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2009 October | The Sports Report Girl - Part 2

Déjà vu For Jermain Taylor At The Super Six

October 22, 2009 by AC  
Filed under Boxing/MMA, SRG's Blog

With the devastating knockout to Jermain Taylor in Berlin Germany, undefeated Arthur Abraham emerged as the clear winner of the first round of Showtime’s Super Six World Boxing Classic— a six-fighter event aimed at producing the sport’s undisputed 168-pound champion.

Taylor, a former middleweight world champion, who suffered his second straight last-round knockout, has some insiders calling for his retirement- not just in the tournament, but from boxing in general.
Saturday’s brutal knockout sent Taylor to a Berlin hospital for precautionary measures after suffering from concussion-like symptoms.

This wasn’t the plan for Taylor, who had the sport at his feet just four years ago. In the summer of 2005, Taylor, then a 26-year old prospect, took the middleweight title by decision from 40-year champion Bernard Hopkins. It was a close fight and despite the arguable win, Taylor was deemed a new era in the middleweight class.

How quickly things change. The ageless Hopkins with some stellar fights behind him, is now gearing up for a battle against ex-rival Roy Jones. On the other hand, Taylor’s middleweight reign has been anything but impressive. He’s now lost 4 of his last 5, 3 by way of dramatic stoppage.

The Super Six was an opportunity for Taylor to get back on top but in the first match he found himself in a familiar position, on his back in the 12th.

Meanwhile, WBC champion Carl Froch won a controversial split decision over previously unbeaten Andre Dirrell in Nottingham, England.

There is still debate over whether the Super Six is a way to forward boxing. Is creating a champion’s league event good for the sport?

Most fans and insiders do agree on one thing… Danish champion Mikkel Kessler, who will cap off the first round on November 21st in Oakland, CA against Olympic gold medalist Andre Ward, is a favorite to win the tourney. Abrahams is a popular second.

Deep Thoughts

October 21, 2009 by Gabe Zaldivar  
Filed under Baseball, MLB, SRG's Blog

Well it seems like the Yankees and Phillies get to play at least one exhibition game each before heading to the World Series. Both Championship Series are all but wrapped up with cute little bows on them.

If the Dodgers do win tonight they have the great fortune of facing Cliff Lee again. If the Angels win tomorrow and in game six they have to face C.C. Sabathia. We all know how both teams fare against those respective aces. For a second let’s disregard the match-ups. Let’s get down to what really matters in baseball, the subtle nuances.

Some things I learned in the Championship Series round:

1. Ron Darling sounds remarkably like James Woods. I finally realized this because I chose to focus on the tenor and repetition of his syntax rather than listen to…

2. Buck Martinez is a nose breather. He breathes through his nose and while funny in the first inning became quiet annoying in the second. And that was game one. I had to sit through this man’s nose whistles all through the 27 outs of each game.

3. Matt Stairs may look like a Little League dad who goes out and drinks all week and plays softball with his buddies on Sundays, but to Jonathan Broxton, Matt Stairs looks like the monster you always believed was in your closet as a kid.

4. The American League series was a tight one if you take away all the home runs the Yankees hit. Also please imagine a world in which Alex Rodriguez dominates in the postseason, seems bleak right? Well that’s the world we live in now.

5. Tim McCarver is currently in a heated battle with the English language. Who will win I am unsure of but we are worse off for witnessing it.

6. I could have easily gone out and got five of my closest friends and umpired these games. We would have been just as effective and might not have blown so many calls.

7. ManRam takes a shower in the ninth of game four. A leader on the team, he is neither there to console or to praise had the Dodgers pulled the win out. I still do not understand why he is supported by the fan base in Los Angeles.

It may be a long layoff before the World Series. I for one will be stocking up on cases of beer. I have found that’s the only way to truly follow what Tim McCarver is trying to say. It makes watching the World Series more understandable.

Norv Turner Has Got To Go

October 21, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Random Thoughts, SRG's Blog

LT still has it! But Norv Tuner lost it a long time ago. So all I have to say is “Bring Back Martyball!”

Patriots Show Their True Colors

October 21, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

After the Patriots’ embarrassing 59-0 rout of the depressing, downtrodden Tennessee Titans this weekend, the question that has repeatedly entered the public consciousness has been: is there such a thing as running up the score in professional sports? My answer: No.

Except when it’s the Patriots, so in this particular situation… Yes.

Let me explain…

This isn’t Pop Warner, there’s no such thing as a mercy rule. You’re getting paid millions and millions of dollars, so it’s up to you, as a player, whether you want to do your job and stop the other team from scoring (in turn, offensive players should be able to put some points on the board, as well). Seattle’s destruction of Jacksonville in week 5 (41-0) and the Giant’s domination over the Raiders (44-7) was merely one team performing ten times better than the other, without any ill intentions. The losing team just didn’t have enough juice to keep up.

In the case of the Pats-Titans game, while yes, one team performed far superior to the other, the second part of the equation is not true. In the Giants-Raiders game, Eli came out by halftime and a lot of the starters sat out the second half. Even though Seattle had a relatively healthy Hasselbeck, they gave backup Seneca Wallace some playing time. New England, however, played Brady, Moss, Welker and co. through the third quarter, even with a 45-0 lead. Lame.

The Patriots had every intention of running up the score, and I don’t believe this just because I will forever despise the Patriots and their BFF, Walt Coleman (remember the “tuck rule?”). I actually think there are legitimate reasons for their actions, like…

1. The Patriots aren’t the undefeated, untouchable team they once were. They wanted to show once and for all that they are still the supreme elite talent of the league (kind of like how a bully compensates for his lack of confidence by picking on the skinny, nerdy kid who picks his nose).

2. Labeled the “Cheatriots” from the “Spygate” incident a couple years back, Belichick is out for blood. He doesn’t care if he runs up the score because the NFL and all the other teams tarnished his reputation as a “great coach,” especially during their most recent Super Bowl year (like Barry Bond’s HR record, I will always grin a little inside when I see that asterisks next to their name).

3. And this, I believe, is the reason above all others… Belichick and his cronies were picked on as little kids and decided to turn the tables.

So, once again, athletes shouldn’t complain about running up the score. They’re professionals and should be able play like ones, especially when money is fattening their wallets. But again, the Patriots should know there is such a thing as class. I wonder where theirs went (assuming they once had it).

Washington’s Lame Duck Coach

October 21, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Poor Jim Zorn, lost in NFL purgatory.

Not really a head coach, not really not-a-head-coach.

He’ll still get the blame with every Redskins loss, but he may have to share the victory when if the Redskins win.

The ownership in Washington has brought in former offensive coordinator Sherman Lewis (formerly of the Packers, Vikings and Lions), at first as special advisor, but now as offensive player-caller.

Perhaps it’s fitting that this is all happening in Washington, D.C. They’re used to lame duck presidents, how much different is it for a lame duck coach. But what is Redskins owner Dan Snyder trying to say? I still believe my coach can lead this team, I just don’t want him in a hands-on role.

And what is Snyder trying to do? This situation is way worse than a quarterback controversy, it’s a coaching controversy. Is Snyder gonna pull one of his coaches during the middle of a bad game? Or maybe he plans to switch them out and use one for certain situations like a coaching wildcat formation.

Either way, it’s flat out embarrassing and Snyder should just go ahead and fire Zorn already. And if Zorn had any self-respect he would take this insult as disrespect and just quit already.

However, with the economy the way it is, I think Zorn’s decision to take his lumps may be the best play he’s called all season.

If Only Daniel Snyder Would Fire Himself!

October 21, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Random Thoughts, SRG's Blog

A shocking revelation comes to the Sports Report Girl while taking one of her many cat naps.

Jim Zorn Can’t Be Fired!

October 19, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Random Thoughts, SRG's Blog

I stayed up all night trying to figure this one out…
Of course it was before he got removed of his play calling duties, so you know… take it for what it’s worth.

On Campus: week 7

October 19, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

What a great Saturday of College Football! The Red River Shootout (sorry, I hate calling the Red River Rivalry) was close and could have gone either way… possibly Oklahoma’s way if Bradford hadn’t re-injured his right shoulder. Poor kid needs to learn how to get tackled. Florida had a close call against Arkansas… probably closer than anyone in Florida thought it would be. And once again, the nation’s 4th ranked team gets beat.

Unfortunately I had a brain freeze and forgot to link Week 7′s video up last week, so here it is now. Better late than never, I guess. But worry not for Week 8 will be posted in a few days!

That is if I don’t forget! ;)

2009 ALCS Preview

October 15, 2009 by Gabe Zaldivar  
Filed under Baseball, MLB, SRG's Blog

So let me get this straight. The Yankees went out and spent roughly the GDP of Kerzblakistan on better starting pitchers and yet they will take on the formidable Angels with…three pitchers. This seems like a bad return on investment.

Joe Girardi has decided to go with a rotation that will have the very spry and not a bit overweight C.C. Sabathia pitch in a possible 3 games this series. To his credit it is not a strategy born of great minds mulling it over, rather it is derived from necessity. You see, it’s October and the Yankees have really only three starters you can count on. Joba Chamberlain is best used as a catch-all pitcher that can go long or short and Sergio Mitre has a propensity to let the opposing team score a lot.

A three-man rotation may cause trouble if they get past the Angels and have to go to a 4-man rote in the Series. But that brings me to this series. The three-man rotation is pure trouble when you consider that two of the three are left handers. The Angels have no problem hitting left-handers. This has the makings of another Steinbrenner blow-up. I for one will not be able to handle a Yankee loss. Not because I am a fan-I am not. It’s because every year the Yankees fail to bring home a Series title, they buy more players the next year. Soon it will be the Yankees and a couple teams with the likes of Chris Davis and Barry Zito on them.

The Angels have eight guys hitting .297 or higher on the year against lefties. Basically get used to Angels being on base. Also get used to Scioscia running his little heart out against Posada.

Now the fun part is that the Yankees have an all-star lineup that can crush the ball. Add the fact that Yankee stadium turns pop ups into home runs and you have the makings of a very ugly series.

I guess my main point is this will not be a pitchers series. Scores should average above 5 and very well could take 4 hours to play.

The Mysterious Case of Braylon Edwards and Mr. Hide

October 15, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

With all the fanfare and media gossip floating around last Monday night’s game, you must give Braylon Edwards credit for stepping up to the occasion.

Questions of which Braylon would show up in New York filled the headlines… the Pro Bowler from 2007 (16 TD catches), or Mr. Butterfingers of 2008 (16 dropped passes).

But Edwards was quick to make his presence felt near the end of the first quarter when he caught a three yard pass up the middle for the tying score. At first, the 6’3” Edwards looked like a tight end amongst the smaller corners, prompting viewers to wonder who was the big body in the middle making the catch and athletically turning and getting both feet down. But as the camera zoomed in and the announcers called Edwards name, you couldn’t help but wonder how this receiver, with a Moss-like build and TO strength, could be traded for a third round pick.

Edwards showed-off even more of his abilities in the fourth quarter on a long 35 yard sideline catch that set up a Jets go-ahead score. Initially, Edwards’ twisting grab amongst double coverage was ruled a touchdown, but was reviewed and ruled down at the one. However, seeing the replay and watching him maintain enough focus to get his knee down inbounds, was incredible.

Edwards’ heroics were capped off by a “phantom,” pass interference call that set up the Jets final score. His efforts on that play won’t be reflected in the box score, but it was a potentially game winning moment… a moment the Jets could not have pulled off with the personnel they had prior to his arrival.

Although New York lost the game, they did find a legitimate number one receiver. Only time will tell if Edwards’ underachieving and malcontent days are over, but a change of scenery did wonders for Randy Moss when he left Oakland for the Patriots in 2007. That said, if Edwards starts playing hot potato with the pigskin again, there will be nowhere on the bench to hide from the brutal New York media.

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