Daily Archives: August 2, 2009

Melky Cabrera Hits for Cycle, Yankees Win 8-5

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In a 3-0 win over the Chicago White Sox, the Yankees first in the series, Melky Cabrera had arguably his best game of his career. Going 4-5 with a single, double, triple and a home run, Cabrera became the 15th Yankee to hit for the cycle. In a game where CC Sabathia threw eight innings, the Yankee bats came threw to help Sabathia record his 11th win of the season while ending Mark Buerhle’s two game winning streak, which one of those games was a perfect game. With Cabrera collecting four of the eight runs, Derek Jeter, Johnny Damon, Jerry Hairston Jr and Jose Molina drove in the other four runs as the Yankees as a team had 14 hits and 12 of them coming in Buerhle’s 4.1 innings pitched, as terrible performance for Buerhle who broke the Major League record for consecutive batters set down with 45. Continue reading

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Big Ten Turning to Florida for Talent

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In a day and age where football has switched to a more versatile, athletic, finesse game, the Big Ten has been the last conference to make the switch. The trend setters in the new game is the SEC first and foremost. Winning the last three national titles will do that. The conference features teams that are all fast, athletic, and know how to cover ground. After another poor showing in bowl games last season, it seemed that the coaches from one of the oldest conferences in the country, decided to make the switch too. The Big Ten has been known for being tough, slow paced, low scoring and defensive oriented teams along with having players that fit the mold. Some of that old adage remains but the SEC way of life is starting to run deep in a conference where it’s best team, Ohio State, has lost their last three bowl games, two were title games and the other was the Fiesta Bowl last season. Once the Big Ten transitions into a fast paced, athletic conference, the quality of football will increase for a conference looked down upon recently. Continue reading

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The King Looks to Hold Court

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When the waning moments dwindled to a close in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference Finals, LeBron James immediately left the Amway Arena. Upset and confused over why the team with the best record in the NBA had been upset by a trio of men named Pietrus, Lewis and Turkoglu who all answered to one: Howard. Cleveland was favored to run through the East, a conference suffering the loss of Kevin Garnett and everyone expected Cleveland to have a home court advantage similar to Duke in college basketball.

For the Cavaliers, the fans of Cleveland, an economically downtrodden city which on home games, the city reels in a million dollars, this loss wasn’t supposed to happen for Cleveland, a city suffering a championship drought of 45 years. The expectation wasn’t too much for Jaside.insidemes, but too overwhelming for the cast of teammates who were inconsistent in the Conference Finals and couldn’t come up clutch when needed. Mo Williams struggled mightily throughout the first three games, not even averaging 10 points a game and turning the ball over more than he ever had. Zydrunas Ilgauskus was no match for Dwight Howard, who muscled his way, sometimes even fouling Big Z but they never call a foul on him, to the bucket and was the reason for the Finals clinching win where the former #1 overall pick poured in 45 points and 18 rebounds. Continue reading

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Penn-Trafford Product Making It Big

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When Mike Demark came out of Penn-Trafford High School near Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the pitcher-middle infielder, had a rocket arm with a fastball clocked consistently around 88 MPH and one of the best attitudes a coach could ask for. Demark hustled on and off the field, and gave his all with each pitch. Going 7-2 his senior year, Demark, who threw a nasty knuckleball, a curveball that broke three and a half feet and a changeup that fooled the best of hiters, Demark was headed to Marietta College to pitch. Demark’s success through high school wasn’t exactly scripted the way most people expect. While pitching lights out ball, Demark battled something much more dangerous than any hitter he ever faced. During high school, Demark helped his dad through a bone marrow transplant that eventually saved his life and he dedicated every game on the mound to his father. The hardwork and competitiveness payed off and eventually led to where he is today. Continue reading

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#16 Georgia

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After a relatively disappointing season where the Georgia Bulldogs were expected to win a national title, the Bulldogs hope to rebound after losing the starting QB Matthew Stafford to the Detroit Lions and RB Knowshon Moreno to the Denver Broncos. Returning a brand new offense, Georgia will rally around sophomore WR AJ Green, a five star prospect who has supreme speed and hands pro scouts drool over. With a 10-3 2008 season, Mark Richt’s team is coming off a Capital One Bowl victory over Michigan State. Continue reading

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25 Teams in 25 Days

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For the next 25 days, I will go in-depth on the top 25 teams in college football today. The 2009 season looks like a good one with great QBs such as Tim Tebow, Sam Bradford, and Colt McCoy vying for Heisman Trophies and teams like Florida, Oklahoma, Texas, LSU and many others. So stay tuned and get informed on the upcoming College Football season with the top players, games and the eventual National Champion.

The schedule includes: July 16th-Florida, July 17th-Oklahoma, July 18th-Texas, July 19th-USC, July 20th-Oklahoma State, July 21st-LSU, July 22nd-Oregon, July 23rd-Ole Miss, July 24th-North Carolina, July 25th-Alabama, July 26th-Georgia Tech, July 27th-Penn State, July 28th-Ohio State, July 29th-California, July 30th-Clemson, July 31st-Georgia, August 1st-Nebraska, August 2nd-Virginia Tech, August 3rd-Miami, August 4th-Utah, August 5th-Tennessee, August 6th-Pitt, August 7th-West Virginia, August 8th-Boise State, August 9th-TCU

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2004 Red Sox Becoming Tainted Team

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Behind the bats of roid users Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz, the 2004 Boston Red Sox completed a journey including defeating the 2002 World Series Champs Anaheim Angels, coming back from the most improbable deficits to triumph the arch rival New York Yankees in the ALCS, then take down the St. Louis Cardinsock1als in four games. This title was the first for the Red Sox since 1918, and is a gut wrencher for any New York fan to date. When the playoff run was in full swing, to the average fan it looked like a magic filled cinderella story with characters like David Ortiz, being the no name player from Minnesota who magically came to life and fit the magic slipper on the bloody sock of longtime pitcher Curt Schilling. Manny Ramirez was the goofy carriage driver that seemed to back up Cinderella wherever she went and eventually led to the ring. Continue reading

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