US Open

Graeme Mcdowell wins the US Open shooting par through the 72 holes.  Im not sure if the conditions at Pebble Beach were bad or if the players just played bad, but I didn’t see too many great shots today.  The 54 hole leader, Dustin Johnson, played horrific and shot an 82.  That’s the 2nd worst round since 1911 (83) by the leader through 54 holes.  Honestly, it was hard to watch.  I felt really bad for the guy because he went from flawless to amateur.  Well not amateur because if he would have shot what the 2 amateurs shot (Langley 71, Henley 73) he would have won comfortably.  Only 2 out of the top 15 players shot under par today, so there really wasn’t anything spectacular to watch.  It was nice to see that Gregory Havret stayed calm throughout his round and finished second.  It was just his first US Open and he composed himself with class.  I’m very happy for Mcdowell for being the first person from Northern Ireland to win the US Open, but I wish it would have been because he made great shots, not average ones.

Nate Robinson

What is Nate Robinson’s deal?! Im sitting on
my couch watching game 4 and the only thing I see on the
screen is this tiny little guy running around the court
yelling as if he is king kong and clapping his hands like a
softball player. I dont know if this bothers you guys as much
as it bothers me, but I HATE IT!!! Its so annoying. How do
you guys feel about him?

What to do….What to do…

I want to get some feedback on this one…What do you think Lebron James is GOING to do and what do you think he SHOULD do?  PERSONALLY, being from Miami and loving the Heat, I want Lebron in Miami.  Thats just me with some wishful thinking and I think it is possible since the Heat have a lot of money.  On the other hand, I think that Lebron is going to stay in Cleveland.  Thats his home town.  Isnt it every athletes dream to play for their home town team?  I keep hearing people saying that he will never win the title in Cleveland, but get serious, he can win anywhere he goes, the only problem is that the Lakers are very strong and hard to beat.  I agree that he is going to need a lot better supporting cast, but that is possible because all the Cavs want to do is make Lebron happy, and what Lebron wants, Lebron gets.  He wants Chris Bosh, he can get him.  He wants Amare, he can get him.  To me, its all a matter of getting the right PERSON to be the #2 guy on the team.  Dont get me wrong, Kobe is one of the best to ever play the game, but he has always had that other guy.  He was that other guy when Shaq was around and now his other guy is Gasol.  Gasol and Lebron would do crazy things together just like Kobe and Gasol.  Plus Derek Fisher is better than every one on the Cavs except Lebron.  I think Lebron just needs ONE perfect fit #2 like the Lakers have and the championships will come pouring in.  Jordan didnt win his first title til his 7th season and he 3-peated, why is it such a big deal now that Lebron is in the same boat?

Stephen James Strasburg

I remember hearing about the contract negotiations between Strasburg and the Nationals.  When I heard numbers being thrown around like $25 million, I was in shock.  I thought it was a joke.  I thought there was no way that any drafted player could be worth a signing bonus of that magnitude.  Obviously I was wrong.  Although he did face the worst hitting team in the MLB, he made them look like a high school team.  After giving up back to back hits in the 4th inning I thought he was going to get rattled, but that didnt happen because he induced a taylor made double play.  He then made the mistake of throwing Delwyn Young an offspeed pitch (91 mph isnt too “offspeed” if you ask me) and he just put the bat on the ball and hit it out.  He was now down 2-1.  He had a solid 5th inning striking out 2, but what impressed me most was his 6th and 7th innings.  In the 6th he struck out the side only throwing 11 pitches and only 2 balls.  After he got the lead back, in the bottom of the 6th inning, thanks to a towering 2-run shot by Adam Dunn, and a solo homerun by Josh Willingham, it was like he was a shark that smelled blood in the water.  He proceeded to strike out the side again, and again only throwing 2 balls.  His last 2 strike outs were both on 3 pitches and were both 99 mph fastballs that the hitters couldnt catch up with.  His final line was 7 IP, 4 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 14 K.  He threw 58 fastballs out of 94 pitches, thats a great mix, and his average fastball was 97.8 mph (WOW).  He has great command of 3 pitches and 2 of the 3 are EXCELLENT pitches (fastball and curve ball) while his 3rd, change up, is a good pitch.  Obviously he cant pitch like this every time out, but with the kind of stuff he has I can see him doing this MANY MANY MANY more times throughout his career.  Long live King Strasburg. HAHA

Draft Day

I remember the day I got drafted.  I sat at the computer, anxious to see my name through the first 2.5 days of the draft.  I skipped playing a round of golf just so I could stay home and watch that screen (I NEVER say no to a round of golf). Then the 32nd round ended and I hadn’t seen my name yet.  I decided to meet up with a few of my friends and go fishing for peacock bass so I could get my mind off the draft.  The entire drive I sat in silence, I didn’t even have the radio on.  I felt disappointed and sad because I thought my baseball career was over.  As soon as I pulled up to my friend’s house I got a phone call from an ex teammate of mine that got drafted in the 10th round by the Toronto Blue Jays, Yan Gomes, congradulating me.  I was pretty confused because this was the first I had heard about it.  Then the phone calls and text messages started pouring in.  I had people calling me that I hadn’t spoken to in 3-4 years.  It is an awesome feeling and I will never forget June 11, 2009 when I was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 35th round, pick #1063.

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