Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Another NBA Star Chastised

Following Cleveland Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert's bashing of LeBron James after the superstar left Cleveland for South Beach, another team has sent its former superstar a message. Toronto Raptors general manager Bryan Colangelo has given his own harsh words to his former superstar Chris Bosh, who also joined the Heat. Colangelo said Bosh chose not to play down the stretch when the team was fighting for the final playoff spot in the East. They ended up finishing ninth in the league, one game out of the playoffs. Colangelo says Bosh was cleared to play and decided he was not ready to go. This is another shot at the core of the Heat. I suppose time will tell how it will work out.
Do you see any response to their former teams from either LeBron or Bosh?
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Saturday, July 24, 2010

MLB Free Agency Moves

As the trade deadline is approaching, this post will be your update to the action. The deadline is July 31st, and as the time gets closer, the trades will be frequent. Please use this post to share your opinions and analysis of the deadline.
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Dan Haren traded to the Angles for a package including starter Joe Saunders. Interesting trade as the Angels are currently six games out of first place.
The Phillies will receive J.A. Happ in the deal along with prospects. The Astros will pay 11 of the 23 million left on the contract. Oswalt did not demand the Phillies pick up the 16 million dollar option for 2013 as was previously reported.
The Twins have acquired Nationals closer Matt Capps. In the deal was highly regarded catching prospect Wilson Ramos, who was stuck behind Mauer. We will now see if Jon Raush will retain his closing job. This trade certainly bolsters the Twins bullpen.

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Phillies Making a Move?

The Phillies hinted on Tuesday that they are moving in on acquiring a starting pitcher, and all signs point to Roy Oswalt. This will be closure on a bad deal for the Phillies, who gave away Cliff Lee in the off season because of salary troubles. He is making nine million this year. Roy Oswalt has a fourteen million dollar salary this year. If they were to make this trade, they would get a worse pitcher than Cliff Lee for a higher salary. Ouch. They would also have to give hitting away in this deal, most likely to a third team to make the deal work. Jason Worth would most likely be traded. He is making around seven million dollars this year, but would be a huge hole missing in the lineup is traded. Jamie Moyer left last nights game with an injury, and they also optioned pitcher Kyle Kendricks to the minors. The Phillies are currently seven games behind the Braves in their division, and four out in the wild card.
Do you think this trade will help or hurt them. If you think it will help, will they be able to make the playoffs and contend for a championship?
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Thursday, July 15, 2010

Best 3 athletes in Sports

Who do you think are the best three sports athletes. Not most athletic but best in their sports. Mine are
1 LeBron James
2 Peyton Manning
3 Jimmie Johnson

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

The NL won?!

The National League won its first All-Star game since 1996! That's an incredible streak the American League had going. What contributed to this NL win? Well it was most certainly the pitching, they gave up no earned runs. Kuo let the only AL run, but it was on his own throwing error. This was the lowest scoring game since 1997, and it's because the NL pitching was too good, even for the more offensive AL hitters. So now the NL gets home field advantage in the World Series. Padres vs. Yankees?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

And The World Champions are...

Spain won its first world cup ever by defeating Netherland 1-0 in extra time. they game was scoreless when John Heitinga of the dutch was sent off with two yellows in the 109th minute . the goal was finally scored in the 116th minute by Andres Iniesta. the game was slow and dull for the most part there were few chances and when they came all but one was blown. this world cup will go down, not for being the best or most exciting but for being the first one on african soil

other fact and interesting bits...
  • Thomas Muller(Germany) is the winner of the Golden Boot with 5 goals(Highest goal total)
  • Diego Forlan (Uruguay) is the winner of the Golden Ball(best player in tournament)
  • Iker Casillas(Spain) is the winner of the Golden Glove(best goalie in tournament)
  • Spain also adds the FIFA Fair Play Award to the trophy case
  • New Zealand is the only team in the world cup to not lose a game

Friday, July 9, 2010

Cliff Lee traded to the Texas Rangers

The First big trade in this years MLB Trade Deadline has been made. This deal will see Cliff Lee traded to the AL West leading Rangers in a six team swap. the deal includes Cliff Lee and reliever Mark Lowe to the Rangers for Rookie first baseman Justin Smoak and 3 prospects.

*Cliff Lee has Been 8-3 with a 2.34 ERA for Seattle.

*Mark Lowe has been 1-3 with a 3.48 ERA for Seattle

*Justine Smoak has a .209 Bating average with 8 home runs and 34 RBI for the rangers

How much impact will this have on the AL pennant race?

Thursday, July 8, 2010

LeBron To Miami

The biggest free agent ever is going to south beach. He will team up with dwayne wade and chris bosh to form the best 3 team due since pippen jordan and rodmen.

who do you think will join them in Miami to fill out the roster? are they the favorites now to win it all?

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Boozer to bulls

Carlos Boozer is heading to the bulls in a 5 year 80 million dollar deal. This is a big piece to fall in to place for the bulls. but in this free agency period period is LeBron and how much impact will this have in LeBron's decision is yet to be seen.

How much impact do you think will this have on LeBron's decision?

The Final is set

Not a completely powerhouse match like Brazil and Spain or the story line of arch-rivals Germany and Netherlands facing off. but still a great match up of great European teams. Spain and Netherlands both have not won a world cup meaning it will now be 8 teams that have one the world cup after the final. both teams are know for there attacking flare but Spain has been a very defensive team in this cup only allowing 3 goals in 6 games while the Netherlands have attacked a lot, scoring 12 goals in 6 games. Make sure to tune in Sunday at 130 on ABC to see the winner and a great game.

Prediction:Netherlands 2 Spain 1
what are your prediction for the game?

Wade and Bosh Teaming up to form Dynamic Duo

Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh have joined forces and teamed up in Miami, according to ESPN sources. This gives Miami a very formidable duo that can compete for championships for years to come. This also poses the question: how will this affect the decision of LeBron James. If LeBron decides to join the duo in Miami, this team may be unbeatable. Two of these stars can have an off night, and they could still win. This also would rival one of the greatest trios of all time in Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Dennis Rodman. LeBron will announce his decision on Thursday at 9p.m. on ESPN.  Post your predictions on where LeBron will land.  

Monday, July 5, 2010

MLB All-Star Rosters

The All Star Rosters have been selected for the Mid-Summer Classic. Here they are.
American League
C Joe Mauer Minnesota 4
1B Justin Morneau Minnesota 4
2B Robinson Cano NY Yankees 1
3B Evan Longoria Tampa Bay 3
SS Derek Jeter NY Yankees 11
OF Ichiro Suzuki Seattle 10
OF Josh Hamilton Texas 3
OF Carl Crawford Tampa Bay 4
DH Vladimir Guerrero Texas 9
RHP Clay Buchholz Boston 1
RHP Trevor Cahill Oakland 1
RHP Fausto Carmona Cleveland 1
RHP Neftali Feliz Texas 1
RHP Phil Hughes NY Yankees 1
LHP Cliff Lee Seattle 2
LHP Jon Lester Boston1
LHP David Price Tampa Bay 1
RHP Mariano Rivera NY Yankees 11
LHP CC Sabathia NY Yankees 4
RHP Joakim Soria Kansas City 2
LHP Matt Thornton Chi. White Sox 1
RHP Jose Valverde Detroit 2
C * Victor Martinez Boston 4
C # John Buck Toronto 1
1B Miguel Cabrera Detroit 5
2B * Dustin Pedroia Boston 3
2B # Ian Kinsler Texas 2
SS Elvis Andrus Texas 1
3B Alex Rodriguez NY Yankees 13
3B Adrian Beltre Boston 1
INF Ty Wigginton Baltimore 1
OF Torii Hunter LA Angels 4
OF Vernon Wells Toronto 3
OF Jose Bautista Toronto 1
DH David Ortiz Boston 5
* -- unable to play; # -- replacement player
National League
C Yadier Molina St. Louis 2
1B Albert Pujols St. Louis 9
2B * Chase Utley Philadelphia 5
3B David Wright NY Mets 5
SS Hanley Ramirez Florida 3
OF Ryan Braun Milwaukee 3
OF Jason Heyward Atlanta 1
OF Andre Ethier LA Dodgers 1
RHP Jonathan Broxton LA Dodgers 2
RHP Chris Carpenter St. Louis 3
RHP Matt Capps Washington 1
RHP Yovani Gallardo Milwaukee 1
RHP Roy Halladay Philadelphia 7
RHP Tim Hudson Atlanta 3
RHP Ubaldo Jimenez Colorado 1
RHP Josh Johnson Florida 2
RHP Tim Lincecum San Francisco 3
RHP Evan Meek Pittsburgh 1
LHP Arthur Rhodes Cincinnati 1
RHP Adam Wainwright St. Louis 1
RHP Brian Wilson San Francisco 2
C Brian McCann Atlanta 5
1B Ryan Howard Philadelphia 3
1B Adrian Gonzalez San Diego 3
2B & Martin Prado Atlanta 1
INF Omar Infante Atlanta 1
SS * Troy Tulowitzki Colorado 1
SS # Jose Reyes NY Mets 2
2B Brandon Phillips Cincinnati 1
3B Scott Rolen Cincinnati 6
OF Michael Bourn Houston 1
OF Marlon Byrd Chi. Cubs 1
OF Corey Hart Milwaukee 2
OF Matt Holliday St. Louis 4
OF Chris Young Arizona 1
* -- unable to play; # -- replacement player; & -- will start at 2B in place of Chase Utley
There were many questionable decisions with this roster. One was the selection of Omar Infante as an NL Reserve. He is hitting a nice .309 on the year, but only has one home run and twenty-two RBIs. This is by far the least of any All-Star. Another is Michael Bourne, hitting just .260 with one home run. These selections were made by Charlie Manuel, the Phillies manager. An interesting question made with the selection was leaving Steven Strasburg off the roster. Yes, he only has a handful of starts, but many believed he was deserving of a selection. Another was leaving Jered Weaver, a strikeout leader off the American League roster. Share your opinions of the selections.

Friday, July 2, 2010

Netherlands Stun Brazil

The Netherlands have defeated Brazil 2  to 1 in the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup.  This turned out to be a historical game, as this was the first time Brazil has lost in its World Cup history after leading at halftime.  Robinho scored in the tenth minute to give Brazil a one nothing lead, but the Netherlands played hard the rest of the half to keep the score close.  In the second half, Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo knocked in an own goal to tie the game at one.  This was just the beginning of his nightmare.  When Wesley Sniejder scored in the 68th minute to give Brazil the lead, Melo was the defender who was supposed to be marking him.  He later received a red card for stomping on the leg of a Netherlands player who was on the ground. 

Are steroids better entertainment for baseball?

Ever since Major League Baseball became stricter on steroids, there has been a steady decline in home runs. This year's pitching has generally been much better. Pretty much 3 perfect games (sorry Galarraga) and a whole bunch of no hitters; there has never been more than 2 perfect games in a season. Are these pitching feats more exciting to watch than steroidal home runs? Or are people more apt to watch better hitting?

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Champion no More?

Arguably the greatest tennis player in the history of the game, Roger Federer will drop to number 3 in the ATP rankings for the first time since 2003. That's seven years of being either 1 or 2 in the world. Unfortunately for all his fans, the classy, crowd pleasing Federer is by far having his worst year in the 'dominating' part of his career. Yes he won the Australian Open, but he hasn't won any other title this year. He lost his epic 23 in a row Grand Slam semi-finals streak and lost in quarter finals in both the French Open and Wimbledon. Federer did have a lung infection before the French Open, and claimed he had a leg and back injury during Wimbledon. Though the infection can't be avoided, this is one of Federer's first injury that he's ever complained about.
Does this mean Federer's age is catching up with him? The Swiss star is going to turn 29 this August, while most of the other top players are still in their early twenties. If Federer is to ever become a major threat in tennis again, he'll have to seriously reflect on this year and improve what's wrong. Since 2008, there are two parts to Roger's game that have critically worsened. First, his consistency has been horrible (to be fair, that's just compared to his old self) as of late, especially on his backhand side. Opponents are just pounding it to Fed's backhand, and he often just slices the ball back. A weak slice often ends up with a setup approach shot from the other player. More importantly though, Federer has seemingly lost his ability to get himself out of any situation. He used to be able to come back from incredible deficits and hit the huge shot or serve when it mattered most. Even last year against Andy Roddick in the Wimbledon final he managed to come back from 6-2 down in a tiebreaker to save himself. This year against Tomas Berdych in the quarter-finals at Wimbledon, Federer went up 0-40 (on Berdych's serve) but failed to win that game, so then Berdych evened the 4th set at 3-3. Once Federer was broken that set, Berdych served for the match at 5-4. Federer had an opportunity with another break point AND a second serve, but he dumped the return right into the net. He went on to lose in 4 sets. This match was completely uncharacteristic of the old, dominating Federer.
So what will happen in Federer's future? Having dropped to number 3, he will no longer be able to become 1 again this year. He is only a week behind Sampras for most total weeks at number 1 (Federer's 285 weeks to Sampras' 286). Personally, I am rooting for him to overtake Sampras in that category, but it will take a lot of work for him after this year's disappointments and the incredibly talented players he'll face in tournaments. Federer should definitely get a coach or some other sort of help if he wants to win more Grand Slams. He has 16 now, but I think he only has 1 or 2 left in him, if he composes himself back to better form. As of now, the Swiss Maestro's reign of controlling tennis is over from what it used to be. However, Roger Federer is still a threat and will continue to be so for the rest of his career, and it'll be interesting to see if he can return to form and put his name further in the record books.