Sunday, May 19, 2013

KFB (Kentucky Fried Blog)

This blog will be done via my mobile device, so bear with me while this format will be one of the poorer of the other blogs, I'm on vacation y'all!

First of all this blog will be done with heavier hearts than normal for those caught in the terrible tornado of Oklahoma early in the week. As we move into Memorial Day, besides the troops, those people should be at the forefront of our mind. What Kevin Durant did, and the rest of the Thunder team, donating $1 million dollars each was absolutely profound. It's good to see such a portion of these entertainers money going directly to those affected by this terrible disaster. Makes you wonder where the Saints were when it came to Katrina and their pocket books, but I digress.

In other NBA news, Vinny Del Negro got fired after coaching the LA Clippers to a 50+ win season and wining their first division tittle in the franchises history. First of all, what the hell, and second of all, where do I sign up to slap the management of this organization? We all know the business of the LA market won't let the Clippers overtake the Lakers, but if you have winning basketball on the other squad LA has to offer, then what is the issue. Lob city brought entertainment and excitement in a city that was getting twisted from the under achieving Laker squad with hopes of making a splash in the playoffs who got got dumped by the Spurs in round one. If anything Vinny Del Negro should have been given a 5 year extension for his ability to keep a B squad team in a two team market at such a high level, but we all should have figured the Clippers would find a way for everybody to shake our heads in a horizontal fashion.

The Cavaliers won the NBA Lottery. Yay! The biggest fix sports has to offer brings about another thought of conspiracy to the table. Kyrie Irving, LeBron with his contract up in a couple years, and Mike Brown back at the helm with another #1 pick? LeBron will be tempted to go back to Cleveland and win a championship for his home. I hate David Stern, but that is only because the area code 206 hangs over my head in disgust of him.

Tony Allen on the Grizzlies got fined $5K for flopping bad in game 2 of the Western Conference Finals. It was so bad that it partially dictated how the games final minute of regulation was played. As a Spurs fan, and being a Manu Ginobili supporter... It was a good call (winky face). Either way, you can't be flopping like that in a nationally televised event as big as the Western Conference Finals. Speaking of the Spurs, Tim Duncan got divorced this weekend, which was relatively sad... But the way he plays Saturday night was absolutely ridiculous emulating the Tim Duncan of 2003 instead of 2013. Last NBA story before we head onto football, Coach K will stay on as Team USA's head coach for another 4 years. All I gotta say about that is, cool, another Olympics of domination where winning by 20 will be another norm for Olympic basketball.

Apparently Everett Golson for Notre Dame got kicked off the team for academic integrity problems. I don't know about you guys, but after the Lennay Kekua incident, I'm on high alert for Notre Dame news especially when it's off the field crap. I still smell the conspiracy wind, but I'll let them dig that hole and let time do the talking. Sad news, Crabtree tore his ACL putting him out for most if not all of the 2013 season. Brian Urlacher retired because nobody wanted to sign his old ass so he decided to go out as a Bear. Good move in my opinion. If anything all the guy was going to do was slow down another teams linebacking core.

San Francisco and Houston were awarded Super Bowl 50 & 51 (in that order) this week only telling Miami to buck up and get a new stadium. Since when does the Bay Area get a Super Bowl bid? Well, New Jersey got one, so I guess anything is possible. Charles Woodson also resigned with the the Raiders this week. I can tell one thing, that front office will not look like it did since the last time he was in a raiders uniform in the early 2000's.

Let's get to baseball quickly. Mike Trout became the youngest player to ever hit for the cycle against the Mariners on Tuesday at the age of 21. I'm 22 years old, and when guys like this do something at a younger age than me, it makes me wonder, what have I done with my life? The real question should be what is Curtis Granderson doing with his life. The dude broke his pinkie and is now out another couple weeks. Seriously, a pinkie? On the flight to Kentucky I was reading a biography on Ty Cobb, the dude would get so hurt so much that he would legitimately ignore the doctors and go play just to prove a point, not for money. Let me ask this question athletes, why doesn't it matter anymore? How come guys won't nut up and play for their teammates when they have scars all over their bodies? We are getting soft America. You know what doctors are supposed to be used for, to prevent you from dying, not to keep you from playing because you have a broken pinkie. Pa-thet-ic.

I'm here in Kentucky and I love this great state whenever I come to visit. My family is amazing, the people that I am related to all have this amazing heart of gold that I just do not seem to posses sometimes, but I can always try. On Saturday, I got to go to Churchill Downs to see real horse racing in the turf club area where the prissy people sit and overdress so much that it makes you sick to your stomach. Either way it was an honor and my uncle and I won $76 on a horse (Dowopper) betting across the board (win-place-show) on a $6 bet. One of the most thrilling things I've ever done, and it was that much better doing it with family that I know and love. I truly thank them for this entire vacation for us, and for that experience at Churchill Downs.

We talking about racing! Quickly! Tony Kanaan won the Indy 500 for the first time in his career. It took him 12 years to finally get it, but now he does! Also at the Coca-Cola 600, FOX found a way to screw it up with their overhang camera holding up the race for a good 30+ minutes. The worst part is that people got injured in this accident, hopefully they are all doing alright.

Two major things before I leave y'all, go to bed and wake up for Memorial Day, Robbie Rodgers on this date became the first openly gay player to play in the USA. He came in late in a 4-0 game for the LA Galaxy against the Seattle Sounders (in Seattle). A pretty cool thing especially considering it was done at century link field about 40 miles north of my house. Also I don't if anybody heard but the 80 year old man on Wednesday who climbed to the top of Mt. Everest, but all I can pray for is to be functional at 80.

Enjoy Memorial Day and remember those who mean most to you! Have a great week everybody!

I Graduated From College Today!

Well, today I graduated from college and I can say that I was part of the biggest graduating department in the school. Psychology. I am a psychology graduate, 1 of the 77 in the Class of 2013 at the University of Puget Sound. I have a job, I have no debt, and I'll be writing my next blog while in Kentucky seeing my dad's side of the family for the first time in 4 years. It will be the first time in 20+ years for my mother and it will be a huge shock for her, but I know she will love it. Anyways... I know nobody wants to congratulate me on this momentous time in my life, but let's get to more important things than this silly life stepping stone. SPORTS!!!

How about that Bruins/Maple Leafs game? The Bruins were down by 3 going into the final 10 minutes of the game and pulled one out of their butt to get a 5-4 victory in OT of a Game 7 in hockey! I didn't see the game, but the comeback was so big that non-sports people were chiming in with me on how intense the game was. Other than that I still don't care about hockey. Canucks are out. You know I will be covering the Stanley cup though!

Salty NFL news happened this week. Bruce Irvin got suspended for the first four games of the NFL season with doing more drugs to boost his abilities, Rolando McClain retired before his career even got started, and Titus Young got arrested on numerous occasions. Funny story (especially with graduation this weekend for me), I ran a 60 meter Prelim against Titus Young while I was on the University of Puget Sound track team when we went to a meet in Boise Idaho my sophomore year of college. He destroyed me obviously, but I would say that my life choices have been mildly stellar than his in the past 2+ years since that race.

In the NBA news, Seattle was left in the dust once again on a 22-8 vote to keep the Kings officially in Sacramento. Props need to go to Sacramento considering they did what they did to meet the NBA's requirements to keep the team. From a Seattle perspective, it is very easy to view this as another shafting from the business perspective especially for the Seattle group. Eventually it will come Seattle. It just might take awhile with Stern at the helm. Oklahoma City also got knocked out on the same day Seattle got jobbed from getting another team. Take that Clay Bennett. I'm not even going to waste my breath on the Kobe and Jordan discussion because let's be honest people, MJ has Kobe beat by a couple furlongs. The Conference Finals are set now, let's get the real party started! Memphis, San Antonio, Miami, and Indiana should all be great!

David Beckham retired, didn't I already blog about this? Either way it's official now. Now nothing can be
built like him anymore. Oxbow also won the Preakness, meaning another year of no triple crown winner.

In baseball news, other than Bryce Harper face planting on Monday, the quarter poll is here! Yankees, Indians and Rangers all lead their divisions in the American League... another sign that it is still early. In the National League, Atlanta, St. Louis and Arizona all lead their divisions... let's break these down at the midway poll and see if they hold up. Here's to the first 41 games of the season, now it's time to go head strong towards the All-Star break.

That's all I got, I got adult life to get to and graduating stuff to attend, Oh, and if you haven't checked out my sports collage of the best pictures of 2012, here it is CLICK HERE!!! It took me about 5+ months to put together with all the pictures from Sports Illustrated. Have a great week everybody! I'll be blogging from Louisville next week!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mothers Day; Finals Week (Short Blog)

On this Mothers day 2013, this past week in sports has been relatively quiet when it comes to the sporting world, or maybe I just haven't cared because I have been busy with school and enjoying the beautiful weather here in the pacific northwest. Now it's back to the rain as the final finals week for me has begun and will go relatively quickly as I graduate a week from today. Le'go!

Spurs and Warriors game 1 was probably one of the most riveting games in NBA history with the unbelievable comeback by the Spurs to push the game to overtime. Then with an amazing shot by Manu Ginobili, the Spurs clinched game 1. The rest of the series has gone relatively even with the series now tied up 2-2 making it a 3 games series the rest of the way. Hopefully the rest of this series can be something in comparison to game 1, because so far, it's been a shocker of a series.

Derrick Rose is still injured... Memes for days...

The John Wooden, Vince Lombardi, and Phil Jackson of all sports retired earlier this week stepping down from coaching the Manchester United Men's Football Club. Alex Ferguson, for any of you non-soccer fans, is probably the greatest coach of all-time. Considering the popularity of soccer all over the world and understanding the significance that Manchester United has had in so many people's lives, it was Alex Ferguson who got the craze going. 4 league cups, 5 FA Cups, 2 UEFA Champions League Cups, and numerous other cups, making Manchester United easily the most recognizable sports franchise across the world. David Moyes will be taking his spot and keeping Manchester United where they currently are in popularity will be the biggest challenge he has to overtake what Ferguson has brought to the best sports club in the world.

Ronde Barber retired earlier this week as well. Eagles fans could care less. Ronde Barber is the well renowned closer of the Old Veteran Stadium in Philadelphia. With a little under 5 minutes left in the game in the 2003 NFC Championship game, the Eagles were down a couple possession and were within striking distance to cut it to a one score game when Donovan McNabb throws an errant pass into the arms of Ronde Barber who ran it back for the game clinching play of the game. Right after that play, they might as well have plowed the stadium right there. He sucked all the air out of the building and the vet would never be packed again. One play. It was Ronde Barber's highlight of his career, but he is a borderline Hall of Famer for how he played consistently every single Sunday while also being one of the top defensive backs in the entire NFL. Now please Ronde, hit stick your brother out of the analyst position ASAP!

J.A. Happ got hit in the head, guess how much I care... about as much as some of you reading this blog right now. You know why? I've been hit so many times playing pitcher and I understand the violent hits that you receive when throwing as hard as they do. It was gruesome and not pleasant to watch but yes, getting hit in the head by a pitch hit back up the middle lacerating a part of your ear is never going to feel good. At the same time, these guys signed up to get paid millions of dollars to do this and I honestly don't care how they feel if they get hit by a 120 MPH ball up the middle. I would gladly blackout on the mound if I were getting paid six figures plus to throw a ball 90+ MPH over the plate to guys who could slice my neck off with a laser up the middle. It's all good, because I'd also be doing something I love and getting paid for it. Stop the pity party media, it's sad I'll give you that, but I'm not feeling sorry for somebody playing the game they signed a contract to get paid millions of dollars to play.

Back onto the topic of baseball, I loved the umpire who stood up for his beliefs on instant replay and not going to the monitor for a home run call that he accidentally made a double. Yes! He blew the call! I guarantee he will tell you he made the wrong call, but while he was out on the field, he made the call he did and stuck with it. Maybe confirming with his crew would have been the better idea, but he still stuck with what he believed was the right call and that's how umpires should feel. Baseball is not about getting it right, it's about failure on both parts; officiating and player performance. It's a game with lessons and if anything this week was a great example to understand that the world is not fair and that even higher authority figures can make mistakes and make life unfair for what should have been "the right call." In life are the right call always made? NO! Life is unfair, and baseball is the game of life! If we worried about what should be right on the playing field compared to what should be right in life, a lot of stuff would be messed up... oh wait... they already are. Let's take a chill pill for a minute and understand that mistakes are made in this world and just because the highest of authority made a couple of mistakes this week that doesn't mean their heads should be put on a platter. These guys all made ONE big mistake, but they didn't cost lives, they didn't ruin an entire outcome of a game, they merely got the calls wrong and they didn't hesitate in the middle of the game. They were judged after the fact. Do you know how many people would get their heads torn off if they were judged after the fact they didn't "do something the right way." Our world would have about 70% unemployment if that were the case. I'm telling you, let baseball make mistakes, let them do it every once in a while. It's bound to happen, because in life mistakes and problems should occur. It wouldn't be called life if mistakes weren't made. All we should ask for is these umpires to not make these mistakes again and learn from them. If they make them again, you better believe I'll have a different tone in my statements. Baseball = human error. Live with it.

Seattle Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuper Sonics. Oh yeah, Chris Hansen is now in the 12th round up against the ropes and ready to wale on that pansy Sacramento group that thinks they have their stuff together because they got a 7-0 vote on "consideration" of not relocating. Uh, hello, money speaks... and the Maloofs are only going to sell now to the Seattle group especially now that the Kings are worth $625 million (tied with the Miami Heat for the 6th most valuable franchise in the NBA and are also the reigning NBA Champions). Oh yeah, hard ball is coming to the courts for you Sacramento. Expect some blood and tears to come back to you, because remember just because you get votes doesn't mean Seattle isn't going to throw the kitchen sink in too. Unless you can outbid Nordstroms, Microsoft, and Chris Hansen, y'all are in for a rough road ahead. Unless the NBA is willing to now think of expansion, because at this point if they don't, the NBA is in for nothing but another chunk of fans ready to jump off the bandwagon again. Expansion. Get it done NBA, because this back alley is going to be painted red quickly if you don't.

Right before I head out of here I'd like to say one thing: never challenge a legend and bash him for making you struggle. Tiger did nothing to hurt your swing Sergio, and for that extra motivation, he now has another tournament victory under his belt. The Players Championship is generally known as the mythical 5th major even though there are only 4 majors. Tiger Woods played great this weekend, and proved that he is on pace to get a major this year and get back to his pre-2009 self in the near future by rolling the rest of the field like he did this weekend.

I'm out of here with all this. It's a quick week, I got finals, I need to graduate, and to this blog for now... AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR THAT! (Sorry if there are any glaring spelling/grammar issues)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

Go Outside; May Flowers

Today is Cinco de Drinko. It's 80+ degrees in the Pacific Northwest. So I'm going to write a quick blog because you shouldn't be spending your time online reading this self promoting litany that I will undoubtedly place on your Facebook wall or throw on my Twitter. Anyways, it's a fun read and I highly recommend it. So please, re-tweet and share my blog where ever you go! Let's get to this last weeks action shall we?

Some cool things did happen this weekend. May the fourth be with you had an Orb win this 139th running of the biggest horse race in the world at some place in Louisville Kentucky (which is where I will be in a couple weeks). Orb literally came out of no where. I love how there is so much hype to this fastest 2 minutes in sports and some horse from absolutely no-where with a legendary trainer wins it on an outside push on the final leg of the derby. There is something about that outside lane on the final stretch that gives a random boost to horses no matter where they are coming off that final turn. It's like they troll the field and then see an opening (like a great running back) and just jet through it with a reckless abandon. Now the talks of Orb getting a triple crown will spark, and the wondering if he can do it will roam the pages of ESPN for the next couple weeks.

Seattle was denied relocation by the NBA because commissioner Stern doesn't want to deal with the hassle of swapping the league like he did with Oklahoma City. I don't think this deal is necessarily done though, if David Stern actually reads the deal the Seattle group has with the Maloofs, this has lawyers written all over it and nothing but a dirty finish in site. Seattle has a huge bid offer on the table and the city of Sacramento will suffer if they keep the team there. The amount of money the general fund will be seeped of will run that city dry and if anything, anger those who want nothing to do with professional sports. The amount of dollars Chris Hansen is willing to spill into this offer will only boost the popularity of the NBA and also help the product stabilize itself in a much better market such as Seattle. The common sense card is being stripped of David Stern currently, and I think emotions are clearly getting in the way. I don't understand why David Stern has such a stick up his butt about not wanting the NBA back in Seattle. If dollars is what it's all about, you have an easily top 15 market with a Mt. Everest size opportunity staring you straight in the face with this Chris Hansen human being. Do the right thing Stern, for the sake of your product where if you're not going to rip the Kings out of Sacramento, at least expand to get more money into your business. You said you wanted to make the NBA a global product and eventually place more teams internationally, why not just give Seattle a team and start the process now before you leave office. Just a food for thought...

Tebow got cut. Sorry, but not sorry. Adrian Peterson also said in an interview that his goal for rushing in 2013 is 2,500 yards. Who is going to stop him especially with the better threats on the outside. He will also come into next season healthier, more prepared, and with a better offense then last season. is 2,500 a little high? Yes. But why not shoot for it especially when your previous year you had 2,097 yards rushing. Go get it Adrian Peterson.

Also did you hear about this Jason Collins guy? Apparently he's gay? I heard that it's really hard to be a gay athlete? Apparently the media is still stuck in the 1950's ideal that the hetero-normative, white picket fence ideals still should exist today because obviously they blew this story up to the point where national media even made an appearance. I loved Jason Collins humbleness with how he basically said he didn't want to be first but that somebody needed to step up, I believe him and I think it was honorable. At the same time, THIS IS 2013!!! A day in age where gay rights are slowly getting more and more accepted! Why does the media make this seem like such a big deal? I understand it's a lesson for those who are young and don't understand why individuals are the type of sexual orientation they are, but at the same time.. Jason Collins is no Jackie Robinson. He didn't break the "sexual boundary" of active athletes in professional sports. He's another person, an individual who is lucky to have the ability to speak out about his sexual orientation even though it is against the sadistic hetero-normative society america has portrayed among it's youth over the course of time. It is a big deal, I'm not trying to reduce how great this news is, but at the same time I think a majority of LGBTQ individuals would like to have a sense of "normalcy" when it comes to their sense of life. What they do in their relationship area of their life is their own personal business and I'm sure a majority of them would like to be viewed as normal instead of this anomaly all because their preferences in one area of their life. So media all I have to say is accept the LGBTQ community because they are no different from me and you, because I'm sure you (who ever you are reading this) have some "non-normal" quirks about you too.

The NHL Playoffs started this week... I'm a little upset because the Canucks are playing horribly. At the same time, it's only the best time of the year. I wish I could go more in-depth but my hockey lingo is a little dusty. Give me a couple weeks and I'll be able to explain the deeper portions of the NHL Playoffs in the more important rounds instead of round one.

Floyd "Money" Mayweather proved again that he was the man in another unanimous decision beating Guerrero in a 12 round clinic as Money came, competed and won. Business. That's what Floyd does. That's why he is the best fighter in the world. He's not flashy, he's the San Antonio Spurs in the ring. He comes, he wins, he leaves, he trains, he promotes, he goes 44-0 for a reason. If you don't like it, stop paying the man his $32 Million which he reportedly earned in the fight on Saturday. If you don't like what you see, then stop paying for what you are seeing, nobody is forcing you to watch greatness. And with that statement I'm going to leave this great topic up in the air, and leave it for the critics to decide. Incredible piece of work by one of the best fighters ever.

When it comes to the NBA Playoffs, it looks like Kanye West will be living a little easier as his team beat out Jay-Z's Net's as Brooklyn hosted it's first Game 7 in over 50 years at a sporting event. The Bulls advance to the 2nd round to face the Heat in a second round match-up that would be relatively harder to call if Derrick Rock was in the picture, but the Heat are way too good. LeBron was awarded his 4th MVP award as he is now in his own elite class by having 4 before the age of 30. Let's be honest people, when it comes to LeBron we are watching greatness. Whether you like him or not, he is the Jordan of this upcoming era. Kids will start saying they are the LeBron on the street ball courts across America and kids will start trying to aspire to become him if not better. Yes, Kobe has 5 rings, but LeBron has 4 MVP's and that is nothing to sneeze at. The second round of the playoffs have started, let the real games begin.

One last thing before you go out and enjoy the beautiful weather, Damien Lillard was the unanimous Rookie of the Year, and deservedly so. This doesn't necessarily mean he will be the next big thing in the NBA, it just means this years rookie class was very weak and Damien Lillard is definitely the most NBA ready player coming out of the 2012 NBA Draft. He will become an All-Star one day, but for now he definitely fits in well  with that team in Portland.

GO OUTSIDE! I'll see you guys next week while I'm swamped in homework up to my ear holes and have finals for days.