Old School – 1/3 Season Review

1/3 of the MLB season is complete and I thought it would be a good time to look back at what’s happened so far in the 2012 season.

Back in my season opening column I said that “Orioles fans probably still believe Cal Ripken Jr. could still help their terrible team.” I also said “Orioles fans probably think that even Tim Tebow could help their terrible team.” Oops… Continue reading

Old School – The Best and Worst in Baseball Music

This week, in the Sports Spectrum offices, Bryce Johnson, host of Sports Yapp, brought up a rant that Jim Rome did a while back about the Florida Marlins theme song by Creed. The song is atrocious. But that got us thinking about the best and worst baseball songs out there, and it made me decide that my next column should be the top 5 best and top 5 worst baseball songs ever… Continue reading

Old School – A Tale of Two Hitters

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the winter of hope, it was the spring of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us.

There is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Arlington; there is a king with a large pocketbook, on the throne of Los Angeles.

It was the year of Our Lord two thousand and twelve. Spiritual revelations were conceded to Arlington at that favoured period, as at this. Mr. Hamilton had recently attained his eighteenth home run, of whom a prophetic private on the West Coast had heralded the sublime appearance by announcing that arrangements were made for the swallowing up of Oakland and Seattle… Continue reading

Old School – 9 Things we’ll remember about April 2012

We’ve completed a whole month of Major League Baseball and April certainly had its memorable moments. Here are nine things we will remember from the first month of the big league season.

1. Manager’s mouths

Both Bobby Valentine and Ozzie Guillien found themselves in trouble by not taming their tongues…

2. Pujols’ slump

Albert Pujols signed a $250 million contract with the Los Angeles Angels, and he did not hit a home run in the entire month of April…

3. Bryce Harper’s debut

This month could be remembered for watching the debut of a once-in-a-generation-type player…

4. The old guys still have it

Chipper Jones, Jamie Moyer and Todd Helton…

5. Brian Wilson out for season

6. Matt Kemp’s hot start

7. David Wright is back

8. D.C. Area in first place

On April 30, both Baltimore and Washington were in first place in their divisions…

9. Perfection

Baseball had its first perfect game of the season this month… Continue reading

Old School – 162 reasons to be excited for Major League Baseball

162 reasons to be excited for Major League Baseball this year…

(1) For Opening Day, where everyone is 0-0 and even the Cubs can dream of a championship season.

(2) For presidential first pitches.

(3-4) For baseball in Japan, where two regular season games were played last week between Seattle and Oakland.

(5) Because Bobby Valentine is back in baseball… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Elite 8 Sunday games

Two more games decided the final two entrants into the Final Four. What did Rick Pitino say would happen to the state of Kentucky if Louisville pulls off the upset? And why North Carolina can’t simply blame Kendall Marshall’s injury for their loss against Kansas.

Oh, and by the way, Jayne S. is now leading the Sports Spectrum bracket challenge. And guess who has crept up to number 3…that’s right, your’s truly. I was three for four in my Final Four picks, not bad. Let’s get to Sunday’s games… Continue reading

March Madness Blog – Sweet 16 Thursday night games

Considering the madness that has happened in the NFL with Peyton Manning, Sean Payton, and Tim Tebow, it seems like the NCAA tournament has been a little overlooked. But hype or no hype, it’s here, and it should be good. We still have the heavyweights (Syracuse, UNC, Kentucky) and we still have some underdogs (NC State, Ohio, Xavier) which always gives us good storylines and teams to root for. Let’s get to the action… Continue reading

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