Monday, April 30, 2007

Robert Horry Eats Pressure For Breakfast

posted by IntrinsicBent

I just watched "Big Shot Bob" Robert Horry ice a game from behind the 3 point line in the corner as he's done so many times before.

This time he does it for the San Antonio Spurs who find themselves in a dogfight with the Denver Nuggets in one of this year's Western Conference playoff matchups. Horry's shot broke Denver's back in this game where San Antonio won taking the lead 3-1 in this series.

Immediately after the shot, a time out is called and TNT goes to commercial. Upon return, they have a canned interview with Horry who says he performs so well under pressure because.........he doesn't care. He tells the interviewer he doesn't mean it like it sounds, it's just that some people get wrapped up in the pressure of big shots, and as he puts it, "My family is still going to love me either way.

Then TNT puts up a graphic showing Horry as having the second most 3 point shots total behind the retired Reggie Miller.

No one has been as clutch in as many contests as Robert Horry. Not MJ, Magic, Bird, Jeter, Vinatieri, or Joe Montana.

The guy's central nervous system is pure ice.

And Now The Retail Flop..................

posted by IntrinsicBent

It seems our favorite Yugoslav flopper is experiencing the American Dream.

Vlade Divac and his wife Ana own a clothing store in Sacramento where he played for the hometown Kings from 1998 - 2004. They are being threatened by two lawsuits alleging that the store is selling fake Gucci bags as the the real ones. The store's attorneys have denied all this in court papers.

I'm sure if this happened, someone duped the Divac's, the management they have in place, or fraud at some non-Divac level. I just hope they don't show any gametape of Vlade agonizing like he'd had his neck broken by a phantom foul. Those flops were fugazi through and through.

Fake that is.

Source (Next To The Last Segment)

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Randy Moss to the Patriots

posted by MoneyMouth

Who said the draft couldn’t be interesting? Today, the Patriots made big news by trading a fourth round pick for Randy Moss from the Raiders.

I’ll I have to say is, “Really?”

I mean, it isn’t that surprising that the Raiders have finally cut their ties with the receiver. After two seasons of Moss being relatively unproductive, I don’t blame the Raiders for wanting to get rid of the dude. Especially since Moss wasn’t being quiet about the whole situation. Numerous times last season he expressed his discontent with playing for such a horrible team and had even said that the reason for his lack of productivity was due to being unmotivated by his team’s ability.

But what’s so surprising is that the Patriots would bring this guy onto their squad. It appears that the motto of this team over the past 5 years has been strictly, “What’s best for the team?” and I don’t exactly see Randy Moss being an immediate fit to this kind of mold. I guess time will only tell how this story plays out.

What is scary now is how good the Patriots could end up being this NFL season. The team seemed to lack in the receiving threat last year, but Tom Brady made due with what he had. That has changed now that the Patriots will have both Donte Stallworth and Randy Moss lining up wide. Oh, and don’t forget about Wes Welker who will benefit from these two major threats opening up the field for him. Honestly, this could be straight up frightening for any team that wants to match up again these guys.

Of course, we still have 4 months to wait and see if Randy Moss will simply turn into a ticking time bomb, or a productive team player. Being the realist in this group, I’ll put my money on the former.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Sports Douche Of The Week

posted by Knowledge Droppings

Hello sports fans, Knowledge Droppings back with this week's award. And to all you that wrote me this past week chiding me for using such a distasteful term for this award, let me help you out.

I know you must all be of the older generation, because Intrinsic hit me with the same thing. Here in this century, the term is used as a noun, not a verb.

Mind if I continue?

This week's award does not go to Curt Schilling's sock (pictured). It does go to Baltimore Orioles' television broadcaster Gary Thorne who during a televised game this week told Hall of Fame pitcher and current broadcaster Jim Palmer that Curt Schilling's bloody sock of legend was not bloody after all. He said it was painty.

You remember Game 6 of the 2004 ALCS between the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees where Curt Schilling opted for a temporary ankle ligament fix using screws (and maybe duct tape) so he could lead his team past the hated Yanks? Blood stains were seen by the tv cameras oozing into the sock while he pitched his heart out. And Chowderhead lore began.

Not so according to Thorne who cited former Red Sox Doug Mirabelli as his source. He claims Mirabelli told him it was paint.

Mirabelli vehemently denied this whole event, as did Schill.

Thorne easily wins this week's honors. He needs to check his medication that helps him distinguish between dreams and reality and makes him feel like he's getting the attention he so very badly craves.


Miami Stands Up Quinn for NFL's Prom

posted by BiCoastal Bias

It was a peaceful draft day, the NFL's version of prom. For the first eight picks, it looked like everything was going according to plan: kids dressed in their brand new suits, moms and dads doling out hugs to their sons on the big day, and so far no surprising "trading."

But then Miami left Brady Quinn waiting on his own doorstep. It turns out, Miami made a last second date with Ted Ginn Jr., even after Mel Kiper had all but assured Brady that Miami liked him the best. You could see the humiliation and surprise spread across Brady's face. "Ted Ginn Jr!" he thought, "He won't even be able to dance with his foot injury!"

Okay, seriously, this pick was shocking and funny at the same time. I realized that the only people who have more at stake than the teams and players are the ESPN prognosticators. After the Miami pick, I thought Mel Kiper was going to blow a gasket. He was downright mad, and it's not like he has any personal attachment to the parties involved, other than the fact that this completely ruined his late first round predictions. Not only was Ginn not supposed to be picked until the late first round, but now it was apparent that Quinn wouldn't be picked up until the second half of the first round, making anything possible for picks 15 to 30.

I'm writing this during pick 12, so the end story has yet to be written. One more draft note, though: two offensive linemen went in the top 5. It's a good day for the O-Line.

No More Texting for College Recruiters

posted by MoneyMouth

The NCAA dropped the hammer this week on college recruiters. Their ruling: no more texting. That’s right, college athletic recruiters were actually using text messaging to lure in their promising athletes.

What is so surprising to me is how big of an issue this actually is. Recruiters had started using text messages as a way to avoid initiating a call (due to NCAA rules) but jockey their way into the recruit’s top five schools under consideration. Consequently, high school athletes were receiving dozens of messages a day, all day long. For some, these messages were starting to make their phone bills go through the roof.

And let me remind you. We’re not just talk about any kind of messages; we’re talking messages of the pure text variety. In other words, these messages are full of typos and abbreviations and emoticons. Here’s an example:

Coach: U shd visit my skl

Recruit: fo sho :)

Coach: TTYL

Recruit: whatev

If you can’t read that, then you need to get with the times. If you can read that, you need to put down your cell phone.

Thanks to the NCAA, text messaging, social networking websites, and all other electronic forms of communication except emails and faxes (faxes? Wtf?) will no longer be allowed starting August 1st. Until then, let the text messages flow to your heart’s content.

In a related story, thirteen-year-old Morgan Pozgar who just won $25,000 and was crowned the LG national texting champion was unavailable for comment about how it feels to know her future as a college recruiter has been terminated. I guess she could always have a career in human resources, letting people go.

Monday, April 23, 2007

A-Rod Facts and Thoughts

posted by BiCoastal Bias

A-Rod just hit his fourteenth homerun of the month - tying a one year old record set by Albert Pujols. And if this is any sign of how his season (and remaining career) will go, he will soon break two very important records which will most likely be held until then by Barry Bonds.

I'll admit that I'm not the first person to say this; but if A-Rod does go on to break the not-so-hallowed "73," he will probably become the most popular player in the majors. The problem is, unless he learns to pitch, New York might only be kind enough as to stop booing their third baseman.

Picture it, every town the Yankees and A-Rod go to, the crowds cheer his homeruns; meanwhile they also cheer as their own team beats up on Yankee pitching. No baseball fan wants to see Barry's name ingrained in the record books, and with the Yankees looking so beatable lately, they won't feel so guilty about rooting for a Yankee hitter to do it.

So let's skip ahead a bit and assume that Rodriguez does break Bonds' record this year, (I'll admit that he probably won't reach the 126 homers he is on pace for, but 110 isn't far-fetched). I vote that we return to the 154 game season that baseball used pre-1960. Why? Because now that baseball has an expanded playoffs, it sucks having season openers in the rainy first week of April, and the World Series in the chilly last week of October. So let's cut down the season by at least a week and a half to shore this up a bit.

Probably the main argument against doing this is that it screws up the record books. But now that our offensive records have all been skewed by the steroids era, let's start fresh. This will be even easier to do once A-Rod knocks Barry's name from the list. And don't think this will be a knock on A-Rod; he'll forever be the record holder for the 162 game season, and he'll have the first shot at grabbing Babe Ruth's 154 game record.

Intrinsic's First Round NBA Playoff Solid Locks

posted by IntrinsicBent

Alright you little Frappers, here is the knowledge you need to know how to think.

I've got the outcome of the first round of NBA Playoffs after only the first game has been played. Why did I wait until after the first game has been played, you ask?

Everyone else picks before the series start. I need an additional degree of difficulty.

Although I subscribe to the first game being important, it also leads many astray. You know the dude at the watercooler that prognosticates in a very knowing manner about the way the playoffs will go..........after he's seen the first game's result. And SportsCenter.

We don't roll like that. We also do not have a watercooler. We have a huge orange Igloo filled with Gatorade that we mixed from powder. We believe in living this stuff out.

I'm adding a little more flavor to this special sports stew: I'm not only telling you who will win, but also who I wish would win.

Here is the what you think:

Western Conference

Dallas Mavericks V. Golden State Warriors

What isn't there to like about this matchup? Storylines abound. A disgruntled ex-employee (Don Nelson) trying to stick it to his ex-employer (Mavs' owner Mark Cuban). The student (Avery Johnson) taking on the teacher (Nelson). Anyone but me notice that Johnson sounds like a cross between Yoda and Dave Chappelle?

Even though the Warriors ran down the Mavericks' gut in the first game, the Mavs will win this series in 6 games. Common sense adjustments will be made on the Mavs side, and Mavericks star Dirk Nowitzki will awaken and play like the hard to handle superstar he is.

Team I'd Like To Win: Mavericks

Team That Will Win: Mavericks

Utah Jazz V. Houston Rockets

Utah is a young and talented team that looks to be contender material for years to come. Not sure about the reports that Andrei Kirilenko went to Jazz coach Jerry Sloan literally crying because he wasn't a meaningful part of the offense in the first game. I'd love to have been a fly on that wall. Not sure what the hard nose coach likely said to him, but I'm positive I know what letters the words start with.

It is time for the Rockets version of Batman (Tracy McGrady) and Robin (Yao Ming) to step up into the light of the next level. This will depend in a huge way on whether the brittle duo's bodies will hold up or not. McGrady is like Kobe Bryant without the rings, records, durability, or mind over matter abilities.

The Houston Rockets will win this in 6 games.

Team I'd Like To Win: Rockets

Team That Will Win: Rockets

San Antonio Spurs V. Denver Nuggets

Based on the first game, the Spurs seem to have aged since the end of the regular season. Anyone want to sign my petition that would have shots to the crowd showing Eva Longoria eliminated? I would quit my job for that campaign if I thought I could pull it off.

To the contrary, Allen Iverson seems to be next in line to replace the Energizer Bunny. Not sure how he does that. Carmelo Anthony's clutch factor seems to have greatly increased. This even though he rolled the Frappe on a scheduled exclusive interview this season.

I have to admit that I feel shaky about this one. I'm going to say the Spurs in 7 games.

Team I'd Like To Win: Neither

Team That Will Win: Spurs

Los Angeles Lakers V. Phoenix Suns

Steve Nash is a witch. That's all I can say about him. If I played with him he could set me up to drop 15 points (2 of them 3 pointers).

The Lakers just don't have enough to hope for an upset here. I just want Ronny Turiaf to keep his hair down.


Suns in 6 games here.

Team I'd Bleed Their Colors If Cut: Lakers

Team That Will Win: Suns

Eastern Conference

Detroit Pistons V. Orlando Magic

Not much to say here. This is a classic matchup of too much against not enough.

This series has the highest likelihood of a sweep, but since Flip Saunders (Pistons Coach) is involved, I'll give it to Detroit in 5.

Team I'd Like To See Win: Neither

Team That Will Win: Pistons

Miami Heat V. Chicago Bulls

As I said about the Jazz, the Bulls are a team with a bright future if they can keep from tiring of Scott Skiles hard nose message and keep their nucleus together.

The Heat are OLD. Seriously. They resemble someone's basketball card collection of two, maybe three basketball generations. But I learned from last year's playoffs that you should never underestimate Dwyane Wade. I think they have enough in their tank to take this series in a 7 game war.

Team I'd Like To See Win: Bulls

Team That Will Win: Heat

Toronto Raptors V. New Jersey Nets

How funny was it to see our Canadian friends band together and focus their energies not on winning as much as punking their ex superstar Vince Carter. Remember when he was the next Jordan? Remember when Toronto had Carter and McGrady? Remember when Canada had two teams?

New Jersey in 6.

Team I'd Like To See Win: Raptors

Team That Will Win: Nets

Washington Wizards V. Cleveland Cavaliers

The Wizards are like a veritable MASH unit. For this reason, and the fact that King James is ripe to bloom into basketball legend goodness, I say the Cavs in 5 games.

Team I'd Like To See Win: Cavaliers

Team That Will Win: Cavaliers

A Recipe For Homeruns

posted by IntrinsicBent

Secret Boston Red Sox Recipe

  • Schedule game for a Sunday with the hated Yankees

  • Play at home in your classic yard with the zillionth sellout in a row crowd

  • Marinate your club with a good pregame speech

  • Add a green Yankee pitcher named Chase Wright

  • Get in a groove. You only need 10 pitches

  • Let balls rise out of the park from 4 batters in a row

  • Sweep the Yankees out of your yard

Sunday, April 22, 2007

Arizona Loves Barry

posted by IntrinsicBent

Dear Arizona:

Barry was available in the offseason. Word had it that there were not any teams but San Francisco that were interested in adding Baroid, his list of demands, or his acidic effect on the clubhouse.

You should have pursued him since it is now evident after this
weekend's lovefest shows how willing you are in assisting his name into the record books above Hank Aaron's.

The Arizona Diamondbacks pitched to Barry Bonds this weekend and afforded him homeruns two games in a row (#739 and #740) bringing him 15 homers away from Hank Aaron's naturally earned home run record of 755.

At this juncture, the only folks that love Bonds more than the D-Backs are those geeks that sit waiting in the frigid waters outside AT&T Park in their little canoes waiting for him to send a ball into the drink. When a ball hits the water there is a flurry of paddles spanking the water that is reminiscent of dropping a handful of minnows into a fish farm tank. Then you have the uber geeks that will actually leave the freezing comfort of their kayak to swim like Gilligan to grab the ball.

Seven bucks. That's roughly the price of a baseball. And that's if you have to have a good one.
But I digress.

Note to teams on San Francisco's schedule. Don't pitch to Bonds. Look at that roster and you'll see my point.

Friday, April 20, 2007

What Happened To The Red, White, And Blue?

posted by IntrinsicBent

I heard it after the Lakers were eliminated by Phoenix last year in the playoffs.

I heard it all through the offseason.

At the beginning of this season, I heard radio spots that asked "Will you be there when Los Angeles becomes red, white, and blue?

So what happened? Usually when you return a team of high achievers, you can look to build on that success.

Not if you're the Los Angeles Clippers (pictured.....ok not really). History is huge in sports. Not in the Boston Celtic kind of way, where you were once a dynasty and then try to gravy train that even though you haven't sniffed the second round of the playoffs in years.

In fact, the history of a sports franchise that reveals consistent underachievement is very telling of an organization, fan base, city, and often players that expect for the wheels to come off, even if they realize a success here or there.

I already hear the naysayers verbally taking shots at the Lakers' likely repeat of not making it out of the first round.

But they got in. Scoreboard.

Clippers, have fun on Nick Van Exel's Cancun Tour circuit.

Sports Douche of the Week

posted by Knowledge Droppings

Attention Frappe Community: my day has finally come. My Frappe bosses have given me the green light on a weekly segment I will be calling “Sports Douche of the Week.” It’s pretty self-explanatory really. If someone in the sporting world has acted like a complete douche, chances are you’ll see him here on Friday’s blog. So let’s get started.

This week’s Sports Douche of the Week goes to Joey Crawford, the NBA referee who challenged Tim Duncan to a fight. According to “Slam” Duncan (who almost received this award for his ridiculous nickname and website address), after Crawford handed him his second technical foul he also asked Duncan, “Do you want to fight? Do you want to fight?”

So let me break this down for you. A 55 year old white man who can’t be more than 5’10” challenged a 6’11” NBA player to a fight in the middle of a game. Didn’t this dude learn anything from Don Zimmer? First of all, when challenging someone to a fight, it’s a wise decision to size the guy up before you decide to take him. In this case, Crawford’s opponent probably has a 20 inch reach differential on him. If you didn't know already, that's what we call a disadvantage. Second, if you are going to challenge a guy who could easily humiliate you with one punch, I’m pretty sure you want this to be a small venue fight. Challenging the guy in the middle of a sold-out arena means that you’ve guaranteed yourself to be on YouTube for the rest of your life. It’s just not worth the humiliation to want to get this done right then and there.

As a result, Sir Douche will be sitting out the entire NBA playoffs on suspension, watching it from his couch. Have fun, Crawford, and enjoy your reign as Sports Douche of the Week.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

MLB Predictions

posted by Knowledge Droppings

Knowledge Droppings: Now that we are a little over 2 weeks into the season, it's time to hear from my bosses (yes, I have multiple) their picks for the 2007 Major League season. So without any further delay, here they are:

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Brendan Donnelly vs. Jose Guillen

posted by BiCoastal Bias

The Red Sox home opener today was a blowout over Jeff Weaver and the Mariners, but the story within the story is much more interesting. In the eighth inning, Red Sox reliever Brendan Donnelly struck out Jose Guillen; and what followed was a shouting match between the two in which both had to be restrained. In the next at bat, Donnelly hit Johjima with a pitch, leading to his own ejection from the game.

What makes this little feud between Donnelly and Guillen fascinating is that it is now at the level of being completely personal. Both players are just beginning their first seasons with the Sox and Mariners, respectively. The tiff between them now goes well beyond uniform, city, or managers.

Begin Flashback: The story begins when these two were teammates for the (then) Anaheim Angels. The year was 2004. In the last two weeks of the season, Guillen was suspended from the team by manager Mike Scioscia for throwing a fit when lifted for a pinch-runner. In the off season, Guillen was traded to the Washington Nationals. As for public knowledge, we don't really know if there was any specific beef between Guillen and Donnelly.

In 2005, the Nationals and Angels met in Interleague play. On a tip from Guillen, Nationals manager Frank Robinson requests the umpires to check Donnelly's glove, where pine tar is found. Donnelly would be ejected from the game and serve a 10 game sentence. (Yes, Donnelly is on my list of pitchers I like for trying to cheat the system.)

At the time, it appeared that Guillen's anger and wrath was aimed particularly at manager Scioscia. But clearly, now that Donnelly has moved to Boston, he finds himself as a new and distinct party in this complex feud. End Flashback

I don't intend to glorify the holding of grudges . . . but let's face it: the long baseball season becomes much more interesting when you mix in these little personal fracases. In the first week of this season, we were already treated to a little rivalry between Vladimir Guerrero and Vincente Padilla; (of which Vlad was the outright winner).

In spring training, it was already made clear that every Angels vs. Mariners match up would be a chance for Guillen to try to one up his old team, adding those games to my must watch list. And now, I'll include the late innings of every Red Sox vs. M's game as well, as this Guillen\Donnelly feud is far from fizzling out yet.

Saturday, April 07, 2007

Rally Monkey Must Die

posted by MoneyMouth

I’m going to get right to the point here everybody: the Rally Monkey must die.

On Thursday night I made the trip up to Anaheim to see my beloved Angels play against the A’s. It was a pretty exciting game all the way through as the A’s would take the lead and the Angels would tie it up again. As the game went on, I could feel some great insights being revealed to me that I knew the Frappe community would enjoy; things like how Gary Matthews Jr. and I share a special bond because we are both Jay-Z fans (which also means the man never took HGH), and how Nick Swisher belongs on 10 Years Younger just so they can chop that mop.

But like I said, the Rally Monkey must die. He’s ruined my Angel experience for the last time. For those of you who have no idea what I’m talking about, here is a brief history of the Rally Monkey. On June 6 of 2000, the Angels were losing to the San Francisco Giants late in the game. In order to get the crowd back into the game, someone in the video crew played a scene from a movie with a monkey jumping up and down. Superimposed over the front of the video were the words “Rally Monkey!” The Angels scored 2 runs in the bottom of the 9th to win and the Rally Monkey was born.

Since then, the Rally Monkey has made appearances in every home game that the Angels have been down in the 7th inning or later (the rules state that a runner must be on base and the Angels must be within 3 runs, but I believe these rules has been abused repeatedly). This means that for 7 years I’ve been witnessing that damn capuchin monkey poke his head into Angel Stadium and the song “Jump Around” be blasted over the sound system. While sometimes it appears the magic works and the Angels win, there are plenty of other times (Thursday night being an example since Piazza hit a 9th inning solo) where the Angels fall flat on their faces and I am left embarrassed by the jumping mascot.

What’s even more amazing is that a quick search will reveal that other teams are now selling rally monkeys! Here’s a rally monkey you can buy dressed in Nationals gear and here is one dressed in a Knicks Jersey. In fact, you can get one for any MLB team you want, even the Yankees! All this time I thought the Rally Monkey was a faithful primate to the Angels Franchise, but it turns out he’s been playing the part of the whore behind our backs.

With this being the 7th season for the Rally Monkey, I think it’s time someone upstairs said, “That’s enough. We’ve had a good run and some funny moments, but it needs to end.” And honestly, it’s not even done that well anymore. It used to be that the videos that introduced the Rally Monkey were humorous and well put together. You might have a scary part of a popular movie being played, and when the killer would appear, the Rally Monkey would be in his place. On Thursday night, a compilation of American Idol clips were shown in which the judges were praising a singer’s performance. While I was secretly hoping we were introducing the new “Rally Sanjaya,” the monkey was shown in his usual way, superimposed over the American Idol stage. Now that’s straight up boring. At this point, a Rally Sanjaya would be much more horrifying and distracting to the opposition and should probably be considered as a viable option.

So here is my plea. I’m hoping somehow, somewhere, this Frappe post reaches someone high up in the Angels organization. Actually, I’m looking for anyone who has access to the media room; even the janitor will do. All you have to do is go in there and delete any media that is monkey related. Then we’ll be done with this thing. Please, it’s time to pull the cord on this monkey just like it was time to pull the cord on the Angels Wing-Flap back in the 90’s. Let’s give it a rest and let the fans be responsible on their own for rallying this team to victory.

K-Rod: Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Since K-Rod is in the midst of an investigation as to whether he had an illegal substance on the mound, I'd like to remind you all of a position I took last fall: I like pitchers who cheat. You can imagine how excited I am now that a player of my home team is being accused of such an act.

In all seriousness, it's only recently, (in the steroids era), that baseball has taken a stern stance against cheaters. In the olden days, cheating was like a cat and mouse game. If you got caught, you'd get busted; but if you got away with it, you could end up in the hall of fame; (Niekro, Sutton, and Perry to name a few). And by got away with it, I mean everyone knew you were cheating, they just couldn't prove it.

So now that Francisco Rodriguez's name has come up in such illustrious company, I find myself in an interesting place. I'm glad that the authorities have decided not to pursue the incident (because I don't want him getting suspended), but I hope that in truth it was some sort of magical concoction that will bring back the crazy K-Rod slider that we saw in 2002. Here's to carrying on one of the oldest (and greatest) baseball traditions. I just hope he can find a new place to hide it . . .

Thursday, April 05, 2007

The Mayor Tries Again

posted by IntrinsicBent

Cincinatti's Mayor was trying to get correct with his pitching on the Jimmy Kimmel Live program.

As shown here, his first shot at corrective redemption was a doozy.

Again I remind you Fathers to play catch with your sons. If you do, I believe we can get rid of this Noodle Arm Syndrome in our lifetime. There have been no comments from Rick Ankiel on this matter.

The Mayor's original performance is here.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Living The Dream

posted by IntrinsicBent

"California, knows how to party. California, knows how to party. In the city...........of Anaheim. Ok, not how the song goes, but I gotta tell you that I'm rocking the SoCal dream at the moment.

IntrinsicCube says, "Today was good day." Ok, I promise that's it (for this post).

Today was a cloudless blue sky warm weather palm tree swaying kind of day.

The Frappe is poppin' with a solid post from BiCoastal.

It's 9:00 pm pst and I'm watching the Angels' second game of the young season, and I've got the Lakers' game percolating on the DVR behind it.

I got the basketball shorts on, the screen door open, and iced tea within my reach.

It's a great time of the year. Please don't move out here though, 'cuz it's crowded enough.

Back to the Angels' game, it started out with an awesome tribute to Tim Salmon. First a video recapturing his accomplishments was played. It took a decent amount of time in chronicling the Kingfish's 14 seasons. All in an Angels' uniform. Different colors and logos (looking back, that whole periwinkle era was bad) and even City designations, but the same team nonetheless.

Then a burgundy Corvette brought out Mr. Angel slowly passing by the applauding fans and Angels' opponents of the night, the Texas Rangers.

Salmon accepted a sweet crystal trophy, said some classy stuff, and watched a video from Cal Ripken Jr. Weird choice I thought, except for the fact that they competed against each other, both played for only one team, and share the same birthday (August 24). Who new?

Then Salmon threw a strike from the mound to ex teammate and current Angel Garret Anderson. Well, it was a strike if the letters were still part of the zone.

I felt I needed a bowl of Wheaties and a nap after that, but there was still a game to play.

As of this writing, it is the bottom of the 5th and the Angels are schooling the Rangers. The Angels are so great to watch. It's Old Skool smashmouth ground and pound baseball.

Vincente Padilla was an idiot and tried to rekindle a beef from last year by going high and tight against Vladimir Guerrero everytime he faced him. All that produced was Vlade going 3-3 against Padilla, a double that drove in one, a one run HR, and a single. Nice strategy.

Angels are currently up 6-2 but it's only the 6th inning, and Texas can produce offense in bunches. Keep your eye on Texas' 2B Ian Kinsler, dude looks good.

Don't mean to brag, but I have a whole Lakers game to go. Don't go spoiling that for me.

NCAA Championship and MLB Opening Day

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Here is BiCoastal's quick run down of this weekend in sports.

  • I hate to say this, but the Final Four was somewhat of a letdown. I had hoped that the Florida UCLA rematch would have been a much more interesting game. Georgetown vs. Ohio State was interesting, but not exactly in a good way. What was up with the slow offensive action in the first half of this game? It seemed like both teams were making it their goal to use the whole shot clock every trip down the court. And as you my loyal Frappers know, I've been hating on Ohio State for the whole tournament, so for them to make the final game was just another nail in the coffin of my bracket.
  • I was finally redeemed when Florida nailed Ohio State last night. I'm telling you, the Big Ten is the most overrated conference in NCAA sports right now. It's really not Ohio State's fault, (it's Wisconsin's), but they end up taking the brunt of my anger because they get the most benefit from this phenomenon.
  • Opening Day has finally come, and my Angels are looking downright dominant. The acquisition of Justin Speier gives them the best bullpen in the American League, hands down. Add that to their enviable rotation, and you've got a front runner.
  • Last night's coolest Angels moment came with Troy Percival throwing out the first pitch. It turns out, Percival and the Angels agreed on a one day minor league contract, so that the man could retire as a Halo. This speaks very highly of Mr. Percival, to me at least. Of course the guy left for Detroit, since the Tigers gave him a ridiculous 3 year contract that every other team in the majors knew he wouldn't be able to stay healthy for. Some guys might have ended their career in some sort of feud with the original team that let them go at the end of your career. But Percival recognizes his true colors, and it's the same as the team that switched him from catcher to pitcher, launching him into the bigs. I had a friend who sold this guy a motorcycle, and said he was really cool. Need I continue?
Of course, we here at the Frappe will be coming at you with some baseball season predictions very soon, but Opening Day came up on us so quickly, you'll have to give us a little extra time on this one.

Dude Throws Like A Lady

posted by IntrinsicBent

I'm sure Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory never saw his opening day first pitch opportunity going like this in his mind.

Even Eric Davis didn't have enough quickness left in his tank to catch up to this one. I love the obvious confusion on Davis' face as he's trying to figure out what just happened.

Almost as much as I love the ump tossing the Mayor's ragged butt, and arm out of the game.

Fathers, practice with your sons.

UPDATE: This is a breakdown of what went wrong for all you young and aspiring pitchers:

* Don't wear dress clothes onto the field
* Don't run down the mound as you pitch
* Don't Pitch off your front leg
* Don't open up too soon

Monday, April 02, 2007

What Collegiate Sports Should Look Like

posted by IntrinsicBent

Be prepared to be inspired.

This article last week by the L.A. Times' Bill Plaschke is a must read for any college sports/basketball/human fans out there.

How many parents today could make this kind of decision?

Rock Solid NCAA Championship Pick

posted by IntrinsicBent

I've heard the rankling that goes something like, "Let Intrinsic make his pick, and just take the opposite".

That's wack.

And for those of you who have said that my odds are getting better because of my mispicks.......wrong. They're still 50%.

Meet the new boss. Same as the old boss.

The Florida Gators will again be your NCAA Basketball Champions for 2007-08.

And as a reward, they will lose their coach.

That's two predictions for the price of none y'all.

And yes, Florida's success will probably be because of the football team's success in January.