08 June 2013

2013 Belmont Stakes Picks

I know it's a little late, but today is the 145th running of the Belmont Stakes at Belmont Park out on Long Island. The "Test of the Champion" may be the most grueling race for these thoroughbreds at 1.5 miles and it will be run once again without a Triple Crown being on the line. Derby winner Orb and Preakness winner Oxbow are both in the mix, but who will come out on top?

06 June 2013

2013 MLB on FOX Announcers & Distribution: June 8th

Primetime baseball? That's good action. We've also got ourselves some more good action this Saturday night on FOX with quintet of games on the slate. Most of the country will see the Angels visiting the Red Sox at Fenway, while a sizeable chunk will see the Cardinals and the Reds at the Gap, and everybody else will either see Phillies-Brewers from Miller Park, Padres-Rockies from Coors Field and Astros-Royals from Kauffman. Continue reading for announcing assignments and distribution splits.

2013 NBA Mock Draft: 3rd Edition

You know why the Spurs are gunning for their fifth NBA title in 15 years? Because they build through the draft. Look at their core players, they were pretty much all acquired via the draft. Yes, winning the draft lottery in 1997 and taking Tim Duncan set them in motion for their title run, but look at key guys like Manu Ginobili (1999 draft pick 57), Tony Parker (2001 draft pick 28), Kawhi Leonard (2011 draft pick 15, acquired in draft day trade) and Tiago Splitter (2007 draft pick 27), all were picked by the mid or late first round. Strong drafting leads to a strong run of success, because not everybody can build like the Heat and load up by piecing together elite guys.

05 June 2013

Watch the Boomer and Carton "urine test" fiasco

As many folks know, I am a big fan of the Boomer and Carton show on WFAN here in the New York market. And that is in part for shenanigans like this one from this morning, which I heard the beginning of on the radio as I was waking up. To spoof the recent steroid scandal going down in baseball right now, they had an intern filled a cup with urine to do a urine test. Carton then had the producer, the immortal Al Dukes, come into the studio to remove the cup of urine, but he promptly spilled it on Carton, causing Esiason to lose himself and all hell to break loose. I mean, this was definitely a stunt, but good times nonetheless. Let's go to the videotape.

Keith Olbermann is making his comeback with...TBS?

Now, we finally know what will be the next step in the career of Keith Olbermann, one that has taken him from CNN, to local television in Los Angeles, to ESPN, to MSNBC, to FOX Sports, then back to MSNBC, to Current until being fired from the latter in late March of last year. That is about seven different locations in 30 years. As we all know, Olbermann has never been known as being an easy guy to deal with, which shows in his moving around the industry.

But he will be coming back on the air, and it will be with ESPN. No that's not it, it will be with MSNBC. That isn't it either, because he will be returning to the airwaves on TBS's MLB postseason coverage. Wait, what?

Will Major League Baseball be able to suspend those connected to Biogenesis?

So you remember that pesky Balco case from way back in the day? If so, that's great because we have found something even bigger. Major League Baseball is preparing to suspend some 20 players that have been connected to Biogenesis of America, a defunct anti-aging clinic in Coral Gables accused of providing illegal performance-enhancing drugs to players. That list includes some notables as Alex Rodriguez and Ryan Braun both of whom have been connected to banned substances before, with Rodriguez admitting it in 2009 and Braun, who became the first player ever to slip out of a positive test last January. The key person in this case is Anthony Bosch, who ran Biogenesis, who reached an agreement with MLB this week to cooperate, and the league believes that said cooperation will provide the league with the information to hand out suspensions, potentially for 100 games in the case of Rodriguez and Braun.

But even with all of that, will Major League Baseball be able to dish out the desired suspensions? I believe that there is reason to be skeptical.

04 June 2013

2013 NBA Finals Predictions

So the San Antonio Spurs and the Miami Heat are going to be battling it out for the Larry O'Brien Trophy. I think somebody familiar predicted that exactly back in the fall, but I am not here to float my own boat, right? But now the question must be asked: will the Heat repeat or will the Spurs, perhaps for the final time with this current core, claim their fifth title in 15 years? Here is my predictions.

2013 NBA Finals: TV Schedule & Announcers

Then, there were two. With the Heat blasting the Pacers last night in Miami, we are now set for the 2013 NBA Finals, which will kick off on Thursday night with the Spurs coming to town. You know what's great? Every game in the Finals is on national tevision. So how about that? Here is the complete television schedule as well as announcers for the NBA Finals.

03 June 2013

Are the Grizzlies really going to let Lionel Hollins go? UPDATED

As many have been saying, the Lionel Hollins sweepstakes is on. The great Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports reported earlier that according to sources, Hollins is "likely done" as the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies due to "major philosophical differences." We are talking about a guy that has taken the Grizzlies, who were hapless when he took over after the Marc Iavaroni, to the playoffs three straight years, twice getting out of the first round and taking the club to the Conference Finals after upsetting the top seeded Thunder. But hey, anytime you have a chance to let the most successful coach in team history go, you have to do it, right?

Update: Indeed, they have let Hollins go.

02 June 2013

Why, after winning at Dover, Tony Stewart is poised for a strong summer

Going into today's FedEx 400 Benefiting Autism Speaks, Tony Stewart was going through one of his worst seasons of his NASCAR career. Stewart had cracked the top 20 points only once this year, and not since Las Vegas. He only had two top tens on the year and no top fives. And for much of today's race, at a track that is one of Smoke's worse statistically, he was an afterthought yet again. But after a wild series of events, including race leader Jimmie Johnson being penalized for jumping the final restart with less than 20 laps to go,  Stewart found himself in victory lane for the first time since July of last year at Daytona. Now as we enter the summer stretch of 2013, here is why Stewart is poised for a big run.

Can the Pacers pull off the huge upset against the Heat in Game 7?

Did anybody see this coming? Did anybody see the 2013 Eastern Conference Finals between the Miami Heat and the Indiana Pacers coming down to a do-or-die Game 7 on Monday night? That's because the Pacers have followed every Heat victory with one of their own, with the latest coming with their backs against the elimination wall as they completely shut down the Miami offense en route to a 91-77 victory. So the question must be asked, can the Pacers do what many considered unthinkable and beat the Heat?