Monday, December 6, 2010

Video: Gary Neal low-fives his invisible teammates

No explanation necessary.

Broncos fire head coach Josh McDaniels

Josh McDaniels' short tenure as head coach of the Denver Broncos was tumultuous to say the least. That tenure ended today as the team decided to relieve the 34-year-old of his duties.

Upon his arrival, McDaniels traded Jay Cutler, once thought of as the next John Elway. After starting his coaching career with six straight victories, things headed south along with the team's record. He butted heads with Brandon Marshall, who was eventually traded.

He acquired Brady Quinn for Peyton Hillis, who has more rushing yards this season than the entire Broncos attack combined. He drafted Demaryius Thomas ahead of Dez Bryant and then took Tim Tebow in the first round.

The draft picks aren't all his fault, of course, but it's easy to see why it was time to let McDaniels go. He went 5-17 as a head coach following Denver's 6-0 start last season and, while Denver's problems go well beyond the coach, someone had to take the fall.

(AP Photo)

Olney: Diamondbacks trade Mark Reynolds to Orioles

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, the Diamondbacks have traded Mark Reynolds to the Orioles for minor league pitchers David Hernandez and Kam Mickolio.

Reynolds is a strikeout machine, averaging 221 per season in his four-year career, but his power will be a welcomed addition to the Baltimore lineup, joining Brian Roberts, Adam Jones, Nick Markakis and Matt Wieters.

Dropping Links: Monday, December 6, 2010

Linkage for this snowy Monday morning:

- Lee Corso's giant mascot head was stolen. Busted Coverage has a photo of the apparent thief wearing said head.

- I Hate JJ Redick also hates this guy who says he's a Ravens fan but roots for the Steelers every time they play Baltimore.

- PastaPadre has some pre-order deals for Fight Night Champion.

- For all of your weekend baseball links, check out my Dropping Links post at the Hall of Very Good. I'll be posting a link drop there each and every Monday so be sure to bookmark it.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Jayson Werth signs with... the Nationals?!

We'll call this the first surprise of MLB's Winter Meetings, which haven't even officially started yet.

Jayson Werth, who peaked the interest of the Red Sox and Yankees, has agreed to a seven-year deal with the Washington Nationals. With Adam Dunn signing with the White Sox last week, Washington needed to replace his power in the middle of the lineup.

For Werth, though, this is a questionable move. Leaving one perennial contender - while also turning down presumed offers from other perennial contenders - to sign with a team like the Nats is a bit of a head scratcher. But with Ryan Zimmerman locked up and loads of young talent on the horizon, Werth is hoping to be a cornerstone of a potentially solid franchise.

That, and the other offers likely weren't as good.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Dropping Links: Thanksgiving 2010

As you emerge from a tryptophan coma and watch the third football game of the day, here are some links:

- The Cavaliers are adding extra police and will ban anti-LeBron signage when the King returns to his former throne on December 2.

- The New York Post photoshopped Derek Jeter in a Red Sox uniform in light of the Yankees recent public stance on signing the face of their franchise.

- PastaPadre has some videogame-related Black Friday specials for you to check out.

- MJD of Shutdown Corner gives us 77 reasons he's thankful for the NFL.

(Photo courtesy

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Video: Rudy Gay wins it for Grizzlies at the buzzer

After just having the ball stolen from him, which allowed the Heat to tie the game with 5.5 seconds left, Rudy Gay nailed a game-winner while guarded by LeBron James. It was the first buzzer beater of the 2010-2011 season.

After the game, Gay was quoted as saying, "I don't care if James Naismith was guarding me, which would be scary because he's dead... I really don't care who's guarding me to be honest with you."

Friday, November 19, 2010

Dropping Links: Friday, November 19, 2010

After a few days sans linkage, here are some interesting tidbits from around the web as you prepare for the weekend:

- The Big Ten has announced that only one end zone will be used during Saturday's Illinois-Northwestern game at Wrigley Field, due to safety concerns.

- Michael Wilbon is leaving the Washington Post to take on more duties at ESPN and ABC.

- I Hate JJ Redick has their 2010-2011 NCAA Basketball season preview.

- As you probably imagined, people are upset at Kobe Bryant for the Call of Duty ad.

(Getty Images photo)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Dropping Links: Monday, November 15, 2010

Some Monday morning links as you get comfy in your work chair and sip some coffee:

- Sean Avery is still being Sean Avery, in case you were wondering.

- Kirk Gibson's World Series home run bat grabbed big money at an auction.

- Bob's Blitz has highlights of the Jets' overtime victory against the Browns, their second overtime road win in as many weeks.

- The Dolphins need some help figuring out their quarterback situation after their first two QBs went down with injuries on Sunday.

- PastaPadre has the trailer for the newest version of the best boxing game out there, Fight Night Champion, which will have an "M" rating.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Dropping Links: Friday, November 12, 2010

Links for you as you head into the weekend:

- Is the 5-4 start by the Miami Heat leading to the (likely inevitable) Pat Riley return?

- Oakland A's will play a pre-scheduled doubleheader this season, the first since 1995.

- The Hall of Very Good is Talkin' Baseball with Kato Kaelin.

- Speaking of baseball, MLB has an official cookie now.

- PastaPadre has details on the 12th Madden 11 roster update. Eli Manning, Philip Rivers and Darrelle Revis are among those who received overall ratings boosts.

(AP Photo)

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Dropping Links: Thursday, November 11, 2010

Some Veterans Day links as we keep all those who have served this country in our thoughts:

- Ryan Braun is offering free lunch or dinner to anyone who has served in the military at his restaurant in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

- Busted Coverage compares the football experiences in Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field.

- College sisters both drained holes-in-one on the same day at the University of Central Oklahoma. Bob's Blitz has more.

- Rex Ryan did a Rob Ryan impression at his recent press conference.

- Ben Roethlisberger's jersey sales have taken an unsurprising hit.

- Brian Sipple has a review of NBA Elite 11 for the iPhone at PastaPadre.

- I Hate JJ Redick previews tonight's Ravens-Falcons game.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dropping Links: Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Just a few links for your Tuesday morning enjoyment:

- Amani Toomer finished the NYC Marathon and raised $20,000 for charity in the process.

- PastaPadre gives his thoughts on NBA 2K11's NBA Today.

- Flip Saunders walked out of Wizards practice.

- Oh, in case you missed it, Wade Phillips got fired today.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Jon Miller and Joe Morgan will not return to Sunday Night Baseball booth

Norby Williamson, executive vice president of ESPN, announced today that Jon Miller and Joe Morgan will not return next season to broadcast the network's Sunday Night Baseball games, as they have done for 20 years.

Richard Sandomir of the New York Times' Bats Blog speculates that Dan Schulman will replace Miller on play-by-play and that Orel Hershiser will remain in the booth as the color commentator. Bobby Valentine could also join the broadcast team if he does not take a managerial job.

It probably won't break the hearts of too many people to not have to hear Miller and Morgan every Sunday night. While Miller is a broadcasting Hall of Famer, Morgan is often criticized for his head-scratching analysis.

Miller currently broadcasts San Francisco Giants games and will either increase his workload with the defending World Series champions or stay with ESPN part-time as the Sunday Night Baseball radio voice.

(Image courtesy ESPN)

Video: Ndamukong Suh attempts PAT against the Jets

After kicker Jason Hanson was injured, the Lions needed a replacement to attempt an extra point. The obvious choice? Rookie defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh.

Dropping Links: Monday, November 8, 2010

Some links as you settle back in to the work week:

- Brett Favre finally had a "Brett Favre game" as the Vikings got past the Cardinals in overtime.

- Bob's Blitz has the video of Andy Reid as a 13-year-old in a punt, pass and kick competition that aired on Sunday Night Football.

- PastaPadre has details on the new NHL 11 patch.

- Channing Crowder got his historical references confused during a postgame tirade.

- Joe Namath doesn't think highly of Donovan McNabb.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Video: Kobe Bryant featured in new Call of Duty commercial

The ad for the new Call of Duty videogame, which hits store shelves this coming Tuesday, has been making its rounds around the internet. The commercial itself will premiere on television and features Kobe Bryant and Jimmy Kimmel.

It would have made more sense with Gilbert Arenas, no?

Dropping Links: Friday, November 5, 2010

- Former Dallas Cowboys monster of a man Nate Newton has lost 175 pounds.

- Hulk Hogan is in hot water after a flashing incident in front of his daughter and Jimmy Hart for a Def Jam Rapstar promotional video.

- Speaking of the Hulkster, I Hate JJ Redick has your classic wrestling clip of the week.

- The final episode of The Daily Line aired on Versus last night. Bob's Blitz has video of Jenn Sterger's final "Jenny from the Blogs" segment.

- SF Giants closer Brian Wilson was on the Tonight Show and talked about "the machine."

- Big League Stew has nicely recapped what the web is saying about the late Sparky Anderson.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Dropping Links: Thursday, November 4, 2010

I know you're thirsty for Thursday links, so here they are...

- PastaPadre digs into what Randy Moss means for Tennessee in terms of Madden 11 and has some screenshots of the wide receiver suiting up for the virtual Titans.

- Chris "Mad Dog" Russo celebrated his San Francisco Giants winning the World Series by reflecting on his entire childhood, in the way only the long-winded Russo can. Bob's Blitz has the video.

- Isiah Thomas thinks being hated is a good thing.

- I Hate JJ Redick has your Week 8 fantasy football Kardashian Awards.

- Jets linebacker Bart Scott will be the subject of an upcoming biopic.

(Photo courtesy PastaPadre)

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Dropping Links: Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Some "Hump Day" links from around the world wide web:

- The 2010 World Series tied for the lowest rating ever for the Fall Classic.

- Tim Lincecum hoped for "smoke in the air" following San Francisco's World Series victory. Interesting choice of words, Tim.

- The guys at I Hate JJ Redick have your NFL Power Rankings for this week. The Patriots lead the way, followed by the Giants, Steelers, Jets and Packers.

- MJD at Shutdown Corner says it's probably not time to hand the reigns of the Denver Broncos over to the Jesus-like one, Tim Tebow, just yet.

- As has long been rumored, EA Sports has officially canceled NBA Elite 11.

- Randy Moss' rant over his displeasure with the team's catering was apparently the straw that broke the camels back.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Video: Will Ferrell and Manny Pacquiao sing "Imagine"

Will Ferrell and Manny Pacquiao struck up an awkward duet on last night's "Jimmy Kimmel Live,' performing John Lennon's "Imagine."

Pacquaio actually doesn't sound too bad. Boxer, congressman in the Philippines, singer... what's next for this guy?

DJ Steve Porter's "One Clap," the Randy Moss rap compilation

This first aired on ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown but since Randy Moss has been all over the news for the last few days, I thought I'd share the video with you once more.

Dropping Links: Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Election Day links from around the internet...

- The San Francisco Giants won their first World Series title since 1954. Tim Lincecum pitched eight dazzling innings to lead the way, as the Giants defeated the Rangers four games to one.

- ESPN's Marc Stein delivers the first edition of the NBA Power Rankings since the season began. The Lakers, Heat and Celtics are at 1, 2, and 3, respectively.

- The guys at I Hate JJ Redick have your Week 8 fantasy football recap.

- EvoShield is a revolutionary new piece of protective equipment for the ribs, wrists, elbows and heart that molds to your body. CNBC's Darren Rovell has more.

- PastaPadre has the hits and misses of EA Sports MMA, which is available for Xbox 360 and PS3.

- Marcin Gortat (he plays for the Magic) thinks New York City is a "dirty, dirty place." The Knicks host Orlando tonight.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Monday, November 1, 2010

That was fast: Vikings cut Randy Moss

The reunion between Randy Moss and the Minnesota Vikings has ended only a few weeks after it began. Just one day after Moss said he would no longer speak to the media and then criticized Minnesota's coaching staff, the outspoken receiver was released by the team.

According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, there are several teams interested in Randy Moss, who could be awarded to another team through the waiver process beginning Wednesday. The Bears, Redskins, Cowboys, Rams, Dolphins, Raiders, Chiefs, Seahawks, Jets and Patriots are among those desiring Moss, according to Schefter.

The Chiefs are an intriguing possibility in the wide-open AFC West. Moss played with KC quarterback Matt Cassel in New England and knows that system. He would make Dwayne Bowe better and add some spark to Kansas City's offense.

Although that was what he was supposed to do for the Vikings.

I would guess Moss will have a home sooner rather than later and could be playing for his third team in six weeks on Sunday.

(AP Photo)

Video: Randy Moss is done talking to the media for the rest of the year

After yesterday's loss to his former team, the New England Patriots, Randy Moss said during the postgame presser that since he had been fined for not talking to the media, he would not talk to the media for the rest of the year. I don't know if that makes sense, but Moss explains himself in the video.

I'm sure this will only lead to another fine and a continued media frenzy that has surrounded Brett Favre, Moss and the Vikings for the entire season.

(Thanks to Black Sports Online for the clip)

Dropping Links: Monday, November 1, 2010

Kicking off November with some links from around the web...

- Michael Beasley declares that his Minnesota Timberwolves are the worst team in the NBA.

- Iowa is coming under fire for some recruiting violations that reportedly involve Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore.

- The Giants aren't getting too excited that they're only one win away from capturing their first World Series title since moving to San Francisco.

- LeBron James says he would handle "The Decision" differently now. He's happy he took his talents to South Beach, but he would have changed some things.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Dropping Links: Friday, October 29, 2010

Your Friday morning fix of links from around the sports-related blogosphere.

- PastaPadre has details on the newest Madden 11 roster update, which should be released today.

- I've never been a fan of FOX Sports' Sunday NFL pregame show, mostly because it's just a group of guys talking over each other and laughing. Bob's Blitz passes on the statistics: The crew spends 11% of the time they are on camera laughing.

- The guys at I Hate JJ Redick reviewed NBA 2K11. I might have a review up in the coming week, so stay tuned for that.

- The former Syracuse star Wesley Johnson's first NBA basket was a ferocious slam dunk. Sharapova's Thigh has the video.

- Cagewriter ranks the incoming WEC veterans that will be absorbed into the UFC roster.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

WEC will merge with UFC in January

Dana White announced today that the long rumored WEC-UFC merger will become official in January 2011. All members of the WEC roster will become UFC fighters, with WEC featherweight champ Jose Aldo and bantamweight champ Dominick Cruz become champions in the same weight class in UFC. The new UFC lightweight champion will be determined when the winner of the WEC lightweight title contest between Ben Henderson and Anthony Pettis faces the winner of the UFC lightweight championship bout between Frankie Edgar and Gray Maynard.

White gives all the details in the following video interview with Ariel Helwani of

Why football won't decline in popularity like boxing

Shutdown Corner today sheds light on three columnists who think football could some day fade out of popularity much like boxing has. (Here, here, and here.)

The articles surmise that since the dangers of football are becoming more apparent and concussions are on the rise, parents won't let their children play the sport at all, which will eventually lead to a downturn in the quality of the competition. That would, as a result, decrease interest in the game.

I understand the idea and it's not far fetched to think that someday the NFL won't be as popular as it is today. Baseball was once America's Pastime and that has been overshadowed by the NFL. But there are so many other factors that make the NFL as popular as it is.

Football Sunday is an event. People gather to drink, eat copious amounts of unhealthy food and watch a whole day's worth of action on the gridiron. Baseball, on the other hand, is a marathon of a season, with games played every night for seven months. There are few groups of friends who say, "Let's all get together and watch the Pirates-Cubs game" in mid-June. Every game means something in the NFL and whether you're a fan of an always-good team like the Patriots or a perennial loser like the Lions, there is that "anything can happen" factor that makes pro football so great.

The main reason boxing has fallen so hard is because of a lack of superstars. Sure, if the NFL didn't have Peyton Manning, Chris Johnson and the like, it might not be as interesting but people are faithful to their teams and not individuals. Boxing, though, is an individual sport and relies more heavily on its stars.

There are no marquee fights anymore. The last hope of reviving the sweet science was a fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquaio and that was totally botched. Besides those two, there are few others that could be considered "household" names.

And let's not dismiss the impact of MMA. UFC has clearly surpassed boxing as the prime fighting sport in America and I doubt the UFL will be overtaking the NFL in ten years.

The idea is probably correct - if people stop wanting to play football, the quality of the sport will diminish - but it doesn't seem like we'll see a decline in America's favorite game any time soon.

(Photo courtesy AP)

Dropping Links: Thursday, October 28, 2010

Your daily look around the blogosphere...

- The already delayed NBA Elite 11 will be moved to EA Sports' Tiburon studio to be finished, making it more likely that the game won't release at all this year. With the NBA season starting and the game's competitor, NBA 2K11, being released three weeks ago, it seems like Elite won't tip off until next season.

- With the World Series under way, The Hall of Very Good contributor Kevin Chanel has a nice read on Tim McCarver and his "McCarverisms."

- TNT's Heat-Celtics opener was the most watched regular season NBA game in cable television history.

- Speaking of the Heat, the NBA is beefing up security for the team's road games, thanks to LeBron James and Co. quickly becoming the most hated team in the league.

- MJD of Shutdown Corner has the absurdly premature playoff picture for this week, with the Giants and Steelers taking the top seeds in the NFC and AFC, respectively.

In case you missed it, Bob's Blitz has video of the Lakers' ring ceremony from Tuesday night.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Video: Michelle Beadle spoofs LeBron's new Nike commercial

As much as I dislike Colin Cowherd and ESPN's SportsNation program, I am a big fan of Michelle Beadle, dating back to her days with the YES Network and as Michael Kay's sidekick on ESPN Radio. Since I just posted LBJ's new Nike commercial, below is Beadle's parody video.

Best part? "Should I do what you want me to do and just start the show? Nah, I think I'll just take bites of this delicious pink doughnut."

The new Nike LeBron James commercial

Here is the new LeBron James commercial that everyone is talking about. Thoughts after the clip.

While I get that LeBron feels a little slighted by all the haters out there, that's the price you pay when you decide to create a superteam. In time, no one will care and he'll be loved again (except maybe in Cleveland) but for now he just needs to ride it out. Making a commercial about the whole situation seems to be stoking the fire more than trying to calm it down, but to each his own.

I like the commercial itself for it's artsy-ness (is that a word?) even if it is a little weird at times.

Guess who's back...

This guy.

(And the crowd erupts with indifference...)

After three months of ignoring the blog, it's time to get at it again. Thanks for anyone who happens to be checking out the old abandoned storefront and for those of you who have tweeted and emailed during this hibernation period to see what was up.

Sunday, July 18, 2010

A quick programming note...

As you've probably noticed, updates have been sparse lately. I've been out of town all week and will be for the next three weeks as well, so updates will likely be few and far between during that time. Thanks for dropping by and hopefully you'll continue to do so.

In the meantime, be sure to follow me on Twitter, where I'll have some brief ramblings on occasion.

Thanks again for coming by and we should be back at full throttle shortly.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

LeBron James announces he will sign with Miami Heat

The rumor all day, which I said earlier that I thought was just something being perpetrated by ESPN, has come true. LeBron James has announced that he will sign with the Miami Heat and join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

We'll see how this plays out from a basketball standpoint in terms of sharing the ball between three superstars, two of whom need to dominate the ball to be effective. Things still need to be figured out from a salary standpoint as well, with all three men likely needing to take less money to make it work. Also, the Heat will have to fill out their entire remaining roster with minimum salary players.

LeBron said during his interview with Jim Gray that he doesn't mind joining Dwyane Wade's team. If the two stars can play nice together on the court, this team could be very, very scary. But when you put these guys together, one thing is for sure: If they don't win it all this coming season, it won't be looked at as a success.

Some thoughts as we await "The Decision"

LeBron James will announce which team he will sign with tonight at 9pm ET on ESPN. It would be almost impossible for you to not know that, especially with ESPN going no more than five minutes between James segments for the last few days. In that same time period, different sources have said there are indications that LeBron is leaning towards all different destinations. It has all been very vague, as you would expect, and no one really knows what will happen.

While we wait patiently for this ego-driven self-love fest to begin at 9, which will feature a sitdown with Jim Gray and a follow-up interview with Michael Wilbon, here are some thoughts about the rumors.

I am still under the belief, even with Chris Broussard's latest vague and indescriptive report that sources tell him LeBron will join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh in Miami, that the big three joining forces is a pipe dream being perpetrated mostly by the "worldwide leader." While the team would undoubtedly be a force to be reckoned with, would LeBron James - the same man who needs an hourlong special to say which team he is signing with - really want to play second fiddle to Wade in Miami?

If the Heat won a title with James, Wade and Bosh, it would not be the vindication that LeBron seeks. He would have just jumped on board with an already talented team, Dwyane Wade's team. In Miami, LeBron James is Scottie Pippen and Wade is Michael Jordan. Could LBJ really handle that?

If LeBron were to stay in Cleveland or go to New York or New Jersey, the team would be his. Even with Amar'e Stoudemire in New York, LeBron is the bigger star and would get most of the glory that comes with winning a ring. In New Jersey, LeBron clearly overshadows Devin Harris and Brook Lopez. In Cleveland, it's always been LBJ's town.

In Chicago, LeBron James would be compared with Michael Jordan even more than he already has. If he wins five rings, it won't be enough.

The Clippers have been ruled out by everyone, even though they have a solid team with Baron Davis, Eric Gordon, Chris Kaman and a potentially healthy Blake Griffin. Adding LeBron would certainly make them a contender. So if we assume Los Angeles' "B" team is out of it and the Nets also have no chance, then it's down to the Bulls, Knicks, Heat and Cavs.

If you're LeBron James, which of the following situations would you rather have?

With the Knicks, you can join Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler and Amar'e Stoudemire, and add another big contract next season when Eddy Curry's contract is off the books. With the Bulls, you join Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah (whom LeBron had a little scuffle with during the season), and Carlos Boozer. With the Heat, you join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but you have to take less money than any other team can offer. In Cleveland, it's the same old gang but Shaq will be gone and most of the attractive complimentary players that could be had in a trade are off the market.

Obviously the best chance for winning comes in Miami, but there are many sacrifices that would have to be made, especially for someone who lately doesn't seem like he is very selfless. If LeBron is going to abandon Cleveland, the best chance to become a global icon is in New York. And if he wins just one title with the Knicks, he'll be a hero forever. In Chicago, one will be looked at as nothing near Jordan's level and in Miami it won't be because of him.

We'll know in just a few hours what LeBron's decision is. Throughout this process, though, LeBron has become a "love him or hate him" guy. After tonight, a lot more people will probably hate him than love him.

(Image courtesy ESPN)

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Dropping Links: Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Just a few links on this Tuesday afternoon...

- Even though Dallas Braden was happy soaking up the publicity he garnered for telling Alex Rodriguez to get off his mound, and then bragged about how they don't do it like that in the 209, he isn't pleased with the A's selling "Get Off My Mound" t-shirts. For their part, the Yankees don't seem to care. A-Rod and Joe Girardi were both joking about it, and the skipper said Robinson Cano even wore one of the shirts to tease Rodriguez.

- Ken Berger of CBS Sports gives us today's Free Agent Buzz.

- Shutdown Corner has more on JaMarcus Russell's arrest for drug possession.

- Busted Coverage relays the story of a 14-year-old who was murdered because his vuvuzela was annoying his neighbor.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Knicks agree to terms with Amar'e Stoudemire

Ken Berger of CBS Sports is reporting (along with many others) that the Knicks and Amar'e Stoudemire have agreed on a five-year deal worth approximately $100 million. It was pretty much a foregone conclusion that Amar'e would end up in New York but it was sealed with a handshake today and can be made official on Thursday.

The marquee at Madison Square Garden even featured a Photoshopped image of Stoudemire wearing a No. 1 Knicks jersey.

Coming into the Summer of 2010, the Knicks were the only team with room to sign two max free agents and can still add a big name to go along with Stoudemire. The Knicks are presumably hoping that adding Amar'e will help to lure LeBron James or Dwyane Wade to New York. If not, the Knicks could re-sign David Lee and pair him with Stoudemire, as well as explore the rumored trades for Tony Parker and Monta Ellis that have been reported.

(Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Friday, July 2, 2010

Channing Frye, Amir Johnson, Rudy Gay re-signing with current teams

As the first official day of the 2010 NBA free agent period draws to a close, three targets have decided there is no place like home. Rudy Gay, coveted by many teams as a sort of backup plan, will stay with the Memphis Grizzlies, reportedly agreeing to a five-year, $82 million deal. The Raptors came to terms with Amir Johnson to the sound of five years and $34 million. Channing Frye also will return to his current team, agreeing to a five-year, $30 million contract.

Rudy Gay was being sought after by many of the same teams who were trying for the "Big Names" on the market, but the Grizzlies decided to be aggressive instead of letting those other clubs set the market for him. Since Gay was a restricted free agent, it made sense for Memphis to sign him right away instead of being forced out of the bidding by other teams who could frontload the contract, which wouldn't have allowed the Grizzlies to match the offer due to their current salary cap number. While the team may have overpaid for Gay, they avoided a bad situation by doing so.

When it comes to overpaying, the Raptors certainly did so with Amir Johnson, who averaged six points and five rebounds per game for Toronto last year.

Channing Frye commanded some interest from the predatory teams looking for new pieces but decided to return to the Suns. Playing alongside Steve Nash, Frye had the best season of his career in 2009-2010 with Phoenix.

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Phil Jackson will return to coach Los Angeles Lakers

After taking some time to decide whether he would like to retire after his 11th head coaching championship - his second in a row and fifth with the Lakers - Phil Jackson has announced that he will return to the team after all.

In a statement, Jackson said:
"After a couple weeks of deliberation, it is time to get back to the challenge of putting together a team that can defend its title in the 2010-11 season. It'll be the last stand for me, and I hope a grand one."
While Jackson's health has become more of a concern over the past few years, the lure of a third consecutive NBA title was too much for Jackson to pass up. He'll return to a team that will likely be the favorites to win it all again, barring the almost impossible scenario of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh teaming up somewhere.

What is interesting in all this is where it leaves Brian Shaw. The Lakers' assistant had interviewed with the Cavaliers, but bowed out of the running citing "timing issues," which led to the Cavs hiring Byron Scott. One could assume that those issues involved not wanting to pass up the opportunity to coach the Lakers if Jackson were to retire now.

But it isn't all bad for Shaw. If this is, in fact, Jackson's last run in Los Angeles, Shaw would be the logical candidate to become the head coach next season and inherit the great team that comes with it.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Drew Gooden to Bucks, Darko to Wolves in first NBA free agent signings

As you may have heard, the NBA free agent signing period began at 12:01am ET today. While all the talk thus far has been focused on where LeBron James will end up and the highly unlikely scenario of James joining Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade in Miami, two free agents have come to terms already.

According to Yahoo Sports, the Bucks and Drew Gooden have agreed to a five-year, $32 million deal. Gooden has played for the Grizzlies, Magic, Cavs, Bulls, Kings, Spurs, Mavs and Wizards in his eight-year career. Though he's been around the block, Gooden should be a nice addition to a Milwaukee team that now features Andrew Bogut, Brandon Jennings, Corey Maggette and Chris Douglas-Roberts.

ESPN's Chad Ford is reporting that Darko Milicic has agreed to re-sign with the Minnesota Timberwolves. The deal is reportedly worth $20 million over four years. Darko began last season on the Knicks and was dealt to the T'Wolves after barely playing for Mike D'Antoni, but shined during his time with Minnesota. The Wolves also signed Nikola Pekovic, their 2008 second round pick. He had been playing for Panathinaikos in Greece.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Dropping Links: Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Some links from around the web as we inch closer to one of the biggest free agent bonanzas in sports history.

- Speaking of which, Ken Berger gives us today's roundup of rumors from around the league, including how the Knicks are trying hard to move Eddy Curry's contract before they meet with King James and giving some insight into Dwight Howard's offseason wishes for the Magic.

- Denard Span hit three triples and drove in five runs for the Twins last night. Big League Stew has more, including video of Span's 4-for-4 game.

- ESPN did a really dumb Free Agency Summit special last night, which was meant to be funny but was actually just really hokey. You could probably have expected that since Bill Simmons was involved. Tirico Suave has photo evidence.

- Club Seat Sports weighs in on the increasingly popular "Should Stephen Strasburg be an All-Star?" debate.

- The Hall of Very Good is giving away four tickets to the "Road to Wrigley" game between the Peoria Chiefs and Kane County Cougars. If you're a reader from near Chicago, be sure to check it out.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Dropping Links: Monday, June 28, 2010

- Ken Berger has some rumors and notes as we approach the NBA free agency period, including difficulties the Knicks may have, more on the Bulls and - of course - some stuff about LeBron James.

- In the midst of a team slump, Evan Longoria and BJ Upton got into it in the Rays' dugout yesterday after Upton jogged after a ball in the outfield. Big League Stew has more.

- John Isner, the winner of tennis' longest match ever, will present the Top Ten list on tonight's Late Show with David Letterman.

- PastaPadre tells how Fedor Emelianenko's 69-second loss over the weekend will ultimately hurt the EA Sports MMA franchise.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Report: Magic discussed trading Carter and Nelson to Hornets for Paul

As is always the case around the time of the NBA Draft, the rumors are flying. One of the more interesting items has the Magic and Hornets discussing a swap that would send Chris Paul to Orlando for Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson.

From Fanhouse:
The Orlando Magic's preliminary inquiry into the availability of point guard Chris Paul involved a discussion that included a trade of both starting guards Vince Carter and Jameer Nelson to New Orleans.

The Magic, as part of the early discussion, would receive both Paul and small forward James Posey, according to a second NBA source that confirmed the original FanHouse story by Sam Amick involving the two teams.
The Magic would obviously benefit from adding Chris Paul and pairing him with Dwight Howard, even though Nelson certainly is no slouch. The move would make sense for the Hornets from a salary standpoint, with Vince Carter's deal up after this season and Nelson making a reasonable amount of money over the next three years.

While Paul recently said he would be open to a trade if the Hornets aren't planning on trying to win championships, the team has said they have no plans to trade him. Orlando GM Otis Smith denied the talk as well. We've heard that song and dance before, though, and this trade would benefit both teams. Unlike most salary-driven trades, New Orleans would get back a quality point guard that can score.

If I had to bet on it, I'd say Paul stays in New Orleans. If he were to be dealt, though, this is probably the most likely scenario.

(Photo courtesy Getty Images)

Doug Glanville's "The Game From Where I Stand" is a great read

Unlike some former pro athletes who have used books as a way to lash out at critics and teammates, Doug Glanville tells the story of a ballplayer who has been both a star and a bench player, and relates the ups and downs of the game to those of everyday people.

Glanville considered himself lucky to be a professional athlete and with each example he provides of how the life of a baseball player can be difficult, he follows with a grateful appreciation that he got to do something that millions dream of. Reading along, it is easy to make a connection with Glanville.

While the book isn't hard-hitting, it is an interesting read. Glanville jumps around quite a bit but tells some good stories of fellow players and continually weaves the game of baseball and real life together seamlessly. The writing is very good and, from all accounts, no ghostwriter was used. This is all Glanville, a former contributor to the New York Times and Ivy League graduate.

He eventually dips into the ever-present conversation about steroids, saying that everyone turned into a 12-year-old boy again "wanting to believe in magic" while watching Mark McGwire take batting practice. Glanville further explains an understanding for why players used performance enhancing drugs, while also disagreeing with it.

Glanville, now an ESPN analyst, tells of things like finding a new place to live when you're traded, the stark differences between the Minor Leagues and "the show," and clubhouse etiquette, especially when it relates to wives and girlfriends.

Doug Glanville's intelligence and eloquence is easily sensed throughout the pages of "The Game From Where I Stand." While there aren't any shocking revelations, it's a great read for anyone interested in seeing a different side of baseball and those that play the game.

Dropping Links: Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Some links to help you get through the rest of your Wednesday afternoon.

- Fredi Gonzalez has been relieved of his duties as manager of the Florida Marlins, even though the team is only a few games under .500 and Gonzalez has more wins than any manager in Marlins history. Big League Stew has more.

- ESPN reports that a team source says the Lakers are interested in signing Raja Bell this offseason. Bell hardly played last season but could be a nice addition to the Los Angeles bench.

- Club Seat Sports details the top five overpaid players in the NBA, a yearly installment to the site.

- PastaPadre tells us that the PS3 patch for UFC 2010 Undisputed is now available.

- Shutdown Corner has a look at some of the player and team rankings for Madden 11 that have slipped through the cracks already.

(Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

Video: Ron Artest's therapy session before Game 7 of the NBA Finals

Ron Artest thanked, among others, his psychiatrist after the Lakers won Game 7 of the NBA Finals. During Artest's Tuesday appearance on George Lopez Tonight, this skit aired showing Ron's pregame session with his "therapist," Helen Mirren.

Donovan's dramatic goal sends US to World Cup Knockout Stage

In a match that featured many missed opportunities, the United States finally capitalized when Landon Donovan scored in the 91st minute, giving the Americans a 1-0 victory and advancing them to the round of 16.

Just minutes before, it seemed as though the US would be eliminated thanks to their tie score and England's 1-0 lead over Slovenia. But just like that the Yanks went from elimination to winning Group C.

Clint Dempsey had several great scoring chances throughout the match but couldn't connect, and his goal in the 21st minute was called back due to a very questionable offside call. Had the United States not pulled out the miraculous victory, the bad officiating would have been the focus again, just as it was after the Americans' match against Slovenia last Friday.

All that matters now, though, is that the US team is still alive. England, whom the US played to a draw in their World Cup opener, also advanced to the Knockout Stage. The United States will play the Group D runner-up Saturday at 2:30pm ET.

(Hat tip to Mojo Hoops for the video)

Monday, June 21, 2010

Dropping Links: Monday, June 21, 2010

- Big League Stew has the great Father's Day story of John McDonald homering yesterday in his first at bat since his father's death the previous Tuesday.

- PastaPadre has the Top 25 rankings according to NCAA Football 11, which hits store shelves in just a few weeks.

- ESPN reports that Panthers WR Steve Smith broke his arm playing flag football at his football camp this weekend. Smith has already had surgery and should be ready for the regular season opener.

- Ringside Rants reviews last night's WWE Fatal 4 Way pay-per-view from Long Island, NY.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

Manute Bol passes away at the age of 47

Former NBA player Manute Bol passed away Saturday in Virginia after battling Stevens-Johnson Syndrome and being treated for severe kidney trouble. The 7'7" Bol played for the then-Washington Bullets, Golden State Warriors, Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat during his ten years in the NBA.

After retiring from basketball, Bol was well-known for his humanitarian efforts and work with charitable causes. He established the Ring True Foundation to provide aid to Sudanese refugees and began making several appearances to promote the organization.

In 2002, Bol boxed William "Refrigerator" Perry for a Fox Celebrity Boxing show, during which the phone number to the foundation was broadcast in exchange for Bol agreeing to appear. He also signed a one-day contract with the Indianapolis Ice of the Central Hockey League and had a stint as a horse jockey, both in an effort to generate publicity for the organization and raise money to help children in the Sudan. He has most recently been involved as a board member of Sudan Sunrise.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Video: What if basketball were like the World Cup?

It seems like everyone and their mother is bashing soccer right now, with the World Cup going on and being less-than-thrilling to the casual fan. I've actually been enjoying the World Cup so far, but I can certainly see why people may find it boring. This clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live sums it all up.

The only thing missing is a vuvuzela backing track.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Dropping Links: Wednesday, June 16, 2010

- The Shark Guys give us the top 15 reasons soccer is better than baseball. Definitely worth a read.

- Dr. Phil has joined the masses and weighs in on the LeBron-Cleveland saga in this clip, via That NBA Lottery Pick.

- Big League Stew wonders if we should be considering Stephen Strasburg for the All-Star Game.

- Fang's Bites tells us about the new executive producer of NBC Sports, Sam Flood.

- Check out PastaPadre's E3 Padrecast from day one of the expo in Los Angeles.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Reports: Tom Izzo will stay at Michigan State

The Detroit Free Press is reporting that sources have indicated Tom Izzo has decided to remain the Michigan State head basketball coach. The paper also reports Izzo will formally announce the decision at a press conference later this evening.

This is the right move by Izzo. He is regarded as one of the best coaches in college basketball, so why take the risk of jumping to the NBA and failing like so many others have done? It would be an especially big risk without knowing if the Cavaliers will be able to re-sign LeBron James.

The Cavaliers will now likely turn to their second option, Byron Scott, whom they interviewed last week. Scott has had some success in the NBA and might be the better option between the two, based simply on his familiarity with the pro game and past accomplishments in New Jersey and New Orleans.

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Video: Steve Nash's awkward "Goal!" dream

I admit that I'll post anything Steve Nash does that is even mildly funny, so why wouldn't I post this clip the biggest soccer fan in the NBA put together? It's for a Visa promotion, where the company is asking fans to submit their best "Goal!" shouting videos.

The Brandi Chastain bit at the end is 14 years old, but I'll give Nash a pass for going with it since that's the only thing most Americans know about soccer.

(Hat tip to Game On! for the clip)

Dropping Links: Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Some links as you sip your third cup of coffee at your desk this Tuesday morning:

- Torii Hunter had a Joe Canseco-esque moment last night, assisting a Casey McGehee fly ball and turning it into a home run. Big League Stew has more.

- The Blue Jays defeated the Padres 6-3 after an earthquake shook Petco Park. The quake registered at 5.7 and was centered about 85 miles away from San Diego.

- Ohio's "Touchdown Jesus" statue burned to the ground after being struck by lightning Monday night.

- The Hall of Very Good has your Twitter Tuesday update.

- PastaPadre is at E3 and has new details on the EA Sports MMA videogame.

- The city of New York is gathering up a cast of stars to try to lure LeBron to the Big Apple. Game On! has the info.

(AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Monday, June 14, 2010

Video: A USA v. England World Cup re-enactment using Legos

If you missed Saturday's USA v. England World Cup match, in which the two teams played to a draw, consider yourself a bad American. I kid, I kid. In any case, the folks at Lego Fussball re-created the most thrilling moments of the game using Legos, complete with dubbed in announcing.

(Hat tip to The Guardian and YouTube user alternageek)

ESPN3 will stream to your Xbox 360 beginning in November

ESPN announced during today's E3 pre-conference that ESPN3 streaming content will be available to Xbox 360 owners beginning in November. The only requirements are an Xbox Live Gold membership and that your internet service provider has an agreement with The current affiliated service providers include AT&T, Comcast and Verizon, among others., formerly, shows thousands of live sporting events, highlights, and on-demand ESPN video clips. Aside from the appeal of watching all of these events on your television instead of your computer, there will also be social networking connectivity and it will work with Microsoft's new Kinect system, which has motion and voice sensor technology.

For the full press release, visit Fang's Bites.

Video: Vince Young caught on camera fighting in a strip club

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Vince Young got in a fight at a strip club this weekend. Apparently what ignited the angst was someone flashing an upside-down "Hook 'em Horns" gesture at Young, after the Titans QB tried to withdraw money from the cash cage at the club and was upset with a surcharge. All very classy stuff.

Whatever started the brawl, this isn't good for Vince Young. With commissioner Roger Goodell doing his best to crack down on guys who give the league a bad name, it will be interesting to see if any penalties are handed out to Young.

(Hat tip to Shutdown Corner)

Dropping Links: Monday, June 14, 2010

Some links from around the web on this Monday afternoon:

- Big League Stew has a look at the nation's best wiffle ball fields.

- Bob's Blitz tells us more about Tommy Dee of The Knicks Blog.

- This weekend was the 40th anniversary of the no-hitter thrown on LSD. Club Seat Sports has the recap.

- The NCAA Football 11 demo is out now for the PS3 and Xbox 360, according to PastaPadre.

- Darren Rovell tells us more about how ESPN/ABC will balance out the sound at the World Cup to compensate for the constant him of vuvuzelas.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Video: Stephen Strasburg presents the Top Ten on the Late Show

Fresh off his seven inning, 14 strikeout performance, Stephen Strasburg appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Thursday night to present the "Top Ten Little Known Facts About Stephen Strasburg."

"Dumb guys think I directed E.T." might be my favorite one.

Dropping Links: Friday, June 11, 2010

- Tom Izzo met with the Cavaliers Thursday night to discuss their head coaching vacancy, with reports swirling that Izzo is "leaning towards" taking the job.

- It isn't a big shock when ESPN's Colin Cowherd says something stupid, but Thursday he took it to another level. While discussing USC's two-year postseason ban, Cowherd made an unfortunate analogy relating to the military. Bob's Blitz has the audio.

- PastaPadre has details on two new sports-related videogame titles, WWE All-Stars and Supremacy MMA.

- Browser-based PC game Quick Hit Football has signed a multiyear deal to acquire the NFL license. The NFL license is exclusive to EA Sports for console games, but since Quick Hit is a free online game, the deal was able to be made.

(Photo courtesy

Video: A Red Sox fan's tribute song to Marco Scu Scu Scutaro

YouTube user paulpaq has professed his love for Boston Red Sox shortstop Marco Scutaro through the use of song. His parody of the Phil Collins hit "Sussudio" will undoubtedly be wedged in your head for hours after watching this video.

(Hat tip to Outside the Boxscore)

Thursday, June 10, 2010

World Cup 2010: The Soccer/Futbol Debate Senior Soccer Analyst and Los Angeles correspondent, Josh Garcia, is back with the final installment in his continuing series examining the 2010 World Cup.

Maybe it’s where I come from or grew up that finds me always defending this sport. Oneonta, NY is home to the National Soccer Hall of Fame. I like to consider myself an ambassador of sorts and "enlightener" of the beautiful game. It is my favorite sport to watch, play, write and talk about.

No sport is as polarizing as soccer or, as most people call it, football. You either love it like the rest of the world or you hate it like an American. We live in a society of haters. People read stories all day, watch videos, listen to songs, and then usually they leave comments. These comments are usually hateful, idiotic, illogical, or poorly worded messages. I’ll hopefully get to all the really dumb comments.

Now I like to consider myself fair and unbiased when it comes to most logical arguments. I can look at both sides, the negatives and the positives. I can see why people love it and why some Americans are not the biggest fans of Soccer. I get it, Americans like to see scoring and cars going around in circles. That’s why the NFL, NBA, MLB and NASCAR are so huge. I’m a fan of three out of the four. I also understand that only mostly Americans care about the NFL. It is America’s sport and we take great pride in that fact. The NBA is becoming more globally appealing, and for many countries, basketball is their number two sport, behind soccer. MLB has had mixed success in their World Baseball Classic. Ironically, the USA have not won a WBC. I say ironic because the winner in October is the “World Champion,” not National Champion.

The big three do have a lot of scoring, touchdowns, 3-pointers, home runs, alley oops, field goals, sac flys, etc. Americans love to see their sports with a healthy amount of scoring, or else what’s the point? That’s commonly a knock against soccer. “I never see any scoring.” I get that, when you’re used to MLB games that are 8-5, NBA games that are 99-94 and NFL games that are 35-31. I get how you can watch a 0-0 soccer draw and be unimpressed. For the record, I’ve seen entertaining 0-0 soccer games, that include cards, cross bar hits and many near misses.

Soccer doesn’t have time outs like most sports, it’s a full 90 minutes plus stoppage time. No commercials and the only time it is stopped is when someone is injured or “injured.” Don’t worry I’ll get back to that. American football literally plays for 12 minutes per game. That’s the average amount that the ball is actually in play. With all the commercial breaks and pauses in between plays, I don’t understand. American football players have full pads and helmets. Soccer players have shin guards and bones will break. I say this because I always hear soccer players are the "P" word.

Editor's note: Pretty nasty injury in the video below. Not exactly Joe Theismann-esque, but you probably shouldn't watch if you're squeamish.

I hear and read soccer isn’t even a sport. How is that even an argument? "You can’t even use your hands." Goalies can and Diego Maradona will beg to differ. You also throw in the ball when it's out of bounds on either sideline. That you can tie in soccer is a big problem Americans have with it. You can tie in American football and hockey, too.

Soccer is as much about creating the goals as it is scoring the goals. There is a certain art to soccer. For football fans it’s sort of like watching a Barry Sanders highlight. You don’t watch to see Barry enter the endzone, you watch for what he does on the field, his elusiveness, his coming out of a pile. To a certain extent that is true with soccer, it’s about creating the opportunity.

I’ll be the first one to tell you, its hard to be a soccer fan in America, when the MLS compared to EPL or La Liga is like watching middle school girls basketball compared to the NBA. MLS is slower paced and less skilled than the best leagues, but it is improving. Europe sees it as a retirement home for guys who have lost a step, but at the same time, MLS is sending some of its talent around the world to compete with the best.

I can’t stand when players fake injury or barely get hit and are flailing on the ground like they got shot, but I do see the strategy in taking a dive around the 20 yard mark to set up a free kick. I get that part, but I don’t like the acting or diving. I think there should be harsher penalties if you are faking it, but it really is no different than Pau Gasol taking a charge or a QB getting “hit,” falling to the ground and taking a 15-yard penalty. All of it, for better or worse is part of the game.

All I know is that in less than 24 hours I’ll be telivisionally (made that word up) united with most of the world as we celebrate the planet’s biggest sporting event. 106 million people watched this year's Super Bowl, and the World Cup finals will be about seven times larger with billions of people watching the tournament.

Saturday will be the USA’s biggest challenge of the group stage as they play England. If you are or aren’t soccer fan, you should at least tune in to this one game. The Americans don’t have much of a chance but there is always hope and if anybody is old enough to remember what happened in 1950, then they know all it takes is one.

It looks like Pete Carroll did, in fact, get out just in time

When Pete Carroll decided to leave USC to become the head coach of the Seattle Seahawks, many people were wondering why one of the most high profile college coaches would leave one of the most high profile college programs.

Carroll has played it off as though the offer was just too good to turn down and that he wanted to give the NFL another shot.

At the time, many people believed Carroll was just running from impending sanctions that would be levied against USC. With the recent news that the Trojans have received a two-year postseason ban, a reduction in scholarships and the forfeit of wins, it looks like Carroll made the right decision.

The USC program will undoubtedly take a hit from all of this, with players likely wanting to transfer out. Keep in mind, USC always has some of the nation's best recruits and, while playing at USC puts you in the national spotlight, the lack of a postseason can make playing the games less meaningful during the year.

Tennessee fans are probably happy that Lane Kiffin, who ditched the Vols after one season to become head coach of the Trojans, will have a hard time navigating through this mess as well.

(Photo courtesy Joshua Trujillo/Seattle Post-Intelligencer)

Oklahoma State the latest to jump to the Pac 10?

TMZ, of all sources, is reporting that Oklahoma State's jump to the Pac 10 is "a done deal."

With the news of Colorado leaving the Big 12 to join the Pac 10 official and Nebraska's defection to the Big 10 imminent, the dominoes are starting to fall. It has been rumored for a while now that Texas, Texas A&M, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma would also be joining the Pac 10, leaving the Big 12 all but dead.

TMZ's source in the Oklahoma State athletic department claims it's "just a matter of time" before all of those teams leave the Big 12, forming a Super Conference that already includes USC and UCLA, among others.

(Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Getty Images North America)

TBS will air Stephen Strasburg's second Major League start on Sunday

Via Fang's Bites comes word that TBS, originally scheduled to air the Red Sox battling the Phillies on its National Game of the Week, will instead show Stephen Strasburg making his second Major League start as the Nationals take on the Indians in Cleveland.

Dick Stockton, Buck Martinez and Dennis Eckersley will call the game that will begin at 1:00pm ET. TBS will also add some additional cameras for the broadcast, including two super slow motion cams.

This is a smart move as many fans will be clamoring to get a live glimpse of Strasburg in action, coming off his seven inning, 14 strikeout performance in his debut. It seems like TBS shows the Red Sox, Phillies or Yankees every week anyway, and this will give fans a chance to catch a young phenom and an up-and-coming Nationals team.

(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Dropping Links: Thursday, June 10, 2010

- An interesting offer has come in for naming rights to the New Meadowlands Stadium, which will be home to the Giants and Jets, as well as Super Bowl XLVIII.

- Club Seat Sports gives us a breakdown of what the future may hold for the Washington Nationals.

- Former Michigan State basketball coach Jud Heathcote thinks Tom Izzo is seriously considering leaving the Spartans to coach the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers, but probably only if he can get some assurance from LeBron James that he'll re-sign with the team.

- PastaPadre has a first look at NBA Elite 11, the franchise formerly known as NBA Live.

- CNBC's Darren Rovell tells us that the P90X workout system has turned into a cash giant.

- I'm a day late grabbing this, but the Hall of Very Good has ten things about Stephen Strasburg's awesome Major League debut.

(Photo courtesy

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Armando Galarraga robbed of perfect game on blown call at first

Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga was robbed of what would have been the third perfect game in a month when first base umpire Jim Joyce clearly blew a call that would have been the final out.

Miguel Cabrera went to his right to field Jason Donald's ground ball and fired to a covering Galarraga, seemingly beating the runner by about a step. Umpire Jim Joyce ruled Donald safe and was showered with boos for the remainder of the game.

Galarraga retired to next batter to end the game, finishing with a one-hit shutout.

Even Donald thought he was out and was in disbelief, hands on head, after he was ruled safe. Miguel Cabrera had begun celebrating until he realized Joyce had called the runner safe.

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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Dropping Links: Saturday, May 29, 2010

- Friend of the blog Bob Mantz tells us that Yankees OF Nick Swisher is engaged to Joanna Garcia, of the shows "Reba," "Welcome to the Captain," "Gossip Girl," and "Privileged." She was also in American Pie 2 and Not Another Teen Movie.

- From That NBA Lottery Pick, Sacramento Kings fans are courting LeBron James with "The LeBron Song," which is a take of the one time smash, "The Thong Song."

- Speaking of King James, Club Seat Sports has a rundown of the top five destinations for Bron Bron to win a ring.

- Kendry Morales broke his ankle while celebrating a walk-off grand slam Saturday. Tirico Suave has an in-depth look at the situation and what needs to be done to stop this madness.

- PastaPadre has an update on the many issues that have been plaguing UFC 2010 Undisputed's online play since the game's release.

Roy Halladay tosses second perfect game of 2010 season

Roy Halladay pitched the second perfect game of the season and the 20th in Major League history Saturday against the Marlins, striking out 11 in the process. The perfecto is the most impressive moment of an already impressive season Halladay is putting together in his first year with the Phillies. Doc improves to 7-3 with a 1.99 ERA.

The perfect game comes less than three weeks after Dallas Braden accomplished the feat for the Oakland A's, marking the first time in history that two perfect games have been tossed in the same month. Marlins ace Josh Johnson took the loss, but was also impressive, going seven innings and allowing one unearned run while striking out six.