Tuesday, May 29, 2007

LaBron James/NBA

If Cleveland could get into the championship game, the NBA would go a long way in improving its fan base. This is the NBA's chance to improve its status. Did you know that more people watched the Indy 500 "rain delay" than watch the Utah/San Antonio game. That tells it all.

Sports Today 5/29/07

Cavs Are In Trouble for Tonights Game
For tonights game against the Detroit Pistons, The Cleveland Cavs are going to be without there point guard, Larry Hughes. Hughes sustained a partial tear of the plantar fascia in his foot while making a layup in the first quarter of Game 3. I thought that the Cavs were going to win this series but with Hughes out for tonights game, Cleveland will lose at home and lose in game 5 at Detroit.

Kansas Star Tears ACL
As I reported a couple days ago, Kansas star, Brandon Rush, did not enter the NBA draft. Part of the reason could have been because of a torn ACL. Rush could be out for up to six months after hurting his knee in a pick up game.

White a No Show at Minicamp
Former USC star LenDale White didn't show up for Titans minicamp. Titans coach, Jeff Fisher, was uncertain why White didn't show to camp. Reports say that White had troubles with his flight and was stuck at the airport. White has had problems this off season already by showing up for camp at 260 lbs and then suffered a hamstring injury.
In a previous entry, I was asked who I thought was Nebraska's best NBA player. I honestly have never be alive when Nebraska has had "great" basketball players. The best of my time was maybe Tyronn Lue.

Monday, May 28, 2007

NU goes to Arizona regional


Nebraska will be the third seeded team at the NCAA regional in Arizona. They take on UC Riverside in a 4 pm game on Friday. Looks like Watson goes the first game. Luke Wertz will be the starter the second game. The third pitcher will be Johnny Dorn and hopefully getting away from the Big 12 will help him get back on track.

Casey Mears used pit strategy to win the Coca Cola 600. All the favorites pitted and took full gas and tires and Mears "splash of gas" got him the win. This is the first win for Mears this season.

I forgot the Indy 500 hadn't finished and forgot to watch the end. Ashley Judd's husband won!

KC is struggling again as they lose to Baltimore 9-1. Alex Gordon is 0-3 and is batting .188. I believe he will break .200 by June 12th. I wonder when Craig Brazell will go to KC? He is 0-5 tonight as Omaha is beating New Orleans 8-3. He has hit 20 HR's in the minors this year and KC could use some power.

Denis Watson won the Senior tournament this weekend. It is his first victory in 20 years. This writer saw him win the Las Vegas Invitational in 1984.

Sports Today-Weekend Edition 5/28/07

Patriots Player is Missing
Marquise Hill, DE for the New England Patriots has gone missing after a jetski ride on Saturday. Hill was last seen on a jetski with a woman who was able to swim to a pylon after them both went into the water. The Coast Guard looked through the night on Saturday but have yet to locate Hill. Hill was not wearing a life preserver.

Update: A body, believed to be Hill's was found Monday. They are waiting for confirmation from the family.
Update: It was confirmed that it was Hill's body.

LeBron, Cavs Turn it on for Game Three
King James finally played like one in game three. James scored 32 points with 9 rebounds and 9 assists to beat the Pistons 88-82 to make the series 2-1. With no one losing at home yet, it's still anyones series. If Cleveland can win game 4 to tie it at 2 apiece, I think the Cavs will win the series.

Mears Gets His First Checkered Flag
Casey Mears gets the first win of his NASCAR career in North Carolina at the Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Coca-Cola 600. Mears gambled at the end of the race by not taking more fuel and had just enough to finish the race and take his first drive to the winners circle. With this win, Hendrick Motorsports continues its domination.

Two Holdrege Girls Get Second at State
On May 19th Holdrege sophomore, Bronwyn Allmand, was defeated by Grand Island CC's Jaycie Schmidt in the finals of the class B No. 2 singles final. Schmidt defeated Allmand 7-5, 7-6. Duster, Marcelle Strydom, was defeated to Omaha Skutt Catholic's Elise Sambol in the class B No. 1 singles final. This is the third straight title for Sambol.

Sunday, May 27, 2007

Josh Davis to Canada

A story fresh from Husker Extra!

Josh Davis lands in Canada

This from the "whatever happened to . . ." department:

Former Husker I-back Josh Davis signed this week with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.

Davis joined the NFL New York Jets in 2004 as a free agent and made the team out of training camp but was sidelined for the majority of the season with a knee injury.

Davis ended his NU career with 3,427 all-purpose yards.

Perhaps he'll again be taking handoffs from Eric Crouch, who is competing to become the Argonauts' starting QB.

  • Friday, May 25, 2007

    Sports Today 5/25/07

    Kansas Star Not Declaring for the Draft
    Brandon Rush, who led KU in scoring last season is staying for his junior year. Now Kansas has all but Julian Wright, who is declaring elgible for the draft, coming back for a run at their third Big 12 championship in a row. Kansas went 33-5 but failed to win it all again.

    You know you are a red neck when...
    A former stripper, Angela Harkness (31) was sentenced to 40 months in prison for embezzling more than $1 million. She embezzled from 2000 thru 2003, with help from a banker, Gary Jones, to start her own NASCAR racing team. She created Angela's Motorsports and entered a team into the Busch Grand National Series with featured driver, Mike McLaughlin.

    Taking the Memorial Day Weekend Off
    I will not be posting an entry over the busy weekend. You have better things to do than read a blog and I have better things to do than write a blog. I will be back at it on Monday with all weekend stories. Have a save and fun Memorial Weekend!

    Thursday, May 24, 2007

    Sport Shorts

    Gretna, coached by Scott Boehler, ended up third in the Class B Boy's State Golf Meet. Sidney (603) and Scottsbluff (607) were ahead of Gretna (613)at the end. Seven of the top eight players on Sidney and Scottsbluff were seniors. Gretna had one senior on its top five. Jared Gustafson, a sophmore, was third at the state meet and Ryan Boyer led the team. Look for Gretna, if they work hard in the off season to challenge next year for the championship in Class B.

    Alex Gordon continues to hit better and has raised his average to .191. He has three homers and had back-to-back two hit games on Tuesday and Wednesday.

    Portland is first and Seattle is second in the NBA draft. This writer feels that Kevin Durant would be the best pick in the draft. Greg Odom will also be a great pick. Both teams will be improved next season with either one of these players.

    Nebraska football recruits for 2008 include the best offensive lineman from Nebraska, Colorado, and Iowa. Throw in possibly the best QB in the nation in Blaine Gabbert and we have a great recruiting class already.

    Right now the NU baseball team is down 1-3 against K-State in the Big 12 tournament. They are in the bottom of the 8th with K-State batting. Charlie Shirek pitched three innings giving up two runs. The problem is NU only has three hits. Nu hasn't come from behind all year so maybe tonight they............

    Sports Today 5/24/07

    I am trying to get more Nebraska sports news into this daily entry. If there are certain topics you would like to hear about, please let me know.

    Nebraska Squeaks by A&M to Make it Through the Big 12 Opener
    In the eighth inning of the game, with Nebraska leading by one run, A&M had the bases loaded with two outs and their best batter at the plate, All-Big 12 junior Blake Stouffer (left). Nebraska reliever, Matt Foust (right) started in a big hole by throwing 3 straight balls. Stouffer took strike one on the next pitch and swung over the top of two sliders to end the threat. Nebraska added one more run in the bottom of the eighth to 5th seeded A&M 5-3. Nebraska now faces eighth seeded Kansas State tonight at 7:30. Info from the Omaha World Herald

    ESPN to Air Five Big 12 Football Games
    Fox Sports Net agreed to sub-license the rights to broadcast five Big 12 football games in 2007 to ESPN. Three of the five will air on ESPN2 and the other two, on ESPN. This could be good news for Nebraska fans because ESPN might pick up the October 6th game against Missouri.

    Info from the Omaha World Herald

    Stop Blaming Other People!
    One of my biggest pet peeves is when people try to blame everyone else for their problem(s). For example, don't sue McDonalds for serving coffee that is hot after you spill it on yourself. The same person would have sued McDonalds for serving them coffee that is too cold. This story that has got me fired up this time is the father of the late Josh Hancock, former Cardinals pitcher, is suing the restaurant that served Hancock alcohol. They are also suing the towing company whose truck was assisting a stalled vehicle. The owner of the stalled vehicle is being sued as well. Ok, so you are suing a restaurant for giving your son alcohol that he asked for, the towing company for helping a stranded person and a stranded person whose car stalled? You don't think it was your son's fault whose blood alcohol was twice the legal limit, he was speeding and using a cell phone. There was marijuana found in the SUV also. Please, stop blaming others for your own problems.

    Wednesday, May 23, 2007

    Sports Today 5/23/07

    Keyshawn to Announce Retirement

    Keyshawn Johnson, formerly of the the Carolina Panthers, will announce his retirement sometime today. Johnson, who will turn 35 in July, played 11 seasons in the NFL. Johnson is expected to sign a contract with ESPN as a football analyst.

    Portland Wins the Lottery
    The Portland Trailblazers won the NBA Draft lottery on Tuesday. Seattle has the second pick, followed by Atlanta, Memphis and Boston. The top 5 picks should go:
    #1 Greg Oden (F)-Ohio St.
    #2 Kevin Durrant (F)-Texas
    #3 Brandan Wright (PF)-North Carolina
    #4 Al Horford (PF)-Florida
    #5 Jeff Green (F)-Georgetown

    Spurs Go Up 2-0 on Utah
    The San Antonio Spurs have taken a 2 game advantage in the Western Conference Finals. They defeated the Utah Jazz 105-96. Tim Duncan scored 26 and added 14 rebounds, Manu Ginobili scored 17 points and Tony Parker scored 17 points and 14 assists. While the series is never over until a team loses at home, I think the series is pretty much over. San Antonio will win 1 of the next 2 games in Utah and finish the series in San Antonio.

    Ducks Fly to the Stanley Cup Finals
    The Anaheim Ducks closed out the Detroit Red Wings in game 6. Anaheim took a 3-0 lead but Detroit stormed back to make it a close game. The final score was 4-3.

    Tuesday, May 22, 2007

    Sports Today 5/22/07

    Arkansas QB transfers to USC
    Sophomore QB Mitch Mustain who was undefeated as a starter (8-0) last year is transfering to USC. Mustain will have to sit out this year because of NCAA rules but will have 3 years left of eligibility starting next season. Mustain completed 69 of 132 passes for 894 yards and 10 touchdowns with nine interceptions last season.

    Everyone on LeBron's Case for Passing on Game Winning Shot
    A lot of sports writers are wondering why LeBron (left) didn't take the last second shot in the 79-76 loss to the Detroit Pistons. Here are the top 3 reasons why you can't blame LeBron for passing on the last shot.

    3. LeBron hadn't got a call all night. LeBron was driving to the basket all night and getting fouled and they didn't once call a foul. This is LeBron's first playoff game without a free throw attempt.

    2. You go for the win on the road. Everyone know that when you are down in the closing seconds of a game, you go for a tie and home and a win on the road. They were in Detroit, so the it makes sense that you pass to the corner for a three pointer, to win the game.

    1. Dontell Marshall (right) shot 40% from behind the arc in the first two rounds of the playoffs. Marshall also had six 3 pointers against New Jersey in game 6 of their series.

    After Marshall missed the shot with the score 78-76 Detroit made 1 of 2 free throws to win the game.

    Foreman Claims to Be Drugged Durning the 1974 Fight "Rumble in the Jungle"
    Former Heavy Weight champion George Forman is claiming in his new book "God in My Corner", that someone drugged him just prior to going into the ring to face Muhammad Ali. "I almost spit it out ... Man, I know this water has medicine in it," Foreman told his trainer at the time, according to his book. "I climbed into the ring with that medicinal taste still lingering in my mouth ... After the third round, I was as tired as if I had fought 15 rounds. What's going on here? Did someone slip a drug in my water?" This writer is sure he is making up this story to help sell his new book. If something like this happened to you, would you wait 33 years to tell anyone? I don't think so.

    Monday, May 21, 2007

    Sports Today 5/21/07

    Ducks Lead Series 3-2

    With only 47.3 seconds left in the regulation, Ducks defenseman, Scott Niedermayer deflected a shot that got by Dominik Hasek to tie the game at 1. In overtime, Temmu Salanne, scored the game winning goal. Anaheim now is has a 3-2 lead in the series.

    I Suck Again

    My predictions for interleague play were not that close. I said that the Mets would sweep the Yankees, which the series was Mets 2-1. I said LA Angels will win 2-1 but they swept the Dodgers and I said Cubs would win the series 2-1, which they did. One out of three is not bad.

    More Trouble in the NFL

    Another NFL player was arrested over the weekend. Jets kick return specialist, Justin Miller(left), was arrested Sunday for allegedly punching a woman at a night club. "I want to apologize to everyone for this situation, including my family, my teammates, the Jets organization, our fans and the entire NFL," the cornerback said in a statement released by the team Sunday night.

    Bengels wide out Chirs Henry (right) failed to show for a court ordered drug test and could be headed to jail. Henry is already suspended for 8 games to start the regular season.

    Street Sense, Quesionable for the Belmont Stakes
    After not winning the Preakness and no chance of winning the triple crown, Street Sense may not run in the Belmont Stakes "Right now, I don't think we probably will," trainer Carl Nafzger said Sunday. "There's not really any reason to go there right now."

    Sunday, May 20, 2007

    Sports Shorts

    It is obvious in the last month that Luke Wertz is NU's best pitcher. With the struggles of Watson, I wonder how long it will be before Wertz starts pitching on Friday nights, Dorn on Saturdays, and Watson, Foust, or Shirek on Sunday?

    Randal Carter of Papillion was the highlight of this year's 2007 Nebraska Track meet. He cleared 7'4" and just missed the national record when he attempted 7'5 1/2". The Olympic qualifying heighth is 7'4 1/2".

    Omaha Central won Class A over Kearney. Omaha Central freshman Stephon Washington beat Niles Paul in the 300 intermediate hurdles with times of 38.327 and 38.349.

    The Loomis boy's team won their fourth championship in 11 years. Lance Thorell won both hurdle events, was fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 400.

    Those present at the Class B shotput said that Luke Pinkleman pumped out a 66' throw and his first complete warmup. He won the all-class gold with a throw of over 63'.

    Millard North's Kianna Elahl broke the 300 intermediate hurdle state record on Saturday.

    Omaha Central's Jasmine Johnson broke the girl's 400 meter record with a time of 55.76.

    Drew Anderson from Kearney is only batting .178 for Milwaukee's AAA club this year. Brandon Buckman, who is playing for the Cardinals's A club, has nine home runs, 13 doubles, 37 runs batted in, and a .333 batting average.

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    Sports Today 5/20/07

    Kevin Harvick wins the NASCAR All-Star Challenge

    The all-star challenge was at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, NC. Harvick ran a great race all night and capped it off with a victory and $1 million. For complete race results, go to http://msn.foxsports.com/nascar/cup/results?categoryId=168&gameId=20070519027&season=2007

    Curlin beats Street Sense by a nose

    With rider Robby Albarado, Curlin came from behind to beat Street Sense in one of the closest finishes of all time. The winning time was an amazing 1:53.46, which equaled the stakes record. My choice for the race, Hard Spun came in third. These same three horses finshed the Derby in the top three spots. So, Hard Spun should win the Belmont Stakes with Curlin in second and Street Sense, third.

    Senators make it to there first Stanley Cup Finals
    The Ottowa Senators defeated the top-seeded Buffalo Sabres, 3-2 in overtime to win the series 4-1. Ottawa will now wait to face Anaheim or Detroit, and will start that series on the road. The Western final series is tied at 2, with Game 5 at Detroit on Sunday.

    Additions to MLB: Part 3

    There are a couple of questions that one of my fans asked about the Baltimore Orioles.

    1. Why has Baltimore fallen so badly.

    2. Who is their management and who manages them?

    Here is all you ever wanted to know and much, much more! Well, to answer number one: I think they have fallen so badly because they can't get good players. They don't have great farm teams like some clubs have and you can pretty much answer it by using the second question, management and the manager. If the manager isn't good enough or the management is too greedy (which it has been in Kansas City for a number of years), you can't expect to be good. What I mean by management being too greedy is they don't want to spend money on good players.

    Management in the Orioles from office is:

    Executive Management

    Peter Angelos-Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer
    *Angelos is an American trial lawyer and the current owner of the Baltimore Orioles
    *He led a group of investors that purchased the team in 1993 for $173 million from Eli Jacobs.
    *Angelos made a fortune suing the tobacco companies.
    *On September 21st, 2006, 1,000 or more Orioles fans protested at Camden Yards against Angelos and the way in which he has run the Orioles in what became known as the 'Free the Birds' demonstration. Angelos responded by asserting that it takes a payroll of $100 million to compete in the American League East, and that it would be impossible for the Orioles to afford such a payroll despite factors that indicate otherwise. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Angelos)

    Tom Clancy (yes, the author)-Vice Chairman of Community Projects & Public Affairs
    *Wrote many military novels.

    Joe Foss-Vice Chairman/Chief Operating Officer
    *Commisioner of the AFL before it merged with the NFL.

    John P. Angelos-Executive Vice President
    *He is a lawyer in the Baltimore area.
    *Son of Peter Angelos and is next in line to take over the Orioles.

    Buisness Administration

    Robert Ames-Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
    *Read about him at : http://www.macpa.org/Content/23111.aspx

    Lou Kousouris-Vice President/Special Liaison to the Chairman
    *Works with the Salvation Army

    Baseball Operations

    Mike Flanagan-Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations
    *Former player of the Orioles from 1973-1987 & 1991-1992.
    *Won they Cy Young in 1979.
    *Went to the All-Star game in 1978.

    Jim Duquette -Vice President, Baseball Operations
    *Was the general manager of the New York Mets before being fired and coming to the Orioles.

    Scott Proefrock-Director of Baseball Administration
    *Was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays assistant general manager before being fired.

    Player Development/Scouting

    David Stockstill-Director of Minor League Operations
    *Didn't find info (sorry)

    Joe Jordan-Director of Scouting
    *In charge of calling the shots of draft day.


    Sam Perlozzo
    *Bio from http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=bal&coachorstaffid=7210419912

    Sam Perlozzo begins his 2nd full season as Orioles manager after guiding the team to a 70-92 record last year...He was in his 10th season on the Orioles coaching staff and his 5th season as bench coach in 2005 when he was named as interim manager to replace Lee Mazzilli on August 4...On October 12, 2005, the Orioles removed the interim tag and Sam was named as the 16th manager in team history...In his two months as interim manager in '05, the Orioles went 23-32...A native of Cumberland, MD, he is the third Maryland native to serve as manager of the Orioles, joining Cal Ripken Sr. (1987-88, from Aberdeen) and Ray Miller (1998-99, Takoma Park).
    Sam joined the Orioles in 1996 as third base coach, a position he held for 5 years before becoming bench coach in 2001...He spent 19 seasons as a major league coach, the first 14 years of which he spent as a 3rd base coach...Before joining the Orioles' staff, he had never spent more than three seasons coaching in any city...He has the longest current continuous tenure on the O's staff...Hitting coach Terry Crowley begins his 13th season, but only his 9th consecutive year since rejoining the staff in '99...Only six coaches have served longer on the Orioles staff, and only 10 other coaches in the club's 53 seasons have spent more than 6 consecutive years on the coaching staff: Elrod Hendricks (28), Harry Brecheen (14), Bill Hunter (13 1/2), Cal Ripken Sr. (11), Jim Frey and George Bamberger (10 each), Ray Miller (10), George Staller (8) and Crowley (8, active), Jimmy Williams and Luman Harris (7 each; Harris spent the final month of the '61 season as manager)...In addition to serving as third base and bench coach, Sam also oversaw Orioles' infielders...As part of those duties, he helped Cal Ripken make the transition from shortstop to third base and also worked extensively with Mike Bordick while the Orioles shortstop was setting major league records for most consecutive games and chances without an error, highest fielding percentage and fewest errors in a season in 2002.
    Perlozzo was named to the Orioles staff on January 5, 1996...He began his coaching career as a manager in the Mets farm system in 1982...In five seasons with the Mets, he won three league championships and never had a losing record...Won the Carolina League title with Lynchburg in 1983 and was the league's "Manager of the Year"...Promoted to Jackson in '84 and won the Texas League crown with an overall record of 83-53...Named Baseball America's minor league "Manager of the Year"...Captured his third straight championship with Jackson in 1985...Promoted to AAA Tidewater in 1986 and led the club to a 74-66 mark...Finished his minor league managerial career with a 364-263 (.581) record in five seasons... Began his major league coaching career in 1987 as a third base coach with the Mets, a position he held through the 1989 season...Joined the Reds in 1990 and was their third base coach for three years before going with manager Lou Piniella to the Mariners in 1993.

    Perlozzo's job is very much in jeopardy. There is always a race to see which manager will be fired first in a season and right now he and Yankees skipper, Joe Torre are neck and neck.

    Overall I think the reason the Orioles are bad is because they don't have a great manager, there front office is composed of lawyers and fired general managers. But, I don't know much about MLB's front offices, maybe this is common in most front offices?

    Saturday, May 19, 2007

    Better Know a MLB Team: Part Three

    My third team I will be covering is the Baltimore Orioles. They have taken second place from the Yankees as of 5/19/07 and are average baseball.

    Here is some history of the Baltimore Orioles. In 1953, "baseball's owners unanimously agreed upon the move of the St. Louis Browns to Baltimore." There first season as the Baltimore Orioles in 1954 they went 54-100 and were 57 games out of first place in their division. In 1961 the Orioles won 95 games but still fininshed 14 games behind the Yankees. In 1966 the Orioles defeated the L.A. Dodgers in their first trip to the World Series in a 4 game sweep. In 1992 a new stadium was built for the Orioles, it is called Camden Yards. On September 5th and 6th 1995 Cal Ripken Jr. (left) became baseballs all-time "Iron man" by tying and breaking Lou Gehrig's consecutive games played streak with 2,130.

    Now, to this season. Right now the Orioles are 19-23 but are 10 games behind the red hot Red Sox. They are 12-8 at home but only 7-15 on the road. They are 11-9 against the AL East but have struggled against the Central (7-12) and the West (0-2). In their last 10 games, they have won 5 and lost 5. They also have struggled during the day (4-8) and on turf (2-7) and are average at night (15-15) and on the grass (17-16). They have played a lot of 1 run games, going 5-8 in those games. However, they are very good in extra innings, going 3-1.

    This season, the Orioles have decent infielders but their outfield struggles. The infield has names like Melvin Mora, Miguel Tejada, Brian Roberts and Aubrey Huff. There outfield has Nick Markakis, Jay Gibbons and Corey Patterson (left). Markakis is the best hitter of them all, batting .250 (ouch!). There pitching staff isn't anything grand either. I haven't heard of most of them. Many of the players for the Orioles are people who were on the Chicago Cubs roster in the last couple years, such as Corey Patterson, Paul Bako, Freddie Bynum, Scott Williamson and many years ago Steve Trachsel. And going by how well they did in Chicago, it could be a long year for the Orioles.

    News of the Day-5/19/07

    Brandon Jackson, former Nebraska Huskers runningback, will be forced to miss minicamp with the Green Bay Packers. Jackson is being forced by the NFL to either "go home and do nothing or go to Los Angeles" to a NFL promotional Premiere event. I guess it's about buisness, but you would think that they could make the players do stuff before the minicamps started. To read more about this topic & other NFL topics, please visit http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/morenews .

    Spurs avoid a game 7. The San Antonio Spurs beat the Phoenix Suns 114-106 on Friday night to advance to the conference finals to face the Utah Jazz. Manu Ginobili had 33 points and 11 rebounds, Tony Parker had 30 points and Tim Duncan had 24 points 13 rebounds and an amazing 9 blocks. It was a very physical game with a lot of pushing and shoving. For the Suns Amare Stoudemire scored 38 points and added 12 rebounds while Steve Nash scored 18 points and added 14 assists. The Spurs start their series with the Jazz on Sunday. The Spurs should have no problems with the Jazz beating them in 6 games.

    Cavs also avoid a game 7. The Cleveland Cavs beat the New Jersey Nets on Friday 88-72 to win the series 4-2. This is the first time Cleveland has gone to the Conference Finals in 15 years. Cleveland will face Detroit, in Detroit, starting on Monday. For the Nets, Jason Kidd had 19 points and 12 rebounds and 8 assists, Richard Jefferson scored 16 points, Vince Carter only had 11 points and former Nebraska player Mikki Moore scored 14 points. This should be a good series, with all games being close, but Detroit will win it in 5 games.

    Street Sense is ready for the Preakness. Street Sense, coming of a win at the Kentucky Derby, will try to make it two in a row at the Preakness. Street Sense is a 7-5 favorite. I believe Hard Spun will win the Preakness keeping Street Sense out of a chance for the Triple Crown. The Triple Crown hasn't been won since 1978 by a horse named Affirmed. The purse for the Preakness is $1 million.

    After the first day of interleague play Cubs, Mets and Angels come out with the win. I think Cubs and Angels will win the series 2-1 and Mets will sweep the Yankees. Should be another great day for baseball. You should go outside and enjoy the weather, but if you are a lazy bum, watch the Cubs and White Sox on FOX at 2:55 p.m. CDT.

    Friday, May 18, 2007

    News of the Day-5/18/07

    Jeff Van Gundy was fired as the Houston Rockets head coach. This come just a few days after a new general manager, Daryl Morey, was hired. Van Gundy coached the Rockets to a 52-30 record but once again lost in the first round of the playoffs for the third time in four years.

    Brett Favre showed up for minicamp after threating not to. Favre had a lot to say over the last week about how he was frustrated with the Green Bay Packers. He was upset that Green Bay didn't acquire wide reciever Randy Moss from Oakland. He seems to have calmed down and is ready for minicamps.

    Another Cincinnati Bengals player was arrested. Linebacker A.J. Nicholson was arrested on a domestic violence charge. This isn't the first time Nicholson has been arrested. He was one of nine players arrested from the Bengals in a nine month span. However, he is the first Bengal to get arrested since Roger Goodell started cracking down on players.

    Interleague play starts today with big games in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles. Should be great series, especially in Chicago and New York.