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Pitching rules in MLB championship openers

Well if you’re an MLB fan who loves pitching duals and low scoring games, you were creaming your panties while watching the ALCS and NLCS games yesterday. They both ended with a 1-0 score with the Tigers and Cardinals taking Game 1.

In both series, the guys on the hump were the lawnmowers and the guys at the plate the grass. Let’s start in Boston where the Green Monster at Fenway was anything but and Big Papi was tiny at the plate with the Tigers ruling the American League’s most potent offense on their home field.

Detroit Tigers starter Anibel Sanchez was a stud on the mound, hurling six innings on no-hit ball while fanning 12 Red Sox in front of a frantic sold out crowd at Fenway. The erratic bullpen for Detroit came in and finished the job, allowing a 9th inning single to Nava, Boston’s only hit of the game, while striking out an additional five to raise the Tigers’ total for the game to 17. The final scoreboard at Fenway shown on the right said it all.

It was the first time Boston has been shut out in a playoff game since 1918, yep almost a century ago and to add a little icing on the cake, Sanchez did a feat that hasn’t been accomplished since 1908 when he stuck out four in the first inning.

When Tigers manager Jim Leyland yanked Sanchez after six to go to his pen, it was the longest stint a pitcher has ever gone with a no-no on the line in the playoffs before being yanked. But like Leyland said in the post game presser, “I didn’t care about a no hitter or anything like that…”

BTW, Jhonny Peralta hot off a long suspension after failing a drug test has been the hot bat for the Tigers in some of these postseason games. He went 3-for-4, had the only two extra base hits of the game and had the RBI hit that provided all the run support the Tigers would need.

In all, the Tigers left 12 on base while the Red Sox left all eight of their runners on for a total of 20 LOB in the game. So it was a stressful game to watch if you were a fan of either of these teams with so many runners spending several pitches so close, but yet so far from home plate.

Across a few state lines in St. Louis, pitching was also the dominating force of the NLCS game. That game also finished with a 1-0 score with the Cardinals squeaking past the Los Angeles Dodgers in that series’ opener.

The Dodgers bats wasted a pitching gem by their ace Clayton Kershaw who tossed six innings of two-hit ball with five Ks and only one walk. The kick in the nuts here is, the lone run that came in the bottom of the 5th inning was unearned and although the Dodgers pitching staff held the Cardinals to a total of two hits and zero earned runs, they still came away with a loss.

In the home dugout, the Cardinals rode the backs of rookie starter Michael Wacha (6.2 innings, 0 runs, 5 hits, 8 SO).  The Cardinals bullpen cleaned up the final 2 1/3 innings allowing no hits and adding another 5 Ks with the help of closer, Trevor Rosenthal,  who came in and fanned the side in the 9th to pick up the save.

 

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Bernie Kosar mugshot and arrest

CLEVELAND – Former Cleveland Browns QB Bernie Kosar was busted for suspicion of driving under the influence through the suburbs of Cleveland.

Police in Solon, Ohio say the former NFL quarterback was cuffed and brought in after being pulled over for speeding at 2:45 a.m. one recent morning.

That’s when the officers smelled a strong odor of alcohol and gave Kosar sobriety tests that he must have failed. Kosar was thrown behind bars, booked and later let loose after whatever his beverage of the night was had worn off.

The 49-year-old Kosar has been outspoken about the head injuries he sustained during his NFL career having affected his speech, making him slur his words.

Other media sources like ESPN have reported that Kosar has been addicted to pain medications, has gone through a divorce and had financial troubles; hardly the type of life you’d expect a successful NFL quarterback to have after leaving the field.

See his mugshot on the right.

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AFC standings, ‘Baguars’ and the Steelers

With the NFL four games into it’s season, take a look at the AFC standings.

Below are the AFC standings that show teams like the Steelers sitting in the basement of their division at 0-4 while the Chiefs remain undefeated at 4-0. The tighest division is the AFC North with the Bengals, Browns and Ravens deadlocked at 2-2. Yep, the Brownies are tied with the Super Bowl Champion Ravens and both of that team’s wins can after dumping their 3rd overall pick Trent Richardson in a move that had many thinking they were waving the white flag on their season.

No surprise that the Jags are at 0-4 and hopefully giving away free beer in their game yesterdfay drew a few more people. If nothing else, it got a few people wasted enough to not give a shit if the team won or not. Any chants of “TEBOW” fill the stands yesterday? Gotta wonder. We’ve been

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49ers Aldon Smith mugshot

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco 49ers all-pro linebacker Aldon Smith was arrested on Sept. 20, 2013 after his pickup truck was involved in a single car accident and slammed into a tree.

After residents called to report the crash, San Jose police responded to the incident and arrested Smith for suspicion of driving under the influence and marijuana possession.

The 23-year-old Smith posted a $5,250 bail and was released from the Santa Clara County jail after cheesing for the mugshot shown here.

Smith couldn’t have been too baked since he went to practice later that day but since that time, he has left the team and voluntarily put himself into a rehab center.

Great move by the youngster to institutionalize himself since this is his second alcohol related driving arrest. Smith was previously busted for a DUI in Miami in January 2012 but those charges were reduced to reckless driving after he attended a program for first time offenders.

On an NFL note, Smith won the 49ers MVP award last season when he dominated offensive linemen to set a franchise record with 19½ sacks and led his team to the Super Bowl.

Smith is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 4 and is expected back on the field later this season.

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Colts’ Pagano wins George Halas Award

Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, whose battle with a curable form of leukemia during the 2012 season touched many across the NFL and helped raise research funds, has been selected as the 2013 George Halas Awardwinner by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA).

Pagano, the 44th Halas Award winner, is the third NFL head coach and third member of the Colts franchise in Indianapolis to receive the honor from the writer’s association that includes all the top dog beat writers and columnists in the field.

The Halas Award is given to a NFL player, coach or staff member who overcomes the most adversity to succeed. The award is named for Halas, a charter member (1963) of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, who was associated with the Chicago Bears and NFL from their inception in 1920 until his death in 1983 as an owner, manager, player and promoter. Halas won 324 games and six NFL titles in 40 seasons as a coach.

Pagano, who was in his first season as Colts head coach, was diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia and hospitalized at the IU Health Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis on Sept. 26 during the team’s bye week. The Colts named Bruce Arians as interim head coach as Pagano spent almost a month in the hospital. Arians did an awesome job guiding the Colts and their young QB named Andrew Luck until Pagano attended the Nov. 4 home game against Miami and spoke to the team.

The Colts responded by winning that game 23-20 over the Dolphins. He told the team after the game, “My vision that I’m living is to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and then hoist that Lombardi Trophy several times.”

The next day, it was announced that Pagano was in remission, but he would continue to go through chemotherapy. He saluted the crowd during an emotional public appearance Nov. 25 from Colts Owner and CEO Jim Irsay’s suite in Lucas Oil Stadium during the Colts’ victory over Buffalo.

The Colts organization coined CHUCKSTRONG during Pagano’s absence, and sales proceeds from t-shirts and wristbands with the slogan went toward leukemia research. A collection benefitting research was held prior to an October home game, and several Colts players, including quarterback Andrew Luck, shaved their heads in support of their coach.

He was given clearance to return to coaching Dec. 20, and a healthy Pagano was back on the sideline for the Colts’ final regular-season game Dec. 30 at home against Houston. The Colts finished a remarkable turnaround from 2-14 the season before to 11-5 and earned an AFC Wild Card playoff berth.

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Mayweather dominates, Manny in future?

Showing no ill effects from a one-year layoff, boxing superstar Floyd “Money” Mayweather Jr. didn’t skip a beat in his return to the ring. The undefeated fighter retained his WBC Welterweight World Championship and captured the vacant Ring Magazine Welterweight World Championship with a dominant 12-round unanimous decision over Four-Division World Champion Robert “The Ghost” Guerrero on Saturday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

At age 36, the universally regarded No. 1 pound-for-pound boxer in the world employed his superb defensive skills and a powerful right hand to effectively dominate the 30-year-old Guerrero.

Photos:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

In his first fight since a May 5, 2012 win over Miguel Cotto. Mayweather scored the unanimous decision by the score of 117-111 three times.

Mayweather (44-0, 26 KO’s), of Grand Rapids, Mich., landed 60 percent of his power shots to Guerrero’s 28 percent and used his signature lateral movement in a 12-round master performance during which the challenger only managed to land 19 percent of his total punches thrown.

“The less you get hit in this sport, the longer you last,” Mayweather said.  “I needed my father (trainerFloyd Mayweather Sr.) this night and we were victorious.  The less you get hit, the longer you last.  Continue to box.  If the knockout came, I was going to take it. 

“Everyone was saying that at the age of 36, I didn’t have it no more.  My defense wasn’t sharp after the Cotto fight, but I have proved myself. Cotto is a future Hall of Famer.  I’ve been in with some of the best.  All I want to do is give the fans exciting fights.”

Mayweather leaned mostly on his speedy right hand throughout the fight, a weapon that the southpaw Guerrero (31-2-1, 18 KO’s), of Gilroy, Calif., couldn’t seem to see or react to.  After the fight, Mayweather, who opened up a cut over his opponent’s eye in the 8th round, claimed that he hurt his most effective weapon midway through the fight.

Photos:Tom Casino/SHOWTIME

 

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Reality TV show featuring GLOW wrestler ‘Hollywood’

Reality TV fans will soon have another reason to set their DVRs or hunker down over their flat screens.

Wrestling Hollywood is a reality TV concept in development by Summertime Entertainment and Flying Ape Productions and will star veteran professional wrestler Jeanne Basone and a stable of her protégé session wrestlers.

The show is based in Nashville but will travel to locations around the country including Hollywood, California thus giving the show’s title a double meaning. Basone wrestled under the name of “Hollywood” on a nationally syndicated show called Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling and after returning to Hollywood the stuntwoman’s stage name stuck so she has used the name ever since.

After her stint at G.L.O.W. Basone continued a stunts career that has included appearances in Married With Children, Me Myself & Irene and Days of Our Lives.  She was also featured in a LOGO TV network award winning documentary called G.L.O.W. The Story of the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling.

Executive producer Soreyrith Um was pitched the Wrestling Hollywood concept by Flying Ape Productions producers Tom and Cindy Ferda and after researching the underground world of session wrestling he and his Summertime Entertainment company jumped on board.

“Most people only see the stage personas of professional wrestlers but you’d be surprised at how interesting and colorful their private lives are,” said Um. “We take you into these women’s lives way beyond the ring and that’s what sets us apart from other shows.  The audience will be drawn to the show out of curiosity, but they’ll stay because the stories are so compelling.

Producer Cindy Ferda played one of the main characters on G.L.O.W. named Americana and worked side-by-side with Jackie Stallone and Basone for the first season.

“Wrestling Hollywood is unique to the ordinary type of wresting shows. Our show gives the audience a voyeuristic look into the world of private wrestling,” said Cindy Ferda. “A world that many people do not realize exists.”

Basone not only continues to wrestle today, but she is also bringing up the next generation of female drop kickers and body slammers. These women also venture off into performing private wrestling sessions for a devoted client base. 

“We expect reality TV audiences to be intrigued with the concept,” added Tom Ferda. “Putting the audience behind closed doors with clients from all walks of life and the female wrestlers in private sessions will raise a few eyebrows. And with reality TV, the more eyebrows you raise the better the results.”

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NASCAR and Daytona may face lawsuits

Now that the dust is settling from the horrific crash at the Daytona International Speedway Nationwide race, question is how many lawsuits may arise from the disaster.

The crash that happened during the final lap of the race sent debris flying into the crowd and injured fans, sending many to trauma units and E.R.s in Volusia County.

In addition to the group of fans that were transported, 14 others were treated at the site of the accident.

Pictured here is what little is left of the front end of Kyle Larson’s car that slammed high into the fence.

During the aftermath, NASCAR and the speedway may be facing lawsuits that may total in multi-million dollars range. The fences were raised to 22-feet-high after Colin Edwards crashed in Talladega in 2009 but this fence still was unable to protect fans from flying debris.

“Maybe the fence should have been higher; maybe there should have been more spacing between the track and spectators,” lawyer Adam Levitt, a lawyer with Grant & Eisenhofer said after the incident.

NASCAR would be expected to rebuttal with the disclaimers that are on their tickets, reminding fans in attendance about the risk and dangers of attending a race.

The day following the wreck, fans grabbed their coolers, put on their favorite NASCAR attire and piled into the 167,000-seat facility for the Daytona 500.

 

 

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Best 2013 Super Bowl ads

This year’s Super Bowl again entertained audiences around the world with some outrageous commercial spots.

While placing an ad increased to a staggering $3 million-plus for a 30-second spot, we noticed many brands opted to go the comedic route.

We choose our top three comedy driven spots in no specific order:

Our favorites included the pissed off goat terrorizing the Doritos chomping guy as he hid in his room hoarding a bag of Doritos. The goat trashes the house and makes his way into the room like Jack Nicolas’ character in The Shining minus the line “Wendy, I’m home!”

Other favs included the creative Speed Stick spot (as seen on YouTube here) of the impatient dude in the Laundromat who clears out a stranger’s dryer, dropping a pair of yellow panties on the floor. As he folds up the sexy satire, the owner of the lingerie walks in catching him in the act creating one of those ‘perv or good deed’ moments.

After exchanging dialogue with the hot looking chick in the Daisy Dukes and high heels, he blurts out, “I’d fold your panties any day.”  The line made it’s way throughout Twitter for days with users attaching Speed Stick’s Twitter hashtag #HandleIt to their Tweets.

Ironic thing about this particular spot is the fact it was shot by a small company in San Francisco named Ryactive who did it on a micro budget. Nothing like a mom/pop agency hanging with the big boys on Super Bowl Sunday.

Out third nod goes to the Go Daddy ad that either grossed you out or made you envious of the nerdiest looking dude to hit the screen the entire afternoon and evening.

After an introduction by Danica Patrick, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit cover model Bar Refaeli and a tech nerd start making out on the spot, slipping each other the tongue. 

Final verdict of the 2013 Super Bowl ads varied depending on what media source you went to for an opinion. Ours is, these were the most memorable…and if you care to take another look, the NFL website has a link to see them all and vote for your favorites.

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Flacco throws an F-bomb on live TV (VIDEO)

As the confetti was dropping and cameras were rolling, Ravens QB Joe Flacco was swarmed by media after his team’s 34-31 Super Bowl win.

Ecstatic about his team’s 34-31 win, the Super Bowl MVP responded like many Ravens’ fans who sat around Hooter’s slamming beers all day probably did….take a look….

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