Great job SolidVerbal.
Thursday, March 31, 2011
I honestly don't know how the ladies can keep their hands off old Charlie Hustle. If you got a fetish for clowns then Rose is your Bozo. I thought Rose wanted to get into Cooperstown? His wardrobe is worse than his gambling. You might want to pick up that phone...it's Craig Sager asking for his suit back.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 3:02 PM
48,226 (92.3% full) - % is based on regular season capacity-ESPN.com
Congratulations New York. You showed today that again you could give two shits about your 27-time World Series Champions. On Opening Day in your god awful city you couldn't even muster up the courage to go see your beloved Yankees beat the Tigers on Opening Day. If I ever hear a fucking New Yorker talk about how shitty Atlanta fans are I'm just going to point out this blog.
Atlanta Fans > New Yorkers
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 1:36 PM
Opening day is here. Can you smell the Cracker jacks? Can you taste the cold beer? Can you hear the crack of the bat? I do. I'm ready for some baseball. Before the season starts I want to get some predictions out of the way. If you want to go ahead and just print these out that would be great. Because it's the truth.
AL EAST-The Boston Red Sox will run away with this division. Both the Yankees and the Rays took serious steps back while the Sox went out and added Carl Crawford and Adrian Gonzalez. The Orioles are vastly improved from last season with the additions of Vlad, Derrek Lee, Mark Reynolds, and J.J. Hardy to the starting lineup. They don't have the pitching to win the East but if a lot of things fall their way (young staff develops, hitters stay healthy, bullpen strong) they can win 88 plus games this year and maybe sneak a Wild Card out of it. The Jays are still in Canada.
AL CENTRAL-The Chicago White Sox win an extremely tight race with the Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins coming just a game or two short. All 3 of these teams are interchangeable and I could see the Tigers or the Twins winning this division. It will come down to which team can stay healthy. The Indians will again be terrible. The Royals have a ton of young talent but are still a year or two away from being a legitimate Central contender.
AL WEST-The Texas Rangers win a close race with the Oakland A's. The Rangers are the returning AL Champs and should again be strong but I have some doubt their pitching holds up like it did last year. Losing Vlad hurts too. The A's have some really good young starters and could shock the baseball world and win the whole thing this year. No kidding. I don't see the Angels doing much and the Mariners will again be awful.
WILD CARD-Oakland A's. I like the additions of Willingham and Matsui to the lineup and I really like their pitching.
AL MVP: Adrian Gonzalez
AL Cy Young:Justin Verlander
AL Rookie of the Year:Zach Britton
AL Comeback Player of the Year: J.J. Hardy
NL EAST-The Phillies just have too much pitching. They ran away with the division last year despite not having Cliff Lee and numerous injuries. Losing Jayson Werth hurts but somebody will step up. The Atlanta Braves are right up there with the Phillies and Giants in terms of strong starting pitching. They could catch lightning in a bottle with young guys like Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman carrying the lineup. The Marlins, Mets, and Nationals don't have a prayer in this division.
NL CENTRAL-The Reds should win this division all though I do love the Brewers team. Joey Votto and Jay Bruce should have monster seasons and carry the Reds over the Brewers. The Cardinals are a sleeper and if they still had Adam Wainwright I would probably take them to win this division. With Carps questionable and the controversy over Pujols upcoming free agency and Larussa getting shit faced while driving to the park it could be a disastrous season in St. Louis. The Cubs are the Cubs. There is always next year. The Astros and the Pirates might be the two worst teams in baseball.
NL WEST-I really want to take the Colorado Rockies but I just can't. The Giants pitching is just too dominant. The Ganja is strong with San Fran. The Dodgers have a ton of talent but the organization is a mess. The Diamondbacks just aren't good. Giants win a close race with the Rockies.
NL WILDCARD: Atlanta Braves. If the Braves don't win the wild card then take the Phillies here.
NL MVP:Troy Tulowitzki
NL Cy Young:Roy Halladay
NL Rookie of the Year:Craig Kimbrel
NL Comeback Player of the Year:Pablo Sandoval
ALDS Predictions: Red Sox over Oakland, White Sox over Texas
NLDS Predictions: Phillies over Reds, Braves over Giants
ALCS Prediction: Red Sox over White Sox
NLCS Prediction: Braves over Phillies
WORLD SERIES: Red Sox over Braves in 6 games.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (email@example.com) at 8:32 AM
From the AJC.com...
The man charged with attacking NBA Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins is disputing that he instigated the incident.
Rashan S. Michel allegedly punched Wilkins after Wednesday night's Hawks-Magic game because, he said, Wilkins owed him money, Atlanta police said.
Michel, 36, was arrested and charged with one count of simple battery following the incident, Officer K.Y. Jones with Atlanta police told the AJC. Michel was released on $1,000 bond early Thursday morning.
Michel, who told police he was owed money for suits purchased several years ago, hit Wilkins in the chest and also hit a security guard, Jones said. Michel, of Atlanta, has worked as an NBA and college basketball referee and previously owned his own clothing store.
"The fan was promptly arrested and was taken into custody by the Atlanta Police Department," Hawks spokesman Arthur Triche said in a statement to the AJC. "At this time the Hawks have no additional information or comment regarding this situation."
NBA.com's Sekou Smith tweeted that Wilkins got in three "solid" punches during the brief fight, while his assailant landed none.
Let this be a lesson kids. Never. And I mean never. Confront a NBA legend on his own home court and demand money. Only bad things can happen to you and your face. When it comes to Atlanta legends the Human Highlight Reel is right up there with the all-time greats. I'm talking Hank Aaron, Dale Murphy, Chipper Jones, Ozzie Virgil, and then you have to slot Dominique in there. Nique delivers one hell of a punch whether it be stiffing a $13k bill or throwing down a windmill. And if you wore stripes you need to know your role. Call fouls. Don't create.
Posted by Matt Fairchild (firstname.lastname@example.org) at 8:20 AM