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A World Series Recap from a Special Guest

In 1 on October 31, 2009 at 1:37 am

What’s up guys? So since I’ve been so busy lately I’ve been lacking in some good articles on the World Series. Admittedly, baseball is not my strongest sport, but if there’s anyone in this world who I know can put it into the proper perspective it is my youngest brother Yousef. So here’s a special World Series article for you guys, from a future Major League All-Star!

A World Series Recap

Yousef Abdel

In game one of the 2009 World Series it was a pitching match-up with two former teammates, and CY Young winners. Coming into game one, the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley, was 0 for 5, against CC Sabathia in his career including last years NLCS. Utley hit two solo homeruns off of Sabathia giving him two RBI’s, but he wasn’t the only Phillie to do damage. There was no surprise who the others were, Raul Ibanez had two RBI’s while Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard had 1 each. Ryan Howard and RBI’s were not uncomfortable together in the same sentence, he had at least one RBI in every game of the ALDS and ALCS. That streak did not end in the World Series, yet. Alex Rodriguez who was on the same track as Howard, went 0-for-4 with three strike-outs. He was not the only Yankee that didn’t produce, though. Mark Teixeira also went 0-for-4, but he is not having such a great postseason, so it isn’t that much of a surprise. Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada both went 1-for-4, and 3 other Yankees went 0-for-3. All of that from arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball, Cliff Lee, who threw a complete game 6-hit, 1 run, (which was not earned) game with 10 strike-outs. While his former teammate CC Sabathia went, 7 innings allowing 4 hits, on 2 runs, 3 walks, and 6 strike-outs. The only Yankee that really came through against Lee, was no surprise, the All-Time hit leader for the New York Yankees franchise, Derek Jeter. He went 3-for-4 with a run. The Phillies won 6-1.

In game two of the series, the Phillies offense flip-flopped. Utley went 0-for-3 and Howard went 0-for-4, it was his first game in the 2009 Postseason without an RBI. While on the Yankee side, Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strike-outs again. Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui each had solo homeruns, and Jorge Posada had a pinch-hit RBI single in the 7th.  In game 2, it was another good pitching matchup with the great, Pedro Martinez, and , AJ Burnett. Burnett went 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 9 strike-outs. Martinez went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 8 strike-outs.  The Yankees won 3-1, and the series is tied 1-1. Alex Rodriguez, who was almost impossible to get out in the first two rounds of the playoffs made history in game two, he became the only player in MLB history to have back-to-back three strike-out games in a World Series.


Friday Football Forecast: Week 8

In 1, NFL on October 30, 2009 at 10:35 am

What’s up guys? I greatly apologize for the lack of an article yesterday, school and life has been extremely hectic but I’m back in full force. Here’s another weekly segment I want to have every Friday, a quick prediction of every NFL game this weekend, and even a prediction for some big top 25 college football games, hope you guys enjoy, and please PROVIDE FEEDBACK!

Miami Dolphins – New York Jets:

This one is an interesting pick because the Jets are reeling after their 3-0 start, going 1-3 with only a win against the Raiders, who I think my intramural team would put up a good fight against. The Dolphins are coming off a low of blowing a three touchdown lead at home to the undefeated Saints. That’s something that is hard to recover from, so I’m going Jets simply because this is a home game for them.

Jets 21, Dolphins 13

New York Giants – Philadelphia Eagles:

This game has HUGE division title implications. The Giants come in at 5-2, having lost two straight since a 5-0 start, the Eagles are at 4-2 coming off win last week to bounce back from their loss to the Oakland Raiders of the NCAA. I think the Giants have big plans in mind this season while the Eagles have been too inconsistent for my liking, this is a big road win for the G-Men in a season that could be full of big wins.

Giants 24, Eagles 17

Denver Broncos – Baltimore Ravens:

If after Week 3 when both of these teams were 3-0 I asked you which team would be 6-0 and which would be 3-3 heading into this game, I think 99% of us would have said the Ravens will be undefeated and the Broncos will have fallen back down to Earth. Shockingly it’s the opposite of that, the Broncos are flying and the Ravens are reeling. Which is EXACTLY why this is my Upset Special of the Week. The Ravens will finally knock the Broncos from the ranks of the unbeaten and regain some mojo for their season in a must-win.

Ravens 27, Broncos 14

Houston Texans – Buffalo Bills:

Shockingly, Matt Schaub is atop the leader board for passing yards in the NFL. And the Bills are, well the Bills. This is a team that lost to Cleveland whose quarterback completed TWO passes the ENTIRE game. Needless to say Schaub will do better than that, and unfortunately for the Bills this game won’t be close. Get TO the ball already!

Texans 31, Bills 6

Cleveland Browns – Chicago Bears

This one is simple and easy to pick, the Browns are terrible, the Bears are coming off a HORRIBLE loss at the hands of the Bengals. This game will be a rebound for the Bears and an easy confidence-builder. Jay Cutler should have one of those games that remind people why the Bears jumped at the opportunity to trade for him.

Bears 34, Browns 3

Seattle Seahawks – Dallas Cowboys:

Tony Romo is coming of a huge high from a big-time win against the Falcons in which he (FINALLY!) looked like the quarterback everyone has hyped him to be. For once, he stepped up and showed us why everyone thinks he’s an elite quarterback. Now let’s see if he can actually do it for two straight games. He will be shaky, but the running game should have enough support for a win.

Cowboys 21, Seahawks 17

St. Louis Rams – Detroit Lions:

This one has GAME OF THE WEEK written all over it…. NOT. This is a game pitting two of the cellar-dwellers in the league, one that will probably be blacked out across the entire country and rightfully so, if any of you get this game you need to contact Fox and ask for a refund, because they are wasting your electricity. I think the Lions will take this opportunity to double their win total to two…. and to also keep up their hope that the Rams finish 0-16 so they are no longer the only team to do it. Lions in a shoot-out (that’s what in the business call sarcasm)

Lions 13, Rams 9

San Francisco 49ers – Indianapolis Colts:

This one has upset potential, after a 2-1 start that was a Brett Favre miracle away from 3-0, the Niners looked like a playoff team, until they showed us they’re not. They turn to Alex Smith this weekend after he nearly brought them to a second half comeback against the Texans, and his teammates will be looking to pick him up and build his confidence. The only thing from the Niners I want to see is Michael Crabtree, that kid is going to explode soon. The Colts are undefeated, at home, and have Peyton Manning beating up on defenses like he’s playing Madden in Rookie mode. Advantage: Colts.

Colts 31, Niners 17

Jacksonville Jaguars – Tennessee Titans:

Zzzzzzzz, that will be me during this game. This is a snooze-fest, two inept offenses going at it. The Titans are finally starting Vince Young at quarterback and giving him another chance to prove to us that he is an NFL-type player, and not just the kind of guy who had one amazing college game. This should be a boring game no doubt, but the Titans are better than 0-6 and will pick up their first win and kick-off VY-Mania.

Titans 17, Jaguars 13

Oakland Raiders – San Diego Chargers:

Last time these two met was Opening weekend on Monday Night Football. It took a Chargers comeback drive and late Darren Sproles TD to secure the win, and made us all think that maybe the Raiders had graduated from NCAA status. But I think we can all agree that they have gone back to that standing, and maybe even dropped to NCAA D2 status with the great passing game they have. This one shouldn’t be close, the Chargers are out to catch up to the Broncos in a division they were supposed to have no trouble with.

Chargers 35, Raiders 13

Carolina Panthers – Arizona Cardinals:

If we looked at this game before the season started we would have big anticipation for it. Steve Smith! Larry Fitzgerald! The defending NFC Champs! The defending NFC South Champs! Now we look at it like this: Cardinals suck, Panthers suck and are boring, and this game needs to end quickly.

Cardinals 24, Panthers 13

Minnesota Vikings – Green Bay Packers:

Now we can really get to the Game of the Week. Look, we all know the story-lines, Favre back to Lambeau! He’s a traitor! He’s the Vikings savior! He’s…. annoying the hell out of all of us. Look the bottom line is this, there will be an entire stadium of people cheering for him again, during intros. Then when the game starts, he will become the most hated Viking of all-time. Unfortunately for the Packers, he’s got this running back named Adrian Peterson, and well he will control this entire game. It’s prime-time on NBC, which is when the stars come out, and this will be AP’s break-out game of the season.

Vikings 24, Packers 21

Atlanta Falcons – New Orleans Saints:
We know who the Saints are, high-scoring, offensive juggernaut. They came back from a 24-3 deficit last week for a 46-34 road win against Miami. We have no idea who the Falcons are, at home they are unbeatable, on the road, not so much. Take last week, in a game they should have one, they let Tony frickin’ Romo look like Troy Aikman. And with a road game against an undefeated Saints team who is feeling pretty unbeatable right now, I have zero confidence in picking them to win this game.

Saints 38, Falcons 21

Bonus NCAA Picks:

There’s a couple top 25 match-ups this week so let’s pick them to make up for yesterday.

3. Texas Longhorns – 14. Oklahoma State Cowboys:

Texas is on a mission to prove they are a national title contender. After beating Oklahoma in a close game without Sam Bradford, the Longhorns need a signature win. This should be it, Oklahoma State is vulnerable without Dez Bryant, and this is where it comes back to hurt them. Colt McCoy will have a Heisman-type game and Texas shows why they are better than Bama.

Texas 35 – Oklahoma St. 17

5. USC Trojans – 10. Oregon Ducks:

USC is another team that wants into the national title picture. They have that blemish of a loss to Washington early this season, and to make voters forget that they have to win games like these. Alabama and Florida are on a collision course, one will lose in the SEC Championship game and drop out. Boise State is fourth in the nation, but let’s be real, there’s no way they play for the national title. So that leaves USC one Texas loss away from being in the drivers seat to the Title game. If you don’t think Pete Carroll knows this then you my friend are crazy.

USC 38 – Oregon 13

The Putback 10-30-09

In 1 on October 30, 2009 at 10:33 am

What’s up guys? So since we didn’t get a Putback yesterday, I’m going to try and roll two of them into today’s. I’ll just quickly recap the main stories from the NBA so far, an NFL headline and then discuss the first two games of the World Series.


Melo on a Mission:

Although we don’t know what the Denver Nuggets will bring to the table this season, one thing is for sure, Carmelo Anthony will score and score a lot. In his first two games this season Melo has put up 30 and 41. That 41 was insane for a couple of reasons, first, it was on the road in Portland, where any Lakers fan knows is hard as hell to win. Furthermore, it was on the second game of a back-to-back when most players are tired and their scoring drops. Melo might not make MVP noise, but he will definitely be up there in scoring when it’s all said and done this season.

Cavs Crumbling?

What is wrong with the Cavs? Two games in and we’re already starting to question this whole Shaq thing. Granted its premature to start saying tear it down and the Shaq trade was all wrong, but there are some serious flaws that need to be looked at by the team that had the NBA’s best record last season. Lebron can’t do it all on his own again, there’s just no way, the Celtics and Magic are too stacked, and at this rate Cleveland won’t even make it out of the second round. It will be interesting to see how Shaq and Lebron adjust to each other, and which of his teammates will step up and offer some support. Who would have thought a week into the NBA season and 7 weeks into the NFL season the teams with the best records last year would be winless?

Mighty Magic:

One team that looked very impressive their first game was the defending Eastern Conference champion Magic. They came out in their opener against a Philly team many expect to challenge for a playoff birth and completely dominated them, reaching 100 points before the fourth quarter and leading by 31 after three. They were outscored by 17 in the fourth and still won by 14. Balanced scoring outside and dominating Dwight Howard inside made everyone forget Rashard Lewis is serving a 10-game suspension. Cleveland and Boston might get they hype, but Orlando is the team to beat in the East.

Celtic Pride:

Speaking of impressive first games, Boston has turned in two equally impressive wins to start the season, but achieved them in dramatically different ways. Opening night took the Celtics to Cleveland, where the did what only the Lakers could do last season, beat the Cavs at home with Lebron playing. It was a great opening statement win, and one they followed up with an even more impressive win the next night, holding the Bobcats to a franchise-low 59 points. Keep in mind some people expect Charlotte to compete for a playoff spot, and they were catching Boston on the second game of a back-to-back, yet Boston still held them under 60 for the entire game.

Vince Young:

Quick NFL updated here, the 0-6 Titans, coming off a season last year where they had the best record in the NFL, have decided to bench Kerry Collins in favor of Vince Young. Logically speaking, this is probably Youngs last chance to prove he can run an NFL team. I know a lot of people hate on VY, but the guy wins games. He’s 19-11 in his career as a starter, he’s just a little nuts sometimes. I think he knows this is his one chance to save himself from bust-status, and he might just win the Titans a couple of games.


World Series:

Two games into the World Series and a couple of things are clear, the umps are going to blow a whole lot of calls, and the team with the best pitching will win this series. In Game 1 Cliff Lee came out and shut down the Bronx Bombers, in a complete-game domination to allow Philly to steal away home-field advantage. In Game 2, AJ Burnett was the man who dominated, limiting the might Philly offense to one run to help the Yanks even the Series. This thing might go 7 games and with two equally powerful line-ups, it will come down to whose pitching is the most dominant.


In 1 on October 29, 2009 at 3:10 pm

My bad everyone, school has been extremely hectic today and haven’t had time to post anything, I promise all of you a new Friday Football Forecast and a new Putback tomorrow.


Thanks for the patience!

Taking Home The Hardware: NBA Awards Prediction

In 1, NBA on October 28, 2009 at 12:15 pm

Here’s a bonus article for you guys, I’m feeling good this week with the NBA Season opening up, the Lakers getting their rings and the blog doing well, so I bring you a gift.

Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)

A lot of people are going the easy route and picking Blake Griffin to win this, but with him suffering a knee injury and missing at least the first six weeks of the season, Evans has a chance to steal all of his rookie thunder. Evans should be handed the reigns from day one for this sorry Sacramento team, and he has the ability to put up a triple-double every night. Says here that he will do enough on his own to swipe the ROY away from Griffin by seasons end.

Most Improved: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)

Kevin Durant is a popular pick by most and for good reason, his scoring average should continue to rise, and the Thunder should win more games this season and push for a playoff birth. BUT, Derrick Rose is going to make a leap this season that will be undeniable. With Ben Gordon gone, he will be the one who has to come through in the clutch for this young Bulls team, and by the end of the season we will be talking about him as one of top point guards in the league.

Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers)

This race will probably come down to Odom and the Spurs Manu Ginobili, but at the end of the day I think Odom takes home the award and is once again rewarded for his sacrifice. Odom could start for any team in the league, its plain and simple, yet he chose to re-sign with the Lakers, knowing he would be sixth man, for a shot at another ring. He will play the majority of clutch minutes in the place of Andrew Bynum and will come away with the hardware.

Coach of the Year: Flip Saunders (Washington Wizards)

After winning a lowly 19 games last season, the Wizards will be a playoff team and Saunders will rightfully receive a lot of recognition for it. With Gilbert Arenas back at full-strength and the Wizards looking sharp they should make a quick rise to the top five of the Eastern Conference.

Defensive Player of the Year: Ron Artest (Los Angeles Lakers)

Lebron will have the flashier plays, Dwight Howard will have the gaudy block numbers, but when the Lakers inevitably end up with the best record in the NBA, we will look at the numbers and see the difference Ron Artest has made on the defensive side. Now that he is the fourth or sometimes fifth option on the Lakers he will have more focus to the defensive side of the ball, and with him guarding Paul Pierce and Lebron James in the marquee games, Artest should get enough national spotlight to sway the voters.

Most Valuable Player: Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)

Lebron is easily the most physically gifted player in the league, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to defend his MVP crown. Kobe may have more wins, but with a better supporting cast his numbers will be lower than Lebrons. Dwyane Wade might put up better numbers, but with a one-man team that will result in a much worse record than the Cavs. Dwight Howard isn’t far along enough offensively to be the MVP, and Lebron should be able to take it in a cakewalk. Although he should be wary of Chris Paul, with a better supporting cast Paul could but up some insane numbers if everything goes correctly.

Think you can predict it better? Comment below or email me and prove it!

Quick Update

In 1 on October 28, 2009 at 10:45 am

I realize the blog is kinda messy right now and that as the articles become more and mroe frequent its gonna be harder to read in the current format, but that is all being worked on as we speak, soon there will be just article previews and a link to the full article on a different page. Any suggestions you guys have would be great to hear!

The Putback

In 1 on October 28, 2009 at 10:43 am

The Putback: A Recap of Yesterdays Sports

What’s up guys? So I’ve decided to add a new feature to the blog, called the Putback. Every morning I’ll be posting a quick recap of what went on the day before in sports, to go along with the weekly articles you’ll be getting. Nothing too fancy or detailed, but enough to let you know what you missed in case you got busy with that thing they call life.

NBA Tip-off:

Cleveland Cavaliers – Boston Celtics: Last night was tip off for the NBA and we got started with Cleveland-Boston at the Q. Cleveland jumped out by 13 early but Boston eventually came back and built a 15-point lead en route to the big road win. Lebron had 38, 8 dimes and 4 blocks, but it was a 1-on-5 performance that has to have Cleveland fans worried about how they can do against the elite this season. Boston was lead by Paul Pierce. The Truth had 23 points, including ten to seal it in the final four minutes and get the Celts the win in KG’s return, 95-89.

Washington Wizards – Dallas Mavericks:  Speaking of returns, Gilbert Arenas was finally back on the court for a game that mattered for what seemed like the first time in five years. He told anyone who would listen this off-season that he was back to full-strength, and boy was he ever. Arenas had 29 points to go along with 9 assists and Washington surprised the Mavs in Dallas, 102-91, despite 34-9 from Dirk Nowitzki. Shawn Marion had 16 in his Dallas debut but it wasn’t enough to stop the Wiz.

Portland Trailblazers – Houston Rockets: This was a playoff re-match from last years first round won by Houston, and Portland definitely looked like a team looking for revenge. They jumped out to a 20-point lead late in the third quarter, but had to withstand a Rockets rally that cut the lead to as little as six points late in the fourth. In the end Brandon Roy and Travis Outlaw were too much for the Rockets, combining for 43 points in a 96-87 win. Trevor Ariza had 12 in his Rockets debut.

Los Angeles Lakers – Los Angeles Clippers: On the night when the Lakers received their ridiculously huge Championship rings from last season, the defending champs showed us exactly why they are the favorites to win. Lead by 33 points and 8 rebounds from Finals MVP Kobe Bryant, along with 26-13 from Andrew Bynum and 16-13-5 from Lamar Odom, the Lakers were easily able to overcome the absence of Pau Gasol due to injury. Ron Artest had 10-5-4 in his Lakers debut.

World Series:

Just a reminder to those of you who forgot, the World Series between the defending champion Philadelphia Phillies and the New York Yankees starts tonight at the new Yankee Stadium. As much as this prediction pains me, says here the Yankees will win it in 6, let’s all hope I’m wrong.

Coming soon… Check back later today for a surprise article!

Everything is bigger in LA, literally

In 1, NBA on October 27, 2009 at 10:37 am

Check out this link talking about the Championship rings the Lakers are receiving tonight, they are literally the biggest championship rings ever made. Each player has his face laser-engraved on the ring! This is insane, you think Ron-Ron will try and jack Adam Morrisons?

Shout out to Wagle on finding this!

Tackle Tuesday: A Recap of Week 7

In General, NFL on October 27, 2009 at 9:56 am

NFL Week 7 Recap


What’s up guys? So this is gonna be the first of many NFL Recaps to come. Every Tuesday I will run through what happened over the weekend with a quick-strike type format. Game of the week, highlight of the week, surprise of the week, stud of the week and then give you my top 5 teams in the NFL. Hope you guys enjoy, lemme know what you think.

Surprise of the Week: Cardinals over New York Giants:

I don’t know about you guys, but I was shocked by this one. I realize that the Cardinals made the Super Bowl last season, but the G-Men were coming off an embarrassing, well let’s be blunt people, ass-whooping at the hands of the Saints. I mean Drew Brees embarrassed them in every sense of the word last week, and I fully expected them to come back with an “Eff you, it was one game, we’re still the team that ruined the Pats a couple years back” –type game, but they came out flat. They got pushed around by a physical Arizona defense and were flat in a second consecutive loss.


Game MVP: Arizona Cardinals defense – Picked off Eli Manning three times and sacked him three more, they roughed up the rugged Giants offense and continuously gave Kurt Warner good field position to work with.

Game LVP: Eli Manning, Giants – The aforementioned Manning turned in a stinker in all senses of the word. Three picks in prime-time is definitely not a way to show us that big brother Peyton isn’t really light-years ahead of you, but that is definitely the case. I think he’s starting to miss Plaxico “Yes I’m really in jail for shooting myself” Burress

Game of the Week: Pittsburgh Steelers over Minnesota Vikings:

Absolutely insane. There’s really no other way to describe the fourth quarter of this game. 13-10, Steelers lead, Vikings driving and moving towards the red-zone, so they’re definitely gonna get a Field Goal outta this at least right? WRONG, Brett Favre drops back to pass FUHMBAL! (Fumble for you slow ones) and Lamar Woodley runs it back 77-yards for the touchdown, 20-10, game over right? WRONG, a simple kickoff turns into a big mistake as Percy Harvin runs it back 88-yards for a touchdown to make a game of it. Word of advice to all of you teams out there, DON’T KICK IT TO PERCY HARVIN! The kid is unbelievable, and a game-changer. 20-17 now, Vikings driving, in the red-zone, Favre drops back, simple screen pass to Chester Taylor, who can’t catch it, tipped up and picked off, 82 yards later Keyaron Fox is celebrating sealing Minnesota’s first loss of the season. I’m really hoping this was a Super Bowl preview, I think we could all enjoy that.

Highlight of the Week:

Words can’t describe this, so just watch:

From now on, this award will be known as the “Adrian Peterson” Highlight of the Week.

Stud of the Week: Cedric Benson, RB, Cincinnati Bengals:

Has there been a bigger “Eff you” game in the NFL this season? Brett Favre might compete with his smackdown of the Packers a couple weeks back, but Benson may have just taken the crown this weekend. After talking all week about how the Bears didn’t want him, tried screwing him by smack-talking him to any interested teams, and how he was going to make them pay this weekend, he went out, and well basically proved he was a genius. Benson rushed for 189 yards on 37 carries and a touchdown in a 45-10 smackdown of the Bears. Congratulations Mr. Benson, for one week we will forget all your crazy arrests and salute you as our Stud of the Week.

NFL Top 5 after Week 7:

In order

1. Indianapolis Colts (6-0)-

Peyton Manning is playing like he created the quarterback position and they just look better and better every week.

2. New Orleans Saints (6-0) –

Drew Brees finally had an off-game, the Saints fell behind 24-3 and looked destined to their first loss of the season. No worries, quick comeback and a 46-34 win to remain undefeated. This is the top team in the NFC right now.

3. Denver Broncos (6-0) –

They have shocked everyone this season, great coach, great defense, and so far great game management by Kyle Orton.

4. Minnesota Vikings (6-1) –

Despite being handed their first loss we must remember, it came at Pittsburgh, always a tough place to win (just ask the Chargers). They are still the Super Bowl favorite in the NFC, with Adrian Peterson running and Brett Favre throwing would you doubt them?

5. Pittsburgh Steelers (52) –

Despite losing to the Bengals, I’m gonna give the Steelers the nod here over Cincinnati. What an impressive win over the weekend against Minnesota, and the defense is definitely back in form, scoring two fourth-quarter touchdowns in a 10-point win. If this team gets going a return to the Super Bowl is definitely possible.

Like it? Hate it? Comment below or email me!

NBA Power Rankings

In General, NBA on October 26, 2009 at 12:30 pm

Marc Stein released his weekly NBA Power Rankings so here’s the link:

But that guy is boring and biased, so starting next Monday I will be releasing my own Power Rankings every week.

And just for the hell of it, Fridays are NFL Prediction Day, and Tuesdays are NFL Recap day, you’re welcome people