Posted tagged ‘Playoffs’

Top 31 Moments in the UP! #23 – Watch out for Lexi Gussert!

September 3, 2013
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(Photo by Grandpa Camo)

Being a sports anchor and reporter in the Upper Peninsula means you have to shoot and edit your own highlights for the evening newscasts. That means getting in a TV 6 vehicle and driving to many schools on different days. Well on November 6th, the day after election day, I went to cover some regional playoff volleyball action in Kingsford and Iron Mountain. This was the day I got to see Lexi Gussert do work on the court. People kept telling me she was amazing at basketball and was very good at volleyball too. I had to learn the hard way.

In the second set against Lake Linden-Hubbell, Lexi went up for the kill and slammed it right into the hardwood floor towards me. Now the ball had so much spin that when I looked in my viewfinder, I had two options. (1. Look like a fool and get hit. or 2. Try to get out of the way and look like a fool.) I choose number 1 and well the crowd knew my consequences. Everyone in the crowd was laughing, including myself, and I posted the video on YouTube for everyone to see. There are few things you don’t forget and this was one of them. Lexi got me good and she still has another season to get another cameraman out there.

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The Reason Knicks lost to Heat: Lack of Patience down the stretch

April 16, 2012

(Debby Wong-US PRESSWIRE)

Watching the Knicks vs. Heat game today on ABC was really entertaining and could potentially be a playoff match up between these two squads. There was a lot to learn from this game today at Madison Square Garden. The key thing was the lack of patience the Knicks had at the end of the game on the offensive end.

The last six out of seven possessions with four minutes remaining were three pointers. The Knicks were only down three with 4:43 remaining in the game and Carmelo decided to chuck a three. The lack of patience to try to get to the basket or get a better look was killing them tonight. Granted, Carmelo did have 42 points on the game but he didn’t perform down the stretch like the Knicks need him too. In order to beat the Hear and the Bulls, #7 needs to be the best player on the floor. That doesn’t only mean offense. I am also talking about assists, and rebounds, and free throws.

But let’s get back to today’s Heat game. I am really worried about the Knicks point guard play without Jeremy Lin in for quite sometime. They have been able to get away with Baron Davis and Mike Bibby for the past few games but in today’s spotlight game it really showed their weakness. Baron Davis had 5 huge turnovers and one costly down the stretch. That impatience at the end of game could cost the team a chance to make a run to the NBA Finals.

Finally, I want to know if that was the strategy of Mike Woodson. Was it take 30 three pointers today and make them rain, or get to the basket and force Wade and Lebron into foul trouble? They got to the free throw line early but lost that confidence once they stopped rebounding the basketball.

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It’s a big concern to me and Knicks fans all around the country because this team has potential; they just need to make smarter decisions. And six three pointers with four minutes remaining is not a smart move in any type of game.

Which is a better Walk off Grand Slam in the Postseason? Rangers Nelson Cruz or Mets Robin Ventura?

October 11, 2011

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In my opinion, it has to be Ventura because it forced a Game 6 and then went on into Game 7 where they lost on a bases loaded walk to Andruw Jones by Kenny Rodgers. Don’t get me wrong, Nelson Cruz’s home run was a bomb and it was awesome to give them a huge lead but the Mets game winning home run was more critical and the game was in the 15th inning. That’s a miracle…

The Sports Cycle Video: MLB Playoff Race with special guest Mark Freund

September 21, 2011

Donnie Dwyer talks to MUTV Assistant Sports Director Mark Freund about the playoff race in the month of September and about the great career of Mariano Rivera. Check it out…

Someone in a Pennant Race is worrying bout a “Halo”

September 14, 2010

Via ESPNChicago:

On the eve of what can be described as a do-or-die series against the Minnesota Twins, Chicago White Sox second baseman Brent Lillibridge was so excited he sounded like a kid in a candy store.

Or a video game geek in line for the latest version of “Halo.”

“Most important night of the year Halo coming out at 12 tonight and yes I’m in a line to get it… Jokes please,” Lillibridge tweeted at approximately 11 p.m. (CT) Monday.

Lillibridge, 26, even tweeted a picture of the line he was standing in, but his enthusiasm was not shared by teammate Mark Teahen (Right).

“Brent, get to bed. Take Gavin, Thornton & Putz with you. Halo will survive the night without you,” Teahen tweeted, referring to pitchers Gavin Floyd, Matt Thornton and J.J. Putz.

The White Sox host the Twins on Tuesday night and are six games behind in the American League Central. Lillibridge (Below), a backup who’s had just one at-bat in the past three games, wanted to make sure Teahen knew he would be well-rested for the game, but he has passions other than baseball.

“I promise I’ll be in bed early 2nite Noone wants to win more than I do. As much as I luv playing bball I have a lot of nerd in me,” Lillibridge tweeted.

…I love to read and hear stories like this. A player in the heat of a playoff race is addicted to the new Halo game and wastes his time in line to get and play the game then rest. I am really curious to see how he does in the biggest series of his life. I am actually amused that he calls him playing video games the “nerd” in him. If I were him, I would have hit the sack and then worried about playing this game later. No time to fool around, the playoffs are just round the corner. Let’s see if Chi-town can play in the playoffs or play Halo throughout the whole winter…