Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Wake Up Celtics!

It's not a surprise that the Atlanta Hawks young players are outjumping and using their superior pure athleticism as an advantage over the older Celtics Big 3. What IS very surprising is that the Celtics veterans are not outsmarting the inexperienced Hawks players. The Hawks took 33 Free Throws last night compared to the Celtics 18. Why the Celtics are not taking advantage of the Hawks overaggresive defense and getting them in foul trouble I'll never know. Atlanta has just 1 decent player in Josh Childress (AKA Bubbles from the Wire) coming off the bench and thats it. I'm no Red Auerbach but I think the Celtics should GET TO THE FREE THROW LINE!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Check out the NBA NEWS

Madden Update

Mindy McCready and Roger Clemens

Mindy McCready
NEW YORK -- Saying "all is fair game," lawyers for Roger Clemens' former personal trainer Brian McNamee say they intend to capitalize on allegations of an extra-marital affair involving Clemens and a country music singer in defending a defamation suit Clemens filed against McNamee.

The New York Daily News, citing "several" unnamed sources, reported on its Web site Sunday night that Clemens and country singer Mindy McCready had a decade-long affair. Clemens' lawyer, Rusty Hardin, said Clemens and McCready had a friendship and nothing more.

"If true, it's just another example of Roger's pervasive prevarications which will be at the core of any defamation case," said McNamee's attorney, Richard Emery, in an e-mail to The Associated Press.

"He flatly denies having had any kind of an inappropriate relationship with her," Hardin said, according to the Daily News. "He's considered her a close family friend ... He has never had a sexual relationship with her."

"The issue in Roger's suit against McNamee is Roger's reputation and how it has been damaged," Emery said, according to the Daily News. "If it's proved that he's a philanderer, his reputation is already damaged. When you sue for defamation, you put your whole reputation in the community at issue. Anything is fair game, including his claim of sanctimonious purity. We would cross-examine him and other witnesses who might impact on his alleged behavior. We would probably subpoena her and witnesses who knew [of the relationship]. He's a 'family man' -- he implies that. It's about what his damages are. All is fair game."

McCready's lawyer, Lee Ofman, said he did not have any comment on the Daily News story, according to the Associated Press.

Clemens filed a defamation suit against McNamee on Jan. 6. Clemens is under investigation for perjury relating to his testimony before Congress earlier this year involving the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

The allegations, according to the Daily News, claim Clemens was 28 when he first had contact with McCready. She was 15 when he noticed her at a Fort Myers, Fla., bar while out with his Red Sox teammates, according to the Daily News.

The Daily News report made no mention of when the alleged affair began.

McCready is attempting a comeback after seeing her career hit the skids, after her first album went platinum. She was arrested for prescription fraud in 2004, according to the Daily News, and had a son with Billy McKnight.

A documentary on her life is scheduled to begin filming in Nashville, according to the Daily News. A new album and reality show are also planned.

"She's trying to get back to where she was early in her career," said Michael Freeman, the president of Iconic Records who is the executive producer on McCready's "Fallen Angel" documentary and her "Mending Mindy" reality series. "She's a great person, and this will help her get back in the good graces with the industry."

According to the Daily News, McCready and Clemens traveled together and she attended a game at Yankee Stadium at one point. She and other members of her family also flew on a plane provided by Clemens, according to the Daily News and Hardin.

Hardin told the Daily News that Clemens' wife, Debbie, knew McCready. The Daily News, without citing a source, said McNamee "has confirmed that he saw Clemens and McCready together on many occasions."

The Daily News said Clemens sent cash to McCready to help her with legal issues and reached out to her when she was in jail last year in Tennessee for violating probation after allegedly hitting her mother.

Notes on the NFL Draft

Let me start by saying....Booooooooring. I know a lot of people get amped for the draft, hell, I did and this morning I am left feeling unsatified. "Just like a young man coming in for a quicky". Maybe it was the food poisoning for the second time in a month that really took the edge off of it but all and all this draft was pretty vanilla. There were no block buster moves and no real disapointments. Also, why do we have to wait 9 minutes between picks? Didn't these guys have months to plan? Thank god a spent most of the day in and our of slumber otherwise I would have been pissed. And you know what happens when Mr. Bigglesworth gets angry....people die! Well not literally...but I would have been pissed off.

Patriots Draft Picks

Again, ESPN proved how the NFL draft is the most over hyped event they can possibly promote. After the 7 rounds and hundreds of draft picks from this weekend, there most likely only are a handful of players that will have an impact over the course of the next three seasons. Yet, there were a few announcers who were shocked with a couple of picks in late 4th and later rounds. Good for them getting drafted, but the reality is most, not all (Tom Brady, 6th round) will not last long in the NFL. So does it matter if one team picks a certain CB over another…not so much Todd McShay.

Anyway, some thoughts on the draft day for the NE Pats.

New England Patriots
2008 Draft Board
Round Pick # Player Pos.
1 10 Jerod. Mayo LB
2 31 Terrence. Wheatley CB
3 15 Shawn. Crable LB
3 31 Kevin. O'Connell QB
4 31 Jonathan. Wilhite CB
5 20 Matthew. Slater S
6 31 Bo. Ruud LB

I see big things from Jerod Mayo and Shawn Crable. Pioloi and Belichick continue to draft young tough, speed and character guys, I like them both giving the veteran LB some rest during games and prepping for the future. Although I agree with most people with Crable being used more on special teams, I was a fan of him while at Michigan; he’ll do well in the 3-4. While Rudd most likely* will be a special teams player or practice squad…he does have size, pedigree and he was a member of vaunted black jersey defense while at Nebraska.

Although I don’t have a lot of exposure to Wheatley and Wilhite, there were definite holes to fill in the secondary. Both their speed speaks for themselves, while Nickel is where I see one of them ending up.

The two interesting picks I saw came from Matthew Slater (HAHA, great research department ESPN, didn’t have a lot on that guy did ya) Kevin O’Connell in the 3rd round…I guess this means Brady is up for some competition…really? No, but this does give the two Matt’s more competition for the backup and guy who wears the cap and writes down the plays on a clipboard(3rd string). I’m sure most analysts would debate this, taking a QB in the 3rd round, but I’m going to have to agree with what Mike Reiss said at The Globe on this one, below.
- “Most intriguing selection. San Diego State QB Kevin O'Connell gets the nod. There has been some not-so-positive buzz from emailers that the Patriots took a QB so high -- over other needs. It's a fair debate. It probably comes down to looking at how teams stack their draft boards. For example, at that point, there had been 17 defensive backs selected, and four quarterbacks. So when considering how a team stacks its draft board, you are basically choosing between the 18th DB or the fifth QB. Or the eighth TE against the fifth QB. Also consider that the choice was 94th overall, just a few picks away from the fourth round. If the Patriots take O'Connell in the fourth round, one could argue it wouldn't have been as eye-catching.”

Moving forward, there are still a bunch of spots on the roster to sign more; which will include some veterans and some free agents. Although it’s tough to improve after coming off of a perfect regular season, I believe they did with younger LB’s and CB’s to fill spots.

Al Whore-Ford is a jerk

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Boston Red Sox Fast Facts

Boston Sports Blog
Fast Facts

• Dustin Pedroia had his third career four-hit game, becoming the first Red Sox second baseman with four hits and three doubles in a single game since Carlos Rodriguez did so in 1994.

• Jacoby Ellsbury homered twice to become the first Red Sox rookie with a multihomer game since Kevin Youkilis in 2004.

• Boston posted a season-high 16 hits.

• The Red Sox dropped the Angels to 8-18 at Fenway since 2003.

-- ESPN Research

Boston Sports Blog

2008 Red Sox Team Leaders
HR M. Ramirez 6
RBI M. Ramirez 20
R J. Ellsbury 19
OPS M. Ramirez 1.093
W D. Matsuzaka 4
ERA D. Matsuzaka 3.14
SO D. Matsuzaka 28

Red Sox Photo's


Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Bobby Light

Who is ben with?

Ben @ the Sox game 4-21-08
So Kevin took a picture of ben with a random guy at yesterdays game. Why you ask? WE HAVE NO IDEA.

Red Sox Game = No fun for poor people

The Boston Red Sox historically have one of the highest payrolls in the bigs, with one of the smallest ball parks, and the best damn Italian sausage, peppers and onions around. I mean you can buy a sausage anywhere around the park and it is still incredible. Plus the peppers and onions just make it one of tastiest foods to ever come in a cow intestine...Back to what I was saying...poor people. I've been poor and let me tell you something....being poor sucks. One of the suckiest things about being poor is that going to a red sox game is no fun. Let's do some quick math and see if the equation can in any way equal fun.

Box Tickets for 6 (poor people have a lot of kids even though they can't afford them...good thing the state can) ($645.50) + 6 Fenway Franks ($30.00) + 6 Bottled waters ($18.00) + 10 Beers for Dad because he likes to drink and hates his wife($80.00) + Parking (Free) they know a guy who works at Hess = Dad working the overnight shift at the box factory for 1 month + Mom takes an extra shift at Denny's + the sacrifice of the oldest son quiting school to sweep floors + little Sally fails spelling for the third time (this will eventually lead to Sally becoming a stripper and developing an "addictive personality") + Dad drinks more and talks about leaving this S-hole for Mexico and a job on a fishing boat

So as you can see in this simple equation Red Sox Games DO NOT EQUAL Fun For Poor People.

Red Soxs Games actually equal the dismantling of a moral family and the reason why no one likes walking down Dot Ave....ever.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Jim Nance - "Hello friends..."

Jim Nance
If you caught the Masters this past weekend, I’m hoping you caught what I did. No, I’m not referring the usual Saturday night scare, but the voice that was describing Augusta and The Masters. The voice that describes every bad shot which ends up being a “marvelous display of artful movement”, I’m referring to Jim Nance. The way he uses words and the flow of the conversation is breathtaking. I doubt he even needs cue cards or a prompter to give him his lines. I found myself mesmerized by Jimmy describing the views, the moments, and even scenery as if he was reading an Edgar Allen Poe poem. I mean beautiful….and the man’s talking golf here. I’m pretty sure when I expire I want Jim Nance reading my eulogy so that way I sound interesting and not useless. The way he could describe my Friday nights of lying on the couch drinking cheap beer and dipping Doritos into blue cheese would make it as through I was a trend-setter or possibly my dipping skills comparable to “life changing” or “As good as it gets!”

Please see below for some memorable quotes from the great, the astonishing, the unsurpassed, the preeminent ….. Jim Nance.

“The Bear...has come out of hibernation.” (final round of 1986 Masters, referring to Jack Nicklaus)

“There it is, a win for the ages!” (1997 Masters, referring to Tiger Woods)

“Is it his time?...Yes!..At long last!” (2004 Masters, as Phil Mickelson made the tournament-winning shot for his first major)

“Watch his life change right here.” (2004 Masters, while watching Mickelson's reaction to his winning putt on videotape)

“A tradition unlike any other, The Masters on CBS.”

The Masters

Does it feel like that whenever Tiger is playing on Sunday’s, it’s as if everyone is watching him to win? Think of one other dominate person/team that everyone cheers on to win…every single time. No one cheers for the Yankees to win every time they are won, or the Celtics (Boston fans would disagree). But to me it seems that the feeling in golf whenever Tiger is close on Sunday, announcers/bars/friends are coming up with every scenario possible for Tiger to win. For example on Sunday, when Immelman hit into the bunker on 17, the feeling of ‘wait a minute, if he shanks another and double bogey’s here, it’s in his head; he’s done. He’ll bogey 18 for a playoff’. But instead Trevor played a beautiful shot out of the bunker and went on to win. It just continues to baffle me how it seems the dominate player is cheered on to win. And…on top of that, it’s considered a bad week if Tiger does not win. He came in 2nd and it was considered a “surprise” or “let down” that he couldn’t put on the green jacket again.

Yes, I too was among the fans who were cheering on Tiger to win. Can anyone think of any other player/team who dominates the sport, who is consistently cheered on to win every single time?

Friday, April 11, 2008

Great Post on Hacks With Hags regarding PAPI

Big Papi
Haggs talks about a conversation with Jacque Jones about David Ortiz, Check it out, PAPI POST

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Great Game by the Sox

Great Game by the Sox

Boston scored its runs in bunches, as J.D. Drew used one of his three hits to plate a run in a four-run fourth, Manny Ramirez hit a two-run double in a four-run seventh and Kevin Youkilis hit a two-run double in a four-run eighth.

DET (1-8) 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 3 0 6 10 0

BOS (5-5) 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 4 X 12 13 1

W: T. Wakefield (1-0, 3.27); L: N. Robertson (0-1, 7.84); SV: J. Papelbon (3)
HR: DET: M. Ordonez (1).

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Good parenting

Kevin Varieur as a Baby

The beer was to wash the paint chips he had for dinner. What a good DAD!

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Boston Red Sox

Can I get a little Billy Buckner sighting at Fenway today. Picture by the Globe.

Mario Chalmers' Big Shot

Chalmers' shot capped the Jayhawks' steely nine-point comeback in the final 2:12 of regulation on their way to a 75-68 overtime triumph. It was the blow that broke an excellent Tigers squad -- a Tigers squad that turned the school's first championship into a stunning championship choke.

"You have a lead like that," coach John Calipari said, "you're supposed to win the game."

The emotional whiplash that followed Chalmers' 3-pointer with 2.1 seconds remaining will be felt for years on both campuses. Memphis will always love a team that finished 38-2 -- but always wince at the way it unraveled at the very end. And giddy Kansas now has another name to add to its list of all-time heroes: Clyde Lovellette, Wilt Chamberlain, Danny Manning …

Mario Chalmers.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Mike Vick, Prison Football

When they choose sides for football games in the yard at the United States Penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kan., Michael Vick is the popular pick.

Twice for the same game, it seems.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank said Vick is playing ball in prison to keep his body in shape, his arm limber and to pass the time.

"Apparently, there was a prison football team and he played quarterback for both sides," Blank told the Daily News in Monday's editions.

The suspended Falcons quarterback is serving a 23-month prison term at Leavenworth's minimum security satellite prison camp after pleading guilty last August to a federal dogfighting conspiracy. Vick, who was sentenced in December, is projected to be released in July 2009.

Blank, who signed Vick to a 10-year, $130 million contract in 2004, has been communicating with Vick through letters, which Vick initiated. The quarterback has written that he is making 12 cents an hour washing pots and pans and playing a lot of football.

"He's written me a couple of times," Blank told the Daily News. "I've written him back, he's stayed in touch."

Blank also said Kevin Winston, the Falcons' senior director of player development, has visited Vick on several occasion. Blank told the newspaper he has no such plans, although it's evident he still has a soft spot for his exiled quarterback.

"I just try to be supportive and as understanding as I can be," Blank told the Daily News. "He talks about the process he is going through and what he has learned, the lessons of life, how he's going to come out a different person.

"He's sorry he has affected so many people in a negative way -- the league, our club, our fans. He feels awful about that. The letters sound quite sincere to me. From a mental standpoint, he sounds good."

Vick will go to trial on state dogfighting charges in Virginia on June 27.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Red Sox Game Day

Dice-K in my opinion looked ok last time out but this time, I need a little more out of him. Matsuzaka (0-0, 3.60 ERA) only allowed two hits in five innings, but walked five and allowed two runs while struggling with a high pitch count that plagued him for much of last season.

I am also very interested in the out field which will have Manny in left, Coco in Center and Jacoby in right. J.D. Drew will start tomorrow. Last year Oakland was a hous eof horrors for the sox where they dropped three of four in Oakland in 2007, with Blanton taking a tough loss in Boston's lone win, a 1-0 game in which Curt Schilling came within one out of a no-hitter.

I was at the game in which Wakefield lost in Oakland and it seemed our bats just couldn't get rolling. lets hope this game goes different.

Go Sox

Kevin Love - Make it Rain