The Sports Hogwash

An innovative opinion for a ludacris sports-world.

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Stephen A. Smith at the 2006 NBA Draft, Second Round

Monday, June 26, 2006

Joe Mikulik - Asheville Tourists

Great!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

WWF Baseball

Bat boy tackles crazy fan.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Sports Hogwash has MOVED!

We are now an official DOT-COM.

Check out the new site-- lot of improvements in the days/months to come:

THE NEW SPORTS HOGWASH

Rocket Fuel, Performance fuel, Federer fuel

Roger Clemens is fueling up for his June 22nd start with his Wednesday start with low-A ball affiliate Lexington. Expectations are high for the 43 year old legend--but he will be playing a minor league hitting team in the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have scored the 5th fewest runs in the league so far. Nice warm-up game for him.

How bout the kiddo that took him deep. Johnny Drennens. Talk about 15 minutes of fame. You gotta love Roger's comments about the long-ball:

Clemens joked he just gave him a pitch to hit because they share the same uniform number -- No. 22. "I'm sure I'll visit him tomorrow -- ask him how that room service was," Clemens said.

Jason Grimsley is in the news. Grimsley--sounds like a "would-be" character for a horror film. Not the case here. Just when you thought balco was on the back-burner, a bunch of Feds search reliever Jason Grimsley's house. Grimsley has a career 4.77 ERA with a 1.55 whip...he either a) didn't cheat or b) sucks at cheating. And ESPN reports that he has cheated. Interesting.

Minor League Baseball Draft was Tuesday. Surprise pick from the Royals--taking Luke Hochevar with the number one overall pick. Hochevar was not able to be signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers a year ago, played Independent ball and re-entered the draft. Ironic thing here--the Royals are widely known for NOT spending money. Maybe its the catch-22 rule, a player will never play independent ball 2 years in a row?

Other notable picks that I care about (you should also)--Drew Stubbs-University of Texas stud centerfielder- to the Reds at 8, Brad Lincoln-UH pitcher/hitter- went 4 to the Pirates. Kyle McCulloch -UT Pitcher- went to the White Sox and Kyle Drabek went to the Phillies at 18. Check it all out at baseball america.

Dwayne Wade missed his 2nd consecutive practice. When he drops 41 in a game one road win, will we begin to hear references to MJ. I think so.

Who's the most dominant player in his sport. No, not SHAQ, TIGER or PUJOLS (if he wasn't injured). It's Roger Federer. He's won 26 grand slam matches in a row as he moves into the semifinals of the Frenchy.


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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Monday Recap...

Poker is a bitch.

If you can't take the bad beats, then don't play the game. It's part of it. Just like throwing inside on a 3-0 count (on purpose) or intentionally fouling a slasher on the way to an easy layup. It's just part of the game.

So a simple 16 player tournament...I'm surviving, playing my usual passive aggressive type of strategy. It gets to 7 players, top 4 pay. I get a raise to me and I'm holding pocket aces. I want to strategically get all of my money in the pot, so I raise it up 1.5 what was just raised me. The person next to me goes all in, followed by the original raiser going all in. Cards are flipped, they both have A-K. FANTASTIC! They only have the opportunity to split if 2 kings or a straight comes.

No straight came.

The only damn 2 kings in the deck came to split and crack my aces.

It was like I saw a UFO.

So I put that aside...put poker aside til..er, tommorow and lets talk sports.

NHL Final Game 1: Apparenly the Edmonton Oilers goalie has been injured (Dwayne Roloson), then the back-up goalie Ty Conklin botched an encounter behind the net handing the Canes the victory.

Sounds like a mild form of the Bill Buckner disease.

Bonds hits 716, glad it took him a little less time to get to 716 than it did to 715. And to stay with that, I'm glad Sal Pal Antonio wasn't there to cover Bonds. Thank god Sportscenter found something new to talk about.

Well, Sal was there for Michelle Wie. Wie must learn how to close. I don't care how well you shoot in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds. When the going gets tough, your "tough" must get going. The reason Tiger wins all the tournaments he does is because he is mentally tough. Win a women's tourney, or 2...or 10, and then compete against the men.

Baseball boxscores can be caught here.

Brandon Webb loses his scoreless inning streak at 30 innings pitch. Pretty impressive. He's still 8-0 as he recorded the ND in the 4-3 loss to the Phils (my pick to win the NL East). Sporer over at Baseball by Paul called Webb to win the Cy Young before the season started. Not too shabby. I was wondering to myself, who the hell plays for the Diamondbacks, and why are they so good. Sounds like a separate blog posting if you ask me.

The Griffey of Old is back, hit 2 home-runs (one in 9th inning dramatic fashion) to beat the Cards. That means he should be injured in 7-10 days. Trade him. Cards are still putting up runs (through 2 games) without Pujols.

The LASTros (no typo) almost were no hit by Carlos Zambrano. The Rocket doesn't bring fuel to heat up the bats...that's for sure. Zambrano did them dirty by driving in 4 runs. Wow, a pitcher drove in 4 runs against the Astros 2 games in a row.

Yankees clobber the Red Sox 13-5. If Beckett's curve ball isnt dropping off a table and he has to rely on his fastball, which is straight as an arrow, then he's going to have problems. And those problems will be magnified when you play the Yankees.

Jeff Francouer took a walk today. I don't believe it.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Hogwash Podcast

Every Monday, I'm putting up a Podcast. On select Thursdays, a podcast will be available also.

This week I spit hogwash on:
1. Albert Pujols and the Cards
2. Yankees are better for having all the injuries
3. Astros Problems
4. Which Division Leader will choke
5. Minor League Draft
6. Michelle Wie
7. Weird News

You can download this weeks podcast here.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Statistical Nuances of the NBA Finals

With the Mavs shocking victory on the road to end the series in 6, we find ourselves with an intriguing matchup.. Dallas vs. Miami. There's enough story lines here and the teams are entertaining enough that the ratings will be above average. Game 1 is Thursday, full breakdown will come then.

For now, you will be left with the Statistical Nuances of the NBA Finals.