Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Wild World of Wednesday - July 23, 2008

NBA and Basketball: Do you miss the NBA season? I do. There has been a lot to catch up on with the trades and other business happening. I’ve been getting my fill at Club Lakers and And One . Speaking of basketball, have you heard of 3BA? It’s a new league of 3-on-3 basketball with different rules that tours the country. They’ll be in Anaheim for the next stop on July 26th.

NFL Football: Brian Urlacher is finally happy with the Bears and has signed a contract extension that keeps him in Chicago until 2012. Peyton Manning will reportedly be ready to take the field with the Colts at the season’s start. Manning had knee surgery in the offseason that has some speculating if he’ll miss a start. Donovan McNabb claims to feel great and is ready to lead the Eagles to a winning season. We’ve all heard the phrase “I’d rather have Donovan McNabb in a full body cast than another healthy QB.” Hopefully it won’t come to that and he stays healthy through the season.

Golf: Rocco Mediate called in to the Dan Patrick show yesterday morning. Seriously, how can you not like this guy? He comes across as a real, down-to-earth, everyman. He says he’s even game to do a commercial with Tiger Woods where he’s at Tiger’s place cleaning his pool. Listen to his appearance here. Phil Mickelson also made an appearance and predicted that the San Diego Chargers would win it all this season…not that he’s biased there…

MLS Soccer: Real Salt Lake is now in first place in the West, followed closely by the Los Angeles Galaxy. New England is tops in the East with a comfortable lead over Columbus. Tomorrow MLS All-Stars face the Premier League’s West Ham squad. A hooligan alert has been sounded in North America for West Ham’s pre-season tour. Great.

Surfing: The US Open of Surfing has been going on since Friday and continues through Monday. The Festival Venue opens tomorrow and will feature skate, FMX, and concerts. The event takes place in Huntington Beach in spite of the marine layer.

Today in Sports History

1936 – Brooklyn Dodgers draftee Don Drysdale is born in Van Nuys, Ca.

1973 - Los Angeles Dodgers favorite Nomar Garciaparra is born in Whittier, Ca.

– Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey is the MVP of the MLB All-Star Game.

1995 - John Daly wins the British Open.


Lindsay said...

I haven't heard of that 3 on 3 basketball league. Sounds cool. Do they play on a full or half court?

Apryl DeLancey said...

Here's some quick rules from their site:

* Game is played on a full court measuring 72 ‘ long and 50’ wide.

* 22’ three point line: All offensive players must be in the frontcourt for any three-point shot to be officially scored. If a three point shot is taken prior to all three offensive players in the frontcourt, if made it shall be counted as a two point goal, and/or if missed the ball shall be live.

* Backcourt violation: Once a team scores, the opposing team must inbound the ball in the backcourt. The ball must be touched in the backcourt before it can advance to the frontcourt. 5-second advancement to mid-court.

* Game is played over four eleven minute quarters.

* Game uses 18-second shot clocks.

* Six fouls per player.

Monica 08 said...

Hi Apryl, hopefully European soccer and men's ATP tennis sneak in next Wednesday's Wild World of Wednesday. They're the only 2 sports I follow passionately.

I'm watching the Rogers Masters, and my favorite Djokovic lost in straight sets! My other favorite Gasquet didn't manage to beat Nadal.

I'm going to the Countrywide Classic at UCLA, can't wait! Andy Roddick is in the draw.

Apryl DeLancey said...

Hey Monica! Don't worry, there is European soccer and ATP coming again! I don't neglect it for too long. How very cool that you're going to the event at UCLA - let me know how it is!

Monica 08 said...

Hi Apryl, it's fun. I went last year, it was in July. Got to see Patrick McEnroe, the 2 matches with Safin and James Blake. Many people in the front rows don't show up so the ushers encourage fans to sit courtside, for TVs sake!

Apryl DeLancey said...

Hey Monica - that sounds great! I'm checking to see if I can make that event also.