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I can't even jinx the Steelers on Sunday

With the Super Bowl right around the corner, there’s some rules to go by when your picking your winner. Many years I’ve cheered and bet on the underdog and I’ve lost more Super bowls than one can imagine. I rooted for Jim Kelly and the Bills every time in the early 90s. Talk about building your super bowl resume early in life. The only joy I had was a Steve Tasker caused fumble. I even remember 99’, learning the dirty bird and hoping for Hotlanta to burst. I’m still waiting for Jamal Anderson to show up…loss. I had a decent run with the Pats and predicting their victories but that’s no surprise. My lowest point was 2006, the Bears vs Colts. I was throwing out Empire Records quotes about Rex Manning day throughout pregame. I somehow chose to side with “Sexy Rexy” and found myself drinking heavily. The underdog card will not work this time around either. Here’s some simple rules to live by from yours truly.

Rule 1: Leave emotions out of it. If you’re simply betting against a team like the 90s Cowboys or the Peyton 06’ Colts just because you hate their mere existence then you’re bound for the floor.

Rule 2: When you’re siding with God and Kurt Warner, then you’ve let religion take over, DON’T. Warner has had a great year and playoffs but he’s going to be put on his back more often than Hayden Panettiere.

Rule 3: If you could place a second half bet on the team who didn’t receive the ball, hopefully in this case the Steelers, you should probably do it.

Rule 4: First team to score usually loses the game. I’m serious, I don’t care if Devin Hester returns the kickoff for a touchdown, there’s no way they’re winning this game. Damn YOU REX!

Rule 5: If you are a fan of one of the teams in the Superbowl then please just sit back, gorge on some food and beer and enjoy the game without any monetary involvement in it. Trust me on this one. You don’t want to end up getting so emotional over your teams loss that you actually forget about the bet you put in on them until the next time you check your account, or get a phone call from your bookie reminding you again of what happened that day causing you to send threatening letters to the referees of that game for missing the two blatant holding calls on that Tyree catch…..see what I mean.

My prediction, the Steelers are going to roll on Sunday. Even if the Cardinals run the Annexation of Puerto Rico 12 times against the Steelers, they would still lose by 10. So get your popcorn ready and pull out your terrible towels folks, let’s get ready for some football!

Let’s hope Bruce has no wardrobe malfunctions

RaginRondo

January 29, 2009 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Beckham to stay in Milan?

David Beckham could be leaving the MLS

David Beckham could be leaving the MLS

The man who was once called the savior of the MLS has now been rumored to possibly leave the LA Galaxy. Beckham is on loan from the Galaxy to the Italian club AC Milan. Beckhams’s agents are expected to meet with AC Milan to see if they can get him out of the current 250 Million dollar contract he has with the LA Galaxy. Beckham has the freedom to opt out and leave LA in October.
“The player wants to stay with us but even he knows he must return to America.” The reason for Beckham’s Italian adventure was to enjoy the finest cannolis and pasta in the world and to pick up a brand new authentic Gucci bag for Posh. Well he actually wants to impress England coach Fabio Capello with his fitness that he may be considered for the English National team in 2010. Beckham looks in shape and has performed quite well for Milan having scored his first goal this past weekend vs. Bologna. AC Milan is willing to match any lost compensation in the deal and hope to retain Becks for good.

Well Victoria Beckham might have something to say about this stint in Italy. She does not want to uproot their three sons after their previous spell in a non-English speaking country with Real Madrid. Which makes sense but could also be a great experience for these young lads. If Beckham leaves the MLS, the league will officially lose credibility and any quality player will avoid venturing to the US to play. Now if he stays, the impact has the potential to bandwagon some more players from Italy and other countries who question the skill and athleticism of the MLS. In no way can the MLS compare to a an English Premier League or an Italian league but this development takes time. Soccer is a sport slightly considered by Americans but the MLS acquired Beckham to change that mentality. One man certainly cannot sway the American public from it’s infatuation with the 4 major sports in the US that are already well established in the states. The MLS needs something to spark it’s interest…how about bikini ball girls and an indoor soccer tour of the best players vs. one another. How about a Spice Girls reunion before every LA Galaxy game? If you wanna be my lovah! Marketing baby, I put that sh*t on everything!

Got that song in your head now didn’t I!
RaginRondo

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Weekend Wrap-up

Last weekend was a decent weekend for sports: Sugar Shane vs. Margarito, Arlovski vs. Fedor, Lebron’s buzzer beater, Celts vs. Mavs, Lakers vs. Spurs and NHL all-star weekend. Oh the plethora of sports was doused upon us.

So the weekend started with Lebron vs. Stephen Jackson, a battle that demonstrated “anything you can do I can do better.” 30 seconds remained and big shot after big shot led to the final seconds and Lebron with the ball. If you watch that clip, LBJ is a monster, man-child beast. We might as well call him a man beast. It was his first buzzer-beater in his NBA career, most likely not his last.

Sugar Shane worked Margarito

Sugar Shane worked Margarito

Onto Boxing, yes people are still pugilists! Now Sugar Shane Mosley fought welterweight champion Antonio Margarito at the Staples Center and the 37-year old Mosley took it to Margarito. He looked like the faster, smoother, stronger and far superior fighter on this night. What was more entertaining was Bernard Hopkins sitting and randomly standing in front of Mark Wahlberg, E from Entourage and a hammered Tobie Maguire in the stands. Wahlberg looked like he was stuck behind a Marge Simpson hairdo at the movies with Hopkins standing and barking at Mosley every round. You’d randomly see his head prop to the side, anyways Mosley KO’d Margarito in the 9th round.

World of MMA, Fedor knocked out Arlovski in the first round of their Affliction title fight. Arlovski was looking solid until he caught a right hook in the chin that face planted his ass into a comatose state. Arlovski went in with a flying knee to the corner and that’s where Fedor capitalized with the one punch sweet chin music. Arlovski’s known for his weak chin, hence the beard he wears to add some protection. On this night beard or no beard, he got knocked the F*** out!

Ovechkin wins on style points

Ovechkin wins on style points

NHL all-star weekend has really lost its luster. I know you’re probably saying “wait, this already happened?” and “What channel was this on?” Oh yes it happened and Versus proves to be the worst camera worked channel in my recent sports memory. Anyways, I remember going crazy when Ray Bourque would go 4 for 4 in the target competition and Al “I’m afraid of” Iafrate slap shot would kill somebody in the stands during the hardest shot competition. Now they’ve incorporated style breakaway shots that resemble a dunk contest minus the quality and excitement. Ovechkin just put on a Beach hat with Canada flags and glasses and skated with two sticks passing himself the puck. He eventually tossed one and scored but it sucked. He of course went on to win the competition. Chara had a 105 mph slap shot in his final attempt that won the contest.

As for the game itself, no one played defense but they did have their first penalty call in an all-star game. Game went into a shootout and was actually pretty entertaining. Ovechkin slotted home the game winner while the Habs Kovalev (hometown captain) took home MVP honors. Ladi freaking Da!

Oh and the Lakers wiped out the Spurs and the Celtics beat up the Mavericks to win their 8th straight, be afraid!

I sat and watched it all. (Well most of it)

RaginRondo

January 27, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bryant gets Bulldogged by NJIT?

If you haven’t heard, the New Jersey Institute of Technology snapped a 51-game losing streak Wednesday night beating the Bulldogs from Bryant. NJIT held the longest losing streak in the NCAA for a team playing a D-1 schedule. This team had not won a game since 2007 and they were celebrating like Marisa Tomei was giving them all lap dances. Coach Jim Engles said, “We deserve this. We deserve to win most of our games, because we work so hard every game. The kids never quit. I’m really happy for them,” Yeah you really deserve it, congratulations you are now 1-18.

Bulldogs help snap 51-game losing streak

Bulldogs help snap 51-game losing streak

Now this story hits real close to home. Being an alumni of the Bryant Bulldogs I received about 12 emails with the same sarcastic wit. They ranged from:

“How bout them Bulldogs”, “That can’t be good for business”, “Bulldogs, more like peeing Poodles” and finally “NJIT beat Bryant? Who the F*** cares!”

First of all, we’re in the rebuilding process. We’ve just become a University and starting playing division 1 schools. I mean we only lost to Maryland by 19 points. Now that’s something we can work on. The sky is the limit, we can only get better from here. Alright, enough with the clichés, I had to get down to the source of it all. So I made a phone call to a friend we once called the Prince of Pawtucket. An alumni of Bryant who not only played hoops but moved like a graceful Acie Earl. His name was Georgie “High Tops”. Since he lived in Rhode Island, I figured he’d have the scoop of what actually went down Wednesday night.

George was out eating some baklava down in Pawtucket when I disturbed him. He quickly turned to code language once I addressed the issue of the Bryant loss. He said, “Yeah I know what went down, it was a business thing.” A business thing…what do you mean? “They paid off the President of Bryant, Bulldogs being a business school…we took a dive.” And there it was. Now it all makes sense. Being new to Division 1, we are paying our dues even if that means giving the worst team in the country a victory. I knew Bryant made dreams happen but never the impossible come true. This compares to the time Barack Obama walked on water in D.C., if you can dream it you can do it. So don’t worry fellow Bryant alumni’s, we’ve only just begun to bring the terror to the D-1 basketball. Remember, anything is possible.

*Bryant President told me to go screw and never call him again when questioned, story probably not true.
RaginRondo

January 22, 2009 Posted by | College Basketball, Features & Opinions, Talkin Trash | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Ram Jam!

thewrestlerposterxh5I caught an 8:30 showing of ‘The Wrestler’ last night and it blew me away. Not only because of the Marisa Tomei nude scenes in which she plays a stripper, but Mickey Rourke’s acting was phenomenal. Rourke does more grunting throughout the movie than a Serena Williams tennis match but with good reason. He plays Randy “The Ram” Robinson, an aged wrestler who after 20 years in the ring has fallen from greatness. He now wrestles at local gymnasiums fighting to get back to the top. Living in a trailer and working for minimal cash while wrestling, it remains to be the only career and life he knows. The movie progresses through “The Ram’s” ups and downs giving a behind the scenes look at what a wrestler’s body goes through. Rourke performed all the stunts and took the beatings(staple gun match that’s painful to watch). ‘The Wrestler’ shows the progression of Randy ‘The Ram’ Robinson’s life and captures the sadness and grit of that lifestyle. Great cast from Mickey Rourke, Marisa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Check it out, definitely not just a sports movie and worth the watch.

The movie left me with the question, what is life after wrestling for a wrestler? The Rock was one of the lucky ones with an acting career. There are more than some who experimented with steroids and other drugs who are now left beaten, bruised and scarred for life. The amount of wrestling death’s each year has skyrocketed with little notice. They range from heart attacks, overdoses, suicides and even accidents in the ring. The wear and tear wrestlers go through night in and night out for our entertainment is unimaginable. All that’s left is their legacy and signing appearances at local rec centers. Now I understand why Shawn Michaels and even Ric Flair are still in the game. It’s the only world they know.

Now after all that here’s a clip of some of the worst mistakes/injuries in wrestling.

http://sportsfly.com/VideoDetail.aspx?videoid=1295&mediagalleryid=36

Ram JAM!!
RaginRondo

January 21, 2009 Posted by | Features & Opinions, Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Metal Sunday

Hetfield showing some Metal!

Hetfield showing some Metal!

To put an interesting spin on music and sports, I’m going to pick the top 3 Metallica songs of last nights show and relate them to football Sunday. You’re probably asking, how’s he going to do this and why? In fact, I’m hungover and I’m winging it. Are you with me?!?! Well who needs you. Anyways, we attended the Metallica show at the Garden in Boston last night. I was flashing my metal sign all night until I Romo’d my pinkie on a sloppy hand pound. Val asked people if they knew for whom the bell tolled, Shannon raved about metal hair and conditioner and Casey just demanded one more song…as she broke into SAN-I-TARIUM. We got hammered while we seeked and destroyed the luxury box. Metallica still kicks ass and busted out a super long set.

You could say they resembled a healthy Kurt “The Cardinal” Warner in these playoffs. The resurgence of the decade with this guy and the hand of God he possesses. Not to mention the emergence of Larry Fitzgerald as the NFL’s top receiver in these playoffs and probably the league.
Pittsburgh’s defense held it’s own against a rookie flaccid Flacco who ended his playoff run with a 40-yard Polamalu pick-six. Big Ben stood strong and maneuvered well making big plays on the run. With the Super Bowl in 2 weeks, they have a chance to win their second Lombardi this decade.

Kurt Warner

Kurt Warner

Onto the music:

Sad But True — Let’s dedicate this one to Donovan Mcnabb. He gets so close, but again so far away. Mcnabb played a great third quarter but struggled the rest of the game. Will he ever get over the hump? Another playoff run where he can’t get it done, you know it’s sad but true.

Nothing Else Matters — I mean the song has Super Bowl team written all over it. “Trust I seek and I find in you/Every day for us something new/ Open mind for a different view/and nothing else matters.” Like a QB to his offensive line, Linebacker to his defense…just win! That was my emotional attempt.

One — Arizona vs Pittsburgh, Warner vs Ben, one more game, one more win. One day of stuffing your face and drinking while you place prop bets and pray for squares. Who will live the dream “I can’t remember anything/Can’t tell if this is true or dream.” Who’s going to Disneyland, riding the tower of terror and throwing up on Donald Duck. There can only be one!

Throw up some metal!
RaginRondo

January 19, 2009 Posted by | NFL, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Shanghai Nights

Bonzi's Blowing up in China

Bonzi's Blowing up in China

Pop quiz. Where do basketball fans throw water bottles and missiles on the court at players? Detroit seems like the answer here but you’re wrong. Where do teams pay the fines for unruly fans and rowdy behavior? Where do players like Bonzi Wells average 44 ppg and dominate night after night? If you said the CYO league at the local Catholic school, you’re still wrong. The answer is the CBA in China. It seems that the basketball out in China has adapted a more physical style of play that has the CBA handing out heavy fines to players and teams. This appears to be happening all because of some remarks Yao Ming made after China’s disappointing exit in the Olympics. He claimed the Chinese style of play was not physical enough and in order to compete with the best in the world, they would need to adapt a new standard of aggressive, tough basketball in the country.

Well the CBA has responded with over $140,500 in fines and more brawls on and off the court than ever before. With fans not understanding the reasoning behind fouls called and assuming bias towards their players, they respond by throwing water bottles and rioting. CBA chief Liu said “The league has not done a good enough job in getting the message about physicality out.” They need some proper training for their officials because with the physical play, referees are unsure of what is considered good contact and what is considered an actual foul. NBA referees are expected to appear and assist in traning sessions with the Chinese referees to aid the adjustment process.

Americans have also commented on the level of play in China saying that it was not much impressive at all. Not to mention, some players like Gabe Muoneke, former University of Texas player who now plays for the Yunnan Running Red Bulls, got jumped by several Chinese players after a game. He even said the beating wasn’t bad at all. He is one of many Americans who find success in China, but is that necessarily a good thing? With a guy like Bonzi Wells averaging 44 points per game in the CBA, this really doesn’t give him accolades in the NBA. It shows how much more developed players in the NBA actually are and how far behind some countries remain to be.

With the NBA looking to develop new arenas in China in the coming years, look for an increased level of play in China. Yao told a country to be more aggressive and the whole country responded. Imagine what he could do as president, not to mention his giant stature in society. Would Kim Jong Il ever have the guts to stand up to Yao face to face? Can you imagine the priceless photos and video you would get from that meeting? In time maybe the CBA will be a competitive league for D-league NBA players to work on their skills. As for right now, the league is still adjusting and learning to protect it’s players and teams. I’d take Bonzi Wells out of there ASAP. Actually on second thought, let him bask in his greatness while it lasts!

RaginRondo

January 16, 2009 Posted by | NBA, Olympic Sports | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Phelps Strikes Gold Again

In last year’s Olympics in China, Michael Phelps became a legendary figure in the world. He won 8 gold medals in every swimming event imaginable and quickly became the worst acting face of advertising. It’s not so much his dumbfounded look, but his goofy persona that didn’t work for me. His Saturday Night Live appearance was like staying up to watch Last Call with Carson Daly. It was disappointing and disturbing like Daly’s black finger nails (does he still do that crap). Phelps has done ads for Rosetta Stone(which wasn’t bad), Visa and Guitar Hero in which Phelps has speaking and non speaking roles. With his new deal with Mazda, we can only hope he locks it up from now on.

Feivel goes East!

Fievel goes East!

Phelps signed a ‘7-figure’ deal with the Mazda Motor group in the Greater China region. He will be the endorser in Print ads, public appearances and TV commercials for the Mazda 6. This is supposedly the largest single sponsorship for a western celebrity in the history of China. I thought Yao Ming’s teammates held those honors? With slumping demand and sales for cars, Mazda looks for the golden boy to spark the industry and produce results. I just want them to have a voice over ready to make these ads tolerable. Actually, just keep his lines to a minimum and let him flash those medals. Who would have thought an American Gold Medal Olympian could sell cars in China?

RaginRondo

January 15, 2009 Posted by | Olympic Sports | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Eddy Curry loves New York

Time to worry about Curry?

Time to worry about Curry?

Now Eddy Curry hasn’t played much basketball this season (2 minutes, 38 seconds), but working in New York must have its perks. Fine dining establishments, front row seats to Knicks games and your own driver taking care of ‘all’ your needs. Coach D’Antoni hinted at the big fellas knee injuries and how they could be stemming from his tub of flub. With the Knicks running an up tempo offensive system, Curry needs to be in strong game shape and form in order to fit into this offense. He’s currently overweight and not dropping too many pounds anytime soon. Curry was set be the enforcer for the Knicks, but with the knee injury has not been able to contribute. Tyson Chandler had this to say about his friend “Maybe his opportunity will come elsewhere. There are so many teams in this league, especially in the East, where they bang and grind. There is a place for big guys that score on the block.” Knicks have been rumored to be offering Curry in trade talks.

The weight problems aren’t the only issues in Eddy’s New York state of mind. Former driver, David Kuchinsky presented a sexual harassment suit against the Knick center. He claims that Curry tried to solicit gay sex from him. Kuchinsky also claims Curry approached him in the nude saying “Look at me, Dave, look” and “Come and touch it, Dave.” He also claims he was ordered “out of the scope of his employment” to remove and wash Eddy’s dirty tag rags.

It doesn’t end here. Kuchinsky, both straight and Jewish, claims racial discrimination saying Curry threw racial slurs at him including “f—ing Jew,” “cracker,” “white slave,” “white devil” and “grandmaster of the KKK.” He also says Curry allegedly pointed a gun at him on two separate occasions, showing him a bullet present in the chamber. A groggy Isiah Thomas would then limp in calling Kuchinsky a “b*tch” and yank the gold chain from Kuchinsky’s neck. He would then offer it in a trade for two twinkies and a slim Jim to the pawn shop down the street. (Isiah comments are only harsh rumors)

He was hired as his full-time chauffeur but eventually became his errand boy and a character for abuse. Kuchinsky says he is owed $68,000 in unpaid wages, as well as $25,000 in expenses for which Curry never repaid him.
Curry’s lawyer, Kelly Saindon, denied all of allegations, calling them “absolutely untrue,” and saying Kuchinsky began making a series of claims for unpaid wages several months ago, upping the ante each time. Curry refused to comment before last night’s game.

From fat boy to frat boy!

RaginRondo

January 13, 2009 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Miles Away from Ordinary

Darius Miles

Darius Miles

As Darius Miles was ready to clear waivers Friday morning, an interesting yet bullying memo was sent out to the other 29 teams in the NBA. The Portland Trailblazers released an email threatening any team with legal action who was to sign or claim Miles off of waivers just to put a burden on the Blazers salary cap. If Miles was to play in two more games this season, his 18 million dollar contract would count against the Portland salary cap and force them to pay the NBA luxury tax next summer. They will probably be charged 8 million against the cap which is a lot of money. This especially for a guy they signed in 2004 for 6 years, 48 million dollars. Miles would go on to get hurt in 2006 and never play for the Trailblazers again. Portland listed his injury as career-ending and thought they parted ways with the former star.
One must admit this kind of threat is ridiculous yet reasonable for a team whose money could be in danger. In no way should any team control the rights of a player like Miles to ever play in the NBA again.

The players association had this to say; “Their attempt to intimidate the other 29 NBA teams by threatening frivolous litigation merely for signing this capable NBA veteran is a clear violation of the anti-collusion and other provisions of our Collective Bargaining Agreement. We will vigorously defend Darius’ rights.”

Let’s put this in Board Game terms. Refer to a monopoly board, Portland places Miles in jail forever. Do not pass go do not lose 18 million dollars. Now the Memphis Grizzlies are the get out of jail free card (signed Miles to a 10-day contract). If he plays in 2 more games it’s like Portland landed on Park Place and Boardwalk which the NBA owns. Now did Memphis do this to spite Portland? Probably and kudos to them for doing so. The Grizzlies may think a player like Miles may be of some use to their team for 10 days. “Darius Miles is focused on one thing — that’s returning to play basketball. That’s it. He’s not focusing on any of those other issues,” said agent Jeff Wechsler. Not to mention, a threat like this has never worked in favor of the person threatening. It all stems from what any child does on a normal basis. Billy don’t touch the hot stove. Of course Billy touches the stove, he’s curious to see what hot feels like. Lawsuits and threats, now if that doesn’t describe America in a nutshell, I don’t know what does.

RaginRondo

January 13, 2009 Posted by | NBA | , , | Leave a comment