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The Morning After: January 26, 2009

The Morning AfterThere are those of us who will say there were no sports to speak of this weekend. I have several links to prove you wrong. You may look at these links and say to me that the links I provided were largely linked to sports that no one talks about. If I look at the weekend traffic here at Sparty and Friends and compare it to those weekends when we had college football as well as “paid to play” football games on from sun up to sun down – I would largely have to agree with you.

So for all of the tormented souls out there who didn’t get their sports fix this weekend… let me be the first to welcome you to Super Bowl Week. You get your fill of the biggest event in sports on tap for the next 150 hours or so before kick off. More on this in a little while after the jump… Continue reading

America Wants Change? Let’s Give ’em Change.

The Change Man himself.

The Change Man himself.

As Obama takes over our country, you can’t help but hear everyone whisper one word (or shout it)… change. As this is a sports website (most of the time), let’s talk about change in sports. Change comes more easily in sports than in most other areas of our culture. We now have replay in baseball! Things are changing all around us. What do I want to see changed? You didn’t ask? Too bad, ’cause I did. Follow me on a journey through the sports world as I pick out all the things that I wish were different. Continue reading

The Morning After: December 17, 2008

Goooooooooooood Mooooooooooring!

You’ve got 8 more shopping days til Christmas, 4 til Hanukkah, and 3 more years of Joe Pa in Happy Valley. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m a huge fan the ol’ man, but this isn’t what Penn State fans wanted is it? Consider this. Joe Pa is 81 years old, when he ends this contract he’ll be 84. It’s not a question of WILL HE RETIRE, but more like WILL HE MAKE IT. (I know too easy, I’ll get better) Continue reading

Hot Stove Prognostication

hot-stove-exclusiveThe Hot Stove Season is upon us, and since the NFL season is winding down, I needed a new shtick in order to stay relevant within these pages.  Since the only sports I know well enough to really contribute to are football & baseball, I figured – why not start spreading Hot Stove Rumors like they were holiday cheer and goodwill toward men!

So here’s how it’s gonna work.  I’ll give a Boston perspective on deals since, ya know, I’m from “Bawstun” (I actually have absolutely no Boston accent even though I’ve lived here my whole life).  Sparty’s gonna drop some NYC knowledge on us.  I’m hoping Trey can give us a small-market Florida perspective, and Mikey might check in with the West Coast Bias of the Lovable Losers.  And finally, if we’re lucky, Miz will stop by and give us the take on free agency from the Minor League angle.  Actually, if we’re lucky Miz will just stick to UT business…

Feel free to jump in with your own predictions in the comments – hey, if we get another major story right, we might lead a legitimate sports broadcast instead of the local news in Tumbleweed, Idaho. Continue reading

The Week That Was: 10/14 (Playoff TV Rant)

For baseball purists, this isn’t good. This isn’t good at all. The Yankees and Mets don’t make the playoffs and ratings just don’t drop…they dive. Continue reading

Do You Believe in Payback?

View of the Polo Grounds from Coogans Bluff

View of the Polo Grounds from Coogan's Bluff

The day was September 23rd. I’m not talking about yesterday. I’m talking about September 23rd, 1908. The setting is the Polo Grounds, home of the New York Baseball Giants. Their opponent this afternoon are the Cubs. This series is important as are all series between these two teams in the first decade of the century. The Giants won the NL pennant in 1904 and 1905 while the Cubs had won the pennant in 1906 and 1907. They were again in a dead heat for the NL pennant and even had competition from a 3rd team, Honus Wagner’s Pittsburgh Pirates. It was the bottom of the 9th inning and the score was tied 1-1. Fred Merkle, a 19-year-old rookie from the Midwest was playing 1st base for the Giants that day in place of the regular first baseman. Merkle was huge by the standards of the time. He stood 6″1 and weighed in at 190 pounds. Despite his size, he was known to be quite fast and a great athlete. The Giants had been trying to find time for him all season and this was one of those days.

Outfielder Moose McCormick was the only one of the first three batters who got on base that in the bottom nine. He was on first base with two outs as Merkle strode to the plate. Merkle hit a line drive single into right field that advanced his teammate to 3rd base. The Giants now had the winning run only 90 feet from home. Up came Al Bridwell, the Giants’ light-hitting shortstop. To the surprise of many, Bridwell was able to punch a grounder through the infield to win the game. Or so it seemed anyway. Continue reading

Ned Yost Fired, Dale Sveum to Take Over

Dale Sveum is the new manager of the Milwaukee Brewers. You heard me. I do not remember him as a Boston Red Sox fan, but as a Sports Guy reader. As soon as I heard the name, I flashbacked to all the things that Bill Simmons had written about Sveum over the years and remember them being quite funny. Therefore, I decided to compile them for the amusement of others and for the unitentional demoralization of Brewer fans. They are after the jump…

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