Thursday, October 30, 2008

Awesome Foul

posted by IntrinsicBent

Seems The Big Shaqtus is not the only NBA person who likes to put on a good prank every once in awhile.

But who knew stoic San Antonio Spurs coach Greg Popovich had a sense of humor?

Seems he called for Michael Finley to employ a HackaShaq foul mere seconds into the first game of the season. You can see Shaq looking around confused and then start to mad dog the Spurs' bench when he sees a childlike Pop grinning ear to ear flashing two thumbs up.

Shaq criticized Coach Popovich during their playoffs last year for employing the practice liberally. For those of you that just learned what basketball is, Shaq does not shoot free throws well so late in the game, if a team is behind they will foul O'Neal knowing that statistics show it is probable that they will get the ball back after Shaq misses the shot.

It is my opinion that this is Popovich's second prank of the season. You check out that dead muskrat he's calling a beard?

Monday, October 27, 2008

New Niners Coach Singletary:"I Am From The Old School"

posted by IntrinsicBent

"Number one is, I apologize", led new San Francisco 49ers coach Mike Singletary in his first post game press conference. His first game as head coach, a 21 point loss, was rife with mistakes and lack of focus.

He benched starting QB J.T. O'Sullivan for poor performance. He sent starting Tight End Vernon Davis to the showers with 10 minutes left in the fourth, after Davis received a 15 yard penalty for slapping an opponent in front of a referee.

He explained his actions with Davis by stating "We cannot make decisions that cost the team and then come off the sideline and it's (his actions are) nonchalant."

He went on to say, "I told him that he would do a better job for us right now taking a shower and coming back and watching the game, than going out on the field. Simple as that."

Coach Singletary explained his team's new formula is:

1) "We go out and we hit people in the mouth."

2) "We are not a charity. We cannot give them the game."

3) "We execute from the very start of the game to the very end of the game."

Singletary is underselling when he states that he is Old School. He is a dyed in the wool, working class, pop you in the jaw, smashmouth linebacker for the Chicago Bears in the linebacker lineage of Dick Butkus. A gentle devout giant off the field, but on the field of competition, he changed into a scary bulge eyed machine, scanning the field to see where he could release some of his own brand of beautiful violence.

But he finds himself with an opportunity to be a head coach in an era of "player's coaches" that are more psychologist and buddies to millionaire entertainers than brimstone breathing leaders that push highly skilled athletes to higher levels and instill team first thinking.

Singletary's militaristic style will bond the team and point them in a direction, but it remains to be seen if and how long the players will perform before they decide to stop listening to their fiery coach.

The quickest way for Vernon Davis to get back on Coach's good side would be to don a leather helmet and knock the snot out of someone in practice this week.

Odds are though, he'll respond by pouting and never benefitting from the superbowl ring wearing sage's direction.

Monday, October 20, 2008

NBA Preseason Or And 1 Game? You Decide

posted by IntrinsicBent

When I first saw this dunk, I thought maybe it was past 11 pm and I had forgotten to turn off ESPN. I was looking for the Professor to double dribble, carry the ball, do that "Uh oh I'm throwing the ball at your face" Globetrotter move at the other end.

Then I realized I was in fact viewing the Lakers in their preaseason game.

I know you haters are already loading up with, "Intrinsic, you're so old the game has passed you by" smack to which I say.......... Pssshhhttt..........please.

I love this stuff as much as any 15 year old, when I am not watching a pro team play.

Just another reason I dislike all professional sports' preseason play.

And no, I don't know who had next.

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Troy Polamalu Would Knock You Out, but He's Worried About His Retirement Fund

posted by MoneyMouth

Troy Polamalu is getting irritated by the rash of fines his team has been receiving as of late and for good reason too. The Steelers Oct. 5th game against the Jaguars resulted in four players being fined for a total of $45,000. Polamalu said, among other things, that the heavy-handed fines that are being levied by the NFL is turning football into a "pansy game" that is similar to "two-hand touch."

Tell us how you really feel, Troy.

But then again, Polamalu has a point. Some of the fines that are being levied are quite questionable since some are coming off of plays that were not penalized during the game. Among the players who were fined against the Jags was Hines Ward ($10,000 for unnecessary roughness on a play that wasn't penalized). Can someone tell me how a wide receiver gets fined for unnecessary roughness? I mean, we're talking about a wide receiver here. As long as he doesn't attempt a running drop-kick, WWE style on the cornerback, I think he's safe from being fined for unnecessary roughness.

This is football, people, not soccer. So in that spirit, let's roll out of here with another Polamalu quote just to get us pumped:

When you see guys like Dick Butkus, the Ronnie Lotts, the Jack Tatums, these guys really went after people. Now, they couldn't survive in this type of game. They wouldn't have enough money. They'd be paying fines all the time and they'd be suspended for a year after they do it two games in a row.
Preach it, brother.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Detroit Lions Surrender Roy Williams, Give News Conference In French

posted by IntrinsicBent

The NFL's Detroit Lions have officially waved the white flag and signaled their intent to constantly stay in rebuilding mode by trading Pro Bowl Wide Receiver Roy Williams to the Dallas Cowboys.

This continuing unravelling of the debacle that Matt Millen built had vocally disgruntled Williams and the 7th round pick in the 2009 draft going to Dallas for 1st, 3rd, and 6th round picks from the same draft.

Terrell Owens was said to be excited about the deal, meaning he'll be complaining about it in two weeks by the time he realizes that 40 year old backup quarterback Brad Johnson is unable to get the ball to either one of them under any semblance of a pass rush.

Johnson last started a game for the Vikings in 2006. He will see action after Cowboy starting QB Tony Romo broke his pinkie finger in last week's overtime loss to the Cardinals. Romo is expected to be out for 4 weeks.

For Roy Williams, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

College Football: the undefeateds that remain

posted by BiCoastal Bias

This past Saturday was a big day in college football, featuring two different games between undefeated opponents. So it is time for BiCoastal Bias to put it all into perspective for you. Here is my run down of the remaining undefeated team in the FBS. I'll tell you who is legit, who is not, and who might be somewhere in between.

TEXAS The new number one. They beat Oklahoma 45-35 on Saturday. If you played that game over, my guess is Oklahoma would win the next one. Lucky for Texas, they won't have to play Oklahoma a second time. Though they've got plenty of teams standing between them and a national championship game: Mizzou next week will be looking to bounce back from their loss, then they've got the currently undefeated Oklahoma State and Texas Tech in consecutive weeks (more on them further down the page). The road is going to be tough, but so far, Texas has done everything they were supposed to do. Verdict: LEGIT.

ALABAMA Once again, a team that has done everything we could ask of it. They flat out embarrassed the Georgia Bulldogs in a big national game, maybe we shouldn't have been so surprised when they had a let down the following week against Kentucky and barely squeaked by 17-14. What lies ahead? A surprisingly easy SEC schedule! This team gets to skip Florida (until the conference title game), a ranked Vandy team, and the sometimes tough South Carolina. They've got LSU and Auburn in November, but other than that they face few challenges. Verdict: LEGIT.

PENN STATE This might shock all of my regular readers, but I actually like this Big 10 team. The Nittany Lions made a statement on Saturday, going into Wisconsin and winning 48-7. Of course, it would be a lot easier for me to get on board if they had a bigger non-conference victory to speak of, although they did trounce Oregon State, before Oregon went on to beat USC. Anyways, if they run the table in the Big 10, I am almost willing to accept this team into the national championship game . . . unless of course both Alabama and a Big 12 team go undefeated as well. Verdict: LEGIT.

TEXAS TECH The Red Raiders needed overtime to win a home game against Nebraska. Honestly, I have no idea why both the USA Today and the AP have this team in the top 7. THey still have to face every single one of the top Big 12 teams, so they'll get knocked off sooner rather than later. Verdict: ABSOLUTELY NOT LEGIT.

OKLAHOMA STATE I tuned into Oklahoma State's game against Mizzou Saturday night in hopes of seeing a great game between two undefeateds. Instead, this game was just plain ugly. Chase Daniels flushed his Heisman hopefuls down the drain, but Oklahoma State didn't exactly impress either. Maybe this is unfair, maybe I should be giving Oklahoma State credit for beating what I consider to be a very good Missouri team - but I just can't give it to them. They'll have plenty of chances to impress me down the road. Verdict: DOUBTFUL.

BYU and UTAH This is turning out to be the year for the MWC. There are enough strong teams in this conference that whoever of these two teams that emerges undefeated will absolutely have a place in a BCS bowl. Of course, the question remains as to how they'll do against the big dogs - you never know. Verdict: LEGIT and LEGIT.

BOISE STATE The only impressive win on their schedule has been Oregon, and unfortunately for them, the only impressive conference game they have remaining will be Fresno State in the final week of the season. This is not the same team that won the Fiesta Bowl two years ago, but people still want to give this current team credit for the old Boise State accomplishments. Verdict: UNDECIDED.

BALL STATE I'll be honest, I haven't seen this team play, and probably won't get a chance to unless things get really interesting. Verdict: NO IDEA.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Maybe the NFC East ain't that good

posted by BiCoastal Bias

Just a few days ago, it was the consensus among NFL analysts that the NFC east was the best division in football, with the Cowboys, Giants, and Redskins all going to the playoffs, and the Eagles being the remaining member left in the cold.

Then this weekend happened, and we remembered that we're only six weeks into the season and it is way to early to start assigning playoff positions. The Cowboys lost to Arizona (ouch), the Redskins lost to St. Louis (double ouch), and as I write this the Giants look miserable against Cleveland. Only the Eagles salvaged a win, beating San Francisco.

The division that impressed me this weekend was the NFC south. Tampa Bay has a pretty good team, and Atlanta continues to surprise. Carolina has shown that they can beat up on lesser teams (something the east can't do, apparently). And of course, you can't count out the Saints.

I expect to see a shake up in the NFC over the next few weeks.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

MMA Knocks Out The Internet

posted by MMA Daddy

Internet street fighter and hyped MMA phenom Kimbo Slice was knocked out by Seth Petruzelli 10 seconds into the first round in tonight's EliteXC bout.

Originally, Slice was to have faced off against MMA legend Ken Shamrock in this, his 4th fight in a cage. Shamrock opened a cut above his eye earlier in the day while warming up that required 6 stitches to close, whereby causing Shamrock's elimination by governing fight doctors.

Before this fight Seth Petruzelli was best known for being on the 2nd season of the UFC's The Ultimate Fighter, as well as a brief career in the UFC. He had taken the last year off from competition, and was looking to get back to action in an undercard performance.

Instead, he took the last minute offer to fight Kimbo and took down the EliteXC's chosen marketing cornerstone. The burning question is whether or not he killed a fight promotion (EliteXC) in the process.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Divisional Series Predictions

posted by MoneyMouth

Since I am the only Sports Frappe contributor who has the potential of actually picking the World Series winner based off of our spring training picks, I'll do you the favor and give you the predictions for how the divisional series will turn out.

Dodgers vs. Cubs

I have to admit that I have the advantage of already seeing game one in this series.  I would have guessed that the Cubs would have handled their business in Chicago before they went out to the West Coast, but losing game one moves my prediction from a four game series to a five gamer.  All in all, there isn't much of a reason to assume that the Cubs would let this series get away from them.  That's what it makes it a little scary when it comes down to it.  Scrappy teams that aren't expected to do much come October can roll like nobody's business.  But with the quality of pitching the Cubs put out (although Dempster looked like crap tonight), I have to give them the advantage.  Torre and Ramirez's can only take the Dodgers so far, and in this case, it will be just short.  Cubs in 5.

Phillies vs. Brewers:

I'm a big fan of momentum in this case, and the way the Brewers came through in the clutch means a lot to me.  I know the popular pick here is Phillies in 4 (and they've already won game 1 by this post), but I'm not so ready to give into the experts that easily.  CC Sabathia has proven that he can carry this team for at least two games, but that means they have to make it to game 5 for Sabathia to pitch again.  Which means either Bush or Suppan will have to pitch well in games three or four to force game five.  Not exactly the two guys I would want to bank my postseason dreams on.  In the last month Suppan hasn't even made it out of the 6th inning for an awesome 8.44 ERA, no wins, and 3 losses in 5 starts. Bush wasn't much better with a 4.50 ERA, no wins, and 1 loss in 5 starts (6 appearances).  Exclude that first start in September and you see a sub 4 ERA with no decisions.  It's a gamble for sure, but I think Bush can do it.  Brewers in 5.

Red Sox vs. Angels:

As an Angel fan, I have to admit my bias here.  My preseason picks don't reflect it though since I didn't even think they would win their division let alone have the best record in baseball.  But somehow, someway, the Angels got it done this season.  Throw in the addition of Teixiera, the overall health of the Angels lineup, and the lack of health from the Red Sox and I think the Angels can finally take care of their Red Sox woes.  So this one is a test for sure, especially since the Green Monster is a recurring figure in my nightmares.  Crossing my fingers and knocking on wood: Angels in 4.

White Sox vs. Rays:

This is where the momentum factor really comes into play this postseason.  The White Sox fumbled around until it came to do or die time.  They then won three straight to put themselves in the playoffs, which is reminicent of the Rockies last year (in a much different way).  But the Rays are too stoked and too strong to let this first round get away from them, plus I'm a Maddon fan.  The White Sox have got to be a little tired, so I'll give the advantage to the Rays:  Rays in 4

Now if you don't mind, I've got some baseball to watch.