Friday, September 30, 2005

Cha Cha Cha Changes......

What a difference a day makes...



A scoreboard worker at Fenway Park changes the scoreboard to reflect what will be a dead heat in the A.L East. Both the Yankees and the Red Sox are (94-66).

The Yankees will send Randy Johnson (16-8) to the mound against knuckleballer Tim Wakefield (16-11).

Also in the A.L the White Sox scored 2 in the 13th against the Indians to clinch home field advantage throughout the playoffs.
Final score White Sox 3 Indians 2

Saturday MLB schedule.

Sunday's schedule for MLB.

Thanks for checking in and I will recap after another day in the American League tomorrow.

Chris Kulturides
chrisk67@gmail.com

Monday, September 26, 2005

Sunday's Finest


Down to the wire...




The Patriots traveled to Heinz Field only to lose Rodney Harrison and Matt Light in a nail biter that went to the wire. Mr. Automatic, Adam Vinatieri scored the game winning field goal with just seconds left to play. The Steelers played tough and were roughed up by some bad penalties on the line of scrimmage.
Patriots win 23-20.

Patriot’s next challenger:

San Diego (1-2)

Pittsburgh has the bye week and then heads to San Diego the following week.




Can the Kicker kick off a game by pulling a hammy?
David Akers did for the Eagles and dug deep for the finale'.

The Philly/Oakland game had its share penalties and a ground game for both. But T.O made it clear that he was going to score in this contest. T.O had one TD on the day. The game came down to the final seconds with Philly needing a field goal. They asked Akers if he could do it and he said that he could. He was in for the final field goal of the game for the win. Wincing in pain, Akers stuck it through the uprights and nearly collapsed in pain. He described the pain as "like being shot" in the leg.


Philly wins with .09 seconds on the clock
23-20.

Next week for the Eagles:












Raiders host Dallas


Dallas (2-1)
Oakland (0-3)

Monday Night Preview


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Chris Kulturides
chrisk67@gmail.com

Friday, September 23, 2005

Finger Pointing....

Are you pointing at me?










Were you embassashed when you heard those famous words Raffy?


Seeing where you put the nail in the coffin for the rest of the season by finger pointing, Trump pulled some strings and got you a new job...




Some casualties in the MLB today:




<---Done &
& Very Done....









Let's talk American League MVP....



OR?


Big series match ups:

American League
Boston vs Orioles
Blue Jays vs Yankees

National League
Astros vs Cubs
Philly vs Reds


Thanks for reading and comments are always welcome!

Chris Kulturides
chrisk67@gmail.com

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Freedom of Speech in Sports

When is enough...enough?

When watching sports and then catching the broadcast for games that I have missed, I have continued to see the use of "Freedom of Speech" taken way to far. I understand that it is everyone’s right, but I think that in some cases it is the publics right to tell someone that it is time to shut up.

Barry Bonds, I am talking to you.

You had impressed me until you rolled into Washington, DC and decided on your own that Congress should focus on other things that are more important in the world. They are, and you are the only one that is left to look at for use of steroids.
Congress will express their opinions as much as you do about the fact that they need to take the focus off steroids in baseball. That is what you want, for them to take the focus off you because you have duped the MLB and the Congress in a very evasive way.
That cream that you used to spread on your knee wasn't a violation? I guess that we'll never know.

Freedom of speech in sports comes to us via pre and post game interviews for the most part. Sometimes actions speak louder than words.

For instance, Barry Bonds hit a ball in the upper deck last night and then decided to put his finger to his mouth to shut the crowd up. Was this called for? Then you take post game interview and that makes that gesture that more aggressive to the fans. Should he be fined?

I will leave that up to you.

I just want to be clear that MLB should institute a guideline that says that if a player is going over the line, MLB has the right to act on it. These actions should be much stricter in my opinion. They do it in NASCAR when they fine driver and a crew chief.
The same should be done in the MLB. You make a gesture cause you are hearing the boo’s, you get a fine. You flip the crowd the bird, you get a fine, and so on...

In other sports news that are making more impact with performance than words are Jason Gore in the PGA. He was the winner of the 84 Lumber Classic with a -14 under par. Also it looks like Curt Schilling is back to his old form with a win over the D-Rays 15-2. This win was a joyous occasion for all Red Sox fans to see Big Papi and Manny hit 2 HR a piece. Trot Nixon added to the cause with a long ball of his own.

The race is very tight in the AL and it is a crapshoot at this point. My advice; watch all you can in the next 3 weeks, because it is going to come down to the final weekend in the AL and possibly in the NL.

Chris Kulturides
Chrisk67@gmail.com

Friday, September 16, 2005

It's a dog race...

A run for the finish

What is a point of view? Why do they call it that when a view has many angles?

Here is my view and thoughts on the current race in Major League Baseball.

I will still stay true to my thoughts about the Cleveland Indians. They are young and they are tough. The Indians will be in the playoffs.

The Red Sox will have to pick it up a notch after a sub par outing last night where the A's got to Schilling early. FYI-Yankees are a 1 1/2 behind...

The White Sox had close to a double digit lead in the AL Central and it has closed to a 4 1/2 lead in the central. The Indians are in 2nd place and not letting up.
Could the White Sox lose the AL Central?

The Angels and the A's are in a dead heat at 81-55 (.555) in the AL West and will fight this one out to the finish line....in Oct.

Atlanta behind a strong Andrew Jones and company is 6 games up in the NL East and their magic number is 10. Marlins in 2nd place there.

San Diego is the only sub .500 team in any division. They are 5 1/2 over the Dodgers in the NL West.

The Cardinals with a 6-1 win over the Cubs have clinched the NL Central division for the fourth time n six years.

For tonight’s mathch-ups, click here.

For Wildcard standings, click here.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Unordinary Soldiers

9/11

The Patriots and Raiders kicked off the regular season this past Thursday in Foxboro and today is the first of fully packed Sundays for football.

We will watch with a keen eye on the defensive stands of our favorite gridiron soldiers today.

The Major League Baseball schedule is heating up with divisional standings getting tighter in some divisions, and in others drifting apart. In many cases a strong defense can lead to a win with a marginal offense.

Defending the line at first and third could be the difference on whether your team gets the win.

In a lifetime there are certain images that are imbedded in our minds of a favorite player making a diving catch, or returning the ball over the net from a between the legs shot in tennis, or even that USA hockey team beating the Russians in the 1980 Olympics.

These are images that many Americans can illustrate in their minds day after day.
We store images and events of days gone by in our minds so that we can later exhume them for conversations, and paths taken through our lives.

Today is a different day, today is 9/11.

The passengers that fought with the terrorist on 9/11 for this not to happen are true soldiers of freedom. These ordinary citizens were trying to protect themselves and our county from loss. The memories haunt me on this day, listening to the names of firefighters and policemen and women that risked their lives for others in defense of our breech of freedom.
These efforts are not forgotten.

These images are not kind.

They are not comforting.

They are truly incomprehensible.

On September 11, 2001, our lives were changed forever.


Chris Kulturides
chrisk67@gmail.com

Friday, September 09, 2005

An Icon of the Game




Every sports fan has a "legends" that they can call their own. Through childhood you idolize different players when you are in the driveway playing street hockey or shooting hoops. Even while manufacturing the go cart that was made out of wood with wheels taken from an old lawnmower you would be thinking of your favorite race car driver’s ride. These are personal heroes that we all have, that will live with us forever.

When I was younger, my hoop star was Dr. J., and my hockey star was Gerry Cheevers.
I used to dunk on the kids hoop while holding the ball way above my head and dunking it from the "kids" free throw line. I really though that I was going to be Dr. J.
When hockey season rolled around and we gathered on the side street for a game of street hockey, I opted for the goalie equipment and made glove saves that I thought would be transferable to a larger than Stanley Cup moment.

Unfortunately neither happened.

In all the days of sports dating back to the early 1900's there have been many personal heroes. I have too many to list, but wanted to recognize one in a time that he should be thought of.

His name is Arnold "Red" Auerbach.

Red is a legend in the world of Pro Basketball, not only as a player and coach-but as a person. He played the game with tenacity and vigor, which is what he brought to the game as coach. He was enshrined in the Basketball Hall of Fame as a coach on April 13, 1969.



Here are some of Red's coaching highlights

Led Washington to two division titles (1947, 1949)


Coached the Boston Celtics to eight straight NBA championships (1959-66) and nine overall


First coach in history to win 1,000 games (1,037-548)


Led Boston to 10 Eastern Division titles in 16 years (1956-66)


NBA Coach of the Year (1965)


Named greatest coach in the history of the NBA by the
Professional Basketball Writers Association of America (1980)


Coached 11 Hall of Famers


Named NBA Executive of the Year (1980)


NBA 25th Anniversary All-Time team coach (1970)


Coached in the NBA East-West All-Star Game 11 consecutive years (1957-67) and compiled a 7-4 record


Authored the widely circulated basketball book Basketball for the Player, the Fan and the Coach




People say that pictures are worth a thousands words, but I know that the image of Red Auerbach with the cigar hanging from his mouth with stay with me forever.
He was the only person that was allowed to smoke in the Boston Garden while the game was being played and had such a presence during the playoff games against the Lakers in the 1980's. He was instrumental in putting together the greatest 5 players to run the court together; Bird, McHale, Parrish, Ainge, and Johnson.

For more information on the Boston Celtics and the history of Red Auerbach, click here.

Arnold "Red" Auerbach is a legend of the game and an icon in the NBA.

Red was hospitalized a few days ago and our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family.

Get well Red.

Chris Kulturides
chrisk67@gmail.com