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The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will next head to Atlanta Motor Speedway for the AdvoCare 500 on Sunday night.

Brad Keselowski took the checkered flag last time out in the Irwin Tools Night Race at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Martin Truex Jr. and Jeff Gordon followed Keselowski across the finish line at Bristol, with Jimmie Johnson and Jamie McMurray rounding out the top five drivers. Matt Kenseth, Denny Hamlin, Ryan Newman, Carl Edwards, and Marcos Ambrose made up the rest of the day’s Top 10. Keselowski is now second only to Kyle Busch with three victories on the season, and he’s sitting in one of the Wild Card berths along with Denny Hamlin for the Chase.

Kyle Busch, Johnson, Kenseth, Edwards, Kevin Harvick, Gordon, Newman, Kurt Busch, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Tony Stewart are the current Top 10 in the driver standings. Stewart won this race last season, and he has three career Cup wins at Atlanta Motor Speedway on his resume. Gordon has won four Cup races at Atlanta, while Johnson, Kurt Busch, and Edwards have three wins apiece there.

Kasey Kahne and Mark Martin have each won two Cup races at Atlanta in their careers, and Kyle Busch, Earnhardt Jr., and Harvick have all won once on the track. Bobby Labonte has won six times at Atlanta, most recently in 2003. After racing in Atlanta the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will move on to Richmond International Raceway for the Wonderful Pistachios 400 on September 10. The Chase then begins in the Geico 400 at Chicagoland Speedway on September 18.

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NASCAR Pure Michigan 400 Preview

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The drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will head back to the oval this weekend when they take on Michigan International Speedway at the Pure Michigan 400.

Marcos Ambrose took the checkered flag last time out in the rain-delayed Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips at the Glen at the Watkins Glen International road course.

Brad Keselowski and Kyle Busch followed Ambrose across the finish line at Watkins Glen, while Martin Truex Jr. and Joey Logano rounded out the Top 5. Kevin Harvick, Juan Montoya, A.J. Allmendinger, Jeff Burton, and Jimmie Johnson made up the rest of the Top 10 on the day. Busch and Carl Edwards are tied for the lead in the driver standings after 22 races, with Johnson, Harvick, Matt Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Gordon, Ryan Newman, Dale Earnhardt Jr., and Tony Stewart the other Top-10 drivers.

Denny Hamlin and Keselowski sit in the two Wild Card positions to make the Chase. Hamlin has won two of the last three races at Michigan, including the Heluva Good! Sour Cream Dips 400 back in June. Mark Martin has five career Cup wins at Michigan, most recently taking the checkered flag in the 2009 LifeLock 400.

Gordon, Greg Biffle, Kenseth, Kurt Busch, Newman, and Edwards all have a pair of Cup wins at Michigan on their resumes, while Stewart, Earnhardt Jr., Harvick, and Kasey Kahne have one each. After racing at Michigan the drivers of the Sprint Cup Series will move on to Bristol Motor Speedway for the Irwin Tools Night Race on August 27. September’s schedule then features events at Atlanta, Richmond, Chicago, and Loudon.

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GIQ Flaschback: MLB Baseball All Star Game: Changes should Come after Epic Battle

MLB Baseball All Star Game: Changes should Come after Epic Battle July 17, 2008

By: Dirty –

The All Star Break in Major League Baseball was one to Remember this year all the way around. Who could ask for anything better? You had three things that should make this the last In-Season All Star Game in Major League Baseball History.
  • You had the game being played at the most recognized and celebrated Stadium in the History of all sports, Yankee Stadium. It is the Shrine’s last year of being an active ball park before the Yankees move across the street into the new $1.2 billion Yankee Stadium. The old one will be turned into a Monument park and Museum and still host some amateur games the last I heard. I am just grateful they are not putting the wrecking ball to it like happens to most old stadiums. This was a perfect game, in the perfect setting for the Last All Star game to be held in Yankee Stadium.

  • Josh Hamilton hitting 28 homers in the first Round. Some of them made you think Zeus, the ancient Greek God, had been reincarnated and was bringing thunder and lighting with him. He hit one completely out of Yankee Stadium and ended with 35 total homeruns. Sure he didn’t win the competition as he had worn himself out with his God like feats in round one. Anyone watching could tell this kid who has battled back from self inflicted drug problems, and being out of baseball 3 years, was having the time of his life. He was feeding off the atmosphere and truly relished every moment. He would go from signing autographs between pitches to hitting 500’ blasts into the Gotham night. You got the feeling that this kid was Superman on this particular night. This young man should be a role model for any young player growing up today. He plays the game the right way, he appreciates what he has, and he is genuinely a great guy. Josh Hamilton battled back from the dredges of the drug culture and has proven that anyone can become a success with hard work and the right attitude.

  • Before the game the Stage was set with the unveiling of the All Time All Star Game team. It was very emotional and electric to see the stars of yesteryear. “The Boss” George Steinbrenner even made an appearance. The All Star Game Itself was a Instant Classic. The American League won an epic battle that seemed like it was going to last forever. It was like a boxing Match in the Rocky movies, but the heavy hitting was done by the pitching and defense of each team. The American League extended its winning streak to 12 straight with a Sac fly in the bottom of the 15th. You could feel each teams intesity growing throughout the game and by the 4th inning you got the feeling that these guys were here to play baseball and not put on an exhibition that was no fun to watch. Sadly the past 15 or so All Star games were nothing more than Big league players in their Uniforms acting like they were playing whiffel ball in their back yard. Not in this game. You could feel the excitement every inning. You could see the excitement, and the agony, on the players faces on almost every play. You had guys sliding hard into bases, trying to take catchers out, and you had pitchers working on 2 days rest that had thrown 100 pitches the game before. This was a throwback to the All Star Games to yesteryear.

Now lets get to the Changes I think Should be Made. You could have not written a better script to end something than what took place on Monday and Tuesday in The Bronx. Let the in season All Star Game end on a high note like it deserves. Now lets do something drastic. Lets end it and make it a 7 game series after the World Series is over. There are many reason to do this and Here are my thoughts

  1. You get rid of the silliest thing in sports – Letting the Home team in the World Series be determined in a what is usuall nothing more than a scrimmage.
  2. You will get home field Advantage going back to how it should be. Either rotate it every year, or let the team with the best record have it..
  3. You still have an All Star break to honor the guys in the Mid Summer Classic. You have a first half All Star Team and a Full Season All Star Team. The one in July can still be had like always. Only difference is you will Honor the guys who had a great first half of the season. You have the Homerun Derb, the Celebrity Softball game, etc on Monday. Then on Tuesday you have a Old Timers game like they used to have all the time and then you have a Rookies Vs. Sophmores in a “Future Stars” game that lasts 7 innings. You can also throw in a skills challenge, a Father and Son/Daughter Softball game, or anything the players want to have. It is their 3 day break. To increase fan interaction let so many lucky fans come down to the field and try to hit or strike out their favorite Super Star. Have a make a wish foundation bring in some kids with severe illnesses come in and spend some time with their Favorite player. Just make it where it is fun and relaxing and the guys get a 3 day break from the daily grind of a 162 game schedule. You would get all the players and their families there even if they were injured for a fun and relaxing time.
  4. 4. Full Season All Star Series would be held after the World Series. Voting would be done like it is now but wouldn’t start until August 1 and would end the last day of the regular season. Our Stars are already going to Japan and other countries to play in Exhibition games, why not let them do it here in America for the fans that pay their salaires and support their teams. The games would be played in warm weather cities or in domes. The Fans would turn out and you would get a sweet TV deal to air the games during the week to fill the void on no Midweek football at that point. The stars would be more apt to play as they would not be as worried about getting injured and ruining their 2nd half of the season. Teams would let their stars play for the same reason. Pitchers could make more than a token appearance. You could add spots to the roster so more players from the lesser teams could make it. If you are a Royals fan you could see your guy play a good bit instead of pinch hit.

I could keep on and will maybe if I get some good feedback on this idea. I believe it would go along way in bridging the gap between baseball and the fans that have been alienated by the Strike, Steroids, and that idiot Bud Selig ruining the game we love as an owner acting like a Commisioner.

Lets get America’s Pastime back to where it belongs…… A Fan Favorite and something we enjoy watching and talking about and as far away from all the black eyes the sport has suffered the past 15 years. Any Comments can be made on our Forums at the Link Below:

MLB Baseball All Star Game: Changes should Come after Epic Battle

NFL Retirement Rule: Why the “Brett Favre Rule” Should be Implemented

August 4, 2008

By: Dirty

The circus that Brett Favre created by backing out of his retirement has brought a black eye to the NFL, its fans, and the storied Green Bay Packers. The Circus that he has created needs to be addressed by Commissioner Goodell to make sure this disgrace to the game never happens again. There is a simple solution that I will get into in a minute. Below are my reasons why I believe this.

He gave a moving tearful speech a few weeks after the Super Bowl that brought tears to many. He retired the best way he could have other than winning a Super Bowl. He was adamant that he was done with football forever and was looking forward to spending time with his wife and kids. He even went as far as to tell Green Bay executives who flew to Mississippi to speak to him the night before the NFL Draft in April that they could move on. He was going to stay retired.

The Green Bay Packers, their fans and most importantly Aaron Rodgers took him at his word. The team prepared for life without Brett and drafted that way. They gave the reigns to the talented, but unproven, Rodgers and told him the team was his. The fans moved on the best they knew how and were ready to support Rodgers. Rodgers spent countless hours in mini-camp and extra work preparing for his new role as leader of the Packers. The Green Bay Packers and its fans were finally coming to grips that the legendary gunslinger was riding off into the Sunset with his next stop to be Canton, Ohio. What better way to go out by almost making it to the Super Bowl and Favre having a career year after 3 seasons where he was mediocre at best.
But Wait!!!! Favre was just pulling our legs… he didn’t mean the tear filled retirement…. He was forced into it by the Packers …. Blah, Blah, Blah….

Oh the Humanity that an NFL team wanted to know what Favre was going to do. It didn’t matter that Favre had held the Packers hostage the last 3 years telling them he didn’t know if he would play or not until right before the season. It didn’t that if he was not going to play the team had to draft with a different strategy. What he did was unfair to the coaches, management, and fans, but most importantly it was unfair to his teammates. They had to know who to stand behind. Would it be Favre or Rodgers? They just needed to know so they could prepare properly for the 2008-09’ NFL season. It is hard enough to win in the NFL in the salary cap ERA because lack of depth, but even more-so when you have to replace a legend.

As a former coach of college baseball prospects playing American Legion Baseball I personally had to go through this almost every summer. A couple of our players would graduate with a year of eligibility left. They would go on and play a season of College ball and still be eligible to play depending on their date of birth. We would literally not know if they were playing or not until the first of June, when our season started the 3rd weekend of May. It was hard on the coaches, players, and fans not knowing. If you know then you can prepare. It keeps everyone held Hostage.

The Circus that is going on in the NFL could be remedied very easily by the NFL implementing the “Brett Favre Rule”. The rule would simply state that when you go on TV and whine, cry and pour your heart out and give thanks to everyone this side of the Dalai Lama that you are done for one year. Once you announce your retirement publicly, or to team officials, you have 14 days to submit your retirement papers to the NFL Commissioners Office. If you submit the proper paperwork then you can be reinstated in 365 days if you pass your physical and the Commissioner approves. If you do not submit the paper work then you waive your right to reinstatement forever.

This would work in most cases, because most guys like Favre just don’t know what to do with their time when it is time to report to camp. It is what they have done their whole lives. Start playing football in August. Once you sit out a year you have had plenty of time to think things over and assess the situation.

If you don’t want to retire or can’t make up your mind, then you can be put on the physically unable to perform list until you do. That way the team is not responsible for your salary during your time of indecision.

Brett Favre and his childish behavior has disgraced himself, his family, the NFL, but most importantly the NFL and the Green Bay Packers family. He has put the Packers in a no win situation because no matter what they decide they are goats. The only suitable outcome would be for Rodgers to win the Super Bowl. Anything short of that then everyone would say “If we would have had Brett we would have (fill in the blank). I knew the management should have let him play”.

Now we have to put up with the Circus for a few more weeks and all just because Brett Favre is acting like the neighborhood kid that took his ball and went home because he didn’t get his way. Then when he found out everyone else moved on he got upset and is making them pay.

NFL Retirement Rule: Why the “Brett Favre Rule” Should be Implemented