Are you ready to experience the incredible power and skill that The Greatest Spectacle in Racing demands from its winners? The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally when the 500 mile race known as The Indy 500, or simply The 500, is run. How serious of a racing event is it? It takes place annually at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway located in Speedway, Indiana. That’s right, the town was renamed after the racing tradition that the Indy 500 has been delivering for so many years.
I may not be a 16-year-old girl, but I picked Phillip Phillips out of the crowd from his first appearance on “American Idol,” when he sang an acoustic version of “Thriller.” My choice was vindicated last night when Phillips was crowned the Season 11 winner at the end of the two-hour finale on Wednesday, in which a record 132 million votes were cast. I know a lot of people out there are grousing about WGWGs (white guys with guitars) always winning AI, and they’re right. Phillips
An absolute unknown underdog in the Kentucky Derby and piloted by the relatively unknown 25 year old jockey Mario Gutierrez, I’ll Have Another waited until the last few hundred yards of the Run for the Roses before overtaking Bob Baffert’s Bodemeister in the shadow of the storied Twin Spires at Churchill Downs. Then, in an absolutely unexpected turn of events, the three-year-old thoroughbred trained by Doug O’Neill and owned by J. Paul Reddam employed the identical strategy to win the 137th running of the Preakness Stakes.
The Miami Heat blew out the Indiana Pacers last night by playing classic Heat basketball. For Miami to be effective they have to play the passing lanes and create turnovers. This allows the Heat to use their lethal fast break to completely demoralize an opponent. The Pacers have to get back to half court basketball and use their size advantage to send this series to game seven. Both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade carried the Heat last night as they combined for 58 points. The bench showed up last night as Joel Anthony, Udonis Haslem and James Jones had solid performances.
A lot of people are saying that this has been the best ‘American Idol’ season in a long time. In the show’s 11th season the contestants have certainly been extremely talented, and incredibly diverse. That said, I confess I’ve watched for one reason – Phillip Phillips, a 21-year-old pawn shop worker from Leesburg, Georgia. Phillip had me at ‘Thriller’ which he sang at his audition in Savannah. When Phillips sings, he grimaces and his body jerks and twists like that guy in “Men in Black” who gets possessed by an alien. He is absolutely compelling to watch.
The “Dancing With the Stars” finale on Monday night, in which the final three couples danced twice for the judges’ scores and America’s vote, was a non-stop thrill show filled with energetic dance numbers from the three stars who have evolved over the course of the season into superb, sexy dancers. Each couple received at least one perfect score from each of the three judges, making the race for the coveted Mirror Ball trophy a tight one with no clear front-runner.
It happens to every team, age, dissension, or injuries catch up to you. It has happened to the Los Angeles Lakers and The New York Yankees. First, take the Los Angeles Lakers. This team never recovered from the proposed Chris Paul trade from the beginning of the season that was quashed by NBA Commissioner David Stern. Power forward Pau Gasol was included in the package to bring Paul to the Lakers and he played like a man that was not wanted by his team this season.
The Miami Heat were blown out last night by the Indiana Pacers and things are starting to fall apart. The confrontation between Coach Erik Spoelstra and Dwayne Wade shows the growing pressure on the Heat to win a NBA title. The Heat can still win this series and win the NBA title this season but it going to be difficult. There has to be adjustments and the Heat bench has to come through. Because the Heat were constructed using the three star formula in the salary cap era there is not a lot of money to put together a
It looks like it might be another WGWG (white guy with guitar) win on “American Idol” this year, as Joshua Ledet, the preacher’s kid from Louisiana who sings a gospel-infused R & B, was eliminated from the show, leaving Phillip Phillips (the WGWG) and Jessica Sanchez to compete in the finale. Much has been written about the type of singer who has won “American Idol” in the past four years since the show has allowed
Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough, who received a perfect score of 30 on their tango and finished the previous night at the top of the leader board with 59 of 60 points, were voted off “Dancing With the Stars,” while voters saved Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins, who stumbled badly during her last routine with partner Mark Ballas. The final two couples who will dance for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy (along with Jenkins and Ballas) are Green Bay Packer Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, and Latino hunk William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke.