08 October 2011

Watch the Awesome Fake Punt TD by LSU Called Back by Absurd Rule

Here's the video courtesy SportsGrid.

So that's taunting? Spreading your wings like that quantifies as taunting. That's complete garbage. The rule of taking points off the board for taunting is absurd but this call was just atrocious. I don't get it.

R.I.P. Al Davis

Al Davis, one of the most notorious, rebellious and important figures in NFL history, has passed away today at the age of 82. Immediate cause of death is not yet known.
Davis has been involved in professional football since 1960, when he was hired by the San Diego Chargers back in the ol' AFL as offensive ends coach. He then became head coach and general manager of the Oakland Raiders in 1963 and immediately began to implement a vertical based attack that helped stretch the field and change the way the game was played. He then served as commissioner of the AFL in 1966 and although he was opposed to a merger with the NFL, he did oversee the merger that helped make the NFL the dominant league in sports. After resigning from the commissioner's title, he went back to the Raiders became general manager and a part owner until he took over the club in 1972, and that had been his title ever since.
Davis, best known for his black and silver suits and his famous phrases "Commitment to Excellence" and "Just Win, Baby," had many feuds with the NFL over the years, most notable when he tried to move the club to Los Angeles in the early 80's and then when he tried to move the club back to Oakland in the early 90's. Not many have had the arrogance that mae Davis so famous.
Yes the team developed into a joke in the 2000's and yes many have poked at Davis over his ability, or lack thereof, to run the organization (including myself multiple times) but one cannot deny the importance of him in the history of the NFL.
Al Davis (July 4, 1929 - October 8, 2011)

2011 MLB Postseason: League Championship Series Predictions

The 2011 MLB Postseason has its Final Four if you will as two teams in each league are left standing to decide who will duke it out to be crowned champions of baseball. The St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers are left in the Senior Circuit while the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers are left in the Junior Circuit. Who will advance to the 2011 World Series? Here are my predictions.

2011 MLB Postseason: St. Louis Cardinals Advance to the NLCS

It took a near miracle for this club to even make the postseason. But not here the St. Louis Cardinals are, in the National League Championship Series after defeating the Philadelphia Phillies in Game 5 of the NLDS 1-0 to take the series three games to two. The decisive game 5 at Citizens Bank Park was being billed as a pitchers' duel and that's what we got this evening. Roy Halladay threw a gem, going eight innings only allowing one run but he got saddled with the loss as that run, a double by Skip Schumacher that scored Rafael Furcal in the first inning, was the difference. The pitcher on the winning end was Chris Carpenter who was absolutely fantastic, pitching to the distance and allowing three hits. Now the Cardinals will be taking on their division rival Milwaukee Brewers in the NLCS, starting on Sunday.

07 October 2011

Watch Nyjer Morgan Send the Brewers to the NLCS & Swear on TV

Beast mode by Tony Plush. Nyjer Morgan, in the bottom of the tenth, singled in Carlos Gomez to win Game 5 of the NLCS. So naturally TBS' Sam Ryan wanted to get some words from Morgan after he just sent the Brewers to their first League Championship Series since back in 1982 when they were in the American League. But then Morgan shouted some expletives. It was awesome. Let's go to the videotape.

Looking Back at 'The Grand Parl'

Jealous of the success of this here blog and the riches that it has brought me (actually none...yet), avid sports fan and mascot enthusiast Jeffrey Conaway Parles decided to start his own blog. It is known in infamy as The Grand Parl and this is the demoralizing true story of that blog.

White Sox Made an Odd Hire in Robin Ventura

This is an all-time classic image
The new manager of the Chicago White Sox is...Robin Ventura? Bet you did not think he would be the guy. Hell, he was not even in the list of guys I thought GM Kenny Williams was considering. While Ventura may very much turn into a quality manager, this hiring makes no sense at all.

Enjoy These Nasty Dunks

Well I have not done an NBA post in a whole (that whole lockout thing is kind of a buzzkill) and we may not get any NBA this year. So in the meantime, we shall suffice by watching some epic demolitions on some slam dunks.

2011 MLB Postseason: Will the Diamondbacks or Brewers Capture Game 5?

Wait what? Another Game 5? Ahh the glory of the MLB Postseason. Kirk Gibson's upstart Arizona Diamondbacks and Ron Roenicke's Milwaukee Brewers will be duking it out on Friday afternoon to decide who will be heading to the National League Championship Series. Who do I think will come out on top? Let's take a look.

2011 MLB Postseason: Will the Cardinals or Phillies Take Game 5?

Tonight we've got game 5 in the National League Division Series between Tony La Russa's St. Louis Cardinals and Charlie Manual's Philadelphia Phillies. Will the Phillies extend their NLCS streak to four consecutive seasons or will the Cards reach the NLCS for the first time since winning the World Series in 2006?

2011 MLB Postseason: Detroit Tigers Advance to the ALCS

The Detroit Tigers jumped on Ivan Nova and the New York Yankees early with solo home runs by Don Kelly and Delmon Young in the first inning and never relinquished the lead, defeating New York 3-2 to take the ALDS 3-2 and are now advancing to the American League Championship Series to take on the Texas Rangers. Victor Martinez singled in Austin Jackson in the top of the fifth to give Detroit a 3-0 lead. Robinson Cano gave the Yankees hope by hitting a solo shot in the bottom half and then Tigers reliever Joaquin Benoit walked in a run in the seventh but that was the only run he gave up. Jose Valverde then came in the bottom of the ninth and promptly slammed the door on the game, sending Detroit to the ALCS for the first time since winning the pennant in 2006.

05 October 2011

R.I.P. Steve Jobs

We may never see a vissionary like the man pictured above. Steve Jobs goes to his grave knowing that he has changed the world like few have before in the way we live our lives today.
February 25,1955 - October 5, 2011

Is Brett Favre Right About Aaron Rodgers?

Brett Favre is generating a little bit of ESPN controversy (which is a controversy that is generated solely by ESPN) with his recent comments about Aaron Rodgers and the recent success of his former club, the Green Bay Packers. He made a bunch of positive comments and also one that some are considering a dig. Let's break it down.

2011 MLB Postseason: Will Detroit or New York Take Game 5?

Well it was an elimination game for the New York Yankees last night and not only did A.J. Burnett respond with a solid outing but the offense exploded as the Bronx Bombers defeated the Detroit Tigers, 10-1. Now as we've got a do or die game 5, winner taking on the Texas Rangers in the ALCS, who will win on Wednesday night?

04 October 2011

2011 MLB Postseason: Can A.J. Burnett Be a Hero and Keep the Yankees Alive?

The New York Yankees' season rests of the shoulders of one Allan James Burnett as he will start game 4 of the American League Division Series as the Yankees face elimination by the Detroit Tigers, who have a 2-1 series lead. Not exactly the guy that Yankee fans (like myself) would preferably like to have their season rest on. Can he keep the Yankees' quest for a 28th World Series title alive?

2011 MLB Postseason: Texas Rangers Advance to the 2011 ALCS

The Texas Rangers have advanced to the American League Championship Series for the second year in a row after they defeated the Tampa Bay Rays today in game 4 of the American League Division Series, 4-3. Ian Kinsler opened the game with a solo shot for Texas and Adrian Beltre hit three homers of his own. The Rangers scored three of their runs against Tampa rookie starter Jeremy Hellickson, who was charged with the loss (the fourth homer came off of reliever Matt Moore). Matt Harrison was the winner today after he pitched five solid innings, only allowing two runs. Closer Neftali Feliz allowed one run in the ninth but got Rays rookie outfielder Desmond Jennings to hit a grounder to shortstop Elvis Andrus, who tossed the rock to Kinsler for the final out of the game. The ALCS begins on Saturday and the Rangers will face either the Detroit Tigers.

2011 NFL Week 5 Picks

It is week 5 in the 2011 NFL season and it is highlighted by the Detroit Lions making their first primetime TV appearance in a while. But it is a team that rising star quarterback Matthew Stafford does not have fond memories of as the last time he played the Chicago Bears, he got injured. But what will happen this time around.
It's time for my week 5 predictions.

2011 MLB Postseason: Will the Rangers Close Out the Rays on Tuesday?

The Texas Rangers are now one game away from the American League Championship Series as they took a 2-1 series lead over the Tampa Bay Rays today by winning 4-3 today at Tropicana Field after catcher Mike Napoli hit a big two-run homer in the seventh to give Texas a lead they would never relinquish. So will the Rangers clinch their second straight ALCS berth on Tuesday or will the series return to Arlington?

03 October 2011

2011 NFL on Fox Announcers & Distribution: Week 5

It is week number five in this young season and it is a singleheader window this Sunday on Fox. The games at 1:00 are Seahawks-Giants, Eagles-Bills, Saints-Panthers, and Cardinals-Vikings with the sole game at 4:05 being Buccaneers-49ers. Continue reading for announcing assignments as well as distribution splits for this week so that you know what game you will see and who will be calling it.

2011 NFL on CBS Announcers & Distribution: Week 5

It is week 5 of the 2011 NFL season and for the second week in a row, CBS will have a doubleheader this Sunday. The games in the early window are Titans-Steelers, Raiders-Texans, Chiefs-Colts, and Bengals-Jaguars with the games in the national window are Jets-Patriots and Chargers-Broncos. Continue reading for distribution splits so you know what game you will get on your television as well as announcing assignments for who will be calling said games.

2011 MLB Postseason: Can the Brewers Sweep the Diamondbacks?

After the first two games of the National League Division Series between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Milwaukee Brewers have resulted in victories for the Brew Crew, the series now heads to the desert for game 3 with Milwaukee having the opportunity to complete the three game sweep. Will they be able to advance to the NLCS on Tuesday night?

2011 MLB Postseason: Who Has the Advantage in Game 3 of Yankees-Tigers?

It's been an interesting first two games in the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and the New York Yankees. We've seen the first game needing two days to be completed as well as the travel day forced to hold game 2. The series is all knotted up at two games apiece as the scene shifts to Motown and both team's aces, Justin Verlander for Detroit, CC Sabathia for New York, will be on the hill. Who has the advantage?

02 October 2011

2011 College Football Week 6 Picks

Pumped up for the Red River Shootout?
College Football is rolling right into the thick of fall as it is week 6 already (didn't we just launch this thing?) Anyways, we got some quality matchups on tap for you to watch, including Boise State-Fresno State on Friday, Florida-LSU, Miami-Virginia Tech, Ohio State-Nebraska and most notably the Red River Shootout at the Cotton Bowl with Oklahoma looking to affirm their National Title contender status while Texas is proving to continuing their quest to prove that 2010 was an abberation. 
Here are my picks for this weeks. 

2011-12 NHL Season Preview & Predictions

It's just about that time hockey fans, the NHL 2011-12 season is just about to begin. The Boston Bruins are the reigning Stanley Cup Champions, do I think they will repeat or will we see someone else hold up Lord Stanley's Cup? Here's my 2011-12 season preview.