Sunday, June 29, 2008

"Rarest of rare"

Legendary broadcaster Vin Scully referred to is as the "Rarest of rare" in the top of the 9th with 2 outs. Why such a distinction? The Angels as a pitching staff were pitching a no-hitter. Weaver went 6 innings before being pulled for a pinch hitter in the 7th having thrown 97 pitches. Arredondo came in and pitched 2 more no-hit innings. This led to the 9th inning as the Angles were down 1-0 not having allowed a hit all game. Here is how the 9th went:

- T. Hunter struck out swinging
- C. Kotchman grounded out to second
- H. Kendrick doubled to left
- M. Napoli walked
- R. Willits hit for J. Arredondo
- R. Willits struck out swinging

0 runs, 1 hits, 0 errors
LA Angels 0, LA Dodgers 1

"Rarest of rare" indeed. I have never seen anything like this. I believe this is the 4th or 5th this has happened in MLB history. I'll list the other ones as soon as I can find it. If someone else finds it first please post it here with a link. Thanks.


Sunday, June 22, 2008

High School Team Conspires To Hit Umpire

I have been meaning to blog on this all week but my brother and Rick Reilly pretty much summed it up well.

Neil Best: 'Mike and the Mad Dog' radio show could be history

"Mike and the Mad Dog," the most successful, influential show in sports talk radio history, could soon be history itself.

Barring a change of heart, the partnership between Mike Francesa and Christopher "Mad Dog" Russo is not expected to survive to see its 19th anniversary Sept. 5, industry sources with knowledge of the situation said.

They may have already done their final show together; their next scheduled broadcast is not until July 11.

It is not clear which host would remain on WFAN, only that it would not be both of them. One factor appears to be a fraying of their personal relationship in recent months


Is it the end of an era? I've been listening to the show on a regular basis since 2003 and on and off for the 3 years prior to that. Like them or hate them it is really good radio. Is it the most in depth analysis around? Definitely no. But somehow they've carved out their niche over the years and have set the standard by which other sports talk shows are graded.

From time to time (don't ask me why) I check in on this message board. Its filled with the most crazed lunatics in the world. It is pretty much a critique site of WFAN....created by a fan. What you'll find there is a minute by minute critique of most WFAN shows....but a definite daily Mike and the Maddog thread. The site has been mentioned on air. These crazy people do everything from knocking Mike's weight, to laughing at Russo stumbling through the English language to how these two are reacting to each other. A couple of months ago several members started to feel some tension between the two. Do any regular human'd sound crazy. But these people apparently were right. It all started from Chris' last appearance on Letterman. For whatever reason Letterman doesn't like Francesa....and always has a joke or to about Mike. Ever since Russo's last appearance people have been speculating that something was up.

If they go through with this it'll be a huge blow for WFAN having already lost Don Imus last year. Only if WFAN had sensed this coming.....they could have tried to push Mike Francesa to take the morning show at that time.

Monday, June 16, 2008

Is Fox News even trying anymore?

So everyone knows I knock the fools at Fox News as much as anybody....but this can pass for pure comedy. Credit to tonight's Daily Show for pointing this out. I'll post the Daily Show clip once Comedy Central puts that up.


Edit: Here is the Daily Show clip.

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert dead at 58.


NBC News and MSNBC
updated 10 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - Tim Russert, NBC News’ Washington bureau chief and the moderator of “Meet the Press,” died Friday after a sudden heart attack at the bureau, NBC News said Friday. He was 58.

Russert was recording voiceovers for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” program when he collapsed, the network said. No details were immediately available.

Russert, the recipient of 48 honorary doctorates, took over the helm of “Meet the Press” in December 1991. Now in its 60th year, “Meet the Press” is the longest-running program in the history of television.

In 2008, Time Magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.

Those who know me and have talked politics with me know how I prefer NBC/MSNBC to other American media outlets. Tim Russert has been a major part of that. I get the Meet the Press Podcasts for my ipod to catch the shows as chances are I never got up early enough on Sunday to catch the show. He was one of the go to guys for me whenever there was breaking news. CNN/FOX News/ABC have all broken into their regular coverage to carry this. Whoever takes over " Meet the Press" has some big shoes to fill.

Sunday, June 08, 2008

Hillary's Endorsement

Did you catch the Hillary speech from earlier today? For a few weeks now its been certain that this day would come and it finally did arrive today. Say what you want about the Clinton family....they know how to deliver. Both are going to be huge assets for Obama and the Democrats in congress this fall.

If you have a complaint about this're crazy. This speech was exactly what it needed to be. A tribute to the historic campaign her staff ran and a transition towards uniting the party. To me it was a strong endorsement and I look forward to seeing the Bill and Hillary on the campaign trails in the next few months including giving 2 strong prime time speeches at the convention.


Thursday, June 05, 2008

NBA Finals Predictions

Its been a while since I posted but just wanted to drop a short entry before the Finals started. I'm taking the Celtics in 6. KG has waited forever for this moment and I don't see him screwing this up now. Its gonna be a great series....I haven't watched the finals much the last few years....but I'll be into it this year.

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