Sunday, June 29, 2008

Karma of the Week (06/29/2008)

Hey everyone, welcome to this week's Karma of the Week. I'd like to direct your attention over to my new blog site for a story that is worthy of having been on the old show "Kids Say the Darndest Things." (Look for the post from 6-26)

Now for the karma.

Bad Karma

Honorable Mention- He can run....but he can't drive

Buffalo Bills running back Marshawn Lynch had his driver's license revoked in traffic court on Friday after saying he didn't know he hit someone while driving on a Buffalo street last month.

Judge Thomas Gagola also imposed the maximum $100 fine and $50 surcharge after Lynch pleaded guilty to "failure to exercise due care toward a pedestrian."

Lynch, the Bills' first-round draft pick in 2007 out of Cal, was driving his 2008 Porsche Cayenne SUV in the city's bar district at 3:30 a.m. when he struck a 27-year-old Ontario woman and kept going.

Not his first hit and run apparently

"It was raining real hard, there was a dancing pedestrian in the middle of the street," the 22-year-old Lynch said before the hearing. "I slowed down to let her go and continued on my way home. I didn't know my car had hit anyone or anything."

How do you NOT know that you HIT a person? I don't buy it for one second.

Runner-up- No no-no for you!

Jered Weaver and Jose Arredondo no-hit the Dodgers through 8 innings on Saturday, the Dodgers didn't bat in the 9th because they were ahead 1-0. How you ask? Good question.

The Dodgers became the fifth team in modern major league history to win without getting a hit. But because they didn't have to bat in the ninth, the game doesn't qualify as a no-hitter.

The closest the Dodgers came to a hit was Matt Kemp's slow roller on the first-base side of the mound in the fifth inning. Weaver's fielding error on the play led to the game's only run, which was unearned.

So the Dodgers end up with one run on no hits. Pretty awesome stuff for the original team from L.A. However, it is not so awesome for the team that is trying to pawn itself off as a Los Angeles team.

Perhaps this is a sign that the Angels should switch their name back to Anaheim, or California or Middle of Nowhere.

Winner- Shake Down Soprano Style

Perhaps Shaun Chacon had been watching too many reruns of the Sopranos. Chacon was upset with Astros GM Ed Wade about having been moved to the bullpen. So, at a team dinner he walked up to him, grabbed him by the throat and threw him to the ground.

Yeah....'cause that will get you back in the starting rotation!

The Astros released him and can the hear the echoes of........

Way to throw away what little remnants of a baseball career you had left. That is why Chacon gets the top spot this week.

Good Karma

Honorable Mention- Is that Don Mattingly?

I am not a Yankees fan. Therefore, I can't tell you if this has been an all year long thing or whether this just happened recently but.....have you seen Jason Giambi's killer stache?

I knew that he had grown one before, but this one has legendary status written all over it. My only fear is that this may become a trend.

Runner-up- Here come the Twins

Forget the Tigers being on a bit of a roll, the Twins had a 10-game winning streak this past week and a half. It was snapped Saturday but the damage is done. The Twins are only 1 1/2 games behind the White Sox.

Winner- The Bulldogs WIN!

The Fresno State Bulldogs won the NCAA College World Series. After losing the first game to the Georgia Bulldogs, they won the last two to win the first men's title in any sport in school history.

Congrats to Fresno State!

Just missing the list this week is the NBA Draft and all of those who participated in it. The Blazers made out like bandits again. Chicago got Rose, as expected. Love and Mayo swapped places after being drafted. Most of the teams had a good draft, very few had "bad" drafts.


Finally today, Week 13 in my "If the season ended today....." In an attempt to find trends and when they occur, I will give you the playoff matchups if the season were to end today. (Standings as of the end of play Saturday night)

Week 13


Tampa Bay vs. Los Angeles
Chicago vs. Boston


St. Louis vs. Philadelphia
Arizona vs. Chicago

Same as the last 3 weeks. Starting to see some patterns develop. Wonder if this will hold through to October. Minnesota is close, so is Atlanta, the Dodgers, the Brewers and the Yanks are showing some life.

Number of weeks in playoff contention (Latest week of Contention)

St. Louis- 13
Arizona- 12
Los Angeles (AL)- 12
Chicago (NL)- 11
Chicago (AL)- 11
Boston- 10
Tampa Bay- 8
Florida- 7 (Week 9)
Philadelphia- 5
Baltimore- 4 (Week 4)
Oakland- 4 (Week 6)
Milwaukee- 2
Kansas City- 1
Minnesota- 1 (Week 5)
New York (NL)- 1
San Diego- 1
Toronto- 1

That's all for this week. Again, if you have some stories to share, I am open to suggestions. Have a great week filled with good karma. See you Wednesday with Get to Know the 50 States and I'll recap my MLB predictions and see how they have turned out so far.

Best wishes for good karma to all!


  1. Nice work.
    I was thinking Jimmy Buffett's "You'll Never Work in Dis Bidness Again," but I keep finding I'm a complete fart so why should this be any different!

    The no hitter bit is harsh - ugh can you imagine?

  2. I'm a little lost, the dude hit someone with his car, and then gets off with a slap on the wrist in a suspended license. Yeah, that's justice. Here's hoping karma bites him during the football season.

  3. Talk about a smorgasbord or great topics. The mustache pic is scary. The Lynch story is unreal. Well done. Great read.