NCAA Bracket Update, Round of 16, by Chuck Strom

The two biggest takeaways from yesterday’s Round of 16 action was Oregon’s advancement in a nail-biter over Michigan and Arizona’s demise to #11 Xavier in a similarly close contest. Kansas still looks like the most dominant team in the tournament, which bodes ill for Oregon, its Elite Eight opponent. My bracket is still . . . → Read More: NCAA Bracket Update, Round of 16, by Chuck Strom

The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

Found this item today buried in a Ringer article about the Oakland Raiders and their pending move to Las Vegas: the San Francisco Giants just sent their last mortgage check for AT&T Park without even issuing a new release to mark the occasion:

http://www.sfchronicle.com/giants/article/Giants-pay-off-AT-T-Park-prepare-for-another-10952512.php

The windfall isn’t expected to impact the Giants greatly. The . . . → Read More: The San Francisco Giants Pay Off Their Mortgage, by Chuck Strom

A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom

One of the noticeable characteristics of the NBA nowadays is the constant din of music, promotions, giveaways, and dance routines during a game. Hardly a moment, even during time-outs, is allowed to go empty, possibly out of the fear that if fans’ attention is allowed to lapse for even a second, they will lose . . . → Read More: A Noble NBA Experiment Gone Awry, by Chuck Strom

NCAA Bracket Update, Sweet Sixteen, by Chuck Strom

The initial weekend of the NCAA Tournament laid further waste to my bracket. As of the Sweet Sixteen, only ten of the spots are occupied by winners I picked. The East Regional was the worst, where I picked only one of the four winners. I’m sure I have a lot of company here, though, . . . → Read More: NCAA Bracket Update, Sweet Sixteen, by Chuck Strom

NCAA Bracket Update, Day 1 by Chuck Strom

My perfect bracket is already history with Day 1 not even half over—#12 Princeton lost to #5 Notre Dame, though the tightness of the game suggests the reasonableness of the pick. Oh, well. Maybe there’s a consolation prize out there for me.

Also saw that my alma mater, UC Davis, won their play-in game . . . → Read More: NCAA Bracket Update, Day 1 by Chuck Strom

It’s March – Time for NCAA Bracketology! by Chuck Strom

Monday Night: 3/13/17 – Most of the interest in NCAA basketball, I suspect, comes from the gambling opportunity offered by the March Madness Tournament. It also doubles as a free lottery ticket if you take one of the many free online bracket challenges, in this case Yahoo Sports. Only a few days remain before . . . → Read More: It’s March – Time for NCAA Bracketology! by Chuck Strom

The Washington Wizards Are On The Rise. The Sacramento Kings? Not So Much, by Chuck Strom

Last Friday evening, my wife held a ladies’ bunco party at my house. Needing to make myself scarce, I paid a return visit to the Kings in Sacramento to see them play the Washington Wizards, who have been a rising team in the NBA’s Eastern Conference as recently described in The Ringer:

https://theringer.com/nba-washington-wizards-scott-brooks-john-wall-bradley-beal-33e6a60ed931#.4j9ntquc1

The . . . → Read More: The Washington Wizards Are On The Rise. The Sacramento Kings? Not So Much, by Chuck Strom

Sacramento’s New NBA Arena Raises the Bar For The Rest, by Chuck Strom

Last Sunday I visited the new arena for the Sacramento Kings, the Golden One Center, and what I found made every other NBA venue look like a D League gym. On the outside, the building resembled with its aluminum skin an alien spaceship that happened to land downtown—the roof has enough solar panels . . . → Read More: Sacramento’s New NBA Arena Raises the Bar For The Rest, by Chuck Strom

GOAT Notes On The Recent Super Bowl, by Chuck Strom

In the wake of the New England Patriots’ recent come-from-behind victory over the Atlanta Falcons in Super Bowl LI, many commentators have seen the game correctly as a final exclamation point for the legacies of quarterback Tom Brady, coach Bill Belichick, and the current New England Patriots sports dynasty: seven championships, two additional Super . . . → Read More: GOAT Notes On The Recent Super Bowl, by Chuck Strom

Chip Kelly Out With 49ers—Hope He Rented Rather Than Bought, by Chuck Strom

This may seem naïve, but I was actually a little surprised to hear that Chip Kelly was fired as coach of the San Francisco 49ers after their 2-14 season. No one realistically could have expected Kelly to win with the worst roster in the league, and hopefully he will get some benefit of . . . → Read More: Chip Kelly Out With 49ers—Hope He Rented Rather Than Bought, by Chuck Strom

For Sounders, sometimes you gotta lose to win, by Claude Iosso

TORONTO – Seattle Sounders FC have been one of Major League Soccer’s best regular-season teams ever since the club joined MLS in 2009, but that excellence never yielded a championship. Ironically, the Sounders finally landed their first MLS Cup tonight after their worst season.

Multiple times over the years the Rave Green have dominated . . . → Read More: For Sounders, sometimes you gotta lose to win, by Claude Iosso

The World of the Warriors Has Turned Upside Down, by Chuck Strom

I thought I had heard everything in sports, but now we have the New York Yankees accusing the Boston Red Sox, with their recent trade for Chris Sale, of being the Golden State Warriors. Who would have ever thought that the original Evil Empire would be looking up at the Dubs?

http://www.espn.com/mlb/story/_/id/18223011/new-york-yankees-gm-compares-red-sox-warriors

This . . . → Read More: The World of the Warriors Has Turned Upside Down, by Chuck Strom

Ten Sports Books For That Special Someone On Your Christmas List, by Chuck Strom

Sports books don’t come anywhere close to romance novels in their share of the publishing market, but there are still enough of them out there to present a bewildering array of choices for someone looking to purchase a gift for that special someone who likes to consume sports on the page as well as . . . → Read More: Ten Sports Books For That Special Someone On Your Christmas List, by Chuck Strom

A New NBA Season in Portland, and The Blazers Are Wearing Their Track Shoes, by Chuck Strom

At a time when diversions from real life seem more welcome than usual, it is a pleasure to announce the start of the NBA season and the return of the Portland Trail Blazers to the Moda Center. Last Friday, the Blazers took on the Sacramento Kings in a tight, high-scoring contest that went into . . . → Read More: A New NBA Season in Portland, and The Blazers Are Wearing Their Track Shoes, by Chuck Strom

More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Jeanne Clery was raped and murdered in her dorm room at Lehigh University by a fellow student in 1986. Her distraught parents came to believe that Lehigh had not taken sufficient efforts to keep its college campus safe, and lobbied for legislative action. In 1990, Congress passed what is commonly known as “The Clery . . . → Read More: More on Penn State, Sandusky, Paterno and Shameful Legacy, by Mark Erickson

Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

Last Friday, I watched a bit of the Cubs victory celebration in Chicago. I’m not really a parade person, but seeing it I wished I was there. City says 5 MILLION turned out. I admit I got a little misty seeing the throngs in my various old haunts: Wrigley, LSD, the Boul Mich, Grant . . . → Read More: Mea Culpa, Chicago Cubs Pepsi Man, by Tom Fredrickson

The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

No, the title is not a misprint. In fact, this post is mostly an excuse to write that line, which has been so long in coming.

One person with extra motivation to be happy today is Aroldis Chapman, who escaped by the narrowest of margins the fate of becoming the latest victim of the . . . → Read More: The Chicago Cubs Are World Series Champions, by Chuck Strom

The Super Bowl Is Cheaper than The World Series, by Chuck Strom

Tickets to the World Series at Wrigley are starting at nearly $2,000 just to get into the park. If you want a place to sit down, start talking at $2,500:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kurtbadenhausen/2016/10/23/chicago-cubs-win-sets-stage-for-most-expensive-world-series-tickets-in-baseball-history/#3f872de55eab

For many, the price is worth it. You can hear from some of them here:

http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Want-to-see-World-Series-at-Wrigley-It-will-cost-10174338.php

If the Cubs win, we . . . → Read More: The Super Bowl Is Cheaper than The World Series, by Chuck Strom

It’s Happened: Next Year is Here, by Chuck Strom

Who would have thought that Los Angeles Dodger pitcher Clayton Kershaw would show up to Game 6 of the National League Championship Series without his curveball? It didn’t take long for the Chicago Cubs to figure out that he couldn’t throw it for strikes, and they wasted little time in taking advantage, running up . . . → Read More: It’s Happened: Next Year is Here, by Chuck Strom

Is it Possible that Replay Makes for Better Umps in Baseball? by Ron Swanson

For years, Angel Hernández has drawn my score as worst ump in the Majors. I think he may be a rare case where replay has helped the ump.

It used to be, any time that a call that he made was questioned and was very close, any argument at all would result in an . . . → Read More: Is it Possible that Replay Makes for Better Umps in Baseball? by Ron Swanson