Saturday, January 26, 2008


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."
"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.
"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
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 all know she would be great to party with!!

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


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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

Calgary Flames Center Craig Conroy Is Giants Fan!

Craig Conroy, center for the Calgary Flames, grew up in Potsdam, NY and had his choice of routing for three NFL Teams. "You either cheer for the Giants, the Jets or the Bills," explains Craig Conroy. "You pick a team and you live with it. Like growing up watching Hockey Night in Canada. We saw the Montreal games at home. So I hooked on to the Habs. Same with the Giants. They had Phil Simms then. And L.T.
"I was a big fan. I still am." Conroy is a legend around the small Northern NY town, where he played for Clarkson University and where his jersey hangs in local establishments. Now he gets to rout for his favorite football team as they head to Super Bowl XLII. "I think they can do it. I guess I might be the only one outside of the state of New York who thinks that way, but I do," says Conroy. "I think if they can hang in there early, they've got a chance. This is Eli (Manning)'s time. He's taken a lot of criticism there, and I see Tony Romo laughing after he throws that interception against the Giants. I mean, I don't want to see my quarterback laughing in a situation like that. Eli had a couple of poor throws (Sunday). You didn't see him laughing on the bench. He was p---ed. You look at Peyton's first three years. Eli's are better. Plus, Eli has to play in New York, with all the scrutiny and all the pressure. Indianapolis is no New York. If the Giants win on Sunday, people who were bashing him before will be asking 'Who's the best Manning?'" Good to know that this one athlete still cheers on his childhood NFL team.

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Monday, January 21, 2008

Georgetown Beats Syracuse in Overtime!

In another great chapter in the Big East rivalry between Syracuse and Georgetown, the Hoyas beat the Orange 64-62 in overtime as Freshman Guard Jonny Flynn missed a deep 3 pointer at the buzzer that would have won the game. Georgetown took a 36-29 lead into halftime as they pulled away in the end of the first half. Syracuse came out in the second half and pulled even with the Hoyas lead by Flynn's 24 points. Syracuse needed this game to stay in the hunt for the Big East, but may have accomplished a lot by staying competitive against the 9th ranked and more experienced Hoyas.

Syracuse Orange
P. Harris, G 3-8 1-2 4 9 0 3 7
K. Ongenaet, F 1-2 2-2 0 2 0 1 4
R. Jackson, F 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 1 0
A. Onuaku, F 5-7 2-6 6 13 0 3 12
J. Flynn, G 9-23 2-3 1 3 0 0 24
A. Jardine, G 0-3 0-0 0 0 0 3 0
D. Greene, F 5-19 2-5 4 10 0 3 15

Georgetown Hoyas
P. Ewing Jr., F 1-2 0-1 0 4 0 1 2
J. Sapp, G 4-10 2-2 1 6 0 2 11
T. Crawford, G-F 1-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3
R. Hibbert, C 5-10 5-6 0 9 0 4 15
J. Rivers, G 2-3 2-2 2 3 0 1 6
A. Freeman, G 3-9 0-0 0 2 0 4 7
V. Macklin, F 0-0 0-2 0 0 0 1 0
J. Wallace, G 5-8 1-1 0 3 0 1 15
D. Summers, F 2-9 0-0 0 2 0 2 5

Tony Dungy Returns As Colts Coach, Jim Caldwell Promoted

Tony Dungy has agreed to return to the Indianapolis Head Coach next season and Jim Caldwell will be promoted to Assistant Head Coach, the team announced at a news conference late Monday afternoon. Dungy expressed that this is the same process he has gone thru the past 3 seasons, but this time became more public as his son enrolled in a Tampa, Florida school and on the heels of the death of another son two years ago. This decision for Dungy was one made by more than just himself. "It was a family decision," Dungy said. "We're on board, and we look forward to '08, look forward to putting together a winner. "His concern was for his family as well as the colts. "I wouldn't shortchange my family," he said. "I wouldn't come back if my wife or my children were not for it." Dungy is one of these coaches that seems to have a lot of things in order in his life and I hope that this works out for everybody, mainly his family! Caldwell has coached along-side Dungy the past 7 seasons and will begin to be involved in the decision process on salary cap and other Head Coach issues. He will eventually take over for Dungy when he decides to retire.

Sunday, January 20, 2008


The New England Patriots beat the San Diego Chargers 21-12 to advance to Super Bowl XLII and remain unbeaten. The Patriots showed more flaws in this game than they have most of the season, but their defense were able to keep the Chargers out of the end zone, holding them to only 4 field goals. The Patriots now are one game away from being unbeaten for the entire season, and now all they have to do is beat a team they have already faced. The Giants played the Patriots close in the final game of the regular season, but now both teams have two weeks to prepare for the other and could be a close Super Bowl. Mud Free Sports will have their prediction this week!


The New York Giants completed the Wild Card sweep, winning three road playoff games to advance to Super Bowl in XLII. The Giants beat the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field 23-20 in overtime. Packers QB Brett Favre threw an interception on their first possession in overtime that lead to the Lawrence Tynes field goal to win the game. Tynes had missed a field goal at the end of regulation that would have won the game. The Packers won the coin toss before Favre threw his second interception. Giants QB Eli Manning had an effective game passing, hitting his favorite target Plaxico Burress 11 times for 154 yards. This is the 2nd time in 3 years that a Wild Card team has gone on the road to win 3 games and advance to the Super Bowl, repeating the Steelers feet from Super Bowl XL. The Giants take on the New England Patriots who they faced and nearly beat the last game of the regular season.

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Roy Jones Jr. Beats Tito Trinidad by Unanimous Decision(VIDEO)

Roy Jones Jr. beat Felix Tito Trinidad in a 12 round bout at Madison Square Garden in NYC by Unanimous Decision on Saturday Night. Jones Jr. (52-4, 38 KOs) knocked Trinidad down twice in the bout, first in the 7th Trinidad got hit, bounced a couple of times and went down in a delayed reaction. In the 10th, Jones Jr. knocked Trinidad down again. He won 117-109 on one scorecard and 116-110 on the two others.
"A lot of people thought I was done, but I'm still capable of doing a lot of things," Jones said. "I'm capable of beating anyone I get my mind right for. We had a beautiful training camp. I actually enjoyed training. I had beautiful sparring partners."
Trinidad knew his layoff hurt him. "I took off two years and eight months. I take nothing away from Roy, but if I could have avoided the knockdowns, I think I could have won the fight," Trinidad said. "Roy was very fast and strong. He threw great punches. I have no excuses. He demonstrated speed and took my body punches."

Check out the video of the 12th Round, highlights, and the winner announcement below.