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My Birthday Eve

Posted by Matt on May 14, 2007

On the eve of my birthday, I just have a few weekend recaps with some items planned for today and the rest of the week. Get the bubbly out as tomorrow should be a National Holiday…

The Cincinnati Reds were swept in 3-games by the Los Angeles Dodgers, culminating with a 10-5 beating in yesterday’s day game. The game included the infamous and ominous “8th Inning Breakdown.” We are really kicking around a dead horse right now as the Reds are 15-23, which translates to a .395 winning percentage and 10.5-games behind first place Milwaukee. I have got to believe that some personnel changes are on the horizon as any more of the current offerings from this team and nobody will even show up for the home games the rest of the way out and we haven’t even hit the ides of May yet. The one lone bright spot in this lineup right now is 37-year-old Ken Griffey, Junior. Junior is putting up All Star caliber numbers with a .336 batting average, which is good enough for 6th in the National League and a .446 on-base percentage which is good enough for 4th in the National League. His 7-home runs and 23-RBIs are good enough for 14th and 17th, respectively, in the National League.

Jeff Gordon won the Dodge Avenger 500 yesterday at Darlington Raceway meaning Hendrick Motor Sports is 5-0 in “Car of Tomorrow” races as Gordon and Jimmie Johnson each have two and Kyle Busch has one. Through 11-races, Hendrick Motor Sports has 8 wins and are 1st and 2nd in the point standings with Gordon and Johnson, respectively. My pick to win the race, Denny Hamlin, finished in second which keeps me looking halfway intelligent in my NASCAR coverage. As my belligerent father said on the phone after the race regarding yet another Jeff Gordon and Hendrick Motor Sports win, “I am never watching NASCAR again!” I will believe this when I see it, but I agree, it is getting rather repetitive. Here’s to hoping Dale Earnhardt, Junior drives for Richard Childress Racing next year and dominates.

Phil “Man Breasts” Mickelson went on to win TPC-Sawgrass this weekend at 11-under. Tiger Woods finished at Even for the tournament and eleven strokes back. Mickelson was basically in control the entire weekend making his win less surprising. It does, however, have to be frustrating to the lesser-known guys at the top of the leaderboard to be getting less coverage than a guy who was flirting with the cut-line all weekend and finished 11-strokes back. Ahh, to be Tiger Woods…

The Utah Jazz took a 14-victory from the Golden State Warriors to hand them their first home-loss of the playoffs. The Jazz go up 3-1 in the series and this all but ends the Warriors’ run in the Playoffs. They have, however, been one of the more exciting teams to watch this year and I know they had the underdog vote from the majority of casual fans.

More to come later, I hope, so stay tuned as the Jai Lucas Indecision may culminate today if the 3:30PM EST Press Conference holds true. If Lucas pulls the trigger and comes to the University of Kentucky, Coach Gillispie may have turned a corner for this program and Lucas may bring stud big man Patrick Patterson with him. I am a bit disappointed looking back that I did not hold a press conference to announce my college destination a few years ago…


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