Archive for July, 2008

Baaad Girls and Sports

PhotobucketThis article has been submitted by Patrick Tye.

Maybe it was a slow week in sports or maybe the Winnipeg Blue Bombers Cheerleader Scandal made the headlines because it was some of the most exciting action the CFL has seen since Rocket Ismail and Pinball Clemons were running reverses for the Argos while the Great One and John Candy were in the owner’s box. Regardless of the reasons behind the media uproar, the aforementioned events were important because it highlighted one of the most underrated aspects of sports: baaaaad girls. Before I continue, I have to emphasize that I am not sexist and this article is not being written to criticize females involved in athletics. Instead of discriminating against females in sports, this article celebrates baaaaad girls who have recently impacted the world of sports.
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Blue Jays, Okay (Okay, Blue Jays) - Deadline Thoughts

This article has been submitted by Rob Shaw.

The currently streaking Blue Jays now sit 7.5 games behind the first place Tampa Bay Rays as this year’s trade deadline rolls around. While making up 7.5 games in two months is not impossible, jumping over three teams (Tampa Bay Rays, New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox) will require the help of Tom Cruise and his trademark disguises – maybe he could disguise himself as a legitimate clean-up hitter. However that doesn’t mean that the Jays should be sellers at this year’s deadline. The Blue Jays might want to start looking to the future, but the future is next year, not two or three years down the road.
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Hoops Addict Article - Kevin Pritchard, NBA Mastermind

I took an in depth look at Kevin Pritchard’s rise through the Portland Trail Blazers organization and the moves that he has made to create a disgusting team for the next few years. The core is awesome, everyone is young, and everyone has high character features. Pritchard is the man.

Check it out!

The ODC and Rogers Communications Strike Deal

After a one month lock on his internet, Rogers Communications has allowed Blake Murphy, editor and writer and operator and God of The On Deck Circle(.net), to resume receiving internet service. While the move was said to be due to an IRC Bot found in a shared family computer, sources say “Uncle” Ted Rogers sent the word through the company to shut it down after several critical comments had appeared on the site regarding the Toronto Blue Jays, another product in Rogers’ portfolio. Apparently all is resolved now, and The ODC will return to normal.

That said…man, the Jays are wicked-awesome!

Gary Roberts Wednesday – Andris Biedrins

This article has been submitted by Stu Wilkinson.

Congratulations are in order for Andris Biedrins of the Golden State Warriors. Mr. Biedrins recently signed a contract worth $62 million (that’s more than People paid for Tom and Katie’s baby pictures!) over the next six seasons. Mr. Biedrins has also never, ever, made a jump shot. I’m serious. His form makes Chuck Hayes look like J.J. Redick. Having a shooting form worse than Shaq and still getting paid more than $10 million a year? That definitely makes Andris deserving of his very own Gary Roberts Wednesday.

Biedrins might just be worth that silly amount of money for the Warriors. He’s a great fit for them – a big that protects the painted area and can finish around the hoop. The best part of his game is his ability to play within himself and not steal shots from GSW’s absolutely ridiculous core of guards. Do you realize that the Warriors have Stack Jack, Corey Maggette, and Monta Ellis? With Al Harrington in the frontcourt? I don’t think Andris will be getting any less selective in his shot choices next year.

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Bring Back Barry

This article has been submitted by Stu Wilkinson.

It’s time. The Major League Baseball All-Star Game is over, which means it’s time to get down to business for the teams that consider themselves contenders for a berth in the World Series. As we saw last year with the Colorado Rockies, the goal for teams not named the Boston Red Sox should be making the playoffs. Once you’re playing in October, anything can happen. Of course, absolutely nothing will happen if your team ends up playing the Red Sox. That’s just a juggernaut.

To increase their chances of getting into the playoffs some teams will make big trades on or around the July 31st trading deadline. We’ve already seen Milwaukee deal prospects for C.C. Sabathia and the Cubs do the same for Rich Harden. More swaps involving prospects and established players will be made as the summer wears on. Why on Earth, however, would a baseball bigwig pull the trigger on giving up some blue chip prospects for a rental player when the greatest player of all time is available as a free agent and willing to play for the league minimum? Ladies and gentlemen, you have forgotten Barry Bonds!

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Thanks Atlanta, Sincerely Olympiacos

This article has been submitted by Trevor Smith

To: Management Group, Atlanta Hawks

Thank you.
Thank you for being the biggest joke in NBA. Thank you for operating a professional team that makes the Clippers look perceptive and organized by comparison. Thank you for staring relevance and notability in the face and somehow still managing to bring forth embarrassment, misfortune and humiliation instead. In other words, thanks for being you

In allowing us to sign Josh Childress to a three-year, $20 million contract, you have showed once again why your organization is annually in the running for the title of “Worst Governed Franchise in American Sports”. This is the NBA. Talented players are not supposed to leave during the prime of their career to play in Europe, no matter how strong the Euro is. This is the best league in the world. One would leave only when a team such as yourselves show them complete lack of respect and interest during the negotiation process under the belief that their status as a ‘restricted free agent’ means the player does not have options. Evidently, they do. Ask Delfino, Brezec, or Navarro. Perhaps even The Machine will be leaving Stateside if the Lakers do not give him more cash. But the difference is that those players are not starters, much less stars, and the majority of them are not young. They are either from Europe or have played their already, and for them being the star on a European roster outranks being a 9th man in the NBA. But Childress was a 6th man, and sometimes starter, and is an American. His leaving sends a deafening message (as might Delonte West’s in Cleveland): That your organization’s in-house issues are such that you can’t even keep a young Yankee around is fantastically pathetic.

Even in the NHL, players only decamp from the league for Russia if they are at the end of their career (Jagr) or have zero market value (Emery). Meanwhile, you somehow have managed to send packing a 25-year old player whose as a sixth man had a 17.84 PER ranking (we Greeks love Hollinger).

Only you could turn a surprising playoff push and a memorable duel with the eventual-champion Celtics into drivel and crap months later. Only you could hate your fanbase, lowly that is it, that much. So my hat is off to you gentlemen. You have set a new low.

I leave you to wallow in your own crap-ulence.

Socratis Kokkalis
President, Olympiacos B.C.

The Jays Shouldn't Trade Burnett

I’m just going to go ahead and say it – contrary to popular opinion and widespread rumors, the Toronto Blue Jays are not going to trade A.J. Burnett before the July 31 trade deadline. At least, they shouldn’t.

Granted, the Jays have next to no chance of making the playoffs this year, so you could easily make the case that it’s time to begin selling off any pieces of short-term value for long-term help. In fact, it’s so easy to set out the argument that I will, for you.

The argument goes like this – the Jays aren’t making the playoffs, and Burnett can opt out of his contract at the end of the year, so the Jays should get something for him while they can. This goes for other players who won’t help in the long run, too (though the team has little of value to deal). The logic is that if you can’t win now, you should do everything you can to make winning easier in the future. Additionally, Burnett is making close to $12M this year, and you would therefore be off the hook for about $4M of that if you dealt him this month. That money, they say, could be rolled over to next year’s payroll.

That’s all fine and dandy, but there are four major hang ups with that logic.
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Barry Bonds to Sign with Slammin' Hoes

Barry Bonds’ agent has leaked that Bonds is close to signing with Slammin’ Hoes, a Slo-Pitch Ontario Super Series C team, for the upcoming Provincial Finals season. The Hoes, who have performed below expectations this year and lost an outfielder recently, could use the additional pop Barry would add to the lineup, even if it is a defensive risk. Bonds is not expected to play in the Dorchester tournament this weekend, but is expected to join the team shortly after for practices, an SPN tournament, and Provincials at the start of September. The price tag is being kept on the hush-hush, but word is that the team is willing to supply ‘supplements’ if Barry teaches John Heymans how to use them properly.

Better Know a Footballer - Ronaldinho

This article has been submitted by Trevor Smith.

Last time on BKAF, we took a look at Kaka and thus delved the world of AC Milan, my adopted team. My year abroad saw me frequent the San Siro on numerous occasions, most notably for their upset of Manchester United en route to a European title. How long ago that success now seems: not only were the Rossoneri eliminated in the First Knockout Round of the Champions League by Arsenal, but the team finished a lowly fifth in Serie A and thus lost its place to compete for next year’s European Cup (instead they will try for the inferior UEFA Cup).

So, why mention the club again if they are in such disarray? The answer lies in a certain attacking midfielder from Porto Alegre, Brazil: the esteemed Ronaldinho. Thanks to the deep pockets of billionaire Silvio Berlusconi, the former FIFA World Player of the Year will be joining Milan this fall (following his transfer from Barcelona for $34 million CDN). It is not every day that one’s favorite club acquires a player with other-worldly touch and 126 career club goals, so indulge me in profiling Milan’s latest savior via comparison to a star back from that other football…LaDainian Tomlinson.
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