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Monday, April 22, 2013

Joakim Noah Does His Wild Tantrum After A Block Shot

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After missing 12 of the last 15 regular season games and limited in the first playoff game against the Brooklyn Nets because of plantar fasciitis, Chicago Bulls' center, Joakim Noah, is back with his jovial tantrum self. Noah will never wow you with 30 points and 20 rebounds; however you can count on him to fill the stat sheet up when healthy. In 25 minutes tonight Joakim scored 11pts, 10boards, 3assist, and 2 blocks to help the Chicago Bulls even the series at one apiece. One of those blocks came with less than a minute left in the game against Brook Lopez. The tantrum Noah displayed was a message sent to Lopez as it look like Joakim was blatantly taunting him after the block.

All I have to say is, it looks like Joakim's foot is feeling much better, and with a healthy Noah, Brook and the Nets are in for a series. Chicago wins game 2, 90-82.

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Chandler Parsons Shoots Game Into Overtime

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This is the way the last regular season game of the year was supposed to end; Houston Rockets down three points with fifteen seconds left and James Harden with the ball in his hands. Only problem is he mismanaged the clock which turns into chaos. Luckily the loose ball found the hands of Chandler Parsons with a little bit over a second left giving him an opportunity for a final shot and boy, you are talking about clutch!

Watch video below.   The game was sent into overtime and the Lakers prevailed 99-95 without their superstar Kobe Bryant. With the victory, the Lakers were able to grab the seventh seed in the Western Conference and face the San Antonio Spurs while the Houston Rockets get the mighty Oklahoma City Thunder.

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Stephen Curry Sets Single Season 3-Point Record

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Going into the last regular season game of the year, Golden State Warrior's point guard, Stephen Curry, went on a shooting spree to surpass Ray Allen's single season 269 made 3-point shots. He finally obtained the record in the second quarter of the Golden State/Portland game by nailing his 270th 3-pointer of the year, setting a new NBA single season record. Though he didn't have his best shooting night, he finished the game 4-11 from behind the arc, giving him 15 points for the game and extending his new NBA record to 272 made 3-point shots in a single season. Curry's 272 makes came on just 600 attempts, good for 45.2 percent.  

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Sunday, April 14, 2013

The All-Time Franchise Player on each Major League Baseball Roster.

There are 30 Major League Baseball teams across country. Each team has at least one significant individual that is the consummate ballplayer who represent everything the organization is about. As we take a look at each team which ballplayer shows to be the most influential person to donned a uniform for that franchise. Some teams will have that obvious no brainer pick chosen to represent their team. What about the teams that were successful in multiple eras? We can only choose one player for each team that deserves the title Mr. Baseball.
American League East
Mr. Baltimore Oriole is Frank Robinson
This selection is not as easy as it sounds when you have the likes of Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson. Mr. Baltimore Oriole goes to Frank Robinson. I know how much of a darling Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson are but Frank Robinson is Baltimore's son. The 1966 MVP, Triple Crown winner and 2-time World Series champion('66,'70) He also was the manager for 4 season for the Baltimore Orioles. Robinson's numbers as an Oriole were .300BA/882H/179HR/545RBI/.543SLG/.944OPS in 6 seasons.
Mr. Boston Redsox is Ted Williams
With the prosperous history of the Boston Red Sox Wade Boggs, Roger Clemens, Jimmie Fox, Pedro Martinez and Carl Yastrzemski all come to mind. To me Mr. Boston Redsox has to be Teddy Ballgame. Though he was a difficult soul to love in his playing days in Boston. It's impossible to leave out the last man to hit .406, twice a triple crown winner and twice mvp of the league. Ted Williams' numbers as a Red Sox were .344BA/2654H/521HR/1839RBI/.639SLG/1.116OPS in 21 seasons.
Mr. New York Yankee is Derek Jeter
The most difficult team to choose by far. I will not include Babe Ruth because he is labeled as is the first professional baseball player recognize by all. There are plenty more Yankees such as Yogi Berra, Joe DiMaggio, Lou Gehrig, , Reggie Jackson, Mickey Mantle and Mariano Rivera. When it's all said and done number 2 is on pace to being the greatest Yankee of all-time. He learned a lot from the Yankee tradition as he is a winner, he is the modern-day Joe DiMaggio, he is the only Yankee to eclipse the 3000 hit list (hard to believe). It's amazing that he has been able to keep a squeaky clean image in the Big Apple. A role model for all. Mr. New York Yankees belongs to Derek Jeter. Jeter's numbers as Yankees so far are .313BA/3265H/.382OBP/.831OPS/347SB
Mr. Tampa Bay Ray is Carl Crawford
Is it possible that a team that hasn't been in existence 15 years have a Mr. Tampa Bay Ray? The Rays have only been relevant the last four years and maybe it's because of Evan Longoria and David Price. I don't think either one have enough skins on the wall to warrant the title as of yet. There is one man who does represent the standard as he leads the franchise in hits, runs, and stolen bases. Mr. Tampa Bay Ray is Carl Crawford. Crawford's numbers as a Tampa Bay Ray were 296BA/1480H/103TRIPLE/432SB in 9 seasons.
Mr. Toronto Blue Jay is Dave Stieb
Off the top of my head it probably should be Joe Carter because of his heroics in the 1993 World Series when he hit a walk-off, 3 run homer against the Phillies, Mitch Williams, to end the series. What about other players such as Roberto Alomar, George Bell, Carlos Delgado, Roy Halladay and Jimmy Key. I believe Mr. Toronto Blue Jay goes to Dave Stieb . By a small margain over Roy Halladay. As a Blue Jay, Dave Stieb won 175G/30SHO/103CG/3.44ERA/1658SO in 16 seasons.
American League Central
Mr. Chicago White Sox is Frank Thomas
I can do a list of White Sox players but none would be worthier than the Big Hurt. Mr. Chicago White Sox is Frank Thomas. Frank Thomas burst onto the scene putting up Hall of Fame numbers standing at 6'5 280lbs, an intimidating force but really the opposite. Other White Sox to consideration were Luke Appling, Paul Konerko and Ted Lyons. Frank Thomas' numbers as a White Sox were .307BA/2136H/448HR/1465RBI/1466BB/.427OBP/.568SLG/.995OPS
Mr. Cleveland Indian is Bob Feller
If we were speaking modern-day only then Jim Thome would win my vote as he is truly the most popular Indian alive but there is a war hero the city of Cleveland love a little bit more. Mr. Cleveland Indian is Bob Feller. He was a 20 game winner in his teenage years, the hardest throwing pitcher before He remains the Indians all-time leader in shutouts, strikeouts. Other considerations were Albert Belle, Tris Speaker and Jim Thome. As an Indian, Bob Feller won 266G/44SHO/279CG/3.25ERA/2581SO in 18 seasons. Feller missed 3 prime season due to war.
Mr. Detroit Tiger is Tyrus Cobb
Numbers never lie, have you ever heard of a major league hitter knocking in 1805 rbi for a franchise by only hitting 111 home runs. Who says you have to be a power hitter. It does help to have 3900 hits and a lifetime batting average of .368 as a Detroit Tiger. Mr. Detroit Tiger goes to Tyrus Cobb. I wonder is the Detroit Tigers franchise the only organization with two members with at least 3000 hits with one team. The other man is Al Kaline. Hank Greenberg is not to shabby himself! Ty also scored over 2088 R/1148BB/869SB/.434OBP/.516SLG/.945OPS in 22 seasons with Detroit.
Mr. Kansas City Royal is George Brett
One name and one name only. George Brett is Mr. Kansas City Royal. 20 years in a Royals uniform, the ultimate professional who did nothing but bring respectability to the Royals organization. When he retired, the Royals had simply died. In 1980, Brett made a run at .400 batting .390. He is the only major league player to win a batting title in three different decades. Who is going to tell George Brett he isn't Mr. Royal? You've seen his reaction during the pine tar incident! Honorable mention belongs to Hal McCrae and Frank White. George Brett's numbers as a Royal were .305BA/3154H/317HR/1591RBI/.369OBP/.487SLG/.857OPS in 20 seasons in Kansas City.
Mr. Minnesota Twin is Kirby Puckett
A short, chubby man with a very large stick comes to mind. This individual was the heart and soul of the only two World Series championships in team history. Did I say he was short He made some incredible plays with the bat and the glove. Standing at 5'8, this individual definitely played bigger than anyone in his era. Mr. Minnesota Twin goes to Kirby Puckett. Had my eye on Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Kent Hrbek, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva. Kirby Puckett's numbers as a Twin were .318BA/2304H/.360OBP/.477SLG/.837OPS in 12 seasons in Minnesota. Kirby's career was cut short due to glaucoma. Several surgeries occurred but vision was never restored.
American League West
Mr. Los Angeles Angel is Nolan Ryan
One of the biggest mistakes in the Angels history was letting this man become a free agent. All he did in an Angel's uniform was strike people out. Hint, hint! Mr. Los Angeles Angels goes to Nolan Ryan. Someone explain to me how a dominant pitcher strike out 383 batters and finishes second in the Cy Young race. Other considerations were Garrett Anderson, Rod Carew, Chuck Finley and Tim Salmon. Nolan Ryan won 138W/156CG/40SHO/3.07ERA/2416SO/1.294WHIP in 8 seasons as an Angels.
Mr. Oakland A's is Rickey Henderson
Oakland A's, has a substantial amount of superstars from the likes of Vida Blue, Jose Canseco, Dennis Eckersley, Jim"Catfish"Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Mark McGwire and Dave Stewart. There was a guy who named himself "The Greatest"! Mr. Oakland A's goes to Rickey Henderson who without a doubt believes he is "The Greatest"! I can't think of another ballplayer that beats to a crazy drum like Henderson. He will find a way to get on base, swipe second to get in scoring position and top it off by crossing the plate to add to his run total. He was one of the most individual stat counting ballplayer the game has ever seen. I guess we must take in account that he may know what he is talking about. I guess! Rickey Henderson's numbers as a Oakland A's were .288BA/1768H/1227BB/1270R/867SB/.409OBP/.839OPS in 14 seasons.
Mr. Seattle Mariner is Edgar Martinez
The Seattle Mariners hit the jackpot twice raising two teenage ballplayers into perinneal superstars. Unfortunately they couldn't keep either one in a Mariners uniform. The story of Alex Rodriguez and Ken Griffey Jr. speak for themselves. Both players were superstars in their time in Seattle. No one will ever match the human highlights Griffey displayed running down flyballs and that sweet swing, priceless. A-Rod, innocent at the time, putting up numbers at the shortstop position that no one in history before or since has done. Two beloved players but not the most important Mariner. First of all, this individual's BAT was just as important as those superstars mentioned, and unlike them, he never chased the mighty dollar of free agency. Mr. Seattle Mariner is Edgar Martinez. Other considerations are Jay Buhner, Randy Johnson and Ichiro Suzuki. Edgar Martinez numbers were .318BA/2247H/309HR/1261RBI/.418OBP/.515SLG/.933OPS in 18 seasons.
Mr. Texas Ranger is Nolan Ryan
If Chuck Norris a.k.a "Walker Texas Ranger" had any say in the voting he would choose himself as Mr. Texas Ranger. Ivan "Pudge" Rodriguez was the heartbeat for the Texas Rangers for 13 years and still a fan favorite. Michael Young was handed the torch when "Pudge" left Texas and has blossomed into the captain of the team. However, once again Mr. Texas Ranger without saying is Nolan Ryan. Though he only played 5 seasons in a Ranger uniform, he was known for his milestones. In a Ranger uniform he won his 300th game, he threw his 5000th strikeout, he pitched his sixth and seventh no-hitter in a Texas Ranger uniform. Nolan Ryan is Mr. Texas Ranger because he saved a franchise that was in bankruptcy. Since he took over management and now part-owner, the Texas Rangers have been part of the last two World Series (2010,2011) and currently one of the best teams in the Majors. Their farm system is amongst the best in baseball, all because of Mr. Texas Ranger's Nolan Ryan. Other considerations were Juan Gonzalez, Josh Hamilton, Charlie Hough and Rafeal Palmeiro.

National League East
Mr. Atlanta Brave is Henry "Hank" Aaron
The Braves franchise can be considered the most underrated organization in the majors as they have produce some legendary ballplayers from multiple eras. Similar to the Yankee's franchise, their are plenty of deserving individuals who could wear the title Mr. Brave. Its obvious that Hank Aaron is the most deserving, the way he played the game, the threats he faced when approaching Babe Ruth's homerun record. He has been known as a class act though still a little underapreciated. Let the debate began. It's a no brainer that Hank is the first choice but you couldn't go wrong with the likes of Tom Glavine, Chipper Jones, Greg Maddux, Eddie Matthews, John Smoltz and Warren Spahn. Hank Aaron's numbers were .305BA/3600H/733HR/2202RBI/2107R/.377OPB/.567SLG/.944OPS in 21 years as an Atlanta Brave.
Mr. Philadelphia Philly is Michael Jack Schmidt
You know how special you must be to be loved in Philly? Mike Schmidt knows, he knows very well as he spent 18 seasons manning the left side of the diamond. Schmidt was the greatest all around third basemen in the major league history. It helps being the MVP of the 1980 World Series. The 3 time MVP will forever have a place in the Phillies heart. The city of brotherly also loves Steve Carlton, Ryan Howard, Pete Rose and Robin Roberts. Mike Schmidt's number were .267BA/548HR/1595RBI/1506R/1507BB/527SLG/380OBS/908OPS in 18 seasons with the Phillies.
Mr. Washington National/Montreal Expo is Tim Raines
First of all no one on the Washington Expos are worthy of being on the list. However they do have potential stars in Stephen Strausberg and young phenom Bryce Harper. To be continued! Before there was a National, we must talk about the Montreal Expos whose franchise was snake bitten because they couldn't keep their players. First of all this individual needs to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame. This man started things off at the top of the order for many years and to some was the National league version of Rickey Henderson. Mr. Expos/Nationals goes to Tim Raines. Other strong considerations were Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Andres Galarraga, Vladimir Guerrero, Pedro Martinez and Larry Walker. Tim Raines numbers were .301BA/1622H/793BB/947R/635SB/.391OBP/.829OPS in 13 seasons as a Expos.
Mr. Miami Marlin is Luis Castillo
The name Luis Castillo is not a everyday household name. Don't blame me, blame the Marlin's ownership , who is responsible for not keeping any of their superstars that came through their organization. I won't fought them for it, they have won two World Series in their nineteen years of existence. Mr. Marlin goes to Luis Castillo who won a World Series in 2003. Other considerations were Hanley Ramirez, Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, Josh Johnson and Cliff Floyd. Luis Castillo's numbers were .293BA/1273H/42TR/281SB/.370OBP/533BB in 10 seasons with the Miami Marlins.
Mr. New York Met is Tom Seaver
The Mets will never reach the standards of the mighty Yankees but they had some important moments such as the '69 Miracle Mets. Mr. New York Met starring Tom Seaver. Seaver won the Cy Young Award the same year he help the Mets win their first World Series against the Baltimore Orioles. Other considerations go out to Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden, Keith Hernandez, Darryl Strawberry and David Wright. As a New York Met, Tom Seaver won 198G/2.57ERA/171CG/44SHO/2541SO/1.076WHIP in 12 seasons.

National League Central
Mr. Chicago Cub is Ernie Banks
Ernie Banks is the only major league ballplayer that has a nickname after the team name. He was and still a true ambassador for the Cubs organization for all these years. He defines the definition of the greatest player of any franchise as his attitude is like no other. He continues to bolster a unworthy franchise. Other considerations were Andre Dawson, Ferguson Jenkins, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, Sammy Sosa and Billy Williams. Ernie Banks' numbers were .274BA/2583H/512HR/1636RBI/1305R/.500SLG/.830OPS in 19 seasons.
Mr.Cincinnati Red is Pete Rose
It could have gone multiple ways. Johnny Bench is just as popular, does anyone remember his show that came on Saturday morning before This Week In Baseball? Joe Morgan and his back to back NL MVP in '75 and '76. What about Frank Robinson, who was the first superstar Cincinnati ever had. Rookie of the Year and National League MVP. I chose Charlie hustle because he has been blackballed everywhere. I know Pete Rose wants to be in the Baseball Hall of Fame more than anything, but he be better served to stay out of it. His name is more popular than anyone in the hall. As long as he is not in, they will always be speaking of him. Despite the controversy Mr. Cincinnati Red is Pete Rose. Other consideration were Eric Davis, Barry Larkin and Tony Perez. Pete Rose's numbers were .307BA/3358H/1210BB/1741R/115 3B/601 2B/.379OBP/.804OPS in 19 seasons.
Mr. Milwaukee Brewer is Robin Yount
This ballplayer was the ultimate team player, being able to excel at both centerfield and shortstop; while gaining two American League MVP awards. For twenty years he gave his body up to put up hall of fame numbers and that is why Mr. Brewer goes to Robin Yount. Soon Ryan Braun will rival Yount as he has put up magnificent numbers since he came up in 2007. I also like Cecil Cooper, Prince Fielder, Paul Molitor and Ben Oglive. Robin Yount's numbers were .285BA/3142H/251HR/1406RBI/.430SLG.772OPS in 20 seasons.
Mr.Pittsburgh Pirate is Honus Wagner
Not to many ballplayers can rival the great Tyrus C0bb. I had mention earlier that Alex Rodriguez could have been the greatest shortstop of all-time if he would have continued at that position. The title will stay with Honus Wagner as he put up sizzling numbers in his time with the Bucs. He is the greatest pure hitter Pittsburgh ever had. Mr. Pirate goes to Honus Wagner. I chose him over Roberto Clemente because he is the one Pirate that fans forget about. The plane crash that involved the demise of Roberto Clemente heightens his popularity and by many put Clemente's popularity over Wagner. Other choices were Barry Bonds, Roberto Clemente, Ralph Kiner, Willie Stargell and Paul Waner. Honus Wagner's number were .328BA/2967H/639SB/232 3B/1475RBI/1521R/.394OBP/.468SLG/.862OPS in 18 seasons.
Mr. St. Louis Cardinal is Stan Musial
This megastar hasn't played professional baseball since 1963, and til this day he is the most revered Cardinal in their organization. Mr. Cardinal is Stan Musial. Just like the Yankees, the Cardinal organization has royalty and a wealth of success both in players and World Series. With the departure of Albert Pujols, Musial's individual records will continue to stand. Other strong considerations were Ken Boyer, Lou Brock, Dizzy Dean, Bob Gibson, Rogers Hornsby, Albert Pujols and Ozzie Smith. Stan Musial's numbers were .331BA/3630H/475HR/1951RBI/1949R/.417OBP/.559SLG/.976OPS in 22 seasons, all with St. Louis.
Mr.Houston Astros is Craig Biggio
The last twenty years this ballplayer did all the little things that don't show up in the box score He was the ultimate team player by calling games behind the plate, playing both second base and the outfield. If the team needed a key hit, a bunt, stolen base, or a defensive stop he was your guy. Mr. Houston Astros is Craig Biggio. It is classic Biggio to get beamed by a pitch and hustle down first base. Being struck by a pitch was a badge of honor and to his credit, he never charged the mound. Other strong considersations were Jeff Bagwell, Lance Berkman, Larry Dierker, Joe Morgan, Roy Oswalt, Nolan Ryan and Mike Scott. Craig Biggio's numbers were .281BA/3060H/291HR/1175RBI/1844R/414SB/.363OBP in 20 seasons with Houston.

National League West
Mr. Arizona Diamondback is Randy Johnson
The Diamondbacks are also a expansion franchise that has bee around since 1998. It didn't take much time for this organization to get a taste of a World Series ring as they upset the heavy favorite Yankees in 2001. Randy Johnson was the first big chip the Diamondback added in 1999. He came right in a turn the franchise around bringing three consecutive Cy Young awards to the organization. With the help of Curt Schilling, they were both co-mvps in the 2001 World Series. Other considerations Luis Gonzalez, Curt Schilling and Brandon Webb Mr. Diamondback goes to Randy Johnson as he made a expansion team into a winner. Randy Johnson's numbers were 118W/2.83ERA/38CG/14SHO/2077SO/1.068WHIP in 8 seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Mr. Los Angeles Dodger is Sandy Koufax
Though his career ended early because of elbow issues, can you name another pitcher to have more strikeouts than innings pitch. Sandy Koufax is a given as Mr. LA Dodger? It is possible that he could be the best pitcher of all-time. Since 1966, there has never been a left handed pitcher win 27 ball games in a season. In a five year span he won 3 Cy Young awards and he is second to Nolan Ryan in no-hitters with four. One of his no-hitters was a perfect game and that describes Koufax best, a perfectionist. Other considerations were Roy Campanella, Don Drysdale, Steve Garvey, Orel Hershiser, Tommy Lasorda, Mike Piazza, Jackie Robinson, Duke Snider, Fernando Valenzuela and Maury Wells. Sandy Koufax numbers were 165W/2.87ERA/137CG/40SHO/2396SO/1.106WHIP in 12 seasons as a Dodger.
Mr. San Francisco Giant is Barry Bonds
Only in San Francisco can the great Barry Bonds walk around without the negative vibes. Like him or not he was the most watched baseball player in our time. Was he a train wreck, no but each time the bright lights were focus on him he delivered. He had flair and cockiness. He was a great that missed out on a World Series ring and probably will haunt him the rest of his life. The memories will always be there and he put up plenty of milestones. Mr. Giant was once upon a time Willie Mays, now it is Barry Bonds. Other considerations were Will Clark, Carl Hubbell, Tim Lincecum, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Gaylord Perry and Matt Williams. Barry Bonds' numbers were .312BA/1951H/586HR/1440RBI/1555R/1974BB/263SB/.477OBP/.666SLG/1.143OPS in 15 seasons with the Giants.
Mr. San Diego Padre is Tony Gwynn
This man could have taken his talents to the NBA. Instead, he found himself as an everyday player for the San Diego Padres' franchise for over 20 years. Do you believe that this man only struckout 384 times in 9288 at-bats! He was the best pure hitter since Ted Williams, as he hit .394 in a shorten season due to the strike. Mr. San Diego Padre goes to Tony Gwynn. Other considerations were Adrian Gonzalez, Trevor Hoffman, Jake Peavy, Benito Santiago and Dave Winfield. Tony Gwynn's numbers were .338BA/3141H/543 2B/1138RBI/1383R/.388OBP/.459SLG/ .847OPS in 20 seasons all with San Diego.
 
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Marc Cuban Wanting To Amnesty Kobe?

Leave it up to Dallas Maverick's owner, Mark Cuban, to provide his two cents on what the 16-Time World Champion's Los Angeles Lakers should do with their superstar Kobe Bryant.  I mean don't get me wrong Cuban just gutted his own team last season so he has some idea of what to do.  Maybe its his way of reaching out to the Buss Family during trying times.

Let's play devil's advocate:

Kobe is due a mere $30 million next season which puts the Lakers over the luxury tax threshold by $7 million.  That doesn't even include the hopeful signing of the summer's biggest free agent, Dwight Howard.  Howard will command at least $20 million a season on his upcoming deal which even creates more of chaos for the Lakers.  Once you pass $5 million over the luxury tax, it increases to $1.75 for every dollar over. After that, every $5 million over goes from $2.50 to $3.25 to $3.75 and increases $.50 for every $5 million after that.  But we are talking about Kobe!  Kobe Bryant is the Mr. Laker, he is the draw, the 5-Time NBA champion that is relied upon the success of the franchise.  His legacy belongs in a purple and gold uniform.
 
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(Watch)It's Grooming Time For The Mavericks

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Finally! Cut that $#*t off! After 4 months of climbing up a steep hill, the Dallas Mavericks finally got to cut their miserable, shaggy looking beards off. Some of the Maverick players, who can grow facial hair, made a pact to grow their beards and wouldn't shave it off until they reach a .500 record. Dallas Mavericks at the time of the pact were as much as 10 games below .500 so you can understand why they raced back to the locker room after defeating the New Orleans Hornets 107-89. The Mavericks were not playing for the post-season for the first time in eleven years; but at least they showed some pride continuing to fight and reaching a small goal of a .500 record.
"It's been too long," the clean-shaven Nowitzki said. "My wife stopped kissing me somewhere in February. It feels good to shave again."
Not only did the Mavericks win today but Dirk Nowitzki also scored his 25,000 career point.

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(Watch)Dirk Nowitzki Joins The 25,000 Club

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Dirk Nowitzki not only was able to shave off his "Shaggy" beard tonight; but he also reached a personal milestone becoming the 17th player in NBA history to score 25,000 career points. Nowitzki reached the 25,000-point mark with a midrange jumper over Hornets' center Robin Lopez in the second quarter. Dirk is coming off knee surgery this year and missed the first 29 games of the season. That is one of the reasons why the Dallas Mavericks will missed the playoffs for the first time in eleven seasons. Dirk finally has his legs back and looks to be his old self again. He scored 19 points tonight in a Maverick victory over the New Orleans Hornets and it looks as if Dirk has plenty of basketball left. As of right now he sits number 17 on the all-time NBA scoring list and its very possible that he will pass Hall of Fame players such as Jerry West, KG(who is still active), Reggie Miller, Alex English, and possibly John Havlicek if he stays healthy next season placing him right at 11th all-time. In the mean time congratulations to Mr. Nowitzki on your milestone. The next 5 victims in front of Dirk Nowitzki
12. John Havlicek* 26395
13. Alex English* 25613
14. Reggie Miller* 25279
15. Kevin Garnett 25274
16. Jerry West* 25192
 
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Saturday, April 13, 2013

Kobe Bryant’s Facebook Rant

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Soon as Kobe hit the floor, grabbing his foot in the fourth quarter of last night's game, he immediately knew that his Achilles tendon was possibly ruptured. The Black Mamba has been the most durable player in the NBA, playing through multiple injuries. It was vintage Kobe to limp back onto the court to shoot his free throws in pain before walking lamely into the locker room under his own power. He knew this time it wasn't going to be a quick fix. The hardest working man in the NBA for the first time looked devastated, sad, and in an interview after the game looked teary eyed. Hours have past and while most of the world was sleeping, Kobe Bryant goes on a rant, figuring out his next game plan. He opened up to the world on his Facebook about his situation.
This is such BS! All the training and sacrifice just flew out the window with one step that I've done millions of times! The frustration is unbearable. The anger is rage. Why the hell did this happen ?!? Makes no damn sense. Now I'm supposed to come back from this and be the same player Or better at 35?!? How in the world am I supposed to do that?? I have NO CLUE. Do I have the consistent will to... overcome this thing? Maybe I should break out the rocking chair and reminisce on the career that was. Maybe this is how my book ends. Maybe Father Time has defeated me...Then again maybe not! It's 3:30am, my foot feels like dead weight, my head is spinning from the pain meds and I'm wide awake. Forgive my Venting but what's the purpose of social media if I won't bring it to you Real No Image?? Feels good to vent, let it out. To feel as if THIS is the WORST thing EVER! Because After ALL the venting, a real perspective sets in. There are far greater issues/challenges in the world then a torn achilles. Stop feeling sorry for yourself, find the silver lining and get to work with the same belief, same drive and same conviction as ever. One day, the beginning of a new career journey will commence. Today is NOT that day. "If you see me in a fight with a bear, prey for the bear". Ive always loved that quote. Thats "mamba mentality" we don't quit, we don't cower, we don't run. We endure and conquer. I know it's a long post but I'm Facebook Venting LOL. Maybe now I can actually get some sleep and be excited for surgery tomorrow. First step of a new challenge. Guess I will be Coach Vino the rest of this season. I have faith in my teammates. They will come thru. Thank you for all your prayers and support.
The Achilles injury is a long process to come back from and if anyone can beat the odds on a comeback from this injury it's the Black Mamba. Father time is undefeated; but we all know Kobe loves to prove us wrong.

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Friday, April 12, 2013

Kobe Bryant suffers probable torn left Achilles

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There is trouble in Tinseltown as preliminary reports show that Kobe Bryant has torn his left Achilles tendon Friday night late in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors. The Lakers did rally without Kobe to win 118-116 without their legendary star to keep hold of the 8th seed in the Western Conference. L.A maintains a one game lead over Utah Jazz with two the play; but can the Lakers win the remaining two games to make the playoffs and without Kobe, and if they do does it really matter now. The Black Mamba is gone, Mamba never misses games. Take a look: Kobe finished the night 34pts 5rbs 4ast. Could this be the demise of Kobe Bean Bryant? The Achilles is one of the toughest injuries ever to come back from. If it is an Achilles injury it will take at least a year. MRI is plan for tomorrow. Prayer is sent to you Mr. Bryant.
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Don Mattingly Sounds Off "Stupid" Move By Carlos Quinten

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Don Mattingly is furious with the "idiot" Carlos Quinten as he said why would anybody try to hit someone in a one run game with the count full. He also stated that Quinten is known for diving into pitches. Do what ball players do and take your base. If Carlos would have done that then this issue would have been avoidable. He said Carlos caused the whole thing and Quinten shouldn't be able to play until Greinke is back from injury. If I were Mattingly, I would be irate as well as one of my aces who makes $590,000 a start is now out with a broken left collarbone. Take a look at the clip.
Carlos said that Greinke said something to him and he rushed the mound both leading with their shoulders several times which led to Greinke's injury. Quinten has no remorse for the unfortunate injury to Zach Greinke, as he also said that the whole incident could have been avoided. The two have history and it was the final straw. Carlos Quinten's response
If Carlos Quinten is asking for a suspension and a hefty fine, he may get his wish, wow! Tell us how you really feel, no contrition what-so-ever, and it's only the second week of the season. I know it's upsetting what happen to Zach Greinke and I wish him a speedy recovery; but MLB needed this, guess what the subject of conversation will be in the next couple of days.

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Greinke Beans Quentin With Pitch And Breaks Collarbone In A Brawl



What's the old saying, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Well I be damn Zach Greinke, what about a third time. What was Carlos Quinten to do about getting beaned by a Greinke pitch for the third time in his career. Well it didn't take long! Take a look at the video to see how it started.

Who needs a Dodgers/Giants rivalry when there is plenty of blood to go around in San Diego. MMA fighting at its best! Well sort of, Grienke didn't do much after he threw his glove down but at least it was entertaining. Quentin is the only batter Greinke has ever hit 3 times, go figure.  After the brawl, Quinten was ejected, Greinke was removed and later diagnosed with a broken left collarbone.


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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

(Watch)Central Arkansas Beats Grambling 30-0 Without The Mercy-Rule

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  When is it okay to throw in the towel or raise the white flag. After Tuesday night butt whooping, I think the NCAA needs to bring back the mercy-rule. Thank goodness this game wasn't played on the gridiron in the fall because I think the late, great, Eddie Robinson would have rolled completely over in his grave! I guess I have to commend Grambling for staying the whole nine accepting defeat the way they did. I am sure they thought the game would never end. It ended though, after Central Arkansas put a 30 spot on the board and to top it off, they pitched a shutout on poor Grambling. Here's a look at the offensive explosion that happened Tuesday night.
Here is breakdown on what went on. Put the women and children to bed first.
If I were Grambling State, I would invite them to a fall classic on the gridiron, maybe then they could return the favor!

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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Watch SNL: Mike Rice Is No Sheila Kelly

Ladies & Gentlemen meet the basketball coach that put former Rutgers coach, Mike Rice to shame. She is the current Middle Delaware State head coach, Sheila Kelly and boy does she have a temper! Well, I guess we should have a some compassion for Coach Rice, he never threaten his players with toasters, or made his players shoot free throws with roller skates on while being threaten with a bat. They both do have history of hitting, shoving, cursing, kicking, it's in their DNA. Did you see the fear on her assistant coach face? I won't even mention the fact that her players had to make dinner for her at practice, hmm. I wonder how many Rutgers players can actually cook? I know SNL was teasing Mike Rice with actress Mike & Molly star, Melissa McCarthy, who played a tyrant name coach Sheila Kelly. But, seriously the Rutgers basketball program did nothing to protect their players and it was a travesty that situation happen. Fortunately the videotape was leaked out and we witnessed the verbal and physical abuse that went on and hopefully there will be closure and healing for those young men and their families. For coaches who have similar issues of a Mike Rice, you have been warned, watch the video and get a good laugh at it, then think about it, her tactics are not working and neither did Mike Rice.  
 
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Saturday, April 6, 2013

Honus Wagner Card Auctions Off At $2.1M

T206HonusWagnerThe Honus Wagner baseball card is the most sought after card of all-time has been auction off this morning for a reported $2.1million according to Dan Good of the New York Post. It is the highest price ever paid for a card in a public sale, surpassing the $1.62 million paid for the same card back in 2008. Wagner was a Pittsburgh Pirate and revered as one of the greatest shortstops of all-time. He was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame first class in 1936. T206 Wagner is baseball's most famous card and was once own by NHL superstar Wayne Gretzky and Bruce McNall, who bought it for $450,000 back in 1991. Then Gretzky sold it to group at Walmart for $500,000 four years later. The Walmart group use it as a prize in a promotional contest won by a Florida resident who then auction it to Michael Gidwitz close to $650,000. In early 2000, the T206 Honus Wagner card was reported sold privately at $1.27M to a known card collector name Brian Seigel, who then sold the card privately in 2007 to an anonymous collector for $2.35M. Believe it or not, the so-called anonymous collector sold the card privately to another anonymous collector 6 months later for $2.8M. Here it is April 2013 and people are still buying this mysterious card. What do people do for a living to afford a 2 million dollar baseball card? Let's me know I am definitely in the wrong business! Check out the timeline of T206 Honus Wagner Card

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2013 MLB Top 10 First Baseman

As the 2013 baseball season comes rolling in, Reading Between The Seams will be listing the top 10 players in the Major League's position by position. In this article we will be discussing the MLB's Top 10 first baseman. Our list has been debated by members of our staff in hopes to provide detailed information for your upcoming fantasy baseball drafts. Take a look firsthand, and tell us how you would rate our top 10 first basemen in order.

10. Boston Red Sox 1B. Mike Napoli
This was not the way Mike Napoli had envisioned his free agency. Just a two years ago the Texas Rangers made the trade of the year by taking Mike Napoli off the hands of the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for Frankie Francisco. That season, 2011, Napoli was one of the hottest offensive players in the majors by batting .320 30HRs, 75RBI. He was a key element that led the Texas Rangers back to the playoffs and World Series. In the World Series, Napoli manage to hit .350BA 2HR 10RBI while primarily playing the catcher's position. He could have easily been the MVP of the series if it weren't for late inning heroics by the St. Louis Cardinal's David Freese. In 2012, he continued to play behind the plate for the Rangers and his power numbers were still there as he hit 24 home runs. The disappointing part of Napoli's season was his batting average dropping down to a dismal .227, .93 points from the year before. Mike, may have played his hand wrong during the season which may have led to his average declining. He filed for free agency and thought he had inked a 3 year, 39million dollar deal with the Boston Red Sox but it was terminated because of a hip issue during a physical. Though his 3 year deal was voided, The Red Sox did give him a one year deal worth 5million dollars to play first base. His numbers should rise being at Fenway, and not having to worry about the wear and tear being behind the plate. 2013 Prediction .265BA 28HR 82RBI .362OPB .502SLG

9. Arizona Diamondback 1B. Paul Goldschmidt
Goldy has solidified himself as an everyday player for the Diamondbacks shortly after his arrival back August 2011. Just last year the rising star batted .286 20HR 82RBI in his first full season. He was a steal in the 8th round of the 2009 Major League draft out of Texas State, hitting the major leagues just 2 seasons later and not slowing down. His size (6'3", 230 lbs) lends itself to power and he may just be getting started with last year's production. He's also a great doubles hitter, tallying 43 last year to finish among the Top 5 in the NL. One of the most astonishing things about Goldschmidt is he is the only first basemen out of the group that can steals bases. Just last year he manage to steal 18 bases in 21 attempts. There is no reason why he can't become a member of the 20/20 club this coming season. As Paul matures and continues to get a feel for the game there should be know reason why he can't move into the top five first basemen in the game right now. 2013 Prediction .282BA 25HR 96RBI 25SB .356OPB .493SLG

8. Atlanta Braves 1B. Freddie Freeman
If you are an Atlanta Braves fan, you get to see a budding star firsthand in Mr. Freeman. When Freddie was called up from the minors fall in 2010 all he did was hit his first ever home run off Roy Holliday. Since then he has been a quiet force at first base smacking 21 and 23 home runs in his first two full season in the Majors. Since Chipper Jones has exit stage left, the Atlanta Braves will still maintain excellence as they will now rely on their youth of Jayson Heyward and Freddie Freeman to be their one, two punch to go along with the Upton brothers. Entering his third full season in the majors Freeman has already recorded a twenty game hit streak in his short career. 2013 Prediction .280BA 26HR 95RBI .354OPB .468SLG

7. Washington Nationals 1B. Adam LaRoche
It's good to see this journeyman finally having a stable home! Adam LaRoche has to be the most underrated first baseman on the list. When drafting for an infielder on the right side of the diamond, you typically not thinking of LaRoche being your choice as your first baseman. Don't sleep on him because LaRoche comes to play and he will be called upon being an integral part of the Washington Nationals success once again. Just last year LaRoche smacked 33HR and 100RBI which led to his first Silver Slugger Award and his first Gold Glove. Adam also gained a contract extension. Good for him. I wouldn't be surprise to find similar numbers from the 9 year veteran as his 2013 Prediction .270BA 30HR 105RBI .339OPB .470SLG

6. Toronto Blue Jays 1B. Edwin Encarnacion
With the potential lineup the Toronto Blue Jays have plan for this upcoming season will provide plenty of runs if and only if Jose Reyes goes back to his MVP form. If, Melky Cabrera can find away to have enough juice (no pun intended!), I mean magic like he had last season and of course if Jose Bautista can manage to come back from a wrist injury. Then again, Edwin didn't have none of them in front of him last year and still manage to be the Most Improved Player in the Major Leagues. Encarnacion had a career year batting .280BA 42HR and 110RBI. Could this be the year that the team from Canada conquers the American League East. In order for that to happen Encarnacion will have to continue to put up all-star numbers. 2013 Prediction .290BA 34HR 112RBI .364OPB .520SLG

5. Los Angeles Dodgers 1B. Adrian Gonzalez
Can you say bounce back year. I am sure the 4 time all-star is hoping as well. Adrian Gonzalez hasn't quite been himself since leaving San Diego just two seasons ago. Many predicted huge numbers playing everyday in Fenway batting in front or behind Big Papi. Things didn't goes as plan and the Red Sox went on a fire sale landing Gonzalez back to the west coast but this time in LA. He arrived just last year and managed to hit a homerun in his first game as a Dodger, but still the power numbers were still missing. It's a new day, a better team without the negative vibes Adrian was around the last two years. He is in a better place and with a healthy Carl Crawford and Matt Kemp batting in front of him and with Hanley Ramirez protecting him it will give Gonzalez ample opportunity to get back to his slugging ways. 2013 Prediction .295BA 32HR 117RBI .364OPB .470SLG

4. New York Yankees 1B. Mark Teixeira
The biggest key for success in the 2013 season for Mr. Teixeira is to stay healthy. When he is healthy which has been his whole career until last season he has put up his usual 37HR and 120RBI. Last season he dealt with severe congestion, a bad wrist and a nagging calf injury. Hopefully all that is behind him because the New York Yankees are depending on his silver slugging bat and his 5 time Gold Glove since no one knows the fate of Alex Rodriguez. Though Mark is the only switch hitting first basemen out of this group, he will continue to aim for the short porch down the right field wall in Yankee Stadium by batting left-handed. 2013 Prediction .268BA 35HR
115RBI .352OPB .481SLG


3. Detroit Tigers 1B. Prince Fielder
I don't know a more exciting player at the plate right now than the Prince of Detroit. There isn't a batter in baseball that can hack at pitches the way Fielder does. We all have seen the damage the two-time Home Run Derby champion has displayed over the years. Prince entered his first season as a Detroit Tiger doing what he does best, driving in runs. He did a marvelous job protecting the American League's MVP, Miguel Cabrera, who also won the triple crown for the first time since Carl Yastrzemski did it in 1967. Prince wasn't too shabby himself as he posted 30HR and 108RBI while batting a career high .313. Expect those numbers to climb as the 28-year-old Fielder is entering into his prime and with the addition of a healthy Victor Martinez, who is back from a torn ACL injury, will provide the Prince of Detroit with some needed protection. 2013 Prediction .305BA 38HR 128RBI .412OPB .584SLG



2. Cincinnati Reds 1B Joey Votto
This Canadian superstar did something last year that no other player in the major leagues did and that was have more hits than games played. Though he only played 111 games a year ago because of an MCL tear, he still manage 126 base hits which is remarkable. Votto also demonstrated that he can reach base as his on base percentage is a staggering .474. Like Fielder, Joey is also in his prime years now as he is looking forward to a monster year at the plate. He will be manning the three hole once again this season being protected by Ryan Ludwick or Jay Bruce in the friendly compound of the Great American Ball Park. If healthy, I believe Joey Votto will be the National League MVP. 2013 Prediction .340BA 37HR 121RBI .425OPB .527SLG

1. Los Angeles Angels 1B. Albert Pujols
Is there any doubt? Albert Pujols is the is greatest ballplayer in the game and has been the since his arrival 2001. His first year in the American League was an adventure as it took Phat Albert twenty-nine games to post his first American League home run. If you owned Pujols in your fantasy baseball league last year, you probably was on suicide or homicide watch calling MAY DAY! MAY DAY! The sky is falling! Then Albert woke up, put up his usual 30HR and 100RBI and by the end of the year it was a distant memory. Now that he has adjusted to the American League pitching and the Angels adding, former MVP, Josh Hamilton. Albert, for the first time will have a superstar protecting him in his glorious career. As I have mentioned since his arrival in the Major Leagues, Pujols has average over 41home runs (never hitting under 30) and 125RBI (99RBI is his lowest ever2011) each year he has been in the league. Albert, is on a mission this season as he is 25 home runs from reaching the 500 home run club. He is out to reclaim his rightful spot as the best player in the league. In order for him to do that he must out perform his own teammates Josh Hamilton and last year's Rookie of the Year, Mike Trout. 2013 Prediction .332BA 37HR 130RBI .373OPB .527SLG

Players who could easily crash the party.

Philadelphia Phillies 1B. Ryan Howard was coming off an Achilles injuries. Should have a productive year. .255BA 35HR 130RBI .337OPB .470SLG

Chicago White Sox 1B Paul Konerko maybe the victim of Father Time. He is still capable putting up numbers. .290BA 28HR 92RBI .371OPB .483SLG

Kansas City Royals 1B. Billy Butler is the unsung out of the group probably because of the team he plays for. .307BA 29HR 100RBI .373OPB .492SLG

Chicago Cubs 1B. Anthony Rizzo isn't a stud yet but keep a watch as he is entering his 2nd year. .274 22HR 71RBI .347OPB .485SLG


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