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Friday, February 15, 2008

Kelly Pavlik vs. Jermain Taylor Saturday Feb. 16th


Kelly Pavlik faces Jermain Taylor in a Non-Title Bout in Las Vegas Saturday February 16th on Pay Per View in a rematch of their 2007 fight in which Pavlik won Taylor's Middleweight Title. The two fighters weighed in Friday at 164, 4 pounds over the Middleweight limit, a stipulation the two fighters agreed upon. This fight should be as exciting as their previous bout and could be a classic. It's unfortunate that Pavlik's belt won't be on the line. Just as these 2 fighters are getting ready to square off, their is already talk of a Pavlik vs. Felix Trinidad fight on June 7th in New York City at Madison Square Garden. This date is significant because it comes the day before the Puerto Rican Day Parade in NYC on June 8th. That could be the fight of the year if Promoters Don King and Bob Arum can pull it off.

Look back here for a full report on Saturday's fight.

Sunday, February 10, 2008

Quintana Beats Williams, Wins WBO Title!


Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana won the WBO Welterweight title by unanimous decision over Defending Champion Paul Williams in Temecula, California, and broadcast on HBO Saturday Night. Quintana won 115-113, 116-112, and 116-112 on the judges score cards. The judges score cards were even after 8 rounds with Quintana winning the first 4 rounds and Williams winning 5th-8th. Quintana was able to open up cuts over Williams' eyes in the eighth and ninth rounds. Quintana was able to use that to his advantage by hitting Williams with his left hand. Williams mounted a comeback in the 12th, but was too little too late for the champion. Quintana improved to 25-1 with 19 knockouts. Williams, from Aiken, S.C., dropped to 33-1 with 24 KOs.

Saturday, February 9, 2008

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Wins Budweiser Shootout At Daytona!


Dale Earnhardt Jr. in his first race with Hendrick Motor Sports won the Budweiser Shootout Saturday Night at the Daytona Motor Speedway. Junior took the lead early on in the first segment of the race before yielding to Tony Stewart. He then took the lead back with a few laps left and held on to win. Earnhardt Jr. was heard saying over his radio that he loved the race car. This has got to be very satisfying in his first race since leaving DEI. You could hear the crowd roar as he took the checkered flag at the same track that took the life of his father Dale Earnhardt. Qualyfing begins tomorrow on Fox for the Dayton 500 next week.

Jim Zorn To Coach Washington Redskins


Two weeks after being named as the Offensive Coordinator for the Washington Redskins, the Redskins have hired Jim Zorn as their next Head Coach replacing Joe Gibbs. Zorn has coached for the Seattle Seahawks for the past 7 years following a career as their quarterback, throwing a majority of his passes to Steve Largent. For more info on Zorn, check out his Wikipedia entry HERE Zorn will be announced at a 3pm news conference on Sunday.

NASCAR IS BACK AND SO ARE THE TEMPERS!(VIDEO)




NASCAR is back with their Pre-Daytona 500 Budweiser Shootout at 8pm on Fox Saturday. The buzz for the new season was kicked into high gear with the actions of Tony Stewart and Kurt Busch during practice on Friday. After Stewart got into the back of Busch, Busch came along-side Stewart and rammed him. Then as he left to enter the garage area, Busch nearly hit one of Stewart's crew members as they were coming to Tony's aid and to give some attitude to Busch. Mud Free Sports is a big fan of Tony Stewart and we like this type of racing. Why not make it interesting? This will make viewers turn into an otherwise afterthought of a race. NASCAR did speak to both drivers immediately after the incident and told them to stay clear of each other. NASCAR spokesman Jim Hunter said officials have not decided whether to penalize either driver, but delivered a stern warning.

"You two guys better give each other plenty of space," Hunter said. "You clearly understand where we are with this and we're going to continue to think about it."
Hunter said any resulting penalties would be announced Monday or Tuesday
Gentlemen...engines are already started!

BUDWEISER SHOOTOUT LINEUP
1 2 Kurt Busch Dodge Miller Lite
2 8 Mark Martin Chevrolet U.S. Army
3 55 Michael Waltrip Toyota NAPA AUTO PARTS
4 26 Jamie McMurray Ford Crown Royal Cask No. 16
5 38 David Gilliland Ford FreeCreditReport.com
6 41 Reed Sorenson Dodge Target
7 88 Dale Earnhardt Jr. Chevrolet National Guard / AMP Energy
8 9 Kasey Kahne Dodge Budweiser
9 1 Martin Truex Jr. Chevrolet Bass Pro Shops / Tracker
10 20 Tony Stewart Toyota The Home Depot
11 96 J.J. Yeley Toyota DLP HDTV
12 11 Denny Hamlin Toyota FedEx Express
13 49 Ken Schrader Dodge Qtrax.com
14 21 Bill Elliott Ford U.S. Air Force
15 44 Dale Jarrett Toyota UPS
16 5 Casey Mears Chevrolet CARQUEST / Kellogg's
17 16 Greg Biffle Ford 3M
18 48 Jimmie Johnson Chevrolet Lowe's
19 22 Dave Blaney Toyota CAT Dealers
20 99 Carl Edwards Ford Office Depot
21 07 Clint Bowyer Chevrolet Jack Daniel's
22 24 Jeff Gordon Chevrolet DuPont
23 12 Ryan Newman Dodge ALLTEL My Circle

Yankees Carl Pavano Back...Yippee!


Yankees Pitcher Carl Pavano is back in pinstripes and ready for a glorious season...hack...cough...The 4 year $39.95Million bust was in Tampa at the Yankees spring training complex throwing and trying to add to his horrible 5-6 record over the previous 3 years with the Bronx Bombers. Pavano has been a bomb and a bust and is looking to come back after another injury that shortened his season. In the MLB, unlike the NFL, the players have guaranteed contracts and if Pavano can have a great season with the Yankees he will probably parlay that into another big contract. He is one of those guys you don't count on for the Yanks, but could be a big assest if he stays healthy. A lot of players seem to have break out years in the last year of a deal. I bet Derek Jeter introduced himself to Pavano, not even realizing that he has been on the team in the past. A-Rod probably ignored him and the young guns for the Yankees probably thought he was an off-season aquisition.

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Patriots DB Willie Andrews Medicates His Pain


Apparently, Patriots DB Willie Andrews decided the pain from the Super Bowl XLII loss to the Giants was too much to deal with, so he rolled a dubbie! Andrews was caught with pot, some of which was "hidden in his groin area". Let that sink in for a minute...just say no to groin flavored pot! Friends don't let friends smoke pot from the loin! I could go on all day! Andrews appeared in a Lowell, Mass. courtroom to answer to the charges on Tuesday and was released. The Patriots released the following statement "The conduct of our players is very important to the New England Patriots [team stats]. We are aware of the report regarding Willie Andrews, but will not comment publicly on pending legal matters. As is our policy, team discipline will be handled internally," the team stated. Willie, Willie, Willie...can't handle the loss...take a long nap, get into a hot tub, get a massage from one of those Asian massage parlors. And the collapse continues...

PAUL WILLIAMS VS. CARLOS QUINTANA, FEBRUARY 9TH


HBO Sports presents a WBO Welterweight Title bout between Paul Williams and Carlos Quintana live from Temecula, Calif. at 9:45pm ET on HBO. In the main event, undefeated welterweight champ Paul Williams (33-0, 24 KOs), from Augusta, Ga., takes on Carlos Quintana (24-1, 19 KOs), from Moca, Puerto Rico, in a scheduled 12-round contest. Williams is making his first title defense after winning the belt in a hard-fought contest against Antonio Margarito in July 2007. Quintana's only defeat came at the hands of superstar Miguel Cotto. The undercard is as follows: Andre Berto vs. Michel Trabant, 10 rounds, welterweights; Cristobal Arreola vs. Cliff Couser, 10 rounds, heavyweights; Raymond Biggs Jr. vs. James Kindell, 4 or 6 rounds, junior middleweights. Both Williams and Quintana are known for there speed and power. This should be a good fight, but look for Williams to retain his fight in a 6th Round KO.

Monday, February 4, 2008

BOBBY KNIGHT RESIGNS FROM TEXAS TECH!


A spokesman for Texas Tech athletic director Gerald Myers says men's basketball coach Bobby Knight has resigned, effective immediately. Knight's son, Pat Knight will take over as Head Basketball Coach as per his contractual agreement. Bob Knight resigns with 902 career wins. Here is an article from www.lubbockonline.com posted at 8:18 ET
When Bob Knight arrived in Lubbock, he was greeted by a large, loud crowd at United Spirit Arena.

There will be far less pomp and circumstance for his departure.

Knight, in his seventh season as Texas Tech’s head coach, informed athletic director Gerald Myers on Monday morning he was retiring, effective immediately.

Knight said he has contemplated retirement and thought about doing it after this season. But after talking to good friend and legendary basketball coach Pete Newell on Sunday, Knight believed now was the best time to begin the transition phase of having son, Pat, take over the program.

Pat Knight has been the head coach designate since 2005.

“There’s a transition that’s going to take place here from me to Pat and I’ve dwelt on this all year long — about what would be the best way to do this, and how it would be best for him and for the team and for what we can do in the long run to make this the best thing for Texas Tech,” said Knight, who retires with 902 career victories. “I didn’t know, I’ve never really known when I was going to step down from this job. As I thought about it, my first thought was at the end of this season.”

Knight said he spoke with Newell for about an hour and an half Sunday.

“My thinking was that for Pat and for this team — most of which is returning next year — the best thing for the long run for this team would be for Pat and his staff to coach these remaining 10 games,” Knight said. “And (to) get an understanding, get a real feel for each other, be able to think over the course of the spring and summer going into next season about how people had played, how things had been done offensively or defensively, what could be done or couldn’t be done, what to stay away from, what to work on and develop that from a game standpoint as the coach in charge of everything rather than as an assistant coach.

“It was always a problem for me as to just what would be the most effective way in this transition, to make this transition. And with all the thought that I put into it, that’s exactly how I felt that it should be.”

Knight said he informed the team prior to practice Monday. The Red Raiders (12-8, 3-3) will play at Baylor on Wednesday.

Myers was in a similar situation more than three decades ago when he took over the Red Raiders’ program mid-season. He said he was surprised when Knight told him Monday he was stepping down, but he also understood Knight’s reasoning.

“I think I do understand why he decided to do it at this particular time,” said Myers, who took over as head coach in January, 1971, before coaching 20 more years at Tech. “He felt it was the right time for him to step down and I’ll miss him. He’s done an outstanding job for this basketball program of building it up. He brought more recognition to the program, to the university and to the city of Lubbock than anybody, in my opinion. It was great to have him on our staff and he was great to work with.”

Knight said this is not a health issue, though he said, “I feel better today than I did on Saturday.”

The Red Raiders won Knight’s final game, 67-60, over Oklahoma State, leaving him with 902 career victories. He compiled 138 wins in seven seasons at Tech, compiling a 138-82 record. His .627 winning percentage is the highest in Tech men’s basketball history. Berl Huffman is second at (.609) in three seasons.

February 4th TOP 25, Duke vs. North Carolina Wednesday Night


The Top 25 for the Men's NCAA Basketball Week of February 4, 2008 is out and not surprisingly, the Kansas Jayhawks dropped down after their loss to Kansas State. The Big Game this week in Duke at North Carolina on Wednesday Night in Chapel Hill on ESPN. In the Big East, the surging UCONN Huskies travel to Syracuse to take on the Orange in the Carrier Dome. No. 1 Memphis has an easy schedule this week taking on SMU and UCF who are a combined 18-22. Lots of highlights should be coming out of the UNC/DUKE game, so stay tuned!

NCAA Division I: ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll
RANK TEAM RECORD PTS PVS
1. Memphis (31) 21-0 775 1
Last Week: Def. Houston 89-77 (1/30), Def. UTEP 70-64 (2/2)
This Week: 2/6 vs. Southern Methodist (7-12), 2/9 vs. UCF (11-10) Tickets
2. Duke 19-1 727 3
Last Week: Def. North Carolina State 92-72 (1/31), Def. Miami (FL) 88-73 (2/2)
This Week: 2/6 at No. 3 North Carolina (21-1), 2/9 vs. Boston College (12-8) Tickets
3. North Carolina 21-1 709 4
Last Week: Def. Boston College 91-69 (1/31), Def. Florida State 84-73 (2/3)
This Week: 2/6 vs. No. 2 Duke (19-1), 2/10 vs. Clemson (16-5) Tickets
4. UCLA 20-2 669 5
Last Week: Def. Arizona State 84-51 (1/31), Def. Arizona 82-60 (2/2)
This Week: 2/7 at No. 17 Washington State (17-4), 2/10 at Washington (12-10) Tickets
5. Kansas 21-1 668 2
Last Week: Lost to No. 24 Kansas State 84-75 (1/30), Def. Colorado 72-59 (2/2)
This Week: 2/4 vs. Missouri (13-9), 2/9 vs. Baylor (16-4) Tickets
6. Georgetown 18-2 626 6
Last Week: Def. St. John's 74-42 (1/30), Def. Seton Hall 73-61 (2/2)
This Week: 2/5 vs. South Florida (10-12), 2/9 at Louisville (16-6) Tickets
7. Tennessee 19-2 590 8
Last Week: Def. Alabama 93-86 (1/29), Def. No. 25 Mississippi State 76-71 (2/2)
This Week: 2/5 vs. No. 22 Florida (18-4), 2/9 at LSU (8-13) Tickets
8. Wisconsin 18-3 517 13
Last Week: Def. No. 11 Indiana 62-49 (1/31), Def. Minnesota 63-47 (2/3)
This Week: 2/6 at Iowa (11-12), 2/9 vs. Purdue (17-5) Tickets
9. Stanford 18-3 504 14
Last Week: Def. Washington 65-51 (1/31), Def. No. 9 Washington State 67-65 (2/2)
This Week: 2/7 vs. Oregon (13-8), 2/9 vs. Oregon State (6-15) Tickets
10. Michigan State 19-3 466 7
Last Week: Def. Illinois 51-41 (1/30), Lost to Penn State 85-76 (2/2)
This Week: 2/9 vs. Northwestern (7-12) Tickets
11. Butler 19-2 453 12
Last Week: No Games Played
This Week: 2/5 at Valparaiso (14-7), 2/9 at Wisconsin-Green Bay (12-9) Tickets
12. Texas 17-4 391 10
Last Week: Lost to No. 23 Texas A&M 80-63 (1/30), Def. Baylor 80-72 (2/2)
This Week: 2/6 at Oklahoma (15-6), 2/9 at Iowa State (13-9) Tickets
13. Indiana 18-3 364 11
Last Week: Lost to No. 13 Wisconsin 62-49 (1/31), Def. Northwestern 75-63 (2/3)
This Week: 2/7 at Illinois (10-13), 2/10 at Ohio State (15-7) Tickets
14. Xavier 18-4 338 15
Last Week: Def. La Salle 75-62 (2/2)
This Week: 2/7 at Saint Louis (12-9), 2/10 vs. Saint Joseph's (14-5) Tickets
15. Drake 20-1 334 17
Last Week: Def. Creighton 75-65 (1/30), Def. Indiana State 83-77 (2/2)
This Week: 2/5 at Illinois State (16-6), 2/9 vs. Evansville (6-15) Tickets
16. Marquette 16-4 317 16
Last Week: Def. South Florida 62-54 (1/29), Def. Cincinnati 75-60 (2/2)
This Week: 2/4 vs. Louisville (16-6), 2/9 at No. 21 Notre Dame (16-4) Tickets
17. Washington State 17-4 310 9
Last Week: Lost to California 69-64 (1/31), Lost to No. 14 Stanford 67-65 (2/2)
This Week: 2/7 vs. No. 4 UCLA (20-2), 2/9 vs. USC (14-7) Tickets
18. Texas A&M 18-4 227 23
Last Week: Def. No. 10 Texas 80-63 (1/30), Def. Oklahoma 60-52 (2/2)
This Week: 2/5 at Iowa State (13-9), 2/9 at Missouri (13-9) Tickets
19. Connecticut 16-5 192 NR
Last Week: Def. Louisville 69-67 (1/28), Def. No. 21 Pittsburgh 60-53 (2/2)
This Week: 2/6 at Syracuse (16-7), 2/9 vs. Georgia Tech (10-10) Tickets
20. Vanderbilt 18-4 121 18
Last Week: Lost to No. 22 Mississippi 74-58 (1/30), Def. Auburn 78-71 (2/2)
This Week: 2/6 at Georgia (11-8), 2/9 at South Carolina (11-10) Tickets
21. Notre Dame 16-4 107 NR
Last Week: Def. Providence 81-74 (1/31), Def. DePaul 89-80 (2/2)
This Week: 2/6 at Seton Hall (15-7), 2/9 vs. No. 16 Marquette (16-4) Tickets
22. Florida 18-4 106 19
Last Week: Lost to Arkansas 80-61 (2/2)
This Week: 2/5 at No. 7 Tennessee (19-2), 2/9 vs. Georgia (11-8) Tickets
23. Saint Mary's 18-3 96 20
Last Week: Lost to San Diego 63-55 (1/28), Def. Portland 86-49 (2/2)
This Week: 2/4 vs. Gonzaga (17-5), 2/8 vs. San Francisco (6-15) Tickets
24. Kansas State 15-5 91 24
Last Week: Def. No. 2 Kansas 84-75 (1/30), Lost to Missouri 77-74 (2/2)
This Week: 2/6 vs. Nebraska (13-6), 2/9 vs. Oklahoma State (10-11) Tickets
25. Pittsburgh 17-5 72 21
Last Week: Def. Villanova 69-57 (1/30), Lost to Connecticut 60-53 (2/2)
This Week: 2/7 vs. West Virginia (16-6) Tickets
Others Receiving Votes
Rhode Island 69, Purdue 41, Mississippi 40, Arkansas 29, Arizona 21, UNLV 17, Mississippi State 16, Louisville 15, Baylor 15, Gonzaga 10, Clemson 9, USC 8, Miami (FL) 3, Dayton 3, Brigham Young 3, California 3, Villanova 2, South Alabama 1.

Dropped From Rankings
Mississippi 22, Mississippi State 25.

SUPER BOWL HIGHLIGHTS AND GIANTS PARADE



Here are some Super Bowl highlights for ya. What a great game! Many are calling it one of the best games in Super Bowl History. The Giants are planning a parade on Tuesday. A ticker-tape parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Battery Place, head north on Broadway to Chambers Street, and be followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, where the team is to be honored by Mayor Bloomberg and a host of officials. There was celebration in the streets after the victory in NY City as the Giants fans enjoyed bringing down the Patriots!

Sunday, February 3, 2008

NY Giants Beat Patriots...Greatest Upset In Super Bowl History!



In what is the biggest upset in Super Bowl History, the NY Giants beat the previously unbeaten New England Patriots 17-14 in Glendale, Arizona. Eli Manning won the MVP and became the 2nd Quarterback in his family to win the Super Bowl, as well as the 2nd QB taken in the 2004 draft to win a Super Bowl, behind Ben Roethlisberger. What started out as the 2nd lowest scoring game in the first half ended up with the most lead changes in the 4th Quarter in Super Bowl History. This was a game that made hero's out of goats and goats out of hero's. The Patriots finish the season 18-1 and will go down as the biggest goat in history. The Giants went into the playoffs as a Wild Card and ended up a Champion, led by Manning who played a nearly flawless game and surrounded by one of the best defenses the NFL has seen in years. The Giants defense was tenacious and got to QB Tom Brady repeatedly, sacking him, knocking him down, and pressuring him. This was a truly masterful gameplan. The NY Giants are Super Bowl Champions!! By the way MUD FREE SPORTS PREDICTED the Giants would win...for more...CLICK HERE!

Missing Ft. Drum Soldiers Honored At NHL Game


At Saturday nights NHL game between the Detroit Red Wings and Boston Bruins, 2 missing Fort Drum Soldiers were honored before the game, as members of the 10th Mountain Division from Ft. Drum, NY received jerseys in the names of two missing/captured soldiers. Sgt. Alex Jimenez from Lawrence, Mass. and Pfc. Byron Fouty of Detroit were honored as they remain missing from a combat mission in Iraq. This is especially important to me as I live near Fort Drum and actually helped a soldier get unstuck from the snow. He told me he is returning to Iraq for the 3rd time later this year. Living near the soldiers that fight in this battle makes me appreciate their commitment and sacrifice to this call. It is a great thing that the NHL decided to use this forum to honor these two soldiers that are MIA and keeps these brave men in the forefront of our minds. Kodo's to the Bruins and Red Wings for honoring these two men that have fought on our country's behalf. Its not about the politics of the war that matter, its about the men and women that come from every walk of life to put their lives on the line for our freedom and the freedom of Iragi civilians!

Saturday, February 2, 2008

Art Monk and Darrell Green Elected to NFL Football Hall of Fame


The Washington Redskins will be well represented in August as the NFL will enshrine Art Monk and Darrell Green into the Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. Also voted in were New England linebacker Andre Tippett, San Diego/San Francisco defensive end Fred Dean, Minnesota/Denver tackle Gary Zimmerman and senior committee choice, Kansas City cornerback Emmitt Thomas. Art Monk was the one name that came up over and over, all around the NFL and in Syracuse where he played his college football for the Orange. In his 8th year of eligibility Monk was finally elected by the committee. Monk held records for most consecutive games with a reception (164) and career catches (820). For more on each inductee...CLICK HERE!

Friday, February 1, 2008

Santana and Mets Strike Deal!


It is now official...Johan Santana is a NY Met! Check out the news release from MLB.COM


NEW YORK -- An offseason that had been all about who wasn't on the Mets' roster has executed an about-face and now is distinctive because of who almost certainly will be. Unless Johan Santana flunks a physical this weekend, he soon will become the starting pitcher the Mets desperately had needed, as well as the wealthiest pitcher in the game.
A contract that will secure the latter distinction is in place. The Mets and Santana's representatives struck a deal Friday more than an hour after the original 5 p.m. ET deadline imposed by the league office Tuesday, when the Mets and Twins agreed to an exchange of players that, when completed, will recast projections for the 2008 National League East race and restore the Mets' image as a genuine contender.

Neither the value not the length of the contract is known, but executives in the game had said since early Friday afternoon that they expected Santana to have a contract through 2014 worth $139 million. That figure would reflect annual salaries averaging about $22 million and a signing bonus of about $7 million that would increase the 2008 earnings of the two-time American League Cy Young Award winner to about $20.25 million. The average annual value of the deal would be about $19,587,000.

The contractual agreement leaves the physical examination as the final hurdle before the Mets can link the Super Bowl and Super Tuesday with the addition of a superlative athlete who they hope will lead them in the World Series.

Santana was expected to have his physical this weekend or early next week at the latest.

The contract exceeds the value of the seven-year contract Barry Zito signed with the Giants 13 months ago and the $119 million the Mets agreed to pay Carlos Beltran from 2005-11.

Boy Goes To Hockey Game, Learns Love Hurts!

Saw this great video on ESPN.com of a little boy at a hockey game and they threw the Kiss Cam on him and he did what any young man would do...turned to the girl next to him and laid a kiss on her. In turn he found out a hard lesson...Love Hurts! She smacks the crap out of him! It's hilarious...isn't young love great! He will either be a future casanova or a loaner struggling through life, holding down jobs at convenient stores and buying cigs by collecting cans out of the trash. Does this little girl not know what she has done! Listen pal, let her go! Get her out of your head...move on! She isn't worth the hurt and heartache! Enjoy...

Lakers Trade Kwame Brown for Memphis' Pau Gasol


In a big time trade on Friday, the LA Lakers traded Kwame Brown to the Memphis Grizzlies for forward/center Pau Gasol. The Lakers will also receive the Grizzlies second round draft choice in 2010. In exchange Memphis also receives guard Javaris Crittenton, guard Aaron McKie (who the Lakers signed earlier today), the draft rights to Marc Gasol and first round picks in 2008 and 2010. This should make the Lakers contenders in the West and helps them get rid of the overpriced Brown. Kobe Bryant has got to be happy with this deal, doesn't he? This could be one of those trades that changes the playoff run for the Lakers and be a huge help in rebuilding the Grizzlies in future years. Gasol is a 7th year player out of Spain and averaging 18.9 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.44 blocked shots per game this season. The 27 year old 7’0” forward/center has career averages of 18.8 points and 8.6 rebounds. Gasol was a 2006 NBA All-Star and 2001-02 NBA Rookie of the Year, Gasol also won a gold medal with Spain at the 2006 FIBA World Championships while being named tournament MVP.

BILLS TE KEVIN EVERETT TO ATTEND SUPER BOWL XLII


What a story TE Kevin Everett of the Buffalo Bills has to tell! After suffering paralysis on a kickoff in the first game of the season, he is now walking and will attend Super Bowl XLII at the invitation of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He also has come out with a book depicting his experience and the fight of his life. The article below is from the Associated Press and well worth the read. If you have ever played this game called football, you know how violent it can be and you have to appreciate the way this young man has survived and fought to be able to walk on his own. Kudos go out as well to the Bills training staff for their quick action after training for such an incident. Everett is also set to appear on the Mike Tirico show on Friday. Scott VanPelt has talked about this and is excited about this interview more than any other they had coming up this week. Also at 8pm ET on Friday, ESPN2 has a special about his story.


Associated Press


CHICAGO -- Kevin Everett slowly unbuttons his suit jacket and sits down.

It hardly seems like a big deal, those three little buttons. For Everett, though, it is nothing short of amazing. Less than five months after the catastrophic collision that doctors said might leave him paralyzed -- or worse -- he is walking and slowly regaining full use of his hands.


Associated Press
With images of his autobiography, "Standing Tall" in the background, Bills TE Kevin Everett speaks about his recovery from a spinal cord injury suffered in Week 1.

"I'm happy people can know me like this," Everett said Thursday in an interview with The Associated Press. "They can look at me and see what I've overcome and I'm still trying to overcome, and just see that life isn't that bad after all.

"It could be a whole lot worse."

The Buffalo Bills tight end was playing special teams when he tackled Domenik Hixon on the second-half kickoff Sept. 9. His helmet struck Hixon's helmet and shoulder pad, and he immediately fell face-down on the turf. He lay motionless for what seemed like hours as medical personnel worked on him and the crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium watched in silent horror.

His spinal-cord injury was so severe, orthopedic surgeon Andrew Cappuccino said the next day that Everett's chances of a full neurologic recovery were "bleak, dismal." It was unlikely he would ever walk again.

"He was just going off of past research on the injury. I couldn't expect him to say anything else but what he said because he didn't know the outcome. Nobody did," Everett said. "I was just hoping for the best. We were giving everybody the worst-case scenario."

Everett is telling the story of his accident and recovery, as well as its impact on everyone around him, in "Standing Tall: The Kevin Everett Story," which was written with Sam Carchidi and comes out Friday. Although his main goal in telling his story was to inspire others with spinal-cord injuries, he believes anyone can learn from it.

He and fiancee Wiande Moore are spending two days doing interviews before flying to the Super Bowl, courtesy of an invitation from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell. Moore said the couple will root for the New York Giants against the unbeaten New England Patriots because they're the underdogs.

As Everett has proven these last five months, never count out an underdog.

"I just saw it as a temporary little injury," he said. "It's not anything that's going to hold me back."

He is, though, trying to figure out where his life will take him next. Though he accepts he can no longer play and already is talking about coaching, there are times it's hard to realize his playing career is, indeed, over.

"I was so used to working out and being around my teammates, that's kind of hard," said Everett, who plans on making an appearance at the Bills' training camp this summer. "But I'll be OK. ... I don't see it as God picking on me or anything. I just see it as one door closes, another one's going to open.

"I just have to figure out what it is."

He is working with The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, and hopes to do more motivational speaking. Before the accident, he and a friend in Houston already had started a business selling special plastic sheets that prevent soap scum in showers, and he hopes to one day open a restaurant. And, of course, there is the wedding he and Moore are planning for the fall of 2009.

"It makes you complain less and be grateful for things you have on a daily basis," Moore said of lessons the couple has learned. "We take those who we love for granted. Sometimes, we forget to say, 'I love you,' every day. But it's the little things that matter. Because your life can go in an instant."

Three days after the accident, Everett already was moving his arms and legs, and doctors were backing off their dire predictions. On Sept. 21, he was transferred to Memorial Hermann/TIRR (The Institute for Rehabilitation and Research) in Houston. Though he had movement in his legs, he could do little more than shrug his shoulders. The big, strong athlete who only a few weeks earlier was a weightroom fiend couldn't even raise his hand.

"I have to be honest, in the beginning ... I was like, 'Wow, why did this happen to me?"' Everett said. "But I just prayed, and God just calmed me and let me accept it for what it was."

With Moore, and mother, Patricia Dugas, a constant presence, Everett attacked his rehabilitation. He had sessions with a physical therapist and an occupational therapist. He worked with a recreational therapist and did rehab in a pool. And there were no days off.

Every day, for at least five hours a day, Everett pushed himself to try to retrain his nerves and muscles to do tasks that were once second-nature.

"He woke up in the morning, and his therapy started," said Rafferty Laredo, his occupational therapist at Memorial Hermann. "He had a pretty full day."


It quickly paid off. A month after his accident, he took his first steps. Two weeks later, he could stand without assistance.

"We never had a doubt, from the moment they said he has a 5 percent chance of walking," Moore said.

By mid-November, Everett had made so much progress that doctors allowed him to do his rehab on an outpatient basis. Within a few weeks, Everett likely won't even have to make the three-times-a-week trip to the hospital. Instead, he'll do his rehab on his own with periodic checkups with the Memorial Hermann staff.

Though Everett seems to walk without any sign of trouble, even that task requires effort, said Dr. Teodoro Castillo, co-director of the Spinal Cord Injury Program at Memorial Hermann. Everett still has trouble with his balance and must constantly focus on the location and position of his feet. Castillo said it will be many months before Everett will even be able to try running again.

But it's his hands that still give him the most difficulty. Although he can again brush his hair, use utensils and hold a glass, his dexterity and fine-motor skills are nowhere near what they once were. His hands are numb, and he can't tell how hard he is gripping something.

That is something that might return with time and continued therapy. Or, it might not.

"You've just got to go with the flow, just like my whole recovery," he said. "It's a blessing if it does. And it's a blessing if it doesn't because I came this far, I can't ask for much more. I'm up, I'm moving around and walking."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.

Thursday, January 31, 2008

SUPER BOWL XLII Preview and Prediction!


Apparently the New England Patriots take on the NY Giants in Super Bowl XLII live from Glendale, Arizona Sunday at 6:30pm on FOX. Well, I guess I should give you my pick and prediction for the big game. Looking at the Patriots, they obviously are going for the perfect season, which has only been done by the 1972 Miami Dolphins. Led by QB Tom Brady, they also look to become a dynasty by winning their 4th Super Bowl in 7 seasons. I think they have proven their worth on both sides of the ball and will look to get into nice weather and light of the scoreboard like they did early on in the season. As for the NY Giants, their remarkable run throughout the playoffs has been well documented. I think their strengths are their defense and their running attack. This team reminds me of the Steelers from 2 years ago in their run to Super Bowl XL. Eli Manning can win the game by not throwing it away. With good decisions and consistency, he could lead this team to a title. OK...time for the prediction...Giants win...34-27. Thats right, I said it! Their is more pressure on the Patriots and this Giants team reminds me also of the Patriots from 2000. They weren't supposed to beat the 16-2 St. Louis Rams. But they did. This could be the beginning of a great era in Giants history and the beginning of the end for the New England Patriots. Look, I know I could be completely off here, but I have debated and weighed everything...I truly believe that the Giants will win this game and will make a statement.

Tuesday, January 29, 2008

New England Patriots Media Day at Super Bowl XLII (Video)



The New England Patriots went thru Media Day at the Super Bowl and Tom Brady was proposed to...yeah...that's right...welcome to Super Bowl Media Day! The Patriots went thru the paces on Tuesday and answered all the questions the right way. Well, except Brady didn't say yes to the bride to be from a Mexican TV reporter, Inez Gomez-Mont. Tedy Bruschi went thru having his name mispelled on the placard. Tedy wasn't spelled wrong, but Bruschi was spelled Brushci.

NY Giants Media Day at Super Bowl XLII (Video)




The NY Giants went through Media Day on Tuesday at Super Bowl XLII and of course their was craziness all around. Besides the normal questions, they got the strange questions and requests, including former American Idol contestant Kellie Pickler (singer of the hit song Red High Heels) Giants fullback Madison Hedgecock try on a pair of red high heels. WOW!!

Johan Santana Traded To The Mets!


The New York Mets acquired starting pitcher Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins in a trade that could down as one of the biggest trades in the history of the Mets organization. In return the Twins get outfielder Carlos Gomez and pitchers Philip Humber, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra. But WAIT!...The Mets have just 3 days to sign Santana in order to satisfy his no trade clause. Look for the Mets to blow this somehow. They have the potential to sign one of the biggest pitching superstars of this era and they could easily screw this up and the Yankees then make a trade to get him. Wouldn't that be the best! If the Mets can get this done, they will have a legitimate stud in the rotation that will be a nice compliment to a team that needs some help in this area.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Dana Jacobsen We Forgive You, But Not For Your Hairstyle!


Dana Jacobsen returned to First Take on ESPN2 on Monday after her suspension for comments she made at the Mike and Mike Roast earlier in January. During her return, she offered a heart felt apology. Dana, we forgive you for the words you chose to speak while drinking and for drinking straight from a vodka bottle. We forgive you for the things you did and said, however...we CAN NOT forgive you for your haircut! Maybe I am spending too much time reading my wife's celebrity blog (www.layddee.com), but what the hell was she thinking! She has to get a real stylist on the job. Maybe the suits at ESPN are too busy paying for guys haircuts and forgot they have females working for them. Get a stylist that makes you look like a woman. Well, then again, she drinks like a sailor, looks like a sailor!

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Cat Fight In Steel City!


Has anyone been following all the drama in Pittsburgh surrounding the Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger and WR Hines Ward? Apparently Ben was telling some girlfriends that he liked his men taller than what he's used too. Hines got upset because he thought they had something special and that Ben was being bitchy. Hines then called his girlfriends and said something mean, it was so like junior high school. There is a chance that Ben may want to change schools soon or bring in some other guy to dance with. I wish these two babies would talk and make things right, we all hate to see love go sour...come on you guys...you know you love each other...can't we all just get along? Your love is worth salvaging, isn't it? Maybe Ben is right, bring in someone taller...just to spice things up...it might improve your relationship...you might find your love grow.

TIGER WOODS WINS BUICK, TIES ARNOLD PALMER


Tiger Woods took control early in the week and held on as the weather changed to win by 8 strokes at the Buick Invitational. With this win, Tiger ties Arnold Palmer with 62 wins on the PGA Tour and moves him into 4th all time on the winners list. Rory Sabbatini had a great Sunday as he went from a tie for 21st to a tie for 3rd. Sabbatini wound up with an extra $260,000 for his -5 final round. Woods will be the early favorite for the US Open as the PGA returns to the Torrey Pines course in June.


"What he's going to do is screw the U.S. Open up for everyone else," Fred Couples said. "If he had shot 10 or 11 under, the USGA would have said, 'Well, maybe we have it in the right spot.' Now, they may have to regroup a little."

Woods still wasn't completely happy with his performance and will look to turn it up a notch when he returns. "I wanted to go out there and make no bogeys and shoot something under par," Woods said. "I got half of it right."


1 Tiger Woods -19 269 $936,000
2 Ryuji Imada -11 277 $561,600
T3 Stewart Cink -9 279 $301,600
T3 Rory Sabbatini -9 279 $301,600
5 Justin Leonard -7 281 $208,000
T6 Phil Mickelson -6 282 $180,700
T6 Joe Durant -6 282 $180,700
T8 Stuart Appleby -5 283 $150,800
T8 Fred Couples -5 283 $150,800
T8 John Senden -5 283 $150,800

New England Leaves For Super Bowl! VIDEO!


Here's the article from the Boston Globe as the New England Patriots left for the Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona where they will face the NY Giants. ESPN is reporting that Tom Brady wasn't wearing the infamous boot he had on earlier in the week.

Fear not, Pats fans. Tom Brady is going to Arizona.

Brady’s voyage was never really in question, but thousands of Patriots fans saw the quarterback for themselves during a sendoff for the team this morning at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough. The Patriots leave for Arizona today to prepare for Super Bowl XLII.

“We hear, ‘One game at a time,’” Governor Deval Patrick said as the first speaker to address the crowd. “Well, we got one game left. And we are all here to tell the best football team in America that the best fans in America are right behind them.”

Bill Belichcik also spoke to the crowd, but he had to wait a minute to start talking because the cheers were so loud.

“We certainly appreciate your support,” said Belichick. “You should know that you have a great group of players, and a great group of people standing behind me. No one’s given you more than this group of players. I’m sure they’ll give it to you again this week.”

Next came Brady, dressed in a pinstriped suit (without an overcoat) despite the snow falling on him and his teammates.

“Now this is the Foxborough faithful right here,” Brady said. “We could just play the game today.

“We’re going down there for one reason. The reason is to win and bring the trophy back to Foxborough.”

Richard Seymour, Tedy Bruschi, and Junior Seau also addressed the crowd.

Watch VIDEOS of the SEND OFF HERE!

Povetkin Beats Chambers by Unanimous Decision




In an anticipated heavyweight eliminator bout, Alexnader Povetkin defeated Eddie Chambers by a unanimous decision as the two unbeaten challengers rose to the occasion to determine which fighter deserves the right to face Wladimir Klitschko as the mandatory challenger to the heavyweight championship. As the division closes in on a unification for the first time since 1999, these two fighters showed the kind of grit and determination that has long been called for within the division long dismissed by fight fans for the lighter, faster divisions. Still, it's the heavyweight division that has always held the eyes and hearts of American audiences as well as those abroad. And tonight, among a lively crowd of 4,000 plus, Alexander Povetkin put on enough of a show to stamp his passport into the next major fight, potentially against current champ, Wladimir Klitschko. While Eddie Chambers landed some clear, powerful shots, it was the busier, more determined Alexander Povetkin who convinced the judges at the end of the twelve rounds. Working harder and winning consistent rounds despite Chambers' accuracy and significant damage to Povetkin's face, Povetkin won a decision of 117-111, 119-109, 116-112 over the American.
Article and Pictures from HBO.com! For More...Click Here!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS of TOP 25 Men's Hoops



Here are some video highlights of Purdue Beating #11 Wisconsin and Rutgers beating #17 Pitt. In other games UCONN knocked off Indiana in Bloomington. The Big East is flexing their muscle in and out of conference. Check out these videos and check out Syracuse taking on Providence Sunday, we will have pics and a story covering the Orange.



Jeremy Shockey Doesn't Want to Be a Distraction!


NY Post Writer Steve Serby reported on Jeremy Shockey, injured NY Giant Tight End, in the January 26th edition. Shockey let everyone know that you should pick the Giants to win the game, but the most interesting quote in the story is when he says, "The last thing I want to be is a distraction." Maybe that is why the Giants are doing so well, because he isn't being a distraction on and off the field. This is good look at what this player is going through while his team is enjoying success.


The full article from the NY POST appears below...or Click Here!


January 26, 2008 -- Jeremy Shockey , on crutches down in Florida, bleeding Giant blue from afar, believes in his gut the GiantsNew York Giants will shock the Patriots and shock the world on Super Sunday.
"Yeah, of course," Shockey told The Post, breaking his month-long silence following season-ending surgery on his broken left leg. "It's my team. Don't you think they're gonna win? Are you gonna pick 'em this week, Serby?"
Maybe not. Still studying tape.
"You're going against 'em like everybody else?" Shockey asked. "They've been underdogs all year long and they just keep winning and winning. You could look like a hero here.
"I'd pick 'em if I was you."
Because?
"Having something to prove," Shockey said. "What else is a bigger motivator than that?"
Just like the story of your life.
"Yessir," Shockey said.
This magic carpet ride has taken a toll on Shockey.
"I have no fingernails left, these football games!" he said.
It kills Shockey that he has to refer the Giants as "them" rather than "us." This is the kid who once ate a mouthful of dirt after a bitter loss so he could remember the taste. If he could, he would throw away the crutches and limp onto the field on Super Sunday.
"Everybody knows how bad I want to play this game," he said. "Everything happens for a reason."
He plans on visiting his mother Lucinda in Texas then take her to Super Bowl XLII in Glendale, Ariz., if doctors permit. Or he might just meet her in Arizona.
"It's her birthday, the third, can you believe that?" Shockey said. "I've never sat and watched a football game with her. I know in the stands I'll be harassed."
Of course, there is always room for him on the Giant sideline.
"I want to see what the therapist says," Shockey said.
He will see a therapist in the next week sometime.
"You can never have too many opinions in a case like this," Shockey said.
So far, so good.
"Everything's on schedule," Shockey said. "No infections, everything's healing up. Everything's good."
Everything's even better with his team.
"I'm proud of what's been accomplished," Shockey said. "The hard work paid off from the start of the season 'til the end.
"Everybody came together. It's fun to watch. I couldn't even imagine playing."
The Giants were road warriors when he was healthy, and are road warriors now. He mentions the leadership from old Giants warhorses Michael Strahan and Amani Toomer and says: "Just shows you the character."
It is no fluke. Eli Manning has taken his game to another level and there are different heroes each week.
"They're deserving," Shockey said. "They have a right to be there."
Asked why New York loves this team so much, Shockey said: '"Cause they proved everybody wrong."
He has been mostly incommunicado for two main reasons.
"I lost my phone," Shockey said.
Did he buy a new one?
"I found it," he said.
Where?
"On a boat."
The other reason he has been out of sight, although not out of mind?
"The last thing I want to be is a distraction," Shockey said. "I don't want to jinx anybody," stressing several times, "It's not about me."
He sent a text message to lockermate Antonio Pierce on Thursday night.
"He's holding down Death Row," Shockey said, and chuckled. "That's what we call our fort. He knows how I feel about the game."
He knows about big games from his days as a Miami Hurricane.
"The closest thing I compare it to is a national championship," Shockey said. "In big games like this, they're gonna be close. Everyone has a chance. Anything is achievable."
Especially for his team.
"This has to be a writer's dream," Shockey said. "Everything you all wrote, go back and look at it and see how many times you all were wrong."
Naysayers of the world, beware.

NHL Celebrates "Jackie Robinson of Hockey"


On January 18, 1958 a young Willie O'Ree took to the ice of an NHL game and scored no goals, but changed the game forever. O'Ree was the first African-American to play in the NHL and open up the doors for other players to come into the league. On Friday, as a part of the NHL All-Star Weekend, they celebrated the pioneer to mark the 5oth Anniversary of the event. "He was the Jackie Robinson of hockey,'' said Calgary Flames captain Jarome Iginla, who was on hand along with Bobby Hull, Johnny Bower, Ted Lindsay, Martin Luther King III and Ambassador Andrew Young . O'Ree is a part of the NHL's Diversity program and has helped 40,000 kids get involved in the sport he loved. Though he loved the game, he endured rough times as he broke the color barrier. "I had to fight,'' recalled O'Ree of the prejudice he encountered in many leagues during his playing career. "Not because anybody butt-ended me or speared me. I just wanted to protect myself. I heard the N-word so many times I thought they were paying me a compliment. I thought 'If they can't accept me for my skills and abilities, then it's their tough luck. Sometimes it got a little rough." Congratulations to the NHL for honoring this pioneer that too few of us have heard of.

JANUARY 26 NCAA Top 25 Men's Basketball


The top 25 Men's Basketball schedule for Saturday 26th, includes 7 of the top 10 teams in action including #1 Memphis hosting Gonzaga and #2 Kansas taking on Nebraska in the Big 12. Look for a possible upset as #9 Georgetown travels to take on West Virginia. We also get to see if the UCONN Huskies can become the team of old as they travel to take on the Hoosiers at #8 Indiana. Your Full schedule appears below with National TV channels listed.

Top 25 Games
TIME (ET) MATCHUP
12:00 PM ET Gonzaga at No. 1 Memphis ESPN
1:30 PM ET Nebraska at No. 2 Kansas
7:00 PM ET Georgia at No. 5 Tennessee
7:00 PM ET No. 6 Washington State at Arizona State
11:00 PM ET No. 7 UCLA at Oregon State
1:00 PM ET Connecticut at No. 8 Indiana CBS
7:00 PM ET No. 9 Georgetown at West Virginia ESPN
4:00 PM ET No. 11 Wisconsin at Purdue ESPN
8:00 PM ET Texas Tech at No. 12 Texas
2:00 PM ET Illinois-Chicago at No. 14 Butler
5:00 PM ET No. 15 Mississippi at Mississippi State
2:00 PM ET No. 16 Texas A&M at Oklahoma State ESPN
6:00 PM ET Rutgers at No. 17 Pittsburgh ESPN
12:00 PM ET Notre Dame at No. 18 Villanova
7:00 PM ET No. 19 Dayton at Richmond
8:00 PM ET DePaul at No. 20 Marquette ESPNU
7:00 PM ET No. 21 Stanford at California
6:05 PM ET Northern Iowa at No. 23 Drake
10:00 PM ET No. 24 Saint Mary's at San Francisco

HBO BOXING: Alexander Povetkin vs. Eddie Chambers


Alexander Povetkin (14-0, 11 KOs) takes on Eddie Chambers (30-0, 16 KOs)on HBO Saturday January 26th at 9pm ET in a battle of undefeated Heavyweights from Berlin, Germany. This is a Heavyweight eliminator fight that should actually be a decent heavyweight bout. Chambers from Pittsbugh, Pa. fights out of Philadelphia and is trained by his father. Povetkin is a Russian fighter that has quickly moved up the ranks after a stellar amateur career. This fight will set up for the winner a chance to fight for a world title. This reminds me of the "Rocky" days, Russia vs. US. Good Heavyweights. Wild European crowd. This should be a great battle and looking forward to a heavyweight bout for the first tiem in a long time.

Miami Dolphins Hire High School Coach!


West Genesee (Syracuse,NY) High School Football coach Steve Bush was elevated to Offensive Assistant of the Miami Dolphins. This is quite a jump for a H.S. coach, but as most of us know, connections are EVERYTHING! Turns out that Bush was the defensive coordinator under new Head Coach Tony Sparano when he was the head guy at the University of New Haven. The other connection on the team is Paul Pasqualoni, the former Syracuse University Coach that Bush worked for is now the Dolphins Defensive Coordinator. To his credit, Bush led West Genny to a state title, so the guy has some ability...i am just saying, that if I were a Dolphins fan, I am not so sure I would want a former college coached who was a failure and a high school football coach being big parts of my coaching staff. Do you hear what I hear?
2-14? Go Dolphins...yack..cough...choke.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tiger Woods Leads Buick Invitational After 2nd Day


Tiger Woods took control of the Buick Invitational on the 2nd Day of action in the young PGA Season. Starting the day in a tie for 3rd, Tiger shot a 65 to jump into the lead by 4 strokes over Kevin Streelman. Big hitter Boo Weekley is tied for 4th after shooting a 66 on the day and moving up from 51st place. Wouldn't a final day pairing of Woods and Weekley be? The finese and grace that is Tiger and the power and strength of Boo. Here's hoping for a Sunday pairing! Below is the top 10 players listed below as well as where they started the day at.


1 T3 Tiger Woods -12
2 T3 Kevin Streelman -8
3 T7 Stewart Cink -7
T4 T51 Boo Weekley -6
T4 2 Brad Adamonis -6
T4 T33 Aaron Baddeley -6
T7 T3 Stuart Appleby -5
T7 T21 John Senden -5
T9 T95 John Mallinger -4
T9 T33 Hunter Mahan -4
T9 1 Troy Matteson -4
T9 T71 Kenneth Ferrie -4
T9 T33 Fred Couples -4
T9 T51 Bill Haas -4
T9 T13 Jeff Quinney -4
T9 T7 Nathan Green -4
T9 T7 Charles Howell III -4
T9 T21 Joe Durant -4 F
T9 T13 Dean Wilson -4 F
T9 T21 Robert Allenby -4
T9 T33 Carlos Franco -4

Shoes For African Charity...Sports and Charity Do Good!(VIDEO)


There is always so many bad things that get reported about athletes and the things they do, but this an instance where Sports and Charity work together to do some good. IUPUI Head Basketball coach Ron Hunter met with Samaritan's Feet founder Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme and decided to do something to collect 30,000 pairs of shoes for children in Africa. So far, they have raised 110,000 pairs of shoes! On Thursday Hunter coached in bare feet as they took on Oakland University to highlight his cause. IUPUI announced that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security had donated 10,000 pairs, with the possibility of more to come. Soles4Souls, a Nashville-based charity, donated 40,000 pairs. Wal-Mart gave 25,000; Nine West, a women's shoe company, offered another 5,200. Converse donated 15,000 during Hunter's appearance on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike in the Morning" on Thursday. "When we started this I thought 40,000 was going to be tough," Hunter told the Indianapolis Star. "When they told me before the game we already had 100,000, honestly, I almost broke down in tears." Samaritan's Feet is based in Charlotte, N.C. and was started by Ohonme 4 yeas agon with the goal of giving 10 million shoes to African children within 10 years.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

ESPN Suspends Dana Jacobson For Mike and Mike Roast Antics(VIDEO)


This is the official statement from ESPN on the suspension of First Take Host Dana Jacobson for her remarks and actions at the Mike and Mike Roast in Atlantic City on January 11, 2008.

Dana Jacobson, co-host of ESPN2's "First Take," is currently being disciplined for remarks made at a Jan. 11 celebrity roast for ESPN Radio personalities Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic.

Her characterizations of the Notre Dame football program, which have been criticized by a Catholic organization, were deemed "inappropriate" by the network, which issued the following statement from Jacobson:

"I am sorry. My remarks about Notre Dame were foolish and insensitive. I respect all religions and did not mean anything derogatory by my poorly chosen words. I also deeply regret the embarrassment I've caused ESPN and Mike and Mike.

"My actions at the roast were inappropriate and in no way represent who I am. I won't make excuses for my behavior, but I do hope I can be forgiven for such a poor lack of judgment."

There is a lot of talk about how much of a trainwreck Jacobson was, but come on...you all know she would be great to party with!!

Here is a clip of Jeffrey Ross ripping on Mike Ditka and others...

JEFFREY ROSS MIKE AND MIKE ROAST

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Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Top Ten Sports Radio Shows!




Mud Free Sports has compiled their list of the Top Ten Sports Radio programs in the Country (National Audience Only). The full list of 10 appears below. We have highlighted the top 3 shows in this post and welcome your feedback on who we missed? Which show should be ranked higher or lower? Which host could you care less for? The #1 show is Mike and the Mad Dog broadcast in NYC on 66 WFAN and simulcast nationally on YES Network. Mike Francesa and Chris Russo seem to have steel traps for minds and can come up with facts and situations in an instance. They also have great guests and who doesn't love the Super Bowl trip give away every January? Number 2 on the list is Mike and Mike in the Morning on ESPN Radio and ESPN2. Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic have a knack of combining sports and entertainment while making the listener laugh at their shortcomings, of which Greenberg has many. Number 3 is Jim Rome. An aquired taste for sure, but Rome's ability to discuss sports and look at the crazier things in life, as well as babysit his listeners takes a special talent.

10.Sports Nation
9. Stephen A. Smith
8. Mike Tirico Show
7. Out of Bounds with Craig Shemon & James Washington
6. The Drive on FOX with Chris Myers
5. The Herd...Colin Cowherd
4. Dan Patrick Show
3. Jim Rome
2. Mike and Mike in the Morning
1. Mike and The Mad Dog
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