WrestleMania 28 takes place on Sunday (appropriately April Fool’s Day) at Sun Life Stadium in Miami. More than 70,000 WWE fanatics are expected to attend. Another one million households are projected to purchase the pay-per-view telecast at a rate of around $50.
Here are some uneducated predictions for WM28, which are either right or totally wrong. The four-hour extravaganza is largely lackluster this year and not comparable to some incarnations of the past.
Saturday, the top seeded team in the country, Kentucky, plays #4 seed Louisville, in the first National Semifinal game. The biggest matchup amongst these two teams involves the rivalry between coaches John Calipari and Rick Pitino.
Both men have taken three different schools to the Final Four and this will be the second time that these coaches have met in a Final Four game. In 1996, Pitino, who was ironically coaching Kentucky at the time, beat Calipari, who was on the UMass sidelines.
Kentucky would go on to beat Syracuse, giving Pitino his one and only NCAA championship.
A veteran left hander gave up three runs and seven hits on Wednesday, coming off a start where he hurled four scoreless innings. This same lefty is making a strong statement to make the Colorado Rockies' opening day starting rotation, after posting a 2.77 ERA in four Cactus League starts this spring.
Nothing that unusual, except that this southpaw is Jamie Moyer, who turns 50 in November.
During last week’s outing against San Francisco, Moyer threw 30 of his 45 pitches for strikes, in four perfect innings.
Moyer made his big league debut for the Cubs in 1986 and has a lifetime record of 267-204, with 2,405 strikeouts in his 628 starts. He last pitched in the Big Leagues for the Phillies in 2010
Tuesday night, an agreement was reached to sell the Los Angeles Dodgers to a group led by Guggenheim Partners executive Mark Walter and LA sports/business icon Magic Johnson. The group, which also includes longtime baseball executive Stan Kasten and Hollywood producer/Golden State Warriors co-owner Peter Guber, paid embattled owner Frank McCourt a reported $2.15 billion for the legendary American sports franchise.
Saturday, #2 seeds Kansas and Ohio State play each other in the late game of the National Semifinals at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Both schools are in very familiar territory, as this will be Kansas' fourteenth Final Four appearance. Ohio State, who is much more known as a football school, is remarkably making their eleventh trip to the Final Four.
Coaches Bill Self and Thad Matta will each be making their second appearances in the event.
Ohio State is looking to win their second NCAA Championship and first since 1960, while Kansas is hoping for their fourth championship.
Ian Thorpe is a legendary swimmer in Australia, having won five Olympic gold medals and 11 world championships, while setting 13 world records between 1999 and his retirement in 2006. Thorpe had held the 200 meter freestyle world record for eight years.
Thorpe was the talk of the Australian sporting public, when he announced last fall that he would be making a comeback, in an attempt to swim in the 2012 London Olympic Games. Thorpe was the most famous and popular swimmer in the world before Michael Phelps emerged onto the scene.
Earlier this month, at competitions in Adelaide, Australia, Thorpe failed to even make the finals of the 100 and 200 meter freestyles. As a result, his quest to compete in London is officially over.
Unhealthy food is a staple at stadiums, with many baseball parks even instituting all-you-can-eat sections.
Now, the Texas Rangers have moved into first place in the gluttony standings for the upcoming season.
Concession stands at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington will have an item for very hungry fans called the Championship Dog. It is a hot dog that weighs two pounds and is two feet long. The monstrosity sells for a mere $26.
Said to feed four, the Championship Dog is topped with sautéed onions, shredded cheese, chili and jalapenos. Plus, if the dog itself is not enough, the Rangers are nice enough to serve it with fries.
By the way, if customers are still hungry, a three-pound pretzel is also on the menu.
Ohio initially appeared to be the place that represented itself the strongest in the 2012 NCAA Tournament, after the Buckeye State became the very first state to ever produce four Sweet Sixteen teams (Ohio State, Cincinnati, Xavier & Ohio U). While three of these four schools went down in defeat over the weekend, the lion’s share of college hoops fans in the state are still on top of the world, as Thad Matta’s Ohio State team will be heading to New Orleans, after defeating Syracuse during Saturday’s East Regional Final in Boston.
The state of Ohio has a lot to brag about at the present time, but nothing even close to what the folks across the border in Kentucky are currently experiencing.
Sochi, Russia will not host the Winter Olympics until February 2014, but the location has already faced their share of controversies, including one that surfaced this week.
A judge in the region of Krasnodar blocked plans for a Pride House in Sochi, where gay athletes and officials could meet for social events and conferences. Svetlana Mordovina ruled that the Pride House is "extremist" and that "fighting homophobia is immoral."
"The aim of the organization contradicts the basics of public morality and the policy of the state in the area of family, motherhood, and childhood protection. The activities of the movement leads to propaganda of non-traditional sexual orientation which can undermine the security of the Russian society and the state,” claimed Mordovina.