The Big 10, which has 11 teams, will add a 12th. Now the question is….will the Big “Ten” hold at 12 teams or push to 14? Big Ten Commissioner Jim Delany still has interest in Notre Dame and Rutgers. Missouri is also appears to still be a possibility….however there is speculation that Delany may stop (for now) with Nebraska to avoid the perception that the Big Ten has caused college football Armageddon.
As I have previously blogged, I am a baseball purist. I played the game through college and a few years beyond in a semi-pro league. I also had a pitching coach in college that played professional baseball and another coach that played high Division I baseball and they taught me a lot of how the game is supposed to be played. There are several unwritten rules in baseball that needs to be followed in order to play the game right.
In case you didn’t hear, last year’s number one draft pick Stephen Strasburg made his major league debut last night. If you didn’t hear, you probably aren’t reading this…as no doubt you have no electricity, running water, or contact with the outside world in that cave you live in.
With the World Cup in South Africa rapidly approaching, many countries have some cause for concern as several of the worlds best footballers have fallen victim to injury. The first true star of the sport to be declared out of the World Cup is Ghana Midfielder Michael Essien. Listed as the number 10 player in the world by ESPN football power rankings, Essien suffered a knee injury that will unfortunately keep him off the pitch for the remainder of the summer.
He preferred the title “teacher” as opposed to “coach”, and he was with a doubt the greatest teacher the game of basketball has ever seen. Known as “The Wizard of Westwood”, John Wooden died on Friday at the age of 99, only 4 months shy of living on this earth for a full century.
The two stories grabbing headlines today in Major League Baseball is Ken Griffey Jr. retiring after 22 years in the Major Leagues and umpire Jim Joyce’s blown call at first base that cost Detroit Tigers pitcher Armando Galarraga a perfect game. Both of these stories have main characters in them that are class acts.
A story that is making headlines in the college baseball world right now is the story of Florida International’s Garrett Wittels. Most of you reading this will probably be saying “Who is Garrett Wittels?” Garrett Wittels is a sophomore infielder that has gone from being an afterthought to a full-fledged star in a three month period. Garrett right now has a 54-game hitting streak, 4 games shy of the all time Division I record held by ex major leaguer and Oklahoma State Cowboy Robin Ventura. Garrett is a great example of perseverance and dedication.
One of the big headlines in Major League Baseball today is the impending debut of 21 year old phenom Stephen Strasburg. The two time All-American and 2009 1st overall pick from San Diego State is in his first year as a pro and has blown his way through the minor leagues. Strasburg in 45 minor league innings has struck out 54 and yielded only 22 hits and 10 walks. His ERA is a minuscule 0.99. Is this a good idea for the Nationals to move him up with very little seasoning? With his history of a lot of innings in the past pitching in college and for the U.S.
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