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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

A Tribute to Jeff Gordon

        Normally, I don't talk about NASCAR on this blog (Or on my show, for that matter). But Jeff Gordon is such an icon in the sport of auto racing. Gordon's a four-time Winston Cup champion, three-time Sprint All-Star Race winner, six-time Southern 500 winner, and he has many other achievements under his belt. He was also named one of NASCAR's 50 Greatest Drivers in 1998. Here's some of Jeff Gordon's most memorable moments.

Monday, November 23, 2015

A Tale of Two Cities

       Here is a new post called, "A Tale of Two Cities." It chronologizes major events in sports between two cities. Today, we shall start off with Cleveland and Miami.

  1. Major League (1989): The movie that made Charlie Sheen a star is about a Cleveland Indians team on the brink of moving to Miami. The owner is a former Vegas showgirl who inherited the team from her deceased husband. She reaches a lucrative deal to move the Indians to Miami and seeks to invoke the escape clause if attendance fell below a certain point. Most fans of the movie remember Sheen's entrance into a ballgame as Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn. 
  2. 1997 World Series: The Cleveland Indians won the American League pennant and faced off against the NL champ Florida Marlins. The series went seven games with the Marlins winning 4-3. Game seven went 11 innings after Craig Counsell hit a sac fly in the ninth to prevent the city of Cleveland from celebrating their first title in decades. An Edgar Renteria single sealed the deal for the Marlins in the 11th. Livan Hernandez (2-0 in the World Series) was named the MVP.
  3. Lebron James picks the Miami Heat (2010): The 2010 offseason was perhaps the most famous offseason for the NBA. Their star player, Lebron James, was hitting the free agency market. Cleveland fans were hoping that the Akron native would return home, but Lebron had other plans. He joined up with Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade, forming a Heat team that would make four straight NBA Finals and win two NBA titles.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Worst Uniforms Ever

        In honor of the uniforms donned by the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday (which looked like a diarrhea blast from a McDonald's binge), we take a look at some of the worst uniforms ever worn in sports.

  1. Chicago White Sox (1976) and the baseball shorts: Straight from the mind of their outrageous owner Bill Veeck, the Chicago White Sox donned these shorts on August 8th for a Sunday afternoon doubleheader against the Kansas City Royals. They were the first team to ever wear shorts in MLB history--and hopefully the last.
  2. San Diego Padres (1996-present) and the camouflage uniforms: Personally, I think it's unfair to criticize the Padres for their friendly gesture towards America's armed men and women in combat. But some critics say that the camouflage proves to be a bit too realistic for the fans' taste. 
  3. NFL (2015-present) and the 'Color Rush' uniform: Thursday's 'Color Rush' uniforms for the Titans and Jaguars looked like a battle between a team of diarrhea poop and smurfs. The previous Thursday game looked like a battle between Gang Green and the Starbucks holiday cups. The 'Color Rush' uniforms are rumored to have already spoiled some fans' Thanksgiving appetites.  
  4. Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (1990s) and the Goalie Duck: I am a big fan of the Mighty Duck movies. But these uniforms are comical considering the duck on the jersey is breaking through the ice. I mean, I've never seen a duck do that in my lifetime.
  5. Miami Marlins (2012-present) and their modern logo:  When the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins a few years ago, they didn't just change their name. They changed their logo to a logo that looked more like a hotel logo. I hear that the hotels in Miami are rockin' places to be, though. 

Sunday, November 8, 2015

On the Playlist

        Here's another edition of On the Playlist. Some songs you might like, some songs you might tune out. Anyways, my hope is to entertain you in the best way possible. Enjoy!!

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Gruesome Sports Moments

        In honor of Halloween, we take a look at some off the most gruesome and scary moments in sports. Be warned: you must have an ironclad stomach to proceed. This is not for the faint of heart!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Star Gazing

        The Dallas Stars haven't raised the Stanley Cup since 1998-1999. However, they're playing like they're a contender to start off the season. Dallas is 6-1-0 in their first seven games this season, good enough for 1st place in the Central Division.
        The reason for the Stars' success so far has actually been through many acquisitions that have been made over the past few years. One of the most prolific trades was the trade with the Boston Bruins in the 2013 offseason. They acquired Tyler Seguin, Rich Peverley and Ryan Button for Loui Eriksson, Reilly Smith, Matt Fraser and Joe Morrow. Seguin has ten points so far (six assists, four goals).
        The Stars also acquired Jason Spezza from the Ottawa Senators in 2015, a trade that has proven to be quite successful. Spezza has five goals and eight points to start off the season. Also helping matters was the signing of Ales Hemsky, who was also formerly of Ottawa. Hemsky has five assists and a goal to start his season.
         So who's the mastermind behind all of these great moves? It's a guy named Jim Nill. Nill was a former assistant general manager for the Detroit Red Wings. He shadowed Ken Holland from 1994 to 2013, helping oversee the prospects for the Red Wings in their minor league affiliate, the Grand Rapids Griffins. He also directed the amateur scouting and drafting. In his tenure, the Red Wings have won four Stanley Cups. He's not overly responsible for these four Stanley Cups, but he did play a major role.
        The biggest surprise of all of this? The Dallas Stars are having this much success in the NHL's toughest division. The defending Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks are still a deep team. The Nashville Predators have lofty expectations this year that include a Stanley Cup. The St. Louis Blues are perennial contenders. The same can be said for the Minnesota Wild. The Winnipeg Jets are coming off a playoff appearance from last season. The Stars have beaten the Tampa Bay Lightning on the road and have beaten the Pittsburgh Penguins twice.
        Can the Dallas Stars sustain this level of play? More division play will dictate whether or not they have staying power. In the past, the Stars had a tendency of starting off fast and fading as the season progressed. Dallas is hoping that this season will be different.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Nostaliga Game Review: Ready 2 Rumble Round 2 for the Game Boy Advance

        The series Ready 2 Rumble was popular during the mid-late 90s. With its zany humor and extreme comic mischief, R2R was a series that reinvented the boxing genre of sports games. However, this game comes up a bit short.
        The graphics in the game look extremely nice, rendering 3D models into graphics that fit just right (Donkey Kong Country!) for the GBA. The sounds and music in the game are also decent. However, the gameplay is severely lacking. 
        When you are pitted in a boxing match, you're doing nothing but moving around. You're either getting away from your opponent or closing in on your opponent. When you are in range of your opponent, you can only throw one punch. That's it. No combos allowed. The closest thing you can get to a combo is when you're in "Rumble" mode and you fire off a punch a second. 
        The difficulty of the game isn't hard until you fight the last opponent. Then it jumps from quite easy to insanely difficult. The training in R2R is alright, but it can be improved upon. There are also not as many characters in the game as the PS2/N64 versions (Only 11 playable characters in the game).
        Overall, this game is pretty disappointing. It looks and sounds good, but it doesn't having a feel of boxing to it. But at least you get to play as Shaq or Michael Jackson. This game's got that going for it.