Recent Sports Posts

October 29, 2007

Greatest Football Moment You'll Ever See

This has to be a record setter. Small college, two seconds left, one shot for the touchdown to take the game. What follows is pure insanity and one of the most unbelievable plays this sport will ever see.

June 14, 2007

Brent Barry Wins Second NBA Ttitle

Yes, there were some other guys too, but Brent Barry can proudly display a second championship ring as the Spurs have swept the Cavs. It's only fair that the best player in the league receive this recognition. Yes, I said that.

January 19, 2007

Sussman's Avatar

Matthew T. Sussman, esteemed Sports Editor at BC Magazine, and once fellow newsy at The BG News, has one of the best avatars I have ever seen. Although it is not "best" because of what it is; I mean, lets face it, who wants to see a noose around your college's mascot - but it is the truth.

At one point in time, he had a brown bag over its head too, which was also quite fitting, as we got pummeled by Kent State 38-3 back on Sept. 23.

September 27, 2006

Still 'Kent' believe it - BGSU loses to KSU

The world mourns for the BGSU Falcon football team. There are certain things that do not happen, and one of them is that BGSU does not lose to Kent State.

If BGSU football had one game in which they had to prove something this season, it was this week's game with Kent State.

Unfortunately they proved very little. A 38-3 loss to the Golden Flashes has the Falcons reeling and searching for answers with little time to find them.

Source: The BG News

September 11, 2006

Falcons claim triple-OT win

The chants of "no punt" rang throughout the bleachers at Doyt L. Perry Stadium as the BG special teams unit had another rough week of football.

The Falcons prevailed 48-40 in the end. The offense and defense both played well, but they had to pick up the slack from some faulty special teams play. No one pointed fingers though.

Source: The BG News

Also check out the slide show at the bottom of the article. That is also one of the new features on That is a really nice and easy to use Flash app.

January 3, 2006

Proximus Cycling Commercial

Dad sent me this, a funny Flash video of a commercial used to promote watching the Pro Tour on your cell phone.

October 20, 2005

Man requests longer prison term to honor Larry Bird

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- A man got a prison term longer than prosecutors and defense attorneys had agreed to -- all because of Larry Bird.
Source: Sports Illustrated

He would have been better off to be a fan of Magic.

October 13, 2005

Boat crew members say Vikings' players involved in sex party

ST. PAUL, Minn. - (KRT) - Crew members on two chartered boats told authorities Wednesday they saw Minnesota Vikings players take part in a wild sex party on Lake Minnetonka, detailing allegations that have rocked a team reeling both on and off the field.
Source: The Mercury News

Man, why didn't the writers of Playmakers come up with this one? Seriously folks, here goes the No Fun league at its best. Those guys in the NFL can't have any fun now. Really.

This goes beyond the NFL and their "clean" image though. It speaks loudly about how our society in the US still sees sex as taboo and wrong. Barring any criminal charges that may come out of this, such as indecent exposure, prostitution or rape, what is wrong with sex? Lets take a look at what these men are doing all week. They are hold up in a football stadium. And we all know that professional athletes are not angels.

October 6, 2005

Hockey Is Back After Year of Labor Unrest

Sidney Crosby's debut was so-so, Wayne Gretzky started his new career with a loss and the Tampa Bay Lightning celebrated winning the Stanley Cup remember the Stanley Cup? on opening night for the new-look NHL.
Source: ABC News

Hockey is back! Who cares!

Lets hope The Great One is a better coach then Jordan. Time will tell.

September 4, 2005

Team USA makes World Cup

Qualifying for the World Cup is done.

The United States is headed to next year's soccer championship in Germany after beating Mexico 2-0 last night thanks to goals by Steve Ralston and DaMarcus Beasley five minutes apart in the second half.

Source: Winston-Salem Journal

I love that Nike commercial running right now that starts out something like "OK, lets talk about soccer for two seconds because that's two seconds more then it deserves..."

It's a shame how the US has never embraced soccer as a major sport on the same level of football, basketball and baseball. Especially as USA Soccer has been competing well in the world arena, something the NFL, NBA, and MLB don't do.

It was a great game, though I am sure you missed it. It was on ESPN 2 which I was happy to see. Sure was choppy. The US and Mexico like to get physical. Great to se USA qualify for the World Cup first of the Americas for the first time since 1934.

Falcons Fall To Badgers, 56-42, In Season Opener

With eight new starters on defense, the Badgers had a tough time slowing Bowling Green's prolific passer, junior Omar Jacobs, who picked up right where he left off last year (4,002 yards passing with 41 touchdowns and just four interceptions) by racking up 305 yards passing and four touchdowns in the first half.
Source: BGSU Falcons

We all knew it was going to be a high scoring game. And most figured BG would lose. It was looking pretty good with a 35-35 tie at halftime though. For the past few years BG has had these huge games for the opener. I have no idea why. Who do we play next year, USC?

In other college football, it was nice to see Urban Meyer, Charlie Weis and Steve Spurrier win, especially with all the other upsets. Ah Urban Meyer, the Larry Brown of college football. Where would BGSU be today if Meyer would have stuck around...

August 29, 2005

Armstrong shouldn't have to explain away allegations

I'm waiting. I know it's only a matter of time. It will be the story that rocks the sports world down to its very foundation. A French newspaper will come out with a front-page story to taint the other major accomplishment in Lance Armstrong's career. They will prove that Armstrong never really had cancer. All that Livestrong talk -- nonsense, the belief that you can conquer a sport after being given a virtual death sentence -- lies.
Sports Illustrated

That's just great writing, and the best I have seen on this latest Armstrong fiasco. This is truly sad, there is no way possible for Lance to clear his name. His accomplishments will always be tainted. He will always have a stigma. It doesn't matter if he did dope or not.

Do you think he doped? I don't.

August 28, 2005

Fenway turf needs repair after Rolling Stones shows

BOSTON (AP) -- The Rolling Stones left the Boston Red Sox in need of some serious grass.
Source: Sports Illustrated

I just have to laugh at these type of stories. No kidding they are going to kill the grass! I remember a Jimmy Buffet show at Jacobs Field that left the outfield dead.

I don't know if it is the stage, the beer, or the people, but I am sure its the combination of the three that kills the grass.

August 17, 2005

NCAA purchases NIT for $56.5 million to end legal fight

NEW YORK (AP) The NCAA owns college basketball's postseason. Really.

The organization that made March mad with the 65-team national championship tournament, purchased the rights to the preseason and postseason National Invitation Tournaments as part of a settlement that ends a four-year legal fight between the two parties.

Source: CBS SportsLine

That's five New York City colleges that get 56.5M each.

August 11, 2005

Brutal collision in the Mets game

This one is hard to watch. Link to the video is on the right side.

August 9, 2005

NCAA Cracks Down On College Nicknames/Mascots

The NCAA announced today that mascots making Native American or Indian references will not be tolerated in postseason play. Schools will be asked to cover up any logo on uniforms or clothing that suggests such references.
Source: WCAP

One one level I agree with this. But as far as I know, the FSU Seminoles have the permissions from the Seminole Nation to use their name and the Indian mascot. So I do not think this sanctions by the NCAA should affect FSU.

July 30, 2005

The pains of love for the NHL

Dan Nied never wanted to love hockey or the NHL. But he could never help it. That is what makes it so risky to welcome its return.

Continue reading "The pains of love for the NHL."

July 25, 2005

Armstrong's last ride ends with victory

PARIS -- One last time, "The Star-Spangled Banner" rang out over the Champs-Elysees in honor of Lance Armstrong.

One last time, on the podium against the backdrop of the Arc de Triomphe, the cancer survivor who became the greatest cyclist in Tour de France history slipped into the leader's yellow jersey Sunday. This time, it was the winner's jersey, for an unprecedented seventh consecutive year in the world's most grueling race.

Source: ESPN

I guess this was the first time they allowed anyone a speech. OLN has a bunch of video on their site. I had no doubt in my mind that Lance would win, again.

To be "retired" at 34, it must be nice. It sounds like he will become the voice for the Discovery family of stations. I didn't expect that.

I hope he is truly retired from the sport as well. He has gone out on top. I don't want to see him "unretire" for one final ride. Please Lance, don't pull a Jordan on us.

July 22, 2005

A look at the new NHL rules

When the NHL starts back up, it will look a little different than the game fans were used to seeing.

The NHL's board of governors approved a series of rule changes that will emphasize entertainment, skill and competition on the ice.

Source: FOX Sports

Um. Yea. Hockey is back. Yea. I am so exited. I can't wait.

WIll these rule changes help?

To be honest, I have not missed the hockey highlights on SportsCenter.

July 17, 2005

Jordan Sigalet featured on ESPYs this Sunday

Former Bowling Green State University student-athlete Jordan Sigalet (Surrey, B.C.) will featured this Sunday, July 19 at the 2005 ESPY Awards Show as a nominee for "Best Comeback Athlete." The broadcast is scheduled for 9 p.m. (EST) on ESPN.

If you don't know who Jordan Sigalet is, you should google him.

July 2, 2005

Going, going, gone

While Kenny Rogers berated a cameraman for doing his job, he just illustrated the strained relationship between media and athlete, says Dan Nied.

Somewhere in the cesspool of multiple sports television stations, thousands of sports websites and hundreds of major metro daily newspapers, the relationship between media and professional athlete has been breached, dulled, grayed and severed.

Continue reading "Going, going, gone"

June 27, 2005

Jeremy Roenick rips NHL fans

Yes, you're spoiled. No, we're not jealous. We're pissed because you think you're not spoiled. Really, we feel terrible for you that your $7 million paycheck is on hold. I'm sure the $70 million in your bank account is tough to live with. Idiot.

June 24, 2005


The San Antonio Spurs are the 2005 NBA Champions.

To quote Bill Walton:

"The Spurs would not have won this series if it wasn't for Brent Barry..." He may have mentioned Duncan and Horry, but Brent has his ring and that's all that matters.

June 22, 2005

Clutch plays lift Pistons into Game 7

With two such evenly-matched teams playing at such a high-level, anything but an all-or-nothing Game 7 would have been profoundly disappointing.
Source: FOX Sports

And you all thought that Detroit would crumble in Game 6. Too bad. Unfortunately this did not become a series until Game 5, as the first four games were huge blow outs, but Games 5 and 6 have been really great basketball. With the first Game 7 in NBA Finals history in 11 years, this is sure to be an electric final game between two very physical teams.

I just have two words to say:

Go Pistons!

May 22, 2005

Spurs take Suns in game one thanks to Barry

If you know me at all (and chances are you don't), you would know that I'm not a San Antonio Spurs fan. I am and always will be a Bulls fanatic. However, they don't have Brent Barry. Now, Brent Barry, for whatever reason, is some sort of obsession to me. I saw him play one game at Oregon State, make an absolutely insane pass, and that was it. It was all too reminiscent of Pete Maravich, my all time favorite player.

Continue reading "Spurs take Suns in game one thanks to Barry" »

April 19, 2005

Are you ready for some 'Monday Night Football' on ESPN?

NEW YORK – "Monday Night Football," a television institution that over 35 years has helped transform the NFL into a prime-time ratings draw, is leaving ABC and moving to ESPN beginning with the 2006 season.

The new broadcast deal also brings the NFL to NBC for the first time in six years. The network gets the Sunday night package – which the league now considers its marquee television showcase – and will employ a flexible scheduling model.

Source: (AP)

Um... OK. So you now need basic cable to get Monday Night Football (starting next season). That makes a lot of sense. Yea. It sounds like your local station will still show in-market games. If you live in Ohio and love the Raiders, well, you are out of luck. Unless of course you pay for basic cable and get ESPN. I don't think the move makes sense, but I don't work for Disney.

April 4, 2005

WWE Wrestlemania 21 Review

Pro wrestling fans only get one event like this a year. Well, actually they get one a month from the WWE, just none with the grandeur that Wrestlemania carries with it. This is the 21st year for wrestling's Super Bowl. It was a solid event, helped along by a few great bouts, but some disappointments and lackluster finishes put a damper on everything.

Continue reading "WWE Wrestlemania 21 Review" »

March 23, 2005

Bad day for baseball

With a bizarre cast of characters and a lack of answers, Congress's hearings into steroids in baseball hurt the sport, but there's no one to blame but themselves.

Continue reading "Bad day for baseball"

McGwire reveals feet of clay

The man who warmed fans' hearts and had a record-breaking season in 1998 forgot the key rule in screwing up in America when he testified Thursday.

Continue reading "McGwire reveals feet of clay"

March 14, 2005

ESPN's Tilt Season Finale

Tilt has been a good series, it has kept me interested each week. The acting has not been too over the top. The amount of cameos has been unreal. It sure helps to sell the series to have real poker players like David Williams, Daniel Negreanu, and Phil Hellmuth. Throw in the humor of Norman Chad, and that faux telecast look, and Tilt has some lofty production values. Michael Madsen is always a solid actor, and plays yet another great antagonist. Good acting all around, really.

Continue reading "ESPN's Tilt Season Finale" »

March 13, 2005

BG women hold off Kent State for MAC title

CLEVELAND - Mountain? Climbed. Demons? Exorcised.

Championship? Won.

Bowling Green State University claimed its first Mid-American Conference women's basketball tournament title since 1994 with a thrilling 81-75 victory over Kent State at Gund Arena yesterday.

Source: Toledo Blade

I could not believe they won Friday. Now they get to go to the NCAA tourny. Good job Lady Falcons! Now I just hope they make it past their first game.

February 7, 2005

Super XXXIX Bowl in Hi-Def

Chances are if you work anywhere that sells TV's, you've been busy for the past few weeks with the Super Bowl being such a huge selling point. Fox did a fine job presenting the game in Hi-Def to all those who bought new sets and to those who have one for a while. Toss in Dolby 5.1 support and it seems like Fox lives up to their claims of being the worlds best standard, but misfires were noticeable.

Continue reading "Super XXXIX Bowl in Hi-Def" »

February 2, 2005

Super Bowl to feature tiny 'Turf Cam'

NEW YORK (Hollywood Reporter) -- Some of the most interesting shots of next Sunday's big Super Bowl game could come from a small camera.

A very small camera.

Fox Sports has planted so-called Turf Cams around Alltel Stadium in Jacksonville, Florida -- including four on the field where the New England Patriots and the Philadelphia Eagles will play Super Bowl XXXIX. Eight more of the Turf Cams aren't in the turf at all -- they'll be mounted at the end zones.

Source: CNN

No breast shots please.

Is it just me or has the real game on TV started to look more like a video game then the video games themselves? Why is it that the TV broadcasts have to mimic what the video games like the Sega/Visual Concepts 2K series. I liked my football games without all the wild 3D motion graphics and without the SkyCam (I just love it when you see that SkyCam zipping accross the fields right above the players, the camera man cannot get the damn thing out of the picture). Give me a few camera angles of the field, the blimp shot, nice looking stat overlays on the screen, a camera on the end zone so I can see Randy Moss moon the crowd, and we'll call it a football game.

No one understands 'simple' anymore.

But really folks: let video games be video games and let TV broadcasts be TV broadcasts.

Remember that "Diamond Cam" or whatever the heck they called it during the World Series. It was right in front Home Plate in the dirt. Those shots sure looked great, and added so much more to the telecast, let me tell ya'.

January 25, 2005

BGSU's Jordan Sigalet up for Hobey Baker award

BG's goalie, Jordan Sigalet, is up for the Hobey Baker award. This is the highest award in NCAA hockey. Jordan is playing his senior season despite being diagnosed with MS. Vote for him here, (you can vote every day). It is a quick sign up, and then you can just login every day. The initial sign up was filling out a form and regurgitating a unique number. Be sure and check the site out. Vote early, vote often!

January 20, 2005

LeBron youngest player ever with triple-double

Talking about masked men, Lebron James just became the youngest to score a triple-double (MSNBC). And people thought he would not get used to the mask. I would say he has gotten used to that piece of plastic in short order. Now would Cleveland please stop using those hideous old school uniforms?

January 15, 2005

ESPN's Tilt

I sure hope the National Gambling Association doesn't get their panties in a bunch about ESPN showing the seedy underbelly of cheats in the poker world. We shall see.

I would have much rather sat down to season 2 of Playmakers last night, but Tilt will have to do.

I enjoyed the premiere. As predicted it has great production values. The cameos were great, Norman Chad adds that bit of fake realism too. I will admit that this first episode was a little hard to follow. I ended up watching it twice. The second time I watched it was the time I figured everything out that was happening. But this was no doubt the pilot, and they had something to prove.

All in all I think this will be a great series, putting ESPN that much closer to becoming the MTV of the sports world.

If you want a comprehensive review, there is a good SI article. Now the really funny thing here is that I googled a Tilt review after I wrote this, Scouts Honor (our views are similar).

November 30, 2004

Falcons going to GMAC Bowl

BGSU accepted an invitation today to play Memphis in the GMAC Bowl Dec. 22 in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff will be at 8 p.m. at Ladd-Peebles Stadium.

Murray Cape, chairman of the bowl’s selection committee, formally extended the invitation at a press conference in Mileti Alumni Center this afternoon.

The bowl bid, the seventh in BGSU football history, “really says a lot, not only for Bowling Green, but for the Mid-American Conference,” said Head Coach Gregg Brandon, adding that the Falcons are the first MAC team to receive an invitation this bowl season.

The teams will take matching 8-3 records into the game, which will be televised on ESPN. Memphis finished second in Conference USA behind Louisville.

Tickets are $45 and may be purchased at the athletic ticket office, by phone at 2-2762 or online at BGSU students may purchase tickets for $15 (limit of two) at the ticket office in Memorial Hall.

Source: BGSU Marketing & Communications

November 24, 2004

Falcons Edged Out By Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio - Bruce Gradkowski threw for 338 yards and directed six second-half touchdown drives in Toledo's 49-41 victory Tuesday night over Bowling Green, putting the Rockets in the Mid-American Conference title game.

Well that was a high scoring shootout at the Glass Bowl! BG was up early but Toledo is very good at coming from behind and winning the game. The Rockets did beat NIU this year, and now they are moving on to play Miami (of Ohio) for the MAC title. I am not sure who to cheer for in that game!


November 23, 2004

Falcons face Toledo tonight

The culmination of another successful season comes to a close tonight for the Falcon football team, as long as they can beat rival Toledo
Source: The BG News

The Falcons are playing right now and are up 17-7 and I can finally again post to my blog. The game is on ESPN2 if you want to watch BGSU crush Toledo.

Go Falcons!

November 21, 2004

Plenty of blame to go around

Never mind all the apologies and acts of contrition you will hear over the next few days in the wake of Friday's Pacers-Pistons riot. They'll all be lies, every one of them.

The fact is, every person involved in the horrendous brawl at The Palace at Auburn Hills is secretly proud of himself for not taking any stuff – from Ron Artest clocking the one fan in a Pistons jersey, to the louts who drenched Jermaine O'Neal on his way off the floor with every liquid item from the concession stands.


All I can say is "wow." This is not the NHL people, its the NBA. I still have not heard what "suspended indefinitely" means, but I imagine it will be for a while.

Falcons Run Over Marshall, 56-35

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Omar Jacobs passed for 389 yards and five touchdowns and P.J. Pope added 117 yards rushing and two scores to lead Bowling Green to a 56-35 win over Marshall on Saturday.

Go Falcons! I honestly didn't think they could beat Marshal. But heck, I have been wrong before. Next week it is Toledo, which is another strong opponent as they just beat NIU. The Falcons got beat by NIU earlier this year.

Omar Jacobs leads the nation with 32 touchdown passes. Thats pretty impressive for a MAC team. It is great to hear the ESPN commentators raving about the MAC these last two years.

Also See: Photo Gallery of the Marshall game

October 31, 2004

Roethlisberger remains unbeaten

PITTSBURGH (AP) -- So much for a perfect week in New England sports, the Patriots' chances for a perfect season and the longest winning streaks in NFL history.

Ben Roethlisberger, a rookie quarterback who seemingly doesn't know how to lose, drove the Steelers to four scores following uncharacteristic New England turnovers and Pittsburgh ended the Patriots' two long winning streaks with a remarkably easy 34-20 victory Sunday.

Source: ESPN

Being a Falcon fan I hate to say this, but Roethlisberger has done amazing in his rookie year in Pittsburgh. He sure beat the crap out of the MAC when he was running the Miami (of Ohio) offense.

I never though that the Steelers were going to kill the Patriots streak, but these types of things never end the way you think they will. I mean, who thought the Cards would lay an egg in the World Series this year.

So congrats to Big Ben, yet another QB from the MAC taking the NFL by storm. By the way, what happened to Josh Harris? He is listed as inactive.

October 17, 2004

Bowling Green Cruises Past Ball State, 51-13

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio (AP) - Bowling Green scored on five of its first six possessions, with Omar Jacobs passing for three touchdowns and running for another, to beat Ball State 51-13 on Saturday night.

Source: BGSU

I hear people were leaving by half time. I could not make it as I was in Toledo working. But hey, working pays more then going to a football game.

You can't ask for a better homecoming game. BG is really on a roll. Maybe the GMAC and not the Motor City Bowl this year? Next is Ohio University in Athens.

October 10, 2004

Bowling Green rolls 38-14 over Central Michigan

Bowling Green's game plan against Central Michigan was simple -- throw the football.

Quarterback Omar Jacobs did just that for BGSU, throwing for 387 yards and four touchdowns in the Falcons 38-14 win Saturday.

Source: Central Michigan Life

Sorry Greg but BG beat the snot out of CM! I thought the least I could do is link to your site's article. Bowling Green is on a roll now. The 70-16 Temple game last week was a joke! Next week is our Homecoming and we host Ball State. Go Falcons!

October 7, 2004


$87,400 is what Sammy Sosa is being fined for leaving the season finale early, that also happens to be what he makes per game. Must be nice.

Source: MSNBC

September 24, 2004

There's No "I" in Golf

Joel Hammond thinks today's golfers are too self-centered in their goals, as evidenced by the Tiger Woods / Phil Mickelson pairing for this year's Ryder Cup.

Continue reading "There's No "I" in Golf" »

September 14, 2004

An ESPN programming snafu?

Tonight I watched from 8-9 the World Series of Poker (WSOP) what I thought was going to be a 2 hr. special but at 9 they re-ran the 8 PM show. If you look at the schedule, tonight was supposed to be the finale. On the 11 PM SportsCenter they interviewed the winner, Greg "Fossilman" Raymer. How anticlimactic is that? I know you could go to the web site and find out if you wanted to, WSOP has been over since May, but for those of us who were watching the series on ESPN, we got short changed.

Minor details, I know. But still.

BTW, did you notice that 3rd place this year won as much as 1st won last year? Hell I would have gone for 57th place in this year's WSOP ($35,000).

September 10, 2004

Tribune Co. paid $301,000 to the wrong Mark Guthrie

MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) -- A messy legal dispute has developed between a former newspaper carrier and Chicago Cubs owner, the Tribune Co., which mistakenly put $301,000 of a former pro baseball player's salary into the carrier's bank account last year.


August 21, 2004

Low Attendance at Athens Games Spurs Efforts to Boost Ticket Sales

So far the Athens venue for the 2004 Summer games appears to be a spectacular accomplishment for the Greeks. Transportation is fairly efficient, the Olympic grounds are an architectural achievement and, although security is tight, getting through the gates is easy. That's because the crowds are not exactly of Olympic proportions. Source: VOA News

Olympians largely barred from blogging

Athletes may be the center of attention at the Olympic Games, but don't expect to hear directly from them online -- or see snapshots or video they've taken. The International Olympic Committee is barring competitors, as well as coaches, support personnel and other officials, from writing firsthand accounts for news and other Web sites. An exception is if an athlete has a personal Web site that they did not set up specifically for the Games. Source: CNN So much for free speech!

July 22, 2004

All eyes on virus protection at Athens Olympics

Terrorism isn't the only security threat officials are worried about at this summer's Olympic Games in Athens. They're also concerned about viruses and worm attacks that could cripple the Olympics' data network... Since then, concerns about confidentiality have shifted to worries about the growing number of virus and worm attacks. According to data from the FBI, about 82 percent of U.S. businesses were attacked by a virus in 2003, resulting in more than $200 billion in losses... Source: C|Net It was smart to decide to cut off access to the internet. Thats the best part of their entire strategy. Its good to hear that the data network will be ready. But will the sports venues?

July 17, 2004

Lance Armstrong Wins 13th Stage of Tour de France

Five-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong has won the 13th stage of this year's race and moved to within 22 seconds of overall leader Thomas Voeckler of France... Source: Voice of America News Oh my Lord! He is like superman or something. He must be juiced. Yea thats it. There is no way he could actually be a great American athlete. No, that can't be it. I had a feeling that he would come back to the front of the race in spectacular fashion...

May 24, 2004

Maurice Clarett timeline

May 24 - The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals formally rules against Clarett. The ruling means Clarett will not be eligible for a supplemental draft and will have to wait for the 2005 draft to enter the NFL. Source: The Mercury News Give it up man! Its a shame that Williams has been caught in the cross-hair.

May 19, 2004

Johnson K's 13 in perfect effort

ATLANTA (AP) -- Randy Johnson had pretty much done it all -- Cy Young Awards, a no-hitter, strikeout records, a World Series championship. Only one thing was missing in his brilliant career, that rarest of pitching feats. At the ripe ol' age of 40, the Big Unit took care of that, too. Source: ESPN I am not a huge baseball fan, but that was a great game - to see highlights from. I told you I wasn't a huge baseball fan. What a exclamation point for Randy Johnson, and he isn't done yet!

March 29, 2004

ESPN Dream Job Finale

Have you been watching ESPN's take on the reality tv show genre "Dream Job?" As always, ESPN does it right. I think Zach was the best all around person up there all 6 weeks of the competition. I think his hair hurt him, even after he shaved and pulled his hair back. You can grow your hair back for crying out loud, he should have got a short clean cut, shave the goatee and if he was really serious I think he would have. After all, the judges always had great things to say about Zach. But ESPN already has one Kenny Mayne and they do not need two. After they cut Zach my vote was to keep Aaron, but I was in the minority. I thought Aaron did much better with his final SportsCenter with Linda Cohn, and Aaron sure had an edge in tonight's sports questions. The lack of sports "trivia" knowledge did not hurt Mike though. After thinking about it, Mike Hall has a little more personality. It should be interesting seeing his first real SportsCenter. ESPN has come up with some great programming in the past year, with shows like PlayMakers (which is sadly not coming back). Dream Job was a great show from start to finish, and it is nice to see a reality tv show not turn into a soap opera. I think the best part of Dream Job, other then Stu, was the behind-the-scenes look at the best damn sports show on television (SportsCenter, not FOX Sports). Just like everyone is an armchair quarterback, everyone is an armchair SportsCenter anchor. We all want to be a SportsCenter personality. We all think we could be one. For Mike Hall's poor performance in today's sports questions against Aaron, he did exceptionally well in his final set of questions to determine his salary, when it really counted. 95K, that is insane. The other "final four" contestants might get some nice jobs sure, but nothing close to working in Bristol, CT.

March 7, 2004

Falcons survive and move on

Being offensively proficient can help a basketball team overcome any other shortcoming. Bowling Green's women's team's proficiency for two quick stretches Saturday enabled the Falcons to move into the second round of the Kraft Mid-American Conference women's tournament Wednesday at Cleveland's Gund Arena, the team's first trip to the second round since 2001... Source: BG News

March 2, 2004

Marge Schott Dies at 75

CINCINNATI -- Marge Schott, the tough-talking, chain-smoking owner of the Cincinnati Reds who won a World Series but was repeatedly suspended for offensive remarks, died Tuesday, a hospital spokeswoman said. She was 75. Schott was hospitalized about three weeks ago for breathing difficulties and repeatedly needed treatment for lung problems in recent years. Christ Hospital spokeswoman Dona Buckler did not release a cause of death. Source: ESPN Classic

February 18, 2004

Its Official, A-Rod in Pin Stripes

After a couple days of half the nation hoping the deal would go through, and the other half the nation hoping it would slip like the BoSox deal did, it is finally over. A-Rod is now a Yankee. Are you getting tired of hearing about it? Is it better then hearing about Janet Jackson or Paris Hilton? I am really getting tired of hearing about how A-Rod and Jeter will not get a long. Come on people! Most of my friends that follow baseball hate the Yankees. Now I rooted for the Marlins but I don't hate the Yankees. I think this trade was good for baseball. It is really a shame seeing a great player on a very bad team (LeBron James for example). Question: Will Derek Jeter be the Jordan or the Pippen of the relationship?

February 16, 2004

LeBron James Jersy

Way back in October (yes, October) I ordered a a LeBron James jersey from the NBA Store. I got it today, after talking to 4 different people, 4 different times. It would have taken less time to walk to Cleveland and gone to a game at the Gund for crying out loud!

February 2, 2004

Super Bowl XXXVIII; Commercials

Dan might not watch the Super Bowl for the commercials, but I do. The game this year was one of the best Super Bowl that I can remember though. The half time show was more memorable then others too (for the wrong reasons)! I just saw on Sports Center that CBS has apologized for ending the half time show early because of Justin Timberlake/Janet Jackson's breast-baring stunt. Needless to say, it was a big Super Bowl half time show this year. But what can you expect from MTV, who produced the half time show. Other then "the wardrobe malfunction," it did not come close to when Aerosmith took the stage. The opening of the night with the tribute to the Columbia mission was great, as was the National Anthem by Beyonce. Do you wonder how the game would have gone if the second half did not take 35 or so minutes to start? The game went from being very slow to being very fun at the very end of the first quarter. Then after the half time show it was back to being sluggish for a while before the game picked up again. John Fox really made some bad decisions when he went for two points. The first one he tried was not needed, the second he really needed and could not convert. The Panthers would have been up by 2 points which at the time could have changed the pace of the game. It was great to see the game go down to the end of the 4th quarter though. And for the record, I was rooting for the Pats and Brady for MVP. Now on to the commercials. That Gillette "Angel by Your Side" commercial won the award for dumbest this year, IMO. I have a problem with the Apple/Pepsi commercial. Yes, it was good. But it had no Apple logo. Just the URL There is something to be said about brand recognition, and as you are well aware, Apple's brand is one of the most recognizable in the world. It is pretty clear that Apple had little or nothing to do with this commercial. At least it had an iMac, that is recognizable. Pepsi's other commercials were great, I think their best was the Jimi Hendrix commercial. The "Shards 'O Glass" bit was the best of the 'Activism" spots this year, and tied for my favorite this year. My other favorite was the IBM spot with Ali, partially because I really like the Linux 'Open' campaign. But when you add Muhammad Ali, wow, what a great ad for IBM. This year was sure the year of the funny super bowl commercials. Even the serious commercials had a sense of humor this year, such as the Willie Nelson doll from H&R Block. The blatent nod to Alien (FedEx) was a great laugh but I laughed the most at the Jimi Hendrix Pepsi commercial.

January 27, 2004

Caps owner apologizes for scuffle with fan

The vice chairman of America Online, who also owns the Washington Capitals hockey team, has a reputation as one of the more fan-friendly chief executives in professional sports. But Ted Leonsis on Monday apologized to a fan following a physical altercation after the team's home loss here to Philadelphia in a National Hockey League game. Source: Yea! Beat up your paying customers!

January 20, 2004

Freddy Adu first pick in MLS draft

14-Year-Old Phenom Set to Begin Professional Career in D.C.
CHARLOTTE, NC - With the first overall selection in today’s  2004 MLS SuperDraft  held at the Charlotte Convention Center in Charlotte, North Carolina, D.C. United obtained 14-year-old phenom  Freddy Adu . Adu will join the Black-and-Red in Bradenton, FL on February 9th as a part of the club’s preseason training schedule and will be available for selection in  United’s season opener , April 3, 2004 at  RFK Stadium . Kick-off for the match is set for 4:00 p.m. ET.

"I’m in awe of everything that has happened to me," said Adu. "Since I moved to this country, I’ve been a huge fan of D.C. United. That’s why I’m so excited to be a part of this organization and hope that I can help lead this team back to its winning ways."

Source: DC United The youngest player in modern professional team sports! Wow! I am not sure this will bring soccer to the masses in the states, but it should (I hope) give the sport a face and some much needed boost in popularity. I will surely have to get down to DC to see him play! I used to play soccer, from city rec. league up until middle school, then I had knee surgeries, that kind of slows ya down, ya know. I still love soccer though, it will be great seeing how Adu fairs.

December 29, 2003

Falcons Rally Past Northwestern In Motor City Bowl, 28-24

Josh Harris and Cole Magner set Motor City Bowl records for completions and receptions, respectively. Northwestern took away Bowling Green's running game. So Josh Harris beat the Wildcats through the air. Harris passed for 386 yards and three touchdowns to lead Bowling Green to a 28-24 victory over Northwestern in the Motor City Bowl on Friday night.

December 5, 2003

BGSU loss, Bowl game 1st in 11 yrs.

December 26th is the Motor City Bowl, and the BGSU Falcons will be in it. That is the good news. The bad news is a 49-27 loss to Miami (of Ohio) in the MAC Championship game. Roethlisberger's 427 yrds. and his long completions all night buried the Falcons. The fumbles and INT's also buried the Falcons, just like 5 weeks ago when Miami won 33-10. Great season, tough loss. I am really glad the MAC is getting so much attention the season. I mean this is the season that has brought use Randy Moss, Chad Pennington, and Byron Leftwich, among others.

November 30, 2003

Bowling Green defeats Toledo for MAC West

Twice on national television, two big wins at Doyt Perry Field. The N. Illinois win was big, but there is nothing as big as a win against the Toledo Rockets. Josh Harris had little trouble marching down the field on each possession to score. BG was down, but came back strong in the second half. Forcing 4th and 11 in the final minutes of the 4th quarter, the Falcon defense played just as well as the offense did. Thursday at 7:30 will be the MAC title game against Miami, (of Ohio) the Falcon's only MAC loss this season. This time they will be playing in BG, and Harris is 13-0 at home. The Falcons are now 10-2 and a NCAA best for Brandon, being a 1st year head coach. Bowling Green has a short week to prepare, and revenge is in the air. BG fumbled the ball 4 times in a 33-10 less to Miami earlier this season. Home field advantage is on our side this time. And you can be sure that I will be at the game this thursday.

October 29, 2003

'Playmakers' is Entertainment

The ESPN show is great! You want to know something? Sex sells. It does not matter if it is homosexual or not. As a matter of fact, homosexuality sells a lot more then heterosexuality these days. I think we have seen this in recent history, from "Ellen" to "Queer Eye for a Strait Guy." Hey Paul Tagliabue (and the rest of the NFL) this is entertainment! Take a chill. Say this with me: This show isn't based on reality. This show isn't based on reality. I am a bit surprised that the NFL is reacting like this. Are dramas about the police always drawn in a good light? If ESPN pulls the plug on a second season on it will be because of the NFL. And if the NFL pushes for that, I think some people need to grow up and distinguish the drama from the reality. Here is a quote from Paul Tagliabue, "a gross characterization of our sport." Excuse me? Do you want to talk about character? How about Rae Carruth being convicted of murder? Now that is character, or, well, lack thereof. I thought this was a drama, is a Soap Opera for men (imagine that). So, a more accurate statement would be "a gross dramatization of our sport." That might be true, truer than one might expect. But this is TV, and like Hollywood, there are exaggerations. Lets start with the gay player, Thad, who happens to be the best player on the team. Throughout the previous episodes all the other players profess that Thad is the center to the team. But he's gay. There are some other situations that are addressed in this show. How about Demitrius Harris? He is a drug addict. He lies to the cops about a murder. How about Leon Taylor? He beats his wife! And the quarterback is a womanizer, he has the trainer take care of his girlfriend's abortion. But beating your wife and getting pulled over with cocaine and covering up for a murder are far worse then a player being gay. Or is it? I could go on to the other more fleshed out characters in this soap. There are many other situations being discussed in . But I think the gay issue is paramount, and it has been building the last 4 or so episodes to tonight's well written climax. The NFL and the AWSM (Association for Women in Sports Media) need to chill. This is a drama. It is entertainment. I also happens that they are tackling some rather real world situations. This show being on ESPN does not hurt either. I am waiting to see Boomer though. Using personalities like Jim Rome ("Rome is Burning"), Thea Andrews ("Cold Pizza") and the ESPN brand is the glue that makes this show stick. Next episode has Snoop Dogg in it. Now who is going to watch next Tuesday? I am. ESPN, just like any other broadcasting company, is out to make money. It just happens that ESPN is the one and only station that has the resources from the sports news world to make a sports drama work. Lighten up, don't get your jock straps in a bunch. is not the first show to not accurately depict sports. If it did, it would not be entertaining and it would not sell. But tell me something: Do you tune into more fictional or non fictional TV and movies? I went Googling: Popular '' hasn't won over NFL '' under fire Women's sports media group protests `' Message to the NFL: lighten up! Also posted at BlogCritics.

October 26, 2003

Falcons Bowl over Northern Illinois

I forgot to mention one other fact about this game. This is the first time two ranked opponents played each other in the MAC since the 1970's. Josh Harris threw for 438 yards, a Doyt Perry Stadium record, a personal record, and rushed for 89 more, not to mention running in for one touchdown. Except Harris sticks out for everyone but the Unitas Award
According to the award's press release, the finalists are picked by a "select committee of football experts from across the United States." That committee couldn't pick itself out of a mirror.
Source: Some stupid (N. Illinois) fans were saying the only reason that ESPN was at Doyt Perry Field was because of N. Illinois. Yea. Right. That's why every ESPN personality that talked about the game picked the Falcons to win. Oh yea, they did, 43-18. Revenge sure is sweet! Here are some links: Harris throws for carrier-high 438 yards ( Harris steals show on MAC's big night ( Falcons Are 17th in AP Poll, 20th in ESPN/USA Today Poll ( Bowling Green Tops Northern Illinois In MAC Showdown ( Game Photo Gallery ( GameDay Photo Gallery ( What a great day for BGSU Falcon history! What a great day for sports! The Marlins won the World Series!

October 25, 2003

College GameDay in Bowling Green

As Stewart Scott would say "This is huge, real huge." Many are calling this game the "most important game in Bowling Green history." It is the first time that there has been a live broadcast from Doyt Perry Field.
"The MAC has been kicking butt the last few weeks," Lion said. "We actually wanted to go to a MAC game for awhile now and with Northern Illinois and Bowling Green doing very well this year ... This was probably going to be the only opportunity for us to actually come to a MAC game. It was always kind of high on our radar screens and when all the pieces of the puzzle kind of fit into place with other teams losing and making those matchups less appealing. So it was like, 'yeah let's pull the trigger and come to Bowling Green.'"
Source: BG News I still get floored when Chris Fowler or any of the other ESPN personalities talks about the MAC and BGSU specifically. But then it has been one heck of a season for the MAC this season. We will see if BGSU can beat NIU at 4 PM, it will be on ESPN 2.

October 22, 2003

West Virginia rolls over Virginia Tech

Well now the Virginia Tech vs. Miami game just is not going to be as grand. West Virginia almost beat the 'Canes earlier this season, only loosing to a last minute field goal. But wow did the Mountaineers roll over Virginia Tech! VT looks like the Oakland Raiders with the amount of penalties they had. The amount of late hits was unbelievable, VT just fell apart, especially in the second half. So maybe it wont be VT and the 'Canes in a Bowl game this season? Great job Mountaineers!

October 12, 2003

Buckeyes Lucky No More

First of all they deserve to loose that game for that choke! Come on this is football not the WWE! Bad sportsmanship. I was hoping that was an accident, but I saw multiple angles on SportsCenter and FOX Sports and he was choking him. Ohio State has only had one decisive win this season, and that was Washington! It is also great to see the 19 game streak go down! OSU has been lucky all season, they have played mediocre football. Michigan is not playing well this season either, so that game is really gonna be exiting this year, as appeased to last year. Oh and it is always great to see Miami beet the FSU! Go 'Canes! I would not mind seeing Miami and OSU again this bowl season, but this time hopefully the referee won't win the game for OSU.

September 16, 2003

Buckeyes on ropes heading into Saturday

Check out Joel hammond's sports column in today's edition of The BG News. For those who do not follow college football, BGSU is playing No. 5 Ohio State this weekend. BGSU has been playing rather well, even beating Purdue, the first time they have beat a ranked opponent since the 1970's. Ohio State on the other hand have not been playing that well, They were lucky to win over N. C. State in triple overtime. OSU also squeaked out a win over San Diego State. This is going to be a great game. I am by no means a OSU fan. I am a 'Canes fan, I always have been. Now reguardless of the fact that OSU really didn't win the National Championship vs. the 'Canes last year (lets face it, the referees won the game for OSU) I am gonna be rooting for BGSU here. Not to mention I go to BGSU - you don't root against your team. This column by Joel has gotten 24 feedback posts on The BG News web site. That is the most we have ever got. This is wonderful because now more people on The News staff are getting exposure online and finding out more and more about our online edition. That is one of my goals is to get The News staff involved with the web site. Most of the feedback seems to be coming from outside of Bowling Green too, which is nice to see. GO FALCONS!

August 24, 2003

Bobby Bonds died of cancer

The Giants honored one of their own, as former major-leaguer Bobby Bonds , father of slugger Barry Bonds, died of cancer late Saturday morning . The Giants defeated Florida without Barry, who will be away indefinitely. Source: ESPN 57 is way too young to die, regardless of cancer. To me he was Barry Bonds father and coach, for those older then me he made the game of baseball as fun to watch as Barry Bonds does today.

August 12, 2003

Preseason Saints vs. Eagles

Why are the Saints helping pad the stats of not only the offensive but the defensive players of the Eagles? I mean the Saints could not tackle any better if their opponents wore Velcro(tm) jerseys! The Eagles even lost a lot of top players during the off season. Did that matter? Nope.

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