Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Fake Kyle Kendrick Trade (Full Video)

How funny is this, I love it.

Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Roger, Roger, Roger!!!!! Tsk Tsk

When I became a fan of baseball 6 years ago, for some reason I was drawn to the pitchers. I love to watch how they throw the ball, the different pitches, the speeds and the tendencies of each different pitcher and how he approaches the hitters.

Roger Clemens until recently was regarded as one of the greatest pitchers of all time. With 7 CY Young awards under his belt (2 more than any other pitcher), 2 World Series rings, 354 wins and 4672 strikeouts and a career that has spanned over 24 years Roger has been a hero and idol to many. Until recently that is, when he was named in the Mitchell Report.

Since the report has come out Roger has repeatedly and vehemently denied that he has ever used any form of performance enhancing drugs. His former trainer Brian McNamee who outed Roger as a user along with Andy Pettitte and Chuck Knoblauch has stood by his story that Roger is just as guilty as the other two. But Roger has done nothing but ramble on and on about how he is innocent and how he deserves to have his name and reputation cleared. The only problem is that Roger has done nothing but contradict himself and makes me believe more and more that he is a liar. Roger wants so badly to keep his good name and to go down as one of the greatest pitchers of all time that he is willing to lie to congress under oath that he is clean as a whistle. Too many things don't add up in all of this and I would expect that when all of this is said and done the truth will come out. And that truth will tell us that Roger is a liar. Roger Clemens is as stupid as Barry Bonds and he is going to pay for it dearly.

Although perhaps we should hope this goes on a bit longer so that we can hear Roger use more great words like "misremember!" At least he is entertaining us.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Scary Night in Buffalo

Richard Zednik of the Florida Panthers was hit in the neck with a teammates skate during the 3rd period of last night’s game between the Panthers and the Sabres. Zednik immediately fell to the ice with blood pouring from his neck. I have never seen anything like that. He got up on his own accord and skated to the bench where he literally looked limp in the trainer’s arms. Reports are that he collapsed in the tunnel on the way to the dressing room. He was stabilized and rushed to a Buffalo Hospital where he under went emergency surgery to close the gash in his neck. Word out of Buffalo was that they were able to stop the bleeding on route to the hospital by clamping down on his artery. SCARY stuff. The Panthers chartered his wife on a flight from Florida to Buffalo so she could be with her husband. Click HERE and HERE to the see the videos of of both teams broadcasts. You can see the 3 different pools of blood and the trail all the way to the bench. How he had enough awareness to skate over to the bench on his own is beyond me. One thing is for sure, it probably saved crucial seconds that in the end may have saved his life.Latest reports are that Zednik is stable and recovering from surgery. Our prayers go out to him and his family.

This wasn't the first time fans in Buffalo witnessed such a terrible accident. Almost 20 years ago Buffalo goalie Clint Malarchuck had his carotid artery cut by a skate. He somehow survived. You can watch that video by clicking HERE . The video is pretty graphic so if you have a weak stomach I would recommend not clicking on the link.

Click HERE for an updated article about the accident and Zednik's current condition.

--BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- Florida Panthers forward Richard Zednik required lifesaving surgery after severing his carotid artery, his agent told The Associated Press on Monday.
Zednik had surgery Sunday night and was in stable condition at a Buffalo hospital after losing a significant amount of blood during the game at Buffalo earlier in the day, agent David Schatia said. Schatia didn't have further details because he had just arrived in Montreal following a trip oversees.
Zednik was sliced across the right side of the throat by teammate Olli Jokinen's skate in a frightening accident midway through the third period of Buffalo's 5-3 victory.

Canada's Sportsnet cable-TV network reported on its Web site that the skate blade just missed cutting the jugular vein--

Saturday, February 9, 2008

FINALLY

We can all say it... The trade ended up being:

To Seattle: LHP Erik Bedard

To Baltimore: OF Adam Jones, RP George Sherrill and pitching prospects Tillman, Mickolio and Butler

I have already blogged about all the reasons why I think this was a great trade. Sure trading Adam Jones hurts a lot, especially if he becomes the player a lot of people think he will. But the reality is, you just never know. Just as we don't know what the 3 pitching prospects we gave up will become. Giving up George Sherril hurts too. But you have to give to get. And what the Mariners just got was one of the most dominant left handed pitchers in baseball and I couldn't be happier. This trade instantly makes them a better baseball team and gives them a legitimate shot to compete in the American League West.

Baseball is in the air folks, I can feel it!!

Thank You

I'd like to take this time to personally thank the New York Giants and more specifically their defense for putting copious amounts of pressure on Tom Brady and basically being the reason that they ended up winning the Super Bowl. (And Bill Belichick going for it on 4th and 13 instead of kicking a field goal--that helped too.)

I had a perma-grin on my face for at least a couple of days for many reasons...listening to the personalities on Boston sports talk radio lamenting on what the Patriots could've done differently or better...hearing the friends I know around here trying to comprehend losing a game that meant so much to them...or just overhearing random people in whatever Starbucks I am in that day bitch about Manning and Tyree...it just warms my heart.

At least now they now how it feels to lose a Super Bowl--sucks, doesn't it?

Thank you, New York Giants.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Frustration in Oil Country

Going into this season I never really expected the Oilers to make the playoffs. And why would I really? We all knew this year would be full of growing pains. The Oilers roster currently consists of 15 players 25 years of age or younger with the youngest being Sam Gagner at only 18. Along with the Phoenix Coyotes they are the two youngest teams in the NHL. Of the 15 players 25 or younger, 12 of those are only in their second full NHL season. 3 of them are rookies. They are a young team who are learning and growing as they go.

Add to that the injuries that they have endured this season. Our D was hit hard this year with injury. Matt Greene missed 3 months with a broken ankle, Souray has missed27 games total with a nagging shoulder injury and has me wondering if he is now out for the entire season. Joni Pitkanen has been in and out of the lineup 2 or 3 times with knee problems. As far as our forwards go it hasn't been much better. Sanderson missed over a month with back spasms, Torres was put on the shelf for the year back in December, Pisani missed the first 2 months with Colitis, Captain Ethan Moreau missed the first 3 months with a leg/ankle injury. And now the biggest blow of the season with Shawn Horcoff undergoing season ending shoulder surgery tomorrow.
So where does this leave the Oilers? Well most likely it solidifies the fact that they will be on the outside looking in this coming postseason. Disapointing? Of course. But they have some great and very talented hockey players and have a very bright future. And I for one am excited about that bright future.

Tonight they take on arch rivals the Calgary Flames. Nothing would start my week off better than handing the Flamers a loss tonight. A tough task but one I hope the kids are up for. Go Oilers!!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

SUPER BOWL XLII

6 hours till kickoff. 6 hours till the inevitable happens and the Patriots win the Lombardi trophy and they can finally say they are perfect blah blah blah. We can all watch Tom Brady and the giant hole in his chin talk about how great they are. I can barely stand it.

Are the Patriots a great football team? YES. Did the Patriots make all sorts of history this season? YES. Is Tom Brady a great quarterback? YES. But what about the more important questions such as, is Bill Belichick a complete jackass? YES. Is Bill Belichick a cheater? YES. Is Tom Brady as cute as all the screaming girls claim he is? NO. Are the New England Patriots the greatest sports team of all time? NO. Did the Baltimore Ravens all but beat the Patriots back in weak 13 of the regular season? YES.

Football coach or homeless man? You decide.
Sorry Pats fans--Belichick is a great coach, but he is a cheater and he looks ridiculous wearing his cut off hoody every week on the sidelines. He looks like someones teenage son caught in a wrinkly old dudes body.

I am not even sure why he wastes his time talking with media after games. His answers are always the following...
"I'm not going to comment on that"
"all credit goes to the players"

Thanks for your insights Billy, great talking with you.

Had the Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator not been such a MORON and let the play go instead of calling a timeout, the Ravens would have beaten the Pats and that would have been that. No more talk of a perfect season. But thanks to one stupid man, Chris and I have been left to endure it week in and week out. And I am sure former Ravens head coach Brian Billick felt like giving a speech that would have sounded a little familiar.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m_N1OjGhIFc

So here we are, Super Bowl Sunday. I don't like the Giants and Eli Manning anymore than I like Tom Brady and the Patriots. But I like the underdog, I always have and I hope and pray the Giants find a way to win this football game. Regardless of what happens I think it will be a close game. If the Pats win I say 27-24. If the Giants win i say 31-28. The likelyhood is that at the end of the day the Pats will be the Super Bowl champs and we can all say "they are who we thought they were!"

Friday, February 1, 2008

Mariners Sign Brad Wilkerson

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2004157399_mari01.html

Rumor has it that this is a precursor to trading Adam Jones to the Orioles for Erik Bedard. With the departure of Jose Guillen in the off season Jones was projected to be the starting right fielder for the M's. Wilkerson has been injury plagued the last few seasons but I personally think this is a good signing for the M's. In my opinion he is a slight upgrade defensively over Jose Guillen and if healthy has the ability to hit 30 HR's. His contract is 1 year, 3 million with incentives. If he ends up hurt or under performs we have depth in the system with guys such as Balentien.

Wilkerson hit 32 HR's in 2004 when he was with the Montreal Expos but has struggled to stay healthy since. Sometimes you have to take chances and I think this one could work out well for the Mariners. If I am wrong, I'm wrong. I guess we will just have to wait and see.