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It Has Been a While

And for that I apologize. I have been moving and starting a new job this month, in addition to getting ready to back for school. As such, I haven’t had time for any updates, but once the NFL season gets underway, I think I will try to update, its just once a week.

Also, the Jays make me sad everytime I look at the standings.


Putting the ‘X’ into Exciting

While the X in X games stande for eXtreme, it could just as easily stand for exciting. Having the week off, and there not being very much on the tube, I’ve found myself watching the X games, and I couldn’t be more pleasently surprised. All this and the closeest thing I come to to naming an athlete is “that guy who was on Top Gear.

The fun thing about the X games is no matter how plain or simmple the event, its always exciting. I was watching motocross high jump. Basically you get a start onto this really steep ramp, and try to make it over the pole on your dirt bike. This was probably one of the more tame events compared to all the backflips, 360’s and whatnot that go on during the X games but every sport just blew my mind. Today I was watching BMX and motocross freestyles, both very exciting, and very dangerous.

Of all the sportting events to go to, I’d say that going to the X games is right at the top of the list. I mean you get to to to LA in the summer so that alone would be a good trip. In addition to the X games you could also catch a Dodgers or Angels game but thats beside the point. If I were to go on a sports vacation I think it would be to LA to see the summer X Games.

A Special Gift From The Sunshine State

I have work early tomorrow, yet i am unable to sleep. I am just too excited about last week’s news out of Tampa Bay.

Regular readers will know I feel a certain sense of abhorrence towards Florida and in particular Tampa. In fact I would reserve a special spot in hell for all things Floridian, and sports is no different. The Magic, the Rays, the U, the Heat, the Jags, the Lightening, the Marlins, et al. I hope that all these teams undergo embarrassing losses, humiliating plays, and seasons their fans would like to forget.

However in a rare, RARE occurrence, I am going to have to give a big TO Sports Blog thank you, to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers who agreed this week to wear their previously retired, amazingly discussing orange uniforms for one regular season game this year. These uniforms look like Richard Simmons tried to design a Raiders third jersey, only it got thrown out by Al Davis, and sent to the Armpit of the world known as Tampa.

For those of you who may not know, the Bucs were known as the “Yucs” and even had a winless season while wearing these creamsicle abominations.

So Tampa Bay Bucs, for bringing back bad vibes and reliving a horrible past, I thank you.

By Scott

PS the game they’re wearing these throwbacks just happens to fall on my birthday. Thanks Tampa!

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Mmm Food

Some things are just better accompanied, and sports are no exception, sports just go better with food. While there are the foods that go well with just about any sport, see pizza, but some foods like aged cheddar are more sport specific .

Pizza. The Nuremberg Defense of foods, pizza goes well almost with just about anything, anywhere, anytime. Part of the reason that pizza goes so well with almost every sporting event is because its so flexible. At Wrigley Field or at a local sports bar because Cubs tickets were too much? Grab a deep dish meat-zza. In the middle of winter at a Leafs game, a slice of hot and fresh pepperoni for $7.95 hits the spot. Even for more elegant sports like golf and tennis go well with a whole wheat thin crust lighter pizza like tomato and basil.

BBQ Meat. This is more of a generic category, that covers all the basics, hot dogs, hamburgers, hell even BBQ ribs. These are typically more summer foods that you would throw on the BBQ while watching baseball, or even NBA/NHL playoffs. The fan faithful will even fire up the BBQ on a cold November Sunday. While temperature isn’t something that those in warmer parts of the world have to worry about, it is something that affects us Torontonians. Like pizza BBQ meat goes good with just about any sporting event, live or watching on TV.

Nachos. Nachos are interesting because while you can get them at most venues they are much better at a pub or home. I consider Nachos more of a Baseball or Football snack, they are also good for Hockey and Basketball inside in the middle of winter.

Pretzel. My favourite stadium snack, warm, light, salty and covered in mustard. Pretzels are always good, and usually pretty reasonably priced.

Popcorn. Much like pretzels popcorn is just about always good, some may see it as a pro, other a con, but it is also very shareable. A word of warning though, popcorn can be very filling if you try to eat a bag yourself.

Cheese Platter.
I love cheese, I’d like nothing more than to go to a a basketbal game and chaw down on a brick of Cracker Barrel Old Cheddar. However, a cheese plate is almost exclusively reserved for getting together and watching the majors, that and Wimbledon.

What to Watch now that Baseball is Back

Over the last week I took a little break from baseball, and thus the blog suffered as well, but fear not I’m back. The All-Star Game seemed really underwhelming this year, maybe its the fact that I’m a Canadian, but I’m fine with the whole Go America montage of presidents and flyovers, but what really bugs me is how we [Canadians] get snubbed at the Anthem. I thought it was bad a couple of years ago when it was a four piece brass band that played Oh Canada, but that’s better than what we got this year, just a playing over the PA system. The thing that gets me is how hard is it for whomever is singing/playing the Star Spangled Banner to learn Oh Canada as well. Its bad when Justin Morneau notices.

With the ‘week’ off from baseball its the perfect chance to get into some other sports. While I am no fan of UFC, I’m very much a fan of outlandish and offensive victory speeches. Once and a while its nice to watch when someone isn’t a good winner, and when the entire crowd is booing them why not. The UFC isn’t the PGA so why not have an over the top victory speech. How bad was it? You be the judge. At least he was honest when Joe Rogan asked him how it felt to win. If you were too lazy to click the link to watch the video here’s what he said;

“Fank Mir had a horseshoe up his ass. I told him that a year ago. I pulled it out of him and beat him over the head with it. [Now] I’m going to drink a Coors Light. That’s right a Coors. Bud Light don’t pay me nothing. I may even get on top of my wife tonight.”

The only thing that could save the Tour de France is Lance Armstrong, and really its the ultimate cherry on top of his already amazing story. If he does win it will be all the sweeter because he wasn’t racing to win, but the publicity hes generating for the sport is amazing, especially after the bad reputation its gotten for steroid use since Lance’s retirement. If you aren’t already following Lance on Twitter, its well worth it.

Finally, the only story that might be more fun than watching Lance kick ass at the Tour…again is  following Tom Watson on the PGA tour. He’s the leader and he is 59 years old.

Some more RST

I have three articles coming. I swear I’m not a one trick pony. But until then… is my one trick…….RANDOM……..SPORTS……….THOUGHTS!!!

1)    I have decided not to respond to the article below. It will become a never-ending mass of arguments that once resembled an article. In the end we both have points.

2)    I love Doc, and I want nothing more then to see him win a title in Toronto. But let’s be honest with ourselves….it’s not going to happen. We have to let him go. To keep the good Doctor, we would have to throw the bank at him, and if we learnt one thing from the Delgado era; it’s that you can’t win when one person on your team takes up 25% of your payroll. Let the bidding war begin.
a.    Doc to Philadelphia?

3)    Why is no one signing Shawn Marion? He’s could be a quality #2 or 3 on any team.
a.    Marion to Cleveland?

4)    Remember when I said Lance would not win the Tour De France, and then said “Are you listening ESPN” I was TOTALLY joking.
a.    Lance said he wouldn’t try to win this Tour but he’s currently sitting in second place. He’s like that big brother who says “o yeah I’ll let you win, just this one time.” But then yells “Screw you!” and gives you a Dutch Oven instead.

5)    Props to FAN 590. The self proclaimed “number one hockey station” put their Hockey Central at Noon show on hold for an hour long baseball show.  This is the happiest I’ve felt about the FAN since Chuck Swirsky was on the airwaves. We miss ya Chuck!

6)    Because of Bill Simmons’ podcasts completely about reality TV, I thought I would give MTV’s The Real World a shot. So far it’s like a porno minus all the money shots. Anyway that isn’t what this thought is about. There is some blond dude on the show named CJ who is currently a NFL free agent punter. My question is, does this idiot really think any head coach will rush to their phone to sign a punter who’s doing body shots off 18-year-old girls in Cancun?
a.    Actually now that I say that, he sounds perfect for the 2005 Vikings.

7)    Has Tampa become the MLB’s best team?……..I just scared myself

8)    As I have said many times, I am not a hockey guy. But as I am living in the hockey hotbed of the world, I know a lot that a casual fan such as myself usually wouldn’t. That being said, I really love what Brian Burke is doing at the reigns of the TML. Beauchemin, Exelby, and Komisarek! In Burke we trust.

9)    Do you think Manny could share some fertility drugs with the Cubs’ offence?

10)    Lebron has taken a big step backward in my book. A kid dunked on him at a skills camp he was holding, so and he and Nike destroy the tapes of this dunk?  That’s low. Wouldn’t it have been better to let the tape out and avoid this entire public backlash?

One Two for the Road
1) Here’s a prediction that no one really cares about: Tomasz Adamek will beat Tommy Gunn by a majority decision when they fight this Saturday. PUT IT ON THE BOARD
2) Go and rent a movie called 61* a film about Roger Maris versus Mickey Mantle in their home run battle of 1961.  It also begs the question: was Maris the original A-Rod?

By Scott

Random Sports Thoughs

First off let me say, yet again it’s been far too long. So let’s get back into the swing of things with the ORIGINAL Random Sports Thoughts.

1) RIP Steve McNair

I am and always have been a Titans fan. I’m not one of those people who idolize the dead (I’m looking at you new Michael Jackson fans) so I mean it when I say I’m going to miss Steve McNair. I became a lover of the double blue (US version) because of Eddie George, but stayed for McNair. I didn’t care about his great arm or ability to use his legs; no, I loved how he always played hurt. He ALWAYS had an injury. He isn’t Canton worthy, but he’ll always be the best Titans QB in my book.

2)    Hedo to the Raptors!

I LOVE the idea of having Hedo on the Raps. He’s arguably the best Free Agent available this year (since Kobe didn’t opt out) and now we can finally say a big name free agent is coming to T.O.!! As an added bonus, we screwed over Orlando at the same time!!

According to ESPN, the reason he backtracked on Portland (Up yours Oregon!)  was because his wife wanted to live in a big city, with a large Turkish population. So I would just like to send a big TO Sports Blog thank you to every Turkish person living in Southern Ontario. GOOD ON YA TURKS!!! We owe you one.

3)    Raptors Big Three

With the addition of Hedo, the big three of the Raps becomes Bosh at the 4, Hedo at the 3, and Jose at the point.  Throw in Andrea Bargnani at the 5 and a 2 by committee, you get a respectable starting 5.  The question is; in a conference that only got better, can these three lead us to the Playoffs? I love the raps, and I love the Hedo pickup, but I’m guessing…

4)    Manny Ramirez

Prediction: Manny will be the first “druggy” to get voted into the Hall of Fame. He will then open the door for every other ball player with a syringe in his ass. The question is, will he go as a LA Dodger, Red Sox, or Indian?

5)    Fight Night Round 4 Walker Vs. Scott

Yes I pre-ordered the game in April, and yes I was almost guaranteed to love it no matter what they gave me.  However despite my obvious biases, it is an astonishing game. Of course when I play my main man Walker I will never win. Walker is like the Bill Belichick of video games. He’s methodical, computerized, and cheats just a little bit, but in the end he’ll beat you every time, and history only remembers the “Ws”. My hat is off to you my friend. You’re the undisputed pound for pound champion of my basement.

6) Wimbledon 2009

Thank god Federer beat Roddick in today’s MONUMENTAL Wimbledon final. If Roddick had won he would have denied Federer, and fans, a truely astonishing record. Something which we are privileged to say happened in our lifetime….he would have been the NY Giants of the Tennis world.

7) Lou Gherig

Lou Gehrig’s letters to his doctors are on Go read them if you haven’t already. They’re a touching, and tragic look into a man’s struggle against his own body.

8) Lance Armstrong

I hate the sports media sometimes. Lance has openly said he’s running in this Tour De France for charity and NOT to win it.  Yet EVERYONE is asking “will he win it?” Are you even listening ESPN?

9) Victor Ortiz

Vicious Victor Ortiz was one of the brightest rising stars in all of boxing. In fact when EA sports approached Oscar De La Hoya asking him to be in Fight Night Round 4, he gave up his spot in the game so Victor Ortiz could take his spot.

However after his last fight, a TKO loss in the 6th round to Marcos Maidana, he stated he would rather stop a fight then keep going and potentially get knocked out cold. In a sport that demands its stars go beyond their physical limits, and die in the field of battle, Ortiz may have destroyed his career just as it started.

10)  US Soccer

Let me lead you in a prayer to the sports gods. Please hold hands with the person beside you and read the following.

O sports Gods, please do not let the US become a soccer power. They are already, world players at Basketball, Baseball, Tennis, Hockey, Golf, Boxing, and pretty much every Olympic sport. They are cocky enough.  Soccer was the only thing they were comically bad at. So if you can see it in your infinite wisdom to not give the US soccer too, we would be forever grateful.


One For The Road

The Easiest job in the world is being in the SNL Band. You play twice per show, on a weekly show then go out afterwards and do some blow with the guest host. Possibly the cushiest gig in the world…..besides being Michael Buffer

By: Scott