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Monday, September 25, 2006

There is no more suspense.

The Tigers are in the playoffs, guaranteed. Detroit’s sweep of Kansas City over the weekend mathematically eliminated any chance of being overtaken by the White Sox. It also maintained the slim 1 ½ game lead over the Twins for the AL Central title. Not that I care that much. A division crown would... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 24, 2006

Move over Hammerin' Hank

...Boorish Barry Bonds just took away your National League home run record. Huh? Doesn’t that record still belong to Hank Aaron, owner of the NL and Major League Baseball career home run records with 755? Well, yes and no. Aaron does still own the MLB record. But, Bashful Barry tied The Hammer for... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 22, 2006

Is 60 the new 50?

It very well may be as far as baseball is concerned. Ryan Howard of the Philadelphia Phillies has been making a serious run at a 60 home run season. If he makes it, he will be only the sixth player in history to belt that many at the major league level. Prior to 1998 it had been done only twice, by... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 21, 2006

The weekend approaches …and the games of autumn are in full swing as yet another season of the year begins. The games of winter are already looming on the horizon. And the game of summer is winding down. That other New York team, the one that started off in Baltimore, clinched the American League... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

The Tigers Blew It

They had a chance to knock Chicago out of contention for the AL Central even if they lost to the White Sox today. More important, my Tigers would have maintained their game and a half lead over the Minnesota Twins even if Minnesota won. But, of course, the Tigers blew all that by losing to the White... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Mets did it. And my Tigers won, too

…although in the case of the Tigers it was just a game rather than a division title. Yesterday I predicted the New York Mets would lock up the NL Central soon. All it took was a win by the Mets or a loss by the Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets did it the right way by beating the Florida Marlins 4-0.... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 18, 2006

22 are still alive

…or were as of yesterday evening. About two weeks ago I jotted down a few notes about baseball for sports column. At that time I noted that 22 of MLB’s 30 teams were still in contention for a division title or a wild card berth. Amazingly, all 22 of those teams were still mathematically alive as of... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Soccer is the most

…boring, boring, boring team sport I’ve ever had the displeasure to cover as a professional sports writer. My opinion, of course. It wasn’t my idea to cover a soccer match. It was the assignment out of left field that I would have gladly turned down if I didn’t need the money so bad. Until I get on... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 15, 2006


I’ve got to cover a soccer game tonight and I don’t know diddly about soccer. Last month I picked up a regular gig as a freelance sports writer for a relatively new weekly newspaper. I’ve covered football, basketball, and baseball for various newspapers through the years. I’ve written a regular... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

The Tigers Are Running Out Of Time

Notapoet’s return to Blogit would not be complete without at least two cents worth of wisdom and prejudice about baseball. So, here ’tis: In early August my beloved Detroit Tigers had a record of 76-36 (.679) and they were on top of the baseball world. They were 10 ½ games ahead of the rest of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Four Left

Four games left for my Detroit Tigers. Four days remaining in the 2005 MLB season. Four playoff spots up for grabs, one NL and three AL. Four teams still alive for three of the four AL post-season berths. That’s a bunch of fours with some significance for baseball fans. The list could go on. After... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Spoilers of the AL Central

Spoilers of the AL Central Who wouda thunk it? Just in time to salvage a little pride, and my rapidly dimming hopes, the Tigers have become a factor in the race for two of the AL playoff spots. Detroit beat the fading White Sox by a single run, 3-2 last night, for the second day in a row. As long as... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Whassa Matta Wit De Tiggers?

From the midst of a nightmare, after a rare day off, the Motown Mugs seem to have emerged in Fantasy Land. Detroit actually won…gasp… a one-run game…double gasp…with a walk-off home run from Curtis Grandison! And, verging on the improbable (if not the impossible), Monday’s heroics capped a... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Lightning Strikes Twice

The Carolina Tar Heels upset favored N. C. State for the second season in a row, this time 31-24 in the Wolfpack’s den. The Detroit Tigers ended an eight game skid with a 7-1 win over the visiting Seattle Mariners. It was a rare double for the non-poet who hasn’t had much to cheer about in sports... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Glory, Hallelujah!

The Tigers didn’t lose yesterday! Fortunately for us Tiger fans, Detroit hasn’t figured out how to lose when they don’t play. Yesterday was, of course, an open date. Unfortunately, the day before yesterday was not an open date. The Tigers gave the Royals a four-game sweep by losing for a seventh... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

State & Carolina this weekend!

It’s one of the greatest traditional rivalries in all of college sports -- football and basketball. The North Carolina St. Wolfpack and the UNC Tar Heels have been going at it tooth and nail for as long as I can remember. It was the rivalry in the ACC before the basketball battles between Duke and... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

12 in a row.

No exclamation point. No long, drawn out groan, moan, or sigh. Just a statement of fact. My Detroit Tigers wasted no time in clinching their 12 th losing season in a row. They only needed one loss over the remainder of the season to do it. Kansas City alleviated the suspense by pushing the Tigers... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, September 19, 2005

81 and counting.

And, if you believe Bob Nightengale, Alan Trammell is on his way out as manager of the Tigers, and GM Dave Dombrowski is considering resigning. All is most definitely not well in the Motor City. Round midnight I got even more discouraged Yup. The Tigers not only lost to the Angels yesterday, I... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 18, 2005

Moan! Carolina lost at home.

Not the Panthers. That Carolina evened up their season (now 1-1). and avenged the 2004 Super Bowl loss to New England, by downing the Patriots 27-17. The Panthers are the Johnny-come-lately of teams calling themselves “Carolina.” Not the Gamecocks, though they did get slaughtered by Alabama. The... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, September 16, 2005

Two in a row!

My Tigers are on a roll! Last night they toppled the Angels 8-6 for two in a row for the third time in six days. Of course the middle of those three twos was two losses in a row to the Minnesota Twins. It obviously wasn’t a pitchers’ duel. I can’t give you anything else in the way of details since... Sign in to see full entry.

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