Monday Hangover

November 18, 2008

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Tom

Monday Hangover

The weekend sports started off real well, Calaveras dropped Bret Harte to sew up 2nd place in the MLL.  The Redskins will travel to Escalon on Friday to take on the powerful TVL Champion Cougars.  It will be a tough battle for the Redskins, but you every once in a while David takes out Goliath.  The first key is for the players and team to approach the week with the idea that this is what we need to be successful and not focus on anything else.  The coaches will put together a game plan that will give the players a chance to win.  The players needs to trust the coaches and focus on executing the game plan. The focus is not to win, but to execute and when you prepare correctly and execute, the winning will take care of itself.

Hard times have fallen on Hartnell College Football, a very successful program up through the 80's can't seem to get it rolling anymore.  The Panthers lost Saturday in their season finale against Monterey Peninsula College.  With the win, MPC completed their first ever undefeated season. 

The Giants opened up the 2008-2009 free agent signing season by inking the first Free Agent, Jeremy Affeldt to a contract.  Most likely he will step into the mcuh needed set up role in front of Brian Wilson.  Rumors are that the Giants are after Furcal.  Furcal could be risky, injured a lot in the last few seasons and age is starting to catch up with him.  The Giants have some speed in their lineup and on their roster, what they don't have is power.  Whether by trade or free agent market the Giants could use some help in the power department, like the infield and/or outfield corners.  But it seems that they may be active in this year's bidding.  And it has been reported that they have let Scot Boras know that they are interested in his stable of performers.

Interesting how the latest Manny story is released on the opening of the signing period for free agents.  The biggest risk in signing Manny is which Manny do you get, the Dodger Manny or the Red Sox Manny.  Ramirez and Torre are probably the best fit out there.  Ramirez needs a veteran manager used to dealing with oversized egos. 

Sacramento State won it's 6th game on Saturday which makes them bowl eligible.  Michigan is not eligible for a bowl game for the first time in 34 years.  Interesting.

Finally, Luis Pujols won his second MVP award in 2008.  Congratulations to Pujols and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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