The Sports Weekend In Pictures ……….. Other Sundries As Well

The Sports Weekend In Pictures ……….. Other Sundries As Well

Well we all witnessed on Sunday afternoon a tremendous win by Phil Mickelson of The Masters at the famed Augusta National Golf Club Augusta , Georgia. And for once , everyone in attendance may well have been entirely happy with the outcome. And though not to belittle the efforts of Tiger Woods . I think it’s fair to say that the world’s number one golfer met his match in Mickelson on Sunday !

That asides what else took place this sporting weekend ? Well in MLB (basball) the New York Yankees had their way with their AL East upstarts and rivals the Tampa Bay Rays . Nothing says ” know your place”…… like getting rolled and shellacked all one fail swoop. But my buddy sportschump would suggest that is but a mere minor blip on the Rays’ schedule to be beat 10-0 on their home field in front of a raucous crowd of primarily Yankees’ supporters at Tropicana Field in St Petersburg , Florida. Never mind the fact that the Rays would go on to lose the three game series (2-1) with another uninspiring 7-3 loss to Yankees once again on Sunday night.

And while it still early days yet in the season . Within the AL East you now have sitting atop of the division the rather surprising Toronto Blue Jays (5-1). With the Rays at 3-3 just atop of the bottom placed Baltimore Orioles (1-5). Sitting in second place are the New York Yankees (4-2), followed by the Boston Red Sox (3-3) . Anyone who knows how contentious AL East is , knows full well that if this Rays’ team is to have any chance of winning the division much less being a wildcard entrant into the postseason. Well they know good and well , that the Rays will have to play at a consistently high level and not give away games at the mere drop of a hat.

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Bonds says he’s ‘proud’ of friend Mark McGwire

By Janie McCauley , AP Baseball Writer

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)—Home run king Barry Bonds said he is “proud” of slugger Mark McGwire for returning to baseball as the St. Louis Cardinals’ hitting coach and for admitting his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

“I have a really good friendship with Mark McGwire. I’m proud of him,” Bonds said Sunday. “We’ve had a great relationship throughout our entire lives and throughout our career. I’m proud of what he did. I’m happy for him.”

While Bonds didn’t rule out also going into coaching one day, his six-minute session with the media was stopped after the question about McGwire.

In January, McGwire ended more than a decade of denials and evasion and finally acknowledged he used steroids and human growth hormone during his career, including in 1998 when he hit 70 home runs and broke the single-season record.

Bonds, who topped that mark when he hit 73 homers in 2001, has long denied ever knowingly using steroids or performance-enhancers in his pursuit of the career home run record—arguably the most prized record in all of American sports.

Bonds was indicted on charges he lied in 2003 to a federal grand jury investigating BALCO, the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, and obstructed justice.

McGwire was told of Bonds’ comments in Milwaukee, where the Cardinals were playing the Brewers.

“It’s very cool. Barry is a great player, was a great player in this game, many MVPs,” McGwire said. “The guy could do it all. It makes me feel really good. It’s really cool to be back in the game. … I’m a big boy, I understand that things happen in your life and you’ve got to confront them, and you also have to move on from them and learn from them.”

The 45-year-old Bonds, back in the Bay Area for a reunion at AT&T Park of the Giants’ 2000 NL West champion team, said he doesn’t believe now is the right time to retire. Though he also insists he’s not in shape to play immediately if an interested club came calling.

“I don’t have any plans at all,” he said of trying to play again. “No, it’s not necessary at the moment (to retire). The timing isn’t that important.”

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Now how’s this for a story former San Francisco Giants’ slugger Barry Bonds says that he’s proud of Mark McGwire and the fact that the player has returned to baseball as a hitting instructor with the St Louis Cardinals . Bonds also went on state that he also was proud of the fact that McGwire admitted his steroid use. Pardon me for saying this, but a congratulatory welcome is the last thing a self confessed “steroid abuser” and cheat should feel welcomed about, much less cherish. Especially when one considers who is making the gesture. Less we forget Bonds is still embroiled in a federal case of involving perjury and the mere fact that he has been implicated in the BALCO scandal , hardly adds credence to the statement or the gesture forthcoming from Bonds. That’s like having serial killer John Wayne Gacy congratulate a copy cat killer on a job well done. But such is the game of baseball and the perceived lack of real star power within the game. That many of the players that are deemed stars or potential superstars , we will more likely than not have some doubts about. And at the same time it is not as if the hierarchy of the game have been proactive in cleaning up the sport’s tarnished image and credibility.

Commissioner Bud Selig has always been at a loss to explain why it is that the facade went on for so long without his office not knowing about it, or even conducting any type of preliminary investigation once the rumors were rampant or for that matter came out in print. As for the MLBPA under then Executive Director Donald Fehr and his successor, Michael Weiner . Well , let’s just say you would have more chance of hearing the truth being uttered out of the mouth of Bill Clinton , than you would from either Fehr or Weiner concerning the union’s views and policy concerning the “illicit” of steroids and HGH .

On Saturday nigh WBC welterweight champion Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KO’s) defended his title against Puerto Rican Carlos Quintana (27-3-0, 21 KO’s ). The champion had been due to fight former welterweight titlist Shane Mosley . But in light of the Haitian earthquake disaster ,Berto felt it inappropriate to follow through with the bout in January. Berto’s parents are originally from the island of Haiti and he is said to have been distraught, having lost a number of relatives in the wake of this disaster and tragedy. He had made several visits down to the island to see how he best can help in providing some much needed assistance.

Berto has made it a rallying cry amongst the Haitian-American community not to forget their loved ones or for that matter those in need of the utmost of help. In a disaster which has taken tens of thousands of lives in one fail swoop. One can only hope the fighter’s words resonates within the community Haitian-American community in Florida. South Florida is home to the largest community of Haitians outside the tiny island nation’s capitol of Point-Au-Prince . And the efforts being put forth by the community there has been nothing short of miraculous. That being said this will not be an overnight resolve to bring to bring the country back to semblance of being. It may well take close to a decade for that to happen. So each step taken will be an incremental one on that journey.

The title bout itself between Berto and Quintana took place at the Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise,South Florida. Berto acquitted himself well , in disposing of the challenger with an 8th round stoppage of the fight. Now all that awaits the champion is an eagerly and highly anticipated matchup against “the winner” of the Floyd Mayweather vs Shane Mosley bout taking place in early May (1st May) at the MGM Grand Hotel Resort & Casino in Las Vegas , Nevada..

I don’t know that any of you out there are mixed martial arts’ aficionados who follow the sport aggressively and with a great deal of passion ? Personally with the waning decline in the popularity of boxing . This is now one of my great sporting passions ! I think that probably comes about from having trained in the martial arts (karate) and then teaching it to the members of the military while in the British armed forces (Royal Marines). UFC the major governing body for the sport here in the United States , staged a major international card over the weekend in the tiny Emirates’ nation of Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Yas Island. This was the first such professional card be staged in the region. Although the Emirates’ nation has staged world championships at the amateur level in the genre. Specifically, in jujitsu and in the format of submissions holds.

My own interests however lay in the fact that the champions in the following weight categories were defending their UFC titles. In the lightweight division you had B. J. Penn defending against Frankie Edgar . At the middleweight division you had the Brazilian martial arts and jujitsu specialist Anderson ‘Spider’ Silva defending against his fellow countryman, Demian Maia . My own feeling is that Silva along with the Canadian Georges ‘Rush’ St Pierre are the “two most dominant” and exciting fighters in the mixed martial arts genre today ! Especially within the UFC domain ! Granted, there are other “promotional bodies” out there with their own self professed lineage of champions. But in the true sense of the word , those bodies and the fighters that they have within their organizations are “nowhere as talented” as the practitioners within UFC !

As I alluded to earlier the main featured bouts were the lightweight and middleweight title defenses. Both Penn and Silva were highly favored to win their bouts as they both had successfully defended their respective titles multiple times. Silva for his part was looking to further cement his name in the annals of UFC history by become the first fighter to make six successful defenses of a title in MMA. And the Brazilian (26-4) did not disappoint , though there are those who felt that the fight was a great deal closer than the judges’ verdict would suggest. Through five rounds of intelligent striking , technical prowess. The champion showed why he’s the best middleweight practitioner in the world . He simply left you in no doubt that he could’ve took it up to another level and would have been able to withstand anything that Maia could have possibly thrown at him.

And as gallant a performance as it was coming from Demian Maia. You simply knew that he had been beaten by the better man on the night. But that’s not to say that Silva at all took the challenger lightly. As nothing could have been further from the truth. The two fighters have healthy and mutual respect of each others’ abilities and I’m sure that at some time in the future we are liable to see a rematch !

B J Penn more commonly known as “The Prodigy” was looking to stamp his legacy within the division as the premiere lightweight in UFC history. The one thing that I totally find annoying with Penn is his reluctance to take his opponents seriously. At times he’d rather trash talk and denigrate them for no apparent reason. I’ve always been of the opinion to let your deeds in the ring do your talking then after-wards you can do all of the trash talking you want ! Specifically that’s if you give the opponent that “ass beating” that you think he thoroughly deserves.

In Frankie Edgar he found an opponent that would bend but not break. And it would prove to be Penn’s own undoing . He took Edgar far too lightly and at no time in the bout was he able to intimidate the challenger , much less was he the more dominant practitioner either in the stand-up or groundwork. And despite Penn’s grappling abilities and alleged jujitsu prowess . Edgar was more than a match for the Hawaiian on that score. And though the fight ebbed and flowed over the five round of this title bout. In the end the challenger would prove to be victorious because of his technical prowess both on the ground and in the standup aspect of the bout. Edgar was declared the winner in a unanimous verdict and is now the new UFC lightweight champion of the world .

Well that’s it for me as far as the weekend’s sports events were concerned. My attention will now be turned to the upcoming NBA playoffs. If “the fix is in” concerning the postseason officiating then we’ve no one to blame but David Stern and the entire NBA hierarchy . They know how inconsistent the officials have been during the regular season . Now when it matters the most, we’ll once again have to deal with asinine notion from Stern that these are the very best of the best when it comes to the NBA’s referees. Who the hell is David Stern kidding ? Tim Donaghy was one of the NBA’s “very best” ?

What sporting event if any , did you enjoy this past weekend ? As and when you’re ready I’ll look forward to reading your comments !

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Alan Parkins aka tophatal ……………… 🙂 _ 😀 _ 😀

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Will Smith aka Fresh Prince & DJ Jazzy Jeff ……….. “Summertime”

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Kellita Smith ...................

Actresss Kellitta Smith co-star of the Fox hit comedy (sit-com) series ” The Bernie Mac Show “. The show starred the late comedian Bernie Mac. The show was canceled after a five year (2001-06) run on the network and is now in syndication with affiliate and independent networks as well as having been sold overseas to a number of countries around the globe .

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16 thoughts on “The Sports Weekend In Pictures ……….. Other Sundries As Well

  1. The more things change, the mopre they stay the same. Pat each other and alibi each other…..send me Ms Smith……pleeeeease

  2. al clements

    I don’t know that Kellita wants to be patted on the back but I’m sure it’s a welcome precursor to sexual foreplay ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

    Alan Parkins

  3. I love that Phil won. I hope he has a huge year, even though I don’t think that he will… Why the hell is Barry speaking out about this? It just doesn’t seem that relevant…

    Not a big UFC fan. I like watching, but don’t really know much about the guys or the styles they use…

    1. chappy

      I’m also happy for Phil that stretch that he had midway through the third round on Saturday was simply spectacular. Two double eagles and a birdie ? What the hell !

      Dunkin’ Donuts anyone ? That’s how Kirstie Alley rolls and I do mean that literally ! LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      As for the UFC for me now that’s what it is all about. Boxing has now become one big monotonous bore ! For God’s sake Holyfield fought Franz Botha over the weekend ? Their combined ages wouldn’t even make up Kirstie Alley’s bust size . And she’s one big b_tch !

      Andre Berto (26-0, 20 KO’s)

      A Berto / Mosley or Berto / Mayweather fight would be a tremendous draw. Especially given Berto’s potential !

      Perhaps Barry and Ricky Martin can get together and see talk about the first thing that “pops up” out of both of their pants ?

      As for Bonds though he says he hasn’t officially retired . He says that he’d still like to be involved in the game in some capacity. I guess that means handing out the syringes to certain players in baseball (MLB) ? Bonds’ dumb ass needs to step away from the game altogether ! And it should be the same with Mark McGwire as well !

      It’s as if the hierarchy of baseball has condoned what he’s done by still allowing him to be involved in the game. That’s like allowing a known pedophile to be a school janitor ?

      Alan Parkins

    2. chappy

      Kirstie Alley would literally eat you alive ! She’s never been known to step away from a buffet table in her god-dam life !

      I’d definitely like to see what Berto could do against either Mayweather or Mosley .

      Alan Parkins

    1. Chris Humpherys

      Here’s a thought concerning Kirstie Alley , one less meal ate a day by her could save countless of lives in third world and developing countries. Including some part of the US now kids are going to bed unfed. Both the UN and UNICEF have said as much concerning “her” food consumption. One less meal a day could save countless lives of children across the globe on a daily basis. LOL,LOL,LOL !!!

      Who was the last guy to see Kirstie Alley’s “va-jay-jay” and was it “all” really worth it ?

      I wonder if Kirstie has seen the “vagina monologues” much less her own ? I guess she has to look in a mirror to make sure it’s still there and that there aren’t any cobwebs in the clefts of fat or rolled and crinkled skin down there.

      Alan Parkins

  4. Chris Humpherys

    We know that Kirstie Alley’s junk is in her trunk. As a matter of fact with that big ass of hers it’s all over. In the case of Bonds and the “alleged steroid use”. Does he at all have a package ?

    I mean with all of the ‘roids that may or may not have taken. Shouldn’t his nut sack and pocket -pea shooter be all shriveled up and worn out by now ?

    Male reproductive organ . reproductive organ . I’d say that it’s not even in Barry’s fans can attest to the fact that he hssn’t changed.

    Alan Parkins

  5. It was good to see Lefty win one.
    The Rays will be much better against the left handed bats when J.P. Howell returns in May. If they can stay close in the race until then they’ll be in good shape. The Jays will fade like they did last year, the Rays do well against the Sox, and the Orioles, well are the Orioles. The team they must improve their record on is the world champion Yankees.
    All juicers should be banned from baseball for life. Either that or induct Pete Rose to the Hall of Fame.
    I don’t follow mixed martial arts, but I do hope boxing makes a comeback.
    I truly believe we are losing real athletic competition to the realm of sports entertainment. Anything for a buck.(sigh)

    1. aero

      It was a tremendous “win” for Lefty in The Masters . Midway through the third round when he went double eagle, double eagle, birdie and pretty much sewed up the event for Phil. And with what he’s been through personally . I certainly don’t begrudge him this triumph at all !

      As to MMA while boxing is on the decline and the way it’s being marketed . Sooner or later each of the governing bodies as well as King and Arum will have to take sit up and note.

      UFC has made their events fan friendly and the fighters there are even more accessible and willing to meet and greet the fans . That’s something that we don’t see all that often in the realms of boxing. And when it’s done , it is done with the accent on being the fact that it is a big money PPV event . And given today’s economic climate I doubt that the vast majority of fans are willing to drop $44-95 to $49-95 at the drop of a hat when the undercard isn’t that great to begin with. UFC’s undercards at time are as good as if not the equal of the main event itself.

      The Rays > are going to have to play consistently high level baseball at least .580 to .650 clip if they’re to fare well in the AL East . The Red Sox and the Yankees aren’t about to simply hand the division to Maddon and his team .

      Do you believe that this Rays’ team is capable of winning 90 to 95 games this year in the regular season ?

      Rays’ manager Joe Maddon

      Alan Parkins

  6. Yes I do believe they can win 90-95 games if they get J.P. back in good shape and can stay healthy. They are talented and very motivated. This will be their last season with the same basic roster as when they won the pennant.

    1. aero

      For the Rays it’s about remaining consistent throughout the entire season and not just for brief spells of 5 or 6 games at a time. They’ve got to “win series and win them big” !

      Other than their closer , #’s 1 & 2 starters I still believe their pitching to be suspect on the team !

      On passing note Kendra Wilkinson thinks “you’re hot” and she wouldn’t mind playing a little ball with you ? What are your particular thoughts on this matter ?

      Alan Parkins

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