Giants 2012 World Series Champions

Bruce Bochy and the 2012 World Series MVP Pablo Sandoval celebrate the Giants World Series title.

For the second time in 3 years the San Francisco Giants are the kings of baseball. San Francisco beat Detroit 4-3 in 10 innings Sunday night to sweep the Tigers. Continue reading

2012 NFL Picks – Week #8

It’s time for the 8th installment of “Sports with Balls” weekly NFL picks for year number four! We will make picks for every single prime time  game along with several 1 & 4 pm games.

2012 Current Standings: (Previous)

Bill Fucich 17-17-2 (3-1-1)
Scott Boutcher 14-20-2 (2-2-1)
Mike Orzechowski 14-20-2 (2-2-1)
Michael Bedard 13-21-2 (2-2-1)
Matt Sherman 11-23-2 (1-3-1)
Glenn Coyle 11-23-2 (3-1-1)

Week 8 is here and ready to go, see picks below!

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2012 World Series Preview and Picks

The 2012 Major League Baseball postseason has been filled with excitement over the course of the early rounds.  For the first time, ten teams qualified for the playoffs. After several intense series, the final two teams are left standing.  The Detroit Tigers outlasted the Chicago White Sox in order to win the American League Central following a September surge.  The playoff-like atmosphere of September prepared Detroit for the challenge of outlasting the upstart Oakland Athletics as they were forced to play a decisive Game 5 in hostile Oakland.  Despite a game one 9th inning hiccup from closer Jose Valverde, the Tigers managed to sweep the New York Yankees on their way to winning the franchise’s 11th American League Pennant. The National League battle for the pennant has been even a tighter contest.  The Giants found themselves in a quick 2-0 hole in the LDS facing the low odds of winning three consecutive games in Cincinnati.  San Francisco answered the call and found a way to pull off three consecutive elimination road victories.  The 2nd wild card and defending World Champion St. Louis Cardinals rolled into San Francisco and grabbed game one of the NLCS.  The Cards went on to win three of the series’ first four games and the Giants found themselves faced with the prospects of winning three consecutive games.  Once again San Francisco answered the call behind outstanding performances from Barry Zito, Ryan Vogelsong and Matt Cain. The Giants stomped the Cardinals in game seven on their way to winning the franchise’s 21st National League Pennant and second in three seasons. The 108th World Series has been set and there certainly is plenty of postseason experience between the two remaining squads. The Tigers enter the World Series rested with a rotation in order, the Giants arrive battled-tested after winning six elimination games over the previous two series. If the postseason to this point has been any indication as to what we can expect going forward, I’d say we are in a very competitive and exciting World Series.

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Ozzie Guillen Canned by Marlins

The Ozzie Guillen era is officially over in Miami after a short 1-year stint. The Marlins entered the 2012 campaign with high exceptions following the hire of Guillen along with the acquisitions of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell.  The Ozzie Guillen era was off to a rough start in early April when he was suspended for 5 games following controversial remarks made about Fidel Castro. “I love Fidel Castro … I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? A lot of people have wanted to kill Fidel Castro for the last 60 years, but that motherf*cker is still here.” The controversial statements were a real concern to Marlins ownership, specifically considering the large population of Cubans in the Miami area. The Marlins concluded the 2012 season with a 69-93 record and a last place finish in the National League East.  Don’t feel bad for Ozzie as he will still collect $7.5 million over the next 3 years.  Enjoy the paid time off Mr. Guillen.

Typical Ozzie Rant circa 2008:

Giants win National League Pennant

The San Francisco Giants are the 2012 National League Champions. The Giants stomped the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in game seven as they clinched their 21st pennant in franchise history with a 4-3 series victory. San Francisco will host the Detroit Tigers in game one of the World Series on Wednesday, October 24th. Marco Scutaro was named NLCS MVP as he  hit .500 (14 for 28) in the series.

2012 National League Champions

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