Category — Ryan Howard
Floyd Mayweather Jr. tops Sports Illustrated’s list of the athletes who have bagged the most coin over the past year. And Mayweather has earned his estimated $90 million without a single commercial endorsement.
May 15, 2013 No Comments
African Americans agents have had a rough time in the lily-white business of sports representation far too long. Black athletes can share in some of that shame. Much of it can be attributed to ignorance. And brainwashing.
But Jay-Z entering the game significantly changes the landscape. And when he stole Yankees star Robinson Cano from the notorious Scott Boras this week, it raised more than an eyebrow or 2 in this cesspool swimming with scumbags.
April 2, 2013 No Comments
Like the Spurs, we believe the Angels might be good to go this season. At least we hope so as far as our boys Mahi and Bob Young are concerned.
Early favorites to win the World Series: Angels and Dodgers (6-1); Nationals and Tigers (7-1); Giants and Blue Jays (9-1); Reds, Yankees and Braves (12-1); Phillies (16-1); Cardinals (18-1); A’s and Rays (20-1); Red Sox (30-1); and just for the record, the punk-ass Cubs (70-1).
February 22, 2013 No Comments
The Phillies (7-2) are the favorite to capture the World Series, according to the odds at Santa Fe Station in Las Vegas. The Cardinals, who shocked the world and the Phillies in last season’s playoffs, are 16-1, down from 18-1. Among the others: Yankees (9-2); Red Sox (7-1); Angels (5-1); Dodgers (28-1); Rangers (4-1); Tigers (5-1); Giants (12-1); Braves (16-1); punk-ass Cubs (35-1); White Sox (50-1); Padres (155-1); and A’s (100-1).
February 12, 2012 No Comments
There also is a tale about Super Bowl Sunday in Dallas last February, but that’s a story best told on a rainy day.
Nothing could have been sweeter for the Dallas Mavericks than capturing their 1st NBA title, particularly by beating the Miami Heat, but a close second was Dirk and his mates wiping out the Lakers in a sweep that still resonates in L.A.
For me though, nothing in 2011 compares to Game 6 of the World Series in St. Louis, where the Rangers were a strike away from claiming their 1st championship before David Freese drilled a fastball to right over the head of Nelson Cruz and the Cardinals, who were on life support just to make the playoffs a month before (not everyone thought such though), began a seemingly impossible rally in extra innings that resulted in the club winning its 11th banner.
Hours before Game 7, which was practically an afterthought as far as Cards fans were concerned, I strolled up to a betting window in 1 of my favorite sportsbooks (Santa Fe Station in Vegas) like the cocky young fella I used to be, decked out in a classic power blue Cards’ jersey (think the ’80s and the “White Rat”) with the Wizard’s name and number in red letters on the back and flashing the biggest and shittiest grin 1 could imagine. Even the betting clerk couldn’t resist smirking.
“You know why I’m here,” I said sarcastically, confident as I’ve ever been before wagering a bet.
“Good luck,” he said.
I didn’t need it. I knew my money was as good as gold.
December 29, 2011 No Comments
Phillies 5, Dodgers 3.
Don’t be fooled. The Phillies celebrated as they flew from San Francisco to L.A. yesterday evening after taking 3 of 4 from the Giants in a heated series. That probably led to some players up in the club, particularly some of those relievers. Hey, Roy Halladay sometimes is off his game.
Still, they had enough in the tank to take care of the woeful Dodgers.
August 8, 2011 No Comments
Speaking of aliens…
Tony Bruno showed his true colors by calling Giants reliever Ramon Ramirez an “illegal alien” on Twitter in the aftermath of Friday’s brawl between the Giants and Phillies. Bruno, a nationally-syndicated radio host, is a Phillies fan. Still, like many other radio talk-show hosts, he showed his ignorance and, according to Bruce Bochy, showed his “racist” side.
August 7, 2011 No Comments
Predictably, Fox’s Game of the Week is the Yankees-Red Sox tilt, which means Round 3 of the fighting Phillies-Giants battle is blacked out and isn’t available on the Package either. Nuts, in our best Joe Paterno imitation.
Just as predictable, ESPN is showing Red Sox-Yankees on Sunday Night Baseball. Fortunately, us Package subscribers won’t be screwed out of Phillies-Giants on Sunday. The two teams clash again at 1:05 p.m. (PT) with Roy Oswalt returning to the mound against Tim Lincecum.
August 6, 2011 No Comments
It is so easy. Too easy.
All 1 has to do is pick the Phillies to win the National League and the Red Sox the American and let them go at it in the World Series. Ah, but sports is never that easy to predict.
Don’t believe me? Check out your NCAA tournament bracket. I haven’t seen that much red on a sheet of paper since my last math test in high school.
While Boston and Philadelphia loaded up in the offseason and look on paper to be the best, games are played on the field. And more often than not, injuries play a big part in the outcome of pennant runs.
We already have the biggest upset in history taking place and the season hasn’t even started. Nobody ever would have believed that in all the 4 major professional team sports in America, baseball has the most solid labor relations between the union and owners. That alone is reason for hope this spring.
There are givens heading into this season. First, or most obvious, we know the Royals and Pirates have no chance. Pittsburgh hasn’t had a good team since Barry Bonds left for San Francisco’s riches and BALCO juices.
Kansas City’s summers of discontent go back even further, to when George Brett was playing 3rd base, Ronald Reagan was the president and lap dances were still more popular than laptops. That’s 1985 for those scoring at home.
This summer will be no different. Both teams claim to have good, young talent. However, if the past is our guide, those young studs are really just about to hit the open market as the 2 clubs continue to be training grounds for big-market clubs.
We also know that Derek Jeter is closing in on 3,000 hits. It should come by mid-June even if he isn’t as good as he used to be. But the Yankee captain is not a happy camper, even if he might now be the most overpaid player in baseball.
The team most fun to watch could be the Tampa Bay Rays. At least they will be must-see TV on the days when Johnny Damon and Manny Ramirez are starting in the outfield, which brings us right back to Boston.
The Red Sox did everything right in the offseason. They signed the best free agent, Carl Crawford, got the best 1st baseman available in Adrian Gonzalez and filled in all the other pieces nicely. They watched while the Yankees foolishly refused to fill their holes at starting pitching. Remember when this rivalry was the other way around?
With all the spending Boston has done over the years to catch the Yanks, you have to wonder which 1 of those franchises really is the Evil Empire.
But the Red Sox are set to make a run at it all. I just don’t think they will get there. Something always goes wrong. Boston will win its division, but the World Series will be left to others.
The Phillies are loaded with mounds of talent. They have 4 aces and could run away with the National League East, but they won’t. Too many injuries, especially at the start of this season, look to slow them down. They will win the East, but the Braves will chase them all the way to the playoffs.
The NL Central is the division really up for grabs, or maybe it’s a case of who cares. The Cardinals will be lost without Adam Wainwright, and the Albert Pujols contract discussion will keep them from the postseason.
The Milwaukee Brewers will win the division thanks to their power and just enough pitching. For you punk-ass Cubs fans, just another year of frustration.
The West will crown the Colorado Rockies as champs, but most eyes will be on the divorce in Dodgertown that has kept the owners of this once-proud franchise bickering over the club like it was good china or the family dog.
And just who wins the National League? Watch for the Braves to win it from the wild card.
The American League is even more muddled. I don’t see 2 teams coming out of the AL East, just too many in-division losses. The schedule does in the Yankees, who miss the playoffs for the 2nd time in 4 years.
Boston does win the division, but not in a landslide, however comfortably.
The AL Central goes to the White Sox instead of the Twins, thanks in large part to barbequing Kansas City all summer. The Twins will earn a wild card. Nothing fancy about either team but with Cleveland and the Royals on your schedule, it does make things easier than in the East.
In the AL West, the Angles will rebound but not enough. The Athletics will improve, but not enough. The Mariners will stink. That leaves us with the defending champion Rangers to capture the division again.
While Boston seems to have it all, it will stumble and it will be the White Sox standing when it is all over.
The World Series will be the Braves in 6 games.
So there you have it, but what do I know. I had Notre Dame playing Ohio State for the national title in my bracket.
At least we know with the start of baseball, spring is here and summer is coming. That’s 1 thing we all can agree on.
March 29, 2011 No Comments
Reports of Tiger Woods’ demise have been exaggerated. At least financially. Woods, who reportedly lost more than $22 million in endorsements because of his affairs, continues to be the top dog when it comes to hauling in cash.
Sports Illustrated released its Top 50 of highest paid athletes. There are a few surprises. Matthew Stafford anyone?
July 21, 2010 No Comments