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Sunday, October 31, 2010

MLB World Series Game 3: San Francisco Giants vs. Texas Rangers

The San Francisco Giants traveled to Texas with a 2-0 lead in the World Series, both wins at home. After Game 3, they left Rangers Ballpark with a 1 game lead, 2-1. The final score of the game was 4-2 Rangers. All the scores for scored off home runs.

In the 2nd inning Mitch Moreland hit a 3 run home run which brought Nelson Cruz (has 5 postseason home runs), who doubled, Bengie Molina, who walked, and himself to home plate. In the 5th inning Josh Hamilton (5th in postseason) hit a solo home run. In innings 7 and 8 the Giants tried to stage a come back with solo home runs by Cody Ross (5th in postseason) in the 7th and Andres Torres in the 8th.

Both starting pitchers got a 'decision', Colby Lewis, of the Rangers, got the win while Jonathon Sanchez, of the Giants, go the lose. Also, Neftali Feliz got the save. Colby Lewis pitched for a total of 7 innings and 2 outs of the 8th inning allowing only 5 hits, 2 runs both earned home runs, walked 2, and had 6 strike outs. Jonathon Sanchez pitched for 4 innings and 2 outs in the 5th allowing 6 hits, 4 runs all earned, 2 home runs, walked 3, and had 3 strike outs. Neftali Feliz pitched only 1 inning, the 9th, allowing no hits, no runs, no walks, and 2 strike outs.

Not much to talk about but I found it cool that all the scores were from home runs.

Link to boxscore: http://es.pn/bScyra
Links
Unheralded Cruz earning respect with his play- TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/cBz99a
Feliz at full power in World Series debut- TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/cuPnR7
Giants go down swinging with Ross, Torres- SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/aFJpK3
Giants' Series roll halted by Rangers- SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/c5Hr7p

Helu Jr. runs past Mizzou for school record; Mizzou vs. Nebraska

En route to a Nebraska Husker 31-17 victory over Big XII North rival Missouri Tigers, Roy Helu Jr. posted a school record of rushing yards in a single game. Roy Helu Jr. had 307 rushing yards with 3 touchdowns within 4 quarters. All 3 of the touchdowns were from 50+ yards out. The first run was for a 66 yard touchdown which was the first offensive play from scrimmage from the Huskers, the second run was 73 yard touchdown also in the 1st quarter, and then a 53 yard touchdown in the 3rd quarter. Helu Jr. moved Calvin Jones to second for that school record of most single game rushing yards, he rushed for 294 yards in 1991. Helu also holds the record for single game rushing yards for this season in FBS, in second is Ray Graham of Pittsburgh rushing for 277 yards while playing Florida International University.

Nebraska Huskers star freshman quarterback Taylor Martinez was pulled out during the 2nd quarter due to a deep right leg bruise. Martinez during that less than a half of play posted 6-for-9 completions for 115 yards passing, 1 touchdown passing; and 12 carries for 16 yards rushing, and 0 touchdowns rushing. Martinez average per game this season is 9-for-12 completions, 145 yards passing, and 1 touchdown passing; and 14 carries for 111 yards rushing, and 2 touchdowns rushing (all numbers are rounded up). Zac Lee, starting quarter back in the 2009 season, came in the game for Martinez. He went 1-for-3 for 11 yards passing, and 0 touchdowns. Top Nebraska receiver, Kyler Reed had 2 receptions for 51 yards and 1 touchdown. Alex Henery, place kicker and punter, streak ended at 18 for made field goals (hadn't missed or had a field goal blocked all season) when Missouri blocked a 51 yard field goal attempt in the 4th quarter.

Mizzou's quarterback Blaine Gabbert, who was commited to Nebraska until Osborne was fired as head coach (thankfully), was the top passer, but he didn't have much competition for that since the Huskers had 2 quarterbacks play, each for half the game. Gabbert 18-for-22 with 199 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. That interception was the only turnover of the game by either team. T.J. Moe, top receiver, had 5 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown.

The 1st quarter was all Nebraska with 24 points, two by 60+ yards rushing by, game hero, Roy Helu Jr., a 41 yard field goal by Alex Henery, and a touchdown pass by Taylor Martinez to Kyler Reed. The 2nd quarter only had one score, De'Vion Moore ran for a 33 yard touchdown for Mizzou. The 3rd quarter had Helu Jr.'s 3rd touchdown run of the game, a touchdown pass for Mizzou, Gabber to Moe, and a field goal by Mizzou's Grant Ressel. The final score, as stated earlier, 31-17 Nebraska Huskers.

After this win the Huskers moved up 7 spots in the BCS poll from 14th to 7th! In the AP poll they are now ranked 9th and in the USA Today poll they are 10th.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/ayNNuM
Links
Helu Jr. Earns National Honor- Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/b5YDBs
Hail Helu: Senior Smashes NU Record, No. 7 Tigers- Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/cjf3TF

Friday, October 29, 2010

NFL Week 7 in Review

A little late I know. Anyhow these are 'some' of the notable plays, stats, and such from week 7.

  • Jay Cutler was picked off 4 times by DeAngelo Hall
  • Drew Brees picked off by Bowen for touchdowns
  • Jaguars got the 1 yard line due to penalty came out with only a field goal
  • Kevin Kolb threw a pick 6 that capped the game off for the Titans
  • Randy White had a bobbling catch for a touchdown
  • Ravens and Bills go into half time
  • Ravens win coin toss
  • Ravens punt and then Bills fumble recovered by Ravens
  • Ravens have been in two consecutive overtime games, lost to Patriots in OT, and now beat Bills in OT
  • Raiders scored 24 in first quarter, 12 in second, and 21 in third quarter
  • Philip Rivers threw a lateral pass to Jacob Hester, who dropped it, neither player went to pick it up or any Patriot, after a few seconds a Patriot defender picked it up. This makes me think of the saying 'Play until the whistle' Norv Turner must not teach that philosophy
  • Charger had 4 turn overs in the first half
  • Aaron Rogers threw a touchdown that wasn't reviewed that should of been because it would of been overturned
  • Brett Favre throws a pick 6 to a Packer defense player after limping off the field the previous drive
  • The winning touchdown for the Vikings was overturned and the Vikings ended up losing 28-24
  • Terrence Newman dropped a sure interception by Eli Manning then the next play got the interception
  • Second Giants drive Eli Manning was intercepted again to Gerald Sensabaugh
  • Dez Bryant had 3 touchdowns (4 career touchdowns)
  • Tony Romo, out, with a broken collar bone and John Kitna in for the Cowboys

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Turnovers are the story of Week 7 in the NFL

I'll go game by game.

Cincinnatti Bengals vs. Atlanta Falcons (Final score 39-32 Falcons):
  • Matt Ryan (Falcons) threw 1 interception to Leon Hall
  • Cedric Benson (Bengals) fumbled, recovered by Brian Williams for 12 yards
  • Rondy White (Falcons) fumbled, recoverd by Adam (Packman) Jones for a 59 yard touchdown
St. Louis Rams vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (18-17 Buccaneers):
  • Neither QBs threw a interception
  • Sam Bradford (Rams rookie) fumbled, recoverd by Donald Penn for no yards
  • Buccaneers had no turnovers
Buffalo Bills vs. Baltimore Ravens (37-34 Ravens):
  • Ryan Fitzpatrick (Bills) threw 2 interceptions both to Ed Reed for a total of 46 yards
  • Shawn Nelson (Bills) had 1 fumble
  • C.J. Spiller (Bills rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Joe Flacco (Ravens) had 1 fumble
  • Josh Wilson (Ravens) had 1 fumble
Jacksonville Jaguars vs. Kansas City Chiefs (42-20 Chiefs):
  • Todd Bouman (Jaguars) threw 2 interceptions; one to Eric Berry (Chiefs rookie) and a Pick 6 to Derrick Johnson
  • Mike Thomas (Jaguars) fumbled, recovered by Thomas Gafford for no yards
  • Chiefs had no turnovers
Washington Redskins vs. Chicago Bears (17-14 Redskins):
  • Donovan McNabb (Redskins) threw 2 interceptions; Danieal Manning with one and D.J. Moore with the second one (one was a pick 6)
  • Jay Cutler (Bears) threw 4 interceptions (yes 4) all to DeAngelo Hall (yes all 4), one of the 4 was a pick 6
  • Ryan Torain (Redskins) fumbled, recovered by Charles Tillman for -8 yards.
  • Jay Cutler (Bears) had 1 fumble
  • Matt Forte (Bears) had 1 fumble
San Francisco 49ers vs. Carolina Panthers (23-20 Panthers):
  • Matt Moore (Panthers) threw an interception to Ray McDonald
  • Steve Smith (Panthers) had 1 fumble
  • DeAngelo Williams (Panthers) had 1 fumble
  • 49ers had no turnovers
Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Miami Dolphins (23-22 Steelers):
  • Neither teams QBs threw an interception
  • Ben Roethisberger (Steelers) had 1 fumble
  • Emmanuel Sanders (Steelers rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Brian Hartline (Dolphins) fumbled, recovered by James Farrior for 8 yards
Philadelphia Eagles vs. Tennessee Titans (30-19 Titans):
  • Kevin Kolb (Eagles) threw 2 interceptions, one run back for a touchdown, by Cortland Finnegan and Michael Griffin
  • Kerry Collins (Titans) threw 2 interceptions  to Quintin Mikell and Asante Samuel
  • Jorrick Calvin (Eagles) had 1 fumble
  • Kevin Kolb (Eagles) had 1 fumble
  • Kerry Collins (Titans) fumbled, recovered by Juqua Parker for no yards
Cleveland Browns vs. New Orleans Saints (30-17 Browns):
  • Dree Brees (Saints reigning Superbowl MVP) picked off 4 times; 2 pick 6s by David Bowens (Browns inside linebacker), Sheldon Brown, and Scott Fujita all recorded interceptions from Brees
  • No fumbles in this game
  • Browns didn't turnover the ball
Arizona Cardinals vs. Seattle Seahawks (22-10 Seahawks):
  • Max Hall (Cardinals rookie, 2nd string) threw an interception to Earl Thomas (Seahawks rookie)
  • Max Hall (Cardinals rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Tim Hightower (Cardinals) had 1 fumble
  • Andre Roberts (Cardinals rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Jason Wright (Cardinals) had 1 fumble
  • Matt Hasselbeck (Seahawks) had 1 fumble
New England Patriots vs. San Diego Chargers (23-20 Patriots):
  • Philip Rivers (Chargers) threw for 1 interception to Devin McCourty (Patriots rookie)
  • Philip Rivers (Chargers) had 1 fumble, from a lateral that Jacob Hester did not catch or even attempt to recover
  • Richard Goodman (Chargers rookie) had 1 fumble
  • Kris Wilson (Chargers) had 1 fumble
  • No turnovers by the Patriots
Oakland Raiders vs. Denver Broncos (59-14 Raiders):
  • Kyle Orton (Broncos) picked off for a 30 yard touchdown by Chris Johnson (Raiders CB not Titans RB)
  • Kyle Orton (Broncos) had 1 fumble
  • Demaryius Thomas (Bronocos rookie) had 1 fumble
  • No turnovers by the Raiders
Minnesota Vikings vs. Green Bay Packers (28-24 Packers):
  • Brett Favre (Vikings) threw 3 interceptions; a pick 6 to Desmond Bishop, to Nick Collins, and to A.J. Hawk
  • Aaron Rogers (Packers) threw 2 interceptions; to Jared Allen and to Madieu Williams
  • No fumbles in this game
New York Giants vs. Dallas Cowboys (on going):
  • Eli Manning (Giants) threw 3 interceptions (in the first two drives) to Terence Newman, to Gerald Sensabaugh, and to Keith Brooking
  • John Kitna (Cowboys) fumbled, recoverd by Justin Tuck for no yards
  • Brandon Jacobs (Giants) fumbled, recovered by Bradie James for no yards
  • Jason Witten (Cowboys) fumbled, recovered by Deon Grant for no yards
I'm not sure but it seemed to me this week had alot more turn overs than usual...and unusual quarterbacks turning the ball over. Every game this week has had 1 quarterback turn over the ball. 6 teams didn't commit a turnover; Patriots, Buccaneers, Browns, Chiefs, 49ers and Raiders. Who thought the Raiders would go a game without a turn over, but then again who thought they could score 59 points in 3 quarters. (About) 72 turnovers total for this week. An average of 5 turnovers per game. Two quarterbacks had 4 interceptions, one isn't new and one is, Dree Brees threw 2 pick 6s to the same defensive lineman and Jay Cutler threw 4 passes to the same Redskin, one time for a 'Skin touchdown, cornerback DeAngelo Hall. Also 8 rookies turned the ball over while 3 rookies either recovered a punt or intercepted a pass.


Link to links of all box scores: http://bit.ly/39D6yM
Washington Redskins' DeAngelo Hall on Jay Cutler: Trying me didn't work- ESPN: http://bit.ly/39D6yM

Monday, October 25, 2010

NASCAR: Tums Fast Relief 500 at Martinsville Speedway

Denny Hamlin, #11 FedEx Toyota, won in Martinsville for the 3rd consecutive time, in the past 8 years only he and Jimme Johnson, #48 Lowes Chevy, has won all the races in Martinsville, 2 each season. This win puts Denny only 5 points behind points lead Jimmie Johnson in the chase, 5 time (consecutive) Sprint Cup champion.

Mark Martin, #5 Ebay/GoDaddy Chevy, finished in 2nd place after being bumped by A.J. Allmendinger, #43 Best Buy Ford, in the rear end on lap 225. On lap 248 a tire went down and he had a pit under green which put him down 2 laps. On lap 384 after a caution brought out by Kurt Busch, #2 Miller Light Dodge, and Jeff Gordon, #24 National Guard/DuPont Chevy, (I'll talk about that incident later) put Mark on the lead lap, by the lucky dog pass. By lap 424 Mark Martin was in the top 10, then by lap 476 he was in the top 5, by passing Jimmie Johnson, and then lap 496 (4 to go) he took over 2nd from Kevin Harvick but he was too far away and there wasn't enough time to catch up to Denny Hamlin for the win.

On lap 359, Jeff Burton, #31 Cat Chevy, hits his teammate Kevin Harvick, #29 Shell Chevy, during a caution, because of Sam Hornish Jr. spinning and hitting the wall. Both drivers complained about each others driving. Jeff Burton had been accused by many drivers of break checking and NASCAR went on his radio and told him to cut it out. Jeff said he wasn't doing anything and wanted a clarification. From what I could see by replays, not knowing very much about cars and break checking, he was just not laying on the gas as quickly as the cars behind him.

Before the race Richard Childress, of Richard Childress Racing, switched the crews of the #33, Clint Bowyer BB&T Chevy, and the crews of the #29 team. Kevin Harvick has had been having a hissy fit about his crew and yelling at them through the radio for bad stops. During this race his crew, with the Clint Bowyer, was in the top 5 of fastest crews during one of the caution pit stops. Misforutune hit the #33 team when Clint Bowyer spined out and hit the wall and they brought it behind the wall. Kevin Harvick records his first top 5 at Martinsville. I would say Harvick's normal crew isn't that bad but who can perform great under scrutiny from their driver. Even his nationwide crew messes up constantly, makes you think it's the driver.

Jimmie Johnson and Kyle Busch were both racing each other hard, but not dirtly which is not normal with Kyle Busch. During lap 448 Kyle Busch was starting to get aggressive with Jimmie Johnson trying to pass him. On lap 464 it was 'recorded' that Kyle Busch was 'very angry' with Jimmie Johnson. Kyle Busch finished 4th and Jimmie Johnson finished 5th, so obvivously Kyle was able to get around Jimmie. I'm very glad that Kyle didn't dump Jimmie like he would of normally done and his fans were probably pleading him to do. This made me sort of respect Kyle a little more, but it still isn't enough to say I respect or like or not hate him. Also supposedly Jimmie Johnson flipped off Kyle Busch during the race and Jimmie Johnson was saying he was giving Kyle plenty of room, he was being accused by Kyle of chopping him.

Joey Logano, #20 GameStop Toyota, finshed 6th. Joey had the same crew members but a different sponsor on his car. Usually the #20 car is white and orange with a Home Depot logo on the hood but this race for the first time in the longest time (maybe ever) in a sprint cup race the #20 car was black. This was Game Stop's first time sponsoring a car in a Sprint Cup series race but they are Joey's main sponsor in the nationwide series.

Dale Earnhardt Jr., #88 Amp/National Guard Chevy, finished 7th which is the 5th time this season he has finished 7th or better. 7th top 10 finish of the season. He lead for 90 laps, the most this season. Dale Earnhardt is now on a 88 race winless streak. It's always shocking when Dale Earnhardt can break the top 20. I don't see him in the Chase ever. He should do him and his fans a favor and retire. If he retires his fans will move on to another driver and it should help tv ratings and so on.

On lap 384 Jeff Gordon bumped Kurt Busch, Kurt Busch wasn't pleased at all so he dumped him. Kurt Busch finished in 16th while Jeff Gordon finished in 20th, and this ended his streak of top 10 finishes in the last 15 races at Martinsville.

Kasey Kahne, #83 Red Bull Toyota, finished in 14th. While his former team, #9 Budweiser Ford where he was released during the week from, finished in 21st with Aric Almirola behind the wheel. Kasey Kahne earlier this season said he wouldn't be returning to Richard Petty Motorsports and signed with Hendrick Motorsports for 2012 to take over the #5 car when Mark Martin's contract is up, and for the 2011 season he will drive the #82 car for Red Bull Racing since Scott Speed will be released by a performance clause in his contract. Kasey Kahne had some harsh words about RPM and with all of this it is questioning the future of the team, which makes the other teams worried if they will have a job or not.

Links:
Unofficial Race Results: Tums Fast Relief 500- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/bMDI58
Lap-by-Lap: Martinsville- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/bILede
Hamlin wins at Martinsville, cuts into points lead- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/dsQvSr
Busch gets back at Gordon, and not just for M'ville- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/dqtGhl
Forgotten Hendrick duo make noise at Martinsville- NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/cD0EOj
Denny Hamlin captures third straight at Martinsville Speedway- ESPN: http://es.pn/cha2S0
Red Bull to field two teams in 2011,with Kasey Kahne, Brian Vickers- ESPN: http://es.pn/bdLnIa

Sunday, October 24, 2010

MLB Championship Series

Both AL and NL Championship series were won in Game 6 of 7. The Texas Rangers were the first to know they were in the World Series when they beat the New York Yankees in Game 6 in Texas. The San Francisco Giants beat the Philadelphia Phillies in Philadelphia.

Josh Hamilton won ALCS MVP honors. Josh Hamilton within the ALCS went 7-for-20 (.350); with 6 runs, 7 RBI, 8 BB, and 4 HR. In Game 1 of the ALCS, the Rangers had the lead until the top of the 8th when the Yankees came back and scored 5 which led to a 6-5 win for the Yanks. That lose for the Rangers was very frustrating since they had the lead until that dreadful 8th inning where Brandon Gardner lead off with a single, then Derek Jeter hit an RBI double, Alex Rodriguez (A-Roid) hit a 2 RBI single, Robinson Cano hit an RBI single, and finally Marcus Thames hit an RBI single, all this damage was done with no outs (scoring plays). The Rangers came back for Game 2 and won 7-2. They then had a day off to travel to New York. The Rangers sent the Yankee fans out of the stadium before the game ended with an 8 to 0 win. I'm sure those fans were saddened to miss the Rangers score 6 in the top of the 9th, just putting some cushioning on their 2-0 lead..., Josh Hamilton hit a leadoff double which lead to Nelson Cruz hit an RBI single (hit Hamilton home), Bengie Molina hit an RBI single, Mitch Moreland hit a 2 RBI single, Elvis Andrus hit an RBI double, and finally Mitch Moreland scored on a wild pitch by David Robertson (scoring plays). Yet another game where most of the Yankee fans left the stadium before the last out, the Rangers won 10-3. The Rangers had 4 HRs during this game; 1 from Bengie Molina in the top of the 6th, 2 from Josh Hamilton in both the top of the 7th and the 9th, and 1 from Nelson Cruz in the top of the 9th. The first 3 games of the series the Rangers scored first and in the 1st inning. The Yankees staff threatened the Yankees to win this game to send the series back to Texas so they wouldn't have to clean up the champagne shower (party) for Texas winning the series. The Yankees won 7-2, putting some hope back to the Yankees and Yankee fans, though Yankee fans always think they can win it all... The Yankees hit 3 baseballs out of the park while Rangers hit only 1 baseball out of Yankee Stadium; for the Yankees Nick Swisher hit a solo home run, Robenson Cano hit a solo home run (both hit in the 3rd inning), and Curtis Granderson hit a solo home run in the 8th inning; Rangers only (solo) home run in this game was from Matt Treanor in the 5th inning. Rangers finished what they couldn't do in New York at home in front of their home fan base by winning Game 6, 6 to 1. Only home run in this game was a 2 run home run by Nelson Cruz in the 4th inning where they scored 4 of the 6 runs. The final out was a strike out of Alex Rodriguez, looking. Then celebration began and is probably still going, specially for the fans.

Cody Ross received NLCS MVP honors. Cody Ross during the NLCS went 7-for-20 (.350, same as Josh Hamilton); with 4 runs, 5 RBI, 2 BB, and 3 HR. Game 1 was hosted in Philadelphia, where the pitching matchup was Roy Halladay vs. Tim Lincecum. This was the first game Roy Halladay pitched after pitching a no-hitter to the Reds in Game 1 of the NLDS. Halladay gave up his first hit and run on the same pitch during the 3rd inning to a solo home run by Cody Ross, he'd end up hitting 2-for-2 off Halladay (in this game); with 2 (solo) home runs and a walk. Halladay got his first lose in postseason play with pitching only 7 innings allowing 8 hits and 4 runs (all earned), and Tim Lincecum got the winning decision with pitching 7 innings as well allowing 6 hits and 3 runs (all earned). Phillies also scored 2 home runs but by different people; solo home run by Carlos Ruiz, and a 2 run home run by Jayson Werth. Phillies won Game 2, to make up for the lose in Game 1 to their fans, by a score of 6-1. Phillies scored 4 runs in the bottom of the 7th to secure there lead of 2-1. Roy Oswalt, starting pitcher, hit a lead off single, Placido Polanco singled in Roy Oswalt with 1 out, and Jimmy Rollins hit a 3 RBI double with 2 outs. Both teams have a travel day to head to the West Coast, San Francisco. The Giants won 3-0 for the first NLCS game at home. Cole Hamels got the losing decision but only allowed 5 hits, but all 3 runs (all earned), and he pitched for 6 innings. Giants starting pitcher Matt Cain got the win, pitching 7 innings, allowing 2 hits and no runs, and Brian Wilson, with the dyed beard, received the save only allowing 1 hit in the top of the 9th. Giants won the next game, the next day, as well by only one point (6-5). The Phillies scored 4 in the top of the 5th; Ben Francisco hit a lead off single, Shane Victorino hit a single that brought Ben Francisco home (RBI single), Placido Polanco hit a 2 RBI double, and Placido Polanco scored on a wild pitch by Santiago Casilla (scoring plays). The game was tied at 5 at during the bottom of the 9th until Aubrey Huff singled with 1 out, Buster Posey singled and Aubrey Huff got to third (scoring position) with 1 out, and then Juan Uribe hit a sacrifice fly that brought Aubrey Huff home for the win (scoring plays). The Phillies wanted a chance to win the NLCS, and at home. The Phillies won the final game in San Francisco (for the NLCS) 4-2. This was a rematch of Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum, but this time the winning and losing decision was flipped, Halladay got the win while Lincecum got the lose. Cody Ross only got one hit off of Halladay during this game and it was an RBI double. Another travel day but this time both teams traveled from the West coast to the East coast. The first game back in Philadelphia the series was over. Unlike the Texas Rangers, the San Francisco Giants won the series infront of opposing fans. This game was awesome probably my favorite postseason game ever! Brawls, I love them. During the 2nd inning Chase Utley was unintentionally hit by a pitch by Jonathan Sanchez, Chase Utley wasn't a fan of this and while he was taking his base the ball bounced into his hands so he tossed it back to Jonathan Sanchez. Jonathan Sanchez was not a fan of that. Chase Utley and Aubrey Huff had some words. Then the benches started to clear on both sides. The umps did a really good job of seperating it, though I really wanted some fists flying... Anyhow, no one was ejected but Giants manager, Bruce Bochy, took Jonathan Sanchez out of the game and replaced him with Jeremy Affeldt. Tim Lincecum came into relieve during the 8th inning while Brian Wilson warmed up, Lincecum, only his 2nd relief appearance, pitched to 3 batters allowing 2 hits and striked 1 out. Brian Wilson then pitched the final 2 outs of the 8th inning and then 3 outs in the 9th inning for the save. Brian Wilson gave up two walks in the ninth but no hits or runs, and the last out was a strike out to Ryan Howard, also looking just like Game 6 of the ALCS.

I loved both championship series. As a Yankee hater, the ALCS was great watching them get beat and when they were it was bad. Also watching there fans leave Yankee Stadium was awesome! But baseball wise the NLCS was the best with many close games. You weren't sure which team was going to win. Also now with the Rangers and Giants in the World Series, it can be called the Underdog Series. Since both of the losing teams in the championship series have been to the World Series many, many times it makes it much more of a 'cinderella' story in the making, specially since this is the first time the Rangers have been in the World Series.


Links to box scores:
ALCS Game 1- ESPN: http://es.pn/9YFx3G
ALCS Game 2- ESPN: http://es.pn/aPFQr3
ALCS Game 3- ESPN: http://es.pn/cG3Pc5
ALCS Game 4- ESPN: http://es.pn/aHjZx3
ALCS Game 5- ESPN: http://es.pn/9Cpx7f
ALCS Game 6- ESPN: http://es.pn/blTfcF
NLCS Game 1- ESPN: http://es.pn/cE46wB
NLCS Game 2- ESPN: http://es.pn/aeJHRM
NLCS Game 3- ESPN: http://es.pn/cy6Isg
NLCS Game 4- ESPN: http://es.pn/bek8Gq
NLCS Game 5- ESPN: http://es.pn/awLFL6
NLCS Game 6- ESPN: http://es.pn/cMXbnD
Links:
The Y'all Classic! Texas boots Yanks in ALCS- by T.R. Sullivan TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/cfqw0V
Cody Ross rides three home runs to NLCS MVP honors- ESPN: http://es.pn/diO59E
Series matchup a study in underdogs- by Tom Singer TexasRangers.com: http://bit.ly/ccalKO
SF wins on Juan swing; Philly KO'd, looking- by Chris Haft SanFranciscoGiants.com: http://bit.ly/aABKDh
Rangers' resilience impresses Yanks- by Bill Ladson Yankees.com: http://bit.ly/blzvrO
Phillies' World Series hopes dashed by Giants- by Todd Zolecki Phillies.com: http://bit.ly/98hx2a

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Cowboys Beat Themselves, yet again; Cowboys vs. Vikings.

Both Cowboys and Vikings came into the game 1-3. Cowboys came out 1-4 and Vikings 2-3 with a final score of 23-21. Vikings did not beat the Cowboys, the Cowboys beat the Cowboys. Another horrendous game of penalties. The Cowboys officially had 11 penalties called, for 91 penalty yards. Many, many false starts and offsides. How hard is it to wait till the ball to be snapped? Isn't these things you should know how to do before you even play in junior high football? The Cowboys are horribly coached on both sides of the ball. I've always disliked Jason Garrett, him and every coach on the staff needs to be fired, like right now. The Cowboys have enough money to hire Bill Cowher. The Cowboys will probably end the season with only 1 to 3 wins, the Lions and Rams will have a better record then them. They will have the 1st overall pick in the draft, maybe they can use it to trade for the Dolphins coaching staff, the Dolphins only had 4.9 penalties called on average per game in 2009, 2nd fewest in the league, and 4.2 average this season while the Cowboys has had 9.5 penalties per game this season, fewest this season in the league.

Miles Austin had a great touchdown to put the Cowboys up 14-7 in the 1st half but it was called back by an offensive passer interference call he had commited. The Cowboys had the Vikings on a 4th down in the end of the 4th quarter to give the Cowboys good field position to stage a comeback but of course there was a passer interference call that gave them about 13 yards and a first down.

There was no good parts in this game for the Cowboys, and the fans. I was never at one point happy for a touchdown besides the first one where Miles Austin drew a celebration penalty, one celebration penalty in the past two games not both on Miles Austin. The Cowboys had the most passing, receiving, and penalty yards. The Vikings only had the top rusher of the game, Adrian Peterson. Tony Romo threw for 220 yards, 3 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions. The interceptions were horrible! Just like the one he threw at the end of the lose to the Titans. I have a feeling he doesn't know what our jerseys look like, he throws straight to the other team. Seriously? Both interceptions were caught by E.J. Henderson, he had 0 interceptions before the game but thanks to Tony he has 2 to add to his stats. Felix Jones had the most Cowboys rushing yards and the games most receiving yards with 32 yards rushing and 61 yards receiving. Roy Williams had 3 catches, 2 of them were for touchdowns. Also Dez Bryant had 1 catch, which was his first career touchdown. The Cowboys sacked Favre 3 times and knocked him down a bit, enough to have the crowd ask for a flag each hit.

The Vikings offense was horrible besides Adrian Peterson. Brett Favre threw for only 118 yards and 1 touchdown. Top Viking receiver was Randy Moss with 5 catches for 55 yards. Adrian Peterson fumbled the ball in the 1st quarter but he forgot about that quickly with rushing for 73 yards and 1 touchdown, which isn't really that great of numbers. The first play of the 2nd half Percy Harvin ran the kick off back for a touchdown.

I will never quit being a fan with the going gets tough, but as a fan I reserve the right to talk shit about them and say they suck. I will threaten to quit being a fan or become a band wagon fan but I never I will. It just sucks, sucks being a fan of a love/hate team that's going through tough times specially when the hopes were so high.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/a8u1bx
NFL Football Stats- NFL Team Penalties per Game - TeamRankings.com: http://bit.ly/b6YFom

Second Chances in Sports: NFL

Why should athletes deserve second changes that other people don't get, when they are plenty of people who live by the rules and also deserve a shot?

Michael Vick, former Atlanta Falcons quarterback, was arrested in 2007 for dog fighting. He was sentenced to 23 months in jail. The 2009 season he was released from jail and signed by the Philadelphia Eagles. Seriously they can't give him a year out of jail to see if he's changed or not? Criminals shouldn't be able to leave jail and go back to making millions. What does that tell the rest of the world? Oh if your a professional athlete, or celebrity, you can do anything illegal and either get away with it or reduced sentence, go to a nice jail, and then go back to making millions straight out of jail.

Dontè Stallworth, former Cleveland Brown wide receiver, was arrested for DUI manslaughter in 2009 and only received only 30 days in jail because he paid off the family, 2 years house arrest, 8 years of probation, and drivers license revoked for life. The normal sentencing for this crime in the state of Florida, where he commited this crime, is a sentencing of 10 years in jail. Stallworth is now with the Baltimore Ravens. How can someone offer a murder millions of dollars to play a game? While others who are sentenced with just a misdemeanor have a hard time just working for minimum wage.

Matt Jones, former Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver, in 2008 was arrested, not for the first time, for drug possession. The Jaguars were smart and didn't want anything to do with him after he and two other players were arrested. The Cincinnati Bengals signed him in 2009 but he never played and then they cut him.

Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback, has had 2 sexual assault accusations against him in 2009 and 2010. In 2009 he was accused of assaulting a woman in his hotel room in Lake Tahoe, where he was for a charity event. Big Ben has now (this week) just gotten off suspension by the NFL for an accusation of rape, during the offseason, in a restroom of a nightclub in Georgia. Big Ben had been buying the woman who accused him of rape, she was only 20, drinks all night. So if there wasn't enough to prosecute Big Ben on sexual assault charges why didn't they arrest him for purchasing alcohol for a minor? Anyhow the NFL did the right thing by suspending him. Why is it that the NFL does more punishing than the law? Isn't the law suppose to be unbiased? Will famous peoples cases soon be only heard in the Supreme Court?

Links
Browns' Dontè Stallworth Gets 30 Days for DUI - ABC News: http://bit.ly/cTBvNt
(Matt) Jones faces felony drug charge, suspected of cocaine possession - ESPN: http://es.pn/d7g7Dq
Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger accused of sexual assault- ESPN: http://es.pn/cdN37u

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Penalties, Dropped Passes, Missed Calls, and Blown Calls; Texas vs. Nebraska

This game was suppose to be full of emotions from the Big XII title game last season, where the Texas quarterback (Colt McCoy) threw away the football deep into the sidelines and the clock ran out. Oh but the refs had to review this and put .01 seconds back onto the clock which allowed the Texas kicker to make a game winning field goal. This game (todays game) was to be the main game of the Red Out Around the World, that University of Nebraska started for this season. Memorial Stadium was a sea of red. This was a game of redemption, it seemed like the fans had more emotions than the players. Texas won the 'last' regular season, conference, game against the Huskers 20-13.

Fans can blame the refs and say they were paid. Yes they did favor the Longhorns by a lot, but the Huskers had many many mistakes that took them out of the game. The refs did not call many holds by Texas, they called a completed pass that would of been a Husker first down incomplete when two refs were right in front of the play, and didn't call a passer interference call on a pass that could of given caught to give the Huskers a touchdown.

The Huskers wide receivers are who blew the game, mainly Niles Paul. (I have to remember these are just kids, they aren't getting paid to play, so I need to be more understandable still frustrating). Niles Paul, if I remember correctly, had 3 sure touchdowns that all he had to do is catch the football and run it in. How hard could that be? Only 1 was a not perfect thrown ball and 1 went straight through his hands. Brandon Kinnie dropped a pass that he was bobbling and had no reason to bobble or drop, that would of also been a catch and run for a touchdown.

Taylor Martinez was pulled during the 3rd quarter for last seasons starting quarter back Zac Lee. Lee did decent for what he was given. In the 4th quarter to give some life to the Husker fans and players, Eric Hagg ran a pooch punt 95 yards to the end zone, which made the score 20-13. The Huskers than did a stupid, stupid decision which was a onsides kick with 3:02 left in the game. The Huskers defense had the Longhorns on a 3rd down & 4 (I do believe and very close to the endzone) until a penalty for having 12 men on the field which then gave the Longhorns a 1st down. Which tallowed them to do victory formation til the clock ran out to end the 4th quarter, the game.

The touchdown by Hagg was the only touchdown of the game for the Huskers, Alex Henery made 2 field goals for 6 points. The Texas Longhorn quarterback, Garrett Gilbert, was trying to show that he, a Sophomore, was just as good of a runner as Taylor Martinez, a Freshman. Gilbert ran for 71 yards and 2 touchdowns, the only touchdowns by the Longhorns.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/cAXMzL
This maybe the worst blog I've done, I do apologize.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

MLB Postseason: ALDS vs. NLDS

ALDS

Rangers vs. Rays- Game 1:
  • Rangers won 5-1; Rangers lead the best-of-5 series 1-0
  • Cliff Lee, started for Rangers, gave out 10 K's
  • David Price, started for Rays, allowed 9 hits
  • Ben Zobrist hits a solo home run for Rays
  • Bengie Molina and Nelson Cruz hit solo home runs for Rangers
Yankees vs. Twins- Game 1:
  • Yankees won 6-4; Yankees lead the best-of-5 series 1-0
  • Francisco Liriano, started for the Twins, stroke out 7
  • Mark Teixeira hit a solo home run for the Yankees
  • Michael Cuddyer hit a solo home run for the Twins
  • Yankees scored 4 runs in the 6th (4-3)
  • Twins scored 1 run in the 6th to tie the game at 4 (4-4)
  • Yankees scored 2 runs in the 7th to break the tie (7-4)
Rangers vs. Rays- Game 2:
  • Rangers won 6-0; Rangers lead best-of-5 series 2-0
  • James Shields, started for Rays, pitched only 4.1 innings
  • Shields gave up a home run
  • Rays go through 3 pitchers in 1 inning with 2 outs
  • C.J. Wilson, started for Rangers, stroke out 7
  • Ian Kinsler and Michael Young hit solo home runs for Rangers
  • Controversial check swing by Michael Young (truely was a botched call by ump) next pitch he hit out for solo home run
  • Rangers scored 5 runs in 5th inning, Shields out of game after 2 outs in 5th and 2 other pitchers put in with 2 outs
  • Rays manager, Joe Maddon, ejected for arguing about the check swing after the home run by Michael Young
Twins vs. Yankees- Game 2:
  • Yankees won 5-2; Yankees lead best-of-5 series 2-0
  • Lance Berkman, DH, hit a solo home run for the Yankees
  • Orlando Hudson hit a solo home run for the Twins
  • Andy Pettitte received 19th winning decision in postseason play
  • Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire ejected for arguing balls and strikes
Rays vs. Rangers- Game 3:
  • Rays won 6-3; Rangers lead the best-of-5 series 2-1
  • Rays score 3 in the 9th inning to break a tie of 3 with the help of solo run home runs by Carl Crawford and Carlos Pena
  • Ian Kinsler and Nelson Cruz both hit 2 run home runs for the Rangers
Twins vs. Yankees- Game 3:
  • Yankees won 6-1; Yankees win best-of-5 series 3-0
  • Yankees scored 3 in the 4th inning
  • Nick Swisher and Marcus Thames, DH, both hit solo home runs for the Yankees

ALDS

Reds vs. Phillies- Game 1:
  • Phillies won 4-0; Phillies lead the best-of-5 series 1-0
  • Roy Halladay pitches a no-hitter
  • Phillies only scored in the 1st and 2nd innings with Edinson Volquez pitching
  • Phillies scored 3 in the 2nd inning
  • Roy Halladay stroke out 8
  • Roy Halladay only allowed 1 walk
Braves vs. Giants- Game 1:
  • Giants won 1-0; Giants lead best-of-5 series 1-0
  • Tim Lincecum pitched a shut out
  • Tim Lincecum had 14 strike outs
  • Tim Lincecum only allowed 2 hits
Reds vs. Phillies- Game 2:
  • Phillies won 7-4; Philles lead best-of-5 series 2-0
  • Reds shut out the Phillies until 5th inning
  • Phillies scored 2 runs in the 5th
  • Phillies scored 3 runs in the 7th
  • Brandon Phillips hit a lead off home run in the 1st inning for the Reds
  • Jay Bruce hit a solo home run for the Reds
Braves vs. Giants- Game 2:
  • Braves won 5-4; Best-of-5 series is tied 1-1
  • Giants scored 3 in the 1st inning with the help of a solo home run by Rick Ankiel
  • Braves scored 3 in the 8th inning
  • Pat Burrell hit a solo home run for the Giants
The NLDS has been more exciting in my opinion. The NLDS has had extraordinary pitching in both Game 1s. Both Game 2s of the NLDS have been offensive battles. What else is their that people want to see besides pitching or offensive battles? ALDS has had the Rangers and Yankees dominating Rays and Twins which is only fun for a fan of Rangers or Yankees to watch. Though Game 3 of the Rays-Rangers NLDS was good with the 9th inning comeback. So my opinion is....

NLDS wins over ALDS, in more entertaining for baseball fans.


Link to box scores
Rangers vs. Rays- Game 1: http://es.pn/9JyL8G
Yankees vs. Twins- Game 1: http://es.pn/92Vebd
Rangers vs. Rays- Game 2: http://es.pn/d2G9CZ
Yankees vs. Twins- Game 2: http://es.pn/bGAsxq
Rays vs. Rangers- Game 3: http://es.pn/aVMKfz
Twins vs. Yankees- Game 3: http://es.pn/caD6uF
Reds vs. Phillies- Game 1: http://es.pn/d2C1D9
Braves vs. Giants- Game 1: http://es.pn/bNItDi
Reds vs. Phillies- Game 2: http://es.pn/bhdUlk
Braves vs. Giants- Game 2: http://es.pn/9VEbOC

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Reds vs. Phillies: Game 2 of ALDS

The Cincinnati Reds started off strong with a lead off home run by Brandon Phillips in the top of the 1st inning  (1-0) off Roy Oswalt, which secured them from not having another shutout appearance. The Reds scored again in the 2nd (2-0), 4th (solo home run by Jay Bruce; 3-0), and 5th (4-0) before the Philadelphia Phillies joined into the party. The Phillies racked up 2 scores in the 5th (4-2), 1 in the 6th (4-3), 3 in the 7th (4-6), and 1 in the 8th (4-7).

The Reds only had 4 players that got hits: Brandon Phillips, 3-for-4 a double, a solo home run, and 2 runs; Orlando Cabrera, 1-for-2, and he left the game in the 5th inning with a strained oblique muscle (I have no idea what that is); Joey Votto, NL MVP candidate went 1-for-3; and Jay Bruce, 1-for-3 with a solo home run. While the Phillies had 1 more player with a hit, 5 players with hits: Chase Utley, 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 2 RBI; Ryan Howard, 1-for-3; Jason Werth, 2-for-4 with 2 runs and 1 RBI; Raul Ibanez, 2-for-4; and Mike Sweeney, PH, 1-for-1.

The pitching match up was Bronson Arroyo vs. Roy Oswalt. Bronson Arroyo won this matchup though the Reds lost. Roy Oswalt was having a hard time with the Cincinnati Reds offense after Roy Halladay had a hay day with them, two days before hand. Oswalt only pitched for 5 innings allowing 5 hits, 4 runs (2 home runs and 3 earned), 1 walk, but did strike out 5. Bronson Arroyo pitched just 1 more out than Oswalt, 5.1 innings, allowing 4 hits, 3 runs (1 earned), 3 walks, and 2 strike outs. Oswalt's ERA for the game was 5.40 while Arroyo's was only 1.69. Neither pitcher got the winning or losing decision.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/bYJGar
"Cincinnati Reds likely without SS Orlando Cabrera against Philadelphia Phillies", by Associated Press on ESPN.com: http://es.pn/a333ui

Huskers making their last season playing Big XII rivals a good one: Nebraska vs. Kansas State

With a freshman quarterback, Taylor Martinez, the Nebraska Huskers offense has improved by 10000000% (of course not an actual fact) from last season when Zac Lee running the offense. Martinez set many records in this one game against Kansas State and is setting the foundation for many other records; such as most running yards by a Freshman. The Nebraska Huskers man handled the Kansas State Wild Cats by winning 48-13. Kansas State didn't even have a touchdown until the 4th quarter on a 4th & goal play.

If you looked at the box score Martinez looks like a ball hog, he recorded 128 yards passing with 1 passing touchdown and 241 rushing yards with 4 rushing touchdowns, but if you watched the game you'd see he didn't purposely keep the ball. The offensive lines protection of Martinez gave him no choice he had to take it himself, this is awful I know. Martinez did share some of the wealth; second top rusher of the game (both Huskers and Wild Cats) was Roy Helu Jr. who rushed for 110 yards and 1 rushing touchdown, and Kyler Reed caught a ball from Martinez for a receiving touchdown (which added on to his school record of most career receiving touchdowns by a tight end).  Huskers's scoring plays were: a 14 yard run by Martinez in the 1st quarter (7-0); 35 yard run by Martinez and a 39 yard field goal by Alex Henery in the 2nd quarter (17-3); 80 yard run by Martinez, 68 yard run by Roy Helu Jr., and a 79 yard pass by Martinez to Kyler Reed in the 3rd quarter (38-6); and 41 yard run by Martinez, and a 40 yard field goal by Henery (48-13).

Heisman candidate, or was, Daniel Thomas was the leading rusher for Kansas State but with only 63 yards rushing and no touchdowns rushing or receiving. Carson Coffman, Kansas State quarterback, threw 91 yards, 1 touchdown, and 1 interception. Coffman recorded second top rusher for Kansas State with 45 yards. The Wild Cat defense did sack Martinez a few times.

The Huskers were playing it safe with Taylor Martinez, and the offense, after a unconvincing win against South Dakota State, their last game, where the Huskers only won by 13-3. Martinez threw for only 140 yards with 1 touchdown, and threw 2 interceptions, and ran for 75 yards with 0 touchdowns, and he was the leading rusher in this game as well.

Martinez for Heisman!

Link to box score: http://es.pn/bJBULY
"Purple Pounding: Martinez, Huskers Roar Past 'Cats, Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/bwRRyC
Photos, Huskers.com: http://bit.ly/aWJReJ

Thursday, October 7, 2010

One of NASCAR's Love or Hate Drivers: Jimmie Johnson

I truely don't understand why people dislike Jimmie Johnson. I have yet to hear 1 reasonable reason. 'Because he always wins' isn't a reason, that can be a reason to why you are annoyed or you don't root for him to win. I've never seem him drive dirty such as Brad Keselowski, Kyle Busch, Kevin Harvick, and a few others. He and Jeff Gordon had a little bit of a dispute but they were both men about it and talked it over.

I went to the Darlington spring race this year and when AJ Allemindinger got into him the whole crowd cheered. I wasn't sitting in a great spot to see what happened but I saw it later on television, it was scary looking. Just seeing the cars damage while the wrecker took it to the garage it looked horrible, yet the crowd cheered while the car passed by them. Really, I can understand the cheers from the names I listed above being wrecked but by a driver who passes cleanly and wins cleanly. It's just as stunning as Kyle Busch fans are they love Kyle for being aggressive and they applaud him when he is but if he's the victim of what he has done, his fans all feel the driver should be penalized. Some seem like they want Reutimann to be sentenced to the death penalty.

If you have any actual reasoning on disliking Jimmie Johnson; such as he was a jerk to you and such. Please post it in a comment. Like I said I haven't heard a decent 1 but I respect the ones that make sense.

Also I'm not a Jimmie fan or hater. I root for Joey Logano so I don't go for him because of sponsorship rivalries. But I am annoyed of Jimmie and his winning but I'd rather see a guy like him win the championship than let's say Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, or Kyle Busch.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Roy Halladay throws a no-hitter to beat the Reds

On May 21, 2010 Roy Halladay threw a perfect game against the Marlins. I believe he has out done that by throwing a no-hitter in his first post season debut, in his first season with the Phillies. Halladay's perfect game was the 20th one in the MLB, while the no-hitter tonight was only the 2nd ever in postseason.

The Phillies ended up winning 4-0. The Phillies offense wasn't all that great all 4 of their runs were scored in the 1st two innings with Edinson Volquez pitching. Volquez was given the losing decision after allowing 4 hits, 4 earned runs, 2 walks, and an ERA of 21.60. After Volquez was pulled out by Reds manager Dusty Baker, 3 other pitchers tried to fix his horrendous outing they were somewhat successful. Travis Wood (rookie), Logan Ondrusek (rookie), and Bill Bray came from the bullpen to help out the Reds and they all kept the Phillies offense to tacking on more runs. Travis Wood pitched for 3 innings and 1 out allowing only 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 runs, and struck out 3. Logan Ondrusek pitched for 1.2 innings allowing 0 hits, 0 walks, 0 runs, and 0 strike outs. Bill Bray pitched for 1.1 innings also allowing 0 hits, 0 runs, 0 walks, but he struck out 1 batter.

Roy Halladay was actually really close to another perfect game he only walked one batter. Halladay struck out 8 Red players, obviously allowed no hits, and pitched a full game. Only 4 Phillies players got a hit: Shaun Victorino (a double, a single, and 2 RBI), Raul Ibanez (double), Wilson Valdez (single), and the Doc (Roy) Halladay (RBI single). Chase Utley had no hits but he did record an RBI.

Only 1 error was committed in this game and it was by a horrible, horrible throw by relief pitcher Logan Ondrusek, who sailed a ball way over the first basemans head on a force out.

For any of you that missed this game, I feel deeply sorry for you. It was an amazing game even if your not a Phillies fan and if your a Reds fan some day you'll realize what an amazing historic event you witnessed. I hope every postseason game is as exciting as this but I do hope that some of them are with an offensive battle than a pitching or defense battle because I love high scoring, thrilling games.

Link to box score: http://bit.ly/dkwb8U
Other Links
"Doctober! Halladay hurls second playoff no-no" by Todd Zolecki if MLB.com: http://bit.ly/a50pwn
ESPN's recap, box score, play-by-play, and photos: http://es.pn/d9AnLz

MLB Postseason Prediction (A little late)

I know I'm a little late, but I promise I made these predictions prior to the first pitch of the Rangers vs. Rays game.  Also I make my picks out of who I think will be best, who I like, and I always pick against who I hate (Yankees) so that always messes it up but like the name of my blog I am biased when it comes to sports!

ALDS

Tampa Bay Rays over Texas Rangers in 4 games - yes I'm keeping this even after the Rays lost 5-1 to the Rangers in St. Petersburgh, Florida

Minnesota Twins over New York Yankees in 5 games - I'd love to see the Twins win and I know the Yankees will put on a fight so if the Twins do win I believe they'll play every game.

NLDS

Philadelphia Phillies over Cincinnatti Reds in 3 games - I feel the Phillies have too good of pitching to let the Reds put up a fight and their offense will back up Halladay, Hamels, and Oswalt.

San Francisco Giants over Atlanta Braves in 4 games - I didn't watch many Giants or Braves games this season so I'm sure when it comes to these teams I'll be completely wrong, but I like the Giants because of Tim Lincecum.

ALCS

Minnesota Twins over Tampa Bay Rays in 4 games

NLCS

Philadelphia Phillies over San Francisco Giants in 3 games - I almost typed in Philadelphia Eagles at first when football season began I'd mess it up with baseball lingo now I've watched enough football to mess up my baseball talk. Anyhow I feel the Phillies pitching, defense, and offense will just blow out the Giants.

World Series!

Twins over Phillies in 7 games - Why not have a hard fought champion? Anyhow this is based out of about 99% biasedness I really like the Twins and Joe Mauer and I'm an American League girl.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Marlins finishing the MLB season with high hopes of the future.

The Marlins won 2 of 3 games in their final series against the Pirates. The Marlins had 15 rookies on the roster at the end of the season: 7 pitchers, 2 catchers, and 6 position players. They had 1 rookie pitcher in the starting rotation, a rookie catcher starting after the main catcher was put on probation and 2 others (rookie catchers) were injured, and 4 starting position players.

The Marlins have tons of great young players developing in the minors and even on the roster now like... Mike Stanton, #27 right fielder, joined the team in June. Stanton finished his first, partial, season in the MLB with a .259 batting average, 22 home runs, 59 RBI, .326 on-base-percentage, and .507 slugging percentage. Logan Morrison, #20 left fielder natural first baseman, joined the Marlins in July due to a celebration injury to Chris Coghlan, #8 left fielder. Morrison finished his rookie season with a .283 batting average, 2 home runs, 18 RBI, and .390 on-base-percentage. Alex Sanabia, #59 starting pitcher, made a good bid to be in the starting rotation again next season. Alex had been called up in July from Jacksonville, then was optioned to New Orleans, and then was recalled in August back to the Marlins. Alex ended the season 5-3, his first lose was because of defensive mishaps, 3.73 ERA, 47 strikeouts, and 1.24 WHIP. Hopefully if the Marlins are smart they start these 3 rookies next season for their sophomore season.

During spring training watch out for Elih Villanueva, Tom Koehler, Ozzie Martinez, Bryan Petersen, Scott Cousins, and other top Marlin's prospects to fight hard for a starting spot. I look forward to the future of the Marlins, filled with many respectable, young players.

I hope all the players to have a good offseason and great spring training, hoping to attend a few spring training games. I'll hope for some to make their way into the Marlins roster from the start.

Links:
Marlins.com: http://marlins.com/
Trio of rookies has Marlins on upswing, by Joe Frisaro: http://bit.ly/aooKcf
Stanton has plenty of clout among sluggers, by Joe Frisaro: http://bit.ly/cWmdJQ

Worst Saturday Night Football Game Ever: Chicago Bears vs. New York Giants

On October 3rd, 2010 was one of the worst NFL games I have ever seen. The Chicago Bears went to New York to play the Giants in their new stadium. Every play basically resulted in sacks, interceptions, fumbles, or a sack fumble.

Jay Cutler was knocked out of the game, after the first half, with a concussion. Jay Cutler was sacked 10 times, 1 interception and 3 sack fumbles (lost only 1). Todd Collins, Bears backup quarterback, come into play during the 3rd and 4th quarter before he got injured himself. Todd Collins was intercepted by Deon Grant, Giants Safety. After Collins was injured, in the 4th quarter, then the Bears had to go to there 3rd string quarterback, Caleb Hanie, who came out throwing. Hanie ended up with the best rating of 102.1, Cutler's rating was 40.7, and Collins rating was 8.1. Hanie and Collins both recorded 36 yards, while Cutler barely out did them with 42 yards.

Eli Manning unlike the Bears was the only the quarterback that played for the Giants. Eli Manning was sacked 2 times, 0 interceptions, and 2 fumbles (lost both). Terrell Thomas intercepted a Cutler pass but only returned it 1 yard and Deon Grant intercepted a Todd Collins pass for 0 yards.

The score was 3-0 Giants all the way untill the 3rd quarter. The Giants had 1 touchdown in the 3rd quarter and had 1 touchdown in the 4th quarter. The Bears was able to make on field goal in the 4th quarter to put them on the board. The final score was 17-3.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/9jL7sr

Monday, October 4, 2010

Price Chopper 400 at Kansas Speedway: #18 Kyle Busch vs. #00 David Reutimann

On lap 52 of 267 laps, Kyle Busch got into David Reutimann. It couldn't of been avoided but Kyle Busch could of laid off the gas when he saw David was slowing. On lap 154 David Reutimann retaliates against Kyle Busch by running into his left quarterpanel sending Kyle slightly into the wall and spinning himself, Reutimann, out. I can also understand why Reutimann felt it was intentional, fans need to realize when your in the car or spotting you see things very differently than if your just watching it on tv. The drivers and teams have a lot of emotions put into these cars that they work very hard on throughout the season. I personally don't care for Kyle Busch, so whenever he does something or something happens to me I always find himself hypocritical, which if you keep note of he is. Lets see on August 20th in Bristol for the Nationwide race, Kyle Busch passed Brad Keselowski and gave Brad no room when he went up on him so Brad slightly bumped into him, lighter than Kyle bumped Reutimann, so when Brad got around Kyle, Kyle took him out. Now Kyle retaliated against Brad here. So why does he play the victim when he's always the predator? Kyle gets under every drivers skin he races too hard some would say, while Reutimann earns his spots with pure racing not moving people over. Reutimann races like Mark Martin, Joey Logano, and other respectable drivers.

This is just my opinion. If you want to let me know yours just comment.

Links: Kansas Lap by Lap, NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/d5CGli
Waltrip defends Reutimann in tangle with Busch, NASCAR.com: http://bit.ly/bWGfBx

59 yard kick good to put Jaguars over Colts.

In the last seconds of the game left the Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Scobee, probably their best offensive player, made a 59 yarder to beat the Indianapolis Colts, defending AFC champions, 31-28.

Every time the Colts and Jaguars face each other it's a good game. I think it's the only time the Jaguars put on a good show when it's the Colts. I actually attended the game against them last season in Jacksonville, it was a thriller and it was great as a Peyton Manning fan not a Jag or Colt fan.

Peyton Manning went 33/46 for 352 yards and 2 touchdowns. Peyton threw his first interception of the season, one that shouldn't of been intercepted. Peyton's passer rating was 99.2. The Colts only had 1 player go for positive yards in the running game, Joseph Addai he carried the ball 16 times for 63 yards and 2 touchdowns.  This is a huge shocker, not, Reggie Wayne had the most catches and recieving yards, but no touchdowns while Dallas Clark and Austin Collie both had 1 touchdown. Reggie Wayne more than doubled the second highest reciever in catches and yards. Wayne had 15 catches for 196 yards, Dallas Clark had 7 catches for 68 yards, and Austin Collie had 5 catches for 39 yards. The Colts defense recorded no sacks and only 1 quarterback hits, I have no idea what that really means it's in the box score though... Colts defense had no impact at all.

David Garrard went 17/22 for 163 yards, 2 passing touchdowns, and 1 rushing touchdown. As usual the Jaguars over used Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew definitely injury proned with the amount of carries he gets and he was even limping around. Jones-Drew had 26 carries for 105 yards, 1 touchdown rushing, and 1 touchdown recieving. The Jaguars recieving yards looks very unimpressive. Mike Thomas had 5 catches for 68 yards, Tiquan Underwood had 3 catches for 41 yards, and Marcedes Lewis had 2 catches for 22 yards and 1 touchdown. The Jaguar defense also couldn't stop Peyton Manning and the Colts for running up and down the field. They recorded 1 sack on Peyton and 2 quarterback hits. They forced two fumbles but only won one of them, from Reggie Wayne.

This game was different than last seasons game in Jacksonville. The Jaguars had the majority of time of possession but this game it was pretty much equal with the Jags having the ball for 29 minutes and 46 seconds and the Colts 30 minutes and 14 seconds. The game win was going to go to who ever had the ball last, which was the Jaguars and won by the amazing 59 yard kick by Josh Scobee. If this was a game with an MVP award he'd definitely get it. Jaguars will still not make it to playoffs while Colts will make it.

Link to box score: http://es.pn/bkQtLb