Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Detroit's Justin Verlander Throws No-Hitter

Detroit Tigers pitcher Justin Verlander was throwing 100 MPH heat on Tuesday night and in the process threw the sixth no hitter in Tigers history.

The 2006 AL Rookie of the Year came back with the game of his career, striking out 12. He benefited from several stellar defensive plays, the best by Neifi Perez, who turned a possible single up the middle in the eighth into an inning-ending double play.

Verlander (7-2) worked around four walks in the Tigers’ first no-hitter since Jack Morris in 1984.

The 24-year-old trotted to the mound for the ninth to a standing ovation from the crowd of 33,555.

“I had way too much adrenaline, to be honest,” Verlander said.

Amped up, he struck out Counsell and Tony Graffanino. That brought up J.J. Hardy, and Verlander had a momentary lapse, throwing a high breaking ball. At that point, Verlander stepped off the mound.

“I said, ‘Let’s get it back down,”‘ he said.

Verlander then got Hardy to lift a high fly ball that right fielder Magglio Ordonez caught at the edge of the warning track.

Verlander didn’t even see the ball settle into Ordonez’s glove.

“I wanted to watch the catch, but Pudge was yelling in my ear,” he said.

Catcher Ivan Rodriguez was already at the mound and hugged Verlander as the pitcher wheeled around.

Verlander was the American League Rookie of the Year in 2006.

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Friday, April 06, 2007

University of Kentucky hires Billy Gillispie

The last thing University of Kentucky basketball fans needed after being spurned by Billy Donovan was for their A.D. to hire a coach with a last name they would never be able to spell right on any of the message boards where they will be whining nonstop about being one of the new SEC doormats. The thankless job of head coach now belongs to Billy Gillispie who left the Texas A&M Aggies to coach the Wildcats.
Billy Gillispie was hired as Kentucky's sixth coach in the last 76 years on Friday, a person familiar with the search process told The Associated Press. He'll replace Tubby Smith, who spent a decade under the glare of college basketball's brightest spotlight before bolting to Minnesota two weeks ago.
Good luck Billy! You are going to need it in the Bluegrass state and in the SEC battling Bruce Pearl at Tennessee, Billy Donovan at Florida and John 'fat cheeks' Brady from LSU.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Florida Gators re-chomp as National Champions

The Florida Gators repeated as NCAA men’s basketball National Champions on Monday night beating the Ohio State Buckeyes 84-75. Florida led and controlled the entire game. The Gators were up eleven points at halftime and never really looked back. Joakim Noah didn’t play much of a factor and scored only 8 points with 6 of those coming from the free throw line.

Ohio State phenom giant Greg Oden was heroic in defeat scoring 25 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. It was likely the last college game for Oden as he is likely to be the #1 pick in this summer’s NBA draft.

The MVP of the game and Final Four was Florida’s Corey Brewer. Brewer is an amazing all-around player both on the offense and defensive side of the ball. Brewer had 13 points, 8 rebounds and shut down Ohio State’s perimeter game.

The game could be bittersweet as Florida coach Billy Donovan is expected to leave to take the University of Kentucky head coaching job. His name has also been rumored to take over as the coach of the NBA’s Miami Heat. Also, as many as five Gators could turn pro early and enter the NBA draft.

Box Score

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Saturday, March 31, 2007

Final Four Picks Tonight

UCLA v. Florida- The Gators are the heavy favorite in this game but I wouldn't be surprised if UCLA pulls of the upset for two reasons. The first one being that Ben Howland is one master of a coach at UCLA and will have a game plan that will put the Briuns in position to win the game. The second reason being that the Gators will be distracted by head coach Billy Donovan's in(decision) to leave the program for more money at the University of Kentucky or with the Miami Heat.

Prediction: UCLA 61 Florida 56

Georgetown v. Ohio State- This game will have a battle of giants between Roy Hibbard and Greg Oden. The big men should cancel each other out so look for the guards to decide this guy. Ohio State's Mike Connelly Jr. is a difference maker. If Georgetown can't stop him then look for the Buckeyes to roll.

Prediction Georgetown 67 Ohio State 64

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Friday, March 23, 2007

Kobe Scores 50 for 4th straight game

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant scored 50 points for the fourth consecutive game on Friday night against the New Orleans Hornets. Bryant is only the second player in NBA history to accomplish the task. The other player to do it being the immortal Wilt 'The Stilt' Chamberlain. Wilt holds the record with seven straight 50 pointers.

On a side note the Lakers won the game 111-105 over the Hornets. It was the first time this year that L.A. has beaten N.O. The Lakers have won all four games during Bryant's streak and now have a record of 37-32.

Kobe's Points By Opponent

  • March 23, 2007, New Orleans Hornets (31-38), 50 points
  • March 22, 2007, Memphis Grizzlies (17-52), 60 points
  • March 18, 2007, Minnesota Timberwolves (29-38), 50 points
  • March 16, 2007, Portland Trailblazers (29-40), 65 points
The combined record of these four teams is 106-168 (0.387%) but who is looking at that. Kobe will have a chance to make it five in a row on Sunday night against the Golden State Warriors.

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Friday, March 09, 2007

John Brady...the Devil Dancing in the Pale Moonlight

First, let me explain the name. JohnBrady'sFatCheeks is a moniker esteeming Louisiana's resident #1 gentleman, John Brady (top right), men's basketball coach at LSU. Brady has a set of delightfully rotund jowls, giving many fans of rival SEC teams some rather lewd verbal ammunition, if you're picking up what we're laying down. Now, I'm not the type to go there - especially for a human role model such as John Brady. I think Brady's jowls are quite cute, in fact - and apparently so did former stripper-turned-workout-tycoon Misty Champagne, Brady's wife (top left). Brady's cheeks are so cute, that he even recently turned down a cheek-modeling contract from Revlon.

Brady's facial expression (top right) is par for the course. In this case he's most likely inviting an official to a benefit dinner at Brady's house for cancer research. Again, this guy's a humanitarian. The world is a better place because he is here. Hurricane Katrina blazed over the Gulf as a category-5 monster, but Brady intervened just before its New Orleans impact to reduce it to a category-4. Humanitarian....of Biblical proportions.

You should model your life after John Brady. No, really, you should.

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Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Kobe Bryant Suspended for Intentional Elbow to Face

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has been suspended by the NBA office for a flailing elbow on his follow through that caught Minnesota Timberwolves guard Marko Jaric in the nose. Check out the video here. It is the second time Bryant has been suspended for hitting a player in the face this year. Earlier this year he was suspended for doing the same thing to Manu Ginobili of the San Antonio Spurs.

Last season Bryant was suspended for two games for clotheslining Mike Miller of the Memphis Grizzlies. At least he didn't grab Jaric by the neck and bend him over a hotel chair. Be sure to check out Kobe and the 666 Connection.

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Sunday, March 04, 2007

David Beckham Injures Knee in Match

Photo: David Beckham

The $250 million dollar man David Beckham injured his right knee during a match with Getafe. Beckham was playing for Spain's Madrid team.

Beckham appeared to sustain the problem midway through the second half of the Primera Liga match, after mishitting a cross and then running into the advertising hoardings behind the goal.He stayed on the pitch for a while seemingly in a bid to run the injury off but, with no apparent improvement, he was substituted with Antonio Cassano taking his place.

This is a major blow to both Madrid and Beckham. The team is facing two tough away matches next week. Beckham had recently signed a $250 million dollar contract to play for MLS's Los Angeles Galaxy. Healthy portions of the contract revolve around endorsements and a percentage of merchandise sales.

The injury to the knee looks to be very serious. The best scenario has him able to play in six weeks and the worst being a torn ACL which would put him out of action for about a year.

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Friday, March 02, 2007

Pacman Jones Criminal Rap Sheet

Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones is the poster child for everything that is wrong with the NFL. NFL teams continue to draft thugs and convicts without regarding for their moral character or criminal record. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is considering a proposal where NFL players will be kicked out of the league after three strikes.

Here is a rap sheet look at all of Pacman’s brushes with the law since joining the NFL’s Tennessee Titans:

July 13, 2005- Arrested and charged with assault and felony vandalism after a nightclub altercation. This began Pacman Jones NFL rap sheet. He already had a lengthy one from high school and college.

September 5, 2005- Adam was invited to attend the Nashville Sports Council Kickoff Luncheon. Jones went off on a verbal tirade while being told to wait for his car after the event. He then refused to tip the valet service.

October 2005- State of West Virginia filed a petition stating that Jones had not been contacting his probation officer and that he had not reported his July 2005 arrest. The judge extended the probation for just 90 days.

March 23, 2006- Charged with marijuana possession in Fayetteville, Georgia. He went on to claim that he knew how to beat the NFL’s drug test.

August 25, 2006- Arrested for disorderly conduct and public intoxication after being ordered by the cops to leave a Murfreesboro night club several times. Jones claimed a woman stole his wallet. The woman claimed that Jones spat on her. The judge in the case gave Pacman six months probation and told him to stay away from the club.

October 26, 2006- Jones was issued a citation for misdemeanor assault after a female student from Tennessee State University claimed that Jones spit in her face at a Nashville night club.

Feburary 19, 2007- The facts are disputed and no charges have been made yet, but Jones was in the middle of a fight and shooting at a strip club in Las Vegas that left one man paralyzed and two more wounded. The fight broke out after Jones showered strippers on stage with $81,000 dollars. The club owner claims Jones was beating a strippers head against the bar while claiming to kill one of the club’s employees.

The above time line doesn’t include his sentence of one year in prison for a bar fight in Morgantown, West Virginia while in college. The sentence was later suspended in exchange for two years of probation (because he is a really good football player).

Here is a look at the options the Tennessee Titans have if they decide to cut Pacman Jones. He doesn’t only need to be cut, but Jones needs to serve some time. He has been given preferential treatment his entire life because he is good at playing football.

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Friday, February 23, 2007

Titans preparing to tell Pacman 'Game Over'

Photo: Pacman Jones

It could be ‘Game Over!’ for Adam ‘Pacman’ Jones career with the Tennessee Titans. The cornerback has been charged criminally three times for nightclub incidents already. Jones was in Las Vegas for NBA All-Star weekend and is at the center of the triple shooting that took place at a local strip club early last Monday morning.

Jones, who is under contract through 2009, has not been charged in connection with the shootings that left one man paralyzed. But police seized more than $81,000 in bills that they say belongs to Jones and sparked the melee and the shooting.

Jones was showering more than 40 strippers onstage early Monday with cash “intended as a visual effect,” a search warrant said. But a scuffle broke out when the Houston promoter who hired the strippers told them to pick up the money.

The promoter, identified as Chris Mitchell, and a male associate took a plastic trash bag containing Jones’ money and walked out the front door, the warrant says. Police recovered the money and two watches inside a safe at Mitchell’s hotel room Monday.

Club co-owner Robert Susnar has said the gunman arrived with and left with Jones and his party.

The Titans are trying to stay silent and let the police department sort it all out before commenting, but they are already starting to drop hints about Jones’ future.

Mike Reinfeldt, the team’s new general manager, was asked at the NFL Combine about Jones’ status after reports of the cornerback’s involvement in the mayhem. He replied: “I would assume there is that potential.”

One man remains paralyzed from the shootings and a stripper got a bullet in her head but remains alive. Pacman is a very talented return man and cornerback but has caused the Titans more headaches than he is truly worth. The Titans will take a big financial hit if they cut him. The would also take a big hit on defense since Jones is their best corner, but sometimes you just have to do the right thing. The fans of Titans will be calling calling game over on season ticket renewals if Titans management doesn’t respond in the correct way.

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Sunday, February 04, 2007

Colts win Super Bowl XLI

Photo: Peyton Manning

Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts are Super Bowl XLI champs after beating the Chicago Bears 29-17 in Miami before nearly 90 million viewers worldwide.

Peyton Manning was named MVP of Super Bowl XLI.

Passing Leaders:

Colts- Peyton Manning 247 yards, 1 TD 1 INT

Bears- Rex Grossman 142 yards, 1 TD 2 INT

Rushing Leaders:

Colts- Dominic Rhodes 21-113 yards, 1 TD

Bears- Thomas Jones 14-100 yards

Receiving Leaders:

Colts- Joseph Addai 10-66 yards

Bears- Desmond Clark 6-64 yards

Complete Box Score

Colts Super Bowl Champ Tshirts and Hats

Photo: XLI

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Sunday, January 21, 2007

Super Bowl History- Chicago Bears v. Indianapolis Colts

Photo: Colts v. Pats

Peyton Manning finally threw the monkey and Tom Brady off his back with a historic come-from-behind victory to lead his Indianapolis Colts over the New England Patriots 38-34.


Passing: 232 yards- Tom Brady, New England Saints

Passing: 349 yards- Peyton Manning, Indianapolis Colts

Rushing: 7-48 yards- Cory Dillon, New England Patriots

Rushing: 14-69 yards- Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts

Receiving: 5-48 yards- Benjamin Watson, New England Saints

Receiving: 6-137 yards- Dallas Clark, Indianapolis Colts

Photo: Bears v. Saints

The Chicago Bears were given several gifts by the way of turnovers from the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The turnovers and great Bears defense helped lead Chicago to the 39-14 win over the Saints.


Passing: 354 yards- Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints

Passing: 144 yards- Rex Grossman, Chicago Bears

Rushing: 4-19 yards- Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints

Rushing: 19-123 yards- Thomas Jones, Chicago Bears

Receiving: 7-132 yards- Reggie Bush, New Orleans Saints

Receiving: 5-85 yards- Bernard Berrian, Chicago Bears

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Why certain NBA Greats didnt' win a Championship

Witty and sarcastic Charley Rosen of Fox Sports was asked by a reader to give his reasons on why certain NBA Greats or Near-Greats never won a NBA Championship. Here is what he had to say about these players.

Charles Barkley — because he rarely played defense, and wasn't always in tip-top shape.
Elgin Baylor — because he never played defense and never practiced hard.
George Gervin — because he never played a lick of defense and was marshmallow-soft.
Max Zaslofsky — because he would rather score 20 and lose, than score 10 and win.
Gus Johnson — because the Knicks had more heart and were smarter than the Bullets.
Artis Gilmore — because he never used his full strength, wasn't mean enough, and was marginally clumsy.
Richie Guerin — because he spent his best seasons with the hapless Knicks.
Walt Bellamy — because he was lazy and defenseless.
Patrick Ewing — because he was dim-witted, and a dud in the clutch.
Connie Hawkins — because he was an atrocious defender, couldn't shoot and lacked an overriding desire to play the game.
Haywood Spencer — because he didn't want to play defense, and was useless whenever a game was on the line.
Bob Lanier — because he didn't defend and couldn't move without the ball in his hands.
Karl Malone — because he could be counted on to choke in the clutch.
Pete Maravich — because he was more of a circus act than a bona-fide player.
George McGinnis — because he had a billion-dollar body and a two-dollar heart.
Reggie Miller — because he didn't play serious defense and was an overrated clutch shooter (making most of his game-winners against the high-profile Knicks).
Chris Mullin — because he was too slow, couldn't guard, and couldn't handle.
Calvin Murphy — because he couldn't play defense, and rarely scored easy baskets.
Glen Rice — because he selfishly wanted only to post-up or shoot baseline jumpers. John Stockton — because he was compelled to play with Karl Malone.
Dominique Wilkins — because he played no defense, and was even more likely to turn the ball over than to throw an assist pass.
Allen Iverson — because he's a shoot-first-last-and-always player.
Paul Pierce — because he doesn't come to play every night.
Vince Carter — because he makes too many mistakes when a ball game is up for grabs.
Kevin Garnett — because his game is too lightweight.

Dave Bing, Lou Hudson, Sidney Moncrief, George Yardley,
Bernard King, Jack Twyman, and Nate Thurmond — because they were always on the
wrong team at the wrong time.

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Thursday, January 11, 2007

Barry Bonds fails drug test

ESPN is reporting that San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds failed a drug test by Major League Baseball last season for amphetamines. Being the coward that he is, Bonds blamed the failed test on teammate Mark Sweeney.

When first informed of the positive test, Bonds attributed it to a substance he
had taken from teammate Mark Sweeney's locker, the
New York City newspaper said, citing several unnamed sources.

Mark Sweeney denies giving Bonds anything or having anything illegal to give Beefhead Barry.

Mark was made aware of the fact that his name had been brought up," Sweeney's agent Barry Axelrod told the Daily News. "But he did not give Barry Bonds anything, and there was nothing he could have given Barry Bonds."

Bonds, who has always maintained he never has tested positive for illegal drug use, is already under investigation for lying about steroid use.

Monday, January 08, 2007

BCS Championship: Gator Bait 41-14

The Florida Gators chewed up and spit out the Ohio State Buckeyes like they were dog meat on a cold winter day in the swamp. The Gators routed OSU 41-14.

Florida got all but one of the 65 first-place votes in the final Associated
Press poll. Ohio State dropped from No. 1 and finished second.

"Honestly, we've played a lot better teams than them," Florida defensive
end Jarvis Moss said. "I could name four or five teams in the SEC that could
probably compete with them and play the same type of game we did against

Leak, maligned for never winning the big one, completed 25 of 36 passes for
213 yards and a touchdown. The Rambo-like Tebow threw for one TD and powered
into the end zone for another.

Smith, meanwhile, joined a long list of Heisman Trophy quarterbacks --
Jason White, Eric Crouch and Gino Torretta, among them -- to fall apart in bowl
games. He was just 4-of-14 for 35 yards with one interception, sacked him five
times and held him to minus-29 yards on 10 runs.

The Gators dominated the Buckeyes. Ohio State played a pretty weak schedule as most Big 10 schools do. The layoff of 51 days for the Buckeyes didn't help much either.

Friday, December 29, 2006

Mike Tyson arrested for DUI and Coke possession

Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has been arrested and charged with DUI and cocaine possession. The Rhodes scholar was leaving a night club in Arizona when he was pulled over by the sheriff's office.

Sgt. Larry Hall said the boxer was stopped after his car almost struck a sheriff's vehicle while leaving the club at about 1:45 a.m.

"He showed signs of impairment and voluntarily submitted to field sobriety tests," said Hall, a member of the Buckeye Police Department who was working in the area as part of a holiday DUI task force.

Hall said the 40-year-old Tyson was placed under arrest after "showing more signs of impairment" during the field sobriety tests. Police then found cocaine on him and in his car, Hall said. The boxer was alone in the car.

Tyson was booked at the Maricopa County jail, isolated from other inmates for his own safety, and was set to make an initial court appearance Friday morning, Sheriff Joe Arpaio said.

Tyson will continue his spiral downfall until it leads to his tragic death. He has earned hundreds of millions in his life but is broke and with no true guidance in his life. Hopefully 'Iron Mike' can find some help before it is too late.

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Saturday, December 09, 2006

Troy Smith wins Heisman by Landslide

Ohio State quarterback Troy Smith won the Heisman Trophy today by the second largest margin ever. Smith beat out Arkansas running back Darren McFadden and Notre Dame quarterback Brady Quinn.

Only O.J. Simpson's 1,750-point victory in 1968 was more onesided than

"I haven't spent that much time dreaming about it," Smith said of winning the Heisman. "But I'll be dreaming about it tonight. It's pretty cool."

The senior moved to the front of the Heisman race in September with a flawless performance against Texas and finished off a perfect regular season by throwing four touchdown passes against Michigan.

The 22-year-old Smith is the sixth player from Ohio State to win the Heisman and first since tailback Eddie George in 1995. And it's the school's seventh Heisman -- Archie Griffin won two in 1974-75 -- tying Notre Dame and Southern California for the most.

Troy Smith was deserving of the award but the Heisman field was a bit weak this year. Brady Quinn would not have been a finalist if he didn't play for Notre Dame. If McFadden had played for the Irish or Buckeyes he would have won the award.

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

J.D. BOO Drew and the Idiotic BoSox Front Office

Being a St. Louis Cardinals fan there use to be a hope every year when J.D. Drew was on the Cardinals. The hope was that perhaps this would finally be the year that Drew lived up to the big expectations that were put upon him after leaving Florida State.

First he held out and refused to sign with the Philadelphia Phillies. You can probably guess his agent at this point. None other than the notorious Scott Boras. Drew then signs with the Cardinals and dissappointed St. Louis fans every single year he was in town. If he was not injured (about 60% of the time) then he was loafing around in the outfield, overrunning flyballs, and watching strike three be called countless times.

St. Louis finally got smart and traded Drew to the Atlanta Braves for Jason Marquis, Ray King and Adam Wainwright. King was a solid reliever for a couple of years for the Cards. Marquis was in the starting rotation and good initially before sucking it up and pitching himself off of the World Series roster. Wainwright spent a couple of years in the minors before arriving in the big leagues this year as a relief pitcher. He was the set-up man throughout the regular season. He then becaome the closer when Jason Isringhausen went down with a bum hip towards the end of the year. Wainwright went on to become a World Series hero with his nasty curve ball.

So what has J.D. Drew done during this time? Well he has missed 123 games in those three years since being traded by the Cards. He played one year for the Braves and it was a contract year. So what did Drew do? He played more games than he ever had up to that point. He played in 145 games. He hit .305 with 31 homers and 93 rbi's.

The Braves decided they couldn't afford Drew and so the Los Angeles Dodgers offered Drew $55 million dollars for five years. The script gets a little old, but Drew of course was injured over 50% of his first season with the Dodgers missing almost 90 games.

The Dodgers worst nightmare about J.D. was about to come true. The next season, 2006, Drew played 146 games. One more game than he played during his contract year with the Braves. Of course many people didn't know that Drew could opt out of his contract at the end of the year. Drew had a decent year batting .283 with 20 homers and 100 rbi's.

The next part is a bit predictible. Drew and his agent, Scott Boras, surprised the Dodgers and told them that they are opting out of the last three years and $33 million dollars of his contract. The Dodgers were intially shocked, disturbed and pissed at Drew and his super agent for going back on their word. The thinking around the rest of baseball land was who is going to pay this average outfielder more than the $11 million dollars per year that he was due from the Dodgers.

Drew and Boras had this part planned all along. They probably had even talked to teams before hand. The team of 'idiots' from 2004, the Boston Red Sox, decide to sign Drew for five years and $70 million dollars. It would appear that the so called 'idiots' of 04 have moved from the field to the front office. That is $14 million dollars per year for a guy who doesn't produce and is injured more often than he plays. This for a guy who has hit over thirty homers just once (31) and has a career high in rbi's of 100.

Boston mentioned Drew's speed and superior defense as part of the reason they gave him the big contract. Drew has never won a gold glove or come close. He also has stole a total of three bases the past two years.

Drew will play about 60% of the Red Sox games during the tenure of the contract which means that Boston is actually paying J.D. for three years of playing time which equates to $23.3 million dollars per year.

If Boston fans thought the curse of the Bambino was bad then they will be in for a big surprise when the Curse of paying J.D. Drew $70 million greenbacks a year finally registers around July during Drew's second trip to the disabled list. Think Boston fans you could have had Johnny Damon for the same price. At least that would have been justified and well earned, and unlike Drew, Damon has heart, pride and produces on the field.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Ohio State v. Florida in BCS National Championship

National Championship: #2 Florida Gators v. #1 Ohio State Buckeyes
Rose Bowl: #5 USC Trojans v. #3 Michigan Wolverines
Sugar Bowl: #11 Notre Dame Fighting Irish v. #4 LSU Tigers
Orange Bowl: #14 Wake Forest Demon Deacons v. #14 Louisville Cardinals
Fiesta Bowl: #10 Oklahoma Sooners v. #8 Boise State Broncos
Cotton Bowl: #23 Nebraska Cornhuskers v. #9 Auburn Tigers

Michigan can cry foul because it will be the Florida Gators playing against the Ohio State Buckeyes in the BCS National Championship game.

Saturday, December 02, 2006

Baseball Hot Stove Rumors