Glavine Wins

Glavine Wins Number 300 For All That is Good in Baseball

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The past few weeks have seen the spotlight in Major League Baseball shined on Barry Bonds and his pursuit of the all time home run record, but on Sunday night in Chicago, Tom Glavine overshadowed the supersized slugger.

Glavine notched his 300th win at Wrigley Field as fans around the country watched live on ESPN Sunday Night Baseball. Glavine joined a group that includes only 22 other Major League Baseball players.

He won with a performance that was equivalent to most in his career, with pinpoint control, and an unflappable resolve lasting an almost full seven innings.

If Bonds is all that is wrong with the game of baseball, then Glavine is all that is right. After the final out of the game in his 300th win Tom Glavine was overheard by ESPN cameras thanking bench coaches and fellow players for their help along the way.

While players like Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez strive for greatness to fuel their ego, Glavine just continues to do what he has done his whole career, that is represent himself and his family with the highest honor, respect, and modesty.

All that needs to be known about the difference between Glavine and Bonds is this, while Bonds was booed when circling the bases in San Diego, Chicago fans stuck around and gave Glavine a standing ovation after his milestone victory.

See, baseball and their fans have their own fraternity, and are funny in that way. It is the one sport where the fans’ fervor for their heroes super-cede their fervor for the teams they root for. If a player respects the game and its rules, and plays the game the way it was intended to be played, everyone in the fraternity celebrates, no matter what team fans have an allegiance to.

So here’s to you Tom Glavine, for playing baseball the right way and for keeping hope alive that young children growing up choose to grasp on to a role model worth looking up to.

Gambling Ring

Former Hockey Star Tocchet Guilty of Running Gambling Ring

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In a fascinating case regarding some high profile former NHL players involved in an alleged gambling ring that was based out of New Jersey, the primary defendant, Rick Tocchet, plead guilty on Friday to running the ring.

Of the high profile stars involved, none were bigger than The Great One, himself, Wayne Gretzky, who was not involved directly, but his wife Janet Jones was rumored to be a big time gambler.

Tocchet now faces sentencing in August and although the conviction comes with the threat of 10 years in prison and up to $50,000 in fines, it is not likely he will do any jail time. It is not typical that first time offenders of the third degree felony end up doing time.

There was a taped conversation between Tocchet and Gretzky in which they detailed ways to keep Gretzky’s wife out of the scandal. Not much came of that conversation outside of press headlines, mainly because it took place after New Jersey state police broke the ring.

In his guilty plea, Tocchet explained that he worked with Jersey state trooper James Harney, and James Ulmer, in forming and running the ring. The ring supposedly brought in more than $1.7 million in a 40-day period between college football bowl games and the Super Bowl.

The other two defendants Harney and Ulmer, face up to seven years and one year in jail, respectively.

Today’s Derby

Favorites Have To Overcome History in Today’s Derby

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There is a certain sense of tradition when it comes to the Kentucky Derby, a horse race that has been run 133 times before. And although many have tried to defy it’s history, none have been able to do so.

Three horses today will be the newest in the line of prize horses that will try to beat the odds and the Derby’s lomg standing traditions.

The first horse is Derby favorite Curlin(7-2). The horse will try to become the first horse since 1915 to win the race after having four or fewer career starts. Also playing against Curlin is the fact that no horse has ever won the race without having raced as a 2 year old, a feat he is looking to accomplish.

The second pick today is Street Sense, coming in at 4-1. The odds that this horse will have to beat are as follows. He is trying to become the first horse since 1983 to win coming off only two prep races. Also, he is trying to become the first 2 year old winner of this race since 1979, when Spectacular Bid won.

Lastly, there is the third choice Circular Quay, who shares that distinction with Nobiz Like Showbiz at 8-1. Quay is trying to become the first horse since Morvich in 1922 to win the race coming off an eight week layoff.

Going against all of these horses is also the fact that the race is full, with twenty horses entered, that is sure to provide some exciting moments, and an even tougher mile and a quarter for the favorit