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The 2009 World Series – Phils vs. Yanks

In a matchup of two explosive offenses, both fleet of foot and with plenty of muscle, given the friendly confines for hitters, the difference could be summed up in the famous quote from the rascally old Orioles manager Earl Weaver who endorsed the “pitching, defense and three-run homer” theory to winning ball with the emphasis on the latter. Back in May in a series at Yankee Stadium, where the Phils took two of three, the first game featured seven home runs! Expect more of the same… at both parks. [...]

Tour de France 2010 – The Route

On October 14, 2009 the Tour de France organizers released he map for the 2010 tour. 2010 makrs the 100th anniversary to the Tour’s first time through the Pyrenees. The 2010 tour will be more brutal than average, really separating thee players, beginning with a short 8 km prolouge in Rotterdam and culminating with the only timetrail (51 km) from Bordeaux to Pauillac 19 stages later. [...]

Secretariat Film Out of the Gates Down South

The horse that won a rare Triple Crown in 1973 is the subject of a motion picture now shooting in Kentucky and Louisiana. Diane Lane stars as Penny Tweedy, the real story of this film as the history-making owner of the legendary race horse. Tweedy broke some barriers of her own crashing through the male-dominated racehorse ownership world to take Secretariat great success. [...]

The Chicago Bears: A Tradition of Defense

In the long history of the National Football League, there is no other franchise that is more noted for their ball-stopping prowess. For almost 90 years, the Monsters of the Midway have won nine NFL Championships mainly on the shoulders of the team’s strong, attacking defense. [...]

Baseball Americana: Treasures from the Library of Congress

The key word here is “treasures” as so much of the engaging material in this lavishly illustrated history of America’s game can only be found in the unparalleled collections of the Library of Congress. [...]

The National Football League AFC West – 2009 Preview:

This was the year the Chargers were going to put it all together. Shawne Merriman would be back 100% to bolt the defense to go with a team that had superior special team and offensive units, BUT that has not happened. Once again the Chargers have dug themselves a hole. Their outing against the Steelers was woeful and reflective of just what has to be done to turn things around. [...]

The National Football League AFC East – 2009 Preview:

Brady’s back and there’s gonna be trouble. New England finds a way to shed the old, have their youth contribute as they grow, but the key is getting veterans to plug immediate needs. Like running back Fred Taylor (despite an ankle injury), receiver Joey Galloway and pulling linebacker Junior Seau out of retirement (again). [...]

The National Football League AFC South – 2009 Preview:

From the best records in ’08 to winless in ’09, the Titans have been one the of the league’s biggest disappointments. Still with a tough D under Chuck Cecil, who replaces Jim Schwartz who left to be the head coach at Detroit after 8 years, the Titans have three pro bowlers in the defensive backfield- Cortland Finnegan, Michael Griffin and Chris Hope, but where the hope is needed is on offense where Kerry Collins provides veteran leadership over an erratic Vince Young [...]

The National Football League AFC North – 2009 Preview:

With an impressive win over San Diego to pull them to .500, the defending champs look to be back on track despite injuries to running back Willie Parker and safety Troy Polamalu. Directing Pittsburgh to an exciting victory over the Cardinals in Super Bowl XLIII, Ben Roethlisberger continues to provide fine leadership. If Jeff Reed’s early shaky kicking turns around and the injuries abate, with a deep defense look for the Steelers to be in the Super Bowl hunt again this year [...]

The National Football League NFC West – 2009 Preview:

Coach Mike Singletary has got his team buying in to the ball control run-oriented offense, though Frank Gore’s recent injury could put veteran quarterback Shaun Hill in a tough spot to have to be a playmaker. Defensively the Niners are led by All-Pro linebacker Patrick Willis and if he can stay healthy, an emerging star in safety Dashan Goldson. [...]