December 2006


Basketball picksDecember 19, 2006

The fight, the fallout and the fix.

Over the weekend, the Denver Nuggets and New York Knicks were involved in a jaw-dropping display of poor sportsmanship. The scene was ugly, as players exchanged punches. All hell broke loose and by the time the players were separated, 10 ejections had been handed out.

By now we have all seen the footage of the hard foul executed on the Denver’s J.R. Smith by New York’s Mardy Collins that initiated the donnybrook.

Sadly, scenes like the one that played out late in the game, Saturday night are gaining national attention and are being replayed in the living rooms across the US. Children see their idols and role models – yes, for better or for worse and like it or not – role models, acting out in this manner.

The fight, the fallout and the fix.

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Sports picksDecember 14, 2006

Ultimate Fighting 101

 

Mixed Martial Arts, “ultimate fighting,” “cage fighting,” or whatever you want to call it – is no longer a dirty little secret.

MMA (official term), has exploded into the mainstream and can no longer be ignored. Gone are the days when the competition prompted US Senator John McCain (R-AZ), to call the sport “human cockfighting.”

There is no longer a television ban on the sport for violent content. Promoters have stopped moving from state-to-state to avoid regulation by athletic commissions – to embrace rule changes and sanctioning.

MMA integrates different fighting styles like kick boxing, wrestling and karate into one seamless form.

The brand name “Ultimate fighting,” made is American debut in Denver, Colorado in 1993, with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. It was touted by its owners, SEG Entertainment, as having no rules, weight classes or time limits and fights were contested inside an eight-sided chain-link cage. Martial arts masters thrust themselves into combat to try and answer the age-old question of which martial art was the best.

Ultimate Fighting 101

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Baseball picksDecember 11, 2006

A ROD THE OVER PAID YANKEE

You know Derek, and Damon, Bernie, and Mo,

Jason, and Jorge, Robbie, and Joe.

But do you recall, the most over paid Yankee of all?

A Rod the over paid Yankee, had a very enemic swing,

And if you ever saw him, he surely has a lot of bling.

All of the other Yankees, to a man it was said,

All of the fans booing, has gotten into A Rod’s head.

Then one postseason afternoon, Torre called A Rod in.

A Rod with your swing so late, won’t you be my number eight?

Then all the fans still booed him, he’s still a mystery,

A Rod the over paid Yankee, you’ll soon be history!

 

Happy Holiday’s to all!

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Football picksDecember 4, 2006

The BCS. Did Michigan get robbed? Or has the system finally worked?

As the 2006 college football season has come to a close, and all the dust settled, two teams have risen to the top and will battle for the right to be called champion.

It is no surprise that that the Ohio State Buckeyes are there. After going wire-to-wire as the No.1 team in the land and being led by Heisman Trophy front-runner Troy Smith, the Buckeyes could have punched their ticket to Glendale, AZ., in October.

But, it was the match-up in November, with the Michigan Wolverines that has thrust this season’s BCS championship selections into upheaval well – the non-Buckeye’s half, anyway. Ohio State edged then No. 2 Michigan 42-39 and talk began of a possible re-match with the national championship hanging in the balance.

But, on a weekend where Michigan was idle, The University of Florida overtook the No. 2 spot with a win over Arkansas 38-28 in the Southeastern Conference Championship. The victory earned the Gators a ticket to the BCS title game. So instead of the 104th meeting between the two storied programs of Ohio State and Michigan, we get the first ever meeting of Ohio State and Florida.

Seems clear enough, right? 

The BCS. Did Michigan get robbed? Or has the system finally worked?

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