If anybody saw what C.C. Sabathia did on Sunday for the Brewers I don't' see how they can not agree with me here.
He single-handedly took the Brewers to the playoffs this season. And to come out and throw like that in the clinching game in his third start in 9 days (3rd straight game on 3days rest!) is just amazing. Not to mention the fact that he was touching 96 on the gun out there in the 9th!
He is a freak and a stud and earned himself some major cashola for next year no matter where he ends up (please not pinstripes).
If he wins he will be the first player to win the Cy Young in the AL and then the NL the next year. Agree? Disagree? Drop a comment. I'm off to dream of a Brewers playoff run!
Monday, September 29, 2008
If anybody saw what C.C. Sabathia did on Sunday for the Brewers I don't' see how they can not agree with me here.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
With my school's team idle today (NDSU Bison) I decided to get up and watch my 2nd favorite college football team play on ESPN 360 this morning.
Did you see this catch by Morgan State WR Edwin Baptiste last Saturday? This has to be the best catch ever; I have no idea how he pulled it off. Check it out...
Friday, September 26, 2008
Well, after the first couple weeks of picks I am red hot and looking to continue that way in week four!
Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Gotcha! Now to the real topic...
Ole Miss is an improved team this season with former Texas QB Jevan Snead at the helm. Snead has been pretty impressive, throwing for 844 yards and 6 TD thus far. The Gators defense has improved drastically compared to last season and part of that has to do with confidence. Brandon Spikes up the middle, Carlos Dunlap on the line, and Major Wright deep in the secondary are all underrated playmakers. Tebow hasn't been quite as impressive as last season yet, but his passing has improved. The Gators speed could be too much for the Rebels.
The Wolverines are just god-awful this season. Rich Rodriguez just doesn't have the players that fits his system. The defense has given up way too many big plays and the QB situation is a mess. Wisconsin, on the other hand, has got the job done. P.J. Hill looks like his old self. The defense has been pretty tough, shutting down a good offense in Fresno St. earlier.
Illinois at Penn St.
This could be an intriguing and high-scoring affair. Penn St. may be one of the most surprising teams thus far. Illinois hasn't been too bad, they just need both sides of the ball to be a little more consistent. It seems like everybody has stepped up for the Nittany Lions, the special teams have, (dare I say it) been special. This game could have some big implications on the Big Ten.
The Vols were terrible vs. Florida last week, and that's an understatement! They had so many mistakes and mental meltdowns it was unbelievable. The pressure could be looming on Phil Fullmer soon. Auburn is coming off a tough loss at home to LSU. This is a must win for both teams.
Alabama over Georgia
D-1AA (FCS) Game of the Week
Northern Iowa at Southern Illinois
The winner of this should have the early inside track at the Missouri Valley Title.
The Pick: Northern Iowa
So this kid is the "top kindergarten basketball prospect in the world". For whatever that's worth he looks pretty good to me. Here's a video of him dribbling kickballs at age 2.
And here is a freestyle show for the fans culminating in a sick blindfolded layup.
This video is a collection of game clips, Marquese with NBA and college superstars, and Marquese's halftime show for the Grizzlies last year.
To start off, in case some of you don't know what happened, Dallas Mavericks forward Josh Howard stated this about his country and national anthem at Allen Iverson's charity flag-football event:
"'The Star-Spangled Banner' is going on. I don't celebrate this [expletive]. I'm black …"
I think that is self-explanatory. But when it comes to this, it's rather stupid. I see people on both sides saying, "He's unpatriotic" and "He's a fool for denouncing his country"; and those on the other side that say "Leave him alone" and try to pull the free speech argument.
Sure, he does have a right to free speech. He has a right to say it, but free speech isn't always intelligent speech. Howard should be thanking our founding fathers for protecting his "stupidity".
I recently read an article on Slam Online titled "Leave Josh Howard alone" by Dave Zirin.
Zirin wants everybody to leave Howard alone because he has a right to say what he wants, yet he condemns J.A. Adande of ESPN for slamming Howard, claiming Howard is lucky:
“What makes America the best country on the planet is that you are free to stand or sit for the national anthem, to sing along or to yell in anger at the government as much as you want without getting tossed in jail for your political beliefs.”
Hypocrisy at it's finest. We have people defending Josh Howard for his freedom speech, yet they condemn others who also have that same right to form opinions based on what he says and treat him accordingly.
Josh Howard has a right to say what he wants, but I also have a right to think he's stupid for saying it. I have a right to form an opinion of him too.
There are so many people quick to defend Howard's antics, but yet they don't want to hear the other side. They want to censor other people's opinions about Howard.
I won't be surprised to see Mavs owner Mark Cuban, other NBA players, or Howard for that matter, defend himself, but when Howard hears boos in the crowd, sees ticket sales drop, his paycheck cut, or nobody wants to sign him, then he can only thank a little something called "free speech".
Friday, September 19, 2008
Week 2- 12-3
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Did anybody see anything wrong Sunday night between the Astros-Cubs game? Did anybody see anything wrong with nearly a packed crowd of blue and white everywhere at a Houston Astros home game in Milwaukee?
Sure... you have to give Carlos Zambrano some credit for throwing that no-hitter. He obviously threw a hell of a game, but what if the game had been played in Houston? Or even Dallas? Would he still had thrown that no-no? Highly doubt it. What if there wouldn't have been clads of blue and white everywhere? What if Hurricane Ike never even happened? We can only speculate.
I watched the end of the game on Sunday night to see if Zambrano could pull off the no-no. It just didn't look right seeing the sea of blue and white everywhere as the Astros looked dismayed.
Both teams and the MLB were put in a tough situation. In all, Carlos Zambrano should have an asterisk for this no-hitter, it just seems fair.
As most of you readers know I am a die hard Brewers fan. As many of you also know the Brewers are doing everything they can to try and choke away their playoff chances. Now, on Monday Milwaukee's principal owner Mark Attanasio fired Ned Yost. With just 12 games left in the regular season this just doesn't seem like the right time to me. I guess I just don't quite see how this is going to help the players turn it on and turn things around in the last 12 games of the season but we shall see.
Saturday, September 13, 2008
Here is a quick run down and prediction of the big game tonight...
USC vs. Ohio St.
It looks like Beanie Wells will have a limited role today, he may not even play at all. It appears it will be a game-time decision. If Beanie isn't effective, there is no doubt in my mind that USC will win this game. It will be tough to pass on USC if the Buckeyes aren't able to establish the run.
USC has looked very impressive thus far this season, their offense just clicked vs. Virginia. Look for Pete Carroll to try and establish the run and go right at OSU's tough front seven early. With the stable of backs they have I don't see a reason not to. Once they do that look for Sanchez and his talented WRs to be very effective at times.
USC 26 OSU 24
Friday, September 12, 2008
WHOOOO! I'm going to bed. Back with this weekend's NFL Picks tomorrow.
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
Stefan's Take is a new column TSF is adding to the blog. Exploring different sports topics from recent events to the latest breaking news. Stefan's Take will appear every Tuesday.
We've had a fairly interesting College Football season thus far. With some upsets and very good games, it just makes me even more eager for Saturday. East Carolina has been the biggest surprise so far with their upsets over Virginia Tech and West Virginia. The Pirates still have two more BCS conference games playing at NC St. and Virginia. It may be a little early but we could possibly have a BCS Bowl crasher upon us.
Everybody is looking forward to the OSU/USC (Sat. 7 pm ABC) games this weekend. I was going to pick OSU until their game against Ohio, where they trailed heading into the fourth quarter. The defense wasn't too bad, they did give up some big plays, which concerns me for USC. But the offense was not very good at all, maybe the offense's poor showing reflected upon the absence of Beanie Wells, but still it was Ohio they were playing.
Truth be told, I am still expecting a hell of a good game on primetime Saturday night. USC should give OSU fits, but now that Wells is expected to be back for the Bucks, that helps quite a bit. I am expecting a close USC win.
I must comment a little on the BYU-Washington ending on Saturday. Jake Locker scored with 5 seconds remaining to get his Huskies within a PAT. Locker threw the ball up in celebration but was flagged for excessive celebration. This is a 15 yard penalty and caused Wash. to kick a 35 yard extra point. Well, the PAT was blocked and BYU snuck away with a 28-27 win.
Let me say, there is no way you can tell me Locker was trying to show up BYU. Who wouldn't throw the ball up after scoring with 5 tics left? This was a terrible call and the refs lost it for the Huskies. There is no way that was a penalty and now way he was trying to draw attention to himself. Plus, the refs should never, under most circumstances, determine the outcome of a game.
As we all know, Tom Brady will undergo season ending knee surgery. Maybe it was a matter of time because Brady was on the Pats injury report every game last season. They may have all been minor injuries, but there was always something with him and now I think it finally caught up to him; but that's football.
With Brady out, look for the Steelers, Colts, Jags, and Chargers to be the ones vying for the top of the AFC. I know what you're thinking... never say never. Brady could be back to lead the Pats in the playoffs, but I'm going to play the odds. The Jets will probably win the AFC East now or even the Bills, but look for the CHARGERS to be the top team in the NFL this season.
The MLB playoff race is always a marathon coming down the final stretch. It's September and we all know September and October are for baseball (sorry football). The NL East is still up for grabs and it's anybodies game. I think the Phillies will get it done and take the east. The White Sox seem to be pulling away from Minnesota as the Twinkies' bullpen starts to struggle. Look for the White Sox, Devil Rays, Angels, Phillies, Cubs, and Dodgers to win their divisions respectively.
Sunday, September 7, 2008
Thursday, September 4, 2008
Ed and Kenny from Ed the Sports Fan, Antone at All Hip Hop Sports and myself compiled a list of our top ten running backs in the NFL.
We compiled all of our lists and had a total points system for the final list. Here's the article if you want to check it out: The Top Ten Running backs in the NFL... We think
I wanted to thank Ed the Sports Fan, Kenny, and Antone for this article. It was a great idea and just something new and intriguing to do.
Here's our total rankings:
1. Ladanian Tomlinson
2. Brian Westbrook
3. Adrian Peterson
4. Steven Jackson
5. Clinton Portis
6. Joe Addai
7. Marion Barber
8. Larry Johnson
9. Marshawn Lynch
10. Fred Taylor
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
This is our last of the conference predictions. I know the season just started but I really wanted to get this last one in. My predictions have not changed and all of these are still premeditated.
Predicted Order of Finish
Call me a homer, but Florida will be much improved this season. Their offense is one of the most explosive in the nation. Heisman winner Tim Tebow is back and wants another national title. WR Percy Harvin is electrifying. RB Chris Rainey and Emmanuel Moody will finally give the Gators a consistent running game other than Tebow. The WRs may be fairly young but they are talented and fast. The defense will be much improved after a season of growing pains. The LBs are some of the best in the nation with Brandon Spikes and Dustin Doe. Look for Major Wright to emerge as a top safety in the SEC.
I really like this team. They're experienced and talented, I just like the Gators to beat them. QB Matt Stafford is one of the best QBs out there and has the best arm too. RB Knowshon Moreno is a top 2 back in the nation as well. The WRs are talented but need to continue to improve. the defensive line is arguably the best in the SEC, which includes Gino Atkins. The LB corps lacks experience but has plenty of youthful talent. The secondary needs some work but they still have the depth there to step up.
This Tenn. team won't be any different from the past few years. Not a dominant team, but not one that will back down either. QB John Crompton is a capable QB to fill in for Erik Ainge. The offensive line is decently good and they have a very good back in Arian Foster. The defense should be fine. The secondary will be solid with one of the best DBs in the nation in sophomore Eric Berry.
4. South Carolina
SC fans are still looking for Spurrier to get them over the hump and win a division or conference title. Could this be their year? The QB situation will be interesting throughout the season with Tommy Beecher and Chris Smelley. Look for WR Kenny McKinley to be one of the best in the SEC. The defense should be decent with quite a few starters returning.
Auburn is switching to the spread which seems fitting in the SEC. They do lose QB Brandon Cox but they have some talented back-ups to help fill that void. The WRs will be talented and help out the new QB. The line will be stellar with 4 starters back there. Watch out for the defense as they have plenty of starters and depth back led by LB Tray Blackmon.
LSU will take a step back after losing some key starters on both sides of the ball. They have a new QB to break-in. The running game should fare well with a solid O-Line and a good stable of backs lead by Charles Scott and Keiland Williams. The defense will have some rough spots, esp. at LB. But look for the D-Line to be arguably the best in the nation with Ricky Jean-Franois and Tyson Jackson.
This Bama team should be improved this season with loads of young talent. The Tide will have more depth than in recent years. QB John Parker-Wilson is experienced, which is a plus. The WR unit is deep and talented. The defense will need to make stops and step up in order to make some noise at the top of the west.
4. Mississippi St.
MSU is an up-start team after making and winning a bowl game for the first time under Sylvester Croom. They should be improved. They recruited fairly well, which will help with depth.
Look for the Razorbacks to take a step back after losing Darren McFadden and Felix Jones.
Florida over Auburn
Offensive Player of the Year:
Tim Tebow, QB- Florida
Defensive Player of the Year:
Eric Berry, S- Tennessee
Freshman Player of the Year:
Julio Jones, WR- Alabama
Coach of the Year:
Nick Saban- Alabama
Top 3 Games:
Florida vs. Georgia- Nov. 1
Auburn at Georgia- Nov. 15
Alabama at Auburn- Nov. 29
For anybody who hasn't been paying attention to baseball in the excitement of the coming football season (I'm a little guilty myself), C.C. Sabathia has remained red hot and Sunday was robbed of a no-hitter against the Pirates.
I don't know if you've seen the play or not but here it is. This was ruled a hit rather than an error to Sabathia: