01 October 2011

Tigers/Yankees ALDS Game 1 Rained Out, Forces Reschedule

We were all excited to see game 1 of the ALDS between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees for a showdown between two of the best pitchers in baseball, Justin Verlander and CC Sabathia. However with the scored tied at one apiece as the Yankees were about to come up to bat in the bottom in second, rain came down. What was thought to be a passing storm turned into a non-stop rain, forcing Major League Baseball to postpone the conclusion of game 1 to be concluded on Saturday with Game 2 pushed back to Sunday. There will be no off day between games 2 and 3. So here is what the schedule looks like.

September 1: Game 1 to be played to conclusion, picking up from bottom of the second. Scheduled to commence at 8:37 on TBS. Projected "starters": Fister (DET) vs. Nova (NYY)
September 2: Game 2. First pitch scheduled for 3:07 on TNT. Projected starters: Scherzer (DET) vs.  Garcia (NYY)
September 3: Game 3 from Detroit. First pitched scheduled for 8:37 on TBS.
All games past only if necessary. Projected starters: Sabathia (NYY) vs. Verlander (DET)

There is potential for rain on Saturday night, no word on what could potentially happen if the conclusion to Game 2 be postponed further due to rain.

30 September 2011

If Red Sox Fans Were Not Reeling Enough...

This is a really despressing bus ad if you are a Red Sox fan and hilarious to everyone else. Courtesy Big League Stew.

Boston is Making a Mistake Dumping Terry Francona

Just days after the Boston Red Sox completed one of the greatest September collpases ever, the club has decided to part ways with manager Terry Francona. This comes only a few days after general manager Theo Epstein exonerated Francona for fault of the epic collapse and even said this,
"I don't think we believe in  -- I know we don't believe in --  scapegoats and in particular no one blames Tito for what happened in September."
Epstein was absolutely right, no one should be making Francona the scapegoat but then he pulled a George McGovern and made him the scapegoat unjustly. And Epstein will come to regret that decision.

29 September 2011

2011 MLB Postseason: Divisional Series Predictions

Well after a massive exclamation point was placed on the end of the 2011 MLB regular season, the postseason is now upon as fall has cometh. The playoff teams are set as are their matchups, eight teams now have a chance at winning the World Series. Who do I think will make it out of the Divisional Series? Let's have a gander at my predictions, eh?

Dan Johnson's Game Tying, Season Saving Homer Hit a Fun in the Nuts

I've already spoken at length about how epic last night but now Dan Johnson's pinch hit home run in the bottom of the ninth for Tampa Bay to keep their season alive and force extra hit is even more awesome because it hit a fan in the nuts. I kid you not.

Greatest Night of Baseball EVER

Just in case you missed it, here is what went down on the night of September 28, 2011.

28 September 2011

2011 NFL Week 4 Picks

Two of the league's top trash talkers face off on Sunday night when the New York Jets visit the Charm City to take on the Ravens. When you factor in that it's Rex Ryan's first return to Baltimore, where he gained a reputation of being one of the elite defensive minds, this has the making of an exciting showdown.
Who do I think will win that showdown as well as all other games this Sunday? Let's take a look at my week four picks.

MLB on ESPN Tonight, September 28

This is the final day of the 2011 MLB regular season and two playoff sports are up for grabs and they are both wild card spots. Both the Red Sox and Rays in the American League and the Braves and Cardinals in the National League are tied and their game's will be featured on ESPN and ESPN2 tonight as the fight to either clinch a berth tonight and force a one game playoff tomorrow is on. Here's the breakdown.
Courtesy ESPN FrontRow

Most of the country: Boston/Baltimore at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3; Philadelphia/Atlanta at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Boston/Baltimore markets: New York/Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on ESPN, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio; Philadelphia/Atlanta at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Philadelphia/Atlanta markets: Boston/Baltimore at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN and ESPN3; St. Louis/Houston at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Hartford market: St. Louis/Houston at 8 p.m. on ESPN; Philadelphia/Atlanta at 7 p.m. on ESPN2 and ESPN3.
Memphis market: Boston/Baltimore at 7 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN3; New York/Tampa Bay at 7 p.m. on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Radio.
Note that these games are all blacked out locally

The game commentators are as followed:
Boston/Baltimore — Sean McDonough, Rick Sutcliffe, Aaron Boone New York/Tampa Bay — Steve Berthiaume, John Kruk (Marc Kestecher, Peter Pascarelli on ESPN Radio); Philadelphia/Atlanta – Dave O’Brien, Nomar Garciaparra, Orel Hershiser; St. Louis/Houston – Mark Neely, Doug Glanville. Studio commentators during game telecasts: Karl Ravech, Bobby Valentine.

2011 MLB Season Conclusion Awards Picks

There is only one day left in the 2011 MLB season and thus here are my awards predictions? Some of the awards were tough choices and some were easy as cake. Who do I think will win the major awards? Let's take a look.

27 September 2011

Jamie Dukes...Bad Analyst AND a Creeper?

This is completely absurd.

I'm still trying to figure out if at any point Dukes had this idea in his head and at any point did he think this was a bad idea. Still an awful analyst.
Then again, who wouldn't want Stacey Dales to play quarterback?

2011 MLB on TBS Postseason Broadcast Teams

TBS will once again provide exclusive coverage of the Division Series of the MLB postseason and this year they will have coverage of the National League Championship Series. Here are the broadcast teams that TBS will be using.

26 September 2011

Who Will the Wild Cards in the AL & NL?

The Boston Red Sox and Atlanta Braves were once easily in control of the Wild Card in their respective leagues but now after their spectacular choke jobs in the last month, both due to similar reasons (poor pitching, overworked bullpen, inconsistent offense). We've got three days left in the 2011 MLB season and the postseason is just around the corner. Who will claim the Wild Cards?

2011 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 4

It is a doubleheader weekend on the NFL on CBS this week with six games on the docket. The games in the early window are Bills-Bengals, Titans-Browns, and Steelers-Texans while the games in the later window are Patriots-Raiders, Dolphins-Chargers, and Broncos-Packers. Here are the announcing assignments and the distribution splits for these games on CBS Sports.

2011 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 4

There are eight games this Sunday on the NFL on Fox but since it's a singleheader Sunday, that means you will only see one of them. The 1:00 games are Redskins-Rams, Saints-Jaguars, Vikings-Chiefs, 49ers-Eagles, Panthers-Bears, and Cowboys-Lions and the games at 4:05 are Falcons-Seahawks and Giants-Cardinals. Continue reading for announcer assignments and distribution splits for Fox NFL Sunday.

25 September 2011

2011 College Football Week 5 Picks

This will be the fifth week of the 2011 College Football as we are heading right into the thick as the calendar hits October. College Gameday will be in Madison as the Badgers will host the Nebraska Cornhuskers in their first Big Ten conference game ever. Other notable games include Texas A&M-Arkansas, Alabama-Florida, and Notre Dame-Purdue. Who will win this week? It's time for my predictions.