Saturday, November 10, 2007
In a memo released earlier Saturday on the NFL.com website, the Mafia, err...the NFL told officials to begin to eject players for flagrant helmet to helmet hits. We were unable to confirm with the league if the linebackers will begin to wear skirts or whether the Guards will be now known as "Sallys". What the hell is this? There has to be a line where the NFL won't cross when it comes to hits. I am NOT downplaying the severity of injuries that can occur from hits, but lets begin to fine guys that drop there heads when making a tackle, THAT is where injuries really occur. The NFL is going to end up going to a tackle league with flags on the QB's and not allowing defensive backs to even look at wide receivers. I wish the NFL would lead with their collective heads on this one.
The Illini of Illinois upset the #1 team in all the land, The Ohio State Buckeyes 28-21 to end any title hopes that OSU had. This will drop the Buckeyes out of the #1 spot and opens it up for LSU, Kansas, and of course Oregon! Illinois Quarterback Juice Williams proved his worth as he threw for 4 touchdowns and led Illinois on time consuming drives including the final drive of the game that sealed the game for the Illini that took 8:09 off the clock and prevented the Buckeyes from getting their offense back on the field. Head Coach Ron Zook will not only secure his job at Illinois for years to come, but will now be a hot commodity on the coaching market.
Week 10 in the NFL is the week of questions. How good is the running game of Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings? Will JP Losman be able to lead the Bills past the winless Dolphins?
How far have the Cleveland Browns come since week 1? Can Detroit win on the road against a team they should beat? Can the Giants beat a good team in the Cowboys? How will the loss to the Patriots affect the Colts? ANSWERS? Peterson is great...look for him to run all over the Packers, but lose. Packers win 21-10. Scary game for Losman and the Bills, but they are on a roll. Look for the Bills to add to the Dolphins woes this year and win. Bills win 37-14. The Browns have come a long way, but not far enough to beat the Steelers. Steelers win 34-27. Detroit can win on the road and beat the Cardinals. Look for the Lions to make a statement on the road. Lions win 42-21. The Giants here in this situation is difficult. Last year they melted down the second half of the season. But, this has been a different team the way they are going about their business. Giants win, 28-24. Finally, the Colts will bounce back big from their loss by beating the Chargers. Colts win, 35-17.
**Teams MUD FREE SPORTS is Picking to WIN!
Qualifying was held Friday Night for the Checkers Auto Parts 500 at Phoenix International Raceway. As you can guess Jeff Gordon and Jimmie Johnson battled for the top spot, but both came up short as Carl Edwards won the Pole Position for Sunday afternoon's race on ABC. Gordon did finish in 3rd position and Jimmie Johnson will start the race in 6th position, but ahead of Gordon by 30 points in the Chase for the Cup. The other big winner in the qualifying was Chevrolet. They placed 8 of the top 12 spots for the race. With a Chevrolet bound to win the Chase for the Cup (Gordon and Johnson both drive for Chevy), they are showing off dominance in the NASCAR Nextel Cup Series as the season wears down.
|2||1||Martin Truex Jr.||Chevrolet||132.758||27.117||-0.003|
|26||06||Sam Hornish Jr.||Dodge||131.062||27.468||-0.354|
|35||8||Dale Earnhardt Jr.||Chevrolet||130.449||27.597||-0.483|
|43||21||Bill Elliott||Ford||Champion's Provisional -|
Here's what's on tap for the NCAA College Football Weekend. We already saw No. 7 West Virginia take out Louisville on Thursday Night. I don't see any of the other Top 10 teams go down this weekend. Maybe a close game between Illinois and Ohio State, and a possible upset in Maryland as the Terps host Boston College. But don't count on either teams losing. I do however think there are 3 upsets on the table for the day. First I like Fresno State to drop Hawaii from the ranks of the unbeaten. Hawaii has had some tight games this year and Fresno State is 6-3 and has experience against the likes of Oregon. Fresno State 45-42. The second upset I like is USC vs. CAL. I think CAL rebounds better than USC. This looked like a lot bigger game before the season started. The quarterback issues at USC will play out and cause them to lose. Cal 28-21. The 3rd and final upset I see in the Top 25 is South Carolina beating Florida. Look for the home crowd and the Old Ball Coach to take out his former team and prove their worth this season. South Carolina 35-14.
No. 13 Michigan at Wisconsin, noon No. 14
No. 15 Southern California at
No. 20 Clemson vs. Wake Forest, noon No. 21
Friday, November 9, 2007
Today on Colin Cowherd on ESPN Radio, he was discussing the merits of whether or not Ben Roethlisberger is an elite quarterback, in the class with hall of fame quarterbacks past and present. His arguments are good, and one of the staffers from his show, Amanda, says that Big Ben is just a system quarterback. I agree...with both! When Ben came into the league he was a system quarterback, and the perfect fit for the Steelers system. However, with the change of head coach and offensive coordinator he is now a great quarterback in a great system. As Cowherd said, he won't be as great as Tom Brady and Peyton Manning, but who is? There are different levels of greatness. Joe Montana and Terry Bradshaw were both great quarterbacks, however they were different styles of quarterbacks. Roethlisberger may never be Montana, Brady, Manning or (insert great passing quarterback here), but his greatness may be in leading a team, winning games, and complementing the system he is in. His quarterback rating this year is above 100 and was in the 90's his first two seasons. But remember, he has as many Super Bowl victories as Peyton Manning, and has only been in the league in 3 seasons plus the 9 games this year. His greatness for now is all dependent on his next game and how he finishes this season. Here's to his greatness!
Thursday, November 8, 2007
While Kentucky was losing to Gardner-Webb, Syracuse was cruising to a Exhibition win against cross-town neighbor LeMoyne at the Carrier Dome, 109-59. Kentucky's loss was to Div. II Gardner-Webb, not the way head Coach Billy Gillespie wanted his second game to go for the Wildcats, losing in the 2K Sports College Hoops Classic. "I thought we moved the ball, looked for each other," SU coach Jim Boeheim said. "Eric (Devendorf) did a nice job looking for people. I thought we did a good job passing the ball as the game wore on." This was also a good show for underclassmen who I believe will lead the nation in photo-ops by the time the season is done. Look for 'Cuse to run the ball a lot more than we have seen in the past and make sure you watch them Monday November 12th on ESPNU take on Siena College in the NIT Tipoff.
Major League Baseball will announce their Post Season Awards for the 2007 Season beginning Sunday November 12th and ending on November 20th. The Awards kick off with the Rookie of The Year Awards for both the American League and National League being announced on Sunday November 12th. The big awards are the MVP awards which will be announced on Sunday November 19th (American) and Monday November 20th (National). Check out the links below to read MLB.COM's article on the awards.
American League Rookie of the Year Award - November 12th
National League Rookie of the Year Award - November 12th
Cy Young Award (American) - November 13th
Cy Young Award (National) - November 15th
Manager of the Year (American) - November 14th
Manager of the Year (National) - November 14th
MVP (American) - November 19th
MVP (National) - November 20th
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
"Because of the HIV virus I have attained I will have to retire from the Lakers today," Ervin "Magic" Johnson said on Nov. 7, 1991. Those were scary words for the sports world and society as a whole 16 years ago today. As a Sophomore in college at the time, I remember hearing on radio news that an announcement was coming that evening. As we left the dining hall and huddled around a tv to watch the words that Magic would speak we discussed how this could've happened to one of the greatest hoops players of all time, fearing that death would be quickly found around the corner for him. 16 years later, Magic is still alive and well and as a sports fan, I am glad to hear it. That day, we were all afraid for his life, today I can say I am happy that he has shown me that this terrible disease can be defeated. Thank you Magic, may God continue to give you years on your life!
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
The 2007 Rawling's Gold Glove Awards were handed out on Tuesday according to MLB.com. Below you will find a list of all the winners in both the AL and NL. There were 5 new additions to the AL lineup this year, including First Baseman Kevin Youkilis who had no errors in 1,080 total chances and recorded 990 putouts for the Red Sox, a team that was second lowest in the league with just 81 errors. Check out the full list of winners below and visit the link below for the complete story!
|2007 Gold Glove winners|
|C||Ivan Rodriguez, DET|
|1B||Kevin Youkilis, BOS|
|2B||Placido Polanco, DET|
|3B||Adrian Beltre, SEA|
|SS||Orlando Cabrera, LAA|
|OF||Ichiro Suzuki, SEA|
|OF||Torii Hunter, MIN|
|OF||Grady Sizemore, CLE|
|P||Johan Santana, MIN|
|C||Russell Martin, LAD|
|1B||Derrek Lee, CHC|
|2B||Orlando Hudson, ARI|
|3B||David Wright, NYM|
|SS||Jimmy Rollins, PHI|
|OF||Carlos Beltran, NYM|
|OF||Andruw Jones, ATL|
|OF||Jeff Francoeur, ATL|
|OF||Aaron Rowand, PHI|
|P||Greg Maddux, SD|
WEEK 10 NFL POWER RANKINGS10. Buffalo Bills - The Bills are two last second field goals from being 6-2. They play tough even with a boat load of injuries. Look for them to take out the Dolphins and move to 5-4 and looking ahead to their game against the Patriots on November 18th in Buffalo.
9. Cleveland Browns - This team was headed for the number one pick after week one, or so we thought. Now they are ready to take on the Steelers for a tie in the AFC North. This could be one of those games that makes you bleed just watching it.
8. Detroit Lions - The Lions are one of those teams that I am scared to put to high, but props to John Kitna who said they would win 10 games this year. We were all ready to sign him up to a crazy farm, but he keeps leading the Lions to the win column.
7. Tennessee Titans - They are playing great, Vince Young isn't up to his old self, but winning still. LenDale White has 613 yards and 5 touchdowns on the year, finally living up to his abilities that we witnessed at USC.
6. Pittsburgh Steelers - Impressive win against an aging, immobile Ravens team. Not to impressive. Lets see how they do against the Browns on Sunday and how they play on the road in upcoming weeks. The NFL has moved two games to late game starts to accommodate CBS wishes. Nov. 18 vs. the Jets and Dec. 9 at New England. Nice!
5. NY Giants - The Giants come off a bye week and take on the Cowboys this week. This will be a good test to see how far they have really come as a TEAM.
4. Green Bay Packers - The only concern for the Packers is their running game. But they still keep winning! They should finish out the year strong and lets see what happens in the playoffs.
3. Dallas Cowboys - No change here, Cowboys throttled the Eagles in Philadelphia and still play in the NFC...big test against the Giants this weekend!
2. Indianapolis Colts - In my eyes, they don't fall far at all. They are defending champs and had New England on the ropes in the 4th quarter. Don't be surprised to see these two matched up in the playoffs and the Colts winning. They are that good.
1. New England Patriots - A pre-schooler could make this pick at #1. Enough said.
Starting pitcher Curt Schilling decided to re-sign with the Red Sox for less money rather than moving his family and trying his hand at free agency. The deal he signed is for $8 Million and is loaded with Millions more in bonuses that he can earn thru performance and weigh-ins. Schilling has done and said a lot of things the past few years that has pissed him off, but if I were a Red Sox fan, I would be ecstatic that he signed a deal like this. As fans we like to believe that we would do something like this, stay with the team we have experienced success with for less money, just for the love of the game and who we play with/for. Kudos to Schilling for making this decision and staying with the Sox. Worst case scenario, he would be a great setup guy for the bullpen, unless the re-sign Eric Gagne, yea...right!
In other news more disturbing Jose Guillen, Matt Williams, and Ismael Valdez were outed in the San Francisco Chronicle as having bought HGH and/or steroids from a Florida clinic in the past. Reportedly the same Florida Dentist that wrote prescriptions of HGH for Paul Byrd of the Indians also wrote prescriptions for these three cheaters, err...ball players. Look...I hope everybody that used or use steroids gets exposed, however it may happen.
At the GM meetings in Florida, the use of video replay to determine if home runs are fair or foul, hit the top of walls, or get interfered with by fans will be used beginning next season as long as Commissioner Bud Selig approves the measure. GM's approved their side of the measure 25-5. I don't have too big of an issue with this. Not really sure if I want more than this in my baseball games. I will take a wait and see for this season and then see how much I care for instant replay. What are your thoughts?
with Pittsburgh Steelers Hall of Famer Joe Greene before kickoff against the Baltimore Ravens
on November 5, 2007 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
In a game that was over by halftime, the Steelers beat the hapless Baltimore Ravens 38-7 to take control of the AFC North. QB Ben Roethlisberger threw for 5 touchdowns, tying a team and Monday Night Football record, though all 5 came in the first half. The game was won on turnovers and the biggest culprit of the night was LB James Harrison who was a man possessed on defense with an interception, 2 forced fumbles, hurries, sacks, robbery, assault, and any other crime you can think of. The Ravens looked like they wanted to leave by midway thru the 2nd Quarter as the pouring rain and strong defense just got to them.
Besides the game, the Steelers celebrated 75 years of history with the top people from their history. On hand were legends most teams would only see at an all-star event. One Monday Night announcer likened it to old-timers day at Yankee Stadium.
Monday, November 5, 2007
The New England Patriots are hot and NBC wants to capitalize on their success so they have opted to show the Patriots at Buffalo Bills game on November 18th. The game will be shown at 8:15pm and the Chicago at Seattle game originally scheduled will be moved to 4pm on FOX. That means the Patriots will play in 3 consecutive night games, taking on the Eagles on Nov. 25th, and the Ravens on December 3rd. This is the second season in the flex schedule that the NFL has used with broadcast partner NBC. I would much rather watch the Patriots vs. Bills at night for a couple of reasons. First, its a better game than the Bears-Seahawks. Second, living in a market that shows mostly Bills games, it give me hope that my team, the Steelers, have a better chance of being on, or at least another good game. I do love that where I live, I pick up Canadian TV broadcasting a game at 1pm, so most Sundays I get 3 games at 1pm without the NFL Sunday Ticket...shhh...keep this quiet...don't want the NFL to figure this out!!
Sunday, November 4, 2007
Jimmie Johnson continues to run through the Chase for the Cup like a driver on a mission. He took over the top spot from teammate Jeff Gordon with his win at the Texas Motor Speedway in the Dickies 500. With only 2 races remaining in the chase, Johnson looks like the odds on favorite to win. Johnson beat out Matt Kenseth in a side by side battle to win his 3rd straight race. The bottom six drivers in the Chase are mathematically eliminated after today's race. Kyle Busch, Carl Edwards, and Tony Stewart are barely still alive in the Chase. The NEXTEL Drivers head to the Phoenix International Raceway to take part in the Checkers Auto Parts 500 next Sunday at 3:45pm EST on ABC.
CHASE FOR THE CUP STANDINGS
|12||--||Martin Truex Jr.||5858||-524|
Monday Night's game between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers should be an old time football game between 2 tough defenses in a battle of AFC North teams. The Steelers are the cream of the AFC North crop with a 5-2 record, but Cleveland is a surprising 5-3 and the Ravens sit at 4-3. A win here and the Steelers can take control of the division since they beat the Browns in the first game of the season. Look for the Ravens offense to try and get things going early and the defense to shut up the Heinz Field crowd. The Steelers have won an impressive 11 straight home games on Monday Night, but first year Head Coach Mike Tomlin is looking for his first Monday Night win of his young career. The Steelers will come out strong with a heavy mix of rushing and passing, stretching the defense down the field with QB Ben Roethlisberger's new confidence with the long ball. Steelers will win 28-7.
Well, here we go. Who are the coaches on the hot seat? Check out my new favorite site www.coacheshotseat.com they keep an updated running list of coaches and how they stand with their school. My top 5 is different than theirs, but here goes.
1. Greg Robinson, Syracuse - There have been conversations since week 3 of this season that this could be it for Coach R. After a loss to a lowly PITT team on the road where there was no sense of urgency on Syracuse's part. Athletic Director Daryl Gross has to save some face, doesn't he?
2. Bill Callahan, Nebraska - Tom Osborne is back as Interim AD and Kansas just hung 76 points on his team. 1+1=2. Simple math ladies and gentlemen, simple math.
3. Ted Roof, Duke - 4 seasons and 4 wins. With a salary under $400k, they should be buying him out now. BC came into the ACC and went right to the top and Duke has done nothing, that can't sit well for long.
4. Karl Dorrell, UCLA - They continue to be a joke compared to their cross-town rivals. In a year when ASU and Oregon are dominating the Pac-10, UCLA just continues to go south. 5 years should be enough.
5. Charlie Weis, Notre Dame - Do you think he really likes being out of the NFL, with all the success the Patriots are having? Gotta believe that after a loss to NAVY, thats right NAVY, the alumni are starting to call for him to be gone. Looks like Ty Willingham wasn't so bad after all.
The BCS Poll for November 4, 2007 has been released and your top 5 teams are Ohio State, LSU, Oregon, Kansas, and Oklahoma. Kansas has a big game on the road at Oklahoma State on Saturday Night. Otherwise there aren't any MAJOR games like we have seen in weeks past. However, as we know from experience, we don't need it to be a big game for us to see an upset. Watch out for Michigan lingering at #12 and their matchup in The Rivalry game against Ohio State later this month.
| BCS Standings NOVEMBER 4, 2007|