[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/liriano.jpg]Liriano is a phenom rookie pitcher for the Minnesota Twins who got shut down for the season after re-injuring his pitching arm during a game after a few weeks off due to a strained elbow. What has made it even more interesting is the many reactions that have come innamely that the Twins were to blame in rushing him backand whether team officials should have noticed a noticeable twinge on Liriano's part during his second-to-last pitch.
[http://active.typepad.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/stoops.jpg]Nobody likes to lose. Especially when they think it was due to some 'questionable' officiating. But those connected to the Oklahoma Sooner football program have taken it a step further in the past week after their 'controversial' loss to the Oregon Ducks last Saturday. Just a few of the things that come out over the last couple of days:
*Oklahoma University President David Boren has called for the game to be officially expunged for the record.
*Oklahoma Head Coach Bob Stoops has railed against the replay official being suspended for only one game--claiming that his entire season has been altered.
*Bob Stoops has also threatened to pull Oklahoma out of any Pac-10 contracted games until the officials are dealt with.
*Most distressing--the officials involved have receieved numerous death threats from Oklahoma fans.
Is this an overreaction by a football-crazed university and their fans? Or is this a grave injustice being dealt with in the only that it can be? And what does it say to young athletes about sportsmanlike conduct on and off the field? Tell us what you think...
This isn't so much about golfor even genderbut about whether a young girl was rushed to the big state of PGA golf. Many golfers are quietly saying this reinforces the idea that women do not BELONG in professional men's golf. Do you think that's true? Or is this a case of too much, too soon--with the promise of endorsements being too tempting to pass up.
Beginning this school year the state of New Jersey will test nearly 5% of the some 10,000 high school athletes who will participate in state tournaments. New Jersey is the first state to administer steroid tests to high school athletes in such a wide-spread manner.
Athletes will be chosen at random and tests will be analyzed by the UCLA Olympic Analytical Lab in Los Angeles. Each test will run about $175���a large reason why many states have not taken the lead on this issue. It���d be great if this forces the other 49 to step up and take some immediate action.
FIFA President Sepp Blatter is attempting to resolve the whole World Cup head-butting incident involving Zinedine Zidane and Marco Materazzi by bringing the two world-famous soccer players together on Robben Island in South Africa to patch up their differences before World Cup 2010.
For those not intimately acquainted with Robben Island it has been a penal colony for political prisoners and social outcasts for the past 400 years--and housed Nelson Mandela for many years. (It is now the site of a Nelson Mandela musuem.)
No word on what kind of protective headgear Materazzi will be wearing.
The USA Softball team avenged an earlier loss to Japan behind the slugging of Mendoza and Crystl Bustos as well as the dominant pitching of Cat Osterman to take the gold medal at the World Softball Championships in Beijing. ESPN has the whole story.
The latest eteamz Snapshotz winner: District 3 championship game in Strasburg, VA against Broadway Little League All-stars. Fly ball was hit between Left and Center field when Hunter Stewart (Center Fielder) made this airborne catch.