Thursday, December 27, 2007

Rivers downplays yapping at Cutler, Broncos not happy with trash talk

It's on YouTube now, so it must have happened, right?
Well, San Diego Chargers
quarterback Philip Rivers tried to downplay his animated exchange with Denver Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday night, which was caught by ESPN's cameras.
Rivers can be seen jawing from the sideline toward Cutler, who had just thrown an incomplete pass on fourth down midway through the fourth quarter of the Chargers' 23-3 victory. Chargers linebacker Matt Wilhelm can be seen mockingly waving toward Cutler.
Asked what he was saying to Cutler, Rivers said, "Nothing. There was really nothing said to him, to be honest with you."
The AFC West champion Chargers (10-5) returned to work Wednesday for the first time since winning their fifth straight game and for the ninth time in 11 games.
"I ain't really thought nothing more of it," Rivers said.
The QB said the trash talk Monday night was "no different than any other game I've ever played in since I was 10 years old. There was nothing unusual going on in that game. Just like anything that gets on the TV, it can be taken any way you want it to.

There's no animosity from me towards him, whatsoever. I don't know if that's the same on his end," Rivers said.
It certainly wasn't in the Broncos' locker room.
Broncos cornerback Champ Bailey
said there's no excuse for what Rivers did.
"And I don't really care for the guy, first of all," Bailey said in a story posted on The Rocky Mountain News' Web site. "He's not a respectable guy right now, because you talk too much trash and do this and that, but you're really not a great player in this league right now.
"You're surrounded by great players, but you're not a great player. I think he needs to understand where he stands in this league -- where he stands on his team first and foremost."
Cutler was more reserved when he met with reporters Wednesday.
"We've talked about it. I'm not going to get into it," Cutler said. "It was an unfortunate situation. They talked a lot and the talk got heated between the two teams. Personally I don't think the teams like each other, which is fine. It's just going to add to it next year. It's going to be exciting."
The Chargers swept Denver for the second straight year, holding the Broncos to just a field goal in each game. San Diego won 41-3 at Denver on Oct. 7.
Minnesota Vikings safety Darren Sharper, who's preparing to face the Broncos on Sunday, chimed in on Rivers. Sharper said it was "surprising" to see Rivers and Cutler getting after it.
Asked if those kind of exchanges happen often, Sharper said, "No it doesn't, but Rivers is that kind of guy. He likes to run his mouth. He's going to learn he is going to have to stop doing that, too."
Sharper said Rivers mouthed off during the Chargers' 35-17 loss at Minnesota on Nov. 4, when Vikings rookie Adrian Peterson
shredded San Diego's defense for an NFL-record 296 yards. "He just runs his mouth a little bit," Sharper said.
Chargers coach Norv Turner said he discussed the matter with Rivers.
"I talked to him and he understands where I'm coming from," Turner said.

What's My Take?
Philip Rivers is a piece of crap with no playoff wins under his belt. The Chargers haven't got a chance in you know what of winning a playoff game. Norv Turner is a terrible coach with a reputation of choking. That should be a perfect fit after the Chargers 14-2 season last year and an early exit in the playoffs.

Oh, here's the link if you want to see the video of that cocky big mouth.

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Madison sporting the Crimson and Blue. Go KU!

Here's a picture that I took of Maddie on Christmas morning. This is her new KU hoody that Kristi and I bought for her. Man! She's growing up too fast! It was a wonderful day.

Feelin' better later in the day.

Here's a picture of Zach and Lane later Christmas day. This is a picture of them showing off their new Star Wars Transformers. Zach seems to be feeling better. That is very good. Merry Christmas.

What a crappy way to celebrate Christmas!

Christmas day started very early for Zach. He was up all night at his mom's house. He was sick. He threw up all night. We picked him up Christmas morning and he still felt bad. He got sick a couple of times and I had to stop the car for him to puke. He went right to bed when we got home. He finally got back some strength when he heard his cousin Lane come in the door later in the day. He seems to be feeling better now. Happy Holidays.

Monday, December 24, 2007

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone. Here's the Hubbard-Nice family Christmas tree. We are getting ready for a festive day on Tuesday. There will be more pictures to come soon. Happy Holidays to you.

Broncos lose 23-3. Rivers is a jerk!

It was a rough night for the Broncos. They got smashed 23-3 by the San Diego Chargers. It wasn't even close. This has been an easy year to forget. I can say one thing after tonight. I hate the Chargers and can't stand Phillip Rivers, the Chargers QB. I can't believe the ego on this jerk. He was talking trash to Jay Cutler and the Broncos towards the end of the game. How many playoff games has Rivers won? Oh yeah, that's right. They went 14-2 last year and then choked the first game of the playoffs. I like the way that the announcers on ESPN were talking about how much of an ego Rivers had and that he's not good enough to talk smack like that. The bottom line is that the Broncos have a losing record, won't make the playoffs and the Chargers will choke. I am pulling for Jacksonville in the playoffs now. In the NFC, it's the Giants. They are my 2nd favorite team.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Let it Snow! We got it today!

We woke up this morning to snow and wind in Wichita. I took this picture off our back porch Saturday morning. Wichita ended up getting slammed with heavy snow and wind all day. The roads were terrible, but it didn't stop us. The kids are all at their other parents (or Grandparents), so Kris and I went to finish Christmas shopping. We went to the mall and it was dead! It was great! We did some shopping and took in a movie. More pics to come.

Sunday, December 9, 2007

This just in! Thunder fire head coach!

Mark French
French, Murphy dismissed, Weingartner takes the helm.

WICHITA, KS- The Wichita Thunder, off to the slowest start in franchise history, dismissed third-year head coach Mark French today and named former Thunder star Rob Weingartner as interim head coach.

A native of Lake Ronkonkoma, New York, Weingartner (pronounced WINE-gart-ner) began his pro career as a member of the inaugural Thunder team in 1992. Known as a gritty, hard-working player, Weingartner was a key member of both the 1994 and 1995 CHL Champion Thunder teams, compiling 36 goals, 66 points and 424 penalty minutes, while playing under head coach Doug Shedden.

“Rob played the game as it should have been played and has stayed close to the game since his retirement. He is a fierce competitor, who was a proven commodity on the ice”, said Wichita Thunder President Chris Presson. “Rob helped begin a tradition of winning ways in Wichita through his presence on both Thunder Championship teams. We hope that mentality transcends to his coaching style and lends itself nicely to winning games.”

Following Wichita’s second CHL Title, Weingartner was one of just three players who chose to stay with the Thunder in 1995-96. He served as team captain until he was traded to San Antonio for Dave Shute, and came within one game of a third straight CHL Title with the Iguanas. Ironically, the Thunder traded Shute the following season to Oklahoma City for current team captain Jason Duda.

Weingartner spent most of the remainder of his career playing under Shedden with the ECHL’s Louisiana IceGators, before retiring following the 1999-2000 season. Over his eight-year playing career, the hard-nosed forward amassed 308 points and 1726 penalty minutes in 447 games. He served as an assistant coach for the Thunder last season.

“I am both thrilled and thankful for this great opportunity”, said Weingartner. “I enjoyed my time here as a player and hope that I can help the Thunder return to being one of the elite teams in the CHL.”

Weingartner is the ninth head coach in franchise history and the third to take over midseason. Shedden took the helm of a 6-20-2 team in 1992-93 and compiled an impressive 19-13-2 record. In 2002-03, Derek Laxdal stepped in for an 8-19-7 club and went 12-17-0. The following seasons both Shedden and Laxdal had a playoff team.

Weingartner resides in Goddard, Kansas, with his wife Renee and their three children. He will make his head coaching debut in Mississippi on Tuesday, when the Thunder face the RiverKings at 7:05 p.m.

French was let go by the Thunder after compiling a record of 70-59-16. He guided the Thunder to a 38-win season in his first year, followed by a .500 record last season. This season, the Thunder currently has the worst record in the CHL, at just 4-13-0. The Thunder also dismissed second-year assistant coach Ben Murphy.

“Mark has been a consummate professional and he put everything he had into his job, while trying harder than anyone I know. We both wish it would have translated into more wins on the ice. Unfortunately, it did not”, said Presson. “Thankfully, it is not a reflection of his character, but only a bump in the road. We wish him the very best.”

Weingartner, Presson and the rest of the Thunder team will be available for interviews with the media today at 4:30 p.m. at Lawrence Dumont Stadium.

The Thunder will return home this weekend, hosting the Odessa Jackalopes on Friday and the Rocky Mountain Rage on Saturday. Both games will face-off at 7:05 p.m. at the Kansas Coliseum. For more information or to order tickets, call the Thunder office at (316) 264-GOAL or visit our website at

Ho! Ho! Ho! Down the Chiefs Go!

I loved the Broncos game this afternoon! They beat the crap out of the Chiefs. The final was 41-7. Jeremy was giving me a hard time about not updating my blog in a few days. Well, how's this for an update, bub? Today made it official. The Chiefs are official knocked out of a playoff spot. The Broncos still have a slim chance. They have to keep winning to get in.

Monday, December 3, 2007

Jayhawks are headed to the Orange Bowl!

The Jayhawks are headed to Miami! They are going to play Virginia Tech in the Orange Bowl. Here's a picture of KU QB Todd Reesing, left, and Derek Fine waiting to talk to reporters after learning Sunday they’re headed to the Orange Bowl. This is awesome! They are going to a BCS Bowl and Mizzou isn't going to one. HA! HA! HA!

Broncos back to losing ways

Here's Jay Cutler after the Broncos 34-20 loss to the Raiders on Sunday. The Broncos are now 5-7 and there's a good chance that they will not make the playoffs this year. They play the Chiefs in Denver this weekend. I hope that they win that, because the Chiefs really suck! They have lost 5 in a row.