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Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor…”For the Love of the Game”……

From NiceKicks….

The Air Jordan 2010 is easily one of the most talked-about sneakers in the market today, and it seems this shoe will continue to garner a lot of attention as the year unravels. Later this year, Jordan Brand will release the Air Jordan

2010 Outdoor in a series of colorways …

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Air Jordan 2010 Outdoor “For the Love of the Game”

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June 10, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sneakers (Kicks), Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

The Chicago Blackhawks win the Stanley Cup!

[ Chicago Blackhawks left wing Andrew Ladd (16) celebrates with Niklas Hjalmarsson (4), of Sweden, Patrick Kane (88), and Patrick Sharp (10) after Ladd scored against the Philadelphia Flyers in the second period of Game 6 of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals on Wednesday, June 9, 2010, in Philadelphia ]

The Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup, beating the Philadelphia Flyers 4-3 in overtime in Game 6 for their first championship since 1961.

Patrick Kane scored the winning goal 4:10 into overtime Wednesday night, and the Blackhawks became the first team to win on the road this series.

The Blackhawks completed their revival from the bottom of the NHL to holding the silver trophy on the strength of rising stars Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Annti Niemi was solid in goal to help the Blackhawks wrap up their most successful season since Bobby Hull and Stan Mikita led the way 49 years ago.

It ends the longest active championship drought in the NHL.

The Flyers are still looking for their first Stanley Cup title since 1975.

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports | , , , | 8 Comments

Strausberg strikes out 14 for the Nationals in his first Major League game……

Stephen Strasburg can throw……

If he lasts….. is anyones guess….

If the National’s can ride his arm to the Playoffs is also a wild guess….

But as far as pitchers go….

He could be the second coming………


We cannot put the Washington Nationalsin the World Series yet. They are still, for now, the last-place team in the National League East. But every climb must start somewhere, and Tuesday seemed like that moment for this franchise.

Stephen Strasburg arrived in the majors with a flourish, looking like the ace this town has not seen since Walter Johnson. He set a Nationals single-game record for strikeouts, fanning 14 Pittsburgh Pirates over seven innings of a 5-2 victory, doing it all without a scouting report.

“They didn’t really talk to me about a game plan or how to attack certain hitters,” the 21-year-old Strasburg said. “They just told me to go out there and enjoy it.”

With a pitcher this overpowering, the hitters adjust to him, not the other way around. Strasburg threw harder in the seventh inning than he did in the first. His 94th and last pitch was 99 miles per hour, a swinging strike by Andy LaRoche. He fanned the last seven hitters he faced and eight of his final nine, walking none and allowing two runs and four hits.

The Pirates’ Ronny Cedeno, who struck out twice, said no pitcher throws harder. Yet because of Strasburg’s devastating changeup and breaking ball, looking for the fastball is a hitter’s best chance.

“If he keeps going like that, he’s got great stuff to be the best pitcher in the league,” Cedeno said. “It’s up to him. If he concentrates every start and makes the pitches like he did tonight, I think he’ll be O.K.”

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Here’s another piece on the boy wonder……

From Chris Ross….http://chrisross91.wordpress.com/

June 9, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

CD on the last nights NBA Game….The Celtics won….and a first look at the NFL Pro Football Predictions…..

NBA Finals update:

Boston defeated the LA Lakers 103-94 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles last night in Game 2, tying the series at 1-1 with Games 3, 4, and 5 at Boston the next couple of days.

My NFL 2010 season predictions:


NFC South-New Orleans (defending SB champs)
NFC East-Dallas
NFC West-Arizona
NFC North-Green Bay

AFC East-NY Jets
AFC North-Pittsburgh
AFC South-Indianapolis
AFC West-San Diego

June 7, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , | Leave a comment

Blackhawks take a 3-2 lead in the NHL Pro-Hockey finals…..

[ Brent Seabrook, left, who scored Chicago’s first goal, and Philadelphia’s Danny Briere fighting for the puck in Game 5. ]

I don’t really follow Pro Ice Hockey…

But I thought…. Why not highlight the finals in the sport with a post?….

The Chicago Blackhawks finally figured out how to beat Chris Pronger, the Philadelphia defenseman who had been a one-man wrecking crew through the first four games of the finals, and they beat him again and again Sunday night.


With Pronger on the ice or in the penalty box for every one of Chicago’s goals, the Blackhawks rolled to a 7-4 victory over the Philadelphia Flyers and took a 3-2 lead in the series. They are one win from lifting the Stanley Cup and ending the N.H.L.’s longest current Cup drought, dating to 1961.

Game 6 is Wednesday, and the Flyers must hope that the home team will continue to win every game in this series, as it has done so far.

On Sunday, Chicago’s sleeping stars — Jonathan Toews, Patrick Kane and Dustin Byfuglien — were awake and playing again as they had before they met the Flyers. But they were doing so on separate lines.

Byfuglien, whom Pronger had reduced to insignificance in this series, broke out with two goals and two assists and added a thunderous hit on Pronger.

“He made a big imprint on the outcome of the game tonight,” Blackhawks Coach Joel Quenneville said.

“I don’t know,” Pronger said, uncharacteristically flustered, when asked about the Blackhawks’ torrid first period, which ended with the Flyers trailing, 3-0. “I don’t really — I don’t know what the reason was. They came out hard like we knew they were going to, and we didn’t answer that.”

In all, six Blackhawks scored goals.

The loss was the Flyers’ first in Games 4 through 7 of any of their playoff series this spring, dropping their record in those games to 9-1.

Now Philadelphia, resilient as it has been this postseason, stands on the brink of record-tying ignominy. The Flyers are one defeat from becoming only the second team to lose six Stanley Cup finals in a row, after the 1933-40 Maple Leafs.

Quenneville entered Game 5 with a problem — what to do about the dominating Pronger.

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June 7, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Other Things, PoliticalDog Calls, Projections, Sports, Travel, Updates | , , , | 8 Comments

CD….The NBA Pro Basketball Championship Series…..

My 2010 NBA Finals prediction:

Who should win?: Boston Celtics

Who will LIKELY win?: Los Angeles Lakers

My pick:

Lakers in 6 at home to close the Celtics out.

June 4, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, CD @ PolitcalDog, Counterpoints, Entertainment, Media, Men, Projections, Sports, Updates | , , , | 1 Comment

DSD on The Baseball Perfect Game Call……Ooops!

Jim Joyce's blown call Wednesday night costs Armando Galarraga (r.) a perfect game, and Bud Selig (b.) fails to use the power of his office to reverse the botched call at first base.

[ Jim Joyce’s blown call Wednesday night costs Armando Galarraga (r.) a perfect game, and Bud Selig (b.) fails to use the power of his office to reverse the botched call at first base. ]

No word here yet on the No. 2 Topic of everyday discussion and debate after the oil spill: Armando Galarraga’s thwarted perfect game?

Both The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal agree that what should have been the game’s last call should be overturned.

See, e.g.,

Baseball Won’t Overturn Umpire’s Blown Call (AP via Wall St J; 13 pictures, 11 comments)

Bud, Make It Perfect
The commissioner of baseball has a tin ear.
Wall St J editorial page (88 comments)

Peggy Noonan: Nobody’s Perfect, but They Were Good As often with her columns, a great beginning with a rather soggy ending (89 comments)

Galarraga brings lineup to a tearful Joyce by Jason Beck/MLB.com

June 4, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, DSD @PoliticalDog101, Entertainment, Fiction, Media, Men, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 1 Comment

Memorial Day Weekend Movie Box Office is the worst in 17 Years…….

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Could it be the Movie Ticket Princes?


Blame the playoffs, blame the economy or just blame the movies, but this was a Memorial Day weekend that Hollywood would like to forget.

With new releases “Prince of Persia” and “Sex and the City 2” failing to generate big box office, total movie ticket sales for the four-day holiday weekend were an estimated $186 million, the lowest total since 2001.

(For details on the performances of those two movies and “Shrek Forever After” this weekend, see our initial post.)

Accounting for ticket price inflation, the numbers are much worse. The actual number of tickets sold — about 23.4 million — was the lowest since 1993, according to data compiled by Hollywood.com.

Movie studio distribution executives pointed to several factors that may have depressed this weekend’s box office: the NBA and NHL playoffs that this year feature teams from major cities — Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia — and the Indianapolis 500 race. Another possible reason could be the improving economy, as more people have been going on vacation this year compared with last year.

There’s no precise way to measure just how much of a factor was played by simple disinterest in the available films. Moviegoers who saw “Prince of Persia” and “Sex and the City 2” liked them better than did most critics, giving the films average grades of B+ and B, respectively, according to market research firm CinemaScore. But there’s no denying that the level of excitement was far lower for the two films than for “Night at the Museum 2” and “Terminator Salvation” last year or “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” in 2008.

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So far, the high-stakes summer movie season, which starts on the first weekend of May, hasn’t been a good one for the entertainment industry. “Shrek Forever After” had a soft start, though it held relatively well on its second weekend, and “Robin Hood” flopped almost as badly as “Prince of Persia.” Only “Iron Man 2” has achieved the blockbuster status that studios strive for with big-budget summer releases.

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Here are the top 10 movies in the U.S. and Canada, based on their four-day grosses. Percentage drops are based on three-day grosses. International grosses are through Sunday only.

1. “Shrek Forever After” (DreamWorks Animation/Paramount): $55.7 million on its second weekend, down 39%. $18.5 million overseas in 15 foreign markets. Domestic total: $145.5 million. International total: $53.5 million.

2. “Prince of Persia” (Disney): Opened to $37.8 million. $59 million overseas in 47 foreign markets. International total: $87.5 million.

3. “Sex and the City 2” (Warner Bros./New Line/Village Roadshow): $37.1 million for the four-day weekend, plus $14.3 million on its opening Thursday. $27.6 million overseas in 15 foreign markets. Domestic total: $51.4 million. International total: $27.6 million.

4. “Iron Man 2” (Marvel/Paramount): $20.6 million on its fourth weekend, down 38%. $6.8 million overseas in 61 foreign markets. Domestic total: $279.2 million. International total: $281.5 million.

5. “Robin Hood” (Universal/Relativity): $13.6 million on its third weekend, down 44%. $17.6 million in 56 foreign markets. Domestic total: $86.3 million. International total: $154.6 million.

6. “Letters to Juliet” (Summit): $7.3 million on its third weekend, down 34%. Domestic total: $37.9 million.

7. “Just Wright” (Fox Searchlight): $2.7 million on its third weekend, down 50%. Domestic total: $18.7 million.

8. “Date Night” (Fox/Dune): $2.3 million on its eighth weekend, down 38%. $1 million overseas in 32 foreign markets. Domestic total: $93.9 million. International total: $52.8 million.

9. “MacGruber” (Rogue/Universal): $1.9 million on its second weekend, down 62%. Domestic total: $7.6 million.

10. “How to Train Your Dragon” (DreamWorks Animation/Paramount): $1.5 million on its 10th weekend, down 44%. $4.7 million overseas in 62 foreign markets. Domestic total: $213.1 million. International total: $243 million.

June 1, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Family, Home, Media, Men, Movies, Sports, Travel, Updates, Women | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Nike Zoom Kobe V Holiday 2010…….

From Nicekicks…..s…..

The Los Angeles Lakers are currently rocking three Nike Zoom Kobe V colorways which include the “Del Sol”, the “Home” and the POP colorways. However, as we all know there are plenty more colorways of Kobe’s fifth signature sneaker. We have also learned that three more Nike Zoom Kobe V colorways are set to release this holiday season.

One of the three upcoming Nike Zoom Kobe Vs features sort of a reverse colorway to the aforementioned Nike Zoom Kobe V “Del Sol”. Instead of possessing a predominately black-colored base, this sneaker owns a mainly white colored base with multiple Del Sol accents specifically on the heel, half of the sole and the shoelaces. The other two colorways feature a wolf grey/black-daring red color scheme and an ink/metallic silver-black colorway. Look for each pair to release during November and/or December…..

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May 31, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, Sneakers (Kicks), Sports, Updates | , , | Leave a comment

It's the Lakers vs the Celtics in the NBA Final………

A Phil Jackson Team does it again!…..

Kobe Bryant gets his props!

He gets 37 points and the win over the Suns…..

Now the Celtics…….

The Lakers are heading to their third straight N.B.A. finals, and their seventh since 2000. They will defend their title against theBoston Celtics, who beat the Lakers in the 2008 finals.

Bryant had 37 points and 6 rebounds in the finale and kept the Lakers ahead for the final three quarters. Ron Artest, who won Game 5 with a putback of Bryant’s airball at the buzzer, added 25 points, his best game of the series.

Boston was awaiting an opponent, having finished off theOrlando Magic on Friday night. The Celtics, powered once more by a healthy Kevin Garnett, look very much like the team that beat the Lakers in the 2008 finals.

Asked for an assessment, Coach Phil Jackson offered a mixed compliment.

“They’re physical,” Jackson said. “Garnett showed that during the course of the game, didn’t he? That they’re going to be physical. So I guess they’ve got that part of their game back.”

Amare Stoudemire, perhaps playing his last game in a Suns uniform, led Phoenix with 27 points. Steve Nash, who broke his nose in the series but still played like a most valuable player, had 21 points and 9 assists.

A series that has frequently turned brutal and bloody had one more moment of physical tension when the Lakers’ Sasha Vujacic struck the Suns’ Goran Dragic in the chin early in the fourth quarter. Vujacic was facing away from Dragic when he raised his arms, but the blow appeared intentional and drew a flagrant-1 foul…..

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May 30, 2010 Posted by | Breaking News, Entertainment, Media, Men, PoliticalDog Calls, Sports, Updates | , , , , | 2 Comments