NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

Wofford’s Big Upset Early on in the college season, upsets were a bit hard to find.   Arizona was losing every day it appeared in the Battle 4 Atlantis, but most of those tournaments ended up with championship games that were expected (Duke-Florida, Michigan State – North Carolina, etc.) That early tranquility has turned into upset city as we finish off the pre-conference schedule across the country.  The biggest upset of…

December 25, 2017
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MLB: Giants Take a Gamble on Evan Longoria

In an off-season that has seen too many salary dump trades for my liking, it was nice to get a change of pace today. In a good old-fashioned “veteran for prospects (+ aging center fielder)” deal, the San Francisco Giants bolstered their roster today by acquiring Evan Longoria from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for OF Denard Span and three minor league prospects, headlined by infielder Christian Arroyo.   The…

December 20, 2017
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MLB: Dodgers – Braves Deal and the Luxury Tax

In one of the most unusual deals I can remember in all my years as a baseball fan, the Dodgers shipped of Adrian Gonzalez (since released), Brandon McCarthy, Scott Kazmir, and Charlie Culberson to the Braves for OF Matt Kemp, who also is likely to be released sometime between now and the beginning of the 2018 season.   There are a lot of “names” in that trade, but none of them…

December 19, 2017
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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

The Battle of New Jersey It has been a long time since Rutgers held supremacy in New Jersey over Seton Hall.     The last time the Scarlet Knights made the NCAA Tournament was back in 1991.  The last time they won a game in the NCAA Tournament was in 1983.    Back in those days, Rutgers was a member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, so they never once made it…

December 18, 2017
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MLB: Phillies Make Big Splash in Carlos Santana Signing

If you haven’t noticed lately, the Phillies are starting to come out of their hibernation.  While some of their prospects have yet to fulfill their promise, and some of the pitching still needs work, the team is rebuilding the right way:   Giving young players opportunities while starting to sign some veteran free agents to surround them.   This started earlier in the week with the signing of Tommy Hunter to help…

December 15, 2017
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MLB: Cardinals Pull Off Heist in Landing Ozuna

.312/.376/.548 (145 OPS+), 37 home runs, 124 RBI.     Ask some baseball fans to name the Marlins outfielder who put up those numbers in 2017, and I bet more than a few would shout out “Giancarlo Stanton!   Well, perhaps they would if you omitted the home run total since everyone knows about Stanton’s home run barrage over the summer. Those were actually the numbers of 27-year old left fielder Marcell…

December 13, 2017
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MLB: Yankees Clear Salary in Chase Headley Trade

Many thought the Yankees may not be very active this winter.   I would bet if you took a poll of Yankees’ fans, they would have said before the winter that the Yankees would sign Ohtani, maybe CC Sabathia, and call it a day. Those people were wrong, as the Yankees swung another deal today, trading Chase Headley and Bryan Mitchell to the Padres for (another) outfielder, Jabari Blash. From the…

December 12, 2017
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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

Boston College Upsets Duke 1.5 (30%).   Those numbers represent (A) the number of three-pointers made per game and (B) the percentage of three-pointers made per game by Boston College guard Jordan Chatman entering Saturdays contest against Duke.   As is always the case in a big upset, a player or two will play a bit over their heads, and that is what happened with Chatman.  He went 5-for-9 from behind the…

December 11, 2017
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MLB: Yankees Strike Gold in Stanton Deal

While it was always in the back of my mind that the Yankees could theoretically jump into the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes if everything fell apart around them, it still seemed like an extreme long shot.   Stanton’s preference appeared to lean towards playing on the west coast (which turned out to be incorrect, given the teams he was willing to waive his no-trade clause for), the Yankees wanted to get under…

December 9, 2017
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MLB Hot Stove: Dee Gordon Traded to the Mariners

The Marlins took their first step in purging some salary by dealing Dee Gordon to the Mariners for three prospects.  The Mariners also received international spending pool money, which may go into the pocket of Shohei Ohtani, should they win the sweepstakes. While it is not shocking to see Gordon traded, it was a bit shocking to see that it was the Mariners who acquired him, given that they already…

December 7, 2017
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