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.
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
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.
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.
Apparently, female chess players' appearances were causing a stir among spectators and coaches, so the European Chess Union has instituted a more conservative dress code.
The new rules require that players wear clean clothes that do not display excessive wear or holes. This ordinance applies to both men and women.
Starting at the European Women's Championships in Gaziantep, Turkey, women were put further in check with other bizarre regulations that included no sandals, no body odor, no short skirts and no cleavage.
Apparently bored by a string of successful defenses of his WBC heavyweight title, Vitali Klitschko has identified his next opponent, Kiev mayor Leonid Chernovetsky.
Klitschko will be running for mayor of the capital city of the Ukraine this fall.
The elder of the Klitschko brothers, Vitali (40), belongs to the UDAR party and is running on an anti-corruption platform. He also supports greater cooperation between Kiev and the rest of the Ukraine.
Dr. Ironfist sports a 44-2 record and denies that he is retiring from boxing.
The Portland Trailblazers released center Greg Oden at the NBA trade deadline, after five injury-plagued seasons, where he played in only 82 games. Oden averaged 9.4 points per game, which calculates to more than $30,000 per point.
Meanwhile, Kris Humphries of the New Jersey Nets is seeking a divorce settlement fee of $7 million from his wife of 72 days, Kim Kardashian. That comes to around $97,000 per day!
Some of the number one seeds face a daunting path to the Final Four in New Orleans, but top ranked Kentucky is not one of them. The Wildcats are strong favorites to defeat Indiana and the winner of Baylor vs. Xavier in nearby Atlanta, even though the Hoosiers upset them in December, on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.
North Carolina needs wins against Ohio and probably Kansas at St. Louis, although the availability of outstanding point guard Kendall Marshall (broken right wrist) is not known. We expect that the Tar Heels will somehow prevail, even if Marshall cannot play.
Syracuse will have to beat Big Ten powers Wisconsin and most likely Ohio State in Boston and either could derail the Orangemen.