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Hey Mike And Mike – What is a sport?

Posted by TopOfTheThread on June 1, 2008

I Love ESPN SportsCenter and ESPNradio — but what is a sport?

sports espn

I watch SportsCenter at least once a day. First thing in the morning. Religiously.

Their format is great. The stories are interesting. I am a perfect fit for their demographic.

I enjoy the major and less-than-major sports. American sports. European. Austrailian. You name it, I watch it.

Hey – The World Series Of Poker is not a sport. I enjoy the coverage and watch it. (Why is watching poker on TV interesting? The reason this is so popular is because of the voyeuristic aspect of seeing everyone’s cards. One of the other TV stations showed a few hands in which you could only one hand — not interesting — you can do that on your own with your buddies.)

Yes – I even watch some of the Spelling Bee. Entertaining. Yes. A sport? No.

Watch this video. How entertaining is it?

My questions are (1) What is a sport? and (2) What next will ESPN start broadcasting that is not a sport?

Click: Let’s Ask Mike And Mike on espnradio … Let’s not forget the hot dog eating contests too!

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Yankees moving Joba Chamberlain to starting rotation — BIG MISTAKE!

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 22, 2008

The main issue this year has been the lack of run production. ARod and Posada have been out. Many of the other players have been producing below average offensively.(As you may remember, last year ARod single-handedly carried the Yankees through April and part of May. He has already hit 2 home runs in 2 gams… Really 3 home runs but we’ll discuss that on a later date.)

Joba Chamberlain of the New York Yankees

The Yankees will hit this year.

The Yankees moving Joba Chamberlain to the starting rotation is a BIG mistake.

While the Yankees have had a bad year, their pitching strategy has been solid.

  • Get the starting pitcher through the 1st 6 inning. (Mussina is a good example of this.)
  • Have Kyle Farnsworth, Jose Veras, or Latroy Hawkins pitch the 7th inning
  • Have Joba Chamberlain pitch the 8th inning
  • And have Mariano Rivera pitch the 9th

  • This has worked well for Mike Mussina (until his last start)
  • This strategy lets Pettitte only concern himself about 6 innings. (He is getting older)
  • Chien-Ming Wang can pitch as many innings as he wants.

This allows the Yankees to also have “starting pitching by committee”.

Why not groom Joba to take over for Mariano?

Joe – Keep Joba in the ‘pen. Don’t move him to the starting rotation!



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NY Yankees lose to Gold National Majors, Commack North Little League

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 21, 2008

<Here is a story that iw being written to blow off steam because the Yankees stink. The names of my friends have been abbreviated because I do not have their permission.>

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We had a great Little League team. Gold National Majors. Commack North Little League. Long Island. New York.

We went 14 – 0 in the regular season and won the league championship. It was a great group of guys who were close and did whatever it took to win. (Also, what happened in Gold National, stayed on Gold National. No one ever let it out if someone was wearing a gold thong ;>))

Position for position, and player for player, we were solid. So solid in fact that we would have beaten the 2008 Yankees if we had stayed together. Here is the player vs player comparison.

NY Yankees versus Gold National Majors, Commack North Little League Basball

For pitching,I would put Bill Hou up against Andy Pettite. The edge would be to Bill Hou who was our Randy Johnson of the time. We would then have Brian Sha. play 1B.


Note: I still don’t feel better about the Yankees… just disgusted with their performance. It was kind of nice to think of those old little league days.

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Barry Bonds, et al, and Additional Repercussions of Performance Enhancing Drugs Use (Dara Torres)

Posted by TopOfTheThread on May 10, 2008

Dara Torress, 9-time Olympic medalist, 4-time Olympian, attempting to make her 5th Olympics at age 41. This is a hard working swimmer who has earned medals, and set a new American Swim record at age 41.

She is now a mother and has strategically trained and continued improving at an age when most athletes have long retired.Dara Torres, 41 year old Olympic Swimmer, with child

And, of course in this day and age, the whispers have started… It’s nothing that Dara has done. She does not exhibit any physical symptoms of drug use.. no acne… no enlarged muscles… anger… rages…

But, ever since Barry Bonds, Joses Canseco, Mark Mcguire, etc…. it is the easy route to accuse someone of cheating.

Dara has offered to take every test on a regular basis. WHY SHOULD SHE? This is absolutely no indication she has done anything wrong? She is being totally above board… taking the high road.

I guess anytime anyone does an out-of-the-ordinary athletic feat, they will be accused of cheating.

  • Tiger Woods and John Daly hit the ball further than anyone else… HGH… Drug test please!
  • Cal Ripken played in 2632 consecutive games… HGH… Drug test please!
  • Javier Sotomayor (Cuba) is both the indoor and outdoor world record holder in the high jump 8 feet and 8 feet ½ inch), respectively… HGH… Drug test please!

Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?

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