Friday July 18, 2008

Welcome back to an exciting edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. Let’s get to it.

All-Star weekend is over, and what a weekend that was. In the House that Ruth built, everything was competitive and memorable. Josh Hamilton’s Home Run Derby performance, 28 in the first round, will forever be in our minds. Even though he did not win, he gave us another Yankee Stadium moment. The All-Star pre-game footage was extraordinary. From Hall of Famers (such as Yogi Berra, Willie Mays, and Henry Aaron to name a few) to “the boss” himself (Yankees owner George Steinbrenner) making an appearance, it was also memorable. The game itself was an instant classic, with the American League beating the National League 4-3 in 15 innings. This was tied for the longest All-Star game in history with the game in 1967 (4 hours, 50 minutes). Yet, concerns were raised after the game. Should the All-Star game count for something? Pitchers Scott Kazmir and Brandon Webb should not have been used because both pitchers threw 100+ pitches on Sunday. The game is currently being looked at more thoroughly by the league.

In other baseball news, the Phillies acquired P Joe Blanton from the Oakland A’s. The A’s acquired top prospects, including top position player Adrian Cardenas, promising lefthander Josh Outman, and 2007 third-round draft pick Matthew Spencer. Plus, the Yankees signed 1B Richie Sexson to a tentative deal. They signed the first baseman for his batting average against lefties (.344).

The war of words between the Packers and Brett Favre is long from over. Favre felt that he could not trust the Packers organization. The organization told him that he could come back as a back-up to “protect his legacy”. Some teams that need a QB seem to be backing out of the Favre sweepstakes, such as the Jets and Ravens. The Vikings, one of Green Bay’s rivals in the NFC north division, declined to comment on the situation. Speaking of QBs, Colts’ Peyton Manning had successful knee surgery to replace an infected bursa sac. Manning is expected to miss 4-6 weeks, which includes training camp and possibly the preseason games.

We have an update of the Derrick Rose knee injury. It is a case of mild tendonitis. Bulls GM John Paxson will have programs for Rose to strengthen his knee. Knicks rookie F Danilo Gallinari has a sore lower back and is listed as doubtful for the remainder of the Las Vegas summer league. Plus, SF/SG James Posey signed a 4 year deal with the New Orleans Hornets for $25 million.

This Saturday will be a free presentation of the UFC. This event will feature the UFC Middleweight Champion Anderson “the Spider” Silva moving up weight classes to the Light-Heavyweight division. This is very important because Silva has not yet lost in the UFC. The middleweight division is his, and the light-heavyweight division is already loaded with the best fighters in the world. He takes on James “the Sandman” Irvin Saturday night. Will Irvin be the next victim, or will Irvin send him back to the middleweights? Tune in to Spike TV at 9PM eastern to find out.

Time for the issues to be heard in:

The Athlete’s Court:

Before we begin, it’s important to verify what this skit is for. This is for professional issues that interfere with the sport, not PERSONAL issues. For those who want my opinion on the whole “A-Rod & Madonna” mess, go to E News or TMZ for the gossip. That also goes for Michael Vick filing for bankruptcy.

With that being said, let’s move on to the Clemens scandal. Kirk Radomski found papers on record of Roger Clemens purchasing HGH. He found them by ACCIDENT! He found the slips by moving his TV after he broke it. Don’t ask.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

The New York Post has reported ticket sales for the new Meadowlands. This will be for both New York football teams. It’s expected to debut in either 2010. The controversy is the ticket prices for the games. Individual prices range from $85 to $700, while season packages range from five grand to twenty grand. They apply to all seats within the new stadium. This is for the Giants only and not the Jets, so far. Suppose that the Giants are NOT good that year. Would people be willing to pay that much money for half a season, max? Plus, this robs the parents who want their kids to get into football by seeing a professional game in the tri-state area. No more barbecue tailgating parties, just those willing to pay up.

Congratulations To:

  1. The UFC brought the fight, and the fans brought the money $$$. Their latest pay-per-view called “UFC 86: Jackson vs. Griffin” made about $3.35 million at the gate. It is the sixth highest in UFC event history.

Final Thoughts:

Since the Olympics are coming in August, let’s take you back to the year 1992. This year featured the USA Dream Team dominating whoever stood in their way. They destroyed their competition to get the gold medal. If you look at that roster, at least nine players will be in the hall of fame:

G Michael Jordan, G Clyde Drexler, G John Stockton, G Earvin “Magic” Johnson, F Charles Barkley, F Karl Malone, F Chris Mullin, F Larry Bird, F Karl Malone, F/C Christian Laettner, C Patrick Ewing, C David Robinson

Look at this roster. Now imagine if Jordan’s teammate was Ewing for the regular season. Imagine if Bird and Magic were on the same side in the NBA. What would happen? Would they be more successful or less?

Until then, take care you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado

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