MLB 2011 Playoff Preview

This Major League Baseball season has been a fun one. And Wednesday night was probably the most epic night for the last day of games in a regular season.

In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals jumped out to an early lead against the Astros and never looked back, as Chris Carpenter threw a complete game shutout.

Down in Atlanta, the Braves rode a Dan Uggla two-run homer and a Chipper Jones sacrifice fly all the way to the bottom of the ninth, where rookie closer Craig Kimbrel was given a 3-2 lead to protect. Unfortunately for the Bravos, the pressure of the postseason was more than Kimbrel could take, blowing the save and the chance of a playoff game with the St. Louis Cardinals. The game was extended into extra innings and in the 13th, Phillies right fielder Hunter Pence gave Philadelphia a one run lead off of a 100-foot broken bat blooper. Atlanta could not come back, and their season was over… Continue reading

Feature Friday: Matt Beacham

While many athletes are judged solely on how well they fare against their competition, surfers are ultimately judged on how they handle what the sea throws at them. Once surf companies saw video clips of Matt Beacham’s bag of tricks, a professional career was born and Beacham has been getting paid to surf since.

Utilizing the video medium may have helped promote his career, but Beacham had bigger aspirations than simply making a living. Surrounded by a solid crew of friends who shared the same vision, The Foundation and Noah’s Arc videos were produced to document the testimonies of several professional surfers and how God had impacted their lives… Continue reading

SPORTS YAPP: Week 3 Power Rankings

1. Green Bay Packers- I continue to count on them and they continue to deliver. There might be a different star each week (Finley this week), but as long as Aaron Rodgers is back there…they are the team to beat.

2. Detroit Lions- Even when they struggle early, they find a way to win. They can score quick and often when they have to. I know they have more wins than some teams I have ranked higher and that’s because I’m being cautiously optimistic.

3. Buffalo Bills- They can now be taken seriously after beating the Patriots. They are a really fun team to watch and cheer for. Their team really seems to be on the same page. I loved seeing the Bills pull this out after another great comeback. How can you not like this team? Continue reading

Sports Spectrum Staff Picks (Week 3 Results)

Each week, Sports Spectrum staff writers Aaron May, Bryce Johnson, Stephen Copeland, Managing Editor Brett Honeycutt and Vice President of U.S. Sports Ryan DiNunzio will make their NFL picks. Email your weekly picks to sportsspectrumpicks@yahoo.com and compete against our staff for a chance to win SS prizes…

Notables:
- ESPN is lucky that Ryan DiNunzio isn’t part of their weekly panel. Not only did he clean house last week, but he also finished with a 12-4 record this week, better than every ESPN analyst… Continue reading

In the News: R.A. Dickey

New York Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey took a no-hitter through 7 innings Saturday vs. Philadelphia before Phillies outfielder Shane Victorino recorded a line drive base hit to left field. Dickey finished the day with 7 IP, 3 H, 1ER, and 1BB and no decision. The Mets went on to win the game 2-1. This was Dickey’s last start on the year for the Mets, and it wraps up another solid year for the knuckleballer. Dickey finishes the year with a losing record (8-13) but a very solid ERA of 3.28, which is first among Mets starters. I had a chance to speak with Dickey in spring training, and the story was featured in the Spring 2011 issue of Sports Spectrum.

The knuckleball. It dips and dives, darts and drops, and is the most unpredictable pitch in baseball. It seemingly takes a wild journey before reaching its destination to the plate. No one knows exactly where it will go. The batter doesn’t, the fielder doesn’t, even the catcher, and most importantly the pitcher, aren’t exactly sure where the ball will land… Continue reading

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