Saturday, October 8, 2011

Al Davis, Raiders owner and NFL innovator, dead at 82

From the AP (via Newsday)

Al Davis, the Hall of Fame owner of the Oakland Raiders known for his rebellious spirit, has died.

The team announced his death at age 82 on Saturday. It was not immediately clear when and where he died.

It was Davis' willingness to buck the establishment that helped turn the NFL into THE establishment in sports -- the most successful sports league in American history.

You can read the rest of the story here: Al Davis, Raiders owner and NFL innovator, dead at 82

Friday, October 7, 2011

National League Division Series down to the wire: A fan’s reaction

Tonight is going to be a big night in the National League. Two deciding game 5's.

Here is one fan's reaction to all of the exciting. From Yahoo, here is David Mehrwein's article:
National League Division Series down to the wire: A fan’s reaction

Here is an excerpt: "There is nothing more exciting in any major sport's playoffs than an elimination game. I don't care what anyone else has to say, that's my story and I'm sticking to it. So when the NLDS kicks off the final two games on October 7 between the Diamondbacks and Brewers and the Phillies and Cardinals, you can bet I will be glued to my television.

For the Diamondbacks and Brewers, the Diamondbacks will look to complete their comeback from the brink of elimination when they went down 0-2 to the Brewers in the first two games of the series. As a fan, I would love nothing more than to see the Diamondbacks complete the come back. I know the Diamondbacks knocked my Giants out of the playoffs when the Giants were having their season worst August slump, but I wouldn't want any other team but the Diamondbacks to advance.
"

Tigers beat Yankees 3-2, heads to ALCS vs Texas

Everyone loves it when a series goes the limit (well, ok, maybe not everyone)

Ronald Blum of the AP (via Yahoo Sports) takes a look at game 5 as well as game stats here: Tigers beat Yankees 3-2, heads to ALCS vs Texas

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Jagr, Flyers spoil Bruins' Garden party

From The Morning Call (of Lehigh Valley)

The Philadelphia Flyers on Thursday night returned to ear-splitting TD Garden, where their disappointing season ended last spring — and caused general manager Paul Holmgren to do a roster transplant.

Opening their season on a night when Boston lifted its Stanley Cup banner to the rafters, the Flyers ruined the Bruins' celebratory mood.

You can read the rest of the story from The Morning Call here: Jagr, Flyers spoil Bruins' Garden party

White Sox hire Robin Ventura as manager

The White Sox are staying with in the family for managers as they bring in Robin Ventura.

Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune takes a look at the hiring of Ventura.

In a stunning move, the Chicago White Sox named Robin Ventura as their next manager, according to a news release.

“I wanted someone who met very specific criteria centered around his leadership abilities," general manager Robin Ventura said in a news release. "Robin Ventura was that man."

Ventura, 44, has never managed and only rejoined the Sox's front office last June as a special assistant to Buddy Bell, the team's director of player development.

You can read the rest of the article here: White Sox hire Robin Ventura as manager

ESPN, Hank Williams Jr. part ways

It is official. ESPN/ABC and Hank Williams Jr. will no longer be working together.

From ESPN.com: Hank Williams Jr. and his iconic theme song will not return to ESPN's "Monday Night Football," the network announced Thursday.

In the wake of Williams using an analogy involving Adolf Hitler and President Barack Obama to make a political point on the Fox News Channel, Williams' "All My Rowdy Friends" will no longer be part of the MNF opening.

You can read the rest of the story from ESPN.com here: ESPN, Hank Williams Jr. part ways

Twenty questions for the new NHL season

With the NHL season starting today, many questions are being asked. Can the Bruins repeat? Will Crosby make a return? Will be the surprise team of the year?

Jim Matheson of the Edmonton Journal (via Yahoo Sports) asks 20 big questions here: Twenty questions for the new NHL season

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Red Sox mull over Cubs’ request to interview Theo Epstein

By Ian Casselberry of Big League Stew (of Yahoo Sports)

Soon after the Chicago Cubs announced the firing of GM Jim Hendry, rumblings began that owner Tom Ricketts would pursue Boston Red Sox GM Theo Epstein as a replacement.

That scuttlebutt was confirmed Tuesday, as the Boston Globe reported that the Cubs have requested permission to interview Epstein for their vacancy.

You can read the rest of the story here: Red Sox mull over Cubs’ request to interview Theo Epstein

Texans’ Receiver Andre Johnson Out Indefinitely After Hamstring Procedure

When you think of the Houston Texans, either either think of Andre Johnson or Arian Foster. And just when Foster comes back from injury, Johnson gets hurt. This will be a test for them.

You can read what Erik Matuszewski of Bloomberg.com says about the injury here: Texans’ Receiver Andre Johnson Out Indefinitely After Hamstring Procedure

Tiger lands high-profile new sponsor

CNN International: He may not have won a tournament in almost two years, but Tiger Woods can still be a major force in golf according to his new high-profile sponsor.

Woods lost some major backers in the wake of the scandal about his marital infidelities, including Tag Heuer. But another high-end watch-maker, Rolex, has taken on the fallen former world No. 1.

Read more of the CNN International article here: Tiger lands high-profile new sponsor

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

NBA talks break down over money, games in jeopardy

Well, after the talks broke down, the NBA has canceled the preseason and the first two weeks of the regular season could be as well.

This is what NBA.com had to say:

Commissioner David Stern floated it as an idea more than a firm proposal: a 50-50 revenue split.

Even so, the union's reply was unequivocal.

"They said, 'We can't do it."' according to Stern.

And with that, the remainder of the preseason was lost and the first two weeks of the regular season moved to the brink of cancellation.

The NBA shelved the rest of its exhibition schedule Tuesday and will wipe out the first two weeks of the regular season if there is no labor agreement by Monday.

You can read the rest of the article here: NBA talks break down over money, games in jeopardy

Rangers Defeat Rays 4-3 to Close Out ALDS Series

BY the AP (Via Fox Sports)

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. – The Texas Rangers are headed back to the AL championship series, thanks to a power surge by Adrian Beltre that few players in major league history have matched.

Beltre hit three straight home runs and the defending AL champions advanced again, beating the Tampa Bay Rays 4-3 in Game 4 Tuesday to win their playoff matchup.

Read more of the AP story (via Fox Sports) here: Rangers Defeat Rays 4-3 to Close Out ALDS Series