The Lasting Legacy of David Ortiz

Photo Credit: Boston As David Ortiz walks off the field at Fenway Park after being eliminated from the playoffs, he cries. He cries tears of joy because of the past 20 seasons he spent as an MLB player, and his dream of being an American coming true. After the Minnesota Twins released Ortiz after the 2002 season, the Boston Red Sox decided to snag the designated hitter from the free agents list. … Continue reading The Lasting Legacy of David Ortiz

Blue Jays Walk Off to the ALDS

Photo Credit: fansided.com What could be more perfect than last season, when Toronto Blue Jays’ right fielder Jose Bautista hit a go-ahead 3-run home run against the Texas Rangers in Game 5 to clinch the ALDS? That’s right, another home run by the Blue Jays, but this time a walk-off home run in the AL Wild Card game against the Baltimore Orioles for the right to … Continue reading Blue Jays Walk Off to the ALDS

“What If” Sports Theories

Photo Credit: heavy.com These are sports theories for what might have happened if other things didn’t occur. What if Tom Brady never got his chance at stardom because Drew Bledsoe got hurt? If this happened the New England Patriots would have easily made the playoffs the next few years but probably not won a Super Bowl. What if Lou Gehrig did not get ALS? If this happened, Lou … Continue reading “What If” Sports Theories

Starting Rotations for Teams with a Good Chance at Making the MLB Playoffs

Photo Credit: boston.cbslocal.com (featured image), ESPN (team logos) American League A.L. East Boston Red Sox- #1 David Price, #2 Rick Porcello, #3 Drew Pomeranz, #4 Steven Wright Toronto Blue Jays- #1 J.A. Happ, #2 Aaron Sanchez, #3 Marco Estrada, #4 Marcus Stroman Baltimore Orioles- #1 Chris Tillman, #2 Yovani Gallardo, #3 Kevin Gausman, #4 Dylan Bundy A.L. Central Detroit Tigers- #1 Justin Verlander, #2 Michael … Continue reading Starting Rotations for Teams with a Good Chance at Making the MLB Playoffs

Is the U.S. Not Good at Hockey Anymore?

Photo Credit: teamusa.usahockey.com This question will be looming for U.S. hockey for the next two years until the Winter Olympics in Seoul, South Korea. After an early exit of a renewed prestigious hockey tournament, many fans seem doubtful of American Hockey. In 2010, a squad of very talented hockey players backed behind elite goalie Ryan Miller almost won gold against the top team Canada who … Continue reading Is the U.S. Not Good at Hockey Anymore?

College Football Playoff Underdogs

Photo Credit: FOX Sports (featured image), CBS Sports (team logos)  Washington Huskies (Current AP Poll Rank: 8th) Even though this squad from Seattle is ranked 8th, no one expects them to be a top 4 team at the end of the year. For their mediocre offense to shine, they need wide receiver John Ross III to beat every cornerback he faces. Upcoming key games for … Continue reading College Football Playoff Underdogs

AL East Playoff Race

Photo Credit: USA Today (featured image), ESPN (team logos)  Boston Red Sox (77-61)  Toronto Blue Jays (77-62) .5 games back  Baltimore Orioles (76-63) 1.5 game back  New York Yankees (73-65) 4 games back The MLB season 2016 has finally almost come to a close. There are about 25 games left  for each team. For tight layoff races like the American League East, these last few … Continue reading AL East Playoff Race

College Football Playoff Predictions After Week 1

Photo Credit: Bleacher Report (featured image), CBS Sports (team logos) #1  Alabama Crimson Tide (1-0) Current AP Poll Ranking: #1 #2  Clemson Tigers (1-0)  Current AP Poll Ranking: #2 #3  Ohio State Buckeyes (1-0)  Current AP Poll Ranking: #4 #4  Houston Cougars (1-0)  Current AP Poll Ranking: #6   College Football Playoff Matchups #4  Houston Cougars vs. #1  Alabama Crimson Tide #3  Ohio State Buckeyes vs. #2  Clemson Tigers  Continue reading College Football Playoff Predictions After Week 1

MLB All-Decade Team: 2006-2016

Photo Credit: 300lbsofsportsknowledge.com Catcher: Joe Mauer,  Minnesota Twins First Baseman: Albert Pujols,  St. Louis Cardinals/  Los Angeles Angels Second Baseman: Chase Utley,  Philadelphia Phillies/  Los Angeles Dodgers Shortstop: Troy Tulowitzki,  Toronto Blue Jays/  Colorado Rockies Third Baseman: Alex Rodriguez,  New York Yankees Right Fielder: Bryce Harper,  Washington Nationals Center Fielder: Josh Hamilton,  Texas Rangers/  Los Angeles Angels Left Fielder: Mike Trout,  Los Angeles Angels Designated Hitter: David Ortiz,  Boston Red Sox Continue reading MLB All-Decade Team: 2006-2016

Saturday Night in Death Valley

Photo Credit: Wikipedia “Saturday night in Death Valley” is a common saying around the bayou of the south. Each year, boosters of the LSU football program gather around and discuss upcoming things for the football season. Each year, there is one thing always talked about on the table, and that is”Saturday night in Death Valley”. Each week, most college football games in the country is played … Continue reading Saturday Night in Death Valley

Hottest MLB Teams Heading Into September

Image credit: thefanaticsview.com (featured image), ESPN (team logos) 1.  Chicago Cubs (84-47) There’s no doubt around the league that the hottest team comes from Wrigley Field. With the addition of closer Aroldis Chapman, there’s no team that has shown they can beat the Cubs in a series. 2.  Boston Red Sox (74-59) Since the All-Star break, the Red Sox have lit up the league with wins. Their hitting has … Continue reading Hottest MLB Teams Heading Into September

3/4 of the Season MLB Award Predictions 

With the MLB season almost done, here are predictions for the awards handed out at the end of the season. American League A.L. Cy Young Winner-  Danny Duffy,  Kansas City Royals A.L. MVP Winner-  Mookie Betts, Right Fielder, Boston Red Sox A.L. Rookie of the Year Winner-  Michael Fulmer, Detroit Tigers A.L. Manager of the Year Winner-  Terry Francona, Cleveland Indians   National League N.L. … Continue reading 3/4 of the Season MLB Award Predictions 

Copa America Knockout Stage Predictions

6/16/16- USA vs Ecuador Century Link Field- Seattle, Washington Prediction- USA wins   6/17/16- Peru vs Colombia MetLife Stadium- East Rutherford, New Jersey Prediction- Colombia wins   6/18/16- Argentina vs Venezuela Gillette Stadium- Foxborough, Massachusetts Prediction- Argentina wins   6/18/16- Mexico vs Chile Levi’s Stadium- Santa Clara, California Prediction- Mexico wins   Photo Credit- http://worldsoccertalk.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/copa-america-draw.jpg Continue reading Copa America Knockout Stage Predictions

Largest Contracts in Sports History

Example: Number. Player (Team)- (Salary Years), Salary Amount   10. Clayton Kershaw (Los Angeles Dodgers)- (2014-2020), $215 million 9. David Price (Boston Red Sox)- (2016-2022), $217 million 8. Joey Votto (Cincinnati Reds)- (2014-2023), $225 million 7. Robinson Cano (Seattle Mariners)- (2014-2023), $240 million 6. Albert Pujols (Los Angeles Angels)- (2012-2021), $240 million 5.  Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)- (2015-2017), $240 million 4. Miguel Cabrera (Detroit Tigers)- (2016-2023), $252 … Continue reading Largest Contracts in Sports History

NBA Dream Team 

Starting Five   Point Guard: Magic Johnson (Los Angeles Lakers) College: Michigan State   Shooting Guard: Michael Jordan (Chicago Bulls, Washington Wizards) College: North Carolina   Small Forward: LeBron James (Cleveland Cavaliers, Miami Heat) College: None   Power Forward: Tim Duncan (San Antonio Spurs) College: Wake Forest   Center: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers) College: University of California- Los Angeles   Bench   … Continue reading NBA Dream Team 

MLB Dream Team 

Designated Hitter: David Ortiz (Boston Red Sox, Minnesota Twins) Starting Pitcher: Randy Johnson (Montreal Expos, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros, Arizona Diamondbacks, New York Yankees, San Fransisco Giants,) Catcher: Johnny Bench (Cincinnati Reds) First Base: Lou Gehrig (New York Yankees) Second Base: Rogers Hornsby (St.Louis Cardinals, New York Giants, Boston Braves, Chicago Cubs, St. Louis Browns) Shortstop: Honus Wagner (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates) Third Base: Mike … Continue reading MLB Dream Team 

Copa America 2016 Predictions

Group A 6/3/16- USA vs Colombia- USA wins 6/4/16- Costa Rica vs Paraguay- Costa Rica wins 6/7/16- USA vs Costa Rica- Tie 6/7/16- Colombia vs Paraguay- Colombia wins 6/11/16- USA vs Paraguay- USA wins 6/11/16- Colombia vs Costa Rica- Tie Group A standings USA- 8 points Costa Rica- 4 points Colombia- 4 points Paraguay- 0 points Group B 6/4/16- Haiti vs Peru- Peru wins 6/4/16- … Continue reading Copa America 2016 Predictions

Real Madrid Wins the Champions League

Photo Credit: https://thelibraryroundtable.files.wordpress.com In the post game interview, Cristiano Ronaldo claimed that he had a vision he would win the game. His vision was right when he scored the final shot in penalty kicks against crosstown rival Atletico Madrid. Fifteen minutes into the match, Toni Kroos sent a free kick to Sergio Ramos and netted the first goal of the match. Shortly after half time, Antoine Griezmann … Continue reading Real Madrid Wins the Champions League

Best Stadiums in Sports

Photo Credit: partyearth.com In no particular order, here is a list of the most historic and best designed stadiums in sports. Madison Square Garden- New York Rangers, New York Knicks, St. Johns, and New York Liberty Camp Nou- F.C. Barcelona Wembley Stadium- English National Team Fenway Park- Boston Red Sox Allianz Arena- Bayern Munich AT&T Stadium- Dallas Cowboys Yankee Stadium- New York Yankees The Big … Continue reading Best Stadiums in Sports

2016 Boston Red Sox Explosive Offense

Photo Credit: bostonglobe.com There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind the Boston Red Sox team can score many runs. Backed by veteran David Ortiz and shining star Jackie Bradley Jr, they have 27 wins thus far. This year, it doesn’t matter if someone has an off day because usually someone makes up for it that day with 3 to 4 hits. David Ortiz is having a season … Continue reading 2016 Boston Red Sox Explosive Offense

Top 5 MLB Teams of the Decade

Photo Credit: cnn.com 5. 2011 Texas Rangers 96-66; lost World Series 4-3 Though this team came up one pitch short of winning the World Series, this season was one for the ages in Texas. Their hitting fueled with Ian Kinsler, Josh Hamilton, Adrian Beltre, and Nelson Cruz won 96 games while capturing the division. Many wonder how this team with all their starters winning 10 … Continue reading Top 5 MLB Teams of the Decade

World Cup of Hockey Predictions

Photo Credit: boards.sportslogos.net This September, a new event called the World Cup of Hockey is coming to Toronto. The best teams in the world will play each other for the chance to win a gold medal. There are two teams people aren’t so familiar with. Team Europe, which consists of older European players, and Team North America, which consists of younger players from the U.S. … Continue reading World Cup of Hockey Predictions

Wild Hire Ducks Former Coach Bruce Boudreau 

Photo Credit: sports.yahoo.com The Minnesota Wild have reportedly hired the former coach of the Anaheim Ducks, Bruce Boudreau. Boudreau led the Ducks to 4 straight division titles. Though winning the division was a pretty good accomplishment, the Ducks lost 4 straight game 7’s at home after losing game 6 already. Former coach Mike Yeo was fired earlier this season and interim coach Jim Torchetti was fired recently … Continue reading Wild Hire Ducks Former Coach Bruce Boudreau 

Leicester City vs. Barcelona Comparison

Photo Credit: kkday.com   Leicester City (Won Premier League): Leading goal scorer: Jamie Vardy 22 goals in 34 appearances Stadium capacity: 32,262 (19th in Premier League) 12 current National A squad players 5000-1 odds at the beginning of the season to win the Premier League   F.C. Barcelona (1st in La Liga): Leading goal scorer: Luis Suarez 35 goals in 33 games Stadium capacity 110,000 (3rd in … Continue reading Leicester City vs. Barcelona Comparison

Bears Release Antrel Rolle 

Photo Credit: espn.go.com The Chicago Bears have just released 11-year safety Antrel Rolle. Just last March, the Bears signed him to a 3-year 11.25 million dollar deal. Rolle was a 3-time pro bowler (2009, 2010, and 2013) for the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants. Rolle is coming off of a season in which he had 35 tackles. His career highs are 98 tackles (2013 with … Continue reading Bears Release Antrel Rolle 

Red Sox vs. Yankees Recap

Photo Credit: YouTube.com The New York Yankees came into game 2 of the first of 6 season series with the Boston Red Sox not expecting to lose 8-0. It was a pitching matchup of Michael Pineda (Yankees) and Rick Porcello (Red Sox). Last year, the Red Sox traded slugger Yoenis Cespedes or former all-star starting pitcher Rick Porcello. He had a terrible season last year, amounting … Continue reading Red Sox vs. Yankees Recap

Wisconsin Basketball Lands Two 3-Star Recruits

Photo Credit: topbillingsports.com Wisconsin’s heartbreaking loss to Notre Dame in this year’s Sweet Sixteen could have been a lot more bitter. This Badgers team is still very young with a big future ahead of them. The team was not expected to have many top recruits for next year. Senior guard Jordan Smith is the only player on the team graduating, and he got extremely limited playing time. Last week, star … Continue reading Wisconsin Basketball Lands Two 3-Star Recruits

NHL Predictions After First Week

Eastern Conference Capitals 3 Flyers 2 Prediction: Flyers in 7 Penguins 3 Rangers 1 Prediction: Penguins in 5 Islanders 3 Panthers 2 Prediction: Islanders in 7 Final: Lightning 4 Red Wings 1 Western Conference Stars 3 Wild 2 Prediction: Stars in 7 Blues 3 Blackhawks 2 Prediction: Blackhawks in 7 Ducks 2 Predators 2 Prediction: Predators in 7 Final: Sharks 4 Kings 1 Continue reading NHL Predictions After First Week

MLB Awards Predictions Through the First Two Weeks

American League A.L. Cy Young- Chris Sale (White Sox) A.L. MVP- Mike Trout (Angels) A.L. Rookie of the Year: Joey Gallo (Rangers) A.L Most Improved Player- David Price (Red Sox) A.L. Manager of the Year- Ned Yost (Royals) National League N.L. Cy Young- Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers) N.L. MVP- Bryce Harper (Nationals) N.L. Rookie of the Year- Corey Seager (Dodgers) N.L. Most Improved Player- Kris Bryant (Cubs) … Continue reading MLB Awards Predictions Through the First Two Weeks

Harper Hits 100th Home Run

Photo Credit: bleacherreport.com It was only a matter of time until young phenomenon Bryce Harper hit his 100th homer of his career. But most people did not think it would be a grand slam. On a warm sunny afternoon in Washington D.C., Julio Teheran threw a fastball to Harper and he bombed it. This milestone will not be the first for Harper, as he gets better and better … Continue reading Harper Hits 100th Home Run

2016 NHL Awards Predictions

Photo Credit: nydailynews.com Hart Trophy: Patrick Kane- Blackhawks Rebounding off of a rape case, Patrick Kane has dominated the NHL. At the beginning  of the year, he had a 26-game point streak that broke many records. He ended up with 106 points. Vezina Trophy: Brandon Holtby- Capitals This year has been one for the ages in Washington D.C. The red-hot Capitals, led by Alex Ovechkin, … Continue reading 2016 NHL Awards Predictions

Warriors vs. Spurs Recap

Steve Kerr and his team walked into the AT&T Center without a win since 1997, but that changed tonight. The game was very slow paced to the Spurs advantage. By the end of the first quarter, the Spurs led 19-14. Quarter by quarter the Warriors kept edging away. At the end each quarter, the score added up to 92-86 for a Warriors win. Stephen Curry had a significant improvement … Continue reading Warriors vs. Spurs Recap

MLB Post Season Predictions

Photo Credit: sportslogos.net A.L. East Boston Red Sox- Y Toronto Blue Jays- X New York Yankees Baltimore Orioles Tampa Bay Rays   Central Kansas City Royals- Y Cleveland Indians- X Chicago White Sox Minnesota Twins Detroit Tigers   West Texas Rangers- Y Houston Astros Oakland Athletics Los Angeles Angels Seattle Mariners N.L. East New York Mets- Y Washington Nationals Atlanta Braves Miami Marlins Philadelphia Phillies … Continue reading MLB Post Season Predictions

Kris Jenkins; the Man, the Myth, and the Legned

Photo Credit: philadelphia.cbslocal.org Villanova blew a 10 point, 67-57 lead and let North Carolina back into the game. The Tar Heels’ Joel Berry got the ball up top with 8 seconds left. He passed the ball to UNC’s deadly shooter Marcus Paige. Paige got the ball, jumped, got off balance, and shot the ball over two Villanova defenders to sink it in with 4.7 seconds. That shot … Continue reading Kris Jenkins; the Man, the Myth, and the Legned

North Carolina Road to the Championship

Photo Credit: america.pink First round: North Carolina vs Florida Gulf Coast 83-67. Leading Scorers Brice Johnson 18 points, Joel Berry 14 points, Isaiah Hicks 12 points. Second Round: North Carolina vs Providence 85-66. Leading scorers Brice Johnson 21 points, Justin Jackson 15 points, Joel Berry 15 points. Sweet Sixteen: North Carolina vs Indiana 101-86. Leading scorers Marcus Paige 21 points, Brice Johnson 20 points, Kennedy … Continue reading North Carolina Road to the Championship

Villanova Road to the Champiomship

Photo Credit: sports-logos-screensavers.com First round: Villanova vs UNC Asheville 86-56. Leading scorers Daniel Ochefu 17 points, Ryan Arcidiacono 14 points, Kris Jenkins 12 points. Second round: Villanova vs Iowa 87-68. Leading scorers Josh Hart 19 points, Ryan Arcidiacono 16 points, Kris Jenkins 15 points. Sweet Sixteen: Villanova vs Miami 91-69. Leading scorers Kris Jenkins 21 points, Ryan Arcidiacono 21 points, Daniel Ochefu 17 points. Elite … Continue reading Villanova Road to the Champiomship

Elite Eight Team Rankings

Photo Credit: bleacherreport.com As the first three rounds of the NCAA tournament are finished, only 8 teams are left for a chance to win the national championship. All 1 seeds remain as most predicted, but there are a few Cinderella possibilities, like Syracuse, the 10 seed, and Notre Dame, the 6 seed. With only a few teams left people are anxious to see who will be crowned champion, … Continue reading Elite Eight Team Rankings

Iowa’s Season is a Let-Down

Photo Credit: rantsports.com After another loss for the Hawkeyes, fans are not surpised at all. After getting as high as #3 in the country with their only losses to Dayton, #17 Notre Dame, and #5 Iowa State, the Hawkeyes just seemed unbeatable. Led by All American seniors Jarrod Uthoff and Peter Jok, Iowa defeated #1 Michigan State and #12 Purdue. Everything for the Hawkeyes looked … Continue reading Iowa’s Season is a Let-Down

Gonzaga advances to Sweet Sixteen

Photo Credit: sltrib.com As the clock hit zero at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado, the Gonzaga Bulldogs earned yet another Sweet Sixteen berth. Gonzaga is a very small mid major school in the WAC conference out of Spokane, Washington. Even though this school only has 7,000 students, their basketball program is feared by many. Since 1999, this program has had 18 tournament appearances and has … Continue reading Gonzaga advances to Sweet Sixteen