2014 MLB Un-All-Star Team

CC Sabathia New York Yankees MLB Un-All-Star Team 2014It has become a yearly tradition that we look at all the former MLB All-Stars that aren’t having stellar years.

The season is a little more than half over and it’s not too late for some of these players to bounce back and turn their seasons around.

Since I’m an active fantasy baseball owner, it didn’t take me long to make this list. A few of these guys were on my teams early this season, but were quickly dropped after a few weeks of bad numbers. I spent most of my time just baffled that some of these guys were actually All-Stars at one point.

The old benchmark for an All-Star was thrown out with the bathwater when Bud Selig decided each team must have one representative in the All-Star Game.

I omitted all the former All-Star pitchers that are currently out recovering from Tommy John surgery. I tried not to add position players who suffered a major injury, but decided to include them if they had over 100 at-bats this season (sorry, Prince Fielder).

Here is our 2014 MLB Un-All-Star team.

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Sports Crush: Erin Coscarelli

Erin Coscarelli Hot Sexy Brunette NFL AM NFL Network bobbleheads Sports CrushWe’ve written a handful of ’Sports Crush‘ posts since we launched America’s White Boy. We’ve spotlighted female MMA fighters, WWE Divas and female sports reporters like MLB Network’s Heidi Watney. We decided to profile another female on a league-owned network, NFL Network’s Erin Coscarelli.

She was recently hired at NFL Network and co-hosts NFL AM with Rhett Lewis. She previously worked at Comcast SportsNet Bay Area.

During her first broadcast, she showed her toughness by taking a wiffle ball bat to her side and won me over further by admitting she loves the WWE, specifically the Undertaker. She seems like one of the guys on the set and knows her football. She’s also a great follow on Twitter.

We are crushing on Erin Coscarelli and once you look at our photo gallery, you will understand why.

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Toy Crazy: Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 30

WWE Elite 30 Animal Hawk Lex Luger Batista Brock Lesnar RybackI’m a self-confessed vintage toy nerd. I collect vintage wrestling action figures from the 80′s & 90′s. I had a hard time getting into new action figures. I started purchasing the old toys I had as a kid out of nostalgia. Well, the WWE finally figured out a way to suck me into their new products…release quality figures of wrestlers I grew up watching.

As soon as I saw the line-up for Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 30, I basically just threw my money at my laptop screen. I’m a sucker for the Legion of Doom (otherwise known as The Road Warriors) and the Lex Express-era patriotic Lex Luger is just icing on the cake.

I let you know when these will hit the shelves, and which accessories come with each figure in Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 30.

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Cubs trade Samardzija & Hammel to Oakland for Prospects

Jeff Samardzija Jason Hammel Trade Chicago Cubs Oakland As Addison RussellThe Chicago Cubs FINALLY made the trade fans knew was coming for a long time.

Cubs’ fans assumed it would take two separate deals to trade both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel, but they found their trade partner in the Oakland A’s.

The Cubs need young pitching, so you would expect the deal would surround some young arms. Right? Not exactly.

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Sweetbob’s Hipster Music Playlist: July 2014

Sweetbob's Hipster Music Playlist July 2014 awesome beard weird odd funnyI guess if I keep ‘super-sizing’ these playlists to fifteen songs, it will soon become the norm. Well, it’s official. We will always include at least fifteen songs in every hipster music playlist going forward!

July is an awesome month for new music. You can’t have an eventful Summer without a soundtrack that goes along with all the tomfoolery.

I always keep an ear out for new music. I love discovering new bands/songs, it’s a habit from my days as a music journalist. Even though this is mostly a sports blog, I still add quite a bit of music and pop culture content.

I have been called a hipster on more than one occasion. I like indie music more than any other genre of music. Don’t get me wrong, I can rock out to Richard Marx or Ace of Base (depending on the amount of alcohol in my system).

Here are 15 new indie songs I’m currently listening to. All of the songs are fresh and most have only been released within the last two months.

Your ears will thank you for listening!

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20 Pictures of Nicolas Cage’s Face Photoshopped on People

Andre the Giant Nicolas Cage face faceoff funny comedy weirdI had a difficult time trying to think of a title that best suits this post. I went bland and just said what this actually post is…twenty pictures of Nicholas Cage’s Face Photoshopped on other people’s faces.

I first ran into the photo on the right while looking up some pictures of Andre the Giant to use on a different post. When I found that bad boy, I was both amazed and frightened. I would love to know whomever did that Photoshop (and the others), so I could properly give them credit.

After seeing the Andre the Giant picture, I went on a Google Image rampage to find others. It didn’t take me long to find a treasure trove of great photos of Nicholas Cage’s face in famous photos.

Here are the 20 best (funniest/odd) pictures of Nicolas Cage’s face Photoshopped on other people’s faces.

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Dallas Cowboys ‘Mean Tweets’ Video…Featuring My Tweet!

As I’m currently focused on the World Cup and baseball, I rarely go to DallasCowboys.com and watch videos (I’m also a Colts fan). A friend of mine gave me the head’s up that one of my tweets was featured in a video they posted on their website. They did a Jimmy Kimmel-esque ‘Mean Tweets’ video in which players like Tony Romo and Jason Witten read mean tweets about them.

Here is a screencap of Anthony Spencer reading my tweet.

Dallas Cowboys Mean Tweets Video Jimmy Kimmel Tony Romo Anthony Spencer Sweetbob

If you want to watch the entire video, click here.

…and if you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @sweetbob.

2014 NBA Draft: Best Undrafted Players

Aaron Craft 2014 NBA Draft Undrafted Ohio StateThe NBA Draft is only 60 picks, so many players fall through the cracks…especially in a year in which a draft his deep.

The 2014 NBA Draft is very deep, so more good players than usual didn’t make the cut. It’s not the end of the road for these players. They will just need to work a little harder to attain their dream.

Many of these guys will be signed to play in the NBA Summer League. They can showcase their skills in hopes of earning a invite to training camp. Unfortunately for most, they will end up playing overseas or in the NBA Development League. There are still a few every year that surprise everybody and beat the odds to earn an NBA contract.

Here are the best college and international players who went undrafted during the 2014 NBA Draft.

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2014 NBA Draft Analysis – First Round

2014 NBA Draft Andrew Wiggins Jabari ParkerMy favorite night of the year has arrived!

I love the anticipation and the speed of the NBA Draft. You don’t have fifteen minutes in-between picks like the NFL and you actually know these players, unlike the NHL and MLB.

If you can stomach two-three hours of Bill Simmons, it will be a fun night.

We give analysis for every pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.

1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) – No surprise here. Cleveland is looking to rebuild and they don’t need a player like Jabari Parker to be an instant boost. They loved Embiid, but they couldn’t risk a #1 overall pick on a player who is a major injury risk.

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76ers Unveil New Secondary Ben Franklin Logo

Philadelphia 76ers Ben Franklin secondary logo Sixers dribbling weird funny NBALook at that glorious logo!

I’m not a Logophile, but the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled a good looking logo. The NBA should go back to the goofy logos that filled the ABA.

This new Sixers logo is said to be their ‘secondary’ logo, which doesn’t mean it will appear on any official jerseys. I’m an Indiana Pacers fan, but I would consider buying some Sixers gear if this dribbling Ben Franklin logo was featured.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the Sixers will be using this logo.

*teardrop*

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Can Detroit Win AL Central With Verlander Struggling?

Justin Verlander Detroit Tigers Funny Hilarious MLB Sucks Kate UptonJustin Verlander has been in the running for the Cy Young award in nearly every season for the better part of a decade. In the span of his career, the Detroit Tigers have went from worst to first in the AL Central. They couldn’t have done it without his dominant pitching.

Things aren’t going so well for Verlander this season. He currently has a record of 6-7 with a 4.98 ERA. Detroit is only leading Kansas City by a half game in the AL Central. While the official MLB Futures betting lines have the Detroit Tigers in contention to take the AL Central Division, I am no longer comfortable with their position in the top spot as the Royals look to make their move on them.

Matthew Leach of MLB.com wrote an in-depth article breaking down Verlander’s problems this season. Leach opines that he shouldn’t be breaking down at 31 years old. As a power pitcher, he should actually be firmly in his prime. His velocity has taken a hit and he’s even having issues against players the second and third time through the order. This is new territory for Verlander.

What’s going on with Detroit? What should we expect from them going down the stretch?

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2014 NBA Mock Draft: Who Will be #1?

Joel Embiid 2014 NBA Mock Draft Cleveland CavaliersNow that the NBA season is over, let’s focus on the NBA Draft. I personally think the NBA Draft is the best draft in any major sport. There’s usually more trades, the impact of these rookies is usually felt immediately and it doesn’t go on and on like the NFL Draft.

You will begin to hear a lot of rumors about what’s wrong with these prospects. You rarely hear anything positive until a day or two before the draft. Teams know how to leak information to attempt to hurt a player’s draft stock. It’s all smoke and mirrors at this point.

I try to forge through the piles of trash out there and give you where I think the player will be drafted. I personally wouldn’t draft a few of these players in the lottery, but it’s the NBA and there are a lot of bad General Managers in the league.

Here is my 2014 NBA Mock Draft for the first round.

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Clayton Kershaw Pitches First Career No-Hitter

clayton kershaw no-hitter los angeles dodgers colorado rockies mlbClayton Kershaw, who signed a $215 million contract this offseason, was worth every penny against Colorado. He earned his first career no-hitter and was only a throwing error away from a perfect game. I’m sure Hanley Ramirez would like to have that throw back.

This is the Dodgers second no-hitter this season. Josh Beckett unexpectedly earned one less than a month ago. I wouldn’t be surprised if Kershaw, or another member of their rotation, would notch another one this season.

The Dodgers are currently four games back in the NL West behind the San Francisco Giants.

Kershaw’s next start will be in Kansas City to face the AL Central-leading Royals.

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