Archive for February 18th, 2009

18
Feb
09

Wow

From a mascots H-O-R-S-E competition comes this totally awesome shot off the junk of the Milwaukee Buck, then the Buck falls, catches himself and then does a pretty slick move through the hoop. Impressive!

[Deadspin]

18
Feb
09

Mike Tomlin Had Some Game, Well, D1-AA Game

I know all my readers are jonesing desperately for some good grainy footage of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin as a college wide receiver playing for William and Mary and I live to serve, so, here you go!

There, isn’t life better now!

[Fan IQ]

18
Feb
09

The Washington Nationals are the Worst

I like hating on the Washington Nationals because I think they are most poorly run franchise in Major League Baseball. Jim Bowden, the GM is absolutely awful and makes bad decision after bad decision. For example, why was Ronnie Belliard signed to an extension? Or Christan Guzman? Or Dmitri Young? Or how about the fact that Bowden is being investigated for impropriety regarding taking a cut of signing bonuses from international players? Or maybe that the team just wasted $20 million on Adam Dunn who will not help the team NOT finish in last in their division over the next two years and may hurt the development of some of the only young prospects that the Nationals have. Then there is that the Nationals are the only team that has gone to arbitration this year, and not only that, but they LOST the case.

So the latest news, that the tenth best prospect on the team, Esmailyn Gonzalez who the team believed was 19 years old is actually Carlos Alvarez Daniel Lugo a 23 year old. Oops!

The Nats signed Gonzalez/Lugo in July of 2006 to a $1.4 million bonus, the largest the team has given to an international player. At the time, team president Stan Kasten equated the signing to when the Braves had signed Andruw Jones and Rafael Furcal in the mid-90s as showing the Nationals were going to be competitive in signing the best players.

Gonzalez put up excellent numbers last year in the Gulf Coast League, but looking at his numbers with this new information they are much less impressive, “Those are great numbers,” a scout told SI.com, “but you should be hitting that well if you’re that much older than your competition.”

And of course, the signing was engineered by Jose Rijo, special assistant to Bowden (and also subject of an investigation regarding impropriety with bonuses) and a man named Basilio Vizcaino, who helps prepare young players in hopes that they eventually sign big Major League deals and reward him with a percentage of a signing bonus.

Way to go Nats, but hey, you might only lose 90+ games this year instead of 100, so there’s that…

[MLB.com]

18
Feb
09

Stick Save, And a Beauty

Since it has been FAR too long since I had a good hockey clip up here, I have one today to satiate all your inner puck desires. Here is Vancouver Canucks goaltender Miika Kiprusoff getting screened by a Flames player but then reacting quickly and making an incredible stick save. Bravo!

18
Feb
09

Something Seems Fishy

Cleveland Cavalier Ben Wallace is out for several days after suffering multiple lacerations in his arm from glass shards after playing with a football. Maybe I’m mistaken, I always thought footballs were made out of pigskin, not you know, glass, so I wonder what the true story is here. Sure, Wallace MIGHT have run into a glass door or something, but he really shouldn’t be diving and running crazy for a football, he’s a professional basketball player on one of the top teams in the league, he needs to be focused on whats happening no?

[Cleveland.com]

18
Feb
09

Alabama High School Basketball Game Gets Nuts

Nothing says high school basketball funtimes more than a crazy brawl starting with two players punching one another that then leads into a full-on melee with the crowd getting involved too. This video is pretty ridiculous, especially when you consider that most if not all of the people fighting are high schoolers, but they really go at it. Ah, sports.

[WSFA]




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