Chemists – Stay out of Winemaking!

Why many Chemists are shitty winemakers! -a generalization of course.

This is a generalization but it holds true in my experience.  Why?  Because these guys love to fuck up wine.  They think they can always fix a wine or change a wine with their damn chemical background.  Most don’t have a refined palate—or even if they do they always think they can create a better wine with a little tartaric here and some Calcium Carbonate, potassium carbonate/bicarbonate.  This is such a shitty way to make wine.  These are just a few examples, but my god, there are so many people, especially at big wineries, which add all kinds of shit.  While I can understand additions at these gigantic wineries, only because they are adding to such big lots that the effect isn’t what it would be at smaller ones.  I’ve met these bumbling idiots that own or make wine for small wineries and these dickheads love to talk numbers to you.  They’ll tell you that they adjusted this and that (some—most like to keep it secret.).  But for those inept winemakers at small wineries who insist on adding shit to make their shit smell better—I say fuck them. These people that chaptalize (add sugar) outside of Burgundy can kiss my ugly ass.  Those people have a special hatred.  Get it right in the vineyard you fucktard.

It’s not a secret.  When you make good wine it comes from the vineyards.  If you work with bad vineyards then you’re going to get bad wines.  It’s so simple people forget because they have such arrogance towards their winemaking.  “I’m a chemist, so I know I can improve that.”  While I’m not fucking chemist, I do have a fucking good palate.  And you can tell when they add acid.  You can taste it in the finish sometimes or when they use oak chips—you can usually taste that at the very beginning.  And while the majority of people don’t taste it, they should fucking worry about it. Personally some of the worst hangovers I’ve had are from bottles that do this shit. Usually they have a high pH so they need to add extra SO2 because they don’t want their wine to spoil.  I’d rather use it has vinegar than drink that shit.  I’d seriously love to name names but that’s messed up, right?  If I had another glass of wine tonight I probably would be.  Not tonight.  I’ll go to bed wasted and pissed that I didn’t name them.

Let’s get a little Technical!

So there are a few solutions that are a little freaky.

Ion Exchange: This method has been around since the 1950’s—or maybe even earlier.  I’ve been told that this method has been used in all kinds in the food & beverage industry, but I sincerely hope not.  I do know for a fact that these are used in those giant wine producers.  Why?  Because it works.  Without getting too technical, these have a column filled with resin beads.  These columns are usually charged with a damn solution of SULFURIC ACID.  Mmm…good.  Don’t you like Sulfuric acid?  Don’t try this at home!  The wine passes through the columns and basically the potassium ions are absorbed and hydrogen ions go into the wine.  What does this mean?  The pH drop and the total acidity now becomes what you want, numbers wise.  No acid was actually added.  When you remove all the potassium it alters the acid.  Again, only the big boys really know how to do this as it’s a process that, for small wineries & individual barrels is highly unpredictable.  Oh, and did I mention that it creates toxic waste?  That’s right, you must detoxify it and dispose of it properly—which is way too expensive for any home winemaker.  However some of you chemists are probably thinking, well, I could do it, I have a degree in chemistry, etc.  Don’t do it.  The wine tastes like shit.  The big wineries can do this in some small lots (like 30,000 gallons or so), and the small wineries might do this and completely fuck it up, as it can be a trial and error, especially if you’ve never done this before.


*Chemists working on an experiment

Winesecrets’ STARS electrodialysis: This is a commercial company that uses bipolar electrodialysis.  The short of it is it that is uses hydrolysis, which separates the water and the alcohol. Some call this reverse osmosis.  And personally I know a winery that did do this and it messes with the wine.  Just think of it sloshing it around separating and combining it and then think of actually drinking it.  This happens way too much!  There are specific companies that role their machines (which some can the size of a moving truck) into the winery and not only lower the pH, but take out volatile acidity as well.  Ergo it’s ready to drink.

ALL OF THIS HAPPENS BECAUSE THEY CAN’T GET IT RIGHT IN THE VINEYARD(S).

I did forget to mention the small wineries small changes.  This means they just add some acid, literally.  There are all kinds.  Most use some sort of tartaric acid or a blend of tartaric and others.  This only changes it a little.  This is also a very common practice with smaller and also larger wineries.  But this is when they want the aid levels to increase just by a little, as you would need to add literally a ton of this to make an impact like those other methods do.  The worst part is that you can definitely taste these additions.  They have an artificial or an acid taste in the front palate.

JUST GET IT RIGHT IN THE VINEYARD(S)!!

Please and thank you.

Fires in CA Wine Country out. Now is the time to Buy.

While we usually just write some satire on wine and the people who taste them for a living on how they lack taste buds, etcetera here’s a little different take and a thank you to all the firefighter’s in the Wine Country.

The fires are out—finally!  What started on October 8th will hopefully go under anything but arson.  The preliminary reports are just that—accidents.  However PG&E might be paying some serious fines since it looks like downed power lines may have been the origin of these fires.

While personally here at Thinkwine had friends & family affected they merely lost possessions and walked away with their life, which is thankful.

Now becomes the rebuilding phase.  Not only the physical but the mental.  The people need houses; they need their jobs.  Many businesses that now need help.  Some vineyards replanting.  Support.

No need to worry about smoke-taint.  That might be an issue to worry about during the 2017 release.  But most won’t even bottle if they taste it.  So go buy some wine!  But here’s a good article on which ones to support if you want to possibly help more directly or help the more affected.  I say more affected because everyone is affected.  Please visit this site for more details.  Napa & Sonoma wine country was the most visited tourist area in California aside from Disneyland.

Now is the time to get some good deals.  The smoke as settled and most places weren’t hit visually, so go fucking visit and support the industry.

Cheers,

THINKWINE.COM

Thursday Night Football – A debate on injuries & MORE

As yet another Thursday night game is about to begin between the stupidly named Tennessee  TITANS & the apropos Pittsburgh Steelers, the Thursday Night Debate is on.  And if more injuries occur, especially to high profile players, the debate will continue…

Thursday Night Football— it’s dangerous to the players, the games are shit and the owners and their prejudice refuse to say it’s all about the money.  It’s time to play the True or False game…and then give an educated decision on how to fix a 1.86 billion dollar product—why would the owners want to change 1.86 billion?  What if it went up and the players didn’t have to talk shit about TNF game? Are you reading NFL owners?  Probably not, so fuck off.

In December of last year, Mike Florio points out that some players enjoy playing Thursday Night Football.  Why didn’t he mention them?  Name some names Florio!  Or was he merely talking to Kickers, Long Snappers, & Punters?  Maybe even Backup QB’s enjoy it, as they morbidly think they’ll get some playing time.  SEE CLIP HERE:

FLORIO CRAPS ON RICHARD SHERMAN’S TNF TALK

NOW LISTEN TO HIM THIS WEEK!  He completely reversed his stance on this:

Report: More than half of owners want to wait on Goodell extension

  • The Players hate playing on Thursday night

Many people equate NFL players getting into a car crash every Sunday.  Then have to play three days early, thus losing their days off for healing, recovery, etc. Read Richard Sherman’s “Why I hate TNF” on it last year.  And note, this bad mouthed man made a great point and then got hurt last Thursday night—a season ending ruptured Achilles.  Yet he did not blame the NFL afterwards. Two weeks ago the Bills Richie Incognito (fucking cool last name) complained—though he wasn’t hurt—last week after a huge loss to the Jets saying things like “absolutely ridiculous” and “they suck” referring to the game.  He went on to say “They throw a wrench in our schedule” and the NFL only cares about money.  Have you ever heard a player say something like “I sure love playing on Thursday?”  I haven’t either.  Coaches hate TNF too, saying it’s hard to game plan in such short notice.  TRUE 

Basically NFL players get into a car crash every Sunday and then lose days off, healing, recovery, etc.

  • There’s too many injuries

Once a star goes down like Sherman everyone is quick to talk about how many injuries happy on TNF and how we should abolish it. How many people have actually got hurt playing TNF?  There were 13 people that were hurt in last week’s game and in total.  Not all as serious as Sherman’s.  However, if you look at stats, it doesn’t exactly give the same data everyone thinks it should: According to the data/study it seems it’s smaller than a normal Sunday.  However, this is based on stats that the teams give out on Tuesday (which they are required).  This means by Tuesday a player may have felt better and doesn’t count the “Probable” which typically play.  There are other limitations to the study which they outline.  The NFL put out their own study which claimed it was 4.8 injuries vs 6.9 on Sundays.  But this is the same league that denied concussions and who the hell knows—this was done in 2015.  But when ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweets out how many people are actually out –and these are the stars of the league—for the season with injuries it looks bad.  No shit Sherlock, right?  And of course this looks bad for the NFL because how many damn times do we hear about “NFL Players safety?”  According to the stats & studies it says FALSE but with an asterisk due to a number of limitations and early conclusions.

  • It’s all about the Money?

The networks have paid roughly 450 million per year—this includes the new Amazon streaming deal, which is about 50 million. Holy shit is right!  Or look at it like this: NBC & CBS have been paying $45 million per game.  And the NFL’s newest streaming partner Amazon, has said to pay $50 million per game (last year twitter payed a cool 10 million to stream games).  But with all this said you know we’ll never hear an owner or Roger Goddamn Goodell say anything close to: “We know it dangers our players, but the NFL is here to make money and the owners all know in the long run we’re going to make a shit-ton.”  The owners refuse to talk about it—giving the impression that it makes them money.  TRUE – Probably

  • It’s Bad football

All football is not created equal.  Richard Sherman called it a “Poopfest.”  Most will agree that the football is crap.  The casual fan may not notice as much, but the gamblers stay away from these games—since you just don’t know who will show up until game time.  When you google who likes TNF, one name poops out (not a spelling error): Roger Goodell.  On ESPN radio this douchebag said: “Almost by every barometer the quality of the games is better on Thursday night.”  What football is he watching?  TRUE

How to fix it?

I think it’s fairly easy.  Extend the season by a week.  I’m truly shocked that this hasn’t already happened. You can still have your Thursday night games, but every team would have a bye.  While it wouldn’t be a full bye, they’d have 10 days to prepare for it.  I’m sure with the extra time there would be little outrage from players and coaches.  They would still get a regular bye sometime during the season and the NFL would actually increase revenue with an extra week of advertising.  You would start one week earlier, which would be good for football anyway.  More rest and game planning equal a better product. Better games, better ratings, more ads.  And just to note, the NFL is not hurting on TNF—they’re doing better than ever.  And ratings are also not down.  Let’s just not hope viewers start tuning in just for the injuries—isn’t why you watch NASCAR?  You want to see that crash, right?  I fucking hate NASCAR, so I’m just assuming people do that.  I THINK TRUE

NBA – 3 weeks and What Have We Learned?

-Oscar Robertson doing something people only dream about!

SPORTS, REALITY & ME..

LEAGUE CHATTER: 11-8-17 

“NBA after 3 WEEKS!”

The NBA Champs are sort of looking like it.

While the Warriors may have already lost three games—yes 3 games—and all those peeps who said winning 67 games would be easy and bet the over, we’re realizing that the Warriors (just like the Cav’s in some degree) lack motivation on some nights.  We’ll talk about the Cav’s in a bit, but it’s the NBA Champs time now.  These guys are still the best team in the NBA by far.  Just take a look at last night’s victory over the Heat.  You might think the Heat aren’t much of a matchup, but they really are.  The Dubs roar out to a quick 8-2 advantage and everyone is thinking, there goes the game.  However the Heat regained their raison-d’être and started to slow things down and grind things out.  No fast breaks, make each possession take as much time as possible and play defense like the game actually depends on it.  And it worked.  The Heat didn’t light anyone up, but they grinded their way to a 22-21 lead right before the quarter ended.  But this is a great representation to the league of how to beat the Warriors.  Too many teams want to run with them, but they don’t have the firepower—and for whatever reason they can’t admit that.  When you run with the Warriors it’s like you’re an ex-girlfriend.  You notice them, they look good and maybe after a few more drinks they look really good.  Then near the end of the evening (or the 3rd or 4th quarter if you’re going along with this analogy) you realize what the hell was I thinking?  This ex is crazy! What was I thinking?  This was the same ex that would go missing every other weekend and assure you she didn’t hookup with anyone.  So yeah, that’s the Warriors, you quickly realize that the other team is that ex, thinking this will be different.  And sometimes it does end up differently, AKA the Rockets beating them in the home opener.  But this team may have some breakdowns, but the only thing that will hurt the Warriors is themselves.  They are most definitely a 2nd half team as we’ve seen.  They realize what they need to do and do it—and for anyone in a 7 game series, this will be an issue.  The Miami Heat are one of the few teams that have actually tried a different approach to beating the Champs. They slow things down, they have a very athletic big-man in Hassan Whiteside, an excellent point guard, Goran Dragić, who does a fantastic job of driving and kicking.  But they still need some shooters.  But even without those shooters, if they didn’t turn the ball over 15 times and have some strange issue with Whiteside—who basically didn’t play the 2nd half—this team would have made it even closer.  There is a blueprint that just might work on How to Beat the Warriors, and the Heat may have shown it.  They might not have the talent to actually construct these plans, but if a talented team actually downloads them and has the balls to try it, we could see the Warriors lose a few more.  But that’s asking a lot.

 

THE CAV’S and EVERYTHING THAT IS SUPPOSEDLY BROKEN

Everyone says the Cav’s defense is broken.  Does it take a genius to look at the stats and claim that?   They are last in the league.  No shit Sherlock.  They take plays off after a made bucket or if they think they were fouled.  They basically don’t have any motivation.  These are all statements going around the league and writers—but again, it’s no shit Sherlock.  If they were like 17th in Defense this may have been insight.  Yeah, they may be right and point to all the minutes LeBron has played and how he has to score 57 himself in order to make this team win.  I think it’s a little more complicated than that.  LeBron is definitely the man.  You have to give this guy credit.  He’s still amazing at his age.  It’s now 17 years in the NBA and the guy doesn’t show any weakness. That’s why the Cav’s have put in all their money & future into pleasing him—and with good reason.  The Cav’s, the city of Cleveland and the state of Ohio would be in a huge depression if he leaves next year.  Have you seen the Browns lately?  The only good thing about them is betting against them.  But this year, the Cav’s need to reach the Finals again—while they should get there, you do have to wonder what team—with LeBron—would actually give the Warriors a problem. This might be an issue like the 1990’s Bulls.  With Jordan on them no team was going to beat them in the playoffs and everyone knew it.  So Cleveland will have to keep making LeBron has happy as they can.  Adding talent old and new—mainly old—and just hoping he realizes that unless the Warriors have significant injuries or a player or two decides to leave, the LeBron teams will simply fall into the number 2 team.

 

THE REST: A QUICK BREAKDOWN OF THE OTHERS

CELTICS:

Let’s start with the depleted Celtics and talk about what a season with Gordon Hayward would have been like.  They may have been able to challenge the East in the regular season and just maybe could’ve done something in the playoffs.  Wait!  Who got hurt?  Yeah, damn good player.  But forget about saying this season is done because of Hayward.  This season is definitely not finished by any means.  Can’t someone tell this team that their season is over?  Hell no!  This team may have got back to the last year’s team of under-appreciated low draft picks.  Pity parties will not stop this team.  They have length, speed, and smarts…and not just the defense of Marcus Smart.  The most highly underrated signing/trade was that of Kyrie Irving.  This dude makes teams winners and while he can take over a game, the offense he runs allows for him to get good shots and pass the ball.  Look for this team to, at the very least, make it to the Eastern Finals again.  And if healthy, they could make it to the finals.  Don’t put your money down quite yet, it’s only three weeks into the season.

ROCKETS:

Chris Paul has played exactly one game for the Rockets.  And he scored exactly 4 points and was on the bench for the fourth quarter.  Many will say it was because of the injury and while we can dispute all of that, who cares.  Chris Paul is most likely finished as a premiere point guard.  But we could have saved all of you who said something like “one of the biggest blockbuster trades we’ve seen…” Blah, Blah, Blah. CP3 has been finished.  We all love the guy, some more than others—who likes a guy who can’t hack it in big games, barely has a jump shot, has lost the speed and is a liability on defense?  Ouch.  Sorry CP3. Maybe not so sorry.  The Rockets will be just fine this year without him.  When he does come back he’ll get a lot of coverage, but hopefully it doesn’t slow the Rockets down.  This is a good team and CP3 will slow them down.  The only positive thing about him joining the Rockets is when he improves the bench.  They can’t run and gun all night long under Coach Mike D’Antoni’s offense.  CP3 will give some of the veterans some much needed rest by dribbling up the court slowly acting like this is the early 2000’s where he slowly initiates a play that D’Antoni would’ve liked to happen 14 seconds before.  Obviously he was a great player and will be a Hall of Famer—maybe.  But this version of CP3 is old and slow, even for a 32 year old.  It seems he can’t adapt to what the league is all about. Who knows, maybe this is completely wrong, as it’s been one game in Houston and the last two (at least) season in LA Clipper-land.  Can CP3 adapt?  Who knows, but in order for Houston to have any shot at beating the Warriors, he’ll have to either sit on the bench or try and adapt.  But Houston is still damn good. Their issue will always be defense.  And Coach D’Antoni has never really figured that out.  He’s been around the coaching block, but his playoff coaching record is a scary (and not in the good scary) 32-38—and most of that is padded with his good years in Phoenix.  His regular season teams tend to do very well though.  Too bad for “Coach Offensive” that regular season wins don’t mean shit if you can’t win afterwards.  This team will still be good.

More teams to come:

THUNDER – How to manage 3 ball hogs, no bench and huge expectations for team that will probably lose two of the hogs in the offseason—if not before the trade deadline.  Rough start for them.

RAPTORS – The team from the NORTH, which always consistently snags the number 3 or 4 seed…but always seems just a few pieces away from being a serious team to contend with.

WIZARDS – Everyone is already intrigued by the possibility of a trade for Boogie Cousins—the Kentucky connection with John Wall.  Why? Because we’ve seen this same team last year.  They can’t win the big ones.

76ER’S – Not sure what is going on with the medical staff in Philly’s world—fans freaking about Fultz (with good reason).  But this team is talented.  Simmons is already making a run for rookie of the year.  Fultz will stay a mystery.

SPURS – They decided not to do shit in the offseason and now they’re probably going to be a 4 seed.  Is Pop trying to rest his team & the owner’s money until the Warriors show significant signs of decline?

GRIZZLIES – Some good wins early on, but this team still loves to grind it out, even without Randolph. Can they score enough to be a contender?

PISTONS – A big surprise early on only in the win category. They haven’t played too many good teams and with Tobias Harris leading them in scoring—who???  Yeah, this team is young, and we’ll just have to give them a month or so before some serious judging.  Figured they would tank for talent.  Did they not get the message?

HAWKS – Sorry Atlanta fans, but I don’t think many casual NBA fans can even name a member of your team.  This could work their favor if they got a bunch of defensive guys or something. But no, this team is in the league to tank.  Dennis Schroder is your number one scoring option.  Ouch.

TIMBERWOLVES – Great young team that just might do some good things in the regular season.  KAT, Butler, Wiggins are like a small three—they need one more dude to make them a powerful four. This team is building though, and they may do some damage with a sledgehammer, but they need a wrecking ball—and they just don’t have that yet.

BLAZERS – Everyone counts them out each year, but they can score and run!  Nurkic (yeah, Who??) is having a great season so far.  The big dude from Bosnia is doing damage on the inside while Lillard & McCollum light it up from the outside…but they continually leave the defense on low.  Bascially they like to play with fire—sometimes the steaks are nice and mid-rare, other times completely well-down.

JAZZ – Even after losing Hayward to the Celtics this team looks good.  It’s the Ricky & Rudy show for now. Gobert & Rubio are playing well, but two is never enough.  A solid number 7 seed in the west.  This team could be a nice surprise though.  Coaching has been good, but where are you going to replace Haywards points?  Joe Ingles leads the team in 3pt percentage and in steals…weird stat of the day.

MAGIC – The East is bad and has been for a while.  The Magic prove that with a decent team you can look good in the East.  They don’t have the talent to tank, meaning they actually will beat teams, but Gordon has no jump shot after 3 years in the league, but Fournier is shooting the ball well, and leads them in points.  If they were in the West, they would want to tank, but in the East they could possibly be a 4 or 5 seed if they continue in their ways.

CLIPPERS – Love the idea of breaking up the team in order to try something new. Although I wish they could’ve keep going and gotten rid of their coach and his son.  Aside from that, Griffin looks I guess decent, though I think he’s lost his hops or is afraid to jump to much considering he might hurt something. You gotta love Patrick Beverly though—trash talking to Ball, playing defense like it matters.  Too bad Doc Rivers doesn’t coach that.  Beverly for Player/Coach?  Was Bill Russel the last to do it—and I believe wine a championship too.  Clips are in trouble as they continue to be mediocre.

PELICANS – Cousins & Davis.  What could be better?  Maybe a better point guard than Jrue Holiday? And maybe a better shooting guard than…oh wait, they don’t have one.  The bigs are trying to carry a whole team.  If they were playing in Europe or China they would be undefeated and have like 20 rings…but this is the NBA, and Boogie (DeMarcus) Cousins will probably be traded unless something magical happens. And since magical is a slight of hand, the crystal ball says they’re in trouble.

LAKERS – Lonzo Ball to the rescue.  They all laugh.  Ball is troubled by being a rookie and having Kobe Bryant season 5 expectations—mainly because of a stupid father that needs more air time than the Kardashian’s.  While he’s the most timid PG in the NBA he has great vision.  His shot is now getting him in trouble—worked in high school and in college, but not in the NBA.  He’ll need some serious psychiatric help if his season continues like this.  But the talent around him is saving him here and there.  Lakers will be the most talked about team that really wants to tank—get another high pick and be able to snag Paul George & maybe others.  However, the talent around and the coaching may not allow for such a high pick.

KNICKS – The joke of the NBA is still a joke, but it’s turning weird.  Kristaps Porzingis, the overall talent of the Knicks seems to have learned from Melo.  Missing the last team meeting, now weird talks of eventually leaving.  The most mismanaged and effed up team from top to bottom it seems isn’t sure of anything.  This team beguiles the miffed if that’s saying something.  Maybe they just like making headlines any way they can, who the hell knows.  This team is strange but might make the playoffs as an 8 seed.  That’s how bad the East is.

PACERS – Victor Oladipo, who played at UI, has come back to lead the team in scoring.  It has to be someone, right?   This team is a quandary.  They’ll score 140 & 130, then below 100 for a couple of games.  They might actually be good since no one is actually really good.  Maybe this team turns out to be a team and by that I mean truly a team since no one is good…somehow I doubt this can happen in the NBA.

HORNETS – Dwight Howard has single-handedly saved this team from…nothing.  While he might seem better from his days in Houston, LA, Orlando, he’s still an offensive liability and Kemba Walker is well, what we thought he was, we had though Malik Monk might be a big spark.  He’s playing like a rookie—and what should we expect, that’s what he is.  He’ll be inconsistent and that’s fine.  But Dwight Howard, can you just retire?  Go out on a bad note instead of a terrible note.  Just because he hasn’t been the Howard of recent doesn’t mean he’ll continue to act this way.  Yes, Dwight Howard bugs the shit out me.

SUNS – Hats off to the Suns for getting Greg Monroe and a 1st round pick for Eric Bledsoe!  Wow.  Bledsoe stated in a tweet or something like that about how he wasn’t happy and didn’t want to play for the Suns.  They fired the coach, Earl Watson, after just 3 games.  Fantastic!  Somehow you couldn’t see this last year when he went 24-58?  Management is completely in the gutter and this team should be too.  So with Booker there leading in scoring and probably a franchise player, what do you do?  Oh, and Josh Jackson?  Loads of potential talent and no coaches.  Somehow I don’t think you’ve heard the last from the Suns.  Do they tank for draft picks or do them…hmm, not sure what the other option would be.

MAV’S – The Mavericks or Mark Cuban?  Who’s more famous?  Aside from that they seem to have another rookie of the year candidate with Dennis Smith Jr.  And Harrison Barnes leading them in scoring and Noel Nerlens leading in blocks and rebounds.  You can either look at that as a positive or negative.  Who the hell knows?  But it seems they are rebuilding.  Seems like a decent core if you get rid of Barnes’ giant contract.  They will lose. They will lose a lot in my mind.  But again, are they trying?  Yeah, probably.

HEAT – Whiteside and Co. are going to be tough—if Whiteside gets the playing time he deserves. See above for thoughts about the Heat.  They should be interesting, as they have a very good coach.

BULLS –What do we call the self-destruct button in the NBA right now?  The Bulls.  No idea what these fools are doing.  Always been a frugal bunch.  But Zach LaVine comes up with a deal with (no not the Bulls) but Adidas for 35 mil.  Good for him.  He’s been out with an injury.  And the Bulls couldn’t get a deal done one their big acquisition/trade for Jimmy Butler in the offseason.  Now the Bulls will probably lose him in the offseason.  Organizationally these guys really don’t know what’s going on.  Maybe LaVine asked for too much.  At any rate, can you name the leading scorer for them?  Here’s a hint: Lauri Markkanen.  WTF?  Remember when Michael Jordan played for the Bulls?  That will be their legacy it seems.

NETS – D’Angelo Russell is out to make a statement to the league and the LA Lakers. Shouldn’t have traded me brah!  This Nets teams isn’t playing for a draft pick, as theirs is held by the Cav’s now—via Celtics and Kyrie trade.  So expect this team to have a little fight in it.  They’re somewhat of a wildcard.  Don’t think they’ll make the playoffs, but a wildcard nonetheless.

BUCKS – When you think of the Milwaukee Bucks, think of one man: Giannis Antetokounmpo. Giannis is the man.  And if this guy ever develops a jumper, the league might have another 100pt man.  He is that good, playing on a team that is, that bad.  Without this Giannis the Bucks have nothing to offer.  Get tickets to see him, get league pass to see him.  He’s pretty damn cool, and once they know how to build around him things could get interesting.

KINGS – With so many great names here: Randolph, Hield, Willie-Cauley-Stein, Fox, Hill.  You would think they would be great.  Oh, you haven’t heard of these names?  Does Z-Bow sound familiar?  Maybe not.  But this team is, well, crap.  A few veterans mixed in with some younger guys.  Rebuilding?  Yes, wouldn’t you think so?  But after the Cousins trade last year they sounded so happy and all about winning now.  Don’t believe the strange GM.  Who’s that?  Vlade Divac.  A good way to end.

More on all these teams soon.  So much to talk about.

Keep in touch.

 

 

 

 

 

We need money for good wines

While I know this wine is way too pricey, but wouldn’t we all want to taste it?  Should we thinking about a local crowd-funding at https://www.kickstarter.com/

Who’s willing to start an attempt to drink some of the best Pinot Noir in the world?

The Recap- NFL week 9

Okay, this might be a little weird seeing this on the Thinkwine.com blog, but it’s just an extension for now.  It will be gone soon.  So if you stumbled across this site, don’t worry, wine will be back.

But for a couple weeks you will see this–and if you have a good name for the football blog, please let me know.  Thanks!


SPORTS, REALITY & ME..

LEAGUE CHATTER: 11-6-17 

The NFL: RECAP OF THE WEEK:

The late game: Raiders vs Dolphins = SCHEDULING MISCUE

So Derek Carr throws for 300 yards and Culter didn’t eff things up too much, but still, the Dolphins at home still can’t get a win against a pitiful defense.  And the worst part is somehow Vegas knew that +3 would be a push.  After a 27-24 win–and the last TD for the Fins was ridiculous.  A fantastic one handed catch that was ruled incomplete at first!  Then after further review it’s a catch, then they score, then they complete a 2pt conversion!  Are you serious?  The gambling man is pissed.  Oh, but not me, I’m merely here for the love of the game–to watch the pathetic Dolphins play the now 4-5 Raiders.  I seriously think the NFL should have “Flex” games sooner.  For amateurs watching, this is when the NFL can change the games in order to showcase the best games available for the Sunday night audience. Because nobody want’s to watch the 3-5 Raiders play the 4-3 Dolphins play on Sunday night.  Yeah sure, it was fun watching numerous passes dropped by the Raider’s receivers.  And we’re talking serious drops!  WTF!  Are you kidding me Amari Cooper & Michael Crabtree?  You get paid how much to just catch the ball??  Cooper gets paid a cool $3.685 million this year (3yrs in the league).  Crabtree (9yrs in the league) a mere $6.250 million.  And they can’t catch NFL BALLS!  Balls! is right. I would never equate myself to these incredible specimens but this time I will.  Derek Carr threw the damn ball right at them!  I sincerely think I could have caught the ball myself.  It bounced off their chests on back to back plays.  If I were a Raider fan, I’d be pissed!  And last night I was a Raider fan because I had money on them, damn it! One more thing:  The Raiders have still not had an interception this season.  That’s right.  Zero INT’s.  And Jay Cutler has had 5 in his 6 games this season.  And guess what, he didn’t throw a pick against this secondary…has he finally turned it around after 11 season as QB?  Absolutely not.  He is still terrible, but the Raider’s secondary is worst than Jay Culter–and that’s seriously saying something!

So the Raiders go play the Pat’s, and will most likely lose, and Miami play the Panthers, which they should lose, but I’ve been saying this thing every week and somehow the damn Dolphins are 4-4.  Yes, they’ve won 4 games!  And they’re terrible.  Their coach even said they have the worst offense (remember he’s the offensive guru) in the league.  I don’t blame him–remember, he has Jay Culter for QB.  Terrible…

Week 10 Recap:

Early Games:

Bucs vs Saints = CHAOS

So other than a boring game where the Saints blew out the Bucs 30-3, as expected, luckily the Saints beat the spread or I would be pissed for having to watch this game–the main thing to take from this game is the stupidity of fighting: So the backup QB for the Buc’s, Fitzpatrick takes a late hit and I can’t remember if it was called.  But then Jameis Winston, the hurt starting QB decides to point and basically touch Marshon Lattimore on the back of his helmet–what the hell does that mean?  Well, according to Mike Evans (WR) for the Buc’s that means blindsiding him in the back [see here] and Evans doesn’t even get thrown out??  I still don’t understand what exactly happened.  So your hurt QB instigates a “I’m touching you on the back” meaning what??  Meanwhile your backup QB, who is actually in the game just took a late hit, but the guy who hit him isn’t in the play.  Then because Wintson touches Lattimore on the back of the helmet, Mike Evans needs to come over and blindside Lattimore and create a riot of sorts.  Again, check the video, but this shit makes no sense to me.  And after all that Evans isn’t ejected.  Besides that, we basically knew what we knew:  the Buc’s are terrible, even after their heartwarming series on HBO’s Hard Knocks.  Mike Evans is a blowhard for that move…call it a hard knock or whatever, but he should have been ejected.  Buc’s go to 2-6 and the Saints have won 6 straight after going 0-2 if your math is as good as mine.

Falcons vs Panthers = FRUSTRATION

The Falcons are such a disappointment this year.  Not only from the guy who bets on them constantly since Matt Ryan was the MVP last year and they were up 28-3 in the Super Bowl with 3+ minutes in the 3rd quarter, but… ahhh!  Was it just Kyle Shanahan (now in SF) being the offensive coordinator that lead to Ryan’s MVP season?  Because who really left?  Not too many.  At any rate, the Panthers traded their top receiver last week and Cam Newton, well…let’s just look at his stats: 13/24 for 137 yards.  No TD’s/INT’s.  Now Matt Ryan’s Line: 24/38 313 yards 2TD’s & 1 INT.  Maybe he works well as a fantasy player, but Ryan just can’t win games.  Doesn’t help that Julio Jones, one of the best WR in the game dropped a TD.  But somehow the Panther’s win 20-17.  And this idiot here keep betting on the Falcons!  Win will I learn?  They are suffering from the Super Bowl hangover–which usually happens to the team that loses the Bowl?  I don’t know what’s up with the Falcons.  I can give you a bunch of stats but who cares as this team just can’t win close games.  And the Panthers?  I can’t even explain how they won this game.  Stewart fumbles twice, Cam runs a lot and runs a TD in, throws a nice pitch to McCaffrey, and gets some FG’s.  Really, both teams are shit.  Obviously I’d like to take back my bet, but my bookie just won’t let me.  Damn Panthers!  This was the game of the week according to FOX Sports! Why was this the game of the week?  Every week these two teams have played it’s been tremendously boring and have edged toward the unwatchable.  But the Panthers are an amazing 6-3!  It’s amazing because just a few weeks ago this very same team lost to the Bears 17-3 and the Bears didn’t score an offensive TD.  Yes, the Bears scored 14 points off Cam’s interceptions and a fumble.  I look at the incredulous 6-3 record and all I can think is WTF!  Sometimes they’re flaccid sometimes they are, well you know…  Falcons to play the Cowboys and Panthers to play the sinking Dolphins.  Matty Ice (as he was once called, wake the eff up!)

Rams vs Giants = WHY?

I keep thinking this: Where did the Rams come from?  Many projected them only to win 7-8 games this year.  But once you get rid of the crusty old Jeff Fisher as a coach and replace him with a 31 year old Sean McVay you I suppose have a new spark.  You realize that many of his players are older than him, right?  But shit, this guy is getting it done.  The Rams kicked the snot out of the Giants 51-17.  And while everyone is saying what a day Jared Goff had, well, he didn’t.  Stats aren’t everything but look at his: 14/22, 311yards and 4 TD’s.  He completed 14 passes!!  Are you kidding me? WTF? How do you win 51-17 with only completely 14 passes?  There was a deep bomb, and I’m assuming some short 5 yard TD’s.  I’m assuming because this was a game I refused to watch. It wasn’t personal, it was because I hate both teams.  The Rams are boring and the Giants are only interesting when Eli Manning has a breakdown and throws 5 INT’s or something.  He only threw one INT.  But the Rams are becoming the Talk of the Town even though The New Yorker refuses to write about them.  While Goff is still basically just a good game manager he managed the shit out of the 1-7 Giants.  The Rams are now 6-2 and in the top spot in the NFC West, but do you believe in them?  I don’t.  But I also put money on the Giants, thinking they’d make it close—it was +6.5 and I even bought a point.  Damn Rams.  Are they for real?  Who knows?  But they play the Watson/Watt less Texans next week.  Maybe I put my money on them this time? And the 1-7 NY Giants travel to the winless 49ers.

Baltimore Ravens vs Tennessee Titans  = OUCH!

The score was 23-20 in favor of the Titans and Joe Flacco continues to suck even though he’s making roughtly 21 million dollars.  While he might be the second highest paid QB, he’s turned into the QB that should be benched. I’ll admit that this game was a snooze fest.  I didn’t want to watch it, but these days I always bet against the Raven’s—not as much as the Browns, but most of the time.  The Joe Flacco Ravens are a mess. And let’s just leave it at that.  This game was a beer game.  Meaning if you had enough you would probably forget that you even had to watch this terrible game.  Titans play the Bengals & the Ravens have a bye before they head to Green Bay.

Cincinnati Bengals at Jacksonville Jaguars=WEIRD FIGHTING

I’m not usually a stat guy.  But every once in a while I like to look at them. Usually because of Blake Bortles, but this messed with my head.  Bortles is terrible, and with Leonard Fournette out because of a violation of team rules, I’m thinking the Bengals can actually win this—tho, to confess I had already put my dollars on the Jag’s.  At any rate, who would you think would have a 10/18 day?  That’s 10 completions on 18 attempts.  That’s a Bortles number, right?  Come one, they won 23-7 so they handed off to hmm…TJ Yeldon?  But no, Bortles threw for blah, blah 24/38 (wow! 38 attempts).  But this game  wasn’t about Bortles and an amazing catch by Keelan Cole—tho it should’ve been.  This game was yet another insane fight between A.J. Green (Cincy’s top receiver) and Jalen Ramsey.  I’m sorry, but AJ, what are you doing throwing punches at a guy with a helmet on?  Does that really do a damn thing?  He has a helmet on?  And while Ramsey has been known to talk smack, you threw punches at him, with his helmet on!  Seriously?  AJ Green gets ejected along with Jalen Ramsey.  What did Ramsey do?  He pushed him on a run play.  Insanely idiotic, as you know they’ll be fined (probably no suspension, as it was child’s play) See it here  But this would be the only reason you would want to watch this game.  The Jag’s are now an amazing 5-3 and travel to the LA Chargers next week. This might be the only game that the Chargers will actually have home field advantage in the stands.  I just don’t see how there are many Jacksonville fans. That would have to mean that people from Jacksonville actually moved to LA…and I just don’t see that.  Other than that depressing note, I actually see the Jag’s making the playoffs.  They’re schedule looks like they can probably go at least 9-7 at the worst.   And while Bortles can throw 8 yard passes you’ll have to look to Fournette and Yeldon to lead this team.  Sorry Blake Bortles, you’re just not good.  But at least the offensive coordinator/coach/team realizes it and won’t put you into any positions to have to win games.  Oh, and the Cincy team goes to Tennessee to play yet another boring game.  I’ll be putting my cash on the Titans as long as they aren’t favored by too much.

Denver Broncos at Philadelphia Eagles = OSWEILER STILL BIG POOP

The Broncos are screwed.  Everyone thought their defense was at least decent.  But no, they suck.  Brock Osweiler is who we thought he was—a bad QB!  He was sacked, threw bad passes—in which two were INT’s.  And again, we all thought the Broncos would at least have some good defense.  But while their secondary was saying “this is a no fly zone” on camera they forgot that Carson Wentz, the most probable MVP right now was flying left and right.  He threw for 4 TD’s and they won 51-23, which actually sounds closer than it really was.  Denver is in trouble.  They have a decent defense and no offense.  From what I know this is not a good combo.  The Eagles continue to surprise me.  Wentz is like a younger and much better Ben Roethlisberger.  This guy doesn’t have the O-Line but can scramble, take hits, get first downs with his legs, but can pass accurately while running for his life.  The Eagles are 8-1 now and will no doubt make the playoffs.  No team has shown how to defeat this team—the Chief’s beat them in week two, but didn’t show their weakness.  And while Denver might be terrible—see last 5 games, maybe more, who knows—the Eagles continue to dominate teams.  I believe their weakness is the O-Line (and stupid Broncos have a good front 7, so I thought they’d make it close which = putting money down on that Bronco D and the game—shit, I was wrong there!) Broncos fall to 3-5 and the high flying Eagles are soaring above at 8-1. Every time I feel like betting against the Eagles it comes back to bite me…

 

Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans = WHERE’S THE STAR!

I don’t want to even talk about this game.  Colts won 20-14, but who cares. Andrew Luck is out, probably for the season, damn it!   DeShaun Watson, who many people have said the “Savior of the NFL” has torn is ACL a few days before.   Yes Jacoby Brissett, the former 3rd string QB in New England had a decent day, and is definitely a starter in the NFL.  But this day was sadness.  A week before they, Watson,  put up 38 points on the Legion of Boom in Seattle.  And now back with Tom Savage (who in explicitly was the starter on opening day) was just the same old Savage that he is.  He went a terrible godforsaken 19 of 44.  That’s right, he attempted 44 passes and completed just 19.  I don’t advocate watching the game, but the highlights aren’t too bad—a guy named Houston recovered a fumble and ran it back for a TD, Frank Gore had a few good plays.  But Savage had a chance to win it a few times, as he was at the ten yard line and had all the downs needed…but no!  While Waston won’t be coming back.  If he were healthy it would probably been a nice win for the Texans.  Unfortunately, Watson was not there, the savior was unable to play and it sucks.  He’s a definitely out for the season.

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