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Quick Hits: 10/09/09

Twins Need A Nap

After the greatest game in recent Twins memory finished on Tuesday night, the AL Central Champions jumped on a plane and did not get to NYC until 4 am.  And the Twins paid for it in their performance.

The Yankees have always been the kryptonite to the Twins Superman, but I do not see how the decision of when to play the first game of the playoffs can fall into the hands of the opponent.

MLB knew that the AL Central would come down to he Twins and the Detroit Tigers, and should have stepped in the moment they knew the 163rd game was needed.

Twins = The most exciting race that was left in MLB and an incredible 12 inning game in the last game of he regular season.

MLB = Thanks so much, but the Yankees want you to play in less than 18 hours.  So, you better get ready.

I understand NY using the advantage given to them, but I think that it is ridiculous that MLB allowed them to make the decision.

All in all, I do not expect the Twins to win the series, it’s the Yankees and the Twins are 0-9 when playing New York this season.

US Soccer

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The US team plays Honduras on Saturday in the second to last World Cup Qualifier.  With a win, the US books their trip to South Africa for the 2010 World Cup.  Will play Cost Rica at RFK in Washington, D.C. on October 14th.

Below are the Scenarios and then Group Standing from USSoccer.com going into the last two games.

The U.S. has to equal or exceed the number of points that Costa Rica earns hosting Trinidad & Tobago, which can be accomplished the following ways:

  1. A U.S. win (with any Costa Rica result)
  2. A Costa Rica loss (with any U.S. result)
  3. A U.S. tie with a Costa Rica tie or loss

Standings

Team GP W L T GF GA GD Pts.
United States 8 5 2 1 14 9 +5 16
Mexico 8 5 3 0 11 8 +3 15
Honduras 8 4 3 1 14 8 +6 13
Costa Rica 8 4 4 0 9 13 -4 12
El Salvador 8 2 4 2 8 10 -2 8
Trinidad & Tobago 8 1 5 2 8 16 -8 5

Previous Results Againist Honduras and Costa Rica from June 2009.

Date Match Kickoff/
Result
Venue
Jun. 3 Costa Rica vs. United States 3-1 Estadio Ricardo Saprissa; San Jose, Costa Rica
Jun. 6 El Salvador vs. Mexico 2-1 Estadio Cuzcatlan; San Salvador, El Salvador
Jun. 6 Trinidad & Tobago vs. Costa Rica 2-3 Dwight Yorke Stadium; Bacolet, Tobago
Jun. 6 United States vs. Honduras 2-1 Soldier Field; Chicago, Ill.
Jun. 10 Honduras vs. El Salvador 1-0 Estadio Olimpico; San Pedro Sula, Honduras
Jun. 10 Mexico vs. Trinidad & Tobago 1-0 Estadio Azteca; Mexico City, Mexico

PS – Midfielder Clint Dempsey is out injured – The guy in the picture is US Striker Charlie Davies.

Article From Yahoo.com on Landon Donovan

An article/interview from Yahoo Sports by Martin Rogers touches on obviously, his divorce to actress Bianca Kajlich and his new focus on his professional options in Europe.

Click here for entire post.

Other Random Bits

  • The Minnesota Vikings are 4-0 heading into a game in St. Louis against and team at is struggling – to say the least.  This game could get very ugly for the Rams.
  • I predicted the score of the Vikings-Packers MNF game at 31-21 in a MN win.  Not too bad the game finished 30-23.
  • There was a fight in an NBA preseason game between Miami Heat center Jamaal Magloire and Detroit’s Jonas Jerebko.  The both will suspended for regular season games, when they probably won’t play.  Oh well – I guess it is news – some how.
  • Jeff Jordan, Michael Jordan’s oldest son, is looking to return to the Illinois’ basketball team.  Retirement does not do that family well.
  • Hey, the NHL regular season started – did anybody know?
  • Joe Mauer should be the AL MVP.  And if first basemen Justin Morneau would have been healthy, they would have been the No.1 and 2 candidates.  When was the last time that happened?  Really?
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Michael Jordan’s Hall Of Fame Speech Was Uncomfortable

That might not be totally fair, but I did not like it.  To summarize the main theme of the speech – “I am really competitive, I took things personally, but you all motivated me….but I am still better than you”

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I did not hear David Robinson’s speech, but I am sure it was much more articulate and humble.  Not that Jordan’s speech was horrible, but it was completely filled with his ego and the fact that he felt that he was more important than the organization.  If going on to say that the players win games, not the organization.

He rambled, did not articulate his feelings well and seemed to want to remind everyone in the room how and why he is the best NBA player of all time.

Jordan was emotional from the beginning of his speech.  I am sure he was thinking about his father, he had a room filled with teammates and other familiar people.  And whenever you watch a your own career retrospective, and I sure it brings back a lot feelings.

Congrats to Micheal Jordan, John Stockton, David Robinson, Jerry Sloan and C. Vivian Stringer.  You all deserved it.

Apparently, I am not the only who dislike Jordan’s speech – here is the article from yahoo.com: “Jordan’s night to remember turns petty” by Adrian Wojnarowski.

Scottie Pippen Will Be In The HOF Soon

It was great to see Scottie Pippen, Toni Kukoc, Steve Kerr and even Dennis Rodman at the ceremony – I was not there, I just watched.  I will be happy when Pippen gets elected – he is eligible in 2010.   I think people are starting to forget how good he was.  How important he was to Jordan’s success and the Bulls six championships.

Pippen’s career stat line was 16.1 ppg, 6.4 rpg,  5.2 apg, and 2.0 steals a game.  He also shot 47.3% from the field and 70% from the foul line.  Pippen was a seven time All-Star, and in the 1993-94 All-Star game, he won the MVP Award.

Pippen and Jordan were they only two players for the Bulls for all six titles.  And Pippen was the perfect balance to Jordan.  While Jordan dominated the ball, Pippen was good open shooter, could finish in traffic and at the rim.  But Pippen was even more dominate as a defender.  He was able to guard point guards to power forwards.  With a combination of speed, anticipation and long arms; Pippen was a defensive threat anywhere on the court.

Career Honors

1990-91 NBA All-Defensive (2nd)
1991-92 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1991-92 NBA All-NBA (2nd)
1992-93 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1992-93 NBA All-NBA (3rd)
1993-94 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1993-94 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1994-95 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1994-95 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1995-96 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1995-96 NBA All-NBA (1st)
1996-97 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1996-97 NBA All-NBA (2nd)
1997-98 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1997-98 NBA All-NBA (3rd)
1998-99 NBA All-Defensive (1st)
1999-00 NBA All-Defensive (2nd)

Stats taken from www.basketball-reference.com