Sports Hangover: Dallas Cowboys, NFL Season, Boston Bruins and Hall of Shame


MARLBORO, NY – Queue the Diana Ross song “Love Hangover.” A few recent happenings in the world of sport, has me feeling as though I need an Alka-Seltzer or some Zoloft – or something to change my mood. There are four subjects in particular: the Dallas Cowboys, NFL, Boston Bruins, and Cooperstown Voting.

Dallas Cowboys: It seems like eons since the Cowboys lost in the Divisional Round of the NFL playoffs to the smoking-hot Green Bay Packers – but it has only been a week. The ‘Boys surpassed expectations by a trip to the moon, as they finished the regular season 13-3 with a fourth-round rookie quarterback. They seemed like destiny’s darlings as the #1 seed in the NFC. I also thought that the angels in heaven were influenced by my sister to wave the Blue & Silver pom-poms and help Dallas to victory but that was not to be the case.

“Give me a D!!!”

What will haunt me is the Cowboys last drive that tied the game at 31-31 before they left too much time on the clock (35 seconds and two timeouts) for Aaron Rodgers to operate. Call it a rookie mistake or bad coaching–I’m not sure which it is that had Dak Prescott spike the ball on a first down heading for a what-could-have-been, game-icing touchdown. Conventional wisdom during a two-minute drill is to often call two plays in a huddle at the same time in order to continue the march for the end zone with a timeout in hand. I’m dealing with the loss much better than expected and there’s plenty of bourbon in the home bar to keep me sedated.

The NFL season is all but over. No sport flies by quicker – to the dismay of men all across the country – as we now must tend to those sh!tty to-do lists set forth by the women of the house. In hopes of keeping you folks somewhat entertained, I now must find a way outside of my weekly Cheesy Bruin’s Free NFL Picks (ATLANTA -5.5 and NEW ENGLAND -6) columns to meet my Sunday obligation here at Meet The Matts. It’ll probably be hockey, which is better than rugby, but will still put most of you to sleep.

With that hockey segue, let’s get to my favorite hockey team, the Boston Bruins, who have me frustrated on a game-to-game basis.  I waste two and a half hours every time they play whenever they are on television or the on-line radio feed.  What causes the hangover I feel after they play? No passion, lack of leadership, no sense of urgency and overpaid long-term contracts that no team will touch at the trade deadline.  Head Coach Claude Julien will be the fall guy but it should be Cam Neely, who has put together the greatest sh!t-show on ice.  Please pass the Zoloft.

Cooperstown Voting: The Baseball Writers of America voted Tim Raines, Jeff Bagwell and Ivan Rodriguez into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  This will mark the opening to “The Hall of Steroid Users.” Bagwell, suspected the same way recently-enshrined Mike Piazza was, and Rodriguez, whose name did appear on The Naughty List, will have shown the way for Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and others to gain entry into Cooperstown.  Plop, plop, fizz, fizz.  Hand me the Alka-Seltzer.

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A man amongst men. Cheesy Bruin kicked cancer to the curb – twice. The Cheese Man’s a big, tough teddy-bear who survived the Bronx despite being an unabashed Boston Bruins fan and Sargent-At-Arms for Angry Ward’s Urban Spur Posse. Nuff said. Doctors have taken most of this throat and had to make him a new tongue from thigh-meat (his own) and still he won’t shut up about the Bruins, Cowboys, Pirates and Cleveland Cavaliers. And yes, his kids do love him.

  • jgclancy

    What about the OVER/UNDER for each game? Inquiring minds want to know.
    Hoping Atlanta vs. Pitt Super Bowl with Atlanta winning. Didn’t like that Pitt players had bouts with the flu this week though. As for future Sundays – scour the international news for fluff stories, a few lines “written” by your dog, Biscuit, would be grand, some nice crock pot recipes are always good but they have a whole other section for rubgy so avoid that topic like the plague. Try to end each one with a comical quote from the world of sports…….

    • AngryWard

      I like Clancy’s idea about letting Biscuit take control of your column for a spell.

    • Cheesybruin

      Clancy, I think you’re on to something…what goes through my lazy dog’s mind must be priceless to think about and I can probably come up with a comical quote from him. And crock pot recipes…call it a coincidence but I just inherited my sister’s slow-cooker. Do you believe the O/U on GB/ATL is 62? I’ll still take the over on that. And the under in the other game whatever it is.

      • jgclancy

        Start with chili in that slow cooker…or pot roast…or stew….or anything!
        Title next weekends column “Biscuit’s Bits & Bourbon to Boot”….
        I just really want good games today. Be within a score starting the 4th Quarter….

        • AngryWard

          I just made chili last night. I love making chili because you can really throw anything in and it won’t hurt it and mostly enhance it. Along with ground beef, I three in some diced pancetta, green and yellow onions, garlic, red kidney beans and white cannellinis, red bell pepper, frozen corn, losta diced tomatoes and tomato paste… I’m sure I’m forgetting some stuff, but it was good.

          • jgclancy

            And I wasn’t invited? i’ll even eat chili with ground turkey!
            The best is the end withthat stuff at the bottom for making chili cheese dogs – good enough for football.

          • Fart Fest.

          • jgclancy

            Always add BeanO!! Otherwise:

      • AngryWard

        Regarding the Over/Under in GB/ATL, I heard it earlier in the week when it was 61 and remarked that it seemed like the highest O/U I can ever remember in a pro game that wasn’t the Pro Bowl.

  • AlexanderBorisDePfeffelJohnson

    It is “cue.” Fool.

    • jgclancy

      Pfeffy…Pfeffy…Pfeffy…while you are correct that it should be cue and not queue there is no need for quotation marks for emphasis when emphasis is not needed. Also, your sentence should be written as: It is cue not queue. Without the last two words, not queue, to explain what you are referring to your sentence is basically gibberish in meaning. Have a nice day. 🙂

      • Hizzoner was correct; you – dare we say – are not. And your suggestion needs a comma after the word “cue.”

        • jgclancy

          You may not! Go light on the commas, please. No comma is necessary after my cue. That would superfluous. The comma you use after the word correct is unnecessary though. Starting a sentence with “And”? -tsk tsk. That’s as incorrect as abbreviating Meet the Matts with MTM instead of MtM.
          Go Vikings! 2017 Super Bowl bound

          • Please don’t omit words when you’re trying to prove a point about syntax and grammar! “That would superfluous.”

  • AngryWard

    There’s a Nor’easter blowing in tomorrow, Cheeseman. Make sure to stock up on bourbon and sausage. My Minnesota Wild are still looking good, although I don’t like that Brodin is out for a month. The Warriors, on the other hand, don’t even need my attention until June. DJ Eberle can crow about Russell Westbrook triple-doubles all he wants. OKC ain’t going anywhere.

    • Cheesybruin

      Stanley Cups are not won in January, Ward. Boudreau is a great coach who can overcome the loss of Brodin for a spell but you don’t want injuries to become an epidemic. Sausage is on sale at Shop-Rite this week so I’ll pick some up today.

      • There is no way in H-E-Double Hockey Sticks that Minny wins the Cup. In fact, there is no way ANY Minny team wins a title in the next 10 years.

  • jgclancy

    I wonder how much Belichick paid the guy to pull the fire alarm at 3 a.m. in the Steelers hotel?

  • benwhit

    Grammar arguments and recipes? Meet the Marthas?

    • jgclancy

      I like it! – it’ll still be abbreviated MtM though. Favorite food benwhit?Rangers ain’t looking too sharp against Detroit as I await the first NFL game.

      • MTM… and it’s imperative to stop anything else.. is more readily recognizable than

  • benwhit

    I like both dogs to cover today.

  • Who said Lundquist was done?! The King is heating up.

    • jgclancy

      He played quite well. Caught the end waiting for football.

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