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  • Aug
    18

    Brett Favre Minnesota Vikings He is Back a

    Brett Favre Minnesota Vikings He is Back 1

    Well we all should have seen this coming – Brett Favre signed a 1-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings to be the team’s starting quarterback on Tuesday.  Favre had a brief press conference in the morning and was ready for practice this afternoon.  Was this orchestrated or what?  Maybe Favre needed a little more time to recover from off-season shoulder surgery?  Maybe the Vikings brass and head coach Brad Childress became really really desperate when they realized that they would have to rely on Tarvaris Jackson or Sage Rosenfels to try to navigate the team through a long NFL season and a tumultuous playoff run?  Maybe they all realized that with Adrian Peterson, a speedster wide receiver in Bernrad Berrian and a tremendous defense, all the Vikings really needed was a smart veteran quarterback that could often will his previous teams to victories each and every week?  Whatever the case may be, the Vikings now become the clear favorite to win the NFC North division for the 2nd straight year, and possibly the clear favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

    The Vikings still need to play the games, and we still need to see if Favre will have his 2nd half like he did in 2008 for the Jets.  But by coming in right at the end of training camp, Favre won’t expend too much energy these last few weeks, and knows enough about things in the NFL to easily pick-up the Vikings offense during the next 4 weeks.  Look at NFC – things just go interesting…

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  • Aug
    18

    Stephen Strasburg Washington Nationals New Deal 1

    The Washington Nationals signed #1 pick Stephen Strasburg to a $15.1 million 4-year deal that could save baseball in Washington, DC.  The deal includes a $7.5 million signing bonus and was consummated minutes before the MLB-imposed August 17th midnight deadline.  Things were looking ugly there for a minute, but the 2 sides had to agree to terms – it was in both of their interests.

    The Nationals are one of the worst teams in baseball.  The Nats had to do what it took to sign Strasburg, or they shouldn’t have even picked him in the draft.  By offering the largest contract to any player selected in the amateur draft, the Nats saved face without emptying the bank completely.

    As for Strasburg and his scumbag agent Scott Boras, they were either “forced” to take the Nats more-than-fair offer, or risk sitting out a year, going back to San Diego State to play another year at the collegiate level or playing for a team in the Independent League.  Given those options, one might as well take the $15.1 million.  It wasn’t like the Nats low-balled Strasburg and Boras – it was still the most lucrative contract ever offered to a 1st round pick.  Plus, there was always the risk of injury without a contract in place if he rejected the Nats offer.  And rejecting the offer could have sent a bad message to the rest of MLB that could have hindered his efforts to sign with a team in next year’s draft.

    All in all, it played out like most baseball experts predicted.  Jeff Passan wrote a solid Strasburg piece here, and although Strasburg likely won’t turn the Nats into a perennial winner when he takes the mound in 2010, it is a step in the right direction for the struggling Nats organization…

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  • Aug
    18

    PGA Championship Golf

    The Good – Y. E. Yang – 2009 PGA Champion – Yang turned a 2-shot deficit into a 3-shot win over golf’s greatest player – Tiger Woods.  The 2 played head-to-head in the final pairing in Sunday’s final round, and Yang proved that Woods is mortal.  Yang knocked in a 60-foot chip on the 14th hole to take a 1 shot lead over Woods – his 1st lead of the tournament.  Although Yang bogeyed the 17th hole, Woods did too, and Yang clung to his 1-shot lead heading into 18.  Normally this is when Woods turns the tides and pulls off the improbable victory, but it wasn’t meant to be this time around, as Yang birdied and Woods bogeyed to give Yang the 3-shot win.  Yang became the 1st Asian-born male to win a men’s major championship.  Yang had this to say about his play:  “I usually go for broke.  The odds are against me.  Nobody’s going to be really disappointed that I lose.  So I really had nothing much at stake, and that’s how I played it.”  Yang also hopes that his win will spark interest in golf in Asia and South Korea as Se Ri Pak’s 1st major championship win for an Asian born female did back in 1998 – since then, 7 different South Korean women have combined to win 11 women’s major championships.  Congrats Y.E.!

    The Bad – Chicago Cubs “Ace” Carlos Zambrano – “Big Z” has been out with back soreness and back spasms and the team’s medical staff has implored Zambrano to maintain the strength in his core by strengthening his abdominal muscles and his hamstrings.  Big Z had this to say about his conditioning:  “There’s things in life you don’t like that you have to do.  I don’t like to do abs, but I’ll have to start doing my abs every day…  Like the doctors say, I’m a strong man, a big man, and that’s what big men do.  Wherever they are weak, they get stronger.”  Really?!  Wow – a professional athlete actually has to work out and keep his body in shape during the course of an MLB season?  Unbelievable…

    Big Z was on the DL earlier this year when he injured his hamstring trying to beat out a groundball.  After coming out of his previous start after only 3 innings with back stiffness, Zambrano did not obtain any special treatment during the 5 days leading up to his next start and ended up aggravating his back injury by swinging too hard during batting practice.  Doesn’t this guy realize he’s getting paid $16+ million each season to pitch, not be the next Babe Ruth?  What a moron – especially from your “Ace” pitcher.  Zambrano was able to throw all of his pitches in a productive bullpen session on Sunday and is scheduled to pitch for Class A Peoria on Thursday.  If all goes well, Zambrano will start against the Washington Nationals at Wrigley Field on Tuesday, August 25th.

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