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NL Player of the Month [Aug. 2nd, 2006|03:31 pm]
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Today Major League Baseball named Chase Utley as the Player of the Month. Come on MLB, I expect something like this from ESPN, but not you. Ok ok Chase Utley has a 33 game hitting streak, that's pretty impressive, I get that. But you can have a hit everyday and not have an impact on your team. Carlos Beltran just hit 10 homeruns and knocked in 32 runs. So if you do the math, he got a RBI for every day of the month. He also hit 3 grand slams, the record for most grand slams in a month. And if that's not enough, in a 3 game series against the team's hated the rivals, the Braves, Beltran scored 4 runs, hit 4 homeruns and knocked in TWELVE runs! In a THREE game series! He helped the Mets sweep those same rivals for the first time since 1985 and he might have just put himself in the lead for the NL MVP.
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Baby #2 [Jul. 30th, 2006|05:09 am]
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Big news sometime over the past week. Jennifer Garner was seen leaving a hospital with her 8 month old Violet. People that saw her said that Jennifer was looking "fuller than usual". People are saying they believe she is pregnant with baby #2 already. So what are they going to name this one? Lilac? Magenta? Amethyst? Reddish Blue?

In other news Jennifer news, Jennifer Connelly has reportedly signed on to be in the movie Reservation Road. The story is about two couples and what happens when one husband kills the child of the other in a hit and run. In addition to Jennifer Connelly, the cast will include Joaquin Phoenix and Mark Ruffalo. Best cast ever! It will be directed by Terry George who brought us "Hotel Rwanda".

Unfortunately Jennifer Connelly's husband Paul Bettany has signed on for the movie "His Dark Materials". The movie is starring Nicole Kidman. Ick!
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More tennis [Jul. 6th, 2006|11:23 pm]
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Should I be worried that this is my second straight post about tennis? Anyway, I was watching the match today between Amelie Mauresmo and Maria Sharapova and I wondered how they came up with the scoring in tennis. It's actually quite simple. The scoring in tennis, instead of going from 0 - 5, goes Love (zero), 15, 30, 40, and then the next score wins the match. The origin of scoring comes from the stations on a clock. The four stations of course are 0, 15, 30, and 45. But somewhere along the way they decided to change 45 to 40, just because it was shorter. As for 0 being "love", it comes from the French word "l'eouf" which means egg, as in having a goose egg.
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Maria Sharapova [Jul. 6th, 2006|12:26 pm]
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I'm not going to pretned to be a tennis expert but I tune in to watch it occassionally and tend to atleast watch Wimbledon every year. This year is no different. I tuned in to watch Wimbledon and of course the first couple of days the big story was Andre Agassi playing in Wimbledon for the last time. However, Agassi was quickly eliminated but #2 ranked Rafael Nadal and they needed something different to talk about. So what was the new story after Agassi got eliminated? Was it Federer's continuing dominance? Was it that someone other than Williams sister was going to win this year? Was it the fact that all the Americans were eliminated early? Nope. After Agassi was eliminated the biggest story was, "Maria Sharapova grunts too much".

This has to be the biggest non-story in sports in quite sometime. Everyone on the Wimbledon coverage is talking about it and joking about how they have to wear ear plugs, Sharapova's opponent even complained about it after the match. Now like I said, I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure this isn't a first. I've seen tennis before and I've heard other people grunt before. Sure, people have joked about the fact that they grunt or whatever but it's never been the top story at Wimbledon, there are literally newspapers writing stories about Sharapova's grunting. Is it necessary? Or is it just a way to get in the opponent's head? In my opinion, who cares? What if it is just strategy on her part? There's no rules against it, if it bothers you that much, if it really does work to get in your head, then why doesn't more people do it? You're free to do it just like she does. I've heard a lot of people say that it ruins tennis players concerntration when Sharapova grunts. Well too bad, what a bunch of sissys tennis players are. Baseball, football, hockey, soccer, and basketball players have to play with thousands of people not just making noise, but having negative things said directly to them. But precious tennis players have to have complete silence in order to play their sport. It's bad enough that the fans aren't allowed to cheer while the people are playing but now people don't want the players to make noises either. This is just ridiculous, get over it people.
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ESPYs 2006 [Jun. 26th, 2006|01:00 pm]
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Well it's that time again. On July 16th ESPN holds their annual ESPY awards, THE awards show for sports. Sure these awards aren't taken as seriously as the Oscars or anything, but they are a fun award show if you're a sports fans. But warning to those who plan on watching this, if you're tired of ESPN beating us over the head with Lance Armstrong, this might not be the show for you because he is your 2006 host. I'm sure afterwards ESPN will give him a medal for beating cancer and still being able to host the show. Anyway, here are my thoughts on winners and losers and snubs.

Best Performance:
- AJ Hawk wins 2005 Fiesta Bowl MVP and most Outstanding Linebacker
- Matt Leinhart...well plays football, they don't really say what was so impressive that he made the list.
- Kobe Bryant scores 81 points in a game.
- Ryan Howard fills in for injured Jim Thome and wins NL Rookie of the year.
ESPN treats Michael Jordan like God and Kobe scored more points than Jordan ever has so Kobe should win it.

Best NHL Player
- Jaromir Jagr
- Joe Thornton
- Alexander Oveckiin
- Cam Ward
Joe Thornton should win it but Jagr probably will. It's fan vote and 90% of the people voting won't know anybody other than Jagr.

Best International Player
- Roger Federer
- Rafael Nadal
- Fernando Alfonso
- Ronaldinho
- Albert Pujols
- Dirk Nowitzki
I don't think there is any doubt Pujols will win. Who should win? No offense to Pujols and Nowitzki who are both great and I like them both, but I have not seen any male in any sport dominate the way Roger Federer does, he would be my pick.

Best Female Track and Field
- Alyson Felix
- Michelle Perry
- Sanya Richards
Don't know anything about this category.

Best Male Track and Field
- Justin Gatlin
- Bershawn Jackson
- Asafa Powell
Don't know anything about this category either.

Best Female Tennis Player
- Venus Williams
- Kim Clijsters
- Amelie Mauresmo
- Justine Henin-Hardenne
I'll go with Mauresmo

Best Male Tennis Player
- Roger Federer
- Rafael Nadal
- James Blake
- David Nalbandian
Roger Federer

Best Boxer
- Floyd Mayweather
- Jermain Taylor
- Bernard Hopkins
- Oscar De La Hoya
No clue.

Best Footballer
- Ronaldinho
- Thierry Henry
- Frank Lampard
- Andriy Shevchenko
Umm...Frank Lampard

Best MLS Player
- Landon Donvoan
- Taylor Twellman
- Jaime Moreno
- Dwayne De Rosario
What does MLS stand for again?

Best Jockey
- Garrett Gomez
- John Velaquez
- Edgar Prado
Shouldn't we vote for the horses instead? That would be to see a trophy awarded to a horse too.

Best Golfer
- Tiger Woods
- Annika Sorestam
- Phil Mickelson

Best NFL Player
- Shaun Alexander
- Peyton Manning
- Ladanian Tomlinson
- Steve Smith
- Brian Urlacher
I'm not sure why NFL gets five choices while golfers get three because I don't think these five are close enough to include them all. To me there is a big drop off from the first three to the last two and I'd have to go with Alexander over Peyton and LT.

Best Bowler
- Chris Barnes
- Norm Duke
- Tommy Jones
- Walter Ray Williams Jr
I don't know.

Best NBA Player
- Tamika Catchings
- Diana Taurasi
- Lisa Leslie
- Lauren Jackson
- Sheryl Swoopes
Aww, no Sue Bird. I'll have to go with Lauren Jackson, Taurasi is having a great season this year though, maybe next year for her.

Best NBA Player
- Kobe Bryant
- Steve Nash
- Lebron James
- Dirk Nowitzki
- Dwayne Wade
Ouch, this is a tough one. Nash still shouldn't be in this class. The other four are neck and neck but I'll go with Wade edging out Kobe.

Best Baseball Player
- Albert Pujols
- Chris Carpenter
- Alex Rodriguez
- David Ortiz
It has to be Pujols.

Best Female with a Disability
- Rachel Scdoris
- Laurie Stephens
- Sarah Rienertsen
They'are all impressive but an amputee doing the Iron Man triathlon? That's crazy.

Best Male with a Disability
- Anthony Robles
- Bobby Martin
- Steve Cook
Anthony Robles is the high school National Champion in wrestling, he did it with one leg.

Best Female College Athlete
- Seimone Augustus
- Courtney Thompson
- Virginia Powell
- Christine Sinclair
- Cat Osterman
If anybody other than Cat wins it's a joke.

Best Male College Athlete
- Vince Young
- Reggie Bush
- Matt Leinhart
- J. J. Reddick
- Adam Morrison
Vince Young hands down.

Best Female Action Sport Athlete
- Dallas Friday
- Hannah Teter
- Cara-Beth Burnside
- Gretchen Bleiler
- Janna Meyen
Dallas Friday. What do I base that on? Her name. Seriously, can you think of a name cooler than Dallas Friday?? An Action sport athlete has to have a cool name!

Best Male Action Sport Athlete
- Jamie Bestwick
- Jeremy Stenberg
- Shaun White
- Ricky Carmichael
- Kelly Slatter
Bummer, NONE of these guys have cool names.

Best US Olympian
- Ted Ligety
- Julia Macuso
- Hannah Teter
- Shaun White
Wait, the Olympics were two years ago....OOOHHH the WINTER Olympics. Those still exist?

Best Sports Movie
- Dreamer
- The Greatest Game Ever Played
- Glory Road
- Four Minutes
Wow, I didn't see any of these, not a good year for sports movies.

Best Record Breaking Performance
- Ben Roethlisberger is the youngest QB to win the Super Bowl then be stupid enough to ride his motorcyle without a helmet or a license. Ok, so I added the second part.
- Shaun Alexander scores most touchdowns in a season.
- Mike Metzger does backflip over the fountain at Cesar's, whatever that means.
- Kalen Pimentel breaks Little League World Series record.
Espy number 2 for Mr. Alexander, breaking the TD record has to be the quietest breaking of a major record ever.

Best Breakthrough Athlete
- Kimmie Meissner
- Shaun White
- Chris Paul
- Alexander Oveckin
What? No Joakim Noah? David Wright? Ryan Howard? Out of the nominees I'll say Chris Paul, but awful choices.

Best Comeback
- Tedy Bruschi
- Ronny Turiaf
- James Blake
Great that all of them have recovered from their different injuries, but Blake didn't just come back but had an amazing year.

Best Play
- Nathan Vasher kick return for 108 yards.
- Tyrone Prothro makes unbelievable catch
- David Wright one handed catch
- Aaron Rowand running catch
- Reggie Bush punt return
Gotta be Wright. I like the Prothro catch too though.

Best Moment
- Kobe Bryant scores 81 points
- Dakoda Dowd: PLGA attempt
- Jason McElwain: Manager, Shooter
- George Mason makes it to the Final Four
I'll go with George Mason, too bad they ran into the my Gators.

Best Championship performance
- Vince Young
- Venus Williams
- Sam Hornish Jr
- Dwayne Wade
Come on ! The Gators win the National Champinoship and they still can't get any love. At the beginning of the NCAA Tournamnet nobody outside of Gators fans and some SEC fans knew who Joakim Noah was. After the tournament was over everyone agreed he'd be the #1 pick overall if entered the draft, even over J. J. Reddick and Adam Morrison who earlier in this ballot were noinees for male collegiate athlete of the year. I'm not saying Joakim should win, it's definitely between Young and Wade and I think Young should win, but Joakim should be a nominee.

Best Game
- Astros vs Braves, Game 4 of the ALDS
- USC Trojans vs Texas Longhorns National Championship game
- Andre Aggasi and James Blake U.S. Open
Ahh, tough choice. I really want to say Agassi vs Blake because it was absolutely amazing, but since USC/Texas was for the championship I say it edges it out.

Best Coach
- Ozzie Guillen, Chicago White Sox
- Pat Riley, Miami Heat
- Billy Donovan, FLorida Gators
- Bill Cower, Pittsburgh Steelers
- Jim Larranaga, Geore Mason
I can't stand Ozzie. Sorry Cower, but try and win your division before being the best coach. Billy D's team beat Larranaga's team. It should be Riles or Billy D. My pick is Billy D obviously, but I doubt he does win it.

Best Team
- Maryland Terrapins Women's College Basketball
- Texas Longhorns College Football
- Miami Heat
- Pittsburgh Steelers
- Chicago White Sox
Once again, come on people. The Maryland Terrapins Women's Basketball Team over the Florida Gators men's team? I mean no offense, i'm not sexist or anything, but the Gators didn't just win their championship, they did it in more dominating fashion than any other team in any sport. They won their 6 games in the NCAA Tournament by an average of 16 points. In the finals they beat the school that has the most championships and history and whooped them badly. I like Maryland's baskeball team, but I wouldn't even put them ahead of the Arizona Wildcats' softball team. Miami wasn't a great team, they were Dwayne Wade and some other guys. The Steelers didnt' even win their division. I'd have to go with either Texas or Chicago, and I'd probably lean towards Texas.

Best Female Athlete
- Annika Sorestam
- Hannah Teter
- Sheryl Swoopes
- Melanie Trexel
I refuse to even choose in this category since Cat Osterman not being in the category is the biggest omission in the whole thing. Nobody, male or female, was as dominant in her sport as she was this season.

Best Male Athlete
- Lance Armstrong
- Vince Young
- Shawn Alexander
- Lebron James
- Albert Pujols
This is a pretty tight one, very tough choie between Vince Young, Shawn Alexander, Lebron and Pujols, so of course that means Lance Armstrong will win for the 53rd consecutive year. I'll take Pujols myself. And Roger Federer is missing from this list.
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Blame Video Games [Jun. 22nd, 2006|03:04 pm]
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The past couple of days I've been going over to SermonAudio.com to get sermons to listen to for my daily quiet times. Twice this week I have heard sermons about video games, and it's really annoying me. One of the sermons wasn't TOO bad. He gave some good reasons on why video games can be hurtful, and they can be but I didn't like that he listed the bad things about video games and talked about them for 40 minutes, then listed the good things about video games and spent about 2 minutes on them. He admitted to not being a video game player himself, which was pretty evident because a lot of his facts were incorrect too. The second sermon though was ridiculous. The guy on the second sermon said that every murder committed by someone younger than 21 years old over the past 15 years killed that person because of video games. What was his proof? He says, every one of those murderers has played a video game before. Yeah so? Just about every PERSON under 21 years old has played a video game so of course every murderer under 21 has played one. Everyone under 21 years old has also breathed. No breathing kids! But that's not all they went even further and said that a lot of board games are evil too. The two they mentioned were Monopoly because they said it teaches you be greedy, and Risk because anyone who plays Risk learns to WANT TO RULE THE WORLD! I'm not making this stuff up. I guess Battleship is a no no too because you'll start blowing up ships, don't play Clue either or you'll hit people with candlesticks in the conservatory, and definitely don't let your kids play Operation or they'll go around pulling out people's funny bones.

Now the second sermon was just absurd so I ignored them, the first one though is the one I want to talk about. Really his two main points were that A) people spend too much time playing video games and B) some games are not appropiate for the people playing them. I completely agree with both points being a bad thing. But this isn't a "video games are evil" thing, this is a bad parenting thing. Let's face it kids or teenagers are not responsible, that's why they live with their parents. If you let a kid play whatever they want for however long they want then they will. If a kid shouldn't play a game for six hours straight, then their parent should tell them not to. If a game is inappropiate for a kid or teenager, then their parents shouldn't let them have the game. That's why there is a rating on every game. But the truth is most parents don't want to deal with their kids they just sit them in front of the tv to entertain them. Then when that same kid DOES get in trouble, probably because they get no attention from their parents, their parents blame the video games, when they were the ones that let them play it! If you have a kid that plays video games you should monitor them to make sure they don't play too long, if the parent isn't home to monitor them, then here's an idea, don't get them a video games system. If they are going to a friend's house and playing inappropiate games then don't let them go to that friend's house.

It especially peeved me when people blamed Columbine on video games. The students who shot up the school played first person shooters so that must be why they did it! Wrong. The truth is the kids who shot students at Columbine played first person shooters because they already liked guns, they didn't like guns because they played first person shooters. These kids were already troubled to begin with. And again this goes back to bad parenting. As a parent your kid should know that video games aren't real, you should teach them that shooting people is bad. I admit that some games are bad, Grand Theft Auto should not be played by anyone under 21 and even then you might be better off staying away from it, but anyone who sees a character on a video game shoot someone else and then thinks, "oh that's pretty cool" either hasn't been taught very well or is messed up in the head, it has nothing to do with video games.

I also object to the second sermon saying that the worst type of video game is the roleplaying game because roleplaying games are evil. What a load a crap. Other than puzzle games, like Tertris, and sports games, roleplaying games are the LEAST evil for several reasons:
1. Nobody imitates roleplaying games - You hear some cases where idiots shoot someone because of a first person shooter, or run their car into something because of a racing game, or suplex their buddy because of a wrestling game. I think there was even one case where someone injured another person by jumping on their head like Mario! But I have NEVER heard of a case where someone was injured imitating a roleplaying game. Have any kids gotten injured trying to kill the local dragon? Have any kids every gotten lost because they went to the Forbidden Forest? Has a kid ever made an elixir called Phenix Down that brings people back to life? No, because roleplaying games are so fantastical that nobody, even the really really stupid people ever mistake them for reality.
2. Less violence - In a roleplaying game you get a screen where on one side you have pictures of your heroes and on the other side are your villians, you choose to attack and there is some graphic or sound effect to suggest you attacked them, but you don't see it happen. Your player doesn't rip off someone's arms like in God of War. Your player doesn't pull out someone's spine like in Mortal Kombat, you don't see the villians blow up like in Grand Theft Auto and you never ever see any blood.
3. It's the most educational - I know what you're thinking, a game is educational, yeah right! It's true. In roleplaying games you have very long and complicated stories and character development, it's more like an interactive movie than like the action adventure games. Which means there is lots and lots of reading. I started playing roleplaying games when I was probably 7 or 8 and I honestly learned more vocabulary words from playing roleplaying games than I did from going to school.
4. Language - In about 98% of the roleplaying games I've played there was no swearing at all, not even words like "crap" and "damn" that are pretty much acceptable in society today.
5. Puzzles - Often in video games there are several puzzles that you have to face which actually challenge the mind, rather than just having you shoot the same evil creature 23,341,534 times in a row like first person shooters or just punch over and over again in fighting games.

So yeah, video games aren't that bad if the parents would take some responsibility. Now I must go roll up in a ball and then pounce on top of things. What can I say, I played too much Sonic the Hedgehog as a child.
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In the interest of fairness [Jun. 9th, 2006|04:17 pm]
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When a Major League Baseball player signs for millions and millions of dollars and then doesn't live up to the expectations I have no problem with the media and the fans ragging on him for his lack of play. They get paid a lot of money to do what they do and I don't have much sympathy for someone who gets to play baseball for a living and then go home to his 20 million dollar house.

However, in the interest of fairness, when that player turns around and starts playing like he should or even better than he should then I think he deserves a lot of credit. I don't see this happening. One certain player signed as a free agent last year and didn't live up to those expectations. He was getting buried by everyone, especially the one and only ESPN. Now suddenly he's having a great season but it's going pretty unnoticed. Why? Because people aren't willing to say "I Was wrong this guy is worth what he got paid" because heaven forbid anyone admit they were wrong. Instead they just ignore the season the player is having.

Of course I'm talking about Carlos Beltran.

Last offseason Carlos Beltran signed a huge contract and people immediately said he was overpaid, he didn't exactly prove them wrong in his first season as he only hit 16 HR and 78 RBI and only stole 17 bases while hitting .266. Hoever this year, he has completely turned it around. It is only June 9th and he only has one less homerun this year than all of last year. The one guy who is getting a lot of credit for the Mets is David Wright. Now don't get me wrong Wright deserves all the credit he's getting, he's a great young player, but let's compare their stats.

David Wright 38 runs 10 HR 40 RBI 9 steals .335 AVG
Carlos Beltran 39 runs 15 HR 41 RBI 10 steals .280 AVG

As good as Wright has been, Beltran has been even better this season. And on top of that Beltran was injured for part of the season, he has FIFTY LESS at bats than Wright. If you look at what they are projected to do for the rest of the season, based on their number of at bats, her is what you get.

David Wright 105 runs 28 HR 111 RBI 25 steals .335 AVG
Carlos Beltran 121 runs 47 HR 127 RBI 31 steals .280 AVG

Not only is Beltran living up to the contract he signed but I think he's actually overachieving. Yeah the 120 runs, 31 steals and .280 average is what I was expecting, but I don't think Beltran is a 45 HR 120 RBi type of slugger, but he's playing like it this year. A lot of people go back to 2004 when he went to Houston and say he overachieved that season and that the Mets paid way too much for him after that. Now here we are a season and a half later and he's having a better season than he did in 2004.
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The Frat Pick [Jun. 8th, 2006|06:36 pm]
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You may have noticed that I changed the title of my blog to "Everything You Never Wanted to Know". The reason is I often talk about information that I come across that doesn't really mean a whole lot to a whole lot of people but it's either interesting or informative so I pass it along. Today's topic is the inspiration to this title because you probably don't care about this topic.

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Find out about the A's mascot Stomper, my opinions of X-Men: The Last Stand and find out what made me cry today...or atleast made me type one of these :*(Collapse )
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Women's College World Series Day 1 [Jun. 2nd, 2006|02:56 am]
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What a very long day it was watching the Women's College World Series. I tuned into ESPN2 at noon and when Tennesee's third baseman stepped on third base for the final out of the first round it was 2 AM the next morning. But I enjoyed every minute of it. Game 1 started off in exciting fashion, with extra innings. It was tied up 2 - 2 in the 9th inning when Caitlin Lowe just barely got a single up the middle just out of the reach of her own sister Paige Lowe, second baseman for Oregon State. Autumn Champions sacrificed Caitlin to second then Kristie Fox singled to center and Caitlin scored the winning run. In Game 2 Cat Osterman did her thing like she's done so many times before. 7 innings, 1 hit, and a World Series record 18 strikeouts. So the first two games we got to see dominating pitching, in Game 3, not so much. There were more runs scored in the Northwestern/Alabama game (11), than the first two games combined (7). Alabama was up 5 - 4 in the bottom of the 7th (the last inning in a softball game). There was 2 outs and 2 strikes, just one strike away from the win when Erin Dryer blasted one over the centerfield fence. Alabama was stunned and never recovered as Northwestern won in the bottom of the 10th inning. In Game 4 UCLA and Tennessee went back and forth until Tennessee had a 4 - 2 lead in the 7th. Monica Abbott, like I predicted to my sister earlier in the week, started to fold under the pressure. She gave up a single, hit a batter and then another hit made it 4 - 3. They survived with the win, but still if it wasn't for an insurance run in the top of the 7th then UCLA could be celebrating right now. So the day pretty much had it all. In the first game you had some good pitching, a lot of speed and a walkoff hit. In the second game we got an awesome pitcher and World Series record. In game 3 we got an extra inning thriller and in game 4 we got an upset (Tennessee, the #8 seed, defeated UCLA, the #1 seed).

If anything I'm more confident about my picks that the finals will be Texas vs Arizona. Really all four of the teams in the first half of the day looked a lot better than the second half. I don't want to take credit away from the hitters in the second half, but a lot of the runs scored were just bad pitching and defense. With UCLA not looking good and already with one loss, and with Monica Abbott not looking real comfortable in high pressure situations (at one point in the Super Regionals they had to get the team physchiatrist talk to her during the game), it seems like Arizona is the definite favorite with great pitching, offense and speed. Texas looks like definitely the next best team with Cat on the mound.

Friday's games
Texas Longhorns vs. Arizona Wildcats 6pm (central) - This is a big one. The winner of this one is most likely in the finals because I don't see either team from the losers bracket beating them in the next round. I think the loser still makes it to the finals too, but you never know. The loser will just be upset away from getting eliminated.

Northwester Wildcats vs. Tennessee Volunteers 8 pm (central) - I don't even know what to think here, I actually picked both of these teams to lose so I didn't have either one of them in this game.

Mets Update - Well the Mets didnt actually play today, but the Phillies and Braves both lost. Yay!

Fantasy Player of the Day - Andruw Jones 3 for 4 with a homerun and a scored the only run the Braves had, dumb Braves. Come on! You gotta start losing 12 - 10 games not 2 - 1 games.

Song of the Day - "Daddy What If" by Bobby Bare Jr - http://www.leeandrewhenderson.com/DaddyWhatIf.mp3
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