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New Sports Thought Thursday Blog Super Bowl XLIX


In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, we are going to get into this year’s Super Bowl that is being played at Arizona.  Today is the Pro Bowl.  Who cares!!!  This year’s playoff games has had one theme throughout.  Refs have screwed many teams in the league.  I am talking about flag that was picked up in the Lions vs Cowboys game.  The process of the caught in the Cowboys vs Packers.  Finally, deflate footballs in the Colts vs Patriots.  I will get into that in a sports thought Thursday blog after the Super Bowl.  Let us break this down.

If you read my blog before the playoff games, you know that I picked Seattle vs Denver in a rematch.  This is why you never change anything because I did have New England vs Seattle in the Super Bowl.  I had that just before I posted it.  Oh well!  I believe the whole Deflategate will put some pressure on the Pats.  I do not care if they have the best coach to get them focus on the game.  This does pulls a lot of pressure off the Seahawks.  Everyone is talking about New England and Deflategate.  The ruling from the league will not be until after the Super Bowl, which I believe is some bull shit.  Let us get into what is at stake for each team.

New England Patriots

Winning this game is very important for both teams.  New England can shut everyone up on Deflategate and spygate.  Plus, this might be last go around with Brady and Bill.  I believe the punishment is going to be harsh on New England.  I am not going to get into that until after the Super Bowl.  This game could make Brady 3 – 3 or 4 – 2 at the Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks

This is pretty simple.  The best defense of all time is Legion of Boom, if they win this Super Bowl.  They took care of Manning in last year’s Super Bowl.  They have a chance to take care of another quarterback that was one of the best of his era.  This could be their last runs to the Super Bowl.  I am not saying last but COULD be their last run to the Super Bowl.  There are rumors of Lynch being released or retiring.  Plus, they have to pay Russell Wilson.  They were able to pay everyone else on team because they had a cheap contract with Wilson.  Now, Seahawks will be like all the teams in NFL.

In closing, I can see a close game on the biggest stage and biggest American holiday.  I can not see this game being a blow out game.  This will come down to the running game because I believe the defense will keep the passing games in check.  I also seeing this game coming down to the kickers and punters.  Special teams will have a huge impact on both sides of the field on this game.  In the end, the Seahawks will win this game and become the first team to go back to back Super Bowl Champs since New England.  This will push us into a pretty excited offseason with Deflategate and future of Bill, Tom, and Payton.  I am looking forward to the offseason and I cannot wait to sit down next Sunday to watch this game.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

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New Sports Thought Thursday NFL Playoffs (2015)


In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, I know it is not Thursday and I forgot to write-up my prediction that I do every year.  Plus, I did not post the last two weeks on Thursday and Friday.  I figure the best time to post just before the games start.  Once again, another disappointing season for my Dolphins.  I guess next year will be different.  We will have to see.  Let us get into the match up for today Wild Card games and all the way up to the Super Bowl.

Wild Card

Game One Cardinals vs Panthers

I get it that NFC South was the weakest or strongest division in the league.  All the teams had a records below .500.  Panthers could become the second team to do this since 2010 Seashawks that beat New Orleans Saints.  It is kind of crazy the teams that loss and win came out of respected division.  Saints are from the NFC South like the Panters.  Seahawks came out of the NFC West like the Cardinals.  I am liking what I am seeing from Cam and the offense.  We all know their defense is really good.  Let us hope their special team does not disappoint them.  They should beat Cardinals with their third string quarterback.  Cardinals defense is still good but not what it was in beginning of the season.  If Cardinals offense get into some kind of rhythm, they will win this game.  I just do not see it happening.  Panthers should win this game.

Game Two Ravens vs Steelers

The Steelers are known for their defense throughout history.  This group is really good.  Ravens can play some defense also, however their secondary is pretty weak and I can see them having problems with Steelers wide receivers.  Both quarterbacks have won a Super Bowl and both of them know how to pass the ball around to our their receivers.  This is more important for the Steelers because their star running back Bell is already ruled out.  They signed Ben Tate.  They are looking at undrafted back Josh Harrison to pick up  that load.  It is going to be raining tonight and that is running game weather.  I believe it will come down to Big Ben arm.  He threw 12 touchdowns in two games this season.  With Bell out, he is their best back that can pass block.  This will affect their passing game.  Can he do it against the Ravens?  This is going to be one of the best games this playoffs.  I am going to say no but this game is going to overtime.  This is going to be a very close game and I have to go with Ravens even though they never beat them in the playoffs.  I still like Ravens.

Game Three Bengals vs Colts

I have to be honest on both of these teams.  I have not watched too many games of either team.  I know AJ Green is believed to be hurt and Andy may realize that it is the playoffs.  He forgets how to play.  I do not believe the Colts have a running game nor defense.  This is going to be a very important game for the coaching staff of the Bengals and Andy’s legacy as quarterback that can play in big games.  What the hell, I am going to pick Bengals.

Game Four Lions vs Cowboys

Cowboys has been the hottest team in the league just like the Settle Seahawks.  One of the best QBs, RBs, and WRs are in the game.  I believe Tony has finally found himself as NFL QB.  This is one of the best teams that he has had in his career.  I love their defense and we know Lions defense will show up.  They will have a pretty good game but will they be able to overcome the weakest part of their team.  I believe the Lions offense will keep their defense on the field a ton.  Lions offense has still not found themselves.  They have their former OC, who is Scott Linehan, that has been in defense meaning.  He is teaching their defense on what the Lions offense likes to in games.   The lucky bounces that Detroit Lions have been receiving this year will come to the end.  I cannot see the Lions finding their offense.  I can see the Cowboys coming out and winning this game easily.  I am picking the Cowboys.

Divisional Playoffs

Game One Patriots vs Ravens

Patriots at home again through out the playoffs and I cannot see them losing against the Ravens.  Sorry Ravens, this is a pretty easy pick and you had a great season.  Pats has this one and I hate to say it.

Game Two Cowboys  vs Packers

This is going to be a pretty interesting game.  I would love to see how the weather is going to be.  I am going on the fact that it is going be a normal weather for Green Bay.  This will come down to who has the better running game.  If it comes down to the passing game, Rodgers and Packers will win this game.  If the Cowboys keep Packers defense on the field longer, Dallas will be one win away from the Super Bowl.  I cannot that see that happening.  Packers will win this game.

Game Three Bengals vs Broncos

I saw a few games of the Broncos this season.  Manning is still good but getting really old fast.  He is better than average quarterback at his age.  He will pull out a win again the Bengals.  Broncos will win in front of their home crowd.

Game Four Panthers vs Seahawks

Here comes the 12th man.  I believe you will know how this will go down.  This will be a defensive game.  It is going to come down the field goal kickers.  I love both defenses.  I can Seattle’s defense coming out in the better end.  Seahawks has this game.

Conference Championships

Game One Broncos vs Patriots

This is the match up that we have seem so many throughout the years.  Brady vs Manning part whatever.  I do not believe in Pats defense.  It is good because of the their new-found running game.  I believe there is a way to play against their defense and offense.  I believe the Broncos OC and DC will find their way to find faults and attack.  I can Patriots looking really bad in this game.  Brady will do a last-minute drive down but come up short to send his team to the Super Bowl. Broncos will be back in the Super Bowl for back to back years.

Game Two Packers vs Seahawks

These two teams have a nice history in the last five years as for NFL moments.  I am loving the Seahawks.  They are on a fire and I cannot see Rodgers being health enough to escape from Hawks D-Line.  It will be close but Seahawks and 12th man are going back to the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Broncos vs Seahawks

This will be the first back to back rematch since the 1993 and 1994 Dallas Cowboys vs Buffalo Bills in the Super Bowls.  This is a rematch from last year’s Super Bowl.  I believe this might be the last game for Lynch’s NFL career.  He has been hinting it all season.  He has a bad back and he will have a game that people will be talking about game to come.  Is this the last game for Manning?  Will he get back at Seattle for the game that we are still talking about from last year?  I cannot see any team beating Seattle’s defense.  I am talking about Patriots too.  Seashawks will go back to back Super Bowl Champs since the Patriots in 2004 and 2005!

In closing, I will do a write-up for my prediction of the Super Bowl during the bye-week.  I am pretty excited to watch these games.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser16@gmail.com

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Sports Thought Blog World Cup And Soccer


 

In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, we are going to get into the World Cup.  I am not going to get into the history of this tournament or soccer.  Personally, I really do not care.  It might shape the thought pattern on this blog.  The big question is why should we care in American?  Is soccer going to grow in the United Sates?  Let us get into this debate.

This is a big event around the world asides here in the United States.  I know there are many in the states that can give a crap.  However, if the US team keeps playing, the more interested it is going to gather in the States.  Will that help the sport grow in the states?  Of course, it will help but will anyone care after the World Cup is finish.  I see the only way this sport will make in the States if US team wins the cup.  It is a fact.  There has been several soccer leagues open in the states and then soon disappears in the dust.  We had the Rockers in Detroit and I was always getting free tickets to go watch the game.  I did not understand the game and I told myself I will be back to a game.  I never made it back.  We have NFL, MLB, NBA, and NHL.  Two out of four of our sports is what the world worries about.  They are MLB and NHL.  Most part of the world they do not care about MLB and NFL.  Do we have it wrong in the states?  Or is the world wrong?  I believe it is taste and what you like.  Soccer had its highest TV ratings during the US vs German match.  Is there more to come with this?  I would say yes.

In closing, I will write a follow-up blog at the end of the World Cup.  I personally do not care.  I just find the sport very boring.  I never saw so much flopping field or court.  I do understand it because I took the time to learn it.  I am turn off on the sport.  I wish all the countries the best of luck.  I believe we in the States will go back to not caring once the US is knocked out and when the World Cup disappears for another four years.  We do not care about soccer and it is reality.  It is a niche sport here.  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:   djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Instagram:  @djweiser13

New Sports Thought Thursday Blog NFL Super Bowl XLVIII


In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, I am going to throw out my thoughts of who will the Super Bowl in 2014.  This years Super Bowl will have the Denver Broncos against the Seattle Seahawks.  This Super Bowl is the first outdoor cold weather game.  It will be located at the New Jersey and New York City area.  This match will be the old school pocket passer against the new school quarterback.  The weather has been an issue talked about leading up to the big game.  The weather looks like it could be 43 degrees at kickoff and drop during the game. I am a sports fan and I will be inside enjoying this game.  Denver Broncos has been to the big game six times and won twice with legendary quarter John Elway in 1997 and 1998.  Seattle Seahawks has been to the big dance once and loss to the Steelers at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan in 2005.  This is the number one defense against the number one offense in the NFL.  I am hoping for a game and I believe we will get one. Here is my predication.

The Game

 

Seattle Seahawks 27 Denver Broncos 26

Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Champs

MVP: Russell Wilson

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  djweiser13

New Sports Thought Thursday Blog How To Act As A Sports Fan To Other Fans.


In this Sports Thought Thursday blog, I might be wrong or right on this subject.  I will be talking on both sides of coin.  This has been a pretty big issue  to me of late living in the Chicago market.  Here is my thought.

Fan of a Team Not in the Market

At Stadium

Beware where you are and what you are doing.  For example, if you are going to see your team in another team’s stadium.  There is nothing wrong showing your team proud but there is an issue when you are acting like a jackass.  If you wear your team colors, you need to act like you are not there but you are there.  It is OK to clap when your team scores but do not stand up when they make a big hit and clap.  You are asking for problems.  You need to watch your alcohol in tank.  We all know people do dumb things when they are drunk.  It is fine to drink but know your limit.  If some other team’s fan says something, just ignore them.  If they keep going, just say, I am here just like you are and I am not bothering anyone.   You will need to know where security and Customer service.  Remember, you might be out-of-town but you are still a paying customer.  You deserve what the hometown fans get in their sports experience.  You need to show respect and it is pretty easy.  They will see it and just be nice. They will talk to you nicely.  At least, they will not get in your face and try to start a fight.

Out And About In The Town

This is part that bugs me.  I will wear a Red Wings hat around Chicago.  I am supporting my team like you are supporting your team.  I will not wearing a jersey around unless I am going to the game or bar event.  I know that is wrong and I am asking for problems.  I mind my busy and go about my errands just in my hat.  You need to be yourself and just respect your surrounds.

Fan In A City With Opposite Team’s Fan

At Stadium

Remember these people are human and they have feelings like you.  Treat them like you would treat yourself because what you give out will come back around.  It is fine to say their team sucks but do not get in their face to start a fight.  I realize you have to support your team with the rest of the fan base but remember you might be in that same situation down the road.  Plus, you need to realize how much you are drinking because you might do something you might regret.  Respect them and you might have a nice talk with them.  You might learn something from them.  Of course, if they do something, you know when to put them in their place.  Remember this is your building but that does not give you the right to be a jerk.  They are there like you to enjoy the game.  I get it they are rivalries. Respect!

Out And About To See Another Team’s Fan

Here is the big one for me.  I had this happen to me yesterday (Saturday).  I walk into a place with my Chicago Cubs coat and Red Wings hat.  There was a Blackhawks fan shouts across the place saying “Detroit Sucks!”  I just ignored him and then he goes on to say, “you made my day bad now! Detroit Sucks!”  I get it they are a really good team and they are better than the Red Wings.  I just looked at him and said, “I am minding my own busy.”  He just left me alone.  I did not just walk in and say Red Wings Rule because then I am asking for it.  Those are the fans that put a bad name on fan bases.  Remember that, when you see a co-fan doing something, you might want to step in or say sorry for how that person acted.

In closing, I get it you are a fan of your team.  Congrats but there are a time in place for everything.  I love the passion of any fan for their team.  What I do not like are jerks killing my sports experience or to any fan. I love to see all ballparks in the MLB and that goes with NHL and NFL.  The big think you need to put this in mind.  If I pay money to come into your town, I am helping your team and your city.  In the end, we are here to enjoy the sports event and just respect each other to have some fun.  This is not to paint a cloud on any fan base. I am basing my experience on my experience. Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Sports Thought Thursday Blog NFL Playoffs


In this Sports Thought Thursday, we are going to look at NFL playoffs of 2012.  It has been yet another exciting year for football.  Black Monday was interesting after the regular season was over.  Head coaches and general managers being fired from several different teams because they did not reach their goals of winning the Super Bowl. It is going to be exciting off season but it is time for some NFL Playoffs. Let us look at the teams and match ups in the playoffs.

AFC

Bengals vs Taxans

I am loving Bengals over the Taxans.  I just feel there is something wrong with Houston on their losing streak.  They came out strong at the beginning of the season and I believe the league has figured them out.  I would not be shock to see them win either.  Bengals finished the season strong and took care some of their demons.  I believe they will move on into the playoffs.

Win:  Bengals

Colts vs Ravens

This one is a tough one.  This game will feature the number one pick of this year’s draft and this is the first time that number one pick quarterback makes it to the playoffs in his rookie season.  He has been playing like a 3 to 4 year player.  Ravens defense is weak and Luck might pick them apart.  There are questions on their Offense like every year.  I will have to go with the Ravens and it is a shame to watch this amazing rookie season end.

Win:  Ravens

NFC

Vikings vs Packers

These teams will be playing back to back weeks.  That last game of the last week of the season was something else.  It was a great game.  This game comes down to how the weather is going to be like in Green Bay.  If it is like how it is this time of the year, this might be a simple pick.  However, it is not that easy, Green Bay taking a page from the past with their running game.  I just feel that Vikings have the upper hand on the running game.  I do not see a passing game on either side being effected in this game.  I love Vikings defense but did both teams show too much in their last two games.  I am leaning towards the Vikings but if it has to come down to the passing game.  Rogers is the man and I just feel Vikings’ quarterback will make some mistakes.

Win:  Packers

Seahawks vs Redskins

Here is a game that will be something else.  Two rookie quarterbacks are starting in this game that came out of this year’s draft.  Redskins and Seahawks both finished off strong.  However, Seahawks was just really bad but did Hawks turn around their season against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field, RG3 is now hurt and cannot run as well as he did in the beginning of the year.  I am liking Seahawks and I believe in their offense and defense.

Win:  Seahawks

AFC Divisional Champions

Bengals vs Broncos

Is there really a debate here?  This game has MVP of the league at QB and maybe the comeback player.  Broncos defense carried this team last season into the playoffs and now Manning is taking that to the Super Bowl.  Sorry Bengals, you had a great year.  I just cannot see you over take this Broncos team.

Win:  Broncos

Ravens vs Patriots

Just like the other game in the AFC, I just feel this game is going to be a lot closer then many of us believe.  Patriots offense is still there like it has in the past and they shown that against my Dolphins in the last game of the season.  Not many people remember Patriots had a ton of problems on defense.  Plus, many have forgotten that loss to the Cardinals.  Maybe they fixed their problems but I have a feeling it might show its ugly head again.  Ravens will find their offense and defense will look like they did in the past.    I have a feeling the Patriots will win but I really like the Ravens.

Win: Ravens

NFC Divisional Champions

Seahawks vs Falcons

I am going to ride the Hawks band wagon.  I believe their defense will stop the running and passing game from Falcons.  Falcons had a great year and they earn their number one seat.  I just have a feeling they will not slay their monkey on their back this season. They will be the same old Falcons.  I am going with their past history.

Win:  Seahawks

Packers vs 49ers

This one is pretty tough.  I will go with experience on this game.  49ers are starting a second year quarterback in the league and I just have a feeling he will show his nerves and inexperience.  Tom will make mistakes and the Packers will jump on them but they are home so he might be comfortable.  I hope for Jim that he picked the right quarterback.

Win:  Packers

AFC Champions

Ravens vs Broncos

I am loving the Broncos moving on to the Super Bowl over the Ravens.  Even if the Patriots make it here, I still will see Broncos move on to the Super Bowl.  This defense from Broncos will stop the Ravens offense.  I just can see this game being close but Manning driving with minutes left on the game for the win.

Win:  Broncos

NFC Champions

Seahawks vs Packers

This will be a fight and a very close game.  Green Bay is a team that runs through what Rogers can do on offense.  This is a tough pick.  I will have to go with my donated team this season.  I will go with Seahawks and I believe it will come down to a field goal.  Packers will loss it because of their inconstant kicker.  I just cannot believe they are still using him.  It will cost them a game.

Win: Seahawks

Super Bowl

Seahawks vs Broncos

Closing the season out, I am liking Seahawks for this reason their defense.  Manning has a Super Bowl experience and a win.  Manning will have problems with those corner backs of Hawks.  I just see him turning the ball over and their DL will cause a ton of problems for the Broncos OL.  I do not think that Broncos will have answers for Hawks offense and/or Russell Wilson, who should be rookie of the year.  Who knows what will happen?  Maybe Manning will show he can play in the big stage unlike he did his last time.  This will be a fight and a great game.  I am picking Seahawks.

Super Bowl Winner:  Seahawks

Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

New Blog State Of Miami Dolphins


In this sport blog, we are going to talk about my favorite team in the NFL and it is the Miami Dolphins.  As many of you know I am a huge Fins fan so I am going to give my thought on the future of the Dolphins.  You might disagree or agree with these thoughts. Here is my thought.

Offensive

I believe Fins have found their quarterback for the future.  They have a great set of wide receivers (they will need a deep threat at WR) and tight end.  We have some great running backs.  The one thing we need is a deep threat at the wide receiver position and we need some guards.  I believe the Fins will keep Jake Long since the Left Tackle is hard to find.  If they let Jake go, I would say buyer beware. Not too many Left Tackles make it to free agents market. Even though, I believe I am starting to see a decline in him.

Special Teams

Every team needs special teams help.  I believe we are found at our kick and punt returns.  Our kicker Dan Carpenter has come back around from a rough season but maybe a back up plan.  I love our punter.

Defensive

I believe we need little help on the line just like all the team in the NFL.  I believe we need help in our secondary.  I hope we draft in our corner back position and maybe a linebackers in the later rounds of the draft.  Asides that, I love our defensive.

Why do I think they will win and make the playoffs next year?

I believe the Dolphins will be a threat next year to make the playoffs.  Our quarterback will have year under his belt and we give him a good deep threat down the field and improve the offensive line.  Ryan will have time in the pocket.  It will also improve our running game since we have two under rated running backs.  Jets and Bills will take several steps back because of coaching and upper management changes.  New England, I believe will start to take steps back.  Tom is not getting younger and there is no back up plans.  There defensive started out bad this season but improved I can not see their defense being good in New England.  Do they have a great offensive?  Of course, I just believe that offensive will have to take some steps backwards.

In closing, I might be a little meatballish here but this is my thought pattern.  I loved how Dolphins played this year and they were with most of the elite teams in the league when they were playing them. This is why I believe they are a few players away to start making some noise.  Did they get blow out in some games?  Yes, but they are a young team that is learning.  I love our head coach and he has this team going forward and in the right direction.  I am looking forward to seeing my Dolphins in the playoffs next year.  I am not saying Super Bowl but you get in you do not know what will happen.  Drink it! Enjoy it!  Metal it!  \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

NHL Against NHLPA, Who Will Win The Cup?


In this sport blog, we are going to talk about the future of the CBA in the National Hockey League.  If you are not aware of this issue, the owners are ready to lock out the players again.  As September 15th comes closer, we might not have a hockey season or maybe part of the season.  The players have 53% share of the profits while the owners has the rest, which is 47%.  The owners want to flip that profit-sharing to their way.  They, the owners, are yelling how poor they are and how the smaller market teams are having problems paying their bills.  If you know anything about hockey, you know way over half of the profits come from the box offices unlike the rest of the major sports.  As you know the last CBA called for an entire season to be cancelled in 2004-2005.  Under the current CBA, we had the average NHL team is worth 47% more in value.  Last season, the league had 18 of the 30 teams showing red before they pay for their bank loans and other assets.  The prior year there was 16 of the 30 teams.  Along with the increase of player’s salaries increased by 11% to $59 million.  Big market teams are doing fairly well with most of them making money or profit.  So where is the issue here?

It is the small market teams that are mostly in the red.  Owners want to go to NFL Model which is 48% or do what the NBA did this last summer which is 50-50 spit.  To me, seeing a team like LA Kings winning the Cup this year just spell the end to the NHL I grew up loving and watching as a kid.  They were the first team in league history to beat 1st seed when they were the 8th seed.  Also they were the first time to win the Cup as 8th seed.  Congrats to the LA Kings but I am sorry I love the power house teams in the league going back to the Orignal 6.  Big Market teams should killing any league not just NHL.

This year’s Stanley Cup, which featured New Jersey Devils against LA Kings, draw the worse television since the 2007, which featured Ottawa Seniors against Anaheim Ducks.  I believe my point is approved by this stat.  However, it was in the Los Angeles market with the oldest team in California might have helped the ratings a little bit.

Stanley Cup Final Audience Averages Since 2007 on NBC and NBC Sports Network/VERSUS (www.sbnation.com)

2007, Ottawa vs. Anaheim – 1.8 million

2008, Pittsburgh vs. Detroit – 4.5 million

2009, Pittsburgh vs. Detroit – 4.9 million

2010, Philadelphia vs. Chicago – 5.1 million

2011, Boston vs. Vancouver – 4.5 million

2012, Los Angeles vs. New Jersey – 3.0 million

As we get closer to the September 15th expiring of the old CBA, this could be the end of this sport.  NHL might be losing more than money but fans that keeps this league up and running.  I believe with all the comments coming out on both signs that the owners care but they are not looking at the bigger picture, which is the future of this sport.  You would think the owners will learn their lesson from the last lockout.  The big question is that needs to be asked are you coming back this time?  Will you try to buy tickets for this upcoming season?  What is going to be the fallout if they do lockout for the season?  I do not have the answers but the greedy are fighting over their billions and millions of dollars.  If there is a lockout, all  workers that clean the bathrooms, cashiers that run the hot dog, beer, etc will all be out of jobs.  The workers that are trying to make it in this world will be on the unemployment line.  In the end, the fans of this great sport and the rich history will not will the Cup and I believe there will not be NHL raising the Lord Stanley’s Cup in 2013.  What is your thoughts?  Go get some!  Drink it!  Enjoy it!  Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

Email:  djweiser13@comcast.net

Twitter:  @djweiser

Olympic Games Does It Still Mean Something Today?


In this blog, we are going to uncover something that has been a huge issue for me a long time while growing up, which is the Olympic Games.  As the athletes are getting ready for the Summer Games in London, England while I am writing this blog about Olympic Games still meaning something in the Modern Era.  Let us get into a little history and see if we can uncover some answers from the past.  The games were founded back in 4th century BC in Greece.  In the 8th Century, the International Olympic Committee took over and then push it to the modern-day Olympics as we know the games now.  Greece kept on hosting the games but the first country to host asides Greece was Paris, France.  International Olympic Committee pushed for Summer and Winter Olympic and they are two years between each other.  The big reason why there is Summer and Winter is the fact some games you cannot play in the summer.  There were several times the Olympics were cancelled because of the World Wars, which were  1916, 1940, 1944.  During the Cold War, Olympics was limited in 1980 and 1984.  The Olympics use the old era awards, which are Gold Medal for first, Silver Medal for second, and Bronze Medal for third.  As of today, there are over two hundred nations are involved in all the games.  The five rings are for the five inhabited continents and the colors, which are blue, yellow, black, green, and red, are behind a white background.  The colors were picked because these colors are on every country’s flag.

Here is a statement from Olympic Creed:

The most important thing in the Olympic Games is not to win but to take part, just as the most important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle. The essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.

This is an interesting statement.  I believe the Olympic games are for peace in the world to prevail war while having completion with all world’s countries.  I was going to draw my thought that is the reason why we should keep the games going on in the world.  It is not the case when they cancel Olympic Games during the World Wars.  Also during the Cold War the games were limited during those years.

Why are we still doing the games? Here is a few questions that we look at to get some answers.

Is it an easy way for the country to say they are the best in the world?  I believe that is right and London will have 204 different countries sending their athletes to be in all the different summer sporting events.  The interesting fact is that China will send 639 athletes to London.   I cannot find the break down for each country.  I would be interested to know how many the United States and other major countries are sending.  This is a good reason to keep the games around.  It is nice to see all the countries go against each other.

Does the country pay for the training of the athletes?  This question might upset myself and everyone that reads this blog post.  Eastern countries do pay for their trainings and sponsored their athletes.  However, the United States do not as a country, corporation sponsors the athletes.  I am really not upset about this situation.  I am fine with this as long as the government does not pay for any of the athletics.  Our country’s finance situation is really bad along with the world.  I believe the countries should cut that expense off for the time being.  There is more import things to take care of right now.  For example, Greece is a really great example.  That country finances is all messed up and I would hope that they take care of more important things then these Olympic Games.  Yes, Greece will be at this years Olympic Games.

Here is article I believe will answer some questions about Greece and Europe  (www.washingtonpost.com):

LONDON 2012: Amid financial crisis, several nations struggle to prepare for Olympics

This is private money but did any of the companies that took government bail out sponsor any of the athletes from the last Olympic Games?  I cannot find anything to support any answer.  I will have to say no which is a very good thing.

I really have not come up with an answer if we need the Olympic Games.  This next question will answer some of it.  With all the marketing, sponsorship, and cost of ads from major companies, how are the tv ratings in the last Olympic Games in 2008?  What age groups watch it?  Well the 2008, China Olympic Games draw the largest television audience for the history of the games.  The United States hit a daily of 27 million with a total for the Olympic Games of 211 million people.  In the world 4.7 billion viewers which is 70% of the world’s population.  In 2004, it was only 3.9 billion and 2002 was 3.4 billion.  Alright, agree these numbers look really damn good.  Here is my thought on this idea.  The world’s population in 2008 was 6.7 billion people.  In 2004, it was at 6.4 billion.  Every four years the world’s population is growing so of course these numbers look really good.  In 2012, the population might reach 7.026 billion.  I will say we will have record-breaking numbers again this years Olympic Games in London, England.  The really question is the second part of it.  What age groups watch the Olympic Games?

Here is a chart from Nielsen Company:

age-viewership

The Super Bowl had the New Orleans Saints against Indianapolis Colts.  This Super Bowl is the third highest program in United States television history. (This is according to Matt Webb Mitovich article on www.tvline.com)   I realize Olympic Games are multiple events but I just wanted to show how this Super Bowl ratings in history of United States’ television history.  I believe it is interesting that 55+ watched the Olympic Games over the Super Bowl.  I will get into that thought along with this pie graph says below.

Here is a pie graph from Nielsen Company:

gender-viewership

I believe we saw this one coming.  I know I did and by looking at this pie graphs it proves it.  More males watch the Super Bowl then the Olympic Games and more females watch the Olympic Games.  These Olympic Games in 2010 was the Winter Games.  I would not be shocked to see the same numbers for the 2012 Olympic Summer Games.

In closing, the Olympic Games still kind of matter.  After during the research, it proves my thoughts that the Olympic Games should be retired. It is not the case. The Olympic Games does not matter to the young people in the world at least in the United States. I could not find facts to support that when people get older they start caring about the games. With all the best athletics playing in the NHL, MLB, NBA, and NFL, we get the Olympic Games every year in those respected sports asides the every four years. When I was growing up, the Dream Team for basketball, which had all the all stars in the NBA, was a huge deal but I cannot remember watching any of the games. I get it. You are able to watch games that you normally do not get to see on television.  However, those sports are starting to pop up on some four letter sport network, the Olympic Games are more and more becoming a dying breed.  With major corporation putting a ton of marketing money into the games, I want to see who they think is their target market. These games are going to be interesting for a few reasons. I want to see if any of the corporation that a government bail out is involved and what the ratings will be over all, age group, and what gender that will be watching the games. As of right now, the Olympic Games bring more problems to the countries that host it and the rest of the world.  The terrorist threat that comes out everything time these games are being played.  I just feel we could put our efforts somewhere else to improve the world as we know it today.  I will be doing a follow-up blog after the games to see if there is any answers to these questions. I respect the rich history of the games and I am happy there is some people who enjoy these games. As of right now, it is just me and a few other people who want these games to go away for good. Go USA! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/

Cheers!

Bill DJ Weiser

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