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).
-Stay dedicated and reach 1,000 posts (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. Much will be expected from Mark Trumbo (left) and Albert Pujols (right) if the Angels want to make a playoff run.
By Josh Kramer
Football, football, and more football. How nice was it to have a Saturday and Sunday jam-packed with football action? Your weekends may be less productive, but more entertaining for the forseeable future. Not to mention we are nearing the end of the MLB regular season and the Chase for the Cup is on. Last week was fun, but you better believe that this week will be a good one in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. The Chase is finally on. After 31 races spanning over nearly seven months, the field has been whittled down to 12. There are ten races left starting at Chicagoland Speedway on Sunday. Who will take it home? We know that Carl Edwards and Kyle Busch won’t.
4. Strasburg is done. Teixeira could be done. The injury-bug has struck as the season nears the final twenty games. It is September and teams are doing all they can to land a spot in the postseason. The races of note are taking place in the AL East, the AL Central, and of course for the four wild card spots this year. My matchup of the week takes place in the friendly confines at Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
Oakland Athletics at Los Angeles Angels: Who else envisioned the Angels participating in the Fall Classic this year? I know I am not alone. Well the clock is continuing to tick and currently, the Angels will miss the postseason entirely. Fortunately for them, they open up a four-game set tonight against the team they are chasing. Got to love how MLB scheduling works out at times.
It is make or break time for the Angels. There is no better way to track down the team you are chasing than to handle business against them head to head. The Angels appear to finally be clicking at the right time led by the terrific trio of Trout, Trumbo, and Pujols. Look for the Angels to close the gap by nabbing three of four in front of a very supportive home crowd. Also, expect the Angels to catch and pass Oakland when all is said and done. The remainder of the A’s schedule includes the likes of the Orioles, the Tigers, the Yankees, and lots of Texas. Continue reading
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By Josh Kramer Streaky and potential are two words that have always disgusted me when it comes to professional athletes. I realize that professional athletes are human and neither term is necessarily a bad thing. But in this day and age, they both … Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Mike Trout (pictured above) is just 19-years-old and is currently up in the Major Leagues. Bryce Harper has received much more attention, but it appears Trout's time has come. Get to know Mike Trout.
By Josh Kramer
Finally something positive in Columbus
It has not exactly been a pleasant past six months in Columbus. Ohio State went from a national title contender, to rule breakers, to having the faces of the program resign and/or quitters, to a program that is currently waiting further instruction from the NCAA. Not exactly the place where Buckeye Nation would like to be heading into a season where many had considered them a national title favorite before all of the recent shenanigans.
On a day where a recruit decided to forego heading to the Horseshoe and take his talents up North to the hated Big House (Kyle Kalis), at least something good finally happened. Ohio State added a new coach to the staff. A home-grown Ohioan. A Buckeye legend. A former two-time Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the year. And of course a 3-time Super Bowl Champion. None other than a man who most definitely bleeds scarlet and gray, Mike Vrabel. Continue reading
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