Robbie Cano- Don’t ya know?

I am a HUGE Robinson Cano fan. I nearly fainted when I met him at a Nets game (see picture below). But Robbie, what are you doing?! I understand that you want a good contract – but $300M?! That’s more than any contract in baseball history. I know it’s all about the money, but what about playing for the love of the game? Or even team loyalty?!

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I always thought that Cano would be the next Yankee lifetimer, following in the footsteps of so many tremendous legends before him. But he’s going after the money rather than the pinstripes.

As far as I am concerned, the Yanks offered him a very generous deal: $170M over 7 years. Cano and his team are seeking a 10 year contract for $260M (recently lowered from $300M). First of all, Cano is too old for a 10 year contract. I’m sure he has 10 good years left in him but who knows what can happen in that span of time?! I personally thought Jeter had 5-6 good years left before his injury but that certainly isn’t the case. Secondly, if we learned anything from the A-Rod debacle, it’s that you shouldn’t tie up large sums of money in one player. It’s too risky!

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Rumor has it that Seattle is going to offer him $200M over 8 years. It would be a shame to see him move to a subpar organization for the money but only time will tell. I certainly hope to see Cano back in the Bronx come March. He is one of the most talented players in the game and so much fun to watch everyday. I just wish someone would bring him back to reality. You’re living the dream, Robbie. You’re playing the game you love with the most reputable sports organization in the world and making a large sum of money to do so. Sounds like a good deal to me!

Click here for a great article about the Yankees off-season business along with more details on the Cano situation.

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5 Recipes I am DYING to try this football season!

I ended up going on a pinning spree yesterday on Pinterest while I was supposed to be studying for my Accounting test. Amid this distraction, I did manage to find some amazing recipes that I want to try out for my football Sundays. Here are my top 5 favorites:

1. Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Source: http://mysisterscrazyblog.blogspot.com/2013/01/big-easy-super-bowl-news-spot.html

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How good do those look?! I’ve included the recipe below but I suggest checking out this blog as she has a ton of great snack ideas, including a buffalo chex mix that looks phenomenal.

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders. 6-8 Chicken breasts Frank’s Red Hot Sauce Package Ranch Dressing Put in low crackpot for 5-6 hours. Shred, remove extra juices and add additional Frank’s sauce to taste. Serve on King Hawaiian Rolls and ranch dressing.

2. Avocado Chicken Salad

Source: http://becomingbetty.blogspot.com/2011/09/avocado-chicken-salad.html

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Talk about a combo of my favorites! I want to try it on a wrap as well as with pita chips. The recipe below is directly from the blog, Becoming Betty.

chicken, cooked and shredded
avocado
mayo, just a little
green onion, sliced
cilantro
lime juice to taste
salt/pepper to taste

*Sorry there aren’t any measurements.  I just asked what was in it and then made it to my liking.  I probably had 2 cups of chicken and then just threw the rest in until it tasted good.  I only used 1 avocado but if you really love avocados, you could use more.  I loved the lime juice, so I kept adding more of it little by little.  You definitely need a little salt, but the pepper is just if you want to.  I used a lot of cilantro and a moderate amount of green onion.  Probably 2-3 of them.  You can serve this in pitas or just eat it with chips.  We loved it and it was really good leftover, too.

3. Cream Cheese Stuffed Monkey Bread

Source: http://www.recipebyphoto.com/cream-cheese-stuffed-monkey-bread/

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I am already obsessed with monkey bread but I’ve never had it with cream cheese! Cannot wait to try this one out. The recipe I found is shown through pictures in the blog Recipe by Photo. Looks fairly easy and absolutely delicious!

4. Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Source:http://www.sugarloco.com/2012/07/loco-kids-root-beer-float-cupcakes-recipe/?_szp=218342

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I had great success adding Blue Moon to my cupcakes so why not try Root Beer?! Two of my favorites combined into one treat. The recipe below is from the blog, Sugar Loco, a great source for anything sweet!

Root Beer Float Cupcakes

Ingredients:
1 box (18.25 ounces) white cake mix

1 1/4 cups root beer

2 eggs

1/4 cup vegetable oil

24 root beer barrel candies

8 straws, cut in thirds

Frosting:

4 packets (1.3 ounces each) Dream Whip whipped topping

2 cups chilled root beer

Directions:

In a mixing bowl, combine the first four ingredients. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on high for 2 minutes. Line muffin tins with cupcake liners. Fill cups about two-thirds of the way full. Bake cupcakes in a preheated 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Cool completely. Use a piping bag to frost cupcakes. Top each with a straw and candy.

For Frosting:

In another bowl, beat frosting ingredients until stiff peaks form.

Notes:

Makes 24 cupcakes.

5. Baked Zucchini Sticks

Source: http://greatfoodpins.com/?p=1267
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Delicious and healthy! This recipe looks like a great snack to satisfy that salty craving without killing the health kick. This recipe is also through pictures on the blog Great Food Pins.
Let me know if you try any of these awesome recipes! I will definitely let you know how they turn out. Enjoy 🙂
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History in the Making

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The last time a double digit number graced Fordham’s record was when they went 1-10 my sophomore year. I remember standing on the sidelines witnessing loss after loss. If you told me that I would be cheering for an undefeated team my senior year, I would have told you I thought you were crazy. But just yesterday I stood on the sideline of Jack Coffey field for the very last time, watching the Rams win their 10th game of the season, becoming one of the last teams in the FCS to remain undefeated.

Screen Shot 2013-11-10 at 8.40.58 PMCoach Joe Moorhead leads the Rams to this historic season in only his second year coaching. Talk about a quick turn-around! He entered as coach the year after that sad season with only one win, coaching the Rams to six wins last year. Just one year later, Fordham is having its best season since 1930 with its highest national ranking ever at 7. This is no small accomplishment with a history marked by the legendary Vince Lombardi.

Moorhead said that he and his coaching staff came in determined to lay a foundation of discipline and attention to detail, focusing on the little things both on and off the field.

“Football wise, our goal is to a perennial Patriot League champion, competing for a National Championship on a yearly basis,” said Moorhead in an interview with Fordham alum, Jack Curry. “I think for us to be able to achieve our highest ranking in the school’s history and accomplish a bunch of firsts from a program standpoint is a testimony to our coaching staff and the support we receive from our university community.”

See below for the entire interview.

From a sideline perspective, this season has been amazing. It has been an unbelievable experience to cheer for such an explosive team. I can also thank Fordham Football for my tremendous arm strength, seeing as we do pushups for each point score, totaling to over 1,000 in the season. What a difference compared to a mere 50 my sophomore year.

The Rams have to beat Lafayette and Colgate to complete a perfect season. While they can’t win the Patriot League because they started giving scholarships, Fordham hopes to make a statement in the FCS playoffs. All I can say is that I’m proud to be a Ram!

 

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My Favorite Guacamole!

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One of my friends is known for his AMAZING guacamole. I was finally able to squeeze the recipe out of him. It is one of my favorite game day snacks. He swears that this recipe doesn’t leave anything out, but i’m not quite sure I believe him 😉 Either way this is a must try recipe!!!

Ingredients

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  • Ripe avocados (6 avocados can feed about 6 hungry fans)
  • Garlic
  • Tomato
  • Cilantro
  • Onion
  • Lime
  • Salt and Pepper

Amount of each ingredient depends on your preference. Suggested amounts below. I tend to like extra cilantro for that added spice. A little extra lime adds a nice zing as well! Fan’s choice 🙂

 Instructions

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  • Dice and chop the garlic, tomato, cilantro and onion
  • Scoop out the avocado (I suggest cutting directly down the center and wrap around the pit, causing the avocado to split in two and squeezing the avocado out of the skin into the bowl)
  • Combine the ingredients (amount depending on your preference) using usually around 1 or 2 cloves of garlic, half a tomato, and a quarter to half of a regular sized red onion, and lightly applying the chopped cilantro
  • Mash the ingredients together and stir
  • After squeeze in the lime (from ½ to 1 full lime) and season with salt and pepper, stir again

This is a quick, easy and relatively cheap snack to enjoy while watching your team. My friend uses a granite mortar and pestle to mix and blend all of the ingredients. You can use a regular bowl if you’d rather. Let me know what you think! I’d love to hear what works best for you.

Enjoy!

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NCAA: Does the punishment fit the crime?

Last week, the NCAA passed down sanctions on University of Miami for their illegal recruiting activity. Nevin Shapiro initially gained access to the athletic department as a donor and eventually befriended coaches and administrators. He hosted parties for student-athletes and recruits at his home, on his yacht, at local bowling alleys and in strip clubs. The NCAA concluded that his actions provided improper benefits to these athletes, including paying for meals, hotels for acquaintances, meals for family members, and buying clothes and Christmas gifts for children of some student-athletes.

As a result of these actions, the University of Miami’s athletic program is on probation for three years. They lost nine football scholarships and three basketball scholarships  over the next three years. The basketball coach was suspended for five games and former assistant coaches in both football and basketball received two year show cause penalties. Finally, any staff member who sends inappropriate texts to a potential recruit will be fined for their actions.

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So is this fair? Many people feel that these sanctions are way too lenient, especially in comparison with the penalties passed down upon Penn State a few years ago. Players actually participated in these activities, reaping the benefits of these illegal recruiting techniques. With Penn State, however, the players had nothing to do with the actions of Jerry Sandusky yet found themselves in a program completely destroyed by the sanctions, which were made before a thorough investigation was completed.

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“I didn’t even know who Sandusky was,” said former Penn State player who ended up transferring elsewhere. “I never met this man yet felt the impact of his individual actions. It is really unfortunate that such a reputable program suffered for actions by a sick man. Entire traditions were lost as a result of the horrible decisions of a retired coach.”

Penn State’s original sanctions included about $60 million in fines, 13 years of vacated wins under legendary coach Joe Paterno, the loss of scholarship money and a bowl ban. Just recently, the sanctions were reduced, granting Penn State the ability to gradually restore scholarships as a result of their compliant behavior and extreme efforts. Penn State went on to donate $59.7 million to 26 victims of Jerry Sandusky.

“There is no doubt folks will have a difference of opinion on whether the penalties were too severe or too light,” Banowsky said on a conference call. “We don’t put cases against each other based on the unique nature of each case. In this case, we felt the institution’s self-imposed penalties were significant and unprecedented. The level of cooperation in the case was commendable. Those were factors that weighed into the committee’s thinking.”

It is unquestionable that the actions of both of these schools needed to be addressed and reprimanded. What they did was wrong and completely unacceptable. The question becomes, who is the NCAA trying to punish? Student-athletes should not be punished for the actions of those running their programs. If involved, then it’s fair game but if the athletes did not take part in the controversy, why should they bear the brunt of it?

What do you think about this situation? Do you think these sanctions are fair?

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Sriracha and Garlic Chicken Wings

wings finalWhat’s better than buffalo wings, friends and football on a Sunday afternoon? The answer is: Sriracha and Garlic Chicken wings. This recipe is AMAZING and a great alternative to the buffalo wings we all know and love on game day. Let me know what you think!

Sriracha and Garlic Chicken Wings

Adapted from Leanne bakes

Ingredients:

Chicken wings, we used Tyson Chicken Wings for ease
5 cloves garlic, minced
1/3 cup Sriracha
1/2 cup ketchup
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 tablespoons honey
1 tablespoons sesame oil
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Directions:

Begin by marinating the wings. Combine the garlic, Sriracha, ketchup, soy sauce, honey, and sesame oil into a blended.
Pour marinade over wings in a ziplock bag. Shake the marinade over the chicken wings evenly. Let them sit in the fridge for a few hours. For the most flavor, I would suggest letting the wings soak overnight in the marinade.
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Once you are ready to cook them, preheat the over to 375. Place in the oven for 25-30 minutes. I did about 28 but anywhere within that range should do the trick. I suggest covering the tray with tin foil….makes for an easier clean-up!
Once the wings are a golden brown, let them cool then dig in! Enjoy 🙂
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Fall Classic without the Yanks

This postseason has been especially painful for me this year. No Yankees. (And if someone just awoke from a 10 year nap, yes, you heard correctly: no Yankees.) I’ve come to grips with what happened this 2013 season with Yankees but have not accepted the fact that Boston is in the World Series. Each of their come from behind wins brought tears to my eyes – and they weren’t happy ones. I was pulling for Donny Baseball (Don Mattingly), my Dad’s favorite player, and the Dodgers but they couldn’t hang on with the seasoned Cardinals.

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So what’s the deal? Cards and the Sox have all the makings to be a classic World Series matchup. The bearded freaks from Boston look really good right now. Their bats have slowed, but their pitching has not wavered at all. They’ve had quite a few magical comebacks. They won every which way possible against Detroit and look to do the same against St. Louis. Can they keep it going through 4  more wins?

St. Louis has gotten hot at just the right time- winning 15 of their last 17 regular season games to earn the right to play October baseball. Young closer, Trevor Rosenthal, earned his first save just a few weeks ago and hasn’t lost a gain since. Can he carry the Cardinals to a win in the fall classic?

The World Series marks the start of a fresh seven game series. That’s a long time. Everything up to now has been wiped clean and both teams looks to start better than before. Game 1 went to Boston by a landslide, but I can’t see the Cardinals going down without a fight. Let’s go St. Louis!

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NFC Quarterback Woes

The NFC East is undoubtedly the weakest conference in the NFL. It’s unheard of that had the Giants won on Thursday, they could have been one game out of first place with a 1-5 record. One thing is for sure, it certainly isn’t the year of the QB in this conference…

1. Robert Griffin III (RGIII): Sophomore Slump

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Personally, I think he came back too early. Coming off extensive knee surgery, the Redskins QB missed training camp and pre-season, with his first live rep taking place Week 1 against the Eagles. He seems to be step behind this year. Last year, through 4 games, he had 41 rushing attempts with 234 yards compared to this year with 18 attempts and 72 yards rushing. In Week 6 alone last year, he had 136 yards rushing. Either everyone has caught on to his style or RGIII lost a few steps.

2. Tony Romo: Choke

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Tony Romo. As a Cowboys fan, I have mixed feelings about Romo. His numbers are always amazing, but where’s the playoff magic? Romo chokes…that’s his M.O. Take last week against the Broncos. Romo had the game of his life, breaking the Cowboys franchise record of passing yards with 506. He had the highest rating in the NFL last week but his unbelievable performance is completely overshadowed by his interception to Danny Trevathan with two minutes left in the tied game. The Broncos ended up winning the game with a field goal.

3. Michael Vick: Out?

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Michael Vick’s start is questionable this week due to his early exit in last week’s game as a result of a hamstring injury. Is Vick past his prime or is Chip Kelly’s offense prematurely aging him?  I guess we’ll see on Sunday.

4. Eli Manning: Still not Peyton

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I have to be honest, my heart is breaking for Eli. He certainly isn’t completely responsible for the Giants’ disastrous  0-6 start but 15 interceptions, come on bud…you’re better than that. He looks so unsure of himself as he drives down the field. Granted, his O-line is doing nothing to help the situation and he is fighting pressure from all angles. The defense hasn’t shown up much this year either, giving up an NFL-high 182 points. Peyton however, is having quite a season. Will he match his brother in championships this year?

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MJ or King James?

MJ has spoken. In a recent interview promoting his NBA 2K14 video game release, Michael Jordan listed a few current NBA players he would have liked to played, including Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Julius Erving, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade, Kobe and Lebron James, claiming he wouldn’t lose. Controversy sparked with the mentioned of a win against LeBron.

Really Michael? Let your reputation do the talking. You proved yourself, showed us your best – which has yet to be matched. So let LeBron play and enjoy the quality of basketball he’s gracing us with. LBJ’s response is below.

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I personally think that they are both talented in their own right. The debate will go on forever.  What do you think? Is MJ about to be dethroned by the King?

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This Day in Sports

“Deep to left! Yastrzemski will not get it! It’s a homerun! A three-run homer by Bucky Dent!” 

I may not have been alive for this game but Bill White’s voice is forever engrained in my head as the legendary hit by Bucky Dent has been replayed over and over again as one of the greatest baseball moments of all time. Dent, who hit only 4 homeruns that year, lofted one out of Fenway to lead the Yanks to win the 1978 one-game playoff against their historic rivals, the Boston Red Sox.  This homer over the Green Monster led the Yanks to the postseason and an eventual World Championship. Dent may not have had the best bat in the lineup but he will forever be remembered for his hit on October 2, 1978.

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