The Truest Test

Editor’s Note:  This post was originally published on our old site a year ago.  We received such a positive reaction that we decided to run it again in this space.

And so, it is upon us.

In our opinion, the United States Open Golf Tournament is the most difficult golf tournament to win in the world. There is a special place in our heart for this tournament. Truth be told, we love The Masters. That is our most favorite tournament in our most favorite place in the world. However, the U.S. Open means so much to us in a different way.
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An Interesting Turn of Events

We were all set to write something skewering Frank Wren (again) for the Tom Glavine situation.  We had it all laid out.  We were going to trash him for signing Glavine and not Smoltz.  We were going to let him have it for lying to us, saying at the time that Glavine deserved his contract, even though we all know Smoltz deserved it more.  We were going to flame him for releasing Glavine today, and at the same time, tacitly admitting that the Smoltz/Glavine debacle was all about money, as we had known all along.  Then, something interesting happened.  Wren was able to pull off a deal with Pittsburgh, sending Gorkys Hernandez, Jeff Locke, and Charlie Morton over in return for Nate McLouth.  Great deal.  Not as great as the fast one the Braves pulled on Detroit, trading Edgar Renteria for Jair Jurrjens, but not far off.  Just like that, Wren had torpedoed our post.  With Tommy Hanson set to make his debut start on Saturday, things are certainly looking up for the Braves.  Hopefully they can build off of last night’s stirring comeback win over the Cubs, and put together a nice run.  In our opinion, the NL East is there for the taking.  The Mets don’t appear to be anything resembling decent when in the field, and health looks as if it may be an issue.  The Phillies need pitching help, and need it bad, especially with Brett Myers missing the rest of the season.  The Florida Marlins are the only team that legitimately scares us, as we believe that they are the most talented team in the division, but, as with the Philies, pitching is a problem.  If the Braves are able to keep pace with the other teams in the division, and Tim Hudson is able to return and contribute in August, we see no reason why this Braves team can’t have a say in who represents the division in the playoffs.  We shall see.  Until next time, so long, everybody.


The Sad Side of the Internet

Hello again, everybody.  As you may or may not be aware, one of the sites that pretty much directly contributed to us staking out our own little homestead on the internet has decided to alter the way they do business.  Deadspin has decided to bring forth the full fury of, as their commenters call it, the banhammer, seemingly at random.  It seems that now, in what was once the most enjoyable comment section in all the wide wide world of web, the commenting populace will be joined by a secret police of sorts, which A.J. Daulerio referred to as “an elite squad of unidentified ninjas”, which will serve as judge, jury, and executioner for any and all commenters that may cross the line. In all fairness to the folks at Gawker, and as noted here, there could be, and probably are, legitimate business reasons behind this change in policy.  Be that as it may, we certainly can’t agree with the manner in which this new policy has been announced, and furthermore, how it hasn’t even been spelled out to commenters. Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Finals all set: Showtime vs. Sexytime

showtimevssexytimeWell, after what seems like 2.5 years, and what was actually 2+ months, the matchup for the NBA Finals is set.  We’re attempting to be the first outlet in all of Blogfrica to bring you a Finals preview with a skosh of analysis.  So, without further ado, let’s dig in.

On paper, this looks like a no-brainer.  After all, the Lakers have Kobe.  And they play in L.A.  Those two factors have to be worth at least 2 or 3 games, right?  As Lee Corso (get well soon) might say, not so fast my friend.  The Sexytime Magic are the NBA equivalent of Utah or Boise State in a BCS bowl game.  Sure, their roster isn’t as talented.  Of course, they’ll have the coaching matchup appear on the debit side of their ledger.  However, they’re just awkward enough to beat teams they shouldn’t.  After the jump, more analysis fun.

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The Curious Behavior of Baseball GMs

FrankWrenFirst of all, before we get started, we’d like to say hello and thanks to all of the visitors over the past day from Raptors Republic.  Somehow a link to our post yesterday concerning the 2003 NBA draft found its way to their sidebar, and a good many folks decided to click on through.  Much appreciated.  Now, on with the show.

We’ve been hearing over the past week or so some fairly interesting (and disturbing, in our opinion) things out of Atlanta concerning possible trade scenarios, specifically regarding right fielder Jeff Francoeur.  As of this posting, the Braves sit at 23-22, at third place in the NL East, just 2.5 games behind the division leading Phillies.  Any Braves fan who could be truly honest with himself would say that this is the best he could hope for.  Apparently, given the age in which we now live, where jounalists employed at traditional print outlets compete in a brutal marketplace along side sports talk radio and fan blogs of every shape and size in a game of constant one-ups manship to see who can have the loudest voice, farthest reach, and most ridiculous opinion, the effort shown by the Atlanta Braves to this point is not quite up to snuff.  Furthermore, all of the aforementioned rabble rousers have seen fit to direct their ire toward one player in particular, local high school legend turned hometown star, Jeff Francoeur.  Briefly perusing MLB Trade Rumors and their comment sections would give one the impression that Frenchy is mostly to blame for this allegedly subpar performance, and that he sits squarely atop the trading block for a team desperately in need of a big bat.  We take a bit of an issue with that stance. Read the rest of this entry »

Revisiting the 2003 NBA Draft

With the conference finals in full swing, and a very good possibility of at least one lottery pick from one of the more talented drafts in recent memory competing in The Finals, we decided it would be a good idea to take a look back at the 2003 draft and see just how 20/20 hindsight really is.  Let’s start with the top ten:

  1. LeBron James – Cleveland Cavaliers
  2. Darko Milicic – Detroit Pistons
  3. Carmelo Anthony – Denver Nuggets
  4. Chris Bosh – Toronto Raptors
  5. Dwyane Wade – Miami Heat
  6. Chris Kaman – Los Angeles Clippers
  7. Kirk Hinrich – Chicago Bulls
  8. T.J. Ford – Milwaukee Bucks
  9. Michael Sweetney – New York Knicks
  10. Jarvis Hayes – Washington Wizards

Our two cents from the armchair and the rest of the picks after the jump

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Lakers-Nuggets and Nationwide Series Togglefest, brought to you LIVE!

LakersNASCARHello folks.  A couple of weeks ago we were houseguests for an evening over at Sportsbroad, and we had so much fun that we decided to bring you all another blow by blow of two simultaneous sports events.  Tonight, we have the Lakers and Nuggets game three, which the Lakeshow kind of need to win, and also, in a completely different vein, the NASCAR Nationwide Series at Charlotte Motor Speedway.  This race is usually pretty fun, and can get a little chippy.  Follow along after the jump for all sorts of fun, including constant updates on the number of beers we’ve consumed.  And that picture comes up in a google image search for “lakers nascar”.  Unrelated, we know, but it’s the best one that showed up. Read the rest of this entry »