05 May 2012

I'll Have Another wins the 2012 Kentucky Derby

Handicapper James Scully said yesterday that if you are looking for an upset at the 2012 Kentucky Derby, I'll Have Another could be that horse. And look who came out on top in the 138th Run for the Roses as the colt with the 12-1 odds was the victor. Bodemeister, who had the second best odds at 5/1, was setting a record pace going into the stretch but I'll Have Another was able to roar past Bodemeister for the win. This is the first Derby title for Mexican jockey Mario Gutierrez and trainer Doug O'Neill. This was the first win ever for the horse in post 19, the second post to the outside. I'll Have Another now has a chance to be the first thoroughbred to win the Triple Crown in 34 years if he wins the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 19 and then the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park on June 9.

Here's the complete finishing order.

04 May 2012

Have we seen the last of Amar'e Stoudemire with the Knicks?

Barring a miraculous series comeback as they are down 3 games to none against the Miami Heat, with game 4 on Sunday afternoon, the New York Knicks' season is essentially over, bringing an end to what was a certainly interesting and absolutely entertaining season for the Knickerbockers. The Knicks went at the third game of the series sans Amar'e Stoudemire, who was out due to cutting his hand after punching a fire extinguisher (want to see a picture?). Stoudemire did practice today but even he thinks it will be doubtful for him to play on Sunday (I mean, look at the freaking picture). That said, could the Amar'e in New York tenure be coming to a close?

Did Phil Mushnick just say that?

Phil Mushnick, sports columnist for the New York Post, has a reputation for being, well, a dick for what he writes in his columns but today in his widely read 'Equal Time' column when discussing the new uniforms for the Brooklyn Nets (check out their new logo here), he absolutely crossed the line. Here's the column and here are the damning words from Mr. Mushnick.

2012 MLB on FOX Announcers & Distribution: May 5th

The 2012 MLB season is rolling down the tracks right now and that includes another solid Saturday of action on FOX. Three games are featured this weekend and they include the AL Central rivalry of the White Sox and the Tigers, a cross country NL showdown of the Diamondbacks and the Metropolitans and the third game being another NL match between the Brewers and the Giants. Continue reading for announcing assignments and distribution splits for FOX Saturday Baseball.

Is Mariano Rivera's career over?

The big news in the world of Major League Baseball is the news that Yankees closer Mariano Rivera, after twisting his right knee while shagging fly balls during batting practice in Kauffman Stadium, tore his right knee ACL. Does this mean the end of the career of the greatest closer in MLB history?

03 May 2012

Rick Carlisle loses his shit, receives technical (Video)

When you come into a season with high expectations, after winning the NBA title, and you have a disappointing season, you loaf into the playoffs and you are down two games to the team you are playing, you get frustrated as a coach. Sometimes you lose control. That happened to Rick Carlisle as he lost his mind at a ref after a poor no-call on offensive interference as well as a ploy, undoubtedly, to get his team in gear. Let's go to the videotape.

Tommy Rees got arrested in a hilarious manner last night

Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees was going to face a tough battle for his starting job this season as the Fighting Irish have three other really talented quarterbacks waiting in the wings, including ballyhooed freshman Gunner Kiel. Rees may have just lost the job himself after getting arrested in the wee hours of Monday morning in a truly ridiculous and humorous manner.

2012 Kentucky Derby Picks

There is no place in America quite like Churchill Downs and there is nothing quite like the Kentucky Derby. The 138th running of the Derby is this Saturday with the race scheduled to start at 5 p.m. Who are my picks in the race and who will win the roses?

2012 Kentucky Derby Post Positions & Wednesday Odds

This Saturday marks the 139th running of the Kentucky Derby as the most exciting two minutes in sports strikes again. Where the horses line up is a major deal as it plays a role in the odds as well as who can really win the race. Here are the post positions for this year's race plus odds as they stand right now (likely to change on Saturday morning).

02 May 2012

R.I.P. Junior Seau

One of the best linebackers in the NFL of the last 20 years as well as a San Diego icon, Junior Seau was found dead at his home in Oceanside, California this morning. He was found at his home by a housekeeper with a gunshot wound to his chest and suicide is being suspected. He was 43 years old. Seau was a beloved member of the Chargers as he was a San Diego native who after getting drafted fifth overall by the club in 1990 made the Pro Bowl twelve times, was an All-Pro ten times, was named to the All-Decade team for the 1990s and was a key player in the team's Super Bowl berth in the 1994 NFL season. Seau also played for the Miami Dolphins from 2003-2005 and for the New England Patriots from 2006-2009.

The Chargers released a statement via Twitter.

Tiaina Baul "Junior" Seau, Jr.: January 19, 1969 - May 2, 2012

The NFL announces Saints suspensions as part of Bountygate

The National Football League has announced the suspensions of the players that were implicated in the Bountygate scandal that enveloped the New Orleans Saints organization and in particular former defensive coordinator Gregg Williams (Related: my take on the coaching suspensions). They are pretty strong and here they are.

30 April 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Team Grades

As we have learned, to have success in this league you have to build through the draft. That makes the NFL Draft so incredibly important if you want to win the Super Bowl. So how did every team grade out in the 2012 NFL Draft? Here are my team-by-team grades.

29 April 2012

2012 NFL Draft: Best picks of Day 3

When you punch a cop, you fall to round 7.
With the stars going off the board in the first day and some guys who slip going off the board in the second day, the real diamonds in the rough are to be found in the third day in rounds 4-7. What teams did their homework and look to some real players develop from the late rounds? Here are the best picks of day 3.