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ESPN <3's the Red Sox

So, as I wake up this morning, I tune it to Sportscenter as I always do, because that’s how I love to start off my morning. As luck would have it, they’re showing the highlights of Cleveland/Orlando (I’m still in shock of how Cleveland blew that fucking game). I look over to the rundown on the side of the screen and see Yankees/Orioles next, followed by Red Sox/Blue Jays. Awesome. AL East coverage – gotta love it.

So the first thing Sportscenter shows is Swisher going deep, then Cano and Cabrera. Back-to-back-to-back jacks, of course they have to show that…but that was it. In a game that the Yankees won 11 to 4, all they showed was 20 seconds of homers and nothing else.

I dont care if he got all 27 outs in the game, I dont want to see it. I dont fucking care. Got it, ESPN?

I don't care if he got all 27 outs in the game, I don't want to see it. I don't fucking care. Got it, ESPN?

Then came the Red Sox highlights. First they showed Varitek’s jack, then they showed his second jack, then they raved about Big Papi’s homer, then Jason Bay’s blast, and finally Mike Lowell’s dinger. You would think they were done showing game highlights, but no. Then they showed every single one of Jacoby Ellsbury’s putouts, because he tied a major league record with 12 in a game. The homers were fine, the Big Papi coverage – fine, all 12 putouts? Fuck all that noise. 

Honestly, who gives a shit about putouts? It would’ve been fine if they showed the last putout and mentioned the record, but no. They showed all 12, and had Steve Philips analyze Ellsbury’s fielding while showing the highlights…wow. Fuck you, Sportscenter. I’ve had enough of your Red Sox bias.

P.S. – Don’t be offended Red Sox fans, it’s not you I have the problem with.

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But this time, not by Ashton Kutcher, but by his lady friend, Cristal Taylor. Apparently, when Miss Taylor arrived in Dallas County, they gave her a urine test which came back that she was pregnant. Also, it seems that when she was arrested, the Mavericks told Nowitzki to wipe his hands clean of her, which he’s done, since Taylor has called him multiple times with no response.

But the story gets better:

I’ve known Dirk for seven years — and, no, I didn’t tell him anything about my past because I was afraid. But I mean, now I’m pregnant and alone and broke because he is my only source of income.

Wow. Shocker. He was your only source of income, you had about eight different aliases, and now that you’ve been arrested, you’re pregnant? This woman is absolutely brilliant. She used Dirk for all he was worth, and now that she’s been caught, she turns out to be prego just to reel him back in? Now I do believe she is telling the truth, that she didn’t know she was pregnant beforehand, but its just too ironic.

If Nowitzki’s got any type of morals whatsoever, he will go back to her and see if the baby is his. And if it is, then he should take care of it (not “take care of it” as in abortion, assholes, this isn’t Knocked Up). This woman has been around the block more times than the mailman. And now he has to deal with it and what could possibly be his baby. Hopefully he’s smart enough to realize he’s loaded and can take care of the kid himself, without the help of “Cristal Taylor” or whatever the hell her name will be tomorrow.

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* – denotes that the Yankees are the best team in baseball, when they try and give a damn.

After seeing these last couple days, where the Yankees are just dominating games with their hitting and the pitching staff finally coming together, I’m highly optimistic that this team can go far in the playoffs. Now I know y’all are thinking, “Well shit, they should be…especially with a $200 million payroll.” But here’s the thing, even though the payroll is over 200 millie, this is actually the best assembled Brian Cashman team, in a long while.

No longer are the Yankees signing/trading for one hit wonders and former studs. Gone are the ways of Jason Giambi, Carl Pavano, Jaret Wright, Kevin Brown, Randy Johnson, Bobby Abreu (no offense, Bobby is still a good player, but he wasn’t the same hitter he was in Philly), Gary Sheffield, Tony Womack, and Richie Sexson. Failed experiments that have attributed to the disaster that has been the last 5 years.

Cashman has learned to quit signing the big name free-agents that are over the hill. Burnett may be in his 30’s already, but he’s in the prime of his career. Mark Teixeira – in his prime. CC Sabathia – in his prime. Then trading for low risk/low reward guys like Nick Swisher, and developing the farm system (Phil Hughes, Joba Chamberlain, Ian Kennedy, Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera, Robinson Cano, Austin Jackson), the Yankees have put themselves in a great position this year, and good position for years to come.

I still don’t think Brian Cashman is the man that will build the Yankees back into a dynasty…when you have virtually unlimited income, you’re job isn’t that difficult. But this team could be the closest to the ’04 Yankees, that should’ve won the pennant, and even the World Series. Time will only tell if this group ends up floundering in the end or if they get stronger and provoke fear in the rest of the AL – but right now – I’m as optimistic as ever.

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If you haven’t already heard the story of Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker, James Harrison, deciding to skip the Steelers visit to the White House, than you might want to check it out here.

Now I have no problem with Mr. Harrison skipping the visit, but to turn it into a big headline is just ridiculous. Dear James, I don’t give a shit if you go or not. I don’t give a shit about what you have to say about skipping the visit. All you have to do is inform the Steelers that you will not be attending, and that’s it. None of this, “Well if the Cardinals would’ve won, he would’ve just invited them.” Of course he would’ve invited them, it’s just a tradition that you don’t have to take part of if you don’t want to.

I know that America is a free country and that it is his decision to go, but how spoiled and ignorant can you be? You get a chance to meet the President of the United States…the leader of the free world. Not to mention the only reason you get to see him, is because you’re getting paid millions of dollars to play a child’s sport. Something that is strictly entertainment. And you have the nerve to ignore that opportunity, the same way you ignore your wife when she tells you to take out the trash during a ball game? James Harrison, you are no different than all of the other champions who have visited the White House before. I don’t care how amazing of a linebacker you really are, because you are officially pathetic.

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TRSP Non-Sports Ish: Entourage Is Back!

 

The Boys Are Back.

The Boys Are Back.

If you’re as addicted to Entourage as I am, I have good news for you. Season 6 of Entourage, will premiere July 12th, on HBO. Now I haven’t seen that date on Entourage’s webstie, but it has appeared on Wikipedia. Now I understand that some of you don’t trust Wikipedia, but it has also appeared in promo’s at the beginning of Entourage reruns, on HBO’s On Demand channel. Still no word on how many episodes this season will be, but we can only hope that it will be more than 12, like the last two seasons. Some of the rumored cameos for this season include LeBron James, Tom Brady, Andrew Bynum, Steve Nash and Lil’ Wayne. If the rumors are true, that this could be the last season of Entourage, then this looks to be the best season yet.

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Once again, sorry for the delay on the posting. It doesn’t get any better, as I’m going to Puerto Rico for two weeks on Tuesday…family things going on, nothing too serious yet. Anyway, lets get on to the picks!

Western Conference Finals

 

Meet your X-Factor for this series.

Meet your X-Factor for this series.

The Lakers beat a Houston team, that they should’ve beat in five games, instead of seven. There is no reason why the Lakers should’ve struggled with a Rockets team that was missing it’s two best players. Now the real test comes against a Denver team that is just on fire. Los Angeles can ill afford to fall asleep defensively or take nights off against the Nuggets, thanks to shooters like Chauncey Billups and J.R. Smith, and the superstar talents of Carmelo Anthony.     The only thing the Lakers have against the Nuggets is size, which has been beneficial to them in finishing off the Rockets. Lamar Odom, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are all above 6’10, but Kenyon Martin, Nene Hilario and Chris Anderson are a lot more physical and athletic then the Lakers three, so it should balance things out. As much as I hate the Lakers and want the Nuggets to win this series, I don’t see it happening.

Los Angeles wins series in 6 games.

Eastern Conference Finals

Dwight cant win a half-court shot contest, and shouldnt expect to win the series.

Dwight can't win a half-court shot contest, and shouldn't expect to win the series.

Dwight Howard has already had to call out Stan Van Gundy once, and I have a feeling it may happen again. Not that Orlando has a chance anyway, but Howard just wants to prove he’s the leader of that team and place the blame on everyone else, besides himself. Either way, LeBron James is going to continue his playoff dominance and show the Magic why he was voted league MVP.

Cleveland wins series in 5 games.

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As you may have already heard, Dirk Nowitzki wants to stay in Dallas and finish his career with the Mavericks. Apparently he also wants to do that, while winning a championship for Mark Cuban & Co. Obviously, decision making isn’t his strong suit. There is no way that Dirk Nowitzki can stay in Dallas AND win a title. It’s just not going to happen, as long as Mark Cuban owns the franchise.

Need another reason why? Ryan Parker has many –

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