Saturday, December 29, 2007

16-0... Can the Patriots do it?



Last night I arrived back in Chicago from my holiday vacation. It was great to be back in MA, and be surrounded by family, friends, and the hoopla of the New England Patriots going 16-0 against the N.Y Giants tonight.

I will be the first to say in here in print, I don't care for Eli Manning. He should take some lessons from Peyton and step up to the plate and leave the negative body language at home. I have never been a fan of him. He is immature and not a good QB. As for the rest of the Giants, they have squeaked by this season and I am guessing that they won't make it out of the first round of the playoffs. They only way that will happen is if the Giants that play well make it to the field. Other than that, no chance.

The Patriots are armed and dangerous. Bradly, Welker, Moss, Gaffney, Stallworth, and the list goes on...Tonight with the spread being Patriots (-14) I will still take the Patriots on the road against a team that has nothing to play for and more than likely won't show up anyways.

Today's Sports Beat will be back on the air on it's regular time Tuesday at 10:30 EST on www.talkshoe.com.

Go Pats!

Sunday, December 16, 2007

Out of the Blue and into the Black...

Today we saw one streak go on and one streak look like it was going to continue. It was a fine day for both teams, New England and Miami.

The Patriots playing in less than favorable conditions managed to get by the Jets to remain unbeaten and go to 14-0 with a 20-10 victory.

The Dolphins season was made today when going into overtime tied at 16, Matt Stover missed a winning field goal for the Ravens. Miami comes back and scores a TD on a Cleo Lemon pass to Greg Camarillo down the middle for 64 yard gain and a score. Miami no longer with the full black eye with a record of 1-13. Miami wins 22-16

As a reminder, I will be on vacation from the 18th-28 in Boston and I will try to get a few posts in while I am back East visiting family. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all.

Chris

Friday, December 14, 2007

Denver blew it tonight in Houston 31-13

Denver's loss to Houston kept them alive in the playoff hunt. Speaking of playoffs, here are the Week 15 scenarios courtesy of Yahoo Sports.

'07 Playoff scenarios

By Yahoo! Sports
December 12, 2007

Here are the playoff clinch scenarios for Week 15:

AFC

Clinched:
New England: AFC East; First-round bye
Indianapolis: Playoff berth

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Clinch home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs with:
1. Win OR
2. Indianapolis loss OR
3. Tie and Indianapolis tie

INDIANAPOLIS COLTS

Clinch AFC South with:
1. Win OR
2. Jacksonville loss OR
3. Tie and Jacksonville tie

Clinch a first-round bye with:
Win and Pittsburgh loss or tie

PITTSBURGH STEELERS

Clinch AFC North with:
Win and Cleveland loss

Clinch playoff berth with:
1. Win OR
2. Tie and Buffalo loss or tie and Tennessee loss or tie OR
3. Buffalo loss and Tennessee loss

SAN DIEGO CHARGERS

Clinch AFC West with:
Win or tie

JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS

Clinch playoff berth with:
1. Win and Tennessee loss or tie OR
2. Jacksonville tie and Tennessee loss and Buffalo loss or tie

CLEVELAND BROWNS

Clinch playoff berth with:
Win and Tennessee loss

NFC

Clinched:
Dallas: NFC East
Green Bay: NFC North
Seattle Seahawks: NFC West

DALLAS COWBOYS

Clinch home-field advantage throughout NFC playoffs with:
Win and Green Bay loss

Clinch a first-round bye with:
1. Win or tie OR
2. Seattle loss or tie

GREEN BAY PACKERS

Clinch a first-round bye with:
1. Win and Seattle loss or tie OR
2. Tie and Seattle loss

TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS

Clinch NFC South with:
1. Win OR
2. New Orleans loss OR
3. Tie and New Orleans tie

NEW YORK GIANTS

Clinch a playoff berth with:
1. Win or tie OR
2. Minnesota loss or tie and New Orleans loss or tie

Information courtesy of NFL

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Show delay and some important dates for listeners

Hello everybody...I hope that you are gearing up for a furious sports/holiday season. The NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball seasons are in full swing now. We'll see more NFL action filled weekends with some divisions going down to the last few weekends for playoff spots. In the NBA, all you have to say is Celtics and Orlando. What has Ottawa done to shrink the lead in the Eastern Conference /Northeast division of the NHL?

I will have my weekend coverage today (Saturday) and for everyone that downloads the show from Itunes, if you aren't getting the latest episodes-head to Itunes and make sure you are up to date. I am having some issues with the feed from Talkshow to Itunes. I just wanted to make sure you are up to date. Look for a new show today HERE.

As for future scheduling changes, I will be traveling back to Boston for the holidays and my show falls on Tuesdays. That is the same day that I travel. I may be able to keep the 18th date, but Xmas is out, and so is New Years. As for the Friday updates, I will do my best to get you the info that is on my mind and my weekend picks. For those of you that listen to my other show "Sound Check..." please look for my next Wed @ 11:30 p.m. EST on the 12th and then back again on Jan 8th/2008.

In addition, I would like to start posting pictures that listeners and readers take at local sporting events here on the Today's Sports Beat... If you have a picture that you have taken at a NBA, NFL, NHL, or MLB event please forward a copy to me via email ( todayssportsbeat@gmail.com ) and I will post it here on the site.

Take care,

Chris K

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Sean Taylor safety for Redskins dead at 24

Sean Taylor was at home when an intruder allegedly entered his home and was shot in the groin. He was then airlifted to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead at 3:30 am Tuesday morning.

After getting his life together and a new dad, tragedy hits the family of Sean Taylor and the Washington Redskins. Taylor was chosen in the first round (5th pick) in 2004.

Sean Taylor

1983-2007

Monday, November 26, 2007

What a mess....MNF 11/26/07

I have sat here and wondered, will the Ark set sail during the Miami/Pittsburgh game tonight on Monday Night Football? I think so. This was plain ole' ugly as well. I thought about this past weekend and if you saw yesterday's post, the NFL wasn't squeeky clean this past weekend for a minute.


Monday Night Football wasn't either.

Miami still winless. They lose tonight to the Steelers 3-0. It took till tha last 20 seconds to get a crooked number up there. Man-o-Man...

Just ugly.

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Sunday, November 25, 2007

The Good, Not So Good, and the VERY UGLY...

Well, I could name off so many I don't know where to start. Family, Friends, the Red Sox the World Wide Web... So, as for what I am thankful for in the sports world is whole other story. I will be doing a full wrap up tomorrow seeing where I am just posting now on Sunday at 11:15 pm.
I will call this something like a movie review...Today's Sports Beat version of "The Good, the Not so good and VERY Ugly."
Here goes:
The Good....Packers are 11-1 and look great. Winners Thanksgiving Day 37-26 over the Lions. I suspect that we'll see Farve back next year. What a familiar site that pictures is.

The Not So Good.....the Patriots. What happened to covering the spread of (-26 ) for all those that took that foolish action. This was a close one and one that no one saw coming, like this helicopter tackle of Kevin Faulk. Pats escape with a win31-28 and still undefeated at 11-0. The Pats are at Baltimore for MNF on 12/3.

The VERY ugly...The St. Louis Rams. The Seahawks got away with one on 4th down and a chance for the Rams to win the game. No go...fumbled snap and game over Seahawks 24-19 over the pathetic Rams.

I will be back tomorrow with more thoughts on weekend sports, and don't forget to check me out Tuesday night on www.talkshoe.com for another episode of Today's Sports Beat at 10:30 pm EST.

Monday, November 19, 2007

Hot Stove....be careful!!

As most of you know, I am a Red Sox fan and today was an early Holiday gift for me (and I am sure all of New England). Mike Lowell is rejoining the Red Sox for another 3 years. Also, A-Rod wins the A.L MVP and other trades that went down today.

Be sure to check out Today's Sports Beat...on www.talkshoe.com tomorrow night at 10:30 pm EST Tuesday night for my reaction to the Hot Stove news and other sports news/topics. We are episode 61981 (you can search at Talkshoe with that # in the search box) and we hope to see you tomorrow night at the Beat...

Today's sports headlines:
Headlines can also be found at www.sports.yahoo.com

Friday, November 16, 2007

The asterisk is now in BOLD, and Sports headlines.

Barry Bonds gave all the baseball fans an early Holiday gift.

You can take a look here...
http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/can/press/press_documents/BarryBonds.pdf

You aren't wanted in the Hall of Fame...maybe in the mess hall.

Ass.


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In other news, Jake Peavy won the NL Cy Young Award. Congrats.
Here are the headlines as of noon Friday at Yahoo Sports.

Here is your NBA action tonight.

Indiana @ Toronto
7:00pm ET

Portland @ Philadelphia
7:00pm ET

Utah @ Cleveland
7:30pm ET

Orlando @ New Jersey
7:30pm ET

Miami @ Boston
7:30pm ET

Seattle@ Atlanta
7:30pm ET

New Orleans @ Memphis
8:00pm ET


Washington @ Minnesota
8:00pm ET

Houston @ San Antonio
8:00pm ET

New York @ Sacramento
10:00pm ET

Detroit @ LA Lakers
10:30pm ET

LA Clippers @ Golden State
10:30pm ET

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Tuesday, November 13, 2007

American and National League Awards.

Well. today is the day that the Cy Young was announced in the American League and I was very surprised in the decision. It was going to come down to C.C Sabathia and Josh Beckett for the Red Sox. The Indians starter was 19-7 with a 3.21 ERA. Beckett was 20-7 with a 3.27 ERA this season. Beckett pitches very well in the playoffs where C.C didn't pitch that well. I don't know how much weight is put on the playoffs and the World Series, but if it mattered in the voting Beckett would have been my choice.

The 2007 Cy Young Award winner is C.C Sabathia of the Cleveland Indians.

Yesterday MLB announced the Rookie of the Year Awards. Here are your 2007 Awards winners.

Dustin Pedroia - Boston Red Sox

Ryan Braun - Milwaukee Brewers.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

NFL Sunday and my pick of the week!

Well, it's Sunday again and that means that I will be catching some NFL action today. I will also take a peek at what is happening over at the Nascar race later in the afternoon.

For today's action in the NFL, here are your match up's and lines.

https://www.bodoglife.com/sports-betting/nfl-football.jsp

As I mentioned on the show, today I am taking the following:
  • Vikings +6 to cover over Green Bay
  • Chiefs -3 over the Bronco's
  • Dallas -2 1/2 over the Giants
  • Colts -4 over the Chargers.
My pick of the week is the first one, the Vikings at +6

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Thursday, November 08, 2007

Weekend preview and Sports Headlines...

Wow..things are heating up early in Hot Stove talk already. I am looking forward to the off season moves that will make teams better and some still in the rebuilding process.

Here is what is on tap via www.Yahoo.com

Clemens may finally be ready to retire
Angels admit interest in A-Rod
Phillies acquire Lidge in 5-player trade
Braves interested in getting Glavine
Angels' Matthews meets with MLB over HGH
Tigers want LHP Rogers back
Rangers must still pay A-Rod $9 million

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Monday, November 05, 2007

What a weekend....

It was quite a weekend in sports for the college, NFL, NBA, and the Nascar. Fans enjoyed the twists and turns of the polls that followed a wild college football weekend, and a Sunday that was filled with what some were calling "Super Bowl ...and a 1/2." What a game the Pats played against the Colts at the RCA Dome. Two undefeated teams that played like the trophy was on the line. Also for the fans of the left turn, Jimmie Johnson showed that he is extremely interested in the Nascar Championship.

If you had a chance to catch any college pigskin this past weekend, I was impressed with the LSU/Alabama game, and also the licking that Kansas put on Nebraska. I was very surprised that BC who lost to FSU dropped in the polls like a 120lb man from the top floor with an anvil tied to the ankle. Ohio State rolled against the Badgers of WI, and will take on Illinois on 11/10.


The action on Sunday, I had the chance to watch Adrian Peterson for the Vikings set an all time rushing record with 296 yards. I will say that if you haven't seen him play, check him out cause has some of the same DNA as Emmitt Smith and Barry Sanders. He was impressive.

As far as the match up of the undefeated Colts and Patriots, it looked like the Colts were going to own the Pats on this given Sunday. The Colts were sharp on defense and also in the running game which was controlled by Joseph Addai with 26 rush,'s for 112 yds and 5 Rec, 114 yds, and 1 TD. It was a well played game by Addai on Sunday. As far as the Pat's go, Brady threw for 255 yards and spread the touchdowns around to Randy Moss, Wes Welker, and Kevin Faulk.

I am sure that we'll see them both in the playoffs where everyone will be able to say that these two are the teams that are in the Super Bowl. Calling this Super Bowl ....and a 1/2 was stupid. It was a gridiron battle between the two best undefeated teams in the NFL.

Patriots 24 (9-0)

Indianapolis 20 (7-1)

The Patriots have a bye this week and the Colts will meet the Charger's (4-4) in San Diego on Sunday.

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Monday, October 29, 2007

Game 4 Sox sweep the World Series!!


For the 2nd time in 4 years, the Red Sox have won the World Series. It wasn't an easy road, which started during the Cleveland series. Being down 3-1 against the Indians, the Sox took the final 4 in the series with the Indians and continued the wrath with the bats and good pitching against the Rockies. The Rockies gave the Sox some evidence that they are a good team that just came up short on some great defense by Julio Lugo and friends and also the bats of Ellsbury, Pedroia, and even Dice K when needed.

Game 4 was another roller coaster in Colorado. The pitching match up was Jon Lester vs. Aaron Cook. Lester looked great in 2+ innings of middle relief during the playoffs, and was a good choice to start Game 4.

Game 4 started with Ellsbury getting on early with a double. Pedroia moved Ellsbury to 3rd with a ground out 5-3, and then Ortiz (clutch) drove in Ellsbury with a single. That was the start to the game for the Red Sox. As far as the pitching match up went, they were neck in neck the entire night until they departed. Their were 7 half innings that went 1-2-3 in the game, so over a third of the game went in order. Scoring didn't continue till the 5th where the Sox got on the board again with a double to the gap in left center by Lowell, which was followed by a single by Varitek and the Sox were up 2-0.

Lowell added to his Game 4 assault with a HR in the top of the 7th, knocking out Cook for the night. It was now 3-0, and the HR's would continue. In the bottom of the frame, Brad Hawpe went deep to put the Rockies on the board, 3-1.

In the top of the 8th, Bobby Kielty pinch hit and widened the gap to 4-1 with a first pitch shot to deep left. In the bottom of the 8th the Rockies countered with Holliday grounding out, Helton singles, and Garrett Atkins blasted a 2 run shot off Hideki Okajima making it 4-3.

It was a smooth 9th for both clubs, and here is the 9th and how it ended.

Top 9th: Boston
- M. Lowell flied out to left
- J.D. Drew grounded out to second
- J. Varitek grounded out to pitcher
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Boston 4, Colorado 3


Bottom 9th: Colorado
- Y. Torrealba grounded out to second
- J. Carroll lined out to deep left
- S. Smith hit for M. Corpas
- S. Smith struck out swinging
0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors
Boston 4, Colorado 3

Mike Lowell was named 2007 World Series MVP.

After watching the last pitch, I immediately noticed that Varitek put the baseball in his back pocket. I can't see Red Sox having another issue with the ball not making it to the Hall of Fame. If you don't follow baseball, in 2004 when the Red Sox won the World Series the ball was tossed to first baseman Doug Mientkiewicz who refused to turn the ball over to the Red Sox and the Hall.

The Red Sox will be celebrating the Championship with a parade in Boston on Tuesday.

Red Sox 4
Rockies 3
Boston Wins the World Series (4-0)
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In other sports new, A-Rod has opted out of his contract with the Yankees. He will be the AL MVP, and the Red Sox have deep pockets to sign him if they can't resign Mike Lowell. Stand by...

Question: Do you think that A-Rod will sign with the Red Sox? If he does will he play 3rd or short with the possibility of trading Lugo? Let me know.

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Sunday, October 28, 2007

Red Sox Sweep......2007 World Series Champions!!

This just about says it all...



He is the real deal.....

Red Sox Sweep (4-0)

World Series Game 3 recap.

Game 3 between the Red Sox and the Rockies was if anything an indication that the Rockies have a strong bullpen. 'The one thing that isn't helping the Rockies is that they aren't getting out to a lead so that they can hold it.

As I mentioned on my show, this was a roller coaster of a game. Dice-K was on the mound for the Sox and looked like her was the $100 million dollar man the Sox got in April. He had great stuff, good location and also a key hit in the game to help his cause.

Their were 2 key innings in the game. Here is the breakdown of an explosive 3rd for the Red Sox and the 7th inning for the Rockies.


Top 3rd: Boston
- J. Ellsbury doubled to left
- D. Pedroia reached on bunt single to catcher, J. Ellsbury to third
- D. Ortiz doubled to deep right, J. Ellsbury scored, D. Pedroia to third
- M. Ramirez intentionally walked
- M. Lowell singled to center, D. Ortiz and D. Pedroia scored, M. Ramirez to second
- J.D. Drew popped out to center
- J. Varitek singled to left, M. Ramirez out at home, M. Lowell to second, M. Lowell to third advancing on throw
- J. Lugo walked, J. Varitek to second
- D. Matsuzaka singled to left, J. Varitek and M. Lowell scored, J. Lugo to third
- J. Ellsbury doubled to center, J. Lugo scored, D. Matsuzaka to third
- F. Morales relieved J. Fogg
- D. Pedroia grounded out to third
6 runs, 7 hits, 0 errors
Boston 6, Colorado 0

Here is the 7th inning for the Rockies where they made a good run at the Red Sox and had a huge hit from Matt Holliday off Hediki Okajima.

Bottom 7th: Colorado
- K. Matsui reached on bunt single to third
- K. Matsui stole second
- T. Tulowitzki singled to center, K. Matsui to third
- J. Ellsbury in right field
- H. Okajima relieved M. Timlin
- C. Crisp in center field
- M. Holliday homered to deep center, K. Matsui and T. Tulowitzki scored
- T. Helton singled to left
- G. Atkins struck out swinging
- B. Hawpe struck out swinging
- Y. Torrealba grounded out to pitcher
3 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors
Boston 6, Colorado 5


This looked like it was going to be the Rockies night because their bullpen was better than Boston's. On the other hand, the bats were better for the Red Sox.

The line up that Tito Francona put on the field started Ortiz at first instead of Youkilis because their isn't a DH in the NL.

As I have said since the Cleveland series, the Red Sox need to get production on the front of the line up and also at the bottom from Lugo and in this case even the pitchers. Dice K did his job in Game 3 with a base hit in the top of the 3rd. The production came from Jacoby Ellsbury who went 4-5 with 2 RBI's. He had 3 doubles to spark the scoring. Also, Dustin Pedroia in the 2 hole was a key bat for the Red Sox as well going 3-5 with a double as well.

The Red Sox added 3 additional runs in the 8th and 1 in the 9th.


Red Sox 10

Rockies 5
Red Sox lead the Series (3-0)

Game 4 is tonight (Sunday) on Fox at 8 EST.
Can the Red Sox Sweep? Let us know what you think and leave a comment.

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Chris

Friday, October 26, 2007

I plead the 5th...inning that is. Red Sox/Rockies Game 2

Game 1 hinged on the action in the 5th inning, and Game 2 was no different for the Red Sox scoring efforts. Here is how things started.

World Series Game 2 started off looking like the Rockies were going to be very aggressive and run on Curt Schilling and the Red Sox. The Rockies started the game with Taveras stepping into the box and was "grazed" on the knuckles and was on first, 2 pitches into the game. Matsui stepped in and flied out F-8, and Matt Holliday proceeded to hit a single to left when Taveras hit the bag at second and headed to 3rd. Holliday ended up at 2nd on a throwing error by Mike Lowell. Todd Helton gets up and grounds to first and the Rockies were on the board 1-0. Atkins grounded out 5-3 for the final out of the inning. It looked like the Rockies were going to be aggressive.

It only lasted 1 inning, and the only other threat was in the 8th. Read on to find out why.

That was, until they saw Curt Schilling settle in. Schilling looked like he has fully settled starting in the top of the 3rd. Schilling went 5 1/3 with 2 walks, and 4 K's. He looked great in what some are calling his final outing in a Red Sox uniform. Free agency awaits Schilling in the off season....where will he end up?


The Rockies started their 23 year old rookie sensation Ubaldo Jimenez who has velocity in the high 90's. Joe Buck and Tim McCarver said that he would hit 100+, and that never happened.

Jimenez walked 5 and stuck out only 2.

Both the Red Sox and the Rockies stranded to many runner on the bases and with key fly outs and ground ball out. The Red Sox stranded 12 and the Rockies 11. That will make for a close game, which it was.

Schilling was relieved by Hideki Okajima who went 2 1/3 in relief and was spot on. He had 4 K's out of 7 batters and the other 3 were 2 ground outs and a fly out. He was key in this Boston win. Papelbon closed the contest out for the Red Sox, and also made the key play in the game in the 8th inning. Matt Holliday who was 4-4 for the Rockies hit a single in the 8th and fell asleep (not literally) during his lead and was picked off at first. This was key because Todd Helton was up with 2 outs and with a swing of the bat the Rockies could have gone ahead. With Holliday making the 3rd out, Helton never made it to the dish.

Red Sox 2

Rockies 1

Red Sox lead the series (2-0)

Game 3 Saturday night 8 p.m. EST on Fox

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America can thank Jacoby Ellsbury for stealing second in the bottom of the 4th, because he won everyone in the USA a free beef taco at Taco Bell.

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Thursday, October 25, 2007

World Series Game 1 Rockies / Red Sox

(Click on any picture for a larger view.)

If you look at the above picture and know just the slightest about baseball, you will know that Josh Beckett is unstoppable. It happened for the 4th time since October 3rd that he has been unbeatable. Beckett has allowed only 5 runs in the last 4 straight wins, and will be the starter for game 5 if necessary.

Beckett racked up 9 K's in 7 innings of work followed by Mike Timlin who worked the 8th and had 2 K's for himself. Eric Gagne held on to the 12 run lead with 3 up and 3 down in the 9th.

Tonight for Game 2 on Fox @ 8 pm EST, Curt Schilling brings his post season resume to the table and will show what he has done in the past. Win.

The offense was started with the lead off batter Dustin Pedroia, who hit a solo shot to start the game. That was his 2nd post season HR, his first of the World Series.

The Red Sox had plays in the game that were going their way, like here in the top of the 3rd, it's Manny being Manny...

After 4 innings last night the score was 6-1 Red Sox, and the 5th is an inning that the Rockies sure would love to forget about.

It went a little something like this:

Bot 5th: Boston

- K. Youkilis doubled to left, J. Ellsbury scored
- D. Ortiz doubled to deep center, K. Youkilis scored
- M. Ramirez singled to left center, D. Ortiz scored
- J.D. Drew singled to shortstop, M. Ramirez scored, M. Lowell to third, J. Varitek to second
- J. Lugo walked, M. Lowell scored, J. Varitek to third, J.D. Drew to second
- J. Ellsbury walked, J. Varitek scored, J.D. Drew to third, J. Lugo to second
- D. Pedroia walked, J.D. Drew scored, J. Lugo to third, J. Ellsbury to second

The 3 straight walks given up by Ryan Speier didn't help the cause for Colorado. It was Franklin Morales that relieved Jeff Francis and the doubles started to flow in the bottom of the 5th. Morales threw like they were on a tee, and Speier couldn't have hit the strike zone if it was 10' X 12' high. The bullpen didn't make a great first impression with what was on the field in Game 1, as compared to what they were made out to be.

Overall it was a great night to be a Red Sox fan, and watch a game that should have been called with the slaughter rule after 6 innings.

Red Sox 13

Colorado 1

Boston leads the series (1-0)

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Red Sox / Rockies Game Notes from MLB.com

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Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Game 1 Colorodo Rockies vs. Boston Red Sox

Game on!!

Fenway will be ready to rumble tonight.

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Tonight is the night that the fans of Colorado and New England get what they have hoped and waited for all year long, the start of the World Series.

Boston will start Josh Beckett (ALCS MVP) and Colorado will start Jeff Francis.

If you want more info on these two pitchers listen to Episode 2 of Today's Sports Beat Talkcast. The player is in the sidebar. If you are looking to talk sports, we will be on every night on Today's Sports Beat Talkcast on www.talkshoe.com . We are talkcast ID 61981, and tonight because it is the night that we broadcast "Sound Check..." we'll be discussing the game after the last out on that show. The talkcast ID for Sound Check... is 45577

I will have a write up on Game 1 and also I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the game on "Sound Check..." after the game on www.talkshoe.com

Go Sox!

We appreciate your support Rudy...

Rudy's choice = "Go Red Sox...."

I wonder how pissed off the Yankee's fans are in NY?

I can't imagine.

This sums up Miami's season....

...less the Red Sox hat.....they are far from being in pain.

Miami shares the basement in the NFL with the Ram's at 0-7

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Indy vs Jacksonville MNF

In the last meeting between Indy and Jacksonville the Jaguar's ran allover Indy racking up 375 total yards. Monday night Indy would put a halt to that. If you didn't see the game you didn't miss much. It was a Jacksonville's defense that looked like a brown paper bag with huge holes in it. The Jaguar's starting QB, David Garrard was taken out of the game in the first quarter and it didn't help the cause at all.

It was all downhill for the Jag's.

Peyton looked good, but I think that my nephews Pop Warner team would have scored against the defense of Jacksonville. In a final of 29-7, the Colts move to 6-0 for the 3rd season in a row and will face the Patriots in 2 weeks.

When the game was over the big debate is "who is the better team, the Colts, or the Patriots?"

You make the call.

Don't forget tonight at 9 pm Today's Sports Beat is on http://www.talkshoe.com/ for our LIVE show. If you are looking for us at talkshoe, just type in 61981 or Todays Sports Beat in the search box and join the show. Tonight we'll be talking World Series preview and NFL, NBA, and NHL.

Come on by and give your opinion on your favorite team!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Red Sox take Game 7 - World Series bound!!

Deja Vu? Nope.

The Red Sox played a game 7 like they wanted it. It was a struggle after game 1 and being down 3-1 in the series, they played as if they wanted it more. I have thought from the beginning that the Indians were a team with an attitude to win. They were tied with the Red Sox in wins this year (96) and gave the Sox a run for their money.

Just as I mentioned the only way that the Red Sox were to win Game 7 was to get production up front and in the bottom 3rd of the line-up. They did just that, like they did in Game 6. Pedroia came up big in Game 7 going 3-5 with 5 RBI's. His hits were a single, double that clean all the ducks on the pond (3), and a 2 run homer in the 8th. Youkilis was also 3-5 in the game and that was an important part of the game to get out front. Getting out front didn't happen until a 6 run 8th that broke it wide open.

In this game their was a key play where Kenny Lofton was held up at third on a ball that was fair down the third base line and then took a Fenway bounce off the wall in foul ground and into shallow left. The third base coach was waving Kenny home and that would have tied the game at 3, but instead he changed his mind and held him up. the Red Sox got out of the inning on a double play ball from Casey Blake.

Here is a look at the bottom of the 8th where all the damage was done:

Bottom 8th: Boston
- M. Ramirez popped out to second
- M. Lowell doubled to center
- J.D. Drew singled to center, M. Lowell scored
- J. Varitek ground rule double to left, J.D. Drew to third
- J. Ellsbury intentionally walked
- J. Lugo struck out swinging
- D. Pedroia doubled to center, J. Varitek, J.D. Drew and J. Ellsbury scored
- J. Lewis relieved R. Betancourt
- K. Youkilis homered to deep left, D. Pedroia scored
- D. Ortiz struck out swinging
6 runs, 5 hits, 0 errors
Cleveland 2, Boston 11


Jake Westbrook was good through the 6, and was with the assistance of the Red Sox and double play balls in the 1st, 2nd, and 4th innings to get the Indians out of trouble. This game was a close game up till the 7th inning, despite the score being 11-2. Momentum was swaying back in forth in this game and it was anybody's contest up in the first 6 innings.

The Red Sox will host the Colorado Rockies on Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

Josh Beckett who was available tonight to go 2 innings if needed was awarded the ALCS M.V.P.

For the full box score, Click Here.

Who knew? I guess J.D Drew knew...

He said that he was going up there and looking for something to hit up the middle. He found it and J.D Drew hit a rope to center field that made it over the wall in deep center for a grand slam and a 4-0 lead for the Red Sox. Fausto Carmona, the Indians pitchers didn't have it at all. He walked 4 and couldn't get out of the 2nd inning. Before Carmona left he had given up 7 earned runs and it was out of reach at that point.

One of the points that I made on our show yesterday was that the Red Sox had to get production out of the 7,8,9 hitters and also Pedroia to make it work in game 6. That bottom 3rd of the order was 4-13 with 2 walks and 6 RBI's. In the top 2 spots the Red Sox had Dustin Pedroia and Kevin Youkilis both contributing a combined 5-8 with 2 walks and 1 RBI. Manny and Ortiz were quite for the Sox and with the help of the bottom 3rd and the top 2 in the line-up, the Sox force Game 7 tonight @ Fenway.

Cleveland will have Game 3 starter Jake Westbrook on the hill going against Dice K for the Red Sox.

I wanted to mention and I don't know if anyone that watched the game felt the same way, but did you think that Victor Martinez was trotting around the bases at warp speed? I felt that was the start of what was going to be a bench clearing situation later on. During the early innings, Eric Wedge didn't like the calls from behind the plate and with that in the air and the Martinez (Manny like) trot, I figured that was on the horizon.

It was great to see Schilling stay composed in the 3rd inning where things almost got away from him, and the solo shot and trot wasn't a factor in the 2nd for him. Sox win 12-2.

Tonight, Game 7 @ Fenway on Fox at 8:07 EST

Who will take on the Rockies?

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Favorite players from the past to present..

Who are they? That is the question to be answered.

As I mentioned on the Today in Sports weekly podcast on talkshoe.com, I am looking for your input on who you think is the best players in their respective sports (past and present). I have included the following sports to cover:

Baseball
Football
Hockey
Basketball
Golf

Your answers will be read on the next show on Tuesday night at 10 pm EST on Today's Sports Beat...

Please leave your first name and location (where you live), what your favorite team is and your answers in the comments.

Thanks and don't forget my pick of the week is Chicago to cover (+6) against the Eagles.

Don't forget to listen to episode 1 where I give my opinions on sports new, trades, and teams.