Saturday January 2, 2009

Welcome to a brand new edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you the latest news in all of sports with a fresh insight. We have some baseball news, a preview of UFC 108, and my latest picks for this season. We start with the latest on the NBA.

Nate Robinson came back in style. After 1 month on the bench, he scored 41 points in a victory against the Hawks. The Knicks aren’t that bad themselves. They’re talking LeBron. They’re talking McGrady. They’re even talking PLAYOFFS! They have a better shot than the average fan thinks. Meanwhile, Kobe sunk a buzzer beating 3-pointer to beat the Sacramento Kings. The Magic snapped their 3-game road losing streak as they beat the Timberwolves.

In baseball news, Red Sox 3B Mike Lowell had successful right thumb surgery. The operation for a radial collateral ligament that was torn late last season was repaired in Phoenix by Dr. Donald Sheridan, the Red Sox said. The third baseman should recover in six to eight weeks. Rumors are circulating that Seattle is not done shopping. They might have an interest in Orlando Hudson. It could be amazing if a lineup featured Hudson coupled with Ichiro Suzuki and Chone Figgins. Add the stellar 1-2 punch of Felix Hernandez and Cliff Lee, and Seattle could mean business.

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

Washington Wizards teammates Gilbert Arenas and Javaris Critterton had a dispute which allegedly featured guns. Both men reportedly drew guns on each other over a dispute over unclear reasons. The NBA is investigating whether the guns were purchased illegally. They are also debating within themselves to take action. It’s also rumored the Wizards would trade any player, including Arenas.

Week 17:

Last week I went 12-4 with my picks, bringing my total for the season 161-79. Here is a recap of last week (the X stands for the picks I got wrong):

FRI, DEC 25 TIME (ET) TV
San Diego at Tennessee 7:30 PM NFL
SUN, DEC 27 TIME (ET)
Buffalo at Atlanta 1:00 PM CBS (s.o.)
Kansas City at Cincinnati 1:00 PM CBS
Oakland at Cleveland 1:00 PM CBS
Seattle at Green Bay 1:00 PM FOX
Baltimore at Pittsburgh 1:00 PM CBS
Houston at Miami 1:00 PM CBS X
Jacksonville at New England 1:00 PM CBS
Tampa Bay at New Orleans 1:00 PM FOX X
Carolina at NY Giants 1:00 PM FOX X
Denver at Philadelphia 1:00 PM CBS (*) X
St. Louis at Arizona 4:05 PM FOX
Detroit at San Francisco 4:05 PM FOX
NY Jets at Indianapolis 4:15 PM CBS X
Dallas at Washington 8:20 PM NBC
MON, DEC 28 TIME (ET)
Minnesota at Chicago 8:30 PM ESPN X

The NFC Wild Card round is set, while the AFC Wild Card is more convoluted. The AFC Wild Card picture is: Ravens (9-6), Jets (8-7), Broncos (8-7), Steelers (8-7), Texans (8-7), and the Dolphins (7-8). The NFC Wild Card picture is: Packers (10-5) and Cowboys (10-5). Here are all of my picks for Week 17. The teams that are NOT crossed out are my picks. The s.o. stands for shutout, and the * stand for upset. Both logos will be next to the TV stations:

SUN, JAN 3 TIME (ET)

TV

Indianapolis at Buffalo 1:00 PM

CBS

Jacksonville at Cleveland 1:00 PM

CBS

Philadelphia at Dallas 1:00 PM

FOX

Chicago at Detroit 1:00 PM

FOX

Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM

FOX (*)

New Orleans at Carolina 1:00 PM

FOX

New England at Houston 1:00 PM

CBS

San Francisco at St. Louis 1:00 PM

FOX

Pittsburgh at Miami 1:00 PM

CBS

NY Giants at Minnesota 1:00 PM

FOX

Green Bay at Arizona 4:15 PM

FOX

Washington at San Diego 4:15 PM

FOX

Tennessee at Seattle 4:15 PM

CBS (s.o.)

Baltimore at Oakland 4:15 PM

CBS

Kansas City at Denver 4:15 PM

CBS

Cincinnati at NY Jets 8:20 PM

NBC

Game(s) of the Week:

Three games can bring significant events to the playoff picture. Philadelphia and Dallas battle for positioning. Both are already in the playoffs, but it’s all about next week. They will fight again in the first round, but they will fight for home-field advantage. Either we will see them in Dallas again, or the city of brotherly love will host at least one playoff game.

Green Bay and Arizona will not fight for territory. They will fight for bragging rights. One of the best offenses in Arizona takes on the best defense in Green Bay. They have both become well-rounded teams that can give anyone a hard time to battle. They night rest their guys since both are set. Expect this game to be a preview of things to come.

The Bengals may have nothing to play for, but the Jets do. They need to win and clinch themselves an improbable playoff spot. They have everything to play for. The Bengals will sit their players down, no matter how much WR Chad Ochocinco want to take on CB Darrelle Revis. If the Jets win, they will face the Bengals again in Cincinnati. Let’s see if the Bengals want to tangle again with New York.

Game 1 Prediction: Eagles 44-37. Philly is on a roll. They should be able to beat Dallas as it would be a huge demoralizer.

Game 2 Prediction: Cardinals 24-10. The Cardinals are great at home. Green Bay will get a taste of the Arizona weather and strategy.

Game 3 Prediction: Bengals 35-31. This is a game that should expose the Bengals in a good way. The Jets might not have enough to take them down.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

UFC 108 features many exciting bouts. It features the debut of former PRIDE fighter Gilbert Ivel and an interesting bout between Paul Daley and Dustin Hazlett. The main event could be a game changer in the Light-Heavyweight Division.

Former champion Rashad Evans takes on Thiago Silva. Both can wrestle and possess that knock out power. It’s the first match for Evans since his loss to Lyoto Machida. Evans has many things to prove; if he beats Silva, he could get his rematch. If Silva wins, it could catapult him into a title opportunity. This fight won’t go the distance as the fireworks will fly.

Prediction: Evans in 1 via TKO

Congratulations To:

  1. Tim Tebow and Urban leave Florida in style. They won the Sugar Bowl against Cincinnati 51-24. It’s also the last game Urban Meyer will coach, for now, as he will take an indefinite leave from the Gators.
  2. Florida St. gives Bobby Bowden his last hurrah as their head coach. They beat West Virginia 33-21 in the Gator Bowl. Bowden leaves after 36 years as Florida State’s head coach.

Well, that’s all the time I have for today. If you disagree with anything I say, leave a comment below (either on WordPress or Facebook) or email me at spidey23us@yahoo.com. You can also contact me via LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/seb-maldoando/18/159/a2b). Thanks for reading and good luck with your teams.

Yours Truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright @ 2007

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4 thoughts on “Saturday January 2, 2009

  1. Now I hate the Mets even more with Lowell….LOSERS!!! I feel Jets will win sunday to make the playoffs, it was an up o down season + will end in the positive. Oh AND…..HAPPY NEW YEAR’S to u Hound!!!!!

  2. Welcomde back Nate! Naught! I really have no resepct for the Knicks. Such a lousy team playing in the Catherdral of Basketball. I am a fan of the Cleveland Cavaliers of New York. hahahahahah

  3. I heard a Lowell for the mets castillo, and then the mets can sign hudson, who wants to a met. something is wrong with orlando!

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