NCAA Basketball: Takeaways & Top 25

The Great Alaska Shootout As I mentioned in my preseason post, this was the final year of the Great Alaska Shootout, the longest running in-season tournament in basketball.   The tournament, once one of the most prestigious early season tournaments, took a tumble when new tournaments started sprouting up in warmer cities that weren’t quite so far from home.  It is appropriate that in the final tournament ever that the host…

November 27, 2017

NCAA Basketball: Top 25, Week 2

Well, so much for my proclamation that Michigan State was the top team in the country.  The Spartans didn’t play a poor game against Duke by any stretch, but the Blue Devils cemented themselves as the early favorite for the National Championship. There may still be questions about their defense (Michigan State hit on 50.8% of their shots from the floor), and while Duke has done its usual great job…

November 20, 2017

MLB: Roy Halladay & The Hall of Fame

10.64.  It feels like only yesterday when the Toronto Blue Jays decided to send a struggling Roy Halladay down to A-Ball in an effort to rebuild him from the bottom up, after posting that unsightly ERA number. Over the last several days, since his death, I have read all about how Halladay contemplated giving up the sport, that he had talked about going back to school.  As the story goes,…

November 17, 2017

MLB: A Look at Some of the Top Free Agents

Baseball has changed a lot over the years.  If you are old enough, you may remember the days when you would stay up late just to watch Peter Gammons report from the Winter Meetings on ESPN.  There was no other way to get inside scoops from the annual free-for-all.   MLB Network was likely nothing more than a pipe dream in those days, while hometown networks rarely (if ever) ran team-specific…

November 10, 2017

NCAA Basketball: 2017-2018 Preview

It seems like only yesterday that North Carolina rebounded from their heartbreaking loss in the 2016 tournament by winning the 2017 tournament over Gonzaga in a tournament that featured some good (South Carolina’s epic run, Gonzaga finally breaking through, Northwestern’s historic first tournament appearance, and Michigan turning a traumatic plane experience into a Big Ten Championship and a run to the Sweet 16), and some not-so-good (a disappointing season from…

November 9, 2017

MLB: Quick Recap + Award Predictions

In one of my first baseball blog entries on this site, I put together a season preview, predicting that the Houston Astros would end up winning the World Series.  I will give myself a pat on the back for that, while trying to conveniently ignore the fact that I had them beating the Mets in said series.   The Astros were a bit of a trendy pick this past winter, but…

November 2, 2017