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. 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 →
5. Marcos Ambrose came out victorious in a wild race at the Glen. The countdown to the Chase is down to four. There are just four more races before the big boys battle it out for the Cup. This Sunday, the gang heads to Michigan International Speedway as Kyle Busch looks to defend his crown at the Pure Michigan 400.
4. The history is well-documented: George Mikan, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Shaquille O’Neal. Add Dwight Howard to the list. I am not sure how the Lake Show pulled this blockbuster deal off, but Kobe Bryant’s chances at number six improved immensely when Superman signed with Jack Nicholson’s favorite team. Watching Team USA bring home gold at the Olympics was exciting, but the prospects of a LeBron/Kobe finals matchup has me even more excited. It may only be August, but the 2012/2013 NBA seasons is shaping up to be a memorable. Plus, the “Dwight Howard Soap Opera” has finally come to a close. Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Penn State will have to turn their back on the tarnished legacy of Joe Paterno (pictured above) moving forward.
By Josh Kramer
Think back to November 22, 1997. On that particular day in history, Penn State defeated Wisconsin 35 to 10 at Beaver Stadium. Mike McQueary was the starting quarterback and Jerry Sandusky was the defensive coordinator for Penn State. Talk about the irony. After Mark Emmert and the NCAA officially came down with the wrath of fury on the Penn State football program yesterday morning, this somewhat insignificant day of nearly 15 years ago will go down as the final victory of Joe Paterno’s career.
I know this will be hard for many of you to believe, but I am floored by the NCAA’s extremely harsh punishment on Penn State. This punishment makes the infamous death penalty of 25 years ago at SMU look like child’s play. I realize what went on at Penn State was arguably the most egregious act ever to occur in collegiate athletics. I am well-aware of the magnitude. These were despicable acts, but “criminal” acts at their core. I feel the NCAA has completely overstepped their bounds and now are making current players and coaches, who had nothing to do with these horrific acts, pay the price. And yes, I feel for the victims and their families who are still feeling the pain of the monster that is Jerry Sandusky. Their pain is far deeper than that of the current players and coaches. Continue reading →
5. Andy Roddick captured his 32nd ATP title yesterday. The ATP heads to Los Angeles today though for the Farmer’s Classic. Unfortunately for this tournament which has been around since 1927 will suffer the ill-effects of an overly jam-packed summer. The London Olympics are a great event which everyone is excited about. Except those that run the Farmer’s Classic. Any chance of nabbing the big names fell to the wayside with the Olympics going on. Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Will Tiger Woods (pictured above) be all smiles come Sunday?
By David Clark
Tiger Woods was the poster child for the game of golf for decades. The man was simply unbelievable—racking up 14 Major Championships in a ten-year span. Tiger was not only the best golfer in the world; he was the best and most dominant athlete of our generation. He transcended the game by dominating it like nobody ever has in the history of sport and golf was rolling in the dollars that he was attracting on a weekly basis.
Then, the unthinkable happened, and we realized that Tiger Woods was, indeed, human. The man who was on top of the world came crashing down to Earth in the blink of an eye. Ever since the man who wears red on Sundays lost his mojo, the game of golf has been able to promise one thing: uncertainty. Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. The “Dwight Howard (pictured above) Soap Opera” continues. Most people just want it to be over with at this point.
By Josh Kramer
Baseball’s second half has begun with a bang. NBA free agency continues at a rapid pace. The “Freeh Report” has turned a legend into a monster officially. And guess what? Things are only going to get better. Last week was one that will be remembered for a long time, but this week will fun its own right. Here are the events to keep an eye on.
5. All eyes will remain focused on the no longer “Happy” Valley. The Freeh Report has shaken up the entire college football stratosphere. Paterno’s legacy has been forever tarnished and his role in the horrific incidents are no longer in question. The real question now is what will be the punishment doled out to Penn State’s football program? Are we on the verge of witnessing college football’s first death penalty in over 25 years?
4. Start your engines, and take a deep breath. For the first and only time until mid-November, the NASCAR Sprint Cup series takes a break this weekend. After Kasey Kahne stole the show in New Hampshire, everyone is looking to thrust themselves into the top ten of the standings during the course of the next seven races. Either you are in or you or out for the CHASE. As of now, Kahne and Carl Edwards are fighting to move up just a couple of spots by the end of the day on September 8th.
3. The NBA free agency frenzy, has been just that, an absolute frenzy. Nobody has any clue what is going to happen next in the “Dwight Howard Soap Opera.” I for one do not really care at this point. Continue reading →
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Johnny Cueto (pictured above) is the biggest snub this year in terms of the MLB All-Star Game.
By Josh Kramer
The “smartest” man ever to step foot on a baseball diamond strikes again. This time, he is playing for keeps. Despite being retired, Tony LaRussa is still going after his bitter rival, the Cincinnati Reds. Now I am not naive enough to think that snubs don’t happen every year in regards to the All-Star Game rosters. Due to a flawed selection system, this is inevitable. But it is very atypical to see a particular “city” get snubbed like this. Continue reading →