Tuesday, 24 March 2009

AL West Preview: Angels and Demons

Can the Teixeira-less Angels compete with the top-notch prospects coming out of Oakland and Texas?
My Prediction1st: Los Angeles Angels...

Treehouse Fort Headlines For March 22 - "Hackybrack"

NCAA tournament news ... Rooney is Irish ambassador ... Manny swings cricket bat ... and "What Were They Thinking?"
A partial transcript of this week's BC Sports Treehouse Fort.Tuffy: Big losers in the first weekend of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament include Clemson, Illinois, and Wake Forest. Big winners include Gonzaga, Connecticut, and anyone not within shouting distance of Billy Packer.Suss: Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun was not on the...

ACC: Almost a Complete Catastrophe In The NCAA Tournament

The ACC had a terrible first round, with four of their seven teams losing in the first round to lower seeds.
No one can argue that the Big East conference wasn't the strongest in the NCAA this year. Louisville, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh all nabbed #1 seeds in the Big Dance. #3 seeds Villanova and Syracuse have also shown that they have the talent and toughness (eg: Syracuse 127, UConn 117, 6 OT) needed to make it to the Final Four. However, one...

UW Outdogs The Bulldogs In NCAA Tournament

Mississippi State bows down to Washington.
The national pundits questioned how the University of Washington, an average outside shooting team, was going to deal with Mississippi State shot blocking center Jarvis Varnado. The Huskies responded with Jon Brockman, the bruiser of a center who took Varnado so completely off his game that he had more fouls than points three quarters of the way...

AL Central Preview: Anybody's Game

White Sox and Tigers and Twins -- oh my!
Over the past three years, four of the five teams in the AL Central have gone to the postseason. Each year, one team takes a step forward and then stumbles back. Is this the year that somebody finally dominates? Or will it be another photo finish?My Predictions:...

Sounders FC Dehorn The Red Bull

On Opening Night, the Sounders and their fans showed the world that Seattle is a soccer town.
The atmosphere was electric around the stadium. Drew Carey led the Sound Wave marching band, the only one in the MLS, down the street to Qwest Field, calling the fans to join in the parade. The weather stopped the rain coming down. The only thing that could have ruined the day was a loss by the home team.Pregame announcers talked about trying to...

The Blue Jackets Beat the Blackhawks in Overtime, 4-3

My man crush scored the winning goal
Game RecapOn the edge of your seat: that is the best way to describe what the Blue Jackets game was like Wednesday night. With the Blue Jackets on the verge of making the playoffs, for the first time in franchise history, and sitting only three points behind fifth place in the Western Conference, Nationwide Arena was roaring. The Chicago...

Sounders Kick Off Season Tonight Vs. Red Bulls

Grab your scarf, the Sounders are back!
The latest buzz in the Seattle sports sphere is not the new coffee beans being imported from Sumatra. No, this import is from around the world, the most popular game in the world. Soccer, as we Americans call it, is coming to Seattle.To be accurate, soccer has never left Seattle. There has been a Sounders team since the defunct North American...

AL West Preview: Angels and Demons

Can the Teixeira-less Angels compete with the top-notch prospects coming out of Oakland and Texas?
My Prediction1st: Los Angeles Angels...

Treehouse Fort Headlines For March 22 - "Hackybrack"

NCAA tournament news ... Rooney is Irish ambassador ... Manny swings cricket bat ... and "What Were They Thinking?"
A partial transcript of this week's BC Sports Treehouse Fort.Tuffy: Big losers in the first weekend of the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament include Clemson, Illinois, and Wake Forest. Big winners include Gonzaga, Connecticut, and anyone not within shouting distance of Billy Packer.Suss: Connecticut basketball coach Jim Calhoun was not on the...

ACC: Almost a Complete Catastrophe In The NCAA Tournament

The ACC had a terrible first round, with four of their seven teams losing in the first round to lower seeds.
No one can argue that the Big East conference wasn't the strongest in the NCAA this year. Louisville, Connecticut, and Pittsburgh all nabbed #1 seeds in the Big Dance. #3 seeds Villanova and Syracuse have also shown that they have the talent and toughness (eg: Syracuse 127, UConn 117, 6 OT) needed to make it to the Final Four. However, one...

UW Outdogs The Bulldogs In NCAA Tournament

Mississippi State bows down to Washington.
The national pundits questioned how the University of Washington, an average outside shooting team, was going to deal with Mississippi State shot blocking center Jarvis Varnado. The Huskies responded with Jon Brockman, the bruiser of a center who took Varnado so completely off his game that he had more fouls than points three quarters of the way...

AL Central Preview: Anybody's Game

White Sox and Tigers and Twins -- oh my!
Over the past three years, four of the five teams in the AL Central have gone to the postseason. Each year, one team takes a step forward and then stumbles back. Is this the year that somebody finally dominates? Or will it be another photo finish?My Predictions:...

Sounders FC Dehorn The Red Bull

On Opening Night, the Sounders and their fans showed the world that Seattle is a soccer town.
The atmosphere was electric around the stadium. Drew Carey led the Sound Wave marching band, the only one in the MLS, down the street to Qwest Field, calling the fans to join in the parade. The weather stopped the rain coming down. The only thing that could have ruined the day was a loss by the home team.Pregame announcers talked about trying to...

The Blue Jackets Beat the Blackhawks in Overtime, 4-3

My man crush scored the winning goal
Game RecapOn the edge of your seat: that is the best way to describe what the Blue Jackets game was like Wednesday night. With the Blue Jackets on the verge of making the playoffs, for the first time in franchise history, and sitting only three points behind fifth place in the Western Conference, Nationwide Arena was roaring. The Chicago...

Sounders Kick Off Season Tonight Vs. Red Bulls

Grab your scarf, the Sounders are back!
The latest buzz in the Seattle sports sphere is not the new coffee beans being imported from Sumatra. No, this import is from around the world, the most popular game in the world. Soccer, as we Americans call it, is coming to Seattle.To be accurate, soccer has never left Seattle. There has been a Sounders team since the defunct North American...

Pacific NW Sports Report: University Of Washington's First Round Matchup

UW is going to the Big Dance. First up, Mississippi State
It's March Madness time again and the University of Washington men's team made their case for the tournament early on by winning the Pac 10 conference. The Huskies flamed out in the Pac 10 tournament against a surprisingly tough Arizona State.That may have dropped the Dawgs down a little in the eyes of the selection committee, but with six of the...

Sunday, 22 March 2009

UW Outdogs The Bulldogs In NCAA Tournament

Mississippi State bows down to Washington.
The national pundits questioned how the University of Washington, an average outside shooting team, was going to deal with Mississippi State shot blocking center Jarvis Varnado. The Huskies responded with Jon Brockman, the bruiser of a center who took Varnado so completely off his game that he had more fouls than points three quarters of the way...

AL Central Preview: Anybody's Game

White Sox and Tigers and Twins -- oh my!
Over the past three years, four of the five teams in the AL Central have gone to the postseason. Each year, one team takes a step forward and then stumbles back. Is this the year that somebody finally dominates? Or will it be another photo finish?My Predictions:...

Sounders FC Dehorn The Red Bull

On Opening Night, the Sounders and their fans showed the world that Seattle is a soccer town.
The atmosphere was electric around the stadium. Drew Carey led the Sound Wave marching band, the only one in the MLS, down the street to Qwest Field, calling the fans to join in the parade. The weather stopped the rain coming down. The only thing that could have ruined the day was a loss by the home team.Pregame announcers talked about trying to...

The Blue Jackets Beat the Blackhawks in Overtime, 4-3

My man crush scored the winning goal
Game RecapOn the edge of your seat: that is the best way to describe what the Blue Jackets game was like Wednesday night. With the Blue Jackets on the verge of making the playoffs, for the first time in franchise history, and sitting only three points behind fifth place in the Western Conference, Nationwide Arena was roaring. The Chicago...

Sounders Kick Off Season Tonight Vs. Red Bulls

Grab your scarf, the Sounders are back!
The latest buzz in the Seattle sports sphere is not the new coffee beans being imported from Sumatra. No, this import is from around the world, the most popular game in the world. Soccer, as we Americans call it, is coming to Seattle.To be accurate, soccer has never left Seattle. There has been a Sounders team since the defunct North American...

Pacific NW Sports Report: University Of Washington's First Round Matchup

UW is going to the Big Dance. First up, Mississippi State
It's March Madness time again and the University of Washington men's team made their case for the tournament early on by winning the Pac 10 conference. The Huskies flamed out in the Pac 10 tournament against a surprisingly tough Arizona State.That may have dropped the Dawgs down a little in the eyes of the selection committee, but with six of the...

Dan Rooney Appointed as Ambassador to Ireland

Dan Rooney has been a life long supporter of Ireland.
Happy St. Patrick's Day folks. On St. Patrick's Day, Obama appointed Mr. Rooney as ambassador to Ireland. The 76-year-old has been working within the Steelers' organization for his entire life and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2000 as the team owner. He is the son of Art Rooney, the Steelers' founder. Rooney supported Obama...

March Madness: Don't Cry For Mid-Majors

Are Mid-Majors really being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament?
Every season on Selection Sunday, we debate and debate about what teams should be in the NCAA Tournament and what teams should not, and when the bracket is finally announced, we decry the decisions about the perceived last teams to make the field versus the teams left out. Increasingly, this discussion has turned into a divisive argument about...

Is Brett Gardner's Prolific Spring a Sign of Things to Come?

While spring training numbers can be decieving, Brett Gardner seems poised to take over as the new Yankee centerfielder.
It is an old baseball adage that one who draws conclusions from spring training successes and failures is foolish in their analysis. That being stated and accepted as a precept, Brett Gardner is nevertheless starting to excite Yankees fans as he continues to set the Grapefruit League on fire with his bat, in addition to the speed that is his...

AL Central Preview: Anybody's Game

White Sox and Tigers and Twins -- oh my!
Over the past three years, four of the five teams in the AL Central have gone to the postseason. Each year, one team takes a step forward and then stumbles back. Is this the year that somebody finally dominates? Or will it be another photo finish?My Predictions:...

Sounders FC Dehorn The Red Bull

On Opening Night, the Sounders and their fans showed the world that Seattle is a soccer town.
The atmosphere was electric around the stadium. Drew Carey led the Sound Wave marching band, the only one in the MLS, down the street to Qwest Field, calling the fans to join in the parade. The weather stopped the rain coming down. The only thing that could have ruined the day was a loss by the home team.Pregame announcers talked about trying to...

The Blue Jackets Beat the Blackhawks in Overtime, 4-3

My man crush scored the winning goal
Game RecapOn the edge of your seat: that is the best way to describe what the Blue Jackets game was like Wednesday night. With the Blue Jackets on the verge of making the playoffs, for the first time in franchise history, and sitting only three points behind fifth place in the Western Conference, Nationwide Arena was roaring. The Chicago...

Sounders Kick Off Season Tonight Vs. Red Bulls

Grab your scarf, the Sounders are back!
The latest buzz in the Seattle sports sphere is not the new coffee beans being imported from Sumatra. No, this import is from around the world, the most popular game in the world. Soccer, as we Americans call it, is coming to Seattle.To be accurate, soccer has never left Seattle. There has been a Sounders team since the defunct North American...

Pacific NW Sports Report: University Of Washington's First Round Matchup

UW is going to the Big Dance. First up, Mississippi State
It's March Madness time again and the University of Washington men's team made their case for the tournament early on by winning the Pac 10 conference. The Huskies flamed out in the Pac 10 tournament against a surprisingly tough Arizona State.That may have dropped the Dawgs down a little in the eyes of the selection committee, but with six of the...

Dan Rooney Appointed as Ambassador to Ireland

Dan Rooney has been a life long supporter of Ireland.
Happy St. Patrick's Day folks. On St. Patrick's Day, Obama appointed Mr. Rooney as ambassador to Ireland. The 76-year-old has been working within the Steelers' organization for his entire life and was inducted in the Hall of Fame in 2000 as the team owner. He is the son of Art Rooney, the Steelers' founder. Rooney supported Obama...

March Madness: Don't Cry For Mid-Majors

Are Mid-Majors really being snubbed by the NCAA Tournament?
Every season on Selection Sunday, we debate and debate about what teams should be in the NCAA Tournament and what teams should not, and when the bracket is finally announced, we decry the decisions about the perceived last teams to make the field versus the teams left out. Increasingly, this discussion has turned into a divisive argument about...

Is Brett Gardner's Prolific Spring a Sign of Things to Come?

While spring training numbers can be decieving, Brett Gardner seems poised to take over as the new Yankee centerfielder.
It is an old baseball adage that one who draws conclusions from spring training successes and failures is foolish in their analysis. That being stated and accepted as a precept, Brett Gardner is nevertheless starting to excite Yankees fans as he continues to set the Grapefruit League on fire with his bat, in addition to the speed that is his...

Blue Jackets Shutout by Red Wings 4-0

Well, they got their revenge.
Game Recap...

Monday, 16 March 2009

Treehouse Fort Headlines For March 15 - "March Clinical Anxiety"

Syracuse's 6 OT win ... Manny's injury ... one Heluva Good NASCAR sponsor ... and "What Were They Thinking?"
This week on the Treehouse Fort:Tuffy: Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and new head coach Josh McDaniels are still at loggerheads over perceived slights arising from a possible attempt to trade the young thrower. Cutler skipped a charity event this week and discussions between the two men broke down when Cutler demanded McDaniels stop sending him...

Blue Jackets Beat Penguins 4-3 in Shootout

Almost a complete and sudden failure, but it wasn't.
Game Recap Boy, was this a real nail-biter. The Columbus Blue Jackets led the game on Thursday, the 12th of March, for the first period, with both Antoine Vermette and captain Rick Nash dominating at the boards and all over the ice. Though their dominance only led to one goal, it was clear that the momentum, and the game, was in Columbus'...

Pacific NW Sports Report: Out Of The Sonic Void

Things are looking up this spring for Seattle sports fans.
It's been a long cold winter in the Pacific Northwest for a sports fan. Rooting for Seattle teams has been like cheering on a root canal.Let's count up the ways things have gone wrong: the Seahawks players broke, the Mariners spent the most money for the most losses ever in baseball, the Sonics ... well, you know about that; as Bill Simmons said so...

Stephen Strasburg, The Greatest Baseball Prospect of All Time

He throws a 100+ mph fastball with movement. That's unheard of.
His description is almost too unrealistic to believe, even for a movie. A 6'4", 220-pound junior in college with a fastball regularly clocked at over 100 mph, multiple major leauge-caliber pitches, and pinpoint control. No, this is not Roy Hobbs, pre-bullet wound. And the only stage this character performs on is a true to life, substantive baseball...

Are The Blue Jackets The Best Team in the NHL?

The 6th placed team in the West really should be the 1st.
Saturday night against the Red Wings was a night of records for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Team captain Rick Nash had his fourth hat trick of his career, tying the franchise record. He even made the three goals unassisted, marking the first time that this has happened since March 14th, 1948. (Funny factoid, Nash won an award in 2003-04 named after...

Death, Taxes, And D'backs Starting Pitching

If Scherzer merely comes close to a Lincecum-type breakout season, this should be the best rotation in the NL.
Part 1 of Desert Pepper's look at the 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks. Starting us off is, naturally, starting pitching.Throughout the franchise history, Arizona's always had a solid rotation. Even if the offense was nothing more than a gentle windmill for the catcher, the rotation would have at least have Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, or Brandon Webb,...

Griffey's Return Worth Every Second of Waiting

After 10 years in a non-Mariners uniform, Griffey's return to Seattle is one of the greatest moments this sports fan's ever seen.
There are things in life that should not happen. We see them in children's books or on the Hallmark Channel, but never in our dirty world of grime and struggle. Life is incomplete, which means that it's imperfect, which means that these Kodak moments we see in cinema or find in literature do not come to fruition.But that is life. This -- the moment...

Why Sports Are Important

They help connect people that wouldn't normally agree with each other on anything else.
Many times, people have come up to me and said, "Maddy, why are you such a big Steelers fan? Why is football so important to you?" Many people are under the impression that sports aren't important and just involve someone throwing or catching a ball. This is simply not true. Sports are just as much a part of our culture as language...

Treehouse Fort Headlines For March 15 - "March Clinical Anxiety"

Syracuse's 6 OT win ... Manny's injury ... one Heluva Good NASCAR sponsor ... and "What Were They Thinking?"
This week on the Treehouse Fort:Tuffy: Broncos quarterback Jay Cutler and new head coach Josh McDaniels are still at loggerheads over perceived slights arising from a possible attempt to trade the young thrower. Cutler skipped a charity event this week and discussions between the two men broke down when Cutler demanded McDaniels stop sending him...

Blue Jackets Beat Penguins 4-3 in Shootout

Almost a complete and sudden failure, but it wasn't.
Game Recap Boy, was this a real nail-biter. The Columbus Blue Jackets led the game on Thursday, the 12th of March, for the first period, with both Antoine Vermette and captain Rick Nash dominating at the boards and all over the ice. Though their dominance only led to one goal, it was clear that the momentum, and the game, was in Columbus'...

Pacific NW Sports Report: Out Of The Sonic Void

Things are looking up this spring for Seattle sports fans.
It's been a long cold winter in the Pacific Northwest for a sports fan. Rooting for Seattle teams has been like cheering on a root canal.Let's count up the ways things have gone wrong: the Seahawks players broke, the Mariners spent the most money for the most losses ever in baseball, the Sonics ... well, you know about that; as Bill Simmons said so...

Stephen Strasburg, The Greatest Baseball Prospect of All Time

He throws a 100+ mph fastball with movement. That's unheard of.
His description is almost too unrealistic to believe, even for a movie. A 6'4", 220-pound junior in college with a fastball regularly clocked at over 100 mph, multiple major leauge-caliber pitches, and pinpoint control. No, this is not Roy Hobbs, pre-bullet wound. And the only stage this character performs on is a true to life, substantive baseball...

Are The Blue Jackets The Best Team in the NHL?

The 6th placed team in the West really should be the 1st.
Saturday night against the Red Wings was a night of records for the Columbus Blue Jackets. Team captain Rick Nash had his fourth hat trick of his career, tying the franchise record. He even made the three goals unassisted, marking the first time that this has happened since March 14th, 1948. (Funny factoid, Nash won an award in 2003-04 named after...

Death, Taxes, And D'backs Starting Pitching

If Scherzer merely comes close to a Lincecum-type breakout season, this should be the best rotation in the NL.
Part 1 of Desert Pepper's look at the 2009 Arizona Diamondbacks. Starting us off is, naturally, starting pitching.Throughout the franchise history, Arizona's always had a solid rotation. Even if the offense was nothing more than a gentle windmill for the catcher, the rotation would have at least have Randy Johnson, Curt Schilling, or Brandon Webb,...

Griffey's Return Worth Every Second of Waiting

After 10 years in a non-Mariners uniform, Griffey's return to Seattle is one of the greatest moments this sports fan's ever seen.
There are things in life that should not happen. We see them in children's books or on the Hallmark Channel, but never in our dirty world of grime and struggle. Life is incomplete, which means that it's imperfect, which means that these Kodak moments we see in cinema or find in literature do not come to fruition.But that is life. This -- the moment...