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Sunday, December 29, 2013

Video: Anderson Silva Snaps Leg In Latest Fight

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             Jayne Kamin-Oncea, USA TODAY Sports

The time Anderson Silva has met his match, as he loses to UFC Champ Chris Weidman for the second straight time. Unfortunately it didn't go the distant because of one gruesome accident that occurred in the second round of the most anticipated UFC 168 bout. Silva wasn't able to continue as he snapped his left tibula and fibula bone forcing him to be eliminated immediately. Take a look below.

 

It's definitely not how anyone wanted the bout to end but oh my gosh, this will be a topic of discussion. Silva's injury rivals the Joe Theismann, who suffered a comminuted compound fracture of his leg while being sacked by New York Giants Lawrence Taylor on November 18, 1985 on Monday Night Football.

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Saturday, December 28, 2013

40 Iconic Moments In Football

Here at Sports Kings we went brainstorming in the past and present for the best iconic moments in football. Our goal is to feature players who have wowed us with their signature move that fans all over have talked about, mimic, or can tell you where they were when the incident happened. We will use Terrell Davis for example. Do you remember the Mile High Salute? Well if you were a Denver Broncos' fan or hater you saw it plenty during their Super Bowl run in the late '90s. The Mile High Salute indicated the Broncos way of celebrating one of their many touchdowns. There are 40 iconic moments that were chosen, they are not in any particular order.

 40. Terrell Davis Mile High Salute
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39. Ickey Woods "The Ickey Shuffle"
Ickey wasn't in the league very long but he did make an impact when he reached the end zone. Woods touchdown dance became hip hop!


 38. Michael Irvin's First down Salute I can't remember who was the first to celebrate a first down but you knew when it was 3rd and 9, Troy Aikman was going to hit Irvin with that ten yard slant. First and ten Cowboys!
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37. Walter Payton's Bulldozing Over Defenders & Jumping Over the Top Of The Pile. Sweetness, now that's funny, Walter Payton was everything but SWEET! He was probably pound for pound the most physical mixed with athletic running back the game had ever seen.  

36. T.O SMH! The Star, Popcorn, Sharpie, Pom Pom Terrell Owens brought WWF to football. Since the NFL only marketed the great Peyton Manning, Terrell promoted himself better than anyone else. Besides know one loves T.O more than T.O!  

35. Shawn Merriman's Lights Out Dance Shawn Merriman perfected the Mark Gastineau sack dance representing the Charger's bolt. Just when he made his nitch as a sack master father time set in soon after.
 

34. Peyton Manning's Cadence I always got tickled when Peyton barked out his cadence. You would see defenses change their call, for what? We all know Peyton is throwing the ball! Nevertheless, Peyton hike the ball please!  

33. Deion "Prime Time" Sanders Showboating Prime Time, Prime Time, Prime Time! Did anyone have more swag than #21. You knew if you Deion was at corner then his whole side of the field was covered.
   

32. The Eddie Lacy's Spin Move Eddie Lacy is probably the only back in history that enjoyed the spin move drill in practice. Lacy's looks like a human pinball machine.  

31. Bo Jackson's 91 Yard Touchdown vs Seattle Seahawks Damn you Bo, how could you be the one to end Brian Bosworth's football career! Hmmm, just think Bo was one time a marketing machine. I wonder who's our Bo Jackson today?  

30. The Mack Brown's Clap! If you are a Texas Longhorn fan shouldn't we be clapping at Mack Brown's resignation? After losing out on RGIII, Andrew Luck, Johnny Manziel, and Jameis Winston. Job well done Mack! MackBrown-Clap  

29. 1993 Buffalo Bills Greatest Comeback Against Houston Oilers Houston Oilers up 35-3 and Buffalo Bills are without Jim Kelly at the helm. Here comes backup quarterback, Frank Reich with a second half surge throwing for 21 of 34 pass completions for 289 yards and 4 touchdowns, with 1 interception.
 

28. Desmond Howard's Heisman Pose Desmond probably got the Heisman for the simple fact he posed better than the Heisman himself! Desmond-Howard  

27. Jim Mora "Playoffs?" Don't you just love meltdowns, does anyone even remember if they ever won a again?
   

26. John Elway's Helicopter Run Of all the highlights John Elway has been a part of, his helicopter
 run signifies a Super Bowl victory.
   

25. Robert Brooks' Lambeau Leap I'm sure there were many of Packers before Brooks that leaped into the land of Cheese heads but I can't think of one that did it before Brooks. I'm sure some Packer historian can tell me who was the first.  

24. Cam Newton's "Superman" Is Cam really Superman? Not only does he have a S on his chest. He now wears Superman socks now. Thank the Lord he's winning football games now.
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23. Franco Harris' Immaculate Reception All I can say is in the right place at the right time but what was the big deal, they lost to the undefeated Miami Dolphins a week later.  

22. Jamal Anderson's "The Dirty Bird" What was once the Bird by Morris Day and the Time. Then comes Jamal Anderson with his touchdown celebration and it was a little bit on the dirty side.  

21. Dennis Green's "Meltdown!" Yep, I agree Dennis your Cardinals did let the Bears off the hook, epic but not quite the greatest meltdown.  

20. Jim McMahon's Headband You had to love Jim McMahon being onry, he was the bad boy of sports. Without Jim McMahon pushing buttons you may not have a T.O or a Chad Johnson. mcmahons-headbands  
19. Michael Strahan's Sack Record So who really cheapen this sack record, Brett Favre or Michael Strahan. I guess if you are going to give it to me, I have to take it, right?  

18. Eric Dickerson's Goggles & Neck Brace For those who don't know what Eric hairdo was back in the day was, it was the Jheri Curl. The Curl also signified coolness to go along with the goggles and neck brace. Everything Dickerson did was cool, heck he even ran cool! Eric-Dickerson-Goggles-2 

17. Dwight Clark "The Catch against the Cowboys" That catch ended the Cowboy reign in the NFC and started a dynasty for the 49ers. Is that when the two-minute drill all started. Joe Montana to Dwight Clark!
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16. Lynn Swann's Circus Catch I guess its pick on Cowboys day! Yes its Lynn Swann and one of his epic Super Bowl catches. Okay it was spectacular!  

15. Mike Singletary's "Intense Eyes" Is it me or did running backs just fall down after the Singletary stare at them?
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14. Jerry Jones On The Sidelines No one complained when the Cowboys were winning but heck that was 16 years ago! Then again if my team was worth close to 2 billion dollars I would be on the sidelines too!
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13. Tony Dorsett's 99 yard touchdown run This happen on Monday Night Football January 3, 1983. This record will always be intact, it can only be tied.  
12. Tom Brady's "Tuck Rule" This play started all this Patriot Dynasty BS! Of all teams getting screwed, DA RAIDERS! Between the Tuck Rule and Spygate......... Equals a New England Patriot Dynasty. Spygate wasn't included but probably should have.

11. David Tyree's Super Bowl Catch David Tyree should have been given a second Super Bowl ring for this catch. One from the NY Giants and a second one from the '72 Miami Dolphins. His catch led to winning catch by Plaxico Burruss. He kept New England from the perfect season of 19 - 0. Heck no love afterwards, Tyree didn't make the squad the following season.
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10. "Steve Tasker's Hustle Play "Super Bowl XXVII" "Leon Lett" Oh Leon, if only people knew how dominant of a defensive tackle you were, but blunders like this and who could forget the Thanksgiving Day when you touched that blocked kick!  

9. Keyshawn Johnson's "Give Me The Damn Ball" Perfect title for a starving wide receiver. Funny how Wayne Chrebet was getting the ball instead!
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8. Kordell Stewart's Hail Mary Throw To Michael Westbrook It was Kordell's only highlight of his football career. As for Michael Westbrook, I can only remember him giving his former Redskins teammate Stephen Davis a can of whoop a$$!  

7. Pat Summerall & John Madden The pair was a very entertaining. Pat Summerall's voice, I can hear it now giving True Value Hardware some love and Madden, I can vision him drawing plays on the tv monitor.
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6. Mike Gundy's "I'm A Man I'm 40!" Thank God for 40, I'm finally a MAN!  

5. Chicago Bears "Super Bowl Shuffle" The big bad Bears pulled this one-off, I remember having to do this same bit in choir back in junior high school. They came, saw and kicked a$$ while doing the shuffle.
   

4. Herm Edwards "You play to win the game!" The best meltdown to this point, who has more charisma than Herm Edwards? Great motivator, like him even more on ESPN  

3. "The Drive" Denver vs. Cleveland The Drive was only the start. It wasn't the Cleveland Browns that was haunted by John Elway. It was Marty Schottenheimer who was being tormented. After Marty left Cleveland for Kansas City, Elway picked on him for another decade in KC.  

2. Joe Namath's Super Bowl guarantee Namath's Super Bowl guarantee gave the American Football Conference some legitimacy. Don't hear too many bold predictions anymore.
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1. 1972 Miami Dolphins Undefeated Season 17 - 0
I guess we can continue to watch these old geezers pop open champagne year after year. I don't think anyone is going perfect anytime soon despite the league being watered down a bit.
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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The 2014 BBWAA Hall of Fame Ballots Are Out

Courtesy of BBWAA.com
                                                Courtesy of BBWAA.com

courtesy of yahoo.comHere we go again! The 2014 BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot has come upon us and what shocking development will we witness from our fickle baseball writers this go around? Just a year ago our qualified members of the BBWAA made a humongous statement by not allowing a single living ballplayer into the HOF mostly because of the tainted P.E.D accusers that existed on the ballot (Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Sammy Sosa among others). With roughly 600 voters out there you would think they put someone ALIVE who warranted the induction. Someone like Craig Biggio, who received 68.2% of the votes! Biggio's resume speaks for itself as he is a member of the 3,000 hit club and not link to any P.E.D.s. So why was he punished?

 Now that Tom Glavine, Greg Maddux and Frank Thomas headline an impressive group of star-studded ball players; is it possible that these three get shutout of the Hall? The BBWAA certainly seems to enjoy the headlines as of late and what better way to do so again by leaving out a 4-time Cy Young Award winner in Greg Maddux and his partner Tom Glavine, who holds two Cy Young Awards himself. Did I mention that they have a combined 660 career wins between them? What about the 2-time AL MVP Frank Thomas, could he be the one next in line getting snubbed by the writers?  

The Hall of Fame ballot holds 36 members who need 75% of the BBWAA votes. As for the returning names, the players with the best chance to be inducted are Craig Biggio (68.2 percent of the vote last season), Jack Morris (67.7 percent -- and this is his last chance), Jeff Bagwell (59.6 percent), Mike Piazza (57.8 percent) and Tim Raines (52.2 percent).  

The other returnees, including the percentage of the vote received last season: Lee Smith (47.8) Curt Schilling (38.8) Roger Clemens (37.6) Barry Bonds (36.2) Edgar Martinez (35.9) Alan Trammell (33.6) Larry Walker (21.6) Fred McGriff (20.7) Mark McGwire (16.9) Don Mattingly (13.2) Sammy Sosa (12.5) Rafael Palmeiro (8.8) Jeff Kent, Mike Mussina, Moises Alou, Armando Benitez, Sean Casey, Ray Durham, Eric Gagne, Luis Gonzalez, Jacque Jones, Todd Jones, Paul Lo Duca, Hideo Nomo, Kenny Rogers, J.T. Snow, Richie Sexson and Mike Timlin.

Ballots are due by Dec. 31, and the results will be announced January 8.

I mentioned how fickle the BBWAA members were earlier in this article. Take a good look at the 2014 candidates and don't be surprised if only two members on the list get voted in. Since 1980, only one time did the BBWAA vote in at least three members. That was the year 1999, when Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount were all inducted into the HOF together. So expect the chattering to continue as the BBWAA strategically place a new crop of players into the Hall.

If the BBWAA really want controversy going into the 2014 HOF induction then maybe its time to throw a player with P.E.Ds into the Hall.

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Asmir Begovic scores a goal from his own penalty box

Asmir-BegovicAll it took was twelve seconds and about 104 feet as the Stoke City goal keeper Asmir Begovic scores the first goal of the game against Soughampton in the Premier League on Saturday afternoon. The amusing part about the goal was Begovic scored from his own penalty box. The twelve seconds goal was the fastest score in the Premier League and Begovic was the fifth goalie to ever in the Premier League Era. Take a look: Southampton and Stoke City ended in a 1-1 tie.
 
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Friday, November 1, 2013

Derek Jeter Yankees
The New York Yankees and their captain, Derek Jeter agreed on a one year deal,$12M dollars for the 2014 season. Jeter, who is entering his 19th season, all with the Yankees, only played 17 games this past year due to multiple leg and ankle injuries. The 13-time All-Star is the only active Major League player with at least 3,000 hits (3316). Jeter, who has a career batting average of .312 is 10th all-time on the hits list and only 129 hits away from standing in 6th place.
After batting a dismal .190 (12 for 63) with one homer and seven RBIs this season in 17 games I will going out on a limb and predict Derek Jeter will be in the running for Comeback Player Of The Year!

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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Watch: Cameron Wake's walk-off sack

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
                                               AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

 In light of the World Series being over with, Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake demonstrated his own walk-off sack to end a back-and-forth game between his Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium. Wake was able to manhandle his way through a fatigued Bengal's offensive line to wrap up Andy Dalton for his third sack of the game. Take a look:
The game ending on a sack for a safety was the second time in NFL history. According to ESPN, there were two other times that a game ended on a safety.
The first was in 1989. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Los Angeles Rams 23-21 when Mike Merriweather blocked Dale Hatcher's punt and the ball rolled out of the end zone. The second time was in 2004. Alex Brown (Chicago Bears) sacked Billy Volek (Tennessee Titans) in the end zone and knocked the ball loose. Tennessee tackle Fred Miller recovered the ball, but was tackled by Adewale Ogunleye for a safety to give the Bears a 19-17 overtime win over the Titans.
Dolphins went on to erase their four game losing streak by beating Cincinnati Bengals 22-20. Not a good night if you are a Bengals fan.
 
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Watch: Cards win Game Three on a bizarre walk-off

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
                                          (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
 Baseball fans we have a series as game three ends on a bizarre play. Heading into the bottom half of the ninth inning with the Red Sox and Cardinals tied at four, Yadier Molina starts the inning with a one out single off of reliever Koji Uehara. Uehara was relieved by Brandon Workman who gave up a first pitch double to Allen Craig. With two aboard in scoring position and one out, John Jay hit a ground ball to Dustin Pedroia, who made a helluva diving stop. He was able to recover, throwing out Molina at home for the second out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia throws down to Will Middlebrooks at third trying to catch an advancing Allen Craig; but the ball gets away from Middlebrooks sailing into left field. Craig then makes an attempts toward home plate and trips over Middlebrooks legs. He gets back up and continues his route to home plate but was clearly thrown out by left fielder Daniel Nava. Home plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe pointing to third base umpire Jim Joyce (I know ya heard that name before, after his blown call that cost Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game last year.) Joyce made the obstruction call on Middlebrooks which allowed Craig to score the winning run. Take a look at this bizarre walk-off!
As you can see there was plenty of action going on, good and bad. If you are Will Middlebrooks you have to remember: This is the World Series, you cannot allow that ball to pass you what-so-ever. Get off that bag and keep that ball in front of you! Tough way to lose game three. Cards win 5-4 and take a 2-1 lead in the best of seven. Game 4 is Sunday night.

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Watch: Rice Owls 4 foot 9 secret weapon take his first collegiate carry

photo by Matthew Postins
                             photo by Matthew Postins

Okay, I lied! He's not a secret weapon but he is Jayson Carter who is a meager 4 foot 9 inch walk-on running back who has been stashed on the practice squad for the past three season who finally got his first action for the Rice Owls. Carter is currently the smallest player ever to play FBS game, take a look at his first carry:
“That young man is here ever day busting his tail on the scout team. He deserves it,” Rice coach David Bailiff said after the game. “I'm thrilled we got Jayson into a Division I football game.”
Mr. Carter may not have taken it to the house but this will certainly be a day he will never forget. Hats off to you Mr. Carter, I may have laugh; but you have one up on me. I never played a down at the Division I level so the joke is on me!

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Watch: Dominick Williams Razzle Dazzle Punt Return TD

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Muskingum Muskies punt returner Dominick Williams displays how pitiful Division III tackling can be as he does his best Prime Time impersonation taking a 74 yard punt return to the house! Take a look: Wow, one miss tackle after another, and another one, and another one! Needless to say it was the first points for the Muskies as finally stop the bleeding! Their opponent Heidelberg had scored 42 unanswered points prior to the Muskingum score. You can imagine how many missed tackles occurred before this highlight!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

WATCH: Stanford's Kodi Whitfield turns the catch of the year into a TOUCHDOWN!

Stanford wide receiver Kodi Whitfield breaks a 3-3 tie after hauling in what might be the catch of the year against the undefeated UCLA Bruins. Don't sleep on the Ivory League of the West as Stanford also puts out top-notch athletes as well. Watch Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan connect with Whitfield on a one hand grab that went for a 30 yard touchdown! courtesy of ESPN.com
  This is a must win game for both squads as no one wants to lose any ground to the Mighty Oregon Ducks! Update: Stanford beat UCLA 24-10

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Watch: Shane Victorino slams the Sox into the World Series

PHOTO CREDIT BOSTON GLOBE                                            PHOTO CREDIT BOSTON GLOBE

The Detroit Tigers only have themselves to blame as they head home after another devastating loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night in Fenway. Tigers were up 2-1 in the sixth inning with their ace Max Scherzer still in control until the inevitable happens. When Johnny Gomes doubles to lead off the seventh inning followed by a one-out walk to Xander Bogaerts, you knew Detroit was in serious trouble. Make things worse Scherzer's night was over as he heads to the showers sending in Drew Smyly hoping to preserve a one run lead. Jacoby Ellsbury reaches base on an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias that had the potential to be a double play and possibly ending the inning unscathed. Tigers' manager, Jimmy Leyland elects to go with Jose Veras to face Shane Victorino. With an 0-2 count against Victorino watch what happens next:
                                courtesy of mlb.com
Gotta love the Green Monster!
 
Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox getting back to the World Series, first time since 2007. Boston will be face the St. Louis Cardinals in a 2004 rematch where the Red Sox broke the curse winning the World Series for the first time since 1918. Since then they have won twice (2004 and 2007). St. Louis have had recent success themselves winning in 2011. Game 1 of the 2013 World Series begins Wednesday in Boston. This is the first time the World Series will have both teams with the best record in each league since 1999.

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Watch: Prince ill-advise base running includes a ill-advised belly flop!

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Where is Prince Fielder's Snickers endorsement? He obviously worked pretty damn hard to earn it with his piss poor performance this entire playoff series. His post-season play was at an all-time low. The 29-year-old slugger posted an .181avg in the ALCS with one extra base hit and ZERO RBIs! Fielder has been distant, head hasn't been in the game and when he had a chance to capitalize on an insurance run in the sixth inning of game six, he got caught in a rundown that ruin a big inning. Not only did he get rundown, he tried to belly flop his way back to third! Take a look: 2013-10-19 22_32_57 check out this angle in slomo!
2013-10-19 22_35_57 T-I-M-B-E-R! This unfortunate play caused by Prince concluded a double play as Dustin Pedroia was savvy enough to tag out Victor Martinez before Jarrod Saltalamacchia ran down Fielder.

 Ladies and Gentlemen, this play sums up Fielder's entire post-season play. A FLOP!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

VIDEO: No Johnny No, No!

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                                                         (AP Photo)

What was the reaction to the State of Texas when Johnny Manziel went down to a knee injury? Complete silence! No Johnny No! The play happened in the first quarter of the Texas A&M/ Ole Miss game when Johnny Football rolls out to his left scrambling away from Rebel defenders and as he released his pass, take a look:
courtesy of ESPN

Well, you could here more than a pin drop because the game is played in Oxford, Mississippi! Thank goodness for the turf as it seems to be the only way Johnny was going down! Manziel grabs his knee after collapsing from a non-contact play. He was seen by A&M's medical staff and they placed a fitted knee brace on him.
Well, if you were rooting against the Heisman Trophy winner to be hurt, the jokes on you, he came back just to prove his knee was alright by doing his signature move of making defenders miss.
Hand the man the Heisman Trophy again, he is by far the most exciting player in college football, PERIOD!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Is Tampa ready to trade David Price?

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As the offseason nears the Tampa Bay Rays are preparing life without their starting ace David Price. Though the 2012 Cy Young winner would love to stay put in Tampa he is convinced he has thrown his last pitch in a Rays uniform. Nothing is definite as of yet and Price still remains under contract until 2015; he is eligible for arbitration until he signs a long-term deal. Price had a conference call on Wednesday with reporters and he discussed the idea of moving on. According to SI.COM
You’ve seen it happen a couple of times already I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past,” he said about leaving Tampa. “It’s not disappointing or anything like that. This is a place I love to be. My teammates and everyone in the organization knows that. It’s part of baseball and it’s something I’ve seen go on, it’s kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for.”
What David is referring to is the loss of former teammates Matt Garza who was traded to Chicago Cubs in 2011 and recently traded Jamie Shields who went to Kansas City Royals this past season. Price coming off a Cy Young Award, had a rather disappointing season battling a left triceps strain that cause him to miss six weeks of the season and wasn't his dominating self with a 10-8 record with a 3.33 ERA 151K in 27 starts.

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VIDEO: Sterling Marte & Pete Kozma displays some defense

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As you may know by now the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the NLCS by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1. But before we leave the NLDS there were two outstanding defensive plays that happened at the bottom half of the third inning and carried on at the top of the fourth inning. Pirates left fielder, Starling Marte, demonstrates a what if by making this spectacular play. Take a look:
                              courtesy of mlb.com

 Matt Carpenter was probably thinking a possible in-side-the-park-home run! Well, more like a heck of a grab by Marte! But it doesn't end there! The very next inning Cardinals shortstop, Pete Kozma, makes a highlight of his own by robbing a for sure Neil Walker base hit.
                              courtesy of mlb.com

Helluva plays by both Marte and Kozma, and congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals on advancing to the NLCS.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Juan Uribe sends Atlanta Braves home

(USA Today)
                                                     (USA Today)

Game 4 of the NLDS provided late heroics from the mighty Dodgers as they rallied their way past the Atlanta Braves thanks to a lead-off double by Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Dodgers down a run and Juan Uribe up to the plate. His only responsibility was to bunt Puig over to third base. Well, small ball isn't Uribe's strongest suit as he failed twice trying to bunt Puig over. With two strikes on Uribe, his only option was to protect the plate and hope for the best. Take a look at what happens next:
                                                        courtesy of mlb.com

I wonder does Braves pitcher, David Carpenter, wished Uribe would have laid that bunt down now? Hmmm, a former Giant hitter in Juan Uribe and a former Giants pitcher in Brian Wilson helps the Dodgers advance to the NLCS, go figure! Dodgers win 4-3 and win the series 3-1. They will play the winner of Pittsburgh/St. Louis who are tied at 2-2 in the best of five.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Video: Carl Crawford lands in the stands after making a tough catch

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Game 3 of the NLDS was all about LA Dodger left fielder Carl Crawford, who felt pretty good at the plate smacking a three-run shot in the second inning off of Atlanta Braves starter, Julio Teheran. Crawford enjoyed a two hit game while scoring three runs and three RBIs in an offensive explosion by the Dodgers. But in order to win a World Series, one must keep in mind that defense wins championships. In the top of the eighth inning, Braves catcher Brian McCann hit a fly ball down left-field line, Crawford was able to track it down making the tough catch in foul territory. Check out
the end of the play:
                                                                 courtesy of mlb.com

As you can see, the ump was on point confirming the Crawford catch. When Crawford went tumbling into the stands there had to be a sigh of relief that he didn't get hurt in the process. Dodgers are already playing without the services of All-Star Matt Kemp and Andre Eithier and LA can ill-afford Carl Crawford getting hurt again with his injury prone self. Dodgers went on to win game three, 13-6 to take control of the series 2-1 in the best of five.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Watch: Carlos Gomez hit a home run without touching home plate

photo credit SI.COM
                   photo credit SI.COM

Let see, it only took the second batter of the game to rev up this much drama in the first inning as Milwaukee Brewers center fielder, Carlos Gomez hits a rocket dead center for his 23rd home run of the year. He can tell you that because he admired it from a far, yep he stood right there and watched it! When he did decide to run around the bases he had some choice words for Braves first baseman, Freddie Freeman! As he was rounding third base he barked at pitcher Paul Maholm, and then standing in his way of home plate was no other than catcher Brian McCann, who had enough of Gomez and his foolishness. Take a look:

                                    courtesy of mlb.com

McCann was just as wrong as Gomez, he escalated it more; but if you are representing the Atlanta Braves what other choice do you have? McCann is a hero to some as he made a stand protecting the Braves brand! The question is WHY? Does it have anything to do with Maholm hitting Gomez on two different occasions in the past? Too bad these two teams aren't playing one another in the playoffs! Oh by the way, does Gomez EVER touch home plate?

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Monday, September 23, 2013

Watch: Alex Rios hit for the cycle

[caption id="attachment_15805" align="aligncenter" width="565"] Photo: Tony Gutierrez
                                       Photo: Tony Gutierrez

Alex Rios flex his muscles Monday night against the Houston Astros as he quickly hit for the cycle in six innings. Rios joins Mike Trout and Brandon Barnes as the only players to hit for the cycle this season. He smacked a two-run double in the first, reached on infield single to third, a solo home run in the fourth, and a RBI triple in the sixth inning. Take a look: courtesy of espn.com

The Texas Rangers went on to route the Houston Astros 12-0 as Ranger's pitcher, Derek Holland throws a complete game shutout allowing six hits and striking out nine, for his 10th victory of the season. Texas remains a game behind Cleveland Indians for the last playoff spot with seven games remaining.

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Watch: Manny Machado leaves game with an apparant knee injury

Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Baltimore Orioles' Manny Machado. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)[/caption] Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado's leg buckle from underneath him as he crossed first base running out an infield single in today's crucial series against Tampa Bay. The 21-year-old phenom was down several minutes before being carted off the field with an apparent left knee injury. Take a look:

By looking at Machado crossing first this almost reminds me of the incident that happen to the Louisville guard, Kevin Ware, whose leg snapped during the NCAA tournament. Ware had an open tib/fib fracture, hopefully Machado's injury isn't as significant as Ware; but as for right now fingers are crossed and prayers have been sent. Coming into today's action Manny Machado was batting .283 14HR 71RBI and 51 doubles.
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Saturday, September 21, 2013

Watch: Alex Rodriguez Passes A Yankee Great

Photo credit: Jim McIsaac |
                                     Photo credit: Jim McIsaac

Alex Rodriguez is no stranger to setting records. He will always be linked for his record-setting baseball contracts of $252M and $275M, setting a record for 211 games suspension by Major League Baseball for his involvement in P.E.D.s, and now passing the late Yankee great and Baseball Hall Of Famer, Lou Gehrig, with his 24th career grand slam. The opposite field home run came off of George Kontos in the seventh inning that broke a 1-1 tie that giving the playoff chasing Yankees a 5-1 victory Friday night against the San Francisco Giants. Take a look at Arod's grand slam.
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Arod's home run snaps a 1 for 25 slump and a needed victory for the New York Yankees, who have been slumping as of late. Yankees started the night 3 games back for the last wildcard spot. As for Arod, I'm not sure how this record will play as Alex passes a Yankee legend; but since he is still a member of the pinstripes at least its remains in the Yankee family.

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Saturday, September 14, 2013

Watch: Chris Davis First to 50 Home Runs

photo credited  Patrick Smith
                                       photo credited Patrick Smith

Chris Davis becomes the second Baltimore Orioles to hit 50 home runs in a single season following former Oriole, Brady Anderson, who accomplished it in 1996. Davis connecting on a 2-2 pitch over the center field wall in the eighth inning that broke a 3-3 tie off of Toronto Blue Jays reliever, Steve Delabar. Davis is the 27th member to achieve 50 home runs in a season, Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays was the last to do it in 2010. Take a look at Chris Davis latest blast:
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Chris Davis is making a very good case at winning the 2013 American League MVP award. He is currently at a .296BA 50HR 129RBIs. He joins Babe Ruth and Albert Belle as the only players in MLB history to achieve 50 homers and 40 doubles. Belle actually accomplished 50hr/50dbls. It will be difficult to pass the reigning MVP and last year's Triple Crown Winner, Miguel Cabrera who is once again having a stellar season as well, .348BA 43HR 133RBIs.
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Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Watch: Jose Fernandez clears benches after admiring first career home run

Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
                        Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

When Miami Marlins rookie pitcher, Jose Fernandez, turn on a Mike Minor fastball he look like he knew his way around a bat! Only problem was he kinda camped out at the plate like he was Manny Ramirez admiring one of his many home runs! Well, I guess I can't blame him, it was his first career home run in the Majors. He put some good wood on that ball I might add. Oh by the way I did mention he is a pitcher didn't I! Take a look: courtesy of mlb.com

Seriously, standing at the plate admiring your home run can often lead to bad things. Braves catcher, Brian McCann had verbal words with Fernandez at home plate that led to both benches clearing but nothing happen afterwards. After the game, Fernandez spoke on his altercations with Chris Johnson and Brian McCann.
"I feel embarrassed," the 21-year-old Fernandez said. "I feel like I don't deserve to be here, because this isn't high school. This is a professional game. I made a mistake. I'm going to learn from it."
This was Jose Fernandez last game of the season because he has met the 170-inning limit set by the team. He pitched another gem tonight going seven innings giving up one earn run and striking out five batters. He is now 12-6 with an ERA of 2.19 second to Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw. Marlins ended up winning the game 5-2.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Von Miller In Trouble Again

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                                                (USATSI)

Denver Broncos defensive stud, Von Miller, may as well grasp the nickname "CAN'T DO RIGHT" because of his latest antics with the law. Miller, who is already serving a six game suspension by the NFL for violating the substance abuse policy was cited for speeding and driving with a suspended or revoked license in Arapahoe County last week according to Denver CBS4.

It's not been a good week for the 24-year-old middle linebacker who is battling the Broncos' management because they are reclaiming $1.25 million of the signing bonus money they gave Miller. To make it worse they are withholding it from his paychecks when he's eligible to play again. OUCH! How's a man going to eat? Thank goodness his daddy was with him! The authorities released Von Miller allowing his daddy to take over the driving responsibilities.
 
Uh oh! Lawyers are involved! Keep an eye on this latest saga because this may have a huge impact on the Broncos' season. Bad enough Miller is missing the first six games. Don't be surprise if the two-time All-Pro linebacker comes back to the team as a disgruntled employee. He has no one to blame but himself.

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Sunday, September 8, 2013

Watch: The Honey Badger saves a touchdown on a magnificent play


Well we all knew what Tyrann Mathieu was capable of.  Making plays!  Today, the St. Louis Rams and their fans found out first hand what all the hype was.  To all you young football players, this is the reason why you never give up on a play.  Tyrann Mathieu punches out a would be touchdown and turns it into a fumble for a touchback.Take a look.



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 courtesy of foxsports.com

Ladies & Gentlemen, may I introduce to you the "Honey Badger!"  That play made on Jared Cook was no fluke, that's what the "Honey Badger"does. 

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Watch: Adrian Peterson plus one carry equals a 78 yard touchdown

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Let's see it took Adrian Peterson only one carry to bring LIONS fans to their feet! Adrian Peterson has repeatedly said he is after 2500 yards rushing this season, which I would reply by saying good luck (sarcastically!); but after that first run I guess we will have to entertain the thought, right? Take a look at this first run by Peterson: Peterson_medium
                                courtesy of SB*NATION

All Day! Down the stretch they go! Damn, did he get faster after ACL surgery? I'm not sure if he will reach 2500 yards but it's going to be fun watching him attempt back-to-back 2,000 yard seasons. Adrian Peterson finished the day with 18 carries for 93 yards and 3tds. 2500-93=2407 to go! 

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Friday, September 6, 2013

Watch: Yusmeiro Petit loses perfect game in the ninth

(Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)
                     (Photo: Kyle Terada, USA TODAY Sports)

Eric Chavez pinch-hit single was a crushing blow, breaking up a Yusmeiro Petit perfect game with two outs in the ninth inning. Chavez took Petit to a full count, forcing him to give a decent pitch to the veteran. Chavez wasted no time delivering a line drive base hit to right field. Giants right fielder, Hunter Pence, who made an important catch in the Tim Lincecum perfect game, was unable to come up with the heroics tonight which cost Yusmeiro Petit his chance at a perfect game. Petit retired the next batter, A.J. Pollack, for the final out and a 3-0 Giants victory. Take a look:                                                           courtesy of mlb.com
  Yusmeiro Petit is in his second year with the Giants and fifth year in the majors. He has a lifetime record of 12-20 with a 5.37ERA in the big leagues, so he has to be a little disappointed not getting that perfect game. Baseball is so fickle, Petit may never have an opportunity to make history again. He stepped up tonight replacing the injured Matt Cain. He had a Matt Cainlike performance throwing 95 pitches for his first career complete game. Needless to say, it was still a perfect night for Petit. 9IP 7Ks 0walks and 1Hit running his record to 3-0.

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