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Most teams in the AL would never want to play the Red Sox in two series in roughly a week, but that list would not include the Angels. That is because Los Angeles (actually Anaheim) has been crushing Boston. Last week they ripped the heart right out of the Red Sox when they battled back from a 6-0 deficit early and two run deficit in the final inning to earn the sweep at Fenway Park. Now, after a walk-off win Monday and 10-3 full scale beat down Tuesday, the Angels have another opportunity to sweep the Red Sox.
Red Sox Appear Dysfunctional
A team that was once identified with grit and guts, that won four straight in the ALCS against their bitter rival and contended for a World Series every year is now a joke. These are the "chicken and beer" Red Sox. The Boston chockers. Management has failed in seemingly every way possible. They bad mouthed their ex-manager (who only brought the team a World Series win after a million year drought), basically traded the general manager and then finished with a complete extreme makeover of the team. Oh and the players hate their new manager, and seem to take every possible opportunity to make him look foolish. So is it really a wonder why they have been gettin pounded by a team such as the Angels that is actually playing meaningful games?
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Postseason Future Bleak After Sweep
The Angels players and coaches had to feel pretty good about their four game home stand against the Tampa Bay Rays before the series started. This is because the top of the Angels rotation was slated to pitch in the series, giving the halos confidence that they would make up significant ground in the wild card race. Unfortunately, the worst possible outcome occurred when the Rays completed the four game road sweep of the Angels, putting the team from Anaheim 4.5 games out of a wild card spot.
After getting clobbered Friday night 12-3, the Angels should have had some fire in their play on Saturday. Not to mention, on Saturday night the Angels franchise inducted the entire 2002 team into the Angels Hall of Fame for their one and only World Series title. The team wanted revenge for the 9 run drubbing the day before, the crowd was electric from the Hall of Fame induction, the game had significance in the Wild Card standings and the second best pitcher on the team was toeing the rubber. The motivation to win was probably at its highest for any single game all year. That is why it was no surprise to see the Angels blast out to an early 8-0 lead. A lead that any quality manager would ensure was not blown. Unfortunately, manager Mike Socissa failed miserably when he left C.J. Wilson in for too long in the 5th inning, resulting in the starter giving up 7 earned runs.
Once the Rays scored 7 runs in the 5th inning it was clear that the momentum had shifted. The Angels were in trouble. Big trouble. Even though the Angels' offense tallied up 15 hits in the game they eventually lost 10-8. After such a remarkable comeback it was obvious that the deflated halos were going to be beat on Sunday, which they were easily to give Tampa Bay the series sweep.
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Earlier this week the sports writers at GPS Tracker Shop made their annual predictions on what NFC teams would win their respective divisions, and what two teams would face each other in the NFC Championship Game. That means all that is left are the annual predictions for the AFC, so without further to do let's get the ball moving!
4. The Miami Dolphins traded their best receiver during the off-season, hired a new head coach and have a quarterback this GPS tracker expert couldn't pick out of a lineup. The Dolphins do benefit from playing in conference that is slightly weaker than normal, but their above average defense can only do so much. At some point a team has to score, and the Dolphins will struggle with that all seasoning as they go 5-11.
3. The Buffalo Bills are making a number of improvements that will help them be a contender in the near future. However, they still need better QB play, and Jim Kelly isn't walking through the door anytime soon. Buffalo is no longer the doormat they once were in the AFC East, but they also don't have the pieces to win more than 7 or 8 games.
2. When a team goes to the Super Bowl and loses that usually means they fall apart the next season. However, those are teams not under the guidance of Bill Belichick and quarterback Tom Brady. These two crafty veterans of the game have made 10-win seasons look routine, and they will do so once again with a 10-6 season.
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Who Will Win Each Division In The NFC
Preseason NFL football is in full swing and that means nobody cares. Watching preseason football is painful. It involves a bunch of players who probably work at TGIFridays on the weekends, and as a fan the only thing you hope is that none of your key players get hurt. Preseason football is a money grab by owners that forces season ticket holders to pay for a product that is absolute garbage. A product that is also very expensive. But preseason football also means the regular season is right around the corner, and that means it is that time of year where the vehicle tracker experts at GPS Tracker Shop make their divisional winner and NFC champion picks.
The NFC North was once the black and blue division that was about running the football and defense. However, with the emergence of guys like Aaron Rodgers and Calvin Johnson, this division has become much more explosive on the offensive side of the ball.
4. Expect the Vikings to be better than last year now that Adrian Peterson is healthy and Christian Ponder has more experience as QB. This team is still in the rebuilding phase, but a strong rushing attack could result in a 7 win season if the defense can hold.
3. The Chicago Bears are consistently over-rated, and their aging defense is no longer feared. They still have Julius Peppers on the defensive line (the one bright spot), but lack any real offensive threats. Historically, quarterback Jay Cutler has been average and nothing appears to have changed in his development as a passer. With an average QB and middle of the road defense the Bears will likely go 8-8.
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Golf's Best Embarrassed At PGA
Major championships are the ultimate test for professional golfers. With courses designed to punish player mistakes, only the mentally strong can win a major title. Men such as Jack, Arnold, Bobby and Tiger have become household names for their ability to win major tournaments against the world's best golfers. However, the elite names of golf better make room for one more because a golfing sensation from Northern Ireland by the name of Rory Mcllroy is now on the short list of players to ever win multiple major titles.
Mcllroy was a golf prodigy who started swinging clubs at a very young age in his home country of Northern Ireland. Therefore, many European tour players knew who the kid with the smooth swing was way before he bursted onto the scene during the 2011 Masters. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be his coming out party in 2011 at Augusta turned into a nightmare when he fell apart on Sunday, losing the lead and the tournament in dramatic fashion. What appeared to be the type of setback that could permanently ruin an athlete's psyche, Mcllroy showed poise and class. He said he would learn from the experience and be better for it, and he was right. Mcllroy won the U.S. Open in dominate fashion that same year and instantly was crowned the next Tiger Woods.
After all the hype and a stretch of play that was average, Mcllroy started showing signs that he may only be a one-hit wonder. That all changed this past weekend when the youngster totally embarrassed the field at the PGA Championship, winning by an unimaginable 8 strokes.