Studs & Duds – August 19th
Robbie Keane – Though we typically don’t like to name our foes as Studs, we are all but obligated to give LA Galaxy man Robbie Keane a nod. Irish international star Robbie Keane showed his world class skill on Saturday against Real Salt Lake, notching 3 goals and earning himself a hat trick in LA’s 4-2 victory. Scoring once out of the air, by getting himself on the end of a well placed cross, another goal after curling a shot in from the top of the 18-yard box and finally chipping Nick Rimando for his 3rd goal. Keane seemed to be every where, placing balls into open space and masterfully orchestrating the midfield. A painful loss for Real Salt Lake from a Stud of an opponent.
Will Venable – Against the New York Mets on Sunday, Padres outfielder Will Venable added to his career-high 15-game hitting streak with a walk-off home run. Venable stepped up to the plate to face Sox closer Pedro Feliciano. Venable stated after the game that though he had bunted off of Feliciano earlier in the game, and he had noticed that his slider was vulnerable. After 2 fast balls, Will Venable was just hoping and waiting for Pedro’s slider. Sure enough, Feliciano’s third pitch was a slider, right over the plate. Venable recognized it and swung for the fences. Venable cracked the ball deep over the wall, lifting the Padres to a dramatic win over the Mets. Venable. Stud.
Ryan Dempster – Red Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster sparked some fireworks against the New York Yankees on Sunday, as he was throwing some pitches up close and personal at Alex Rodriguez. Dempster threw one ball behind A-Rod’s back and then a pair of back-to-back pitches inside. Ryan’s forth pitch plunked Rodriguez on the elbow, emptying both dugouts, and giving Alex his base. Later in the 6th inning, Alex Rodriguez again stepped up to face Dempster. A-Rod added some fire of his own to the game, as he buried a home run right over the center field wall, and started a 4-run scoring streak for the Yankee’s that eventually gave them a win. Dempster the Dud tries to intimidate A-Rod but ends up getting punished himself, ouch.
Von Miller – Denver Bronco’s Pro Bowl linebacker Von Miller will be suspended for violating the NFL’s substance abuse policy. Though the suspension is typically 4 games, due to aggravated circumstances Von may be facing a 6 game suspension, half of the regular season. There is still much to be learned about Miller’s situation, but cheaters never prosper. Miller you’re a Dud.