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Famous sports fans (Part IV)

13 Mar

This is it, folks. This is the final installment of our “Famous Sports Fans” series. Well, that’s not necessarily true. If we’re pressed for time and need a quick post, this franchise can easily be resurrected. We didn’t even pull out Dwight Schrute (Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons) or Captain Jack Sparrow (Pittsburgh Pirates) yet.


Part IV: The pilot of the Millennium Falcon, a fast-food eating blob of purple, the coolest superhero ever and a real American hero round out the list.

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Part III: A Friday night mainstay on ABC’s TGIF lineup, the coolest guy at Bayside High School, the Yankees’ worst employee ever and the host of California’s wildly popular talk show, “Wake Up, San Francisco.”

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Part II: This installment includes royalty, the king of observational
humor, a dude who wears Coke-bottle lenses and a cartoon dad who only
has two strands of hair.

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Part I: From the man who scored four touchdowns in one game for the Polk High Panthers in the 1966 city championship against Andrew Johnson High to the guy who made stupid animal grunts while breaking machines with Al Borland, here are some famous sports fans The Max found in the vault (also known to some as “The Internets”).

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First Santa, now Mother Nature

28 Oct

mothernature.jpgWe at The Max consider ourselves to be a lot like FOX News. Perhaps no other blog on the Internet employs the catchphrase “we report, you decide” better than The Max (ok, we’re a little biased). In short, we don’t offer you our opinions. We simply give you the information and let you form your own opinions. But after last night’s World Series game, we must speak up:

Philadelphia, you should be embarrassed. First you boo Santa Claus, and now you verbally assault poor Mother Nature just because your World Series celebration will be delayed by rain. How do you sleep at night?

Several members of The Max staff actually once had the opportunity to meet Mother Nature at an airport in Paris. Nice lady. She even offered to autograph the photo used in this blog entry. Unlike most celebrities, she spent an insane amount of time with us talking about the weather (turns out deciding to make it rain or snow is a lot more complicated than we thought). She even offered the wonderful advice of “stay warm,” which she also added on her autograph.

Anyway, we could go on forever about how nice Mother Nature is. But this goes far beyond some poor old lady’s feelings. We are getting reports in our newsroom that after last night’s booing of Mommy N, the Easter Bunny is kicking around the idea of skipping Philly this Spring. Are you happy now? And this comes just hours after learning that the Tooth Fairy is training Hulk Hogan to be her fill-in on house calls in the Philly area.

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The Max trades in their PS3 for a coin

24 Oct

coin.jpgLoyal readers of The Max recall our coverage of the ALCS where we used our PS3 to predict the outcome of the series. Unfortunately, despite all of our technical advancements (including putting a man on the moon), the PS3 couldn’t predict that the Tampa Bay Rays were going to be good this year. That said, they had the Red Sox topple the young upstarts 4-0. Good job, PS3!

That absurd prediction forced The Max editors to toss their PS3 and dig deep into their pockets to predict the outcome of the World Series. That’s right, we’re using a coin. By the way, this is a complete ripoff of 1050 ESPN Radio’s Max Kellerman Show (gotta give credit when it’s due). Here’s the way our coin, which happens to have the World Series logo on it (yeah, we’re fancy over here), sees the Fall Classic taking place:

Game 1
Phillies (tails)

Game 2
Phillies (tails)

Game 3
Rays (heads)

Game 4
Rays (heads)

Game 5
Rays (heads)

Game 6
Rays (heads)

Rays win 4-2

Okay, so Games 1 and 2 have already been played. But should facts really get in the way here? I mean, come on; we’re using a coin to predict the World Series for goodness sake. Anyway, congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays, your 2008 World Series Champions.

NLCS Game 4, PS3 Style

13 Oct

tiger.jpgWith the Phillies leading the Dodgers 2-1 in The Max’s simulated NLCS, we’ve loaded each team’s lineups into our PS3 to see what the computer thinks will go down tonight. The winner of this series will go on the play the Red Sox, who swept the Rays in our ALCS. Here we go:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Phillies 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 7 1
Dodgers 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 X 3 6 1

Series tied at 2

W – Lowe, 7.2 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 0 BB, 2 K
L – Blanton, 6.2 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 4 K
S – Saito, 1.1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K

HR: Ethier, Rollins

Dodgers
Ethier: 2-4, 1 R, 3 RBI, HR
Loney: 2-4, Double
Ramirez: 0-4, 1 K

Phillies
Rollins: 1-4, 1 R, 1 RBI, HR
Victorino: 2-3, 1 RBI
Utley: 0-4

So, the Dodgers pull it off at home and tie the series at two. But the real fun came when our PS3 spotted Tiger Woods in the crowd during the 4th inning, allowing us to use this photo of the world’s greatest golfer. He must be a big fan, seeing as he was also at the real Game 3 of the NLCS.

NLCS Game 3, PS3 Style

10 Oct

dodgers.jpgOur PS3 has put the Dodgers in a 2-0 hole as they head back to L.A. in an attempt to get back into the series. Let’s hope it’s a little more competitive than that mess the PS3 called an ALCS. Here’s how it played out:

Game 3

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Phillies 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 3 7 0
Dodgers 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 X 4 8 1

Phillies lead series 2-1

 

W – Kuroda, 6 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 6 K
L – Moyer, 4.1 IP, 8 H, 4 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 2 K
S – Saito, 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 1 K

HR: None

Dodgers
Loney: 3-4, 1 R, 2 RBI
Martin: 2-4, 1 R
Kemp: 1-3, 1 RBI

Phillies
Howard: 2-4, 2 RBI
Rollins: 0-3, 1 R, 1 BB
Victorino: 0-4

NLCS Game 2, PS3 Style

9 Oct

nlcs.jpgAccording the expert analysis provided by The Max’s PS3, the Phillies took Game 1 of the NLCS by a score of 14-3. Because we know you will probably be stuck in traffic while Game 2 is underway, we have simulated this matchup as well. Now, you can drive home from work listening to Mike Francesa already knowing the outcome of the game. Here goes:

 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dodgers 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 3 10 0
Phillies 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 4 11 0

Phillies lead series 2-0

W – Gordon, 1 IP, 2 Hits, O Runs, 2 K
L – Proctor, 0.2 IP, 2 Hits, 1 Run, 1 ER, 2 K

HR: None

Dodgers
Blake: 3-4, 1 Run, 2 RBI
Loney: 3-4, 1 Run
Ramirez: 0-3, 1 BB

Phillies
Howard: 2-4, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 2 K
Victorino 2-5, 1 Run, 1 RBI, 1 K
Werth: 2-3, 1 RBI, 1 BB

Both teams got strong performances out of their starters (Billingsley and Myers). But in the end, it was Torre using Proctor on back-to-back days (again) that cost the Dodgers.

NLCS Game 1, PS3 Style

9 Oct

theshow.jpgOk, guys. You may not realize it right now, but you’re not going to be able to watch Game 1 of the NLCS tonight. Sorry, your girl is going to make you watch Grey’s Anatomy instead. Stop denying you wear the pants and just watch the average looking girls overact for an hour.

Luckily for you, The Max already loaded the lineups into our PS3 and simulated the results. Here’s how tonight’s game is going to go down:

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Dodgers 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3  6  1
Phillies 3 0 0 0 4 5 2 0 X 14  12  0

 

W – Hamels, 6 IP, 4 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 4 BB, 8 K
L – Lowe, 4.2 IP, 6 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 1 BB
S – Madson, 3 IP, 2 H, 0 R, O ER, 0 BB, 1 K

HR: Rollins 2, Howard, Burrell, Ethier

Dodgers
M. Ramirez: 1-3, Run, BB
Ethier: 1-4, Run, 3 RBI, HR
Furcal: 0-5

Phillies
Rollins: 2-3, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, 2 HR
Utley: 3-4, 2 Runs, 4 RBI, Double
Howard: 2-5, 3 Runs, 3 RBI, HR, Double
Burrell: 2-5, 1 Run, 4 RBI, HR, Double

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So there you have it. The computer overlooked Burrell’s huge game at the plate and gave player of the game honors to Rollins. Enjoy watching your girl drool over McDreamy.