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Josh Hancock’s Monday

Posted by Matt on April 30, 2007

As most of you know by now, Saint Louis Cardinal’s reliever Josh Hancock was tragically killed in a car accident over the weekend. Hancock was a very important part of Saint Louis’s ‘Cinderella’ run at the World Series last season and, by all accounts, Major League Baseball has truly lost one of the “good guys.” I know that it sounds cliche and it is always said about people after they are gone, but due to the reaction of those around Josh, it is easy to believe the things that are said are true. Some of you who are more regular to “The Nasty Boys” may remember him from the 2004 and 2005 seasons in which Hancock threw in 12 games and 11 games, respectively, for the Cincinnati Reds, starting in 9-games in 2004 before heading to the Phillies and then coming back to the Reds in 2005. He played his last full season for the Saint Louis Cardinals and had appeared in 8-games this year before his death. It truly is a sad day in baseball.

Jeff Gordon went on to win yesterday’s Aaron’s 499 at Talladega Motor Speedway and I went 2-for-2 on my real race predictions from yesterday’s Aaron’s 499 Preview. Jeff Gordon won from the Pole and led 71 laps, which was 23 more than the next most in Denny Hamlin, who finished 21st. Hendrick Motor Sports went 1 and 2 with Jimmie Johnson finishing second and the reign of terror from the Hendrick garage continues. The race really played out as predicted for a Talladega race and the guys at the top avoided the wrecks when necessary and Gordon led the only lap he really needed to, the last one. As I also stated in the race preview yesterday about Saturday’s Busch Series race, Tony Stewart’s Talladega woes continue and yesterday was no different. It appears that Jamie McMurray and David Gilliland will be the next to experience the wrath of the man they call “Smoke.”

The New England Patriots now become the team to beat in the NFL this coming season after acquiring oft-unhappy wide receiver Randy Moss. Anyone complaining that quarterback Tom Brady did not have any targets last season can remember now not to speak to soon unless they want to see the New York Yankees of football win another stupid Super Bowl. I am interested to see how the ego of Moss pans out in an organization where, somehow, all of the players are brainwashed and hypnotized in to robots for the team. I am also interested to see how “Baby Face” Brady gets the ball around enough to all of the receivers New England now has, including other new editions of Wes Welker, Donte Stallworth, and Kelley Washington and returners Jabar Gaffney and Reche Caldwell. Ought to be an interesting season as the Patriots and the Colts look to be the cream of the crop very early on.

That is all for the Noon hour, check back for updates as the day progresses with possibly an evening article on my thoughts on wayward quarterback Michael Vick

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