Friday, May 4, 2012

Mariano Rivera Tears ACL, Career in Doubt

New York Yankees Hall of Fame closer Mariano Rivera tore his ACL while shagging fly balls before Thursday night's game in Kansas City. It sucks to see him go down like this, but Mo reportedly shags fly balls during BP every day so it wasn't too bizarre that he was out there catching pop-ups. After watching the video, it looks like he slipped on the warning track and landed awkwardly, before falling to the ground. You can clearly tell this is serious from Rivera's reaction (it hurts me to watch), plus whenever someone is diagnosed with a "twisted knee" and has to get carted off, it obviously can't be good. Unfortunately this looks like the end for the greatest closer (and arguably the most dominate pitcher) in the history of baseball. This is a sad, sad day folks.

**UPDATE** (5/4/12) Earlier today, Mariano told reporters, "I am coming back. Write it down in big letters. I'm not going out like this." 

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Terrell Suggs Tears Achilles, Done for 2012

The Ravens suffered a big blow to their defense before training camp has even started. Terrell Suggs has tore his Achilles, and is done for the 2012 season. There are some sources that are reporting that the injury occurred playing basketball, while Suggs himself says the injury happened while doing a conditioning test. Usually it takes about a year for players to come back from tearing their Achilles, but for some reason Suggs is saying he will be back in October which is only 5 months away. So Terrell I highly doubt that you will be back in October unless your Achilles heals faster then everybody else which is doubtful. Suggs led the team with 14 sacks and 10 tackles for a loss in 2011, there is a big drop off in the sack department after Suggs with Pernell McPhee recording 6 sacks a year ago. The Ravens defense is suddenly not as scary without Suggs rushing the quarterback, also with Ed Reed and Ray Lewis getting older, maybe this is the year the Ravens defense slips a little.

Jered Weaver Throws No-Hitter

Jered Weaver tossed a no-hitter on Wednesday night in the Angels nine to nothing victory over the Minnesota Twins. Weaver only gave up one walk, and even without the walk it would not have been a perfect game because a Twin reached base on a strikeout and passed ball way back in the 3rd inning. Weaver's no no is the 2nd one in the majors this season along with Philip Humber's perfect game just a couple of weeks ago. Weaver only threw 121 which is what aces usually throw when they take the mound. Generally no-hitters are hard to come by, but if they keep coming at 2 a month, MLB is in store for around 8 more this season.

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Umpire Tim Welke needs his eyes checked

Tim Welke made one of the worst calls ever on Wednesday.  Obviously Jerry Hairston is safe, but he was called out on the play. Todd Helton is not even in the area code of the base. Not much else to say on this one except maybe Welke was caught napping and just took a guess.

Junior Seau Commits Suicide

Former Charger, Dolphin, and Patriots linebacker Junior Seau was found dead in his home after an apparent self inflicted gun shot to the chest. The body was discovered by Seau's girlfriend  at around 10AM pacific time. This is just the latest in former NFL players committing suicide, and concussions suffered during their careers are to blame for their mental states. Last year former NFL player Dave Duerson also shot himself in the chest because he wanted his brain examined for possible linking between concussions and mentally impaired.

 Ann McKee, a neurology professor at Boston University medical school says there is a link between concussions and long term brain damage. She has examined brains of former NFL players who have had concussions and found that 18 out of 19 brains examined, there was permanent damage done to the brain. The examinations showed the presence of memory loss, confusion, impaired judgment, paranoia ,depression, aggression, and progressive dementia. The link between brain damage and concussions has been established, but NFL players continue to kill themselves instead of getting the help that they need.

 There is no word of a suicide note left by Seau, but he did text his kids and ex-wife just yesterday "love you", and his family did not notice any signs of depression. Back in 2010 Seau drove his car off a cliff, but insisted it was not a suicide attempt and he simply fell asleep at the wheel. Seau played in the NFL for 20 years, and concussions were not a big issue during the first half of his career so concussions would often go undocumented. Seau is the 8th member of the 1994 Chargers Super Bowl team to pass away. Seau was 43 years old.

Vilma Suspended For 2012 Season

 Roger Goodell is at it again folks.

The controversial commissioner has suspended Saints LB Jonathan Vilma for the entire 2012 season (without pay) due to his participation in a bounty scandal. Vilma allegedly offered $10K to any player who knocked Brett Favre out of the 2010 NFC Championship Game. It has also been reported that Vilma assisted DC Greg Williams in establishing and funding the bounty program. Former Saints DT and current Green Bay Packer, Anthony Hargrove has been suspended for eight games, DE Wil Smith will be out for four games and Cleveland Brown LB Scott Fujita will miss three games. Each player is likely to appeal, but it doesn't look like Goodell is going to budge.

Look I knew Vilma was getting suspended (I thought eight games tops), but a full season? Damn that's a long time for a football player. I definitely think Goodell went a little overboard here, but you can't blame him for attempting to completely eliminate bounties from the NFL.

Looks like Gregg Williams and J-Vilma will be playing a lot of golf together this season. 

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Tyson Chandler Named NBA Defensive POY

 New York Knicks C Tyson Chandler has won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award for the first time in his career. Chandler reportedly finished first in the voting, followed by Kevin Garnett and LeBron James. Chandler set the tone defensively and proved to be a vital off-season acquisition for Isiah Thomas' team (oops I meant James Dolan's). Without him, the Knicks would have given up close to 100 points each game and wouldn't have made it anywhere near the playoffs.  

Amare will be out tomorrow night for Game 3, but that's not such a bad thing Knicks fans. The Knicks are 14-5 when Amare misses a game due to injury and Melo's numbers are much better when he is on the court without Stat. I wouldn't be surprised if Melo went off tomorrow night and the Knicks took Game 3 at the Garden, but it sucks they don't have J-Lin because they could seriously use him at the moment. We all just have to face the facts and accept that Melo and Amare can't co-exist together.

Monday, April 30, 2012

Rondo Ejected For Bumping Ref

I thought it was a clear foul, Brandon Bass was all over Josh Smith, and didn't even have his hand on the ball. Rondo goes crazy gets one technical , and proceeds to bump the referee to get ejected. If there is one thing you can't do in sports, it's touch or bump the referees or umpires. Rondo could hear from the league about a suspension, it will either be one game or it will be nothing. The Celtics went on to lose game one against the Hawks.

*** Update- Rondo was suspended one game for bumping the official. Rondo will miss game 2.