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Anaheim had nothing going through the first 19 minutes of game 2 and they needed a spark in a big way. A goal by Sami Vatanen on the power play gave them the energy they needed and won 5 to 3, over the Nashville Predators.

Ryan Johansen and James Neal scored for the Predators in the first-period. Jakob Silfverberg tied the game at 2 for the Ducks in the second-period. Filip Forsberg gave the Predators the lead off a Viktor Arvidsson wrap-a-round miss.

Ondrej Kase tied the game at 3 with 9:19 remaining in the second-period. Nick Ritchie scored the game-winning goal with 2:53 remaining in the second for the Ducks. Antoine Vermette scored an empty-net goal with :44 seconds remaining in the game.

Pekka Rinne made 22 saves for the Predators. This is the first time in the playoffs Rinne has given up four goals in one game. John Gibson made 30 saves for the Ducks.

The series is tied at 1 and game 3 is on Tuesday Night in Nashville.

Who You Calling the GOAT?

Last night the New York Yankees retired the jersey number 2 and placed a plaque in Monument Park in honor of former captain Derek Jeter. Next stop Cooperstown.

That Derek Jeter is a first ballot Hall of Famer is undeniable. We all know about the hits (3465), 6th all time and the World Series rings (5). Of course, as we’ve been told it wasn’t about the stats with him. It was about the intangibles. Which works out well since statistically he doesn’t measure up. His name doesn’t belong anywhere near the Ruths, Aarons or Griffeys. The two least productive outcomes a batter can have are striking out and hitting into a double play. He is tied for 14th in strikeouts (1840) and 13th in double plays grounded into (287). He lead the league in hits twice and runs once. Other than that there is no black ink on his resume in any of the major offensive categories. And no MVPs.

Intangibles are the God argument. If you believe no amount of facts will change your mind. But, if there is takeaway from the years of accolades and adulation of Jeter it is how perception becomes reality.

There is the widely accepted belief that Jeter was an amazing teammate and leader. That he was unselfish. Only winning and the team mattered to him. But just because we have been told this for nearly 20 years, is it so? One man proves these beliefs to be untrue. That’s right Alex Rodriguez.

Prior to joining the Yankees Roger Clemens was a despised figure in the Yankee clubhouse for the number of times he drilled Yankee players. But when the Yankees got him in exchange for David Wells, Jeter welcomed him into the Yankee family.

When Jason Giambi & Andy Pettitte found themselves embroiled in PED controversy, Jeter stood by them. That is what you expect of a leader & teammate. Keeping everyone together for the greater good.

However when the Yankees brought Alex Rodriguez in did Jeter help ease him into the fold? When Rodriguez was dealing with the fallout from his (first) PED trouble, where was Jetes? He left Arod out to fend for himself. Did team first Derek offer to switch positions for the good of the team when they acquired a superior shortstop in Rodriguez? That’d be a no.

And why? Because years earlier Rodriguez dare to speak the truth. Saying in a GQ article that teams were never worried about Jeter beating them? The personal grudge against Arod was more important to the Captain then what would’ve been for the best of the team. Are these the actions of a great leader?

For years we were told how important winning was to Jeter. After the 4 titles in the first 5 years of his career the Yanks hit a dry spell. After Martinez & O’Neill were gone the atmosphere changed. The team took on Jeters tightass demeanor. In the seasons that followed when the Yankees failed to win it all, including the greatest choke it the history of sports to the hated Red Sox, all the blame fell on Arod. And during his struggles did Jeter ever say its not all on one guy? And when they did win in 2009 it was attributed to two things. One the heroics of Rodriguez. And the clubhouse culture becoming looser thanks to new acquisitions CC Sabathia & Nick Swisher. If Jeter was so influential why did the team chemistry need a shake up?

Another popular Jeter myth is how he never wanted things about him. Really? Was anyone else introduced by the deceased Bob Sheppard? Can you imagine the outrage if a certain teammate did that?

Then there was the retirement tour? Did a struggling and washed up Jeter ever attempt to make things easier on his manager and suggest dropping him in the lineup? Or not play him everyday? Sure you can say its not fair. That it is not the players responsibility. But I’m not the one who put him on this pedestal. You placed unrealistic and untrue virtues on him.

Sure it is easy brush these things off as the ramblings of a hater. Just remember it was his peers who according to Sports Illustrated polsl voted him the most overrated player in the game on a near yearly basis. These are also wealthy men who were living a simliar lifesytle, not a much of bitter Joe Sixpacks.

Less than 1.5% of major leaguers make it to the Hall of Fame. Derek Jeter will join that exclusive club shortly.

But the reality is he never was and never will be the Greatest Of All TIme.

Headed to the Midwest

Last weekend was a blast racing three and four wide at Talladega and we’re riding the wave of momentum from our first top-20 finish of the season. It has been a busy week, I spent Tuesday at the BK Racing shop as P.F. Chang’s catered lunch for everyone at for all their hard work. It’s now time to fly out for our next race and this weekend we’re racing in Kansas City at Kansas Speedway.

Kansas Speedway isn’t your typical mile and half oval, it’s only 16 years old but was repaved a few years back. This will be my first trip to Kansas so I’ve been watching a lot of film and leaning on a few buddies for tips on how to get around this place.

Kansas will be my first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series night race and I’m excited to see how the cars handle when the temperature cool down and the track speeds up. Make sure and watch the 400 Saturday on Fox Sports 1.

Will Lavar Ball Pull an Archie Manning?

The NBA Draft Lottery results are in and they go a little something like this:

1. Celtics (via Nets)

2. Lakers

3. Sixers (via Kings)

4. Suns

5. Kings (via Sixers)

6. Magic

7. Timberwolves

8. Knicks

9. Mavericks

10. Kings (via Pelicans)

11. Hornets

12. Pistons

13. Nuggets

14. Heat

Now the first thing I wanted to know is where the Los Angeles Lakers would be picking. Everyone’s favorite sports dad Lavar Ball has been saying for months now that he would like his son to play for the historic NBA franchise. And who could blame him. The Lakers are close to home, Magic is running the show and they have a team full of young players ready to grow together. The next thing I thought about is how far would Lavar go to secure his desire of his son wearing Purple and Gold. After all, there’s no telling what the Celtics may do if thy keep the pick. And if the Celtics do trade the pick, who knows what that team wants to do. The last thing to pop into my mind is the last parent that influenced where his son would play. That honor is reserved for the patriarch of the Manning quarterback clan; Mr. Archie Manning.

For those that may have forgotten, Eli Manning entered the 2004 NFL Draft as the consensus number one pick. The team with the top pick in that draft was the then San Diego Chargers (who had Drew Brees on their roster by the way). The story goes that Mr. Manning didn’t want his son to play in San Diego and informed the Chargers not to pick his son. The Chargers then took the fun route and let that information leak to the media. Looking back, Mr. Manning made the correct choice. The now Los Angeles Chargers have wasted the prime of many a player and have consistently failed to find success with Philip Rivers under center. Meanwhile, Eli Manning is sporting two Super Bowl rings and may even be able to win a third before he’s all done. This move by Archie Manning was a simple case of steering his son away from a dysfunctional organization and towards a functional one with a proven history like the New York Giants. Lavar Ball’s intentions (if he chooses to go the Archie Manning route) will be about Lavar and his vision. Now whether you think that vision is clouded by ego and overconfidence is irrelevant because people still tune in to hear him talk.

So will Lavar do it? Will he pull an Archie Manning? I wouldn’t be surprised if he did at this point. Given the choice of having his son remaining in town versus playing somewhere on the east coast or midwest, I’m sure he wants his son nearby. And Lonzo seems to be marching in lockstep with his father. So for now, just tune in and get ready for a laugh (or a cringe if you happen to hate Lavar Ball). I’ll go ahead and say it now: Lonzo Ball will be a Laker one way or another.

5 reasons as to why Physical exercise is a must

In today’s world where we are all doing so many unhealthy activities daily, like eating junk food, waking till late night etc we must add something good to our routine to feel happy about. One thing that we can do is Physical exercise.

What is physical exercise?

It is a physical activity that has to be done repetitively or regularly. It is not just a one day event. Physical exercise aims for a good mental and physical fitness.

There are many benefits of doing physical exercise on a regular basis. 5 most important benefits are mentioned below:

  1. It is good for your mental health.

A regular exercise helps you to improve your mental stability. Studies show that physical exercise actually makes a person fell free of stress and anxiety.

  1. It keeps you away from the diseases.

Exercise improves the functioning of your heart and other important organs. It helps you get rid of all the sluggishness and makes you feel fresh and light.

  1. It makes you look good.

If you are going to exercise daily then you will certainly gain an attractive body, free of obesity and diseases.

  1. It makes you feel good.

Once you start exercising and bring it in your routine then, you will start to enjoy it and its benefits. After exercising you will definitely feel better.

  1. It maintains your digestion.

Things are good until your stomach is good. An upset stomach is the main reason for your health problems. Exercising daily will make your digestion better and keep you healthy and strong.

So go ahead and start exercising today. You can start with anything, like a 15-minute walk in the park or playing a sport of your choice.