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

Just a heads up. The March Madness signup will cut off tomorrow at 12:00 noon. You can find the inks to register for free here.

A print ready ready version of the bracket is available there as well.

ESPN analysis of the brackets can be heard in the podcast menu to the right hand side of this page.



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.

Opponent wants Nifong removed from office

More circus tricks this week in the Mike Nifong debacle.  I’d call it the “Duke Lacrosse Case”.  But that seems to be a misnomer.  After all, it has never been about Duke Lacrosse. and it has never been much of a case. 

RALEIGH, N.C. — A political opponent of the prosecutor who brought sexual assault charges against three Duke lacrosse players filed an affidavit Friday seeking to remove him from office.

Beth Brewer, who led a pre-election campaign against Durham County District Attorney Mike Nifong, filed the affidavit accusing him of committing “willful misconduct in office” — a complaint that mirrors accusations brought against him by the North Carolina State Bar.

“Obviously the person who filed this affidavit is someone who tried unsuccessfully to defeat me in the political process,” Nifong told The Associated Press in an interview Friday. “Now that the voters have chosen someone other than who she wanted, she’s trying to remove me from office in this manner.”

Brewer declined to comment.

The affidavit is the latest problem for Nifong to stem from his handling of the lacrosse case. Last month, Nifong asked the state attorney general’s office to take over the troubled prosecution of three lacrosse players charged with attacking an exotic dancer at a team party last spring.

Nifong dropped charges of rape after the 28-year-old woman changed a key detail of her account of the March 13 party. The athletes still face charges of sexual offense and kidnapping and have consistently maintained their innocence.

The North Carolina State Bar has accused him of violating professional conduct rules by making misleading and inflammatory comments about the athletes under suspicion. Last month, it added more serious charges, including withholding evidence from the defense and lying to both to the court and bar investigators. Legal experts have said Nifong could be disbarred if convicted. -AP

Planes, Trains and Lots of Money!

I found this in the blogosphere and had to post it. Great image…

Corporate Jets leaving the Superbowl…

Giving credit where credit is due…original post is from here…

The passing of a champion.

Horse racing holds a proud tradition in many states.  Hopefully, the passing of Barbaro, while tragic, does not give rise to unwarranted calls for the banning of the sport which he made proud. 

Barbaro is dead. The four-year-old colt who suffered a catastrophic leg injury in the Preakness Stakes last May, was euthanised early today (New Zealand time).

The Kentucky Derby winner was given his regular morning feed of grass while resting in his support sling. With his supporters and caregivers around him, he was then given the overdose of tranquiliser that ended his life.

Barbaro had bounced back from a number of serious complications during his recovery, with at one stage chief surgeon Dean Richardson describing his outlook as poor, with the development of serious laminitis in his uninjured hind leg.

However, Barbaro rebounded and appeared on the path to a recovery, and on to what Richardson suggested would be a comfortable life.

The story of Barbaro grabbed international headlines and countless of thousands of people followed his progress intently, not only on this site, but on many others that provided regular updates.

Google News is now awash with stories of his death, many of them paying tribute to the champion. Just hours after his death, Google was carrying more than 4000 stories about the decision to end his life.

Horse discussion forums around the internet were awash with personal tributes to the champion. Many admitted to being in tears after reading of his death.

Barbaro’s co-owner Roy Jackson said: “We just reached a point where it was going to be difficult for him to go on without pain.

“It was the right decision, it was the right thing to do. We said all along if there was a situation where it would become more difficult for him then it would be time.”