Bunting for a Hit: Turkey Wrap

curling_fThere is a shit ton going on right now in sports. 3 of the major leagues are in game operation, with the NFL being in full swing as the playoff picture begins to take shape. Don’t forget about college football either as we approach the ridiculous number of “bowl” games, but even with all those meaningless bowls in the mix, it doesn’t mean that I didn’t watch 2 incredible football games Saturday with THE Ohio State University vs. Michigan and the Auburn beating the 2 time reigning National Champion Alabama on a play that has to compare with only a walk off grand slam in terms of game ending plays. Major League Baseball’s hot stove is starting to pick up even in a down free agent year. NBC won’t let us forget that the Winter Olympics are going to happen in Russia, but until they reunite Tonya, Nancy and a crowbar I don’t know that I’m super interested. Unless I can figure out how to make or join a curling pool. I saw those guys in picture at a Bosstones Throwdown in 2011 I think! Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit 2013: Week 13

imagesThe baseball season is upon us and there has already been some great action. Clayton Kershaw not only starts opening day for the Dodgers, but throws a complete game shutout and provides all the offense his team would need with a homer run to lead off the 8th. The Astros started their new life as an American League team with a win over their cross state rival Texas Rangers. Bryce Harper started his sophomore season with a bang, actually 2 bangs, as he homered in his first 2 at bats, providing Stephen Strasburg with plenty of support as the Washington Nationals began their run at a World Series title. Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit 2013: Week 8

imagesIt happened late here in Boston locally so it went largely unnoticed live, but last night in Utah Paul Pierce did what we have seen Paul Pierce do so many times in Celtic Green, he picked the team up, put them on his back and made sure they didn’t finish their post All Star Break West Coast Swing with only 1 win in 5 tries. They were still 2-3 on the road trip, which is not great, but as the regular season winds down and preparation for the playoffs ramp up, its good to see Pierce still has the ability to take over a game. He doesn’t do it like Michael Jordan, “with the greatest of ease”. He doesn’t do it like Lebron, with sheer physical superiority. He does it with the grace of an ostrich, smoothly awkward and deliberately quick, all in 1 fell swoop. If the Celtics are going to make any noise in the NBA playoffs they are going to need Pierce to do that a couple of times in each series. He’s too old to do it as effectively as he did in 2002 when he took a fairly motley crew to the Eastern Conference Finals, but he has a better team now and maybe just maybe these Celtics can make a run at the Miami Heat and the NBA Finals.  Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit 2013: Week 7

imagesNBA All-Star weekend just passed and I fell asleep during the Saturday Night activities. The premier event, the slam dunk contest, needs to be saved. It needs star power. It needs Lebron and the other jumpers of his caliber. TNT reporter David Aldridge has the way to get those guys, he says put an absurd sum of money, 10 million dollars, in the center of the court and tell them winner takes all. That is a great idea, and if they find enough corporate sponsorship to get a prize of 5 million for the 3-point contest or 20 million for the guy who wins both, ratings will go through the roof. Were the NBA able to pull that idea off I would watch EVERY year, not fall asleep and wait with baited breath for each dunk, much like I did as a 9 year old watching Michael Jordan and Dominique Wilkins go mano-a-mano in the greatest dunk contest I’ve ever seen. Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit: 2013 Week 3

080afd_Sox_12092012At one point this off season the Red Sox had agreed in principle with 2 players to 3 year 39 million dollar deals, Mike Napoli and Shane Victorino. Victorino indeed signed on the dotted line and will get his 39 million bucks. Napoli’s physical scared the SHIT out of someone on the Red Sox medical staff (a scary thought) and so he shopped himself around again, found no takers and signed a 1 year 5 million dollar incentive laden deal. So much for the bluster of Napolil being a free agent prize. The latest news about Victorino is that he will play for Team USA in the World Baseball Classic. This is my predicted stat line for Victorino’s 2013 with the Red Sox, for Team USA, 12 at bats, 2 hits 1 blown knee. Red Sox 0 at bats, 13 million dollars. God I hope I’m wrong. Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit: 2013 Week 2

hi-res-156724137_crop_650x440If Colin Kaepernick couldn’t beat out Alex Smith to win the starting job in San Fran out of training camp, how did he get this much better taking the second team reps during practice? And while Alex Smith got Wally Piped, it’s obvious that it was the right football decision. Continue reading

Bunting for a Hit: 2013 Week 1

I hate Nick Saban, but god damn the man knows how to win a College Football National Championship. At this rate he will be far and away the best coach in the history of college football. I haven’t come to that conclusion mildly either. Look at the history of just the last 4 years. 3 titles and 11 first round picks, 8 in the last 2 NFL drafts. Its unprecedented and terrifying because he isn’t going to leave, and they sure aren’t going to ask him too without a scandal of Paterno like proportions. Continue reading