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Pro Sports Wrap - August 2012

Perfect Suspension

August 16th 2012 16:23
Some big news in sports yesterday that didn't have to deal with football. I guess Jeff Demps will be deciding on a NFL team, but that hasn't happened yet and isn't that big of a deal. Baseball was the center of the sports world yesterday, which makes sense because it is the only thing actually going on right now. The All-Star Game MVP is now suspended 50 games. Melky Cabrera tested positive for high levels of testosterone. Not only was he the MVP of the mid summer classic but also 2nd in the NL in batting average.

With only 45 games left Cabrera will miss the rest of the season and possibly the postseason, which the Giants are fighting to get into. He did admit to it saying it was a result of a substance that he shouldn't have taken. Obviously this is a huge story in baseball, but Melky is probably extremely happy that Felix Hernandez threw the 23rd perfect game in MLB history yesterday. It was the 2nd no-hitter thrown by the Mariners this year (1st was a combined 6 pitcher). They also became the first team ever to throw a perfect game and have one thrown against them in the same season.


King Felix struck out 12 batters winning 1-0 making it the first season with 3 perfect games. It also made it the 6th no-hitter this year, with the record being 7. So what's with all the no-hitters over the past few seasons? Well, pitchers are stronger and throw harder while hitters are less patient. Don't be surprised if the record is set this year and perfection is continually thrown.

Outside of baseball there was a friendly soccer match between USA and Mexico. Who cares it was just a friendly right? Well it was in Mexico where America had never won in 75 years; going in they were 0-23-1. It looked more of the same throughout the match with the home team dominating ball control and goal opportunities. The red white and blue was just looking to hang out for a draw. Then in the 80th minute Michael Orozco Fiscal put the US up 1-0 on an ugly goal with deflections and a backheel flip towards the goal. Tim Howard sealed the historic victory with diving saves in the closing minutes. Now it reads 1-23-1.


"So after all these years, they finally caught the Giants left fielder for using steroids..."[email protected]
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Good and College Football

August 15th 2012 16:38
If you haven't heard NCAA football has had some problems. There have been players selling school merchandise, drug use leading to being kicked off teams, programs exchanging access for money to players, and much more. The way the NCAA has gone about disciplining has gotten much scrutiny.

Even with all the corruption from player, coaches, universities, and the NCAA there is still some good out there. A great example just happened yesterday. Marc Panu is a 4th year full back for Vanderbilt. He was a walk-on at a university where the yearly tuition is around $50,000. Now, thanks to his hard work and dedication to his team, he doesn't have to worry about that anymore; he was rewarded a full scholarship. He earned it and the way his coach told him was awesome, in front of his whole team, and the way his team reacted was great as well. If you haven't seen the video on SportsCenter or online you definitely need to Really Long Link

Haven't had many worthy tweets lately but here are some good ones from the past few days.

"Dear Olympic relay commentators - its called a "baton" not a stick!!! #cmonman"-Aaron Baddeley, @AaronBadds

"The moving rugby scrum that follows the golf ball is as dumb as GET IN THE HOLE guy and golf spikes at the course guy. Fact?"- Scott Van Pelt, @notthefakeSVP

"I can't believe the Hard Knocks writers killed off Chad Johnson."-Seth Meyers, @sethmeyers21
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Rule Changes

August 14th 2012 15:31
Its not even here but already talking even more football, nothing about players or teams. There have been rule changes in the NFL over the past few years, things such as moving the kickoff line up and no longer having a forceout (still don't understand either), and now the NCAA has followed.

They have also moved the kickoff line up to the 35 yard line trying to limit returns and therefore limiting injuries from big collisions. There were still plenty of returns in the NFL when they did this, but what the NCAA also did was also change where you put the ball on a touchback (now at the 25). This was even more necessary because most college kickers still don't have the leg strength; now there will be less initiative to go for returns.

All of the changes have been made for player safety; they may be able to limit the injuries but not by much, it is a contact sport after all. The other rule change deals with players losing their helmets. Now they have to sit out 1 play. I'm not sure how I feel about this rule; it will make sense when a big hit causes a helmet to fly off, but there are other times where it's not so much.

Player safety is obviously very important and a big issue so anything the NCAA and NFL can do to help protect them is positive. As long as the games aren't changed and we still have actual football it's not a big deal to me. I still want to see big hits, and maybe we will see even more in college because players can get others out for a play by dislodging their helmet.
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Ready for Saturdays and Sundays

August 13th 2012 18:28
The Olympics are now over and all the athletes are back home in their respective countries. The United States winning the medal count with China right behind them. Britain had their most successful Olympics in a long long time. Now that all of it is over we may talk about these great athletes for a few more days but then forget about them unless they come back in 4 years.

We will have great memories from these great moments over the past 2 weeks, but now we are all ready for some football, even if we don't have Hank Williams Jr to tell us. And there are already story lines in both the NFL and NCAA. Chad Johnson being arrested and let go by the Dolphins is probably the biggest story. Now everyone is wondering if some other team will take a shot at him. Then there's Tyrann Mathie of LSU; the honey badger got removed from the team for violating the substence abuse policy again. He was a huge play maker and a big reason they made it to the National Championship game last year. The team will still obviously be a top team but will this be a game changer? Will he come back next year to the team?

Outside of those 2 big topics there is still the ever popular fantasy football, which I will be taking part in like every year. ESPN has their preseason fantasy rankings and analysis, but I never pay attention to those; they may be pros but not always right. Also how will all the teams in college play in their new conference after realignment? Mizzou and Texas A&M now will have to deal with the great defenses of the SEC, while TCU and West Virginia moved to face the power offenses of the Big 12.

Lastly Adrew Luck did have a great game yesterday but stop the praise, it is only the preseason and it was against the Rams. The Colts were the worse team in the NFL last year but Stl wasn't too far behind. Yes Luck may end up being one of the greats but just wait til he actually plays a real game in the NFL. There are many other great rookies I'm excited to see play as well, luckily I'm a baseball fan and have the Cardinals to keep me busy over the next month.
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Top Olympic Moments

August 12th 2012 15:23
The Summer Games in London are closing down today, so I decided to present some of my favorite moments from the last couple weeks. Most will probably be similar to everyone elses but if not give me your own opinions. The basketball gold medal match is going on right now but that wouldn't make the list anyways, its not '92. These are in no particular order.

Semifinal of women's beach volleyball between USA and Brazil- I've already talked about this so I wont go into more detail, it was just awesome. Also throw in Walsh-Jennings and May-Treinor winning a 3rd gold


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Growing Up With Gratitude

August 10th 2012 23:09
Sorry for the late post but had a little too much fun at the rodeo last night. Beer, music, crazy men on bulls, and sluts in cutoff jeans and boots, can't get any better than that. Quick congrats to US women water polo and soccer on bringing back some more gold. Wont have any tweets for tomorrow but I'll think of something to write about, hopefully, but here are a good ones from yesterday.

1) "A voice deep down told me it's time to grow up. Then a voice even deeper down said "I want my hair cut into a mullet." Growing up = not fun"-Charlie Blackmon,@Chuck_Nazty


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Top Olympic Sports

August 9th 2012 17:22
The whole Olympics have been fantastic to watch, outside of the opening ceremony. There have been great stories from athletes who have beat cancer and those who have made it back to the Olympics after battling injuries. There has been upsets and repeats. There has also been world records broken down time after time, along with great games including US vs Canada in women's soccer.

I haven't gotten to see every sport but some I don't need to see, such as soccer and basketball. I've seen those plenty of times so I can wait til the final. There have been some that I just can't watch, such as fencing (can't tell who gets the point except when score changes) and weight lifting. Then we have the sports that catch my eye and the Olympics is the only time I see them. So here are my top 5 sports/events from the Olympics


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Joy With Stiff Competition

August 8th 2012 17:32
Saw one of the greatest matches in any sport yesterday during the Olympics, and it was actually live.
Location: Horse Guards Parade
Event:Women's Beach Volleyball


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A Legend, A Grunt, and A Collector

August 7th 2012 14:32
1) "I have the Chinese woman's grunt on a loop on my iPod now. Soothing and relaxing."-Michelle Beadle, @MichelleDBeadle talking about women's shotput

Didn't get to watch it so I'm kind of upset. I can only imagine how amazing it was; guess I can go on youtube because you know there are tons of posts on there already. Beadle I'm glad you find something that soothes and relaxes you, even if it comes from a large Chinese woman


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After the completion of week 1 I was hoping for a great start to this week. I guess if you live by the saying "quality not quantity" then it is a good start. In Usain Bolt fashion I'll just say a quick congrats to him, he is absolutely amazing. Well nothing else to comment on from yesterday so here you go.

1) "Andy Murray is now the greatest Scotsman in history, edging out Groundskeeper Willie." RT by SVP, @notthefakesvp


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Week 1 Wiinners

August 6th 2012 00:33
There were a lot of different tweeters out there this past week and half that did a good job. 3 separated themselves in my eyes, and here they are along with the top tweets.

Gold- Scott Van Pelt, @notthefakesvp Top Tweet: "Big Lebowski won shot put? The dude abides


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Ass and Morgan Freeman

August 5th 2012 15:51
You all made it very difficult on me this time. There were some great tweets left out and deciding the ranking of the ones that made the list was even harder. I'll have a second post later tonight picking winners for Tweet of the Week and Tweeter of the week. For now enjoy the free time to think these great minds had on a Saturday afternoon and night.

1) "Life is all about ass. You're either covering it, laughing it off, kicking it, kissing it, busting it or trying to get a piece of it."- RT by Shawn Marion, @matrix31


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Big Lebowski vs. Miss Franklin

August 4th 2012 15:23
Phelps ads another gold, Miss Franklin does too while setting a World Record, and Katie Ledecky joined them at the age of 15. Pretty much the USA continues to dominate in the pool; unfortunately today is the last day for swimming. Finally got some track and field going; USA took bronze in shot put. Also Serena Williams dominated the field to win gold, and she has a chance to grab another in doubles with her sister. Also in tennis there will be a rematch from Wimbledon after Murray took down Djokovic and Federer survived the longest 3 set match in history. There was a big surprise out on the beach though where the defending Olympic Champions, Todd Rogers and Phil Dalhausser, were elimated in beach volleyball by a young Italian team.

Been a lot of Olympic tweets making my list but never a clean sweep, til now


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Human Flight

August 3rd 2012 14:48
Don't know what I'm going to do when the Olympics are over; they are making it easy to find stuff to write about. I guess I'll just have to post my top tweets and nothing else. They are still going on and the US dominated again last night. Because of Twitter and ESPN I already knew Gabby Douglas already took gold in the all around, but I still wanted to watch her fly. She is amazing and definitely deserved to be the 3rd straight American to bring home the gold in the event. The only problem was how they decided who got the bronze. The Russian fell on the balance beam opening a chance for Aly Raisman, but then she fell apart on the same routine. After the the final exercise, floor routine, the 2 tied for 3rd. Other events competitors can tie for Bronze but here they just dropped the worse score for each gymnist, robbing Raisman of making the podium. So basically the Russian won by having the lowest score. I guess I just don't understand Olympic gymnastics.

Not many great ones but at least no ties here


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Good Day? Head Shave?

August 2nd 2012 14:34
Nothing to write about really today; USA just won some more gold in the pool which "No one saw coming." Danell Leyva did nail his final routine in the men's gymnastics all around final to move up from 6th and win the bronze. I guess there is the whole badmitten fiasco; I only know what my dad told me and sounds pretty stupid to me. They were just using strategy so they would have a better chance to win; there was no cheating. I guess they could have done a better job hiding it.

Almost forgot, the Atlanta Braves finally lost since Chipper Jones joined Twitter. Have to love Chipper and be sad that he is retiring, but they can lose a few more so my Cardinals can catch them in the wild card. Ok here are some nice tweets


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Domination In and Out of the Water

August 1st 2012 16:00
Well obviously the biggest story in sports yesterday was Shane Victorino aka the Flyin Hawaiin was traded to the dodgers, right? And all the other "big" trades at the dead line this year. We all had our eyes glued to see who would move where right? If you don't get sarcasm, once again I suggest you become friends with Sheldon Cooper.

So seriously Michael Phelps gained his 18th and 19th Olympic medals yesterday. He got the silver in the 200 butterfly which he was the raining 2-time gold winner and World Record holder. If it wasn't for a poor/slow finish it would have been his 3rd straight gold. Then he was part of the 4x200 relay team. This was the first time Phelps had ever been the anchor on a relay team. He obviously had to be though for 2 reasons; first he had just swam that butterfly earlier in the day and starting with fresher guys is always better, 2nd he was going for the record for the most medals in the history of the Olympics, he had to be the one to finish it off


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