Archive for August, 2010

As a Generation “X” kid, I grew up like many others idolizing professional wrestlers.  In the early 80’s, Wrestlemania was born and pro wrestling took on the national stage with the WWF.  I couldn’t wait until Saturday morning to turn on WWF Superstars, catch the occasional Saturday Night Main Event on MSG Network, and beg my parents to fork over the $40 to let me and my friends get Summer Slam on pay-per-view.

Thanks to Bobby Riedel of Integrity Bookings , I was able to speak with one of the greatest pro wrestlers of all time.  Greg “The Hammer” Valentine’s career has spanned over 35 years and he was elected to the WWE Hall of Fame in 2004.  We touch on subjects such as his Hall of Fame induction, his  pre-WWF years, “The Wrestler” and a few other things.  I had such a great time talking with Mr. Valentine and I hope you enjoy our conversation.

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“TSB’s” 1st podcast

August 26, 2010 by

The fantasy football season is right around the corner.  In 2 weeks, the NFL kicks off its season.  Being fantasy football junkies, “Hook” and I have done the 1st ever podcast for TSB.  This is our first try at it, so if you have any suggestions on how to make it better, for show format or even a name for the podcast, please don’t hesitate to shoot us an email at totalsportsblog@yahoo.com.

Fantasy football preview 8-25 (click this link, then on the next page, right click and save target as, if u would like to download the mp3 file) OR for a direct listen, just click play on the media player

Over the years, I have started to lose my interest in watching professional golf.  It’s pretty surprising considering I have played competitive golf for half of my life.  So when I found myself watching the PGA championship this weekend, I was shocked that I was so locked into the tournament.  The PGA Championship is like the Red-Headed Step-Child of the PGA Majors.  Honestly, I think more people care about the Players Championship, than the PGA.

So I thought about it over the last 2 days, and I now understand why I cared.

#1 – Tiger was out of contention.  This was probably the main reason I was watching.  There’s nothing worse that turning on a golf tournament that Tiger is seven strokes off the lead in, and the only guy on the course that TV cares to show, is him.  Seriously, no one really cares that much about him anymore.

#2 – The course.  I’ve seen it on TV a few times, and loved everything about it.  It’s a bizarre combination of a links course and a traditional inland course.  I liked that on many holes, there were multiple options off the tee.  Do I try to cut the corner? Do I lay back?  Do I grip it and rip it?

#3 – All the young guys.  I love all these young guys who are starting to take over.  It seems to me, that the days of Phil, Tiger, Ernie and Vijay are coming to an end rather quickly.  The young players these days are winning at the age of 20-25.  Back only about 10 years ago, 30 was considered young on the tour.  The PGA tour is in great hands with the likes of Dustin Johnson, Nick Watney, Anthony Kim, Martin Kaymer (If he decides to play in the US full-time), J.B. Holmes, Bubba Watson (he’s 32, but essentially new to the tour), Rory McIlroy (Same boat as Kaymer), Jeff Overton, and Camilo Villegas to name a handful.

While watching the back 9 on Sunday, a buddy of mine and I were watching and BBM’ing (for those non-tech savvy people out there, that means Blackberry Messaging) back and forth about what was going on.  I just kept telling myself that Dustin Johnson is my guy today.  This kid is gonna get it done.  To hell with the US Open fiasco!  So when he got to the 12th, I sent the message “Dustin is gonna win it.”  I was real confident in my statement.

When Johnson drilled the birdie putt on 17, I’ll admit that I let a little fist-pump go.  After all, this was the guy I picked to win when he was 2 or 3 strokes back with 8 holes or so to go.  Now when he stepped up to the 18th tee, needing only a par to win, I immediately thought to myself, “Don’t block-slice this to the right into the gallery, a la Phil Mickelson in the US Open”.  FORE RIGHT!!!!!  Ugh, no shocker there.

Now I’ll get to what everybody has been talking about the last few days…..Grounding the club in a hazard is a 2 stroke penalty.  Almost everyone who plays golf or even watches it on TV knows that.  But to lose the chance to win one of the most prestigious tournaments in the world, due to crowd control, is ludicrous.   Most people feel bad for the guy, and I’m gonna say that I do too.  I’ll be honest when I say that when you get the rules sheet at the beginning of a tournament, you read through it quickly and basically forget about what you just read.  Sure, there were notices put up all over the locker room about the 1,200+ bunkers out there, but seriously, how can anyone (other than Gene Wojciechowski) call out Johnson for not knowing that a trampled down dirt patch was a bunker?

Between Junior, High School, College, and Amateur tournaments, I have never encountered a situation where spectators are allowed to stand in a hazard.  NEVER.  Granted, the largest gallery I ever played in front of was probably 200 people, but still, the fact that 5,000 people were standing within 10 feet of the ball was a complete joke.  There is no way that he had any idea that the ball was in a bunker.  First of all, there was no clearly defined lip of a bunker near him.  There was sand or dirt just spilled onto the ground.    Secondly, no $400 per round, PGA Championship course should ever have a bunker with weeds, clumps of grass, and no defined lip.  Third, when they showed the bunker with no people standing in it, you could see that there was kind of a lip up on the right side, but HOW THE HELL could Dustin know that there was a “lip”, when there were 4 rows of spectators standing in front of the lip, and IN the bunker?  Not outside of the bunker, but IN the bunker.

Can anyone see a bunker here?

I give Dustin Johnson a ton of credit on this one.  At least not publicly, did he flip out, start screaming expletives, or anything like that. He gave a very mature interview after the ruling had been made. I’ve been called for the same grounding of the club in a hazard penalty in a tournament before, and I went ballistic.  I thought the guy I was playing with was just a complete asshole and wanted to be a moron.  Granted, it was my own fault, but it had no where near the ramifications that this shit show did.

The stupidity of the PGA not only cost Dustin Johnson the possibility of winning the PGA Championship, but it also possibly cost him over $1 million in prize money.  I hope the PGA learns from this mistake, and keeps fans off the playing area.  I am now officially a Dustin Johnson fan.  Not only because I love his game, but I want to see him get vindication and win many, many major championships.

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WTF K-Rod?

August 13, 2010 by

K-rod has been charged with 3rd degree assault. It's time for the Wilpon's to get rid of this loser.

When I went to bed Wednesday night, I turned the TV on like I usually do.  I pop on MLB Network or ESPN, and set the sleep timer.  But when I turned the TV on, I didn’t expect the lead story to have anything to do with the Mets after a 6-2 loss to the Rockies.

I forgot who the anchor was , but when I heard “Mets closer Francisco Rodriguez has been arrested and charged with 3rd degree assault after an altercation with his common-law wife’s father in the Mets family lounge”, I was stunned.  About 5 seconds later I just said out loud, “WHAT THE F*@K?!”.  In a season of complete misery, it just got worse.  So for the last 36 hours, we’ve heard about 40 different reports of what happened.  I’m not going to go over it, because I’m sure you all have heard the same things.  It’s just a shame that I couldn’t turn on WFAN  while on the way home from work,  and listen to all the callers compliment Johan Santana for his incredible complete game shutout.

I’m not going to go into a long rant about how K-rod is a bad guy, and yada yada yada.  But what I am going to bring up is how pathetic the Wilpon’s are.  This is their chance to make a statement, address the fans, and take action.  Here’s your chance Fred.  Here’s your chance Jeff.  Take a stance, and RELEASE him.  If you don’t release him, trade him and get something for him.  He’s owed possibly another $37 million on his current contract, and this is another GREAT reason to trade him.  If the Wilpon’s care about this franchise and their fans, they will do everything they can to get rid of this idiot.

Sure, the Mets have suspended K-rod for 2 games without pay, but who cares?  He’s a relief pitcher.  How many times has he gone 2 games without pitching?  Plenty.  If I have to hear idiots like Beltran and Francoeur going on and on about how “”We’re here to support him” and “Maybe this is the spark we need to get this team going”, I might just never watch another game till they are off this team.

Hey Fred and Jeff……Mets fans give a shit.  Show us that you do too.

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How about a Mailbag?

August 8, 2010 by

I'd love to answer your questions. Send them to totalsportsblog@yahoo.com

I’ve been reading Bill Simmons’ “Mailbag” column for a few years now, and have always wanted to write my own mailbag column.  Yea, I’m ripping off his idea.  So what? Kill me.  So I’d like to ask you guys to send a question/statement/opinion to totalsportsblog@yahoo.com, and I’ll answer or comment on your e-mail in a post in the upcoming week.    Please don’t forget to include your name and where you are from. 

I’m really looking forward to giving this a shot.  So please send those questions or comments in and I will post the question/comment in my article.

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Thank You

August 8, 2010 by

Thank you to everyone who has visited Total Sports Blog!

I wanted to thank everyone who has visited my blog.  Today, Total Sports Blog had it’s 1000 page view since it’s inception at the end of March.  It would not have been possible without you guys.  I find it pretty amazing, that without any formal advertising, that so many people have visited the site to hear my opinions and read great stories from some guest writers. 

In the upcoming weeks, I will be posting interviews that I am working on with some very interesting people.  Along with the interviews, I will be getting more into NFL (starting tonight), MLB pennant races, NHL (yes some people do care about hockey) and the NBA.  Yeah, I hate the NBA but it’s so fun to shred it.  I’m not much of a college football aficionado, so if anyone out there would like to contribute NCAA Football articles, please contact me at totalsportsblog@yahoo.com

Once again, thanks to everyone for all of your support, and please keep coming back. 

-Scott Ilowite

LeBron, Wade and Bosh make the Miami Heat the most hated team in the NBA

Let me start off by apologizing in advance if I fall asleep while writing this article. “I decided to take my talents to Sowf Beech”, and as many guys know, that can be very tiring.

It’s essentially been a month since LeBron James ended the saga of where he was going to play in 2010 by hosting his own1 hour love fest, AKA “The Decision”, with the “help” of ESPN and the Boys and Girls Club of America. By reading a few of my earlier posts, you can tell I hate the NBA for a gazillion reasons.  When I first heard about “The Decision”,  I threw up in my mouth a little bit.  But I can honestly say, I’m in the minority think that this fiasco might actually be good for LeBron and the NBA.

Here’s why I like LeBron going to “Sowf Beach” to play for the Miami Heat.

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