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It’s been just over a week that the Boston Bruins have won the Stanley Cup. The newness  of the moment is starting to wear down here in Boston. The Cup has been seen by many the players who actually mingle with the fans have taken the Cup around in jogging stroller as Ferenace and Chara walked it around their North End neighborhood. It has been great around here in the past week.

As the dust settles some final thoughts on the this win. The Boston Bruins were alunch pail bunch  blue collar hard working much like the fans that support them. If had to compare them I would say more like the Superbowl XXXVI Patriots. Just a huge work ethic. The one thing about Hockey Players are they are just normal guys the fame often doesn’t get to them. They are among us and enjoy the fans.  Sorry Celtics fans I just can’t see KG just walking around talking to fans. Ditto for Brady , and Ortiz as well. Even Bobby Orr has always gone out his way for fans and still does now in his 60’s.

The Bruins have always been accessible to the fans and that was shown here in the city on Saturday when 1.5 million lined the streets of Boston to see this team. This was the biggest rolling rally of all the Champions over the past 10 years. The Boston Bruins have embraced this city and the city has embraced them. This has been awesome run and a sweet victory to all a new chapter in Bruins Hockey has begun.

Did you watch the NHL award ceremony last night.?

Usually, I find these things boring and again last night I did as well. I watched just tosee if Tim Thomas won the Venzia and he did. I found it overdone and found host Jay Mohr to be funny. I found many of the non player presenters annoying, I mean the brought the kid from the Wizards of Waverly Place out with Luc Robatielle really do we need him or Jerry Bruckheimer doing that. The army guys were cool. I thought it was uncomfortable at best to see 85 year old Ted Lindsay. I remember him as a color commentator when I was a kid.. It was good night for Thomas and Corey Perry.

Baseball

There has been a lot of talk about major problem facing the Boston Red Sox over the next week. Who plays and who sits when they are in the National Parks. I’m sorry but you really can’t sit Adrain Gonzalez . If you do that means David Ortiz is your first baseman which is ok offensively but becomes a defensive liability. I’m sure Franconia will work it out because the one thing about old Tito he finds a way to get everybody playing time. So I’m actually good at whatever spin he puts on it.

Little Lanz

His baseball season came to close until the summer league starts in a couple weeks. His Riverdogs were awful in the first game of the Championship series.As Little Lanz said Friday Night “ That was the worst baseball game I have ever played” Mrs Lanz captured the moment by responded :”no it wasn’t you have been worse” which actually brought a smile to the lad’s face. Sunday in a valiant effort and a backforth game they fell short. Lil Lanz stepped up was rock solid behind the plate and making a really killing stab at 2nd base as well. He also got two big hirts driving in 3 RBI’s. They fell short 11-9.

Rants and Raves
Category: FEATURED
Tags: Texas Rangers Johnathan Taylor Houston Astro’s Buddy Lamothe Los Angeles Dodgers Bud Selig Venus Williams


 

Venus Williams, Two MLB teams do a good deed, is Bud Selig stupid. All this, and more, inside this edition of Rants and Raves.

 

The first rave is for the Texas Ranger’s selecting Georgia outfielder Johnathan Taylor with their 33rd pick in MLB 2011 draft. The problem is Taylor is partially paralyzed after an on-field collision with Zach Cone while playing with the Bulldogs three months ago. The Rangers also select Cone with the 37th pick. Taylor said "Right now my goal is to get better during the rehab and focus on trying to get my legs back under me again and start walking and running and get back on that field again, like I always wanted." Johnathan was paralyzed from the chest down after he broke his neck in a collision with Cone. Zach was knocked unconscious but he did make the catch before colliding with Taylor in a game against Florida State. Cone was playing left and Taylor center. An ambulance drove onto the field to take Taylor to the hospital, while Cone managed to walk off the field. Johnathan Taylor is undergoing outpatient treatment at the Shepherd Center in Atlanta.

Rangers senior director of player personnel A.J. Preller said the team has made a donation to the fund established for Taylor's rehabilitation.

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In another gesture, the Houston Astros selected Buddy Lamothe in the 40th round. Buddy was paralyzed in an rafting/water incident last month. He severely injured his spine when he dove in the water to retrieve his sunglasses. Lamothe was a relief pitcher for San Jacinto Junior College. He had pitched 21 innings, striking out 27 with a 0.86 era.

Buddy has been guaranteed a job with the Astro’s even if he never pitches again.

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Well Bud Selig can sure mess up a wet dream. Just when it looked like the McCourts were settling their divorce, Bud throws a wrench into it by vetoing the Dodgers new television deal which was reported to be worth $3 billion dollars. Frank McCourt was to receive $385 million upfront. This money was the backbone of the financial well-being of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as part of the divorce settlement between Jamie and Frank McCourt. Bud Selig stated, "This decision was reached after a full and careful consideration of the terms of the proposed transaction and the club's current circumstances. It is my conclusion that this proposed transaction with FOX would not be in the best interests of the Los Angeles Dodgers franchise, the game of Baseball and the millions of loyal fans of this historic club."

Terms of the settlement spelled out how the $385 million from Fox would be spent. Each party would receive $5 million for lawyers' fees. Each party would receive $5 million to use as they see fit. Approximately $235 million would be used for the Dodgers (including repayment to Frank McCourt money that was advanced to the team in 2011 but not exceeding $23.5 million). Another $80 million would be used to pay off indebtedness. And the remaining $50 million would be put in an account subject to the court's orders.

Frank McCourt had said all other issues in the divorce were settled, and a hearing set for last Wednesday where Jamie McCourt was expected to ask Superior Court Judge Scott Gordon to order the sale of the team was canceled.

The former couple's lavish lifestyle was exposed in court documents, where it was revealed that they took out more than $100 million in loans from Dodgers-related businesses. Their spending habits were likened to using the money from the team as though it were their personal ATM or credit card.

Wow, I got to buy me a sports team!!

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Is it me, or what?? Does Venus Williams seem to be not focused?? She looks like something is up?? Is she thinking about ScottJax??? I should only be so lucky!! 

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Glad to see the Pittsburgh Pirates playing well this deep into the season.

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Is everyone really interested in realignment?? 

Les Miles: “It must have been the shoes”; SEC teams in the CWS
Category: NCAA
Tags: College Football College Baseball LSU Florida Les Miles Alabama Vanderbilt South Carolina Oklahoma Mississippi St. Oklahoma St.

I’ll get to the shoes, but before that even came up again, I was planning to write about Les’ coverage by the Oklahoma St. media. After last season, I wrote this blog about Les Miles’ tenure at LSU so far as compared to previous coaches. I didn’t write anything about that other school where he was the head coach. (By the way, let me know if my links are not to your liking. I know some people like to know where they’re going before clicking on a link.)

I found this tribute by “News OK”/The Oklahoman interesting. Check out the video and the article.

Miles “only” went 2-2 against “Bedlam” rivals Oklahoma, including a 52-9 loss, but a few notes about that series that the Oklahoma St. media didn’t care to remind people about (and I don’t blame them). The Cowboys have only beaten the Sooners 16 times in 97 games. Only 7 of those Oklahoma teams had winning records (1917, 1930, 1944, 1966, 1976, 2001, and 2002), so the only two of those instances in the last 34 years were under Miles. 1976 was the only other time Oklahoma had what I would call an impressive record (9-2-1). The best Oklahoma record in the other seasons was 6-3-1. The Oklahoma teams that the Cowboys beat under Miles were 11-2 and 12-2, respectively. You would never hear Les call this a success, I’m sure, but the Cowboys only lost to the Sooners by three points in 2004, a year Oklahoma would finish 12-1 (the only loss being in the national championship game). The Sooners have won every game against the Cowboys since, and 4 of the 6 games were by 20 points or more.

I don’t understand what he did in leaving to upset the Oklahoma St. fans, but maybe some of the resentment is because they miss him a little, at least during one game a year. Despite the one blowout, there had to be a better feeling going into Bedlam then than there is now or than there has been any time in memory. He told people goodbye? That seems like a nice thing to me. Maybe someone could explain to me what he did. It’s not like he pulled a Saban and started coaching another Big XII South team (the only ones comparable to Alabama would be Oklahoma or maybe Texas) a couple of years later.

Mike Gundy had his tirade ("I'm a man, I'm 40"), but I prefer a guy being funny because he doesn’t take himself too seriously rather than because he's prone to drama. It might have even been somewhat calculated too. He had to show he was just as committed-to-the-point-of-insanity (or at least a high level of eccentricity) to his program and his players to replace Miles in people’s eyes.

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Boston's Championship Run - What are the Odds?
Category: User Showcase

In the last decade, the four major sports franchises in Greater Boston have won a combined seven championships. In the last six-years, each team in their respective sport has won that sports' championship: Beginning with the Patriots in 2005, Red Sox in 2007, Celtics in 2008, and capped off with the Bruins' 2011 Stanley Cup Championship.

It had been 15 years since the Boston Celtics had won the 1986 NBA title when the Patriots 2001 season came to the most unlikeliest of conclusions in Super Bowl XXXVI. In the intervening time, the Red Sox had gone to the World Series, the Celtics had returned to the finals, the Bruins had gone to the Stanley Cup finals twice, and the Patriots having gone to the Super Bowl. 5-separate attempts at a championship in 15-years and failing each time. In the last ten years, however, the Patriots have gone to the Super Bowl 4-times, the Red Sox to the World Series twice, and the Celtics and Bruins each making an appearance in their finals. 8-trips to the championship in 10-years; 7-trophies to show for the effort.

With the Bruins' Stanley Cup, Boston becomes the city to gain the championship in the 4-major sports in the shortest span of time. To be fair, not all cities have a franchise in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB, but of those that do, New York (with 2 baseball teams, 2 football teams, a basketball team, and 2 hockey teams) had held that honor with a championship in all four sports over an 11-year period. In all, there are but 12-such cities hosting franchises from the four major sports: Detroit went 34-years for all four to win it all, Chicago 24-years, and Philadelphia 20-years. The other cities host at least one team that has never won.

Consider what it means to host the champion of a given sport. There are 30 baseball teams, 32 football teams, 30 hockey teams and 30 basketball teams, and each sport holds a tiered playoff system of at least three rounds. For any two teams from a given city to reign as champion is a special feat. Becoming "Champion" involves skill and resolve, but also more than a little luck. Consider the infamous "tuck rule" game in the 2001 playoffs between the Patriots and Raiders or a Canadiens' shot bouncing off Zdano Chara's skate instead of into the net in the first round of the 2011 playoffs or Dave Roberts' steal of second base in game 4 of the 2004 ALCS. If those events change, the outcome of that years' and that sports' champion changes with it.

So what are the chances of a city hosting all four champions? As of this writing, Las Vegas has not begun prognosticating for hockey, but has for the other three sports. Bearing in mind the betting odds aren't representative of anything other than what gamblers are willing to wager, case in point: the odds at the beginning of the NHL season had the Bruins at 20/1 to win the Stanley Cup. The city with the best apparent betting-line odds for winning the World Series, Super Bowl and the NBA title: Boston. The Red Sox are currently pegged at 4/1 odds of winning the 2011 World Series, the Patriots are 5/1 favorites to win Super Bowl XLVI, and the Celtics are 8/1 favorites to win the NBA title in 2012. Of the 12 cities with all four sports, only the Phillies are the odds on favorites to win the World Series (5/2 odds), and Miami is the odds on favorite at winning the NBA in 2012. According to Vegas, though, Boston has the best chance at running the table. Of course, it's the city with a head start.

http://www.footballlocks.com/nfl_futures_odds.shtml

http://www.vegasinsider.com/mlb/odds/futures/

http://www.vegasinsider.com/nba/odds/futures/

http://www.businessinsider.com/smug-jerks-from-boston-they-have-every-right-2011-6

Wrestling Wednesday
Category: Wrestling
Tags: WWE TNA

CM Punk’s contract expiring an hour after Money in The Bank Championship match against John Cena. Do you really think the WWE will let Punk win?? CM has indicated he has been shafted by the WWE. Other talent (Shamus, Barrett, etc) have gotten pushes over Punk. I agree.. Punk is/was a great asset to the WWE.

Shawn Michaels will be on Monday Night Raw, this Monday.

I can’t stand John Cena. He always gets the shit kicked out of him, and then at the end, he gets all this energy to win the match. Another Hulk Hogan?? I hope not.

Does anyone watch TNA???

TNA is starting another wrestling organization. Wow something else not to watch.

According to Paul Heyman, he was close to signing with TNA.


 

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