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Barry Bonds Hits Home Run 755

asteriskWell I turned on the TV to watch Barry Bonds hit home run 755 last night, tying Hank Aaron. After showing the home run from every possible camera angle they showed Bonds running out to left field at San Diego to be greeted by hundreds of fans holding up small sheets of paper with an asterisk on them. This of course a reminder to Bonds that most of the nation is rooting against him and will never give him full credit for his acheivement. Maybe that is the motivation he needs to break the record. trophy
Regardless, we will forever have to live with the staged PR move to have his son greet him at home plate with a big hug. It is just not the same as McGuire and Sosa rooting each other on towards 70 home runs in the late 90s. It seems that Bud Selig thinks that not reacting to the home run and keeping his hands in his pockets was in the “best interest of the game”, or maybe his job. Rumor has it that if Bonds hits 756 this week they will stop the game and award Barry B. with a golden trophy in the shape of an asterisk. OK, maybe not.

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The Sports World Needs to Lighten Up

Apparently the media are as bored with the headlines they are writing as we are reading them. David Beckham makes his debut tonight, oh but wait, a bad ankle will limit him to five to ten minutes. Now America will be watching something else other than the over-hyped MLS debut of Brad Pitt in cleats. Sergio will enter Sunday at the British Open with the lead and every chance to blow it on the final hole like Jean Van de Velde did eight years ago at the same course. In addition, Sergio has a chance to break the title of “best golfer yet to win a major.” Who comes up with these angles on sports?!?

Kobe is not practicing for team USA for the first time ever, instead he is simply shooting around in between interviews about his indecisive nature on whether or not he wants to remain a Laker. He says that he does not want to be a distraction to the team and the reporters ignore his request and ask the same questions in 100 other ways. And now the poll of the day on ESPN is “Which accusations are most disturbing to you as a sports fan?” Your choices are Michael Vick’s alleged involvement in dogfighting or referee Tim Donaghy’s alleged NBA betting. These stories are accompanied by the question of where and when will the alleged “Steriod King” will become the MLB “Home Run King”. And will the commissioner, Bud Selig, be in attendance to observe the making of the largest asterick in Guiness Book of World Records history. Everyone is looking forward to the NFL season as a chance to see if anyone on the Cincinnati Bengals is out of jail and free to join Carson Palmer for the 2007 NFL regular season. Pac Man Jones… OK…you get the point.

It is time to hire Charles Barkley as the President and CEO of all sports and have him make decisions as to what is in the best interest of the game, regardless of sport. All of the commissioners will report to Sir Charles and the players and officials have to meet with Barkley one on one every time they screw up. The best part about interviewing Barkley about the state of sports as the new boss is that he would help every reporter lighten up. That is what the sports world needs.



“Who’s Not” Winner: Terrell Owens
July 6, 2007, 12:44 pm
Filed under: Cycling, ESPN, mlb, Nascar, NBA, NFL, NHL, sports, sports opinion, sports talk, sportspastor, sportspastor 2.0

who’s not
I have been so inspired by ESPN’s “Who’s Now” contest that I have decided to post my own variation of the popular contest. My version is called “Who’s Not”, a post in which I with the help of some friends will rank the ultimate sports prima donnas by considering both on-field busts and off-field distractions. What will all of these athletes have in common? They lack character. It has been said that a person’s talent and abilities can take a person farther than their character can sustain them and that is the case for the winners of SportsPastor’s “Who’s Not” Awards. Please take these as tongue in cheek and also visit the real contest at ESPN.com “Who’s Now.” Be thankful that ESPN has created a contest to tide us over until preseason football begins. With no further ado, here are the brackets and winners:

Bobby Knight Bracket (people who throw stuff):
Milwaukee Braves Skipper vs. MLB Pitcher Kenny Rogers

Dennis Rodman Bracket (NBA Technical Fouls):
Rasheed Wallace vs. Ron Artest

Mike Tyson Bracket (Only Playing Because I am Broke):
Ricky Williams vs. Marion Jones

Jose Canseco Bracket (Substance Abuse or Amazing Feats of Strength):
Barry Bonds vs. Jason Giambi

Latrell Spreewell Bracket (There is no I in TEAM):
Terrell Owens vs. Randy Moss

Pete Rose Bracket (You can “bet” on the gap between talk and walk):
Pac Man Jones vs. Michael Vick

Bill Lambier Bracket (These athletes are often called dirty players):
Bruce Bowen vs. Todd Bertuzzi

Tonya Harding Bracket (These athletes are often called cheaters):
Floyd Landis vs. Tony Stewart

Final Four
Todd Bertuzzi vs. Pac Man Jones
Terrell Owens vs. Ron Artest

Championship

Pac Man Jones vs. Terrell Owens

“Who’s Not” Winner
Terrell Owens



Should College Gameday Debut at Virginia Tech?

The 2007 College Football season debut of College GameDay that is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1 at 10 a.m. ET will be live from Blacksburg, Va., prior to the season-opening East Carolina at Virginia Tech game. This game will be televised on ESPN, immediately following College Gameday. Is this the right thing to do? Does this produce healing, pain, or ratings?

Norby Williamson, ESPN’s executive vice president of production, said last week, “Virginia Tech is a special place and the community is one of the most respectful and passionate we have visited…” He continuted, “Our coverage will be considerate of the emotional day facing the students, faculty, and people of Blacksburg and the country.” Read More

What do you think about this move by ESPN?



Real Men Watch SportsCenter

Please tell me what the deal is with the new commercial on ESPNEWS about “staying current”. It shows a guy that is not a part of the sports conversation with his friends because he is afraid to look stupid for not knowing the latest headlines and sports talk. It encourages guys to watch ESPNEWS to “stay current” in order to know what you are talking about in the sports world when hanging out with friends. Listen and listen closely. If that is your motivation for keeping up with sports, then please read the entertainment news and leave the sports channels to the real men.

OK – I feel better now that I gotten that off of my chest…my chisled, hairy chest…



SportsPastor’s Top 10 Magazines

When I walk into Barnes and Noble, the manager smiles becuase he knows that I will ring up a hefty bill of the latest and greatest magazines. When we are 30 minutes early for a flight, it is yet another opportunity to ring up a hefty bill of the latest and greatest magazines for reading on the airplane. Yes, I love magazines. As a result, my desk is covered with my favorite leadeship books and now 10 different magazines on topics such as leadership, business, technology, sports, and golf (golf is listed seperately because it is no longer a sport to me – you should see me hack…er…play). From the home office in Sioux City, Iowa, here are the top 10 magazines currently on my desk (also featured in left sidebar):

10. Athlon Sports College Football Preview
(Can we give Arkansas’s McFaddin the Heisman trophy yet?)
09. Athlon Sports Pro Football Preview
(Sunday night has better games but not MNF’s Tony Kornheiser)
08. NFL.com Fantasy Football Magazine
(With the 16th overall pick the Tailgate Tigers select T.J. WhosYourMama)
07. Golf Digest
(Last summer I shot around 85, but this summer I quit before shooting 88)
06. Business 2.0
(If you love the story behind the technology giants, this magazine is for you)
05. Entrepreneur
(As a designer of sports ministries this magazine provides me with start-up insights)
04. ESPN the Magazine
(ESPN has the sports world covered, but the fleece pullover is not needed in Texas)
03. Sports Illustrated
(I would subscribe to this magazine just to read Rick Reilly’s articles on the back page)
02. Mac Life
(Mac Addict finally made it’s way to the States under it’s new name, Mac Life)
01. Mac World
(I’m a Mac, and I’m a PC that exploded and caused the sportspastor to switch to Mac)



AFL vs. NFL

“If these walls could talk” they would say that the AFL (Arena Football League) is not enough to satisfy NFL fans until August. I am definitely looking forward to Monday Night Football this fall. In fact, Ron Jaworski will join Mike Tirico and Tony Kornheiser on the ESPN telecast. Jaworski replaces Joe Theismann, who has been offered a football analyst job with the network. Jaws is a regular guest on PTI and will be a perfect compliment to Kornheiser in the MNF booth.

And what do we get to see? The schedule has already been released…check it out:
9/10: Ravens at Bengals
(Is it better to have a good offense or defense?)
9/10: Cardinals at 49ers
(Did Leinart stay at USC one more year to avoid being a 49er?)
9/17: Redskins at Eagles
(NFC East games rule!)
9/24: Titans at Saints
(Vince Young vs. Reggie Bush)
10/1: Patriots at Bengals
(Two of my three favorite teams…and the other is NOT Dallas!)
10/8: Cowboys at Bills
(“No one circles the wagons…” vs “no one circles the media…”)
10/15: Giants at Falcons
(This one will be a “dog fight!” – you can bet the house!)
10/22: Colts at Jaguars
(The other favorite team…a classy bunch of guys)
10/29: Packers at Broncos
(Brett Favre is the best quarterback in Denver, too.)
11/5: Ravens at Steelers
(Steelers 75th Anniversary…don’t miss this one)
11/12: 49ers at Seahawks
(Why are the 49ers on MNF twice?)
11/19: Titans at Broncos
(Vince Young vs. Jay Cutler…yes I love the 2006 draft class)
11/26: Dolphins at Steelers
(Joey Porter returns to Pittsburgh)
12/3: Patriots at Ravens
(Tom Brady and Randy Moss…let the Fantasy Football draft begin!)
12/10: Saints at Falcons
(Reggie Bush likes the bright lights of MNF…this will be fun!)
12/17: Bears at Vikings
(Urlacher, the best defensive player makes a MNF appearance)
12/24: Broncos at Chargers
(LT, the best offensive player makes a MNF appearance)

Yes, I am already ready for NFL football in May!
Blame it on the AFL! Blame it on the NFL Draft!
Blame it on the Mavericks losing in the first round!