Photo courtesy of jackaruteonsports.com. Sports are a universal langauge.
By Josh Kramer
I have been waiting for this day for a long time. It was something that I had dreamed of. And now it is finally here. A little over three years ago when Kraze Sports (yes that was the original name) came to fruition, I set three goals for myself:
-Improve as a writer by practicing every day (Check).
-Get a job at the the Worldwide Leader in sports (very recently checked).
I have mentioned before what a pleasure it has been writing on this forum each and every day for the past three years. What started out as a little project transformed into a major part of my daily life. Blogging has been my release from everyday stresses and became almost therapeutic; something that I really enjoy. But the time has come to put TheSportsKraze on an indefinite hiatus. It was meant to be a launching pad, not a destination, and it fulfilled its purpose with flying colors. Now, just because TheSportsKraze is going on a break for the foreseeable future does not mean this is the end. It is the beginning of a new journey as I look to continue towards my dream of being an on-air sports broadcaster.
So thank you to each and every one of you for supporting me the past few years. Whether you read the blog, provide constructive criticism of my writing, or just provide motivation in general, it truly means the world to me.
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Drew Brees (pictured above) will be in New Orleans for at least five more years. Who Dat Nation can finally breathe again.
By Josh Kramer
For the first time in a long time, there is some good news for Saints’ fans. After what has been the most tumultuous off-season in franchise history, a deal has been made. The franchise player has been signed, sealed, and delivered. Now there is assurance that there will be a “Cool Brees” in New Orleans for at least another five years. Any NFL team feeling sorry for themselves this off-season should be thankful that they are not the Saints. Things have been that bad. Until yesterday of course.
The general manager (Mickey Loomis) is out for half of the season. The head coach (Sean Payton is done for the year. The interim head coach (and assistant head coach) (Joe Vitt) is out six games.. The former defensive-coordinator (Gregg Williams) is out of football. Key players (Jonathan Vilma and Will Smith) are suspended. Draft picks have been lost. Fines have been issued. But at least now, the most important part of the franchise is ready to go to work. Drew Brees is not only one of the elite players on-the-field, he is also one of the best players off-the-field. I cannot think of someone more deserving of the largest guaranteed contract in NFL history.
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Curtis Granderson (left) and Derek Jeter (right) are two of the main reasons why the New York Yankees are right in the thick of things in the AL East as usual.
By Josh Kramer
Can you say playoffs? The past month and a half has been defined by playoff action. Last week though, Grand Slam tennis in Paris was added to the slate. Not to mention Tiger Woods tied Jack Nicklaus with PGA victory number 73. I thoroughly enjoyed last week, but this week will be even better as we delve deeper into the playoffs and action at Roland Garros. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. A 20-minute long red flag at Dover on Sunday. 12 cars were involved in the massive collision that occurred on the exit of Turn 2. Hopefully next Sunday will be a little less eventful at Pocono Raceway as Jimmie Johnson looks to jump Greg Biffle atop the Sprint Cup Series.
4. It took 8,020 and games and 134 pitches from Johan Santana. But the Mets finally have a no-hitter. Both Roy Oswalt and Dustin Pedroia are making two very different types of comebacks. And after a stellar career in which he posted a career .309 batting average, Magglio Ordonez is officially hanging up the spikes. Also what is the deal in the East? All teams are within striking distance in both the AL and NL East, with no team trailing first place by more than 3.5 games. The matchup of the week will take place in the Bronx.
Tampa Bay Rays vs New York Yankees: Every team in the AL East is very much in contention at the moment. Amazingly, all five teams have a positive run differential. The AL Central currently only has one team with a positive run differential (Cleveland). But let’s be entirely honest. Does anyone truly think the Orioles or Blue Jays will be in contention come October? The AL East has been a three-team race for years now and will continue to stay that way into the foreseeable future. The Yankees and Rays happen to be two of those three teams in contention each and every year.
As is typically the case in New York, the Bronx Bombers have been dropping bombs all year long, leading the American League in home runs. Tampa Bay on the other hand has won in a much different fashion, relying heavily on their very talented pitching staff. David Price and Jeremy Hellickson have both been stifling the opposition since the beginning of April. For the Yankees, the Captain (Derek Jeter), who actually just celebrated the ten-year anniversary of becoming the Yankees captain yesterday, has turned into a modern-day version of Ponce de Leon, discovering the baseball fountain of youth. Also, Curtis Granderson’s insane power has been another key to New York’s success. The Rays swept the Yankees to open the season back in early April. New York returned the favor by taking two of three at the beginning of May. Look for Tampa to turn the tables yet again taking two of three, with Hellickson and Price starting two of the games. Continue reading →
By Josh Kramer New York City truly is a place that never sleeps. This holds true in regards to sports as well. There is no bigger media outlet. The “Battle of the Hudson” has brought the Big Apple back to … Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of guestofaguest.com. Two former number ones left Madrid as Champions. Will Roger Federer (left) and Serena Williams (right) both make deep runs at the French Open?
By Josh Kramer
Playoffs, playoffs, and more playoffs. It is a great time of year in sports. And the best part is the playoffs are just starting to really heat up as we enter the later rounds for both the NBA and NHL. Last week was a blast and the English Premier League’s heart stopping finale was the cherry on top, but this week should be a good one in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Despite a good few months until the NFL season officially kicks off, the trash talking and storylines are just as juicy as ever. Chad Ochocino has warned Goodell at the possible storm that seems inevitable in the wake of Junior Seau’s death and the heavy emphasis on head trauma. In addition, two familiar NFC East foes were jabbering during yesterday’s holiday. Osi Umenyiora wished LeSean McCoy, a “Happy Mother’s Day.” Lastly, the Vince Young train has landed in Buffalo. Talk about a major bust. It may only be May, but the excitement is mounting. Who else is excited for some NFL football?
4. Madrid was full of surprises over the course of the past week. In the end though, two familiar faces came out victorious (Roger Federer and Serena Williams). Many of the top players were none too pleased with the blue clay. Maybe this displeasure correlates to the frustration that opponents feel when they travel to Idaho to take on Boise State in football ? Either way, the French Open is nearly upon us. Next stop Rome though for what is always a great event. Continue reading →
By Josh Kramer Only 13 players have ever captured the MLB Triple Crown (has happened 15 times). The last player to accomplish the phenomenal feat was Carl Yastrzemski way back in 1967. That year, the Red Sox led by Yaz, were defeated by St. … Continue reading →
Photo coutesy of zimbio.com. Albert Pujols (pictured above) and the Los Angeles Angels have not had much to celebrate during the early going of the 2012 season. Will the Angels turn things around and begin to live up to expectations?
By Josh Kramer
Is it me or has the MLB been turned upside down? Derek Jeter is batting over 400 at age 37. Albert Pujols has one home run (he finally hit one on Sunday). And Ryan Dempster leads the National League in ERA (all of these stats were heading into play yesterday). How about the current standings though?
-Philadelphia “We are the cream of the crop in the NL East” Phillies
-Chicago “We have fun at Wrigleyville” Cubs
-San Diego “This is not a shocker” Padres
-Boston “We are always a contender” Red Sox
-Minnesota “Ron Gardenhire is a savior” Twins
-Los Angeles “World Series Favorite” Angels
-Washington “Never gone over 500” Nationals
-St. Louis “Albert Pujols-less” Cardinals
-Los Angeles “Divorced” Dodgers
-Baltimore “We play in the same division as New York and Boston” Orioles
-Cleveland “We are more famous for a movie” Indians
By Josh Kramer 11 NL East titles. 3 NL Pennants. 1 World Series. Want to know what all of these numbers have in common? They are all things that the Braves accomplished during the Chipper Jones era in Atlanta. Larry … Continue reading →
By Josh Kramer The sun is shining. The birds are chirping. Spring is in the air (at least in some parts of the country). All 30 MLB franchises are beginning their trek towards hoisting the Commissioner’s Trophy at the end of … Continue reading →