Saturday, August 31, 2013

0 Purdue, Cincinnati 1-up each other on terrific INTs

Cincinnati grabbed an astounding interception while falling out of bounds, and Purdue answered with a tipped ball INT while going to the ground.

0 FAU coach calls for spike on 4th down

The game was over against Miami, but Florida Atlantic was trying to mount something to go out on a positive note. Instead, the Head Coach Carl Pelini wanted him to spike it on 4th down. The best part is where someone is telling him what he did.

0 Michigan State's Kurtis Drummond snags 1-handed INT

Michigan State had no trouble in their season opener against Western Michigan, and safety Kurtis Drummond got himself on Sportscenter with an amazing one-handed interception.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

0 Marlins have 2 guys slide into 3rd like only the Marlins can

A little rundown situation caused a peculiar situation as two Marlins runners ended up sliding into third from different directions, one of which was called out. Jeffrey Loria baseball at its best.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

0 Shaee's College Football Top 25

By Shaee Flatt

The best season of the year is just one day away. That’s right, college football starts tomorrow. As pointless as they sometimes are, everyone loves to talk about pre-season polls. Whether you are an Alabama fan, a Utah fan, an Akron fan, or even a lowly Kentucky fan, everyone is 0-0. The question is, who are the best 0-0 teams?! Time for you to find out.

Top 25

1.       Georgia – Surprised? You shouldn’t be. The Tide have won two straight and three of the last four National Championships, but Georgia is just as good on paper, if not better. If there was ever a year that made 1981 feel like yesterday, well this is it for the Dawgs.
2.       Alabama – Having the Tide at anything other than number one in this day and age is borderline insane. They have been completely dominant. However, it has to end sometime, and I think this year will be a slight hiccup. I think Georgia wins the SEC and the National Championship. It will be a dismal 11-2 or 12-1 season for the Tide.
3.       Oregon – Yes, Chip Kelly is gone. No, Oregon is not. New Head Coach Mark Helfrich has the program looking like an exact replica of when Kelly was the head man. Oh, and their players are still faster than the roadrunner. They’ll be okay.
4.       Clemson – I don’t know how I have an ACC team at number 4, but I do. The Clemson offense is the real deal, and the defense is loaded with talent, it just has to produce. If it can, Clemson is a dark horse for a National Championship berth. They’ve got Georgia in what should be a great game to start the season.
5.       Ohio State – As you can probably tell, I’m not as high on the Buckeyes as some people. They might play for the National Championship, but if they do, they will get murdered. Just lose early and get it over with Urban.
6.       Stanford – Stanford has a ton of talent, but a lot of new faces make them somewhat of an unknown. Kevin Hogan looks the part, and showed a lot of arm talent when he played last season. If he can get some help from the new running backs, Stanford will be in the top 10 once again.
7.       LSU – I’m a little higher on LSU than most people are. They play a brutal, brutal schedule so they might not be ranked in the top 10, but to me, they are a top 10 team. Defense will be great as usual, and I expect QB Zach Mettenberger to play this season, the way he played the Alabama game last year. Great.
8.       Florida – Like LSU, the Gators defense will be tremendous. How will their offense be, though? Jeff Driskel is nothing special, and they don’t have any proven playmakers around him. Despite that, their defense is too good to leave them out of the top 10.
9.       South Carolina – If Clowney gives full effort on every play, South Carolina could be really dangerous. He won’t though, and they’ll win their 9 to 10 games. Which is like winning 11 to 13 games in any other conference.
10.   Texas A&M – Johhny Football aside, the Aggies are a good football team. With him, they have a chance of beating anyone. Without him though, and they are a top 20-30 team. I think he plays the entire season, and Texas A&M falls just short of their goals. Like SC, they will win 9 or 10 games.
11.   Texas – The Longhorns have been down, but that is all about to end. Lots of people talking about Oklahoma State in the Big 12, but at seasons end, I think Texas walks away with the conference championship.
12.   Michigan – Michigan is Ohio State’s only real threat in the Big 10.
13.   Oklahoma – While everyone disagrees, I still think Oklahoma State is playing third fiddle to the Big 12’s major powers. Sorry Cowboy.
14.   Ole Miss – Possibly my second biggest shock, behind Alabama being number two is having Ole Miss in the top 15. The Rebels are for real though. They will win plenty of games this season, and don’t be surprised if the beat Alabama, A&M, or LSU.
15.   Florida State – Based on pure talent alone, Florida State compares to any team in the nation, but there is always something missing. There is always that one below average team that makes you wonder why you ever thought the Noles had a chance. It will happen again. Duke this time?
16.   Notre Dame – After playing for the National Championship last season, and clearly not belonging, its’ time to place Notre Dame back where they belong: The middle of the pack.
17.   Louisville – Another team that I am not sold on. Sure, they beat Florida while they were sleep walking. Ho hum. Bridgewater is very talented, and their defense plays with great intensity, but Louisville doesn’t belong where most of the experts have them.
18.   UCLA – The Bruins are a team on the rise, and could be a dark horse to contend for the PAC 12 title. I haven’t seen enough of them, so I’ll keep them here for now. Don’t be surprised if they sneak their way into my top 10 at some point, though.
19.   Miami – The Canes have been down for a while. I don’t expect they will be for much longer. Their offense, led by QB Stephen Morris, and RB Duke Johnson should be electric. If they can get some good defensive play, Miami could surprise some people.
20.   Michigan State – The Spartans have a chance to have the best defense in the Big 10. They did for the first half of last season. They didn’t lose a ton. Now they just need to find it.
21.   Oklahoma State – To most people, Oklahoma State is the Big 12 favorite. To me, they are a team that could very well lose their opener to Mississippi State.
22.   Northern Illinois – NIU is my choice for this seasons’ best non-BCS team, and that includes Boise State. Losing your head coach can always hurt, and they lost a good one in Dave Doeren to NC State, but I think they’ll be just fine. I wouldn’t be surprised to see NIU win 11 or 12 games.
23.   Virginia Tech – Though they will likely be on life support after week 1, I still expect the Hokies to have a pretty good year. They aren’t what they used to be, but they still have plenty of talent all over the field.
24.   Nebraska – Nebraska has a lot of hype that I don’t believe in right now, I like Taylor Martinez though, so I’ll give them the benefit of the doubt and keep them in the top 25 for now.
25.   North Carolina – Another ACC team that might be on life support after week 1. However, they’ll be just fine in the lackluster ACC. They’ve got the weapons, and their defense can play very good at times. The Tarheels aren’t just a basketball school anymore.

0 College Football Week 1 Predictions

By Kenny Howell

What better time to predict who will win what games when you have seen absolutely no one play so far. That is what I will attempt to do, and not embarrass myself come the end of the day Monday. I am going to avoid the NCAA FBS vs. FCS games, because there is no need.

Thursday

No. 6 South Carolina 31 North Carolina 17
Minnesota 49 UNLV 14
Bowling Green 35 Tulsa 34
UCF 42 Akron 7
Utah 45 Utah State 17
Ole Miss 28 Vanderbilt 21
Rutgers 34 Fresno State 20
No. 24 USC 56 Hawaii 7

Friday

Michigan State 45 Western Michigan 3
Miami 52 Florida Atlantic 3
Texas Tech 41 SMU 24

Saturday

No. 2 Ohio State  63 Buffalo 3
No. 24 Wisconsin 59 UMASS 0
Cincinnati 45 Purdue 21
No. 10 Florida 52 Toledo 7
Maryland 49 Florida International 14
N.C. State 48 La. Tech 28
No. 7 Texas A&M 55 Rice 6
No. 13 Oklahoma State 38 Mississippi State 24
No. 14 Notre Dame 41 Temple 0
No. 17 Michigan 44 Central Michigan 6
Penn State 42 Syracuse 17
Virginia 27 BYU 23
Iowa 31 Northern Illinois 13
Arkansas 45 La- Lafayette 20
No. 1 Alabama 27 Virginia Tech 10
No. 16 Oklahoma 55 La. Monroe 3
Auburn 45 Washington State 17
Kentucky 42 Western Kentucky 23
North Texas 38 Idaho 35
Marshall 44 Miami (Ohio) 20
Southern Miss 41 Texas State 17
Troy 31 UAB 27
No. 8 Clemson 38 No. 5 Georgia 34
No. 15 Texas 59 New Mexico State 7
No. 18 Nebraska 52 Wyoming 6
New Mexico 38 TX-San Antonio 24
No. 12 LSU 28 No. 20 TCU 20
Washington 31 No. 19 Boise State 13
No. 21 UCLA 45 Nevada 10
California 42 No. 22 Northwestern 24

Sunday

No. 9 Louisville 49 Ohio 3
Colorado 34 Colorado State 31

Monday

No. 11 Florida State 35 Pittsburgh 21




0 Ha Ha, C.J. Wilson fell down

From a newborn to an elderly person, one thing they can all agree on is that falling down is always funny if the person is OK. Enter C.J. Wilson, who trips over the third base line it seems while coming out to the mound.

0 Rafael Nadal did this

Rafael Nadal is pretty good at tennis, and the spin he put on this winner that he had no business getting is unbelievable. Ryan Harrison had no chance.



[via Deadspin]

Sunday, August 25, 2013

0 MLB Power Rankings, Aug. 25

By Kenny Howell

A new No.1  and shifting as always in this week's power rankings. Teams are followed by their records and what they were last week.

1. Los Angeles Dodgers (76-53) (2) - They don't seem like they were ever cool off. They are 29-6 since the All-Star Break. Won seven of their last 10.

2. Atlanta Braves (77-52) (1) - Braves have dropped three in a row to relinquish the top spot.

3. Detroit Tigers (76-53) (3) - Tigers have a comfortable lead now in the AL Central that they shouldn't relinquish.

4. Tampa Bay Rays (74-53) (6) - The Rays are back on top of the AL East, winning eight of their last 10.

5. Pittsburgh Pirates (76-53) (4) - Pirates have just split their last 10, and are in danger of losing the division lead to the Cardinals.

6. St. Louis Cardinals (76-53) (9) - The Cardinals have broken their mini-slump, and have won four in a row, eight of their last 10.

7. Texas Rangers (75-54) (8) - The Rangers are playing just a bit better than the A's, and holding the AL West lead.

8. Cincinnati Reds (74-56) (7) - The Reds are still the odd man out in the three way NL Central race.

9. Oakland Athletics (72-56) (5) - The Athletics are playing mediocre at the wrong time, as they have given the Rangers a little bit of a cushion in the AL West.

10. Boston Red Sox (76-55) (10) - The Red Sox are finally slipping a bit, winning just four of their last 10.

11. Cleveland Indians (70-59) (13) - Gonna be tough for the Indians to win the AL Central, but a Wild Card is still very much a possibility.

12. Baltimore Orioles (69-59) (11) - The Orioles are not taking advantage of a slipping Red Sox team, as they have just won four of their last six as well.

13. Arizona Diamondbacks (66-62) (12) - The Diamondbacks are pretty much out of the race in the NL West and Wild Card now, but it's still possible for the Wild Card.

14. New York Yankees (68-61) (15) - I had given up on the Yankees the last two weeks saying they wouldn't make it to the postseason, but the Wild Card still might be within grasp. Dangit.

15. Washington Nationals (65-64) (16) - The Nationals are putting it together right now, winning five in a row.

16. Kansas City Royals (64-64) (14) - The Royals have been so streaky all year. Right now, it's going the wrong way, losers of seven straight.

17. Milwaukee Brewers (56-73) (17) - The Brew Crew have gotten out of last place in the NL Central.

18. Colorado Rockies (60-71) (19) - The Rockies are coasting along at below average.

19. Los Angeles Angels (57-71) (22) - The Angels have won two in a row.

20. Toronto Blue Jays (57-73) (18) - The Blue Jays have never really got it going this year. On a seven game losing streak right now.

21. Chicago Cubs (55-74) (20) - The Cubs are back to playing like they did at the start of the year, losing seven of their last 10.

22. New York Mets (58-69) (21) - The Mets have dropped three in a row.

23. Seattle Mariners (59-69) (23) - The Mariners have lost two in a row, and four of their last six.

24. San Francisco Giants (57-72) (24) - Safe to say that the Giants won't be repeating this year.

25. Chicago White Sox (53-75) (26) - White Sox are playing fairly well, winning seven of their last 10.

26. San Diego Padres (58-71) (25) - Padres are bad.

27. Minnesota Twins (57-71) (27) - So are the Twins.

28. Philadelphia Phillies (58-71) (29) - And the Phillies.

29. Miami Marlins (49-79) (28) - And of course the Marlins are.

30. Houston Astros (43-85) - But the Astros are king of terrible.

0 Now at Netflix: 42 (2013)



42 (2013) - Written and Directed by Brian Helgeland; Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nicole Beharie, T.R. Knight, Harrison Ford, Christopher Meloni, Lucas Black, John C. McGinley.

By Kenny Howell

I don't think I have ever recommended a movie based on good intentions, but that is kind of what I am doing with 42.

Jackie Robinson's story is unbelievably important, and it is great that a new generation of people get to know how he made his way into baseball, and how it changed the nation. But it is done in such a Hollywood glossed, occasionally silly way. Harrison Ford's over the top performance as Branch Rickey, which fit the movie, but was a bit much. Pee Wee Reese's relatives talking before the game very ridiculously about how many times Reese might get on base, then revealing the horrible racists that they are. I understand the point of the scene, racism is a learned belief, but it's poorly done. Just silly dialogue meant to enhance the already enormous respect we have for Robinson. That's not needed. His actions are enough to admire the man, we don't have to have everyone else in the movie tell us that. The movie is filled with those moments that seem more like a parody of a sports biopic than the biopic itself.

But there are moments that make it entertaining Hollywood gloss. Chadwick Boseman's performance as Robinson is one of them. He never overplays it like some of the rest of the cast, and his relationship with Rachel is one of the driving forces of the film, although I wish they would have gone deeper with that. The movie sticks pretty well to the true story as well, so it's nice to keep the history intact.

If you have kids that may not know the story of Robinson, or non-sports fans that aren't that familiar, this movie is pretty necessary because of the historical importance. If you are familiar with the story, you can probably take it or leave it.

Rating: **

0 Top 5 stories of the week

Check out our top 5 stories of the week

1. Fox Sports 1 debuted its new college football show, it's the same old thing
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/fox-sports-1s-college-football-show.html

2. Reggie Wayne got lucky and made a circus catch off a deflected ball
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/reggie-wayne-gets-lucky-makes-circus.html

3. Pam Oliver took a football to the face while reporting
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/pam-oliver-takes-football-to-face.html

4. Chris Paul wants to eliminate flopping fines. I wonder why?
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/chris-paul-may-want-to-eliminate.html

5. Tennis impressionist Josh Berry gives his US Open preview impersonating John McEnroe, Rafael Nadal, and many more.
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/tennis-impressionist-josh-berry-is-back.html

Friday, August 23, 2013

0 Chris Paul may want to eliminate flopping fines

According to TMZ, Chris Paul, new President of the Players Union, wants to do several things, including getting rid of flopping fines. I wonder why?


Wednesday, August 21, 2013

0 Tennis impressionist Josh Berry is back with a US Open preview

We have talked about tennis impressionist Josh Berry before when he met Rafael Nadal, but he is back with a US Open preview, where he plays John McEnroe, Boris Becker, Andy Roddick, Andy Murray and Nadal.

Monday, August 19, 2013

0 Dempster drills A-Rod, Girardi gets tossed

Ryan Dempster threw at Alex Rodriguez four times last night, and finally landed on the fourth pitch. A few things here. Yeah, A-Rod sucks. There are very few people that like him. But are you really saying all that much when you drill a guy who is going through the appeals process that you would probably go through too if you were suspended for any reason. Next, you threw at him four times. You missed three. You are a major league pitcher. That makes you look bad. And last, you made Rodriguez the hero of the game because he blasted one over the centerfield wall to help lead the Yankees to victory. He is still pretty good at baseball, especially when he is ticked off.

0 Pam Oliver takes a football to the face

I have covered high school athletics for several years now, and luckily have never been hit by any sort of ball or player. Although one guy pushed me one time because he got his butt whipped on a play, and somehow it was the out of shape reporter on the sideline's fault. Anyway, Pam Oliver wasn't so lucky in the pregame of the Colts and Giants. A Chandler Harnish throw was off target, and Oliver got it in the side of the face. No one gave her a heads up it seems, especially the guy standing right beside her watching the ball heading right for her face.

0 Reggie Wayne gets lucky, makes circus catch

It looked like Andrew Luck's underthrow was going to be picked by Aaron Ross, but he popped it up in the air, then it bounced off Wayne, who dove to snag it in before it hit the ground in the end zone. Just like they drew it up.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

0 Fox Sports 1's college football show, same old thing

By Kenny Howell

Fox Sports 1 debuted over the weekend as competition to ESPN's monopoly on sports coverage. I haven't got to check out much of it, but I did catch their college football preview show, hosted by Erin Andrews, and a panel of experts.

Fox Sports 1 had a chance to do something different, to really set itself apart from ESPN, making it a true alternative. But the preview show was just the same old thing. It closely resembled ESPN's College Football Live, same format, same mixture of former players and analysts. I thought maybe the addition of someone like Clay Travis, a brash radio guy, might liven it up a bit, but he seemed a bit uncomfortable, and they didn't really give him much screen time.

The College Football Preview show could have set the tone early, but it was clear when we saw the football playing robots, that was not going to be the case. Could they just get rid of those things. I have never heard anyone say they liked them, but they seem to have been around forever.

The top story right off was Johnny Manziel. Something ESPN has beat to death. Did you know he liked to party? I sure didn't Fox Sports 1.

Then, to keep with the not fresh and new theme, they brought on Regis Philbin to talk about Notre Dame. Nothing says fresh and new like Regis Philbin.

It was the same old story throughout the show, who is going to win the Heisman (Eddie George thinks it might be Teddy Bridge-over troubled-Water, gag), who is going to win the National Championship, and pretty much everyone toed the line picking the usual favorites of Alabama, Stanford, Ohio State, Oregon, etc. Only Mike Pereira took a chance, throwing Louisville in there.

I did kind of like Petros Papadakis. He seemed like he would deviate from traditional thinking occasionally. But he didn't pick a SEC team in the National Championship, so how smart can he be.

I'll stick with ESPN on Saturday mornings, despite them still keeping Cowboy Troy employed. It's still a solid show every week, despite some faults. If Fox Sports 1 figures out they need to differentiate themselves from their competitor, I will give it a chance, but my first impression was not a good one.


0 MLB Power Rankings, Aug. 18

By Kenny Howell

Still the same at the top, but shifting as always in this week's MLB Power Rankings. Team will be followed by their record, and what they were last week.

1. Atlanta Braves (75-48) (1) - Still the best, holding the best record and pitching staff. Top 10 in hitting and defense.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers (72-50) (10) - Where have the Dodgers come from? They were in the bottom five a month or two ago, but now, they are unstoppable. They have a 10-game winning streak going right now.

3. Detroit Tigers (72-51) (2) -The Tigers still in charge in the AL Central, despite only winning four of their last 10.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates (72-50) (4) - The Pirates have only won four of their last 10 as well, but still have the second best record in baseball.

5. Oakland Athletics (69-53) (5) - The Athletics have split their last 10, holding them in fifth.

6. Tampa Bay Rays (69-52) (3) - The Rays are two games back in the AL East because of a 3-7 record in their last 10.

7. Cincinnati Reds (69-54) (6) - The Reds have closed the gap on the slumping Cardinals for second place in the NL Central, now just 1.5 games behind.

8. Texas Rangers (71-52) (8) - The Rangers are still surging, winning eight of their last 10. Still think the A's have the better team in the long run.

9. St. Louis Cardinals (70-52) (7) - The Cardinals held the top spot for quite some time, but are falling rapidly.

10. Boston Red Sox (73-52) (9) - The Red Sox hold the AL East lead, but the Rays are on their heels.

11. Baltimore Orioles (66-56) (11) - The Orioles have some work to do to get into the playoffs, now three games behind the wild card.

12. Arizona Diamondbacks (63-58) (12) - The Diamondbacks probably have no hope in the NL West with the Dodgers continuing to roll, but a rally could get them back in the wild card, as they are five games behind.

13. Cleveland Indians (66-57) (13) - The Indians have fallen back a safe distance for the Tigers, now six games back in the AL Central.

14. Kansas City Royals (64-58) (14) - The Royals are still within striking distance of a wild card spot, which is strange.

15. New York Yankees (63-59) (15) - The Yankees still look poised to miss the playoffs, which makes the world a better place.

16. Washington Nationals (60-62) (16) - The Nationals still can't seem to get over the hump. Time has probably run out on them.

17. Milwaukee Brewers (54-69) (22) - The Brewers might have gotten a little better after the Ryan Braun mess. Still bad.

18. Toronto Blue Jays (57-66) (18) - Speaking of being bad.

19. Colorado Rockies (58-66) (24) - Rockies have won six of their last 10.

20. Chicago Cubs (53-69) (20) - The Cubs are still the Cubs.

21. New York Mets (56-65) (17) - The Mets are still the Mets.

22. Los Angeles Angels (55-67) (19) - The Angels have the fourth best offense in baseball, but second to last pitching staff if that tells you anything.

23. Seattle Mariners (56-66) (21) - Mariners had promise for awhile because of their pitching, but that has come back down to Earth.

24. San Francisco Giants (55-67) (23) - Remember when the Giants won the World Series last year?

25. San Diego Padres (55-68) (25) - The Padres have slipped back into last in the NL West.

26. Chicago White Sox (48-74) (27) - The White Sox have won two in a row, and five of their last 10.

27. Minnesota Twins (54-67) (29) - The Twins have also split their last 10.

28. Miami Marlins (46-75) (26) - The Marlins are playing very Marlins baseball right now, losing seven of their last 10.

29. Philadelphia Phillies (53-69) (28) - The Phillies have lost eight of their last 10.

30. Houston Astros (40-82) (30) - The Astros are last in record, pitching and defense. Second to last in hitting.

0 Top 5 stories of the week

Check out our top 5 stories of the week

1. Brian Kelly lead his running backs into a gauntlet sled that was turned backwards. It didn't turn out well.
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/brian-kelly-leads-notre-dame-rb-into.html

2. Rafael Nadal hit Novak Djokovic in the face with a ball.
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/rafael-nadal-hit-novak-djokovic-in-face.html

3. MLB Power Rankings, Aug. 11
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/mlb-power-rankings-aug-11.html

4. Jason "White Chocolate" Williams can still dish the rock
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/jason-williams-still-can-dish.html

5. Mark Stoops got knocked down during a blocking drill, got all excited about Kentucky football
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/mark-stoops-gets-knocked-down-during.html

Thursday, August 15, 2013

0 Brian Kelly leads Notre Dame RB into backwards gauntlet sled, sled wins



Brian Kelly scoffed at the idea that the gauntlet sled during practice was turned backwards, and sent his running backs directly into it. The gauntlet sled won.

[via Deadspin]

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

0 Fabio Fognini lost match on 2 double faults, penalty and 2 foot faults

It was a fine way to go out for Fabio Fognini in Cincinnati Monday. Fognini double faulted the first two points, hit the ball into the stands out of frustration, costing him a point, then foot faulted twice in a row.



[via Deadspin]

Monday, August 12, 2013

0 Where is Adrian Beltre going?

Adrian Beltre got caught in a rundown last night, and figured his best course of action was to sprint into left field to avoid the tag the act surprised when he is called out.

0 Jason Williams still can dish

Jason "White Chocolate" Williams still is really good despite not playing in the NBA any longer. Here he throws a bounce pass alley oop.



[via Deadspin]

Sunday, August 11, 2013

0 Mark Stoops gets knocked down during blocking drill

Kentucky Head Coach Mark Stoops got knocked down (or tripped) during a blocking drill recently, then popped up all pumped up about Wildcat football. That will go away once the season starts, and definitely when basketball season gets going.



[via FanSided]

0 Rafael Nadal hit Novak Djokovic in the face

Rafael Nadal beat Novak Djokovic in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal, and during that match, he hit it right at Djokovic's face. I don't think it is on purpose, as Nadal seemed genuinely sorry. However, it doesn't help with the news that Djokovic and Nadal aren't really friends anymore.

0 MLB Power Rankings, Aug. 11

By Kenny Howell

We have a new No. 1 this week, and if you have been following baseball these past two weeks, you know who it is.

1. Atlanta Braves (71-46) (2) - The Braves 13-game winning streak came to an end last night, but the streak is enough to push them back in the No. 1 slot on our power rankings. They held the position for awhile, but have been out of it the last couple of months.

2. Detroit Tigers (69-46) (4) - The Tigers are hot as well, winning nine of their last 10.

3. Tampa Bay Rays (66-49) (1) - The Rays have dropped four in a row, but they are still in pretty good shape in the AL East.

4. Pittsburgh Pirates (70-46) (3) - The Pirates have lost their last two, but have a comfortable lead in the NL Central.

5. Oakland Athletics (65-50) (5) - The A's have given the AL West lead to the Rangers, but still are probably the best team in the division.

6. Cincinnati Reds (64-52) (6) - The Reds are still behind the Cardinals, but the Cards are sinking.

7. St. Louis Cardinals (66-50) (7) - The Cardinals have dropped four in a row, and are falling far away from the No. 1 slot they held for quite awhile.

8. Texas Rangers (67-50) (12) - The Rangers are red hot, winning nine of their last 10 and six in a row.

9. Boston Red Sox (71-48) (8) - The Red Sox are still winning enough to keep the lead. However, pitching and defense wins championships, and they are bad at both.

10. Los Angeles Dodgers (66-50) (10) - The Dodgers are still hot, winning nine of their last 10, and four in a row.

11. Baltimore Orioles (64-52) (9) - The Orioles are quietly hanging around in the AL East.

12. Arizona Diamondbacks (59-56) (13) - The Diamondbacks probably have lost the NL West lead to the Dodgers for good, but the wild card is still within striking distance.

13. Cleveland Indians (62-55) (11) - The Indians are slipping at the same time the Tigers are surging. They have lost six in a row.

14. Kansas City Royals (60-54) (15) - The Royals are nipping at the Indians heels, winning seven of their last 10.

15. New York Yankees (58-57) (14) - The Yankees are pretty much done and America rejoiced.

16. Washington Nationals (56-60) (16) - The Nationals are pretty much out of it too, eight games back of the wild card.

17. New York Mets (53-61) (20) - The Mets are playing pretty well compared to their earlier season. Too bad it probably won't matter.

18. Toronto Blue Jays (54-62) (21) - The Blue Jays are still underachieving.

19. Los Angeles Angels (53-62) (17) - The Angels have split their last 10 games.

20. Chicago Cubs (52-64) (19) - The Cubs have won two in a row, but only four of their last 10.

21. Seattle Mariners (53-63) (18) - The Mariners have won just three of their last 10.

22. Milwaukee Brewers (51-66) (23) - The Brewers have won two in a row.

23. San Francisco Giants (52-64) (25) - After bottoming out, the Giants are getting back to mediocre.

24. Colorado Rockies (54-64) (22) - The Rockies have won just three of their last 10.

25. San Diego Padres (53-63) (24) - The Padres are battling the Giants for last place in the NL West.

26. Miami Marlins (44-71) (28) - The Marlins' pitching staff is improving greatly, now 14th in the MLB in WHIP.

27. Chicago White Sox (44-71) (26) - The White Sox have solidified themselves as the worst team in Chicago.

28. Philadelphia Phillies (52-64) (27) - The Phillies have won just two of their last 10.

29. Minnesota Twins (51-63) (29) - The Twins continue to be terrible.

30. Houston Astros (37-78) (30) - But not as terrible as the Astros.

0 Josh Reddick has homered 5 times in last 2 days

Josh Reddick hadn't had a hit since July 29 until Friday when he blasted three home runs, then on Saturday he smashed two more. Below is his three homers Friday.

0 Top 5 stories of the week

Check out our top 5 stories of week.

1. The Manning brothers rap for a DirecTV commercial. It's actually pretty funny.
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/manning-brothers-track-foyp-drops.html

2. Bryce Harper got drilled for admiring a home run, said a bunch of curse words.
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/bryce-harper-gets-drilled-for-admiring.html

3. Yasiel Puig made an amazing catch that didn't count
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/yasiel-puig-makes-amazing-catchnon-catch.html

4. A muscular Mets fan couldn't manage to open a water bottle.
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/muscular-mets-fan-cant-open-water-bottle.html

5. MLB Power Rankings, Aug. 4
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/mlb-power-rankings-aug-4.html

Friday, August 9, 2013

0 Tomas Berdych gets cheap, tries underhand quick serve

Tomas Berdych thought he would pull a fast one yesterday by doing a quick underhand serve. Luckily, the chair ump didn't allow it even though I think it is legal. It's just petty.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

0 Raul Ibanez threw the ball about 5 feet from the outfield

You see this quite a bit in first pitches, say like Carly Rae Jepson, but you don't often see it from major league players. Raul Ibanez threw a pitch right into the grass in front of while trying to get it in from left last night.


0 Bryce Harper gets drilled for admiring HR, says curse words

Bryce Harper smacked a home run in last night's loss to the Braves, and like most people, liked to watch the ball go far. It wasn't that over the top, but the Braves took exception and Julio Teheran drilled Harper in the thigh. Which, if you are going to do it, it's the right place to hit him. But, Harper's admiring wasn't anything that dramatic. Don't know why the Braves are so touchy. They are killing it right now.

0 Manning brothers' track, FOYP, drops

I have some respect for people that will completely make a fool of themselves for a laugh. The Manning rap song could have gone horribly, but F.O.Y.P. (Football on Your Phone) is pretty funny. It's pretty much a knockoff of a Lonely Island style song, but it still works because of Eli's spray tan and Peyton's wig.

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

0 Now at Netflix: Trouble with the Curve (2012)



Trouble with the Curve (2012) - Directed by Robert Lorenz; Written by Randy Brown; Starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman, Matthew Lillard, Robert Patrick.

By Kenny Howell

The trouble with Trouble with the Curve is that it is terrible.

If you watched Moneyball, and wished the story was about the older scouts and how they were really right, then this is the movie for you.

The message of this movie is that things used to be better. From a baseball standpoint, the filmmakers make it clear early on that sabermetrics is a bunch of crap, the same argument that old columnists have been making for a few years now.

"Anybody who uses computers doesn't know a damn thing about baseball," Eastwood's Gus says early in the movie.

This, obviously, is absurd. Partially because the way that is worded it seems that anyone under the age of 35, who are very proficient with computers, don't know anything about baseball. But also, it says that any team that believes in sabermetrics, which is about every team in baseball nowadays, knows nothing about baseball. The Red Sox, Athletics and Rays have been at the forefront of using this method to analyze players. They are the top three teams in the American League right now. The Athletics have the lowest payroll in baseball, and have a comfortable lead in the AL West. That is the point of using these fandangled computin machines, to find players that may be undervalued. The A's are doing that.

Another way is to look at it is that the younger generation don't have much to contribute, only the older generation does. This, again, is absurd. Amy Adams and Justin Timberlake are the only younger adults in the movie that actually achieve anything, but it is not on their own, they do it with Eastwood's help.
Other than that, the movies last bit is laughably stupid. I will be giving away spoilers in the next paragraph, so stop reading now, even though studies show that people who know spoilers enjoy the story more.

Anyway, Amy Adams decides the lawyer lifestyle is not for her, and baseball is her love. Lucky for her, she walks outside her hotel and a beast of a lefthander is pitching with his little brother. HOW CONVENIENT! Of course, no one knows about him because his mom wouldn't let him play or something. She sets up a tryout for him with the Braves, and he gets to pitch against the big prospect they have been following the whole movie. The big prospect is can't miss by most people, but Eastwood sees he has trouble with the curve (see what they did there). And get this, the new kid has a great curve ball! And he used to sell peanuts at the big prospect's high school games, which are such a ridiculous representation of what high school baseball games are like.

You can figure out the rest. Eastwood didn't direct this one, but if he did, his character probably would have died at the end, because he always has to kill off a main character to try for awards. Everyone stays alive, but it doesn't make this movie any better.

Trouble with the Curve is also available on Redbox, Amazon Instant, iTunes and is currently playing on HBO.

Rating: 1/2

Sunday, August 4, 2013

0 Muscular Mets fan can't open water bottle

This guy obviously works out a bit, but all that time in the gym couldn't prepare him for opening a water bottle.

0 5-year-old cancer survivor scores TD at Browns practice

As I have stated before, I am glad this has become a thing that football teams do. This time, it was Ryan Encinas, a 5-year-old lung cancer survivor, who took the handoff from Brandon Weeden and followed Trent Richardson's lead into the end zone for a touchdown.

0 MLB Power Rankings, Aug. 4

By Kenny Howell

The Pirates taking four of five from the Cardinals and some other hot teams have moved things around a bit at the top of the MLB Power Rankings this week, but the Rays still hold the top spot for now. Each team will be followed by their record and what they were last week.

1. Tampa Bay Rays (65-45) (1) - The Rays are one game behind the Red Sox right now, but I still think they are the most powerful team in baseball. They are top five in record, OPS, WHIP and defensive efficiency. They are the most well rounded team by far.

2. Atlanta Braves (66-45) (6) - The Braves are the hottest team in baseball right now, winning nine in a row.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates (66-44) (5) - Taking four out of five from the Cardinals changed the look of the NL Central, and put the Pirates back in control.

4. Detroit Tigers (63-45) (7) - The Tigers are hot too, winning their last seven games.

5. Oakland Athletics (64-46) (3) - A's continue to be consistently good, but drop a few spots because of the hot play of the Braves, Pirates and Tigers.

6. Cincinnati Reds (61-50) (4) - I think the Reds are the most talented team in the NL Central, the Cards and Pirates have just played better. If they ever gel, it could be their division.

7. St. Louis Cardinals (64-45) (2) - After weeks in the top three, the Cardinals take a dip after going 2-8 over their last 10.

8. Boston Red Sox (67-45) (9) - The Red Sox are keeping the Rays from taking over the division, but pitching an defense problems will eventually catch up with them.

9. Baltimore Orioles (61-50) (8) - Orioles just 4-6 over their last 10.

10. Los Angeles Dodgers (60-49) (12) - The Yasiel Puig effect is still propelling the Dodgers, as their lead in the NL West is getting bigger and bigger. They have won eight of their last 10.

11. Cleveland Indians (61-49) (13) - The Indians are hot as well, winning nine of their last 10.

12. Texas Rangers (61-50) (10) - The A's have control of the AL West, as the Rangers continue to play average ball.

13. Arizona Diamondbacks (56-54) (11) - The Diamondbacks have lost control of the NL West, and are just as far back in the Wild Card race, so they need to get things turned around soon.

14. New York Yankees (57-52) (14) - An AL East crown may be out of the question now for the Yankees who are 8.5 games out, but a run could get them in the Wild Card.

15. Kansas City Royals (55-52) (17) - The Royals are streaky, and they are on a winning one right now, taking nine of their last 10.

16. Washington Nationals (54-56) (18) - The Nationals could get into the Wild Card race with a good run.

17. Los Angeles Angels (51-58) (15) - The Angels have won three in a row, but were coming off a bit of a slump.

18. Seattle Mariners (51-59) (16) - Mariners have won just three of their last 10.

19. Chicago Cubs (49-61) (19) - The Cubs have dropped their last three.

20. New York Mets (49-59) (23) - The Mets are rising in the rankings because they are less terrible than some other terrible teams.

21. Toronto Blue Jays (50-60) (20) - The Blue Jays have dropped their last three.

22. Colorado Rockies (52-60) (22) - The Rockies have dropped seven of their last 10.

23. Milwaukee Brewers (46-64) (21) - The Brewers have lost their last three.

24. San Diego Padres (51-60) (26) - Padres playing a little better, winning six of their last 10.

25. San Francisco Giants (49-60) (27) - The Giants are still head scratchingly bad.

26. Chicago White Sox (40-68) (25) - The White Sox are on a 9-game losing streak.

27. Philadelphia Phillies (50-60) (24) - The Phillies are also terrible right now, losing nine of their last 10.

28. Miami Marlins (43-66) (28) - Marlins are slightly better than average over their last 10 at 6-4.

29. Minnesota Twins (47-60) (29) - Twins have won their last two, but just four over their last 10.

30. Houston Astros (36-73) (30) - The Astros are on their way to 100 losses this season.

0 Yasiel Puig makes amazing catch/non-catch

This didn't count because the ball bounced off the wall, but Yasiel Puig made an amazing catch on a foul ball yesterday, getting his glove on it, then adjusting to it as he went to the ground and snagging just a few inches from the dirt.

0 Top 5 stories of week

Check out our top stories of the week.

1. MLB Power Rankings, July 28
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/07/mlb-power-rankings-july-28.html

2. Another crazy trick shot from KDPRODUCTIONS7
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/07/another-crazy-trick-shot-from.html

3. Yasiel Puig continues to be good at baseball
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/07/yasiel-puig-continues-to-be-good-at.html

4. Ump Eric Cooper almost charged the mound after getting mad at A.J. Burnett
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/ump-eric-cooper-almost-charges-mound.html

5. Jason Sudeikis plays an American football coach that goes to England to coach soccer
http://www.sportsshmorts.com/2013/08/jason-sudeikis-plays-american-football.html

Saturday, August 3, 2013

0 Jason Sudeikis plays American football coach who goes to coach soccer

Jason Sudeikis has moved on from Saturday Night Live, but he did a skit recently for NBC Sports to promote their airing of Premier League games. He is American football coach Ted Lasso, who goes to Great Britain to coach the Tottenham Hotspur.


Thursday, August 1, 2013

0 Ump Eric Cooper almost charges mound

A.J. Burnett got a little frustrated with Eric Cooper's strike zone yesterday, and threw up his arms a bit in disgust. Umpire Eric Cooper acted like any rational person who wasn't on a power trip, and nearly charged the mound.



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