The Sports Hogwash

An innovative opinion for a ludacris sports-world.

Friday, August 25, 2006

Baseball

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Rose Bowl

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Lorchcast

Wednesday, July 05, 2006

Alamo Bowl: Michigan v. Nebraska end of game

Thursday, June 29, 2006

Stephen A. Smith at the 2006 NBA Draft, Second Round

Monday, June 26, 2006

Joe Mikulik - Asheville Tourists

Great!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

WWF Baseball

Bat boy tackles crazy fan.

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Sports Hogwash has MOVED!

We are now an official DOT-COM.

Check out the new site-- lot of improvements in the days/months to come:

THE NEW SPORTS HOGWASH

Rocket Fuel, Performance fuel, Federer fuel

Roger Clemens is fueling up for his June 22nd start with his Wednesday start with low-A ball affiliate Lexington. Expectations are high for the 43 year old legend--but he will be playing a minor league hitting team in the Minnesota Twins. The Twins have scored the 5th fewest runs in the league so far. Nice warm-up game for him.

How bout the kiddo that took him deep. Johnny Drennens. Talk about 15 minutes of fame. You gotta love Roger's comments about the long-ball:

Clemens joked he just gave him a pitch to hit because they share the same uniform number -- No. 22. "I'm sure I'll visit him tomorrow -- ask him how that room service was," Clemens said.

Jason Grimsley is in the news. Grimsley--sounds like a "would-be" character for a horror film. Not the case here. Just when you thought balco was on the back-burner, a bunch of Feds search reliever Jason Grimsley's house. Grimsley has a career 4.77 ERA with a 1.55 whip...he either a) didn't cheat or b) sucks at cheating. And ESPN reports that he has cheated. Interesting.

Minor League Baseball Draft was Tuesday. Surprise pick from the Royals--taking Luke Hochevar with the number one overall pick. Hochevar was not able to be signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers a year ago, played Independent ball and re-entered the draft. Ironic thing here--the Royals are widely known for NOT spending money. Maybe its the catch-22 rule, a player will never play independent ball 2 years in a row?

Other notable picks that I care about (you should also)--Drew Stubbs-University of Texas stud centerfielder- to the Reds at 8, Brad Lincoln-UH pitcher/hitter- went 4 to the Pirates. Kyle McCulloch -UT Pitcher- went to the White Sox and Kyle Drabek went to the Phillies at 18. Check it all out at baseball america.

Dwayne Wade missed his 2nd consecutive practice. When he drops 41 in a game one road win, will we begin to hear references to MJ. I think so.

Who's the most dominant player in his sport. No, not SHAQ, TIGER or PUJOLS (if he wasn't injured). It's Roger Federer. He's won 26 grand slam matches in a row as he moves into the semifinals of the Frenchy.


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Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Monday Recap...

Poker is a bitch.

If you can't take the bad beats, then don't play the game. It's part of it. Just like throwing inside on a 3-0 count (on purpose) or intentionally fouling a slasher on the way to an easy layup. It's just part of the game.

So a simple 16 player tournament...I'm surviving, playing my usual passive aggressive type of strategy. It gets to 7 players, top 4 pay. I get a raise to me and I'm holding pocket aces. I want to strategically get all of my money in the pot, so I raise it up 1.5 what was just raised me. The person next to me goes all in, followed by the original raiser going all in. Cards are flipped, they both have A-K. FANTASTIC! They only have the opportunity to split if 2 kings or a straight comes.

No straight came.

The only damn 2 kings in the deck came to split and crack my aces.

It was like I saw a UFO.

So I put that aside...put poker aside til..er, tommorow and lets talk sports.

NHL Final Game 1: Apparenly the Edmonton Oilers goalie has been injured (Dwayne Roloson), then the back-up goalie Ty Conklin botched an encounter behind the net handing the Canes the victory.

Sounds like a mild form of the Bill Buckner disease.

Bonds hits 716, glad it took him a little less time to get to 716 than it did to 715. And to stay with that, I'm glad Sal Pal Antonio wasn't there to cover Bonds. Thank god Sportscenter found something new to talk about.

Well, Sal was there for Michelle Wie. Wie must learn how to close. I don't care how well you shoot in the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd rounds. When the going gets tough, your "tough" must get going. The reason Tiger wins all the tournaments he does is because he is mentally tough. Win a women's tourney, or 2...or 10, and then compete against the men.

Baseball boxscores can be caught here.

Brandon Webb loses his scoreless inning streak at 30 innings pitch. Pretty impressive. He's still 8-0 as he recorded the ND in the 4-3 loss to the Phils (my pick to win the NL East). Sporer over at Baseball by Paul called Webb to win the Cy Young before the season started. Not too shabby. I was wondering to myself, who the hell plays for the Diamondbacks, and why are they so good. Sounds like a separate blog posting if you ask me.

The Griffey of Old is back, hit 2 home-runs (one in 9th inning dramatic fashion) to beat the Cards. That means he should be injured in 7-10 days. Trade him. Cards are still putting up runs (through 2 games) without Pujols.

The LASTros (no typo) almost were no hit by Carlos Zambrano. The Rocket doesn't bring fuel to heat up the bats...that's for sure. Zambrano did them dirty by driving in 4 runs. Wow, a pitcher drove in 4 runs against the Astros 2 games in a row.

Yankees clobber the Red Sox 13-5. If Beckett's curve ball isnt dropping off a table and he has to rely on his fastball, which is straight as an arrow, then he's going to have problems. And those problems will be magnified when you play the Yankees.

Jeff Francouer took a walk today. I don't believe it.

Monday, June 05, 2006

Hogwash Podcast

Every Monday, I'm putting up a Podcast. On select Thursdays, a podcast will be available also.

This week I spit hogwash on:
1. Albert Pujols and the Cards
2. Yankees are better for having all the injuries
3. Astros Problems
4. Which Division Leader will choke
5. Minor League Draft
6. Michelle Wie
7. Weird News

You can download this weeks podcast here.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

Statistical Nuances of the NBA Finals

With the Mavs shocking victory on the road to end the series in 6, we find ourselves with an intriguing matchup.. Dallas vs. Miami. There's enough story lines here and the teams are entertaining enough that the ratings will be above average. Game 1 is Thursday, full breakdown will come then.

For now, you will be left with the Statistical Nuances of the NBA Finals.

Sunday, May 14, 2006

Job search..

The blog will be back... but not for awhile. New news from the blog will be here around June 1st. See you then.

Thursday, April 27, 2006

You can find me at...

The article about losers chances of winning can be found at Inspin.com . I'll be contributing to them most likely in the future. It's the first step people.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Women and Local News

For my class, we are doing a study about women and the local news. Fun...I know. But our group did a "man-on-the-street" type of thing and asked UT students what they thought of the local news. Just got finished editing it all together, enjoy!

UT Students opinon on Local News

The Losers chances of Winning

It is a catastrophe that in professional sports a non-winning record can set the table for a legitimate shot at a world title.
In baseball, it has come close (see 2005 San Diego Padres, 1973 NY Mets). In the NFL, only two .500 teams have made the playoffs since 1991 (1991 NYJ, 2004 STL). In the NBA however, it has been the norm to find teams with a losing record compete in late April and into May.
Below, a table of the number of .500 win percentage teams, the number of first round games they have won, and the number of series they have gone on to win.

[Graphic that is explained below]

Parody just hasn’t existed in the NBA playoffs. These 15 teams in the last 10 years have combined to win just 12 playoff games, and have never advanced. In 2004, four teams in the East had the shot and surely one could pull the upset? Not even the four vs. five could do it.
The last time a team with a losing record entered the playoffs and won a series was 1988. Then, the Seattle Supersonics boasted a 39-43 record as the 7-seed, and made it all the way to the conference finals. They upset both Dallas and Houston, before being swept by Pat Riley’s Los Angeles Lakers. Since Seattle, a total of 31 teams have entered the playoffs with a record at or below .500. And these teams are 0-31 in playoff series.
So how good of chances do Milwaukee (40-42), Chicago (41-41) and Indiana (41-41) have this year? I’m not going to say none, because that’s why they play the games, but let’s delve into these match-ups.

(1) Detroit vs. (8) Milwaukee
One-seeds haven’t loss since 1999. But there was a technicality about that year. First, 1999 was the NBA lockout year, and only 50 regular season games were played. Second, three other teams had the same 33-17 record but Miami won by tiebreaker.
In a full 82-game season, it was the 1994 Denver Nuggets who upset the top-seeded Supersonics to advance to the second round.
With Flip Saunders at the helm, we’ve seen the Pistons play looser offensively, but still maintaining impressive defense leading them to their best regular season record (64-18) ever. Don’t worry about the nonsense about Ben Wallace not getting along with Flip, this team is focused when it comes to the playoffs.
Having said this, Milwaukee has their hands full. Let’s just look at player vs. player matchups.

[graphic that says everything is Detroit advantage]

Billups will substitute size for speed, and can dominate Ford. Hamilton is a workhorse. Prince is undoubtedly better than Simmons. And I’ll just point out the experience from the frontcourt to suffice my argument for the Wallace’s.
To make matters worse, the only type of success they had against Detroit was when they played Toni Kukoc at the three. Kukoc is already banged up and will miss the first game, so is health will be a definite factor.
Prediction: Pistons in a sweep

(2) Miami vs. (7) Chicago
Chicago is the hottest of the East’s bottom-3, finishing 12-2 in their final 14 to slip into the show. They had a similar run in the last month of the season last year, winning 15 of their last 19 games. The Bulls only win against the Heat in the regular season came back on April 15, when the Heat rested most of their stars.
In the playoffs, it comes down to defense and though the “Baby Bulls” are young, they do buckle down, leading the NBA for the second straight season in defensive field-goal percentage (.426).
Offensively, the Bulls patented “drive-and-kick” out game has given opposing teams a hard time. Ben Gordon ranks 2nd in the Eastern Conference hitting 43.9-percent from 3-point land, and point-guard Kirk Hinrich has shot 42.9-percent from behind the arc in his last five games.
Although the Heat have been locked into the No. 2 spot since basically January, I don’t see them having trouble kicking into high gear. Even when the Bulls shut down Wade in their meetings this year (12.3 ppg), the Heat have found a way to win.
The Bulls have no answer for Shaq, who had 14-points and 6-rebounds in just 20 minutes of action on April 15.
Prediction: Heat in 5

(3) New Jersey vs. (6) Indiana
This might very well be the best shot for a team at the .500 mark in the regular season to win a series. The Nets came from the weak Atlantic Division who sent no other teams beside themselves to the playoffs. The two teams have similar defensive work ethics, as they are 5th and 6th in points allowed respectively in the NBA. The interesting thing about this series is the way they view each other. New Jersey players have said the Pacers are a good transition and look to slow it down, while Indiana players have said the exact same thing about the Nets! Wow, this should be a fun series to watch!
Jermaine O’ Neal looks to be healthy into the playoffs, having played 30-plus minutes in his final 11 regular season games, but I don’t foresee him being the difference. The difference must come from the defense side of the ball, in particular, the ability to stop Vince Carter.
Peja Stojakovic and Stephen Jackson must play top-notch to pull the upset.
I have a feeling this series will go seven. The Nets were 29-12 at home, fourth-best home record in the Eastern conference, so that’s the way I lean.
Prediction: Nets in 7


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