Posts Tagged ‘northwestern

11
Feb
10

Sports Digest 2.11.10

Lots of stuff happening this week. Before the Vancouver Olympics start on Friday, and monopolize a ton of sports coverage, let’s discuss some of sports biggest stories.

College Basketball

I’m really not sure what to make of this Syracuse team. Don’t get me wrong they look GOOD. Really good. AT 24-1, they are off to the best start in school history. Andy Rautins has become and INCREDIBLE leader for the Orange. It’s been awesome to see this Canadian, second-generation SU player transform from 3-point shooter to such a force to be reckoned with. He’s hardly recognizable playing his heart out on defense, setting up to take charges, being a spot-on free throw shooter and assisting his way through games. Wes Johnson and Kris Joseph regularly put up double digits. Onuaku is playing well. Scoop and Triche are growing into their own. The team is GREAT.

Rautins, sans Faux-Hawk

…they just can’t put together a solid 40 minutes of basketball, and THAT worries me. They were down 12 to Georgetown, down 18 to DePaul and lost at 10 point lead to UConn last night. I have said in the past that if we face a better team, we won’t be able to get away with that. On the flip side though, Syracuse ALWAYS manages to find a way to win. They get scrappy, they play tough, they shut it down at the last second. So it’s hard to vote against them. I’m excited for this team, I want them to be Final Four bound and I think they can do it. It will be very interesting to see SU vs. Georgetown and SU vs. Villanova, they add W’s in those contests and its hard to argue that you’re not looking at a National Championship team.

Also, what’s the deal with UNC? If you would have told me that Hansborough would make such a huge difference (i mean unc is 2-7 in the ACC this year) I’d say you were crazy.

Yes Tyler, UNC is THAT bad

Kansas is also looking really good. Would LOVE to se a KU-SU matchup for the championship. Wall’s starting to crack over at Kentucky … keep your eye on him. I’m already tired of the ESPN story about if Wall and Calipari get along. Calipari is the coach, he should push Wall to be his best and Wall should respect that. End of coach/athlete relationship. As long as that’s going on, who cares if they’re drinking buddies?

To the windowssss....to the (John) Wall!

Side note: Pitino, you tried to the whole NBA thing a few years ago. You almost lost your damn mind. Stick to college hoops. Some colleges just can’t make the transition (*future post alert!*) Oh, and I don’t believe for one second that there’s no truth the rumors that you’re looking to save the FOUR WIN NETS. It’s a trap-job. Don’t do it.

NHL

Hockey, I will miss you these two weeks. I understand the importance of letting your players duke it out for an olympic gold-medal. It will be really cool to see NHL teammates facing off on opposing sides. It does suck that there will be an interruption to league play, especially when it was getting SO good. The Washington Capitals 14-game win streak was JUST ended by the Ottawa senators. (With a league best 89 points though, I don’t think they’re too worried), Mark Cuban is talking about buying the Dallas Stars, and how ’bout those Penguins?! 😉 (Note: for the love of God, please don’t get Cuban involved in the NHL!)  This season has delivered really exciting hockey. We’ll anxiously be awaiting your return!

MLB

34 Days ’til Pitcher & Catcher’s report! Holler! 😀

Geovany, my boo

College Lacrosse

  • Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse is set to get under-way next week. Look for perennial powerhouse  and defending 2-time NCAA champion Syracuse to make some serious waves. (Don’t count out Virginia though…they’re tough and SU has to play them on the road this year!)

10-Time NCAA Champions

  • On the women’s side,  you can’t help but feel that Northwestern is going to go for all the marbles again. This year, they are defending their FIVE CONSECUTIVE NCAA CHAMPIONSHIPS. I don’t even know who can uproot them SU is ranked #4 , but has lost their All-Star and all time BIG EAST scorer, Katie Rowan. Georgetown is always a really strong program as well. (*future post alert–NU is playing Georgetown here in Chi in March!)

The Unstoppable Wildcats!

Who do you like in college basketball? Do you think any team this year can upend Women’s Lacrosse champs Northwestern? What’s your favorite NHL story? Early predictions on World-Series bound teams?

Talk to me people 🙂

–Sam

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04
Jan
10

New Year’s Hangover

Three days into ’10 and my head is about to explode with everything that has been going on in the past couple days with sports. Since I have a tendency to be longwinded bear with me folks.

NFL/Pittsburgh Steelers

I’d like to start by saying that I’m really bummed about the Steelers not making the playoffs. Like REALLY bummed. The post season isn’t the post season without my boys. It seems like this is the first time I can remember them not being in the playoffs–and then I’m reminded that this exact same thing happened a few years ago. The Steelers followed up their 2006 Superbowl Champion season by missing the playoffs. I’m ok with this pattern, if and only if they continue it and I can look forward to a Championship in 2012. This Pittsburgh Steeler team is such a disappointment. Not because they started the season 6-2, not because they lost 5 games in a row, not because we only won 2 division games this year. (That’s right…TWO). They are a disappointment to me because I did not see much heart from them all season long. Or at least until it was too late. With only 16 games in a season, a football team has to go out on the field and bring a solid effort. We simply did not do that in many games this year. I keep flashing back to the Steelers/Browns game where the Steelers decided they didn’t want to play. Because it was too cold. Of course they didn’t actually say this but their actions did. I didn’t see any hustle, I saw dropped passes from Ward (who had an unusually subpar season) and don’t even get me started on the defense. Our defense struggled all year without our leader Troy Polamalu (damn Madden curse) and they played uninspired. Add in the fact that there was internal bickering between Roethlisberger and Ward, Jeff Reed’s drunken shenanigans and the lack of leadership on the team and the season was abysmal.

See, I’m upset with you Pittsburgh. I love you, but I’m really freaking upset with you. YOUR FANS DESERVE BETTER THAN THAT. We are with you and we love you, whether you win or lose…there are no fair weather fans in the steel city, but we deserved better than the performance you gave us this season. I can take it if you try your hearts out and get beat, but what I can’t take is a lack of effort overall…and there was a slump this season where you didn’t care and damn it, we ALWAYS care. We ALWAYS care how you’re doing. You’re “the town of Pittsburgh’s heart and soul” and I just feel like you forgot that somewhere along the way this year.

So, we love, we forgive you and we’re freaking excited for you to address these problems and kick some ass next year boys. On the upside…there were some INCREDIBLE highlights to the Pittsburgh Steeler season including: Roethlisberger throwing over 4,000 yards this season and 503 yards in a single game, the emergence of Mike Wallace (Holla!) Who is going to be AWESOME for us, Rashard Mendenhall finally growing into his own and mowing down the competition like he was still at Illinois and, let us not forget, Dennis Dixon getting his moment to shine in prime time. So we love you Pittsburgh, and a 9-7 record isn’t horrible…it’s just not good enough to get you into the playoffs. I’m already ANXIOUSLY awaiting next season…is it August yet?! 😉

Syracuse Orange

Ok. Syracuse. I should have known. The BIG EAST is the toughest collegiate basketball division and it is pretty much impossible to go undefeated. And Pitt is always solid, I said in a previous post that, although they had lost two games, there was no reason to doubt their toughness. We are not in any danger having lost by ten points. at home. Seriously, because when you make the NCAA tournament, you won’t be playing at home anyway (even though the Carrier Dome is a site for the playoffs!) What I’m alarmed about though, my dear boys, is ability for the team to unravel fairly quickly. Syracuse, you were 1-for-13 on three pointers. ONE FOR THIRTEEN. That says to me two things: Rautins was off (hate it when that happens!) and you’re taking stupid shots. 1 for 13 is maybe 2%?! Pitt’s always a freaking good contender, and so what if we drop to No. 10 when the new rankings come out.  As of right now, you’re 13-1. The season is really long and no one goes undefeated. Let’s just work on playing ‘HORSE’ in your off-time with three point shots. *Side note, the SU Women’s basketball team was also handed their first defeat on Saturday at the hands of Georgetown (Blech!) The women are 12-1, the best start in school history. I’m sure they’ll bounce back in no time.

BCS Bowls

As we all know by now, I’m proving to be pretty awful at picking these BCS bowls. I currently stand at 1-3 (if you count the OSU/Ole Miss game where I flipped a coin) As I mentioned in my previous post, I apologized to my lions for thinking they would succumb to the SEC. But here is what I learned from a few of the other games.

Rose Bowl:

Terrell Pryor, as much as I HATE to admit it, really seems like he’s a force to be reckoned with. and I really hate to admit it.

Sugar Bowl:

Florida has no class to be running up the score like that. It’s almost like they forgot that a few weeks ago, they were the center of a ridiculously embarrassing lopsided win. One that stopped them from the national championship. Good Riddance Tebow. The next time I’ll see you cry is on draft day (Props to @rockatalic for coining that)

Outback Bowl:

Auburn has really gotten bad over the past couple years and Northwestern has a TON of heart and throws a butt-load of interceptions.

Alamo Bowl:

Maybe Leach ISN’T the secret ingredient to keep the Red-Raiders winning. Then again, they were playing against Michigan State.

Liberty Bowl:

East Carolina’s kicker should drop out of school. Seriously. With that many missed kicks, the school should go the ‘Glee’ route and hire the gay show-choir kid to be the kicker on the team so his dad doesn’t catch on to the fact that he’s gay. I feel bad for the kid, honestly, but he should probably get out of dodge. The south is CRAZY about football. (and not that Arkansas’ kicker was much better….but didn’t blow the game TWICE)

What was your favorite sporting event of the weekend? Did you enjoy this gluttony of 24/7 sports the past couple days? Talk to me people 🙂 And check back tomorrow for my NFL match-ups/playoffs.

–Sam




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