Saturday, February 28, 2009
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
For the better part of the 2008-2009 regular season, Devils goalie Martin Brodeur has had to sit and watch his club try to win without him. No one would have thought that Scott Clemmenson would do an outstanding job in Brodeur's place, let alone that the Devils would be one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.
Now with their leader back in front of the net, fully rested, the Devils will be extremely hard to beat this spring.
Brodeur was in mid-season form as he shut out the Colorado Avalanche with 24 saves. The win was Brodeur's 545 of a Hall of Fame career, and it was his 99th career shutout.
It is amazing how sharp a guy who has missed so much time from the ice can be, but that just shows how special Brodeur is and how much he means to his team. A fresh Brodeur is bad news for anyone playing the Devils.
Offensivley, the Devils wasted no time in getting their goalie some support. Jamie Langenbrunner scored his 19th goal of the year in the first period to make it 1-0 New Jersey. In the second period, Patrick Elias scored on the power play to make it 2-0 Devils. BOXSCORE.
Finally, in the third period, Zach Parise and Travis Zajac added two more goals for good measure as New Jersey romped past Colorado.
New Jersey is now 39-19-3, 11 points behind Boston for the number one seed in the conference.
Mets manager Jerry Manuel wanted to get the most out of his starters before they leave camp for the idiotic World Baseball Classic, and so far this spring he is getting it.
The Mets blew out the Florida Marlins in convincing fashion Thursday afternoon as Jose Reyes and Carlos Beltran both went yard in the effort.
With the Mets up 2-0 in the fourth and the bases loaded, Reyes lifted a fastball over the right field wall to give New York a 6-0 lead.
Fast forward to the sixth: Reyes again goes yard, this time to right as the ball cleared the left field foul pole to make it 7-0 New York. Carlos Delgado followed with a double to left; Carlos Beltran finally hit a home run to left center to make it 9-0 Mets.
Oliver Perez got the start and was in mid-season form. The lefty struck out three and walked none in two shut out innings to get the win. Meanwhile, Luis Castillo continues to come back from a disappointing 2008. Castillo went one for one with two runs scored and two walks.
The Yankees are now 2-0 on the preseason thanks in part to the efforts of Jorge Posada and Shelly Duncan.
Posada, who had to miss the second half of last season due to a knee injury, is back with a vengeance in 2009. The former all star catcher hit a solo home run in the third inning to give the Yankees a 1-0 lead on Tampa Bay.
Phil Hughes got the start for the Yankees. He pitched two shut out innings, striking out two and walking one. This is a big camp for Hughes, who has to prove that his disastrous rookie year in 2008 was just an aberration. So far, Hughes is off to a good start.
In the fifth with Xavier Nady on second, Posada doubled to drive in Nady to make it 2-0 Bombers.
Finally in the seventh Shelly Duncan blasted a three run home run in his lone at bat to give New York a dominating 5-1 lead. BOXSCORE.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Devin Harris remains on fire. The Nets point guard added 42 more points, four rebounds and six assits in a rout of the Chicago Bulls at the IZod Center in East Rutherford New Jersey.
The Nets trailed 78-74 going into the fourth quarter, until Harris, Bobby Simmons and the Nets exploded for 37 points in the fourth to pull away from Chicago.
With Vince Carter struggling to score points, Harris' feats this week become that more remarkable. The Nets continue to climb back to .500 with their record now at 26-32. They are still a game and a half behind Milwaukee for the final playoff spot.
Was it steroids or was it just pure strength today for Alex Rodriguez? Only one person knows, but for the rest of us keeping score, Rodriguez began to answer his critics today in the only way he could by blasting a two run homerun in the fifth inning as the Yankees romped all over division rival Toronto.
A-Rod got his share of boos and cheers throughout the afternoon, but it didn't faze him. Rodriguez went 1 for 1 with the two run shot and two walks. Maybe taking the heat Barry Bonds style is the only way to go for A-Roid? Just rake and no one can say anything.
Still there were other Yankees out there trying to make a statement this spring. Brett Gardner went 1 for 3 with a RBI, making a case to become the Yankees new center fielder. Free agent Nick Swisher had an RBI and two walks, while Captain Derek Jeter went 1 for 3 with a RBI.
Mark Texieria did not make the trip to Toronto's Spring Training home. C C Sabathia and A.J. Burnett stayed in Tampa as well. BOXSCORE.
Brett Tomko pitched two shut out innings as the starter, but Jose Veras got the victory, even though he was touched up for a run and two walks.
For much of the off-season, fans and media have called for the head of Mets second baseman Luis Castillo. No one was happy with the effort the former all star put forth in 2008, batting .245 with three homers and just 28 RBIs. Castillo failed to give the Mets the nessecary stats for a number two hitter behind Jose Reyes.
Once camp started two weeks ago, Jerry Manuel confrimed that he would like to see Castillo bat leadoff this season, with Reyes either as the number two or three hitter. The idea: put more responsiblity in the hands of Castillo to see if he could perform.
Well, in the Mets pre-season opener, Castillo performed. The second baseman went 2 for 3 with four RBIs in the Mets 9-3 victory against the Balitmore Orioles. In the second inning, with one out and the bases loaded, Castillo slapped a single up the middle to drive in two runs to give New York a 2-1 advantage.
Ryan Church, who has also gone under the microsope this spring after his return from two serious concussions, responded with a 2 for 3 day with three RBIs. Church also had two doubles on the afternoon.
Angel Pagan, who is coming off a horrific knee injury he suffered early last May in Los Angeles, went 3 for 4 with a run scored and a walk. Meanwhile, Mets left-fielder Dan Murphy went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and a first inning walk.
The Mets sent out their entire bullpen up against Baltimore. Middle reliever Sean Green got the rare start and got shelled for one run on two hits in two-thrids of an inning. Pedro Feliciano pitched an inning and a third of shut out ball for the win. BOXSCORE.
Monday, February 23, 2009
Talk about a thriller! The struggling New Jersey Nets stole one from the Philadelphia 76ers in the final second after it appeared that Philly was on its way to handing New Jersey another disappointing loss.
After Andre Iguodala sank two free throws to give the 76ers a 96-95 lead, Nets point guard David Harris took the inbounds with just a second to go. Harris got to mid court and was able to get off the shot. It appeared that Harris was fouled, as he was hit on the arm while he was shooting. The ball glided through the air and dropped right through the hoop for the three point score.
Before New Jersey could even come out with the spectacular victory, they had to come back from a 31-19 deficit in the first quarter. The Nets rolled out 32 points in the second to tie the game at 51 going into the halftime. Harris was a big part of this comeback as well.
Overall, Harris had 39 points, two rebounds and eight assists in the game. Only Vince Carter was the second highest scoring Net with 10 points on the night.
The Nets slim playoff hopes stay alive; the Nets are stil a half game ahead of the New York Knicks at 25-32.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The Rangers just can't catch a break. After fighting tooth and nail against the Toronto Maple Leafs on Sunday night, the Rangers still found a way to lose, 3-2 in overtime.
Three minutes into OT, Niklas Hagman scored on the powerplay with assists from Pavel Kubina and Lee Stempniak to give Toronto the win. This occurred after the Rangers scored in the final minute of regulation to tie the game at two.
John Mitchell opened the scoring for Toronto as he sliped the puck into the net 3:54 into the third period. The Rangers tied it on Scott Gomez's 12 goal of the year.
The Rangers continue their free fall out of the playoff picture as they now stand at 31-24-6.
Friday, February 20, 2009
If the New York Knicks are going to get themselves back in the playoff race, then they are going to have to take advantage of a fairly easy schedule on the horizon. Friday night the Knicks got off to the right start, as they blew away the Toronto Raptors 127-97 at the Garden.
The Knicks jumped out to a 42-22 first quarter lead. Nate Robinson, just days off of his triumpant effort in the NBA All Star Slam Dunk Contest was in the middle of it again for New York. Robinson scored 26 points in the effort on 10 of 18 shooting.
Wilson Chandler added 32 points of his own as he drained 12 of 23 shots, and was 6 for 10 from the three point line.
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Rodriguez revealed some interesting insights into his steroid use. First, he said that he never knew what he was taking was steriods while he was with the Rangers, and later he added that in 2001, his cousin introduced him to a supplement known as Bole, which his cousin promised would give the star player an "energy boost." The drugs were acquired from the Dominican Republic.
Rodriguez refused to reveal the name of his cousin as a way to deflect blame onto himself.
A-Rod cited that he and his cousin were young and stupid back then. "When I entered the majors I was 18 years old, right out of high school. I thought I knew everything and I clearly didn't. I made a lot of mistakes in my life," Rodriguez said during his statement.
"It was part of being 24-25 years old, curious, ignorant. There are a lot of things you don't tell a lot of people, and that was one of the things I decided not to share with anyone."
"All these years I thought I was doing something that was not wrong."
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Rodriguez said that he wished he had gone to college to really learn how to grow up, something A-Rod has struggled with for most of his professional and private life.
It is a rather poor excuse for Rodriguez to say that he was ignorant to what he had taken from 2001 to 2003. People are expected to be responsiblefor their own actions, and knowledgeable adults by the time they are 22 or 23 years old ought to know what they are doing!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Sirius Satellite Radio, the station that Russo left because of the lucrative opportunity of hosting and producing his own network show last August, is in big trouble. According to a story from the New York Times, Sirius is considering filing for bankruptcy. The company is $3.25 billion in debt and has $5 billion in assets.
This leaves its stars like Howard Stern, Russo, and Martha Stewart in limbo, waiting to find out what will happen to the sinking ship.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Why would this be the case?
As for Bonds, he was a five tool player with the Pittsburgh Pirates and San Francisco Giants from 1986-1993. He had eight straight seasons of 25 plus doubles. He had 12 straight years of 28 plus stolen bases a year and was a prolific homerun hitter before his obsession with the McGwire/Sosa infamous homerun chase of 1998.
Monday, February 9, 2009
If one needed to know the differences between the New Jersey Devils and the New York Rangers right now, you should have watched this game.
In the second period, New Jersey opened the scoring as Bobby Holick scored his fourth goal of the season, with assists from Patrick Elias and former Ranger Brendon Shanahan. Later in the period, Zach Parise added his 31st goal of the season with a power play goal to make it 2-0.
Finally in the third period, Parise added one more for good measure. An empty netter made it 3-0 Devils as they rocked the Rock.
The Devils improve to 34-17-3, while the Rangers fall to 29-20-5. The Rangers have lost five straight games.
The confession came in an interview with ESPN's Peter Gammons, which is to air Monday Night at 6:00. Funny, considering how A-Rod likes to interrupt important national events like he did during the 2007 World Series, one would think that A-Fraud would want his interview aired at the same time President Barack Obama is to speak to the nation, again, about his economic stimulus package.
Oh well, at least A-Fraud is not that stupid, or more likely, ESPN is that smart.
Still, Rodriguez does not deserve public sympathy. He is a cheater, and no one really knows if Rodriguez has used steroids since 2003, when stricter drug testing was implemented.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
A night after blowing out the Denver Nuggets 114-70, the Nets got a taste of their own medicine Sunday night in Orlando, Florida, losing to the Magic 101-84.
The Nets were completely dominated by the Magic from start to finish. The only chance they had was getting to within nine at 89-80 before Orlando's Mickael Pietrus sank a 24 foot three-pointer to all but put the game out of reach with just under four minutes to go.
Orlando grabbed a 32-18 lead in the first quarter, making it quite clear that New Jersey was in for a long night against a top NBA team. It didn't help matters for the Nets that Vince Carter had to miss the game with a sore elbow. READ STORY.
Devon Harris was the lone bright spot for the Nets. Harris had 28 points on 9 for 25 shooting, with 12 assists. Dwight Howard had 30 points and 16 rebounds for the Magic, proving to be a huge thorn in the Nets side all night long. Overall, Orlando shot .48 percent from the field, 68 percent from the free-throw line and 30 percent from three-point land.
The Nets fall to 24-28 on the season.
As if this past week was not enough of a nightmare for the Knicks. Leading 108-105 with only 0:31.9 seconds left in their game against the Portland Trail Blazers the Knicks watched as Travis Outlaw and Brandon Roy ripped out the Knicks heart out on Sunday night.
First Outlaw drilled a 13 foot jumper to cut the Knicks lead to 108-107, forcing New York to call a timeout and make some key substitutions.
But, that was not enough, with just 0:00.1 of a second to go, Roy squeezed through the Knicks defense for the lay up and the win. He got the points, and no foul was called.
It was a long effort lost for the Knicks. They were trailing 36-27 through one quarter, before storming back in the next two quarters to tie the game at 82.
David Lee had a huge night for New York. Lee had 29 points and 11 rebounds on the night, but he can't do it alone. STATS.
Roy had 19 points for Portland, while Greg Oden had 17 points and 12 boards and Outlaw added 23 points off of the bench for the Trail Blazers.
New York continues to sink in the Eastern Confernce, dropping to 21-29 overall.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Monday, February 2, 2009
Perez is a strange case. He pitches extremely well against superior competition, i.e. Yankees, Braves, Phillies, Cardinals, but never pitches well against inferior opponents like the Marlins, and Nationals.
Perez was 10-7 last year with a 4.22 ERA, striking out 180 batters in 194 innings.
Sunday, February 1, 2009
In the first ad, a Doritos commerical, features business people throwing a snowglobe into a vending machine for good luck. View Doritos 1. In the second Doritos commercial, a guy walks down a steet eating chips and sees some interesting things. View Doritos 2.
In the next commercial, NBC and NFL promote the league and NBC's TV show Heroes with the cast taking on some legendary NFL players. View Heroes.
Next, in an ad from Taco Bell, watch a bold, and probaby foolish guy make a move on a girl. It is kind of funny actually. View Taco Bell.
Here is a great Pepsi commerical that shows the soft drinks rise through time. Watch Pepsi.
Here is a funny commerical from The Ladders.com featuring a monster rampaging through a city. Now this monster is not Godzilla. The monster is called X from a movie called The X from Outer Space. It is a Korean rip-off of Godzilla from the 1960's. Watch The Ladders.
Finally, here is a rather poignant commerical from Budweiser. Watch Clydesdales!
NOTE: SOME OF THE COMMERICALS HAD TO BE FIXED, AND HAVE BEEN RESTORED FOR YOUR VIEWING PLEASURE.
Instant classic! In a game that is at the pinnacle of its sport, Super Bowl XLIII did not disappoint, featuring both jubiliation and the gut-wrenching pain of defeat. For a game that was quite dull for the first three quarters with the Steelers holding a commanding 20-7 lead, the fourth quarter captured the attention of America.
The Arizona Cardinals roared back to take a 23-20 lead with 2:58 to go in the game. Yes, the Arizona Cardinals were that close to winning their first ever Super Bowl. With 11:30 to go, the Cards finally put it together. Kurt Warner shook the ice off his arm, and Larry Fitzgerald put on his running shoes for this dramatic finish.
On first down, Warner hit Steve Breaston for a 13 yard gain to the Cards 26 yard line. On the next play, Warner connected with tight end Jeremy Urban for 18 yards to move the ball to the 44 yard line. Later, Warner hit running back J.J. Arington for 22 yards, and the back scooted to the Pittsbrugh 28 yard line. Warner then connected with Fitzgerald who dashed to the Steelers 10, setting up first and goal. The Cards punched it in with Fitzgerald's leaping catch to make it 20-14.
When Pittsburgh got the ball back, the momentum was all gone. Pittsburgh was pinned to their own one yard line with 3:26 to go. The Steelers had to get the ball out of their own end zone, and they failed to do it. On second and 10 at the one, Willie Parker was almost tackled for a safety but just got the ball out of the end zone. Finally, Ben Roethlisberger hit a wide open Santonio Holmes, who made a juggling catch for a first down at the 20. However, the Steelers were called for a hold in the end zone, giving the Cardinals a two-point safety. 20-16 Steelers.
Finally, the Cards took it right to the Steelers. On second down for the Arizona 36, Warner hit a wide open Fitzgerald down the middle of the field. Fitzgerald sprinted right through the Steel Curtain for a 64 yard dash for the touchdown. Cardinals 23-20.
Could the Cardinals actually win the Super Bowl? Unfortunately, the Cards could not exorcise the demons of their past in the final 2:48. A Steeler offense that was dormant from early in the second quarter finally woke up. Roethlisberger hit Holmes for 13 to Pittsburgh 39. On the next play, Roethlishberger hit Nate Washington for 11 more to mid-field. With the clock ticking down, Roethlisberger found Holmes streaking down the sideline for a 40 yard gain to the Cardinals five yard line.
Two plays later, Roethlisberger hit Holmes at the edge of the end zone for the touchdown! Holmes kept his two feet in bounds, solidifying the lead and the game.
The Cards got one more shot, but Warner was strip-sacked, and the Steelers recovered the fumble at mid-field with five seconds left to play.
The win is the sixth title for the Steelers in their brilliant history. Holmes was named the MVP for his night of nine catches for 131 yards and a TD. As for the Cards, they played extremely hard. They did everything in their power to win the game, and even out-played Pittsburgh for a good portion of Sunday's contest; however, the game is never over until the fat lady sings, and she was waving a Steelers Terrible Towel.