Tuesday, June 17, 2014

The Lead Lap: Top 5 Drivers heading to Sunday's Toyota/SaveMart 350 at Sonoma

It has been one wacky year so far in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, that is for sure. We've seen the resurgence of Dale Earnhardt, Jr., the revitalization of Chip Ganassi Racing (including a amazing start by rookie Kyle Larson) and the nightmarish start of the season for Roush Fenway Racing (that was made no better at Michigan last Sunday). So let's take a look at my favorites for Sunday's race at Sonoma, the first road race of the year.

1) Jimmie Johnson- At this point, you can't bet against him. Everyone thought that he was going to be in danger of missing the chase before the 600 in Charlotte last month. Now, Jimmie is the current #1 seed in the chase.

2) Dale Earnhardt, Jr.- This may very well be Jr's best year in Cup so far, and I don't think he's anywhere near done. Sonoma isn't his best track, but he's done well this year of getting good finishes at not so good tracks for him.

3) Kevin Harvick- If it hasn't been for all of the horrific luck that this team has had, they may have 6 or 7 wins right now, instead of 2. "Happy" has been "Freaky Fast" (you're welcome, Jimmy John's) at seemingly every race this year, and I don't see that changing anytime soon.

4) Joey Logano- "Sliced Bread" is finally living up to the name. The Penske driver has been very solid all season long, and along with Brad, they are Ford's only shot at a title right now.

5) Jeff Gordon- Where did this man come from? After toiling in the 10th place area the last two seasons, Gordon has all of a sudden regained his consistency that he is known for and currently leads the points standings heading into Sonoma, where he's kinda good.

Catch the Toyota/SaveMart 350 from Sonoma, Sunday on TNT.

Saturday, June 14, 2014

Time for a comeback...

Nearly 18 months ago, my goal with this blog was to give it new life. At the time however, I wasn't able to give it the time or dedication it takes to consistently come up with original content. That, along with unreliable equipment, made this a task that just couldn't be done in the correct way. So the blog was left by itself.

However, many things have changed in that time span. Reliable equipment has been acquired, time has freed up (to an extent), and I feel that now is a great time to announce that the blog is coming back. The first thing that will restart will be a trademark of the old days. "Sounds of the Squared Circle" and the "YouTube WWE Throwback Zone" will restart starting on June 25th. New things will also come to the blog. Firstly, there will be more of a focus on prep sports in Georgia and Alabama, and that coverage will start with my "Predictions YOU Can Take To The Bank," starting in August, leading to opening night on August 22. Also, you can find scores and highlights from the games in the Chattahoochee Valley when the season starts, taking you all the way to the state championships at the Georgia Dome and Jordan-Hare Stadium in December.

The blog will also get a facelift as well, because seeing the same design for 2 years can be tough on the eyes.

As times change, you change with them. It's time we caught up. Stay tuned with the blog over the next couple of months, as we make our comeback!


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Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Rundown: 2-13-13

Here's the stories you need to look out for:

  • Hawks in Orlando for last game before All-Star break
  • Kentucky freshman Nerlens Noel done for season after tearing ACL against Florida
  • Real Madrid-Manchester United tie; "Real Story" is Gus Johnson called the match
  • Magic's Turkoglu suspended 20 games after positive steroid test
  • Big Rivalry Night in College Hoops: UConn-Syracuse, Miami-Florida St. and UNC-Duke
  • Toomer's Trees poisoner has bond revoked after video surfaces of fight at store
Any stories you feel I missed? Tell me in the comments or @jp_mediamvp on Twitter!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Rundown for 2-12-13

Here's the Top Sports Stories in The Rundown:

  • Power in the SEC is on the line as Kentucky heads to Gainesville to battle Florida
  • Four Alabama football players arrested, face discipline
  • First Rondo, now Barbosa tears ACL as Celtics face major injury concerns
  • IOC drops wrestling from 2020 Olympics, Kurt Angle and TNA vow to fight, call on WWE to fight
  • After tragic death, X Games Tignes cancels snowmobile freestyle
  • Indians, former Brave Bourn agree on 4-year deal
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway to get improvements, possible Brickyard 400 night race in 2015

For all your breaking news, follow me on twitter @jp_mediamvp!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The Rundown for February 10

Here's The Rundown for 2-10-13...

  • Indiana sends Ohio St. to back-to-back losses as they pull away late
  • Duke keeps pace with Miami with win at Boston College
  • Brandt Snedeker jumps 2 spots in World Golf Rankings, takes Pebble Beach Pro-Am
  • LeBron still shooting the lights out, Miami knocks off Lakers by 10
  • Despite 'Melo's 42, Clippers get win in the Garden
  • Boomer Sooner, Oklahoma sends Kansas to 3rd straight loss to a unranked team
  • Notre Dame outlasts Louisville in a 5 OT classic, longest regular season game in Big East history
  • All-Star Game next Sunday from Houston for NBA stars, festivities begin Friday night
  • Ben Brust hits 2 clutch threes, including one from half court, leads Wisconsin to win over Michigan
As always, you can keep up with trends, scores and news by following me on my Twitter page.

Also, for my wrestling fans, here is the new SmackDown intro, featuring "Born 2 Run" by 7Lions!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

2013 NBA All-Star Weekend Schedule of Events

Here's your 2013 All-Star Weekend Schedule of Events from Houston:

Friday, February 15

  • Sprint All-Star Celebrity Game, 7pm on ESPN
  • BBVA Rising Stars Challenge, 9pm on TNT
  • Inside the NBA, 11pm on TNT
Saturday, February 16

  • D-League All-Star Game, 3pm on NBA TV
  • NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, 7pm on TNT
  1. Sears Shooting Stars
  2. Taco Bell Skills Challenge
  3. Foot Locker Three-Point Shootout
  4. Sprite Slam Dunk
Sunday, February 17

  • NBA All-Star Tip-Off, 7pm on TNT
  • 62nd NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia, 8pm on TNT
  • Inside the NBA, 11pm on TNT

The Debut of The Rundown

We are back on the Sports Minds blog and here's a new feature, The Rundown. The Rundown gives you the top stories to follow for the day or games to watch tonight.
  • The Fallout from the upset of the year in College Hoops: TCU over #5 Kansas
  • Recapping National Signing Day: Tide consensus #1 class, Ole Miss nabs #1 recuit Knemdiche
  • Gregg Williams reinstated to NFL, signs as Titans assistant
  • King Felix and Seattle Mariners agree to $175 million contract
  • Reigning MVP Peterson played second half of the season with sports hernia, has repair surgery
  • Kobe, Lakers face KG and the Celtics in a renewal of one of the NBA's greatest rivalries in Boston
  • Clippers get Paul and Griffin back for tomorrow's game, as well as the season debut for Billups
Keep a close eye on these stories and games and follow late-breaking developments on my Twitter page.