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Williams-Amherst… Serious Football, C’s Win

Posted by Brad on November 10, 2007

ESPN’s College Gameday is going to be in Willamstown, MA tomorrow morning. And I KNOW most of you are saying “who the heck plays there?” (c’mon admit it). And without looking at the title of this post, you’d probably have no idea at all. Well you have a 50-50 chance with the title (unless you are a serious idiot)… any thoughts? Well, it is Williams College, and they are going up against Amherst College tomorrow in one of the better college football rivalries. No, that is not a misprint.

Okay, so maybe you need a little background information. Both of these schools are Division Three (yes, that is the lowest college division) with total enrollment between the two of them around 3,200.   Yes, you read that correctly.  The enrollment at BC alone is 9,081 (for undergrads.)  The capacity of Weston stadium?  A solid 10,000 (I’m impressed)  But, of course, this is not the point, the point IS the football (oh, and why the HECK ESPN is there).

This marks the 122nd meeting between these two teams, the longest in Division III football and one of the longest overall.  Known as the “biggest little game in America” this is the biggest day of the year for Williams/Amherst fans.  Not only this, but also for the seniors.  This is always the last regular season game of the year for both of the teams, and this year is extra special as both teams records aren’t so great (Williams- 5-2, Amherst- 4-3), so this will likely be the last game of the seniors careers, even as D-1 isn’t even thinking championship ’till January.

And of course, there is “The Walk”.  Following a homecoming victory, Williams will march up Spring Street in full uniform to St. Pierre’s Barber Shop, where the team celebrates (and maybe shaves a head).  Of all of the traditions out there, this has to be one of my personal favorites.  It’s one of the longest running ones out there, and I love it!

So why is ESPN there?  I dunno, but I think it is great, as it is the first time in their history they have visited a D-3 team.  Hopefully, America will realize that this IS a very good rivalry, and deserves to be noticed.  Why?  Because this is some seriously good football.  Even in years in which one team is clearly better, this is always a close game.

Oh, and the Celtics won tonight against Atlanta, 106-83.  GPA had 27, 23 and 14 points, respectively.  Eddie House chipped in 19 points off the bench to go along with five assists.  So far, he has been our best bench scorer, which is a BIG surprise.  Al Horford and Joe Johnson both chipped in 16 and Marvin Williams had 14 for the Hawks.  The Celtics next game will be tomorrow at 7:30 against the Nets.

The Nets should be a fairly easy win for us tomorrow, despite the fact they have a good team.  Don’t bother unless you are bored.

Talk at ‘ya later.

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World Series- Game One

Posted by Brad on October 24, 2007

The Red Sox are playing in Game One of the 2007 World Series against the Rockies tonight at 8:25 (approx. they have messed up times…).  Josh Beckett will be facing off against Rockies ace Jeff Francis in Fenway.  Josh Beckett has pitched as close to perfect as a starter can in the playoffs thus far (seriously, he’s been awesome), and Jeff Francis has a 2.13 ERA in the playoffs thus far.

The Sox come into the game off a big time ALCS victory over the Cleveland Indians, winning three in a row after being down three games to one (blah blah blah).  The Rockies come off of a sweep of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the NLCS. 

The Red Sox have been led by and have to continue to be led by Manny Ramirez and David Ortiz.  Although they had a couple of slow games in the last few, they still led the team (save Kielty and Yoooooooooouk) in batting average, with a combined .394 average in the postseason.  They are also leading the way (again, save Youk) with four and three homers, respectively.  These two players HAVE to play big in the Series if the Sox want to have a shot.  I don’t expect JD Drew to play awfully well (no, the Grand Slam was not a “sign” of things to come).  If these guys play badly, I would tend to think the Sox will lose the Series.

The Rockies are led by hard-hitting Matt (it’s a) Holliday in the playoffs thus far, batting .286 with four homers and seven RBI.  He also has no errors and the only outfield assist on the Rockies.  Brad Hawpe also has helped the Rockies.  This rookie is batting .304 in the playoffs so far.  These guys need to play well along with veteran Todd Helton and Troy Tulowitski, both of whom have struggled mightily in the playoffs so far.

In terms of pitching, the Sox hold the clear advantage in tonights game against the Rockies.  Although Jeff Francis is an extremely underrated pitcher, Beckett is still one of the better postseason pitchers in the game (he’s AWESOME).  He should be able to come up with the win over the Rockies, despite his loss to them earlier in the year, 7-1.  Jeff Francis WAS able to beat the Sox back in June in the same game, but that was in the past.

The Sox have an adavantage at pretty much every position (except right field, of course).  Jacoby is probably better than Tavarez.  Although I might consider Kaz Matsui better than Dustin Pedroia, that one is just too close to call.  Lugo has played just as bad as Tulowitski, but Troy is probably the better player on any given night.  So, the Sox have the advantage at 7 of the 10 (including DH) positions.  The Rockies are just overmatched at nearly every position and just aren’t good enough to face a big time AL foe. 

I do expect this to be a blowout by the Red Sox.  Beckett will completely shut down the bats of the Rox (where did that nickname come from, anyway?), especially after the long layoff (oh, and freezing their butts off during practice).  Although the Rockies do have some confidence after the series victory back in June, that was a different Sox team (remember, Manny and Papi struggled.  Ahhhh, those were the days…).  The Rockies just do not have the experience.  Only Wily Tavarez has ANY World Series experience before tonight.

By the way:  Yaz is going to be throwing out the first pitch tonight at Fenway, which is great (he has got to be my favorite player of Sox history). 

And, God help us.  Terry is an idiot.  He decided to leave Eric GAGne on the active roster for the World Series.  I have no idea why he did this (that is rare).  He has no reason to do this and, if we lose the series, should be fired (oops, I mean asked to resign).  Any idiot could figure out he does not belong on the roster and should have been replace with either Julian Tavarez or Bryan Corey.  Terry, you’d better give us a good reason why this happened. 

Overall, the Sox are just the better team, and I predict a solid 5-1 victory tonight at The Fens.    

And, now lets talk about the Bruins (I know, I’m still talking about these guys!).  They lost to their rivals (okay, so no-one cares about this rivalry anymore), the Montreal Canadians, by a final of 6-1.  In a disgarceful performance by offseason pickup Manny Fernandez (he gave up all six goals), the Bruins were just overmatched.  The real reason for their early season success (5-3-0) is because of Tim Thomas.  This guy should be starting pretty much every night, but Claude Julien (isn’t that a great name?) has tried to give Manny the benefit of the doubt (*coughs* Tito *coughs*).  Please start Manny every night, Claude (what have you got to lose, you aren’t SUPPOSED to be good).

And the Eagles are going up against the VT Hokies down in Virginia tommorrow night.  This is the biggest game of the season so far for the Eagles.  If they win this one, they will certify their place as either number one or two in the nation.  We’ll talk about that tommorrow, though.

GO SOX!

Talk at ‘ya later.

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