Friday, May 29, 2009
*How bout these Lebron and Kobe puppet commercials. These are great and I can only hope that there is an entire other batch of these coming out once Lebron takes care of the Magic and Kobe kills the Nuggets. How bout Lebron last night? Simply awesome. Cavs will win in 7 games.
*REDS: Big 7 game road trip with the Brewers and the Cards starts tonight. I think the Reds will be fine but really need to make sure they come back no worse than 4-3 on this trip. I think thats pretty reasonable.
*Elias Sports has rankings out for Fantasy Players. Joey Votto is the 5th best player on there list. Doesn't mean much, but hopefully he's finally getting some respect that he deserves.
*Anyone watch the Scripts Spelling Bee last night???? Yeah me either. Well I checked out Erin Andrews but once I saw she had clothes on, I was back to the Cavs and Magic. While I was enjoying the game, my fellow blogger Dennis Neagle was an hour and half deep into "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton"
*How bout a Sport Spelling Bee. Its multiple choice guys, did you really think I'd make you spell. I was 5-12. Beat that!!
*Just like the Stanley Cup, does anyone in America watch the French Open? Apparently its going on right now. Who gives a fuck!
*If you want someone to root for this weekend, root for Hunter Mahan at the Coloniel. If this guy wins a tournament before the US OPEN, Big Donkey and Dennis Neagle are looking a couple g's.
*WAGER OF THE DAY (2-6): Hope you made some money off me by betting the opposite. Do it again tonight as I move to the MLB for the first time this season. Reds and Brewers over/under is 8.5runs. I'll take the over. Reds will score 9 by the 3rd inning.
Thursday, May 28, 2009
*Erin Andrews was reporting at the Spelling Bee this week and again heard talking to Dancing With the Stars host Peter Bergeron about getting her on the show for next season. If this is true I won't miss an episode. She will be part of our next "1 night stand" poll.
*REDS: SWEEEEP! Jay Bruce smashed out of his slump last night. 3 for 4, 2 homers, and a triple. Ironically it was the same date, May 27th that he smashed into the big leagues last year. Bronson Arroyo continues to surprise me. Now he's 7-3 and leads the NL in wins.
*Ryan Freel was sent to the DL today. If anyone is counting he's been on two teams this year and both organizations have sent him to the DL. The change in scenery hasn't helped poor Ryan like it has Ramon Hernandez.
*Speaking of the Cubs, please tell me you saw Carlos Zambrano blow up yesterday. It was fantastic. He must be taking lessons from Big Lou. Thats what the fuckin Cubs get for spending a minor league salary on a "Gatorade Machine" in the dugout. If it means anything at all, I think Zambrano had a valid complaint.
*In NKY post season HS baseball last night Beechwood might have pulled off the biggest upset in the history 9th Region Championship. The Tigers pulled out a 3-1 win over heavy favored CovCath. CovCath had run ruled Beechwood 10-0 in the district tournament a week before.
*Former UK Basketball coach Billy Clyde Gillispie is suing the Athletic Dept for $6mill. He might or might not be owed this money. I have the slightest clue, but hey Billy....Isn't it time you get the fuck out of town before one of the crazy UK hillbillies put a gun to your head.
*Despite all the bad Calipari publicity the past 24hrs, I got to wondering. If in fact Derek Rose did cheat on the SAT....I want to know how the hell he did it. I worked my ass off on cheating that test and its the only one that actually seems "cheat proof".
*Loserville is losing another recruit it looks like. After already losing big man Jeremy Tyler to Europe a few weeks back, now big man Justin Martin has re-opened his recruitment.
*This bitch is craaaaazy!!! She blew her mans dick off with a Memorial Day display.
*Its been as nice as an "Afternoon Delight" to find out that Ron Burgundy is working on a new Anchorman 2. Scotch, Scotch, I love Scotch.
*WAGER OF THE DAY(5-2): At this point Im not doing so hot. I would suggest that you bet the exact opposite of what I bet. But then again you'll do that tonight, and tonight will be the night that my luck changes and you'll keep your streak of losing bets alive and then you'll really be pissed at yourself and not me. If that makes sense?? Cleveland is giving -7.5 to Orlando tonight at the mistake by the lake. I think Orlando will cover that but Cavs still win. Take it for what its worth.
*Finally, I give you a great pic of Jessica Biel. We here at Riverfront Sports noticed how votes have increased for the girls in the "1 Night Stand" poll after we post a picture of them. Makes sense I guess. Julianne Hough still leads the vote, but after that steamy picture of Megan Fox yesterday its getting much closer. We will not be posting any sexy pics of Adam Rosales though.
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
*Happy Freakin' Twenty Fif Birfday to the writer also known as Bo Diaz!
*REDS: Great win last night, finally they got to Oswalt and I think he actually pissed his pants in the 6th. I've never seen him lose control like he did. Joey "Motherlovin" Votto is simply amazing. Bronson is on mound tonight, and Im not sure what the hell to expect. Maybe a 10 runs in the first or he'll throw a 7innings of 1 run ball. And lets give some credit to Dusty. Im not a big fan of Dusty, but this team is playing well and even the bench guys are stepping up. Dusty has done a pretty damn good job this season, so far. Finally, I'm seriously wondering if the GABP attendance will even improve if the Reds are in contention all summer????
*Last night The Cowboy and Thom were promoting Reds fans to get on line and vote on the All Star game. So Im on the computer, click on MLB.com and guess what.....system error. So I try it this morning and guess what.....system error. Finally it worked this afternoon and I voted for every past and present Red on the ballot, just to fuck with the stupid system of FAN VOTING.
*Cav's continue to dissappoint me. Can't believe Ron Jeremy out coached the Mike Brown last night. Now Orlando leads 3-1 and headed back to Cleveland for game 5. I still pick Lebron to win this series, but Im probably fuckin' crazy.
*Former Holmes basketball and football standout Brandent Englemon was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos CFL team this week. Englemon played 4 years at Michigan as DB.
*If you haven't seen it yet. Check out the SNL song with Justin Timberlake, the follow up to "Dick-In-A-Box". Timberlake is hosting SNL again this Saturday.
*Wager of the Day (2-4): Im not sure what to bet any more in the NBA. Im going to go with the Nuggets to cover the 6pts they are getting in LA tonight.
Let me start of by thanking Mr. Neagle and the Big Donkey for allowing me to be part of this blog. Ever since I was a boy I dreamed of writing my thoughts on the only thing that really matters to me (sorry Becky)…sports. I hope the following entertains everyone and proves what I believe to be true…no one knows sports quite like I do. My first entry will detail my belief on the Reds turn around, but soon to come will be a look at ND’s upcoming opponents. Yes, I said upcoming as its 101 days until opening kickoff!
Now…..onto the Redlegs. This year’s success can be attributed to many things: outstanding starting pitching, a strong bullpen, younger players, but to me we can’t downplay the defense up the middle. There are all kinds of phrases describing what wins “Defense wins championships” “There’s no “I” in team” “See the ball; hit the ball” but in baseball it’s the defense up the middle that holds true. Let’s look at some of the recent World Series winners:
2006 Cardinals: C- Yadier Molina; 2B- Aaron Miles; SS- David Eckstein; CF- Jim Edmonds.
Let’s start with the weakest, and this might be surprising, Jim Edmonds. While all Reds fans remember Jim Edmonds robbing millions of base hits by 2006 he was on the down hill slide. His range wasn’t the same, and he wasn’t nearly as healthy with only 105 games played, but he was still a gamer and I know every Reds fan would’ve taken him.
Aaron Miles- while he did commit team high 17 errors his range was above average and he teamed with Ronnie Belliard to form a great duo with David Eckstein. Scott Rolen gets a ton of credit for being a standout fielder, but based on the number of plays made Miles was worth 3.5 worth runs over the season than was Rolen.
David Eckstein- this little dude is slick in the field. He might not be able to ride all The Vortex or The Beast, but he gets the job done in the field. Only 6 errors all season he provided to be the little engine that could for this surprising World Series winner.
Yadier Molina- not really much to say here since his family owns catching. They might not own it, but it’s safe to say the have a monopoly on the catching position. He’s an above average catcher with a great arm that handled a solid pitching staff all year long. Messages to all dads out there; please consult with Papa Molina before encouraging your kids to get behind the plate.
2007 Red Sox: C- Jason Varitek; 2B- Dustin Pedroia; SS- Julio Lugo; CF- Coco Crisp
Again, we’ll start with the weakest, Julio Lugo. Coming into the season Lugo had signed a huge contact (36 mil) so expectations were sky high. Lugo is, better yet was, known as a defensive specialist prior to his time in Boston. He led the team in errors with 19, and also struggled at the plate. His defense came up big when needed though, and he is more the exception than the rule.
Jason Varitek- the grizzly veteran, 35 during this season, helped mold a pitching staff that was downright nasty. He threw out about 25% of his runners which isn’t a blistering pace, but that is based off of only 83 total chances. Varitek is the clubhouse leader this team needed and played a solid C all season long.
Dustin Pedroia- Yes, he won the rookie of the year largely based on his offensive numbers, but he plays a solid 2B as well. A .99 fielding percentage is great; considering it’s the same percentage our main Brandon Phillips had last year. On top of all this is the fact his defense was worth almost 10 runs is outstanding.
Coco Crisp- Every time I hear this guys name I think of one thing: coco pebbles. Going forward it will be associated with that and outstanding defense in CF. Crisp was worth an amazing 25 runs; more than double that of anyone else on his team. Tracking down balls in Fenways huge OF is no easy task, but this guy made it look easy. Also, anyone notice what his current team is doing? It’s no small coincidence the Royals aren’t being the typical Royals this year (we’ll save Greinke discussion for another day).
2008 Phillies: C- Carlos Ruiz/Chris Coste; 2B- Chase Utley; SS- James Rollins; CF- Shane Victorino
While a dynamite offensive player; Chase Utley won’t be winning any gold gloves anytime soon. His 13 errors and .984 fielding percentage aren’t anything to brag about he did play a team high in innings with over 1,400. He also lead all position players (sorry catchers) in put outs.
Carlos Ruiz/Chris Coste- further proof that strong defense up the middle wins titles; we have a true catching platoon. Both guys threw out about 25% of their runners and handled a pitching staff that included a mid-season acquisition of Joe Blanton.
The next two are a toss-up as they’re both dynamite defensive players: Shane “the Flyin Hawaiian” Victorino and Jimmy Rollins. Both guys cover above average ground and both have great arms. Without these guys the Phillies would’ve been hard pressed to bring home the title.
This leads us back to our current Cincinnati Reds. While I may have been calling for Alex Gonzalez’s head a few weeks ago; I realize his contributions at SS are pretty good. He doesn’t have quite the range he did “back in the day” but he’s recovering nicely after being gone a full year.
Ramon Hernandez has been a solid pick-up not only for the pitching staff, but a great fill-in at 1B with Votto being out so much. He started his career as a 3B and this surely influenced his cat like reflexes at first and behind the plate.
While Fast Willie Taveras has been a surprise at the plate no one has said anything about defense… for good reason. He’s been able to cover all kinds of ground and make plays that our awesome combination of Dusty’s daughters’ lover, Jay Bruce, Chris Dickerson, and whomever else we threw out there last year couldn’t make on a regular basis.
Phillips….he’s golden. Nothing else needs to be said as no one in their right mind will question his defense.
I’m not predicting a world championship, but based off our middle defense we have the pieces in place to make a run at the playoffs. Also, big shout out to baseball-reference for all the help with stats.
Future Posts: ND oppenents position break downs
Currently playing on the ipod:Shake Me Like A Monkey by Dave Matthews Band
I was minding my own business Monday night. Just channel surfing to try and see what was on, when I came across this.....
The WWE and Denver Nuggets had a scheduling conflict for Monday Night's RAW when the WWE was forced out of the Pepsi Center due to Game 4 of the Nuggets-Lakers series. After publicly skewering Nuggets' owner Stan Kroenke for the mishap, WWE owner Vince McMahon moved the show to The Staples Center in Los Angeles. He also decided to have some fun at the expense of the Nuggets owner by challenging him to a fight. Here are images from a NBA-themed episode of RAW.
In the night's main event, five of WWE's most popular stars -- MVP, John Cena, Kennedy, Jerry Lawler and Batista -- donned Lakers jerseys to take on the Nuggets team.In the opposite corner stood five of the WWE's least popular performers -- Randy Orton, Big Show, Ted DiBiase, Cody Rhodes and The Miz -- dressed in Denver gear.
Is it just me or do these dudes look like a bunch of flaming homos? Why wear a jersey with no shorts? These guys look like they just spent the night at their boyfriends house and had to borrow their boy toy's clothes. They like to cuddle up in a man's shirt and underwear.
All of these dudes look like they are ready to tune up a "one holed finger flute" or perhaps blow a meat whistle or two....
I have never liked wrestling. Especially now.
Apparently John Coffey was there from the Green Mile.
I think Coffey should woop the shit out of all these nancys.
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
*REDS WEEKEND: Brandon Phillips has a hairline fracture, but he doesn't plan on going to the DL. I'm lovin' what I see from Johnny Gomes so far. What an awful call that was on Sunday involving Rosales that almost cost the Reds the game! We all know that Roy Oswalt is 23-1 vs the Reds in his career. Who freakin' cares? Lets just be sure to go out and rock him tonight. Where are all those people that were upset with the Ramon Hernandez for Ryan Freel trade?
*The UK basketball team has let go of two of there scholarship players from last year. AJ Stewart and Donald Williams will both look to transfer. Stewart has been rumored to transfer to NKU, but nothing official yet. Also, walk-on Landon Slone has decided to leave the team and persue playing elswhere.
*Manhatton College has announced they will sign a one handed 6'10" center. Kevin Laue, was born without a left hand. His new coach at Manhattan is quoted as saying "For all the RIGHT reasons, Kevin deserves this" I hope the coach wasn't trying to be funny with that comment.
*Chane Behanan UPDATE: Cincinnati Enquirer reporter Mike Dyer posted on his blog this morning that Behanan is still expected to be at Aiken next year and is still orally committed to UC. Previous rumors had Behanan headed toward Covington Holmes and Bowling Green HS next year. He's one of the top recruits in the 2011 class.
*ND has addd another Purple Panther from Elder. TE Alex Welch has committed to the Fighting Irish. Welch also had offers from Cincinnati, FSU, Oklahoma, and Michigan.
*Talking to fellow Blogger, Dennis Neagle today about vacation spots. Destin, Florida, Jamaica, and even Las Vegas are some great places to go in th summer. Or like his woman's family you could always leave for Jerusalem today. WTF???
*Hope everyone had a great long weekend. Friday I went to the Riverbend and got to meet George Strait and Julianne Hough. Yes, that Julianne Hough (below). She's a total knockout and I'm at borderline stalker status right now. Vote for her or Adam Rosales in the poll. I also got fried red while mulching on Saturday. Nothing worse than mulching, in my opinion. Hit the links on Monday. Started off with a stellar par, but all went downhill from there. With that said I hit a drive negative 10yrds and did manage to only double bogey the hole. Then the rains came, THANK GOD!