Things I Love

1. Fishing on Father’s Day with my dad in our pond and then having a fish fry for dinner. Mmmmm.

2. Tiger Woods. He had a RIDICULOUS two days at the U.S. Open. Saturday he had an amazing birdie and two amazing eagles to take the lead, then Sunday, after getting off to a rough start, he had a long putt on 18 to force an 18-hole playoff tomorrow. He sunk it, but he didn’t just sink it. It lipped around in the cup and fell. It was so dramatic.

If he hadn’t made that putt, a man named Rocco Mediate, who has never won an Major tournament, would’ve won the Open. And yet… still rooting for Tiger. He’s the Patriots/Yankees (before)/Red Sox (now)/Lakers and/or Celtics of golf. But everybody still wants him to win! It’s ridiculous.

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This is Getting Ridiculous

Earlier this week, MDS did a “relevant” and “timely” piece about who has the best shot of becoming the new Deadspin Editor. It makes me wonder if he’s read Deadspin since 2006. There is one woman on the list.

There was a kerfuffle today about Erin Andrews and Pervy McDrunk Sutcliffe. Do you think Sutcliffe would talk so smarmily about a male colleague? I don’t.

There is going to be a CBS Sportsline Quiz Bowl involving 5 bloggers and 5 mainstream media members. Not a woman to be found on the blogger team. But I supposed if there was, all the men would “get distracted” and not be able to answer any of the questions.

[rolls eyes]

#600

Ken Griffey Jr. joined a pretty elite group of baseball players tonight by hitting home run #600 in the first inning against the Florida Marlins. There are 6 men to do it: Babe Ruth, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Barry Bonds, Sammy Sosa and Griffey. Imagine what kind of records Griffey could’ve set if he hadn’t been hurt so much. I was there when Griffey hit #500, wish I could’ve been there for this one too. I always liked Griffey. Plus, he’s adorable. The Ladies… salute you!

Weekly MLB Rankings: No More Cubbies!

You may have noticed that I missed a couple weeks of rankings. For last week, I highlighted the first one-third of the season stat categories leaders. That conveniently did not include any Cubbies. And then the Cubbies snapped their ridiculous winning streak! So I’m going to find a way to get around featuring the Cubbies at the top until they are no longer there! Haha! Go Cardinals! This week, I’m ranking the divisions. I averaged the rankings of each of their teams (1st number) and computed the division’s overall winning percentage (2nd number).

1st place: AL East at 9.2 and .542. All the teams in this division are at .500 or better, even the lowly Orioles. That’s pretty impressive.


Can anybody name anyone in this picture?

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Everybody Helps Out

So back on Memorial Day weekend my area was hit by a tornado. Parkersburg is the town that received the brunt of the damage. 8 people were killed, dozens injured and hundreds of houses were reduced to debris. Aplington-Parkersburg High School also happens to have the distinction of sending 4 football players to the NFL: Jared Devries, Aaron Kampman, Brad Meester and Casey Wiegmann. Most of them have been able to make a trek back here to check out the town and help in the clean-up efforts, but now the Jacksonville Jaguars (Meester’s team) has decided to start selling A-P Falcons hats at this weekend’s mini-camp and also on the Jaguars website to help raise money for tornado relief.


This is Parkersburg. Click for a larger version.

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First Third Hotties

This weekend more or less marked the first 1/3 of the baseball season. The Cubs and the Rays are the only teams at .600 or better. Which makes me want to scream, “Old testament … real wrath-of-God type stuff. Fire and brimstone coming down from the skies! Rivers and seas boiling! Forty years of darkness! Earthquakes, volcanoes! The dead rising from the grave! Human sacrifice! Dogs and cats, living together…MASS HYSTERIA!”


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Thirsty Thursday

I love alcohol. Beer, wine, mixed drinks. They all have their place. Here are some of my favorites.

At the baseball game:

What can I say? I’m a Cardinals fan. They play in Busch Stadium. Nothing beats an ice-cold Bud Light at a day game in the summer. And you only have to sell ONE kidney to afford a couple beers, which leaves you one kidney leftover! Everybody wins! Continue reading

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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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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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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HOLY CRAP, AWESOME

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.

OPENING DAY!!! OPENING DAY!!!

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.

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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)