The All-Star Game is over and pennant races are heating up (for many teams). On the other side of the coin, there are a handful of teams that are playing for next season and beyond. Those teams usually have a stockpile of prospects on the verge of making their MLB debuts.
This post features the game’s top prospects and their estimated time of arrival.
Kris Bryant, Byron Buxton, Javier Baez and others have their team’s fans drooling. Fans are usually impatient when it comes to prospects…especially if their team is near the bottom of the standings.
Which top prospects are expected to be called up this season? Which prospects will need a little more seasoning in the Minors?
The lull of the Summer has ended. NFL Players are reporting to training camp and I’m drooling all over my keyboard.
I know you guys are waiting for me to write my yearly over/under post, but I’m waiting a few more weeks before I feel comfortable making my final predictions. In the mean time, head over to SportsBettingInfo.com and glance over the lines.
This post is all about fantasy football sleepers. I’ve sorted them by position to make it easier to look through. I’ve mixed in the deep sleepers with ‘these players aren’t properly ranked’ sleepers. I’ve been pretty successful with my sleepers in the past and I hope to keep my hot streak intact.
Here are my early sleepers for the 2014 fantasy football season.
It has become a yearly tradition that we look at all the former MLB All-Stars that aren’t having stellar years.
The season is a little more than half over and it’s not too late for some of these players to bounce back and turn their seasons around.
Since I’m an active fantasy baseball owner, it didn’t take me long to make this list. A few of these guys were on my teams early this season, but were quickly dropped after a few weeks of bad numbers. I spent most of my time just baffled that some of these guys were actually All-Stars at one point.
The old benchmark for an All-Star was thrown out with the bathwater when Bud Selig decided each team must have one representative in the All-Star Game.
I omitted all the former All-Star pitchers that are currently out recovering from Tommy John surgery. I tried not to add position players who suffered a major injury, but decided to include them if they had over 100 at-bats this season (sorry, Prince Fielder).
We’ve written a handful of ’Sports Crush‘ posts since we launched America’s White Boy. We’ve spotlighted female MMA fighters, WWE Divas and female sports reporters like MLB Network’s Heidi Watney. We decided to profile another female on a league-owned network, NFL Network’s Erin Coscarelli.
During her first broadcast, she showed her toughness by taking a wiffle ball bat to her side and won me over further by admitting she loves the WWE, specifically the Undertaker. She seems like one of the guys on the set and knows her football. She’s also a great follow on Twitter.
We are crushing on Erin Coscarelli and once you look at our photo gallery, you will understand why.
I’m a self-confessed vintage toy nerd. I collect vintage wrestling action figures from the 80′s & 90′s. I had a hard time getting into new action figures. I started purchasing the old toys I had as a kid out of nostalgia. Well, the WWE finally figured out a way to suck me into their new products…release quality figures of wrestlers I grew up watching.
As soon as I saw the line-up for Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 30, I basically just threw my money at my laptop screen. I’m a sucker for the Legion of Doom (otherwise known as The Road Warriors) and the Lex Express-era patriotic Lex Luger is just icing on the cake.
I let you know when these will hit the shelves, and which accessories come with each figure in Mattel’s WWE Elite Series 30.
I guess if I keep ‘super-sizing’ these playlists to fifteen songs, it will soon become the norm. Well, it’s official. We will always include at least fifteen songs in every hipster music playlist going forward!
July is an awesome month for new music. You can’t have an eventful Summer without a soundtrack that goes along with all the tomfoolery.
I always keep an ear out for new music. I love discovering new bands/songs, it’s a habit from my days as a music journalist. Even though this is mostly a sports blog, I still add quite a bit of music and pop culture content.
I have been called a hipster on more than one occasion. I like indie music more than any other genre of music. Don’t get me wrong, I can rock out to Richard Marx or Ace of Base (depending on the amount of alcohol in my system).
Here are 15 new indie songs I’m currently listening to. All of the songs are fresh and most have only been released within the last two months.
I had a difficult time trying to think of a title that best suits this post. I went bland and just said what this actually post is…twenty pictures of Nicholas Cage’s Face Photoshopped on other people’s faces.
I first ran into the photo on the right while looking up some pictures of Andre the Giant to use on a different post. When I found that bad boy, I was both amazed and frightened. I would love to know whomever did that Photoshop (and the others), so I could properly give them credit.
After seeing the Andre the Giant picture, I went on a Google Image rampage to find others. It didn’t take me long to find a treasure trove of great photos of Nicholas Cage’s face in famous photos.
Here are the 20 best (funniest/odd) pictures of Nicolas Cage’s face Photoshopped on other people’s faces.
As I’m currently focused on the World Cup and baseball, I rarely go to DallasCowboys.com and watch videos (I’m also a Colts fan). A friend of mine gave me the head’s up that one of my tweets was featured in a video they posted on their website. They did a Jimmy Kimmel-esque ‘Mean Tweets’ video in which players like Tony Romo and Jason Witten read mean tweets about them.
Here is a screencap of Anthony Spencer reading my tweet.
If you want to watch the entire video, click here.
…and if you want to follow me on Twitter, I’m @sweetbob.
The NBA Draft is only 60 picks, so many players fall through the cracks…especially in a year in which a draft his deep.
The 2014 NBA Draft is very deep, so more good players than usual didn’t make the cut. It’s not the end of the road for these players. They will just need to work a little harder to attain their dream.
Many of these guys will be signed to play in the NBA Summer League. They can showcase their skills in hopes of earning a invite to training camp. Unfortunately for most, they will end up playing overseas or in the NBA Development League. There are still a few every year that surprise everybody and beat the odds to earn an NBA contract.
Here are the best college and international players who went undrafted during the 2014 NBA Draft.
I love the anticipation and the speed of the NBA Draft. You don’t have fifteen minutes in-between picks like the NFL and you actually know these players, unlike the NHL and MLB.
If you can stomach two-three hours of Bill Simmons, it will be a fun night.
We give analysis for every pick in the first round of the 2014 NBA Draft.
1. Cleveland Cavaliers: Andrew Wiggins (Kansas) – No surprise here. Cleveland is looking to rebuild and they don’t need a player like Jabari Parker to be an instant boost. They loved Embiid, but they couldn’t risk a #1 overall pick on a player who is a major injury risk.
I’m not a Logophile, but the Philadelphia 76ers unveiled a good looking logo. The NBA should go back to the goofy logos that filled the ABA.
This new Sixers logo is said to be their ‘secondary’ logo, which doesn’t mean it will appear on any official jerseys. I’m an Indiana Pacers fan, but I would consider buying some Sixers gear if this dribbling Ben Franklin logo was featured.
Justin Verlander has been in the running for the Cy Young award in nearly every season for the better part of a decade. In the span of his career, the Detroit Tigers have went from worst to first in the AL Central. They couldn’t have done it without his dominant pitching.
Things aren’t going so well for Verlander this season. He currently has a record of 6-7 with a 4.98 ERA. Detroit is only leading Kansas City by a half game in the AL Central. While the official MLB Futures betting lines have the Detroit Tigers in contention to take the AL Central Division, I am no longer comfortable with their position in the top spot as the Royals look to make their move on them.
Matthew Leach of MLB.com wrote an in-depth article breaking down Verlander’s problems this season. Leach opines that he shouldn’t be breaking down at 31 years old. As a power pitcher, he should actually be firmly in his prime. His velocity has taken a hit and he’s even having issues against players the second and third time through the order. This is new territory for Verlander.
What’s going on with Detroit? What should we expect from them going down the stretch?