BRETT FAVRE WILL BE BACK: In a kind of surprising move, Brett Favre informed the Packers that he will be back next season. All signs pointed to him walking into the sunset after a brutal 2005 season. But, Favre will make one last go around [at least] much to the delight of Packer fans. I guess the Aaron Rogers era won't begin just yet.
RICKY WILLIAMS WON'T BE BACK: Well, not in 2006. He lost his appeal for a fourth violation of the NFL's drug policy....and must sit out 2006. He can be re-instated for the 2007 season....but dude will be 30 years old [the age most backs fall off] and have played only 12 of a possible 48 games over the past three seasons.
KOBE BRYANT TO WEAR #24: Apparantly you are seeing the last of #8 as a Laker. Kobe Bryant will be wearing #24 next year for the Lakers. This was his number in high school....until he changed it to #33 to honor his father. When he became a Lakers, well, #33 is in the rafters as Big Chief Jabbar's. So, get ready to shell out some cheese for the new Lakers #24 jerseys.
STEVE NASH TO BE MVP: Reports are that Steve Nash will win the MVP award. Again, I don't agree...but I understand. But, realize that Nash will have more MVP awards than former winners Shaquille O'Neal, Allen Iverson, Kevin Garnett, David Robinson and Hakeem Olajuwon. He will have the same amount as Karl Malone, Tim Duncan and Bob Petit. And just one less than Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. Is he really in that class??
BONDS HITS #710: He's only 4 back of the Babe for the most HRs by a lefty.
ESPN SPORTS NUT: I've added this blog to my list. It's "ESPN Sports Nut"....a 12-year old kid who's from Michigan. He loves his Wings, Pistons and Tigers....but prefers the Ravens to the Lions. What cracked me up the most was his tagline "IF YOU WANT SPORTS, COME SEE THIS". I love it! Anyways, check lil' man out at ESPN Nut's Sports Blog
KENYON MARTIN SUSPENDED: Seems that the NBA playoff equate to suspensions. Ron Artest got one for snapping Manu Ginobili's neck. Udonis Haslem got one for throwing his mouthpiece at a ref. Now Kenyon Martin gets one for complaining about his playing time. The KWAME BROWN WHINING AWARD for 2006 [remember that Kwame got his butt kicked off the team in the playoffs last year] goes to K-Mart. Funny, both were #1 overall draft picks [back-to-back, actually].
NBA PLAYOFFS: The Spurs made a late comeback to top the Kings in overtime [128-119], sending the series to Sacto with the Spurs up 2-0......In New Jersey, the Nets pounded the Pacers 90-75. Vince-anity dumped 33 pts and Kidd added 13 assists and 11 boards. Oh, and bad news for Indy as Peja sat with a sore knee. The series heads to Indianapolis tied 1-1....The Wizards also tied up their series with the Cavs 1-1. The Wiz were very physical with LeBron, which took the star out of his game a bit [he shot 7-of-25 with 10 turnovers]. But Gilbert Arenas showed up with 30 pts, 6 rbs, 6 ast and 4 steals.
NHL PLAYOFFS: The Senators beat the Lightning in a penalty laden contest in Tampa, 8-4 [Ottawa now leads 2-1]. With just over 2 minutes left, a brawl broke out and a total of 129 penalty minutes were handed out.....The Flames also won on the road, topping the Ducks 5-2. Two goals scored less than a minute from each other in the 3rd period decided the game. Calgary is up 2-1....The Sharks held serve at home, beating the Predators 4-1 to get a 2-1 series lead. Patrick Marleau scored a pair of goals.....The Oilers got a great overtime goal to take a 2-1 series lead over the Red Wings. What sucked about that is that I sat and watched the overtimes, then got up to get something to drink, came back down the ol' Sportz Room and saw the Oilers celebrating on the ice. Crap, eh!!
SO, WHAT'S GOING ON TONIGHT?? MLB-It's getaway day in the majors, as there are 8 day games......NBA-The final Game 2s of the first round. First, the Bucks-Pistons game at 7pm on NBATV. At 8pm, the Grizzlies and Mavs battle on TNT. After that, TNT will have the Lakers-Suns game at 10:30pm. The home team leads all those series 1-0....NHL-All series are at 2-0 tonight. The Canadiens host the Hurricanes and hope to go up 3-0 in that series. The game is on CBC at 7pm....On OLN at 7pm, the Devils cross the river to face the Rangers to try to go up 3-0....Also at 7pm, the Sabres head to the Flyers with a 2-0 lead....and at 9:30pm on OLN, the Stars and Aves face off in Denver with Dallas trying to put a dent into their 2-0 deficit.