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Archive for December, 2010

The Year in Sports

Happy New Year, everyone!

We’ve recorded a special New Year’s Edition of the Murdoc and Hollywood podcast. We look ahead to the next year in sports by making some BCS Bowl picks and talking about Vikings rookie Joe Webb. We also look back on the year that was, reflecting on the Vikings’ success under Leslie Frazier, the UConn Women’s Basketball team, and Hollywood’s list of sports figures who ticked him off.

We hope you enjoy the New Year’s Edition of the Murdoc and Hollywood podcast. See you in 2011!

–Murdoc and Hollywood

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Woody, aka Randy Moss

Okay, this is just weird.

Clay Travis, of Fanhouse.com, hosts a radio show in Nashville. On Wednesday, Travis received a call from a man who identified himself simply as “Woody.” Woody then proceeded to complain about Tennessee Titans head coach Jeff Fisher. But the peculiar thing is that this man sounded oddly familiar, especially to Vikings fans. That’s right–Travis suspects that Woody is none other than the man who has played for three NFL teams this year, Randy Moss.

So why would Moss call in to a radio station to complain about his head coach? Well, first, it should be no surprise that Moss is sounding off–he’s had a history of doing so. But perhaps after the recent outbursts in Minnesota that led to his quick exit, Moss has gotten smart about where he wages his battles–especially with free agency on his horizon. The Titans have denied that “Woody” is in fact Randy Moss…but we’ll let you be the judge. Listen to the link and share your thoughts in the comments section.

–Hollywood


Murdoc’s Idol is Going to Kill the BCS

For well over a year now, I’ve had to listen to Murdoc toot Mark Cuban’s horn. The way Murdoc talks about him, you’d think they were buddies. But even I have to admit it…Cuban is a pretty smart businessman. Now, the billionaire owner of the Dallas Mavericks is at it again.

It turns out that after purchasing a basketball team and failing to purchase a baseball team, Mark Cuban is diving headfirst into college football. But since he can’t buy a college football team, he’s had to go a different route. Cuban has devised a plan to get rid of the much-maligned BCS bowl series and replace it with a playoff system.

Sure, it’s a long shot. But who knows? It just might take off. And if it does, I bet Murdoc would be willing to invest.

–Hollywood


Cliff Lee Returns to Philly

And just like that, Cliff Lee is once again a member of the Philadelphia Phillies.

The deal isn’t final, but it looks like we’ll soon see Lee back in red and white. Lee reportedly turned down millions of extra dollars from the New York Yankees and Texas Rangers, opting to return to the city that sources say he and his family were “heartbroken” to leave following Lee’s trade to Seattle. Instead of becoming yet another huge signing for the Yankees, or returning to the World Series runners-up Rangers, Lee took a five-year, $120-million contract with a $27.5-million sixth-year option. Ironically, Joe Blanton, the same man who forced the Phillies to trade Lee in order to create space on the payroll, could be traded to…create space on the payroll.

Lee joins Roy Halladay, Cole Hamels, and Roy Oswalt as part of a four-man pitching rotation that, at least on paper, seems nearly unstoppable. However, these four only have one World Series Championship between them. One has to wonder how much a former All-Star and Cy Young winner can add to three other former All-Stars (and, in the case of Halladay, two-time former Cy Young winner). The success of the new-look Phillies remains to be seen.

If this signing brings Philadelphia a championship, though, maybe they should change their team name to the “Phil-Lees.”

–Hollywood


Metrodome Roof Collapses onto Mall of America Field

Some would say that the team inside the Metrodome has collapsed this season, but on December 12 it was the Metrodome roof that physically collapsed due to the weight of snow and not a losing record. The Vikings will play at Ford Field on Monday night. Tickets are free, so Hollywood, 3rd, and I are considering jumping in the car and driving out to Detroit. Unfortunately, we don’t foresee the city of Minneapolis having our streets cleared in time..

Here is the video of the roof collapsing:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UoDOpGqcEPQ

-Murdoc


A New Beginning…

After one month of great blog posts and four months of not posting anything at all, Murdoc and Hollywood have decided to hit the refresh button. We’re happy to announce that this blog will now be your source for everything sports-related. We’ll post breaking news on our Twitter (@MurdocHollywood), and share news and opinions here. The most exciting addition, however, will be our podcasts. Yes, podcasts. We’ll do them on a regular basis, and encourage your feedback. They’ll be available for listening here, and possibly for download on iTunes soon. For now, check it out below.

Thanks again for checking us out. We hope you enjoy the inaugural edition of the Murdoc and Hollywood podcast.

–Murdoc and Hollywood