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Jason Varitek signed a one-year deal today with the Boston Red Sox, for $5 million a year, with an option for a second year. Blame Scott Boras for the catcher to take this long to sign. In a rough economy, a 38 year old catcher is not going to be getting the big bucks Boras was looking for. However, I am glad Varitek is staying in Boston, as he will provide his consistent leadership for at least another season, while the front office searches for a new prospect catcher.

In other news ManRam, Manny Ramirez still has no team to play for. With Spring Training rapidly approaching it does not look like her will have one by then either. Boras, again is looking for a huge contract for Manny, and with the state the country is in right now, it does not look promising.

Pitchers and Catchers report in a little over 12 days, and there are still some big names hanging out there, waiting for calls. Ken Griffey Jr, Bobby Abreu, Pedro Martinez, Ben Sheets, Adam Dunn, just to name a few. I think this season we will see a lot of the unsigned players will remain unsigned for a good portion of the season.

Get ready for my predictions on the season, coming soon. Until then, ManRam, good luck, maybe you should take the Dodgers deal. Just a thought.

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uf-94-posterThis is one of the biggest weekend in all of sports. Period. In my book the Super Bowl is playing second fiddle to Super Saturday and UFC 94.

This is the single biggest fight in UFC history. And it’s the type of fight that I can’t see ending quickly; whoever wins. This means it is going to be worth it’s weight in gold (meansing $45 on PPV or a $75 bar tab).

These are the things running through my mind regarding UFC 94.

Fight of the Night Candidate?
Other than the obvious St-Pierre-Penn; I think that the first televised fight of the night Nate Diaz vs. Clay Guida could steal the show. There are a couple of reasons for this. Guida is always high energy and is thus very fun to watch. At the same time Diaz is a proven finisher. In his UFC career he is 5-0 with 4 wins coming via submission.

Naptime before the main event?
That’d be Machida-Silva. See below. (more…)

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sports-and-the-economySports and the Economy looks at the effect the current economic conditions are having on sports leagues, teams and fans across the country.

The headlines from today alone tell the story of how bad this recession is; “Ford Has Its Worst Year Ever but Won’t Ask for Aid“, “New home sales plunge to lowest on record” and “Record number standing in unemployment lines“. However, NBC has not had a problem selling Super Bowl ads. (more…)

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For the true mixed martial arts fan, it’s the biggest fight in the history of the sport. Hands down. Two of the top 5 pound for pound fighters in the world going head to head.

GSP is the 170 pound champ while Penn is the champion at 155. On Saturday the two will step into the octagon and go to war. The prize? The 170 pound strap. Here is a brief synopsis of the back story. (more…)

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For those unfamiliar with Google News; it is a feature in which Google compiles a list of top news stories and links to them. But often times the news article might not have the best picture or any picture at all. Thus, for this reason, Google will very commonly use a different source for the picture than the original article.

As you can see below the “Blackhawks-Ducks Preview” article is by USA Today while the image is courtesy of the National Post.

Today I checked Google News as I usually do and I found an odd article-picture combo.

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Now there are a number of explanations here.

Maybe Tob Brady is behind the wheel of that plow. Although it seems unlikely since Gisele was spotted feeding Tom in Mexico this weekend. Picture after the jump…

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Lets take a glimpse into the future; LaDainian Tomlinson versus AJ Smith on Day 97…

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It has been an interesting offseason for many of Major League Baseball’s marquee free agents. And when I say interesting I mean, things aren’t going so well…

Some lofty expectations, sometimes brought on by agents and sometimes by the players themselves, seem to be leaving some people with some bruised egos.

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Andy receiving word that he just lost $4.5 mil.

Andy Pettitte
The 36-year-old hurler was perturbed when the Yankees wanted to cut his salary from $16 million to $10 million.

Pettitte and the Yankees agreed yesterday to a $5.5 million, one-year contract.

The guaranteed money is less than half New York’s original $10 million offer. However he can make an additional $6.5 million in bonuses. This includes $4.5 million based on innings and $2 million based on days on the active roster. While he would earn the entire amount if he pitches 210 innings and doesn’t go on the disabled list. So for Andy that’s four and a half million dollars down the drain.

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'Tek with accused mistress Heidi Watney

Jason Varitek
The curious case of Jason Varitek. ‘Tek now has until Saturday to sign the offer placed on the table by the Sox.

The offer is a one-year offer for a guaranteed $5 million with a dual option for 2010. This means that the Sox have a $5 million option on the Jason for that season; should the team decline to exercise the option, Varitek subsequently can return to the team at a salary of $3 million. (more…)

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