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Chad Johnson’s Monday Morning

Posted by Matt on June 11, 2007

Cincinnati Bengals’ WR Chad Johnson went in to River Downs on Saturday and did what Chris Collinsworth could not do in 1993: he raced a horse and won. Of course, it was a modified race as a dead sprint wouldn’t have even been close, but even with the horse running 1/8th of a mile and “Ocho Cinco” running 1/16th of a mile, it was still impressive to see man prevail. Johnson defeated Restore The Roar by nearly twelve lengths in an event hosted for Chad’s favorite charity, “Feed The Children.”

The publicity stunt earned over $7,000 dollars for charity, and as much flak as Chad might receive from the media or opposing teams’ fans, he’s always been about entertainment and other people, never about himself and never malicious. And as always, Chad left us wanting more:

“Floyd, your next,” he said, referring to the boxing champion Merriweather. “Kobe. LeBron. Jeff Gordon. A few laps.” – Chad Johnson, Courtesy of

Cincinnati Reds pitcher Aaron Harang may not have gotten the decision yesterday, but his seven-inning, ten-strike out, shutout performance against the Cleveland Indians is what kept the Reds’ fledgling offense in the game. And shockingly enough, the Cincinnati Bullpen did not collapse in on itself like a dying star and the Redlegs were able to win a 1-0 pitcher’s duel in 12-innings. Those types of wins for the Reds come around about as often as Halley’s Comet so enjoy it while you can. The Reds are off today and are back in play tomorrow night at 7:10PM EST at home against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim of California of Northern Hollywood. Bronson Arroyo looks to rebound from recent struggles on the hill.

I have never watched a single episode of “The Sopranos” and apparently I am missing out. But I can’t afford HBO so I don’t have much of a choice (“The Nasty Boys” don’t pay very well). I do wish, however, that I would’ve watched “The Sopranos” series finale last night opposed to the NBA Finals as the series finale got ratings four times that of Game 2, even with the Finals being on free, over-the-air network television and “The Sopranos” being on premium paid-television.

In Game 1, it only felt like the Cleveland Cavaliers were never in the game; however, in Game 2, the Cleveland Cavaliers were just not in the game. I missed a mean session of Ultimate Frisbee on campus to tune in to the basketball game and ended up having to turn it off and go to sleep about halfway through the third quarter, right around the point the Cavs were down by 24 points. Ridiculous.

At the same time, the San Antonio Spurs looked like a well oiled machine and Tim Duncan is one of the most fundamentally sound players I have watched. The two front-runners for the NBA Final’s MVP Award:

  • Tim Duncan: 19-33 FG (.576), 0-0 3PT, 9-12 FT, 22 REBs, 9 ASTs, 2 STLs, 5 BLKs, 2 TOs, 47 PTs
  • Tony Parker: 25-43 FG (.581), 1-1 3PT, 6-10 FT, 8 REBs, 9 ASTs, 3 STLs, 0 BLKs, 5 TOs, 57 PTs

A virtual dead-heat for the award, but I think the edge goes to Tony Parker simply because he is sleeping with Eva Longoria.

Jeff Gordon won, again, in a rain-shortened Pocono 500. Sorry for no race preview this weekend, I was caught up with a Sunday project of pork ribs in a smoker. I am not going to lie, the outcome tasted better than a NASCAR preview would have so I have no remorse. Hendrick Motorsports continued their dominance this season with 10 victories in 14 races, with the battery of Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson having four wins each. The boys are back on the track next Sunday for Father’s Day, so there will be an extensive preview for the race at Michigan International Speedway.

The sports world is slowing down a bit during the ‘dog days of Summer’ but we will still be putting up as much solid content as possible. I hope to have a new edition of “The Sports Shorts” as well as of “You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me” sometime this week. Stay Tuned!


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