Expedition: Impossible – Week 3 Recap

Posted: July 8, 2011 by ksteets in TV

Last week on this race across Morocco we saw The Gypsies take first place again while Mom’s Army was honorably discharged and sent home. To start off this week, host Dave Salmoni tells the teams that this next leg will take 2 days and start off with each squad having to obtain camels by gathering feed and lugging it 1.5 miles to camel station. As it was last week The Gypsies get a five-minute head start for coming in first the previous leg. The next group to take off is No Limits, The Football Players and The Country Boys. After them, Team Kansas, Fab 3 and The Fishermen take off. The last group to leave is The California Girls, Grandpa’s Warriors, NY Fireman and Team Cops.

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Fantasy Baseball 2Knight

Posted: July 1, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Hey Walleye! You see what Berkman did tonight?

Cardinals OF Lance Berkman went 2-5 with 2 homers and 3 RBI in the Cardinals 9-6 win over the Orioles. Big Puma hit a homer from each side of the plate. Fellow OF John Jay went 3-5 with a homer & 3 RBI. Orioles SP Brian Matusz gave up 8 runs on 9 hits in 3 1/3 innings and was sent down to AAA after the game. Baltimore OF Nelson Reimold went 2-4 with a homer & 4 RBI. 3B Mark Reynolds went 2-4 with a homer, 2 runs & 2 RBI.  Berkman is having a strong year with the Cardinals after struggling with the Yankees after being traded to them last season…

INJURY NEWS

Mets SP Jon Niese has overcome his heart issues and is well enough to start on Friday against the Yankees.  He must have went to Donovan McNabb’s doctor to get clearance.

Yankees SP Bartolo Colon will come off the DL and start Saturday against the Mets.  Interesting…that big body coming off a hamstring injury and he’s making his first start back in an NL park where he will have to bat & run the bases?  Interesting!

Yankee SS Derek Jeter will return from his calf injury and resume his quest for 3000 hits when he comes off the DL on Monday.

Mariners SP Erik Bedard went on the DL with a knee injury.  Most of us had shoulder in the office injury pool.

The Phillies lost yet another closer when Ryan Madson injured his hand on a comeback and went on the DL.  He joins fellow closers Brad Lidge and Jose Contreras on the disabled list.  Look for youngster Antonio Bastardo to take over closer duties.  Yes that’s his real name.

A’s SP Rich Harden will come off the DL and make his season debut against the Diamondbacks on Friday.

Pink slip day on Thursday as Diamondbacks 3B Melvin Mora, Cardinals RP and former All Star closer Ryan Franklin, Cubs SP Doug Davis, and Red Sox OF Mike Cameron were all cut today.

GAME NOTES

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Expedition: Impossible – Week 2 Recap

Posted: June 30, 2011 by ksteets in TV

The first week of ABC’s new reality adventure series saw 13 teams start their tour across the Kingdom of Morocco and finished with Latin Persuasion heading home. This week our remaining 12 teams continue the race that some wold call amazing. Our host Dave Salmoni tells the teams the first leg of this stage starts when they a half-mile on foot to a horse outpost where each member will choose an Arabian Stallion and ride 7 miles to the next checkpoint.

AJ from The Fab 3 lets us know he hates horses because he doesn’t want a hoof to his pretty face. Please let this be foreshadowing. Team Gypsy came in first last stage so they will begin with a five-minute head start. The first group to go after them has The Fab 3, The Football Players and Team Kansas. After them The Country Boys, Firemen, No Limits and The Fisherman launch their start followed by the last group of Grandpa’s Warriors, Mom’s Army, California Girls and The Cops get to go.

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Fantasy Baseball 2Knight

Posted: June 27, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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Boston celebrates taking 1 out of 3 against the Pirates and remaining a half game behind the first place Yankees.

Red Sox SP Andrew Miller picked up his first AL victory and Boston snapped a 4 game losing streak by beating the Pirates 4-2.  He went 6 innings allowing a run on 5 hits with 2 walks & 4 Ks.  1B A-Gone went 2-3 with 2 walks.  No RBIs, but he now leads the majors with a .361 batting average.  OF Jacoby Ellsbury went 1-4 but stole his AL leading 25th base.  They are gearing up for a series in Philly on Tuesday.

INJURY NEWS
Red Sox SP Josh Beckett is still dealing with an illness so his start got pushed back again until Tuesday.
Phillies SP Roy Oswalt was placed on the DL with lower back tightness.
A’s OF Josh Willingham went on the DL with a strained left achilles tendon.
Twins 1B Justin Morneau is on the DL with a neck injury.
Indians OF Shin-Soo Choo was hit by a pitch and broke his left thumb, landing him on the DL.
Rangers SS Elvis Andrus injured his left wrist and hopes to return Tuesday.
Giants SP Jonathan Sanchez went on the DL with left biceps tendonitis and Barry Zito was activated to replace him.
Phillies closer Ryan Madson took a comebacker off his hand and won’t be available until Monday or Tuesday.
Twins OF Delmon Young went on the DL with an ankle sprain.
White Sox SP John Danks went on the DL with a left oblique strain.
Pirates OF Jose Tabata left Sunday’s game in the 2nd inning after beating out a bunt with an injured left quad.

Reds OF Jay Bruce missed Sunday’s game with an illness.

Twins C Joe Mauer and Texas OF Josh Hamilton sat out for routine rest.

Rangers SP Alexi Ogando has been struggling and may have his next start in the rotation skipped.

GAME NOTES

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As of Friday morning, Nate Marquardt was set to make his welterweight debut against Rick “The Horror” Story but he failed his medical clearance and do to strict privacy laws in Pennsylvania the reason can not be disclosed.

"The Great" may need to change his name after the last 48 hours.

Whatever the reason was though was bad enough that UFC President Dana White announced over his Twitter account that Marquardt has been fired and will never fight in the UFC again. Earlier tonight, Marquardt himself took to Twitter and advised he will be addressing all the issues this Tuesday. So until then we’ll just have to watch some fights!

The heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Pat Barry has been moved up to our main event while Charlie Brenneman will take Marquardt’s spot against Story. Also in welterweight action we have Matt Brown taking on John Howard.

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2011 NBA DRAFT

Posted: June 26, 2011 by frankthetank44 in Sports
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The 2011 NBA Draft was held in beautiful downtown Newark, NJ. This draft lacked any excitement or intrigue, unless of course you’re a fan of extremely tall European guys.  I’m not going to give my opinion or my “grade” on any of the picks..it’s way too early for that.  But this isn’t exactly 2003 with LeBron, Wade, Melo, Bosh, and of course Darko, either.

Mr. Stern hulking up

Without further ado, we’re starting with the Cleveland Cavaliers who thru a trade with the Clippers, ended up with 2 of the top 4 picks, including the #1 overall.  Also, I’m gonna go with the actual picks, and then try to do my best recapping the trading frenzy that went down afterwards.

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Expedition:Impossible – We turn it up to 11!!

Posted: June 23, 2011 by ksteets in TV

Reality show super producer Mark Burnett just can’t get enough shows on TV these days. Burnett is currently riding high with the success of his non-idol singing competition The Voice on NBC and is also the creator of Survivor, currently in it’s 98th season and The Apprentice, celebrity or otherwise, with political powerhouse Donald Trump. Now Burnett brings us Expedition: Impossible, which from all accounts looks like the Amazing Race but with three person teams instead of two. You see, it’s not the same. Burnett wants us to know that team size isn’t the only thing that separates this show from the CBS hit. E:I takes place entirely in Morocco, contestants will not be taking taxis or buses or planes. “Here, you actually need to put yourself on the line, really be willing to cross the deserts and the mountains and use the camels and the horses. So, it’s a very, very much more difficult competition.” he said. So let’s see how it goes. Read the rest of this entry »