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  • Aug
    31

    Bears Broncos Football

    The Chicago Bears trounced the Denver Broncos 27-17 in Denver on Sunday night.  In a battle between quarterbacks traded for each other in the off-season, Cutler clearly had the upper hand.

    Jay Cutler caused a stink when new Broncos head coach Josh McDaniels tried to acquire Matt Cassell (his former quarterback with the Patriots where McDaniels was the offensive coordinator) from New England during the off-season.  When the Patriots traded Cassell to Kansas City and not Denver, Cutler told the team that he wanted out.  After attempts by McDaniels to ease tensions with Cutler failed, the Bears pulled off the trade for Cutler by trading away Kyle Orton and 1st round draft picks in each of the 2009 and 2010 NFL drafts.  The Bears were ecstatic that they now had their “franchise quarterback” and he showed just how good he can be on Sunday against his former team.  Cutler completed 15 of 21 passes for 144 yards and 1 touchdown – good for a 106.1 passer rating.  Cutler had all of his weapons at his disposal – Devon Hester, Earl Bennett, Greg Olsen, Desmond Clark and Matt Forte out of the backfield.  The Bears showed signs of having a dynamic offense – mixing up the runs and passes and rolling out Cutler to take advantage of his athleticism.  The Bears gotta be loving this.  The Broncos fans booed Cutler every time he touched the ball, but he was largely unfazed – “This isn’t your everyday situation… We knew coming into this it was going to be a hostile environment, which was good.  It’s good preparation for us… It went well… I love where I’m at in Chicago.  I think we’re heading in the right direction offensively.”

    Matt Forte rushed for 21 yards and 1 score.  He also had 3 receptions for 24 yards, 1 of which was a 6-yard touchdown pass from Cutler.  Devon Hester also showed signs of his old punt return self – a 54-yard burst down the middle of the field towards the right sideline that set up a Bears score.  The Bears play their final pre-season game this Thursday against the Cleveland Browns at Soldier Field.

    As for the Broncos, Kyle Orton completed 12 of 16 passes for 96 yards.  He did not have any touchdowns or interceptions and he left  the game when he cut his index finger on his right throwing hand after a pass attempt.  The Broncos are 0-3 and have been outscored by their opponents 71-46 during the pre-season.  Not good.

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  • Aug
    30

    Tiger Woods The Barclays Jersey City NJ

    The 3 men at the top of the leaderboard – Paul Goydos, Steve Marino & Fredrik Jacobson – all have 1 question on their minds – – “Where’s Tiger?!”  It should be an interesting day at the final round of The Barclays on Sunday in Jersey City, NJ.  The Barclays is the 1st leg of the 4-tournament end of year PGA playoff series.

    Tiger Woods was the talk of the tournament on Saturday as he shot a 4-under 67 to move within 5 shots of the leaders – each of whom shot a 3-under 68 on “moving day”.  Woods had 5 birdies and 1 bogey on the round and rebounded from an “off-day” in Round 2 on Friday when he shot a 1-over 72.

    We’ll keep you posted.  While 5 shots is not an insurmountable lead for Tiger Woods, with 6 golfers ahead of him & 4 golfers tied with him at -4, it’s going to take a helluva round to pull off the 1st win of the playoff series…

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  • Aug
    29

    Patriots Redskins Football

    De Ja Vu?  After the Patriots lost their star quarterback Tom Brady during the 1st game of the 2008 NFL season, Patriots brass and fans are both worried about the injury that Brady suffered in last night’s pre-season win over the Redskins.  The Patriots are down-playing the injury as a “sore shoulder”, but Brady endured a massive hit from Redskins 350-lb. defensive tackle Alberty Haynesworth at the end of the 1st half.  Brady could be seen on the sidelines flexing his arm and shoulder and trying to stretch it out.  Brady did not return to the game, although Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said that he did not intend to play Brady in the 2nd half (even though the rest of the 1st team suited up for the 1st drive of the 2nd half).  We all know how Belichick and his staff loves to try to mislead opponents with injuries to their players, so your guess is as good as mine as to how injured Brady really is.  Prior to the Haynesworth hit, Brady looked to be in mid-season form.  Brady completed 12 of 19 passes for 150 yards and 2 touchdowns to Randy Moss – good for a 122.7 passer rating.  That made the hit all the more disappointing as Brady did not emerge from the game unscathed.

    The Patriots have 1 more pre-season game against the New York Giants at Foxboro on Thursday 9/3.  We can’t see Brady playing in the game, especially with the regular season starting in just 2 weeks.  We’ll keep you posted as soon as we hear anything…

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  • Aug
    28

    Jaguars Eagles Football

    It wasn’t all pretty, but at least Michael Vick showed that he probably still has what it takes to play professional football in the NFL.  Vick got his 1st taste of live NFL action when he appeared in the Eagles 3rd pre-season game on Thursday night against the Jaguars.  The Eagles used Vick as a quarterback and wide receiver in a few different sets.  Vick completed all 4 of his passes for 19 yards and he also had 1 rush for 1 yard.  Nothing great, but nothing bad.

    Although it initially appeared that Eagles Quarterback Donovan McNabb was upset that Vick saw quarterback action so early in the game, the 2 could be seen joking on the sidelines in the 2nd half.  McNabb completed 21 of 36 passes for 244 yards, with 1 touchdown and 1 interception – good for a 76.6 passer rating.  Can’t complain too much with a night like that.

    Vick will be able to play in the Eagles final pre-season contest next week against the Jets in New Jersey.  After that, his return in an NFL regular season game will be at the discretion of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.  It will be interesting to see how much game action Vick sees when it counts during the regular season.  We predict a heavy dose of D-Mac with limited action from Vick early on…

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  • Aug
    27

    Cubs Padres Baseball

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    With a favorable home schedule for 24 of the last 40 games of the 2009 MLB schedule, the Cubs still had aspirations of winning the NL Wild Card and reaching post-season play for a 3rd consecutive year.  But after losing 2 of 3 games to the lowly Washington Nationals – the worst team in all of baseball – those aspirations have all been washed away.  With that realization, speculation is that Cubs Manager Lou Pinella should take the blame.  He answered those cries the other night at Wrigley Field.

    If you take a look at his roster, you can easily see that the 2009 collapse is not his fault.  4 of the 5 Cubs starting pitchers have been on the DL at least once during the season.  The Cubs best hitter – Aramis Ramirez – missed 2 months with a dislocated shoulder.  Newly signed closer Kevin Gregg was a complete disaster with 6 blown saves and a hefty 4.32 ERA.  Closer in training Carlos Marmol has had control problems all season long – 55 walks in 59 1/3 innings pitched, good for a 1.48 WHIP and a 3.64 ERA.  Poor performances from free agent signees Milton Bradley (.259 batting average and only 11 HR’s and 35 RBI’s) and Aaron Miles (.177 batting average).  Mike Fontenot was handed the Cubs 2nd base job after the un-popular trading of Mark DeRosa, and he quickly showed that he is not an everyday player with a .225 batting average with only 9 HR’s and 37 RBI’s.  Throw in awful years from Alfonso Soriano and Geovany Soto, and you can see why the Cubs have struggled so much in 2009.  In fact, it’s a miracle that the Cubs even have a winning record.

    Kudos to Pinella to tell people to blame him.  It would be easy to rattle off the numbers like I just did, but he had stood by his players, for better or for worse, and will likely be back at the Cubs helm in 2010.  Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing for Lou, but at least he’s a trooper, ready to see this thing through…

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  • Aug
    26

    Braves Mets Baseball

    Johan Santana will have season-ending elbow surgery to clean out some bone chips in his throwing arm.  The Mets are going ahead with the surgery now so that Santana will be ready for the start of spring training in 2010 – the Mets are 57-69 and they trail the 1st place Philadelphia Phillies by 16.5 games in the NL East race.  Santana had a great start to the 2009 season and his overall numbers in 25 starts were solid – 13-9 record, 3.13 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 146 strikeouts. But since his June 30th start against the Phillies, Santana has compiled a 6-7 record with a 4.02 ERA and only 5.5 average strikeouts per game.  Santana had this to say about the decision: “I didn’t want to shut it down.  That said, you don’t want to go out there and blow it and make it worse…  It’s not the worst.  Believe me, I’m going to be ready.”  If history is any indication, Santana should be just fine – he had the same surgery after the 2003 MLB season, and he won a career-high 20 games for the Twins in 2004 winning the A.L. Cy Young award in a landslide.  He went on to win another Cy Young award with the Twins before signing his lucrative contract with the Mets before the 2008 MLB season.

    In addition to all of the other injuries that the club has had to deal with (David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes, John Maine), the Mets found out today that Oliver Perez – season-ending surgery to repair right knee tendinitis – and J.J. Putz – who suffered a setback during his rehabilitation from elbow surgery with a sligh right forearm tear – will also miss the rest of the season.  Perez (3-4 record; 6.82 ERA; 1.92 WHIP) and Putz (1-4 record; 5.22 ERA; 1.64 WHIP) both struggled in 2009, as did most of the Mets.  Not sure if any other team suffered from the injury bug as much as the Mets did during the 2009 MLB schedule…

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  • Aug
    25

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    Talk about excitement – the USA Women’s squad defeated the European squade for their 3rd straight Solheim Cup win.  The US squad used a gritty singles performance on Sunday to pull out the 16-12 points win.  Despite trailing in 6 matches with play already on the back nine, the US Team rallied in a big way, winning 6 singles matches outright and tying 4 others.  The 8 points earned on Sunday was enough to preserve the win.

    Captain Beth Daniel had this to say about the victory: “It’s awesome, espeically since it was such a hard-fought battle.  They had to dig deep, they really had to dig deep to win this, and I’m so proud of each and every one of them.”

    It doesn’t hurt that the U.S. team consists of a few sports hotties in the making.  Check out Michelle Wie, Paula Creamer and Natalie Golbus…

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  • Aug
    24

    APTOPIX Phillies Mets Baseball

    Phillies 2nd baseman Eric Bruntlett turned an unassisted triple play to end Sunday’s 9-7 win over the Mets, only the 2nd time a player has turned that feat in MLB history and the 1st time since 1927.  Let’s set the stage.

    The Mets trailed the Phillies 9-6 heading into the 9th inning and faced off against Phillies closer Brad Lidge.  Angel Pagan started the inning off by reaching on an error by Ryan Howard – he made it all the way to 3rd base.  Luis Castillo then reached base on another Phillies error – this one by Bruntlett himself – which allowed Pagan to score.  Daniel Murphy singled which moved Castillo to 2nd base.  Castillo and Murphy attempted a double-steal, but Jeff Francouer hit a scorching line drive up the middle.  Bruntlett was headed over to 2nd base to cover for the steal and ended up catching the line drive for the 1st out of the triple play.  Bruntlett stepped on 2nd base forcing our Castillo who was trying to steal 3rd base.  Bruntlett then reacted quickly tagging Murphy out right near the 2nd base bag for the triple play.  Crazy, crazy, crazy.  It was the 15th triple play all-time in MLB history.

    Pedro Martinez picked up his 2nd win in 2009 in his 1st return start against the Mets in New York.  Martinez gave up 4 ER on 7 hits and 1 walk over 6 innings.  Brad Lidge picked up his 25th save of the season. The Phillies are now 21 games over .500 at 71-50.  The Phillies have a 6.5 games lead over the Atlanta Braves and a 7.5 games lead over the Florida Marlins.  With the mid-season addition of Cliff Lee, the Phillies look poised to win the NL Pennant and defend their 2008 World Series title against the AL Pennant winner in the October Classic…

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  • Aug
    23

    tiger woods

    Good news golf fans, Tiger Woods has entered The Barclays, a good sign that Woods will shoot for the FEDEX Cup title in 2009.  Woods has not played the Barclays since 2003.  The Barclays will kick off on Thursday August 27th, and will be followed by the Deutsche Bank Championship near Boston, the BMW Championship near Chicago, and the Tour Championship in Atlanta.  The Woods announcement is also good news for PGA Tour sponsors who have had a rough 2009.  It is also good news for the rest of us who get to see more hot pics of Woods’ lovely wife Elin…

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  • Aug
    22

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    Gary Sheffield is upset with the New York Mets for putting him on waivers earlier this month.  Now he is demanding a contract extension, which the Mets declined to discuss.  Now he is asking to be released or traded so that he can play for a playoff contender for the rest of the 2009 MLB schedule.  If not, he is going to sit – what a great team player, huh?  What is it with these professional athletes?

    It is customary for most MLB teams to put a vast majority of their rosters on waivers after the July trading deadline, just to see if there is any interest from other teams.  Even star athletes are put on waivers – look at Alex Rios who was in the 2nd year of a 6-year deal getting traded from the Toronto Blue Jays to the Chicago White Sox last week just so the Jays could clear some salary. When the San Francisco Giants claimed Sheffield off of waivers, the Mets pulled him right back because they want him to play the rest of the season on New York.

    You see the Mets do need Gary Sheffield right now – the Mets are 57-65 and trail the Philadelphia Phillies by 13.5 games in the NL East race.  The Mets trail the Rockies by 11 games in the NL Wild Card race, so chances of post-season play are slim to none.  Carlos Beltran, Carlos Delgado, Jose Reyes and John Maine have been on the DL for most of the season, and David Wright is still recovering from getting hit in the head by a pitch last weekend against Matt Cain of the Giants.  Besides Johan Santana, Gary Sheffield is the next best thing to come to CITI Field for these days.

    It’s not a good situation for GM OMar Minaya and the Mets in their new CITI Field in 2009.  This Sheffield issue has just made things worst.  At this point, the best thing going for the Mets is for the season to end…

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