9/28/13

No more one post a day!

     I've been doing one post every day on Cardboard Sports Blog for almost four months. I have now decided to switch to 1-3 longer posts per week. Thanks for reading, and I hope you continue to do so!

9/27/13

Niners take down Rams

     The 49ers beat the Rams 35-11 yesterday. Colin Kaepernick threw two touchdowns in the victory. Sam Bradford did not look good at all, going just 19 for 41 for 202 yards, a touchdown, and an interception. The 49ers are now 2-2 while the Rams are stuck at 1 win so far in 2013.

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9/26/13

Benches clear in Atlanta


     The benches cleared in yesterday's Braves - Brewers game after Carlos Gomez stood and watched his home run go out. As he was rounding the bases he was barked at and before he reached home plate he was stopped by catcher Brian McCann. The benches soon cleared and a few punches were thrown. Gomez, Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, and Braves' catcher Gerald Laird were ejected. The Brewers won the game 4-0.

9/25/13

Indians hang on thanks to Giambi

    

     42-year-old Jason Giambi is hoping for one last run into the playoffs. Yesterday he kept that hope alive with a titanic walk off shot to keep the Cleveland Indians one game ahead of the Texas Rangers for the American League's second wild card spot. Not bad for an old guy.

9/24/13

Peyton Manning is the new Tom Brady




     Peyton Manning is the new Brady. Literally. He passed Tom Brady on Monday for the most touchdowns passes in the first three games of the season. Manning now has 12 touchdowns and no interceptions to go along with 1,143 passing yards. This puts Manning on track to throw for over 6,000 yards with 64 touchdowns this season. Now we all know he probably isn't going to do that, but he has a significant chance to break Tom Brady's 50 touchdown record (he's the new Brady, remember?).

     Now to get back to Tom Brady. The Patriots are 3-0, so why all the fuss about him? Well his passer rating is a pedestrian 79.4 so far this season and he has been held to just 698 passing yards. You can say that his receivers aren't the same this season, and they aren't. But aside from Reggie Wayne, Peyton Manning never really had the receivers that Brady has had throughout his career.

     Tom Brady had (and has) the privilege of throwing his touchdowns to guys like Randy Moss, Wes Welker (meh he is on the Broncos now, but he is past his prime), Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez, and even old Troy Brown.

     Tom Brady is quite overrated, and when you start to take away the stars around him, it's quite obvious. The Patriots without Tom Brady for a season went 10-6. The Colts without Manning went 2-14. The most underrated quarterback of the past decade is Donovan McNabb, who had tons of talent but never any talent around him (aside from Terrell Owens in 2004, in which the Eagles made it to the Super Bowl).

     Bottom line: give McNabb or Manning receivers like that and a 15-1 or 16-0 season is likely.

9/23/13

NFL Sunday Week 3 Recap

     This NFL Sunday of Week 3 had some crushing victories. The Ravens held Arian Foster to just 54 yards on 12 carries in their 30-9 rout over the Texans. The Indianapolis Colts smashed the San Francisco 49ers 27-7 (I told you Colin Kaepernick was overrated).

Interesting stat-lines for Week 3 so far:

    NFL.com
  • Colin Kaepernick was held to just 150 passing yards and an interception. His quarterback rating for 2013 so far: 72.5
  • Robert Griffin III looked solid against the Lions (32 for 50, 326 yards, INT), but the Redskins could not pull of the win.
  • Cam Newton threw for 223 yards, with 3 touchdowns and an INT. The Panthers beat the Giants, 38 to zip. The 2012 Super Bowl Champs are 0-3.

9/22/13

Tech Canoe

     Hey guys, wanted to let you know I made a new blog for tech and electronics called Tech Canoe. I made it a few weeks ago and just now started to post. Tech Canoe will have 2-3 posts per week and each post will be top-notch. I plan on making Tech Canoe the best place to go for tech news, reviews, and guides.


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9/21/13

Boston Red Sox are AL East Division Champions once again


     The Boston Red Sox have clinched the American League East division title. It is the first time they have won the division since 2007 when they won the World Series. Koji Uehara picked up the save in the 6-3 win over the Toronto Blue Jays.

     The Red Sox this season have been powered by their offense. They had four players in yesterday's clincher who were batting .300 or better. The Bo' Sox lead the Majors in runs, OPS, walks, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, doubles, and total bases. 

9/20/13

Chiefs stomp on Eagles in Reid's return to Philly


     The Kansas City Chiefs crushed the Philadelphia Eagles 26-16, forcing 5 turnovers and keeping Chip Kelly's offense an afterthought. Donnie Avery caught 7 passes for 141 yards and Jamaal Charles ran for 92 in the Chiefs win.

     LeSean McCoy was the only bright spot in the Eagles' loss. He rushed for 158 yards on just 20 carries with a touchdown. He is the league's leading rusher as of last Sunday, and looks to be for this week as well.



  • Andy Reid returned to Philadelphia as the head coach of the Chiefs, he won 140 games as the Eagles head coach.
  • The Eagles officially retired Donovan McNabb's #5 jersey in a halftime ceremony. 

9/19/13

Hunter Pence is tearing it up this season

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     Giants outfielder Hunter Pence has always been able to tear the cover off of a baseball. Now he has the stats to prove it. Anyways, I was checking out stats on MLB.com and I noticed that Pence is second in the National League in total bases with 294. I mean I knew he was good, but now he's almost at MVP level. Pence is tied with Paul Goldschmidt for the most total bases in the past seven days, and has 5 home runs in that span.

     Pence is just two total bases behind Andrew McCutchen since the All Star break among National Leaguers. He has the most RBI since the All Star break as well in the NL, with 45. He is definately a Top 5 MVP candidate.

9/18/13

Eagles' stats have disappeared from NFL.com


     The Philadelphia Eagles are gone from NFL.com today. I checked the game page to see the preview, and realized all the Eagles' players' stats are gone. I checked the NFL.com stats lists and all Eagles players appear to be gone. As far as I know, all of the other teams are still in the NFL, and the Eagles still exist, right?

     Maybe Andy Reid doesn't have to face his old team yet.

9/17/13

MLB Power Rankings - September 17th

  1. Boston Red Sox
  2. Los Angeles Dodgers
  3. Atlanta Braves
  4. Detroit Tigers
  5. Oakland Athletics
  6. Pittsburgh Pirates
  7. St. Louis Cardinals
  8. Texas Rangers
  9. Tampa Bay Rays 
  10. Cincinnati Reds
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9/16/13

NFL Sunday Week 2 Recap


     The second Sunday in this 2013 NFL season is now complete. There were a lot of tight games. The Vikings almost beat the Bears. The Chargers scraped past the Eagles. New England (once again) barely took down their opponent in New York. Peyton Manning took down younger brother Eli in Manning Bowl III.


NFL.com     Here are my interesting stat-lines for Week 2 so far:
  • Colin Kaepernick had just 127 passing yards and 3 interceptions in San Francisco's 29-3 loss to Seattle (maybe overrated?)
  • Eli Manning threw for 362 yards and a touchdown, but had 4 interceptions in the Giants loss to Denver.
  • Michael Vick threw for 428 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 23 yards and a touchdown, yet the Eagles lost San Diego by a field goal.

9/15/13

Is Max Scherzer a lock for the Cy Young award?


     That blurry picture of Scherzer doesn't seem to help his chances at all, but his 19 wins sure does. Scherzer is second in strikeouts, first in wins, first in WHIP, and sixth in ERA among American League starters. Judging by these stats alone, Scherzer is on his way to his first Cy Young award.



9/14/13

Chris Davis belts 50th home run



     Chris Davis hit his 50th home run of the season, tying Brady Anderson for the most in Orioles history. Davis is now tied for 37th on the all time single season home run list. I guess pitchers still haven't learned: don't give anything good to Chris Davis.

In other news:
  • The Washington Nationals beat the Phillies for their seventh straight win as they try to make one last push for the playoffs.
  • Jarrod Saltalamacchia belted a go-ahead grand slam in the Red Sox' 8-4 victory over the Yankees.




9/13/13

Alfonso Soriano makes a nice play, robbing Manny Machado of a solo shot


     Alfonso Soriano has been knocking balls out of the park for a long time. When he returned to the Yankees this season he hit quite a few. This time Soriano felt like taking away a home run. He robbed the Orioles' phenom Manny Machado of a solo home run in the eighth inning. The New York Yankees ended up winning 6-5. That means Soriano's nice play could have been a game saver.

9/12/13

Jose Fernandez hits first career home run, Fish scuffle with Braves


     The Braves and Marlins had a little brawl last night. From MLB.com this is what happened: "Brian McCann, Chris Johnson and Jose Fernandez exchange words, and benches clear after Fernandez gazes at his first career home run."

     From what I saw, it looked like Chris Johnson said something to Fernandez, and Fernandez got him back.

9/11/13

If the season ended today - postseason picture


     If the 2013 MLB season ended today, this is what the postseason picture would look like. The match-ups are looking pretty good so far. How about the Dodgers versus the Cardinals? 

     Anyways, today is 9/11. So go USA!

9/10/13

Chip Kelly and the Eagles sharp in victory over Redskins


     The Philadelphia Eagles new 2013 Chip Kelly offense might end up putting them in the playoffs. The Eagles defeated the division champion Redskins 33-27. In the first half the Eagles ran 53 offensive plays and scored 26 points. The score could have been 40 to 20, but the officials did not make a very good call on the Eagles' first drive. Michael Vick made a pass that was knocked down and picked up by the Redskins. It was ruled a lateral pass.

   

     LeSean 'Shady' McCoy and DeSean Jackson combined for 293 all purpose yards and a couple of touchdowns in the win.

9/9/13

NFL Sunday Week 1 Recap


     The first Sunday in this 2013 NFL season is complete. There were a lot of surprises, to me at least. The Falcons lost to the Saints. The Jets beat the Bucs. New England barely took down Buffalo.


NFL.com     Here are my interesting stat-lines for Week 1 so far:

  • Blaine Gabbert got shut down, going just 16 for 35 with only 121 passing yards and no touchdowns and a couple of interceptions.
  • Eli Manning threw for 450 yards and 4 touchdowns, but had 3 interceptions in the Giants loss to Dallas.
  • Cam Newton had just 125 passing yards in his season debut against Seattle. Russell Wilson looked sharp.


9/8/13

Asdrubal Cabrera highlights again with nice Double Play



     Asdrubal Cabrera made a nice play on a ball flipped high by Jason Kipnis to turn a double play. Cleveland ended up winning the game 9-4.

In other news

  • Matt Wieters, Todd Frazier, and Freddy Galvis walked off for their teams.
  • Adam Wainwright shut down the Pirates, allowing only two hits and no runs through seven innings while striking out eight.
  • The Red Sox beat the Yankees 13-9, slugging four home runs. The Red Sox have scored 54 runs in their past four games, an average of 13.5 runs per game.

9/7/13

Yusmeiro Petit almost perfect



     Yusmeiro Petit of the San Francisco Giants almost through a perfect game versus the Diamondbacks. He settled for a one hit shutout. Eric Chavez hit a two out single in the ninth inning to break up the perfecto. As disappointing as it is, Petit now knows that he has what it takes to shut down hitters for nine innings. The 28-year-old struck out seven in the game and has a 2.05 ERA this season. 72% of his pitches were strikes by the way. Not bad.

9/6/13

Broncos, Manning, stomp Ravens


     


     Peyton Manning tied the NFL record for touchdown passes with 7. He threw no interceptions and had a 462 passing yards in the 49-27 victory over Baltimore. Wes Welker caught two touchdowns.

     Say what you want about Denver's weak schedule. Crushing the defending Super Bowl champions this easily can't be ignored. Peyton Manning may finally get to be the real Peyton Manning again.

9/5/13

MLB Power Rankings - September 5th

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers
  2. Boston Red Sox
  3. Detroit Tigers
  4. Atlanta Braves
  5. Pittsburgh Pirates
  6. St. Louis Cardinals
  7. Oakland Athletics
  8. Texas Rangers
  9. Tampa Bay Rays 
  10. Cincinnati Reds
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     After a crushing 20-4 victory over Detroit, the Red Sox move up to number two in this week's Power Rankings. The Dodgers are rolling as well and are the best team in baseball today.

   

9/4/13

Billy Hamilton gets first Major League stolen base


     The Reds' number one prospect Billy Hamilton now has his first Major League steal under his belt. The 22-year-old switch hitting center fielder recorded 155 stolen bases in his 2012 Minor League season, a professional record. Hamilton came into the game in the 7th inning to pinch run for Ryan Ludwick, and later scored the game's winning run.

9/3/13

Never a bad time to do Push Ups, right?

Austin Jackson

     MLB.com always makes the best baseball GIFs, and this one is no exception. After successfully stealing second and falling over the bag, Austin Jackson decided he might as well to some push ups before he got back up.

9/2/13

Todd Helton doubles for hit number 2500


     In his 17th major league season, at age 40, Todd Helton has reached 2,500 hits. Helton is a possible Hall of Famer who would be a lock if he his numbers weren't from Coors Field. Helton was also robbed of the 2,000 National League MVP and possibly the 1998 Rookie of the Year.

9/1/13

Michael Young traded to Dodgers


     Former Phillies corner infielder Michael Young is now a Dodger. The Phillies acquired lefty Rob Rasmussen in the trade, who is in AA. Young has a 1.155 OPS in his last seven games and has been solid at the plate this season, but had a hefty price-tag and was a defensive liability.