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Lions LB Follett Might be Insane

by Craig Ebinger

Ok, so I read this story and felt obligated to blog about.

by Associated Press

Detorit Lions linebacker Zack Follett is best known for a big hit he put on a Rams kick returner during last season, probably because other than that hit, nobody really knows who the guy is.  He played very little and mostly on special teams.

I guess because he’s expecting a bigger role on the team this year, due to the losses of linebackers Ernie Sims and Larry Foote, he wants to get his name out there.

After the NFL Draft, he was so excited about next season that he put his helmet on, went to a nearby Target and bought some tampons and Barbie Band-Aids for opposing players for when they entered Ford Field next season.  The whole story and video can be seen here.

Wow.

Now that’s something.  A no-name, back-up linebacker and special-teamer had the nerve to do this.  As a Lions fan, all I can say is…

I LOVE IT!!!

Finally, the Lions have someone who appears insane.  Every team needs that guy.  The guy who will go into the line, full force, and just blow someone up.  I really hope this guy gets some action this year.  He looks exciting to watch and definitely has the passion for the game.

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NBA Playoffs 2010

by Craig Ebinger

Baseball season started so that must mean it’s the NBA Playoffs.

With the first round almost in the books, there are still many close series.  Two series are tied and one is within one game.  Only one series is finished with the Magic sweeping the Bobcats.

by the Associated Press

There’s been a lot of action so far.  Kevin Garnett of the Celtics got suspended for a game after his actions in a fight in game one of the Celtics-Heat series.  There were three flagrant fouls and an ejection in game four of the Mavericks-Spurs series.  Paul Pierce hit a game-winning buzzer-beater to win game three.  Lebron James had a triple double in game four of his series, along with a half-court buzzer-beater.  Dwyane Wade went for 46 points in game four of his series.

With all this excitement so early in the playoffs, the rest should be absolutely amazing.

For a more in-depth look at the action, watch this video.

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NFL Draft 2010 in Soundslides

by Craig Ebinger

The NFL Draft took place this past weekend from Thursday  night to Saturday afternoon.

by Associated Press

Although it is held annually, this year was special as it was the 75th draft in the NFL’s history.  Also, it was the first year held in prime time.

Because it was a three-day event, it gave front offices more time to make trades.  In the course of the three days, there were 34 total trades made.

Many hall of fame players were there in honor of it being the 75th anniversary of the draft.  Every so often they would take commissioner Roger Goodell’s place in announcing the player drafted.

For more coverage of the draft, check this soundslide out.

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A Month into the MLB Season… What do we Know?

by Craig Ebinger

I did my localization story on the Detroit Tigers‘ start to the season.  This was a week into the season and the Tigers started off hot,

by Associated Press

winning five of their first seven games.

Since then, well, they haven’t been bad, but not spectacular either.  The Tigers are 4-6 in their last ten games and now have a 10-9 record on the year, good enough for second place in the American League Central.  They trail the Minnesota Twins by three games.

Obviously, baseball is a long schedule, seeing as there are 162 games played.  This being said, there are still definitely some teams that need to worry and some that appear to be doing everything right.

Looking Good

The Tampa Bay Rays have the best record in baseball, starting 14-5, and leading the American League East by a game and a half.

Staying right there in the AL East, the New York Yankees appear on track to defend their World Series victory last season, starting

by Associated Press

the year winning each of their first five series of the year before losing to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim two games out of three over the weekend.  They have a 12-6 record and are in second in their division.

Roy Halladay is doing his best to try to lead his new team, the Philadelphia Phillies, to their third consecutive World Series appearance.  He has started the year with a 4-0 record and a 0.82 earned run average, including two complete game shutouts.  The Phillies  lead the National League East by a game and a half.

Struggling

The Baltimore Orioles have struggled, to say the least, out of the gate, starting a dismal 3-16.

Disappointing

The Boston Red Sox have started the year 8-11, a huge disappointment for the current longest tenured playoff team in the MLB.  David Ortiz started the year the way he started last year; in a word, pitiful.  He is hitting .167 with one home run and three runs batted in.  That’s not the production the Red Sox need in the middle of their lineup.

Just Plain Odd

The Mets-Cardinals game on April 17 was definitely a game to remember.  This game lasted 20 innings.  That’s right, over two complete games.  The game took seven hours to complete, was tied 0-0 until the 19th inning and featured position players pitching.  The Mets eventually won 2-1.

by Associated Press

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Clausen Catastrophe

by Craig Ebinger

The NFL Draft started on Thursday with the first round selections.  Sam Bradford, as expected by many, went first to the Rams followed by Ndamukong Suh going to the Lions.  Many big names went, even Tim Tebow who went No. 25 to the Broncos.  There was one person though who was probably glad he turned down the invitation to attend the draft, as he would have needed to get a second suit for Friday.

Jimmy Clausen, quarterback out of Notre Dame, was not selected until halfway through the second round.  Some mock drafts had him going as high as No. 4, to the Redskins (of course this being before they traded for Donovan McNabb).  Even after the trade, many experts saw him going in the top-10, to a team like the Browns, Seahawks, Raiders or Bills.  But no, he had to wait until the Panthers selected him with the 48th overall pick.

What probably hurts the most is his wallet.  Had he gone where he was largely expected to go, as in the lower-end of the top-10 selections, he would have been guaranteed $22.6 million.  Now, he is only guaranteed $2.6 million.  Talk about a free-fall.

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Sports Budget

by Craig Ebinger

The NFL Draft starts Thursday night at 7:30.  This is the first year with the new format, where only the first round is held Thursday, the second and third rounds are on Friday, and the last four rounds are on Saturday.   The Rams hold the first pick, followed by the Lions.

Kevin Garnett, forward for the Boston Celtics, is suspended for game two of their opening series against the Miami Heat.  He was ejected in game one after hitting Heat forward Quentin Richardson with an elbow during a scuffle late in the fourth quarter.  Game two of that series is Tuesday night at 8.

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Garnett Suspended for Game 2

by Craig Ebinger

Celtics star forward Kevin Garnett was suspended for game two of the Heat – Celtics series.  This is after he elbowed Heat forward Quentin Richardson with 40 seconds remaining in the Celtics game one victory.

The incident started after Garnett’s teammate Paul Pierce was on the ground in pain after being bumped by Udonis Haslem  of the Heat.  Garnett was standing over him and Richardson came over to them.  It is unclear what was said but Garnett gave Richardson a little nudge with his elbow and then they started jawwing at each other, resulting in players from both teams getting involved.  In the scuffle, Garnett threw an elbow and connected with Richardson’s face.

“The elbow wasn’t deliberate,” Garnett said.  “The league does what it has to do to set the tone. I respect that. It’s time to move on and get back to a wonderful series.”

Without Garnett, Rasheed Wallace appears to be in line to start, Glen “Big Baby” Davis should plan on seeing increased minutes, and Sheldon Williams may even see time.

The Celtics will definitely have their work cut out for them without  Garnett, who commands a double-team on offense and is their emotional leader on defense, as well as being an incredible force and intimidator, for lack of a better word.

Game two will be played Tuesday night at 8.

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