Break a leg…

Yet again a celebration has been taken to a whole new level.

The Anaheim Angels slugger broke his leg after rounding the bases from his walk-off dinger Saturday night.

This has been seen time and time again but the most memorable injury suffered from a celebration would have to be Bill Gramatica.

Gramatica injured himself celebrating after hitting a 42-yard field goal. Although the injury was bad, Morales’ injury looks to replace his as the dumbest.

Not only was the injury silly, but the jump alone would have made headlines.

Players beware of celebrations because you may find yourself atop the list of the stupidest injuries in history.

Disappointment on the ice…

Sidney Crosby and Alexander Ovechkin are the biggest names in the National Hockey League.

The few true hockey fans look out for both names throughout the season and expect them both to go deep into the playoffs and win titles.

These same fans will be disappointed with this years’ Stanley Cup match-up of the Philadelphia Flyers and  Chicago Blackhawks. The last cup either team won was back in 1975 in the second of back-to-back titles won by the Blackhawks.

Both fans and NHL officials alike should be saddened that these two teams were left standing. The majority would love to see the Red Wings, the Penguins, or the Capitals win the cup every year and the NHL would thrive off these teams success.

Money is what everyone is working for and this match-up will hardly make the big bucks that would have been made with either of the two biggest names in hockey.

Although the Philly fans, along with Chicago fans, are well overdue for some success on the ice, the truth is that America wants to see the stars.

Many will still tune in to catch a glimpse of the finals, but everyone will wish deep down inside that there was a big-time team fighting for the cup.

Anything for an edge…

Athletes in the baseball world are known to do aynthing to gain the edge against their foes.

Nothing has changed in the latest occurence reported by the Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles Dodgers’ Casey Blake accused the Chicago Cubs’ Ted Lilly of cheating on the mound.

Blake says that Lilly pitching from in front of the pitching rubber was working in his favor.

“Sometimes a batter will get in the box and he’ll step out, and behind the box, and on the lines,” Lilly said in an interview with the Times. “I don’t think he’s trying to cheat. It might not be intentional.”

The common belief would be that Lilly was creeping closer to home plate in order to be that much closer creating less reaction time for the hitters.

Avid Cubs fan Michael Wilbon said that Lilly pitching in front of the rubber is actually less effective because he wouldn’t be getting the same push but i beg to differ.

The fact of the matter is that pitchers, by rule, must be in a set position before being able to pitch.

The Major League Baseball Web site states the set position shall be indicated by the pitcher when he stands facing the batter with his pivot foot in contact with, and his other foot in front of, the pitcher’s plate, holding the ball in both hands in front of his body and coming to a complete stop.

The key terms are “IN CONTACT WITH”. This alone shows that any pitches by Lilly in front of the rubber should all be considered balks.

After Blake had pointed out the situation to the umpire, the umpire only said that he couldn’t see from where he was. Video of Lilly pitching in front of the rubber is on television but I still believe nothing will happen to regulate against this happenening again.

Ice Bowl 2.0

What can be better than football being played outdoors in February?

The National Football League owners voted yesterday to have the 2014 Super Bowl take place in the new Meadowlands in New Jersey.

Previous years have avoided cold weather areas unless there was a dome to hide in so this bid was quite random to say the least.

So why risk playing in the snow for the biggest game of the year?

First off, New York City will be a great distraction from the weather for attending fans. Secondly, getting back to the roots of old-time football is exactly what this sport needs.

Helmets and shoulder pads already take enough away from football and its ancestors so they mind as well let the fans get a glimpse of the past and let these men enjoy some fun in the snow.

“We’ll all pray that it doesn’t snow that day,” said Michael Bidwell, President of the Arizona Cardinals, in an interview on Tuesday.

Fans should truly be rooting for another Ice Bowl like the one back in 1967’s NFC championship game but this time much more will be on the line, perhaps something called the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

When all is said and done, come February 2014, fans will be thanking the owners of today for creating what will surely go down as one of the better games in NFL History.

Bosh in purple and gold?

So the word around the web is that Toronto Raptors’ Chris Bosh is interested in becoming a Los Angeles Laker.

The Forward reportedly gave the front office a list of five teams he would be interested in signing with, which included: Lakers, Chicago Bulls, Miami Heat, New York Knicks and the Raptors.

Although it only makes sense to say that there is no room on an already stacked Laker roster, a guy can always dream right?

An over-sized potential line-up at one point in the game may look something like Kobe Bryant at point guard, Ron Artest at shooting guard, Bosh at small forward, Pau Gasol at forward, and Andrew Bynum at Center. The surprising thing about this line-up is that although it seems too tall of a squad to be able to keep up with run-and-gun teams, these five could do so on a healthy day.

Bynum looked lackluster in game three against the Pheonix Suns on Sunday night, but the fact is, a healthy Bynum would have been able to keep up much better than he did that night.

This line-up may not work as an everday squad to start off the night but it could quite possibly be one of the many looks the Lakers could give to their opponents.

Pau Gasol and Chris Bosh are eerily similar when it comes to the way they work on the court. Both are capable of putting up 20+ points while grabbing 10+ rebounds on a daily basis. Both also aren’t shutdown players on the defensive end but their length will give opposing teams nightmares.

Lamar Odom would also prove to be valuable yet again coming off the pine with the rest of the Bench Mob. The speed in Jordan Farmar, Shannon Brown and Odom would be the perfect change-up to implement against Laker foes.

Bosh becoming a Laker would not only help out an already deep bench, but it would also shake up the rest of the NBA as the other teams would scramble to try and keep up.

Although this team would be quite the sight to see, it still only remains a dream in the minds of fans.