Archive for November, 2012

Tony Stewart celebrates with the trophy in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Ford 400 and the 2011 Series Championship at Homestead-Miami Speedway on November 20, 2011 in Homestead, Florida. Stewart wins his third NASCAR Championship. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images for NASCAR)

It all comes down to one race. Three champions will be crowned at the end of each series race this weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway.

Homestead-Miami Speedway is located in Homestead,Florida just southwest of Miami. The track has been hosting the final races of the season in all three of NASCAR’s series since 2002. Homestead-Miami Speedway is a 1.5 mile track, with 18-20 degrees of banking in the turns and 3 degrees in the straights.

In the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race last year, Tony Stewart and Carl Edwards battled all race, but in the end it was Stewart who grabbed the checkered flag and the title.

According to NASCAR, Keselowski clinches his first NASCAR Sprint Cup championship with a finish of 15th or better; or 16th and at least one lap led; or 17th and the most laps led, even if Johnson wins and leads the most laps. Read the rest of this entry »

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Seriously Andrew Bynum, what the f*ck is wrong with you?  Hat tip to Black Sports Online for the above image of Andrew Bynum and the absolute monstrosity on top of his head.  If you’ve seen my previous article addressing Andrew Bynum’s hair woes, you know this was already a problem but has obviously gotten worse.  Check out his terrible afro from earlier in the season:  Read the rest of this entry »

I bet Jose Reyes is gald that he signed that big contract with the Marlins. Photo courtesy of Fishstripes.com

There was the fire sale of 1997, 2003, and now 2012.  But this time, the fire sale started during the season.  Not after a World Series title.

2012 was supposed to a big season for the Marlins.  They had just moved into a brand new ballpark (we’ll get to that later) and signed free agent shortstop Jose Reyes, starting pitcher Mark Buehrle, closer Heath Bell, and Manager Ozzie Guillen.  This was going to be the Marlins year.  After all, Showtime was going to be there along the way to document the whole thing for their “Hard Knocks” type show, The Franchise.

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Hola, amigos.  Sorry for the delay, I’m back from Mexico and ready to resume my blogging duties.  If you are new to Total Sports Blog, you probably are unaware of the amount of college basketball I watch.  We’re talking upwards of 200+ games a year.  So before you doubt my credentials, check yourself.  I know my shit.  I correctly predicted Kentucky’s National Championship last year when everyone was on UNC’s jock.  Let’s take a look at the AP Pre-season Top 25 as I break it down and give you my Final Four and AP All American predictions:

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What do you do when you’re a storied franchise and you just fired a head coach that was extremely one dimensional, nobody thought he had the chutzpah to win an NBA championship, and your franchise’s superstar had no respect for him? You hire a coach who got fired for the same reasons at his last job! Wait…huh? How does this make any sense?

It doesn’t.

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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.

35 races and it comes down to the final race this Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway. Baring any craziness on the track, it looks like Brad Keselowski will be the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champ.

Speaking of craziness, NASCAR fans definitely saw an interesting race on Sunday at Phoenix International Raceway. Kyle Busch dominated but didn’t win, Jimmie Johsnon crashed, more on this later, and two Chase drivers crews fought. In the end, it was another chase driver, Kevin Harvick who quietly went about the business of winning his first NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race in over a year. With the victory on Sunday, Harvick gained three spots in the Chase standings and is now in eighth place, just 86 points out of first.

“We want to win races, and we want to be competitive, and that’s what we’re going to do,” Harvick said.

In this weekly segment, Total Sports Blog, will rewind the race from the day before and let you know where all the Chase contenders finished and where they are in the point standings. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police break up fights in the garage area after an on-track incident with Clint Bowyer (not pictured), driver of the #15 5-hour Energy Toyota, and Jeff Gordon (not pictured), driver of the #24 DuPont Chevrolet, during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.

What a crazy Sunday afternoon at Phoenix International Raceway. NASCAR fans saw Kyle Busch dominate the race but not capture the checkered flag, Jimmie Johnson crash and possibly lose the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup championship, and saw Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer’s crews fight. If you weren’t a fan of the series prior to Sunday’s race, something tells me that you are now.

On Monday afternoon, NASCAR handed out fines and penalties from the race.

Jeff Gordon, driver of the No. 24 car, was found to be in violation of Sections 12-1 (actions detrimental to stock car racing) – altercation with another competitor on the race track during the race – and has been fined $100,000, docked 25 championship driver points and put on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Rick Hendrick, owner of the No. 24 car, has also been penalized with the loss of 25 championship owner points. Alan Gustafson, crew chief of the No. 24 car, also was found to be in violation of Section 9-4A (at all events, crew chief assumes responsibility of his driver, car owner and team members) and has been placed on NASCAR probation until Dec. 31. Read the rest of this entry »

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Kevin Harvick, driver of the #29 Budweiser Chevrolet, celebrates with a burnout after winning the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on November 11, 2012 in Avondale, Arizona.

Kyle Busch dominated. Jimmie Johnson crashed after cutting a tire handing Brad Keselowski 20 point lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup heading into the final race of the 2012 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series next weekend at Homestead-Miami Speedway. However, that’s not what everyone in the NASCAR world is talking about on Sunday night.

Sure Kevin Harvick broke his 44-race winless streak dating back to Richmond on September 10, 2011 and giving Richard Childress Racing their first win of the 2012 season, it was the brawl between Jeff Gordon and Clint Bowyer’s team that will be the talk of the watercooler on Monday morning.

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Joey Logano, driver of the #18 GameStop/Epic Mickey2 Toyota, celebrates in Victory Lane after winning the NASCAR Nationwide Series Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 10, 2012, in Avondale, Ariz.

Joey Logano celebrated with smoke, while Elliott Sadler’s dreams of a 2012 NASCAR Nationwide Series went up in smoke.

Logano won the Great Clips 200 at Phoenix International Raceway on Saturday afternoon beating his new Joe Gibbs Racing teammate, Brian Vickers, to the line after a crash involving championship contender Elliott Sadler with two laps to go. The NASCAR Nationwide Series race would go over the scheduled distance under NASCAR’s green-white-checker rule.

The win was Logano’s ninth of the season, first at PIR, and the 18th in his career.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Kyle Busch, driver of the #18 M&M’s Toyota, poses after qualifying for the pole position in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AdvoCare 500 at Phoenix International Raceway on Nov. 9, 2012, in Avondale, Ariz

Kyle Busch won the pole for Sunday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Phoenix International Raceway with a new track record of 25.943 seconds, 138.766 mph on Friday afternoon. Busch used his position as the last car out to post the quickest lap of the day. This is Busch’s 10th Coors Light Pole Award in 292 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races, and his second pole at PIR. Martin Truex Jr. was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Kasey Kahne and Aric Almirola. Kurt Busch, Paul Menard, Regan Smith, Tony Stewart and Mark Martin rounded out the top 10.

Coverage for the Advocare 500 from Phoenix International Raceway starts Sunday at 2pm EST on ESPN.

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