Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Brad Keselowski (pictured above) stole the show at Chicagoland Speedway yesterday and clinched his fourth win of the season.
By Josh Kramer
Saturday embodied exactly what college football is all about. Hotly contested games with unpredictable finishes. The NFL Week 2 was just as fun as Week 1 with an upset filled Sunday. And the NHL lockout is on. Talk about a shame. Last week was fun, but this week will be good in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Brad Keselowski stole the show as the Chase officially began at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. It was Keselowski’s fourth win of the season, his seventh in the past two years, and a great start to the Chase for the man who drives the #2 car. There are still nine more races to go and plenty left to be decided. Next Sunday, New Hampshire Motor Speedway will be the place to be in NASCAR. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Matt Barkley (pictured above) will have a special year in 2012 as he leads USC back to the pinnacle of college football and takes home the Heisman Trophy.
By Josh Kramer
Opening night for the 2012 edition of College Football is just a week away. It seems like it was just yesterday that Nick Saban and the Crimson Tide were celebrating on Bourbon Street. In actuality, it was 227 days ago when Alabama clinched the SEC’s sixth consecutive national championship. Don’t expect that streak to reach seven though.
Here are my predictions for the season ahead.
ACC Champion: Florida State Seminoles
I along with most people around the country jumped the gun and proclaimed Florida State’s greatness last season. Will this finally be the year that the Seminoles and their outstanding recruiting classes live up to the hype? Jimbo Fisher along with the entire city of Tallahassee certainly hope so. A loaded defense led by Brandon Jenkins, Bjoern Werner, and Xavier Rhodes are ready to roll. As is their experienced senior quarterback EJ Manuel. A September 22nd showdown with the reigning ACC Champs Clemson and a visit to Blacksburg for a Thursday night tussle (November 8th) with the always dangerous Virginia Tech Hokies are the two dates to keep in mind at this time.
Big 12 Champion: Oklahoma Sooners
The Sooners are a definite contender to not only win the conference crown, but to take home the whole thing after a very disappointing and injury-riddled 2011. This will be a team that has a chip on its shoulder from start to finish in 2012. Unfortunately for the Sooners, their schedule does not get serious until their final three games, which features road contests against Big 12 newcomers West Virginia and TCU, and a showdown with in-state rival Oklahoma State. Also, keep an eye on the Red River Rivalry Game against a dangerous Texas team on October 13th. Senior quarterback Landry Jones may face more media pressure than any other player in the country not named Matt Barkley. I have a feeling that the very experienced senior will welcome it as he finishes his Sooner career with a bang. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of mutualuniversity.blogspot.com. People received a heavy dose of Todd McShay (left) and Mel Kiper (right) this weekend. There is still plenty more to come.
By Josh Kramer
How many times this weekend did you hear the following lines? “That’s a reach.” “The sky is the limit for this guy.” I don’t know about the rest of you, but I am all NFL Drafted out. It is a great event. But on to the next one. What a great time in sports right now. Major League Baseball is just getting going. The NBA and NHL playoffs are in full swing. Here are the events to keep an eye on this week.
5. Have you had enough of the NFL Draft yet? Well guess what, the coverage is not over. Despite the insane amount of attention that the NFL’s marquee off-season event received, there is still plenty more to come as the experts try to tell you how good or bad your team did in the war room. Here are a few interesting statistics in regards to the 2012 NFL Draft.
-55% of the drafted players (142 of 253) came out of the SEC, ACC, Big Ten, and Pac-12.
-Alabama has turned into the new NFL U (8 players selected). Plus, the Crimson Tide became only the second school ever to have multiple underclassmen selected in the first round of the draft in three consecutive years (Miami is the other).
-Times are changing. The Sunshine State was not smiling on Thursday night. No players from Miami, Florida, or Florida State were selected in the first round for the first time since 1980.
-A new record of 19 early entrants were selected in round one (the previous record was 17 in 2010).
-Boise State had six players drafted this year. Only Alabama, Oklahoma, and Georgia had more taken. I am sure people will blame this on the “easy” schedule though. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. According to our guest blogger Andrew Wittry, John Calipari (pictured above) will be a happy man on the night of April 2nd as he finally gets the monkey off his back and brings home a national championship.
By Andrew Wittry
Andrew Wittry is a senior at St. Xavier High School who literally eats and sleeps sports. He is looking forward to college and avidly pursuing a career in sports journalism. Andrew has an already well- established blog called Sports.Eat.Sleep.Repeat., where he posts new content regarding both professional and collegiate sports a few times each week.
Which month would you give up to have more March? While Buffalo Wild Wings jokingly uses this phrase in their recent March Madness advertising campaign, in all seriousness, I would willingly give up a few days of each month to be able to have more of the NCAA Tournament.
After coming home on from practice the other night and looking at the bracket, I could not have been more pleased with the field. When the biggest complaint about a team being left out is Drexel, a team out of the Colonial Athletic Association, who did win nineteen of its final twenty games, but did not have a single quality win out of conference, the committee did an excellent job. Though Drexel’s amazing late season surge in which they reeled off 19 wins in their last 20 games was highly impressive. I was very excited about how well the local teams fared as Xavier’s run in the A-10 Tournament earned the team a 10 seed and Cincinnati claimed a six spot. UC’s six was due in large part to giving #2 Syracuse its second loss of the season.
Here are my initial reactions from Selection Sunday:
Is Kentucky’s road to the Final Four too tough? Continue reading
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By Josh Kramer
Take a look at the official March Madness selections from TheSportsKraze…
2012 NCAA Tournament Bracket
Kentucky over Duke
-The Laettner shot of 20 years ago is still fresh in the minds of Big Blue Nation. Too much Kentucky talent and too much Anthony Davis for the Blue Devils this time around though.
Michigan State over Marquette
-Marquette’s dynamic senior duo of Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder have been impressive all year. But Tom Izzo’s smarts and Draymond Green’s unwavering work ethic will prove too much in this one as the Spartans make their 7th Final Four appearance in 14 years.
Florida State over Syracuse
-The Big East regular season champs would have proven to be far too deep for a Florida State team that vastly exceeded expectations this year had Fab Melo been on the floor. No “Melo,” means no Final Four for a very good Syracuse team.
North Carolina over Kansas
Tyler Zeller and Thomas Robinson battling it out in the paint? It doesn’t get much better. North Carolina not only has the size to match up with Kansas, but they also have the depth. There will be no Rock Chalk Jayhawk on this day as Roy Williams breathes a sigh of relief.
Kentucky over Michigan State
-This has been the best coaching job of Tom Izzo’s career. Finally, the lack of talent in Spartyville will be put on full blast against the nation’s most talented group out of Lexington. The Spartans will have no answer for Anthony Davis, much like the rest of the nation.
North Carolina over Florida State
-So much for the ACC being down this year. Beating a team two times in the same year is one of the most difficult things to do in college basketball. Defeating a team three times is almost unheard of. Just ask a Kentucky team that was clearly better than SEC-foe Vanderbilt. UNC is the better all-around team. And it will show on this day as they avoid a clean sweep from Florida State.
North Carolina over Kentucky (73 to 72)
-As we learned in the BCS Championship Game this year, beating a great team two times in the same year can be very difficult. Not only did UK defeat the Tar Heels back on December 3rd, but they also beat North Carolina in last year’s Elite Eight. Young Kentucky learns the hard way on April 2nd against a surging Tar Heels team that can match their depth and athleticism. Let the Calipari questioning begin.
Good luck with your picks and enjoy the best three weeks we have in sports.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.
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Photo courtesy of bleacherreport.com. The Road to the Final Four begins tonight in Dayton. Here is a guide to help with your bracket.
By Josh Kramer
For the first time in a very long time, there will be no “Food for Thought” today (Tuesday). A higher being has taken charge. And that would be none other than March Madness. Sure there are other things going on in sports, but what else do you really want to talk about? Sorry Peyton. You will be taking a back seat today.
The brackets are finally set. And as usual, Joe Lunardi did a wonderful job with Bracketology, correctly guessing 67 of the 68 teams in the field. The guy is unbelievable. But enough speculation. Let’s talk about the actual tournament bracket.
South Region: The Region of Prestige
-Many are proclaiming this the best region in the field. I do not agree (I think the East is). But without question, it is not short on “prestigious” programs such as Kentucky, Connecticut, Indiana, and Duke. In addition, three of last year’s Final Four participants reside in the South (Kentucky, Connecticut, and VCU). But let’s be entirely realistic. This region starts and ends with the Big Blue Nation. If Kentucky comes to play, they won’t lose.
-Xavier over Notre Dame
-The Connecticut Huskies are praying that history does not repeat itself. Each time UConn has won the title under Jim Calhoun (1999, 2004) the following year has resulted in a second round exit from the tourney (would be third round this year).
-A number one overall seed has been revealed each of the past eight years. The top seed has only reached the Final Four three times. The only number one overall seed during this year eight year stretch to win the title was Florida in 2007. Kentucky is praying that they can accomplish what their SEC rival did five years ago. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Tennis season is getting ready to heat up. Is it time for Andy Murray (pictured above) to break through?
By Josh Kramer
So the dunk contest was a joke. Ryan Braun somehow defeated the system. RGIII once again proved that he is fast. And College Hoops did not disappoint (I mean when does it at this time of year). Last week was jam-packed. But the week ahead should be pretty good in its own right.
5. One of the best tournaments in tennis (outside of the 4 Grand Slams) is just one week away. I am of course referring to the BNP Paribas Open at lovely Indian Wells. But before the tour makes the anxiously awaited stop in California, the players have to take advantage of the two tune-ups provided this week. Djokovic, Federer, and Murray will all showcase their abilities at the ATP Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championship, while the ATP Abierto Mexicano Telcel will also be taking place in Acapulco, Mexico. Though most will not hold their breath in regards to these two tournaments this week, they should. Just like in any sport, the hottest players are the ones that take home the big-time tournaments. Winning a tune-up typically signifies a “Hot-Streak.” Who will get hot this week? Continue reading
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