Cardinal End Poor Season on High Note, Thrash Terps 45-21

December 30, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard Stanford came into Tuesday’s Foster Farms Bowl as heavy favorites against the Maryland Terrapins. They left nothing to be desired after a dominant 45-21 win over the Terps, controlling both sides of the ball. The Cardinal held 35-7 lead early in the third quarter, and took their foot off the gas after that. They did so without Ty Montgomery, who was out with a…

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Ben Zobrist Missing Piece in Puzzle For Giants

December 26, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard According to Peter Gammons, many general managers around baseball believe the Giants will eventually acquire Rays’ utility man Ben Zobrist. The Rays are going into rebuilding mode after a disappointing seventy-seven win season, especially after dealing young outfielder Wil Myers to the Padres. They also dealt David Price to the Tigers mid-season last year, and have shown a willingness to trade major league talent…

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Stanford’s Offensive Game Plan Versus Maryland

December 22, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard Stanford comes into the Foster Farms Bowl on December 30th as heavy favorites over the Maryland Terrapins. They have finally found an offensive rhythm in the past two weeks, rolling to dominant wins over Cal and UCLA. Star receiver Ty Montgomery is questionable, but that hasn’t affected Stanford. How can the Cardinal maintain its offensive momentum against the Terps? First, Stanford must establish the running…

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Brian Sabean Quietly Having A Solid Offseason

December 19, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard Clearly, the Giants have not had the most flashy off-season. They missed out on re-signing Pablo Sandoval and picking up Yasmany Tomas and Jon Lester, while the Padres went out and acquired practically every outfielder on the market. However, standing relatively pat may not be the worst thing for the Giants. They have made three financially sound moves this winter, the first…

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Stanford’s Offense Is Better Without Ty Montgomery

December 17, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard To make it clear, Ty Montgomery is a great receiver, one of the best in Stanford history. I am not making light of his injury. However, Stanford’s offense is objectively better with the star player out of the lineup. After he left with an injury in the Big Game, Stanford romped to beat Cal, and subsequently UCLA. Their offense soared, keyed by…

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Scherzer, Plouffe Among Many Options for Giants After Lester’s Decision

December 10, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Follow Ben on Twitter @Ben___Leonard First, it was Pablo Sandoval. Then, it was Yasmany Tomas. Now, it is Jon Lester. The Giants may be fortunate to have lost out this time, as doling out a six-year deal to a thirty year old starter is a very risky proposition. Lester has logged a massive amount of innings over the years, and he has accumulated more wear-and-tear than your average…

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A Way Too Early Look at the Foster Farms Bowl

December 7, 2014

By: Ben Leonard Stanford was officially given a berth in the Foster Farms Bowl on Sunday, which has previously been dubbed the Emerald Bowl, the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl, and the Fight Hunger Bowl. It was held at AT&T Park for all of its previous existence, and now is being moved to Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara. The bowl will remain at the venue for at least the next six…

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Signing Nick Markakis Would Be a Mistake for the Giants

December 3, 2014

By: Ben Leonard The Giants, along with the Braves and the Blue Jays, are purportedly contenders for the services of veteran outfielder Nick Markakis. He had dinner on Monday night with top Braves’ officials, including manager Fredi Gonzalez. He grew up in Georgia, so the Braves may be a home-town choice for the outfielder. However, if the Giants truly have interest, they would likely be able to pay more for…

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Are the Warriors Actually Deep?

December 2, 2014

By: Niki Lonberg Follow Niki on Twitter: @nlonberg13 The Golden State Warriors have been nearly perfect through 16 games.  The current nine-game winning streak, the perfect 5-0 road trip, and the 14-2 record that has them second in the NBA to the 15-2 Memphis Grizzlies all speak for themselves. This time last year the Warriors were 9-7. So what’s changed?  New coach, new offense, new starting lineup, elevated play from Draymond…

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Did the A’s Lose Big With the Donaldson Trade?

December 2, 2014

By: Simon Westley On Friday, third baseman Josh Donaldson was traded away from Oakland for former Blue Jays’ third baseman Brett Lawrie and prospects Sean Nolin, Franklin Barreto, and Kendall Graveman. Donaldson has been one of the best players in baseball the past two seasons, placing 6th in the major leagues with 6.4 WAR (Fangraphs) in 2014 and only behind Mike Trout and Andrew McCutchen with 7.7 WAR the prior…

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