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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Watch: Cameron Wake's walk-off sack

AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee
                                               AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee

 In light of the World Series being over with, Miami Dolphins defensive end Cameron Wake demonstrated his own walk-off sack to end a back-and-forth game between his Dolphins and the Cincinnati Bengals Thursday night at Sun Life Stadium. Wake was able to manhandle his way through a fatigued Bengal's offensive line to wrap up Andy Dalton for his third sack of the game. Take a look:
The game ending on a sack for a safety was the second time in NFL history. According to ESPN, there were two other times that a game ended on a safety.
The first was in 1989. The Minnesota Vikings beat the Los Angeles Rams 23-21 when Mike Merriweather blocked Dale Hatcher's punt and the ball rolled out of the end zone. The second time was in 2004. Alex Brown (Chicago Bears) sacked Billy Volek (Tennessee Titans) in the end zone and knocked the ball loose. Tennessee tackle Fred Miller recovered the ball, but was tackled by Adewale Ogunleye for a safety to give the Bears a 19-17 overtime win over the Titans.
Dolphins went on to erase their four game losing streak by beating Cincinnati Bengals 22-20. Not a good night if you are a Bengals fan.
 
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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Watch: Cards win Game Three on a bizarre walk-off

(AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
                                          (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
 Baseball fans we have a series as game three ends on a bizarre play. Heading into the bottom half of the ninth inning with the Red Sox and Cardinals tied at four, Yadier Molina starts the inning with a one out single off of reliever Koji Uehara. Uehara was relieved by Brandon Workman who gave up a first pitch double to Allen Craig. With two aboard in scoring position and one out, John Jay hit a ground ball to Dustin Pedroia, who made a helluva diving stop. He was able to recover, throwing out Molina at home for the second out. Jarrod Saltalamacchia throws down to Will Middlebrooks at third trying to catch an advancing Allen Craig; but the ball gets away from Middlebrooks sailing into left field. Craig then makes an attempts toward home plate and trips over Middlebrooks legs. He gets back up and continues his route to home plate but was clearly thrown out by left fielder Daniel Nava. Home plate umpire Dana DeMuth signaled safe pointing to third base umpire Jim Joyce (I know ya heard that name before, after his blown call that cost Detroit pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game last year.) Joyce made the obstruction call on Middlebrooks which allowed Craig to score the winning run. Take a look at this bizarre walk-off!
As you can see there was plenty of action going on, good and bad. If you are Will Middlebrooks you have to remember: This is the World Series, you cannot allow that ball to pass you what-so-ever. Get off that bag and keep that ball in front of you! Tough way to lose game three. Cards win 5-4 and take a 2-1 lead in the best of seven. Game 4 is Sunday night.

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Watch: Rice Owls 4 foot 9 secret weapon take his first collegiate carry

photo by Matthew Postins
                             photo by Matthew Postins

Okay, I lied! He's not a secret weapon but he is Jayson Carter who is a meager 4 foot 9 inch walk-on running back who has been stashed on the practice squad for the past three season who finally got his first action for the Rice Owls. Carter is currently the smallest player ever to play FBS game, take a look at his first carry:
“That young man is here ever day busting his tail on the scout team. He deserves it,” Rice coach David Bailiff said after the game. “I'm thrilled we got Jayson into a Division I football game.”
Mr. Carter may not have taken it to the house but this will certainly be a day he will never forget. Hats off to you Mr. Carter, I may have laugh; but you have one up on me. I never played a down at the Division I level so the joke is on me!

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Watch: Dominick Williams Razzle Dazzle Punt Return TD

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Muskingum Muskies punt returner Dominick Williams displays how pitiful Division III tackling can be as he does his best Prime Time impersonation taking a 74 yard punt return to the house! Take a look: Wow, one miss tackle after another, and another one, and another one! Needless to say it was the first points for the Muskies as finally stop the bleeding! Their opponent Heidelberg had scored 42 unanswered points prior to the Muskingum score. You can imagine how many missed tackles occurred before this highlight!

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

WATCH: Stanford's Kodi Whitfield turns the catch of the year into a TOUCHDOWN!

Stanford wide receiver Kodi Whitfield breaks a 3-3 tie after hauling in what might be the catch of the year against the undefeated UCLA Bruins. Don't sleep on the Ivory League of the West as Stanford also puts out top-notch athletes as well. Watch Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan connect with Whitfield on a one hand grab that went for a 30 yard touchdown! courtesy of ESPN.com
  This is a must win game for both squads as no one wants to lose any ground to the Mighty Oregon Ducks! Update: Stanford beat UCLA 24-10

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Watch: Shane Victorino slams the Sox into the World Series

PHOTO CREDIT BOSTON GLOBE                                            PHOTO CREDIT BOSTON GLOBE

The Detroit Tigers only have themselves to blame as they head home after another devastating loss to the Boston Red Sox on Saturday night in Fenway. Tigers were up 2-1 in the sixth inning with their ace Max Scherzer still in control until the inevitable happens. When Johnny Gomes doubles to lead off the seventh inning followed by a one-out walk to Xander Bogaerts, you knew Detroit was in serious trouble. Make things worse Scherzer's night was over as he heads to the showers sending in Drew Smyly hoping to preserve a one run lead. Jacoby Ellsbury reaches base on an error by shortstop Jose Iglesias that had the potential to be a double play and possibly ending the inning unscathed. Tigers' manager, Jimmy Leyland elects to go with Jose Veras to face Shane Victorino. With an 0-2 count against Victorino watch what happens next:
                                courtesy of mlb.com
Gotta love the Green Monster!
 
Congratulations to the Boston Red Sox getting back to the World Series, first time since 2007. Boston will be face the St. Louis Cardinals in a 2004 rematch where the Red Sox broke the curse winning the World Series for the first time since 1918. Since then they have won twice (2004 and 2007). St. Louis have had recent success themselves winning in 2011. Game 1 of the 2013 World Series begins Wednesday in Boston. This is the first time the World Series will have both teams with the best record in each league since 1999.

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Watch: Prince ill-advise base running includes a ill-advised belly flop!

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Where is Prince Fielder's Snickers endorsement? He obviously worked pretty damn hard to earn it with his piss poor performance this entire playoff series. His post-season play was at an all-time low. The 29-year-old slugger posted an .181avg in the ALCS with one extra base hit and ZERO RBIs! Fielder has been distant, head hasn't been in the game and when he had a chance to capitalize on an insurance run in the sixth inning of game six, he got caught in a rundown that ruin a big inning. Not only did he get rundown, he tried to belly flop his way back to third! Take a look: 2013-10-19 22_32_57 check out this angle in slomo!
2013-10-19 22_35_57 T-I-M-B-E-R! This unfortunate play caused by Prince concluded a double play as Dustin Pedroia was savvy enough to tag out Victor Martinez before Jarrod Saltalamacchia ran down Fielder.

 Ladies and Gentlemen, this play sums up Fielder's entire post-season play. A FLOP!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

VIDEO: No Johnny No, No!

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                                                         (AP Photo)

What was the reaction to the State of Texas when Johnny Manziel went down to a knee injury? Complete silence! No Johnny No! The play happened in the first quarter of the Texas A&M/ Ole Miss game when Johnny Football rolls out to his left scrambling away from Rebel defenders and as he released his pass, take a look:
courtesy of ESPN

Well, you could here more than a pin drop because the game is played in Oxford, Mississippi! Thank goodness for the turf as it seems to be the only way Johnny was going down! Manziel grabs his knee after collapsing from a non-contact play. He was seen by A&M's medical staff and they placed a fitted knee brace on him.
Well, if you were rooting against the Heisman Trophy winner to be hurt, the jokes on you, he came back just to prove his knee was alright by doing his signature move of making defenders miss.
Hand the man the Heisman Trophy again, he is by far the most exciting player in college football, PERIOD!
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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Is Tampa ready to trade David Price?

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As the offseason nears the Tampa Bay Rays are preparing life without their starting ace David Price. Though the 2012 Cy Young winner would love to stay put in Tampa he is convinced he has thrown his last pitch in a Rays uniform. Nothing is definite as of yet and Price still remains under contract until 2015; he is eligible for arbitration until he signs a long-term deal. Price had a conference call on Wednesday with reporters and he discussed the idea of moving on. According to SI.COM
You’ve seen it happen a couple of times already I don’t know what’s going to happen, but I know what’s happened in the past,” he said about leaving Tampa. “It’s not disappointing or anything like that. This is a place I love to be. My teammates and everyone in the organization knows that. It’s part of baseball and it’s something I’ve seen go on, it’s kind of something I somewhat prepared myself for.”
What David is referring to is the loss of former teammates Matt Garza who was traded to Chicago Cubs in 2011 and recently traded Jamie Shields who went to Kansas City Royals this past season. Price coming off a Cy Young Award, had a rather disappointing season battling a left triceps strain that cause him to miss six weeks of the season and wasn't his dominating self with a 10-8 record with a 3.33 ERA 151K in 27 starts.

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VIDEO: Sterling Marte & Pete Kozma displays some defense

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As you may know by now the St. Louis Cardinals advanced to the NLCS by defeating the Pittsburgh Pirates 6-1. But before we leave the NLDS there were two outstanding defensive plays that happened at the bottom half of the third inning and carried on at the top of the fourth inning. Pirates left fielder, Starling Marte, demonstrates a what if by making this spectacular play. Take a look:
                              courtesy of mlb.com

 Matt Carpenter was probably thinking a possible in-side-the-park-home run! Well, more like a heck of a grab by Marte! But it doesn't end there! The very next inning Cardinals shortstop, Pete Kozma, makes a highlight of his own by robbing a for sure Neil Walker base hit.
                              courtesy of mlb.com

Helluva plays by both Marte and Kozma, and congrats to the St. Louis Cardinals on advancing to the NLCS.

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Monday, October 7, 2013

Juan Uribe sends Atlanta Braves home

(USA Today)
                                                     (USA Today)

Game 4 of the NLDS provided late heroics from the mighty Dodgers as they rallied their way past the Atlanta Braves thanks to a lead-off double by Yasiel Puig in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Dodgers down a run and Juan Uribe up to the plate. His only responsibility was to bunt Puig over to third base. Well, small ball isn't Uribe's strongest suit as he failed twice trying to bunt Puig over. With two strikes on Uribe, his only option was to protect the plate and hope for the best. Take a look at what happens next:
                                                        courtesy of mlb.com

I wonder does Braves pitcher, David Carpenter, wished Uribe would have laid that bunt down now? Hmmm, a former Giant hitter in Juan Uribe and a former Giants pitcher in Brian Wilson helps the Dodgers advance to the NLCS, go figure! Dodgers win 4-3 and win the series 3-1. They will play the winner of Pittsburgh/St. Louis who are tied at 2-2 in the best of five.

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Sunday, October 6, 2013

Video: Carl Crawford lands in the stands after making a tough catch

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Game 3 of the NLDS was all about LA Dodger left fielder Carl Crawford, who felt pretty good at the plate smacking a three-run shot in the second inning off of Atlanta Braves starter, Julio Teheran. Crawford enjoyed a two hit game while scoring three runs and three RBIs in an offensive explosion by the Dodgers. But in order to win a World Series, one must keep in mind that defense wins championships. In the top of the eighth inning, Braves catcher Brian McCann hit a fly ball down left-field line, Crawford was able to track it down making the tough catch in foul territory. Check out
the end of the play:
                                                                 courtesy of mlb.com

As you can see, the ump was on point confirming the Crawford catch. When Crawford went tumbling into the stands there had to be a sigh of relief that he didn't get hurt in the process. Dodgers are already playing without the services of All-Star Matt Kemp and Andre Eithier and LA can ill-afford Carl Crawford getting hurt again with his injury prone self. Dodgers went on to win game three, 13-6 to take control of the series 2-1 in the best of five.

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