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Itd been a pleasure, all the best.

It'd been a pleasure. All the best, man.

It’s the end of the 2009 NCAA basketball season and the premature loss of Jonny Flynn, Eric Devendorf, and Paul Harris to the NBA Draft is imminent.  All three were starters and cornerstones of the team.  Flynn, especially, was its heart and soul, and Jim Boeheim will be hard-pressed to replace such a prolific, durable, and amicable player.  I won’t go into details, because even if you didn’t SEE Jonny Flynn and company in the six-overtime NCAA Tournament game against UConn, you heard about it – and you’re wearing the “Marathon Men” t-shirt anyway.

As Orangemen and Orangewomen, we’ve seen our fair share of basketball stars come and go recently.  Remember Donte’ Green?  I generally don’t, except for a ton of ill-advised three-point attempts and a diamond-like hand gesture he’d make to the crowd.  What was it…”Dynasty”? Yeah, Donte’, you sure created a dynasty.  One year of college and you jumped ship, leaving a Dome full of heartbroken fans.  …Not the kind of dynasty I’d want to be a part of… (more…)

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Are you ready to face the ELIMINATOR!?!?

Are you ready to face the ELIMINATOR!?!?

The major U.S. sports seem  just a little dry of late.  Sure, the MLB had Opening Day…but no big news there.  Tiger Woods is back to original Tiger-esque form, but who wants to hear another one of my rants about Tiger Woods?  Oh, and there’s a new women’s soccer league in the United States, but……yeahhhhh.  No, this week I had to dig deep. Sitting at my desk daydreaming about potential stories, I thought back to all the crazy “sports” shows I used to love to watch on TV – and they became a worthy topic, in themselves.

You remember American Gladiators, don’t you?  I can’t count how many weekend afternoons I wasted watching athletes fight through “The Eliminator” at the end of each episode, only to get slammed in the face with a glorified pillow by huge, perhaps partially brain-damaged muscleheads with nicknames like “Laser” and “Malibu.”  I loved every second.  And who was that crazy announcer?  I wonder how he ended up calling episodes of AG, because he sounded like he had the chops for bigger and better things.  I smell an episode of “Where Are They Now?” in the making. (more…)

In late February, the Philidelphia Eagles made the decision to let safety Brian Dawkins sign with the Denver Broncos.  Very few of the city’s football fans were happy to see Dawkins go, as he was a fan favorite and often considered one of the key elements of the Eagles’ defense.  I’m sure that relatively innocent moans and groans of malcontent could be heard at water coolers and watering holes across the city.  But according to the Philadelphia Inquirer and subsequently ESPN.com, one fan’s comments on his Facebook status cost him his job.

The Facebook page of Dan Leone, a Philly resident who obviously has a love/hate relationship with the city’s NFL team, displayed proudly that, “Dan is f***ing devastated about Dawkins signing with Denver…Dam Eagles R Retarded!!”  Days later, our man Dan got a phone call from his boss letting him know that his services would no longer be needed.  The string that ties all of this together?  (You’re on the edge of your seat, I can tell.)  Leone was an Eagles stadium operations employee.

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I’m not sure if it’s a craze that’s sweeping the nation, but it sure as hell should be.  Those of you who are not “in the know” about campus golf, sit for a second and I’ll teach you the basics.

The Old Course at St. Andrews.  Its beautiful.  Its historic.  Its...overrated.

The Old Course at St. Andrews. It's beautiful. It's historic. It's...overrated.

Campus golf is very similar to “standard” golf.  However, the one key difference is that, as the name suggests, it is played on school property.  So, instead of scratching up some serious dough, throwing on an old polo and some too-small khaki pants, and finding a ride out to some local country club where you (as a disheveled-looking, possibly hungover college student) don’t even feel welcomed, you simply grab some wedges and find a lawn.  No shoes?  No problem.  (Important note: I discourage making the SU Quad your personal Carnoustie.  Somebody’s going to wind up with a beastly bruise, and you’ll probably find yourself on the receiving end of litigation. South Campus and its wide, open, mostly pedestrian-free spaces are just a bus ride away.)

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Team USA plays Venezuela this week in the semifinal round of the WBC.

Team USA plays Venezuela this week in the semifinal round of the WBC.

It was the bottom of the ninth and pressure had been mounting as the innings drifted into the record books.  Team USA needed a comeback rally to avoid elimination from the World Baseball Classic, and when the Mets’ David Wright stepped into the batter’s box, the comeback was almost complete.

Puerto Rico’s pitchers worked themselves into a bases-loaded jam and walked in a run to cut Team USA’s deficit to one.  With one out, Puerto Rico’s Fernando Cabrera delivered a low, cutting fastball to Wright. He looped it fair down the first-base line, scoring two and sealing a spot in the semifinals for the United States.  Appropriately, a mob scene ensued at home plate.  To me, watching the highlights on ESPN, it was a taste of October baseball in the middle of March.  But was anybody actually watching when it all went down? (more…)

Watch out for Shaqs heat vision!

Watch out for Shaq's "Heat" vision!

Sorry to disappoint any closet Dean Cain lovers (they must exist somewhere, I’m sure of it), but I’m not talking about the men who’ve played the comic book hero.  I’m talking about NBA stars Shaquille O’Neal and Dwight Howard.  Both men have taken on the “Superman” moniker, but I’ve come to the decision that, like Highlander, there can be only one.  I’ll make each behemoth’s case for the distinction of the “superer” man and pick a winner.  That’s the most democratic way to do it…right?

Shaq and Dwight are both basketball “big men,” 7-foot, 300-ish-pound freaks of nature who patrol the area of the court closest to the basket looking for blocks and rebounds on defense, and monster slam dunks and other high-percentage shots on offense.  They use their superhuman strength to steamroll through defenders and keep other players away from loose balls.  They ARE just like the comic book Superman…except for the whole sustained flight thing.  But I’m sure Shaq and Dwight have learned to live with just ice breath and X-ray vision.

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Shaking in their Spikes

Posted: February 27, 2009 by Michael Leess in POP - pop culture
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Dont worry Tiger, youll see her in a few days.

Don't worry Tiger, you'll see her in a few days.

After arthroscopic knee surgery and months of rehab, Tiger Woods is back on the links this week at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship.  Let it be noted, first of all, that the eight-month sabbatical Woods took is well over his doctors’ original timeframe for recovery.  I can’t say I blame the guy for taking the extra time off, though.  Have you seen his wife?  I rest my case.

However, it’s hard for me to say that I’m excited to see him return to competition.  On one hand, he’s pretty much the Jesus of the golf world.  As a (very) amateur golfer myself, and one who spends about 70 percent of my time on the course cussing the ball, my clubs, and my terrible luck, I can appreciate how amazingly consistent Tiger is with a golf club in his hands.  Hell, he won this year’s US Open in playoff holes and in comeback fashion – all on one leg.

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