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Updates on the sports world.

Merry Christmas, Yankees Fans!

Merry Christmas to all of you Yankees fans out there!

You have just recieved an early Christmas gift: Mark Teixeira!

Hank Steinbrenner has not backed down, jumping right into things. He has signed 3 of the top 10 free agents in this year’s choices, including the best pitcher(C.C Sabathia), and, now, the best hitter in Mark Teixeira. (He also signed A.J. Burnett.)

The switch hitting, smooth fielding first baseman had 33 homeruns and 121 RBIs to go along with a .308 batting average last year. Not to mention he had a .997 fielding percentage, near the tops in the league for a first-basemen.

The Yankees agreed to an 8 year deal with him worth 180 million dollars. They weren’t even considered as “in the mix of things” for Teixera, as Sportscenter said that he would either be going to the Nationals or the Red Sox.

Well, the Yankees signed him.

That’s all I have for you.

Thanks for reading!

December 25, 2008 Posted by | MLB Off-season | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Boston Three Party… Or a Party of Four? Maybe Even Five! Or Six, Seven…

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When Mike D’Antoni drafted Rajon Rondo to be a Sun with the 21st pick in the 2006 draft, he just traded, with fears that his inability to shoot a jump shot wouldn’t fit in with the Suns. And, honestly, Rondo should be happy that he was traded on draft day because he could have never reached his full potential backing Steve Nash up. 

However, it wasn’t a good move for the Suns, with Rondo now stunning the sports world as point guard for the Boston Celtics.

He nicely complemented the Celtics’ Big Three last year, but he was that and only that: a complement. Now, however, he has fit himself into the mix, with the first triple- double since Ryan Gomes for the Celtics and rising thoughts that the Celtics might not only have a Boston Three Party but a Boston Three Party plus One. Continue reading

December 23, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

World Baseball Classic News

Derek Jeter

So far, here’s the news on the World Baseball Classic:

Players that Accepted Invitations-

Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia

Yankees SS Derek Jeter 

Angels P John Lackey

Braves C Brian McCann 

Indians OF Grady Sizemore 

Brewers OF Ryan Braun

Mets 3B David Wright

Braves 3B Chipper Jones Continue reading

December 23, 2008 Posted by | World Baseball Classic | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

MVP compared to MOP

nbamvptrophyThe viewing on the MVP race has been messed up these days. People are looking at who has the most impressive numbers, not the value to their team, so, basically, they’re voting on what I like to call MOP, or Most Outstanding Player. Continue reading

December 22, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Dr. Naismith’s Original Draft of First Basketball Rules

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The original draft of basketball rules, as pictured above, read like this:

“Basket Ball

        The ball to be an ordinary Association football.

  1. The ball may be thrown in any direction with one or both hands.
  2. The ball may be batted in any direction with one or both hands (never with the fist).
  3. A player cannot run with the ball, the player must throw it from the spot on which he catches it, allowance to be made for a man who catches the ball when running at a good speed.
  4. The ball must be held in or between the hands, the arms or body must not be used for holding it.
  5. No shouldering, holding, pushing, tripping or striking,in any way the person  of an opponent shall be allowed. The first infringement of this rule by any person shall count as a foul, the second shall disqualify him until the next goal is made, or if there was evident intent to injure the person, for the whole of the game, no substitute allowed.
  6. A foul is striking at the ball with the fist, violation if rules 3 and 4, and such as described in rule 5.
  7. If either side makes three consecutive fouls it shall count a goal for the opponents (consecutive means without the opponents in the meantime making a foul).
  8. A goal shall be made when the ball is thrown or batted from the grounds into the basket and stays there,providing those defending the goal do not touch or disturbe the goal. If the ball rests on the edge and the opponent moves the basket it shall count as a goal.
  9. When the ball goes out of bounds it shall be thrown into the field, and played by the person first touching it. In case of a dispute the umpire shall throw it straight into the field. The thrower is allowed five seconds, if he holds it longer it shall go to the opponent. If any side presists in delaying the game, the umpire shall call a foul on them.
  10. The umpire shall be judge of the men, and shall note the fouls, and notify the referee when three consecutive fouls have been made. He shall have power to disqualify men according to Rule 5.
  11. The referee shall be judge of the ball and shall decide when the ball is in play, in bounds, and to which side it belongs, and shall keep the time.  He shall decide when a goal has been made, and keep account of the goals with any other duties that are usually performed by a referee.
  12. The time shall be two fifteen minute halves, with five minute rest between.
  13. The side making the most goals in that time shall be declared the winners. In case of a draw the game may , by agreement of the captains, be continued until another goal is made.

First draft of Basket Ball rules. 

Hung in the gym that the boys might learn the rules. Dec 1891 James Naismith 8-28-31″

*Note- I realize that some words were misspelled. I just recorded the rules as Naismith originally wrote them.

That’s all I have for you.

Thanks for reading!

December 22, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Playoff Predictions

Before many teams can clinch a playoff spot, I am going to predict who I think will make the playoffs:

AFC

Division Leaders

Tennessee Titans(Clinched)

Pittsburgh Steelers(Clinched)

New York Jets- Over Dolphins and Patriots because they will beat the Seahawks almost certainly, and I think that they will beat the Dolphins out to decide the winner.

Denver Broncos- Over Chargers because if they get just one win, they clinch and they have two 6-8 teams left on their schedule. Continue reading

December 21, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Sports Drama in Dallas

Wow….. can there be anymore drama in Dallas?

First of all, we all know the news about Terrell Owens. How he is supposedly angry with Romo because  he throws the ball to Jason Witten more than him, and has been criticized by the media overly. Then he claimed to be a “victim” and diligently denies having any problems with Romo. Then, he pleaded that they please forget his past with San Francisco 49ers and the Philadelphia Eagles, that he has turned over a new leaf in Dallas. In a nutshell, that is what he said.

Terrell Owens

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December 19, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Odd Contract Agreement

Albert HaynesworthIn my last post, I recorded the Pro Bowl rosters. Albert Haynesworth was in that post. You would think that’s good for the Tennessee Titans, wouldn’t you? I mean, your defensive tackle was good enough to be named one the best, right?

Well, as it turns out, it’s not good for the Titans.

Why? Well, one term of Haynesworth’s contract is that he becomes a free agent once he is named to the Pro Bowl. Continue reading

December 17, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

2009 Pro Bowl Rosters Announced

pro-bowl1The 2009 Pro Bowl rosters have been announced. They are (reserves listed in parentheses):

AFC

QB- Peyton Manning (Brett Favre, Jay Cutler)

RB- Thomas Jones (Chris Johnson, Ronnie Brown)

FB- Le’Ron McClain

WR- Andre Johnson, Brandon Marshall (Reggie Wayne, Wes Welker)

TE- Tony Gonzalez (Antonio Gates) Continue reading

December 17, 2008 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Surprise Players this Year in the NBA

rudy-fernandez1This year in the NBA has been full of surprises, mainly the players. Some surprise players this year include:

1. Danny Granger, SF, Indiana Pacers

Granger has 23.7 PPG, 5 RPG, and 3 APG this season, and if not for the team he’s playing on, I believe he would be in MVP consideration. All his stats except rebounds are up from last year.

2. Rajon Rondo, PG, Boston Celtics

Are we going to have to change the Big Three to the Fantastic Four? I mean, seriously: 10.9 PPG, 7.4 APG, 5 RPG, and 2.3 SPG? Not to mention the fact that he got the first Celtics triple double since Ryan Gomes got one in 2006. Outrageous for a guy who is lost in a team with three of the best players in the nation! Continue reading

December 17, 2008 Posted by | NBA | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment