Wednesday, November 30, 2005

Getting prepared to contend again...
















The World Champion Chicago White Sox have taken care of the #1 offseason goal of resigning first baseman, Paul Konerko.

It is reported that his new contract is $60 million over 5 years.




Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com

Monday, November 28, 2005

Monday Night Football and other news






Aaron Brooks threw for 3 touchdowns on Monday night against the NY Jets who are now(2-9). He connected (below) with wide receiver Donte Stallworth for this 2nd quarter touchdown. The Jets are on their 5th quarterback of the season and were up against the (2-8) Saints. The Saints were coming off a six game losing streak. The Jets had a chance to win the game with a 53 yard field goal attempt by Mike Nugent(above), which came up about a foot short for the lead. The Saints win 21-19.



The Detroit Lions fired Coach Steve Maruicci and some of his assistants on Monday after a 27-7 loss on Thanksgiving to the Falcons. With no word coming over the weekend, many thought that his job was safe for the remainder of the season.

The Lions take on the Vikings next Sunday at 1:00 p.m. EST.



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HOT STOVE BASEBALL


Josh Beckett says that he is "pumped" to join the Red Sox and the rotation. He was wearing #21, a number that no other Red Sox has worn since the departure of Roger Clemens. He said the he would wear what ever number the team issued.



The Red Sox pitching staff currently looks like this:

Josh Beckett
Curt Schilling
Tim Wakefield
Matt Clement
David Wells (looking to be traded)
Wade Miller
Bronson Arroyo
(Players listed are not in order of what the rotation will be.)

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Remember; check out the side bar for the upcoming schedules for NFL, NHL, and NBA actions. Pics of the week are coming today!

Chris Kulturides
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Sunday, November 27, 2005

NFL Sunday



As most of you know, I am from Chicago where just a few days ago we had our first "ground covering" snow. It is cold here, but I can tell you that the Chicago Bears are keeping it HOT in the Windy City.



The Bears traveled to Tampa Bay to take on the Bucs and this was a dominated game on the defensive side. Within the first 4 minutes of the game, Tampa Bay turned the ball over at the their own 1 yard line on a sack/fumble a that turned into a Kyle Orton(above) touchdown pass to John Gilmore(below).


Following that 1st quarter touchdown, Chicago added 2 field goals and Tampa added one to make the score 13-3 Chicago heading into the 4th. Tampa buckled down and with 7:13 left in the 4th where Chris Simms handed off to Mike Alstott(below) for a 2 yard touchdown run. The point after was good as well.



The scene is set for Tampa Bay to tie the game with a chip shot with 2:56 left. Matt Bryant(below) stepped up and missed this 29 field goal and Chicago won their 7th straight game.



Chicago is now 8-3 and continues to have the #1 defense in the NFL.

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In other games around the NFL...


With Philly playing without four players that went to the Pro Bowl, Owens, McNabb, Tra Thomas and Lito Sheppard, they dug deep and pulled out a win over the 2-9 Packers. Within a minute in the first quarter, the Eagles Brian Westbrook(below)and Samkon Gado traded touchdowns.








The Patriots lose on the road in Kansas City with Tom Brady throwing 4 interceptions.















The KC defense on one of the turnovers. (above)

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Caption Contest!!
I would like to put this in the pictures of the week on the right. Please add your captions for this picture in your comments.



All scores from Sunday’s action are on the right.

Thanks you all for stopping by and please tell a friend about us!
Chris Kulturides
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Saturday, November 26, 2005

Flying from one coup to another



Is B.J. Ryan possibly flying the Orioles coup and headed North for Toronto?

It is being reported that Ryan and the Toronto Blue Jays have reached a preliminary agreement on a $47 million, five-year contract. This was reported by a baseball official based on a condition of anonymity.

This deal to the left-hander will be the largest deal given to a reliever, since the 2001-04 seasons. This will top the $39.99 million, four-year contract Mariano Rivera received with the New York Yankees.

According to the Blue Jays, "We're still talking to him," Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi said. "To me, this whole thing is premature."

More info will come as it is available.

Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com

Thursday, November 24, 2005

Hot Stove Continued...


The Marlins are floundering and the Mets are getting better. Carlos Delgado is trading in this Marlins jersey for a NY Mets one.


There was also confirmation today that the Beckett/Lowell trade to the Red Sox is done as well.

The deal that is delivering Jim Thome to the Chicago White Sox for Aaron Rowand is completed. What are the chances that they are going to keep Paul Konerko at 1B with Thome coming to town and with Carl Everett scowling the free agency market?
Will Everett not get resigned and Thome be the DH? Please comment on this and let's start some Hot Stove chatter round here.

Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Hot Stove Baseball...




This just in...

It looks like Jim Thome of the Phillies is headed to the windy city in exchange for Aaron Rowand of the World Champion Chicago White Sox.


Rowand was impressive in centerfield during this past championship season for the White Sox, where as Thome was on the disabled list for the 2nd part of last season.
The trade is contingent on both players passing physicals.

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Now...let's talk a little about the fire sale in Florida.

Carlos Delgado to the Mets, Josh Beckett and Mike Lowell to the Red Sox deal will enhance the team in the 2006 season.


This trade is also based on players passing physicals. None of the deals mentioned here have been finalized.

When trades like this happen and a team builds like this for the future, it only means that they are throwing in the towel for next year and maybe more. Will the Marlin win 50-60 games next year? This will be something that I will be watching if these trades go through.

Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com

A question answered...



I have had this question sent to me many times recently and I want to repond to it today.

The question was who is on the Baseball Hall of Fame ballot and can I post it?

Here it is.

The candidates returning from the 2005 ballot are:

Bert Blyleven
Dave Concepción
Andre Dawson
Steve Garvey
Rich "Goose" Gossage
Tommy John
Don Mattingly
Willie McGee
Jack Morris
Dale Murphy
Dave Parker
Jim Rice
Lee Smith
Bruce Sutter
Alan Trammell

Among the players eligible for the first time are:

Rick Aguilera
Tim Belcher
Stan Belinda
Albert Belle
Will Clark
Alex Fernandez
Gary Gaetti
Dwight Gooden
Ozzie Guillén
Orel Hershiser
Gregg Jefferies
Lance Johnson
Doug Jones
Roberto Kelly
Mickey Morandini
Luis Polonia
Jeff Reed
Heathcliff Slocumb
Mike Stanley
Walt Weiss
John Wetteland

Who do you think will be inducted in the Baseball Hall of Fame next summer?

Please comment and top answers will be posted in the future.

Chris Kulturides

todayinsports@gmail.com


Tuesday, November 22, 2005

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Our friend Jerry from "Missing Flops" has joined Today in Sports on our right side bar. Jerry says that his site is about "an attempt to turn ten free dollars into thousands playing internet poker." Click on him today!!


Chris Kulturides
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Monday Night Football Vikings/Green Bay

Just when you thought that you might catch a break, you don't. Green Bay had their break taken away with seconds left...

In the midst of a (2-7) season, the Packers were looking for a win to at least keep the season on life support. Coming off a win at Atlanta the week prior, Farve and the Packers needed the momentum to continue. During the first half it was an offensive air attack for Farve. He looked strong on passes to Donald Driver and a 30 yard pass to Samkon Gado.

Farve connected twice in the first half to Donald Driver for his 2 touchdowns of the fame, the second was a 53 yard breakaway to make it 14-7 at the half.







In the 3rd quarter, Ciatrick Fason made it a 14-14 game with a 1 yard rushing touchdown for the Vikings. Scoring in the 4th quarter consisted of a trade off of field goals to go to 17-17 and then the game winner with .03 seconds left by Paul Edinger to seal the victory for the Vikings.

Minnesota has now won 3 straight under head coach Mike Tice. They are back in the playoff hunt with a record of 5-5. The Vikings will host the Cleveland Browns next Sunday at 1:00 EST.

Green Bay will head to Philly to take on the Eagles Sunday at 4:15 EST.

Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com

Monday, November 21, 2005

Covering them all......

Here's a slice of what happened over the weekend in sports

Tony Stewart was named Nextel Cup Champion of 2005 on Sunday. This is Tony's second Championship; the first one was in 2002.




The Colt's have moved to 10-0 in the AFC South and have the best record in the NFL.
Peyton Manning threw for 365 yards and 3 touchdowns in a 45-37 win over the Bengal’s on Sunday.

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The Chicago Bears seized the day on Sunday and they can thank the defense for suffocating the Carolina Panthers all day. Kyle Orton didn't look like a rookie quarterback for the Bears. He had help from Wide Receiver Muhsin Muhammad who caught a touchdown pass against his former mates.

(Below) Thomas Jones had 25 carries for 87 yards, averaging 3.5 yards per carry against Carolina.


(Above) Chris Harris and the defense held the Panthers to just 3 points on the day.
The Chicago Bears win 13-3 and move to 7-3 atop the NFC North.

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This is my photo sack of the week. Despite getting roughed up here, Eli Manning had everything in control against the Eagles less Donovan McNabb. Manning was 17-26, 218 yards, 3 TDs, The Giants won 27-17. They are 7-3 and tied for 1st in the NFC East with the Cowboys.

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If you missed the 8:30 game on ESPN last night and are a Texans fan, you were better off popping in the tape of your 6 year old in his first Pop Warner game. This was UGLY and it was all KC. By the 2nd half there were more players on the sidelines than in the lower box seats.

This hard hit (below) was by Greg Wesley of the Chiefs. Kansas City recovered this fumble and went on to win in Texas 45-17. KC takes on the Patriots at home at 1:00 EST next Sunday.


Kurt Warner started against the Rams and came up victorious 38-28.


Did you hear anything? Oh yeah, another week without T.O... sweet...













Rangers goalie Henrik Lundqvist attempts to makes save a goal against Boston Bruins' Patrice Bergeron. Boston has now dropped 6 straight and are at the bottom of the standings in the Northeast Division.



Tiger Woods defended his title at the Dunlop Phoenix in Japan and won in 4 playoff holes. Woods won with a birdie against Kaname Yokoo. This is Tiger Woods 7 victory of the year.


Annika Sorenstam wins her 10th victory on the season ending ADT Championship at Trump International. Sorenstam won by 2 shots over 3 players that were tied for 2nd.

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Monday Night Football preview:



Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com

Friday, November 18, 2005

Bringing back memories...



Remember Superbowl XX? I found this great video with some great highlights. This is a must see for Bears and Patriots fans. If you are a Patriots fan, the old uniforms are great to see too.

Check out the video here.

Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

New Major League Baseball Drug Policy







In an effort to satisfy the Congress, Major League Baseball has come to an agreement with the Major League Baseball Players Association for the new steroid plan.

This plan will however "grandfather" players that have tested positive for steroids to be considered 1st time offenders under the new plan.

Here is how the new plan will work:

Offenders of the new plan will receive a 50-game suspension for the first time, 100 games for a second and a lifetime ban for a third.

In addition, players for the first time gave management the right to test for amphetamines, viewed by baseball management as a bigger problem than steroids.

Under MLB's current plan the penalties are a 10-day suspension for a first offense, 30 days for a second offense and 60 days for a third. The earliest a player could be banned for life is a fifth offense.

The new deal is almost exactly what Selig proposed in April -- one month after he and union head Donald Fehr were scolded at a House hearing for being soft on performance-enhancing drugs. Owners could ratify the agreement as early as Thursday, when they meet in Milwaukee.

"We've taken, in my opinion, a giant step forward. And it's a very, very proud day for baseball," Selig said during a conference call.

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Hideki Matsui and the New York Yankees agree to a new 4 year deal worth $52 million.



Chris Kulturides
todayinsports@gmail.com