NCAA Basketball: Takeaways & Top 25

The Big 12/SEC Challenge For most of the season, the Big 12 has been the toast of NCAA Basketball.  Considered the toughest and deepest conference in the nation, six of the 12 institutions in the conference have placed in the AP Top 25 at some point this season, with five of those six schools gracing the Top 10.   Meanwhile, entering this week, the SEC conference had three teams ranked in…

January 29, 2018
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MLB: Brewers Reshape OF With Christian Yelich & Lorenzo Cain

The Brewers mean business in 2018. After a surprising 2017 campaign that didn’t end up with a playoff berth, the Brewers have been linked to many top free agents and trade candidates this off-season.   Two of those players have now landed in their lap, one via the trade route and one via free agency. I will start with the free agent signing, because that only requires looking at one player…

January 25, 2018
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NCAA Basketball: Takeaways & Top 25

Gaels Blow Over the Bulldogs Statement made. Back in the preseason, many picked St. Mary’s to finally release the stranglehold Gonzaga has on the West Coast Conference.   The Bulldogs have won five straight conference championships (one of them was a shared title with St. Mary’s in 2016, a year in which Gonzaga defeated St. Mary’s in the conference tournament title game.   St. Mary’s not only lost the title game, they…

January 22, 2018
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MLB Hot Stove: Pirates, Giants Continue Transformations in Andrew McCutchen Deal

What happens when you attempt to put together a playoff contender by using super glue and duct tape?  The San Francisco Giants want to find out. After making a deal earlier this winter for veteran Evan Longoria, the Giants took it even further on Monday, when they acquired former National League MVP Andrew McCutchen from the (now rebuilding) Pittsburgh Pirates for a package of two players:  pitcher Kyle Crick and…

January 15, 2018
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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

Red Raiders are for Real Given how the 2017-2018 season has gone thus far across college basketball, the above headline is a risky one to make.  Many teams who seemed like they were “for real” not long ago (*cough* Texas A&M *cough*) have not been able to keep up the momentum, so what should make Texas Tech any different? After defeating West Virginia on Saturday, the Red Raiders are now…

January 15, 2018
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MLB Hot Stove: Gerrit Cole Drama Ends with Deal to Astros

Well, this was rather anti-climatic. The Pirates traded Gerrit Cole to the Houston Astros this evening for four players, in a move where it appears the Pirates selected quantity over high quality. Cole’s career has been the tale of two different pitchers.  From 2013-2015, he compiled 73 starts, going 40-20 with a 3.07 ERA (2.89 FIP; 121 ERA+) in 463.1 innings.    He allowed only 0.6 HR per nine innings…

January 13, 2018
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MLB Hot Stove: Mets Sign Jay Bruce, Pass on Jason Kipnis

In a signing that is fair for both sides, the Mets signed Jay Bruce to a 3-year, $39 million deal on Wednesday, which hopefully will start stirring some life into this quiet off-season. Bruce had a rebound season in 2017, when he hit .254/.324/.508 (115 OPS+) in 617 plate appearances for the Mets and Indians.  He contributed 36 home runs and 101 runs batted in, and hit a big home…

January 11, 2018
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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

The Journey of Colorado Colorado State by 9.  South Dakota by 10.  Iowa by 7.   Oregon State by 19, and Oregon by 15.   Those represent five of the six losses (they were also blown out by Xavier) suffered by Colorado this season. Perhaps they just need to schedule more games against Arizona schools.  A pair of big upsets this week by the Buffaloes, as they first knocked off Arizona State…

January 8, 2018
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MLB: My Hall of Fame Ballot

The Hall of Fame ballot is as crowded as it has ever been, mainly due to a bunch of Hall of Fame caliber players who aren’t getting elected due to their links to PEDs.  In a world where PEDs didn’t become a hot button topic, players like Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, and Manny Ramirez would already be enshrined.   Because they haven’t been, the ballot has ballooned to many deserving candidates…

January 3, 2018
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NCAA Basketball Weekly Recap: Takeaways & Top 25

The Pac-12 and TV Scheduling We have heard many times in the past how west coast basketball doesn’t get the respect it deserves because it is typically played too late at night for those on the east coast to stay up and watch. I would like to bring up another reason:   They seem to sabotage their own exposure.    In the year 2017, there is no reason a marquee match-up…

January 2, 2018
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