Recent Comments by chemwizBsquared

From 0 to 99 and everything in between.

I liked reading some of the history behind some of these guys number choices...good call guys!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:57 PM on May 10, 2007

Big Papi backs Bonds, doesn't know if he took steroids

Well...why don't we just find someone else to be Commissioner? Bud Selig doesn't have the world's best track record, and he's often been the butt of a lot of good jokes that I've heard. Yes, and while there is suspicion about Bonds and his use of steroids, there's no hard evidence against him. While he may be a creep, he is still (in the eyes of the law) an innocent creep. So as Baseball fans, while we may hate the fact that he is closing in on the record, we need to respect him as a player and respect his chase for one of the most prestigeous records in all of sports, because he could be innocent (even though he did say he took some stuff 'unknowingly') Plus it doesn't hurt to have Bonds on your fantasy baseball team...where arrogance and asshole-ness don't count against you...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:31 PM on May 08, 2007

Time to blow up the Rockets

how about the Rockets and Mavericks trading with one another to fix each others problems...yeah...right, like division rivals would do that (hey, Dallas and the Philly did trade football picks)...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 01:08 AM on May 08, 2007

Time to blow up the Rockets

Remember, Houston only had 1 "true" point guard in their actual rotation (and I'm really iffy on calling Rafer Alston a "true point guard" in the first place)...yet the truth be told, how many legit PG's are out there who can penetrate, hit 3's and defend on a regular basis? Maybe 5 or 6 in the entire league. Thus you look for people who can compliment stars. Yao, T-Mac and Shane Battier are Houston's three players who will be off limits (as far as a trade is concerned) if this team wants to maintain the same core. Steve Blake, you just became the hottest commodity this offseason for about 4-5 teams because you're probably the best option amongst all the PGs on the market...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 08:58 PM on May 06, 2007

Turner to coach Bolts.

Well...Ron Rivera is out of a job now, so I wouldn't put it behind the Bolts to go grab Rivera and put him in "Head Coach Training" now...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 08:36 PM on February 19, 2007

Bolts zap Schottenheimer.

Wow...well, I can see this after they lost like 1/2 their staff...Marty should probably take a year off and see what happens in the coaching market. He will need a break from coaching I bet. The right job will have to be what will snag him. That goes to tell you that playoffs are all that matter (Playoffs? I just hope we can win a game!)

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:46 AM on February 13, 2007

Chargers flushed, Peyton vs. Brady again

very good points all of you some clarifications... 1.) LT got into a fight with several of the New England Patriots after the game because these individuals were celebrating on the center logo by mocking Shawne Merriman's dance. LT was defending his teammate, and yes, while I disagree with his actions, I'm more upset with the Patriot players. They SHOULD know better than that to act that way, let alone after a win. Where was the honest humility that this team displayed during their run of 3 superbowls in 4 years? 2.) I think that there's even more pressure for Peyton Manning this week. They have home field, their defense has saved the offense for two straight weeks, and they've shown that they can beat New England IN Foxboro (doing it twice in the regular season, including this year). That said, if Manning puts out another dud this week, I think we can begin talking about Manning's legacy as that of one who couldn't win it when it matters most, an unfair account, but the truth. 3.) The time is ticking on Martyball in San Diego. Will the Chargers let him go after losing another playoff game? In all honesty, Marty didn't fumble the ball after McCree intercepted Brady (can we honestly say that Troy Brown IS the definition of versatility in this day and age). However, Marty DID throw that challenge flag. Marty DID neglect his Pro Bowl kicker. Marty DID not use LT to the fullest capacity (25 touches is nice, but in a game of this caliber, I felt that the Chargers did not use LT enough. 30+ was probably necessary). Throw in Shottenheimer's feud with A.J. Smith, and the Chargers could have a new coach patroling the sidelines next year. 4.) Now, can we get a little love for the NFC too? Chicago probably doesn't deserve any because they kept Seattle in the game for far too long, but Rex Grossman made the plays he had to in order for the Bears to pull it out. However, to beat New Orleans, the Bears need their D to return to early season form (not likely, but I did see some glances of it today), and they need the Rex Grossman of the first half and overtime to come out and lead the team. That said, I'm taking the Saints in the NFC Championship game because they just have too many weapons and that feel of destiny on hand...its inexplainable I guess. That's all for now. Indy's been my superbowl team all year, so its too late to turn my back on them now. Go COLTS!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:00 PM on January 14, 2007

Colts kick past Ravens

And don't forget the work of two underrated parts to the Colts-Ravens game: the Colts suddenly appearing D and Dominic Rhodes's 4th quarter running. Those two have to be the major keys for how the Colts overcame Baltimore's strong defense. Honestly, the Ravens dropped BOTH safety's 15 yards deep AT LEAST throughout the entire game, taking away the deep pass from Manning, so the Colts had to work with what they got. On the New England-San Diego game, LT will get his, but there will be about 4-5 plays during this game where Philip Rivers has to get the ball to one of his receivers. Other than Antonio Gates, I'm not sure if I trust those guys to make the big play. Although, Brady has the same problem as well. I'm not making a pick here, but the winner will be the one who sticks to their original game plan of running the ball (then again, thoughts of the AFC Championship between Pittsburgh run through my mind and how Brady came out firing passes left and right). Finally, to the New Orleans Saints...YOU ARE NOT BOISE STATE!!! Sean Payton needs to realize that he has 2 good running backs (a luxary for the playoffs) and that he needs to utilize BOTH of them in order for his team to have a shot at winning. Still, the Deuce and the Bush have this team at the doorstep to the super bowl this year. Great coaching job to those Saints. PS- Bears smash Seahawks

posted by chemwizBsquared at 09:46 AM on January 14, 2007

Vince Carter To The Clippers?

VC to the Clippers? It will surely take more than Corey Maggette and Cuttino Mobley to pull that trade off. Both are fine players, but they are nowhere near worth what Carter is. It seems like the Clippers are in trade talks daily. Just the other day I heard a Ron Artest trade rumor (Artest for Maggette) and of course there was the talk of AI landing on the Clips roster (before he ended up in Denver). Honestly, both teams need to make a move. The Nets are struggling in the worst division in Basketball while the Clips are mired in mediocrity (again). I don't think trading your superstar swingman is good, and nor do I agree with the Clips dealing an explosive slasher and a brilliant marksman away at this moment. The right deals will come around for these teams. They just need to be patient.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 01:04 AM on January 06, 2007

Michael Vick Passes the Buck

A quarterback will always be judged on wins and losses, not his statistics. Look at some of the QB's in the league. The Marc Bulgers and Carson Palmers put up gaudy stats, but neither one is in the playoffs. Vick needs to look at his team and make it work. Its HIS job to get his players involved out there on the field. With that said, Vick...SHUT THE F*** UP! You're a good football player, but the key to taking the next step is using the talent around you.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:29 AM on January 01, 2007

Arenas On Kobe: "My Numbers Are Blowing His Out Of The Water"

Gilbert better shut the f*** up...cuz Kobe is gonna kill the Wiz next time they play...this is the stuff that Kobe eats up! I can see the stat line: 50 points, 8-10 boards and 6-8 assists and airtight D on Gilbert...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:56 PM on December 25, 2006

Yao will miss at least 6 weeks

Houston has had relatively good health this year...except for the 2 guys who need to be healthy for this team to succeed. Now, the team can still play decent ball (Luther Head has been outstanding with his 3-point shooting) and remember T-Mac could be back soon. But lets face it, this was a flawed team from the get go. They were built to succeed with BOTH Yao and T-Mac in the line-up from day one. With those two, this was a team that could challenge the "Big 3" of the West (Dallas, San Antonio and Phoenix). However, now that their two big guns are gone, where's the offense coming from? Rafer Alston and Luther Head look solid together, but both guys are 3rd and 4th scorers on a contending team and a 2nd and 3rd scorers on mediocre squads. Shane Battier and Juwon Howard have shown that they can score, but at this stage in their careers they are mearly complimentary pieces who cannot be counted on for nightly infusions of 20 points a game. RIP: Houston Rockets...another Houston franchise's season down the crapper...but thankfully it wasn't because of dumbass ownership/GMs making bad was the injury bug...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:23 AM on December 24, 2006

Rogers Continues His Age-Defying Brilliance

Who cares about Kenny Rogers guys. Its OBVIOUSLY the young guns that have everyone raving about Detroit. However, what makes this team better than last year's AL Central club is the fact that unlike the White Sox, the Tigers are built on bright young pitching prospects and not a bunch of guys who all put it together in the same year, only to tank the next season. That said, I've missed commenting on sportsfilter and am glad to finally be back around. Now time to hide again behind mounds of organic chemistry. Go Tigers!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:11 PM on October 14, 2006

Excerpt from Chad: I Can't Be Stopped.

Wow...didn't know that about Chad Johnson...good article mick!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 02:45 PM on August 27, 2006

Massacre at Medinah

Its soothing to watch Tiger in this era of drug doping, contract holdouts and overhyping of stars. All he does is win majors (now up to an even dozen). He's 2/3 the way to Nicklaus and I do believe that he's got another Tiger Slam coming up. He'll clean up at Agusta next April and then it comes down to the US Open (prolly the one tournament he has trouble with the most). We're watching history in lieu of a dark cloud of stuff.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:05 PM on August 20, 2006

Kornheiser Opens Eyes, Including His Own

I like him. Now get rid of Joe T. and bring in Mike Wilbon and the ratings would skyrocket. Oh man, that would make MNF even more watchable...why not just make it Kornheiser, Wilbon and 'Stat Boy' instead (although Mike Tirico has been one of the better play by play guys over the past couple of he could be "stat boy" in that case).

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:42 AM on August 15, 2006

Landis Likely to Lose Tour Title

I don't know what to think anymore about the integrity of sports. Its getting to the point where you can't look at the news and pass by without seeing the words "doping" and "steroids" everywhere. Its making me want to study ways of detecting some of these drugs and masking agents one day.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 09:15 AM on August 05, 2006

Most influential players in NBA History

That whole group of dominant big men that played from the mid 1980's to about 2000 or so. That list includes the likes of Hakeem "The Dream" Olajuwon, Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, Dikembe Mutumbo, David Robinson and of course, Shaquille O'Neal. These men above were key pivot men who each played a role revolutionizing the game of basketball, be it on the offensive end (Shaq and the Admiral), the defensive end (Ewing, Mutumbo and Mourning) or both (Olajuwon). I"m surprised that not one of them made the list. Each went on to stellar careers, and only Ewing and Mutumbo are without championship rings. Ok, after reading this article more carefully, I see that these guys all spawned from other legendary big men. Still, they did help revolutionize the game some in the 80's-90's.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 09:21 AM on August 03, 2006

The Dodgers trade Izturis, Guzman, Pedroza for Maddux and Lugo.

They made some shrewd moves the Dodgers did. Now lets see if they pay off come September.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:33 PM on July 31, 2006

The Fortuanate 50

What I like about that list is about 5 of those baseball guys were at some point in time Houston Astros (Berkman, Beltran, Bagwell, Wagner, Clemens were the ones I saw)...which goes to tell you that the Astros have/had some pretty well-to-do guys on their team at various points.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:51 AM on July 29, 2006

The Evolution of the Two-Tight End Set

I didn't know much about the 2 tight end offense...but we're missing the fact that Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts made great use of this form of offense in Peyton's early years, lining up Ken Dilger and Marcus Pollard with Marvin Harrison and another wide receiver and the Edge in the backfield. So this isn't a new formula...New England, Dallas and San Fran just have the tight ends to make it work

posted by chemwizBsquared at 04:45 PM on July 27, 2006

Harold Reynolds Leaves ESPN

The sad thing is that nobody cares about illegal drugs. You do illegal drugs and you get a slap on the wrist and a "don't do that again" The growing trend is a "one and done" with sexual harrassment...and they don't give second chances...which is the way the policy should be...guys be careful...and BEHAVE

posted by chemwizBsquared at 06:28 PM on July 25, 2006

Harold Reynolds Leaves ESPN

thanks justgary, yeah...I don't know what happened...teach me to not be tripletasking at the lab again... but yeah, this has become more precedent around all can casually flirt and all, but don't get too in depth or else you can lose your job over it all... I second firing McCarver too...he is sooooo annoying...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:15 PM on July 25, 2006

Excited Fitzgerald ready to watch Cards rise from ashes

Arizona is one of the intriguing teams of the NFC this season, along with Philly, Atlanta and Minnisota. These 4 have potential to be great, but also have potential to be the worst teams in their respective divisions. I do believe that at the end of the season one of these teams will be in the playoffs while another will be in 4th in their division...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:15 PM on July 25, 2006

Requiem for a Rookie Card

I didn't really get into baseball cards till I was about 11-13 years old (1998-2000) but I do remember the excitement of seeing these cards unwrapped. I still have them stored away on a shelf hoping to either show them to my kids or sell someplace someday...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 01:08 PM on July 25, 2006

A Rod's sloppy defense hurting Yankees

But then you lose either ARod or Giambi in interleague play/World Series? Thats a big minus in the lineup. It was only a suggestion...besides, don't you need some kind of range at first base anyways? Albert Pujoles came up as a 3rd baseman and he plays first for the Cardinals why can't this work? Otherwise, when the season ends, move A-Rod to Sheffield's spot seeing as the Yankees are probably not going to resign him... Oh yeah does it really matter...the AL is that much stronger than the NL anyways (though I will always be a NL guy)

posted by chemwizBsquared at 07:20 PM on July 23, 2006

A Rod's sloppy defense hurting Yankees

Hey here's a brainy idea...why not put A-Rod at FIRST BASE guys and then we can all SHUT UP about this. I mean, hey, look at the last shortstop stud to move across the diamond...he's not doing too bad over in Los Angles (I'm referring to Nomar). Plus this lets the Yankees keep Giambi at DH, the best place for him.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 04:31 PM on July 23, 2006

Steve Nash: End of an Hair-a

hahahahaha...nice one what the guy got his locks trimmed, you or me getting our hair cut generates 1/1000th this buzz... How about focusing on how the Suns are gonna improve upon last year? How will Amare Stodamire, Boris Diaw and Shawn Marion will gel along the the Marcus Banks signing will affect the team? How about Amare, how is he doing? And what about Leandro Barbosa? Will this be the year he becomes the starter next to Nash in an already potent offense? And of course will the World Championships affect this team?

posted by chemwizBsquared at 04:10 PM on July 21, 2006

Steve Nash: End of an Hair-a

Looks like a clean shave...and a new look, which may be what the Suns need to make it to the Finals this season (I think they're quite capable this year)... Just imagine how many assists Nash would have had in 2004 and 2005 had he not had that hair in his eyes...(j/k)

posted by chemwizBsquared at 12:36 PM on July 21, 2006

18 ex-Steelers have died since 2000

This reminds me of the classic Seinfeld episode with former MLBer Keith Hernandez. Meeting him for the first time in the locker room of a health club, George pipes up and says, "You know Keith, what I've always wondered, with all these ball clubs flying around all season don't you think there would be a plane crash? ... 26 teams, 162 games a season, you'd think eventually an entire team would get wiped out." Yeah I know...I mean that has to be a tribute to the charter jets that teams pay millions for to fly their players around, because the law of averages speaks against this trend... Although I just keep thinking of this movie when I hear about airplanes (too bad I couldn't find a picture)

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:57 PM on July 18, 2006

Up in the sky -- it's a bird, it's a plane ... it's Seattle's NBA franchise leaving town! say's they're being bought right...not relocated? Well if so, then send them to Oklahoma City...they were great tenants for the displaced Hornets this year...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:35 PM on July 18, 2006

A run for the ages

First Ballot...please...this is how closer should read in the dictionary... Closer (clo' sure) n. - Having to do with finishing a baseball game. Performing up to the standards of Mariano Rivera (Insert picture of Rivera)

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:33 PM on July 18, 2006

Not quite 10 on the $1.00

Al Harrington is the top free agent still out there, and honestly, the sign and trade to Indiana would make a lot of sense, helping to elevate the Pacers next year. The East (for the first time since 1998) actually looks loaded next year. You have Miami, Cleveland and New Jersey as the early favorites. Detroit took a step back while Chicago took a step forward. If Indiana completes this deal they at least have closed the gap some between themselves and the Pistons/Bulls (whom I view as the second tier in the East).

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:13 AM on July 18, 2006

Best... and worst buys in Baseball

Albert Pujoles at 14 million is a bargain in my eyes...this is easily the best hitter in baseball, so he SHOULD be the highest paid then...course this isn't how it works... By the way...good point about the young guys dyams...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 07:35 AM on July 15, 2006

Best... and worst buys in Baseball

I thnk that if you have to look at value, Miguel Cabrera is a STEAL...I'm honestly surprised Big Papi is making only 6 million from Boston, and what, he's more feared than Manny (who's making at least 3 times that)... Best bargain in my eyes though is still Albert Pujoles...put him on any team and he lifts them up...PERIOD.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:01 PM on July 14, 2006

The Battle for Abreu

I only say that because I've seen several top players who are due big contracts end up staying put after July 31. We've got a whole 2 weeks left...Houston for Aubery Huff turned out well last night...and the Cincy trades to shore up the pen may be big for the Reds...but those won't be the last deals before the deadline...that I can say for sure...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 06:49 PM on July 14, 2006

The Battle for Abreu

And here's one that will shock everyone...Alfonso Soriano plays out the rest of his season in a Washington Nationals uniform because the Nats can't find enough in a trade to risk sending him away... But on Abreu...he's not been the same ever since the Home Run Derby...its like that contest changed him completely as a hitter.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:46 PM on July 14, 2006

Eight is enough

What's next for Team USA Soccer?

posted by chemwizBsquared at 12:36 PM on July 14, 2006

Barbaro fighting for his life

Wow... You know the reason we cheer and pull for Barbaro is because he is a remarkable animal. Yes, he may be a horse who did win the big game...but you know what, so what...GET WELL BARBARO...I"M PULLIN FOR YOU!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:16 AM on July 14, 2006

MEET THE AMAZING TIGERS: It's about charisma, bonding

Uh...let me say this...just because a guy throws nasty and fast doesn't mean he'll be successful...what happens if Detroit gets to the LCS and Zumaya gives up a home run to Big Papi or Jim Thome? I hope that we don't have another Lidge epic on our is enough to stomach (especially here in Houston).

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:56 AM on July 14, 2006

Raptors to sign Anthony Parker of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Well, Toronto won't win the title next year...the East elite are as follows: Miami, New Jersey, Cleveland, Detroit, and Chicago. The Pacers and Wizards are pretty much the "second tier" of the East with Milwaukee, Toronto, Orlando and Philly duking it out for the last playoff spot out there... But hey guys, its not even August yet...we'll see what happens when we get to training camp.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 10:51 AM on July 14, 2006

MEET THE AMAZING TIGERS: It's about charisma, bonding

And about this...Houston had the rotation that could have challenged Chicago (did anyone watch Brandon Backe's Game 4 effort...that was brilliant...too bad Brad Lidge forgot how to pitch after being Pojuled in the NLCS). The NL also lacks the kind of hitters necessary to hit the well tested AL pitchers. Those guys face 9 actual hitters...not the 8 plus pitcher that the NL has to worry about. Throw in the fact that in the NL, many teams sacrifice defense for there you have it. yanks just signed sydney ponson. the AL east is a lock now. That's the best the Yankees can do? Oh goodness, this is gonna be a long pennat race...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:29 PM on July 13, 2006

Raptors to sign Anthony Parker of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Contenders? For what? If you said the 8th seed in the East then yeah, you have something. Toronto adding Anthony Parker won't make them anything spectacular unless this kids hilight reel is just from one game. Look at the Raptors. They have a solid big man (Bosh). But outside of that, they have a flawed swingman (MoPete), a 7-foot rookie European who will take time to develop (Bargnani), and a point guard who doesn't have range outside of 18 feet (T.J. Ford)... They're on the right track though...just give them about 5 years before they can be "considered" contenders.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:22 PM on July 13, 2006

Man says he's tired of being mistaken for MJ.

Lol...that's funny...course not for the ppl being sued or the guy who hates the "comparisons" but still its just strange...if I looked like someone famous (and still not obnoxious) then I'd be

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:56 PM on July 13, 2006

Raptors to sign Anthony Parker of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

Here here on that...and though rebounding can be misleading...look no further than the NBA finals...Dallas outrebounded all their foes, and then Miami came and wiped them cleanly across the boards Will Bargnani be the rebounding answer? NO! That much we know...but I like what they're doing...just wish he shot the ball better (Parker)

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:55 PM on July 13, 2006

MEET THE AMAZING TIGERS: It's about charisma, bonding

Uh, maybe the AL Central is for real...that's why the NL Central was trounced like they were. I think that the ALCS is the World Series this year...but it should make for a lot of good games in the meantime. Chicago and Detroit are the class of MLB right now, while Boston, BOTH New York Squads and Minnisota bring up the rear amongst the top 6 teams in baseball... That's 3 of the top 6 teams in the AL want to know why Kansas City is so bad...look who they have to play 57 times a naturally the NL Central struggled...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 03:50 PM on July 13, 2006

Raptors to sign Anthony Parker of Maccabi Tel Aviv.

I just felt like I was watching a Slam Dumk contest. If you're looking for another slasher who can take it to the hoop and dunk, he's the guy for you...however, Toronto needs some perimeter shooting, and I thought his shot looked a little flawed... But then again, he looks like Mano Giniboli and Andre Igoldala, a solid slasher (AI) who can shoot some (Mano)...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 01:23 PM on July 13, 2006

MEET THE AMAZING TIGERS: It's about charisma, bonding

Have to agree...though the odds have been defied a few times over the years... The Houston Astros have been a strong second half team the past 4 seasons, posting crappy records before finally waking up and playing when July and August finally get here. This year could break that trend because Houston has a very flawed club this so flawed that they could go either way in my mind. Look also at the 1995 Seattle Mariners and the California Angels. California led their division by 14 games in late August, yet was left out of the playoffs completely by the end of the season due to an epic collapse that coincided with an emerging Seattle squad and great pitching by Randy Johnson. And lastly, the New York Yankees of '95 get merit here too because in mid August this squad was a mess...and they took the Wild Card that year...course they ran into Seattle and lost the series, but hey, we're talking about epic comebacks right now... Now these are the 3 cases that stick in my mind...I can't really remember many others...(prolly cuz they never happened).

posted by chemwizBsquared at 01:15 PM on July 13, 2006

Lebron agrees to an $80 million dollar extension

Ok, yes LeBron signed a 3 year deal...but what we are all forgetting is that the NBA Collective Bargaining Agreement ends when LeBron's "3 year deal" is he could be setting himself up to jump ship...but he could be setting himself up for a different contract...I think that LeBron is not doing this to hold Cleveland ransom...Hughes is a solid player. Z is slow and needs to go...put Andy V out there with LeBron...but they need another piece (someone like Flip Murray...but not Flip himself) who can put some points on the board and is versatile...and is taller than 6'4". Cleveland is in good shape though...LeBron will get better...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:33 AM on July 13, 2006

Rescuers told Roethlisberger he was close to dying

Ben is lucky to be alive today...he could have seriously been killed out there...I just heard this today on ESPN before I left for research and I was just a little shocked...we always never get the full story till later... Just look at the Zidane incident...we keep getting more and more info and its been almost 5 days since it happened...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:27 AM on July 13, 2006

MEET THE AMAZING TIGERS: It's about charisma, bonding

Well...uh, the 4 best teams in baseball are in the AL...and sadly one of them will miss this year's postseason. Boston, New York, Chicago and Detroit are the top 4 (one of them will win the World Series this year...the AL is just that much better)...its so good that the 5th best team (Minnisota) is stuck in third place in their division...when they would be amongst the leaders of every other division in all of baseball... But anyways...Detroit could still win 96 games and miss this thing. I think Chicago can pull off taking that division...and don't discount Boston and New York...they're both playoff tested teams. All I have to say is it will be a nice race to October in the AL... As for the NL...who knows who will get first dibbs to be beaten...

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:23 AM on July 13, 2006

An Indictment for Bonds?

Yeah I hear ya Weedy...I've tried to get into sportsfilter for about a week and I've finally gotten access again... On Bonds...haven't we had enough...oh wait, this is serious...there could actually be jail time. The first sports star who gets serious jail time will set a precedent around this country. Yeah, Jamal Lewis had to serve for 4 months...but that's nothing compared to what Bonds could face with these perjury charges...he could face a serious amount of time... I think I found the next John Grisham book...write about a sports star in a huge controversy and go deep into the secret world of those sports stars and pampered athletes who have prime access to everything.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 11:18 AM on July 13, 2006

All-Star Shakeups

I already don't...Monday night is my night anyways! Go Home Run Derby!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 09:11 AM on July 08, 2006

All-Star Shakeups

Before you go off on me being subjective, do realize that I didn't complain. All six guys (plus one now that A.J. Pierzinski made it as the 32nd guy) are worthy. What I am doing is making a note that we tend to see AL managers pick a lot of guys from their teams...and usually the guys are worthy for the game... And I'm not bashing Ozzie...he says a lot that is misconstrued and could shut up once or twice, but I liken him to Happy Gilmore...bad metaphor sure, but he's that kind of "fiery, emotional guy" that baseball needs more of...he just needs to watch his audience more or less. But this thread is NOT about Ozzie, its about the All-Stars...and I'll leave on the note that I keep saying Brad Penny was left off the squad...I guess I was I want to correct that error with a "My Bad" and move on (that way I don't offend any LA Dodgers fans out there).

posted by chemwizBsquared at 07:13 PM on July 07, 2006

All-Star Shakeups

If you take a closer look at Roy O's number' would see that he suffers from a severe case of "Clemens-itis" in that he gets little run support. Roy has thrown two straight complete games, giving up a total of 2 runs in 17 innings...and you know what...he's 0-2 in those games. Its not his fault he's 6-5, but that pathetic Houston offense...other than Berkman and Burke, there's not a single hitter on that squad who I fear night in night out. Still, Capuano wouldn't have been my choice. Didn't Brad Penny just net his 10th win for the LA Dodgers the other night? He would have been just as worthy to replace Pedro. Oh well, Phil chose his guy and we're jumping on him? At least he didn't take 1/2 his team like Ozzie did. He took the 2 guys who deserved to go above the rest of Houston's team...and for that I praise him... Houston turn it around baby! Go Astros!!!!!!!!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:22 PM on July 07, 2006

Federer vs. Nadal again!

These are the two best players in the world clearly...I think that if Nadal beats Federer he assumes the #1 ranking. Want more proof. Federer is 55-0 against everyone not named Nadal this year (against whom he is 1-6)... Still a great match awaits us at the final.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 04:18 PM on July 07, 2006

Minor-league skipper gets major-league gift

Gotta love Joe Crede...that story was one of the most heartwarming I've read. Its guys like Crede that make me proud of athletes...knowing that not all are greedy, self-absorbed thugs.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 04:13 PM on July 07, 2006

Mavs to deal Daniels to Indiana for Croshere.

Good deal for both teams. This allows Dallas to basically stand pat for the most part. They lose Van Horn and Daniels, replacing them with Croshere and Maurice Agar. Good smart moves by a smart franchise. Maybe they add one more piece to the puzzle...but who knows. Mike James's name has been mentioned.

posted by chemwizBsquared at 05:22 PM on July 06, 2006

Bond's Trainer Gets Jail Time

Weedy this whole thing is a mess. I think the problem lies in the commissioner's office. I've never been a fan of Bud Selig. Sure, the Wild Card and Interleague play are great, but there comes a time when you have to save the credibility of baseball...and Bud gets an F in that department. The only reason Baseball is where it is with our drug testing is because of Congress and how they're taking aim to stop the rampant spread of these drugs. And while I'm on steroids, aren't they ILLEGAL outside of a perscription? Then where are the arrests to known users like Jose Canseco and Rafael Palmerio?

posted by chemwizBsquared at 01:37 PM on July 06, 2006

Utah Jazz to Deal Fisher to Warriors for Brown, McLeod, and Owens.

Man...Golden State hasn't been to the playoffs in 12 seasons because of moves like this. Derek Fisher may have cost the Warriors about 6 million a year, but he was a consumate pro (for goodness sake, he shared a backcourt with Kobe Bryant). Fish does what he needs to do in order to win games. Golden State won't be in the playoffs for a while now, with that glimmer of hope at the end of 2005 WAY in the back of our memories. Go Rockets!

posted by chemwizBsquared at 01:31 PM on July 06, 2006