Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Monday, May 28, 2007
Nebraska will be the third seeded team at the NCAA regional in Arizona. They take on UC Riverside in a 4 pm game on Friday. Looks like Watson goes the first game. Luke Wertz will be the starter the second game. The third pitcher will be Johnny Dorn and hopefully getting away from the Big 12 will help him get back on track.
Casey Mears used pit strategy to win the Coca Cola 600. All the favorites pitted and took full gas and tires and Mears "splash of gas" got him the win. This is the first win for Mears this season.
I forgot the Indy 500 hadn't finished and forgot to watch the end. Ashley Judd's husband won!
KC is struggling again as they lose to Baltimore 9-1. Alex Gordon is 0-3 and is batting .188. I believe he will break .200 by June 12th. I wonder when Craig Brazell will go to KC? He is 0-5 tonight as Omaha is beating New Orleans 8-3. He has hit 20 HR's in the minors this year and KC could use some power.
Denis Watson won the Senior tournament this weekend. It is his first victory in 20 years. This writer saw him win the Las Vegas Invitational in 1984.
Update: A body, believed to be Hill's was found Monday. They are waiting for confirmation from the family.
Sunday, May 27, 2007
Josh Davis lands in Canada
This from the "whatever happened to . . ." department:
Former Husker I-back Josh Davis signed this week with the Toronto Argonauts of the CFL.
Davis joined the NFL New York Jets in 2004 as a free agent and made the team out of training camp but was sidelined for the majority of the season with a knee injury.
Davis ended his NU career with 3,427 all-purpose yards.
Perhaps he'll again be taking handoffs from Eric Crouch, who is competing to become the Argonauts' starting QB.
Friday, May 25, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Gretna, coached by Scott Boehler, ended up third in the Class B Boy's State Golf Meet. Sidney (603) and Scottsbluff (607) were ahead of Gretna (613)at the end. Seven of the top eight players on Sidney and Scottsbluff were seniors. Gretna had one senior on its top five. Jared Gustafson, a sophmore, was third at the state meet and Ryan Boyer led the team. Look for Gretna, if they work hard in the off season to challenge next year for the championship in Class B.
Alex Gordon continues to hit better and has raised his average to .191. He has three homers and had back-to-back two hit games on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Portland is first and Seattle is second in the NBA draft. This writer feels that Kevin Durant would be the best pick in the draft. Greg Odom will also be a great pick. Both teams will be improved next season with either one of these players.
Nebraska football recruits for 2008 include the best offensive lineman from Nebraska, Colorado, and Iowa. Throw in possibly the best QB in the nation in Blaine Gabbert and we have a great recruiting class already.
Right now the NU baseball team is down 1-3 against K-State in the Big 12 tournament. They are in the bottom of the 8th with K-State batting. Charlie Shirek pitched three innings giving up two runs. The problem is NU only has three hits. Nu hasn't come from behind all year so maybe tonight they............
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Sunday, May 20, 2007
Randal Carter of Papillion was the highlight of this year's 2007 Nebraska Track meet. He cleared 7'4" and just missed the national record when he attempted 7'5 1/2". The Olympic qualifying heighth is 7'4 1/2".
Omaha Central won Class A over Kearney. Omaha Central freshman Stephon Washington beat Niles Paul in the 300 intermediate hurdles with times of 38.327 and 38.349.
The Loomis boy's team won their fourth championship in 11 years. Lance Thorell won both hurdle events, was fourth in the long jump and fifth in the 400.
Those present at the Class B shotput said that Luke Pinkleman pumped out a 66' throw and his first complete warmup. He won the all-class gold with a throw of over 63'.
Millard North's Kianna Elahl broke the 300 intermediate hurdle state record on Saturday.
Omaha Central's Jasmine Johnson broke the girl's 400 meter record with a time of 55.76.
Drew Anderson from Kearney is only batting .178 for Milwaukee's AAA club this year. Brandon Buckman, who is playing for the Cardinals's A club, has nine home runs, 13 doubles, 37 runs batted in, and a .333 batting average.
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- Why has Baltimore fallen so badly.
- Who is their management and who manages them?
Here is all you ever wanted to know and much, much more! Well, to answer number one: I think they have fallen so badly because they can't get good players. They don't have great farm teams like some clubs have and you can pretty much answer it by using the second question, management and the manager. If the manager isn't good enough or the management is too greedy (which it has been in Kansas City for a number of years), you can't expect to be good. What I mean by management being too greedy is they don't want to spend money on good players.
Management in the Orioles from office is:
Peter Angelos-Chairman of the Board/Chief Executive Officer
*Angelos is an American trial lawyer and the current owner of the Baltimore Orioles
*He led a group of investors that purchased the team in 1993 for $173 million from Eli Jacobs.
*Angelos made a fortune suing the tobacco companies.
*On September 21st, 2006, 1,000 or more Orioles fans protested at Camden Yards against Angelos and the way in which he has run the Orioles in what became known as the 'Free the Birds' demonstration. Angelos responded by asserting that it takes a payroll of $100 million to compete in the American League East, and that it would be impossible for the Orioles to afford such a payroll despite factors that indicate otherwise. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peter_Angelos)
Tom Clancy (yes, the author)-Vice Chairman of Community Projects & Public Affairs
*Wrote many military novels.
Joe Foss-Vice Chairman/Chief Operating Officer
*Commisioner of the AFL before it merged with the NFL.
John P. Angelos-Executive Vice President
*He is a lawyer in the Baltimore area.
*Son of Peter Angelos and is next in line to take over the Orioles.
Robert Ames-Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
*Read about him at : http://www.macpa.org/Content/23111.aspx
Lou Kousouris-Vice President/Special Liaison to the Chairman
*Works with the Salvation Army
Mike Flanagan-Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations
*Former player of the Orioles from 1973-1987 & 1991-1992.
*Won they Cy Young in 1979.
*Went to the All-Star game in 1978.
Jim Duquette -Vice President, Baseball Operations
*Was the general manager of the New York Mets before being fired and coming to the Orioles.
Scott Proefrock-Director of Baseball Administration
*Was the Tampa Bay Devil Rays assistant general manager before being fired.
David Stockstill-Director of Minor League Operations
*Didn't find info (sorry)
Joe Jordan-Director of Scouting
*In charge of calling the shots of draft day.
*Bio from http://baltimore.orioles.mlb.com/team/coach_staff_bio.jsp?c_id=bal&coachorstaffid=7210419912
Sam Perlozzo begins his 2nd full season as Orioles manager after guiding the team to a 70-92 record last year...He was in his 10th season on the Orioles coaching staff and his 5th season as bench coach in 2005 when he was named as interim manager to replace Lee Mazzilli on August 4...On October 12, 2005, the Orioles removed the interim tag and Sam was named as the 16th manager in team history...In his two months as interim manager in '05, the Orioles went 23-32...A native of Cumberland, MD, he is the third Maryland native to serve as manager of the Orioles, joining Cal Ripken Sr. (1987-88, from Aberdeen) and Ray Miller (1998-99, Takoma Park).
Sam joined the Orioles in 1996 as third base coach, a position he held for 5 years before becoming bench coach in 2001...He spent 19 seasons as a major league coach, the first 14 years of which he spent as a 3rd base coach...Before joining the Orioles' staff, he had never spent more than three seasons coaching in any city...He has the longest current continuous tenure on the O's staff...Hitting coach Terry Crowley begins his 13th season, but only his 9th consecutive year since rejoining the staff in '99...Only six coaches have served longer on the Orioles staff, and only 10 other coaches in the club's 53 seasons have spent more than 6 consecutive years on the coaching staff: Elrod Hendricks (28), Harry Brecheen (14), Bill Hunter (13 1/2), Cal Ripken Sr. (11), Jim Frey and George Bamberger (10 each), Ray Miller (10), George Staller (8) and Crowley (8, active), Jimmy Williams and Luman Harris (7 each; Harris spent the final month of the '61 season as manager)...In addition to serving as third base and bench coach, Sam also oversaw Orioles' infielders...As part of those duties, he helped Cal Ripken make the transition from shortstop to third base and also worked extensively with Mike Bordick while the Orioles shortstop was setting major league records for most consecutive games and chances without an error, highest fielding percentage and fewest errors in a season in 2002.
Perlozzo was named to the Orioles staff on January 5, 1996...He began his coaching career as a manager in the Mets farm system in 1982...In five seasons with the Mets, he won three league championships and never had a losing record...Won the Carolina League title with Lynchburg in 1983 and was the league's "Manager of the Year"...Promoted to Jackson in '84 and won the Texas League crown with an overall record of 83-53...Named Baseball America's minor league "Manager of the Year"...Captured his third straight championship with Jackson in 1985...Promoted to AAA Tidewater in 1986 and led the club to a 74-66 mark...Finished his minor league managerial career with a 364-263 (.581) record in five seasons... Began his major league coaching career in 1987 as a third base coach with the Mets, a position he held through the 1989 season...Joined the Reds in 1990 and was their third base coach for three years before going with manager Lou Piniella to the Mariners in 1993.
Perlozzo's job is very much in jeopardy. There is always a race to see which manager will be fired first in a season and right now he and Yankees skipper, Joe Torre are neck and neck.
Overall I think the reason the Orioles are bad is because they don't have a great manager, there front office is composed of lawyers and fired general managers. But, I don't know much about MLB's front offices, maybe this is common in most front offices?
Saturday, May 19, 2007
My third team I will be covering is the Baltimore Orioles. They have taken second place from the Yankees as of 5/19/07 and are average baseball.