Archive for April, 2013


Carlos Ruiz 2

By Tyler Corr

The Philadelphia Phillies are already coming up on arguably the most important part of their season. Carlos Ruiz, the leader of the pitching staff and a potent bat, has returned to the Phillies after serving his 25 game amphetamine suspension. Not to mention, the 2012 ALCS MVP Delmon Young, is preparing to join the Phillies soon, as he finishes up his rehab assignment in AAA Lehigh Valley. Read the rest of this entry »


Well more like the Good, the Bad, and the Questionable because draft picks aren’t “ugly”, but regardless.

The NFL draft is finally over. And I mean finally. I love the draft as much as anyone, but the NFL needs to find a way to shorten it. This year’s draft was spread out over three days and took more than 15 hours. It feels like Eric Fisher was drafted four months ago.

The Good


San Diego Chargers

I think the Chargers had the best draft of any team this year. Their first three picks (D.J. Fluker/Manti Te’o/Keenan Allen) were all players with first round grades. Allen was once rated the top receiver in this class, Te’o was once a top five prospect, and Fluker has shot up draft boards. Not only did the Chargers draft good players, but they drafted players that fill needs for their team.

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Photo Courtesy of Justin Edmonds/NASCAR via Getty Images

Photo Courtesy of Justin Edmonds/NASCAR via Getty Images

When the dust finally settled on Richmond International Raceway Saturday night, ‘Ol Happy Harvick was all smiles yet again.

Harvick plowed through traffic in overtime, driving from seventh to Gatorade Victory Lane. He did it with one of those “Where did he come from?” moves.

“Just shifted gears, hit the pedal and hoped for the best,” Harvick said. “They all went high and I went low. The seas kind of parted there. They didn’t get a very good restart, and my car launched.

The win, Harvick’s first of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup season, will probably stop the questions on whether the driver of the No. 29 Chevrolet is a lame-duck at Richard Childress Racing, RCR. In case you’ve been living under a rock and have forgotten, Harvick has already announced he will leave RCR at season’s end and head to Stewart-Haas Racing. However on Saturday evening, Harvick showed the NASCAR nation that he still has some winning left to do in the No. 29.  Read the rest of this entry »

Jon Jones broken toe

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Jon “Bones” Jones put on a clinic last night at UFC 159 in his first round TKO of Chael Sonnen.  In the process of pummeling Sonnen to retain his light heavyweight title, Jones had no idea that he broke the big toe on his left foot.  He finally realized it during the post fight interview with Joe Rogan.

It was funny to see Rogan trying to interview Jones as the adrenaline started to subside and “Bones” clearly was in excruciating pain.  At first he seemed more angry that he would have to miss his vacation to Jamaica that he was about to go on.  But that quickly changed as he started to freak out a bit.

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UFC 159 is finally here. More importantly, it’s finally time for Jon “Bones” Jones and Chael Sonnen to step into the octagon together..

It’s time for Sonnen to back up all his trash talk. It’s time for Jones to make a case for himself that he is the best pound for pound fighter in the world. It’s time for a great fight.

Jones is the overwhelming favorite to win this fight. However, Anderson Silva was also the overwhelming favorite against Sonnen a few years back, but Sonnen dominated the fight for four rounds and was on pace to win the fight, but then Silva put him in a triangle choke and Sonnen tapped out.

Sonnen was so close to pulling off the major upset against Silva, so can he actually do it against Jones?

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The Knicks/Celtics game last night never really felt like a game. Once again, the Celtics struggled to score the basketball while the Knicks rained 3-pointers. The highlight of the night though was in the fourth quarter when J.R. Smith threw a vicious elbow at Jason Terry.

Smith had the ball in the corner, Terry swiped at it, Smith didn’t like that, and retaliated with a UFC quality elbow right to the chin. Smith ended up receiving a flagrant two foul and was ejected from the game

Speaking of the UFC, Jon “Bones” Jones has some of the nastiest elbows in the sport, and he happens to be fighting tonight against Chael Sonnen…any chance Jones taught Smith that elbow?

(Video after the jump)

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Sean Gardner/Getty Images Kyle Busch, celebrating his Nascar Sprint Cup victory April 28 at Richmond International Raceway.

Sean Gardner/Getty Images

Last week at Kansas Speedway, we saw the race winner get stripped of everything but his STP 400 trophy. Will we see excitement of a different kind this weekend at Richmond International Raceway? This is after all the second night race of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season and tempers have been flaring since the last short track.

Richmond International Raceway, or RIR has it is known, is a 3/4-mile, D-shaped, asphalt track located just outside of Richmond, Virginia.

And since we have seen the last three qualifying sessions break track record, I guess I should point out that Brian Vickers holds the qualifying record of 20.722 seconds, 129.983 mph from 2004.

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No Russell Westbrook, no problem.

At least until the NBA Finals, but that’d be a major problem even with a healthy Russell Westbrook.

Westbrook tore his meniscus (a small tendon in your knee) during the second quarter of Wednesday’s night game against the Thunder. (video of Russell Westbrook injury after the jump)
There is no timetable for Westbrook’s return, but the average recovery time from this type of injury is 6-8 weeks. However, Metta World Peace underwent a similar surgery a few years ago, and returned in just 13 days.

Even without Westbrook, the Thunder are still the favorites to win the Western Conference.

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There were some big-time surprises in the first round of last night’s NFL Draft. Texas A&M Tackle Luke Joeckel was being mocked to the Chiefs at #1 overall for months, and on draft day, Kansas City decides to take Western Michigan Tackle Eric Fischer instead. Shows how much we all know. This is a draft full of offensive lineman and defensive players at the top, as was obvious with only 5 offensive skill position players taken, and for the first time ever no running backs taken in the first round.

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NBA Playoffs Swag Meter

April 26, 2013 by


It has been made abundantly clear here and on Twitter, that I think the NBA is the worst product of the four major sports.  But that doesn’t stop me from knowing what’s going on in the NBA.  A prime example is that I know if you lined up all 360 NBA players, James Harden would be way down the list of players who “look like” an NBA All-Star.  I also know that James Harden’s post game threads are just out of this world.

Harden has the uncanny ability to pull off the “black guy hipster” look.  There are so many guys in the NBA trying too hard to pull this off and it just doesn’t work.  But for James Harden, it does.

After seeing the outfit he wore during the Game 2 post-game presser after the Houston Rockets lost to the Oklahoma City Thunder, I knew it was time.  We need a James Harden “Swag-o-Meter” for playoff post-game pressers. Read the rest of this entry »