Friday, June 27, 2008
Sunday, June 22, 2008
Thursday, June 19, 2008
Saturday, June 14, 2008
Friday, June 13, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
D Wizzle is back with another Hottie of the Week(HOW). Due to popular demand, the HOW feature is back for good. This week, I have an exclusive interview with Texas Rangers ball girl, Kristen Rash. This 22-year-old cutie is from a small town in Texas called Emhouse, which only has a population of 159. Kristen attended Oklahoma State and recently graduated with a degree in international business. To see the video of how Kristen became so popular, check out this link -
Hey Kristen, how are you doing today?
I'm doing well. Thanks! I am just surprised about how much attention this video has received.
What was your initial reaction when the fan first fell down onto the field? I heard a loud squealing noise!
You know, sometimes you just have those fans who get really excited and just want a ball. I honestly don't think his intention was to get all of the media attention that he did, but sometimes that's how it works out. However, I can honestly say he scared me half to death. You never expect a fan to come flying out of the stands like that ... especially when they're close to 300 pounds! Goodness!
How does it feel to have that incident with the fan shown on ESPN Sportscenter and all over the Internet?
Honestly, I'm incredibly surprised that it has received so much attention. It's flattering of course, but not something I ever expected!
Did you expect that incident to become so popular on Youtube and on the Internet? It is one of the most popular videos on my blog!
I did not expect it to become this popular. I thought it might make America's Funniest Videos!
One of the main reasons the video is so popular is because it is very funny but another reason is because you are very pretty and cute. The fans would be mad if I didn't ask if you are single or not.
I am single! Some people find that shocking but I haven't dated anyone who has wowed me! (laughs)
What are your duties as a Texas Rangers ball girl?
My ball girl duties include throwing with outfielders and shagging foul balls. The players and fans generally don't expect us to be able to field and throw a baseball so watching their reactions when they see I can do both is a trip! It's probably the funnest job I have ever had.
Is it fun throwing balls with the outfielders?
Playing catch with the outfielders is probably the best part about the job. You have some players who like to see what you're made of, and you have others who like to play with the situation and pretend like they are pitching a softball. Like I said, it's a great job and the experience is phenomenal!
Who is your favorite Ranger and why?
Josh Hamilton holds a special place in heart because he was the first major league player that I ever got to throw with. Every player has their own style, but Josh is very unique. When we play catch together, he makes it fun and mixes it up. Aside from that, Josh has an amazing comeback story that is featured in this month's issue of Sports Illustrated and I would encourage everyone to read the article to see how many obstacles he's had to overcome. Anyone who has ever experienced difficulty in their life could view Josh as a role model. He is a firm believer in Christ and incorporates that into his playing style.
Did you play softball in high school or college?
I did. I've been playing ball since the age of 10 and I've loved every minute of it. It's a great feeling to still be involved with the game!
What position did you play?
In high school, I was a utility player. I played every position. In college, I played outfield because i'm fast and can cover a lot of territory.
The San Francisco Giants have senior citizens patrolling the foul area to grab foul balls. They always miss the ball usually. Most of them look like they are over 70 years old, Do you think you could be a ball girl when you get old or would want to?
(Laughs)That's an unusual marketing scheme. I think when i'm 70, I'll want to be retired but who knows? I may have an arm on me at 70!
What do you like to do in your free time?
I like to stay active and workout or be outdoors. I love sports, fishing, and traveling.
Thanks a lot for taking the time to talk to me Kristen. Any final words for the fans?
No problem! Thank you for watching the Rangers and catching the video! It's been a blast, and the fans are the ones who make the games enjoyable for me, so come see me at the Ballpark in Arlington and say hi!
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
D Wizzle's World will have a new HOW in a few days. This is one of the most popular features on the blog and the new HOW is none other than the Texas Rangers ball girl, Kristen Rash. Look out for this exclusive in a few days! In the meantime, check out her video with the big fan here - http://dwizzlesworld.blogspot.com/2008/06/fat-man-almost-crushes-cute-texas.html
I have been the biggest critic of the 2008 Giants. Most of my articles have been negative towards the team and rightfully so.
They got rid of my favorite player, Barry Bonds, and the management pretends he never existed or played for the team. They didn't sign Japanese stars OF Kosuke Fukudome or pitcher Hiroki Kuroda. I even hate the "gamer" commercials.
I called for this team to lose over 100 games this year. Expectations for this team was very low coming into the season.
This team is now 29-35 and won't lose 100 games. In fact, they are contenders in their division.
After sweeping the lowly Nationals last night, they are now only five games back of first-place Arizona. No team in the NL West seem to be able to ever take control of the division. The division race is always tight every year and comes down to the final week and days of the season.
The Padres, who were left for dead a few weeks ago, are now only 6.5 games back of first place.
The Padres and Dodgers start a series today while the struggling Diamondbacks have to face the Mets in New York.
The Giants face the Rockies in Colorado and have a very good chance to gain more ground in the division.
Although the Giants are not the most talented team, they play very hard and never quit. Their youth has contributed to their never-give-up attitude. Players such as John Bowker, Fred Lewis, and Travis Denker all have had key hits in the last two weeks.
Their bullpen has been a strength and Keiichi Yabu has been a revelation. Yabu's ERA is now 2.00. The one weakness in the bullpen is Tyler Walker. Bruce Bochy insists on having Walker has the set-up man in the eight inning. Walker does not instill any confidence among Giants fans as he is prone to giving up key hits and runs at the wrong time.
Jonathan Sanchez has matured of late and is a good middle-of-the rotation starter for this team. Tim Lincecum is going to the All-Star Game and Matt Cain is better than his 3-4 record. Even Barry Zito has pitched better in his last three outings.
The offense comes and goes which can be expected of a team without a power hitter or star. The youngsters are still learning and the veterans sometimes just don't have it on certain days.
I would love to see this team contend throughout the summer. It would definitely make things interesting out here in the Bay Area.
The Giants have proven they are not as bad as most people thought they would be. They are not going to lose 100 games as teams who lose that many games do not go on extended winning streaks. They are still under .500 but no team is going to run away with the division in the NL West.
GM Brian Sabean needs to make some bold moves and make this team better before the trade deadline.
I heard Bonds was still a free agent. If the Giants resign him, this team would be tough to pitch against. Unfortunately for Giants fans, the chances of him wearing orange and black again are not very good.
Monday, June 9, 2008
I'm doing great. I am training hard for my upcoming fight on June 27th in San Jose. For tickets, you can go to http://strikeforce. strongvon. com, and select MAXWELL. To catch it on television, check out HDNet and NBC!
Did you get a chance to watch the Gina Carano vs. Kaitlin Young fight?
No, I was at XFA(Xtreme Fighting Association) in Las Vegas.
You fought Gina once in a kickboxing matcht and once in the cage. Would you like a rematch with Gina in the future?
What do you think of Gina not making weight for her fight against Kaitlin Young and being four and a half pounds over the weight limit?
There should be more weight divisions for women.
What do you know about your opponent on June 27, Meisha Tate?
She is a high school wrestler and trains with Dennis Hallman.
What kind of fight should we expect between you and Meisha?
Like all of my other MMA fights, it’ll be fight of the night. It’ll be a classic match-up of striker vs grappler.
Are there any fighters out there that you would like to face after your fight with Tate?
I take one fight at a time, so I’m not there just yet. Maybe I’ll think about that on June 28th!
How do you like fighting for Strikeforce, and do you feel added pressure to win and put on a good performance due to all the local support you get in San Jose?
I love fighting for a local organization, such as Strikeforce, especially since I have been fighting for them for such a long time since I was an amateur kickboxer. Although I do love traveling and competing abroad, there won’t be any additional pressure because I am used to fighting in San Jose.
What part of your game do you think you need to work on the most?
I would like to work more on my transitions from stand-up to ground, and on my ground game of course, especially since I’m only a blue belt.
What is it like to train with a superstar like Cung Le?
It’s been great to watch him evolve from San Shou to MMA. It has definitely helped me transition into becoming a well-rounded MMA fighter.
How did you get your nickname "Beef"? A lot of fans are wondering about that.
I worked at Outback Steakhouse for five years when I first started training martial arts, and my teammates thought my strength and power came from all of the beef I consumed. When I call people, my caller ID is not Elaina but “Beef” or “Beefy!"(laughs)
What do you have to say to critics who think that women should not be fighting in MMA?
If I thought about that, then I wouldn’t be where I am today. I can’t change people's point of view with my words. I can only change them with my actions.
Do you have any final words for all the MMA fans out there?
I’d like to thank my sisters, Ila & Christina, and my sponsors: Toyota, Sprawl, Takedown, Score Clinic, Conquer, BR Flooring, ADP Graphics & GTS.
Sunday, June 8, 2008
Saturday, June 7, 2008
The first fight on the pay-per-view was Brandon Vera vs Fabricio Werdum. Werdum got full mount and started to rain down punches on Vera. The referee, the now infamous Dan Miragliotta, called off the fight with about 20 seconds left in the first round. Vera got up immediately and protested to Miragliotta, but to no avail. The issue I had with this stoppage was that Vera was blocking some of Werdum's punches and was still trying to be active. When Vera got up, his face looked the same as when he entered the cage. Werdum will probably a title shot next year. Good luck Dana White in trying to sell Werdum in a main event.
The second fight shown was a middleweight fight between Nate Marquardt and Thales Leites. This was a three-round war and one of the better fights on the card. Leites had Marquardt in trouble in the first round and knocked down Marquardt with a punch. Leites got on top of Marquardt but was unable to finish him off as Marquardt recovered and got up to escape Leites' ground and pound. Marquardt landed some good shots of his own and had Leites in trouble later on in the fight, but the referee had to stop the fight for a few minutes because the aggressive Marquardt landed an illegal knee when Leites still had one knee on the mat. Marquardt had a point deducted for that and also for an illegal elbow to the back of the head in round three. Although Marquardt dominated the last two rounds of the fight, Leites was awarded the fight in a decision due to the point deductions. Marquardt said he wanted a rematch after the fight and that rematch should definitely happen so we could get a clear and decisive winner next time.
The next fight shown was a prelim fight between Luiz Cane and Jason Lambert. This was one of my favorite fights of the day. Cane destroyed Lambert standing up as Lambert was swinging wildly and missing while Cane seemed to connect on most of his punches. Cane knocked down Lambert three times until referee Herb Dean stopped it. While Cane was celebrating, Lambert was still out of it and grabbed Dean's legs thinking it was Cane's after the fight had already ended. This was a one-sided fight but one of the most entertaining.
Marcus Davis and Mike Swick were up next on the show. Swick and his American Kickboxing Academy team had a great game plan against Davis. Instead of exchanging punches with the former pro boxer, Swick landed some kicks and took Davis to the ground. Swick also got the better of Davis everytime they clinched.. Swick had the height advantage which affected Davis throughout the whole fight. Swick won by decision in a very boring fight. UFC broadcaster Joe Rogan said that the fans were doing the wave during the fight. Rogan's partner, Mike Goldberg, said it was a "great fight." I looked forward to this fight but it was a letdown and one of the least entertaining battles.
Davis had won 11 fights in a row before this but most of his victories were against mid-level competition.
Michael Bisping defeated Canadian Jason Day in the second to last fight. Bisping was on top of his game and was able to ground and pound Day to a victory. Bisping totally outclassed Day and made it a quick and one-sided affair. The fans were really into this fight as their favorite British fighter won.
The main event was next as Alves entered the cage first with rapper T.I.'s "Big Things Poppin" blaring over the arena speakers. Hughes came out to a slow country music song which I think could make fans fall asleep. This fight was at a catch weight of 174 because Alves weighed in four pounds over the weight limit of 170 at the weigh-ins.
The first round did not have much action as both fighters were trying to feel each out in the beginning. Hughes went for some takedowns but Alves stuffed them. Alves was quicker than Hughes and was able to land some knees. In the second round, Alves landed a flying knee on Hughes and finished him off with a punch before the referee stopped the fight.
Alves made Hughes look slow and old. The 24-year-old Brazilian is now in line for a title fight against the winner of the Georges St. Pierre and Jon FItch fight which will happen in August at UFC 87 in Minnesota.
Alves said the reason he came in four pounds over the weight limit was because he had a sprained ankle and could not run for a few days. He apologized to UFC management but also begged Dana White for a title shot.
Hughes got on the mic next and said he was not disappointed for himself but for his kids who were watching. He said he wants to fight Matt Serra next and that even his wife wants to see him fight Serra.
Since there was a lot of time left on the pay-per-view show, UFC showed two more prelim fights. They showed Martin Kampman beating Jorge Rivera by submission and Matt Wiman knocking out Thiago Tavares in the second round with a right hand. Wiman was a big underdog going into the fight and it was one of the best fights on the show.
Overall, this was a good show although there were some lackluster battles. Werdum and Alves established themselves as contenders for the heavyweight and welterweight titles respectively.
UFC's next big show is on June 21 when Spike will show The Ultimate FIghter finale. The main event that evening will be Kendall Grove vs Evan Tanner.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Wednesday, June 4, 2008
JOSE REYES TAKING INFIELD GROUNDERS VIDEO
NY METS IN SF SLIDESHOW WITH MUSIC AND FAN FOOTAGE
WILLIE RANDOLPH CHATTING AND JOSE REYES TAKING BP VIDEO
VIDEO SHOWING BARRY ZITO TRYING TO THROW A STRIKE!<LOU SEAL GIANTS MASCOT VIDEO
- Barry Zito sucks. The fans got behind him in the beginning but turned on him once he got in trouble and started giving up walks and hits. Here is a video of Zito I took attempting to throw a strike - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEc9pw1Aw7M
- The Giants try to pretend that Barry Bonds never existed. They don't sell his jersey anymore or have anything in the park to remember him by. I did see one guy with a Barry Bonds jersey.
- The Giants have set up tables outside each entrance gate where fans have to open up their backpacks and purses for inspection by security before they are allowed to enter the park. The security guard told me they started doing this a few weeks ago. He inspected my backpack and asked me if I had any weapons such as knives, boxcutters, or guns with me. Of course, I said no. I wonder if he asked the white old lady behind me if she had knives or guns too!
- Last night was really really cold and windy. It reminded me of the Candlestick Park days!
- I saw former Rolling Stone editor and music journalist Ben Fong-Torres at the park. He was on the same train with me and was telling his friend how terrible Zito is.
- Zito is always a topic of discussion with fans. They always discuss his salary and how he is the worst acquisition ever for the Giants.
- What happened to all the pretty girls? I guess chicks do dig the long ball and since Bonds is gone, so are the hotties. Maybe they will show up in the summer when the weather heats up?
- There were lots of Mets fans in attendance wearing their Mets jerseys, hats, and jackets. I saw some Beltran, Wright, and Santana jerseys.
- The park was filled up for a Tuesday night and there were not a lot of empty seats in the lower levels or in the bleachers.
- The ushers are overly aggressive and rude. Nothing has changed from past seasons I guess. I saw two confrontations between fans and ushers. The confrontations ended up with the fans storming away angry and the ushers with a smug smile on their face. Is this how you want to treat your season-ticket holders and fans?
- One usher came up to me and asked me where my seat was. I told him I had no idea and walked away.
- I missed out on the big fifth inning by the Mets because I was playing Gran Turismo on the new Playstation 3s they had in the club level. I saw many Giants fans leaving and I thought the game was over. I walked to a TV and saw that the score was 9-3.
- I was in the elevator leaving and the Giants employee operating the elevator yelled "Going down" and one fan responded by saying "Just like the Giants" which made everyone laugh. The employee asked what the score was and some fan said it was 30-3.
- Lou Seal is the most entertaining Giant. I would rather see him pitch than Zito. I am sure Lou can hit better than Brian Bocock or any other player pretending to be a major leaguer. Here is a video of Lou Seal being funny
Tuesday, June 3, 2008
D Wizzle had the opportunity to speak to MMA fighter Kaitlin Young a few days after her battle with Gina Carano. Although she lost to Carano, Young gained many fans after the fight as it was one of the best fights on CBS last Saturday night. Young showed a lot of toughness, skill, and heart. This is why MMA fans can't wait to see her back in the cage again.
Hey Kaitlin, how are you doing and how is the cut under your left eye? I know a lot of fans were concerned about that.
The would-be cut didn't actually open up so the cut is non-existent, but the bruise is healing fine. Lots of pretty colors!
Did you have any jitters going into the fight since it was on prime time television?
Not too bad actually. I was expecting it to be worse.
Do you have any regrets about anything that happened inside the cage on Saturday night?
I wish I would have executed my game plan better and kept my left hand a little higher.
Was there anything Gina did during the fight that surprised you?
Yes, I wasn't expecting her to go for a go-go plata!
Gina seemed to do a good job of creating distance with her front kicks. Did that affect you a lot in terms of what you wanted to do?
Yes, I think so. Foot jabs are frustrating and I think she used them well to set up her shots.
Your concerns pre-fight about Gina not making weight came to fruition when she weighted four and a half pounds over the weight limit. How big of an issue did you think that had on the result of the fight?
I don't think it had that much of an effect. I think she likely weighed a bit more than I hoped she would in the fight, but it wasn't super significant. Perhaps it put more weight on her punches, but I don't think it was a determining factor.
When will you get back into the gym and start training again?
Probably within the next couple of weeks. Right now, I am enjoying cookies and McDonald's.
Do you have any final words for all the MMA fans out there?
Losing is always a very unpleasant experience, but I have received so much support and nice emails from fellow fighters and fans that it has helped ease the disappointment. I can't thank people enough for that. Also, my sponsors Premier Fighter, MTX Audio and MMA Warehouse have been great to me. Anyone would be lucky to work with these companies.
Monday, June 2, 2008
Saturday night's EliteXC show on CBS was fun and entertaining. It was also a success as ratings were high and CBS will broadcast a second show later this year.
The mainstream media and all the sports talk radio shows were talking about the show today. Most of them were bashing EliteXC and Kimbo Slice, the Youtube fighting legend.
Most of the writers and talk-show hosts knew nothing about MMA but still decided to bash what they saw on Saturday night.
A few of these "professionals" are biased and clearly have an agenda. Yahoo Sports columnists Kevin Iole and Dan Wenzel wrote very negative articles on EliteXC. What they didn't disclose to its readers was that Yahoo has a partnership with EliteXC's rival, UFC. Iole has even been on UFC preview shows. Wenzel was on a sports talk show this morning and said that EliteXC was a "joke" and the "minor leagues" of MMA.
From what I have seen so far, EliteXC is a very professional organization ran by a very successful boxing promoter, Gary Shaw. Shaw has given fans what they wanted to see. Fights such as Frank Shamrock vs Cung Le might not have happened if it wasn't for Shaw. Kimbo Slice would probably not grace the latest cover of ESPN's magazine either.
The only reason media members such as Wenzel and Rome are talking about MMA and jumping on the bandwagon is because MMA is getting popular and it is "cool" to talk about it. Wenzel admitted that his MMA articles are more popular than his articles on other sports. Some journalists are writing stories on MMA and referring to the sport as "ultimate fighting." That is how ignorant most of the media are about MMA.
I was very entertained by the show on Saturday. None of the fights ended in decision and we got to watch some knockouts. What more can fans ask for? Would fans rather watch Kimbo Slice fight or the dull but undefeated UFC light heavywight fighter Lyoto Machida?
Kimbo Slice's fight against James Thompson was exciting, compelling, and filled with lots of drama. Would this Internet superstar lose for the first time in the cage or would he be able to come back from near defeat in the second round?
The media can continue to bash EliteXC and Kimbo Slice but they cannot deny how successful the ratings were for the show. Slice is one of the most marketable fighters in MMA today and one of the most popular..
If Slice is headlining the next CBS show, it will be do well again. Slice's fans will want to see him knock his opponent out while his detractors will watch to see if he will get exposed and lose for the first time.
Saturday night's fights were filled with lots of action and knockouts and I can't wait for the next EliteXC show on prime time television.
If you don't want to watch MMA on a Saturday night, you can go out and watch "Sex in the City" instead but I'll be home tuning into EliteXC's Saturday NIght Fights on CBS.
* The Mets embarked on a West Coast road trip last night after their Sunday night game at home against the Dodgers. Oliver Perez takes on Jonathan Sanchez of the Giants tonight. You can expect to see a lot of walks tonight as Perez leads the NL in walks while Sanchez ranks seventh.
* David Ortiz is reportedly out for tonight's game against the Orioles with a wrist injury. This should make things easier for Orioles starter Jeremy Guthrie. Guthrie pitched very well against the Yankees last week.
* Kenny Rogers is 23-1 lifetime pitching in Oakland. He will be opposed by Rich Harden tonight when the Tigers face the A's.
* Oliver Perez is holding lefties to a .100 average so Bruce Bochy might sit John Bowker and Fred Lewis tonight.
* Jay Bruce of the Reds is batting .591 with two homers and six RBIs. He will be hitting in one of the best hitters' ballparks in the NL tonight when the Reds take on the Phillies at Citizens Park.
* Atlanta returns home tonight to face the Marlins. The Braves are 22-7 at home.
* Delmon Young is 7-11 lifetime against Yankees pitcher Andy Pettite. He will try to continue his success tonight against Pettite.
* Livan Hernandez, the Twins pitcher tonight, has given up too many hits all year. He will be in big trouble if the Yankees' batters start to tee off on him.
* How well will the Mets and Dodgers play tonight? Both these teams played a late game last night and had to travel all the way to the West Coast.
* The Rockies are 20-37 and really struggling. If they played in New York, the media would be calling for Clint Hurdle to be fired.
The San Francisco Giants are having a dismal season so far but they have three legitimate candidates for the All-Star Game.
Catcher Bengie Molina is batting .333 with six homers and 36 RBIs. He is batting cleanup for a team with no superstars. Molina has absolutely no protection in the lineup. He has come up with clutch hits time after time.
His competition for an All-Star spot include Geovany Soto, Russell Martin, and Brian McCann.
Soto is hitting .299 with nine homers and 37 RBIs for the Cubs. Martin has three homers and 20 RBIs for the Dodgers while batting .311. McCann is batting .320 and has nine homers and 32 RBIs for the Braves.
McCann and Soto have great numbers so far but they are not the heart and soul of the lineup for their club like Molina. The Braves rely on Chipper Jones and Mark Texiera for hits and Soto has no pressure batting behind sluggers like Derrek Lee, Alfonso Soriano, Kosuke Fukudome, and Aramis Ramirez.
Besides having a good bat, Molina also is one of the best defensive catchers in the league and calls a great game. He made the transition from the American League to the National League appear seamless last season.
Molina has stated that he spends most of his time studying hitters and concentrating on helping his pitchers. This would make his offensive statistics seem more remarkable and impressive.
The other two candidates from the Giants who should make the All-Star Team are pitchers Tim Lincecum and Brian Wilson.
Lincecum is 7-1 with a 2.33 ERA. He has not given up more than three earned runs in any start this year. He also leads the National League in strikeouts with 76.
Closer Brian Wilson has made fans try to forget the Armando Benetiz era.
Wilson leads the National League in saves with 16. Although he has a high ERA(4.54), Wilson has been able to escape trouble many times in the ninth inning and preserved many victories for the Giants. He has given the Giants stability at the closer position and he is going to be their closer for many years.
Will three Giants make the NL All-Star team? The answer to that is probably no, since this team is in third place in a weak division.
The best bet to make the team would be Lincecum. If he keeps on pitching as well as he has and Arizona's Brandon Webb continues to struggle, Lincecum might even be able to get the nod to be the starter in the All-Star Game.