Blogging the Bloggers: Annoying sportscaster lines, fighting fans and Dave Bing

THE LOVE OF SPORTS compiles the 10 most annoying sportscaster lines of all-time.

SPORTSbyBROOKS.COM has the video of three Penguin fans pummeling a Capitals fan in Washington D.C. It was the only thing Pittsburgh has pummeled in Washington over the past week.

– Former NBA great Dave Bing was elected as Detroit’s mayor through the end of the year. Can Bing start cleaning up the mess in Detroit? Well, considering a slinky could have done a better job than Kwame Kilpatrick, Detroit can only go up from here.

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– The RAYS INDEX fires a few shots at Tampa closer Troy Percival after he lobbed some profanities in the direction of a fan who intervened with a foul ball that third baseman Evan Longoria was attempting to catch. Apparently the fan in question was with his 6-year old son when Percival dropped at least one obscenity in his direction.

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It’s all about the pitching

Jonathan Papelbon“Momentum is always as strong as your starting pitcher is the next day.”
– Joe Maddon

Leave it to the well-read Rays manger to come up with such a profound statement. Chances are this saying is nailed up in his teams’ clubhouse alongside others from the likes of Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre. Maddon’s right, and he’s used this pitching-first philosophy to propel his team into the ALCS.

If there’s one quality that ties each of the remaining four teams together, it’s that each of them can hit. They each have at least two big bats, lead-off men that can hit for average, and a bottom of the order that can consistently do some damage. When teams are this evenly matched at the plate, it’s often a single blunder on the part of a pitcher that can decide a game. As we’ve seen in the Division Series between the Angels and Red Sox, it comes down to the pitching. Both teams boasted fabulous rotations and excellent hitting, but it was the Red Sox middle relief and closer that really won the games.

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