June 2008 | Sharapova's Thigh

There we are. Right between her knee and hip. Don't we look good?

We've been around for 4 months now and I'm liking the progress of our foolish blog thus far. The visitor count is growing every week, thanks in no small part to pictures of hot girls from our site showing up on Google searches.

You've likely noticed our newest contributor, Fly Is Better Than PcB. We pretty much stole Fly from The Cubs Brickyard(which is a hilarious sports parody blog and you'll especially love it if you're a Cubs fan, so check that out).

Anyway, any opinions about the blog? Have any suggestions or complaints? Please let us know. Either make a post on here or send us an e-mail: sharapovasthigh@gmail.com

Also, it's hard to keep up with literally everything out there in the world of sports, entertainment, booze, the ladies, and their thighs, so if you hear about something that you think we should cover, let us know.

Find any youtube gems you think we should be aware of? Tell us.

Thigh Of The Week recommendations? Tell us which girl you'd like to see honored on here, and we'll almost surely do it.

Do you have a website with content similar to ours and you're looking to get linked? Let us know and we'll do a link exchange, because we'd love to get our blog linked more around the web.

Well that's all I can think of for right now. Thanks to everybody's that been reading the site and spread the word.

Let's talk fantasy

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/29/2008 03:09:00 PM | ,

And nothing says fantasy like Ms. Hewitt. Or is it Ms. Love Hewitt?

Fantasy baseball...I enjoy it. I enjoy it even more when I'm winning. And the way I win is by cheating...I mean...the way I win is by looking for bargain bin pitching in the middle of the year.

And I think I have three pitchers for you to check for in your Yahoo! fantasy league.

Jonathan Sanchez - SF Giants. Sanchez has flown onto the fantasy baseball radar with his 96 Ks in 95 IP going into today's game. He has turned in 7 quality starts out of his last 8 outings. Win-based leagues are going to hurt him as he plays for the baseball black hole that is San Francisco, but he's a must have in most any league, especially those who aren't concerned with Wins and Losses.

Scott Baker - Minnesota Twins. 52 Ks to 12 BBs in 63 innings. Those are really good numbers. Add to it that he plays on the revitalized Twins gives him value in win/loss formats. He also missed time earlier with an injury, but has come back without a hitch, going 30 innings while giving up 10 runs while striking out 23.

Kevin Slowey - Minnesota Twins. Another Twin, so the same Win/Loss bonus applies. Slowey has 46 Ks in 63 IP against 9...that's right...9 walks. (The stats above do not take into account either his or Sanchez's outings today). Since May 8th, he's given up more than 3 runs twice. 5 out of his last 7 games have been Quality Starts. More of a risk than Sanchez or Baker, but that just makes him more likely to be available.

I don't have access to the numbers, but I can almost guarantee that guys Greg Maddux are still on rosters based on their ability to pitch in their home park (and then get shelled anywhere else) whereas at -least- 1 of the 3 previously mentioned pitchers are available. That makes no sense to me.

I suggest you check your league for these guys before it's too late. And you all know how much traffic this site gets...and it's not all related to the pictures.

Clapp's still gone...

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/29/2008 02:46:00 PM | , ,

And I just keep on keeping on. For this post, we've got Ms. Haley Wilde. That may not even be how to spell her name. Do you really care?

I just saw another ri-fucking-diculous commercial while watching Fox Sports Net. Apparently they have some sort of athlete golf challenge thing happening in the near future. The commercial asks me "Which sport's athletes are the best golfer?". They then listed groups of 4 from the various sports...basketball, baseball...whatever.

The answer to this question, though, is simple. Have you figured it out yet? Or are you still ogling Ms. Wilde? I don't even know if ogling is a word, but it seems to fit, no?

The answer is golf. Golf's athletes are the best golfers. This commercial is like Yossarian asking "Which Thigh Blogger has a gay love affair with cats" and then listing every member except for him.
I am not happy with the shoddy state of American commercials. Every time I see one of those "most outrageous commercials" specials, they involve European commercials and nudity. We get fully-clothed crap.

Odds are good this is the last time Clapp leaves me as weekend editor. Maybe he'll start disabling my account when he leaves...or maybe I could disable his now...hmm?

When Clapp's away...

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/29/2008 10:50:00 AM | , ,

...the Fly will play. Clapp's off for the weekend, and he left me in charge. That's right. Me. Want a Thigh of the Week today? Too bad. Truth be told I'm not a thigh man at all. I have thighs. What I do not have are two large, magnificent...personalities...like my girl Devon here has. Oh Devon. You've got a boy's name and I still don't care. If Devon White looked like her, I'd have been a Blue Jays fan.

Anyways, why have I made this post? Is it to show how I have jumped the rest of the bloggers in our little pecking order? Is it to show that I am, indeed, better than PCB? Is it to show that I am up and kicking at 1 PM Eastern? Yes. To all.

What inspired this feast for the eyes, though, was this damned Capital One make-a-credit card commercial. You know the one. The general is watching as an asteroid hurls towards the Earth and he is concerned with making his card which he'll be able to use for the next, what, 2 minutes? You can't even get a good call-girl in 2 minutes. Trust me.

Now, normally any commercial that involves potential death and cross-dressing (if that's really his mom, then General Dumbass should off himself) are awesome things. But this is just stupid. After completing his card, General Too-Many-Chromosomes hits a button to complete the card and shoots a laser, blowing up the asteroid. Am I to believe that the entire war-room...staring death and destruction in the face...couldn't remember that they had a fucking rock-destroying laser attached to a fucking button? Seriously?

I wish that damned thing had hit. I wish that moron with the bag, hyperventilating at the end, had been offed. He shouldn't be allowed to procreate. He is probably the type who produces kids like this.

What's in my wallet? A visa card. I'll be a gonorrheal penis before I carry a card promoted by this nonsense. How about your wallet, Private Shitbrains? Is there a cyanide pill? You know what to do...

I'm not even putting a picture up of the card or Capital One for fear of someone electing to use Capital One based on hearing the name from me. They get no business from me. Except for when I wanted a credit card on it with War Kittens. I mean, I'm only human.

Grand Theft Auto IV Review

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/26/2008 11:09:00 AM | ,

I know I said I was going to do a Metal Gear Solid 4 one, and I think that one is still coming, but seeing as I actually played and beat GTA, then I figured this one would be more relevant.

What an amazing game. That's really the only way to start it. A lot of games these days actually try to make you believe that you're playing a movie by throwing long, elaborate, and boring cut scenes at you as much as possible. What that does in reality is to make the gameplay sparse and really second fiddle. And in a game, shouldn't gameplay be number one? I think so.

And this is where GTA succeeds. Instead of hitting you with 15-20 minute cutscenes, you get 1-2 minute scenes that really push the story forward. The voice acting during those scenes is awesome. Because they are so short and integral to the plot, you actually cannot wait until you get to see the next one. What is the main character, Niko Bellic, being asked to do this time? Clear out a strip club owned by a rival gang member? Chase someone in a boat? Unleash a rocket launcher from the side of a helicopter as a politician tries to escape?

The interaction between characters is amazing. All of the characters are borderline unbelievable in their traits...Brucie's roided up, Barry Bonds-persona, Jacob's unintelligible rasta-speak, Dwayne's suicidal "gangsta" schtick...but the way that these secondary characters play off of Niko is indicative of the attention to detail paid by Rockstar when they put this bad boy out.

The radio features in the car is. as always, way above average. The only fault is that it's really, really repetitive. This is fine if you're going with the music channels, which feature offerings from Smashing Pumpkins, Deep Purple, Queen, and The Who (amongst others). If you're like me, however, and you love to listen to the talk radio portions, you'll find that you've heard all there is to hear about an hour or two into the game. Although I could listen to Judge Grady over and over.

In short, this is a game that wows you with amazing gameplay (the new cover system is a God-send compared to the old way of shooting in GTA), an interesting story, and characters that you actually care about. Add that in to two endings, online play, post-story free play (for achievement hounds), and a moment in the end that really makes you feel for Niko Bellic (in the Revenge ending, that is). This is a game that you should go find, immediately. If you can find it used and at a discount, jump on it because I cannot imagine there being that many people who have elected to return it.

I give this bad boy a 9.5/10.

And my beloved Chicago Bulls have the #1 pick of course.

We still don't know if the Bulls will be selecting Memphis point guard Derrick Rose or Kansas State forward Michael Beasley, but it will certainly be one of these two 19-year-old phenoms. All signs point to Rose being the selection, and it would be please most Bulls fans since he's from Chicago and really wants to be a Bull.

So, who should the Bulls take?

The Case For Derrick Rose: The Bulls need a true point guard, and Derrick's a special one at that. He's a terrific floor general, and an absolute freak athletically for a point guard. He can accelerate to another gear unlike anybody else you'll find. His jump shot is questionable at this point, but certainly not as bad as some people make it out to be and he'll definitely improve there.

If nothing else, his ability to drive to the basket with his strength and athleticism will allow him to average 15 points per game in the league at least. He could be a triple-double machine, as he's a terrific rebounder for a point guard to go with this passing and scoring abilities. Additionally, he's a very good defender, and the Bulls have wanted more size for defense at the guard position.

Derrick would also make everybody else on the Bulls better, and the youngest team in the league needs every boost to their confidence that they can get after it was clearly lacking this past season. Most notably, I think he could really bring the most out of forward Tyrus Thomas, who some are already viewing as a bust after being the #4 pick in the 2006 draft. Tyrus is lost out there at times, but there's no doubting his freakish jumping ability, and most of his points come from dunks. I think we could see plenty of alley-oops from Rose to Thomas, like we saw with Chris Paul to Tyson Chandler this past season.

Furthermore, the league is changing, and we've seen where great point guards have taken NBA teams over the last few seasons. If you have the chance to get a potentially special player at the position such as Derrick Rose, it would be hard not to do so.

The Case For Michael Beasley: Michael "The Beast" Beasley would give the Bulls something they've been lacking for years: low-post scoring. Going into last season, it felt like they were a good low-post scorer away from contending from a title, but of course they regressed significantly in many areas and now a big man that can consistently put the ball in the basket isn't their only need. Regardless, it's still a major need that Beasley would go a long way to filling.

However, contrary to how many see Beasley, he might not be a true power forward, and will probably play both there and small forward in the pros. He measured in a disappointing 6'7" without shoes at the predraft camp, after most thought he was closer to 6'9" or 6'10". In fact, he might be better suited for small forward, as again, I don't think many people really understand Beasley's abilities. I'm telling you, he's somewhere between Carmelo Anthony and Charles Barkley. He's not Derrick Coleman, who many people keep comparing him to unfairly.

He has an outstanding skill-set offensively. He can drain the NBA 3 with ease, but also post up down low and use both hands to score which will make it so difficult to defend him. He is a very good ball-handler to go with great quickness for a guy weighing 240 lbs. This guy can take the ball the length of the floor, and when he gets to the basket, he's going to finish. He'll hit the face up jumper all day, and he'll make power forwards have to come out to guard him near the perimeter, where he'll then burst right past them to the basket.

Beasley's going to be a 20-10 machine, and probably next year. He might even average 25+ points per game in the future, as he definitely has the ability to.

The Verdict: Either one, there's no wrong choice.

I will be ecstatic regardless of the pick. I absolutely love both of these kids and think they're both going to be stars in this league for years to come.

If Rose is the pick, is there some way Bulls general manager John Paxson could swing a trade for the #2 pick since it appears Pat Riley doesn't want Michael Beasley on the Heat for some absurd reason?

Now, who would you take?

I think we all know who the more dominating force was when asked whether it was Kobe or Shaq. One has one titles without the other, one has raped women without the other. So when asked about Shaq vs Kobe, I only had this to say...

Bug vs Windshield, ReRedux...

It's Shaq's freestyle rap taking shots at Kobe with lyrics such as "Kobe, tell me how my ass tastes!".

Adam Showed Me The Light.

That's right. No more Master Funkdick.

After seeing what Pacman, whoops, Adam Jones did this past weekend, I'm going the same route to clean up this image the public has of me.

This is a gigantic step in the right direction for me. Makes me glad I had a nickname, otherwise I wouldn't have this luxury that will clean up my act.

They're going to see the real Matt Clapp. The kid with heart, the role model for the children, the guy helping out the community, etc.

No more spitting at women.

No more calling women hoes, hobeezies, sluts, the c word, bitches.

No more making it rain at the strip club with dollar bills that I would have just used to wipe my ass with anyway. Where are those dollar bills going now? Charity. Churches.

No more rolling with the wrong crew. My new friends won't have a single gram of weed or the white lady on them. Not even guns. Yep, that's right. My new friends won't even carry a gun.

No more kissing girls under 17, even if they promise they won't tell on me.

No more Matt "Master Funkdick" Clapp.

Master Funkdick is dead.

Gemma Atkinson
Gemma Atkinson... Motorboat heaven.

Gemma, only 23-years-old, is an actress, television personality, model(obviously), etc. She's everything that famous hot chicks are.

Like many of our recent Thighs Of The Week, Gemma is an international beauty, hailing from England. And like most of the hot girls in England, she's been hooking up with plenty of soccer players. The most notable of which is probably the best soccer player in the world, Cristiano Ronaldo, who plays for Manchester United and the Portuguese national team. She is currently dating English soccer player Marcus Bent.

All I know is we need to get her on TV here more in America. That thigh is too good to deny.

ESPN is out of control

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/20/2008 11:08:00 PM | , ,

Out of control. We all remember the infamous "Who's Now". Now they're doing "Titletown" as well as having random nobodies and then...oh sweet then...REO Speedwagon come in on Baseball Tonight and sing "Take me out to the Ball Game". Who cares?

Stay tuned to ESPN's next big feature: Athletes who used to be women. It'll be eye-opening...

Danny Graves...

Alexei Ramirez...

Marion Jones...

All of the usual suspects.

I'm already tired of Hank Steinbrenner

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/16/2008 11:16:00 PM | , , ,

Has anyone become as big a douche in as short a time as Hank Steinbrenner?

"My only message is simple. The National League needs to join the 21st century," Steinbrenner said in Tampa, Fla. "They need to grow up and join the 21st century.

"Am I [mad] about it? Yes," Steinbrenner added. "I've got my pitchers running the bases, and one of them gets hurt. He's going to be out. I don't like that, and it's about time they address it. That was a rule from the 1800s."

Hank Steinbrenner doesn't like pitchers having to run the bases? Poor -baby-! This is the first time I've heard the DH rule argued in this direction. Injuries happen. This is the equivalent, to me, of the Cubs complaining about how close the mound was when Prior got that line drive off his elbow.

Hank Steinbrenner may also be the ugliest man on the face of the Earth. Seriously. He looks like a cross between a transvestite and a frog.

PETA is sure to hold up signs about this outside of Angel Stadium in October.

  • Angels closer Francisco Rodriguez, a.k.a. "K-Rod", has 28 saves in 31 innings pitched. Think about that. By the way, he recently said he wants to pitch for another 9 years, taking him to age 35. It's crazy to think he's only 26, or so that's what he's telling us. Remember back in 2002 he was a major factor in the Angels winning the World Series, at the age of 20. That was also the beginning of the Rally Monkey era, which I'm afraid we'll be seeing more of come October with the way that terrific Angels team is looking.
  • Want to win a bet? Blue Jays starting pitcher Shaun Marcum is leading the AL in ERA, at 2.43. He's just another part of that rotation north of the border featuring perennial Cy Young contender Roy Halladay, Dustin McGowan, A.J. Burnett, and Jesse Litsch. Now if the Jays could only hit, they might be better than a .500 ballclub. A.J. Burnett's likely to be traded soon, for a number of reasons, the #1 reason being his contract(he can, and would opt out at the end of the season), but he also mocked the home fans by taking his hat off to acknowledge them when he was booed following a terrible performance recently, and pretty much told the media this past weekend that he'd rather be pitching for the Cubs. The Blue Jays shouldn't ask for much in return, especially if a team like the Cubs would pay some of his remaining $12 million contract this season. The Blue Jays certainly will ask for a quality young bat or two though.
  • Talk has been that the Yankees would try to acquire a starter like Indians lefty C.C. Sabathia before the July 31st deadline. Well, today the chances of that increased, big time. Yankees ace Chien-Ming Wang landed on the disabled list today with a right foot injury. ESPN's Buster Olney said that the best case for Wang is that he's back September 1st, so it's quite possible he won't even make it back at all this season. Wang's won 19 games each of the last 2 seasons, and needless to say it's going to be very difficult for the Yankees to even come close to replacing Wang. And yes, I know a joke belonged somewhere in there.
  • Today, the Mariners fired general manager Bill Bavasi, and it's hard to argue with that decision. The team is currently seated in last place, after many picked them to be a World Series contender coming into the season. They have absolutely no hitting. Bavasi's most notable mistakes include the signing of first baseman Richie Sexson to a 4 year, $50 million deal in 2005, and the trade to acquire starting pitcher Erik Bedard this past off-season. In 2007, and so far in 2008, Sexson's batting average is hovering around the Mendoza line, and his on-base percentage has been under .300. He's also well on his way to finishing with over 150 strikeouts for the third time since Bavasi handed him that big contract. As for Bedard, I recently broke down how that trade's looked so far(hint: it's not looking good for the Mariners).
  • Another average looking A's team on paper, another A's team playing great baseball. The A's are currently 38-31, just 3.5 games behind the Angels in the AL West, and 2 games behind the Rays in the AL Wild Card. How are they doing it? Pitching. The A's rank 2nd in the AL in ERA, 1st in BA and OPS against, and 2nd in WHIP. Their rotation has been sensational: Justin Duchscherer is 6-4 with a 2.20 ERA, 24-year-old lefty Dana Eveland has a 3.56 ERA and only has allowed 3 homers in 83.1 IP, 24-year-old lefty Greg Smith has a 3.62 ERA, and Joe Blanton is an innings-eater with 100 IP under his belt already this season. But the A's and people around baseball know their best starting pitcher is Rich Harden. Harden is still only 26, but he has been unable to stay healthy. In 2006 he made 9 starts, 2007 7 starts, and so far this year 9 starts. In his 9 starts this season, he's looked outstanding, going 4-0 with a 2.53 ERA, and a whopping 67 strikeouts in 53.1 innings pitched. However, there's also a chance Harden could be traded before the July 31st deadline. He might be the most talented guy on the market, and because of that general manager Billy Beane isn't going to just give Harden away, but it's going to be tough for a contender to trust Harden given the injury risks.
  • Mets manager Willie Randolph could be fired very soon, maybe even after a loss tonight. General Manger O.J. Minaya is joining the team in Anaheim tonight, where the Mets will take on the Angels. Rumors are that Randolph would be replaced by Mets bench coach Jerry Manuel, who managed the White Sox from 1998 to 2003.
  • Mini Power Rankings, By League...
    1. Red Sox- Big Papi being on the DL hurts them, but they'll still score enough runs.
    2. Angels- 42-28, but only +1 in run differential(292-291). But Vlad's heating up: .429 BA, 3 HR, 1.231 OPS in June.
    3. Rays- Scott Kazmir is dominating: 6-2, 1.74 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, .187 BAA.

    1. Cubs- MLB's best record at 45-25, and best run differential in MLB at +108(387-279).
    2. Phillies- Chase Utley has an MLB-leading 22 homers and an OPS of 1.033. Pat Burrell isn't doing much worse with 18 homers and 1.026 OPS.
    3. Cardinals- Could fall fast with star first baseman Albert Pujols and ace Adam Wainwright each out at least a few weeks.

Celtics vs Lakers: Game 5

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/15/2008 07:21:00 PM | , , ,

Or: Bug vs Windshield, Redux?

21-10 Lakers with 5:13 left. Eddie House just hit a three to get it to the aforementioned 11 pt deficit. Doc Rivers is still the Celtics coach, so LA has a chance. Haven't seen Sasha Vujacic yet. I assume he's alive.

4:49: Kobe hits a three, PJ Brown responds with a 2. Marc Jackson...Mark? Marc? I have no idea. He's babbling about leadership though.

4 Brothers is on TNT. Ya know the part where one of the brothers gets killed? Wait, ya haven't seen the movie. My bad. Well that part just happened. He kind of looked like Vujacic, now that I think about it...

3:07 (1st quarter): LA is flying to the boards, spreading the ball around...Derek Fisher is driving to the hoop, Radmanovic is making threes...I cannot fathom a way that Boston could ever come back frm this deficit.

2:09 (1st quarter): 31-15 after a Lamar Odom basket. The MVP has 15 in the quarter. Back to 4 Brothers for a bit. Terrence Howard is getting chewed out by Mark E. Mark.

17.1 seconds (1st quarter): 37-22 LA after a pair of Paul Pierce free throws. The 4 Brothers are about to rub out a dirty cop on TNT. I am about to rub out a dirty...ya know...to those Kelly Kapowski pictures.

Clapp: Lakers look like the team we thought we'd see all series. Obviously the Celtics phenomenal defense has been a major part of that, but the Lakers look incredibly confident and are clicking on all cylinders.. particularly Kobe. He might score 50. But, they jumped out to a major lead in game 4, and how'd that turn out?

Some amount of time in the first half: Tyrese is kicking some major ass in this movie. The dirty cop is getting suffocated. Andre 3000 is in it too. Some major musical talent here. Terrence Howard isn't hustling or flowing anymore, though.

Clapp: And just like that, here we go again. 8-0 run by the Celtics and it's down to an 11 point game. Lakers fans are booing. Kind of hard to talk on your cell phone and boo at the same time, but somehow they're managing to do it.

Fly: I took the Lakers at -7. I've got a heavy 30 cents riding on it.

9:14 (second quarter): Paul Pierce has elected to carry the Celtics. Again. The only way I could hate the Celtics any more would be if they were referring to KG, Pierce, and Ray Allen as "MV3". I haven't forgotten, St. Louis. 43-32 LA.

8:16 (second quarter): Offensive foul by Turiaf. In happier news, Sasha Vujacic has made an appearance. By happy, I mean he's alive. It's not happy news at all for anyone who is pulling for the Lakers. 43-34 LA.

7:37 (second quarter): Garnett just picked up his third foul. The Celtics will be replacing him with PJ Brown. No drop-off there...

Gasol misses the first of two free throws. Mark Wahlberg is in a fist fight with Victor Sweet on the ice now. Wahlberg puts him down! Down goes Sweet! Down goes Sweet! Now Sweet is being thrown into an ice-watery grave!!! This is like the Sasha Vujacic bio-pic.

Clapp: The Truth now has 18 and it's a 4 point game! Somebody should tell the Lakers that the games continue after the first quarter. In the 2nd quarter, Paul Pierce 13, Lakers 6.

5:07 (second quarter): The Lakers are all over the boards. Of course, it's not a rebounding contest. You get no points for missing shots. Write that down. I could coach in the NBA. Well, in the East, at least.

4:03 (second quarter): Odom with a short bank shot to end a Celtics 15-0 run. Mark Jackson is saying something. 45-39 LA.

4 Brothers is showing again on TNT. Is it even better the third time? I think so.

3:31 (second quarter): Lamar Odom outworking the Celtics, on his own. Radmanovic with a technical foul. He might replace Vujacic as foreign white guy that Kobe Bryant hates if this keeps up. 47-42 after Radmonivic gets beaten by Tony Allen. Yes, Tony Allen.

Clapp: You drinking tonight Fly? I've tossed 2 beers down and it just struck 8 pm here. This blog should get more entertaining...

Fly: Not drinking. I'm at home. I know that comment isn't here anymore. But I saw it. Oh, I saw.

End of First Half: My dad tried to turn to Ice Road Truckers, only to find out that it wasn't on. Kobe had 15, I'm pretty sure it was all in the first quarter. Only 2 field goal attempts in the second for the MVP. Lakers up 3 at half.

Kobe is talking about defense. What he should be talking about is wiping out the foreign dynamic duo that is Vujacic and Radmanovic.

Clapp: It's times like these that I miss Jim Gray's interviews. "Kobe, did you rape that teenage white girl? And would you do it again if it were guaranteed nobody would find out? Do you gamble on your own games and is Pete Rose your bookie? Is that Polo Black you're wearing? Which opposing player must you murder in the 2nd half to assure victory?"

Fly: If I had one of these GPS units, I'd set it for porn stores and porn stores only. Then I'd let a friend drive it and not tell him what's going on. That way, when it announced "arriving at porn store", he would think that the car was judging him.

Yossarian: Kobe is a sweaty mofo. I hate how they do interviews like that right after the half ends. Fuck Bill Walton by the way, the smarmy bastard.

Clapp: I love Bill Walton... ass. Who invited you anyway?

Yossarian: I'm predicting Kobe scores 14 this quarter, and Garnett picks up another 2 fouls. And Clapp... nobody likes Bill Walton.

Clapp: The Lakers put the "k" and "e" and, well that's it, in CHOKE.

Yossarian: I was taking a piss this morning with the bathroom door open and one of our kittens ran into the bathroom and jumped straight into the toilet, mid piss. I accidentally pissed on the cat.

Fly: Cats are stupid.

8:46 (third quarter): The MVP picks up his third, an offensive foul. A "courage foul". Nice, Van Gundy. Van Gundy reminds me of the old cartoon dog, Droopy. Rondo gives the Celtics a 2 point lead with a jumper.

7:16 (third quarter): Kevin Garnett picks up his 4th and Gasol completes the three point play. Now it's PJ Brown's foul, also his fourth. Again, no drop off between those two players. Where's the home-cooking, NBA? 65-62 LA.

6:21 (third quarter): Radmanovic just essentially stepped to the side and allowed Pierce a lay-up. Has anyone considered the possibility that Radmanovic and Vujacic bet on the Celtics?

Clapp: Betting in the NBA? Give me some recent evidence to suggest that's possible and maybe I'll agree with you. And holy shit what a shot by Kobe.

6:04 (third quarter): Kobe just picked up his 4th, another offensive foul. How many times this year has Kobe been called for 2 offensive fouls in one game? Never is my guess.

Derek Fisher somehow allows Rondo to tie him up. Kobe wishes Fisher was foreign so he could murder him, post-game.

5:17 (third quarter): Fisher gets fouled on a jump shot and banks it in, converts the 3 point play, and TOTALLY REDEEMS HIMSELF! (dumb and dumber reference).

4:07 (third quarter): Having Radmanovic defend Paul Pierce is the basketball equivalent of cruel and unusual punishment.

3:22 (third quarter): Pierce picks up his third on a jump shot. Meanwhile, in more important news, the Lakers replace Radmanovic with Vujacic. That's like exchanging a gunshot wound for sepsis. 74-68 LA.

1:53 (third quarter): Sam Cassell is in for Boston. When was the last time he was any good? If there was a +/- stat in basketball, Cassell would be lucky to be within 100 of even. Vujacic misses a jumper, shocking as that may be. 76-70 LA.

37.4 seconds (third quarter): Boston with a turnover. Has anyone ever asked why Paul Pierce is incapable of growing non-patchy facial hair? Gasol fouled, Boston in the penalty. Makes 1 of 2. 79-70 LA.

Start of Fourth Quarter: The MVP has 3 points since the first quarter. Jordan would never allow his team to blow two straight huge leads in the finals. Just sayin'.

11:04 (fourth quarter): Odom with a 3, assisted by Luke "Yea, I play too" Walton. Luke Walton is also now defending Paul Pierce as the Lakers cycle through their white players.

10:00 (fourth quarter): Gasol playing like he doesn't stink (after blowing a rebound) by blocking a Ray Allen jumper and getting fouled. Vujacic then allows the crowd to unleash a collective groan and then commits his second foul. 86-74 LA.

8:35 (fourth quarter): Vujacic with a quick three, which wasn't even close. Then he flops on a jump ball, allowing Cassell to tie him up. Cassell is not of this planet, I'm pretty sure. Is there any real reason Vujacic to play? Another missed three.

6:22 (fourth quarter): Luke Walton, who has been playing pretty good defense, makes a stupid foul, putting LA in the penalty. Pierce gets two free throws. Vujacic and Walton out for Odom and Fisher. That's a shame. Pierce makes both. 90-83 LA.

Clapp: It's going to take Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum to stop Cassell right now.

Fly: Is Jeff Goldblum in that movie? That changes my opinion of it...for the better!

Clapp: Independence Day, not Hancock.

Fly: I get it. Cause he's an alien.

5:28 (fourth quarter): Posey hits a 3 pointer to cut the lead to 4. My 30 cent bet on the Lakers at -7 is starting to look tenuous. So much for that soft drink I was gonna buy tomorrow...

5:16 (fourth quarter): Gasol now takes his turn guarding Pierce. He's just as bad as the others. Foul and Pierce to the line. Makes both. 90-88 LA. Pierce has 34.

3:54 (fourth quarter): I thought the Lakers were supposed to be well-coached? They look like they've never defended the pick-and-roll before. KG now to the line. Makes 1 of 2. 92-91 LA.

3:37 (fourth quarter): KG picks up his 5th. Pierce picks up his 5th. How can LA have had those two in foul trouble for the longest time and not go right after them? Again...the coaching.

3:07 (fourth quarter): Fisher draws the foul on a layup. A love-fest has begun between Jackson/Van Gundy and James Posey. Apparently he's a "great competitor". Fisher makes 1 of 2. Pierce abuses another Laker defender and heads to the line for Free Throws 16 and 17. The Lakers cannot stop the pick-and-roll. Pierce makes both. 95-93 LA.

2:14 (fourth quarter): Posey, the "great competitor", apparently also "fouls every time after the whistle". Apparently that's a good thing. Odom makes 2 free throws after KG misses 2 to go up 97-93.

37.4 seconds left (fourth quarter): Kobe steals the ball from Pierce, gets it back, and dunks it home to give the Lakers a 99-95 lead. He's 3-13 or 14 since the first quarter.

26.8 seconds left (fourth quarter): Odom with the rebound and gets bailed out on a ball that really looked like Odom touched last. 99-95 Lakers. The MVP has 5 steals to go with his 28 points.

16.7 seconds left (fourth quarter): Eddie House misses an open three, Kobe fouled as he moves the ball down court. Kobe misses 1 of 2 as he apparently took the Celtics at +7 as well. 101-95 LA.

Game over: Fisher steals the ball at the end and holds onto it instead of making the easy lay up. Why? Because he, too, bet on Boston.

Boston leads the series 3-2.

Kelly Kapowski

TOTW goes retro.

Mmmm... Kelly Kapowski. Yeah, you love her. Call her Tiffani Amber Thiessen if you want, but she'll always be Kelly Kapowski from Saved By The Bell in my book. Unlike most of the ladies we honor on here, Kelly Kapowski was/is actually with a guy that I respect, Zack Morris of course.

Kelly was the head cheerleader at Bayside High School, as well as captain of the swimming, softball, and volleyball teams.

Let's just say this is the girl in high school you would be fine having unprotected sex with. STD? Who cares, you're the shit since you banged Kelly Kapowski and you can die happy. She's pregnant? Even better, she's wearing around proof that you shot one past the Kapowski goalie.

It's difficult to have a thigh that can go through different eras and still garner serious recognition, but Kelly's managed to do that. She's pretty much the Michael Jordan's of bodies. People keep trying to compare bodies of young sexy women to her's, but there will never be another Kelly Kapowski. If we ever generate enough revenue to create the museum, Kelly is sure to be a first-ballot inductee into the Thigh Of Fame.

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Celtics vs Lakers: Game 4

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/12/2008 08:47:00 PM | , ,

Or: Bug vs Windshield.

Kobe has all of 7 points and the Lakers are up 20 midway through the third quarter. Lamar Odom started off red hot, making something like his first 6 shots (he's got 17 with 9 board thrown in for good measure). Gasol has 10 points and 8 boards and the legendary Derek Fisher has 11.

Meanwhile, the "Big Three" has a total of 27 points.

I'm sick of Boston sports. Truly. Patriots, Red Sox, now the Celtics? Boston College wasn't bad this year either. Sick of it.

But that's just me, I guess.

Edit 1: With 2:58 left, the Celtics have gone on an 11-2 runs to cut it to 11. I blame myself. Doc Rivers probably went to the back, logged on to the Thigh (that's what he does, you know...he certainly doesn't coach), and reported to his players that I wanted Boston (the city, mind you, not just the team) to lose. And now they're mocking me.

LA suddenly becomes incapable of taking care of the ball, having the ball stolen a few times and a block leading to another fast break. Asses, the lot of 'em.

Edit 2: Now with 1:34 in the third, LA plays no defense and Gasol misses a dunk. Then a quick three by Eddie House and it's a 6 point game. My bug vs windshield comment is starting to look more and more asshole-ish. 17-3 run for Boston.

Edit 3: 21-3 run to end the third quarter, capped with PJ Brown taking a pass on the base line and dunking it. I better get a ring for my contribution to the cause. Kobe has 7 points, 7 assists, and 4 boards...and is likely to flip out at his team at any moment. You don't want to accept his invite up to his hotel room tonight unless you like it rough.

Edit 4: Powe with a mid range jumper to tie the game. Boston has come back from a 24 point deficit on the strength of this 23-3 run. Kobe with a layup gives LA the lead again. 9 points for the MVP. He has 4 more FGs tonight than I do.

75-75 on a Pierce jumper. 8:47 to go.

Edit 5: Kobe with a jam to put the lakers up 81-77 with 5:47 left. Kobe's up to 13 points now. Pierce is holding his foot. Odds are that he'll have his team carry him off before returning in one of those old school Wrestlemania moving mini-rings with a those Bret Hart glasses on. Watch out for the sharpshooter, Lamar Odom. You've been warned.

Edit 6: Celtics take their first lead of the game with an Eddie House jumper. 84-83 with 3:48 remaining in the game. They can mail my ring to "Fly c/o Sharapova's Thigh"

As an aside, does anyone actually text in their choice for player of the game? Anyone? You have to really, really love a player to feel the need to send those texts in. I think we should get a movement together to get Luke Walton the Game 4 MVP.

Edit 7: 88-83 Boston with 2:10 remaining. Kobe's going to murder someone tonight. My money is on Sasha Vujacic. With a name like that, he probably has it coming.

Boston is on another run, this time 8-0.

And I chuckle every time I hear the movie trailer/commercial guy go "Hancock". You know why. Yea, you know.

Edit 8: 92-89 Boston with 1 minute left. Sasha Vujacic (he who is so dead and doesn't even know it yet) left Posey open for a three. Derek Fisher responded with a two. Bryant fouls Pierce and sends him back to the line. (Last trip, Pierce made 1 of 2).

As a disclaimer, we at the Thigh do not wish any harm to Sasha Vujacic. What Kobe wishes on him is outside of our control.

Edit 9: Boston is up 96-91 with 15 seconds left. The bug vs windshield comment may have been premature.

I just ordered my Vujacic jersey after Ray Allen drove right by him for an uncontested lay-up (someone else screwed up the help, but whatever). It's going to be a collectible after Kobe gets done with him tonight. The MVP has 10 points in the 4th quarter.

Edit 10: Looks like Boston has this one. Vujacic misses a long two, Kobe an off balance three, House shooting free throws with 3 seconds left.

Garnett finishes with 18 points and 10 board. Pierce with 18 points. Allen had 17 points and 9 boards.

For the losers, Odom had 19 points, 13 of which I think came in the first quarter. He also had 10 boards. Kobe Bean Bryant had 17 points and 10 assists. The soon-to-cease-to-be Sasha Vujacic had 3 points and 3 rebounds.

Boston up 3-1 in the series.

Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/12/2008 08:45:00 AM |

I'm not a huge Metal Gear fan...I think they're complicated and difficult. The only one I've ever come close to beating is the second one. That said, my brother loves the games and he picked up MGS 4 today. When he is done with it (which will be soon if history holds), I will have a review for you all.

Good day

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This is a bad...well, it's just bad

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/10/2008 09:23:00 AM |

Got this from FireJoeMorgan, who got it from Jerry Crasnick. It's...vintage? Is that the word? Typical maybe? I'm just glad this nonsense is happening to a team not named "Cubs".

"Junior has given a lot to this game and this city," Baker said. "You go look at his body and his injury list, and he's left a lot of bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments out on that field. You dig up that field, and there's a lot of Junior bones in it."

Oh, Dusty...

Hello Sexy

Posted by FlyAtTheThigh | 6/09/2008 09:14:00 PM |

That's what they say to me. All the time. Hello Sexy. With this beard and these clothes and 2/3 of my law degree, there is no doubt that Fly is, indeed, better than PCB.

A video:

If I have to...in order to beat PCB, I will become him.

Ashley Force
Move over Danica Patrick, this 25-year-old babe is the new hottie of race car driving. Ashley is a drag car racer in the NHRA, and a pretty good one at that. Last year, she was named the Rookie Of The Year in the NHRA Funny Car division, and just this past April, she won her first race. Her father John Force is a 14-time NHRA Funny Car division champion, and she recently beat him in a race.

Force is also gaining fame for her spectacular looks, most noticeably with her victory in a 2007 AOL Sports Poll for the hottest athlete. The Force family has a show Driving Force on A&E. Hopefully they have a swimming pool.

Orioles Closer George Sherrill Has Only 2 Less Saves(19) Than The Mariners Have Wins(21).

On February 8th, the Seattle Mariners acquired starting pitcher Erik Bedard from the rebuilding Batlimore Orioles for five players. It was a deal that was supposed to immediately make the Mariners a legitimate threat in the American League after they went 88-74 in 2007, and many picked them to win the American League West.

Let's examine how the players involved in the trade are doing this season:

Seattle Mariners
Erik Bedard- 4-4, 4.47 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, .229 BAA, 49 K/26 K In 56.1 IP. 3-2, 2.19 ERA At Home. 1-2, 8.85 ERA On Road.

Baltimore Orioles
Adam Jones- Starting CF For Orioles. 2 HR, 23 RBI, 5 SB, .251 AVG, .648 OPS.
George Sherrill- Closer For Orioles. 19 Saves, 3.16 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, .169 BAA.
Tony Butler- Starting Pitcher For Delmarva(Single-A). 2-2, 3.59 ERA, 34 K/7 BB In 42.2 IP.
Chris Tillman-Starting Pitcher Bowie(Double-A). 6-0, 2.68 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, .188 BAA. 50 K And 2 HR Allowed In 53.2 IP.
Kam Mickolio- Relief Pitcher Bowie(Double-A). 3.81 ERA, 19 Games Pitched, 26 K And 1 HR Allowed In 28.1 IP.

Although Erik Bedard isn't the reason that the Mariners are 15.5 games back of the Angels right now, he really isn't helping much. An ERA of 4.47 certainly isn't terrible in the AL(league average ERA is 3.95) and he might have a couple more wins if not for the Mariners' horrid offense, but he isn't meeting the expectations of the #1 or #2 starter that the Mariners thought they were getting. They envisioned him and 22-year-old phenom Felix Hernandez(3-5, 3.29 ERA) being a dominant 1-2 punch, that could possibly take them far in the playoffs. Well, the playoffs are clearly out of the picture now. Bedard's home/road splits are clearly the most worrisome stats to me. Safeco Park is a pitcher's park, so although he has great numbers there, it should be expected out of a quality pitcher. However, on the road, the ERA of 8.85 is alarming.

What makes this all worse for the Mariners, is the performance and potential of the 5 players they gave to the Orioles.

Baseball America ranked Adam Jones the 28th best prospect in baseball in 2007, and he was the centerpiece of this deal. He's considered a five-tool player, and projects to be a terrific centerfielder that hits 20+ home runs. He's got a great arm as well, and was a pitcher in high school that would hit 95 mph on the radar gun. This is his first chance to get to play everyday at the MLB level, and he's shown glimpses of his tremendous talent. He showed that this past Sunday against the Red Sox, coming through with a rocket bases-clearing double off the wall, that would prove to be the game-winning hit.

George Sherrill has 19 saves for the Orioles. The Mariners have 21 total wins! That might be the most incredible statistic in baseball this year. We might have to start a Sherrill Save/Seattle Win Watch on here. Sherrill wouldn't close over J.J. Putz in Seattle, but they certainly wouldn't mind having him as a setup man right now. He's almost surely going to be at Yankee Stadium for the All-Star Game in July, while Bedard sits at home in Seattle. Who would have thought that?

Now the prospects currently in the Minors for the Orioles... One thing I really like is the size of the young pitchers the Orioles picked up, and that there's potential for all of these kids to get much better. Some pitchers don't fully use their size to their advantage, and the right pitching coach can change that. A lot of these guys haven't grown into their bodies either, and there's the possibility they fill out, get much stronger, and add some velocity to their fastball. Tony Butler is a 6'7", 220 pound lefty who's ERA is down over a run from where it was last year, so he's already shown some improvement. Chris Tillman, a 6'5", 190 pound right-hander, is having an outstanding season in Double-A. Baseball America ranked him the 67th best prospect in baseball coming into the year, and he's sure to skyrocket up that list if he continues to pitch like this. Tillman's 6-0 record and 2.68 ERA look much better than his 7-11 record, and 4.84 ERA last year. Kam Mickolio is absolutely huge, at 6'9", 225 pounds, and averaging a strikeout per inning in his young minor league career.

It looks like the Mariners, and the rest of us underestimated the flaws of their offense. Even if Bedard exceeded expectations, the Mariners would still be far out of first place. As it is, he's not doing too well himself, and every player the Orioles received is having a great season or at least showing the potential to have some great seasons down the road. Furthermore, these problems on offense don't look like something that will be fixed with a few moves in the off-season, so Bedard likely won't be able to help a playoff charge next year either. No matter how you look at it, this trade looks like a disaster for the Mariners, and a triumph for the Orioles . This year, it's looking like the "George Sherrill" trade.

Dodgers-Rockies game in L.A. last night... Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp strikes out on a pitch in the dirt, and Rockies catcher Yorvit Torrealba goes to pick up the ball out of the dirt and tag Kemp like he's supposed to. Well, he gets in Kemp's way accidentally, and then the fireworks start.

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Reds Outfielder Jay Bruce Is Living Up To The Hype
  • What an entrance into the majors for Reds Outfielder Jay Bruce. The 21-year-old Bruce came in considered by most as the top prospect in baseball, and has not disappointed in his 6 games so far. He's hitting a robust .591, with 2 homers, 6 RBI, and an OPS of 1.690. He's walked 6 times and only struck out once. He has multi-hit games in 4 of those 6 games, and an extra-base hit in all but one. Oh, and his first homer came in walk-off fashion to beat the Braves on Saturday. Reds fans hoped to see Jay Bruce make the club out of Spring Training, but Dusty Baker's loyalty to Corey Patterson left Bruce in the minors. Then to nobody's surprise, Patterson struggled(.180 BA with only 1 extra-base hit in 61 May AB's), Bruce tore up minor league pitching(.364 BA, 10 HR, 37 RBI, 1.023 OPS), and finally got the call to the bigs on Memorial Day. The Reds(28-29) are 8 games behind the sizzling Cubs in the NL Central, but 5-1 when Bruce plays. Who knows where they would be had they called him up out of Spring Training? Regardless, this kid looks like he is going to be a special one.
  • One trade that is looking tremendous for both clubs which is rare these days, is the Josh Hamilton-Edinson Volquez deal between the Rangers and Reds(I'm not going to get into the whole story of Hamilton's battle with drug problems and his incredible comeback, you can read about all that on his Wikipedia page). Hamilton hit .292, with 19 homers, and a .922 OPS in 337 plate appearances for the Reds last year. He was used primarily in CF, with Adam Dunn in LF and Ken Griffey Jr. in RF. With Jay Bruce waiting in the wings, there was an obvious logjam in the outfield and somebody had to go. Furthermore, with the Reds main problem being starting pitching over the last decade, they wanted to get a good young arm for one of their outfielders, and they were able to do just that in acquiring 24-year-old right-hander Edinson Volquez. Volquez was inserted right into the starting rotation, and his numbers thus far are absolutely ridiculous. In his 11 starts, he's yet to allow more than 2 earned runs in a single start. He's 7-2 with a league-best 1.46 ERA, an opponent's batting average of .197, and has a league-leading 83 strikeouts in 68 innings. Volquez has an electric arm, throwing a fastball consistently in the low to mid 90's with plenty of movement, a quality slider, and a devastating change-up that looks very similar to the one Pedro Martinez has used to dominate hitters for years. So, the Reds are quite happy with their acquisition, but the Rangers certainly can't complain about their acquisition either. Josh Hamilton is the AL MVP right now. He has 15 homers, and his 63 RBI are 15 more than anybody else in the AL. Hamilton, still only 27 years old, looks like he will be one of the best run-producers in the league for years to come. It's amazing that a trade this past off-season could have the 2008 NL Cy Young and the 2008 AL MVP.
  • The Cubs haven't had the best record in the MLB at the beginning of June since, gulp, 1908, the last time they won the World Series. The Cubs have many reasons for their success. They have the best run-differential in the league, the most runs, the best batting average, the best on-base percentage, the best on-base+ slugging percentage, etc. Their offense is terrific top to bottom, and they have a solid pitching staff. Speaking of the pitching staff, maybe the MVP of the team, but one guy you won't hear talked about as much as guys like Alfonso Soriano, Derrek Lee, Aramis Ramirez, Kosuke Fukudome, and Carlos Zambrano, is setup man extraordinaire Carlos Marmol. Marmol, 25, was a catcher at first in the minors, but the Cubs liked what they saw in his arm and thought he had a better chance to make it to the majors as a pitcher. Well, they were right. In 2006, the Cubs used Marmol mainly as a starter, and he struggled with a 6.08 ERA in 77 innings pitched. In 2007, they moved him to the bullpen, and he instantly became maybe the best setup man in baseball. He had a 1.43 ERA, with 96 strikeouts in 69.1 innings pitched. He's continued his dominance this year, with a 1.75 ERA, 54 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched, 16 holds, and 3 saves. To me, the most impressive stat is opponents batting only .125 against him. Manager Lou Piniella brings in Marmol to get out of just about any mess in the 6th-8th inning, and Marmol almost always does the job. I'm talking bases loaded no outs messes, and Marmol will come in and strike out the side. He's bailed the Cubs out many times and they would not have the best record in baseball without him. He has maybe the nastiest slider in the baseball, to go with a fastball that he will get up to 96 mph. He throws both for strikes and gets plenty of hitters to strikeout looking. Although Kerry Wood is in the closer's position right now, Marmol is definitely next in line.
  • The Rockies are a mess right now. They are currently on pace to win just 57 games , which would be the least for a team that was the NL champions the previous year since the Marlins won 54 games in 1998 after their firesale. Injuries certainly are a big reason for that, but they were still struggling before the likes of Troy Tulowitzki, Matt Holliday, Brad Hawpe, and Clint Barmes were injured. The starting pitching is the main problem. The starters currently have an ERA of 5.61, which is the worst in MLB. Lefty Jeff Francis was the ace of the staff last year, and he's currently 1-5 with a 6.12 ERA. Young starters Ubaldo Jimenez and Franklin Morales were terrific down the stretch for the Rockies last year in their historic run to the World Series. This year, Jimenez is 1-6 with a 5.37 ERA, and 36 walks in 63.2 IP. Last year, he had only 37 walks in 82 IP. Morales has been even worse, and was sent down to Triple-A Colorado Springs after just 5 starts. He was 1-2 with a 6.39 ERA. Like Jimenez, Morales has had serious command issues this year. Last year, Morales walked 14 hitters in 39.3 IP. Compare that to 17 walks in 25.3 IP this year. He wasn't fooling anybody either with only 9 strikeouts this year. Being 12 games out of the NL West, it's probably too late for the Rockies to make a run this year even if they get healthy soon. It's possible they will trade Matt Holliday and/or Garrett Atkins before the July 31st deadline, and they need to get top prospect Ian Stewart playing at a corner position full-time.
  • It will be difficult for the Marlins to stay near the top of the NL East for much longer. The Phillies are red-hot and just moved into first place. The Braves and Mets are still hanging around, each only 3.5 games back. The Marlins have the worst fielding percentage in MLB at .977. Their young team can certainly hit, led by superstar Hanley Ramirez. However, I'm still not buying into that pitching staff. Mark Hendrickson had been their best starting pitcher up until last week, and we knew his success wouldn't last. Finally, on May 25th, he allowed 5 runs and 9 hits at home in 5 innings to a terrible Giants lineup. He followed that up with 3.2 IP at Philadelphia on May 30th, allowing 10 earned runs.
  • The NL West was supposed to be the most exciting division in baseball this year, and maybe one of the most exciting divisions in years. Instead, it's been the worst division in baseball. Nobody could have seen this coming. The Diamondbacks are the only team playing like we expected, as they are 32-25, 4.5 games ahead of the 2nd place Dodgers. The Dodgers problems are greatly related to injuries, and they have a very good pitching staff which should keep them in the race if they can get shortstop Rafael Furcal back soon. It's doubtful getting centerfielder Andruw Jones back will help them much though after he hit .165, with 2 homers, and 7 RBI in 43 games, looking like one of the biggest free agent busts in MLB history. Incredibly the Giants, who I thought might be the worst team in baseball this year, are in 3rd place. That's how bad the Padres and the Rockies have been. The Padres lineup is pathetic, their once terrrific rotation is not very good right now with Chris Young and Jake Peavy landing on the disabled list, and closer Trevor Hoffman's looking old. General Manager Kevin Towers is making it sound like a firesale could be in the works.
  • The Rays are good, no doubt about that. However, I still expect the Red Sox to win that division and comfortably. With all of this talk about the Rays, the Red Sox are still only 1 game back, and have yet to really get it going like they can and will. The Rays can definitely win the AL Wild Card though, and would currently have a 5 game lead in those standings if you take out the Red Sox. The Matt Garza-Delmon Young swap between the Rays and Twins is looking to be very much in the Rays favor so far. The 24-year-old Garza is a right-hander with electric stuff, throwing a fastball in the mid 90's consistently. He's currently 4-1 with a 3.78 ERA, and is looking very good in that rotation behind Scott Kazmir and James Shields. Meanwhile, Delmon Young has yet to homer in 212 at bats for the Twins. He's only 22 and his likely to develop plenty of power in the future, but as of right now the Twins might be regretting this trade.
  • Fantasy Sleeper: Taylor Buchholz. The former starting pitcher is thriving in his new role as a setup man for the Rockies. Buchholz is still only 26 and has a fastball that will get up to 95 mph, along with a great 12-to-6 curveball. He has a 1.78 ERA, and a WHIP of 0.86. With Manny Corpas failing as the Rockies' closer this year, Brian Fuentes got his former role back as closer. However, there's a very good chance he will be traded by July 31st, and Buchholz will step in as closer. He likely wouldn't get a ton of save opportunities on that Rockies team, but still, he'd be a closer and if you need saves, he'd be a quality acquisition.
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