Saturday January 26, 2008

Happy Holidays, sports fans!!! Welcome back to another exciting edition of Today’s Sports Update. I’m Sebastian Maldonado bringing you all of the latest news in sports. A lot of juicy headlines made it to this week’s update.

Super Bowl XLII will feature the ultimate favorite and the ultimate underdog. The Patriots will take on the Giants in Glendale, Arizona. Both sides have been talking about how eager for XLII. The big question must be answered. Who will make history? Find out my prediction next week in Sports Special: Super Bowl XLII. In other football news, the Falcons have named their coach: former Jaguars Defensive Coordinator Mike Smith. Only time will tell if the Falcons get a major overhaul. Plus, the Bills will have a regular season game in Toronto.

The NBA All Star Weekend is closing in. Here are your All Star starters:


F Kevin Garnett (Boston Celtics) led all players in voting.

F LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)

C Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic)
will also return to the slam dunk contest.

G Jason Kidd (New Jersey Nets) is on an 8-game losing streak.

G Dwayne Wade (Miami Heat) is on a 15-game losing streak in Miami.


F Carmelo Anthony (Denver Nuggets)

F Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs)

C Yao Ming (Houston Rockets)

G Kobe Bryant (Los Angeles Lakers) led the Western Conference in voting.
G Allen Iverson (Denver Nuggets)

Doc Rivers will coach the East, while the coach for the West has yet to be determined. The Slam Dunk Competition will also feature defending champion Gerald Green (Minnesota Timberwolves), Rudy Gay (Memphis Grizzlies), and Jamario Moon (Toronto Raptors).

In baseball news, players are being locked up for at least this year. Shortstop Troy Tulowitzki signed a 6 year $31 million with Colorado. Catcher Yadier Molina signed a 4 year $15.5 million with St. Louis. Starting pitcher Brett Tomko signed a 1 year $3 million with Kansas City. Meanwhile, the Yankees have locked up second baseman Robinson Cano for a 4 year $30 million deal.

In “court”, Clemens will meet in Congress on February 5th. His friend and former teammate Andy Pettite will appear Jan. 30th. Brain McNamee will appear Feb. 7th, and former second baseman Chuck Knoblauch has been subpoenaed for an interview on Tuesday. Barry Bonds has asked the judge to drop the perjury charges against him. It all depends on the judge if Bonds gets off easy.

Time for the magic man to take over!

Pure Magic:

The WGA (Writers Guild of America) strike has been going on for about 12 to 13 weeks. Lucky for you, I’m not a member (ha). Anyway, you must be tired of the reruns and reality shows out there. Some of you might also not stay through an entire basketball or hockey game. I’m not judging, but you know it’s true. How can you sports fans satisfy your sports needs without succumbing to the strike? Well, here a few shows for you…

  1. Who wants to reminisce of the “good old days” and wonder how their athletes are doing now? Spike TV premiered Pros Vs Joes last Thursday night. The competition is relentless. The “Joes” face each other, but they have to face retired players that still are better than them. This is their 3rd season, and many recognizable athletes have appeared on this show. Among the Pros that will appear are WR Jimmy Smith, G Kendall Gill, closer John Franco, G Allan Houston, MMA fighter Bob Sapp, and Olympic gold medal winner Kurt Angle. Check local listings.
  2. Have you ever wondered how to mix the ability of the sport with “scientific” knowledge? If that’s the case, then Sports Science is the show for you. This show is very revolutionary. FSN (Fox Sports Network) has brought together A-list professional athletes from every sport and a dream team of scientists to a secret, high-tech, technologically advanced sports laboratory in Southern California. They test these athletes out for specific questions. For example, what is the hardest hit out the following: an NFL linebacker blindsiding a quarterback, a hockey player getting checked by the glass, or a mean right hook from a mixed martial arts fighter? You want answers, then check in every Sunday night at 9 for Sports Science (again, check your local listings).
  3. If you want to hear the latest but from a news reporter’s point of view, then check out this hour long broadcast. ESPN airs Around The Horn and Pardon The Interruption, which are two shows that talk about current events but in different formats. In the beginning of Around The Horn, the show features four sports reporters but ends up with one. Whoever makes more sense is the winner. In PTI, Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon debate on current events. This “dynamic duo” is amazing and hilarious. It also features fun games and special guests. Both shows begin at 5PM eastern (check local listings).

These are just four shows that air during the evening to pass time. I recommend them to you all, but pass at your own risk.

Congratulations To:

  1. Nuggets F/C Nene Hilario has had successful surgery.  Doctors removed a benign tumor as he is still out indefinitely.  Let's wish him to a speedy recovery.
  2. BJ Penn won the UFC Light-Heavyweight Title from Joe Stevenson last week.  The title was won at UFC 80: Rapid Fire, which took place in England.  Penn is the only fighter in UFC history other than Randy Couture to win two different belts in two different divisions.
  3. Novak Djokovic ended Roger Federer's streak of Grand Slam victories.  Djokovic will take on Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the Australian Open Final.
  4. Maria Sharapova has won the Women's Australian Open Final.  It is her first Australian Open championship and her third Grand Slam title.

Well, that’s it for today. Stay tuned for next week’s Sports Special: Super Bowl XLII, when my prediction for the big game will be revealed. See you later, KNUCKLEHEADS!!!

Yours truly,

Sebastian Maldonado

Copyright © 2007 by Sebastian Maldonado


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