.

    Have a great day and Happy New Year!!!