Santana Crowned

Written by Travis Vandenbrand

The new ace in KC.

Belive it or not, the Kansas City Royals are involved in the first official “splash” of the 2013 MLB offseason. The Los Angeles Angels sent Ervin Santana and his $13 milliona dollar price tag to the Royals for lefthanded reliever Brandon Sisk. Continue reading

Athletics Get Young

Written by Travis Vandenbrand

2012 World Series Champions – San Francisco Giants

First off, congratulations to the San Francisco Giants who, impressively, knocked off the Detroit Tigers who were considered by many to be the overwelming favourites in the 2012 World Series. Despite the brief World Series, the playoffs were exciting and temporarily filled the hockey void left in many Canadian sports fan’s lives. The entire 2012 season was extremely entertaining. The Orioles, Athletics, Nationals and Pirates have given hope to the other perennial cellar-dwellers like the Astros, Royals and Mariners. Speaking of lovable losers, it’s great to say that there has now been two triple crowns awarded since the Toronto Maple Leafs have last won the cup. It was amazing to watch the heroics and accomplishments of the first triple crown winner since 1967, Miguel Cabrera. It was a shame that his spectacular season came to an end by watching a Romo heater go right down the middle of the plate. Mike Trout was remarkable, Buster Posey’s comeback was improbable, R.A. Dickey’s knuckleball was un-hittable and the Yankees playoff’s were despicable. What else could you ask for in a successful MLB season/playoffs? Continue reading

Clipper Pull Off The Punt Punt!

In a playoff game this year the Kelvin Clippers Junior Varsity pulled off one of the greatest special teams plays of all time. With Canada’s unique rules they were allowed to receive a punt, then punt it back, and because they had players behind the punt (the second one) they were allowed by rule to recover it and score. And that’s just what they did!

Emotions in Playoffs (air date: October 12th, 2012)

The St. Louis Cardinals celebrate after defeating the Texas Rangers 6-2 to win the World Series in Game Seven of the MLB World Series at Busch Stadium.

This week on Athlete’s Angle the boys welcome Ron Hogue back to the show as they talk about the Ryder Cup. The Europeans staged a shocking upset on Sunday which lead to a Tiger Woods apology to the USA rookies. They boys will also talk about the emotions of playing in the playoffs and the effect they have on batters and pitchers. I think you will be surprised by our findings.

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Unwritten Rules In Sports (air date: September 28th, 2012)

Coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Greg Shiano is breaking unwritten rules in sports by instructing his players to go all out when other teams are taking a knee to kill the clock.

On this weeks show Jon and Ryan debate how great Buck Pierce’s return is for the Blue and Gold. They will dive into the world of “unwritten rules” in sports specifically Greg Shiano’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers response to opponents kneeing out the clock. Also the legend Ron Hogue will be joining the boys to talk about the Ryder Cup that is under way! Join us for all this and so much more this week on Athlete’s Angle.

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NHL Player Try To Win Over Fans

The NHL owners have locked out the players and the season is once again in doubt just like in 2004. This time around the players have decided to take a public approach with social media to help get fans on their side. At the end of the day the players have very little leverage. None of these owners are going broke with the NHL not playing. Most of these owners are billionaires despite being NHL owners. Hockey is not how they acquired their wealth and they still are bringing other dollars in through various other companies. The players on the other hand are getting paid until December 1st. Then most will have no further income until hockey gets back on the ice. It is in their best interest to get a deal done prior to Christmas. Either way we are starting to see each side make public appeals so they don’t look like the “bad guys” during this dark time in the NHL.

Here is the players plead to fans.

Goldeyes Going For It All (air date: September 14th, 2012)

On this weeks show Jon and Ryan will talk about the NHL’s collective bargaining agreement expiring on Saturday and what Jets fans can do about it. They will also talk Bison football as the Herd are off to a 2-0 start this year. As well as your Winnipeg Goldeyes are going for the American Associations Championship tonight in game three of the finals in Wichita. All this and so much more this week on Athlete’s Angle.

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NFC East Predictions

What is traditionally known as the toughest division to win in football is no different this year as the NFC East contains: the defending Superbowl champion, two talented teams who have many key players in their prime all at once, and a young quarterback who has the D.C. area waiting to see what highlights he canprovide.

The writers here at Athlete’s Angle have a good idea of how the division will play Continue reading

Bisons, Bombers, and Goldeyes (air date: September 7th, 2012)

Amos Ramon, seen here jumping clear of a sliding opponent, got the Goldeyes off to a great start in the post season with a 4-4 night at the plate that included a two-run home run and two doubles. The Goldeyes now lead the finals 2-0.

On this week’s show Jon and Ryan are joined by Winnipeg Goldeye’s third baseman Amos Ramon. The Goldeyes went on to sweep their rivals from Fargo 3-0 in playoff action.

We will also talk about the suddenly surging Manitoba Bison football team along with the free falling Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

It’s all local all the time on this week’s installment of Athlete’s Angle!

Performance Enhancing Drugs (air date: August 31st, 2012)

After 290 km in the winter bike race in Alaska, Lindsay had to withdraw due to severe frostbite.

On this weeks show Jon and Ryan are joined by Lindsay Gauld! The former endurance athlete was enshrined into the Sports Manitoba Hall of Fame in 1997 for his accomplishments in cycling, cross-country skiing and power skating. We will get some insight as to when he started to notice PED’s creeping into the sport of cycling. We will also get his thoughts on the Lance Armstrong story that has rocked the sports world in the past week.

The boys will also be talking about the big news in Bomber nation when on Saturday the Blue and Gold fired head coach Paul LaPolice.

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