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Phillies and Mets Play For It All

After 161 games, the New York Mets and the Philadelphia Phillies are tied for first place in the NL East. If both win on Sunday, then the Phillies will travel to the Big Apple and play the Mets for the whole enchilada. This is playoff fever folks, what baseball is all about. The greatest part of this year’s playoffs is that its up for grabs without any clear cut favorites. One final prediction: a bench clearing incident on Saturday will drive the Mets deep into the playoffs.

September 30, 2007 Posted by | Ara, MLB BASEBALL | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Auburn Kicks Gators Where It Hurts the Most

It’s up, it’s good!!! A shocker in Gainesville, FL on Saturday, as the Florida Gators fell to the Auburn Tigers on a last second field goal by Wes Byrum. The Gators fell behind 17-3 before tying the game at 17 with 2 tds in the 4th quarter. But their comeback fell short 20-17 as their 11-game win streak was snapped by 43-yard field goal with time expiring. The Tigers contained heisman hopeful Tim Tebow for the most part of the day and made the plays when it counted. If Florida has any chance of making it to the big dance at the end of the year, they’re going to have to upset #2 LSU next week at the Bayou. Their schedule doesn’t get much easier after that with Kentucky #14, Georgia #15, and S. Carolina #16 over the next month. But with a win over LSU, their strength of schedule should make them the cream of all 1-loss teams.

September 30, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , | Leave a comment

USC Trojans Remain perfect With a Victory Over Pac-10 Rival Washington

On a day where we saw the reigning champion Gators fall (along with 5 other top 10 teams), the Trojans showed why they still should be considered #1. It wasn’t pretty, but the SC running game stepped it up once again to carry the team to its 4th win of the season against the Washington Huskies, 27-24. Stafon Johnson and Chauncey Washington rushed of 228 yds and 2 scores. Quarterback John David Booty was anything but Heisman-esque, with 1 td and 2 picks. To add to their woes, SC saw two of their O-lineman get injured on the same play. Ty Willingham’s Huskies fell to 2-3 and have dropped three in row after starting off the season with 2 wins. For now, the Trojans can still hold their heads up high, until they clash with Oregon that is…

September 30, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Editors’ NFL Picks Week 4

GAMES……………………………………….Ara (8-12-4)………………….Romik (8-12-4)

Raiders @ Dolphins -4…………….Raiders……………………………Raiders
Texans -3 @ Falcons………………..Texans…………………………….Texans
Ravens -4 @ Browns………………..Browns……………………………Ravens
Bears -3 @ Lions……………………..Lions……………………………….Lions
Packers -1 @ Vikings………………Packers…………………………….Vikings
Rams @ Cowboys -13……………..Cowboys…………………………..Cowboys
Jets -3 @ Bills………………………..Bills………………………………….Bills
Bucs @ Panthers -3………………..Panthers…………………………..Panthers
Seahawks -2 @ 49ers…………….49ers………………………………..Seahawks
Steelers -6 @ Cardinals…………Steelers……………………………Steelers
Chiefs @ Chargers -11 1/2 ……..Chargers…………………………Chargers
Broncos @ Colts -10………………Colts……………………………….Colts
Eagles -3 @ Giants…………………Giants…………………………….Giants
Patriots -7 @ Bengals………….Bengals……………………………..Patriots

we’re in dead heat after a couple weeks, but its time for the A dog to pull away. Stay tuned…

September 30, 2007 Posted by | Ara, Miscellaneous | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Weekly Update: IRISH LOSE AGAIN

Purdue turns up the bass… OK, no puns this time, no funny titles, the Irish lost this week against the Purdue Boilermakers, home of Neil Armstrong, Amelia Earhart and of course touchdown vulture Mike Alstott. I’ve never seen a team fall from grace so quickly. I almost feel bad for the Irish and their fans, almost… A season that was filled with so promise is now a winless season. Hey, look at the bright side, at least they finally passed for a touchdown. At this point, the Irish need to accomplish 2 goals to salvage their season: 1) win a game, and 2) upset the #1 ranked Trojans.

September 29, 2007 Posted by | NCAA FOOTBALL | Leave a comment

BULLS Get Dirty in South Florida

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out Mountaineers…5th ranked West Virginia was upset by the South Florida Bulls Friday night. The Bulls had the Mountaineers on their knees all night., forcing 6 turnovers. You should’ve seen head coach Jim Leavitt before the game, he was pumped and grabbing anyone around and asking them if they’re ready for the game, including reporters standing in the tunnel. If you didn’t think this was an important game, think again. Too bad for WV though, this loss kills any chance of a national title with only 1 of their last 7 games against a top ten team (at Rutgers with my boy Ray Rice). Thanks for coming guys, have fun at the Who Cares Bowl.

September 29, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NCAA FOOTBALL | , , , , | Leave a comment

NFL Corrals Williams

The inventor of the horse collar, SS Roy Williams, has been fined $12,500 by the league for using the illegal technique on the Chicago Bears’ TE Desmond Clark this past weekend. The tackling technique where the defensive player grabs the offensive player from the back of the shoulder pads and pulls him down has beeen outlawed since 2005. While the move was a cause of several injuries, you can’t help but wonder whether the league is getting soft. From banning helmet to helmet contact to protecting the passer, the NFL has instilled several new rules to prevent injuries. I understand that they’re trying to prevent serious injuries but I thought this was the gridiron; a tackling, hard-hitting, full contact sport filled with tough guys like Ray “the killer” Lewis, Troy Polamalu and Brian Urlacher. The state of the game is changing, for better or worse probably depends on which side of the ball you play on. I wonder what old schoolers like Ronnie Lott or the real LT would say if they were playing ball now?

September 29, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NFL FOOTBALL | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Sharpen Your Bloody Skates!!!

The NHL kicks off Saturday with the Anaheim Ducks against the LA Kings in London. That’s right folks, London. It seems like yesterday when the Ducks were celebrating their first Stanley Cup. But its a new season, accompanied with new dreams. Unfortunately for the Kings, they’re stuck paying second fiddle against a Duck team that’s mightier than them. While separated by about 30 minutes, these teams couldn’t be further apart. The reigning champion Ducks are stacked with talented veterans such as Pronger and Niedermeyer. They fill in the remaining talent with Dustin Penner, Samuel Pahlsson and goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The additions of Todd Bertuzzi and former Red Winger Mathieu Schnieder make them instant favorites to repeat this year.

The Kings on the other hand, sooo sad. What was once a team filled with sexy name (Gretzky, Robitalle, Sandstrom, Deadmarsh) is nothing but a patchwork of has beens (no offense Rob Blake) and never have beens. They do have promising youngsters like Alexander Frolov and my favorite King, Anze Kopitar. But don’t expect these guys to make much noise and don’t be fooled if they come out of the gate running. This team has teased us before and frankly, let’s just say there’s more juice in Sugar Shane’ ass then in the LA Kings. Looks like another LA team playing second fiddle to its cross-town rival (Angels-Dodgers; Clippers-Lakers) OK maybe not the latter but wait until Kobe opts out after next year. That’s a different blog for a different day. Did I hear someone say “Los Angeles Ducks of Anaheim?”

September 29, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NHL HOCKEY | , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

SHANE on you!!!

Sugar Shane Mosley, the next athlete caught with his hand in cookie jar. On Friday, it was announced that Sugar used designer steroids around the same time he fought Oscar De La Hoya in ’03. Now I’m no boxing expert, but I could kick Oscar’s ass. I do remember the fight and I believe Shane was a heavy favorite. It seems nowadays, everyone is taking roids. I can’t say that I’m surprised. I guess these days everyone’s on something. The testing process for boxing and all other sports for that matter needs to get a little more stringent. I know there’s politics involved but, not to sound too cliche’ like, but the integrity of the came is in question and frankly in a state of emergency. Send for help.

September 28, 2007 Posted by | Ara, BOXING | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

This Old Man…

With his next touchdown pass, Brett Favre will hit #421 and surpass Dan Marino on the all time passing TD list. He has also resurrected his Green Bay Packers this season and led them to a 3-0 record in an NFC North that’s up for the taking. Now I gotta be honest with you, for the past two years, I’ve been waiting, alright hoping that Brett Farve would retire so the Packers could move on and rebuild around Cal phenom Aaron Rogers. But after seeing how Favre wears his heart on his sleeve and how he has led his team of nobodies to the top of the NFC, I’ve decided to take my foot outta my mouth. In a league congested with modern day athletes, you almost forget that there are some athletes play the way it’s supposed to be played, “to win the game,” (ala Herm Edwards). With that said, move over all you Lambeau bumpkins, I’m jumpin’ on the wagon! This might be Brett’s final year and what better way to end it than a cha…ssssshhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh, don’t jinx it.

September 28, 2007 Posted by | Ara, NFL FOOTBALL | , , , , , | Leave a comment