April 15, 2013

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The Week In Sports

By: Anson Whaley

Adam Scott wins first Masters in dramatic fashion: Golf’s biggest event was front and center this weekend and there were plenty of theatrics. First, there was 14-year old Tianlang Guan taking the world by storm by not only making the cut, but finishing as the youngest low amateur in the history of the tournament. Then, there was Tiger-gate, when Tiger Woods took an illegal drop that caused many to question if he should remain in the event. Finally, Adam Scott walked away with his first ever Masters win after defeating Angel Cabrera in a playoff with a birdie on the second hole. Say what you will about golf, but there are few things in the world of sports that can compare to Sunday at the Masters.

How far can the Lakers go without Kobe Bryant?

Kobe Bryant tears Achilles tendon – out for season: The Los Angeles Lakers have struggled all season with a star-studded lineup, but they may have been dealt a death blow last week. Star guard Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon and will miss the rest of this season. So how did the Lakers respond to losing their best player? By promptly beating what could be the best team in the Western Conference – the San Antonio Spurs. Los Angeles’ win on Sunday proved there is still life within the team. While the backcourt is in shambles (especially with Steve Nash who has missed several games), the frontcourt can still be one of the best in the league with center Dwight Howard and forwards Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, and Antawn Jamison. The Lakers may have a more difficult time keeping up with the younger Oklahoma City Thunder, but you’ve got to give them a fighting chance against the Spurs if they meet in the playoffs.

Louisville defeated Michigan for the NCAA championship: A week later and it seems like old news by now, but the Louisville Cardinals won their first title under Rick Pitino with an 82-76 win over the Michigan Wolverines last Monday. Pitino became the first coach to win NCAA championships with two different teams. The Cardinals went on a tear late in the season and became the trendy pick to win the title. Nearly as important as winning the championship was that they allowed folks like me to finish respectably in their bracket pools despite a plethora of other questionable picks.

Jeff Garcia to New York Jets – ditch Tim Tebow: Former NFL quarterback Jeff Garcia had some interesting comments about young quarterback Tim Tebow in a USA Today interview. Speaking about Tebow, Garcia said he just brings distraction and that having him on the Jets doesn’t add anything positive. He then went on to say that starting quarterback Mark Sanchez’ main competition will come from aging veteran David Garrard or little-used Greg McElroy. I won’t totally disagree with Garcia that Tebow is a major distraction, but I’m not so sure he still can’t contribute to the team if used effectively. I’m not of the opinion that he’s an ideal starting quarterback, but there are certain packages where he can be used infrequently and make plays with his legs. Is that more valuable than what Garrard or McElroy can add? Unless one of them unseats Sanchez or plays considerably as a backup, I’d say yes.

Wrigley Field to get updated look: The Chicago Cubs announced that historic Wrigley Field will get some upgrades as part of a $500 million renovation. That will include the Field’s first electronic video board. Typically I hate stuff like this, but sometimes upgrades are needed to remain competitive. And as long as there’s no plan to make sweeping changes to one of the most recognizable stadiums in baseball, it’s hard to complain too loudly.

July 9, 2010

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Football Fan Frenzy

By: Becky

It’s a field day for football fans, thanks to our new NFL Players in College Uniforms Fatheads.  And for me, a great way to take me back to my college days at the University of Michigan.

People have always raved about our NFL Fatheads – the clarity of the high-def images, the life-size action of the shots, the way they make you feel like you’re right there in the game and they’re coming at you.  And since I take great pride in following former Wolverine players throughout their professional careers in the NFL, in my home I’ve displayed the Tom Brady Fathead as a New England Patriot, the Fathead of Braylon Edwards as a Cleveland Brown, and Charles Woodson as a Green Bay Packer Fathead.  I’ve done my fair share of lobbying the Fathead design team to make some more, and even won some rounds (LaMarr Woodley as a Pittsburgh Steeler, coming soon, thank you!)

But these new Fatheads of NFL players in their COLLEGE uniforms instill alumni pride like no other.  It’s almost too good to be true for a Wolverine fan.  Now I can get my favorites in all their Maize and Blue glory.  Quarterback Tom Brady would have been enough for me.  Cornerback Charles Woodson would have been enough for me.  Quarterback Brian Griese and running back Mike Hart would have been enough for me.  But then my prayers were answered and Wide Receiver Desmond Howard’s Fathead was created.  This is it, the Fathead I’ve been waiting for, the hero of my freshman year, in his famous 1991 Heisman pose.  For a REAL.BIG. fan, it just doesn’t get any better than that!

I hope you all get the chance to feel that fan pride too.  Check out our roster of NFL players in their college uniforms to see if we have your heroes.

December 14, 2009

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By: Jason

Years ago I had a grand ambition of owning a chain of sports bar called Rivals that would be built in every major sports town that has a natural rivalry. The best part is every city you build one in has automatic synergy with its rival city, i.e. you open a Rivals in Ann Arbor, you instantly have a Rivals in Columbus.  Conceptually this bar was to be the greatest sports bar of all time. Half the restaurant would be decorated for one team and the other half would be decorated for the other team. Each booth would have a station to refill your own drinks, each restroom stall would have a 19 inch LCD built into the door, and there would be a special room for the most passionate fans, the room would actually simulate the field conditions of the event itself. If it is snowing in Happy Valley, then it is snowing in the special room at Rivals.