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My afternoon with James Gandolfini

I was in Sanibel Island, Florida outside of Fort Myers.  It was March of 2000.   I had a day off covering MLB Spring Training and decided to lay out by the hotel pool and enjoy a nice cigar.  As I finished lighting my Montecristo #2 I noticed him.. How can you not!  The Sopranos was still relatively … Continue reading

NFL2012 Week 1 MONDAY NIGHT

CIN AT BAL (-7) The Ravens are my AFC pick to land in New Orleans for Super Bowl XLVII. The bitter taste of Billy Cundiff’s missed kick in the AFC title game is motivation enough. Add the death of of former owner, Art Modell and the possibility of Ray Lewis calling it a career.. lots … Continue reading

Week 1 NFL2012- SUNDAY GAMES

IND AT CHI (-9.5) Luck/Pagano era begins in Indy. Bears defense with fiesty ends and Urlacher w/something to prove will make it a long day for the rook. Jay Cutler has Brandon Marshall back as a target. PICK: Bears giving the points   PHI (-9.5) AT CLE Philly is my NFC Super Bowl team. media … Continue reading

End of an error.. I mean era

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, May 1, 2012 SALE OF LOS ANGELES DODGERS SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED LOS ANGELES,May 1,2012 – The Los Angeles Dodgers,Guggenheim Baseball Management LLC (“GBM”) and Frank McCourt today announced the completion of the sale of the Dodgers to GBM for $2 billion. As previously reported,the Dodgers’new ownership includes Mark Walter as control person,Earvin … Continue reading

The new Rasputin

Years ago the Detroit Lions had a head coach named Wayne Fontes.  At the end of every NFL season, Fontes’ name was seemingly at the top if every expert’s list as a coach that would get fired.  ESPN’s Chris Berman dubbed Fontes “Rasputin” for always pulling off a late season win streaks to save his … Continue reading

Win and you’re In

The NFL got it right by scheduling all divisional games for the season’s final Sunday. As a result, the Sunday night delight on NBC was flexed into a Cowboys-Giants winner take all bout for the NFC East title.  The long time rivals are literally limping to the finish line as each team has a myriad of injuries. Pretty … Continue reading

No honor on Saturday

Joe Paterno should not coach Penn State University on Saturday. He should step down immediately as head coach of the football team. Releasing a statement saying he will retire at season’s end is arrogant, vile and a slap in the face of the alleged victims of this child sex scandal. Here is why.  Legally, Paterno … Continue reading

The one that got away..

As Game Six of the World Series approaches, there clearly is some growing unrest in Anaheim. Why? The Rangers, The Angels chief rival in the American League West,  are in the Fall Classic for a second straight year.  This time, Texas is just one win away from the franchise’s first ever championship and they’re doing it with a … Continue reading

Picky Picks for Week 7

Here we go friends… time to serve up a heaping helping of winners…. Redskins at Panthers (MY PICK: CAROLINA -2.5) The Rex Grossman era is over for now in D.C.  John Beck is now under center for Mike Shanahan and the Redskins.  Always tricky when a new QB takes the reigns.  Washington’s slide is now … Continue reading

Picky Picks for Week 5

Hello again everybody!  Solid Week 4 in the books with a record of 10-6.  Week 5 means teams hitting their bye weeks.  I will borrow from the USC Trojans and call this week “Tell the Truth” Week.  Are the teams that have started out fast “that” good?  Same goes for the teams that have stumbled out of the … Continue reading

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