20 August 2011

UFC Made a Brilliant Move in Signing With Fox Sports

The big news this week in sports media and a historic move not just for UFC but for Mixed Martial Arts as a whole was the announcement that the Ultimate Fighting Championships, the top brand in MMA, signed a long-term deal with Fox Sports. Here's my take on the deal and how everyone benefits from this new television deal.

18 August 2011

2011-12 NHL on NBC Schedule

In the first year of the 10-year television deal between the NHL and NBC/Versus (which is soon to be renamed NBC Sports Network on January 2nd), there are some notable changes to the NBC schedule. NBC will air a game on Black Friday after Thanksgiving. The Winter Classic, this year between the Rangers and Flyers in Philadelphia, will be on January 2nd instead of the usual New Year's Day. And Hockey Day in America will be on February 19th. Here's the schedule.

MLB on Fox Schedule: August 20th

So we got a trio of baseball on Fox Sports this Saturday but it's definitely not the best slate of the season. The three games are Cardinals-Cubs, Brewers-Mets, and Reds-Pirates. Continue reading for announcers and distribution for this Saturday's telecast on Fox.

17 August 2011

What Is Next For The University of Miami's Football Program?

Unless you have been living under a rock (or read/watch ESPN), you know about the explosive Yahoo! Sports report about a University of Miami booster named Nevin Shaprio, now in jail due to taking part in a ponzi scheme, who provided countless benefits to 72 athletes between 2002 and 2010 (read the full list of players Shapiro provided benefits to and what benefits they received here. Charles Robinson and the Yahoo! gang really did an epic job here.). Shapiro says that he spent millions of benefits including cash, jewelry, prostitutes, travel, bounties for play on the field, etc. To understand the full severity of what has gone down down in South Florida, the report is a must.
So what is next for the high-profile and notorious football program, at one point one of the most powerful schools in college football?

16 August 2011

Boston Red Sox Turn Triple Play Against Rays

Picture courtesy SportsGrid
One night after the Milwaukee Brewers turned a triple play against the Los Angeles Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox turned the triple tonight in the fourth inning against the Tampa Bay Rays. With a man at second and first, he Rays' Sean Rodriguez grounded to the third baseman, which tonight was Jed Lowrie, who tagged third and then threw to second base and Dustin Pedroia, who tagged second, who then quickly threw to first to just get Rodriguez. I thought these triple plays were rare, now we've seen one on two consecutive nights. Let's go to the videotape, courtesy of the great folks at SportsGrid.

Brewers Turn Triple Play Last Night Vs. Dodgers

Yeah the Milwaukee Brewers turned a triple play last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers...no big deal. Triple plays only happen so often. 
Anyways, here's the breakdown of what happened before I put the embedded video that is sure to get taken down by MLB. In the top of the second inning, the Dodgers had a runner on first, the above pictured Juan Rivera, when James Loney hit a ground ball to Brewers shortstop Yuniesky Betancourt. Betancourt flipped the ball to second baseman Josh Wilson who got Rivera on the force and then threw the ball to first to get Loney. Now Matt Kemp was on second base and tried to score on the double play but was thrown out at the plate by an alert Prince Fielder. Now, let's go to the videotape.

14 August 2011

Keegan Bradley Wins the 2011 PGA Championship

It was quite a debut in a major for Keegan Bradley as he capped off an epic comeback to capture the 2011 PGA Championship in a three hole playoff with Jason Dufner. Bradley was down five strokes after triple bogeying on the 15th but Dufner, who entered the day tied for the lead with Brendan Steele who was seven over par today to finish at even par, put his tee shot on the 15th in the water and bogeyed the 15th, 16th and 17th holes while Bradley birdied both the 16th and 17th. Both players got a par on the 18th but Bradley won by a stroke in the playoff.
Jim Nantz and Nick Faldo recap from Atlanta Athletic Club.

What to Make of Dan Uggla's Hitting Streak

Dan Uggla was on such an awful pace only a month and a half ago that he was on track for the worst batting average in the history of the National League when he was hitting at a .173 clip. So of course he will go on a 33 game hitting streak, which he is now at that mark by hitting a single in the first inning yesterday off Cubs' pitcher Randy Wells. So what exactly to make of Uggla's hit streak?