Monthly Archives: May 2011

Sports Illustrated Article on Ohio State Football Exposes Jim Tressel, Program

From Larry Brown Sports

Jim Tressel resigned from his job as head football coach at Ohio State Monday morning, knowing fully well neither he nor the university would be able to face the media after the contents of Sports Illustrated’s report were revealed. SI had reporters George Dohrmann and David Epstein collaborate on a special that digs deeper into the existing issues we knew about Ohio State (read the entire report here).

The Buckeyes were already punished for having six players trade memorabilia for tattoos — a violation of NCAA rules. On top of that, the hookups players had with a car dealership had come under scrutiny based on Terrelle Pryor’s driving record. The words of former Ohio State basketball player Mark Titus corroborated the reports that Buckeyes football players were getting hookups at a dealership (also a violation of NCAA rules). Now we’re left with a more in-depth look at the blatant rule-breaking going on at Ohio State.

In short, SI refutes in such indisputable detail the notion that the merchandise-for-tattoo trades were limited to a select few members of the football team. That defeats Ohio State’s first defense argument where they tried to pin the actions on an isolated few members of the team. Additionally, they expose Jim Tressel as a fraud. Tressel built a reputation as a man of integrity over his ten years at Ohio State. He was someone who preached religious values and respect. Yet this is the same coach who lied to the NCAA and lied to school investigators.

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Memorial Day – 2011

 

Just a note before I head out to the DFW National Cemetery, then enjoying the rest of the holiday.  Have a good holiday, and take a moment or two to remember the fallen heroes we honor today.

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Brownell goes to 3-0 as AirHogs roll 5-3

From the AirHogs Press Release

The Grand Prairie AirHogs kept rolling Saturday night, beating the Shreveport-Bossier Captains 5-3 for their fourth straight win and a clinch of their fourth straight series win in front of 2,380 fans at QuikTrip Park. 

The AirHogs (10-5) began the attack in the first, with David Thomas , Cesar Nicolas and Greg Porter singling with one out in the first to load the bases. Captains starter Aaron Cunningham (1-2) then threw eight of the next nine pitches out of the strike zone to John Alonso and Tyler Henley, giving Grand Prairie the lead. The red-hot Jake Taylor then hit a sac fly to make it 3-0 before Cunningham was able to get out of the inning.

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MLB 2K11 makes Louisiana man a millionaire

Brian Kingrey isn’t really a fan of baseball video games, nor is he particularly fond of baseball in general.

But money? He’s a big fan of that — and now possesses a hefty chunk of it. The Lousiana man raked in $1 million by being the first player to throw a perfect game in 2K Sports’ baseball sim, MLB 2K11.

“I’m not really into sports games, but I am into competitive games, so when I heard about this competition, I couldn’t leave it alone,” says Kingrey, who is a music teacher in Hammond, LA. “Two weeks before the competition started, my wife forced me to go get the game. She was like ‘I don’t know why you’re not doing this.'”

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Who’s hit the longest homeruns so far in MLB?

It’s always interesting to recap who is hitting homeruns in Major League Baseball. The obvious question then, is who has hit the farthest long ball of the year so far?

From MLB:

Today’s game may have few players, if any who haven’t already done it, who can hit as many as Killebrew’s 573 home runs, but there is some killing of baseballs going on still, and some of the culprits are sluggers you’d suspect of delivering the long-distance damage.

“If I had to guess who hit the longest,” said Angels outfielder Torii Hunter, who’s proven to be a perennial long-ball master himself, “I’d say maybe [Mike] Stanton … or Prince. Prince Fielder swings so hard. It’s like the old joke — swing hard in case you hit it. He swings hard, but his eyes are open and he knows what he’s doing. He’s got a lot of power, but he’s a good, smart hitter, not a guy who just swings from his [heels].”

It’s the Brewers’ Fielder who leads the pack with a 486-foot shot hit off Houston’s Brett Myers at Minute Maid Park on April 29, according to Hit Tracker. Upton is second with an April shot at Chase Field estimated to be 478 feet, followed by Howard with a 470-footer at Turner Field, Arizona’s Kelly Johnson with a 466-foot blast at Coors Field earlier this week, and Stanton with a 465-foot blast at Citi Field earlier this month.

Others currently in the top 10 based on the latest technological approach to measuring homers are Upton (464 feet at Arizona), Paul Konerko (462 at Kansas City), and  Alfonso Soriano (461 at Arizona), Nate Schierholtz (461 at Colorado) and, yes, Hunter in a tie for seventh (461 at Kansas City).

UP, UP AND AWAY
The 10 longest home runs of the season, as determined by Hit Tracker.
PLAYER DATE DIST (ft.)
Prince Fielder, Brewers April 29 at HOU 486
Justin Upton, D-backs April 12 vs. STL 478
Ryan Howard, Phillies May 13 at ATL 470
Kelly Johnson, D-backs May 24 at COL 466
Mike Stanton, Marlins May 16 at NYM 465
Juston Upton, D-backs April 17 at SF 464
Paul Konerko, White Sox April 5 at KC 462
Torii Hunter, Angels March 31 at KC 461
Nate Schierholtz, Giants April 18 at COL 461
Alfonso Soriano, Cubs April 30 at ARI 461

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Tennis shot of the year

How lucky can a player be?

Despite having two match points in the second set, Kim Clijsters lost to 114th-ranked Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands yesterday in the French Open.  It was a disappointing outcome for Clijsters who is trying to come back from an ankle injury she suffered at a cousin’s wedding in April.  The loss also ended her winning streak of 15 straight Grand Slam matches dating back to last year’s U.S. Open.

Aside from that though, Clijsters did hit arguably the luckiest shot of her career in the match.  It’s not often you see a bank shot off the net, and off the net post, drop in for a winner.

A small consolation for an early exit at the French Open.

VIDEO:  Kim Clijsters hits a winner off the net post (Guyism)

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