Happy Mothers Day

Just wanted to say Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful Mothers out there, but none are more amazing than my own Mother.  Sorry the rest of you just don’t have as good a mom as I do.  Better luck next time.

Alright, Spurs-Warriors starts today and I don’t see San Antonio taking this thing, but I hope it is at least interesting.  I have never been so bored watching playoff basketball as I have this year.  There is absolutely no excitement whatsoever.  Warriors will however take game 1, but expect the rest of the series to be close in the 4th quarter.  The Spurs know how to beat these Warriors and could sneak a win in Oracle Arena come game 2.

The Ducks dropped a close overtime game to the Predators in game 1 of the Western Conference finals.  Here’s hoping that game 2 goes a little differently.  The Ducks have to find a way to be more efficient on power plays or this series is going to be over quick.  GO Ducks!

The Final round of the Players Championship is also today.  I have watched all of 0 seconds of this tournament so far.  Without looking it up I couldn’t tell you one player in the top 10, unless Vijay Singh is still hanging around?  Anyways, the final round of the Players is generally a ton of must see action, so I hope I get to watch some today.

If i were to pick a beer for Mothers day… I really wouldn’t because my moms idea of good beer is to freeze a coors light into a slushie and drink it that way, but if I had to pick one for her I would pick Rogue Ales MoM Hefeweizen.  Mostly because of the label, but also because a beer infused with rose petals seems like a solid Mothers day beverage.

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Rainy Sunday

It’s  a beautiful rainy day here in Southern California and the perfect weather to do absolutely nothing, but sit back drink a beer and watch some movies.  So, let’s do some beer and movie pairings to make it through the day.

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First, we are pairing White Men Can’t Jump with Mikkeller Beer Geek Cocoa Shake.  It’s a cold rainy day and what better to have your breakfast beer be super chocolatey like a nice glass of chocolate milk.  This beer is sweet and amazing and will mix well with the story of a white guy trying to prove that he can play basketball against the black guys.  Enjoy the goofiness that is Woody Harrelson and savor this big stout.

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Next, we mix Caddyshack and it’s wonderful yuck-it-up comedy with the Bruery’s Tart of Darkness.  Caddyshack is considered one of the best sports movies of all time and it will go great with some sour stout flavor mixed in.  The Tart of Darkness is a super sour stout that is incredible easy to drink and has a wonderful finish, much like Caddyshack.  Who doesn’t love dancing gophers, Chevy Chase and a slightly enigmatic Bill Murray.  Drink and Enjoy.

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Lastly, we mix my favorite sports movie ever with my favorite beer currently.  Stone Enjoy IPA is extremely hoppy and bitter and couldn’t be a better beer to be served while watching Nuke Laloosh butcher interviews and songs alike.  If you are having a hell of a time trying to figure out what to get Jimmy and Millie for their wedding present, just remember that candles make a nice wedding gift, but beer is better.

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Where We Going?

The best team in each conference is already into the second round of the NBA playoffs as the Warriors demolished the Blazers in 4 and the Cavs snuck out a couple of road wins to take down the Pacers.  It’s pretty obvious that these two teams are on a collision course right now.  No other teams in the playoffs have looked quite as good as those two.  Not even the Spurs.

I would say that it would be more surprising if the Cavs and Warriors didn’t face off in the finals at this point.  The only thing that could get in the way is Clevelands refusal to play defense at times and Golden States head coaching concerns.

The NFL draft is this week!  I could care less.

So many things to discuss never enough time or effort on my part to get through them all.  One of these days I will become a more consistent and thought provoking writer, but until then enjoy the ADD version of a sports/beer blog.

Beer me!

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End of an Era?

Last night in the Clippers/Jazz game, Blake Griffin injured his toe and has been ruled out the rest of the playoffs.  Poor Clippers, right?  No, I’m glad this happened.  I am so tired of the bandwagon Clipper fans coming out the woodwork saying they were fans from the beginning.  Bull S**t!  You jumped ship when the Lakers started to lose and now that the Clippers have been “good”(they still haven’t made a Western Conference Final) you needed a “winning team” to follow.  I’m over it!

The Clippers aren’t going to win more than one series in these playoffs.  Especially without Griffin, and with a lot of this team being free agents at the end of the season.  Next year, this could be a totally different team.  And with all honesty, it should.  This team couldn’t get the job done in the playoffs.  When you share a building with the second winningest team in NBA history, you better win titles or start a new rebuild.  It will be interesting to see what happens during the summer.

Enough of a rant about the Clippers.  Can I move to baseball real quick?

Dear Angels, can we please get Mike Trout some help?  I am tired of wasting his historically mind boggling career to terrible teams.  Help is not necessarily on the way, but this team needs to step their collective games ups before we are talking about the best player in baseball leaving in free agency in a couple years.  Also, can we stop knocking him for not giving great interviews.  I’m tired of reading about how these reporters would rather interview a rock.  Just because he doesn’t give you headline material by making random accusations or claims doesn’t mean that he doesn’t have the personality to be the face of the MLB.

This wasn’t supposed to be a rant day, but it turned out that way I guess… Oops!

How about some beer.  Haven’t been able to find any 120 minute IPA yet, so I am going to get another Dogfish Head beer.  SeaQuench Ale.  My lady claims it to be one of her favorite beers so I look forward to trying this session sour quencher brewed with lime peel, black limes & sea salt.  Sounds interesting.   Cheers!

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Top of the Morning

It’s a beautiful Friday morning.  I am still in recovery mode following my appendectomy and waiting for the day when things return to normal.  Until then, at least I have time to write some things down.

Did anyone see that Pacers/Cavs game last night.  The Cavs looked like a first round exit was coming the way they played that first half.  Down 25 at the half and giving up 72 points to a Pacer team that seemed to be brimming with confidence.  It was quite the show.  Then Lebron became the driving force to one of the greatest comebacks in NBA history.   They basically shed that entire lead in the 3rd quarter alone.  The defense looked championship quality, but that was the issue.  Why did it take so long for them to finally show up and play some D?  Tons of concerns still with the Cavs, but now they can relax a little up 3-0 on Indy.

Milwaukee made Toronto look like an 8th grade pick up game team.  It was embarrassing for everyone I’m sure.  But, the Barney intro that was played during the Raptors player announcements was at least comical.  Expect Toronto to bounce back in Game 4, but I think ultimately the Greek Freak and his band of misfits moves on in 6.

Memphis grinded out a win in the way that only Memphis knows how.  Foul fest and all, the game was actually quite entertaining.  Every call against Memphis was like watching the jury at a major trial (see coach Fizdale’s comments post game 2).  Anyways, the Spurs gave them one game, but that’s all for Memphis.  Even with Vince Carter and his somehow incomprehensible explosiveness can’t take down the fighting Pops.

In beer news, I still don’t know how I want to handle the Beer aspect of this blog. I may go any number of directions with this.  Brewery of the Week?  Beer of the Day?  Upcoming beer events?   There are so many things that happen on a daily basis in the Socal beer world I will have to figure out how to handle it all.  In the meantime, enjoy your weekend.  Enjoy a nice beer and some hockey, baseball or basketball.  Cheers!

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Stir Crazy Thoughts

I have been confined to my home for over a week now recovering from an emergency appendectomy and I am starting to go a little crazy.  So…. I figured why not do some writing to make the next ten minutes go by in an instant.

In the last week Dogfish Head 120 minute IPA has made its way West.  I am beyond excited as I first tasted this beer a few years ago and fell in love.  Now that I can get it when I please, I will make sure to do just that.  If you haven’t had it yet, it is a big hoppy mess of a high ABU beer.  How high exactly?  How about 18%.  This beer will knock you on your butt after just one most likely, but it’s worth it for sure.  Go find it near you!

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On the sporting front… MLB is now in full swing (no pun intended), the NBA playoffs are off to an interesting start.  How are the Celtics down 2 games to the Bulls?  Yeah, nobody knows.  Hockey is marching it’s way through the first round about a month faster than the NBA, just like every year.   I don’t understand how the NBA makes the playoffs last 2 months when it could easily be done in one, but hey that’s how you make more money I guess.  GO DUCKS!!!

Somebody get me a beer, pronto!

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NBA Playoffs

After one game in each series let’s see where we are at in terms of most likely team to win each series.

#1 Golden State vs. #8 Portland

The Warriors are the best team in the NBA and let’s face it, Portland doesn’t really stand a chance in this series.  Game 1 did show that if Dame Lillard and CJ McCollum go off, they have a chance to win.  But, that chance is very low.  Still, Golden State for the sweep.

#2 San Antonio vs. #7 Memphis

The fighting Kawhi Leonard’s took care of business in game 1.  Memphis will need to play near perfect basketball in this series to even win one game.  I think they do it once and bow out in 5 games.

#3 Houston vs. #6 Oklahoma City

Russell Westbrook vs James Harden.  That matchup means very little, because Houston just has more talent and depth.  Westbrook may force his team to win to games out of pure force of will, but thats all.  Houston in 6.

#4 LAC vs. #5 Utah

The Jazz went into Staples to steal game one on ISO Joe’s runner in the lane.  They lost Gobert for at least a game or two, which hurts.  This LA team just can’t win in playoff time, but I see them sneaking away with a game 7 win here.  Utah still a year away.

Then there’s the Eastern Conference playoffs.  You know… the conference that allowed Lebron to reach 6 straight NBA Finals.  I don’t know how Cleveland gets bounced before the Finals again this year.  Even as the #2 seed and their vulnerable look against Indiana in game 1.  Lebron will get them to the Finals.  There comes a point where I just don’t even care what happens in the East.  I hope Chicago takes out Boston, because I am tired of the Boston underdog story as the #1 seed.  The Wizards and whoever wins that Toronto/Milwaukee series still don’t have the talent to contend in the East, even when the East is still a JV conference.  Cleveland walks into the Finals rested like usual against the worn out, battle tested Western Conference winners.

 

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