Thursday, May 31, 2007

The Wrong Kind of Recruiting

When you are a college head coach at the Division I level you have to work really hard to get the people you want into your program. You have to make phone calls, write them, and check in on them almost day and night just to make sure that they know you are still interested. It’s almost like you are stalking them but when you are a men’s basketball coach and the person you are doing all this to is a woman than it is stalking.

Florida A&M men’s basketball coach Mike Gillespie Sr. has been under investigation since March 2005 for stalking complaints and was finally arrested last week for allegedly stalking a woman at her work. He was placed on paid leave by the university on Wednesday while the most recent investigation is pending.

They say that you have to have a lot of personality to make it as a head basketball coach because you have to appeal to and attract people to yourself and your program. Gillespie was making it! He won 20 games and had A&M in the NCAA tournament this past spring. I guess that’s not good enough to get a date in Tallahassee.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Is It Time For A Change?

It’s no fun being a New York Yankee right now. It’s no fun being a player, fan, or even the owner. No one affiliated with the Bronx Bombers is having a good time this season.

As of Tuesday night the Yankees were eight games under .500 (21-29) and are tied with the Devil Rays for last place in the AL East. They have lost five games in a row and thirteen of their last eighteen games to sit 14.5 games back of the first place Boston Red Sox. To put it in perspective the Texas Rangers are only 12.5 games behind the LA Angels and the lowly Kansas City Royals are only 13.5 games behind Cleveland Indians. That’s right sports fans the Yankees have more games to make up, tied with Tampa Bay, than any other team in the American League.

So what is the problem? They really can’t use injury anymore. Their lineup sports the most expensive men in Major League Baseball and Joe Torre is a legend. Is Brian Cashman to blame? He put the team together but everyone knows it was the Boss who was really making the calls. What about Joe Torre? Has he lost the ability to motivate or properly manage the lineup? What about Jason Giambi and the steroid scandal? Could they be blamed for becoming a distraction to the team?

This team has no chemistry and they are a long way from becoming a well oiled machine. So much so that Toronto’s Aaron Hill stole home plate Tuesday night while Andy Pettitte was virtually clueless. The Yankees have become Major League Baseball’s comedy of errors.

While just about everyone is to blame they can’t all take the fall. However, someone has to be the goat because George Steinbrenner has the highest paid last place team in the history of baseball. So, whose head will roll first?

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Spurs Flopping to Finals But Is Anyone Watching?

As each playoff game goes by it becomes more and more obvious that the San Antonio Spurs are the best team in the NBA. Up 3-1 they are clearly in control of their series with the Utah Jazz and could wrap it up as early as Wednesday night.

Here’s the problem. They aren’t any fun to watch! Even if this series were to somehow go seven games I won’t watch anymore of it. I’ll check in on scores but I am done watching the Spurs from tip to finish in this series. I’ve already stated my thoughts and opinions on the “Ginobili flops” and they haven’t changed at all. Unless you are wearing silver and black boxers no one wants to see Manu Ginobili flop his way to the free throw line 15 times.

I’m not alone either and the TV rankings will prove it. I predict that we’ll find out that this Spurs/Jazz series is one of the lowest viewed series of the entire play-offs. You can also look for that trend to continue in the finals as well. Nobody wants to watch flopball! However it won’t make those rings any less shiny for the Spurs.

Saturday, May 26, 2007

Weekend Poll

Josh Hancock was a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals until he got loaded at a local sports bar and then crashed his SUV into a tow truck killing himself. Now Hancock’s father is suing the restaurant for serving his son too much alcohol.

I’m not trying to sound cold hearted in any way but at what point should a person be held accountable for their own actions. No one forced Josh Hancock to drink or to get behind the wheel. If he was minor I would say that there would be a case but as it stands now the only person responsible for Josh Hancock’s death is Josh Hancock.

That’s my opinion. What’s yours?

Friday, May 25, 2007

NFL Rumors

Chad Brown Not in New England
As I’m typing this out I’m wondering how in the world Chad Brown has made the NFL rumor board because no one really knew he was still in the league. That is until last week when it was rumored that he had signed a free agent deal with the New England Patriots. Unfortunately or fortunately depending on which side of the fence you stand on Brown’s agent, Peter Schaeffer, says that the rumor is unfounded.

Titans Could Get Their Receiver
They missed out on Randy Moss and were outbid by ESPN on Keyshawn Johnson but the Tennessee Titans could be close to landing Eric Moulds. Moulds’ best days could very well be behind him but there are two things that the Titans really love about him, he is available and will come very cheap.

Trent Green Wears a Chiefs’ Jersey Daydreaming About the Dolphins
It what is becoming the most tiring story of the off-season Trent Green reported to the Kansas City Chiefs mini camp but said that it felt "strange" and "awkward" to wear a Chiefs practice jersey. Green said that he still expects be a Miami Dolphin.

The Dolphins have offered Kansas City a sixth round draft pick for Green but Carl Peterson demand’s a fourth round pick or he’ll just cut Green and let the Dolphins have him for free. That’s showing them!

Father Time Seen in New England
Chad Brown hasn’t been seen anywhere around Gillette Stadium but Vinny Testaverde sure has. He has been participating in team activities and still has a locker at the stadium. Looks like he’ll be backing up Brady for another season.

Thursday, May 24, 2007

Sports Collectors Speak Up

Do you remember your first autographed baseball? Mine was at All-Sports Stadium, a triple A ballpark, in Oklahoma City and the player was some scrub on the Texas Rangers farm club. All Sports Stadium is long gone and I have no idea where that baseball is but I remember that night I became a sports collector.

Over the years I have amassed a collection of sports memorabilia that includes autographs and authentic photos of Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre, Steve Young, Hank Stram and much more from the world of the NFL.

Yes, most of my collection is football, college and pro, but I do have a few gems from the diamond. My favorite is a Nolan Ryan autographed baseball. He was one of the first dominating pitchers I can remember.

So if you have an autographed baseball or two let us know about it. What kind of memorabilia do you have? Tell us what is in your collection and what you are most proud of.

Wednesday, May 23, 2007

Super Bowl Coming to Jerry World

It’s not even built yet but in 2011 the Super Bowl will be held at the new Dallas Cowboys’ stadium in Arlington, Texas. The north Texas group lobbying to bring the Super Bowl to the Dallas metroplex used the personal plea of Roger Staubach to put their presentation over the top with the NFL owners.

While the city of Indianapolis was using the fact that they have hosted large scale events such as the Final Four and the Indianapolis 500 as well as a Top 10 list from David Letterman to make their push the Dallas group needed only to make mention of Jerry Jones new $1 billion stadium and its potential 120,000 person seating capacity.

"I think every other aspect of our bid candidly was stronger than Dallas' but for the size of the stadium," said Fred Glass, president of Indianapolis' bid committee. "So based on that, that's the only thing I can think of that was the deciding piece."

Mr. Glass is absolutely correct. It looks like Jerry Jones is getting what he wants this time not because of the size of his wallet but for the size of his stadium.

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

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2007-08 College Bowl Schedule

Each December college football gives its best effort to duplicate the March Madness of College Basketball. It’s better known as the college bowl season and just about every team with a .500 or better record gets to participate.

Several pundits say that the bowl season is too long (this season will feature 32 games) and features too many insignificant match-ups. As a college football junkie I couldn’t disagree more. I love the bowl season and actually watch most of the games.

So what if 64 teams qualify for the post season! That’s only one less than the number of teams that qualify for the basketball tournament and speaking of insignificant post season play I’ve got three letters for you, N.I.T.

The college bowl season is fine just the way it is and anyone who has attended a bowl game on any level will tell you that there is nothing insignificant about it.

Bowl Game Date/Time(ET) Site Matchup Network
Poinsettia Dec. 20/9 p.m. San Diego Mountain West vs. Navy/At-Large ESPN
New Orleans Dec. 21/8 p.m. New Orleans Sun Belt Champ vs. C-USA ESPN2
PapaJohn' Dec. 22/11 a.m. Birmingham, Ala. Big East vs. C-USA ESPN2
New Mexico Dec. 22/4:30 p.m. Albuquerque, N.M. Mountain West vs. WAC ESPN
Las Vegas Dec. 22/8 p.m. Las Vegas Mountain West vs. Pac-10 ESPN
Hawaii Dec. 23/8 p.m. Honolulu C-USA vs. WAC ESPN
Motor City Dec. 26/7:30 p.m. Detroit Big Ten vs. MAC ESPN
Holiday Dec. 27/8 p.m. San Diego Big 12 vs. Pac-10 ESPN
Texas Dec. 28/8 p.m. Houston Big 12 vs. C-USA NFL Network
Champs Sports Dec. 28/5 p.m. Orlando, Fla. ACC vs. Big Ten ESPN
Emerald Dec. 28/8:30 p.m. San Francisco ACC vs. Pac-10 ESPN
Meinke Car Care Dec. 29/11 a.m. Charlotte, N.C. ACC vs. Big East ESPN
Liberty Dec. 29/4:30 p.m. Memphis, Tenn. C-USA vs. SEC ESPN
Alamo Dec. 29/8 p.m. San Antonio Big Ten vs. Big 12 ESPN
Independence Dec. 30/8 p.m. Shreveport Big 12 vs. SEC ESPN
Armed Forces Dec. 31/10:30 a.m. Fort Worth, Texas Mountain West vs. Pac-10 ESPN
Sun Dec. 31/2 p.m. El Paso, Texas Big 12/Big East/N. Dame vs. Pac-10 CBS
Humanitarian Dec. 31/2 p.m. Boise, Idaho ACC vs. WAC ESPN2
Music City Dec. 31/4 p.m. Nashville, Tenn. ACC vs. SEC ESPN
Chick-fil-A Dec. 31/7:30 p.m. Atlanta ACC vs. SEC ESPN
Insight Dec. 31/TBA Tempe, Ariz. Big Ten vs. Big 12 NFL Network
Outback Jan. 1/11 a.m. Tampa, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC ESPN
Cotton Jan. 1/11:30 a.m. Dallas Big 12 vs. SEC FOX
Gator Jan. 1/11 a.m. Jacksonville, Fla. ACC vs. Big 12/Big East/N. Dame CBS
Capital One Jan. 1/11 a.m. Orlando, Fla. Big Ten vs. SEC ABC
Rose Jan. 1/4:30 p.m. Pasadena, Calif. *BCS vs. BCS ABC
Sugar Jan. 1/8:30 p.m. New Orleans *BCS vs. BCS FOX
Fiesta Jan. 2/8 p.m. Phoenix *BCS vs. BCS FOX
Orange Jan. 3/8 p.m. Miami *BCS vs. BCS FOX
International Jan. 5/10 a.m. Toronto Big East/Notre Dame vs. MAC ESPN2
GMAC Jan. 6/8 p.m. Mobile, Ala. C-USA vs. MAC ESPN
BCS Title Jan. 7/8 p.m. New Orleans *BCS #1 vs. BCS #2 FOX

Monday, May 21, 2007

Jason Giambi Is Not a Victim

I was a little shocked about the amount of public support that came out over the radio airwaves this past weekend in support of Jason Giambi’s comments and the possibly that the New York Yankees could terminate his contract. Here’s the quote that has everyone talking.

"I was wrong for doing that stuff," Giambi was quoted as saying in Friday's editions of USA Today. "What we should have done a long time ago was stand up -- players, ownership, everybody -- and said: 'We made a mistake.'

"We should have apologized back then and made sure we had a rule in place and gone forward. ... Steroids and all of that was a part of history. But it was a topic that everybody wanted to avoid. Nobody wanted to talk about it," he said.
Now that he has somewhat admitted that he was on the juice the Yankees are screaming “breach of contract” and looking into giving Giambi’s big bat the boot.

The public outcry is, Giambi owns up to taking steroids and is being punished while Barry Bonds keeps his dirty little secret and will be rewarded this season with the all-time homerun record.

These guys cheated the game that gave them everything! It is catching up with Giambi and it will just be a matter of time before it comes full circle for Bonds as well.

Why should Giambi get to keep his fat contract with the Yankees? If a bank robber fesses up to the crime does he get to keep the cash because he came clean? Absolutely not!

It doesn’t really matter anyway because if the Yankees do decide to terminate his contract the players union (the real governing body of MLB) will only appeal the decision and get Giambi his cash leaving you and I the fans as the victims and not the guys who cheated the game.

The one thing that Giambi and I do agree on is that someone owes the fans an apology for making a farce of the game we love.

Sunday, May 20, 2007

Weekend Poll

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Friday, May 18, 2007

Dangerous Sports – Baseball

The best part about baseball isn’t the strikeouts, double plays or even the home runs. It’s the fights! This is a few years old but still worth taking a look at. ESPN compiled a list of their top 10 MLB fights. Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Evolution of Big Shot Bob

Around the Empire

The Perfect Line-Up

Many managers have different ways of setting up their line ups before a game. Most of them follow the hitter-hitter-RBI-power method for the first four slots, but there is an even better way.

The Lead-off Hitter:
The lead-off hitter should not be the batter with the highest batting average, but instead the batter with the highest on-base percentage. My Opinion on Baseball

Gordon continues winning streak

Maybe I should switch lyalties to Jeff Gordon. Its high time I did that.

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Jeff Gordon overcame an overheating engine — he said with five laps to go there was no way he'd make it to the finish — to race to his third victory of the season Sunday at Darlington Raceway. Hendrick Motorsports has won four straight races, eight of the last nine, and remained perfect in five Car of Tomorrow events.

"I can't believe that thing lasted," Gordon said of his motor, which had thick steam streaming out of it for the last hour of the race. "There's no way that thing should have ever made it."

When it did — even though Gordon gambled and didn't make a final pit stop when most of the field did with 23 laps to go — Gordon won for the third time in four races and maintained a 231-point lead over Jimmie Johnson in the Nextel Cup standings.

"That's the way you win races right there," said Gordon, a seven-time Darlington winner. "What an amazing year we're having."

As steam poured from his engine, Gordon figured his chance at victory had gone up in smoke. My Opinion on NASCAR

Cheap Shot Bob

I fully admit that I have enjoyed watching the tension build in the Phoenix Suns/San Antonio Spurs playoff series but after Monday night’s game four fiasco I’m growing a little tired of it.

Here’s why. The wanna be thugs known as the Spurs are in fact really just a bunch of whiners who throw fits when pushed back. San Antonio has done everything they know to do to try to intimidate, and physically abuse, Phoenix in this series. They’ve pushed, kicked, punched, kneed and on body checked in order to bully their way into the Western Conference Finals. What’s next - ear biting? My Opinion on Sports

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Suspensions Punish the Wrong Team

I understand that it is what it is and that Amare Stoudemire and Boris Diaw should have known better but any system that rewards the team that starts an altercation the way the Spurs did Monday night is a messed up system. In case you’ve been under a rock Robert Horry (AKA Cheap Shot Bob) sent Steve Nash soaring out of bounds in an overly excessive frustration foul in the final minute of Monday night’s game four of their series.

As a result of the foul, and the ensuing altercation, Horry received a two game suspension. The only other players suspended Stoudemire and Diaw and they weren’t involved in the incident at all. There crime was stepping out onto the floor and leaving the bench area. They were never involved in the incident but they were suspended anyway. As a result the Suns now have lost their leading scorer and his backup for game five while the Spurs lose a guy who averages below five points a game. I’m sure Gregg Popovich has already put his thank you card in the mail to the league office for upholding the rule that suspends players for leaving the bench.

Here’s how messed up that rule is. Immediately after Nash was floored by Horry his teammate Raja Bell rushed in and got involved in the altercation. He received a technical foul for his involvement but not a suspension. Steve Nash jumped up from the floor and even grabbed Horry. He received no foul and no suspension even though he involved himself in the altercation. So there were three guys involved, if you want to look at it that way, and the league rules are going to punish two guys who were nothing more than spectators while the other two guys who were actually involved receive nothing in the way of punishment.

Meanwhile Robert Horry goes from being chastised for an overzealous act of thuggery to becoming a hero in the state of Texas for getting two of the main offensive weapons removed from a team they have to play on the road.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Cheap Shot Bob

I fully admit that I have enjoyed watching the tension build in the Phoenix Suns/San Antonio Spurs playoff series but after Monday night’s game four fiasco I’m growing a little tired of it.

Here’s why. The wanna be thugs known as the Spurs are in fact really just a bunch of whiners who throw fits when pushed back. San Antonio has done everything they know to do to try to intimidate, and physically abuse, Phoenix in this series. They’ve pushed, kicked, punched, kneed and on body checked in order to bully their way into the Western Conference Finals. What’s next - ear biting?

Yes, San Antonio you do have the dirtiest players in the NBA and on Monday night they showed their true colors. Frustrated from watching his team pulling one of the biggest choke jobs of this year’s play-offs Robert Horry laid out Steve Nash in flagrant and intentional fashion making it one of the most obvious cheap shots of the entire NBA season by body checking him out of bounds and into the scorer’s table.

So where I was once hoping that this series would go seven games I am now hoping that it ends in six with a Phoenix win. I’m tired of watching Manu Ginobili flop around the court like a fish out of water and then crying his eyes out when he gets whistled for a foul or heaven forbid a ref sees a flop for what it is, a flop. I’m tired of seeing Bruce Bowen and Robert Horry try to thug their way around the basketball court only to whine like a mamma’s boy when they are fouled or whistled. Basically I’m tired of watching the San Antonio Spurs!

The Money Making Blog Adventure

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Your Opinion on Sports!

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Derek Fisher is my New Hero!

Outside of the Golden State Warriors knocking off the Dallas Mavericks in round one there really hasn’t been a lot of drama in the first round of the NBA playoffs. That is until Derek Fisher stepped onto the court Wednesday night. Fisher gave the sports world lots of drama but not the kind we are used to with NBA basketball. Fisher’s was real life stuff!

Fisher was AWOL from Utah’s first game against the Warriors while taking care of “personal family issues” and it seemed as if that would be the story for game two as well as the Jazz played the first half without Fisher even being in the building. With starting guard Deron Williams in foul trouble and backup guard Dee Brown gone to the hospital with a neck injury the Utah crowd went absolutely crazy when they saw Fisher run out of the locker room late in the third quarter, crazier when his pressure defense forced a turnover that helped send the game into overtime, and crazier still when he buried a three-point shot from the corner to seal the game in overtime.

However it wasn’t his play on the court that made the headlines it was his courage off the court that has been inspiring the last 48 hours. Last week Derek Fisher and his wife, Candace, found out that their 10-month-old daughter had been diagnosed with a rare cancerous tumor of the retina called retinoblastoma.

With their daughters life at stake the Fishers did what any loving parents would do. They found the best way to treat their baby girl and put her needs as a priority above anything else, including the NBA playoffs and 20,000 hometown fans. That’s what brings us to Wednesday morning.

Fisher woke up early in a New York hotel room, said a prayer for his daughter and then took her to the hospital for an operation in an effort to save her life. Hours later, after the operation was a success and the anesthesia had worn off the Fisher’s baby looked up at them with a grin and Derek knew what he had to do. He had to play basketball! He had to make the big plays, he had to get everyone’s attention, he had to get on television. Not to promote himself or one of his endorsements but to tell parents across the nation on live television to get their children checked for this rare but horrible disease that can not only rob them of their eye site but their lives as well.

Derek Fisher is a hero for all the right reasons. In a world where the NBA image gets bashed on a daily basis its refreshing to see a guy stand up for his family, his faith, and his convictions to make people aware of an illnesses and challenge that could face children everywhere.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Market Your Blog to the Masses

I’ve been blogging for over two years and I can tell you that the greatest joy in staying up late to hammer out a post is knowing that someone is actually reading it. I had to build my initial traffic the hard way by reading and posting on other blogs, a practice I continue today, but I sure wish I had a tool like Zookoda to help me get started.

Now that My Opinion on Sports has turned two I can’t wait to see where this amazing marketing tool will take me. Zookoda is an email marketing application that enables bloggers to send a daily, weekly or monthly summary of their latest blog posts directly into a vistors inbox. The greatest thing is that it’s all free!

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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I Forgot My Birthday!

I can’t believe that I forgot to mention this but My Opinion on Sports turned two years old last month. Since its inception in April 2005 My Opinion on Sports has attracted 60,000 visitors with over 106,000 page views. We have given away hundreds of dollars in prizes and this year launched two sister blogs My Opinion on Baseball and My Opinion on NASCAR. We are also establishing a growing community of opinionated sports nuts in the My Opinion on Sports Forum.

I want to say thanks to Steve and Prat for running the sister blogs and to you the readers for making blogging so much fun!

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

Playoff Contest Standings

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Notafan has the lead after the first round by accurately predicting the Nets/Raptors and Nuggets/Spurs series. Behind him is our resident 10 year old expert, Buster, who is holding in there just 40 points behind.

You can check out all the first round picks here.

Monday, May 07, 2007

NFL Rumors

Trent Green is Still Going to be a Dolphin

Miami Dolphins GM Randy Mueller won’t give any specifics but there are still negotiations going on to acquire Tent Green despite drafting John Beck from BYU in the second round.

The Chiefs have their backs against the wall now and Miami has the upper hand in this deal. Green will not restructure his $7.2 million dollar contract with any team other than the Miami Dolphins and now that the draft has come and gone the only other option for the Chiefs is to cut him.

Green will be a Dolphin it’s just a matter of time.

Keyshawn a Packer?

He’s not Randy Moss but he is flashy and flamboyant and Brett Favre needs a new target.

According to an NFL source with strong connections to Johnson, the Packers are doing their homework on the 11-year veteran and are considering whether he would be a good fit for their team.

LJ Could Stull be a Holdout Threat for Chiefs

Larry Johnson has rushed for 3,539 yards and 37 touchdowns the last two seasons for Kansas City and has 3 years left on the deal he signed as a rookie in 2003. He is scheduled to make $1.85 million this year and $967,000 next year.

Now that he is the number one option for the Chiefs at running back LJ wants a new deal. Although both sides have talked they are reportedly miles apart meaning Johnson could be a holdout going into the summer.

Sunday, May 06, 2007

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Get Your Round Two NBA Picks Done!

The first round of the NBA Playoffs is done and the second round is barely under way so it’s not too late to get your picks turned in for the NBA playoff contest. There were several people who missed making their picks over the weekend so for the sake of competitive spirit we are extending the deadline to make second round picks to 5:00 CST today.

The results and standings from the first round will be posted tomorrow.

Saturday, May 05, 2007

Not Going Anywhere This Weekend, Come to the Forum

Have you been to the My Opinion on Sports Forum yet? With the NBA play-offs, Major League Baseball and NFL mini-camps all going on this weekend there should be a ton of opinions out there. Stop on by the forum and share your's with us.

Don't forget to start making your picks for the second round of the NBA play-offs as well. It's all about the debate and opinions! That's what makes the sports world go round. Registration is free and just takes a minute.

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Friday, May 04, 2007

Dangerous Sports – Toddlers and Football

You’ll be hard pressed to find a more violent fast moving sport than football so what do the fans at Colorado State do? They let their toddlers run around on the sideline at the spring game. Who would ever think something like this video would ever happen?

Colorado State said that they will be reviewing their policy of having the children on the sideline after the incident.

Thursday, May 03, 2007

Gatorade or Seminole Firewater?

In my late night internet surfing I came across this site that shares a brief history many of the major bands of products that we use. I was shocked what I read about Gatorade because according to Keith Jackson and the traditional legend of the world famous it was a product invented by the University of Florida to help replenish what their football players were losing through sweat and keep them hydrated.

However there is a different story floating around there that says that it was actually the Florida State Seminoles and not the Florida Gators who came up with the idea. Here’s what the website had to say.

Contrary to popular belief, the University of Florida did not come up with the sports drink that is now known as Gatorade. The team doctor for the FSU football team, Dr. R.A. Johnson, began producing a sports drink that he called "Seminole Firewater" as early as 1962. Dr. Johnson blended sugar and lime flavoring with electrolytes (salts) to help keep the players hydrated and to prevent cramping. In 1964 at an annual Seminar of Collegiate sports physicians and athletic trainers held in Tallahassee, Fl., a representative from the University of Florida found out about the discovery that sodium and potassium keeps athletes better hydrated because it gives back to the body what is lost through sweat. They returned to Gainesville and, after being tested on the UF football players, the name "Gatorade" was given. The University of Florida requested a certified patent in 1967 for the drink that Dr. Johnson had freely shared with the public.

Hmmmm, I don't know if this is true or not but the commercial never says anything about Gatorade being a stolen idea.

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Around the Empire

Here's what is being said around the My Opinion on Sports Empire. Make sure to check out all three blogs and stop on by the forum while you're at it.

Why do Earnhardt fans hate Gordon?
Okay, I aint the biggest fan of Gordon, but heck he's kickin a** right now and I wont complain about it.

A beer can bounces off the hood of Jeff Gordons car after he won the NASCAR Aarons 499 auto race, breaking a tie with the late Dale Earnhardt on NASCARs career victory list, Sunday April 29, 2007, at Talladega Superspeedway in Talladega, Ala.

Accept it, race fans: Dale Earnhardt and Jeff Gordon were buddies. The old man respected the kid and took time to help him adjust to NASCAR's politics. Earnhardt recognized Gordon as a huge talent and cherished their on-track battles, knowing each victory was a win over a driver destined to go down as one of the best.

It's fact, yet many Earnhardt fans choose to ignore it. My Opinion on NASCAR

Monthly Review: April
April is finally over and a few story lines have reared up.Alex Rodriguez quickly silences the boos with one of the best offensive starts in baseball history.With a record tying 14 home runs and a record breaking 34 runs batted in. He has hit two game winning home runs with two outs in the ninth inning; a grand slam against Oakland and a three run shot against Cleveland.His 14 home runs in the month of April ties Albert Pujols' mark set last year and his 34 RBI breaks Juan Gonzalez's 1998 mark. My Opinion on Baseball

When the Carolina Panthers selected USC receiver Dwayne Jarrett in the second round of the NFL draft on Saturday Keyshawn Johnson was excited to not only have a fellow USC receiver but also have one that was, “just like him" in size and hands.

During and interview with Jarrett on ESPN’s coverage of the draft Johnson told him that he would watch out for him and show him the ropes obviously thinking that he would be around to do so. Unfortunately for Keyshawn the Panthers weren’t thinking the same thing. In fact they were thinking that since Jarrett was so much like Johnson and a lot younger that they decided to cut the former top pick in the draft in spite of paying him a $3 million dollar roster bonus just a month ago. My Opinion on Sports

Spectator behavior at Talladega: Worthy of an F

Winner Jeff Gordon and runnerup Dale Earnhardt Jr. seemed willing to laugh off or rationalize the behavior of fans at Talladega Superspeedway on Sunday. A multitude threw cans and other items on the track in protest of a correct NASCAR ruling that placed Gordon in the lead of the Aaron's 499 Nextel Cup race. NASCAR then ended an otherwise exciting race under caution because the preset red flag cutoff lap had passed. My Opinion on NASCAR

The Boss Gives Torre Kiss of Death
If you take a look at the AL East standings not only will you notice the New York Yankees in very last place but you will also notice that they are 6.5 games behind arch rival Boston who is sitting comfortably in first.

Because of this rumors were swirling over the weekend that Yankees Manager Joe Torre could be gone by Monday morning. With the Yankees dropping another series to the Red Sox it looked as if the writing is on the wall for Torree and the Boss all but affirmed that Monday morning in a brief statement. My Opinion on Baseball

Chiefs Missed Opportunity with Green

I wrote two weeks ago that Trent Green would be a Miami Dolphin by the end of that week. Well, obviously I was wrong but part of the reason why is because it seems that Kansas City team president Carl Peterson is about as stubborn as they come.

The Dolphins offered Kansas City a sixth round pick draft pick for Green over the weekend but Peterson balked at the offer keeping Green in a Chiefs uniform for right now. My Opinion on Sports

Tuesday, May 01, 2007


When the Carolina Panthers selected USC receiver Dwayne Jarrett in the second round of the NFL draft on Saturday Keyshawn Johnson was excited to not only have a fellow USC receiver but also have one that was, “just like him" in size and hands.

During and interview with Jarrett on ESPN’s coverage of the draft Johnson told him that he would watch out for him and show him the ropes obviously thinking that he would be around to do so. Unfortunately for Keyshawn the Panthers weren’t thinking the same thing. In fact they were thinking that since Jarrett was so much like Johnson and a lot younger that they decided to cut the former top pick in the draft in spite of paying him a $3 million dollar roster bonus just a month ago.

This is actually a great personnel move by the Panthers who are unloading some salary in Johnson but also keeping him away from their rookie who they don’t want to see tainted by Johnson’s “me first” attitude.

The New England Patriots seem to be in the market for cancerous wide receivers. Maybe they can pick up Johnson to line up on the other side of the field from Randy Moss.

Share your opinion on Keyshawn Johnson and the rest of the NFL in the NFL forum on the My Opinion on Sports Message Board.

Mariners Hanging In

Well they aren’t first but they aren’t worst either. The Seattle Mariners (the official MLB team of My Opinion on Sports) will enter tonight’s game against the Chicago White Sox owning the AL West’s second place spot with a 10-10 record.

This won’t be an easy week though for the Mariners who will host Chicago today and tomorrow before traveling to Boston for one game before landing in New York for a weekend series with the Yankees. It will be a good week it Seattle makes it to Saturday with a 3-2 record.

The Mariners ended April by winning five of their last six games which allowed them to climb from the basement to the floor just below the penthouse. They need to find a roller coaster to make as their official team mascot as they have experienced the ups and downs of going from first place to last and now back to second in a matter of weeks.

Now the Mariners sit just two games behind the first place LA Angels thanks in part to Jose Vidro’s .318 batting average and Adrian Beltre’s 15 RBI’s. With Felix Hernandez on the 15 day DL (as of April 19th) Jarrod Washburn has taken over as the Ace of the pitching staff with his 2.96 ERA and 13 strikeouts.

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