Archive for September, 2012

Brad Keselowski finishes first today in the NASCAR race in Dover, Del. Photo Credit: Patrick Smith for Getty Images NASCAR

Brad Keselowski had just enough fuel on Sunday to take the checkered flag in the AAA 400 from Dover International Speedway, to capture his second win in three weeks.

The Penske Racing driver won the opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup at Chicagoland Speedway. With two wins under his belt, Keselowski has moved back into the points lead in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.

While Keselowski led only 14 laps to take the victory, it was Joe Gibbs Racing teammates, Denny Hamlin and Kyle Busch, who were the dominant drivers on Sunday. However both pitted with 10 laps to go from first and second. This opened the door for the No. 2 to come through and win. Read the rest of this entry »

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Denny Hamlin, driver of the #11 FedEx Office Toyota, poses with the Coors Light Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series AAA 400 at Dover International Speedway on September 29, 2012 in Dover, Delaware.

A week after winning in New Hampshire, Denny Hamlin and the No. 11 FedEx Toyota is still making waves.

On Saturday afternoon, Hamlin captured his first pole at Dover International Speedway with a lap of   22.599 seconds, 159.299 mph. Hamlin is definitely continuing to prove he is ready to win a Sprint Cup championship. This is Hamlin’s third pole of the 2012 season.

Fellow Chase driver, Clint Bowyer,will join Hamlin on the front row on Sunday.

Coverage for the AAA 400 from the Monster Mile starts on ESPN at 1pm EST on Sunday.

Starting Lineup: (Chase Drivers in Bold)

  1. Denny Hamlin  
  2. Clint Bowyer  
  3. Martin Truex Jr.
  4. Sam Hornish Jr.
  5. Kyle Busch
  6. Greg Biffle  
  7. Jeff Gordon
  8. Ryan Newman
  9. Kasey Kahne  
  10. Brad Keselowski   Read the rest of this entry »

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Darrell Wallace Jr., driver of the #20 Freightliner Trucks Toyota, poses with the Coors Pole Award after qualifying for pole position for the NASCAR Nationwide Series OneMain Financial 200 at Dover International Speedway on September 29, 2012 in Dover, Delaware.

Bubba Wallace, a graduate of the NASCAR Drive for Diversity program, captured his first career Coors Light Pole on Saturday at Dover International Speedway with a lap of lap of 23.091 seconds, 155.905 mph. The 18 year old will be behind the wheel of the No. 20 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota for the OneMain Financial 200. Wallace is no rookie when it comes to the 1-mile oval nicknamed “The Monster Mile”, as he has two poles in the NASCAR K&N Pro East Series. Wallace will start his fourth race in the NASCAR Nationwide Series aside Justin Allgaier.

Coverage of the OneMain Financial 200 from Dover International Speedway will start with the NASCAR Countdown at 3pm EST on ESPN. Read the rest of this entry »

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Braves third baseman Chipper Jones before Friday’s game against the Mets.

On a night where the Atlanta Braves were honoring their third baseman and future Hall of Famer, Chipper Jones, the New York Mets decided to crash the party. The Mets would win the first game of the three game series, 3-1.

Jones is set to retire at the end of the season, his 19th in the majors. He has spent his entire career with the Braves, which is a rarity.

On Friday night, fans, Jones’ former manager, Bobby Cox, and Hall of Famer Hank Aaron participated in a tribute to No. 10. Jones would speak to the fans of Turner Field and his teammates, and was given gifts from the Braves organization including a pool table, his clubhouse locker, and a Hawaiian vacation. Aaron would give Jones a third base with the words “Chipper Jones 1993-2012.” Read the rest of this entry »

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I blame the replacement refs.  I’m sitting at 17-1-30 (3-1 LOCKS) on the season after last week’s debacle, down -H200.  Walter White was down and out and managed to scrape back.  I’m confident I can do the same.  Here are my Week 4 picks:

Cleveland +12 @ Baltimore (WON) Read the rest of this entry »

So week 3 in the NFL ended in complete controversy.  The Seattle Seahawks Hail Mary on the last play against the Green Bay Packers, cost gamblers across the nation estimated $150M – $250M on one play!  Not to mention it left 65,000 fantasy GM’s with a big fat L.  With that being said, it is almost impossible to pick games when the wrong teams are winning.  The replacement refs have changed momentum and really messed up these first 3 weeks in the NFL.  On the bright side it looks that this controversy finally got the NFL to settle down and come to a deal with the REAL officials.  Tonight’s game will have normal officiating!

– The Star* rating is how much I like that team against the spread.  10********** is my #1 pick/lock
– The bold team indicates the team I like against the spread.  (ATS)
– The CAPITAL team is the home team. Read the rest of this entry »

Kurt Busch helpt revamp the 2011 Chase on Sunday at Dover. (RacinToday/HHP photo by Alan Marler)

Can you believe we are already entering Week 3 in the Chase for the Sprint Cup? Why does time have to be flying by so quickly? Whatever you  do, don’t blink or you’ll end up in Homestead-Miami for the final race. The last two week’s races have been anything but entertaining, but hopefully with the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series heading to Dover International Speedway, we can see some great racing. The Camping World Truck Series heads to “sin city” for some great racing.

Nicknamed “The Monster Mile”, Dover International Speedway is a 1-mile oval with 24 degrees of banking in the turns and 9 degrees of banking on the straights. The concrete track hosted it’s first NASCAR sanctioned race on July 6, 1969 and was won by Richard Petty. This place definitely has a lot of history. Read the rest of this entry »

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Our buddies over at The Daily Stache created a meme that went viral Monday night, but @MetsKevin11 didn’t get credit for it because he forgot to watermark it.  Don’t worry brah, I got you.

If you follow me on twitter (which isn’t likely since I only have 164 followers even though my articles have over 50,000 views), you know I publicly defended the replacement refs up until Monday night.  I said they were nervous Week 1.  They were getting over the nerves Week 2.  They weren’t that bad Week 3, until Monday Night Football’s complete abomination of a football game.  After the intertouchdownception, the replacement refs had to go.  Thank GOD the NFL came to their senses and ironed out a deal Wednesday night.  By Thursday night, we could see Ed Hoculi flexing his guns on national TV again.

But what happens to the replacement refs now that the old refs are coming back?  I don’t know much about them, and I don’t care to look up their actual histories, but I want to say goodbye to them all as I will remember them: Read the rest of this entry »

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Although I don’t consider surfing a sport, I guess Laird Hamilton is an athlete.  On the other hand, his wife Gabrielle Reece is an actual athlete who used to play a real sport.  The ex-volleyball player was once named 1 of the top 5 most beautiful women in the world back in 1989.  After seeing her on TV recently, I can assure you the 42 year old is still a smokeshow.  Check out some pictures of this week’s WAG, Gabrielle Reece: Read the rest of this entry »

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The officiating may not be very good, but we are officially on to week 4 in the NFL.  This week the bye weeks start and you may be wondering who to pick up?  There are some key injuries moving forward, and some sneaky players looking to step up.  These guys you want on your football team.

Quarterbacks

1.)  Christian Ponder – I never thought I would say this, but he has done very well.  Not to mention he gets back the very athletic, and great deep threat Jerome Simpson.

2.)  Ryan Fitzpatrick – Both of his starting RB are currently injured.  Look for Fitzpatrick to air it out.  He has been consistent around 20 points a game.  This number should rise to 27 points per game.

3.) Kevin Kolb – Arizona is shaping into a great team.  Kolb is finally getting the ball to Fitzgerald, not to mention they have a very athletic receiving core.  Kolb will only increase his production the more comfortable he gets.

If Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco or Ben Roethlisberger are still available you better grab them!

Running Backs

1.) Bilal Powell – Shonn Green has been struggling and Joe McKnight just moved to corner back.  Bilal is in perfect position to shine in the Jets backfield.

2,) Shaun Draughn – This kid runs very hard.  You will see his role increase as Dexter McCluster went down do to injury.  This could be a fantasy sleeper as Charles will not get 39 carries a week.

3.) Danny Woodhead – He played 26 more snaps then Steven Ridley.  Shane Vereen is injured, Woodhead could be a great pick up.  He had solid production last year as a Patriot as  well.  He also is the only veteran  RB in New England’s offense.

Keep an eye on;
Lamar Miller
Felix Jones
Denver Running Back situation
Jackie Battle

Wide Receivers

1.) Jerome Simpson – Simpson is now done with his 3 game suspension.  This guy is clearly going to be the #2 WR in Minnesota and he can make plays.  He is sneaking in under the radar but look for Simpson to take the top off of the defense and create big plays.

2.)  Nate Burleson – He caught 6 passes week 1 and 10 in week 3.   The Lions like to air it out and with teams keying on “Megatron” it leaves Burleson open.

3.)  Ramsus Barden – He clearly solidified his #3 role on the Giants.  Eli loves his 6’6″ body frame and will look to go to him in any mismatch situations.

4.)  Brian Hartline – He leads the team in targets, including 9 last week.  He only caught one but look for Hartline to have great fantasy value.  Especially with Reggie Bush hurting right now.

5.)  Derek Hagan  – Carson Palmer really trusts his 6’2″ WR.  He tends to be looking his way a lot.  With Darrius Heyward-Bey going down to injury, he will miss at least one week.  Hagan’s stock rises, and look for him to have a big game this week.

Tight Ends
look to capitalize on GM’s dropping their drafted tight ends.  
1.)  Heath Miller – Big Ben trust his Tight End a lot.  He has 4 touchdowns in 3 games.  Get him on your squad especially if you have Roethlisberger.

2.)  Jermaine Gresham – Very talented and athletic tight end.  Gresham can make big plays, not to mention his Quarterback is the #1 fantasy QB in football.

3.)  Greg Olsen – He is a huge target and Newton loves to feed him the ball when they have good match-ups on DB’s.  Olsen is going to have a big year.

4.)  Brent Celek – Vick has been struggling a little, but do not freak out.  Celek is a great option especially with eagles WR’s hurting.

Defense

If you do not have a defense you trust by now its going to be tough.  There are some defenses that will pick it up this year.  First on my list is the New England Patriots.  They are coming off of back to back losses.  Look for them to avenge this on who ever they play.  Giants are a solid option as well.  They get after the football and sack the Quarterback.  Finally the Falcons have brought in a great defensive coordinator.  Atlanta will draw up some great defensive game plans.