Tuesdays with Smitty: The Pickin’ Splinters Baseball Challenge

Just as college basketball is coming to an end – baseball is starting to kick into full gear. As far as I am concerned, April is the best month in sports. College basketball is close to annointing a king.. and queen, the Masters, NHL playoffs, NBA playoffs and more importantly – Major League Baseball is back. And with the start of the 2009 MLB season, Pickin’ Splinters is introducing the first ever ” Pickin’ Splinters Baseball Challenge”.

Tuesdays with Smitty: Making the case for Curt

While I was still reveling in the aftermath of Nazareth’s triumph in Troy, NY, the news out of Boston wasn’t as joyous. Curt Schilling officially announced on Monday through his blog 38Pitches.com, he was officially retiring from the game of baseball. With “zero regrets”, Schilling was walking away from the game. So the question remains – his bloody sock from 2004 is in the Hall of Fame – would he be joining it?

Tuesdays with Smitty: Special Edition

Tuesdays with Smitty: Special Edition

Back from Toronto, I thought it was a great opportunity to share some of the images Chas, D.J. and I have enjoyed at the World Baseball Classic. So while Chas and D.J. remain in Toronto for the rest of the tourney, here are some of the images that we took in at a great event. So enjoy…

Tuesdays with Smitty: Winners & Losers of NFL Free Agency

It is hard to believe March is here already. While it may have snuck up on us, it has certainly started off with a bang. First March has brought us a new release from the Irish rockers, U2 ( ‘No Line on the Horizon’). But March has also brought us the beginning of NFL Free Agency. I must admit, writing an article while listening to a brand new release is the way to go! Earlier this year it was Bruce Springsteen – this week – it is U2 reminding us why they remain a force to be reckoned with. I must admit ‘Moment of Surrender’ has been the first song to grab me – but many of the other songs are quickly moving up the board.

Tuesdays with Smitty: A recruiting trip like no other.

It was Saturday night – Valentine’s Day – one of the “quieter” nights of the year if you are single. Well I was home hanging with the loyal cat – Beckett, enjoying a bottle of Francis Coppola 2006 Black Label Claret, when the doorbell rang. I opened the door and it was Shoeless Joe Jackson. THE Shoeless Joe Jackson was at my door. Of course I had to rub my eyes and do a double take. But that is when former White Sox great spoke up:

Tuesdays with Smitty: Odds and Ends

We are officially done with football until April, Pitcher and Catchers are starting to report to Spring Training – and I really didn’t have a topic for this weekend. So I decided to see if I could conjure up some discussion on the board and throw out observations on some recent topics in sports. Here we go:

Tuesdays with Smitty: Kurt Warner

After another crazy day at work, I finally had a chance to surf the web and look for interesting stories. Manny turned down another offer that is leaving most Americans shaking their heads. Andrew Bynum is out 8-12 weeks, Barry apparently tested positive – 5 years later and Kurt Warner is considering retirement. Let’s stop on that last topic – Kurt Warner possibly retiring. After a thrilling Super Bowl game in which Warner was spectacular (except for one pass), the QB is thinking about riding off into the sunset and calling it a career. Which automatically brings up the next question – Is Kurt Warner a Hall of Fame candidate? If Warner does decide to call it a career, this topic will surely be debated for the next couple of months by reporters. As concerned sports fans, I believe it is our responsibility to help out the Nickelback-loving reporters and decide if Kurt Warner is in fact Hall of Fame material. Let’s take a look..

Tuesday with Smitty: Super Bowl XLIII

Like you didn’t see this coming – please. After 17 weeks of the regular season and 3 weeks of playoff football, we arrive to our destination – Tampa, FL – site of Super Bowl XLIII. So as I sit here getting my first listen to Bruce Springsteen’s new album..er CD, “Working on a Dream”, I am going to make an attempt to break down the final game and see what prediction we have at the end. So as Outlaw Pete is blasting through the speakers, let’s get this thing started:

Tuesdays with Smitty: Dear Bobby…..

First let me apologize for not writing this sooner – in fact I have been meaning to write this to you since April 26, 2008 when the Atlanta Falcons took me with the #3 pick in the draft. I wanted to ask you what you thought about Atlanta and why you left so quickly in 2007. Dude, what happened? I kinda wanted to ask why you left after 13 games in the 2007 season and didn’t even finished the whole season – but I am a little afraid of the answer. Was it the Michael Vick fiasco? Did you miss college football so much?

Tuesdays with Smitty: Conference Championship Weekend

Similar to the dropping temperature in Rochester, NY – teams left in the NFL playoffs are slowly dwindling to a mere four. While most teams are beginning to plan for the proverbial “next” season (including the annual pillage of the Patriots coaching staff and front office), this Sunday results will determine who respresents each respective conference in Super Bowl XLIII. One game features a battle of 2 of the best defenses currently in the NFL, while the other showcases 2 teams that most people nearly wrote off about 6 or 7 weeks ago. Let’s break down both games: