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MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (LCS): Tuesday, 10-16-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • Boston unleashes a very venomous Eovaldi on the unsuspecting Stros, and Nathan holds them at bay long enough for Bradley’s hot bat to finish them off in a breakout 8th inning. It’s not time for the World Champions to put up or shut up … and that means more than some glossy Instagram highlight posts by hot corner Houdini Bregman. #RedSox #Astros

NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 10-15-18 (click post for audio)

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NFL Update:

  • NIners looked fine, until they got scared and tentative in the 4th. Once again, the separation between men and boys in the ranks of NFL QBs could not have been more starkly apparent. SF’s ship crashes hard on the rocks with a wayward chuck from Beathard; and then, seemingly marooned on his own ten, Rodgers needed about 1 minute to move his team 80 yards, with Crosby’s chip shot easily clearing the cross bar. It’s nice when your field general is always in the neighborhood, and then some, at crunchtime. #FortyNiners #Packers
Categories: NFL

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (LCS): Monday, 10-15-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • Kike’s fully justified in sticking up for his teammate, but Dodger fans are plenty justified in venting their frustrations — playing Grandal appears to have been a grand mistake. Game 3 vanishes away with Chacin having Turner and Co. chasing air. It certainly wasn’t all Yasmani’s fault, with plenty of blame to go around. The fact is, the Dodgers have the talent to win this, but do they have the mental toughness and intestinal fortitude. We know the Brewers, with their patchwork of “initial out getters”, their skinny manager with the big brain, and their funny looking mascot who specializes in sliders, certainly have “it”. So stop feeling sorry for yourself, buck up, and see how far a little bit of extra moxie will carry you. #Dodgers #Brewers
Categories: MLB

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (LCS): Sunday, 10-14-18 (click post for audio)

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  • Red Sox prove they’re just too good to be swept under the rug by the uber self-assured Astros; Cole wasn’t bad, and in fact had his moments, but it’s just too hard to follow Verlander. Nice job battling by David Price, who doesn’t get the win, but kept his team in the game long enough for Boston to work its Green Monster magic. #RedSox #Astros
  • Now the announcers for TBS need to start talking about how dedicated and professional the Red Sox are; enough already about the Astros!
Categories: MLB

NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 10-14-18 (click post for audio)

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NFL Update:

  • Time to get down with Mr. Brown, who penetrates the Bengal secondary breach and goes Downtown, with almost no time left at Paul Brown. #Steelers #Bengals
  • This game was a scoring spectacle of first order; congratulations to Sony and Tommy for further exposure of KC’s weaker half, and congrats to Tyreke for wreaking plenty of havoc in the soft underbelly of the NE secondary. #Chiefs #Patriots
  • In a welcome change of pace, the Cowboys don’t come up measly … putting up 40 and featuring 100 plus yards from Elliott and a couple of TDs from missing person Cole Beasley. Meanwhile, J-ville continues to look like a fake contender, with a completely dazed and confused Blake at the helm. #Jaguars #Cowboys
  • Gurley man makes mush out of the Orange Crush, and the steady, resilient Rams batter their way to a 6-0 record. #Rams #Broncos
  • Raider rabble comes unraveled across the pond, and Carr suffers yet another breakdown. Time to bring Gruden’s group in for servicing. #Seahawks #Raiders
  • Redskins redeem themselves at home, as Norman returns to normal and Mr. Smith returns home to Washington and executes his game manager duties with the usual modicum of efficiency. #Panthers #Redskins
  • Chargers chastise the bumbling Browns, dominating them all over the field, and raising the question that maybe Mayfield isn’t ready just yet to shine as an NFL QB. #Chargers #Browns
  • Thielen was feeling it, catching everything in his general vicinity, and the Vikings take a liking to keeping things on the ground in punishing the visiting Cardinals. #Cardinals #Vikings
  • Bills get killed when the Peterman pick six principle rears its ugly head at precisely the worst time. #Bills #Texans
  • Scrappy Miami claws its way to a narrow victory, all without their king of the hill Tannehill. Bad loss for the Bears, who watch their comeback run out of gas, culminating in a kick by Parkey that went off track in OT. #Bears #Dolphins
  • Falcons hang on for dear life, against their peers, the Buccaneers, when a last ditch pitch from Winston to Humphries to Evans can’t be steered to Jackson. It’s tough winning without much of a defense, but Atlanta finally gets the job done. #Buccaneers #Falcons
Categories: NFL

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives (LCS): Saturday, 10-13-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (LCS):

  • Momentum shifts toward the Dodgers as Turner turns on a Jeffress offering and puts it into the left field stands. If Justin stays true to his penchant for getting on base in the playoffs (3rd highest on base % in history) the Dodgers are a cinch to get their 2nd consecutive pennant. #Dodgers #Brewers
  • Bregman and Verlander help Houston write Boston’s obituary yet again.  The big bats of Betts, Benintendi and Martinez were missing in action, and the Red Sox pitchers were usually missing the plate (Workman, in particular should not have even shown up for work); the mass exodus of Fenway faithful to the Mass Pike — before the bottom of the ninth — tells it all.  Oh and to top it all off, Chris Sale no longer looks untouchable. #Astros #RedSox
Categories: MLB

NCAA Football Update, Week 6 (click for audio):

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NCAA Football Update:

  • Badgers look more like beavers in getting totally pelted at the Big House. #Badgers #Wolverines
  • Whoa Nellie, look what those Cyclones whipped up at Ames for the unsuspecting Mounties. W. Va will surely to topple precipitously out of the Top 10 after this misfire. #Mountaineers #Cyclones
  • After a reasonable 1st quarter, Alabama gets serious and kicks things into high bear; the result is a miserable experience for Mizzou. #Tigers #CrimsonTide
  • Lions’ reputation takes a hit in Happy Valley as Spartans pull out all the stops in a 4 point upset win on the road. #Spartans #NittanyLions
  • Feisty Commodores command Florida’s attention and then proceed to get chomped. #Gators #Commodores
  • LSU makes a strong statement that they, no the formerly No. 2 Bulldogs, are the real competition in the SEC for ‘Bama. What a defense for the Bayou Bengals! #Bulldogs #Tigers
  • The good Book certainly gave the crowd a happy ending at South Bend. NIce try for the upset mnded Panthers from Pitt. #Panthers #FightingIrish
  • Pretty solid effort by the Gophers, who kept this interesting going into the 4th quarter … until being beaten back by Haskins and an efficient Buckeye aerial attack. #Buckeyes #GoldenGophers

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Friday, 10-12-18 (click post for audio)

 

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MLB Update:

  • Kershaw can’t shake another bad case of playoff jitters, not to mention that embarrassing and unsightly case of Woodruff, which along with some shoddy fielding and Milwaukee’s mind numbing, rotating door of pitchers left the Doyyers out of their comfort zone for much of the night. Sloppy game for LA, which needs to come back with more focus and determination in Game 2. #Dodgers #Brewers
  • Nice job, Counsellor!
Categories: MLB

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Tuesday, 10-9-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • In terms of what happened today, all you really need to know is that the Yankees went down hard in the Bronx. Cora made all the right moves, Boston got to CC early, and rode the tailwinds of Porcelo, Barnes and Sale into a very intense bottom of the ninth, when Kimbrel finally (and barely) finished the kill. It’s now back to Fenway, where the Red Sox hope somebody can slow down Hinch’s henchmen from Houston. #RedSox #Yankees

 

 

Categories: MLB

NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 10-8-18 (click post for audio)

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NFL Update:

  • Drew could hardly have drawn up his record setting celebration under any more idyllic circumstances … having no trouble undressing and exposing a clueless Redskin defense, including a clueless and embarrassed Josh Norman, who got benched and replaced by a Stroman. This is something we seem to always forget — never count on Washington to put 2 good games together, particularly when they’re being displayed on National TV. And with game manager extraordinaire Alex Smith, there’s never too much margin for error. #Redskins #Saints
Categories: NFL

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Monday, 10-8-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update:

  • If at a hearing of the Senate Judiciary Committee, I was ever asked about what remained etched in my brain after witnessing tonight’s 16-1 violation of the Yankees by their neighbors from the upper Northeast, here’s the response:
    — the lovely, indelible image of Brock Holt cycling this way and that through the hippocampus
    — uproarious laughter coming from the Green Monster, who somehow sneaked into Yankee Stadium and hid out in Monument Park
    — a Judge swinging wildly at numerous balls thrown near the whites of his eyes
    — lots of scalding fastballs evolving off of Eovaldi’s right wing
    — Severino getting severely reprimanded, for what Pedro Martinez charitable referred to as mediocre middle-of-the-plate misfires, and Boone’s boondoggle of a move leaving him in after 3. #Yankees #RedSox
  • Bravos get manhandled by Machado in a decisive 7th, as Dodgers move on to face the Brewers in what should be a very competitive NLCS. #Dodgers #Braves
  • Astros have fun by the banks of Lake Erie, pouring some major gas on the Indians’ funeral pyre en route to another berth in the ALCS. #Astros #Indians
Categories: MLB

MLB Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 10-7-18 (click post for audio)

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MLB Update (Division Series):

  • Milwaukee earns a much deserved 4-day vacation, getting time to relax after another great day at the plate from overachieving Kratz and with Wade showing them the way from the mound. Sitting on home field advantage and sporting what could be the game’s best bullpen, the young, talented Brewers will be tough for anyone to beat, in either league. #Brewers #Rockies
  • The help from Freeman and Acuna was there all year, and resurfaces in Atlanta as the Braves finally push back in the face of Dodger ball. #Braves #Dodgers
Categories: MLB

NFL Update, Recap and Perspectives: Sunday, 10-7-18 (click post for audio)

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NFL Update:

  • Steelers had things working on both sides of the ball against a relatively flat Falcon squad. Today’s display was vintage Ben, with Antonio Brown providing the instant highlights and James Conner doing his best impression of Bell. Back at .500, all’s quiet on the Western PA front … for now. #Falcons #Steelers
  • Bengals parlay the right mix of Mixon, Dalton and some timely defensive takeaways in a stirring comeback against Ryan Bennyhill and the depressed Dolphins. #Dolphins #Bengals
  • Eagles don’t have the same energy or chemistry this year, and a hungry Vikings team comes in to pillage their village. #Vikings #Eagles
  • Important win for the Rams, who give themselves just a bit more breathing room in the NFC West with a hard fought victory over the Hawks. While the defense was spotty and inconsistent, the offense was reliable and effective, despite the departure of two of Goff’s favorite targets; no matter, this team is deep and talented through the air. #Rams #Seahawks
  • Cardinals must have been doing some serious praying the night before, as they benefit from a handful of turnovers, as well as an immediate long range connection from The Rosen One to Christian in putting down the Niners.
  • Raiders do their usual quiver in the face of the deadly accurate, and efficient, Philip Rivers. #Raiders #Chargers
  • A beautiful result for Cleveland when Joseph’s ugly boot flutters between the uprights, ending a really ugly scrum. #Ravens #Browns
  • Chiefs’ offense does its usual damage, while Bortles gets stripped, sacked, picked and, more generally, harassed. #Jaguars #Chiefs
  • Hard luck Giants suffer a classic bad beat at the hands of one of Gano’s feet. Panthers pounce, and go to 3 and 1, Tom Dempsey style. #Giants #Panthers
  • Bengals parlay the right mix of Mixon, Dalton and some timely defensive takeaways in a stirring comeback against Ryan Bennyhill and the depressed Dolphins. #Dolphins #Bengals
  • Jets stay mostly grounded in a surprisingly easy home victory over despondent Denver; the trend holds true once again, as bad things happen when the Broncos go to work in the Eastern Time Zone. #Broncos #Jets
  • Titans offense looks relatively dead against inspired Bills, who slug it out with Tennessee in the trenches, until Hauchka parks a game winning 3 as time expires in Orchard Park. #Titans #Bills
  • Lions roar past slacker Packers, as Rodgers develops a bad case of the dropsies and Mason turns brick kicker in a major way. This win definitely puts Detroit back in the thick of things in the race for the NFC North. #Packers #Lions
  • If you’re looking to run for cover, don’t approach NRG Stadium as the Texans keep settling for field goals, including a winning one in OT. #Texans #Cowboys
Categories: NFL

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