Monthly Archives: August 2009

Location Change for Phoenix Football Tailgate Show

The first Phoenix Football Tailgate Show will be at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 5.  WSOE Sports’ one-hour pre-game show will broadcast live on Phoenix Drive but not by the Harper Center parking lot.  The exact location is to be determined. 

Listen to the show here at wsoesports.wordpress.com from the “Listen Live” page, tune in to 89.3 FM on the radio or join us on Phoenix Drive. 

The game will began at 7:00 p.m. when the Elon Phoenix host the Davidson Wildcats. 

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

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WSOE Sports welcomes the Class of 2013!

The members of WSOE Sports would like to welcome Elon University’s Class of 2013!  Feel free to browse this website.  

If you would like to join WSOE Sports, please e-mail Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director, at cfilazzola@elon.edu.

NFL: A Division-by-Division Look at the 2009-2010 Season, Part 5: AFC South

By Christian Binder, WSOE Sports

Houston Texans (2008 Record: 8-8)
-Key Additions: DE Antonio Smith, QB Dan Orlovsky, DT Shaun Cody, LB Buster Davis, LB Cato June, QB Rex Grossman, LB Rosevelt Colvin, LB Brian Cushing
-Key Losses: QB Sage Rosenfels, RB Ahman Green, LB Morlon Greenwood, S Will Demps

Andre Johnson, courtesy of: i.a.cnn.net/si

Andre Johnson, courtesy of: i.a.cnn.net/si

The Houston Texans arrived in the NFL in 2002 as an expansion team and have more or less played like a beat-’em-up team ever since. However, last year was a turning point for the team. They finished 8-8, a franchise best. Normally, a .500 winning percentage isn’t great, but it shows that this team is moving in the right direction. They already have a superstar wide receiver in Andre Johnson, who has become the center of a burgeoning offense. The defense also played better last year, led by former number-one pick Mario Williams. The biggest question for this team is the offensive line. Matt Schaub is an above-average quarterback, but he needs to stay on his feet to win games. When David Carr was the quarterback for the Texans, he was sacked over 200 times. It’s been a lot of the same for Schaub and he has been injured every year. If the o-line can get its act together, the Texans could improve on their 8-8 record.

Indianapolis Colts (2008 Record: 12-4)
-Key Additions: RB Donald Brown
-Key Losses: WR Marvin Harrison, CB Keiwan Ratliff, RB Dominic Rhodes, P Hunter Smith, LB Buster Davis

Peyton Manning, Courtesy of: temple3.files.wordpress.com

Peyton Manning, Courtesy of: temple3.files.wordpress.com

The Colts are one of the few teams in the NFL that is consistently competitive. It all pretty much revolves around Peyton Manning. After a slow start last year, Manning came back to throw for 4,002 yards with 27 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, securing his third MVP award. The Colts didn’t do much this offseason, but they are hoping that the addition of Donald Brown will shore up the running game, which ranked near the bottom of the league last year. It’ll be interesting to see how the Colts plan to replace Marvin Harrison, who was part of one of the most prolific quarterback-wide receiver tandems in league history. Anthony Gonzalez, a third-year player out of Ohio State, will look for a breakout season by stepping into the number two spot. The Colts will surely look to light up the scoreboard again this year. If the defense can play like it did during the Colts’ Super Bowl XLI run, there’s no reason this team can’t compete for a championship in ’09.

Jacksonville Jaguars (2008 Record: 5-11)
-Key Additions: OT Eugene Monroe, OT Tra Thomas, QB Todd Bouman, S Marlon McCree, WR Torry Holt
-Key Losses: RB Fred Taylor, WR Dennis Northcutt, WR Matt Jones

Maurice Drew-Jones, Courtesy of: i.a.cnn.net/si

Maurice Jones-Drew, Courtesy of: i.a.cnn.net/si

The Jaguars were a conundrum last year. They had a great running back combo in Fred Taylor and Maurice Jones-Drew, but other than that, the team just looked discombobulated. Obviously the team is looking to improve on last year’s disappointing finish. The Jaguars decided to start by rebuilding the offensive line. They drafted Eugene Monroe out of Virginia and signed Tra Thomas, a three-time Pro-Bowler with the Philadelphia Eagles. Hopefully this will buy QB David Garrard some time to get the ball in the air to his new weapon, Torry Holt. Holt came to the Jags after being released by the St. Louis Rams. Now that the Jags have a legitimate number-one receiver, the running game should open up a bit more for Jones-Drew, who will now be a featured back. Jones-Drew is a bit undersized, standing at 5’6″, but he has incredible strength which allows him to power up the middle and gain tough yards. It looks the Jaguars could be rebuilding, but it may be a short process.

Tennessee Titans (2008 Record: 13-3)
-Key Additions: WR Nate Washington
-Key Losses: DT Albert Haynesworth, WR Justin McCariens

Chris Johnson (left) and LenDale White (right), Courtesy of: images.chron.com/blogs/nfl

Chris Johnson (left) and LenDale White (right), Courtesy of: images.chron.com/blogs/nfl

The Titans were trying their best to imitate the 2007 Patriots, and it looked for a while like they might go undefeated. They were handed their first loss of the season by the New York Jets in Week 12. The key to the Titans was to be a complete football team: score regularly and keep opponents at bay. Their smash-and-dash running duo of Chris Johnson and LenDale White was one of the best in football, while Kerry Collins, the ageless wonder, kept the passing game afloat. The biggest loss for the Titans was Pro-Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, who signed with the Washington Redskins via free agency. He was the anchor of the defense. Now, the Titans will have to rely more on defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch, who spent some time out with injury last year. The defense still looks strong, but they can only do so much. The Titans will have to throw the ball more this year as teams will look to pin down their running game. However, the Titans don’t have a true number-one receiver and Nate Washington isn’t a huge upgrade over Justin McCareins. The Titans may take a step back this year, but they should remain competitive.

Contact Information:
Christian Binder
WSOE Sports
cbinder@elon.edu

NFL: A Division-by-Division Look at the 2009-2010 Season, Part 4: NFC North

By Christian Binder, WSOE Sports

Chicago Bears (2008 Record: 9-7) -Key Additions: QB Jay Cutler, OT Orlando Pace, LB Pisa Tinoisamoa -Key Losses: QB Kyle Orton, QB Rex Grossman, S Mike Brown, WR Brandon Lloyd, OT John St. Clair, OT John Tait, WR Marty Booker

Jay Culter, courtesy of: zimbio.com

Jay Culter, courtesy of: zimbio.com

Everything surrounding the Bears this offseason was about Jay Cutler. After the star quarterback severed ties with the Denver Broncos management, he was traded to the Bears for QB Kyle Orton and several draft picks. The Bears are looking to improve on offense this year and the addition of Cutler certainly helps. The only problem is, the Bears don’t have a true number one receiver. Their best option is 5’11” Devin Hester, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since the guy runs like greased lightning, but he is certainly not a league-standard number one. The defense looks to be strong again and will probably be the key to this team winning games. Pisa Tinoisamoa is not a name many people recognize, but he led the St. Louis Rams in tackles during his rookie season in 2003. Look for the Bears to be a little bit more liberal in their passing game this year, but count on them to still rely on their defense to win games.

Detroit Lions (2008 Record: 0-16) -Key Additions: QB Matthew Stafford, CB Phillip Buchanon, WR Ronald Curry, LB Larry Foote, LB Julian Peterson, WR Dennis Northcutt, G Terrence Metcalf, TE Brandon Pettigrew, CB Anthony Henry -Key Losses: CB Leigh Bodden, WR Mike Furrey, S Dwight Smith, QB Dan Orlovsky, QB Jon Kitna, G Toniu Fonoti

Matt Stafford (left) and Dante Culpepper (right), courtesy of:cdn.picapp.com

Matt Stafford (left) and Dante Culpepper (right), courtesy of:cdn.picapp.com

Well, it’s fair to say that there’s a fresh start in Detroit. The good news for Lions fans is that they can’t be any worse than they were last year. There’s a new coach in town, a new franchise quarterback, and a much better situation in general. Matt Stafford was selected by the Lions with the number one overall draft pick and the Lions are hoping that he can help bring this team back to the postseason. However, the Lions want to take it slow with Stafford and not just throw him into the fire immediately. Daunte Culpepper entered this preseason in great shape and has looked very good in training camp, which made it hard for the Lions to simply hand Stafford the starting gig. Neither quarterback has impressed so far in preseason games, but it looks like each quarterback may have significant playing time this season. The defense could very well be better than it was last year with the additions of Larry Foote and Julian Peterson. Plus, they are being coached by the guy who built Tennessee’s great defense over the last couple years. The bad news for the Lions is that they play in a very competitive division. Results probably won’t be seen this season, but this team could be one to watch in the coming years.

Green Bay Packers (2008 Record: 6-10) -Key Additions: DT B.J. Raji, LB Clay Matthews -Key Losses: None

Aaron Rodgers, courtesy of: nbcsports.com

Aaron Rodgers, courtesy of: nbcsports.com

It’s hard to understand why the Packers weren’t so great last year. Aaron Rodgers, in his first year as starting quarterback, was very good. In fact, the Packers were the third-highest scoring team in the NFC last year behind the Arizona Cardinals and New York Giants. They even scored more points than they allowed. There were a lot of tough breaks for the Packers last year and a lot of games lost in the fourth quarter. They are trying to right the ship this year and if they don’t have incentive, all they have to do is look to Minnesota and that guy wearing number 4 for them. The Packers should get an easier schedule this year thanks to last year’s 6-10 finish and there is certainly a desire to win since Brett Favre betrayed them by signing with the Vikings. If the Packers can repeat last year’s offensive output and improve on defense, they could very well win 9 or 10 games.

Minnesota Vikings (2008 Record: 10-6) -Key Additions: QB Brett Favre, QB Sage Rosenfels, WR Glenn Holt, WR Percy Harvin -Key Losses: RB Maurice Hicks, QB Gus Frerotte, C Matt Birk, S Darren Sharper

Brett Favre, courtesy of: junksweb.com

Brett Favre, courtesy of: junksweb.com

The Brett Favre saga took yet another turn as the 39-year-old quarterback came out of retirement once again to join his once-arch-rivals, the Minnesota Vikings. The Vikings were not without good reason in signing Favre, though they were counting on a competition between Sage Rosenfels and incumbent Tarvaris Jackson for the starting job. Neither quarterback has been special during their respective careers, but Rosenfels did have some good games with the Houston Texans. The offense certainly will be very strong with Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor anchoring the running game. Favre is obviously an upgrade over Rosenfels and Jackson and he has plenty of weapons in the passing game, especially with the addition of Percy Harvin, one of the heroes on the Florida Gators 2008 national title team. The loss of Matt Birk certainly hurts the offensive line, but it shouldn’t be a big problem. Watch out on October 5 when the Packers visit the Metrodome. It’s sure to be a throwdown.

Contact Information:
Christian Binder
WSOE Sports
cbinder@elon.edu

NFL: Rivers agrees to new deal with Chargers

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

According to ESPN.com, San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip River agreed to a contract extension of $92 million over six years with $38-39 million guaranteed.  This is the second biggest deal this summer.  The other involved the player Rivers was traded for in the 2004 draft, Eli Manning.  Manning signed a six-year, $97 million extension with the New York Giants.

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

MLB: Unassisted triple play propels Phillies to knock out Mets

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

The Philadelphia Phillies stunned the New York Mets on Sunday 9-7 off second baseman Eric Bruntlett’s unassisted triple play, the first to ever conclude a major league game since 1929.

The Phillies took a 6-0 lead in the first inning and an 8-2 edge in the third.  The Mets responded by scoring two runs in each of those innings, including an inside-the-park home run by Angel Pagan to begin the bottom of the first. 

Down 9-6 in the bottom of the ninth, New York caught a couple of breaks, including two plays that Bruntlett couldn’t make.  One was an error that allowed batter Luis Castillo to be safe at first and Pagan scored, and the other was an infield hit behind second base by Daniel Murphy.

The Mets were down by two with runners on first and second and no outs.  The runners were running on the 2-2 pitch to Jeff Francoeur and that’s when one of the most bizarre endings to a game occurred. 

Francoeur scorched a line drive up the middle, Bruntlett was covering second base and caught the ball in stride to step on the base and then he turned around to tag Murphy.  All of this happened in five seconds.

Bruntlett recorded the first out by catching the ball, he stepped on second base to double up the second base runner Luis Castillo for out number two and he tagged the first base runner Murphy, who was trying to steal second, for the final out.

The two teams return to Citi Field on Monday for the last game of the four-game series. The Phillies lead two games to one.

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

MLB: Two Red Sox relievers question team working Wagner deal

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

The Red Sox recently claimed Mets reliever Billy Wagner on waivers.  The two teams have until Tuesday afternoon to complete a deal.  Another arm may be added to Red Sox bullpen, but two of their relievers, Jonathan Papelbon and Manny Declarmen, are hesitant about this potential trade. 

“Is he ready to pitch or is he not? You know what I mean?” asked Papelbon in WEEI.com when referring to Wagner. “I think our bullpen is good where we’re at right now. Don’t get me wrong. But I guess you could always make it better. It’s kind of like the (Eric) Gagne thing, I guess.”

The Red Sox acquired Gagne at the trade deadline in 2007.  Though the Red Sox went on to win the World Series that year, Gagne didn’t help much with his 6.75 ERA in 20 games. 

“We loved Gagne coming over here, just the stuff that he had, but it was an awkward situation this late in the season,” said Delcarmen in WEEI.com. “I think our bullpen is fine right now.

“It is what it is. If (Wagner) comes and helps us win, that’s what we want. But sometimes, shaking things up this late might work out different. We’ll see what happens.”

Returning from Tommy John elbow surgery, Wagner pitched his first game of the season on Thursday when the Mets lost to the Braves 3-2.  In his only inning of relief, the 38-year-old left-hander retired all three batters he faced, recording two strikeouts.  This was his first major league game since August 2, 2008.

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

First Broadcast of Year to be in Two Weeks

The first WSOE Sports broadcast of the 2009-2010 school year will be the Phoenix Football Tailgate Show on Saturday, September 5.  The one-hour pre-game show will broadcast live outside of the Harper Center parking lot at 6:00 p.m. 

You can listen to the show here at wsoesports.wordpress.com from the “Listen Live” page, tune in to 89.3 FM on the radio or join us on site. 

Elon will host the Davidson Wildcats at 7:00 p.m. at Rhodes Stadium.  This will be the first time these two teams play each other since 1954.

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

NFL: A Division-by-Division Look at the 2009-2010 Season, Part 3: AFC North

By Christian Binder, WSOE Sports

Baltimore Ravens (2008 Record: 11-5)
-Key Additions: CB Dominique Foxworth, C Matt Birk, TE L.J. Smith, WR Kelly Washington, OT Michael Oher
-Key Losses: S Jim Leonhard, LB Bart Scott, DE Marques Douglas, K Matt Stover

Courtesy of weblogs.baltimoresun.com

Courtesy of weblogs.baltimoresun.com

Nobody expected to be the Ravens to be as good as they were last year. They had a rookie head coach and a rookie quarterback out of Delaware. However, the defense carried the team into the playoffs. Joe Flacco did about as much as he was asked. He never put up stellar numbers, but he managed the game very well. Plus, the Ravens didn’t really need him to do much. The running game was so good that they didn’t need Flacco to throw for 300 yards a game. Le’Ron McClain, Willis McGahee, and Ray Rice were the dynamic trio of running backs and all three are back this year. Rice figures to see more time as McGahee is often injured and McClain will be featured more as a fullback. The key to this year’s Ravens team is how the defense will adjust after losing coordinator Rex Ryan to the New York Jets.

Cincinnati Bengals (2008 Record: 4-11-1)
-Key Additions: WR Laveranues Coles, QB J.T. O’Sullivan, S Roy Williams, OT Andre Smith
-Key Losses: WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, OT Stacy Andrews, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, WR Glenn Holt, RB Kenny Watson, OT Levi Jones

Courtesy of: thestarsaysitall.files.wordpress.com

Courtesy of: thestarsaysitall.files.wordpress.com

What will Chad Ochocinco have in store for us this year? He’s already said he will “tweet” during games on his Twitter page. The good news for him is that QB Carson Palmer has declared himself “100% healthy.” The bad news is that T.J. Houshmandzadeh is now playing for the Seahawks and Laveranues Coles doesn’t quite demand the same respect that Housh does. The Bengals have yet to agree to terms with their first-round draft pick Andre Smith, which does not bode well. The O-line is already shakey as it is, and without his talent, it will be even worse. The Bengals also don’t have a very good ground game, though Cedric Benson finished the year out nicely. Roy Williams brings veteran leadership to a mediocre defense, which could help turn things around. However, the Bengals probably won’t be much better than last year.

Cleveland Browns (2008 Record: 4-12)
-Key Additions: OT John St. Clair, TE Robert Royal, CB Hank Poteat, WR David Patten, CB Corey Ivy, WR Mike Furrey, LB Eric Barton, DB Abram Elam, QB Brett Ratliff, DE Kenyon Coleman, C Alex Mack
-Key Losses: TE Kellen Winslow, WR Joe Jurevicius, LB Andra Davis, G Seth McKinney

Courtesy of: midwestsportsfans.com

Courtesy of: midwestsportsfans.com

After one failed Bill Belichick experiment, the Browns decided to try another. The Browns fired head coach Romeo Crennel and brought in Jets cast-off Eric Mangini, along with a slew of Jets players. The Browns have a lot of work to do this year. The quarterback situation remains unsettled while Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson fight it out in the preseason. The running game is on the decline as Jamal Lewis ages. The wide receiver corps is decent, but if Braylon Edwards can’t catch a ball to save his life like last year, it’s not going to be pretty. The defense did improve, though. Hank Poteat, Corey Ivy, and Abram Elam provide a lot of depth in the backfield while Eric Barton provides veteran leadership in the front seven. If Shaun Rogers can be even a little bit happy, the defense should be above-average. Let’s see if the Boy Wonder (Mangini) can turn this ship around like he did in his first year with the Jets.

Pittsburgh Steelers (2008 Record: 12-4)
-Key Additions: CB Keiwan Ratliff, WR Shaun McDonald, P Dirk Johnson, DT Evander Hood
-Key Losses: G Kendall Simmons, WR Nate Washington, CB Bryant McFadden, OT Marvel Smith, QB Byron Leftwich, LB Larry Foote

Courtesy of: zimbio.com

Courtesy of: zimbio.com

The song remains the same for the defending champs: Defense wins championships. The Steelers have probably the toughest defense in the league that doesn’t really have any glaring holes. They are a bit old at cornerback, but if quarterbacks are able to get the ball downfield before they get sacked, they deserve it. The team remains virtually unchanged on offense, though deep-ball threat Nate Washington is now with the Tennessee Titans. The Steelers will be looking for more production from sophomore wideout Limas Sweed to replace Washington, but other than that, the Steelers look good. They will also have RB Reshard Mendenhall, who missed 12 games after fracturing his shoulder in Week 4 last year. Mendenhall will split time with Willie Parker, but he could garner more time if Parker gets hurt, which is more likely than not. The Steelers have a shot to repeat this year.

Contact Information:
Christian Binder
WSOE Sports
cbinder@elon.edu

Fall Broadcast Schedule Released

WSOE SPORTS FALL 2009 BROADCAST SCHEDULE (Until 11/14/09)

Key:
FB = Football (Phoenix Football Tailgate Show)
MS = Men’s Soccer
VB = Volleyball
WS = Women’s Soccer 

*DOESN’T INCLUDE WOMEN’S BASKETBALL BROADCASTS

Contact Information:
Craig Filazzola
WSOE Sports Director
cfilazzola@elon.edu

DATE

9/5/09 SAT

ON AIR

6:00 PM

GAME

7:00 PM

TEAM

Davidson

SPORT

FB

9/16/09 WED

6:55 PM

7:00 PM

Clemson

MS

9/18/09 FRI

6:45 PM

7:00 PM

Norfolk State

VB

9/26/09 SAT

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Georgia Southern

FB

10/10/09 SAT

12:30 PM

1:30 PM

The Citadel

FB

Fall Break 10/16/09 FRI

6:55 PM

7:00 PM

Chattanooga

WS

Fall Break 10/17/09 SAT

Fall Break 10/18/09 SUN

1:45 PM

1:45 PM

2:00 PM

2:00 PM

Georgia Southern

Davidson

VB

VB

10/24/09 SAT

  12:30 PM

1:30 PM

Chattanooga

FB

11/3/09 TUES

6:55 PM

7:00 PM

UNC

MS

11/7/09 SAT

1:45 PM

2:00 PM

Wofford

VB

11/14/09 SAT

2:00 PM

3:00 PM

Appalachian State

FB