Don’t Block the Cinders

Maybe you shouldn’t have put up such a sturdy wall. Oops!

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Um… No thanks!

I think that Japanese people have some of the most insanely creative ideas. Like this one were they decided to let an ex-professional baseball player try to hit a 186 mph ball. Yeah, 186 mph is right. And no he can’t hit it haha

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Kobe Bryant is Confident

If everybody in the word were as confident as Kobe Bryant we might have a completely different type of human.  He was quoted the other day saying, “I would go 0-for-30 before I would go 0-for-9. 0-for-9 means you beat yourself, you psyched yourself out of the game,… The only reason is because you’ve just now lost confidence in yourself.'”

I have always known that Kobe was a confident guy, but wow that is pretty powerful stuff.  If I had that mentality when I was younger, I probably wouldn’t be talking to you right now.  But, who knows.  For now it’s just an awesome quote. 

 

Los Angeles Lakers v Atlanta Hawks

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West Coast

It’s been quite a while since I did a post about how much better the West is than the East.  I am not just talking sports, but for this post shall just stick to sports.  

Anybody notice where the best two teams in baseball hail from?  Oh yeah, that would be the AL West and California for that matter.  The Angels and A’s are in a dogfight to figure out who is the best team in baseball.  My money is on the Angels, but as you may have noticed that is because I am an Angel fan.

Then there is the NL West that has the Dodgers and Giants who are two of the best teams in the NL.  The Dodgers have the best pitcher in the game and a payroll that would boggle your mind, but at least that has led them to wins.  It doesn’t always happen that way.  Oh and did I mention both of those teams are currently headed for the playoffs as well?  Yeah, watch out baseball 4 California teams are about to invade the playoffs.

Let’s look at the NBA then.  When was the last time that the Eastern Conference was any good?  I can tell you that, if not for how brutal the playoffs are in the West, the Heat would have never won a title. Series after series in the West went to 6 or 7 games and just drained the teams.  Whereas the Heat get to play the Bobcats and Wizards who barely break .500.  It’s a shame.  

In the NFL look no further than the NFC West for the best team in football and maybe the second best team as well. That division could have 4 playoff teams if St. Louis and Arizona were in a different conference. It’s a brutal one.

College football is about to start and there are 6 teams from the Pac-12 in the AP Poll to start the season.  3 of which, you guessed it, hail from California.  But, it’s Oregon who takes the highest ranking honor on the West Coast for the time being.  

All of the top teams from all the top sports currently come from the West coast.  And this has been the case for the past couple years and yet if you watch any news outlet not based West of Denver, then you would have no idea. ESPN wants everybody to think that the best teams come out of New York or D.C. or Philadelphia or anywhere on the East.  But, that’s just not the case. 

We all know what coast is the best coast. The West Coast!!!

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West Coast

It’s been quite a while since I did a post about how much better the West is than the East.  I am not just talking sports, but for this post shall just stick to sports.  

Anybody notice where the best two teams in baseball hail from?  Oh yeah, that would be the AL West and California for that matter.  The Angels and A’s are in a dogfight to figure out who is the best team in baseball.  My money is on the Angels, but as you may have noticed that is because I am an Angel fan.

Then there is the NL West that has the Dodgers and Giants who are two of the best teams in the NL.  The Dodgers have the best pitcher in the game and a payroll that would boggle your mind, but at least that has led them to wins.  It doesn’t always happen that way.  Oh and did I mention both of those teams are currently headed for the playoffs as well?  Yeah, watch out baseball 4 California teams are about to invade the playoffs.

Let’s look at the NBA then.  When was the last time that the Eastern Conference was any good?  I can tell you that, if not for how brutal the playoffs are in the West, the Heat would have never won a title. Series after series in the West went to 6 or 7 games and just drained the teams.  Whereas the Heat get to play the Bobcats and Wizards who barely break .500.  It’s a shame.  

In the NFL look no further than the NFC West for the best team in football and maybe the second best team as well. That division could have 4 playoff teams if St. Louis and Arizona were in a different conference. It’s a brutal one.

College football is about to start and there are 6 teams from the Pac-12 in the AP Poll to start the season.  3 of which, you guessed it, hail from California.  But, it’s Oregon who takes the highest ranking honor on the West Coast for the time being.  

All of the top teams from all the top sports currently come from the West coast.  And this has been the case for the past couple years and yet if you watch any news outlet not based West of Denver, then you would have no idea. ESPN wants everybody to think that the best teams come out of New York or D.C. or Philadelphia or anywhere on the East.  But, that’s just not the case. 

We all know what coast is the best coast. The West Coast!!!

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Pennant Races

The Baseball regular season is quickly coming to a close. With about 30 game left to play there are a few really close pennant races that could be very interesting down the stretch. The AL West is brutal at the top as the A’s and Angels currently share the best record in major league baseball. The A’s have had the Angels number all season and the Angels end their season on the road at Oakland and at Seattle. That could be tough.

The AL and NL East are both pretty close to be done as the Orioles and Nationals both hold 7 game leads. Not that crazier things haven’t happened, but I am gonna say that those divisions are pretty much locked up.

The 2 Central Divisions have the best races going on with Kansas City trying to hold a 3 game lead and get back to the playoff for the first time in forever. On the NL side the Cardinals only hold a half game lead on Milwaukee and a 4 game lead on Pittsburgh.

Finally the NL West has the Dodgers up 4.5 games on the Giants and while that lead could evaporate quickly, I just don’t see that happening.

The MLB playoffs are on their way and they should be as exciting as ever. Stay tuned.

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ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

It’s amazing what has become of this ice bucket challange. A former Boston College baseball player, who has ALS, started this challenge and it has taken off. Just about everybody has done it. There are thousands among thousands of videos online of people dumping ice water over there heads. And some are quite brilliant. I want to congratulate everyone for donating. This could help find a cure for a disease that seems to be more prevalent than ever.

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