Archive for the Sports Category

It Is Time To Dance

Posted in Sports on March 1, 2008 by Donny

…in March. Let the Madness begin. For many sports fans, this is the best time of the year. Yes, the Super Bowl was incredible (thank you Giants for the end of an awesome season); the Daytona 500 has already happened; and the start of the next football season is still months away. But, if you are really into all sports and don’t wear sport-blinders, March can be an awesome month of great television.

Baseball training camps are in full tilt. And there are only a few more games left in the regular season of college basketball. Then, all of the conference tournaments begin. After that, it is on to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament; better known as The Big Dance. Because of the possibility of a huge upset where the underdog beats some big name school, this tournament is the best in sports.

So, here’s the deal, if you have a Facebook profile, go to my page and join my bracket pool or whatever it’s called. Let’s see if you dare try and beat me. It is going to be a great month!

I Am So Lame

Posted in Sports on February 17, 2008 by Donny

It won’t surprise some, since I am originally from East Tennessee. But it will surprise others because of the number of times I have dissed it. But I am on the couch on a Sunday afternoon in front of my television getting ready to watch a NASCAR race. Hick, Redneck, Hillbilly. Fine. But the way I see it, it is a big sporting event that I have never given the chance to be fun.

Today’s race is the annual NASCAR race at Daytona. In 1990, before my family left for Brazil, we went to Florida for a family vacation. While there, not sure if it was by accident or on purpose, we ended up driving by the speedway. Wrigley Field, Madison Square Gardens, the Rose Bowl…all are places of sport that I don’t have to like the teams that play there, but I do respect their place in sports history. Same for the Daytona 500. From the time they raced on the beach, to the amazing races at the speedway, racing does have it’s place in sports history.

So, I have given in to a sport that millions of people follow and who give millions of dollars more. And I guess in the end, I am up for an awesome wreck that everyone walks away from. And by the way, if you want to know my favorite driver, its Mark Martin. There is only one reason for it. It is a hilarious story. My dad and brother will remember the story right away.

Gentlemen, start your engines!!!

Stuck In Sports Quicksand

Posted in Sports on February 16, 2008 by Donny

I live in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. I am originally from Knoxville, Tennessee. I went to college in a small town in Arkansas. I lived in Brazil for 6 years. Everywhere I have gone, sports to me is the biggest and best release. My dad played football in high school. He raised my brother and I on pick-up games of basketball. I got into street soccer in Brazil. But one of my best friends always had the better skill set for soccer. I got into mountain biking right before leaving Brazil to start college. Luckily, I met some guys at school that were into it as well. In college, I played the gamut of intramural sports. Oh, and some club soccer. (Soccer didn’t become an official athletic program at Ouachita until I left, or right before I left.)

This part of the country is crazy about sports. But I think I need to ask the question…Why? The Dallas Cowboys is supposedly America’s team. Okay, I’ll go with it. But is it still? They have not won a single playoff game in 11 years. NOT ONE!!!! Look at it this way, the Rangers (pro-baseball) haven’t won anything in the post-season to speak of, ever. The Mavericks (pro-basketball) went to the NBA finals a couple of years ago, but couldn’t close the deal when the deal was practically done. The Cowboys (pro-football) haven’t been a threat to anyone relative to a title run in over a decade. The Stars (pro-hockey) have not made a splash in the post-season in at least 4 or 5 years. About the only thing that has had success in the surrounding 300 miles is the University of Texas and the University of Oklahoma. Oh, and FC Dallas, the pro-soccer team in nearby Frisco; even the Brazilian Denilson couldn’t help them. Maybe the new Brazilian addition, Andre Rocha, can make a difference.

It is so funny to me to listen to sports talk radio around here. National stories are often times debated more so than being excited about some local team doing something exciting. But then again, sports today is disappointing. Who do you believe in this recent steroid/human-growth hormones scandal, Roger Clemens or Brian McNamee? Is Bill Belichick a cheat? How long has he been cheating? Should the NBA All-Star game weekend really be held in crime-infested New Orleans, considering how bad things got out of hand last year in Las Vegas?

This time of the year can be tough on one-sport people. I am thrilled right now because it is basketball season. The Tennessee Vols are 3rd or 4th, depending on which poll you look at, in the country in men’s college basketball. We have a HUGE game against the number one team in the country, Memphis, in a week. Arena football will begin soon. (Another Dallas team, the Desperados, that are great during the regular season, but a disappointment in the post-season.) The NFL Combine for college football players going pro is in a week. And this Summer, we have the Olympics.

So although I feel as if I am living in a bit of blackhole for sports, at least the national sports scene provides a vine of relief. Go Vols, Go Titans, Go Yankees. And for you Maverick fans, Jason Kidd is no where near worth all of those players Mark Cuban is willing to part with.

Tonight, I Love Being Wrong

Posted in Sports on February 3, 2008 by Donny

The Giants won. Maybe this is a good omen and the New York Yankees can win the World Series in 2008. What an amazing game. Talk about an amazing family. The Manning’s now have two Super Bowl winners and two Super Bowl MVPs in the family.

I loved this Super Bowl. We had family over and we all watched the whole time. Finally, the game was more entertaining than the commercials. Although, the commercial with the baby trading stocks was awesome. Anyways, congrats to the New York Giants and their fans. And to Tom Brady, get back to your baby and baby’s mama.

It All Comes Down To This

Posted in Sports on February 3, 2008 by Donny

The bowl of all bowls. (I thought bowl games were played in college football, not pro.) The Super Bowl is here; number 42 that is. And just like many others out there, paid analyst or not, I will also give my prediction on who I think will win the game.

I have a dilemma. Do I go with my heart or with my head? My head tells me the Patriots will win. They have the better team and their record shows that. They are also on the verge of history; going undefeated during an entire season. (The Dolphins have done it as well, just not this many games.)

The Giants on the other hand are the underdog with heart. They have played well when they needed to. Most all of the odds are stacked against them. What are they to do?

So, here it is. I believe that the Patriots will win the game by 9…41 to 32. (Wow, that seems like too many points.) Ah well. GO GIANTS!!! And long live the Titans!

I Bleed Orange

Posted in Sports on January 19, 2008 by Donny

USC might be the best of all time in college football. UCLA might be the best of all time in college basketball. Arkansas might be the best of all time in track and field. College baseball has had several great teams. But no matter the sport, in college sports, its all about the Tennessee Volunteers.

Football season is over. Baseball is not here yet. It’s the middle of Winter. That means one thing. Its time for Bruce Pearl, the coach of the men’s basketball team at Tennessee, to bust out the orange suit jacket. Yesterday was my birthday. I was away from the computer to check scores or the latest sports news. But I did find out something this morning. On my birthday, January 18th of 2008, the Tennessee men’s college basketball team is number in the RPI (Ratings Percentage Index).

Now, how long can we hang there? How long will it take for someone to beat the Vols or to take over the number one spot with a quality win? That’s the excitement of sports. Thursday night, Tennessee wiped the floor with Skip Bayless’ alma mater, Vanderbilt. Saturday, we get a chance to avenge a loss to Ohio State. (Ohio State knocked Tennessee out of the NCAA tournament last year in San Antonio.) Last year, Ohio State beat Tennessee in two games. But they only won by a combined total of 3 points. This year, they are without their 19 year-old man, Greg Oden.

Many college basketball experts feel that this is a down year for the SEC. Florida isn’t playing at the same level that they have over the last few years. Kentucky is still getting accustomed to new coach Billy Gillispie’s coaching style. LSU is Big Baby-less. Arkansas no longer has 40 minutes of “heck.” Mississippi State’s Hansborough isn’t carrying his team like his brother is at North Carolina. South Carolina isn’t playing their relentless basketball like they once did.  Auburn and Alabama have yet to make any kind of splash on the scene this year. Ole Miss is playing above anyone’s expectations and will give Tennessee a run for their money at the SEC tournament. Vandy is playing well, but have lost two games in a row (at Kentucky and at Tennessee.)

Tennessee still has a big clash with the Memphis Tigers in February in Memphis. That may be the biggest game of the second half of the season. So, the Tennessee women’s basketball team is ranked number two in the country and playing solid ball behind Shelden William’s girlfriend, Candace Parker. The men’s team is playing some sweet high-pressure basketball, even though their All-American, Chris Lofton, isn’t hitting on all cylinders.

By the way, for my birthday, my wife got me an autographed picture of Jason Witten from when he still played tight end at Tennessee. (I know, I’m a bragger.) My Tennessee office is starting to come together. Thanks, babe.

Not So Super Bowl

Posted in Sports on January 13, 2008 by Donny

Today, my second tier team lost in a playoff game. Peyton Manning and the Colts lost to the San Diego Chargers, the same team that knocked out my Titans. I was hoping that Tony Dungy would get back-to-back Super Bowl rings. The Colts suffered a lot of injuries this season, but actually won more games during this past regular season than they did last year. Impressive.

So, here I am. Stuck with having to cheer on the Cowboys. Whether its the Chargers, the Packers, or the Cowboys…someone please beat the Patriots. (Now I know what its like for everyone who hates my favorite baseball team, the New York Yankees.) I will still be interested in the Super Bowl IF the Cowboys are in it. Otherwise, all teams I care anything about would be out and I’ll join the ladies in waiting for all the funny commercials. Then again, even those have been weak over the last couple of years. (Bring back the Levi jeans guy).

…Its 14 to 14, Cowboys and Giants, at the time of this post.