Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Sunday, April 25, 2010
|RiverRun's Start in the shadow of Old Cap|
The race meanders around the Iowa River and through a portion of campus which was devasted by the historic flood of 2008. A mix of people participate including students and residents of the Iowa City area. There are also teams of people and costumes are encouraged.
|Colin captures Dad at the Finish Line|
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Bulaga is truly one of the good guys of the 2009 Iowa Football team. We shared many likes and had good conversations on our differences. Being from Chicago he is a White Sox fan. Routinely we would discuss the positives and negatives of our teams--mine being the Cubs--and debate who had the better team in Chicago.
Bryan will make a fine addition to a Green Bay team who is in need of offensive line help. And the Packers have been known to draft former Hawkeye players. Bulaga replaces one former Hawkeye, Aaron Kampman, who departed after the 2009 season for Jacksonville.
Good Luck Bryan.
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
|Chicago's Best Prospect, SS Starlin Castro|
A popular way to shake up a team is to fire the manager. Of course it is easier to lose one person than replace up to twenty-five others. But the Cubs organization need to look at the twenty-five taking the field, not the one who puts them out there. Cub manager, Lou Pinella has proven he can win, but who on this team has also proven that? Those returning from 2009 with a World Series ring is first baseman Derrek Lee. Other than that, there are no proven winners on a team that has not proven it can win.
Quite simply it is time to add some youth to this team and find out if they have what it takes to play major league ball. Begin with the hottest prospect in the Cubs' organization, shortstop Starlin Castro. He is currently at double A West Tennessee awaiting a phone call from the Windy City. Castro batted over .400 in spring training with the parent club.
Along with bringing Castro up from double A, I would also bring up outfielder Sam Fuld from triple-A Iowa. He had many at bats with Chicago in 2009 and showed promise at the plate as well as hustle and determination in the field. Other former Chicago Cubs in the minor leagues include third baseman Bobby Scales, first baseman Micah Hoffpauier, and outfielder / first baseman Jason DuBois. Individually each of these prospects may not have a future in the major leagues, but collectively they may provide enthusiasm and a willingness to prove themselves, it may give Cubs fans a reason to believe.
To make way for these additions the Cubs must decide what they want to do with aging outfielder Alfonso Soriano. With a hefty contract through 2014, the Cubs will either have to tolerate a poor fielding and sporadic hitter in Soriano or cut their losses now, release him and pay him. Releasing him may be a costly option, but the Cubs may not be able to afford to keep his lackluster effort around.
As much as I like Ryan Theriot the player, it is possible to get quality players in return for his services. After beginning 2010 as one of the hottest players in the league, it will only be time for Kosuke Fukodome to cool off into his May swoon. And third baseman Aramis Ramirez is not All-Star caliber.
This is Lou Pinella's last season on his contract. He has dealt with the same roster since his first year. It is time to give him a second chance with players that are willing to play for something other than money. The pitching staff is solid, although not great, but consistent enough to get a few more wins with enough run production. After two weeks, there is nothing in this team that can give Cub fans any hope to success in 2010. If they are serious about winning, changes must occur now.
Sunday, April 18, 2010
|Iowa Softball defeats WIU, 6-0 in six.|
Saturday, April 17, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Sunday, April 11, 2010
#3--Embedded within the open of the CBS Series, Dallas.
#2--The Dalls Cowboys Cheerleaders
And my #1 moment in Texas Stadium History, is today's implosion! Since it seemed the Packers would always play at Dallas in the playoffs...and lose, I am happy to see it go.
|So Long Metrodome and Indoor Minnesota Baseball|
|Petco Park in San Diego|
|Beautiful Wrigley Field|
|Busch Stadium home of the Cardinals|
|Citizen Bank Park, home of the Phillies|
Friday, April 9, 2010
|Eutaw Street, just beyond center field|
|Oriole Park at Camden Yards: PHL vs BLT|
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
|Philadelphia Phillies (Roy Halladay) at Washington Nationals (John Leman)|
|Toronto Blue Jays (Shawn Marcum) at Texas Rangers (Scott Feldman)|
|Los Angeles Dodgers (Vicente Padilla) at Pittsburgh Pirates (Zach Duke)|
|Colorado Rockies (Ubaldo Jiminez) at Milwaukee Brewers (Yovanni Gillardo)|
|Detroit Tigers (Justin Verlander) at Kansas City Royals (Zach Grenke)|
Sunday, April 4, 2010
|Fenway Park 2000 prior to a game with Toronto.|
Force fed to us by ESPN comes a long-time rivalry to open the season in Fenway Park, the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox. And as the curtain opens on the season here comes my prediction for the 2010 season:
Amercian League: National League
- East--New York Yankees East--Philadelphia Phillies
- Central--Chicago White Sox Central--St. Louis Cardinals
- West--L.A. Angels of Anaheim West--San Francisco Giants
- WCard--Detroit Tigers WCard--Chicago Cubs
World Series Champion: St. Louis Cardinals
General thoughts: The Yankees will continue their championship ways. I don't feel the Red Sox have done enough to win the East, or win the Wild Card. Look for the Rays to finish second in the division. Since the Twins have lost their closer, Joe Nathan, for the year, they will lose close games down the stretch. The White Sox have the talent to win the division, it will come down to whether or not they have the winning mentality to take it. Jim Leyland will find a way for the Tigers to be successful. In the West, the Angels may have obstacles along the way, but will find themselves atop the division at the end of the year. As long as the Mariners have Milton Bradley, success will escape them.
In the National League East, the Phillies continue to be the dominant team. Bobby Cox's Atlanta Braves team will play hard for him in his last year, but they don't have the talent to match up with the Phillies. The Mets will struggle along with the Marlins and Nationals. The Cardinals will be tough to beat in the Central, but this Cubs team will be better than many expect. It will be a two team race down the stretch, with the Cardinals winning it in the last five days. The San Francisco Giants have a underrated manager and played strong down the stretch in 2009.
The Yankees are the best in the American League while the best playoff series will be in the National League. The Cubs finally find a way to win a post-season series, but will lose to the Cardinals in six. In what will be one of the better World Series in years, the Cardinals will win it at home in 7.
|View of the Green Monster from RF.|
Saturday, April 3, 2010
The UConn women are one of those teams you need to see in person before it is too late. My second opportunity came in 2002 while travelling with the Iowa women's team to the NCAA Tournament. The first round game for the Hawkeyes was against Virginia, with the winner playing Connecticut. This Huskie squad established the original record for consecutive wins at 70. That team was made of Swin Cash, Sue Bird, and Diana Taurasi, each future WNBA players. The associated picture (courtesy Karen Daubs) is from the Huskeis First Round win against St. Francis. It was the second game of the day at Gampel Pavillion as the Iowa - Virginia was first.
Hosting early round NCAA games is nothing new to the people of Connecticut. Whether it is on-campus at Gampel Pavillion or in Hartford, the fans of the Husky women's team are accustomed to watching their team play for the first two rounds. But what makes this small arena in this rural college town is the support the fans have for their team. During a tv timeout in the Iowa - Virginia game, the Huskie basketball team walked from their seats inside the arena to their locker room as one. The home town crowd roared as each Husky basketball players walked by.
And with success comes a little bit of arrogance. In this case it is justified. Prior to the Monday night second round game with the Hawkeyes, local fans were already making reservations for the regionals to be held in Milwaukee. Iowa fans took it as disrespect, but it shouldn't, it was reality for the UConn fans. Not only was this one of the best Huskie women's team in school's history, but Huskie fans knew Auriemma would allow the Big Ten team, an eight seed, upsetting this perennial power on its home court.
On this stormy Monday night, the Hawkeyes played the role of the "little engine that could" for the first half, but UConn's athleticism took over. While the Huskies fought to put the lead at fourteen heading into the half, they outscored the Hawkeyes 40-16 in the second half. Truly a display of greatness. The game was over quickly, and the UConn team and fans had already set their sights on the regional with Penn State. So quick that the Gampel Pavillion facility staff began tearing down the second-round site before the media had put the story to rest, including the Iowa Radio Network who were stlil on the air as their broacasting location was being taken apart.
Most likely this year's edition of the Connecticut basketball team will take home another title. A program of this magnitude will not be replicated, and they play the game better than anyone else.
This isn't necessarily the two teams CBS was looking for. Duke is always a good sell for television ratings, but Butler brings little prominence to the table. Although there is a good back story to the Bulldogs, CBS risks losing an audience if the game is sluggish, or one-sided to the Blue Devils early on.