Posted on: June 21, 2009 12:35 pm
MLB has taken a beating. The credibility of the sport is on life support. PEDs have become a punchline anytime someone wants to trash talk another team. Congressional hearings, court cases, leaked confidential drug test results. You name it and baseball has been guilty of it.
But there are still heroes in baseball!
Yes. I said it.
Like Albert Pujols.
But it's not what Pujols does from March-October that makes him a hero. It's what he does in February.
Albert Pujols and his wife, Deidre, returned to Albert's home, the Dominican Republic, without fanfare, without cameras, without the media's knowledge, and proceeded to load houses with mattresses. Givign beds to people who never had a bed before in their life!
"God delivered me from that place and my job now is to help others. It is my responsibility - what God has called me to do."
The Pujols family fully funds a Child Survival Program in the Dominacn Republic through Compassion International as well as sponsoring three children through Compassion.
"They come to our bateys (neighborhoods) with teams of dentists, eye doctors and medical doctors and they help everyone," says Bernard Okeke, who works for Compassion in the Dominican Republic.
Albert's wife also has a website, PujolsKitchen.com, with all proceeds to be used by the Pujols Family Foundation to help Dominican women.
But more than that, the Pujols hope to be an example for others to follow. "There are 9.6 million people in the Dominican Republic and I can't reach all of them," Albert says. "But i want to make sure I set an example for others to follow, for my kids, for my future grandkids, and the people of the Dominican Republic."
Albert Pujols is the exact kind of hero that MLB needs right now.
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Posted on: June 4, 2009 5:19 pm
99 times out of 100, I would have cheered for the Orlando Magic against the Lakers in the NBA Finals. 99 times out of 100, I would hope Kobe Bryant falls on his face.
This is that 1 time out of 100 that I am not.
Blame a former Magic.
In fact, blame a former Laker.
Like most people, I was fooled into thinking what the media was selling us about the Shaq/Kobe divorce. But, last year, when Shaq did his "tell me how my <bleep> tastes" rap, I saw the truth. That Shaq is bitter and jealous and it was he, and not Kobe, who was the reason for the dissension between the two. Everyone else has moved on.
I know. There are some of you out there who will say that Shaq is just fun-loving and just playing around. No. That was Shaq at his tastless, childish best, proving once and for all that Kobe has more maturity and more class than Shaq.
If the NBA Finals are to end with the Lakers on top, you will see that when Kobe does not in any way reply to Shaq's rap, no matter how much he would like to.
I do wonder if the Lakers win, will Shaq tell us how Kobe's <bleep> tastes?
Posted on: May 28, 2009 10:26 pm
Edited on: May 28, 2009 10:26 pm
I'll admit it. I'm a "LeBron Hater". I hope the Magic end Cleveland's season tonight.
The sad thing is, it's not LeBron's fault that I cheer for his opponents.
Blame it on the media.
Blame it on Doyel. http://www.cbssports.com/columns/st
Blame it on The Four Letter Network.
Blame it on the Hype Machine that has crammed "King James" down our throats since even before he was ever drafted.
Other than make a complete joke of himself with his "Crab Dribble" explaination on a travelling violation, LeBron Jaames has done nothing to annoy me. His lovers on the other hand...
When a guy has a shoe contract before he has an NBA contract, yeah, that doesn't exactly make me want to root for the guy. Don't get me wrong. I don't blame LeBron for signing the shoe deal. I blame the shoe company for paying him millions before he was even drafted. But it still is a reason for me to hope someone beats him.
When a guy is labelled "King James" before he ever even steps onto the court for an NBA preseason game, yeah, I hope his team gets smoked.
When I read headline after headline that says "Orlando Wins; LeBron Scores 44", I want to puke.
Some people may call me jealous. It's not that.
Let me give you an example:
Ever eaten Rice Krispie Treats? I love those things. But, could you imagine eating them all day? 4 or 5 meals a day every day? You'd get sick to your stomach.
That's my problem with the NBA (Nothing But lebron Association). I don't care how good he is. if you do nothing but shove him down my throat all day every day, I will not only get sick of him, I will also get sick of you. Memo to David Stern and the sports media outlets: LeBron is not the only player in the NBA. And, unless something incredible happens, he won't be playing in the NBA Finals.
I can see the headlines now:
Team That Doesn't Have LeBron Makes NBA Finals.
Posted on: February 22, 2009 6:21 pm
Edited on: February 22, 2009 6:22 pm
Tonight is the Oscars. I was going to write a big rant on the ridiculousness of Hollywood wanting to honor the legacy of someone who died from a drug overdose but, I thought, you know, what we really should do is honor people who truly are Oscar worthy. So, here are my nominees for the Toxic Oscars:
Posted on: February 18, 2009 11:14 am
Edited on: February 18, 2009 11:30 am
Major League Baseball wished for something. Major League Baseball got what it wished for. And a whole lot more.
Not just MLB itself but the fans and, especially, the baseball media got way more than they bargained for.
As we watch the fall from grace of one baseball player after another, we seem to forget the reason the Steroid Witch Hunt began. So let me remind you all why it did begin and who everyone was really after.
I think we know who everyone wanted to see crucified in the Steroid Scandal. It was Barry Bonds. While the fans and media fell in love with Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, no one wanted to see Bonds top McGwire's feat. Somehow, the baseball world equaled breaking Roger Maris' record to mean that McGwire was some great ambassador for the game. And McGwire helped instill that fantasy into everyone's mind when he woudl go out of his way to suck up to the media while he talked about how he was in awe of himself.
In reality, McGwire was just as much of a pompous, arrogant jerk as Bonds was. Just ask anyone whom tried to get a McGwire autograph when the cameras weren't around. The problem is that Bonds refused to be a fake for the cameras. While McGwire made sure to be as phony as possible, so long as that made him a hero.
And it worked....
When Bonds broke McGwire's record, he didn't get near the red carpet treatment that McGwire got. Instead, he got bombarded immediately with accusations of cheating. 'Roiding. People went so far as to say that if Barry broke McGwire's record, they would refuse to acknowledge it and that in their minds, McGwire would still be the king.
Wait....what? McGwire was 'roiding too? OOPS!
Well, those Bonds Haters did get part of what they wanted. Barry's legacy is indeed tainted in this steroid issue. But, what the Bonds Haters weren't counting on is how many people Barry would take down with him. They were hoping that Barry was the only one doing it and that they could just asterisk every Barry accomplishment and keep their golden child McGwire in the record books.
Now, it seems that every new golden child they want to crown ends up with the exact same stigma. Nope, can't call ARod your golden child anymore. He, too, is as guilty as Barry Bonds of juicing.
Each time we hear a new name come out, I just think of all those people 6,7 or 8 yeras ago who acted like Barry Bonds was the only one doing it. Who hated Barry so much that they went after this tooth and nail to make sure they beheaded him with their Steroid Guillotine. And now I wonder what they think as they see the guys they did like get marched up that same ramp and have to get the same treatment.
Those people who wanted to see Barry Bonds brought down got what they wanted. But I wonder if they got more than what they wanted.
Posted on: January 21, 2009 8:48 am
Edited on: January 21, 2009 9:10 am
"Each pint of blood that you give you can save up to three lives, so hopefully I’m saving some lives and doing something good. I’m very passionate about it.” - Andrea
The Texans' players aren't the only ones that get involved in community projects. The Texans' cheerleaders also pitch in to the Houston community and get involved. Second-year Texans Cheerleader Andrea has been a regular blood donor with the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center for the past few years.
The 21-year-old learned the importance of donating blood at a young age from her father, who passed away several years ago.
“Whenever I was little, my sister and I would always come to the blood donor centers with my dad and he would always give us his cookies and his drinks and stuff like that,” she said. “I feel like it helps me become closer to him sometimes."
“Most people might be a little bit afraid of giving blood; they’re scared of needles,” she said. “But it feels like a mosquito bite, typically, and it might take less than an hour depending on whether you give whole blood or plasma or whatever you decide to do that day. But just keep in mind, you save three lives with each donation that you make, so it’s a good cause and you should always come out and help!”
Here is a film clip of Andrea :
Posted on: January 17, 2009 4:01 pm
Edited on: January 17, 2009 4:02 pm
Don't let anyone fool you into thinking that ridiculous lawsuits are not screwing up our justice system. They really are. Just take the case of Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy.
Kennedy was arrested in December for assaulting a Cincinnati cab driver, a charge he denies. The resulting litigation has been so stressful to the coach that he and his wife have not been able to have a normal sex life, according to a lawsuit filed by his wife, Kimber.
The basketball coach sued Jiddou and valet Michael Strother for defamation the day after his arrest, and Kimber Kennedy filed a lack of consortium suit Dec. 22 against the pair.
That's right. Kimber Kennedy is suing someone because her husband can't perform in bed! What the .....?????????
This blog could really go off the deep end and become a Jim Rome segment, complete with wise cracks about 3-second violations and double dribble, but I'm not going to stoop that low.
I will, however, just tell you that our courts have more important things to do than to worry about whether or not Kimber's libido is being quenched of its thirst.
This is why people hate lawyers!
Posted on: January 14, 2009 1:08 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2009 1:14 pm
1. Quickly, can you name the last game Kurt Warner won as the starting quarterback of the St Louis Rams? If you answered the NFC Championship Game in '01-'02, then you are correct. Now, can you name the team that the Rams beat in that game? If you answered the Philadelphia Eagles, then you are correct again! Now, can you name the starting quarterback for those Philadelphia Eagles? If you said Donovan McNabb, then guess what. You are correct. 7 years later, these two meet again in the NFC Championship Game. Since that meeting 7 years ago, Warner has been run out of St Louis, used as cannon fodder to prep Eli in New York and then was supposed to keep the seat warm in Arizona until Leinart was ready. The old codger just refuses to go away. Meanwhile, McNabb would be on the short end of three straight NFC Championship Games before finally getting to the Super Bowl, only to have his receiver all but blame that loss solely on him. Since then, Eagle fans and media have been looking for anything that says that McNabb will be gone. But here he is, in the NFC Championship Game for the 5th time in his career. Meanwhile, in the AFC Championship Game, you have Joe Flacco, doing his best Ben Roethlesberger impersonation, taking on....well...Ben Roethlesberger. Roethlesberger knows just how tough the AFC Championship Game can be on a rookie quarterback and the Steelers' defense plans to make sure Flacco learns that lesson as well. Some people say that quarterback play is a key to winning it all. Well, I think we have learned over the past several Super Bowls is that a quarterback doesn't necessarily have to win the championship for his team, just as long as he doesn't lose it for them.
2. Kentucky basketball has a great history. Great tradition. And now, a new chapter is added to Kentucky's history books. Jodie Meeks put up 54 points in a 90-72 win over Tennessee, breaking the 39-year old Kentucky scoring record held by Dan Issel (53 points against Ole Miss). What's more is that Kentucky improves to 13-4 and Tennessee, ranked 24th, falls to 10-5. The Vols should be on their way out of the Top 25. At 2-0 in SEC play, the Wildcats may very well be headed into the Top 25. College basketball really is alot of fun to keep up with. Their fans are as fanatical as you will find.
3. On the other hand, we have the NBA. NBA fans are about as entertaining as 10th graders in Geometry class. MLB has made its trading deadline into a yearly event and the NBA is trying to copy that. Last year, two huge moves were made, with Shaq heading to Phoenix and Jason Kidd going to Dallas. Moves that seemed to make these two teams worse! Not better! But, at least it gave us some entertainment during the NBA season. It is kind of hard to take the NBA regular season seriously when teams with 35-47 records make the playoffs. But, maybe we'll see another fun trade in the next month blow up in someone's face. That's the closest thing to amusement the Toxic One will get from the NBA regular season. They should just skip the regular season and hold the playoffs from the start. Just about everyone makes it anyways.