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Wow. What a week it has been, and it’s only Wednesday. Craziness in sports in America has hit a high moment with the NFL ending its lockout, free agency opening, training camps opening, the MLB trade deadline as division races heat up, college football is almost here, and a video you will want to check out! So keep reading.

First off, the NFL officially ended its lockout Monday and since then, teams are going crazy signing their own free agents, teams trying to woo other teams free agents to their teams, trades going down, rookies signing contracts, teams signing undrafted free agents, and then training camp opening up for teams starting today and through Sunday. What happens in the five month offseason is happening a two week time period. Uh, and I am loving it. I’ve found myself constantly watching ESPN, going to ESPN.com, SI.com, and finding what’s going on through Twitter. (Follow me @samtastad on Twitter.)

Quick recap of what has gone down so far in the NFL: Donovan McNabb was traded to the Minnesota Vikings; quarterback controversy in Minnesota with 1st round draft pick Christian Ponder? Matt Hasselbeck was traded to Tennessee; he will help groom Jake Locker. Tarvaris Jackson went to Seattle, Alex Smith re-signed with San Francisco, and Kyle Orton could be headed to Miami. Santonio Holmes re-signs with the Jets; could Nnamdi Asomugha be next? Plaxico Burress recently out of jail,is going to meet with the Giants, and Steelers. Carolina re-signed defensive end Charles Johnson and running back DeAngelo Smith. So what’s next? Hmm. Stay tuned tomorrow, and I’ll update you again.

For the Packers, they landed the following undrafted free agents:

  • South Carolina WR Tori Gurley
  • Delaware S Anthony Bratton
  • Utah WR Shaky Smithson
  • Ohio State RB Brandon Saine
  • Arizona State WR Kerry Taylor
  • Middle Tennessee OLB Jamari Lattimore
  • South Florida C Sampson Genus
  • Arkansas G Ray Dominguez
  • Youngstown St. CB Brandian Ross
  • Temple LB Eli Joseph
  • Temple NT Peanut Joseph
  • Arkansas State CB M.D. Jennings
  • Minnesota FB Jon Hoese
On to baseball now, my Minnesota Twins were handed a 20-6 drubbiing by the Texas Rangers on Monday, then came back after Carl Pavano gave up eight runs, and won 9-8 on a game-winning double by Joe Mauer last night.
There haven’t been much trade deals done yet. The biggest happened a little while ago with Carlos Beltran being sent to San Francisco from the Mets. Colby Rasmus was traded to the Blue Jays from the Cardinals for starting pitcher Edwin Jackson, and others.
Finally, today, Ervin Santana pitched a no-hitter today against the Indians and it was bittersweet. His first game as a big leaguer was against the Indians and lost to them. Also, today, the Mariners snapped a 17 game losing streak. Lastly, the Pirates and Braves played nineteen innings just after the Red Sox and Rays played eighteen a week ago, and the ending was bad. The umpire clearly got it wrong, check out the link:
College football is heating up. Today, Terrelle Pryor cannot speak to Ohio State for five years, and Butch Davis was fired by North Carolina.
Video of the day is Teach me how to Wambach. I thought it was funny, and brilliant, here it is:
Thanks for reading, and come back tomorrow!

 

Today, Twins great Harmon Killebrew died from leukemia. The “Killer”  was one of the Twins greats who was humble and a leader on the baseball field. Killebrew was 74 years old. Killebrew hit 573  home runs in his career, (11th most in baseball history,) and is a Hall of Famer.  Killebrew wore the number three for the Twins and the Twins still admire and thank him for what he did for them. Killebrew was the man at old Metropolitan Stadium in Minneapolis, where he would smash home runs over the fence. He was MVP in 1969, where he hit 49 home runs, and had 140 RBIs.

Killebrew now has a street in Minneapolis named Killebrew Drive, and most Twins fans will always remember the great and legendary Harmon Killebrew. I know I will.

In other news, the NBA lottery is tonight. The  Minnesota Timberwolves have the best odds at 25% to win the lottery. Will they? Well, every year it seems like they get jipped, but maybe this is the year.

Top NBA prospects are: Kyrie Irving, PG, Duke, Derrick Williams, PF, Arizona, Kemba Walker, PG, Connecticut, Jimmer Fredette, PG, BYU, Enes Kanter, Brandon Knight, PG, Kentucky.

Monday! All Sports News Ya Need To Know

Posted: May 9, 2011 by twinsfan21 in Baseball, Basketball, Bulls, NBA, Twins

It’s Monday, May 9, 2011! Time flies when you’re in college. Only two weeks left. The weather is finally warming up here in South Dakota, and it’s great to be outside again!

First, the Lakers got swept by the Dallas Mavericks. Will Phil Jackson retire now? That’s the big story, and no one is talking about how the Mavericks were able to knock down the two time defending champs, Lakers. Well, for one, the Mavericks took the Lakers out of team chemistry. Two, the play of J.J. Barea was fabolous. Can you say underrated point guard? Three, Dirk Nowitzki is on a tear. He finally has players stepping up around him, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, Barea, to name a few. You have to think that the Mavericks will be tough to beat with this momentum going into the conference finals.

The Bulls lost to the Hawks last night, and now go back to Chicago Tuesday night with the series tied 2-2. Hmm. This game the Bulls must win. Derrick Rose scored 34 points on 35 shots last night. Interesting to say the least. Rose also had 10 assists for the double-double. The Bulls didn’t get much from Joakim Noah, Keith Bogans, or Kyle Korver. The three combined for 11 points. Remember Bogans has to make at least six points for the Bulls to win. (Bogans had three yesterday). For the Hawks, Jeff Teague has been brilliant. He has been a great replacement for the injured Captain Kirk Hinrich.  

Tonight, the Celtics look to even the series with the Heat at 2-2. On Saturday, the C’s beat the Heat at home. It will be in Boston again tonight. Rajon Rondo dislocated his elbow, while Kevin Garnett scored 28 points and had 18 rebounds.

Also, tonight, in Memphis, the Grizzlies have a 2-1 lead. It will a great match-up to watch, especially Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook of Thunder against the inside presence of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol for the Grizzlies.

Second,  a second no-hitter was thrown last week by Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers. It was Verlander’s second of his career. Francisco Liriano of the Twins did it earlier in the week.  I guess it was the week of the AL Central pitchers.

That will be it for today! I’m going to go enjoy the nice weather and go for a run!

See ya later guys and girls sports fans!

We got all the sports news you need to hear here!

Thanks for your readership guys and girls, and hope you will continue to read!

First off, today the NBA playoffs continue. Who’s gonna take their Game 3’s ? In the East, the Bulls and Hawks are tied at 1-1, and the series is in Atlanta tonight. The Bulls fell in Game 1 after Derrick Rose tweaked his ankle again, but the Bulls stole the show in Game 2 with a huge late three from Bogans.

In the West, the  Lakers travel to Dallas down 2-0. The Lakers are in a huge hole, and are without Ron Artest tonight after Artest got suspended for a flagrant foul that was committed in the last seconds of Game 2. For the Lakers, trust issues were brought up by Andrew Bynum, and there is certainly a lack of chemistry for the back to back NBA champs. Kobe Bryant had a chance to take to win the game late in Game 2, but failed. Phil Jackson has got to motivate these guys to win because it’s a must win tonight in Dallas.

For the Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki has been great. So far in the conference semifinals, Dirk has outplayed Kobe, averaged 38 minutes a game, shot 53% from the field, 60% from three point field, 90% from the charity stripe, averaged 10.5 rebounds a game, 2.5 assists, and 26.0 points per game.

Memphis is back home Saturday against the Thunder, and the series is 1-1. Also, the Heat travel to Boston with a 2-0 lead on Saturday as well.

Second, if you like boxing, tune into the Manny Pacquio and Shane Mosley fight on Saturday. It’s gotten a lot of hype this week, and shouldn’t disappoint. I’m taking Pacquio over Mosley.

Third, the Kentucky Derby is on Saturday as well for all you horse fans. Get your bets made on the winning horse. Dialed In is he early favorite with a 4-1 line.

Fourth, the Twins go to Fenway to take on the Red Sox tonight. Should be interesting, and congratulations to Francisco Liriano for throwing a n0-hitter against the rival White Sox. I witnessed and saw it on television while at the bowling alley. Not to mention, for all that said since Liriano had so many walks, that does not diminsh the no-hitter. It is still a great achievement. Scott Baker takes on Tim Wakefield at 6:10 p.m.

Fifth, the ACC is going to miss Maryland men’s basketball coach Gary Williams as he is retiring.

Sixth, Brett Favre says he has interest in coaching and TV work. What do you think  he should do? He’d be a great quarterbacks coach. Wouldn’t mind him on ESPN either.

Also, Gus Johnson and CBS are breaking apart. Wow, that means no more Gus calling great finishes in the NCAA tournament.

That’s it for today, have a great weekend!

Well, what a weekend! First, it started off with the NFL Draft Thursday night, then the Royal Wedding, and then America finds out the military has shot Osama Bin Laden!! Thank you military for doing your job!

Here is God Bless America!

Here’s the Penn State campus after they found out the news, along with other videos and pictures of last night after Americans found out the news:

Philly fans are awesome! Props to them!

Awesome photo of firefighters!

That was awesome! Proud to be an American!

Well, back to sports…

First, check this billboard out!

This is awesome, as a Michigan fan!

Second, the NFL draft is over! For my Green Bay Packers, they had a great pick, except for drafting a second TE out of North Carolina, Ryan Taylor. Didn’t really get the logic out of that one.

Stay tuned in the next few days to see my grades on every player the Packers drafted!

Third, this video sums up the Twins season:

watch?v=Z9h9JMHVxn4&feature=youtu.be

That’s it for today! Come back tomorrow and remember, Go USA and be proud to be an American!

On the eve, of our 100th blog post, I personally cannot believe this. It’s been exciting and great! Thanks y’all for reading and keep doing so! Tomorrow, for the 100th blog post, we’ll have a celebration, but you’ll have to come to the site tomorrow to find out all the sweet stuff I’ll do for this great achievement.

There are some intriging sports headlines that made the news last night and today already.

First off, Derrick Rose made sure the Bulls didn’t lose again with his 36 points. The Bulls now have a 2-0 lead going to Indiana. The Bulls didn’t play spectacular last night and struggled. They needed the home crowd to get them back in the game, and that’s something they won’t have the next two games at Indiana. They will have to play well all four quarters and keep up their momentum from the last two close games.

Here’s some Rose highlights for you guys as we love the Bulls here:

Also, in the NBA, the Heat look solid, as they now have a 2-0 lead on the 76ers.

Second, Tim Lincecum almost threw a no-hitter last night against the Rockies, but it was broken up by Carlos Gonzalez in the seventh inning. The humid Coors Field was working well for Lincecum.

Also, the Twins won again! They beat Baltimore and play at Baltimore again today at 6:05 p.m. Carl Pavano pitches for the Twins. Last night, Liriano got the win, and pitched 6.1 innings and gave up two earned runs. Joe Mauer’s replacement Drew Butera got the Twins on the board first with a two run double in the first and then a RBI single in the ninth.

Third, NFL owners and players are meeting again after a three day break. C’mon guys, please get a deal done soon! NFL fans have some joy coming up, as the draft is next week in New York. Who will your favorite team pick? I’m working on a mock draft still and hope to have it done this weekend.

Fourth, yesterday the winner of the Boston Marathon, ran the marathon in a time of 26 consecutive 4:41 times. Amazing, and mind boggling all at the same time. The winner was Geoffrey Mutai, and his finishing time was in two hours, three minutes, and two seconds. Wow!

Well, come back tomorrow for our 100th blog post! You won’t want to miss it! Keep reading!

Sports Catch-up!

Posted: April 18, 2011 by twinsfan21 in Baseball, Basketball, Uncategorized

Hey guys and girls, all you sports fans! Hope you guys had a great weekend! Let’s hope today, Monday treats y’all pretty good!

First off, what a weekend it was in the NBA! Derrick Rose, Kevin Durant,  Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, and Dwight Howard all went off. I guess you cannot leave Ray Allen off this either. Allen guided the Celtics back to win after being down at halftime to the Knicks.

Here is the stat lines for these guys, along with some  highlights:

Rose: 39 points, 39 minutes, six assists, six rebounds, three blocks, 19-21 from the free throw line (he’s learned to make it from the charity stripe since his days at Memphis), and 10-23 from the field (44%).

Durant: 41 points, 43 minutes, nine rebounds, three assists, 12-15 from free throw line, and 13-22 from field (59%).

Westbrook: 31 points, 37 minutes, six rebounds, seven assists, and 12-23 from field (52%).

Howard: Despite the loss, and his career high, Howard notched 46 points in 46 minutes, 19 rebounds, one block and assist, 14-22 from free throw line, and 16-23 from field (70%).

Here is a video of yesterday’s great moments in cased you missed the action:

In other NBA news, it was kind of a shocking weekend. The Bulls escaped a scare from the Pacers. Wuffda! Derrick Rose was ice in the last two minutes, along with Kyle Korver’s huge three in the last two minutes.

Miami had a close game with Philadelphia, and the Celtics had to avoid a scare from the Knicks, and it was all Ray Allen as he had the magic.

Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tweeted this about Allen, “Best. Shooter. Ever.”

In the other Eastern Conference game, the Hawks beat the Magic at home. I didn’t see that coming.

In the Western Conference, who would of thought the Grizzlies would beat the Spurs at home, and it would be without Rudy Gay. Or perhaps, who thought the Hornets would beat the Lakers at Staples. Chris Paul had all the magic in that one.

Dallas beat Portland at home behind Dirk’s good game and the Thunder took care of the Nuggets at home which was a great game. That series will continue to be great.

Second, in other news Tar Heels forward Harrison Barnes is returning, which means UNC is going to be awful good next year. Their the early favorites. Please Kyrie, come back to Duke and don’t hire an agent!

Dwight Howard was named NBA’s top defender. No surprise here.

Twins still slumping, though they won yesterday against the Rays. Joe Nathan pulled from closer role, and Matt Capps in as closer.

In case you’re following the Madden 12 cover vote, it will be Peyton Hillis against Michael Vick for the cover. Hillis beat out Rodgers, and Vick beat Peterson.

Finally, the All Ball Blog, (http://allball.blogs.nba.com/), put together a video of all 214 of Blake Griffin’s dunks this year. It’s worth the watch! Here it is:

That’s all for today! I’ll be back tomorrow. Enjoy today’s blog and keep reading!