Pats acquire WR Moss from Raiders for draft pick

Obligatory sports post.  Too little-too late for both Moss and the Pats, if you ask me. – NFL/DRAFT07 – Pats acquire WR Moss from Raiders for draft pick

Convinced in discussions with Randy Moss that he believes his NFL legacy is tied to winning a Super Bowl and not to individual accomplishments, the New England Patriots on Sunday acquired the electrifying but enigmatic wide receiver from the Oakland Raiders in exchange for a fourth-round draft choice.

The deal, which sent the Raiders the 110th selection overall in the weekend draft, was completed when Moss passed the Patriots-administered physical examination after arriving in the Boston area on Sunday morning. With the draft choice acquired in the deal, Oakland chose University of Cincinnati cornerback John Bowie.

Oakland and New England officials conducted on-and-off negotiations for the last several days. At several points Saturday, the trade talks collapsed, only to be resuscitated every time. The Raiders, who acquired Moss from Minnesota in a 2005 trade, have been shopping the wide receiver much of the offseason.

“We felt this was the best scenario for both the Raiders and Randy,” Oakland coach Lane Kiffin told The Associated Press. “We wish him nothing but the best.”


The real American Idols-Fred Thompson on National Review Online

Thanks as always for keeping it real Senator Thompson.  

Fred Thompson on National Review Online

If you tune into the news, you’re going to end up hearing or reading at least the headlines of stories you’d probably rather not know about. Somehow, I know that Paris Hilton may have violated her parole. I’m not sure how it happened, but I even know a little about Britney Spears’s hairdo, divorce, and trip to rehab. These bits of cultural trivia, I really wish I hadn’t digested.


What I’m not going to do now is scold editors for spending more time on Anna Nicole Smith and Lindsay Lohan than the details of our federal budget. To begin with, it would have about as much impact as it would for me to tell some pop starlet, who has more money than I ever will, to put on some decent clothes and behave herself.

I do think, though, that we should be worried when our children are shown over and over again that people who are rich and famous, and are presented as “idols,” get even more rich and famous due to behaviors that would be rightly deemed tragedies in most families. So, instead of telling our news sources what not to publish, maybe I could make a few suggestions for additional programming.

There are young women who are succeeding because of all the old virtues that we want our children to learn and emulate — women whose stories are just as compelling and entertaining as Britney Spears’s. One is Candace Parker, the 20-year-old forward for the University of Tennessee’s Lady Volunteers — who just won the NCAA women’s basketball championship.

Candace has complained in the past when journalists focused solely on her, the Lady Vols’ high scorer, instead of her entire team. I wouldn’t want to offend her, so I will point out that Shannon Bobbitt and the entire team also did what had to be done to win this year — drilling and working out hard in the off season when other teams were taking it easy. Still, Candace is the kind of role model I would want my daughters to look up to. She’s earned academic honors while putting in the time necessary to win Tennessee’s first championship in nine years, and will stay in school despite being eligible for the pro draft. My wife, by the way, is proud just to share her hometown of Naperville, Illinois.

Another role model critical to the Lady Vol’s accomplishment is head coach Pat Summitt, who has more victories to her credit than any other coach in NCAA basketball history — men included. Summit has just earned the first contract for a women’s basketball coach worth more than a million dollars a year.

Now, you may be asking yourself if I’m not just bragging about the Lady Vols because I’m a Tennessean, and I might not even argue with you if you said so. In fact, I’ve found myself humming “Rocky Top” ever since the team took the NCAA cup, but both of these women, and the other Lady Vol team members as well, have shown the discipline, sacrifice, and desire that anyone can and should aspire too. For the sake of our daughters, they ought to get at least a fraction of the coverage our media gives embarrassing, dysfunctional celebrities.

— Fred Thompson is an actor and former United States senator from Tennessee.

Public Divided Over Barry Bonds, CBS Poll: Most People Aren’t Rooting For Slugger To Break Home Run Record – CBS News

Happy opening day to all.  In the spirit of the season, we’ll post this recent poll regarding Bar-roid.

Public Divided Over Barry Bonds, CBS Poll: Most People Aren’t Rooting For Slugger To Break Home Run Record – CBS News

(CBS) As the 2007 Major League Baseball season begins, San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds is within striking distance of one of the most famous records in sports, the all-time career home run record: Bonds has 734 blasts; the mark, held by Hank Aaron, is 755.

The public is divided on whether they are rooting for Bonds to break the record.

While 35 percent say they are pulling for Bonds, 30 percent would rather see him fall short. Nineteen percent volunteer that they do not care either way.

Are you rooting for Bonds to break the home run record?

35 percent
30 percent
Don’t care
19 percent
Don’t know/no answer
16 percent

Age 18-44
43 percent
30 percent
Don’t care
13 percent
Don’t know/no answer
14 percent

Age 45 and older
27 percent
30 percent
Don’t care
25 percent
Don’t know/no answer
18 percent

There are large differences on this between younger and older Americans. Those 18 to 44 years old are rooting for Bonds. Those over age 45 are slightly against him, and also more likely not to care. Whites are marginally opposed to seeing Bonds succeed but blacks are rooting for him. Younger men under 45 – traditionally a group that includes many sports fans – are also evenly divided. Overall, men and women are rooting for Bonds about equally – about one-third of each are – though women are more likely to not have a preference. Americans in each region of the country are divided, though those in the West, where Bonds plays, are slightly more likely to back his chase. Democrats are somewhat more likely to be rooting for Bonds than are Republicans.

In the last few years, many baseball players – including Bonds – have been dogged by allegations of steroid use. That may make the possibility of this new record less popular than the last attempt. In March 1974 – when Hank Aaron was on the verge of eclipsing then-record holder Babe Ruth’s career mark – a Harris survey found that 77 percent of self-described sports fans were rooting for Aaron to succeed.

Sly the Juicer

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) — Aging Hollywood hunk Sylvester Stallone faces stiff fines after trying to bring vials of a muscle-building hormone into Australia, where it is restricted.

Lawyers for Stallone, the 60-year-old star of the “Rocky” and “Rambo” movie franchises, represented him in a Sydney court on Tuesday where he faces one charge of importing a banned substance.…a.ap/index.html

March Madness

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What an ass!

What the hell is wrong with people? I have three sons. So I have participated in youth sports for about 30 or 40 individual sports seasons. It amazes me that people are still pulling this stupid crap. Of all the things in the world to get out of control angry about, is your child playing a game really one of them?

AURORA, Ill. — A father bounded into a youth wrestling match, picked up his son’s winning opponent and launched him out of the ring, an episode caught on a home video.

After tossing the 11-year-old boy into the air Sunday, the angry father headed toward the cameraman, the father of the airborne boy.

“I was just wrestling, then the guy throws me,” the boy, Nick Nasenbeny of suburban Aurora, told WMAQ-TV in Chicago. It was not known if the boy was injured.

Ray Hoffman, the father in the video and a part-time wrestling coach, told the television station he regrets his behavior and feels embarrassed. He said his son’s shoulder was injured. Hoffman also said he will no longer be allowed to coach.

Dean Bogess, a wrestling coach who attended the meet, said Nick was using a legal move to pin his opponent and that the referee was about to stop the match when Hoffman intervened.

“The match was being stopped. He had blown his whistle already,” Bogess said.

Nick’s father, Dan Nasenbeny, said he was stunned by Hoffman’s actions.

“I mean, there is a lot of different ways to stop a match. Not to pick up my son and launch him 5 feet, 10 feet in the air,” Nasenbeny said.

Hoffman did not return messages left by The Associated Press.


PS- I see if I can dig up the video. If anyone has it…post it.

Jagr scores 15,000th Point.

Fitting…funny how sports play out that way pretty often. – NHL – Recap
WASHINGTON (AP) — On a night in which he was booed every time he touched the puck, Jaromir Jagr appreciated the irony of reaching a significant milestone against his former team.

Jagr became the 12th player in NHL history to score 1,500 points, earning three assists to help the New York Rangers beat the Washington Capitals 5-2 Saturday night.

The Rangers captain reached the mark by setting up power-play goals by Michal Rozsival in the first and third periods. He added another assist with 13:51 left, sending a centering pass that Martin Straka fired past Olie Kolzig to provide New York with a two-goal cushion.

Jagr has 612 goals and 889 assists in 1,165 career games. But he failed to fulfill high expectations in Washington before being traded to New York in 2004, and thus many in the sellout crowd let him know what they thought of him each time his stick met the puck.

“It’s strange I did it here, in this arena,” he said, grinning sheepishly.