Thoughts on Dwight Howard

There are few things in my sports heart that I want as much as a Rangers World Series or Cowboys Super Bowl victory. However, the Mavs signing Dwight Howard just might be one of those things.

Please, Please, Please!!! I want the basketball gods to smile upon the Mavs this offseason.

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Ball bounces off Canseco’s head!

Ten years ago, this happened! Do you remember this?

Haha… makes me laugh every time. Another funny thing to note, three days later, the Rangers were getting killed and Canseco came in to pitch and tore up his arm and was out for the rest of the season because of Tommy John surgery.

Every one remembers Canseco for the steriods thing, but I will always remember him as the dufus who let a ball bounce off his head for a home run

Rangers 2, White Sox 5

Went to the game last night! First Rangers game I’ve been to this season.ballpark050113

We had some seats just on the right field foul line, they were fantastic! We were right next to the field and actually had a few foul ball hit our way (we only got one).

Unfortunately, my Rangers lost which now begins a losing streak for me :( This is the second loss in a row I’ve attended. I need to straighten this out and start seeing my Rangers win again!

Despite the loss, what mades this visit to the ballpark special was I got to take my friends from England, Fabian and Bex, to the game. It is the first time either of them have been to the States and so that of course means they need to see America’s past time in action.

That also meant that I needed to explain several things about the game to them! Haha! But that’s okay, they had to explain countless things to me when I was in England, I was just repaying the favor. I was impressed with how quick they picked things up, by the 4th inning they knew when to clap when to cheer (Although Bex had explained to me she has a pretty good grasp on the game because she had played on the Wii so many times! haha). But also my friend Fabian got a foul ball and instead of hoarding it for himself, passed it on to the family in front of us, I was quiet impressed with that level of foul ball etiquette he exhibited.

All in all, a great experience! I loved that I was able to share a game with them.

Fabian and Bex's first baseball game!
Fabian and Bex’s first baseball game!

My Winning Streak is Over!

Sept 25, 2012 was a sad day.

Last minute a friend of mine called me and we went to the Rangers game. The Magic Number was 5 and we were on a 2 game win streak. If we swept the series we would have clinched the AL West. The pitching had been pretty good so I was hopeful.

After a nail biter of a game, my Texas Rangers lost to the A’s 3-2 in extra innings.

It was a sad day because for the last 3 years, the Rangers have won every game I had attended. Some of them were easy wins, and some of them were some of the most exciting games I’ve ever seen. But now it’s over. Maybe that’s good news, because in my winning streak we didn’t win a World Series. Here’s hoping third time’s a charm

Rangers 4, A’s 3

Last night’s game was the most exciting game I’ve been to since Nellie Cruz hit his extra inning grand slam in the ALCS. In a game where Matt Harrison pitched beautifully, the Rangers bats were quiet for innings. Griffin, the A’s pitcher, was throwing a 2-hitter when he was relieved in the 7th. I thought the Rangers lost this game, but the bats came to life in the 8th. Well, 1 bat really. After the A’s reliever loaded the bases and then walked in a guy, Craig Gentry stepped up to the plate and hit a bases clearing triple that fell inches from the outfielder’s outstretched glove. The stadium exploded! Rangers came out in the 9th and finished off the game for a MLB leading 49th win of the season.

I’m still buzzing about that game last night.

I Don’t mess with Texas, and I Don’t do the Wave

Brandon Jacobs get my respect

To preface this, I am not a Giants or 49ers fan. But I want to recognize and respect people who do the right thing and build others up. Brandon Jacobs is one of those people.

The story began with a 6 year-old who is a Giants and Jacobs fan. After he heard that Jacobs would no long be a Giant and his mother’s explain that it was “about money,” this 6 year-old emptied the contents of his piggy bank ($3.36) and sent to Jacobs in hope that he would remain with the Giants.

In defense of Brandon Jacobs, the circumstances of his departure from the Giants was not one of greed as (according to the article below) the mother implied. The Giants released Jacobs after a contract extension could not be reached which was how Jacobs became a free agent.

Jacobs response is one of class. Jacobs went out of his way to connect with this family.

I love the end of the article:

Jacobs also gave Armento [the boy] a $5 bill to refill his piggy bank.

“He had some interest in there just for being a good kid,” Jacobs said. “He’s worth a lot more than that $5 bill I gave him.”

Much respect to Jacobs. We need more athletes like this who take the responsibility of role-model seriously.

Sporting Events

I am finally cleaning out the last of my boxes after moving. In one box was just a bunch of old papers that I threw in there, I found something in there that was an old ESPN article I printed out. It was from 1997 and it is a list of “101 things all sports fans must experience before they die. I have a few sporting events that I want to experience myself:

29. attend the Indy 500 – Although the IRL is not what it used to be, but the Indy 500 is still a benchmark sporting event in America.

30. watch a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway – Don’t know why, but I have always loved this short track. About 40 cars driving in close quarters with steep banks makes for exciting racing.

32. play a round of golf on the Old Course at St. Andrews – The oldest golf course in the world. Just all the history that is there on the Old Course would be overwhelming. If I only was able to play one more round of golf the rest of my life- it would be this one.

33. play a round of golf at Pebble Beach – One of the most beautiful courses in the world. I want to play on it, bottom line.

34. attend an association football (soccer) match in Europe – Europe pumps the most money into soccer. They have giant stadiums, great players. It may not be the purest form of the sport, but it is the best the sport has to offer. Like the NBA or MLB. And those people over there are nuts about their team.

45. watch a UFC fight Live – MMA is such an exciting sport to watch. I also love watching boxing live. There is a certain energy and excitement that is present when you watch something live and add that to the excitement of the sport.

105. attend a game at Wrigley Field – The ivy on the outfield wall is gorgeous. the stadium itself is historic. Plus the Cubbies are the America’s lovable losers.

106. attend a game at Fenway Park – Classic, legendary, and the Green Monster. It doesn’t matter if you like the Red Sox or not, this is ballfield many want to go to.

107. attend a LSU game at Death Valley – I’m a big fan of LSU, and the home field of the LSU Tigers is called Death Valley. It is loud and rowdy and it was made famous for causing an “earthquake” at the end of a Tiger’s win.

108. see a UT/OU game – I love the Texas-Oklahoma rivalry. I am a huge Texas fan and I hate OU with a passion. I want to be a part of that one game a year at least once.

120. Watch a Sumo wrestling match in Japan – This just seems like something that someone needs to do. There is so much ritual and culture in this sport, I feel like if you want to experience Japan, this is something you need to see.

These two things I think I’ll add:
136. Running of the Bulls – Everyone has heard of this. It’s crazy, scary and probably a little dumb. But it also sounds like something that would be so much fun.

137. Driving the Ring (Nurburgring, Germany) – No speed limit. Closed course. For a fee, just about anyone can take their car and drive as fast as they want on a former Grand Prix course. If that doesn’t sound like fun, I don’t know what does.