The NJ Jackals were able to suppress the top ranked Boulders offense behind strong pitching from Gabriel Perez. Perez went 6 innings and gave up one run with 8 strikeouts. The Jackals offense was paced by Mark Threlkeld who had 2 home runs and 3 RBIs on the day. Leandro Castro continued his hot streak with another home run and an RBI to help the Jackals.
What is going on with the Boston Red Sox?! They have now won seven of their last eight games, which include a sweep of the Miami Marlins. The team is finally getting into its groove after an abysmal start to the season.
The Red Sox defeated the Marlins 6-3 behind strong pitching from Rick Porcello, who has not recorded a win since late May. Porcello went six strong innings only allowing two runs, on eight hits, with four strikeouts. Big Papi paced the offense as he went 2-4 with a double, home run, and two RBIs. Papi’s home run broke the game wide open in the bottom of the 3rd as the Red Sox would go on to tack on two more runs in the inning. The Sox would go on to win 6-3 and they are now averaging 6.8 runs per game and are 21-21 at home.
The Red Sox winning ways are mainly due to timely hitting and consistent pitching. In the last seven games, shortstop Xander Boegarts is hitting .462 with 12 hits and eight RBIs. Big Papi is also on a hot streak; he is hitting .250 with five hits, two home runs, and seven RBIs. Papi and Boegarts have accounted for nearly 40% of the Red Sox runs over the past week. The Red Sox pitchers, on the other hand, have been lights out.
Over the past week Red Sox pitchers are a combined 5-0 with a 3.35 ERA. They have been consistent and most importantly, they have been able to stretch deep into games. For example, Clay Buchholz the Red Sox ace, went nine strong innings and only allowed one run against the Astros in his last start. He is slated to face the Yankees, and Micheal Pineda, at Fenway on July 10th.
The Red Sox are only five games out of first place and they are in no way out of the running for the AL East Pennant. With their recent hot streak they have the ability to climb in the standings after the All Star break.
Defelategate is nothing new; in fact QB’s such as the Tampa Bay’s Brad Johnson have been tampering with footballs for the past decade. Brad Johnson took Tampa Bay to Super Bowl XXXVII and beat the feisty Oakland Raiders 48-21. Nearly 10 years later in 2012, Johnson admitted to paying ball handlers to doctor all footballs he was given. “I paid some guys off to get the balls right” said Johnson in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times in 2012. Despite what Johnson did in 2002, the Patriots are still at the mercy of the NFL and commissioner Roger Goodell. Despite what the Patriots have allegedly done, Brad Johnson’s piece in the Tampa Bay Times does prove one thing: tampering with footballs is nothing new. On top of that, this is not the only time that the Patriots have been caught cheating, or attempting to cheat. This is the second –gate for the Patriots, as they were caught for videotaping the New York Jets in 2007. Spygate, as it is more commonly known, has tattooed a large target on both Bill Belichick and the Patriots. Today, Roger Goodell and the NFL finally have a chance to take advantage of it.
THE EVIDENCE: Tom Brady’s only interception of the AFC Championship Game jumpstarted the initial investigation by the NFL. Colts linebacker D’Qwell Jackson intercepted Tom Brady with 9:21 remaining in the 2nd quarter. Jackson, who intended to keep the ball as a souvenir, gave it to one of the employees on the Colts equipment staff. Shortly thereafter, the equipment manager noticed something odd with the ball that Jackson intercepted and at halftime, he had the referees look into it.
The referees took 24 balls, 12 from the Pats and 12 from Colts and inspected them thoroughly during the 12 minute halftime. 11 of 12 of the Patriots balls were found to be underinflated and a few of the Colts balls were a smidge under regulation pressure. According the Wells Report the Patriots balls were inflated between 10.50 psi and 11.80 psi. The two referees, Blakeman and Prioleau, both took measurements of the balls.
In each measurement there is a difference between both referees measurements. For example, in the halftime measurement of Patriots Ball #1 Blakeman measured 11.50 psi and Prioleau measured 11.80 psi. .30 psi is a large difference, especially over the course of a 12-minute halftime. It is hard to trust the accuracy of each measurement. Furthermore, the officials only had time to gauge 4 Colts balls due to the lack of time left in halftime, while they measured 11 from the Patriots. Therefore the evidence is lopsided in favor of the Colts, as they had the fewest balls inspected.
The balls weren’t the only cause for concern during the entirety of Deflategate. Text messages sent between Patriots equipment manager John Jastremski and ball attendant Jim McNally were also factors studied in the investigation by Ted Wells, who was hired by Roger Goodell.
The Wells Report mainly focuses on text messages exchanged between ball attendant Jim McNally and the Patriots equipment manager, John Jastremski. McNally and Jastremski exchanged messages throughout the season but most notably, after the AFC Championship Game against the Colts but also on October 17, 2014 when the Patriots played the New York Jets. Messages between Jastremski and McNally indicate that Brady was not happy with the inflation level of the balls throughout the Jets game, even though the Pats managed to escape with a win. After the game Jastremski and McNally joked about “mak(ing) the next ball(s) into a fuckin balloon(s)” for the following week. Despite the joking and hee-hawing between McNally and Jastremski, McNally seemed to have an ulterior motive. McNally wanted autographed shoes and footballs for another man mentioned (named Jimmy) and he wanted to use his relationship with Tom Brady to get them.
Directly following the citation of the text messages in the Wells Report, there are direct observations from Ted Wells. In other words Wells is doing his due diligence to analyze the text messages but in the process he takes aim at Brady in what he believes to be the correct interpretation of each message. McNally and Jastremski could be joking around and giving Brady a hard time for being difficult throughout the season. Simply put, there is no way to determine what these text messages truly mean. Furthermore, there is not enough evidence to make an assumption based on hearing the word Deflator once in a conversation between two Patriots employees. Granted, McNally and Jastremski did talk to each other and Brady a lot following the AFC Championship Game but that still does not prove that Brady did anything wrong. Taking into account the messages, inflation pressure, and the fact that Jastremski took a detour to the bathroom before bringing the balls out to the game, does the punishment really fit the crime given the evidence against Tom Brady?
THE PUNISHMENT: The NFL suspended Tom Brady four games, fined the Patriots 1 million dollars, and also took away a first round pick in 2016 and a fourth round pick in 2017 in response to Deflategate. Anybody, Patriots fans, football fans, has to realize that the punishment does not fit the crime. Four games is a quarter of the season and with the Patriots nothing is certain until nearly mid-season.
Four games without Brady in 2015 will not be the end of the world. In 2014 the Patriots went 2-2 in their first four games with a fairly inconsistent offense and defense. In fact, Jimmy Garoppolo got to see some playing time early in the season, especially against the Chiefs. Garoppolo went 6-7, threw for 70 yards, and had a nice slant completion to Gronk for a touchdown in the 4th quarter. Although one game, one series, does not make or break a QB, Garoppolo may need to take over the starting job from Tom Brady. Also, the Patriots are a team that does not peak until mid-season, so having a losing record going into game 5 is not that big of a deal. The Patriots have the ability to adapt to each opponent, so even with Tom Brady on the sidelines the Patriots have a chance to win. On the other hand, Tom Brady’s punishment is extremely harsh given the circumstances of several other NFL players who have been involved in assault charges, such as Ray Rice.
Ray Rice was arrested for assaulting his wife on February 15, 2014 in Atlantic City. Granted, assault and the deflation of leather footballs are two totally different ends of the spectrum with regards to the severity of transgressions against the game and society. Rice was only suspended two games for assaulting his wife and nearly being indicted on aggravated assault charges. Two games is nothing, especially for a team that has a lot of depth at running back with Bernard Pierce. Tom Brady, on the other hand, is the face of the Patriots franchise, and as many commentators call him, Roger Goodell’s Golden Boy. Goodell put the hammer down on Brady and the Patriots this time. Maybe it was in revenge for Spygate, maybe it was due to the fact that Goodell had not levied any serious punishments to any other significant NFL players. Whatever the reason may be, the league pummeled Brady and the Patriots. As always the Patriots will find a way to fight on and use Deflategate as motivation for next season.
To all Oberlin Sports fans, lacrosse season is officially underway. After a long preseason the Yeomen got their first taste of competition against another team.
The Oberlin's mens lacrosse team traveled to Baldwin Wallace yesterday for a preseason scrimmage. in order to work out the kinks for Wednesdays season opener at Mount Union.
The Yeomen got out to a slow start against the hornets only scoring two goals in the first quarter. The slow start did not end up having a major effect on the outcome of the scrimmage as the Yeomen rolled to a 11-3 victory.
After a slow first quarter the Yeomen were able to settle in and just play lacrosse.
The Yeomen moved the ball around the perimeter with ease for the last three quarters. With that the offense was reinvigorated as both middies and attackmen were able to draw slides off of dodges and get easy shots on goal. On top of that the defense was rock solid only allowing three goals and creating a lot of turnovers.
Now the focus improving and getting ready to face Mount Union next Wednesday to open the season.
The Yeowomen are hanging tough with number one ranked DePauw, with the score 39-26 in favor of Hiram going into halftime. The Yeowomen have kept DePauw within striking distance. DePauw was only able to hold a seven point lead for most of the half. Towards the end of the half DePauw was able pull away as the Yeowomen kept turning the ball over. Onto the good stuff....
Christina Marquette is putting the team on her back with 18 of the 26 Yeowomen first half points. This game is far from over....lets go Yeowomen!
Belichick and Welker's complicated relationship, and the winner of who want's to be Wes Welker's clone!
Alert, alert, there have been shots fired. New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick insists that Wes Welker's hit on Aqib Talib was deliberate. From what I can see during the replay Welker had enough time to prepare for contact, lower his head, have a coffee break, and lay the lumber on Talib. Of course Talib was injured during the play and Belichick left it up to the NFL to determine the punishment, as he always does. According to NFL.com the hit was legal as another receiver already had possession of the ball before contact was made. I don't think so NFL, there are pictures all over google images that clearly show that Thomas did not have possession of the ball before the hit. Belichick is right NFL, deal with it. Lets take a look at where this whole mess began, March 2013, Welker's contract year. Broncos twelve million versus Pats eleven million and the winner is the Broncos! Wait what? Why did you leave?
According to Boston.com Welker was pointed out by Belichick in front of all of his teammates and criticized. Ok that's why…… Way to go Bill, thats our best receiver and Tom Brady's security blanket and now he is gone due to criticism. Any slot guy want to play with Tom Brady? Anybody? Lets have quarterback turned wide receiver Julian Edelman and Danny Always Injured Amendola as the starring cast of who wants to be Wes Welker's clone, and yes there is a winner. Lets fast forward back to this year.
The winner of who wants to be Wes Welker's clone goes to Danny Always Injured Amendola. Wait. No. That can't be right. My bad. The correct winner is Julian Edelman who broke 100 receptions and became Tom Brady's favorite target. Danny Always Injured Amendola was projected to be this years winner but had 40 less receptions than Edelman. You got beat by a college quarterback, way to go, but you'll have another shot. Thank you for starring in the show Danny Always Injured Amendola, but as you know there is always next year.
Back to what I really came here to talk about Bill versus Wes, and cut-off sweatshirt sleeves versus huge helmets. Bill you have to respect Welker, even if he does deliberately take out Aqib, as he was one of Brady's favorite slot guys. Wes simply don't take out Aqib, we all saw that it was illegal, just don't do it again. Please make up and lets have a good clean fight next year between the Patriots and the Broncos.
Loud and proud, Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Seattle Seahawks had some nice words of wisdom for reporter Erin Andrews after sealing the Seahawks 23-17 victory over the San Francisco 49ers. Sherman's rant on national television did not only rattle viewers, it served as the gold standard for trash talk in the NFL. But Sherman is not the only one….
As a Patriots fan I have been accustomed to reading all of the glorious fighting words from the Jets. The Jets follow in Rex Ryan's footsteps, more specifically his toughness. Rex Ryan does not fear the Patriots at all just like Sherman does not fear any wide receiver or any quarterback. The point is that Sherman, a rising star in the NFL, feels the need to let everybody in the world know that he is the best. Honestly he is pretty good, he has the most interceptions in the NFL at eight and clinched the NFC Championship for the Seahawks. Despite his stats and ticket to the Super Bowl, class and professionalism are important. Screaming at a reporter and talking only about oneself is no way to promote a franchise, particularly one that is going to the Super Bowl for the second time in its existence. Football is a team sport and winning the NFC Championship is a team win not an individual one.
As a wise Tom Brady once said,"win with graciousness," and stay classy Mr. Sherman…...
To simply put this the Patriots were dominated by the Broncos for a greater part of the game. The Broncos won the battle at the line of scrimmage and shutdown the Patriots running game, which set the tone for the rest of the game. Blount was not a factor in this game as he ran for less than 30 yards and to no surprise no touchdowns. By the way he had four last week. Without the running game the Patriots offense could not produce points. With Julian Edelman, and Danny Always Injured Amendola on the outside, who both are barely six feet tall, it can be hard to produce offense. To make matters worse Peyton and his all-star wide receiving core widened the gap during the third quarter making the score 20-3. Despite the score, the game came down to who could win one on one match-ups. Brady and his weapons, which are more like a mini squirt guns compared to Peyton and his fully operational rocket propelled guns were no match for the Broncos. Peyton and his stacked wide receiving core were able to dominate the Patriots depleted secondary and throw for 400 yards.
Enough with all the match-ups, lets look on to next year. The Patriots got two wide receivers in last years draft that were both injured all year long. Their names, TJ Moe and Mark Harrison. TJ Moe is a prototype Wes Welker and a great slot guy to put across from Edelman or Amendola. Harrison on the other hand is a big boy, standing at 6'3'' and weighing almost 225 pounds. He is the deep threat Tom Brady needed this year. I wouldn't be surprised if the Patriots go for another tight end in the early rounds to complement Gronk and draft some defensive tackles. Next year…………..is the year for the Patriots………as long as they stay healthy…..
Tough second half for the Yeowomen as they were outscored 36-21, but that was not all. Wittenberg was able to pressure the Yeowomen with their full court 3-2 zone. The 3-2 zone changed the game for Wittenberg especially in rebounding department. Due to their size and lack bench players the Yeowomen simply got tired and were outrebounded 45-32 which gave Wittenberg alot of second chance oppurtunities. Beyond rebounding the zone caused the Yeowomen a lot of problems primarily with their shot selection as they were not able to shoot high percentage shots from the paint. The Yeowomen are 8-7 and 3-3 in the conference. One more thing, and yes the most important thing is that despite the loss, the Yeowomen fought hard to the end and that's what counts.
Yeowomen pulled out to an early 12-2 lead over Wittenberg within the first five minutes of the game. The Yeowomen were all over Wittenberg hitting a large percentage of their shot and playing great defense. But Wittenberg was able to put out their early fire and limit the Yeowomen to three points in the final four minutes. The score at half is 28-22 Yeowomen after Christina Marquette hit a big three pointer with one second left on the shot clock. Its time for round two. This is isaac Feldman from the camera in Philips Gymnasium. Lets go Yeowomen!
Talk about evolving offenses and the Patriots rank at the top. LaGarrette Blount and Stevan Ridley have now become the go to guys for Josh McDaniels as they were able to compile 234 yards rushing and six touchdowns. Blount lead the way with 166 yards and four touchdowns, Ridley had 67 and two touchdowns. The passing game on the other hand was in a sense mediocre, Tom Brady only threw for 198 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions. Beyond all of the stats the Patriots simply crushed the Colts, the final score was 43-22 and the Patriots running seemed to be too much for the Colts as Blount tore off a 74 yard touchdown run at the beginning of the fourth quarter. I am very impressed with the Patriots team, they are able to win with mental toughness and a very dynamic running game. The Patriots defense, I'm talking to you Jamie Collins, was disruptive and caused turnovers. Alfonzo Dennard had two interceptions which were big in the entirety of the game. For the Patriots its back to where they were last year, the AFC Championship game. One more thing, Lets go Patriots! Time to reach the ultimate goal…..Super Bowl win.
The Yeowomen pulled out a victory over Kenyon 54-50 on Wednesday night. Kenyon College came into the game on a four game winning streak. They may have come in hot but their winning streak would end. Throughout the game the Yeowomen and the Lords of Kenyon were more or less even as they both shot about 30 percent on field goals. Three pointers shooting was not much better or worse for that matter as the Lords shot 29 percent and the Yeowomen shot 27 percent. The Yeowomen and the Lords were even down to the wire until the free throws began. The Yeowomen were spot on from the stripe only missing four free throws as they went 17-21. Beyond that Christina Marquette, Lindsay Bernhardt, and Malisa Hoak all were in double digits and lead the way for the Yeowomen on offense. I only have one thing left to say, anytime you beat Kenyon it is a great day! Way to go Yeowomen! Tune in on Saturday at 1:00 to hear Darren Zaslau broadcast the game against Hiram on goyeo.com
The Oberlin Yeowomen pulled out a dominant win over the Wooster Fighting Scots last night 86-71. The final score doesn't show how close this game was. At halftime the Yeowomen had a slim lead, as they were only ahead by four points. Earlier in the half the Yeowomen had a 20 point lead, their largest of the night. Wooster kept on fighting back by capitalizing on missed three-pointers by the Yeowomen and pushing the ball in transition. The Yeowomen had an inconsistent first half as they only shot 41 percent from downtown. The second half was a different story.
The Yeowomen had a stellar second half, they scored 43 points and shut down Wooster's offense, as they only shot 32 percent from the field. Beyond that the Yeowomen were able to create turnovers as they had three blocks compared to Wooster's one in the second half. That was not all, Lillian Jahan had a superb night scoring 27 points and leading the way for the Yeowomen.
This was a great win for the Yeowomen, their first in the NCAC. The Yeowomen are now 6-5 and 1-1 in conference play.
Next home game: January 8th against none other than Kenyon. One more thing BEAT KENYON!
Tune in for the next Yeowomen blog post on Januray 8/9th
So much for going quickly and quietly, Sparty. Shutting out Stanford in the third quarter is a good way to start a comeback, as well as please the viewers. But is four points a sufficient lead? I highly doubt it Mr. Cook. Despite that Mr. Cook seems to love to scramble out of the pocket especially when there is no pressure. Scrambling against Stanford, one of the best defenses in college football is probably not a good idea. But someway somehow Cook was able to made Stanford pay with a big touchdown to start the fourth quarter making it 24-17 Michigan State. Way to go Sparty. But don't count out the Cardinal…..yet.
Jeremy Langford 2 yard td run to end a 13 play 73 yard Michigan State drive and make the score 10-7 Stanford to start the second quarter.
Stanford first drive of second quarter ends in a punt that puts Michigan State at its own 20. First play of drive is a 22 yard pass that puts Michigan at their own 37. Three plays later the Spartans are forced to punt.
The next Spartan drive Connor Cook throws a painful pick six while under pressure. Score now 17-7 Stanford with ten plus minutes left in the quarter.
Stanford defense keeps dialing up the pressure on Cook and forcing him to make bad throws. Cook makes Stanford pay with a big completion over the middle of the field for 24 yards to keep the drive going. Then Langford catches a ball out of the backfield on a swing route and goes for a first down to the Stanford 20. Next play, Cook goes way downfield to Fowler to the Stanford three-yard line. A few plays later Cook is called for intentional grounding but defensive holding offsets the penalty. Cook makes up for penalty on the next play with a touchdown pass with 28 seconds left in the half.
17-14 Stanford at halftime.
On Stanford's opening drive Tyler Gaffney ran the ball in from 16 yards out to give the cardinal a 7-0 lead. Later in the quarter quarterback Kevin Hogan fumbled the ball on a second down and six but Stanford was able to recover the ball and keep the drive going. The fumble was the only downside for Stanford in the first quarter.
Stanford's defense was dominant and kept Michigan State running back Jeremy Langford in check. With great defense Stanford got the ball back on a punt and fed the ball to Gaffney, who would make the Michigan defense pay. Gaffney blasted through the Michigan State defense for 47 yards which got Stanford inside the thirty yard line. Stanford would later settle for a 34 yard field goal to make the score 10-0 at the end of the quarter.
Patriots 34 Bills 20
Rain, rain, please just go away, the Patriots have had enough of you for one year. You made the field a slip n' slide, a place where all Patriots running backs went to fumble and fumble some more. But besides the rain, the football gods seemed to be on the Patriots side, as they were able to recover all four of their fumbles. But besides the fumbles, the Patriots offense had a good day.
The Patriots moved the ball well today racking up 217 yards on the ground. The Patriots leading rusher, LaGarette Blount slashed the Buffalo defense for 189 yards and two touchdowns. Gotta love this reinvigorated running game.
Brady had another mediocre day, throwing for 115 yards and a touchdown to Shane Vereen.
The defense had a solid day especially the second year pro Seaver Siliga and rookie Chris Jones. The two interior lineman held the Bills ground game in check even though Spiller ran for over a 100 yards.
For the Patriots, it is onto the playoffs with a first round bye. The Bills on the other hand have to go back to the drawing board and dig themselves out of last place in the AFC East.