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I love sports I dont care who knows it…

Posted by mvetack on October 18, 2011

Wow, just read my last post and saw it was back in February.  Eeek.  I am just going to jump right back into this thing head first. Lets go!

The Cardinals are in the World Series?  Are you kidding me!  It was crazy enough that they made it to the playoffs but no one really took them seriously did they? The Rangers on the other hand are back for the second straight season.  People don’t seem as excited about them being there but they are a really fun team to watch.  The Rangers did not get talked about too much by the masses as world series favorites throughout the season even though they were defending AL champs.

Mark Sanchez looked pretty decent vs the Dolphins on Monday Night.  The offense really took a while to get going but when it did they looked real good.  A nice balance of run and pass and the Jets look decent again.  Holy Revis by the way.  He may have gotten away with a little interference on the TD but the D never gets the benefit of the doubt, good call.

No NBA in the near future is really not cool with me right now.  I got my NBA fix and some with 2k12 lately but now playing the game is only getting me more excited about actual NBA action.

I got roped into a fantasy hockey league for the first time ever.  So glad I am in the league.  I enjoy watching hockey but I admit I am falling behind on the buzz of the league and who the players are.  Patty Roy’s Right Hook is definitely helping me out.  My new favorite player is one of my earlier picks Wayne Simmonds from Philly.  He can get after it.  Throws his body around, gets some penalties, and attacks the net with speed.  Finally got Versus network at the house and love having NHL on my television again.

World Series tomorrow night! No football, no NBA action, so you better be watching.  Its the freakin World Series people come on!  Oh and New Hampshire’s own Chris Carpenter is on the bump, very cool.

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The Alphabet game

Posted by mvetack on October 19, 2010

Heres a little thing I saw on SBnation.com (a great website by the way).  They do review of the sports weekend using the alphabet.  So I am taking a shot at it.  Here we go!

A is for Andrei Arshavin. Andrei Arshavin is interviewed for Arsenal TV and answers some non soccer related questions with some interesting answers.  Take a look.

B is for Benched. The Carolina Panthers are going back to Matt Moore after giving the Jimmy Clausen experiment a try.  Clausen looked like a rookie for the Panthers and for now will watch the games from the sideline.

C is for Cliff Diving. Junior Seau, former San Diego and Patriots Linebacker, had a rough weekend.  First he was arrested in a domestic dispute with his wife, then he fell asleep at the wheel and drove his car over a cliff suffering minor injuries.

D is for Double Dip. San Francisco Giants corner outfielder Cody Ross tagged Roy Halladay for two home runs in game one of the NLCS on the way to a 4-3 Giants victory.

E is for ERA 5.26 After falling behind two games to one against the Texas Rangers, the Yankees are in desperate need of a win and turn to AJ Burnett and his season era of 5.26, good luck Yanks.

F is for Freshman! Freshman! Number 5 ranked and undefeated Nebraska took on unranked and struggling Texas on Saturday.  Nebraska’s Freshman QB and early Heisman candidate Taylor Martinez had a rough game going 4 for 12 passing for just 63 yards and rushing for just 21 yards on 13 carries.  The Huskers lost 20-13 and might have said good bye to the Heisman and National Championship hopes.

G is for the Goulet Awards. Minnesota Twins Starting Pitcher Carl Pavono is a finalist for 2010’s “Robert Goulet Memorial Mustached American of the Year”  On why Pavano was selected as a finalist, the American Mustache Institute said,

“Many thought Carl Pavano’s baseball career was done. And then hegrew a mustache. Since then, he resurrected his career with a 17-11 record in 2010, 3.75 ERA, and a Central Division Championship. His Pavstache single handedly brought the popularity of lip garments back to Minnesota and powered the team into the 2010 playoffs.”

H is for Hossa. The defending Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks were picked by most experts to drop off from last year after letting go many pieces of their championship team.  Marian Hossa is doing all he can to keep the Blackhawks in the Elite of the NHL.  Hossa scored 2 goals in 2:31 seconds of the the third period on the way to a win over the St. Louis Blues.  Hossa leads the NHL with 7 goals.

I is for Illegal Hits. After many NFL players went down with injuries on blows to the head on Sunday, all over the sports websites and ESPN this morning are talking about the leagues stance on trying to enforce the rules of illegal helmet to helmet hits with greater effectiveness.  A possible one game suspension is in the works and the debate begins of whether or not this is appropriate for a game that prides itself on toughness and big hits.

J is for Jacked up! Eagles young Wide Receiver DeSean Jackson got his head knocked off and out of this country on Sunday by Atlanta Falcons Dunta Robinson.

K is for K’s. K’s as in Cliff Lee and his bakers dozen of them vs the Yankees in game three of the the ALCS.  Cliff Lee is looking like the greates post season pitcher we have seen in a looooong time and has his Rangers up 2 games to 1 over the team from New York.

L is for Lee. Cliff Lee’s performance on Sunday was so good it had to be talked about again.  I still can not get over what a game Cliff Lee had vs the Rangers.  His ERA in the playoffs is now 1.26 and he is 7-0.  Put a ring on that and he very well could be the greatest playoffs pitcher of all time.

M is for Midnight Madness. This past weekend was the opening night of college basketball.  With teams able to practice for the first time, college campuses across the country were up all night watching their respective teams host slam dunk contests, dance offs, introduce new players, shave coaches heads, and give away prizes.

N is for Newton. No not Sir Isaac, were talking Cam.  Auburns freakishly big Quarterback Cam Newton, has the Tigers undefeated and atop the SEC after a crushing of the Arkansas Razorbacks.  Auburn won the game 65 to 43 lead by Cameron Newton.  Newton was 10 of 14 for 140 yards and a touchdown and added 148 yards rushing and 3 TDs.  I smell a Heisman.

O is for O-H-I-O. Everyone has seen a story on or even a commercial with the students of Ohio State doing the YMCA hand gestures with OHIO on campus.  I doubt there is much of that going on going to class this week.  Number 1 Ohio State lost this weekend by 13 to Big Ten foe Wisconsin.

P is for Phillies Anti Lincecum. Game one of the NLCS matched up Tim Lincecum and Roy Halladay.  One of the greatest pitching match ups we have seen in the playoffs in recent memory.  Lincecum got the best of Halladay and the Phillies despite the creative signs by Phillies fans.

Q is for Quick. This is the only way to describe the pace in which Peyton Manning was working on Sunday Night vs the Washington Redskins.  The Colts offense was regularly snapping the ball with around 26 seconds left on the play clock.  Manning was in the zone in the first half on Sunday Night.  Manning went for over 200 yards and 2 TDs in the first half making it look easy.  The Colts won the game and share first place in the division.

R is for Riding Bitch. Phillies first base slugger Ryan Howard was seen on FOX’s telecast of NFL football advertising that nights Phillies Giants game.  Howard was shown riding bitch on the Phillie Phanatic’s ATV on the way to the stadium for his game that night.  Terezowens.com with the pic

S is for Slim Chin. Two more great ads for basketball shoes.  Those shoe companies sure know how to do it.  Slim Chin is the new Opulence guy.

T is for Tim Tebow. Tebow got in the game and on the board for the Denver Broncos in their crushing loss to the Jets.  Tebow ran it in from five yards out.  Meanwhile his college team is really missing him this year as they drop to 4-3 with a 10-7 loss to Mississippi State.

U is for Unhappy. That seems to be Wayne Rooney’s mood right now as he has expressed the desire to leave Manchester United.  His coach Alex Ferguson has confirmed the reports that Rooney wants out of Man U.

V is for Velasquez vs Brock Lesnar. This coming weekend is UFC 121 and the hype began this past weekend.  Brock Lesnar will be defending his Heavyweight belt vs Velaszquez who is looking to become the first Mexican title holder.

W is for World Cup Inspiration. The World Cup and soccer as a whole may be inspiring young college kids during midnight madness this year.  It is reported by yahoo.com’s College Basketball blog Dagger that the new thing in college dunk contests is the heel flick slam.  Duke’s Casey Peters and Miles Plumlee combined for it at their Midnight Madness and so did Buffalo’s Mitchell Watt.

X is for Xtra Time. (yea kind of a cop out on the spelling).  A couple AFC East games went to extra time.  Both the Dolphins vs Packers and the Patriots vs the Ravens games ended with the Phins and Pats winning 23-2.

Y is for Yipee, Yay, and Yahoooooo. This is what owners of Chris Johnson were likely screaming when Jeff Fisher left his star RB in the game on 4th and5 under 2 minutes in a blowout win over the Jaguars.  Johnson busted a long TD run on the last play of the game for the Titans flipping fantasy match up scores on their ear in the process.

Z is for Zigtech. John Wall is the newest athlete promoting shoes with Reebok’s Zigtech technology.  Ochocinco, Sidney Crosby, and Peyton Manning are a few of the other Zig guys, and now it is rookie John Wall with his own Zigtech Basketball shoe.  here is a look at his special Gold Rush version of the shoe you will see Wall wearing on the hardwood  this season.

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Divisional Series over

Posted by mvetack on October 13, 2010

Pitching, Pitching, and more Pitching.  What an opening round for baseball.  This season is the so called “Year of the Pitcher” and for the most part that claim held strong for the first round of games this post season.  Roy Halladay’s first playoff start of his career obviously sticks out right away and will be rememberd the most when looking back to this season 50 years from now.  The Doc threw just the second ever post season no hitter in his first playoff action. INCREDIBLE!  If that was not impressive enough Tim Lincecum followed that performance up with a 14 K complete game shut out vs the Bravos to remind everyone that he is truly a freak and one of the best pitchers in baseball.

While these two aces were doing work in the NL, Cliff Lee was dominating with this 4th team in less than two years.  Bill Simmons always says that he has a hard time calling a guy a true great if he gets traded so much, but this has got to be the exception.  Cliff Lee had two amazing performances against the AL East champion Rays and was the teams most valuable player in the 5 games series.  Lee is now up there with Sandy Koufax for best playoff pitchers of all time. (Kinda off topic, I love how Adam Sandler’s name in the great movie “Big Daddy” is Sonny Koufax, gotta be someones favorite baseball player that worked on that movie.)  By the end of these playoffs Lee could put himself in position to be considered the best SP of all time in post season play.

Not to be out done by his teammate Cliff Lee, CJ Wilson followed Lee’s game one start with as impressive of a game two start.  CJ went 6.1 innings allowing just 2 hits no runs and 7 Ks.  More pitching was being done over on the NL side of things as the number two in Philly, Cole Hamels, did his thing with 9 shut out innings for the win to go along with 9 Ks and just 5 hits allowed.  San Frans third man in the rotation, Jonathan Sanchez, went just over 7 innings with 11 Ks and 1 earned vs Atlanta.

Should be MVP Josh Hamilton probably felt a little left out when the Rangers celebrated clinching the division in the regular season when he was standing out side of the club house as his teammates enjoyed a champagne shower.  Hamilton has had a well documented struggle with drugs and alcohol to the point that he wanted no where near the stuff.  When it came to winning the first round of the playoffs, Texas was prepared to accommodate their All star slugger.  Hamilton was drenched with Ginger Ale this time around.

The Giants vs Braves and the Rays vs Rangers series were the two most enjoyable series to watch as the other two were sweeps.   The Reds looked like a team that hadn’t been in the playoffs in a looooong time against the Phillies, while the Twins looked like a team thats from cold Minnesota and not money filled New York.

There was not any huge offensive performances by any player on any team.  The Rangers showed every kid with a glove under their mattress right now how it is important to be a good and heads up base runner.  With out quality base running by Texas, the Rays might win that game 1-0.

Replay stock his very high right now while the naked eye is plunging.  Just off the top of my head with just a couple seconds of thought I can name a couple bad calls or at least questionable calls that would have been perfect for instant replay use.  Utley getting “hit” by an Aroldis Chapman 102 mph fastball.  I don’t care how tough you are, if you get hit in the hand by a pitch over 100 mph you atleast shake it once and or take off your batting glove for examination.  Another instance was Utley’s break up slide into second and being called safe.  Michael Young’s check swing called a no swing with 2 strikes on him.  Jason Bartlett stuck in a pickle between third and home and Michael Young’s phantom tag on him before he scored.  David Price covering first on a grounder to first base.

Jason Heyward disappointed in his playoff debut with just 2 hits in 16 at bats and 8 strikeouts.  Probably Rookie of the Year winner Buster Posey shined in his debut with 6 hits in 16 at bats and solid work behind the plate.  The Yankees were business as usual vs the Twins.  New Stadiums, same story as the Yanks swept the Twinkies away in three games.  No flash, not glitz, no glamor.  They just got the job done. You know, the Yankee way.

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Best and Worst of the Weekend

Posted by mvetack on September 28, 2010

Worst of the Weekend

Arkansas had a 13 point lead on the number one team in the country and blew it.  Yes you are playing the best team in the country defending their title with the defending Heisman winner, but if you are any type of good team with a supposed Heisman candidate at QB who is gonna be a first rounder next year, you do not blow that lead.  Alabama is a great team and it is tough to stop from getting two touchdowns, but you gotta put some points on the board Mallett.

The Texas Longhorns got blasted by UCLA over the weekend.  UCLA dropped a 34 spot on the Horns while holding them to just 12 points.  Texas lost McCoy to the NFL but that does not excuse the 6 year old girl fight they put up against UCLA.  The Longhorn’s season is over now in terms of any hope of a National Title now.

Tom Brady knocking down a pass late in the 4th quarter.  This play got overlooked by everyone including the announcers doing the Patriots Bills game.  It did not end up meaning anything but it very well could have.  With just over 3 minutes left in the game the Patriots set up a short pass on 4th and long to try and pick up some extra yards to get a better punt off.  The Bills are down 8 and are getting the ball back for one final attempt at a game tying drive.  Brady threw a pass that got blocked by the D line and right back to him.  Instead of catching the pass then running or even just taking a knee to keep the clock going and forcing the Bills to take their final time out, he bats it down and stops the clock.  Now, the clock is stopped before the punt and the Bills have a very helpful time out in the pocket.  With little time left the Bills need to save as much time as they need.

Best of the Weekend

Leon Washington had two spectacular kick off returns for touchdowns in a win vs the slow starting San Diego Chargers.  Two out of the three touchdowns the Seahawks scored, including the game winner, were these two kick off returns.  The Hawks offense did not do too much so Washington bailed them out to get the win.

The Texas Rangers are in the playoffs.  It has been 11 years since October has hosted the Rangers.  The AL West has been dominated by the Angels for a while now.  The Rangers used surprisingly good pitching a an always special offense on their way to a division title that cultivated over the weekend.

Anquan Boldin was a fantasy hero this weekend and more importantly a Baltimore hero in a win over the Cleveland Browns.  Boldin racked up 143 receiving yards and all three of Baltimore’s touchdowns on Sunday.  Bolding seems to have gotten out of Arizona just in time, and is now the best player on a Super Bowl contending team.

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