Saturday, March 3, 2012

J.P. Arencibia does a Perfect Kurkjian

J.P. Arencibia with his Tim Kurkjian impression at Blue Jay camp. I thought it was a damn good impression, and gotta love Francona just busting balls in his first year with the baseball tonight crew

Friday, March 2, 2012

Saints in Big Trouble

 We have found our off-season NFL headline folks!

It has been reported that former Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (recently signed with St. Louis) ran a bounty program down in New Orleans for as long as three years. For those unfamiliar, a bounty is a reward (usually money) that is offered by an organization or institution as an incentive to accomplish a task. In NFL terms, it's more like coaches or front office members offering players money to accomplish certain things on the field (aka injure someone on the other team).

When Roger Goodell stepped in as the commissioner, he made it crystal clear that this kind of behavior would not be permitted under his watch. Goodell and the NFL security department now reportedly have over 18,000 documents containing evidence that incriminates the entire Saints organization. The report identifies Gregg Williams as the man in charge, but suggests that GM Mickey Loomis and head coach Sean Payton were aware of the bounty program (and failed to stop it). The documents also suggest that at least 20 defensive players were involved, as well as other defensive assistant coaches. I don't know about you guys, but it seems pretty hard to believe that only a select few were aware of what was transpiring behind closed doors in New Orleans.

Let's go back to the '09-'10 playoffs. Kurt Warner gets absolutely cracked on a hit by Saints defensive end Bobby McCray in the divisional round, which made Warner's tentative decision to retire permanent. I understand that McCray's hit was legal, but I guarantee you he got some bills for knocking out Warner. Fast forward about a week later to the NFC Conference Championship Game. Throughout the game, Brett Favre got hit late multiple times, including an illegal shot below the knees by McCray (seems like this guy really bought into the system).

Let's be honest. The Saints are fucked. Goodell will not tolerate this bullshit, especially after clearly notifying each NFL organization of the league rules in a memo sent out at the beginning of each season. When Goodell became the NFL Comissioner, he made it clear that coaches and front office members would be held to a higher standard than the players. With that being said, look for Gregg Williams to be severely reprimanded (suspension, fine, etc.) as well as Sean Payton, Mickey Loomis and any other non-player involved in or aware of the situation.

This is far worse than the Spygate cheating scandal my friends. We are not talking about video taping another team's sideline. We are talking about paying players for "knockouts" and "cart-offs."

The Saints may have won a SB, but hey, I guess it isn't that hard to beat the Vikings when you have the luxury of tossing 10 g's on the table and telling your stud safety to go knock Favre out of the game.

Lamar Odom to the D-League

The Dallas Mavericks probably thought they were geniuses by acquiring one of the top 6th men in the league in Lamar Odom. Well the trade has obviously had an impact on Odom mentally because he has only topped the 10 point mark seven times this season. This is not some guy who had one good year, this is a veteran in his 13th season, and in that time he has averaged 14.4 points per game. Now after struggling for most of the season, Lamar Odom is headed to the D-League to play for the Texas Legends on Friday. He has missed the a couple games before the all star break due to personal reasons, but he was not playing well before the absence and it has been reported that it was Odom's idea to start his return in the D-League. Lamar is definitely not right mentally because even before the trade he was very close to taking a year off from the game of basketball, and that stems from a car accident in which he was the passenger, killed a young kid after he was struck by a motorcycle involved in the crash. Maybe the D-League will be able to give Lamar his confidence back, and if he does the Mavs will be a very serious contender because Lamar is capable of being a very good player as he put that on display for the Lakers the last 7 years. I'm pulling for Odom to get his head straight and his game back to where it should be, even though he is married to that sasquatch Khloe Kardarshian.

Tiger Birdies Final Two Holes to Make the Cut

 Tiger Woods was +1 heading into the final two holes of the second round, and the projected cut line was at even par. Woods had to at least birdie one of the two holes to give him a chance to play the weekend, but Tiger birdied both and he all but guaranteed himself a couple more rounds at the Honda Classic. He is 7 off the lead with the afternoon wave of players yet to tee off. Tiger had 34 putts in the first round and that is not a good number for a professional golfer let alone Tiger Woods. Could it be his Nike putter? Possibly. I think Tiger has to go back to his old Scotty Cameron putter, the putter which he won 13 of his 14 major championships with. If you don't already know Tiger is a very stubborn individual and he made the switch to the Nike putter, and will do everything in his power to try to fix his putting before he reverts to his old, proven putter. Maybe Tiger gets it together for a big round on Saturday and hopes the lead is not extended with the afternoon play in today's round.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Yankees Trade Burnett and he Breaks his Face

 Pirates pitcher A.J. Burnett was practicing his bunting on Wednesday and he took one right off his face. It was determined that Burnett broke his right orbital bone and is scheduled for surgery on Friday. Tough couple of weeks for A.J. because first of all he goes from the Yankees to the Pirates, that's equivalent to going from eating steak to eating the dog food served at Taco Bell. Then within the first week of spring training with his new team, he takes one flush to the eye. Yikes, the only reason he was not traded to the Angels was that his wife is afraid of flying. If he were traded to the Angels he wouldn't even pick up a bat until June. That's life I guess huh A.J.? The good thing is that it can't get much worse, unless you suck so bad that Pirates fans boo you. If that happens I would just hang up the cleats right then and there because Pirates fans have seen some god awful teams over the years, and have come to expect crappy play. There is no timetable for Burnett's return to Pirates training camp.

With the entire team watching too.

Knicks Start Second Half of the Season with a Win

The Knicks started the second half of the season with a Win against the Cavs. The Knicks looked like they were going to get blown out, but turned things around in the third quarter and ended up winning by 17. Lin had a good game with 19 points and 13 assists, but game ball goes to Steve Novak who had 17 points in 17 minutes off the bench. The Knicks have a three day break before they face the Celtics on Sunday at 1:00.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Floyd Mayweather is as Greedy as they come.

At a press conference for his May 5th fight against Miguel Cotto, Mayweather reiterated what he has been saying for months there will be no 50-50 split in a fight against Manny Pacquiao. Here is the exact quote from Mayweather "Just by speaking to Pacquiao on the phone, I mean, he's not one of the sharpest knives in the drawer he faces Floyd Mayweather, he's not getting 50-50. Not at all. No one is getting 50-50."Yes that is Mayweather referring to himself in the third person and he basically called Pacquiao dumb. While Mayweather is as cocky and arrogant as they come, I don't think Pacquiao is a dummy because he wants a 50-50 split of the money, sounds pretty logical to me. Yes Floyd "Money" Mayweather is undefeated and Manny Pacquiao has three losses and 2 draws, but Pacquiao has not lost since 2005. There is no doubt about it that this fight would be huge, and experts have said that it would probably break the pay per view record of 3 millions orders. 50-50 is a good deal Floyd ! This would be your biggest payday yet, probably in the $60-70 million range or even higher who knows, but no Floyd has to get more than his opponent because simply put Floyd Mayweather is an asshole. Mayweather is filthy and i mean FILTHY rich and you are telling me that Floyd can't stand to lose 10 million dollars in a 50-50 split is absolutely ridiculous. I just don't understand Mayweather's thinking because he would make so much money from this fight it is not even funny. He just needs to make more than everybody else even when his opponent is on the same relative level as Pacquiao is. Will Mayweather ever get his head out of his ass and fight Pacquiao? Nobody knows.

After Floyd's May 5th bout against Miguel Cotto he heads off to jail for 90 days as a result of his domestic violence charges. Also, as of August he was facing 7 lawsuits for everything from not paying his bills, defamation of Pacquiao, and even assaults. Really can't pay your bills Floyd ? I would have a tough time paying my bills too if I was worth like 100 million dollars.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Matt Kenseth Wins the Daytona 500

After having to push back the race until Monday for the first time in the races history, the Daytona 500 finally got under way at around 7:15 PM and this race had everything. Matt Kenseth is your Daytona 500 winner and that is the second Daytona win in three years for Kenseth. It started off with a wreck on the 2nd lap when Elliott Sadler bumped Jimmie Johnson and knocked him and several others out of the race. Danica Patrick was involved in the crash on lap two, and there was damage to her car that took about 60 laps to fix until she got back out on the track. It has been a tough week for Danica as she wrecked in a duel race Thursday, and wrecked in the Nationwide race on Saturday. Jeff Gordon blew out an engine around the 65th lap and that of course forced him out of the race. On lap 160 is where it got crazy, the race was under caution and a couple of the safety vehicles were blowing debris off the track, and Juan Pablo Montoya is catching up to the field when something breaks down in his car and he goes right into one of the safety vehicles. Now the safety vehicles are also the blow dryers for the track that were in use on Sunday and Monday, the engine of the dryer is a jet engine and jet engines obviously require jet fuel. So Montoya goes into the safety vehicle and out comes 200 gallons of jet fuel onto the track and it catches fire. Both Montoya and the driver of the safety vehicle got out of the cars and were okay. This caused a very long delay of about 2 and a half hours as they had to put out the fire, get the vehicles cleaned off, and get the jet fuel off of the track. There was also a patch that needed to be applied to the track because the fire from the fuel created some problems on the asphalt.

After the stoppage Kenseth took over the lead and never gave it up With about 13 laps to go there was a big wreck that involved 7 drivers including Tony Stewart who was lucky to receive little damage and continued the race. With 4 laps to go, the 10th caution of the race with another crash that involved another 6 cars with only a couple cars getting significant damage. After all that it was a green white checker finish meaning there were only 2 laps left in the race and if there was a crash on the first lap there would be 2 laps left again, but there were no crashes and Kenseth held on for the win.  Poor Dale Jr. came in second place and the guy simply cant buy a win these days, as his win less streak rises to 110 I believe. So the Daytona 500 was a wild one and it was worth it to all the fans that waited out the rain and the big jet fuel delay.

Here is the replay of the Montoya fiasco

Rams to Trade 2nd Overall Pick in NFL Draft

Who is going to grab the 2nd overall pick that is likely to be Robert Griffin? Cleveland, Miami, Washington have already had discussions about obtaining the pick. Why don't the Rams want to keep the pick and select Justin Blackmon? Sure Blackmon is only 6 feet tall but he will make big plays and could give Sam Bradford a top receiver that he has never gotten the luxury to throw to in St. Louis. Bradford has been average since he was drafted first overall in the 2010 draft, but that has been with a bunch of no names at wide receiver. I mean Blackmon is no Calvin Johnson, but look what Johnson has done for Matt Stafford, he threw for over 5,000 yards this season and Calvin Johnson hauled in close to 1700 of those yards. Even Andy Dalton and A.J. Green who are not even close to the skill level of the Detroit Duo, but the rookie combo in Cincinnati made the playoffs and they both made the pro bowl. The Rams will get a great package of picks from trading the 2nd pick in the draft, but putting Blackmon with Bradford would be the smart thing to do because that will help the Rams offense considerably. As you may have noticed the NFL is a pass happy league and if the Rams want to start winning some they have to adapt and put the skill players around Bradford. Maybe the Rams don't like Blackmon, but after Blackmon there is a significant drop in talent at the wide receiver position with the next likely receiver to be picked in the draft being Michael Floyd, but he was disappointing at the NFL combine. It will be interesting to see what the Rams get for the 2nd overall pick and who they will pick wherever they are in the first round come April.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Kobe Bryant Broken Nose

D-Wade has done it again folks. If you don't remember that Rondo elbow snap-back, that was courtesy of my man Flash. Who says nobody plays defense in the All-Star game? You gotta give Kobe props though. He stayed in the game and also reportedly suffered a mild concussion (he's a warrior). Although the total score eclipsed 300, as you can see D-Wade doesn't allow any easy buckets in his house.

Huge Contract for Nationals Ryan Zimmerman

I hope Ryan Zimmerman likes the D.C. area because he will be playing for the Nationals through the 2019 season. Over the weekend the 27 year old Zimmerman signed a 6 year extension for 100 million dollars.  I don't really know what the rush was for the Washington Nationals because Zimmerman was locked up through this season and the 2013 season. It's a huge contract for a guy who only played 101 games and hit 12 home runs in the 2011 season. Zimmerman had 33 and 25 home runs in the 2009 and 2010 seasons respectively, but that was with big Adam Dunn hitting behind him in the lineup. With Jayson Werth slumping through most of the season, Zimmerman has no protection in the order and pitchers will try to pitch around Zimmerman to get to other guys in the order. There is no question Zimmerman is a good player, but I don't know what the rush was to commit so much money to a guy that was just coming off an injury filled year and has two years left on his current contract. The Nationals have over 200 million dollars invested in Werth and Zimmerman, and they will Stephen Strasburg again in a couple years and just extended newly acquired Gio Gonzalez for 5 years 42 million. In a couple years there will be a lot of money committed to a small number of guys and if it doesn't work out the Nationals could be in serious trouble. Zimmerman has the capability to be a top player as he has shown in seasons past and hopefully for the Nationals sake he stays healthy and helps the team win ballgames. Nats have the potential to be good and if Bryce Harper makes the team out of training camp they would have a very good lineup.

Hunter Mahan Wins WGC Match Play Tournament

 Good win for Hunter Mahan on Sunday beating Rory Mcilroy in the match play championship. It was a long day for both as they played the semi finals round in the morning and Mahan defeated Mark Wilson and Mcilroy defeated Lee Westwood. An hour in between rounds to change up some of the hole locations and for the players to get some lunch. In the championship they went shot for shot through the first five holes, but after that Mahan won the next three holes and  finished the front nine three up on Mcilroy. On the par 4 tenth hole Mahan took a commanding lead going 4 up with 8 to play. Rory attempting to stage a big comeback chipped in for eagle on the par 5 eleventh hole but it was to little too late. Mcilroy would go on to win the 14th hole and Mahan won the match after the 17th hole being 2 up, was ranked 22nd in the world going into the tournament and is projected to move into the top ten after the win. If Mcilroy had won he would have been the top ranked golfer in the world, but that will have to wait another week or two. Mahan is the first American since Tiger in 2008 to win the match play event. The PGA heads down to Florida for the Honda Classic before another big event at the Cadillac Championship the following week.

P.S. Mahan is one of the "Golf Boys" and if you haven't seen the music video check it out below. He is the one with the zebra pants, alongside Bubba Watson, Ben Crane, and Rickie Fowler.