Posted on: July 14, 2009 9:15 pm
Edited on: July 15, 2009 6:04 pm
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Bravo Major League Baseball, Bravo......

Bravo Major League Baseball.

It is easy to say that for the past few years, MLB, has been under the gun. they have been in the headlines for not so wonderful things, tragic things and players who have been caught cheating. We, the fans, have been able to voice our disgust and sing our disdain. I have been one of those, chiming in loudly and often.

Steroids, HGH, gambling and the cover up of the ownership that they had no knowledge of what there employees where doing.

We have had tragic and sudden deaths of too many to list in full but a few come to mind. Nick Adenhart, a sudden and senseless death at the age of 24. Harry Kalas, the wonderful voice of the Phillies, passed away this year. Corey Lidle from the Yankees passed in recent years as the list could go on. These tragedies and passing hit baseball hard in the last ten years, taking away future greats as well as Legends of the game.

All of that being said, I want to stand up and cheer the MLB right now. I want to say as loudly as I have for the wrongs, the right thing they have done right now. At this years All-Star Game in St Louis, Major League Baseball showed a little heart. All-stars Among Us , a program to to show the work of the "little people". Those Americans who with out praise, money , notoriety or even at times, support, have changed the lives of those who needed an outstretched hand.

They were not asked to help. No one offered them the task. They took it upon themselves to find and area that had a need and just DID SOMETHING ABOUT IT.

One started a little non-profit organization for cancer patients who had suffered through chemo and lost their hair. Locks of Love, we have all heard of it, some of us have made offerings to help, many gave of their time in this endeavor as well, the hairstylists who heard the stories as they cut and saved the precious locks. They are a simple group of people who gather hair from salons across the country and have wigs made out of them.

Another 18 year old young lady started a program to help educate orphans. Another, a women from Cincinnati, started an organization to help young people get a day at the ballpark.

On this day when the great of modern baseball all met on the diamond, they saluted true all stars, they all faced the middle of the diamond and saluted those 30 people who had chosen to make a difference in others lives instead of just looking to better their own lives. The MLB All Stars took off their hats and shook hands and thanked the "little people" A truly wonderful moment in baseball .

I know some will say it was all a P.R. move, and maybe it was, but it was public and well displayed. Many people learned tonight that there are many people out there who have made a difference in so many peoples lives. The five living Presidents of the US also chimed in and gave praise and thanks. All I can say is Bravo MLB, Bravo.

Posted on: July 9, 2009 8:25 am
 

Greatest Sports moments in history.Round 2.......


There once was 64 and now there is 32. We are at the second round of voting for the Greatest Sports moments in History. Should be easier to pick your favorites this time around and I hope you find one of yours. Thank for popping in and placing your votes, because for once you can actually say this is a democracy. 100% well of course unless there is a tie. The voting was very close in a few and had to be decided by the tie breaker, I assigned a number to each one and then the TIE BREAKER of the Giants Victory decided it. I will have another tie breaker on this round. Please enjoy the voting and hopefully a little history too.

 

1) The Miracle on Ice

VS

57) NC State and Jimmy "V" Valvano (What a moment) 

 

2) Ali/Frazier title fight

VS

52) Bobby Thompson and THE SHOT

 

3) Lou Gehrig's farewll speech

VS

48) Kerri Strugg and the one legged landing

 

4) Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain scoring 100

VS

41) Ali lighting torch 96' Olympics

 

5) The Play Cal/Stanford and the LATERALS

VS

39) Roberto Clemente plane crash (Sorry but both tragic and powerful)

 

6) The Hailmary Doug Flutie 

VS

32) Mike Tyosn KO's Sphinx in 91 seconds  

 

7) Henry Aaron hits 715 

VS

31) Franz Klammer/Bernhard Russi Downhill race for the GOLD

 

9) O.J Simpson breaking the 2,000 yard mark

VS

30) Bill Mazeroski's homerun in game 7 of the 1960's World Series

 

10) Kirk Gibson pinch hit HR

VS

29) USA women's soccer team World Cup win

 

11) Messier and '94 Rangers

VS

28) Tiger Woods wins all four 

 

12) Jack Nicklaus winning number 18 at 46

VS

27) 89' World Series earthquakes

 

14) SOX break the curse

VS

25) Buckner BALL Mets WIN  (How perfect this turned out)

 

15) Cal Ripkens Jr THE STREAK

VS

23) Babe Ruth calls his shot 

 

16) The Catch (Montana to Clark) 

VS

21) Dale Earnhard's crash

 

18) Ali/Foremen

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20) Four minute mile (Roger Bannister)

 

19) Music City Miracle (Titans/Bills) 

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22) Michael Jordan SHOT for 6th title

 

This weeks Tie Breaker is Phelps 8 Gold VS Giants upset Patriots

 

Thank you all for voting and see you next round.

Posted on: July 1, 2009 7:07 am
Edited on: July 1, 2009 11:32 am
 

Greatest Sports moments in history.Round 1.......




The times has arrived.....the list has been made........the votes shall be cast.

After two weeks of fielding all matter of great sports moments, the list is complete and now it is time for you to stand up for your moment. Vote early, vote often and just remember if you don't vote, you can not complain.

1) The Miracle on Ice                                        VS                                  
64) Joey Chestnut and his 66 "dogs"

2) Ali/Frazier title fight                                       VS                        
63) Ricky Henderson stealing the record breaking base

3) Lou Gehrig's farewll speech                       VS                        
62) Mark McGuire hits 62

4) Wilt "The Stilt" Chamberlain scoring 100  VS                        
61) "Wide Right" Scott Norwood

5) The Play Cal/Stanford and the LATERALS  VS                    
60) "TIMEOUT OOPS" Chris Webber

6) The Hailmary Doug Flutie                           VS                          
59) Staubach to Pearson Cowboys/Vikings hailmary

7) Henry Aaron hits 715                                   VS                         
58) Barry Bonds hits 756 (come on had to do it)

8) Curt Shilling and the SOCK                        VS                         
57) NC State and Jimmy "V" Valvano (What a moment)

9) O.J Simpson breaking the 2,000 yard mark  VS                   
56) O.J. Acquittal

10) Kirk Gibson pinch hit HR                          VS                          
55) Willie Mosconi and 526 straight

11) Messier and '94 Rangers                         VS                          
54) Patrick Roy goalie record

12) Jack Nicklaus winning number 18 at 46  VS                       
53) Avalanche bringing the Cup to Denver

13)  Don Larson is Perfect in World Series  VS                         
52) Bobby Thompson and THE SHOT

14) SOX break the curse                                 VS                          
51) Cubs Curse continues (Fan interference)

15) Cal Ripkens Jr THE STREAK                 VS                          
50) Phil Jackson wins #10

16) The Catch (Montana to Clark)                VS                          
49) Roger Federer Streak at Wimbledon

17) Andrea Agassi U.S. Open                        VS                         
48) Kerri Strugg and the one legged landing

18) Ali/Foremen                                                VS                         
47) Mike Tyson/Buster Douglas

19) Music City Miracle (Titans/Bills)              VS                          
46) Kobe Bryant scores 81

20) Four minute mile (Roger Bannister)       VS                         
45) Bob Beamon long jump

21) Dale Earnhard's crash                             VS                           
44) Richard Petty's wins record

22) Michael Jordan SHOT for 6th title           VS                          
43) Michael Phelps 8 GOLD

23) Babe Ruth calls his shot                          VS                           
42) Joe Carter wins off WIld Thing

24) Munich Olympic Crisis                              VS                          
41) Ali lighting torch 96' Olympics

25) Buckner BALL Mets WIN                          VS                          
40) Reggie Jackson 77' Series 3rd HR game six

26) Thurman Munson Plane Crash              VS                           
39) Roberto Clemente plane crash (Sorry but both tragic and powerful)

27) 89' World Series earthquakes                 VS                          
38) Atlanta Olympic bombing

28) Tiger Woods wins all four                          VS                         
37) Phil Mickelson winning first MASTERS

29) USA women's soccer team World Cup win  VS                    
36) Women's Soccer Olympic Gold

30) Bill Mazeroski's homerun in game 7 of the 1960's World Series  VS
35) Jeter's cut off play

31) Franz Klammer/Bernhard Russi Downhill race for the GOLD  VS 
34) "Tuck" rule game Pats win on Vinitari's kick

32) Mike Tyosn KO's Sphinx in 91 seconds  VS                           
33) Tyson conviction

Wild CARD for tie breaker is.......Giants over Patriots in Super Bowl   VERSUS the Dolphins victory int eh Super Bowl to cap perfect season

So there we have them, the top 64 moments as brought on by you the fans. The voting has started and in case of a tie breaker the winner will be chosen by a vote cast by the Madness Board of Directors (ME). I hope you all enjoy this as much as I have and we shall see it to the end, ONE WINNER. Thank you and good luck to your picks.









Posted on: June 24, 2009 1:51 pm
Edited on: June 24, 2009 1:53 pm
 

Madness greatest Sports moments in history.......


 
   Okay sports fans, Madness is looking for a new list. One that comes from the heart of the true sports fan. The greatest moment in sports history. How tough can it be, right? Sports have only been a part of out lives since, well , since time began. Is it a college basketball moment, Christian Laettner and his buzzer beater? Maybe a baseball moment, Bill Buckne r watches the ball go through his legs and the Mets win. Maybe it was Dwight Clark making Joe Montana look like a sports god with the "Catch"

   I want to here all of them. I will be making a bracket up after a few weeks and we will see which one comes out on top. All SPORTS , all Moments, don't hold back on this one. This is your chance to sales pitch YOUR moment .


Category: MLB
Posted on: June 12, 2009 12:00 am
Edited on: June 12, 2009 12:31 pm
 

Top Ten Songs from a Sports Movie



Movie Madness Top Ten goes on........Songs from the movies.


So for all of us that watch sports movies there are three things we enjoy about a good sports movie. One, great story, the underdog wins again or something along those lines. Two, great sports actions, whether it was a football, basketball, baseball or hockey film, if we liked it then it had great sports action. Three is the music. We all have found ourselves at some point singing a song from one of the great sports movies.

With this in mind I ran an election of sorts. Best song from a sports movie and I have come up with a pretty good list. The Top Ten Songs from a sports movie. So here goes.

10) We all remember Michael Jordan's movie career, how could we not. He starred with one of the most beloved characters of all time, Bugs Bunny. We all know the song as well, not from the radio but because it was played as MJ was a kid and begging his dad for just a little more time to play. "I believe I can fly" was the perfect song to exemplify MJ and his role in not just basketball but life.

9) Denzel was great in Remember the Titans but who can forget Marvin Gaye's "I heard it through the grapevine" . Great song in a great movie. Landing it at the ninths spot.

8) Anyone who has seen the Pride of the Yankees ca not forget the beautiful rendition of "Auld Land Syne" that is playing while Lou Gehrig gives his most famous of speeches. It set the mood and made this scene better. Landing it at number 8.

7) "Thunderstuck" was laid over the action so well in The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler that it has to make the list. It was the perfect song for the comeback scene. Underdogs win again.

6) Anyone watching Angels in the Outfield was laughing uncontrollably during the scene win the ball is "mysteriously" just out of reach of all the ball players in the filed and continues to bounce and roll about while the Angels score to win the game. Hippy Hippy Shake was playing and made it all the more fun for us to see.

5) If you saw the film He got Game you will remember number 5 on our list. Great tune and added to a great movie. He Got Game is number 5 and well placed on our list.

4) Karate Kid launched a franchise and at the time many would argue it was not a sports movie, years later the MMA proves otherwise. The theme song from the film has also stood the test of time. At number 4 on our list is Your the Best and well deserved.

3) Bull Durham is a top ten Sports movie of all time, so to is its soundtrack. It gave us "Centerfield" and this song makes us all feel a little like playing the game. Great song and a great film. Perfect together and number 3 on our list.

2) If you watched the film Waterboy you know it had a great soundtrack and also had a song that everyone from rock to rap knows, Tom Sawyer is just short of the top spot and sits at number 2 on our list.

The number one song from a sports movie is............ "WILD THING" from Major League. Wether you love it or hate it you know it. It made a whole new generation of sports fans and also taught an entire group of none fans what a closer was. Not to mention gave Charlie Sheen's career life and a theme song to follow him with.

I hope you enjoyed our list, feel free to chime in with your own top ten.

Category: MLB
Posted on: June 1, 2009 9:11 am
 

Round 1 Top Ten Songs from a sports movie

Countdown to top 10 Sports Movie songs of all time, round 1

 

Here are the top 22 as listed by CBSSportsline members. Take a shot at your favorite, two have a first round bye, just for the fact they are no lose picks. I need to get the top ten so this will have two rounds. Thanks for the input and stayed tuned for the results.

 

First round Bye for Eye of the Tiger, We are the Champions

 

1) Tom Sawyer in the film Waterboy VS 20) We've only just begun from Happy Gilmore

2) Wild Thing from Major League VS 19) As we walk to Fenway Park in Boston Town from Fever Pitch

3) Centerfield from Bull Durham VS 18) Cornbread from the film Cornbread, Earl and Me

4) Hot Blooded from the film VisionQuest VS 17) Your the Best from the Karate Kid

5) He Got Game from the film He got game VS 16) Pain from the film Above the rim

6) Hippy Hippy Shake from the film Angels in the Outfield VS 15) This Magic Moment from the Sandlot

7)Thunderstruck from the Longest Yard VS 14) Winning it all from the Mighty Ducks

8) The Star Spangled Banner from Fever Pitch VS 13) Auld Land Syne from Pride of the Yankees

9) Play that Funky Music from Celtic Pride VS 12) I heard it through the Grapevine from the film Remember the Titans

10) I believe I can fly from Space Jam VS 11) Sixty Minute Man from Bull Durham

 

So there they are. I did not list the artist because if you remember the song it is for the movie and the persons that sang it. Thank you for your votes.

Category: MLB
Posted on: May 29, 2009 2:17 pm
Edited on: May 29, 2009 3:01 pm
 

Top 10 theme songs from a sports movie.

Movie Madness needs a little help for a future blog sports fans. He is trying to come up with the top theme songs form a sports movie in film history. We are not looking for a song played on the jukebox in the back ground of the bar scene but a song on the soundtrack. An example would be, Eye of the Tiger from Rocky III, a classic that still gets you pumped up every time you hear it. So drop in and give us the film, song title and who sang it. In a week we will tabulate the votes and come up with the top ten.
Thank you and enjoy.
Category: MLB
Posted on: May 24, 2009 12:43 pm
Edited on: June 12, 2009 12:56 pm
 

Sports Movie Madness : Top Ten Basketball movies











Well Madness fans, the NBA finals are right around the corner, and it seems like the perfect time pay tribute to Dr. Naismith’s great game. This week, the Top Ten list comes from the world of hoops. The list may be a little diverse, though. We have some true stories as well as a loony group of fictional characters. I hope you enjoy the list, and find one for the weekend.

The list will be counting down, from10 to one... and make sure you leave your comments and input!


10) Like Mike . A family film that chronicles the life of a young ball player, portrayed by Bow Wow.  It has a great cast, including some faces you’ll know. Jesse Plemons from "Friday Night Lights", and the one and only Eugene Levy of American Pie fame. The story tells of a young boy who finds a pair of MJ's sneakers, and with them, can play basketball with the same unstoppable skills as Jordan himself. A great, fun , family film.

Madness rates this film a Pro.

09) Pistol is a movie based on the life of the one ball player I put at the top of the ALL TIME list: “Pistol” Pete Maravich. It follows his life form the time he first picked up a basketball, through his pro career, and to his death at the age of 40. A great cast and a truly wonderful story chronicle the skills he practiced until he could do things with a basketball no one had ever done, or has done since. The full-court, full-speed run with out using his hands for instance... yet he dribbled the entire time.

Madness rates this film a Pro

08) Blue Chips . This one has an all star cast of athletes, Shaq, Penny Hardaway and the great Bob Cousy. Nick Nolte stars as a college coach who is recruiting for his school. The twists and turns abound as he tries to keep the boosters happy and stay within the guidelines of the NCAA.

Madness rates this one with a Pro.

07) White Men Can't Jump . This is a story of the basketball hustle that takes place every day in street games all over the country. It stars Woody Harrelson as the guy who can never get it right, and by the way, can't dunk either. Wesley Snipes is the one who always plays it safe, and takes Woody for a ride only to have to team up with him later to win the big tournament.  Enjoy, it is worth the viewing.

Madness gives the film an All-Star rating.

06) Glory Road is the true story of the first college to field an all black team. In 1966, Texas Western and its head coach Don Haskins brought together a team made up of all black players. The movie chronicles the trial and perseverance of the players and coaches as the try and break through the color barrier. Great story and a great cast. Follow the team in all the day-to-day practice on the road to the NCAA National Championship.

Madness gives this a Super Star score.

05) “What’s up Doc?” Who does not love the bunny? Space Jam is the greatest basketball movie ever made... well, that greatest that includes the Looney Tunes. In the movie, Michael Jordan has retired from the NBA, and spends his time playing golf with Charles Barkley and Larry Bird. Meanwhile, the Looney Tunes are being taken over by aliens, (voiced by Danny Devito). Bugs Bunny comes up with the idea of challenging the aliens to a B-ball game for the freedom of all the Tunes. He recruits MJ and the story unfolds. Another outstanding cast, as well as some memorable Looney quotes.

Madness has to give this one a Super Star as well.

04) Hoop Dreams brilliantly follows multiple parallel stories, bringing the viewer in to the lives of two inner-city families. The kids in these families are looking for a chance at the "big time"; their ticket out of the ghetto. Although the main focus is on William Gates and Arthur Agee, their "supporting cast" is equally enthralling. From William's jaded brother Curtis, sublimating his own basketball aspirations to the reality of his blue-collar mailroom job, to Arthur's indomitable mom Sheila, doing the impossible every day as she keeps her troubled family together, there are a thousand reasons to cheer, laugh, cry and rage. The emotions are absolutely packed throughout this amazing, inspirational and cautionary documentary.

Madness gives this one a Superstar rating. It’s a must-see for all basketball fans.


03) Denzel Washington stars in the Spike Lee film, He Got Game . It follows the story of a father who is trying to convince his son (played by Ray Allen of the Boston Celtics) to go to college. It ‘s a drama-packed film that grates on the relationship mentality of father and son. The film comes together perfectly, and Spike Lee proves his brilliance with a phenomenal script.

Madness gives this film a Super Star rating.

02) Coach Carter
, a film starring Samuel L. Jackson, is a one of a kind. It is the story of coach, Ken Carter, who is brought in to coach an inner-city team of misfits. He tries to teach the game, as well as some valuable life lessons, to the kids on his team. This is a true "feel good" story. Make sure you don’t miss it.

Madness gives this film a Super Star rating.

01)  The number one basketball movie of all time, in the opinion of Madness, is Hoosiers . Gene Hackman is a coach with an unorthodox style and the checkered past. Dennis Hopper plays the town drunk and assistant coach. Together, they lead a small town team to the state championship game. No one thinks they can win, and the town questions the methods of the coach. Great story, great subject and a truly great film. An absolute MUST SEE.

Madness rates this one SuperStar.


 
 
 
 
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