Saturday, December 25, 2010

The Best of 2010

With 2010 coming to a close here is a post with my 23 favorites posts from the year. Hope you enjoy these and feel free to check out other ones.

1. The Icky Shuffle: Israel Sets up Sophisticated Hospital In Haiti
2. The Icky Shuffle: Psych Live 1/25/10
3. The Icky Shuffle: Alone in the Shadows: The Triumph of Larry Doby
4. The Icky Shuffle: Super Bowl XLIV Preview
5. The Icky Shuffle: Meet Joel Pollak
6. The Icky Shuffle: 2010 NFL Mock Draft
7. The Icky Shuffle: Ernie Harwell Farewell Address
8. The Icky Shuffle: Bud Light Real Men of Genius on WGN Morning News
9. The Icky Shuffle: Memorial Day 2010
10. The Icky Shuffle: Comedian Elon Gold parodies "ShamWow!" on the 2009 Chabad Telethon
11. The Icky Shuffle: Tuvia Grossman Meets The Soldier Who Saved His Life
12. The Icky Shuffle: A Must See for all Teachers
13. The Icky Shuffle: Peyton Hillis Highlight
14. The Icky Shuffle: Governor Christie Today Show Profile
15. The Icky Shuffle: Look-Alikes 10: Election Day Special
16. The Icky Shuffle: LeBron James Nike Ad and a Few Spoofs
17. The Icky Shuffle: Colt McCoy vs. The Patriots
18. The Icky Shuffle: Kevin Bush: College Football Player, Iraqi War Veteran
19. The Icky Shuffle: Bernie Kosar Beats the Steelers
20. The Icky Shuffle: Gov. Mitt Romney on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
21. The Icky Shuffle: Happy Birthday Larry Bird
22. The Icky Shuffle: Look Alikes 11: My Favorite TV Show Edition
23. The Icky Shuffle: RIP Bob Feller 1918-2010

Coming up in 2011 I will continue our countdown of the 50 greatest coaches, more on the MLB Free Agents as they sign, players lists of Minnesota, Atlanta and Denver amongst others, more look-alikes. Also with politicians starting to campaign for the 2012 Presidential Election I will bring you videos and stuff related to that. And finally a new feature starting next year will be my "This Day in Sports" posts. They will not necessarily appear everyday but I'll give you some of the good stuff.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Hideki Matsui

Hideki Matsui signed a 1 year contract with the Oakland A's. He spent the 2010 season as a member of the LA Angels. He batted .274 with 21 HRs and 84 RBIs in 145 games for the Angels. In 2009 Matsui was the World Series MVP as he batted .615 with 3 HRs and 8 RBIs.

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1. The Icky Shuffle: MLB Free Agency 2010

Cliff Lee

Perhaps the biggest fish in the Free-Agent pond was Cliff Lee. Lee signed a 5 year contract with the Philadelphia Phillies worth $120 million. Lee was a member of the Phillies when they made it to the World Series in 2009 and was then traded to the Mariners in the deal that landed the Phillies Roy Halladay. Lee was then traded mid-season to the Texas Rangers and promptly led them to the World Series. The Phillies now have an amazing starting rotation with Halladay, Lee, Roy Oswalt and Cole Hamels.

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1. The Icky Shuffle: MLB Free Agency 2010
2. The Icky Shuffle: Best by the Numbers - Philadelphia Edition
3. The Icky Shuffle: Happy Birthday Mike Schmidt

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Peyton Hillis Touchdown Run vs Patriots

This video is from a few weeks ago when the Cleveland Browns beat the New England Patriots. This touchdown run by Hillis sealed the win.

RIP Bob Feller 1918-2010

Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller passed away last night at the age of 92. Feller made his career debut on July 19th 1936 and played his entire career for the Cleveland Indians. He joined the Navy on Dec. 8th 1941 the day after the bombing at Pearl Harbor and was sent to the Pacific during World War II. Feller retired after the 1956 season with 266 wins and 2,581 strikeouts and was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1962.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Carl Crawford

The Boston Red Sox signed LF Carl Crawford to a 7 year $142 million contract. The signing came a few days after the Red Sox traded for 1B Adrian Gonzalez. Crawford is a four-time All-Star, and won the All-Star game MVP in 2009. Crawford has five seasons with at least 50 stolen bases and a career high of 60 in 2009. Crawford won a Gold Glove in 2010.

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1. The Icky Shuffle: MLB Free Agency 2010
2. The Icky Shuffle: Best by the Numbers - Boston Edition

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Carlos Pena

Carlos Pena signed a 1 year 10 million dollar contract with the Chicago Cubs. Pena has spent his last four seasons with the Tampa Bay Rays. Pena hit .196 this past season with 28 HRs and 84 RBIs. Pena is a solid power hitter and does an excellent job defensively.

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Greatest Coaches Countdown - #36 Bo Schembechler

Sport: College Football
Stops: Miami (OH) (1963 - 1968)
Michigan (1969 - 1989)
Record: 234 - 65 - 8 (.775 Winning Percentage)
Championships: 0

Fun Facts
  1. Schembechler went 2-8 in his career in Rose Bowls
  2. Schembechler was 11-9-1 against his rival Ohio State

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2. The Icky Shuffle: Greatest Coaches Countdown - #44 Ara Parseghian
3. The Icky Shuffle: OSU-Michigan

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Paul Konerko

Paul Konerko re-signed with the Chicago White Sox on a 3 year 37.5 million dollar deal. Konerko is not only an excellent batter but a great teammate. With the earlier signing of Adam Dunn the White Sox now have a much improved offense and both Konerko & Dunn can split time between 1B and DH. In 2010 Konerko finished 5th in AL MVP voting with a .312 batting average, 39 HRs and 111 RBIs. He is also 35 home runs away from 400 in his career.

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2. The Icky Shuffle: Adam Dunn
3. The Icky Shuffle: Best by the Numbers - Chicago Edition

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Jayson Werth

The big deal of the Winter Meetings so far has been Jayson Werth signing with the Washington Nationals on a 7 year deal worth 126 million dollars. Werth is 31 years old but has only played 775 career games. Werth is a career .272 hitter with 120 homeruns and 406 RBIs. The Nationals have some good talent in Ryan Zimmerman, Nyjer Morgan, John Lannan and Drew Storen, of course they also have former number one picks Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper. The Nationals have also been linked to players like Cliff Lee and Adam LaRoche.

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Derek Jeter

Derek Jeter re-signed with the New York Yankees. Jeter was the Rookie of the Year in 1996 and World Series MVP in 2000. In 2010 he batted a career low .270 and a career low OPS. (On-Base % + Slugging %) of .710. Jeter is 74 hits away from 3,000 as he has 2,926 career hits. Jeter also has a career postseason batting average of .309 with 20 homeruns and 57 RBIs.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Look Alikes 11: My Favorite TV Show Edition

In a recent post I gave you my Top 10 TV Shows that are currently on TV. Here is are look-alikes based on the list.

Firstly we have NCIS LA's LL Cool J and Top Chef's Tre Wilcox

Next is Top Chef's Jeff McInnis and actor Jesse Spencer

Next up is Psych's Maggie Lawson and actress Alicia Silverstone

Next is Friday Night Lights' Taylor Kitsch and actor River Phoenix

Next is actress Sarah Paulson and Parenthood's Monica Potter

Next is actor Sam Elliott and NCIS' Mark Harmon

Next is actor Zach Braff and Men of a Certain Age's Ray Romano

Next is Friday Night Lights Kyle Chandler and NHLer Chris Drury

Next is Friday Night Lights' Connie Britton and Top Chef's Casey Thompson

Next is NCIS' Joe Spano and NFL Coach Joe Gibbs

Next is Royal Pains' Mark Feuerstein and actor Reed Diamond

Next is Parenthood's Dax Sheppard and NBA player Steve Nash

Next is NBA player Jordan Farmar and NCIS LA's Peter Cambor

Next we have comedian Carmen Lynch and NCIS' Cote De Pablo

Next is Top Chef's Tom Colicchio and MLB Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr.

Next is Parenthood's Peter Krause and soccer player Alexi Lalas

Finally we have NFL Owner Pat Bowlen and Psych's Corbin Bernsen

Aaron Harang

Starting Pitcher Aaron Harang signed a 1 year deal with the San Diego Padres. Harang is a San Diego native and although he had a difficult season with the Reds he has pitched well in PETCO Park (which is considered a "pitchers park"). Harang missed two months during the season due to lower lumber spasms, so that's something to look out for.

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Happy Birthday Larry Bird

Today is the birthday of Boston Celtics great Larry Bird. Here is a video of Bird's top 10 plays in the Playoffs.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Peyton Hillis Part 3

In the third quarter of the NFL season the Cleveland Browns went 2-2, but could have easily won all four games. Hillis has continued to play well and has become the 3rd Browns runningback to score 11 touchdowns in a season. The other two are Jim Brown and Leroy Kelly. He also has been a contributor in the passing game. Here are Hillis' rushing stats in the past four games:
Week 10: NYJ 19 Att. 82 Yds. 1 TD
Week 11: @Jax 21 Att. 48 Yds.
Week 12: Car 26 Att. 131 Yds. 3 TDs
Week 13: 18 Att. 57 Yds.
Totals Weeks 10 - 13: 84 Att. 318 Yds. 3.8 Yards/Carry 4 TDs
Season Totals: 217 Att. 962 Yds. 4.4 Yards/Carry 11 TDs

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2. The Icky Shuffle: Peyton Hillis Part 2

Mariano Rivera

The New York Yankees have re-signed Mariano Rivera to a 2 year contract. Rivera is ranked 2nd All-Time in saves behind Trevor Hoffman with 559 saves. Rivera also has a career postseason record of 8-1 with an ERA of 0.71 and 42 saves.

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2. The Icky Shuffle: Best by the Numbers - New York Edition

3. The Icky Shuffle: President Obama and the Yankees

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Adam Dunn

The Chicago White Sox signed 1B Adam Dunn to a four year $56 million contract. Dunn is a pure power hitter who consistently hits close to 40 home runs, with his career high 46 HRs in 2004. With Dunn, the White Sox have some options of where to play him as he's played over 1,000 career games in the outfield and the past few seasons at first base. If the White Sox re-sign Paul Konerko they may rotate him and Dunn between 1B & DH.

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2. The Icky Shuffle: Best by the Numbers - Chicago Edition

Victor Martinez

Victor Martinez signed a 4 year contract to play for the Detroit Tigers. Martinez has played mostly as a catcher but can easily find some playing time at 1B and DH. Martinez is a switch-hitter who will bring some pop to the middle of the lineup with Miguel Cabrera. The Tigers are probably not done considering they want to re-sign Magglio Ordonez and GM Dave Dombrowski is a very active GM. Even if they don't re-sign Ordonez the Tigers look like a big contender in the AL Central.

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Thursday, December 2, 2010

Gov. Mitt Romney on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno

Last night Gov. Romney was on The Tonight Show. Here are the clips from last night's show, where many topics were discussed including the economy, Sarah Palin, WikiLeaks and much more.

Greatest Coaches Countdown - #37 Toe Blake

Sport: NHL
Stops: Canadiens (1955 - 1968)
Record: 500 - 255 - 159 (.634 Winning Percentage)
Championships: 8

Fun Facts
  1. Of his 8 championships, 5 came in consecutive years to start his coaching career
  2. The Canadiens never had a losing season under Blake

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Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Bernie Kosar Beats the Steelers

This is a game from 1986 when a 23 year old Bernie Kosar brought the Browns down the field to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in an overtime thriller.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

John Buck

John Buck recently signed a 3 yr. contract with the Florida Marlins. In 2010 he played for the Toronto Blue Jays and batted .281, hit 20 homeruns and drove in 66 runs. But in many ways his largest impact on the team was his ability to handle a young pitching staff. With the loss of Dan Uggla and Cameron Maybin in trades Buck can step into the middle part of the line-up and make major contributions.

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