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I’m so thankful for the All-Star break because I currently sound like a broken record. I hate to say this, drugstore but the Chicago Bulls are bad. They’re not the perfect storm combination of offense and defense we had all hoped for at the beginning of the season. Instead, in their last 18 games, the Bulls are 5-13. The season has gone from inconsistent Bulls still sprinkled with hope, to literally holding on to the last playoff slot for dear life – in the Eastern Conference no less.

Things are getting relatively hostile on the fan-front. The majority of Bulls fans have completely given up on the season. There are plenty of reasons for the Bulls disastrous season, the laundry list of injuries hindering the team the is most crucial. Should we take a quick minute to layout everything that’s happened?

Jimmy Butler who had been single handily powering the Bulls defense/offense is out with a knee strain, second-year forward Nikola Mirotic is recovering from an appendectomy, Derrick Rose has sat due to “general soreness” and don’t forget about Joakim Noah’s season-ending shoulder injury that has left a gaping hole in the soul of Bulls basketball. So now we have a team that’s left with Taj Gibson and Pau Gasol to speak on behalf of the Bulls.

Gibson chatted with the press after Wednesday night’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks and honestly it was depressing. He said the Bulls had lost their spirit – so basically it’s like the team is dead inside and honestly that’s how they played so it makes sense. He also may have inadvertently trash talked new head coach Hoiberg again,

“We had straight defensive guys, hungry dogs. Now we have guys coming in, offensive-minded, shoot the 3. … We used to be scrappy. Now we’re trying to mold these guys into getting scrappy. … Right now a lot of teams smell blood; you just got to figure out a way to get over it. In this league, nobody’s going to feel sorry for you.”

Hey coach, why don’t we tell the guys to quit loving the three so damn much and make some easy layups? And then after some points are scored, the players run down the court and play actual defense. Two sides to this magical game of basketball.

All that’s left to wonder is whether the Bulls front office is going to make some real moves before the February 18 trade deadline. I would advise you not to get your hopes up, but there has to be a light at the end of this dark 2015-2016 Bulls season tunnel.

Ideally, the Bulls are coming up with some new strategies, heavily incorporating defense into their game-plan as the next opponent on the schedule are the Cleveland Cavaliers and Lebron would love nothing more than to slaughter his Eastern Conference foes and continue the Bulls mockery. Come on guys, we have got to get it together. Otherwise, let’s start PJ Rose.

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Raise your hand if you could care less that the NFL Pro Bowl is on Sunday night?! Let’s be real. Not many people on God’s green earth give a crap that the Pro Bowl is this Sunday at 7pm ET on ESPN. You know it’s going downhill when Jameis Winston replaces Tom Brady.  You add in that JJ Watt isnt playing, mind 10 Panthers are prepping for the Super Bowl and let’s face it they really don’t “play” in the Pro Bowl.

It’s kind of a joke… no seriously it is.

Since no one cares about the Pro Bowl, discount is it a surprise that the NHL will be hosting its All Star game on Sunday night as well?!? Well this is one game you should turn in for; here are a few reasons why you should.

The Blackhawks will have Patrick Kane representing them. Jonathan Toews was selected to the team. However, viagra he just pulled out this morning because of and illness (James Neal of the Predators will replace him). He will also be suspended for one game for pulling out of the All-Star game due to NHL rules. However, there are plenty of other amazing players to keep your eyes on.  I hate to play favorites, but let’s focus on the Central Division team. Including the above mentioned Blackhawks superstar Kaner, the Central division is bursting with some of the most amazing talent in the entire NHL.

Let’s start with the stacked defense. Shea Weber (Nashville Predators) and Dustin “Big Buff” Byfuglien (Winnipeg Jets) give the Central two of the toughest and big guns on defense. You add in Roman Josi’s (Nashville) advantage on offense too and this defense is definitely has the upper hand versus the other teams.

On offense the talent is even fiercer; the six Central forwards have combined over 140+ goals… Say what now?! You throw in both young guys from Dallas Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn with Kane. Sprinkle in some Matt Duchene (Colorado Avalanche) and top it off with St.  Louis Blues Vladimir Tarasenko and you have a recipe for goals, goals and more goal scoring.

Your goalies between the pipes are Devan Dubnyk (Minnesota Wild) and Pekka Rinne (Nashville). These two are solid but I still feel Crawford should be there.

One of the things that the NHL All-Star Game does better than any other league is really focusing on changing the format and making it into a true competition, this year they are switching to a 3-on-3 format for the big game.

What does this mean you ask?

Eleven players have been selected from each of the four divisions of the NHL, and those divisional teams will compete for a winner-take-all $1 million prize, because let’s face it that shit goes down when you are playing for some coin….

How does this work, you may be asking?

The Central Division will play the Pacific Division in one 20-minute semifinal game, and the Metropolitan All-Stars will play the Atlantic team in the other. The winning conference in the skills competition gets to decide if it will play first or second in the semifinal. Then the winners of the semifinals will meet in the 20-minute championship game, to determine this year’s All-Star Champion.

Confused? I was as well, but with the always entertaining skills completion and the best of the best actually playing. Tune in and you won’t be disappointed.

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Happy Friday Sportsanistas! Who is ready for some Friday Fashion? I know I am!! This week was the debut of former ESPN side-line reporter Erin Andrews at her new gig on FOX for the MLB All-Star Game.  The following day celebrities and athletes gathered at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for the ESPYs to honor athletes that have made memorable moments and careers this past season. Pull up a chair and grab a pen, help because we are talking fashion.

Erin Andrews.…why have you heard this name before? Do you have a boyfriend, viagra husband or friend that watches college sports? Then without a doubt she has come up in conversation as the “hot blonde” who works for ESPN.  She also survived a peeping Tom scandal when video of her undressing in a hotel room was strategically placed on the internet.  Also a Dancing With the Stars vet, ampoule Andrews, who spent eight years as a sideline reporter at ESPN, was recently hired to host a 30-minute prime time college football pre-game show on competitor FOX. This will be the first year that FOX will host a regular-season college football package with Erin Andrews’s show anchoring it on September 1st, the official kick-off weekend of college football; God Bless it and it couldn’t come any sooner!

Erin Andrews former ESPN sideline reporter

Her first day on the job was earlier this week at the MLB All-Star game in Kansas City, MO. This was Erin’s first time reporting since she left ESPN…..and what did she wear? She topped off a pair of dark denim pants, paired with a green fitted blazed and a floral printed blouse. Overall the green blazer compliments her look well making her look strong and confident. To replicate this look check out this green blazer from Asos.com and this polka dot blouse by Vintage Havana; I went with polka dots versus flowers in the event you aren’t a girly girl like me.  How cute is that polka dot blouse?   I just bought it the other day and have been sitting by my mailbox waiting for it to arrive.

Erin later then opted for a less casual look and strutted at the All-Star game wearing a cream and orange belted pleated dress, Stuart Weitzman wedges and summery fish tail pony (pictured above).   I thought it was a little aggressive for the MLB All-Star game, which is such a laid back environment to begin with….but, then again, it was her first day and first impressions are everything. Want to replicate her look? This try this pleated dress from BCBG or C.Luce and pair it with these imitation Stuart Weitzman wedges from Target; adorbs!

To cap off our week, lets chat about the best and worst dressed of the ESPYS 2012. The ESPYS to the athletes, is the Oscars to actors; catch my drift? It’s kind of a big deal. Monica debriefed you yesterday on the award show and those who took home an award; if you missed her article, check it our here.

Not only were there winners on stage, but there were winners to be found on the red carpet.  Lets recap the best dressed, shall we?

Tim Tebow, my future boyfriend and back-up quarterback of the New York Jets, did not disappoint in this light grey fitted suit topped off with a lavender tie and pocket square. Well done Tebow….wondering if he did some Tebowing for my report. Next up is quarterback to the Green Bay Packers, Aaron Rodgers; also in a grey suit, however with black stripes. Aaron added a skinny tie in eggplant for a more trendy/edgy look; touchdown!

Now Maria Sharapova has disappointed me in the past with her irregular cut dresses and baby doll like silhouettes; this time, she did not disappoint. Maria ROCKED this maxi dress from the J. Mendel Resort 2013 collection. It’s flattering for her shape and height and the color is perfection;  she even took some time to learn how to smise from Tyra. Last, but certainly not least, quarterback for the New Orleans Saints, Drew Brees. His two-tone suit, aka color blocking, is perfection! The suit fits him like a glove and who needs accessories when you have arm candy like that! I’m seeing a trend here….quarterbacks are 3 – 0.

Now on to the worst dressed of the evening……

It’s not that I don’t like Lindsey Vonn, I mean she was rumored to have been seeing Tim Tebow, it’s just there is something off here; I’m not mad at her, I’m mad at the dress. Lindsey is an Olympic athlete and has a some great legs; show them off! Dustin Penner, forward for the Stanley Cup winners, the LA Kings and fashion violator. I really don’t have much to say here other than your $4.2M salary can buy you a cap for the tooth and a new tie….that is all.

Oh Danica...why? In this instance, I’m mad at her AND the dress. Where to begin…the shape for someone of her petite stature is all wrong; the length should be shorter and the structure in the hips….gone. These pieces aren’t event the worst part….don’t get too close or you might get blinded by the shiny plastic material; maybe it can be recycled into a car part?  Finally, Anthony Davis, #1 draft pick in the NBA and former center for the National Champion Kentucky Wildcats. I really can’t look past his eyebrow (yes singular); note an eyebrow is not an accessory. If you are able to squint past it, you see more tragedy….you see a cream suit with white piping, paired with an olive checkered shirt. Maybe when his pay day comes, the Sportsanista will take him shopping.

Well folks, those are my thoughts and I’m sticking to them and signing off. Happy weekend!

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Melky Cabrera ASG

The 2012 All-Star Game at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City featuring the best and most popular players in MLB turned into a snooze-fest when the National League shut out the American League, treat 8-0.  For Chicago fans, cialis the Mid-Summer Classic was even duller as 2 of the 6 All-Stars didn’t even take the field and the rest had unremarkable performances.  If you were like many Americans that probably opted to tune-out at some point (I started cutting back and forth from Monday night’s DVRd Bachelorette by the 5th inning) here’s what you missed:

 What You Need to Know:

  • Sox pitcher Jake Peavy and Designated Hitter Adam Dunn, didn’t even take the field last night – and they’re ok with that.  Peavy showed up to KC late Monday after a friend’s funeral and told AL Manager, Ron Washington, that he was cool with not taking the mound if needed since he arrived late and was slotted into the final roster late after CJ Wilson was dismissed for a blistered hand.  Dunn just never got a shot.  Both players preferred the rest during the 162-game season, and let’s face it, who wants to go into the line-up or take the mound when your team is getting squashed.
  • Sox pitcher, Chris Sale had the best performance for Chicago.  Sale pitched the sixth inning for the AL, struck one out, allowed two singles and zero runs.

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  • The San Francisco Giants were the stars of the night.  Outfielder Melky Cabrera was the ASG MVP with a Home run that helped fuel the NL over the AL to the most lopsided ASG in history of MLB.
  • AL Detroit Tigers starting pitcher and 2011 Cy Young Winner and AL MVP, Justin Verlander got rocked in the 1st inning and gave up a whopping 5 runs.  Totally uncharacteristic of Verlander, who is one of the best pitchers of the game, the NL never looked back and ran with their early lead.
  • Chipper Jones,the 40-year old future Hall-of-Famer dickie-wearing Atlanta Brave, was the icon of the game.  It’s Jone’s 7th All-Star Game appearance and his last.

    Chipper Jones

Your Take Away Piece:  “It would’ve been better for Chicago if the AL had won – considering the Sox have a shot at making a long run in October and are the only team in Chicago that could take advantage of home field advantage in the World Series.”

What’s Next:  No MLB games the next two days (Wednesday & Thursday).  Regular season games resume on Friday when the Sox ironically, head back to Kansas City for a 3-game series against the Royals.  The Cubs will welcome the Arizona Diamondbacks to Wrigley.

 

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The 2012 MLB All-Star Game airs tonight at 6:30PM on FOX.  The Mid-Summer Classic places the best (ahem – most popular) players from the National League vs. the best from the American League with home field advantage in the World Series as the prize.  Like all All-Star games in the majors, doctor the Mid-Summer Classic is critiqued for being more of a popularity contest than a true testament of the best talent in baseball because the fans have such a large say in who lands on the All-Star roster.  Regardless, treat the All-Star Roster provides an accurate snapshot of the best-known and need-to-know players in MLB – and therefore, treat a list you should be familiar with.

What You Need to Know:

  • Fans vote for the players they would like to see on the All-Star roster, essentially making the game pointless because fans do not vote off stats – they vote for who they like.  Once the fans votes are tallied, the Manager for each League – the manager from the previous World Series contending teams – makes the final line-up which is announced the day before the All-Star Game.

    Ron Washington

    This year’s American League manager is Ron Washington of the Texas Rangers and the National League manager is former St. Louis Cardinals manager, Tony LaRussa. Remember that the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Texas Rangers in the 2011 World Series.

    Tony LaRussa

  • Each team in MLB must have at least one player represented in the All-Star Roster.
  • There are 2 reserves for each position.  The starting line-up will play for the first 3-4 innings and then will be replaced by the reserves.  All 5 Chicago players are reserves this year – none of them were awarded a starting position by Washington or LaRussa – can you say MAJOR SNUB?
  • Historically, the National League has won more All-Star Games than the American League (42/38) which is shocking considering the American League is typically the stronger of the two.  The National League has won the last 2 years so the American League roster will have a little more to play for tonight – to save face.
  • Remember to keep an eye out for the Chicago players tonight:  White Sox:  DH Adam Dunn, 1st Base Paul Konerko, Pitcher Chris Sale & Jake Peavy.  And for the Cubs:  1st Base Bryan LaHair and Short Stop Starlin Castro.

AMERICAN LEAGUE:

Short Stop: Derek Jeter, Yankees
2nd base: Robinson Cano, Yankees
Left Field: Josh Hamilton, Rangers
Right Field:  Jose Bautista, Blue Jays
1st Base:  Prince Fielder, Tigers
3rd Base:  Adrian Beltre, Rangers
Designated Hitter:  David Ortiz, Red Sox
Catcher:  Mike Napoli, Rangers
CF Curtis Granderson, Yankees

Starting Pitcher:  Justin Verlander, Tigers

NATIONAL LEAGUE: 

Designated Hitter: Carlos Gonzalez, Rockies
Center Field: Melky Cabrera, Giants
Left Field: Ryan Braun, Brewers
1st Base: Joey Votto, Reds
Right Field: Carlos Beltran, Cardinals
Catcher:  Buster Posey, Giants
3rd Base:  Pablo Sandoval, Giants
2nd Base:  Dan Uggla, Braves
Short Stop:  Rafael Furcal, Cardinals

Starting Pitcher:  Matt Cain, Giants

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Prince Fielder wins HRD

Like a perfectly played PR move, viagra sale Prince Fielder of the Detroit Tigers won the 2012 State Farm Home Run Derby last night with 28 home runs.  After landing the 4th largest contract in baseball history this past winter, the pudgy slugger showcased his hitting prowess at the annual All-Star Game slugging competition, winning his second HRD in the last 3 years.

What You Need to Know:

  • Prince Fielder is one of the best players in baseball and has the contract to prove it.  This January, the Detroit Tigers signed Fielder to a nine-year, $214 million contract, the fourth-largest deal in baseball history.   Fielder makes $24MM a year – in a 162 game season, that’s roughly $148K a game – no joke.  Fielder previously played for the Milwaukee Brewers.
  • For such a ridiculous salary, Fielder’s having a decent – but not stellar season so far.  With 15 home runs and a .299 batting average, Fielder falls 14th on the MLB Players Batting Stats for the 1st half of the season – trailing behind 2 Sox players – Paul Konerko and Alex Rios.  That’s why winning the HRD last night was a great PR move for Fielder, the Tigers and MLB – helping to justify his ridiculous salary, even if it was in a event that has no impact on the regular season.
  • This is Fielder’s 2nd time winning the HRD.  He also won in 2009 in St. Louis.  Fielder joins Ken Griffey Jr. as the only other player to win multiple HRDs.  Griffey won it 3 times.
  • The American League crushed the National League in long balls last night 61-21. A total of $615K will be donated to the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Your Take Away Piece:  “Let’s hope last night’s HRD didn’t stir up anything too crazy in Fielder.  He’s been playing well but not slugging like the Tigers had hoped or paid for yet this year.  We don’t need Fielder and the Tigers making a surge right out of the gate of the All-Star Break.”  (The Tigers are in 3rd place in the AL Central and 3 1/2 games behind the Sox)

What’s Next:  The 2012 All-Star Game is tonight at 6:30PM on FOX.  Check out our preview later today on who and what to watch for.

 

 

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