25 August 2012

The Miami Marlins are hopeless, turn infield hit into inside-the-park homer

You know at one point, the Miami Marlins were coming off a hot May, compiling 21 wins in that month to put themselves right in the thick of the National League race at 29-22. Well now they sit in the cellar of the NL East, yes even behind Mike Francesa's Mets, at 57-70 and last night against the Los Angeles Dodgers, they put out one of the worst defensive displays I have seen in a long time in somehow turning a Luis Cruz infield roller into an inside-the-park homer that scored three. Watch this, it's ridiculous.

What the blockbuster trade between the Dodgers and the Red Sox means

August is the month for some crazy trading to go on but this blockbuster between the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers may just take the cake. Boston will be sending Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford, Adrian Gonzalez and Nick Punto to Los Angeles in exchange for James Loney and a quartet of prospects, two quality pitching prospects in Rubby De La Rosa and Allen Webster as well as a couple of marginal players in second baseman Ivan De Jesus and outfielder Jerry Sands. It is the largest salary dump in sports history as the Dodgers will be taking on $262.5 million in remaining salary. But it's a deal that comes with big risks for both clubs but clear rewards for both as well.

23 August 2012

Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles, banned from cycling for life by USADA

In what is nothing short of a surprising decision, seven time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong has decided that "enough is enough" as he has said he will not fight charges brought on by the United States Anti-Doping Agency, a decision that could very well lead to Armstrong being stripped of his titles.

For what it is worth, Armstrong says that he is not guilty nor will he accept the USADA sanctions as he considers the fight to not be fair but will instead commit himself "to the work [he] began before ever winning a single Tour de France title: serving people and families affected by cancer, especially those in underserved communities." As we all know, Armstrong became a sporting icon after surviving testicular cancer and going on to win the most grueling cycling test. He became one of the most visible athletes in the world, started the Livestrong foundation and those yellow wristbands you see everywere and had a great cameo in Dodgeball.

His decision means that he could very well lead to a lifetime ban from the sport and being stripped of his record seven titles. The USADA say they have "overwhelming evidence" that Armstrong doped. This may end up being the end of a line for an illustrious career that has been marred for years of doping allegations, coming to a conclusion that some may have forseen for a while.

UPDATE: Armstrong has been banned for life by the USADA and has been stripped of his Tour titles, according to CBS Sports.

H/T USA Today

2012 MLB on FOX Announcers & Distribution: August 25th

Of the six clubs on FOX Saturday Baseball this week, five are in playoff contention. In the lead game, the team in the top wild card slot, the Atlanta Braves, travel out west to take on the NL West leading San Francisco Giants. Most of America will get that game while others will either get an NL Central showdown with the division leading Cincinnati Reds hosting the second wild card team in the Senior Circuit as of right now, the St. Louis Cardinals, or an AL match with the West leading Texas Rangers hosting the Minnesota Twins.

Continue reading for distribution splits as well as announcing assignments for MLB on FOX this Saturday.

Watch Mike Francesa go nuts with an epic rant on the New York Mets

The Mets have been a disaster in the second half this season after playing relatively well early on and just got swept in an embarrassing manner by an awful Colorado Rockies club. They cannot seem to do anything right on the diamond. 12-30 in the last 41, 2-14 in the last 16. And you know who this really bothers? New York 's Number 1, Mike Francesa of WFAN. He absolutely goes off on this Mets team to start off his show this afternoon and boy is it hilarious. Unless you like the Mets but at this point, if you have not jumped off the ledge yet...

Let's go to the videotape and boy is it quality.

Are the Sacramento Kings moving to Virginia Beach?

According to the Hampton Roads newspaper Inside Business, there apparently is a deal in the works to get the Sacramento Kings, who have been looking for a new home after the deal to build a $391 million arena and entertainment complex in the capital of California fell apart, to move to the city of Virginia Beach. The deal is said to be hammered out by the Maloof brothers, who own the franchise, Comcast-Spectacor and representatives from Virginia's largest city with an announcement expected for Wednesday, August 29.

Continue reading for more details, whether or not it is a wise decision and what is could mean for the league.

Skip Bayless speculates Derek Jeter is on PEDs, Stephen A. Smith loses his mind

Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has been having a tremendous season this year, sixth in baseball with a .324 batting average, leading the majors in hits and having some of his best statistical numbers in a few years as well as being the leader and a key component of the AL East leaders, all at the ripe age of 38. So naturally, because of his age and because he is having a great season, Skip Bayless insinuates that Jeter may (keyword: may) be using performance enhancing drugs. Stephen A. Smith procedes thereafter to lose his mind. Let's go to the videotape.

Will Stephen Strasburg's innings cap kill the Nationals this postseason?

The best record in Major League Baseball belongs to the Washington Nationals, damn impressive for a team that has not made the postseason in 30 years, back when they were in Montreal obviousy, and have never won a pennant but that is not what the folks around the club are talking about. What the subject of conversation is when you are talking about the Nationals is when will Stephen Strasburg, the young ace for a very strong pitching staff, will be shelved. As a means to help protect his arm in his first full season after getting Tommy John surgery, the club is expected to shut down Strasburg somewhere between 160 and 180 innings (he is at 145.1 innings after going six last night against Atlanta).

So with Strasburg's inevitable shutdown, will that handicap the Nationals from potentially going deep into November?

21 August 2012

2012 NFL on CBS Announcers

We have just learned the announcing crews for the NFL on CBS for the 2012 NFL season, a couple of weeks after FOX Sports announced their commentator pairings. As expected, no changes were made to the crews. So why don't we take a look at them, shall we?

20 August 2012

Who will win the Heisman Trophy in 2012?

And whenever you talk about the dawn of a new college football, you always have to discuss who the potential candidates are for the highest individual award, the Heisman Trophy. Of course, note that the preseason favorite is not always the victor. Andrew Luck of Stanford was thought to be the favorite all season, only Baylor's Robert Griffin III put together a completely ridiculous campaign and one of the best in his school's history to take home the hardware with some truly memorable moments like this one. And so the question at hand is who will be taking home the Heisman this year?

What college football coaches are on the hot seat in 2012?

The college football coaching carousel is always spinning, just take a look at this year's. Every year, a fair amount of college football programs nationwide at the FBS opts to fire their head coach for a fair amount of reasons but most importantly being a disappointing product on the field. Who are coaches that could very well be in danger of losing their jobs?

19 August 2012

2012-13 College Football Predictions

It is the SEC's world and we are all just living in it. You have to go all the way back to 2005 when Texas took out the defending champion USC (Vince Young, anyone?) to the last time the national champion was not a member of the Southeastern Conference. Last year only signified the dominance as the BCS Championship Game was played between two SEC teams, two division rivals no less, as Alabama dominated LSU 21-0 to take their second title in three years.

But this is a whole new college football season. Will the SEC reign supreme again or will we see somebody new at the top of the college football world? It's my 2012 college football preview.