Monday, August 16, 2010
Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes...some good, some strange
Want a ticket to the Miami Heat home opener? The average ticket price is a mere $805 against cross-state rival Orlando. How reasonable. $805 with no guarantee LeBron James and Chris Bosh show up.
Since 2007, Boston Red Sox purported ace Josh Beckett's ERA is 4.46. This season, he has recorded all of three outs after the 7th inning. Good thing they signed him to a big extension this year. Oh, and the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay Rays own him.
No shortage of goals in the opening weekend of the English Premier League. Champions Chelsea hammered West Brom 6-0, with Didier Drogba netting three. Tottenham and Manchester City played a wild scoreless draw that should've seen Spurs win going away, if not for a fantastic game from Joe Hart in goal for City. Blackpool made a shocking debut in the EPL with a 4-0 win over Wigan. Arsenal and Liverpool drew 1-1, thanks to 'pool's goalie Pepe Reina dropping a last minute deflection into his own net. The rest of the scores here. Up today at 3pm, Manchester United host a returning Newcastle United, with a 3pm kickoff.
With an election not too far off in Ontario, Premier Dalton McGuinty figured it time to flip flop again and is now allowing MMA into the province. About time, DM. You don't have to like it, but there is no sensible reason to keep something that is legal in 49 American states and every other province in Canada out, not when your province could use the millions that will pore in each time the UFC touches down. Word is a card is being worked for 2011 at Rogers Centre, which they're aiming to break the UFC's 30,000 attendance record. My bet? They blow that figure away.
San Francisco Giant Tim Lincecum has thrown the third most pitches in the bigs since 2008, and given his slight build and drop in velocity, is messing with his mechanics to try to hump the fastball back up. That's a potential recipe for disaster.
One of the things most people would agree in soccer is not the best way to sort out a draw is penalty kicks. Little disputing that among fans, or those who don't like the game (won't use "haters" because that term is so played). So what is FIFA President Sepp Blatter musing on? Going to the PK's in all World Cup games that finished tied. Ridiculous. For the record, I don't know that there is a perfect solution to games that go through extra time all square. Continuing on indefinitely risks injury too greatly, particularly in the heat. Allowing more subs only freshens teams up and takes away from the long time rules of the game only allowing three subs and the relative time boxing of the game. Not sure what the right call is. Thanks to GBVH for the (infuriating) link.
Have a great day.
Posted by TB at 9:05 AM