Friday, September 27, 2013

The Sports Bar Ann Arbor- Westside's Got 22 TVs to Help Keep the Peace in a Divided House!

Is it possible to keep harmony in a relationship divided by sports loyalties?

There are flags, license plates, door wreaths, t-shirts, and even baby onesies available displaying two sports teams.  Some couples go as far as having both beloved teams decorated on their wedding cake!   

Even the White House is divided.  President Barack Obama is a diehard White Sox fan, while First Lady Michelle grew up watching the Cubs with her dad.  She admits to still following the team. 

We recently enjoyed reading a blog post by SportsCenter anchor Chris McKendry about her divided house.  She describes the way they decided whether their child would root for her beloved Eagles or her husband’s chosen team, The Jet’s.

Below are a few tips we’ve come across that may help keep the peace in your relationship:

Remain Respectful
A little teasing is okay but try to refrain from intense trash talking or gloating.  Making fun of a team’s big mistake is different than calling your partner stupid for loving that team.  If your teams are big rivals it may even be best to watch the games separately to prevent heated confrontations.

There will be times that your team’s games will conflict.  Both partners need to compromise and plan which game to watch.  Some couples will watch games by the quarter and flip back and forth.  You’ll also need to compromise on your household d├ęcor.  Perhaps, your flag could be flown on the house and your partner’s on the garage. 

Remember That It’s Just a Game
The season will have ups and downs like most relationships.  Years from now, the time you spend with your loved one will matter more than winning the game. To ease the tension you may want to have an alternative wager where the winner has to give something to the loser.  For example, the winner may have to wash the loser's car or do the dishes for a month.  It may ease the pain of a loss.  Plus, it’s hard to gloat when you have dish pan hands! 

We’re curious to hear what you do when you and 
a loved one like different teams? 

At The Sports Bar Ann Arbor- Westside we have 22 TVs so we’re a great place to come to watch several games at once.  Stop by and enjoy one of our delicious entrees or a mouthwatering burger.   
We also have a great selection of beer and drinks! 

Did we mention the 22 TV screens showing sports all the time?   

See you soon!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Marcus Ray and Blaine Breakdown Michigan's Defense at The Sports Bar Westside

Is anyone else wondering what is going on with the Michigan defense? 

     I'm not talking about talent, points allowed, or how they saved us against Akron last Saturday. I'm thinking schematically. A good friend of mine stopped by the spot last night, Marcus Ray, a member of the '97 national championship team and we spent some time breaking it down.
    There hasn't been a lot of pressure brought in the first three games. For the first time in Brady Hoke's tenure as the Michigan Head Coach there is depth on the defensive line, running two or three deep at some positions. Is the thinking get pressure with the front four and run guys in and out?  If it is, it doesn't seem to be working. I personally would like to see a more aggressive approach, pick and choose your spots, but more often. I noticed as I'm sure you did, when we brought pressure against Akron it led to an incompletion or a short gain, especially on third down. when we brought just the front four it seemed for the most part that Pohl could sit in the pocket and pick the defense apart. I know the thinking is you don't want to give up the big play, but methodical movement down the field due to having time to sit and distribute can be just as effective as hitting a big play. Another thing we have to consider is, how hard it is to put blitz packages in when teams spread you out, A lot of teams are doing it now, and it has to be a nightmare to game plan for.
    In conclusion, when it comes to the Michigan defense, I would rather go down swinging, not sitting back and letting opposing teams quarterbacks sit in the pocket for 4-7 seconds. We are going to face much better teams and much better quarterbacks, I'm not saying bring the house every play, but we have the coaching expertise to install blitz schemes at the right time. And also, this isn't a article bashing our defensive coordinator, he's been great and brought this program back defensively where it is supposed to be.
Come out and watch Michigan battle Connecticut at The Sports Bar Westside Saturday at 8 o'clock. We hope to serve you soon! 

And a BIG THANK YOU to Marcus for stopping by.  We always enjoy talking sports with you! 

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

The Sports Bar Review: That Was a Close One Michigan!

Word of the day at Michigan Stadium Saturday afternoon? Relief, as Michigan escaped with a 28-24 win over the Akron Zips. 

     Devin Gardner totaled 351 yards, (103 yards rushing), and 3 touchdowns in the win. That's the good news, the bad news? 4 total turnovers including 2 in the red zone (Michigan red zone conversion streak ended at 46, longest in the country),  and an interception returned for a touchdown when it seemed Michigan was taking the game back into their own hands. Akron controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, out played, out hit. and out hustled The Wolverines all game. Two opportunities inside the Michigan 5 yard line fell short in the final seconds as Michigan somehow found a way to win the game. Akron walks away from this game thinking they should have won, and unfortunately for them, they're right. Michigan nation, before you spend the week chastising this team remember this: A win is a win, there is still a zero in the loss column, and this coaching staff will do everything in their power to make sure this doesn't happen again. Michigan plays at Connecticut Saturday at 8pm. 

    A lot of people were thinking Alabama at Texas A&M was the premiere game of this entire 2013 season just 3 weeks in. It may be a little early to give any game that title, regardless, both teams lived up to the billing as The Crimson Tide beat the Aggies in College Station 49-42. Led by Quarterback AJ McCarron ( 20/29 - 334 yards - 4 touchdowns ), and tailback TJ Yeldon ( 25 carries - 149 yards - 1 touchdown ), The Tide rolled to 35 unanswered points after being down 14-0 early in the first quarter. Heisman trophy winner Johnny Manziel totaled 562 yards and 5 touchdowns, but his 2 interceptions ( 1 in the red zone - and 1 returned for a touchdown ) turned out to be the difference in the game. Texas A&M wide receiver Mike Evans led Aggie receivers with 7 receptions for 279 yards, including a 95 yard touchdown catch. The score of this game is slightly misleading considering that Alabama was up 21 points two different times during the game. A costly fumble by Yeldon at the Tide 1 yard line swung the momentum, but wasn't enough as Alabama hung on for the 7 point win. Alabama hosts Colorado State this weekend, while Texas A&M hosts SMU at Kyle Field.

    Michigan State rolled over Youngstown State 55-17. It looks like the Spartans have found some offense under Quarterback Connor Cook ( 15-22 - 202 yards - 4 touchdowns ). Defense was great as usual ( 8 total first downs - 172 total yards - 2 turnovers ). We'll see if the offense can keep it up this weekend in South Bend.

    The Big Ten and The PAC 12 held a 4 game set this weekend with the Pac 12 taking 3 of the 4 games. The lone Big Ten victory, a 52-34 win at Cal with Braxton Miller on the shelf with a sprained knee. Quarterback Kenny Guiton stepped in and won Big Ten offensive player of the week honors ( 368 total yards - 4 touchdown passes ), Jordan Hall rushed for 168 yards and 3 scores, while Devin Smith caught 3 balls for 149 yards and 2 touchdowns. Jared Goff led the way for the Golden Bears ( 31/52 - 371 yards - 3 touchdowns - 1 interception ), receiver Chris Harper caught 6 of those balls for 115 yards and 1 touchdown. The OSU offense was just too much for Cal, totaling 608 yards.

    It looked like Nebraska was going to cruise to an easy win with a 21-3 lead mid way through the second quarter. Think again, Husker fans left shell shocked as UCLA ripped off 38 unanswered points ( 28 points in the 3rd quarter ) en route to a 41-21 win in Lincoln. Brett Hundley totaled 355 yards and 3 touchdowns, and the Bruin defense locked in, shutting out Nebraska for the final 37 minutes of game time. The Nebraska defense was a huge issue again, giving up 504 total yards. Going 3/14 on third down conversions did not help either. Nebraska looks to get back on track against South Dakota State this weekend.

    Washington out lasted Illinois 34-24 in a neutral site game played at Soldier Field. Keith Price ( 28-35 - 342 yards - 2 touchdowns ) and Bishop Sankey ( 35 carries - 208 yards - 1 touchdown ) led the way for the Huskies.

    It looked like the Big Ten was going to walk away from this set with a split when Wisconsin, down 32-30, put together a drive that put them inside their own 20 yard line with 18 seconds left. The following chain of events were controversial to say the least. Quarterback Joel Stave went to center the ball and took a knee, dropped the ball on the ground and attempted to get the offense on the ball to spike it, having no timeouts left. A Sun Devil defensive player covered the ball thinking ( or acting like ) it was a fumble, and did so for about 6-8 seconds with the officials just standing there. By the time the officials set the ball, the clock ran out, preventing the Badgers from spiking it and getting their field goal team in the game. The officials were reprimanded by the Pac 12 on Monday, unfortunately for Wisconsin, that won't replace the sting of a game they easily could, and probably should have won.

Don't forget to check out The Sports Bar Westside each and every weekend for great college and pro football viewing. Hang out with us while the Tigers get closer to that division title and a repeat trip to the World Series. 

Our Sunday happy hour goes from open to close with $3.50/$4.50 23 oz. beers and $3.25/$4.25 wine specials. 

We provide the NFL ticket so whatever game you would like to watch, we can provide. We hope to serve you soon!!


Friday, September 13, 2013

College Football at The Sports Bar Ann Arbor Westside

     Michigan, coming off a huge win against Notre Dame under the lights at Michigan Stadium, will play host to the Akron Zips Saturday at Noon. Michigan will be looking to build off huge performances from Quarterback Devin Gardner ( 372 total yards - 5 total touchdowns ) and receiver Jeremy Gallon ( 8 receptions - 184 yds - 3 touchdowns ). The Michigan offensive line more than held their own against a tough Notre Dame front four with two potential first round picks in Louis Nix III and Stephon Tuitt. No time for a let up with a tough trip to the University of Connecticut next week.

    The biggest non conference game on the Big Ten slate has number twenty three Nebraska hosting number sixteen UCLA. Defense was a huge issue for the black shirts giving up over 600 yards to Wyoming in week one, but found a way to win 37-34. The Huskers bounced back nicely with a 56-13 win over Southern Mississippi this past weekend, and are looking for redemption after a close loss in the Rose Bowl last year to the Bruins.

    Michigan State, with the best defense in the country, coupled with the worst offense in the country, will host Youngstown State this Saturday. This will be the Spartans last chance to fine tune before a huge trip to South Bend next Saturday. Michigan State's defense has outscored their offense four touchdowns to three in victories over Western Michigan and South Florida.

    Saturdays showcase game will be in College Station as Texas A&M will host the Alabama Crimson Tide. Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel will try to make it two in a row after a stunning upset in Tuscaloosa last November. Nick Saban is 7-1 in rematch games while at Alabama. Quarterback AJ McCarron and TJ Yeldon lead the way for the Alabama offense with CJ Mosely and Hassan Cinton-Dix anchor the defense. Make no mistake about it, Alabama has every intention of redeeming themselves after last years loss at home.

    These will be our showcase games at The Sports Bar Westside this Saturday, with Notre Dame playing at Purdue at 8 o'clock as well. Always remember that our 22 HD televisions are all individual and if your game is on, we would be happy to put it on for you. So, come check us out, AND GO BLUE!!!!