Sports on a Schtick

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Date registered: June 17, 2009

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  1. Grading the Mariners Offseason — April 5, 2010
  2. Trojans Victory Ruined by Self-Imposed Sanctions — January 4, 2010
  3. Dodgers Rotation Not Built for a Championship — September 11, 2009
  4. Don Ohlmeyer Has Decent Debut as ESPN Ombudsman — August 21, 2009
  5. Mr. Ombudsman — July 30, 2009

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Apr 05

Grading the Mariners Offseason


It’s been almost two years since the Seattle Mariners had such a drastic offseason. Coming off an 85-win season (following a disastrous 101-loss campaign) the M’s look primed to take a balanced AL West for the first time since 2001. Jack Zduriencik and Co. certainly took it upon themselves to radically transform the roster in …

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Jan 04

Trojans Victory Ruined by Self-Imposed Sanctions


USC 47, Arizona State 37 The recipe is clear. Tenacious defense and a deliberate offensive is Kevin O’Neill’s blueprint for success. So far it’s working for the Trojans. USC defeated Arizona State to improve to 2-0 in Pac-10 play and extend its win streak to eight games. It was a brutal match with only 26 …

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Sep 11

Dodgers Rotation Not Built for a Championship


The Dodgers find themselves in an unusual position: worrying about making the playoffs. LA surged early in the season, building a double-digit lead on its punchless division rivals. But following a recent Mets-esque freefall the Blue Crew finds itself only two games ahead of the surging Rockies in the NL West. While Los Angeles should …

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Aug 21

Don Ohlmeyer Has Decent Debut as ESPN Ombudsman


Today the new ESPN Ombudsman made his debut. Don Ohlmeyer, a longtime television executive, takes over the reins for former NY Times sports editor Le Anne Schreiber. Many sports fans (including myself) feel Ms. Schreiber did a great job during her tenure so expectations were high for Ohlmeyer coming in. And considering the Worldwide Leader’s …

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Jul 30

Mr. Ombudsman

We’d like to know a little bit about you for our blogs
We’d like to help you get Walsh to explain himself
Look around you, all you see are disapproving eyes
Browse across the web until you feel the heat

And here’s to you, Donald Ohlmeyer
Sports fans read you more than you will know (Wo, wo, wo)

Jul 22

If the Mariners Were a Sergio Leone Movie Part II

A little past the halfway point the season finds the Seattle Mariners in an unusual position: contending for a playoff spot. Dead last in the AL West for the last three years, the M’s find themselves at the All-Star Break only behind 2.5 games the LA Angels for the division lead and 1.5 behind in the wild card race.

It’s been an interesting year to say the least. During one stretch Seattle won 9 of 10, then dropped 6 straight before winning 10 out of the next 11 contests. Despite outscoring their opponents by only 17 runs the M’s are 13 games over .500. Most Mariners fans certainly didn’t see it coming.

Jul 07

Show on NASCAR That Emphasizes a Different Kind of Crash

Got an email from NBC Universal promoting its “Inside Track: Refueling the Business of NASCAR” program that premieres Thursday night on CNBC.

Is Ben Silverman so desperate that he’s reaching out to F-list sports bloggers? I kid, I kid. D-list at least. I was mentioned on Deadspin!!!

Actually, this program couldn’t come at a better time for me. On Saturday I witnessed the thrilling conclusion of the Coke Zero 400. Then last night I got sucked into a CNBC Original about the airline industry.

Jun 27

Thoughts on the NBA Draft

Another year, another NBA Draft choke full of hilarity. I’m not crazy about the Thabeet pick, but the Grizzlies have a young and interesting starting five. Thabeet, younger Gasol, Gay, Mayo and Conley. The Thunder also did a nice job of filling out its roster. It’ll throw out a lineup of Krstic, Green, Durant, Harden …

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Jun 25

Robert Sarver’s Stinginess Has Cost the Phoenix Suns

It appears Phoenix is sending the Big Shaq Fu to Cleveland in exchange for… Ben Wallace and Sasha Pavlovic. Yikes. Even though O’Neal is past his prime he’s still a productive player, while the same can’t be said for either of the players the Suns get back. Can you say salary dump Phoenix? Of course, …

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Jun 17

Thoughts on the NBA

Congratulations to the Lakers. With a fourth title Kobe firmly thrusts himself into the pantheon as the third-greatest guard in NBA history. He has no chance of climbing higher. Or dropping lower really. He’ll finish as a Top 15 (maybe 10) all-time player, the fourth-best Laker and nothing short of a legend.