Sunday, March 26, 2006

Sunday Sports...

NCAA "March Madness"

Washington, D.C. Region

(11) George Mason (26-7)
2:40 pm EST

(1) Connecticut (30-3)

Verizon Center (Washington, DC) - Preview

Minneapolis Region

(3) Florida (30-6)
5:05 pm EST

(1) Villanova (28-4)

Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome (Minneapolis, MN) - Preview


The Players Championship on Saturday had weather was 50 degrees. Sunday is expected to be sunny with a high of 60° and a low: 43°. Conditions have made for some up and down play...should be a fun finish.

1. Stephen Ames Rounds 71, 66, 70 (-9)

T2. Sergio Garcia 70, 68, 70 (-8)

T2. Vijay Singh 68, 70, 70 (-8)

T4. Mike Weir 71, 71, 68 (-6)

T4. Henrik Stenson 69,71,70 (-6)

T6. Carl Pettersson 71, 70,70 (-5)

T6. Retief Goosen 69, 71, 71 (-5)

T6. Tom Pernice Jr. 70, 70, 71 (-5)

T6. Bo Van Pelt 68, 71, 72 (-5)

T6. John Rollins 68, 71, 72 (-5)

T6. Jim Furyk 65, 71, 75 (-5)

Other Notables :

T12.Phil Mickelson (-4)

T12. Tom Lehman (-4)

T23. Tiger Woods (-2)


Nascar Schedule for Sunday is at Bristol Motor Speedway where the delay was...snow. Yes snow...

Food City 500, Sunday 3/26 at Bristol (2:10 p.m. ET on Fox)

Kyle Busch - Winner of the Busch Series race on Saturday.

Have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

College NCAA schedule and changes in pro sports.

Thurs. 3/23

Regional Semis:
(1) Duke-(4) LSU 7:10 p.m.
(1) Memphis-(13) Bradley 7:27 p.m.

Regional Semis:
(2) Texas-(6) West Virginia 9:40 p.m.
(2) UCLA-(3) Gonzaga 9:57 p.m.

Fri. 3/24

Regional Semis: (1) Villanova-(4) B.C. 7:10 p.m.
(7) Wichita St.-(11) G. Mason 7:27 p.m.

Regional Semis: (2) Florida-(7) Georgetown 9:40 p.m.
(1) UConn-(5) Washington 9:57 p.m.

Why do teams make moves and release player that seem only for media attention and for the fans to ogle over?

For instance in the offseason so far the New England Patriots have released Willy McGinest and have just lost Adam Vinatieri to the Indianapolis Colts. Does it really take a Super Bowl winner to boost a team because they can't get to the big show? I am shocked that the New England franchise would let either slip away, especially Vinatieri. When you lose Mr. Automatic you have some serious work to do in the offseason.

I have taken a few days off and posting will be here and there over the next month, but what the fuck is this? I am starting a pool for BE credits that will go to the person that picks the week of the season that T.O gets suspended. Let me know if you are interested, we have plenty of time to start that contest off. I will also post the Vegas odds on that too.

Official waste of Blog Space...

Do you know that Jerry Jones is saying "Are you kidding me...?"

Thanks for visiting Today in Sports.

Saturday, March 18, 2006

March Madness - Down to 32!!

Are you ready for the madness of college basketball?

I am all hyped up for NCAA College hoops!

After watching most of the action I am impressed with Bucknell, Northwestern ST., UAB (who gave Kentucky a run) , and the Bradley Braves who upset Kansas (77-73). Want more info on this upset? Box Score - Recap

Here is a list of the 32 that are facing each other.

Atanta Division
1 Duke
8 George Washington
Mar 18, 1:10pm EST

12 Texas A&M
Mar 18, 5:40pm EST

6 West Va.
14 Northwerstern
Mar 19, 2:40pm EST

10 NC State
2 Texas

Washington D.C
8 Kentucky

5 Washington
4 Illinois
Mar 18, 5:30pm EST

11 George Mason
Mar 19, 2:20pm EST

7 Wichita St.
2 Tenn.
Mar 18, 3:30pm EST

Oakland, CA
1 Memphis
9 Bucknell
Mar 19, 2:15pm EST

5 Pitt
13 Bradley

6 Indiana
3 Gonzaga
Mar 18, 8:10pm EST

10 Alabama
Mar 18, 7:50pm EST

1 Villinova
8 AZ
Mar 19, 5:00pm EST

12 Montana
4 Boston College
Mar 18, 5:40pm EST

11 Wis. Milwaukee
3 Florida

7 Georgetown
2 Ohio State
Mar 19, 4:50pm EST

The one game that is my pick for the day is the IL vs. Washington game. This will feature a big man in the middle for Washington that has to be fronted and boxed out by IL. Also IL needs the hot hand of Jamar Smith in this game with Washington. Smith was hot against Air Force and he will need to continue with sharp play and hope that Dee Brown heats up for IL. Brown only contributed 8 points against Air Force and will need to step up his game is they are looking to get by a tough Washington team with a great inside game.


Don't forget our Renter "Rockjay" on the sidebar as he landed here at Today in Sports yesterday. He is a must read if you need a great story or if he slept on the couch last night...check him out and tell him that I want my do-rag back that is on his skeleton.

Have a great day and enjoy the games.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Our FIRST RENTER!!! (on the new layout)--Check him out!.

ATTENTION...New Renter in the house. It's RockJay, from "RockJay, A Series of Unfortunate Blog Incidents..." He is worth a click to see what the current conversation is about getting out of the dog house....(ladies pay attention to this).
I have been reading RJ since I started blogging and he has taken space on 3 of my blogs and I am glad to have him. He is located over there <---- on the left and all you have to do is click and visit.

This is a great read and I am sure that you will put this on your "links" or "Blogroll" for future visits.

Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 13, 2006

Weekend Sports Wrap.

Wow! There was some great action yesterday in the World Baseball Classic, Nascar, and in NCAA Basketball.

I want to preface this post by saying that it will cover many sports and if you are prone to dizziness, you will want to stop reading NOW. I watched so much sports yesterday, that I lost track of time.

Here is a breakdown of the weekend action.

World Baseball Classic
I was a umpire in the early 90's that officiated college baseball in and around New England. If you didn't get a chance to see it, the home plate umpire in the US/Japan game blew a call for Japan that cost them a run. I know that you are saying why bring it up if the US won? Because it was an awful call that could've went against the US just the same. When I would attend meetings for the association that I belonged to, they would always say, sell the call, never change it. They also said that you can argue that you are right even if you missed it, just stand by your call.

I can't remember a call in the Majors that has been changed on a tag up from 3rd with a runner leaving early. I was shocked that the call was reversed.
Bad call...

In NCAA action I have to say that I though that I was watching the Championship Game in the NCAA Tournament yesterday while watching the BC/Duke game yesterday. What a game that was filled with huge runs by BC and going up by as much as ten on Duke at one point. With some energetic play, you will see in the picture below that there was potential for a huge fight during this game. Al Skinner, the coach for BC was awesome in restraining his players from getting involved as you can see. After the misunderstanding. play resumed and the Duke Blue Devils were led by J.J Redick with the hot hand. Duke takes the #1 seed in the real tournament that starts on Tuesday with Hampton and Manmouth, two #16 seeds battling it out in OH to see who faces the Villanova Wildcats.

Coach Al Skinner

J. J Redick - Duke

Coach K with the net from the championship game in the ACC.

If you are looking for a bracket, click on this one and print it out.

Bracket courtesy of

In other college basketball news, Coach Chaney from Temple University has resigned after 24 years as the head coach.

Coach Chaney in 1982.

Did you think that I was going to leave my Nascar piece out? After a week off in Nextel Cup racing, it was proven that you only need to lead one lap. Yes, the last one. Jimmie Johnson in the Lowes 48 beat Matt Kenseth in a drag race to lead the last lap of the race and win in Vegas. Jimmie got a rice run on Matt and went to the outside and passed him by just over a second to win.

For all you Nascar fans that are out there, I am going to start a section of my post after every Nascar race that features, "Who is Tony Stewart's thorn in his side this week."
This week the recipient is Kyle Busch. He was racing Tony all day and that wasn't in the cards for Stewart.
As for Kyle Busch's thoughts, "I guess I need to have another sit down with Tony."
This was said after the race because Busch had gone and had a sit down with Stewart on the ins and outs of racing and to get some advice from a champion. I bet Tony's advice for Kyle in the next conversation is to "stay away."

Busch's "Ice Age 2 Chevy Monte Carlo"
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Saturday, March 11, 2006

The saga continues...

That's right Bud, cup your ear because I am sure that you didn't hear that Barry Bonds allegedly used steroids in the past. Just like you turned your head the other way and didn't grab the situation by the balls like you should have. Good luck getting out of the position that you are in. Fay Vincent told you that you need to get "involved." I say start now and let fans focus on the scores of the game and who hit 3 homeruns in one game instead of reading about Barry. I am ashamed that I am blogging about it now. Get it done now! I also agree with the outspoken David Wells, who said that Bonds shouldn't have the opportunity to break the record. I think that you should make that happen instead of turning the other way all this time. That isn't such a bad idea from Wells who usually shoots from the hip to not allow Barry Bonds to break them.

If you won't and can't do anything then resign.


In other baseball news, the United State faced South Africa today while facing elimination in the WBC Tournament. They made quick work of the game with Clemens on the mound and the slaughter rule was in effect after 5 with the US up 17-0.

Nascar is returning to the track this Sunday in Las Vegas for the UAW-DaimlerChrysler 400, Sunday at Vegas (4:30 p.m. ET on Fox)

Thanks for listening to my rant today.

For great vintage sports photographs, head over to Vintage and Current Sports Photography

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Barry Bonds - Did he use steroids?

In this modern day game called baseball, there is always someone looking to get in on the action and grabbing some publicity. That publicity will now come from 2 San Francisco Chronicle reporters whom are taking the BALCO coverage they worked on and putting it in a book that references Barry Bonds and his steroid use.

From the AP:

"Authors Mark Fainaru-Wada and Lance Williams, who led the
newspaper's coverage of the BALCO scandal, recount in remarkable detail the specifics of Bonds' drug regimen, which they write started in 1998 with injections of Winstrol, a powerful steroid also linked to Rafael Palmeiro."

I have done some research of my own and this is what I can come up with.

Here are some stats that I looked at that I will share:

In 1998 when the "scandal" was started, I have looked at these stats and will share them with you today.

1998 AB's (552), HR (37)

1999 AB's (355), HR (34)

2000 AB's (480), HR(49)

2001 AB's (476), HR (73)

In 2001, when BB hit 37 HR's in 552 AB's compared to the 73 HR's on 476 AB's is like a red light going off! Even if you take a look at the 2000 season where BB had 4 more AB's then in 2001 and hit 24 more HR's is the tell tail of it all. I am not accusing BB of steroid use, but in all the years that I have watched baseball, I have never seen such a difference in the numbers that accentuate why he is in a "scandal" for steroid use.

I have some pictures that may help you form an opinion as well:

Early Barry Bonds-

Recent Barry Bonds:

So this "onsite" evidence from the two Chronicle reporters will draw attention to them in a time when the World Baseball Classic is looking like a dud. The WBC is in need of some serious attention. I have only seen one advertisement on TV that indicated that the WBC is happening. If I was deaf, and couldn't read (which isn't the case) I would've only seen the WBC is going to happen once if I relied on commercials. I say let's start the season and leave international competition to the Olympics.

I have seen the powers of baseball ban players, fine players, and even be the judge and jury for the length of an All-Star game decision. If we as fans let the media take us away from the game that we love because others want attention, ignore it.

I am.

If Barry Bonds wants to rub some cream on his ass and become stronger, then look into it. I want the true numbers to show through. So, if baseball has the power to keep Pete Rose out of the Hall and Baseball for ever, then Bud Selig will have to grow his own set of "balls" and turn up the heat on a player that is soon approaching Hank Aaron's record. A record that has been in place since I was a kid.

I think it is time we pay much more attention to the abuse of substances when players are increasing the #'s like those shown above. I also think charges are warranted against Rafael Palmeiro for committing perjury in front of a Congressional Committee. Baseball needs to investigate more and show the true stats for the fans. I will tell you today that even if Bonds breaks the HR record, Aaron will always be the leader as far as I am alive.

He did it with class.

Thank you for stopping by and reading Today in Sports.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Kirby Puckett...

Kirby Puckett died today at age 45 after suffering a stroke yesterday. Puckett entered the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001.

That smile will be truly missed.


Saturday, March 04, 2006

Bulls vs. Knicks 3-3-06

This is what I call a "clean cut" post. The Knicks looked like they were going to take home the "W" and had as much as a 16 point lead against the Bulls. They looked solid throughout the first 3 quarters. The Knicks, Steve Francis held the hot hand with three 3 pointers in a row and 12 points in the first half. It looked like a NY runaway.

Hang on...

In the 4th quater the Bulls cranked up the defense and took advantage of the Knicks consecutive turnovers. The 6 point buffer that couldn't be broken was at the 3 minute mark by the Bulls and the hot hand of Ben Gordon. Gordon sank a 3 pointer from a different zip code and that put Chicago up and they never looked back.

Recap: Knicks up by 16 till the Bulls broke them down with 3 minutes left. This was a much needed win for the Bulls who are looking for a playoff spot.

Bulls 108 Knicks 101

Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, March 03, 2006 and new background image.


Background sneaker image from

Click on the magazine cover to check out the website and read the current review of the Jordan XXI.

The many faces of NCAA Basketball coaches...

With the weekend soon approaching, here are some of the many faces that you will see from some or your favorite NCAA basketball coaches

Bill Morrison, Minn.

Coach K - Duke

East Tenn. St. - Murray Bartow

Gregg Marshall - Winthrop

Il. State - Porter Moser

Iowa State - Wayne Morgan

John Calipari - Memphis Tigers

Jim Calhoun - Uconn.

Gary Williams - Maryland

Rick Pitino - Louisville

Roy Williams - UNC

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed the pictures as much as I did posting them.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

From past to present...

In all the years that I have been watching sports and I have enjoyed the players from many different era's. In the days of my youth, I watched Mike Schmitt at 3rd for the Phillie's, and Daryl "Chocolate Thunder" Dawkins for the 76er's break backboards to Bill "The Spaceman" Lee throw from the mound at Fenway. I truly consider those days from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's to be the years that we have seen "players" that are a notch above the rest in their respective sports.

I loved baseball as a kid and I can remember the rehiring of Billy Martin in N.Y, and the plane crash that took Thurman Munson's life. (A role model for all catchers and Bench too) I can also remember the days of Michael Jordan, Bill Lambier, and Bird, McHale and Parrish. These are just a few of the players that stand one notch above the rest.

In the modern day, there are some really great players on the hardwood, on the diamond, the gridiron and in many other respective sports like hockey and tennis to name others.

I need to throw in that I love college sports for the pace and action of the game. If anyone says that college sports are a waste, tell them they need to give it a chance. I am amazed at the pace of scoring in college football, and the speed and accuracy of the passing in college hoop. Most of the best players in their sports came from a college background (less Kobe and LeBron), but for the majority, they played at an exciting pace.

I am amused by a trend that I have witnessed in the recent days, not only on TV, but in pictures as well.

I want to focus on Kobe today. Not only have I seen this in person, but these are pictures that have been taken the last 2 games in a row.

Looking at these pictures, they show me that he is frustrated with team play He is always looking for the edge in a game with the refs. When you score 81 in a game, people start watching and want more than that. I don't think that he will do that again anytime soon. The Lakers are a team that is carried by Kobe and any edge he can get, he will try for. The Lakers are playing .500 ball, knowing that it is and could be a race for a playoff spot I am sure he will do what he can. I am just looking at the past and the players that represented the NBA, MLB, NHL, and the NFL and I am looking for the next superstar that plays and is an icon of the game.

I just don't see Kobe, or LeBron being the next Dr. J or Jordan. Maybe I am wrong and living my sports life at the old Boston Garden DJ, Ainge, Bird, McHale and Parrish...

When you become more of an endorsement figure in your sport than a stand out, is when the ability to achieve to the next level (notch) is taken away. If you look at Jordan and the products that he represented and some still to this day, he was a player first. While attending North Carolina, and also with the Bulls. He was the player that made it happen first on the court and then with the companies.

When I think of Kobe, I think of these things.

The past

Endorsement deals

Back with Nike...

I am a fan that strives to watch and enjoy players becoming great. Stop you're whining and play the game first and then all that you achieve will be paid for in endorsements. As a fan and I will speak for most-we want the "G" in game to get to the "G" in great. "Play it, own it, and be it."

Thanks for stopping by my rant today on what it takes to achieve greatness.

This was and will always be "greatness."

Michael Jordan #23 - Chicago Bulls

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Today in Sports news and something extra...

In my email inbox today I read bloggers that are associated with will be allowed in the future to give other members credits.

I would like to let all my readers know that Today in Sports will be taking part in a "share" program of some type and giving credits to visitors for different reasons. Details to follow.

If you are looking for a lot of exposure, I am looking to rent all of my blogs to one person for a total fee of 300 credits.

These are the sites that are included.

Today in Sports (here)
Vintage and Current Sports Photography
A Table For One...
Chicago Sunsets
Destination Unknown

The listing will include a full screen shot and a write as well to kick off the advertising campaign. This will only include the one week time frame.

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