Tuesday, November 3, 2009

This is all I have for you


I have been holding it inside of me since Saturday evening. I got a little side tracked with all my recent travels and work moves but I'm ready to just let it all out right now. LSU beat Tulane! Yea right. USC got the shit kicked out of them!

And that's all I have to say about that (or that I have time for at the moment).

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Give me my championship ring!!!



For those of you who are wondering why I put a picture of some dude giving a peace sign to the camera after carving an L into a person's head, it's not to remind everybody that the Laker season kicks off this evening. It's to remind you how ridiculously crazy Ron Artest is. I know I've seen this done all over the place but this guy has yet to play a single regular game for the Los Angeles Lakers. And the last time he did, he was almost getting in a fight with Kobe Bryant.

The good news about Artest is that he isn't getting a Laker Ring tonight but BJ MBENGA IS! There is nothing like ring ceremonies. The reminence of winning the Championship leaks into the new basketball season and we pick up where we left off - and the Lakers get the bling to prove it. Then the 2008/2009 championship banner is raised and placed where the LA Sparks championship banner once lived. Poor girls.

Of course right when I gave praise to the Clippers Blake Griffen breaks his knee cap. I used to think the Clippers were just a joke of a franchise, sort of like the Raiders, but they have really bad luck. I guess that's what you get for practicing too hard.

Thinking back a couple days ago when I was on the Clippers jock, I want to take that back. I keep forgetting that Mike Dunleavy is their coach and as good as a person he is, he is not a good leader for this team. You can't take on two major responsibilities - a GM and a head coach. Not him.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I don't agree with the BCS

It is now set in stone. Yankees vs Phillies. Battle of the two largest cities on the East side of the United States. Make sure you head to Modell's to get your ALCS Champion Shirts! How exciting for the people that live on the west coast. Well, I think I might be the only person who is stoked. I was enjoying a lovely dinner with my family last night for my Grandmother's birthday while watching the game and I happened to be the only one rooting for the Yankees. They looked at me like I was from another planet. I mean am I the only person that doesn't want to see the 'other' LA team to make it to the world series? If it's not the Dodgers then it's definitely not going to be the Angels. The only reason I wanted them to win the world series a few years ago was because they were playing the Giants - the one team that bothers me more than the Angels.

It was a good thing this baseball game took place and brightened my mood because I got absolutely destroyed earlier with the football games. Surprisingly I got two out of three games correct in my college picks. I don't know, I might be back! That Bama game was very exciting and it's about time the LSU offense showed up. But can someone please answer me this? How in the world is it that LSU loses to the #1 team in the nation and is #9 and USC loses to an unranked team and is #5 in the BCS polls. Let's just look at the top ten below, shall we?

1 Florida 7-0
2 Alabama 8-0
3 Texas 7-0
4 Iowa 8-0
5 USC 6-1
6 TCU 7-0
7 Boise 7-0
8 Cincy 7-0
9 LSU 6-1
10 Oregon 6-1

As you can see LSU and Oregon are at the bottom of the list (rightfully so) because of their one loss. Don't you think that there should be one more one loss team at the bottom as well? NOT IN THE TOP 5? I know rankings at this point don't really matter because a lot will change from now until college football is over but I'm just trying to understand why the BCS has such a hard on for USC. Yes they went to ND and barely beat currently a #23 ranked team. Yes they went to Ohio state and barely beat #17 ranked team. In the beginning of this season I said that if USC won outright, they were going to the National Championship but the fact of the matter is that they have a loss and they should be ranked like they have one loss. The BCS is giving too little credit to these off the map ranked teams (remember that Bama/Utah bowl game last year?).

On a side note, my Wildcats are moving on up the rankings (they are #20). Their last game @ USC might just be an exciting one. They've come very close in the past few years.

Friday, October 23, 2009

Bitter Divorce

Could this week get any worse for me? I just want the Angels to go away. Why would they want to extend their season into the Bronx only to get ruined on Saturday? It's not going to even be a game. The Yankees are pissed they had to extend this season. The Yankee fans are pissed they have to spend one extra day out in the bitter cold. Everybody in NY just wanted to relax on Saturday. Now they are going to make the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pay.

I think I have been so absorbed into the actual baseball playoff games that I JUST heard about Frank and Jaime McCourt announcing their separation before the start of the NLCS and now Frank firing his separated wife from the CEO position of the Dodgers. That's the funniest thing I have heard in a long time. I have a feeling this is the start a long pissing contest between the two parties. Next thing you now, Jaime is going to put in her divorce papers that she wants sole custody of the Dodgers because she found out Frank was having sex with Alyssa Milano. Oy Vey.

The good news is that today is Friday and football is around the corner. Tomorrow is an ok college football day. The games aren't very nail biting on paper.

I like:

Oregon Vs Washington - Oregon is proving to be a better team then what they were to to open the season.

SC vs Oregon St. - SC is going to kill them

Bama vs Tenn - Bama will rip off Kiffen's head

And the reason I like these teams because I had initially picked Washington, Oregon St. and Tenn. If you have been following, my college picks have been terrible so I'm going opposite.

As far as NFL goes,

Cheifs (+4.5) over Chargers
We want Marty back! We want Marty back!

Texans (-3) over Niners
This is one of my tough ones. I don't know what to do but I'm going with the Texans. Sources say they haven't had a back to back win in a very long time and when they are favored they lose. But this might be the next generation Houston team.

Patriots (-14.5) over Bucs
I picked the Bucs last week and almost won. I'm not picking them this week and going to almost lose.

Colts (-13) over Rams
Colts will win by a lot.

Vikings (+4) over Steelers
Because everyone else is picking the Steelers and lets not forget, the Vikings are good.

Packers (-7) over Browns
The only QB that has a worse completion percentage than Jamarcus is Derek Anderson.

Panthers (-7) over Bills
Bills came off a great win last week. They will crumble.

Jets (-6) over Raiders
Note the above. And when was the last time the Raiders won a back to back game? I have no idea.

Bears (+1.5) over Bengals
The Bengals time to shine is over. The Bears time to be pissed off about last week is here.

Falcons (+4) over Cowboys
Just let me know when people will let go of the fact that the Cowboys are good. Just because they are flashy doesn't mean they are good.

Dolphins (+6.5) over Saints
Saints are playing outside of their comfort zone - and it's not air conditioned.

Cardinals (+7) over Giants
I think the Cardinals are done playing bad when they go east.

Eagles (-7) over Redskins
Wouldn't you be pissed if you lost to the biggest joke of the NFL?

Thursday, October 22, 2009

For all you Dodger Fans that feel like a little laugh

http://www.myfoxphilly.com/dpp/red_october/102209_Video_Phillies_Fan_cab

RIP Dodgers of the 2009 Season



It's sad when this puts me in a good mood:

Seymour also said in a radio interview with 1530 Homer in Cincinnati that the Raiders (2-4) will make the playoffs this season.

The Dodgers had a tremendous first half of the season. I'm proud of them for the way they played and how far they got. I just want to say I'm not disappointed because the fact of the matter they made it to the post season while a ton of teams came up short - some, very short. The Phillies were a better team. They outplayed and out coached the Dodgers. The season ended the exact same way it ended the year before. The Dodgers have to do some major work during the off season. Relief pitching was a disaster. All Broxton knows how to do is throw a 99mph fast ball that batters know how to hit - or a ton of Balls. That guy needs to go. Hitting is good but for whatever reason it goes cold when we most need it. We need some sort of shakeup in our lineup.

Next year we are going to the world series. I see this happen all the time. For two years straight, I watched the Raiders make it to the AFC Championship game only to lose to a better Baltimore team and get totally f**cked over by a tuck rule. What happened the third year? They went to the Superbowl. The further along a team gets the more criticized they are when they lose. But lets not forget there were four teams left playing in October while all the other teams were golfing in Arizona. It was a great run. Until Next year Dodger Fans!

GO YANKEES!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Lay off the umps


They made mistakes and I'm not going to take away from that. But without those mistakes, Yankees still win that game last night. Pitching was stellar. The Angels can't seem to get anything going against the yanks. After all the ups and downs in New Yorks pitching, I think they finally got their s**t together. They got their money's worth with CC. Rivera just keeps getting younger too. I was just so impressed when bases were loaded with no outs and Rivera came in and didn't let a ball get out of the infield. The Yankees won that game but that was just an impressive performance by the old guy.

Onto another note, I would like to believe that the Dodgers can get back in this series but I don't see that happening tonight. Monday night was just too devastating. And did anyone hear about Manny missing the ninth inning on Monday? He was in the shower! I have a feeling all the Dodgers will be in the shower starting the 2nd inning today. See you in the Spring!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm literally sick


At about 8:59pm last night my husband saw me cry for the very first time. The text exchanges through my brother, father and I were all in disgust. My dad was in Hawaii but Jimmy Rolllins (or Jonathan Broxton) ruined his vacation. Usually these types of things don't happen to fans like us. I'm used to last second heroics - Kobe throwing Shaq an alley-oop that leads to a trip to the finals or a Robert Horry buzzer beater three pointer that results to another western conference championship. My teams are the ones that make it happen. When there are two on, one out, and my team is on defense, usually my team gets out of pickles like that.

We had the bottom of the order for the Phillies. All Broxton had to do was throw strikes. I was sick to my stomach last night and unfortunately woke up literally sick this morning. I just want to pretend nothing happened. I would have preferred just turning the tv off in the 9th inning and hearing about the outcome on sportscenter. I don't know why I sat there and put myself through torture. I threw in the towel in my last entry but last night I thought we had a chance to tie this series up. I don't even think I can watch the game tomorrow. I'm that disappointed, that much in shock and that upset.

The only somewhat good thing about last night was that I had Denver but unfortunately Philly ruined my night of excitement. I was just telling my husband how this was probably the best Monday I have ever experienced - Dodger and Yankee playoff games and Monday night football. How in the world could that have been ruined? Well, we all know the answer to that by now.

Monday, October 19, 2009

The good, the bad, the ugly



The good:

RAAAAAAAAAAAAIIIIIIIIIDDDDDDDEEEEEERRRRRRRSSSSSSS!

Raiders defense was spectacular on Sunday. McNabb couldn't seem to get the ball to where it needed to go because the D was putting a great amount of pressure on him. He was a little off but I wouldn't take the credit away from the sliver and black.

And yes, Jamarcus proved he can be an ok quarterback. Two interceptions still makes him ok but he played a bit smarter this game. I mean it was fantastic that the Raiders kept running the same play on 3rd and long and Philly's defense couldn't seem to stop them. And I just love how hard Justin Fargas runs. He just puts his head down and steam rolls through the defenders.

My favorite part of the game was the 12th defender on the field - the pigeon. I don't know if anyone saw the little guy but he was just chillin about five yards from the play. And as the teams were driving down the field, so was the bird. I had a few laugh out loud moments because of the bird.

The bad: The new red paint on the wall at Staple Center. Yes, I went to a pre-season game last night and they decided to change the color of the entrance walls to a deep red. This is not the Clipper Center - it's the Staples Center.

Initial thoughts that actually have to do with Laker's Basketball:

1) Adam Morrison is going to be a good addition to team this year IF Phil puts him on the court. Saschy better watch out.
2) Ron Artest is a truck of a man. Maybe because the Houston Rocket Jersey made him look small, but that Yellow on him just brings out those arms. He's going to help our defense big time. We just have to make sure he doesn't go ape shit - fans beware!
3) Lamar sits on the bench and eats Starburst (he wasn't dressed).
4) Clippers are going to be good this year - Blake Griffen is pretty dominant under the basket



The ugly:

I think that the expectations I had for the dodgers/cardinals series against the cardinals are happening right now. THIS is the team I expected to step to the plate come postseason. Was it too cold for Billingsly to play? Season is over. Get out the golf clubs! It was a nice run.

Friday, October 16, 2009

Why must one leave people on base?

If you were to look at the box score of a game and see that one team had 14 hits, the other one had 8, who would you think came away with the victory? The 14 hit team, right? Wrong. Dodgers had 14 hits and lost the game by two runs. So many runners were left in scoring positions and not one Dodger (mostly Furcal) couldn't come through with the clutch hit. The pitching was also the other problem for the Dodgers. Kershaw and Sherrill were left in the game one too many batters. Yank their asses out when they can't thrw a strike for the life of them and the Phillies best hitter is up to the plate. That game was incredibly exciting but at the same time extremely frustrating and about two hours from now, the guy who was fired back in August will be on the mound for the Dodgers. Don't get me started about having a game in California at 1:37pm. Dodgers are going to bounce back. Rumor has it the over/under is 9. I take the under.

So for football:

I already told everyone USC was going to win. Weather is bad but I still think when there is so much hype on the underdog team, the overdog usually comes out on top.

Pro football:

Texans (+5) @ the Bengals
I'll keep telling this to everyone, games that have the Bengals included in them are close. Pick the Texans.

Packers (-13.5) over Detroit
Packers are well rested. The Lions are not good.

Bucks (+3.5) over Panthers
Bucks are at home and that doesn't really matter because this will be the battle of the crappy teams.

Jags (-9.5) over the Rams
Jags are dealing with a bunch of unhappy staff members and I think they will bounce back from this with a dominant win over the worst team in football.

Browns (+14) over the Steelers
I know the Steelers are my Superbowl team but they just can't seem to get their offense moving in the right direction (in other words, they can't cover the spread at all).

Ravens (+3) @ Vikings
Vikings are good, Ravens are good. It's going to be a good game but the Ravens are not losing three in a row - I think.

Chiefs (+6.5) over the Redskins
Chiefs keep coming close to winning their games. They will come close again against an ok Redskins team on the verge of firing their head coach.

Saints (-3) over Giants
I know the Giants are a great road team but the Saints are a great home team and they are coming off the bye.

Cardinals (+3) over Seahawks
Seahawks have one wing.

Eagles (-14.5) over Raiders
Have you seen my recent blogs? I'm not a happy camper nor will I be for this game.

Patriots (-9.5) over Titans
Titans are no longer the best winless team in football.

Jets (-9.5) over Bills
They are pissed about their two game slide. They are going to make it up against the Bills.

Falcons (-3.5) over Bears
Falcons are at home. The bears are too unpredictable. I'm just going to go with home team dog.

Broncos (+3.5) over Chargers
I've picked the Broncos every week since the beginning of the season. Why would I stop now? Also, Norv Turner has really deep pores.

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Back to reality

Ok, so I am back and have re-grouped. For four days straight I was eating as much fried food as possible (thanks to uncle Ricky):



And also thank you to Lori and Andy for putting together an unbelievable tailgate. Truly an experience to never forget.



It was also a non stop party session thanks to our cousins and friends.



It was so much fun but the LSU outcome was unfortunate. If you had them at +11 at the beginning of last week you were ok. But most people didn't. That game was such a let down. I had chills when the two teams met at mid-field and started talking smack to each other. I was convinced LSU was going to bring their A game, but instead brought their penalties. My ears are still ringing, however. That stadium is hands down the loudest place I have ever been. The good news is that the Tigers play Auburn, Bama and Ol Miss. Yea right.

Just as a side note, we did run into one of my husbands least favorite person:



Of course he was a very pleasant man however Josh has a big issue with him because of his love for the Trojans. And speaking of the Trojans they are traveling to ND this weekend for what I think is going to be a terrific game. Well, it will be a great game for the Trojans as they always work best off of rest. The first two minutes will be exciting then the Trojans will take their big lead.

More pictures to come. I will be reviewing the Dodger/Phillies series manana.

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Little time to spare

Ok so I have found an hour to spare while visiting my family in Louisiana. But even this spare hour isn't so bland as my little cousins are putting on my high heels and walking around in them asking me to pay attention. So this is what I've got for you so far.

We got in Wednesday night and headed straight to a fabulous New Orleans dinner. We did Italian but in typical Louisiana fashion, everything was covered in Butter. For those of you visiting the New Orleans area in the future, Dominica is the way to go. Great atmosphere, great food, fair prices, and just an all around great experience.

After dinner we hit Bourbon street, more specifically the Cat's Meow. I was just drunk enough to get on stage and go all Journey on everybody. When you put a mic in my hand and I am wasted, glass starts breaking. Oh and I forgot that my friends bought me a tube shot and had to stick my head in this girls giant breasts. Good times.

Next day was lovely. Fast forward to dinner and we had an amazing meal at Ruffino's and were joined at the table next to us by Kirk Herbstreit. That USC lover boy. Being the only Dodger fan in a Baton Rouge restaurant was also quite a treat. Great great lucky game. I was going nutz. Sucks to be Holliday.

These are the picks I have for you as my hour is up:

Vikings (-10) over Rams
Vikings are good. Rams aren't.

Chiefs (+8) over Cowboys
Cowboys are not good.

Redskins (+3.5) over Panthers
I feel bad for the Redskins.

Bucs (+15) over Eagles
15 points are a lot of points. Eagles will win but they will be disappointed in the way they played.

Bengals (+8.5) over Ravens
Bengals keep their games close.

Giants (-15) over Raiders
Oy vey.

Steelers (-10.5) over Lions
Steelers are getting back on track.

Browns (+6) over Bills
They came so close last week.

Niners (-2.5) over Falcons
This is tough. Both good teams. Both know what they are doing. The niners win because they are a little better than the Falcons.

Seahawks (even) over Jags
Jags had their moment of success for the season last week.

Broncos (+3.5) over Patriots
Because the Bronco's are playing better than we expected.

Texans (+5.5) over Cardinals
Cards are over and done with.

Colts (-3.5) over Titans
Manning is on fire.

Dolphins (+1.5) over Jets
Home team dogs.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

And I'm off once again



So while I'm in Louisiana, I'm going to try and keep you up to date with all the festivities going on and send along some pictures. It's going to be quite the week of sports - Dodger baseball, LSU/Florida, Sunday football. This is just incredible. I was just sent a great you tube link when LSU and Florida were playing back in 2007 and they announced the final score to the Stanford/USC game. We all know that outcome so enjoy:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j4OpVFtoqRA

Currently LSU + 11. I would take Florida :)

As far as the Monday Night game last night, the Minnesota fans were pumped. I didn't quite get the hype. I know Brett was playing his old team but it wasn't like this was back in Green Bay. The only thing that I really got out of the game was that it was very playoff atmosphere like. I don't know, call me an idiot but what I noticed was that Minnesota is a good f**king team and that stadium is going to be really difficult to play in come January. Their defense is spotless - so fast, so tough, and so good at making Aaron Rogers look like a rookie. They got that kid flustered.

Monday, October 5, 2009

I'm back for a little then gone again


Sorry for the lack of posts but my brother's wedding over the weekend took up a lot of time. It also took a lot of time to recuperate as well (see attached and it will give you a good idea of what the day after was like). The weekend was fabulous and full of love though. I have two days to recover then I'm headed to the Big Easy for some Creole and then Baton Rouge for quite the football game. I knew that when I made these reservations to go to the Florida/LSU game it was going to be intense but NEVER did I think this was going to be a match-up between two undefeated teams.

That Georgia/LSU game was intense. At that point in the day I wasn't so hungover anymore. I was back to being drunk. The game being incredibly intense just helped my beer intake. We went to one of our favorite bars, Barney's Beanery, to watch the game and we were by far the loudest people there. I mean, how could you not scream your guts out?!?! SC game was nice and boring and ended the exact way I thought it was going to end. The trojans are back in the national championship talk and from what it sounds like, I think they want LSU to win this weekend. Go figure!

And in baseball news, they finally clinched the NL west and are headed into the playoffs as the least hottest team in baseball. Great! Wolfe/Kershaw games 1 and 2 should be interesting. We have got to take the first game. Wolfe cannot pitch like he did his last game. He should definitely take a few extra steroids that morning. Carpenter is going to be a headache.

Just a quick shout-out to the superbowl journey: http://sbjourney.nfl.com/
Check it out. Tons of great videos of some good football moments, players, journey's, etc. Nice job Court!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I just want to share this picture with you



Those two people (the boy with his shirt off and the girl who looks like she did something really evil) would be my cousins. We had quite the night at Pink Taco last week for my Aunt's birthday party. I of course watched the Dodgers lose to the Pirates but at the same time was enjoying myself with my wonderful family.

I know I sound like a broken record but it doesn't look like the Dodgers are making it out of the first round of the playoffs. They have lost three in a row to arguably two of the worst teams in baseball right now. AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Don't most teams have the best luck in the baseball playoffs if they are 'hot' in October? Just saying.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Food sounds really good right now


So the Dodgers are trying to clinch the NL west right now and are having a really rough time against the high and mighty Pittsburgh Pirates. So far this day of atonement is not going great - but I don't think it's really supposed to go my way regardless.

I did ok this weekend in football. I made some terrific picks and not so good ones. I hope everybody listened to what I said and picked completely opposite of my college picks.

That Minnesota/SF game was unbelievable. I had San Fran so I won regardless, but the game was one of the most incredible regular season games I have ever seen. Rookie of the year (behind Sanchez) should be Percy Harvin. He is such a great addition to that team. Also watching Brett, I don't know why he contemplated retiring. He was throwing bullets - but we will see what those bullets are like towards the end of the season. They might turn into nerf bullets. I felt so bad for the 49ers but they proved that they are a legit team this year. They are going to do well. The chemistry that the team has is beyond amazing.

What wasn't amazing was Jamarcus. I did pick the Broncos so I'm a little ok with the loss, but I really have no idea what the Raiders should do from here. Nor do I think they can do anything because of our ownership. I'm officially throwing in the towel with them.

That's all I got for you right now, as I'm going to go back to starving myself.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Happy Yom Kippur! In a round about way.


I got totally picked on for writing about the WNBA. I was hoping the fact that I had a girl crush on another girl might intrigue people but when you think about it, Diana is probably a man and I'm back to being a simple heterosexual.

I'm about to embark on a pretty crazy weekend. Not only is it a week before my brother's wedding but I'm also looking forward to starving myself from sundown Sunday to sundown Monday - NOT. I'm going to be a good Jew though and attempt to go to temple, with my bookie. I'm going to pray real hard to release all the bad sins in me only to build up some new ones.

Onto my picks:

I'm almost giving up on college because of my horrible track record this year but I'm just going to pick Cal to cover the 7 points just to throw some college into the mix. I also wouldn't hesitate to pick the Tigers against Miss. State. Mississippi is probably the only team in the SEC that may not put up a good fight. But hey, if you're listening to me, I would pick the opposite of my college picks. You'll be rich.

As far as pro goes, I'm still trying to get over my Cincy pick. I'm over it:

Ravens -13.5 vs Browns - The Ravens are the best team in football, the Browns aren't.

Rams +7 over Packers - I still hate the Packers for F**king me over last week. They are going down (and by that I mean they are not covering the spread).

Giants -7 @ Bucs: Giants are a great road team. They proved that last week.

Lions +6.5 over Redskins: Redskins almost lost to the Rams. With a home team advantage for the Lions (and by home team I mean a few thousand fans) the Lions have a great chance of an upset.

Eagles -8.5 over Chiefs: The Eagles are all banged up but the Chiefs just plain suck. This will be a good practice for Vick which by the way, I have a feeling Vick probably dreamed of a 'best case scenario' while stuck in jail, and he's about to live it.

Saints -6 over Bills: Drew is just that good.

Flacons +4 over Patriots: A very amazing espn writer, Bill Simmons noted in his article that the only remaining 2004 players from the Patriots team are Brady, Dan Koppen, Kevin Faulk, Ty Warren and Vince Wilfork. Belichick is a great coach, but I don't think he's probably in the best shape to get out on that field and help to the full extent.

Titans +2.5 over Jets: Titans are in a must win situation. Best type of situation for gamblers.

Niners +7 over Vikings: That's a lot of points for a tremendous Bay Area team. I can understand giving those points to the other not so great Bay Area team.

Texans -3.5 over Jags: Jags are bad.

Bears -2 over Seahawks: Hasselbeck is out and the Bears will eat the birds - literally. Haven't you ever watched the Discover Channel? Or is that fish that they eat?

Bengals +4 over Steelers: Not going to make that mistake again.

Broncos -1.5 over Raiders: I hate this game. I thought about going to this game but I didn't want my Yom Kippur to start off on a bad foot. Denver continues to surprise us and Fat Ass keeps making it easy for everyone to make fun of him.

Dolphins +6 over Chargers: Dolphins are going to play it safe and cover the spread.

Colts +1.5 over Cards: Manning is a fantastic player and Warner is an old player.

Panthers +9 over Cowboys: That's a lot of points. Dogs have been covering this year.

Have a great weekend everybody!

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sparks one loss away from being eliminated


I was so wrapped up in the WNBA game I was attending that I completely overlooked the fact that the Dodgers lost 5-4 to the Nationals. Last I checked it was 2-0 and Billingsley was pitching a no-hitter. Well, I guess that didn't go as well as originally planned. And neither did the Sparks game.

Yes, I attended a WNBA game and it was, well, a WNBA game. It was game 1 of the Western Conference Finals (series is first to two wins). The game was moved to the Pauly Pavilion on the UCLA campus because Staple Center was being used by Brittany Spears. It was a great 5 minute drive home for me so I wasn't complaining. But my aunt and grandmother were and it wasn't about the drive.

Everything about that game started off on the wrong foot. Not only was the change of venue all off but so were the Sparks. I actually got into the game. I mean I'm always going to root for an LA sports team regardless of the sports they play (except for anything USC). The girls just couldn't get it together. They looked tired, lazy and weren't playing smart. The all mighty Lisa Leslie is old and cranky. She blamed everybody but herself for mistakes she made. Maybe this is another Kobe/Shaq thing in the making but she needed to let Candace Parker take the reigns on this one. Candace is a stud-ess and my god, she looks fantastic for just having a child. Lisa just didn't have it in her. And dare I say, it's a little weird to put make-up on before you go play a basketball game.

One person I was infatuated with and I don't know if this is a crush or what but Diana Taurasi is my new favorite female athlete. She's fantastic at basketball, she doesn't shoot like a 'girl', throws every part of her heart into the game, and makes everyone around her better. I actually think she's pretty cute as well. Her shoulders aren't so broad anymore. She's this little skinny minny and has developed quite the body. And let's not forget about her recent DUI. She likes to have a good time apparently.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just when I started liking USC......


Sorry everybody (well sorry to my one reader) for the delay. There are a ton of things going on in my life right now - let's start with my brother getting married next Friday. That date seriously crept up on everybody so fast and now we are running all over the place like lunatics trying to nail down all the details. Then a few days after that wedding, I'm headed to Louisiana to visit my family AND attend the Florida/LSU football game. I'm so excited I can't even tell you. I'll have some great pictures from that trip to share - and by great I mean drunken, up to no good memories from that weekend.

Let's just start with college football and give you a little back story to why I'm thrilled with what happened this weekend. It was the day of the OSU/USC game. We went over to a good friend of mines to enjoy the game and some great company. I just want to say this now, my husband and I showed up wanting a win for the Trojans. The Trojans were a better team, I had money on them, and the whole thing between LSU and USC sharing a championship was in the past. Well, this d**khead had to run his mouth to my husband giving his speech about how the SEC is more like a Division II conference. That almost led his ass to getting thrown through the house window - and I'm not joking about that.

It is people like that who make me despise USC so much (and also getting rejected from that school 3 times). Turns out this guy likes to talk a lot of s**t to the point where he gets punched in the face and then sues for big money. If that guy isn't a douche bag then I don't know what is.

So a week later, USC is at Washington and well, we know the outcome. But what makes this super sweet is that this so called Division II conference team flew across the country and beat Washington while the high and mighty USC Trojans came up short. What a fantastic day that was and became a little richer because of it.

As far as pro football goes, the weekend was a huge let down. I did great in most of my picks - winning for the weekend. But I picked the Bengals as my team to lose and before I knew it, 120k down the drain. I'm still kicking myself because I picked 10 other games and they were all the right picks. But this one game just took it to me. So in other words, I'm going to have to make it up another way - through the good ol' bookie. I know, this is a bad goal to set.

As far as my Raiders go, their defense won - ultimately ending up in a Raider win. If I could pick up Jamarcus and throw him through a window I would. But I don't think I will even be able to pick up his pinkie toe. Colin brought up a great point on his radio show. A man that size has gone through high school and college football probably not having to put too much extra effort into his work. Everything came pretty easy to him throughout those years. Now he is trying to apply that same work ethic into his experience in the pro's and it's not working out. The men he's up against just as strong as he is and at the same time put a ton more effort into every single play. Jamarcus is still running on 'oh I don't have to do anything extra to improve my game because my size will just take over'. Nah ah. He better start working hard if he wants to last another season in football. The Raiders were lucky to win that game.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Getting you ready for the weekend


We have quite the weekend. Not only is it another amazing day for college and pro football but more importantly, it is the Jewish New Year! So Happy New Year everyone! While we are drinking wine and eating a ton of traditional Jewish food, the good news is that the college and pro football games will be playing in the background. Over/under is 5 for the amount of times my grandma/mom/aunt/anyone tells me to turn off the tv.

Last year this time when you went through the schedule for the 2009 USC season, the USC/Washington game didn't seem very interesting. But with the way Washington played against LSU (I'll admit they almost had them won and lost my money because of it) and the questions SC has coming into this weekend, this is going to be a game. USC @ -19, that's a bit much.

Random bet, pick Cal -14 and Florida to rip Lane Kiffin's panzy ass head off (-27).

Onto pro. I had a great Sunday last week, not so great Monday. The time for you to take advantage of Vegas has come and gone and it's officially an uphill battle with the lines:

Carolina +7 over Atlanta: I feel bad for Jakey Poo. Atlanta to me is a sucker bet.

Texans +6.5 over Titans: According to a good friend of mine, those games are always close. According to my favorite radio stud, that game won't be close. Since my first thought was Titans I'm going with the Texans.

Giants +3 over the Cowboys: I read that the players go through a bar before they go to the field. Cowboys will stop in the bar, the Giants will continue their amazing road play.

Vikings -9.5 over Detroit: Two words, Adrian Peterson. That guy is insane.

Packers - 9.5 over Bengals: I like to see the Bengals destruct.

Raiders +3 over Chiefs: Not only am I betting with my heart but I really think the Raiders are going to win this one. It's always a close series regardless but silver and black are going to win. I don't want to throw in the towel with them. I want to think that the game vs the Cowboys is going to be worth the trip.

Saints over Eagles: I know they played the 'haven't won in a long time' Detroit team last week and killed them but their offense is just incredible. And the Philly offense is all bandaged up.

Rams +10 over Redskins: I was reminded before I picked the Rams in my suicide bet that this game screwed over a ton of people last year.

Jets +4 over Patriots: I have faith Sanchez will be the Sanchez from last week.

Bucs +5 over Bills: That's a lot of points to give to two teams where you have no clue how good/bad they are. The games last week didn't really help me come to any conclusions. This will be close.

Jags -3.5 over Cardinals: The Cardinals are going to the east coast.

49ers -1.5 over Seahawks: This is going to be a rough, physical game. I loved the Seahawks last week but they are in San Francisco this week. They don't have that loud crowd behind them.

Steelers -3 over Bears: Cutler won't be as bad as last week but the Steelers do have an amazing defense (even without Troy). Steelers are my superbowl team and I'm sticking to it. They are just going to have to figure out some way to move the ball against another amazing defense.

Ravens +3.5 over Chargers: Chargers looked bad last week against my Raiders and the Ravens offense is considerably better than last year.

Broncos -3.5 over Browns: Browns are pitiful.

Colts -3.5 vs Dolphins: Did you see the way the Dolphins moved the ball last week? Neither did I.

Let's cross our fingers and have a great weekend.

Don't forget about baseball. Big rival series between the Dodgers and Giants.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Don't leave the game early

In case anybody is wondering, I did stay till the end of the game last night. 5 Games up on Colorado. Looking good. Looking good. Well, except for Manny who went 0 for 13 innings.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Dodgers release their 2010 schedule

Dodgers just released their 2010 schedule and MLB finally got it right. The Yankees will be visiting the Dodgers June 25-27 and Manny will be headed to his old stomping ground June 18-20. That should be pretty intense.

Let's get through the 2009 season first, shall we?

Monday, September 14, 2009

My couch really liked me this weekend



Whoa, I'm a bit overwhelmed by the last few days. The only good thing about having food poisoning all weekend was that there was plenty to watch while I was stuck on the couch. College football was of course incredibly exciting. My picks were dreadful but I can still appreciate some very close, intense games. The Buckeyes had that game won. Tressel did such a great job containing SCs offense but when it mattered, he blew it. The way you win those games is you take risks. You don't have to do it all game but you have to do it when it's 4th down, you're somewhat in field goal range and range of a do-able 1st down. You've GOT to go for it. UCLA also proved to be a tough little group from Westwood.

Now, onto pro. I was counting down the days till the start of college football all summer but I couldn't have been more excited to enjoy a Sunday of football. Few observations:

1) Mike Singletary might be my favorite coach in the NFL. Along with his long wooden cross he wears around his neck, he also wears his field pass. Does he think he's going to get kicked off the field? I wouldn't cross him. He's just that guy that comes extra prepared. He also coached a great game on Sunday and has created quite the defense.

2) Seattle looked fantastic. They have all the weapons in the world on offense and their defense ain't too shabby. My only concern is when push comes to shove, I think Hasselbeck will throw an interception in the NFC Championship game, 3rd and goal with about 2 minutes left until Miami. This Seattle team reminds me a bit of the Rich Gannon's Raiders back in 2002.

3) Is anyone else a little bewildered at the fact the Ravens went for it on 4th and goal with thirty seconds left of the game, leading by a touchdown? They could have sealed the deal with a field goal but they went for it and took a 14 point lead against the Chiefs. Did they know that the point spread was more than 10 or something? That was very strange but at the same time, I'M STOKED!

4) My Raiders......oh so close yet so far. Fat ass QB got a 5 out of 10 rating from me. He made some great passes but at the same time threw 10 feet over the receivers head. That 4th and 15 pass was absolutely spotless. Unfortunately Rivers is just that good and took his offense up the field like it was nothing - in a matter of a minute. Only thing I have to say about our defense is we gave Sproles too much room to run. Don't give that little man that much room! Onto the Chiefs next week.

This time last year I was already throwing in the towel. Not happening quite yet. There were signs of life - unlike Al Davis' face.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Welcome to the NFL



Today is the day. The men of the most barbaric sport in the world take the field on their journey through rough terrain to South Florida where they will compete for the 2010 Super Bowl Title. The season starts off with a bang. Pittsburgh Steelers take on the Tennessee Titans. Well, according to me, this isn't a bang. The minute Lendale White took that yellow towel and stomped on it was the minute Pittsburgh was going to rip their heads off and stick it on a stick come September 10th 2008. Kerry Collins isn't getting any younger and I think the noise from the Steelers crowd is going to give him a headache - oh and so will the Steelers Defense (I also have the Steelers as my Super Bowl Team).

This coming weekend is so fun filled. Not only are the Dodgers in a neck and neck race for the 1 spot in the NL West (not my first choice for them but I can always appreciate a good end of baseball regular season) but we have a great college schedule on Saturday - USC/OSU included and the first Sunday of NFL Football. And to top it all off we are celebrating my favorite husbands 31st birthday party. This weekend is action overload and will be needing bloody mary's at my side at all times.

My NFL Picks for the week:

Atlanta -4 vs Miami - Miami ain't winning as many games as they did last year let alone making it to the off season. I don't think ATL was a fluke either. My pick: Atlanta.

Baltimore -12.5 vs KC - No brainer.

Philly -2 @ Carolina - How old is Delhomme? He's going to throw 5 picks.

Cinn -4 @ Denver - An inside source says Denver is still a mess yet a quality espn analyst has them as their surprise team. One team will make it out of the hole and since I despise Denver as a true Raider fan, I like Denver in this game :)

Minnesota -4 @ Cleveland - Welcome back you little bitch. Fresh old arms for the first game, go Minnesota.

Houston -5 vs Jets - Are you really going to believe all the hype with the Texans? go Jets.

Indy -7 vs Jacksonville - Indy is going to get to a slow start. I know Jacksonville has made zero improvements but 7 is a lot of points for a team with a brand new coaching staff and an unhappy QB.

NO -13 vs Detroit - Will be a 13 point spread at halftime.

Dallas -6 @ TB - Go with Dallas. They've got something to prove this year and TB doesn't have anything so they can't prove anything.

SF +7 @ Arizona - Take SF. SF is going to play them close.

Giants -6.5 vs Redskins - Always a close game.

Seattle will cover against St. Louis, Chicago will beat GB and NE will man handle Buffalo (not a good sign when someone in the coaching staff is fired the week of the start of the football season).

And now to my beloved Raiders vs Chargers game. I wouldn't call it a game. I would call it a moment for the Raider fans to dress up like freaks, get into knife fights, get as drunk as they possibly can (be extra drunk bc it's a Monday night) and walk out of that stadium 35-10 losers. I would be scared too Mr. Seymour.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Don't watch the Dodger Games


This is what happens when I don't watch the Dodger game. With two 2 outs, top of the 8th, man on first, down 4-1, and 5 double plays to count for, they rally to take a 5-4 lead. I was at dinner celebrating my hubby's birthday and checked the score when they were down 4-1 and the Rockies had already won their game. I thought 'great, 2.5 games back now' because the second from last place team in our division is man-handling us.

Thank god for Pierre's speed he was able to avoid a 6th double play and it was the start of a 4 run rally with the help of Ethier, Furcal, Kemp and Belliard. This was our first back to back win in a week. Fantastic! This makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing we will barely finish first and start off the playoffs by playing the Cardinals. With the way we have been playing since all star break, I have all the faith in the world that the Cardinals will get their brooms out for us.

On another note, I am trying to make my pick for the superbowl this year and having a very difficult time. It's between Pitts, SD, NE, and Philly. As stated before, Pitts has a very easy schedule along with the Chargers. Never liked Norv Turner nor am I going to start now just because the Chargers are in the weakest division EVER thanks to my beloved Raiders. He's just a coach out of left field but at the same time if there is ever a year that the Chargers are going to win the SuperBowl, this is it. They've got the team to do it and LT is highly underrated. Philly can't make it past the NFC Championships and NE is coming off of a sans Brady year. Who knows what that guy will bring for the 2009 season?

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

So much to catch up on


What a weekend of sports. The only disappointing thing about it was that come Sunday morning I couldn't watch Pro football. I know I can't have it all but it went from a great high to a real low - hangover included thanks to Jack and Marci's wonderful wedding. Have no fear though, I used the day to bite the dog that bit me.

Mark my word (and I know I said Texas was winning the championship this year) but I legitimately think that USC is going to play Florida for the national title. This Pac-10/SEC match-up is long overdue. SC is the type of team that gets better as the season progresses and for the last few seasons they have ended just short of being in the title game because of a stupid loss during the season. It may happen this year but I can almost promise they are going to finish the season probably one of the top football programs in the nation. Yes, Pete played it very safe with the true Freshman and he needs to play in a faster paced game, but their backs are all top quality and they have enough weapons to put everything together and have a close-to-pro team. Let's not forget their defense. The beginning of the game everybody had such high nerves going but did anyone recognize how fast that defense was? They pretty much almost took the heads off of San Jose St. I give a lot a credit to San Jose's QB for getting that ball out of his hands so fast in the 1st quarter but it eventually caught up with him. I turned the game off at the half and went over to the Georgia game.

Florida and Texas also dominated this weekend and Oklahoma went down in flames. Bradford came back for his senior year to deal with this? Bad break.

I liked Notre Dame's defense a lot and BYU and Cal are forces to be reckoned with. USC @ CAl and USC @ ND are going to be quite the games. My radio boyfriend Colin Cowherd thinks that Ohio State is going to give USC a run for their money but I highly doubt it. I saw what I needed to see this weekend and with USC @ -7, I take the Trojans. My picks were a disaster this week but the first week of football is always tough. Make no mistake I'm going to be on point from now on.

Watching football all weekend gave me a nice break to the Dodgers inconsistency's. They are driving me up the wall. Who knew the Padres and the DBacks were such a tough team?!?!?!? The Dodgers are making those teams look as if they are in the pennant race. 3.5 up from the Rockies.....AGAIN. Win one, lose one, win one, lose one. Get it together.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Welcome to college football


You know when you talk something up so much that by the time it happens, it's not so great? Well that was me with the football games last night. I was so pumped up about college football and unfortunately I got one game with a 7-3 final score and the other game with almost more turnovers than points. Let's not forget that my predictions were off as well. I didn't do my research. I find out after the South Carolina game that Spurrier is 19-1 in home openers. I should have known that shit. What a rough one......

The only good thing about last night was that the Dodgers won. You remember how two years ago the Padres were known as the Dodger killers? Well this year the Dbacks take that title. We have lost the last two series to them and let me remind everyone, they are in last place in our division. The only good thing about winning last night to the pitiful Diamondbacks was that Colorado lost last night to those unlucky bastards of a team - Mets. Up 5 1/2 games.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Less than an Hour!


This just in (and according to sportsillustrated.com):

Forbes magazine, famous for its rich lists, just came out with its evaluations of the 32 NFL teams. No surprise, Jerry Jones' Dallas Cowboys tops the list with a current value of $1.65 billion. Only two NFL teams are unprofitable: the Seattle Seahawks, who lost $2.4 million, and the biggest loser of them all, the Oakland Raiders. Al Davis' once wondrous franchise is now the least valuable NFL club at a "mere" $797 million, plus the Raiders had the biggest operating loss in the league at $5.7 million.

But onto more important things, college football is less than an hour away people. Time to get serious. But before I go into my picks let's just remind everyone of how funny of a start this college football season has gotton off to:

- Rich Rod breaking down into tears at his press conference
- Billboard placed up in South Bend reads "Best wishes to Charlie Weis in the fifth year of his college coaching internship."
- Lane Kiffen bringing the drama to the SEC

Here are my picks for tonight:

South Carolina @ NC State: NC State (NC State has a good thing going for them this year and the cocks are all messed up at the QB position).

Oregon @ Boise State: This is a tough one. Boise state has the best home record in college football. If Oregon is able to pull this out it's going to be HUGE for the PAC 10. With Boise St. @ -3 I think I'm going to be pulling for the PAC 10 tonight. I'm feeling a great game tonight and a great start to college football.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

I bet Kurt Rambis didn't think this was going to happen


So one of the top prospects that Kurt Rambis was banking on for the 2009-2010 NBA season will no longer be a top prospect. In fact he will not be a part of the NBA next season or even few seasons to come. According to the 19 year old brain surgeon Ricky Rubio, this move is too risky. He is in fact, correct. Kurt Rambis is going to be the coach. Enough said. When push came to shove last year and Phil couldn't make it to a game or ten, Rambis didn't step of to the plate. Now he's going to be up in Minnesota without his support team of coaches, family and friends. And the Timberwolves staff wonders why this kid doesn't want to leave SPAIN and play in Minneapolis?

So sorry for jumping right into it but I was listening to this story this morning and just laughing my ass off. It's been a while since I have been able to blog as I've been MIA for the past 5 days. As noted in my previous entry I was able to attend a Yankee's game and it was great. We had amazing seats - second row behind home plate (hence the picture I left for everyone and thank you to Uncle Modell) and it felt right at home as Jack Nicholson and Paul McCartney sat in the seats right in front of me. Yankees went onto win and we went onto the Hamptons. My vacation was fully loaded only to come back to the start of the college football season.

In a blink of an eye, college football is a little more than 24 hours away and I'm besides myself. When it was April I knew this was going to be a long summer but now that we are in the second day of September and a day away from kick off I don't know what to do with myself. It's really here and these are my predictions:

BCS Champion: I'd like to say Florida because everyone else has. So I'm going to go with Texas. Let's also talk after the home opener of USC. I really gotta see these guys play. I'll have an answer before the Ohio game.
Surprise teams: Notre Dame, Stanford, Cal, Ol Miss (even though that won't be too much of a surprise)
Surprise teams from the heart: LSU, Arizona
Upset: LSU defeats Florida, Ohio State defeats USC (pending)

And in conclusion, Andre Smith got what he deserved by holding out - fractured foot, out a couple of weeks.

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Chillin in the Hamptons


So I'm hanging out in the Hamptons with some very good family friends and I'm being pampered like it's nobody's business. All day today we hung out by the pool, drank a ton of wine and thanks to the MLB package my family friends have on every single tv in their house (they have 27 tvs and watched the game on their outdoor tv by their firepit) I was able to watch game three of the Rockies/Dodgers Series. When Furcal tried to be a hero and it went to shits, I thought oh great. We are dropping two of three to the Rockies and they are now two games back. But Broxton came through and had the game he really needed, ending it on a 102 mph strikeout. Dodgers are four games up from the Rockies and I think Broxton is back. Let's cross our fingers.

If we could flash back to yesterday, I had a very long day which included a bunch of bloody mary's on my flight over to NY. Straight from JFK we headed to the Bronx to catch my first Yankee game of the year at the new Yankee stadium. It was great. I saw the one game of the series the Yanks won and had the most fabulous seats in the world. 2nd row right behind homeplate. I inlcuded a picture for your entertainment (only girly side of me you're going to see).

PS. Barkley is named starting QB for SC. Should be interesting.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Little bit of everything



I'm still a little confused as to why the Red Sox would leave Josh Beckett in the game when he made it very clear in the beginning innings (how about first pitch of the game, a home run to Jeter) what type of pitching he was going to be deliver that evening. But as someone who despises the Red Sox, I'm not complaining. Yankees won 8-4 and Red Sox are only one game ahead of the Rangers. Who would have thought that when I made plans to go to the Yankees/Rangers game this Wednesday at the beginning of the season the Rangers would be in the Wild Card Race. They are one win and a Sox's loss to evening out this Wild Card Race. LOVE IT!!!!

The Dodgers couldn't quite pull a four game sweep but three out of four will do. This next series coming up is one that worries me a bit. If the Dodgers go all Dodger-y on me we can come out of this series tied for the lead (we once had I think a 15 game lead).

I also caught a glimpse this weekend of the Raider pre-season game. Just catching up on Sportscenter this morning, people are making too big of a deal out of Pre-Season games. Lions went 4-0 last pre-season, Raiders went 4-0 the pre-season before that. Enough said? Or the writers over at espn are just digging for stories right now. Either way let's stop coming to conclusions when Brett goes 1-4 with a total of 4 yards. Save your energy for the start of the regular season people's.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Don't let the media get to you

For all you people that watched Sportscenter last night and this morning and fell for the 'Roethlisberger's injury might be serious' routine:

From my friends at Rotoworld: FoxSports' Jay Glazer seconds Adam Schefter's report that Ben Roethlisberger's injury is not serious.
"I'm told it was a superficial injury, and if a regular season game was Sunday he'd be able to play," Glazer tweeted. Draft Big Ben as you normally would. He's fine.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Raaaaaaaaaaaaaaaideerrrrrs

From our friends at Rotoworld.com

The National Football Post is reporting that Raiders assistant Randy Hanson will turn over medical records, and he's expected to cooperate with Napa, Calif. police.
Police as well as NFL Security have been attempting to get Hanson to talk since the story of his fractured jaw emerged earlier this week. It's believed that he will now cooperate because the Raiders will not allow him to return to his former position. The next step is likely an investigation and a possible felony charge against head coach Tom Cable. Cable has declined to comment. Aug. 20 - 3:45 pm et
Source: National Football Post

Sounds about right.

Three and a half games and counting


Somebody better pay me twenty bucks and fast. I'm going to put it towards buying Jonathan Broxton home delivery meals so he can drop 40/50 pounds. That guy is terrible. I understand that you are up against one of the best hitters in baseball so your first thought is to try and pitch around him, but Jonathan can't go there right now. He has lost so much confidence and at the point where he now has to go balls out. He needs to go for that big strikeout that he hasn't had in a looooooong time. He can't walk the 1st batter of the 9th inning when the score is tied. Just unacceptable.

As you can probably tell by the outcome, I watched the game. I did see the two homers from Ethier and Blake. Not putting all the fault on fatty, I also did see a man in scoring position for the better half of the ninth inning. No outs, man on first, one out man on second, two outs, man on second, three outs, man on second. Game Over!

Now just 3 1/2 games ahead of Colorardo, 4 1/2 games ahead of the Giants. The Dodgers are not playing their best baseball right now. I'd like to think they can step it up a little just cause they aren't coming through with those clutch moments they did in the first half of baseball. But now I just don't know. I think we are good just not as good as the Cardinals. They are always one step ahead of us.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

This girl just keeps digging herself a hole

This just in from my favorite sexual assault case (and according to espn.com): On July 12, less than 24 hours after the alleged rape, McNulty writes about how much she has enjoyed entertaining the celebrities and VIPs.

"The golf tournament has been really fun ... I am really excited because we are all going to see Journey tonight and that will be soooooo much fun. Speaking of which I need to head over to dinner with your lookalike and a few others before heading out," the e-mail said, according to Cornwell.

Calvin Dunlap, the attorney for McNulty, told ESPN's Shelley Smith "no comment" on Wednesday in response to the release of the e-mails.

In her lawsuit, McNulty said she was distraught and left work after the assault, going to cry in her pickup truck.

Roethlisberger's lawyers are advising Ms McNulty to drop this case. I would listen to them if I were her. How crazy of a person do you have to be to 'fake' being raped? Is it because she needs attention? That's a very sorry way to get people's heads turned towards you.

Maybe I just shouldn't watch the games


This is what happens when my girlfriend calls me up and wants to go out to dinner during the Dodger game - they win. I put the game on in the car but she wasn't having it. I tried to get updates during dinner, but at the same time I didn't want to be rude and be on my phone while we were chatting. So pretty much, I missed most of the game and it looks like we did pretty good. I did at least see Chady single in a run to take a 1-0 lead. My first thought - you know our hitting is bad when our pitcher is the only one bringing in the runs. That apparently was not the case last night and the Dodger broke their 4 game home losing streak and at the same time halted the Cardinals five game winning streak. 20 bucks the Dodgers DON'T pick up where they ended last night.

So remember when Vick signed for the Eagles?

On a college football note, with the loss of USC's starting center Ohio State might have a better chance to win that game. I'm still looking for that spread, I see 4 points, 6 points, 10 points. I need something definite but in the meantime a straight up bet to pick Ohio State wouldn't hurt :)

Monday, August 17, 2009

Camp Sucks


Like I said a few weeks ago, going to camp sucks and apparently Brett agrees with me. I don't know about you, I just kind of laugh at the fact he's coming back, he's retiring, he's gonna play, he's done. For whatever reason so many people are getting worked up about this but I don't really see what the problem is. If anything, espn has got to love whats going on. There's been about 4 or 5 different times that people have overloaded espn.com or watched sportscenter over and over to get the latest news on Brett. It's great. What else are we going to talk about right now? Definitely not the Dodgers.

Is anyone else nervous about the way they are playing? Is anyone else a little unsettled at the fact that the Cardinals have won the last 10 of 13 games against the Dodgers? Shouldn't home be the place where you feel most comfortable? Not the place where you lose four games in a row? In the 9th inning shouldn't the batters put up some sort of fight instead of swing for the fences on the first pitch only to pop up to first base - MANNY? I have this really uneasy feeling going on right now as the Dodgers usually do what they do in the second half of baseball - BLOW IT! Even if we make the playoffs (and I've been saying this over and over again) the Cardinals are going to rip us apart. Their pitching is flawless, they have monsters that bat for them, and they have our number.

In other normal Raider news, Oakland Raiders head coach Tom Cable denied reports, which surfaced Monday, that he punched defensive assistant Randy Hanson in the jaw and caused injuries that required treatment at a hospital earlier this month. That's just the way we roll.

Friday, August 14, 2009

I wonder what's going on today


Since the rest of the world is talking about the Eagles signing Michael Vick to a 1-yr, $1.6 million with an option for a 2nd year at $5.6 million I mine as well. But to say the least, he has been signed, Goodell hasn't even said when Vick will be allowed to play (so funny if now Goodell decides to suspend him for 5 years) and those first two pre-season games are going to get the most views a pre-season game has ever had. I'll tell you what, Vick is lucky he has quite the support system. God bless Tony Dungy for wanting to aid in this situation. Tony is that nurturing type of guy and it is in his best interest to want to help people. It also helps when the Eagle's most prized player has your back as well.

Right now, Vick is saying and doing all the right things. He showed up to that conference, zero speech prepared, it 'came from his heart'. He looked sharp but not over the top. I definitely noticed he had empty holes in his ears. He acknowledged that he socialized with the wrong people and will take the right steps to better his image (even with the Humane Society). He did good and slowly but surely winning over the hearts of the people.

I'd like to say I'm on that guys side because I'm a very forgiving person but everytime I look at my lab I'm going to think about what him and his friends did to those dogs. It seriously takes my breath away to think that you can take a dog with a face like that and hang it, electrocute it, drown it, use it for bate for the other more ferocious dogs and be ok with it. Those dogs just want to love you unconditionally and the way you pay them back is torture them to death and laugh about it. It makes me gag even to imagine that. But that's all in the past, however. Vick has suffered the consequences and he has been given 'another' chance.

What does this do for the Eagles? If he is allowed to play, Andy is going to throw him into the mix for sure. If there is a team that can handle Vick, it's the Eagles. They are contenders this year, they have self confidence and Andy Reid seems to think that Vick is going to help in this situation.

It's going to be quite interesting after their bye week when they head to Atlanta. Vick let the Falcons down. They loved him there. I saw on sportscenter this morning Arthur Blank carting Vick off the field in a wheel chair after his knee injury. Arthur told stories that he shed a tear when Vick would shed a tear. Vick 100% let that franchise down and he's going to have to face it. To be continued.....

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Oy Boy


And just to follow up what I said in my previous blog:

According to Rotoworld.com, rookie Darrius Heyward-Bey is listed as the first-team split end on Oakland's initial training camp depth chart.

He's opposite flanker Chaz Schilens. This wasn't expected, as DHB has run almost strictly with the second and third teams in camp. However, it's probably an indication that Al Davis wants his top pick in the Week 1 lineup.

100 bucks the first offensive play of a the Raider season is a long ball to Heyward-Bey.

Youkilis is a tool



The Dodgers held their own again in the middle innings of the game. Same as yesterday they began the game leaving multiple men on base and in scoring position then Jesus, I mean Andre stepped to the plate in the 5th inning with two on and hit an almost home run (double) to take a 2-1 lead. After a few more runs in the 5th, Manny stepped to the plate in the 7th and smacked a 3 run bomb to take a 6-1 lead. He looked stoked running back into the dugout. The boos after the home run were music to my ears. Manny was stoked and so was the rest of the team. It would be nice if that Dodgers can sweep the orange and black (disgusting colors) against the best pitcher in the league. But let's take it one step at a time.

In other baseball news, however, Youkilis turned into a major tool bag and charged the mound as itty bitty Porcello was waiting for the inevitable. But the skinny guy prevailed and body slammed that fat ass to the ground. Did anyone else notice? Youkilis got what he deserved but unfortunately the Sox still won and go figure, Lowell (Youkilis' sub) hit the winning home run.

And then in other unfortunate Raider news, DeAngelo Hall was on Colin Cowherd this morning and he was yet another ex Raider bashing the Raider family. It was rough listening to first hand accounts of coaches telling players that certain ideas sound great but they have to run them through Mr. Davis. Mr. Davis would attend occasional practices but would spend most of his time watching all the films. I mean this is nothing new but Hall and Cowherd were just giggling about it. The Raiders are the laughing stock of professional sports yet I'm still going to fly up to those games and wish for the best.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Oh Buddy!



http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/bowlprojection?season=2009&week=0

Bowl projections have officially hit espn.com. Good news is that I won't have to travel far to see the National Championship game but I know other SEC fans will!!!! We have a guest room, first come first serve.

Who knew?


The first few innings of the Dodgers/Giants game were not looking too good. Kuroda looked a tad shaky, Dodgers were leaving men in scoring position, and the Giants fans were all pumped up. I didn't like the scene set for the Dodgers. Then my man, Matty Kemp came to the plate and handled his shit. That's when my brother and father called me and told me they were out to dinner at Madeo's and wanted us to join for a glass of wine. Let me think about this......

Good news is that they had a tv there so we were all good. Was able to watch a few more scoreless innings and a little scare in the 9th. But before I knew it, the game was over and the Dodgers snapped their three game skid. I'm not getting excited because we could lose the next two games and be right back where we started.

Also as a side note, I was reading sports illustrated yesterday and in the portion of 'who's hot and who's not,' they had the Astros as the not so hot team. I think after I gave them a little shout out a few weeks ago about how stellar their pitching was, they started to sink.

So after we got home from a couple glasses of some very fine wine and grappa my husband convinced me to watch the TO show. I'm not one for reality but I am one for looking at a half naked man with probably the most perfect body (this is where my girl side comes out) I have ever seen. In this episode he went back home to Alexandria, Alabama to visit his family. It was very sad. TO lost it (and so did my husband and I - btw it doesn't take a lot to make my hubby cry) when he was visiting his grandma who had advanced Alzheimer's. And then to proceed on with his emotional roller coaster, he stopped by his daddy's house who has never ever been to one of his games! He was an absent figure in TO's life and TO went to get answers. The whole point of this silly story is that sometimes I just want to kill TO because he is such a hot head and when things don't go his way, all hell breaks lose. But you saw another side of him watching this show and it was very interesting. I've never really hated him but I'm rooting for him this year (and occasionally checking out his ass).

I think he is going to be a good fit for Buffalo. They are in a very difficult division but I'm not quite sure if Brady is going to bounce back the way everyone thinks he is, the Jets are going to be a mess at QB and I think Chad is going to go back to the old Chad of lets go through a ton of interceptions.

Monday, August 10, 2009

This just in!

Great news Dodger Fans:

According to Jeff Fletcher of AOL Fanhouse, Chad Billingsley (hamstring) will not make his scheduled start Wednesday.

Billingsley tossed an extensive bullpen session Monday evening, the results of which must have been troubling. The Dodgers could slide long reliever Jeff Weaver into the rotation for a day or recall Scott Elbert. Aug. 10 - 7:47 pm et

I just only hope that they take the series from the Giants. But hope is turning into praying which is turning into begging. Oy Vey.

Stupid people bother me



Here is a nice update to the Roethlisberger sexual assault case:

According to TMZ (probably the most legit gossip website who doesn't make shit up) a former co-worker of Andrea McNulty (woman accusing Ben of sexual assault) signed an affidavit saying McNulty told her "she was hoping for a 'little Roethlisberger.'" The affidavit was obtained by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

She also said McNulty told her she wanted to travel to Pittsburgh in August 2008 to try and "run into" Roethlisberger, according to the sworn statement.

Like I said before, sexual assault is a very serious ordeal and my heart goes out to any victim involved in a situation like that but I don't think I'm going to give my heart to this Blondy. And how stupid can you be thinking you are going to take a trip to Pittsburgh and think you are going to run into one of the most popular football players in the US. She's so that girl that lies about being on the pill. She better be careful that shit doesn't turn around and she's the one accused of being a stalker.

Ben is going to put this aside and have the year of his life. I'm back on the Steelers going to the superbowl train. Woowoo!

I'm glad I took the weekend off


So this weekend I just focused on relaxing and pretty much not paying attention to anything. My life has been a little hectic the past few weeks so I skipped out of town with my mom to San Diego and we did the spa thing. There were occasional moments where I did turn on the television to find that the Dodgers were losing or Forest Griffin got his ass handed to him and I just turned the tv off and either went back to the spa or bar. I didn't really feel like facing it this weekend. The good news is that the Yanks pulled out a four game sweep and shut those annoying New Englanders up - god they are so obnoxious. I got home from my trip just in time to see Damon and Teixeira hit back to back homers with two outs, bottom of the 8th, and start a come from behind rally. It was a very nice ending to my relaxing weekend. Unfortunately now it's Monday and I have a whole work week ahead of me, I think.

What was even cooler was that the first pre-season football game was held yesterday. Listening to Colin on my way in from work, the ratings were over a five (just as an fyi, the ratings for the Yankees/Red Sox Series were a little over three). You think people are a little excited to see some football? I for sure as hell am. For the short time I did watch sportscenter this weekend some dude had the Raiders having and 8-8 season. Hahahahahahahahahahahahahaahahhahaha!

Thursday, August 6, 2009

If only Joe Joe listened to me 100%


When there are two on, two outs, I know it's tempting to take one of the best players off the bench and have him pinch hit - especially when the last time that happened he hit a grand slam. But when I said to bench Manny a couple blogs ago, I meant for the entire game. Not for 6 innings. And Joe Joe put him in, down by 3, two on, two outs and he grounded out. Needless to say, the Dodgers have lost seven of their last eleven games and taking on Derek Lowe this evening and the hot hitting Braves. You know that the hitting is good when Lowe has over a 4 ERA and 11 WINS! It's time to turn this around boys. The NL Central is starting to look a lot better than you guys and the yucky Giants are starting to gain speed on us.

In Raiders news, and according to CBS sports, the New England Patriots have obtained two-time Pro Bowl defensive end Derrick Burgess. Burgess had held out of training camp with the Oakland Raiders in hopes of being traded. On Thursday, they obtained undisclosed draft considerations for him.

Ha! He didn't want to go to camp hoping that another team would pick him up. God. It's like the time I went to the sleep away camp from hell. I should have just not shown up. Good move buddy, it worked!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

College football begins in a month people!!!!


I truly believe that every time Manny stepped up to the plate he was saying to himself "I'm out to prove Jessica wrong." He sort of did. He went 2 for 4 with a bomb in the 5th inning. Of course I'm not 100% convinced. Lets see what happens when two are on in the bottom of the 9th, two outs, Dodgers down by one in game 5 of the NLCS and Manny is up to bat. We'll see......

Ok, so college football is a month away and I'm so fucking excited I can't even tell you. Today I have been going back and forth with my Baton Rouge gang just confirming up plans for the Florida/LSU game. For those of you who are up for a fun vacation, Los Angeles will be taking over Baton Rouge that weekend. For those of you who haven't experienced an LSU tailgate, a writer from Sports Illustrated will be doing a piece about my families tailgate that weekend. That's some pretty impressive stuff. And for those of you who think I have a hard on for LSU, I will also be attending U of Arizona's homecoming against WSU a few weeks after that - as a good alumn, I'm all about getting drunk, crazy and cutting up a shirt to wear as a dress in Tucson!

But now to the more important talk - the actual football part. Let's start with LSU. They have quite the road ahead of them. Yes, they have a very easy non conference schedule but they need to save up come time for SEC play - nothing new there. The game vs Florida is going to be outright impossible but if by some miracle they can pull it out (because I'm there) they still only have Auburn, Ol Miss, Bama and Arkansas left. If they aren't dead by the end of the season I really think they can hold their own. They are somewhat rebuilding a bit defensively however the only way for LSU to go with defense is up. Most importantly, they have improved at the Quarterback position and they still got Mr. Scott! He's a machine.

Now as mentioned before, USC has an amazing recruiting class year after year. We will see how amazing they are since they lost a slew of defensive players and have quite the schedule this year. As a USC hater, I have no problem finally saying that this team has quite the schedule this year. At Ohio, at Cal, at ND, at Oregon. Yikes! I have a weird suspicion that SC is going to lose to Ohio State but I think that weird suspicion is me 'hoping' they lose. The odds aren't out yet but SC is going to win that game. And at 7 to 1 odds of them winning the National Championship, I see no harm in taking that bet. The other gut feeling I have is that they are going to play a flawless season then lose to my Wild Cats in their last game :)

A couple of other bets I like for National Championship wins are: Cal - 45/1 (that's the longshot), LSU - 25/1 (if you bet with your heart), Oklahoma - 6/1, Texas - 8/1 (my favorite).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Laker Schedule is out!!!

http://www.nba.com/lakers/schedule/index.html

Of course I will be on an airplane during the Christmas day game. That's standard though for my family. We always head someplace tropical on XMAS Day and catch the highlights on sportscenter. I'm not worried though. We will see either the Cavs or the Celts again in June.

Plaxico Burress ain't playing football anytime soon


So this stuff I was saying about Manny before? I'm still sticking to it. For those of you who didn't turn the tv off before the 9th inning of the Dodger game last night you got quite the treat. As soon as the Brewers put in Trevor Hoffman I knew the Dodgers had a great chance to tie this game up even though we were down by four runs. That is until Manny stepped up to the plate, bases loaded, two outs, Dodgers down by a run (we just rallied to score 3). I think it was two or three pitches in, he flied out - game over. Bench his ass! And no, that doesn't mean give him the night off.

To switch gears a little, yesterday Plaxico Burress was indicted by a New York grand jury on charges of criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree. Now I've been listening and reading about a few different takes regarding this situation but I'm still not going to give Plax the benefit of the doubt. He brought a gun into a club and shot himself. Enough said? There are so many things wrong with that. The state of New York has a very strict policy about concealed weapons and Plaxico abused that policy. Now I highly doubt when he grabbed that gun to go out he said to himself 'self, this might not be a good idea because the mandatory sentence for having a concealed weapon is 3 and a half years in NY'. He brought it for his own safety. But do we know why he accidentally shot himself? What if he accidentally shot someone else? Has anyone ever spoken about why the gun went off? Did he accidentally sit on it? Or did he actually reach into his pocket to grab the gun for 'some' reason. Maybe he wanted to shift a little. Or maybe he saw something he didn't like and grabbed that gun for security purposes - which only means he might have had intentions to shoot someone.

There have been many discussions concerning a high profiled figures safety but the fact of the matter is that people get robbed or held at gunpoint all the time. I would think an average Joe or Jane walking down the street can just as easily be held at gunpoint as an athlete hanging at the club. If I'm about to turn a street corner and it doesn't look safe to me, I'm not walking there. So if Plaxico feels the need to bring a concealed weapon to a club for his safety then he shouldn't go. I can think of a 101 other ways to have a good time. Plus they charge you $500 for a bottle of Grey Goose that I can get at Ralphs for 20 bucks.