Virigina Tech tragedy

April 16, 2007

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When I heard the news about the shootings at Virginia Tech this morning, I could barely believe it. It seems that every few years outrageous shootings rear their ugly head in the news. Why does it have to be like this? What could possibly make a group of people commit such a heinous act? It makes me sick to my stomach to think of all those poor students who never had a shot of escaping.

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I remember hearing about Columbine some 8 years ago and thinking it was the worst possible scenario for a school shooting. Now, here we are in 2007 staring at the worst school shooting in U.S. history. I know I have a tendency to blog about sports all the time, but it’s times like these you realize games really don’t matter. There are people dying out there. I just hope the death toll doesn’t get any higher…

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Yankee woes? Not yet.

April 16, 2007

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Don’t get too excited Red Sox fans. This seems to happen every year. The Yankees get out of the gate slowly, weather the storm that comes with early-season injuries, then when July rolls around you look up and they have a ten-game lead over the Sox. And yes, it may be easy to say that things are different this year because now even Rivera might be hittable. Let’s not get ahead of ourselves. When Wang returns he will anchor the staff as he did last year and things can only get better from there. I’m not saying I’m happy about any of this, I’m just trying to be a realist.

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As far as the Sox go, they have strung together two solid games in a row, getting awesome pitching performances from Tim Wakefield and Curt Schilling. The bats have seemed to come alive also, with 18 runs in the last two contests. The hype around Matsuzaka has died down a bit, and for good reason after Felix Hernandez stole the show at Fenway last Wednesday. Matsuzaka will be a good starting pitcher in the big leagues, but I’m not expecting him to re-invent the wheel out there. Hopefully they can keep the winning ways going, however.

Hampton hampered AGAIN

April 10, 2007

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I think the Mike Hampton situation is pretty funny. Not that I take another man’s pain as my comedic relief, but this whole thing is ironic. He goes out and signs an 8-year, $121 million contract and yet he hasnt pitched a full season since 2004. I don’t know why he was ever signed to such crazy money in the first place. If I’m not mistaken, the Rockies were the team that offered him the ridiculous deal. Which, if you think about it, makes no sense at all. He has a knack for giving up home runs and that’s the game’s worst park to pitch in.

I feel bad he’s out for the whole 2007 season, but teams need to do a better job identifying injury-prone players. Otherwise, people will just continue to laugh at the obsurdity of paying these guys such outrageous money.

Commiserate with Braves fans by visiting http://www.forums.mlb.com/n/pfx/forum.aspx?webtag=ml-braves&redirCnt=1.

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Jonathan Papelbon made a name for himself last season as one of the most dominant closers in baseball, even as a rookie. This year, short on starting pitching as the Red Sox usually are, Papelbon was committed to becoming a starter, especially since doctors said it would benefit his shoulder health. Don’t get me wrong, the idea of the big four starting made me salivate. After watching last night’s game against the Rangers though, it’s quite apparent that he belongs in the closer role.

Curt Schilling pitched a gem of a game, allowing only one run in seven innings. The bullpen was shaky when they took over for him. Enter Papelbon who got out of a one-out jam in the eighth and blew the Rangers away in the ninth. His fastball was phenomenal and his splitters kept Ranger hitters off balance. I miss him in the starting rotation but it’s nice to have that kind of reliability at the end of the game. Now if we could only bridge the gap between the starters and Papelbon

This is a pretty scary sight for any opposing offense:

Masterful? Hardly…

April 9, 2007

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I don’t consider myself to be an avid golf follower, but when the Masters rolls around each year, I find myself tuning in to see how all the big names are doing. This year was notoriously bad compared to other years as far as results go. The winner, Zach Johnson, who picked up just the second win of his career, finished his four rounds at one over. Tiger made a late surge and appeared to be on the verge of another Masters win after finishing at Hole 12. But he was unable to make up the difference to catch Johnson. Both he and Johnson did have two of the better rounds on the day.

As for the other three rounds, it seemed to be a pretty poor exhibition of golfing. Even Tiger had trouble hitting his fairways and seemed to find water even in the smallest of places. Mickelson never really had it all week. Rory Sabbatini and Retief Goosen also made small runs on Sunday but never were able to hold onto the magic.

When it was all said and done, Johnson’s +1 equaled the highest winning score ever, tying the Masters champs from 1954 and 1956. I guess it doesn’t matter how much you win by though, just that you win at all.

Check out the final leaderboard: http://www.masters.org/en_US/scores/index.html?promo=espn

You Noah it!

April 3, 2007

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I know in my last post I said I wanted to write about the Red Sox since today was their opening day. After witnessing a terrible performance from Curt Schilling, I have decided that it’s in my best interest not to even touch the subject. I am going to need a day or two to get over the horrrific events which unfolded.

I would instead like to say congratulations to the Florida basketball program for repeating as national champtions Monday night. Winning one national championship is hard enough. Two, however, is an incredible achievement. Led by star Joakim Noah, the Gators showed that sometimes it’s not all about the money. The cast that won last year’s title returned this year to do it again. Certainly a commendable decision all around. I hope Billy Donovan stays on as head coach because, in my opinion, he would be leaving the 21st century equivalent of Duke. This program has truly made a name for itself and it would be a shame to see its leader walk away.

Check out Florida’s website here: http://www.gatorzone.com/basketball/men/

Spring has sprung

April 1, 2007

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At the time of this post, the NCAA championship game has not yet been played. My predictions for the tournament have been so horrific, however, that I have decided not to blog about anything remotely related to March Madness. Instead, I feel it’s time to switch gears to baseball. And, with the weather finally breaking, I think it’s okay for me to turn my focus to the spring.

Tonight, spring has arrived. The Cardinals will play host to the New York Mets in a rematch of last year’s NLCS. Although it is just the first game of the 2007 season, it symbolizes the renewal of one the league’s freshest rivalries. Last year, the Cards proved that you don’t have to be the best team going into the playoffs, but the best team once October baseball begins. The Mets have surely not forgotten this as they take the field at Busch Stadium tonight. I see the Mets coming out and getting a big night from Tom Glavine. The team from NY will prevail in this one, even if it is small consulation for the loss it was served up last year.

The Red Sox begin their season tomorrow and you can bet your bottom dollar I will post about it. Until then, check out this slideshow from St. Louis’ World Series run last season. Hopefully this year I can enjoy that same bliss I felt back in 2004.