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Mon, 29 Sep 2014 06:18:25 GMT
MLB Exit
The Blue Jays, I believe, are the only MLB team not to make the playoffs this century.

There was 3 scenarios today of game results that would've required a game 163, but none of them materialized. That would've been weird having 3 game 163s.

The 1st place Orioles, having already made the playoffs, threw Derek Jeter (right-handed batter) an outside batting practice fastball while playing their 2nd baseman directly behind 2nd to hold the runner. WTF!? This resulted in Jeter getting his 7th walk off hit of his career, his last game at Yankee stadium. It was the only walk off hit of his career where the other team won the division (obviously not a stupid team) while playing a hall of fame slap hitter to pull the ball. Unrelated, it's really easy for a hall of fame slap hitter to hit a batting practice outside fastball to where the 2nd baseman should be standing.

Toronto sports teams should be embarrassed. The ownership group mostly includes Bell, Rogers, Bell and Rogers. Go Leafs Go!

Wed, 01 Dec 2010 16:52:05 GMT
8 Rules for Hockey Parents
  1. Don't swear at 14 yr old refs in front of 7 yr old hockey players. Yes, my son's coach actually did this when my son was 7.
  2. If you're too lazy to write down what time your kid gets on and off the ice, then don't complain to the coach that your son is underplayed. Or daughter.
  3. On the other hand, if your son is on the bench most of the game, then start writing down the times he gets on and off the ice. I was parent rep on a house league team where the coach was playing one kid less than 5 minutes per game, while the coach's son played 15-20. The parent never said a word all year.
  4. You can't teach dump and chase strategy to 10 yr old kids who can't skate, stick handle or shoot. I feel like telling this to my son's coach, but I like the fact that the players are not improving. My son's the goalie. He's getting more shots every game.
  5. The dressing room benches is for the players, not the parents. How many times have I seen a kid look around the dressing room for an open spot to dress while a half dozen parents took up bench spots. 
  6. Don't yell at players on the opposing team when they are on the ice. Don't ever yell at the players on the opposing team as they leave the ice. I couldn't believe a parent did this and it was the parent rep, the one person who should know better.
  7. Always put a bag of extra equipment in the car. Every other game or practice at least one kid forgets something. My son's old equipment has been used by almost every single one of his teammates.
  8. Don't scream at your child in front of other kids and parents. You look like an abusive parent. "Look like" and "are", maybe interchangeable. My son once turned to me and said "Did you hear how her mom yelled at her." Not exact words.
Fri, 22 Oct 2010 16:21:49 GMT
Nice Email

A nice email I got this week. I wouldn't necessary recommend Talk-Sports.com for kids, it's a little crazy, but none-the-less it was nice.

I got enrolled to ask about Dallas cowboys players on how they become what they are now, is for my grandson behalf he is beggening to play at middle school and his favorite is Dallas cowboys team and his players are Miles Austin and Tony Romo and eversince he joint the football team he has picked up his grades and he look more advance in school and sports, you may not know but you are doing a greate impact on young kids and teenagers to get more envolve in sports specially football and they see players as thier idols to follow thier steps and I can see his eagerance to be at school and football practices every day. Thank you for neing there for the sake of our kids.
Mon, 27 Sep 2010 17:20:49 GMT
Practice at Michigan International Speedway

Summer Vacation, Day 27, August 13th 2010.

Good morning NASCAR racers, from the top of my RV overlooking the track. Friday is practice and poll day.

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Video from practice.

Even from the ground (2nd row), we could see the race.

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Awesome National Guard tailgating setup at the entrance to turn 1.

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From the infield, you can take the tunnel to the outside where the fan zone is located.

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Reverse view of the grandstand.

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Me as Smoke.

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Me as Jr.

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Me as Ryan Newman. This guy is wide.

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Me as the 4-time loser.

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Me as Mark Martin.

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Chevy's championships.

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Dale's helmet.

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Chad and Jimmie stopped by for a pic. Loser.

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The infield has several humongo screens so you can enjoy more of the action.

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Grandstands are pretty full for a poll day.

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Enjoying a beer.

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The RV rooftops at night.

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And what would a NASCAR race be without Heluva Good! dip. The store in the infield is 24 hours and well stocked.

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Biffle drives by turn 1 in practice.

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Bill Elliot.

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David Gilliland.

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Denny drives by.

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Martin Truex.

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Eat something Joey.

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Kyle's Interstate #17 car.

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Elliot Sadler's Air Force #19 car.

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David Reutimann's #00 Tums car.

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Jimmie Johnson's #48 Lowe's car.

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Jr's #88 National Guard car.

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Sat, 21 Aug 2010 06:52:06 GMT
Pocono Truck Racing

Summer Vacation, Day 23, July 31st 2010.

The Saturday of the Pocono weekend was the 1st Camping World Truck race held there. Big day. But let's start with breakfast. Like my setup? That's my propane grill on top of my mounted dual purpose firepit-charcoal grill. I have it all.

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I refer to my kids as ABC (their 1st initials), so when we say ABC hashbrowns, we bought in.

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Gotta love this bar slash golf cart. NASCAR fans have the greatest golf carts.

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View from the rooftops. Some of these rooftop contraptions are amazing.

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Let's go truck race.

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My tat. LOL! Temp. Lame. FAIL!

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Awesome M&M golf carts.

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The neighbors on the corner had the Nationwide race on TV for all to watch. My kids took advantage. These neighbors always occupy the same spot opposite fenceline site #1.

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They also host beer pong and flip cup games. I rock at flip cup. After the guys lost about six games in-a-row, I showed them a couple tricks, joined in and we kicked the girls asses. I hit my 1st and only flip. I'm king of flip cup. I would've played longer, but I had the three kids.

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Pics of all the Spring Cup favs during practice earlier in the day.

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Sun, 04 Apr 2010 13:57:00 GMT
Nashville Superspeedway

On Friday, we stopped by the Nashville Superspeedway. The Camping World Truck Series race was that nice and the Nationwide the next day.

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At first, we parked the RV near the front entrace. As you can see, there was next to nobody there to watch truck qualifying and the practices.

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We hit merchandise alley.

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The Air Force brought in a pretty cool car. Each front seat has a 17 inch screen.

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Hornaday drove this truck two years ago.

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This is Brad Keselowsky's new ride. Both my elder kids were allowed to sit in the car. The youngest was back at the RV.

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Then we moved the RV to the top of the nearby cliff and we were able to watch practice and qualifying without paying a dime.

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But before the truck race started, someone came by and asked us for our tickets. We left before the race.

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Mon, 10 Aug 2009 23:26:42 GMT
ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway

Saturday morning, August 1st was final practice for the Pennsylvania 500. On the first lap and before we had finished breakfast, Tony Stewart hit the wall in turn 3 (where we were).

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Saturday was also the Pennsylvania ARCA 200 at Pocono Raceway. We had infield seats for the weekend, but everybody from the infield was allowed in the pit area, grandstand and fan fair (no cost).

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I have to thank Sprint Nextel for the free Internet. This allowed me to catch up on my emails and maintaining the Talk-Sports website.

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It had been raining all weekend and both (ARCA and Sprint) Friday qualifying sessions were cancelled. Our own RV site was overwhelmed with water and we moved our RV to occupy the dry spot of two adjacent sites.

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Mon, 20 Jul 2009 20:03:04 GMT
NASCAR Coke Zero 400 Practice

Video from the first Coke Zero 400 practice at Daytona raceway (2 weeks ago). We were allowed to enter the pit area (free) during this first practice.

Mon, 20 Jul 2009 18:06:34 GMT
Coke Zero 400 Pics

Here's some pics from the Coke Zero 400 practice session. Here's Denny Hamlin, one of the stars of the race, giving my son an autograph. Denny is now on of my youngest daughter's favorite racers. She use to cheer for Kyle Busch. Now she likes the entire team. They also got autographs from Joe Nemechek and lugnuts from Kyle Busch, Jimmy Johnson and many more.

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The pit area was open (free) to the public during the first Nationwide and Spring practices.

Click the below link to see all 76 pics.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/23538990@N07/tags/cokezero400/

Fri, 22 May 2009 02:18:30 GMT
Daytona International Speedway

This summer, I'm going to the Coke Zero 400 at Daytona International Speedway. We are parking in the infield RV parking on turn 4. We'll leave Brampton at noon on Sunday June 28th and return July 11th. We'll likely stop by Hersheypark on the return trip. Here's the racing schedule that weekend. It's gonna be awesome!

Coke Zero 400 Weekend Powered By Coca-Cola Schedule

Thursday, July 2
2 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.:  NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
4 p.m. – 5:20 p.m.:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice
5:30 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.: NASCAR Nationwide Series practice
6:35 p.m. – 8 p.m.:  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series practice

 

Friday, July 3
1:05 p.m.:  NASCAR Nationwide Series qualifying (all positions)
4:10 p.m.  NASCAR Sprint Cup Series qualifying (all positions)
5:30 p.m.  NASCAR Nationwide Series autograph session (Sprint FANZONE)
8 p.m.   Subway Jalapeno 250 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Nationwide Series race (120 laps, 250 miles)


Saturday, July 4
8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.: Grand-Am Rolex Series practice 
11 a.m.  - 11:15 a.m.:     Grand-Am Daytona Prototype qualifying
11:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.: Grand-Am GT class qualifying
Noon – 12:30 p.m.:     Grand-Am final practice
2 p.m.       Brumos Porsche 250 Grand-Am Rolex Series race (70 laps, 250 miles or 2 ½ hours)
8 p.m.       51st annual Coke Zero 400 Powered By Coca-Cola NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race (160 laps, 400 miles)

Wed, 05 Nov 2008 18:36:51 GMT
It's Just Practice for the Pistons
So the Pistons just traded Billups for Iverson. There goes a great franchise. Both Billups and Iverson are great players, but Billups does all the little things that makes a team win, whereas Iverson does only the big me things that makes him the target of jokes. Sorry Pistons, but you just lost premium NBA team status.
Wed, 21 Nov 2007 14:42:31 GMT
BlueJacket Practice

A few weeks back, the Red Wings invited me to their practice to check (and try to sell me) tickets in their high-end suites. I've stayed in them before, but the $110 suites. These are $165. You get a better meal, but for $55, I'm unsure it's worth it. I still like the $110 suites. I took a few pics, one is the BlueJackets practicing.

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Wed, 08 Feb 2006 01:48:59 GMT
Leafs v. Thrashers, Game 55

Missed the 1st period. Tae Kwan Do practice for the kids.

2nd Period

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Tue, 22 Nov 2005 21:52:57 GMT
Pilar good to go

Toronto Sun Karel Pilar finally got some good news. The young defenceman received medical clearance in Montreal Thursday to participate in full practices. [cut] In August, Pilar had a second bout of viral myopathy in his heart.

Randy: Pilar meet Fischer. Consider the $million insurance policy.

Tue, 22 Nov 2005 21:48:32 GMT
Fischer hospitalized after having seizure

AP: Red Wings defenseman Jiri Fischer collapsed on the Detroit bench late in the first period of Monday night's game against the Nashville Predators and was hospitalized in stable condition. The team announced that Fischer had a seizure and was doing fine. Red Wings coach Mike Babcock later said Fischer's heart had stopped and was restarted at the arena. [cut] Fischer was diagnosed with a heart abnormality in September 2002, causing him to miss two days of practice.

http://www.nhl.com/news/2005/11/244400.html

Sun, 28 Jan 2007 04:55:23 GMT
Penguins win Sidney Crosby

Well I mean during the practice in the beginning before the game..I know during the game he never looks in the stands...Ive been to so many I know what side he goes on when they line up to practice slap shots..he comes right up to the glass..so Im gonna sit in that section. 

But Im 17...18 on July 4th!....<3Katie~

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