04 April 2012

2012 NBA Mock Draft: 1st Edition

As we all know, the Kentucky Wildcats are champions of college basketball. And a big reason why were the two talented freshman forwards, Anthony Davis, the Most Outstanding Player of the 2012 NCAA Tournament, and Michael Kidd-Gilchrist. Barring something completely unexpected, both are NBA bound and locks to be in the top five. So why not put up my first mock draft?

2012 Masters Preview

There is nothing quite like the Masters Tournament, the true crown jewel of the four majors on the PGA Tour. Everyone is fighting for that iconic green jacket down at the Augusta National Golf Club, arguably the most famous golf course in the world (although St. Andrews and Pebble Beach will have something to say about that). So who will claim the Masters in 2012?

Martin Kaymer skims shot on the water, goes in for hole-on-one

It's a tradition of sorts in the Masters practice rounds to try to skip your ball off the water on the short par 3 on the 16th at Augusta. Martin Kaymer successfully pulled it off and somehow the ball goes in the hole for a ridiculous hole-in-one. This is one of the craziest shots you will ever see. Let's go to the videotape.

2012 MLB on FOX Announcers & Distribution: April 7th

And here we are, basebafl in back ladies and gentlemen! You know what that means, the return of FOX MLB Saturday, which comes back with a strong quartet of games. The featured game has one of last year's choke artists, the Boston Red Sox with a new general in Bobby Valentine, and the Detroit Tigers, who are gunning for the World Series behind the middle of their lineup with Miguel Cabrera and the big acquisition of Prince Fielder. Other games include the defending World Series champions, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the team they defeated in the NLCS, the Milwaukee Brewers, the Kansas City Royals, a young team on the rise, with the winners of the offseason, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and the San Francisco Giants taking on the Arizona Diamondbacks in a battle of the top two clubs in the NL West from a year ago. Continue reading for announcers and distribution splits for this week's MLB on FOX slate.

03 April 2012

Listen in live to the Lexington Police Scanner

May have been flipped by fans.
So Kentucky just won the National Championship and so you would expect the incredibly rabid fans of Big Blue nation to go absolutely wild in Lexington, Kentucky. And that they are. I have no idea who found this (h/t to Fang's Bites for me) but you can listen live to the Lexington Police scanner right now. These fans are going insane and this is absolutely fantastic stuff to listen to.

Click here for the greatness.

One Shining Moment 2012

As they begin the celebration of the Kentucky Coronation in Lexington, we mark the end of March Madness as we do every year with One Shining Moment, the majestic video recap produced by the heroes at CBS Sports featuring the late and the incomparable Luther Vandross. Let's go to the videotape.

Kentucky is the 2012 National Champion of College Basketball

Did the best team win? That's not even a question. Save for a late run by the Kansas Jayhawks that came up shy, the Kentucky Wildcats, the number one overall seed, were in complete control in the National Championship Game and won 67-59 tonight to win it all at the Louisiana Superdome down in New Orleans. This is Kentucky's eighth title, their first since 1998, and it is the first championship for head coach John Calipari.

It was a balanced effort as it has been all season for these young club. Sophomore guard Doron Lamb led the team with 22 points, and had three threeballs. Freshman guard Marcus Teague contributed 14 points. Fellow freshman Michael Kidd-Gilchrist did it all for UK and was brilliant on defense, as always. Sophomore big guy Terrence Jones had nine and seven. And only a guy like Anthony Davis could be the Most Outstanding Player with only two points in the final but he still dominated with 16 boards, five assists, which led the team, and he had six blocks which was enough for him to set the record for blocks in a season.

And you have to give much props to the Jayhawks who really made it a game late. But the kings of the dance are the Kentucky Wildcats as they are the National Champions for the 2011-12 college basketball season.

02 April 2012

2012 NFL Mock Draft: 13th Edition

Did you know that the real name of the NFL Draft is the NFL Player Selection Meeting? It just rings off the tongue. This Thursday marks three weeks until the opening of the 2012 NFL Draft and thus, here is my latest mock draft. 

2012 Masters: TV Schedule & Announcers

A tradition unlike any other, the Masters Tournament, the most prestigious tournament in all of golf, begins its 76th edition this Thursday afternoon at legendary Augusta. Here is the television slate for this year's tournament as well as the announcers who will be calling the action on CBS, ESPN, ESPN 3D and on Masters Live online.

01 April 2012

2012 Final Four: National Championship Game Prediction

You think Kentucky coach John Calipari and Kansas coach Bill Self are ready for Monday night's National Championship Game, which will decide the champions of the 2012 NCAA Tournament? These two have met before in the National Championship before, as Self's Jayhawks were able to defeat Calipari's Memphis Tigers in overtime. Now Calipari may be looking for revenge as we all know he is gunning for his first national title as the pressure is on as his Wildcats have been the favorite all season long. Self is in the position of the underdog and his Jayhawks have been against the ropes all tournament and have been having more lives than a cat. So the question must be asked, who is going to win?

Watch the ridiculous Flyers-Penguins brawl

To say that the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Philadelphia Flyers hate each other would be a tremendous understatement and today's game earlier showed why. Late in the third period in Pittsburgh, with the Flyers well on the way to a victory (final was 6-4) after Flyers center Brayden Schenn laid a cheap shot on Penguins star Sidney Crosby from behind, Pittsburgh center Joe Vitale crunched Flyers center Danny Briere in the open ice which sparked a full-on melee between these two clubs, including Flyers coach Peter Laviolette absolutely losing it, swinging, and breaking, a stick at the Penguins bench and shouting at the coach Dan Bylsma and Pens assistant Tony Granato, right in front of charlatan Pierre McGuire. Let's go to the videotape. 

Should Hard Knocks cover anyone besides the Jets this training camp?

The last time there was Hard Knocks on HBO, the New York Jets were featured in what was arguably the most memorable edition of the series thus far (watch highlights here). The Jets' loudmouthed coach Rex Ryan became a star with many memorable lines, the contract negotiations with Darrelle Revis, the continuing development of Mark Sanchez and the introduction to Danny Woodhead to many football fans. It was pretty great TV.

Resident NY Daily News blowhard Bob Raissman wrote that after an offseason highlighted by a certain acquisition as well as major question in the team's locker room after a disappointing 2011, the Jets would be perfect for Hard Knocks this year. And I agree 100%, in fact is there anybody that would be better?

Erin Andrews to leave ESPN

UPDATE: Turns out my April Fool's joke has become real as Andrews will be leaving ESPN. Top suitor is expected to be FOX Sports. And I can now predict the future.

We knew there were a few folks over at the Worldwide Leader that were undergoing contract negotiations with the biggest name being Erin Andrews. Now it has been reported that Andrews, the biggest name of ESPN's multitude of sideline reporters is choosing to leave the network after negotiations broke down between both sides. ESPN felt that while Andrews was important to the network, they had others who could easily fill her place, the first name on the list being Jenn Brown. There is expecting to be a high demand for Andrews with FOX Sports and NBC Sports being at the top of the list of those that wish to hire her.

Andrews joined ESPN back in 2004 and her profile steadily increased to the point where she not only covered major events on ESPN but she began work as a contributor on Good Morning America. Continue reading for more analysis.