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Posted on: July 11, 2008 6:55 pm
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Blog Cabin: Your weekend sports planner

Unless you want to watch the world championship of bicycle racing or stake out Brett Favre's Mississippi home, this weekend's sports load will again focus on baseball.

MLB


Diamondbacks vs. Phillies
Arizona comes in to the series holding a slim, one-game lead over the Dodgers in the NL West. Philadelphia, meanwhile, is only 1 1/2 games ahead of the Marlins and Mets in the NL East.

While Friday and Saturday will likely feature a fair amount of offensive output, Sunday's matchup will probably be the highlight of the series.

Will Brandon Webb (13-4, 3.27) be able to shut down the powerful Phillies lineup? Or, will Cole Hammels (9-6, 3.18) be able to out-dual the Arizona ace? Either way, it should be a great game to watch.

After a few shaky games in late May, Hammels has been great in his last six outings. His biggest problem has been a lack of run-support, but with Ryan Howard continuing to heat up and Chase Utley due to snap out of his recent cold spell, I've got to pick Philly to take two of three at home.


Angels vs. Athletics
Oakland needs to make a serious dent in the Angels' 5-game AL West lead. Unfortunately, I'm not sure how realistic that proposition is.

Rookie Sean Gallagher (3-4, 4.45) will make his A's debut on Friday, after recently being acquired from the Cubs in the Rich Harden deal. He'll not only battle the hot Angel hitters, he'll have to out-pitch veteran Jon Garland (8-5, 3.76), who has been at his best over his last three starts.

Saturday will feature a little better matchup, with All-Star Ervin Santana (10-3, 3.53) taking on Oakland's Dana Eveland (7-5, 3.50). Eveland will look to bounce back from a rough last outing in which he gave up nine hits in 5 1/3 innings, while walking four and striking out none... and that was against Seattle (ouch).

This series will also feature a Sunday pitchers dual, with Joe Saunders (12-5, 3.07) taking on Oakland's young ace, Justin Duchscherer (10-5, 1.78).

I'll take the Angels to win Friday and Saturday, with Duchscherer tossing his way to an Athletics win on Sunday.


Marlins vs. Dodgers
On the other end of the Arizona/Philly matchup, Florida and Los Angeles will be trying to climb out of their second-place holes, and reach the All-Star break on top of their respective divisions.

This four-game set started on Thursday, with an 11-inning Florida win, and I look for the series to progress in much the same fashion.

Look for close games with lots of late-inning heroics. Also, keep your eyes on Hanley Ramirez... that kid is scorching hot, and when he's scorching hot, he's as good a hitter as anyone in the game.

Florida takes two of the final three games.


Mets vs. Rockies

The Mets have won six in a row, and as I mentioned earlier, are well on their way to climbing back to the top of the NL East. Lesson: Never, ever, leave any New York team for dead.

I do think the winning streak will stop on Friday, when Colorado's Aaron Cook (11-6, 3.66) takes the mound, but I also expect New York to come out ahead in the next two contests.

Unfortunately for the Mets, if all my predictions are correct, they will only be hoping to hold their ground this weekend.


From the Blogosphere...

After years of wishy-washy retirement talk, Brett Favre finally called it quits in a weepy press conference this off-season. Now, Brett says he felt forced out by the Packers organization. Who's fault is it? Farvism says we should blame the media. Wait... what?

If you're trying to make you way in to Major League Baseball, the best place to find scouts in the summer time is the Cape Cod League. FSU Boston gives you a brief history of this great wood-bat league, and also lets the community know about a few big prospects who are out to hot starts.

NinerNation kicks off his series of NFC West previews by breaking down the Seattle Seahawks. Shockingly, he seems to think they could win 10 games this year.
Posted on: July 7, 2008 6:23 pm
Edited on: July 7, 2008 6:41 pm
 

Blog Cabin: I'm tired of being nice to Favre

In the news...

Surprise, surprise... It looks like good ol' No. 4 just couldn’t put down the football, and this time, I think even Packer fans are a little less than thrilled. I’m not a Green Bay fan, but I’ve always liked and respected Brett, and I know that I’m pretty sick of this act.

If Favre does complete his comeback, it will leave the Packers with three options: 1. He’s the starter, Aaron Rodgers be-damned. 2. He’s traded, hopefully not to a division rival. 3. Favre is dropped and allowed to find the best deal available, again, hopefully not going to another team in the NFC North.

You know what? I’m just going to come right out and say it... Brett Favre is an idiot.

Enough with the sugar-coating.

I know he can still play. I know that his body feels good now. So what? We’ve already seen two tearful goodbyes, and if he did have any sense, he would spare us all a third.

After the team’s success last year, he could have easily stayed if he wanted to, but he blew it. Green Bay has finally and reluctantly started to move on.

Take your records and get gone, Brett. Keep some kind of dignity. Don’t you realize you’re like a desperate ex-boyfriend who keeps calling and stalking the girl that left him?

It’s sad, really. He’s wishy-washy, has no consideration for his team and will most likely deal a devastating blow to his legacy. For someone who’s supposed to be a tough guy, he’s sure starting to look like a pampered brat with an over-inflated sense of self-entitlement.

I've lost all respect for him.

The worst thing about it is that he will absolutely ruin his reputation if he comes back. He won’t play for Green Bay, and he won’t go to a contender. He’ll probably end up in Chicago or Minnesota, possibly ruining his reputation if things in Green Bay get messy.

Seriously, can you imaging Favre in a Bears uniform? I guess Satan might as well start knitting himself hoof-mittens and a scarf.

Obviously, Brett will want to start wherever he ends up. He would love a chance to win, and at his advanced age, will need to see that chance very soon. Here are the places I’d be the least surprised to see him.

5. Houston – Here’s a wildcard. I’m not saying that Brett could help the Texans wrestle the AFC South crown from the Indianapolis Colts, but I do think that they’re on the verge of a playoff berth. Favre, obviously, would be a huge upgrade over Matt Schaub.

4. Green Bay – I think it would be an absolutely awful move, but you never know. To some extent, Favre has become bigger than the team, and at the very least, is the living, breathing embodiment of the Green Bay Packers. It may be an offer they just can’t refuse.

3. Atlanta The Falcons could seek a slight reprieve for trading Favre away so many years ago. There’s definitely no clear starter, so the guys in Georgia might see Favre as the perfect mentor for QB-of-the-future Matt Ryan. Also, except for the Saints, Atlanta is the closest NFL team to Favre’s Mississippi home.

2. Chicago – The Bears’ window might be closing, but a guy like Favre could easily help them get through it before time runs out. They’ve played two years, or much longer really, with no quarterback, so a presence like Brett could make a huge difference. He’s known as a cold weather QB, so it would be a good fit geographically. Plus, with Aaron Rodgers starting in Green Bay, the Bears should have a shot at the division.

1. Tampa Bay – If Favre could deal with John Gruden, and I get the impression that they have some similar personality traits, then the Buccaneers would be a great fit. They already run a West Coast offense, and outside of Jeff Garcia, have a collection of below average signal callers. The receiving corps is good, and Tampa would have a great chance to repeat as the NFC South champion.


From the Blogosphere...

PalmettoHawk is in the same place as I am... wondering what the heck is going on with Brett Favre. Check out this member's blog for another confused fan's perspective.

With college football right around the corner, Graystork gives us his preseason Top-25. Doesn't seem too bad, but I definitely think Virginia Tech should move down a few slots. What do you think?

Feeling a little more national pride after Independence Day? If so, check out DaJetsGuy's blog about his favorite patriotic sports moments. It's great stuff!
Posted on: July 1, 2008 7:46 pm
 

Blog Cabin: A-Rod won't play ball with fans

In the news...

I had to laugh when I read that Alex Rodriguez said he would refuse to participate in this year’s Homerun Derby. Typical. I mean, why would the best and highest-paid player in the game want to give anything back to the fans, right?

And, I know, he said that he wasn’t going to participate because the competition messes with his swing, and that his responsibility is to the New York Yankees... There’s no way I buy that. This is just one more small bump in a career that took a rocky turn as soon as it left Seattle in 2000.

It’s sad, really. Here’s a guy who should be the most beloved baseball player in the world, but for whatever reason, he just can’t do the things he needs to do to earn that mantle. Whether it be his reputation as a postseason choke artist, his incomprehensible salary, or just his attitude in general, A-Rod will never find a place in America’s heart.

Maybe he’s starting to realize that, too. He has to see the way that the fans and media have taken to Joba Chamberlain. I’m sure he’s witnessed the respect that former players like Don Mattingly and Yogi Berra garner. But, most importantly, I’m sure he knows that New York fans would rip the jersey off his back and use it to dry Derek Jeter’s feet.

A-Rod’s status as 3rd or 4th fiddle should have been obvious the moment he arrived in New York, and was promptly told to take his glove and “best shortstop of all time” title over to third base.

Jeter, by the way, is batting 40 points lower than Rodriguez this season, but hey, he did bring New York four championships.

These could all be reasons that A-Rod is choosing not to participate. He’s sending a big middle finger to all the fans who have underappreciated him.

Too bad he won’t be missed by the fans or the competition. In all three of his past appearances, A-Rod has finished the competition in sixth place. Two of those times, he was eliminated in the first round after only managing to hit two homers.

I doubt he would even go to the All-Star game if it didn’t make an impact in the Hall of Fame voting. I’m sure he would rather just pack up his private jet and take off with Madonna for the weekend.

What’s with that, anyway? I’m sure that, even with all the on-field issues, A-Rod should be able to pull hotter women than Madonna. After all, Madonna is like 60, man!

Hmm... Maybe Jeter has beat him to all the supermodels too?


From the Blogosphere...

Kansas City fan KidDude123 has his mid-season grades for the Royals pitching staff. Four A's, three B's, three C's, two D's and an F. That seems a little top heavy for a team in fourth place... but I'll let you be the judge.

MrRedSoxBaller continues his list of the greatest baseball players of all time. This week's installment (41-50) is full of household names like Cal Ripken Jr., Jackie Robinson and Roberto Clemente.

After a rash of recent losses, what does the Big Ten have to do to regain it's lost respect? Tbartold has already laid out a schedule of must-win matchups. Take a look!
Posted on: June 30, 2008 6:54 pm
Edited on: June 30, 2008 7:01 pm
 

Blog Cabin: Manny's not so laid back these days

In the news...

Shawn Chacon assaults a GM, he is suspended indefinitely. Manny Ramirez assaults a member of the staff, he says he’s “sorry”.

I like Manny, but there’s definitely something wrong with the guy. Well, there’s always been something wrong with the guy, but this is different. After throwing a punch at Kevin Youkilis a few weeks back, Manny recently decided to toss Red Sox traveling secretary Jack McCormick to the ground because he couldn’t get enough tickets to the game in Houston.

What’s the deal, Man-Ram? I may be making assumptions here... but did your pot dealer get pinched or something? Why all the hostility, brother? You’re supposed to be one of the most laid back players in baseball history.

Honestly, though, it shouldn’t matter what the issue is. Manny should be being Manny on his couch for the next few weeks. Think about it... the guy did physically assault a man in his 60s. How is that not worthy of a suspension?

It’s not like McCormick is another player. I can forgive when two athletes get in to it. Things happen in the heat of competition. This kind of thing is a whole different can of worms, though, and Boston is doing itself a horrible disservice by handling this the way they have.

According to reports, Ramirez and McCormick got together after the altercation, and Manny apologized for the incident. McCormick, of course, accepted the apology, because he probably wants to keep his job, and because Manny is the most popular Red Sox player since Jim Rice, and because every game matters in the AL East.

Oh, and did I mention that Boston is already locked in an early pennant race with Tampa Bay and the ever-present Yankees? And, that they just happen to be heading in to series with both those clubs in the next week?

That sounds like a few too many funny coincidences, if you ask me... and if the Steroid Era taught us anything, it’s that baseball isn’t really known for its funny coincidences. Everything in the game happens for a reason.

So, I guess this means that players should check their stat lines before they decide to throw down.

That’s right; beat it Shawn Chacon, and don’t let the door hit your big 5.04 ERA on the way out!

As for you... That’s a bad Manny! Bad, bad Manny! Now, say you’re sorry, and I want you to go to the batting cage and think about what you’ve done.


From the Blogosphere...

Cajundaddyomand has the solution for high gas prices, and he knows because he works in the drilling industry. This member says that there is no oil crisis, and that things are fixable.

Are American kids soft? ScreaminVike13NM says that youngsters today don't have to work for the things they get. Instead, they are given things so that failure won't crush their self esteem. What do you think?

Finally, a sports blog. Cirknick continues his quest to find the best Indianapolis Colts team of all time. This week: special teams.
Posted on: June 27, 2008 5:44 pm
 

Blog Cabin: Your weekend sports planner

Well, it's another Friday, which means another weekend of sports to enjoy. And what's not to enjoy, coming off the NBA draft and the flurry of trades that followed.

As for what I'll be checking out this weekend - Most of my viewing will again revolve around MLB and interleague play, but I did throw in a few other happenings in the world of sports.

MLB

Cubs vs. White Sox

Once again, the battle line has been drawn in Chicago, but this time the war rages at US Cellular Field. The Cubs handled their cross-town rivals last weekend in Wrigley, scoring 22 runs in three games. Now, the White Sox will try to return the favor, and hold on to a slim half-game lead in the AL Central?

Ryan Dempster (9-2) takes the mound, Friday, against Jose Contreras (6-6). Dempster pitched a gem last week, as the Cubs won 7-1. The pitching match-ups on Saturday and Sunday aren't too appealing, so I'd expect much the same as last weekend - a lot of scoring with Chicago fans definitely getting their moneys worth.

The Sox certainly can't afford another sweep, as Minnesota has been on a tear, and are suddenly in surprise contention for first place.

Twins vs. Brewers
Speaking of Minnesota, the red hot Twinkies take another shot at the Brewers. The Twins have swept their last three series, and have a good shot at making it four. Milwaukee has been hot as well, though, winning six of the last seven games.

Friday's starter for the Brewers, Seth McClung, has not faired well against the Twins, posting a 1-2 record and 7.53 ERA. In interleague play this year, however, McClung has been solid, with a 2-0 record and 3.14 ERA. Which McClung will show up Friday? I'll be watching to find out.

Minnesota is leading the season series 2-1. Milwaukee should have a shot to even things up, though, with ace Ben Sheets taking on Minnesota's Kevin Slowey on Sunday. Saturday will have the best pitching match-up in this series, with the Twins' Livan Hernandez (8-4) going up against Manny Parra (7-2).

Mets vs. Yankees
This is the last subway series in the Bronx at Yankee Stadium (unless both teams make it to the World Series, which is highly unlikely). Both teams are in similar positions at this stage in the season - in third place in their respective divisions, but playing well over their last 10.

The Mets are four games out of first place in the NL East, and the Yankees are five-and-a-half games behind rival Boston. Both teams could use a big boost in this series, so it should be interesting to see which New York team prevails.

The series starts with a double header on Friday. The first game will be in the Bronx and the second at Shea Stadium. Saturday we'll see Andy Pettitte (8-5) and Johan Santana (7-6) taking the mound. Despite his record, Santana has a 2.93 ERA, and is always capable of shutting down even the most potent lineup.

Angels vs. Dodgers

The Angels and Dodgers meet again this weekend, but the Angles have had the Dodgers number all season. Winning nine of the last 11 games, the Halos look to add to that win total. Joe Saunders brings his 11-3 record in to Dodger Stadium, Friday, against Chan Ho Park, 2-2. (Wait... Chan Ho Park is still in the league?!)

Park hasn't pitched well against the Angels in his career. His 5.75 ERA and 5-7 record doesn't bode well for his outing against an Angels team that can put up runs with the best of them.

On Saturday, two youngsters - Jered Weaver of the Angles and Chad Billingsley of the Dodgers - hit the bump. Neither have had spectacular years so far, but this should be an exciting game.

Sunday. Angels ace John Lackey has been lights out since missing the beginning stages of the season. Lackey boasts a 5-1 record and stellar 1.65 ERA since taking his place at the top of the rotation. Derek Lowe, on the other hand, hasn't found his stride, but is capable of dealing Lackey his second loss of the season.


PGA

The Buick Open
Obviously, this usually important tournament won't be quite as exciting with Tiger Woods on the shelf. But, with the big guy out, young, hungry players will again have their chance to shine. Bo Van Pelt holds the lead heading into the weekend, at -14, but Dudley Hart and Daniel Chopra are currently hot on his trail, at -12.

I'll be tuning in on Sunday to watch the final round and see who steps up in Tiger's absence.

Euro Soccer

Championship Game: Spain vs. Germany
I might tune in on Sunday for the 91st minute of this championship game to see what team is sliding around on their knees and celebrating. I'll take that as the winning team and switch back to baseball or maybe cup-stacking or... well, anything really.

Tennis

Wimbledon

The Championships continue this weekend with the third and fourth rounds. Unfortunately for most viewers, you may not recognize many of the names. Still, there are a few big guns left, and there will be a ton of good grass-court tennis to watch.

On Saturday, Nicolas Kiefer will face tennis terminator Rafael Nadal. Nadal has looked sharp in the first two rounds and should have no problem with the 27th-ranked German.

Another Saturday match that should be exciting is Tommy Haas and Andy Murray, the 12th-ranked player in the world. These players are pretty evenly matched, and this one could turn in to an epic battle.

On the ladies side, surprising Shuai Peng of China will go up against Ala Kudryavtseva of Russia. Both ladies made a splash by beating the No. 1 and No. 3 ranked players, respectively, in round two.

Venus Williams tries to reach the finals again and will take on Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez on Court 1.


From the Blogosphere...

The Heat need help... and they may have just got some. Check out Harst's NBA Draft grades and revised Miami depth chart.

It's only halfway through the season, but Chipper&Smoltzy is already wondering about the 2008 MLB Rookies of the Year. Could the NL player be Jay Bruce in Cincinnati? Maybe the AL guy is Joba up in the Big Apple? Make your pick!

Ilive@unc is the not about to call Charlotte a playoff team, but he does think this draft was a step in the right direction. Take a look at his thoughts on the Bobcats' draft.
Posted on: June 25, 2008 7:27 pm
Edited on: June 25, 2008 7:28 pm
 

Blog Cabin: Tiger, apples and weird e-bay items

In the news...

We’re living in the Internet age; a time when all human knowledge, anything you could ever want, is just a click away. Thus, I wasn’t at all surprised when an apple core, supposedly eaten by Tiger Woods, appeared for sale on e-bay.

I guess, sometimes, one man’s trash really is another man’s treasure.

I was definitely amused, though, so I decided to check out the sale, which appears to have been taken down. The ad did say that the core was “scooped up in a beer cup to avoid disturbing the DNA”, and also that all proceeds would go toward a college fund for the seller’s daughter.

Better hope she gets a scholarship, because at my last check the price for the core had only reached $100.

Apparently, the e-bay community also thought the sale was pretty funny. Today, there’s someone selling another “official” Tiger Woods apple (Item 160253893882), two people selling apple cores that they ate while watching Tiger Woods (180257937309 and 140244298257), and one person selling the core of an apple he found near the woods in Tiger, Georgia (160254815134).

While I was there, I decided to see what other weird commodities could be found in the worlds largest garage sale.

Without further ado... Here are then 10 strangest things I found on e-bay.


10. Antique snake bite repair kit (6249881565)
– There’s no date, but apparently, before modern medicine, a snake bite kit consisted of a razor blade and a small vial of antiseptic. Wow, why not just make it a gun and one bullet.

9. Cerebral Stimulator (150262457871) - While the snake bight kit may have been bad medicine, this thing is just plain stupid. Basically, it’s just a copper pipe with 10 thick copper wires coming off of it. The pipe part is placed above the head with the wires touching all around the skull. Sounds kind of like a human-lightning-rod kit, if you ask me.

8. Invisible soccer ball (150262919043) – I’ve never heard of one either, and I’ve definitely never seen one... which, I guess, is the point. Still, you can tell it’s the real deal because the box looks completely empty. Now, if they could only make invisible soccer players... That would be way more entertaining then normal soccer.

7. Decorated penis gourd (110263942947) .At first, I thought the word should be “guard”, but it turns out this traditional tube-shaped, tiger-striped junk-cover really is made out of a gourd. The ad calls the piece “traditional” and says that it was made and decorated by the Kamanibit people, who live in the Sepik area of Papua New Guinea. I really don’t know anything about the Kamanbit, except that they’re definitely not a small people. This gourd is over 10 inches long.

6. Coprolite (370062026706)
Who says you can’t polish a turd? It would appear that polished dinosaur poop sells quite well on e-bay. There are many auctions going, for many different kinds of fossilized dung. Most say things like “great specimen” or “unique gift”. Personally, I would say that if you’re hanging out with people who would accept poo as a gift, you should probably get new friends.

5. Human soul (300236720783)
It’s not the first soul sold on e-bay, and I’m sure it won’t be the last. Reportedly, one sold for around $400 not too long ago. Anyway, the person selling this one says he needs the money, and that the winner will receive a certificate of authenticity for the soul. He has also limited the sale to fellow humans. “No Satanists, occults, pixies, warlords, elf’s or even Satan himself may bid.”

4. Invisibility (130232659564) – “
This is not a toy or a magic trick. This is not an illusion or a ninja technique.” What it is, apparently, is the secret to becoming invisible. The ad further promises that “You will not have a shadow,” and that the method “will work even when you’re completely surrounded by cameras and people.” This one is hilarious. Half way down the page, there’s a drawing of an invisible guy lifting up a woman’s skirt. Above the picture, it warns that these powers should be used for “moral” purposes only. The best part, though, is that the invisible guy is wearing a red hat and sunglasses, which are clearly visible. Why would someone who’s invisible do that? And, do you have to be naked to be invisible? Also, buyers will get a bonus “Wizard’s Book”. This extra book teaches readers many useful things, like how to command bugs, how to teach your pets to dance on stilts, and even how to bring dead creatures back to life!

3. Plans for a sonic nausea device (320200017420)
You’ll know you have the right auction when you see the picture of the guy vomiting. With only basic soldering and electronics skills, the purchaser of these plans will, I’m guessing, be able to create some kind of sound device capable of making everyone in the vicinity lose their lunch. Useful. This seller is also hawking plans for an atom smasher. I bet this one comes with a free visit from the FBI!

2. Possibly haunted, big-breasted tomato (320266504133) –
Yep, that’s right... It’s a tomato that’s shaped like a pair of woman’s breasts, and if it was to scale, I would guess we would be talking about at least D-cups. If that wasn’t strange enough, the seller believes the fruit, which came from her garden, may be haunted by the spirit of her sister Jenny, who died of breast cancer. But here’s the twist, you can’t bid on the tomato... because e-bay doesn’t allow the sale of food. So instead, the seller wants you to buy a porcelain doll left to her by the dead sister... because that’s what the tomato is telling her to do. Got all that?

1. The “Brief Safe” (320168468249)
When you’re just too crazy to buy a regular safe, the brief safe will keep your money secure at all costs (even your dignity). Basically, it’s a pair of white men’s underwear, rigged with a special pouch to hold valuables. You simply stow your possessions in the safe’s pouch and throw it on the floor. What thief will look in your dirty undies, right? But... How will a thief know they’re dirty, you ask? Simple! The brief safe comes with “special markings”... Yeah, that’s right. They come with skidmarks. As the ad puts it: “Even the most hardened burglar or most curious snoop will ‘skid’ to a screeching halt as soon as they see them.” The ad also suggests that you use “doo drops” (another of the seller's products) for a realistic smell. You guessed it... “Doo drops look and smell like real diarrhea!”

Posted on: June 23, 2008 6:35 pm
Edited on: June 23, 2008 7:56 pm
 

Blog Cabin: Ashley Harkleroad poses for Playboy

In the news...

With the start of Wimbledon, I’ve been hearing a lot about Ashley Harkleroad, and her decision to pose in Playboy. I remember when the story came out, but it definitely didn’t register in my mind as a story that would remain on the international radar.

I guess I was wrong.

The commentators during Harkleroad’s first-round, straight-set loss spent half the match talking about the 23-year-old’s decision to pose naked for Hugh Hefner’s money. One of the old, crotchety-sounding woman commentators even said the move “wasn’t classy” and that she should “take some heat”.

Seriously? What’s the big deal? What do you care?

Harkleroad isn’t exactly a household name, and it’s not like she’s going to be winning majors any time soon... or any tournament for that matter. Unfortunately for her, she’s on the downside of a mediocre career.

That being the case, I don’t blame her one bit for posing in Playboy. I’ll stop short of calling it a “classy” move, but let’s be honest; it’s really not that bad. If the pictures were in black and white and taken by a guy in a beret, then we would all be calling them art. I mean, people have been carving and painting nude bodies since the beginning of time.

Why is it OK for a bunch of snooty aristocrats to sip wine while remarking about nudes in a gallery showing, meanwhile it’s considered dirty if someone decides to use a little color and puts the picture in a magazine full of politics and news?

I would never say that all adult magazines are the equivalent of art, but Playboy is probably about one step more risqué then a swimsuit calendar... and it is meant for adults, after all.

There’s a definite double standard here.

After taking some criticism, Harkleroad echoed a similar sentiment. “I really didn't think it was that big of a deal,” she said. “I'm proud of my body. I stay in shape and try to stay fit. I'm just trying to represent a female athlete and her body.”

Good for her. And, if she can pull in a few hundred thousand to do it, then why not? It’s a good business move for someone in her position.

I think Ana Ivanovic or Maria Sharapova would make the same move in they were a bit worse with the racket... and I’m sure they both have standing, multi-million dollar offers to do so.


From the Blogoshpere...

What grinds Flygirl's gears? Well, today, it's public restrooms. I think she may have a touch of the OCD, but I'll let you all be the judge.

With Curt Schilling shutting it down for the season, and maybe his career, baseball fans everywhere are wondering if the outspoken postseason hero will find a place in Cooperstown. Dbacksfan414 presents both sides of the argument.

Cirknick continues his quest to assemble the greatest Colts team of all time. This week: defensive line.


Posted on: June 20, 2008 7:13 pm
 

Blog Cabin: Your sports weekend planner

Well, it’s definitely not the biggest weekend in sports, but there are a few fun things going on in the athletic universe.

Major League Baseball


White Sox vs. Cubs
Things have already kicked off in Chicago, with the Cubs winning the first game of the series on a walk-off homerun from Aramis Ramirez. These two teams are at the top of their respective divisions for a reason. They both have had solid pitching, and have lineups that are capable of giving those pitchers decent run support.

Look for an 8-7 or 7-6 game on Saturday, followed by a close, but much lower-scoring contest, when Javier Vazquez and Ryan Dempster hit the bump on Sunday. Dempster is 8-2 on the season, with a 2.76 ERA, while Vazquez sports a mediocre 7-5 record, but has fanned 93 batters so far this season.

Twins vs. Diamondbacks

If the Twins look in the rearview mirror, they’re going to see a Tiger team edging up fast. And while Minnesota has been playing good ball, the Tigers are the team with the should-be All-Star lineup... and that linup is starting to come alive. Even with a decimated pitching staff, Detroit should have no trouble taking two of three from the lowly San Diego Padres, this weekend.

If the Twinkies want to hold on to their second-place spot in the AL Central, they absolutely need to win this series against the NL West-leading Diamondbacks. The Twins will have their work cut out for them, though. They will face Randy Johnson, Micah Owings and Brandon Webb. Webb will be looking to bounce back from an awful last performance, in which he gave up 7 earned runs in only 3.1 innings. Owings, meanwhile, could be trying to help his team with more than his arm; serving as designated hitter for the interleague series.

Angels vs. Phillies
The weekend’s second battle of first place teams kicks off Friday in Philadelphia, with the NL East-leading Phillies playing host to the top team in the AL West; the Los Angeles Angels. The Halos have played spectacular on the road, posting a 21-12 record away from home.

Philadelphia has cooled off after winning seven of eight to start the month. The team now holds a slim, two-game lead over the surprising Marlins. They will likely struggle against Angel pitchers Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders, before facing Jered Weaver on Sunday. Cole Hamels takes the mound for the Phils on Sunday, so I’ll say they go 1-2 in the series, and retain a one-game lead over Florida.

Other Action


-The Olympic torch makes its way to Tibet on Friday... What could possibly go wrong? You might see more coverage of this on the news than on the sports stations. I’m just hoping that we don’t have to hear about Chinese police brutalizing protesters, or monks lighting themselves on fire.

-NASCAR is in Sonoma on Sunday, for the first road race of the season. For a lot of fans, this is not a must-see race, but I think it’s an interesting blend of open-wheel and stock car. I probably won’t watch the whole event, but I’ll probably give it a couple looks as I flip from game-to-game.

-The NHL draft will be held this weekend, and for hockey fans, this is obviously a pretty huge deal. The Tampa Bay Lightning have the first pick this year, and have already said that they plan on taking forward Steven Stamkos. Listed at just under 6-feet and 176 pounds, Stamkos is a skilled two-way player with exceptional speed, who produced 197 points (100 goals, 97 assists) in 124 games with Sarnia of the Ontario Hockey League over the past two seasons.

-The PGA Tour is in Cromwell, Conn. for the Travelers Championship. It’s obviously a huge letdown from the U.S. Open, but it still has some appeal. Young players, and even some old guys, should be in contention for the win. This course also offers a lot more scoring opportunities then Torrey Pines did. And, of course, Tiger-haters can rejoice at the fact that someone else will have a chance to win.

-The College Baseball Word Series is in progress in Omaha, and the Championship teams will be determined this weekend. The five remaining teams are Georgia, Stanford, Fresno State, North Carolina and LSU.

-Saturday, MMA fans will probably want to check out the finale for the seventh season of Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter series. The final match will be part of a three-hour card featuring Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove taking on middleweight champ Evan Tanner. I’m not a huge fan of mixed martial arts, but it’s free, and past finales have been pretty solid.






 
 
 
 
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