Month: April 2012

Texas Rangers Hold On To No. 1 Ranking

The Texas Rangers are the best team in baseball, ranked No. 1 in the latest ESPN rankings for the second week in a row.  The Rangers have been one of the best teams for the better part the last three years, according to the standings.  Two years ago the bats went silent, and the San Francisco Giants got a charity donation World Series Championship, last year the donation went to the St. Louis Cardinals. Everything this season is pointing to the Texas Rangers making the decision charity starts at home.

Going into tonight’s series rubber game with the Tampa Rays, the Rangers have the best record in baseball. Going back to last year, they have won 27 of the last 32 regular season games they have played. Winning tonight and they could go into Toronto for a three game series with a chance to close out April with an 18-5 record.

Looking ahead,  the next six games, that record could easily improve to 23-6 or if every ball bounces right, 24-5 is not out of the realm of possibilities. The Rangers got to Toronto for three games against the Blue Jays who currently sit fourth in the American League East, with a 12-10 record. ESPN has them ranked as the 10th best team in baseball.

The Blue Jays simply do not have the bats or the pitching to play with the Rangers. This being baseball, the Blue Jays could steal a game in the series, that would no doubt be due to a Ranger starting pitcher blowing up in the first inning like Matt Harrison did against the Tampa Rays during this current home stand. The Blue Jays come into the series with a team batting average of .243, and a team ERA of 3.86, those stats will have the Rangers pitchers and hitters rubbing their collective hands together.

Yu Darvish makes his next start in Toronto, so if the Blue Jays have a chance on stealing a game, the Jays may want to jump on him early, otherwise Texas could leave Toronto heading for Cleveland fresh off a three game sweep of the Jays.

Cleveland should put up even less competition than Toronto, although Cleveland is ranked first in the A.L. Central, they are so with an 11-9 record. Cleveland’s batting average is Toronto-like at .242, but pitching has been a big issue for the Indians. The Indians team ERA of 4.30 with only 124 strikeouts could be like an old style buffet for Rangers hitters, All-You-Can-Eat.

Yes, it is a good time to be a Texas Rangers fan, and it has been for over two seasons now. I am predicting  the Rangers to go 20-8 in May, giving them an early season record of 38-18, and about an eight game lead in the A.L. West. I wonder how C. J. Wilson is enjoying southern California this season.  I have heard the weather is nice there, which would be nice, because the Los Angeles Angels are only 10 games back of the Rangers at the time of this writing. Did I mention it was still April?

J. Brackston has been an avid Texas Rangers fan since they moved to Texas from Washington D.C… He has rooted for the good teams and bad teams, and watched 100′s of games at the old Arlington Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

 

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Local Players Drafted

I am still getting information on players who weren’t drafted but signed free agent contract with teams.  Next weekend is the rookie mini camps so I should have more information by the middle of the week if not sooner.

Oklahoma State

Justin Blacknom Jacksonville
Brandon Weeden Cleveland
Markelle Martin Tennessee

Oklahoma

Ronnell Lewis Detroit
Donald Stephenson Kansas City
Jamell Fleming Arizona
Ryan Broyles Detroit
James Hanna Dallas
Frank Alexander Carolina
Travis Lewis Detroit

 

Continue Reading

2012 NFL Draft Order

Here is the draft order for the first round of the NFL draft.  This could change by tomorrow night if there are some trades.  The draft starts Thursday night at 7pm, Rounds 2-3 are Friday at 6pm and Rounds 4-7 are Saturday at 11 am. (All times are in the Central Time Zone)

PICK TEAM
1 Indianapolis Colts
2 Washington Redskins
3 Minnesota Vikings
4 Cleveland Browns
5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6 St. Louis Rams
7 Jacksonville Jaguars
8 Miami Dolphins
9 Carolina Panthers
10 Buffalo Bills
11 Kansas City Chiefs
12 Seattle Seahawks
13 Arizona Cardinals
14 Dallas Cowboys
15 Philadelphia Eagles
16 New York Jets
17 Cincinnati Bengals
18 San Diego Chargers
19 Chicago Bears
20 Tennessee Titans
21 Cincinnati Bengals
22 Cleveland Browns
23 Detroit Lions
24 Pittsburgh Steelers
25 Denver Broncos
26 Houston Texans
27 New England Patriots
28 Green Bay Packers
29 Baltimore Ravens
30 San Francisco 49ers
31 New England Patriots
32 New York Giants

(via nfl.com)

Continue Reading

How Long Should Metta World Peace Be Suspended?

I think he should be suspended for the rest of the year, there is no reason for elbowing the back of someones head.  According to ESPN he has been suspended 111 times in his 13 year career.  He said he was celebrating, really??  I have never seen anyone celebrate by throwing elbows.  Then he apologies on twitter by saying he didn’t even see James Harden standing there.   Pathetic apology if you ask me!  It looks like on video he knew what he was doing!  Here is the video, judge for yourself.

 

Continue Reading

Texas Rangers Ranked No.1 After Matching the Third Best Start in Team History: A Fan’s View

The Texas Rangers are ranked No. 1 in the latest ESPN Power Rankings, jumping from No.4 as a result of a 6-1 record during the past week. The Rangers leapfrogged the Detroit Tigers for the top position, while last week’s No. 2 Tampa Rays and No. 3 Arizona Diamondbacks dropped to No. 7 and No. 8 respectively.
The Rangers current 9-2 record equals the third best start in team history.

The 1996 Western Division Championship team was a lot like the current Rangers team. Both rosters are loaded with talented hitters who hit for average and power. The Rangers that year had eight players with 10 or more home runs, led by Juan Gonzales with 47, and Dean Palmer with 38 and the team hit for a .284 average. That Rangers team also started the season 8-2 and made the playoffs. The ’96 Rangers lost to the New York Yankees in the American League Division Series, 3-1.

The 2011 American League Champion Texas Rangers started the season at 9-1, equaling the start of the 1989 team managed by current Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine, for the best start ever by a Rangers team. That ’89 team finished the month of April with a 17-5 record followed by a terrible May record of 10-17. That team featured current team president Nolan Ryan who had a 16-10 record, while pitching at the age of 42.

Charlie Hough at the age of 41 was also on that ’89 team, along with Rafael Palmeiro, Ruben Sierra, and the only pitcher to have a perfect game for the Rangers, Kenny Rogers. That team went on to finished the season at 83-79, a full 16 games behind the Oakland As, the eventual 1989 World Champions.

The current Rangers have something those previous teams did not—five starting pitchers capable of winning every time they take the mound. Every starting pitcher for the Rangers this season has already established themselves as reliable. Take away the first two innings of Yu Darvish’s first start and the starting rotation’s ERA would be much lower. The pitching staff as a whole currently carries a 2.30 ERA while issuing 21 walks and striking out 75 opposing batters.

The Rangers could easily be 10-0, if not for Joe Nathan blowing a couple of games in the ninth inning. I am sure by the end of the season Nathan will have more than made up for those two games by saving upwards of forty games. Nathan and Mike Adams give the Rangers a great set-up/closer combination.

The Rangers are No.1 for one reason. They are simply the best team in baseball at the current time. Los Angeles Dodgers’ fans may want to argue for their record of 9-1, but in a seven game series, the Rangers would win in six games on the strength of it’s starting rotation. Take Matt Kemp out of the Dodgers’ line-up and it would be a sweep. The Rangers are clearly the better team, in my opinion.

Sources: Baseball-reference.com
espn.com

J. Brackston has been an avid Texas Rangers fan since they moved to Texas from Washington D.C… He has rooted for the good teams and bad teams, and watched 100’s of games at the old Arlington Stadium and Rangers Ballpark in Arlington.

 

Continue Reading

2012 Dallas Cowboys Schedule

The Cowboys play 4 times in primetime, that could change later on due to the flex schedule.  They open the season on Wednesday 9/5/12 at NY Giants.  They play one Monday night game on 10/1/12 at home against Chicago. They play 2 times on Sunday night: 11/4/12 at Atlanta then on 12/2/12 at home against Philadelphia.  Here is the full schedule:

 

Date
Opponent
Time
TV
9/5/12 @ NY Giants        7:30 NBC
9/16/12 @ Seattle 3:05 FOX
9/23/12 Tampa Bay 12:00 FOX
10/1/12 Chicago 7:30 ESPN
10/7/12 BYE
10/14/12 @Baltimore 12:00 FOX
10/21/12 @ Carolina 12:00 FOX
10/28/12 NY Giants 3:15 FOX
11/4/12 @ Atlanta 7:20 NBC
11/11/12 @ Philadelphia 3:15 FOX
11/18/12 Cleveland 12:00 CBS
11/22/12 Washington 3:15 FOX
12/2/12 Philadelphia 7:20 NBC
12/9/12 @ Cincinnati 12:00 FOX
12/16/12 Pittsburgh 3:15 CBS
12/23/12 New Orleans 12:00 FOX
12/30/12 @ Washington 12:00 FOX
Continue Reading

Dallas Cowboys 2012 Opponents

The NFL Regular Season Schedule comes out at 6pm cst tonight.  Here is a reminder of who the Dallas Cowboys will play this season.  I will post the Schedule as soon as it comes out!

 

Home

New Orleans Saints

Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cleveland Browns

Pittsburgh Steelers

Chicago Bears

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

 

 

Away

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers

Baltimore Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals

Seattle Seahawks

New York Giants

Philadelphia Eagles

Washington Redskins

Continue Reading

Mizzou’s New Uni’s

Seems like every team these days are getting new uniforms.  Here are Mizzou’s new uni’s for next year when they enter the SEC.  They have 2 different helmets one is shiny and the other is matte.   Tell me what you think! (via mutigers.com)

 

 

 

 

Continue Reading

Six Games Into The Season and The Texas Rangers Are Playing Well

The first home stand of the Texas Rangers 2012 season is almost over. Through the first six games, the Rangers have a 4-2 record, and quite seriously could have been a perfect 6-0. Joe Nathan the Rangers closer this season has blown both games the Rangers have lost.

Game two of the home stand, Nathan gave up a home run in the ninth inning of a game tied 3-3. Game 6, he gave up three runs to let the Seattle Mariners come from a 3-1 deficit to win the third game in a four game series. Nathan is trying to complete a comeback from Tommy John surgery, the Rangers need Nathan to make it all the way back to keep from having to take Neftali Feliz out of the starting rotation and put him back in the closer’s role.

There are those would say what about Alexi Ogando or Mike Adams. My answer would very simply be, Adams may be the best 8th inning pitcher in baseball, and Ogando cannot keep a runner from scoring if that runner is on base when Ogando comes in the game. The only answer that would make any sense would be to use Ogando or Scott Feldman in the starting line-up and put Feliz back in the closer role. This is all premature talk, the Rangers need to give Nathan time to find his old form and prove he can or cannot do the job before everyone starts to panic.

The Ranger pitchers in the first six games have been outstanding overall. Colby Lewis has led the way with two good pitching performances. Holland, Darvish(after a rough couple of innings), Harrison,  and Feliz have all pitched good games. The Rangers as a staff, have given up 13 walks while striking out 48, and have a combined team ERA of 2.50. Two of the games the Rangers have won were shutouts. Had someone walked up to you or Nolan Ryan a week before the season with the offer that the team would be 4-2, with two shut outs, and over 200,000 in the stands for the first six games, either of you would have taken that.

The area the Rangers should be mildly concerned about, the extremely slow start by the batters. Five players have a batting average over .200. David Murphy at .444 leads the team, Josh Hamilton with .417 is second, then comes  Ian Kinsler at .304, with Adrian Beltre and Michael Young the only other two above .200. The Ranger hitters have not faced what you would call All-star pitching to this point, yet they have struck out 39 times, while walking only 14 times. The entire team has a total of one stolen base.

Hitting will come around, we all know that. The pitching, if it even stays close to its current level and the Ranger hitters start hitting like they have the past two seasons, getting back to the World Series is closer to a reality than some would think.

Overall, the first six games have been exciting to watch. Maybe they would have been a little more exciting had the Rangers won them all. If this is what the Ranger fans have to look forward too all season, at this pace the Rangers would finish 108-54. We all know that won’t happen, but we can dream, after all it is baseball, a place where a little boy’s dreams come true.

Continue Reading

Should NBA Players Get Paid To Play In The Olympics?

Dwyane Wade and Ray Allen said the other day that NBA players should get paid to play in the Olympics.  Wade makes $14 million a year and he wants to get paid for playing 2 weeks of basketball for his country?  Olympic athletes get a $25,000 stipend for winning gold.  The NBA players don’t have to stay with the other athletes in the Athlete Village.  They get put up in 5 Star Hotels.  If it’s that big of a deal don’t play, I am sure there are plenty of NBA players that would be willing to play for their country with out whining about getting paid.  Lebron James told ESPN.com “I love representing my country, man.  I’ve done it since 2004 and I’m looking forward to doing it in London. As far as [pay], I don’t know, man. It doesn’t matter. I’m happy to be a part of the team, to be selected again.”  Wade’s act gets old, the dude whines about everything!!  Just stay in Miami and count your money!!

 

Should NBA players get paid for playing in the Olympics??

Continue Reading