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Friday, September 30, 2011

9/30/2011- MLB Postseason Coverage, review of WWE Raw, review of ROH 9/24/11 episode, MMA Saturday Night Fights, more

Hello everyone. This is the last blog of September as tomorrow is October 1st. Which means that fall has been kicked into full throttle. MLB has ended their regular season and has now started postseason work. Here are all the info on the last few days of regular season and postseason, along with other stuff.

After a weekend of rivalries ending in the regular season for both Yankees and Mets, the Yankees headed to Tampa Bay to face the Rays in which they were swept from all 3 games. The Mets lost the final 2 games of the season to Cincinnati, but avoided a sweep and ended the season with a win, leaving a positive note for next season as the Mets didn't make it to the postseason. Despite the Yankees losing the series against Tampa Bay, it wasn't considered to be a big deal for the Yankees since they won the AL East and didn't use any of their starters. However, it was an important one for the Wild Card as Boston lost their final game of the season and the Rays took lead of the Wild Card and became winners of the AL Wild Card.

Now that the regular season is over, it's time for the postseason. The ALDS and NLDS will occur until there are 2 winners from each league. Here are the match-ups involved:
  • AL Central Champion Detroit Tigers vs AL East Champion New York Yankees
  • AL Wild Card Winner Tampa Bay Rays vs AL West Champion Texas Rangers
  • NL Wild Card Winner St. Louis Cardinals vs NL East Champion Philadelphia Phillies
  • NL West Champion Arizona Diamondbacks vs NL Central Champion Milwaukee Brewers
As of now, the Rays/Rangers game is currently in-progress. The Yankees will host the Tigers tonight in what should be a best 3 out of 5. If one of these teams wins 3 of the games, the 4th and 5th game won't be necessary. Same goes for the other games as well. The NLDS will occur tomorrow. I will give the results on Monday for each of the Division Series match-ups.

This weekend, the New York Giants will be heading to the University of Phoenix Stadium, where they won their recent Super Bowl, to face the Arizona Cardinals in a late game that is scheduled to air on FOX. The New York Jets will head to Baltimore to face the Ravens in a primetime game on NBC Sunday Night Football. I will give my thoughts on Monday about these 2 games.

College Football
This weekend on College Football, the Oklahoma Sooners will face the Ball State Cardinals in an evening game that will air on PPV. This game scheduled on PPV will be available nationally on DirecTV, Dish Network, and AT&T U-Verse, while it will be on select cable systems in the Oklahoma/Texas area. Rutgers will face Syracuse at the Carrier Dome that will streamed on ESPN 3 in select areas, Notre Dame will face Purdue in a primetime game scheduled to air on ESPN. Last but not least, Kean Cougars will host TCNJ tonight and will be streamed on Kean Athletics website.

This past Monday on Raw was the final Raw before Hell in a Cell and the storyline continues on Triple H losing control of the WWE. This time, it escalates when several disgruntled wrestlers are forming an alliance with David Otunga as their attorney (Otunga was a Harvard Law graduate). Also, Jerry Lawler was not present on Raw due to him selling the effects of him being attacked by Mark Henry. Booker T filled in for him that week. Believe it or not, I think the commentary team of Jim Ross, Booker T, and Michael Cole is much better than the usual team of Ross, Lawler, and Cole (and definitely better than the SmackDown announce team). The one thing that made me laugh was when Ross told Booker T to "testify!", implying that Booker was preaching to the choir.

Last weekend, Ring of Honor Wrestling returned to television after half a year absence. Although, I watched in online on ROH Wrestling's website since ROH isn't available in my area yet. I thought the inaugural episode was pretty entertaining and ROH has certainly learned from their mistakes in the HDNet era. The 1st episode was mainly about the tag team matches where Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly) faced the Bravado Brothers (Lance and Harlem) in a winning effort. Also, there was a tag team match between ROH Tag Team Champions Charlie Haas and Shelton Benjamin faced the Kings of Wrestling Chris Hero and Claudio Castiagnoli in a winning effort. This was also the last time that the Kings of Wrestling would be a team as most recently Castiagnoli signed a developmental contract with the WWE, and now goes by the name Antonio Cesaro. Here's a preview of the next episode:

This Saturday is MMA Saturday Night Fights as Bellator will have an event this Saturday night scheduled to air on MTV 2, while the UFC will host an event on Versus. I will give the results on Monday.

Have a good weekend everyone!


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

9/28/2011- Mid Week Blog

Writer's Note: This was originally supposed to be published on Monday, but due to getting caught up on other assignments this was delayed. Bear with me if anything is out of date.

What's up everyone! I have some good, bad, and worse news for New York fans that occurred this past weekend. The good news is that the Yankees def. Red Sox 2 out of 3 at home, the Mets def. Phillies 2 out of 3, and for the first time since 2008, the Giants defeated the Eagles. The bad news is that the Jets fell short of 10 points of a victory to Oakland, and the Yankees blew it (as usual) in the extra innings last night against the Red Sox. Worse news is that the Jets will be facing Baltimore and New England, respectively in the next 2 weeks so attaining a victory is slim to none. Here's all the info on what happened this weekend.

The New York Yankees were scheduled to have a 3-game series against the Red Sox at home this weekend, but Friday was heavy rain, so that game was moved to a doubleheader on Sunday. The Saturday and the early Sunday game the Yankees dominated the Red Sox and showed a lot of strength. However, in the late game, Red Sox were catching up and the game was tied after regulation. I don't know why, but the Yankees always blow it when it comes to extra innings. At least one good thing is that the Yankees are going to postseason and will be gaining home field advantage.Meanwhile for the New York Mets, they also had their Friday game rescheduled. Unlike the Yankees, the Mets had their doubleheader on Saturday. The Mets swept the doubleheader, but the Phillies averted a Mets sweep on Sunday.

The Yankees went to Tampa Bay to face the Rays and lost the 1st 2 games. The Mets have hosted Cincinnati to a 2 game loss as well. I will give more info on Friday.
This past Sunday was a day of upset victories as the Giants defeated the heavily favored Eagles for the 1st time since 2008. I didn't see the whole game, but it was a tremendous victory by the New York Giants. Here are the highlights:

Later that day, the Jets faced the Oakland Raiders in the West Coast. Although the Jets looked favorable to win, the Raiders pulled off an upset victory in the end. Does this appear to be karma? If you noticed, 2 years ago the Jets shut out the Raiders, and back in August during baseball season, the Yankees defeated the Oakland Athletics in double digits by 3 grand slams. I had a feeling that Oakland wanted revenge for that shut out loss and the 3 grand slams created by the Yankees. Here are the highlights from that game:

All I can say is this. Giants, you proved me wrong and got a victory against the Eagles (something which I never expected). Jets, this was a disappointment. Jets got to step it up in the next 2 weeks because their opponents are very tough and they are entering enemy turf.

College Football
This past Saturday on College Football, Rutgers attained a victory against Ohio 38-26, Notre Dame achieved a victory against Pittsburgh 15-12, Oklahoma Sooners extended their winning streak 38-28, and last but not least, Kean Cougars extended their winning streak against Western Connecticut 44-33.

This past Friday was a Strikeforce Challengers event that took place in Las Vegas and aired on Showtime. Here are the results:
  • Brian Melancon def Felipe Portela via unanimous decision
  • Jason High def Todd Moore via unanimous decision
  • Ryan Couture def Maka Watson via majority decision
  • Shawn Jordan def Lavar Johnson via submission at Round 2
  • Lorenz Larkin def Nick Rossborough via unanimous decision
UFC had a PPV called UFC 135 that took place on Saturday night in Denver, Colorado. Overall, there were 10 fights on the card. 3 were streamed on Facebook, 2 were aired on Spike, while the rest aired on PPV. Here are the results:
  • James Te Huna def Ricardo Romero via KO at 0:47 of Round 1*
  • Takeya Mizugaki def Cole Escovedo via TKO at Round 2**
  • Junior Assuncao def Eddie Yagin via unanimous decision
  • Tim Boetsch def Nick Ring via unanimous decision
  • Tony Ferguson def Aaron Riley via doctor stoppage after Round 1
  • Nate Diaz def Takanori Gomi via submission of Round 1
  • Travis Browne def Rob Broughton via unanimous decision
  • Mark Hunt def Ben Rothwell via unanimous decision
  • Josh Koscheck def Matt Hughes via KO at Round 1
  • Jon Jones def Quinton Jackson via submission at Round 4 to retain the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship
Bellator Fighting Championships had an event on that night as well, but unlike the UFC it was on MTV 2. Here are the results of the main card:
  • Ed West def Luis Nogueira via unanimous decision
  • Marcos Galvaio def Chase Beebe via split decision
  • Eduardo Dantas def Wilson Reis via KO at Round 2
  • Alexis Vila def Joe Warren via KO at Round 1
Here are the highlights:

I won't be giving any updates on professional wrestling on this blog but I will on Friday. I will give the results of WWE Raw and my reaction to Ring of Honor Wrestling 1st episode under the ownership of Sinclair Broadcast Group

See ya later!


Friday, September 23, 2011

9/23/2011- Yankees Win AL East!, NY Giants pick up 1st victory in the 2011 NFL Season, review of WWE Raw, ROH makes it's return to Television, MMA Saturday Night Fights, more

Hello everyone! I hope you all had a great week as a lot has occurred over the past few days. Here we go...

After a make up game victory over the Minnesota Twins that had Mariano Rivera breaking the record for saves, the Yankees hosted Tampa Bay Rays in a 4 game series. Tuesday saw the Yankees shut out the Rays in a 5-0 victory, while Wednesday turned out to be a doubleheader. The doubleheader had the same score of a 4-2 victory, but it was the most important day since the day game saw Yankees getting a postseason berth while the night game had the Yankees win the AL East.

 Although the Rays avoided a sweep by defeating the Yankees last night, it wasn't considered to be a big deal. Meanwhile for the Mets, they have lost to St Louis in the 1st two games but avoided a St Louis sweep as the Mets defeated them last night.

This weekend is a HUGE weekend for New York City baseball as the Yankees will host the Boston Red Sox in their final meeting in the regular season of this year. The Mets will return home to host the Philadelphia Phillies in their final meeting of this year.

This past Monday, the Giants had their first home game of the season hosting the St. Louis Rams. The Giants may have picked up their 1st victory, but it wasn't without controversy as some of the players from the Giants side faked injuries to confuse the Rams. Here are the highlights:

This Sunday, the Giants will be heading to Philadelphia to face their division rival the Eagles in a 1:00 game on FOX, while the Jets will be heading to the West Coast to face the Oakland Raiders in a 4:15 game on CBS. My suggestion is for Giants fans is to skip that game this Sunday since this rivalry has become 1 sided and the Giants haven't been able to defeat the Eagles since 2008. If I'm proven wrong, then I will say something on Monday.

This past Monday on Raw continued the storyline of how Triple H is losing control as WWE COO. This was just an average Raw, with the exceptions of Hugh Jackman guest starring on Raw and being in the corner of Zack Ryder in his match against Dolph Ziggler in which Jackman sneaked in a punch to Ziggler's jaw. Another highlight of the episode was where Jim Ross interviewed the new World Champion Mark Henry in which he attempted to harm JR. Jerry Lawler would come to JR's rescue and sacrificed himself to protect JR in which he was slammed through a table and was legitimately injured, according to Jim Ross' Twitter account. Jim Ross also mentioned that Lawler may not appear on Raw next week due to him being "hurt for real". At the end of the episode, Triple H "fired" The Miz & R-Truth after their match against John Cena and CM Punk. The Awesome Truth refused to leave quietly in which Triple H had to get security to escort Miz and Truth out of the building. Here's a preview of next week's Raw:

After nearly 6 months, Ring of Honor Wrestling returns to television this Saturday. Here's a sneak peek of what's in store:

Also, here's a video for those who aren't familiar with ROH to acknowledge what's in store for the viewers:

Go to http://www.rohwrestling.com/news/looking-for-ring-of-honor-on-sbg-networks/ to find out where you can watch ROH Wrestling in your area. If ROH Wrestling isn't in your market, ROH will provide the episodes FREE on their website on ROHWrestling.com

This weekend is MMA Saturday Night Fights. Tonight, Strikeforce will have Strikeforce Challengers 19 and will air on Showtime. Tomorrow, UFC will host a PPV called UFC 135: Jones vs Rampage, and last but not least Bellator will have an event this Saturday as well.

College Football
This weekend on College Football, Oklahoma Sooners will host Missouri in a primetime game on FX. Notre Dame will head to Pittsburgh in a afternoon game airing on ABC, while Rutgers will host Ohio in a 2PM game streaming on ESPN 3 (which I accidentally said it last week). Last but not least, Kean University will head out of state to face Western Connecticut in an afternoon game that will not be streamed.

That is all I have to say for now. Have a good weekend!


Monday, September 19, 2011

9/19/2011-Mariano Rivera breaks record for most saves, Bellator 50 results, UFC Fight Night results, NY Jets def. Jaguars, Mets def. Braves 2 out of 3, Blue Jays def. Yankees 2 out of 3, WWE Night of Champions results, more

Before the Night of Champions PPV, SmackDown emanated from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. As I mentioned before, Edge was the special guest of the show and hosted the Cutting Edge with Randy Orton and Mark Henry as guests. The highlights of that edition of SmackDown was Edge's appearance, Ted DiBiase's face turn, a cameo from Trish Stratus (also a Toronto native), and last but not least the return of the original Sin Cara. For those who don't know, the character Sin Cara did return before SummerSlam but the person portraying the character was a different person who goes by the name Hunico in FCW. The original Sin Cara (formerly Mistico) confronted his impostor. Stay tuned to find out what will happen with "Dos Sin Caras".

That was SmackDown. Last night was the Night of Champions PPV where shocking things have occurred. Here are the results for Night of Champions:
  • Air Boom (Evan Bourne & Kofi Kingston) def. Awesome Truth (The Miz & R-Truth) via DQ to retain the WWE Tag Team Championship
  • Cody Rhodes def. Ted DiBiase to retain the Intercontinental Championship
  • Dolph Ziggler def. John Morrison, Jack Swagger, and Alex Riley in a Fatal 4 Way match to retain the United States Championship
  • Mark Henry def. Randy Orton to become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion
  • Kelly Kelly def. Beth Phoenix to retain the Divas Championship
  • John Cena def. Alberto Del Rio to become the NEW WWE Champion
  • Triple H def. CM Punk to retain his position as WWE COO
Although I didn't see the PPV, I heard that Michael Cole lost his voice near the main event and Jerry Lawler and Booker T had to cover for him.

Tonight on Monday Night Raw, Hugh Jackman will be making a guest appearance to promote his movie "Real Steel".

ROH Death by Dishonor IX is now in the books and here are the results:
  • Rhino & Tommaso Ciampa def. Jay Lethal & Homicide
  • Shelton Benjamin def. Mike Bennett
  • The Young Bucks def. Future Shock and Bravado Brothers in a 3 way elimination tag team match
  • El Generico vs Jimmy Jacobs went to a No Contest
  • Charlie Haas def. Michael Elgin
  • Eddie Edwards def. Roderick Strong
  • All Night Express def. Briscoes
Bellator 50 took place last Saturday in Hollywood, FL and here are the results:
  • Vitor Vianna def. Sam Alvey via split decision
  • Alexander Shlemenko def. Zelg Galesic via submission at Round 1
  • Brian Rogers def. Victor O'Donnell via TKO at Round 1
  • Bryan Baker def. Jared Hess via TKO at Round 3
Overall, it was a good card. The best fight in my opinion, was between Baker and Hess since it had a lot of emotion and story depth into the match. Here are the highlights:

Bellator wasn't the only MMA organization to have an event last Saturday night as UFC also had their Fight Night on Spike TV later that night. Here are the results from UFC Fight Night:
  • Alan Belcher def. Jason MacDonald via submission at Round 1
  • Erik Koch def. Jonathan Brookins via unanimous decision
  • Court McGee def. Dongi Yang via unanimous decision
  • Jake Ellenberger def. Jake Shields via TKO at Round 1
After their trip to the West Coast, the Yankees went to Toronto to face the Blue Jays in a losing effort as they lost the series 2 out of 3. Once the Yankees returned home, they played a make up game between the Minnesota Twins which led to not only a victory but it led to Yankees closing pitcher Mariano Rivera to break the record for all time saves. Meanwhile for the Mets, after a long losing streak, things turned around as they defeated the Braves 2 out of 3.

The Yankees will face the Tampa Bay Rays in a 4 game series (2 of which are make up games and the Wednesday game is expected to be a doubleheader). For the Mets, they will head to St. Louis to face the Cardinals this week.

College Football
In College Football, the Oklahoma Sooners went to Florida to face the Seminoles in a 23-13 victory. Notre Dame achieved their first victory against Michigan State 31-13, and Kean Cougars had a 2nd victory against SUNY Cortland 21-16.

Also, I apologize for an error I made on Friday when I said that Rutgers will be playing that weekend. It's actually this coming weekend.

After a tough 1st week for the Jets, the Gang Green team had smooth sailing as they defeated Jacksonville Jaguars 32-3. Here are the highlights:

The New York Giants will be hosting the St. Louis Rams tonight on Monday Night Football so I will give the results on Friday.

That is all I have to say for now! Have a good week!


Friday, September 16, 2011

9/16/2011- review of WWE Raw, Yankees def. Mariners 2 out of 3, Nationals swept Mets, ROH Death before Dishonor IX preview, MMA Saturday Night Fights, more

Hey guys. I hope you all had a great week. Here is what happened this week & what's in store for this weekend.

This past Monday on Raw, it was the last Raw before the Night of Champions PPV. WWE Hall of Famer Bret Hart made a guest appearance to confront the current WWE Champion Alberto Del Rio. Also, Hart got involved in a match somewhat as it was a tag-team match that consisted of John Cena & Bret Hart vs Alberto Del Rio & Ricardo Rodriguez. Another thing that occurred was the final confrontation between Triple H & CM Punk before their match at Night of Champions.

On WWE SmackDown, Edge will make a guest appearance in his hometown of Toronto. I will share what happened on the SmackDown in Toronto as well as the results of the Night of Champions PPV.

After a rough weekend in Anaheim, the Yankees headed to Safeco Field (the location of WrestleMania 19 in 2003) to face the Seattle Mariners. Although they got their 1st 2 victories and Mariano Rivera got the record of 600 saves, the Bombers lost on their last day in the West Coast. Meanwhile, after the Mets lost to the Cubs 2 out of 3, it all went downhill as the Yankees lost to the Washington Nationals 4 straight games.

The Yankees will face the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend at Rogers Centre, while the Mets will face the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field.

This Saturday, ROH Wrestling will have an internet PPV once again called Death by Dishonor IX. It will emanate from Manhattan Center in New York, NY. Although tickets are sold out, you can still watch the iPPV through the website: http://www.gfl.tv/. The matches advertised for the iPPV are:
  • El Generico vs Jimmy Jacobs
  • The Young Bucks (formerly Generation Me) vs Future Shock (Adam Cole & Kyle O'Reilly) vs Bravados (Lance & Harlem) in a 3-way elimination match
  • Jay Lethal & Homicide vs Tommaso Ciampa & Rhino in a "Grudge" Tag Team Match
  • Shelton Benjamin vs "The Prodigy" Mike Bennett in a "Special Challenge Match" #1
  • Charlie Haas vs Michal Elgin in a "Special Challenge Match #2
  • Eddie Edwards vs Roderick Strong in a "Ringmaster Challenge"
For the Ringmaster Challenge, it's a 2 out of 3 falls match. The 1st fall is pinfall, 2nd is submission, & if a 3rd fall is necessary, it will be a 15 minute Iron Man match.
  • Briscoes (Jay & Mark) vs All Night Express (Kenny King & Rhett Titus) in a Ladder War III match. A contract for a tag team title shot at Glory By Honor X will hang above the ring
ROH Wrestling posted up a video wire to promote the event:

This weekend, the New York Jets will host the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday afternoon at 1 PM & the game will be televised on CBS. The following night, the New York Giants will host the St. Louis Rams on ESPN Monday Night Football.

College Football
This weekend in College Football, the Oklahoma Sooners will face Florida State in a primetime game on ABC, and Notre Dame will face Michigan State in an afternoon game on NBC. While those two games are televised, this college game will not be televised Kean will head to upstate New York to face SUNY Cortland in an afternoon game being streamed on Kean Athletics website.

This weekend is what I consider Saturday Night Fights as two major MMA events will take place. First, Bellator 50 will air at a special start time at 7PM ET on MTV 2. Later that night, UFC will host a UFC Fight Night with the main event being Jake Shields vs Jake Ellenberger. I will give the results on Monday for both Bellator 50 and UFC Fight Night: Shields vs Ellenberger.

That is all I have to say for now. Have a good weekend!


Monday, September 12, 2011

9/12/2011- Bellator 49 results, Strikeforce: Barnett vs Kharitonov results, Angels def. Yankees 2 out of 3, Cubs def. Mets 2 out of 3, Redskins def. NY Giants, NY Jets def. Cowboys, WWE Raw preview, more

Hey guys. I hope you all had a great weekend. Yesterday was a historic moment as it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11. Also, it was a night of upset victories in New York football. Here we go.

Yesterday marked the 1st game of the regular season for both the NY Giants and the NY Jets. The Giants faced the Washington Redskins in a 4:15 game on FOX. The Giants were the favorites to win this game, but it was not meant to be as Washington made a comeback at the 2nd half and achieved a victory of 28-14. Here are the highlights from the Giants/Redskins game:

Later that night, the NY Jets hosted the Dallas Cowboys in a prime-time slot on NBC Sunday Night Football. In my opinion, this was the toughest game for the Jets as Dallas dominated the 1st half. However, the Jets made a comeback in the 2nd half and made a field-goal winning kick to achieve a 27-24 victory. Here are the highlights:

This past weekend, the Yankees faced the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in a 3 game series. Although the Angels had a 2 game advantage, the Yankees pulled off a victory in the end to snap their losing streak and to avoid a sweep. For the Mets, they hosted the Chicago Cubs at Citi Field this weekend. Although the Mets have won the game on Friday, they lost over the remaining 2 days.

The New York Yankees will remain in the West Coast to face the Seattle Mariners this week before heading to our neighbors up north, the Toronto Blue Jays this weekend. Meanwhile for the Mets, they will host the Washington Nationals this week before heading to Atlanta.

Bellator Fighting Championships returned to MTV 2 for it's season 5 premiere. Bellator 49 took place in Atlantic City, NJ and overall there were 9 fights on the card. 5 were streamed for the 1st time on Spike.com (mainly due to the success of UFC streaming preliminary fights), while the remaining 4 aired on MTV 2 (and Epix HD in some markets). Here are the results for the main card:
  • Chris Lozano def. Brent Weedman via unanimous decision
  • Ben Saunders def. Chris Cisneros via TKO at Round 3
  • Luis Santos def. Dan Hornbuckle via unanimous decision
  • Douglas Lima def. Steve Carl via unanimous decision
Here are the highlights from the event:

    Strikeforce World Grand Prix: Barnett vs Kharitonov took place also on the same night as Bellator 49 (although it aired at a different time) and it emanated from US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, Ohio. Overall, there were 10 fights on the card. 5 fights aired on HDNet, while the other 5 aired on Showtime. Here are the results of the main card:
    • Pat Healy def. Maximo Blanco via rear naked choke at Round 2
    • Muhammed Lawal def. Roger Gracie via KO at Round 1
    • Luke Rockhold def. Strikeforce Middleweight Champion Ronaldo Souza via unanimous decision to capture the Strikeforce Middleweight Championship
    • Daniel Cormier def. Antonio Silva via KO of Round 1 to advance to the Heavyweight Grand Prix Final
    • Josh Barnett def. Sergio Kharitonov via submission of Round 1 to advance to the Heavyweight Grand Prix Final
    Here are the highlights of this Strikeforce event:

    This Monday is the last Raw before WWE Night of Champions PPV. Raw will be emanating from Ottawa, Ontario. Tune in to find out what will happen between CM Punk & Triple H, and the situation between all the champions as Night of Champions is where all of the titles are defended.

    Before Ring of Honor returns to television, ROH will host a Death by Dishonor iPPV. More info will be discussed later.

    Have a good week everyone!


    Saturday, September 10, 2011

    9/10/2011- A recap of what everything happened from August 30- Sept. 10 & What lies Ahead

    Hey guys. Sorry I was gone for a while. Fall semester started and I got busy with school work, but here I am trying to recap everything that occurred from the time I was absent. Also I will promote what lies ahead in the coming days. Lets do it.

    For the New York Yankees, they have defeated Boston 2 out of 3 during the days of August 30- Sept 1st. Although they lost in the middle of the series at Fenway, this was the 1st time the Bronx Bombers won a series against Boston in 2011 & secured their seats into 1st place in the AL East division. After the series at Fenway, they swept Toronto (which was also a 1st for the Yankees in 2011). However, their luck was short lived as their 4 game series against Baltimore was split and lost to Anaheim yesterday in the 1st half of their West Coast tour. According to YES Network personality Bob Lorenz, the Yankees need 12 wins to secure a postseason appearance.

    On the other side of the city, the New York Mets have defeated the Florida Marlins 4 out of 5, Washington Nationals 2 out of 3, and once again the Marlins 2 out of 3. However, the bumps came in as the Mets lost to Atlanta in a Thursday doubleheader (make up game due to Hurricane Irene), and are currently tied with their series against the Cubs so far.

    The Yankees will conclude their series against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim this weekend before heading off to face the Seattle Mariners in the 2nd half of the West Coast tour. The Mets will conclude their series against the Cubs tomorrow night on Sunday Night Baseball. Afterwards, they will face the Washington Nationals in a 4 game series during the week.

    After a bittersweet ending for the Jets & Giants preseason, now is the focus of regular season. The 2011 NFL Season kicked off with a bang as the Green Bay Packers defeated the New Orleans Saints in a Super Bowl Champion vs Champion game. Here are the highlights:

    Although both teams played until the very end, it was Green Bay who proved that they are the better team on that game.

    Tomorrow, the New York Giants will be facing the Washington Redskins in what is considered by FOX "America's Game of the Week" due to being a late game (4:15). The New York Jets will host the Dallas Cowboys in a primetime game airing on NBC Sunday Night Football.

    College Football
    Once September kicked in, college football kicked into high gear. On week 1, Rutgers inaugurated the season by defeating North Carolina Central in a 48-0 blowout. Oklahoma would also defeat Tulsa in a score of 47-14. However, Notre Dame lost to South Florida 23-20. In week 2, Rutgers lost to North Carolina 22-24, Notre Dame lost to Michigan 35-31, & Kean University defeated Wesley College 31-28. Oklahoma had the week off but will play next week.

    During the fall months, Saturdays are designated to be Saturday Night Fights as Bellator and other organizations such as Strikeforce and/or UFC are scheduled to have shows on Saturdays during the fall. Bellator has already kicked off their season 5 tournament but I will post those results on Monday. I will also post results for the Strikeforce event as well.

    So to keep everything short, Randy Orton and Christian had a great cage match on WWE Super SmackDown which led to Orton retaining the title, CM Punk & Triple H feud has led to their match at Night of Champions a NO DQ match that if Triple H loses, he is forced to relinquish the role of COO, Kevin Nash has been future endeavored, and Sin Cara turns into a villain to set up a what could be a potential storyline between him & Daniel Bryan. Yep, that pretty much sums it all up in a nutshell.

    Next week, SmackDown comes to Toronto, Canada and Edge will be making a special guest appearance on the show:

    Wow, I need to blog more often. Taking hiatuses is too much. Have a good day tomorrow everyone!

    - NYCKNP