2nd Half Outlook: Have Hope, Cleveland

It’s a Thursday morning and I spent last evening sleeping in the backseat of my car, due to my parents accidentally locking me out of the house. So please, forgive me if any of this seems a bit off. The backseat of a VW Jetta is not the ideal place to devise writing inspiration.

Yesterday, Deb discussed the outlook for Chicago’s MLB teams as well as their attendance concerns. While attendance continues to remain an issue for the second-place Tribe, their season outlook still holds promise. (Which means you need to get your butt to the ballpark.) Continue reading 2nd Half Outlook: Have Hope, Cleveland

MTAF Morning News – Thursday July 14

The second half of the baseball season is ready to kick off and for soccer fans, the U.S. Women’s team will have your attention on Sunday afternoon. After an exciting second half on Wednesday, the U.S. beat France 3-1 and will face Japan in the World Cup finals at  2:45 p.m. ET.

The Americans last won the title in 1999 and have never left the World Cup with anything less than a third place finish.

Golf fans will have to watch another tournament without Tiger Woods and unfortunately new fan favorite Rory McIlroy is struggling in the first round of the British Open today. Denmark’s Thomas Bjorn is the leader at 5-under 65  while McIlroy is 2-over at the 13th hole (at the time of this writing).

And for sports fans who missed the ESPYs, the Dallas Mavericks cleaned up with honors for the Best Team, Best Coach (Rick Carlisle), Best NBA Player and Best Male Athlete for Dirk Nowitzki. Continue reading MTAF Morning News – Thursday July 14

Break Time: MTAF National League Predictions

Way back in April, when Josh and I were writing on that big fancy national sports network, we put our predictions for the MLB season out there for everyone to see.  Now we’re back to take a look at what we said then and what we’re thinking now that we are a little more than halfway through the season.

The original posts:  American League   National League

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Break Time: MTAF American League Predictions

Way back in April, when Josh and I were writing on that big fancy national sports network, we put our predictions for the MLB season out there for everyone to see.  Now we’re back to take a look at what we said then and what we’re thinking now that we are a little more than halfway through the season.

The original posts:  American League   National League

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Cubs and Sox Show up in All-Star Game, Wrigley Attendance Takes a Hit

With the All-Star break over, Chicago’s two baseball teams will both look for fresh starts in the season’s second half; however, let’s first take a look at the All-Star Game.

On Tuesday night, the Sox All-Stars attempted to step up in the ninth to get the AL back in the game, but they came up short. At 5-1 with two outs and Giants Brian Wilson on the mound, Sox Paul Konerko stood at the plate while his teammate Carlos Quentin impatiently stood on third. Konerko found himself in an 0-2 hole, got the count to even but on the fifth pitch, he hit a game-ending groundout.

Will this be the last time Konerko and Quentin play together on the same team? Rumors have been swirling about a Quentin trade. Continue reading here

MTAF Morning News – Wednesday, July 13

By Ryan Isley

National League Wins All-Star Game

We do not know who will be in the World Series but we do know that thanks to Prince Fielder and a filthy pitching staff, the team representing the National League will have home-field advantage as they won the All-Star Game 5-1 over their American League counterparts.

Fielder provided all of the offense that the National League really needed when he took a C.J. Wilson pitch 410 feet to left center field for a three-run homer in the 4th inning with the National League trailing 1-0. The ball hit the top of the fence and caromed over the wall for the shot that would give Fielder the MVP when things were all said and done.

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Let's Get Excited! It's the All Star Game…..Or Not.

I hate the All Star Game. There I said it. I will tune in this year only to watch Asdrubal Cabrera and Chris Perez because they are my boys. The rest, I don’t care about in the least.

The All Star Game lost its pop for me about the time that Bud Selig decided it would be cool to make the winner of this game responsible for which league – American or National – has home field advantage in the World Series. And then throw in that it is more of a popularity contest rather than a showcase of the true talent in baseball for the season and I just plain can’t get on board.

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MTAF Morning News – July 12

All-Star Break

It’s the All-Star Break and a much-needed rest for both Chicago baseball teams. Carlos Quentin and Paul Konerko are representing the Chicago White Sox in Phoenix while Starlin Castro will travel west for the Chicago Cubs.

As Quentin attends his second All-Star Game, trade rumors are swirling for the right-handed outfielder with the Atlanta Braves supposedly sniffing around as well as possible interest from the Phillies and the Giants. The Sox finished the first half of the season 44-46 (.478, 5 GB) but they believe there’s a shot to move up from third place.

In addition to getting rid of Quentin, there’s also talk that some coaching changes may take place in the second half. Continue reading here

Not a Dull Monday For Ohio State

By Ryan Isley

Everywhere you turned on Monday, Ohio State football was in the news. Blame the NFL lockout, the NBA lockout, the MLB All-Star break, but for whatever reason the Buckeyes seemed to be the hot topic of the day for different reasons.

Vrabel Named Assistant Coach:

Former Buckeye Mike Vrabel retired from the NFL after about a week of speculation to join Luke Fickell’s staff at Ohio State, where he will coach the linebackers. Vrabel knows a little something about what it takes to play in the stout Ohio State defense, winning the Big Ten defensive lineman of the year award in both 1995 and 1996 and was named to the Ohio State football All-Century team in 2000.

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Grand Slam of Baseball News – It’s the All Star Break

All teams are officially on All Star Game break with regular season games  resuming  on Thursday.  Over 80 players have been named to their respective All Star teams due to the number of players opting out because of  injuries or, in the case of pitchers, declared ineligible because they pitched on Sunday. At this rate, Josh Flagner of More Than A Fan fame is probably going to get the call to pitch here pretty soon.  I hope he’s been practicing.

If you are interested, you can check the starting line ups here:  National League and American League.

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