Archive for June, 2009

30
Jun
09

The Value of Twitter and Facebook

So I was stumbleing on the internet when this came across and grabbed my attention.  Have you ever wondered how much facebook or twitter is worth and numbers that relate to this figure?  All I have to say is Mark Zukerberg is rolling hard.  Check it out below.

30
Jun
09

Independence day for Manny

4th of July we celebrate or nation becoming independent and escaping the rule of the British.  July 3rd, well this will be Manny Ramirez’s Independence Day from suspension.  Fifty games ago Manny tested positive for a banned substance.  The Dodgers were in first place sitting on a 20-8 record after setting an MLB record for most consecutive home game wins to start off a season.

When Dodger nation woke and saw that their star they welcomed with open arms cheated, hearts of the people that bleed Dodger Blue sank.  How could this be?  Why did he do this?  How selfish.  After the initial shock wore off, we started to question the team.

The Dodgers were 20-8 when they lost Manny.  They were 6.5 games ahead of the Giants leading the NL West.  After the news of Manny the Dodgers blew a lead to the Nat’s and lost their first home game.  Dodger’s fans were truly going to see what their team was made of.  What impact did Manny have on this young team?  Could they deal with being in the spot light? Could their bats hold up?  Could they maintain the lead in the west for the next fifty?  Who was going to be the person to step up?

Well, our questions have been answered.  Over the next forty-seven games the Dodgers went 27 and 20.  Yes that does look like a big drop off from the first 30 but the Dodgers still have the best record in baseball and they are winning the West by seven games over the Giants.  While Manny was gone the man who clearly stepped up the most was Juan Pierre.

He is neither Hispanic nor French.....I wonder where he got his name?

He is neither Hispanic nor French.....I wonder where he got his name?

Juan clearly played as though each game was his last.  He was going to make the best of his playing time and it pulled the Dodgers through these last fifty.  The rest of our young lineup each had their moments as well in tight games.  The Dodgers have a record of 24-3 in one run games.  Most importantly we had a manager in the clubhouse who has been through this time and time again.  I am sure he is one of the biggest factors in helping the boys in blue keep their mojo.

Truly this young Dodger team proved they could pull their own weight while their slugger was going through hard times.  This was also a reflection of what Manny has taught this young team.  They listened to him and their bats held up through these fifty games.  The runs the Dodgers scored were virtually similar to when Manny was in the line up.  The only difference was they were playing mostly small ball.  The number of home runs was down but hits were up.  If anything gave in these fifty games it was streaky pitching towards the end of games.

So Friday Manny does come back to the Dodgers and is expected to start in left.  This will send Juan Pierre to the bench, but give Joe Torre a hot hitting bat in tight games for pinch hit situations.  I have a feeling Torre will rotate the outfield with days off and we will probably see Pierre play two to three times a week.  Manny’s return could not come at a better time.  We are getting ready to head east to play the Mets.  To make things better the Dodgers bats have cooled off a bit.  In the last ten games the Dodgers are 5-5.  To have a bat like Manny in the line up will for sure help us.

What Manny did was wrong and it was cheating.  As a Dodger fan I was truly disappointed in him.  Yet I will still cheer him on and even more I still want him on my team.  He has been a Kobe Bryant figure to this young team.  Manny, like Kobe coaches his teammates.  He has taught them all his hitting tricks, how to set up pitchers, and what to look for if a pitcher tips his pitches off.  He has been Don Mattingly’s assistant.

I know Manny will never hear the end of this but in Los Angeles we will welcome him back.  We will welcome him and support him the same way San Fran supports Barry or the way New York supported Clemens, A-Rod, Petit, Giambi, among others.  If we can expect anything from Manny it is the unexpected.  On one final note, the Dodgers coaches that have been working with Ramirez over the last 50 games said he has returned to form and gotten in his grove.  That same grove in which he belted home run after home run, which thrusted the Dodgers to the NLCS.  It is time for Manny to shut everyone up and turn a new leaf.

THINK BLUE-

29
Jun
09

Sunset BLVd and Led Zepp

Is there anything better than driving down Sunset Blvd with no traffic, with the windows down in 73 degree weather, and KLOS is playing nothing but Led.  Didnt think so, I love LA.  Summer is here lets rejoyce.  That is all for tonight.  Another FUNday MONday in the books…Holler

25
Jun
09

West LA pays tribute to Jacko (the scene outside the hospital)

Helicopters buzzing over head, hundreds of cops, and twice as many reporters.  This was the scene outside of Ronald Regan UCLA Hospital.  News trucks lined the streets as thousands gathered outside the place where the King of Pop rests for the time being.  Flipping through all my stored radio stations four out of the six stations are playing Michael.  The music world has truly lost an Icon.

Looking on twitter, facebook, myspace, and google the word spread fast.  First it was a heart attack then it was confirmed.  The King of Pop died at the age of fifty from a heart attack.  The last time we have seen a media frenzy over a death like this was Princess Diana.  Michael Jackson is up there with Elvis, The Beatles, Bob Marley, Marvin Gaye, and all the former great musicians who have passed.  He has inspired so many and will be missed.  Below are some pictures I was able to get of the scene outside the hospital with everyone paying tribute to the King of Pop.

25
Jun
09

King of Pop Gone

Michael Jackson has been rushed to UCLA medical center.  He was found not breathing and emt’s first to arrive on a scene rushed him to the the hospital.  They presume he suffered a heart attack.  He is not OK by any means.  For more information and updates check back.

Here is the link to TMZ, I can hear the helicoptors flying over the UCLA med center from my apartments.

http://www.tmz.com/2009/06/25/michael-jackson-dies-death-dead-cardiac-arrest/

Kaliphornya-

24
Jun
09

Cavs take the senior citizen discount

Good job Cleveland, you have just landed an old big guy.  Yes you had a void in the middle during the Eastern Conference finals but do you really expect Shaq to solve that problem?  What is going to happen when Boston gets healthy?  What is going to happen when Orlando lands one more legit player and Howard learns how to shoot the ball?  Do you really expect the Diesel to solve this problem?

Yes Shaq got Kobe and Dwade their first rings but that was while he was in his prime.  This is like a bigger version of the J Kidd trade.  I love the guy but Shaq is old.  He is not going to solve the problem for Bronbrezzy.  Watch LeBron leave after this next year and Shaq will retire.  After all he has played every season in a warm climate.  He will hate living in Cleveland, most like the rest of this country.
Stop fronting by going the easy way out and actually work and get a legit player who is not entering the senior citizen line.  Cleveland you fail and will lose LeBron after next season.  Back to the times where no one cares about your city when it comes to sports.  I hate to be the bearer of bad news but you have it coming if you think this big guy will solve your problems.  Spend some money and make LeBron happy..

Peace and enjoy that Eastern confrence finals banner-

24
Jun
09

A Cinderella Story in June USA upsets Spain

If you are an avid football fan and follow the sport you think one of two things.  American football or everywhere else football better known as soccer in the neck of the woods that I am from.  For years and years the US national team and the MLS have been the laughing stock of the football world.  We have been the butt of all the jokes. There have been pushes time and time again to turn this sport into something which resembles European Football.  Time and time again we have failed. Yet every blind squirrel does find an acorn once in awhile.

This acorn, happened to be the grand daddy of them all painted in red and yellow.  Today the United States of America beat Spain at its own game.  As for me and probably the majority of the country, I did not get to watch the game, but did follow all the updates via the I Phone.  After the first goal, I was just waiting for the equalizer.  Then Spain go desperate playing at times with only one back while throwing everyone forward.  We broke their wall and went up two.  This was when I stated to think we really have a chance of upsetting the best football team in the world.

The sad part to all of this is the majority of Americans getting home from work right now, still do not know about the greatest win in American Soccer history.  Hopefully this will spark some sort of movement and create some sort of interest in soccer over here.  No not the thousands of rec leagues we have across the country, but something greater.  Possibly turning our MLS into something more than just a JV league.  Possibly being able to see great players stay over here and have great players from Europe and South America come over to play.  I know this is a long shot and will not happen over night, but a win like this could really push the movement.

All in all this tournament has been a tournament of upsets.  To say the story of the USA is a Cinderella story would be an understatement.  If I told you going into this tournament that Egypt would beat Brazil, and then the only way the USA could advance is if Italy lost 3 nill and Egypt lost 3 nill, well I probably would have been laughed at.  Yet all of this happened.  When was the last time Italy lost 3-0?  On top of this, could you imagine the betting line for the people who did throw down some money on the red white and blue (not France)?  I bet they made bank.  Will this Cinderella story continue or will the clock strike midnight?  Brazil showed some vulnerability against Egypt, maybe lighting can strike in the same place twice.   Needless to say this is a monumental day for American soccer.  Lets enjoy this one while it lasts.

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