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2009 October | The Sports Report Girl - Part 3

Ring Rust and Low Blows!

October 15, 2009 by AC  
Filed under Boxing/MMA, SRG's Blog

Ring rust used to be a big concern in boxing. But lately, it seems like the longer the layoff, the better the results.

First there’s the case of Floyd Mayweather Jr. and his masterful return against Juan Manuel Marquez. Then, nearly a month later in Los Angeles, Israel Vazquez knocked out Angel Priolo (30-8 20 KO’s) after a 19-month hiatus.

Last Saturday at the Nokia Theater, a bloodied and shaky Vasquez (44-4, 30 KOs) showed he wasn’t going to let a 2-inch cut (opened over his left eye during the sixth round) threaten his bid for a comeback. Ironic, due to the fact his absence was a result of surgery to repair a detached retina.

Vasquez admitted to being rusty… but a win is a win. And considering his former trainer, Freddie Roach, hoped he would retire given the grueling rivalry with Rafael Marquez last March, those words were never more true.

But with another mega fight on the horizon for his wunderkind, Manny Pacquiao, Roach has his mind on other matters… Like Cotto and his track record of low blows. The legendary trainer is awaiting a rules meeting before next month’s fight to address the issue.

Roach will be seeking an automatic disqualification for the first intentional low blow thrown. “Cotto tends to get dirty when the going gets tough in most of his fights and I don’t want this to happen. I will make sure the referee will be very strict about it,” Roach says.

Count on it. Roach is a master at micro-management. When Cotto gets threatened, which he will, can the Puerto Rican warrior stop his impulse from hitting below the belt?

We’ll have to wait until November 14th to find out.

Why Am I Dreaming About Rush Limbaugh?

October 14, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under SRG's Blog

Maybe I need to start drinking warm milk before going to bed… or maybe a few shots of bourbon. Either way, I’ve been having some weird dreams lately… like this one about Rush Limbaugh.

2009 NLCS Preview

October 14, 2009 by Gabe Zaldivar  
Filed under Baseball, MLB, SRG's Blog

These playoffs have reaffirmed what I thought I already knew about baseball. A lot of times the loss goes to he who screws up first, often, or both. Either a closer will throw a changeup out over the plate, or a shortstop will flub a double play, or Matt Holiday will try to run and catch at the same time. More often than not these mistakes turn into game changing blunders. Looking to the National League match-up on Thursday, I have decided who will screw up least.

Both teams boast solid defenses. Dodger faithful may even have images of gold glove infields of yester year. Likewise, the Phillies have nary a hole to hit to. This would almost be a complete tie on defense if it weren’t for the Manny in left field. I know it’s coming. It hasn’t yet. But it will. There will be a gaffe of such epic proportions as to end the Dodger hopes in one foul swoop. Things have been too easy out there for him. Sure every fly ball looks like it wants to come out of his glove. Sure every gaper is chased at walking speeds. But a big one is coming. Set the DVR to record.

As for rotations I have to give the “most likely to get rocked” award to either Randy Wolf or Brad Lidge. One constant with Wolf is that when he takes the ball, you know the opposition will score three runs. You can take comfort in that it will not be more than that but either way he will leave the game with three runs having been scored. As for Brad Lidge, I mean, come on, even Brad Lidge was holding his breath when Brad Lidge was pitching the ninth inning on Monday. He really only had one pitch he was comfortable with and that was his slider. Lucky for Lidge, Troy Tulowitzki was fond of swinging at pretty much anything that night.

Now what hitters will go completely absent for the next week? Smart money is Pedro Feliz. This guy wasn’t exactly raking the ball against Colorado. He went 3 for 13 but still scares me. He has a Scott Brosius thing about him. He could easily go 1 for 20 in the next series but that one could be the game-winning walk off single.
So which team will screw up least to take this thing? My guess is the defending champs…then again it could be the Dodgers. I’ll let you know after I see how many fastballs Padilla can throw without Chase Utley hitting the pavilion.

Enough With The Jager Already!

October 13, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under SRG's Blog

Here I am, waking up Monday moring after a rough sports Sunday. Clearly I could use some aspirin… and a new head!

Top 10 Worst NFL Teams of the 2009 Season

October 13, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

This particular list isn’t going to base rankings solely on record. It’s also going to take into account pre-season expectations versus season results. Naturally, this list would be titled “The Most Underachieving Teams in the NFL”; however, some teams with low expectations will be mentioned, as well, thus, disqualifying them as underachieving.

There’s my preface, and don’t be disappointed or appalled when you see some surprise mentions (or non-mentions. As such, the Lions and Chiefs aren’t on this list.)

10. San Diego Chargers (2-2)
Every year the Chargers are expected to win the Superbowl, and every year they disappoint. This year is no different. The surprising Broncos are atop the AFC West, and Tomlinson is not getting any younger. I place all blame solely on Norv. I can’t believe he’s not gone yet. Charger fans have put way too much faith in a guy that’s proven nothing.

9. Buffalo Bills (1-4)
Marshawn Lynch’s injury definitely hindered this team at the start of the season, but Fred Jackson proved to be a viable backup. With the acquisition of T.O., their air attack should have been top-notch. Instead, they’re dead-in-the-water, last in the AFC East. Oh, I forgot — you need a QB, too.

8. Jacksonville Jaguars (2-3)
It should usually count for something when you boast one of the top running backs in the league in Maurice Jones-Drew, but with David Garrard’s incompetence and a sparsely talented defense, losing 44-0 isn’t that far-fetched.

7. Carolina Panthers (1-3)
The Panthers still possess heaps of talent in Steve Smith, DeAngelo Williams, and Julius Peppers, but as with the Jaguars, when your QB is epically horrendous, as is Delhomme, it’s a little difficult to eek out wins, especially in a division with the Saints and the Falcons.

6. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (0-5)
So, let’s compare this team to last season: lost their HC (Gruden), starting QB (Jeff Garcia), and defensive coordinator (Monte Kiffin). Even the holy Patriots would fail to register a win if Belichick and Brady said sayonara.

5. Cleveland Browns (1-4)
I remember feeling really bad for Brady Quinn when he dropped to #22 in the 2007 draft. Now, I know why he fell so far.

4. Tennessee Titans (0-5) / Washington Redskins (2-3)
Okay, so there are actually 11 teams on my list… the Titans and Redskins tied for fourth worst as both had high expectations before the season began. For Tennessee, all we need to say are two words: Kerry Collins. And I’ll give you two more: Albert Haynesworth… as in the loss of Albert Haynesworth. As for the Redskins, they got Albert Haynesworth as a free agent, but the defense isn’t the problem in Washington, it’s the lack of offensive firepower. Jim Zorn will get fired in the bye week if they lose their next two games to Kansas City and Philly.

3. St. Louis Rams (0-5)
How far the mighty have fallen… It was just a few years ago the Rams were considered “The Greatest Show on Turf.” Today they are quite the opposite. However, there are worse teams…

2. Dallas Cowboys (3-2)
Quite possibly the most surprising team on this list, and they’re not on here because of record, which is respectable. But why do I get the feeling when I watch the Cowboys that, if given the chance, one of Romo’s own teammates would punch him? It seems like the chemistry is off, way off. Even if the Cowboys do make the playoffs, prepare yourself for a colossal meltdown ala last season. Blame Jessica Simpson, as everyone else has.

1. Oakland Raiders (1-4)
You know you’re a bad team when you can’t tell if the head coach getting arrested is actually a good thing or a bad thing. What we do know is Jamarcus Russell is a complete disaster as an NFL quarter back. Until the plug gets pulled on him, and Al Davis takes up Crypt Keeping on a full time basis, the Silver and Black will remain the worst team in the NFL.

Love Is In The Air On Twitter

October 11, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

The other night on Twitter, I stumbled upon an interesting conversation between Chad OchoCinco and Larry Fitzgerald. Basically, OchoCinco, one of the most followed athletes on Twitter, was politely asked by Fitzgerald for a little shout out to help get his own follow count up.

Fitz: @OGOchoCinco hey mr-i have a quarter million followers, can i get a shout out every now & than from u 2 get my following up geeez? Lol

Prior to last night, Fitzgerald had a humble 91,000+. *Note: Fitz’s tweet might be a little unclear. He’s not saying that he has a quarter million followers; he’s calling OchoCinco Mr. “I Have a Quarter Million Followers.”

OchoCinco replied with…and get ready for it:

OC: all my followers follow the best reciever in the game, my homeboy @Lfitzgerald11

I know, right? He was later @replied with a bunch of his followers saying “Whoa! OchoCinco actually said someone was better than him!” to which the outspoken player then tweeted back:

OC: Yeah Larry Fitzgerald is better than me, he’s done something I’ve yet to accomplish! He took his team to the playoffs and super bowl!!!!!

And the lovefest continued…

Fitz: Thanks @OGOchoCinco i dont know about the best man,im just tryin 2 keep gettin better.but ill take the extra followers.mcdonalds on me lol!

OC: @Lfitzgerald11 bruh you know how greatness is measured in this league, numbers, wins and rings, I only got one of the three and that’s #’s

Fitz: @OGOchoCinco thanks man thats a big statement from some1 wit as much talent as u have

I got a kick out of following this conversation, not only because it’s fascinating to read the rapport between players, but also because of the responses from their followers including tweets like “Fitzgerald and OchoCinco got a Bromance,” “Are you guys going to kiss now?” and “You guys need to get a room.”

All in all, Fitzgerald’s attempts to get his count up worked. He now has over 98,000 followers.

Oh, the wonders of Twitter…

NFL Hype Machine Out Of Gas This Week

October 10, 2009 by Jenna Q.  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

There’s been a lot of hype around the Broncos-Patriots game this weekend, and quite frankly, I don’t get it. Last week it was the Jets & Saints in “The Battle of the Undefeated.” The result… a butt-whoopin’ of rookie quarterback Mark Sanchez and Rex Ryan’s almighty defense. For what it’s worth, that game warranted the hype. The resurgence of the Saints vs. the emergence of the Jets had great appeal. Despite my unfettered hatred of the Jets, even I still was intrigued by this match-up… partly because I wanted to see Drew Brees stick it to the youngin’, but hey, that’s just me.

Now the undefeated Broncos and the holier than thou Patriots are garnering all the buzz. It’s being touted as an AFC heavyweight match, which is, at first glance, true. After skimming over this week’s schedule, it’s clearly the most “intriguing” game we have. Even if you truly believe the Broncos are for real, which I don’t, it should be fun to watch Josh McDaniels face his old team. Their defense is better than expected, and Brandon Marshall has overcome his off-season woes. But when you have someone named Kyle Orton on your team, your season will eventually be toast. Look for the Chargers to pick up some steam and take the AFC West, as was originally predicted. Broncos fans can stop gloating now.

As for the Patriots, it’s clear they aren’t the dominant team of years past, regardless of their 3-1 record. The defense is depleted and their running game is very suspect.

Personally, I don’t like either team and will be pulling a tie. But since Brady and co. are bound to have some bogus calls go their way, I’m putting my money on the Pats. Seems like the safest bet in the house.

On Campus: week 6

October 9, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under College Football, Football, SRG's Blog

The Chair of the Florida State Board of Trustees has publicly called for this to be Bobby’s last year as head coach. With the program underperforming for a number of years now, plus the presence of “coach in waiting” Jimbo Fisher, the sentiment seems to be growing. But how do you show a legend, and the one who built your program from the ground up, the door?

What A Weird Dream I Just Had

October 8, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

Rodney Harrion and Tony Dungy know that Tom is ‘Da Man… even if he does wear a skirt form time to time.

One Little Cheap Shot, But A Whole Lotta “Whine”

October 8, 2009 by SRG  
Filed under Football, NFL Football, SRG's Blog

If you saw the Patriots/Ravens game this past weekend, you saw a great
NFL game with a lot of close calls and some crucial missed
(or better yet, DROPPED) opportunities, especially by the Baltimore
Ravens.

And if you stuck around for the post-game interviews, you heard a lot
of whining from a bunch of sore losers.

The uber-vaunted and thus far over-hyped defense of the Ravens
(they’ve given up 24+ points in 3 of 4 games this season) represented
by their captain Ray Lewis, complained of the calls late in the game
on Sunday.

There was one play in particular where Terrell Suggs got flagged for
diving at Tom Brady’s knees. Although I agree he wasn’t intentionally
going for Brady’s knees, rules are rules. And you can’t complain after
the game about a new rule that you know is going to be called,
ESPECIALLY on the guy that caused the rule to come into effect!

Lewis said that “it is embarrassing to the game…”

Not as embarrassing as dropping a sure first down on 4th down with
less than a minute to go Ravens!

Bottom line is the Ravens still had a chance to win the game. And
although Ray did concede that the calls did not decide the game, why
then bring it up and talk about it at length?

Oh, and it used to be that defenseless kickers were going on IR left
and right, but defenses seemed to have adjusted to not running into
the kicker after all these years.

Hopefully, we will never have to regard QBs in the same light as
kickers, but I’d rather see the Ravens get flagged time and again
until they adjust, than have to pick up Brian Hoyer on my fantasy team
‘cus Brady has to go on IR again.

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