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Tissot signs exclusive contract with NBA to make watches

     Tissot just recently signed an exclusive contract to make NBA watches, What this means is no more NBA watches priced under $200.  Game Time and Sparo who we purchase watches from made many nice styles for $29.99 to $129.99 Retail.  So if you want a nice NBA watch I would buy one soon as it looks like the average fan won't be able to anymore.

     Tissot makes great watches (Swiss Made) just not for the average fan.  As a business owner it takes away a small part of what we can offer customers at the moment but really does not affect our bottom line as NBA team items just don't sell as well as the other three  Major League Sports.  Now I know some people will argue that last statement but my info comes from trying to sell all four sports and all the teams my first few years in business online, also from distributors and wholesalers saying the same thing.

Stanley Cup Finals

     Congratulations to the San Jose Sharks and Pittsburgh Penguins on advancing to the Stanley Cup Finals.  Personally I will be cheering on the San Jose Sharks since I would like to see Joe Thornton win the Stanley Cup.  He has had a nice career and I believe he deserves to hoist Lord Stanley.

     Although I will be cheering for San Jose, if I was betting on the series I would have to go with Pittsburgh.  San Jose will have to slow down the faster Pittsburgh Penguins if they are going to have a chance.  I just hope it will be an exciting series, and also hope the referee's call it fair.  That being said, what I mean by fair is, it's OK if one team has more power play time than the other if it is due to blatant/obvious calls like high sticking that cuts a player or delay of game (shooting puck over the boards).  However if one team is getting called for interference and the other is not then I believe that this is in error, since throughout the course of a game both teams commit this foul.

NHL Playoffs and Commentators

     This is by far my favorite time of year, My Detroit Red Wings made it 25 straight playoff season's with a little help from the Ottawa Senators beating the Boston Bruins.  Philadelphia Flyers went on an amazing run to clinch a playoff spot for themselves but are currently down 3-0 in the series with the Capitals.

     I recently attended the Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning Game 3 at Joe Louis Arena to hopefully bring my team some luck since they have never lost a game I have attended.  It worked as the Wings won 2-0 and prevented the Johnson line from even getting a shot on net.  Petr Mrazek's ability to handle the puck well really helped Detroit in the defensive zone, also the addition of Brendan Smith's physical play in the lineup really made a impact in the series so far.  The Wings need a win tonight in Game 4 to put the pressure back on Tampa as they head there for Game 5.

     My weekend was made complete when I returned home Monday to see the highlights of Kathryn Tappen giving Mike Milbury a hard time on NBCSN.  I wish NBCSN would or could replace Milbury with Jeremy Roenick.   I like Jeremy since he tells it like it is without fear of repercussions, also the same reason I like Charles Barkley , Jon Gruden.  We need more like these people , instead of people who like to bow down to the league's and refuse to call a bad referee decision exactly what it is or refusal to comment how rules need to be changed.


What's Wrong with the NFL?

     Well, if your a Detroit Lions fan like I am; you could say, "A lot is wrong".  We have the Calvin Johnson rule, the picked up flag in Dallas, and now the batted ball in Seattle.  This is not why I am writing this blog post.  I am writing this to discuss what is wrong with the NFL as a whole.

     First I would like to start with "the process". This is the wording given to what a receiver must complete as he makes a reception.  My first question to the NFL would be , Why?  For instance a running back only has to break the plane of the goal line to be a touchdown, a receiver must catch the ball ; have two feet down; and maintain control to the ground.  In my opinion the receiver should only have to have two feet down and control of the ball while his feet are down. Easy, right?  If the NFL is going to maintain that a receiver must maintain control to the ground, then I maintain that the ground can cause a fumble since the running back didn't complete "the process".   There should not be two different rules for basically the same situation.  If a running back is down as soon as he is ruled down (ie. knee touching,forearm,rear-end or any other instance that equates to being down), then so should a receiver. 

     Next , I would like to add that if a ball touches the ground regardless of the receiver having control, it should be deemed incomplete.  The reason I say this, is because I have seen so many ruled incomplete and some considered completions, only the receiver knows if he had control for sure or not.  Leaving this kind of call to referee's gives them too much control in determining the outcome of a game, which is why "the process"  needs to be changed as well.   otherwise we just have a glorified WWE.

     Now we move on to coaches and referee's bad calls.  NFL coaches in my opinion should not have to worry about being fined for comments when a situation has happened due to a horribly bad call by the referee's.   It is time to move on from the "they are just human"  BS and call them out when they have terribly wronged a team and our sport.   The "Fail Mary" , "Batted Ball in Seattle" , and many others; these are instances when as a coach I would tear the ref's a new one in my press conference and I shouldn't be worried about being fined by the NFL' since its up to them to get the call right.  I am not talking about all the was or wasn't it holding or pass interference calls since these are common place.  I am talking about all the calls that make you wonder if a game is fixed or cheating is going on.  Referee's NEED to be disciplined and I am not talking about a slap on the hand. I am talking about game suspensions and fine's levied against referee's.  This would hopefully clean up some of this blatant idiocracy.

    I would also like to send my deepest thanks out to Ray Lewis and his comments after the batted ball in Seattle.  He talked about how players must pay for mistakes on the field and why referee's do not have to pay for their mistakes. This is something that has needed to be said for a long time on Air.  I would like to believe they are in fact mistakes, but some have you guessing whether they are or not.





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