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I’m going to be posting over the next couple of weeks, my top 15 sports moments that I’ve been involved in, or have been to in person.

There are no rules here, it’s just some of the best sports moments I’ve been blessed to be a part of. I’m sure I missed some, and certainly nothing is official. If you want to comment on any of these, or something I may have missed, please do so in a positive and preferably respectful manner.

Some of these will be extremely obscure and others will be things most of you know.

#15…Rockford Icehogs @ Kalamazoo Wings
May 6, 2006, UHL Semi Finals, Game 2.

My team at the time was the Fort Wayne Komets who had already been eliminated by the Rockford Icehogs in round 1 of the United Hockey League playoffs. It was a Saturday night and we decided to take the very short drive up to Kalamazoo, Michigan to check out the Wings take on Rockford.

The previous night, Kalamazoo easily handled Rockford 3-1, but game 2 was a much different story. In fact, it was one of the most entertaining games I’ve seen at any level. Numerous fights, high scoring, an awesome storyline, and a full house.

Let’s start with Rockford who was led in this game by former NHL prospect Billy Tibbetts. Tibbetts could have been a star, but he had a huge temper that always got the best of him. He was also convicted of raping a 15 year old girl when he was 17. Things spiraled out of control for Tibbetts and he found himself in the UHL. On the ice, he had no problem getting in the faces of others and doing whatever it took to find the net.

The Wings were led by Lucas Drake who picked a great night to do what he did. Now neither player was the star of their team, but on this night, they would go down in history.

There was a lot of special teams involved in this game as it was especially chippy early on. The Wings’ Kory Karlander started the scoring with a short handed goal in the first, while Rockford responded with 2 powerplay goals. They battled strong for 20 minutes and were tied at 3.

The second period was extremely tough on the Icehogs as Lucas Drake took over for the WIngs. He notched a couple goals, including the first of two short handed goals to give himself a hat trick. After a Nick Bootland shorthanded goal, Drake put up two more goals to give him a total of 5 goals, a UHL playoff record. Needless to say, Wings Stadium was in a frenzy.

8-3 Wings after 2.

Rockford got an early 5 on 3 powerplay in the 3rd period and capitalized when Tibbetts put in his 3rd of the game for a hat trick of his own. Two minutes and two goals later, another Tibbetts sighting gave him his 4th goal. He got pretty cocky as there was a small brawl. Tibbetts could be seen yelling at Wings fans at counting to 4, the number of goals he had scored. The fans let him know how to count to 5, the number of goals Drake had scored, and how to read a scoreboard, something the Wings were also winning.

The Icehogs were stellar the rest of the game, putting on an absolute flurry of shots, but Wings goalie Joel Martin stopped what he needed to and Kalamazoo survived 8-7 to take a 2-0 series lead.

The Wings would go on to win the UHL’s Colonial Cup that year but not before playing an absolutely epic playoff game against the Rockford Icehogs, which is #15 on my top 15 Sports Moments.

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In a previous post I said that I am putting my support (if it matters), behind Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin. I can already tell that half of you stopped reading and right there lies a part of the problem this country has.

Let me preface this by asking all of you…do you really honest to God believe that you will get any kind of change from either of the mainstream presidential candidates when we decide a new president less than one week from now? Are we still not going to have the same two divided parties that stick together when it comes to certain issues but have members of the party who have widely different beliefs? When this election is all said and done, will any promises you’ve heard be fulfilled? If you think so, it would probably be a first. Fact is that both the Republicans and Democrats are full of it. Nothing ever changes and it is an endless cycle of bickering back and forth while playing political games with the voters. If we want REAL change, we need to look somewhere other than Barack Obama, John McCain, and their “parties” which are leading us directly toward complete socialism.

Many people have no idea other parties even exist. They call themselves “independents” yet still don’t vote that way. In fact, 99% of all independent voters voted Republican or Democrat in 2004. If someone doesn’t think in ways they are told to think by Donkeys and Elephants, then why do they ultimately decide to agree with one of only two opinions when they vote? With over 200,000,000 eligible voters in the United States, there are sure to be more than just two opinions right? It’s almost like brain-washing if you think about it. No one is forcing you to vote for Obama or McCain, but you are going to anyway.

How did we get to the point where so-called “Life Long (insert party name here)” are only voting for their guy no matter what? Do any of these people even realize that the Republicans of 30 years ago don’t even believe the same thing as they do now? The same thing goes with the Democrats. It’s strikes me as either laziness or lack of thought when people go into the booth and simply push the red or blue button. Use your brain and stop voting for your party because they are telling you to.

Now it’s painfully obvious that Barack Obama is going to be our next President. If he isn’t, we will have witnessed something that will go down as the biggest upset in the history of presidential elections. I lead into this because when I say to everyone that I am voting third party, they tell me I am “wasting my vote”. Well if that’s the case, then those people voting for McCain, especially in a traditionally blue state, are doing just that…wasting their votes. It’s the same logic really.

The other thing I hear frequently is that a third party vote benefits McCain. If I absolutely HAD to choose between Obama and McCain, I wouldn’t vote. So it really doesn’t hurt anyone.

Now, onto my candidate, Chuck Baldwin of the Constitution Party. Please remember that I don’t support the party specifically but rather the ideas that come directly from the candidate himself.

Just so you have some background on what Rev. Dr. Chuck Baldwin believes…

– The Constitution as written by our Founding Fathers should remain in-tact and be used today with their original meanings.

– Making sure the 10th Amendment is followed specifically. Remember it states “the powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.” Essentially it limits the Government’s power.

– There is absolute opposition to any kind of “New World Order” or having troops work under someone else’s flag.

– Our Nation should return to becoming a truly independent nation. This includes defecting from the United Nations and terminating all ties to the U.N. on United States soil.

– Since World War II, these United States has increasingly played the undesirable role of an international policeman. Through our involvements abroad our country is being changed from a republic to a world empire in which our freedoms are being sacrificed on an altar of international involvement. These United States is now committed by treaty to defend foreign nations in all parts of the world, and by agreements other than treaties to defend more. Therefore, we call upon the President, and Congress, to immediately commence a systematic withdrawal from these treaties and agreements, each of which holds the potential to plunge America into war in some far-flung corner of the earth. NATO, for instance, serves no defensive purpose for these United States, and this country should withdraw from it.

– NEVER again shall United States troops be employed on any foreign field of battle without a declaration of war by Congress, as REQUIRED by the United States Constitution.

– Since World War II, these United States has engaged in the greatest international giveaway program ever conceived by man, and is now spending billions of dollars each year to aid foreign nations. There is no constitutional basis for foreign aid. These expenditures have won us no friends, and constitute a major drain on the resources of our taxpayers. Therefore, we demand that:

– No further funds be appropriated for any kind of foreign aid program;
– United States participation in international lending institutions, such as the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, be ended;
– The Export-Import Bank be abolished;
– All government subsidies, tax preferences, and investment guarantees to encourage U.S. businesses to invest in foreign lands be immediately terminated; and
all debts owed to the United States by foreign countries, or foreign entities, be collected.

– It is his intention that no system of “debt money” shall be imposed on the people of these United States. We support a debt free, interest free money system.

– Abolishment of the Internal Revenue Service

– Closing of our north and south borders. Essentially ending the NAFTA Superhighway, this will help retain the idea of becoming a more independent nation as well as making sure that only legal immigrants come into our country. Not only is this a matter of rules and principle, but it is a matter of national security.

There are many other beliefs from this candidate that I may not agree with completely or oppose, but that is true for any candidate out there. You can’t really say you believe 100% in what any candidate believes in, can you? You’re lying if you say you do.

So on November 4, I’m voting for Chuck Baldwin for many of the reasons stated above.

I’m implore you, on election day, vote with your heart and your head. Even if your candidate doesn’t win, you’ve made a difference.

“Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost.” — John Quincy Adams

First off, sorry for lack of updates.

JK Says, my former weekly radio show is currently on hiatus. I’m not enjoying it as much as I did and feel there is little I want to even discuss. This is probably coinciding with a lack of audience.

I promise we will continue the show in November when 24 begins on television.

Second, I have also found my presidential candidate. Previously I said I’d have a big rant coming, and don’t worry it is coming. I’ve done a LOT of research on 3rd party candidates who I feel would make a much better president than either of the two knuckleheads we have running for the two “main” parties.

My decision came down to Ralph Nader (Independent), Bob Barr (Libertarian), and Chuck Baldwin (Constitution).

After visiting tens of websites on each party and each presidential nominee, I am throwing my support behind Chuck Baldwin.

As always, more to come!

WARNING WARNING…I’m posting something related to politics and will eventually post something ridiculously long and out of place with my usual blog.

The final straw on me voting for either of the two “main” candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, was Tuesday’s debate. There is now zero chance that my vote will support our current, ridiculous setup that we call the democratic process.

When my candidate, Ron Paul was eliminated, I was worried. He recently told everyone to vote 3rd party and I now truly believe he was correct. The only real “change” we’re ever going to get is by getting rid of the donkey and elephant and voting 3rd party. I’ve begun research on the 3rd party candidates and will make a much more detailed post later after my anger with the current system subsides.

With internet problems and hardware delays, JK Says will return next week.

I apologize for the delay but we’ll get back on track.

So the Milwaukee Brewers clearly are not focused on going to the post-season.

Brewers ace C.C. Sabathia threw a complete game one hitter in their victory over Pittsburgh at PNC Park. In the 5th inning, a check swing by Andy LaRoche was grounded to Sabathia’s right side. Sabathia tried to bare-hand the ball, couldn’t come up with it and LaRoche was safe at first. Pirates official scorer Bob Webb ruled the play a hit, the first one for Pittsburgh. Sabathia then proceeded to throw a no hitter the rest of the way ending the game allowing only that controversial hit.

Of course that wasn’t the end of the controversy. Ned Yost and the rest of the Brewers organization wrote Major League Baseball sending them tapes of the game and written explanation as to why that play should have been called an error as opposed to a hit.

On Tuesday, Major League Baseball denied the change, saying that the hit will stand.

Well let’s start with the hit itself. Now when was the last time you ever saw an infielder who absolutely HAD to bare-hand the ball to make the play, be credited with a non-throwing error? My guess is that you haven’t. For C.C. to make that play would have been extremely difficult, and even if he had gotten the throw to first, he likely would not have thrown LaRoche out.

Now why were Yost, and Brewers management so up in arms about this ordeal? Yost practically berated Sabathia in the post-game press conference saying “that’s a play that has to be made”. More or less this was simply trying to influence MLB into changing the ruling. Why exactly are the Brewers so focused on this feat? How about you guys focus on trying to catch the Chicago Cubs that you still trail by 4 or 5 games?

Another thing, how do you know Sabathia would not having given up a hit the rest of the way? Ever watch a no-hitter through 7 or 8 innings? It gets very pressure filled. Pitchers tense up, mistakes happen. It is impossible to say whether the game would have continued in the way that it did. Why do you think so many no-no’s are broken up in the 7th, 8th, and 9th?

This is also a slap in the face to scorekeepers everywhere. Now in the future, if I am scoring a Brewers game, and someone calls up to me to change the ruling, I would hang up on them immediately.

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One of the biggest stories of the Olympic games for the United States was a tragic one. The death of Todd Bachman, father of former Olympic volleyballer Elizabeth Bachman, and father-in-law of U.S. Men’s Head Coach Hugh McCutcheon was very emotional for the team and the entire country.

Well despite the setbacks, the Men’s Volleyball team played for gold last night at midnight Eastern time. They won the gold medal in 4 sets 20-25, 25-22, 25-21, 25-23. Now normally I’d prevent spoilers but this is a sporting event and already happened. Of course it was viewed by a television audience of precisely zero.

The match is scheduled to be aired just prior to the closing ceremony (also recorded), in prime time Sunday night.

So let me get this straight…One of the major sports at the Olympics, which has one of the most emotional stories of the Olympics, which hasn’t had a medal in 2 decades, who are undefeated in the Olympics and are playing for the gold medal, get bumped to an 18 hour tape delay?

Not only that, but at the same time on CNBC, Universal HD, AND the official Olympic Basketball channel, they are showing a bronze medal basketball game between two teams which are NOT the U.S. Three channels for the same game, but none for the Men’s Volleyball gold medal match live? So I turned to regular NBC and maybe they’ll come to their senses and show it. Nope, I get tape delayed Mountain Biking.

To throw salt in the wound, they made a big deal about showing the Men’s Volleyball semi-finals LIVE. Why could they not show a more important match live?

It would have been a perfect lead-in to the Men’s Basketball gold medal match at 2:30pm Eastern which was LIVE on NBC.

You cannot possibly tell me that more people who were up at that hour were more interested in rhythmic gymnastics, mountain biking and the bronze medal basketball game.

Nice job NBC, way to take away one of the greatest moments of these Olympics and put it on tape delay when you could have easily shown it to an audience live. Hopefully you lose a ton of ratings points from the intelligent people out there who can decipher the difference between recorded sports, and live ones.

To say that Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh were the favorites to win gold in beach volleyball would be an understatement for the ages.

Not only did they look better than ever (in more ways than one), but they never even dropped a set in the entire tournament.

Although the gold medal match against the Chinese looked like a close match the entire time, the duo prevailed in straight sets to win their second straight gold at the games.

I thought NBC did a great job of getting the Olympic committee to get their matches live in prime time in the U.S.

What else is there to say about their dominance? Will they return? It’s only speculation at this point but the question is can two players in their mid-30’s really compete in London in 2012?

It was a rough team event on the opening night of gymnastics. Especially for the top competitors for the U.S. team, namely Nastia Luikin and Shawn Johnson.

After the near choke job by the team, Luikin won gold in the individual competition thanks to a magnificent score on the uneven bars. She edged out Johnson to win by half a point.

However after that, the controversy began as Luikin had the gold stolen from her by Kexin He of China. Luikin appeared to have a better performance on the individual uneven bars, but He was awarded the gold after a tie breaker rule gave it to her. This would not have happened under the old system.

Johnson finally got gold in the last event of the competition when she edged Luikin in the individual beam finals.

Overall it was a very enjoyable gymnastics but it doesn’t feel the same with the ridiculous new scoring system. It seems like even perfection is not rewarded as much as before.

Silver medals are nothing to shake a stick at, but unfortunately for the United States’ Softball team, the silver medal is considered a failure.

Japan defeated the US 3-1 yesterday in the gold medal match in a game that was dominated by pitcher Yukiko Ueno. This was a rematch of the round robin game which was won by the U.S. 1-0 in a 9 inning spectacle of a game.

The even worse news is that this is essentially the last you’ll ever hear from the US Softball team because softball (along with baseball) are now OUT of the Olympics in the future.

It’s funny because essentially the reason the sport was taken away was the dominance of the Unites States. So much for that. Either way, it’s a rough loss for the team.

Well no matter what you think, these Beijing games will be remembered mostly for one thing, Michael Phelps’ amazing run at 8 gold medals. A flawless victory for Phelps who won easily in some races while winning by the slimmest of margins in others.

I don’t want to break down every single race because it’s swimming. Seriously who all knows every little nuance of swimming? If you say you do you are probably lying. It’s very simple, swimming is relevant for about 9 days every 4 years so I don’t feel I can accurately break down the amazing 4 leg of the relay where Jason Lezak turned into a submarine to overcome a full body length deficit with 25 meters to go. I can’t tell you how Phelps managed to use his huge reach to win his 2nd to last race by .01 seconds.

What I DO know, is that this is easily the greatest accomplishment in the history of the Olympics. I also know that it could be one of the greatest achievements in sports history. The problem is, 2 months from now, no one will care. That is essentially what these games are all about too. We see things we don’t normally see, we watch intently, and then we move on.

Phelps is a great guy and a greater role model to what all young people should look to achieve.

There is one thing about Phelps that bothers me however. Recently he has been linked to Lindsay Lohan. Michael, don’t do it. The cost of being in the news after the olympics is not worth the hit to your image. Why would you want to be involved with that train wreck? Lohan is everything that is wrong with our morally bankrupt society and this can not possibly help Phelps out.