Pretty sick picture, no? These photogs have so many tricks at their disposal. This is almost enough to get me interested in the NBA. It looks exciting. I feel like for NBA fans these semifinals must be epic. Dirk is going off, Durant is doing things like this, and in the East it is some version of good vs. evil as Chicago tries to slay the Heat on behalf of all the haters (myself included). I can’t help it. I hate on the Heat. No one is perfect. I’d love it if they lost the series, especially on their home floor. I can’t guarantee anything, but there is a chance I will watch the NBA this weekend. The fourth quarters. Also, in addition to this picture, I listened to Charles Barkley on the Sportsguy’s podcast and he can make anything sound interesting, even basketball. If you have 25 minutes you should listen. It’s maybe the greatest example ever of an interviewee overcoming bad questions and still dominating. Charles is the man.
The Phillies DL situation is getting absurd. Not necessarily all the injuries, but that in combination with how things have been handled. Victorino to the DL a couple of days after pinch-bunting. Blanton gone after two wasted starts. The Phils have an interesting move to make to replace Victorino. Dom Brown and Brian Bocock are the only members of Lehigh Valley on the 40-man roster. Amaro says Brown stays in Lehigh. If Bocock comes up the fans may overthrow the front office in a violent coup. So, it seems like we’re looking at a shuffle of some sort. Someone will be headed to waivers, or maybe it is time to end the Michael Martinez experiment and play without a centerfielder. Regardless of the move, I can pretty much guarantee the fans aren’t going to be happy with the name arriving in Philadlephia, unless they change the script at the last second and go with Brown.
The series this weekend with the Rangers was probably one of the most anticipated of the year when the schedules came out. Now the Phillies are playing their worst ball of the season and the Rangers arrive without Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. It’s still a pretty big series, just from the standpoint that the Phillies need to figure something out. They have their pitching lined up nicely, and Cliff Lee will get to face his old team, but it’ll come down to whether or not they can scrape out a few runs. There’s been some burgeoning discussion about the team’s perceived lack of energy and it’s something that looks blatant to an observer, but is really hard to get a handle on. No one is going to be especially fired up during a slump, but the Phillies veterans seem to be taking it almost too much in stride? I’d love to see one of the veterans explode on the team, I don’t think Charlie doing it would have much benefit right now with the guys that are in the lineup.
Golf. Scroll down. This weekend will mark Tiger’s last days in the official top-10 in the World Rankings for some time. At least until he’s well enough to play and have a couple of good results. Tiger has been inside the top ten for 14 straight years. Decent career he’s had, so it seems. On the course this weekend it’ll be a shootout at Colonial. Probably some decent viewing to be had on Sunday afternoon. David Toms is looking like he’ll take a second straight shot at a second wind for his career. Toms was a bit under the radar as one of the US’s best players for a good portion of the Tiger/Phil era, but he hasn’t won in years. A renewed dedication and a stretch of courses tailor-made for his game has him as a fixture atop the leaderboards recently. I never minded DT, it’d be nice to see him get another win. Rickie Fowler, Sunshine Sabbatini and others are lurking as well.
RIP to Randy “Macho Man” Savage. My wrestling fandom is something I’ve really blocked out of my mind. I used to love wrestling. I used to act out wrestling matches in the living room. Super embarrassing stuff. I had this old book called WRESTLING. It was pretty amazing. I’m surprised I was allowed to have it because half the pictures had guys bleeding profusely from the head, but all the big names were featured. From Big John Stud to King Kong Bundy and everyone in between. I can’t say I was ever a huge fan of the Macho Man, but he had some pretty sick game off the top rope. I don’t know what turned me away. Maybe I finally realized it wasn’t real. I once went to see a wrestling event at the Spectrum. God, I loved it. Wild.
- Ultimate Warrior
- The Road Warriors
- Ricky “The Dragon” Steamboat
- Jake the Snake
*My 10 year old self probably has a vastly different list, The Rockers might have been on there.
MLB Underdog of the Day (The Death Knell). Yesterday’s Result: Loss. Financial Status (-$910).
Well, this could be it. To signify the kind of luck I’ve had during this run, the Blue Jays starter yesterday dedicated the game to a child who had recently passed away at a local hospital. That’s true. I don’t think there is any more analysis to be done other than somehow I find a way to pick against the guy who is trying to win one for the kid, and I am justifiably on the wrong end, as usual. One more loss drops me past 1,000 in losses, and I’ll have to call it quits, I think.
Today’s Selection: Minnesota (+150) over Arizona.
Feels like a loser. I’m taking suggestions for my next failed gambling theory. Please everyone, let me know what you think.
Quiz of the Day: Word Loops. Category: Confidence Builders. My Score: 20/20.
I think the first time I mentioned Sporcle I said it can make it feel smart, well here’s a nice example. Breeze on through, then bask in your word knowledge. I figure you don’t want to tax your brain too much right before you get raptured.