No Regard

July 16, 2008

Celebrate another sports holiday by staying completely still!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Brian Murphy @ 7:50 am

Last night’s MLB All-Star Game was one for the ages. It was a lot of things, but in the end, it was fantastic.

And its end was the beginning of another one of sports’ annual holidays. We all know that people love to take the Monday after the Super Bowl off from work. The start of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament is also synonymous with low productivity.

But, of all the days in the year, today is the day in which everyone should do absolutely nothing. It’s almost required. Why? Because in the sports world, today is the day of nothing. It’s the day after the baseball All-Star game, aka THE MOST BORING DAY IN SPORTS!

What’s going on today? You’ve got day 135 of the Brett Favre drama and two minor league all-star games. That’s it. The kids over at SportsCenter must be thrilled that last night’s game turned into the baseball edition of War and Peace because at least they’ll have something to talk about.

But, you shouldn’t worry about that. You need to honor this day for the abyss that it is. Mundane to the max!

Count the pixels on your TV screen.

Organize the nickels in your house by year.

See how long you can go without blinking and then try to break that record.

I’m probably already in violation because this post is probably too stimulating for a day like this.

Barbecues and trips to the beach are strictly prohibited. Just stay in bed, facing straight up. Try not to turn. Just lie there, speechless, for the next 24 hours. Only then will you match the true spirit of this sports holiday. We’ll wake you up on Thursday, when you actually have something to pay attention to.

(Don’t) Have fun!

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July 8, 2008

Betrayal of a Southern kind.

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Brian Murphy @ 7:32 pm

(Editor’s Note: I told you we were adding to the staff here, so go ahead and enjoy the first post from one of our new guys.)

There have been books written about the history of French betrayals, how the country has betrayed democracy and tried to undermine U.S. efforts in the Iraq War. This past weekend, America struck back. Not with its government or military. No, we got something better: The Atlanta Braves. Or at least, that’s how outfielder Jeff Francoeur sees it.

Francoeur, who’s nickname is “Frenchy”, rejoined the club yesterday, three days after he was sent down to the team’s Double-A affiliate. He was mired in the worst slump of his career (1-for-23). He was being booed at by his traditionally sedate home crowd at Turner Field. As a native of Georgia, many thought that Jeff was hearing different solutions from all throughout his nearby family and putting too much pressure on himself to snap the slump. So, the Braves’ brass thought he could use a break.

“We look at it as stepping back for a few days and decompressing and getting his game going again,” Braves General Manager Frank Wren said to the Associated Press on Friday.. “It gives him the ability to do that.”

OK, cool. Take a couple of days, get away from home, go down to the Mississippi Braves, try to refine your swing and we’ll see you back up here soon. Sounds sane enough.

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July 5, 2008

MLB Midseason Report: Part 3

Here’s my ballot, which you know if perfect.

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July 3, 2008

My Tampa Bay Rays Conversion Story: Part 1

Filed under: MLB — Tags: , , , , , — hoyler @ 1:16 pm

I remember it like it was yesterday. 8 years ago this Monday, I moved to Palm Harbor, Fla. from New Jersey. On my way up Hillsborough Avenue after leaving Tampa International, I saw the billboard.

“The Hit Show,” a slogan sitting in the middle of pictures of Greg Vaughn, Vinny Castilla, Jose Canseco and Fred McGriff.

When I got to my new home, I saw the commercial for the first time, and still remember part of the stupid jingle. “Hit Show, Tampa Bay’s hottest plays, Hit Show, Devil Rays set the stage.” 

And that was my introduction to Tampa Bay Devil Rays baseball.

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June 24, 2008

Best Bets For Tuesday, June 24

Filed under: MLB — Tags: , , , , — hoyler @ 9:27 am

Good morning fellow degenerates. Here are the best plays for today, odds courtesy of Sportsbook.com.

Tampa Bay (even) over Florida – Sonnanstine over Olsen

“Sonny” has been very good on the road this year, sporting a 24/5 K/BB ratio in 39 IP with just one start where he really didn’t give the Rays a chance to win (May 21 afternoon affair against Oakland, where he fell apart late after a strong start). Scott Olsen is coming off probably his second worst start of the season and while his sub-3 ERA at home looks good, he doesn’t have the peripherals to back it up. He also struggles against righties, so expect Jonny Gomes to get a rare start to leave just Akinori Iwamura and Carl Crawford or Eric Hinske as the only left-handed bats that have to play. 

Dodgers (-120) over White Sox (even) – Lowe over Buehrle

The White Sox are losers of nine straight on the road, and Buehrle is due for a bad start having put together four straight quality outings, the last three being eight-inning performances. Those are the types of trends you have to look for when betting on baseball – yes, Buehrle is a good pitcher, but his flyball rate is rising and he’ll be facing off with a pitcher who historically much better at Dodger Stadium than he is on the road. This will be a low-scoring, tight battle, but I expect Lowe to go 7 for the win. 

Upset Special: Diamondbacks (+160) over Red Sox (-180) – Davis over Masterson

Davis has put together two straight starts, but this is a risk because when he gets hit, he gets hit really hard and tends to lose control because of it. Still, 2 of his 3 road starts since his return from cancer treatment have been good, and as I said last week, Masterson’s luck (.185 BABIP, are you kidding?) won’t last forever. The Red Sox offense is running hot and cold, and while you could expect them to blow up tonight after two rough days (5 runs in 13 innings Sunday and 1 run yesterday), I’m going to take this upset over the other possibilities today like Kevin Slowey upending Jake Peavy at Petco. 

May 18, 2008

Night in Review

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , — hoyler @ 10:39 am

With just one playoff game between the NHL and NBA and no big MMA or boxing cards, Horse Racing to make the nation forget an overblown tragedy at the May 3 Kentucky Derby with the second leg of the Triple Crown. Big Brown certainly did his part, putting on one of the most impressive Preakness performances in a long time, holding off through the first 3/4 mile before annihilating the field down the stretch to win by five lengths.

My initial thoughts after the race were that, while impressive, Big Brown is benefiting from a weaker-than-usual class of 3 year olds. I stand by that, to a point, especially when considering how the only competitive horses in yesterday’s race got there by burning themselves out early and simply holding off the dregs of the field to finish in or near the money. The burnout performances of Gayego and Hey Byrn were indicative of the fact that nobody from this field should be racing in three weeks at the Belmont Stakes.

Casino Drive, a Japanese colt with just two starts (but two wins) under his belt, is likely the only thing standing between Big Brown and the Triple Crown. He’ll be in New York again after a dominating win at the Peter Pan Stakes.

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