Thursday, April 28, 2011

Will The Lakers Land Dwight Howard Next Season?

Dwight Howard’s current contract expires after the 2012-2013 season but he has a player option which allows him to leave a year earlier.

After a first round loss to the Atlanta Hawks this season, why would Dwight want to stay in Orlando any longer? They seem to be going backwards the past 3 seasons.

From the NBA Finals to a first round exit. He wants to win championships and he can't do that with the players around him right now. They aren't built to win in the playoffs.

They traded away Hedu Turkoglu, Rashard Lewis, Mickael Pietrus, Marcin Gortat, Courtney Lee, and Rafer Alston. That was their core when they made a run for the championship against the Lakers in 2009.

Sure they got Hedu back but he's not the same. They have no one to back-up Dwight anymore. Ryan Anderson & Brandon Bass aren't getting the job done. They have a bunch of role players that are decent but they won't be able to get back to the Finals unless they add a superstar.

Possible Scenarios 

1) Dwight signs extension to stay in Orlando.
I can only see this happen if the Magic get another superstar to join Dwight. The Magic have to convince Dwight that they will do whatever it takes to win a championship in Orlando.
2) Dwight becomes a free agent next off-season and teams up with either Chris Paul or Deron Williams.
If he keeps quiet the entire 2011-2012 season, then Dwight can decline his player option and become a free agent. Point guards, Chris Paul and Deron Williams, also have player options with their teams after the 2011-12 season. All three players will most likely decline in order to explore a possibility of teaming up. This would give Dwight an option to play with at least one of the best point guards in the league.
3) Dwight expresses his desire to be traded. He won't re-sign with the Magic, but allows them to trade him.
I hope this happens. Why? Because the Los Angeles Lakers would be in the mix. He wants to win a championship and the Lakers have been playing in the championship for the past 3 seasons. 
Andrew Bynum would have to be a part of the deal that brings Dwight to Los Angeles.
It's the Orlando Magic's best option of replacing Dwight.
I can see it now:
 Los Angeles Lakers trade Andrew Bynum, Shannon Brown (If he accepts his player option), Devin Ebanks and future draft picks to the Orlando Magic for Dwight Howard.
The Magic can't let Dwight leave Orlando without getting anything in return. I've read that the Magic can possibly ask for Lamar Odom to be included in the deal.

Dwight Howard would be following the footsteps of Shaquille O'Neal.
Déjà Vu

Orlando Magic 1994-95
Lost to the Houston Rockets in the NBA Finals 

Orlando Magic 1995-96
Lost to the Chicago Bulls in the Eastern Conference Finals 

Shaquille became a free agent after the season ended and signed with the Los Angeles Lakers. It took a couple seasons for O'Neal to win his first championship.
  
Orlando Magic 2008-09
Lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals

Orlando Magic 2009-10
Lost to the Boston Celtics in the Eastern Conference Finals

Orlando Magic 2010-11
Lost to the Atlanta Hawks in the 1st round

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Madden 12 Cover: Peyton Hillis

SportsNation recently revealed the winner of the Madden 2012 cover.

The voting began on March 21st and ended April 27th at noon est.

Peyton Hillis of the Cleveland Browns

Peyton beat Ray Rice, Matt Ryan, Jamaal Charles, Aaron Rodgers, and Michael Vick in head-to-head voting match-ups.

If he helps the Browns make the playoffs, does that mean the Madden curse still worked? The Browns could possibly break two curses this season.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

2011 MLB All-Star Game; Voting is Open

The 2011 MLB All-Star Game voting opened up today. Sure, we haven't even seen a month of baseball but it's a great time to start voting for your favorite players.

Vote a maximum of 25 times. Voting ends at 11:59 PM ET on Thursday, June 30, 2011.


My voting ballot as of April 26th

American League:
C - Russell Martin (NYY)
1B - Miguel Cabrera (DET)
2B - Robinson Cano (NYY)
SS - Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE)
3B - Alex Rodriguez (NYY)
OF - Jose Bautista (TOR)
OF - Jeff Francour (KC)
OF - Carlos Quentin (CHI)
DH - Travis Hafner (CLE)

National League:
C - Buster Posey (SF)
1B - Joey Votto (CIN)
2B - Brandon Phillips (CIN)
SS - Troy Tulowitzki (COL)
3B - Pablo Sandoval (SF)
OF - Andre Ethier (LAD)
OF - Matt Kemp (LAD)
OF - Ryan Braun (MIL)

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Major League Baseball Will Take Over Dodgers Financial Operations

 
Selig: "I have taken this action because of my deep concerns regarding the finances and operations of the Dodgers and to protect the best interests of the Club, its great fans and all of Major League Baseball."

Bill Shaikin from the LA Times reports:




It's about time Bud Selig does something about the Dodgers.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Lamar Odom Wins 6th Man of the Year

Congrats to Lamar Odom on winning the 6th Man of the Year award.

After being snubbed from the All-Star game, i'm sure this award will make Odom happy about the 2010-11 season. Another championship would help as well.

At the beginning of the season, Lamar started 35 games in place of Andrew Bynum, who was recovering from knee surgery. I didn't really expect Lamar to be consistent all season long. He played outstanding and helped the Lakers clinch the #2 in the Western Conference.

Odom averaged 14.4 points, 8.7 rebounds and three assists per game. He also became the first Laker in the history of the franchise to win this award.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

2011 NBA Playoff Schedule


NBA Playoff schedule {Link}


EASTERN CONFERENCE
1 Chicago vs. 8 Indiana
Game 1 - Sat April 16, Indiana at Chicago, 1:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/ESPN3D
Game 2 - Mon April 18, Indiana at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Thu April 21, Chicago at Indiana, 7:00 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 4 - Sat April 23, Chicago at Indiana, 2:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Chicago at Indiana, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Indiana at Chicago, TBD, TNT
2 Miami vs. 7 Philadelphia
Game 1 - Sat April 16, Philadelphia at Miami, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 - Mon April 18, Philadelphia at Miami, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Thu April 21, Miami at Philadelphia, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 - Sun April 24, Miami at Philadelphia, 1:00 p.m. ET, ABC
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Miami at Philadelphia, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Philadelphia at Miami, TBD, TBD
3 Boston vs. 6 New York
Game 1 - Sun April 17, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 - Tue April 19, New York at Boston, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Fri April 22, Boston at New York, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 - Sun April 24, Boston at New York, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Boston at New York, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, New York at Boston, TBD, TBD
4 Orlando vs. 5 Atlanta
Game 1 - Sat April 16, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:00 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 - Tue April 19, Atlanta at Orlando, 7:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 - Fri April 22, Orlando at Atlanta, 8:00 p.m. ET, ESPN2/ESPN3D
Game 4 - Sun April 24, Orlando at Atlanta, 7:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Orlando at Atlanta, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Atlanta at Orlando, TBD, TNT
WESTERN CONFERENCE
1 San Antonio vs. 8 Memphis
Game 1 - Sun April 17, Memphis at San Antonio, 1:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 - Wed April 20, Memphis at San Antonio, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBA TV
Game 3 - Sat April 23, San Antonio at Memphis, 7:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 - Mon April 25, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, San Antonio at Memphis, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Memphis at San Antonio, TBD, TBD
2 L.A. Lakers vs. 7 New Orleans
Game 1 - Sun April 17, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 3:30 p.m. ET, ABC/R
Game 2 - Wed April 20, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Fri April 22, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 4 - Sun April 24, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Tue April 26, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, L.A. Lakers at New Orleans, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, New Orleans at L.A. Lakers, TBD, TNT
3 Dallas vs. 6 Portland
Game 1 - Sat April 16, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, ESPN
Game 2 - Tue April 19, Portland at Dallas, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Thu April 21, Dallas at Portland, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 4 - Sat April 23, Dallas at Portland, 5:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Mon April 25, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Thu April 28, Dallas at Portland, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sat April 30, Portland at Dallas, TBD, TNT
4 Oklahoma City vs. 5 Denver
Game 1 - Sun April 17, Denver at Oklahoma City, 9:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 2 - Wed April 20, Denver at Oklahoma City, 8:00 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 3 - Sat April 23, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:00 p.m. ET, ESPN/R
Game 4 - Mon April 25, Oklahoma City at Denver, 10:30 p.m. ET, TNT
Game 5 * Wed April 27, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD
Game 6 * Fri April 29, Oklahoma City at Denver, TBD, TBD
Game 7 * Sun May 1, Denver at Oklahoma City, TBD, TBD

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Matt Kemp's Hot Start

Matt Kemp is having his best start of the season. Sure he's not hitting the long ball but he's doing almost everything else.

Two weeks into the season, he leads the league in AVG (.472); OPB (.578); and SBs (7).

He's got more discipline at the plate and isn't chasing bad pitches. He's only made one defensive error so far but catches almost everything hit his way.

I'm hoping this great start ends the same way it did in 2009, when Kemp won a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger.

I like to think Rihanna was the reason Kemp had an off season in 2010. I'm not the only one:
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 Here's a tweet from a Giants fan perspective
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Some of my favorite Matt Kemp cards in my collection:

Well I hope he keeps it up and gives the fans something to cheer about all season long.

Lakers/Kings Viewing Party With Michael Cooper


Join ESPN Radio at HPC tonight for a Lakers/Kings viewing party:
When your defending champion Los Angeles Lakers take on the Sacramento Kings this Wednesday, April 13th, you will definitely want to be at Hollywood Park Casino! 
The fun begins at 5:30pm with FREE food, drink specials, unparalleled blackjack and poker action, and more. Plus, come meet and hang out with members of the world famous Laker Girls, as well as USC Trojans women's basketball coach Michael Cooper! You can even snag a free autograph or two!

Don't just sit at home when Kobe and Pau square off against Tyreke Evans and the rest of the Kings - get out of the house and have some fun! TV's surround the room, so you won't miss a minute of the game, which tips off at 7:30pm. See you there!

Meet Former Laker 
Michael Cooper

Hollywood Park Casino
3883 West Century Boulevard
Inglewood, CA 90303

Lakers Playoff Scenarios

After last night's win against the San Antonio Spurs, the Lakers locked up at least the #3 seed in the West Conference.

The standings as of right now:
(2) Los Angeles Lakers 56-25
(3) Dallas Mavericks 56-25
(4) Oklahoma City Thunder 55-26

(6) Portland Trail Blazers 48-33 *Locked up 6 spot; but still play Lakers if they fall to 3.
(7) New Orleans Hornets 46-35
(8) Memphis Grizzlies 46-35



Scenarios:
Lakers to clinch (2) spot:
Lakers WIN or Mavericks LOSS
Mavericks to clinch (2) spot:
Mavericks WIN & Lakers LOSS

Mavericks clinch (3) spot:
Mavericks WIN & Lakers WIN
Mavericks LOSS & Thunder LOSS

Thunder clinch (3) spot:
Thunder WIN & Mavericks LOSS

Hornets clinch (7) spot:
Hornets WIN
Hornets LOSS & Grizzlies LOSS

Grizzlies clinch (7) spot:
Grizzlies WIN & Hornets LOSS

Tiebreakers:
If Lakers/Mavericks tie = Lakers 
If Lakers/Thunder tie = Lakers
If Mavericks/Thunder tie = Thunder
If Hornets/Grizzlies tie = Hornets




Tonight's Games:
NO Hornets @ DAL Mavericks (5:00pm) *ESPN
MIL Bucks @ OKC Thunder (5:00pm)
LA Lakers @ SAC Kings (7:30pm)
MEM Grizzlies @ LA Clippers (7:30pm) *ESPN

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If the Hornets beat the Mavericks tonight. Then the Lakers will face the Hornets in the first round of the playoffs.

That's what i'm hoping for since they don't have David West and the Lakers are (4-0) against them this season.

Also since that game is before the Lakers/Kings, Phil Jackson can rest some of the starters. That's only if the Hornets win their game.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thank You ManRam

Photo: Robert Beck/SI
Last Friday, Manny Ramirez retired from baseball. It was later revealed that Ramirez had failed another drug test. Since it was his 2nd offense, Ramirez was facing a 100-game suspension.

In 2009, Manny failed his first drug test which resulted in a 50-game suspension as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

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On the trading deadline in 2008, Manny had taken LA by storm. He made Dodgers into contenders overnight and arguably had one of the best 2nd half season ever.

I didn't care about his antics when he played for the Redsox. Once he was traded to the Dodgers, I was a supporter because he was on my favorite team.

I had only seen one Dodgers playoff victory my entire life before the 2008 season. Not only did the Dodgers win a playoff game, they swept the Chicago Cubs in the 2008 NLDS. The amazing run finally came to an end when the Philadelphia Phillies eliminated the Dodgers in the NLCS.

My favorite ManRam moment when he was a member of the Dodgers was on July 22, 2009.
My buddy invited me to this game. It happened to be Manny Ramirez Bobblehead night but he wasn't in the starting lineup.

In the bottom of the 6th inning, the pitcher's spot came up with bases loaded. Just watch what happened next.


It felt like a playoff game. Dodgers went on to win the game 6-2.

I knew Manny's time with the Dodgers was coming to an end in 2010. He even said it himself during Spring Training. I wasn't really expecting much from him and then he was traded to the Chicago White Sox. He was a better fit for an AL team because he couldn't play in the OF anymore.

It's sad to see one of the greatest hitters in my generation retire due to another failed drug test. He'll never make it to the Hall of Fame because of it. From reading what Manny is like as a person, I'm sure that doesn't matter to him.

I'll end this post with a couple of my favorite ManRam cards in my collection.


Thanks for the memories Manny!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Brian Stow Ceremony; Kershaw Deals As Furcal Ponders Retirement

Before the game, the Giants/Dodgers went to the middle of the field to honor Brian Stow, who was attacked on March 31st by two men dressed in Dodgers gear.

Jeremy Affeldt & Jamey Carroll addressed the crowd:
"When that last out is made, the rivalry ends on the field." - Affeldt
Game Recap
Clayton Kershaw pitched another excellent game against the San Francisco Giants.

He went 6 2/3 innings with 7 Ks, earning his 2nd win of the season (both against San Francisco). Kershaw also extended his consecutive scoreless innings to 23 2/3 against the Giants.

Matt Kemp reached based in 3 of his 4 at-bats, and stole another base to make him 7-for-7 on the season.

Rod Barajas hit his 2nd home run of the season in the top of the 5th inning to give the Dodgers a 2-0 lead. Andre Ethier added RBI singles in the 5th & 7th inning.

Box Score: Dodgers 6 Giants 1

Injury Report
Dylan Hernandez reports:
Furcal has a broken finger. Said he's pondering retirement. #Dodgers
Rafael Furcal injured his left thumb sliding into third base in the 5th inning. Aaron Miles replaced him the following inning.

Steve Carell's Goodbye to 'The Office'

Michael Scott's last appearance on "The Office" has been confirmed.

Associated Press report:
NEW YORK – NBC is confirming April 28 as the date for Steve Carell's final appearance on "The Office." His farewell episode on the popular comedy will be supersized, the network announced Monday. 
That night's long good-bye will air from 9 to 9:50 p.m. Eastern time, followed by an extended version of "Parks and Recreation" that concludes at 10:30 p.m. Eastern, NBC said. 
Carell, who plays inept branch manager Michael Scott, announced last year that this would be his last season on the series, which premiered in 2005. NBC has made no announcement about who might fill the gap in the cast.
Meet Deanglo (Will Ferrell) who will be replacing Michael Scott (Steve Carell) for now.

Lakers' 5 Straight Losses & Playoff Seeding Still Not Set

What's Going On?
Lakers lost their 5th game in a row last night. It was the first time in the Pau Gasol era.

Game 1: Nuggets 95 Lakers 90
Game 2: Jazz 86 Lakers 85
Game 3: Warriors 95 Lakers 87
Game 4: Blazers 93 Lakers 86
Game 5: Thunder 120 Lakers 106

Lakers couldn't even get close to 100 points in any of their first 4 games of the streak. But when they finally find their offense, they don't play defense on the other end. It's frustrating watching these games at home knowing they should be capable of blowing some of these teams out.

I'm not worried at all by this current losing streak. They just won 17 of 18 before this skid, plus it's not the playoffs yet. If they continue to play like this, then they won't be making it out of the first round.

Kevin Ding from the OC Register posted a story last night about 5 problems the Lakers currently have.

1. Andrew & Lamar. (Sorry, Khloe.)
End-game situations are more important than anything in the NBA playoffs. It's not required that the Lakers play the same five guys to finish games, but there is a comfort level for a team to know which is your best crew for closing. 
2. Andrew & the Killer B's.
As much sense as it makes to reward Bynum's diligent defensive play by putting him out there for offensive opportunities with the Lakers' second unit (when Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol are not on the floor), it hasn't worked real well lately. 
3. Shannon Brown is still going down.
Brown's sharp start to the season feels like eons ago. He has regressed in every way, and if there had been signs this was coming, maybe the Lakers wouldn't have been so eager to dump Sasha Vujacic's attitude and salary. 
4. Bombs away ... way, way away.
The Lakers are not even an average 3-point shooting team. They are at 35.3 percent, 18th best in the 30-team NBA. When Odom (39.3 percent) is your best 3-point shooter, as was the case until Derek Fisher (39.4) recently nosed ahead of him, you know it's a problem. 
5. The power of intimidation.
The Lakers chose to take a breather here before needing to summon their playoff intensity. It is going to cost them meeting Jackson's stated goal of bettering their 57-victory season a year ago – the best this team can do is match it by winning the last two games – and probably home-court advantage against both Chicago and Miami in potential NBA Finals.
Playoff Picture
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If Lakers/Mavericks tie at the end of the regular season. Lakers hold tiebreaker.
If Lakers/Thunder tie at the end of the regular season. Lakers hold tiebreaker.

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If Lakers/Celtics tie at the end of the regular season and meet up in the finals. Lakers hold tiebreaker.
If Lakers/Heat tie at the end of the regular season and meet up in the Finals. Heat hold tiebreaker.

To sum it all up, Lakers must win against the Spurs on Tuesday and the Kings on Wednesday.

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Dodgers Go For The Sweep With The Return Of Elymania

Kemp, Gwynn Jr., and Ethier celebrate the DH sweep.
Dodgers took both games in yesterday's doubleheader.

Game 1

The Dodgers & Padres completed their suspended game on Saturday before their regular scheduled game.

Tony Gwynn Jr. came up in the top of the 11th inning with 2 runners on base. He singled to right field, bringing in Juan Uribe and gave the Dodgers a 3-2 lead. Aaron Miles later scored on a wild pitch to give the Dodgers a 2-run lead.

Broxton came in the 11th inning to earn his 4th save of the season. Blake Hawksworth earned the victory with 2 shutout innings. It was his first win as a Dodger.

Box Score: Dodgers 4 Padres 2

Game 2

The second game of the night featured a stellar performance by Hiroki Kuroda. He went 8 2/3 innings and gave up no runs. 

Broxton came in with 2 runners on and walked Chris Denorfia to load the bases. Cameron Maybin hit a slow roller to third base when Chase Headley ran into Casey Blake as he tried to make a play on the ball. The umpire called runner interference which ended the game. It was Broxton's 5th save of the season and his 2nd of the night. 

The last Dodger to record two saves in one day was Jeff Shaw, on August 25, 2000 at Wrigley Field.

Matt Kemp had 3 stolen bases in the game and Tony Gwynn Jr. added 2 of his own. Andre Ethier hit his first home run of the season in the 5th inning. That was the Dodgers 4th home run in 8 games.

Box Score: Dodgers 4 Padres 0

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The Dodgers announced that John Ely will start in the weekend finale against the San Diego Padres. 


It's the return of Elymania.


Photo by AP

Saturday, April 9, 2011

"Khloé and Lamar" Premieres April 10th

A couple months ago, I posted about Lamar Odom and Khloe Kardashian's new reality show.

The time has come: "Khloé and Lamar" premieres this Sunday, April 10th at 10pm on E! right after the Lakers face the Oklahoma City Thunder.



Here's a clip of the show:


I'm just hoping that Lamar doesn't get off track with his new show, especially with the playoffs right around the corner.

Dodgers/Padres Game Suspended

Vin Scully is a legend. The 83-year-old called the entire game.

The umpires postponed the start of the Dodgers/Padres game from 7:05 pm to 7:30 pm.

That didn't really do much since the game was delayed due to rain in the 2nd inning after Matt Kemp led off with a double.

The game resumed 90 minutes later with a new Padres pitcher. Cory Luebke struck out the side and left Kemp stranded at third base. Ted Lilly, who started the game for the Dodgers, continued pitching after the 90 minute delay.

In the 4th inning, Casey Blake & Matt Kemp were both walked. Nick Hundley attempted to throw out Matt Kemp on a double steal and over threw Orlando Hudson. This lead to the first run of the game.

Dodgers led 1-0.

Ted Lilly got into a little trouble in the 5th inning. He gave up a couple of hits and was pulled with runners on 2nd & 3rd. Mike MacDougal got Ryan Ludwick to groundout for the second out of the inning but it allowed Orlando Hudson to score.

Pades led 2-1.

In the top of the 6th inning, it began to rain heavily. The umpires could have called the game and even made it official since they played the minimum 5 innings.

Casey Blake & Andre Ethier both reached base on infield singles to second base. Matt Kemp came up with runners on 1st and 3rd. He singled over Jason Barlett's head to tie up the game.

Tied Game 2-2 and the umpires called for another rain delay. This delay lasted about 66 minutes.

Kenley Jansen gave up one walk and allowed a stolen base to Venable. He retired the other 3 batters in the 6th inning, striking out two.

Dodgers came up empty in the 7th & 8th inning.

Padres had a runner reach 2nd base with 2 outs, but Kuo got Brad Hawpe to fly out to left field, which ended the 8th inning.

The rain began to rain really hard again at the start of the 9th inning. I don't know why they didn't stop the game.

Matt Kemp lead off the inning with a single. The game was called for another rain delay (1:14 am).

Game suspended at 1:45am. It will resume at 5:35pm.

Box Score: Dodgers 2 Padres 2

(AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)

Friday, April 8, 2011

UCLA Basketball To Play At LA Sports Arena

Pauley Pavilion is closed due to renovation. The UCLA basketball team need to play most of their home games in another arena next season. Pauley won't be ready until the 2012-2013 season.

Peter Yoon, from ESPNLA.com, reports:
The UCLA men's basketball team will play 14 of its 18 home games at the Los Angeles Sports Arena and four others at the Honda Center in Anaheim while Pauley Pavilion is shut down for remodeling construction, the school announced Friday.

The Bruins will also play an exhibition game at Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario on Nov. 6 and will open the regular season at the Sports Arena against Loyola Marymount on Nov. 11.
The decision to play at the Sports Arena did not come easy. UCLA had been set on playing home games at the Forum in Inglewood, but the owners of that facility sold it to Madison Square Garden and the new owners plan on renovating it over the next year.

In order to help determine a replacement for the Forum, UCLA officials solicited the opinions of fans by sending surveys to all season ticket holders as well as anyone who had purchased individual game tickets over the last few years.

Other options for home games this season included Staples Center, Valley View Casino Center in San Diego (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena) and RaboBank Arena in Bakersfield.

Good thing they chose somewhere in Los Angeles. It's still close enough for fans and students to attend the games.

Upcoming Appearances: Ron Artest

Saturday, April 9th
2:00 PM

Sportie LA (Melrose Store)
7753 Melrose Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

There will be a BBQ, DJ, Free Throw Contest and Giveaways. Also Ron Artest will be there promoting his shoes from Ball'N.

2011 Dodgers Pocket Schedules

Haven't made it out to Dodger Stadium and you want a Dodgers pocket schedule for the 2011 season?

Just fill out this form on the Dodgers website. You can request up to 5 pocket schedules.

Steve Lavin Has Cancer

Former UCLA Bruins Basketball coach has prostate cancer.

The Associated Press reported:
NEW YORK (AP) — St. John's basketball coach Steve Lavin says he has prostate cancer.

The 46-year-old coach says in a statement Friday he was diagnosed in September but was told he could delay treatment until after the season. He will undergo treatment in the coming weeks and says it will not affect his coaching.

Lavin turned around St. John's basketball in his first season. The Red Storm went 21-12 and tied for third in the Big East. They made the NCAA tournament for the first time since 2002, losing to Gonzaga in the second round.

Lavin inherited a roster with 10 seniors. After a rough start, St. John's won eight of nine with four of the wins over ranked teams.

The former UCLA coach was hired by St. John's in April after seven years at ESPN.
 Very sad news and I wish him the best.

Happy Friday!

Happy Friday! 

Watch this video of Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon, & The Roots perform Rebecca Black's song, "Friday":


Here's the original video:

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Joel Meyers Last Season With Lakers?

Joel Meyers (Left) and Bob Pettit (Right)
Tom Hoffarth from Los Angeles Daily News reports:
Joel Meyers, who has been doing play-by-play on Lakers games since 2003, the last six of those seasons on TV, has been told he will not have his contract renewed, according to several sources.
Meyers was added to the Lakers' broadcast team on radio when Paul Sunderland, who came in after the passing of Chick Hearn , was moved to a TV-only play-by-play call, eliminating the simulcast. Spero Dedes was hired from the NBA TV channel as the radio play-by-play job at the time.
Joel Meyers and Stu Lantz just aren't a great team. They put me to sleep when i'm watching the Lakers. Most of the time, I have no idea what they are even talking about.

Monday, April 4, 2011

NCAA Men's National Championship Game

 #8 Butler Bulldogs (27-9) vs. #3 University of Connecticut Huskies (30-9)
Tonight on CBS
9:23 pm EST

Who you got tonight?

I'm rooting for Butler.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Dodgers Take Opening Series from Defending Champs

It wasn't pretty but the Dodgers managed to defeat the Giants 3 out of 4 times this weekend.

Keys to victory:
1) Great pitching from Kershaw, Billingsley, Kuroda
2) Giants errors
3) Aubrey Huff defense

Game 1: Dodgers 2 Giants 1
Game 2: Dodgers 4 Giants 3
Game 3: Giants 10 Dodgers 0
Game 4: Dodgers 7 Giants 5

Dodger Negatives:

Mattingly's line-up on Saturday looked like a Spring Training line-up. Of course, the Dodgers didn't produce a single run that game.
  1. Aaron Miles 
  2. Ivan De Jesus 
  3. Andre Ethier 
  4. Matt Kemp 
  5. James Loney 
  6. Hector Gimenez 
  7. Xavier Paul 
  8. Jamey Carroll 
  9. Ted Lilly 
The bullpen struggled a little. Broxton gave up a run in 2 of his 3 outings but in the end got those saves. It's nice to be able to close out games early in the season. Kenley Jansen gave up 4 ERs in his 2011 debut.

The Dodgers couldn't hit with runners in scoring position. They were 4-for-27 with runners in scoring position before they scored 4 runs in the 7th inning of Sunday's finale.

Dodger Positives:
Matt Kemp is back to his 2009 form. He went 5-for-12 with 1 HR, 3 RBIs, 3 BBs, and 4 Rs in the entire series.

The aggressiveness from the Dodgers base runners. In the first two games, I noticed it when they weren't hesitating to take that extra base. Juan Uribe was thrown out trying to go to 2nd, but I love seeing that from my team. They are trying to get runners into scoring position.

Injury updates:
Casey Blake expects to return Friday.
Jon Garland is hoping to return next Sunday. (If not, Tim Redding/John Ely will get the start)

Next Series:
4/5 @ Colorado Rockies (5:40 pm)
4/6 @ Colorado Rockies (12:10 pm)

(Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Friday, April 1, 2011

Kobe Bryant Named Player of the Month

Kobe Bryant Named Player of the Month For March

NBA released:
The Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant was named the Kia  Western Conference Players of the Month for games played during March.

Bryant averaged 25.8 points, 4.8 rebounds and 4.4 assists, leading the Lakers to a 12-1 record on the month, bringing them within 2 ½ games of San Antonio for first place in the Western Conference. Bryant achieved several milestones in March, moving ahead of Moses Malone for sixth on the NBA's all-time scoring list during a 26-point performance in a win at Atlanta on March 8, and passing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as the Lakers' all-time leader in games played in a win over New Orleans on March 27. Bryant also tallied a season-high 42 points, to go along with 12 rebounds and nine assists in a win over Phoenix on March 22.
First time this season for Kobe, and 13th time in his career.

(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Blake Griffin Named Rookie of the Month

For the 5th straight month, Blake Griffin named Rookie of the Month.

Just released from Clippers.com
Los Angeles Clippers’ rookie forward Blake Griffin today was named the NBA’s Western Conference T-Mobile Rookie of the Month for games played through March. It is the fifth straight month Griffin has been honored as Rookie of the Month. The Washington Wizards’ John Wall won the award for the Eastern Conference.
Griffin led all rookies in scoring (20.5 ppg), rebounding (10.4 rpg) and tied for second in assists (4.3 apg). He is the only player in the league averaging at least 20 points, 12 rebounds and three assists. Griffin became the Clippers franchise all-time leading rookie scorer on March 30.


Here is a recap of the month for Griffin:

Blake Griffin, LA Clippers
March 7 @ Charlotte: Had 17 points, 15 rebounds and three assists in a 92-87 victory over the Bobcats.
March 19 vs. Cleveland: Tallied 30 points, eight rebounds and eight assists in a 100-92 win over the Cavaliers.
March 23 vs. Washington: Posted a triple-double with 33 points, 17 rebounds and 10 assists in a 127-119 victory over the Wizards.
March 26 vs. Toronto: Tallied 22 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in a 94-90 win over the Raptors.

Matt Barnes Suspended One Game

Mike_Bresnahan reports:
Matt Barnes suspended one game, will not play vs. Utah. Jason Terry downgraded from Flagrant Foul 2 to Flagrant Foul 1...and not suspended.
Barnes deserves it. I understand he was standing up for Blake but then he accidentally pushed down the Mavericks assistant coach. He didn't have to get involved and escalate the entire incident.


(Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Phil Jackson Named Coach of the Month

Lakers Coach Phil Jackson (12-1) named NBA Western Conference Coach of the Month for March.

The Lakers ended the month on an 8-game winning streak and had only one loss against the Miami Heat on March 10th.

The Lakers had wins over the San Antonio Spurs, Orlando Magic, and beat the Dallas Mavericks twice.

Horrible Situation At Dodger Stadium Last Night

Another unfortunate situation happened at Dodger Stadium last night:
LOS ANGELES -- Los Angeles police are looking for two men who beat and critically injured a San Francisco Giants fan in the Dodger Stadium parking lot after the opening day game.

Sgt. Sanford Rosenberg says two men in Dodgers clothing followed three men in Giants gear as they walked to their car after Thursday night's 2-1 Dodger victory.

Rosenberg says the attackers yelled slurs against the Giants and began kicking and punching the men.

One victim suffered a head injury and was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

Rosenberg says the injury is not life-threatening.

"It is extremely unfortunate that this incident took place on what was otherwise a great day at Dodger Stadium for tens of thousands of fans," the Dodgers said in a statement. "We're committed to having the most fan and family friendly environment in baseball and will continue to make that a top priority. We are cooperating fully with authorities during their investigation and we wish this fan a speedy recovery."

Investigators don't have the identities of the suspects and are asking anyone with information on the attack to call police.
These actions by some Dodger fans are getting ridiculous. I understand that the Giants/Dodgers rivalry has been going on for many many years, but there is no reason these actions.

When I go to a baseball stadium, I'm there to have a great experience and watch the game.

I remember a couple years ago, I was at the same game where a Dodgers fan pulled out a gun and shot a Giants fan.

Stop the violence and enjoy the game.