iPhone Sports "App of the Day"

>> Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Official BIG EAST Basketball Championship App

March Madness is upon us!

Stay up to date with the BIG EAST Basketball Championships with LIVE STATS, LIVE AUDIO, NEWS, SCHEDULE, RESULTS, VIDEO and TWEETS.

On the road or at home, you will be able to listen live as the games are being played. Be sure to check out the live stats while listening to the game as well!

With this application you also get instant access to post game video from all the games, tournament schedules and of course all of the headlines. Click on any headline to load the full story right into the application to read more. Click on any video to watch right there on your iPhone or iPod touch without ever having to leave the application.

With this simple to use and slick interface, follow all that's happening in the men's and women's BIG EAST basketball tournament.


2010 MLB Season Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies seem poised to do something that has not been done by a National League team since the 1940’s, and that is, make three consecutive trips to the World Series. This team probably has the best lineup in all baseball, and adding Roy Halladay to the starting rotation certainly makes them a whole lot better. They should easily win their division, and threaten the 100 win plateau, as for the World Series; well the smart money isn’t betting against them.

The only real concern here is how will the bullpen do? In 2009 the Phillies bullpen had an ERA of 3.91 which was 9th among the 16 National League teams. The simple fact here is closer Brad Lidge must perform better. Lidge was virtually unhitable in 2008, but struggled through the 2009 regular season. He did convert all 2009 post season saves, so maybe he is back on the right track. He has new guys to help him close out games in Danys Baez, and Jose Contreras.

While this is a solid club from top to bottom, we have to wonder which Cole Hammels will show up in 2010. Cole had some arm soreness heading in to the 2009 campaign, and hitters took advantage. Cole should be ok, and having Halladay will take some pressure off him.

The only other concern here is how recently resigned Placido Polanco will fare in his switch to third base. Having him in the lineup behind Jimmy Rollins will surely be beneficial, but moving from second to third is hardly an easy move to make. Polanco has not played more than 25 games at the hot corner since 2002. If Polanco inherits the second position in the lineup it could hurt Shane Victorino somewhat. Having Polanco at second takes some of Shane’s speed away, but may give Polanco a look at a lot more high quality pitches.

Here's what I think the lineup may look like:

1. SS Jimmy Rollins
2. 3B Placido Polanco
3. 2B Chase Utley
4. 1B Ryan Howard
5. RF Jayson Werth
6. LF Raul Ibanez
7. CF Shane Victorino
8. C Carlos Ruiz

SP: Roy Halladay
SP: Cole Hamels
SP: Joe Blanton
SP: J.A. Happ
SP: Jamie Moyer

CP: Brad Lidge

On Deck:  New York Mets


Championship Week--What 2 Watch 4--Wednesday Edition...

Last night may have been the most boring night of championship week I can remember in a long while....The SunBelt provided us with a decent game and Seton Hall and Providence put on a show, but we're still lacking the down to the wire action that we're used to with the mid-majors.

Tonight we have the Big Sky & Northeast tournaments punching their ticket to the dance, but most of us will be watching the second round of the Big East tournament for our entertainment pleasures. Seton Hall and Notre Dame could ultimately be an at-large bid, and may be the best game of the night. Tune into ESPN at 7:00pm for that game, but onto the championship games.

Big Sky

Many expected to see Weber State battling Northern Colorado for the Big Sky championship tonight, but the Grizzles from Montana knocked off UNC last night and will play the Harold Arceneaux's of Weber State for a tourney bid tonight. Weber State, the regular season champion, split the regular season with Montana, but lost by 14 on the Grizzles home floor. However, Weber State has been the best team in the conference all season, and The PMB expects them to continue that trend tonight with a victory.


The battle for a sixteen seed will take place tonight between Quinnipac and Robert Morris. The Bobcats and Colonials both finished 15-3 in the regular season in possibly the worst conference in college basketball and are destined for a 40 point beatdown when they reach the NCAA tournament, but that doesn't take away the accomplishment of reaching the NCAA tournament for these programs. Honestly, I haven't seen a single game featuring either of these teams this season, but I did catch myself watching Bryant University on FSN up in Wheeling, WV earlier this year, and that is the worst D-1 team I have ever seen. Many lower division schools can compete with the programs that call this conference home, and don't expect overwhelming skillsets on the floor. We'll take the home team, Qunnipac by 7 tonight.


Olbermann Destroys Bill Simmons...

Many of us within the sports community like to follow the tweets of Mr. Bill Simmons. Simmons is known for his 35,000 word essays around the sports world that take an acquired taste to love. I, for example, love his work and understand his sense of humor, but apparently he has rubbed KO the wrong way.

Olbermann and Simmons have developed an ongoing feud that has reached a crescendo, and I must say, Olbermann wins the verbal spout in a landslide.

All I gotta say is, OUCH.

Things are not looking good for the Cover Boy of ESPN.com's Page 2.


Notre Dame, It's Time to Realize...

That you're no longer one of the upper echelon programs in the country. Sure, you have the tradition, the facilities and the fan base, but you lack one integral part of the elite programs, TALENT. Colin Cowherd said it best today, "You look in the mirror and see Florida, but you should be looking in the mirror and seeing Purdue."

You can scream to the masses that you deserve being an independent because of your lucrative contract with NBC, that only you possess, but do you not realize that every team in the country is on TV several times a year? Hell, SMU was on TV a couple of times this season!

Quit avoiding the inevitable, Notre Dame. Join the Big Ten. Play a normal schedule, that doesn't include Army, Navy, Air Force and the Armed Forces for the mentally challenged!

Drop the superiority angle. You haven't won anything of substance since Lou Holtz was spitting all over 18 year olds back in 1992.

The only thing you've provided us with over the last decade was the enjoyment of this man..

Charlie Weis and his FUPA was keeping ND football afloat, but without his extreme fatness roaming the sidelines, you now lack anything in the form of entertainment.

When you reach that level of boredom...there is only one place you belong Notre Dame fans...

A member of the Big Ten Football fraternity!

So, take the meteoric leap into the most mediocre conference in football. Listen to Happy Gilmore and...


Thomas Jones Finds a Home..

Thomas Jones, one of the most under-appreciated running backs in the NFL, has found a new home. The Kansas City Chief's have signed the Big Stone Gap, VA native to a two year deal and automatically provides a veteran presence within their locker room.

Jones lead the resurgent Jets with 1401 yards rushing and tallying 14 touchdowns.

While many may question Jones' age, he lacks the miles than LT, a running back of similar age, and still has a few productive years left in his legs.