Month: July 2012

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Podcast for Friday July 20, 2012

In todays podcast we talk about Dwight Howard, Troy Polamalu hiding concussions and  a couple of interesting sports stories.

 

Dwight Howard

 

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Troy Polamalu

 

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Sports Stories

 

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Top NBA Free Agents

Landry

 

 

Player
2011 Team
2012 Team
Deron Williams Brooklyn  Brooklyn
Eric Gordon New Orleans  New Orleans
Tim Duncan San Antonio  San Antonio
Roy Hibbert Indiana  Indiana
Steve Nash Phoenix  LA Lakers
JaVale McGee Denver  Denver
Ryan Anderson Orlando  New Orleans
Jason Terry Dallas  Boston
Nicolas Batum Portland  Portland
Brook Lopez Brooklyn  Brooklyn
Jeremy Lin NY Knicks  Houston
Ray Allen Boston  Miami
Gerald Wallace Charlotte  Brooklyn
Jason Kidd Dallas  NY Knicks
O.J. Mayo Memphis  Dallas
Jeff Green Boston  Boston
Andre Miller Denver  Denver
George Hill Indiana  Indiana
Brandon Bass Boston  Boston
Jameer Nelson Orlando  Orlando
Jamal Crawford Portland  LA Clippers
J.R. Smith NY Knicks  NY Knicks
Carl Landry New Orleans
Chris Kaman New Orleans  Dallas
Michael Beasley Minnesota  Phoenix

 

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99 Baseball Games On The Wall, 99 Baseball Games

Taking a look back at the first 99 games of the major league baseball season, I see five players that have to be pleasant surprises to Texas Rangers baseball fans. Following a terrible World Series, where the Rangers essentially gave the St. Louis Cardinals the championship, combined with an off-season where the so-called ace of the pitching staff, C.J. Wilson signed with the Los Angeles Angels, Ranger fans had to have doubts about this season.

The Angels with the addition of Wilson not only helped themselves, but they hurt the pitching staff of the team they were chasing for the last two years. Albert Pujols also signed with the Angels, giving the Rangers fans even more reason to have doubts after what he did to Ranger pitching in last season’s World Series playing for the Cardinals.

Those doubts may have been misplaced. Here, it is July 17, and the Rangers have a five game advantage in the American League West, being chased by the Angels, and now perhaps the Oakland A’s who are sitting eight games back in third place.

Playing the remaining 63 games at a .500 average, winning 32 and losing 31, the Rangers would put all the pressure on the Angels who would have to play at a .587 pace going 37-26 to catch the Rangers. The Angels have not played at that pace for any stretch over more than 10 games all season. The A’s would have even more work to do, they would need to go 40-23 in the last 63 games to catch the Rangers.

The Rangers appear to me to be in the driver’s seat, and the following five players just may be the key to the reasons why. Of course, Josh Hamilton, Elvis Andrus, Ian Kinsler and Adrian Beltre have made the contributions they were all expected to make, but these five players have made the difference in my opinion.

Harrison

1.Matt Harrison has been a stud, no way anyone could argue with that. His 12-4 record leads the team, and he has been one of two pitchers that Ron Washington could count on giving a good performance when he sent him to the mound. Harrison has two shutouts and three complete games under is belt, to go along with 122.1 innings pitched.

Darvish

2. Yu Darvish has been everything the Rangers could have hoped for in his first season pitching in a new country, new league, and with all the media attention he gets. His 10-6 record and 109 innings have largely been in front of sold-out stadiums, particularly in Arlington. Yes, there have been a few games where he looked lost, but on the whole, he has looked like the pitcher we all expected to see.

Nathan

3. Joe Nathan coming back from Tommy John surgery was a gamble, and it has paid off. Nathan has been him old self in the closer role for the Rangers. Blowing only one save in 20 chances, while striking out 46 batters and only walking 5, Nathan has shown he is back and was well worth the risk the Rangers took when they signed him.

Ross

4. Robbie Ross has been a nice addition to the bullpen. Going 6-0 as a rookie, with a .95 ERA, Ranger fans are possibly looking at a Rookie of The Year candidate in Ross. He throws strikes and lets the defense do their job when he is on the mound. Exactly the kind of young pitcher the Rangers need in the sixth and seventh innings of tight ballgames going down the stretch.

Gentry

5. Craig Gentry has been an excellent part-time fit in the Rangers outfield. In 40 starts and the 71 total games Gentry has appeared in, he is hitting .331. His .396 on base percentage combined with his speed on the base paths, gives opposing pitchers something more to worry about while facing the top of the Rangers batting order. Hitting in the ninth spot in the batting order, Gentry gives Kinsler RBI opportunities he did not have before.

These players are part of the reason the Rangers are sitting atop the A.L. West, and they will need to continue to be consistent the rest of the way for the Rangers to hold off the Angels and the A’s. It would be quite possible for all three teams, the Rangers as the division winner, and the Angels and A’s as the wildcard teams to make the playoffs this season.

The real season starts now, and the Rangers with all the injuries to the starting pitching staff are fortunate these players have all been having the seasons that they are. The Rangers play two games against Oakland, then three against the Angels in the next 7 days, I think we are in what could be called a pennant race starting tomorrow night.

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Podcast for Monday July 16, 2012

In todays podcast we talk about the Penn St. cover up, some NFL signings and NCAA Football 2013.

 

Penn St. Cover Up

 

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NFL Signings

 

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NCAA 2013

 

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NFL Training Camp Locations and Dates

Here is a list of training camp locations and dates. Football is almost here!!

 AFC TEAM  LOCATION  ROOKIES        VETERANS 
Baltimore  Owings Mills, MD

7/22

7/25
Buffalo  Pittsford, NY 7/19 7/25
Cincinnati  Cincinnati, OH 7/26 7/26
Cleveland  Berea, OH 7/24 7/26
Denver  Englewood, CO 7/25 7/25
Houston  Houston, TX 7/22 7/27
Indianapolis  Anderson, IN 7/25 7/28
Jacksonville  Jacksonville, FL 7/26 7/26
Kansas City  St. Joseph, MO 7/26 7/26
Miami  Davie, FL 7/26 7/26
New England  Foxboro, MA 7/19 7/25
NY Jets  Cortland, NY 7/23 7/26
Oakland  Napa, CA 7/29 7/29
Pittsburgh  Latrobe, PA 7/25 7/25
San Diego  San Diego, CA 7/22 7/25
Tennessee  Nashville, TN 7/24 7/27

 

 

 NFC TEAM  LOCATION  ROOKIES  VETERANS 
Arizona  Flagstaff, AZ 7/23 7/23
Atlanta  Flowery Branch, GA 7/25 7/25
Carolina  Spartanburg, SC 7/16 7/27
Chicago  Bourbonnais, IL 7/25 7/25
Dallas  Oxnard, CA 7/25 7/29
Detroit  Allen Park, MI 7/23 7/26
Green Bay  Green Bay, WI 7/25 7/25
Minnesota  Mankato, MN 7/26 7/26
New Orleans  Metairie, LA 7/24 7/24
NY Giants  Albany, NY 7/26 7/26
Philadelphia  Bethlehem, PA 7/22 7/25
St. Louis  Earth City, MO 7/24 7/28
San Francisco  Santa Clara, CA 7/21 7/26
Seattle  Renton, WA 7/27 7/27
Tampa Bay  Tampa, FL 7/18 7/26
Washington  Ashburn, VA 7/16 7/25
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Podcasts for Monday July 9, 2012

In today’s podcast we talk about the MLB All-Star Game, Olympic Basketball and the Joe Paterno e-mails.

 

MLB All-Star Game

 

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Olympic Basketball

 

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Joe Paterno

 

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Final Roster for USA Basketball

Team USACenter

4 Tyson Chandler- NY Knicks

Forwards

15 Carmelo Anthony- NY Knicks

5 Kevin Durant- OKC Thunder

14 Blake Griffin- LA Clippers

9 Andre Iguodala- Philadelphia 76ers

6 LeBron James- Miami Heat

11 Kevin Love- Minnesota Timberwolves

Guards

10 Kobe Bryant- LA Lakers

12 James Harden- OKC Thunder

13 Chris Paul- LA Clippers

7 Russell Westbrook- OKC Thunder

8 Deron Williams- Brooklyn Nets

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Podcast for Friday July 6, 2012

In today’s podcast we talk NBA Free Agency, Saints Bounty Gait, NASCAR and Jamie Moyer.

 

NBA Free Agency

 

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Saints Bounty Gait

 

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NASCAR and Jamie Moyer

 

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