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>2010 World Series – TEX Rangers vs. SF Giants

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The 2010 World Series begins tonight at AT&T Ballpark in San Francisco. The American League Champion, Texas Rangers take on the National League Champion, San Francisco Giants.

I still can’t believe the Giants made it this far with the lineup they have. Some might not watch because the Yankees/Phillies or another big market team isn’t in the playoffs but I think this is going to be an exciting series.

Game 1: at AT&T Park, 4:57 p.m. Wed.
Game 2: at AT&T Park, 4:57 p.m. Thur.
Game 3: at Texas, 3:57 p.m. Sat.
Game 4: at Texas, 5:20 p.m. Sun.
Game 5: at Texas, 4:57 p.m. Mon.*
Game 6: at AT&T Park, 4:57 p.m. Nov. 3*
Game 7: at AT&T Park, 4:57 p.m. Nov. 4*
*If Necessary

Cliff Lee and Tim Lincecum are taking the mound tonight in Game 1. This is a great pitching match-up and don’t expect too many runs to cross the plate.

My Prediction: Rangers in 5

  • Their lineup hasn’t been stopped all postseason. I don’t know if the Giants will be able to handle Hamilton, Guerrero or Cruz.
  • They have Cliff Lee on the mound for at most 3 games, if they go 7 games and fall behind. I expect Ron Washington to start Lee on 3 days rest. It’s the World Series.
  • Giants lineup don’t score and the Rangers do.

 What Are Your Predictions for this World Series?

 

>2010-2011 NBA Predictions

>The NBA season tips-off tonight. Who will win it all this year?

Always an exciting time of the year for anyone who loves basketball. This is when your team has a chance.
Here are my predictions for the upcoming 2010-2011 season:

Most Improved:

Kevin Love PF – Minnesota Timberwolves
  •   Kevin Love averaged a double-double in his sophomore season last season. But now that Al Jefferson is gone, he will move into the starting power forward slot. The T-wolves will be an exciting team to watch this season and i can see Love averaging 20+ points and 10+ rebounds.

Sixth Man:

Jamal Crawford G – Atlanta Hawks
  • Jamal Crawford won the award last season and is the favorite to win it again. He’s a key component to the Hawks bench.

Defensive Player of the Year:

Dwight Howard C – Orlando Magic
  • He’s the best center in the game today. He’s averaged almost 3 blocks a game the past 2 seasons. Don’t expect anything different from him this year. Expect Howard to win his own three-peat.

Coach of the Year:

Doug Collins – Philadelphia 76ers
  • He’s got some young talent to work with. I can see him helping them make the playoffs in the bottom half of the Eastern Conference.

Rookie of the Year:

Blake Griffin SF – Los Angeles Clippers
  • He’s finally going to suit up and play during the regular season. He’s looked great so far in the pre-season. He could help the Clippers make the playoffs, if they all play to their potential. 

Most Valuable Player:

Kevin Durant SF – Oklahoma City Thunder
  • With Lebron going to Miami, this opens up the gate for Durant. His numbers on the USA basketball team this off-season were amazing. He can score from almost anywhere on the court. Durant has great leadership that will get them out of the 1st round this season.

NBA Champions:

Los Angeles Lakers

  • The Lakers added some key players to solidify their bench. Steve Blake is a better point guard than Jordan Farmar and Matt Barnes is another great defender that can help out Kobe/Artest. The only thing the Lakers lack is having DJ Mbenga (My Favorite).
  • Kobe gets ring #6 to tie Jordan and Lakers get trophy #17 to tie the Boston Celtics.
  • Western Conference Finals: LA Lakers over Dallas Mavericks in 6
  • Eastern Conference Finals: Boston Celtics over Miami Heat in 7
  • NBA Finals: LA Lakers over Boston Celtics in 6

Who do you like this season?

 

>Lakers Quest For 3-Peat Begins

>It’s about that time of the year again…

The Lakers quest for another 3-Peat begins tomorrow night at Staples Center against the Houston Rockets at 7:30 p.m. PST.

The last time the Lakers won 3 championships in a row was in 2000-2002 (The Shaq era). Phil Jackson going for his 12th ring as a head coach and 14th ring overall. He won two as a player of the New York Knicks.

Here’s a look at the 2009 Lakers ring they received last season:

Who else is ready for another great year?

 

>UFC 121 Recap – Yes We Cain

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New Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez

UFC 121 had a stacked lineup and didn’t disappoint. From the prelims to the main event of the evening.

Brock Lesnar came running after Cain Velasquez once the bell rang and took him to the ground. But that was all Brock could do in this one-sided match. Cain worked his way back to his feet and then landed nearly every punch he threw. On the final knockdown, Cain just pounded him with elbows and punches to the face before referee Herb Dean put an end to this fight at the 4:12 mark.

Brock Lesnar after the fight

Brock was humble after the fight saying “He was better than me tonight.”

Cain Velasquez became the first Mexican heavyweight champion in MMA history and improved his record to 8-0.

Jake Shields made his UFC debut by defeating Matt Kampmann in a split decision. Most of the fight was on the ground. Shields looked exhausted towards the end of the 2nd round but managed to pull off the victory somehow. Kampmann was in control for most of the fight but the judges saw it differently. This victory for Shields could put him up for a title shot against the winner of George Saint-Pierre and Josh Koschek happening in December.

Diego Sanchez came back to win his fight with a unanimous decision after losing the first round to Paulo Thiago. After starting his career with 23 straight victories, Sanchez lost back to back fights and needed to get back on track. It was vintage Sanchez during the last 2 rounds.

Matt Hamill defeated his former coach from “The Ultimate Fighter,” Tito Ortiz. He won by unanimous decision and gave Ortiz his 4th loss in his last 5 fights. Should be interesting to see what happens to Ortiz in the near future.

Brendan Schaub also had an impressive win over Gabriel Gonzaga. He landed some big punches in every single round. All three judges scored this fight, 30-27 for a unanimous decision. Frank Mir could possibly be the next opponent for Schaub in the heavyweight division.

Amazing night of fights!

UFC 122: Marquardt vs. Okami
November 13, 2010
Free on Spike TV (7 p.m. – tape delay)

 

>Texas Rangers Making World Series Debut

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Game 6 Winning Pitcher, Colby Lewis

Congratulations to the Texas Rangers. They beat the New York Yankees 6-1 to earn their first ever World Series appearance. Josh Hamilton was named 2010 ALCS MVP.

Last week, the Rangers finally won their first ever postseason series and then in Game 2 of the ALCS, they won their first ever home playoff game.

Ron Washington had a decision to make before the start of Game 6. Would he send out Cliff Lee or Colby Lewis? He made the correct choice and picked Lewis. Saving Cliff Lee for Game 1 of the World Series against either the San Francisco Giants or Philadelphia Phillies.

Colby Lewis went 8 strong innings, giving up only 3 hits, 3 walks and struck out 7. Neftali Feliz came into the game in the bottom of the 9th inning, recording a perfect 1-2-3 inning. Lewis earned his 2nd victory over the Yankees in the ALCS.

Nelson Cruz crossing home plate.

Leading the offense for the Rangers was Vladimir Guerrero and Nelson Cruz. Vladdy drove in the first 3 runs of the game and Cruz hit a 2 run shot in the bottom of the 5th inning to make it 5-1.

The Rangers are still waiting to see if they face the Giants or Phillies. Since the National League won the All-Star game back in July, Game 1 of the World Series will be played on the National League’s homefield on October 27th at 7:57 p.m. EST.

The Seattle Mariners and Washington Nationals are now the 2 remaining teams without a World Series appearance.

The Texas Rangers have played great throughout the playoffs and I see them winning it all no matter who they face.

 

>Fernando Nation – Must Watch

>I had the privilege to attend the screening of ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fernando Nation” last night.

“Fernando Nation” Premiere Dates/Times:
ESPN Deportes – October 24 at 6 p.m. PST
ESPN – October 26 at 5 p.m. PST

Make sure to read my earlier post about the film (link)

It was a great event and a day I would never forget. When I first arrived, I was able to walk around and talk to others. I was really nervous because it was my first time attending a media event. I brought my dad with me and he was just as excited as I was. He grew up watching Fernando Valenzuela and quickly became my dad’s favorite athlete.

The screening took place in the Stadium Club at Dodger Stadium. If you haven’t had the opportunity to visit the bar/restaurant, please make sure you do. The set up was nice and they had 3 televisions set up behind the bar for everyone to watch. From my view, I could only see 2 of them but that wasn’t a problem:

The whole night was dedicated to Fernando Valenzuela. From the moment he walked in, there were people surrounding him. He had to do a couple of interviews throughout the night.

As we waited for the movie to start, there were waiters and waitresses walking around with appetizers. They also had free beverages and Dodger Dogs! I didn’t expect that.

My favorite part was listening to the mariachi band perform during the waiting period. Fernando even took pictures with them.

The documentary was amazing. It gave great insight about the highs and lows of Valenzuela’s career with the Dodgers, but mainly focusing on his rookie season. Definitely helping a younger generation of baseball fans like me understand the legacy of Valenzuela, since I wasn’t around when he pitched. It also talks about how Dodger Stadium came about. It was fascinating to learn about what happened in the last 50’s between the Hispanic community and Dodgers owner, Walter O’Malley.

I don’t want to give away anymore of the storyline so I’ll leave it at that.

This documentary was another perfect selection for the 30 for 30 series. If you haven’t been watching them, you’re missing out. You can purchase the DVDs from Amazon (link)

After the film was over, there was some time for Q&A with Fernando Valenzuela and Cruz Angeles.

Cruz mentioned that he regretted not putting in the story about how Fernando learned to throw the screwball. He felt it was an essential part of why Fernando was so dominant. It’s tough when you only have 50 minutes to work with. I also learned that it only took 5 months to complete the entire documentary.

I want to thank the Dodgers and ESPN for hosting the event. Also, a special thank you to Angie from Conexión, for the invite.

ESPN 30 for 30 (link)

 

>Lakers Shooting Guards Are Engaged

>Shannon Brown & Sasha Vujacic have found their significant other.

Shannon and R&B singer, Monica, began dating several months ago. They first met on the set of Monica’s music video “Love All Over Me”. Shannon proposed over the weekend. This is Monica’s third engagement.

We found out earlier today that Sasha proposed to Maria Sharapova on their one-year anniversary. He was interviewed by John Ireland, reporter for the Lakers, and said, “I had to do it like a gentleman. It was good, she was happy. The answer was ‘yes’ so I think she liked it.”

I would like to welcome Monica & Maria Sharapova to the Laker family.