On paper it was already decided. The Duke Blue Devils would be the 2010 NCAA Tournament Champions. On paper. Not because Duke was a #1 seed and Butler was a #5 seed. Not because the undersized Butler did not match up well. But because the numbers told me so. Read the rest of this entry »
Here is my final Big Ten Football preview. To see previews for all 11 teams go to www.comradio.psu.edu, they should be up soon.
Illinois Fighting Illini
LAST SEASON: In 2008 Illinois went a disappointing 5-7 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten. They finished in a three-way tie for sixth in the conference with Wisconsin and Minnesota. Sitting at 5-4 with a shot at a bowl game, the Illini lost their final three games to Western Michigan, Ohio State and Northwestern to fall short of bowl eligibility. This of course came one season after their trip to the 2007 Rose Bowl. Read the rest of this entry »
Here is the other Big Ten football preview I promised. To check out all the other Big Ten football previews go to www.comradio.psu.edu in the near future, as all 11 teams should be up by the start of classes at Penn State, which is August 24.
LAST SEASON: In 2008 Wisconsin went 7-6 overall and 3-5 in the Big Ten, which left them in a three-way-tie for sixth with Illinois and Minnesota. The Badgers ended the season on a sour note with a 42-13 loss to Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl. In 2006, the first year under Brett Bielema, Wisconsin went 12-1, but saw their record drop to 9-4 in 2007 and then to just seven wins in ’08. They played a school-record six games that were decided by three points or less, collecting a 3-3 record in those games. The major problem for Wisconsin was mistakes and penalties, which cost them some of those close games. Read the rest of this entry »
I was asked to write two Big Ten Football team previews for Comradio’s website (www.comradio.psu.edu) so i figured I would throw them up on the blog as well. I don’t know when they will be released on comradio’s website, probably when all 11 are in so why not get a sneak preview with it right here.
Here is the preview for the Iowa Hawkeyes 2009 season. Wisconsin’s preview will be coming soon.
LAST SEASON: In 2008 Iowa went 9-4 overall and 5-3 in the Big Ten to finish 20th in the final rankings of the USA Today and AP polls. The 5-3 record left them in a tie for fourth with Northwestern in the end of the year Big Ten standings; however Iowa was the only Big Ten team to pick up a bowl game victory with their 31-10 defeat of SEC foe South Carolina in the Outback Bowl. Going into 2008, Kirk Ferentz was at a crossroads of his coaching career at Iowa, but Ferentz rallied his program from a 3-3 start to go 6-1 to end the season. The big victory of the season came when the Hawkeyes knocked off a previously unbeaten and third ranked Penn State squad 24-23 on a last second field goal to ruin Penn State’s National Title hopes. Read the rest of this entry »
This will just be a quick post as I need to vent my frustration about the list of 103 names from 2003 of baseball players who tested positive for steroids.
Today, news broke about Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz being on the list of 103 names. Earlier this year it was Alex Rodriguez.
I have this simple plea, instead of slowly having names leaked, the whole list should be made public. AND IMMEDIATELY. It is not fair to those who have their names coming out when there are just less than 100 more players who are still hiding in the dark. Read the rest of this entry »
This summer I am in a position to watch some of the top talent coming up to the major leagues, as I am the media relations intern for the Binghamton Mets, a AA minor league team in the Eastern League.
I’ve seen the Yankees number six prospect, according to Baseball America, in RHP Zach McAllister. I’ve seen the Mets own righthanders Brad Holt, their number four prospect and Henrry Mejia their number seven prospect a number of times. None were as impressive as the young man I saw pitch on Wednesday, July 22.
Madison Bumgarner, a 19-year old lefty, the number one prospect in the San Francisco Giants organization and the sixth-best prospect in all of the minor leagues coming into the 2009 season according to MLB.com, is who I am talking about. Read the rest of this entry »
A few weeks ago a pick-up game at Lebron James’ Nike summer basketball camp (actual name: Lebron James Skills Acadamey) sparked widespread media attention. During a pick up game, Xavier sophomore Jordan Crawford dunked on Lebron. Or so they say. From CBSSports.com:
It was a two-handed jam, the kind that would’ve circulated quickly on YouTube. But Nike officials eliminated that possibility shortly after the dunk happened by allegedly confiscating tapes from various cameramen.
Last night, video of the dunk was released. Read the rest of this entry »