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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Red Sox Update: Designated for Improvement...

The Curious Case of PapiFaceTomatoNose...
Well, it's official.  The Boston PinkHat hatred has gone National, and just as I feared, we've all been labeled as front running whiners.  But, that's OK.  Not all is lost.  You see, because much like the depressed people on Facebook who incidentally make us laugh with their constant updating of their radical shifts in mood and outlook, sometimes even the whiniest of points of view can shed light on a topic that's actually worth discussing.  Even if it is in more of a "blind squirrel finding a nut" sort of way...

The topic, in this particular instance, is the possible upcoming Major League Baseball realignment, and the role moving forward of the designated hitter.  Something I touched on last week, but that based on what I heard all this past week, something I feel could use a bit more of an in depth look.  Boston fans are focused in on it because of the latest controversy of how to get both Gonzalez and Ortiz in the lineup during games in NL parks (I would have never put Adrian Gonzalez in the outfield), but with realignment on the horizon and Interleague baseball figuring to become an even bigger part of the game, it makes sense now more than ever that the league would be looking to make a few changes.  Regardless of what Red Sox fans might be saying...

So, while baseball may not "need" to make changes, they look primed to do so, so here's how they do it while making the game better, and not pissing everybody off.  Well, at least not in the long run...

That, the Sox, an NFL prediction, and a heads up on some good DVR'n that you won't want to miss.  Oh and hopefully I'll be able to track down an appropriately clad little dime piece to help you all get this 4th of July weekend started off in style...  

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Red Sox Update: Barber, Bulger & 'You Might Be a PinkHat...'

Thank you all for comin'!
Lemme tell ya.  IF I had known all it would take to rile up the Nation was a few shots at the Bruins and their bandwagon, then I would have started in on that angle a whole lot sooner!  OH, wait.  You're sayin' there wasn't a bandwagon to mock before now?  Oh, well that's probably why I hadn't done it, yet...

But either way, I was very pleased by the passionate responses I received on my take last week, the morning after they won the Cup, that the Bruins' bandwagon was borderline embarrassing.  From thinly veiled shots at my bachelor status, to comments of agreement and support, it seems that not only were many viewpoints represented, but that the subject matter was one that people were really eager to discuss.  Maybe out of PinkHat paranoia, maybe not, but no matter the reason, that's the kind of response I'm looking to illicit.  Sure, I'd rather have more of you with me, but as long as my message is hitting it's mark, I'll be more than willing to wait as you gradually come around to my way of thinking.  Which you will, I have little doubt.  And if you don't, you'll just be driven to the point where you're so furious with me that you have to check to see what I say on a weekly basis just so you have someone to direct your anger at.  Either way should be good for a few more mouse clicks and an uptick in website revenue, so I'm down.  Just keep the passion comin', that's all I ask.  And I'll make sure to do the same...

This week, while I may have the Bruins in my rear view, I've still got a little PinkHat house cleaning to get to before I discuss the Sox, The US Open, possible MLB re-alignment, and the public lynchings of both Tiki Barber and Whitey Bulger.  Yep, should be a doozy...

So sit back, my friends, get your read on, and enjoy...

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Bruins Win the Cup, And I Lose a Little Faith...

Well, as the saying goes: If you don't have anything nice to say...let a picture of a notorious hockey PinkHat and his Yosemite Sam of a doppelganger Dad do it for you...

"Beverly DeAngelo Scorrrrrrres!"

And who am I kidding? I never keep quiet when I have negative things to say.  So why would today be any different?..

So, congrats to the Bruins.  Especially to their Playoff MVP, or Conn Smythe Trophy winner, Tim Thompson (right Bill?).  And congrats to all their loyal fans, who anguished and struggled through an entire couple months of hockey, but finally got their hands on that elusive Stanley Cup...

Now, it's time for us to start talking New England Revolution Soccer! What?  Local team.  Olympic sport.  League nobody respects nationally (@ least they regularly play games on an ESPN).  That's gotta be the next "it" team in this town, right?  Eh, either way.  At least I'll have my sports radio back by next week, and seeing as that's really all I wanted to begin with, I guess I can't really continue to complain...

Thursday, June 09, 2011

The Rise of Papi Face Tomato Nose...


Chucky loved the B's, kid. Had a WICKED old school B's coat!
Hot enough for ya?  Ha!  I just had to say it.  Just like I have to comment on the fact that it's great weather for hockey, too, isn't it?  Yeah, don't worry.  I've gotten all the NHL and Bruin PinkHat hate out of my system, and I'm ready to get on with my Summer...

Big deal.  So they're extended playoff run is ruining my sports talk radio experience and causing me to lose some respect for a lot of broadcasters I've admired.  So what?  There's no way I'm letting that get me down.  I've said my piece, so now I'll move on and leave the negativity behind.  Which is to say I'll just channel that negativity towards people (Bill Simmons) and issues that actually deserve my time and effort.  I can't just give up on negativity, now.  After all, I didn't get in the position to sponsor a softball team because I was some PinkHat that straddles the fence.  No way!  That's just not what I do.  However, I'm also not in the business of beating dead horses.  Betting on them, maybe (::cough:: Eight Belles ::cough::), but not beating them...

Hey, maybe the Bruins will win (knowing my luck), maybe they'll lose.  Either way, the only real long term effect is that ticket prices will go up. And since there's a salary cap, and they don't need a new building, that means the owner's will reap virtually all the benefits, and the team will fade back into obscurity until they make another run in another 15 years or so.  That is, if they're league doesn't fold up shop by then.  So go ahead, win the Stanley Cup, just don't think it's going to make the slightest positive difference .  Not Nationally, and certainly not in the PinkHat Hub of the Northeast where they'll probably be head over heels in love with the New England Revolution by then.  Matter of fact, the end game to all of this is really quite negative after you've purchased all your championship gear.  Just ask legendary Boston sports figure, Will Hunting, what he thinks will happen if the Bruins take home the Stanley Cup:
She's "Children of the Corn" scary...


 'Maybe I'll just rob my buddy of his hard earned money, fill his favorite sports arena with a bunch of tourists and kids, and make it so he can never again get a ticket to see his favorite team without mortgaging his home and selling one of his kidneys.  So what do I think? Yeah, I'm holding out for something better"...

But yeah, I'm not sweatin' it.  They win, they lose, whatever.  I already know what's comin'.  Chucky gets a new coat, and everyone moves on to the next big thing in the 15 second sports loyalty cycle that exists around here.  Besides,  I've got bigger fish to fry, or steaks to grill, as the case may be, and it's time I get down to throwin' those delicious virtual slabs of bovine onto the flame.  I got some great notes on the Sox, a movie review of sorts, some social networking etiquette, and I'll tell you why I'd rather spend an eternity in Hell than even a single minute in "Grantland".  It's Rooch Nation, friends, and if you're really looking for a bandwagon to jump on, then by all means, jump on mine.  Just don't expect to be able to buy a pink colored hat to show your support...

Read on, fine citizens.  And enjoy...

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Summer of Rooch Nation...

I see advertising everywhere...
Well, my friends.  A few twisters and turns aside, and it seems we've actually come into Summer.  And if Memorial Day weekend has taught us anything, it's that the Summer of 2011 is setting up to be a doozy.  Which is to say nothing of the weather.  No, my loyal, sports loving minions, because while we all expect the weather to be glorious, it's the palpable buzz on the streets that's got me looking forward to the next 3+ months.  What buzz, you ask?  Well it's not the buzz surrounding the Bruins, I'll tell you that much.  But then again, that's probably somethin' you already knew...

No, dear followers, the buzz of which I speak surrounds none other than the Nation itself.  That's right, kids.  Traffic is up (nearly 1,000 hits per post), the RoochNation.com softball team is rolling (6-1, tied for 1st) and it seems wherever I go people are wanting to talk about either my snazzy logo, or my highly opinionated point of view.  Yep, things are looking up.  Way up.  And seeing as though this is my 400th career post, I feel there's never been a more appropriate time to return to my roots, and give my readers the type of quick fire (relative term) and multifaceted post that's helped build me such a loyal and voracious following.  Something I've been doing more lately anyway, but a tactic that just feels right considering the time and circumstances...

So sit back my damies, and enjoy.  It's officially the 'Summer of Rooch Nation', and there's yet to be a beach umbrella invented that can save you from what I'm about to rain down.  Then again, considering the demand for the Rooch Nation t-shirts, beach umbrellas may be something we need to look into.  You hear that, Frosco?  Beach umbrellas, that's the our next move...

My next move, is to give you the delicious info you came here to digest.  So get some, my friends, and again, thank you all for your continued support...