Kenny McKinley was found dead last night of an apparent suicide. It is extremely sad news for anyone who had the pleasure of watching him play football at the University of South Carolina. He loved the Gamecocks and spent four years there from 2005-2008. He amassed the most receiving numbers by any wide receiver ever to play at Carolina. He had 207 catches for 2781 yards both stand as school records. When he left he was 3rd all time in the SEC in catches.
Perhaps he was not as talented as others who played at South Carolina like Sterling Sharpe or Sydney Rice, but he played hard all the time and it showed on the field. He was drafted by the Denver Broncos after college.
On the outside I would think he had it all. He was playing in the NFL after having a great college career, but I guess apperances are not always what the seem for many. Thanks number 11…….
It is pretty simple we kick Algeria’s ass today and we win. Maybe this time the Ref won’t rob us! Win this one for Uncle Sam and let’s advance to the knock out stage!
In about three hours the USA National Soccer team will play a game that many believe they need to win in order to ensure their advancement into the next round. We Play Slovenia……..
We gave the English an embarrassing tie. Lets not let up now and show these “Slovenians” we mean business and let them learn the hard way what “Don’t Tread” Means!
US National Team midfielder Clint Dempsey aka Deuce teams with Houston rappers BIG HAWK and XO in this original nikesoccer.com production.
I’ve got my Jersey and I’m ready to fucking rock. Seriously, I’m pretty pumped up for the World Cup to start and I had to “kick” it off with something like this.
Cameos by David Beckham, Daft Punk, Snoop Dogg, Franz Beckenbauer, Noel Gallagher, Ian Brown, Ciara, Jay Baruchel, DJ Neil Armstrong as well as your favorite Star Wars characters
Today one of the greatest baseball players of my generation announced his retirement when Ken Griffey Jr announced through a press release he was to retire effective immediately. He played the game with a smile and the heart of a kid and finished his career with 630 home runs. More importantly in an era filled with speculation about steroid abuse he is one of the few sluggers to escape with not a hint of use or tarnish on his legacy.
In 1989 “The Kid” started his first ballot Hall of Fame career with the Seattle Mariners. His upper deck rookie card was a thing of legend amongst kids growing up. Clearly a bourgeois system of the haves and have nots when it came to the owners of the card. Those on the outside yearned to be part of that ownership group. He spent 13 total years with the Seattle Mariners including this most recent season. He also played 9 years in Cincinnati and a partial year with the Chicago White Sox.
His numbers speak for themselves. He was the 1997 American League MVP finishing in the top five voting 5 times, hit more then 45 HR’s in 5 different seasons including two season at 56 home runs, ten straight seasons of Gold Glove center field play, was named to the All Century Team, a career OPS+ of 135, and many more accolades. Unfortunately the second half of his career mostly in Cincinnati was filled with injuries. He was on the disabled list 8 times from 2001-2006 missing 714 games in total. He seemed a shell of himself this year and presumably decided it was in the best interest for himself and the team to call it quits.
I don’t think I can express how huge I think Ken Griffey is. The record books say he is number 5 on the all time HR list but we all know he is really number 4 because I’m not counting Barry Bonds. Many players can say imagine what he could have done without injuries and they are part of the game, but truly The Kid’s career stats were crippled by them just as his body was. Ken Griffey is easily my favorite baseball player outside of any Yankee player. In his prime few have played center field like he did, and to this day I’ve NEVER seen a sweeter swing. When he lets it rip he has the natural upper cut lefty swing. His swing is a piece of baseball art.
I hope all of you are enjoying this wonderful day that comes around once a year. This great day that allows us to reflect on the past and look at the future with optimism. This day that we all get together and reflect with those close to us on the upcoming events. It is wonderful so many stores have closed to allow their workers to spend time enjoying the Holiday.
It is opening day around the world the boys of summer are back and for the next 6 months life will be a little bit better
It is that time of the year again! The smell of fresh cut grass is permeating through or olfactory sensors and that means its time to enjoy Baseball! This is my no bullshit post of predictions that you can bet the house and the first born on and sleep well at night waiting for the cash to come pouring in after the season ends! So here we go:
AL East- Boston Red Sox
AL Central- Chicago White Sox
AL West- Los Angeles Angels
Wild Card- New York Yankees
NL East- Philadelphia Phillies
NL Central- Chicago Cubs
NL West- Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card- Atlanta Braves
World Series- New York Yankees Defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers for their 28th Championship.
AL CY YOUNG- Felix Hernandez
NL CY YOUNG- Clayton Kershaw
AL MVP- Evan Longoria
NL MVP- Troy Tulowitski
Rookie of the Year NL- Stephen Strasberg
Rookie of the Year AL- Scott Sizemore
I wrestled back and forth on the NL wild card as my head was telling me the Rockies are the team that will win it, but with so much emotion to get to the post season in Atlanta I’m going to ride with them. Also i know i picked two players who are not on postseason teams to win the MVP, that is too bad because they are going to force their way into the conversation with the monster years they are going to have.
So who ya got?
The passing of the major health care reform bill really has me thinking about where the US currently is, and where it is heading. Perhaps since the baseball season is right around the corner the image of Don Mattingly and his era of the New York Yankees kept creeping into my mind.
It seems like the US is further continuing down the road of adopting a heavily social agenda similar to our current and former allies of Europe. No longer is the US being viewed on the world stage as a world power. It is drifting towards mediocrity and exorbitant debt levels. Instead of working towards the American Dream, the new dream appears to be having the government provide everything and then working to pay them back.
But is there a parallel between Obama and Mattingly? Mattingly was the best player for the Yankees, but during a time when the historic franchise was at one of its lowest points. Could this be the time when the US officially plummets from significant world “relevance” and just becomes another nation?
I hope not. But if it is, hopefully our political Bernie Williams and Derek Jeter are on their way.
Yahoo Sports hit the nail on the head right there. Yesterday the USA broke their Winter medal one day count by posting 6 medals (3 gold). It was fun watching Lindsey Vonn(check out her I’d Hit That if you missed it) win the downhill, and Shani Davis take the gold in speed skating, but the highlight was watching live coverage of Shaun White school the world on the half pipe.
It is amazing how much higher he gets then everyone else out there. This is his second run which was his “victory lap”. If you missed it you should check it out it is sick. The last trick is pretty crazy and even Tony Hawk was excited to see it.
Watch it now before NBC pulls it
USA USA USA!
We now lead the medal count at 14 for the record Canada has 6
Tonight at 9pm the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony will take place and the 21st games will kick off in earnest tomorrow.
I don’t know about you guys but I love watching the Olympics. I have fond memories as a kid watching them with my parents and memories of more recent games watching them at bars cheering on the USA to win.
In honor of the event I thought I’d post what I consider to be the greatest moment in USA winter Olympics history. I think you may have heard of this little miracle before……