Sunday July 20, 2009

Welcome back, sports fans! I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports.  Did you enjoy the All-Star week?  This week’s headlines include another sad end, more records broken, and tales of the “comeback” trail.

The trade rumors have not stopped circulating, but they are pretty much the same. Roy Halladay is still a Blue Jay. He still might be going to Philadelphia; another potential suitor is the Dodgers. There is no definitive answer if Halladay will be traded at all. Jays are not forcing the button to push for a trade at the deadline. Plus, 2007 NL CY Young winner Jake Peavy might be shut down for the rest of the year. He has a strained tendon in his right ankle. The San Diego Padres staff is not sure if Peavy will return. In other news, Manny Ramirez came back and was cheered by Dodger fans in his first game from his 50 day suspension. The fans were glad their All-Star slugger came back for them, even though it might have showed their indifference toward steroids.

The NBA off-season is heating up in some areas and cooling down in others. The Heat’s Dwyane Wade wants Lamar Odom (his old teammate) back. Wade viewed Odom as a mentor during their time as teammates. Odom is entering his prime and had one of his best years in his last year on the Heat. The Heat and the Lakers are the favorites to sign Odom. Meanwhile, the Knicks might lose two of its free agents to Greece. PF David Lee and G Nate Robinson could both be going to the Olympiakos. Plus, Yao Ming elected to get surgery on his broken right foot. He is expected to miss all of next season. Ming has told the Rockets he wants to come back as soon as possible and has no plans of retirement.

Time for the issues to be heard in: The Athlete’s Court!

  1. The case of Arturo Gatti may be ruled as a suicide. The 37-year-old boxer was found dead in Brazil last Saturday. His wife was suspected of killing him but was not charged. The investigation is ongoing.
  2. Adrian J. Gilliam Jr., 33, of La Vergne, Tenn., was charged Friday with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. He admitted selling a 9 mm Bryco/Jennings to Sahel Kazemi for $100, according to court documents. Kazemi used the firearm to kill Steve McNair and herself last week.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

Last week was an eventful week for the UFC. UFC 100 was a smash success. Yet, the results for the main event were mirrored with controversy. After Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar defeated Frank Mir in the second round by ground-and-pound, he got in Mir’s face and then flipped off the crowd. Lesnar went on to trash Bud Light (one of the sponsors for UFC 100) and make derogatory comments about his wife. Lesnar later apologized, but the damage was done. He instantly became the villain of the UFC. Do mixed martial arts need a bad guy? Yes, it does. Bad guys sell tickets. There was a time when nearly everyone wanted to see Muhammad Ali lose boxing’s Heavyweight title. Lesnar will sell tickets. In many ways, he will become the most hated villain in sports for some time. Lesnar, like Ali, did not care what other people thought of him. Yet, Lesnar can take the heavyweight division to new heights. Hate the man, but respect the fighter.

Congratulations To:

  1. Ryan Howard became the youngest MLB player to reach 200 home runs in his career (658 games). The All-Star 1B passed Hall-of-Famer Ralph Kiner’s record (706 games) on Thursday night.
  2. Speaking of Kiner, another record of his was broken by another All-Star 1B: Albert Pujols. Pujols went yard twice last Friday, making him the leader for the most home runs in a player’s first 9 seasons. Pujols has 353 home runs in his career.
  3. Mariano Rivera was another All-Star that broke another record. His 4th save in the All-Star game broke Dennis Eckersley’s all time record.

Final Thoughts:

“Comeback” seems to be the word of the past two weeks. We’ve seen veterans attempt to come back mostly from injury. We rarely get to see players come back for love of the game. That’s what we are seeing with golfer Tom Watson and 7-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong. Both have come back to become the runner-ups of the British Open and the latest Tour de France (respectively).

Watson lost a 4-playoff hole to Stewart Clink for the British Open. Armstrong is in second place overall in the bicycle event, trailing Alberto Contador by 1 minute and 27 seconds. It is unlikely Armstrong will win the event. However, both men should be commended for coming back to the sport they love. Yes, they won their titles and should give others a chance. But sometimes, it’s good to watch the veteran try to reclaim old glory.

Well, that’s it for today. If you disagree with anything I say, feel free to email me at I look forward to hearing your opinions and criticism. Until then, that’s it you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado

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