Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Reds Final Roster

With opening day right around the corner, I'll take a stab at what I think the final 25 man roster breaking camp will be:
C - Ramon Hernandez
Ryan Hannigan
1B - Joey Votto
2B - Brandon Phillips
SS - Orlando Cabrera
3B - Scott Rolen
INF - Aaron Miles
Paul Janish
LF - Johnny Gomes
CF - Drew Stubbs
RF - Jay Bruce
OF - Chris Dickerson
Wladimir Balentien
SP - Aaron Harang
Bronson Arroyo
Johnny Cueto
Homer Bailey
Travis Wood
RP - Francisco Cordero
Nick Masset
Jared Burton
Dannny Ray Herrera
Arthur Rhodes
Mike Lincoln
Logan Ondrusek
The only real question marks remain at the fifth starter with Chapman and Leake still in the mix, and whether to carry another infielder/outfielder over that 12th pitcher.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

It's Madness!

As with most of the other 4.8 million brackets created for ESPN's Tournament Challenge, mine are all in shambles. However, there have been a few moments in this tournament that have made for a warm, fuzzy feeling. Obviously, it felt great to see Purdue win a tournament game without Robbie Hummel. If you listened to the experts, announcers, columnists, fans from every other school, or general public it may have seemed to you that the Boilers stood about as much chance of beating Siena as I have of playing professional baseball (hint: I'm blind in one eye, so my chances are less than zero). It was quite apparent to Boiler fans how significant this injury would be, but the Purdue faithful refused to give up hope. To me, this looks like a Sweet 16 team, which is not bad for a team that's season went down the toilets with the loss of one player, according to everybody and their brother.

I enjoy a good upset here and there, and of course I picked a few in my brackets just to feel like I was living on the edge. I had Murray State over Vandy in a few, ODU over Notre Dame in a few, and Washington over Marquette in a few. However, in twelve brackets I did not think twice about picking Georgetown. The Hoyas, as we all know, fell flat on their faces against a hot shooting Ohio team, and as they fall they took everybody's bracket with them, leaving us with a pile of crumbled up paper rendered meaningless and overly hyped basketball players... also rendered meaningless. That, in a nutshell, is the beauty of March Madness.