Saturday, December 29, 2007

Discuss Bowls, BCS, NFL, and More On Mud Free Sports Radio

Just to let you know...Mud Free Sports will have their second edition of the Radio Show starting at NOON ET Saturday. Listen to Big Ron, LayDdee, and special guest Ethanator from SECFOOTBALLBLOGGER.COM. We will discuss the Bowl Games, the BCS Championship, and NFL Week 17 as well as the playoff matchups and possibilities. Give us your opinion...let us know by calling in or chatting in the chat box located on the page! Click HERE to listen at NOON Saturday December 29th.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Former Yankee Jim Leyritz Charged With DUI

Former Major League Baseball player Jim Leyritz was arrested and charged with DUI Manslaughter and DUI Property Damages in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. on Friday after his SUV collided with another car and the driver of the second vehicle was ejected and from her Mitsubishi and died. Leyritz turned 44 on Thursday and apparently had partied a little too much before getting behind the wheel. Leyritz is best known for his home run in Game 4 of the 1996 World Series that tied the Atlanta Braves at 6and the Yankees went on to win that game and the World Series in 6 games, their first title in 18 Years. Who can forget Leyritz with the big pad on his left arm as he was up to bat and his intensity on seemingly every play. Now, as is the case with more and more athletes, he will go down in our memories as someone who was great on the field, but screwed up bad in society. Jim, we hope you get thru this and get the help you need, while realizing you have a debt to pay now. Good luck and our prayers are with you and the victims families.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Thoughts About NFL Network Showing Patriots vs. Giants

As many already know, the NFL decided to allow NBC and CBS to simulcast the NFL Network's broadcast of the Patriots vs. Giants on Saturday December 29th. I have some thoughts about why the NFL did this:

1. Money. They are probably charging NBC and CBS a good amount of money to show the game. The NFL has most likely lost money on the failure to secure a deal with Time Warner and Comcast to place the NFL Network in their lineups.

2. Manipulation. Look for this to be a Super Bowl-like production with the NFL pulling out all the stops to make their channel look big time. Also, you can bet that their will be at least and maybe even two commercials per break for the NFL Network. Their logo will be prominently displayed throughout the game and they will promo shows like crazy. Make no mistake, this is to manipulate the viewer to either barrage their cable company or switch to a satellite provider like Directv or Dish Network. Maybe they will even interview Jerry Jones and have him just come out and say it!

3. Mr. Nice Guy. How else can the NFL come across like the good guy this holiday season than give us fans what we want to see? They know that this is primarily a PR move. We think the NFL can't get any bigger and Commissioner Roger Goodell is betting he can get even larger. More fans = more money.

4. Domination. The NFL doesn't just want to win...they want to dominate and kick other leagues all over the field. The NFL wants to make their next contract with TV Networks twice as costly as the one they have now.

The bottom line, the NFL knows that football is a drug and for many of us, the NFL Network is a new drug we have never tried. If the drug dealer, the NFL, gives us our first hit free, we will be hooked and will do whatever we can to get it. So, be like Bill Clinton, don't inhale!

Wednesday, December 26, 2007


In a huge turnaround, the NFL has agreed to broadcast Saturday's NFL Game between the Patriots and Giants originally scheduled for the NFL Network to everyone on a simulcast on NBC and CBS. The NFL posted this AP Story below at 5:58pm ET on Wednesday December 27th. NFL Fans get a huge post Christmas Present as the Patriots go for an undefeated record of 16-0.

NEW YORK -- The New England Patriots' shot at history Saturday night will be available for every household in the country with a television after months of wrangling.

The game against the New York Giants, in which the Patriots could become the first NFL team to go 16-0 in the regular season, was originally scheduled to be shown only on the NFL Network, which is available in fewer than 40 percent of the nation's homes with TVs.

But the league announced Wednesday that the NFL Network feed will be simulcast on NBC and CBS. It's a major concession by league officials, who repeatedly said they would not show the game anywhere but the NFL Network. The NFL had faced mounting pressure from politicians in recent weeks to make the game available to more viewers.

This will be the first three-network simulcast in NFL history and the first simulcast of any kind of an NFL game since the first Super Bowl in 1967, when CBS and NBC both televised the first meeting of the champions of the newly merged National Football League and American Football League.

Monday, December 24, 2007

5 Nights of Boxing On HBO...Best Boxing Bouts of 2007

On the five days of Christmas, HBO will be like Santa and give us Boxing fans the best fights of 2007. The schedule is as follows:

Tuesday, Dec. 25 at 11:00 PM --
Jermain Taylor vs. Kelly Pavlik

Wednesday, Dec. 26 at 11:00 PM--
Joe Calzaghe vs. Mikkel Kessler

Thursday, Dec. 27 at 11:00 PM --
Oscar De La Hoya vs. Floyd Mayweather

Friday, Dec. 28 at 11:00 PM --
Miguel Cotto vs. Shane Mosley

Saturday, Dec. 29 at 12 midnight --
Floyd Mayweather vs. Ricky Hatton

This will be the second replay in 2 weeks of the Mayweather vs. Hatton Fight. People are still talking about that great bout here in the US and across Europe. There is also talk now from Mark Cuban of the Dallas Mavericks that he may get Mayweather involved in MMA. Remember Mayweather and Cuban performed on Dancing With The Stars this past season and began a friendship and a business relationship. So, if you have HBO and are tired of all the boring Bowl games and non-league NCAA Basketball games. Take a look back at the 5 best fights of the year.

Scott Skiles Fired By Chicago Bulls...Merry Christmas!

Bulls head coach Scott Skiles was fired today by the Bulls John Paxson. Merry Christmas! Paxson is now officially the Grinch, or is he? There has to be a nice buyout in Skiles' contract and could take off for somewhere a lot warmer and sunnier. Already talk on ESPN Radio is maybe Larry Brown will get the call to clean up the Bulls. How about Skiles to the Knicks to take over the head coaching duties? Gotta believe that he can do better for the Knicks than Isiah Thomas has. Here is the story posted on the Bulls Website earlier Monday.

Chicago Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson today announced that Scott Skiles has been relieved of his duties as the team’s head coach.

In a statement released this morning, Paxson said:

“This was a difficult decision to make, but one that was necessary at this time. Scott helped us in many ways during his time with the Bulls; most importantly, he helped this franchise get back to respectability. I am appreciative of his hard work and the imprint that he left on our team.”

At this time, no decision has been made on Skiles’ replacement. On Nov. 28, 2003, Skiles became the fifteenth head coach in franchise history when he succeeded Bill Cartwright.

Over the span of five seasons with the Bulls, he compiled a record of 165-172 (.490), and guided the team to the playoffs three consecutive years, highlighted by a first-round series sweep of the defending NBA Champion Miami Heat in the 2007 NBA Playoffs.

In eight-plus seasons as a head coach in the NBA, Skiles owns a career coaching record of 281-251 (.528).

Sunday, December 23, 2007

2007 Most Inspirational Story In Sports

Mud Free Sports has announced the Most Inspirational Story in Sports for 2007. The tradegy and quick recovery of Bills Tight End Kevin Everett is the winner of this award. Few can forget the opening week hit that Everett suffered on a kickoff and him lying on the field motionless for a number of minutes. The next day, doctors said his injury was such, that he may never walk again. We only learned within 48 hours that their was movement and doctors were crediting a new technique that Bills' doctors had just practiced in the weeks leading up to the season opener. Now, as the season draws to a close, Everett is able to walk on his own and even attended the Bills game against the Giants. Everett spoke to his teammates and then sat in Bills Owner Ralph Wilson's private box. He is humble and was unsure whether he should even attend the game, fearing that too much attention would be on him. We can only hope that Kevin will also be able to play the game he loves once again!

NFL WEEK 16 Preview/Playoff Scenarios!

The Steelers and Cowboys both got thru mid-week games with wins. Now its up to the other teams barely hanging on to get thru their games and make their run at the playoffs. I don't think the Giants will get out of Buffalo with a win with the Bills toughness and the return of Kevin Everett to Ralph Wilson Stadium. Bills win, 21-10. In NFC action that will also impact the playoff race, the Washington Redskins travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. VVvikings have been playing with a mission and look to keep it going and earn a playoff berth tonite. Vikings win, 34-27.


NY Giants at Buffalo 1 p.m.
Green Bay at Chicago 1 p.m.
Cleveland at Cincinnat 1 p.m.
Kansas City at Detroit 1 p.m.
Houston at Indianapolis 1 p.m.
Oakland at Jacksonville 1 p.m.
Philadelphia at New Orleans 1 p.m.
Atlanta at Arizona 4:05 p.m.
Tampa Bay at San Francisco 4:05 p.m.
Miami at New England 4:15 p.m.
NY Jets at Tennessee 4:15 p.m.
Baltimore at Seattle 4:15 p.m.
Washington at Minnesota 8:15 p.m. (NBC)
Denver at San Diego
8 p.m. (ESPN)

Playoff Scenarios
Clinched:New England Patriots: AFC East; home-field advantage
Indianapolis Colts: AFC South, first-round bye
San Diego Chargers: AFC West
Clinch AFC North with:Cleveland loss
Clinch playoff spot with:Tennessee loss
Clinch playoff berth:1. Win or tie OR2. Tennessee loss or tie OR3. Cleveland loss
Clinch playoff berth:1. Win OR2. Tennessee loss3. Tie and Tennessee tie

Clinched:Dallas Cowboys: NFC East; first-round bye
Green Bay Packers: NFC North; first-round bye
Seattle Seahawks: NFC West
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: NFC South
Clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:Green Bay loss
Clinch a playoff berth with:1. Win or tie OR2. Washington Redskins loss or tie and New Orleans Saints loss or tie
Clinch a playoff berth with:Win and New Orleans loss or tie