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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 8-23

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MLB Update:

  • Cubs stake Jake to a big lead in SD and it’s bye bye for the Friars. #Cubs #Padres
  • Dodgers break out their whuppin sticks at home and knock Mad Bum on his bum. #Dodgers #Giants
  • Cleveland — which gets taken apart at the seams tonight by Khris Davis — would like to think this is the year that fate took over in leading them to the promised land; problem is, fate’s been late to arrive since 1948. #Indians #Athletics
  • It was a day … no a night … of rest for the Mariner batters against Yankee Sabathia. #Yankees #Mariners
  • Matt Kemp continues his road trip round the NL, and does what he does best, make a difference with his power hitting. #Braves #Diamondbacks
  • As has happened all too often this year for Redbird Nation, the Cardinals get bested at home … this time by newcomer Gsellman, who has no problem selling Matheny’s men down the Mississippi. #Cardinals #Mets
  • Twins have completely soiled their dugouts, diapers or whatever else they’ve been around the last few weeks; what in tarnation is going on in Minneapolis? #Twins #Tigers
  • It appears that in the mad mad mad mad mad world of the AL Central, the White Sox have become about as angry as Jonathan Winters, when he chased down the insanely evil Phil Silvers and trashed a gas station in the process. Or maybe they’ve just decided if the Royals can do it, they can do it too. This division is becoming more than a little crazy. #WhiteSox #Phillies
  • Straily has no problem stringing out the Rangers, which lately has become an every-other-day occurrence. #Rangers #Reds
  • The Royals have calmly won 9 in a row and like Lazarus have risen from the dead; the question is, can the Tribe hear them coming? #Royals #Indians
  • Blue Jays break out for 7 runs, and Tricky Dickey has no problem licking the Angels…. who are lately looking like the most broken team in baseball. #BlueJays #Angels
  • Baltimore chokes out their Beltway neighbors to the tune of 8-1, but with Tillman on his way to the DL, where goes the responsibility for bearing the heavy yoke of the O’s pitching woes? #Orioles #Nationals
  • Buchholz holds down the fort at the Trop, and Red Sox survive on Papi’s pop. #RedSox #Rays
  • Astros skunked by a very nasty Nova and plunked by Polanco, which releases the Pirates from their stinky home funk. #Pirates #Astros
  • Milwaukee manhandles the Rocks thanks to Hernan the Man’s triple. #Brewers #Rockies
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 8-22

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MLB Update:

  • 1st meeting of the year occasions the same old winning formula for the Cubs — lots of power hitting and powerful starting pitching. ‪#‎Cubs‬ ‪#‎Padres
  • Nelson and Brewers send Rockies on their Rocky Mountain Way with some sparkling play. ‪#‎Rockies‬ ‪#‎Brewers‬
  • More PNC punishment for the punchless Pirates, who get tortured by Fister. ‪#‎Pirates‬ ‪#‎Astros‬
  • Seattle keeps climbing and looks inspired; Yankees keep trying, but look tired. ‪#‎Mariners‬ ‪#‎Yankees‬
  • For Cleveland, things are really falling into place now that they have Andrew Miller, the lefty relief ace (strikes out the side, to cap off 8-scoreless by Carrasco. ‪#‎Indians‬ ‪#‎Athletics‬
  • D-backs don’t fold when Goldy gets a hold of one; could it be that we’re seeing the Goldschmidt of old (hitting about .380 over the last 7 games). ‪#‎Diamondbacks‬ ‪#‎Braves‬
  • After Strasburg is a scratch, Nats hang tough with newcomer Cole, but are ultimately disposed of by Schoop, Bundy and the beefy bat of Trumbo. ‪#‎Orioles‬ ‪#‎Nationals‬
  • Dodgers turn Great American into their great playground; amid the Reds’ wreckage, LA salvages a split. ‪#‎Dodgers‬ ‪#‎Reds‬
  • Red Sox Nation never expected or intended to be so head over heels in love with Benintendi, but when the guy nearly disappears over the left field wall to rob the Rays of a 2-run homer, in addition to his .300 + hitting, they just can’t help themselves. And nice job from Price, as he totally spays the Rays, to propel Boston into first place. ‪#‎RedSox‬ ‪#‎Rays‬
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Summer Olympic Games (2016), Day 14

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Summer Olympics Update:

  • When’s the last time we saw anyone get this worked up over losing a bronze? A very mad Mandakhnaran gets penalized for his premature victory gesticulations, and upon losing the match, his coaches do the full Mongolian Monty in protest … creating angry Mongos of the sort we haven’t seen since Alex (“Mongo like candy”) Karras in “Blazing Saddles”.
  • USA makes Jamaica pay in the 4 x 400.
  • Durant and the rest of the Americans beat the pants off Serbia.
  • No surprise in the Marathon, as Kenya cleans up … winning gold with the elusive Eliud Kipchoge. Give Rupp from the US some serious credit for claiming bronze in only his 2nd race ever.
  • When it comes to Olympic Boxing, Clarissa can’t miss, and her shield was impenetrable.
  • Kyle “Mr. Freestyle” keeps the US’ hold on the gold in wrestling’s 97 weight class very secure.
  • Bitter Serbs also must endure a finals loss in Women’s B-ball, when China comes from halfway around the world to serve up the win.
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 8-21

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MLB Update:

  • it’s a bit early in the season for the Giants and their big egos to be resigned to backing in; yes, it’s an even numbered year, but aren’t they getting dangerously close to Even Steven/.500. #Giants #Mets
  • O’s continue to lay massive eggs at home to the invigorated Stros. ‪#‎Orioles‬ ‪#‎Astros‬
  • Armed with Perdomo’s excellent pitching and the power of Jankowski and Dickerson, Padres impose a state of perdition on the unfortunate D-backs. ‪#‎Padres‬ ‪#‎Diamondbacks‬
  • Cubs done in in Denver when Arenado goes deep and one-ups Bryant for the league lead in round trippers. ‪#‎Rockies‬ ‪#‎Cubs‬
  • Brew Crew has the last laugh when it needles Seattle in the land of the Space Needle with a very unlikely 4-run rally in the top of the ninth. ‪#‎Mariners‬ ‪#‎Brewers‬
  • More good stuff from Duffy. ‪#‎Royals‬ ‪#‎Twins‬
  • Angels finally find their warm place in the sun with help from Albert and Andrelton. ‪#‎Angels‬ ‪#‎Yankees‬
  • Abreu was absolutely essential in Chisox doubling up of waylaid A’s. ‪#‎WhiteSox‬ ‪#‎Athletics‬
  • Cards continue to hit a ton, and make a push for WC #1. ‪#‎Cardinals‬ ‪#‎Phillies‬
  • Throwing Smyly continues to be a sunny proposition for the Rays, while Ranger pitching endures another hiccup. ‪#‎Rays‬ ‪#‎Rangers‬
  • After a couple of undeniably embarrassing blowout losses to the Reds, the Dodgers take a much-welcomed u-turn for the better behind Utley and Urias. ‪#‎Dodgers‬ ‪#‎Reds‬
  • Throwback unis don’t help Pirates, who throw away a lead in a filthy fifth and fall further behind in playoff chase. ‪#‎Marlins‬ ‪#‎Pirates‬
  • Tigers up their game with Upton; gain critical split with Bosox. ‪#‎Tigers‬ ‪#‎RedSox‬
  • Cleveland slips by Toronto once more, after Francona presses all the right buttons. ‪#‎Indians‬ ‪#‎BlueJays‬
  • Bad loss for the Nats, who waste a nice effort from Geo Gonzalez with some very shaky relief pitching that allows Jace and the Braves to push their way back into the game. ‪#‎Nationals‬ ‪#‎Braves‬
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Check out ChabDog Sports Talk’s Saturday, August 20 Show ….

Eric the Well-read and Mike Patterson take us through an entertaining and thoroughly exhaustive recount of the action in Rio,
take a close look at MLB, and welcome back Frank Fleming for reflections on Jerry Jones, RG 3’s new bosom buddy and whether the Rams will have a soft landing in LA …

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Summer Olympic Games (2016), Day 13

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Summer Olympics Update:

  • Korea Parks itself on the gold medal podium position in Women’s Golf.
  • In Women’s Handball, Russia hands France its biggest defeat since the days of Napoleon.
  • According to Coach K, everything in Rio is A Ok.
  • Point of clarification — Conger says he didn’t conjure up anything…. lol
  • Can you believe it? Another big soccer game comes down to penalty kicks. Simply too much action for this spectator….
  • A bunch of 3rd place games … oh boy!
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Saturday, 8-20

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MLB Update:

  • Scruggs shoulders the hitting burden for Miami, as they stymie Kuhl and the gang in a critical NL showdown that has implications for wc #2; Pittsburgh’s offense has started to seriously sputter at precisely the wrong time. ‪#‎Pirates‬ ‪#‎Marlins‬
  • Hey Rangers … don’t look now, but you’ve got King Felix and Zunino in your rear view mirror (10 games over … and charging)…..‪#‎Mariners‬ ‪#‎Brewers‬
  • Angels look legally dead, except for occasional rumblings from The Machine.  Time for a housecleaning, including removal of the Hot House Tomato/ Rotund Red One….
  • Papi walks on water … one more time! #RedSox #Tigers
  • With Kris and Zobris continuing to hit the veritable piss outta the ball, the prospects for a Cubs collapse seem faint, to non-existent. ‪#‎Cubs‬ ‪#‎Rockies‬
  • The up and down Padre offense has gone from vaunted to wanted/MIA. ‪#‎Padres‬ ‪#‎Diamondbacks‬
  • Zimmy helps the Nats shake off/shimmy by the surprisingly plucky Braves. ‪#‎Nationals‬ ‪#‎Braves‬
  • Kennedy looks very presidential, and defending champion KC is now carrying off the pretense of being royalty; if this astonishing turnaround continues, they could still win 100 games… ‪#‎Royals‬ ‪#‎Twins‬
  • Edwin and the Jays make the Indians pay for yesterday’s transgressions. ‪#‎BlueJays‬ ‪#‎Indians‬
  • Once again, Finnegan and the nothing-to-play-for Reds enjoy a taking, and landing, their Schotts on the bewildered Dodgers; large Marge must surely be looking down from heaven and smiling. ‪#‎Reds‬ ‪#‎Dodgers‬
  • White Sox figure out how to profit from an extended Sale. ‪#‎WhiteSox‬ ‪#‎Athletics‬
  • It would appear Baltimore prematurely trotted out the Tiller, as Houston’s big bats today were simply killer. 14 hits and 12 runs… OUCH!
  • After their stunning escape from yesterday, no such luck today for the Cards, who are delivered to hell in a handbasket by Hellickson and the hell bent on revenge Phillies. #Phillies #Cardinals
  • In a nice break from tradition, Longoria, Luke and the other Rays’ batters love their plate appearances against Ranger pitching for a long time, while Texas goes through a protracted drought after one minor peep in the 4th. ‪#‎Rays‬ ‪#‎Rangers‬
  • On their latest trip to SF, the Mets take occasion to dine on some excellent split Peavy soup, with the biggest spoonful being taken by a very hungry Cespedes. ‪#‎Mets‬ ‪#‎Giants‬
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Summer Olympic Games (2016), Day 12

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Summer Olympic Games Update:

  • In apparently the last race of an incredible career, Bolt proves once again that there’s nothing to gain by lining up to run against Usain. Jamaican juggernaut strikes gold for the 9th time in 3 Olympic Games, and makes his case for being the most dominant track star of all time.
  • US men experience the DQ treatment first hand in 4 X 100 M relay, coming down with a massive brain freeze at baton hand-off time.
  • US women prove to be too tough in an electrifying 4 x 100 M final.
  • Women’s Pole Vault goes to Greece, as US competitor can’t quite slide over the bar at 16+ feet.
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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 8-19

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MLB Update:

  • A’s bury White Sox behind Graveman. ‪#‎Athletics‬ ‪#‎WhiteSox‬
  • Nats play some nasty bad defense but try as they may can’t throw the game away against the Braves. ‪#‎Nationals‬ ‪#‎Braves‬
  • Reds are suddenly playing with lots of pride on their side, which is a rude awakening for the dumbfounded Dodgers. ‪#‎Reds‬ ‪#‎Dodgers‬
  • Marlins manage to ruin the party at PNC, coming back for a huge 1-run victory; give Miami credit for having the nerve to load up the bases in the bottom of the ninth for McCutchen, who cooperated with a crushing, double play grounder to end the game. ‪#‎Marlins‬ ‪#‎Pirates‬
  • Big win for the never-say-die Indians, against the somewhat blase Blue Jays. ‪#‎Indians‬ ‪#‎BlueJays‬
  • It’s bye, bye birdie time in Baltimore, as Astros give the Orioles a taste of their own medicine with bombs a plenty. ‪#‎Orioles‬ ‪#‎Astros‬
  • Left for dead, Cardinals rally behind Jedd. ‪#‎Cardinals‬ ‪#‎Phillies‬
  • Red Sox pour it on in Detroit behind ex-Tiger Porcello and an extremely focused Ortiz. ‪#‎RedSox‬ ‪#‎Tigers‬
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