Monthly Archives: September 2013

Exit Sandman


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I have to admit, just thinking about Mariano Rivera’s retirement brings me to tears. Not only is he the greatest closer of all time, he’s one of the last remnants of the Yankee team who I religiously followed growing up. The beloved Core Four dwindles to one as Mo along with Andy Pettitte (who announced his retirement last week) join Jorge Posada in retirement, leaving Jeter to carry on the legacy for a few more years.

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While Pettitte will be missed dearly, his retirement is largely overshadowed by the Exit of Sandman (Mariano’s nickname due to his entry song), who’s final season has been celebrated since Opening Day by all of baseball. The tributes have been unbelievable, with each team presenting Mo with  heartwarming farewell gifts as he closed his final game in each stadium. He has gotten everything from rocking chairs made of broken bats, to a Gold Record of Metallica’s “Enter Sandman” , numerous donations to his foundation and even customized cowboy boots. The Red Sox gave him the 42 placard that graced the Fenway Park scoreboard each time he pitched, along with the visitor’s bullpen mound, an old stadium seat (#42) and a performance by the Boston Cello Quartet of “Enter Sandman”.  Click here to see all of his retirement gifts.

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But of course, the Yankees would not stand to be out done, honoring Mo in a 55 minute ceremony prior to Sunday’s game. It was a perfect good bye to this beloved Yankee. It started with a touching tribute to Jackie Robinson in Monument Park where the Yanks then added 42 to their litany of numbers never to be worn again. Ex-teammates came to celebrate and honor the greatest closer of all time. Metallica performed “Enter Sandman” in the outfield warning track as Mariano walked the walk he’s made so many times to the pitchers mound. The whole thing was beautifully done, bringing back so many memories as Mariano’s Yankee chapter closes.

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It will certainly be emotional the last time Mo makes his trip from the bullpen to the pitcher’s mound to close his final game. One thing is for certain, while 42 will never grace a baseball field again, his impact on the game of baseball will live forever. Generation after generation will talk about Mariano Rivera as the greatest closer of all time. I feel lucky to have been able to watch him pitch his entire career. So hats off to Mo, Sandman, the great Mariano Rivera.

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Just Can’t Get Enough Manning

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Okay, last post about the Mannings for a while- but it seems that the sports world just can’t get enough of this QB family dynasty.

Check out this post I found on Buzzfeed yesterday about the Manning family. I found it very funny- especially after writing a post about the Manning Bowl a few weeks ago. After reading it, I can’t help but agree- I wouldn’t mind being the fourth Manning.

32 Reasons You Wish You Were The Fourth Manning Brother

Just when I thought I had enough Manning for a while, I was flipping through channels when I come across ESPN’s Book of Mannings, an original film that debuted tonight. It was halfway done when I found it so I decided to wait to watch it but I read nothing but positive reviews on Twitter. I will let you know what I think!

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Fan On the Go

Talk about a crazy week! I have been on the go non stop (hence my lack of posts) and am looking forward to weekend of fun, football and hopefully a few wins by the Yanks. My busy schedule got me thinking about the best ways to follow your teams, even if you don’t have time to watch every game.

1. Download the ScoreCenter App (available for iPhone & Androids)

I live and die by this app when it comes to getting my sports news. This app makes it easy to follow your teams on the go with personalized scoreboards, updates and headlines sent directly to your mobile device. Choose which leagues or teams you want to follow and never miss another big play!
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2. Follow sports accounts on Twitter

Twitter is another great place to get all the updates and information you need in one place. Most teams and sports organizations have their own account where they tweet updates, scores and anything else you would want to know about their teams. Find your favorite team on Twitter or follow the accounts below for news on everything sports.

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Many sports writers and analyst are also present on Twitter. Follow your favorites for their perspective on current events!

3. Follow a few sports blogs

You may not have to time to follow everything sports, but many blog writers make it their priority. There are thousands of sports blogs on the Internet. Some are sponsored by leading sports news outlets, such as ESPN, CBS, Yahoo, and the NY Times, just to name a few. News sites typically have a sports page along with their blogs.

I use RSS Notifier to follow my favorite blogs. RSS (Really Simple Syndication) is a technology that allows you to subscribe to different blogs or websites. You receive updated material in one RSS feed rather than having to visit each website to see what is new. The RSS Notifier alerts me whenever there is a new article or post.

4. Fox Sports RSS Feed

Recent discovery! Fox Sports now offers an RSS feed feature. Like the ScoreCenter app, the RSS feed is a simple way to get all the latest news in one place. Users can now receive notifications whenever their favorite sections of FoxSports.com are updated. You can customize by team, league, or even sports writer. The site collects all the information you want into one feed, allowing for one-stop updates.

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If all else fails, a simple Google search will also give you the latest on your team. Let me know how your tips for staying up to date with your sports news!

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Sibling Rivalry

500x305-harbaugh-bros-sbThere is no bigger rivalry than brother versus brother. We have all seen our fair share of sibling rivalry, dating back as far as The Book of Genesis in the Old Testament of The Bible. Today, while most brothers aren’t killing each other or stealing birthrights, there are still some pretty heated competitions. Usually it is seen that the older brother is the more successful, better-off brother. Take the Harbaugh’s for example. In last year’s highly dramatic Super Bowl (mainly because Beyoncé brought the house down) the two brother’s teams went head to head. Winner: older brother John.

However, time and time again we are reminded to never sleep on the little brother either. Duwayne Dunham’s 1994 film, Little Giants is a perfect reminder of that. Danny O’Shea’s team of misfits somehow defeats his bigger brother, Kevin O’Shea’s juggernaut.

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29manning.xlarge1There is one thing both the O’Shea’s and the Harbaugh’s would agree on, coaching amongst siblings is nothing compared to strapping it up against your brother, especially when both are top 5 quarterbacks in the NFL today. Luckily for us sports fans, Archie and Olivia gave us Peyton and Eli. Peyton and Eli is a true sibling grudge match. Peyton enters today’s matchup with 4 MVPs and 1 Super Bowl Ring while Eli has just has his 2 Super Bowl Rings and Super Bowl MVPs to show for. It seems that Peyton is always edging Eli. For example, week 1 of the 2013 season. Older brother racked in 462 passing yards with a mere 7 touchdown passes, tying a single game record. Eli came in just short, 450 yards with 3 TDs and a pair of pics in the week one loss to the Cowboys. It’s not hard coming up with evidence to say why Peyton is the better brother. Even ESPN helps reiterate #18 ‘s dominance.

But saying Peyton is clearly the better QB is a bit rash. Eli has Peyton’s number in the playoffs, and more specifically against one guy seemingly unbeatable by Peyton, Tom Brady. Eli, in almost every Giants Pats matchup has proven to be the more dominant quarterback, something his older brother couldn’t even do. Not only has Eli dominated against Tom Brady in the Super Bowl twice with his pinpoint accuracy and icy veins, he successfully knocked down the once indestructible Patriot dynasty of the 2000s.

Needless to say it is more fun for us fans to critique the brothers, who both have proven to be equally great in their own regards. However, they don’t necessarily look at it that way, or at least that’s what they say. Eli and Peyton have been each other’s biggest fans. Recently, Eli was there to help Peyton after a physically and mentally taxing neck injury. This injury sidelined Peyton from the 2011-2012 season and left many doubting his ability to play, including former owner Jim Irsay, who passed on resigning Peyton in order to draft Andrew Luck #1 overall in 2012.

Regardless of the outcome, Peyton and Eli seem to have a ton of fun together. Together, they create a hysterical tandem, which can be noted in many of their commercials. Enjoy some of their best commercials together below after you watch them battle it out in Manning Bowl III.

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Not Ready for a Goodbye

1378932547000-2013-09-11-jeter-dlIt looks like the Yankees will have to finish the race toward October baseball without the Captain. As I’m sure you’ve heard, Derek Jeter will be sitting out his favorite time of year due to a series of injuries that started last fall when he injured his ankle in the ALCS vs. the Tigers. There have been rumors that Jeter should hang it up.

While he only played 17 games this season, Jeter’s presence will certainly be missed by his team and fans alike. I know that personally, watching the race to the playoffs will not be the same without #2 on the field.

Here are 5 reasons why I think Jeter will be missed the most:

1. Flair for the dramatics

Jeter has always been one to make it exciting. Take his 3000th hit for example. Not only did he accomplish a feat only 28 players before him have done, he did it with a home run. He finished the day 5-5, leading the Yankees to a win.

And who could forget when Jeter took flight? Diving into the stands, Jeter ended the 12th inning with an unbelievable play.  The Yankees finished the game with a win as Jeter found himself heading to the hospital.

2. Captain Clutch

After many years of proving greatness under pressure, Jeter rightfully earned the nickname of ‘Captain Clutch’. He never fails to deliver in the 11th hour, doing anything to lead the Yanks to a win.

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His flip to Posada in the ALDS series in 2001 vs. Oakland will go down in history as one of the best plays in baseball. Mike Mussina was pitching a 1-0 gem with 2 outs in the 7th. The tying run was rounding home as right fielder, Shane Spenser, released a cannon soaring over everyone’s head toward the on deck circle.  Jeter came swooping in out of nowhere, grabbed the ball and made a shovel pass landing perfectly in Posada’s glove who simply has to bend down to make the tag. They get the out and the Yanks end up winning the game. Watching the video gives me goosebumps.

3. “Mr. November”

The clock struck 12 and November baseball officially began. And of course, Jeter rang in it with the most dramatic of fashions. He collects another post season home run that lead the Yanks to a crucial Game 4 victory in the 2001 World Series.  With this hit, Jeter earned another nickname: Mr. November.

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Although Jeter is not typically regarded as a home run hitter, he’s come up big several times in critical post season moments. In his rookie season, Jeter hit a controversial home run to tie the Orioles in the ’96 ALCS. He broke the tie of Game 4 of the ALCS in 2000 with a 5th inning blast. Later that season, Jeter led off a pivotal Game 3 with a first pitch homer against the Mets in the Subway Series.

4. Yankee Legend

Joe Torre said it best: “It took me 30-something years to get to the World Series. [Jeter] thinks it’s an every-year occurrence. You look in his eyes, you see something special because he’s a leader. He was a leader when he was 20 years old.”

Jeter has been leading the Yankees to postseason wins since he stepped on a Major League field. He’s a bridge from Yankee legends of old and one of the last members of the dynasty years. When he steps up to the plate, Bob Shepard’s voices echoes through the facade of the stadium, representing the last Yankee to be announced by this legendary voice. He’s one of the last of Torre’s soldiers and the closest remain of George Steinbrenner’s legacy and ruthless drive to win.

As much as I hate to admit it, Jeter’s years on the diamond are wearing thin. He has left Yankee fans with no shortage of memorable moments and I have no doubt that there are several more left in him.

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Blue Moon Cupcakes

photoSports & beer go hand in hand for many fans. Who doesn’t enjoy an ice cold beer while cheering on their favorite team? I decided to try out a game day snack that brings the quintessential game day beverage together with everyone’s favorite dessert: the cupcake. I came across the idea on Pinterest and figured it would be perfect for the opening weekend of football.

The original recipe tells you how to make the cupcakes from scratch but for college students, a boxed mix is much more convenient so I altered the recipe a bit. I chose to use Blue Moon because it is my friends’ favorite but any beer will work.

The cupcakes were a hit! I squeezed a bit of orange juice over the frosting which added a nice hint of flavor. Try this recipe out with your favorite beer and let me know what you think!

Blue Moon Cupcakes Recipe

Ingredients:

  • Yellow cake mix
  • One bottle of Blue Moon (or any beer of your choice)
  • Vanilla Frosting
  • One orange (or substitute of your choice)

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I decided to use an orange to go with the Blue Moon flavor to decorate the cupcakes but you may want to substitute something else for other beers.

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 350; grease pan or insert cupcake holders
  • Combine cake mix, 1.5 cups of Blue Moon, 1/3 cup vegetable oil & 3 eggs
  • Beat for about 2:00 on medium speed until batter is smooth
  • Pour into pan then bake for about 18 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean
  • Brush top of cupcakes with beer for extra flavor
  • Let cool then top with vanilla frosting
  • Squeeze orange over top of frosted cupcakes
  • Add orange slice to top as a finishing touch

Enjoy!!

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Cheerleader Turned Sports Fan

IMG_0572I was six years old when I picked up my first set of pom pons. I have to be honest though, I wasn’t interested in the football games when I first started cheerleading. The only thing I wanted to do was compete. I dreaded every game I had to cheer at and counted down the seconds from the first snap of the game.

I took a stab at playing softball when I was 7 years old. My career started with hit, which ended up being my first and last. I didn’t swing the bat again that season, finding much satisfaction in a walk (which wasn’t hard considering I was about 3 feet tall with a very small strikezone).  I spent my time in right field working on my gymnastic skills and even did a few cheers for my team while playing the outfield. Comparable to Ricky Henderson (Hall of Famer who holds the record for most unintentional walks), I retired with a ton of walks, an admirable on base percentage and that one lonesome hit. I however, am still waiting for my Hall of Fame induction 😉

So I stuck to cheerleading and little by little began enjoying the games.  I learned the fundamentals of football and analyzed each game with my dad. I went from hating standing on the sidelines to loving every second of it. I have the best view in the house and am literally feet away from the action. Does it get any better?IMG_0566

I always used to say to my mom that cheerleading was a hard thing to stay involved in after you give it up. There’s no professional cheerleading league to follow or recreational adult teams to participate in. When it’s over, its over.

I realize now that this is not necessarily true in my case. While my days of standing on other peoples’ hands are numbered and I won’t do back flips for the rest of my life, the cheerleader in me will never die. I will always be a sports fan, always cheer on my teams (Yankees and Cowboys!) and forever cherish the love of sports that cheerleading helped me develop.

So welcome to my blog, a female fan’s perspective on everything sports.  I will be doing a lot of writing on current events, controversies, the big games along with how I celebrate them (recipes and tips to come). Stay tuned for an inside look of my very own sideline perspective!

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