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The Beer Garden Strikes Back

...and we're back.

...and we're back.

Okay…so we’re back after an egregious break. A hell of a lot has happened since Sept. 16, the last time we posted. First of all, Bar Refaeli is on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue this year and, mostly because of that, this blog has blown up to over 112,000 hits. And John Smoltz is a Red Sox! Strange times, indeed.

In a closer orbit, the Portland State men’s basketball team is about to implode if they don’t find some leadership and a little more consistent shooting. But their biggest problem might be the one they simply can’t solve: The Vikings lack an inside presence. One of their toughest inside guys, Julius Thomas, is just 6-5, and taller players like Kyle Coston roam the outside. It’s an odd team this year, and it makes one pine for last year’s model, which featured 6-11 bruiser [uh, literally more like jaw smasher] Scott Morrison and dynamic wing Deonte Huff.

Vanguard sports editor Skyler Archibald is on board with my lack of inside presence theory. Check http://www.dailyvanguard.com for the latest Vikings coverage.

So what does the future hold? Well, it’s spring training, the interminably long NBA season has finally ground its way past the All-Star break, the Bruins are in first place, and Pitt just creamed UCONN. All that means we’re going to have plenty to talk about in the coming months, and the Beer Garden will be there, if only to enjoy the ride.

Oh, and one more thing: Bar Refaeli is just insanely hot.


Panic at the disco

Go to hell.

Go to hell.

Uh oh. Looks like the World Champs could cost the Blazers some serious coin. The Boston Globe reports that the Celtics have taken their chances and signed Darius Miles and his achy right knee to a non-guaranteed contract and that he’ll have the opportunity to compete for a roster spot during training camp. If he plays more than 10 games this year or next, the remaining $18 million on his six-year, $48-million contract would go back on the Blazers’ books. Shit. There goes Portland’s salary cap space (not that we were going to land Chris Paul anyway).

The good news is that the dude hasn’t played in TWO YEARS and reportedly was 260 pounds. Considering that he entered the league at around 215 back in 2000-01, that’s just fat—and sad. Watching him lumber around the C’s training camp would be hilarious, but be forewarned, some unfortunate memories of the Shawn Kemp era might creep up. Speaking of which, hey Shawn, how’s Italy? What’s worse than being a has-been trying to make it the NBA? Try a has-been trying to make it in the Euroleague…

Sloppy seconds

Tossed around like a Vegas hooker.

Tossed around like a Vegas hooker.

It’s been one strange trip for Greg Maddux in his golden years in the league. Chicago to LA to San Diego to LA in the span of three seasons? Come on, the poor guy just wants to play for a contender. Is that too much to ask? At least he has some competitive juices left in his 80-year-old body. Just compare Maddux to that clown Brian Giles. Guy has NO chance of winning by staying in San Diego and he turns DOWN an offer to play with the reigning World Champs? You stay in the NL West and fucking love it, buddy. Like my old high school teacher said: aim low, get results.

As for Maddux, he’ll try and add some pitching firepower to team tied for first place. I might hate Los Angeles with an abnormal passion, but the Dodgers have Manny AND Nomah playing for them now, plus Derek Lowe. That’s 2.5 members of the Red Sox 2004 championship team right there, so the hate lessens. Anyways, Happy Trails Greg! Enjoy that intense Dodger Stadium atmosphere. Just remember not to get too mad at Manny when he costs you approximately 30 unearned runs in your next five starts.