Monday, October 25, 2004

Buckeye's Giving it to Indiana

This Saturday came the buckeyes their first win in the Big Ten. The 30-7 win came on the arm of a Sophmore quarterback Troy Smith and on the legs of Freshman runningback Antonio Pitman and widereveiver Ted Ginn Jr.
This was a big win for the Buck after dropping three staight in the Big Ten, which was the first time since 1988. Though the buckeyes have been looking very anemic over the last few weeks, they came alive this week.
Hopefuuly this won't be the end to the Bucks success and they take on Penn State at the Shoe.

Browns lose close one to the Eagles

The Browns loss a close one to the Eagles this weekends game. It took over time to get an outcome, but it was not to be. This was the first loss at home this year. It was still a great game though showing that the Browns are not to be over looked in this league.

With the injury to Andre Davis and the trade of Morgan to the Cowboys, it was time for Dennis Northcutt to take the spot light. Northcutt in his starting debut had 70 yards on 4 catches. Aaron Shea and Steve Hieden combined for 9catches, 87 yards and a touchdown for the two tight-ends. Also the running backs both came in and had a touchdown apiece.

Some of the areas that the Browns need to work on is picking up the blitz a little better and need to hold on to the ball on offence. Two fumbles on kick returns will help you lose games in the NFL. On defense the browns need to get the pass rush better. McNabb was getting 4 to 5 seconds to throw the ball. That will lead to bad things down the road.

With the by-week this week the Browns can get some rest and let some injuries heal and work on their game because they get thrown to the fire going to Baltimore for Sunday night and then come home to play Pittsburg, New York and the Pats in the next four of five games.

Saturday, October 23, 2004

Can the Browns Do It

This week, the Browns, take on the Eagles in Cleveland. This could be an up set week end for the Browns.
The Eagles come in to this game with a 5-0 record and boast on of the best quarterback wide receiver combos in the league with Donovan McNabb and Terrell Owens. They also have the nimble Brain Westbrook in the backfield. The Browns on defense this year has been grate at home stopping Jamel Lewis in week one and shutting down the Bangles last week.
The Browns on offense finally scored a first quarter touchdown on a 99 yard pass play from Garcia to Andre Davis. It tied a record for the seventh time for a 9 yard pass play in history. The brown went on to also score two more time in that half and won the game. Even though they won the game, they still need to hold on to the ball. The Browns are at -1 for the year and sit at 3-3. Garcia is still trying to work out with the center exchange and the kinks in the game.
If the Browns can keep it close and not turn the ball over, they should be able to win on Sunday.

A Good Year

The Cleveland Indians, this year, ended the season with 80 wins and 82 loses. This is where most people expected them to finish about where they did for being a young team. There is a lot of tallent in this team with it’s young starting pitching rotation with C.C. Sabathia and Cliff Lee as the a good one two starters for the future and Jake Westbrook that was a pleasant surprise moving form the bullpen to starting pitcher and have one of the lowest ERA’s in the AL. The young bats had a pretty good time this year with Travis Haffner and Matt Lawton having All-Star years. With the addition of Phillips, and Boone this year and with prospects coming up the line like Grady Siezmore the future is looking bright.
The other positives was that for the first time with this squad is that they were in the middle of playoff race in both the division and wild card in to late August and early September. This was a great learning experience that will only help them over time. For the Tribe this was the first time since the second week in April in 2002 that they were over .500 and they were able to hold it until late in to the year.
Trouble areas that the Indians need to work on is there Bullpen. The Indians Bullpen gave up over thirty leads late into games where if the bullpen could of gotten the easy out about half the time the Tribe’s season would still be going. David Riske and Rapheal Beckoncourt need to get more control of the strike zone like they did before getting to Cleveland. With Kaz Tadano coming back off of a season ending injury should come back as a long reliever and spot starter.
The other area that the Tribe needs to work on is closing out games. The Tribe needs to be able to close out games and hold on to leads and also try to score runs when needed. The where way too many base running error committed by the tribe that major league teams shouldn’t do. Also the pitching staff as a hold needs to be able to hold people on bases and prevent them from stealing, also along those lines the catching staff needs to get better at throwing men out. Another issue is that of a Management end of keeping a some what constant batting order. We need to try not to play musical lineups and try to keep the same basic line ups from day to day.
With good pitching, young hitters and a will and ability to win, the future looks good for the Indians and a return to the form from the mid nineties. hopes for a return to the playoffs and world series and try to win their first championship since 1946.

A Little About Myself

Hi, I am Ralph Vigarino. I am a 24 year old college student at Ohio State, majoring in Agraculture Communication. I am studing in this feild to get in to the broadcasting and reporting career feild preferably in sports. I have writen sevral articals that you can find on this site.
I am starting my second year here at Ohio State. I am Junior and about to be a Senior. I previously attended Youngstown State for several years with the majority of my studies in managment and communications. I have completed such classes as telecommunication, communication technologies, public speaking, communication theory, and history of communication. I have also have had classes in managment, marketing and accounting. I am proficient in word, excel, and powerpoint.
I have been an avid sports fan all of my life. Growing up in northeast Ohio, I grew up in a rich sports environment. In this area of Northeast Ohio and Western Pennsylvania, you couldn't help but to grow up loving sports. In a matter of a 2 hour drive, we could have been in Cleveland for the Indians, Browns, Cav’s, and Lumberjacks; or be in Pittsburgh watching the Penguins, Steelers, Pirates or Panthers. It was just a great place to grow up in. I hope that when I am done with school I will be able to translate my love for sports in to a career.
Currently I am working at Calltech Communication in Columbus Ohio, where I am a DSL Technition. What I do is answer phone calls from customers and help to solve there issue and get them back on-line and happy with their service.
Well I hope that this bring a little insite to who I am. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email me.

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