Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sure the look was cool but now its getting out of control and bringing teams bad luck. Look at the results. Tempting the football gods is not good and for schools like Florida and Miami there is no reason to use this type of gimick and the results have shown that the football gods were not happy about their choice in uniforms.
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
A bunch of years back the National Hockey League decided to put teams in Florida, Arizona, Carolina, and Atlanta at the time the leadership said it was make the sport grown and by the looks of this years United States WJC team it appears to have worked.
Eight members of the teams are from nontraditional hockey playing areas. Defenseman John Carlson, Colonia, NJ; Matt Donovan, Edmond, Okla; John Ramage, St. Louis, Mo; Tyler Johnson, Spokane, Wash; Philip McRae, Chesterfield, Mo; Kyle Palmieri, Montvale, NJ; Luke Walker, Portland, Ore; and Jason Zucker, Las Vegas (pictured above).
Sure there are reason why these players are coming from different areas. One reason is that they are sons are former NHLers, like Ramage and McRae, and their fathers played in the those cities and have decided to live their after their playing careers have ended. But with the other kids it looks like their love of the game continued to grow despite playing in an area that did not embrace the sport.
Did you ever think that you would see the day where the a kid from the bright lights of Vegas would be playing the WJC. I'm just waiting for the day when the half of the WJC team is from Sun Belt state, don't laugh, its coming.
Saturday, December 26, 2009
After hours of reviewing the rosters, here are the three teams that I think that will medal during the tournament.
Gold: Sweden. Last year the yellow and blue clad gang gave a really good Canada team all that they could handle in the final. This year they take their charge one step further and win the gold and stop Canada's dream of a sixth straight title.
Silver: Canada: Last years team was anchored on defense by Myers and many other that are not back. This year team is not as good as last years.
Bronze: USA. Last year the United States came in thinking that they might be walking out with gold medals. That did not happen and the United States left Ottawa with egg on their face. Last years team featured a bunch of superstars, this years team is a lot different and that will show on the ice. Cam Fowler is going to lead this year. I think that they could be surprise team overall.
Friday, December 25, 2009
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Wednesday, December 23, 2009
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Monday, December 21, 2009
But at Manchester City, having a leadership structure in place for a while is something that they want no part of. After City thrilling 4-3 win over Sunderland, the City leadership decided to sack Mark Hughes in favor of Italian Roberto Mancini. This makes no sense for several reasons, I would not say that Hughes has been super but Hughes is still in the process of building a team and it seems to be working.
If the City leadership had allowed Sparky to say they might have been closer to being part of the Champions League then they are now that they have shown Sparky the door. Mancini will now come and try to overhaul the team, so the building process will again start over.
The thing with City is that over the last decade no youth team setup has produced the number of players that they have. While they have the money to spend on players they also have an outstanding academy. With the money and academy that they have there is no reason that they should not be part of the Champions League in the next couple of years.
The main reason that will not happen is because of the leadership of the Manchester City playing musical chairs with their managers. Stick with one guy and let him develop the type of team that he needs to be successful, just like Hughes was doing, but that was not good enough.
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Among the schools that have been mentioned for the expansion are Missouri, Pitt, Cuse, and Rutgers. As a Rutgers season ticket holder the idea of being in the Big Ten is both exciting and scary.
Sure seeing Michigan, Ohio State and Penn State make trips to Rutgers Stadium will be exciting and a ton of fun.
But the negative is this question: Is the Rutgers football program ready to play at that level? If they go to the Big Ten fans can forget about seeing a BCS Game for a while if they stay in the Big East there is that chance in the next couple of years they could be in a BCS games. If they head to Big Ten Rutgers might be group with Minnesota and Indiana teams that struggle with the rigors of the conference.
The decision to move to the Big Ten , if the offer is made, will not be made just on football. The AD will have to look at other sports and see how they will fit in their new conference.
If the offer is made they have to take it but if that happens people can not get mad when the results are not the same for the football program. Hey, if they make the switch, there is always the dream of Rutgers in the Rose Bowl.
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Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Its all about the U. From Randy Shannon as a player to Randal Hill to Lamar Thomas to the greatest linebacker trio in college football history in Armstead, Barron, and Smith. The opening to ESPN's 30 for 30 "Its all about the U'' is epic to say the least.
Monday, December 14, 2009
New Mexico Bowl: Fresno State vs. Wyoming: Fresno State
St. Petersburg Bowl: UCF vs. Rutgers: Rutgers
R+L Carriers Bowl: Southern Miss vs. Middle Tennessee: Southern Miss
Las Vegas Bowl: Oregon State vs. BYU: BYU
Poinsettia Bowl: Utah vs. Cal: Cal
Hawaii Bowl: Nevada vs. SMU: SMU
Little Caesars Bowl: Marshall vs. Ohio: Marshall
Meineke Car Care Bowl: Pitt vs. North Carolina: Pitt
Emerald Bowl: Boston College vs. USC: USC
Music City Bowl: Kentucky vs. Clemson: Clemson
Independence Bowl: Texas A&M vs. Georgia: Georgia
EagleBank Bowl: UCLA vs. Temple: UCLA
Champs Sports Bowl: Miami vs. Wisconsin: Miami
Humanitarian Bowl: Bowling Green vs. Idaho: Bowling Green
Holiday Bowl: Arizona vs. Nebraska: Nebraska
Armed Forces Bowl: Houston vs. Air Force: Houston
Sun Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Stanford: Oklahoma
Texas Bowl: Navy vs. Missouri: Missouri
Insight Bowl: Minnesota vs. Iowa State: Minnesota
Chick-fil-A Bowl: Virginia Tech vs. Tennessee: Virginia Tech
Outback Bowl: Northwestern vs. Auburn: Auburn
Capital One Bowl: Penn State vs. LSU: LSU
Gator Bowl: West Virginia vs. Florida State: FSU
Rose Bowl: Ohio State vs. Oregon: Oregon
Sugar Bowl: Florida vs. Cincinnati: Florida
International Bowl: South Florida vs. No. Illinois: USF
Papajohns.com Bowl: South Carolina vs. UConn: South Carolina
Cotton Bowl: Oklahoma State vs. Ole Miss: OSU
Liberty Bowl: Arkansas vs. East Carolina: Arkansas
Alamo Bowl: Michigan State vs. Texas Tech: Texas Tech
Fiesta Bowl: Boise State vs. TCU: TCU
Orange Bowl: Iowa vs. Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech
GMAC Bowl: Central Michigan vs. Troy: Troy
BCS National Championship: Texas vs. Alabama: Alabama
Thursday, December 10, 2009
The Tiger Woods story is not a sports story its more a national gossip story, now if Tiger heads to The Masters and blows a three shot lead with four to play, that is a huge story, but really what sports fan cares if he is hooking up with a waffle house waitress in every city.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The move does not come as a shock to most people for the last couple of years, the four letter network has been focusing most of their baseball insider time on the more high energy Buster Olney. Gammons, who had been at the four letter network for the last two decades, will do studio shows for both networks.
While ESPN might look at Gammons as surplus to requirements, he is the reason that so many people love the hot stove part of the season. During his time at the World Wide Leader, Gammons was at the front of reporting things and his love for the player development side of baseball was second to none.
As a person that also loves players development, Gammons was a hero. During the summer he would talk about Cape Cod League and the draft. This was done in a time that no one really cared about either. I always thought that this was the best part of his work, he would always let fans know what is in the farm systems. I know that Keith Law is good at that, but no one can replace Gammons knowledge and I have always like Law.
Gammons will be great on MLB Network, but the big looser in those whole thing is ESPN, why would a network let go someone like Gammons its makes sense to me. One of the positives is that Gammons will be able to spend more time with his band.
Monday, December 07, 2009
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Monday, November 30, 2009
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This year has been no different. Starting with the Lions and ending with Josh McDaniels saying "winning Mother Fucking game" and Brian Dawkins playing like an animal. Also on the plate was a sock that had a hole in it as well as watching various college basketball games that featured coaches in camping shirts, for some it was a good look while for others it was a fashion disaster.
Day two of the weekend started in freezing weather on the golf course. Sure I played the whole round in a woolie and under armor, I did not hit the ball that poorly. The rest of the day was more of the same college football. To end the day I listen to Mark Jones call the WVU/Pitt game and I'm dumber for it right now.
Day three has been a little calmer. It Started with the Premier League and then moved on to college football which was good but the only negative is that Matt Millen has followed me again. On Thanksgiving night he called the Giants and Broncos and on Saturday he called Georgia Tech, make him stop. He is the worst.
Day four has been full of stress, mostly from the eagles but it all worked out in the end as they beat the skins. The day started by watching the premier league game between Arsenal and Chelski, thanks gunners for helping me out. The Heels also beat Nevada for Ole Roy's 600 win wrapped up the day.
It's been a long weekend. I have watched so much sports that my eyes hurt. Also my fingers hurt from sending a ton of text messages. Just look at the labels on this post and you can tell how busy a weekend its been. I'm happy to head back to work just so it slows down my sports watching for a couple of days.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Some classics from the Fake Al Davis:
- Note to self: don't hire anyone whose name starts with Mangin-
- Thank god the Twitter is around to help journalists compare Jay Cutler to Jeff George in real time.
- Cutler hasn't been the same since Jeff George bit him during the last full moon
- Winter tip: Always keep a copy of Madden 07 in your vehicle to use as an emergency ice scraper or coaster! That's all it's good for anyway!
- Jon Gruden is like the Chucky looking, eccentric illegitimate son I never had. I'm so proud of him!
- Today MLB voted Joe Mauer as the most valuable player in the American League which means Mauer is probably pretty valuable to his team
- Heres your holiday drink recipe of the day.. To have a "Summerall" simply have an entire bottle of scotch in under 45 minutes. Enjoy!
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
While sitting at work on Monday, my blackberry started buzzing and I had an email it was from the Madison Square Garden asking me to fill out a survey on my experience at the home of Basketball and to entice me to fill out the survey they offered me a chance to win tickets to the Knicks Bobcats game on Dec. 20. Really this is the way to get me to do something offer me tickets to see teams that feature Nate Robinson, David Lee, and Jason Richardson. This is not exactly what I want to try to win.
If the people at the Garden wanted to get me fill out the survey they could have offered me tickets to one of the number of college basketball games they host. Maybe even the Holiday Festival but an NBA game between two terrible teams is not the way to go. As they same thanks but no thanks.
Monday, November 23, 2009
Its never good when you are this close to the band
The Rutgers band leader did not have a lot to cheer about
Friday, November 20, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
Game 1 Cuse vs Cal
• 1:08 into the game Triche heads to the bench for Jardine. Quick hook for freshman.
• Cuse might be better with Scoop at the point then the freshman. Team moves better with him in the lineup.
• Wes Johnson might be the most athletic player Jimmy has ever had at the 'Cuse and a one and done.
• I think this Cuse team might be better then last years.
• The biggest issue with Cal is that they need a third scorer to take the pressure off Randle and Christopher.
Game 2 UNC vs. OSU
• Ohio State is so small on the back line they are going to have trouble rebounding all year.
• Jon Henson is skinny on tv but he is really skinny in person. Show that kid a cheese burger.
• The PA got one of the Wear twins mixed up have to love that.
• The lack of outside shooting is going to continue to haunt the Heels. Guard plays wins in March and right now they lack that.
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Wednesday, November 11, 2009
Here is how some of the German newspapers cover Enke's death