The Boston Red Sox are headed to the World Series after a thrilling 5-2 win over the Detroit Tigers Saturday night.
Shane Victorino hit a grand slam in the 7th inning made all the difference, and Detroit Rock City never recovered. It was the second time those suckas were done in by the Salami, and I enjoyed each one mightily.
We will play the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. Game 1 is Wednesday night, at Fenway Park. Boston swept St. Louis in 2004 to end an 86 year World Series drought.
10/20 1:00 ET New England -3.5 At NY Jets 43.5
The Pats may be getting Rob Gronkowski back, although he is likely looking limited. If they do play him, they'll most likely use him to prop up their 30th of 32 teams red zone offense. That alone makes me think that we can beat the crummy Jets by more than 3.5 friggin' points. A win would open up a nice lead in the AFC East for the Pats.
10/20 1:00 ET San Diego -7.5 At Jacksonville 45.5
Jacksonville may win this one, just to screw up the standings some. I don't actually feel that enough to bet on it, but I have this nagging feeling. I can't even bet them beating the spread, so I'll go for the over/under and hope that doing so quiets the voices.
San Diego, 21-13
10/20 4:25 ET At Kansas City -6.5 Houston 39.5
Who-ston was being spoken of as a Super Bowl contender right up until, in his 8th year or so, they figured out that Matt Schaub can't play QB in this league. Don't get me wrong... if I was rounding up a Powderpuff game, he'd be like my first or second choice (Some of the girls from my era are in the dreadnought class), and we'd probably start him. However, I'm not sold on Kansas City yet, and this would be a funny L to hang on them.
10/20 1:00 ET At Detroit -2.5 Cincinnati 47
The Lions and the Bengals are historically inept, and- even though they're good this season- there's a chance that both team buses get lost or hijacked and neither team makes the game. They could just pick people out of the stands to play... a good GM would relish the chance to do an off-the-cuff draft from 70000 possible players. If you put the camera on the crowd, it'd be a bunch of fat guys yelling, "I played backup tackle in high school!"
10/20 1:00 ET At Miami -7.5 Buffalo 43
That is a mighty large point spread for what I see as a very average Miami team. That makes me think Buffy, although I only feel Buffy covering the spread. Buffalo, you see, is a below-average team.
10/20 1:00 ET At Washington PK Chicago 50
I like Chicago, I love the spread, and I despise the over/under with the intensity of 1000 white-hot suns.
10/20 1:00 ET At Philadelphia -3 Dallas 55.5
Maybe a few of the Dallas players died this week, because I have no idea how they aren't favored over an ugly Philly squad. I don't even think Dallas is that good, but they're a point better than Philthydelphia.
10/20 1:00 ET At Carolina -7 St. Louis 42
Cam Newton will either get 35 fantasy points, or throw 3 interceptions and lose the game himself... and perhaps even God doesn't know how to tell which one is coming any given week.
St. Louis, 19-17
10/20 1:00 ET At Atlanta -6.5 Tampa Bay 43
If you told anyone that, by week 5, Tony Gonzalez would be poor-kid-at-Christmas-wishing to go back to recently 2-14 Kansas City from one-play-from-the-Super-Bowl Atlanta... well, to be honest, sh*t like that happens now and then, so no one would swoon or anything. Fortunately, Tampa just tore the heart out of their recent rebuilding effort by ridding themselves of their franchise QB, so everything should balance out some.
10/20 4:05 ET San Francisco -3.5 At Tennessee 41
There appears to be some great advantage to playing in Tennessee that I am unable to visualize. Whatever it is, the mob feels that San Francisco is less than 4 points better than a lucky-to-be .500 Titans brood. I'd laugh at them, but they have taken a lot of my money over the years. However, I'm perfectly happy moving that decimal point over a place, or mistaking the over/under for how many Frisco gets.
10/20 4:25 ET At Green Bay -9.5 Cleveland 46
I won't move the decimal point ever on this one, but I would be comfortable adding 9.5 to that 9.5.
10/20 4:25 ET At Pittsburgh -2.5 Baltimore 40.5
I'm not taking that rotten Pittsburgh team I've seen this year over the Super Bowl champs, even if the champs are struggling.
10/20 8:30 ET Denver -6.5 At Indianapolis 57
Indy has knocked off some heavyweights... but notice that Peyton Manning's former owner sort of pulled Peyton Manning's ho card this week. That owner knows that Peyton gags on big games, so he's trying to make this a bigger game for Manning in order to elicit said gag reflex. That's the work of a man who knows in his heart that Peyton Manning is straight pup ussy. Unfortunately, any team that plans to cover Wes Welker with Darius Butler is going to lose by 35.
Monday Night Football Line
10/21 8:40 ET At NY Giants -3.5 Minnesota 47
The Giants are 0-6 or so, but they're also only 3 games back in a division Michael Vick and Tony Romo play. They can come back, and a night spent smacking Josh Freeman around on national TV could start their momentum up. I do wonder what the "X" is in a "We'll give you Stevan Ridley and X for Adrian Peterson" scenario that Minnesota says yes to. "X" may equal "Cape Cod," and that scares me.
Last Week: 4-10
This Week: 1-0
High School Scores
D-Y 48, Falmouth 0
D-Y was in there like swimwear. Spencer "For Hire" Tyler and Corey Desimone each rang up 3 TDs.
Marshfield 32, Sandwich 13
Marsh Vegas has themselves a Sammich.
#8 Barnstable 20, #5 B-R 14
Hayden Murphy busted a 48 yard TD with a minute left to win it for Barney. Actually, make that "Hayden 'Motherf***ing' Murphy." Throw in a loss by #6 St John's Prep, and Barney could be Top 5 now.
Old Rochester 56, Wareham 8
Crikey, Wareham may need to go to the hospital-type OR after this whipping.
Apponequet 56, Bourne 6
You know you had a bad game if the kids from the next town can taunt you with "Ha ha... we only lost by 48."
Mashpee 56, Monomoy 38
If you took the Over on that 95 point over/under for this defensive strugle ....well, sorry about that.
Plymouth North 20, Nauset Nada
Christian Carr, which sounds like a crossword-pussle hint for the Popemobile, brought two touchdowns to the party. Nauset got snuffed by both Plymouth teams in two weeks.
Nantucket 28, Old Colony 6
Keenan "Ivory" Phillips banged home two TDs for the Whalers. Nanny improved to 3-3.
Upper Cape 42, Holbrook/Avon 6
UCT had a rough early season, but they are back in full force now. John Dumont and Dylan Derby combined for 220 yards rushing and 5 TDs.
This Week: 14-5
It's amazing to me to think that just 75 days ago we were still funning in the sun, bouncing on the beaches, swimming in the sea, and naturing with nature. The dunes were alive with with wild critters both on 4 legs and even some on 2. The sun would rise a little more like 112 degrees vs today it is closer to 145 degrees SE as I look from my home office window across the street. and the angle is far less and the warmth of that beating down raise is only a haunting memory to my beaten joints and aching muscles. The things we did this past summer are mere memories in another scrapbook in the back of the mind filed away for those golden years. Fishing with the kids will become fishing with the grandkids, sunfish sailing with your Dad on the Sound will become something you never want to let go of. Eating home cooked seafood dinners with your Mother in the cottage one days you can only dream of coming in from the beach and smelling that good food. Mornings with a cup of coffee either on the cottage porch or even down at the waters edge sitting on the jetting as the sun climbs into the sky. Memories. What do we remember from yesterday, 75 days ago, 7 years ago, 25 or even 50 years ago. I have now been coming to, or part of the Cape now for over 5 decades or 1/2 a century. WOW, I'm not sure I have ever looked at my life as being over a 1/2 century old now, rather an odd feeling especially looking back over the years of Cape Cod experience. I hear the wind picking up outside my house, knowing they are not the warming breezes coming from the south up and across the warm Gulf Stream waters. The Gulls with their strategic aim nailing the freshly washed car in a grocery store parking lot not even close to a light post, now most have gone south. Now we wait we for the first sighting of the Snowy Owls returning from their summer homes in Canada. We remember the warm of 75 days ago and the memories we've made. What about looking forward 75 days and seeing what memories one can begin to make even as there are forecasts of snow in some parts of the state. What can you do around the Cape that will help build that warm fuzzy memory the overcomes the howling winds and bitter cold. The Cape in winter? Yup? Everything from shell fishing (when temps are above freezing). Take a drive up to P'town and see the fishing boats coming and going with the ice caked on them yet the crew still functioning. Take them around to the different harbors to view what they really are like without any vessels in them, or even go coffee shop hopping, there are some great ones around the Cape. The point is, just because there is a change in seasons, a change in temperatures, a change in the sun's angle, a change in the direction the wind is blowing does not mean that memories and memory making has to go away as well. Do whatever it takes to keep the memory making going all year round, regardless of circumstances and time of year. Well until we meet again, have a great and wonderful in all you do and especially if you can do it right here on old Cape Cod.
On a brisk windy October day when route 28's landscape reminded me of Vermont in fall without the mountains but the added attraction of picturesque beaches, we stop off in Harwich to try The Lannyard Bar and Grill. The building has gone through some changes in the past few years from the 400 East to Land Ho and now with some of the old decor of Land Ho promises to blend the connection between community and a local pub where you can feel at home with comfort foods. Their luncheon menu offers burgers,sandwiches and a few taco choices and the after 5pm menu offers some tempting entrees.I was a little disappointed that there were not entrees available for lunch as one of my lunceon companions has been having a few problems with diet restrictions. The waitress was awesome and willing to help us as we navigated the menu options. We started out with a warm cup of creamy Clam Chowder that had a hint of amber glow to it,but maintain its savory clam goodness. My guess was that a little beer or wine had been added to the chowder which enhanced the flavor a bit. I decided to build my burger which was an 8oz Angus Beef Burger griddled and served on a toasted sesame seed bun with bacon and grilled mushrooms. The burger was cooked to perfection with enough mushrooms and bacon to make this girl a "happy camper". Naomi my Reuben expert ordered the Corned Beef Reuben with sauerkraut, Russian dressing, Swiss cheese on pumpernickel bread and was quite pleased with her choice. Now Sue my friend with some diet limitations was ready for the Lobster Sub but they had run out of it so she decided on the Fish Tacos with broiled fish instead of fried. It was served with a side of rice which was basic and not extraordinary. I think she would had prefered to have tried one of the entrees instead with diet limitations the menu was alittle difficult because of this. They have daily specials and a variety of club sandwiches as well as fried pickles. Thanks to Lanyard and your waitstaff !!
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The Hyannis Youth & Community Center is ready for the Fall! We are gearing up for some end of season volleyball action this week and some favorite seasonal events! Students can look for the Winter Program Brochure in their backpacks next week and mark your calendar for the first day of registration on Tuesday, November 6th at 8:30 AM to be sure and have the best chance of getting a spot in popular programs like Babysitting, Lego Engineering, Street Hockey, Learn to Skate and more! For listing of the public activities scheduled to take place next week at the Hyanis Youth & Community Center, please click here.
The Barnstable Youth Commission in partnership with the Barnstable Police Department Community Impact Unit will be holding a Community Substance Abuse Prevention Forum on Wednesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM in the Shepley Room at the Hyannis Youth & Community Center. Barnstable’s Channel 18 interviewed Recreation Director Patti Machado and Barnstable Youth Commission Chair Matthew McCauley. Here is the link to that interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4kt6Vy6gy4 Should you have questions about the forum, please contact Sgt. Jennifer Ellis at [email protected]
Friday, October 26th 4:30-7:00 PM is the annual HYCC Halloween Carnival & Skate! Test drive your costume and have fun with your friends and family. There will be a costume contest, fun games with prizes off the ice, plus spooky music, props and lights for ice skating fun! Bring your own skates or rent a pair of our brand new ones! We have all sizes from Tots to Adults in both figure skates and hockey skates. See you then!
Nothing like a good crisp day at the beach and today we ventured off to Chapin's Beach in Dennis. It's somehow comforting watching the waves and listening to the peaceful sounds of nature. For me Cape Cod offers something very special in the fall, as I drive along route 6a I am blessed with the foliage that sings of life in new england, magestic beaches and specialty shops with true treasures for the eclectic collector. Our explorations lead to a hunger that was well satisfied at Chapin's Restaurant on 85 Taunton Avenue which is just off of route 6a in Dennis. The restaurant is spacious with a cozy modern Cape Cod Cottage influence and with just the proper acoustics to be able to converse with your dining companions. My friend Sue ordered her usual cup of Clam Chowder and was quite pleased with its savory creamy blend of pure new england goodness. As usual I tried a Baked Stuffed Quahog with their own specially prepared stuffing . It was a pure bread stuffing with a good fresh clam taste and just a little kick of spice from the linguica and a little tomato flavor to make it a stand out for me. I have been to Chapin's Restaurant on many occassions and they have never let me down. Sue ordered the Baked Seafood Combo which was prepared with two jumbo shrimp, broiled scallops and cod with seasoned bread crumbs. The presentation was every bit as good as the taste as we lost Sue for a few moments. My friend Naomi tried the Chicken, Broccoli & Penne which was sauteed chicken tenderloins tossed with garlic, broccoli, Romano cheese and penne pasta. Garnished with a fresh tomato basil blend. It was delicious and freshly prepared with just the right blend of flavors to make it a savory taste. I tried the Cape Mixed Grill which was a perfect medley of steak tips, jumbo shrimp, and salmon. Served with tavern sauce and wasabi cucumber sauces. It was beyond my expectations and the presentation did not do justice to the all theflavors in the dish. I was surprised by the wasabi cucumber as it was light with a predominate cucumber flavor and a little kick of wasabi. It was all delicious and the wait staff were awesome. If you have not been then you have to try Chapin's Restaurant and yes they do have a gluten free menu as well as some good mexican choices and great sandwiches. Thanks for a Great Dining Experience !!!!
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The days are getting shorter, the temperatures are starting to fall and not come back to where we have been accustomed to having them. There is talk of frost on the pumpkin, for real, and the smell of leaves burning and fire pits and fire places going. You actually need a jacket going out and some would say a nice sweeter, but I'm not a sweeter person at this point in my life. I am finding that since my back surgeries the cooler air and changing barometer are not as kind to me as it once was and the impending winter season that I used to look forward to and not really bother me a bit, well that's a story in change and I'm not even 60 yet. And now on top of it all I need to find someone new to get a flue liner into my chimney as the one I have is out of commission due to bad wood that I got. Someone did not care what they were giving their customer and just scooped up what was left sitting at the bottom of the pile in the mud in the standing water and I was the lucky son of a gun. Not only did I not get heat last year but the creosote is so thick I can not ever use the liner any longer. So I need to replace the liner, and the guy who put in the last one has raise his prices so much you would think I live in a house that was worth 7 figure or that I make a 6 figure salary. So I guess unless I can find someone quickly no firebox for me this year. Oh well. Life we think sometimes only happens to us, that others certainly don't have these problems. And that is why I write, to share the frustrations of life sometimes so that someone else realizes they are not the only ones having issues or problems. And I am not here to complain about life but just share so that someone else can get encouragement that someone else is leaving to live with inconveniences that they would rather not. Life on the Cape is all paradise, right? Well, reality is, we still have to pay the mortgage, still pay the insurance bill, pay the taxes, put food on the table and put in 8-10 hours of work a day. We do get to see the sun set over the Cape Cod Bay or over Bass River (which is an inlet by the way) or Buzzards Bay. I know I have talked about this in the past and will continue to share living the dream here on the Cape, as some will boo hoo, folks that move here than realize it's really no different than living any place else, we just have some extra perks, like high winds, hire cost in housing, favorite restaurants that are only open for 3-4 months and the list goes on. So why live here, why put up with the quirks and irritations. This time of year there are the sunsets, there is the seafood, there are the nature trails, there are whale sightings from the cliffs of Wellfleet and Truro, there are lighthouses to go visit, there are historical places that due things up for the holidays, there are strolls there are, tell me when to stop. And if you really do have to leave the Cape, within a couple hours drive there is Rhode Island, the Berkshires, New Hampshire and Vermont, Maine, Boston, Plymouth, and again the list goes on. So life on the Cape encompasses so much beautiful, nature, community, It has it's faults, changing weather, being the biggest, and limited heat from limited sun angles. You need to be fairly hearty to really make through the winter, although todays Cape Codder is nothing compared to years gone by. But with endurance and patient's and persistence you will be able to experience all that Cape Cod has to offer not just one season, but all seasons of the year. A flew that needs replaced seems so small to everything else. It will happen I am sure, I may be thin on wood and have to learn to like sweaters, but I will not lose my love for old Cape Cod. Hope to see you seen.