Month: November 2012

Podcast for Friday November 30, 2012

In todays podcast we talk about the weekends biggest NFL and NCAA football games.  We also talk about Marvin Miller and his impact on free agency in all sports.  We also  talk about David Stern’s reaction to the Spurs resting their top players.

 

SEC Championship Game

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Podcast for Monday November 26, 2012

In todays podcast we talk about the weekends best NFL and NCAA football games, we also talk about the new TV deals for the NY Yankees and the L.A. Dodgers.

Notre Dame

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The Texas Rangers Letter to Santa or What It Should Be

Yu Darvish

 

The holidays are rapidly approaching. Nolan Ryan and Jon Daniels have without doubt been busy penning a letter to Santa Claus. The Texas Rangers having tasted success the past three years and will need Santa to be good to them this year. As a long time Rangers fan, I also have been giving quite a bit of thought to what should be listed in the letter Ryan and Daniels will be forwarding to the Northpole.

After the late season meltdown by a team that essentially had the American League Western Division wrapped up midway through the summer. Ranger fans the world over were left wondering, what exactly happened to their team in late September. To sum it up in a few words would be difficult at best. Pointing a finger at one area of the team would be doing the others an injustice. The Rangers need so many things for Christmas this year.

Here, is a list of the top 10 items I would be putting in that letter if Ryan or Daniels were to either ask for my opinion.

1. Starting Pitching: Yu Darvish and Matt Harrison need some help if the Rangers want to reclaim the west. Colby Lewis coming back healthy would top my list. Lewis eats innings like a child eats candy. Lewis pitched over 200 inning his first two years after returning to the Rangers. They also need Neftali Feliz to come back strong. The loss of Lewis and Feliz, more than anything in my opinion caused the Rangers to allow the Oakland A’s overtake them.

2. More Starting Pitching: The Rangers need to add depth to the Darvish/Harrison/Lewis trio. They need to go out and trade for a quality starting pitcher. Yes, they could consider the free agent market, but they have tried that before with little success.

3. Let Josh Hamilton Leave: Let Hamilton take his bows and leave for more money elsewhere. Hamilton has been good for the Rangers in his time here, but all good things must come to an end. The Rangers have had a history of hanging on to long in the past, hopefully Ryan remembers this and lets Hamilton leave. Without a doubt, this will save money for pitching, and let Hamilton find the answers he is searching for elsewhere while the Rangers go back to the playoffs.

4. Trade Elvis Andrus: The Rangers need to deal Andrus before the season starts. Now, they could get a quality starting pitcher, maybe David Price from the Tampa Rays. Price is a big strong left handed pitcher, who last year pitched over 200 innings with over 200 strike outs.

5. Trade Derek Holland: Get whatever they can in return. Holland is like a rollercoaster. When he takes the mound, Ranger fans have no idea what they are going to get. One game he will be extremely good, the next he will be extraordinarily bad. The time has come for the Rangers to move on without him.

6. Beat up on the Houston Astros: The Astros are moving to the American League this year. The Rangers need to take advantage of an opportunity and beat up on the Astros before they settle in and figure out how to play with a designated hitter.

7. Add More Valet Parking: The Ballpark in Arlington is a fantastic place to watch a baseball game. The parking is terrible at best. Anyone not a season ticket holder better be prepared to hike to your seat. The Valet parking is an excellent value and the walk is cut down to about a 100 yards.

8. Add More Concession Employees: The Rangers are a fantastic organization for the community. Many local groups man the concession stands to support their cause. The down side, they make the lines move slower forcing fans to miss an inning or more going after a beer and a hotdog.

9. Play Fewer Day Games: Texas summers are hot. Day baseball in Texas makes no sense to me at all. I have been to day games in the past, but without a doubt that is the past. I have no interest in going out and sitting in the hot summer sun, trying to watch a Ranger game.

10. Keep On Winning: Last on the list, but not least. After years and years of watching losing teams take the field, Ryan and Daniels have given fans a reason to come to the games. The Rangers have been good for the last three years and the fans have rewarded them by coming to the games in droves. Last year Ranger attendance reached an all-time high, if they keep winning and we will keep coming.

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Podcast for Friday November 16, 2012

In today’s podcast we talk about the weekends biggest NFL and NCAA college football games, we also discuss Eli Manning, is he an elite NFL QB.  We also talk about the MLB AL and NL MVP’s.

Oregon Ducks

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College Football TV Schedule Week 12

Harvard Football

Date Game Time (ET) Network
Wednesday Ohio at Ball State 8 p.m. ESPNU
Toledo at Northern Illinois 9 p.m. ESPN2
Thursday North Carolina at Virginia 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Friday Florida International at Florida Atlantic 8 p.m. ESPNU
Hawaii at Air Force 9:30 p.m. ESPN2
Saturday Florida State at Maryland Noon ESPNU
Houston at Marshall Noon CSNC / CSS
Indiana at Penn State Noon Big Ten Network
Iowa at Michigan Noon ESPN
Kent State at Bowling Green Noon ESPN3
Northwestern at Michigan State Noon ESPN2
Rutgers at Cincinnati Noon SNY / ESPN3
Temple at Army Noon CBS Sports Network
FCS: Towson at New Hampshire Noon CSNE / CSMA
UCF at Tulsa Noon FSN
FCS: Yale at Harvard Noon NBC Sports Network
Arkansas at Mississippi State 12:21 p.m. SEC Network / ESPN3
Western Carolina at Alabama 12:21 p.m. SEC Network / ESPN3
Virginia Tech at Boston College 12:30 p.m. ACC Network / ESPN3
Jacksonville State at Florida 1 p.m. ESPN3
Wofford at South Carolina 1 p.m. ESPN3
Georgia Southern at Georgia 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
FCS: Liberty at VMI 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
FCS: The Citadel at Furman 1:30 p.m. ESPN3
Washington at Colorado 1:30 p.m. FX
Alabama A&M at Auburn 2 p.m. ESPN3
FCS: Bethune-Cookman vs. Florida A&M (at Orlando, Fla.) 2 p.m. ESPN Classic / ESPN3
FCS: Indiana State at Youngstown State 2 p.m. ESPN3
South Florida at Miami (Fla.) 3 p.m. FSN / ESPN3
Washington State at Arizona State 3 p.m. Pac-12 Network
Southern California at UCLA 3 p.m. FOX
Arkansas State at Troy 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
FCS: Charleston Southern at Coastal Carolina 3:30 p.m. MASN / ESPN3
Colorado State at Boise State 3:30 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Duke at Georgia Tech 3:30 p.m. ESPNU
Minnesota at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
FCS: Montana State at Montana 3:30 p.m. Root Sports: RM
North Carolina State at Clemson 3:30 p.m. ABC or ESPN2
Ohio State at Wisconsin 3:30 p.m. ABC or ESPN2
Mississippi at LSU 3:30 p.m. CBS
Purdue at Illinois 3:30 p.m. Big Ten Network
Sam Houston State at Texas A&M 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
SMU at Rice 3:30 p.m. CSS
Texas State at Navy 3:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Texas Tech at Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. FSN
Wake Forest at Notre Dame 3:30 p.m. NBC
FCS: Eastern Washington at Portland State 4 p.m. CSNNW
Utah State at Louisiana Tech 4 p.m. ESPN3
FCS: Sacramento State at UC Davis 6 p.m. CSCA
Iowa State at Kansas 7 p.m. FSN
Oklahoma at West Virginia 7 p.m. FOX
FCS: Old Dominion at James Madison 7 p.m. NBC Sports Network
Syracuse at Missouri 7 p.m. ESPNU
Tennessee at Vanderbilt 7 p.m. ESPN2
Western Kentucky at Louisiana-Lafayette 7 p.m. ESPN3
Samford at Kentucky 7:30 p.m. CSS / ESPN3
Kansas State at Baylor 8 p.m. ESPN
Stanford at Oregon 8 p.m. ABC
UTEP at Southern Miss 8 p.m. CBS Sports Network
Arizona at Utah 10 p.m. ESPNU
BYU at San Jose State 10:30 p.m. ESPN2
California at Oregon State 10:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network

(via NCAA.com)

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Dallas Cowboys Take Care of Business in Philadelphia

Dallas Cowboys

 

The Dallas Cowboys went into Philadelphia and beat the Eagles by a score of 38-23. Cowboy fans should celebrate the victory with caution. Yes, it was a victory. Yes, the defense played well and scored twice. Yes, Tony Romo threw two touchdown passes without throwing an interception. All of these things are substantial steps in the right direction, but they are just steps, not leaps and bounds.

Cowboy fans have been teased with encouraging results before. They started the season with a win in New York, and we all thought things would be different this year from last. Then came the Baltimore meltdown, and again fans were reminded that Jason Garrett and the Cowboys could fall as fast as they could rise.

There was a resemblance of a running game this week with Felix Jones gaining 71 yards on 16 carries. That helped keep Romo from having to try to carry the team and make one of those throws we all wish he would not attempt. The Cowboys out rushed the Eagles 101 to 91 in the game. Cowboys fans need to remember, Mike Vick was out of this game for almost three quarters, had Vick played the entire game, those numbers would have undoubtedly changed in the Eagles favor.

The fourth quarter was the difference this time going the Cowboys way. Dwayne Harris got things going the right direction with a 78 yard punt return. Then the defense stepped up and won the game. Less than a minute after Harris’ punt return, Brandon Carr returned an interception 47 yards for another touchdown.

The Eagles rookie quarterback Nick Foles looked like a young version of Romo. Foles completed 22 of 32 passes for 219 yards, one touchdown, with one fumble and one interception. The Dallas defense turned the interception and fumble into 14 points while putting the game out of reach.

Cowboys fans should celebrate the victory, but keep it in perspective. The Cowboys have not won two games in a row this season. They should have, but they have found ways to prevent it. Next week they get their first look at Brandon Weeden and the Cleveland Browns, a team they should also beat. Now it is up to Jason Garrett, Tony Romo and the defense to try to make that happen two games in a row.

Jason Garrett will have to continue to get the Cowboys to run effectively, keeping the offense balanced thus taking the pressure off Romo. The defense will be facing another rookie, the major difference is this rookie has shown he can play in the NFL. Weeden has over 2000 yards passing this season and 9 touchdowns, with victories over Cincinnati and San Diego.

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Podcast for Monday November 12, 2012

In todays podcast we talk about the weekends best NFL and NCAA football games, we also talk about the possibility of Mike Holmgren coaching the Dallas Cowboys and should the NFL make all teams use a version of Field Turf.

 

Texas A&M

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Podcast for Friday November 9, 2012

In todays podcast we talk about the weekends best NFL and NCAA football games.  We also talk about the LA Lakers and the feud between Jimmy Johnson and Jerry Jones.

JJ Watt

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College Football Schedule for Week 11

Air Force

 

Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012
Game Time (ET) Network Online
ULM at Arkansas State 7:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD) ESPN3
Florida State at Virginia Tech 7:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) ESPN3
Friday, Nov. 9, 2012
Pittsburgh at Connecticut 8:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD) ESPN3
Saturday, Nov. 10, 2012
Arkansas at South Carolina 12:00 p.m. CBS (HD) CBS
Army at Rutgers 12:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD) ESPN3
Cincinnati at Temple 12:00 p.m. SNY/MASN/CSCA/ESPN-GP ESPN3
Iowa State at Texas 12:00 p.m. ABC/LHN
Kansas at Texas Tech 12:00 p.m. FSN (HD)/FCSC
Louisville at Syracuse 12:00 p.m. ABC (HD)/ESPN-GP ESPN3
Miami (FL) at Virginia 12:00 p.m. ABC (HD)/ESPN-GP ESPN3
Northwestern at Michigan 12:00 p.m. ESPN (HD) (3D) ESPN3
Purdue at Iowa 12:00 p.m. BTN (HD) BTN2Go
Wisconsin at Indiana 12:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD) ESPN3
UL Lafayette at Florida 12:21 p.m. SEC Network (HD)/ESPN-GP ESPN3
Missouri at Tennessee 12:21 p.m. SEC Network (HD)/ESPN-GP ESPN3
Georgia Tech at North Carolina 12:30 p.m. ACC Network (HD)/ESPN-GP ESPN3
C. Michigan at E. Michigan 1:00 p.m. Video
Florida Atlantic at W. Kentucky 1:00 p.m. Sun Belt Network/CSS ESPN3
Kent State at Miami (OH) 1:00 p.m. STO/ERTV ESPN3
Colorado at Arizona 1:30 p.m. FX (HD)
UMass at Akron 2:00 p.m. Video
Arizona State at USC 3:00 p.m. Pac-12 Network (HD) Pac-12
Oregon State at Stanford 3:00 p.m. FOX (HD)
Wake Forest at NC State 3:00 p.m. FSN (HD)/ESPN-GP
Air Force at San Diego State 3:30 p.m. NBCSN (HD)
Baylor at Oklahoma 3:30 p.m. FSN Affiliates (HD)
Maryland at Clemson 3:30 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
Minnesota at Illinois 3:30 p.m. BTN (HD) BTN2Go
Navy at Troy 3:30 p.m. ESPN3
Penn State at Nebraska 3:30 p.m. ABC or ESPN2 (HD)
San Jose St. at New Mexico St. 3:30 p.m. ALT (HD)/ESPN-GP ESPN3
Texas A&M at Alabama 3:30 p.m. CBS (HD) CBS
West Virginia at Oklahoma State 3:30 p.m. ABC or ESPN2 (HD)
Western Michigan at Buffalo 3:30 p.m. Video
Wyoming at New Mexico 3:30 p.m. KCWY-13/KGWN
Marshall at UAB 4:30 p.m. CSS/CSN Hou./WITN
South Alabama at North Texas 5:00 p.m. KTXA
Tulsa at Houston 5:00 p.m. CBSSN (HD)
Boise State at Hawaii 7:00 p.m. NBCSN (HD)
Georgia at Auburn 7:00 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
Kansas State at TCU 7:00 p.m. FOX (HD)
Louisiana Tech at Texas State 7:00 p.m. LHN
Mississippi State at LSU 7:00 p.m. ESPN (HD)
Southern Miss at SMU 7:00 p.m. FSN (HD)/FCSC
Tulane at Memphis 7:00 p.m. Video
UCF at UTEP 7:00 p.m. FCSA
UNLV at Colorado State 7:00 p.m. ROOT/KTVD
Vanderbilt at Ole Miss 7:00 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
Notre Dame at Boston College 8:00 p.m. ABC (HD)
Idaho at BYU 10:15 p.m. ESPNU (HD)
Fresno State at Nevada 10:30 p.m. NBCSN (HD)
Oregon at California 10:30 p.m. ESPN (HD) ESPN3
UCLA at Washington State 10:30 p.m. ESPN2 (HD)
Utah at Washington 10:30 p.m. Pac-12 Network (HD) Pac-12

(via FBSschedules.com)

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BCS Rankings For November 5, 2012

OREGON DUCKS

 

PlayerPosition2014 Team2015 Team
Mike IupatiG/CSan FranciscoArizona
Orlando FranklinG/CDenverSan Diego
Rodney HudsonG/CKansas CityOakland
Sefen WisniewskiG/COakland
Cling BolingG/CCincinnatiCincinnati
Chris MyersG/CHouston
Justin BlalockG/CAtlanta
Todd HerremansG/CPhiladelphiaIndianapolis
James CarpenterG/CSeattleNY Jets
Brian De La PuenteG/CChicago
Bryan BulagaOTGreen BayGreen Bay
Doug FreeOTDallasDallas
Derek NewtonOTHoustonHouston
King DunlapOTSan DiegoSan Diego
Joe BarksdaleOTSt. Louis
Byron BellOTCarolina
Jason FoxOTMiamiMiami
Jeremy ParnellOTDallasJacksonville
Jake LongOTSt. Louis
Joe ReitzOTIndianapolis
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