Friday, January 29, 2010

Kerrzy's Notebook: Random (late) Friday Thoughts

Calling it a Career

Arizona Cardinals QB Kurt Warner has decided to retire following a pretty good season that ended with a loss to the New Orleans Saints in the Divisional round of the playoffs.

Warner's career is a remarkable story - he started professional career playing Arena Football, after stocking shelves at an Iowa grocery store for $5.50 an hour. He was a two-time Arena Football All-Star before getting a shot with the St. Louis Rams, where he won a Super Bowl, Super Bowl MVP and league MVP in 1999.

That was his first of three Super Bowl appearances and first of two MVP awards and he was also a five-time Pro Bowler.

Warner retires as the top passer in Super Bowl history and completed an NFL record 92 per cent of passes during one game this season - not bad for an old guy!

Here's a video of Kurt Warner's top ten moments, via YouTube:

On the subject of retiring quarterbacks, if you're wondering about Brett Favre's plans, as always, you'll have to wait.

Kickin' it

LeBron James may not get called for nearly as many fouls as anyone else in the NBA, but he wasn't able to escape the wrath of David Stern for his abuse of a...water bottle on Wednesday.

The Cavs forward has been fined $25,000 for kicking a water bottle during a comfortable 109-95 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday night. The incident happened with just 12.4 seconds left in a fourth quarter that James didn't even participate in.

Apparently James was rattled about some non-calls in the offensive zone and decided to take out his frustration on the poor bottle.

Incase you're wondering - it's not the first time in the last year that a water bottle has featured in a sports-related dispute.

Last August in the English Premier League, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger got himself in some trouble for bottle abuse – it happened after his club had a game-tying goal called back in the final 30 seconds of a 2-1 loss to fellow EPL giants Manchester United.

Here’s a video of the incident featuring a pretty funny commentary from former Celtic, current Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan:

Different Kind of Headshot

Dallas Stars defenceman Mark Fistric showed us a new way to get at an opponents head this week during a fight against Calgary Flames forward Eric Nystrom.

About eight minutes into the game Fistric ane Nystrom came together along the boards in the neutral zone and decided to drop the mitts to resolve their differences.

Seconds into said fight, Fistric pulls Nystrom’s helmet off his head by the chinstrap, doesn’t let go, and with his next punch, clocks him with his own lid – though he claimed afterwards that it was accidental.

Accident or not, the Edmonton native was slapped with a $2,500 fine but escaped a suspension.

Going Blue

If you’ve ever wanted to watch your favorite professional sports team play in 3D, but can’t afford tickets to an actual game, ESPN is hooking you up this summer – but they won’t be the first broadcaster to go down that road.

Sky Sports is beating ESPN to the punch this weekend, and while the rest of the world goes green, the British broadcaster is going blue in its efforts to provide the world’s first live 3D sports broadcast.

Sky Sports has teamed up with Avatar director James Cameron, the “pioneer of modern 3D cinema,” to get some tips on developing its 3D system which, after years of development, will launch in select pubs in England, Scotland and Ireland on Sunday.

Soccer fans in London, Manchester, Cardiff, Edinburgh and Dublin will be treated to 3D action, but the broadcaster won’t say which pubs are involved to avoid a “stampede” to see the games.

Things kick off with a huge game between two of the top three teams in the EPL: Arsenal and Manchester United at Emirates Stadium. Water bottles beware!!!!!

Formula For Success?

The Canadian Press brings us this interesting gem ahead of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver: a US economics professor says put your money on the Canadians!

Does anyone actually bet on the Olympics? I have no idea. What I do know is that Colorado College professor Daniel Johnson says Canada will lead all countries with 27 total medals and will finish in a three-way tie with the US and Norway for gold medals with five each (he predicts Russia will lead that category with eight).

You're probably saying to yourself "Big deal, I can make a prediction too" - but Johnson is 94 per cent accurate on his total medal projections since 1999, and 87 per cent when talking strictly gold.

The interesting thing here is that if you or I were to pick, we'd probably be going by the athletes involved, but not this guy!

He bases his projections on per capita income, population, climate and political structure of countries, combined with 60 years of Olympic results - the same process used to predict the unemployment rate, according to Johnson (minus the Olympic results, of course).

Another factor that is taken into consideration is the host country's home snow advantage, but there's one more thing that may come into play this year: Johnson is making his first trip to the Olympics - I hope he doesn't jinx anything!

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