Saturday, February 9, 2008
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.
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 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 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
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...
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
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.
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.
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
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!
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!