Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Aaron Hill

Aaron Hill resigned with the Arizona Diamondbacks on a 2 year contract worth $11 million. The Diamondbacks acquired Hill last season at the trading deadline for their 2B Kelly Johnson. Hill had a disappointing 2011 season but the Diamondbacks hope he can return to his 2009 form when he was an All-Star and batted .286 with 36 HRs & 108RBIs. The Diamondbacks made the playoffs this past season and are a team on the rise with young stars like Justin Upton, Stephen Drew & Chris Young. If Hill contributes the way he has shown he can then the Diamondbacks can be a force to be reckoned with for years to come.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 11/22/1981

Kellen Winslow, tight end for the San Diego Chargers, ties an NFL record with five touchdown receptions during a 55 - 21 trouncing of the Raiders in Oakland. Before the end of the first half, Winslow scores twice on passes of 15 and 29 yards from Dan Fouts. Fouts adds three TD passes in the third quarter, two to Winslow and one to Charlie Joiner. In the fourth quarter, Winslow caps his spectacular day by scoring on a three yard option pass from running back Chuck Muncie.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Jonathan Papelbon

The Philadelphia Phillies continued their off-season moves with the signing of closer Jonathan Papelbon to a 4 year $50 million deal. Papelbon is a 4 time All-Star and has 219 career saves. The Phillies' starting pitching is formidable and with a closer like Papelbon who has a career 2.33 ERA & 1.02 WHIP the Phillies will now have a better chance to win games that they may have lost in past years with Brad Lidge or Ryan Madson closing.

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Happy Birthday Troy Aikman

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 11/15/1960

Elgin Baylor collects 71 points on 28 field goals in addition to 15 free throws to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 123 - 108 win over the Knicks in the second game of a doubleheader in New York. With 34 points in the first half and 37 in the second, Baylor breaks his own NBA record of 64, which he accomplished against the Celtics on November 8, 1959, when the Lakers franchise was located in Minneapolis. The Madison Square Garden crowd is also treated to some thrills in the opener when the Detroit Pistons overcome a 20-point deficit to upset the Celtics, 115 - 114. Gene Shue wins the game by sinking a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 11/13/1994

Drew Bledsoe sets NFL records for the most passing attempts (70) and most completions (45) in a game and throws no interceptions as the Patriots overcome a 20 - 3 deficit to win 26 - 20 over the Minnesota Vikings in Foxboro. The winning score comes after 4:10 of overtime on a 14 yard pass from Bledsoe to Kevin Turner.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Jim Thome

The first piece of the Free Agency puzzle is Jim Thome signing with the Philadelphia Phillies for a one year $1.25 million contract. Phillies 1B Ryan Howard will be missing the beginning of the season but don't expect to see Thome at first too often. He'll primarily be used as a big bat off the bench. Thome has 604 career home-runs and is a good guy & teammate. Something to look for is that Thome is good friends with Michael Cuddyer who is also a free agent and would fit in well with the Phillies because he's a right-handed bat who can play both corner infield & outfield positions.

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Thursday, November 3, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 11/3/2001

Eli Manning throws six touchdown passes, five of them in overtime, as Arkansas outlasts Mississippi, 58 - 56. The game is tied at 17 - 17 before it goes into seven overtimes, during which 80 points are scored. In the last OT, Arkansas takes a 58 - 50 lead on a two-yard touchdown run by Mark Pierce and a successful two-point conversion. The Rebels counter with their own touchdown, but on the two-point attempt Razorbacks linebacker Jermaine Petty tackles tight end Doug Ziegler a yard shy of the goal line. The game consumes 4 hours and 14 minutes and is the first in NCAA Division I history to go to seven OTs.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

This Day in Sports History - 11/2/2005

Six says past his 18th birthday, the Los Angeles Lakers' Andrew Bynum becomes the youngest player in NBA history by playing five minutes during a 99 - 97 win over the Nuggets in Denver. The previous mark was held by Jermaine O'Neal at 18 years, 1 month and 22 days with Portland in 1996. Bynum is held without a point in his first seven games, over 34 minutes, before finally scoring a basket on November 22nd. He was drafted by the Lakers in the first round of the 2005 draft (10th overall) out of St. Joseph High School in Metuchen, New Jersey. In 2006, the NBA will pass a rule requiring a player to be at least 19 before entering the draft.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

MLB Free Agency 2011

The St. Louis Cardinals are World Series Champions and now it's time for the focus to go onto the Free Agency period. Here are some of the players that we will be watching to see where they end up:

  1. Albert Pujols
  2. Prince Fielder
  3. Jose Reyes
  4. Jimmy Rollins
  5. C.J. Wilson
  6. Heath Bell
  7. Carlos Beltran
  8. David Ortiz
  9. Grady Sizemore
  10. Jonathan Broxton
  11. Jonathan Papelbon
  12. Francisco Rodriguez
  13. Ramon Hernandez
  14. Coco Crisp
  15. Michael Cuddyer
  16. Jason Kubel
  17. Fernando Rodney
  18. Joel Zumaya
  19. Mark Buehrle
  20. Yuniesky Betancourt
  21. Jim Thome
  22. Matt Capps
  23. Josh Willingham
  24. Ryan Doumit
  25. Aaron Hill

Happy Birthday Ted Hendricks