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Social Media Day

Posted: April 17, 2011 by drunkonsports in Uncategorized

It has already been a few days since I took part in the planning and managing of the first ever IU Athletics Social Media Day and I am still amazed at what we pulled off.

Problems started piling up from the get-go. We didn’t have the right equipment, we were having trouble with scheduling, and there were countless issues with communication on every level. But somehow we did it. My day started around 9am setting up equipment and making sure everything worked and it turned into a day that I will never forget. It was probably the longest day of work I have ever put in on anything in my life. When I got home that night, I just sat there and took it all in. A few professors and friends of mine told me they were proud of what I accomplished and that made it all worth it. I was humbled.

Words can’t really describe what we put together. I took pictures and video to remember it, but it was really more than that. There were so many pieces.

We had the website, we had Jeremy Gray (who is a huge asset for this university), and we had our great baseball and softball programs. Then we were lucky enough to have people like myself who wanted this to work. We had the backing of the athletic department and I hope we did them proud.


I could write on this all day and I would but I’m working on a 5pm deadline here on this blog post, so I will wrap it up and probably throw some pictures on here real fast to make it look more exciting.

Its not my most exciting blog post, but I want to make a Courtney-Cronin-esque shout-out and say this class has been a blast to be a part of. One of the best I’ve taken in my time at IU.

Red Sox Struggling Out of the Gates

Posted: April 17, 2011 by Josh Tannenbaum in Uncategorized

The Boston Red Sox seemed to be the heavy favorite to win the World Series at the beginning of the MLB season. The tables have turned slightly though, after a 3-10 start. Through 13 games, the Sox have had an anemic offense and a destructive pitching staff that has allowed over 6 runs per game. Despite good pitching from veteran Josh Beckett, the other members of the rotation are not getting the job done. Clay Buchholz, who recently signed an extension with the club, has been lit up to the tune of a 6.60 ERA and an 0-2 record through 3 starts. The always inconsistent Daisuke Matsuzaka is also 0-2, with a 12.86 ERA, and John Lackey is 1-1 with a 15.58 ERA. The pitching is what everyone believed separated the Red Sox from the Yankees, but now with doubts surrounding the rotation, what was previously believed is now not so certain.

Another offseason move that made the Sox favorites was the acquisition of Carl Crawford, the all-star left fielder from the Tampa Bay Rays. But Crawford hasn’t hit in a Boston uniform yet. He is currently batting .137 with 3 runs scored, 1 RBI, and only 2 stolen bases. Crawford will, in all likelihood, bounce back, but the point is, in a division that is the most competitive in baseball, this slow start must be cut short as soon as possible for the Red Sox to compete with the Yankees, and 3 other talented teams that make up the AL East. It’s still early and not too much should be made of Crawford or Kevin Youkilis’ slow starts, but the pitching is a real concern and if it is not figured out soon, Boston could be looking at another disappointing season. Boston is a big baseball town with a lot of history and pride, so back-to-back seasons missing the playoffs with the talent they possess is simply unacceptable.

25 PPG, 7.7 assists per game, 4.1 rebounds and countless charges led late in games this season, Derrick Rose has singlehandedly brought the Bulls back to prominence. The number one seed in the east. Who saw that one coming at the beginning of the season? Certainly not me. I thought the Heat had it locked up, with ease. The Bulls and mostly MVP Derrick Rose have taken the reigns in the east and look to continue their tough play throughout the playoffs. They will have to heavily rely on Rose though if they want a shot at the ship.

Every season that the Bulls have won 60+ games, they have won the championship. That’s a pretty impressive statistic and one that I don’t think is going to change this year. As good of a player as Rose is, he has a ton of talent around him. Guys like Luol Deng, Joakhim Noah, and Carlos Boozer make Derrick’s job that much easier. It’s easier to have an MVP type season when you have the players around you that Derrick has. He has guys on this team that know their role and they play it well (Lil Wayne lyric for you).

This years Bulls team reminds me a lot of the teams from when I was growing up. They have Derrick Rose acting as their Michael Jordan/Steve Kerr. He’ll do whatever it takes to win. That’s why I believe he should be the MVP. I have it as a mixture of Michael and Steve Kerr because Rose can shoot the ball fairly well and then quickly slice through the lane, get to the bucket and gets the shot up that he wants. Then they have Luol Deng doing his best Scottie Pippen impression averaging just over 17 PPG this season. In my opinion, Carlos Boozer plays a lot like a Dennis Rodman/Horace Grant duo. He can score, averaging 17.5 PPG as well as rebound averaging 9.6 rebounds per game.

I am not by any means a Bulls fans, but I have to admit that they’re a ton of fun to watch. They play with so much heart while riding their superhero Derrick Rose to the finish. Role players such as Kyle Korver, Keith Bogans, and Taj Gibson help the Bulls so much. I believe wholeheartedly that the Bulls will win the championship this season and I have to admit that I’ll be kind of let down if they don’t.

Derrick Rose may not be the MVP at the end of the season but he certainly should be. A lot of analysts say that Dwight Howard should be MVP. That’s ridiculous. Any player that can manage to get suspended for having too many technical fouls should NEVER be in the MVP discussion. As you ponder who you think should be MVP, check out this video below of Derrick Rose highlights. It’s guaranteed to change your mind if you’re not a Derrick Rose believer already.

What’s going on this weekend? The Little 500? Yes, but the NBA playoffs are finally starting on April 16th and many NBA fans are looking forward to this years playoffs. Even this years regular season was interesting as the Lakers didn’t know the seeding until they beat the Kings in OT on their last regular season game to clinch second seed in the West. Alright, to get to the point, these are the 2011 playoff first round match ups:

EAST

#1 Chicago Bulls VS #8 Indiana Pacers

The Bulls lead the regular season series by 3-1 and I feel the same way many Bulls fan feel. There is no chance the Pacers are going to beat the Bulls in a four game series and I believe the Pacers might get lucky and steal one game away from them. The Pacers offensive is just not good enough against the Bulls defensive and they have no answer to guard Derrick Rose.

Prediction: 4-1 Chicago Bulls

#2 Miami Heat VS #7 Philadelphia 76ers

The Heat lead the regular season series by 3-0 and even the 76ers have been playing great as a team, I still can’t imagine 76ers beating the Heat in the first round. There is no way they can stop LeBron James, Chris Bosh, AND Dwayne Wade. As above, 76ers might be lucky get steal one game.

Prediction: 4-1 Miami heat

#3 Boston Celtics VS #6 New York Knicks

The Celtics swept the Knicks during the regular season by 4-0 but I believe the playoffs will be different. Even though the Knicks haven’t win a single game against the C’s I think this would be an interesting series. Carmleo Anthony and Amare will make a difference and give a hard time to the Celtics defensively and you can’t leave out Mr. Big Shot Chauncey Billups.

Prediction: 4-3 Boston Celtics

#4 Orlando Magics VS #5 Atlanta Hawks

Surprinsgly, the Hawks lead the regular season series by 3-1 but the playoffs would be definitely different. The Magics are hungry for a championship and so is Dwight Howard. And it is scary when Dwight Howard steps up offensively when you already witness what he does in defense.

Prediction: 4-2 Orlando Magics

WEST

#1 San Antonio Spurs VS #8 Memphis Grizzlies

The regular season series are tied 2-2 between these two teams and I would say I’m really impressed in how the Grizzlies are playing without their star player Rudy Gay. Even though the Grizzlies are the definite under dog, I believe this wouldn’t be a total domination series due to Zach Randolph’s offense, Tony Allen’s defense, and Marc Gasol’s presence down low.

Prediction: 4-2 San Antonio Spurs

#2 Los Angeles Lakers VS #7 New Orleans Hornets

The Lakers swept the Hornets during the regular season 4-0 and I believe this would repeat in the playoffs. Even though the Lakers are not playing like champions recently, the Lakers will be right back for the playoffs. The Hornets are missing their leading scorer David West and there is no chance the Hornets can match the Lakers big. I won’t even need to mention about Kobe Bryant.

Prediction: 4-0 LA Lakers

#3 Dallas Mavericks VS #6 Portland Trailblazers

The regular season series are tied between the two teams 2-2 and this would be another interesting series as the numbers behind these two teams don’t matter. Both of the teams are well coached, have talent at every position, but are probably one or two player off the championship caliber team. Dallas players better offense through Dirk but the Blazers play better defense.

Prediction: 4-3 Dallas Mavericks

#4 Oklahoma City Thunders VS #5 Denver Nuggets

The Thunders lead the regular season series by 3-1 but I believe this series will be interesting. The Nuggets have blossomed ever since Carmelo got traded and are getting the most from their talent. But the Thunders bring Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook from offense and Serge Ibaka and Kendrick Perkins from defense to the table. This game could possible go to game seven but I believe the Thunders have too much to bring to the Nuggets.

Prediction: 4-2 Oklahoma City Thunders

Breaking Away

Posted: April 10, 2011 by justinhoosiers in Uncategorized

If you haven’t seen this movie and you’re a hoosier, see it. It’s well worth your time. Breaking Away is a movie, made in 1979, that is based off of Indiana’s annual Little 500 race. The story is based around a kid named Dave who recently has graduated from high school and doesn’t know what he wants to do with his life. Dave is really into everything Italian and his dad doesn’t really get it. An Italian bike racing team came in for the little 500 and Dave had some friends to see if he’d like to join their team. He is thrilled and they went on to become Cutters. After a heartbreaking loss their first year, could they come back strong the following spring?

Breaking Away has won many awards including 1979’s Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and is ranked 8th in America’s 100 top inspirational movies. The writer of the film was an Indiana alum named Steve Tesich.

Here’s the trailer for Breaking Away if you haven’t seen it.

I watched this movie on the crappy rainy Saturday we had and it was the best way I could think of to kick off little 5. This is truly the greatest college week of all time. Nothing like a good excuse to get hammered.

The Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States and is preceded by a week of programming around the Bloomington campus. Riders compete in four person teams in separate races for men and women around a quarter-mile track. Approximately, More than 25,000 people attend the races and associated events annually, with the proceeds used for working student scholarships at Indiana University. Grammy Award-winning, multi platinum recording artist and producer Lil Wayne, upcoming rapper Nicki Minaj, and Rick Ross is the official performer for Indiana University’s 2011 Little 500 concert. Lil’ Wayne will be having a concert at sold out IU Assembly Hall and then hold a after party at Jake’s Nightclub in downtown Bloomington. Lil’ Wayne has sold more than 10 million records, and his multi-platinum 2008 album, Tha Carter III, sold more than one million copies in its first week of release. This would be an unforgettable memory for IU students. The Little 500 event itself is crazy and students party and have a great time during this week watching the riders compete. Like I said above, the Little 500 is the largest collegiate bike race in the United States and having a artist like Lil Wayne coming as a special guest to perform during the Little 500 event will might make the best event of all time in IU history.

Offseason Acquisitions Set to Make a Big Impact

Posted: April 3, 2011 by Josh Tannenbaum in Uncategorized

Baseball season is back in action. Every offseason there seems to be a few big-name free agents that find themselves a new destination. This offseason was no different, but the acquisitions made this winter could play an enormous role in which teams are in contention come October.

The Red Sox had a relatively disappointing season last year. Despite winning 89 games, the Sox finished third in the AL East, missing the playoffs as the Yankees and Rays moved on. In response, Boston went out and acquired the two best available offensive players in Carl Crawford through free agency and Adrian Gonzalez via trade. Inserting these players into any lineup, let alone the Red Sox lineup, is a huge boost. The added offense in addition to their strong pitching staff and deep bullpen should translate into a very successful season for the Boston Red Sox.

In the National League, no team has been as competitive over the last 5 years as the Philadelphia Phillies. While their offense is not what it used to be, their pitching is being discussed as one of the best rotations to ever be assembled. It’s far too early to be making claims as such, but the hype is legit. Roy Halladay is almost unanimously dubbed the best pitcher in the game today. Cole Hamels is one of the  best, young lefties in the majors, having a bounce-back year a season ago with 12 wins, a 3.06 ERA, and 211 strikeouts. Veteran Roy Oswalt was added the rotation at the trade deadline last season, and pitched brilliantly in a Phillies uniform, going 7-1 with a 1.74 ERA down the stretch. And this offseason, Cliff Lee was brought back to Philadelphia via free agency. The Phillies traded Lee in a 3-way deal wot get Roy Halladay. Now the team has both of them. Lee is a fantastic pitcher who pitches deep into games and doesn’t walk anybody, but his postseason track record is what made him the talk of free agency this winter. Lee is 7-2 with a 2.13 ERA in 10 postseason starts in his career. He’s pitched 3 complete games, and has struck out 80 while only walking 8 in 76 innings. These four pitchers together in the same rotation is a scary thought for the rest of the National League. If they can get decent production from a talented, but aging lineup, then the Phillies might be making another World Series appearance.

Here are my predictions for the playoffs:

AL East: Red Sox

AL Central: White Sox

AL West: Rangers

Wild Card: Yankees

World Series Representative: Yankees

NL East: Phillies

NL Central: Reds

NL West: Giants

Wild Card: Braves

World Series Representative: Phillies

OUTCOME: Yankees over Phillies in 6 games.