Hottie Runner Wins Long Island Marathon, Nails Jurisprudence Final

Dan McGrath is a 2L at the University of Notre Dame Law School. What is he doing this week? Studying for finals, preparing to leave for his summer job…and WINNING THE LONG ISLAND MARATHON. He’s from Long Island and he flew home this past weekend just long enough to finish the marathon in 2:25:38. He then hopped a 5 pm flight back to South Bend and took his Jurisprudence final at 9 am Monday morning.

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Weekly Rankings: We’re #2! We’re #2! We’re #2!

1st place: Diamondbacks at 21-10. Up until last night, they hadn’t reached double digits in the loss column. For 5 weeks of play, that’s pretty damn good. Brandon Webb, Dan Haren and Micah Owings are beasts. Micah Owings also keeps pinch-hitting, just like Adam Wainwright does for the Cardinals. Those two can pinch-hit me. (wait…what?) The Snakes are about to have 4 games at home with the 6th-ranked Phillies and then have 3 on the road against the 4th-ranked Cubs. That’s pretty brutal, but I predict they go 5 for 7.

Dan Haren is so much cuter when he’s clean-shaven.
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From Buzz to bleached keepers: The Ladies… This Week

Hey all, it’s time for a new weekly feature: The Ladies… This Week. Pretty simple — It’s new stuff from the Ladies…’ other websites this week.

Lady Andrea is Nuts for Nats over at Bugs and Cranks. (Note: Going Nuts for Nats is similar to, but should not be confused with, going Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs.)

Lady Andrea and Miss Minda both weigh in on the now-infamous Buzz Bissinger tirade.

Lady Andrea’s thoughts

Miss Minda’s thoughts

At Chicks Heart Fights, Chitown Chick recaps the week’s Ultimate Fighter episode. Also, sad news: her computer hasn’t been doing too well lately. I hope it gets better.

La M Alana revisits an old post, from her Warrior-fueled jubilation last year.

The Dame of Extra Time puts on her detective hat (which looks totally fabulous) and discovers what really happened to Manuel Alumnia’s hair. She has to be right.

The Final Countdown… well, not really

This weekend, weather permitting, the Cubs and Cardinals will have their first of many games this season, and your Ladies… are on top. Of the action. (Hi-yo!) Resident Cardinals fan, Lady Andrea, and Chitown Chick, a Cubs fan who had her first crush on Jody Davis, will liveblog Saturday’s game. We will be using Cover It Live, so come join us!

Andrea’s Note:  I believe the game is being hosted at BUSCH, Chitown.

Chitown’s Note: Sad! Score one for the Cards fans!

A thing of beauty is a joy forever.

Weekly Rankings: Mother-effin’ Snakes at the Top

1st: Arizona Diamondbacks at 18-7. I keep waiting for this to drop off, but it hasn’t. Arizona is the only team in the majors over .700. They’re on pace to win 116 games. And considering the rest of the National League West, where no team is over .500 other than the Dbacks, that isn’t out of the realm of possibility. They already have a SIX GAME lead. Even if that only keeps up by 50%, they are going to have a 18 game lead by the end of the season. Yikes.

Stephen Drew. So much hotter than his brother.
And he can actually play baseball.
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Weekly Top 30 Rankings: Damn Cubs.

Here we are again. I had to rank the Cubs and Red Sox pretty high this week because I go strictly by their records because I find that funny. I guess I have to stick with it. Grumble grumble harumph harumph.

1st place: Arizona Diamondbacks at 13-5. Wow. Huh.

2nd place: Chicago Cubs at 12-6. Half of their wins have come against the Pirates. So really they’re a .500 team.

Theriot and Fontenot, the Shakespearean Cubbies.

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Introducing The New Ladies…

Two weeks ago we made an announcement looking for a few new ladies. And all I can say is wow. We had so many more emails than Wanda, Andie, and I were expecting. And let me tell you guys now that it was a hard decision. We had to turn down some people we really wanted to join. People that were kickass writers. People that would have fit in like a glove. We argued and argued and argued over who should join us. And then we ate some pie. But then it was back to arguing. And in the end we think we got the women who will help continue the Ladies… brand.

Before we get to introducing, let me say how much we appreciated all the applications we got. Seriously, all of you rock. You honestly have no idea how hard it was to pick our final gals. If there was a way we could take all of you we would. For reals. Thank you to everyone who submitted to join this little blog of ours. And please don’t stop coming by and commenting on Ladies… It’s because of you that this is so much fun to do.

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Watch This Space…

The Ladies have a big announcement coming tomorrow, so BOLO! (That’s Be On the Lookout!)

Meanwhile, I received Kenny Mayne’s book in the mail yesterday. His publisher mass-emailed bloggers offering a free copy and I said, “SURE!” I’ll post a more detailed review when I’m finished reading it, but so far I’m enjoying it. He has his schtick to be sure, but overall it’s decently entertaining. The best part about it is the anecdotes he includes about his daughters Riley and Annie. He asked them to draw picture representations of famous sporting events (the Immaculate Reception, Don Larsen’s perfect game) and the illustrations are priceless. Annie drew Larsen’s game as a bowling game. I’m not sure why she chose bowling, but it’s adorable.

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Easy Like Sunday Morning

Technically it’s still morning, so here we go. First off, Notre Dame got totally hosed in hockey last night. There was a goal that made it 3-2 Boston College, which puts quite a different landscape on the last 15 minutes, but the goal was called back and BC scored right away to make it 4-1. Maybe next year, ND.

In The Masters, Tiger is 6 shots off the lead at -5. The top two guys are cuties Trevor Immelman and Brandt Snedeker. I think Snedeker looks like a My Buddy doll. Tune in at 2 pm on CBS (their “coverage” not starting til 3:30 yesterday and 2:00 today is just total crap) to see who wins!

Frozen Four: Boston College

The Boston College Eagles take on the ND Sioux at 6 pm tonight.  Go Fightin’ Sioux!  (Sorry, but I go to Notre Dame and I’m contractually obligated to hate BC.  That’s just how it goes.)

However, they are not devoid of hotties.  In fact, they have quite a few lookers.  So without further ado, here is the BC All-Hottie Team:

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Hump Day Hottie: Marek Svatos

The NHL playoffs start tonight with matchups between Rangers-Devils, Senators-Penguins, Flames-Sharks and Avalanche-Wild. Last year, I decided I needed an NHL team and I chose Colorado. It had a little to do with their comeback playoff run (which fell short), a little to do with their awesome jerseys, and a lot to do with Marek Svatos. Seriously, I bought a jersey. So I hope he stays in Colorado. He’s a 5’10, 185 Right Wing and he’s gorgeous. Go Avs!

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Last night was easily the best Finals I’ve seen in a long time. In fact, I can’t even decide on a better one so I’m dubbing this Best Finals I’ve Ever Seen. The NCAA tourney is my favorite time of year, hands down, but the Finals always seem to be a disappointment. This year, the score was close the entire way and both teams looked really athletic. The Kansas comeback to force overtime was OUTSTANDING. I did remark to my table in the bar that it was kind of a bummer that Memphis unraveled in OT. I was so high after the end of regulation that I wanted the back-and-forth to continue, but Kansas really took it over.

For those of you who live under a rock, here is the end of regulation:

Congratulations Jayhawks!

Frozen Four: North Dakota

There’s another ND in the Frozen Four and it’s the Fightin’ Sioux of the University of North Dakota.  To finish out the regular season, the ND Sioux went on a winning (or tying) streak that dated back to January 4th.  They stumbled a bit in their conference tourney, but rebounded to beat Princeton and Wisconsin on the way to the Frozen Four.  They’ll face Boston College in the first round on Thursday at 5 pm. Below is your All-Hottie team.  I’m partial to Kyle Radke myself.  Call me!

The best part about this picture is the man nonchalantly sipping his Diet Coke…

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Weekly Top 30

Over at the other place, we do a collaborative Top 30 for baseball every week. I submitted my rankings and snarky comments, but I don’t know how the rankings will average out and if any of my comments will even make the cut. So I’m posting it here just in case. Because they amused me.

1st place: Cardinals and Brewers. Best records in baseball at 5-1. This is clearly the NL Comedy Central’s year to make a dramatic comeback. Half the NL All-Star starters will be Redbirds and Beer Makers, we will win home field advantage and then the Cards will beat the Brew Crew in a dramatic game 7 of the NLCS on a Pujols bomb that knocks Bernie Brewer unconscious and causes Derrick Turnbow to collapse in a pile of tears. Yep. That’s exactly what will happen.

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Friday Night Lights, y’all!

Friday Night Lights has been renewed for a third season via a deal NBC made with DirecTV. I have no idea if I’ll even have DirecTV next year, but that hardly matters because I’m sure I will be able to get the episodes somewhere. This is awesome news, you guys! This is seriously one of the best shows on TV and if you aren’t watching it, I implore you to download it or buy the DVDs and start watching.

NCAA Frozen Four: Notre Dame

The Other Final Four was decided yesterday, as Michigan, Notre Dame, North Dakota and Boston College punched their tickets to Denver. While watching bball, I also managed to catch two Miami OH games because my friend CJ went there for undergrad. I was his designated high-fiver for when something good happened. Anyway, watching so much hockey (hey, two games in two days qualifies as “so much” for this girl) inspired me to do a Hockey Hottie feature for each team. Today is Notre Dame.


For those of you who have taken the day off in order to fully emerse yourselves in Opening Day festivities, here are the schedules for today (all times Eastern.)  I plan on catching some NL Central goodness with Brewers/Cubs and then Cardinals/Rockies.  Then I think I’ll have to make due with Angels/Twins and finally I’m pumped about the pitching match-up in Astros/Padres.

National League
Brandon Webb and Aaron Harang face off in the Arizona-Cincinnati matchup at 2:10

Hottie Ben Sheets takes on Hot Head Carlos Zambrano in a Brewers-Cubs game at 2:20 (ESPN2, WGN)

Washington and Chico travel to Philly to face sweetheart Brett Myers at 3:05

Johan Santana makes his major league debut in Blue & Orange as the Mets take on Hendrickson and the Marlins at 4:10

A match-up of smokin’ proportions is happening in St. Louis as Adam Wainwright takes on Jeff Francis of Colorado at 4:15

Ian Snell and Tom Glavine (love him) face off as the Pirates visit the Braves at 7:10

Another smokin’ match-up as Roy Oswalt and the Astros visit Jake Peavy and the Padres at 10:00 (ESPN2)

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Run, Don’t Walk…

To get today’s Sports Illustrated. Holy crap. I opened my mailbox and about swooned dead away on the spot to see Ryan Braun, Justin Upton and Troy Tulowitzki looking oh-so-adorable. Then I realized I could open the cover and find Jacoby Ellsbury, Clay Buchholz and Ryan Zimmerman. It’s like a centerfold for girls! Sigh. Troy Tulowitzki is so effing cute.

Hump Day Hottie: David Padgett (Not Brandon)

I’ve been thoroughly enjoying March Madness so far, and I’m sure a lot of that had to do with being in Las Vegas for the first weekend. What a shitshow. It was awesome though. I’m liking the looks of Louisville and I’ve always been a Padgett fan, so here’s a little David Padgett for your Wednesday afternoon.

It’s Hard Out There for a Mid-Major

So tonight the tournament officially “kicks off,” even though my feelings about the play-in game are summarized nicely here.  Mount St. Mary’s deserves a legitimate seed in the tournament; all the conferences winners do (whether by regular season or conference tourney, that’s a whole different issue), even 20-loss Coppin St. because they won their conference tourney.  I’ve always been in favor of the idea that if we HAVE to have a play-in game, why not make it between 2 teams from major conferences who have questionable resumes?  Make Arizona and Syracuse battle it out.  Anyway, the madness begins tonight at 7 pm EDT on ESPN, so here are some Play-in Hotties:

Coppin State
Ernest Hargett (and a little something for SA)

The Other NCAA Tournament

In all the hoopla surrounding the NCAA Mens Basketball Tournament brackets (Siena Elite 8, you heard it here first!), there is another bracket that was released last night:  the NCAA Mens Wrestling Tournament, which takes place in St. Louis March 20th-22nd.  Between Iowa, Iowa State and UNI my state has 28 wrestlers competing; Iowa is missing a wrestler at 197 and UNI is missing a heavyweight.  But that’s still a lot of muscles…in spandex…rolling around….*shake* I’m back.  I’m pretty pumped about it, so here are some wrestling hotties:

March Madness Begins

This year we aren’t setting up a bet with the boys across the way, but we do have an All Ladies NCAA Pool Thunderdome happening with a very handsome prize for the winner.

My picks for first-round upsets are ‘Nova over Clemson, K-State over USC and Cornell over Stanford.  Here are some Upset Hotties for your Monday afternoon viewing pleasure.

Shane Clark, Villanova

Mmmm, muscley arms.
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There was some pretty crazy shit happening last night in the Minnesota/Indiana game. In case you haven’t seen the highlights yet (there’s no way y’all saw it when the game was ACTUALLY on. I mean, 1) it’s Big Ten basketball and 2) it was on the Big Ten Network), what happened was this: DJ White went to the free throw line with Indiana down one point. He made the first one to tie it up, then bricked the second and GOT HIS OWN rebound and then got fouled. He again made 1 of 2 free throws to give Indiana a one-point lead with 1.5 seconds left. Minnesota then threw a baseball pass the length of the court and true freshman Blake Hoffarber chucked a sky hook up and in at the buzzer for a Minnesota one-point victory. Here is the video:

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Fantasy Team: Hotties

The WhatIf Sports Simulation has started over at Bugs & Cranks. Each guy drafted a team from the last 25 years of the team he covers for the site. I got to draft Hotties. As of this writing I’m 2-2, not a bad start. I thought I’d share with y’all my Team o’ Hotties. (These pics are not all from the year I have the player, sometimes you just have to go with a cute pic.)

’06 Alex Rios. Such a cutie pie!


The Big Ten Men’s Wrestling Tournament was this weekend and while I could not be there taking awesome pictures like last time, it was exciting nonetheless.

For the conference tourney, each school gets to send one wrestler per weight class for 10 wrestlers each. The Top 7 in each weight class advance to the NCAA tourney in St. Louis in two weeks. (The top 7 seems like a lot to me, but that’s how it’s done.) Iowa is sending 9 of its 10 wrestlers to the National tourney, with only sophomore Chad Beatty not making the cut.

Overall we ended up with one champion in Brent Metcalf, one 2nd place in my wrestling boyfriend Mark Perry, four 3rd places, a 4th place and a 7th place. All in all, that’s kind of a disappointing showing by the Iowa Hawkeyes but it was still good enough to take the team crown with 127 points. Minnesota was 2nd with 112.5.