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Trash Talk: Somewhere Around Barstow

Pro football’s regular season still hasn’t begun, which means we’re looking at everything else.

And you’re stuck with me because metaphorically speaking, bmaz is still on the road somewhere in the American southwest, loath to give up his time for anything but the real deal, the full-on regular NFL/AFL football season.

I picture him looking like Hunter S. Thompson, driving somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, waiting for the drugs to take hold — I mean, looking for another winery to tour.

Until he gets back, let’s make the best of it.

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No idea what Hurricane Harvey has done or will do to the schedule, this weekend or next, depending on how much damage it does. Hope all our friends and family along the Texas and Louisiana coast are safe and sound and someplace where they can enjoy pre-season games in air conditioned comfort. This is the schedule before Harvey made landfall.

Saturday, August 26

Arizona Cardinals vs Atlanta Falcons — 7:00 PM ET

New York Jets vs New York Giants — 7:00 PM ET

Buffalo Bills vs Baltimore Ravens — 7:00 PM ET

Cleveland Browns vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers — 7:30 PM ET

Indianapolis Colts vs Pittsburgh Steelers — 7:30 PM ET

Los Angeles Chargers vs Los Angeles Rams — 8:00 PM ET

Oakland Raiders vs Dallas Cowboys — 8:00 PM ET

Houston Texans vs New Orleans Saints — 8:00 PM ET

Green Bay Packers vs Denver Broncos — 9:00 PM ET

Sunday, August 27

Chicago Bears vs Tennessee Titans — 1:00 PM ET

Cincinnati Bengals vs Washington Redskins — 4:30 PM ET

San Francisco 49ers vs Minnesota Vikings — 8:00 PM ET

Once again, no Kaepernick means I’m not watching.

Good on Cleveland Brown’s 12 conscientious kneelers who protested during the anthem, including Seth DeValve, the first white player to join in.

Fuck off to the former Marine who whined to NFL’s Roger Goodell about the protests. You served to protect and defend the Constitution, Marine. These citizens are exercising their Constitutional rights, and in doing so, defend them, too. They’re also protesting Americans under fire at home, executed in their own streets on an extrajudicial basis — the kind of crap we’ve sent our military off to fight against in other countries.

And way to go, San Francisco 49ers’ assistant coach Katie Sowers, who recently disclosed her sexual identity during an interview. She’s the NFL’s first openly gay coach. Hope more coaches and players feel more comfortable with their identity so they, too, can be true to themselves.

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Tell me what to make of the news that the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Boston Celtics traded point guards Kyrie Irving and Isaiah Thomas earlier this week. I admit to having flashbacks whenever I hear Isaiah Thomas’ name mentioned in NBA new, takes me back more than two decades to stories about unrelated former basketball phenom Isiah Thomas. Flashbacks aside, Irving may have requested this move because of friction with LeBron James — but Thomas might have a little friction with James, too. Is this just trash talk between them or what?

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MLB Schedule here.

MLB current standings

Still struggling to get worked up about baseball. Detroit Tigers remain lackluster. Meh. They’re hosted by Chicago White Sox at 7:10 PM ET, fighting it out for the bottom of American League Central.

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XFINITY Series does Road America at Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.


Practice — 2-2:55 p.m.
Final practice — 4-4:55 p.m.


Coors Light Pole Qualifying —11:45 a.m.
Johnsonville 180 (45 laps, 182.16 miles) — 3 p.m.

I’m sure the cheddarheads of Elkhart Lake are psyched about NASCAR this weekend, but I snicker every time I think about a race named for a brand of bratwurst.

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Thinking of grilled brats makes me thirsty. I’m done here, going earn myself a beer by doing some yard work. Let me know in comments what other sports news I missed (yes, I already know about the Great Orange’s order banning transgender service persons, pardon of criminal scum Arpaio, and Hungarian Nazi Gorka’s exit from the White House — bring something new to the table). This is an open thread. Behave.

7 replies
  1. Pete says:

    Last year’s Johnsonville highlights: ‪https://youtu.be/w-MrX_0ko4U

    Since you aren’t going to watch NFL there’s always the real sport Mayweather vs McGregor.


  2. Peterr says:

    In soccer news, Sporting KC’s game against Houston was postponed until October because of Harvey. It was scheduled for tonight, but they made the decision to move it yesterday morning as they watched the forecast. These two teams will likely be fighting for the Western Conference title as the season winds down, and this postponement means that two of SKCs last three games will be against Houston.

  3. Peterr says:

    And for bmaz, seeing as how he’s stuck in a wine tasting room somewhere, I’ll note that Lewis Hamilton nabbed the pole for tomorrow’s F1 Belgian Grand Prix, which ties the all-time record of Michael Schumacher for most career poles at 68. (Recall that Schumacher had a terrible ski injury when he fell and hit his head on a rock, which left him in a come for quite a while. He’s now home, trying to rehab what can be rehabbed, but the family is being VERY private about his specific condition, progress, and prognosis.)

  4. scribe says:

    Confirmed: Julian Edelman had his ACL blown out last night and is out for the year. So, it’s “next man up” for the Patsies. Word is Hogan did a lot of stepping up last night.

    • Bay State Librul says:


      The Globule reports……..

      Brady drives the offense, but Edelman is the engine. He brings the energy, he moves the chains, and he has built an incredible rapport with Brady over the last four years. Edelman also is one of the best punt returners in the NFL, both in eluding defenders and in making smart decisions.

      Has Vegas changed the odds yet?


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