Saturday, October 15, 2011

NBPA disagrees with JaVale McGee suggesting union is divided

JaVale McGee of the Washington Wizards made an interesting comment about the players union. He said that of the players were ready to "fold". Of course the players union says otherwise.

The L.A. Times takes a look at this here: NBPA disagrees with JaVale McGee suggesting union is divided

Here is an except: "Fisher acknowledged that some free agents, veterans and rookies alike could have those sentiments, before adding, "At the end of the day, it's our job to weigh statements made by guys who spend the least amount of time in the room versus guys' statements that spend the most time in the room. At the end of the day, we come out with a decision that's best for the majority of our guys."

And as far as the union is concerned, McGee's view hardly represents their majority viewpoint.
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Cardinals shut down Brewers to take 3-2 series lead

It was a great night to be a St. Louis Cardinals fan, but not so great to be a Milwaukee Brewers fan. 4 errors and it was all an uphill climb. But there is Game 6 in Milwaukee, and the Brewers have been unstoppable at home for the most part.

Dave van Dyck of the L.A. Times breaks down game 5 and what went right for the Cards and what went wrong for the Brew crew here: Cardinals shut down Brewers to take 3-2 series lead

Here is an excerpt: "But now it's the postseason, with Greinke failing Friday night in a 7-1 loss to the Cardinals and Marcum set to bring his postseason 12.46 earned-run average into Sunday's National League Championship Series do-or-die game for the Brewers.

If the Brewers have more than the usual hope, it's because of a potential two games at Miller Park, where two consecutive victories are almost a norm. In fact, they didn't lose two straight games at their retractable dome field until July 4-5.
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Friday, October 14, 2011

WHAT EXACTLY IS THE STORY ON ASHAM-BEAGLE ANYWAY?

Just about every hockey fan saw the Aaron Asham vs. Jay Beagle fight. And just about everyone saw the gestures that Asham made after he dropped Beagle.

Of course when you mix two rivals that just do not like each other or the other team's fan base, you know a few sparks will happen.

Bob McKenzie of TSN goes into detail here: WHAT EXACTLY IS THE STORY ON ASHAM-BEAGLE ANYWAY?

Here is an excerpt: "I was asked to talk about it last night, within minutes of it happening, on the NHL on TSN panel and that was fine too. Here's what we said about it.

But I knew damn well the shelf life on this story would easily carry over to today as it's what we like to refer to as the obvious "water-cooler talk." That and the fact the media loves to blow up stories like this. Oops, did I just say that out loud?

But here's the problem I always run into: What exactly is the story on Asham-Beagle anyway?


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NFL Could Begin Blood Testing Players for HGH in Days

The NFL wants to have HGH testing, but the players union has concerns about the testing.

While I think most of us agree that drug testing is needed, it is going to be interesting to see this process of debate about how to test.

John Parkinson of ABC Sports takes a look at the discussion here: NFL Could Begin Blood Testing Players for HGH in Days

Here is an excerpt: "Representatives from the NFL Players Association and Roger Goodell, the commissioner of the NFL, sat down with two top lawmakers from the House Oversight and Government Reform committee today in order to reach an agreement to begin testing as soon as possible.

“We’re not guaranteeing any outcome except there was an agreement to begin testing immediately,” said Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the chairman of the committee. “The other aspects of what you do with the test will be resolved over the next many weeks and we’ve agreed on a bipartisan basis to have the committee play a role if necessary with getting parties together again.”


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Thursday, October 13, 2011

Tigers stay alive in ALCS, hold off Rangers 7-5

The Tigers hit for a natural cycle, Nelson Cruz hits his 5 home this series, and Verlander has good game. All that equals the Tigers forcing a game 6. This has been a wild series.

Noah Trister of the AP (via Yahoo) recaps the game here: Tigers stay alive in ALCS, hold off Rangers 7-5

Here is an excerpt: "Verlander helped save Detroit’s season with a gutsy effort and the Tigers hit for a sudden cycle to break away in a 7-5 victory Thursday that cut the Rangers’ lead to 3-2 in the AL championship series.

Delmon Young hit two of Detroit’s four homers and Miguel Cabrera(notes) had a tiebreaking double in the sixth inning—thanks to a bizarre bounce off third base.


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Sidney Crosby cleared for contact hockey

Sid the Kid is one step closer to making his return. It's been just over 11 months since he last played and he has just been cleared for contact in practice.

Kevin McGran of TheStar.com takes a look at his road to recovery here: Sidney Crosby cleared for contact hockey

Here is an excerpt: "And with that statement by Sidney Crosby, the hockey world was all a-twitter with the possible return of the game’s biggest name.

Crosby uttered those words to Sam Kasan, one of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ official website writers, who tweets as @PensInsideScoop.

“It’s a big step but we’ll see how things go,” said Crosby.

Crosby took to the ice in a black helmet — the same colour as his Penguins teammates — a clear indication that it was okay to hit him. However, no one did.
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Is Nelson Cruz the next Mr. October for the Texas Rangers?

Two home runs in extra innings. Oh, and they were in the playoffs too. Does that make Nelson Cruz this generations Mr. October?

Cindy Boren and Matt Brooks of the Washington Post take a look at Nelson Cruz's Is Nelson Cruz the next Mr. October for the Texas Rangers?

Here is an excerpt: "If Jose Valverde and the Detroit Tigers learned anything in Wednesday’s 7-3, 11-inning loss to the Texas Rangers it should be this: Do not pitch to Nelson Cruz in the 11th inning.

The also learned the guy has a cannon for an arm in the outfield.
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Man Throws Hot Dog at Tiger Woods, Blames Ryan Gosling

Yep, you read correctly. I can see the correlation as well. The movie Drive was such a flop, someone had to protest somehow. And what better way than throwing a hot dog at Tiger Woods.

US Weekly (via Yahoo) talks about what happened and why exactly the hot dog was thrown here: Man Throws Hot Dog at Tiger Woods, Blames Ryan Gosling

Here is an excerpt: "Tiger Woods can't catch a break lately.

The golfer -- whose once-supreme ranking in his sport has slipped following his epic divorce scandal -- got a hot dog thrown at him during a Tuesday golf match in San Martin, Calif. Local man Brandon Kelly was arrested for the offense -- and, oddly, credits Ryan Gosling's movie Drive for the bizarre act.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Epstein agrees to deal with Cubs

I looks like it will happen. The man who was the architect for the Red Sox two world series wins will now have the challenge of helping the Cubs win the big one themselves.

Jon Heyman of SI.com looks at the details of this transaction here: Epstein agrees to deal with Cubs

Here is an excerpt: "GM Theo Epstein has an agreement in place to become head the of Cubs baseball operations, SI.com has confirmed.

Sources indicate Epstein's move from the Red Sox should be completed within a couple of days. Sources say the two teams were still discussing Boston's compensation for allowing the move, but this is not expected to curtail a deal. It will either be cash or minor-league players going to Boston, but according to people familiar with the deal, the the Red Sox will be content with cash.
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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Early numbers show strong TV ratings for Lions, Tigers

I knew Detroit was a sports town, they just needed a reason to watch. Lions doing well, Tigers in the playoffs, Red Wings starting their season, sports fans are going to like what they see on tv?

Eric Lacy of the Detroit News takes a look at the ratings and how they have compared to the past here: Early numbers show strong TV ratings for Lions, Tigers

Here is an excerpt: "The country now knows what most sports fan here in Metro Detroit have known for years: we love our football.

Early TV ratings for the Lions' 24-13 win Monday over the Bears at Ford Field made ESPN's

"Monday Night Football" the second-best rated game of the year for the network , the Hollywood Reporter reported Tuesday.

The Web site based its 10.7 Detroit-area household rating for ESPN viewers and 25.7 rating on ABC affiliate WXYZ (Channel 7) on what it called "very preliminary numbers.
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Arizona beats out Tampa, lands 2015 Super Bowl

It is offical, The Arizona Cardinals will be the host for the 2015 Super Bowl. It will be the third time the Phoenix area will host a Super Bowl

Barry Wilner of the AP takes a look at how the Phoenix area won the rights here: (via the GainsvilleTimes.com) Arizona beats out Tampa, lands 2015 Super Bowl

Here is an excerpt: ""Everyone pulled together throughout the Phoenix area to put together a terrific package we were able to present to the owners," Arizona Cardinals President Michael Bidwill said. "We are delighted."

The Super Bowl also was held at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2008, when the Giants beat the Patriots 17-14. Tempe, Ariz., was the 1996 host, with Dallas defeating Pittsburgh 27-17. Tampa hosted the game in 1984, 1991, 2001 and 2009.
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NBA cancels season's first two weeks

I rather talk about what makes sports great but we all have to face the facts, the NBA has a labor issue that just seem to not be able to get settled.

First the preseason, now the first two weeks. Is there going to be a season at all? The NHL lost a season and it took them some time to recover.

Here is a break down of what happened and what is going on by the AP (via MSN and Fox Sports) NBA cancels season's first two weeks

Here is an excerpt: "Sticking to his deadline, NBA Commissioner David Stern erased the first two weeks of the season after negotiations failed to produce a new labor deal and warned that more games were in jeopardy of being cut.

''With every day that goes by, I think we need to look at further reductions in what's left of the season,'' Stern said.
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Monday, October 10, 2011

Tim Tebow Led An Impressive Comeback Effort Sunday For The Broncos

Well, the fans of Denver finally got what they wanted. Tim Tebow came in after Kyle Orton had a rough time against the San Diego Chargers.

Ariel Sandler of BusinessInsider.com takes a look at his season debut here: Tim Tebow Led An Impressive Comeback Effort Sunday For The Broncos

Here is an excerpt: "But fans weren’t imploring coach John Fox to finally insert Denver’s new favorite son in the lineup – they were begging Fox to keep him there.

Down 16 at halftime, Tebow replaced Kyle Orton to start the second half – entering to a rousing ovation – and led an enthusiastic comeback.
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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Canadiens spoil Winnipeg’s NHL return

Winnipeg was celebrating their first NHL regular season game in years, but Carey Price, Michael Cammalleri, and the rest of the Montreal Canadiens showed the people of Winnipeg what the fans in Atlanta knew. The Thrashers Jets have work to do to make the playoffs (let alone keep up with the Washington Capitals and Tampa Bay Lightning)

Here is a look at their first home game. This is written by the AP (Via the Boston Herald) Canadiens spoil Winnipeg’s NHL return

Here is an excerpt: "The NHL returned to Winnipeg with a cold reminder of the challenge that lies ahead.

Carey Price stopped 30 shots and the Montreal Canadiens put a damper on a massive civic celebration with a 5-1 victory over the Jets on Sunday.
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Green-Ellis runs for 2 TDs, Pats beat Jets 30-21

By Howard Ulman of the AP (via Providence Journal) takes a look at the New England Patriots win over the New York Jets here: Green-Ellis runs for 2 TDs, Pats beat Jets 30-21

NBA negotiators to meet Sunday night

Well, the first two weeks of the regular season are on the line, so both sides will meet tonight.

Brian Mahone of the AP (via the Miami Herald) takes a look at what is at stake and what both sides what here: NBA negotiators to meet Sunday night

Here is an excerpt: "A person with knowledge of the plans says top negotiators for the NBA and players' association will meet Sunday night, perhaps the last chance to avoid canceled regular-season games.
Commissioner David Stern has set Monday as the deadline for a new labor deal to be reached before the first two weeks of the season will be canceled. No meetings had been planned since he set the deadline Tuesday, before the sides agreed to talk Sunday.
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Raiders CEO: Davis family to keep control

With the passing of Al Davis, people are asking, who is going to take over control of the Raiders. According to the CEO, the family will still have control of the team.

You can read about it from UPI.com here: Raiders CEO: Davis family to keep control

Here is a excerpt: "Controlling interest of the Oakland Raiders will stay in the family following the death of longtime owner Al Davis, the team's chief executive says.

Amy Trask told the San Francisco Chronicle late Saturday that despite speculation Davis' wife Carol and son Mark would sell the team, that's not the case."