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Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Duke-Carolina tip coming up in minutes.

I could wax on for a few thousand words about the intense rivalry between two of the premiere college basketball programs in the nation, the Duke Blue Devils and the UNC Tarheels. As I type I’m eating a TV dinner and listening to the Carolina pre-game show on the Tarheel affiliated network. At 9:00... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Giants Upset Pats in 2nd Most Exciting Game of the Day

Okay, maybe it’s because I lost interest once I became certain the Lions weren’t going to make the playoffs again with weeks still left in the season. Or maybe I’m just out of step with the rest of the world because I think a dull college basketball game is more exciting than most nail-biters in the... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, February 2, 2008

#2 vs. #3 in Hoops on Wednesday?

That would be Atlantic Coast Conference rivals #2 Duke vs. #3 North Carolina at Chapel Hill Wednesday night. At least that is the way it should shape up. Kansas got knocked out of the unbeaten ranks by Kansas State earlier in the week. They will not maintain their current #2 rank after a home loss... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Tarheels Win in Double OT

The women, not the men. Psycho T and company are idle till Thursday when they take on Boston College at Chapel Hill. Coach Roy Williams and the men get most of the basketball headlines. But Sylvia Hatchell has built a powerful dynasty for the women’s program that includes one national title and,... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Tarheels Bounce Back

Tyler Hansbro made sure they would recover quickly from the loss to Maryland last week. Psycho T, in spite of being hemmed in by the usual double team, spent most of the first half getting the entire Miami front line and reserves in foul trouble while scoring eight points. Then he took up the... Sign in to see full entry.

Friday, November 9, 2007

It’s Unanimous!

For the first time in quite a few years the Associated Press and Coach’s polls have jumped on the notapoet bandwagon and proclaimed the UNC Tarheels as the favorite to win the 2008 NCAA championship in basketball. They are a little behind yours truly, however. I made my prediction the day the Heels... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, October 11, 2007

Marion Jones joins the list of cheaters and criminals.

So what else is new. Drug enhanced performance and high profile sports bad boys and girls have become so commonplace as to make it seem to be the norm rather than the exception. Not so, but it definitely seems to be heading that way. Why do they do it? As I see it, two main reasons: Money and... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Two shoulda-beens and one coulda-been.

Nope. Nothing to do with the baseball playoffs, or Sunday’s NFL games. It does almost fit the MLB playoffs with a little bit of a stretch, but I ain’t goin’ there just yet. What I’m talking about is a college football shocker that didn’t get much attention outside of ACC territory because of the... Sign in to see full entry.

Wednesday, October 3, 2007


Three out of four baseball best of five series continue October’s Game: the battle for pennants that earn a ticket to the Big One. The Big One, of course, is the World Series. It’s less interesting for me this year because my Tigers, who disintegrated in the WS last season, didn’t even make the... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, October 2, 2007

Bud Selig has finally said something I agree with.

"This sport (baseball) is the most popular it's ever been,” MLB Commissioner Selig said, according to a Bob Nightingale story in USA Today. He went on to say, “It has been our national pastime. It still is our national pastime. It always will be our national pastime." Well, duh. And I might add that... Sign in to see full entry.

Monday, October 1, 2007

Padres Lead Rockies 4-3 in NL Finale

The final NL regular season game, really a postseason one-game playoff for the NL Wild Card is in the third inning as I write. I really have no stake and could care less about the final score other than the fact that the winner gets to play the Phils. My good friend Dan and his Dad are lifelong... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Now it’s time

…to say “wait till next year.” The Tigers beat Minnesota in a rain shortened game on Wednesday, but couldn’t delay the inevitable. The Yankees clobbered Tampa Bay 12-4 to clinch the AL Wild Card that same night. It was inevitable, but disheartening. Detroit simply let too many games they should have... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Wait till next year!

Whoops! Maybe I’m being a little premature. It’s possible the Tigers could win out. It’s possible the Yankies won’t win another game this year. And I’m gonna win the lottery tomorrow, the girl of my dreams will fall madly in love with me not knowing I’ve suddenly become a multimillionaire, we’ll all... Sign in to see full entry.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Whatever got into the Tigers

…I hope it sticks around for a while. It was a good couple of days for this old Tiger fan. Sunday they jumped on the Yankees early and hung on for a clutch 5-4 win. Monday they jumped on Mike Mussina and company early and then turned it into a 16-0 laugher. I hope this is the turning point for the... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Now for something a little different.

Yeah, I know. After pulling off a dramatic 11th inning win the night before, the Tigers blew it last night in an embarrassing 7-2. I don’t want to talk about it right now. So I thought I’d do a little something different this time out. Some of you may know that I do some freelance sports writing for... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 25, 2007

Tigers turn the tables on Yanks in extra innings

One game does not signal a return to pre-All-Star Game form. But when Detroit survives a Roger Clemens start and pulls out a win over the Yankees in the 11th inning it is encouraging. The Tigers face the Yankees again tonight in the second of four games at Comerica. This is the last shot the Tigers... Sign in to see full entry.

Thursday, August 23, 2007

It’s Southern Cal and LSU in the BCS Championship Game

I knew there would be similarities between the AP preseason pole and the Coach’s Poll sponsored by USA Today. I wasn’t expecting the closest thing I’ve seen to a carbon copy in more than 50 years. It was especially shocking when you remember that this was the preseason poll, not the end of season... Sign in to see full entry.

Sunday, August 19, 2007


The Detroit Tigers lost three out of four to the New York Yankees. They got slaughtered in three out of four is more like it. C’mon, guys. I’ll continue to love you, win or lose. But I have to admit it’s a little more fun when you’re winning. I know injuries, particularly to the pitching staff, have... Sign in to see full entry.

Saturday, August 18, 2007

It was just like the old days.

The Detroit Tigers outplayed the New York Yankees for five innings. Then the Yankees had their big inning, their relief pitchers shut the door, and that was all she wrote in a 5-2 loss. I suppose it could have been worse, but the Tigers have just not been a good second half of the season club since... Sign in to see full entry.

Tigers at Yankees on national TV!

Both teams are fighting for a playoff spot. Both are currently on the outside looking in, running second in their respective divisions. Both are trailing the Mariners in the race for the Wild Card Spot. Add in that they have split the first two games in the current series and that both feature one... Sign in to see full entry.

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