31 Aug

Under-Appreciated Greatness

Lost in the haze of PED's, suspensions and controversy in MLB this season is the amazing statistical run that Miguel Cabrera is having. The numbers that Cabrera has put up over the last 18 months haven't been seen since the likes of Ted Williams, Rogers Hornsby and Ty Cobb. That company is truly the elite of the elite when it comes to baseball. Last season, 2012, Cabrera became the first player to win the Triple Crown (1st in Batting Average, 1st in Home Runs and 1st in Runs Batted In) in MLB in 45 years while being voted AL MVP.

Episode 7

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27 Aug

TGH Archives: Playoff Power Rankings- Tuesday, April 23rd

My my wife and I were getting ready for work. I was running late because I was so busy cleaning the house, emptying the dishwasher, and being an amazing husband. Or because I laid in bed for twenty minutes reading about the NFL draft on twitter before actually getting up. It was one of those reasons, I don’t really remember which. Anyway, my wife ended up walking out the door five minutes before me. I hugged and kissed her goodbye and noticed she couldn’t put her arms around me. Bag in one hand, coffee mug with a cup of yogurt stacked on top of it in the other.

27 Aug

TGH Archives: The Redemption of Peyton Siva

I was a pitcher on my little league team when I was twelve years old. This wasn’t by choice. Being a pitcher was never what I pictured when I was throwing a tennis ball against the wall in my backyard. Derek Jeter didn’t pitch. Griffey Jr. didn’t either. I couldn’t make the diving catches that I needed to be making as a pitcher. You can’t exactly lay out for a slow roller back to the mound. Also I wasn’t stupid. I knew pitchers in the big league didn’t hit well, if they got to bat at all.

26 Aug

Texas A&M's Long Summer

The 2012 football season was Texas A&M University's proudest in nearly 30 years. In the face of countless doubters, even those such as myself from its own alumni base, A&M bid farewell to its life-long rivals whom many submitted A&M did not have the brand viability to survive without, entered the toughest conference in college football, and then proceeded to have its best season since 1998 (the only season in which Texas A&M won the Big XII).

26 Aug

TGH Archives: Playoffs Are Bad for Football

In the wake of March Madness, I've had the chance to sit back and observe what makes the NCAA Tournament the most lucrative sporting event in the country. Clearly, the unstoppable machine that is American football seeks to dethrone basketball and supplant it with its own version of exciting tournament play... but this is a mistake. Football as a game suffers when attempting to crown a champion under these circumstances.

26 Aug

TGH Archives: HGH, CTE, and the NFL: Why this is bad news for the NFL and worse news for the NFLPA

It would not be an exaggeration to suppose that CTE may spell the end of football as we know and love it. Reports surfaced last Friday that future Hall of Fame linebacker Junior Seau suffered from CTE, or Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. Seau committed suicide on May 2, 2012 by shooting himself in the heart. Police, doctors, and sports pundits understood that Seau had not shot himself in the head in order to preserve his brain for research.

Although there were murmurings shortly thereafter that early examinations of the brain had not demonstrated any observable trauma, NIH research concluded that Seau had the disease and given the trend of sudden deaths and suicides of former (and some current) NFL players over the past several years, it is impossible not to connect the two.

26 Aug

TGH Archives: 2012-2013 College Football Recap


In what looked to be the most competitive and interesting NCAA season since 2007, the 2012-2013 FBS season instead simply reinforced something most knew yet so few were willing to accept: the SEC is the best conference in the country and the competition for second place is largely irrelevant.

Episode 6!

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18 Mar

MLB Mid-Spring Training Power Rankings

MLB Power Rankings
March 18th, 2013

On the Upswing: Baltimore,
Falling Off the Map: New York (AL), Philadelphia

1. Washington Nationals
Stephen Strasburg will not have a innings limit this year. Bryce Harper will be a year older. Throw in possibly the best rotation in baseball and Washington will win the NL East with ease.

2. Los Angeles Angels
Trout, Pujols, Hamilton. The Angels will be exciting to watch. If their rotation can hold up past Weaver and Wilson they might be a threat to win 105 games.

3. Cincinnati Reds