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Oakland Coliseum
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CBS Sports: Report: Oakland Raiders Owner Mark Davis Meets With San Antonio Officials: Possible Move?

I agree with the CBS Sports Network crew that the Raiders belong in Oakland and that San Antonio which is a solid sports market that could support a future NFL franchise would seem strange for the Raiders. With that being said the Oakland Coliseum or whatever the hell they call it now is not an NFL caliber football stadium. It is not an MLB caliber ballpark either and very soon the City of Oakland is going to have to step up and build two new stadiums. An NFL football stadium for the Raiders and an MLB ballpark for the Athletics or they’ll lose both of their great franchises. Two of the best franchises in all of pro sports.

So the City of Oakland has to decide do they want NFL football and MLB baseball or not. If the answer is yes the Coliseum needs to go and be replaced with either a football stadium or a baseball park. And then they need to look at downtown possibilities as far as building the other stadium. With the Athletics and Raiders staying at the Coliseum while their stadiums are being built. Otherwise we could see the Raiders back in Los Angeles or San Antonio and the Athletics headed to San Jose or Sacramento in the near future.
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Ralph Wilson Stadium

Ralph Wilson Stadium


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CBS Sports: Report: Josh Katzowitz: Jon Bon Jovi Also Wants to Keep the Bills in Buffalo

I think it would be borderline tragic if the Bills were to ever leave the Buffalo area especially for a Canadian city like Toronto or any other city in Canada. With all due respect to Toronto and other great Canadian sports cities, but Buffalo is great Americans football market as far as how they support their club. Their fans aren’t the reason why the Bills haven’t made the playoffs since 1999. Their management has been by not settling on a general manager and head coach and not finding the right people for those positions. And as a result they switch head coaches almost every year or two years.

The Bills have been close to becoming a playoff team a few times the last ten years or so and even producing a few 9-7 winning seasons and a few 8-8 seasons. But never quite getting over the top, but haven’t been able to find that head coach to get them to the next level. And give that coach the players and talent needed to get over that hump. And a part of that has to do with revenue and where they play. Which is where my solution comes in how to save the Bills in Buffalo.

The City of Buffalo and Upstate New York is pretty well-known for having a lackluster economy where good jobs are hard to find. You not only keep the Bills in the Buffalo area, but move them to downtown Buffalo with a retractable roof downtown stadium and you’ll have a club with the revenue stream to compete against the rest of the AFC East. But now the Bills with that dome stadium would be in the market for the Super Bowl. And be able to attract December and January college bowl games. And other major events to the area. Which would a big economic boost for the rest of the economy there.
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Baltimore Orioles
CBS Baltimore: Sports: Arms Race, Preview of the 2014 Baltimore Orioles

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

For the last month or so up until last week, I wasn’t feeling very good about the Orioles’ 2014 prospects and believed they weren’t as good as they were last year, an 85-77 fourth place AL East finish missing the AL Playoffs by five games. There is a reason for this, because going into the 2014 off-season, it was very clear what the Orioles needed to be better than they were in 2013, which was another frontline starting pitcher if not two of them to go along with Chris Tillman (the ace of the staff), a full-time productive designated hitter, and another outfielder.

Up until recently the Orioles were signing mostly minor league free agents, guys who are career minor leaguers, who are at best potential major league players, or guys who were once major leaguers but are now at the down point of their careers, looking for another shot at getting their careers back on track but certainly not players you are expecting to make a major impact for the Orioles in 2014. This meant it was clear who was running the show in Baltimore, Mr. Tightwad Peter Angelos, the majority owner of the franchise, someone who only wants to spend enough money to make the Orioles look credible (his record in the past at least) but not commit the resources to make the Orioles a real contender.

What we now know after trading for outfielder David Lough who, at least going into the 2014 season, will be the Orioles’ regular leadoff hitter, someone with a solid bat who runs well, has decent power, and is a good outfielder, is what the Orioles were looking for. They were always going after at least one more frontline starting pitcher and a regular everyday DH, but because of Mr. Angelos they were waiting for the market to calm down, when everyone else has made their offers, leaving possible free agents to wait to bring their prices down. That is when they would swoop in and get the players they were after, which is how they signed pitchers Ubaldo Jimenez and DH/OF Nelson Cruz.

A month ago the the 2014 Orioles looked like they had a better chance of finishing last in the AL East than winning it or even grabbing one of the AL wildcards. But with the signings of Jimenez to go along with what else they have in the starting rotation with Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris, and Miguel Gonzalez, still one of the best bullpens in baseball even without a proven closer, then the lineup goes 1-9 in power, run production, and hitting and the best defense in baseball.

They don’t need a great pitching staff or even great starting pitching to make the AL Playoffs in 2014. What they need their starting pitchers to do is stay healthy and be solid and give their offense and defense a chance to win the game. They should keep walks and extra base hits down and eat up innings but not have to play shutout baseball when your offense is giving you 5-6 runs a game with a great defense as well. If their starting pitching gives them that consistently, turning the gavel over to the bullpen in the sixth or seventh inning with a lead or a chance to win and stays healthy, look for the Orioles to at least be back in the AL Playoffs in 2014. (See quote below.)

CBS Sports Baltimore: Scott Garceau: Arms Race

“The Orioles will be contenders for the American League East title and the league’s two Wild Cards, there I said it!

Buck’s Birds can match any lineup in baseball 1 through 9 when it comes to thunder in the lumber and they’re coming off the best fielding percentage season in baseball history. That’s all good but in the end this team will seal it’s fate with starting pitching.

Adding Ubaldo Jimenez was a nice move, adding Suk Min Yoon, who knows? When it comes to starting pitching, at least on paper, the Orioles rank below the Red Sox, Yankees and Rays in the division. If that margin is narrow the bats and gloves and Buck Showalter’s leadership can make up for it. If the pitching gap is significant the Orioles will be watching the playoffs like the rest of us. Lets take a glance at how the rotation might look.

Chris Tillman- Coming off break out (16-7) year. Still only 25 he’s a very good #2 starter who could become the ace the Orioles haven’t had since Mike Mussina headed for Broadway.
Ubaldo Jimenez- He adds experience and durability. The former 19 game winner has averaged over 200 innings his last 6 seasons. Despite his inconsistency his career ERA is a solid 3.92.
Wei-Yin Chen- Likely the only lefty in the rotation. Durability issues, but the Orioles hope he can return to 2012 form when he won 12 games.

Miguel Gonzalez- Not spectacular but gritty and he knows how to pitch. He won 11 games last year and his 3.58 ERA the past 2 seasons is very respectable in the AL East.
Bud Norris- He won 10 games last season but the former Astros pitcher allowed too many base runners with a chunky 1.49 WHIP. His stuff is better than his numbers, he’ll need to be more consistent to keep his spot in the rotation.

It’s nearly impossible that a rotation stays intact for a 162 game season. Injuries and poor performance usually turn a rotation into at least an 8 or 9 man job. The Orioles are slowly adding arms and building pitching depth in the organization.

Other possibilities include, Kevin Gausman talented but raw, he’ll probably start the year in the minor leagues but could be on the mound at Camden Yards later this summer. Does Suk-Min Yoon win a starters job, go to the pen or polish his game in Triple A? Lefties Zach Britton (out of options), and T.J. McFarland could get a shot. Steve Johnson and Josh Stinson have experience and have made starts with the Orioles.

Prize prospect Dylan Bundy could be in the rotation in 2015 and may contribute in the second half this year. In the minor league pipe-line (“buy the bats, grow the arms”) prospects Eduardo Rodriguez, Hunter Harvey, Mike Wright and Tim Berry have major league dreams. Can the Orioles make it three straight winning seasons for the first time in 20 years? Can they make the playoffs for the 2nd time in 3 years? The bats and gloves are willing if the arms cooperate.”

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1980 Basketball Nationals Champions

1980 Basketball Nationals Champions

Source: Justin Bowen-CBS Sports: MCBA 1983- Tournament 2nd Round- Louisville Cardinals vs Tennessee Volunteers: Full Game

The Louisville Cardinals probably had one of the top 3-5 basketball programs in America at this point.

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1984 Cotton Bowl

1984 Cotton Bowl

1984 COTTON BOWL – #7 Georgia Bulldogs vs. #2 Texas Longhorns (1983 season) – YouTube.

A Cotton Bowl with national championship implications

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Home of The Georgia-Florida Classic

Home of The Georgia-Florida Classic

1982 #3 Georgia Bulldogs vs #20 Florida Gators (football) – YouTube.

This rivalry is even better today then it was thirty years ago

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Baltimore MISL

Baltimore MISL


The MISL on CBS, just goes to show you how much potential the MISL once had.

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