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I'm from Houston, a graduate of the University of Texas, a fan of the Houston Astros and Houston Texans. But this blog will be about the "greater sports", whatever that means.

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Monday, May 23, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 5/22/2016

In an extremely busy sports week of NHL and NBA playoffs along with MLB performances and other spring sports, we go back to the ponies.  A year after the first Triple Crown winner in nearly 40 years, fans were salivating over a back-to-back Triple Crown performance from Nyquist, who was perfect in his 8 career starts.  But it was not to be, thanks to an outstanding ride by jockey Kent Desormeaux on Exaggerator in the sloppy track Preakness Stakes.  With Nyquist going off as a better than 50/50 prop, quietly Kent and his brother trainer of Exaggerator Keith Desormeaux had confidence.  Part of it in that Nyquist hadn't had to bounce back in two weeks.  Another part the impressive win by Exaggerator in muddy conditions in the Santa Anita Stakes.  At the end, Desormeaux rode a perfect race.  Desormeaux stayed off an unrealistic, blistering pace set by Uncle Lino that some question why Nyquist kept up with.  In the end, Exaggerator, the Kentucky Derby runner up, had way more gas down the stretch.  Dusting Nyquist and Cherry Wine (who actually Placed vs. Nyquist's Show).  It takes a great jockey to beat a great horse, and Desormeaux did that.  He's our Sportsman of the Week!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 5/15/2016

Pitching performances have been top notch so far this year with Chris Sale already at 8 wins, a no-hitter by Jake Arrieta, and now something even more rare than a perfect game.  A 20 strikeout game.  Max Scherzer was downright filthy in striking out 20 Detroit Tigers, that being his former team.  Two solo home runs made the 3-2 tilt close.  Victor Martinez is the only player not to strike out, accounting for 4 of the 13 at bats that did not result in a K.  The Washington Nationals high price ace joins Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood, and Randy Johnson in the exclusive club.  It's his second nod as Sportsman of the Week (his second nod)!

Monday, May 9, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 5/8/2016

This blog loves the wide world of sports and the Kentucky Derby is on top of the list of favorite sports events.  The 142nd edition did not disappoint.  Okay, maybe it did a little bit as bettors never like when the favorite wins.  But when they do it in impressive fashion that is fun to watch.  Ridden by Mario Gutierrez, Nyquist easily outpaced the field for his 8th win in 8 starts.  Gutierrez rode brilliantly, stalking the known pace setter in Danzing Candy, taking an efficient path around the turns, then lightly pressing the horse down the stretch without needing to panic.  It was his second time to win the Derby (in two starts) from the 13th position or wider with the same strategy.  The native of Mexico will go for the second leg of the triple crown in Baltimore in two weeks, but he is our Sportsman of the Week!

Gutierrez also sets a record for longest duration between Sportsman of the Week nods at 207 weeks.

Friday, May 6, 2016

Sportsman of the Week Ending 5/1/2016

Another busy sports week with a number of huge playoff games in the NBA.  One team took control of an injury-laden Los Angeles Clippers and surged to the second round despite not having home field.  Led by Damian Lillard, the Portland Trailblazers won four straight games to move on an face the World Champion Golden State Warriors.  After losing high profile free agent LaMarcus Aldridge and a number of other key pieces from last year, Lillard stepped up his game.  In the final three contests against the Blazers, Lillard netted 62 points to lead the way.  In the opener against the Warriors, he scored 30 points in a losing effort.  Most impressive he was behind the line, going 15-35 for the four games during the week.  Lillard may have been snubbed for the All-Star team, but he's our Sportsman of the Week!

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!