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Thirsty Thursdays

Posted by Matt on May 3, 2007

A bit of a no-news-Thursday but I’ll see what I have for you…and I am beginning to really stretch it with this alliteration crap as well…on to the news…

Sadly (and I say that with just a hint of sarcasm), the Los Angeles Kobes were eleminated from the NBA Playoffs last night by the Phoenix Suns, a clearly better team, and in the post-game press conference Kobe Bryant DEMANDED the Laker front office find him some help, saying “do something…and do it now.” Their best bets going in to the offseason are Jermaine O’Neal and Kevin Garnett, although I think the former is much more likely than the latter. The move will have to come through trades as the Lakers lack any sort of salary cap room to make a big splash if the free agent market, and to think, they turned down an opportunity at Jason Kidd just to keep their hands on Andrew Bynum and now we all know how well that has panned out for them…

The Houston Astros snapped the Cincinnati Reds’ “winning streak” last night behind an 8-inning , 4-hit, 1-run performance by pitcher Roy Oswalt. After putting up 11 runs the night before to FINALLY get Bronson Arroyo a win (I am convinced he would have quit the team to tour the nation as a rock star had they not come through this week), the Reds were only able to muster roughly 9% of that run output last night; apparently the Houston equipment manager replaced the Reds’ bats with broom sticks. I have said over and over again, and they continue to make me look smart, that it is ALL or NOTHING with this franchise; it is either going to be Home Run Derby or a real snoozer. Kyle Lohse had another solid outing going for 6-innings, giving up only 3-runs. Seriously people, we have been pining for pitching for more than a decade and now WE ARE GETTING IT and suddenly the offense is as up-and-down as the search for Anna Nicole’s baby daddy. Eric Milton takes the hill tonight in the ‘rubber match.’ Milton on the mound always adds an element of excitement to any game, and tonight will be no different as the “Killer Bs” of Houston will be playing “How Far Can We Hit It?” on Milton’s hanging curve balls. First pitch is at 8:05 but I am not sure if I can advise tuning in…

In other news from around the MLB, Barry Bonds unfortunately hit number 743 last night which means he, barring any injury, will tie Hank Aaron at the top of the all-time home run list around mid-June. My affinity, or lack thereof, for Bonds is outlined in An Open Letter To All Major League Pitchers and I, for one, will just be glad when this is all over with. Elsewhere, Oakland Athletics’ DH Mike Piazza will be out 4-to-6 weeks with a broken ego and Boston Red Sox pitcher Josh Beckett becomes the league’s first 6-game winner of the season in the win over the aforementioned Athletics. With Beckett at 6-0 and the BoSox at the top of the American League East at 18-9, they are really beginning to make the “Bronx Bombers” look like chumps, which is always hilarious to me.

Lots going on this weekend and I have a lot I want to get to you. First and foremost, I am planning on a complete Kentucky Derby preview as well as a Mayweather versus De La Hoya preview, which will be the best fight within the last 12-months without a doubt, on top of the now usual weekend NASCAR preview. I also hope to have a piece really breaking down the Bengals’ draft within the next week as the Rookies are just now getting to Paul Brown Stadium, and I would like to post my thoughts on University of Kentucky basketball recruiting as well. There will be more on the new Summer segment when “Charlie Hustle” gets healthy but I am hoping to add a section outlining what to watch in the world of sports, highlighting some of the day’s more intriguing matchups, in the very near future…check back throughout the day as things develop…

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