Saturday, September 24, 2011

I Can't Complain About My 2010 Sports Year

    It's that time to reflect back and make feeble attempts at resolutions for the future. Well, sure I would have loved for all my sports teams to win championships, but 2010 certainly had its moments!
    April 6, 2010 started out with opening day for the White Sox. McLovin and I got to see Buerhle's defensive pay of the year and the Sox beat the Indians. But McLovin knew that I was getting nervous about a college basketball game that night. There are years as a Duke fan that I am optimistic about a national championship (1992, 2001- except when Boozer got injured in the Maryland game). But this was not one of them. If fact, I was still in some disbelief at the final buzzer as my phones started ringing (TEG letting out a scream of joy in my ear!)Duke was not ranked #1 at any point of the season. I don't care too much for ranking my favorite Duke national championship year, but this year with Zoubek stepping it up in a huge way, Scheyer washing away the sins of Greg Paulus, and Lance Thomas fitting the blue-collar role. All the Duke hate out there may add to the sweetness of #4! Without Kyrie Irving, I don't think that 2011 will bring #5, but I have been wrong before!
    2. After 49 years, the Blackhawks bring Lord Stanley's Cup home! While not the biggest Blackhawks' fan in the world (I got to 3-4 games a season), this was a sweet ride for the entire city. A great season with certain players- Toews, Kane, Hossa and Duncan become stars in the City. Another great parade for the city and another reason to be proud and gloat.
    3. White Sox- No postseason, but some great winning streaks during the year include 25-5 (if I recall correctly). And beating the Cubs in the Crosstown series (second year in a row) and finishing with a better record than the Cubbies is Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiice!
    4. Da Bears- Let's ignore the 2009 season. After attending the Bears preseason loss to the Arizona Cardinals- I though this team would be lucky to finish 3rd in the division. NFC NORTH CHAMPIONS!!
    5. BULLS- The future looks bright. D Rose is maturing into an annual All-Star and MVP consideration. Some good free agents signings (BOOZER!) and a return to the playoffs!!
    Here's to more fun, enjoyment and championships in 2011!!

    New Year's Eve Bowls

    Yesterday saw some "interesting" games, especially Syracuse benefitting from a ridiculious "excessive celebration" penalty and Tennessee letting victory slip thru the fingertips. In yesterday's finale, Nebraska played like it already joined the Big Ten (that's the Mediocre conference with 12 teams, but we'll call it the Big Ten)-disappointing. How can you lose to a Washington that you dominated earlier in the year. Anyway, today's games:

    1. Meineke Car Care Bowl- South Florida v. Clemson: too much uncertainty over who will qb for USF. I'll take Clemson.

    2. Sun Bowl-Miami v. Notre Dame: Can't figure ND out this year. This team loses to Tulsa at home. But then again, Tulsa won it's bowl game. Despite my hatred for ND (sorry, TPO), i think Notre Dame wins a close one.

    3. Liberty-UCF v. (10-3) v. Georgia (6-6)- This is the game I'd most want to watch, but I will be at the UC watching Bulls-Nets. Georgia has not been impressive. I will pick Central Florida.

    4. Chick-fil-a- Bowl- Florida State (9-4) v. South Carolina (9-4)-I think South Carolina is the better team, but every time the Gamecocks should go on a role or win a big game, they fail. I'm gonna pick them one more time.

    Nebraska (10-3) v. Washington (6-6)

    This is a rematch which Nebraska won 56-21!

    This is a rematch which Nebraska won 56-21!

    UNC 7-5 v. Tennesse 6-6
    It is really tough difficult for me to pick North Carolina even in football.
    But how can a pick Tennessee which finished 6-6 after starting 2-6! Well, they could be on a roll winning 4 straight. But who did the Vols beat- Memphis, Mississippi, Vandy and Kentucky. Not exactly the best that the SEC has to offer.
    Carolina should win this one.

    Pinstrip Bowl (New York)

    Kansas State (7-5) v. Syracuse (7-5)

    I can't believe Syracuse made a bowl game the season after Greg Paulus left! (That's a joke people. Duke won the national championship the season after Paulus left. Coincidence?!)
    This will be a low scoring game.
    Syracuse 14 K-State 10

    Armed Forces Bowl

    SMU (7-6) vs. Army (6-6)

    You would think that the Bowl games between Christmas and New Year's would feature some pretty good teams, but once again we have some very average teams. Two very difference styles of play. You would think that Army should win the Armed Forces Bowl, but I'm picking SMU. even without the Pony Express.


    Oklahoma State v. Arizona -OSU's only two losses were to Nebraska and Oklahoma.

    So, I am going to pick the Cowboys. Actually, the real reason that I am picking Oklahoma State is so I can post a picture of this babe.

    Texas Bowl

    6-6 Illinois v. 7-5 Baylor

    Two more teams that are at best -average- but, they get to go to a bowl game. Yawn!

    Not a big fan of Big Ten football and all week I thought I would be picking Baylor in this game. But after last night's Iowa victory over Missouri, not impressed with the Big 12 either. I will probably regret this pick, but at least it will make TPO happy.

    Military Bowl

    Not much time:

    East Carolina v. Maryland

    ACC is my pick.

    Maryland 24 East Carolina 21

    There was a ton of sports to watch at the Kilt last night- two bowl games, Bulls v. Bucks (still don't know why the Bucks were wearing red unis with white trim- maybe to let asst. Coach Kelvin Sampson feel like he was still at Indiana?), Blackhawks, college hoops. However my attention was clearly on the Tuesday Night Football: Eagles v. Vikings (I won't call them the Viqueens today), especially after the loud Philly fan sat next to me (at least, he bought me a beer and left at halftime). Well, the big winners last night- Bears, with a guaranteed first round bye, Tom Brady (how could you vote for Vick as MVP after last night) and Joe Webb.
    So, "Thank you, Vikings" and "Suck it Philly!" Eagles fans dismiss the loss to the Bears for a multitude of stupid reasons- I especially like the "we were on a roll, so we were due for a loss" excuse. What is the Eagles excuse for last night- too much time to prepare for Joe Webb! I am sure we will heat the "Vick was hurt" excuse. Was his hand hurt, because he sure couldn't hold on the ball. The Vikings won despite the fact that Leslie Frazier needs some serious lessons in how to use the "challenge rule." Form the Bears perspective, more important than the bye maybe that the Bears faced the possibility of facing the Packers in back to back weeks. Don't want to face the Packers in back to back week!
    Thanks, Philly!

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