Tuesday, September 30, 2008

White Sox are in!

With the 1-0 win over the Twins Tuesday night in the tiebreaker game to grab the AL Central, the Chicago White Sox are headed to Tampa to face the Rays in the ALDS.

Momentum is fully with the White Sox in this one. They've already won two "playoff games" and as we saw with Colorado last year, that means something.

The Rays are 6-4 against the White Sox this season including 4-1 in games decided by two runs or less.

The crowd will be amazing in Tampa with sellouts expected.

Chicago's rotation is a mess as they went with Danks on three days rest just to get into the ALDS. On the Rays' side, I simply don't trust the Scott Kazmir we saw late in the season.

As much as I hate to see the Rays season end, I'm going with the White Sox in 5. That lineup is just a killer and Ken Griffey, JR gets another chance in postseason.

That's right, I'm calling for all four series to go the distance. I'm hoping I'm wrong in this one though!

NFL TV for Week 5

It's hump day so let's get your NFL weekend in gear with your TV viewing, courtesy of the guys over at The506.com

CBS 1pm games

Indianapolis at Houston
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

Kansas City at Carolina
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

San Diego at Miami
Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker

Tennessee at Baltimore
Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots


CBS 4:15pm games

Cincinnati at Dallas
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

New England at San Francisco
Dick Enberg, Randy Cross, Dan Fouts

Buffalo at Arizona
Bill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein

FOX 1pm & 4:05pm games

1pm games

Seattle Seahawks at New York Giants
Announcer Kenny Albert
Analyst Daryl Johnston
On-Field Analyst Tony Siragusa
MARKETS INCLUDE: Boston, Buffalo, Dallas, Hartford, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Memphis, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, Portland, Providence, Sacramento, San Francisco, Seattle, West Palm Beach

Washington Redskins at Philadelphia Eagles
Announcer Joe Buck
Analyst Troy Aikman
Sideline Reporter Pam Oliver
MARKETS INCLUDE: Austin, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton, Greensboro, Knoxville, Norfolk, Oklahoma City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Raleigh, Richmond, San Antonio, St. Louis, Tulsa, Washington

Atlanta Falcons at Green Bay Packers
Announcer Ron Pitts
Analyst Tony Boselli
Sideline Reporter Charissa Thompson
MARKETS INCLUDE: Atlanta, Birmingham, Detroit*, Greenville, Louisville, Milwaukee, Minneapolis

Chicago Bears at Detroit Lions
Announcer Matt Vasgersian
Analyst Brian Baldinger
Analyst Brian Billick
Sideline Reporter Laura Okmin
MARKETS INCLUDE: Chicago, Detroit*
*Depending on NFL blackout rules, Detroit will either receive Bears @ Lions or Falcons @ Packers.

4pm game
Tampa Bay Bucs at Denver Broncos
Announcer Chris Myers
Analyst Tim Ryan
Sideline Reporter Tom Helmer
MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Baltimore, Charlotte, Denver, Fort Myers, Houston, Indianapolis, Jacksonville, Kansas City, Miami, Nashville, Orlando, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Tampa

Sunday Night Football 8:15pm (NBC)
Pittsburgh at Jacksonville

Monday Night Football 8:30pm (ESPN)
Minnesota at New Orleans


College football this weekend 10/2-10/4

Let's get you ready for this week's college football lineup. Thanks to the folks over at The506.com and Awful Announcing for the help as well.

Wednesday
La. Tech at Boise State, 8:00 PM, ESPN

Thursday
Pittsburgh vs. USF, 7:30 PM, ESPN
Memphis at UAB, 8:00 PM, CBS CSTV
Oregon State at Utah, 9:00 PM, Vs.

Friday
Cincinnati at Marshall, 8:00 PM, ESPN

Saturday
Big 10 Coverage Map
12pm games
Rutgers at West Virginia, Gameplan
Akron at Kent State, Gameplan
Penn State @ Purdue, ESPN
Iowa @ Michigan State, ESPN2
Duke @ Georgia Tech, ESPNU
Indiana @ Minnesota, BTN
Rutgers @ West Virginia, ESPN Plus
Akron @ Kent State, ESPN Plus
Boston College @ North Carolina State, Raycom

12:30pm games
Oklahoma @ Baylor, FSN
Kansas @ Iowa State, Versus
Florida @ Arkansas, Raycom

2pm game
UNLV at Colorado State, 2:00 PM, The mtn.

2:30pm game
Stanford at Notre Dame, 2:30 PM, NBC

3pm game
Army @ Tulane, CBS CSTV

3:30pm games
ABC / ESPN coverage map
SMU at UCF, CBS CSTV
Illinois at Michigan, ABC
Florida State @ Miami, ABC/ESPN2
8 Texas Tech @ Kansas State, (ABC
Arizona State @ California, ABC
Kentucky @ Alabama, CBS
Temple @ Miami-OH, ONN
South Carolina @ Mississippi, SportSouth PPV

4pm game
Navy at Air Force, 4:00 PM, Vs.
Nevada @ Idaho, MyNetworkTV Reno

6pm game
San Diego State at TCU, The mtn.
Auburn @ Vanderbilt, ESPN

7pm game
Florida International at North Texas, Gameplan
Connecticut @ North Carolina, ESPN2
Texas @ Colorado, FSN
Maryland @ Virginia, ESPN
Northern Illinois @ Tennessee, Vol Network

7:30pm game
Washington @ Arizona, Versus

8pm games
ABC / ESPN coverage map
Ohio State at Wisconsin, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Oregon at USC, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
Rice at Tulsa, CBS CSTV

9pm game
Missouri @ Nebraska, ESPN

9:30pm game
Wyoming at New Mexico, The mtn.

10pm game
Hawaii @ Fresno State, Oceanic/KFRE

10:15pm game
Washington State @ UCLA, FSN

ALDS / NLDS previews

It's time to put my money where my mouth is and make my predictions for the ALDS/NLDS.

Let's start with the ALDS - Red Sox and Angels.

With all the injuries of late for the Red Sox, you would think that every sign would point towards the Angels. Josh Beckett won't go until at least game 3 in Boston (if at all). Mike Lowell and JD Drew have been hampered heading into the series with hip and back injuries, yet both made it through workouts relatively well the past few days.

So, let's look at the starting pitching.

It'll be Jon Lester, Dice-K Matsuzaka and Beckett for the first three against John Lackey, Ervin Santana and Joe Saunders. Arguable, Lester has been the ace of this staff with a commanding presence throughout the season (minus two bad starts in Toronto in August and September). We'll know what Lester's bringing to the dance early if he's commanding the strike zone with first pitch strikes or not. Matsuzaka went 18-3 and if not for his high pitch counts and penchant for too many walks, would be a true Cy Young candidate. Then, of course, you have the most dominant active postseason pitcher in the game right now in game 3 in Beckett. He literally is the ace in the hole coming back to Boston, if healthy.

For the Angels, it's a formidable threesome that will be tested by a patient Red Sox line-up. But then again, they are 45-19 in the regular season. So, they are good! Lackey's 2-o against the Red Sox, but the question for the Angels is can they come through in the clutch yet. I'm guessing that trend continues.
Edge - Red Sox (if Beckett is healthy)

As for the bullpen, you've got the best two closers in the game in Jonathan Papelbon and Francisco Rodriguez. K-Rod gets the nod in pure numbers for saves and a slight edge in ERA, but these two are huge in the clutch. The question is whether K-Rod will be as dominant with 76 appearances already this season. The Red Sox have been riding the roller coaster with their set-up men. Can Manny Delcarmen and Justin Masterson come up big while Hideki Okajima finds his 2007 postseason form again?
NO EDGE - EVEN

Onto the lineups, as this year's playoff Angels should be much better than 2007 as Vlady Guerrero is healthier, Garret Anderson can see this series and oh yeah, Mark Texeira and Torii Hunter are added to the mix. For the Sox, no Manny Ramirez and question marks with both Lowell and Drew leave them wondering if the production will be there.
Edge - Angels

My prediction: Red Sox in 5 in what should be a phenomenal series

NLDS - Cubs vs. Dodgers
I'm going with the Dodgers in 5 for no other reason than they're playing the Cubs, so something has to go wrong, right! If the Cubs get the old Carlos Zambrano in game 2, it could be tough. Derek Lowe, Chad Billingsley and Hiroki Kuroda have been studs to lead a staff with an NL leading ERA (3.15 in September)

Yes, I'm a Manny Ramirez fan and he comes up big in this one.

Dodgers in five.

NLDS - Brewers vs. Phillies
CC Sabathia goes in game 2 and clinches it in game 5 for the Brew Crew. This team came from the depths of gambling on Sabathia and seeing it all wash away in mid-September. What they did in the final week speaks volumes and Dale Sveum's club rolls onto the NLCS. The Phils will have to keep an eye on Pat Burrell's back that would surely limit them offensively. Just like the Mets, the Phillies have a 2007 monkey on their back after being swept by Colorado last season in round one.

Brewers in five.

I'll give you my ALDS - Rays vs. Twins/White Sox prediction on Wednesday since that one's currently in the 7th with the White Sox up 1-0.

TV Ratings, Brian Cashman and Al Davis as crazy as ever

Tons of news to cover in the late Tuesday afternoon slot including some of the most bizarre press conference clips you'll ever hear from Al Davis and the Raiders.

First, some TV ratings from Sports Media Watch -

15.3/29: NFL on FOX, Washington/Cowboys (4:15 PM Sunday)
12.3/20: Sunday Night Football on NBC, Eagles/Bears (8:30 PM Sunday)
9.7/20: NFL on FOX, regional (12 PM Sunday)
9.0/15: The OT on FOX (7:30 PM Sunday)
7.5/15: NFL on CBS, regional (1 PM Sunday)
4.9: Football Night in America on NBC (7:30 PM Sunday)
3.6: Saturday Night Football on ABC, regional (8 PM Saturday)
3.5: College football on ABC, regional (3:30 PM Saturday)
3.2/8: FOX NFL Sunday (12 PM Sunday)
2.6/8: SEC on CBS, Tennessee/Auburn (3:30 PM Saturday)
2.3/6: The NFL Today on CBS (12 PM Sunday)
2.0/4: Notre Dame Football on NBC, Purdue/Notre Dame (3:30 PM Saturday)
1.1: College Football Countdown on ABC (3 PM Saturday)
0.7/2: College Football Today on CBS (3 PM Saturday)

From the folks at Fox Sports -

FOX Sports’ late afternoon broadcast of Sunday's (9/28) Redskins-Cowboys game posted a strong 13.0/25 (21.2 million viewers), and ranks as the second highest-rated and the second most-watched program of the week across all day-parts. The game was the No. 1-rated program of the week across key male and adult demos including M18-34 (9.2), M18-49 (10.8), M25-54 (11.9), and A18-49, (8.1). Through two-telecasts, FOX's national doubleheader game is averaging 13.0/25 (21.0 million viewers), up +5% over last year's 12.4/24.

In major league baseball news -

* - JD Drew has proclaimed himself 100% and ready for the ALDS starting on Wednedsday (10pm on TBS/ESPN Radio).

* - Pat Burrell had to leave batting practice in Philly today and will have his back checked again before Wednesday's game 1 between the Phillies and Brewers (3pm on TBS/ESPN Radio)

* - Lou Piniella gets his Cubs deal extended through 2010.

* - Brian Cashman gets three more years of the rantings and ravings of Hank and Hal Steinbrenner.

Now as for that Al Davis presser. Lane Kiffin is officially out and offensive line coach Tom Cable is in at head coach. Davis put forth a Power Point presentation detailing the troubled relationship, lies and propaganda between Kiffin and himself. Davis has fired Kiffin for cause, not for job performance. Kiffin will address the media on Wednesday. Read more from our friends at Pro Football Talk.com

Just in time for Cable, I give you Jim Carrey and Matthew Broderick in "Cable Guy"




In more NFL news -

* - Ricky Williams tells the Miami Herald that he was tempted to smoke pot during the bye week, but resisted.

* - Jim Haslett's first decision in St.Louis is a good one - Marc Bulger is back at QB.

* - Vince Young will be the third quarterback when practice begins for the Titans on Wednesday.

Finally, in bailout news -

* - A good day for the Stock Market, up nearly 500 points for its third highest gain ever.

* - Meanwhile, Congress is scrambling for an alternative when it reconvenes on Thursday.

* - The FDIC is looking for a higher limit (it's $100,000 right now) but asking that Congress set the limit. Yeah, that's a wise move letting the boys and girls in Washington, DC have more power.

Back with the playoff previews later.

Mandarich admits drug use on "Inside the NFL"

This week's "Inside the NFL" on Showtime will provide some breaking news from former Packer top pick Tony Mandarich. Here are your details from my fine friends over at CBS Sports.

Former NFL player Tony Mandarich sits down in a news-breaking exclusive interview with Armen Keteyian for INSIDE THE NFL on SHOWTIME on Wednesday, Oct. 1, at 9 p.m. ET/PT admitting for the first time ever that he used anabolic steroids while at Michigan State. Mandarich also reveals that he had a life-threatening addiction to pain killers and alcohol prior to entering the NFL, which continued during his three-year tenure with the Green Bay Packers. He also confesses to cheating on his drug test while playing for Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.

Mandarich details his struggles with steroids, pain-killers and alcohol in a new book, "My Dirty Little Secrets - Steroids, Alcohol & God - The Tony Mandarich Story," which will be released in March 2009, nearly 20 years after he was drafted into the NFL.

Here are some excerpts from the interview:

(On no one knowing he entered the NFL addicted to pain killers and alcohol, assuming his poor performance was a result of a stoppage in steroid use):

Mandarich: There’s other factors that were involved that nobody knows about that were way more of an effect on why I had the huge downfall in Green Bay than steroids (such as) drug and alcohol abuse…I was injecting a drug called staydal...and it was euphoric. I went from doing one injection on that one day, and a week later I was doing between 5-7 shots-a-day for the next three years.

Keteyian: You went into Green Bay essentially a drug addict?

Mandarich: Mmm hmm, not the same, not the same person they drafted…I got to the point where it was a struggle to workout three or four times-a-week because the priority of getting high was above the priority of working out.

(Over)

(On reports that seven Michigan State players participated in faking a drug test prior to the Rose Bowl while at Michigan State):

Mandarich: I can’t speak for other players. I can only speak for myself because I am the only one that witnessed what I did. But yeah, there is validity to that.

Keteyian: So in essence a fake urine (sample) was supplied to the NCAA during the course of a bowl game, the Rose Bowl game, by you?

Mandarich: That is correct. You got to improvise. You got to improvise.

(On repeatedly and often heatedly denying ever using anabolic steroids and how he answers that question now and why he lied for so long):

Mandarich: I used them. I used them…and this is the first time I ever said it…If I would have come out and said it, I think it would have affected a lot of other people that were doing the same things.

(On whether he will name names in his book like Jose Canseco did in his book):

Mandarich: I don’t think that you should benefit off other people’s short-comings. In my opinion, Jose Canseco is an (expletive) for what he did, the way he did it. I mean that’s chicken (expletive)


Sounds like great stuff!

Tuesday tidbits

It looks like 162 games aren't enough to settle the MLB playoff dance card. Tonight in Chicago, the White Sox will host the Twins in a one-game playoff with the winner moving to Tampa to face the Rays in the ALDS. It's Nate Blackburn vs. John Danks, 7:30pm, eastern time on TBS.

As for the pitching matchups so far in the ALDS/NLDS, here ya go...

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1
NLDS Game 1: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 3 p.m. (Gallardo vs. Hamels)
NLDS Game 1: LA Dodgers at Chicago, 6:30 p.m. (Lowe vs. Dempster)
ALDS Game 1: Boston at LA Angels, 10 p.m. (Lester vs. Lackey)

THURSDAY, OCT. 2
ALDS Game 1: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, 2:30 p.m. (TBD)
NLDS Game 2: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 6 p.m. (Sabathia vs. Myers)
NLDS Game 2: LA Dodgers at Chicago, 9:30 p.m. (Billingsley vs. Zambrano)

FRIDAY, OCT. 3
ALDS Game 2: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m. (TBD)
ALDS Game 2: Boston at LA Angels, 9:30 p.m. (Matsuzaka vs. Santana)

SATURDAY, OCT. 4
NLDS Game 3: Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 6 p.m. (TBD)
NLDS Game 3: Chicago at LA Dodgers, 10 p.m. (Harden vs. Kuroda)

SUNDAY, OCT. 5
ALDS Game 3: LA Angels at Boston, TBD (Saunders vs. Beckett)
ALDS Game 3: Tampa Bay at Minnesota/Chicago, TBD
*NLDS Game 4: Philadelphia at Milwaukee, TBD
*NLDS Game 4: Chicago at LA Dodgers, TBD

MONDAY, OCT. 6
*ALDS Game 4: LA Angels at Boston, TBD
*ALDS Game 4: Tampa Bay at Minnesota/Chicago, TBD

TUESDAY, OCT. 7
*NLDS Game 5: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, TBD
*NLDS Game 5: LA Dodgers at Chicago, TBD

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8

*ALDS Game 5: Boston at LA Angels, TBD
*ALDS Game 5: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, TBD

* - Roster news for the Red Sox should come today as both Mike Lowell and JD Drew worked out on Monday. BTW, Josh Beckett did make the trip to Anaheim.

* - Check out a good article today by the ProJo's Joe McDonald. He's got an AL scout's take on the Angels/Red Sox series.

* - In NFL news, Raiders boss Al Davis will reportedly meet the media today at 5pm to let Lane Kiffin go. ESPN reports that Davis spent Monday talking to Kiffin's assistants.

* - Pats QB Tom Brady will have his knee surgery in LA.

* - Janet Jackson's in the hospital after missing her latest concert in Canada.

* - Today in Newport, the Celtics begin their quest for back-to-back titles. The C's have inked Sam Cassell for the 2nd journey.

* - Congrats to Lauren Petisce as she joins the Cat Country (WCTK 98.1FM) and Tad Leary's Morning Showgram.

* - With the epic day the Stock Market had on Monday, we had a check on the Citadel Broadcasting stock. Can you say 71 cents? Ouch.

Coming up later today, I'll put my two cents in and make my playoff picks for the 1st round and a detailed look at the Red Sox/Angels series.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Odd and genius

A couple of You Tube videos that have caught "The Crowe's Nest's" eyes and ears tonight.

First the odd from a true Patriots believer, I'm sure who will never forget Tom Brady...



Classic!

And then there's the genius from "Entourage" - Mr. Ari Gold!
(Warning - there is objectionable language on this video!)



Pure enjoyment! Jeremy Piven makes that show!

Shame on you Nancy Pelosi

That's right, shame on you Nancy Pelosi. The Democratic House Speaker enfuses partisan politics into the bailout bill with a rancorous speech railing on President Bush before the House vote on the $700 billion bailout bill on Monday. No wonder the bill died with 133 Republicans voting it down and 95 Democrats joining them in denouncing the bill.



Shame on Pelosi and shame on both sides of the aisle for talking the talk and when it comes time to walk, they can't get it done. Now America weeps for its government. Truly a shameful and sad day indeed.

Beckett, Bailout and babblings for a Monday morning

A very busy Monday morning to get to, so right to the news we go...

* - The vote is set for today in the latest bailout bill news. The current bill starts out with $250 million and goes from there.

* - The Red Sox have pushed back Josh Beckett to game 3 of the ALDS vs. the Angels. Beckett suffered an oblique injury Friday during a side session. The Boston Herald goes as far as saying Beckett is questionable for the series.

* - Here's the entire ALDS / NLDS series with times, as well as the possible AL Central tiebreaker game. All games would be on TBS/TNT (TNT when there are conflicts on TBS)-

*AL Central tiebreaker (if White Sox defeat Tigers on Monday)
TUESDAY, SEPT. 30

Minnesota at Chicago White Sox, 7:30 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1
NLDS Game 1: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 3 p.m.
NLDS Game 1: LA Dodgers at Chicago, 6:30 p.m.
ALDS Game 1: Boston at LA Angels, 10 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCT. 2
ALDS Game 1: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, 2:30 p.m.
NLDS Game 2: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, 6 p.m.
NLDS Game 2: LA Dodgers at Chicago, 9:30 p.m.

FRIDAY, OCT. 3
ALDS Game 2: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, 6 p.m.
ALDS Game 2: Boston at LA Angels, 9:30 p.m.

SATURDAY, OCT. 4
NLDS Game 3: Philadelphia at Milwaukee, 6 p.m.
NLDS Game 3: Chicago at LA Dodgers, 10 p.m.

SUNDAY, OCT. 5
ALDS Game 3: LA Angels at Boston, TBD
ALDS Game 3: Tampa Bay at Minnesota/Chicago, TBD
*NLDS Game 4: Philadelphia at Milwaukee, TBD
*NLDS Game 4: Chicago at LA Dodgers, TBD

MONDAY, OCT. 6
*ALDS Game 4: LA Angels at Boston, TBD
*ALDS Game 4: Tampa Bay at Minnesota/Chicago, TBD

TUESDAY, OCT. 7
*NLDS Game 5: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, TBD
*NLDS Game 5: LA Dodgers at Chicago, TBD

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8

*ALDS Game 5: Boston at LA Angels, TBD
*ALDS Game 5: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, TBD

Here it is by series, if you prefer -

Red Sox vs. Angels (Chip Caray and Buck Martinez)
Gm 1 BOS @ LAA Wed Oct. 1 10:00 PM
Gm 2 BOS @ LAA Fri Oct. 3 9:30 PM
Gm 3 LAA @ BOS Sun Oct. 5 TBD
Gm 4* LAA @ BOS Mon Oct. 6 TBD
Gm 5* BOS @ LAA Wed Oct. 8 TBD

White Sox/Twins vs. Rays (Don Orsillo and Harold Reynolds)
Gm 1 MIN/CWS @ TB Thu Oct. 2 2:30 PM
Gm 2 MIN/CWS @ TB Fri Oct. 3 6:00 PM
Gm 3 TB @ MIN/CWS Sun Oct. 5 TBD
Gm 4* TB @ MIN/CWS Mon Oct. 6 TBD
Gm 5* MIN/CWS @ TB Wed Oct. 8 TBD

Brewers vs. Phillies (Brian Anderson, Joe Simpson and John Smoltz)
Gm 1 MIL @ PHI Wed Oct. 1 3:00 PM
Gm 2 MIL @ PHI Thu Oct. 2 6:00 PM
Gm 3 PHI @ MIL Sat Oct. 4 6:30 PM
Gm 4* PHI @ MIL Sun Oct. 5 TBD
Gm 5* MIL @ PHI Tue Oct. 7 TBD

Dodgers vs. Cubs (Dick Stockton, Ron Darling and Tony Gwynn)
Gm 1 LAD @ CHC Wed Oct. 1 6:30 PM
Gm 2 LAD @ CHC Thu Oct. 2 9:30 PM
Gm 3 CHC @ LAD Sat Oct. 4 10:00 PM
Gm 4* CHC @ LAD Sun Oct. 5 TBD
Gm 5* LAD @ CHC Tue Oct. 7 TBD

* - Manny Ramirez gives his side of his time in Boston, his unhappiness with the Red Sox and the Jack McCormick shoving incident to the LA Times and TJ Simers.

* - We're at the quarter-pole mark of the NFL season and the Bills and Titans are 4-0. Who would've thunk it! Thanks to the Bills victory over the Rams, Scott Linehan is expected to be fired today by the Rams, according to ESPN. Jim Haslett takes over.

* - Oklahoma's your new number one college football team after a weekend in which 3 of the top four team's go down.

* - Scarlett Johansson and Ryan Reynolds got married in Canada. I only tell you that in order to show you some pics of Scarlett.








* - "Entourage" last night on HBO keeps on clicking. The latest quandry: does "E" sell out his best friend and take the money or do the honorable thing and take less to benefit Vince? Stay tuned.

* - Yes, I haven't said anything about the Mets latest collapse. Let's be honest, what else can be said. Absolutely choke job for the 2nd straight year. Anyway, I'd rather see the Brewers who rolled the dice with an absolute stud in CC Sabathia. Congrats to the Brew Crew!

* - Finally, yes, it's true. Brett Favre just threw for another touchdown pass! J-E-T-S!!!

Sunday, September 28, 2008

ALDS/NLDS Schedule

Here's your schedule for the ALDS and NLDS with times forthcoming....

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 1
NLDS Game 1: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, TBD (TBD vs. Hamels)
NLDS Game 1: LA Dodgers at Chicago, TBD (Lowe vs. Dempster)
ALDS Game 1: Boston at LA Angels, TBD (Beckett vs. Lackey)

THURSDAY, OCT. 2
ALDS Game 1: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, TBD
NLDS Game 2: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, TBD
NLDS Game 2: LA Dodgers at Chicago, TBD

FRIDAY, OCT. 3
ALDS Game 2: Boston at LA Angels, TBD
ALDS Game 2: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, TBD

SATURDAY, OCT. 4
NLDS Game 3: Philadelphia at Milwaukee, TBD
NLDS Game 3: Chicago at LA Dodgers, TBD

SUNDAY, OCT. 5
ALDS Game 3: LA Angels at Boston, TBD
ALDS Game 3: Tampa Bay at Minnesota/Chicago, TBD
*NLDS Game 4: Philadelphia at Milwaukee, TBD
*NLDS Game 4: Chicago at LA Dodgers, TBD

MONDAY, OCT. 6
*ALDS Game 4: LA Angels at Boston, TBD
*ALDS Game 4: Tampa Bay at Minnesota/Chicago, TBD

TUESDAY, OCT. 7
*NLDS Game 5: Milwaukee at Philadelphia, TBD
*NLDS Game 5: LA Dodgers at Chicago, TBD

WEDNESDAY, OCT. 8
*ALDS Game 5: Boston at LA Angels, TBD
*ALDS Game 5: Minnesota/Chicago at Tampa Bay, TBD

We'll update with times when we get them.

Angels roster

Angels manager has announced his rotation and roster for the upcoming ALDS with the Red Sox, here it is from the Boston Globe...

Pitchers (10):
John Lackey, Ervin Santana, Joe Saunders, Jon Garland, Jered Weaver, Francisco Rodriguez, Scot Shields, Darren Oliver, Jose Arredondo, Kevin Jepsen


Positional players (15):

Erick Aybar, Brandon Wood, Jeff Mathis, Chone Figgins, Garret Anderson, Kendry Morales, Juan Rivera, Gary Mathews Jr., Mark Teixeira, Vladimir Guerrero, Robb Quinlan, Mike Napoli, Howie Kendrick, Torii Hunter, Reggie Willits

Starting Rotation:
Game 1 Wednesday: John Lackey
Game 2 Friday: Ervin Santana
Game 3 Sunday: Joe Saunders

If necessary, Lackey and Santana would come back in games 4 and 5.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Sox/Angels series set

According to the Boston Globe, the Angels have gone ahead and chosen to start their ALDS series with the Red Sox on Wednesday. Here's the schedule that will now allow both teams to use their #1 and #2 starters twice in the five-game series, if necessary.

Game 1: Wed., Oct. 1 @ Anaheim
Game 2: Fri., Oct. 3 @ Anaheim
Game 3: Sun, Oct. 5 @ Boston
Game 4: Mon., Oct. 6 @ Boston*
Game 5: Wed., Oct. 8 @ Anaheim*

* - if necessary (all games on TBS HD)

The Debate, Mike Lowell and a Legend passes

I decided to not post my decision and thoughts about the first Presidential Debate until Saturday morning. I thought I would have a full night's sleep, yet my little girl, Abbie, decided to wake up at 11pm and not go back to sleep until 2:45am. Oh well, so much for that plan!

Anyway, a few links before we get to the debate itself -

* - Actor, race car driver and legend Paul Newman has passed away at age 83.

* - The Tampa Bay Rays have clinched the AL East with the Red Sox 19-5 loss to the Yankees. Of more importance to Boston, Mike Lowell reinjured that bad hip again.

* - The NY Mets are trying for the collapse, part deux as they now find themselves two back of the Phillies in the NL East. Johan Santana goes on three days rest for the first time in regular season play today. The Brewers now have a one-game lead over NY in the wild card.

* - Both the Twins and White Sox lost last night, so the Twins still maintain their half-game lead in the AL Central.

Now, as for the debate itself. It still amazes me how people decide who wins a debate. Here are a few of the "winners" I heard last night while watching the coverage -

* - McCain lost because he stuttered a few times.

* - Obama won because looked confident.

* - McCain took the debate since he appeared strong.

* - Obama said "John, you're right too many times" so he lost.

OK, does anyone base their decision on what the candidates actually say about the issues anymore? For the record, I thought it was a pretty even debate.

The biggest issue and thus downfall for both candidates I thought was that for the first 40 minutes of the debate, the only one who actually acted like our economy was in crisis was PBS moderator Jim Lehrer. Both John McCain and Barack Obama danced around the issue, not answering straight and direct questions from Lehrer on where they stood on the bailout plans. That to be me is the most sobering thing to come out of this debate.

On its face, both candidates basically humped the same montra that they have been doing on the campaign stump. Nothing much changed there.

I thought McCain did better than expected for the first part of the debate on the issues of the economy. Obama handled himself just fine in the foreign policy part. So, in essence, it's a wash with McCain's experience stronger on foreign policy really the only true difference.

No knockouts, no memorable moments and no definitive winner.

Now, it's back to Washington, DC and the campaign for both candidates with just 38 days until Election Day.

Friday, September 26, 2008

MLB on TBS Postseason Schedule

Here's the latest from the TBS.com website regarding the AL and NL Divisional Series starting on Wednesday.

Wednesday, October 1st
NL Series A Game #1 - 1:30pm or 3:00pm
NL Series B Game # 1 - 5:00pm or 6:30pm
AL Series B Game # 1 - 8:30pm or 10:00pm

Thursday, October 2nd
NL Series A Game # 2 - 1:30pm or 3:00pm
NL Series B Game # 2 - 5:00pm or 6:30pm
AL Series A Game # 1 - 8:30pm or 10:00pm

Friday, October 3rd
AL Series A Game # 2 - 5:00pm or 6:30pm
AL Series B Game # 2 - 8:30pm or 10:00pm

Saturday, October 4th
NL Series A Game # 3 - 5:00pm or 6:30pm
NL Series B Game # 3 - 8:30pm or 10:00pm

Sunday, October 5th
AL Series A Game # 3 - 12:00pm or TBA
AL Series B Game #3 - 3:30pm or TBA
NL Series A Game # 4 - 7:00pm or TBA (if necessary)
NL Series B Game # 4 - 10:30pm or TBA (if necessary)

Monday, October 6th
AL Series A Game # 4 - 5:00 or 6:00pm (if necessary)
AL Series B Game # 4 - 8:30pm or 9:30pm (if necessary)

Tuesday, October 7th
NL Series A Game # 5 - 5:00 or 6:30pm (if necessary)
NL Series B Game # 5 - 8:30pm or 10:00pm (if necessary)

Wednesday, October 8th
AL Series A Game # 5 - 5:00 or 6:30pm (if necessary)
AL Series B Game # 5 - 8:30pm or 10:00pm

Right now, all this is tentative. NL Series A is the top seed vs. the wild card winner. NL Series B is the other two divison winners. So, the Cubs are Series A in the NL. It'll be the Dodgers vs. the Mets/Philllies in Series B. This would change if the Brewers get the wild card since the Cubs and Brewers can't meet in the first round. In that case, it would be Cubs vs. Dodgers in the first round.

In the AL, the Angels will get to decide which series they want to be and have to decide within one hour after Sunday's game. Early indications are that they will pick to be Series A and start their series on Wednesday. If that is the case, then it will be a late night for us on the East Coast as the Angels and Red Sox would get that coveted third game and the Angels might opt to grab those West Coast viewers and put the game at 10pm.

Stay tuned.

Debate is on!

After some progress towards a bailout bill agreement has been made this morning, both Barack Obama and John McCain are making their way towards Ole Miss for tonight's 1st Presidential Debate.

Tonight's debate was supposed to be geared towards foreign policy, but you can expect some time to be spent with the ongoing economic crisis as well.

Stay tuned tonight at 9pm, eastern time.

Abbie's Week 4 NFL Picks

My daughter Abbie has made her picks for this week's NFL games and since she's beating me so far, you'll probably want to take her advice!

Cardinals over Jets
Cowboys over Redskins
Bucs over Packers
Bills over Rams
Browns over Bengals

Good luck!

New ESPN Ad

Stephen King gets his chance to act in the latest ESPN ad that starts airing on Monday. Here it is for your to view at your leisure. It's the next in the "This is Sportscenter" campaign with King and Sportscenter anchor John Anderson trading barbs on Anderson's latest musics on a Sox/Yankees affair.

Thanks to the boys and girls over at Awful Announcing for the link!
Sports Center King
by bsap11

A few Friday links

As we begin the weekend of wet here in New England with several inches of rain and lots of wind coming over the next 72 hours, I give you some morning news.

* - So much for USC running the table as the #1 team in America gets upset last night by Oregon State.

* - David Scott has more on Sean McAdam leaving the ProJo in his weekly edition of "Scott's Shots."

* - Did you know that Ichiro Suzuki almost got punched out by a teammate?

* - Yes, Red Sox nation, the Sox are still alive in the AL East race. They're down 2 with three to go and need to sweep the Yanks while the Rays lose all three to the Tigers since the Rays own the head-to-head tiebreaker.

* - As for the weather and this weekend, the Boston Globe has your early morning Sox update.

* - With just three games to go, the Mets and Brewers are tied for the NL Wild Card after bizarre walk-offs last night. The Phils still lead the NL East by a game. Here's the latest Hunt for October from ESPN.

* - From MLB.com, here's the latest on the tiebreaker situation as well.

* - Have you checked out the new NHL.com yet? It's not bad, easier to navigate, but nothing to write home about.

* - As for the bailout bill, there's still no deal after a rip-roaring meeting at the White House. This morning, the Dems want another $56 million, the Republicans want more protection for the taxpayer and there's still no definitive word as to whether tonight's first Presidential Debate will go on as scheduled. IMHO, there will be a deal done in the next 24-48 hours with some assurance so that Monday morning's financial markets will be set at ease.

* - Did you see where the execs at CBS are hopping mad at David Letterman for his "stunt" with John McCain on Wednesday night?

* - The season premiere of "Grey's Anatomy" last night left me lacking some serious desire for the show. For the first time in recent history, I wanted all the patients to pass due to a stupid and plodding storyline. Yes, I am talking about the three couple, six people car accident where one husband slept with the wife's best friend, blah, blah, blah. And oh by the way, did you notice the lack of Katherine Heigl in that one. Touche Shandra Rimes! Can't wait for the first CSI on October 9th! Unfortunately, that too will be fading once Gil "William Peterson" Grissom leaves the show mid-season.

NFL Picks for Week 4

After going a mere 3-2 last week, I take another stab at Week 4's offerings in the NFL.

Browns +3 over the Bengals
Bucs -1.5 over the Packers
Rams +8.5 over the Bills
Eagles -3 over the Bears
Redskins +11 over the Cowboys

And just for grins and giggles, here are your straight out winners for Week 4 -

Broncos over Chiefs
Browns over Bengals
Jets over Cardinals
Jags over Texans
Saings over 49ers
Panthers over Falcons
Titans over Vikings
Bucs over Packers
Bills over Rams
Chargers over Raiders
Cowboys over Redskins
Eagles over Bears
Steelers over Ravens

Yes, people, it's a chalk kinda week.

Abbie's picks are coming a bit later today

NFL Week 4 on TV

Let's get you ready for the first bye week, Week 4 of the NFL Season.

First up, on DirecTV, we have....

Games at 1:00 pm ET Ch. SD Ch. HD

Cleveland Browns at Cincinnati Bengals 704 704-1

Houston Texans at Jacksonville Jaguars 705 705-1

Denver Broncos at Kansas City Chiefs 706 706-1

Atlanta Falcons at Carolina Panthers 707 707-1

Arizona Cardinals at New York Jets 708 708-1

San Francisco 49ers at New Orleans Saints 709 709-1

Green Bay Packers at Tampa Bay Buccaneers 710 710-1

Minnesota Vikings at Tennessee Titans 711 711-1

Games at 4:00 pm ET Ch. SD Ch. HD

San Diego Chargers at Oakland Raiders 712 712-1

Buffalo Bills at St. Louis Rams 713 713-1

Washington Redskins at Dallas Cowboys 714 714-1

As for the networks, here's your coverage with maps courtesy of our friends at The506.com

CBS 1pm & 4:05pm games

1:00 PM, ET starts:
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon

Houston at Jacksonville
Dick Enberg/Randy Cross

Denver at Kansas City
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

4:05 PM, ET starts:

San Diego at Oakland
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

Buffalo at St. Louis
Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots

FOX 1pm games

Green Bay at Tampa Bay
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

Arizona at NY Jets
Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick

San Francisco at New Orleans
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

Atlanta at Carolina
Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli

Minnesota at Tennessee
Chris Myers, J.C. Pearson

FOX 4:15pm games

Washington at Dallas
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver

Sunday Night Football (NBC)
8:15pm Philadelphia at Chicago

Monday Night Football (ESPN)
8:30pm Baltimore at Pittsburgh

Thursday, September 25, 2008

McAdam to the Herald, Brown to Comcast

Breaking news all over on Thursday -

* - Sean McAdam is leaving the Providence Journal for the Boston Herald. David Scott has the latest in Scott's Shots.

* - Troy Brown, fresh off his retirement this morning, will join Comcast Sportsnet New England as a football analyst. His first appearance will be tonight at 10pm, according to Bruce Allen over at Boston Sports Media Watch.

* - Congrats to Manny Ramirez and the LA Dodgers who have made it to the NL playoffs with Arizona's loss to St.Louis this afternoon.

Turning away business

OK, here it is in a nutshell - I can't believe that in the current state of the economy that one can walk into a national outlet store wanting to spend money and finding there's no help to be found.

Thursday morning, I took my daughter Abbie with me to go get a new pair of sneakers. After walking by three sales people en route to the back of the store, Abbie and I started looking at sneakers.

Now at several different points while looking, I made eye contact with different sales people. There was no denying that I was in need of help. So, after making a couple of loops around the sneaker section, I finally grabbed some socks and decided to show my Abbie some of the bikes.

After making a loop around the entire store, with no sales people asking once if I could use some help, I made one last stop at the sneaker section. No dice there either.

So, Abbie and I made a bee-line to the checkout register. It was there that the ultimate fete-accompli happened. The woman at the register asked me if I was only getting the socks today. I promptly told her that I had wanted to purchase a pair of sneakers yet there was no one there to help.

At that point, I fully expected her to say, "well, can I help you or can I get someone to help you?"

Nope, not even close. She didn't say a word! Nothing. Nada. Zero!

A lost sale and even worse, no effort what so ever.

By the way, if you're wondering where I went to on Thursday, it was Dick's Sporting Goods in South Attleboro.

MLB on Fox Saturday

Here's your rundown for FOX's MLB coverage on Saturday


Chicago Cubs at Milwaukee Brewers (63% of the country)
Announcer Josh Lewin
Analyst Mark Grace

MARKETS INCLUDE: Albuquerque, Atlanta, Austin, Birmingham, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Columbus, Dallas, Dayton, Denver, Detroit, Greenville, Houston, Indianapolis, Knoxville, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Louisville, Memphis, Milwaukee, Nashville, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Sacramento, Salt Lake City, San Antonio, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, St. Louis, Tulsa

Probable Pitchers:
Ted Lilly, LHP (16-9, 4.17 ERA) vs. Ben Sheets, RHP (13-8, 2.98 ERA)


New York Yankees at Boston Red Sox (25% of the country)
Announcer Dick Stockton
Analyst Jerry Remy

MARKETS INCLUDE: Boston, Buffalo, Charlotte, Fort Myers, Greensboro, Hartford, Jacksonville, Miami, New York, Norfolk, Orlando, Providence, Raleigh, Richmond, Tampa, West Palm Beach

Probable Pitchers:
Sidney Ponson, RHP (8-5, 5.21 ERA) vs. Josh Beckett, RHP (12-10, 4.03 ERA)


Washington Nationals at Philadelphia Phillies (7% of the country)
Announcer Tom McCarthy
Analyst Tim McCarver
Reporter Ken Rosenthal

MARKETS INCLUDE: Baltimore, Philadelphia, Washington

Probable Pitchers:
Odalis Perez, LHP (7-11, 4.27 ERA) vs. Jamie Moyer, LHP (15-7, 3.78 ERA)

Kansas City Royals at Minnesota Twins (4% of the country)
Announcer Chris Rose
Analyst Bert Blyleven

MARKETS INCLUDE: Kansas City, Minneapolis

Probable Pitchers:
Gil Meche, RHP (13-11, 4.05 ERA) vs. Glen Perkins, LHP (12-4, 4.50 ERA)

Deal done on bailout and other issues

News out of Washington, DC moments ago says that the bailout bill is "in place" and could be set to go before the markets open on Monday morning. Here's the latest from MSNBC.

As for the sports news of the day -

* - Troy Brown is officially retired as the Patriots all-time leading WR. He'll have his day in Foxboro on November 13th as the Pats host the Jets on the NFL Network's Thursday night football.

* - The Rays can officially clinch the AL East today with a win over the Tigers or a Red Sox loss to the Indians tonight.

* - The Nor'easter that will rampage the East Coast this weekend could have a huge impact on the NL playoff spots as the NY Mets host the Marlins while the Phillies entertain the Nationals this weekend.

* - Speaking of the playoffs, here are your matchups for Thursday -
American League
Tampa Bay at Detroit (underway already 1-1 in the 2nd)
Cleveland at Boston, 7:05pm (Stowers vs. Lester)
Chicago White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10pm (Floyd vs. Slowey)

National League
Arizona at St.Louis, 2:15pm (Davis vs. Piniero)
Chicago Cubs at NY Mets, 7:05pm (Harden vs. Martinez)
Cincinnati at Houston, 8:05pm (Cueto vs. Oswalt)
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:10pm (Duke vs. Gallardo)
San Diego at LA Dodgers, 10:10pm (Peavy vs. Maddux)

* - Another bizarre soccer story is unfolding as a Brazilian star has been executed on the orders of his ex-girlfriend.

* - The Boston Globe has a new weekly sports tabloid called "The OT." Check out the online edition right here.

* - Don't forget that "Grey's Anatomy's" back with a special 2-hour premiere tonight. Here's a few sneak peeks for you.








Coming up later today, I'll tell you about my "fun" at a national sports outlet chain that totally blew my mind.

Tiebreakers

Just in case you were wondering, here are the MLB tiebreaker scenarios for next week should things get all tied up at the end of Sunday's games -

AL Central
Twins at White Sox

NL East
Mets at Phillies

NL West
D-backs at Dodgers

NL Wild Card
Brewers at Phillies
Brewers at Astros
Brewers at Mets
Mets vs. Astros

Also, from MLB.com, here are the contingency plans for Monday and Tuesday's games.

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

To Debate or not to debate

UPDATE (9:10PM) -
President Bush has asked both leaders of the Democrats and Republicans as well as both Presidential Candidates, John McCain and Barack Obama to the White House on Thursday to discuss the bailout bill. All sides have agreed.

______________________________________________________________

Yes, the issues of the day are who called who when, who came up with the ideas first and will or won't there be a debate on Friday between Barack Obama and John McCain.

Here's the latest (at 8:44pm), McCain will suspend his Presidential Campaign on Thurday morning and head to Washington, DC to help Congress come up with a solution to the proposed $700 billion bailout plan proposed by the Bush Administration. Obama will stay on the campaign trail and head to the first Presidential Debate at Ole Miss on Friday. McCain has stated that he will not be at the debate unless the bailout bill has been dealt with and the details are done.

It really comes down to fundamentals for me. Both McCain and Obama ARE United States Senators. The American People are paying them to fix the problems of the day and to make their voices and votes count and be set forth on the record. It shouldn't be too hard for Americans to ask both of the people who want to be the next President of the Unites States to actually come to work and work for the people who voted them to their current positions and will vote them, they hope, to their next job.

To put aside the campaigning issues and postpone a debate to try and fix what both Democrats and Republicans are calling the biggest economic crisis since the Great Depression is exactly what needs to be done. It would go along way to show the country that partisanship and politics can be set aside, if only for a few hours and day, in order to put the US back on track.

Both sides of the aisle in Congress stated on Tuesday that they would wait to cast their vote to see what John McCain would do. Well, he's standing up and showing a little leadership and trying to do just that.

My only hope is that Obama changes his mind and joins him for the discussion and hopefully, solution, to the crisis. His ideas and vision would surely be a welcome addition.

Yes, I get the Obama point that the next President needs to multi-task but there is much to be said for being hands on and not waiting for that phone call, as the Democratic nominee said himself on Wednesday, "I'll be here if they think they need my help."

If the American people are waiting until the first Presidential debate to get their first look at the what both McCain and Obama stand on the issues, then those people are already so far behing the eight ball.

And yes, the late night comedians are already weighing in. Here's David Letterman's blast on McCain that will air later tonight.



I'm sure things will change more as we head into the next news cycle and President Bush's address to the nation at 9pm, eastern time. So stay tuned.

College football this weekend 9/25-9/27

Get your college football picks and viewing choices in early this week. Our friends over at the Scouts.com and CollegeFootballNews.com have our info...

Thursday night
SMU at Tulane, 8:00 PM, CBS CSTV
USC at Oregon State, 9:00 PM, ESPN


Friday night
Connecticut vs. Louisville, 8:00 PM, ESPN2

Saturday
12pm games
Big 10 Coverage Map
Northern Illinois at Eastern Michigan, 12:00, Gameplan
Kent State at Ball State, 12:00, Gameplan
Minnesota at Ohio State, 12:00 PM, Big Ten Network
Maryland at Clemson, 12:00 PM, Gameplan
Pittsburgh at Syracuse, 12:00 PM, Gameplan
Michigan State at Indiana, 12:00 PM, ESPN
Virginia at Duke, 12:00 PM, ESPNU
Northwestern at Iowa, 12:00 PM, ESPN Classic
North Carolina at U Miami, 12:00 PM, ESPN2
Mississippi at Florida, 12:30 PM, Gameplan

1pm game
Rhode Island at Boston College, 1:00 PM, ESPN360

3:30pm games
ABC / ESPN Coverage Maps
Fresno State at UCLA, 3:30 PM, ABC
Purdue at Notre Dame, 3:30 PM, NBC
Houston at East Carolina, 3:30 PM, CBS CSTV
Marshall at West Virginia, 3:30 PM, Gameplan
Morgan State at Rutgers, 3:30 PM, Gameplan
Arkansas at Texas, 3:30 PM, ABC
Wisconsin at Michigan, 3:30 PM, ABC
Tennessee at Auburn, 3:30 PM, CBS
Houston at East Carolina, 3:30 PM, CSTV
Fresno State at UCLA, 3:30 PM, ABC
Colorado at Florida State, 3:30 PM, ABC
Cincinnati at Akron, 3:30 PM, Gameplan

3:45pm game
Navy at Wake Forest, 3:45 PM, ESPNU

4pm game
Bowling Green at Wyoming, 4:00 PM, The mtn.

6:15pm game
Oregon at Washington State, 6:15 PM, FSN Northwest

7pm games
Western Kentucky at Kentucky, 7:00 PM, Gameplan
TCU at Oklahoma, 7:00 PM, Fox College Sports Atlantic
UAB at South Carolina, 7:00 PM, Gameplan

7:30pm games
Mississippi State at LSU, 7:30 PM, ESPN2
South Florida at NC State, 7:30 PM, ESPNU

7:45pm game
Alabama at Georgia, 7:45 PM, ESPN

8pm games
ABC / ESPN Coverage Map
Virginia Tech at Nebraska, 8:00 PM, ABC
New Mexico at New Mexico State, 8:00 PM, Gameplan
Illinois at Penn State, 8:00 PM, ABC, ESPN or ESPN2
UCF at UTEP, 8:00 PM, CBS CSTV

10pm game
Nevada at UNLV, 10:00 PM, The mtn.
Stanford at Washington, 10:00 PM, FSN Northwest

Midnight game
San Jose State at Hawaii, 12:05 AM, Gameplan

NFL Week 4 Distribution Maps

Our good friends over at The506.com have given us the update for week 4 of the NFL schedule. So, without further adieu, here it is...

CBS 1pm & 4:05pm games

1:00 PM, ET starts:
Cleveland at Cincinnati
Kevin Harlan/Rich Gannon

Houston at Jacksonville
Dick Enberg/Randy Cross

Denver at Kansas City
Greg Gumbel/Dan Dierdorf

4:05 PM, ET starts:

San Diego at Oakland
Jim Nantz/Phil Simms

Buffalo at St. Louis
Ian Eagle/Solomon Wilcots

FOX 1pm games

Green Bay at Tampa Bay
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa

Arizona at NY Jets
Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick

San Francisco at New Orleans
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

Atlanta at Carolina
Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli

Minnesota at Tennessee
Chris Myers, J.C. Pearson

FOX 4:15pm games

Washington at Dallas
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman, Pam Oliver

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hazing in New Mexico

Just a horrific story coming from Las Vegas, New Mexico today about high school football hazing. So far, the team's head coach and five assistants have resigned and possible criminal charges are pending after six football players were accused of sodomizing six younger players with broomsticks.

Simply inexcusable.

McCain/Obama fit to be tied?

Yes, we could be heading for another Election Night mess!

Could it happen, an actually 269-269 tie in the Electoral College? Yes, it could and here's how it could happen according to the fine folks at The Washington Times.

A few other political notes to pass along -

* - It seems like Barack Obama and Joe Biden aren't necessarily on the same page regarding the Fed's latest $700 million bailout plan. Obama scolds Biden for agreeing with McCain.

* - Over at MSNBC, Rachel Maddow is taking over the top spot and kicking Larry King's butt.

* - Former President Bill Clinton dishes on "The View" that Obama will win the November election and that Hillary didn't want the VP gig.



Just six weeks left!

Tuesday afternoon updates

A few updates and previews for your Tuesday afternoon -

* - The Red Sox are reportedly going to retire Johnny Pesky's #6, according to the Boston Herald. Good move by the Sox as he's a legend in Red Sox Nation.

* - Speaking of the Sox, their Saturday game with the Yankees will be carried by Fox and start at 3:55pm instead of 7:05pm.

* - The Rams are making the move at QB, going with Trent Green and benching Marc Bulger.

* - Willie Parker has a sprained knee and is out for this week's Steelers game vs. the Ravens.

* - In news to no one, the braintrust at Syracuse admits that head coach Greg Robinson isn't get the job done. Really? 8-31 isn't good? I never knew.

* - Today's Hunt for October is up on ESPN. Your impact matchups today have:

American League
Tampa Bay at Baltimore (DH), 5:05pm (Shields, Talbot vs. Olson, Simon)
Cleveland at Boston, 7:05pm (Lee vs. Wakefield)
White Sox at Minnesota, 8:10pm (Vasquez vs. Baker)

National League
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 7:05pm (Hamels vs. Hampton)
Cubs at Mets, 7:05pm (Marshall vs. Santana)
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, 8:05pm (Karstens vs. Bush)
Cincinnati at Houston, 8:05pm (Volquez vs. Rodriguez)
Arizona at St.Louis, 8:10pm (Johnson vs. Lohse)
San Diego at Dodgers, 10:10pm (LeBlanc vs. Billingsley)

* - BTW: The Mets, deservedly so, are getting ripped by WFAN's Mike Francesca today on his show. NY is in total freefall mode once again trying to give away the wild card after already handing the Phillies the NL East already.

* - "Dancing with the Stars" kicked off another season last night and Warren Sapp is cha-cha-cha-ing along already.



* - The greatest line in there is "after I got over the initial shock over Warren's size..." Priceless!

* - Remember on Monday, we brought you the story of Lite Rock 105's Heather Gersten and her Patriots picking 5-year old Jack? Well, apparently they have an invite to "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno." That's awesome!

* - Alberto Contador is ready to quit his team if Lance Armstrong rejoins Astana. Bye bye Contador!

Bye-bye to me as well, for now.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Grobin does the hits!

Just in case you missed it, here's Josh Grobin doing his medley of TV theme songs. It's absolutely hilarious!

Abbie has company

My daughter Abbie is not the only child picking football games these days. Our friend Miss Heather (Heather Gersten) from Lite Rock 105 and her 5-year old son Jack are also in the picking games for the NFL. You can read more about it right here.







Good luck to Jack on this week's picks.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Sunday night musings...

While watching the Cowboys/Packers Sunday night, here's some things I take away from the weekend -

* - I can't remember the last time I saw a Pats team play that bad. Oh wait, yes I can, it was the Chargers 41-17 thrashing in Foxboro back in 2005. But let's be honest, this one's on the defense's shoulders. I'm not saying that Matt Cassel did NOTHING wrong, but the Pats didn't tackle well, recognize formations well nor cover well on the defensive side of the ball (461 yards of Dolphins offense on 23 first downs). Six direct snaps to Ronnie Brown turned into four TD's. That's just bad no matter how you look at it. If the whispers that the organization likes Kevin O'Connell for the long haul, don't be surprised if they make a change and give him two weeks to learn the gameplan for San Francisco.

* - I still can't believe I heard Pats fans booing in the 2nd quarter. I know it was a tough game to watch, but the game wasn't out of hand at that point. I mean, c'mon, they have won you three titles this decade, no?!

* - Keep your eye on Randy Moss. He alligator-armed a pass over the middle from Cassel and sat alone during several points in the game. Tom Brady kept him focused last season. Who's taking that role this year? A despondent Moss is never a good thing for any team.

* - The Colts lose again, this time with a 4th down penalty call during a final minute drive that saw Jacksonville come from behind again at Indy, 23-21. That Indy D just isn't the same without Bob Sanders. So, much for home field advantage. The Colts are 0-2 at home already.

* - Speaking of the Colts, Marvin Harrison has definitely lost more than just a step.

* - I would not want to go into the Georgia Dome late in the season. The Falcons, under the guidance of young Matt Ryan, have put together a nifty little offense with Ryan to Roddy White clicking and Michael Turner running over everything in his way. I'm not saying they're a playoff contender, they're not. Yet, they could be a spoiler later. Keep your eyes open on that one.

* - Remember, we told you in the off-season that this would be a down year for the Browns. It always is in a Paula Abdul NFL - two steps forwards, I take two steps back.

* - Charles Tillman, you probably cost the Bears a win Sunday vs. Tampa Bay.

* - It wasn't pretty, but the Bills come-from-behind win against the Raiders today could be one that they look back on in December and be thankful for when they're still alive for the playoffs.

* - Bills, Broncos and Titans all 3-0 after three weeks. Who would've thunk it!

* - Lambeu Field in Green Bay is just a joy to watch in the national spotlight. Great atmosphere.

* - Major league's postseason is more fun to watch with stories like the Rays and Cubs in them. \

* - Congrats to the US Ryder Cup team. Tiger, who?

* - $700 billion dollars, right? Can I somehow slide my debt into there to get a fresh start? I'm sure the US government wouldn't mind, right?

* - The one thing that drives me crazy on a Sunday while I'm driving is that no one carries the network games from the NFL. We have to deal with 17-hour pre-and-postgames instead of listening to actual games. Drives me crazy! I know, I know, I could just get satellite radio, which for the first time in a very long time, I am actually considering. Local radio drives me crazy sometimes! OK, it drives me crazy most times!

Easy like Sunday morning....

As I ponder the fate of Adrian Peterson for this afternoon's tilt vs. the Panthers, I can't help but notice again Manny Ramirez coming through in the clutch.




The Dodgers win again Saturday night, 10-7 over the Giants, with Manny going 3-4 with 2 HR's and 5 RBI's. LA now leads the NL West by 3.5 games and its the third time in the last two weeks that Manny's driven in at least four runs.

It's not just that he's hitting .404 in 47 games with LA. It's not just that he's slugging at a .760 pace. And it's not just that he's bombed 16 HR's and driven in 49 runs. It's the fact that not only the players but the media also suggest that Manny has relaxed that clubhouse to the point where they can succeed on the field. That's a far cry from last year's debacle where it was Jeff Kent against the young guys in a TNA wrestling-like "them vs. us, it's all about respect" angle that left the Dodgers lacking in 2007.

And no, this is not a bash at Jason Bay at all. He's done everything the Sox have asked of him and more since the July 31st trade. It's just a reminder of what Manny Ramirez can do and that's the stuff that winning October's are usually made of on championship teams.

Just thought you should know.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Sexy, sexy, sexy!

The latest round of "sexiest sportscasters" has come to us courtesy of Coed Magazine. A few of the highlights find Lisa Dergen of Fox inching out ESPN's Erin Andrews.

Our good friend, Tina Cervasio finishes 20th.




Bonnie Bernstein was a no-show in this one (ouch!)


Runner-up Erin Andrews from ESPN

LeAnn Tweeden finishes 8th.


Our own Jets girl, Jenn Sterger pulls in 3rd.

NESN's Heidi Watney is ranked 4th while MLB's new ball girl Hazel Mae finishes 22nd, one spot ahead of Watney's partner at NESN, Kathryn Tappen.

It's well spent viewing for your relaxing weekend!

On a completely unrelated note, Jon Lester doesn't have it again in Toronto. Sox are down 5-0 against the Blue Jays in the 2nd inning. Thankfully, the Jays won't make the playoffs since Lester has pretty much dominated every one else except the Jays in his last two starts against Toronto.

Friday, September 19, 2008

NFL Week 3 Picks

Here we are back with our week 3 NFL picks. Yes, my daughter Abbie is kicking my butt at this point 9-1 to 5-4-1, but it's early yet.

So here they are in all their splendid glory...

Abbie's Week 3 picks

Patriots over the Dolphins
Bears over the Bucs
Bengals over the Giants
Cowboys over the Packers
Chargers over the Jets

Week 2: 5-0
Season: 9-1

Papa's Week 3 picks

Eagles -3 over Steelers
Bills -9 over Raiders
Falcons -5.5 over Chiefs
Cowboys -3 over Packers
Jets +8.5 over Chargers

Week 2: 2-2-1
Season: 5-4-1

Good luck to all!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

NFL Week 4

Here's your rundown for your TV Viewing for the NFL's Week 4:

First up on DirecTV -

Games at 1:00 pm ET Ch. SD Ch. HD


Kansas City Chiefs at Atlanta Falcons 704 704-1

Oakland Raiders at Buffalo Bills 705 705-1

Cincinnati Bengals at New York Giants 706 706-1

Miami Dolphins at New England Patriots 707 707-1

Houston Texans at Tennessee Titans 708 708-1

Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Chicago Bears 709 709-1

Arizona Cardinals at Washington Redskins 710 710-1

Carolina Panthers at Minnesota Vikings 711 711-1

New Orleans Saints at Denver Broncos 712 712-1

Games at 4:00 pm ET Ch. SD Ch. HD

Detroit Lions at San Francisco 49ers 713 713-1

St. Louis Rams at Seattle Seahawks 714 714-1

Pittsburgh Steelers at Philadelphia Eagles 715 715-1

Cleveland Browns at Baltimore Ravens 716 716-1

Jacksonville Jaguars at Indianapolis Colts 717 717-1

For the networks (thanks again to The506.com for the distribution maps!)

1pm CBS games

Cincinnati at NY Giants
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

Houston at Tennessee
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Kansas City at Atlanta
Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker

Miami at New England
Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots

Oakland at Buffalo
Don Criqui, Dan Fouts

4:15pm CBS games

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Dick Enberg, Randy Cross

Cleveland at Baltimore
Bill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein

1pm & 4pm FOX games

1pm games
Arizona at Washington
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnson, Tony Siragusa

Tampa Bay at Chicago
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

Carolina at Minnesota
Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli

4pm games
New Orleans at Denver
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Detroit at San Francisco
Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick

St. Louis at Seattle
Matt Vasgersian, J.C. Pearson

Sunday night football (NBC)

8:15pm Dallas at Green Bay
Al Michaels, John Madden, Andrea Kramer

Monday night football (ESPN)
8:30pm NY Jets at San Diego
Mike Tirico, Ron Jaworski, Tony Kornheiser, Michelle Tafoya, Suzy Kolber

Jeff Hardy update

Here's the update from The Tennessean on Jeff Hardy's flight trouble.

Reportedly, Hardy appeared intoxicated when trying to board his flight out of Nashville. They asked him to leave the plane, which he did without incident. Police were not involved and he was offered a later flight.

Nothing new from the WWE regarding the matter.

Jeff Hardy in trouble?



There are reports that WWE wrestler Jeff Hardy could be in hot water again. According to reports, Hardy was taken off a flight in Nashville with some reports saying in handcuffs while an eyewitness disputes that claim. Jeff's brother Matt and fellow wrestler Gregory Helms were also on the flight.

The WWE has issued the following statement to The Sun out the UK:

“WWE has been informed of an alleged incident involving Jeff Hardy,” the spokesman said. “We are currently investigating the situation and will take appropriate actions if needed.”

Remember, Jeff Hardy already has two strikes against him in the Wellness Policy from the WWE. The third strike is termination.

Jeff Hardy is scheduled to face Triple H for the WWE Title at the upcoming No Mercy PPV on October 5th.


Stay tuned.

Schilling blasts Manny...again!

Curt Schilling just can't get enough of railing on his former teammate Manny Ramirez. "Curt from the car" called into the Big Show on WEEI on Wednesday to get things off his chest. Why not, Curt's got nothing better to do after taking $8 million to sit out the 2008 season.

Here's some of the comments from the Boston Globe and the audio from WEEI.com

If you're looking for some positive Manny stuff, there's this from Joe Posnanski on SI.com where he thinks Man-Ram is worth all the antics. It's the genius of Manny so he writes.

I'm on his side, still a Manny supporter and hoping he brings the Dodgers back to the World Series.

College football this weekend on TV

Thanks to the fine folks at Scout.com & College Football News.com, here are your college football selections for the weekend.

Thursday night
8:30pm West Virginia at Colorado, ESPN

Friday night
8pm Baylor at Connecticut, ESPN2

Saturday
12pm games
(Big 10 coverage map)
Florida Atlantic at Minnesota, Big Ten Network
Ohio at Northwestern, Big Ten Network
Troy at Ohio State, Big Ten Network
Temple at Penn State, Big Ten Network
Central Michigan at Purdue, Big Ten Network
Mississippi State at Georgia Tech, Gameplan
East Carolina at NC State, ESPN
Iowa at Pittsburgh, ESPN2

12:30pm game
Alabama at Arkansas, Gameplan

1pm games
South Carolina State at Clemson, ESPN360
UCF at Boston College, ESPNU
Eastern Michigan at Maryland, ESPN360
Akron at Army, ESPN Classic

3pm games
Arizona at UCLA, FSN
Wyoming at BYU, The mtn.
Indiana State at Northern Illinois, Gameplan

3:30pm games (ABC coverage map)
Florida at Tennessee, CBS
Notre Dame at Michigan State, ABC
Virginia Tech at North Carolina, ABC
Northeastern at Syracuse, 3:30 PM, Gameplan
Miami at Texas A&M, ABC
Rutgers at Navy, CBS CSTV

4pm games
Utah at Air Force, Vs.
Idaho at Utah State, Gameplan

5pm game
South Florida at Florida International, ESPNU

7pm games
Ball State at Indiana, Big Ten Network
Rice at Texas, FSN Atlantic
Wake Forest at Florida State, ESPN2
Southeastern Louisiana at Louisiana Tech, Gameplan
Wofford at South Carolina, Gameplan
Portland State at Washington State, Fox Sports Northwest

7:30pm game
Miami University at Cincinnati, ESPN360

7:45pm game
LSU at Auburn, 7:45 PM, ESPN

8pm games
TCU at SMU, CBS CSTV
Georgia at Arizona State, ABC

8:15pm game
Fresno State at Toledo, ESPNU

9pm game
Iowa State at UNLV, The mtn.

Funny stuff from the WWF/WWE

If you're a wrestling fan, here's some funny-ass stuff from the archives of the WWF and WWE libraries.

The Rock's Funniest Moments




WWF/WWE's Funniest Moments



Great stuff!

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Joey Porter slams Matt Cassel

In typical Joey Porter fashion, the Dolphins "spokesman" speaks his mind about this week's opposing QB, Matt Cassel from the Patriots. It's can't miss stuff from the ESPN blog network and Tim Graham.
"If it's not Tom Brady, it can't be that hard," said Porter.
Ummmmm, yeah right! We'll see about that on Sunday. We all know how the Patriots love this bulletin board material and love to rub it back in the faces of those who dare to disrespect them.
1pm Sunday on CBS 12 should be fun.

ESPN's final day at Yankee Stadium

ESPN will be putting in a full day's effort on Sunday for the Yankees final home game in Yankee Stadium. Here's the line-up from ESPN and the folks at Awful Announcing.

SportsCenter Specials (1-3; 4-6 p.m.), Baseball Tonight (6 p.m.) and SportsCenter
(7 p.m.):

Live reports and discussion with commentators from Yankee Stadium; Interviews with current and former Yankee players and executives; A re-air of the 30 Yankee Stadium vignettes recounting some of the most memorable events ever held at the landmark venue; Classic innings in New York Yankees history.

(ESPN will re-air Yankee Stadium: Baseball’s Cathedral presented by Chevy, a one-hour documentary produced by MLB, at 3 p.m.)

Yankee Stadium Pre-Game Ceremonies:
ESPN2, ESPN Radio, ESPN360.com and ESPN Mobile TV will present all pre-game ceremonies live from Yankee Stadium.

New York Yankees vs. Baltimore Orioles (8 p.m.):
ESPN, ESPN HD, ESPN Radio, ESPN Deportes and ESPN International will present the final game from Yankee Stadium.

Post-Game Coverage:
ESPNEWS will cover the entire post-game ceremonies live, with ESPN offering coverage within SportsCenter.

ESPN Classic:
ESPN Classic will televise 20 consecutive hours of programming featuring events which occurred at Yankee Stadium.

12-2AM: 1976 ALCS, Game 5: Royals vs. Yankees – Chris Chambliss hits a walk-off home run
2-4AM: 1977 World Series, Game 6: Dodgers vs. Yankees – Reggie Jackson hits three home runs in the deciding game of the World Series
4-5AM: 1983 Red Sox vs. Yankees – Dave Righetti pitches Yankees’ first no-hitter since Don Larsen’s perfect game
5-6AM: 1983 Royals vs. Yankees – the George Brett pine tar incident
6-7AM: 1993 Indians vs. Yankees – Jim Abbott no-hits the Indians
7-9AM: 1996 World Series, Game 6: Braves vs. Yankees – the Yankees win their first World Series title since 1978
9-10AM: 1998 Twins vs. Yankees – David Wells becomes the first Yankee to toss a perfect game during the regular season
10-11AM: 1999 Expos vs. Yankees – on “Yogi Berra Day,” when Don Larsen threw out the ceremonial first pitch, David Cone tosses the 15th regular season perfect game
11 AM-1PM: 2001 World Series, Game 5: Diamondbacks vs. Yankees – Scott Brosius hits a home run with two outs
1-2PM: 2003 ALCS, Game 7: Red Sox vs. Yankees – Aaron Boone hits a pinch hit, game-winning home run in the bottom of the 11th inning
2-2:30PM: 1993 Max Schmeling vs. Max Bear
2:30-3PM: 1936 & 1938 Joe Louis vs. Max Schmeling I & II
3-3:30PM: Joe Louis’ Greatest Hits, KO of Arturo Godoy at Yankee Stadium
3:30-4PM: 1946 Joe Louis vs. Billy Conn II
4-5PM: Joe Louis’ Greatest Hits, KO of Jersey Joe Walcott in 1947 at Yankee Stadium
5-6PM: 1950 Joe Louis vs. Ezzard Charles
6-6:30PM: 1954 Rocky Marciano vs. Ezzard Charles
6:30-7:30PM: 1955 Rocky Marciano vs. Archie Moore
7:30-8PM: 1957 Sugar Ray Robinson vs. Carmen Basilio

NFL Week 3 Distribution Maps

Thanks again to the fine folks at The506.com, here are your week 3 national distribution maps for the NFL.

1pm CBS games

Cincinnati at NY Giants
Greg Gumbel, Dan Dierdorf

Houston at Tennessee
Kevin Harlan, Rich Gannon

Kansas City at Atlanta
Gus Johnson, Steve Tasker

Miami at New England
Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots

Oakland at Buffalo
Don Criqui, Dan Fouts

4:15pm CBS games

Pittsburgh at Philadelphia
Jim Nantz, Phil Simms

Jacksonville at Indianapolis
Dick Enberg, Randy Cross

Cleveland at Baltimore
Bill Macatee, Steve Beuerlein

1pm & 4pm FOX games

1pm games
Arizona at Washington
Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnson, Tony Siragusa

Tampa Bay at Chicago
Sam Rosen, Tim Ryan

Carolina at Minnesota
Ron Pitts, Tony Boselli

4pm games
New Orleans at Denver
Joe Buck, Troy Aikman

Detroit at San Francisco
Dick Stockton, Brian Baldinger, Brian Billick

St. Louis at Seattle
Matt Vasgersian, J.C. Pearson

Ch-ch-ch-changes!

After a Wednesday afternoon spent playing (and sometimes napping) with my daughter Abbie, I come home to find many changes around the sportsworld. Let's get you up-to-date.

In the NFL -

* -Gus Frerotte will quarterback the Vikings the rest of the season according to head coach Brad Childress.

* - In Kansas City, Tyler Thigpen gets the start for the Chiefs this weekend.

* - The Colts will go without their defensive MVP Bob Sanders for 4-6 weeks due to a high ankle sprain and possible arthroscopic knee surgery.

In MLB news -

* - Mike Lowell is getting more tests on that torn labrum on his hip. He'll be out of the finale in Tampa tonight and likely to miss some of the Toronto series as well.

In NBA news -

* - Gilbert Arenas had knee surgery this morning and will miss the first month of the NBA season with the Wiz.

* - In disturbing news, Josh Howard disrespects the National Anthem and the USA on this You Tube video. The Mavs say they are dealing with the situation, according to owner Mark Cuban. Warning - there is objectionable language in this clip.



In wrestling news -

* - Mick Foley makes his TNA debut this Thursday night on Impact on Spike TV at 9pm. He'll be thrown into the Jeff Jarrett/Kurt Angle feud.

* - The debut of Smackdown on My Network TV will be a night of champions as every match will have a champion in it. The main event will be all three champions facing off with each other as Triple H takes on both Chris Jericho and Matt Hardy in a triple threat match.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

MLB Tuesday night

Major League Baseball must be on the same wavelength as yours truly. Here's there tentative schedule from MLB.com, just as we previously posted earlier in the day.

As we blog, the Sox and Rays are dueling in a classic, 1-1 matchup in the 7th. Carlos Pena just jacked his 29th HR of the year off Josh Beckett to tie things up.

Derek Jeter is now the top Yankee Stadium hitter of all-time.

Apparently Theo Epstein put the squash on John Henry as Henry is now reigning in his earlier sentiment of the day that the team was just about done on a contract extension to Epstein. Remember, Theo wants everything in-house. It's always good when you can influence the big boss, right?! Henry had told the Boston Globe's Dan Shaughnessy that the deal was basically done.

It's good to see that Ned Yost harbors no ill will towards the Brewers.

The "House" season premiere has got it off to a good start.

Local notes / Brown football preview

A couple of local notes on this cloudy Tuesday afternoon -

* - Congrats to Bryant's Mike Pressler. He's been named head coach of the 2010 US Lacrosse Team for the World Championships.

* - The PC men's soccer team is now 17th and 20th in the respective Soccer America and Coaches polls. That according to the Projo.

Also on the local front this Saturday, Brown University opens up another season hosting Stony Brook over at Brown Stadium. It's a great chance to catch up to my old host (OK, he's not old, it's just former) at the Score, Scott Cordischi. Scott's the voice of the Brown Bears and I asked him to gauge this year's squad for us. Here's our preview...

TCN: Why should we believe the Brown Bears will finish third (or higher) as they were predicted in the Ivy League Preseason Coaches Poll?
SC: Last year the Bears were picked to finish 7th out of 8 team in the Ivy Lg. preseason poll and they finished third behind only Harvard and Yale. And with 10 starters returning on the top-ranked offense in the league a year ago, things should be great again on that side of the ball. QB Michael Dougherty passed for over 3,000 yds. and 19 TD's last year which was his first as a starter. Now he returns as an experienced play-making QB. Jr. receivers Bobby Sewall and Buddy Farnham join TE Colin Cloherty to provide great targets for Dougherty and Sr. RB Derek Knight returns showing no ill effects from the foot injury he sustained against Harvard last year.
Defensively, the Bears return 8 starters from a year ago. That number was 9 until Sr. capt. Darrell Harrison suffered a torn ACL on the first play of the team's scrimmage with Columbia last week. That will be a huge loss for the Bears' secondary. However, they may be able to overcome it if the deep Brown defensive line can put lots of pressure on opposing QB's. Remember the name James Devlin. The Jr DE is a stud whose name will be heard often on the broadcasts for making plays. Also, former LaSalle Academy stadout Neal Rooney will see significant time at DE as a freshman and can flat out play. His father was a standout DT at Brown in the 70's. Joe McPhee, Wale Adedokun and David Howard anchor the interior of the D-line. Also, OLB Nkosi Still is one of the best athletes in the league and will be a big play-maker as well for Mike Kelleher's defense.

TCN: Can the Bears improve on their top rated Ivy League passing offense (fourth in the nation)?
SC: Losing speedster Paul Raymond will be tough as he helped open
things up for Farnham and Sewall with his deep speed. However, there is so much talent at the skilled positions that Brown should pick up right where they left off a year ago on offense. Sophomore WR Matt Sudfeld was the offensive star of the scrimmage against Columbia and could prove to be a nice 3rd receiver for Dougherty and the Bears.

TCN: Who's a bigger threat in the Bears passing attack - Bobby Sewall or Buddy Farnham?
SC: Tough call! I'd have to lean toward Farnham because he led the team last year in receptions, receiving yardage and TD's. Sewall provides the triple threat of being able to catch, run and pass the football. In week 9 vs. Dartmouth last year, he accounted for 5 TD's while rushing for 144 yards, racking up 141 receiving yards and throwing a 41-yd TD pass. He's returned to practice this week after missing some time with a hamstring injury.

TCN: How will the Bears defense, led by All-Ivy senior captain Darrell Harrison, stack up this season?
SC: Good question. As I mentioned earlier, the D-Line is clearly the strength of the defense. If the LB's and secondary can hold their own, then the defense might be okay. Still, it remains to be seen how much the loss of Harrison will effect the unit.

TCN: What makes Phil Estes a successful head coach and do you think he could succeed on the D-1 level?
SC: Like Bill Parcells, Phil Estes is a motivator of men. Also like Parcells, he will adapt his coaching style to best suit the talent. If he has a Nick Hartigan, he'll run the football down your throat. If his strength is at QB and WR, his offense will assault you with an aerial attack. He will do whatever it takes. Brown is one of the toughest jobs in the Ivy League yet coach Estes continually has them competing for and winning championships (1999, 2005). Brown football in it's history has won only 3 Ivy titles and Phil has coached them to two. Selfishly, I'd love for Phil to stay at Brown forever and I'm sure he'd be happy with that. However, I do believe that he could succeed at the 1-A level.

TCN: For those who don't follow the Ivy League, how would you size up the league this season?
SC: On paper, the league looks like it could be very similar to last year. Harvard and Yale are the co-favorites and rightfully so. Brown is picked to finish 3rd. After that, Penn, Princeton and Cornell make up the next tier followed by Dartmouth and Columbia. However, on any given Saturday, any team can beat any other in the Ivies which should make for an interesting season.

TCN: This is our gratuitous self-plug portion of the blog, so you can tell people what you are up to and what you want them to know about you these days.
SC: Still looking for full-time work. I'm back on the local radio airwaves on Saturday mornings from 9-11:45am on AM 630 WPRO and 99.7 FM. I'm also doing work for Cox Sports Television and will be handling Brown football and basketball on AM 790 once again this fall and winter.

Thanks again to Scott and in addition, you can catch him on AM 790 Mondays at 6pm on "The Extra Point Football Show" where he'll recap that week's Patriots game with various Pats guests and listener phone calls as well.

Speaking of interviews, our good friend Ken Fang from over at "Fang's Bites" has a good one with Darren Rovell from CNBC. It's worth checking out.