October 22, 2014

Mizzou’s Ryan Rosburg, “If you’ve seen Hoosiers, it’s kinda like that,” describing practices under Anderson (Google Hangout)

Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III sat down with Missourinet to talk Tiger basketball (photo/Phil Kornblut)

Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III sat down with Missourinet to talk Tiger basketball (photo/Phil Kornblut)

It’s the men’s turn at SEC Basketball Media Days in Charlotte, NC.  Ryan Rosburg and Jonathan Williams III joined head coach Kim Anderson for the event earlier today.  The Tigers were picked right in the middle of the pack at 7th.

Kentucky was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference men’s basketball championship in voting by a select panel of both SEC and national media members.  The Wildcats, who are the overall preseason favorite for the 10th time since the 1998-99 season, tallied all 20 first-place votes.

No Tigers were picked to the preseason team, but I have no issues with that at all.  Keep the outside expectations low and fly under the SEC radar in the first season of Anderson and it will keep unnecessary outside pressure off.

Phil Kornblut sat down to chat with Rosburg and J3.

Listen to exclusive Missourinet audio on Mizzou hoops

The Phil joined me on a Google Hangout and we were discussing the Tigers, when he got kicked out of his prime seating location.  Enjoy the video!

Pingeton thinks senior Morgan Eye has a shot at setting NCAA three-point record. Mizzou picked 11th in the SEC preseason poll

Missouri Women's Basketball senior Morgan Eye during a basketball game in 2013.  (Photo courtesy/Mizzou Athletics)

Missouri Women’s Basketball senior Morgan Eye during a basketball game in 2013.
(Photo courtesy/Mizzou Athletics)

The Missouri Tigers are picked 11th in the SEC preseason poll, but will rely on senior Morgan Eye and her eye for the three point shot when it comes to raising expectations and wins.  The Tigers have back-to-back winning season and postseason appearances.

Eye, a senior from Montrose, Missouri, finished last season with 108 three pointers, sixth-most in the nation and her second consecutive year with more than 100.  She needs 103 this season to set the NCAA mark and Head Coach Robin Pingeton thinks she can get there.

“She’s had a tremendous offseason and over the course of the last four year’s she’s (Eye) got a much better understanding of change of speed on cuts and angles,” Pingeton told the SEC Network.  “Everybody knows she’s got a target on her back.  She’s got to come off a lot of screening action.  Her basketball I.Q. has led to being able to get so many different types of shots off.”

Eye is Mizzou’s all-time three-point leader at 283 and finished second in the nation averaging 3.48 three-point field goals per game.

South Carolina was predicted to win the 2015 Southeastern Conference women’s basketball championship in a voting of a select panel of both SEC and national media members.

SEC Preseason Poll

1. South Carolina (210)
2. Tennessee (191)
3. Texas A&M (179)
4. Kentucky (154)
5. Vanderbilt (150)
6. Georgia (132)
7. LSU (122)
8. Mississippi State (108)
9. Florida (96)
10. Auburn (83)
T11. Arkansas (77)
T11. Missouri (77)
13. Alabama (74)
14. Ole Miss (21)

Shields fell behind, Giants worked the count and a disappointing loss in Game One of the World Series

James Shields delivers a pitch to the Giants in Game One of the World Series. (photo/MLB)

James Shields delivers a pitch to the Giants in Game One of the World Series. (photo/MLB)

Baseball fans should be used to see this scenario from the San Francisco Giants.  After watching them dismantle St. Louis Cardinals pitching in a five game series, the National League champs are picking up right where they left off.  Royals top starter James Shields fell into hitter’s counts and the Giants struck early in a 7-1 final.

Shields got into a high pitch count and was done before he couldn’t finish the fourth inning because he was unable to spot pitches for strikes.  In five of the first seven batters that came up for the Giants in the first inning, Shields started them with off with a ball.

“It just wasn’t my night tonight,” Shields said.

Leadoff batter Gregor Blanco was up 2-1 in the count before eventually singling to center.  The second hitter Joe Panik flew out on a 1-0 pitch.  The heart of the order crushed Shields.

Buster Posey hit a 2-0 pitch to left.  After Pablo Sandoval took a pitch, he lined one into right field to score Blanco.  A great relay kept it a 1-0 score and Shields had the opportunity to escape with a small deficit, but again, fell behind 2-0 to Hunter Pence, who eventually homered deep to center on a 3-2 count.

With Sandoval on second with first base open, the Royals should have pitched around Pence who is hitting .444 in his last seven days.  Waiting on deck behind him was first baseman Brandon Belt, hitting just .182 in that same span.  The Royals elected to stick with the righty-righty matchup and it backfired.
With a man who carries the nickname “Big Game,” he certainly hasn’t delivered when it’s mattered most for this ball club.

“I was probably just overamped a little bit. I have to bear down and get the job done right there. That’s the bottom line. I didn’t get the job done tonight. Hopefully, I get another start.”

Shields got out of the next two innings, but in the fourth, more trouble. He had no choice but to face Pence and once again he fell behind 2-1 in the count and Pence doubled.  He went to third on a wild pitch and Shields walked Belt.  After another first pitch strike, Shields fell into a 2-1 hole and Michael Morse singled a run home to right field ending Shields’ night.

He went three plus innings and was charged with five runs.  The free agent to be, has not been impressive at all this postseason.  His start nearly derailed the Royals postseason in the Wild Card matchup against the A’s.  In four starts this playoff run, Shields is 1-1 having allowed 15 earned runs in 19 innings for a 7.10 ERA.

Sam vows to continue fighting for a spot on NFL roster after being dumped from Dallas’ practice squad

Michael Sam stretches during his first workout with the Cowboys.

Michael Sam stretches during his first workout with the Cowboys.

Searching for his third NFL team in less than three months, former Missouri Tiger and SEC Defensive Player of the Year, Michael Sam took to Twitter saying he will continue to fight to prove he can play in the NFL.  Sam sent out a series of tweets after the Dallas Cowboys cut Sam from their practice squad.

The Cowboys added linebacker Troy Davis who spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets before he was released in August.  In four games with the Jets last year, he had five tackles in four games before suffering a chest injury.

Sam is being replaced by a linebacker who went undrafted out of Central Florida, where he was a first-team All Conference USA selection.

Sam Tweets

Royals get set to host Game 1 of the World Series against the Giants tonight

The Royals celebrate their wild card win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

The Royals celebrate their wild card win over Oakland (photo/MLB)

The Kansas City Royals are back in the World Series for the first time in 29 years. If they want to nail down their first title since that 1985 season, though, they’ll have to get past a team in the San Francisco Giants who will be vying for their third World Series championship in five years.

Kansas City kicks off the 110th edition of the Fall Classic against the Giants starting on Tuesday at Kauffman Stadium.

A matchup nobody envisioned at the beginning of the playoffs, let alone the start of the season, the Royals and Giants become the first World Series matchup between wild card teams since the Los Angeles Angels beat San Francisco in 2002.

This also marks the first World Series in a non-shortened season to feature two teams with fewer than 90 wins in the regular season.

Kansas City’s run in October has been nothing short of spectacular, as it has become the first team in major league history to start its postseason with eight consecutive wins.

It didn’t look good for the Royals in their wild card game against the Oakland Athletics, as a curious pitching change by manager Ned Yost triggered a five- run inning for the A’s. Kansas City, though, started to show the resiliency that has been its trademark in these playoffs and rallied for a 9-8 win in 12 innings. [Read more...]