Bush Throws out First Pitch, Baseball is Here!

31 03 2008

The baseball season got off to a great start last night (are we counting the games in Japan?), as the Washington Nationals’ Ryan Zimmerman smacked a walk-off home run with two outs in the bottom of the 9th inning to lead the team to a 3-2 victory over the Atlanta Braves in the first ever regular season game at Nationals Park.

On hand was President Bush, who threw out the first pitch, which announcer Joe Morgan called “high heat.” Bush was invited into ESPN’s broadcast booth to speak with Morgan and Jon Miller, and ended up calling the first-ever home run at the new stadium, hit by the Braves’ Chipper Jones.

Bush looked quite at home in the booth. The only time politics came up was when Miller mentioned Bush’s 2004 State of the Union speech, in which he called on baseball to rid itself of steroids.

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Nascanner: Denny Hamlin Speeds to Martinsville Win

30 03 2008

Nascanner: Denny Hamlin Speeds to Martinsville Win

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11  Denny Hamlin 467.4750 Mhz 462.4250 Mhz

MARTINSVILLE, Va. (AP) -Denny Hamlin finally broke through at Martinsville Speedway after two close calls, and it wasn’t Hendrick Motorsports he had to beat.

Hendrick’s drivers dominated all race long, but Hamlin foiled Jeff Burton’s late strategy of staying out while the rest of the leaders pitted, passing his fellow Virginia native on the 427th of 500 laps and holding on Sunday for his fourth career victory.

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Denny Hamlin Speeds to Martinville Win

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Danica Patrick Indy Driver says, Love me for my Mind

29 03 2008

Danica Patrick claims new racing weight requirement designed with her in mind

 INDIANAPOLIS (Hollywood Today) – Professional racer Danica Patrick is used to getting extra notice from male racing fans, but she’s not happy with the recent attention the Indy Racing League (IRL) has allegedly focused on her. According to Patrick, the IRL’s new rule that a driver’s weight must be included when factoring a vehicle’s minimum weight is directed squarely at her.

“If someone’s going to take the hit, it’s going to be me,” Patrick told the Associated Foreign Press. “It’s disappointing the league decided to do that. Just your God-given stature is being penalized.”

The new rule means that the 100-pound Patrick, the lightest racer in the league, will have to add bulk to her vehicle to fulfill the new requirement. Before the rule, Patrick, 26, had a small mathematical edge over heavier drivers, whose extra weight, in theory, would slightly slow their vehicles.

Despite having not won a race since her 2005 IRL debut, Patrick has received a large amount of media attention for her gender’s rarity on the racing circuit, as well as her good looks. She has posed for men’s magazine “FHM,” appeared in the 2008 swimsuit issue of “Sports Illustrated” (and on the magazine’s cover in June 2005) and been a spokeswoman for Secret deodorant, car manufacturer Honda and domain registrar Go Daddy. She also raced singer Jay-Z in his “Show Me What You Got” music video

Danica Patrick Indy Driver says, Love me for my Mind Danica Patrick and GoDaddy

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NASCAR Driver Jamie McMurray in Jeoparady

25 03 2008

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -The pressure is officially on Jamie McMurray, a one-time Chase contender who now finds himself in jeopardy of missing races.

A disastrous start to the season – his best finish was a 22nd at California – sent McMurray into NASCAR’s first off weekend ranked 36th in the points standings. It had to have made for a miserable break for McMurray.

He heads into Martinsville Speedway, where he must qualify on speed to make Sunday’s race. It’s an agonizing position for any driver, but must be particularly difficult for the self-loathing McMurray – a guy who was so despondent over his first season at Roush Fenway Racing, he couldn’t sleep and was convinced he had to relearn how to drive.

A personal trainer and a sports psychologist helped him rebuild his confidence, and the work seemed to pay off last season when McMurray snapped a 166-race winless streak and showed flashes of the skill that had once anointed him NASCAR’s next superstar.

A replacement driver for an injured Sterling Marlin, McMurray set a NASCAR record by winning in his second start in October 2002.

But with just two victories in 191 career starts, he’s never lived up to that early billing. Even now, in his topflight Roush ride, McMurray is struggling to get the job done.

With the pressure mounting to solidify a spot inside the top 35, McMurray instead finished 40th or worse in the past two races. His last-place finish two weeks ago in Bristol dropped him five spots in the standings, and put him officially outside the top 35.

And there’s no relief in sight.

Workin' For A Livin

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McLaren at Malaysian Grand Prix Troubles

24 03 2008


SEPANG, Malaysia (AP) -Two five-grid place penalties for causing interference in qualifying Saturday were the source of McLaren’s problems at the Malaysian Grand Prix. Things got worse with a fumbled pit stop, poor tire choice – and even a malfunctioning drinks system – in Sunday’s race.

The mistakes opened the way for archrival Ferrari, which rebounded from its worst start to an F1 season in 16 years to get reigning world champion Kimi Raikkonen back atop the podium.

“I was the first to say in Australia there won’t be much in it,” McLaren team principal Ron Dennis said after the race. “I would say the same now, and I will say the same in Bahrain.”

Lewis Hamilton still leads the drivers’ championship after two rounds with a win in Australia and a fifth-place showing in Malaysia, although team chief executive Martin Whitmarsh described his weekend performance as disappointing. Teammate Heikki Kovalainen finished third.

“There is no doubt Heikki progressed as the event went on,” Whitmarsh said. “Heikki got to a more comfortable position with the balance of his car and it went away from Lewis.

“By Lewis’ high standards, he would be disappointed with that.”

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Obama’s Church Addresses Controversy

24 03 2008

Obama’s Church Addresses Controversy

CHICAGO (AP) – The new pastor of Barack Obama’s Chicago church said during Easter Sunday services that recent national scrutiny of the church is a test that will only make the congregation stronger.

“Any time you go through a crucifixion experience … eventually they have to lift you up,” said the Rev. Otis Moss III, who did not shy away from the controversy surrounding his predecessor at Trinity United Church of Christ, the Rev. Jeremiah Wright Jr.

Wright retired from Trinity’s pulpit last month but retains the title of senior pastor. Video from some of his more inflammatory sermons has surfaced online and on television in recent weeks.

Moss said Sunday that Wright’s critics and the news media “are just lifting us up to give us the opportunity to speak love to this situation.”

Obama, a Democratic presidential candidate, has responded to the flap by condemning Wright’s statements but expressing admiration and support for the pastor who officiated at his wedding, baptized his two daughters and inspired the title of his best-selling book, “The Audacity of Hope.”

In a speech last week that took the country’s racial divide head-on, Obama – the son of a white woman from Kansas and a Kenyan father – said black anger persists over injustice in America, and whites shouldn’t be surprised about the way it’s expressed in sermons.

“The fact that so many people are surprised to hear that anger in some of Reverend Wright’s sermons simply reminds us of the old truism that the most segregated hour in American life occurs on Sunday morning,” Obama said.

Obama did not attend the Easter Sunday service.

Trinity describes itself as “Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian,” a declaration some consider separatist and even racist. In recent days, a CBS News poll indicated most voters have heard at least something about Wright’s comments.

Trinity United Church of Christ

We are a congregation which is Unashamedly Black and Unapologetically Christian… Our roots in the Black religious experience and tradition are deep, lasting and permanent. We are an African people, and remain “true to our native land,” the mother continent, the cradle of civilization. God has superintended our pilgrimage through the days of slavery, the days of segregation, and the long night of racism. It is God who gives us the strength and courage to continuously address injustice as a people, and as a congregation. We constantly affirm our trust in God through cultural expression of a Black worship service and ministries which address the Black Community.

The Pastor as well as the membership of Trinity United Church of Christ is committed to a 10-point Vision:

  1. A congregation committed to ADORATION.
  2. A congregation preaching SALVATION.
  3. A congregation actively seeking RECONCILIATION.
  4. A congregation with a non-negotiable COMMITMENT TO AFRICA.
  5. A congregation committed to BIBLICAL EDUCATION.
  6. A congregation committed to CULTURAL EDUCATION.
  8. A congregation committed to LIBERATION.
  9. A congregation committed to RESTORATION.
  10. A congregation working towards ECONOMIC PARITY.

On the Net:

Trinity United Church of Christ: http://www.tucc.org

Trinity on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/trinitychgo

Trinity’s blog: http://truthabouttrinity.blogspot.com

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NASCAR, Where Did it all Begin? a Brief History

23 03 2008

NASCAR is the Fastest growing spectator sport in the United States,  Ever wonder where it all started?

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In the years immediately following World War II, stock-car racing was experiencing the greatest popularity it had ever seen. Tracks throughout the country were drawing more drivers, and bigger crowds.

Nonetheless, there was a serious lack of organization. From track to track, rules were different. Some tracks were just makeshift facilities, built to produce one big show at a county fair or something similar to capitalize on the crowds flocking to the events. Other tracks were more suited to handle the cars, but not the crowds. Some could manage both, but did little to adhere to rules set by other tracks.

In December 1947, Bill France Sr., of Daytona Beach, Fla., organized a meeting at the Streamline Hotel across the street from the Atlantic Ocean to discuss the problems facing stock-car racing.

France had come to Florida from Washington, D.C., years earlier. He operated a local service station and also promoted races on the city’s famed beach-road courses, often racing himself. He was a man of strong will — and ambition. Thus, by the time that meeting at the Streamline Hotel was complete, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was born. Few knew when the meeting adjourned if the organization would be successful. In fact, there were skeptics who believed it never would work.

Not even France, who believed a sanctioning body was exactly what the sport of stock-car racing needed, could have envisioned what NASCAR has become today.

Things came together quickly. The first NASCAR-sanctioned race was held on Daytona’s beach course Feb. 15, 1948, just two months after the organizational meeting. Red Byron, a stock car legend from Atlanta, won the event in his Ford Modified. Six days later on Feb. 21, 1948, the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing was incorporated.

It was 1949, however, when what is now the Cup Series, the premier racing division in America, was born.

Jim Roper of Great Bend, Kan., was the winner of the first ever NASCAR Grand National (now Sprint Cup) event, held at the Charlotte (N.C.) Fairgrounds on June 19, 1949. A tremendous crowd attended the event to see automobiles with the appearance of a street-car race door-to-door. The new racing series was off and running. And it was an immediate success.

Plans immediately were made for ways to bring bigger, faster races to bigger, hungrier crowds and less than a year later (1950), the country’s first asphalt superspeedway, Darlington Raceway in South Carolina, opened its doors for the new division.

The first decade for the Cup Series was one of tremendous growth. Characters became heroes and fans hung on every turn of the wheel, watching drivers manhandle cars at speeds fans wished they could legally run themselves.

Names like Lee Petty, Fireball Roberts, Buck Baker, Herb Thomas, the Flock brothers, Bill Rexford, Paul Goldsmith and others became as well-known to race fans as Willie, Mickey and the Duke were to baseball fans.

Looking to the future, and the past with the success of Darlington, Bill France Sr., began construction of a 2.5-mile, high-banked superspeedway four miles off the beach in Daytona Beach.

NASCAR, Where Did it all Begin? a Brief History

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