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Monday, April 25, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 4/24/2016

It was a busy sports week with NHL and NBA playoff first round action and Major League Baseball hitting its regular season stride.  It's baseball we turn to, because we've already had a pitcher do what nobody else has done this year.  Even though he did it last year.  And will probably do it again this year because he's that good.  Chicago Cubs ace and reigning National League Cy Young Award winner Jake Arrieta pitched a brilliant nine inning shutout against the Cincinnati Reds allowing no hits.  In the business, that's called a no-hitter.  He did the same last year against the Dodgers (only 13 teams left in the NL he hasn't no hit.  In three of his four trips to the hill this year, he's allowed no runs.  He hasn't lost a game since July 25, 2015, and hasn't allowed more than 3 runs in a game since June 16 of last year.  Model of consistency, and a well deserved second nod as Sportsman of the Week!

Monday, April 18, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 4/17/2016

What a finale.  To end a legendary 20-year career.  Despite being completely out of the playoffs, the sports news this week was Kobe Bryant.  After a year-long farewell tour, in which he was fortunate to avoid major injury, Bryant took the floor for one last time on Wednesday April 13 against the Utah Jazz.  And did not disappoint his fans at Staples Center, including celebrities, former teammates, and millions of viewers at home.  In 42 minutes (5 more than he played in any game this year), Bryant netted an amazing 60 points, most of any player in the entire season.  Most importantly, from 5:41 left in the fourth to 30 seconds left in the 4th, Bryant poured in 17 points, the entire total his team scored.  His first bucket cut the lead to 3.  His last put the Lakers up by 3.  Final, 101-96.  Fin.

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Sportsmen of the Week Ending 4/10/2016

For the SECOND time in Blog history, we are going to have TWO Sportsmen of the Week.  The first was on 1/5/2014 where I just couldn't decide.  This decision was even worse.  An historic start to a major league baseball season versus a first time major winner who defied all odds to beat what many thought was a foregone conclusion of a winner.


We'll start with the most improbable hero of the first week of the Major League Baseball season.  Colorado Rockies shortstop Trevor Story was a virtual unknown on opening day, but has most resembled Babe Ruth incarnate.  To the tune of SEVEN home runs in his first six career games (yes, that's a record).  To go with 12 RBI, and before you think it's all Coors Field, 4 of the 7 HR were on the road.  He just won't stop, and could not be denied a piece of the Sportsman of the Week.


Turning over to The Masters, one of the greatest sporting events in America, it was a Britain that surprised.  England's Danny Willett leaped from obscurity to torch the back nine (at the same time fan favorite Jordan Spieth was collapsing).  Willett shot a 67 on the final round, the second best round of the tournament (to Spieth's 66 on Thursday).  Talk about clutch.  Bogey-free Sunday, and -3 in the last six holes, that's how you win majors.  And a major winner is Willett.


Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 4/4/2016*

There's a seldom exercised rule in determining the Sportsman of the Week that if you made a clutch play that will go down in the annals of history of your sport, you probably get the nod.  Villanova's Kris Jenkins gets the nod.  In what some are calling the best NCAA Finals game in history (okay, media, slow your roll), Kris Jenkins made the world stop and realize they just saw greatness.  After North Carolina's Marcus Paige made what can only be called a circus shot (double clutch from the hip) three pointer with 4.7 seconds to tie the game at 74, Villanova calmly moved the ball down the floor and Jenkins was ready to etch his name in history.  The Junior knocked down the 3-pointer with a release at 0.5 seconds, the bottom of the net with the red light on.  Villanova 77, North Carolina 74.  It should be noted, he was a great player all weekend, with 32 points (12-21 from the floor) and 10 boards in the Final Four in Houston.  Foul trouble limited him to just 21 minutes in the final game.  But it was the Jenkins dagger that will forever be remembered.  And he is immortalized as the Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week*!

* Sportsman of the week usually ends on Sunday, this week, we include Monday

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/27/2016

Another thrilling weekend of college basketball, and another hero emerges on a favored team.  Brice Johnson of the North Carolina Tar Heels came through time and time again to push his number one seeded team to the Final Four in Houston.  The only number one seed to make it.  Johnson scored 45 points and 22 rebounds in just under 70 minutes of action in defeats of surprising Indiana and gritty Notre Dame.  An efficient he was, at 15-26 from the field, and 15-17 from the line.  He also swatted away four shots from the opponents.  If Carolina is to cut down the nets once again, they'll need our Sportsman of the Week on top of his game this weekend in Houston

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/20/2016

March was indeed mad the first weekend of the NCAA Basketball tournament, but one thing you can count on is a Naismith Award finalist to lead his highly seeded team through to victory.  Buddy Hield ensured that his Oklahoma Sooners bracket wasn't busted as he led his team to the Sweet 16.  In the process, he poured in 63 points (31.5 PPG, tops in the tournament) while snagging an impressive 12 rebounds.  His 36 against VCU were all needed as the Sooners squeaked by with a 4 point win.  And he was an effective shooter, knocking in 56% of his shots from the field, with 9 3-pointers in 20 shots, putting a dagger in California State Bakersfield and Virginia Commonweath's upset hopes.  And don't bother fouling him, as he was 84% from the line in 19 shots.  Hield looks to continue to lead the capable Sooners onward to the Final Four in Houston, and is our Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/13/2016

March Madness has descended upon the nation, and the national top seed Kansas Jayhawks have been an unstoppable force.  The last time the Jayhawks lost?  January 25 in a Big Monday meltdown against Iowa State in Ames.  Led by our Sportsman of the week Perry Ellis, the Jayhawks have marched through the toughest conference in America to win the regular season by 2 games, then conference tournament with a double digit victory.  The senior forward pumped in 20 points per game in the conference tournament (besting his season average of 17 points), while snatching 15 rebounds, 2 steals, and 2 blocks in the sweep of Big 12 also rans.  Senior leadership is a big reason teams win the tournament, and Perry Ellis brings that and more as our Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 3/6/2016

The Masters is arriving soon, and we may have an early 2016 favorite to take the Green Jacket.  Adam Scott of Australia seems to be in top form by winning the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship in Miami, Florida, this week, to go with his win at the Honda Classic at Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, the week before.  Both were well attended by PGA elite and each was won by one stroke.  Noting that Scott was one of those who used to use an anchor putter that is now banned, he seems to have no issues taking the money club in his hand and winning.  Twice before the second weekend in March, he looks to get his second Green Jacket after his first in 2013.  Good enough to win Sportsman of the Week!

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/28/2016

The Sportsman of the Week this week is leading his Golden State Warriors to be perhaps the Team of the Century, if not best team in history (as they assault the Chicago Bulls record of 72 wins in a single season).  Despite doubters and critics (that include former NBA legends), All-world Stephen Curry simply cannot be stopped.  The reigning MVP averaged 44 points per game over a 4-game winning streak.  More impressive, he's averaging over a point per minute played; he was on the bench at least 12 minutes of all four games, a full quarter.  Further, in the epic OT win on Saturday night against the rival Oklahoma City Thunder, he broke his own single season record for 3-pointers in a season (288 and counting), became the first player ever to have back-to-back games of 10 3-pointers or more (10 and 12), and tied for most 3-pointers in a game (12).  During the week, he also broke the record of consecutive games with a 3-pointer (129).  And yes, he ended the game with what to most people would be a miracle 3-pointer, but frankly was just within his range at 37 feet.  You cannot deny he is the best player in the game, and certainly our Sportsman of the Week!

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 2/21/2016

The Great American Race had a fantastic finish and we had a deserving first time winner take the checkered flag.  Denny Hamlin emerged from the 11 position to lead the Daytona 500 for 95 of 200 laps but had to scrap in the last few seconds to edge his Toyota teammate Martin Truex Jr. by 0.01 seconds, the closest finish in Daytona history.  Driving the #11 FedEx Express car for Joe Gibbs Racing, Hamlin also won the Sprint Unlimited race two weeks ago, perhaps positioning himself to be on the short list for the Sprint Cup Championship after finishing Top 10 in 2015.  There is no better way to start the season winning the sport's biggest race, and that's why Denny Hamlin is our Longhorndave Sportsman of the Week!