San Francisco Giants’ outfielder/superstar hitter Melky Cabrera will not be joining the playoffs after his 50-game doping suspension ends. The Giants have decided not bring him back. With the suspension still in place Cabrera would have had to miss the NL championship series if the Giants advance, anyways. But it is kind of interesting that the Giants wouldn’t want an All-Star game MVP with a NL-leading batting average of .346. Seems like that might come in kind of handy. The general opinion is that the Giants want to distance themselves from doping scandals and win based on talent. There is also the idea that bring him back so late might disrupt the current roster who is used to playing without him.
This might be a mistake for the Giants but we’ll have to wait and see.
I’m always amazing that out of all the sports, baseball is the one in the spotlight for steroid use. I understand it takes a lot of power to hit the ball and you need to be able to run fast but I also remember pictures of a chubby Babe Ruth . . . so you can see my confusion. But yet again another player has been suspended. San Francisco Giants’ outfielder, Melky Cabrera, received a 50 game suspension for having high levels of testosterone. Cabrera is an MVP who leads the league in hits with 159 and is second in batting average at .346. The record for highest batting average held by Ty Cobb is .366. (The batting average is number of hits divided by times the player is at the plate batting). So you can imagine losing him will really hurt the Giants.
In reaction to the suspension Giants general manager Brian Sabean was
only slightly surprised shocked. Sabean said, “I was actually in the meeting with Bruce when he talked to the players and I kind of got emotional because I didn’t see something like this coming.” Who did see this coming? None other than steroid developer and pusher Victor Conte. You may remember Conte from his involvement in the Barry Bonds case. Conte served time in prison for his distribution of steroids and money laundering through his company, Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative(BALCO).
When asked about the current drug use in the MLB Conte said, “I would say maybe as much as half of baseball. I’m not going to name names but I’ve talked to a lot of top players in Major League Baseball, and they tell me this is what they’re doing. There is rampant use of synthetic testosterone in Major League Baseball.”
Not only that but Conte went on to claim that it is pretty easy to get away with it despite the more strict drug test that have been implemented by the MLB. Players can get rid of steroids in their system in as little as 8 hours.
So what does the MLB have to say about all of these allegations. MLB vice president Rob Manfred said, “There is no way that Victor Conte would have information that would allow him to have any basis on that.” Good job MLB baseball denial is the best way to deal with this issue. Let’s all just keep pretending that this is not happening and it will just
continue go away.
As I have said before I think we should all just get real. There is no way to stop players from using steroids . . . obviously. So instead let’s just make everyone use them. It is the only way to level the playing field. Legalize steroids and pass them out to players. I mean we have no moral problem pumping farms animals full of them so why can’t we just legalize them in purer form? We are all already eating them anyways.
Congrats Team USA. We knew you could do it.
So last Olympics Team USA Basketball was the ‘Redeem Team,’ taking back the our title in basketball. So I guess this year they should be called the ‘Status Quo Team.’ All they have to do is go there and win like last time. That should be easy right? They have the best talent of the NBA(that’s not currently injured): LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul. Looking at the line-up it is a little troubling that there is only one center, Knicks’ Tyson Chandler. Chandler is great if he doesn’t run into foul trouble.
Team USA just added Thunder’s James Harden and his beard to the mix. Which is definitely a smart move in terms of defense. They also added another great defender 76er’s Andre Iguodala. They will be joining the rest of the team: Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin, Kevin Love, Deron Williams, and Russell Westbrook.
It is a killer team if they can figure out how to play together. But I would still be watching out for Spain and France. Especially since Tony Parker is all good to play now for France.
Tuesday night the Miami Heat put themselves one step closer to winning the NBA Championship defeating the Oklahoma City Thunder, 104-98. That means that Game 5 on Thursday could be the last game of the series. The way the Thunder is playing it looking like Game 5 will be their last. The only guy who seems to want to win is Russell Westbrook who scored 43 points and had 7 rebounds. Despite Westbrook having an amazing game he is still deserves some shit for not playing smart. When there were just 13.8 seconds left and the Heat won a jump ball(thanks to the awesome Shane Battier) Westbrook fouled Mario Chalmers. This is was pretty stupid seeing as how Chalmers is a 79% foul shooter. Westbrook should have let him take the shot then tried to drive the ball to the basket. Instead Chalmers made both free throws and put the Thunder in a two possession hole with no time to climb out.
But the real story of why the Thunder lost is not on Westbrook. James ‘the beard’ Harden played terribly, he was missing shots all over the place including wide open 3 pointers. In the last 17 minutes the only players scoring for the Thunder were Westbrook and Kevin Durant.
Where the Thunder stars lacked any support the Heat was the opposite story. Chalmers had his best game of the Playoffs. He had 25 points and managed to score while LeBron James was recovering from a cramp on the sidelines. James had 25 points and 9 rebounds. Dwayne Wade stepped up the plate too adding 25 points for the Heat. Overall, it was a great game for the Heat because they played as a team. And we all know teams win Championships not players.
The Los Angeles Kings made franchise history Monday night by winning their first ever Stanley Cup. After losing two straight game to the New Jersey Devils, the Kings came back with a 6-1 victory. This is the first time in 45 years of existing that the Kings have won the Stanley Cup. The Kings made it to the Playoffs twice before but never got a Stanley Cup.
Kings’ goalie Jonathan Quick was back in action last night with 17 saves. As expected Quick was award Playoff MVP. Dustin Brown had a goal and two assists. Jeff Carter and Trevor Lewis both had two goals for the Kings. It was such an amazing performance for the Kings, it makes you wonder what happened in the last two games?
I can also report that I went downtown in Los Angeles for the celebration, which last only till 10:30pm. There were more police than regular people, I guess they were expected a violent Laker win celebration. The lack of partying proves my point that LA is not a real hockey town. If you really loved the Kings you would be partying all night long and showing up for work the next day still drunk. That’s how they do it in Canada.
The Miami Heat defeated the Boston Celtics Thursday night, 98-79. The Heat have now tied the series and forced at Game 7 on Saturday. It was pretty outstanding comeback for the
LeBron James the Heat who had struggled in the past two games to edge out the Celtics. In Thursday night’s game I think we finally saw how badly LeBron James wants that Championship ring. Can’t really blame him I would hate to be the only 3 time MVP in NBA history to not have won a Championship.
I mean literally James carried the Heat on his back scoring 45 points and 15 rebounds. That is almost half the points for the entire team. This is how insane it was James made 12 straight shots and had 30 points in the first half alone. He is only the 7th player in 15 NBA postseasons to have scored that much in a first half. He was so dominating that I forgot that Dwayne Wade was even still playing with him despite his 17 points for the Heat.
It was clear by the second half that the Celtics didn’t have an answer for James’ MVP performance. Celtics’ Rajon Rondo seemed a little stunned and missed shots he usually makes. He ended the game with 21 points and 8 rebounds. Half-way through the 4th quarter it was clear the Celtics had given up. Coach Doc Rivers put everyone on the bench- Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce, and Ray Allen.
It’s now do or die for Celtics who need to lock down Game 7 on Saturday to make it to the Finals. If not we are looking at an MVP match up James verse should have been MVP Kevin Durant of the Thunder.
I think I made a pretty clear argument for why the Los Angeles Kings would be taking home the Stanley Cup Wednesday night. I mean it seemed like it had been gift wrapped for them after winning the first 3 games. I am not hating on the New Jersey Devils for winning, I am just surprised that they waited this long. I am also surprised that they scored so much. It was like they saved up all of their scoring for tonight. The Devils beat the Kings, 3-1.
Adam Henrique scored the tie breaking goal with 4:29 to play. Scoring for the Devils was also Patrik Elias and Ilya Kovalchuk in the third-period goals. I wonder what was up with Kings goalie Jonathan Quick who seemed like he was unstoppable until tonight.
There is still no doubt in my mind that the Kings will take home the Stanley Cup. They will just have to do it from New Jersey.
Very few predicted that the Oklahoma City Thunder would be advancing onto the NBA Finals. The Thunder beat the favorite San Antonio Spurs 107-99 Wednesday night. Now the Thunder will move on to the NBA Finals to face either the Boston Celtics or Miami Heat.
There was a glimmer of hope tonight that the Spurs might just prove why they are so amazing. At one point the Spurs lead for the entire first half and into the 3rd quarter. But they just couldn’t keep with the Thunder’s scoring. Tony Parker literally missed every shot he attempted from the field and was only able to make lay-ups. There were no signs of the Manu Ginobili who rocked in Game 2 with him also missing from the field. In the end the only person who was hitting 3 consistently was Stephen Jackson. I feel like this was Game 5 all over again. Parker had 29 points and Tim Duncan added 25 points. And Jackson should definitely get a pay raise because he had 23 points.
The Thunder are just powerhouse scorers. Kevin Durant(who really should have been MVP) 34 points and 14 rebounds. Russell Westbrook had 25 points and 8 rebounds. James Harden took some tough shots again and made his mark with 16 points. It is really hard to see the Thunder being taken down by anyone at this point. Although that is exactly how I felt about the Spurs . . . so we will see.
It looked like the Boston Celtics might totally sweep the shit out of the Miami Heat but I knew the Heat would return. The Heat came from a 18 point deficit to tie with the Celtics and push the game into overtime. But is just wasn’t enough the Celtics won 93-91.
The usual things happened in the game Paul Pierce fouled out with 4:22 left on the clock. At least Pierce stuck around to watch the rest of the game this time. And boy was he happy because he got to see MVP LeBron James foul out with 1:51 left in overtime. It was only the 4th time in James’ NBA career that he fouled out of a game. He couldn’t have picked a worse time to have it happen. It was James’ 3-pointer that tied the game and sent it into overtime. Without him everything fell to Dwayne Wade. With just 21 seconds on the clock Wade went for a 3-pointer that would have won the Heat the game. Instead of having that instant amazing moment the ball bounced off the rim and the Celtics tied the series, 2-2.