Sunday, October 26, 2014

2014 MHSAA High School Football Playoff Pairings

Here are the playoff pairings from MHSAA.com. Okemos travels to play Flint Carmen-Ainsworth.
2014 Pairings
R = Region
D = District
All Games Times Will Be Announced Monday October 26.

Games will be played Friday October 31 or Saturday November 1.

Division 1
R1-D1: Traverse City West (5-4) 62.111 at Rockford (7-2) 93.889
R1-D1: Hudsonville (5-4) 62.778 at Holland West Ottawa (5-4) 68.000

R1-D2: Grandville (5-4) 65.000 at East Kentwood (8-1) 97.333
R1-D2: Grand Ledge (6-3) 67.667 at Hartland (7-2) 88.222

R2-D1: Oxford (6-3) 73.444 at Clarkston (9-0) 117.333
R2-D1: Romeo (6-3) 73.556 at Lapeer HS (9-0) 105.778

R2-D2: Livonia Stevenson (6-3) 72.000 at West Bloomfield (8-1) 100.444
R2-D2: Waterford Mott (6-3) 80.000 at Walled Lake Central (7-2) 92.000

R3-D1: Northville (6-3) 72.222 at Canton (7-2) 93.000
R3-D1: Plymouth (7-2) 84.889 at Livonia Churchill (7-2) 88.333

R3-D2: Westland John Glenn (6-3) 69.556 at Saline (8-1) 95.381
R3-D2: Dearborn (6-3) 75.333 at Monroe (6-3) 75.444

R4-D1: Utica Eisenhower (5-4) 71.556 at Macomb Dakota (7-2) 91.333
R4-D1: Clinton Township Chippewa Valley (6-3) 74.667 at Sterling Heights Stevenson (7-2) 89.778

R4-D2: Fraser (6-3) 64.778 at Dearborn Fordson (9-0) 116.000
R4-D2: Warren Mott (5-4) 66.333 at Detroit Cass Tech (9-0) 114.667

Division 2
R1-D1: Traverse City Central (6-3) 74.778 at Midland Dow (9-0) 104.889
R1-D1: Caledonia (7-2) 94.222 at Mona Shores (8-1) 104.667

R1-D2: Mattawan (6-3) 69.500 at Battle Creek Lakeview (7-1) 95.444
R1-D2: Portage Northern (6-3) 70.972 at Portage Central (7-1) 91.778

R2-D1: Lansing Everett (6-3) 68.889 at Flushing (7-2) 85.667
R2-D1: Okemos (6-3) 71.222 at Flint Carman-Ainsworth (7-2) 83.222

R2-D2: Farmington Hills Harrison (7-2) 87.778 at Fenton (9-0) 112.889
R2-D2: South Lyon (8-1) 99.889 at Walled Lake Western (8-1) 101.889

R3-D1: Southfield (6-3) 74.111 at Detroit Martin Luther King (8-1) 101.444
R3-D1: Farmington (7-2) 85.000 at Oak Park (7-2) 87.667

R3-D2: Ypsilanti Community HS (6-3) 65.444 at Brownstown Woodhaven (9-0) 110.222
R3-D2: Ypsilanti Lincoln (6-3) 68.778 at Wyandotte Roosevelt (7-2) 80.778

R4-D1: Warren Cousino (5-4) 62.667 at Birmingham Brother Rice (9-0) 115.556
R4-D1: Berkley (6-3) 67.667 at Birmingham Groves (6-3) 69.444

R4-D2: Detroit East English (6-3) 66.778 at Port Huron (7-2) 84.000
R4-D2: Warren DeLaSalle (6-3) 66.889 at Grosse Pointe North (6-3) 72.667

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Some Soccer Thoughts On This Chilly October Day

Arsenal GK Emiliano Damian Martinez make a save while training in
Belgium for Wednesday's fixture against Anderlecht

Who is this guy?

Yes, an injury-plagued Arsenal squad turns to 3rd string goalkeeper Emiliano (now goes by Damian) Martinez for their Wednesday tilt against the Belgian side Anderlecht. Wojciech Szczesny was sent off against Galatasaray and it was announced today that backup David Ospina is out for another two to three months with a thigh problem that developed this summer. 17-year-old Ryan Huddart will slot in as the backup goalkeeper. All I will say is expect him to probably give up a goal to the Jupiler League leaders. The Gunners defense is mangled, but I expect a comfy 3-1 win.
Projected Starting XIs and Injuries from WhoScored.com:



The emptiness caused a bit of a surreal scene at today's UCL
 Game. 600 fans where still able to get in... (AP)

No Fan Zone

UEFA ordered CSKA Moscow to not admit fans to Tuesday's Man City game due to extremely racist behavoir at prior matches. Of course, about 600 fans made it in anyway and CSKA got an awful penalty call in the 86' and tied it on the PK. And Bayern Munich played AS Roma and what was supposeto be a close match, but Roma was crushed like a grape in the 7-1 loss. Arjen Robben scored twice in a majesterial win for FC Bayern. It was an overall outburst of goals on this match day ~ a Champions League record of 40.
Full Matchday Highlights are available from Fox Sports: http://www.foxsports.com/soccer/video?vid=345943619966

Friday, August 15, 2014

Tigers Talk: Sure as Scherzer

14 K for Max Scherzer yesterday! All is good for Detroit! We're going undefeated in the playoffs! (Thus concludes this overreaction.)
The Tigers are on a two game winning streak after losing 7 of 9 on the road trip, and I'm going to the Mariners game tonight!!

Tigers of the Week

Nick Castellanos is one of the Tigers of the Week by a wide margin. His wRC+ of 284 was 81 points higher than the next Tigers hitter. He hit .450 with 7 RBI and 2 home runs in the last week. Casty has slightly under-performed expectations this year and his -10.2 Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR) ranks third-worst among the 25 major league third basemen. That is still an improvement over Cabrera though...
Max Scherzer is the other TOTW. Scherzer had two starts, pitching 16 innings, giving up only one run, and striking out 25 batters. He ranks quite a bit behind Felix Hernandez and only .2 ahead of Corey Kluber for second in the Cy Young Predictor.

"Tiger"(s) of the Week

Joe "Papa Frita" Nathan and Phil Coke combined stats this year: 88 IP, 4.81 ERA, 25/31 SV, 5-5, 79 K

Looking Ahead

The Tigers battle the Mariners (65-55) at home for the second wild card before heading down to St. Petersberg, FL to take on the Devil Rays (60-61).
  • 8-15 vs. Mariners 7:08p (FSD, MLBN-alt) I'll be at the game!!!
  • 8-16 vs. Mariners 7:08p (FSD)
  • 8-17 vs. Mariners 1:08p (FSD, TBS)
    • TBS commentators: Ernie Johnson (PxP), Ron Darling (Analyst)
  • 8-19 at Devil Rays 7:10p (FSD)
  • 8-20 at Devil Rays 7:10p (FSD)
  • 8-21 at Devil Rays 1:10p (FSD, MLBN-alt)

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Why should Americans watch soccer?

Millions of American kids play organized soccer every year. But will Dad watch it? Will your Great Aunt Suzy watch it? People who grew watching their favorite baseball, football, or basketball team refuse to enjoy soccer because it will eat away their sports popularity. Well, we already have four big televised sports and NASCAR, and the population is only growing. I believe the following people and events are key to increasing soccer interest and recruiting other fans:
  • People age 34 and under
  • Hockey fans ~ It's kind of the same concept
  • The soccer players and teams themselves ~ Do more community work, partner with other sports teams in the same city, etc.
  • STOP FLOPPING SO MUCH! ~ Lots of people hate the NBA because of this, but in soccer it's even worse
  • Bring the top international club teams to the US
    • ICC
    • Friendlies
    • 2022 World Cup
  • Recruit more of the top international players into Major League Soccer
    • People don't want to get up for a 7am EPL game on a Saturday
    • People want to root for an American club team, but the quality of MLS play isn't on par with the English Premier League, German Bundesliga, Primera Division, etc.
So you want to become a soccer fan? Their are books like Soccer for Dummies that explain it well. You need to learn the different "tactical" formations (the starting lineup), the different leagues, why teams play a "friendly", other tournaments besides the World Cup. Offside makes more sense then you think!

I plan on following Arsenal in the English Premier League this fall because they have German players such as Ozil, Podolski, and Mertesacker. 

Interested in watching some games now? The World Cup runs through July 14, and you can watch the MLS this summer. Here is a rundown of game you should be able to watch on a basic cable or satellite package.
Rebecca Lowe
  • 2014 Men's FIFA World Cup on ESPN/2/ABC ~ This is obviously the most exciting time when the top countries in the world meet up every for years. The announcers are great (Ian Darke) and most are British (Ian Darke), and you can catch it in Spanish on Univision. Go Go USA! Thru July 14
  • Major League Soccer (USA + Toronto) on ESPN2/NBCSN/ABC ~ Most diehard soccer fans believe that the MLS is much lower on the pyramid than the top European leagues. Sadly, this is true. Most top American players play overseas and international players usually arrive at the twilight (David Beckham, David Villa) of their careers. Their are some exceptions, such as US stars Clint Dempsey and Michael Bradley. Watch it if you please, but this on not the top level. The MLS All-Stars will probably be thumped by Bayern Munich in the MLS All Star Game. March to October
  • English (Barclays) Premier League on NBCSN/NBC ~ This one of the "premier" leagues in the world and the title sponsor is currently Barclays. This is where Robin Van Persie, Wayne Rooney, and  play. NBCSN generally airs games 7a and 10/11a Saturdays and Sundays, with NBC airing a Noon game one of those days. Their are often a couple 3p games on NBC during the week. This is pretty much the best you can get, in soccer, and pn air talent. Go Arsenal! August to May
  • 2015 Women's, 2018 Men's, 2019 Women's, and 2022 Men's World Cup on Fox Sports 1/2/Fox ~ US women's team is still really good and will have a shot at winning 2015 (in Canada!). Who knows about the men's team. Qatar may not be ready for 2022 and the US could be hosting it. Fox is grooming Gus Johnson to be lead commentator. Gus is a great basketball and football announcer and he's from Detroit. His enthusiasm does not overshadow that his soccer commentary needs quite a bit of work. Most of Fox's other announcers are OK at best. Great soccer, but potential for  disastrous broadcast coveerage.
  • International Champions Cup on FS1/Fox ~ Top European teams such as Arsenal and Real Madrid play games across the United States. Liverpool and Real Madrid have a match at The Big House on August 7th. This is not a recurring event. Mid July to Late August 2014
  • Other Stuff on Basic Cable: CONCACAF Gold Cup (top North/Central Am. nat'l teams), CONCACAF Champions League (top N./Cen. Am. club teams), World Cup Qualifying, Friendlies (Games played between national and national or club and club teams)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Luis Suarez is a Psycho and Other Excitement From Match Day 13 of the 2014 World Cup

Yesterday was an interesting day at the World Cup. To begin we had the final games in Group D:
Giorgio Cheillini shows his bite marks from Luis Suarez / Reuters
Uruguay and Italy came into the day at three points a piece and Costa Rica with six. Italy has the superior goal differential so Uruguay had to win to advance. It was a defensive battle in the first two-thirds of the game, leaving fans craving for some more excitement. But in the 79th minute, it was the bite heard round the world. The notorious Uruguay striker Luis Suarez bit Italy defender Giorgio Cheillini in the shoulder. You could clearly see the bite mark!!! Even worse, he did it two times before, in a 2010 game with the Dutch side Ajax, and a 2013 game against Everton with Man U.  

Friday, May 30, 2014

Weekend Viewing Pick 5-31 and 6-1

Soccer:
Friendly: Mexico vs. Ecuador at AT&T (Cowboys) Stadium, Dallas 3p Saturday Univision/ESPNEWS
Friendly: U.S. vs. Nigeria at Red Bull Arena, Harrison, NJ 2p Sunday ESPN2/Univision
NBA:
ECF: Pacers (2w) vs. Heat (3w)
Game 6 at MIA Friday 8:30p ESPN
Game 7 (If nec.) at IND Sunday 8:30p ESPN
WCF: Spurs (3) vs. Thunder (2)
~Ibaka is back!
Game 6 at OKC Saturday 8:30p TNT
Game 7 (If nec.) at SAS Monday 9p TNT
NHL:
ECF: Rangers defeat Canadiens 3-2 to advance to Stanley Cup Finals
WCF: Kings lead Blackhawks 3-2
Game 6 at LAK Friday 9p NBCSN
Game 7 (if nec.) Sunday 8p NBCSN
MLB:
Detroit Tigers (30-20) at Seattle Mariners (26-27) Fri. and Sat. 10p, Sun. 4p on FSN Detroit
~The struggling Tigers try to take a road series against the resurgent Mariners who are managed by former Detroit hitting coach Lloyd McClendon.
Atlanta Braves (28-25) at Miami Marlins (28-25) Sat. 4p FS1
~Former Tiger Jacob Turner is starting for Miami. He is winless in his last 17 starts.
Tampa Bay Devil Rays (23-31) at Boston Red Sox (24-29) Sat 7p Fox
~Young pitcher Jake Odorizzi face the defending World Series champion Red Sox
Tennis:
French Open Saturday: 5am to Noon Tennis Channel, Noon to 3p NBC
Sunday: 5am to 1p Tennis Channel, 1-4p NBC
Boxing:
32-2 Carl Froch vs. 19-1 George Groves (IBF and WBA "Super World" Super Middleweight Title, LIVE) and 32-2 Nonito Donaire vs. 26-2 Simpiwe Vetyeka (WBA "Super World" Featherweight Title, Delayed) 4pm HBO

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Weekend Viewing Picks for 5-17 and 5-18-14

It's the weekend. Relax! Only a few more weeks of school! 
NHL Playoffs:
Game 1: New York Rangers at Montreal Canadians 1p Sunday NBCSN
~Looking for intelligent hockey analysis, click here: cbsprt.co/1gbQp4q or here: bit.ly/RJifK3 Canadians win in 6
NBA Playoffs:
Game 1 EC Semis: Miami Heat at Indiana Pacers 3:30p Sunday ABC
~Still not sold on Roy Hibbert, Lebron > George, Wade > Stephenson, Bosh > Hibbert, Chalmers > Hill, and West > Lewis/Cole
MLB:
Tigers at Boston Red Sox Saturday 7:10p FSD, Sunday 8:05p ESPN
~Two of the top AL teams in a ALCS rematch
KC Royals at Baltimore Orioles Saturday 7:10p MLB Network
~Danny Duffy (1.96 ERA, 1-3) is one of the good young pitchers in the Royals rotation, but he faces the Baltimore offense that features Manny Machado and Nelson Cruz. Bud Norris, Tiger plunker, pitches for the Orioles.  He was ejected in his last start after a hitting Torii Hunter.
Horse Racing:
The 139th Preakness Stakes 4:30p Saturday NBC
~It's the second leg of the Triple Crown! California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby, is the 3/5 favorite and Lorde is performing as part of InfieldFest from 4-5:15p.
College Softball:
Regional: Michigan at 9 Arizona State Sat. 6p ESPNU
~Michigan plays at 11p with loss, 5:30p Sun. if they beat ASU or win the late game.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Hump Day Blurbs: Tigers and sports playoffs news

The Detroit Tigers are on fire!

I wanna see ya, with KIA.
The Tigers have won six straight games and are 18-9 (through 5-5) which is the best record in the American League. Hunter, Kinsler and Martinez have led the way in the Tigers lineup. Hunter has been showing his pop and showing off his defensive prowess in right field. Phil Coke (9.39 ERA) needs to be banished to the KIA Tigers. The bullpen has been better, but I'm still pleased by the Joel Hanrahan signing. The former All-Star closer w/ Pittsburgh should pitch next month. He brings a power pitcher to the late innings and can jump in to the closer's role if Nathan struggles.UPDATE! SEVEN IN A ROW -- 11-4 Tigers beat the Astros Tuesday! Miggy 4-5, 4 RBI, HR ... Worth 2-3, 3 RBI ... Robbie Ray 5 1/3 IP, 5 H, 1 BB, 1 ER, 5 K ... Al-Al 1-2-3 8th inning w/ 2 K
CLICK BELOW FOR NBA AND NHL ANALYSIS

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Weekend Viewing picks 5.3 and 5.4 2014

MLB:
--Saturday--
Detroit Tigers @ KC Royals 7pm Fox Sports 1
--Sunday--
Detroit Tigers @ KC Royals 2pm Fox Sports Detroit
Cardinals@ Cubs 8pm ESPN
NBA:
--Saturday--
Game 7: Hawks @ Pacers 5:30pm TNT
Game 7: Grizzlies @ Thunder 8pm TNT
Game 7: Warriors @ Clippers 10:30pm TNT
--Sunday--
Game 7: Nets @ Raptors 1pm ABC
Game 7:  Mavs @ Spurs 3:30pm ABC

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Super Bowl Preview/Schedule: Broncos vs. Seahawks tonight at 6:25 on FOX

First the schedule:

  • 7a-5:30p: NFL GameDay (NFL Network)
  • 10a-2p: FOX Super Bowl Daily (Fox Sports 1), Sunday NFL Countdown (ESPN)
  • 10a-Noon: That Other Pregame Show (CBS Sports Network)
  • Noon-1p: Road to the Super Bowl (FOX)
  • 1p-2p: Football America (FOX)
  • 2p-6p: Super Bowl XLVII Pregame (FOX)
  • 6p-After 10p: Super Bowl XLVII -- Broncos-Seahawks (FOX)
  • Following the Super Bowl: New Girl (FOX), Brooklyn Nine-Nine (FOX)

Prediction: Broncos 31-26 Seahawks

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Michigan at Michigan State Game Preview

Michigan's Trey Burke, back, steals the ball from Michigan State Keith Appling, before making a breakaway basket for a two-point lead with less the twenty seconds as Michigan defeated Michigan State, 58-57, March 3, 2013. // Julian H. Gonzalez -- Detroit Free Press/MCT

Battle for the Big Ten: Wolverines at Spartans

Michigan (14-4, 6-0 B10, #19 ESPN, #21 AP, #25 Coaches)
at Michigan State (18-1, 7-0 B10, #3 AP, ESPN & Coaches)
Time: 7 PM at the Breslin Center
College Gameday: 6pm on ESPN 
TV: ESPN, WatchESPN.com (IT'S DICKIE V BABY!)
Home Radio: Spartan Sports Network (94.9/1240 Lansing, 760 Detroit)
Road Radio: Michigan IMG Sports Network (92.1 Lansing, 1050 Ann Arbor, 950 Detroit)
National Radio: Westwood One
Last 15 Meetings (MSU 9-6)

7 Reasons MSU Will Lose

  1. Appling is 2-4 against Michigan.
  2. No Payne or Dawson for State, the two starting big men
  3. Michigan is 7-0 in the Big Ten, with win at then #3 Wisconsin
  4. Alvin Ellis is an unproven freshman (11-26 FG, 7.5 MPG)
  5. Kenny Kaminski can't play defense
  6. Lack of bench depth
  7. Michigan is 4-1 against State on January 25th

How MSU Could Win

  1. Kaminski hits 3-5 three pointers
  2. Ellis and Byrd hit some shots
  3. Harris and Appling combine for 37+ points)
  4. Kaminski and Schilling play well on defense

MSU Starting 5

  1. Guard -- Gary Harris 18.3 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 2.8 APG, 38-114 3ptFG (.333), 3.4 SPG (last 3)
  2. Guard -- Keith Appling 15.6 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 4.6 APG, 29-68 3ptFG (.426)
  3. Guard -- Denzel Valentine 7.6 PPG, 6.0 RPG, 3.9 APG, 16-53 3ptFG (.302)
  4. Guard -- Alvin Ellis (11-26 FG) OR Forward -- Kenny Kaminski (17-31 3ptFG)
  5. Forward--Matt Costello 3.5 PPG, 3.2 RPG, 0.7 APG, 1.7 BPG
  6. KEY SUBS: Travis Trice (G), Russell Byrd (G), Gavin Schilling (F), Alex Gauna (F)
  7. END OF THE BENCH: Trevor Bohnhoff (F), Keenan Wetzel (G), Dan Chapman (G), Colby Wollenman (F)
  8. OUT: Branden Dawson (G/F), Adrian Payne (F)

Michigan Starting 5

  1. Guard -- Nik Stauskas
  2. Guard -- Derrick Walton Jr.
  3. Guard -- Caris LeVert
  4. Forward -- Glenn Robinson III
  5. Forward -- Jordan Morgan
  6. KEY SUBS: Spike Albrecht (G), Zak Irvin (G), Jon Horford (F)
  7. END OF THE BENCH: Andrew Dakich (G), Cole McConnell (G), Sean Lonergan (F), Mark Donnal (F), Max Bielfeldt (F), Brad Anluaf (F)
  8. OUT: Mitch McGary (F)

My Prediction

MSU 68, Michigan 79

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Weekend Viewing Picks: 1/18/13-1/19/13

Ever miss that big game you wanted to watch? Or maybe you don't want to waste time looking through the TV Guide? I present the first MMS Sports Viewing Guide:
Bold = Undefeated

NCAAB:

--Saturday--
Noon- Tennessee  at #13 Kentucky (CBS) Andrew Catalon/Clark Kellogg
(Women's) Noon- Illinois at Michigan (BTN) Lisa Byington/Brenda VanLengen
2 PM- NC State at #23 Duke (CBS) Kevin Harlan/Bill Raftery
4 PM- #9 Oklahoma State at #15 Kansas (CBS) Ian Eagle/Greg Anthony
4 PM- #22 Pittsburgh at #2 Syracuse (ESPN) Dave O'Brien/Doris Burke
4 PM- Indiana State at #5 Wichita State (ESPN2) Rich Hollenberg/Mark Adams/Len Elmore
6 PM- Michigan at #3 Wisconsin (ESPN) Bob Wischisen/Dan Dakich
8 PM- #4 Michigan State at Illinois (BTN) Eric Collins/Jim Jackson
9 PM- #18 Louisville at Connecticut (ESPN) Dan Shulman/Dick Vitale//Shannon Spake
--Sunday--
1 PM- Minnesota at Iowa (BTN) Eric Collins/Shon Morris
(Women's) 5 PM- #16 Penn State at Michigan State (ESPN2) Brenda VanLengen/Carolyn Peck

NBA: 

--Saturday--
7 PM - Detroit Pistons at Washington Wizards (FS Detroit) George Blaha/Greg "Special K" Kelser
7 PM- Los Angeles Clippers at Indiana Pacers (NBATV) Chris Denari/Austin Croshere/Quinn Buckner// Brooke Olzendam
8 PM- Philadelphia 76ers at Chicago Bulls (WGN) Neil Funk/Stacey King//Aggrey Smith
Red Wings:
Sat. 7 PM - LA Kings at the Joe (FS Detroit) Ken Daniels/Mickey Redmond

NFL Championship Sunday:

3 PM--New England Patriots at Denver Broncos (CBS) Jim Nantz/Phil Simms//Tracy Wolfson
6:30 PM: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks (FOX) Joe Buck/Troy Aikman//Pam Oliver//Erin Andrews

Boxing:

10:15 PM Saturday: Jean Pascal-Lucian Bute (NABF Light Heavyweight Title), Eleider Alvarez-Andrew Gardiner (Light Heavyweight), Mike Perez-Carlos Takam (Heavyweight) (HBO) Jim Lampley/Roy Jones Jr./Max Kellerman//Harold Lederman

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