Tuesday, October 30, 2007

La-La Land Remix

Who knew the Lakers could become even more dysfunctional on the eve of this season than they were at the end of last season?

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Red Sox Slay Rockies

Congrats Boston.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

This Is Probably the Greatest Thing to Ever Appear on the Internet and that Includes Naked Chicks

A true classic in sports blogging. Bask in the wonderment of the infamous, glorious and outrageous Wiggle From The Lavender Grave.

UPDATE 10/27/07: freedarko.com is coming out with a book with more hilarious sketches next year!

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Sick Day

Feeling ill lately, so no posts for the foreseeable future. Anyway via Sports Media Watch: a commercial for the upcoming 07-08 NBA season.


Saturday, October 13, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #7

Kentucky upsets the #1 team in the land. The Wildcats outlast the LSU Tigers in triple overtime at Lexington. A couple hours later and 3000 miles away, the clock ticks to zero as Cal's field goal unit futilely attempts to line up for the game-timing kick. Instead Oregon State escapes Strawberry Canyon with a huge 31-28 upset. When was the last time the top two teams in the AP Poll lost the same night? 1996.

In other developments, Oklahoma asserts itself as the best team in the Big 12 by pulling away late against Missouri. Also the Buckeyes steamroll Kent State in a mismatch of Ohio football programs. Finally, South Florida pummels Central Florida 62-14. The Bulls are here to stay.

Week 8 offers a good slew of SEC games. Florida at Kentucky is the marquee contest. Tennessee at Alabama and Auburn at LSU should provide plenty of excitement. Elsewhere, USC heads to South Bend for its annual showdown against Notre Dame. Michigan must go into Illinois and win if the Wolverines want to remain perfect in Big Ten play.

Top Ten Teams
College Last Week
1) Ohio State
2) Oklahoma
3) South Florida
4) Louisiana State
5) Oregon
6) West Virginia
7) Boston College
8) South Carolina
9) Kentucky
10) California

Dropped out: #10 Missouri

Statistically Andre' Woodson did not have the best of nights. However he threw for 250 yards and three TD, including what would be the game-winning score in the third overtime. Andre' also ran for a touchdown. His composure, skill and leadership were on display on a nationally-televised game. Woodson was instrumental in Kentucky's toppling of top-ranked LSU and as a result he is the leader of Heisman Hopefuls. Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall has a poor performance (15 carries, 67 yards) in a losing effort at Iowa. He's out of the top five, as is Arkansas RB Darren McFadden. The Razorbacks suffered a third loss thanks to their putrid offense floundering against Auburn's tenacious defense. Mendenhall and McFadden are replaced by RB Michael Hart of the surging Michigan Wolverines and QB Matt Ryan of the undefeated Boston College Eagles.

Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Andre' Woodson
Graham Harrell
QBJr.Texas Tech
Tim Tebow
Michael Hart
Matt Ryan
Sr. Boston College

Dropped out: Darren McFadden, Rashard Mendenhall

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Conan O'Brien Old Tyme Baseball


Monday, October 08, 2007

Evaluating the NBA Preview 2006-2007

Prior to each NBA season for the past few years I've ran a snapshot preview of each team, the playoffs and regular season awards. Here's my predictions for 2006-2007. Not so hot.

Most Valuable Player: LeBron James (original prediction), Dirk Nowitzki (actual winner)
Most pundits believed James would win his first MVP last season. He certainly had the personal numbers (27.3/6.7/6.0), but the Cavs failed to establish the type of winning voters now view as mandatory in order to receive this honor. That being said, Nowitzki (24.6/8.9/3.4) was the best player on the best team (in the regular season) and certainly a worth recipient.

Rookie of the Year: Brandon Roy, Brandon Roy
Despite missing over 20 games due to injury, the rookie from Washington ran away with the award. Averaging 16.8/4.4/4.0 per game, Roy has established himself as a rising star. Toronto's Andrea Bargnani also had a very productive first campaign.

Defensive Player of the Year: Ron Artest, Marcus Camby
Camby, healthy for the first time in a long time, dominated the paint for Denver. Marcus averaged nine defensive rebounds, three blocks and a steal per contest.

Sixth Man of the Year: Shaun Livingston, Leandro Barbosa
Livingston suffered a horrific knee injury midway through the year, but even a healthy Shaun wouldn't have challenged Barbosa. It was a two-man battle between Barbosa and San Antonio's Manu Ginobli. In the end voters sided with Leandro's instant offense off the bench, which did little to diminish the attack established by incumbent PG Steve Nash.

Most Improved Player: Darko Milicic, Monta Ellis
Monta matured from a decent bench player to potential scoring superstar in one season. His scoring average for 06-07 increased by ten points to 16.5. Ellis also managed to snag 1.7 steals and dish out 4.1 assists per game.

Executive of the Year: Carroll Dawson, Bryan Colangelo
Colangelo, a former Suns exec, brought the same type of Phoenix high-powered offense up north. Acquiring Bargnani, TJ Ford, Anthony Parker and Jorge Garbajosa gave the Raptors pieces to contend for many years to come.

Regular Season
In the Eastern Conference Miami and Milwaukee. Injuries ravaged both organizations, but the Heat still managed to make the playoffs. Once it became apparent the Oden-Durant sweepstakes was the real offseason prize, non-playoff teams started vigorously tanking. Detroit should've ran away with the best-record in the conference but mediocre coaching kept them within the pack.

In the Western Conference it was business as usual. Dallas, Phoenix and San Antonio exerted themselves as the cream of the NBA crop. As expected, Houston and Utah rebounded to make the playoffs while the LA Clippers returned to reality - and the draft lottery. Golden State, led by its first-year coach Don Nelson, was the surprise story of the season.

Somehow I always manage to forget about Division implications in the playoffs - such as how each Division winner is guaranteed a top-3 seed in the first round. My brackets were screwy to say the least. Regardless, I did not expect Miami and Dallas to be both eliminated in the first round. I actually predicted the Heat defeating the Spurs in the NBA Finals.

Sunday, October 07, 2007

Two Baseball Links

Added a couple of sites to Links that deal with baseball talent.

Minor League Ball is written by John Sickels. He has been featured on ESPN.com and is the author of the Baseball Prospect Book series. Minor League Ball analyzes, remembers and predicts the skills and productions of baseball prospects past, present and future. Definitely recommended for those who are interested either in the stars of tomorrow or who wish to know more about his or her favorite team's farm system.

Prospect Insider is written by Jason Churchill, who has written articles for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. PI is primarily a blog that deals with minor leaguers with an emphasis on those within the Mariners organization. Occasionally there will be commentary on the current MLB club. Jason has many sources through baseball and sometimes posts about the rumblings and grumblings throughout the sport. His latest entry offers insight into which teams Alex Rodriguez will look to sign with this offseason.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

College Football's Top Teams and Heisman Hopefuls: Week #6

LSU reigns supreme, both teams in the City of Angels fall and Oklahoma returns to the BCS title hunt Sooner than later.

In other developments, Wisconsin loses at Illnois. The Badgers haven't played well all year and finally have a "L" in the standings to prove it. Virginia Tech crushes Clemson at Death Valley and South Carolina beats previously-undefeated Kentucky on Thursday night.

This is the year of parody. The only teams with legitimate chances to be undefeated are LSU, California, Ohio State and Hawaii. But each team has shown moments of vulnerability.

Week 7 offers a mediocre slew of matchups. Top-ranked LSU visits Lexington. Can the Wildcats rebound from Thursday night's loss? Undefeated Missouri's trip to Oklahoma will tell which team is top dog in the Big 12. Boston College at Notre Dame could be intriguing.

Top Ten Teams
College Last Week
1) Louisiana State
2) Ohio State
3) California
4) Oklahoma
5) Oregon
6) South Florida
7) West Virginia
8) Boston College
9) South Carolina
10) Missouri

Dropped out: #2 Southern California, #5 Wisconsin, #8 Florida

Andre' Woodson had a miserable Thursday. Not only did his Kentucky team lose for the first time this season but he contributed heavily to the defeat. Woodson threw a pick and had two fumbled returned by South Carolina for touchdowns. He needs a big game (and a win) against #1 LSU to have any shot at the Heisman. Graham Harrell replaces another gunslinger, Hawaii QB Colt Brennan, in the third spot. P.J. Hill of Wisconsin gets replaced by his Big 10 counterpart on Saturday, Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall.

Heisman Hopefuls

Name Position Year College
Darren McFadden RB
Graham Harrell
QBJr.Texas Tech
Tim Tebow
Rashard MendenhallRB
Andre' Woodson
Sr. Kentucky

Dropped out: Colt Brennan, P.J. Hill

Thursday, October 04, 2007

Separated at Birth

On the left is North Korean leader Kim Jong Il. On the right Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis.

What are the odds of having a brother from another mother also grow up to be a ruthless dictator?

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Korean Fans are Crazy Choreographed

Saw this posted at Lookout Landing.