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THE 'PERHAPS SPOOKY SHOULD VISIT PUNTA CANA MORE OFTEN' EXPRESS

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On 11/19/2013 01:45 PM in NFL
Of course we see the pictures...renewal of the wedding vows, palm trees, sandy beaches, sunshine, Hard Rock Cafe, plentiful sports action and beautiful scenery etc etc etc. Marc has sure been tearing the books a new gluteius maximus when it comes to college football this season, though the NFL has brought him a little bit under the weather. Still it's great to see you back refreshed, relaxed, and once again a happily married man with all due congratulations and best wishes!

However once again he may have unleashed another beast in JTG as he improved to 11-3 on his Saturday college best bets with Florida St minus Tallahassee over Syracuse! In fact, for those who follow the tracker religiously like I know Spooky does on a regular basis, Carolina and the under capped off a 23-7 week 11 (no that's not a misprint) in the NFL for 77%! Hey Marc, let me know if I can be of a little assistance next trip down? Perhaps you need a suitcase packed, some new threads or maybe let me buy your booze and meals for the week! Then again I have yet to hit the 14 teamer I've literally dreamed about for years!

Almost forgot to mention the Detroit debacle. Sleeping for 3 quarters and blowing a second half TD lead at Pittsburgh? The perennial cherry on top!
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11/19/2013 02:10 PM
Tuesday's top ten:
10) So word has it from Subway Series headquarters that the NY Mets are meeting with Robinson Cano today. The Mets do like Cano, and one high-ranking Mets official ranked Cano as the one player on the market worth $100 million in an interview with CBSSports.com a couple weeks ago. But how likely is it that the Mets steal the top free agent from the Yankees? Not very. It's nice they all dined at a fancy spot in Manhattan. And they probably had a good time. And maybe there's a dinner or two more in their futures. But a deal? Big long shot. as Cano would have to be willing to leave a team that's averaged 96 victories for the past 18 seasons for one that hasn't posted a winning record since setting up shop at Citi Field 5 years ago. Carlos Beltran at $119 million worked out, and you might even say Pedro Martinez worked for awhile at $53 million. But they struck out with Jason Bay for $66 million, Oliver Perez for $36 million and Luis Castillo for $25 million.

9) Brooklyn Bumbling? After their offense fell apart in the second half of the Nets' 108-98 loss to the Trail Blazers at Barclays Center, the team's locker room remained closed for 25 minutes following the game while a players-only meeting was held. When the room finally opened to the media, it was a ghost town, with several players having already left and team leaders Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett — who were a combined 10-for-31 in the game — eventually blowing off the assembled media. Brooklyn currently sits in the Atlantic Division basement with an overall record of 3-7 and a stone faced tight lipped Jason Kidd on the sidelines in a suit learning the hard way from this head coaching experience. They're not running out of time, there's no real rush. But you also can't expect Mikhail Prokhorov to be patient with a $100 million investment forever, either.

8) How bad could things continue to get in South Beach surrounding the Miami Dolphins? Jason Cole of the National Football Post reports that Incognito and "at least one other" Dolphins player "mocked the ethnic background of a team staff member and made crude jokes about the staff member's wife." Additionally, Cole reports "Incognito would sometimes dress in garb from the staff member's culture and then make profane jokes about that culture" and that another player "joined in on the antics, creating an extremely uncomfortable environment for the staff member." The worst part, though? Cole's report that "Incognito said on a number of occasions that the staff member's wife had sexual relationships with several members of the team." Owner Stephen Ross recently said he was "appalled" and was clearly upset by the recent developments surrounding his team. It's not likely that these recent ones will make him feel any better.

7) Urban, tell us how you really feel about the BCS! He's got has plenty of reasons to campaign against the BCS system, as computer rankings and strength of schedule could be two aspects that keep the Buckeyes from playing for a BCS title."Without spending much time on it, because it's not fair to our team for me to spend much time on it, I will say this -- I think it's a flawed system," Meyer said Monday via ESPN.com. "But when you logically think about what the BCS people have done, and which obviously we're all part of, I think it was great for a while. I think you take an imperfect system and you do the best you can without hosting a playoff. Ohio State will host Indiana then travel to Michigan for the regular season finale on Nov. 30. One more win locks up a place in the Big Ten title game, and if the Buckeyes finish that stretch 13-0 it still might not be enough to play for the BCS title if Alabama and Florida State finish undefeated as well. But as Meyer pointed out, even a playoff (which would likely include Ohio State and Baylor if it started tomorrow) won't solve the issue of a team feeling snubbed by the process.

6) Miami Heat superstar LeBron James confirmed Monday he's in discussions with soccer icon David Beckham to potentially bring an MLS franchise back to South Florida. James already has an ownership stake with Liverpool of the English Premier League, and he has followed the sport closely during his time off from the NBA season. Beckham, who recently retired as one of the sport's most recognizable players, has been exploring the idea of running his own MLS franchise for the past few months. If James and Beckham reach agreement on the MLS team, it will be the latest of several business ventures James is attached to in South Florida. He already owns a sports apparel store in a suburban Miami mall, and his wife, Savannah, is set to open a juice bar near the couple's home in Coconut Grove. The business moves, coupled with James' success on the court the past two seasons, have many fans in Miami hoping the ventures are signs he will remain with the Heat in the long term. James could opt out of the final two years of his Heat contract after this season to pursue free agency.

5) As USC continues to enjoy its dramatic victory over Stanford, interim coach Ed Orgeron is making it clear that he wants to remain as the coach of the Trojans. "I want to be the head coach at USC," Orgeron said Monday during an appearance on ESPNU's "CFB Daily." "I love being a head coach. I think that it's something I'm able to do, and do well. And I want to be the head coach at USC when I get the chance. I think I can perform on a very high basis to do what the Trojan family wants me to do." The Trojans' 20-17 win over then-No. 4-Stanford on Saturday was the latest and most impressive item that Orgeron has been able to put on his resume since taking over the interim title Sept. 29 after Lane Kiffin was fired. USC (8-3, 5-2 Pac-12) plays at Colorado (4-6, 1-6) this Saturday, then finishes the regular season against UCLA (8-3, 5-2) on Nov. 30.

4) Trent Richardson has struggled to make an impact since being traded to the Indianapolis Colts, but the running back defended himself against critics Monday, saying he believes he has been playing well. Richardson has averaged just 2.8 yards per carry since the Colts traded a 2014 first-round pick to the Cleveland Browns in Week 3 to acquire the third overall selection of the 2012 draft. "I'm not frustrated at all because I think I've been playing good," Richardson said, according to The Indianapolis Star. "If you turn on the film, I don't have any missed assignments. I haven't had any missed reads. I've been playing good. Stuff just hasn't matched up like we thought it would when I'm in there. I think teams match up differently when I come in. Donald Brown has seemingly made a bigger impact for the Colts since the trade, averaging a gaudy 6.1 yards per carry since Richardson joined the team. In the Colts' victory over the Tennessee Titans last Thursday, Brown helped Indianapolis close out the game, rushing 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns in the second half.

3) The mythology of Kobe Bryant is one of superhuman quality, a celebration of the drive that has allowed a man to surpass his mortal limits. He barely sleeps. He trains relentlessly. He fights through pain and demands perfection of both himself and others. It’s easy to understand the mass appeal Bryant garners, given that he’s projected as far more than a mere basketball player. While the tear of Bryant’s Achilles tendon back in April should have served as a harrowing reminder that his body will eventually fail him, the injury instead served to strengthen the fable. Through Bryant’s own talking points and a carefully cultivated “warrior” image, many expected the face of the Lakers to return in record time to unprecedented success. Bryant has earned the benefit of the doubt in regard to his ability to rehabilitate quickly, but his age and the injury involved demand reasonable expectation. Bryant has since returned to practice but isn't yet ready to participate in any games.

2) The Chicago Bears won ugly against the Baltimore Ravens at Soldier Field on Sunday, but they’ll take it. The Bears were down 10-0 at one point before the game was called for nearly two hours because of extreme weather that peppered the area, and in their return to the field, they looked like a very different team. In the end, after almost six total hours, kicker Robbie Gould booted a 38-yard field goal with 8:41 left in overtime to give Chicago the 23-20 win. Before that could happen, though, both the Bears and Ravens had to get through the weather delay. That started just after Baltimore kicker Justin Tucker kicked a 51-yard field goal with 4:51 left in the first quarter. Referee Gene Steratore announced the delay, fans left the stands and the players returned to their locker rooms as high wind and heavy rains dominated the scene. There were multiple tornado warnings in the Chicago area as well. When play resumed, the Bears tied the game quickly with a 20-yard field goal from Gould, and a 24-yard interception return of a Joe Flacco pass by defensive end David Bass. Flacco threw two interceptions on the day, and as the game wore on, the Bears started to take over. Neither team scored in the third quarter, and it took a late field goal from Tucker at the end of a 15-play drive to take the game into overtime. The Bears were set up for their game-winner by a 43-yard catch by tight end Martellus Bennett. Quarterback Josh McCown, once again filling in for the injured Jay Cutler, was efficient enough, completing 19-of-31 passes for 216 yards and a touchdown pass to running back Matt Forte in the fourth quarter.

1) For the second time this season, the New England Patriots lost a game in which a late controversial call -- or non-call in this case -- by an official made headlines. A throw from Tom Brady to tight end Rob Gronkowski was intercepted as time expired, although Gronkowski appeared to be held by linebacker Luke Kuechly, sealing the Carolina Panthers' 24-20 victory Monday night. A flag was thrown, but after conferring with other officials, referee Clete Blakeman announced there was no penalty on the play.

Gronkowski was asked if he felt he was held on the play, and he responded, "I've gotta rewatch, but if you saw that, then I would say yeah."

Following the game, Blakeman defended his crew's decision, saying the original call was pass interference but that Gronkowski's distance from the ball rendered the pass uncatchable.

"So it was determined at that point in time that when the primary contact occurred on the tight end that the ball, in essence, was coming in underthrown and in essence it was [immediately] at that point intercepted at the front end of the end zone," he said. "So there was a determination that, in essence, uncatchability -- that the ball was intercepted at or about the same time the primary contact against the receiver occurred." "It just wasn't completed, and there was no flag," Gronkowski said of the play. "There was a flag, but it got called back. I don't even know why they threw it, and there's just no excuse. I'm not trying to be here to make excuses; [the Panthers are] a good football team, they scored more points than us and they beat us straight up."Asked whether he said anything to the refs following the play, Gronkowski said: "When they threw the flag, that's what I thought it was going to be. And it was waved off, so I can't do anything about it." Belichick declined to further comment on the controversial play during his conference call Tuesday morning. "If you have any questions on that, you can talk to the league office," Belichick said.

"Whatever the officials think is the only thing that matters. They're the ones that make the calls. It's their explanation and their judgment that we all have to abide by. Brady had a heated exchanged with officials as he left the field but said postgame he didn't get any explanation either. "[The ref] didn't say anything," Brady said. "I didn't really see the play, either, so I don't know whether it was a good call or a bad call." Ultimately, Brady lamented that the fate of the Pats (7-3) came down to the final play.

"I wish it wouldn't come down to that," Brady said. "I think there are plenty of plays we could have made. But it did, and they are going to make a call or they are not going to make a call. ... We can play better than that." Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Tuesday that he is fine with the way the game ended."We've been on the other end of those calls too, as well," Rivera said. "As far as I'm concerned, that was the decision -- the decision we live with. No matter how much people want to talk about it and rehash, rehash, it's not going to change."Rivera acknowledged, however, that he would have felt differently if the Panthers were on the wrong end of a similarly controversial call. "Without a doubt -- it's human nature," he said. "You want the good things, the right things, things that you believe are correct."
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11/19/2013 02:25 PM
Here are some post wedding highlights at the reception! Spooky and Harlene have always been labeled light on their feet!

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11/19/2013 02:29 PM
Look what Marc caught for dinner the next few days!

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11/19/2013 02:34 PM
It's not exactly the site for Super Bowl 49, but they do have a nice stadium down here! Take a look at Estadio Nacional Stadium!

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11/19/2013 03:27 PM
You had to add the final picture to the thread. It was all so good until the very end. Thankfully I was at the airport and headed home and wasnt around to witness the game for the most part. Which I guess was a good thing.

Thanks for all the kind words. Had a great time and I will be willing to travel down anytime you want to help your cause. Had a great week in the sportsbook for the most part myself and if you did realize USC won!!!

Great job JTG and congrats!!!
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