For The Weekend

We’ve not been around since Tuesday and even that post wasn’t exactly sports news.  This time, however, we have good reason.  Since Monday Night Football, there haven’t been any sports on TV in my area.  I’ve seen two Blues games, a pres-season Mizzou basketball game against some DII team, and about 20 minutes of an MLS playoff between the Chicago Fire and New England Revolution.  That’s not to say there haven’t been some things happen, we just haven’t been able to see them (thank you NFL network.)

Last night was the first Thursday night football game since opening night and it was a great one.  The Browns were edged by the Broncos 34-30 in what would have been a great one to see.  Jay Cutler completed 24 of his 47 pass attempts for 447 yards, three touchdowns and an interception.  For the math challenged out there, that means he averaged 10.6 yards per attempt.  I don’t really know what average stats are in that category, but I do know that when you averaged a first down every time you throw the ball…it’s good.  Of course, when you throw a 93 yard touchdown pass (to Eddie Royal) it really helps your cause.

Also last night, Weller’s favorite kicker, Louie Sakoda, and Utah staged a comeback against TCU.  This game was on Versus or something, I don’t know, but I couldn’t see it.  Looks like Utah has an inside track to a BCS game.  We all remember what happened the last time the Utes got into one of those.

In other news, Kansas State has informed Ron Prince that he won’t be returning to his Head Coaching position next year.  A bald man in purple doesn’t quite illicit the same emotions as a fat man in orange so I don’t think this is worthy of its own post.  I have heard, though, that if you turn off the lights and spin around three times in front of a mirror saying “Ron Prince,” that this comes after you.  That may not be true, I’ve never tried.

Anyway, enjoy your Friday everyone.  Weller is making the short trip down I-70 to Columbia this weekend, so maybe he’ll put up his report from behind enemy lines at some point.

The Long Awaited Return Post

Well, it’s been about a month since my last post and a couple weeks since there was any activity on this site. Rest assured, we’re back now. The bad news is that Weller may need wrist surgery, so it may be all up to me for a while (that means a severe cut back on NFL posts.)
Since I left, there were many, many things have happened in the sports world. There was a baseball trading deadline, which included the trades of Manny Ramirez and Mark Teixeira. The latter went down as I was on a plane from Anaheim to Atlanta after I was in a 5.4 earthquake. I took that as a bad omen.

The Olympics started, which is always fun. I just love everything about the Olympics. Obviously, the story of this year’s games is Michael Phelps and his quest to win more gold than they keep in Fort Knox. So far, he’s well on his way and he swims twice more tonight. Phelps was also involved in what I think is the greatest Olympic moment since the Miracle on Ice when the 4x100m freestyle relay team edged France in an incredible comeback win. Anchor Jason Lezak chased down the loud-mouthed French world-record holder, Alain Bernard, to give the Americans the gold. If you have not seen this video yet, watch it now. If you have seen this video already, watch it again. It’s that good.

There was also some guy named Brett Favre who did some stuff…you may have heard about that. I refuse to talk about it anymore. I got quite annoyed with it. I wanted him to stay retired so that he would be a Packer forever. Oh well, I guess we’ll have to see him in a Jets uniform for a while.

That’s all for now. I’ll probably check back in on some of the Olympic games a little later. Look for fellow Missourians Ben Askren in the wrestling events and Christian Cantwell in the shot put in the upcoming weeks. They’ll represent the Tigers well.

Wow, We’ve Been Slacking

It’s bee quite a while since we last posted something up here, but it’s not from lack of events in the sports world. Basically, we’re just big slackers and we know it. Sometimes video games matter more than anything else.

The Boston Celtics won the NBA Finals, though I didn’t watch any of it. I’m glad for KG and Ray Allen, but I lost all respect for Paul Pierce. Not that I had much for him to begin with given his college choice. I’m just glad basketball is over so I don’t have to listen to Stephen A. Smith anymore.

The Mets cowardly fired their manager, Willie Randolph, in the middle of the night. I never thought Randolph was a very good manager to begin with, but what is Omar Minaya thinking? Two weeks ago he has a very public meeting to keep Randolph and then let speculation run rampant until firing him in the
middle of the night while the Mets were across the country in Los Angeles. This drew the ire of many people around the sports world, making Willie Randolph quite a sympathetic figure. Omar Minaya tried to make himself look like a decent human being by saying he didn’t want the firing to be leaked and have Randolph hear it from someone else. Omar Minaya is a doof and the Mets should be hang their heads on this one. The Mariners also fired everyone related to their team. I heard they were keeping Ichiro and Felix Hernandez and are going to try and win games only using those two.

The first game of the Quarterfinals in the European Championships was this afternoon with Germany taking down Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal 3-2. The Germans will take on winner of tomorrow’s Turkey-Croatia match. Finally Germany has looked like the team I picked to win, making me feel a little bit better about my decision. At this point, the Dutch have looked invincible. If they play close to the way they have up to this point, then I don’t see anyone touching them. A Germany-Holland final would make for a spectacular game.

Tiger Woods is done for the year. After his thrilling extra-extra hole playoff win in the US Open, Woods revealed that he’d have knee surgery that would sideline him for at least 6 months. I figured he’d be out until the British Open, but not this long. Apparently he tore his ACL while jogging last year. Golf ratings will take a massive hit around the country. I doubt I will watch any for the rest of the year.

Also, Dayn Perry wrote one of the stupidest articles of all time earlier this week.  Read it, try to make sense of it.  I’ve never been real sure why Foxsports continues to pay this guy.

That might catch us up a little. I think Weller has something planned for later, but tends to fall asleep like a narcoleptic person, so I don’t know what to make of that. We won’t slack this bad again, we promise.

Halfway Home

We’re two soccer games down and have made the final turn at the US Open.  So far, so good for anyone who has been following along with me.  First, we had the Elimination match in Group A of the Euros.  I had the Czechs winning 2-1 and that prediction looked great until about 3 minutes left in the game when the Turkish captain, Nihat, decided to take over the scoresheet.  He capitalized on a terrible error by goalie Petr Cech and then finished off a beautiful through ball in stoppage time, stunning the Czechs 3-2.

Then it was USA’s turn in their first qualification match for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.  I said they’d score 4 or more goals and they put in 8.  There was never any doubt after Clint Dempsey scored 53 seconds into the match.  The two teams will play again next Sunday and the USA will have to keep Barbados from scoring 8 goals in order to move on.  I think we’ll be alright.

Now Tiger is on the 13th hole at Torrey Pines with a one shot lead over Rocco Mediate.  Tiger and Lee Westwood just put back to back shots into oblivion.  This is Mediate’s chance to take the lead and become the oldest US Open Champion in history.  My money is still on Tiger.  Bum leg or not, he’s just incredible.  Woods just decided to take a drop while Westwood had decided to go search for his ball.  This finish is going to be something.

Quite a day ahead of us

Sunday around my house are reserved for watching sports…much like every other day, I just feel like things get started earlier so it takes up all day. Today, there are so many sporting events, I’m not sure I’ll be able to watch everything I want to.

Right now, Turkey and the Czech Republic are 14 minutes deep in an elimination contest in the European Championship. If they tie, it goes into a shootout, which is always fun…unless you’re emotionally involved somehow.  I’m taking the Czechs 2-1 in this one.

Then at 3:30, Tiger Woods tries to keep his lead after his Kirk Gibson-like performance on yesterday’s back nine. I’m just convinced that he’s no longer human.

At 4, USA takes on Barbados in the first of a home and home series in the first round World Cup Qualifying. If you don’t like soccer because they don’t score enough, tune into this game. USA should put in at least 4 and could get more if they play like they can.

Then at 7:30, the Celtics try to close out the Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals. I probably won’t watch any of this since the Braves are on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, but maybe Weller will be home for that.

So call your Dad, grab the remote and enjoy the day. If you’re watching from Missouri like me, it’s raining anyway so stay inside.

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