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Thursday, September 14, 2006Who should be this years American League MVP? David Ortiz or Derek Jeter?
Sound off in the comments section.
Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Kinda like the luck of my dating life being a day late and a dollar short, I'd like to offer a belated congratulations to UCONN Women's Basketball Coach Geno Auriemma on his induction to the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Geno was inducted to the Hall of Fame this past Friday night with along Charles "Round Mound of Rebound" Barkley, Dominique "Human Highlight Film" Wilkins, Joe "Good Boy of the Bad Boys" Dumars, Dave "The Commish" Gavitt, and Italian National Team Coach Sandro Gamba. He joins UCONN Men's Coach Jim Calhoun, who was inducted last season, in the Hall of Fame. To my knowledge, they are the only two coaches from the same school that are in the Hall of Fame.
Geno started his coaching career as an assistant coach at Virginia before taking his first and only head coaching job at UCONN in 1985. In 1991, Geno had his team in the Final Four and after 10 yrs as a coach at UCONN had his first national championship in 1995. The team went a record 35-0 to win it all that year. In 2001-2002 season, Geno's Huskies achieved another perfect season amassing a 39-0 record. Overall Geno's Huskies have won a total of 5 National Championships.
In 21 seasons, Auriemma has an overall record of 589-116. In those 21 seasons, Geno has had only one losing record and that came in his first year of coaching the Huskies (12-15 in 1985-86).
Look for Mel Thomas, Keita Swanier, Renee Montgomery, Brittany Hunter and the rest of Lady Huskies to get Geno to his 600th career victory this upcoming season.
Once again, congratulations to Coach Geno Auriemma.
CORRECTION: Auriemma and Calhoun are the only two active coaches from the same school in the Hall of Fame. Rotoworld.com,
"Derek Jeter didn't put a ball in play in four trips to the plate, yet somehow left the contest with his career-best 21-game hitting streak intact. With three walks and one hit by pitch, he did not actually record an official at-bat, so according to the rules, the hit-streak is still alive. Talk about a case of 'you know things are going you're way when…'"
That has to be one of the strangest occurrences during a hit streak. If my memory serves me correctly and no i am not that old, didn't Pete Rose have the same thing happen to him during one of his hit streaks.
Sorry to my fellow Red Sox fans and readers for posting something about the Yankees. As a true baseball fan, this was something I had to point out.
Monday, September 11, 2006
Please take a moment sometime during the day today to remember the victims and countless heroes of the fateful day known as 9-11-01.
Happy Birthday to all those born on this date... Let our celebration of life be a reminder to those that attempted to break us that we are still standing proudly and believe that America is the best place to live!! (That means you MOM!)
Please don't forget our troops who are overseas defending our great country and those who gave their lives.
Saturday, September 09, 2006Good news for Red Sox fans as golden boy Jonathan Papelbon has what is called in baseball terms, "dead arm." In case you don't know what "dead arm" is, Red Sox medical director, Thomas Gill defines it as:
"the ball of the shoulder joint had slipped slightly forward, but not completely out of the joint to the point where it would be considered a dislocation"
Right now the idea is to keep Papelbon out of the lineup til he regains the strength in the right arm. Since the Red Sox still have a shot to make the playoffs, you may see Mr. Papelbon return in a few weeks. If the Sox are out of the race by then, it would be wise to shut him down til next season.
I do have to wonder though, if he got "dead arm" as a closer, how many innings would it have taken him to go thru a "dead arm" phase as a starter?
CORRECTION: I do have to amend my last question due to the lack of medical knowledge I have about deadarm. An anonymous reader notes that deadarm can happen to a pitcher at any time. Deadarm is a partial or near shoulder dislocation. The ball starts out of the socket and stretches the ligaments and tendons but doesn't pop out fully. So basically to answer my own question, Papelbon could have gone thru a deadarm phase at any point of the season. It could have happened to him after the first pitch of the season or any points in between.
Thursday, September 07, 2006As the Red Sox were finishing up getting their asses handed to them by the Chicago White Sox tonight, Red Sox former farmhand and current Florida Marlin, Anibal Sanchez was putting the final touches on his first career no hitter in only his 13th MLB start.
In case you didn't know, Sanchez was part of the Josh Beckett/Mike Lowell trade that happened over last off-season. Also in that deal was Hanley Ramirez, who made some spectacular plays at shortstop, including getting an assist on the last out.
This brings up a very interesting question. Was the trade for Josh Beckett worth it? While Beckett got off to a fast start this season, he has faded over the past few months of the season. The throw in in that deal was Lowell, who was a salary dump by the cash strapped Marlins. I will not knock Lowell at all because he has been stellar defensively at third base. But what has Beckett really brought to the Red Sox? I am interested to see what people have to say about Mr. Beckett.
Monday, September 04, 2006
Good news for the Boston Red Sox as David "Big Papi" Ortiz is setting his sights on returning to the Sox lineup on Tuesday. Ortiz has been out of action all this week after a reoccurrence of his heart palpitations. Ortiz flew back to Boston on Monday and underwent a battery of tests to determine if there was anything wrong with his heart. All tests came back negative and his problem was likely due to stress and fatigue.
Also in other injury related news, Alex Gonzalez, Trot Nixon, and the "Captain" Jason Varitek returned to the Sox today as all 3 were activated from the disabled list. Gonzalez was 0 for 3 in Sunday's game while Nixon and Varitek did not see action.
Hopefully the return of these 4 players in addition to Manny Ramirez, the Sox can start their winning ways again and make a last minute run at the wild card. The Red Sox currently sit 6.5 games behind the AL wild card leader Chicago White Sox, who are in Boston for a 3 game set.
Saturday, September 02, 2006
Friday, September 01, 2006
Well after undergoing tests for cancer, Jon Lester was diagnosed with a rare form of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a blood cancer. Lester will begin treatment for the disease this week. It is not known what stage he is at right now but because he is only 22, the odds for recovery are much greater.
Look for Mike Lowell to give Lester advice on dealing with the cancer, as Lowell is a survivor of testicular cancer.
I am sure I speak for all of Sox Nation when I say our thoughts and prayers are with Jon Lester and his family.
In other Sox news that happened while I was at the UCONN/URI football game on Thursday night, David Wells was traded to his hometown San Diego Padres. The Sox received AAA catcher, George Kottaras for Wells.
Well yesterday was the first UCONN football game for the 2006 season and the Huskies opened up their season against the Rams of Rhode Island, a Div 1-AA school.
As usual the boys were out in force again, tailgating it up. There was even a fantasy football draft. Anyways, this is a quick post right now because I am on dial-up internet access. I think dial up should be outlawed because this is so slow, i watched a turtle run a mile in 5 minutes.
Anyways, I will be adding pictures from the game as well as the rest of the stories that came along with today's game when I get back home to West Haven in the morning.
UPDATE: Well I have gotten the pics uploaded and they will be viewable at the bottom of the post.
So our day started with a visit to the fanfest booth where we ran into the Geico Girls, who we later found out worked at the Gold Club in Hartford. From there it was back to the tailgate to wait for the rest of the crowd so we could start our fantasy football draft. Our draft only took 90 minutes, which for us is pretty quick.
Anyways onto the game. UCONN opened up their season with the Rhode Island Rams. It was a strange start to the season as the Rams opened up with an onsides kick, which they did recover. After that, the UCONN D stood strong and it was all UCONN til the end. UCONN won the game 52-7 amassing a whopping 419 yards rushing and 563 yards of total offense. Lots of stars for UCONN last night, but I am giving the star of the game to Larry Taylor who finished with 2 rushes for 62 yards, 3 receptions for 42 yards and a TD. Next up for the Huskies is the Wake Forest Deamon Deacons on September 16th, 12 NOON at the Rent.