Archive for March, 2006

Anna Benson — No More Love for Kris

I thought Anna and Mets pitcher, Kris Benson were gonna make it. Nope. The marriage is over.

The women who once claimed she’d sleep with all of her husband’s teammates if he ever cheated on her has filed for divorce.

I got an email from Anna’s lawyer stating:

“Anna Lisa Benson filed a Divorce Petition today against her husband of seven years, Kris Benson, pitcher for the Baltimore Orioles. The petition was filed in Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia, where the Bensons reside. Mrs. Benson’s Petition for Divorce claims the marriage is irretrievably broken. She also requests full custody of the parties’ two minor children, alimony, child support and equitable division of the parties’ marital estate.”

So, Anna is asking to be taken care of. Surpriseā€¦ those sexy covers of FHM magazine aren’t enough.

Anna is just 30 years old…what will she do the rest of her life?

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Kelvin Sampson… My UNC-Pembroke Homey is Gone

What a shocker. I never thought Kelvin Sampson would leave Oklahoma for a Big Ten School. I used to hear rumors he would end up at Arizona to replace Lute Olson or NC State.

Sampson dumped the Sooners for Indiana.

I can’t blame him. Sampson is like every coach with an ego, he wants to be at a university where he is the man and basketball is the top sport.

Every school is broken down as either a “football” school or “basketball” school.

The reason Mack Brown left North Carolina is easy, he was told in so many words Carolina basketball was more important. We know at Texas football is king and Mack is the man.

Indiana is a basketball school with a rich tradition. Kelvin Sampson and Bob Knight are NOT buddies so don’t look for Knight to give his blessing.

It will be very interesting to see how this shakes out. Some fans in the Sooner Nation think they will be better off without Sampson, the school’s all time winningest head coach.

Uh…sorry. Sampson upgraded. IU is one of the top ten hoops jobs in the country.

Sampson had the Sooners in the NCAA Tournament 11 times in his 12 seasons and went to the Final Four in 2002. He leaves amid NCAA allegations his staff made over 500 improper phone calls to recruits.

I still challenge the folks in Norman to find a better coach at a football school.

Some OU fans are talking about stealing John Calipari away from Memphis. Good luck. Cal likes being the man. He needs to be stroked and loved at all times. That will not happen at OU so don’t look for him in Norman.

Lorenzo Romar… no way he leaves his alma mater, Washington. Tommy Crean of Marquette? Who’s the man at Marquette? Tommy is. Who’s the man at OU? Bob Stoops. I think Crean will stay in the land of cheese! and in a great Big East conference.

Indiana fans will learn to love Sampson.

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Bad Brackets

Here’s my 5 reasons why my NCAA mens brackets was so bad….

5. NBC 5 made me do it.
4. NBC 5 made me do it.
3. NBC 5 made me do it.
2. I won it last year and wanted somebody else to take it.
1. Carolina wasn’t expected to go far. When the Tar Heels go far, so does my bracket.

At this point and time I want to say it’s been a great hoops year for me. All I wanted was for Carolina to get into the NCAA’s after losing their top 7 scorers off the 2005 National Championship squad and I didn’t want Duke to make the Final Four.

Hoop Dreams accomplished!!

Now I’m hoping George Mason can pull off the ultimate upset and win the Final Four. We haven’t since great upsets in the final game since NC State beat Houston in 1983 and Villanova over Georgetown in 1985.

Fans Want T.O.

All the those Cowboy fans who said they didn’t want T.O. are whipping out credit cards to buy the #81 jersey.

The Cowboys sold over 150 thousand Terrell Owens jerseys two days after the club signed him to a 3-year 25 million dollar contract.

All those fans who talked about character need to just be quiet. Fans care about players who can help their franchise win.

I remember all those fans who defended ex-Rangers pitcher Kenny Rogers last year. Some idiot fans tried to blame the media for Rogers going off on local cameramen. It was a pure joke. All they cared about was Rogers being their top pitcher in 2005.

I said it before and I’ll say it again. T.O. needs to be given a chance. Things did go wrong in Philly and San Francisco, but I would give him the benefit of the doubt.

He’s got 10 million reasons to make it work with the Cowboys this year and 25 million over the next three seasons.

T.O. will have a chance to put up more numbers in his incredible career. If he starts to look at his numbers now, he may want to change his perception so he can get a serious look for the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

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Jerry’s Regret

Why did Cowboys owner, Jerry Jones, sign wide receiver, Terrell Owens, to a 3-year 25 million dollar contract?

I have a theory. Jones is always regretted NOT drafting WR, Randy Moss in the 1998 draft.

The signing of T.O. makes up for that. Jerry listened to the Cowboy fans who said they didn’t want any more bad characters on the team. They wanted players they could feel good about and cheer for.

What did listening to the fans get him? Nothing. The Cowboys missed out on one of the NFL’s most dynamic wide receivers in the game. Michael Irvin retired and the Cowboys haven’t had a Pro Bowl receiver since 1995.

This time, Jerry Jones, did it his way.

T.O. is here and he will change the game in Big D. Like him or not, the Cowboys offense got a lot better with #81 on! the team. Terry Glenn will get single coverage. Tight end, Jason Witten, will be able to roam free. This should be good for the offense.

Now how long it takes for Drew Bledsoe to get on his bad side? It will happen. Trust me. T.O. will have some days he’ll be mad at Bledsoe’s inconsistency. Keyshawn Johnson couldn’t wait to throw Bledsoe under the bus after being released last week.

Jones and Bill Parcells will have a circus on their hands, but I think Owens will be fine in 2006. Why? T.O. will want to prove everyone was wrong, like he did in Philly…the first year.

I expect the 2006 season to be wild around here. I wouldn’t have signed T.O. because of his past and I don’t think he can be happy in Dallas for three years.

But….the man deserves a chance. He got his second chance in Philly a! nd screwed it up, but he’s a Cowboy and as a media member, I have to deal with it.

I don’t think the T.O. experiment will blow up in Jerry’s face in year one. Look out in 2007. If he’s good in ’06 and ’07, T.O. will want a big extension to play in 2008. Now that could become a problem, as it did with Keyshawn Johnson.

I’ll give T.O. a chance.

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My NCAA Bracket

I didn’t want to fill out an NCAA Tournament bracket this year. I cleaned up last year in the Star-Telegram bracket and at NBC 5 because my Tar Heels won.
But our Internet guru wanted me to do a bracket so you could laugh at me.

My Final Four is Boston College, UConn, Duke, and Gonzaga. I have UConn beating Duke again in the title game. They did it back in 1999.

I have the Longhorns going to the regional final losing a rematch with the Blue Devils.
I wanted to pick A&M over the Cuse because we know the Cuse will drop a 1st round match-up.
Good luck to everyone, don’t use my bracket… you’ll go broke.

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Terrell Owens as a Cowboy would just go to show you that Jerry Jones is still trying to run personnel. Bill Parcells never wanted to see Keyshawn Johnson released. Jerry is about flash and names.

This is a big time mistake if Keyshawn is not re-signed and T.O. is signed to a contract. T.O. has been the better player the past 3 years. Keyshawn was about winning with Parcells T.O. is about himself.

It’s going on year 10 since the Cowboys have won a playoff game. That game was Super Bowl XXX to Pittsburgh.

Ten years later, Bill Cowher’s Steelers got their championship by winning three road games before defeating Seattle in Super Bowl XL. Look at the Cowboys under Jerry during that time… Barry Switzer, Chan Gailey, Dave Campo, and now Bill Parcells have been the coaches.

Letting good locker room leaders like Dan Campbell, La’Roi Glover, and Keyshawn hit the road could comeback to hurt the 2006 Cowboys.

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Clemens Using Rangers… Again.

Rangers owner Tom Hicks can’t get enough of Roger Clemens using him.

Hicks tried before to get the Longhorn Ex only to see him angle a deal to play for the New York Yankees.

Clemens made a visit to Rangers Camp in Surprise on Thursday. All he needed was Jerry Maguire around to shout, “Show me the money!”, since that is the only way the future Hall of Fame pitcher will wear a Rangers uniform on a very part-time basis in 2006.

GM Jon Daniels came up with a really nice stat that says on the days he pitched for Houston last year and on the days he pitched for the Rangers his record would have been 24-3 because of the run support the Rangers would have given him. Hicks says it would have won Clemens his 8th Cy Young Award with a 24-3 mark.

Nice way to twist things. Clemens went to the World Series with his hometown team last fall. I’m guessing that would’ve trumped going 24-3 and watching the postseason.

I’m not buying Clemens to Texas. Hicks needs to stop chasing Clemens and start spending more cash for top flight pitching.

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Barry Bonds and His Legacy

Giants slugger, Barry Bonds, used steroids. Shocker! A new book Game of Shadows, written by two San Francisco Chronicle reporters at the forefront of reporting on the BALCO steroid distribution scandal says so.

I knew this a long, long, time ago. I happened to be friends with one of Bonds’ old flames back on Los Angeles. Like any good scorned woman, she told all the dirt she could on Bonds. I won’t rehash it…sorry for those who want to hear about the juicy details.

Bonds, Mark McGwire, and Raffy Palmeiro, used the juice in their playing days.

Now the big question is how do you deal with each man’s candidacy for the Baseball Hall of Fame and their records. Each man has hit over 500 homers, long considered an automatic number to reach the Hall.

Did they cheat…yes. Was is illegal take steroids at the time? No, baseball did not have a policy.

I imagine all three will get in the Hall. Pitcher Gaylor Perry was a cheater…he got into Cooperstown. Last time I checked his records are all there with no asterisks.

Burleigh Grimes won 270 games as a pitcher…a spitball pitcher. The spitball was an illegal pitch.

Senator Jim Bunning admitted using a greaseball and spitter in his pitching days in Philly. Bunning is a Hall of Famer as is former Dodger ace, Don Drysdale, who Bunning said used a greaseball on the record. The Senator says Drysdale used it during his 58 scoreless innings streak.

Jason Giambi won the 2000 AL MVP award with the Oakland A’s and admitted to being on the juice. Same thing with Ken Caminiti in 1996, he won the NL MVP and later admitted to being on the juice. Those records are still standing.

Baseball has had cheaters for years. Let’s not act like these guys are criminals. Owners knew about this but they wanted the money and didn’t care.

McGwire is up for consideration this year. If he gets in on the first ballot I don’t see how Raffy and Bonds don’t since they had better numbers.

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Nothing Finer Than Carolina

Nothing better than putting the little one to bed and laying on the couch to watch Carolina beat #1 ranked Duke on Saturday night.

I told the wife if Carolina coach, Roy Williams, won the game we’d have to put a picture of him in the house. Well, Ol Roy beat top ranked Duke with a bunch of freshman and I need to go find a photo to hang of my favorite college hoops coach.

My eyes did water up as the Duke seniors were honored before the game. Any kid that gets to play for Duke or Carolina in basketball is getting an amazing four years of tremendous experience that I’m jealous of.

It’s the best rivalry in college hoops in the best conference in the nation. Since 2001 Duke, Maryland, and Carolina have all won the national title. Georgia Tech played for it all just two years ago. The ACC is the best hoops conference around.

Speaking of favorite coaches, somebody in Aggieland better cough up more cash for Head Coach, Billy Gillispie. Texas A&M won 20 games by beating Bob Knight’s Tech squad Saturday night in Lubbock.

Texas A&M hasn’t seen 20 W’s since 1980!! Jimmy Carter was the President. We didn’t even know about Reaganomics yet.

A&M has won 7 in a row and finished fourth in the Big 12. That folks, deserves a raise. I’m sure Aggie fans think Billy G is doing more to earn play than Coach Fran is over at Kyle Field.

I sure hope Billy G stays at College Station and tells the folks at Mizzou to go away if they call. Why leave Aggieland for Mizzou? The best years they have had in Colombia usually came with NCAA probation a few years later.

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