April 11, 2008
If you didn’t see just watch, especially the ‘Dirk didn’t deserve the MVP’ haters.
Phoenix 96, SA 79 – 24-11 Phoenix Sun scoring advantage in the 4th quarter
Dallas 105, Phoenix 98 – 27-9 Dallas Maverick scoring advantage in the 4th quarter
Did I mention the actual playoffs haven’t even started yet? This year’s Western Conference playoffs will be the fiercest in a long time, maybe ever. Wouldn’t it be something if all four top teams in the West were upset in the first round of the playoffs; if it ever was to happen, it would be now.
April 10, 2008
Here is your fifth installment of a new column called ‘Top 10 Things In Sports’, a new weekly article that I write. Every time we go to sports games there are always fans holding signs that try to be funny, be offensive, or get themselves on tv. Here is your list of the Top 10 Awesome Fan Signs at live sporting events.
Needless to say, most of these signs probably didn’t get on tv.
April 8, 2008
Here is an interview with a guy on ESPN news, and you almost have to feel bad for the guy. Johnny boy tore him to shreds.
Here is a separate video of Calipari interviewing with ‘Mike and the Mad Dog’. Calipari avoided the free-throw talk and instead mentioned D.J. Augustin throwing up a free-throw air ball at the end of Texas’ loss to Memphis. Calipari then proceeds to tell this radio guy that if one of his players (specifically Derrick Rose) misses a game winning free-throw than he’d buy him dinner. Last night with 10.8 seconds left in the game, Rose missed a free-throw that would have given Memphis a four-point lead and likely put the game out of reach for Kansas.
I say the guy calls up Mr. Calipari and demands a good steak.
April 8, 2008
Let’s face it: no team is perfect in college basketball, and this year (especially) there was no definitive dominant team for the whole tournament. UNC dominated their first four opponents, but then they folded. Memphis had supposedly overcome their free throw problem, at least until last night when the law of averages came to life. Davidson seemed like it couldn’t be stopped until Stephen Curry’s big shots stopped falling against Kansas. And Kansas; the Kansas Jayhawks almost fell to the cinderella #10 seed in the Elite 8 and definitely showed it’s vulnerability almost blowing their 28 point first-half lead. It was clear that no team had been perfect this March, but somebody had to win.
As for Mario Chalmers’ three pointer that tied the game, 63-63, with 2.1 seconds – that’s what greatness is made of.
April 4, 2008
#10 San Francisco Giants 222-263 (.458, last 3 seasons)
#9 Los Angeles Kings 58-83-21 9 (.358, last 2 seasons)
#8 Milwaukee Bucks 54-102 (.346, last 2 seasons)
#7 Memphis Grizzlies 42-115 (.268, last 2 seasons)
#6 Miami Heat 13-62 (.173, this season)
Is this the same Miami team that won the NBA Champion only 2 years ago? The answer, obviously, is no, but talk about a fall from glory. This team went 2-15 in the month of March, 2-10 in February, and an even worse 1-11 in January. To be fair this team has been banged up this season including superstars Dwayne Wade and Shawn Marion, but also to be fair, this team will be remembered as one of the worst in the league in a long time.
#5 Miami Dolphins 7-26 (.212, last 2 seasons)
#4 Kansas City Royals 245-399 (.380, last 4 seasons)
#2 Oakland Raiders 16-71 (.184, last 5 seasons)
#1 Pittsburgh Pirates 552 -742 (.427, last 8 seasons)
What do you think of my list of worst franchises? What’s your list?
April 2, 2008
MY STARTING FIVE
Stephen Curry – #10 Davidson (guard)
Steph Curry is the one that everyone has been talking about and rightfully so; he has been something special, especially as of late. In his four games in the NCAA’s Curry averaged 32 points per game along with 5.7 three pointers. He took big shot after big shot and until late in the Kansas loss a lot of these shots fell for him. NBA Draftee, anyone?
Scottie Reynolds – #12 Villanova (guard)
In Villanova’s two big wins Reynolds averaged 23 points per contest on over 50% from the field. Don’t forget that the ‘Cats were down big in their first game against Clemson and Reynolds was a big part of the second half comeback.
Tyrone Brazelton – #12 Western Kentucky (guard)
Brazelton scored 79 points during Western Kentcuky’s three tourney games including a career-high 33 points in the Hilltoppers’ exciting 101-99 first round win over favorite Drake. Brazelton stayed consistent during the tournament and contributed in almost every statistical category.
Gyno Pomare – #13 San Diego (forward/center)
Junior player Gyno Pomare had a great tournament with 42 points on a 77% field goal percentage in San Diego’s two games in the NCAA. He was also a big part of containing the #4 seed Connecticut Huskie’s forward line.
Kenny Hasbrouck – #13 Sienna (guard)
Hasbrouck really took charge of Sienna’s big upset over #4 seeded Vanderbilt. In the first round win, he scored 30 points and sank all ten free throws that he shot. He was also a big reason that the Sienna Saints were able to hang tough with Villanova for so long in the second round.
April 1, 2008
There were some very good baseball games on today’s slate, the best of which was probably the Pittsburgh Pirates over the Atlanta Braves 12-11 in twelve innings. The game went back and forth and just didn’t seem to want to end. Another great game was the Brewers versus the Cubs, at least minus the first eight (scoreless) innings of the game. Starters, Ben Sheets and Carlos Zambrano, pitched some great ball, but when it came down to crunch-time in the ninth inning it was a completely different story. Two of the most under-achieving pitchers in baseball took the stage.
You guessed it, Eric Gagne and Kerry Wood. In the top of the ninth-inning Wood gave up three runs to the Milwaukee Brewers, as they took the 3-0 lead. Then in the bottom of the same inning something extraordinary happened. Kosuke Fukudome, Japanese native and cousin of competetive hot-dog eater Kobayashi, came up to the plate. The setting seemed electric as the entire crowd sang in chant, “Fu-ko-do-me”, and on the fifth pitch of the at-bat he hit a home run to tie the game at 3-3. Too bad for the Chicago Cubs that they still lost, 4-3, and still won’t end their World Series drought of exactly 100 years. Don’t feel bad Kerry Wood, you aren’t the reason…at least entirely.
My personal pick for the World Series champion this year is the New York Mets. They are pretty good and if anyone has a chance to dethrone the gross Yankee-Red Sox duo than it’s them. So, come on, Johan Santana, don’t win the World Series for yourself, or your team, or even your fans – do it for the Yankee haters.