Today we span the sports world to bring you MLB awards and trades, NBA, Funny Cars and a bunch more in this weeks action packed edition of…
You have to see Jack Beckman and his quest to win his first NHRA Funny Car championship. It is unbelievable what happens to him and his vehicle. Believe it, or not, he did when the Funny Car championship.
Congratulations go out to Antron Brown, who even though he lost his match and burnt his hands, became the first African-American to win a major auto racing title by winning the NHRA Top Fuel championship.
I know Harvey wrote about this amazing young girl, but she is worth mentioning again because she is flat out fast….
This girl is Sam (Samantha) Gordon and she is an 9-year-old girl who is taking youth football by storm. She has 35 touchdowns and rushed for almost 2,000 yards. Her nickname is “Sweet Feet” and is a star on Ute Conference team. Sam joined the team as the starting quarterback, actually aced almost all the speed and agility drills in tryouts. Check out this video.
I hope the Jacksonville Jaguars are watching
She could be the greatest running back the Jaguars ever had, and Fred Taylor was no slouch.
The Los Angeles Lakers fired coach Mike Brown after the team started the season 1-4 and, in a surprising move, hired Mike D'Antoni to replace him. It has been said that Kobe Bryant was too fond of Brown. Now the Lakers were only 1-4 with 77 games left in the season. I say it was way to early for the firing of the coach. I think the better solution would have been to get rid of Kobe for a good player and several draft picks. The Lakers would still be a playoff team and might even have made it to the finals.
I can’t see the logic in the hiring of D’Antoni. Mike Brown was 314-167 in the regular season and 47-36 in the playoffs, while Mike D’Antoni was only 388-339 in the regular season and a dismal 26-29 in the playoffs.
To top it all off D’Antoni has not been cleared by the specialist who operated on his knee. It looks like he might miss at least two games.
It was bound to happen sooner or later, but I never thought that Alabama would lose at home, as Texas A&M made a statement in its first season in the SEC, by beating the Crimson Tide 29-24.
Other top 25 teams to lose were #11 Oregon State losing to #14 Stanford 27-23, #24 Northwestern losing in overtime to Michigan 38-31, and #9 ranked Louisville lost to my favorite team the Syracuse Orange 45-26.
The first MLB awards were released and Mike Trout won the AL Rookie of the Years and Bryce Harper won the NL Rookie of the Year.
Trout who became the youngest AL Rookie to win the award got all 28 first place votes and received the maximum 140 points. Mike was followed in the balloting by Yoenis Cespedes and Yu Darvish.
Bryce Harper became the second youngest player to win the award (Dwight Gooden was the youngest) with 16 of the 32 first-place votes and 112 points. Wade Miley finished with 12 first-place votes and Todd Frazier finished with 3 first-place votes.
Bob Melvin won the AL Manager of the Year award and Davey Johnson won the NL Manager of the Year award.
Melvin won with a lot of rookies and his team and they improved by 20 games over last year to finish 94-68 and win the AL West Division.
Davey Johnson guided the National to their first winning season and their first playoff appearance while having the best record in baseball.
R.A. Dickey won the NL CY Young Award, becoming the first knuckleball pitcher to do so. Dickey was 20-6 for the NY Mets. David Price took the honors in the AL edging out Justin Verlander by four points. Price was 20-5 for Tampa Bay.
In a blockbuster trade and a sign that the Marlins are once again dumping their team, the Miami Marlins traded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays. In return, the Blue Jays are sending Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis, Jake Marisnick, Adeiny Hechavarria, Justin Nicolino and Anthony DeSclafani to the Marlins. The Marlins just sliced $181 million dollars from their payroll. They well also reap millions from revenue sharing, MLB TV revenue and other types of income regardless of the attendance for Miami games.
MLB needs to get rid of owner Jeffrey H. Loria.
Yeah!!! The City of Jacksonville, Fl was awarded a 2015 NCAA Men’s Basketball regional tournament. This will be the third time the city will host a regional tournament, with the others being in 2006 and 2010, both times I went. Just a side note, the last two times the Jacksonville regional has produced the national champions, Florida in 2006 and Duke in 2010.
Jamie Woode, a cheerleader and stunt team member for the Orlando Magic, fell on her head during a performance at the Magic-Knick game. She suffered three vertebrae fractures and a broken rib.
Til Next Time