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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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Al Golden (pictured above) sweat a lot last season as the Hurricanes limped their way to a 6 and 6 record. With recent allegations servicing around the program, things may get a whole lot worse.
By Josh Kramer
Is it just me, or is it always about the U? Sure Ohio State has had their moments over the past couple of years. North Carolina had the spotlight for a short time as well. A not so happy, “Happy Valley” has been the center of attention for some time now. I digress though.
One would think that Al Golden learned from the “hurricane” that struck the U last off-season. Apparently he didn’t. I guess without a severe punishment, some will never learn. Nevin Shapiro may be in prison, but his spirit is still looming large all over South Beach and the Miami Hurricane football program. One of Shapiro’s good buddies , Mr. Sean “Pee Wee” Allen is a key culprit in the recent allegations. Nobody is ever as they seem. Joe Paterno obviously wasn’t the man we all thought he was. Jim Tressel wasn’t exactly Mr. Perfect either. Just add Al Golden to the growing list. Golden was supposed to come in and clean up the program. He has done just the opposite. Go figure. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Joe Paterno’s (pictured above) legacy has been forever tarnished. 61 years of coaching. One major mistake.
By Josh Kramer
409 victories. 61 years. 24 bowl wins. Three Big Ten Championships. Two National Championships. And one massive mistake. How many times have each of us been told, “The reputation of a thousand years may be determined by the conduct of one hour (or something similar)?” Joe Paterno was a man who seemingly did everything right. He was larger than life in Happy Valley. With the release of the 267-page Freeh report, the truth has been set free. Paterno’s legacy will forever be tarnished, and deservedly so. The former God-Like figure in Happy Valley will now be forever associated with victims, and not wins.
I by no means am a Penn State fan or critic. Nor “was” I a fan or critic of Paterno. I always respected the coach who was known as the “embodiment of integrity.” Now I have no respect for Paterno, the Penn State football program, and all involved in this horrific cover-up. Happy Valley by no means is a “Happy” place these days. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. John Calipari (pictured above) once again stole the show at the NBA Draft last evening.
By Josh Kramer
Is anybody else seeing blue? Eight first round picks came from Kentucky and North Carolina. Plus, six players out of Lexington were selected on the night (a record). That is a whole lot of blue. For the first time in NBA Draft history, the top two picks happened to come from the same University. In addition, the top three picks were not only all freshman, but they were all players out of the SEC East. Go figure. I thought the SEC was a football conference? These days, John Calipari is becoming more of a mainstay at the NBA Draft than David Stern. The following are ten observations from the night in no particular order. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of fayobserver.com. Harrison Barnes (pictured above) took yesterday's loss to Kansas hard. It will be a long off-season for the Tar Heel star whether he decides to leave for the NBA or stay in college for another year.
By Wesley Kaminsky
Uninterested. Choker. Overrated.
These have all been words used to describe Harrison Barnes in the wake of a second straight season in which the North Carolina Tar Heels have been ousted in the Elite Eight.
Too harsh? I’ll let you decide for yourself. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The first weekend of March Madness lived up to all of the hype and more. Outside of the wild upsets, the Kendall Marshall (pictured above) wrist-injury was one of the main storylines.
By Matt Murray
If ever there was a year to regroup after the first weekend, this is it. So that’s exactly what we’re going to do. We’re going to forget the first fifty games that have already happened, and re-examine the field as it stands, with the 16 teams left standing.
Before we discuss, here is what the remaining field looks like.
#1 Kentucky vs #4 Indiana
#3 Baylor vs #10 Xavier
#1 Michigan St. vs #4 Louisville
#3 Marquette vs #7 Florida
#1 Syracuse vs #4 Wisconsin
#6 Cincinnati vs #2 Ohio St
#1 North Carolina vs #13 Ohio
#11 NC State vs #2 Kansas
Amidst all the madness of the first four days, it was easy to feel a little bit like the tournament had imploded upon itself; that blue bloods had given way to Cinderellas and that while shocks are good for the tournament, some of this madness had somehow done us a disservice. But now, with four days to breath, it becomes a little bit more apparent that order will likely be restored. The only No. 1 seed playing anything less than a 4-seed is North Carolina, who will strike midnight on this year’s Cinderella, Ohio University, with relative ease (with or without Kendall Marshall). 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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