NCAA Basketball: The Big Shoe Has Dropped

We all knew this was inevitable, right?    Eventually, some coaches would begin feeling so bulletproof that they would do something that was no longer a “simple” $5,000 stuffed in a duffel bag.   I recall the scenes from “Blue Chips” (a good movie that probably didn’t quite go far enough) where friends of friends of friends of the alumni were handing out cars, tractors, houses, and cash.     It…

September 29, 2017

MLB: National League Offensive Breakouts

In the last of this series of breakout players in 2017, I am going to take a look at National League hitters.  I was surprised that there wasn’t a big breakout season for surprise teams like the Diamondbacks and Rockies.   Those teams have been helped more by solid pitching than they have been helped by breakout players. Players like Paul Goldschmidt and Nolan Arenado are playing up to their…

September 27, 2017

MLB: American League Offensive Breakouts

In the year of the home run, it was hard to completely narrow this list down.   There are other players who probably deserve their spot on this list, but I didn’t see their seasons as being quite at the level of some of the players I am pointing out below. Remember, breakouts do not include players in their first MLB season.  I consider those who have played partial seasons…

September 21, 2017

MLB: National League Starting Pitcher Breakouts

Today, we will take a look at the breakout pitchers in the National League.  A few days ago, I took a look at their American League counterparts. Remember that this list does not include pitchers who began their careers this year.  That is why a pitcher like Kyle Freeland is not featured on this list.  He has obviously been a major reason the Rockies are where they are, but he…

September 18, 2017

MLB: American League Starting Pitcher Breakouts

The first in a series of posts, where I will be looking at some of our breakout players of 2017.   Some of them are surprises, some of them were once big prospects who has simply found their stride. I am going to start with the American League starting pitchers, where I found five pitchers I thought were worth mentioning.  I considered also writing about Mariners’ lefty James Paxton, but…

September 16, 2017

NFL: Predictions for 2017!

I can’t believe it is once again time for the NFL!  I am still in full baseball mode, but the best thing about football is that I only have to pay attention to it one day a week, and since my team isn’t local, I rarely get to really see them play anyway.    The invention of apps, and the old-fashioned having a few different televisions in the house certainly…

September 9, 2017

MLB: The Wild-Card “Chaos” Scenario

On Monday, September 4, 2017, I will be participating in my yearly Fantasy Football Draft.   Growing up, I wasn’t much of an NFL fan – to be exact, the reason why I am a big fan of the Carolina Panthers now is innocent enough:  When the NFL expanded in 1993, I threw the Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers into a hat, picked one out, and that was it.  Prior…

September 4, 2017