Monthly Archives: July 2013

Miners looking for improvement in 2013

NCAA Football: Texas El Paso at WisconsinThe Miners are coming off a very lackluster season at 3-9 and saw the retirement of their Head Coach. So, this year they will be breaking in rookie head coach Sean Kugler who was a guard at UTEP back in the 80′s but has not spent any time coaching in the College ranks. Kugler will be taking over a team who is returning 12 starters from last year. There is some hope that the Miners can find a way to get more than three wins, but it will take some work. At least they have a favorable schedule early.

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Red Raiders youth will hinder in 2013

Texas TechThe Texas Tech Red Raiders are starting a new regime this season after the sudden departure of former head coach Tommy Tuberville to Cincinnati. Now enter “prodigal” son Kliff Kingsbury, whose ties run as deep in Lubbock as anyone else within the program. Kingsbury took over the Tech program at the end of last year, while Kingsbury has no previous head coaching experience, he is a former Tech quarterback and has been the offense coordinator at Houston and Texas A&M. His hire has fired up people in Lubbock for the first time since Mike Leach was pacing the sidelines. But can a rookie head coach take a very young team and turn them into a winner?

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Aggies thinking Championship or Bust in 2013

Texas AggiesLast year was a magical season for the Texas A&M Aggies, they had a Heisman trophy winning quarterback and shocked the world by going 6-2(11-2 overall) in the very tough SEC Conference. But the story for the Aggies this offseason hasn’t been about expectations or even what they have done in preparation for the season, it has been all headlines for their Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel.

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SBM Exclusive Feature: Tales of Hypocrisy and Confusion – ESPN and The “Instant Replay in Baseball” Argument

by Ryan Meehan

Monday night there was an incident in the Tampa Bay Rays/Boston Red Sox game where pinch runner Daniel Nava was called out at home plate when he was clearly safe.  It continued the debate about the current status of replay and how it is used in the game of baseball.

Personally, I don’t think there’s anything to discuss.  I have always said that expanding instant replay can only help baseball.  I think the whole “disrupting the flow of the game” stance is weak because the need for review happens so infrequently that it’s a moot point.  But there’s something going on that has been bothering me.  Every time there is a questionable call like that, ESPN shows how hypocritical they can really be.  Their airwaves are full of debate over whether or not it’s time for Bud Selig to get his head out of his asshole and finally do what I consider to be the right thing.  Which is precisely where the hypocrisy comes in…

All these analysts like Barry Larkin, John Krukunisticle, Curt Schilling, and Nomar Hamm seem to have what they think are “strong stances” when it comes to how instant replay is used in baseball.  But it gives them a TON of talking point fodder, and they already know what they are going to say.  It’s not inventive, it’s recycled material, and it’s hardly entertainment.  In a sense, they are the standup comedian that shows up at open mic every Thursday, and instead of using that opportunity to test out new material the guy walks out there and trudges through the same eight minutes he’s been doing since 1998.  I use that analogy because not only am I a huge comedy fan, but because that’s an accurate representation of how stale everybody’s takes on this issue are.  (Speaking of which, could you imagine Larkin trying to do standup?  “How many of you in the audience tonight have kids who are star collegiate athletes?  Anybody?  Boy…tough room…”)

This whole topic has been beat to death.  Guys doing life with no parole for eating their wives after carving them up with paring knives know that instant replay in almost every form except for balls and strikes is probably a good idea.  And if a bunch of dudes who use their own urine to make booze behind bars can figure that out, you can only imagine how easy it should be for the panty wastes that run MLB to do the same.

But for the analysts to sit there and act like they are so frustrated with the way this issue is handled (or in some cases defend the level of difficulty associated with being a Major League ump, and say that the game should be kept traditional) doesn’t sync up well with the fact that these same analysts LOVE it when this happens.  Why?  Because they’re that comic who doesn’t have to write new material.  They don’t have to have a fresh take, they simply have some jackhole intern pull the tape of the last time this happened and then go off that.  It’s not only hypocrisy, it’s weak reporting and the word “uninventive” keeps coming to mind.

If these guys really have these beliefs and they aren’t simply listening to what the producers are telling them to say, then that’s fine.  But to sit there and act like they didn’t just get away with having to do their segment devoid of any thought is just plain nauseating.  It sucks taint that hoping our bloated and technologically advanced media coming up with a great sports channel is starting to look like more and more of a pipe dream.

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Cougars looking to Rebound in 2013

Houston CougarsTony Levine took over in 2011 after Kevin Sumlin left for the Texas A&M job; he was taking over a team who had just lost a conference championship and probably a shot at a BCS bowl. They went on to defeat a Penn State team shrouded in controversy and build hope for a better year next year. What ended up happening was a very lackluster 5-7 season, which bid farewell to Robertson Stadium in preparation for a new stadium next year. This year the Cougars will play all their home games at Reliant Stadium, and coach Levine hopes to build some success going into the new conference.

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Rising Expectations on the Brazos

072213_1312_RisingExpec1Art Briles took over at Baylor in 2008 and all it took was two years before he had Baylor back into a bowl game. And since 2010 Baylor has gone to three straight bowl games, winning the last two in row. And to top it off, they had a Heisman trophy winning quarterback and first round draft pick in Robert Griffin III.

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SBM Exclusive: Tales of Hypocrisy and Confusion – The Milwaukee Brewers

by Ryan Meehan
Just when you thought you’d heard it all, when it came to the Ryan Braun suspension, a news story came across the wire about a 37 year old Wisconsin woman who was asked to leave Miller Park after she was seen wearing a Brewers jersey that violated the Park’s “code of conduct” policy.  The jersey was that of the aforementioned slugger, but the woman taped an “F” and a “D” over the “B” and “N” in Braun’s name so that it spelled out “FRAUD”.   The woman cooperated with authorities and agreed to turn her shirt inside out so that she could enjoy the rest of the game, but it surprises me a little bit that nobody’s really called out the Brewers for this. Continue reading

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