Today in History: Seaver Strikes Out 200

On September 1, 1975, Tom Seaver became the first pitcher to strike out 200 batters in eight consecutive seasons after leaving Manny Sanguillen at home in the top of the seventh.

Seaver’s efforts helped give the New York Mets a 3-0 home advantage over the Pittsburgh Pirates. In nine innings, he let four runners get on base but nobody scored.

John Candelaria took the loss for the Pirates after pitching five full innings and getting one out in the sixth. He let three runs score off of five hits. Despite a nearly flawless relief performance by Kent Tekulve and Dock Ellis, the Pirates remained unable to gather offensive momentum. Read More »

Five NHL Coaches On The Hotseat

With the hockey season around the corner, it’s going to be make or break time for five NHL coaches. Let’s see who’s job might be on the line if his team does not succeed this season.

Randy Carlyle – Toronto Maple Leafs

The Maple Leafs made the playoffs in Carlyle’s first campaign, only to suffer a heartbreaking defeat in Game 7 to the Boston Bruins. The way they lost seemed to be a preview for what would happen in seasons to come. Up 4-1 in the third period, the Maple Leafs coughed up the lead and then lost in overtime.

In the following seasons, Toronto seemed prime to squeeze into the playoffs as a lower seed, but complete collapses would crush any playoff hopes they had. With some depth acquisitions in the offseason, Toronto looks to be a little deeper than they were last year, which will definitely help relieve some pressure on their top line. Read More »

Real Madrid Loses Maria to Manchester United

Angel Di Maria signed with Real Madrid in 2010 and will now be headed to Manchester United. (via BleacherReport)

Angel Di Maria signed with Real Madrid in 2010 and will now be headed to Manchester United. (via BleacherReport)

The speculation of Angel Di Maria leaving the white club became more and more of a done deal after the World Cup and with the signing of Columbian sensation James Rodriguez. Di Maria helped Real Madrid achieve “la decima” and the King’s Cup last season. Di Maria was an essential part of Real Madrid with his fantastic assists and goals. The real reasons for his departure are unknown, but in a letter posted by Spanish newspaper Marca, he states Read More »

Could Kirk Cousins Take RG3′s Place?

Kirk Cousins has been better that RG3 in the current Redskins system (via tddaily)

Kirk Cousins has been better that RG3 in the current Redskins system (via tddaily)

Former Washington Redskins quarterback Joe Theismann stirred up a little controversy last week.

Theismann is a broadcaster for the Redskins Broadcast Network. During their preseason game against the Baltimore Ravens, Theismann said the following:

“Let’s stop beating around the bush. Kirk Cousins has played much Read More »

Rookie Quarterbacks Should Not Start

There will be no rookie quarterbacks starting in week 1 (via usatoday)

There will be no rookie quarterbacks starting in week 1 (via usatoday)

For the first time since 2007, no rookie quarterbacks will be starting come Week 1 of the NFL season.

Blake Bortles, Johnny Manziel, and Teddy Bridgewater, all of whom were taken in the first round of the 2014 NFL Draft, will be sitting come the start of the 2014 NFL season. Read More »

Staten Island Yankees v. Brooklyn Cyclones : Chase For The Wild Card

(via Grandstand University)

Staten Island continues to inch closer to a Wild Card spot (via Grandstand University)

“It could be, it might be, it is a home run”, a phrase coined by the great Harry Caray, fit in great with Chris Breen’s walk-off home run in extra innings Monday night. The 2-1 victory pushed Staten Island one game closer to the Wild Card leader Brooklyn Cyclones. Not only are both teams trying to show which minor league team owns New York, but both are chasing the Wild Card spot.

Both teams looked very similar Monday night. Not only did both teams score one run through nine innings, both scored in the 3rd inning, but both team’s pitching staffs did great.The Yankees’ pitching staff outperformed the Cyclones’ pitching. Ty Hensley had an outstanding outing giving up four hits, one run and six strikeouts through three innings. “Best outing of the year so far,” Staten Island Yankees manager Mario Garza said. Read More »

Explaining Josh Gordon’s Suspension

Gordon will not be able to play football in the NFL, CFL, or anywhere else in 2014 (via rotoprofessor)

Gordon will not be able to play football in the NFL, CFL, or anywhere else in 2014 (via rotoprofessor)

Josh Gordon just doesn’t get it.

The star receiver of the Cleveland Browns was suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season on Wednesday after his appeal was denied.

Gordon’s suspension was originally handed down after he once again violated the league’s substance-abuse policy. He failed a drug test for marijuana and immediately appealed the decision.

Gordon’s argument was that he failed the test due to secondhand smoke, along with claiming the samples were inconsistent. Read More »

Five Early College Football Thoughts and Questions

The new college football playoff trophy was described as "priceless" and is made of 24kt gold, bronze, and stainless steel (via statesman)

The new college football playoff trophy was described as “priceless” and is made of 24kt gold, bronze, and stainless steel (via statesman)

The 2014-15 college football season is upon us. Last year, fans witnessed another Freshman win the Heisman Trophy. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston not only won the Heisman, but he led Florida State to an unblemished season and a National Championship.

Fans witnessed one of the greatest plays in college football history when Auburn cornerback Chris Davis took a missed Cade Foster 57-yard field goal attempt back 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown against Alabama as time expired.

Fans witnessed Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M fall behind 38-17 to Duke at halftime during the Chik-Fil-A Bowl and then storm back to win it 52-48 in the second half. Manziel had a near-perfect performance completing 30 passes on 38 attempt and compiled 455 total yards and 5 touchdowns. Read More »

MLB Power Rankings: Week 21

Despite losing two of three games in Oakland, the Los Angeles Angels sit a game above the Oakland Athletics for first place in the A.L. West, and they remain in first place in this week’s edition of Grandstand U’s MLB Power Rankings. Oakland is 8-4 against L.A. this year, but the Angels have had little problem against the rest of the team’s in the league, and if they continue to beat everyone else, a losing record against the A’s might not be too harmful in the end.

Coming in at third in this week’s rankings are the Washington Nationals, who continue to pitch well and win on a regular basis. If this streak continues, there is no reason to believe the Nats couldn’t or shouldn’t be in the World Series. Fourth place belongs to the Baltimore Orioles. While they have struggled as of late, Baltimore still owns a comfortable lead in the A.L. East and should ease their way into the playoffs. Rounding out the top-five are the Los Angeles Dodgers. Any time you have a pitching staff like the Dodgers do, you will win a lot of games. Don’t believe me? Just watch the Dodgers play a few games and you’ll see. Read More »

Time For Rams to Part Ways with Sam Bradford

The Rams were optimistic that Bradford would be ok, but instead he will miss the rest of this season due to a torn ACL in the same knee as last year (via sbnation)

Sam Bradford will miss the rest of this season due to a torn ACL in the same knee as last year (via sbnation)

The St. Louis Rams are a team loaded with talent. They have arguably a top ten defense led by defensive end Robert Quinn, along with a formidable rushing attack led by Zac Stacy.

Unfortunately, playing in the best division in the NFL, the NFC West, has skewed people’s perceptions about just how good the Rams are. In a division with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals, the Rams are the weakest link. However, put a team with so much talent in a division such as the NFC East, and we’d see them in the playoffs. Read More »