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Saturday, March 26, 2005

Two Steps does not equal a Travel



I can't put into words how pathetic that call was.
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Thursday, December 23, 2004

It's Miller Time For Red Sox



Wade Miller has new Sox.The Red Sox have reportedly finalized a deal with free agent starting pitcher Wade Miller. This is a huge boost to the Red Sox rotation and even the bullpen as well. With this move the starting rotation will consist of Curt Schilling, David Wells, Matt Clement, Wade Miller, and Bronson Arroyo or Tim Wakefield. The odd man out of the rotation will see bullpen work and both Arroyo and Wakefield have been reasonably effective in that spot. This trade further opens up my hopes for a Bronson Arroyo and Hanley Ramirez for Ben Sheets deal with the Milwaukee Brewers. I'm hoping this deal happens for the Sox anytime between now and the trading deadline, the sooner the better.

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Saturday, October 02, 2004

Time to Brush Up on the Tiebreaker Rules



With such close races in the West and NL Wild Card, there is a good chance for a tie or two. Luckily, they have the scenerios and rules figured out, so you won't get too confused.

So you know:

AL West
Anaheim
Oakland 1GB

NL West
Los Angeles
San Fran 2GB

NL Wildcard
Houston
San Fran 0GB
Chicago 2GB
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Friday, October 01, 2004

The Sports Toad College Football Preview for Saturday October 2nd

Part 1

Texas Tech at (2) Oklahoma

Jason White and Adrian Peterson led Oklahoma (3-0) against Texas Tech (3-1) in a key Big 12 match-up. Oklahoma has had 14 days off since their victory over the Oregon Ducks, so they should be well rested for the game. Adrian Peterson is coming off of a 183 rushing yards and two touchdowns in his third career game. He has started his career with three 100-yard games.

Texas Tech is coming off a thrilling 31-30 victory over Kansas last weekend. Texas Tech is a team that is led by their potent offense and susceptible defense, which OU should have no problem scoring on. The real question in this game will be whether or not the defense of OU can stop Texas Tech. I believe they can so The Sports Toad believes that Oklahoma beats Texas Tech by a score of 45-17.

(6) West Virginia at Virginia Tech
West Virginia (4-0) is heading into Virginia Tech (2-2) in this battle of former Big East foes.
“``We'll have to play better than we have in the last four games to win it,'' West Virginia coach Rich Rodriguez said. ``That part, I guarantee.'' against this Virginia Tech team who hung in their against a very good USC and a solid NC State team. All-American candidate Kay-Jay Harris who has been battling injuries the last few weeks leads West Virginia. Kay-Jay only had 63 yards rushing on 22 carries against the Dukes of James Madison last week.

Virginia Tech comes into this game with a 2-2 record and facing their worst start since the 1995 season. The Virginia Tech offense this season has been non-existent with last week’s dreadful performance against NC State. Virginia Tech rushed for 36 yards and only gained 192 yards in the entire game. VA Tech fans expect those type numbers in a half not a whole game. The Sports Toad believes that VA Tech beats West Virginia in a squeaker 21-17.

(4) Miami FL at Georgia Tech

Miami (3-0) comes into this game after a solid victory 38-13 over the Houston Cougars last week. Georgia Tech(2-1) on the other hand comes into the game after a week off after their loss to UNC by a score of 34-13. This was after beating then number 20 in the nation Clemson by a score of 28-24 on a last second touchdown.

There is some controversy in Miami with the quarterback position. Brock Berlin is not getting the job done in Larry Coker’s mind, thus Derrick Crudup and Kyle Wright better be ready to play. Brock Berlin has the following stats for the season 43 of 73 passes for 476 yards and two touchdowns. In his career, he has 14 touchdown passes and 19 interceptions since coming to Miami from University of Florida.

Reggie Ball who rushed for 80 yards and threw for 164 yards against University of North Carolina leads Georgia Tech. P.J. Daniels; the starting running back for Georgia Tech is questionable to play. The good news for Georgia Tech is that Eric Henderson returns to the defensive line after missing the first three games with an injury. The Sports Toad believes that Miami will pull out a 28-10 victory over Georgia Tech with very little help from Brock Berlin who tends to make bad decisions at the wrong time.

(13) LSU at (3) Georgia

LSU (3-1) heads to Athens to play the University of Georgia (3-0) in a rematch of the SEC championship game last year. LSU is coming off a victory over a very weak Mississippi State team 51-0 and Georgia is coming in off a bye week after a victory over Marshall 13-3.

The question at LSU is “Who is going to be the QB?” Did Marcus Randle set himself up for the starting job in the victory over Mississippi State with a seven completion in seven attempts with 103 yards in a little over a half of football? I don’t think so. The running game at LSU is not in trouble at all with Alley Broussard having a break out season. In the game against MSU, he had 13 rushes for 75 yards and three touchdowns with about a half of work also. The star of the MSU game was the defense by creating 5 turnovers and scoring a defensive touchdown.

Georgia is coming into this game off of a bye week after a squeaker against a very good Marshall team. Their All-American candidate in David Greene leads Georgia. He has been lackluster this season with 194.3 yards a game and only completing 54.9% of his passes. It seems to be a down year for the senior quarterback or the defenses are figuring out how to defend him and the bulldogs. I just don’t know about this Georgia team there was high expectations for this team and I just have not seen them get it done on the field this season. The Sports Toad predicts Georgia to lose to LSU by a score of 31-28.


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Wednesday, September 29, 2004

Intervention from Above?

In a 60 Minutes interview that airs tonight at 8pm, Dale Earnhardt, Jr. discusses the possibility that his Dad pulled him out of a fiery wreck.
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Sports Toad NFL Pick 'Em - Week 4



Rballer's Best Bet: 3-0

My Best Bet for this week are the Philadelphia Eagles. This week they play in Chicago against the Bears. Even though they are on the road, I think they will win handily as the Mcnabb-Owens connection has been virtually impossible to stop throughout the first three weeks of the season. Eagles 31 Bears 13.

Toad Writers: Please click "Edit" under postings and then please proceed to bold AND italicize your picks as I have done, it only takes a minute or two. Thank you guys.

Rballer's Picks

Cin @ Pit
NE @ Buf
Oak @ Hou
Was @ Cle
Ind @ Jax
NYG @ GB
Phi @ Chi
NO @ Ari
Atl @ Car
Den @ TB
NYJ @ Mia
Ten @ SD
STL @ SF
KC @ Bal

Last Week: 7-7
Overall: 24-22

ZLax45's Picks

Cin @ Pit
NE @ Buf
Oak @ Hou
Was @ Cle
Ind @ Jax
NYG @ GB
Phi @ Chi
NO @ Ari
Atl @ Car
Den @ TB
NYJ @ Mia
Ten @ SD
STL @ SF
KC @ Bal

Last Week: 9-5
Overall: 26-20

Christy's Picks

Cin @ Pit
NE
@ Buf
Oak @ Hou
Was @ Cle
Ind @ Jax
NYG @ GB
Phi @ Chi
NO @ Ari
Atl @ Car
Den @ TB
NYJ @ Mia
Ten @ SD
STL @ SF
KC @ Bal

Last Week: 9-5
Overall: 29-17

SexyWombat's Picks

Sorry for my lack of posts as I've been busy w/ school and 4 tests coming up w/in a 2 week span. Plus my schedule consists of the same stuff everyday. Wake up, eat, class, then go to work, then try to do some work but usually end up relaxing. I'm also trying to work on a project.

Cin @ Pit
NE @ Buf
Oak @ Hou
Was @ Cle
Ind @ Jax
NYG @ GB
Phi @ Chi
NO @ Ari
Atl @ Car
Den @ TB
NYJ @ Mia
Ten @ SD
STL @ SF
KC @ Bal

Last Week: 9-5
Overall: 24-22

BrumZ' Picks

Cin @ Pit
NE @ Buf
Oak @ Hou
Was @ Cle
Ind @ Jax
NYG @ GB
Phi @ Chi
NO @ Ari
Atl @ Car
Den @ TB
NYJ @ Mia
Ten @ SD
STL @ SF
KC @ Bal

Last Week: 10-4
Overall: 27-19

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Clinchin'



The Boston Red Sox clinched a playoff spot today for the second consecutive year. They defeated the Devil Rays 7-3 by way of the longball, this victory secured the spot. As of now, the Red Sox would play the Minnesota Twins in the playoffs. In any case, I'm confident, but I have to say that I'd rather face Oakland (or Anaheim or Texas) instead of facing Minnesota. Reason being, in a 5-game series, Johan Santana will pitch twice if it goes the full 5 games. This equals up to one hard series to win. Without Santana, the Twins would be good, but very beatable. With him, they are going to be hard to stop.

In any case, good luck to my Boston Red Sox in the 2004 playoffs. I will be behind them the whole time, no matter what happens. Go Sox!
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Monday, September 27, 2004

That is what I call Rain


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Sunday, September 26, 2004

Down goes Jones Again!


Roy Jones Jr. lost to Glen Johnson last night in Memphis Tennessee. Jones was hit by an overheard right which sent him to the canvas where he lived nearly motionless for 4 minutes and had to be helped out of the arena and into an ambulance by his trainers.

Glen Johnson said about Roy Jones Jr.

``Listen, I'm not claiming I'm the best this or the best that. I'm the guy who is willing to fight the self-claimed best,''


Antonio Tarver said about Roy Jones Jr. after this fight

``I want to see the man go on and enjoy his life after boxing,'' Tarver said. ``We don't need to see Roy Jones go through the things he went through tonight, the things he went through on May 15. Let the man ride off into the sunset.''



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Friday, September 24, 2004

College Football Preview for 9/25



Here is the SportsToad's preview of the upcoming weekend's college football games.

The games Zlax45 will be watching
Boston College at Wake Forest noon on ESPN 2
BC is coming in with a 3-0 record and are trying to avenge last year's opening day defeat by the Demon Deacons in Chestnut Hill. BC is lead by Paul Peterson who has been the key figure in the offense in this young season. He is able to move the pocket, throw the ball on the run, or even pull it down to get the extra yards. Wake Forest is one of the worst teams in the ACC so BC should be able to take them this week in Winston Salem.

Iowa at Michigan 3:30 on ABC

This was suppose to be a HUGE game for both teams but has turned into an elimnation game for both teams. Michigan has shown very little abilty on the offensive side of the ball by struggling against San Diego State and losing to Notre Dame. Iowa is coming off of a 44-7 drubbing by Arizona State. Both teams are going nowhere and Michigan pulls it out in the big house.

Northwestern vs Minnesota 9pm on ESPN2

Minnesota has been my pick all year to win the Big Ten because of their returning tallent and because of their underrated coach in Glen Mason. Northwestern has not had a good season since Gary Barnett was the head coach. I predict Minnesota 35-7.


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Thursday, September 23, 2004

Is Vijay going to break the Money record?



Vijay Singh is within $489,000 of breaking Tiger Woods record for most money in a season. Vijay has 5 tournaments left in the season to break the record. He could break the record this week if he finishes in second place or better. Do the toad readers think He will break the record?

Click here for the link.
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Tuesday, September 21, 2004

World Golf Rankings



The World Golf Rankings are skewed to the United States players instead of looking at all the other tours around the world liek the European Tour. Miguel Angel Jimenez has won 4 tournaments in Europe during this season and he is only 20th. Come on! Do I smell conspiracy?

Even Tiger Woods agrees with me.

Paraphasing here on ESPN Sportscenter on 9/22
I think the World Golf Rankings are skewed because the Europeans are not getting enough credit. Look at Miguel Angel Jimenez he has won 4 tournaments this year and is not getting any credit in the rankings.

The World Golf Rankings were set up by International Management Group also known as IMG. Mark McCormack set up these rankings to make his players have stronger STAR power.


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Oh Foulke!



Schilling pitched a gem. He went 8 strong and whiffed 14 batters, but it wasn't enough for his 21st win. He left after the 8th inning, and going into the 9th, the Red Sox had a 1-0 lead on the Orioles. Javy Lopez came up with 2 outs and a man on second in the top of the 9th. Foulke then gave up a fat one, and Lopez hit it out. The Orioles then left the top of the 9th with a 2-1 lead. The Red Sox had men on 2nd and 3rd with no outs. McCarty fouled out, Damon followed him with a strikeout. It appeared that the Red Sox had blown another golden opportunity, but then came Mark Bellhorn. He ripped a Jorge Julio pitch into centerfield, and both Red Sox runs scored. Game over, Sox win. The win kept them from falling further behind New York (they are currently 4.5 back) and helped them possibly gain or at least keep pace with Anaheim.

The win was an important one for the Red Sox because they needed it to move closer to clinching the playoffs. But more important was the way that Curt Schilling pitched. Him and Santana are battling for the Cy Young, and they both deserve it (even though I think Santana will win it). But besides this, it says to me that Curt Schilling should be the Red Sox #1 starter in the playoffs, with Pedro #2, Lowe #3, and Arroyo #4. If Wakefield can't get it back together, he should be relegated to the bullpen. If Wakefield can get it back together, it might not be a bad move to relegate Arroyo to the bullpen.

In any case, I'm not sure who I would rather face in the first round. The A's have such a solid rotation (Mulder, Hudson, Zito, Harden) with no weaknesses, but Minnesota has one pitcher that is absolutely dominant, and the prospect of seeing him twice in a 5-game series scares me to death. So I'm thinking that I would rather have the Red Sox face Oakland right now, but who knows. It's just getting started, and it will only get better. This is my favorite time of year (when the Sox are still in contention). I can't wait!
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Monday, September 20, 2004

Sports Toad NFL Pick 'Em - Week 3



Rballer's Best Bet: 2-0

My Best Bet for this week is the Minnesota Vikings, who are playing on their home turf, to defeat the Chicago Bears. Daunte Culpepper looked strong in week 1 and he's not playing too bad thus far tonight. Not to mention they also have Randy Moss and I view the Bears as punchless even though Thomas Jones is finally living up to his hype. Vikings 31 - Bears 13.

Toad Writers: Please click "Edit" under postings and then please proceed to bold AND italicize your picks as I have done, it only takes a minute or two. Thank you guys.

Rballer's Picks

Ari @ Atl
Chi @ Min
Hou @ KC
NO @ STL
Pit @ Mia
Bal @ Cin
Cle @ NYG
Jax @ Ten
Phi @ Det
SD @ Den
GB @ Ind
SF @ Sea
TB @ Oak
Dal @ Was

Last Week: 9-7
Overall: 17-15

Zlax45's Picks

Ari @ Atl
Chi @ Min
Hou @ KC
NO @ STL
Pit @ Mia
Bal @ Cin
Cle @ NYG
Jax @ Ten
Phi @ Det
SD @ Den
GB @ Ind
SF @ Sea
TB @ Oak
Dal @ Was

Last Week: 8-8
Overall: 17-15

Christy's Picks

Ari @ Atl
Chi @ Min
Hou @ KC
NO @ STL
Pit @ Mia
Bal @ Cin
Cle @ NYG
Jax @ Ten
Phi @ Det
SD @ Den
GB @ Ind
SF @ Sea
TB @ Oak
Dal @ Was

Last Week: 9-7
Overall: 20-12

SexyWombat's Picks

Ari @ Atl
Chi @ Min
Hou @ KC
NO @ STL
Pit @ Mia
Bal @ Cin
Cle @ NYG
Jax @ Ten
Phi @ Det
SD @ Den
GB @ Ind
SF @ Sea
TB @ Oak
Dal @ Was

Last Week: 9-7
Overall: 15-17

BrumZ' Picks

Ari @ Atl
Chi @ Min
Hou @ KC
NO @ STL
Pit @ Mia
Bal @ Cin
Cle @ NYG
Jax @ Ten
Phi @ Det
SD @ Den
GB @ Ind
SF @ Sea
TB @ Oak
Dal @ Was

Last Week: 8-8
Overall: 17-15

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