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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Rapelesberger gets 6

Bayern Munich rode the hot boot of Arjen Robben to a 1-0 Champions League win over Lyon. The next leg goes in France so Bayern still has plenty of work, but German visits to France historically have gone swimmingly. Yeah, I said it.

It is a six game suspension for Ben Roethlesberger, potentially reduced to four if he meets certain requirements. I'm assuming "not raping anybody" is on that requirement list. The suspension will cost him $2.8 million. Hope it was worth it! The Buffalo Bills are said to have declined interest in Roethlesberger, while they were previously interested in Mike Vick. That shows how toxic Big Douche is. Also not interested, according to Pro Football Talk, were Rams, 49ers, Raiders, Jaguars, Seahawks and Browns. I've got a feeling he goes. But where? Finally today, check out this bit from a Pittsburgh radio station, lifted from Empties Crushed, a solid blog out of Pittsburgh.

Jeff Passan at Yahoo! Sports presents one of the better realignment ideas for baseball or more to the point, unalignment, and scrapping the divisions altogether. Frankly, makes a world of sense. Oh, and as you've read here a million times, he concurs a salary cap will never happen and adds that a reduction in revenue sharing seems more likely than an increase in light of how some teams aren't using it to better the on field product. Long read, but a well thought out one with plenty of details as to what schedules would look like, playoffs and so on. Memo to Bud Selig: do it. One idea I'll add in favor of additional wild cards if you don't intend to ditch regular season games: cut off a handful of pre-season games. Will it really effect teams that much? Seems not, if all are impacted equally.

Stop me if this sounds at all familiar. San Jose Sharks Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Dany Heatley: no goals in the playoffs.

The best thing about the NFL Draft, which starts tonight with the first round, and stretches the remaining rounds across the weekend, is this: it will put an end to all the ridiculous speculation, the overdone mock drafts that are rarely even close to the mark, and gets us one step closer to actual play in September.

How much does Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis love drafting speedy players? So much that his scouts will inflate players 40 yard times by a few 10ths of a second if the player is only a speed merchant.

The Washington Capitals exploded for four goals in the third to beat the Montreal Canadiens 6-3 in a game the Habs led 2-1 late in the second, and mostly dominated for two periods. Fork? Meet Montreal. 3-1 Caps in the series and the final result is but a formality, though the Habs have been surprisingly in it for the most part.

The Boston Bruins won 3-2 in double overtime to take a 3-1 series lead over the Buffalo Sabres. With the #2 seeded Sabres and #3 seeded New Jersey Devils on the ropes in the East, the NHL has to be thrilled they're not wasting a Pittsburgh-Washington bout in the second round.

The Vancouver Canucks downed the LA Kings 6-4 to level a very interesting series there. Have to say, a very entertaining first round.

Roy Halladay made sure that shoddy Philadelphia Phillies bullpen wouldn't hurt him last night as he went the distance in a 2-0 shutout of the Atlanta Braves to lower his ERA to 0.82 with a 4-0 record.

Usually the first month of every baseball season sees a trendy injury. This year, the trend is pitchers taking no hitters deep into games. Yankee pitcher Phil Hughes was the latest, going into the 8th before the Oakland A's broke it up. 3-1 final for the Yankees to move to an MLB best 11-3 on their 6th straight win.

Speculation is part of the Toronto Raptors problems this past season was they partied far too much. The way they sleep walked through far too many games, that doesn't surprise me in the least. How very professional of them.

Kim Kardashian likes them fast, flashy and with diamond studded earrings. She was seen having dinner with Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo last weekend, fresh off her breakup with Reggie Bush.

No shortage of content lately, no? Have a great Thursday.

13 comments:

Kristian said...

However, unlike the last time around the women and the children (emphasis on the latter) will be safe as Ribery will stay at home...

gbvh said...

What's the rule on soccer goals?
If it were hockey, Robben would not have been credited with that one.

And given it likely would have been saved without the deflection, I'd suggest it maybe should have gone to Muller ... I think it was his head the ball came off of.

(Even though he didn't mean to deflect it, much like hockey . . .)

Kristian said...

Not sure about this, but think intent is the keyword. Müller did not intend to score and as such he just deflected it.

ned said...

^ I agree that might be it.
On the flip side, though, there likely would not have been a goal at all if it weren't for Muller.
Goalie appeared to have it tracked down until it skidded off Muller's melon and flew to goalie's right.

Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 20-0 this aft in MLB play.
Sheezus!

gbvh said...

^ I agree that might be it.
On the flip side, though, there likely would not have been a goal at all if it weren't for Muller.
Goalie appeared to have it tracked down until it skidded off Muller's melon and flew to goalie's right.

Milwaukee beat Pittsburgh 20-0 this aft in MLB play.
Sheezus!

hi said...

The guy who takes the initial shot is always credited with the goal. Only exception is when it is revealed that the shot [prior to the bounce/deflection] was NOT headed to goal, the goal gets credited to the deflector, which many times result into own goals. Remember, in football, all goals and cards are NOT official until the referee submits the official match report, so the referee can choose to assign goals to his taste.

hi said...

http://unprofessionalfoul.com/2010/04/22/roma-lazio-ultras-shop-at-same-weapons-store/

Weapons confisticated in a Serie A match. It's like a bad comedy.

gbvh said...

Well explained.
However, I don't get how one gets credit for a goal when the shot would not have gone in if it went straight through.
That's the puzzler.
Not that the deflector really deserves it either -- as it was unintentional -- but if I had a vote, I would say Muller deserves it more than Robben. Despite the lack of intention.

gbvh said...

As in, the goalie was on the money to save the shot (it was headed nowhere near the corner of the net, or anything). Until the deflection.

TB said...

Nice link, Kristian. For some time now, I've been debating changing the name of this blog to "Professional Foul" to give it more of a sporting bent.

Thoughts?

hi said...

I couldn't care less about your name but I certaintly care about mine :)

I'm not the Kristian guy you are speaking of.

TB said...

My bad...thought it was Kristian that dropped it.

Kristian A said...

I guess I'd dropped a few differnet alias on here, but hi is not one of them.

Second the great link though.