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Indianapolis Colts release wide receiver Marvin Harrison

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

Probably because of the recession. Hee-hee…

Indianapolis’ second most popular football star (next to Peyton Manning of course…) is parting ways with the Colts, creating a lot of buzz in the process even before the 2009-10 NFL football season kicks off.

Yes, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison has been having his problems with the Colts front office lately after team executives asked the veteran to take a pay cut. For a guy who has been one of the Colts’ most identifiable players, who ranks second in the league in career receptions and holds all of Indianapolis’ major career and season receiving records, it was understandable why the veteran isn’t too fond of the situation.

Indianapolis ColtsUnderstandably still, Marvin Harrison has already asked the Indianapolis Colts for his release even before the team decided to part ways with the star. What was the reason for the team to ask their premiere receiver to take a pay cut? Read on.

Indianapolis Colts president Bill Polian told reporters Sunday at the NFL annual scouting combine that the team was trying to…


Amare Stoudemire out for the rest of the NBA Season

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

seth-edward-oneal.jpgAnd it’s all because of, of all things, an eye injury.

I guess you can now say that Amare Stoudemire won’t be SEEING the light of day this 2009 NBA basketball season huh? Just when you thought the Suns are finally back to form after scoring a whopping 284 points in their first two games with new head coach Alvin Gentry, they’re back in the radar with the same sense of uncertainty.

Phoenix Suns star forward Amare Stoudemire could miss the rest of the regular season after suffering a partially detached retina in his right eye. Before the season began, Stoudemire suffered a partially torn iris in the same eye that forced him to wear those ”very cool goggles” for seven games. He opted to be done with it soon after. And while Stoudemire managed to play without the goggles for a while, it bit him hard in the ass three games after the All-Star break.

Amare StoudemireSo with Stoudemire out, what does the future hold for the Phoenix Suns now? Can these guys still rally for a playoff spot? Probably not since the Utah Jazz beat both the Celtics and the Lakers to stay ahead of Phoenix, and since earning a playoff spot in the West would mean they have to win at least 50 games, I’m not so sure if Phoenix would be able to come through.

With Stoudemire out, the Suns will no longer have the pleasure of having probably the game’s best finisher in their run and gun style of play. Hell, these guys might even opt to return to the half court offense since Shaquille O’Neal is…


What can the returning Ken Griffey Jr. do to help the Seattle Mariners in the coming 2009 MLB Season?

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

You read it, he’s coming back to Seattle, hoping that he’ll be able to salvage what’s left of his career there.

Wise move since it’s in Seattle where Ken Griffey Jr. carved out a Hall of Fame career as a perennial All-Star back in the 1990s. Of course, he’s a little older and a little slower now and he might not even have that much of an impact in the coming 2009 MLB baseball season but since everybody from Seattle still loves him, making the move from Illinois to Washington was a no-brainer.

Initially, Ken Griffey Jr. was contemplating on whether he’d be signing with the Atlanta Braves, which is closer to his home in Orlando, or with Seattle. He chose Seattle and the Mariners organization couldn’t be any happier.

Ken Griffey Jr.”He’s coming home. I can’t begin to tell you how ecstatic we are. He is, too,” Seattle Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said, calling Griffey ”arguably one of the greatest athletes to ever play in the Seattle area.”

”Ken is extremely excited to be coming back to Seattle,” Zduriencik added.

Ken Griffey Jr. signed a one-year contract with the Mariners that will guarantee the former All-Star $2 million. The contract also includes incentives that could bring the total value of the deal to $4.5 million.

Let’s hope it all works out for Ken…




Can the retards from Detroit beat the Orlando Magic?

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Yep, I’m actually calling my boys retards.

There comes a point in a sports fan’s life that you just can’t take all the shit that your favorite team has been doing any longer. And although the Pistons have underachieved this 2008-09 NBA basketball season, I was still rooting for them, hoping that they’d still be able to get it together at some point.

But after watching my Detroit Pistons lose for the seventh straight time, I just couldn’t take it anymore. I mean, puh-lease, how bad can the Pistons get this year? And just when I thought it wouldn’t get any worse for Detroit, they opted to go with Walter Herrmann to take the potential game-tying three-pointer that missed badly in a 90-87 loss in New Orleans.

Rasheed WallaceWalter Herrmann?!? You sick fucks chose Walter Herrmann to take the three-pointer at the buzzer against the New Orleans Hornets?!? Wow. That’s just fucking pathetic. No wonder these guys have been losing faster than Hulk Hogan loses more of the remaining strands of hair on his scalp.

On Friday, the Piston retards will be going up against one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, the Orlando Magic. And since Detroit has now lost eight straight…


Knicks don’t give a shit about Stephon Marbury leaving

Friday, February 27th, 2009

seth-edward-oneal.jpgYes, they finally released the disgruntled guard.

After the war of words between Stephon Marbury and the entire New York Knicks front office this 2008-09 NBA basketball season, team president Donnie Walsh finally gave Stephon what he has been asking all year, his freedom.

Marbury’s exit in New York marks the end of an era in New York Knicks basketball. He was supposed to keep things interesting and competitive since Allan Houston and Latrell Sprewell left. Unfortunately for Knicks fans, it didn’t work out.

Understandably, the rest of the team seemed Stephon Marburyunfazed with the idea that Stephon Marbury is now out for good. I can’t blame them too, since Nate Robinson is doing one helluva’ job filling the point guard slot, the Knicks probably won’t miss their banished problem child this year.

Steph’ hasn’t been around that much this season anyway to merit some sort of a concern from his teammates.

”He hasn’t really been seen in a little while,” Knicks forward David Lee said after a morning shootaround with his teammates. ”Almost somewhat of a dead issue for us because we knew at some point it would probably happen.”

New York Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni, the one who probably started…


Tiger Woods is out of the 2009 Accenture Match Play Golf Championship after coming back from his injury

Friday, February 27th, 2009

Tiger’s bid for a successful comeback ended on a sour note.

The 2009 Accenture Match Play Golf Championship went underway with Tiger Woods looking like his old self, at least after day one anyway.

It has been a long eight months for many golf fans as they patiently waited for the return of Tiger Woods to competitive golf. When Tiger said last Tuesday that he is at 100 percent and stronger than ever as he prepares to return to form following eight months in the shelf, golf fans breathe a sigh of relief in unison.

You see, in his last performance before undergoing surgery to repair a torn left ACL, Woods provided plenty of dramatics as he Tiger Woodsbeat Rocco Mediate in a playoff to win the U.S. Open in June. Woods completed the memorable triumph at Torrey Pines despite also suffering a double stress fracture of his left tibia.

The injury did sound bad that many were uncertain whether Tiger can still be the best golfer in the game today. It was rather unfortunate that he was booted out of the tournament this early after losing to Tim Clark.

Still, despite coming off an injury, Tiger was deemed as one of the heavy favorites to win the WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship. Of course, he didn’t expect his rivals like Sergio Garcia, Phil Mickelson and Anthony Kim, all favorites to win the tournament as well, to just roll over for him. Although…


The 2009 NBA Basketball Season so far…

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

We are less than a couple of months from the postseason.

You read it, and that only means one thing, the 2009 NBA basketball season will just get interesting from here. Unless of course, if you’re a Piston fan like myself.

The second half of the season has already started and we have quite a handful of teams moving up and down the proverbial food chain. One of which is the Detroit Pistons.

The Pistons clearly has some serious problems, no matter how much the team (including their fans…) deny it or not. Detroit suffered the Allen Iversonconsequences of trading Chauncey Billups for Allen Iverson, thinking that the young Rodney Stuckey was already ready to step in for Mr. Big Shot.

Ennngggrrrkkk… WRONG! A lot of people thought the Allen Iverson deal was the move that could put the Pistons over the hump. After three straight losses in the Eastern Conference finals, losing to Miami, Cleveland and Boston in three straight years, Joe Dumars felt that the move will finally bring Detroit back in the NBA Finals and change the makeup of the team for the better.

The makeup did change, but it wasn’t anything better. From being one of the…


Chris Jesus Ferguson leads the 2009 L.A. Poker Classic

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

seth-edward-oneal.jpgI guess looking like Jesus Christ himself has worked for Ferguson so far.

There are only 20 players left vying for the title of Main Event Champion in the 2009 L.A. Poker Classic after Day 4.

It was fast and furious action and after the bubble burst, it was Chris Ferguson who emerged as the chip leader with 1,721,000 in chips.

From 63 players, the field was whittled down with several notable eliminations during the day including David Pham (50th), Men Nguyen (36th) and Bertrand Grospellier (32nd).

The eliminations started very early in the day as everyone was guaranteed to be in the money. Chris FergusonA few minutes into play, David Daneshgar and Paul Darden busted out on the very same hand to take 63rd and 62nd place respectively.

Men ”The Master” Nguyen had to settle for a 36th place finish, pocketing $38,085 in the process. Bertrand ”ElkY” Grospellier’s dreams of another WPT title were dashed when his all-in with Pocket Jacks couldn’t hold up versus Binh Nguyen’s Ad-Qs.

Although Grospellier was in the lead with a 3d-2s-9d flop, the turn and river hit consecutive diamonds, giving Nguyen the nut flush. Grospellier ended up in 32nd place for $38,085.

On the hand where Chris Ferguson took over the…


Can the UAB Blazers take the Memphis Tigers out of their momentum before the 2009 March Madness?

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

People say the Blazers are the only real challengers to Memphis in the C-USA. On Thursday, they will have the chance to prove it.

Yes people, the countdown to the 2009 March Madness bracket tournament continues with another huge game on Thursday night between the fourth best team in the nation, Memphis, against the only team who has the Tigers’ number, UAB.

You read it, the Memphis Tigers are going up against the UAB Blazers again with a chance to further climb up the proverbial ladder before the brackets arrive. Memphis is currently ranked No.4 overall and since they lost to UAB two years ago, they’ve won an astounding 54 league games in a row. They also cruise down Highway 78 on an 18-game overall win streak.

Memphis TigersOf course, another loss to the UAB Blazers will halt what has been the Tigers’ march for March. And coming to their big game against Memphis this Thursday night, the Blazers also have, although modest, winning streak of their own, having won six games in a row.

One thing going for UAB on gamenight is the fact that they have simply been phenomenal at Bartow. They are a perfect 12-0 at home this 2008-09 NCAA college basketball season and you can bet your ass that their home fans will be pumped for this one.

If you’re betting on Memphis, then you should know that…


Who landed where after the NBA Trading Deadline?

Tuesday, February 24th, 2009

The end of the trading deadline means its back to business for playoff-bound teams.

The wheelin’ and dealin’ in the 2009 NBA basketball season is finally over as teams begin the second half of the season with a sense of urgency as they inch closer to the playoffs.

While there were plenty of big names rumored to be on the move, few teams actually had the guts to pull the trigger. There were plenty of deals made, however, including one that might have one Eastern Conference team feeling like its back in the title conversation.

But mostly, this deadline was about Phoenix Sunsthe much-discussed names that didn’t move; Vince Carter, Amare Stoudemire, Shaquille O’Neal, Richard Jefferson, and the expiring contracts of Wally Szczerbiak and Raef LaFrentz.

STILL, we have quite a few names who landed on new teams that just might have some sort of an impact in the race for the playoffs. One of which is of course, the trade that sent Jermaine O’Neal to the Miami Heat and Shawn Marion to Canada.

Yes, it finally happened, after weeks of speculation, the Miami Heat finally pulled the trigger, sending Shawn Marion to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for Jermaine O’Neal, a move that could put Miami back to the title hunt. J.O. adds that inside presence the Heat lacked since…




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