Thursday, July 31, 2008

So long, website...


Alright, I am shutting down operation of this specific blog. No longer will you be able to come here and read my take on sports or any news I see relevant. Instead, you'll have to go to my new site, which is still without an awesome template, but has some other cool features.

Monday, July 28, 2008

Busy summer, working on new blogsite. updates few and far between until players report in a week or so.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Leach article

Here's an article about Mike Leach from Chip Brown at the DMN.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Update time

Back in town until Monday, so here are some updates from the week...

  • Tech lands a great committ in Friendswood QB Jacob Karam. This is huge for Leach and company because he is a very legitimate talent who can easily battle for the quarterback position in 2009 against Potts, Loucks and Doege. Karam doesn't have the high school passing numbers like some of the other quarterbacks already on campus, but his athleticism (and lack of knee surgeries) adds a lot of promise. Story from Friendswood on Karam. Karam is highly ranked in the state and has a 14-7 record in 2 years for the Mustangs.
  • Danny Amendola survives first round of cuts by Dallas Cowboys. The Cowboys trimmed their roster to 79 players, with Amendola being included in that 79. Good luck Danny!
  • The College World Series in Omaha has kicked off, and Rice is already back in Houston, dropping games to unranked Fresno State and 7th ranked LSU.

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Cedric Benson, shame on you.

You heard it here first folks, Cedric Benson is sitting in the Travis County Jail tonight after being arrested for a drunk driving. The current time is 3:42 CST.

Story from AAS posted 5 hours after my blog :)

Friday, June 6, 2008

Draft Day 2!

Round 7:

210. Jordan Danks, OF, Texas - Chicago AL (Brother John is starting P for CWS)
217. Cole St. Clair, LHP, Rice - Los Angeles NL
221. Luis Flores, C, Oklahoma State - Chicago NL
222. Nate Ten Brink, 3B, Kansas State - Seattle
225. Adam Zornes, C, Rice - San Diego

Round 8:

251. James Leverton, LHP, Texas Tech - Chicago NL
255. Beemer Weems, SS, Baylor - San Diego

Round 9:

264. Matt Hague, 3B, Oklahoma State - Pittsburgh
268. Dan Jennings, LHP, Nebraska - Florida
275. Aaron Luna, OF, Rice - St. Louis
285. Kyle Thebeau, RHP, Texas A&M - San Diego

Round 10:

311. Alex Wilson, RHP, Texas A&M - Chicago NL
313. Robert Weinhardt, RHP, Oklahoma State - Detroit
321. Donnie Webb, OF, Oklahoma State - Cleveland

Round 11:

332. Jacob Priday, OF, Missouri - Houston
347. Kyle Walker, LHP, Texas - Colorado
351. Matt Langwell, RHP, Rice - Cleveland

Round 12:

371. Jake Opitz, 2B, Nebraska - Chicago NL
372. Kenn Kasparek, RHP, Texas - Seattle

Round 13:

391. Blake Stouffer, 2B, Texas A&M - Washington
403. Jared Gayhart, RHP, Rice - Detroit

Round 15:

446. Jason Gurka, LHP, Angelina JC - Baltimore (Texas Tech signee)
448. Johnny Dorn, RHP, Nebraska - Florida

Round 16:

493. Thad Weber, RHP, Nebraska - Detroit
500. Luke Anders, 1B, Texas A&M - New York AL

Round 18:

549. Bobby Bell, RHP, Rice - Toronto

Round 19:

569. Mace Thurman, LHP, Baylor - Cincinnati
590. Mitch Abeita, C, Nebraska - New York AL

Round 20:

613. Ryan Lollis, OF, Missouri - Detroit

Round 21:

638. Lucas Luetge, LHP, Rice - Milwaukee

Round 22:

659. Byron Wiley, OF, Kansas State - Cincinnati
663. Trevor Hurley, RHP, Kansas State - Texas
670. Dane Carter, 3B, Texas A&M - Atlanta

Round 23:

697. Brian Ruggiano, 2B, Texas A&M - Los Angeles NL
703. Michael Gosse, 2B, Oklahoma - Detroit
712. Seth Garrison, RHP, TCU - Boston

Round 24:

717. Wes Musick, LHP, Houston - San Francisco
721. Chris Kelley, RHP, Rice - Washington
739. Taylor Jungmann, RHP, Georgetown HS - Los Angeles AL (Texas signee)

Round 25:

761. Rebel Ridling, 1B, Oklahoma State - Chicago NL
766. Dan Edwards, RHP, Kansas State - Philadelphia

Round 26:

777. Ryan Lormand, 2B, Houston - San Francisco

Round 27:

805. Timothy Huber, LHP, Nebraska - Kansas City
810. Doug Thennis, 1B, Texas Tech - Chicago AL
819. Bryan Kervin, SS, TCU - Toronto
827. Tim Matthews, RHP, Baylor - Colorado
832. Hunter Cervenka, LHP, Sterling HS (Houston) - Boston (Texas signee)

Round 28:

858. Adam Smith, SS, Klein HS - Arizona (Texas A&M signee)

Round 29:

870. Randall Thorpe, OF, Heritage HS (Colleyville, TX) - Chicago AL (Texas A&M signee)
874. Justin Murray, RHP, Kansas State - Oakland
877. Jonathan Runnels, LHP, Rice - Los Angeles NL

Round 30:

901. Casey Whitmer, RHP, Texas - Washington
909. Cody Dunbar, RHP, TCU - Toronto

Round 32:

956. Brandon Loy, SS, Rowlett HS - Baltimore (Texas signee)
964. Ben Hornbeck, LHP, Kansas State - Oakland
965. Sam Freeman, LHP, Kansas - St. Louis
968. Colt Farrar, RHP, First Baptist Academy (Royse City, Tx) - Milwaukee (Texas Tech signee)
971. Kurt Calvert, OF, Missouri - Chicago NL

Round 33:

987. Ryne Price, OF, Kansas - San Francisco
1004. Neil Medchill, OF, Oklahoma State - New York NL

Round 34:

1033. Bryan Pounds, 3B, Houston - Detroit

Round 35:

1052. Nick Czyz, LHP, Kansas - Seattle

Round 37:

1109. Randall Linebaugh, RHP, Baylor - Cincinnati
1112. Kirkland Rivers, RHP, Texas A&M - Houston
1123. Nick Cassavechia, RHP, Baylor - Detroit

Round 38:

1152. Andres Esquibel, RHP, Kansas - Seattle
1155. Zach Herr, LHP, Nebraska - San Diego


1222. Sam Stafford, LHP, Collins HS (Klein, TX) - Boston (Texas signee)

Round 42:

1266. Riley Boening, LHP, Texas - Minnesota

Round 44:

1321. J.P. Padron, 1B, Rice - Washington

Round 46:

1377. Lee Fischer, SS, Missouri - Chicago AL
1380. Erik Morrison, SS, Kansas - Texas
1391. James Cesario, 2B, Houston - Colorado

Round 48:

1425. Owen Brolsma, RHP, Texas Tech - Pittsburgh

Thursday, June 5, 2008

The Draft Looms

Today is draft day in the MLB. I will try to keep a semi-realtime update going on today, but can't promise anything. I'll focus most on Big 12 players.

For the Red Raider fans, expect to see Roger Kieschnick, Zach Stewart and James Leverton taken fairly early today.

Longhorn fans can expect to see Kyle Russell, Jordan Danks and Preston Clark on the board today.

The Aggies can expect Jose Duran, Blake Stouffer and Kyle Thebeau to be safe bet picks.


Round 1:

9. Aaron Crow, RHP, Missouri - Cincinnati
19. Andrew Cashner, RHP, TCU - Chicago NL
45. Bryan Price, RHP, Rice - Boston

Round 3:

79. Jordy Mercer, SS, Oklahoma State - Pittsburgh
82. Roger Kieschnick, OF, Texas Tech - San Francisco
84. Zach Stewart, RHP, Texas Tech - Cincinnati
93. Kyle Russell, OF, University of Texas - Los Angeles NL
98. Benjamin Pribanic, RHP, Nebraska - Seattle

Round 6:

174. Robert Grossman, CF, Cy-Fair HS (Houston) - Pittsburgh (Texas signee)
188. Jose Duran, SS, Texas A&M - Milwaukee

That's all for today, folks. I only had a list of signees for Texas, Texas Tech and Texas A&M, so I can't comment on any other Big 12 signees who were taken.

Also, I am not a fan of having this on ESPN. It has taken 3 hours to get through the first round. Baseball America did a much better job with much better analysis when they did their live stream.

Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Larry Hays steps down, Spencer head coach

On Monday, Larry Hays officially announced his retirement from Texas Tech University. Hays had served as the head coach of the Texas Tech Red Raiders baseball team for the previous 22 years of his 38-year career in coaching.

Dan Spencer will take over as the head coach for the Raiders.

Texas Tech Official Release

Lasting Impression - Don Williams (LAJ)

Saturday, May 31, 2008

I've got like 3 unfinished projects saved that i need to finish and post, but i've been doing a lot of work around the house and outside. I'll get it posted before I'm gone for another week.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Oh yeah...

Kenn Kasparek threw a no-hitter or something...


Wednesday, April 30, 2008

What hasn't happened today?

So yesterday I saw that Tech has named Dan Spencer the Head Coach Designate for the baseball team. Whenever Larry Hays decides to hang 'em up, Spencer will be the man.

Texas Tech press release

The Dallas Mavericks fired head coach Avery Johnson after losing their 3rd straight playoff series.

CBS Sports

The Phoenix Suns shifted all the blame on Mike D'Antoni, sending him looking for a new job. If I remember correctly, it wasn't D'Antoni who makes the trades.


Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Dallas Cowboys, holla

So the draft has come and gone once again, lets see how the Cowboys did...

In round one, the Cowboys had to wait until pick 22 to get their feet wet. When their turn finally came around, they nabbed Arkansas RB Felix Jones. Good pick, IMO. Jones will provide much need support to Marion Barber III. While I was high on Illinois RB Rashard Mendenhall, friends made the good point that there is no need to have two running backs with the same style on a team. That being said, Jones has the speed to create an outside presence, and should compliment the straight ahead style that Barber prefers.

The Cowboys traded up from their 28th spot to grab CB Mike Jenkins out of South Florida at #25. Another solid choice by the Cowboys. The one thing that has hurt them in recent years has been Roy Williams...err...secondary. With the drafting of Jenkins and the addition of CB Adam "Pacman" Jones from Tennessee, the Cowboys shouldn't have to worry about Roy Williams attempting to cover an opposing WR. A DB was Dallas' most needed position, and they got a good one. Jenkins was ranked as high as 3rd among fellow cornerbacks. He is also one year removed from an arrest, a perfect fit in Dallas!

With their last pick on the first day, the Dallas Cowboys drafted a legend. Now, this legend is not a legend because of his on-field abilities, but rather an internet message-board legend because of the text message he recieved from LSU QB Ryan Perrilloux during his announcement on signing day a few years ago. Martellus Bennett, HOLLA!

I'm not too thrilled about this pick. Dallas needed a TE, but I think that Michigan State TE Kellen Davis was a better selection than Money-B (Oh yeah, I forgot to add that Martellus is a "rapper"...hip-hop lifestyle, holla!) Money-B is very talented, but extremely raw. Coming from Dennis Franchione's "system" at A&M, Martellus has a lot of catching up to do. Luckily for everyone, he wasn't converted to an oversized RB, and stayed at his TE spot, where he gained a lot of valuable experience as a blocker and running around without the ball.

Friday, April 25, 2008

47/3 =15.7

A seven game losing streak for the Red Raiders quickly turned into a three game win streak. After celebrating a series win over then #2 Missouri, Texas Tech followed up by sweeping A&M-Corpus Christi to give Coach Larry Hays his 1,500th overall win. It took a span 13 games until they got to 1,502. Tech suffered weekend sweeps at Nebraska and Kansas, and a midweek sweep in Las Vegas against UNLV. Tech's only win during that span was a 10-0 gem against the New Mexico Lobos, who split their midweek series with a Wednesday victory. It took until game 3 against the Kansas State Wildcats for Tech to break out of the funk.

Since that 19-4 run-ruling by the Raiders, Tech has defeated New Mexico State twice, scoring 12 and 16 runs, respectively.

During their 1-12 stretch, Tech scored 51 runs, or 3.9 runs per game. Since that drought was snapped, Tech has plated 47 runs in 3 games, or 15.7 runs per game. Much of this is in large part due to the re-emergence of Texas Collegiate League Player of the Year Chris Richburg, who returned to the lineup after a 6 week absence. Richburg broke his left fibula while rounding second base against Central Arkansas.

In the 3 game streak, Richburg is 8 for 10 with 8 runs and 6 RBIs. He has collected 5 extra base hits, including becoming only the 5th player in Texas Tech history to hit for the cycle, a feat he accomplished in Tech's 16-10 victory over New Mexico State in Roswell. On the year, Richburg is hitting at .329, the second highest average among Tech starters.

The hitting is going great for the Raiders, but that doesn't mean anything if the pitching cannot keep up. With a season ERA sitting at an even 6.00, the pitching staff is forcing the bats to win games, which is causing the Red Raiders to lose games. The problem with the staff is not one single player or group of players, but rather one position: starting pitcher. In Tech's 46 games this season, the starting pitchers have amassed a group ERA of roughly 7.12, while the bullpen stays at approximately 4.46. Not good.

Couple those numbers with the recent loss of veteran AJ Ramos, and Tech could be in for a bad ending if the hitting fizzles out. It's all up to the bats to pull the rabbit out of the hat now.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Augustin and Abrams testing NBA waters...might be too cold for one of them.

Both DJ Augustin and AJ Abrams are declaring for the NBA draft, but won't hire agents. They can still withdraw their names by June 16th, unless they sign an agent.

I think this is a great move for DJ, because, honestly, why the hell not? 19.8 ppg in the Big 12 and the winner of the Bob Cousy Award...sounds good to me. He has great moves, can shoot, and has very good court awareness. I predict 1st round and a better rookie season than Acie Law.

AJ, on the other hand should withdraw his name. He just seems too spotty to be NBA calibur. His only real tool is his 3-point shooting. He isn't good at making his own shots, defense, or shooting inside the arc. That spells NBDL all the way.

Spurs improve to 2-0, Mavericks improve to 0-2

The Spurs were the Spurs while the Mavericks were the Mavericks.

It should be no surprise to anyone that San Antonio has taken both games on their home court to jump out to a 2-0 start over the Phoenix Suns. They played their game, came back from a large deficit and held on to frustrate Amare Stoudemire and his team. Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker led the way for the Spurs. The first half featured 3 points from Brent Barry and 51 from the Big 3, while the second half saw they others score 20 of the 48 Spurs points. Regardless, the Spurs took the lead with a series of scoring spurts and held on in the end to take the 2 game series lead.

While this was happening, Dallas was keeping up their current trend of playoff woe. Since taking a 2-0 lead in the 2006 NBA Finals, Dallas has successfully lost 10 of their last 12 playoff games, including 6 of 8 in the first round, as well as their last 8 on the road. Unfortunately for the Mavs, they would need two wins at New Orleans Arena to move on to the quarterfinals. It just doesn't seem plausible for New Orleans to allow this to happen, especially with the level of play that Chris Paul has been experiencing.