The case of the man in the moon …

The case of the man in the moon …

Somehow, in the wake of the horrors of the events which took place in Paris, France with the world taking a moment to mourn the loss of the victims. The sports’ world paid their condolences to the victims’ families. In the UFC , in what has to be deemed the most shocking event in the genre’s history the Women’s Bantamweight Champion , former Olympic judo medalist Ronda Rousey saw her unbeaten run come to an end, as she was defeated by challenger Holly Holm with a second-round knockout.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.


For Holm , the unbeaten challenger and now champion, this was the biggest win of her career. Calls for a rematch now seem to be a certainty , with UFC President Dana White knowing a return bout between the two would be an instant sellout and a major PPV draw. Rousey has been the biggest draw in the world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) since her debut. Her charisma has attracted a slew of female and male fans , along with young girls now seeing the former champion as something of a role model. It hasn’t hurt also, with Ronda Rousey having carved out something of a niche, as a budding action star, with revelations that she will be the lead , in a revamped remake of the Patrick Swayze action drama “Roadhouse” .

For the moment however, Rousey will be looking to prepare for her rematch against the newly crowned champion Holly Holm. UFC 193, the event where the shocking result took place, will likely prove to be a major revenue winner by way of PPV broadcast views and ancillary rights for the UFC. A win-win situation for everyone involved in the event , including both the main fight card headliners , Holm and Rousey.

I am not so sure what can be learned from week ten of the NFL schedule , other than to suggest there were one or two teams who are now falling way short of expectations for the season. Inexplicable losses on the road as well as at home may well have led to a great deal of frustration among the fans as well as the coaching staffs of the franchises around the league. Tom Brady and the New England Patriots were able to pull off a last-minute come from behind victory , defeating the New York Giants by the narrowest of margins eking out a one-point 27-26 victory , with kicker Stephen Gostkowski being the hero of the day. With the win the Patriots, moved their record to 9-0 . leading the AFC East by a healthy margin , with Bill Belichick likely now preparing the team for their week eleven contest against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium, Foxboro’ , Massachusetts, on Monday , 23rd November, 2015.

Of the more unexpected results , we witnessed the losses suffered by the Denver Broncos falling to divisional rivals the Kansas City Chiefs and the Green Bay Packers seemingly falling apart at the seams , losing to the Detroit Lions. Those defeats suffered , might not have as lasting an effect on the teams in question, but in the case of the New Orleans Saints and their thirty-point plus loss to the Washington Redskins , this might well have put the final nail in the coffin for the Saints and their inept season.

Sean Payton as the head coach of the Saints , is now left wondering what went wrong during his team’s 47-14 loss to the Redskins. The defeat was the New Orleans’ worst loss of the season and likely leading to some major shakeups to the roster before the Saints meet their week twelve opponents the Houston Texans on the 29th November, 2015. Week eleven will be a bye-week for the Saints as the coaching staff and players look to reassess the issues of the team.

A seven-game losing streak hasn’t yet convinced Jerry Jones and the Dallas Cowboys front office , this team is simply bereft of coaching acumen , leadership on and off the field of play. At the start of the season , Jones believed the Cowboys was capable of actually winning the Superbowl. Needless to say , Jerry Jones remains delusional and continues to live in the land of make belief. Sunday afternoon , was just another day at the office for the Dallas Cowboys, as the display from the players was as inept as any given during the seven game losing streak , accumulated by this team over the course of the season. The fact the Cowboys were facing the Tampa Bay Buccaneers should have been a warning sign of things to come as their ineptitude , shown throughout the contest remained bewildering through four quarters.

In a low-scoring game, the Dallas’ offense could only muster six points and 216 yards of total offense . The two opposing quarterbacks combined for three interceptions , two fumbles and plethora of mistakes throughout the contest and questions are likely to be asked of Jason Garrett , the Cowboys’ coaching staff and the lack of commitment from the players on the Dallas Cowboys’ roster. Lovie Smith may well be smiling after the Buccaneers mind a numbingly boring 10-6 victory, but there was nothing about this win which could convince anyone the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are still capable of gaining a wildcard berth for the NFL postseason. As to where this now leaves the Dallas Cowboys, can be best summed up by suggesting Jones and the front office are hoping for a high draft pick from the 2016 NFL Draft .

Ten games into the NBA season and needless to say, the Los Angeles Lakers(2-8) have been the butt of so many jokes , with continued criticism of Byron Scott , his coaching staff and the team . With Kobe Bryant back in the lineup and the team being inconsistent through season’s infancy , there is the belief the Lakers will continue to struggle over the remainder of the season. Coming off a twelve-point home victory over the Detroit Pistons this past Sunday , the win provided something of a respite for a team still in search of an identity .

On Monday night as the Los Angeles Lakers seek to keep the momentum going , they will get the opportunity when they meet another Western Conference counterpart , with the team meeting the Phoenix Suns in what is likely to be a thoroughly entertaining contest.

Lakers’ GM Mitch Kupchak, team owner & CEO Jim Buss will be hard pressed to turn things around at this juncture , with this likely being the last season of Kobe Bryant illustrious career . The five-time NBA champion will certainly be looking to go out with a “Big Bang” , but that is unlikely to happen this season given the Lakers’
at this stage of their NBA schedule.

In their last game, played on the 14th November , Golden State toyed with the rather inept Brooklyn Nets on their way to an eight-point , 107-99 victory over the Eastern Conference based Nets. The Brooklyn Nets have been struggling and it seems unlikely the coaching staff led by Lionel Hollins knows how to get the team out of their current funk . In their next game the Brooklyn Nets will face the Atlanta Hawks in their home venue of the Barclays Center , Brooklyn, New York on the 17th November, 2015. The match-up should prove to be very interesting as the Nets seek to improve on their current record and stop their current losing streak, where Brooklyn are 1-9 in their last ten games . Only the Philadelphia 76ers have a worse losing streak (0-10) over the time-frame in question , which is no big a surprise , considering the 76ers’ record this season within the NBA .

It would not be remiss to suggest the front office of the Philadelphia 76ers remain without a clue and they are a badly ran franchise . Team owner Joshua Harris and GM Sam Hinkie seem bereft of intelligence , leaving many to wonder if their intent is simply to share in the spoils of war , when one considers how , profitable the NBA teams have become , seeing a sizable appreciation in the value of the franchises ?

Philadelphia 76ers’ head coach Brett Brown will be hard pressed to have this team playing with any type of resilience , when the coaching staff , itself not being able to find anything worthy from the players on the roster. Work in progress or not with the last two first round picks on the roster, but it is clear Brown and Sam Hinkie can no longer this malaise to continue.

Brett Brown and the Sixers will play their next game at home against the Indiana Pacers . Neither Joel Embiid or Jahlil Okafor have been able to provide significant production for Philadelphia this season. The Philadelphia 76ers remain a franchise simply out of their depth and there are no signs, this team is about to get any better anytime soon. It has been almost fifteen years since the Sixers last won a divisional title ,not since the 2000-01 season , with their last Playoff Appearance coming during the 2011-12 postseason , where they fell to the Miami Heat in the first round .

James Harden of the Houston Rockets (4-7) has now become an elite player within the NBA , but it remains to be seen whether or not he can lead Rockets to another NBA title for the franchise. The Houston Rockets have yearned to raise the Larry O’Brien Trophy and for team owner Leslie Alexander , nothing would give him greater pleasure than for his team to win the title. Head coach Kevin McHale and his coaching staff , I believe are capable of coaching this team their being able to make a deep playoff run, but a great deal of that will be dependent upon the play of Harden and whether or not Dwight Howard can finally step up to the plate during the postseason. The Rockets’ center has continued to disappoint and I do not believe he is capable of playing at a high-caliber , when it matters the most and that is during the NBA Playoffs.

Houston has made a solid start to the season, but with the Western Conference being so tough , their best chance of a postseason berth I continue to believe will their winning the Southwest Division within the West. In their most recent game the Houston Rockets hung tough in their contest against the Boston Celtics , but lost a game , which on paper, was far from being close, with the Rockets falling , 111-95 in a home loss .

Brad Stevens
has achieved a great deal since being hired to succeed Doc Rivers as head coach of the Boston Celtic. The fact that the team made the NBA Playoffs of last season before being brushed aside in the first round might well provide the fans and the franchise with the hope Stevens was not only the right man for the job, but GM Danny Ainge and team owner Wyc Grousbeck had to be extremely satisfied with the hire. Stevens has now cultivated a mindset within his young roster of players , which everyone now seems to be buying into , including the Boston Celtics’ fans. Boston might not be prolifically talented by way of their offense , but this team does play with a great deal of bravura .

Jared Sullinger , Kelly Olynyk, Amir Johnson , Evan Turner , James Young , Tyler Zeller, Isaiah Thomas , Marcus Smart and Terry Rozier are among the teammates of the Boston Celtics who are making the franchise one of the hot topics of conversation this early in the season among the Eastern Conference as well as within their division and the NBA this season. Clearly, if the Celtics are able to make back to back playoff appearances and build upon what was achieved last season. Then there is no reason to believe why this team cannot be seen as a legitimate contender for the NBA title at some point in the future. With a very good coaching staff in place, along with a front office making the right type of personnel decisions ,the future does seem bright for the franchise’s long-term relevancy .

Something is finally going on after the recent years of instability within the Detroit Pistons’ franchise and organization. Team owner Tom Gores along with the front office seemed to have figured it out. Former agent Arn Tellem has been brought in to run the business side of the Pistons’ operations, with Jeff Bower as the general manager of the franchise. The ouster of Joe Dumars was seen as an obvious move , after the decline of the franchise during the last few years of his tenure as general manager.

Sitting two games behind the Cleveland Cavaliers (8-3) within the Central Division of the Eastern Conference the Detroit Pistons find themselves in a comfortable position in a division which will be closely watched. Coming off great victory over the Cavaliers, where LeBron James could not muster his teammates to get the win needed to increase their lead within the division , while also while also looking to pad their lead over the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks within the conference. The win might be the most significant of the Detroit Pistons’ young season which is still in its infancy. It might bode well for the team, if they can build upon the victory and put themselves in a position to contend within their division as well as the Eastern Conference.

Picture gallery. Simply click unto a frame and see a picture in a reformatted size along with the accompanying narrative.

With all the news which has come into focus over the past few days beyond the world events . There is the common belief sports can truly unite the masses ,when we can witness a genuine act of sportsmanship , heroics on the field of play. but above all else , a true love of the environment being cultivated on the field of play.

Tophatal ……..

Follow Tophatal’s Blog on the following social media platforms

UFC and UFC news


UFC schedule

UFC fighters and UFC rankings

NFL and NFL news

NFL week ten results

NFL standings (division)

NFL standings (conference)

NFL league standings (overall)

NBA and NBA news

NBA results 15th November

NBA schedule 16th November

NBA results 17th November

Teams’ records over their last six games

NBA standings (division)

NBA standings (conference)

NBA player stats

NBA teams’ stats

NBA team payrolls (2015)

Rick Ross featuring Ne-yo .. ” Super High ”

Author: tophatal ...........

Brit ex-pat living C Florida . Now working with a consultancy firm in the field of corporate governance on the international front , concerning economic policies . Also covering the area of finance , banking, international banking. An MBA graduate from the (LSE) and UCL (London) , M&A (mergers & acquisitions), economics , risk management & assessment . Martial artist (tae-kwondo, karate, savate , muy-thai) & an vowed sports ' fan , sports' junkie. Served in armed forces British ... Royal Marines . Taught unarmed combat to members of the military and also competed in tournaments prior to joining the Royal Marines . Also an avid motorcycle junkie & free running enthusiast . Tech geek and computer repair technician. Entertainment: Musical tastes _ reggae, r&b, soul, hip-hop, rap , jazz, classical. Film genres , Preferably thrillers , crime dramas Hobbies ..... reading biographies & anything by John Grisham Just a lil' something to make me feel comfortable ! Tophatal

87 thoughts on “The case of the man in the moon …”

  1. The Monday Night Game in the NFL brings about an eventful weekend to week thirteen in the league.

    With an inter-divisional game taking place between the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins , we had two teams from the NFC East fighting for their very survival as the season winds down .

    Dallas managed to come away with a road win defeating the Redskins 19-16 in a rather badly played contest.

    For the idiots out there , who still believe Kirk Cousins still gives the Washington Redskins the best chance to win a game over Robert Griffin III or any other alternative to available to Jay Gruden . Can you once and for all , please shut the fu#k up with your dumb @ss assessments of this team ! Over the past two seasons neither Cousins or Griffin have shown that they have what it takes to win a game in the NFL .

    NFL news

    NFL results week thirteen

    NFL standings (divisional)

    NFL standings (conference)

    NFL playoff picture (projections)


    Tophatal ………….


  2. Another dull night in the NFL with a monotonous uneventful game . The Arizona Cardinals got by the fast fading Minnesota Vikings by a narrow three-point margin, 23-20 to increase their lead within the NFC West , while the Vikings now find themselves in a desperate situation in the NFC North.

    NFL news

    NFL results week fourteen

    NFL team injuries

    NFL standings (divisional)

    NFL standings (conference)

    NFL Playoffs projections

    Tophatal ………………


  3. This year’s Heisman Trophy winner is Alabama (Crimson Tide) running back Derrick Henry . Henry was an outright winner and is the second running back from Alabama to have won the award in the program’s history. Now all at awaits this team from Alabama is for them to win another national title and adding to Nick Saban’s illustrious career resume’ and Tide history.

    NCAA Football

    NCAA Football schedule

    NCAA Football postseason

    Tophatal ……………..


  4. In what was a very exciting weekend within the UFC and their staging of UFC 194 with an attractive main card and under-card, there were upsets galore.

    Connor McGregor defeated Jose Aldo , dethroning Aldo for his UFC Featherweight title .

    Pre-fight, Jose Aldo , left and his opponent Connor McGregor .

    In the co-event of the main card Middleweight Champion , Chris Weidman soundly beaten by Luke Rockhold in a thoroughly convincing fashion. Weidman’s vulnerability and being solely reliant on his grappling skills proved to be his own undoing as Rockhold took the fight to the former champion being aggressive throughout the contest. Weidman to my mind , was on borrowed time as the champion, with his really not having met anyone of note since beating Anderson Silva for the second time of their two meetings.

    Luke Rockhold is crowned UFC middleweight champion and Chris Weidman is seen here in the background.

    It will be interesting to see of Weidman is granted a rematch , or the newly crowned champion will seek to make defense against Anderson Silva and guaranteeing himself a major payday .

    The next event will be UFC 195 which will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas , Nevada on 2nd January , 2016.


    UFC news

    UFC 194 results

    Tophatal …………


  5. So after a very good career , primarily with the Minnesota Twins , veteran player Michael Cuddyer has decided to call it quits. No real surprise, considering the Twins were simply irrelevant for much of the season within the AL Central and played no real part in trying to obtain a wildcard berth for the postseason . The Twins’ front office will have to take several steps to bolster the team’s roster with a view to competing in 2016.

    Michael Cuddyer of the Twins.

    Minnesota Twins news

    Tophatal ………


  6. The early afternoon games in the NFL will be coming to a close and the results may well come as a surprise to many.

    As if to prove what I already know , while idiot analysts and fans alike were hyping up the fact they believe the Tampa Bay Buccaneers were good enough to make the postseason , the teams goes out and lays a goose-egg with a loss (24-17) to the lowly New Orleans Saints.

    The Buccaneers at no point this season have proved themselves good enough to be even considered legitimate candidates within the NFC South much less the NFC itself. Unfortunately, once you get past the top-two four seeds within the conference, the bottom of the barrel from the bottom up to fifth-placed team simply mirrors so much insipid mediocrity .

    Cam Newton has proven to be the X-Factor in the Carolina Panthers’ (13-0) explosive season and today was proof of that with their complete annihilation of the highly overrated Atlanta Falcons (6-7) whose season has been abysmal on all fronts . Matt Ryan is overpaid , has failed to produce , but most of all , he lacks the qualities to be considered a leader of this Falcons’ team.

    Atlanta’s demoralizing 38-0 loss could have been far greater had the Carolina Panthers taken advantage of every opportunity afforded them in this game. This might well have been the most embarrassing loss by the Falcons in this divisional meeting between the two teams over the past six seasons .

    NFL news

    NFL team injuries

    NFL results week 14

    NFL standings (divisional)

    NFL standings (conference)

    NFL playoff projections

    Tophatal ……..

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Raining down on someone’s parade never seemed so appropriate, but the Monday Night Games within the NFL are proving to be boring and tedious. Last night was no exception.

    The Miami Dolphins were sent crashing to another loss suffered at the hands of the New York Giants , who made inroads into the divisional lead held by the Washington Redskins within the NFC East , a division which this season has become totally abhorrent and mediocre.

    Dolphins’ quarterback Ryan Tannehill is proving to be about as effective as a damp squib on the 4th July celebrations as he and the Miami Dolphins’ season continues to spiral out of control on a downward decline.

    NFL news

    NFL results week fourteen

    Tophatal ………….


  8. There might be only five relevant teams to talk about within the NFL at present and no discerning order they are Cincinnati Bengals , New England Patriots , Arizona Cardinals , Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks . While the Panthers remain unbeaten , perhaps the most impressive of the remaining teams , jointly are the Seahawks and Cardinals.

    The Thursday Night Game left a great deal to be desired as the moribund Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-8) succumbed to the St Louis Rams (6-8) , whose records are simply reflective of what they really are .

    Tampa Bay under Jameis Winston a presumed candidate for NFL Rookie of The Year , simply showed once again why this team will never be good enough or ever be consistent enough to be considered a legitimate contender within their division , conference or league overall and a likely contender for a Superbowl victory. There was little seen to exemplify the game as being one of the better Thursday Night contests seen this season. Winston for his part showed the inconsistency we have come to expect and continues to show why the learning curve for the Buccaneers’ quarterback will continue to be a long one.

    NFL news

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers news

    Thursday Night Football

    NFL results week fifteen

    Tophatal …………… 2015/12/18 04:46 am


  9. With the NFL season winding down the league decided to offer the fans a game played on Saturday for this scheduled season. The two opposing teams were the New York Jets (9-5) and Dallas Cowboys (4-10) , with both seeking a win to strengthen their possible claims for a last-ditch effort to possibly claim a postseason berth within their respective conferences.

    From an entertainment standpoint this was not a particularly good game to watch and neither team performed that well. The Jets may well have come away with a road win against a Cowboys’ team ending another disappointing season with a loss , 19-16 earned on a field-goal in the waning seconds of the contest .

    NFL news

    NFL schedule week 15

    NFL injuries week 15

    NFL standings (divisional)

    NFL standings (conference)

    NFL playoff projections

    Tophatal ………


  10. Can someone explain why anyone would be of the belief the Miami Dolphins could or would be considered a team good enough to win the AFC title or the Superbowl ? Ryan Tannehill as the team’s quarterback has barely shown that he’s capable f winning games much less winning a postseason game when it matters most.

    This weekend’s contest featuring the Dolphins should prove to be eventful , given the fact this team has been an absolute joke over their past eight games in the NFL this season.

    From left to right , Joe Flacco, Ryan Tannehill and Philip Rivers .

    Sunday afternoon will see the Miami Dolphins on the road to face the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California ,. Philip Rivers will be hoping to lead the Chargers out of their abysmal season when facing the Dolphins.

    San Diego will be seeking to make some semblance this year, where injuries have played their part in the Chargers’ decline and where the front office has failed the franchise also, by way of failing to bolster the roster overall.

    Miami Dolphins news

    San Diego Chargers news

    Tophatal …………… 2015/12/20 04:03 am


  11. Armando Salguero , please shut the #uck up, as there is no way in hell the New Orleans Saints will release quarterback Drew Brees and have him join the Miami Dolphins . There’s a reason why the media in Miami and the state of Florida sucks , the journalists covering sports within the state are clueless opinionated @ssholes .

    Armando Salguero of the Miami Herald

    Salguero has spent way too much time watching Disney movies , especially Pinocchio .

    Tophatal ……..


  12. Just when you thought things couldn’t get much worse , you’re proven wrong as teams take another tumble . Needless to say, after today’s events there are likely to be repercussions for several head coaches and their staff.

    The Miami Dolphins are once again the embarrassment we knew them to be, as Ryan Tannehill proved what I knew all along , he’s overrated and idiots , talking about the head coach having turned things around are just damn @ssholes, who know absolutely nothing about the NFL , ,much less the game of football, itself.

    Miami’s lopsided loss to the San Diego Chargers was an embarrassment on so many levels , that at the end of this season the front office will have to implode this entire roster , because there is not one person worthy of their contract , much less the salary they’re being paid.

    Stephen Ross , owner of the Miami Dolphins.

    Steve Ross the billionaire owner of the Miami Dolphins , remains as clueless as the executives and coaching staff of the franchise and clearly have no idea what is needed to resurrect the fortunes of the organization.

    So , Brock Osweiler having assumed the reins from Peyton Manning was meant to be the quarterback seen as the future for the franchise. ? Somehow in the games which Osweiler has started for the Denver Broncos this season , he is intent of showing the fans his worst , while reminding the fans of what they are missing when Manning was at his very best for the franchise.

    Brock Osweiler , his name might well sound masculine but his game is somewhat effeminate .

    Needless to say, Sunday afternoon was one of the less memorable days for Brock Osweiler as he threw a slew of interceptions in the Broncos’ loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers . The defeat hasn’t endangered Denver’s chances of making the postseason , but it has shown how fallible this team just happens to be , while head coach Gary Kubiak and the coaching staff seem completely bereft of ideas.

    “I’ll be traveling to Peyton’s home to grab one of his toothbrushes , to get some DNA and see if our medical staff can find a way of injecting it into the arm and brain of Brock Osweiler” ! Gary Kubiak

    Denver Broncos news

    Miami Dolphins news

    Tophatal ……….


Leave a Reply & notification by e-mail

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s