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Masters, Manny, and a Beat-down in Pittsburgh

Charl was given his green jacket signifying that he is the Master of the Universe, yet the storylines don’t seem to surround his four birdie finish. I’m not one to push golf onto anyone who can’t stand watching guys read putts for five hours, believe me I understand why it would be boring, but this weekend was one of the most exciting finishes we might see in any major for awhile. When there were about 8-10 holes left to play for the leaders, the CBS crew couldn’t even figure out who’s shot or which players they even wanted to show because there were so many people atop the leaderboard. We didn’t see a whole lot of Charl during the day, but did get a lot of Tiger shoved down our throats. Tiger looked great for the front nine, and it looked like he had some of his swagger back busting out his fist pumps. Unsurprisingly to me that seems to be the topic of conversation today on whether Tiger is indeed back or not. It’s tough to say when he missed critical putts down the stretch that he usually would’ve made during his domination days. Regardless of whether he’ll be as dominant as he once was, he’s relevant again. The other story was about how Rory McIlroy caved to the pressure, and was one of the only people to shoot over par on Sunday. It wasn’t so much that he didn’t win, but more so that he caved, and he seemed to give up after his triple bogey on the 10th. He’s a 21-year-old, so I wouldn’t worry about him. It’s like last year when Dustin Johnson choked away a lead on the final day at the US Open. I’m sure he’ll learn from what happened, and his skills aren’t disappearing. All in all, I think golf is healthier than it’s been in awhile. I’m not going to go all Geno Auriemma and cry if you don’t care about golf, but this past Sunday was a finish that I feel like any sports fan would’ve enjoyed.

Manny is retiring… Lots people go to Tampa to retire, and Manny doesn’t seem to be the exception to that rule. I’ve always loved then loved to hate Manny depending on which team he was playing for. I guess the bigger deal about his retirement is if he’ll make it into the HOF. All along I’ve been for the steroid era players getting into the HOF. It’s an era, and whether there was cheating or not, you have to acknowledge the best. Baseball has always had the worst HOF setup in my eyes. The snubs feel ridiculous, and most of the time those who are snubbed were “bad” character guys. I feel like the HOF is a popularity contest that nobody really wins in unless you were a classy person on and off the field. Personally all I care about is what was done on the field, cheating or not, he was still one of the greatest. With that said, I’d put Manny, Clemens, A-Rod, and Bonds in. Who cares if I or anyone else doesn’t like them as people they still were amazing players that carried baseball for two decades.

Apparently, safety in stadiums is an issue… The MLB League passes are free for everyone for the first week of the year, and I’ve watched a lot of teams I probably won’t see for the rest of the year. One common theme seemed to be empty seats in stadiums. I’m not sure if it’s the cold weather across much of the country or if it’s a correlation that fans no longer feel safe bringing their kids to the ballpark after the Dodgers incident. Whatever the case, this recent video from a Pirates game was insane. Dude was either completely wasted or just can straight up take a hit. The rent-a-cop billy clubbed him three times and he didn’t even flinch! This might be the most excitement the Pirates fans have all season…

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Cavs Fan Gets Owned

Not sure if this is real or was set up, because I’ve never seen a fan able to just walk onto the court without security chasing him/her down. The way he went after the mascot deserved at least a tackle attempt from security. Anyways, this video sums up Cleveland’s season in a nutshell, and is just one more reason I put them at #1 in the worst of the worst power rankings. They even get owned by mascots…


Team China Representing

Well, at least none of the players went into the stands, that would’ve been much more tragic. This was supposed to be a friendly exhibition game between China and Brazil yesterday, but there were no friends to be made on this night. It was slightly disturbing to see the fight fire back up by a cheap shot, but then again, that made the clip just that much better! I guess I’d be pretty pissed too if the refs blew a call in a meaningless game. I’m wondering if this is why Allen Iverson seems to be leaning towards playing in Turkey instead of China. Maybe he has gone soft from his gangster ways…


Brandon Phillips is a Badass

About five or ten minutes ago, Brandon Phillips made his way to the plate for his first at-bat against the Cardinals since making the comment stating how he hated the Cardinals, and called them little bitches. It wasn’t what I expected, but at the same time, I’m not surprised with the outcome. Yadier Molina had some words for him. Shortly the benches emptied right after both took off their helmets. Phillips isn’t a shy guy, and had plenty to say right back to Molina. I like seeing this kind of hatred for an opponent, it’s been awhile since we’ve seen guys getting THIS heated! I love the retaliation factor in baseball, but Jaime Garcia didn’t even have a chance to bean Phillips. I’m sure Phillips shouldn’t have said those things yesterday, but it’s rare we have an athlete truly speak their mind. Well played Brandon, well played sir.

After things seemed to be calming down, Scott Rolen decided to pick it up again. Not sure what was said to him, but someone set him off! The Reds are tired of being the Cards doormat, and are ready to make this race a fight, literally. Just one more reason the Reds are a team I didn’t expect to care about. If you haven’t seen it, you have to check out the clip here.


Big Z Blowup

I always find crazy players the most fun to follow, especailly when they aren’t causing problems on my own team(s). Maybe that’s why I’ve followed guys like Milton, Artest, and SJax so closely over their career, because they will provide you some entertainment, and plenty of WTF moments if you watch them enough. Earlier today in a game that’s still going on, Big Z gave up four runs in the first, and was taken out of the game after getting in the face of one of my favorite guys in the league, Derrek Lee (If you’re curious why he’s one of my favorites read this post) and pretty much anyone else that was in the dugout. I’m with the annoucers on this, I’d love to see D Lee and Big Z in the octagon!  I had to get something Cubs related up for Dyslecix’s birthday today, too bad it ended up being a lowlight… Don’t be shocked if the video gets taken down… I’ve already talked about how the MLB copywright laws grind my gears


Pac-Man’s Fight To Lose!

I won’t be one of the people purchasing the Pacquiao vs. Clottey on PPV this Saturday the 13th, mainly due to the ridiculous price of the event, and paying for a fight that could be over about as fast as it started isn’t appealing either. It should no doubt be Manny and Floyd squaring off, but unfortunately that’s not the case. I probably won’t buy another fight until that match up happens, but who knows if it will ever happen. What if one of them loses!?! Would that make it impossible for the match up to happen!?! I’m sure I’ll catch Pacquiao and Clottey on HBO when that’s released. I’ve always liked boxing since one of my old roommates got me into it. His grandpa was none other than Denny Moyer. These days the sport isn’t what it used to be. I wish MMA never came around. I think that took a lot of true warriors out of the boxing pool. If Manny loses this fight it, would be as big of an upset as Buster Douglass over Iron Mike. I wouldn’t hold my breath though. Here’s my list of reasons why Manny will destroy Clottey this Saturday.

  1. Hand speed – Manny has the quickest hands of any fighter I can remember. Clottey has never seen anyone close to the speed of Manny, and will struggle against it. The only way to slow down speed is to go to the body, or get him on his heals early, and I wouldn’t count on either of those two scenarios.
  2. Work Rate – Clottey has been known in the past for taking periods of time or even a complete round off during fights. Pacquiao on the other hand never seems to take a second off. He’s always attacking, and if for some reason Clottey decides to take a round off, he may not ever catch up on the scorecards. Pacquiao will surely take advantage of any lapses in Clottey’s attack.
  3. Chin – Pacquiao had a questionable chin when he broke onto the scene. He hasn’t been knocked out since 1999, so those rumors have been put to rest facing sizable opponents like the last man he fought Miguel Cotto. If Clottey is counting on attacking the chin, he might need to rethink his strategy.
  4. Power – Manny is the smaller of the two, but packs the bigger punch. Manny has 38 KO’s in his 50 wins. Clottey only has 20 KO’s of his 35 wins. Clottey has never knocked out a top tier fighter, while Manny has knocked out three guys that had never been knocked out before (Jorge Solis, Erik Morales, and Marco Antonio Barrera).
  5. Big Fight Experience – This is by far the biggest stage that Clottey has ever seen. Pacquiao has been there tons of times, and with nearly everybody in the boxing world watching he usually destroys the lesser opponent.

 

This is how most of his opponents end up... I don't see it being any different this weekend...

I’m probably beating a dead horse with this post, since most don’t really belive Clottey has a shot, but I’ve never really written anything about boxing since we’ve had the blog going, so I thought I’d see how it went… All in all it’s pretty improbable to see any kind of upset. Manny is flat out the better fighter, and in reality, is the best fighter on the planet right now. I guess we can’t be 100% sure of that until he and Mayweather stop squabbling about blood testing, and get in the ring, but if Mosely beats Mayweather on May 1st we may never get the chance to see it.


Coaches Gone Wild, Part III: Tough Month for Lobo Coaches

Coach Locksley: Mistake waiting to happen

Coach Locksley: Mistake waiting to happen

09-20-09 – Part III of our continuing saga brings to light the story of New Mexico head coach Mike Locksley, who reportedly punched an assistant coach in the face and split his lip.  New Mexico athletic director Paul Krebs said Locksley was issued “a verbal reprimand” with a follow-up letter placed in his personnel after the Sept. 20 altercation.  Nice slap on the wrist for a punch in the face, don’t you think?

Fortunately we do have police reports available to help better understand the situation.  According to the report filed, wide receivers coach J.B. Gerald said the fight happened during a coaches meeting that became heated, and before he knew it Locksley had grabbed Gerald by the collar and punched.  Apparently other coaches tried to intervene.

Athletic director Krebs apparently tried to pawn the scuffle off by saying it’s not unusual in college football for coaches to have “heated discussions” during staff meetings.  He did admit ”this one crossed the line,”  however it was just before expressing continued support for Coach Locksley, whom he hired after last season.

“I do not believe this is a reflection of his dealings. It’s not a reflection of his character. This does not shake my faith in his leadership whatsoever,” Krebs told reporters.  I disagree, as every action you take defines your character, good or bad.  Fortunately for Coach Locksley, Gerald told police he didn’t want to file charges after receiving an apology from Locksley that extended to Gerald, the coaching staff and the team as a whole.  “I would also like to apologize to Lobo fans,” Locksley said. “Like I remind our players, when mistakes are made, you acknowledge them and deal with the consequences.”

At first they thought this was a dumb idea... now? not so much

At first they thought this was a dumb idea... now? not so much

It’s always nice to know the school AD has your back when decided to physically assault someone in a meeting room.  AD Krebs went so far as to say he considers the matter resolved, blaming the incident on the stress of coaching, and saying it was probably worsened by New Mexico’s winless start (0-4).  They even lost rival New Mexico St., which hadn’t happened in 6 years.  Yes, that’s right AD, blame it on the team’s inefficiency on the football field, which by the way is usually a direct reflection of a team’s coaching.

Not to bring up his past or anything, but… Coach Locksley, a first-year coach at UNM, is accused of sexual harassment, age discrimination and retaliation in an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission complaint filed last spring by a former football administrative assistant.  Apparently Locksley said he only wanted young woman working in the athletic department to help attract recuirts.  Again, AD Krebs said that case is ”close to resolution” but wouldn’t discuss the details.  Why would he?  Sounds like Coach Locksley is a walking liability at this point.

Definitely scarier if they used their coach's face instead

Definitely scarier if they used their coach's face instead

AD Krebs was asked what kind of behavior would result in a suspension for the coach, a great question considering the light penalty for the assault.  He responded that he wasn’t intimately familiar with the university’s personnel rules and defended his decision to reprimand Locksley.  No kidding!   “Based on what I know, I thought it was an appropriate penalty,” Krebs said.  Time to pull out the rule book, and perhaps start looking for a new job!

Meanwhile Coach Locksley’s designated punching bag, Gerald, wasn’t with the team in practice last week before the New Mexico State loss.  Supposedly Locksley asked Gerald personally to return, but he has not made an appearance back with the team.  Can you blame him???

Video of local news story…


Conflict Resolution… Korean Baseball Style

So, this appeared on the Big Lead today…. must give credit where it’s due.  It is too funny not to share here as well though.  This is a great example of Asians smashing stereotypes.  Just when everyone thinks they’re going to break out in a huge martial arts melee, they instead tuck a leg up flamingo-style and dance it out instead.  Dance Dance Revolution really has taken Asian culture in a new direction.  In the old days, fatalities surely would’ve occured here, as a few of these guys would undoubtedly use a broken bat as a sword or start hurling donuts every which way.  Proud day to be Asian indeed.