Friday November 7, 2008


Finally, Today’s Sports Update has come back to the beloved fans. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. This update is over-flooded with football, potential baseball free-agency news, and an interesting link between football and politics. Plus, get ready for the return of an old classic segment. Let’s get to it.

Last week, the Philadelphia Phillies won the World Series. Let the free agency begin. The Dodgers have already offered Manny Ramirez a two-year $45 million deal with an option for a third year. Ramirez is not expected to accept, as it’s still early in the game.

Here’s some inside information for you Yankees and Mets fans. Here are the free agents for the Mets: LF Moises Alou, second basemen Damion Easley & Ramon Martinez, RF Trot Nixon, pitchers Pedro Martinez, Orlando Hernandez, Tony Armas, Luis Ayala, Ricardo Rincon, Matt Wise, and Oliver Perez. The Mets picked up the option of 1B Carlos Delgado. They are interested in picking up a new closer since P Billy Wagner is likely out for the year. Rockies P Brian Fuentes is an option (on the cheap side, no offense). They prefer what everyone wants: K-Rod. Free agent P Francisco Rodriguez has lowered his asking price. Are his new wishes in the Mets’ price range? The Mets also have pitcher Derek Lowe on their radar.

In the Bronx, the Yankees are in an overhaul for the off-season. The free agents from the Yankees are 1B Jason Giambi, catcher Ivan “Pudge” Rodriguez, right fielder Bobby Abreu, pitchers Carl Pavano, Damaso Marte, Andy Pettitte, and Mike Mussina. Mussina is contemplating retirement, while the Yankees want Pettitte and Marte back for cheaper prices. Pudge and Pavano are likely gone, but Giambi has a slim chance returning to the Yankees. They are also in the Jake Peavy sweepstakes (via trade), but it looks like the Cubs will nab Peavy before November ends. The Yankees are supposed to be strong contenders for both pitcher CC Sabathia and first baseman Mark Teixeira. If neither signs on, then there are plenty of back-up plans that they have in mind. For more information on who’s a free agent, go to http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/features/freeagents?season=2008 for up-to-date info on your free agent signings.

College football is picking up. Alabama is the number one seed in the BCS (Bowl Championship Series), while Texas Tech is number two. Penn State, despite being undefeated, still trails at number three. Alabama takes on #16 LSU tomorrow. The big story is the feud between LSU and Alabama coach Nick Saban. Saban left LSU after declaring his loyalty towards the Tigers. Some wounds do not heal easily, as current LSU coach Les Miles bad mouthed Saban to the point where he called him “the devil.” LSU would love to dampen the hopes and dreams of Alabama’s championship dream.

Here is the listing for the next UFC PPV. It’s called UFC 91: Couture vs. Lesnar, and it will be live on November 15th at 10PM eastern/7PM pacific. The main event features the three-time UFC Heavyweight Champion Randy “The Natural” Couture taking on Brock Lesnar. It is Couture’s first match back since a sabbatical from the octagon. Lesnar is coming off a victory over veteran Heath “The Texas Crazy Horse” Herring. It will be an intriguing match-up, as the strategist (Couture) takes on the smash mouth style of Lesnar. The undercard features a lightweight battle between Joe Stevenson and Kenny Florian.

If MMA doesn’t float your boat, then watch tomorrow’s PPV boxing fight called “Battle of the Superpowers.” The main event is between Roy Jones Jr. against Joe Calzaghe (The Pride of Wales). The bout takes place at Madison Square Garden, and it will be live at 9PM Eastern. This should be a good bout between the two, as Calzaghe is undefeated. Jones has his work cut out for him.

This football season has been one of the best to date. The New York teams are in contention. The Dolphins have been a pleasant surprise. The Tennessee Titans are playing like the Titans from “Remember the Titans” (great football movie). Falcons QB Matt Ryan could be a shoe-in for NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. Lastly, Cardinals QB Kurt Warner could win a 3rd NFL MVP award. You read it right.

Are you ready for some football picks? You know I am! Yours truly has a record of 78 wins and 51 losses. Remember, the * means best bet & s.o. means shutout:

Last Thursday: Broncos
(won)

Sunday: Titans, Jaguars, Ravens, Falcons, Patriots, Dolphins, Jets, Packers, Panthers (*), Colts,
CHARGERS (s.o.)

Monday: Cardinals

It’s time for the return of…

Game of the Week:

New York Giants vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sunday Night)

This match-up goes back a long time. The rivalry between these two is always hyped up to the extreme. The last time these two met on Sunday Night was when Eagles QB Donovan McNabb was sacked 12 times in a Giant victory. That was a different time. The Eagles are healthy and stronger than ever. They will be a true test for the Giants. Their past two victories featured a battered Steelers team and a depleted Cowboys team. Can the Super Bowl defending champs answer the challenge of a young, hungry Philly? The answer is yes. I will take the Giants to be victorious, but it will be vicious.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

Washington and politics go hand-in-hand. Yet, here’s a “superstition” that many do not know.

The Washington Redskins usually play on the day before the election. If the Redskins win, then things do not change (as far as parties go). The Redskins played the Steelers and lost. Yet, something happened. Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger was taken out the hard way, injuring his right shoulder. He would not return to the game, which meant that the back-up would have to win the game. He did just that. African-American QB Byron Leftwich led the Steelers to a dominant Monday Night victory.

Race has not played a hand in the sports world; those doors were knocked down long ago. Yet, this past Tuesday, the world witnessed those same doors (in politics) knocked down. Was it coincidence or destiny? You be the judge.

Congratulations To:

  1. Basketball has arrived. The Pistons will unveil their new look when guard Allen Iverson debuts. They are one of the four teams undefeated in the NBA.
  2. Hockey has also heated up, as competition has gotten fierce. The New York Rangers and the San Jose Sharks rule the Eastern and Western Conference (respectively) with an iron fist.

Final Thoughts:

The NBA has amazing stories to tell, such as the defending world champion Celtics and the undefeated Lakers. Yet, a lot of people seem to care about the Knicks’ treatment of Stephon Marbury. Marbury is getting paid for being benched in every game, so far. The Knicks and the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) declined Marbury’s request to practice with his high school Alma matter at Abraham Lincoln High in Brooklyn. Okay, enough is enough. The only thing that’s changed is the new circus act in town. It is time to end this era of shame and embarrassment. Marbury wants to play, so let him play somewhere else. I hear the Heat and Nuggets are interested. Wake up, Knicks. YOU DON’T NEED HIM.

Remember, if you disagree with anything I say, feel free to email me at spidey23us@yahoo.com. I look forward to hearing your opinions and criticism. After all, you readers keep this column going. Until then, that’s it you KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado

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