Sunday, September 9, 2007

The Big C, Clowns vs. Stills, and Lloyd Carr's Death March

This is why C.C. Sabathia is going to make himself a lot of money next offseason. With the Tigers winning earlier in the day, the pressure was on the big lefty to step up and stop the two game skid. He did just that and more. How does a complete game five hitter sound? Pretty good I'd say. Not only was he thoroughly dominant, but he saved the bullpen as well. Any night The Realtor and Raffy Perez can take off after pitching the night before is all good. Tribe bats got to Ervin Santana, who is now 0-3 against the Tribe this year. Kenny Lofton and Jhonny Peralta had big RBI singles and Travis Hafner delivered a two RBI double in the 6-1 win.

But last night was all about the big man. His complete game was done in just 103 pitches; he struck out just three, but received the help that normally his rotation-mates Fausto Carmona and Jake Westbrook get. The double play ball. C.C. induced four double plays, all brilliantly turned by Asdrubal Cabrera, who impresses more and more each day. The win brought the Tribe's magic number down to 16 games. Of course, of all night's to finally be on national TV for ESPN's Sunday Night Baseball, the Tribe closes the four gamer against the Angels at 8 PM EST. Aaron Laffey goes for his third win. Meanwhile, the Tribe has to play in Chicago tomorrow night and most likely won't get to the Windy City until sometime tomorrow morning after flying all night. Thanks go out to MLB and their TV schedule.

In about and hour and a half I will make my annual pilgrimage down to the Lakefront to see the Cleveland Browns open their 2007 campaign against the rival Pittsburgh Steelers. I will be at all the home games as usual, listening to my mom's commentary on one side and my Uncle Kenny's on the other. Nobody loves his Browns quite like my Uncle. But I digress. I broke down the team earlier in the week, but as for today's game: I expect the Browns to keep it close, but the front three of the Browns is so poor against the run, that Steelers RB Willie Parker should run wild again. Last year, he rumbled for 227 yards in the Stills comeback win at the Stadium. The Browns have one thing going for them; Bill Cowher no longer roams the opposite sideline - he flat out owned them. Another is that Bruce Arians is the Stills offensive coordinator. That's right, the same man who once ran the Browns offense (into the ground that is). Jamal Lewis must have a big game and QB Charlie Frye has to be smart, something he struggles with. It will be close, but 0-1 they shall start. Steelers 24 Browns 14

Oh those Michigan Wolverines. Last week they were exposed. This week they were embarrassed. What more can you say about the lack of speed and lack of heart shown by Lloyd Carr's crew over the last two Saturday's? Did you see the Oregon speed on offense? I'm no Pac-10 honk, but that conference is showing they are no joke, unlike the Big Ten and ACC which are complete frauds. Oregon QB Dennis Dixon put on an absolute clinic yesterday. Mike Belotti's offense was the same one Appalachian State used, only their players are bigger and faster. Before you could blink, it was 25-7. Im watched in shock as Dixon and RB Jonathon Stewart abused the Michigan defense seemingly every play. On top of the fact that they were abused on defense, the offense failed to show and is now banged up with QB Chad Henne missing the second half with a lower leg injury. The good news is that RB Mike Hart guaranteed victory next week over 0-2 Notre Dame. As if anyone cares anymore.

Here are some links of writers in Detroit piling on Lloyd's corpse.

Face it: Wolverines are Just Terrible - Rob Parker, Detroit News

Carr Wreck - Coach Should Offer to Resign - Drew Sharp, Detroit Free Press

Maize and Boo - Michigan's Nightmare Worsens - Mitch Albom, Detroit Free Press

Carr Takes Loss with Held Held High - Jim Carty, Ann Arbor News

Meanwhile, I live in Big Ten country and I am not blind, like many Midwest football fans are. The real power and speed are elsewhere. The days of power, smash-mouth, slow-footed football in the college game are becoming extinct. Spread offenses, athletic defenses. and speed dominate the landscape of college football. Look at the top. USC, LSU, Florida, etc. The one common denominator is speed. Florida exposed Ohio State in the National Championship game last January. USC obliterated Michigan a week earlier. Look at what LSU did do a very overrated Virginia Tech team last night. 48-7? That was a major ass kicking. It spoke volumes. As did Oregon going into the Big House and toying with Michigan. To quote Sam Malone "speaking on sports," "that's just one guys opinion."

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