Posts Tagged ‘Dirk Nowitzki’

Once a year some of the world’s major athletes come together to watch the presentation of the ESPY Awards. The presentation of the 19th-annual ESPY is set to take place once again in the Nokia Theater in Los Angeles, California, and for the year is set to be hosted by the comical Saturday-Night Live actor and comedian Seth Meyers. What makes the awards so watchable is not the fact that the ESPYs are Sporting Worlds equivalent of the Oscars or Emmys, it is due to the fact that they are unbelievably funny. For example, during the 2010 ESPYs Comedian/Actor Steve Carrell and Comedian/Actor Paul Rudd were seen in a skit that essentially made fun of the most criticized moments in sports history; the program starring LeBron James ‘The Decision’.

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This afternoon as I fixated my self next to the computer to write my All-Star Weekend Guide I came across President Obama’s blooping opening pitch in St.Louis from last year. I snickered, as any fan who enjoys a good laugh would do, then it became clear to me that Sports Fans need a desperate laugh right now because it is quite a depressing time in Sports. Ever since the first ever ceremonial opening pitch was tossed by William Howard Taft in 1910, each heave thrown – signifying the start of the game – has been reviewed and criticized…especially if they end up in the dirt, in the net behind home plate, or – in Joan Steinbrenner’s case – a couple of feet from where they stand. So, I present to you the five worst opening pitches in recent memory and I promise you are going to laugh your ass off. Enjoy.

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Courtesy of achievedstrategies.com


At the end of every month on the EastSide we take a moment to step back and view the realm of sports as one entity. This Top Ten may include Highlights, Stories, etc., ultimately helping the fan get a feel for what I thought were the best of sports for the month of June 2011.

What can I say about the month of June? It is where the beginning of summer meets the blood, sweat, and determination of a team to reach the Finals – in both the NBA and the NHL. June is the month in which athletes take their games to another level…and then they take it a little higher. The end goal is in sight, and three of the grandest prizes in sports are on the line – The Larry O’Brien, Stanley Cup, and the US Open Trophies. This June however was different, however, because some surprise stories took place; this month select athletes took the initiative to write their own stories, it made for an intriguing month to say the least. So without further adieu, let the countdown begin.

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I want to start this long, emotional piece – and I’m going to try to be as unbiased a heat fan as possible – off by saying that I am enthralled for Dallas; congratulations on winning your first NBA Championship. I will comeback to Dallas and the mark that they just made on NBA History later, but after some thought I decided to disect their opponent first.

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With Game 6 of the 2011 NBA Finals looming, we are all curious to see two things; can the Mavericks close it out..in Miami? Or can the Heat, despite multiple controversies, look like the team that is 9-1 at home and send the series into 7?

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