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 →
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 →
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. Stephen Strasburg (pictured above) looked pretty sharp on Sunday against St. Louis. Sadly, his season will end on September 12th due to an innings limit placed on him by Washington Nationals GM Mike Rizzo.
By Josh Kramer
“Operation Shutdown Strasburg” is an utter embarrassment. Many MLB players go through an entire career and never make the playoffs once, much less contend for a playoff spot. The Washington Nationals have failed to post a record better than .500 since making the move to the nation’s capital in 2005 (until yesterday). There is only one way to describe Nationals GM Mike Rizzo’s September 12th expiration date on the Nationals star pitcher: A simple ego struggle.
That’s right, Washington is willing to risk a deep playoff run due to their General Manager’s ego. I really have no other logical way to explain it. Health concerns are are fine by me, but within reason. There are always exceptions though. Stephen Strasburg is a 24-year-old prized prospect who is in good health. I realize that he had Tommy John surgery towards the end of the 2010 season. But how many pitchers go through an entire career without a surgery such as Tommy John in this day and age? Not many. Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Tony Stewart (pictured above) was not a happy camper in Bristol on Saturday night.
By Josh Kramer
Tiger Woods continued to prove that his game remains out in the “woods.” RGIII and Andrew Luck squared off for the first time in what will hopefully be long and successful careers. And Japan’s Little League team not only proved that they were the best Little League team on the planet by far, they also brought up the question of whether they could compete against the Houston Astros (just kidding). Last week was a bundle of fun, but this week will be great in its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. Bristol was filled with fireworks as is typically the case. Just ask Tony Stewart. Denny Hamlin was the man who stood on the podium as the winner in the end though. There are only two more races until the Chase begins at Chicagoland Speedway on September 16th. Who will nab the final spots? We will know a little more after Sunday’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Continue reading →
By Josh Kramer The MLB trade deadline is always a hectic time. It could be the difference between winning a World Series (see the Cardinals, 5 acquisitions at deadline in 2011) or coming up just short. In the last four years, … Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Drew Stubbs (pictured above) continues to drive most Reds fans nuts with his high number of strikeouts, but he has played a crucial role in the teams recent surge.
By Josh Kramer
It is no secret that there are two very hot teams in baseball at the moment. One resides in the American League (Oakland), while the other plays in the National League (Cincinnati). Today, we focus on the Reds, and more specifically, their highly scrutinized center fielder Drew Stubbs. Heading into play last evening, Cincinnati were winners of ten straight games, their longest winning streak in well over a decade. During the amazing stretch, the Reds had outscored their opponents 54 to 27. Now I am by no means naive. Cincinnati is of course doing this without their star and arguably the best player in all of baseball Joey Votto, but they have not exactly played against top-tier competition. During the stretch in which the Reds have won 17 of 19, four of their six opponents sport under .500 records. I guess that is the beauty of being a member of the National League Central.
I have made it known that I am by no means a fan of Drew Stubbs these days. I cannot remember a player failing to play to their strengths and wasting their talent more than this guy. If one were to look up the word “potential” in the dictionary, the face of Drew Stubbs would appear there. He runs like a gazelle, yet strikes out 1.3 times a game and doesn’t know how to bunt? How can a guy with that kind of speed not know how to bunt? During the Reds ten game winning streak, I have been eating my words (which I am happy about). Stubbs has raised his batting average from .223 to .230, hit three home runs, and drove in ten runs. He also has struck out 12 times. But the key is Drew has come up big in the clutch. As our good friend Paul Daugherty likes to say, Stubbs has been one of many Reds since the All-Star break to demonstrate the “it” factor. In Votto’s absence, Stubbs was batting .333 with 14 RBIs heading into last evening.
I still admit that Stubbs shortcomings and inability to utilize his strengths does and will continue to drive me nuts. Drew Stubbs is going to do what Drew Stubbs is going to do though. That has been made clear over the past 3.5 seasons. Stubbs is not on the field to please me or you. He is out there to help his team win. Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Many are wondering if Silas Redd (pictured above #25) will return to Penn State next season or take his talents out West to USC.
By Josh Kramer
Danny Boyle’s opening ceremony was at least unique, which was one of the things he was going for. Even the Queen almost cracked a smile. All eyes in the sporting world are focused on London, as they should be. But let’s not forget about the rest of the sporting world. Last week was fun, but this week is sure to be great in its own right.
5. The “Dwight Howard Soap Opera” continues. At least now, most NBA fans can focus their attention on Team USA’ s quest for gold in London. The Howard reality television series has definitely dragged on far too long, but it is still a big story. Wherever Howard lands, that team is very likely going to be an instant contender.