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The Alphabet game

Posted by mvetack on October 19, 2010

Heres a little thing I saw on SBnation.com (a great website by the way).  They do review of the sports weekend using the alphabet.  So I am taking a shot at it.  Here we go!

A is for Andrei Arshavin. Andrei Arshavin is interviewed for Arsenal TV and answers some non soccer related questions with some interesting answers.  Take a look.

B is for Benched. The Carolina Panthers are going back to Matt Moore after giving the Jimmy Clausen experiment a try.  Clausen looked like a rookie for the Panthers and for now will watch the games from the sideline.

C is for Cliff Diving. Junior Seau, former San Diego and Patriots Linebacker, had a rough weekend.  First he was arrested in a domestic dispute with his wife, then he fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car over a cliff suffering minor injuries.

D is for Double Dip. San Francisco Giants corner outfielder Cody Ross tagged Roy Halladay for two home runs in game one of the NLCS on the way to a 4-3 Giants victory.

E is for ERA 5.26 After falling behind two games to one against the Texas Rangers, the Yankees are in desperate need of a win and turn to AJ Burnett and his season era of 5.26, good luck Yanks.

F is for Freshman! Freshman! Number 5 ranked and undefeated Nebraska took on unranked and struggling Texas on Saturday.  Nebraska’s Freshman QB and early Heisman candidate Taylor Martinez had a rough game going 4 for 12 passing for just 63 yards and rushing for just 21 yards on 13 carries.  The Huskers lost 20-13 and might have said good bye to the Heisman and National Championship hopes.

G is for the Goulet Awards. Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Carl Pavono is a finalist for 2010’s “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year”  On why Pavano was selected as a finalist, the American Mustache Institute said,

“Many thought Carl Pavano’s baseball career was done. And then hegrew a mustache. Since then, he resurrected his career with a 17-11 record in 2010, 3.75 ERA, and a Central Division Championship. His Pavstache single handedly brought the popularity of lip garments back to Minnesota and powered the team into the 2010 playoffs.”

H is for Hossa. The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks were picked by most experts to drop off from last year after letting go many pieces of their championship team.  Marian Hossa is doing all he can to keep the Blackhawks in the Elite of the NHL.  Hossa scored 2 goals in 2:31 seconds of the the third period on the way to a win over the St. Louis Blues.  Hossa leads the NHL with 7 goals.

I is for Illegal Hits. After many NFL players went down with injuries on blows to the head on Sunday, all over the sports websites and ESPN this morning are talking about the leagues stance on trying to enforce the rules of illegal helmet to helmet hits with greater effectiveness.  A possible one game suspension is in the works and the debate begins of whether or not this is appropriate for a game that prides itself on toughness and big hits.

J is for Jacked up! Eagles young Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson got his head knocked off and out of this country on Sunday by Atlanta Falcons Dunta Robinson.

K is for K’s. K’s as in Cliff Lee and his bakers dozen of them vs the Yankees in game three of the the ALCS.  Cliff Lee is looking like the greates post season pitcher we have seen in a looooong time and has his Rangers up 2 games to 1 over the team from New York.

L is for Lee. Cliff Lee’s performance on Sunday was so good it had to be talked about again.  I still can not get over what a game Cliff Lee had vs the Rangers.  His ERA in the playoffs is now 1.26 and he is 7-0.  Put a ring on that and he very well could be the greatest playoffs pitcher of all time.

M is for Midnight Madness. This past weekend was the opening night of college basketball.  With teams able to practice for the first time, college campuses across the country were up all night watching their respective teams host slam dunk contests, dance offs, introduce new players, shave coaches heads, and give away prizes.

N is for Newton. No not Sir Isaac, were talking Cam.  Auburns freakishly big Quarterback Cam Newton, has the Tigers undefeated and atop the SEC after a crushing of the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Auburn won the game 65 to 43 lead by Cameron Newton.  Newton was 10 of 14 for 140 yards and a touchdown and added 148 yards rushing and 3 TDs.  I smell a Heisman.

O is for O-H-I-O. Everyone has seen a story on or even a commercial with the students of Ohio State doing the YMCA hand gestures with OHIO on campus.  I doubt there is much of that going on going to class this week.  Number 1 Ohio State lost this weekend by 13 to Big Ten foe Wisconsin.

P is for Phillies Anti Lincecum. Game one of the NLCS matched up Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay.  One of the greatest pitching match ups we have seen in the playoffs in recent memory.  Lincecum got the best of Halladay and the Phillies despite the creative signs by Phillies fans.

Q is for Quick. This is the only way to describe the pace in which Peyton Manning was working on Sunday Night vs the Washington Redskins.  The Colts offense was regularly snapping the ball with around 26 seconds left on the play clock.  Manning was in the zone in the first half on Sunday Night.  Manning went for over 200 yards and 2 TDs in the first half making it look easy.  The Colts won the game and share first place in the division.

R is for Riding Bitch. Phillies first base slugger Ryan Howard was seen on FOX’s telecast of NFL football advertising that nights Phillies Giants game.  Howard was shown riding bitch on the Phillie Phanatic’s ATV on the way to the stadium for his game that night.  Terezowens.com with the pic

S is for Slim Chin. Two more great ads for basketball shoes.  Those shoe companies sure know how to do it.  Slim Chin is the new Opulence guy.

T is for Tim Tebow. Tebow got in the game and on the board for the Denver Broncos in their crushing loss to the Jets.  Tebow ran it in from five yards out.  Meanwhile his college team is really missing him this year as they drop to 4-3 with a 10-7 loss to Mississippi State.

U is for Unhappy. That seems to be Wayne Rooney’s mood right now as he has expressed the desire to leave Manchester United.  His coach Alex Ferguson has confirmed the reports that Rooney wants out of Man U.

V is for Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar. This coming weekend is UFC 121 and the hype began this past weekend.  Brock Lesnar will be defending his Heavyweight belt vs Velaszquez who is looking to become the first Mexican title holder.

W is for World Cup Inspiration. The World Cup and soccer as a whole may be inspiring young college kids during midnight madness this year.  It is reported by yahoo.com’s College Basketball blog Dagger that the new thing in college dunk contests is the heel flick slam.  Duke’s Casey Peters and Miles Plumlee combined for it at their Midnight Madness and so did Buffalo’s Mitchell Watt.

X is for Xtra Time. (yea kind of a cop out on the spelling).  A couple AFC East games went to extra time.  Both the Dolphins vs Packers and the Patriots vs the Ravens games ended with the Phins and Pats winning 23-2.

Y is for Yipee, Yay, and Yahoooooo. This is what owners of Chris Johnson were likely screaming when Jeff Fisher left his star RB in the game on 4th and5 under 2 minutes in a blowout win over the Jaguars.  Johnson busted a long TD run on the last play of the game for the Titans flipping fantasy match up scores on their ear in the process.

Z is for Zigtech. John Wall is the newest athlete promoting shoes with Reebok’s Zigtech technology.  Ochocinco, Sidney Crosby, and Peyton Manning are a few of the other Zig guys, and now it is rookie John Wall with his own Zigtech Basketball shoe.  here is a look at his special Gold Rush version of the shoe you will see Wall wearing on the hardwood  this season.

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Divisional Series over

Posted by mvetack on October 13, 2010

Pitching, Pitching, and more Pitching.  What an opening round for baseball.  This season is the so called “Year of the Pitcher” and for the most part that claim held strong for the first round of games this post season.  Roy Halladay’s first playoff start of his career obviously sticks out right away and will be rememberd the most when looking back to this season 50 years from now.  The Doc threw just the second ever post season no hitter in his first playoff action. INCREDIBLE!  If that was not impressive enough Tim Lincecum followed that performance up with a 14 K complete game shut out vs the Bravos to remind everyone that he is truly a freak and one of the best pitchers in baseball.

While these two aces were doing work in the NL, Cliff Lee was dominating with this 4th team in less than two years.  Bill Simmons always says that he has a hard time calling a guy a true great if he gets traded so much, but this has got to be the exception.  Cliff Lee had two amazing performances against the AL East champion Rays and was the teams most valuable player in the 5 games series.  Lee is now up there with Sandy Koufax for best playoff pitchers of all time. (Kinda off topic, I love how Adam Sandler’s name in the great movie “Big Daddy” is Sonny Koufax, gotta be someones favorite baseball player that worked on that movie.)  By the end of these playoffs Lee could put himself in position to be considered the best SP of all time in post season play.

Not to be out done by his teammate Cliff Lee, CJ Wilson followed Lee’s game one start with as impressive of a game two start.  CJ went 6.1 innings allowing just 2 hits no runs and 7 Ks.  More pitching was being done over on the NL side of things as the number two in Philly, Cole Hamels, did his thing with 9 shut out innings for the win to go along with 9 Ks and just 5 hits allowed.  San Frans third man in the rotation, Jonathan Sanchez, went just over 7 innings with 11 Ks and 1 earned vs Atlanta.

Should be MVP Josh Hamilton probably felt a little left out when the Rangers celebrated clinching the division in the regular season when he was standing out side of the club house as his teammates enjoyed a champagne shower.  Hamilton has had a well documented struggle with drugs and alcohol to the point that he wanted no where near the stuff.  When it came to winning the first round of the playoffs, Texas was prepared to accommodate their All star slugger.  Hamilton was drenched with Ginger Ale this time around.

The Giants vs Braves and the Rays vs Rangers series were the two most enjoyable series to watch as the other two were sweeps.   The Reds looked like a team that hadn’t been in the playoffs in a looooong time against the Phillies, while the Twins looked like a team thats from cold Minnesota and not money filled New York.

There was not any huge offensive performances by any player on any team.  The Rangers showed every kid with a glove under their mattress right now how it is important to be a good and heads up base runner.  With out quality base running by Texas, the Rays might win that game 1-0.

Replay stock his very high right now while the naked eye is plunging.  Just off the top of my head with just a couple seconds of thought I can name a couple bad calls or at least questionable calls that would have been perfect for instant replay use.  Utley getting “hit” by an Aroldis Chapman 102 mph fastball.  I don’t care how tough you are, if you get hit in the hand by a pitch over 100 mph you atleast shake it once and or take off your batting glove for examination.  Another instance was Utley’s break up slide into second and being called safe.  Michael Young’s check swing called a no swing with 2 strikes on him.  Jason Bartlett stuck in a pickle between third and home and Michael Young’s phantom tag on him before he scored.  David Price covering first on a grounder to first base.

Jason Heyward disappointed in his playoff debut with just 2 hits in 16 at bats and 8 strikeouts.  Probably Rookie of the Year winner Buster Posey shined in his debut with 6 hits in 16 at bats and solid work behind the plate.  The Yankees were business as usual vs the Twins.  New Stadiums, same story as the Yanks swept the Twinkies away in three games.  No flash, not glitz, no glamor.  They just got the job done. You know, the Yankee way.

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Votto’s got no love for his All Star Teammate

Posted by mvetack on July 15, 2010

Yea, so what were on the same team for one game.  The Cubs Suck and Marlon Bryd Sucks!  Well those were not the exact words or thoughts of All Star first baseman Joey Votto on Tuesday night, but they might as well have been.  In a world of Red Sox (Ortiz) receiving Home Run Derby pitching from a Yankee and Dodgers smiling and high-fiving with Giants, it is refreshing to see a guy who knows his rivals and acts like it.

Marlon Byrd made a possible game saving play throwing out Big Papi at second base for the second out of the 9th inning.  He deserved all the credit in the world and got it from just about every one on the team.  Here is what NL teammate Joey Votto had to say about the stinkin Cubbie making such a good play.

Via ESPN (found on thebigleaguestew.com)

“I don’t like the Cubs,” Votto said. “And I’m not going to pat anybody with a Cubs uniform on the back. But because he made that really cool play, it turned out to be a really cool experience. I’m really glad we got the win today.”

Votto was obviously glad to see his rival make such a “cool” play but that doesn’t mean hes gotta show him some love.  Votto is really making it harder and harder for me to keep him from climbing on my ‘New favorite player’ meter.

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Spring is in the Air

Posted by mvetack on March 29, 2010

This coming weekend (we are counting Monday this time) is like the Boondock Saints of the sporting calendar.  It is a very enjoyable three day stretch that does not get too much attention.  Boondock Saints is one of those movies that a lot of people have yet to see but once they do they realize how undervalued it is.  That is what this coming weekend is to me.

Saturday is the two final four match ups.  Duke taking on West Virginia and everyone’s tournament darling Butler taking on Michigan State.  This is five solid hours of great basketball.  Sparty vs Dogs, Dickie V’s Dukies vs the Mountaineers and their Beers,  whats not to be excited about.  After your fill of college basketball Sunday, like the good Lord intended, will be a day of rest.  That is until darkness falls upon us.

Thats right come nightfall the 2010 baseball season begins.  And what a way to kick off the season.  One of the longest and fiercest rivalries in baseball will take place at Fenway Park.  The Yankees will take on the Red Sox in their first action since celebrating their 27th world championship.  Of course this being a Red Sox Yankees game you know this one is going to carry us into Monday morning.  As the final pitch in Fenway is thrown and everyone gets their sleep, they wake to a glorious day of sport.

This is like Christmas morning and only comparable to the first two days of the Big Dance in March.  This is Baseball’s official opening day.  In parks across America gates will be opened and fans will flood them to catch a look at the team that will play with their emotions all season long.  Seeds will be spit, pine tar will be rubbed, strikes will be called, the lines will be chalked, and home runs will be slugged.  This my friends is opening day.

After getting your fix on April baseball don’t give up on this amazing stretch of sports.  For the nightcap we will crown the new College Basketball Champions.  The final game of the season will truly determine who has fought the hardest, played the best, survived the longest, and earned the right to cut down the nets and enjoy their one shining moment.

If have yet to experience this spectacular stretch of sport please take a seat, grab some grub, and enjoy.  And if you have time, watch Boondock Saints, it truly is a great movie.

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Joe Mauer’s Millions

Posted by mvetack on March 23, 2010

Joe Mauer is now a very rich man.  Over the weekend Joe Mauer and the Twins finalized a deal that will keep Mauer, the hometown boy, in Minny for the next 8 seasons.  Mauer’s deal, 8 years 184 million, is the fourth largest baseball contract of all time and the largest for a catcher.  Mauer’s young, a multiple gold glover, a three time batting champ, and defending MVP.  Some say that it is too long of a contract for that much money because the catcher will eventually break down and then the Twins will be paying 23 million a year to a DH.  Well, Jorge Posada is just now breaking down at the age of 38, going on 39 in August.  Mauer will be 34 going on 35 in his final year of this contract.  Even if he starts breaking down as a catcher a couple of seasons earlier than Posada, it will be about when his contract is up.

Mauer is an excellent athlete and could switch to half the games at first base if they truly are concerned with him breaking down.  Having an Elite player at catcher for 5-6 more years and then 2 years at first base is probably still worth the contract he has been given.  What the Twins did not want to see was the greatest sports figure since Kirby Puckett, leave town for Boston, or New York and win multiple MVPs on his way to becoming the greatest catcher of all time.

Lets have a little fun now.  Here are a couple of things you could buy with Joe Mauer’s contract…

6,143,572 Joe Mauer Rookie Cards

2,300,287 Rawlings Wooden Bats

3,067,177 Copies of MLB the Show 10 featuring cover boy Joe Mauer

The Minnesota Twins, twice

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