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Mets Get A Partner

May 31, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The New York Mets have a new part owner.

The Daily News says that the NY Mets will be 100% owned by David Einhorn within 5 years.

The Daily News says that the NY Mets will be 100% owned by David Einhorn in 5 years.

From The NY Daily News

Asked directly if he could assure Met fans their team will not slide into financial oblivion over the next few seasons, Einhorn dumped full responsibility on the current principal owners. The Mets are not his problem yet, just his expensive hobby. For now, there will be no further bailout or direct input beyond his $200 million investment.

“I can’t make any such assurances,” Einhorn said of a doomsday fiscal scenario. “It’ll be what it’ll be. … There’s a wide range of possible outcomes.”

One of those outcomes – arguably the most likely – has Einhorn gaining a majority share of the Mets within five years as the Wilpons wrestle destructively with Irving Picard. At that juncture, Einhorn may well offer a very different, direct answer to the oblivion question.

Original Photo bloggingmets

Happy Memorial Day

May 30, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA, Other

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day.

Dwyane Wade wants you to have a great Memorial Day.

Dwyane Wade wants you to have a great Memorial Day.

Original Photos broadwayworld, yahoo

King James Is Headed To The Finals

May 27, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Miami Heat will face the Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of the 2011 NBA Finals on Tuesday May 31st.

LeBron James wants to prove that his King James nickname is fitting.

LeBron James wants to prove that his King James nickname is fitting.

From NBA.com

The Mavs have been trying to get back to The Finals ever since they let the Larry O’Brien Trophy slip from their grasp with a 2-0 series advantage and a 13-point lead with five minutes to play in Game 3 over the Heat back in 2006. Dirk Nowitzki and Jason Terry have had the bitter pill stuck in their craw since then.

The Heat are making their first appearance in The Finals in five years with a completely revamped lineup with Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem the only holdovers from 2006. Now, of course, they are all about the Big Three of Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh, about celebrity, about taking talents to South Beach, about living up to the outlandish expectations they set for themselves with that wild pre-championship celebration last summer.

Original Photos yahoo, buy, kidshalloweencostumes4u

Dirk Leads Mavericks

May 26, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are headed to the 2011 NBA Finals.

Dallas top gun Dirk Nowitzki is a happy Maverick after defeating Oklahoma City to reach the NBA Finals.

Dallas top gun Dirk Nowitzki is a happy Maverick after defeating Oklahoma City to reach the 2011 NBA Finals.

From Sports Day DFW

If sports fairy tales came true, then that would mean that we would be assured a happy ending in the Dirk Nowitzki trip around the basketball world in a few weeks’ time. In the same category in the fairy tale section as the John Elway Super Bowl victory, everybody had assumed the window had shut on his chance.

Original Photos bloatedpenguin, momentbulletin

Sharks Eliminated On Fluke Goal

May 25, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Vancouver Canucks are headed to the Finals after defeating the San Jose Sharks with an odd goal.

This slow motion replay gives a good look at the fluke goal that eliminated the San Jose Sharks.

This slow motion replay gives a good look at the fluke goal that eliminated the San Jose Sharks. NOTE: We goofed and used the wrong photo. This actually is not Bieska's game winning goal.

From The Miami Herald

While the icing call was negligent, the OT-winning goal by Kevin Bieksa was just pure bad luck for the Sharks. Canucks defenseman Alexander Edler, trying to play the puck up the right boards, had it deflect off a partition instead. Just about everybody on the ice, including Sharks goaltender Antti Niemi, thought the puck was heading around the boards and into the corner, but Bieksa saw the disc bounce right to him near the blue line.

The Canucks defenseman sent an ugly-looking shot on net and it went in, primarily because Niemi was looking over his right shoulder to try and locate the puck. By the time Niemi looked back up ice, Bieksa’s knuckling shot was just passing the goalie’s left pad.

“It’s an ugly goal, but definitely one I’ll take,” Bieksa said.

Original Photos Yahoo, shoppingshadow

Thunder Collapse Makes Durant Sick

May 24, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Oklahoma City Thunder blew a 4th quarter 15 point lead against the Mavericks.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was sick to his stomach after his team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder was sick to his stomach after his team lost to the Dallas Mavericks in Game 5 of the Western Conference Finals.

From The Dallas Morning News

Thunder star Kevin Durant: “I feel upset because I let them down. I let the city down. … This is basketball, man. Our youth has nothing to do with what we were doing on the floor. We’ve showed we can play on this level.”

Durant, on shooting a 30-footer with several seconds still on the clock: “I didn’t have anything else to do. I caught the ball near the half-court line, three Mavericks in front of me. [Few] seconds left. I didn’t know what else to do, so … You know, late in the game, it’s my time. And a few of those times, it was just too clogged up.”

Original Photo Yahoo

Bosh Is Big For Heat

May 23, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

Chris Bosh was a giant for the Miami Heat on Sunday.

Chris Bosh has been coming up big for the Miami Heat.

Chris Bosh has been coming up big for the Miami Heat.

From The Washington Post

Chicago’s bigs were supposed to be the difference in this series’ matchup and they have been, just not in the best way. They have not found a way to defend Bosh and he has been red hot in all three games.

There were many questions about Bosh when he came in as the other high profile free agent to Lebron James. I mean, who wouldn’t be the other guy to James?

The Heat as a whole has faced intense scrutiny and no player more than Bosh. All season long, people questioned his relevance–not to mention his heart and toughness. Many felt the Heat were a super team because of Wade and James. Very few chose to include Bosh’s name, unless it was the punchline to a joke. Well if one series has enough weight to change minds, it’s this one . And the joke is now on the jokester.

Original Photos yahoo, yahoo

Cubs Enjoy Rapture

May 22, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

The world did not end, but the Chicago Cubs did win at Fenway.

Carlos Pena of the Chicago Cubs motivated his teammates by reminding them it could be the last game of their lives.

Carlos Pena of the Chicago Cubs motivated his teammates by reminding them that it could be the last game of their lives.

From MLB.com

Recalling the Babe as a pitcher, the Red Sox today wore throwback uniforms, as did their opponents, the Cubs.

For the Cubs, the uniform seemed unchanged over time, but the Red Sox looked white-washed. Even their caps were like the snowcap on Mt. Washington on New Year’s Day.  The red knee-socks were a nice touch. The team really were the Red Sox, though some like Youkilis knocked his knickers off at the shin.

Most fans apparently hated the old uniforms. You had to use a scorecard to figure out who made the error, because the perpetrators were nameless on the back of their shirts.

Original Photos Yahoo, beenthinking

Thrashers Heading To Winnipeg?

May 20, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Seems as if the Atlanta Thrashers are relocating to Winnipeg.

The Atlanta Thrashers are about to become the Winnipeg Jets.

The Atlanta Thrashers are about to become the Winnipeg Jets.

From The Los Angleles Times

The sale of the Atlanta Thrashers to a group seeking to bring the NHL back to Winnipeg appeared imminent Thursday after Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper reported that an agreement had been reached between the Thrashers’ current owner, Atlanta Spirit, and would-be owner True North Sports and Entertainment.

The Globe and Mail said the league will confirm the sale and franchise transfer Tuesday. The newspaper is owned by David Thomsen, who is also a key figure in the True North group .

Original Photos sportslogos, sportslogos

LeBron Leads Heat

May 19, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

LeBron James was scary in the last 4 minutes of Game 2 against the Bulls.

LeBron James was a monster late in Game 2 for the Miami Heat.

LeBron James was a monster late in Game 2 for the Miami Heat.

From South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“It’s just the beginning,” James said, as the Heat and Chicago Bulls headed into this three-day break tied 1-1 in the best-of-seven series. “It’s going to be long and it’s going to be fun.”

Had the Heat not recovered to win Wednesday’s Game 2 at the United Center, time might already have been growing short. James made sure that was not the case, personally outscoring the Bulls 9-2 over the final 4:28 of Tuesday’s 85-75 victory.

“I’m glad we have a few days off,” he said, with the Heat given Thursday off before a Friday return to the practice court.

Original Photos Yahoo, fancydressoutfitters

Tim Thomas Uses His Head

May 18, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Tim Thomas was a hero in goal for the Boston Bruins in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins feels no pain, not even when a puck hits him in the face.

Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins feels no pain, not even if a puck hits him in the face or gets stuck in his head.

From WEEI

Ironically, it was a save that he didn’t make where he showed how tough he could be as Dominic Moore shot went off his face and into the net, after his own defenseman crashed into him, knocking his mask off.

“I didn’t know,” Thomas said. “Dominic Moore was the guy in front of the net. I think what made my mask come off was Adam McQuaid was trying to get across the crease and we kind of ran into each other. I haven’t seen the replay. I have been told the puck went off my head but I didn’t even realize it. At that point I was trying to find it I think.”

Thomas showed again Tuesday that you don’t have to save every shot to make big saves.

Original Photos Yahoo, footballfanatics

Canucks Playing Smart

May 17, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

Vancouver Canucks’ coach Alain Vigneault has kept his team  focused.

Alain Vigneault has looked like Einstein behind the Canucks bench.

Alain Vigneault has looked like Einstein behind the Canucks bench.

From The Vancouver Sun

Coach Alain Vigneault wants Roberto Luongo to keep handling the puck outside his crease and chastised the media today for putting too much focus on the error the Vancouver Canucks goalie made Sunday night that led to San Jose’s first goal.

“Every player at one point or another is going to make a mistake,” Vigneault said after his team’s optional practice at Rogers Arena. “You seem to be making a pretty big deal out of it, but their goaltender turned it over on the first goal and I haven’t heard anything about that

Original Photos Yahoo, artjewelryforum

Bulls Rip Heat

May 16, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Chicago Bulls defeated the Miami Heat in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls displays his power by destroying a LeBron James bobblehead.

Joakim Noah of the Chicago Bulls displays his power by destroying a LeBron James bobblehead.

From NJ.com/ Star Ledger

Whether they are equipped to play this kind of game remains to be seen, but they had better learn quickly that this series will be decided by the coach who can get his team to lock in longer defensively. In this particular instance, that team was Chicago, and for 48 minutes it was a masterpiece of the art.

That was the lesson from Game 1, a 103-82 Chicago blowout, and it was a sight to behold. The Bulls were more precise, more intense, more dedicated to making certain that every last stop was brought to its conclusion, with their four main bigs snatching more rebounds than the entire Miami team.

Original Photos Yahoo, amazon

Jorge Pouts

May 15, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Jorge Posada of the NY Yankees asked out of the lineup after learning he’d be batting 9th.

Jorge Posada of the NY Yankees acted like a baby once he learned that he'd be batting 9th in the lineup.

Jorge Posada of the NY Yankees acted like a baby once he learned that he'd be batting 9th in the lineup.

From ESPN

After being dropped to the No. 9 spot in the lineup, the struggling Jorge Posada went into manager Joe Girardi’s office and asked out of Saturday’s lineup, according to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman.

The GM would not elaborate on the nature of the discussion or what it means long term.

The Yankees believe that they have grounds to suspend Posada right away, but will wait for more conversations about the situation to occur, a source told ESPN The Magazine’s Buster Olney.

Original Photos zimbio, codingnews

Celtics Show Their Age

May 12, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Boston Celtics have been eliminated from the 2011 NBA Playoffs.

Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Boston Celtics looked kind of old in their playoff series against the Miami Heat.

Kevin Garnett and the rest of the Boston Celtics looked kind of old in their playoff series against the Miami Heat.

From hardwoodparoxysm

If you took one look at the Celtics sideline late on Wednesday night, you would have seen Rajon Rondo and Jermaine O’Neal lying on their aching backs, straining their necks to see the action on the floor. You would have seen Kevin Garnett expending the same amount of energy to do half the things he used to do. Shaquille O’Neal, the future Hall of Famer the Celtics signed to combat the Lakers in The Finals, spent what may be his final NBA game as the largest Big & Tall model in history. And as good as Paul Pierce and Ray Allen are, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade are younger and have more talent.

The Celtics wanted to play, but their bodies betrayed them. Their time has ended. The Lakers too. Three days prior to LeBron and the Heat ending the Celtics’ successful four-year run in the East, the “new old” Mavs — an oxymoron — swept Phil Jackson and the two-time defending champion Lakers, playing like schoolyard chumps, into next season.

Original Photos wikia, go2africa, imshopping

Ochocinco To Try Bull Riding

May 11, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NFL

Chad Ochocinco plans to ride a bull.

Chad Ochoconco feels he is capable of riding a bull, and the PBR is willing to pay him to do it.

Chad Ochoconco feels he is capable of riding a bull, and the PBR is willing to pay him to do it.

From USA Today

The PBR challenged Ochocinco with:

  • If he gets on a bull at The Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Ga., the PBR will give him $10,000.
  • If he rides the bull for the required eight seconds, the PBR will give him a new Ford F-150 truck and allow him to permanently rename the bull anything he wants.
  • If he doesn’t show, the PBR will rename the bull “#58 No Show Cinco.” The number is the reverse of Ochocinco”s jersey No. 85.

The event is the PBR Lucas Oil Invitational. The challenge is an outgrowth of some of Ochocinco’s many posting on Twitter

Original Photos zimbio, jasonsavagephotography

Thunder Win A Marathon

May 10, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Memphis Grizzlies in the 3rd OT.

Kevin Durnat led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a win in a marathon 3 OT Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

Kevin Durnat led the Oklahoma City Thunder to a win in a marathon 3 OT Game 4 against the Memphis Grizzlies.

From SI.com

Kevin Durant shuffled his sneakered feet slowly down a dimly lit hallway, head bowed, every ounce of energy drained from his 6-foot-9, 230-pound frame.

It was Durant’s shot, a feathery 19-footer, his 20th attempt of the night, his team’s 95th of the game, that sealed Oklahoma City’s 133-123 triple overtime victory Monday, ending a 3-hour, 52-minute marathon and squaring the Thunder’s suddenly gripping second-round series with Memphis at two games apiece.

Original Photos Yahoo, wbur

Mavs Bury Lakers

May 09, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Dallas Mavericks have ended the Los Angeles Lakers’ season.

The Los Angles Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks, ending their bid for a 2nd three-peat.

The Los Angles Lakers were swept by the Dallas Mavericks, ending their bid for a 2nd three-peat.

From ProBasketballTalk

The defending champs were swept out of the playoffs in the second round in thoroughly embarrassing fashion, culminated in a 122-86 demolition job by the Mavs. It was painful and embarrassing for the Lakers, but appropriate credit to the aggressors; while the Lakers disgraced themselves with their abysmal effort and lack of composure in Game 4, it was the Mavs’ execution in every game of this series that exposed the Lakers. L.A. was forced to respond constantly to Dallas’ ball movement and timely defensive rotations, and clearly wasn’t up to the challenge — a point made clear with each ridiculously open three that the Mavs took in Game 4, and the offensive possessions that grinded to a halt against Dallas’ defensive pressure.

Original Photos davidkrut, lakers.topbuzz

Lakers Don’t Look Right

May 06, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NBA

The Los Angeles Lakers are reeling, allegedly due to Pau Gasol’s women troubles.

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers was dumped by his fiance. No word if it's because he's looked fat and out of shape against the Mavericks.

Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers was dumped by his fiance. No word if it's because he's looked fat and out of shape against the Mavericks.

From Larry Brown Sports

Pau Gasol, who has seemed somewhat melancholy lately on and off the court, reportedly was dumped by his girlfriend, Sylvia Lopez Castro two weeks ago and the Spaniard blames Kobe Bryant’s wife. MediaTakeOut.com claims an unnamed Lakers wife might have talked Lopez Castro out of the relationship, resulting in the two players engaging in a heated argument over their women.

Original Photo Yahoo

Alternate Logo: Washington Capitals

May 05, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Washington Capitals have lost a playoff series to a lower seeded team for the 4th consecutive season.

The Washington Capitals might consider changing their name to Heimlich so they have something more representative of hockey in DC.

The Washington Capitals might consider changing their name to Heimlichs so they have something more representative of hockey in DC.

From Fox News

We were hungry. We just didn’t win,” captain Alex Ovechkin said. “We want to win. They want to win. Somebody has to lose. We are losing and I don’t know what to say right now.”

Added coach Bruce Boudreau: “There’s not really much to say [after the game]. The [players] are down in the dumps, I’m down in the dumps. I just told them I was proud of them for the way they worked all year and that they never quit right until the end. That’s all a coach can ask – you don’t quit and you just keep plugging through. We thought we had a good chance to win, and we just didn’t get it done.”

Original Photo nhlhockeyportal

Tampa Bay Is A Well Oiled Machine

May 04, 2011 By: Katchop Category: NHL

The Tampa Bay Lightning have pushed the Washington Capitals to the brink of elimination.

41 year old Dwayne Roloson of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been playing like a Terminator sent to destroy the Washington Capitals.

41 year old Dwayne Roloson of the Tampa Bay Lightning has been playing like a Terminator sent from the future to destroy the Washington Capitals' hopes and dreams.

From The Montreal Gazette

Goaltender Dwayne Roloson has played only nine playoff games for the Tampa Bay Lightning, but if the team keeps winning, he could find himself in the Conn Smythe Trophy race.

He’s stopped 304 of the 321 shots he’s faced so far in the playoffs as the Lightning beat the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games in the first round and have built a 2-0 lead in the bestof-seven Eastern Conference semifinal against the Washington Capitals.

Bin Laden Killed

May 02, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Osama Bin Laden was discovered hiding at a White Sox game and was killed.

Osama Bin Laden is dead after being discovered hiding at a Chicago White Sox game.

Osama Bin Laden is dead after being discovered hiding at a Chicago White Sox game.

From reuters.com

U.S. special forces set out to kill Osama bin Laden and dump his body in the sea to make it harder for the al Qaeda founder to become a martyr, U.S. national security officials told Reuters on Monday.

“This was a kill operation,” one of the officials said.

“If he had waved a white flag of surrender, he would have been taken alive,” the official added. But the operating assumption among the U.S. raiders was that bin Laden would put up a fight — which he did.

Original Photos Yahoo, huffingtonpost

Is Jeter’s Age Showing?

May 01, 2011 By: Katchop Category: MLB

Derek Jeter of the NY Yankees is having a rough Spring.

Yankees fans are starting to think that Derek Jeter is looks like an old man.

Yankees fans are starting to think that Derek Jeter looks like an old man.

From The Star Ledger

Derek Jeter entered the season with a chance to silence critics after last season’s .270 nightmare. But so far, the captain hasn’t given much reason to believe that a bounce-back is around the corner. Jeter is hitting .250. He has just two extra base hits for an anemic slugging percentage of .272, a signal that he hasn’t hit the ball with authority.

Original Photos projo, freewilliamsburg


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