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September 10th, 2018

 

It was a great weekend in sports.

College football, the NFL, baseball…

Alabama rolled again. Notre Dame and Florida State struggled. The Patriots won. The Bucs stunned the Saints.

The one thing that stood out was the US Open women’s final. Fans booed at the end and it took away from a great championship performance.

It is so sad the US Open women’s championship will be remembered for the controversy involving Serena Williams. Naomi Osaka was brilliant in winning the title. She deserves a lot of credit. I thought that Serena should have been warned before a game penalty was given.

Novak Djokovic beat Juan Martin DelPotro in straight sets to win the men’s title. It was a great tournament.

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September 3rd, 2018

I love attending the US Open in New York. I love the atmosphere and the tennis is great! Seeing the likes of Nadal, Federer, Djokovic, Serena…wow!

I also had a great time in the Big Apple seeing Bruce Springsteen and Pretty Woman.
 
College football got under way. Notre Dame got a big win over Michigan as the Irish defense was impressive. Alabama rolled over Louisville, Auburn edged Washington. Penn State struggled but got past Appalachian State.
 
Baseball also made news as Andrew McCutchen, Josh Donaldson and Gio Gonzalez were dealt.
 
The big NFL news came with the Raiders trading Khalil Mack to the Bears.
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August 27th, 2018

Another great weekend in sports.

The Tampa Bay Rays pulled out the brooms and swept the Red Sox. Blake Snell moved to 16-5 as Kevin Cash’s team continues to impress.
College football got underway with Hawaii beating Colorado State behind Cole McDonald throwing for ver 400 yards. Rice beat Prairie View, Wyoming beat New Mexico State and Massachusetts took out Duquesne.
 
The US Open is gearing up and I am excited to bring my family to the Big Apple.
NFL preseason rolls on and teams keep making moves.
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August 20th 2018

The US Open is right around the corner and Novak Djokovic showed why he is a legitimate contender. He beat Roger Federer in the finals of the event in Cincinnati.

Simona Halep was upset in the women’s final.
 
The Red Sox actually lost a game on Sunday!
 
The Astros got past the Athletics to avoid disaster.
 
Duke completed its impressive trip to Canada with RJ Barrett and Zion Williamson dominating.
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August 13th, 2018

Tiger Woods made a run at the PGA Championship, but he finished second behind champion Brooks Koepka. That marked the third major win in his last seven appearances on the big stage.

Rafael Nadal added another championship trophy, winning at Toronto. The big story at Rogers Cup was Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece, who beat Novk Djokovic, Alexander Zverev and Kevin Anderson before losing to Nadal in the final. The Greek is just 20 years old and has a bright future.
Big Blue Nation got a glimpse of what to expect as Kentucky shined in an exhibition event in the Bahamas. John Calipari has a legitimate national title contender.
The Red Sox continued to roll as JD Martinez makes a good case for MVP.
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July 23rd, 2018

The British Open provided lots of drama. Tiger Woods was back in contention for a major championship. He actually led in the final round before fading a bit.

Francesco Molinari won the championship, becoming the first Italian to win a major. He beat out a star-studded group of contenders, including defending champion Jordan Spieth, Rory McIlroy, Justin Rose and Kevin Kisner, to name a few.

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July 2nd, 2018

It was another great weekend in sports.

The big news broke on Sunday night. King James decided to sign with the Lakers. LeBron agreed to a four-year deal, and the Western Conference got even stronger. The Warriors-Lakers rivalry will intensify with four regular-season meetings between James and Kevin Durant.

The World Cup saw two Sunday games got to penalty kicks. Talk about drama, baby! Who would have thought Russia would make the quarterfinals and Germany, Argentina, Spain, Portugal and Italy would not.

Baseball has been heating up. The Rays did a great job vs. the defending World Series champion Astros. Tampa Bay even beat Justin Verlander. The Yankees and Red Sox renewed the best rivalry in sports.

There was more NBA news as free agency got under way. Kevin Durant, Chris Paul. And Paul George re-signed with their respective teams. Trevor Ariza went to Phoenix, DeAndre Jordan to Dallas. 

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April 23rd 2018

The NBA playoffs have provided a lot of 3exciting moments already.

Anthony Davis scored 47 points as the Pelicans swept the Blazers. San Antonio got a win over Golden State to avoid a sweep. Miami and Philadelphia have battled it out.

One surprise is the 1 vs. 8 matchup in the East. John Wall has beendoing it all. What looked like a blowout series is now 2-2. Big Blue Nation had to be proud of Wall on Sunday. Washington had a strong finish and now we have a tight series.

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April 16th, 2018

The NBA playoffs are under way. Stars are shining like Ben Simmons, Klay Thompson and Victor Oladipo.

The Cavaliers were disappointing in putting up 80 points vs. the Pacers.

Golden State was impressive against the Spurs. The Pelicans beat Portland. The Celtics snuck past Milwaukee.

This is a great time of the year.

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April 9th 2018

College basketball season ended a week ago, but there has been plenty of news.

Players declaring for the NBA draft. Coaching changes. A lot going on.

There are players transferring, grad transfers landing at Division I schools. There is not much of an off-season with recruiting and so much news.

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April 2nd, 2018

What a memorable college basketball weekend.

Notre Dame edged Connecticut and Mississippi State to win the national title. Villanova and Michigan advanced to the men’s title game.

Excitement galore, baby!

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March 12th, 2018

The field is set and March Madness will be special.

I feel for some of the teams r\that were left out. They could sate their case, but the committee thought otherwise. I was surprised that Oklahoma State did not make it. Forget about numbers, the Cowboys beat Kansas twice, won at West Virginia, beat Texas Tech and Florida State. That shoud have been enough to get in. 

Now comes the fun. Looking for a first-round upset, I think Charleston of the CAA will battle a shorthanded Auburn team. Bruce Pearl did a great job but his team could be vulnerable.

March Madness is here. Arizona State and Oklahoma struggled down the stretch and got in. We will see if someone can make a run like VCU and George Mason in the past.

My picks to make the Final Four: Villanova, Virginia, Michigan State and Gonzaga. I like the Spartans to cut down the nets.

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March 5th, 2018

I love Championship week!

Teams that have had a tough season get another opportunity to make a run at the big dance. Favorites get the chance to work on their resume and improve their seed. Winning a conference tournament is something you remember the rest of your life. Nobody can take that experience away from you and you become a hero for years.

This has been a 3acky season , so you never know which tea, can surprise. We already saw a buzzer beater getting Radford in. Lipscomb made it to the tourney for the first time. Michigan had a special run to win the Big Ten tourney.

I am excited to be calling the WCC in Las Vegas and the SEC in St. Louis. It should be awesome with a capital A! Gonzaga hasn’t missed the WCC final since 1997! That is an amazing stream of conference final appearances.

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February 19th, 2018

We are just a few weeks away from Selection Sunday. March Madness should be very exciting because it is wide open.

There are so many teams on the bubble, so the end of the regular season, and Championship Week, will be vital. Each week you see so many surprising results. 

One team that has been struggling is Oklahoma. Five straight losses and 2-8 over the last 10 games. Trae Young and company need to straighten things out. 

One team coming on is Baylor. The Bears got a big win over Texas Tech.

This is a great time of the season.

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January 29th, 2018

I had a great time calling the Baylor-Florida game over the weekend. The Gators were on fire with trifectas in the win. Chris Chiozza had a big game for Florida.

Kentucky got a big win at West Virginia. Never count John Calipari and his young ‘Cats out. They rallied in the second half to get a big W, the first over a ranked team this season.

There were a lot of upsets last wee. Penn State handed Ohio State its first league loss of the season. NC State and Virginia Tech beat North Carolina, South Carolina beat Florida. And Mississippi Valley State won its first game of the season!

It has been a fun season so far.

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January 22nd, 2018

The Super Bowl is set as Tom Brady and the Patriots advanced with a comeback win over the Jaguars in the AFC Championship. It did not took good when the Pats trailed 20-10. Rob Gronkowski was injured and lost for the rest of the game.

Brady threw two touchdowns to Danny Amendola and New England moved to a record 10th Super Bowl. Congrats to Bill Belichick and his team. 

Next up is a showdown against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles. Nick Foles and company trailed Minnesota 7-0 before putting up 38 straight points. 

Two great fan bases will go to Minnesota for the Super Bowl.

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January 15th, 2018

Kentucky showed some toughness late during its win over Vanderbilt over the weekend. Big Blue Nation had to be smiling. Vandy staged a late challenge.

John Calipari’s team survived a gutty effort by the Commodores. The ‘Cats are young but can make noise in the tough SEC. Calipari can motivate this team as they move forward. I enjoyed calling their game on Saturday.

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January 8th, 2018

I was so impressed with Virginia and its defense holding North Carolina to 49 points. The Cavaliers make the extra pass to get good shots. Tony Bennett has a legit Final Four contender.

Tough weekend for blue bloods Duke, Kentucky and Not Carolina. The Blue Devil loss was stunning as NC State had been blown out by Notre Dame earlier in the week.

West Virginia got a big win over Oklahoma.

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December 25th, 2017

Only three teams entered the post-Christmad ranks unbeaten. Villanova, Arizona State and TCU remained unblemished after Miami fell to New Mexico State in Hawaii. 

This has been an exciting season. Just look at Wofford obver North Carolina, Fort Wayne over Indiana and Wrght State over Georgia Tech. 

That is why college basketball is great. It is unpredictable, baby!

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Quote of the Week

“Ryan Fitzpatrick is throwing the football like an All-Pro.”

 -Dick Vitale