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Thursday, October 27, 2016

MLB Succeeding Where the NBA is Failing

The best team in the American League was swept. The favorite to win the AL Pennant was swept. Oh, the best team in baseball escaped a possible elimination game in the first round. Now, we’ve got a Cleveland/Chicago World Series.

And that’s where the NBA is failing.

The NBA season is already chalked full of headlines. Old faces in different places: Dwyane Wade to the Bulls; Derrick Rose to the Knicks; Al Horford to the Celtics. Struggling teams like the Timberwolves, Magic and Jazz are now able to make a run to the playoffs. Good teams like the Celtics, Blazers and Grizzlies have reinforcements to make deeper runs in the playoffs. But even with top-class rookies, productive veterans and big name signings, success is going to follow the Golden State Warriors and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The two juggernauts have played each other in the last two NBA Finals and are most likely on their way to that rematch again. After completing the best regular season of all-time, the Warriors signed one of the greatest NBA scorers in history. They have reached the NBA Finals in the past two seasons and just grabbed an All-NBA player from one of their top challengers. The Cavaliers have the best chance to reach the Finals again because the Eastern Conference still does not have a playoff team capable of being any competition to the Cavs. Also, LeBron James has reached every Finals series since 2011. Talk about parity.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: October 27, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 9 comment(s)
  Beats: nba, parity, playoffs

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Won for the ages: After years of waiting and suffering, Cubs are in World Series - Chicago Tribune

Congrats to Cubs fans!

It’s OK to say it out loud now, Chicago. The Cubs are National League champions. The Cubs are in the World Series for the first time since 1945.

Let those words sink in for a few days before the games — and all the trepidation and anxiety they will bring — begin Tuesday. For now, it’s time for Cubs fans to raise a glass to the millions who never got to say that simple sentence:

Jim Furtado Posted: October 23, 2016 at 08:06 AM | 32 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs, world series

Saturday, October 22, 2016

A well-rested Kenley Jansen makes Cubs’ task more daunting | New York Post

The star closer will be on three days’ rest Saturday for Game 6 of the NLCS, and it wouldn’t be surprising if Jansen is an option as early as the seventh inning if Clayton Kershaw needs help.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 10:14 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

In Cubdom, the anticipation is brimming, the eagerness palpable - Chicago Tribune

After the Red Sox, I’m a Cubs fan. Unlike a true Cubs fan, I’m not feeling the angst that I felt with the Red Sox. The tips I can give are: keep the faith, keep a paper bag handy, and have something you can destroy in the backyard, just in case.

“It’s within our reach right now,’’ Cubs manager Joe Maddon said. “We’re not going to run away from anything.’‘

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 09:05 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Beating Clayton Kershaw is Cubs’ biggest barrier to 1st pennant since 1945 - Chicago Tribune

I’m not sure the word “advantage” applies to Clayton Kershaw.

“I always think the advantage goes to the hitters when you’re seeing a guy (in back-to-back starts),” Anthony Rizzo said. “But we’ll have to execute and capitalize on every detail.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 22, 2016 at 09:03 AM | 11 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Friday, October 21, 2016

What we learned: The Dodgers can’t hit Jon Lester

It was a good, tense game until it wasn’t. After back-to-back shutouts, the Chicago Cubs have now scored 18 runs the past two games of the National League Championship Series after beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 8-4 in Game 5 on Thursday. The series heads back to Wrigley Field, and we all know what’s at stake.

at the end you will see why I posted this.

Make Meatwad great again Posted: October 21, 2016 at 03:20 AM | 29 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Indians beat Blue Jays to win AL pennant | MLB.com

It all worked out in the end. Congrats to the Indians and their fans.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 07:51 PM | 55 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs, world series

Hill’s biggest start works out just fine - LA Times

He carved them up with curveballs.

“It’s interesting,” Dodgers Manager Dave Roberts said. “Of the starts I’ve seen him this year, that wasn’t his best stuff. I think that curveball command wasn’t as I know he would like it. But that just shows he goes out there and competes.

“His preparedness, his guts really kept those guys at bay.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 09:16 AM | 5 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Slumping Cubs looking at shattered dreams | FOX Sports

“It ain’t over till it’s over”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 19, 2016 at 06:39 AM | 42 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Indians take 3-0 ALCS lead vs. Blue Jays | MLB.com

A weird bullpen game. The Indians are one win away from the World Series.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 18, 2016 at 06:29 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nobody promised Dodgers would be easy, but it’s not time to panic | Chicago Sun-Times

I’ve been there. Deep breaths and keep the faith.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:36 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Kenley Jansen finds relief in role as Dodgers’ closer | FOX Sports

Free agent about to get very, very rich.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:34 AM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, kenley jansen, playoffs

Why is it so hard to watch MLB playoff games? - Pinstripe Alley

MLB doesn’t like cord-cutters.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 17, 2016 at 06:33 AM | 65 comment(s)
  Beats: playoffs, television


Sunday, October 16, 2016

Dodgers vs. Cubs Preview | 10/16/16

Thanks to MLB for scheduling both games at the same time. They really don’t want me to watch.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 16, 2016 at 02:01 PM | 4 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Dodgers’ Dave Roberts Isn’t Managing Like a Rookie - The New York Times

The man tasked with ruining the dreams of Cubs fans everywhere.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 15, 2016 at 09:20 AM | 44 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, playoffs

Friday, October 14, 2016

Joe Maddon confident his Cubs will be ready for the NLCS - Chicago Tribune

They are good enough. They are smart enough. And, gosh darn it, people like them.

“And you don’t want to see all these other dudes,” Maddon said. “So this time of year, you just see good pitching. That’s what this time of the year means.

“I honestly believe our guys will be equal to the challenge. I know they’re going to be ready. We’re feeling pretty good about ourselves.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:16 AM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, dodgers, joe maddon, playoffs

Blue Jays’ Tulowitzki: ‘This is for everything. It’s our time’

TBD.

“I said it a month ago. This is the best version of the Blue Jays I’ve seen. This is a team that’s had to come together. We’ve had our backs against the wall all year. We’ve been through a lot. Nothing came easily for us. We didn’t win the division. We didn’t go any on any big winning streaks. We’ve had to fight just to get here.

“Now, this is for everything, a trip to the World Series. It’s our time.”

Jim Furtado Posted: October 14, 2016 at 08:13 AM | 12 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, playoffs

Thursday, October 13, 2016

The playoffs’ most important innings were decided in July | New York Post

Imagine a Cubs vs. Indians World Series. One fanbase enjoys the euphoria of victory; the other fanbase adds another miserable failure to its bag of despair.

The Indians last won in 1948. And, you might have heard about this one: The Cubs haven’t won since 1908, or the year the world first got the electric mixer.

If not now, when?

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:47 AM | 28 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, playoffs

Dodgers vs. Nationals Preview | 10/13/16

FS1 tonight. It felt weird not to have a game to watch last night. I’ll have to used to it soon.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 13, 2016 at 06:20 AM | 18 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

#NatsRide Helps Fans Help Themselves After DC, Metro Snub Them

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was asked whether she had a plan to get Nationals fans home from Thursday’s Game 5, which will likely end after Metro closes.

“Nats fans are amazingly persistent and creative, and we know that they’re going to plan ahead,” Bowser said.

Yes. Yes, they are. And they have. Before Bowser’s unhelpful response to an important question, Nationals fans were making and sharing alternative transportation plans using the hashtag #NatsRide on Twitter.

And as most Nats fans don’t want to die a fiery death on a Metro train, they win two ways by sharing rides to the park!

Bote Man Posted: October 13, 2016 at 01:18 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: nationals, playoffs, politics

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

The Cubs changed the whole script with one exhilarating inning | FOX Sports

I fell asleep and missed the epic ending.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:18 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Cubs rally to defeat Giants, advance to NLCS | MLB.com

After every game, the Cubs’ mantra is “We never quit.” They yell it together, like a college cheer, and repeat it, “We never quit!” On Tuesday night, that no-quit attitude carried the Cubs into the National League Championship Series for the second straight year, and they got there by toppling the team dubbed the “October giant.”

After being shut down by Matt Moore for eight innings, the Cubs rallied against San Francisco’s beleaguered bullpen for an historic four-run ninth inning and posted a 6-5 victory over the Giants to take the best-of-five series, 3-1. Next up will be Game 1 of the NLCS, set for Saturday at Wrigley Field against either the Nationals or Dodgers on FOX/FS1 with game time TBD.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 12, 2016 at 06:10 AM | 30 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, giants, playoffs

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Dodgers defeat Nationals, force NLDS Game 5 | MLB.com

Chase Utley saved the Dodgers’ season on Tuesday, his tiebreaking RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the eighth inning sending Los Angeles to a 6-5 win over the Nationals. The National League Division Series heads back to Washington for a decisive Game 5 on Thursday (5 or 8 p.m. ET/2 or 5 p.m. PT on FS1).

The winning rally started when Andrew Toles was hit on the foot by a Blake Treinen slider. Pinch-hitter Andre Ethier, who spent most of the season healing from a broken leg, singled. Utley bounced a single sharply into right field to score Toles with Ethier taking third.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 10:04 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: dodgers, nationals, playoffs

Danny Salazar could return from injury to rejoin Cleveland Indians for ALCS - Let’s Go Tribe

Mike Clevinger might not be starting next series.

Francona could be on the verge of having another dominant arm at his disposal in the mid to late innings, because Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports that All-Star Danny Salazar threw a bullpen session yesterday, will likely throw a live BP session, and could be ready to rejoin the team for the ALCS. Salazar also threw a bullpen session last Friday, so yesterday’s session means there weren’t any setbacks.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2016 at 02:22 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: blue jays, indians, playoffs

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