Archives for: 2010, week 42

10/24/10

All Time Baseball Lineups

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It's been hard to resist piecing together all time lineups. Memories from great games, performances or what I was doing on a particular day come to mind leading to more lineup creations. Encouraging emails for more siting viewers personal family experiences has been motivational too. Thank you.

Back to the show. These were fun while challenging my memory.

Montreal Expos
(not Washington Nationals)
1B- Andres Galarraga
2B- Mike Lansing
3B- Tim Wallach
SS- Mark Grudzielanek
LF- Tim Raines
CF- Andre Dawson
RF- Larry Walker
C - Gary Carter
PH- Terry Francona
Bench: Vladmir Gerrero, Ellis Valentine, Rusty Staub, Moises Alou, Mike Jorgensen, Larry Parrish, Bob Bailey, Jose Vidro, Warren Cromartie, Chris Speier.
Rotation: Pedro Martinez, Steve Rogers, Bill Gullickson, Steve Renko, Dennis Martinez
Relievers: Elias Sosa, Stahn Bahnsen, Dale Murray.
Set Up: Woody Fryman, Jeff Reardon
Closer: Tim Burke

San Diego Padres
1B- Steve Garvey
2B- Tim Flannery
3B- Craig Nettles
SS- Gary Templeton
LF- Greg Vaughn
CF- Steve Finley
RF- Tony Gwynn
C - Terry Kennedy
PH- Kurt Bevacqua
Bench: Dave Winfield, Brian Giles, Carmelo Martinez, Cito Gaston, Adrian Gonzalez, Wally Joyner, Nate Colbert, Benito Santiago.
Rotation: Randy Jones, Jake Peavy, Andy Benes, Eric Show, Dave Dravecky.
Relievers: Rollie Fingers, Jose DeLeon, Craig Lefferts, Dave Tomlin.
Set Up: Goose Gossage, Gary Lucas. John D'Aquisto.
Closer: Trevor Hoffman

Kansas City Royals
1B- John Mayberry
2B- Frank White
SS- Freddie Patek
3B- George Brett
LF- Willie Wilson
CF- Amos Otis
RF- Danny Tartabull
C - Darryl Porter
DH- Hal McRae
PH- Steve Braun
Bench: Al Cowans, Lou Piniella, Jermaine Dye, Bo Jackson, Joe Randa, U.L. Washington, Kevin Seitzer, Willie Mays Aikens.
Rotation: Brett Saberhagen, Dennis Leonard, Larry Gura, Paul Splittorff, Kevin Appier.
Relievers: Steve Mingori, Al Fitzmorris, Doug Bird, Steve Farr.
Set Up: Al Hrabosky, Jeff Montgomery.
Closer: Dan Quisenberry

Milwaukee Brewers
1B- Cecil Cooper
2B- Paul Molitor
3B- Sal Bando
SS- Robin Yount
LF- Ben Oglivie
CF- Gorman Thomas
RF- Sixto Lezcano
C - Ted Simmons
DH- Hank Aaron
PH- Don Money
Bench: Larry Hisle, Rob Deer, B.J. Surhoff, Darrell Porter, George Scott, John Briggs, Prince Fielder.
Rotation: Ted Higuera, Mike Caldwell, Lary Sorensen, Bill Wegman, Cal Edred, Moose Haas.
Relievers: Eduardo Rodriguez, Chuck Crimm, Bob Wickman, Jerry Augustine.
Set Up: Dan Plesac, Ken Sanders.
Closer: Rollie Fingers

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10/23/10

All Time Baseball Lineups

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Here's my second list of all time lineups. Today's installment features a few great teams I followed during the 70's & 80's. It's always fun watching old clips on MLBN and local team stations. Batter up!

New York Mets
1B- Keith Hernandez
2B- Felix Millan, Joel Youngblood.
3B- David Wright
SS- Jose Reyes
LF- Cleon Jones
CF- Tommy Agee
RF- Rusty Staub
C - Gary Carter
PH- Ed Kranepool
Bench: Darryl Strawberry, Lee Mazzilli, Dave Kingman, Edgardo Alfonzo, Jerry Grote, John Milner, Dave Magadan.
Rotation: Tom Seaver, Jerry Koosman, Jon Matlack, Dwight Gooden, Sid Fernandez.
Relievers: Tug McGraw, Jesse Orosco, Ray Sadecki, Armando Benitez, Terry Leach.
Set Up: Billy Wagner, Roger McDowell
Closer: John Franco

Cincinnati Reds
1B- Tony Perez
2B- Joe Morgan
3B- Pete Rose
SS- Barry Larkin
LF- George Foster
CF- Eric Davis
RF- Frank Robinson
C- Johnny Bench
PH- Bobby Tolan
Bench: Joey Votto, Dave Concepcion, Ken Griffey, Lee May, Brandon Phillips, Dave Parker, Chris Sabo, Joe Oliver.
Rotation: Jack Billingham, Don Gullet, Mario Soto, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning.
Relievers: Rawley Eastwick, Clay Carroll, Will McEnaney, Pedro Borbon, Wayne Granger.
Set Up: Rob Dibble, Randy Myers.
Closer: Francisco Cordero

Oakland Athletics
1B- Mark McGwire
2B- Tony Phillips
3B- Sal Bando
SS- Bert Campaneris
LF- Joe Rudi
CF- Rickey Henderson
RF- Reggie Jackson
C- Gene Tenace
DH- Jimmie Foxx
PH- Claudell Washington
Bench: Bill North, Carney Lansford, Terry Steinbach, Matt Stairs, Dave Henderson, Troy Neel, Miguel Tejada, Dwayne Murphy.
Rotation: Catfish Hunter, Vida Blue, Dave Stewart, Bob Welch, Ken Holtzmann.
Relievers: Darryl Knowles, Paul Linblad, Andrew Bailey, Jim Corsi
Set Up: Dennis Eckersley, Rick Honeycutt.
Closer: Rollie Fingers

Baltimore Orioles
1B- Eddie Murray
2B- Bobby Grich
3B- Brooks Robinson
SS- Cal Ripken, Jr.
LF- John Lowenstein, Gary Roenicke.
CF- Al Bumbry
RF- Frank Robinson
C - Rick Dempsey
DH- Ken Singleton
PH- Jim Dwyer
Bench: Brian Roberts, Boog Powell, Brady Anderson, Fred Lynn, B.J. Surhoff, Doug DeCinces, Paul Blair.
Rotation: Jim Palmer, Mike Mussina, Jimmy Key, Mike Cuellar, Scott McGregor.
Relievers: Mark Williamson, Grant Jackson, Tim Stoddard, Eddie Watt,
Set Up: Stu Miller, Tippy Martinez.
Closer: Greg Olson

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10/22/10

NBA 2010-11 Predictions

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Los Angeles Lakers enter the new season as defending NBA Champions. There's a long list of talented teams ready to take dead aim at winning the title. Many players changed teams via free agency and rumors are swirling of another blockbuster deal in the works.

2010-11 might go down as one of the NBA's most competitive ever. All divisions may not be decided until the final game. The league has never been filled with so much talent at the same time. Highlights films will dazzle.

The NBA's future is now. Looming in the not too distant future is a potential lock-out or strike next year. NBA owners and players association have been meeting trying to figure out a new collective bargaining agreement. Both sides are very far apart on serious issues.

So, who's going to win it all? MVP? Rookie? Defensive standout? Scoring champ?

All World All Sports NBA 2010-11 Regular Season Forecast:

EASTERN CONFERENCE
ATLANTIC
1- Boston*
2- New York
3- Toronto
4- Philadelphia
5- New Jersey

CENTRAL
1- Chicago*
2- Milwaukee*
3- Indiana*
4- Cleveland
5- Detroit

SOUTHEAST
1- Orlando*
2- Miami*
3- Atlanta*
4- Charlotte*
5- Washington

WESTERN CONFERENCE
NORTHWEST
1- Oklahoma City*
2- Utah*
3- Portland*
4- Denver*
5- Minnesota

PACIFIC
1- Lakers*
2- Phoenix*
3- Clippers
4- Golden State
5- Sacramento

SOUTHWEST
1- Dallas*
2- San Antonio*
3- Houston
4- Memphis
5- New Orleans

MVP: Dwight Howard (Orlando)
COACH: Scott Brooks (OKC)
FINALS: Lakers over Orlando

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10/21/10

NFL Predictions: Week 7

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Picking winners hasn't come easy in 2010. 7-7 last week runs the season total to 45-41. NFL schedule features a few key games in Week 8. Cincinnati @ Atlanta, Philadelphia @ Tennessee, Pittsburgh @ Miami, New England @ San Diego, Minnesota @ Green Bay followed by Monday's Giants @ Cowboys. Big time make or break weekend for a handful of NFL hopefuls.

Time to predict the winners...

WEEK 7 (home team in CAPS)

SUNDAY
Bengals 24 FALCONS 20
Redskins 27 BEARS 21
Rams 20 BUCCANEERS 16
49ers 27 PANTHERS 6
RAVENS 33 Bills 7
Eagles 28 TITANS 26
CHIEFS 23 Jaguars 21
Steelers 30 DOLPHINS 13
SAINTS 24 Browns 10
SEAHAWKS 17 Cardinals 14
Patriots 42 CHARGERS 24
BRONCOS 31 Raiders 20
Vikings 28 PACKERS 27

MONDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL
Giants 33 COWBOYS 27

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10/20/10

All Time Baseball Lineups

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MLB Playoffs bring back memories of yesteryear. Sitting here this afternoon watching the Yankees trying to keep the ALCS alive vs Texas gave me inspiration for putting together a list of all time lineups.

The following teams are composed by level of personal preferences based on a wide range of criteria. Players have been selected not necessarily by whether or not they were the best. A few qualify as fan favorites from platoon players to one year wonders. A large portion made the grade based on my generation (1965+) so get ready for a few classic slugging old timers, fire-ballers or juicers to be left off. By the same token, a few old timers I never had the privilege of watching could sneak in too. Hundreds of possibilities have been condensed into 30 player teams.

Since we're in baseball's version of the final four... let's begin with teams currently playing in the Championship Series.

New York Yankees
1B- Lou Gehrig
2B- Robinson Cano
3B- Craig Nettles
SS- Derek Jeter
LF- Roy White
CF- Bernie Williams, Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio.
RF- Babe Ruth
C - Thurman Munson
DH- Don Mattingly, Reggie Jackson.
PH- Bobby Murcer
Bench: Reggie Jackson, Yogi Berra, Paul O'Neill, Hideki Matsui, Jorge Posada, Tino Martinez.
Rotation: Andy Pettitte, Whitey Ford, Ron Guidry, Mel Stottlemyre, Mike Mussina.
Relievers: Dick Tidrow, Graham Lloyd, Jeff Nelson.
Set Up: Sparky Lyle, Jeff Wetteland
Closer: Mariano Rivera

Texas Rangers
1B- Rafael Palmeiro
2B- Julio Franco
3B- Buddy Bell
SS- Toby Harrah
LF- Al Oliver
CF- Josh Hamilton
RF- Jeff Burroughs, Richie Zisk.
C - Ivan Rodriguez
DH- Larry Parrish, Frank Howard
PH- Billy Sample
Bench: Jim Sundberg, Michael Young, Ian Kinsler, Claudell Washington, Tom Grieve, Bump Wills, Pete O'Brien.
Rotation: Nolan Ryan, Ferguson Jenkins, Cliff Lee, Charlie Hough, Kenny Rogers.
Relievers: Jeff Russell, Steve Comer, Darren Oliver.
Set Up: Jeff Zimmerman, Paul Linblad
Closer: John Wetteland

Philadelphia Phillies
1B- Dick Allen, Ryan Howard
2B- Chase Utley
3B- Mike Schmidt
SS- Jimmy Rollins
LF- Greg Luzinski,
CF- Richie Ashburn, Shane Victorino
RF- Chuck Klein
C - Bob Boone, Carlos Ruiz.
PH- Jay Johnstone
Bench: Juan Samuel, Johnny Callison, Tony Taylor, Bake McBride, Pete Rose, Greg Gross.
Rotation: Robin Roberts, Jim Bunning, Steve Carlton, Jim Lonborg, Curt Schilling.
Relievers: Jim Konstanty, Warren Brusstar, Don Carmen, Gene Garber.
Set Up: Ron Reed, Brad Lidge.
Closer: Tug McGraw

San Francisco (New York) Giants
1B- Willie McCovey
2B- Jeff Kent
3B- Darrell Evans
SS- Rich Aurilia
LF- Kevin Mitchell
CF- Willie Mays
RF- Mel Ott
C - Bob Brenley, Buster Posey.
PH- J.T. Snow
Bench: Chris Speier, Gary Thomasson, Bobby Thomson, Jack Clark, Will Clark, Bobby Bonds, Matt Williams.
Rotation: Juan Marichal, Carl Hubbell, Tim Lincecum, Gaylord Perry, Jason Schmidt.
Relievers: Scott Garrelts, Tim Worrell, Gary Lavelle, Greg Minton, Rod Beck.
Set Up: Randy Moffitt, Brian Wilson.
Closer: Rob Nenn

I have a few more teams in mind for the coming days. A lot of great 70's players from Baltimore to Cincinnati to Oakland. Let me know some of yours. Might have to send away for Strat-o-Matic baseball game sets or hunt down a good online old timers simulation game. Stay tuned... more to follow...

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Did ESPN Ask Coaches to Call Time Outs for Cash?

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Question of the day... Did or didn't ESPN instruct Monday Night Football refs to encourage Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars head coaches to call time outs late in the game to secure additional advertising revenues?

You've got to be kidding? NFL Commissioners Office really needs to cut this practice off. Tennessee was leading 23-3 and attempting to run out the clock after the 2:00 warning. Supposedly, the refs first went to Titans coach Fisher asking him to call timeouts so the networks can go to commercial. Fisher rightfully refused. His team was up by 20 and looking to run out the clock. If the story is true, refs then approached Jags head coach Del Rio. Jags called timeouts, down by 20 with under 2:00 remaining. Titans proceeded to score the games final td on a Chris Johnson 35 yard run.

Quoting from the "TitanInsider", coach Fisher joked after the game....

"“Jack used his timeouts,” Fisher said. “My understanding is they needed network timeouts, and that's why Jack used his timeouts. They came over and asked me to do it, but I said, 'I was hoping to get a first down and kneel on it.'

“At the end of the game like that, you don't kick a long field goal, you don't, you hand it off.”

So, why are networks now allowed to interfere with game play? NFL protocol incorporates official time outs (commercial breaks). Allowing a network to dictate closing moments opens the potential for a can of worms in need of discussion.

First off, networks are not the NFL. Who sent word to refs asking them to approach NFL coaches? ESPN or NFL executive(s)? There's a big problem here if ESPN has the juice to contact refs directly during a game. Bigger problem presents itself when refs actually listen! If the word came from the league then how does the NFL justify arm twisting coaches to call time outs by way of referee messengers?

Second. NFL already has broadcasting policies. They need to move swiftly to negate this sort of activity. Obviously, revenues are very important. So, why not just add a 15 or 30 second spot to the 2:00 minute warning? At the end of a quarter? Halftime? After opening kickoff? Don't stall a game in closing moments.

Third. Allowing networks to influence games can open doors to further disturbances. Officiating could easily attract those looking to unjustly influence games for whatever reason. What would stop a powerful network from applying pressure on refs to throw a flag here or there so a team generating greater viewership won games? Perhaps reaching a bit far here? Perhaps not. We're living in challenging times. Individual households are spending more than ever for less and saving fewer and fewer dollars thanks to Washington bureaucrats. During challenging times some might take actions never thought of during good times. It's something to be considered and all appropriate precautions taken so this situation never comes to light.

Give the fans a break. Give the players their due. Show the game some respect. Do not cheapen professional football by letting television network time outs factor into how games are played in the closing minutes. It's a no brainer.

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10/19/10

NCAA & NFL Power Rankings Shake Up

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Nasty hits were the talk of the town after last weekend's games. NFL had it's share of heavy hits. A handful of players were on the receiving end of body jarring tackles creating moderate to severe concussions. NFL officials will be handing down fines and suspensions resulting from illegal tackles (head first and against defenseless receivers). Concussion issues have been prevalent all season. It looks as though the league ready to start getting serious with how they will treat offenders.

Rutgers Scarlett Knights' Eric LeGrand was severely injured making a special teams tackle. LeGrand is paralyzed from the neck down and has a very difficult road to recovery. Good thoughts, prayers and well wishes from fans across our great country will be needed to help this young man remain strong with life's new challenge.

Once again, we had another week of surprises in both college and pro's. Teams have been shifting up and down power rankings all year long. There's plenty of season left to go.

All World All Sports Top 10:

NCAA
1- Oregon
2- Oklahoma
3- Boise State
4- Auburn
5- LSU
6- TCU
7- Michigan State
8- Utah
9- Missouri
10-Alabama
(Official BCS Ranking)

NFL
1- Steelers
2- Jets
3- Patriots
4- Giants
5- Eagles
6- Ravens
7- Saints
8- Falcons
9- Titans
10-Colts

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NLCS & NFL Blacked Out

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It's a black out. No National League Championship Series. No Sunday NFL games. No regular programming of any Fox show (except news). Millions of sports fans on the East coast are furious at both Fox News Corp and Cablevision. Hardest hit are residents in New York and Philadelphia. We're being denied viewership due to a contractual dispute between two television/cable super powers. Who wins? Nobody. Who loses? Millions of paying subscribers.

I'm not really interested in the delicate intricacies of negotiations between the companies. It isn't the first time Fox pulled channels during negotiation efforts having done this before vs DISH Network. It's not the first time Cablevision has showed blank stations during contract renewals. Fees keep climbing. Service keeps deteriorating. Timing couldn't be much worse for sports fans. East coasters attempting to view games via internet were blocked too.

Once again, it's the public getting shafted. Does it matter who's right or wrong? Once the dust settles and tempers simmer both sides will hammer out a deal. They'll both win big. Losers, once again, will be subscribers soon to be hammered with increased monthly fees. Wasn't it a good idea the bozos in Washington forced digital service on America? Is anyone else missing the old rabbit ears antenna's?

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