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McCutcheon is Bright Spot in Dark Season for Pittsburg

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In the Pittsburgh Pirates record 17th consecutive losing season, to the average fan it looks like there is nothing that can salvage their season. With GM Neil Huntington trading away six of the nine opening day starters, most fans are unfamiliar with the players on the field now but the one thing all Pirates fans can enjoy is up and coming center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Only 22 years of age, McCutchen has been the Pirates best player since he was called up on June 3, replacing the 2008 All-Star Nate McClouth, who was dealt to Atlanta. Batting .296 with 7 HR’s and 32 RBI’s, the five tool outfielder looks to be a lock for Rookie of the Year. When the Pirates management called up the 5’11” 175 lb McCutchen, they expected him to be good but not great this early on in his career.

For the native of Fort Myers, Florida, Andrew McCutchen realizes what he has done for the city of Pittsburgh just in his two months on the team. Upset by the trades Huntington has made and the performance on the field, the fans needed something good to talk about. When #22 hit the field, there was already a buzz going around PNC Park that had been missed with the departure of Barry Bonds in 1992. In his first game, McCutchen went 3-4, with a double and two singles, remarkable for a debut.

Only in 54 games, McCutchen has five triples, good enough for first in the league along with former Pirate Nyjer Morgan who was traded earlier this season also to the Washington Nationals. It’s a game against the Nationals that will live on for McCutchen’s career. On August 1st, the last place Pirates squared off against the last place Nationals. For the fans at the game, all they expected Nationals Pirates Baseballwas bad baseball with two teams that deserved to be playing AAA ball. The rookie stepped up and had the stadium rocking. On that night, Andrew belted three home runs and drove in six RBI’s in an 11-6 win for the Bucos. McCutchen became the 10th Pirate to hit three bombs in one game and the first to do so in their rookie year. Even when the Pirates are down a few runs and have positioned themselves far behind the Cubs for first place, when McCutchen steps in, the fans around the stadium give off a playoff like buzz because when Huntington talks of a “youth movement,” it starts with Andrew and for most Pirate fans, that’s a great start for a team that seems to not know how to finish.

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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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#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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