Saturday, June 6, 2009
Friday, June 5, 2009
The younger Alex Fernandez
It's hard to compare a pitcher's career to a future everyday player like Beckham, but Fernandez's 10-year Major League career was good while it lasted. He posted 107 wins against 87 losses with a career ERA of 3.74, pitching for the White Sox from 1990 to 1996 and then for the Marlins from 1997 to 2000. Unfortunately, the University of Miami product was out of baseball by the age of 30 after never recovering from a shoulder injury that surfaced during the 1997 playoffs. At 39, Fernandez is currently a pitching coach at Archbishop McCarthy High School in Cooper City, Florida.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Beckham claimed that he hadn't seen the check from the White Sox yet...
Think he can afford it now?
Congrats on realizing a dream Gordon. Do the Bulldawg Nation proud in Chicago. We look forward to following your progress on your White Sox blog.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Marcus Washington, #44
Georgia's linebacking crew for the 2009 season appears to be one of the deepest groups that the team has ever had. With Rennie Curran, Daryll Gamble, Akeem Dent, Darius Dewberry, and Akeem Hebron all coming back, the linebackers hope to return Georgia's D to the form it showed during the 2007 season. One of the pieces that should help return to the '07 form is the man who played the key role in solidifying the defense two years ago.
When Washington went down with a shoulder injury during the spring of 2008, I had a bad feeling he would be out for the season. There were rumors that he would be back for Alabama, and then it was LSU, but by the time the season rolled around, we all knew he was gone for the year.
Before the 2007 season, Washington's three years in Athens had seen him make minimal contributions on the field while spending a large amount of time in the trainer's room. But following spring practice, Washington was named Most Improved Linebacker and proved he was force to be reckoned with that fall. While still battling injuries, Washington became a stabilizing force in the middle of the Georgia defense. He made his first career start in the overtime victory at Alabama, recording a career high 8 tackles and a sack. After missing the Tennessee and Vanderbilt games, he came back to make six tackles (including a sack) in the upset victory over Florida in Jacksonville. Georgia finished the season strong and Washington finished with a career high 40 tackles on the season.
The outlook for 2009 is bright, as Marcus Washington returns to solidify an experienced Georgia linebacking corp. Expect Washington to play extensively off the bench, particularly in situations where Georgia sends linebackers on blitzes. Washington and Gamble both took snaps at rushing DE in spring and I expect coach Martinez to use this formation early in the season with Justin Houston out. Washington is an extremely good tackler and he should help remedy some of the tackling issues that plagued the D in '08.
The Dawg Nation welcomes a Damn Good Dawg, Marcus Washington, back for his senior season!
Two votes for UGA (Pete Fiutak/CFN and Hunter Ansley/DraftZoo.com) and a picture of Rennie Curran says the roundtable likes the Dawgs.
Proving that BNE can post a picture of Rennie Curran too...with the ball...take that CFN
Fiutak: Am I too much of a wuss if I take Georgia? I have a gnawing feeling that Mark Richt has the type of team good enough to hold Oklahoma State in check in the season opener, beat South Carolina, Arkansas and Arizona State to be a strong 4-0 at the end of September and be ranked fifth in the nation going into the LSU showdown.
Ansley: ...But the team that will be back in the national spotlight after losing three major offensive stars to the NFL is Georgia. Somehow this team gets overlooked every time they lose a few players to the next level. When David Greene left Athens, no one expected DJ Shockley to lead them to the SEC title, but he did. There weren’t huge expectations in 2007 when the Dawgs found their way to a Sugar Bowl blowout. And here we are again, with Georgia likely to find a home in the middle to lower half of the first preseason polls. But a solid season shouldn’t be surprising. Georgia always seems to thrive when they fly under the radar. This is a team that has won 10 or more games in six of the last seven seasons.
Richard Cirminiello of CFN likes Arkansas in September and I can't say that I disagree with him. I think Bobby Petrino will find success in Fayetteville and that usually begins in the second year for good college coaches. Of course, Georgia travels there on September 19 after tough games against Oklahoma State and South Carolina, while Arkansas is coming off a bye week after opening with a cupcake. In other words, Arkansas is preparing for Georgia right now.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Southern Miss will now face the Gators in Gainesville in the Super Regionals best-of-three series this weekend.
Here's to Southern Miss knocking off Greggy and Georgey and the rest of the other Hitler youth in Gatorland.
For a school with a rich history of upsetting SEC football teams, let's hope it translates to baseball. The Golden Eagles are a team I could pull for in Omaha.
Gainesville police are pros with the Taser. Don't Tase Me Bro!
Hey, at least Janoris didn't have to use his AK.
So, all in all, today was a good day for Janoris.
Thank goodness for Urban Meyer that Florida opens the season with Charleston Southern because if they were playing, say, Miami to open the season, Meyer might've had to wait until the second game of the season to play out Janoris' suspension.