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San Diego: The Home Team as Defined by the Sports Bar

The Sports Juicette and I are currently enjoying a week of sun and relaxation in San Diego.  With rumours of snow in Calgary yesterday, we are quite happy to be worrying about sunburns instead of frost killing our plants. 

We are staying in Pacific Beach, which is north of downtown San Diego and just south of La Jolla (home of the Torrey Pines golf course).  Our side street is littered with VW vans, old trucks, SUVs and even the occasional BMW, all containing surfers of various ages and pedigrees.  At any given point in time, there are 50-70 people out in the ocean trying their hand against the waves.  Pacific Beach is rumoured to be ‘just ok’ in terms of surf, but the ease of access makes it an immensely popular destination.  The surf must be ok as there was a surf competition going on this morning down by the pier.

The rest of Pacific Beach is kind of what you might guess given the surfing focus.  There are lots of dive hotels and dive bars, with a bit of surf related shopping to be found.  If you are between age 20 and 40, you like beer and sports, then Pacific Beach is for you.

We have come to San Diego at an exciting time.  The Padres are in the pennant chase for the first time in a few years, and NFL football has started again.  The Chargers will play their home opener this Sunday against Jacksonville.  While the Chargers are proving to be a January disappointment each year, they are always among the best teams in the AFC. 

I was somewhat surprised to read Thursday night that the Chargers game will be blacked out in the San Diego area this Sunday.  If the game is not almost sold out 72 hours before kickoff, the game is not shown on local television.  While this was and continues to be an issue for the Detroit Lions and Oakland Raiders of the world, I would have never thought it would be an issue for a team that won its division and made it to the divisional round of the playoffs last year.  I guess a Monday night loss against the lowly Kansas City Chiefs has brought the feeling of doom and gloom to the San Diego area a bit earlier this year.  Their sellout streak was sitting at 48 games, or roughly 6 years.

The reason I say that I was ‘somewhat’ surprised at the lack of fan interest is the amount of fan interest in other teams that I am seeing in the Pacific Beach area.  I am not sure if this is representative of the rest of San Diego, but each of the bars and pubs in the area proudly bear allegiance to their team and their team is not from San Diego.  It is strange, strange, strange. 

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Buffalo Bills 2010 Season Preview

It’s going to be a long season that probably isn’t worth paying attention to.  I was going to say ‘a season filled with disappointment’ but that would require some sort of expectations beyond say 4-12.  Actually, they probably could disappointment me if I’m thinking 4-12. Continue reading

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Shot of Sports Juice: Is today the day I give up on the Buffalo Bills?

I tend to do a pretty good job of keeping sports in perspective most of the time.  Sports are a fun source of entertainment and there are few things better than passionately rooting for your team through success and the occasional failure.  The key to being a sports fan is the word “hope”.  Hope is critical for the sports fan.  It is what gets us excited for spring training and gets us excited for football to start in September.  If you root for the New York Yankees or the Indianapolis Colts, hope comes easy.  Your teams are going to be there come crunch time in the playoffs.

If you cheer on the Seattle Mariners or Buffalo Bills, hope takes on a slightly different meaning, but still, hope is a critical ingredient to watching the games and following your team.  Hope for these fans mean an outside shot at the playoffs and a general feeling that the team is on track and better days are ahead.  As long as we believe that things will get better we can continue to cheer on our team.  It is a longer term view of hope.  Continue reading

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An Accurate Shot of Sports Juice: NFL QB vs. an Archer

I saw an interesting bit on the Discovery Channel last night.  It was a show called Sports Science, which was 12 minutes of interesting stuff, 28 minutes of rehashing and slow motion replays, and 20 minutes of commercials.  A bit painful to watch but the topics were interesting.

One of them pitted Drew Brees against an Olympic archer in an accuracy contest from 20 yards.  The target was your typical archery board with the yellow bullseye as pasted above.  The bullseye is 4 1/2 inches across with th inner bullseye about 1/2 of that.

The challenge the most bullsyes with ten arrows and ten footballs.  Before the results, take a moment to take a guess at the results…. 

I was thinking about 7 bullsyes for the archer and 3-4 for Brees.  Archers have those scopes which I thought would make it pretty easy for them.  20 yards seemed shorter than I remember seeing on tv.  For the NFL QB, we have all seen those tv competitions where they try to hit a moving target.   They do pretty well on the short ones but it is pretty hit and miss on the medium to long-range throws.

And now the results.  The archer got 5 of 10 in the bullseye with 1 arrow in the inner bullseye.  Not too shabby.  Brees takes his turn and bam, bullseye.  Then bam, another bullseye.  Them bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam, bam.  That’s right, Brees went 10 for 10 with 4 in the inner bullseye!  Unbelievable.

So when you watch the games this weekend and they talk about threading the needle or you see a QB squeeze a ball into really tight space, you can know that there is very little luck involved.  These guys are good.

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Predicting the NFL Playoffs: It Helps to be Hot!

Now that the NFL’s regular season has ended and we shift gears to Super Bowl XLIV in Miami, I thought I would blow the dust off my recent article that discussed the Colts and Saints pursuit of perfect seasons.*  The question to be answered is who football fans should expect to see in Miami. Continue reading

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The Sports Juice on the NFL: To Pursue the Perfect Season or Not?

There are more than a few talking heads in the NFL right now discussing whether or not the Indianapolis Colts or the New Orleans Saints should keep chugging along in hopes of a perfect 16-0 regular season. The argument stripped to the bare essentials is the decision to either rest players now so they are fresh for the postseason; or play every game with your best players to maximize your chance of winning. The assumption is that the decision to rest players is giving up on the perfect season and accepting a loss or two down the stretch. From there the argument fragments into a variety of schools of logical and illogical thought.

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Snatching Defeat From the Jaws of Victory

The title of this post is a funny, sad and often true statement made when an individual or team inexplicably chokes away what seemed like certain victory.  Continue reading

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