Archive for February, 2012

Bracketology: February 28th, 2012

Posted in Bracketology on February 28, 2012 by sammywestside

Thru the games of Monday February 27th…

#1: Kentucky, Syracuse, Kansas, North Carolina

#2: Duke, Michigan State, Ohio State, Missouri

#3: Marquette, Baylor, Georgetown, Michigan

#4: Wisconsin, Indiana, Wichita State, Florida

#5: Louisville, UNLV, Temple, Murray State

#6: Florida State, Vanderbilt, Gonzaga, New Mexico

#7: Notre Dame, Creighton, Virginia, St. Mary’s

#8: San Diego State, Kansas State, Iowa State, Southern Miss

#9: Memphis, Saint Louis, California, Purdue

#10: Alabama, Harvard, Connecticut, Seton Hall

#11: BYU, Washington, West Virginia, Northwestern

#12: Colorado State, Texas, Miami FL, Xavier, Cincinnati, Mississippi State

#13: Oral Roberts, Iona, Middle Tennessee State, Long Beach State

#14: Akron, Belmont, Nevada, Drexel

#15: Bucknell, Valparaiso, Weber State, Davidson

#16: UNC Asheville, Texas-Arlington, Long Island, Stony Brook, Mississippi Valley State, Savannah State

Last Four In:

Mississippi State, Cincinnati, Xavier, Texas

Last Six Out:

Arizona, NC State, St. Joseph’s, VCU, USF, Dayton

By Conference:

Big East-9

Big Ten-7

Big 12-6

ACC-5

SEC-5

MWC-4

WCC-3

A10-3

CUSA-2

MVC-2

Pac 12- 2

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Jersey Sports Fan: “The Sky is the LINit”

Posted in Shout Out of the Week on February 22, 2012 by EAST SIDE RYNO

“He saved my life…he got MSG back on the television!”

Once again, thanks to Dave Mueller for letting me know about this guy.

I Know Sports is Awesome Right Now, But It’s Time to Talk 2012 Yankees

Posted in Yankees on February 20, 2012 by EAST SIDE RYNO

Newly Acquired Yankee Michael Pineda Arrived Early to Tampa

With the Giants winning the Super Bowl, Linsanity taking over the city and the Rangers staying on top of the Eastern Conference, New York has had plenty to cheer about these days. But what’s going to happen when this Big Apple sports honeymoon comes to an end? I guess we will have to move on to baseball. So while we continue to enjoy our recent success, let’s get ready for the 2012 Yankees season:

Ever since that terrible night in October when the Yanks were eliminated by the Tigers in Game 5 of the ALDS, I’ve wanted nothing more than the 2012 season to begin. This year, the Yankees will have some new faces on board but the core of the team will still be around. Brian Cashman overall has had a quiet, yet very productive offseason. The big noise this winter was the Jesus Montero – Michael Pineda trade. I understand Yankee fans have had mixed feelings about this. Montero looked like a blossoming star in the final month of the 2011 season and seemed to be on his way to having an outstanding career in pinstripes. But with this current Yankees team, where could Montero play in the field? He’s not good anywhere defensively. Plus with A-Rod’s health amd Jeter’s age, it wouldn’t be wise to have an everyday Designated Hitter.

I have full confidence in Michael Pineda, even though he hasn’t thrown a single pitch in a Yankee uniform. In Seattle, he was 9-10 with a 3.74 ERA. That’s not too shabby pitching in the American League while having no run support. He’s only 23 years old and has one of the best sliders in the league. According to the Daily News, Pineda felt a little overwhelmed yesterday when pitchers and catchers reported, but apparently Robbie Cano has taken him under his wing.

The big offensive news in the off-season came this morning when it was announced that the Yankees signed Raul Ibanez to a one-year deal. Raul will not be an everyday starter, but he will have plenty of at bats in the DH spot. He had a disappointing season in 2011 only hitting .245 but his power numbers have remained strong throughout his career. He’s now 40 years old, but his lefty power swing should work very well at home. If Ibanez stays healthy, look for 25-30 home runs from the guy. As for the rest of the offense, here are some quick notes:

– Let’s hope Jeter can start right where he left off the 2011 regular season (he hit .327 in the second half of ’11)

– Expect another MVP-like season from Granderson. The guy is right in the middle of his prime.

– Cano is my pick for the 2012 American League MVP

– Apparently A-Rod’s health is 100%, but who knows? Don’t expect huge numbers from him, but don’t expect an off-year either.

– At 31 years old, Teixeira is poised to have another explosive year

– I will be disappointed if Brett Gardner has less than 50 stolen bases

Let’s give the pitchers some time in Tampa before we discuss the staff. 44 days until we’re Rockin’ the Bronx…

Bracketology February 20th, 2012

Posted in Bracketology on February 20, 2012 by sammywestside

This past weekend was bracket busters and it provided a lot of answers to our questions about many mid majors. Murray State claimed the biggest win of the day by beating St. Mary’s. Murray State showed me and everyone else in America that are weren’t fading and were totally a legit team. St. Mary’s is a very good team and both teams are now very solid for at-large bids. Creighton beat Long Beach State in Omaha at the buzzer and both teams showed us how they can really score. Both teams will need to improve defensively but they are both going to be very tough outs in the NCAA Tournament. Wichita State once again showed us why they are perhaps the best of the mid major ranks by beating Davidson on the road. New Mexico beat up UNLV in Albuquerque in front of an electric crowd. The Lobo’s are now ahead in the MWC and are moving up seed lines with their impressive play beating San Diego State this week on the road as well.

The Big Ten had a good chance to get as many as nine bids this year but Minnesota and Illinois are both struggling mightily in conference. Northwestern beat the Gophers this weekend and are now back in despite their lack of impressive wins. The bubble is pretty weak right now and its possible some of these marginal in conference teams will make it in.

#1- Syracuse, Kentucky, Missouri, North Carolina

#2- Duke, Kansas, Michigan Sttae, Ohio State

#3- Georgetown, Marquette, Michigan, Baylor

#4- Indiana, Wichita State, Florida, Florida State

#5- UNLV, Louisville, Temple, Wisconsin

#6- Murray State, New Mexico, Creighton, Vanderbilt

#7- Gonzaga, Virginia, St. Mary’s, Notre Dame

#8- San Diego State, Southern Mississippi, St. Louis, California

#9- Kansas State, Iowa State, West Virginia, Harvard

#10- Connecticut, Purdue, Alabama, BYU

#11- Memphis, Mississippi State, Seton Hall, Texas

#12- Miami FL, Xavier, Northwestern, NC State, Colorado State, Washington

#13- Oral Roberts, Iona, Middle Tennessee State, Long Beach State

#14- Drexel, Akron, Davidson, Nevada

#15- Weber State, Cleveland State, Bucknell, Belmont

#16- Vermont, UNC Asheville, Mississippi State State, Norfolk State, Texas-Arlington, Long Island

Last Four In:

Northwestern, NC State, Colorado State, Northwestern

Last Eight Out:

Arizona, South Florida, Cincinnati, Mississippi, St. Joseph’s, Illinois, Minnesota, Wyoming

By Conference:

Big East-8

Big 10-7

ACC-6

Big 12-6

SEC-5

MWC-4

A10-3

WCC-3

MVC-2

CUSA-2

The Return of Basketball to the CIty

Posted in Knicks on February 19, 2012 by Matthew Werblin


Over the last two weeks, I have seen something that my eyes have never before witnessed in my life.  The Knicks are officially are the talk of the town.  Yes, Linsanity was the spark that allowed for this mediocre season to be turned into a linsational one.  But what is even more impressive is how this team is growing stronger as a group rather than a single player.  The knicks roster is stacked, with its two perennial all stars in Stat and Melo leading the group.  Then followed by Chandler, Lin, Fields, Shumpert, and even Jerod Jefferies.  The depth on this roster continues as it does  stop there.  There is a sharpshooter in Novak and possible  a strong backup if  Baron Davis if he manages to stay healthy.  Last of all, we have the newest addition to the Knicks in J.R. Smith an all around “baller”.  From a team that had little to no depth in the two weeks Linsanity has taken overall the whole dynamic of this team has changed.  Now fans find themselves talking about how we can manage to get everyone on the court.  This leads us to our next problem

Coach Mike D’Antoni finally has no excuses.  He has a strong roster and finally can implement his style in to the team.  Everyone in New York for the most part wants nothing to do with the coach.  I for one, have always liked him at the helm.  I think is offensive strategy will become a major game changer come postseason.  The question that must be answers is if Coach D  has the time to earn a contract extension.  From what it looks like the players are buying into his system.  If the knicks do make a strong postseason run, I strongly believe he should comeback.  The man coached here the last 3 years with 75 different players.  Finally, he has his pieces now, its time to judge the coach.  Forget the past and live in the now.  This team has something brewing.

In a city where the Giants just won the Superbowl and the Rangers are dominating the east, I have not seen so much attention garnered  to the knicks as this.  The Giants superbowl win feels like years ago and the Rangers won’t receive the attention they deserve until the playoffs.  What the last two weeks has shown me as a New York fan is how much of a basketball city New York is.  At the end of the day, everyone in New York loves having a basketball team to finally be proud of.  I will say with all this Linsanity and the Knicks being at the center of the basketball world this could not come at a worse time for The New Jersey Nets soon to be Brooklyn Nets.  Their credibility and even more so any chance at gaining fans has been lost.  The Mecca of Basketball has reestablished itself at the perfect time.  Chances are not many current New Yorkers or Brooklynites will become Nets Fan.  When all the dust settles we will see that no matter what happens as long as the Knicks are hot the City can’t get enough of it.   That is how we know the Knicks have returned.  A  franchise that has been dormant the last decade in a matter of two weeks has become the most popular and hottest item in the city that never sleeps.

Bracketology: February 14th, 2012

Posted in Bracketology on February 14, 2012 by sammywestside

It’s been a while since I got a copy of the Bracketology up. The tournament field is starting to separate from the pack and the bubble is actually much smaller than I expected at this point. The only real confusing thing to deal with is some teams with some very different results in their non-conference and conference schedules. The RPI’s of teams like Seton Hall, Cincinnati, and Washington are not very representative of their resume’s and have had incredibly inconsistent seasons. In the end I decided to keep some teams in but they are on very thin ice. Here are the seed lines for now and check back soon for an update.

#1- Kentucky, Syracuse, Ohio State, UNC

#2- Missouri, Baylor, Kansas, Duke

#3- Michigan State, Georgetown, Florida, Marquette

#4- UNLV, Florida State, Wisconsin, St. Mary’s

#5- Michigan, Indiana, Louisville, Creighton

#6- Murray State, San Diego State, Virginia, Wichita State

#7- Vanderbilt, Temple, Mississippi State, West Virginia

#8- Southern Miss, Gonzaga, Connecticut, Alabama

#9- Illinois, Kansas State, Memphis, Iowa State

#10- Notre Dame, Harvard, St. Louis, New Mexico

#11- California, Purdue, Minnesota, BYU

#12- Miami FL, Washington, NC State, Colorado State, Xavier, Seton Hall

#13- Iona, Oral Roberts, Long Beach State, Middle Tennessee State

#14- Davidson, Akron, Cleveland State, Nevada

#15- Weber State, Bucknell, VCU, Belmont

#16- Mississippi Valley State, Vermont, Norfolk State, Texas-Arlington, UNC-Asheville, Long Island

Last Four In-

Washington, Xavier, Seton Hall, Colorado State

Last Six Out-

Northwestern, Texas, Cincinnati, Arkansas, Arizona, Dayton

By Conference-

Big East-8

Big Ten-8

ACC-6

SEC-5

Big 12-5

MWC- 4

A10-3

WAC-3

Pac 12-2

MVC-2

CUSA-2

LIN-SANITY

Posted in Knicks on February 11, 2012 by Matthew Werblin

The past week has been a roller coaster of emotions for New York sports fans.  From the Giants winning the super bowl to the emergence of Jeremy Lin this has been one of the most remarkable and unforgettable sports week in my life.  When he was inserted into the starting line up a week ago and blew up I thought it was just a fluke.  Three games later and a defining win over Kobe and the Lakers those thoughts have been turned into a reality.

If Jeremy continues this then the Knicks are going to be an extremely dangerous team for the rest of this year.   As of now though Lin has brought the excitment and hype to this team that has been MIA for most of the year.  Leave it too a undrafted point guard to be the hero and glue for a franchise.  The last time the Knicks had such a profound undrafted fan favorite was John Starks.  We all know what happened when he was a Knick.

The one thing I do know is that last week has been the most exciting time to watch the Knicks this whole season.  To See a nobody keep spinning and winning while posting and toasting four games in a row is crazy.  Hopefully the Knicks can take a page from the giants book and start something now.  If so the spring of ’12 could be eerily similar to the spring of ’94.