Archive for April 14th, 2009



The top story of yesterday was the tragic death of Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas.  Kalas was present at both of the Phillies World Series Championships, and thankfully, was able to see their momentous win last season.  Sadly, he passed out in the broadcast booth in an away game against the Washington Nationals, and was immediately rushed to the hospital.  A few hours later he had passed.  While Kalas will be sorely missed by Philly fans, he was also the thunderous voice of NFL Films.  And if you’ve ever watched even one highlight from an NFL Films broadcast on INSIDE THE NFL, you know it was something special.

The New York Mets played their home field debut in Citi Field against the San Diego Padres.  A win would have truly made it something grand, but unfortunately, the Padres were just a little too much.  David Wright had a clutch home run to tie the game in the 5th at 5-5, but in the 6th inning, Mets pitcher Pedro Feliciano balked in the Padres winning run.  ERROR.  So the Mets lose their home opener AGAIN by one run, as they also lost back when Shea Stadium opened its doors.  San Diego 6, NY Mets 5.


The Cleveland Cavaliers were trying to lock up home court advantage in the playoffs.  They have been jockeying position with the Lakers all season, but if they could get past they Pacers they would cinch this thing.  Well, that’s exactly what they did.   The Pacers Danny Granger tried to hold them off with 38 points, but LeBron and the Cavs were just too much.  James had 37 points, the Cavs will host the NBA Championship if need be.  This is a huge advantage.  However, the Cavs only have one home lost this season, and the it was at the hands of the Lakers.  Cleveland 117, Indiana 109.

Finally, it looks like the Washington Wizards may have a new coach.  They are headed to finish last place in the East this season, after nabbing playoff spots the past couple years.  And in a big market like Washington, this is unacceptable.  Now, the Wizards have offered the position to Flip Saunders.  Good news for Wizards fans — Saunders is the 7th most successful coach in NBA History with 900 games under his belt.  The Wizards will have one of the top picks in the draft come June, and these two new ingredients, plus a healthy Gilbert Arenas next season could really turn things around in Washington.

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