Early look at Baylor 2014 schedule

The Baylor Bears are coming off one of their most successful seasons in school history, they are the defending Big XII champions, and they played in their first BCS bowl. Needless to say expectations will be very high in 2014 from a fan base who is learning what it is like to have a winning program. But I think the bigger expectations will be from head coach Art Briles because this team looks to have reloaded and wants to prove last year was not a fluke.

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Series Recap – Chicago White Sox

The Rangers are coming off taking three out of four against division foe Seattle, and they will finish off their home stand with a three game series against the Chicago White Sox.   This could be a big series for the Rangers since they will hit the road after this for back to back series against divisional opponents on the road, while the division may not be won in April, it can be lost if you have a poor enough showing.

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Here is why Mariners’ fans are overreacting to the 6-game losing streak

The Seattle Mariners started off the 2014 season hot, the team won seven of the team’s first 12 games and many people were on the band wagon ready for a playoff run. But that hot start masked the fact that the M’s were without two of their five projected starting pitchers at the beginning of the season, and then the squad promptly lost No. 4 starter — James Paxton — during the home opener. With the rotation’s injury troubles, it came down to the team’s offense to provide enough juice for the squad to continue its recent winning ways…but unfortunately the offense began to struggle at around the same time Paxton was injured.

As a result, the reaction on the internetz has been; “BECAUSE MARINERS”

When in reality the reaction should be; “BASEBALL IS WEIRD”

Baseball is weird is the appropriate reaction because of the fact that the decline in production from the team’s offense is the result of some really bad luck. In fact, the biggest areas where the team has struggled is getting on base and “..hitting it, where they ain’t“; and the offense’s ability to score runs has all but vanished as a result. And the reason for these struggles is that several of the team’s key bats are struggling to produce during this six game stretch. Continue Reading->

 

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Series Recap – Mariners

The Rangers just finished off a weekend series where they took two out of three from the Houston Astros, and they will now take on the second place Seattle Mariners. This four game series will be a good chance to gain some ground on the leaders in the division and tighten up the race in the West.

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The aftermath of being fleeced by Gonzaga: Three steps to recovery

Washington State University athletic director Bill Moos has become known as the savior of Cougar athletics, thanks to his hiring of Mike Leach and the facility improvements for football, but that reputation is rapidly coming under fire after thethree-year contract with Gonzaga was leaked. Most Cougar fans were not happy with losing a home game for an expected neutral site game, and now that it’s been confirmed that the game in the Spokane Arena is a home game for the Bulldogs (and therefore WSU will get exactly $0 for the game)…many Cougar faithful are irate.

It’s ridiculous that a Pac-12 school is submitting to a WCC school, and the fact that it’s one of the Cougs’ biggest basketball rivals is even more ridiculous. Especially when you realize that all Washington State is getting out of this is a promise of good seats for alum and being allowed to bring the spirit squad…no, I’m not kidding:

“I didn’t think we could close the deal and I thought we were in jeopardy of losing the rivalry,’ Moos said. ‘So I conceded, and I appreciated their dilemma. I conceded that with the stipulation that we could bring our spirit squads and band, and that we get some good tickets for our fans.”

In other words, Moos got fleeced by Gonzaga athletic director Mike Roth and men’s basketball coach Mark Few.

The fact that the Cougars got fleeced is quite agitating, and disappointing. Now Cougar faithful need to begin to move on from the pain…and we at Sports with Neil and friendshave a list of three things that can be done by Cougs everywhere to get over Gonzaga’s power play: Continue Reading->

 

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Top 10 First Round Series In NBA History

Originally posted on jsportsblogger:

NBA Playoffs

The first round of the NBA playoffs have a history of being slightly disappointing. Unlike the NHL, the NBA usually looks at its first round as television fodder for the networks to discuss future matchups in later rounds. That doesn’t mean there haven’t been memorable moments. In fact, the first round has seen some of the most dramatic moments in NBA history. Here are the 10 best first round series in NBA history.

1989: Chicago vs. Cleveland

The series that saw the beginning of how clutch Michael Jordan was at crunch time. But it wasn’t supposed to go that way. The Cavaliers were favoured to win the series, after a franchise best 57-25 record. Led by the trio of Mark Price, Ron Harper and Brad Daugherty, the Cavs were poised to make a long run in the playoffs.

The Bulls had Jordan, a rising star in Scottie Pippen, and not…

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Dallas Stars Playoff Bound

The Dallas Stars clinched a playoff berth for the first time in eight years, while it has been a while since the Stars tasted post season hockey, this will be an exciting time for the young Stars team. Once you make the post season, anything can happen and the Stars have about as good a chance as anyone else in the playoffs. Because it is about getting hot when it matters most. 

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