How to Survive Super Bowl Week Part 3

So here we are, Super Bowl week Friday. Only two days until the big game. Let’s review a few things. You are still looking at the Super Bowl Box Pool “magic” paper copy on your desk. You are planning your outing Saturday morning to the big box store warehouse and you have your “cool” Super Bowl outfit picked out for Sunday. Remember you and Patrick’s sister-in-law can’t show up before 6pm. Now I know that means you might not get a prime seat on the couch in front of Pat’s 60 incher, but don’t worry,you’ll just slide over when all your former Sports Nerd friends leave at half-time. Here’s a new one for the list. Singles and five dollar bills. No, your not going to a strip joint during halftime (have you ever?). You need a few extra bucks in your pockets to make some fun “side” bets with your new found football friends.

We never really finished up learning about the SBBP from Part 1 so here goes. You will neatly fold up your “magic” paper copy that you highlighted in yellow and bring it with you on Sunday. Make sure you know your “magic” numbers. As an example you have Cardinals 7 and Steelers 3 for one of your THREE boxes you bought from Hank. You only need to look at your numbers near the end of each quarter. As a review you bought a $10 box in a 100 box pool so the entire pool is worth $1,000. Let’s play a little “what if” now. At the end of the first quarter Arizona leads Pittsburgh 7-3. You win that quarter. That’s $125 bucks in your right front pocket on Monday morning. At halftime it’s Pittsburgh 13 – Arizona 7. You win again. Remember there is no 13 on the SBBP so you look under the 3 for Pittsburgh. Another $250 for your right front pocket on Monday. By now Pat’s sister-in-law and his hot wife are really proud of you and they squeeze in real close to you to watch Bruce Springsteenbruce-springsteen at half-time. All the Sports Nerds are saying there good-byes and the Sports Fans want to know how your going to spend that $375. Cut to the end of the third quarter and the Cardinals are back in front 17-13. You are the luckiest guy at the party and another $125 will find it’s way into your right front pocket early Monday morning (Do you remember how to get to the mail room?). By this time Pat’s sister-in-law is all over you. You can’t remember the last time she was crawling all over you like this. You are the hit of the party. $500 is a nice way to start the week. But wait, the final score is worth another $500. The fourth quarter is really exciting (you think) and both teams score and the game is tied at 27-27 as the fourth quarter is coming to the end. Now you’re really bummed because Hank from the mail room has 7 and 7 in the SBBP and he’s going to win the $500 for the final score. Just then Pat’s neighbor, who everybody calls Chickie (you never asked why) announces that this will be the first Super Bowl ever to go into Overtime. You freak out a little as the Sports Nerd in you re-appears for a few seconds, but you calm down and remember that Overtime means they keep playing the game. During the 14th Bud Light commercial between the fourth quarter and Overtime you get the courage to go over to speak to Chickie and ask him what happens if the Cardinals score a touchdown in overtime. You figured out that a touchdown is worth 6 points and that would give the Cardinals 33 and the Steelers 27. Your really concerned and confused when Chickie tells you that the extra point is not kicked during overtime and based upon the scenario you laid out the 500 bucks for the final score would be awarded to you and not Hank on Monday morning. A clean sweep of all 4 payouts, a thousand dollars and the admiration of everyone at work. You can’t wait! Remember I played a little “what if”, so don’t get all that excited yet.

OK Sports Guru, what’s the deal with the extra money I need to bring on Sunday. I spent lot’s of money on Saturday buying all that artery clogging crap you wrote about in Part 2 (yes I know it was hard to pass on the bread bowl filled with vegetable dip). Why do I need to spend more money? Pat never asked me to pay to go to his party before. You need money to bet on the “Prop” bets with all your new football friends. As you know, EVERYBODY bets on the Super Bowl. What you might have not known is that you can bet on almost anything that happens before, during and after the game. You can bet on the coin-flipsuperbowl-coin-toss. You can bet on how long the National Anthem takes to be sung. You can bet on the commercials. You can bet on what the announcer says. You can bet on what color tie the TV announcer wears. Heck you can even bet which teams cheerleaders will be shown the most,136235.

So that’s it. The Sports Guru 3 part plan to Surviving Super Bowl Week. Just remember to be careful when the Sports Fans start to talk all sorts of numbers and stats to not break out in a cold sweat and tip them off your not really one of them. You see, they will toss you in the back yard with Pat’s dog so fast you won’t have the time to bet the over/under on how long you will locked outside with the dog………. The Sports Guru is taking the Cardinals and the 7 points that your brother-in-law Pat is giving me.

Here is a little YouTube video to help you get ready for the game on Sunday.

Enjoy the game.

Your Friend in Sports,

Dave the Sports Guru


How to Survive Super Bowl Week Part 2

The highlight of Super Bowl week is of course the Super Bowl party on Sunday. I know most of you just turned pale white and are desperately reaching for your bottle of Fiji water near your desk and are trying not to hyperventilate until you pass out. I’ll say it again. The highlight of Super Bowl week is the party on Sunday. You see, the second time your reaction was not as severe. I hear you saying to yourselves, “the magic paper was not so terrible, but the party is the worst day of the year”. The trips to the dentist, proctologist and the 5 year old’s four hour dance recital combined is less painful than the “Party”. Well the Sports Guru has a foolproof plan to get you to and survive the party.

Every year your brother-in-law Patrick invites you to his house to watch the game. The only thing you and Pat have in common is that you married sisters. You married the smart one and Pat married the better looking one. So what if your sister-in-law shows a little more cleavage and still fits into jeans that high school girls wear and the bikini still looks good on her after having four kids. You married the smart one. In previous years here is where you made mistake number one. You told Pat thank you for the invite and you and your sister-in-laws sister will try to make it to the party. Yeah you’re the last guy on earth who is going to keep sisters from visiting with each other. The second mistake you made in the past was that you arrived ON TIME. Super Bowls begin at around 6:30pm est and most invites say come at 5pm. You and Pat’s sister-in-law arrive at 5pm. The rest of the gang filters in after 5:30. Mistake number three, your wearing slacks and a button down shirt that makes you look like if you fell asleep in your clothes after the game, all you would need to do on Monday morning is tuck your shirt in again. But the biggest mistake you used to make on Super Bowl Sunday is that you are the guy who brings the vegetable dip in the bread bowl to the party.g36-breadbowlswdips

Now let’s review how you are going to be the hit at the party this Sunday. By now you have RSVPed to Pat that you and his sister-in-law are coming to the game. DO NOT SHOW UP AT 5pm.. As much as it might make your head explode, you cannot walk into until almost 6pm. Repeat it out loud right now almost as loud as when you chased Hank down the hall the other day. “DO NOT SHOW UP AT 5pm“. You see when you used to show up at 5pm you were “that guy” who took the best sit on the couch in front of Pat’s 60 inch flat screen with the 9 speaker surround sound system he has set at volume 17. The problem is that you made the real fans stand around until you snuck away from the game after the first Budweiser commercial never to return to the game. The real fans knew that you went into the kitchen and helped your sister-in-law with the ice and cutting the sandwiches and taking the mini hot dogs out of the oven. God do I hate “that guy”. I always wished “that guy” would get bit by Pat’s dog that was supposed to be kept in the backyard but you always opened the door to get more ice and let him in. Once the dog was in the house all the kids scream and the dog runs around trying to eat all the food and I can’t watch the game. Man a dog bite is not bad enough, maybe just a touch of food poisoning for “that guy”. Yes the Sports Guru has a vivid imagination.

Let’s work on your wardrobe for Super Bowl Sunday. I am not encouraging you to run over to Dicks or the Sports Authority and plunk down $250 on the official game day jersey of the Steelers or Cardinals (you still remembered whose is playing the game, correct?). No, I just want you feel comfortable and fit in. Maybe a pair of jeans and a casual button down or even a college sweatshirt that might just be a tad small. No work clothes. No work shoes and nothing generic that says “football” or your kids’ t-ball team’s name on it. Look like you belong.

I know this is tough on you, but believe me; Pat and your sister-in-law steelersgirl2(she looks good in yellow and black, that’s the Steelers colors) will never look at you the same again. That’s a good thing. Now here is the really hard part. This will separate the Sports Nerds from the Sports Fans forever! What to bring to the party. You will never bring the vegetable dip in the bread bowl again. I bet you did not know this, but when you and Pat’s sister-in-law left at half-time of every Super Bowl party, your sister-in-law throws the bread bowl in the garbage as soon as the door closes behind you. Didn’t you figure it out that NOBODY ever ate the dip?

On Saturday morning (yes it will be very busy, think of it as a punishment for being “that guy” in years past) you will go to BJ’s, Sam’s Club, Costco etc, drive around the lot for twenty minutes looking for a spot (more punishment) get the biggest cart you can find and enter the store waving your membership card proudly. You will pass right by any item in the warehouse that is marked – SUGAR FREE, LOW FAT, DIET, LESS……, NO SALT or HEALTHY. You are looking for foods that will raise cholesterol readings by at least 50 points by Monday morning. And before I forget, never be “that guy” who brings St. Pauli’s Girl N.A. to any party. You will never be able to convince me that enough people in the room have elevated liver function readings to satisfy bringing Non-Alcoholic beer. Your looking for Chicken Wings, Meatballs in BBQ Sauce, 5lb bags of chips, quart size tubs of Salsa (hot of course, mild is for Sports Nerds), Salami and Olive Trays, 7 Layer Taco Dip, Pizza Rolls, Green Bean Fries, Cup Cakes, Cookie Trays and Caffeinated Soda. Throw in a box of Prilosec and if your really into leaving your Sports Nerd former self at the door a case of Miller Genuine Draft. I don’t care how much all this costs you. MY reputation as the Sports Guru is on the line here. Disappoint me now and you are doomed to be a Sports Nerd for the rest of your days on this earth.

Anyway on Monday morning you will so much cash in your pockets (remember Hank and the “magic” paper copy) this little spending spree will be long forgotten. On Friday in Part 3 of How to Survive Super Bowl Week, we will discuss the SBBP, Hank, the “magic paper copy and other ways to have a great time at the Party on Sunday, including staying until they hand out the Lombardi Trophy (I just had to add that). Until then……………

Your Friend in Sports,

Dave the Sports Guru

How to Survive Super Bowl Week

When I started this blog last spring the main goal was to help Sports Nerds become more comfortable with sports. I realize that Super Bowl week might just be the worst week of the year for Sports Nerds. But have no fear, the Sports Guru has devised a 3 part plan to get you from the thumb sucking prenatal position to being the hit of Super Bowl Sunday.

For years now, Mary from the IT department and Hank from the mail room have passed by your cubicle during Super Bowl week Monday with a strange looking piece of paper. fooball-squares1

Since you have never stopped them, they walk right past you and down the hall to visit your co-worker Stan (rhymes with Sports Fan). Have you ever wondered about that “magic” piece of paper EVERYBODY else on your floor talks about all of Super Bowl week? The “magic” piece of paper is called the Super Bowl Box Pool. It is really nothing to be afraid of. Here is all you really need to know about the SBBP.

The paper is diveded into 100 boxes. Ten on the x-axis and ten on the y-axis (you are a math nerd also, correct?). What Mary or Hank wants from you is your name or initials in those boxes. Not all of them, just a few. It will cost you money to put your name or initials on the SBBP.

Lets do some quick math now. Using $10 as a base, each SBBP when fully completed will be worth $1,000 (100 boxes times $10 each). Some SBBP are more and some could be less, but the concept is the same. Base bet times 100.

Now here’s the fun part. When Hank walks by your cubicle this week, you need to yell out really loud, “Hank give me 3 boxes this year”. Since Hank has never stopped by your cubicle before, you might have to chase him down the hall. Don’t worry about that. Just be real loud and proud when you yell, “Hank give me 3 boxes this year” and hand over your $30. Exact change will endear you to Hank for at least a year.

So now you have given Hank your 30 bucks and he has picked up his jaw that dropped to the ground and has stopped staring at you like you spoke to him in Mandarin. What’s next on the path from Sports Nerd to Sports Fan? You boldly take your pen and write your name or initials in your 3 boxes. Spread out your boxes around the “magic” paper if you can. Be very careful to keep your marking in your own boxes, it is SBBP etiquette to not run into someone else’s box. At this point Hank will thank you, he will walk away muttering to himself and you have taken step one in your Super Bowl transformation. When you make your way back towards you cubicle make sure to yell real loud again “Thanks for the 3 boxes Hank”. When you do make it back to your cubicle, sit back in your chair and stare blankly at your computer monitor because you really have no idea on what you have just done. Don’t worry, Sports Guru Dave will now tell you more about the “magic” piece of paper.

After an unproductive 90 minutes of work, Mary and Hank made it back to the offices with a fully filled out SBBP and a thousand dollars.

I know what your thinking, “that’s how Hank goes on that fishing trip with his brother-in-law Roscoe every spring”. No, Hank is not ripping off his co-workers. Hank calls over his supervisor Tom to help him with the next step of the SBBP. While Hank has been walking the halls collecting ten bucks a box, Tom has been secretly preparing the next step of the SBBP. He has carefully folded and cut another piece of paper (not magic) into 10 squares. He writes the numbers 0 through 9, one digit on each of the 10 carefully folded and cut squares. He then places those paper squares in a lunch bag or hat. Anything that will protect those squares from being seen by human eyes. Depending on how much free time Tom and Hank have, or how complicated they want to make the next steps, they basically will randomly choose a piece of paper from the hat and write that number over the very first column (x-axis) on the SBBP. They proceed until all 10 numbers have been filled in across the top of the SBBP. They will do the same on the y-axis rows. The next step is critical, they will flip a coin and decide which axis will represent the Arizona Cardinals and which the Pittsburgh Steelers (you did remember they are playing in Super Bowl XLIII this Sunday in Tampa). At this point the SBBP is complete and more fun can happen.

I know, I know. You still have no clue what is going on. Hank will come back down the hall to give you a copy of the completed SBBP. football_pool-1 Remember, he never really stopped in your cubicle so be on the lookout for him with your copy. Hold the “magic” paper copy tightly in your two hands and look for your bold signatures in your 3 boxes (I know you were cheap and only bought one). Now take a yellow high-lighter and mark off your 3 boxes. Notice the numbers along the tops of the columns and along the rows. Mark off these numbers also. As an example your coordinates might look like Pittsburgh 6, Arizona 3 for box one. Pittsburgh 1, Arizona 2 for box two and Pittsburgh 8, Arizona 6 for your third box. These are your “numbers” You will need them for Sunday.

I could tell you more about your “numbers“, but since this is a 3 part plan you will need to wait until part 3 to learn how your “numbers” on the “magic” piece of paper copy will fill your pants pockets with cash next Monday morning. Now go find Mary or Hank, NOW………..

A quick follow-up to last Fridays blog

Miss Indiana was named Miss America for 2009, extending Miss Georgia’s not winning streak to 56 years. Miss America And the basketball coach at Covenant high school in Dallas has been fired for letting his team beat the Dallas Academy 100-0.

Your Friend in Sports,

Dave the Sports Guru

Losing Builds Character

churchsign_loserThere is no way the Sports Guru is going to make you believe that losing builds character. Somebody as least as famous as me is given credit (I could not find who the brain surgeon was) for those three little words. All losing is, is not winning. Now doesn’t that sound better. What ever you want to call it, losing or not winning is what the New Jersey Institute of Technology’s (NJIT) mens college basketball team has been doing since beating Longwood on February 19th, 2007. 51 straight losses. That is until Wednesday night when the Highlanders defeated Bryant University 61-51 in Newark, NJ.

Here’s the good news. The 51 game losing streak would have been a NCAA Division I record for futility but because NJIT is what they call a reclassifying school (not three seasons at this division) the record is still held by Sacramento State who lost only 34 straight games from 1997 to 1999. 51 games is a longtime to not win. Since NJIT moved from Division II to Division I during the 2006-2007 they are now 6-71. They posted a 5-24 record during their first season, they were winless last season and are now 1-18 this year. Only one player, junior Dan Stonkus has endured all 51 of those losses. 51 is nothing compared to the all-time NCAA losing streak at any level – 117 games by Division III Rutgers – Camden that did not win from January 22, 1992 until January 9, 1997. That was nearly five years without a win.1138822644t-shirt-for-sayings6

The Sports Guru did a little digging and found that futility happens a lot in sports. Just by coincidence Wednesday night Clemson University visited the University of North Carolina for a mens basketball game. North Carolina won 94-70. It was the 54th straight home win for North Carolina against Clemson. Clemson has NEVER beaten North Carolina when they were the road team.

Next weekend the Arizona Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Steelers in Super Bowl XLIII. The Cardinals as a franchise started in 1898 and are the oldest continuously run professional football team. They can claim one NFL championship in 1947 when they played in Chicago. They left Chicago after the 1959 season moving to St. Louis the next season and then Arizona for the 1988 season. That’s 61 years without a championship. Since 1947 they have been to the playoffs only six times with a total of five victories. Three of those five have come in this post season.images

It’s now 101 seasons since the Chicago Cubs last won the World Series. The Chicago Blackhawks last won the Stanley Cup in 1961. hall_miller_and_neva_jane_langley1Miss Georgia was last named Miss America in 1953 (Neva Jane Langley), a Collie has not won Best in Show at the Westminster Dog Show since 1929 (poor Lassie). NJ has not elected a Republican Senator since Clifford P Pace in 1972 ( I don’t want to hear from any of you who doubt the Sports Guru mention Nicholas F Brady).

So what is it about not winning (using winning is always better than saying losing) that builds character. Take the girls basketball team at Dallas Academy. Last week they lost to Covenant, a private Christian school in Dallas 100-0. The score was 59-0 at half-time and the girls from Covenant opened up the second half by using a full-court press. Dallas Academy has eight girls on it’s varsity and about 20 girls in its high school. It is winless over the last four seasons. They specialize in teaching students struggling with “learning differences” such as short attention or dyslexia. At their next practice some of the players said they were frustrated during the game but felt it was a learning opportunity (not sure what you learn from losing by a 100 points). Freshman Shelby Hyatt was quoted as saying “Even if you are losing, you might as well keep playing.” “Keep trying, and it’s going to be OK”. A bright spot on not winning by 100 is that Mark Cuban who owns the Dallas Mavericks has invited the girls from the Dallas Academy to see a Mavericks game from the owners suite later in the season. The losers here are the girls from Covenant and the coaching staff that ran up the score. They are now trying to do the right thing by seeking a forfeit and apologizing for the margin of victory.

Which now brings me to what happens when you finally win. Last Friday night the boys basketball team from Palisades High School in Kintnersville PA snapped their 85 game not winning streak by defeating Palmerton 45-35. The 85 game streak was the third longest streak in Pennsylvania history (state record is 88 by Mifflinburg) and lasted over five seasons. When the game ended the Pirates celebration was somewhat muted and given the circumstances, perfectly appropriate. Their coach Mike Viglianti embraced his players and whispered a few things to several of them. The last time the Pirates won was the last game of the 2004-2005 season. Here’s the weird twist. 6 of the boys on the basketball team were on the roster on Palisades District 11 Class AA championship football team.

So whether you call it losing or my coach speak of “not winning”, it happens a lot in the world of Sports and in life. If you don’t win, get over it. The sun will come out tomorrow (no Annie video will ever appear in a Sports Guru blog), you will have bills to pay when you get home and I’m still better looking than you….

Here’s a little YouTube video that will help get you through an entire weekend without football.

Your Friend in Sports,

Dave the Sports Guru

Where did Nate Washington play college football?

I already know what you are thinking, who is Nate Washington? was587797I promise I will get back to Nate a little bit further down the page. This weekend the NFL (National Football League) will have their two conference championship games. The AFC (American Football Conference) game will be between the Baltimore Ravens and the Pittsburgh Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday evening at 6:30 pm EST and the NFC (National Football Conference) game will be in Arizona at 3 pm EST where the Philadelphia Eagles will face the Arizona Cardinals. The two winners will face each other in Super Bowl XLIII (43 for those who can’t read Roman numerals) on February 1st in Tampa Florida.

So what about our friend Nate? Nate Washington is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers. He wears number 85 and during the regular season he caught 40 passes for 631 yards and three touchdowns. Last week in the Divisional playoffs against the San Diego Chargers he caught three passes for 30 yards. For those of you who are not impressed by those numbers or for those who are still struggling with XLIII, Nate had a very nice season for Pittsburgh. Nothing really special, but a very solid season.

So why did the Sports Guru use Nate as the subject to this article? Back to Nate in a little while. I went to and downloaded the rosters for the four teams that play this weekend. Each team in the NFL can have 53 players on their active roster. 45 can dress on game day. The other eight are on the practice squad. So with some quick math, 212 players are eligible to suit up this weekend. 190 will get that chance. Also on each roster are those players that are hurt and have been placed on the injured reserve list. They can not play the rest of the season. Between the four teams there are 34 such players. Again with some quick math, 212 plus 34 equals 246 players who are listed on the four rosters.

Now here’s the fun part. Those 246 players played their college football at 112 different colleges and universities. The real number is 245 players because the Eagles punter Sav Rocca (#7) came to play in the NFL after playing fourteen seasons in the Australian Football League (AFL). 200px-saverio_roccaFor those of you who have never seen an Australian rules football game you are missing out on a lot of great stuff.

Lot’s of these colleges are well known football schools. Ten players from the University of Michigan, nine from Florida State and at least five from Alabama, Auburn, Arizona St., Georgia, Illinois, Miami (Florida), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Oregon and USC. Also on the list are two players who played football at Ivy League schools – Jon Dekker who played at Princeton, is on the injured list for Pittsburgh and Sean Morey (#87) from Brown who is a wide receiver for Arizona.

Some of the other schools on the list include lots of programs who no one would consider football powerhouses. Reggie Wells (#74) of the Cardianls went to Clarion University in Pennslyvania, Todd Herremans from the Eagles (#79) attended Saginaw Valley State in Michigan and Antwan Barnes of the Ravens (#50) attended Florida International in Miami. FIU is currently offering online courses in The History of the Beatles and the History of Rock Music

And our friend Nate Washington – he was a Tiffin Dragon. Playing football for Division II Tiffin University in Tiffin Ohio. For those of you who are not trivia buffs who know about the history of the State of Ohio, Tiffin University is named after the first governor of Ohio Edward Tiffin. stag-out-odu

So what’s the point Sports Guru? Even the little guy from the small college has a chance to be a millionaire playing on Sunday’s. For the record, Eagles and Ravens in the Super Bowl in Tampa.

Enjoy a little Aussie Rules Football from You Tube and have a great weekend.

Your friend in Sports,

Dave the Sports Guru

Its easy to spend $435 million

This is not going to be about Bernie Madoff, George and Marie Douglas-David (she of the $53,000 a week in expenses) 928448_marie-douglas-davidor even Bill and Melinda Gates. No this is going to be about the Evil Empire that calls the Bronx, New York home.

Today is the 106th Anniversary of Frank Farrell’s & Bill Devery’s purchase of the American League Baltimore baseball franchise for $18,000 and their move to New York City. The team that played baseball that season at Hilltop Park was known as the Highlanders. It would be another ten seasons until they were renamed, The Yankees.

The New York Yankees, remember them? Last time they were in the World Series in 2003, Barrack Obama was still in the Illinois State Senate and the only people who knew who he was were his now famous “neighbors” and Yesse Yehudah (you can google him because I know you have no idea who he is). The last time the Bronx Bombers won the World Series, you could wear your shoes the entire time you were at the airport. Bill Clinton was the President of the United States and the Play Station2 was introduced in the US. Yup, all the way back in the year 2000. I won’t even touch on all the wild 2K junk most of you believed in. I know some of you still have bottled water and Dinty Moore stew in the basement.

Back to the Pinstripes. Since the last out of the 2008 World Series (yes, it has stopped raining in Philadelphia) the Yanks have signed three players to help bring back the glory in the Bronx. Pitchers CC (Chocolate Cake) Sabathiasabathiamangin2 and AJ (Allan James) Burnett along with first baseman Mark Teixeria. Sabathia signed a seven year contract for $161 million, Burnett got a deal worth $82.5 million for the next five years and Teixeria hit the jackpot for $180 million to play for the Yankees during the next eight seasons. And who said this country was in a recession?

Now for a little math session. Teixeira’s contract averages out to $22.5 million per season. Sabathia’s to $23 million, and Burnett’s is $16.5 per season. Throw on top of that Alex Rodriguez’s $28 million and Derek Jeter’s $21.6 million. Since we are starting to have some fun here lets keep going with $15 million for Mariano Rivera, $13 million each for Jorge Posada, Hideki Matsui and Johnny Damon. Add it all up and you get $165.6 million for just these 9 players! A major league baseball team is comprised of 25 players. According to Major League Baseball, the New York Yankees spent $207,108,489 in salaries for the 2008 season and they came in third place in their division and missed the playoffs for the first time in 14 seasons.

George Steinbrenner and a few minor partners purchased the Yankees 36 years ago this week from CBS for $8.7 million. According to a article from April 2008 the Yankees are worth $1.5 billion. Not a bad investment. George has now passed the baton of ownership to his two sons Hank and Hal. The boys along with General Manager Brian Cashman have spent a lot of money this off season to try to recapture the glory of past Yankee teams.

The Yanks will move into the New Yankee Stadium nov_2008_gallerythis spring. At a cost of $1.3 billion, the new stadium will be a draw for Yankee fans from around the world for years to come increasing the value of the franchise. If you never made it to the old stadium. Here is a small climps at what you missed.

So there you have it. A Baseball lesson an economics lesson and a little Jerry Springer show all wrapped up in one session. For those that really love baseball, pitchers and catchers report 5 weeks from tomorrow!

Your friend in sports,

Dave the Sports Guru

Where have you gone, Joe DiMaggio?


Or is it more like General Douglas MacArthur’s  “I shall return”?  The Sports Guru has been away for a long time.  I promise you no jail time was invovled.  Just life, the economy and the 2008 Presidential election got in the way of the Sports Guru and When You Need to Know About Sports.  One of my New Years Resolutions was to restart this blog.  So for the first time in 2009, lets learn about sports the Sports Guru’s way.

Tomorrow night January 8th, The 2008 College Football season will come to an end with the  BCS (Bowl Championship Series) National Championship game between #1 ranked Oklahoma and #2 ranked Florida.  The college football season began on August 28th.  That makes the season 133 days long.  19 weeks to crown a National Champion.  The NFL takes 17 weeks to play the regular season and another 5 weeks including the Super Bowl.  19 weeks and the guys who run the BCS will crown a National Champion and it will not be the best team who played college football in 2008.  I know you are now saying “maybe the Sports Guru has been away too long”.  You see, the BCS is a really complicated way to pick a college football champion (check this out  I’ll try not to bore you with details.  The process includes two polls, one with writers and one with coaches, six computer programs and a lot of upset coaches, players and fans.

So who is the best college football in the land if it is not the number one or second ranked team? It is the sixth ranked University of Utah. The Utes finished their season at 13-0. The only BCS eligible team in the country that finished the season undefeated. So why is the sixth ranked team better than the number one or two team? I think the real question is why Utah is only ranked number six. Thanks to our friends at Fox sports here is an answer to the question

The real problem here is that the 119 teams that make up the BCS are the only sport that does not have a playoff system. Just this goofy computer system and a bunch of coaches and writers who never get to see all of the teams play. Even Miss America USA/ MISS AMERICAand American Idol have a system to eliminate contestants. So until the idiots who run college football (no I’m not taking back the word idiot) see the light and establish a football playoff season, teams like the Utes will continue to get the short end of the stick.

Talking about sticks. Last night in the NHL (National Hockey League) the Buffalo Sabres had a game against the Ottawa Senators. Buffalo beat Ottawa 4-2. The interesting part of the game came in the first period when Ottawa’s Jarkko (Yar-ko) Ruutu bit the thumb of Andrew Peters while the two were pushing shoving each other.

I guess Mr. Ruutu did not like the taste of Mr. Peters glove as he wiped his face with it. In hockey that is called a face wash. Just two friends getting together to say hello to each other. My favorite part of the video is at the end when the announcer says that Andrew Peters has been punched in the face a thousand times. Peters received a two minute penalty for starting the whole mess and Ruutu was suspended by the NHL two games for getting hungry during the game.

So that’s it for the first blog of 2009. It looks to be a year full of teaching material for the Sports Guru. So check back often as we continue our journey towards your PhD degree in Sports.

Your friend in Sports,

Dave the Sports Guru