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Ducks on the Pond Looking for Writers!


Howdy Reader(s)!


We’ve been terrible about posting, we know.  L.J. Hoes is in primetime  Houston, the Celtics are now located in Brooklyn , the Sox have doubled down and cowboy’d up with Peavy, and other gnarly stuff I personally am glad we abstained from writing about.

But football is itching to come about and the playoff picture is coming in to place and we want to get serious.  So help us out!  If you like to write, or ramble, about sports, send us a sample!  We’d love to get some folks contributing on, well, whatever sports you’re into, we suppose.

If you look at the tone of the site, all we ask is you be respectful(ish) and passionate about the sports you write about!  So if you’re looking for a space to vent some thoughts on sports in your idle time, here’s Vinnie the Gooch extending a personal invitation – come join us at Ducks on the Pond, the pay is non-existent, but it feels good to vent, folks.

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Here’s to you and your future & current fantasy teams readers, you’ll see no Riley Cooper dark horse candidate articles here.


– V 


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It’s Time for the Craig Sagers to Go Away

This movie is crazy sad, so it's ok how mean the implication is (...it's that Craig Sager ought to be put down, dummy)

SPOILER: The 1957 Old Yeller  movie is crazy sad.  Make your kids watch it early on to learn some valuable life lessons.


Meanness Alert:  Alert Level 10 (on a scale of 1 to Regina George)

Truthfully, I mean to be only partially as mean as it may appear above.  Craig Sager is merely an audaciously dressed version of a terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad evolution in sports: the sideline reporter.  Craig Sager is often the most flamboyant, but they all need to be taken behind a shed and put down like Old Yeller  go away.

I mean this not as some groundbreaking revelation. Rather, I have reached my breaking point.

At some point, perhaps, sideline reporters offered a unique perspective. In days of yore (maybe not YOUR yore, but someone’s yore), indeed a sideline reporter was in fact in a unique position – on the sideline. This may have at some points offered them opportunities to find out new information, but in today’s technological, all-access world the sideline is relegated to this:

Or this.  Look Here.  Here.  Deadspin is of course all over this idea.  This thing Here.  Example also found…Here.  Aw, hell, here’s a compilation of Popovich owning sideline reporters.

Embarrassing. This grown ass man (in Sager’s case – I did my best to not provide ONLY Sager links) is made a fool of by asking an entirely irrelevant question, getting a terse if not combative answer, trying again, then grinning like an idiot.  Sideline reporting today has reached the same level as the ‘four corner ‘ offense. It must go, and it must go now, for our sanity.

Again, I do not mean to pick on Sager. It’s just easy. You can quickly find any number of examples on the Internet of sideline reporters’ failures or lack of importance, just as I did above.  It took me all of 4 minutes. I mean, sure, I don’t mind looking at Erin Andrews, but she adds literally nothing of value and should really be an embarrassment to actual, knowledgeable female fans worldwide (this issue of female reporters and commentators in Sports is a larger concern and deserves a longer, better thought out discussion in its own right).

Coaches do not want to talk to someone after a half, quarter or (the most egregious and awful idea ever) inning, and certainly not after a game, win or lose.  Players sure as hell don’t want to talk regardless of outcome partly out of convenience, partly for their own sake. Some guys know in the heat of battle they are going to say something they might have to answer for. OK, only a few of them think like that, most players are one opening of the mouth away from a necessary public apology.  Forget their concerns, I can’t imagine the public is clamoring for more of this:

This example obviously falls under the category of ‘satire,’ but it is not far from the truth.  So maybe that’s what sideline reporting has devolved into – plodding dumbassery, coachspeak and cliches, waiting for that one time where they can catch someone saying something stupid in the heat of a competitive moment. It seems likely to me. Which is very, very sad.

We as sports fans and channels as sports entertainment producers have moved past the need for sideline reporters, nay sideline REPORTING, altogether, the way it is conducted now. The practice is stale, remaining as some foolhardy tradition, an embarrassment of excess and world-class BS. With the amount of pre-game, halftime/break-time, and post-game coverage, analysis and preparation – shouldn’t the men and women covering the games already be capable of reporting the coach was really happy with his team’s choice of pre game snack of Honey Bunches of Oats?

I’m sure there is a place for reporting from the sideline, somehow. I don’t know if I have the answer. I do know that the Craig Sagers of the world need to go away.  At least get a new angle and a makeover.

Or does everyone really feel comfortable with this guy posing as a source of ‘information’?

With all due respect to Craig Sager, you and your brethren make me want to not watch sports. So I suppose if you’re in cahoots with the radio industry… then bravo, you evil geniuses.


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Happy Stuffing Day!

Or Thanksgiving or whatever.  As much as I love to write about baseball, and as much as I love baseball to my very core, there is something truly awesome about Football and Thanksgiving.  From the High School football to the now-epic slate of NFL games, sports on Thanksgiving is a whole-day ordeal- which is excellent because most of us have important things to do all day (mainly, drinking and eating).  I go back and forth how much I like semi-zealot Gerry Callahan (he’s like a super-funny, super-mean, super-crazy uncle who sometimes toes the line) but there is a great tradition here in Boston of republishing his outstanding article on Thanksgiving High School games in the Boston Herald.  If you have a second to read it tonight or on Thanksgiving, read it.  It is a quick read but is a great bit on the magic of Thanksgiving football.  It will set the stage nicely.

But that is not the point of my writing, merely a nostalgic side note.  The real reason is…. OH MY GO LOOK OUT IT’S WATCHING YOU!

……and this turkey is PISSED.

I am, of course, deadly serious.  Do not cross any wild turkeys tomorrow.  They know what’s going on.

Honestly though, the NFL has lucked into a stupendous day of football.  If you had told me in August that the Lions would have a chance to halt the undefeated Packers’ march, the Cowboys-Dolphins game would be interesting enough to check during dinner, AND the 49ers-Ravens game would be even MORE interesting than which Harbaugh brother gets to give the other a swirlie when they win – I would have said you were crazy.  But we have just that.  All three games promise to be highly interesting.  I am pumped.  Stuffing, beer, and football all day?  AND THE NEW MUPPET MOVIE IS OUT?!?!?! IS THIS THE BEST THANKSGIVING EVER?

it is.

Truly, this figures to be a great Thanksgiving.  So while I don’t usually do stuff like this, I’m going to show off my football Nostradamus skills and talk some games/ make some picks.  While I don’t condone illegal betting… I don’t NOT condone it, so, do with that what you will.

Green Bay Packers @ Detroit Lions 12:30 on Fox

Aaron Rodgers is a stud.  From his passes to his celebration to his commercials, he is killin’ it this year.  I fully expect them to make another Super Bowl run.  That being said, the Lions are a legitimately good team this year and will absolutely do their best to keep up with the Packers’ offense.  With minimal defense being played, a 42-37 game is not out of the question.  Which means it will probably be 12-7, but what can you do.  I think the Lions have the best shot at beating the Packers this year, whether it be this week or the last week of the season.  With Jay Cutler breaking his thumb badly, the Bears simply don’t have the offense and I am unfazed by the Giants.  I hope the Lions get pumped for the game and win a shootout.  For the record, the line for this game is 6.5… Packers win 35-24.

Miami Dolphins @ Dallas Cowboys 4:15 on CBS

I want to hate Tony Romo.  I so much really really completely do.  But something about his aw-shucks grin and gunslinging attitude amuses me.  So there’s that.  He is not, however likable a guy he might be, a likeable QB.  He makes dumb plays too often when his team needs him to be smart.  Matt Moore and the Dolphins have been playing remarkably well considering how piss-poor they started the season.  Just to point out – Moore has completed 68% of his passes the last four weeks.  Pretty darn good.  This game is interesting for two similar-but-different positions for both sides.  The Dolphins have an opportunity to assert themselves as not purposely ‘sucking-for-Luck’ and perhaps even catching the now-stinky Bills.  The Cowboys need to make a statement that they should be taken seriously in the NFC and keep ahead of the Gents and Not-So-Dreamy-Eagles (I had far more inappropriate things to call them, but just knowing their failure makes me so happy as a sports fan I am going to let it slide).  Both teams are fighting to be taken seriously.  Add that to the honor and tradition of Thanksgiving and this should prove to be an intense game.  Which is a moot point because most of us are going to be face-first in vats of turkeygravystuffing mash.  Wait, ya’ll don’t smush them all together in a tough?  Weird.  Dolphins win 28-21 and Romo throw 2 picks.

San Francisco 49ers @ Baltimore Ravens 8:20 on NFL Network

Honestly, these teams could both be 2-8 and I would watch this game on the off-chance the Harbaugh brothers got into it before or after the game.  This is even more likely to happen because the teams are good.  I mean think about it.  Ravens win in a close one, Niners win a close one, either way tension is high and the brothers will be pissed at one another.  Niners stifle the stagnant Raven offense (sometimes) and blow out Bulletmore.  John will be pissed.  Flip the situation and the volatile Jim will likely get steamed.  I’m almost more excited to see which one of these guys winds themselves and their team up more for this game.  Sibling rivalry aside, the game will prove to be exciting as well.  The 49ers are legit – that defense is mean, fast and nasty.  And the Ravens are the Ravens.  This could be a seriously gritty “ground and pound” (do other people laugh when commentators say that phrase so earnestly?) style game.  Both teams have squat, powerful running backs and nasty defenses.  Both have just enough screws loose to come out in this primetime game guns a-blazing and put a WORLD of hurt on one another.  This last game and the Lions-Packers bookend what should be a great day of stuffing my face.  I’m thinking a 16-14 game.  I put the over/under of intense close ups of the Harbaugh brothers screaming what are clearly obscenities at 5.5.



Folks, this is going to be a great day.  Enjoy the football.  Enjoy the Turkey, the stuffing, the jams, the yams, the potatoes and the gravy.  Enjoy the family (as much as you can).  Enjoy some pumpkin beer (I highly recommend Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale).  If you get a chance this weekend, go see the Muppets.  You will feel better after the inevitable post-thanksgiving hangover (both food and drink induced).  Enjoy the leftover sandwiches and running into people from high school you were hoping to avoid.

Happy Thanksgiving loyal readers (all 4 of you). Hope it finds you well.


p.s.  Not sold on the Muppets?  Watch:

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