'04 Red Sox vs. '11 Bruins: Who Had The Better Postseason?

I got into a debate with a friend of mine about who had the most exciting postseason, the 2004 Boston Red Sox or the 2011 Boston Bruins. He, and many others who chimed in, said the Bruins. I, and two other people, said the 2004 Red Sox. People used the World Series as an example of why it wasn't exciting. The Red Sox World Series that year was a sweep, but did feature a very...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 27, 2011  |  Discuss

Last Night's Game 6 An Instant Classic

The St. Louis Cardinals were down to their last strike twice last night, but Lance Berkman and David Freese refused to quit. The St. Louis Cardinals, this years team of destiny, won Game 6 in dramatic fashion after David Freese's walkoff in the 11th and coming back twice against the Texas Rangers. Game 6 started off, oddly enough, as one of the worst games in World Series history...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 28, 2011  |  Discuss

Nelson Cruz Unknown For Game 7

Texas Rangers outfielder Nelson Cruz's condition is unclear for tonight's pivotal Game 7. Nelson Cruz injured his groin on David Freese's game tying triple in the ninth. It is unclear the extent of Cruz's injury. Cruz stayed in the game until the 11th inning when manager Ron Washington pulled him for precautionary reasons. "I didn't want to take the chance...
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October 28, 2011  |  Discuss

What's Next For Albert Pujols?

The St. Louis Cardinals have won the 2011 World Series in a dramatic comeback against the Texas Rangers. Now the big question arises: What's next for Albert Pujols? Pujols was asked that question after his team had won Game 7 last night, but Pujols remained quiet on the issue. With free agency beginning next week, both the Cardinals and Pujols need to make a decision. The...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 29, 2011  |  Discuss

The Story Of The Sports Illustrated Cover Jinx

As many sports fans know, athletes, and simply sports itself, are superstitious. Don't step on the base line while going back to the dugout. Always keep your same number, even when traded, hold a candle while your team is in the playoffs (trust me it worked for the '04 Red Sox and the Patriots Super Bowl titles). Fans already know about the big one, the Madden Cover Jinx...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 09, 2011  |  Discuss

Rich Man, Poor Man: How The 1993 World Series Changed Two Lives

I was on my computer the other night "wanderclicking", the art of starting somewhere on YouTube or Wikipedia and ending in a completely different place, and came across a Coca-Cola commercial celebrating the 1993 World Champion Toronto Blue Jays, with its catchy jingle, and it led me to search out for the finish of the 1993 World Series. I had seen it before, but still...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
November 12, 2011  |  Discuss

Chuck Giampa And The Worst Announcers Ever

For Showtime's boxing coverage, they decided to bring on former boxing judge Chuck Giampa and use his vast knowledge of boxing to help fans know how to score fights. Or as Giampa puts it, "taking you inside the mind of a judge". ...and nothing else apparently. It is a pretty bad performance, but it was his debut, so I guess we can cut him a little slack. So I...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
January 25, 2012  |  Discuss

Sox Replace Lowe's Stolen Ring

The Boston Red Sox made a classy gesture and replaced former pitcher Derek Lowe's 2004 World Series ring after it was stolen in April. Lowe's Fort Myers, Florida home was robbed in April and he lost about $90,000 worth of property, including his World Series ring. When Lowe's Cleveland Indians visited Fenway Park this past week, Lowe had a very nice surprise waiting...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
May 15, 2012  |  Discuss

pumped or rested?

A quick thought on the World Series: Is it more of an advantage for the Tigers to be rested, or the Giants to be pumped?  History gives the edge to the Giants.  In 1969, MLB added the League Championship Series to the postseason and since then a sweeping LCS team has met a team that was taken to the limit 7 times.  The 4 times this happened with best-of-5 LCS, there seems to...
Via random barking
October 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Canadian Reporter Gets Hit by Baseball, Is a Professional

Before the second game of the World Series, Sportsnet, a Canadian sports network, reporter Ian Mendes was about to go live with a report on Giants closer Brian Wilson when he was hit in the back with a errant baseball. Ouch. Mendes was bouncing around in pain right up until the point he went live and then he acted like nothing had happened and continued with his report. This...
Via The Mark Graham Sports Blog
October 25, 2012  |  Discuss

The Double League Disproportion

Four. It’s the number of World Series the American League has won in the last decade. It’s hardly a number that symbolizes a National League dominance overall in those 10 years (and how could it since the AL All-Stars have beaten the NL seven out of the last 10 years?), but it does suggest there’s a difference in the last bits of the season. It represents the National League...
Via Heat and Ace
January 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Cardinals top NL pennant odds, World Series betting lines shift

The St. Louis Cardinals find themselves in a surprising dogfight with the Pittsburgh Pirates for first place in the NL Central standings – and in the entire Senior Circuit – heading into July, but they're atop the odds to win the NL Pennant at the sportsbooks. A stumble over the past couple of weeks has put the Cardinals neck-and-neck with the surging Pirates in the NL Central...
Via Odds Shark
July 02, 2013  |  Discuss

Braves, Dodgers solidify spots in NL Pennant Odds

Having swept the Washington Nationals last week, the Atlanta Braves will be looking to pay out against their division rival once again this weekend as the two clubs meet in a three-game MLB betting series getting underway on Friday night. Overall the Braves have won five straight games against the Nationals, including that three-game sweep in Washington early last week when Atlanta...
Via Odds Shark
August 14, 2013  |  Discuss

So what's our National Anthem again?

Sweet Baby James Taylor struggled to answer that question correctly before the start of Game 2 of the World Series. He had to shift gears like the casual church goer struggling to get through a hymn.
Via Morning Bytes
October 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Breaking down the World Series with animation

We also love to see how Taiwan views of our major sporting events. This was a nice summation of what the Boston Red Sox did to the St. Louis Cardinals. We especially like the depiction of the Kolten Wong pick-off.
Via Morning Bytes
November 04, 2013  |  Discuss

World Series Odds: Angels remain baseball betting favorite in mid-September

The Los Angeles Angels are 16-3 SU over their last 19 games and 10-1 SU over their last 11 games, widening their lead in the AL West to 10 games in the process. The Angels are a 5/1 favorite to win the World Series and will look to stay hot this week hosting the Seattle Mariners in a four-game series starting on Monday. In the series opener on Monday night, Matt Shoemaker and the...
Via Odds Shark
September 16, 2014  |  Discuss
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