Monday Morning Quarterback for February 17th

Remember this car?

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The Late Great Dale Earnhardt and the Number 3 car.  Daytona was the setting of great success for Dale, including winning the 1998 Daytona 500.  Of course, it was on the same track that Earnhardt lost his life in Turn 4 of the last lap of the 2001 Race.  You would think that the Number 3 Car would never be out on the track again in competition.  That will change this year when Austin Dillon, the grandson of Richard Childress who owes the Number 3, will race full time in the Sprint Cup Series.

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So what does Austin do in Daytona Qualifying yesterday?  He puts the Number 3 on the Pole for this Sunday’s Great American Race.  The last time the Number 3 was on the Pole was in 1996.  Not bad for a first time qualifying effort at Daytona for Dillon.

I have a feeling many old school NASCAR fans would love to see the Number 3 car in victory lane on Sunday.  Coming from a Jeff Gordon fan myself, if Super G can’t win it, I would love to see Dillon take the checkers this Sunday.

Have a great SpeedWeeks!!!

Monday Morning Quarterback for July 29th, 2013

Welcome to the 7-29-13 edition the Steve Black Show’s version of Monday Morning Quarterback.  Now on to some highlights from last week.

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NFL training camp’s injury fest!!

National Football League teams are officially getting ready for the new season and the season is already over for some players.

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Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his right ACL during Saturday’s practice and likely will miss the season. Maclin went down at the end of a non-contact drill and appeared to be in pain while he was on the ground for several minutes. He was helped onto the cart and needed assistance getting off it and going into the team’s practice facility.

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Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during a drill on Saturday.  Pitta’s injury occurred during the third day of training camp, when Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone vying for a pass from Joe Flacco.

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And Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his left ACL on Sunday in 9-on-7 drills, less than six weeks after rejoining Denver following J.D. Walton’s setback in his comeback from ankle surgery.

All I want to know is WHO’s NEXT??  Yikes!!!!

 

USA National Men’s Soccer Team wins the 2013 Gold Cup

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USAs Brek Shea scored 42 seconds after coming into the game as a substitute, and his goal in the 69th minute gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. It is the fifth Gold Cup title for the U.S., but its first since 2007. The victory also extended the Americans’ winning streak to a record 11 games, four more than their previous best.

Can the Americans ride their success into next year’s World Cup in Brazil?  We will have to wait and see.

 

Ryan Newman wins the Brickyard 400

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Like many Indiana kids, Ryan revered Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the track he first visited in 1986 and later accidentally stumbled upon NASCAR’s inaugural 1992 test while out buying tires with his mother.  And like many racing fans from Indiana, like Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, Ryan longed for a victory at one of the world’s most famous race tracks.

Stewart has one to his name and Gordon has collected four of his own, but on Sunday Newman made the boyhood dream a cool reality, taking the checkered flag at Indy to end a 49-race winless streak in front of his home state fans. His parents, who fueled his love of racing and took him to the 500 as a kid, joined him for his biggest win in Indiana.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.  What will this week in sports have in store?