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Tigers Lose Zumaya

June 30, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers suffered a catastrophic arm injury.

Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers clutches his elbow after his arm fell off (katchop\\Rodney)

Joel Zumaya of the Detroit Tigers clutches his elbow after his arm fell off (katchopRodney)

From Yahoo Sports

He surely felt the weight of the chance to push the Tigers past the Twins into first place. These are his Clark Kent moments – the moments when he gets so amped that teammates who visit him at the mound wonder if he can hear a word they say. He’s transformed, maybe transcended. But in the process of delivering a 99 mph heater, the freak of nature endured a freak injury: Zumaya basically snapped his arm in half. According to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons, a broken elbow can take more than a year to heal. And that’s for a normal human – one who doesn’t throw a ball 100 mph for a living. It’s difficult to imagine when or even how Joel Zumaya will throw another major league pitch.

Original Photo Yahoo

Stephen A Smith: LeBron Going To Miami

June 29, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Stephen A. Smith says he has learned that LeBron James plans to sign with the Miami Heat.

LeBron James plans to sign with the Miami Heat according to Stephen A. Smith (katchop)

From chicagonow.com

- Got a couple of calls over the weekend and was told that is in all likelihood james is going to mia with bosh and wade

- james wants to play with riley and they build enough space for 2 maxes and wade

- james is desperate to play with athletes more so wade

- This is a fact if I am wrong I will come back on and eat crow

- isiah could of helped the knicks

- james wants to play for a defensive minded coach and dantoni lacks that

Original Photos letustalk, latimesblogs

Joe Girardi Guides Yankees

June 28, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Manager Joe Girardi of the New York Yankees did well in facing former mentor Joe Torre.

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi relaxes in the dugout (katchop)

New York Yankees manager Joe Girardi relaxes in the dugout (katchop)

From NJ.com

Joe is a guy who I consider one of my mentors,” said Girardi, who got a congratulatory call from Torre shortly after the 2009 World Series. “Playing under him, coaching under him. I think whenever one of your mentors calls you and says ‘good job,’ it has a special meaning.”

Indeed, Girardi and Torre share a first name. They both played in the big leagues as catchers before becoming managers. And now, they both know the highs and lows of sitting in the ever-pressurized chair that belongs to the manager of the New York Yankees.

Yet they have gone about meeting the tremendous expectations that come with that chair in their own ways.

“They’re two completely different people,” said Yankees captain Derek Jeter. “The similarity is that they both want to win.”

Original Photos yahoo, abc.net

Blackhawks Show Their Pride

June 27, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Blackhawks will bring the Stanley Cup to the Chicago Gay Pride Parade today.

The Chicago Blackhawks may introduce a new alternate jersey at this weekend's Chicago Gay Pride Parade (katchop)

The Chicago Blackhawks may introduce a new alternate jersey at this weekend's Chicago Gay Pride Parade (katchop)

From Freep.com

The Chicago Gay Hockey Association invited the Blackhawks to join Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade — and the team said yes. So did the Chicago Cubs, who will have their own float for the first time.

Blackhawks defenseman Brent Sopel and his wife, Kelly, will accompany the Cup on a float. Sopel, traded to Atlanta this week, is a father of three and said he’s not trying to make a statement.

“But everybody is a person, and we all have feelings,” he said.

Original Photos flickr, easycart

NHL Draft Has A Few Surprises

June 26, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The 2010 NHL Draft kicked things off on Friday night and there were several shocking picks, most notably the New York Rangers selecting Dylan “The Undertaker’ McIlrath with the 10th pick.

The New York Rangers used the 10th pick of the 2010 NHL draft on Dylan "The Undertaker" McIlrath (katchop)

The New York Rangers used the 10th pick of the 2010 NHL draft on Dylan "The Undertaker" McIlrath (katchop)

From USA Today

McIlrath, who is 6-foot-4 and 212 pounds, was selected Moose Jaw’s most improved player for the second consecutive season after establishing career highs in games played, goals, assists, points, penalty minutes, and a plus-20 rating <emdash /> a plus-42 improvement from the previous season.

He said his game is patterned after the one played by Nashville Predators star defenseman Shea Weber.

“I’m a big, physical ‘D’ man,” McIlrath said in Los Angeles, where the draft was held. “I try to be hard to play against and strike fear in the opposition. Also my game is improving. I think I can be a two-way guy, or develop into a two-way guy in the near future.”

Original Photos Yahoo, suite101

Wizards Take Wall First In 2010 NBA Draft

June 25, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

John Wall is now a member of the Washington Wizards.

John Wall was selected first overall by the Washington Wizards (katchop)

John Wall was selected first overall by the Washington Wizards (katchop)

From Bloomberg

Wall, 19, could pair up with Gilbert Arenas — who is coming off a 50-game National Basketball Association suspension and a felony gun conviction — in the backcourt of a team that went 26-56 last year.

The 6-foot-4 Wall is the first Kentucky player taken with the top pick in the NBA draft. He averaged 16.6 points and 6.5 assists per game as a freshman this past season.

“It’s a big honor,” Wall said in a televised interview after his selection, referring to being the first No. 1 pick from the Wildcats.

Original Photos SB Nation, originalDC

US Advances With Late Goal

June 24, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Soccer

Landon Donovan scored the game winning goal for the US in extra time.

Former US President Bill Clinton gets ready to try out his vuvuzela during the US vs Algeria 2010 World Cup match (katchop)

Former US President Bill Clinton gets ready to try out his vuvuzela during the US vs Algeria 2010 World Cup match (katchop)

From washingtonpost.com

Twelve seconds made it their night, 12 seconds to move the ball from one end of Loftus Versfeld Stadium to the other and provide one of the most extraordinary and dramatic endings in the national team’s 94-year history.

Landon Donovan supplied the final touch, a seven-yard stab in the first minute of added time to lift the Americans to a 1-0 triumph before 35,827 spectators, including former president Bill Clinton.

The astounding finish left the U.S. team (1-0-2) atop its group for the first time in the modern era and set up a round-of-16 match against Ghana, the Group D runner-up with a 1-1-1 record, Saturday (2:30 p.m. EDT) in the northern city of Rustenburg.

Original Photos Yahoo, teamausstatter

AJ Burnett Has Lost His Mojo

June 23, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

AJ Burnett of the NY Yankees hasn’t been doing too well recently.

AJ Burnett of the New York Yankees has been throwing a lot of  meatballs lately (katchop)

AJ Burnett of the New York Yankees has been serving up a lot of meatballs lately (katchop)

From mycentraljersey.com

But then I turned on WFAN today and I heard Sweeny Murti pointing out that Burnett is 0-4 since pitching coach Dave Eiland left the team to deal with a family issue. So it’s not Posada’s fault. It’s poor Mike Harkey’s.

And that’s the thing with Burnett. There’s always an excuse. Here’s my excuse: He was barely an above-average pitcher before he was paid like a superstar, and he’s barely been above average since. He had some well-timed performances against the Yankees and Red Sox in his walk year and earned himself a mega deal during an offseason when the Yankees were desperate for pitching.

Original Photo Yahoo

Lakers Get A Wheaties Box

June 22, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The 2010 NBA Champion Los Angeles Lakers are on a Wheaties box.

Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers shows off a Wheaties box commemorating their 2010 NBA Championship (katchop)

Ron Artest of the Los Angeles Lakers shows off a Wheaties box commemorating his team's 2010 NBA Championship (katchop)

From NYSportsJournalism

In addition to NBA partners that advertised during the seven-game series, other brands also are benefitting from the Lakers’ victory. General Mills said that for the second consecutive year it would create a commemorative Wheaties box featuring Lakers. Among those on the limited-edition box will be Bryant, Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, Derek Fisher, Ron Artest and coach Jackson.The 15.6-oz box will be available nationally beginning late July 2010.

Original Photos Yahoo, RandomDailyNews

Yankees Rough Up Mets

June 21, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Yankees won 2 of 3 games against the New York Mets.

Jose Reyes of the New York Mets step in a present left for him by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (katchop)

Jose Reyes of the New York Mets steps in a present left for him by Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees (katchop)

From Yahoo

Mark Teixeira hit a grand slam to support Sabathia and the Yankees beat the Mets 4-0 Sunday. The Yankees won the final two games of the Subway Series between crosstown rivals to even the season matchup at three games.

Sabathia, denied a shot at his first shutout of the season by a 22-minute rain delay in the eighth, didn’t put too much stock in beating former Cy Young Award winners Halladay—and the Phillies on Tuesday—and Santana.

“I’m not facing those guys. I’m facing their lineups,” Sabathia said of his two wins against National League East aces.

The Yankees victory, combined with Tampa Bay’s loss to Florida, moved the Yankees into sole possession of first place in the AL East for the first time since April 21.

Original Photos Yahoo, fakecrap.com

Happy Father’s Day

June 20, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Litter Box

Happy Father’s Day.

Happy Father's Day (katchop)

Happy Father's Day (katchop)

Original Photos dailymail.co.uk, halloweencostumes.costumestore.com

NJ Devils Find A Coach

June 19, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The NJ Devils hired John MacLean as their new head coach.

Lou Lamoriello makes his Yoda face in response to a question from the media during the introduction of new Devils Coach John MacLean (katchop)

Lou Lamoriello makes his Yoda face in response to a question from the media during the introduction of new Devils Coach John MacLean (katchop)

From The NY Post

“John was the prime candidate from Day 1,” GM Lou Lamoriello said, despite taking nearly seven weeks to make the decision. “There’s no question in my mind that he’s ready to take the full reins.”

MacLean, who scored 347 goals for New Jersey, spent eight seasons prepping for yesterday’s anointing, seven years as a Devils’ assistant coach, before fulfilling Lamoriello’s final prerequisite last season as head coach at Lowell, guiding the Devils’ top farm team to the playoffs for the first time in years.

“It’s a little bit surreal. I’m very excited, almost like [1983] draft day,” MacLean said.

Original Photos Yahoo, JediSanctuary

The Lakers Sucked, But The Celtics Choked

June 18, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers are the 2010 NBA Champions.

The Boston Celtics choked in the 2010 NBA Finals, and the Los Angeles Lakers are NBA Champions (katchop)

The Boston Celtics choked in the 2010 NBA Finals, and the Los Angeles Lakers are NBA Champions (katchop)

From Google

Kobe Bryant scored 23 points despite 6-of-24 shooting and the Lakers won their 16th NBA championship Thursday night, dramatically rallying from a fourth-quarter deficit to beat the Boston Celtics 83-79 in Game 7 of the NBA finals.

Bryant earned his fifth title with the Lakers, who repeated as NBA champions for the first time since winning three straight from 2000-02.

Ron Artest added 20 points for the Lakers, who shot terribly while trailing for most of the first 3 1/2 quarters. Yet they reclaimed the lead midway through the fourth quarter and hung on with big shots from Pau Gasol and Artest.

“Well, first all I want to thank everybody in my hood,” Artest said in an ABC interview right after the game. “I definitely want to thank my doctors … my psychiatrist, she really helped me relax a lot.”

Original Photos devotoons, atmos.umd.edu

Tiger Tries To Focus At US Open

June 17, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Golf

The 2010 US Open gets underway at  Pebble Beach today.

At the 2010 US Open in Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods is doing his best ignore all the distractions, such as a shark attacking a helicopter (katchop)

At the 2010 US Open in Pebble Beach, Tiger Woods is doing his best to ignore all the distractions and just focus on golf (katchop)

From ESPN

As at Quail Hollow, he might play poorly and MC once again. Or as he did 10 years ago, he might completely get into the zone and win it all. (But not by 15. That was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.) Anyone who says they know where TW will finish is purely guessing — and it’s not a very educated guess, either.

I’ll make a guess, too: Woods will continue improving, but his game right now isn’t where it needs to be in order to win this tournament. He’ll be playing Sunday and might even find his name on the leaderboard, but it’s tough to imagine Tiger clutching the trophy when it’s all over.

Original Photos Yahoo, hoax-slayer

Lakers Take Game 6

June 16, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Boston Celtics in Game 6 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Boston Celtics looked like zombies against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers (katchop)

Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Boston Celtics looked like zombies against Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers (katchop)

From The NY Times

The Celtics were denied the chance to claim the title. The finals are now tied at three games apiece. Someone will celebrate a championship here Thursday night.

Bryant carried his team’s determined spirit but this time did not have to carry them with his scoring. He led the way with 26 points and 11 rebounds but got plenty of support from Gasol (17 points), Ron Artest (15 points), a resurgent bench and persistent team defense.

Gasol, whose toughness was again called into question during two losses in Boston, rebounded splendidly. He finished just shy of a triple-double, collecting 13 rebounds and 9 assists.

Bryant was serenaded with chants of “MVP” chants all night and left to a standing ovation with 3 minutes 21 seconds left.

Original Photos Yahoo, frightcatalog

Celtics Smell Blood

June 15, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Boston Celtics need one more win to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals.

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as Celtics fan Connor MacManus objects to a hard foul (katchop)

Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers reacts as Celtics fan Connor MacManus objects to a hard foul (katchop)

From bostonherald.com

An equally confident Dan Edmonds walked down Causeway Street and, amid fans chanting “Beat L.A., Beat L.A.,” guaranteed victory.

“We’ll kill ’em in Game 6,” said Edmonds, 45, of Mansfield.

The Celtics stumbled at home in Game 3, but their fans had no doubts about the outcome last night.

“I knew we was going to win,” said Jason Hollis, 34, of Mattapan, who watched the game at nearby Hurricane O’Reilly’s. “We’re taking it all the way.”

His wife, Stephany, 36, knew her team would come up big. “When it’s time to show up, we show up,” she said. “Beat L.A. That’s it.”

Original Photos Yahoo, mswiley2508

Maradona Leads Argentina His Way

June 14, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Soccer

Diego Maradona might be the most interesting person at the World Cup.

Argentina's manager uses a whistle shaped like a crack pipe to get the attention of his players (katchop)

Argentina's manager uses a whistle shaped like a crack pipe to get the attention of his players (katchop)

From guardian.co.uk

I am hoping Argentina go all the way, because I believe Diego has so much more to give. This is a man who, while recovering from addictions and weighing in at around 20 stones, allowed a TV crew to film him being hosed down in Cuba as part of his “treatment”, a man who chose to host a chaotic, off-the-wall TV chat show as part of his recovery. In many ways he is the bastard love child of Bobby Charlton and Russell Harty (kids, ask your dad). Gabby Logan and Gabriel Clarke, you must leave the England camp now. Nobody in there has anything interesting to say. On behalf of the audience back home, we need you both on 24-hour Diego-watch.

Original Photos yahoo, foldemcards

America Gets A Gift

June 13, 2010 By: Katchop Category: Soccer

The US Soccer team was able to pull out a draw against England in World Cup play.

England's goalkeeper Robert Green developed a case of butter fingers just before he allowed a bad goal that enabled the US to escape with a 1-1 tie (katchop)

England's goalkeeper Robert Green developed a case of butter fingers just before he allowed a bad goal that enabled the US to escape with a 1-1 tie (katchop)

From mercurynews.com

Robert Green wrote his name onto the lengthening list of blundering England goalkeepers. Green let a routine shot from Clint Dempsey slip through his grasp for the Americans’ only goal in their high-profile World Cup opener, a 1-1 draw in Group C.

From David Seaman at the 2002 World Cup and Scott Carson in a Euro 2008 qualifier to several gaffes by David “Calamity” James, England has a growing reputation for producing poor goalkeepers.

Former star keepers such as Gordon Banks, Ray Clemence and Peter Shilton would likely have dealt easily with Dempsey’s low, left-footed drive in the 40th minute at Rustenburg on Saturday.

Green was well-positioned as he went down to stop the ball, but it slipped off his gloves and rolled into the net to make it 1-1. He was visibly deflated after his horrendous mistake, which silenced the thousands of England fans.

.

Original Photos Yahoo, thehungrymouse

Fans Want To See Stephen Strasburg

June 12, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The Cleveland Indians are selling lots of tickets for their Sunday game against Stephen Strasburg and the Washington Nationals.

The Washington Nationals have suddenly become a team to watch, at least whenever Stephen Strasburg and his golden arm are on the mound (katchop)

The Washington Nationals have suddenly become a team to watch, at least whenever Stephen Strasburg and his golden arm are on the mound (katchop)

From Yahoo

Robert Jensen of Columbia, Md., was at the ticket booth an hour before the Indians played the Boston Red Sox. Jensen, his wife Janet along with their two next door neighbors drove to Cleveland and bought tickets to the next four games at Progressive Field.

“Strasburg is phenomenal,” Jensen said. “We saw his first game and can’t wait for Sunday.

“Tonight, we’ll cheer for the Indians, then we’ll go to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tomorrow and cheer for our Nationals. I bet a lot of Cleveland fans are going to be cheering for Strasburg, too.”

Strasburg struck out 14 over seven innings against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday—most in a debut since J.R. Richard fanned 15 for Houston in 1971.

The game Sunday afternoon will be nationally televised on TBS. The cable network has added two super slow-motion cameras for the telecast.

Original Photo Yahoo

Celtics Take Game 4

June 11, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 4 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

Phil Jackson wasn't happy after the Lakers were defeated by the Boston Celtics, so he took it out on a leprechaun (katchop)

Phil Jackson wasn't happy after the Lakers were defeated by the Boston Celtics, so he took it out on a leprechaun (katchop)

From chron.com

The Celtics don’t care how hideous Thursday’s game appeared to basketball purists. They know it knotted the series at two games apiece and assured them they won’t face elimination on their home floor in Sunday’s Game 5.

Boston’s backup big man, Glen Davis, wrote a new chapter in the book of Celtics playoff lore with a fourth quarter outburst that turned the game. Scoring seven points in an 11-2 run in the first 3:38 of the period, Davis’ energy and interior aggression gave Boston the impetus it needed to change the game and knot the series.

Davis had 18 points and five rebounds in a remarkably efficient 21 minutes.

The Celtics also got a fourth-quarter boost from backup point guard Nate Robinson. The smallest player on either roster, the 5-9 Robinson scored six in the period, playing so well that Celtics coach Doc Rivers left Rajon Rondo, perhaps his best player through the entire playoff run, on the bench most of the final quarter.

Original Photos Daylife, Photobucket

Alternate Logo: Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks

June 10, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Chicago Blackhawks won the 2010 Stanley Cup.

The Chicago Blackhawks are 2010 Stanley Cup Champions (katchop)

The Chicago Blackhawks are 2010 Stanley Cup Champions (katchop)

From USA Today

Thousands of fans surged out onto the streets of Chicago on Wednesday night to celebrate after the Blackhawks won the Stanley Cup. They wore team jerseys, waved banners, and carried memories <emdash /> long memories, in many cases.

“We’re a hockey family, been down for generations and I honestly could not be more thrilled. This is a night I’ll always remember,” said Jeremy Holleb of suburban Highland Park, after the Hawks won the National Hockey League championship on the road with a 4-3 overtime victory over the Flyers at Philadelphia night.

Holleb was among the fans who gathered at Harry Carry’s Tavern on Navy Pier near downtown, where Bobby Hull, a star of the Blackhawks’ last Stanley Cup-winning team in 1961, was watching the game and signing autographs.

“Reason I’m here is because of my dad,” Holleb said. “He’s been dreaming for a while to see the cup come back. And what really got to me is the fact that he sent a picture of himself on the couch with a brick from the old stadium and a signed stick from Bobby Hull from the 1961 Stanley Cup finals.”

Original Photos sportslogos.net, starpulse

Lakers Get By Celtics In Game 3

June 09, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA, NFL

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Celtics.

Not even Tom Brady dancing around at half court could get the Celtics fired up enough to beat the Los Angeles Lakers (katchop)

Not even Tom Brady dancing around at half court could get the Celtics fired up enough to beat the Los Angeles Lakers (katchop)

From MSNBC

Fisher finished with 16 points, and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum had 10 rebounds apiece for Los Angeles.

Kevin Garnett, who had just six points in Boston’s victory Sunday, had 25 in Game 3. But Ray Allen, who had 32 points in Game 2, missed all 13 field goal attempts — one shy of the NBA finals futility record — many of them while Fisher was guarding him.

“We just had to be poised and understand they’re going to make a run, and we did that,” Bryant said. “They made a push but they never fully got control of the game. We made big shots when we needed it.”

Original Photos Yahoo, peoplequiz

NASCAR Gets Sloppy At Pocono

June 08, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NASCAR

NASCAR had fights, crashes, rain delays and probably too much beer on Sunday at the Sprint Cup Series Gillette Fusion ProGlide 500 at Pocono Raceway.

Mark Martin passes the time during a rain delay by enjoying multiple sponsor provided beverages at Pocono Raceway on Sunday (katchop)

Mark Martin passes the time during a rain delay at Pocono Raceway on Sunday by enjoying multiple sponsor provided beverages (katchop)

From The LA Times
In a post-race TV interview Sunday, Joey Logano went so far as to take a swipe at Harvick’s wife, DeLana, who typically wears a racing suit similar to the one worn by her husband while she watches him drive the No. 29 Chevrolet from atop Harvick’s pit box.

“I don’t know what [Harvick's] problem is with me but it’s probably not his fault,” Logano said. “His wife wears the fire suit in the family and tells him what to do.”

Harvick later was asked if he would talk to Logano about the incident, and Harvick reportedly dismissed the notion by saying, “You can’t talk to him, he’s 20.” And later Sunday, DeLana Harvick wrote on her Twitter page that “with age comes wisdom and respect. Enough said.”

Original Photos yahoo, globalpackagegallery.com

Jamie Moyer Keeps Going

June 07, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jamie Moyer of the Philadelphia Phillies won his 100th game since he turned 40 years old.

Jamie Moyer does not feel like an old man, and still enjoys playing for the Philadelphia Phillies (katchop)

Jamie Moyer does not feel like an old man, and still enjoys playing for the Philadelphia Phillies (katchop)

From Reuters

The 47-year-old becomes just the third pitcher in Major League history to record a century of wins after entering his fifth decade, joining Jack Quinn (103) and Phil Niekro (121) in a select group of ironmen.

After allowing two runs on five hits in the second inning, Moyer found his rhythm and range in giving up just two more hits through the remaining seven innings.

Original Photos yahoo, freewilliamsburg

Pau Gasol Is A Monster For The Lakers

June 06, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Pau Gasol played well for the Los Angles Lakers in Game 1 of the 2010 NBA Finals.

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers has looked like some sort of monster to the Boston Celtics (katchop)

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers has looked like some sort of monster to the Boston Celtics (katchop)

From NBA.com

“It was a big challenge,” Gasol said Friday during the Finals media availability session after the Lakers’ practice. “He’s been one of the top one, two, three [power forwards] in the league for all these years and when I came into the league I had great respect for him. It was exciting, you could say, for me to go against him, Tim Duncan, Dirk [Nowitzki] and a couple of the other guys.

“So it was fun — I think it was fun. We both competed. I was trying to make myself known, I guess you could say, and trying to be successful here because for me it was an adventure.

Original Photos Yahoo, frightcatalog

Flyers Get Even With Blackhawks

June 05, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Philadelphia Flyers are tied 2-2 after they defeated the Chicago Blackhawks in Game 4 of the 2010 Stanley Cup Finals.

Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks pours vodka in his eyes to punish himself for allowing a bad goal (katchop)

Antti Niemi of the Chicago Blackhawks pours vodka in his eyes to punish himself for allowing a bad goal (katchop)

From USA Today

The Philadelphia Flyers probably feel as if they are leading in confidence after posting a little-bit-scary 5-3 win against the Chicago Blackhawks to even the best-of-seven series 2-2 before heading back to Chicago for Game 5 on Sunday.

“This is just two good teams that have played well at home,” said Flyers winger Simon Gagne. “They are tough to beat at home and we are tough to beat at home. The team that wins on the road will win the series.”

Original Photos Yahoo, lclark.edu

Armando Galarraga Robbed

June 04, 2010 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Armando Galarraga of the Detroit Tigers made up with umpire Jim Joyce, who cost the pitcher a perfect game.

Umpire Jim Joyce does his best Stevie Wonder impression while Armando Galarraga attempts to end his almost perfect game (katchop)

Umpire Jim Joyce does his best Stevie Wonder impression while Armando Galarraga attempts to end his almost perfect game (katchop)

From The Detroit Free Press

The welcome wasn’t quite as warm for the offending umpire.

As a show of good will before this afternoon’s series finale against the Indians, Tigers manager Jim Leyland had Galarraga present the lineup card to Joyce, who was behind the plate today. They shook hands and as Galarraga walked away, Joyce patted him on the shoulder.

Galarraga received a standing ovation from the crowd.

But when Joyce’s name appeared on the scoreboard in left field, he was booed amid a smattering of cheers.

Original Photos timesleader, simmerdown

LA Gets Ready For The Celtics

June 03, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers are ready to face the Boston Celtics in the 2010 NBA Finals.

The Los Angeles Lakers have temporarily changed the name of the Staples Center to the Boston Sucks Center in recognition of their rivalry with the Boston Celtics (katchop)

The Los Angeles Lakers have temporarily changed the name of the Staples Center to the Boston Sucks Center in recognition of their rivalry with the Celtics (katchop)

From The Washington Post

The Lakers eventually overcame their embarrassing six-game ouster to the Celtics two years ago and are now seeking their second consecutive title, while the Celtics have returned to NBA Finals after having an opportunity to defend their title usurped by a Kevin Garnett knee injury. But these teams have hardly picked up where they left off in Boston, where Bryant wept as the Celtics splashed Coach Doc Rivers with Gatorade and Garnett kissed the parquet floor and shouted, “Anything is possible!”

Original Photo downtownla.com

Chris Pronger Does Not Play Nice

June 02, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Even though his Philadelphia Flyers are down 2 games to none against Chicago in the Stanley Cup Final, Chris Pronger has the Blackhawks angry.

People in Chicago feel that Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers acted like a big baby after the first two games of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks (katchop)

People in Chicago feel that Chris Pronger of the Philadelphia Flyers acted like a big baby after the first two games of the 2010 Stanley Cup Final against the Blackhawks (katchop)

From nationalpost.com

It seems like if you’re going to debate whether or not Chris Pronger is a jerk, then you’re in for a very short debate, filled primarily with examples, or vague impressions, of exactly why he is a jerk. If the conversation occurs in Edmonton, it will be longer, if only because the examples will be more salacious. But it’s awfully difficult to find anybody who disagrees.

The latest addition to the canon of Pronger’s unlikability is the case of the missing pucks, or rather, the pucks that he quite deliberately picked up as the Chicago Blackhawks celebrated defeating Pronger’s Philadelphia Flyers in both Games 1 and 2 of the Stanley Cup final.

After the Hall of Fame-bound defenceman skated after and pocketed the second puck, he was confronted by Chicago’s Ben Eager at centre ice, who says he told Pronger, “You can keep it.”

This sparked the sort of minor and interesting war of words which really looks good when one team is down 2-0. Was Pronger playing mind games? Did he really throw the pucks into the garbage, as he claimed? And in at least some quarters, a debate: Was Pronger being a jerk at all?

“What added incentive do they have now?” Flyers coach Peter Laviolette told the media Tuesday. “They’re mad? They’re angry? It’s the playoffs … I don’t know what else they’re going to do, because we stole their puck.”

Original Photos National Post, Amazon

Boston Gets Ready For The Lakers

June 01, 2010 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Boston Celtics are preparing to face the Los Angeles Lakers.

The Boston Celtics hope to Beat LA when they face the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals (katchop)

The Boston Celtics hope to Beat LA when they face the Lakers in the 2010 NBA Finals (katchop)

From The Wall Street Journal

Thanks to the sprightly play of young Mr. Rondo, a lot of people have upgraded the Celtics to a Big Four. But don’t you get the feeling that Mr. Rondo is still sitting at the kids’ table during team meals, eating pizza bagels and carrot sticks? Or that after big victories, Mr. Pierce, Mr. Garnett and Ray Allen tell him that the after-party is at the “hot new club at 47 Lansdowne Street,” only to have Mr. Rondo get there and discover it’s a parking garage?

If the Celtics take the series, we want to see Mr. Pierce hand Mr. Rondo the MVP trophy. And then tell him the wrong time for the flight home.

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