Super Bowl Prediction

Sunday, 5 February 2012, 17:18 | Category : NFL
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I realize this is coming up late, but I regretted not doing this last year.  I’m going with the Patriots but rooting for the Giants.  It stinks that the Patriots have a chance of winning a fourth championship in the Tom Brady era in a year that their team was supposed to be flawed.  On the other hand (I’m going to contradict myself), it’s awesome to see an underdog Giants team that many said wasn’t supposed to make the playoffs early in the season is has a shot at it.  I just find it hard to think that the Giants will be able to stun the Patriots again.

Who’s your pick?

Rough weekend for Detroit

Tuesday, 18 October 2011, 14:07 | Category : College, Football, MLB, NFL
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University of Michigan Wolverines, UofM, Michigan State Spartans, MSU, rivalry

This was a big weekend for Detroit sports fans.  With Brady Hoke coaching the Wolverines, the Michigan-Michigan State rivalry is interesting again.  The Tigers were fighting to stay alive in the ALCS for a chance to return to the World Series.  Even the Lions have worked their way to relevance and had a real shot at going 6-0 (yes, 6-0, not 0-6).  But nothing went as planned.

Everyone in the state of Michigan is either aligned with the Michigan Wolverines or the Michigan State Spartans.  It can be a bitter rivalry at times.  State suffers from the “little brother” syndrome (thanks for that one, Mike Hart).  Growing up about 20 minutes from Ann Arbor, I am naturally a Wolverine fan.  I really hate it when one of their major rivals beats them four years in a row.  State had a chance to do that, but I felt they were overrated and that Hoke had gotten this team moving in the right direction.  Unfortunately, the Spartans were able to pull out the win.

State won by two touchdowns, but the game was a lot closer than that.  Let these two teams play a 5 game series against each other and it could end either way.  However, that’s not how things are done.  State earned the victory and now UofM no longer controls it’s own destiny.  On top of winning out the rest of their games (which will not be all that difficult besides Nebraska and maybe Illinois), they need State to lose at least two (fortunately they play Wisconsin and Nebraska these next two weeks).  Ever since moving out of Michigan I root for State when they aren’t playing Michigan, but now I have to root against them so that Michigan can make it to the conference championship.

Later Saturday night I turned to the Tigers to help me get over the crushing defeat.  I knew winning two straight games in Texas would be a long shot, but if they won the first, then anything could happen.  The Tigers got off to a 2-0 lead early and things looked promising.  Then the third inning happened.  Sure there was at least one bad call that eventually led to more runs in that inning, but even if everything that could’ve just as easily gone the Tigers’ way happened, it still would not have made up the difference of 10 runs.

Sunday sealed the deal on the crappy weekend.  The Lions’ perfect season was ended by the 49ers and ended in this mess between Schwartz and Harbaugh.

It took me some time, but now I’m looking at the glass half full.  Regardless of whether Michigan makes it to the Big Ten Championship or not, Hoke has turned the team around and has given us plenty to look forward to in the future.  And if the Wolverines win the conference, I’d prefer State to take it.

Detroit should be proud of what the Tigers were able to accomplish this season.  I think it’s safe to say they over performed and made it to the ALCS.  We got to watch them embarrass the Yankees (yet again).  Also, I think I’d prefer to lose now than lose to the Cardinals in the World Series again.  That would be just too painful.  And Verlander still has a chance to win awards.

As for the Lions, we should be proud of what they’ve been able to accomplish.  They are 5-1!  I don’t think anyone really expected them to go undefeated, and they lost a non-division game.  This really isn’t all that significant.  Plus, now we can watch the Schwartz-Harbaugh incident over and over.

All in all, Detroit, things could be a lot worse.  Suck it up and get geared up for this weekend.

What I love about sports.

Wednesday, 27 July 2011, 10:49 | Category : College, MLB, NBA, NFL, NHL
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For the record, I never once said I hate sports. This was always meant as a two-part article: what bothers me about sports, and what I love about sports. Sports has been my hobby and passion for as long as I can remember, so here is what I love about sports…

The underdog: I love watching the VCUs and Butlers of the world. Experts have had Butler losing every game during the last two NCAA tournaments and both years they defied the odds and made it to the championship game. I love watching David take down Goliath. It doesn’t apply as much to professional sports, but you still have the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates of the world representing out there. I wish I could have been alive during the Miracle on Ice.

The ultimate sports scene

The little guy: This is for the guys who should not have made it as far as they have. This list includes J.J Barea, David Eckstein (5’7 shortstop for the World Series winning Cardinals), Doug Flutie, and Nate Robinson (even though he is crazy athletic). I am probably partial here because I’m a little guy, but I love seeing guys succeed who don’t seem to possess anything special.

Childhood heroes: There are definitely better heroes for people to have than athletes, but there is an absolute bond between a child who is first beginning to follow sports and his or her first favorite player(s). My favorite athletes growing up were Jeff Bagwell and Craig Biggio. I followed their every move and tried to play baseball exactly like they did. My eyes would light up every time I saw them on TV. I was extremely fortunate that they both played for the Astros their entire careers. There will never be another athlete that approaches such an iconic status for me. Sorry about getting sentimental there, I just miss them…

Being at a game: There are times I would rather watch a game at home because you can see more details of the game from the TV. But you can’t beat the atmosphere of an exciting sporting event. Screaming at the top of your lungs with 60,000 other strangers is quite a unique experience.

The Olympics: I love rooting like crazy for athletes I have never heard of in sports I only watch twice a decade just because they sport the red, white, and blue. It is the perfect blend of athletic competition and national pride.

Watching your team succeed after years of failure: Bandwagon fans are excluded here. The Pittsburgh Pirates are competing for first place for the first time in 20 years. They have been the definition of a horrible sports franchise during that entire drought. Now that they are competing, I’m sure their true fans are just having the time of their lives. It’s tough to support a horrible franchise, but watching them finally succeed somehow makes you feel like you accomplished something as a fan. Sometimes it is only one special year (Arizona Cardinals), but it makes all the losing worth it. Yankee fans are missing out.

This is Eckstein. He's a shortstop, not a bat boy

The announcers: I love it when announcers get excited during one of those special moments. Al Michael’s absolutely nailed the Miracle on Ice. I don’t like it when announcers unnecessarily praise athletes, but I do like it when they bring energy to a game.

The game itself: Storylines write themselves in sports. You really never know what is going to happen. Watching your favorite team makes you nervous and tense, and you love it. You can even watch a game between two teams that you have absolutely no interest, and after a few minutes, you are all of a sudden invested and rooting like crazy for one team. Something special can happen at any game. It is a pleasure watching a guy score 40 points or a running back gain 200 yards. I even consider Federer effortlessly play a grueling match or a perfect Phil Mickleson golf swing to be artistic. It is easy to dislike athletes these days, but their abilities captivate us in awe. The event itself is, and always will be, a joy to watch.

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