Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Tuesday night musings...

So, let's see how this goes -

* - Mike Lowell heads to the DL. Jeff Bailey's back up from Pawtucket

* - Eddie House is back with the Celtics. No free agency for his House-ness!

* - Rasheed Wallace may be coming to Boston when free agency starts at midnight.

* - NHL Free Agency also begins....YAWN!!!

* - Monday Night RAW for next week has already been taped. Cena vs. Triple H goes to a no contest so it's a triple threat match vs. Orton at the PPV.

* - Reportedly, Ted DiBiase SR. is very good as guest host on that RAW.

* - for the second straight week, Superstars on ABC has sucked me into watching.

Mayne Street - "Cutbacks"

In this week's webisode of Kenny Mayne's "Mayne Street," cutbacks hit the ESPN staff just like the rest of the country. We get cameos from Brian Kenny and Jeremy Schaap as well as the returns of Alison Becker and the Cowboy.



Not bad and definitely better than webisode 3. I like Kenny's new name too!

Jamie Cullum does "Thriller"

The tributes to Michael Jackson continue on the concert tours this week. Last week, we shared the New Kids on the Block with you and today, it's Jamie Cullum's turn.

Here's a little "Thriller" at his Glastonbury concert. It's about 4 minutes into the video.

Not bad while standing on top of a piano, huh?!



Enjoy!

WWE completes 15 Superstar trade!

Here are the details from the mammoth 15 Superstar trade made by Donald Trump before he sold RAW. Boy, did they really take away from ECW! The only ones left are Champ Tommy Dreamer and Christian. OUCH! The three big ECW stars that left for RAW showed up last night to face Randy Orton in a gauntlet match. Swagger made good for himself allowing a countout to assist his fellow heel and then Henry made a faceturn by beating Orton to end the night.

* Traded to Raw: Evan Bourne, Jack Swagger, Mark Henry, Alicia Fox and Gail Kim

* Traded to ECW: Shelton Benjamin, Goldust, William Regal, Brie and Nikki Bella

* Traded to Smackdown: Matt Hardy, Finlay, David Hart Smith, Tyson Kidd and Natalya

Looks like the new Hart Foundation will get a push on Friday nights. That's a good thing. We could see some good stuff between them, Jeff and Matt Hardy, Edge and Chris Jericho.

All in all, ECW got squashed! AGAIN!

Tuesday MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET BOS John Smoltz (0-1, 9.00) at BAL Rich Hill (3-2, 6.03)

7:05 p.m. ET CWS Clayton Richard (2-1, 4.33) at CLE Cliff Lee (4-6, 2.92)

7:05 p.m. ET SEA Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.64) at NYY Joba Chamberlain (4-2, 3.81)

7:05 p.m. ET CHC Ted Lilly (7-5, 3.41) at PIT Ross Ohlendorf (6-6, 4.75)

7:07 p.m. ET TB Matt Garza (5-5, 3.61) at TOR Scott Richmond (6-4, 3.68)

7:10 p.m. ET PHI Joe Blanton (4-4, 5.06) at ATL Derek Lowe (7-6, 4.53)

7:10 p.m. ET ARZ Dan Haren (6-5, 2.25) at CIN Bronson Arroyo (8-6, 5.54)

7:10 p.m. ET WAS Craig N. Stammen (1-3, 5.49) at FLA Sean West (3-2, 3.38)

8:05 p.m. ET NYM Johan Santana (9-5, 3.08) at MLW Mike Burns (0-1, 3.72)

8:05 p.m. ET ANA Joe Saunders (8-4, 3.66) at TEX Scott Feldman (5-2, 4.06)

8:10 p.m. ET MIN Scott Baker (5-6, 5.17) at KC Brian Bannister (5-5, 4.17)

8:15 p.m. ET SF Randy Johnson (7-5, 4.68) at STL Chris Carpenter (5-2, 1.78)

10:05 p.m. ET DET Armando Galarraga (4-7, 5.65) at OAK Gio Gonzalez (0-1, 8.03)

10:05 p.m. ET HOU Mike Hampton (4-5, 4.70) at SD Josh Banks (0-0, 2.84)

10:10 p.m. ET COL Jason Marquis (9-5, 4.22) at LA Chad Billingsley (9-3, 3.10)

Monday, June 29, 2009

More Big Shots at Foxwoods

As promised, here's Jim Rice at the Foxwoods Casino's "Big Shots Titans at the Tee" event.



Enjoy!

RAW gets a title match and a special host

From WWE.com, we get news that Vince McMahon will introduce us to a special guest host to start Monday Night RAW tonight.

Also, we get a tag team title match as new champs Edge/Chris Jericho take on the Colons. I'm glad to see we get Edge/Jericho back on RAW. At least that will mean one decent segment as I'm sure we'll get more of Triple H and Randy Orton. That feud seems destined to never end until they hit Hell in the Cell possibly at Summerslam.

It all starts at 9pm, ET on the USA Network.

"Big Shots Titans at the Tee" at Foxwoods

Thanks to our special TCN correspondents, we get an inside peek at Foxwood's "Big Shots Titans at the Tee" event held last week. My brother and sister-in-law, Joe and Monica, spent the night rubbing elbows with some of sports elite ranging from Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor to Red Sox Hall of Famer Jim Rice to Yankees closer Rich "Goose" Gossage. Plus, celebrities like Mark Wahlberg were also on hand for the festivities.

The contest paired the best long drivers in America with a famous celebrity or sports personality. All of it takes place at the Lake of Isles course at the Foxwoods Casino in Connecticut.

Check out the pics!

Mark Wahlberg and the gang!



Rich "Goose" Gossage



Joe Theismann



Eric Dickerson



Jim McMahon



Jim Rice



Chris Rose from Fox Sports



Sounds like a good time was had by all! The contest will air on Fox this fall on September 20 and 27, right after NFL Football.

We'll post a few videos as well later today.

MLB and People Magazine announce 30 Community All-Stars

The press releases continue today -



MLB AND ‘PEOPLE’ ANNOUNCE 30 COMMUNITY “ALL-STARS” TO BE HONORED AT ALL-STAR GAME


Winners to be Featured in Special Pre-Game Ceremony on FOX -- July 14th, 8:00 p.m. ET - Nearly Three Quarters of a Million Votes Cast Across the Nation

Major League Baseball and PEOPLE today announced the 30 winners of the “All-Stars Among Us” campaign, which recognizes individuals who are serving their communities in extraordinary ways. The winners will be honored during the pre-game ceremony at the 2009 MLB All-Star Game in St. Louis on July 14 on FOX, at which President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch.


The “All-Stars Among Us” program is central to the 2009 MLB All-Star Summer events dedicated to charitable initiatives and recognition of the important role of community service. Nearly three quarters of a million votes were cast at PeopleAllStars.com by fans across the nation to select the 30 “All-Stars Among Us” winners (one per MLB Club) out of the pool of 90 finalists who are serving as leaders within their communities.


The 80th Major League Baseball All-Star Game will be televised nationally by FOX Sports, with pre-game ceremonies beginning at 8:00 p.m. ET, in Canada by Rogers Sportsnet and Sportsnet HD and televised in more than 200 countries and territories by Major League Baseball International. ESPN Radio will provide exclusive national radio coverage, while MLB.com will provide extensive online coverage.


Major League Baseball dedicated its 2009 All-Star Game and surrounding events to raising funds and awareness for charitable initiatives and celebrating the importance of community service. The charity and community service initiatives, which are themed “Going Beyond,” will be the most extensive in Major League Baseball All-Star history. In addition, Major League Baseball is supporting President Obama’s call for community service through “United We Serve,” a program which encourages Americans to engage in sustained and meaningful community service. President Obama is encouraging all Americans to visit http://webmail.east.cox.net/do/mail/message/href to find service opportunities in their area.


The 30 winners include inspirational stories of the selfless work of individuals who dedicate their time and energy to helping others and improving the lives of those around them.


“The All-Stars Among Us winners are making a significant impact in their communities with a selfless dedication to very important causes,” said Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig. “Major League Baseball is proud to honor this impressive group of people whose achievements demonstrate the renewed sense of community service that will make our nation an example for the world.”


“Celebrating the ‘Heroes Among Us’ has been an important part of PEOPLE editorial throughout its 35-year history,” said PEOPLE Managing Editor Larry Hackett. “43 million weekly readers look to PEOPLE for these stories of everyday individuals who dedicate their lives to making a difference.” Time Inc Style & Entertainment Group President Paul Caine adds: “We are thrilled to partner with MLB to shine a spotlight on the inspiring work of these “All-Stars Among Us”, and to salute these individuals in front of a nationwide audience.”


One winning “All-Star Among Us” will be featured in PEOPLE the week of the All-Star Game. For the last 35 years, PEOPLE has told stories of everyday ‘heroes’ whose acts of courage, commitment, strength and compassion are changing the lives of others. The “PEOPLE All-Stars Among Us” campaign extends the PEOPLE “Heroes Among Us” franchise.


Arizona Diamondbacks –Bruce Petillo–Gilbert, AZ
At age 4, Bruce Petillo’sson was diagnosed with epilepsy. Understanding the financial challenges of caring for a seriously ill child, Bruce started the Fans Across America Charitable Foundation to help other families. In a time of need, the foundation helps offset everyday living expenses so parents can focus on their child’s health. Fansacrossamerica.orgAtlanta Braves –Ryan Housley–Tyrone, GAInspired by conversations with his younger brother Evan, deployed in Iraq, Ryan Housleystarted HeroBoxto support soldiers in combat. The nonprofit organization supplies packages customized to a soldier’s specific needs. Demand grew quickly, and Ryan now works full time to fulfill requests so that every solider feels appreciated.


Baltimore Orioles –Frank Kolarek–Baltimore, MD
Frank started League of Dreams for children with mental and physical disabilities. His foundation enables kids to play baseball and softball in a safe and loving environment, and gives them an opportunity to feel like big leaguers.


Boston Red Sox –Rob Dixon –Brockton, MA
Rob works to transform ask-risk youth into serious students. He founded the non-profit Project RISE to give these children the skills and motivation to succeed. Many at Project RISE are referred by probation officers. Amazingly, 90 percent of participants graduate from high school and 146 students have attended college.


Cleveland Indians –Dr. Michael Konstan–Bratenahl, OHDr.

Konstan has focused his life’s work on cystic fibrosis and those with the disease. Due to his research and leadership, the life expectancyof CF patients has nearly doubled. His care and compassion have brought comfortand hope to his patients and their families.Colorado Rockies –Darrell Scott –Littleton, COHis daughter was the first person killed at Columbine High School in April 1999. Darrell launched the nonprofit Rachel’s Challenge to spread her message of good will and compassion. By sharing Rachel’s story and inviting students to “start a chain reaction”of kindness, Darrell has helped change lives and prevent suicides.


Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim –Christine Shively –Newport Beach, CA
Since 2007, Christine Shively has brightened the lives of more than 20,000 strangers suffering from the ravages of cancer. Through her organization, Knots-of-Love, she crochets cancer caps and sends them to 140 cancer centers around the US, Canada and Mexico, providing warmth and TLC in a time of need.


Detroit Tigers –Kathleen Brooks –Sterling Heights, MI
Kathleen Brooks has worked tirelessly to recruit bone marrow donors for the Be The Match Registry. As the coordinator for the Southeast Michigan District of the United States Postal Service, Kate has secured more than 1,000 potential donors under the USPS Delivering the Gift of Life Campaign.


Florida Marlins –Kristen Malfara–Melbourne Beach, FL
When her son was diagnosed with leukodystrophy, Kristen resolved to help other families in her situation. She founded the M.O.R.G.A.N. Project to support parents caring for their special-needs children with information, equipment and small grants, and to enhance the quality of life for these families.



Houston Astros –Gary Lynn –Houston, TX

Gary has cerebral palsy and is wheelchair bound. Refusing to be defined by his disability, today he is a straight-A student at Spring High School in Houston. In addition, he has his own foundation, which has raised and donated $12,000 for CP research.


Kansas City Royals –John Lair –Pittsburg, KS
In 2001, John started a Special Olympics team for people with Developmental Disabilities. Today, it has grown to be the best in Kansas. Johnvolunteers over 600 hours of his time a year to Special Olympics and has coachedthree World Champion Special Olympians.


Los Angeles Dodgers –Barbara Palilis–Los Angeles, CA
Being a teen is hard enough, but teens with special needs struggle more than most. Luckily, Barbara Palilisfounded Circle of Friends, a social language skills program forteens and young adults with disabilities. Each teen partners with a non-disabled peer so everyone can learn life skills of understanding and acceptance.


New York Mets –Tara Suri–Scarsdale, NY

Tara was galvanized by the sexism she encountered in India at 13. She founded Turn Your World Around to engage young people in initiatives ranging from empowering sex trafficking victims to increasing access to education. She has impacted thousands globally and is dedicated to forging a movement of youth creating change. Turnyourworldaround.org


Oakland Athletics –Duane Silverstein –Albany, CA
Duane’s organization, Seacology, finds win-win environmental solutions. It has built 85 schools and established over 35 scholarship programs benefiting indigenous peoples around the world. In exchange, they have preserved over two million acres of threatened forests and coral reefs. The rock group Daughtryfeatured Duane in a music video about unsung heroes.



Philadelphia Phillies –Brad Hennefer–Cherry Hill, NJ

Brad Henneferis the only person with Down Syndrome in his high school Hall of Fame. He started the Golf For Life Foundation to introduce Down Syndrome individuals to the game of golf. Started locally, Brad’s foundation has grown into an outstanding national program. Golfforlife.org



Pittsburgh Pirates –Matt Kuntz –Helena, MT

Matt Kuntz’sstepbrother Chris committed suicide in 2007 after returning from Iraq with undiagnosed Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Matt made it his mission to ensure that all National Guard Troops in his home state of Montana receive adequate PTSD screening. He continues to campaign for PTSD awareness and screening for all veterans.



San Diego Padres –Richard Nares–San Diego, CA

Richard Naresstarted the Emilio NaresFoundation after his young son died of cancer. Its Ride With Emilio program transports sick children to their weekly cancer treatments and medical appointments when their families lack access to transportation. For families coping with a child’s illness, it’s a vitally important service.


Milwaukee Brewers –Loyal Mehnert–Milwaukee, WI
Loyal Mehnerttakes an adventurous approach to fundraising. His “Everyday Journeyman Project”began with January’s 4,200-mile Plymouth-Dakar charity rally. It continues with a 2,175-mile solo hike from Georgia to Maine on the Appalachian Trail. All money raised will be donated to assist Habitat for Humanity’s Hurricane Katrina rebuilding efforts.


Minnesota Twins –Marylou Krest–Lima, NY
Marylou and her husband have spent years collecting school supplies, used little league equipment and uniforms and donating them to the children of the Dominican Republic. With a $100,000 school building project underway, they are now looking for another project in the Caribbean.New York Yankees –Michael and Christina Pesci–Parsippany, NJSiblings Christina and Michael share more than a family: they’re both committed activists. Christina is president of Bridging the Generation Gap, an outreach club encouraging friendship between young people and seniors. Michaelfounded the nonprofit Perfect Pitch, which has raised $175,000 for mentally and physically handicapped children and young adults.


Texas Rangers –Ben Sater–Plano, TX
Ben Saterwas a visionary by the age of 10. He applied that vision to create KidSwing, a benefit golf tournament for children. Now in its seventh year, it has helped raise $660,000 for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, where Ben was once a patient.


Toronto Blue Jays –Melanie Burton –Belleville, ON
At age five, Melanie helped send thousands of Christmas shoeboxes to war-torn countries. Now she runs Reading Rocks, a program that encourageschildren with reading difficulties to love reading and improve their literacy. Melanie does most of her own fundraising and has helped children read thousands of books.


San Francisco Giants –Kendra Robins –San Francisco, CA

Kendra is the founder of Project Night Night, which helps homeless children “one sweet dream at a time.”It donates tote bags filled with childhood essentials: a security blanket, a book and a stuffed animal. The Night Nightpackages comfort young children in homeless shelters and promote their emotional and cognitive well-being. ProjectNightNight.org


St. Louis Cardinals –Juileann Najar–St. Louis, MO
Julieannstarted sending packages to troops in 1968 during the Vietnam War. In that same spirit, she started A Soldier’s Wish List in 2004. It conducts fundraisers and collects donations to finance care packages for soldiers overseas. Julie’s organization also coordinates an “adoption”program, matching soldiers with volunteers who send them packages.


Seattle Mariners –Leo McCarthy –Butte, MT
Leo McCarthy’s activism stems from a tragic incident. In 2007, his teenage daughter Mariah was struck and killed by an underage drunk driver as she walked home. Leo started Mariah’s Challenge to keep teens from drinking—and to promote responsible behavior by adults. mariahschallenge.com


Tampa Bay Rays –Tommy Timberlake –Tampa, FL
Tommy makes it possible for disabled people to experience the joy of sailing in a safe, supportive environment. A qualified instructor, Tommy has spent hundreds of hours teaching sailing to individuals with physical and mental disabilities, including paraplegia, autism and Down syndrome. He takes sailors age 16-70 to local regattas.


Washington Nationals –Dr. John Glaspy–Northridge, CA
Oncologist and UCLA Professor of Medicine John Glaspypushes the boundaries of his role. A strong voice for patients, he speaks out to dispel the social isolation that affects cancer patients and their families. Dr. Glaspybelieves we will soon win the battle against cancer, and he is helping to make that happen. His ideas inspired Stand Up to Cancer, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation that awards grants to researchers who could change the face of cancer treatment.

Mayweather/Marquez 24/7 Debuts August 29th on HBO

From HBO Sports -

HBO SPORTS’ MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7, A FOUR-EPISODE ALL-ACCESS SERIES LEADING UP TO THE PAY-PER-VIEW SHOWDOWN BETWEEN TWO BOXING SUPERSTARS, DEBUTS AUG. 29, EXCLUSIVELY ON HBO

NEW YORK, June 29, 2009
– With the intriguing showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Juan Manuel Marquez rescheduled for Sept. 19 in Las Vegas, HBO Sports’ groundbreaking “24/7” reality franchise, which has captured seven Sports Emmy® Awards, will premiere MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7 on SATURDAY, AUG. 29 (10:15-10:45 p.m. ET/PT), it was announced today by Ross Greenburg, president, HBO Sports. The all-new, four-episode, all-access series spotlights a host of intriguing storylines, with Floyd Mayweather, the sport’s most irrepressible superstar, returning after a year-and-a-half absence to face Juan Manuel Marquez, one of boxing’s most accomplished performers, as they prepare for their September pay-per-view showdown at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Noted Greenburg, “Now that the fight has been rescheduled, we are excited to resume production. This latest edition of ‘24/7’ features all the ingredients that we look for in greenlighting the ‘24/7’ franchise: big-time boxing stars, engaging storylines and in Floyd’s case, a larger-than-life personality that is tailor-made for reality television.”

Episodes two and three of MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7 debut on subsequent Saturdays – SEPT. 5 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) and 12 (10:00-10:30 p.m.) – while the finale debuts FRIDAY, SEPT. 18 (9:30-10:00 p.m.), just one night before the fight. All four episodes will have multiple replay dates on HBO, and the series will also be available on HBO On Demand.

MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7 will provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access, along with in-depth interviews, as these determined warriors prepare for their mega-fight. This is Mayweather’s third “24/7” appearance, while Marquez is making his HBO reality series debut. Regarded as the best boxer of his era, the undefeated Mayweather (39-0, 25 KOs) is back after a brief self-imposed retirement. A training camp injury forced the fight date to be reset to Sept. 19.

Marquez is a dynamic fighter (50-4-1, 37 KOs) from Mexico City who shares at least one thing with his flashy opponent: They’re both willing to fight anybody in the sport, regardless of division. Marquez is moving up from the lightweight ranks to challenge boxing’s most provocative star.

Storylines for this fast-paced series will include the interaction between Mayweather and his uncle/trainer, Roger Mayweather, and Marquez’s rock-solid relationship with his longtime trainer Ignacio Beristain.

MAYWEATHER/MARQUEZ 24/7 is the latest installment of the widely acclaimed “24/7” franchise that began in 2007 on HBO with “De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7” and “Mayweather/Hatton 24/7.” The series continued in 2008 with “Calzaghe/Jones 24/7” and “De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7,” and resumed in 2009 with “Pacquiao/Hatton 24/7.”

Newsday.com has observed, “HBO’s 24/7 series is the best sports program on television. Bar none.”

At the 2009 Sports Emmy® Awards, “De La Hoya/Pacquiao 24/7” was honored in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Series/Anthologies, while “Calzaghe/Jones 24/7” was honored in the categories of Outstanding Edited Sports Special, Outstanding Editing and Outstanding Post Produced Audio/Sound. At the 2008 Sports Emmy® Awards, “De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7” was honored in the category of Outstanding Edited Sports Special, while “Mayweather/Hatton 24/7” was honored in the categories of Outstanding Camera Work and Outstanding Writing.

On Saturday, Sept. 19 at 9:00 p.m. (ET)/6:00 p.m. (PT), HBO Pay-Per-View presents “Mayweather vs. Marquez,” live from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Ken Rosenthal joins MLB Network

Great news if you watch the MLB Network, as I do!

MLB NETWORK ADDS KEN ROSENTHAL TO ON-AIR TALENT ROSTER

FoxSports.com Senior Writer Joins Studio Team as “Baseball Insider”

Secaucus, N.J., June 29, 2009
– MLB Network today announced that Ken Rosenthal has joined its roster of on-air talent. Rosenthal will join the cast of MLB Tonight beginning Tuesday, June 30 at 6:00 p.m. ET. Rosenthal, who will continue his reporting for FoxSports.com and MLB on Fox, joins Sports Illustrated senior writers Tom Verducci and Jon Heyman as Baseball Insiders on the MLB Network team.

“Ken brings a wealth of on-air reporting experience and insight into the game and we’re excited to welcome him to MLB Network,” said Tony Petitti, president and CEO of MLB Network. “As we grow as a network, it’s important that we continue to bring fans the most up-to-date information from the best resources in the business.”

Rosenthal has served as lead field reporter for MLB on Fox since 2005. Prior to joining Fox Sports, Rosenthal worked as the national baseball writer for The Sporting News and as a sportswriter at the Baltimore Sun, where he was named Maryland Sportswriter of the Year five times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He is a voting member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

MLB Tonight, the signature program of MLB Network during the regular season, airs live beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET until the final MLB game of the night ends each Monday through Friday, featuring live look-ins of games in progress, updates, highlights, reporting and analysis.

Hank Haney signs deal with PGA.com

From PGA.com and Turner -

Hank Haney and PGA.com Sign Development Deal for Exclusive Golf Instruction Series

One of golf’s top instructor to provide tips on all facets of the game in webisode series on the

Official Site of The PGA of America



PGA.com, the Official Site of The PGA of America, announced today a development deal to air an exclusive online series of golf instructional segments from world renowned golf coach and 25-year PGA member Hank Haney. As part of this Hank Haney-branded instructional platform, this webisode series is expected to begin production in the next few months and will include golf tips on all aspects of the game, both mental and physical.

Haney, the 1993 PGA Teacher of the Year, is the golf coach to the world’s #1 player Tiger Woods. He has taught golf since 1976 and given over 40,000 lessons around the world. Haney has also given instruction to over 200 touring professionals from the PGA TOUR to the LPGA, Champions, European, Japanese, Australian and Asian Tours. Haney, who is represented by Octagon, also has his own television series on The Golf Channel called “The Haney Project” which, in its inaugural season, featured his personal insight and golf instruction to NBA legend and TNT NBA analyst Charles Barkley.

“PGA.com is a leading resource for golf instruction and I am excited to incorporate some of the tips and practice methods I use on a daily basis into their site,” said Haney. “I am really excited about this partnership as the instructional content we will be releasing will help golfers of all ages and abilities with many aspects of their game.”

“Hank is a great motivator with a great work ethic,” said Barkley. “He has helped me understand my swing better and I’m confident his online lessons will do the same for many other golfers of all ages.”

“PGA.com is proud to partner with a teacher as accomplished and well-respected as Hank Haney, one of the world’s pre-eminent golf instructors and a long-time PGA Professional,” said Matthew Hong, vice president and general manager of sports digital at Turner Sports. “The addition of instructional video from Hank to the existing industry-leading content at PGA.com will continue to make the site a premier destination for golfers of all levels looking to improve their game.”
About PGA.com

PGA.com is the production alliance of The PGA of America and managing partner Turner Sports. It is the official online destination for the PGA and home to the PGA Championship, the Senior PGA Championship, The PGA Grand Slam of Golf, The Ryder Cup and The Open Championship. A leader and innovator in broadband golf coverage, the site successfully launched its PGA.com Pipeline broadband product in 2006, garnering record numbers for the site in both 2006 and 2007, with the coverage receiving more than 2 million streams during the course of the 2007 PGA Championship. In 2007 PGA.com Pipeline was nominated for an Emmy® by the National Television Academy.

Turner Sports and the PGA formed a multi-year alliance in June 2002, which was recently extended through 2019, with a mission to serve the golfing public, PGA Professionals and golf trade with products and services, such as the PGA.com Value Guide, that inspire, direct and facilitate participation in the sport nationwide.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Luke Bryan pays homage to the late Michael Jackson

Thanks to our friend, the Bloggin Momma over at Nashville Gab, we get the heads up on the latest Luke Bryan edition of LBTV.

It's a little tribute to the late "King of Pop," Michael Jackson. It's pretty fun too!



Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

Lillian Garcia leaving the WWE



Sad news for tons of WWE fans today as ring announcer and diva Lillian Garcia is leaving the WWE.



Here's her post from her official website -

Hi Everyone,

I hope all of you are doing well! I am writing to address the situation in which WWE is looking for a Female Ring Announcer/Singer. The truth of the matter is that they are looking for someone new because I have given them my notice that I will be leaving at the end of my contract this year. It is with a heavy heart that I have made this decision because WWE has been my family from day one and you, the WWE Universe have always been incredible to me. The fact is that I am getting married later this year and have decided to enter into a new phase of my life but I will truly miss all of you and the WWE tremendously.

Love you all & keep rockin!

Forever Rockin',
Lilian :-)

She's one of my favs and will surely be missed. Here's Lillian's famous singing of the National Anthem at the Smackdown after 9/11, the first public event held after the attacks on our country back in 2001.



At least we have her for a little while longer! Good luck, Lillian.

WWE "The Bash" PPV Predictions

Tonight, it's PPV time again for the WWE and they're giving us "The Bash." It's the old "Great American Bash" from the WCW/WWE days but now it's just "The Bash," which is a hideous name, but nonetheless, we give you our predictions.

* John Cena vs. The Miz
I'm pulling for the upset here as we get the real beginning to a Maryse/Miz relationship as Maryse gets involved just enough to let The Miz do something exceptional to defeat the soon-to-be-married Cena.
Winner: The Miz

* NO DQ Match: Dolph Ziggler vs. The Great Khali
Honestly, does anyone care about this match? What the heck, we'll give Ziggler the duke to get his first PPV win.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler

* WWE Women's Title Match: Melina vs. Michelle McCool
ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ...I'd rather see Maryse vs. Mickie James.
Winner: Melina

* IC Title vs. Mask Match: Chris Jericho vs. Rey Mysterio
Match of the night right here people. It really could go either way, but let's just say this. The WWE makes millions of those Mysterio masks, so he'll get another I-C Title run starting tonight.
Winner: Rey Mysterio

* Unified Tag Team Title Match: Carlito and Primo Colon vs. Legacy
Who's got the juice? Legacy of course. They'll look good in gold as a reward for being Orton's lackeys the past couple of months.
Winner: Legacy

* ECW Title Scramble Match: Tommy Dreamer vs. Christian vs. Finlay vs. Jack Swagger vs. Mark Henry
It seems like Finlay's being made back into the badass of old. What better way to get him over than by beating the crap out of our other guys right?
Winner: Finlay

* World Title Match: CM Punk vs. Jeff Hardy
Does Hardy have a new contract? If he does, he gets the belt back. If he doesn't, it's another Punk win.
Winner: CM Punk

* WWE Title Three Stages of Hell Match: Randy Orton vs. HHH
(The 1st Fall is a Regular Match, The 2nd Fall is Falls Count Anywhere Match, If Needed, the 3rd Fall is a Stretcher Match)
This one will go to a third and deciding fall. Can you say 14-time WWE Champ? No, but it only means the feud continues until Hell in the Cell later in the year where Triple H goes over again.
Winner: Randy Orton (with help from Legacy of course)

Saturday, June 27, 2009

NKOTB pay tribute to Michael Jackson

I post this one for my lovely wife, Laura, who is a huge New Kids on the Block fan. Thursday night, NKOTB paid tribute to the "King of Pop," Michael Jackson who passed away on Thursday at the age of 50. Here's a bit of their concert from Thursday night.



Thanks to manveal from You Tube for posting it!

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

1:07 p.m. ET PHI J.A. Happ (4-0, 3.47) at TOR Brad Mills (0-0, 9.82)

1:10 p.m. ET MIN Kevin Slowey (10-2, 4.04) at STL Todd Wellemeyer (6-7, 5.53)

4:10 p.m. ET CHC Ryan Dempster (4-5, 3.83) at CWS Mark Buehrle (7-2, 3.17)

4:10 p.m. ET BOS Tim Wakefield (9-3, 4.47) at ATL Javier Vazquez (5-6, 3.18)

4:10 p.m. ET ANA John Lackey (2-3, 5.83) at ARZ Doug Davis (3-8, 3.53)

7:05 p.m. ET WAS Shairon Martis (5-2, 5.13) at BAL Jeremy Guthrie (5-7, 5.09)

7:05 p.m. ET CIN Homer Bailey (0-0, 12.46) at CLE Tomo Ohka (0-1, 4.70)

7:05 p.m. ET SF Barry Zito (4-7, 4.54) at MLW Seth McClung (3-1, 3.24)

7:05 p.m. ET DET Alfredo Figaro (1-0, 3.60) at HOU Felipe Paulino (1-4, 6.18)

7:05 p.m. ET KC Bruce Chen (0-0, 0.00) at PIT Paul Maholm (4-4, 4.48)

7:08 p.m. ET FLA Chris Volstad (5-7, 4.74) at TB Scott Kazmir (4-4, 7.69)

7:10 p.m. ET NYY A.J. Burnett (5-4, 4.24) at NYM Tim Redding (1-2, 6.08)

8:05 p.m. ET SD Kevin Correia (4-5, 4.26) at TEX Derek Holland (1-4, 5.77)

9:05 p.m. ET COL Jorge De La Rosa (3-7, 5.85) at OAK Trevor Cahill (5-5, 3.68)

10:10 p.m. ET SEA Felix Hernandez (7-3, 2.74) at LA Eric Milton (2-0, 2.89)

Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Feel Good

It's time for the Friday Feel Good to get you going for the last full weekend in June. So, what better way to start it by checking out my beautiful daughter Abbie!! She's now 2 years old and as adorable as ever!



Thanks to Darius Rucker for the tunes!

Friday's MLB Pitching Probables

4:05 p.m. ET CHC Randy Wells (1-3, 2.57) at CWS Jose Contreras (2-6, 5.23)

7:05 p.m. ET WAS Ross Detwiler (0-3, 4.76) at BAL Brad Bergesen (4-2, 3.94)

7:05 p.m. ET CIN Aaron Harang (5-7, 3.66) at CLE Jeremy Sowers (1-5, 5.95)

7:05 p.m. ET KC Gil Meche (4-6, 4.11) at PIT Charlie Morton (0-0, 3.00)

7:07 p.m. ET PHI J.A. Happ (4-0, 3.47) at TOR Ricky Romero (4-3, 3.59)

7:10 p.m. ET NYY CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.71) at NYM Mike Pelfrey (5-2, 4.74)

7:35 p.m. ET BOS Josh Beckett (8-3, 3.74) at ATL Jair Jurrjens (5-5, 2.89)

7:38 p.m. ET FLA Josh Johnson (7-1, 2.66) at TB James Shields (6-5, 3.36)

8:05 p.m. ET SF Matt Cain (9-1, 2.28) at MLW Yovani Gallardo (7-4, 3.00)

8:05 p.m. ET SD Walter Silva (0-0, 6.00) at TEX Kevin Millwood (7-5, 2.62)

8:05 p.m. ET DET Justin Verlander (8-3, 3.31) at HOU Wandy Rodriguez (6-6, 3.18)

8:15 p.m. ET MIN Glen Perkins (2-4, 5.10) at STL Adam Wainwright (8-4, 3.58)

9:40 p.m. ET ANA Jered Weaver (7-3, 2.53) at ARZ Billy Buckner (2-4, 7.15)

10:05 p.m. ET COL Jason Hammel (4-3, 4.41) at OAK Dallas Braden (5-6, 3.26)

10:10 p.m. ET SEA Jason Vargas (3-2, 3.24) at LA Eric Milton (2-0, 2.89)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson 1958-2009

Shocking news today as pop icon Michael Jackson has passed away at age 50. Jackson suffered cardiac arrest at his LA home this afternoon and was pronounced dead at 6:15, ET.

The man who revolutionized pop music in the 80's, carrying MTV along the way, leaves behind a legacy that puts him in the iconic stature of Elvis and The Beatles.

"The King of Pop" will surely be missed as this becomes a very tragic Thursday with the passing of not only Jackson but also of Farrah Fawcett, who died at age 62 after a long battle with cancer.

Here's a few classic "Jacko" moments to enjoy as our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and millions of fans around the world.





"Thriller"



There may never be a pop star as big as he was in our lifetime.

Tony LaRussa hits Studio 42 with Bob Costas

From MLB Network -



MLB NETWORK’S BOB COSTAS TO HOST Q&A WITH ST. LOUIS CARDINALS MANAGER TONY LARUSSA ON JUNE 28

Interview to discuss Albert Pujols, Mark McGwire, his World Series experiences and his managing philosophy

June 25, 2009
– MLB Network’s Studio 42 with Bob Costas will host a conversation with St. Louis Cardinals Manager Tony LaRussa on June 28 at 9:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. The conversation includes LaRussa’s thoughts on Albert Pujols, Mark McGwire, the ’88 World Series and his managing philosophy. LaRussa, who, at 2500, has the most wins of any St. Louis Cardinals manager in history, was recently named as a coach for the National League team at the 80th All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 14 at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Here's a promo for the interview:



Highlights of the LaRussa interview include:

ON ACQUIRING NEW PLAYERS:

“If you really start talking too much about what you need, what does your team think? ‘Oh, unless we get that need, then we can’t compete.’ That is the exact wrong message that you send your team. Because, first of all, our guys deserve more respect than that. We are competitive. But you always acknowledge that you’re not perfect and you are always trying to get better.”

ON ALBERT PUJOLS AS A PLAYER:

“This guy works and works. He is smart, he knows his strokes, he studies the game between him and the pitcher and he’s got great courage at the plate. And then you tie that into his number one quality: He is just trying to win the stinking game. …This guy is a winning player. He’s the best player I have ever been around.”

ON HIS DEFENSE OF MARK MCGWIRE:

“We ran an intense program of strength and fitness in Oakland and in St. Louis. It was monitored and it was supervised. … There wasn't anything illegal happening in the official Oakland or St. Louis program. And that's what I have defended because I saw all our guys in both those places work their butts off and get strong legally. … Away from the ballpark, I am not a policeman, we were not policemen. Did something happen? I don't know. I just know in Mark's case, I watched him from his first year through his rookie year, and many years subsequent, religiously working to get stronger and also being very careful with his diet and stuff. So I believe everything that I know about him was legitimate. If he strayed, I don't think he strayed much at all, or I never saw it. I think he is a guy that I should speak up and for in favor of and I continue to do so."

ON MCGWIRE’S CONGRESSIONAL HEARING:

“Well, what I think of the congressional appearance was a disappointment. I’ve said, and I believe - I know he told me going in - he hired these lawyers. I think he was coached. Mark has never been comfortable in the spotlight. I don’t think he thought very well on his feet or in his seat that day. And he just fell back on that one answer.”

ON HIS MANAGING PHILOSOPHY:

“I think that I’m a product of what I have been taught. And I think I have had great teachers. And they all tell you that you are better off making a move that you think makes sense than sitting around and not making a decision.”

Before the interview, MLB Network will air the third episode of its original reality series The Pen, featuring members of the Philadelphia Phillies’ bullpen, at 8:30 p.m. ET. Following the interview, MLB Network will replay the “Studio 42 with Bob Costas” conversation with former Major League Baseball umpires Don Denkinger, Bruce Froemming and Steve Palermo at 10:00 p.m. ET.

Thanks to the MLB Network for the pic and the promo video!

TNT's Nascar Coverage from NH

From TNT -

TNT’s NASCAR Coverage Continues with Sprint Cup Series Racing from Loudon on Sunday, June 28

Pre-race coverage begins at 12:30 p.m. ET; green flag drops at 2 p.m. ET


TNT continues its exclusive coverage of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series from Loudon on Sunday, June 28th live from New Hampshire International Speedway. The network will air the Lenox Industrial Tools 301 beginning at 2 p.m. ET with play-by-play announcer Bill Weber calling the race alongside analysts Kyle Petty and Wally Dallenbach in the booth. In addition, analyst Larry McReynolds will make frequent contributions from the in-field as he breaks down crew strategy and analyzes car adjustments.

The network will rev up its pre-race coverage beginning at 12:30 p.m. ET with NASCAR on TNT Live! with Marc Fein (host), Petty and McReynolds. No. 2 Kurt Busch will join TNT’s infield rig for an interview prior to the race.

TNT’s acclaimed Pride of NASCAR series will feature the legendary NASCAR owners Wood Brothers who hold one of the longest and richest legacies in the sport, developing great drivers such as Junior Johnson, Dan Gurney, Donnie Allison, Buddy Baker, Cale Yarborough, Dale Jarrett, David Pearson, Michael Waltrip, Elliott Salder and TNT’s Kyle Petty. In 1976, the Wood Brothers won the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ of NASCAR with wins at the Daytona 500, World 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway and Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway.

NASCAR on TNT Live! will be followed by Countdown to Green at 1:30 p.m. ET with Weber (host), Dallenbach (analyst) and Petty (analyst) with reports from pit reporters Marty Snider, Matt Yocum, Ralph Sheheen and Lindsay Czarniak.

During Countdown to Green, Sheheen will have an exclusive interview with No. 48 Jimmie Johnson to talk about a shared history between the two of them. Johnson began his career in off road racing and Sheheen was part of the broadcasting crew that covered the sport, including during Johnson’s teenage years. Johnson speaks about the impact of off road racing on his NASCAR career as well as his motivation to continue to succeed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series racing.

Also, an interview with veteran crew chief Greg Zipadelli and his rookie driver No. 20 Joey Logano will air during the pre-race show.

Countdown to Green leads into coverage of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from Loudon at 2 p.m. ET with Weber, Dallenbach and Petty calling the action with frequent interaction with McReynolds (analyst) who will man the TNT Offtrack Robotic Car.

Throughout this year’s NASCAR on TNT Summer Series, the network will join forces with NASCAR.COM, the official site of NASCAR, to provide TNT RaceBuddy a multiplatform experience for race fans which features live feeds from the racetrack including pit road and in-car cameras, as well as live chats and polls.

REMAINING 2009 NASCAR ON TNT SCHEDULE:
SUNDAY, JUNE 28
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. NASCAR on TNT Live!
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. Countdown to Green
2:00 – 5:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from Loudon (from New Hampshire Intl. Speedway)

SATURDAY, JULY 4
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. NASCAR on TNT Live!
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Countdown to Green
8:00 – 11:15 p.m. Coke Zero 400 at Daytona powered by Coca-Cola (from Daytona Intl. Speedway)

SATURDAY, JULY 11
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. NASCAR on TNT Live!
7:30 – 8:00 p.m. Countdown to Green
8:00 – 11:30 p.m. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Racing from Chicago presented by Papa John’s (from Chicago Speedway)

MLB Network airs Mets/Yankees

From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK TO TELECAST NEW YORK YANKEES AT NEW YORK METS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 27

MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds to call the game

June 25, 2009
- MLB Network will telecast the Subway Series featuring the New York Yankees at New York Mets on Saturday, June 27, with live coverage beginning at 7:00 p.m. ET from Citi Field in Flushing, NY. MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and Harold Reynolds will call the game, a special edition of Saturday Night Baseball. MLB Tonight, the signature program of MLB Network during the regular season, will air after the game, followed by Quick Pitch, MLB Network’s daily highlight show.

MLB Network’s telecast of the Subway Series will be blacked out in the New York Yankees and New York Mets home television territories. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with a simulcast from a local telecast of the Florida Marlins at Tampa Bay Rays at 7 p.m. ET.

Turner and PGA Extend Partnership

From Turner Sports -

PGA OF AMERICA AND TURNER SPORTS EXTEND AND EXPAND MEDIA AGREEMENTS THROUGH 2019

Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises Named Youth Licensing Agent

To Focus on PGA’s Presence Among Youth Fans


The PGA of America and Turner Sports have extended their broadcasting and interactive media agreements covering the PGA Championship, PGA Grand Slam of Golf and PGA.com through 2019. The new agreement between the two organizations will also expand to include licensing, with Turner’s Cartoon Network Enterprises (CNE) serving as the PGA’s licensing agent in the youth marketplace. In addition, Turner and the PGA will collaborate on a number of new media and consumer marketing initiatives to increase awareness and brand recognition of The PGA of America among key audiences, as well as introduce new, younger audiences to learning, playing and following the game.

For each PGA Championship, TNT will continue to provide comprehensive television coverage for the Thursday and Friday rounds, as well as early coverage for the final two rounds on Saturday and Sunday. Turner will also provide complete coverage of the PGA Grand Slam of Golf, which is the hardest event to qualify for in the game. Additionally, Turner will continue its management of PGA.com, the official Web site of the PGA of America.

CNE, in its new role as licensing agent, will use its strengths to create an extensive consumer product and retail program for the PGA with the youth marketplace through a range of licensing agreements and co-branding partnerships across all product categories. This new product line will increase the PGA’s presence with the next generation of fans and also broaden the PGA’s scope of retail offerings.

“The PGA of America, Turner Sports and Time Warner have been longtime partners in presenting state-of-the-art digital media coverage of the best in championship golf to millions of fans, elevating the stature of our more than 28,000 men and women PGA Professionals,” said PGA of America Chief Executive Officer Joe Steranka. “While Turner will continue to showcase the PGA’s tradition of dramatic championships, we’re especially excited about new initiatives in the company’s licensing division and the creation of social media platforms that will help us make the game relevant and interesting to the next generation of golfers.”

“Turner’s partnership with The PGA of America reflects our continuing strategy to provide the most compelling television sports content, as well as managing the best digital content. Our expanded relationship will create opportunities to better serve golf fans around the world,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “This expanded partnership takes advantage of Turner’s expertise in licensing, digital media and event marketing. Our broader relationship should provide growth and create new opportunities to enhance the PGA brand.”

The partnership extension also features:

Turner’s continued oversight and responsibility of advertising sales for PGA.com and new mobile offerings and applications;
Turner will create actionable media and marketing that extends the PGA of America brand at the regional and local level and builds “conversations” with consumers through media and promotions that enhance PGA Professionals, golf and the Association as contemporary to young families and young adults;
Development of an enhanced PGA.com community where users will be able to connect with friends, family, other golfers and PGA Professionals to organize a round, schedule a lesson, track their playing statistics and plan their next golf vacation;
Exploration of a virtual learning experience where users would be able to interact with a PGA Professional online to receive game tips, analysis and feedback.

Examples of recent new media innovations by The PGA of America and Turner Sports:

First major golf event to have live hosted coverage during the broadcast window (2003) and first major golf event to have live hosted coverage available all four days (2004);

First golf event to be available across five platforms – TV, Web, video-on-demand, mobile and Podcast (2005);

First golf event to offer multiple live video streams – PGA.com Pipeline (2006; nominated for an Emmy in 2007) – and first major golf event to use Turner’s Mosaic video player with multiple simultaneous video streams (2008);

Development of the innovative PGA.com Value Guide, the national standard for used golf club valuation, and the PGA Trade-In Network. Together, these two programs have made it possible for golfers to find the value of their golf clubs, trade them in at over 6,000 PGA Professional-staffed facilities and use the value toward the purchase of new equipment.

Shaq dealt to the Cavs

Well, LeBron James, you have Shaq Fu to help you try and make it to the NBA Finals. ESPN reports that the Cavs and Suns agreed last night to a deal to send Shaquille O'Neal to the Cavs for Ben Wallace, money ($500,000), Sasha Pavlovic and the 46th pick in tonight's NBA Draft.

Check out the full report here from ESPN.

Still waiting to hear the latest from Shaq himself on his Twitter page.

Let me be on the record as saying this will NOT help the Cavs win an NBA Championship. Sorry LeBron!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Thursday's MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET CHC Ted Lilly (7-4, 3.04) at DET Armando Galarraga (3-7, 5.62)

1:10 p.m. ET STL Chris Carpenter (5-1, 1.53) at NYM Johan Santana (8-5, 3.22)

2:05 p.m. ET LA Chad Billingsley (9-3, 2.83) at CWS Clayton Richard (2-1, 4.03)

2:05 p.m. ET MIN Scott Baker (4-6, 5.22) at MLW Mike Burns (0-0, 0.00)

2:05 p.m. ET KC Brian Bannister (5-4, 3.89) at HOU Brian Moehler (4-4, 6.43)

4:40 p.m. ET SD Wade LeBlanc (0-0, 9.00) at SEA Jarrod Washburn (3-5, 3.24)

7:05 p.m. ET BOS John Smoltz (0-0, 0.00) at WAS Jordan Zimmermann (2-3, 5.03)

7:05 p.m. ET CLE Cliff Lee (4-6, 2.94) at PIT Ross Ohlendorf (6-6, 4.94)

7:07 p.m. ET CIN Johnny Cueto (6-4, 2.55) at TOR Brett Cecil (2-1, 4.26)

7:08 p.m. ET PHI Antonio Bastardo (2-2, 5.21) at TB Andy Sonnanstine (5-7, 6.60)

7:10 p.m. ET NYY Andy Pettitte (7-3, 4.26) at ATL Derek Lowe (7-5, 4.09)

7:10 p.m. ET BAL Rich Hill (3-1, 5.18) at FLA Sean West (2-2, 3.97)

9:40 p.m. ET TEX Scott Feldman (5-2, 4.02) at ARZ Jon Garland (4-7, 4.99)

MLB Network Updated Schedule

From MLB Network -

MLB NETWORK ANNOUNCES LIVE PROGRAMMING SCHEDULE THROUGH JULY 26

Includes exclusive telecast of the 2009 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Thursday Night Baseball to feature MLB Network’s Bob Costas and Jim Kaat calling the

Los Angeles Dodgers at New York Mets on July 9

Secaucus, N.J., June 24, 2009
– MLB Network today announced its schedule of live programming from July 2 through July 26, featuring an exclusive live telecast of the 2009 National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony from Cooperstown, New York on Sunday, July 26 and four Thursday Night Baseball match-ups.

Coverage of the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will begin at 12:30 p.m. ET on July 26 with a pre-ceremony show from MLB Network's studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, featuring profiles on this year’s inductees: Rickey Henderson, Jim Rice and Joe Gordon. Live coverage of the ceremony, including each inductee’s acceptance speech, will begin at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Founded in 1936, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will welcome its 73rd induction class in 2009. The Hall of Fame’s 2009 election results were announced live from MLB Network's Secaucus-based studios and aired exclusively on MLB Network and online at MLB.com on January 12. The live program on MLB Network marked the first time the announcement was made on television.

“The National Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Ceremonies are a perfect fit to air on the MLB Network,” said Jeff Idelson, President, National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. “We are excited about this collaboration, and the opportunity to extend our marquee event to baseball fans across the country, through the Network's tremendous reach.”

“MLB Network was created to be a home for baseball events that fans care about, whether it’s a live game or a front seat at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony,” said Tony Petitti, President and Chief Executive Officer of MLB Network. “We’re excited to exclusively showcase the Induction Ceremony - one of the sport’s most important events - on a national stage.”

Next week’s Thursday Night Baseball game will air on July 2 at 8:00 p.m. ET, with the National League Central Division rivals Milwaukee Brewers at Chicago Cubs and MLB Network’s Matt Vasgersian and Dan Plesac calling the game. On July 9, Bob Costas and Jim Kaat will be in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers at the New York Mets. The New York Yankees, Cincinnati Reds and Oakland Athletics will also be featured in the following weeks.

MLB Network's Thursday Night Baseball broadcast schedule from July 2 through July 23 appears below.

MLB NETWORK LIVE THURSDAY GAME SCHEDULE THROUGH JULY 23 (all times Eastern):

July 2 – 8:00 p.m
. Brewers @ Cubs – Matt Vasgersian & Dan Plesac

July 9 – 7:00 p.m. Dodgers @ Mets – Bob Costas & Jim Kaat

July 16 – 7:00 p.m. Brewers @ Reds – Matt Vasgersian & Joe Magrane

July 23 – 7:00 p.m. Athletics @ Yankees – Matt Vasgersian & Harold Reynolds

Games will be blacked out in each team's home television territory. Viewers in areas subject to blackouts will be provided with an alternate game telecast or other programming.

MLB Network will continue to announce additional programming for the month of July as well as future Thursday Night Baseball games coinciding with its selection windows.

Poor Coco - out for the season

Poor Coco Crisp. First, he gets traded to the KC Royals in the off-season for Ramon Ramirez and now, he's out for the year.

Coco's bad shoulder will now keep him out until 2010. At least he doesn't have to suffer and watch the Royals lose every night now.

Thanks to the Projo for the link.

Superstars was awful but at least we get a TO blowup!

Yes, if you were intrigued, like I was, last night about the debut of "Superstars" on ABC, you got a little good and a lot of bad.

The bad...mostly everything including more kayak races than I care to ever see again.

The good...Joanna Krupa blowing up on Terrell Owens! Yes, TO's the receiver here of someone else's tantrum at the end of the obstacle course.

Check it out from ABC -



So, TO's out and most of the drama is too. Believe me, I'd give more airtime to Warren Sapp and Jenn Brown!

A-I, Jim Mora and more hip-hopping for your enjoyment

If you're a fan of great sports soundbites set to music, and heck, who isn't, this is a must see for you!



The Allen Iverson and Jim Mora stuff never gets old! I'd love to see a Bill Parcells one of these done!

Great job by DJ Steve Porter on that one!

Enjoy!

Wednesday's MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET CHC Rich Harden (4-3, 5.27) at DET Rick Porcello (8-4, 3.54)

7:05 p.m. ET BOS Jon Lester (5-6, 4.69) at WAS Craig N. Stammen (1-2, 4.76)

7:05 p.m. ET CLE Carl Pavano (6-5, 5.73) at PIT Zach Duke (7-5, 3.18)

7:07 p.m. ET CIN Bronson Arroyo (8-5, 5.16) at TOR Scott Richmond (5-4, 3.79)

7:08 p.m. ET PHI Joe Blanton (4-3, 5.28) at TB Matt Garza (4-5, 3.83)

7:10 p.m. ET NYY Joba Chamberlain (3-2, 3.89) at ATL Kenshin Kawakami (4-6, 4.42)

7:10 p.m. ET STL Brad Thompson (2-2, 3.89) at NYM Fernando Nieve (2-0, 1.84)

7:10 p.m. ET BAL Jason T. Berken (1-3, 6.84) at FLA Ricky Nolasco (3-6, 7.15)

8:05 p.m. ET MIN Nick Blackburn (6-2, 3.09) at MLW Braden Looper (5-4, 5.21)

8:05 p.m. ET KC Luke Hochevar (2-3, 6.61) at HOU Roy Oswalt (3-4, 4.48)

8:11 p.m. ET LA Randy Wolf (3-2, 3.29) at CWS Gavin Floyd (4-5, 4.65)

9:40 p.m. ET TEX Vicente Padilla (5-3, 4.79) at ARZ Dan Haren (6-4, 2.23)

10:05 p.m. ET COL Jason Marquis (9-4, 3.71) at ANA Joe Saunders (7-4, 3.80)

10:05 p.m. ET SF Randy Johnson (6-5, 5.00) at OAK Josh Outman (4-1, 3.48)

10:10 p.m. ET SD Josh Geer (1-2, 5.98) at SEA Brandon Morrow (0-3, 5.68)

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Darren Rovell crashes with Kyle Busch

Classic stuff from old friend Darren Rovell on his upcoming CNBC special "Inside Track: Refueling the Business of Nascar."

Check out his day with Kyle Busch including a little crash along the wall!



Good stuff!

Obama to throw out first pitch at MLB All-Star Game

President Barack Obama will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at next month's MLB All-Star Game in St.Louis (SI.com).

Now that we're on the subject of first pitches...













Classic stuff. Let's hope the Prez brings his A-Game!

PGA on CBS This Weekend - Traveler's in Hartford

From CBS Sports -

GLOVER, GARCIA, PERRY, SINGH, KIM, CINK AND MAHAN SCHEDULED TO COMPETE IN “TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP” ON CBS SPORTS, JUNE 27-28


Stewart Cink returns to Connecticut looking for his third victory at the TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP against a strong field led by 2009 U.S. Open winner Lucas Glover*, Sergio Garcia, Kenny Perry, Vijay Singh, Anthony Kim, Zack Johnson and Hunter Mahan who won in 2007 between runner-up finishes in 2006 and 2008. CBS Sports covers all the action from the TPC at River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., broadcasting the third and final rounds on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28 (3:00-6:00 PM, ET, both days), live on the CBS Television Network.

CBS Sports’ golf anchor Jim Nantz and Ian Baker-Finch provide commentary from the 18th hole tower. Peter Oosterhuis calls the action at the 17th hole and Gary McCord at the 16th hole. Peter Kostis and Bobby Clampett serve as on-course reporters.

Cink will attempt to be the first player since Phil Mickelson in 2002 to successfully defend his Travelers Championship title this weekend in a standout field that includes Mahan, Glover, Garcia, Perry, Singh, Kim, Johnson, Ricky Barnes, Justin Leonard, David Toms, Justin Rose, Dustin Johnson, Ben Curtis, Brian Gay, Chad Campbell, Scott Verplank, Aaron Baddeley, Steve Elkington, Tim Herron, J.J. Henry, Jesper Parnevik, Corey Pavin, Paul Goydos and Boo Weekley. *(Glover scheduled to compete as of 6/23/09)

CHIP SHOTS WITH PETER KOSTIS

(On Travelers Championship Field):
Clearly there are many guys in the field that played well at Bethpage. But how much did that week take out of them? It was just a really difficult, frustrating week that tested your patience and it will be difficult to get your energy level back up to where it needs to be to compete at Hartford. But their golf games are clearly in good working order based on how they finished at Bethpage. Hunter Mahan could have easily won at Bethpage had his shot on 16 not hit the flagstick. We will never know because that was just a horrendously bad break. (On Ricky Barnes): I don’t know how Ricky will respond after Bethpage. How is he going to react? Will he build on it or take a step back and say, ‘I have almost secured my card and I am doing well and I am ahead of schedule.’ Or is he exhausted to the point where he does not compete very well? (On Lucas Glover): Now things have changed for Lucas. This will be his first opportunity to be announced on the first tee as U.S. Open Champion after he won his first major. He always put too much pressure on himself, trying to make things happen, rather than backing off and letting things happen. He needs to remember when he steps on the first tee at Hartford that he is still Lucas Glover, still a good old guy from South Carolina and he needs to play golf the same way. He can’t go out there and try to play like a U.S. Open Champion, whatever that is. If he starts thinking that he is a different person or a different player now because he has won a major, I think he is going to put too much pressure on himself and its going to be difficult for him…(On Phil Mickelson): On one hand, five runner-up finishes at the U.S. Open means that you have played some tremendous golf. On the other hand, it means that you have failed to get the deal sealed five times. It depends on what perspective you want to take from it. I know he has to be bitterly disappointed this time because of the extenuating circumstances. He has got to sharpen up his play down the stretch. He has had it right there for the taking and just not done it a couple of times. He has either missed a put, had a poor chip or tee shot or whatever the case may be. He needs to keep himself more under control over the last few finishing holes.

Don't forget, Lucas Glover is on Letterman tonight on CBS at 11:35pm, ET.

Mayne Street - "I Didn't Say That"

It's a short webisode of Kenny Mayne's "Mayne Street" this week. I'll be honest with you. It's not that great. It's Kenny Mayne and Colin Cowherd in a little feud with Barry Melrose caught in the crossfire.



Sorry, no Alison Becker this week.

Megan Fox tops FHM Sexiest List



FHM is back with its Top 100 Sexiest Women in the World list. There's no surprise at the top as Transformers hottie Megan Fox heads the ladies.

Here's your full list.

Plus, a few random #'s for ya -

#100 - Rachel Ray

#83 - Maria Sharapova

#75 - Tina Fey

#80 - Evangeline Lilly

#15 - Angelina Jolie

#10 - Katy Perry

#9 - Anne Hathaway

#4 - Jessica Biel

#3 - Scarlett Johansson

#2 - Jessica Alba

Congratulations to Jon!



Finally, we got the answer as to whether Jon and Kate of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" fame would stay together. Thankfully for Jon, the answer is no.

I'm sure that Kate would just as easily want them to go through counseling, stay together, have more drama and whatever else is in her head that she could think would drum up more business to make her more of an insta-star.

Well, guess what Kate, you're 15 minutes of fame are up. And speaking of behalf of the world, we are happy it is. There's nothing more for us to see.

I'll confess that I've been a fan of the show in its early years. Always, though, I would say what a nag and a b*tch Kate was for how she treated Jon.

Jon always took it for the sake of the "show" and of course, the kids. But after years of getting used as a punching bag, he finally got fed up with it. He didn't want the show anymore. He just wanted to be a family living their lives.

For the past two years, Jon stayed home with the kids while Kate took to the road to promote the "Kate Show" and make money. Believe me, it's hard to go from working a full-time job to going into being a stay-at-home dad. I can relate. It's what I have had to do after the heartless bean counters at my former company threw us all out last year. Ever since, I've taken care of my 2-year old daughter at home while trying to find some kind of good job in what's left of the American business community.

You have good days and bad days and you try to learn as you go. And that's with one, never mind eight kids. I can only imagine how tough it would be to have someone like Kate nagging you day after day on top of that and of course, going out and throwing "her success" in his face.

Believe me, neither is a saint in all this. And yes, none of us really know the whole truth. We just know what comes in through on the Kate-filter. I'm not condoning the "extra" side stuff that may or may not have happened on either side.

Sometimes, divorce is a better way to go and maybe in this case, the kids will turn out better for it. As I said, the one thing that would benefit them is for the show to just end. That's something Jon's been calling for to happen for a couple of years. Kate's ego wouldn't hear it!

So, yes, after all this, I'm glad that Jon can get out. He'll still get to see his kids, but he won't have to endure the pain that will now become his ex-wife.

Can they change? Sure. Time will tell that. But, at least for now, he can get some of his sanity and control of his life back.

Winter Classic to be doubleheader at Fenway Park

Yes, January 1st will be a fine day to play two at Fenway Park!

No, it won't be a pair of Sox games, but a pair of hockey games. The Bruins will most likely face the Flyers while for the first time, there will also be college hockey.

Metro International reports today that Boston College will likely face Boston University while the Bruins will take on the Flyers (or Capitals) in the first ever NHL/College Winter Classic.

So, if the second NHL game in Calgary goes on as planned, we'll have outdoor hockey in three's on January 1, 2010.

I'd expect NESN or Comcast SportsNet New England to pick up the BU/BC game while NBC will of course do the Bruins game.

Can't wait!

BREAKING NEWS: Ed McMahon dead at age 86

Sad news this morning as we learn that veteran entertainer Ed McMahon has passed away at age 86. McMahon, the longtime sidekick for Johnny Carson on "The Tonight Show," died at a Los Angeles Hospital. He had been battling cancer after suffering from pneumonia and other illnesses earlier this year.

Here's more from NBC NY.

Here's a classic Carson clip with McMahon and Carson doing the Carnac character.



Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.

Tuesday MLB Pitching Probables

7:05 p.m. ET CHC Carlos Zambrano (4-2, 3.44) at DET Edwin Jackson (6-4, 2.39)

7:05 p.m. ET BOS Brad Penny (6-2, 4.94) at WAS John Lannan (4-5, 3.38)

7:05 p.m. ET CLE David Huff (2-2, 7.09) at PIT Ian Snell (2-7, 5.08)

7:07 p.m. ET CIN Micah Owings (4-7, 4.50) at TOR Brad Mills (0-0, 9.82)

7:08 p.m. ET PHI Jamie Moyer (4-6, 6.35) at TB David Price (1-1, 3.46)

7:10 p.m. ET NYY Chien-Ming Wang (0-5, 12.30) at ATL Tommy Hanson (2-0, 4.08)

7:10 p.m. ET STL Joel Pineiro (5-8, 3.76) at NYM Livan Hernandez (5-1, 4.18)

7:10 p.m. ET BAL Koji Uehara (2-4, 4.30) at FLA Andrew Miller (2-3, 4.56)

8:05 p.m. ET MIN Francisco Liriano (2-8, 5.91) at MLW Jeff Suppan (5-4, 4.48)

8:05 p.m. ET KC Zack Greinke (8-3, 1.96) at HOU Russ Ortiz (3-2, 3.60)

8:11 p.m. ET LA Hiroki Kuroda (1-3, 3.86) at CWS John Danks (5-5, 4.48)

9:40 p.m. ET TEX Matt Harrison (4-4, 5.43) at ARZ Max Scherzer (4-4, 3.58)

10:05 p.m. ET COL Ubaldo Jimenez (6-6, 3.73) at ANA Ervin Santana (1-3, 7.47)

10:05 p.m. ET SF Tim Lincecum (6-2, 2.72) at OAK Vince Mazzaro (2-1, 1.75)

10:10 p.m. ET SD Chad Gaudin (2-6, 5.98) at SEA Garrett Olson (2-1, 4.23)

Monday, June 22, 2009

US Open Champ Lucas Glover on Letterman

From CBS -

2009 U.S. OPEN GOLF CHAMPION LUCAS GLOVER TO PRESENT THE TOP TEN LIST ON CBS’S “LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN,” TUESDAY, JUNE 23

NEW YORK, June 22 – 2009 U.S. Open golf champion Lucas Glover will present the Top Ten List on the LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN, Tuesday, June 23 (11:35 PM-12:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. In only the second victory of his PGA Tour career, Glover shot a final round 3-over par 73 to take the rain-delayed tournament Monday, finishing with a two-shot victory over runners up Phil Mickelson, David Duval and Ricky Barnes.

Also on the LATE SHOW Tuesday will be author and former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and musical guests MSTRKRFT with John Legend. The LATE SHOW with DAVID LETTERMAN is a production of Worldwide Pants Incorporated. Barbara Gaines, Maria Pope, Jude Brennan and Rob Burnett are the executive producers.

Donald Trump giving RAW fans refund in Green Bay!

According to the God of OMG, Joey Styles, new RAW "owner" will give all the fans in attendance in Green Bay for tonight's WWE RAW a refund!

So, in addition to getting a commercial free Monday Night RAW broadcast, they also get their money back.

Not too shabby!

Check out Mr. Styles Twitter page for more breaking news as well!

UPDATE: According to the WWE, that's a cool $235,000 payout by "The Donald."

People Magazine says Jon & Kate filed divorce papers

According to People Magazine, divorce papers were filed Monday afternoon by Jon and Kate Gosselin.

Looks like we have our confirmation for tonight's big announcement on TLC (9pm, ET).

Sneak Peek to "Jon & Kate Plus 8" Big Announcement Tonight

Thanks to TLC, we get a sneak peek into tonight's episode of "Jon & Kate Plus 8" in which the highly publicized "big announcement" will be made by the couple.



Pretty cool houses! Thanks again to TLC for the video.

9pm, ET is your start time on TLC tonight.

Wimbledon streaming available

If you like your Wimbledon served up on your desktop or laptop, here's where you'll find it -

LIVE AT WIMBLEDON” STREAMING COVERAGE ANNOUNCED BY NBC SPORTS & ALL ENGLAND LAWN TENNIS CLUB

First-Ever Widely Available Free Wimbledon Streaming in U.S. Features Live Matches From Multiple Courts, Alternate Camera Angles, On-demand Replays & More

Live at Wimbledon” is Accessible at NBCSports.com & Wimbledon.org

NEW YORK - June 22, 2009
- NBC Sports and the AELTC combine to present Live at Wimbledon, providing live streaming and on-demand access to The Championships, Wimbledon it was announced today. The Live at Wimbledon video experience, which will be powered by Microsoft Silverlight, marks the first time that coverage of The Championships, Wimbledon will be widely available in the U.S. via free, live online streaming.

The All England Club's U.S. network partner, NBC Sports, is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of Breakfast at Wimbledon and is in its 41st consecutive year as the broadcast home of Wimbledon. NBC Sports will present more than 38 broadcast hours of coverage over nine days from Wimbledon beginning this Saturday at 3 p.m. ET, and includes live coverage of the Gentleman's and Ladies' Finals. All matches televised by NBC Sports are available online at Live at Wimbledon via NBCSports.com and Wimbledon.org.

In addition to NBC Sports broadcast coverage, Live at Wimbledon will offer live streaming of up to four concurrent courts, on-demand replays of the best matches from every day of The Championships, alternate camera angles for NBC Sports semifinal and final match coverage, daily video highlights, and Golden Moments from the Wimbledon archive, including an on-demand replay of the classic 2008 Gentlemen's Finals between Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, that NBC Sports' John McEnroe said was the "greatest match we've ever seen."

Live at Wimbledon will be available starting today, the first day of The Championships, Wimbledon with on-demand coverage. Live streaming of NBC Sports coverage and additional matches will begin on Saturday, June 27, concluding with the Ladies' Final on Saturday, July 4 at 9 a.m. ET and the Gentlemen's Final on Sunday, July 5 at 9 a.m. ET.

The Live at Wimbledon video experience will be powered by Microsoft Silverlight and offers the first implementation of Live Smooth Streaming for U.S.-based audiences. Silverlight and Live Smooth Streaming enable NBC Sports and Live at Wimbledon to deliver true high definition (HD)-quality streaming video for both live NBC Sports broadcast and on-demand coverage. Live at Wimbledon users will also be able to experience digital video recorder (DVR)-like controls, such as the ability to pause live action, skip back to drive their own instant replays, and join live broadcasts mid-event. Microsoft partnered with application service provider iStreamPlanet to build the Live at Wimbledon video player and handle content acquisition, encoding, and origin hosting with Akamai providing the delivery of the content.

"NBC Sports has a proud tradition of Wimbledon coverage, and we are even prouder to extend our coverage online with the all-new Live at Wimbledon," said Perkins Miller, Senior Vice President, NBC Sports & Olympics, Digital Media. "Tennis fans in the U.S. can now widely follow Wimbledon online both live and on-demand, and the quality of the Live at Wimbledon video player will only enhance their viewing experience."

"Building on the success of the NBCOlympics.com broadcast of the 2008 Beijing Summer Games, we're excited to partner with NBC Sports once again to provide Silverlight and the unique capabilities of Live Smooth Streaming to power Live at Wimbledon," said Scott Guthrie, corporate vice president of the .NET Developer Platform at Microsoft Corp. "Silverlight enables NBC Sports to provide Wimbledon fans true HD-quality video content and DVR-like features, dramatically improving the quality of the online viewing experience over previous years."

For more information on Live at Wimbledon, tennis fans can go to NBCSports.com or Wimbledon.org. Tennis fans can also follow Live at Wimbledon on twitter.com/NBCWimbledon.

Tiger Woods has to be kicking himself!

Yes, we are heading into the back nine of the final round at the rainy US Open this morning and Tiger Woods, playing 18, is at Even par, just four shots off the lead.

Man, he's got to be kicking himself for that first round finish of double bogey, bogey, par and bogey that left him at +4 after round one. What once was a good round or below or at level par through a rainy first day turned into a nightmare.

It looks like that could be the difference in him winning or losing.

We'll see how it turns out.

UPDATE: Tiger finished at Even par for the tournament after shooting a one under 69 today. Luke Glover is in the lead at -4 playing the 12th.

Monday MLB Pitching Probables

7:10 p.m. ET STL Todd Wellemeyer (6-6, 5.36) at NYM Tim Redding (0-2, 6.27)

7:10 p.m. ET CHC Ryan Dempster (4-4, 3.92) at ATL Javier Vazquez (4-6, 3.41)

10:05 p.m. ET COL Aaron Cook (6-3, 4.23) at ANA Matt Palmer (6-0, 4.13)

10:05 p.m. ET SF Jonathan Sanchez (2-7, 5.43) at OAK Trevor Cahill (4-5, 3.89)

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Green-day at Fenway! SS with the walk-off HR

Nick Green leaves everyone at Fenway Park in a good mood on Father's Day with this walk-off home run just inside the Pesky Pole for the Red Sox 6-5 win over the Braves Sunday.

Too bad Tim Wakefield didn't get the win after an early 4-2 lead, but maybe he'll still make the All-Star team for the AL.

Here's the Green Day Victory Lap if you missed it from NESN and ESPN -



It's a good day all around. The Red Sox win and Dice-K heads to the DL.

Enjoy!

NBC Monday Coverage of US Open starts at 11:30am

From NBC Sports -

NBC SPORTS FINAL ROUND U.S. OPEN COVERAGE TOMORROW TO BEGIN AT 11:30 AM T

NBCSports.com to Live Stream Entire Final Round Starting at 9 a.m. ET

NEW YORK - June 21, 2009
- NBC Sports will come on the air at 11:30 a.m. ET (8:30 a.m. PT/9:30 a.m. MT/10:30 a.m. CT) tomorrow with the live conclusion of the final round of the 109th U.S. Open. ESPN's coverage begins at 9 a.m. ET.

For those fans in their offices, NBCSports.com will live stream the entire final round starting at 9 a.m. ET.

This is just the third time the final round of the Open has extended until Monday (excluding playoffs) and the first since 1983 at Oakmont.

More Father's Day Fun!

Need more laugh's on your Father's Day? Check out some comedy to bust a gut!



Enjoy!

Happy Father's Day!

Happy Father's Day to everyone, including my own Dad, out there today! Looks like another wet one here in Southern New England, but that's no surprise!

While you're enjoying your day, check out the Top 5 Movie Dad's, according to the Rotten Tomatoes Show.



Enjoy!

Sunday's MLB Pitching Probables

Happy Father's Day!

1:05 p.m. ET MLW Yovani Gallardo (7-3, 2.93) at DET Justin Verlander (7-3, 3.39)

1:10 p.m. ET CWS Mark Buehrle (6-2, 3.43) at CIN Aaron Harang (5-6, 3.65)

1:10 p.m. ET TB Jeff Niemann (6-4, 4.21) at NYM Mike Pelfrey (5-2, 4.56)

1:35 p.m. ET ATL Jair Jurrjens (5-5, 2.89) at BOS Tim Wakefield (9-3, 4.39)

1:35 p.m. ET TOR Ricky Romero (3-3, 3.73) at WAS Shairon Martis (5-1, 4.76)

1:35 p.m. ET BAL Jeremy Guthrie (4-7, 5.42) at PHI Cole Hamels (4-2, 4.48)

2:10 p.m. ET STL Adam Wainwright (7-4, 3.33) at KC Gil Meche (4-5, 3.31)

2:10 p.m. ET HOU Wandy Rodriguez (5-6, 3.33) at MIN Glen Perkins (2-3, 5.09)

2:20 p.m. ET CLE Jeremy Sowers (1-4, 5.14) at CHC Randy Wells (0-3, 2.55)

3:10 p.m. ET PIT Paul Maholm (4-3, 4.23) at COL Jorge De La Rosa (2-7, 5.81)

4:05 p.m. ET OAK Dallas Braden (5-5, 3.31) at SD Kevin Correia (3-5, 4.52)

4:05 p.m. ET TEX Kevin Millwood (7-4, 2.62) at SF Barry Zito (3-7, 4.72)

4:10 p.m. ET ARZ Doug Davis (3-8, 3.72) at SEA Felix Hernandez (7-3, 2.77)

5:05 p.m. ET NYY CC Sabathia (6-4, 3.67) at FLA Chris Volstad (4-7, 4.75)

8:05 p.m. ET LA Clayton Kershaw (3-5, 4.13) at ANA John Lackey (2-2, 6.10)

US Open delayed again!

More rain in NY for the US Open! Sunday's start won't come until at least 12pm due to overnight rains at Bethpage Black (ESPN.com).

So, now with another delay, there will definitely be Monday play. We'll let you know the TV plans but you can guess that ESPN would have early coverage and then NBC would take over after the "Today Show."

We'll keep you posted.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

"Out Last Night" hits #1

Kenny Chesney checks in with his 19th number one single this weekend.

This time, it's "Out Last Night" that hits the number one spot in country music. Here it is off his Greatest Hits II cd.

Kenny Chesney More CMT Music More CMT Music Videos

Thanks to CMT for the link! Can't wait until August 15th and Kenny Chesney Day in Foxboro!

NBC Sports to start US Open Coverage at 11am Sunday

Adjust your Father's Day TV viewing accordingly -

NBC SPORTS U.S. OPEN COVERAGE TOMORROW TO BEGIN AT SPECIAL EARLY START TIME OF 11AM ET

NEW YORK - June 20, 2009 -
NBC Sports' U.S. Open coverage tomorrow will begin at the special early start time of 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT/9 a.m. MT/10 a.m. CT). Any further changes to the broadcast schedule will be announced as conditions warrant. Tomorrow's broadcast will include the conclusion of the third round and final round coverage.

REMAINING NBC SPORTS U.S. OPEN SCHEDULE:
Sunday 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. ET

Dice-K out of Red Sox rotation - WWE in trouble for Trump angle?

A couple of newsworthy stories Saturday night -

* - To the delight of Red Sox Nation, Boston will skip over Daiskuke Matsuzaka's next start as he tries to figure out what's wrong with him. The team will give the right-hander an MRI as well. Look for them to find just enough to DL him (Boston Globe).

* - The WWE's fake sale angle of Monday Night RAW to Donald Trump is getting the SEC's attention. The Securities Commission will look into the drop of WWE stock by 7% right after the press release went out and see if anything wrong was done. I doubt they'll find anything. It's wrestling. It's fake people (Fox Business).

Saturday MLB Pitching Probables

1:05 p.m. ET CLE Tomo Ohka (0-1, 4.24) at CHC Ted Lilly (7-4, 2.94)

4:10 p.m. ET MLW Dave Bush (3-3, 5.31) at DET Zach Miner (4-1, 4.12)

4:10 p.m. ET STL Chris Carpenter (4-1, 1.59) at KC Brian Bannister (5-3, 4.10)

4:10 p.m. ET TB James Shields (5-5, 3.52) at NYM Johan Santana (8-4, 3.29)

7:05 p.m. ET TOR Brett Cecil (2-1, 4.38) at WAS Ross Detwiler (0-3, 5.23)

7:05 p.m. ET BAL Brad Bergesen (4-2, 3.79) at PHI J.A. Happ (4-0, 3.53)

7:10 p.m. ET ATL Derek Lowe (7-4, 4.08) at BOS Josh Beckett (7-3, 4.15)

7:10 p.m. ET HOU Brian Moehler (3-4, 6.66) at MIN Scott Baker (4-6, 5.30)

7:10 p.m. ET NYY A.J. Burnett (5-3, 4.46) at FLA Josh Johnson (6-1, 2.76)

7:40 p.m. ET CWS Clayton Richard (2-1, 3.76) at CIN Johnny Cueto (6-4, 2.17)

8:10 p.m. ET PIT Charlie Morton (0-0, 0.00) at COL Jason Hammel (4-3, 4.10)

9:05 p.m. ET LA Jeff Weaver (3-1, 3.72) at ANA Jered Weaver (7-2, 2.08)

9:05 p.m. ET TEX Derek Holland (1-4, 6.63) at SF Matt Cain (9-1, 2.39)

10:05 p.m. ET OAK Brett Anderson (3-7, 5.77) at SD Walter Silva (0-0, 6.52)

10:10 p.m. ET ARZ Billy Buckner (2-3, 7.36) at SEA Jason Vargas (2-2, 3.56)