Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Random Rumblings: Sports Eye Poppers

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Plenty of sports news making waves this week. Baseball playoffs. NFL upsets and last minute game winning drives. USA's Ryder Cup fiasco. NBA & NHL teams fine tuning their pre-season rosters prepping for the new regular season. USA teams playing in Europe safeguarding themselves due to international travel alerts. Every day has produced new feature stories. Here's a few eye poppers that may have flown below your radar....

Philadelphia Phillies Roy Halladay hurled a no hitter in Game 1 of the National League Division Series vs NL's top hitting team, Cincinnati. This eye popper didn't fly below radar's. Yet, I'm guessing many non Philadelphia and Cincinnati citizens missed out on a gem due to the game's late afternoon start time (especially those of you on the west coast). Halladay was masterful. One first pitch strike after another. Reds hitters were defenseless. Halladay's pitches were dancing all around the plate. He even contributed a key two out RBI single. There's only been one other post-season no hitter in baseball's entire history. Don Larson's perfect game vs Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1956 World Series. Get this. Halladay had a perfect game earlier this season. Today's no-no was his second of 2010!

Sad news from the NFL as legendary 83 year old George Blanda passed away. Blanda holds the NFL record for longest career (26 years), most extra points 943 (and attempts 956), first ever to score over 2000 points and a few others. He played for Chicago Bears, Houston Oilers and Oakland Raiders. #16 played his final game in 1975 at age 48. 26 years of highlights. NFL Films and ESPN have shown countless games from when Blanda played. So, what kind of farewell tribute does ESPN air? Initially it was a clip of #16 throwing an 80 yard touchdown to Kenny King during Oakland's 27-10 Super Bowl XV victory over Philadelphia. Did you figure it out yet? #16 in 1980 was Jim Plunkett. NOT George Blanda (retired 1975). Ooops. ESPN really fumbled it away. They're usually pretty good but talk about bad timing.

New England Patriots trade Randy Moss! For a draft pick? Great move by the receiver starved Minnesota Vikings. Brett Favre has a new number one go to guy. Minnesota's offense has been stuck in neutral. Now maybe they'll find a rhythm? Why did New England dump Moss after 50 TD catches in 52 Patriot appearances? New England cut him loose for a 2011 3rd round draft pick. Wow. Now that's an eye popper. Reports out of New England were all courteous. No apparent rifts. Just a bit shocking even though Brady hasn't been looking Moss' way with any sort of regularity in quite some time. Get ready Randy. Favre will be looking for you on every passing play!

Did everyone watch New England blow up Miami's special teams on Monday Night Football? Never before have I watched a special teams unit get thoroughly beaten up. Patriots return specialist Brandon Tate had a 103 yard kickoff return. Patriots blocked a punt to set up a touchdown. And, they returned a blocked field goal attempt 35 yards for another score. Guess who was promptly fired? Miami Dolphins Special Teams Coordinator John Bonamego was dumped Tuesday morning.

Nobody in New York was shocked when Mets fired GM Omar Minaya and Mgr Jerry Manuel. The Mets have been going backwards every since Carlos Beltran took strike 3 called in the NL Championship Series vs St. Louis in 2006. New York has suffered through bad free agent signings, shoddy team atmosphere, lack of leadership, injuries and poor draft picks. Who will the Wilpon's hire? All's quiet right now. Barely a rumor beyond Wally Backman. Do the Mets really want Backman managing the big league club? Seriously? Nothing against Backman but why hire someone with no big league managerial experience? Especially in New York! Bobby Valentine's name had been brought up ever since he retired from managing in Japan. He may not be the best strategical manager but he brings plenty of positive energy which has been sorely missed since '06. The Mets need to clean house. Dump all coaches on the big league club from batting to pitching and even trainers/doctor's.

Stay tuned....


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