Black Monday

In what ESPN and other press members deemed “Black Monday” (at least they didn’t call it Fire-gate or something like that) two NFL coaches got the pink slip and one father and son dynamic duo were booted off of the ranch on Monday.

Head coach Steve Spagnuolo and along with GM Billy Devaney were fired from the St. Louis Rams (2-14) and Raheem Morris was fired from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers (4-12) after ending the season on a ten-game losing streak, who just one year ago coached the team to a 10 win season.

In Indianapolis, a 14-year run ended for Colts Vice Chairman Bill Polian. Bill and his son, Chris Polian, Vice President and General Manager, were let go by Colts owner Jim Irsay, who declared that it was time for a new direction in Indy. Continue reading

From the Archives: The Saint Louis Cardinals

Three of baseballʼs most dominant hitters the last decade have joined together, but their confidence isnʼt in their ability on the field – itʼs in knowing that God is in control.

The regular season hadn’t even started, but St. Louis Cardinals’ fans were excited about the possibilities as they watched their team in spring training during March.

Albert Pujols. Matt Holliday. Lance Berkman. All together in one dangerous lineup.

Pujols joined the Cardinals in 2001. Holliday was acquired from Oakland in 2009 and Berkman signed a one-year, $8 million deal with St. Louis in the off-season, coming over from the Yankees after becoming a free-agent.

“Some fans are starting to call this new lineup that the Cardinals have ‘Murderer’s Row,’” says Cardinals Hall of Famer Lou Brock, referring to the famed 1927 New York Yankees lineup of Earle Combs, Mark Koenig, Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig, Bob Meusel and Tony Lazzeri… Continue reading

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

Bradford, McCoy and Tebow: Heis-men

This is the first of what we hope to make a part of the regular rotation here on SportsSpectrum.com. Every Thursday we are going to dig through the Sports Spectrum archives to find one of our great features from yesteryear. We’re calling it “Throwback Thursdays.” Enjoy.

Colt McCoy and Sam Bradford are – gulp – good friends.

Wait! Take a deep breath. Don’t do anything rash. This might help ease the pain a bit: Both quarterbacks are also friendly with fellow signal-caller Tim Tebow, whose Florida Gators chomped the Sooners in last season’s Bowl Championship Series title game.

“Sam, Tim and I have a lot in common,” McCoy says. “It was fun getting to know those guys at all of the award events last year, and we’ve stayed in touch. I don’t know if our fans would like it, but Sam and I have gotten really close. We talk pretty regularly.”

A Longhorn (McCoy) befriending a Sooner (Bradford)? Will wonders never cease?… Continue reading

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