Peyton Manning, Tim Tebow and the Denver Broncos new leadership

Now that Manning has arrived in Denver, most football analysts expect Tebow to be traded. What are his prospects? A former NFL general manager recently said he’d be “surprised if [Tebow] went for much better than a fifth rounder.”

The value in Manning is probably not in his ability as a passer or playing a pretty game, but his natural leadership skills–this is where he’s invaluable. He’s a fan favorite who fills the stadium, and more importantly, he knows how to rally a struggling team, and under his guidance the team comes first, himself second–it’s hard not to root for someone like that.

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by | March 20, 2012 · 4:02 pm

Toronto Blue Jays ace pitcher traded to…Phillies, White Sox?

Roy “Doc” Halladay, as he is affectionately known, ace-pitcher for the Toronto Blue Jays, is about to be dealt. He is widely considered to be the best pitcher in baseball, and was publicly put on the market about two weeks ago by Blue Jays general manager J.P. Ricciardi. There is a July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but Halladay has a full no-trade clause giving him final word on where he goes.

On Sunday, the Blue Jay’s 3-1 victory over the Red Sox, with an outstanding performance by Halladay, simply underscored the star pitcher’s value. His price just went up.

Where will Doc go? Many insiders say the Phillies, some pick the White Sox. On the baseball forums, there seemed to be a theme of “please not the Yankees.” These fans, who extol the loyalty and fine character of Halladay, say that he would never agree to go to a circus of an organization like the Yankees. Also, the Blue Jays don’t want to trade within their division, so likely Halladay won’t go to an American League team.

What teams have the salary capacity and prospects to handle a Doc Halladay trade? This limits the possibilities. The teams that scouted Sunday’s game, the Dodgers, Phillies, Brewers, Tigers, Red Sox, Rangers and Twins, are among the options.

Obama’s favorite team, the Chicago White Sox, is in the running. In last week’s All-Star game, Halladay was the starting pitcher for the American League, and followed President Obama to the pitching mound, as the President exercised the traditional duty of throwing out the first pitch. Did he notice Halladay’s prowess? He has the power and audacity to quadruple the deficit with his stimulus package, maybe he’ll pull some strings.

Who needs Halladay? Arguable, every MLB team needs the best pitcher around. But the Philadelphia Phillies have been searching for a front-end starter for most of the season. The Phillies also have a deep farm system, with plenty of prospects for trade.

Then again, Toronto doesn’t have to trade Halladay. He loves Toronto and would happily sign an extension to remain there. Halladay is a family guy who cares a lot about maintaining a stable lifestyle for his wife and kids. Maybe nothing will happen after all. But chances are, it’s Philly, here comes the Doc.

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James Loney wins for LA Dodgers

James Loney, Los Angeles Dodgers first baseman, hit a 13th inning homer to push the Dodgers to a 7-6 win over the San Diego Padres this past Sunday. I think we’ll be seeing more power and dominance from this Texas-born consistent player. Currently, the Dodgers stand at the top of the National League, and we should be expecting a great season from them. Plus, Manny Ramirez is back.

Off the field, James Loney is also a superstar. Loney was the 2008 nominee from the Dodgers for the Roberto Clemente Award. This award honors the baseball player who sets a great example in the sport, has outstanding community involvement, and is a significant  team contributor.

Last week, after the Dodgers beat the Rockies, Loney was at the stadium hosting 40 kids from the RBI Los Angeles program (Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities). Loney bats and throws left, but everything is right about his heart. His community involvement group called Loney’s Lounge regularly hosts the RBI Los Angeles kids, treating them to a game and a video-game party. Here’s what Loney has to say about the events:

We definitely enjoy hosting the kids from the RBI program, and it’s become something I look forward to doing. It’s also nice to relax after a game and just hang out with the kids, play Wii and talk about anything they want to talk about.

Keep up the good work, James Loney. Go Dodgers!

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Endearing sports story

A blind kid is a designated free throw shooter.

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Bush attends historic Army-Navy Game


Bush tosses coin to start the Army-Navy rivalry

Bush tosses coin to start the Army-Navy rivalry

The historic Army-Navy showdown ended yesterday with a 34-0 Navy victory. President Bush just wanted “the guys in uniform” to win, so I’m sure our Commander-in-Chief was happy with the outcome.

Yesterday’s game was Bush’s third visit to the Army-Navy intense rivalry, his final as President and Commander of the armed forces. This game marked the 109th meeting between the service academies, and Bush divided his time in the stands with first the Army, sitting with wounded soldiers, then with the Navy side.

Navy has now won seven in a row over Army, but as President Bush likes to say, The United States of America is the team that should win, and in this case, as the crowd erupted into chants of “USA, USA,” that is exactly what happened.

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Vladimir Guerrero: from life in the Dominican Republic to the Angels

Growing up in the Dominican Republic, Vladimir Guerrero spent his young days herding cattle and milking cows with his grandfather. Guerrero attributes his gloveless batting to all that bare-handed cattle work of his youth. He’s not used to wearing gloves, and isn’t about to start now.

Guerrero hit a home run in the sixth inning to lead the Los Angeles Angels over the Chicago White Sox 2-0 Saturday. He is predicted to go down in the Hall of Fame before the end of his career. He was voted the American League Most Valuable Player in 2004, and received the American League Silver Slugger Award in 2007, among other honors. He previously played for the Montreal Expos.

Vladimir Guerrero is a man of great faith and strong family. He carries his Bible with him everywhere and says “You have to try to deal with whatever God puts in front of you.” His grandfather, who mostly raised him, had 22 children. Guerrero has provided in many ways for his great big family, with both financial assistance and job creation in his homeland.

The LA Times ran a nice article on Guerrero several months back, and highlighted one of the purposes behind Vladimir’s lucrative baseball career:

That somewhere else probably would be Bani, a dusty provincial capital of 62,000 near the Dominican’s southwestern coast. Guerrero and his brother Wilton, a former major leaguer, own more than half a dozen small businesses there, ranging from a construction company and concrete-block factory to a small grocery and a hardware store across the street from the house where they grew up. None of the businesses make much money, Guerrero confirms with another hearty laugh and flash of his megawatt smile. But that’s not the point.

The point is they provide hundreds of jobs and necessary services. Many of the employees are family – and those who aren’t are made to feel as if they are.

“We hope God continues blessing us so we can keep supporting our family. And also the people that work for us,” Guerrero says.

You can next see Guerrero in action when the Detroit Tigers play at Los Angeles tonight, 9 p.m. ET.


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