Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: Giants Sweep & NFL chatter

The SF Giants make it two out of three World Series,
with their 4-0 sweep vs. the Detroit Tigers
And to think, this Giants squad was left for dead in their NLDS series vs. the Cincinnati Reds after falling behind 0-2 heading to Cincinnati for three games. Well, they rallied for three straight wins in the Queen City, then came back from a 3-1 hole vs. the St. Louis Cardinals to win the NLCS in seven games, then got the brooms out against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series with their 4-0 sweep in the series. The Giants won 7-straight postseason games to finish off their historic postseason run, winning their 2nd World Series championship in the past three seasons. The SF Giants, became the 1st National League team to sweep the World Series since 1990 (Cincinnati Reds). They used some outstanding pitching, along with some timely hitting, to bring the World Series trophy back to the Bay Area. Congratulations, goes out to the SF Giants, on one of the craziest postseason runs in Major League Baseball history. Giants mini-dynasty run.

Pablo Sandoval, 2012 World Series MVP,
4th player all-time to hit 3 HR's in a WS game.

Monday, October 29, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: T-Rich puts team on his back, Browns beat Chargers, 7-6

Trent Richardson was in beast mode in this weeks game vs. Chargers.
He rushed for 122 yards scoring the games lone touchdown.
Recap: Browns ride rookie RB in win over Chargers
Box Score: Browns 7, Chargers 6 Final

Thanks to the weather up on the lake, The Browns (2-6) hung on to win a snoozer of a game over the San Diego Chargers (3-4) 7 to 6 in Cleveland Browns Stadium. With a steady rain fall all afternoon during the game, both teams relied on their ground attack, and the Browns got a huge game from their rookie RB Trent Richardson. T-Rich, the 3rd pick of this years NFL draft, ran for 122 yards and provided the only touchdown on the day, with his 1st quarter 26-yard dash through the Chargers defense and into the end zone, where the fans in the Dawg Pound greeted him, with rain-soaked high-fives. It was an ugly game, and over the years the Browns have found ways not to win ones like this, but this time around (thanks to a crybaby, Philip Rivers) good fortunate was with the Browns and they were able to come away with the one-point victory. This marked the 2nd straight win at home for the Browns, who have now won two out of their last three games, after starting the season 0-5. The Browns have one more game next week (vs. Ravens), before heading into their bye week. It sure would be nice going into the bye week with a win.

Boomer's Game Recap: Miller, Buckeyes handle Penn State, improve to 9-0

Once again, Braxton Miller shines under the lights,
accounting for 3 TD's & 277 total yards of offense.
Recap: Miller accounts for 3 scores, Ohio State drops Penn State
Box Score: Ohio State 35, Penn State 23 Final

WEEEEEEE!!!! I'm sure that's the sound Braxton Miller made as he dove into the end zone for his second rushing touchdown of the night, leading the Buckeyes to a 35-23 victory over the Nittany Lions. The atmosphere was unbelievable again, at Beaver Stadium, and the Buckeyes handled the crowd along with a number of mishaps to grab the road win, and improve their season record to a perfect 9-0. After starting their season 0-2, Penn State had won 5-straight heading into Saturday's game vs. the Buckeyes with a lot of confidences. The Buckeyes weathered the storm early (blocked punt, that resulted in a PSU TD), settled for a 7-7 tie at halftime, and took control of the game in the 3rd quarter. The Buckeyes outscored the Nittany Lions 21-3 in the 3rd, and were impressive on both sides of the ball. The Buckeyes 9-0 record is their best start since 2007 when they started that season 10-0. With three remaining games left on the schedule (vs. Illinois, @ Wisconsin, vs. Michigan), the Buckeyes chances of finishing the season at a perfect 12-0, are looking pretty good in this bowl ban season, the 1st under Head Coach Urban Meyer. GO BUCKEYES!

Friday, October 26, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Spooky surroundings in Week 9

With 11 undefeated teams remaining,
who will survive the week still undefeated?
Hint: At least one undefeated is going down.
I'm sure a number of Wake Forest students/fans woke up in the middle of the night with nightmares, following last nights, 42-13 defeat to the Clemson Tigers. With that and Halloween next Wednesday, a number of folks will be out in full costume this weekend celebrating Halloween, while the rest of us sit at home, wondering "will our team survive the scary weekend"? Eleven teams head into the weekend undefeated, and a number of them face some "tricky" opponents that are looking to "scare 'em" from the ranks of the unbeaten. We know that at least one undefeated team will go down this weekend, when 7-0 Mississippi State travels to 7-0 Alabama, for a clash between two SEC unbeatens. Other undefeated teams that face a spooky weekend include: Louisville, Florida, Ohio, Ohio State, and Notre Dame. As for the rest of the unbeatens (Kansas State, Oregon, Oregon State, and Rutgers) they will try and survive the weekend, as well, because someone always survives a scare, right? Well, while you flee from the ghost & goblins this weekend, make sure to check out a little CFB action, and see who survives the "spooky surroundings", and stay undefeated. College Gameday Live is from Norman, OK (10 am, ESPN) site of the Notre Dame/Oklahoma game (8:00, ABC). What's your favorite scary movie?

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Boomer Report: How close are the Browns from "winning"

New owner, Jimmy Haslam III, was not to pleased, with
a number of decisions from last Sunday's game.
Now, whats a winning season for the Browns & their fans now a days? Six....Seven....Eight wins? The culture of losing up in Cleveland has to come to a stop eventually, right? With a 1-6 record to start out this season, the Browns again are heading towards their 5th-straight losing season, all of which were double-digit losing seasons. Following, the surprising (still to this day) 10-6 season in 2007, the feel in Cleveland with the Browns was at an all time high, but since then the Browns are working on their third Head Coach (who will soon be gone), since that time and another starting quarterback. Which brings me to my point of thought, "how far are the Browns from winning"? With being the youngest team in the NFL this season, the Browns have had their share of "growing pains", with their new look offense (a number of rookie starters), coaching decisions, and just mental mistakes. In the teams first seven games, they have been in position to win each one heading into the 4th quarter, as four of their six losses have been by 7 points or less. This team needs to find a way to string a number of wins together (not one every 10th or 11th game), and build on what they have now with the youth of some of their skilled position players. Jimmy Haslam III is determined to build a winner in Cleveland for the Browns fans across the country, and I believe he will do it in the near future. Fingers-crossed, hang in there Cleveland.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: World Series is set & Division leaders in the NFL

Tigers: outstanding pitching vs. Giants: dangerous line-up
The 2012 Fall Classic has its two participants. Following the Giants 9-0 Game 7 win over the defending World Series Champs, the St. Louis Cardinals, they became just the 7th team, to come back from a 3-1 series hole. The Giants outscored the Cardinals 20 to 1 in Games 5, 6, 7 of the NLCS to win their second come-from-behind series in these playoffs, as they won their six-straight elimination game. Watching the final three games of the NLCS, it had the same feel to it, like the 2007 ALCS, when the Red Sox stormed back to defeat the Cleveland Indians in seven games, after falling behind 3-1 in that series. Now, the Giants will go for their 2nd World Series championship in the past three seasons, when they go up against the Detroit Tigers starting Wednesday Night (8:00, Fox) who will have been off for almost a week following their sweep of the NY Yankees in the ALCS. Will the time off for the Tigers benefit or hurt 'em (see, 2006 World Series), or are the SF Giants destined to win it all, after a thrilling drama fitted run during their 2012 postseason. 2012 World Series: Detroit Tigers (AL) vs. SF Giants (NL)

Heading into Week 8 of the 2012 NFL season, a number of teams have already had their bye week, which makes the Division Standings uneven for a couple more weeks, while teams wait to have their bye week. Let's check out the division leaders up to this point and see if they are contenders or pretenders. In the AFC East, the NE Pats (4-3) are again on top, but don't look to run away with the division like in past seasons. The Ravens (5-2) lead the AFC North, but have a number of injuries to overcome if they want to stay on top on the standings. The Houston Texas (6-1) have the best record in the AFC South, who were the preseason favorites to run away with that division. While the Broncos (3-3) & Chargers (3-3) are tied on top of the AFC West, with the Broncos winning the 1st of two meetings between the two teams last week on MNF. In the NFC, the Giants (5-2), Bears (5-1), Falcons (6-0), and 49ers (5-2) are all on top of their respective divisions, while a number of teams trail close behind, as the NFC looks to have a little more depth then what we've seen so far in the AFC. NFL Standings

Following a 1-5 start to the season, Carolina Panthers fired
GM Marty Hurney, who had run the team since 2002.

Cavs Corner - Schedule Breakdown

The Cavs exercised the 3rd year options of sophomore teammates Kyrie Irving and Tristan Thompson...I GET BUCKETS!
With one week until the regular season starts, the Cleveland Cavaliers are 3-3 through the preseason with 1 final tune up this coming Tuesday night vs. Indiana.  Then on Halloween Eve, the Cavs kick off the 82 game grind here at the Q taking on the John Wall-less Washington Wizards.  Gainer is here to break down how the schedule is going to treat the Cavs and where I think they'll end up finishing.  With 17 players still on the roster, they still have to make two cuts to get to fifteen.  It will come down to Coach Scott and the front office deciding on whether to keep three point guards on the roster or not.  If they keep both Donald Sloan and Jeremy Pargo, all roster spots will be filled.  If not, 1 spot will be left open for either 7 foot center Michael Eric or PF Kevin Jones.  I honestly don't know which way the Cavs are leaning on this one but if I had to put money on it, I would say they end up keeping both PG's.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns fall to Colts, lose 11th straight on the road

Browns give up two RUSHING touchdowns by Colts QB Andrew Luck
in 17-13 loss, their 11th straight road defeat.
Recap: Browns let one (again) slip away, in 17-13 lost to Colts

Youth, inexperience, inconsistent, lack of the "winning plays" are becoming common trends for the 2012 Cleveland Browns team that after following Sunday's 17-13 defeat to the Indianapolis Colts, fall to 1-6 on the season. Again, like every game previously, the Browns find themselves in position to win the game in the 4th quarter, but where once again unable to come up with a number of "winning plays" to pull off the road victory, which would have been their 1st since beating the Colts in Indy a season again. Seven games in, this team could find themselves sitting at 3-4 or 4-3 in the AFC North Standings, if they were just able play a little more consistent and have a little luck on their side. It's the little things during the game (failed PAT's, dropped balls, & a number of penalties) that end up costing you in the end, and for the past few seasons the Browns continue to find themselves in the same spot, playing well enough not to win, haha. Excuse me, Coach Shurmur, when it's 4th and 1 on the Colts 40 yard line, can you go for it next time, instead of punting for a difference of 20 yards!?! #fireshurmur

Boomer's Game Recap: Great 8! Buckeyes rally late, beat Purdue in OT

#86 TE Jeff Heuerman caught the two-point conversion
that sent the game into OT, tied up at 22 all.
Recap: Buckeyes win a thriller in OT, improve to 8-0

Fitting 10 years have past since the Holy Buckeye play, that the 2012 Buckeye squad, created their own version of the dramatics vs. the Purdue Boilermakers. Talk about your peaks & valleys of a football game. From the lows of trailing Purdue late in the ball game to the lowest of lows (Braxton Miller knocked out of the game, sent to the medical center) to the highs rallying in the final minute to send the game into overtime with a TD plus 2-point conversion with :03 left in the game, to the highest of highs pulling out the 29-22 OT win to improve to 8-0 on the season. This team continues to be imperfect on the field, yet perfect where it matters the most, the win column. If the rally and win wasn't enough, hearing later in the night, that Braxton Miller was being released from the medical center, after being checked out & "symptom free" for head, neck, back, shoulder injuries. What a wild game, which lead me to wonder, are Buckeye fans heading towards a stretch of games, like the home stretch we witnessed in 2002? HOLY BUCKEYES!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Bouncing back in Week 8

Week 8 provides a number of teams, the chance to get
their seasons back on track.
The best thing about college football, is things chance quickly from week to week. West Virginia with Heisman candidate QB Geno Smith suffered their 1st loss of the season a wee ago, at Texas Tech, now have the chance to bounce back in a big way with a home game tomorrow night, vs. #4 Kansas State (7:00, FOX). If the Mountaineers are able to pull off the upset, things will be back in order for Geno & Co., in the very competitive Big 12 conference. As for the Game Cocks of South Carolina, after dropping a 23-21 decision in "Death Valley" vs. the LSU Tigers, now have to go on the road again, this time down in "The Swamp" to face SEC East rival #2 Florida Gators. This would mark the third game in-a-row, that QB Connor Shaw and the Game Cocks will have to face a Top 10 team, just the normal grind of the SEC schedule, haha. As for the Spartans of Michigan State, sitting at 4-3 on the season, go on the road this weekend against arch rival Michigan. Preseason favorites to represent the Big Ten in the Rose Bowl, Sparty finds itself in a "must-win" scenario vs. the Wolverines, who have dropped four-straight in the series. Will these three teams get back on track this weekend or will they see their seasons  get derailed? Looks like it will be another entertaining week of CFB, and make sure you check out College Game Day, LIVE from Gainesville, FL site of #7 South Carolina vs. #2 Florida Gators SEC clash. College GameDay Kickoff: Week 8 preview

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Boomer Report: Browns (again) make some changes

As the Reds (2-year extension to manager Dusty Baker) & Indians (new manager Terry Francona), both head into the off-season, the weekly Boomer Report will be all about the Cleveland Browns and what's going on up on the lake, along with a preview for the upcoming game of that week. Enjoy!

New President (Joe Banner, left) along side
newly named Browns owner, Jimmy Haslam III.
For the 1st-time since the team came back into the league in 1999, the Cleveland Browns are owned by someone else then the Lerner family. After Al Lerner, the original owner passed away in October of 2003, his son (Randy), had been the owner ever since. That changed earlier this week, when the NFL approved the deal between Lerner and Jimmy Haslam III, awarding the franchise to Haslam, who was previously the CEO of a truck stop franchise, and had a share of ownership with the Pittsburgh Steelers (boo!). Now with Haslam III in charge, front office moves have already been made. The first, naming Joe Banner the new President of the Browns organization, taking over for former-prez Mike Holgram, who will retire at seasons end (or what Browns fans like to call, YOU'RE FIRED!). Next for Haslam III & Banner will be finding replacements (hopefully) for current GM (Tom Heckert) & Head Coach  (Pat Shurmur). Those moves probably won't happen before the off-season. Again, hope is renewed up in Cleveland, as fans think Haslam III, will be the right owner to get this team turned in the right direction. Only time will time, and remember owners don't play the games, they leave that up to the players on the field still.

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: LCS in MLB & Manning Brother's (again) ruling NFL

Is A-Rod's time in NY coming to an ugly ending?
Benched & Flirting (haha) during games, A-Rod's hit
.130 (3-23) BA, 12 K in 2012 postseason.
Mother nature (or the baseball gods) afforded the NY Yankees an extra night in their postseason run, as Game 4 of the ALCS (Detroit leads series 3-0) was PPD last night in Detroit. If things won't bad enough for the Yankees when captain Derek Jeter went down and was lost for the rest of the postseason in Game 1 (ankle injury), they have struggled to hit anything vs. the Tiger's dominant starting rotation. If it wasn't for their 9th-inning outburst of 4-runs, the Yankees would have been shutout in the 1st two games of the series, with their only run in Game 3 coming on a solo HR in the 9th inning. Game 4 will now be played this afternoon with a 4PM start, as the Tigers go for the 4-game sweep. Starting pitchers for the game will be, Tigers Max Scherzer vs. Yankees C.C. Sabathia. Regardless, of what happens this afternoon, I don't see the series heading back to New York over the weekend, as Game 5 will be Friday night in Detroit. As for the NLCS, after a 3:30 hour rain delay, Game 3 went to the Cardinals late last night, as they held off the rain & the SF Giants for a 3-1 victory. The Cardinals up 2-1 in the series, look to push the Giants to the brink of elimination tonight in Game 4 (8PM, FOX). The Giants will give the ball to their two-time Cy Young winner, Tim "THE FREAK" Lincecum, as he makes his 1st start in the playoffs, after working out of the bullpen in the NLDS and earlier in this series. The Cardinals will look to Adam Wainwright to go deep in the ball game, as both teams have had to use their bullpens quiet a bit, so far this series. Previews for the two Game 4's tonight.

Again, the royal family of the NFL (Manning's) have once again, taken over the NFL landscape. While Peyton sat out the entire 2011 season recovering from multiple neck surgeries, young brother (Eli) went out and won his second Super Bowl ring/MVP over Peyton's archival Tom Brady and the NE Patriots. Fast forward to the 2012 season, and Peyton is back in the game, now with the Denver Broncons (3-3),  as his season stats to this point have him at 1,808 passing yards with 14 TD's and only 4 INT's. After playing one of the toughest schedules to this point of the season, the Broncos remaining schedule looks to be the easiest left, if you go by opponents winning %. As for Eli, the Giants (4-2) are a top of the NFC East alone, are coming off a confidence boosting victory over the SF 49ers on the road, winning 26 to 3. Eli's numbers to this point are 1,772 passing yards with 11 TD's and 5 INT's. The two brothers have once again become two of the top QB's in the NFL and have become the early front-runners for the NFL MVP. Power Rankings in the NFL: Week 7
Manning brothers have combined to throw for
over 3,500 passing yards, 25 TD's up to this
point of the season.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns snap 11-game losing skid, beat Bengals 34-24

Benjamin Watson's touchdown in the 4th quarter, helped the Browns
win their 1st game of the 2012 season vs. the Bengals.
Recap: Browns drop Bengals, record 1st win of season

Monday mornings are a little better, after a win. Well, then yes this is the happiest Monday I've had, in the last 12 Monday's following a Browns game, as they finally made the "winning plays" and snapped their 11-game losing skid on Sunday afternoon vs. their in-state rivals Cincinnati Bengals. The 34-24 victory over the Bengals (3-3) is the first Browns win since November 20th of last year and the first divisional win since October 3rd of 2010. A number of bad streaks were snapped yesterday, in a game that the Browns controlled after the halftime break. Following a 14 to 7 deficit at halftime, the Browns came out in the 2nd half and outscored the Bengals, 27 to 10, including a 21-point 4th quarter performance that had a number of Browns making "winning plays". A nice win for the Browns (1-5), and an even better Monday morning for Browns fans across the country. HERE WE GO BROWNS, HERE WE GO!

Boomer's Game Recap: Lucky 7! Ohio State beats Indiana, 52 to 49

Braxton Miller (#5) had another huge game vs. IU
360 total yards, 2 passing TD's & 1 rushing TD.
Recap: Buckeyes survive scare from Hoosiers, 52-49
Box Score: Buckeyes 52, Hoosiers 49 Final

The Buckeyes, who continue to play some of the worse defense I've ever seen, improved to 7-0 on Saturday night with a 52-49 victory over the Indiana Hoosiers (2-4). With the loss, the Hoosiers dropped their 11th straight & 23rd of 24 Big Ten conference game. The Buckeyes (7-0), relied on another huge night from starting QB Braxton Miller, who again continues to have a number of spectacular plays, as well as, a number of "what are you doing" bonehead plays. The 50+ points in back-to-back Big Ten games was nice, but as a Buckeyes fan, you shouldn't have to sweat out a onside kick to close out the game. The Buckeyes have put up 115 points in the last two games, while allowing 87 points. It would be great to see the Buckeyes continue to put up big numbers on the offensive side, but if they want to run the table and finish this bowl-ban season undefeated, the defense needs to get A LOT BETTER in the final five games. Seven games into the Urban Era, its clear that neither side of the ball looks nothing like the "Tressel Ball" we were accustom to over the past decade.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: BCS implications in Week 7

Two more years! Two more years!
Playoff bound in 2014.
Come Sunday night, college football will reveal it's 1st BCS Standings of the 2012-13 season. Depending on what happens over the weekend, they could look very similar to the polls heading into the weekend, or the complete opposite. Teams with wins this weekend, like: Alabama, South Carolina, West Virginia, Notre Dame, Florida, and Kansas State could find themselves a top the BCS Standings or close to it. However, a lose this week won't necessarily knock that team/teams out of contention, it would put them at the end of the line heading into the following week and weeks to come. During the BCS era, it's always been said, that if you are going to loss one, do it early. It's also the time of year once the BCS Standings are release for fan bases across the country to state their reasoning on why they should be one of the top two teams, and eventually ends with someone always getting left out of the party. Mid-October, the best part of the season in college football, when on any given week any team is capable of winning a statement game and/or pulling off an upset, no one saw coming. Enjoy, what looks to be another entertaining/interesting Saturday afternoon of college football. RIP Beano Cook (1931-2012)

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Boomer Report: Reds collapse, Indians hire Francona & Haden's Return

Rolen's error in 10th, was the beginning of the end for the
Red's 2012 postseason run.
Just like that, its all over. The Reds, who once held a 2-0 lead in their NLDS series with the Giants, lost three straight home games, to watch their season come to an end. Ironically, it was the 1st-time all season that the Reds dropped three-in-a-row at home. Fifty home wins, tied for the most in all of baseball, didn't amount to anything in this series. After going out west and impressively winning the 1st two in San Francisco, the Reds were unable to win JUST ONE of the next three games in the Queen City. Ninety-Seven wins, the most by a Reds club since the Big Red Machine days, all for not, as the Reds fail to win their first home postseason game/series in over 17 years. The Reds, with their best chance to return to the World Series, since winning it all in 1990, collapsed in front of their home fans the past three days. I was in attendance for Game 4, a 8-3 defeat, and watched in person as the Reds let their season and hopes of a World Series Championship slip away. Now what? With a number of current key roster players signed for the foreseeable future, the Reds have a chance to put together another run in the seasons to come. However, after following up their 2010 postseason run, with a disappointing 2011 season, it's not always a guarantee that they will make it back year in & year out. Let's hope the Reds can recover from this 2012 postseason collapse, and go for it again in 2013. Time for a change at the helm?

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: NLDS Series & Surprises in the NFL

Each of the four Division Series will be in action today.
This past weekend, for the 1st time the MLB had two Wild Card games to start the postseason. in the NL the St. Louis Cardinals went on the road and defeated the Atlanta Braves, 6-3. While in the AL, the Orioles traveled down to Texas, and thumped the two-time defending AL Champion Rangers, 5 to 1. Well good news, bad news situation. Bad news: Reds blew a gem of a performance from Homer Bailey last night, losing Game 3 of their NLDS series to the SF Giants, 2 to 1 in 10 innings and now have a decision to make on who their starting pitching is going to be in Game 4 this afternoon (4:07, TBS). The Good News? I personally will be in attendance this afternoons Game 4, as the Reds once again try to knock off the SF Giants and advance to the NLCS for the first time since 1995. In the other NLDS series, the Washington Nationals will host the St. Louis Cardinals in Game 3 (series is tied at a game a piece) of that series (1:07, MLBN). This marks the first playoff game in D.C. in the past 79 years. Both ALDS series will be in action, with the O's/Yankees (7:37, TBS) at Yankee Stadium for Game 3, with the series tied at 1-1, and the Tigers look to try again to knock out the A's in Game 4 (9:37, TNT) after getting shutout in Game 3, 2 to 0 last night. Should be a great day for some playoff baseball, as the Reds & Tigers try to move on, while the Yankees/Nationals look to go up in the series in front of their home fans. Preview for NLDS games

In the NFL, though week 5, there have been a number of surprises so far to this point of the season. The Falcons & Texans are still undefeated at 5-0, while the only remaining winless team are my beloved Brownies. A few surprising teams sit at 4-1: the Vikings, Cardinals, and Bears. While some teams have got off to not so good starts: the Packers (2-3), the Lions (1-3), the Jets (2-3), and Broncos (2-3). Teams with bye weeks this week include: Chicago, New Orleans, Carolina, and Jacksonville. The Titans host the Steelers on TNF to kickoff what should be a entertaining Week 6 of action in the NFL. Week 6 Games/Previews
Congrats to Saints QB Drew Brees, for setting another record, with his 48-straight
game with at least one passing TD. 

Monday, October 8, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns unable to keep up with Giants, lose 41 to 27

After going up 14 to 0, Browns were unable to keep pace with Eli & Co.
Recap: Browns give up career games in lose to Giants, 41-27

Well, it was fun while it lasted. With leads of 14-0 & 17-7, the Cleveland Browns allowed 17 points in the final three minutes of the 1st half to the Giants, eventually losing 41 to 27, and dropping to 0-5 on the season. With the Saints win over the Chargers last night on SNF, the Browns are the only remaining winless team in the NFL this season (not surprised). Unfortunately (or maybe fortunately, haha) I was not able to watch the game, as Time Warner Cable went with the Dolphins/Bengals game at the 1PM time slot on CBS. Not uncommon at this point, that Channel 10 starts showing Bengals games over dreadful Browns performances. However, within the first five minutes of yesterday's game, the Browns built a 14-0 lead, and looked prime for the upset everyone was calling for. At this point, Browns Head Coach Pat Shurmur gathered the team together for a team photo in front of the scoreboard that read; Browns 14, Giants 0. Ok, that didn't happen obviously, and after the Browns went up 17 to 7, it was all down hill from there. Giving up career games to Giants WR Victor Cruz (career-high 3 receiving TD's) & RB  Ahmad Bradshaw (200 rushing yards) the Browns were unable to keep pace with the high-powered Giants offense, getting outscored 41 to 13, after building the two touchdown lead. #fireshurmur

Boomer's Game Recap: Buckeyes cruise past Cornhuskers, improve to 6-0

#34 Carlos Hyde had a career game vs. NEB (140 rushing yards, 4 TD's)
Recap: Braxton Miller & Co. blitz Cornhuskers 63-38

It's a beautiful thing to see something start to come together. Just six games into the Urban Era, the Buckeyes still a work-in-progress, cruised past the Nebraska Cornhuskers 63-38, on Homecoming in front of the largest crowd ever at Ohio Stadium. After the 1st quarter in which saw the offense manage just 17 yards and zero first downs, Braxton Miller & Co. got things going in a big way, scoring 63 points on the night. On the night, the Buckeyes racked up close to 500 yards of offense (498) and scored on a pick-six and punt return, things you were use to seeing during Urban Meyer's stint down in Florida. The newest AP poll came out yesterday, and with a number of upsets over the week, the Buckeyes find themselves in the Top 10 sitting in the 8th spot. At the mid-way point of the season, the Buckeyes have accounted for the same amount of victories (6) as they had all of last season. Halfway to the ultimate goal in this bowl-ban season, a perfect 12-0 record. Keep it going Buckeyes, #Juice!

Friday, October 5, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Under the Lights in Week 6

The Horseshoe, once again goes under the lights Saturday Night.
There's nothing quite like a football game under the lights. Well, as the college football season heads into the month of October, we all are about to find out how our teams fair when the lights come on. With a number of Top 25 match-ups (five altogether) on showcase this weekend, the theme for this week seems to be "night games". With a number of ranked teams playing as the sun goes down and into the night, tomorrow night is going to be one crazy evening for college football fans all around. Seriously, what's better then an early October (the smell of fall), the chilled temperatures, and your favorite team playing "under the lights"? The answer: NOTHING! So, make sure you get to bed early tonight, grab a heavy breakfast (mmm...Saturday pancakes), and maybe take an afternoon nap. Cause when the lights turn on, the bells start ringing, Go Buckeyes! 

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Boomer Report: Reds head west, Indians begin searching & Browns face the Champs

Reds at Giants, Game 1 9:37 EST, Saturday Night.

Will Sandy Alomar, Jr. become the full-time boss next season.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: MLB Postseason (sorta) & 1/4 mark in the NFL

Not since 1967, has baseball seen a Triple Crown winner.
Miguel Cabrera with his .331 BA, 44 HR's and 139 RBI's is one-game/night away from becoming the 1st player since Carl Yastrezeski back in 1967 to lead his league in all three categories. The talk this morning was, should Cabrera sit or play in the Tiger's season finale tonight vs. the Royals. I say you go out there and achieve something that is a life-time accomplishment, congrats Miguel on this fine achievement. Now, I'm a day behind with this post, in hopes that the postseason would all be set in stone. The only thing set in stone is the 10 teams that are in the playoffs and the NL Wild Card one-game playoff between the Atlanta Braves & the defending World Series Champs St. Louis Cardinals. Things that will get decided tonight, the AL East, AL West, and the best overall record in each the AL and NL. It's been a wild season, and it's only fitting that it comes down to the 162-game of the season to tie up a few loose ends. As for the Fantasy Baseball team looks like it's coming down to the final night as well, to see if I can snag 3rd place. The 2012 MLB Postseason gets under way Friday night, with the two Wild Card games from each league. Hunt for October

Can you believe the first month of the NFL season has come and past already. With each team playing their first four games (expect the Steelers & Colts, Week 4 Byes, really!?!), each fan base sort of has an idea of where their team is headed the rest of the season. Four games into the season the NFL has three undefeated teams left in the Falcons, Cardinals, and Texans. While the Saints and Browns are both winless at 0-4. The first quarter of the season was marred by the lousiness that was the NFL replacement referees. However, with the return of the normal guys this past weekend, they've got things back in order and all is well. As for my Fantasy Football team, we bounced back this week with a convincing win over an opponent that was previously unbeaten, and sit at 2-2 on the season. NFL Power Rankings: Week 5

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Monday, October 1, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns rally falls short, drop to 0-4

Phil Dawson nailed 3! 50+ yard FG's, in 23-16 loss vs. Ravens.
 Recap: Weeden's INT costly in Browns 23-16 loss, to Ravens
Box Score: Ravens 23, Browns 16 Final

Another game. Another mistake. Another loss. The Browns first quarter of the 2012 season ended last Thursday night, with a 23-16 loss in Baltimore to the Ravens on TNF. Man, typical Browns game, a play or two here or there and results could have been different, for a squad desperate to find that 1st W of the season. Falling behind 9-0, the Browns cut the Ravens lead to two, 9-7 at halftime. The Browns had plenty of chances in this one, but were doomed again by another costly mistake. With a half-minute left in the 3rd quarter, down six, Browns QB Brandon Weeden ill-avised pass to the sideline was picked off by a Ravens DB and ran in for a touchdown. The Browns, however, did show some grit outscoring the Ravens 6-0 in the 4th quarter and had their chances to tie it up in the final seconds of the contest. Browns fans again were entertained by Phil Dawson, who kicked not one...not two...but THREE 50+ yard FG's. Settling for FG's instead of finishing drives cost the Browns in this one, a game, that not many would have invsioned coming down to the final play of regulation. The Browns have been in all four of their games this season in the 4th quarter, but have be unable to make that "winning" play down the stretch to come away with the victory.

Boomer's Game Recap: Buckeyes nearly escape Spartans, 17-16

D. Smith #15, with another GW touchdown reception.
Recap: Braxton Miller, #14 Ohio State hold off #20 Michigan State
Box Score: Ohio State 17, Michigan State 16 Final

Just Win, Baby! The Buckeyes again not the prettiest performance improved to 5-0 under 1st year Head Coach, Urban Meyer. It's Big Ten football! What a game to kick-off the start of conference play. Traveling up to East Lansing for their first road test/trip of the season, the Buckeyes prevailed with a one-point (17-16) victory. It was nice to see them get a road win vs. a quality Spartans squad, that with the lose, fall to 3-2 on the season. This game started out quick with both teams scoring on their first possessions, Buckeyes scoring a touchdown on the games opening drive, to set the tone for the rest of the game. The Spartans had to settle for a FG, along with making three out of four on the day (you lose games kicking FG's, haha). Despite, having three turnovers, the Buckeyes showed some grit down the stretch, and continue to built confidence on each sides of the ball heading into the grind of the Big Ten schedule.