Thursday, June 30, 2011

Vote For Kemp! All Star Voting Ends Today

Click the picture to vote for Kemp
Matt Kemp is less than 200,000 votes behind Matt Holliday for 3rd place among National League outfielders.

Top 5 NL Outfielders
Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,932,100
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 3,208,183
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,935,965
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,743,927
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 2,264,640

Voting ends in less than 12 hours. (11:59 pm EST) 
You can vote up to 25 times per e-mail address.

Picture from: The Left Field Pavilion Blog

Five Good Minutes With Ron Artest

Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest was Pardon The Interruption's special guest yesterday.

On their segment, Five Good Minutes, Ron talks about why he's changing his name and how they came up with the name. Tony & Mike ask Ron about this past season and his new head coach Mike Brown. Ron also talks about his Citizenship Award he received earlier this year.


Fear Factor Set To Return This Fall

Fear Factor is returning to NBC this Fall.

Joe Rogan is returning as the host and here's what he said on twitter:
This Fear Factor return feels like I'm in a bizarro alternate reality. I'm looking forward to doing this much more than I ever expected.
"Fear Factor" is the competition reality show in which contestants must decide if they have the guts and determination to face their fears while outpacing the competition. This hit TV series is back and ready to challenge teams of two to compete for up to $50,000.

How To Apply
STEP 1: PRE-REGISTER YOUR TEAM
CLICK HERE to pre-register. You will get a confirmation email letting you know that we have received your form. Only 1 person per team needs to complete the on-line pre-registration.
STEP 2: MAIL A VIDEO SUBMISSION AND APPLICATION
CLICK HERE for instructions on what to include in your video. Only a DVD or MINI DV will be accepted. (They will NOT accept Mini DVD, VHS or Hi-8 tapes).
CLICK HERE to download the application for Fear Factor. Each teammate per team must complete his/her own application and each must including a recent photo.
Deadline to submit your videotape and completed application is July 8th, 2011. Remember, the sooner the better!

Send your videotape and completed application to:

Fear Factor 2011 Casting
Attn. Casting Duo
1741 Ivar Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90028

You can find more information about the Fear Factor application process here.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My Updated All Star Ballot

Voting for the 2011 MLB All-Star Game Starters ends tomorrow night at 11:59 pm EST. {Vote Here}

They will announce the starters and reserves on July 3rd.

On April 26th, I filled out my first All-Star ballot online. Two months can make a big difference especially for the Boston Redsox, who started their season 2-10.

I have a total of five changes for the American League starting lineup. With the Redsox having one of the best records in the MLB, they deserve a couple of starters in the Summer Classic. 

C: Russell Martin to Alex Avila
1B: Miguel Cabrera to Adrian Gonzalez
OF: Jeff Francour to Jacoby Ellsbury
OF: Carlos Quentin to Curtis Granderson
DH: Travis Hafner to David Ortiz

For the National League starting lineup I also made five changes. Buster Posey went down with an injury and now is out for the season but at the same time Brian McCann has been hitting a lot better. It's great seeing Jose Reyes having another outstanding season. 

C: Buster Posey (Injury) to Brian McCann
1B: Joey Votto to Prince Fielder
SS: Troy Tulowitzki to Jose Reyes
3B: Pablo Sandoval to Placido Polanco
OF: Andre Ethier to Lance Berkman


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)

My Final Vote (June 29th)

American League:
C - Alex Avila (DET)
1B - Adrian Gonzalez (BOS)
2B - Robinson Cano (NYY)
SS - Asdrubal Cabrera (CLE)
3B - Alex Rodriguez(NYY)
OF - Jose Bautista (TOR)
OF - Jacoby Ellsbury (BOS)
OF - Curtis Granderson (NYY)
DH - David Ortiz (BOS)

National League:
C - Brian McCann (ATL)
1B - Prince Fielder (MIL)
2B - Brandon Phillips (CIN)
SS - Jose Reyes (NYM)
3B - Placido Polanco (PHI)
OF - Lance Berkman (STL)
OF - Ryan Braun (MIL)
OF - Matt Kemp (LAD)

Rosters will be announced during the 2011 All-Star Game Selection Show on TBS on July 3. Baseball fans around the world will then be able to select the final player on each team via the 2011 All-Star Game Final Vote Sponsored by Sprint.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Mailday: June 27

I haven't added anything to my Joe Johnson collection in a while. Within the last week, there were 4 new cards on ebay that I needed.

The first card is from 2009-10 Absolute Memorabilia. Only 10 of these were produced and I won the auction at the last minute. I have two other versions of this card that are both numbered to 25. {Image 1} {Image 2}
#/10
The next patch is a 3-color patch. It's also my third patch from the same product. All of these are numbered to 49. You can view the other two relics {Image 1} {Image 2}
#/49
Upper Deck basketball are harder to find since Upper Deck lost their license and Panini are coming out with so many products. One seller had two cards that contained Joe Johnson on it and I was able to combine shipping for both cards. The first one is numbered to 25 and the second one is numbered to 99. Both cards consist of Josh Smith, Joe Johnson and Josh Childress. Childress is the only one that is no longer on the Atlanta Hawks.
#/25
#/99
Joe Johnson Collection

Upcoming Appearance: Blake Griffin

Meet Blake Griffin 
Challenge him to Kinect for Xbox 360.

Thursday, June 30 · 5:00pm - 7:00pm

Microsoft Store
Westfield Century City
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, California

Pictures will be taken by the official photographer and posted to the Microsoft Store Facebook page within 24 hours after the event. Use of personal cameras is not allowed. Microsoft Store will provide an 8.5x11’’ photograph of Blake to be signed at the event. 

Monday, June 27, 2011

Upcoming Appearance: Sugar Ray Leonard

Meet & Greet Sugar Ray Leonard

*Book Signing*
"The Big Fight: My Life In And Out Of The Ring"

Wednesday, June 29
6:30-7:30 p.m.

ESPN Zone at LA Live
1011 S. Figueroa St.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Venue Phone: 213-765-7070

Leonard will be available to meet and greet with fans who bring copies of the book to be signed. Copies will also be available for purchase. Visitors are also asked to refrain from bringing additional memorabilia.

More information available here

Friday, June 24, 2011

The 2011 ESPYS

Hosted by Seth Meyers
Wednesday, July 13th 
9PM EST
Live on ESPN

My favorite award show is just around the corner. Being a huge sports fan, I look forward to watching the ESPYS the day after the MLB All-Star game.

Voting has opened for the 2011 ESPY awards. Just click here to begin voting for your favorite athletes, teams or moment.

Here are some of the categories and nominees:

Best Male Athlete
Jimmie Johnson (Nascar)
Rafael Nadal (Tennis)
Dirk Nowitzki (Mavericks)
Aaron Rodgers (NFL)

My Pick: Aaron Rodgers. He just had an amazing playoff run to win his first Super Bowl. He was named Super Bowl MVP after completing 24-of-39 passes for 304 yards and three touchdowns to beat the Steelers.

Best Female Athlete
Kelly Clark (Snowboarding)
Lauren Jackson (WNBA)
Maya Moore (NCAAB)
Lindsey Vonn (Skiing)

My Pick:  Kelly Clark. She won 3 Gold Medals this year (Winter X, Winter X Europe and Burton U.S. Open).

Best Championship Performance
Tim Linceum (2010 MLB Postseason)
Tim Thomas (Stanley Cup)
Kemba Walker (Big East and NCAA Tournament)
Serena Williams (2010 Wimbledon)

My Pick: Kemba Walker. Averaged 24.6 PPG, 6.2 RPG, and 5.0 APG during both tournaments. Named Big East Tournament MVP and NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player

Best Breakthrough Athlete
Jose Bautista (Toronto Bluejays)
Arian Foster (Houston Texans)
Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers)
Li Na (Tennis)
Cam Newton (Auburn Tigers)

My Pick: Blake Griffin. Won the 2010-11 Rookie of the Year and averaged 22.5 PPG and 12.1 RPG while shooting 50.6 PCT from the field.

The other categories (Click the link to see the nominees)

RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

UPSET

GAME

MOMENT

TEAM

CASTROL EDGE NFL STRONGEST PERFORMANCE AWARD

SPORTS MOVIE

COACH/MANAGER

NFL PLAYER

MLB PLAYER

NHL PLAYER

DRIVER

NBA PLAYER

WNBA PLAYER

FIGHTER

MALE GOLFER

FEMALE GOLFER

MALE TENNIS PLAYER

FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

COLLEGE FEMALE ATHLETE

MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

JOCKEY

MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

BOWLER

MLS PLAYER

TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE

RECORD-BREAKING PERFORMANCE

UPSET

GAME

MOMENT

TEAM

CASTROL EDGE NFL STRONGEST PERFORMANCE AWARD

SPORTS MOVIE

COACH/MANAGER

NFL PLAYER

MLB PLAYER

NHL PLAYER

DRIVER

NBA PLAYER

WNBA PLAYER

FIGHTER

MALE GOLFER

FEMALE GOLFER

MALE TENNIS PLAYER

FEMALE TENNIS PLAYER

MALE COLLEGE ATHLETE

COLLEGE FEMALE ATHLETE

MALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

FEMALE ACTION SPORT ATHLETE

JOCKEY

MALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

FEMALE ATHLETE WITH A DISABILITY

BOWLER

MLS PLAYER

TRACK AND FIELD ATHLETE

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Mailday: June 22

I bought this card for only $6.50 last week. I've seen another one on ebay sell for around $10 so I had to buy this for my collection with a low price tag.

2009 Donruss Elite Kobe Bryant "Elite" Relic #/99

It's my 14th Kobe Bryant jersey card. {View Collection}

Petition For Vin Scully To Call World Series

A couple days ago, Yahoo! had an article about a petition to have Vin Scully announce the World Series this season.
To:  Fox Corporation 
Vin Scully, the greatest baseball announcer of all time has not called a World Series Game on Television since Game 5 of the 1988 World Series when his Dodgers defeated the Mighty A's. As his career comes closer to an end, I feel that this great man and broadcaster needs to have one more chance to shine when the stage shines the brightest, The World Series. Join me in this push to have him get one more chance to crown a World Champion in the way it should always be done, with class, diginity and honor, the way he has done it for over 60 years. 
Sincerely,
The Undersigned
Who knows if this will happen but it's a great idea. Sure there's one way this could happen and that's if the Dodgers somehow make it to the World Series. I don't think that will happen this year though.

 As of right now there are 2650 signatures for the petition. You can sign the petition by clicking here.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals

The 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup Finals are set.

Mexico
USA
June 25th, 2011
6:00 PM PST
Rose Bowl
Pasadena, CA 

Mexico Group Stage:
Mexico5-0Cuba         

Mexico4-1Costa Rica 
Mexico5-0El Salvador


USA Group Stage:

USA2-0Canada      

USA1-0Guadeloupe

USA1-2Panama     


QuarterFinals:
Mexico2-1Guatemala

USA  5-0Jamaica 


Semi-Finals:
Mexico2-0Honduras

USA  1-0Panama




Javier Hernandez leads the entire tournament with 7 goals for Mexico.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Upcoming Appearance: Jamey Carroll

Meet Jamey Carroll

Friday, June 24
12-1 p.m.

Puente Hills Hyundai
17621 Gale Avenue
City Of Industry, CA 91748

This was the Rod Barajas signing but since he's on the DL, Carroll will take his place.

Upcoming Appearance: Rod Barajas

Cancelled

Meet Rod Barajas

Friday, June 24
12-1 p.m.

Puente Hills Hyundai
17621 Gale Avenue
City Of Industry, CA 91748

Monday, June 20, 2011

Ozzie Guillen Kicks Catcher's Mask

If you missed it earlier today, here's the video of White Sox manager, Ozzie Guillen, going crazy after a call by the home plate umpire. He also kicks Geovany Soto's mask and you can see Soto laughing about it.

Mailday: June 20


Received 2 packages today with a couple cards for my collection and trade bait.

The first package was a trade on SCF. The book values were close in value, I might of got the better end of the deal.

2011 Prestige Preferred Matt Ryan Jersey 
/250
2008 Razor Ethan Martin Letterman “A” Letter
This is my second Ethan Martin autograph. He was the Dodgers first round pick (15th overall) in 2008 amateur draft. He currently plays for the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes.

I had to give up these relics: 
2010-11 Playoff National Treasures Colossal Danny Granger #/99
2010-11 Prestige Hardcourt Heroes Materials Chris Paul #/249

My second package was from a NBA playoffs contest on CCW. I placed in 3rd place because of the Heat.

Here are my prizes which are available for trade:
2009 Panini Threads Elton Brand #/250
2009 Topps Signature Speedy Claxton #/599

Matt Kemp Passes Andre Ethier in NL All-Star Voting

Another update on the NL All-Star voting has been released.

Matt Kemp passed Andre Ethier for 4th place in the OF. 

Ryan Braun, Brewers: 3,034,057
Lance Berkman, Cardinals: 2,562,428
Matt Holliday, Cardinals: 2,390,118
Matt Kemp, Dodgers: 2,062,667
Andre Ethier, Dodgers: 1,889,298

Vote for both Kemp and Ethier to start in the ASG. {Click Here}

Voting ends June 30th!



Upcoming Appearance: Matt Barnes at ESPNZone

ESPNZone just announced Matt Barnes, Bill Plaschke, and Stephan A. Smith will break down the NBA Draft.

June 23 @ 4:30pm

1011 S. Figueroa Street, 
Suite B101 
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Tosh.O Marathon


Tosh.0 will be hosting its first ever marathon in Hermosa Beach, CA on July 8th.
If you're interested in participating, please CLICK HERE to fill out their sign-up form.
They may contact you with more information.
Catch all-new episodes of Tosh.0 Tuesdays at 10/9c on Comedy Central!

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Hong-Chih Kuo Bobblehead Night

The third Dodgers bobblehead stadium giveaway was on June 14th against the Cincinnati Reds. It was left-handed reliever, Hong-Chih Kuo.

Last season, Kuo was selected to his first All-Star game and set a new Dodgers franchise record with an ERA of 1.20, the record for minimum of 50 innings pitched.

As for the game, it was a great pitcher's duel until the Dodgers bullpen came into the game. Clayton Kershaw and Johnny Cueto both went 7 innings giving up 1 run each. Blake Hawksworth came in the 8th inning and allowed a couple of hits before Joey Votto singled in a run against Scott Elbert. Mike MacDougal gave up another in the top of the 9th inning, which turned out to be the winning run since the Dodgers were able to score in the bottom of the inning against Cordero.

Reds won 3-2.

Here's a closer look at the Kuo bobblehead:

The bobblehead looks like he's right-handed but it's Kuo's follow through after he strikes out a batter. Nothing special about the bobblehead but they did a great job with detailing. It really looks like Hong-Chih Kuo.

Next Bobblehead: Andre Ethier (July 7th)

Friday, June 17, 2011

FernandoMania Bobblehead

The FernandoMania Bobblehead presented by Kaiser Permanente.


July 26th against the Colorado Rockies {Buy Tickets}


It's an old-school Fernando. I like the scoreboard and railing in the background plus it's him signing autographs for the fans.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Mailday: June 16

A couple weeks ago, I entered a Survivor contest on Card Collector's World. The goal of the contest is just pick any MLB team that you thought would win on that day. Here were my picks from the contest and I also got a 2nd chance:

5/26 Red Sox
5/27 Diamondbacks
5/28 Rays
5/29 Blue Jays 
5/30 Cardinals Lost (But since there was only 2 contestants left, his pick also lost)
5/31 Tigers


The prizes from the contest were these autograph cards from 2010 Topps USA Baseball.
2010 Topps USA Peter O'Brien Autograph
Bethune-Cookman catcher Peter O’Brien joined the ranks of the drafted as the Colorado Rockies picked him with the 17th pick in the third round (107th overall) of the 2011 MLB Draft. The Wildcat junior from Miami Gardens, Fla. has more than earned the honor, leading the team and among the MEAC’s leaders in home runs the past two seasons, in addition to leading Team USA in the same stat during the summer of 2010. {Link}
2010 Topps USA Sean Gilmartin Autograph
The Atlanta Braves drafted Sean Gilmartin in the 1st round with the 28th overall selection.

Florida State pitcher Sean Gilmartin were named first-team All-Americans by Baseball America on Thursday. Gilmartin led the Seminoles with a 12-2 record and 2.09 earned run average. He struck out 130 batters in 120 1/3 innings and held opponents to a .209 batting average while leading FSU to the Super Regionals. {Link}

As of right now i'm going to hold onto these until they make it into the majors.

Thanks to card collector's world for the contest!