December 2008 | Sharapova's Thigh

For those of you who watched the New Years No Limit jump on ESPN, you got to see a man break and cut his hand and land a really difficult jump.

After said jump, however, you got to hear on ESPN, clear as day, his radio guy state "Robbie Madison, you are the fucking man".

Video to come.

UPDATE: Here's the video. Watch the whole thing if ya want, and you should because it's a pretty kickass jump and landing, but the radio guy's f-bomb is dropped at about the 1:30 mark. Enjoy!

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Wine 'Em, Dine 'Em, 2009 'Em

Posted by Matt Clapp | 12/31/2008 09:20:00 PM | , , ,

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Alright, why the hell won't my sign work against the Red Sox?

Since we're all huge baseball fans here at the Thigh, we've decided to examine each MLB team and where they currently stand. We'll look at how the team did last year, changes that happened or could happen with the team this offseason, and how it looks like the team will do in 2009 as of now. We'll even toss in the hottest thigh associated with each team.

2008 Outcome: 100-62, finished 1st place in the AL West and with the best record in the AL. Lost the ALDS to the Red Sox in 4 games.

What They've Lost: Mark Teixeira(Signed with Yankees: 8 years, $180 million), Francisco Rodriguez(Signed with Mets).

What They've Done: Signed outfielder Juan Rivera to a 3-year, $12.75 million deal.

As for what the players have been involved in, promising young shortstop Erick Aybar was in a heated brawl in the Dominican Republic earlier this month. He was hit by a pitch, and charged the mound with his bat. Fans got in on the melee as they began throwing things at the players, and the players then threw things back at the fans. Apparently some of the fans were injured, and a group of them named Aybar in a lawsuit. So it's very possible he could be suspended for a portion of the 2009 season.

Needs: Closer, First Baseman, A Starting Pitcher, Catcher Situation Solved, Left Side Of The Infield Figured Out.

The Talk: Rumors swirled that the Angels could be a possible destination for outfielder Manny Ramirez, but general manager Tony Reagins said the team will not sign the right-handed slugger, and they're likely going to go with the outfield they have of Vladimir Guerrero, Torii Hunter, and Juan Rivera. They also have Reggie Willits, Gary Matthews Jr., and even super-utility man Chone Figgins that can play in the outfield.

Considering all of that depth in the outfield, it sounds like they will not re-sign 36-year-old free agent outfielder/designated hitter Garret Anderson, who's spent all 15 seasons of his terrific career with the Angels. To me he might be the most underrated hitter of the last decade by the way, the guy just drives in runs.

Rumors of a Jake Peavy deal still being possible, but that seems like a longshot at this point. As of right now their starting rotation would likely consist of John Lackey(12-5, 3.75 ERA in 2008), left-handeder Joe Saunders(17-7, 3.41 ERA ), Ervin Santana(16-7, 3.49 ERA), Jered Weaver(11-10, 4.33 ERA), and the fifth spot is unknown. If I had to take a guess right now it would be the 22-year-0ld top prospect Nick Adenhart(1-0, 9.00 ERA). Adenhart struggled with his control in 3 major league starts, and then struggled in his return to the minor leagues. He has nasty stuff though and it's likely his confidence was a bit shaken, but I think he'll get it together and show flashes of being the top of the rotation starter that the Angels believe he can be. Regardless, if their top 4 starters perform as expected, they can live with struggles in the #5 spot.

Prospect Brandon Wood has a ton of power but needs to show more discipline at the plate(only 4 walks in 157 plate appearances in 2008) and cut down on the strikeouts(43). If he can show he's improved in those hitting aspects in Spring Training, he'll probably make the club, and can play third base and shortstop.

Free Agent Signing/Trade Prediction: Brian Fuentes.

The loss of Francisco Rodriguez leaves the Angels without an obvious closer. Fuentes would fill that hole, but he reportedly wants 3 years, $30 million. Since the left-hander's already 33, it's understandable why nobody's been willing to give him such a contract. The Mets were the team rumored to be most interestsed in Fuentes when the offseason began, but they signed K-Rod to end that discussion. There's also been talk of teams such as the Brewers or Cardinals getting Fuentes, but unless he lowers his contract demands quite a bit, they can't afford him. The Angels can, but I still think he gets either a year less or a couple million less than he wants.

Young Player To Make 2009 Impact: Kendry Morales.

They're likely going to go with him at first base to replace Mark Teixeira. I've always liked this guy's potential. He has plenty of power, and can hit the ball out of the park to all fields. The 25-year-old switch-hitter's had a superb winter in the Dominican Republic and his defense is improving. He's been around for a few years, but has yet to get over 200 at bats and should get the chance this year.

2009 Outlook As Of Now: Even with the losses of Mark Teixeira and Francisco Rodriguez, can anybody really challenge them in the AL West? They clinched the division on September 10th, and won it by 21 games. Everybody else in the division seems to be at least a couple years away.

Winning the division shouldn't be their main concern though, it should be finding a way to go deep in the playoffs, specifically beating the Boston Red Sox. When the Angels won game 3 against the Red Sox of the ALDS, it snapped an 11-game losing streak to the Boston ballclub. The Red Sox of course then won game 4, knocking the Angels out of the playoffs yet again.

Look, you can't replace Mark Teixeira and Francisco Rodriguez. Teixeira is arguably the best defensive first baseman in the game, and he's a lock for 30+ homers, 100+ RBI, and a .950+ OPS(on-base + slugging percentage). As for K-Rod, all he did was set the MLB saves record in a season with 62 in 2008. If you're one of those "saves are so overrated" people, well K-Rod also had an ERA under 3 each of the last 5 seasons, struck out many more batters than innings pitched every year, he's never hurt, and his highest WHIP in a season is 1.288. He's the definition of filthy.

Considering they'll almost win the division surely, this would be a great chance for the Angels to see what they have out of their younger players. If guys like Kendry Morales, Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood, and Nick Adenhart don't pan out in the first few months of the seasons, Tony Reagins has the financial flexibility to go out and make a deadline splash just like he did in 2008 for Mark Teixeira.

This should be a very good team, but will probably have another first round exit in the playoffs unless they get tremendous production out of their young players, and make a big move or two.

Hottest Thigh Association: Lauren Conrad.

The babe known by many as "L.C." from the MTV shows Laguna Beach and The Hills, dated former Angels Minor League third baseman Doug Reinhardt. He was a 10th round pick by the Angels in 2004. He's in the Baltimore Orioles system now, but Lauren of course lives in Orange County so we'll give her the Angels' thigh. Like you really care about the reasoning.

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Get well soon sweetheart.

The woman we worship, Maria Sharapova, is still going to be out awhile it sounds like. In all seriousness, I'm a huge tennis fan and I enjoy watching her play. I like watching the sport played, Maria does that well, and she makes me salivate when I see her running around in a short skirt with sexy grunts. It's fabulous. Hopefully that shoulder's feeling better soon Thigh Goddess.

Defending Australian Open champion Maria Sharapova is withdrawing from next month's JB Classic exhibition in Hong Kong after revealing on her website Monday night that she had arthroscopic surgery on her right shoulder two months ago.
The ninth-ranked Sharapova added that she is now pain-free but only began hitting 16 days ago. She has not ruled out the defense of her crown in Melbourne, where she blasted through the field without dropping a set 11 months ago. The year's first major begins on Jan. 19.
Link(USA Today)

UPDATE: I just saw Busted Coverage posted some magazine photos Maria just did for an upcoming issue of Women's Health. Awesome pics.

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Thigh-Fiving These Links

Posted by Matt Clapp | 12/30/2008 02:00:00 AM |

I read a ton of great blogs and websites out there everyday, and I figured I'd start sharing them with you. I don't know if this will be a daily thing, a few times a week, or every once in awhile, we'll see. I shouldn't say daily because at the moment I don't intend to do this again tomorrow, but we'll see.

It also gives me a chance to give some shout outs to friends of our blog who have done a lot for us, and they've got great blogs that need to be read so I'll do my best to help that happen. So will you dammit!

Feel free to e-mail me( if you have a link that you think we'd like that relates to sports, entertainment, booze, the ladies... and their thighs.

Without further ado, I bring you the first edition of "Thigh-Fiving These Links"...

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With the NFL regular season ending yesterday, those of us whose favorite teams did not make the playoffs((damn you Bears) are already looking towards the 2009 NFL Draft.

While we don't know the official draft order and won't until the Super Bowl's played(winner picks 32nd, loser picks 31st), we at least know the order of picks 1-15 and a general idea of the rest of the order of the first round. Picks 16-32 will surely change quite a bit. San Diego for example could win the Super Bowl and go from the 16th pick to the 32nd pick.

For teams with the same record, draft order is determined by strength of schedule, or if a team with that record made the playoffs, they'll pick last for teams with that record. For example, San Diego had a lower strength of schedule than Houston, but since San Diego is in the playoffs, they'll pick after Houston.

Teams that are in the playoffs are in bold.

2009 NFL Draft First Round Order(if it were held today

1. Detroit Lions(0-16)
2. St. Louis Rams(2-14)
3. Kansas City Chiefs(2-14)
4. Seattle Seahawks(4-12)
5. Cleveland Browns(4-12)
6. Cincinnati Bengals(4-11-1)
7. Oakland Raiders(5-11)
8. Jacksonville Jaguars(5-11)
9. Green Bay Packers(6-10)
10. San Francisco 49ers(7-9)
11. Buffalo Bills(7-9)
12. Denver Broncos(8-8)
13. Washington Redskins(8-8)
14. New Orleans Saints(8-8)
15. Houston Texans(8-8)
16. San Diego Chargers(8-8)
17. New York Jets(9-7)
18. Chicago Bears(9-7)
19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers(9-7)
20. Detroit Lions from Dallas Cowboys(9-7)... Roy Williams Trade
21. Arizona Cardinals(9-7)
22. Philadelphia Eagles(9-6-1)
23. Minnesota Vikings(10-6)
24. New England Patriots(11-5)
25. Atlanta Falcons(11-5)
26. Miami Dolphins(11-5)
27. Baltimore Ravens(11-5)
28. Philadelphia Eagles from Carolina Panthers(12-4)... Jeff Otah Trade
29. Indianapolis Colts(12-4)
30. New York Giants(12-4)
31. Pittsburgh Steelers(12-4)
32. Tennessee Titans(13-3)

If you're having trouble understanding my explanations on how this draft order came to be, read more about it on the 2009 NFL Draft Wikipedia page. If you also think something's inaccurate in the order, post away.

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If you don't play Michael Turner who has the Rams this week, you should be shot.

Most of you are likely done with fantasy football this year. Whether it's because your team sucked, or because your league doesn't allow you to go more than 16 weeks. I mean, week 16 is pretty much considered "Championship Week".

But I know there's still some of you out there that have your championship this week, and you're screaming for help. This week is the toughest fantasy football week to figure out lineups, and that's why so many leagues don't go to week 17. Teams that have already clinched might sit players, and even if we find out say a Brandon Jacobs is going to "play", there's no guarantee he's going to get any carries. We saw this with Joseph Addai last week.

Anyway, for those of you that are still playing, Merry Christmas assholes. Here's the links, projections, more useful fantasy football links, and some picks of my own. So feel free to send me any Christmas gifts. I love DVD's(or a blu-ray player, need one, buy me one), Xbox 360 Video Games(you can buy me a PS3 or Wii also), etc. If you're a lady, I expect you to reward me in another fashion.

Be careful with my picks this week. Last week I shit the bed with my picks as you can see at the bottom, so I'm slumping.

Week 17's Best...

QB: Philip Rivers.
9 touchdown passes in the last 3 games. He's on fire, and he'll be playing to get the Chargers into the playoffs, so expect a great game. He threw for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns in week 2, the "Hochuli Game". The Broncos' pass defense is ranked 27th in the league.
RB: Michael Turner. Atlanta will get the #2 seed if they beat St. Louis and Carolina loses at New Orleans. Burner shouldn't have any trouble running on the Rams and their 28th ranked run defense.
WR: Andre Johnson. He's gotta be pissed about only getting 2 catches for 19 yards against the Raiders. This is the week after he caught 11 passed for 207 yards and a touchdown against the terrific Titans defense. He'll look to bounce back with a big week against the Bears.
TE: Tony Gonzalez. Reached double-digits in fantasy points each of the last 5 weeks. That should continue this week against the Bengals.
K: Neil Rackers. The offense will be looking to kick ass and should have Anquan Boldin back. He got 17 fantasy points in his last meeting against Seattle in week 17, his highest fantasy output of the season.
D/ST: Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bengals shutout the Browns defense, so even if the Steelers don't play their starters, I think they'll have a big day.

Sleeper Picks...

QB: Jeff Garcia. An absolute must-win for the Buccaneers to get into the playoffs. The Raiders have a solid pass defense currently ranked 9th in the league, but I think Garcia steps up and has a big game in this one.
RB: Mewelde Moore. I'm putting him here with the assumption they'll rest Willie Parker. It's possible they rest Moore too, but I wouldn't bet on it, and you hope not. That's because the Browns have the 29th ranked run defense and allowed Cedric effing Benson to run for 171 yards on them last week.
WR: Kevin Walter. The Bears have a bad pass defense, ranked 28th in the NFL, and they'll likely be paying plenty of attention to Andre Johnson. I still expect A.J. to have a huge game as displayed by predicting he's the top receiver of week 17, but Walter should be able to get open quite a bit.
TE: Donald Lee. 2 straight dud weeks for Lee, and he'll have the Lions at home which will get you playing better in no time.
K: Robbie Gould. I expect the Bears to be able to move the ball pretty well on the Texans, but they might struggle to get into the end zone. Gould's a good bet to get into double-digit fantasy points.
D/ST: Arizona Cardinals. They've been humiliated the last 2 weeks, and will be looking to step their game up. They should be able to get better results at least thanks to the sorry Seattle offense coming to town. They intercepted Seattle 3 times in week 10.

Shit Picks...

QB: Peyton Manning. There's no guarantee he'll play, and since you'll be busy with the holidays all week and might not have time to change your lineups in the coming days, just giving you a heads up now. Tony Dungy usually rests his players once they've clinched a playoff spot. Even if he plays, it won't be more than 1-2 quarters.
RB: Chris Johnson. It's unknown whether or not Fisher will play his starters, but I can't imagine him playing the rookie back much if at all.
WR: Braylon Edwards. Even if Pittsburgh benches a lot of their players on defense, it's still Ken Dorsey trying to throw to Braylon in what should be crappy conditions in Pittsburgh on Sunday. It's not like Braylon's been helping out his quarterback anyway with all his drops.
TE: David Martin. A touchdown in each of the last 2 games, but don't go crazy and pick him up. He has 1 or no catches in 7 of the Dolphins' 15 games this season. Anthony Fasano's the only Dolphins tight end you should be interested in.
K: Adam Vinatieri. Again, I don't expect the Colts to play their starters much if at all. Vinatieri should still be kicking, but don't look for his offense to get too many scoring chances.
D/ST: Carolina Panthers. Yeah they need to win this game to hold on to the #2 seed instead of sliding to 5th(assuming Atlanta beats St. Louis at home of course), but Drew Brees needs 402 passing yards to break Dan Marino's single-season passing record. I expect him to come close at least, and the Saints put up a ton of points at home.

My Week 16 Picks(scoring based off ESPN standard league settings)...

Best: Drew Brees(22 Points), Steve Slaton(9 Points), Randy Moss(14 Points), Tony Gonzalez(12 Points), Jason Hanson(1 Point), Pittsburgh Steelers(-3 Points).

Sleepers: Chad Pennington(19 Points), Carnell Williams(2 Points), Lee Evans (1 Point), John Carlson(7 Points), Joe Nedney (6 Points), Cleveland Browns(3 Points).

Shit: Tony Romo(14 Points), Chris Johnson(12 Points), Terrell Owens(12 Points), Antonio Gates(16 Points), Nate Kaeding(13 Points), Minnesota Vikings(1 Point).

Plenty of more links to come and I'll update them all week. If you come across any good fantasy football links that you think should be on here, e-mail me at Feel free to ask any questions and I'll answer them.

UPDATE(12/24, 3:38 PM ET): As promised, I had a bunch of links and will continue to do so. Some of the websites are slower with their material this week, understandably with everybody busy during the holiday season. With that being said, I might be slower updating this more myself this week, but I'll do my best.

UPDATE(12/24, 11:35 PM ET): Ken Dorsey's been placed on IR, Bruce Gradkowski will play in his place... that might even be a good thing.

UPDATE(12/26, 7:00 PM ET): Lots of injury additions and updates. Notably, Pierre Thomas is "Questionable" after missing practice for the third straight day. This is a big deal because there's few premier fantasy backs like Thomas that will be playing too much anyway this week even if they're active, and Thomas would've gotten the regular load for the Saints. If he can't go, Deuce McAllister will start and he's probably worth a pickup.

Anquan Boldin's officially "Questionable", but it sounds like he's unlikely to play, and even if he does, it won't be much.

Added a couple links and more to come.

UPDATE(12/27, 7:40 PM ET): Linked the injury report I did on FanIQ, you better fucking read it.

As is usual with Derrick Mason, no practice or limited all week, but he's a go on Sundays and usually kicks ass.

LenDale White is apparently out, and it's not like he was going to see more than a few carries anyway in a meaningless game for the Titans.

UPDATE(12/28, 11:00 AM ET): Marshawn Lynch is reportedly out today, so grab Fred Jackson off waivers immediately if you can. I've had on NFL Network all morning and the wind in Buffalo right now is insane, so there will be a lot of running. The goal posts were even trying to blow away.

I also saw on Rotoworld that Eli Manning will likely play just the first half(which has me going apeshit as a Bears fan that needs the Giants to win), and that Derrick Mason will only play in the Ravens' afternoon game if the Patriots win.

Also, according to Pro Football Talk, John Clayton reported that Bernard Berrian will play for the Vikings.

UPDATE(12/28, 11:50 AM ET): Pierre Thomas is out. That's a very big deal as he's one of the few stud RB's that was going to get a regular amount of playing time. Pick up Deuce, at least he might be able to get some goal line action.

T.J. Houshmandzadeh is out as well and it's possible, maybe even likely that he's played his last game as a Cincinnati Bengal. Something tells me he won't lose sleep over it.

UPDATE(12/28, 12:28 PM ET): It was thought LenDale White would be held out of this one, but he's active, and Chris Johnson isn't. I wouldn't have had either of them in my lineup anyway this week. I bet White touches the ball less 3 times.

It sounds like Marion Barber will play tonight.

Whosyourmama's buddy Ocho Cinco is also out.

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Maggie Q

I'm watching Balls of Fury right now and am being introduced to a gorgeous woman that goes by the name Maggie Q. I'd never heard of her or seen her before, you probably have. Anyway, I'm glad I'm finally seeing this absolutely breathtaking body.

I mean this girl is fit. Kournikova and obviously Sharapova have some well-conditioned thigh but the tone on Q's would be difficult to top. She's walking around in this movie in camel toe shorts and a little black top, I'm about to burst.

Maggie's Vietnamese-American, and she got popular as an actor in Hong Kong. She did a bunch of Asian films, and first appeared in a major American film with Mission Impossible III. She then was in Live Free or Die Hard, followed by Balls of Fury.

At 29 she's in her prime, so please get this bod in more movies and magazine covers now!

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Follow the Thigh on Twitter

Posted by Matt Clapp | 12/27/2008 07:38:00 PM |

I'd had us signed up on Twitter for awhile but didn't really use it and realize how cool it is until the last few days.

Because I don't really know how to explain it, here's the Wiki description of it:
Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows its users to send and read other users' updates (otherwise known as tweets, which are text-based posts of up to 140 characters in length.
So yeah, we're on there and you can get our blog updates as well as random thoughts from me. You can always access our page at the top under our banner. If you somehow can't figure out what I'm takling about, here's our page: Sharapova's Thigh on Twitter.

Follow us on there and we'll follow you too. Deal?

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Zooey Deschanel
On Christmas Eve, I figured we'd get some holiday-themed thigh on here. If you've seen Elf with Will Ferrell, you've seen the lovely Zooey Deschanel. Here's a clip of Ferrell's character first meeting Deschanel's character in the movie:

You probably also recognize her from one of my favorite movies, Almost Famous. She's also in movies such as The Happening, and the just-released comedy with Jim Carrey, Yes Man.

The 28-year-old Deschanel is also known for her talents in music, as she's the lead singer of the Indie band "She & Him". You can listen to some of their music at their MySpace page. Absolutely beautiful voice, and a beautiful thigh.

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Golfer Shot While Teeing Off

Posted by Matt Clapp | 12/23/2008 03:42:00 PM | ,

Geez... I hope the dude's okay. If he's not, this is terrible. If he's okay, this is one of the funniest stories I've ever heard. It took place in Indonesia, and no he wasn't legitimately shot at it sounds like, was just a stray bullet that's likely from soldiers that were doing a shooting exercise from somewhere around there:

Albert Saputra, a golfer representing Riau province in a competition held at Gading Serpong Golf Course in Serpong, Tangerang, was injured by a stray bullet on Sunday.

The 17-year-old Pekanbaru high school student was taking part in the Medco Cup Junior Golf Competition when he was shot in the hip. He was immediately taken to the Global Medika Hospital in Tangerang.

Albert's father, Yusak Saputra, said his third son was waiting for his turn to hit the ball at hole 9 when he felt a sudden, sharp pain.

"First, I thought a stray ball had hit him. But I saw a hole in his clothing where blood was seeping from," he said at the hospital Monday.

Yusak came closer to examine his son and, upon finding the bullet wound on his hip, took him straight to the hospital.

He said an examination and X-rays at the hospital showed a bullet lodged in Albert's hip.

It was reported that at the same time when the stray bullet hit Albert, a number of soldiers were engaged in a shooting exercise at a nearby area belonging to the Strategic Army Command (Kostrad) in Pondok Jagung, Serpong.

Link(The Jakarta Post)

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'Tis the Season.... for some good old "Santa's Butt Porter". Being the festive time of year this seems to be a logical, yet intriguing selection. The imported beer is based on an old England children's Christmas book that reads, "And Santa sat on his great butt, drinking a hearty brew." In England, the word butt actually refers to a 108 gallon barrel used for brewing beer.

The taste... Well you're just going to have to find out for yourself.

It is imported by Shelton Brothers, a Massachusetts-based company that imports many fine European beers.

Find where Santa's Butt Porter is distributed in your area by clicking here.

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