Lamb and Sheep Trash Talk

Here we are in the Ides of December, and there is some Trash to be talked. Because someone accused me of not knowing or caring about the NBA in the last trash, let’s open with that.

The Phoenix Suns were once a model franchise, started and run by Jerry Colangelo. They never won a championship, but they were always pillars of the community, always competitive and the precursor of the Warriors as the consistently most fun team to watch. Then Colangelo sold the team to a banker jerk named Bob Sarver, who has proceeded to turn the once proud Suns into the worst team in the league, and a laughingstock in Phoenix and the NBA. He recently tried to arrogantly extort the city for improvements to the city owned arena, and that has not gone well. Last night was yet another humiliation as the Suns tried to execute a trade and didn’t even know who they were fucking trading for. Seriously, Bob Sarver makes former Clippers owner Donald Sterling look like a good owner. And the Lakers still suck. So there’s your NBA coverage for you.

I will add one more semi-NBA thing in here, because it is a seriously fantastic story. I can’t say I am close friends with Charles Barkley, but I have been around and talked to him numerous times, whether at the Suns Arena, in Scottsdale bars or the local grocery store (he lives not far away from me and, yeah, actually goes grocery shopping). He has always been nice, and pretty funny to talk to. But this story from a young lady whose late father stumbled into a truly deep and good, if unlikely, friendship with Chuck is just wonderful. Read it, you will be glad you did.

Okay, back to our staple of football. There are several small time bowl games today including The Air force Celebration Bowl (NC A&T v. Alcorn State), New Mexico Bowl (North Texas v. Utah State), Auto Nation bowl (Tulane v. Lousiana), Mitsubishi Las Vegas Bowl (Fresno State v. Arizona State), Raycom Camellia Bowl (Georgia Southern v. Eastern Michigan), and the R&L Carriers Bowl (Middle Tennessee v. Appalachian State). The only one that interests me is the Las Vegas Bowl with ASU in it at 3:30 pm EST on ABC. Fresno State is not a bad team, and it could be an interesting game.

In the pros, there are two Saturday games today. First up is Houston Texans at the Jets. I keep thinking the Jets Jets Jets are going to pull things together, but hard to see them stopping Deshaun Watson and the Texans, who are on a serious roll. The later game is Cleveland at Denver. Both teams have a thin hope for making the playoffs if they win out, but the loser here is done. Cleveland has really been playing better lately, and last 4-5 games, Baker Mayfield has been actually fairly impressive. Mile High tough venue though, even if the Broncos are a little beat up on defense. I’ll call it a tossup, but am rooting for the Brownies for a slight upset. The Chargers already edged out the Chefs (in Kansas City!!) in a thrilling Thursday night game. The Bolts came back from a 14 point deficit late in the 4th quarter and won by executing a 2 point conversion after a TD, with four seconds left on the clock. It was well worth staying up for.

In the Sunday games, Cowboys at Colts could be a pretty good game, but I’ll take Oliver Luck and the Colts at home. Packers at Bears in Soldier Field should be really interesting. Bears defense has the edge on a battered GB O-Line, but Aaron Rodger ain’t gonna roll over and this oldest of rivalries is always hard fought. Pats at Steelers is probably the best game of the day. Stillers are desperate for a win at this point, but the Pats are desperately trying to maintain a first round playoff bye. Both teams have been uncharacteristically inconsistent this year. That’s a tossup. Lastly, the Eagles at Rams is a must win for the Iggles, but hard to seem them pulling that off at this point.

Well, that’s it. Music today is courtesy of Punaise who made me remember a very old Blue Oyster Cult song from their first album way back in 1972. Enjoy I’m On The Lamb, But I Ain’t No Sheep, it truly rocks.

Late Trash Is Better Than No Trash At All

It is a weekend well into December, so far that there is really no college football between now and the preternaturally expanded NCAA schedule of Bullshit Bowls That Don’t Matter season and the end of the year and real BCS bowls. F1 is over until the spring. Basketball is nothing but clacking about LeBron on on otherwise D-League team. Baseball is waiting for the winter meetings or whatever. In short, there is not squat but the NFL. So, here we go on a truncated, but necessary, Trash Talk because Scribe, rightfully, demanded it. There were other circumstances last weekend, and earlier today. Sorry about that, but every now and then things impinge on the trash collection.

So, this is going to be all NFL, and we shall start, apropos, with the Steelers. They visit the Rayduhs who are still squatting in their former home of Oakland. Hard to see Big Ben letting this slip, take the Stillers. Rams are at Bears, and with Khalil Mack rounding back into shape, I think this is a better test than most seem to, but, still, take the Rams. Vikes are at the Squawks for SNF, but Seattle is a tough joint, and the Squawks are on a serious roll. Sorry Minnesota.

Detroit at Arizona is almost comical. Which loser will win? Who the heck knows? And does anyone really care? Stupidly enough, the game of the week may be the 6-6 Eagles at the 7-5 Cowboys. There is no team in the NFC East that deserves to be in the playoffs, but someone has to win the division. With the Redskins starting [spin the wheel] Sonny Jurgenson (Sanchize) at QB at this point, it is really down to Iggles and Boys. I’ll take the Iggles in an upset at Jerry World. Colts at Houston is another interesting game. The way Deshaun Watson and the Texans have been playing, you’d be nuts not to take them. But Andrew Luck has been quietly starting to totally rip it up again, and the Colts’ O-Line has been protecting him to do so. This is in Houston though, I’ll still take the red hot Tejans.

Pats always have a problem in South Beach, but it is hard to see the Fins taking this one any more than it is to think the Raiders will pose a problem for the Stillers, even though Pittsburgh has has issues in the Bay Area before.

So, that is it for Late Trash. As a shoutout to Sean and Janis, very long time readers and friends I recently had lunch with, this weekend’s music is some Be Bop Deluxe.

Post L-Tryptophan Turkey Hangover Trash

Okay, Turkee day is over, as is Black Friday. I violated my rule of never going out on Black Friday once, to go to a grocery less than a mile away. I did watch The Match. The golf was interesting, the production of the event was total shit, and some of the “providers” are already refunding PPV fees people paid. What a clusterfuck. Phil won, both the match and the side bets, over Tiger. But it was very close. There should be no “gimmees” in this kind of match play, that was asinine. Make the golfers actually make their 5 foot putts. Oh well.

Oklahoma is probably going to be in the final four for the CFB playoff, and that is amazing for a team that cannot play a lick of defense. Washington State is out, having failed, sadly, to beat rival Washington on their home field for the Apple Cup. UCF keeps rolling even after apparently losing their starting QB in a still huge win over a very talented USF team. UCF has won every game over the last two years, has done so consistently against all comers, and still will not even sniff the CFB playoffs. That is wrong. They are more deserving of a berth than whatever Big-10 schlub wins the idiotic Three Yards and a Cloud of Dust Trophy between the overrated Michigan and overrated Ohio State today.

Hard to see Florida and Florida State amounting to much, nor Georgia Tech and Georgia. I guess Auburn and Alabama is a “big game”, but we all know what happens when an amateur tema like Auburn takes on a pro football franchise like Saban runs at Bama. One can only hope that USC can find the mettle to take out the Irish preeners, though I doubt it even though the game is a home one for the Trojans. Here in AZ, it is all about the “Territorial Cup”, the somewhat mythical, and inconsistently in play, “trophy” for the “big game” between ASU and UofA. It is Tucson this year, and “might” be an interesting game on FS1, but not a lot but state bragging rights are at issue.

On to the Pros. What with three key games on Thanksgiving, there is a smaller schedule this Sunday. Pats at the ButtFumbles should not amount to much, though the combined age of the two starting QB’s is like 192. Giants at Philly may be a better game that it looks; Good Eli has arisen and the Iggles look dead. Carolina is extremely tough at home, but Seattle is starting to look like they are on a roll. Bolts host the Cards in their soccer stadium, take the Chargers on that. Scribe’s Steelers at the Donkos may be good, but I just can’t see Denver taking out two better teams two weeks in a row.

Colts and Luck are rolling, will take a miracle for Miami to beat them at home in Indy. I, sadly, think the Packers are dead for this year, and a win in Minnesota would be a miracle. Kirk Cousins is not bad, at all, but he is no Aaron Rodgers, so it may be worth watching SNF. MNF is Titans at Texans. Titans really are improving, but not by the leaps and bounds Deshaun Watson, JJ Watt and the Texans have been. Take the Lone Star state here.

Music today by Queen. They seem to be everywhere lately, from the Bohemian Rhapsody movie play theaters nationwide, to multiple commercials on TV. But I am going to go with a little bit of the classic “Day At The Races” and, with a shoutout to Mike Pence, the song Tie Your Mother Down.

Turkey Bowl Trash Talk 2018

Happy Thanksgiving to one and all, and we here give thanks for you joining with us and participating here. There are not many real remnants of the old blogosphere and commentary community left these days, and it still flourishes here, thanks to you. I was lazy this morning and am just now writing Turkey Trash, but Marcy has already posted the annual sister Food and Thanks Post, make sure to visit there too.

Okay, off we go. Thanksgiving has always been about football. Every year through college, law school and many years after, we had a Turkey Bowl. It was played among a bunch of us who played intramural flag football in college, and sometimes friends who actually played real college football. I even one time tried to recruit Pat Tillman, but he just laughed and said there was no way he was risking injury doing that. He was smart, I think there were more injuries to extremely hungover dudes in the Turkey Bowl than there would have been playing in full pads. Plus he would have hurt us. Game was always at 10:00 am at a local high school that would let us use their field. Stunned that none of us ever got a DWI driving to the game.

Okay, on to the games. First up is Chicago at Detroit. A week ago, this looked like another Kitteh mismatch for Thanksgiving. But Bears starting QB Mitch Trubisky is out and career backup Chase Daniel will be leading the charge. Daniel is a very decent backup, but has started just two games in his ten year NFL career. The Lions sure seem to have the edge here with Matt Stafford and, ahem, an improved running game lately (though Kerryon Johnson and Marvin Jones, responsible for that, are out). But Khalil Mack and the new Midway Monsters will be a problem. No clue, I rate it a toss up, even if Vegas likes Da Bears. The Bears defense may warrant that.

The second game is Redskins at Cowboys. Believe it or not, as horrible as the Cowboys have been to date this year, they will be atop the NFC East, tied with Washington, if they win this home game. On the other hand, the Skins will take a substantial lead if they win at Jerryworld. Speaking of starting QB’s out for Turkey day, Alex Smith is very out. Closest thing to Joe Theismann’s leg injury, eerily on the same exact date as Smith’s injury, but in 1985. Colt McCoy takes over for the Skins in a really important game. McCoy is not a bad choice if you have to have a backup suddenly starting. Should be interesting. Look for Washington to run Adrian Peterson hard against a Dallas defense that is not so good against the run. Look for Dallas to throw everything at Peterson. Should be interesting, and is yet another tossup.

Last game is tonight with the Falcons visiting the Saints in Nawlins. This one is NOT a tossup, the Saints have to be a heavy favorite. They are home in the loud and crazy Superdome, Drew Brees is having an MVP year and is simply on fire, and the Saints are putting up ridiculous numbers on offense. The Dirty Birds have been extremely disappointing so far. Sure Matt Ryan can still get hot and light em up, but do they have enough to keep pace with Brees, Michael Thomas, Alvin Kamara, Mark Ingram and the entirety of the Saints’ offense. Nope.

Since today has been a little sleepy already, gonna rock it up with a little Silke Berlinn and The Addictions doing a cover of the old Nancy Sinatra hit Jackson. By the way, that is our old friend John Amato, founder of the Crooks and Liars blog, honking magnificently on the tenor sax. Enjoy your food, enjoy your drink, and most of all enjoy the people around you today.

Route 66 Trash Talk

Time for some sports trash talk, so let’s get hip to that California trip.

California is still burning. The death toll is now officially at 71 and the number additionally classified as missing is up to 1,011. This is an immense disaster, and there is increasing speculation that PG&E, including by PG&E itself, may have played a key role in the start of the Camp Fire. The old Route 66 ended in Santa Monica after “more than two thousand miles all the way”. In Santa Monica now, people on the beach can see the smoke of their neighbor Malibu burning to the ground. The rest of western California is faring no better and the Cal-Stanford “Big Game” has been postponed for the first time since JFK was assassinated as a result. It is not good on the coast with the most, keep them in your thoughts.

In NCAA games that will be played today, for this late in the season, there are not that many fascinating match ups. One I will be watching is Iowa State at Texas. As I noted earlier in the yeah, ISU is being led by Brock Purdy, a true freshman phenom that came from the Phoenix area. The kid is seriously good, and makes ISU a scary team since he took over the team early into the season. The game is in Austin, but Texas may have a real problem on their hands. Cinci at UCF may actually be a fair game, but big edge to currently undefeated UCF at home in Orlando. West Virginia at Oklahoma State could be pretty good. WV is clearly the favorite, but OSU is capable of getting hot and blowing up the scoreboard, so this is a potential upset special. Utah at Colorado and Arizona at Pirate Mike Leach’s Washington State Cougars are very import and games in the Pac-12 worth paying attention to. As are my Sun Devils who are up in Autzen to play the Quackers in a late night game. Autzen is a brutally tough place to play, and the Ducks almost always win there. ASU has really improved through the season, but hard to see them having enough to beat the Ducks tonight.

In the Pros, Seattle put a stake in the heart of Aaron Rodgers and the Pack on Thursday night. Close and very good game, and one Green Bay “should” have won, but the loss was catastrophic to their playoff chances. Washington at the Texans looks pretty interesting. Both teams are 6-3 and need to maintain their momentum. I’ll take the Texans at home and with Deshaun Watson starting to really blow up. Iggles are at Nawlins to visit Drew Breeeees and the Saints. Sorry Philly fans, that is too steep a mountain, and the loss puts your playoff chances in even more jeopardy than Green Bay. The Sunday Night game of Minnesota at Bears should be really good. Both teams evenly matched. But the Bears are at home, and Mitch Trubisky is on a little roll, so I’ll take the Bears in that one. The best game of the week is, of course, the Monday Night pairing of Chiefs at Rams. The game was originally scheduled to be played in Mexico City, but the turf at Stadium Azteca was just too beat up and in poor shape. So now the game is in LA, where the air quality is not the greatest currently. Yikes. No idea who wins this game, but it ought to be great. Rams have a better defense, and are at home now, so I’ll go with the Rams.

Alright, that is it for this week’s Trash. As you can tell, it is all about Route 66. It is an all time great song, and a great boogie. The early versions by Nat King Cole and The Stones are superb. But for a while now, the two versions I have loved the most are by Asleep At The Wheel and Diana Krall. So you get those two today! Happy motoring, and rock on.

Trash Talk A Geaux Geaux

Tom Brady is 3 yards and a cloud of dust away from 1,000 rushing yards for his career. You laugh, but among the best QB’s in recent memory, Brady trails only Fran Tarkenton, Aaron Rodgers, Brett Favre and Big Ben. That is kind of shocking. To give you an idea, Dan Marino has a total career net rushing yards of 87. Not so good. In fairness, Brady is still almost 900 yards behind Favre and a little over 1,700 behind Rodgers. But, still, give it up for TB12.

Speaking of which, TB12, Bill Bel and the boys host Mr. Rodgers and the Pack for Sunday Night Football on NBC. The game counts a LOT more for the Cheeseheads than it does the Pats. Minnesota is not running away with the NFC Norske, and the Bears are still the Bears. But, still, GB needs this win bad. They “should” have beaten the unbeaten Rams last week and did not by a fluke. Still, a loss is a loss, and they need a win. Bad. I’ll still take the Pats though if betting with money.

Frankl;y, the game that interests me the most other than that is the Bolts at Squawks. San Diego….er Los Angeles Chargers at Anaheim, has bee surprisingly good early. That is something. The Seahawks have been gelling in the mid part of the season. This could be one hell of a game. Rams at Nawlins is getting all the jaw. And it should be a great game. The Saints are doing great this year, and I think they may have enough to clear the Rams in a shootout at the Superdome.

That brings us to the student athlete section of Trash. Really, every eye will be on Alabama at LSU. Heck, I hate the SEC and even I am excited about this game. Crimson Tide is favored by like 14 points, which is a hellish lot considering the game is in Baton Rouge. I will not make a pick, but what the hell is the balance in college football if Vegas oddsmakers (who are overall VERY good) place Bama up by that much on the road against the legitimately number 4 rated team in the country? GEAUX TIGERS!!

I would love to think Kentucky can handle the Georgia Bulldogs at home in Lexington. Sadly, I do not. The beginning of the end for the magical run for UK ends today. I would also love to think that Herm Edwards and ASU can “win the games” against Utah at home today in Tempe. Again, sadly, I cannot. The Utes are scary underrated and good. It should be an incredibly beautiful scene at Sun Devil Stadium. People talk about great venues to watch college football, but until you have been to a packed Sun Devil Stadium for a beautiful fall game, you don’t know. Also, best of luck to the Fighting Journalists of Northwestern as they host the eternally hard to love Irish Domers!

Okay, that is it. Music today by the Stones, with Star Star. Better known as Starfucker. Has always been speculation about who the song referred to, and I am not going to geaux there.

Talking Heads Trash Talk

As I, er, complained of in the Khashoggi post, a talking head came to my hood Wednesday to “engage”. That was Chuck Todd and Meet The Press. It was a sham. Most all decent seats were RSVP’d or assigned to news people. There was nothing, and I mean nothing, in it for people that actually live in this part of Phoenix. Yes, I am still bitter, and what a joke that stunt was. Oh well whatchagonnado? So have a better bit of Talking Heads.

But now we are on to the weekend and real trash talk. First off, playoff baseball is the only really great baseball and it is going on. The Sawx have polished off the Stros with a little help from a blind umpire. Probably would have anyway if they can light up Justin Verlander, but still. But they are on to the Series. Much more interesting is the Brew Crew clocking in with a huge game six win against the Dodgers. That sets up a win or go home game seven in Milwaukee tonight. October baseball does not get any better than that. Must see TV.

Not sure there has ever been a better back to back SNF and MNF games than the Chefs/Pats and then Packers/Niners. Woof! This week the Pats play the Bears, who are looking far better than expected. I’ll still take the Pats, but the game is at Soldier Field, so you never know. Denver just blew up the hapless Cards on Thursday night, and the Cards promptly fired their OC Mike McCoy. And he deserved to be fired. Byron Leftwich will apparently be the defacto OC for the rest of the season, and that should be an improvement, but hard to see any salvation for Arizona this year. Buffalo at the Colts should be terrible. Cleveland at Tampa Bay should be more interesting with Winston back in the saddle after his suspension for molesting an Uber driver here in Scottsdale. Lions at Miami is notable. Lions are underperforming, and Miami over performing, even with Brock Osweiller apparently at QB for a couple of more weeks while Tannehill mends. No idea which way to go on that. Saints at Ravens much the same, though it sure feels like Nawlins is on a roll. The Bungles have been more consistent this year, but hard to see them winning in KC against a group of pissed off Chefs. Giants at Atlanta is just embarrassing, how did that dreck get scheduled for MNF??

And in the student athlete section for today, the most interesting game appears to be Oregon at Washington State. Both teams are 5-1 and have high powered offenses, it could be really fun. Michigan is in East Lansing to face Sparty, and the game is already underway. The Bo Merlots are clear favorites, but Sparty is plucky! In a shout out to Richard Taylor, Kentucky, at a shocking 5-1 has a great shot at early bowl eligibility hosting Vanderbilt. The Commodores are not as bad as their record though, so it will not be easy. LSU should take care of Mississippi State at home in Baton Rouge. Rosalind’s Stanford Trees already beat ASU on Thursday night and Jim’s Gators are off today.

UPDATE: This is really bad of me, but I did not even originally mention that the United States Grand Prix is this week in Austin Texas at the Circuit of the Americas. Frankly, the F1 Circus has gotten so boring I have a hard time paying attention anymore. Thankfully, commenter “J” woke me up. I will say that ESPN taking over coverage and basically just streaming Sky F1 has been an improvement over NBC Sports, but it is depressing that more is not featured in the States for the USGP.

Do people who are not die hard F1 fans even know the USGP is happening this weekend? And, yes, the battle for the championship that seemed so promising earlier in the season is done. Sadly. Another boring championship looms for the loathsome Lewis Hamilton. Someday there will be a real battle again.

Okay, this ain’t no party and it sure ain’t no disco. Stop fooling around and get trash talking.

Mid October Trash Talk

Welp, we had a good discussion about the reply function yesterday, but time to move on to some proper Trash Talk. We already have the college games in the book, and there were some surprising results. LSU dispatched the Dawgs of Georgia surprisingly easy, and Oregon took out the favored Washington Huskies. It wasn’t always pretty, but Jim White’s beloved Gators got another win, this time over Vanderbilt, who is often a thorn in their side. Auburn got smoked by Tennessee, did not see that coming. The unranked Sparty’s of Michigan State stunned #8 rated Penn State in Happy Valley.

And, in the don’t sleep on them category, Iowa State took out #6 ranked West Virginia. The Cyclones have a true freshman QB named Brock Purdy. Remember that name, because he is blowing shit up. Here, we kind of knew of Purdy from his exploits at Perry High in the East Valley. He is a true pro-style QB with incredible field vision,and he can flat chuck it. Last week, he threw for 5 TD’s and blew out the heavily favored and ranked Oklahoma State. Last night, he followed up with an 18/25 night with 3 TD’s against West Virginia. This kid has a future.

Okay, on to the pros. The biggest game is, of course, the SNF matchup of the white hot Pat Mahomes and the Chiefs in Foxborough to visit Bill Bel, Brady and the Pat boys. The question is whether the lethargic to start the season Pats offense is starting to wake up now with Josh gordon and Julian Edelman in the lineup. The presence of those two alone ought to help out the anemic running game, that is also starting to now show up behind Sony Michel. Huge game.

The Bears are in Miami to face the Fish, who are suddenly without starting QB Ryan Tannehill. That means it is Brock Osweiller time, and Khalil Mack is likely to feast on that. Arizona travels to Minnesota for Larry Fitzgerald’s likely last game in his home town. The Cards look better with rookie Josh Rosen at the helm, but hard to see them doing much against the Vikes’ solid defense in the noise factory there. The Chargers at Brownies seems curiously interesting. You’d have to take the Bolts, but Cleveland is actually playing real football lately, so who knows.

Steelers have been uncharacteristically dysfunctional this year and really need a win in Cincy against the Bungles. I think they will get it, but Cicny looks more solid than they usually do, so this could be quite a game. Speaking of dysfunctional, that describes the Broncos too, and it is hard to see them stopping the Rams, even though the game is at Mile High and there is white stuff on the ground. The Niners are at the Packers for MNF. Aaron Rodgers is still banged up on the knee, and is going to a bigger and stiffer brace. Still, that should be enough for the Niners in Lambeau.

Lastly, it is MLB playoff time,with both leagues into their championship series. The Brewers took game one from the Dodgers, but LA came back to win game two in the heartland. The series now moves to LA and it sure seems like the momentum has shifted to the Dodgers. In the ALCS, game one last night was yet another gem by Justin Verlander as the Stros took out the Sawx in Fenway. Game two features Gerrit Cole, a sneaky good pitcher versus David Price for the Sawx. A LOT is riding on Price, who can be erratic in the postseason, because Boston sure doesn’t want to roll into Houston down 0-2.

No F1 this week, so that is it.

Brave For Speaking Out: Dr. Ford Trash Admiration Talk

Okay, the last post indicated a few thoughts as we are on the cusp, and maybe by the time I post this, other side of Kavanaugh confirmation. But Dr. Christine Blasey Ford was brave. Brave. Courageous, not just for herself, but all girls now and all to come. The Kavanaugh confirmation battle may be individually lost, but Dr. Ford set a standard of courage that should stand the test of time. A long time.

I said I would be back with our usual open thread sports Trash Talk, and so here we are.

In the colleges, there are several good games. Texas has already edged Oklahoma in the Red river shootout 48-45. LSU at Florida could be interesting. Jim White was out at a blues bar last night, will he be awake for this?? LSU up early and looking for two in a row in Gainesville. As crappy as Florida State has been so far this year, I smell an upset in Miami. My favorite game of the week, maybe year so far! is Kentucky at the Aggies of Texas A & M. The KY Wildcats are on the most improbably roll so far and are undefeated. But can they take the Aggies in College Station? Tall task! Honorable mention to Notre Dame at Virginia Tech and Utah at Stanford. Think the Domers and Trees win, but they play unpredictable opponents. The local joes, the ASU Sun Devils, are up at another of my old haunts, Folsom Field at University of Colorado. The Buffs are certainly favored, but the Devils may have something for them. Or not, we shall see!

Okay, in the Pros: The Pats already clocked the Colts and have significant time off until the next game. With Josh gordon and the return of Edelman, things are looking up there. Falcons at Steelers is interesting. Both good teams way underperforming this year so far. Green Bay at the Kittehs in Detroit is also interesting. The Pack has underperformed, and Aaron Rodgers been a bit hurt, but if they can come out of Motown with another win, they will be sitting pretty. The Lions desperately need another win to stay in the mix at all. In a battle of terrible teams, the Cardinals visit the 49ers. If Jimmy G were on the field, this would be a no brainer. Still may be. Vikes at Eagles has some gloss to it, but, again, both teams need to step up.

Formula One is at Suzuka in Japan. It is, yet again, raining there, and the circus has grown stale from lack of competition for Mercedes. It is really pretty pathetic.

On a positive note, MLB playoffs are underway, and the Red Sawx and Yankees are heating up with Boston taking a narrow win last night in game one in Fenway. Dodgers and Brew Crew seem to be rolling. October baseball is good baseball!

And, that is it. Music today is Brave by Sara Bareilles. She is really good. And Christine Blasey Ford was really brave.

The End Of The Airplane Trash Talk

Okay, after a week of hijacking by Rayne (just kidding if you don’t get our humor here), we return you to your normal Trash Talk programming. This week is going to be a little different of format. We’ll talk sports in a bit, but the lead today is music.

I was a rather emancipated kid. I was allowed to pick out what I bought, especially as to music. But when my mother found out I had purchased Surrealistic Pillow by the Airplane, she kind of freaked. This was in late 1967 or so, maybe early 68, I can’t remember. But a woman that was totally cool with my childhood fascination with the Doors, the Airplane was a bridge too far. But I already had it, and that was that (Hendrix “Are You Experienced” and Stones “Aftermath” too; think mom may have seen a problem child early on, but didn’t stop it).

Anyway, back to the Airplane, they were one on the great, and most seminal bands ever. I am on at least my third copy of Surrealistic Pillow on wax by this point, but still have a very early version of Bless Its Pointed Little Head (as well as a newer one), the Airplane’s ground breaking live album from The Fillmore that came out a little over a year later. The Airplane rocked it up.

And, so, we come to the basis for this post today: Marty Balin has died. Now, while most people associate Grace Slick when you mention Jefferson Airplane, it was Marty Balin that founded it. Grace was not even the original female singer, Signe Toly Anderson was. It was originally Marty Balin’s band through the initial album “Jefferson Airplane Takes Off”. That was before the Slick era, but only by that first album in 1966. The Wiki on JA is fairly decent if interested in further history.

In sum, while not the Beatles or Stones, the Jefferson Airplane were the progenitors of San Francisco based counterculture rock. Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young? JA led the way. The Dead, same. They deserve a better place in history. Now the actual founder, Balin, is dead, as is co-founder Paul Kantner. Grace Slick is a recluse and Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady hang in as elder geniuses, but not seen much. They were all, individually, geniuses, and collectively something even better.

So, today, a remembrance for the original founder, Marty Balin. There will be two cuts to commemorate Mr. Balin. The first is “Clergy/Three Fifths of a Mile In Ten Seconds”, from Bless Its Pointed Little Head.It starts slow and then blows up into incredible rock. The second is a live song originally on the first album, Jefferson Airplane Take Off; “It’s No Secret”, with the original lineup Balin created with Signe Toly Anderson, before the singular presence of Grace Slick became the face of the band with such hits as White Rabbit and Somebody To Love. Enjoy some early seminal San Fran rock.

Alright, there are sports to be discussed too I guess. Sigh. Let’s start in the “student athlete” ranks. West Virginia and Texas Tech could be a barnburner and is just starting. I’ll take Tech in an upset. I don’t think Southern Miss can take Auburn in Jordan Hare stadium unless Brett Favre is coming in off the sideline, but it could be interesting. Penn State at Ohio State and Stanford at Notre Dame are huge national games. No good reason why, but will very gingerly go with OSU and Stanford. Said this before, don’t sleep on BYU, and today they are at Washington, that could be an excellent game. Oregon at Cal sounds important, but I just cannot get excited about it, think both are pretenders.

In the NFL, obviously the Fins at the Pats is extremely interesting. Miami is 3-0 and Pats 1-2. OMG! No laughing matter though, if the Fins can roll in and roll Brady and Bill Bel at home, there is REALLY a problem Boston. Same if the Wagon Circling Bills can ride into the Frozen Tundra and eclipse the Pack. I don’t think so, but it is really bad if so. Tampa Bay at Bears may be fascinating, will the Buccos start Rapies Winston, or the hot Harvard Hand, Ryan Fitzpatrick? Marcy’s Kittehs at Dallas is kind of curiously interesting, but not that much. Frankly, the Bronies at Rayduhs may be the biggest unknown and interesting game of the week!

In F1, the circus is in Sochi for the Russian Grand Prix, where Valteri Bottas has beaten teammate Lewis Hamilton to pole, and both ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari. Where in the world has the power pace the Ferraris showed early gone?? With Ricciardo and Verstappen far back on the grid, this is Hamilton’s race, and with it almost surely another Driver’s Championship. It has gotten sad, and I am not sure the “Liberty Media era” of F1 is going to get any better soon.

That is it for today ladies and gents. Hope you enjoyed your flight on Jefferson Airways.

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