And So It Begins…

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Avery Johnson and the Mavs have parted ways.. My next question is who will he be replaced by? Its to bad Larry Brown was snatched up by the Bobcats earlier this week. I’m sure Avery has to be happy about one thing, he will no longer have the owner sitting 5ft away from him behind the bench. This move comes as no surprise to anyone.. Speculations have been building for the last few weeks about his job security with the team. Ok Cuban, who is next? Josh Howard, Jet, You gonna pick up Kidd’s option?? Are you going to clip your GM? With zero help coming in the draft, whats your next move???

I wonder if Cuban is pondering his next move, while he is up in Chicago today watching the Cubs play.. Since he is still a potential buyer of the Cubs..

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Texas Rangers skipper Ron Washington finds himself on the hot seat also. With the Rangers sitting 9 games under 500 at the end of April, I look for Washington to be next in line for the firing squad!

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Dave Tippett is the only safe coach at this present moment. Up 3-0 in the western conference semi finals.. Tippett has pretty much secured his spot with the Stars next season. GO STARS!!!

Just for you Richie Rich.. A picture of Tippett sporting his 70’s stash!

A Weekend In Fontana……. And Assen Too.

Oh MAN!!! I’ve been slacking soooo bad that the boss had to send me an email to kick my a** in gear. Sorry guys and gals. I promise to pull my head outa my rear.

Here we go!!!!!

The racing I didn’t see at all this weekend was the WSBK in Assen, Netherlands. I usually watch this because of the huge presence of Ducati on the podium but for some reason, it wasn’t in the cards this weekend. It looked to be a good weekend for Ducati with the top 4 qualifying spots going to the Ducati 1098’s but only 1 would finish in the top 3 for both races. Fortunately for Ducati, Troy Bayliss won both races. Nice.

Race 1 results

1 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
2 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
3 Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
4 Yukio Kagayama Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
5 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
6 Jakub Smrz Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1098R
7 Ryuichi Kiyonari Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
8 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
9 Gregorio Lavilla Paul Bird Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR
10 Max Biaggi Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R

Race 2 results

1 Troy Bayliss Ducati Xerox Team Ducati 1098R
2 Noriyuki Haga Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1
3 Carlos Checa Hannspree Ten Kate Honda Honda CBR1000RR
4 Ruben Xaus Sterilgarda Go Eleven Ducati 1098R
5 Max Neukirchner Team Alstare Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
6 Yukio Kagayama Team Suzuki Alstare Suzuki GSX-R1000 K8
7 Gregorio Lavilla Paul Bird Motorsport Honda CBR1000RR
8 Jakub Smrz Guandalini Racing by Grifo’s Ducati 1098R
9 Makoto Tamada Kawasaki PSG-1 Corse Kawasaki ZX 10R
10 Troy Corser Yamaha Motor Italia WSB Team Yamaha YZF R1

Now on to Fontana California and the California Speedway for the US Superbike wars. This was some good stuff. The years past have had Suzuki mounted Mat Mladin pretty much smoking the field on his GSXR but then this guy named Ben Spies shows up and jumps on the very same bike on the same team. Matt doesn’t have it so easy any more. This is good because Mladin can be kind of an arrogant a** wipe.

Race 1 on Saturday was kind of yawner for the spectator but relatively brutal for the rider as the winds were quite strong making it difficult to ride. Suzuki’s Ben Spies spanked his team mate Mat Mladin by almost 21 seconds and 34 seconds over the third place rider Tommy Hayden. Sunday was a different story. While it looked like it was going to be a run away victory for Mat Mladin and Spies solidly in 2nd, the interest turned down track a little ways for the battle for 3rd between Suzuki’s Tommy Hayden and Honda’s Neil Hodgson which was eventually taken by Hayden. Back up front, Mladin’s cruise turned in to a battle after Spies closed the 4 second gap and challenged Mladin and his trashed tires to finally draft past him in the last couple of feet of the race by .011 seconds. That’s less than half a wheel. It was a great finish.

Race 1 results

1 Ben Spies American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 Mathew Mladin American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
3 Tommy Hayden American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
4 Neil Hodgson American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
5 Eric Bostrom Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
6 Jamie Hacking Monster Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R
7 Jason DiSalvo Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
8 Miguel DuHamel American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
9 Matt Lynn Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR
10 Jake Holden Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR

Race 2 results

1 Ben Spies American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
2 Mathew Mladin American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
3 Tommy Hayden American Suzuki Suzuki GSX-R1000
4 Neil Hodgson American Honda Honda CBR1000RR
5 Jason DiSalvo Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
6 Eric Bostrom Yamaha Motor Corp Yamaha YZF-R1
7 Jamie Hacking Monster Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX-10R
8 Scott Jensen   Suzuki GSX-R1000
9 Matt Lynn Corona Honda Honda CBR1000RR
10 Tim Knutson   Suzuki GSX-R1000

Finishing off the weekend in California, the only Ducati of note in AMA racing, finished 3rd in the FX series and the Supersport race was won by Yamaha mounted and Elvis wannabe, Ben Bostrom. During the 1st lap of the Supersport race, M4 Emgo Suzuki rider Martin Cardenas came into a turn way to hot and ended up taking out Suzuki factory rider Tommy Hayden, dislocating Tommy’s ankle which required surgery to repair. Cardenas was transported and later had surgery to repair a broken left femur. Video of the crash shows Cardenas trying to get the bike off the inside of the track to avoid hitting other riders. Officials are looking at a possible brake malfunction as the cause.

That’s it for this past weekends moto racing update. Keep the feet on the pegs race fans!!!!

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Mavs Down 3-1 In Series…

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The Mavs visit New Orleans tonight to *with any hope* have the final nail put in the coffin for this season. This Hornets team has pretty much had their way with the Mavs. Hell game two in the series the entire Hornets bench, coach included was laughing at the Mavs after the Hornet got up by about 20 or so. I’m a realistic Mavs fan. If they are having this much trouble in round one.. how could they expect to go on, on the off chance they were actually able to get past the Hornets.

If this is the end of the season, with any luck Cuban will make the necessary changes first thing in the morning!

*sidenote* Its to bad were not playing the Spurs.. ūüėČ

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Lets Go Stars!!!

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Lets go Stars.. The Stars find themselves up 2-0 in their western conference semi finals series against the San Jose Sharks.  Game three in the series is tonight here in Dallas. Lets home the Stars put the foot further on the throat of the sharks!

The Days Of Clemens Life Episode 3…

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Previous Episodes

Episode One

Episode Two

Episode three opens with Roger Clemens back in the news with new allegations he and once country superstar Mindy McCready Mindy McCready had a 10 year¬† affair. Question, WHO CARES?? This is just the latest attempt from Brian McNamee’s camp to smear Clemens name further. If this new information is accurate.. Maybe McNamee will regain some credit after Congress ripped him apart in February.

With Roger Clemens image already on shaky ground, even if these latest allegations aren’t true, he is still going to look bad. First the steroid allegations, now extra marital affairs? Considering for years Clemens has stated numerous times *My family comes first*. Honestly nothing that comes out of this soap opera known as Roger Clemens life surprises me anymore. Another spin on this could be some exposure for Mindy McCready, since she is trying to reestablish her music career. She also has a documentary, and TV series project in the works. McCready released this statement today. The fact that she says *I can’t refute anything in this story* is probably not going to help Clemens case any.

Chances are some of these allegations could be true. The fact that Clemens met McCready when she was 15 does raise some questions. Also there is word that Clemens has given McCready money to help her out with her legal problems, which I would assume happened during her *prescription fraud* troubles. This is something that can be easily dismissed or spun by the dream team as *a friend helping a friend in need*

It’s a damn shame that a legendary career turned in by one of the top 5 pitchers to every take the mound, has been flushed in the matter of 6 months. I wonder if Clemens is rethinking his original strategy about the way he handled all of this. Perhaps going on 60 minutes, making the rounds to meet with every congress member that would see him, and just being so public with¬† professing his innocence was not the best way to handle this. As time goes on, and more things turn up with each turn of the stone his image is becoming more and more tarnished.

Stay tuned, there is no telling what Episode 4 will bring us in *The Days Of Clemens Life*

Stars Up 2-0 In Series…

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Well the Stars were able to steal two games from the Sharks in the fishtank over the weekend. Atleast the Stars can give Dallas fans some hope, as the Mavs will be exiting the playoffs tomorrow night. LETS GO STARS!!!

Continued Draft Coverage…

2008 NFL Draft

Round 3

1 Detroit Kevin Smith (RB) C Florida
2 St. Louis John Greco (OT) Toledo
3 Miami Kendall Langford (DE) Hampton
4 Carolina Charles Godfrey (CB) Iowa
5 Atlanta Chevis Jackson (CB) LSU
6 San Diego Jacob Hester (FB) LSU
7 Chicago Earl Bennett (WR) Vanderbilt
8 Baltimore Tavares Gooden (ILB) Miami
9 Buffalo Chris Ellis (DE) Va Tech
10 Kansas City Jamaal Charles (RB) Texas
11 Carolina Dan Connor (ILB) Penn State

12 San Francisco Reggie Smith (CB) Oklahoma
13 Kansas City Brad Cottam (TE) Tennessee
14 Cincinnati Pat Sims (DT) Auburn
15 New England Shawn Crable (OLB) Michigan
16 Houston Antwaun Molden (CB) E Kentucky
17 Philadelphia Bryan Smith (DE) McNeese St
18 Arizona Early Doucet (WR) LSU ESPN Video
19 Kansas City DaJuan Morgan (S) NC State
20 Tampa Bay Jeremy Zuttah (OG) Rutgers
21 Atlanta Harry Douglas (WR) Louisville
22 Tennessee Craig Stevens (TE) California
23 Baltimore Tom Zbikowski (S) Notre Dame
24 Detroit Andre Fluellen (DT) Florida St
25 Pittsburgh Bruce Davis (OLB) UCLA
26 Houston Steve Slaton (RB) W Virginia
27 Chicago Marcus Harrison (DT) Arkansas
28 Green Bay Jermichael Finley (TE) Texas
29 Detroit Cliff Avril (DE) Purdue
30 Indianapolis Philip Wheeler (ILB) Ga Tech
31 New England Kevin O’Connell (QB) SDSU
32 NY Giants Mario Manningham (WR) Michigan
33 Washington Chad Rinehart (OG) N Iowa
34 Cincinnati Andre Caldwell (WR) Florida
35 Atlanta Thomas DeCoud (S) California
36 Baltimore Oniel Cousins (OG) UTEP

Round 4

1 Oakland Tyvon Branch (CB) UConn
2 St. Louis Justin King (CB) Penn State
3 Green Bay Jeremy Thompson (DE) W Forest
4 Tennessee William Hayes (DE) Win Salem
5 Cleveland Beau Bell (ILB) UNLV
6 Kansas City William Franklin (WR) Missouri
7 Baltimore Marcus Smith (WR) New Mexico
8 San Francisco Cody Wallace (C) Texas A&M
9 Denver Kory Lichtensteiger (C) BGU
10 Philadelphia Michael McGlynn (OG) Pittsburgh
11 Miami Shawn Murphy (OG) Utah St
12 Cleveland Martin Rucker (TE) Missouri
13 Cincinnati Anthony Collins (OT) Kansas
14 NY Jets Dwight Lowery (CB) San Jose St
15 Buffalo Reggie Corner (CB) Akron
16 Tampa Bay Dre Moore (DT) Maryland
17 Arizona Kenny Iwebema (DE) Iowa
18 Philadelphia Quintin Demps (S) UTEP
19 Houston Xavier Adibi (OLB) Va Tech
20 Denver Jack Williams (CB) Kent St
21 Chicago Craig Steltz (S) LSU
22 Seattle Red Bryant (DT) Texas A&M
23 Dallas Tashard Choice (RB) Ga Tech
24 NY Giants Bryan Kehl (OLB) BYU
25 Washington Justin Tryon (CB) Arizona St
26 Oakland Arman Shields (WR) Richmond
27 Tennessee Lavelle Hawkins (WR) California
28 Indianapolis Jacob Tamme (TE) Kentucky
29 St. Louis Keenan Burton (WR) Kentucky
30 New England Jonathan Wilhite (CB) Auburn
31 Pittsburgh Tony Hills (OT) Texas
32 Philadelphia Jack Ikegwuonu (CB) Wisconsin
33 Buffalo Derek Fine (TE) Kansas
34 Baltimore David Hale (OT) Weber St
35 Tennessee Stanford Keglar (OLB) Purdue
36 Green Bay Josh Sitton (OT) C Florida

Round 5

1 Detroit Kenneth Moore (WR) W Forest
2 Minnesota John David Booty (QB) USC
3 Atlanta Robert James (OLB) Arizona St
4 Denver Ryan Torain (RB) Arizona St
5 Kansas City Brandon Carr (CB) G Valley St
6 Carolina Gary Barnidge (TE) Louisville
7 Chicago Zack Bowman (CB) Nebraska
8 Dallas Orlando Scandrick (CB) Boise St
9 New Orleans DeMario Pressley (DT) NC State
10 Cincinnati Jason Shirley (DT) Fresno St
11 Detroit Jerome Felton (FB) Furman
12 Buffalo Alvin Bowen (OLB) Iowa St
13 Denver Carlton Powell (DT) Va Tech
14 Arizona Timothy Hightower (RB) Richmond
15 Green Bay Breno Giacomini (OT) Louisville
16 Houston Frank Okam (DT) Texas
17 Minnesota Letroy Guion (DT) Florida St
18 New England Matt Slater (WR) UCLA
19 Atlanta Kroy Biermann (OLB) Montana
20 Jacksonville Thomas Williams (OLB) USC
21 Pittsburgh Dennis Dixon (QB) Oregon
22 St. Louis Roy Schuening (OG) Oregon St
23 Chicago Kellen Davis (TE) Mich St
24 Jacksonville Trae Williams (CB) S Florida
25 Tampa Bay Josh Johnson (QB) San Diego
26 Indianapolis Marcus Howard (OLB) Georgia
27 NY Jets Erik Ainge (QB) Tennessee
28 Seattle Owen Schmitt (FB) W Virginia
29 New Orleans Carl Nicks (OT) Nebraska
30 NY Giants Jonathan Goff (ILB) Vanderbilt
31 San Diego Marcus Thomas (RB) UTEP

Round 6

1 Dallas Erik Walden (DE) M Tenn St
2 Washington Durant Brooks (P) Ga Tech
3 Oakland Trevor Scott (DE) Buffalo
4 Kansas City Barry Richardson (OT) Clemson
5 NY Jets Marcus Henry (WR) Kansas
6 Atlanta Thomas Brown (RB) Georgia
7 Houston Dominique Barber (S) Minnesota
8 San Francisco Josh Morgan (WR) Va Tech
9 Tampa Bay Geno Hayes (OLB) Florida St
10 Miami Jalen Parmele (RB) Toledo
11 Cincinnati Corey Lynch (S) App St
12 New Orleans Taylor Mehlhaff (K) Wisconsin
13 Buffalo Xavier Omon (RB) NW Mo St
14 Washington Kareem Moore (S) Nicholls St
15 Carolina Nick Hayden (DT) Wisconsin
16 Kansas City Kevin Robinson (WR) Utah St
17 Denver Spencer Larsen (ILB) Arizona
18 Philadelphia Michael Gibson (OG) California
19 Arizona Christopher Harrington (DE) Texas A&M
20 Washington Colt Brennan (QB) Hawaii
21 Minnesota John Sullivan (C) Notre Dame
22 Pittsburgh Mike Humpal (OLB) Iowa
23 Seattle Tyler Schmitt (LS) SDSU
24 Cleveland Ahtyba Rubin (DT) Iowa St
25 Cleveland Paul Hubbard (WR) Wisconsin
26 San Diego DeJuan Tribble (CB) BC
27 Minnesota Jaymar Johnson (WR) Jackson St
28 Pittsburgh Ryan Mundy (S) W Virginia
29 Miami Donald Thomas (OG) UConn
30 Indianapolis Michael Santi (TE) Virginia
31 New England Bo Ruud (OLB) Nebraska
32 NY Giants Andre Woodson (QB) Kentucky
33 NY Giants Robert Henderson (DE) So Miss
34 Philadelphia Joe Mays (ILB) NDSU
35 Indianapolis Steven Justice (C) W Forest
36 Indianapolis Mike Hart (RB) Michigan
37 Philadelphia Andrew Studebaker (DE) Wheaton
38 Miami Lex Hilliard (RB) Montana
39 Indianapolis Pierre Garcon (WR) Mt Union
40 Baltimore Haruki Nakamura (S) Cincy
41 Cincinnati Matt Sherry (TE) Villanova

Round 7  

1    Chicago     Ervin Baldwin (DE) Mich St
2    Green Bay     Matt Flynn (QB) LSU
3    Kansas City    Brian Johnston (DE) Gardner Webb
4    NY Jets    Nate Garner (OT) Arkansas
5    Atlanta    Wilrey Fontenot (CB) Arizona
6    Jacksonville     Chauncey Washington (RB) USC
7    San Francisco    Larry Grant (OLB) Ohio St
8    Baltimore    Justin Harper (WR) Va Tech
9    Detroit    Landon Cohen (DT) Ohio
10    Green Bay     Brett Swain (WR) SDSU
11    Detroit     Caleb Campbell (S) Army
12¬†¬† ¬†Buffalo¬†¬† ¬†Demetrius Bell (OT) N’west St
13    Denver    Joshua Barrett (S) Arizona St
14    Carolina    Hilee Taylor (OLB) UNC
15    Chicago    Chester Adams (OG) Georgia
16    Houston    Alex Brink (QB) Wash St
17    Buffalo    Steve Johnson (WR) Kentucky
18    Arizona    Brandon Keith (OT) N Iowa
19    Oakland    Chaz Schilens (WR) SDSU
20    Denver    Peyton Hillis (FB) Arkansas
21    St. Louis     Chris Chamberlain (ILB) Tulsa
22    Tennessee    Cary Williams (CB) Washburn
23    Philadelphia    King Dunlap (OT) Auburn
24    Cleveland    Alex Hall (DE) St. Aug
25    Atlanta    Keith Zinger (TE) LSU
26    Seattle    Justin Forsett (RB) California
27    San Diego    Corey Clark (OT) Texas A&M
28    Seattle     Brandon Coutu (K) Georgia
29    Indianapolis    Jamey Richard (C) Buffalo
30    New Orleans     Adrian Arrington (WR) Michigan
31    Tampa Bay     Cory Boyd (RB) S Carolina
32    Kansas City    Mike Merritt (TE) C Florida
33    Baltimore    Allen Patrick (RB) Oklahoma
34    Carolina    Geoff Schwartz (OT) Oregon
35    Washington    Rob Jackson (DE) Kansas St
36    Chicago    Joey LaRocque (OLB) Oregon St
37    Cincinnati    Angelo Craig (OLB) Cincy
38    Miami    Lionel Dotson (DT) Arizona
39    Cincinnati    Mario Urrutia (WR) Louisville
40    Chicago    Kirk Barton (OT) Ohio St
41    Chicago    Marcus Monk (WR) Arkansas
42    Washington    Christopher Horton (S) UCLA
43    Carolina    Mackenzy Bernadeau (OG) Bentley
44    Buffalo    Kennard Cox (CB) Pittsburgh
45    St. Louis    David Vobora (OLB) Idaho

Well ladies and gentleman another draft is in the books. Hopefully your favorite player got drafted.. if not don’t give up hope, they can aways be a walk on signing. If your a reader, you know I don’t really care for Mel Kiper… I thought his grades on some of the players in the first round were very interesting.. Especially since he graded McFadden and B+, and his back up Felix Jones an A.. But he is the *draft guru* yeah right!! Is it football season yet???¬† ūüėČ

Pk/Tm    Name    Kiper
1 MIA    Jake Long    B+
2 STL    Chris Long    B+
3 ATL    Matt Ryan    A
4 OAK    Darren McFadden    B+
5 KC    Glenn Dorsey    A
6 NYJ    Vernon Gholston    B+
7 NO    Sedrick Ellis    N/A
8 JAC    Derrick Harvey    C-
9 CIN    Keith Rivers    B+
10 NE    Jerod Mayo    A

11 BUF    Leodis McKelvin    B
12 DEN    Ryan Clady    B+
13 CAR    Jonathan Stewart    B
14 CHI    Chris Williams    N/A
15 KC    Branden Albert    B
16 ARI    Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie    B
17 DET    Gosder Cherilus    C
18 BAL    Joe Flacco    B+
19 CAR    Jeff Otah    B
20 TB    Aqib Talib    B

21 ATL    Sam Baker    C-
22 DAL    Felix Jones    A
23 PIT    Rashard Mendenhall    B
24 TEN    Chris Johnson    B-
25 DAL    Mike Jenkins    B
26 HOU    Duane Brown    N/A
27 SD    Antoine Cason    C+
28 SEA    Lawrence Jackson    C
29 SF    Kentwan Balmer    B
30 NYJ    Dustin Keller    B-
31 NYG    Kenny Phillips    C+