Friday January 8, 2010

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 big baseball news of all kinds, a preview of the Wild Card Playoffs, and the latest on Gilbert Arenas. We start with baseball.

St. Louis reeled in the biggest fish on the free agent market. OF Matt Holliday signed a 7-yr. $120 million deal with the Cardinals. They want their lineup to be taken seriously, and Holliday can provide Albert Pujols more opportunities for even more RBIs. Cooperstown is making big news as the Hall of Fame selected OF Andre Dawson. Dawson hit 438 home runs and stole 300 bases during his 21 year career. Dawson waited nine years for the honor. He was the only one elected for this class as 2B Roberto Alomar and P Bert Blyleven fell short.

While the Nets have been on losing streaks, they have been doing some spring cleaning. They released PG Rafer Alston as he signed with the Heat for the rest of the season. The Nets front office has also banned players from gambling on team flights. The only game played last night was the Knicks and the Bobcats. Charlotte almost pulled off the upset until a flurry of Knick 3-pointers sealed the Bobcats’ fate.

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

Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas was suspended indefinitely by the NBA. Arenas who has $80 million left on his contract might sit out the rest of the year. He and teammate Javaris Critterton had a dispute which allegedly featured guns. Both men reportedly drew guns on each other over a dispute over an unpaid gambling debt. It didn’t help when Arenas made gun gestures during player introductions.

PLAYOFFS:

Last week I finished the season with a mediocre 8-8, bringing my final total 169-87. Here is a recap of last week (the X stands for the picks I got wrong):

SUN, JAN 3 TIME (ET)

TV

Indianapolis at Buffalo 1:00 PM

CBS X

Jacksonville at Cleveland 1:00 PM

CBS X

Philadelphia at Dallas 1:00 PM

FOX X

Chicago at Detroit 1:00 PM

FOX

Atlanta at Tampa Bay 1:00 PM

FOX (*) X

New Orleans at Carolina 1:00 PM

FOX

New England at Houston 1:00 PM

CBS X

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 X

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 X

Cincinnati at NY Jets 8:20 PM

NBC X

The playoffs are set, which means it’s time for the Super Bowl talk to begin. Who will run the table? We have 4 games in our Wild Card Round that could see anyone of these teams make a significant impact.

Games of the Week:

(5) New York Jets at (4) Cincinnati Bengals: it’s round 2 of these two exciting teams. It’s also a rematch between Chad Ochocinco and Darrelle Revis. The Jets earned the right to the playoffs by beating the Bengals last week. The Bengals will be more determined to defeat New York especially in front of their fans. They need all of their offense to step up, especially the passing game; they also need their defense to stop the running attack. The Jets need to establish the run early and often, and they need their defense to keep demolishing opponents.

Prediction: Bengals
17-14

(6) Baltimore Ravens at (3) New England Patriots: the Patriots are hurting. Their defense is a shell of its former self. Tom Brady is playing with injuries (confirmed and otherwise), and Wes Welker is done with a torn ACL and MCL in his left knee. They need to show the world they still got it. The Ravens can be their own worst enemy, but they can come through with the victory. The Ravens need to use their running tandem of Willis McGahee and Ray Rice to abuse the Patriots’ defensive line.

Prediction: Ravens 27-20

(5) Green Bay Packers at (4) Arizona Cardinals: both met last week with disastrous results. The Packers defeated the Cardinals in blowout fashion, while the Cardinals sat out a few of their key players. Both teams ironically are the most dangerous in this Wild Card playoff round. Once again Arizona’s offense takes on the best defense in the NFL. Will Arizona have home-field advantage working for them again in the playoffs? Can they run the table again? Not this time. The Packers have a pretty good offense too with QB Aaron Rogers at the helm.

Prediction: Packers 35-21

(6) Philadelphia Eagles at (3) Dallas Cowboys: the Eagles had a chance to get this game at Philly. Too bad no one but McNabb showed up to play last week. Dallas QB Tony Romo has had a history of choking in the playoffs, but this team is probably the best he’s worked with. Both teams are capable of winning this bout, but history can be a cruel teacher. The Eagles want to get rid of last week’s debacle, and expect them to do it this time.

Prediction: Eagles 34-14

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

Randy Johnson has a storied career. The sure-to-be Hall of Famer retired after 22 seasons in the Major Leagues this past Wednesday. He was one of the most feared pitchers in the 1990s and won a World Series as an Arizona Diamondback. He is a five-time Cy Young winner and ten-time All Star. Johnson also threw two no-hitters, his last being a perfect game against the Atlanta Braves. What is Johnson’s ticket to Cooperstown? He joined the prestigious 300 win club last season.

Johnson’s all-time record is 306 wins and 166 losses, with 4,875 strikeouts in 4,135 1/3 innings. He leads all left-handers in strikeouts and is second to only Nolan Ryan. Johnson’s career is truly prestigious; expect him to be elected when he’s on that Hall of Fame list for the first time.

Congratulations To:

  1. Alabama rolled on in their dominance by beating Texas 37-21 for the BCS National Championship. Nick Saban is the first coach to win National Titles for two different teams (LSU the first). Running back Mark Ingram is the first Heisman Trophy winner since Matt Leinart to win the National Title.

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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3 thoughts on “Friday January 8, 2010

  1. Regarding your football picks for this weekend…I only agree with the Eagles..I feel each team who picked to lose will win….including the Jets…who are you Joe Namath??? I really feel the Jets are going far…or did you forget…it’s a New York thing like the Giants in ’07 season…plus that young guy Sanchez ain’t bad and not bad looking either….lol

  2. I hope Alomar never gets in the Hall of Fame. I remember back in the 90’s when he spat on an umpire. Very lowlife behavior! He is not worthy of being recognized there.

    I also say congratulations to Randy Johnson. He was great but never in NY. He couldn’t handle the NY glitter and press.

    As far as Arenas? What the difference between what he did and what Palxico did? Accidently shooting himself vs drawing weapons. I think that some of these atheletes have lost it.

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