Posted 04/12/2010 at 03:13 PM
A few thoughts coming off an exciting weekend of sports...
--Congrats to Frankie Edgar, who shocked B.J. Penn to win the UFC lightweight championship by unanimous decision. Edgar hooked up his backers with a monster plus-500 payout (risk $100 to win $500). Edgar's unreal speed and quickness was too much for Penn, who struggled to land clean shots for all five rounds. The Jersey product has tons of heart and a non-stop motor. And now he also has a belt, although it didn't fit in the octagon after he disposed of 'The Prodigy.'
--Here's a middle finger to Anderson 'The Spider' Silva for his completely unprofessional behavior during UFC 112. Like tens of thousands of others, I dropped 55 bucks on the event and instead of getting an A-Game effort from the unbeaten middleweight champ, we saw him completely clown around during the last three rounds of his win over Demian Maia. Check out Yahoo! Sports' coverage of UFC 112 from The Cage Writer (Steve Cofield) and Kevin Iole, both of whom did an outstanding job of ripping Silva to shreds.
--Also, check out SportsByBrooks for all sorts of good Tiger links pertaining more to what was going on around Woods in Augusta rather than what was happening on the course.
--Big Ben is off the hook with the D.A. in Milledgeville, GA., but something tells me Mr. Goodell and Mr. Rooney have some ideas for Ben Roethlisberger. The Steelers just dealt Santonio Holmes to the Jets and you know Roethlisberger's status with the storied franchise remains on shaky ground.
--And how about the Jets, who are becoming the 'new Raiders' in terms of taking on ultra-talented players who have had recent off-the-field woes. They have now acquired a pair of Pro-Bowl type talents in Braylon Edwards and Holmes. Happiest camper of all: Marc Sanchez.
--I don't bet golf but I couldn't help but notice the tempting plus-130 return offered on Phil Mickelson in a final-round matchup with Tiger Woods. I wish I would've supported the Lefty on that proposition that was a winner. Now that Mickelson has three green jackets, I can't help but wonder what sort of elite status he would hold had he finished off a few of those U.S. Open's over the last decade. Whatever the case, we do have a big-time rival for Tiger over the next few years.
--Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal posted this Masters review early this morning. The Lefty cashed 10/1 tickets to win the event. Youmans suggests that we'll see Tiger Woods as the 7/2 favorite to win the U.S. Open.
--Florida's new QB John Brantley was outstanding during Saturday's Orange and Blue Game at The Swamp in Gainesville.
--Kentucky assistant basketball coach Rod Strickland was arrested for DUI in Lexington this past weekend. This is the fourth time Strickland has been charged with DUI and he could be on his way out of the UK program. John Clay of the Lexington Herald-Leader thinks John Calipari might look to former Oregon assistant Kenny Payne, who is a free agent following Ernie Kent's dismissal.