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NBA players prepare for expensive game of musical chairs June 28, 2006

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As we are now less than 2 hours from the NBA’s annual raid of college talent, countless current NBA players are sitting by the phone waiting to make a plane reservations to a new city.  From Allen Iverson to Shawn Marion, many big NBA names are on the trading block.  If any of these trades will materialize is yet to be seen, but we’ll find out in a couple hours.  A couple notes though; I don’t have anything against European players besides their complete lack of hygene and refusal to play defense but if another team wastes a pick on another European player that they’ve never seen play, they deserve what the get.  I think NBA teams are trying harder now to find the next Dirk Nowitzki instead of finding the next Josh Howard.  Now I understand that Dirk (9th pick in the 1st round of 1998) is an undeniable superstar and one of the top 5 players in the game, but it seems to me that those players are few and far between.  Players of Josh Howard’s caliber (29th pick in the 1st round in 2003) are what teams should be searching for.  In only his 3rd season, Josh Howard averaged over 15 pts, 6 boards and almost 2 assists a game.  Superstars are hard to find in the NBA and only 3 or 4 come out of every draft class, but quality young talent from US colleges can be had throughout the 1st and 2nd round.  So nothing against Andrea Bargnani the projected 1st overal pick of the Toronto Raptors from Italy, but I’d much rather have a proven college star from a tough NBA conference like seniors Brandon Roy of University of Washington or Randy Foye from Villanova any day.  Well almost any proven college star because as always……DUKE SUCKS.

 HC

Minor League Manager Loses it June 27, 2006

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In what has to be one of my top 5 all time favorite videos, Minor League manager Joe Mikulik of the Asheville Tourists threw one of the best temper tantrums of all time in Sunday night’s game against the Lexington Legends.  Mikulik was upset about a failed pickoff attempt of Koby Clemens in the 5th inning.  He has since been fined $1,000 and suspended for 7 days as a result of the incident.  You just have to watch the video though, and here’s the link on YouTube.

I don’t know if Mikulik was drinking moonshine in the dugout or just had rough night the night before and wanted to just get out of there, but his performance was legendary.  I really don’t see how it could ever be topped.  I mean from tossing the base & rosin bag, throwing 4 bats, and making a mud pie on home plate, where do we go from here?  I guess defacating on the field would have to push over the edge.  My favorite part though, is how he stands there yelling at all the umps with his hands behind his back.  Like that is the only way he can restrain himself from physical contact.  What I would have paid to be there that night.  Wow.

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HC

Britney’s a slave to Hot Pockets June 26, 2006

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So, Page Six is reporting that Britney was shocked by her poor reviews on her fantastic interview with Matt Lauer on NBC 2 weeks ago.  Here’s part of the story:

“So she attempted damage control. Spears had a photographer take pretty pictures of her – this time with professional hair, makeup and wardrobe. And despite tearfully begging for privacy, saying she hates media attention, and calling the celebrity weeklies “trash” in the interview, Spears then tried to sell the photos and an “exclusive” interview to those same trashy weeklies for $200,000. There were no takers. OK! finally bought the shots and the interview for a measly $5,000. ”

Fantastic stuff there, what a truly amazing situation.  Who would have seen this coming from the bubbly 16 year old pop star to a 24ish year old chunk who smeared her lipstick on with a corndog and borrowed one of her sister’s outfits for the interview on NBC.  Pure comedy at it’s finest.

HC

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Quick hits June 23, 2006

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There has been a bunch of stuff going on recently in the sports world, so here are a couple quick takes.

— US eliminated from the World Cup – So after achieving a ranking in the top 5 of FIFA, the US team is eliminated in the first round of the world cup?  Either that ranking system is as messed up as the BCS or we have a major choke job on our hands.  Or maybe a little of both.  After finishing with a record of 0-2-1 and being outscored 6-2 in those 3 games (with one of our goals being an “own goal” scored by Italy) the US ends up looking pretty bad on the world stage of soccer.  Even though 95% of the country didn’t care about the world cup you would think we would have a little better showing.  (I do still think that if we had made it into the next round though, support would have swelled in the US culminating with a 45% increase in youth soccer leagues).  What the solution?  I think we just have to hope that as the MLS expands into more cities that it shows kids that you can make a living in soccer and keeps some of them in the sport.  That or we just need to start importing talent in….Tanith Belbin anyone?

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–Roger returns to Houston – Roger Clemens returned to the Houston Astros by giving up only 2 runs in 5 innings against the Minnesota twins.  But, as has been the standard for the last season or so in Clemens’ starts, the Astros failed to provide any run support.  Now the Astros are right in the middle of the Wild Card chase right now, only 2 games out of the lead, but if they don’t have some timely hitting in the second half they won’t be apart of this season’s playoffs.  Clemens will be a key to their second half success, so they need to provide him the support so he can get some wins.  I guess only time will tell if the $12.25 million Clemens will make this season will be a worthwhile investment.

 HC

Elevators June 22, 2006

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Invented by Alexander Miles of Duluth, Minnesota in 1887, one would think that the elevator was one of man's top 100 inventions.  But, the elevator has created many more problems than it has solved.  Besides promoting the lifestyles of fat-bastards world wide, there are many other less obvious problems created by the metal coffin.  This could be my #1 pet peave of all time, let's see who's with me.  When you are standing in an elevator and it opens on your floor, there isn't anything that makes me more pissed off than when someone tries to get on before you can get off.  Who does that?  And what's your hurry???  Besides violating the rules of simple etiquite, how about just holding the f' on?!?!?  Why that makes me so angry, I may never know, by hopefully you won't do it to me.  You might lose your f'ing head!

 HC

So…who’s tired of the Red Sox, Yankees, or East coast bias…. June 22, 2006

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Seriously, does anyone care about the Yankees or Red Sox anymore?  Everytime I turn on Sportscenter, thats all I see, wall-to-wall coverage.  Are there not 30 other teams out there that play decent baseball?  And last time I looked, neither the Red Sox or Yankees made it to the World Series last year.  Seriously, the city of Chicago has the previous years WORLD CHAMP and a half ass team thats a media favorite and it’s still 20 minutes into Sportscenter before I see their highlights.  Who does that make sense to?  Anyone, anyone, Bueller?  I mean if I was making these decisions, ESPN would be chalk full of bikini mud wrestling and hot dog eating contests, but I’m not the standard American now am I?

So what does it take to change this you might ask?  And I say, lets boycott all ESPN games that show an East Coast team.  Oh yeah, that won’t do anything.  How about this, lets all have a cold beer and not worry about it.  It’s not like they will be in the Series this year or something…..

HC

Maverick’s Debacle? June 21, 2006

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You know, after watching last nights game, I just can’t decide.  Was it a serious choke job by the Mavericks or by the league itself?  That was honestly some of the worst officiating I’ve seen at any point in my life, in any sport.  You can honestly tell me that Dwayne Wade was fouled enough to shoot 28 & 21 free throws in the last 2 games an the ENTIRE Dallas team only shot 25 & 23 respectively????  Does that make sense to anyone?  I mean hasn’t the NBA and David Stern gotten enough money out of Mark Cuban, that they don’t need to make it next to impossible for his team to win too?  Ridiculous.  And along those same lines, if I was Mark Cuban, I would seriously consider getting out of the game altogether.  Sell off the team and start over in another league.  What can he do now??  I guess until he stops getting excited over traveling calls and becomes the standard emotionless owner in his luxury box, the Mavericks don’t have a chance of winning.  And to think I was actually starting to like basketball again…

 HC

Wazzzup? June 21, 2006

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Well, I'm new to the whole blogging game, but I figured I'd give it a shot.  I have some mildly entertaining ideas that you may or may not like.  Your choice, but the site's free, so if you don't like it, you can get the hell out.

 Peace

HC