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Caroline Thayer

Big Papi in a Big Slump

  • Kid Reporter
  • Posted by: Caroline Thayer
  • May 26, 2009, 11:13 AM

The master of the walk-off home run has mysteriously disappeared. The one and only David Ortiz has been in a very upsetting slump since the end of the 2008 season.

The famous Red Sox DH is currently hitting .195 and has only one home run. In 2004, the first year the Red Sox won the World Series with Ortiz, he had a .301 average and hit 41 homeruns. In 2007, another year the Sox won the Series, he hit .332 with 35 home runs. Sox fans are trying to “keep the faith,” something they have had to do several times in the past.

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Scott Jones

Game Reviews: June Issue


These three games will all be hitting stores in June. Keep reading for a preview and check back in when the game is released for a full review...
 
Grand Slam Tennis (Wii; $49.99; Release Date: June 8)
Preview: Tennis great John McEnroe makes his video-game debut, believe it or not, in this new tennis title exclusively developed for the Wii (and the WiiMotion Plus). The game includes all four of the Grand Slams: the Australian Open, the U.S. Open, Roland Garros, and Wimbledon.
Click "More" below to see a full review.
 
Reel Fishing: Angler's Dream (Wii, $39.99; Release Date: July 21)
Preview: With more than 40 different kinds of fresh and saltwater fish, as well as a variety fishing environments, this could be the last fishing sim you'll ever need to own. And, once you're done for the day, dock your boat and head back to the lodge where you can listen to advice from the Fishing Master and even raise your most prized catches in aquariums. 
 
 
Pangya: Fantasy Golf (CLICK HERE FOR REVIEW!)
Preview: Golf video games don't always need to feature real-world physics or pixel-perfect recreations of the back nine at Pebble Beach to be great. This little UMD takes more than a few liberties with the sport by featuring colorful characters and colorful environments.
 
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Gary Gramling

I Say Let 'Em Wrestle For It!

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • May 25, 2009, 11:30 AM

Come on!

You probably heard that the Pepsi Center in Denver accidentally booked a WWE Monday Night Raw event for Monday, May 25, the same night that the Nuggets are hosting the Lakers in Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals.

Unfortunately, you also probably heard that the WWE moved their event to Los Angeles, allowing Game 4 to go on as planned.

I say WHAT A SHAME!

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Gary Gramling

Fantasy Mailbag: Peavy Staying Put

  • Fantasy Fix
  • Posted by: Gary Gramling
  • May 23, 2009, 12:19 PM

As always, you can check out last week’s fantasy review right here. And be sure to share your two cents in The Brain's Baseball Question of the Week!

Read on for this week's mailbag, where I explain why Padres ace Jake Peavy is a smart man (as far as fantasy baseball is concerned) for rejecting a trade to the White Sox and staying in San Diego!

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Sarah Braunstein

What to Watch


Get ready baseball fans, because this weekend is not your average weekend. It is the first interleague weekend and, as usual, MLB is offering a full slate of regional rivals.

In the mid-Atlantic it’s the O’s vs. the Nats, in Ohio the Indians and the Reds will face off, and down south the Rays and Marlins battle for Florida bragging rights. But you’ve got to click MORE to find out which match-ups are truly the best…

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Marissa McBride

NBA Conference Finals Predictions

  • Kid Reporter
  • Posted by: Marissa McBride
  • May 22, 2009, 3:45 PM

With only four teams left and the Finals approaching, things are getting a little more serious in the NBA Playoffs. LeBron, Kobe, Carmelo, and Dwight Howard are leading their teams to a possible championship appearance, and these Conference Finals are shaping up to be series to remember. Here are my predictions...

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Paul Ulane

Breaking Down Kobe

  • Hoophead
  • Posted by: Paul Ulane
  • May 22, 2009, 3:37 PM

Earlier this week I posted a Splog about the Lakers newest superfan Spike Lee. A few of you responded, but this one caught my eye in particular:
 
I think that [Spike Lee rooting for the Lakers] is very wrong and Kobe's overrated anyway...
- Alexis from Europe
 
Wow, Alexis, those are strong words about a three-time NBA champion and former league MVP. But then I got to thinking, is Kobe Bryant as great as we think he is? I mean, out of the league’s current superstars – LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony – Bryant has by far the most talent on his roster.
 
In Cleveland, LeBron hits the court every night with Mo Williams by his side. That’s all well and good, but Williams would be the Lakers’ fourth best player. Carmelo has a seasoned veteran in Chauncey Billups and a host of big bodied bangers inside, but none of the skilled type of players that Kobe works with in the Triangle Offense. And Dwyane Wade? Please – he actually hurt his back carrying his squad of rookies and journeymen into the playoffs.
 
Just looking at the players surrounding Kobe on the Lakers roster in the last few seasons, you’d think he’d be gunning for ring number five by now. But he’s not. And that’s a problem.
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