Is Barry Bonds set to retire following the 06 season ?

 

Don’t believe the retirement talk one bit One of baseball’s greatest players Barry Bonds has said that he plans to retire at the end of the 06 season with or without the all time homerun record. Well after one day that report surfaced, he has changed his tone a bit saying ” If I can play (in 2007), I’m going to play; if I can’t I won’t,” Bonds told the web site. “. . . I go back and forth. Back and forth every day.” After three knee surgeries in the past year, many say that he is done and is making excuses left and right because he knows it to. Don’t believe that one bit. After missing five months of the 05 season Barry comes out and hits 5 homeruns in a 5 game span. That was truly remarkable to see. Most importantly when he came back the Giants,Read More »

Olympic Hockey Preview

 

Will Jarome Iginla lead Team Canada to the Gold Medal? Top 5 teams Canada:The odds on favorite to win the gold and they rightfully should be. Anything but a Gold Medal will be a disappointment. Strengths Offense and Goaltending. Offensively their top 3 lines are loaded. They are led by their top line of Sakic ,Iginla and whoever fills the left wing posistion that Mario occupied on that line. I expect to see Simon Gange to fill that void nicely on the left side. This teams taxi squad would be a top 2 line on any team in the NHL so you get my drift about them being loaded upfront. One player to watch for Team Canada will be Joe Thornton. Since being traded to San Jose he has been dominant. Expect more of the same once the tournament beings.. Goaltending wise, what can you say. Marty Brodeur is theRead More »

Big Monday

 

– Will Rudy Gay and the Huskies hold off the Wildcats to stay at #1? : Tune in 7 p.m. ESPN #1 U Conn VS #4 Villanova: – These are two of the finest teams in all of basketball. U Conn reign at the top will end tonite as Villinova pulls the upset. Their guard play will be to much for the Huskies. prediction – Villanova Top 25 NCAA Division I: ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll 1. Connecticut (22) 22-1 759 1 Last Week: Def. Syracuse 73-50 (2/8), Def. Seton Hall 99-57 (2/11)This Week: 2/13 at No. 4 Villanova (19-2), 2/18 at No. 11 West Virginia (18-5) 2. Duke (8) 23-1 749 2 Last Week: Def. No. 24 North Carolina 87-83 (2/7), Def. Maryland 96-88 (2/11)This Week: 2/14 vs. Wake Forest (13-11), 2/19 vs. Miami (14-10) 3. Memphis (1) 22-2 710 3 Last Week: Def. Marshall 91-81 (2/11)This Week: 2/14 vs.Read More »

Peaking At The Right Time

 

The NHL midseason report After 7 years of missing the playoffs and having the leagues highest payroll the New York Rangers went into rebuilding mode months before the 03-04 season ended. They knew that a salary cap was going to be implemented once a labor agreement was ever going to be struck so they had to get rid of their high price players. Upon doing that, Rangers management did a very bright thing in keeping Jaromir Jagr for the long run instead of unloading his 8 million a year salary at the time. Coming into the season New York Rangers were picked by many experts including Sports Illustrated to finish dead last in the league. Well I would have to say the Rangers surely have proved their doubters wrong. Heading into the Olympic break the New York Rangers sit atop the Atlantic Division with 78 points. They are lead byRead More »

Fleury shines as Pens win second in a row

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins head into the olympic break with a two game winning streak. Yes i said a two game winning streak. Friday night they defeated the best team in the league the Carolina Hurricans 4-3 in a game believe or not that they outplayed the Hurricanes for most of the game. It was a great team effort and getting goals from Boguniecki, Leclair, Recchi and Crosby. One player that i was impressed with friday night was Ryan Whitney. He finally looked like the player who first came to the team in November. He was playing with confidence and was the best player on the ice. For this team to finish off the season strong after the Olympic break is for Ryan Whitney to play like the Ryan Whitney that played against the Hurricanes. Tonite the Pens defeated the Washington Capitals 6-3. The Pens started off strong with Sidney CrosbyRead More »

Tough decisions ahead for the Super Bowl Champs

 

The Steelers head into the off season with key components on their team heading into free agency. The two names that jump out is Antwaan Randle El and safety Chris Hope. Before the season started it looked like Randle El could be signed at a relatively mid salary. Now after having a above average post season and winning the super bowl his stock has just risen considerably. Free agency begins March 3 and the Steelers have eleven players unrestricted free agents, including wideout Antwaan Randle El, free safety Chris Hope, cornerback Deshea Townsend, tight end Jerame Tuman, defensive end Brett Keisel, running back Verron Haynes, defensive end Kimo von Oelhoffen, quarterback Charlie Batch, wide receiver Quincy Morgan, offensive tackle Barrett Brooks and linebacker Clint Kriewaldt. Before resigning there own free agents this team must restructure Jeff Hartings and Duce Staleys contract to free up some cap space. One move theyRead More »

Penguins losing streak hits 7

 

Bruins 3 – Penguins 1 This game was just like all of the others. The Bruins outplayed the Pens in every category of the game. The most disturbing thing with this team is the work ethic. I didn’t expect this team to be outworked consistently every game. The start of the game started with the Pens getting outshotted 9-0 in the first five minutes. From then on the Penguins didn’t have a answer for a Bruins team that is not very good. Once again penalties were a problem. Cairns took a lazy tripping penalty then Surovy on the powerplay in the third period only down 2-0 takes a lazy penalty. With a team with 1/2 of its players who have no skill you would atleast expect to see some work ethic and some good positional hockey. One player I was impressed with tonight was Andre Roy. He showed a lotRead More »

Randle El Chicago Bound ?

 

NFL rumors: Antwaan Randle El Pittsburgh Steelers: After Randle El’s sensational performance at Super Bowl, he is about to cash in. Rumors are swirling around that Chicago has made it clear they have serious interest in obtaining the speedy wr/pr/qb. Chicago needs a # 2 receiver to offset Mushin Muhammad and with 18 million in cap room they are expected to over pay for Randle El. Pittsburgh doesn’t have the cap room and will not over pay for Randle El even if they wanted to…. Possible Destinations 1.Chicago 60%, 2.Pittsburgh 30% and 3.New England 10% is also rumored to be very interested. Ken Whisenhunt offensive coordinator Pittsburgh Steelers: Whisenhunt arrived today in Oakland to interview for the coaching vacancy. It is obvious Oakland is going to offer him the job so it’s just a matter of time until he accepts or declines it. – my take: Oakland is a toughRead More »

Super Bowl XL Champions

 

Pittsburgh 21 – Seattle 10 This game will not go down as one of the greatest super bowls of all time, but it was still a classic in its own way. Bill Cowher got that monkey off his back, Jerome Bettis got his fairy tale ending and most importantly Dan Rooney got to hoist the Super Bowl Trophy for the the first time in 26 years. The first half was very slow with the Steelers heading into the half with a 7-3 lead after a controversial Ben Roethlisberger 3 yard touchdown run. The second half was a different story. Fast Willie went off on a super bowl record 75 yard touchdown run that put the Steelers up 14-3. That is what Parker brings to the table. He may have 5 carrys for 11 yards then all of a sudden he’ll hit you for a 75 yard run. Then the gameRead More »

Is this just the beginning ?

 

There has been a vibe around town the past week, whether this Pittsburgh Steelers team is on the verge of becoming a dynasty. It’s a very good argument, there is many reasons why you could say they are on the verge and why there not. I believe that the Steelers are going to be a special team for the next 3-5 years, but a Dynasty, that’s a tough call. They have all the right pieces in place, starting with their coach Bill Cowher and GM Kevin Colbert. Bill Cowher may run the show but Colbert deserves a lot of credit for what he has done. Look at the draft picks since 02. Kendall Simmons ( right guard ) – nothing special but is a solid guard who gets the job done. 03 Troy Polamalu ( safety ) don’t even have to the explain the impact he has. Have to giveRead More »