Friday, January 29, 2010

NHL Refs Have Their Own Agenda

On December 8, 2009 Vancouver Canucks' forward Alex Burrows embellished an injury coaxing referee Stephane Auger to call a major and game misconduct on Predators Jerred Smithson.  Proof came in Burrows quick return to the ice on his next shift without any missed time.  In a rematch on January 11th Burrows accused referee Auger of retribution for embarrassing him into that call in December.  Before the game started words were exchanged in French in which Burrows claims referee Auger said payback was coming.  Auger first whistles Burrows for a questionable diving infraction.  Next he called him for a fake interference penalty.  With four seconds left he called on Burrows again for unsportsmanlike conduct and was given a game misconduct.  The Canucks' ended up losing 3-2 to the Predators on this night.  Did these bogus penalties lead to a Canuck loss?  Auger has 10 years of NHL experience and has not worked a playoff game since 2004.  Does the NHL know about their rogue referees but trying to hide the fix or do these refs have agendas of their own?  Either way this ruins the integrity of the game and is a blatant fix.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Flyers-Penguins Goal Dispute January 7, 2010

Producer Lowell MacDonald Jr. was suspended by FSN Pittsburgh network for his broadcast of the January 7, 2010 Flyers-Penguins game which failed to deliver replay video in a goal dispute in a timely manner.  With the road team Flyers up 5-3 it appeared Flyers forward Simon Gagne scored but officials ruled no goal because replay video was lacking.  Shortly after play resumed video replays were aired validating the goal but was too late to reverse.  Video replay sharing must be immediate per NHL rules.  FSN indefinitely suspended MacDonald on January 12th whose father once played for the Pens.  The road Flyers did end up winning this match 7-4.  What was the motive here?  It could have been a human or technical error but we always have to question these occurences.  Were they trying keep it close for a Pens comeback attempt?

Monday, January 18, 2010

Are the New York Jets a Cinderalla Fix?

I truly question the legitimacy of the 2009-10 New York Jets and it all begins with Brett Favre.  First, the Jets never would have traded Favre to the Minnesota Vikings or they would have given up three first-round draft picks.  How convenient Favre retires again and then unretires to be the starting QB of the team he wanted to play for, the Vikings.  Secondly, the Jets seemed to have a playoff berth handed to them.  With two games left in the regular season and the playoffs mostly out of the picture they get two straight games handed to them by powerhouse teams Indianapolis Colts and Cincinnati Bengals resting players.  Third, the Jets have now won two playoff games with rookie QB Mark Sanchez who became only the second rookie QB in history to win two playoff games.  What really peaked my curiousity was the New York Jets/San Diego Chargers playoff game yesterday when not only did Sanchez tie history for a rookie QB but also the way the game played out.  Pro-bowl place-kicker Nate Kaeding a career 87.2% field goal percentage went 0-3.  One field goal is all that determined that game and one of the best missed all three attempts in one game.  So did the NFL compensate the Jets with a playoff appearance after they lost Favre?  Will the Cinderalla Jets win it all?  The Jets now get a rematch with the Colts this coming Sunday for the AFC championship.  I think the NFL with revenues on there mind would rather have a Peyton Manning let Colts in the superbowl than the Jets but we shall see soon.  Enjoy it while it lasts Jets.

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Flavio Briatore's Lifetime Ban From Formula 1 Lifted Then Appealed

Former Renault team principal Flavio Briatore was given a lifetime ban from Formula 1 and all other FIA championships in September 2009 due to his involvement with race fixing in Singapore in 2008.  At the Signapore grand prix Nelson Piquet Junior was told to intentionally crash his car to assist Renault team-mate Fernando Alonso on to victory.  The timed pit stop by Alonso and intentional crash by Piquet helped Renault to its first victory of the 2008 season as seen here. Briatore's ban was lifted on January 6, 2010.  The governing body of Formula 1 will appeal the French court's overturn of Briatore's lifetime ban.

Monday, January 11, 2010

McGwire Admits to Steroid Use

After years of speculation and scrutiny from the public, baseball star Mark McGwire finally admits to using steroids.  He admitted to using steroids on occasion throughout the 1990's including his historic 1998 season when he hit a season record 70 home runs.  Check out this CBS news report. Looks like Jose Canseco was right again about the home run fix during the 90's.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

New UFC Referee/Judge Match Fixing Product

2009 saw multiple UFC fights scored in questionable ways with odd results.  Make sure to check out this new UFC referee/judge match fixing product at a store near you so you can fix your own fight results.

Monday, January 4, 2010

Pete Rose and The Hall of Fame

The 2010 MLB Hall of Fame class will be announced in two days and every year that passes without Pete Rose being inducted is ridiculous. Sure he bet on games but he bet on his own team to win. Check out this video which highlights Rose and a few other shady characters from baseball past that have been inducted.

They put Pete Rose on the all century team so I think it's time to let the all-time hits king into the MLB Hall of Fame where he belongs.