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A Pregnancy Workout

With some fun doc style videos planned in the next couple months here is a look back at a set of videos I edited for the New York Times. If you enjoy running or you’re too lazy to get off the couch, this women should inspire you. Clara Horowitz Peterson is amazing! Running while pregnant 🙂

Her Story!

The Workout!

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Cliff Lee is Cursed (Seriously)

Cliff Lee won 17 games last year. He’s been one of the best pitchers in baseball since his renaissance of a 2008 season where he went 22-3. This year however, nearly halfway through the season, Cliff Lee is somehow without a win. Not a single one. 348 pitchers in Major League Baseball have at least one win. None of them are named Cliff Lee.

It certainly isn’t all his fault. Lee currently has a 3.72 ERA with 86 strikeouts compared to only 17 walks. Not quite up to his regular standard but certainly good enough to win one game. The Giants’ Tim Lincecum, another struggling ace, has a 6.07 ERA with 91 strikeouts and 45 walks. Definitely not as good as Lee, yet he has a 2-8 record. Two more wins than Cliff Lee’s 0-4 record. The Phillies offense hasn’t been as good as it used to be either, but they still rank tenth in the league in runs at 4.38 per game. Not enough runs to get a win for Cliff Lee apparently. The Phillies themselves are 3-9 as a team in Lee’s 12 starts.

So what could possibly explain why Cliff Lee still does not have a win? All of the sports writers and analysts are racking their brains looking for answers. However I know the true reason. Cliff Lee is cursed. Seriously. He is.

A coworker of mine, a fellow Mets fan, had watched with extreme hatred as the Phillies bested the Mets time and time again, winning the World Series and seemingly becoming more and more dominant with each passing day. The biggest blow seemed to come before the 2011 season when, after trading Lee the year before to get Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee came back to the Phillies for less money because he loved it there so much. Now the Phillies had two of the best pitchers in the world. How could they be stopped? My coworker had had enough.

The reason Cliff Lee is winless

Fast forward to October 2nd, 2011. Game two of the National League Division Series between the Phillies and the St Louis Cardinals. The Phillies, sporting the best record in baseball, had won game one and had a 4-0 lead after three innings with Cliff Lee on the mound. Unbeknownst to the Phillies, my coworker had created what she called a boodoo doll (not voodoo). She took a picture of Lee, put push pins into his head, heart and left hand, and hung it up on the wall. Cliff Lee ended up surrendering five runs over his next three innings, blowing the lead and losing the game 5-4. The Philadelphia would lose the series in five games, and Cliff Lee has not won a single game since.

It seems impossible that Lee will go the entire season without winning a game, but the boodoo in place can’t be ignored. Initially the Phillies were not scoring for Lee, averaging just one run per game in his first three starts, which includes Lee throwing 10 shutout innings against the Giants, again with no win. Then the Phillies bullpen started blowing Lee’s wins for him. His next appearance after the Giants start saw the Mets erase a 4-2 deficit in the 7, on the way to a 10-6 win, and another win turned into a no decision for Cliff Lee. More recently Lee has begun blowing his own leads, giving up 3 runs in the fourth right after being handed a three run lead in the top of the inning against the Orioles. Mother nature has even gotten in the act, as Lee’s last start was rained out on Friday, only to be made up on Sunday night in the second game of a double header. Lee would give up five runs over seven innings in a loss to the Rays.

Cliff Lee’s next start is schedule for Friday night in Miami against the last place Marlins. It’s possible, maybe even likely, that he gets that elusive first win and renders all of this meaningless. However, as long as boodoo is involved, it will never be that easy.

The Best Baseball Movie Team Ever (Part 2: Pitchers)

With the Major League Baseball season underway, this seemed like a perfect time to put together the greatest baseball team in cinema history. Before I start, I must say that this has nothing to do with the quality of the movie or the actor. We are solely looking for the best possible player to fit the team. Also, since this is a movie team, TV players like Kenny Powers, are sadly not available. Yesterday we unveiled the position players, now let’s get to the pitching staff and manager.

Starting Rotation:

Steve Nebraska (The Scout)
Is he crazy? Absolutely. But that doesn’t mean a thing when Steve Nebraska is on the mound. Making his Major League debut in game one of the World Series, Nebraska struck out 27 batters in 81 pitches for the most perfect game imaginable. Throw in the fact that he can hit the ball out of the park from both sides of the plate, and he’s the definition of an ace.

Billy Chapel (For Love of the Game)
Sure he’s an older veteran, but to throwing a perfect game in his last start is enough to put him second in the rotation. The only other issue his that he might not always have his attention on baseball. However for 19 years, he was as good and as dependable as they come.

Chet Steadman (Rookie of the Year)
‘The Rocket’ fits in nicely as the third member o the rotation. He can’t heat his arm up every game, but when he does he can pitch against anybody. He also makes a great mentor to some of the young pitchers on the team. Just make sure you pitch from your “have to.”

Ebby Calvin “Nuke” LaLoosh (Bull Durham)
Speaking of pitchers that need a mentor, Nuke is your classic Jekyll and Hyde pitcher. When he’s on, he’s unhittable. But when he’s off, you better hit the deck. Attitude problems and a lack of baseball smarts also hold him back. He sure can throw hard though.

Ed Harris (Major League)
The ultimate baseball lifer. Harris has been pitching so long he can barely get the ball to the plate. But thanks to soap, vaseline and snot, the ball won’t stop moving until it gets there. Age and experience make him a good fit for the last spot in the rotation.

Bullpen:

‘Wild Thing’ Ricky Vaughn – Closer (Major League)
Vaughn was always meant to be a starting pitcher, but like so many pitchers before him, he just never fully realized his potential in that role. In the ninth inning however, his terminator makes him untouchable. Anybody who has had success against him as a starter had a much different result in the ninth inning. Easy choice for closer.

Henry Rowengartner – Set-Up Man (Rookie of the Year)
Who would have thought that tightening the tendons a little in your shoulder could turn you into a pitching phenom. Rowengartner’s triple digit fastball and youthful exuberance help the Cubs win the World Series, but since he is always just one bad spill from losing his fastball, I can’t risk giving him the ninth inning.

The Duke – Set-Up Man (Major League)
Hard throwing, mean and ugly. What more do you want in a reliever? Hard nosed enough to throw at his own kid during a father/son game, The Duke is exactly who you would want in a late game situation. His only fault is not paying enough attention to baserunners, keeping him in a set-up role.

John ‘Blackout’ Gatling – Middle Relief (Little Big League)
Another mean hard throwing pitcher. You can never have enough power arms in your bullpen, so Gatling has a spot on this team. Just be careful how you pull him from a game. He hates two things. Being pulled, and fun.

Doc Windgate – Middle Relief (Major League: Back to the Minors)
With all the hard throwers on the team, we need a soft tosser to get the opposition off-balance. That’s where Windgate comes in. Doc can throw it slower than anyone, which will give him an edge with the rest of the staff throwing gas.

Miguel ‘Sugar’ Santos – Middle Relief (Sugar)
Sugar has plenty of raw talent. But it isn’t developed to be much more than a mop up guy. He’s also a headcase, so watch him to make sure he actually gets on the bus and shows up for games. If you keep him in check, he’s a quality pitcher.

Mel Clark – Long Man (Angels in the Outfield)
He ranks lower for all the help he got from angels, but he still had the guts to throw 160 pitches in a complete game win to grab a pennant for the Angels. If only he hadn’t smoked for years, Clark would be able to handle a bigger workload and make the rotation. He’ll have to settle for spot starting instead.

Manager:

Jake Taylor (Major League 2)
Looks like we found room for Jake after all. Lou Brown, Pop Fisher and all the others did great jobs getting less talented teams to overachieve and succeed. However Taylor is the only one to take a volatile team of stars and bring them together to win. Remember, Lou Brown led the Indians to the playoffs as underdogs, but they floundered with him as favorites. It wasn’t until Taylor took over that they came back around.

So that’s the team. The pitching staff is completely right-handed but they are all capable of getting righties and lefties out. The starters can all go deep into games and most of them throw absolute smoke. If there are any hole in the team I’ve put together I’m sure Jake Taylor will make it work.

Did I leave anybody off the roster? Think I just wasted two days of writing? Sound off in the comments below!

The Best Baseball Movie Team Ever (Part 1: Hitters)

With the Major League Baseball season underway, this seemed like a perfect time to put together the greatest baseball team in cinema history. Before I start, I must say that this has nothing to do with the quality of the movie or the actor. We are solely looking for the best possible player to fit the team. Also, since this is a movie team, TV players like Kenny Powers, are sadly not available. Today we’ll unveil the position players, followed by the pitching staff tomorrow.

Starting Lineup:

Willie ‘Mays’ Hayes – CF (Major League)
How can we not put the man who hits like Mays and runs like Hayes in the leadoff spot. Steals a ton of bases, takes walks, plays a gold glove defense. As long as he doesn’t show boat or try to hit home runs, there is none better.

Rex ‘T-Rex’ Pennebaker – LF (Mr. 3000)
A five tool player, T-REX can do it all. Once Stan Ross taught him how to play the right way, there was no stopping this beast of a ballplayer. A three hitter on most team, his speed and selflessness make him just right for the two hole on this team.

Roy Hobbs – RF (The Natural)
Of course Roy Hobbs bats third. The man can literally knock the cover off the ball. Unquestionably cinema’s greatest hitter, his lack of speed in right is made up for by Hayes and Pennebaker in the outfield. He won’t need to cover much ground out there.

Clu Haywood – 1B (Major League)
The man who leads the majors in every offensive category (including nose hair) takes the cleanup spot. In the rare event Hobbs doesn’t drive a runner home from 3rd, Haywood sure will. This veteran knows every trick in the book, and can hit the ball a ton.

Heddo – DH (Rookie of the Year)
“Oh no, it’s Heddo!” A hitter so good he doesn’t even need a last name. Heddo was the only man to ever get a hit off Henry Rowengartner, and did it with a home run. He never had a position in the movie, so he’ll step in as DH. He’ll make sure they don’t pitch around Hobbs and Haywood.

Jack Parkman – C (Major League 2)
We’re getting really right hand heavy and the pitching staff won’t like it, but Parkman starts at catcher for all his physical tools. Cannon for an arm, power at the plate. Not a team player, but friendliness never hit the ball like he does. And his little shimmy drives the women in Cleveland crazy.

Roger Dorn – 3B (Major League)
We’re talking end of the first movie Dorn here. He always hat a solid bat, and by the time he learned to put his body in front of the ball and think about him teammates, he became a quality fielder and solid leader in the clubhouse, regardless of who slept with his wife.

Pat Corning – SS (Little Big League)
With all the offense we have 1 through 7, the middle infield is more about defense. Corning always has good at bats, but he’s in the lineup because he’s the best defensive shortstop we could find. It doesn’t hurt that he was played by former Major Leaguer Kevin Elster.

Mickey ‘Domo’ Dominguez – 2B (Summer Catch)
Dominguez was nothing more than a role player in the Cape Cod League, but his standout defense is what gets him on the field in a slim pickin’s position. The rest of the lineup has enough firepower to get away with this naive slap hitter batting ninth.

Bench:

Benny ‘The Jet’ Rodriguez – Utility (The Sandlot)
We know he made it to the Majors, but we only saw him pinch run in the ninth inning so there is no telling how good he really was. We do know that he can play every position and is lightning fast, so he is our choice for utility man.

Crash Davis – C (Bull Durham)
Considering how abrasive Parkman is, Davis is a key bench player for his knowledge and leadership. He also has some pop for when Parkman can’t (or won’t) play. The only reason Jake Taylor didn’t make the cut is because Taylor’s knees make him too unreliable.

Pedro Cerrano – OF (Major League)
Cerrano has just as much power as the players starting over him, but since we was never able to put a good full season together, he’ll be our fourth outfielder. Always strong in the second half, Cerrano will mainly be used as a pinch hitter.

Jack Elliot – 1B (Mr. Baseball)
Definitely the toughest decision to make was between Elliot and Lou Collins for backup first baseman and lefty pinch-hitter. Both are smart ballplayers and leaders in the clubhouse. Both are hooking up with relatives of their manager. The deciding factor was Elliot having more power and coming through in his big moment, where Collins was bested by Ken Griffey Jr.

Overall I think we have a pretty dangerous offense. Two speed guys at the top of the order with guys to drive them in behind them. There is also protection in the middle of the order with competent bats to turn the lineup over. Defensively we are very strong through the middle of the field. Two of the three outfielders can run everything down and we’ve got reliable veterans at the corners.

Come back tomorrow for the pitching staff and the manager!

Sports Video Games Are Too Much Sports and Not Enough Game

***Warning: I’m likely going to sound like an old fart here***

I just got MLB 12: The Show on Tuesday. I’ve gotten every copy of The Show since 2006. Before that it was MVP Baseball, then Triple Play and so on. Basically I’ve gotten a new baseball video game every year since I was a teenager. I’ve loved MLB The Show since I first starting getting it and this year is no different. However once thing has changed. I suck at it. At least that’s what I thought until I made a realization that is in no way sour grapes. I’m not worse, the game is just harder.

Maybe there is a little too much to control here

Hear me out. When I first started getting baseball games in the 90’s it was not uncommon to play out a season and go undefeated having lead the league in pretty much every category (except walks because who the hell wants to walk?). This trend would continue throughout the years only the margins would not be as wide. Mike Piazza would go from 80 home runs in 2002 to 65 home runs in 2003. A couple years ago I hit .350 with David Wright, but barely cracked 40 home runs. Last year my team leader in average  hit .325, and no one broke 30 home runs. The settings are the same. I’m still winning but it’s not nearly as much as I used to. It wasn’t until this years version that I really started to figure out just how real the game is. Hot zones, cold zones, pitcher confidence, momentum. Other games had it before, but it never meant so much. You used to be able to open a game up and do well right away. Now, you better be prepared to do the work first. Get your pitchers mechanics down. Learn when to take the extra base. Work the count, don’t miss the cutoff man, know your ballpark (yes, KNOW YOUR BALLPARK). If you just trying to use power swing on every at bat you’ll get one-hit by the Rockies (just ask me).

The Show is hardly alone. All of the best sports games have taken steps to be more realistic by being more difficult. Learning to shoot in NBA2K 11 was a nightmare at first (forget about fast breaks). Running the ball well consistently in newer installments of Madden has been a real chore. Make a lazy pass in FIFA and see what happens. All of these games are great in their own ways, but gone are the days where you can just pick them up and start playing. You need to put serious work into acquiring specific skills. They even admit this with training sessions. I swear it’s easier to hit an actual baseball than to hit one in The Show.

Thankfully Madden only made us view the vision cone for one year

I should have seen this coming a lot sooner. Every developer in the history of ever has always talked about making games more realistic. The goal was always to make you feel like you’re a part of the game. To simulate real action with real game flow and moments. Madden wants a third down conversion to be as epic as the real thing. NBA2K12 wants you to tense up when shooting free throws in the closing seconds. The Show wants you looking for answers after your ace gives up 4 runs in the third, and then to rejoice when you come back with a walk off single in the 10th. Not just a home run, a single. This process naturally had to result in turning 14-11 games into more respectable 5-3 or even 1-0 games. To do this however, all of these games had to cut some corners and that is where is gets frustrating. Does every bad pass I throw need to get picked off (and does any opposing corner ever drop one)? Do that many high fly balls really go off the top of the wall and not over it? Is the goal post nothing but a puck magnet? For the sake of realistic results, I’m afraid the answer is always yes.

The other part of this is in overcomplicated gameplay mechanics. The first one I remember was using the analog stick to swing in baseball games. Hitting X was too easy and this was meant to make things more natural. This would get adopted by almost all other games and a means to swing, throw, shoot, tackle, kick and a million other options. Essentially the left stick is now your legs, and the right stick is the rest of your body. The 2k baseball franchise too it to a knew level by require different motions to throw different pitches. So now before you can throw a curveball, you have to learn how to throw a curveball. Just like real life, if you don’t do it right, you pay for it immediately. The worst culprit for me is the qb vision mechanic in Madden 06. Here, the right stick acts as your quarterbacks eyes, so before you throw to your receiver, you actually have to “look” at your receiver using qb vision. It was difficult enough to read a defense and look out for blockers while waiting for my receiver to get open to I can throw to him using the appropriate button and angle. Now I have to control my virtual player’s eyes and well as my own? Too much.

That’s not to say I don’t enjoy all of the sports games. I’m also sure (at least hopeful) that after I put enough time into it that I’ll get better at The Show just like I have before. It’s just not enough game for me. I like that I can play a tight 2-1 game, but I also want to be able to open things up into a slugfest a little more often if I want to. Do I need to pay that much attention to controlling the baserunner on first (I know I can set it to auto but then he gets picked off)? Do there have to be so many settings to properly run an offensive play? Do I really need to change my coverage on the x receiver, shift my linebackers to shadow the TE, and watch for a hot route on very play? Without going to NBA Jam style antics, would it be bad if we took these games in a little more of a “video game” direction? No offense(actually, yes please. MORE OFFENSE), but if I want to play a realistic game of baseball, I think I’d rather play an actual game of baseball instead.

Strikeforce: TATE vs. ROUSEY Quick Picks!

Strikeforce: Tate vs. Rousey tonight on Showtime! First time i’ve ever been more interested in the ladies then the rest of the card. Besides being pretty these two are nasty in the cage. Their looks might get the casual fans to watch but their skills are what keeps them watching. I’m interested to see if Ronda can back up all the trash talk or will Tate be too much too soon for the rising star… Here are my quick picks for tonight.

Scott Smith vs. Lumumba Sayers

Scott Smith’s chin will be tested in this one. Will he get his shot in before? I’m thinking no. Sayers via KO round 1.

Jacare Souza vs. Bristol Marunde

Last minute replacement Bristol Marunde should be leaving early as well. Jacare will be back in the W column after a quick submission. Souza via Submission round 1.

Paul Daley vs. Kazuo Misaki

I’m guessing this is like batting practice for Paul Daley. You need a guy to fight the winner of Woodley and Marquardt and who else is there? Daley via KO round 1.

Josh Thompson vs. KJ Noons

Just basing this off the fact that KJ has looked good in his last outing and Thompson hasn’t fought in awhile, I’ll go with Noons. I think Noons seemed to put it all together in his last fight and think Thompson will have cage rust. Noons by Decision.

Miesha Tate vs. Ronda Rousey

As much as I want to pick Miesha here based on experience and skills something in my gut keeps me thinking Rousey will win. I don’t know if its hype, But she’s made me a believer just listening to her for the past couple months. Based on the little amount of fighting i’ve seen she looks dominant. Is she fighting the top talent though? I’m not sure. She has dominated everyone she’s fought though so it’s hard not to believe her. If she can do to Tate what she’s done to everyone else I think she can be a legit threat to a returning Cyborg. I see Ronda taking some shots but getting Tate to the ground. I think Ronda will be too big and too strong for Tate. Ronda via Armbar? round 2. (I’m hoping for a draw. Let’s do it all over again! Haha)

Can Ronda add another armbar to the resume?

Quick Picks for Prelims.

Sarah Kaufman vs. Alexis Davis: Kaufman via TKO round 2.

Carlos Fodor vs. Pat Healy: Fodor via KO round 3.

Ryan Couture vs. Conor Heun: Couture by Split Decision.

Roger Bowling vs. Brandon Saling: Bowling by TKO round 2.

The "New" Bantamweight champion?

Watch the Promo!

That’s it for me. Enjoy the fights!

UFC on FX: ALVES VS. KAMPMANN PREDICTIONS

I love FREE fights! UFC is back on FX tonight. We finally get to see the 125ers in action! It’s the beginning of the flyweight tournament to crown the UFC’s first flyweight champ. It’s also the debut for top flyweights Ian “Uncle Creepy” Mccall and Yasuhiro Urushitani. The main event has great potential. Alves vs. Kampmann is sure to be a back and forth brawl! This card looks to be a solid one and I’m excited for a night of great fights. Here are my quick picks for UFC on FX: Alves vs. Kampmann.

Court Mcgee vs. Constantinos Philippou:

I see Court taking this one to the ground and grinding out Constaninos to a Decision. Mcgee via Decision.

Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson vs. Ian “Uncle Creepy” Mccall:

This is my pick for fight of the night. We already know what Mighty Mouse can do at 35 in the UFC. Now we get to see him at his natural weight class. Mccall is no joke as well. He’s a tough guy and really can beat you in a lot of ways. I see this fight going to the additional round and see Demetrious Johnson winning via Split Decision. Even after the sudden death round I see this one being a toss up.

Joseph Benavidez vs. Yasuhiro Urushitani:

This fight will not go for very long. Benavidez has too much power and I’m curious to see how much faster he can possibly be at 125. He already was a top guy at 135, I’m thinking he dominates this fight and does the same in the final. Benavidez via KO round 2.

Joe B fights are always exciting!

Tiago Alves vs. Martin Kampmann:

I see this as being a pretty entertaining back and forth battle. I see Kampmann connecting on more of the shots but see Alves landing the bigger strikes. I want to say Alves takes this match by KO but I think Kampmann avoids the KO shot and takes Alves down. As they go deeper into the fight I see Kampmann keeping Alves on the ground and eventually submitting him. Kampmann via submission round 5.

Catch the prelims on Fuel TV. Here are my quick picks for those fights.

James Te Huna vs. Aaron Rosa: Rosa via TKO round 2

Anthony Perosh vs. Nick Penner: Penner via TKO round 3

Cole Miller vs. Steven Siler: Siler by Split Decision

Kyle Noke vs. Andrew Craig: Kyle Noke by Submission round 2

Tj Waldburger vs. Jake Hecht: Hecht by Unanimous Decision

Mackens Semerzier vs. Daniel Pineda: Semerzier by TKO round 2

Oli Thompson vs. Shawn Jordan: Jordan via 2nd round Submission

First Flyweight Champion?

FIGHT OF THE NIGHT: Demetrious Johnson vs. Ian Mccall

KO OF THE NIGHT: Joseph Benavidez

SUBMISSION OF THE NIGHT: Martin Kampmann

That’s it for me. Enjoy The Fights!

Professional Athletes That Would Make Great Wrestlers (WWE/TNA STARS ETC)

Earlier this week Tim Byrdak of the Mets broke out “Hulk Hogan“. Following up on Mike’s post “NFL Players in Wrestling” (CLICK HERE) I wanted to make a list of some athletes I think could make great wrestlers. Assuming these guys already have that athletic ability I will focus more on character/look rather than in ring skills 🙂

Brian Wilson

He’s the closer for the Giants but would be a great opener for any wrestling show. Honestly I would watch Wilson do anything (Rap, Sock Puppet Show, Brush his teeth). The guy is flat out interesting.

His beard gives him the look. His brain makes him outstanding!

Chael Sonnen

If UFC star Chael Sonnen is interested in a career in the WWE after he is done fighting i’m thinking he can have it. I could just post videos without saying a word and I’d think you’d know what I was talking about after a couple minutes. If the WWE ever goes through a rough patch in ratings, My money is on Chael Sonnen to come to the rescue. I’m sure he’ll be the most likely to get a call from Vince McMahon when his Mixed Martial Arts career is over.

“The American Gangster, The Pride of West Linn, Oregon”

Can’t just have one video of Chael.

Nyjer Morgan

Perfect guy for the Royal Rumble. He Doesn’t mind taking on an entire team.

Sean Avery

Sean Avery is easily one of the most disliked players in the NHL. He likes to fight like a lot of hockey players but he also can sting you with his mic skills. A perfect heel in the wrestling biz.

Avery plays the “Heel” well

Clinton Portis

Wrestlng has years of corny gimmicks. Now let me introduce to you, Clinton Portis.

Clinton in “Character”

 Jeremy Lin and Tim Tebow (Tag Team)

Every wrestling promotion has the face or babyface good guy. How could you get any nicer than a Tag Team of Tebow and Lin? They could be “The Good Guys”. This type of  team also seems to be hated as well so it works either way!

Delonte West

People say wrestling has become more of a Soap Opera over the years. What player would have a better storyline then Delonte West? A relationship with Lebron Jame’s mom, Application to Home Depot, Being homeless during a season? Great stuff already!

“I wonder what Lebron’s mom is doing after the game?”

Anderson Varejao and Joakim Noah (Tag Team)

Both are tall and lanky basketball players with crazy hair. They might not be on the same team in the NBA but I think they’d make a pretty interesting looking Tag Team.

Twins separated at birth?

Ron Artest “Metta WorldPeace”

Google “Ron Artest”.

Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco (Tag Team)

This would make a lot of sense. Not only would they think they where better than everyone, They’d also have to deal with each others drama. Who would turn on the other quicker?

“How Cool Are We?” “People hate on us because we are better than them”

Here are some TWEETS from friends on “What athletes would make great wrestlers”:

Ok that’s it for me! Hope you enjoyed.

UFC 144 Japan: Edgar vs. Henderson Predictions!

Not only is it NBA All Star Weekend, We have the return of UFC to Japan!. I’m guessing this one has one of the most exciting main events in awhile. Edgar vs. Henderson could go down as fight of the year. Here are some QUICK predictions for tonight’s fights.

Pettis vs. Lauzon

I’m going to have to go with Pettis here. I think he is more well rounded and after the way he handled Jeremy Stephens you can see he’s putting it all together. Pettis via Unanimous Decision.

Anthony Pettis and "The Showtime Kick"

Hioki vs. Palaszewski

I was not impressed with Hioki’s debut against Roop. Like many others I felt he lost that decision. Bart is coming off a great showing with a TKO of Tyson Griffin. I think he’ll do the same to Hioki. Palaszewki 2nd round KO

Okami vs. Boetsch

After the Silva fight in Brazil I wasn’t sure I could ever pick Okami again. Let’s be honest though, He looked awful because he was fighting Anderson Silva. Losing to the spider happens a lot so we’ll give him a pass.That being said Okami is usually good for a Unanimous Decision. When I first saw this match up I thought Boetsch could take it. Since he’s dropped down to middle weight he’s been a beast. Last night I saw them weigh in and wow I didn’t realize how much bigger Okami was then Boetsch. I figured since Boetsch had been a Light Heavyweight they’d be close in size. Now I’m kind of thinking Okami by decision but to make it interesting I’ll stick with Boetsch getting the victory by Split Decision.

Akiyama vs. Shields

Sexyama and Shields are most likely fighting for their contracts. I think this is a bad fight for Sexyama. I see Jake taking him down and keeping him there winning by Decision. Shields UD.

Can Shields return to form?

Hunt vs. Kongo

Well I think the fight that everyone is expecting won’t happen. I don’t see Kongo standing with Hunt. If they do stand I see a Hunt KO. I don’t believe that will happen though. Similar to how Kongo took down Mitrione in the 3rd round of their fight I see Kongo doing that pretty early on with Hunt and getting the TKO. Kongo via TKO round 2.

Rampage vs. Bader

Before I found out that Rampage missed weight I had him winning by KO. Now I hear he has an injury and the weight cut had a huge effect on him. You are probably thinking I’m going with Bader now. I’m not. I like Bader and think he has the power to KO anyone but the mental side of fighting “Rampage” Jackson is where I think the difference is. I don’t know if Bader has that confidence he can beat Jackson. I think Bader looks to play it safe and gets caught. Rampage KO 2nd round.

Would love to see an epic Rampage Slam!

Edgar vs. Henderson

Not only may this be fight of the night but I also believe it could be fight of the year. It’s hard to choose between these two because I like them so much. Either could be great champions in a stacked 55 division. It’s hard to go against Frankie when you see all that he’s gone through while still winning fights. Some say he takes a lot of damage and that will catch up to him but so far so good. He has the best heart in the UFC. He’s been beating guys he hasn’t supposed to for awhile now. He deserves more attention then he gets. Henderson is equally as impressive. Not only was he great in the WEC but he has been in beast mode since losing that decision to Anthony Pettis. He’s big and athletic and can probably match Frankies gas tank. As hard as it is to pick someone to win in this fight I have to go with Edgar. I feel he’ll be able to get in and out and use combinations staying away from the powerful Henderson. I believe that these two can be the next great rivalry and it wouldn’t shock me to see either win. Edgar by Split Decision.

Edgar vs. Henderson II anyone?? HAHA with Frankie's luck.

Fight Of The Night: Edgar vs. Henderson

Sub Of The Night: Tiequan Zhang

KO Of The Night: Bart Palaszewski

ENJOY THE FIGHTS!

NBA ALL STAR SATURDAY NIGHT!

Well it’s that time of year! NBA All Star Weekend. To get you in the mood for tonight let’s take a look back at SOME memorable highlights from past events!

Dunk Contest Highlights

Jason Richardson 2003 (Off the glass and through the legs)

Gerald Green 2008 (It’s your Birthday)

Andre Iguodala  2006 (Behind the backboard)

Dwight Howard breaks out Superman 2008

Spud Webb!

Nate Robinson Dunks over Spud Webb in 2006!

Vince Carter 2000 Dunk Contest! (Can’t just show one)

Blake Griffin and more 2011

Nice Mix of Dunks!

Michael Jordan vs. Dominique Wilkins (Greatest contest match up ever?)

3 Point Contest Highlights

Dirk Nowitzki 2006

Larry Bird 1988

Craig Hodges makes 19 in a row 1991!

Jason Kapono gets 25 in 2008!

My Predictions For Tonight

Dunk Contest: Jeremy Evans #LetJeremyDunk

Why did I pick Jeremy? Because he barely plays and I’m sure he’ll be well rested. Just Kidding. I saw the videos he posted trying to get into the contest and he looks to have some skills.

3 Point Contest: Anthony Morrow

I’m not picking him just because he’s on the Nets (My favorite team) I think he has the perfect shot to win it. If he is hot early there is no chance he loses. Plus he’ll be paying tribute to Net legend Drazen Petrovic by wearing his number 3. How cool is that!

Skills Competition: Deron Williams

“Here’s looking at you Dwight” Where Brooklyn at?

 

Well that’s it for me. Enjoy the festivities!