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Gerardo Parra and the rare bunt double.

Watch Gerardo Parra of the Arizona Diamondbacks bunt for a double in a game against the New York Mets on July 4, 2013.   Your browser does not support iframes. According to Beyond The Box Score, there have been 37 bunt doubles in recorded MLB history prior to Parra's bunt double today.  Jackie Robinson had the first recorded bunt double in 1951. There has never...
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July 04, 2013  |  Discuss

The Pittsburgh Pirates can thank me now.

Anyone who has had the pleasure, or displeasure, of reading The Show Speak over the last few years understands the Pittsburgh Pirates are my Achilles heal when it comes to predictions - and it is not like I am some sort of a Nate Silver protege.   The Pirates are the primary reason I am formally scared scarred from making baseball predictions. Let's look at the facts...
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June 30, 2013  |  Discuss

My last year as a Phoenix Suns Fan (repost)

Words cannot describe the pure beauty of this blog posting by phoenixsuns1979 on a popular Phoenix Suns blog - Bright Side of the Sun. Bright Side of the Sun "My Last Year as a Phoenix Suns Fan" phoenixsuns1979  (Link) I'm sure we can all remember our first sporting event we attended, I'll never forget the Phoenix Suns vs. Atlanta Hawks game I saw...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

February Predictions For October Baseball

Article sponsored by Fan Duel Fantasy Baseball, Guest Author. Can Joey Votto lead Cincinnati back to a Reds October?  (photo:  Craig Turley, 2/22/13) February Predictions For October BaseballPlayers are still getting used to the daily routine of Spring Training, but with games about to start, it is never too early to give a look at what the standings might look...
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February 24, 2013  |  Discuss

David Freese bobblehead chewed up, dog in time-out.

This is why I am a cat guy. Funny picture and punishment from Twitter's @Alisonnn_23's pooch. Good thing this dog doesn't know where to find my Stan Musial baseball. Until Next Time, Craig Turley
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February 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Snow day in the Cactus League

Welcome to warm and sunny Scottsdale, Arizona, home of MLB Cactus League Spring Training. Or, welcome to the snow.  This picture was taken today just west of Salt River Fields, where the Arizona Diamondbacks and Colorado Rockies train. Picture by me, taken as I was driving my sled. Yes Pedro Guerrero, it's really snow. Cactus League games start Friday....
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February 20, 2013  |  Discuss

The top seven all time (alleged) athletic PED performers.

Performance enhancing drugs (PEDs) are part of the modern day sports culture.    From turning an Olympic East German woman's shot putter into a man in the 1980s to the deer antler spray of today - the desire to have a competitive edge by any means necessary is an accepted evil in athletics.   Personally, I am not shocked when an athlete is subjected to PED talk...
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February 03, 2013  |  Discuss

The University of Arizona's Solomon Hill makes 3/4 court shot.

Solomon Hill scored 18 points in the first half for the University of Arizona against Washington State. This shot was his best:  Bear Down!  Until Next Time,  Craig Turley  Find me on Twitter.  H/T Anytimeanywhere on You Tube
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February 02, 2013  |  Discuss

The idea of Todd Heap as a NFL Hall of Fame player is painful, like a giraffe with a sore throat.

Scrolling Craig's List can be fun.   There are missed connections to be browsed, haiku's to be discussed in the forums and collectibles to be sold. So, after confirming I was not a missed connection, I skipped the haiku discussion forum and found myself clicking an advertisement selling a playbook with multiple NFL players: (from Craig's List) Flacco/Anquan...
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January 28, 2013  |  Discuss

Stan "The Man" Musial

Dodgers pitcher Preacher Roe once joked about how to handle Musial: "I throw him four wide ones and then I try to pick him off first base." Here stands baseball's perfect warrior.  Here stands baseball's perfect knight.   (photo:  Jeff Curry -USA Today) There is no need to explain the significance of Stan Musial's baseball career as...
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January 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Watch Jamaal Franklin of SDSU with the NCAA dunk of the year.

There are spectacular plays, and then there is Jamaal Franklin's pass to himself off the backboard from the three point line while running full speed and dunking in the Aztec's 65-62 win over Fresno State earlier this week. Jamaal Franklin: Until Next Time, Craig Turley I'm on Twitter
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January 13, 2013  |  Discuss

The 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame vote was a perfect imperfection.

The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) got it right in 2013. The Baseball Hall of Fame (HOF) is not the Hall of Good Guys.  (Dale Murphy) The Baseball Hall of Fame is not the Hall of Milestone Numbers and you are automatically included regardless if you cheated, regardless if you are a bully, regardless if you forget English.  (You know the list) Nor is the Baseball...
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January 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Remembering Pistol Pete Maravich 25 years later.

For the old school NBA hoops junkies out there, today marks the 25th anniversary passing of former NBA All Star and basketball whiz Pete Maravich. Maravich averaged 24.2 points per game in the NBA and his college hoops career at Louisiana State University was even more impressive. Maravich not only owns the three highest single season averages in Division I history, but...
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January 05, 2013  |  Discuss

Celebrating the Fiscal Cliff with my favorite Baseball Cliff.

At midnight, December 31, 2012 the United States will fall off the Fiscal Cliff. Whatever. The United States fell off the Fiscal Cliff years ago.  As of the Fiscal Year ending September 30, 2012, the US spent 15.3% of the tax revenue collected on servicing debt (i.e. interest).  In addition to an unsustainable debt service level, our friend Helicopter Ben (Federal Reserve...
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December 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Rating the Arizona Cardinals starting quarterbacks since 1988.

Okay, the original plan was to rate Arizona quarterbacks in some sort of sequential hierarchy since the Cardinals moved from St. Louis to Tempe, Arizona in 1988. After further review, this plan seemed frivolous.  Only two quarterbacks have taken the Cardinals to the playoffs since arriving in the desert, Kurt Warner and Jake Plummer. Kurt Warner has by far the most eye popping...
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December 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Darren Collison's shot of the year

The shot of the year in the NBA. Darren Collison sends the Dallas Mavericks to overtime against the Oklahoma City Thunder with a wild right foot, right handed, 3 point bucket off a pass from Shawn Marion as regulation time expired. The Oklahoma City Thunder eventually won the game in overtime 111-105 despite Collison's 32 points and JR Smith like heroics. Any one...
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December 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Arizona Cardinal Tickets being offered with Paper Sacks

Yep, it's happened. The fine folks in Phoenix are ready to go against the environmental grain and break out the paper sack mask for Arizona Cardinal home football games. In fact, there is a Craig's List advertisement touting the paper sack perk the Dec. 23, 2012 home game against the Chicago Bears. According to the add, a lucky Cardinal fan (s) can purchase four...
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December 10, 2012  |  Discuss

Randy Johnson post baseball is doing just fine.

In a week where there has been spirited debate regarding baseball's hall of fame and the cast of characters eligible for the first time, I found one sure fire first ballot (class of 2015) hall of famer's website confirming there is life after baseball that does not involve perjury trials. Randy Johnson, former Arizona Diamondback (Diamondback fans are claiming him), 303...
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November 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Jerry Jones celebrates getting into the Dallas Cowboys locker room after being locked out.

In case you missed it, Jerry Jones got locked out of his own team's locker room on Sunday night following their 19-13 defeat in Atlanta. Fortunately, Jerry was able to sneak into the post game locker room loss celebration and bust some of his best moves. (click image if Jerry is not moving) Thanks to the guys from Guyism for sharing and to Jerry Jones for...
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November 05, 2012  |  Discuss

Buy My Parrot Costume!

That is correct, your eyes did not deceive you as you read the title. The  2012 Halloween costume that had the ladies gushing and the fellas jealous is for sale. To see the advertisement on E bay and get in on the action click here. Mention The Show Speak for a 0% discount. You know you want it. Until Next Time, Craig Turley **The Pirate jersey is...
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November 04, 2012  |  Discuss

The Legend of the Pittsburgh Pirate Parrot Prediction Payoff

Editors note:  Please do not mistake "payoff" for "playoffs" since this is an article about the Pittsburgh Pirates.  This article is written in hybrid language:  English and Parrotnese.  All photos are the property of the website owner and may not be used with out Parrot consent. There are times I wish I had gone to Planned Parrothood before opening my...
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October 31, 2012  |  Discuss
MR OCTOBER

Pablo Sandoval hits three home runs

Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval made history in Game 1 of the World Series by going deep three times in the game.

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October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Pittsburgh Pirates Parrot Costume Update

Good news for you sick, twisted people that were rooting for the Pittsburgh Pirates to lose at least 82 games this year. I have found a Parrot costume on eBay, bid on it, and successfully secured the rights. How can something so colorful and ridiculous not look great on me? The colorful, lightly used, flammable Parrot costume is due to arrive on Oct 18, 2012 ...
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October 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Is CC Sabathia the modern day Steve Carlton?

When Joe Girardi elected to stay with CC Sabathia on Friday evening at Yankee stadium in the Bronx, something happened that had not happened for the Yankees since Game 4 of the 2000 ALCS. A complete game by a starting pitcher. It was also the first complete game since 1962 when Ralph Terry pitched the Yankees to a 1-0 win over the San Francisco Giants for their 20th World Series...
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October 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves fans are unhappy - Whitey Ford pelted with pretzels

Anyone see the "infield fly" in the bottom of the eighth inning in the National League Wildcard game between the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves? If you missed it, it was terrible. This created quite the competition at Turner Field, as Braves fans thought the NY Jets were holding quarterback tryouts and fans started throwing things on the field. Fortunately...
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October 05, 2012  |  Discuss
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