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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!

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.

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!

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Breaking Down the Mega Deal

Josh Beckett and Adrian Gonzalez wearing Dodger blue.

By Travis Vandenbrand

The Dodgers and the Red Sox caught a lot of people off guard last week with one of the biggest trades in recent memory. The Red Sox sent Adrian Gonzalez, Josh Beckett, Carl Crawford and Nick Punto to the Dodgers for James Loney, Ivan DeJesus Jr., Jerry Sands, Rubby De La Rosa, and Allen Webster.

Fresh under new ownership, the Dodgers have put the rest of the MLB on notice that they are serious contenders this year and beyond. The four players they Continue reading

Where it all went wrong…

By Ryan Karhut

Investors Group Field has been a focal point for much of the Bombers season.

With the much anticipated hype of the new stadium, management took some bad advice and assumed it would be done prior to the original completion date. Armed with the good news the Bombers requested the CFL to start them on the road for the first four games. Thus giving them time to ensure the new stadium would be ready to open for game five of the season….let’s start there.

With delays of the stadiums completion taking away from the team itself, the Continue reading

Why Paul LaPolice Was Fired

By Ryan Karhut

Paul LaPolice was fired Saturday but why?

The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced today that they have replaced Paul LaPolice as head coach of the team. The move came after a crushing defeat on a last second field goal by the class of the league, the BC Lions. The Bombers are 2-6 so the news shouldn’t be a shock. Yet somehow it is. Lets look a little deeper as to why that may be.

One year removed from winning the Eastern Division and losing in the Grey Cup to the same BC Lions, things seem to have taken a dramatic turn for the worse, or did they?

When we think about last years version of the Blue Bombers we think about an opportunistic defense, timely offense, and of course Swaggerville. We think Continue reading

The Buck Starts Here

By Ryan Karhut

A year removed from leading the Blue and Gold to the Grey Cup, Bomber Nation is calling for a change at quarterback…..I may not agree.

Joey Elliot led the lifeless Bombers to an improbably win last week against their division foes the Hamilton Tiger Cats. Not only that but he also passed for over 400 yards in the process, a rare feat by a Bomber QB.

Still my stance going forward is that Buck Pierce should be the starting QB as soon as his body allows him to be. Joey Elliot did a great job of executing the game plan (albeit a limited one) and giving the Bombers a chance to win on Friday. But the fact remains had the Tiger Cats not fumbled the ball 4 times (lost Continue reading