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UFC 117: Sonnen Talked the Talk and Walked the Walk, but Tapsout in the End

Coming into UFC 117 little known Middleweight #1 contender Chael Sonnen was yapping his gums at the best pound for pound fighter, Middleweight Champion, Anderson Silva.  Sonnen called him “a fake”, said “he’ll make Dana White fire Silva”, and said “that he was hosting Silva’s retirement party.”  I don’t think the UFC has seen anyone talk like Sonnen did.  UFC Hall of Famer Matt Hughes called the UFC 117 press conference “the funniest press conference he’s been at” as Silva and Sonnen went back and forth.

Going into the night no one thought he could back up the talk, but he did just that.  Sonnen in the first round rocked Silva and got him on the ground where Silva was for much of the night.  The second round was more of the same with Sonnen getting Silva on the ground and using his ground and pound to his advantage.  The third round was much of the same as the second round.   Sonnen had the fight wrapped up pretty much.  The only way Silva could remain Champion was if he was able to submit or knockout Sonnen.  In the fourth round Silva came out throwing, rocking Sonnen and getting him on the ground, but Sonnen used his wrestling to his advantage and was able to get on top of Silva for the remainder of the round.  Silva looked frustrated going into the fifth round, even though Sonnen was bloody with a cut above his left eye.  We never saw Silva dominated for a whole 20 minutes like we did tonight.  In the fifth both fighters came out swinging, but Silva slipped and Sonnen once again got Silva to the ground.  UFC announcer Joe Rogen said in the background “I wonder when Sonnen can start celebrating,”  the answer was not quite yet as Silva was able to get triangle choke on Sonnen.  It looked as if Sonnen was about to slip out of it as your able to see his right hand start to tap. 

We never saw Silva look so dominated or frustrated inside the octagon, usually it’s his opponents who has that look, but in the end ‘ why he is the best pound for pound fighter in the UFC.  As for Sonnen, he did a hell of a job promoting the fight.  He started as a nobody, but after a few interviews his mouth made him a somebody  and had non MMA fans actually pay the $45+  to watch the fight.  As much as he hyped the fight he sure did live up to it.  I’m sure in about 4-6 month we will see a Silva vs Sonnen 2 on a UFC fight card.

As for the other fights: Jon Fitch dominated Thiago Alves to become the #1 contender in the UFC Welterweight division and will fight the winner of Georges St. Pierre/ Josh Koscheck fight at UFC 124.

Lightweight contender Clay Guida submitted Rafael dos Anjos after breaking Anjos’ jaw

Welterweight legend Matt Hughes choked out Ricardo Almedia

Heavyweight Junior dos Santos  beat Roy Nelson by unanimous decision making him the Heavyweight division #1 contender and will fight the winner of Brock Lesnar/ Cain Velasquez fight at UFC 121

Overall a great night that lived up to the hype to a great fight card

August 8, 2010 Posted by | UFC | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

The Year of the Pitcher Continues

1998 will always be remembered as the year of the home run.  That was the year of the historic home run chase with the Cardinals Mark McGwire and the Cubs Sammy Sosa going head to head chasing Roger Maris’ single season home run record.  2010 will be remembered for the complete opposite.  It will be remembered as the year of the no-hitter. 

We have not yet reached the July 31st trade deadline date and we have had five no-hitters (we would have six, but you can thank umpire Jim Joyce for that).  We had Ubaldo Jimenez of the Rockies throw a no-no vs the Braves on April 17th, then Dallas Braden was perfect on Mothers Day for the Athletics vs the  Rays, a few weeks later Philadelphia Phillies pitcher decided he want to be perfect vs. the Marlins, a month later Diamondbacks pitcher Edwin Jackson walked eight batters and threw 149 pitches, but still threw a no-hitter vs the Rays, and finally on July 27th Matt Garza of the Rays threw the first no-hitter in Rays history vs the Tigers.  This is the most no hitters since 1991 in which there were 7 no-hitters.  We’ll see if 2010 can produce  at least 2 more no-hitters to tie the ’91 season. 

I don’t know what the deal is with MLB hitters this year, but it’s definitely the year of the pitcher.

July 27, 2010 Posted by | Baseball | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

I Guess I Kinda Know How It Feels to Be a Red Sox Fan

Rewind back to the 2004 ALCS.  Red Sox and Yankees.  Yankees have control of the series  being up three games to zero in the best of seven series.  The Yankees just pounded the Red Sox in game three with 19-7 beat down and it seemed to be the nail in the coffin of the Red Sox.  Then weird things started happening.  Yankees closer Mariano Rivera was getting and David Ortiz was getting clutch hits in Games four and five.  Red Sox won game six to tie the series up three to three to force an improbable Game seven.  I remember the day of Game Seven not really wanting to talk about the series and thinking there is no way the Yanks can lose this game can they.  While I’m sure Red Sox fans were as confident as they have ever been in the 86 years before that Game Seven.

I’m feeling the same way as Red Sox fan did in 2004 about the Philadelphia Flyers right now.  After being down to Boston Bruins in the Eastern Conference Semi-finals three game to none (which the Bruins never seem to really outplay the Flyers at all this series) some weird things started to happen.  The Flyers got Simon Gagne back from injury in Game four and win.  Then in Game five Flyers goalie Brian Bouche got a sprained knee as a fellow Flyer fell on him and Michael Leighton took over Bouche’s duties in net.  Leighton hasn’t been in net for the Flyers in six weeks and yet he looked as sharp as can be as he didn’t give up a goal in the half of Game five he played in.  In Game six (Leighton’s first ever playoff start) he didn’t looked phased at all as he had a shutout going until the Bruins scored with around a minute left in the game, which the Flyers ended up winning 2-1 forcing a Game seven.

Right now I’m feeling like Sox fan in 2004 thinking there is no way this team is going to lose in Game seven.  The other team has to be thinking how can we close this team out, while we are thinking we are in that team’s head they can’t beat us.

Hopefully after Game seven tonight, I can feel the same way Red Sox fan did in 2004 as they made one of the greatest comebacks in all of sports.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | Hockey, NHL | , , , , | Leave a comment

NHL A More Entertaining Watch on Super Bowl Sunday Than NFL

While everyone was either going shopping for their Super Bowl party food or else shoveling snow if you live in the Mid-Atlantic region, you probably missed the more entertaining sporting even than the Saints vs Colts.

Yes the Super Bowl was a very good game and had more viewers than any other TV program in the history of the U.S, but the Pittsburgh Penguins vs Washington Capitals game outshined the Super Bowl.  You had the best individual rivalry in sports  going at it and both didn’t disappoint.  Not to mention a great comeback just made the game even better.

The Pens took 4-1 lead into the 3rd period with  2 goals from both Sidney Crosby and Jordan Staal.  Then the Caps took over scoring three goals in the final period including two goals from Alexander Ovechkin, his second goal of the period being his third of the game.  Which sent the game into Overtime.  Then in OT Ovechkin put a shot on net that hit the right post as Caps’ winger Mike Knuble put the rebound in for the game winning goal and made the Caps’ win streak 13 games.

If your not a big time hockey fan, just do yourself a favor and watch a Capitals/Penguins game sometime.  Everytime it’s entertaining as you are able to see the three best players on the ice at the same time.  You will be instantly captivated

February 11, 2010 Posted by | NHL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

SUPER BOWL XLIV PREVIEW

I’m actually not going to do a preview.  For the past 2 week we have heard from all like 1000 guys on ESPN, FOX Sports, or any other sports channel breaking down the big game in every single possible way.  I’ve actually been trying my best to stay away from ESPN because I’m getting so tired of it.

This is how I think it will play out:  Colts get ahead early as the Saints have first quarter jitters and Drew Brees throws a INT on the Saints second possession.  Second Quarter the Saints get in rhythm  and have a feel for the game and the atmosphere, but Peyton Manning is too much to handle as the teams head into the locker rooms. Colts up 27-17.

Then The Who performs and all little kids watching asks their mommies and daddies “Who are The Who?”  Then their mommies and daddies have to ask their mommies and daddies “Who are The Who?”  I just hope we don’t see any of The Who do a sliding crotch shot into a camera like Bruce Springstein did last year.

Teams come back out on the field for the second half for one of the most offensive explosive games in Super Bowl history.  The Saints will make it close, but Manning will lead the Colts to their 2nd Championship in four years.  Colts win 44-38.

I just wish I could hang out with this dog throughout the entire game tonight:

February 7, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL’s Pro Bowl has Officially Jumped the Shark

When I heard that the NFL decided to move the Pro Bowl to the Sunday before the Super Bowl, I thought to myself, “Wow that’s a pretty good idea.  An all-star game leading up to the game instead of afterwards.  You just keep getting smarter and smarter NFL.”  Now that the Pro Bowl is this weekend and the Super Bowl matchup is all set, I now think, “I’d rather have this irrelevant game after the Super Bowl.”

With the Saints and Colts set to face off in the Super Bowl, that means there has to be a total of 12 players to replace the players of those teams in the Pro Bowl.  Which is ridiculous.  Also, lets look at the AFC’s Quarterbacks.  Originally it was Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Phillip Rivers getting voted in.  Well, Manning can’t play now because of the Super Bowl and both Brady and Rivers aren’t going to the Pro Bowl because of injury.  So that means they need to get a whole new Quarterback depth chart, so they go to the 4th, 5th, and 6th voted QBs and so on… to pick from.  4th was Ben Roethlisberger who declined  the invite due to injury, 5th was Matt Schaub who will play, 6th was Carson Palmer who won’t play due to injury also, 7th was the Titans’ Vince Young, who played a total of 10 games this year, will play and so will  the Jags’ David Garrard.  So instead of Manning, Brady, and Rivers, the AFC will have to put Schaub, Young, and Garrard under center.  Talk about an All-Star caliber Quarterback crew.

The NFL should not be have an all-star type game.   No one wants to play in it and no one really wants to watch it, unless you’re a fan of no defensive games.  The only reason players go is just for the pay-day bonus.  So get rid of this worthless game NFL and just recognize the players who are pro-bowlers and then just pay them.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Can We Admit Peyton Manning is the Best QB Right Now or Maybe Ever?!?!?!

Colts' QB Peyton Manning leads his Colts over the Jets to get to their 2nd Super Bowl since 2007

Sorry for not getting my picks and preview of the NFL Conference Championship  games.  I picked the Colts and Vikings.

I didn’t see much of the Jets/Colts game because I was working, but I am able to watch games since we have TVs all over the place.  I as I was watching the game I think I realized how great Peyton Manning really is.  The guy is a machine.  He looks like he is a head coach with a helmet on with him calling audibles and directing traffic.  Not to mention he has turned two no name wide receivers, Pierre  Garcon and Austin Collie, into really good wide receivers.  I stood there in awe watching Peyton carve up a Jets defense, who is really really really good, as they threw everything including the kitchen sink at him.

Whether Manning and the Colts beat or lose to the Saints in 13 days and even if Manning doesn’t win another Super Bowl, he has to be the greatest NFL Quarterback in my lifetime, if not.

January 25, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Brock Lesnar to return to UFC this summer

After wondering if he will ever fight again, UFC’s Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar said that he will return to the octogon this summer.  Lesnar hasn’t fought since July at UFC 100 when he defeated Frank Mir for the Undisputed Heavyweight Championship belt.  Since then

UFC's Heavyweight Champion Brock Lesnar is set to make his return to the Octogon

, Lesnar has been hospitalized  in Minnesota with an intestinal disorder which put a hole in his stomach and caused him to lose 40 pounds.  On ESPN’s SportsCenter UFC president Dana White and Lesnar had an interview announcing Lesnar’s return.  Lesnar said, “Everyone must be pissing themselves with this news.”  Even though Lesnar’s return date is not written in stone, it is rumored his first fight back will be at UFC 114 against the winner of the Frank Mir/Shane Carwin fight which is set for UFC 111.  The winner of that match will be the Interim Heavyweight Champion and then will face Lesnar for the out right Heavyweight Championship.

So welcome back Brock, you have been missed by UFC fans.  I’m sure everyone can’t wait until UFC 114 where I’m sure you will knock out Mir or Carwin and then maybe tell us what you may do with your wife afterwards and give the crowd the one finger salute like at UFC 100.

January 22, 2010 Posted by | UFC | , , , , | 1 Comment

NFL Playoffs: The Division Round

I admit that last week even though I didn’t post it I went 0-4 on Wild Card Weekend.  So hopefully I can turn this around.

AFC Games

Ravens @ Colts:  This game could go either way.  There are three keys to this game: 1) Will the Ravens come out like they did vs the Patriots last week, getting tons of pressure on Tom Brady and having the big 82 rushing yard TD from Ray Rice on the first play of the game.  2) The Ravens offense has to show up.  They could have beat the Colts earlier in the year, but they scored ZERO TDs and made five field goals.  3) After their rest, can the Colts offense get back on track early in the game?  If they don’t get in a groove early, the Ravens can squeak this one out. MY PICK: I’m going to say Ravens win this in a close one by getting pressure on Peyton Manning like they did Tom Brady.  Plus, I like the Ravens on the road.

Jets @ Chargers:  This game will be the most lopsided game of the week.  Even though the Jets have the #1 defense in the league, they have no one to cover Antonio Gates.  I also don’t like having a rookie Quarterback in Mark Sánchez going to San Diego against a team that thinks this is their year.  MY PICK: San Diego in a blow out.

NFC Games

Cardinals vs Saints:  This game is expected to be a shootout and very well should be.  Two very good offenses who like to throw the ball will mean a lot of points will be scored.  The Saints are limping into the playoffs finishing the season losing three straight, while the Cards are coming off the highest score game in NFL Playoff history.  MY PICK:  I’m picking the Cards in this game.  The Cards seems like they are still being disrespected after going to the Super Bowl last year and it seems they want to prove they are not a one trick pony.  Plus, you should never pick against Kurt Warner in a shootout type game.

Cowboys vs Vikings: This is probably the most anticipated game of the week with the Cowboys rolling into a building where the Vikings have not lost all year.  This game can go either way.  Both teams have balanced offenses and both defenses get pressure on the opposing quarterback, so it seems like whoever will win this game will either win the turnover battle or have the better special teams.  MY PICK: Vikings just edge out the Cowboys playing in front of their home crowd with Percy Harvin being the X-factor for the Vikes.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | NFL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Hockey At It’s Best

A lot of people like hockey, but most people only watch hockey for the fights.  I’ve seen quite a few crazy fights when I have gone the AHL’s Hershey Bears’ games, but I have certainly not seen anything like this.  A few days ago in Russia’s KHL a bench clearing brawl took place and it just became a chaotic scene.  One notable player that I know of was involved was is #68 on in white, Jaromir Jagr who we all know from his playing days with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals and New York Rangers.  One thing I like to point out are the goalies who are just chatting away while everyone else goes at it.  ENJOY!

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Hockey | , , , | 2 Comments