Friday, November 30, 2012

Boomer's Thad Minute: Recap of Buckeye Hoops in November

Aaron Craft & Co. fought hard and lead for most of the night, until
the Blue Devils rallied late winning 73-68 in front of the Cameron Crazies.

On the same night, the Women's team lost their Big Ten/ACC Challenge game
at UNC, 57-54, their 2nd loss this season vs. Top 25 team.
Post Thanksgiving report on Buckeye hoops. As the calendar turns to December (already!?!) tomorrow, lets take a look back at the first month of the season for both the Men's and Women's hoops teams at THE Ohio State University.

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Championships handed out in Week 14

In the 2012 SEC Championship Game, Coaches Saban ('Bama)
& Richt (UGA) go head-to-head for a spot in the BCS Championship Game.
Six major Conference Championship Games in the next two days, will put a wrap on the 2012 version of the college football regular season (but, don't forget the Army-Navy Game, December 8th). Here's a preview of what to expect, including some predictions.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Boomer Report: Browns travel out to the Black Hole looking for consistency

The Browns go up against an old nemesis Sunday afternoon,
when they take on the Oakland Raiders & QB Carson Palmer.
Following the teams win over the Steelers this past Sunday, the Browns shoot for consecutive wins, for the first time since Week 2 & 3 of the 2011 season.

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: Winter months in MLB & Down the stretch in the NFL

Progressive Field up in Cleveland, turns into a sort of Winter Wonderland
during the off-season.
Just a short 76 days till pitchers and catchers (non-World Baseball Classic players) have to report down south for spring training. While we all wait around for Opening Day 2013, most ballparks in the winter turn their ballparks into Winter Wonderlands for their hometown fans. Now, lets take a look at what's happening around the diamond & gridiron.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns defense (8 TO's) sparks rare win over rival Steelers

Phil Taylor #98, recovering a fumble, on the day,
the Browns D forced 8 turnovers in the win.
Recap: Browns force 8 turnovers, pick up rare win over rival Steelers

A rare 20-14 victory over Pittsburgh, but hopefully the first of many more wins over the Steelers in the near future. Now, I'll try not to step on anyones toes, as I recap this one. #dealwithit

Boomer's Game Recap: PERFECTION! Buckeyes get defensive in win over Michigan

Senior Zach Boren, reacts following his sack
on Michigan's QB Devin Gardner.
Recap: Ohio State trumps Michigan to cap perfect 12-0 season

THE Ohio State Buckeyes ran the table this fall and finished 12-0, for just the 6th perfect season in school history. The Buckeyes capped it with a win over their arch-rivals the Michigan Wolverines yesterday afternoon, with a 26-21 victory. OH-IO! 12-OH!

Friday, November 23, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Rivalry showdowns in Week 13

No matter how well you play the rest of your career, you are always remembered
for what you did in rivalry games like the ones on tap for this weekend.
Rivalry: the state of being a rival or rivals.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable and family filled Turkey Day and you have all recovered from your food como. From the Apple Cup (WASH/WASH ST.) to the Jeweled Shillelagh trophy game (ND-USC), this weekend is jam packed with rivalry games all across the country. College Game Day is Live from Los Angeles, CA starting on ESPN at 10.

Boomer Report: Pure Hatred for the Pittsburgh Steelers

Joe "Turkey" Jones slamming Terry Bradshaw on his head,
during a 1976 Browns/Steelers Game.
My pure hatred for the Pittsburgh Steelers, as a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan, theres one team I have nothing but pure-hatred for, those dam Steelers. The Browns and Steelers renew their rivalry on Sunday afternoon up in Cleveland for the first of two meetings this season. BEAT PITTSBURGH, HERE WE GO BROWNS, HERE WE GO.

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Cavs Corner: Week 3 Round Up

Kyrie Irving's replacement Jeremy Pargo
Only three games to visit this past week after enjoying a wonderful Thanksgiving afternoon with close friends and family.  There were some good things and unfortunately some very bad things happening...

Let's get it on!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: MLB FA Hot Stove & NFL at Turkey Day

Josh Hamilton & Zach Greinke head the Free Agent talk,
heading into the winter months of baseball.
Now that the postseason awards in the Major Leagues have been handed out, it's time for club GM's to dive into free agency and/or trade talks, in hope of filling that missing piece on their teams roster before the start of the 2013 MLB season. Won't you take a look around the diamond with me...

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns fall to Cowboys, drop 12th straight road game

T-Rich had another stellar performance (144 total yards),
in 23-20 OT loss to the Cowboys.
Recap: Browns blow 13-point lead to Cowboys, lose in OT

I don't even know what to talk about or say. It's just been a very disappointing season, in which we weren't really expecting much from the Browns this season, but at the same time this teams record could look a lot better then the 2-8 mark they have at this point. This afternoon's game, a three-point overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, was the 5th loss decided by 7 points or less this season for the Browns. The other three losses were 10, 14, and 10 points. This teams been in ever single game they have played this season, but just lack the ability to make "winning plays" when it matters down the stretch. I know it sounds like a broken record, but this team doesn't know how to win and until that changes, don't expect many more W's in the near future. #fireshurmur

Boomer's Game Recap: 11-OH! Ohio State beats Wisconsin in a OT thriller

The Buckeyes D rose to the occasion Saturday night, and denied
Wisconsin's RB M. Ball, of the all-time NCAA touchdowns record.
Recap: Buckeyes stay perfect, with thrilling OT win over Badgers

11-OH! Wow, this season has resurfaced a number of memories from 10 years ago, when the 2002 Buckeye squad narrowly escaped in a number of games to go 14-0, winning the 2002 National Championship. The only difference, this current squad won't have the chance to play for the National Championship this season, due to a number of selfish Seniors from a season ago. The Buckeyes are banned from the postseason this season, but that hasn't kept them from winning every game (up to this point) on the 2012 schedule, and winning the Leaders Division of the Big Ten out-right.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Avoiding the Upsets in Week 12

Bill Snyder, Kansas State's long-time Head Coach, has the Wildcats just
two wins, away from playing in the BCS Championship Game.
Each of the four remaining undefeated teams still have a number of goals in front of them, most notability winning this week, with that in mind the theme for the week is avoiding the upset. First, the new #1 team in the land this week, the K-State Wildcats (10-0) led by long-time Head Coach Bill Snyder & Heisman frontrunner QB Colin Klein travel down to Waco, Texas, to take on a Baylor Bears (4-5) squad looking to pull off the upset. The Wildcats come into the game as a 12-point favorite and look to shutdown a Bears offensive attack that ranks 2nd in the nation in passing (368 ypg) and 7th in the nation in offensive scoring (43 ppg). Out in the pacific northwest, the #2 Oregon Ducks (10-0) host the #13 Stanford Cardinal (8-2), in the game of the week (8:00PM EST, ABC). The #3 team in the land, the Notre Dame Fighting Irish (10-0) host the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (5-5), in South Bend, a place the Irish haven't looked very good at, in recent weeks. The last remaining undefeated team in action this week, Ohio State Buckeyes (10-0), are two wins away from perfection in this bowl-banned season, travel up to Madison, WI to take on the Wisconsin Badgers (7-3), who are actually a 2-point favorite. It's looking like another outstanding weekend of CFB, starting live in the early hours of Saturday morning, out west from Eugene, OR for College Gameday Live 10PM on ESPN. Saturday's in the fall, nothing better. 

Boomer Report: Looking back on the past & Previewing the present

Browns RB Jim Brown #32, looks for running room,
in Cleveland's 48-7 victory in 1960 over the winless (0-11-1)
Dallas Cowboys in the Cotton Bowl (stadium).
The Cleveland Browns & Dallas Cowboys, as hard as it may seem, use to have themselves a little rivalry from the late 1960's to the mid-1990's. Looking back at the past and previewing the present.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: Marlins Fire Sale 3.0 & Back-up QB's spotlight the NFL

Buehrie, Reyes, and Johnson, were all apart of the latest
fire sale by the Marlins franchise.
Where have I seen this before? Oh yeah, the Miami Marlins formerly known as the Florida Marlins, came into the 2012 MLB season with a fresh look, a new ballpark, and a number of big-name free agents to boost the roster, as well as the payroll down in South Beach Miami. Fast forward to the present, and following a 69-93 season, last-place finish in the NL East, the Marlins, once again have conducted their own personal fire sale. Like in years past ('98 & '04), following the teams '97 & '03 World Series Championships, the Marlins shipped away a number of core pieces of those championship runs. As of July, once this latest blockbuster trade is complete, that will make 12 MLB players, that the Marlins have traded away. 12! After one fired big-name manager (Ozzie), shipping away a number of the teams free agent signees, and one brand-new ballpark, the Marlins brass has once again fooled the people of South Beach. Things were suppose to be different, but after this weeks trade, the only difference in Miami is that Marlins have different looking uniform's, and a state of the art ballpark, filled with...empty seats (18th in attendance, 2012). In other news around the diamond...

Cavs Corner: Week 2 Round Up

Andy "Wild Thing" Varejao has been amazeballs this season
Well, after a promising 2-2 start, the Cavs hit a sort of an injury/sick bug.  Late in the Clippers game last Monday, Tyler Zeller got elbowed in the face inadvertently.  What most thought would be a short term facial contusion as the initial x-rays were negative, turned out to be a fracture AND a concussion.  Zeller has not seen any time since the 4th quarter of that game.  Andy Varejao also got a mystery bruise on his knee and missed the game last Wednesday vs Golden State.  Meanwhile, players like Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters, and CJ Miles all battled stomach viruses but played in each of this past week's games.

So let's recap the four games in week 2!

Friday, November 9, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Salute to the Veterans in Week 11

Honoring Veterans all over, with another great
weekend of college football action.
On this weekend, we celebrate Veterans Day (November 11th), by honoring the ones that have went before as, and the ones that are serving and protecting as out there today. Over the weekend, a number of National Anthems will be sung, America flags will be raised, and the stars and stripes will remind us, how special it is, to be able to head out to our favorite tailgate, college stadium, and watch our favorite teams each and every week. All three service academies will be in action this weekend (more on that later), as well as a number of college hoops games tipping-off on either a army base over seas or on a carrier ship off the shores of this great land. When you are out and about this weekend, take a minute to let someone you know, who has serviced this country that you care about what they are doing and thank them for their services. Now, onto the less-important things, the college football action this weekend. Six of the Top 10 teams this weekend travel on the road (including Florida State's 28-22 win over VA. Tech, last night) to take on home underdogs. The biggest task for this weekend, most importantly for the five remaining eligible undefeated teams is, "take care of your business, and move on", because at this stage of the game, you do not want to be slipping up and losing. Enjoy another great weekend, starting with College Football Live from aboard the USS San Diego, in San Diego, CA at 10AM, ESPN. My reaction, when I found out the Buckeyes & Browns had the same Bye Week.

Boomer's Thad Minute: Buckeye hoops teams tip-off on a boat

Junior's Aaron Craft & Deshaun Thomas are back
to guide the Buckeyes ship this winter.

Senior Tayler Hill is back, to lead
the Buckeyes towards another run
at Big 10 Championship.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Boomer Report: Perfection down to a two-game season for the Buckeyes

And to think, these two guys still have two more years (hopefully)
A stretch of 10 perfect, and at times imperfect games, THE Ohio State University football team has itself sporting a 10-0 record and ranked #5 in the latest AP poll. The Buckeyes, who are off this week (the rare Week 11 Bye Week, haha), have their perfect season boiling down to a two-game run in the next couple of weeks. It's been a fun ride watching this team come together in this bowl-ban season, after what they had to go though a season ago. Now, lets glance back at how the Buckeyes got to this point and look ahead to the Scarlet & Gray's final two games of the 2012 campaign. #Miller2NYC

Boomer Report: Bye Week adjustments a must for inconsistent Browns

Pat Shurmur has a record of 6-19 as the Browns Head Coach,
something that would make anyone hide from. #fireshurmur
Five Adjustments the Cleveland Browns must make during the Bye Week

The Cleveland Browns (2-7) hit the Bye Week this weekend, and as there wasn't much of an expectation for this Browns squad this season, they have had plenty of chances to archive a better record, to this point of the season. However, the Browns have been unable to make a number of "winning plays", they haven't won on the road yet this season (0-4), and have won just one out of four games vs. their AFC North rivals. Let us take a look back at the Browns first nine games, and peak ahead at the remaining seven games of the 2012 campaign. Changes are coming with this organization, unfortunately, later rather then sooner.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Boomer's Diamond/Gridiron Notes: Casting my vote in the MLB & NFL

It's the rookie phenom vs. Triple Crown winner,
for the AL MVP award. Who would get your vote?
On Election Day, being the outstanding sports blogger as I am, I thought I would cast my vote on the postseason awards for the Major League Baseball season that concluded a week ago, with the SF Giants sweeping the Detroit Tigers in the World Series. Some close races, the closes one coming from the AL MVP, in which you have Mike Trout, LA Angels rookie phenom who did a little bit of everything this season with his bat & glove in the outfield. The other candidate, Miguel Cabrera, won the AL Triple Crown, becoming the first Triple Crown winner since Carl Yastrezemski in 1967. He also was apart of the Detroit Tigers team to win the AL Central division and a appearance in the World Series, following the Tigers sweep over the NY Yankees in the ALCS. Other close races, include both leagues Cy Young awards, as there were a number of outstanding pitching performances this season. Below, I will reveal my vote for each award, along with a runner-up. MLB Hot Stove

The 2012 NFL season has reached the mid-season point, and it has been a wild one so far. With the replacement referees starting out the season with their attempt to officiate a football game, to Peyton's comeback tour out in Denver, it's been a fun season so far. The Atlanta Falcons are 8-0, yet, the Packers, Bears, Giants, 49ers, and even the Eagles & Cowboys are getting more attention so far in the NFC. The AFC has the 7-1 Houston Texans leading the way, but after that it's a wide-open race for the rest of the contenders. Some teams haven't lived up to the hype, while others are off to surprising starts. With Thanksgiving just a few short weeks away, I'm here, to give my mid-season awards out to some of the guys that have had outstanding seasons so far. NFL Power Rankings: Week 10

Matt Ryan, has guided the Falcons to an 8-0 start, will
the 2nd half of the season be just as perfect?

Cavs Corner - First Week in the Books!

View from Gainer's seats on Opening Night
After four games, many people can jump to many conclusions about many things.  I will say this regarding the opening week of the Cleveland Cavaliers:  They are young, they are competitive, they will make you angry but they will continually improve and occasionally wow you.  

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Boomer's Game Recap: Browns settle for FIVE FG's in loss to Ravens

Despite rushing for 105 yards, T-Rich & the Browns offense,
were unable to find the end zone vs. the Ravens D.
Recap: Browns drop their 10th straight to the Ravens, 25-15

It's frustrating to watch the Browns settle for not one, not two, not three, but FIVE FG's in their 10-point loss to the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) this afternoon. The lose is the 10th straight against the Ravens. The Browns had great field position all afternoon, and had a number of solid plays, but were unable to find the end zone, despite getting into the Ravens redone FIVE TIMES. Phil Dawson, who might be at the tail end of a potential Hall of Fame career (at least in terms of the Browns franchise, haha), has been the Browns offense the past 14 seasons. The professional kicker, with his five FG's on the day, has made 23 consecutive field goals. Again, another winnable game into the 4th quarter, this youthful Browns squad continues to struggle to find ways to close out games "WINNING PLAYS". The Browns (2-7) now are on their bye week, and then travel down to Dallas, to face the Cowboys in two weeks. Hang in there Browns fans, someday, it might not be as bad to be a fan of this organization, ha. #FIRESHURMUR

Boomer's Game Recap: Perfect 10! Buckeyes cruise past Fighting Illini

Buckeyes' RB Carlos Hyde ran all over Illinois' defense, accounting for
137 rushing yards and 3 TD's.
Recap: RB Hyde scores 3 TD's, Ohio State rolls Illinois 

Finally, a game that you won't biting your finger nails in the 4th quarter. Despite another slow start (which we have come accustomed to see this season) Ohio State rolled up 567 total yards of offense and thumped Illinois, 52-22. For the fourth time this season the Buckeyes went over the 50-point mark, as QB Braxton Miller had another stellar performance, in getting the Buckeyes to 10-0, their best start since 2007. Now, the Buckeyes head into their Bye Week, facing what most people predicted back during preseason camp, a two-game season. The Buckeyes travel up to Madison, WI on the 17th to face the Badgers, then will face their arch rivals from that school up north, the Saturday following Thanksgiving. It's been a wild 2012 season up to this point, and would be great to finish it off with a perfect 12-0 mark, as we all start to wonder, what it would have been like, if they were bowl eligible. O-H-I-O!

Friday, November 2, 2012

Boomer's Urban Renewal: Epicness of CFB engulfs Week 10

epicness: To describe something that is so amazing that no other word is able to describe its awesomeness.

LSU & Alabama will have their rubber match on Saturday
when these two teams meet for the 3rd time in a year.
Miami (FL) beating Virginia Tech, 30-12 last night on the ESPN Thursday Night game, opened up the weekend, most of us had circled all the way back in August (for LSU fans it was probably mid-January, haha). November 3rd, 2012. #5 LSU hosting #1 Alabama in Baton Rouge, their third meeting between each other in the past year (8:00, CBS). The two teams played twice last season, both snoozers, with LSU winning the regular season meeting, 9-6, while Bama grabbed the crystal ball from LSU in the National Championship, 21-0. The rubber match, again will have National Championship/SEC Championship implications. For Bama, this is their 1st true test of the season, especially facing a ridiculously atmosphere, while LSU will be right back into the National Championship picture, after their lone lose back in October to Florida (14-6). If this match up wasn't enough for your Saturday evening, there is a PAC-12 clash & Big XII game, that showcase four high-powered offenses. Oregon travels down to LA, to face USC, which could be the first of two meeting this season for the two teams. While Heisman front-runner, Colin Klein and his K-State Wildcats host Oklahoma State, a game that should feature a lot of scoring (last seasons meeting: OK State 52 K State 45). Alabama, Oregon, and K State (all undefeated) are all favored by at least eight-points in these three games, that highlight this epic Saturday slate of College Football action. College Gameday is Live from Baton Rouge, LA starting at 10am on ESPN. November 3rd, and my reaction to the epicness of Saturday's slate of games.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Boomer Report: Coaching search, & Browns preparing for Ravens

Can the Browns in some way, land Andy Reid to
become their next Head Coach?
Barring a miracle, following this 2012 season, the Cleveland Browns will once again be searching for a new Head Coach. Since their return to the league in 1999, the Browns have had five Head Coaches (six, if you include Terry Robiskie, 6-game intern stint). With current Head Coach, Pat Shurmur recording a 6-18 record the past season +, it looks like he will be heading out the door, as new owner Jimmy Haslam III will certainly want to bring in his own guy. The Browns haven't had a legitimate Head Coach since the Ronald Reagan administration. Marty Schottenheimer was the Browns coach from '84-'88, posting a winning record of 44-27, with three divisional titles and appearing in three AFC Championship Games (dam you John Elway!). With the impending coaching search that will happen this off-season, the Browns will try again to find the guy that will be able to finally turn this ship around and get the Browns winning and contending again, like the 1980's. When teams in your own division seem to find the right guys, its frustrating as a Browns fan, to watch them cycle in & out a new Head Coach every 2-3 years. The names are definitely out there, it's just a matter of finding the right guy, with the right philosophy. Lets get it right this time, Jimmy! List of Cleveland Browns head coaches