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This Time, Glen Davis Isn't the Big Baby

There's a bit of controversy in Orlando after Glen “Big Baby” Davis hit a game-winning, buzzer-beater to help the Boston Celtics even up their best-of-seven NBA playoff series with the Orlando Magic. The controversy isn't related to anything that happened on the court—at least not within the playing confines—but instead focuses on Davis' reaction after the shot.

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Olympic Observations

In honor of the Orympic (yes, I spelled it that way on purpose) games in Beijing, I plesent (that one, too) my thoughts from the first three days of competition.

  • My cousin Dan, who just returned from China, corrected my pronunciation of Beijing. Phonetically it's pronounced Bay Jing not Bay Zhing. Say it right Bob Costas!
  • And1 Mixtape Tour : NBA :: U.S. Olympic Team : FIBA
  • Team Handball—think soccsketball—looks like a sport I would have loved to play in middle school, which by default would make it a great adult, co-ed league sport.
  • Brian McBride is the United States' best soccer player (sorry Landon).
  • I probably can't swim 50 meters in the time the U.S. Men's 4x100 Freestyle Relay team finished their race.
  • Gymnasts can perform gravity defying routines during audible ruckus (music, cheering, concurrent events), yet tennis players and golfers can't hit a ball without complete silence. It makes no sense.
  • Synchronized diving? Uhm...are you serious?

Sickening Scene At St. Andrews

This weekend I witnessed what maybe the most gruesome sports injury I've ever seen. It's more disgusting than Joe Theisman's broken leg, Allan Ray's dangling eyeball (2006 Big East Men's Basketball Tournament) and the recent incident in Buffalo where Richard Zednick had his throat slit, on the ice, by a falling teammate's hockey skate.

Within 2 minutes of the opening whistle of Aresnal's match against Birminham City at St Andrews, Arsenal's Eduardo Da Silva was hit by the mistimed tackle of City's Martin Taylor. Taylor slid in studs up hitting Eduardo across the center of the shin shattering his leg and ankle.

How bad was it? When Arsenal's Cesc Fabregas came to assist Eduardo he covered his face in shock then began flailing his arms frantically for the team trainers. Sky Sports, who aired the game, refused to show replays of the injury because it was so "horrific." And Eduardo, who was administered oxygen as he was stretchered off the field, has no recollection of the incident, but says he never wants to see a replay.

If you think you can stomach it, the clip is not only number one, but numbers two and three for most viewed videos this week on YouTube. We live amongst barbarians.

What Fueled the Rocket?

Yesterday's big headline in the sports world was Roger Clemens' testimony before Congress in defense of allegations that he used performance enhancing drugs (steroids, HGH) during his Major League Baseball career. What perplexes me is that the wires' slant on the story focuses on Clemens' testimony and not at the fact that our elected officials are wasting tax dollars on a steroids witch hunt. Are there not enough "real-world" problems facing this country or has Congress has got the whole poverty, hunger, unemployment, and recession thing figured out and they just haven't made us aware of it? Ah, sarcasm!

The Only Logical Prediction

It's minutes before game time and my pick is in - Italy over France 2-1. The thing is this doesn't bode well for the Italians considering I predicted a 3-0 U.S. victory over Ghana, among other incorrect picks. Being that I admire the French so much for the first-rate hospitality I received in Paris, I'm going to change my prediction to France over Italy, 2-1. Call it my veiled attempt to pick the winner by picking the loser to win, however, based on my streak of picking the wrong team it makes perfect logical sense.

We're Ghana Make It Through

It's a big day for U.S. soccer as the "Stars and Stripes" take on the "Black Stars" of Ghana - yes that's their nickname not some racist crack I conjured up - for the opportunity to advance into the knock-out round of World Cup play.

The good news for the U.S. is that that despite Ghanaian midfielder Michael Essien's stellar play, he shouldn't get much help up front since goal scorers Asamoah Gyan and Sulley Muntari will sit out the match due to yellow card accumulation suspensions. In addition, Ghanaian keeper Richard Kinston has looked shaky at times, which is reason enough for the U.S. to start ripping shots on goal.

The bad news is the U.S. doesn't control its destiny and advancement relies on an Italian victory over the Czech Republic. Both Italy and the Czech Republic will advance with a draw, however, an opening knock-out round match against Brazil awaits the group's second place finisher so there's motivation to do well for both sides.

I'm predicting the U.S. will shut down the Ghanaian attack and take advantage of their vulnerable goalkeeping with an impressive 3-0 victory. The Italians, feeling the pressure of a dismal performance against the U.S. and looking to avoid Brazil at all costs, will defeat the Czechs 1-0 springing the U.S. into the do-or-die leg of the tournament.

Waiting for Karma

Much to my disappointment, the Hartford Whalers Carolina Hurricanes managed to slide by the Edmonton Oilers to win the Stanley Cup. I’m not disappointed because I'm an Oilers fan, but rather a Peter Karmanos detractor. In 1997 Karmanos - Hurricanes team owner - moved the Whalers out of The Constitution State to Raleigh, North Carolina, under some suspicious circumstances.

A state committee headed by then Governor Lowell Weicker awarded Karmanos ownership of the Whalers in 1994, despite receiving a higher bid from another group of investors. Karmanos promised to keep the team in Hartford, but didn't waste any time creating a stadium negotiation tug-of-war when Governor John Rowland took the reigns in the state capitol. No matter what the state offered, including full funding of a new $150 million arena, Karmanos demanded more. It soon became apparent that he had no intention of keeping the team in Hartford and the hope to save the whale ended in 1997.

Flash forward today, the slime-bag Karmanos wins a Stanley Cup in Carolina, the crook Weicker fills his pockets sitting on the board of directors for Karmanos' Compuware Corporation, and Whalers fans still wait for the return of Puckie and the Brass Bonanza.