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World Series of Poker

June 29, 2006 at 3:53pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The biggest poker tournament in the world, the World Series of Poker, kicked off at the Rio in Las Vegas on Monday.  The World Series is over a month of 39 poker events that have many different buy ins and poker games.  It wraps up with the big $10,000 buy in tourney where 8000+ are expected to enter and the first prize to the winner could reach 10 million dollars.

Since I consider poker a sport, then I will try and post some updates for the poker fans out there.  I am getting all my up to the minute info here.

For right now, you all can debate this: “Is poker a sport?”

Beaver Fever

June 27, 2006 at 3:00am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

Your 2006 college baseball champions are the Oregon St. Beavers.  OSU defeated North Carolina 3-2 in Monday’s deciding game 3.  Oregon St. lost game 1 on Saturday 3-2 but came back and won game 2 on Sunday 11-7.  Oregon St. scored the winning run on North Carolina second baseman Bryan Steed’s throwing error in the bottom of the eighth inning.  Plagued by errors the final one finally caught up to the Heels.

This is obviously Oregon St.‘s first national title in baseball in the history of their program.  They are the first Pac 10 team to win the title since 1995 when USC won it all.  Ironically enough that was the last time a team won the national title after losing their first game in Omaha.  This is only the schools second ever NCAA title.  Their only other one came back in 1961 as their Cross Country team took home the title.

The last time a team won a national title from this far north was Minnesota in 1964 and the last non-traditional power to win it since Wichita St. in 1989.

Let’s track Oregon St. “Road to Omaha:”

Oregon St. went 38-13 in the regular season.  (Had their next to last game in the regular season (May 27th) cancelled by rain)
Won the Pac-10 regular season
Swept through Wright State, Kansas and Hawaii to win their regional.
Hosted Stanford in the super regionals and made quick work of them in 2 games.
Lost their first game of the CWS to Miami then preceded to win 4 straight elimination games to make it to the title contest.
Won another elimination game Sunday after losing game 1 of the championship series.

College World Series Final

June 24, 2006 at 6:39pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The final series is all set.  North Carolina vs. Oregon St.  Yes, you’re allowed to say “Who?!?!?!” after that.  If you would have put money on any one of those teams at the beginning of the year you would have been laughed at.  But it is very refreshing to see two new teams and none of the old guard.

North Carolina swept through Bracket 1 beating Cal St. Fullerton, Clemson and Cal St. Fullerton to reach the title game.

Oregon St. had the much tougher road after they dropped their first game to Miami in a big way.  They then won 4 straight elimination games.  First Georgia, then revenge over Miami and then an impossible 2 straight over the #2 team in the nation, Rice.

If I were to pick a winner right now it would be UNC they’ve played 3 games compared to OSU’s 5.  They also didn’t have to play on Thursday since they were the undefeated team, OSU did.  But Beaver Fever is sweeping the nation right now and they might be the sentimental favorite.

World Cup Update

June 22, 2006 at 3:58pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

USA loses to Ghana 2-1.  They have been eliminated from the World Cup.

Talk about it.

World Cup Update

June 18, 2006 at 1:50am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The US ties Italy 1-1 to earn 1 point.  After 2 games here’s how Group E looks:

Italy           1-0-1 - 4 points
Czech Republic 1-1-0 - 3 points
Ghana           1-1-0 - 3 points
USA             0-1-1 - 1 point

For the USA to advance they must defeat Ghana on Thursday and one of these scenarios must happen:

1. Italy defeats the Czech Republic.

2. Italy ties the Czech Republic 0-0 or 1-1 AND the United States beats Ghana by at least four goals.

3. Italy ties the Czech Republic 2-2 or with a higher score AND the United States beats Ghana by five or more goals.

4. Italy ties the Czech Republic 2-2 or with a higher score AND the United States beats Ghana by four goals AND the U.S. team scores at least three goals more than the Czechs do in their tie.

5. The Czech Republic beats Italy AND the total combined margin of victory for the Americans and Czechs is six or more.

6. The Czech Republic beats Italy AND the total combined margin of victory for the Americans and Czechs is five AND the U.S. team scores at least three goals more than the Italians do in their loss.

7. The Czech Republic beats Italy AND the total combined margin of victory for the Americans and Czechs is five AND the U.S. team scores exactly two more goals than the Italians do in their loss AND the Americans win a drawing of lots by FIFA.

College World Series

June 16, 2006 at 4:34am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

It’s that time of year again where all eyes of collegiate sports is on Omaha.  It always amazes me in the weeks leading up to the CWS when you here the players saying…“it’s all about Omaha.”  “There’s nothing like Omaha.”  These guys are trying to get closer to Omaha…I’m trying to get further away.  Here are this years participants:

Friday matches:

#1 Clemson vs. #8 Georgia Tech - 1pm ESPN2

#4 Cal St. Fullerton vs. North Carolina - 6pm ESPN2

Saturday matches:

#2 Rice vs. #7 Georgia - 1pm ESPN

Miami vs. Oregon St. - 6pm ESPN

The 4 teams that play on the same day are now in essentially a 4 team tournament.  No team can face a team on the other side of the bracket until the championship series which is best 2 out of 3.

Of course your favorites will be Clemson and Rice.  Cal St. Fullerton will also have a good shot at making a run to the title game.  My dark horse though is North Carolina.  They proved in the super regional that they can really put up some runs.  In terms of pitching though they probably aren’t going to stand up to some of the big boys.  Miami is very well rested.  Oregon St. could surprise some people too. 

If you have never been to the CWS, do yourself a favor get a general admission ticket to a night game.  Arrive to the ballpark just as the first game ends.  Don’t pay to park near the stadium, find free parking.  Walk to the stadium and enjoy all the people and smells that is the CWS.  It is truly one of the best events anywhere at anytime in Nebraska.  It truly is the “greatest show on dirt.”

World Cup Update

June 12, 2006 at 6:07pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

The United States loses their opening match to the Czech Republic 3-0


The rise and fall of the 2006 Nebraska Baseball team

June 4, 2006 at 11:22pm By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

It was a very up and down year and it’s lowest point came on Saturday when it was eliminated by San Francisco (SAN. FRAN. CISCO!) from the 2006 NCAA Regionals.  It was only the second time that Nebraska has failed not to qualify for the super regionals when they hosted a regional.  (the other being 2003)

Nebraska only scored 2 runs all weekend.  1 in their loss to Manhattan and 1 in their loss to San Francisco. 

This team looked so good at the beginning of the year.  They swept #25 Alabama (and now the #4 national seed), they took 2 of 3 in the regular season from #5 Texas (and the #3 national seed) and then took another one from the ‘Horns in the Big 12 championships.

As the calendar turned to May it was 2 come from behind rallies at the hand of Oklahoma St. that set the tone for the rest of the season.  Entering the series they were 36-6 and #3 in the nation.  They ended the regular season 3-8.  To finish in a tie for 3rd in the Big XII race and earning the #4 seed.  All looked right at the beginning of the Big 12 tourney as they qualified for the championship game but a loss to Kansas in the championship sealed their fate coming into the regionals. 

It was the bats that probably did Nebraska in.  They only scored 71 runs in 17 games the month of May and first part of June.  Compare that to April where they scored 155 runs in 19 games.

For sure Nebraska will lose 4 seniors, 3 of them having a serious impact on this years team.  Inf. Brandon Buckman, C Jeff Christy, and P Brett Jensen are all going to be missed greatly.  P Dusty Timm will end his career too.  As for underclassmen that could go high in the draft and could leave the team early, 2 pitchers, Joba Chamberlain and Tony Watson could leave early if they are chosen high enough.  Soph. Ryan Wherle is also eligible for the draft but it is expected that unless he is chosen very early that he will come back to Nebraska. 

For Nebraska to be successful next year Joba or Tony must come back or it could be a down year for Nebraska next year.

Another Friday Five

June 3, 2006 at 12:42am By: D.M.B. Posted in D.M.B. Sports Report

5 things I should have written about in the month of May that I didn’t get to because of an insanely busy schedule:

1.  The up and down end of the season by the Nebraska baseball team.

2. The end of the HS sports season. State Soccer was covered here by Mr. Wilson. In state track Omaha North won boys Class A while Millard North won girls class A. Class B was won by the Beatrice Boys and the Pierce girls. Class C was won by the East Butler boys and theCrofton girls.  Axtell and Falls City Sacred Heart tied for the Class D championship on the boys side and Humphrey St. Francis won the Class D girls title. The baseball championship was won by OmahaWestside.

3.  Barry Bonds finally moved past Babe Ruth for 2nd all time on the home run charts.

4.  Does anybody in Nebraska give a flying frick about the NBA or NHL playoffs?

5.  Why parents and coaches of little leaguers should realize…that it’s just a game.

So there you have it.  Hopefully it won’t be another month till my next post.

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