Posted on: February 10, 2010 11:44 am

Mid-Week Mini-Rants: All-Blizzard Edition

Unlike most of the Mid-Atlantic, the Northeast did not get hit with last week's big snowstorm. Now, everyone from Boston to D.C. to Chicago is getting hammered with another heavy dose of the white stuff. So, in between shoveling out your cars, driveways and walkways, here are some events to watch for the rest of the week to get your mind off of winter. Well, sort of...

Wednesday: NCAA MBB -- UConn vs. Syracuse 7 PM / Duke vs. UNC 9 PM

How about two of college basketball's biggest rivalry games back-to-back tonight? With the Super Bowl over that means it's all about college basketball right now, and UConn and North Carolina are two teams that are desperate for a big win. The Huskies resume is better than UNC's right now, but UConn's best win, over then No. 1 Texas, doesn't look as good right now. UNC, well, they just need a win.

(And don't fret Connecticut fans, the UConn Women are on at 8 PM on CPTV if this gets ugly.)

And by the way, if you aren't following dantheman4250's NCAA tournament blogs and threads, start now.

Thursday: NBA -- Magic vs. Cavs 8PM / Spurs vs. Nuggets 10:30 PM -- NCAA MBB -- St. Mary's vs. Gonzaga 11 PM

There are still more good college games on earlier than this, but passing up a solid NBA doubleheader is hard. With the Celtics struggling the Magic and Cavs could be playing in the Eastern Conference Finals and Spurs also find themselves in need of a good NBA All-Star break. Two of the WCC's best for a nightcap makes this a pretty good night.

Friday: Winter Olympics 7:30 PM -- NCAA MBB -- Fairfield at Rider 7 PM / Siena at Niagara 8 PM

Okay, so the opening ceremonies in Vancouver won't exactly get your mind off winter, but it's still a great show. And yes, I am a huge homer throwing out some love for a Metro Atlantic (MAAC) basketball doubleheader. Odds of myself making the trek back to the old stomping grounds in Lawrenceville, moderately high. And would someone please beat Siena already.

Saturday: NASCAR Nationwide at Daytona 1:15 PM -- NBA All-Star Weekend 7 PM -- Winter Olympics 2 & 8 PM

Still more college basketball to be found, but Danica Patrick's debut at Daytona should draw a crowd. NASCAR has also scaled back some of its rules to improve racing with the Car of Tomorrow. That means bump-drafting and multi-groove racing is back this year. It never left Daytona, but other tracks suffered greatly. Throw it the NBA Skills Contests and Slam Dunk contests with some Olympics and this isn't a bad start to the weekend.

Sunday: NASCAR Daytona 500, 12 PM -- Winter Olympics (USA Women's Hockey) 3 PM -- NBA All-Star Game 8:30 PM

The Super Bowl of NASCAR kicks off a new racing season the week after the Super Bowl. Fantastic job by NASCAR to put the Daytona 500 the week after the Super Bowl and at noon. First Olympic Hockey game for Team USA and just in time for me to look up the international rules for hockey. No more goalies playing the puck in that stupid trapezoid. And of course, the NBA All-Star Game will grace us with its presence and immense lack of defense.

Well, I hope this helps keep your mind off of the 4 feet of snow that is piling up on the ground. Now excuse me, I have to go shovel again. As I typed this 15 inches fell on my front walk.

Posted on: August 6, 2008 8:12 pm

The Good, The Bad and The Ugly - August 6th

This is almost becoming a theme for me on this blog. I don't know if it works, but it's fun to write. A random smattering of sports topics from the past week or so, including one ongoing saga that might cause my brain to turn into mush...

The Good

Revolution Claim Superliga Crown

Most of you are asking, what the heck is Superliga and who are the Revolution? The New England Revs of Major League Soccer topped fellow MLS side, the Houston Dynamo, in an 8-team tournament that pits the best four teams from MLS and the Mexican Primero Division soccer clubs. The Revs topped the Dynamo 6-5 in a penalty kick shoot out after a 2-2 draw that included goals from both sides in extra time. The sad part about this game, it wasn't broadcast on TV, only on Telefutura, a spanish channel that I didn't have. But ESPN will pick up a "friendly"/exhibition between Spain's FC Barcelona and MLS' NY Red Bulls instead of the final of a "major international" tournament.

The Olympics

Forget the controversy with China and Darfur and the pollution, this event isn't about that, yet athletes continue to make it a big political soap box. I'm most looking forward to Kobe, LeBron and 'Melo and the rest of Team USA return to glory in Men's Basketball. Micheal Phelps going for some absurd amount gold medals again should be fun to watch. And the Men's and Women's National soccer teams will be in action (Women actually lost to Norway 2-0 already), meaning I've worked two soccer references into this blog and will probably lose ratings points because of it...

The Bad

Joba Chamberlain

Again, I hate the Yankees. I want to see lose 162 games every year because I hate their organization that much. I still respect the players, especially the young guys from their Series runs in the late 90s like Jeter, Posada, Rivera, Bernie. But I don't want to see this happen to the Yanks, especially with the three team AL East race with Boston and Tampa heating up. Losing Joba is a huge blow to the Yankees' already have problems in their rotation and now will be without Chamberlain for an extended period of time as he went on the DL and visited Dr. James Andrews, which is a first sign indicator that this could be serious.

NFL Gripes

Memo to the Giants and Jets franchises - Personal Seat Licenses are not the way to go. If I was a season ticket holder for a New York NFL team, I wouldn't renew my seats. I might partner up with other fans or get a package deal, but I wouldn't get season tickets. I have to pay for the right to buy season tickets? That's like charging me a thousand bucks to look at a house or a car. It makes no sense. And for that new Fan Conduct Policy, fans know where the line is. If you want to get smashed while tailgating and be a drunk, belligerent moron while at a game, fine. You can get tossed. But that's not going to stop me from jawing with the fans sitting near me. You can joke around with the kids, but they're off limits and you shouldn't be cursing near them anyways. This policy just outlines what fans should already know and I think it's useless.

The Ugly


Just one week after the debacle at Indianapolis, NASCAR decides to break out the rain tires and wiper blades for a Nationwide race in Montreal on a road course. And with the Sprint Cup and Nationwide series both at Watkins Glen this weekend, NASCAR will go to the rain gear again should the weather turn south once again. Nationwide drivers had enough problems last weekend, including a wreck under caution before the race was called 26 laps early. And NASCAR wants to try again? I don't like this idea. I like having the two road course dates to change things up, but let's try to solve one tire problem before tackling rain tires/equipment, okay?

Manny Being Manny Goes West

The Manny Ramirez saga in Boston finally ended with a three team deal that sent the surly slugger to the LA Dodgers. It was a sad end to an otherwise adventurous and successful tenure for Manny. He help lead the Red Sox to their first World Series in 86 years and then help lead the Sox to the title last year as well. Boston gets back Pirates All-Star Jason Bay, who's a solid player and should do well up in Boston. I don't know what caused this massive rift between Manny and the Red Sox organization this year, but it seemed to come almost suddenly to me. I'm not familiar with the background and I know that Manny has had past issues with the team, but to me it looked like water under the bridge. Either way, this trend of players being able to dictate trades and holdouts is getting old. Like another player we'll get to...

That's not a bad week or so of sports in my opinion. I returned to the Braves glog for some west coast action against the Giants. I am looking forward to the Philadelphia Eagles preseason and getting a look at a healthy offense, keyed by Donovan McNabb and Brian Westbrook. But there is one NFL story that will never end.

The Ugliest

Brett Favre

Brett, you can't play in Green Bay and you shouldn't play anywhere else. But please end this. I swear if I see one more ESPN Special on this...

- Eagle
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