Today in History: Mr. October Hits 500

On September, 17, 1984 Reggie Jackson joined the exclusive 500 home run club, but the California Angels couldn’t generate enough runs in the 10-1 home loss to the Kansas City Royals.

Not only was it the day Jackson hit his 500 home run, but the 17 year anniversary of his first. He hit the historic long ball with nobody on and nobody out in the seventh inning.

The losing pitcher, Bruce Kison allowed six hits five runs. He stayed on the mound until there were two outs in the third. Curt Kaufman came in to relieve Kison and stayed on the mound for two outs. John Curtis was next up for the Angles. He struck out three batters but let two hits and two runs slip by. Stew Cliburn closed the game, letting three hits and three runs go before the game was over. Read More »

NFL Power Rankings – Week 3

Arizona continues to climb in the power rankings and now lead the NFC West early in the season (via heatwaved)

Arizona continues to climb in the power rankings and now lead the NFC West early in the season (via heatwaved)

Another week full of surprising wins, exciting comebacks, and shocking injuries is in the books. Week 2 of the 2014 NFL season proved just how crazy the NFL can get. And with that craziness comes a brand new list of power rankings.

Grandstand University writer Michael Hotard and I bring you the NFL power rankings for Week 3.

1. Denver Broncos (2-0), Last Week: 2

Once again, the Broncos let a team come back. And once again, the Broncos’ defense came through when it mattered most. Now they head to Seattle in what promises to be an exciting Super Bowl rematch. Read More »

Week 3 Preview: Carolina Panthers

Roethlisberger struggled against the Raven pass rush last week snapping his streak of games with a touchdown pass (via post-gazette)

Roethlisberger struggled against the Raven pass rush last week snapping his streak of games with a touchdown pass (via post-gazette)

The Carolina Panthers are coming off an impressive 24-7 win over the Detroit Lions. For the first time since 2008, they are 2-0.

Now, for the first time since 2003, they’ll attempt to start the season 3-0 as they face off against the 1-1 Pittsburgh Steelers, who were handled by the Baltimore Ravens in a 26-6 loss.

The Panthers dominated the Lions in each facet of the game: offense, defense, and special teams. The Steelers, on the other hand, were dominated in each facet of the game by the Ravens. Read More »

Adrian Peterson Returns to Vikings

After news of his indictment with charges of reckless or negligent injury to a child, the Minnesota Vikings deactivated star running back Adrian Peterson. The indictment came late last week. Following the indictment, the Vikings deactivated Peterson for Sunday’s game against the New England Patriots.

Many of the details regarding the incident are unknown except to what Peterson’s attorney, Rusty Hardin, has released. Peterson turned himself in to the Montgomery County Police in Texas after a warrant was issued for his arrest and was later released. Peterson will appear in a Texas court Wednesday for his first hearing. According to reports, Peterson has been fully cooperative with authorities and the team throughout the investigation. Read More »

Patriots Take Advantage of Vikings’ Mistakes

The Patriots calmed everybody down by showing that they still know how to win games (via wbur)

The Patriots calmed everybody down by showing that they still know how to win games (via wbur)

After an impressive first week win against the St. Louis Rams, the Minnesota Vikings were looking to start their season 2-0 with a win against the New England Patriots. However, with the Vikings’ star running back Adrian Peterson deactivated, the Patriots saw an opportunity to even their record out to 1-1 with a win on Sunday.

While Peterson’s indictment and deactivation slowed down Minnesota’s running game tremendously, the Patriots were able to capitalize on interceptions and a blocked field goal to win their first game of the season 30-7. Read More »

MLB Power Rankings: Week 24

For yet another consecutive week, the Los Angeles Angels top the Grandstand U MLB Power Rankings. They’re better across the board than everyone else; it’s as simple as that.

Second belongs to the Baltimore Orioles, the best team in the A.L. East by, well, double-digit games. And they might be even better than that lead. Coming in at third are the Washington Nationals. Washington has produced on both sides of the plate, owning the third-best run differential in baseball at +118. Just like last week, the Los Angeles Dodgers rank at number-four, who still remain a few games ahead of the San Francisco Giants in the N.L. West. The only newcomer in this week’s top-five are the Detroit Tigers, and they aren’t exactly new. Detroit has been in this situation before, and after many ups and downs, Detroit once again sits atop the A.L. Central. Read More »

McMillen, Raterink Discuss First Season and TV Show

McMillen hopes to have Raterink back next year as he's one of his most respected players (via Mystic Lake Photography)

McMillen hopes to have Raterink back next year as he’s one of his most respected players (via Mystic Lake Photography)

The LA KISS did not have much success in their first season of existence, but two people in particular have much hope that they can turn it around in their second season. Coach Bob McMillen and quarterback J.J. Raterink of the LA KISS discussed what their first season entailed as well as their new on show on AMC, 4th and Loud.

“We went through some expansion woes and that certainly translated to some of the things on the field,” Raterink said. “Any time you have an expansion team you’re gonna be compiling guys who are good players, but they haven’t played together before.”

The LA KISS went 3-15 while averaging a league worst 38.8 points per game. 12 of their 15 losses came by 10 or more points and many of them came in blowout fashion. Read More »

Today in History: Back-to-Back Griffey Home Runs

On September 14, 1990, Ken Griffey and Ken Griffey Jr. hit back to back home runs in a 7-5 Seattle Mariners away loss to the California Angles.

Kirk McCaskill started the game for the Angles and faced the father-son duo in the first inning. Griffey Sr. was second to bat for the Mariners, bringing Harold Reynolds, who was walked, home. Griffey Jr. followed in his fathers footsteps when he hit a solo home run.

The father-son duo played together for much of the ’90 and entire ’91 season. Many would-be hall of fame athletes have a child who follows in their footsteps. It is rare for the two to be playing during the same season, let alone on the same team. Read More »

Cam Newton Returns, Leads Panthers to Win

Cam Newton and the Panthers are 2-0 for the first time since 2008 (via thepackerfan)

Cam Newton and the Panthers are 2-0 for the first time since 2008 (via thepackerfan)

Cam Newton missed the first game of his NFL career last week. He wanted so desperately to play, he begged coach Ron Rivera after he was told he would not play. He even ran into the huddle at one point during the game to help rally his teammates.

This week, Cam was ready.

Despite being sacked five times, he completed 22 of his 34 passes for 281 yards and a touchdown as he led the Carolina Panthers to a 24-7 victory over the Detroit Lions. He also ran the ball three times for 20 yards. Read More »

Time to Put Away the Grudge: Enshrine Jimmy Johnson Already

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Jimmy Johnson won two Super Bowls with the Dallas Cowboys during a five year stint (via nolandella)

It’s time that Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones puts aside his grudge with former head coach Jimmy Johnson.

Jones’s issue with Jimmy Johnson should have been solved already. This feud has been going on for 21 years. Jimmy and Jerry know deep down they want to forgive each other. The best way for them to do that is for Jerry Jones to enshrine Jimmy Johnson in the ring of honor. Read More »