Tuesday, August 22, 2006

The Hazies - Streamlined

Hey Peeps and anyone else checking in. A special "Hey" goes out to Hazel Mae.

For those of you who haven't been here before, Monday night entries (yes, I'm late again) take a look back at the week or so that was in the world of sports, highlighting some of the more notable performances. To those who have risen above the rest, we award them with an honourary "Hazie" - the lucky few have the title of "Hazel's Hero" bestowed upon them. On the flip side, there are the special few who make news for the wrong reasons - they get tagged with the "not so heroic" label. While Hazel hasn't officially approved this week's winners and "runners up", we'd like to think she would give her trademark smile and thumbs up.

I'm not going to go into the NFL Pre-season to hand out the hardware - but if I was, you know some Dallas Cowboys would be singled out for their performances against the Saints on Monday night.



Red Sox Nation is going to hate me for this one, but Johnny Damon gets a Hazie for being named the American League Player of the Week. I know Damon is persona non-grata to most New Englanders, but he was one of Hazel's buddies before making the move to the evil empire. Damon had a great series against his former team, capping off what was a great week at the plate. Damon hit .390, with 4 HRs, 12 RBI, with a slugging percentage of .878. Damon also had 4 doubles and 2 triples. While most of the Yankees laid the wood to Boston's depleted (and at times downright awful) pitching staff - Damon set the tone in every game he played.

St. Louis Cardinals' P Chris Carpenter and 1B Chris Duncan were named co-winners of the National League Player of the Week. Carpenter was 2-0, with a a complete game shutout, an ERA of 1.06, and struck out 13 batters. Duncan (who Renee picked up in the Hazelspeeps Fantasy Baseball Pool) hit .583 for the week, with 4 HRs, 6 RBI, a slugging percentage of 1.125 and an on-base percentage of .593. Looks like someone is trying to emulate Albert Pujols huh? Have I mentioned lately that Albert is a member of Hazel Mae's Hackers in the pool?

Toronto Blue Jays P Ted Lilly gets a Hazie for the action that no one is willing to confirm. If you missed it, after being pulled in Monday night's game vs the Oakland A's, Lilly had a confrontation with Manager John Gibbons in the tunnel of the Blue Jays clubhouse - Gibbons emerged with a bloody nose...though everyone is denying that a punch was thrown. I'm going with the video evidence of Gibbons wiping blood from his nose - he got popped by Lilly. Way to go Ted!


Blue Jays Manager John Gibbons - for a guy "manager" that challenges his players to fights.

American Sprinter Justin Gatlin has accepted an 8-year ban after testing positive for a performance enhancing substance. Gatin accepted the ban in order to avoid a lifetime ban - oh yeah, he is going to cooperate with doping authorities...in other words, he is going to turn on his coach.

We'll save Marion Jones for Wednesday's entry. That's about it for now...have a great one peeps!

Hazel, I hope things are groovy in your world.

Song of the Day on Hazelspeeps - for Johnny Damon's return to New England this past weekend...

English Civil War - The Clash

"When Johnny comes marchin home again...hurrah."

Peesth Out...Buh Bye!


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