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Trading Places

Photo courtesy of ibtimes.com. Terry Francona (pictured above) is the newest member of ESPN's baseball broadcast team.

By Josh Kramer

It may be freezing outside, but the baseball world is still as hot as ever.  With the winter meetings currently underway in Dallas, the baseball world is as vibrant as one could possibly hope for in December.  Sure much of the attention has been centered on the second coming of the “MonStars” being formed in Miami and the next stop for the Albert Pujols train.  But how about the major deal between Beantown and ESPN?  This was not a one-sided move by any means.  For once, there appears to have been a fair deal made in baseball. Continue reading

College Football Week 14: This is it

Photo courtesy of thesportsbank.net. The Big Ten Championship Game is arguably the best matchup of the week. Can Russell Wilson (pictured above) help the Badgers exact revenge on a tough Michigan State team?

By Josh Kramer

At last it is time for the “official” final weekend of the College Football regular season.  Though we have learned a ton since the beginning of September, there are still plenty of questions in need of definitive answers.  These are as follows:

-Who will play in the BCS National Championship Game?

-Who will take home the prestigious Heisman Trophy Award?

-Where will all of the bowl bounds team be heading?

-When will the game of musical chairs in the College Football coaching world generate some solutions?

And I could go on and on..

Here are the marquee matchups.

UCLA at Oregon: Ducks by 31 (yes I expect them to beat the 30 point spread) Continue reading

Weekly Nickel 11-14-2011

Photo courtesy of lakers.topbuzz.com. Will Derek Fisher (pictured above) and the NBPA find a deal they like this week?

By Josh Kramer

It was another wild week in the sporting world.  The Jerry Sandusky scandal in a not so “Happy” Valley.  Great games at both the collegiate and professional ranks on the gridiron.  Plus we even got our first of NCAA hoops actions since last April.  It is safe to say that last week was fun.  But the fun is just beginning.

Here are the events to keep an eye on this week.

5.  The NBA player’s association will meet today in New York.  This is without question the most important meeting yet, but also seems to hold the answer to the question we have all been waiting to learn.  Whether there will be NBA basketball this season or not.  Now I realize this is not the end all be all of meetings.  But it will really give everyone an idea of if a deal is a possibility.  Let’s pray the reps from all 30 teams are satisfied with the seven page summary of the NBA’s latest CBA proposal. Continue reading

Weekly Nickel 10-10-2011

Photo courtesy of throughthefencebaseball.com. Ryan Braun (left) and Prince Fielder (right) are doing all they can to lead Milwaukee to the World Series in what may be their last year as teammates.

By Josh Kramer

It is blatantly obvious to anyone not living under a rock that the sporting world is absolutely rocking right now.  The MLB Playoffs are in full swing.  The pigskin is getting tossed around at all levels.  NBA labor negotiations are finally heating up.  And even the NHL is back in action.

Here are the events you should keep an eye on this week. Continue reading

Food for Thought 8-23-2011

Photo courtesy of lloydvance.wordpress.com. Was former Ohio State star Terrelle Pryor (pictured above) worthy of the hire yesterday by Oakland?

By Josh Kramer

And the beat goes on.  The sporting world is heating up as we near the end of what has been a great summer.  Here is what has caught my attention.

Tebow Turmoil

John Fox finally made the official announcement today.  Kyle Orton is the official starter in Denver.  Also, most directions point towards Brady Quinn residing in the number two spot.  Meaning Tim Tebow has fallen to number three.  A number one draft pick of a year ago is the 3rd string guy?  Talk about a bust.  I have been saying it since that fateful night of April 22, 2010.  Tim Tebow was a heck of a college player and seemingly is an even better person.  But in no way was he first round caliber player.

Generally first round picks are guys that a team expects to come in and make an impact in year one.  And if they do not get the opportunity to make some noise in year one, then it is most definitely expected in year two.  Well it appears year two, unless a major outbreak of injuries occurs, will be another bust for Florida’s favorite son Tim Tebow.

How many of you have seen “They Said” Tim Tebow FRS commercial? Continue reading

Jim Tressel resigns as head coach at Ohio State

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Photo courtesy oversigning.com

In the wake of investigations involving his players accepting benefits, Ohio State’s Jim Tressel has stepped down as the head coach of Ohio State. This is likely a Pete Caroll-esque indicator that we have only seen the surface of the turbulance to come to the Big Ten powerhouse. Check out our very own Grant Freking’s article on the situation and Tressel’s likely successor from Bleacherreport.com.

Maria Sharapova eyes career Grand Slam

(Photo courtesy dailynews.com)

By Josh Kramer

We have hit the 4th round of this year’s French Open.  And the talk of the tournament at this point, other than Nadal’s relentless pursuit of Bjorn Borg and Djokovic’s chase of  the #1 ranking/historical win streak, has to be the absolute “madness” on the women’s side of the draw.

Anybody who claims they saw both Wozniacki and Clijsters going down by the end of Round 3 is full of it.  These two women were the top ranked players on tour for a reason. Admittedly, the depth of the Women’s tour at this time is scarily weak.  With the recent health issues for the Williams sisters and the 2nd retirement of Justine Henin (no she is not Brett Favre), nobody has really stepped up to the plate.

It is hard for me to say, but there is not really a whole lot of fan appeal to the Women’s game at this time.  People say they love parity in sports, and they do.  But do you really love a Tour where there is really no big names?  Nobody that really stands out? Continue reading

“NCAA March Madness Preview Part 1”

The brackets are out. Let the journey to Houston begin!

The Brackets are finally officially set.  No more speculation.  No more bracketology.  I will admit that what ESPN Bracketology specialist Joe Lunardi does is pretty remarkable.  But it is made out as if his bracket is more important than the real thing some times.  I will take the bracket presented by the CBS Selection Show every day of the week over Lunardi’s.  Anyways, after watching the Selection Show this evening, here are a few initial items that really jumped out at me: Continue reading

“The Hype is Real: How Derrick Rose Can Win MVP”

 

Can Chicago Bull's star point guard Derrick Rose (pictured above) bring home the MVP? Our very own Wesley Kaminsky thinks so.

Wesley is a sports expert and journalist out of Philadelphia that writes for Bleacher Report.  You can check out all of his work at  http://bleacherreport.com/users/88810-wesley-kaminsky or follow his twitter @Wesley_Kaminsky

When Derrick Rose posed the question “Why can’t I be MVP?” on day one of Chicago Bulls media day, not many people took him seriously. Rose, the young, humble superstar doesn’t talk much in the press, and when he says something you should believe him. Continue reading

“Weekly Nickel”

The Under Armour Senior Bowl is set for Saturday. Derrick Locke (pictured above) is one of many players looking to wow the NFL scouts before the combine.

After the weekend “that was,” we are now heading full steam into another amazing week in the wide world of sports that “will be.”  Saturday was arguably the best day of College Basketball we have had since last March and Sunday was just an outstanding day of NFL Football.

So whats in store for this week?  Here is a closer look. Continue reading