The weekend in review

What you might have missed this weekend from the "other" sports

5/3/10 in General Sports   |   Scott   |   54841 respect

Everybody knows which MLB teams won last night or which NBA teams are in the playoffs.  However, in a world where the mainstream sports get the most media coverage, there are quite a few sports that go un-noticed, especially on the weekends.  Here are some of the things the casual sports fan may have missed this past weekend.

Saturday, the Indy Racing League kicked off it's oval season as a prelude to the upcoming Indy 500 by running at the Kansas Speedway.  Scott Dixon led the final 150 laps on the 1.5 mile oval and finished more then 3 seconds ahead of runner-up Dario Franchitti to win for the second straight year at this track.  Dixon takes the early lead in IndyCar’s new oval championship and becomes a front-runner for the Indy 500, a race he won in 2008.  He’s also the second straight repeat winner at Kansas, giving Target Chip Ganassi Racing four straight wins following Dan Wheldon’s 2008 defense.

In the late afternoon, the big story was the 136th running of the Kentucky Derby.  Super Saver splashed into history in that race, powering thru the stretch for a 2.5 length victory over fast closing Ice Box.  The win gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in 24 tries at Churchill downs while jockey Calvin Borel set a record by winning for the 3rd time in four years.  Some are calling the finish poetic justice for Pletcher, who was forced to withdraw heavy favorite Eskendereya earlier in the week because of an injury.  Saver was a 15-1 line in the morning of the race but by the time the race began, had lowered to 8-1 due to the legacy of Borel.  Saver was in the middle of the pack as the race reached the halfway point before making the move to the front.  Saver held off Ice Box and Paddy O'Prado to make history.


The main event on Saturday night was a dream boxing match between Floyd "Money" Mayweather Jr. and "Sugar" Shane Mosley.  Mayweather had been criticized in recent months for not fighting want pundits thought were legitimate welterweights and he seemed to use that as motivation.  Mayweather overwhelmed Mosley with his speed and walked down a fighter that was touted as too big, too strong and too hard a puncher.  Mosley had his chance early in the 2nd round when he stunned Mayweather but he could never take advantage.  Mayweather went on the offensive and repeatedly hit Mosley with shots.  Although Mayweather could never knock out Mosley, he did win the fight by unanimous decision.  Mayweather's win again opens up talks about a future fight with Manny Pacquiao, who is regarded as the best pound for pound fighter on the planet.  Pacquiao is the only fighter in the sport performing at the same level as Mayweather and should both sides every get there issues settled, the fight would be the biggest in history.
 

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5/5/10   |   BluDevil   |   618 respect

I hate to say I told you so.. .no wait, I love to say I told you so. Money Mayweather is the best fighter on the planet, nobody can beat him and if he does fight Pac Man it will be a one way whitewash just like it was with Sugar Shane and JMM.

5/4/10   |   Alpha_Dawg   |   1258 respect

the jockey for Super Saver is predicting he will win the triple crown this year. Of course they all say that after winning the kentucky derby

5/3/10   |   Helen   |   2232 respect

Great writing and a great idea!  Now that bowling's over, you gonna have big fish stories about the ones that got away? LOL

550...ouch ;-)

5/3/10   |   Debi_L   |   11875 respect

I'm loving the bowling story - NINE games??? yeah okay, you got me beat all to hell!!