Recent Comments by eccsport78

Canadian women beat U.S.A. for hockey gold

So now the Canadian team is taking heat for the way they celebrated?? Unbelievable. They don't have to apologize for anything. If they want to lay around on the ice in an empty arena and drink beer and bubbly and have a cigar, good for them. This is the greatest time in their lives, they won a gold medal for the host country, let them celebrate any way they like. Congrats, girls!

posted by eccsport78 at 07:43 AM on February 26

Jay Paterno: Coaches Have Lost Touch with Our Mission

Signing your name on a contract doesn't mean anything these days. They shouldn't be allowed to bail like Kiffin did. There should be a clause written into the contract that forbids a coach to leave before a specified time frame from coaching at another school unless it is an administrative decision by the college. It would only serve to protect schools from damage to their programs. Most schools probably wouldn't do this on their own for fear of not being able to attract the biggest names, so the NCAA should make it policy.

posted by eccsport78 at 01:44 AM on January 19

Schumacher returns to seek record 8th F1 title

You could see this coming from a mile away. The way he reacted after deciding he couldn't make a go of it after Massa's injury due to his own medical issues, you just knew he wanted back in. As much as I loathe the guy, I think it will be good for F1 overall. How old was Mansell when he won his title, 39? And he raced beyond that. I have no doubt that with a couple races under his belt, he'll be right back at it, cheating his way to the podium (sorry, old habits die hard). I'm still in mourning over what my Brawn team has become. I'm going to root for Ferrari next year.

posted by eccsport78 at 01:38 PM on December 23

Charlie Weis: I'll Coach in NFL Next Year

--The common wisdom (Weis' included) is that he is headed back to the NFL where he belongs, but if I were Pete Carroll, I'd give Weis a call.


Given the remark he made about Carroll's personal life (which he has since apologized for), I doubt ole' Charlie will be giving Pete a call anytime soon.

posted by eccsport78 at 10:37 PM on December 06

FIFA opens case against Thierry Henry for handball

This seems like such a black and white issue, I can't understand why there is so much discussion on whether or not he should be punished. Henry admits to intentionally handling a ball that leads directly to a goal that eliminates Ireland from the World Cup. Does anyone seriously think FIFA shouldn't punish him? At the very least, FIFA must suspend both Henry and the referee. How hard a decision can that possibly be? The argument that cheating is acceptable as long as it isn't caught doesn't work here, because the entire world saw that handball. Suspend him.

posted by eccsport78 at 10:26 PM on December 02

New Orleans Hornets Fire Coach Byron Scott

What a bonehead move. This is Bower's team, the guys HE put together. And he's no more qualified to coach them then Pink Floyd, the band. Hopefully Scott won't be unemployed long. Nice not letting CP in on it either. Stuff he won't forget once he's a free agent. How in the world does Tim Floyd keep getting coaching jobs?

posted by eccsport78 at 09:37 AM on November 13

Women's Soccer Playoff Turns Ugly

After hearing that Lambert has been indefinitely suspended from the program, I am shocked UNM's head coach was not suspended as well. The coach later made a statement saying Lambert's actions crossed the line of fair play and sportsmanship. Really? No kidding. So why didn't you substitute her out before it got really ugly? What in the world were you waiting for? The kid clearly snapped for whatever reason, and you continued to play her anyway? I think if I was the BYU coach, my anger would have been directed toward the NM coaching staff for letting it continue when the referee clearly wasn't putting a stop to it. Instead of recognizing she was out of control and removing her, she was allowed to continue and has now probably played her last college soccer game. Does Lambert deserve this punishment? Absolutely. Could it have been avoided early on and perhaps saved a student-athlete from doing further damage to other players as well as her own athletic career? Absolutely.

posted by eccsport78 at 05:39 AM on November 07

Women's Soccer Playoff Turns Ugly

Some advice to Ms. Lambert: Shave your head and order a mouthpiece.

posted by eccsport78 at 01:16 PM on November 06

Dodgers' Frank McCourt fires wife as CEO as couple seeks divorce

The sad part for the Dodgers is that she probably knew more about baseball and running a team than he did. Watching him sit there listening to mush-mouth Tommy Lasagna, rather than his own GM, makes me wonder if the team might be better off with a new owner anyway. Then again, maybe not. Just ask Padres fans how that all went.

It constantly amazes me how some rich people find ways to piss away everything they have. Good luck in (Mc) court, Frank........

posted by eccsport78 at 11:13 AM on October 23

Jenson Button is the 2009 Formula One champion

Jens finally gets it done, congrats to him. Singing "We Are The Champions" in the cockpit!! Was happy to see the rain let up long enough for a good fight for the title. Rubens is a class guy, I hope he continues on next season.

posted by eccsport78 at 07:05 PM on October 18

Angels Sweep Red Sox, Head to ALCS

The curse is broken. Donnie Moore, R.I.P.

Angels-Yankees. On paper, this should be NY all the way. However, the Angels have never been scared of the Yankees and have done well against them the last few years. Yankees in 7, but I'm rooting for the Halos.

posted by eccsport78 at 01:02 AM on October 12

Alonso to Maranello

So, can we expect Kimi to Brawn?? We all might want to root for that, because another option out there is........MS to Brawn. (sorry Drood, I didn't mean to get your blood pressure up) Just call it Bernie's wet dream....

posted by eccsport78 at 05:35 PM on September 30

Canada Protects Home Advantage at Olympics

Big deal.....so Canada wants to do well in Vancouver, who can blame them? Our U.S. team always brings a small army of athletes to the Olympics and takes most of the medals, and now we're complaining about not getting equal training time?

My family and I visited Vancouver this summer and had a terrific time. Canadians are the nicest people in world to tourists, and much nicer than I've seen Americans treat people from other countries. We got a chance to visit the new speedskating venue in Richmond, which is an engineering marvel, and they emphasized how important it was for Canada to represent itself well at home, and I hope they do. Not only that, but my favorite F1 Grand Prix is back on the 2010 schedule for Montreal, so I'm looking forward to visiting another one of my favorite Canadian cities again.

posted by eccsport78 at 10:14 PM on September 23

FIA makes mockery of Formula One

Rodgerd-- You are absolutely correct, the actions of drivers intentionally crashing their cars is just as serious and should have been met with the same punishment as Briatore and Symonds received today. Same goes for FIA presidents with nazi/s&m fetishes. The WMSC considers this "to be of unparalleled severity"??? I guess I have a longer memory than they do, and Schumacher and Senna both crashed cars to modify the outcome of a race without being kicked out of F1. Clearly the FIA is not as afraid of scandals right now as much as it is of losing another manufacturer. In a weird sort of way, we have Honda and BMW to thank for the pass Renault got today.

posted by eccsport78 at 06:46 PM on September 21

FIA knew of Renault's race fixing last year

I wish I could say that this sort of stuff surprised me, but absolutely nothing in F1 surprises me anymore. (although the success of Brawn, RBR and Force India this year have all been pleasant surprises, for sure).

Of course, the FIA is as corrupt as any of its participating teams, having sat on this info for a year without a proper investigation. If Piquet Jr. doesn't come forward, at what point did they intend to pursue this? Ever? Although Renault the manufacturer is ultimately responsible for the team, it's doubtful the company knew of the decisions it's team managers were making at the time. If they did know, a lifetime ban is the only decision that can be made. My gut tells me Alonso did not know, the guy is a twice world champion and he would have come forward immediately had he been aware of any decision like that. I'm guessing that at the very minimum Renault will be excluded from the 2010 world championship. My other guess is that Renault will pull the plug on the program if they are excluded at all. I think they have already made that decision in the boardroom pending the outcome of Monday's hearing. Flavio and Symonds already knew what was coming. And now there is talk of criminal charges!! I think Renault F1 is finished, which will put a lot of good people out of a job. Maybe some jail time is justified.

Is Alonso-to-Ferrari a done deal or is he talking with other teams?

posted by eccsport78 at 07:45 AM on September 19

Fisichella to Ferrari

That picture of Giancarlo getting fitted in the car is priceless. So many variables had to come into play to put him in that seat (Massa's injury, MS bowing out, Spa, etc.) but it all worked out for the best. I too hope Massa is able to return soon, even if he ends up on another team. I think a lot of credit for this move also needs to go to Force India team boss Vijay Mallya. The quotes I read from him regarding this move were admirable, saying that no one should stand in the way of Giancarlo's dream of racing for Ferrari and how it was good for the sport overall. And he didn't even take a cash payment from Ferrari for the transfer. I hope he's able to get a quality driver to replace Fisi, the indies like Force India & Brawn are keeping F1 interesting this season. And yet, with all the good news this week, the F1 circus rolls on.....what's this, a race-fixing scandal at Renault???? HAHA, back to normal.................

posted by eccsport78 at 05:49 PM on September 04

Fisichella to Ferrari

I'll bet you were not the only one with a tear in his eye, Drood. Imagine Gio's reaction walking through the doors at Maranello as a Ferrari driver. I am so happy for him, and I hope he savors every second of it. He did such an outstanding job at Spa, he really deserves this opportunity. An Italian driving a Ferrari at Monza.......it just doesn't get any better, unless of course he takes a podium or wins!! I can't wait to see how he does.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:52 PM on September 03

ESPN: Favre Reaches Deal to Join Vikings

I think his biggest mistake was using the word "retire" when he left the Packers. He clearly didn't want to leave the game, and so what? I don't blame him for wanting to continue as long as he's healthy. Playing golf everyday is boring as shit, especially if you're used to being in the limelight every Sun. If he can play, he's still better than a bunch of starting QB's right now. If you want a QB that can scramble out of the pocket, you wouldn't look at Farve anyway. If the Vikings have a decent offensive line to protect him, he'll do fine. If not, it wouldn't matter who is back there. I hope he does well.

posted by eccsport78 at 03:37 PM on August 18

Ferrari Go Back To The Future

Poor Massa will probably ask to be put back in a coma.......

posted by eccsport78 at 09:28 PM on July 29

Ferrari's Felipe Massa undergoes emergency surgery

The latest news is Rubens visited Massa in the hospital and reported that he will be OK. Very scary, had the spring hit him directly in the visor he obviously wouldn't have survived it. He had a big dent on the side of the helmet where it glanced off. In addition to the skull fractures, he suffered a serious concussion, but he is in stable condition after surgery. My heart sank when I saw the replay, it just brought memories of 1994 rushing back in an instant. Thank goodness he's alright, I hope we see him back on track soon.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:45 PM on July 25

Lakers Get Artest

It's a good move for LA. As I understand it, nobody wanted Artest to be a Laker more than Kobe did. He's been pushing the Lakers to make a deal for years now, and it's finally done. He's probably tired of seeing Ron in his face constantly. Good shooter, the guy is tough as nails, and he's got a good relationship with Phil. Too bad they lose Ariza, but certainly any addition that makes them more physical is good. Odom probably gets a 1-yr. deal now and then goes back into the free-agent market next year. I wonder if they asked Artest for his ring size......

posted by eccsport78 at 04:52 AM on July 03

FOTA and FIA put toys back in pram.

Good news overall. The words "common sense" and "Formula One" usually aren't found in the same sentence.....

posted by eccsport78 at 07:52 PM on June 24

Manny Ramirez suspended for substance abuse

If, in fact, it was being used to treat erectile dysfunction, which is the most likely reason, both Manny and his doctor should have been smart enough to make sure it didn't violate the MLB policy. It's too late now, and it's going to cost him about $8 million in salary. Dumb all the way around, and the Dodgers and their fans end up the big losers. Thanks Manny, see you in July, and you better still have a stiff bat, brother....

posted by eccsport78 at 05:08 PM on May 07

NASCAR Race Nearly Ends with Car in Stands

Of course they won't admit it, but I guarantee the only thing NASCAR officials were thinking about after the car went airborne was how much extra coverage they'd get on ESPN. They weren't thinking about Carl Edwards, they weren't thinking about the fans in the first 15 rows, and they certainly weren't thinking about how taking the plates off those motors and letting the cars run faster and spread out a little might actually be safer for both the drivers and fans. NASCAR is ignoring the advice of its drivers at its own peril, because Edwards is right: Nothing is going to change until one of those cars goes over the fence, and NASCAR might never recover from an accident of that magnitude.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:36 PM on April 27

Angels' Pitcher Nick Adenhart Killed in Car Crash

How many times have we heard someone say "But I just saw him (her) a little while ago..." Hug your kids when you see them head for the door and tell them you love them, because you just never know..............

posted by eccsport78 at 09:24 PM on April 10

2009 Formula One Season Preview

--We've now got more rubber than a Max Mosley Nazi sex party!

HAHAHA.....priceless, Drood!! Looking forward to the new season, new cars, and new team--go Brawn GP!

posted by eccsport78 at 03:05 PM on March 18

Honda to leave F1!

Everyone involved with F1 knows the costs need to be contained in order for the sport to survive. Honda was affected more than most because it was without a major sponsor the last couple of years. But the whole idea of using standardised engines and transmissions to cut those costs will ruin F1. True, it will save money, but at what expense? F1 is not NASCAR. F1 has always been the ultimate in terms of race engineering and technology, and it's the prime reason car manufacturers became involved to begin with. Automakers know going in that involvement in an F1 team will be a money pit, but the tradeoff has always been the ability to use the technology gained by putting it in their road cars and then marketing that fact. Nobody understood that more than Honda, a company whose founder was an engine maker who went racing early on to advance the knowledge of his company's engineers. Honda has always promoted the company's racing development in it's advertising. Telling the remaining manufacturers they will have to dumb-down their powertrains to match customer-team Cosworth specs will take away the R&D aspect that attracted those companies in the first place. I believe Honda never went NASCAR racing for that very reason. That, and given the team's dismal results of late, perhaps Honda just decided it didn't need to wait for 2010. I wonder when some of the others will come to the same conclusion.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:47 PM on December 09

Kevin Garnett makes Big Baby Glen Davis cry

Too bad Doc didn't have the intestinal fortitude to pull KG after his turnover. Then we'd have seen some crying.......

posted by eccsport78 at 07:52 PM on December 09

Honda to leave F1!

Sad, but not surprising. Honda has a rich history in F1, but clearly struggled in the last decade. There is just no way to rationalize the expense given the results. Is Toyota next? They haven't been much more productive than Honda and spend more than any other team on the grid.

posted by eccsport78 at 01:24 AM on December 05

Bernie Ecclestone loses mind.

Bernie shows his pro-Ferrari bias in every decision he makes. The medal idea is nuts.

I do think there should be a bigger points gap between first and second place, and that points should be awarded in qualifying as well. Award points for the top five in Q3. Some of the qualifying sessions in F1 are more entertaining than the actual race, last season's finale being the obvious exception. NASCAR isn't the only series where taping a race comes in handy...

posted by eccsport78 at 09:02 PM on December 02

Canadian Grand Prix dropped

Unbelievable. Let me guess, another Asian or Middle Eastern GP in it's place. Thanks Bernie. Pretty soon this won't be a true World Championship anymore because there won't be any races left in North America or Europe. The Canadian race has always been one of the best on the schedule.

Let's see what happens to F1 when some of it's major sponsors start deciding they can no longer throw money at the sport due to the current state of the world's economy, which in large part was created by the greed of people like Eccelstone.

posted by eccsport78 at 10:15 PM on October 07

Danica Patrick Wins IndyCar Race in Japan

Sadly, I've already read a couple of stories where the reporter seems to discount her win because it came as a result of fuel strategy. As Drood said earlier, it's a part of racing. How many of Team Penske's wins over the years resulted from correctly calculating how much fuel was needed to make it to the finish? And a few of those races were Indy 500 wins, too. The only thing that bugged me about ESPN's coverage was Jack Arute having the balls to ask her when she'd get another win. I know he was joking, but she didn't deserve to hear that question again while standing in victory lane. Congrats Danica, hopefully the first of many. The girl is a flat-out racer. She made it back to the States in time to get to Long Beach to see the last laps of the LBGP, and she looked so happy, nothing like your first race win to take all that pressure away.

posted by eccsport78 at 04:19 PM on April 21

After almost 30 years, Thurman Munson still has a place in Yankee history.

I took the tour of Yankee Stadium a couple of years ago while on vacation. By far the best part of the tour is being able to go in the clubhouse. (when the team is on the road, which they were on the day I visited) There are no photographs allowed on that part of the tour, and you really feel like you're on hallowed ground. As incredible as it is to see the lockers of all the current Yankees, and then be told which of the same lockers belonged to all the legendary Yankees of the past, the most emotional moment for me was when the guide explained that the empty locker in the clubhouse was Munson's. A great tribute. I'm sure they won't forget him at the new ballpark.

posted by eccsport78 at 04:58 AM on February 16

Race car driver taxi driver to catch flight

--Does anyone have the goods on the terrible scandal commited? If he was so late for the flight that he felt the need to take the wheel himself, then you can safely assume traffic laws were broken. F1 drivers don't drive their cars like the rest of us, I'm sure. Like many other pro athletes and celebrities, they feel they are above the law. The only thing bigger than Schumi's wallet is his ego, and he knew damn well this story would get circulated.

posted by eccsport78 at 07:26 PM on December 14

Two Lovers in Sports: Chris Evert and Greg Norman Engaged.

Wow, didn't see that one coming. The Shark and the Ice Princess. He had to give his ex $100m?? I guess it pays to be Mrs. Shark.

posted by eccsport78 at 07:11 PM on December 14

Race car driver taxi driver to catch flight

What a moron. How many people did he put in danger trying to catch a flight? It's one thing to have an F1 driver take you for a ride in a road car on a closed course, that would be the thrill of a lifetime. But to do it in a taxi on public roads is just plain stupid. The only thing he had control over was his own car, but what about everyone else on the road, pedestrians. etc. How many traffic laws did he manage to break in an attempt to get to the airport on time? The guy is one of the richest athletes in the world and could have just taken his own private jet. If I had that much money you'd never see me race to catch a commercial flight ever again. Just have my plane waiting for me, please. He's nothing more than an arrogant, self-centered jerk who feels he can get away with stuff like that because of who he is (or should I say, WAS.)

posted by eccsport78 at 06:39 PM on December 14

Kobe Booed on Home Court, Lakers Win Opener For Houston

Kind of makes him the A-Rod of the NBA. Nothing like your own fans booing (one of) the best players in your league. More like the A-Hole of the NBA. He deserved to get booed at home, and it sounded like all 19,000 were doing just that. I don't care what he was promised by the team, or who lied to him, or any of his complaints. He's being paid something like $30 mil a year, and he has complaints?? He told a reporter at halftime that the fans don't understand what's going on. Really?? Fans aren't stupid. If you don't want to play here, so be it. It's a .500 team even with Kobe, and I think most Laker fans have already moved on. See ya, Kobe. What really sucks is, we lose one A-Hole, and are probably getting another, only this one swings a bat.

posted by eccsport78 at 12:30 PM on October 31

Report: Dodgers hire Torre as manager; Little fired

The Dodgers still need a big bat. Makes you wonder what the McCourts promised Torre beyond just his contract. Hmmmm.......could it be that A-Rod winds up playing in L.A., just not with the Angels? Mattingly is going to be the bench coach. His son is in the Dodgers farm system.

posted by eccsport78 at 01:28 AM on October 30

Raikkonen wins improbable F1 title.

I imagine McLaren don't have many friends in the FIA these days....

posted by eccsport78 at 06:01 PM on October 22

Raikkonen wins improbable F1 title.

No penalty for BMW or Williams, Kimi Raikkonen is officially the world champion............

posted by eccsport78 at 06:55 PM on October 21

Raikkonen wins improbable F1 title.

--Of course since posting this, it's been announced BMW and Williams are under investigation for failing the post race scrutineering. If the drivers were DQ'ed, that'd hand Lewis the championship. Never been a big Kimi fan, but I really hope they don't hand the title to Lewis that way. Not an Alonso fan either, but the Spaniard played that opening lap perfectly. He knew Hamilton wouldn't risk a crash and took the challenge to him. Lewis finally showed some rookie nerves, he'll learn from it and no doubt be a WC for many years to come. What a season!

posted by eccsport78 at 06:50 PM on October 21

Hope Solo Kicked Off Team for Consolation Game

Ryan had to be thrilled when Solo mouthed off. It just deflected all the criticism away from him. They weren't prepared properly, and used the wrong strategy against Brazil, a team they normally can beat. His fault, nobody elses'. Solo is the #1 keeper, she shouldn't be benched for a world cup game, any game for that matter. Ryan will be a former coach within a few weeks, and hopefully the US team can put this whole thing behind them.

posted by eccsport78 at 03:22 AM on October 02

McLaren lose 2007 points, fined $100m

Yes, Sebrings are nice cars. They just don't quite match up to the good doctor's S63 AMG, though. So is Mercedes expected to pay this fine? If so, do it's shareholders have a right to file a claim against the FIA? They can just pull a number out of their ass? How can they possibly justify $100 million if they can't prove McLaren even benefitted from the intel?

posted by eccsport78 at 12:53 AM on September 14

McLaren lose 2007 points, fined $100m

Kind of makes NASCAR's penalties look pretty lame, doesn't it? 100 million??? Damn, that's a lot of money. Dr. Z's going to have to go back to driving his Chrysler Sebring for awhile. The FIA is truly corrupt. To show my disgust, I'm never going to buy a Ferrari.

posted by eccsport78 at 09:15 PM on September 13

Down Goes Kobayashi! Down Goes Kobayashi!

All I know is that f-ing moron ESPN had sitting alongside Paul Page told us that we were witnessing the greatest moment in American sports history. Seriously. He reminded me of ESPN 8's (The Ocho!) Pepper Brooks in the movie Dodgeball. Actually, that's where the hot dog eating contest belongs.....ESPN 8.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:14 AM on July 05

Earnhardt Jr. to Hendrick, Kyle Busch out of #5 Kellogg's car?

Dale Jr. has no interest in escaping Bud's claws......he's done very well by them, and vice versa. Budweiser will probably be a sponsor wherever he ends up, which will be Hendrick. I read Kyle Busch may have asked out of his contract, so it was a no-brainer. He'll now be able to challenge for race wins, which is what he wanted, and Hendrick has the COT sorted out better than the rest. Super team, lots of egos, it'll be interesting to see if it all works out.

posted by eccsport78 at 02:13 AM on June 13

"No one has ever made the business of driving a formula one car look so easy."

I know......got a sick feeling in my stomach when I saw it from the camera angle that showed the main impact. I lost interest in F1 for a few seasons after Senna and Ratzenberger died on the same weekend. Seeing Kubica laying there not moving in the cockpit brought it all back. I know these guys understand the risk, but you never want to see something like that happen before your eyes. I hope he races this weekend, too. I have feeling Ferrari might just re-emerge this weekend. If they don't, expect Schumy to be doing testing at Fiorano real soon. I don't think he's there just to put on headphones and watch races, I think they'll have him testing the car at some point.

posted by eccsport78 at 01:05 AM on June 12

"No one has ever made the business of driving a formula one car look so easy."

I hadn't heard the updated report on Kubica's condition, that's great news.

posted by eccsport78 at 09:18 PM on June 11

"No one has ever made the business of driving a formula one car look so easy."

It's been some time since the Brits have had a driver with this much talent and early success, I don't really blame them for all the press they're giving Hamilton. Hopefully, the lad doesn't let it go to his head. Haha....Poor Alonso!!! Nobody's paying any attention to me! I'm the champion! The best moments of yesterday's race by far was watching Takuma Sato in a Super Aguri pass Raikkonen's Ferrari, and then, even better, Alonso's McLaren. An absolutely astonishing feat. True David v. Goliath stuff. How Kubica survived that horrific crash with nothing more than a busted leg is a true testament to F1 safety technology. Thank goodness he's alright.

posted by eccsport78 at 03:00 PM on June 11

Kobe Bryant Demands Trade

A local TV station here in L.A. is running an online poll right now titled "Kobe wants to leave--do you care?"................In other words, Kobe, don't let the door hit your ass on the way out. Old Doc Buss is too busy losing money at the poker tables and getting nabbed for DUI with his twenty-something starlets at his side to even notice that his once-prized team is about to become the new Boston Celtics. But that's life in L.A. Plenty of other things to see and do, life will go on and soon no one here will even care. Don't believe me? Ask Al Davis.

posted by eccsport78 at 07:41 PM on May 30

Mears Finds Victory Lane on Indy Sunday

Casey Mears? Who cares? Thank you Ashley for wearing that wonderful sun dress at Indy, and deciding it didn't need a bra. Thank God for rain, lots of it. Judging from the post-race pics, I guess she left nothing to the imagination. BTW, congrats to Mr. Judd and everyone at AGR.

posted by eccsport78 at 03:54 AM on May 29

Dale Jr. docked 100 points and his crew chief suspended six races

One last thought. Sponsors want to be associated wiht the Earnhardt name. It's Dale not Theresa. Sponsors also want to see the 8 out on the track. And regardless of the penalty, the 8 car will be racing this weekend. That's the real problem that NASCAR has. Nobody has the balls to tell a team like DEI to take the next couple of races off. Imagine the financial hit a team takes for a penalty like that. It'll end cheating, that's for sure. Race teams don't fear lost points, suspensions, and fines as much as a phone call from their sponsors. As loyal as a company like Bud is to Dale Jr., if they've got clients and execs in the stands and don't see their car out there, it has an impact.

posted by eccsport78 at 03:53 PM on May 16

Dale Jr. docked 100 points and his crew chief suspended six races

The problem is that NASCAR is never consistent with it's penalties. A fine this severe should only be handed down if the infraction is found in post-race tech inspection. If he had benefitted in a race from using the brackets, then dock him 100 and put the crew chief on the beach. If it's found in a pre-race check, there still needs to be a penalty assessed, but not something that harsh. It just seems like a bunch of officials go sit in a trailer and say, "Well, whaddya think, boys? It's Dale Jr., and if we don't go hard on him everyone'll say we're playing favorites." There needs to be clear cut penalties for these infractions, and the teams and drivers should know going in exactly how bad the penalty is if they get caught cheating. I've said this before, the cheating will not stop until entire teams are told to pack up and leave the track. It sure as hell works that way in F1, and it gets the attention of the sponsors, too. The possibility of losing major sponsors due to the cars not being on the track would probably be the most effective way to stop this stuff.

posted by eccsport78 at 12:47 AM on May 16

Griffey Jr. to fan: You couldn't touch the threads on my jock!

What an f-ing moron. You really gotta like someone who decides to talk smack about a player's mother the day before Mother's Day. What a jackass, but of course, he's got plenty of friends on myspace who think its really cool. Someone should tie-wrap the jock to this idiot's head the next time he's passed out drunk. I hope Griffey gave him a dirty one instead of a spare from his locker.

posted by eccsport78 at 12:11 PM on May 15

Baron Davis' beard 125, Utah Jazz 105

If any of you haven't seen that dunk yet, tape a sportscenter today. One of the sickest throwdowns I've ever seen, and over Kirilenko??? Are you kidding me? He got beard-slapped.

posted by eccsport78 at 10:53 AM on May 12

Fisher returns, lifts Jazz in OT

Great game. What an emotional rollercoaster of a day that was for Fish. Glad to hear his little girl is doing okay. That was Willis Reed-stuff when he walked in the arena and went straight into the game. The Jazz probably lose without him there.

posted by eccsport78 at 09:04 AM on May 10

Junior to announce departure from DEI

What a huge miscalculation by Teresa. DEI loses its soul, the most popular driver in NASCAR. They lose Budwiser, the biggest sponsor in the sport. They lose Martin Truex and Bass Pro Shops sponsorship. Good luck paying your employees with Paul Menard and driver-to-be-named-later. Talk about wrecking a company. Since he wasn't winning races anyway, Junior had nothing to lose and everything to gain by making this move. He supposedly has a deal in place to use Hendrick chassis and motors at JR Motorsports, and untold millions waiting in endorsement deals and marketing a new number. The guy might as well print his own money.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:53 AM on May 10

The Rocket Lands In New York...Again.

Lets see, it's May, time to play some baseball. Now, who do I want to play for, the Astros, Red Sox or Yanks? As always, we'll start with the Yankees and go from there. You want to pay me how much?? For one year, right? Oh, okay, I guess you talked me into it, let everyone know I'm coming. I'm kinda sick of this yearly ritual, to tell you the truth. Enough already.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:54 AM on May 07

When to Hang It Up

I read where Kim Clijisters retired from professional tennis yesterday, after a career plagued with injuries, many of which she continued to play with. How many times did we see her play with something bandaged, it seemed like she was always hurt. She's only 23, but at least is wealthy enough to be able to walk away now, and smart enough to know it was the right decision.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:31 AM on May 07

Tony Stewart Likens NASCAR to Pro Wrestling

Here's something for NASCAR and it's sponsors to consider: (because I wonder how many other fans are doing the same) I've stopped watching the whole race. I'll either tivo it and forward to the last 10 laps or so, or try to time it right if I haven't taped it, and I only watch the end. There is no point to watching 490 laps only to have NASCAR try and change or spice-up a finish with a green-white-checker every time. So......since I'm not watching most of the race, I'm not watching sponsor ads, either. I personally don't care whether he retires or not, but my guess is Tony Stewart will be in an IRL car two years from now.

posted by eccsport78 at 08:53 AM on April 26