Monthly Archives: September 2009

NFL: A pair of miracle endings in week three

By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports

It has only been a day since the first week three games have finished and I am still in shock at the results of two particular games: San Francisco at Minnesota, and Washington at Detroit.

 

Courtesy of: static.nfl.com

Courtesy of: static.nfl.com

I wasn’t surprised at the final outcome of the Vikings game because I expected them to win, it was more along the lines of how they accomplished the win that shocked me and probably most of the football world. Who would have thought that the Vikings with their experienced defensive line, and outstanding offence led by the one and only Brett Favre would be down by four with two minutes left. The game came down to one final play with twelve seconds left in the fourth quarter. Favre pulled a miracle out of dirt as he usually does, scrambling around the breaking pocket and heaving a throw as the defense clobbers him, left only to watch as the ball flies towards the end zone. The ball would find the most unlikely of spots in the back of the end zone, exactly where the leaping Greg Lewis was. The touchdown was signaled and for what its worth, it was probably the closest catch ever made in relation to the back of the end zone. I think that this might possibly be Favre’s greatest finish in years because of the sheer dimensions of what happened.

 

Matthew Stafford, Courtesy of: static.nfl.com

Matthew Stafford, Courtesy of: static.nfl.com

On the other hand we have the Detroit Lions, who have lost their last nineteen games, and were looking at their best chance to finally put up a win for the next five or six weeks. Rookie Matt Stafford took his opportunity and did exactly that: provide Detroit with a win. It finally happened and to me it shouldn’t have even had a chance. Campbell cost his team the game with a shaky performance which has been known to happen throughout his career as he threw yet another interception. The real key to this game was that Stafford went his first full game without throwing an interception. Welcome to the NFL Matthew Stafford! While that may sound like praise, I believe it is something that we should expect from NFL quarterbacks, especially first round picks.

As for upcoming games, I look for the Vikings to bounce back strong against  Green Bay on Monday Night, which OH BY THE WAY means Favre will finally get revenge against the Packers. I expect this to be a great game to watch, and we all know the Metrodome will be rocking, as it is a division rival game. As for the lions, look to get back on the losing streak as they start a tough next three games against the bears. Look for Stafford to struggle again as he faces a tough bears defense, and then the Steelers.

One final note, the new team with the longest losing streak is the St. Louis Rams. Who knows if they will be the last year’s lions? We will just have to wait and see.

Contact Information:
Matt Curry
WSOE Sports
mcurry3@elon.edu

SATURDAY: Phoenix Football Tailgate Show will air at 12:30PM

The Phoenix Football Tailgate Show will broadcast live at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.  We’ll be setting up outside southwest of Rudd Field, on the corner of Bank of America Drive and Phoenix Drive, if the weather permits us to.  If not, we’ll broadcast from the WSOE studio.

No matter what the weather brings, you can listen to the show on the:
Radio: 89.3 FM
Internet: On this website by clicking on the “Listen Live” page

The Elon Phoenix will host the Georgia Southern Eagles.  Kickoff will be at 1:30 p.m.

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

Elon Athletics Active for Family Weekend

By Craig Filazzola, WSOE Sports Director

This coming weekend will have four Elon home games in three sports. 

Families are more than welcomed to watch the following:

Friday – 7:00pm – Women’s Soccer – Wofford at Elon – Rudd Field
Saturday – 1:30pm – Football – Georgia Southern at Elon – Rhodes Stadium
Saturday – 7:30pm – Men’s Soccer – Georgia Southern at Elon – Rudd Field
Sunday – 2:00pm – Women’s Soccer – Furman at Elon – Rudd Field

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

TONIGHT: Volleyball Match on WSOE at 7PM

WSOE Sports will broadcast tonight’s volleyball match between the Elon Phoenix and the Norfolk State Spartans.  Pre-game coverage begins at 6:45 p.m. with the match tipping off at 7:00 p.m.

The match can be heard on the:

Radio – 89.3 FM
Internet – here by clicking on the “Listen Live” page

Elon will play host as the Phoenix continue their perfect season with a 10-0 record.  Norfolk State comes into The Nest with a record of 2-9.

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

Men’s Soccer: Elon shuts down Clemson 2-0

By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports

On a very rainy Wednesday night at Rhodes Stadium, Elon defeated the Clemson tigers 2-0. It was a rough game, with the first yellow card coming in the first two minutes. There were many early good scoring opportunities for both teams, but the goalies were holding off the offences and made some spectacular point blank stops. The Clemson defense would be tested for the rest of the half, and would allow two first half goals, the first with 18 minutes left off the foot of Chris Thomas, while the second, a strike from James Carroll.

The Elon Phoenix controlled possession in the second half, holding down their side of the field. It really seemed like the rain was a factor all game for both teams. Many sloppy passes and errors were made on the part of both teams, and Elon was able to capitalize in what seemed to be a chess match on both sides of the field. Elon really seemed to be clicking on all ends of their game plan as they completely controlled the second half, and gave little chance to the opposing team to get back into the game. Look for Elon to continue to play well in their next game and hopefully extend the two game winning streak.

Elon (2-2-1) will next travel to play East Tennessee State on Saturday, while the Clemson Tigers (0-4-1) will play Sunday at home against Virginia Tech.

Contact Information:
Matt Curry
WSOE Sports
mcurry3@elon.edu

WSOE to Broadcast Tonight’s Men’s Soccer Game

Listen to tonight’s men’s soccer game as the Elon Phoenix host the Clemson Tigers at 7 in Rhodes Stadium.  The game can be heard on the radio at 89.3 FM or here online by clicking on the “Listen Live” page.  Pre-game coverage begins at 6:55 p.m. on WSOE Sports 89.3 FM.

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

NFL: Brady’s return a dramatic one

By Matt Curry, WSOE Sports

What a way to kickoff Monday Night Football. Two division rivals in the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills. The main story was not the rivalry, but rather who was back to lead the Patriots: none other than Tom Brady.

Tom Brady wants to go for a two-point conversion after his go-ahead touchdown pass.  Courtesy of espn.com

Tom Brady wants to go for a two-point conversion after his go-ahead touchdown pass. Courtesy of espn.com

The iconic figure in the New England area missed most of last season with a torn knee ligament. This season he was ready to start with a bang, and for the first three quarters it looked like he was going to fall short of a win. Things, unknowingly to the bills were about to change very soon and very quickly.

In the final 2:06 of the fourth quarter, Brady threw two touchdowns to Ben Watson to take a 25-24 lead, which would turn out to be the final score. Of course, scoring twice in that short of a time is due largely to mistakes by the Bills special teams on the kickoff return in which Leodis McKelvin fumbled the ball deep in Bills territory. This gave the Patriots the chance they needed, and when a superstar like Tom Brady is put under the spotlight late, there is no doubt that he will seal the deal and win the game.

As for Brady’s stats, he went 39/53 with 378 yards. He threw two touchdowns and only one interception (the only mistake he really made all night). The last two drives of the game Brady went 12-14 with 112 of his yards. Clutch would be the understatement of the night, and this game just goes to show that with Tom Brady at the head of the New England offence, the game is never over till the clock hits zero.

The Patriots (1-0) will head down and play the division rival Jets (1-0) next week. It will be interesting to see if Sanchez can maintain pace with his QB counterpart, one of the best of all time: Tom Brady.

Contact Information:
Matt Curry
WSOE Sports
mcurry3@elon.edu

Weekly Shows Start Today

WSOE Sports will officially begin weekly shows today with Smacktalk Sports.

Here’s the schedule.

Sundays – 8:00-10:00pm – Smacktalk Sports

Tuesdays – 4:10-6:00pm – Sports Time

Thursdays – 4:15-5:00pm – 4th and 15

You listen to these shows every week on the radio at 89.3 FM or here online by clicking on the “Listen Live” page.

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

MLB: Derek Jeter Becomes Yankees All-Time Hits Leader

By Christian Binder, WSOE Sports

A standing ovation for Jeter. Courtesy of nydailynews.com

A standing ovation for Jeter. Courtesy of nydailynews.com

On a day when the city of New York felt a lot of pain, Derek Jeter gave the fans at Yankee Stadium something to cheer about. In the third inning of the Yankees’ game against the Baltimore Orioles, Derek Jeter passed Lou Gehrig as the all-time hits leader for the New York Yankees.

To put this in historical perspective, Lou Gehrig held the record for 70 years. The names that are behind Gehrig: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, Bernie Williams, Joe DiMaggio, Don Mattingly, and Yogi Berra – all players that are icons in Yankee lore. Now Derek Jeter stands above them all. Jeter got his first hit in May of 1995 against the Seattle Mariners. 15 years and four championships later, it seems like Jeter has it all. However, he has never won the MVP award and this year could very well be it for him. He is batting .331 with 17 home runs, 63 RBI, 97 runs, and 25 stolen bases. Plus, the Yankees currently have an 8.5-game lead in arguably the toughest division in baseball. Jeter is known for his devotion to his team and even if he doesn’t win the MVP this year, it won’t matter unless the Yankees win the World Series.

Here’s to Derek Jeter, one of the best players to ever play the game.

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

NFL: A Division-by-Division Look at the 2009-2010 Season, Part 8: NFC West

By Christian Binder, WSOE Sports 
 
 Arizona Cardinals (2008 Record: 9-7)
-Key Additions: RB Chris “Beanie” Wells, CB Bryant McFadden, FB Dan Kreider
-Key Losses: CB Rod Hood, RB Edgerrin James, DE/LB Travis Laboy, RB J.J. Arrington, LB Monty Beisel
 
Larry Fitzgerald, Courtesy of: zimbio.com

Larry Fitzgerald, Courtesy of: zimbio.com

The Cinderella story was nearly completed last year during the Cardinals’ improbable run to the Super Bowl. However, the Cardinals came just short of defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cardinals return this season with the same offense led by Kurt Warner and all-pro receivers Larry Fitzgerald and Anquan Boldin. Chris Wells should help in the running game, but he has already struggled with injuries in the preseason. On defense, the Cardinals lost several starters, but were able to retain LB Karlos Dansby, a key piece of last year’s defense. If Kurt Warner can stay healthy for all 16 games (something he has never done in consecutive seasons), the Cardinals will have a shot at winning their division again. However, the defense will need to improve greatly with the parts it has and that seems unlikely since Clancy Pendergast is no longer the defensive coordinator. Head coach Ken Whisenhunt took over the offensive play-calling duties after former offensive coordinator Todd Haley left to become the head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs. Look for the Cardinals to air it out this season to try to win high-scoring affairs.
 
San Francisco 49ers (2008 Record: 7-9)
-Key Additions: DE Demetric Evans, OT Marvel Smith, CB Dre Bly
-Key Losses: LB Tully Banta-Cain, QB J.T. O’Sullivan, CB Donald Strickland

Frank Gore

Frank Gore, Courtesy of: everyjoe.com

After a midseason coaching change last year, the 49ers began to show some heart. QB Shaun Hill stepped up as a real leader for the team and it looked like the 49ers might be making strides towards their former glory. However, there are still many holes on this team. The team addressed its need at wide receiver in the draft by selecting Michael Crabtree number ten overall, but he has held out all preseason and is unlikely to be signed at all. RB Frank Gore will most likely see a lot of action in both the passing and running game as he is the team’s most viable offensive weapon. The defense will also look to improve under the direction of head coach Mike Singletary, a hall-of-fame linebacker. If the 49ers can solve their problems on defense, they have a good chance to win some close games, but if not, they will wind up in the same place as they have in recent years – on the outside looking in.
 
Seattle Seahawks (2008 Record: 4-12)
-Key Additions: DT Colin Cole, LB Aaron Curry, WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh, CB Ken Lucas, RB Edgerrin James, S Lawyer Milloy
-Key Losses: WR Bobby Engram, RB Maurice Morris, DT Rocky Bernard, LB Julian Peterson, RB T.J. Duckett

T.J. Houshmandzadeh

T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Courtesy of: blog.oregonlive.com

 The Seahawks had a rough season last year largely due to injury. It seemed like almost everybody was getting hurt. Starting QB Matt Hasselbeck was out for a long time with a back injury and week to week, almost every running back on the roster had some injury. The Seahawks addressed the need at wide receiver by signing free agent T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who gives Matt Hasselbeck a legitimate number-one option at receiver. If WR Deion Branch can remain healthy, the Seahawks could have a very dangerous passing game, especially since TE John Carlson is poised for a breakout season. The defense got better with rookie Aaron Curry stepping in to fill the hole left by the departed Julian Peterson and defensive backs Ken Lucas and Lawyer Milloy shoring up what was a weak pass defense. The Seahwaks seem to be the darling team this year and could surprise many people.
St. Louis Rams (2008 Record: 2-14)
-Key Additions: QB Kyle Boller, OT Jason Smith, LB James Laurinaitas
-Key Losses: WR Torry Holt, OT Orlando Pace, LB Pisa Tinoisamoa\

Chris Long (left), Courtesy of: static.nfl.com

Chris Long (left), Courtesy of: static.nfl.com

 The Rams had a disastrous season last year and really have nowhere to go but up. However, that is easier said than done. New head coach Steve Spagnuolo will look to build up the defense like he did with the New York Giants, but he has to worry about how his team plays on both sides of the ball. RB Steven Jackson is solid, but he has yet to put up anything like the numbers he did in 2006. QB Marc Bulger will have to try to stay healthy for a full season, but that is unlikely since the offensive line is very shaky and he will likely take a lot of hits. The team is also without a number-one option at wide receiver since Torry Holt was released. The defense has a couple of stars on it and DE Chris Long will try to live up to the play of his father, but it could be quite some time before the Rams play a meaningful game.
 
Contact Information:
Christian Binder
WSOE Sports
cbinder@elon.edu