Wizards in a jam as Butler and Arenas share the same bench
Countdown to Easter (Apr 8/07)
December 10, 2008 - Almost!
4/6/06 (5:05 p.m.) - Raiders, enjoy the #1 pick in the NFL Draft while you can, because you sure aren't beating Houston to it next year. As of today, the Texans are officially the worst team in the NFL, losing their starting quarterback to the Carolina Panthers, David Carr; as a result, there will be a preseason "battle" between inexperienced QBs Sage Rosenfels and GM Rich McKay's former pet Matt Schaub, and at the running back position, 1999 Heisman winner Ron Dayne will try and win the job over Green Bay washups Ahman Green and Samkon Gado. Dayne and Gado can be workhorses, while Green can get quick spurts of yardage, but the trio will most likely be ineffective. The wide receiving corps still lacks a go-to guy, and that will be trouble for young quarterbacks. However, their defense could be a ray of hope, with star linebacker DeMeco Ryans and first overall pick Mario Williams still developing. Still, it will take a superhuman effort from the defense to make up for the team's struggles with the ball.
4/6/07 (10:56 p.m.) Battling through another last inning scare, the Angels were able to battle through Francisco Rodriguez's less-than-spectacular command and beat their in-state rivals, the A's, 5-2. In the top of the ninth, Rodriguez put Oakland in position to tie the score with two men on base and pinch-hitter Bobby Kielty (who had hit a home run off of K-Rod in the past), but a strikeout, not a big fly, was how the at bat ended. The Angels scored first when Gary Matthews Jr. (aka "The Switch-Hitting Sarge") touched home on a passed ball, then home runs by Howie Kendrick and Vladimir Guerrero rounded out the scoring, Guerrero's being a three-run job. Dustin Mosely surprised in his first start of '07, having good ball movement and decent control, and the always outstanding relief pitching finished off the game. However, there was a time in the game where I believe that the integrity of the sport was challenged, when Scot Shields delivered not one, but two would-be strikeout pitches to Mike Piazza, but neither were called strikes, perhaps because of Piazza's Hall of Fame resume, just like Angels' announcer Rex Hudler said. The Angels and A's will meet again tomorrow for the third game of this four game series.
4/7/07 (9:41 p.m.) BASEBALL NEWS...Former Storm player Xavier Nady made a Single-A ball type play today when the ball hit off of his glove into the stands in Cincinatti. Usually, Dunn will hit it about 100 feet farther, but he needed some assistance in this 369-foot-goes-over-370-marker strange home run...Gil Meche looked, simply put, overpaid today as he gave up six runs in a loss to the Tigers in Kansas City...The boobirds had their mouths shut today in New York by A-Rod's THIRD walk-off slam in his career...Derek Lowe shed his hideous opening day start to induce ground balls in San Francisco, getting the win 4-1...I can't write about the Angel game because I failed to see how they got their second run.