2019 MLB Hall of Fame Class

Every year players become eligible for the National Baseball Hall of Fame for the plain and simple reason they retired 5 years earlier. That’s the about the only simple part of the process. To be enshrined forever they need to get 75% of the voters to say yes. If they get between 5 and 74% of the vote they are allowed to remain on the ballot for the next 10 years. If they get less than 5% they fall off the ballot FOREVER!

There is an ass ton of politics involved in this process. Most of it revolving around biases on the writers. I’m only going to address those to say that they too often get in the way of accurately reflecting who indeed should be a Hall of Famer or not. And, each voter only gets 10 votes. So that totally makes it more political.

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I wasn’t going to do this. I didn’t want to tell you who to vote for for against. I want people to make their own decisions. But the truth to make those informed decisions isn’t out there anymore. There’s a better chance of Sculley and Mulder find an alien than the republican voting public being properly informed before tomorrow. So I’m enlisting some help from John Oliver and the Last Week Tonight folks I’m going to make this simple. So mother-fucking simple.

A vote for a Trump Republican is a vote for this.

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Ronan’s First World Series!

Another Red Sox World Series you say? Sure. Beating two 100 win teams on the way too it? Even better. First one without my Dad, ouch. First one with my son, AWESOME. Even though at 14 months he’ll have no clue it happened, this is maybe the first instance where I’m going to need him more than he needs me.

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NFL: Week 4

So in week 3 we learned shit about shit. 

The home dogs were out in force. Week 3 is such a fucking weird week because any 0-2 team really has to win if they want any fucking hope of sniffing the playoffs without any crazy shit going on with other teams. On the flip side, any 2-0 team sort of rests on their laurels and takes the week for granted. And you can’t do that in the NFL. So it proved out that many of the good teams, lost to bad teams, for simply this reason. Sometimes it looks like fucking collusion.

Now a quick opinion paragraph….

In terms of the protesting. I’m fine with it. It’s fucking shameful how minorities have been and are being treated in this country. So you won’t hear me bitch about the players, coaches and owners taking a knee one bit (hell I want more of them to do it. Calling Brady? Calling Rodgers?) because its not about the song, or the flag, its about the freedoms they represent and part of that freedom is the ability to protest.

And while I agree, some of these owners are protesting to protect their industry and financial interests from governmental interference into their business more so than the inequity in how we treat minorities in this country, I say, that’s not the worst thing. They are involved now. That’s step one. Sometimes the motivation isn’t pure, but the end result can be practical and beneficial on a huge scale. (The US’s entry into World War II comes to mind as a situation where, were the US being truly altruistic, they would have entered the war far earlier than when they did. But in the end the defeat of the Axis powers still had a significant impact.)

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Who Let the Home Dogs out?

So in week 2 we learned some more things. I’ve very close to calling a few definitive, lets list those first.

  • The Jets, Saints and Colts are just fucking terrible and have little hope of anything positive happening in 2017.

Now some less definitive notes….

  • The Bengals are very, very bad and I had them on the edge of the playoffs.
  • I was wrong about the Bronco’s, maybe, but I was right that the AFC West is the best division in football and will likely have 3 playoff teams come from it.
  • The AFC South should be barred from the playoffs.
  • I’d love to see a Falcons, Lions NFC Championship.

Now a quick opinion paragraph….

The lack of practice is hurting the quality of the game. And I don’t just mean for the skill position players. I mean for everyone. Football is a violent collision sport and there is no way to replicate or “walk thru” that. You need to take hits, to learn how to take hits. Learning how to take a hit with in the game plan can be critical preparation. You also need our body to be ready to take the pounding that is an NFL game. The current rules are precluding both of these preparations and that’s how you get this shit level of play. I’m still thrilled football is back though.

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NFL: Week 2

So in week 1 we learned somethings. Nothing that will call definitive, but a few quick notes…..Last week I was 8-6-1 Against the Spread and 8-6-1 on Over/Unders. 

  • The Bengals could be very, very bad and I had them on the edge of the playoffs.
  • The Colts are going to be fucking terrible until Andrew Luck returns and even when he does, they are likely to just be middling.
  • The Steelers are still arrogant, but it’s probably going to work out for them most weeks.
  • I think the Saints and Bronco’s are going to be as bad as I originally thought. Sure, the Bronco’s held on for a win, but I really feel had the Chargers taken the reigns off of Rivers earlier they would have won.
  • Patriots lose was shocking (to me) as it happened, but KC executed a hell of a game plan to perfection.
  • Texans are already playing the the QB shuffle and that’s never a good sign.
  • The Giants offense relies way too much on Beckham, Jr.
  • The Raiders looked like the best prepared team in the league.
  • The Rams are a mirage, that’s how bad the Colts are, they can make the Rams look good.
  • Hold the horses on the Jags, yes the defense is legit, but let’s wait until Bortles has to DO something before deciding they are good.

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Week 1 is here, LITERALLY!

IT IS HERE! NFL Kickoff night is literally here, in both time and space!

I don’t know how a lot of the football stadium situations work across the country, but here in Boston, Gillette Stadium is nowhere near Boston. (Well, relatively, the shortest route via Google Maps is 27.2 miles.) So while Boston Proper gets the parades, it doesn’t get the games. Since 1971 Foxboro, Massachusetts has been the home to the Patriots. And a splendid home it has become. It just means that the city doesn’t tend to get the festivities of an event like the NFL Kickoff driven by Hyundai.

Until today!

Christopher Columbus Park, in my North End neighborhood, will host a gated event showing “America’s Game: 2016 New England Patriots” at 11 AM and then at 12 PM Guster will perform. Former Patriots Willie McGinest and Rodney Harrison will be in attendance.

I swung by on my walk to work this morning and this was the scene.

I’m not going to lie, it’s a pretty cool event to have hosted in my neighborhood, just outside the Joe’s I go to a lot and the park where Ronan will be running around in soon enough. And the fact that it marks that the NFL is back is just the icing on the cake.

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Ronan Inspired Reboot!

Maintaining consistency in creating content for Hooking Foul has been my biggest challenge. Often times I pick it up, run with it for a while, put it down, not meaning to leave it for months and yet, here we are again, months have gone by without a post. Even though I’ve started some fun, great stuff, I haven’t finished any of it.

I’m fairly certain that this is going to change over the next couple of weeks, months and years going forward, as will the scope of Hooking Foul in general.

One: because football is back.
Two: because of this guy.

Everyone please meet Ronan Driscoll Sullivan. Born August 12, 2017 at 8:43 am measuring in at 8 pounds 5 ounces and 20.25 inches long. Mom and baby are both doing exceptionally well, considering the huge physical toll pregnancy, labor and delivery are for both Mom and kid. I honestly don’t know how Kelly did it, but I am amazingly proud of her and lucky to have her as a partner on this adventure. Continue reading

Week 4 NFL Picks

I’m revamping how I do this. I’m not writing what I want to write, I’m writing to this form that I don’t hate. You are still going to get my picks and I’m still going to give you some observations of each game, but it’s going to be briefer with more “writing” at the top.

I mean not this week, this week is just the picks.

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