Saturday, November 18, 2006

Saturday - Game Day

Today's the "biggest" game of the college football season (until the next one of course..ha ha) with number one Ohio State hosting second ranked Michigan in Columbus. After Friday's passing of Wolverine legend Bo Schembechler at age 77, the game comes with a heavy heart. But don't think for a minute that Bo's death will diminish the emotion, the passion and the excitement of the game. You put Heisman front-runner Troy Smith and Teddy Ginn up against Michigan's front seven and you've got a dream match-up. My prediction: Big Blue 24-21.

Now, onto the Red Sox. 51.1 million good reasons to sign Diasuke Matsuzaka. Yes, Dice-K to you and me! The 26 year old flat out is the best young pitcher out on the market. Don't give me the "we paid too much for him" saying or we just don't know enough about the kid. Yeah, we, the lay-fan and media members may not, but Theo Epstein and his staff do. Period. Would you rather pay 75-90 million on 30-year old Barry Zito? Or maybe 40 million on 34-year old Jason Schmidt? Both good additions, but not aces for years to come. And if you think Zito is, tell me the last time he came up big in a money spot! Now, if that were the end of the worries for this team, I'd feel much better. Schilling, Dice-K, Beckett, Papelbon and Wakefield (or as I like the say, The Aging 26's) is a formidable rotation. Now, who's closing for this team? Where's the lefty to help out here? Justin Speiers would be a nice start. How about Eddie Guardardo or Eric Gagne on cheap, incentive type deals. That would be nice. To leave it in the hands of Craig Hansen, Manny Delcarmen and the outgoing Mike Timlin leaves a little to be desired. Hansen and Delcarmen will get there, just the ride is not complete just yet.

As for J.D. Drew, not sold on the kid. Is he better than Trot Nixon, no doubt. But the personality and durability of Drew leaves me lacking if you're talking about a 12-15 million a year pricetag. His OBP is a great fit (.393), but he doesn't play over 135 games (just twice in nine years, both in the last three) and doesn't hit for consistent power (over 25 HR's just twice). If he were an 8-10 million dollar ballplayer or just a two-year deal, I'll take him. Anything more than that where you lose flexibility, don't go there.

Guys I like on the market: Frank Catalanotta, Mark Mulder, Joe Borowski, Ted Lilly, Alex Gonzalez (yes I'd bring him back) and before he got signed this week, Sean Casey.

Did you hear Lita's taking some time off from the WWE? That's a shame, but Mickey James will take over.

Pigskin Picks this week:
Houston over Buffalo -2.5
Miami over Minnesota -3.5
Dallas over Indianapolis +1
Arizona over Detroit -2
BB: NYJ over Chicago +7

For all the picks on the Handicapper's Corner from this week's Sportsbeat on the Score, click here.

Now, some treats:

Saturday, October 28, 2006

Soaking Saturday

After painting this morning and getting caught up on house stuff I've been trying to get to for awhile, it's time for some treats. After all, it is three days until Halloween and the weather today is very frighful. Buf first, some football treats as well:

My picks from the Handicapper's Corner - Friday's on the Score. For full picks, click here!

Phi -7 over Jax
NO -2 over Bal
TB +9 over NYG
Den -3 over Indy
BB: NYJ +2 over Cle

Guys I'd like to see on the Red Sox in the off-season: Frank Catalanotto, Sean Casey, Jason Schmidt and yes, Alex Rodriguez. Let's put em back at short and get him back to his comfortable and productive self soon.

Is anyone else here waiting for new Bruins captain Zdeno Chara to perk up a bit and not be a -7 player that he is currently. We know he's good, we just want to see it.

URI basketball starts Wednesday and PC basketball starts Thursday vs. New Haven. My how time flies!

Count me in on the folks liking the new gameshow 1 vs. 100. Bob Saget's very funny as host!

Boy do I miss Sara Evans on Dancing with the Stars. So, with that in mind....

Saturday, October 07, 2006


Isn't it ironic:

...that the self-proclaimed offensive juggernaut of a line-up, otherwise known as the now healthy 2006 NY Yankees, score only 3 runs in 2 games (including a shutout by the ageless Kenny Rogers) in the ALDS.

...that Tim Thomas gets the start in nets for the Bruins in their season opener in Florida Friday night. And that the B's give up 8 goals in that game. New GM. New coach. New look. New attitude. Same result.

...that Sebastian Telfair guarantees an Eastern Conference Playoff spot for the Celtics at Media Day. Wasn't this guy supposed to be in Philly right now?

...that Desperate Housewives is suffering now that Grey's Anatomy is on Thursdays.

...that Nick Saban is pulling the same gamemanship tactics that Bill Belichick has been pulling for years.

...that a Republican Congressional scandal comes out just weeks before an election in which the Democrats need desparately to take seats back.

...that Alanis Morisette just doesn't seem as angry anymore.

Now to the football picks for the week. Full picks for the Handicapper's Corner (every Friday at 5:35pm on the Score!) can be seen here:

Week 5:
Philly -1.5 over Dallas
SF -3 over Oakland
Washington +5 over NY Giants
Arizona +3.5 over KC
NY Jets +7 over Jacksonville

Finally, some treats:

Friday, September 29, 2006

Friday fun day

Well, not so much of a Friday fun day for the NY Mets. They wake up this morning without the ace they thought they had going into next week's Natioanl League playoffs. Pedro Martinez is out 4-6 weeks with a calf injury meaning he missed the entire playoffs. El Duke, Orlando Hernandez gets the ball in game one while Tom Glavine gets it in game 2. Ya think the Mets are second guessing whether they should've traded for Barry Zito back in July? You betcha!

Here's a guy who's rooting for the Astros to catch the Cardinals this weekend. Houston just a half game back going into Friday's games. If the two teams are within a half game of each other after Sunday's games, St.Louis will have to travel to San Francisco for a make-up game against the Giants on Monday.

So, the Red Sox are set to trade Manny Ramirez again? Deja vu all over again. This time, I hope the Sox get it done. Not because I dislike Manny. Quite the contrary, I marvel at what he can do. I just hope that once he's gone, the Red Sox finally see what the affable left fielder has given them all these years. Equal value you're not going to get for #24.

Don't forget the Sunday Morning QB Show this Sunday at 11am on the Score!

Now for some treats:

Friday, September 22, 2006

I'm back

After some time away from the blog, it's time to get back at it.

Quick hits:
1)Big Papi: By far, the most clutch hitter I'll ever see in my lifetime. It's a shame that the Red Sox have fallen off the AL playoff radar since it will cost David Ortiz another AL MVP. He should've won it last season and would've won it this season if things didn't go drastically wrong in August and September for the Sox.

2)More bad news for the Sox: Coco Crisp needs surgery on his left index finger. Yes, it's the same finger he had injured back in April. He'll need a pin or screw in it, but should be back for spring training.

3)Good news for the Bruins: Zdeno Chara's injured foot is only bruised. Whew!!!! The B's can't afford their newly acquired captain to miss the start of what should be a promising first campaign under new head coach Dave Lewis.

4)Patriots or Broncos? Will the Pats be able to end the Broncos blues? I say not this week. Denver's offense comes back to life and the Pats need for a diverse offense is just off a beat. 23-21 Denver. More picks below.

As part of the handicapper's corner on the Sportsbeat (3pm-7pm Mon-Fri on 99.7FM and AM 790 the Score), here are this week's picks:

Jacksonville +7 over Indianapolis
Denver +7 over New England
Cincinnati PK'em over Pittsburgh
Minnesota +4.5 over Chicago
Best bet: NY Jets +5.5 over Buffalo

Since I've been lax of late, here are some treats:

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Saturday's summary

It's all a big day on this, my last day being 37 on the planet! Can't explain why though at this moment. I will explain at a later point and time.

A cheap plug for the return of Crowe and Chips to the airwaves of Sportsradio 99.7 and 790 the Score. We'll be hosting the Sunday Morning Quarterback Show Sunday at 8am. Gresh, Zo, Scott, Bryan, Jim Louth and Buddy Love all in the house as well to breakdown Week 1 in the National Football League. If you can't listen on the radio, then click here to listen online!

Here's my picks for week one as part of the online edition of the Handicapper's Corner on the Sportsbeat:

Ariz -7.5 over SF
NYG +3 over Indy
TB -3 over Baltimore
KC/Cincy over 47
NYJ +3 over Tennessee

For all the picks, click here.

Finally, what would a Saturday be without plenty of here we go:

Monday, September 04, 2006

Sox battle Monday

The Red Sox finally get some reinforcements Monday night as Chicago comes to town. Jason Veritek and Trot Nixon both expected in the line-up. And how about this one...Manny Ramirez might be there too. According to Monday night's starter, Julian Tavarez (subbing for an ailing Curt Schilling), it's a guarantee. We'll wait and see. As for a full ya go:

Away Line Home Line
Chi. White Sox -165 Boston 155

Team Standings W L Pct. GB L 10 Strk
Chi White Sox 2nd AL Central 79 57 .581 4 ½ 5-5 L 1
Boston 2nd AL East 73 64 .533 9 2-8 L 2

Chi White Sox
Player Injury
D. Hermanson Back
J. Nelson Elbow
J. Owens Ankle

Player Injury
M. Clement Shoulder, biceps
J. Lester Back
D. Ortiz Illness
J. Papelbon Shoulder
D. Pauley Undisclosed
M. Ramirez Knee
C. Schilling Latissimus
A. Stern Hamstring
T. Wakefield Rib

Probable Starters

Jon Garland, RHP 2006 stats Julian Tavarez, RHP
173.0 Innings Pitched 68.0
16-4 Wins-Losses 2-4
4.47 Earned Run Average 4.90
35 Walks 32
89 Strikeouts 43
Career vs. opponent
39.1 Innings Pitched 29.0
3-3 Wins-Losses 1-2
5.26 Earned Run Average 2.79

Last 7 Days
Gload 14 1 7 0 3 .500
Ozuna 9 2 4 0 0 .444
Crede 26 1 10 1 5 .385
Dye 24 6 9 1 5 .375
Alomar 3 1 1 0 1 .333
Iguchi 22 6 7 1 3 .318
Cintron 4 0 1 0 0 .250
Mackowiak 4 0 1 0 0 .250
Pierzynski 20 3 5 1 4 .250
Thome 12 1 3 1 3 .250

Player W L S SO IP ERA
Haeger 0 0 0 2 2.0 0
Jenks 0 0 3 4 3.0 0
Logan 0 0 0 1 1.0 0
MacDougal 0 0 0 3 3.1 0
Vazquez 0 0 0 2 6.0 3.00
Contreras 0 1 0 6 5.0 3.60
Thornton 0 0 0 1 2.1 3.86
Buehrle 1 0 0 3 6.0 4.50
Garland 1 0 0 4 8.0 4.50
Garcia 1 1 0 13 14.0 6.43
McCarthy 0 1 0 3 1.2 16.20
Cotts 0 0 0 1 0.2 40.50

Boston Last 7 Days
Kapler 10 1 5 0 0 .500
Murphy 3 0 1 0 0 .333
Hinske 18 1 6 0 2 .333
Lowell 26 3 8 2 4 .308
Youkilis 23 4 6 0 0 .261
Pena 4 1 1 0 0 .250
Crisp 25 1 5 0 0 .200
Pena 16 0 3 0 0 .188
Mirabelli 16 0 3 0 1 .188
Cora 25 1 3 1 2 .120

Player W L S SO IP ERA
Papelbon 0 0 1 3 2.2 0
Snyder 1 0 0 8 7.0 0
Timlin 0 0 1 1 1.2 0
Corey 0 0 0 7 6.2 1.35
Delcarmen 1 0 0 3 3.0 3.00
Jarvis 0 1 0 3 5.0 3.60
Beckett 0 2 0 7 12.0 3.75
Burns 0 0 0 2 2.0 4.50
DiNardo 0 0 0 1 3.1 5.40
Breslow 0 0 0 2 2.0 9.00
Tavarez 0 0 0 3 3.0 9.00
Schilling 0 1 0 4 5.1 10.13
Foulke 0 0 0 0 3.0 12.00
Gabbard 0 1 0 1 3.1 13.50

vs Julian Tavarez
Alomar 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
Vazquez 2 1 0 0 0 .500
Cintron 3 1 0 0 0 .333
Crede 3 1 0 0 0 .333
Mackowiak 7 2 0 3 1 .286

vs Jon Garland
Cora 1 1 0 0 0 1.000
Gonzalez 3 2 1 0 0 .667
Ramirez 15 8 2 4 3 .533
Loretta 4 2 0 1 0 .500
Hinske 24 10 2 0 4 .417

Sunday, September 03, 2006

Sox get help

Red Sox activate Jason Veritek, Alex Gonzalez and Trot Nixon for today's game against Toronto. Only Gonzaelz is in the line-up today. Veritek and Nixon should get in on Monday. Wily Mo Pena is DH'ing today as well.

Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz could return sometime this week.

Friday, September 01, 2006

Sox postgame news

Red Sox manager Terry Francona postgame presser news:

Kevin Jarvis (who!) pitches Saturday. Josh Beckett on Sunday. TBA pitches Monday since Curt Schilling has a strain in his side and will miss a start. Kason Gabbard throws on Tuesday.

Sox win

Red Sox hold on to beat the Blue Jays 2-1. Now, the eyes turn to what's wrong with Jonathan Papelbon.

In other news, Yanks are leading the Twins 8-0 in the 8th. Jets come from 17-0 down to defeat the Eagles 20-17. Yeah, I know, it's just preaseason but this young NY team needs to develop a winning chemistry under first year head coach Eric Mangini.

Friday night views

OK, let's get the blatant plugs out of the way first. The Sunday Morning QB is back on the Score and that means the return of Crowe and Sun Chips. First show is Sunday, September 10th. What better way to celebrate my birthday than to reunite on the air, eh. It's a great way to start you football Sundays before Gresh and Zo bring you the network pregame at 10am.

Now for the news of the day. The bad blood is definitely there now between the Patriots and WR Deion Branch. Branch went out and did something the Pats didn't think he could: get a bona fide offer of 6 years, $39 million dollars. Just one problem for Deion: the Pats won't take the deal. So, the grievance has been filed with the NFLPA and let's see where it goes. My guess? It's the last we've seen of Mr. Branch in a Patriots' uniform unless something drastic happens.

Red Sox news: pitcher Jon Lester has a relatively rare form of non-Hodgkins lymphoma. The good news is that it is treatable, but he will be out the rest of the season. Jonathan Papelbon has just left the game in the 9th after experiencing some kind of shoulder injury. The good: Jason Veritek hit a home run for the Pawsox tonight. We'll update later. With all the injuries this season, is the curse back?

Game time changes for the weekend. On Saturday, Red Sox vs. Toronto now at 1:05pm as is the Pawsox/Ottawa game. On Sunday, Red Sox vs. Toronto is now at 4:05pm.

WB56 is getting sold to Sunbeam communications and has in essence, fired their news department. WHDH (ch.7) will take care of the news for them. Another sad day in corporate America as another station gets gobbled up and consolidated.

What a shock, Tiger Woods leads a golf tournament! Tiger leads by one shot after one round at the Deutsche Bank Championships at the TPC Boston.

Here's some treats for everyone to enjoy (and you know who you are!):

Thursday, August 31, 2006

Thursday's news and notes

Did you hear Red Sox closer Jonathan Papelbon give us the exclusive news on the David Wells trade on the Score Thursday at 3:20pm? Remember where you heard it first!

Patriots, even without Tom Brady, continue to look smooth on offense in the preseason. And yes, I's only preseason.

Pawsox game on Saturday has been changed to a 1:05pm first pitch due to Ernesto. I'll be there to catch Tek, Trot and A-gone.

Speaking of gone, the white flag is officially up for the Sox with Wells off to San Diego. Imagine if the Padres (Wells, Roberts, Walker, Bellhorn, Meredith, Seanez, Cassidy) and Dodgers (Lowe, Little, Nomar, Mueller) meet in the NLCS? It'll be Theo Epstein's worst nightmare!

Some Thursday treats for ya: