RIP Roy “Doc” Halladay

Damn man, this sucks. It seems like every time you turn around another MLB pitcher is dying in a tragic accident. First Jose Fernandez, then Yordano Ventura, and now Doc. Of course, the first two guys were in the beginnings of what were undoubtedly going to be fantastic careers and Halladay’s career had already ended, but 40 is way too young to go…especially in a fatal accident such as a plane crash.

Growing up, Roy Halladay was one of those pitchers that I loved to hate. Derek Jeter was always my favorite player and the Marlins were my favorite team, so to see Doc slice and dice my boys all the time really got to me. I viewed him kind of like I did Kobe…respected the hell out of his craft, but just couldn’t bring myself to pull for him. And then he retired, and I, like every other true baseball fan, raised my glass to a great player. I was glad to see him retire. I was glad that he wouldn’t be a pain in the Marlins’ side any longer. But I was also glad to witness the greatness of his career.

Roy Halladay’s career was one that will always be remembered. It included a Cy Young award in both the American (for the Blue Jays) and National (for the Phillies) Leagues, a Perfect Game against the Marlins in 2010, and a playoff no-hitter that same year against the Reds. Doc finished his career with a 203-105 record, a 3.38 ERA, and 2,117 strikeouts. Amid his ridiculous career achievements, Doc also was a man of the people off of the field, where he was nominated for the Roberto Clemente award multiple times and just seemed to be an all-around great guy.

So tonight, I encourage everyone to cheers to Doc, put in MLB 2k11, and K up some batters with that legendary Split-Change in honor of the all-time great. RIP.

TreBabs’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

TreBab’s NFL Power Rankings: Week 8

Short and simple. Here’s my NFL Power Rankings heading into Week 9.

1. Philadelphia Eagles (—)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (—)
3. New England Patriots (—)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (—)
5. Buffalo Bills (+3)
6. Los Angeles Rams (-1)
7. Minnesota Vikings (-1)
8. New Orleans Saints (+2)
9. Seattle Seahawks (+7)
10. Atlanta Falcons (-3)
11. Houston Texans (-2)
12. Tennessee Titans (—)
13. Carolina Panthers (-2)
14. Jacksonville Jaguars (+3)
15. Baltimore Ravens (+8)
16. Dallas Cowboys (-3)
17. Los Angeles Chargers (+5)
18. Washington Redskins (-4)
19. Oakland Raiders (-4)
20. Green Bay Packers (—)
21. Detroit Lions (-2)
22. Denver Broncos (-4)
23. Arizona Cardinals (+1)
24. Cincinnati Bengals (+3)
25. Chicago Bears (+1)
26. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-1)
27. Miami Dolphins (-6)
28. New York Jets (—)
29. New York Giants (—)
30. Indianapolis Colts (—)
31. San Francisco 49ers (—)
32. Cleveland Browns (—)

BREAKING: Jay Ajayi To The Eagles

Ajayi to the Eagles for a 4th-Rounder

Recently, it was reported that the Miami Dolphins traded RB Jay Ajayi to the Philadelphia Eagles for a 4th-round draft pick, and boy, do I have some things to say.

Before I get into bashing my favorite football team, I would like to wish The JayTrain the best of luck in Philly. I hope you win a Super Bowl and shove it right in the Dolphins faces.

Okay, now let’s get right to it. What are we thinking!? I understand that trades are a part of the sport, but really? A 4th-rounder? I understand that Ajayi’s numbers aren’t the best this year, but that’s the Dolphins fault. The offensive line is just that…offensive. They clearly can’t push forward for the run and they aren’t great at protecting the QB, either. Aside from the lack of blocking, the offensive scheme is all wrong for the kind of runner Ajayi is. His nickname is literally “JayTrain,” which would imply that he might need some steam before meeting the line.

Instead of putting him 7 or 8 yards behind the QB in a single back set, the Dolphins put him beside the QB like they’re going to run a read option or something. There are only a couple of RBs in the league that should be lined up that way. Le’Veon Bell can line up beside Big Ben because his running style is patient. Shady McCoy can line up beside Tyrod Taylor because his QB is mobile, so they can run all sorts of options. But Ajayi, like Zeke and LaGarrett Blount, needs to get some momentum going before they hit the line of scrimmage because they thrive on contact. They are power backs.

I don’t know what else to say here. From the Dolphins’ perspective, it was just a bad trade. On the other hand, the Eagles might have just assured themselves the NFC East. It seems as if Ajayi will be the perfect compliment to their young QB, Carson Wentz, and the other three teams in the division are on the downtrend…unless the Redskins can find a receiver at the deadline. (Watch it be Jarvis Landry)

So the Eagles may win the Super Bowl and the Dolphins may end up getting a top-5 draft pick. These two franchises are going in very different directions just because of this one move. Every year, I say “let’s make this the best Trade Deadline ever,” no matter what the sport. I love trades, always have, so it’s only right that my team rips my heart out using one of my favorite things.

Again, I wish you the best, JayTrain. Keep running people over and get yourself a ring. Enjoy Wentzylvania.

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TreBabs’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 7

TreBabs’ NFL Week 7 Power Rankings

1. Philadelphia Eagles (+1)
2. Kansas City Chiefs (-1)
3. New England Patriots (–)
4. Pittsburgh Steelers (–)
5. Los Angeles Rams (+4)
6. Minnesota Vikings (+1)
7. Atlanta Falcons (-2)
8. Buffalo Bills (+5)
9. Houston Texans (+1)
10. New Orleans Saints (+4)
11. Carolina Panthers (-5)
12. Tennessee Titans (-4)
13. Dallas Cowboys (+3)
14. Washington Redskins (-2)
15. Oakland Raiders (+3)
16. Seattle Seahawks (+3)
17. Jacksonville Jaguars (+6)
18. Denver Broncos (-7)
19. Detroit Lions (-2)
20. Green Bay Packers (-5)
21. Miami Dolphins (+4)
22. Los Angeles Chargers (+4)
23. Baltimore Ravens (-2)
24. Arizona Cardinals (-4)
25. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-3)
26. Chicago Bears (+2)
27. Cincinnati Bengals (-3)
28. New York Jets (-1)
29. New York Giants (–)
30. Indianapolis Colts (–)
31. San Francisco 49ers (–)
32. Cleveland Browns (–)

TreBabs’ NFL Power Rankings: Week 6

  1. Kansas City Chiefs (–)
  2. Philadelphia Eagles (+5)
  3. New England Patriots (–)
  4. Pittsburgh Steelers (+6)
  5. Atlanta Falcons (-1)
  6. Carolina Panthers (–)
  7. Minnesota Vikings (+2)
  8. Tennessee Titans (+4)
  9. Los Angeles Rams (+5)
  10. Houston Texans (+5)
  11. Denver Broncos (-6)
  12. Washington Redskins (+5)
  13. Buffalo Bills (–)
  14. New Orleans Saints (+6)
  15. Green Bay Packers (-13)
  16. Dallas Cowboys (–)
  17. Detroit Lions (-9)
  18. Oakland Raiders (-7)
  19. Seattle Seahawks (+2)
  20. Arizona Cardinals (+6)
  21. Baltimore Ravens (-2)
  22. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (-4)
  23. Jacksonville Jaguars (-1)
  24. Cincinnati Bengals (-1)
  25. Miami Dolphins (–)
  26. Los Angeles Chargers (+2)
  27. New York Jets (-3)
  28. Chicago Bears (+1)
  29. New York Giants (+1)
  30. Indianapolis Colts (-3)
  31. San Francisco 49ers (–)
  32. Cleveland Browns (–)

Jeremy Lin’s Season Is Over

The NBA has just started back up and we’ve already had multiple season-ending injuries. First, Gordon Hayward, and now, Jeremy Lin is done for 2017.

See the video here:

Now, I’m not going to sit here and say that Jeremy Lin is as good as Gordon Hayward, but he is one of the better players on a terrible Nets squad. Losing him means that the Nets are going to give the Bulls and Suns a real run for the top pick next year. Unluckily for them, that pick belongs to the Cavs, because it was part of multiple trades.

I haven’t brought myself to watch the Gordon Hayward injury video, but I have seen the photo, and it was bad. Jeremy Lin’s knee injury is a little different. Anytime there’s a knee injury where the knee stays intact, it’s hard to tell the severity of the injury…that is until you see the player’s reaction. Jeremy Lin knew it was bad. His reaction went from confused to distraught and it was hard to watch, honestly. I’ve had my fair share of injuries playing sports over my lifetime, but nothing like a ruptured Patella Tendon. You have to feel for the guy. To work your ass off all summer trying to be your best for a terrible squad and then it’s just over. That sucks. Hopefully, Lin will rehab and get right back out there next season, but knee injuries are no joke, especially in the NBA.

Yankees vs. Astros: Game 6

Tonight at 8:08 PM, EST at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Game 6 between the Yankees and the Astros will be played. The Astros started out 2-0 in the series, but have fallen to 3-2 after three straight unimpressive offensive outings. The good news for the Astros, is they’re sending out their newfound ace in Justin Verlander.

Friend of QMS and avid Yankees supporter, Tyrell Brown aka Panda, has graciously supplied us with his “5 Keys” to the Yankees taking Game 6. I delightedly agreed to play Devil’s Advocate and supply my own “5 Keys” for the Astros, so I’ll lay them out, and we’ll see who calls it.

Panda’s 5 Keys (Yankees) TreBabs’ 5 Keys (Astros)
1. Scoring First:

In this series, the team that scored first has won 4 out of 5 times. The one exception being the Yankees in Game 4, large in part to their late innings rally. Best case scenario for the Yanks is someone in their lineup sends a Verlander mistake over the wall.

 

 

1. Justin Verlander:

Verlander has been a monster ever since he joined the Astros, especially in the postseason, but his best game of his tenure came in Game 2 of this series. He only allowed 5 hits & 1 ER, while striking out 13 in a Complete Game gem. Hopefully, for his sake, he’ll get a little run support this time around.

 

2. Aaron Judge:

As we’ve seen all year, the Yankees are a completely different team when Judge produces. In this series, he has gone a respectable 5-16, with 2 HRs and 6 RBI. The Yanks have won in every game that he has hit an RBI. It really comes down to the rookie, which is scary, because he was awful against Verlander in Game 2, going 0-4 with 2 Ks.

 

2. Power From Superstars:

This series has been completely different from the ALDS, where the Astros were sending balls out of the park left and right. They’ve only hit 1 HR as a team, which was a 1st inning shot from Carlos Correa. Severino has been known to leave a ball or two up in the zone, so this is the perfect match-up to pounce on a mistake.

 

3. Production From DH:

The Yankees’ DH spot has featured primarily Chase Headly, but Gary Sanchez and Matt Holliday have also hit in the spot for a game each. Combined, the DHs have went 5-16, with most of the production coming from Headly in Game 5. I imagine that Headly will get the call again for the Yanks. At the very least, they’ll need the veteran to be a tough out in the 9-hole.

3. Hitting With RISP:

The Astros have been absolutely terrible with runners in scoring position in this series, going 4-27. This is going to have to change tonight or their October run is going to come to an end.

 

 

4. Bullpen:

Over the course of this series, the Yankees’ Bullpen is averaging over 3 innings pitched a game. They know their strengths, and they are going to play to them. The only real mishap that their Pen’s had, is the walk-off Chapman gave up in Game 1. In a perfect world, Severino will give them a strong 5 innings tonight and hand the ball off with a lead.

 

4. Chasing Severino:

Severino has been an up and down pitcher all year long. He has tremendous upside, but he tends to get in trouble early in games. The Astros need to interrupt the Yankees’ game plan tonight by getting to Severino in the first couple of innings. If he gives the ball off with a lead it’s going to much harder for them to win.

 

5. Getting To Astros Bullpen:

Other than Game 5, the Astros’ Bullpen has actually been really good, but not as good as Justin Verlander. If the Yankees can get to at least one pitcher between Verlander and Giles, then their chances of winning this game will go up immensely.

 

5. Taking Back Momentum:

This one comes down to something more than statistics. We all know that “home field advantage” can be a very real thing, especially in the postseason. Ever since the tragic Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, their fans have really rallied behind this team, and they’re going to need that support to force a Game 7.

 

Rapid Reaction: Marvel’s Black Panther Trailer #2

Every sensible human being is a fan of Marvel…it’s just a fact. How could you not like superheroes? It’s one of the things that keeps us all young. And now, finally, they’ve introduced the baller that is the Black Panther.

T’Challa (played by Chadwick Boseman) hails from the hidden futuristic African nation of Wakanda. When T’Challa was introduced in Captain America: Civil War, we saw his father, T’Chaka murdered. From this trailer, it’s easy to see that this is going to be all about T’Challa coming into his own as the new King of Wakanda.

Now, to the trailer. The first thing that pops out, is the star-studded cast. It’s led by Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, but also features the likes of Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis. There are also more minor characters with big-time names, but I’m only focusing on the ones we saw in the trailer. And what’s almost more impressive than the acting bill, is the fictional nation of Wakanda. This place is like futuristic world meets Disney wonderland, and it’s so well hidden because it’s the only place on Earth that you can find Vibranium, which is the mineral that makes up the Black Panther’s super-suit and Captain America’s shield. All in all, Wakanda seems like the perfect place. Who would want to screw a place like this up? Apparently, Erik Killmonger and Ulysses Klaue, otherwise known as Klaw.

We were introduced to the psycho, Klaw (played by Andy Serkis) in the first trailer, so I’ll focus more on Erik Killmonger (played by Michael B. Jordan.) Killmonger is a native Wakadan that has been turned by Klaw, but it really seems like he is an emo brat that didn’t get his way. At one point in the trailer, it seems that Killmonger got his hands on some Vibranium armor of his own and he and T’Challa are about to throw down, which is going to be epic. Every Marvel movie has it’s fair share of action-packed scenes, and it seems that Black Panther is going to keep with the trend. Aside from all of this, probably the coolest part of the whole trailer, was the fact that they snuck in the 1970’s beat poem, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised,” by Gil Scott-Heron in the voiceover.

I for one, cannot wait to see this movie, which comes out in February of 2018.

*Side note…knowing that Marvel was bought by Disney, doesn’t this trailer give you all the feels of a very popular 90’s Disney film? African King dies, so his son has to become the hero that everyone knows he is, all while some emo guy that doesn’t feel loved tries to steal the crown. Maybe it’s just me?*

Don’t Ask Mike McCarthy About Signing Colin Kaepernick

Okay, we all knew this was going to happen, right? Aaron Rodgers goes down with a broken collarbone, so someone had to ask Mike McCarthy about signing Colin Kaepernick…and they asked it alright. Now, most coaches would have probably downplayed the question and praised his own QB’s, but my man, McCarthy was pissed.

What the reporter in question didn’t take into account, was McCarthy had just lost his most prized possession. A-Rod is Big Mike’s A1 Day 1. You could see it in his eyes that he didn’t believe one word he was saying about Brett Hundley and Joe Callahan, but he had to say it. Hundley is trash. He showed that on Sunday when Rodgers went out and I honestly have no idea who Joe Callahan is. I give it exactly two weeks before there’s someone else in that “perfect” QB room of his because that’s exactly when the trade deadline is. I saw someone on Twitter joking about them signing Tony Romo, which would be a hilarious move, but unfortunately, it’s not going to happen. Whoever they decide to sign will be an upgrade, I’m sure…and hey, there’s always an ex-Heisman trophy winner out there looking for a job. (Yes, I’m talking about the man…the myth…the legend…JOHNNY FOOTBALL)

On a side note, I’m all for Kaepernick getting another job in the NFL, but maybe he shouldn’t try and sue every single one of his prospective employers.

QMS Drinking Games: R.O.D.

R.O.D. or Ring of Death is a lot like Kings or Circle of Death, but with a little twist. If you’re not familiar with either of these games, then let me explain. R.O.D. is a drinking game that uses cards, people, and drinks. Everyone sits in a circle around a table and puts the cards in a circle or “ring.” Everyone takes turns pulling cards and adhering to the rules (ill get to those in a minute) until there are no cards left and everyone has a good buzz to go along with it.

Here are the rules:

2 – “You

(This is a simple card. If you pull a 2, then you get to pick someone around the table to take 1 drink.)

3 – “Me

(Again, another simple card. The person that pulls a 3 takes 1 drink.)

4 – “Give 2, Take 2

(This is probably the most self-explanatory card. The person that pulls a 4 takes 2 drinks and gives 2 drinks to a person or persons of their choice. Drinks may be split up)

5 – “Beer Bitch

(Whoever pulls a 5 is the “beer bitch”, which means that anytime anyone needs a new drink, that person must get it for them.)

6 – “Beat

(6 is a bit of a tricky card. Whoever pulls it can “beat” on the table at anytime before the next 6 is pulled and the last person to beat the table afterwards must drink. If the person that pulls a 6 doesn’t use the card before the next 6 is pulled, then they have to drink.)

7 – “Heaven

(After a 7 is pulled, the last person to point up “to heaven” has to drink.)

8 – “Hot Seat

(The person that pulls an 8 is now on the “hot seat,” which means that everyone around the table gets to ask them one question and they have to either answer the question or drink in place of their answer.)

9 – “Categories

(The person that pulls a 9 picks a “category” and starts the category off. After they start, you go in a circle fulfilling that category until someone can’t think of something. The person that fails, drinks.  *For example, if you pick beer then it would go Bud Light, Miller Lite, Heineken, etc…*)

10 – “Most Likely To

(The person that pulls a 10 says, “Most likely to ____.” It can be anything that you want. After they pick what their most likely to is, everyone points at the person around the table that they think is most likely to fit what was said. How many ever fingers that each player has pointing at them is how many drinks each individual has. *For example, 3 fingers pointed at you means 3 drinks.*)

J – “Drink Off

(Whoever pulls a Jack gets to pick someone to “drink off” with them. The person that pulled the card starts drinking and the person they picked can’t stop until the person that pulled the card stops. If the person they picked stops first then the person that picked them can think of a punishment. *For example, if you live in a neighborhood, then the punishment could be that the person that lost the drink off has to go outside and yell whatever the person that pulled a Jack wants them to.*)

Q – “Questions

(Whoever pulls a Queen starts by asking a random person around the table a question. This continues with whoever has been asked a question must now ask someone else at random a question until someone either laughs, answers the question, or uses a repeat question. The person that breaks the question chain takes 1 drink.)

K – “Rule

(Whoever pulls a King makes a “rule” that everyone must follow until the next King is pulled. Anyone that doesn’t adhere to the rule must drink. As soon as the next King is pulled, the previous rule is voided.)

A – “GOD

(Whoever pulls an Ace become GOD. GOD can do whatever they want to EXCEPT change the rules of the game in anyway. *For example, if someone tells them to drink, they still have to drink if they lose in “heaven” or “beat,” etc.* Other than change the rules, they can literally do anything they want to. Be careful, though, because after the next Ace is pulled, you’re no longer GOD and can be subjected to the same torment that you dished out.)

*One optional rule is to have a beer or shot in the middle of the circle. Whoever ever breaks the circle of cards must finish the drink*

Have fun playing R.O.D., be creative when making rules and punishments, and as always, drink responsibly.

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