Tampa Tops DII Rankings for Tenth Weeks in a Row

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Tampa Spartans

Tampa (39-2) contines to roll oppostion with another perfect week capped by a sweep of Eckerd. UT will face what could be their two toughest competitors of the season the next two weeks, with a series with Nova Southeastern this weekend.

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Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (35-6) have a vice like grip on the second spot in the rankings after sweeping Georgia College. It was LU’s second series win over a top ten in a row. Lander has Stillman and North Alabama this week.

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Minnesota State Mavericks

The Mavs (28-7) offense failed to showup during a one run loss to Mary, but then erupted and scored double-digit runs in five games and outscored opposition 73-9. Bemidji State is next up for MSU.

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West Florida Argonauts

The Argos (28-5) stay in the top five with a sweep of Shorter. UWF will ready for their big showdown with Delta State with a series against West Alabama this week.

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Chico State Wildcats

Chico State (30-7) swept Cal State Dominguez Hills and is on a collision course to meet up with Cal Poly Pomoma in two weeks. This week the Wildcats will ready with a series with Cal State San Benardino. Continue reading

My Top 5 Baseball Movies

It has been a great week in Hollywood. I’m not talking about the new movies coming out in theatres either. I’m talking about the great anniversary parties that were probably thrown in southern California to celebrate two of my favorite movies of all time: The Sandlot and Major League. 

Twenty-five years ago this week Jake Taylor took a group of misfits and made them into contenders. Twenty years ago the new kid on the block, Scott Smalls, got his friends into “the biggest pickle any of them would ever be in.”

The anniversary of these great movies got me thinking about my favorite baseball movies of all time. Without further ado, here is my list of top five baseball movies according to a self-proclaimed movie critique: Scott Sanderson.

#5. Moneyball

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Brad Pitt in Moneyball

I had a tough time cutting this list down to five considering all the great movies that have been made about America’s past time. Coming in at number five is Brad Pitt’s Moneyball. I know what some of you may be thinking, it’s hard to make a movie about being champions when the team in the movie doesn’t, and hasn’t since, reached their ultimate goal of playing in the last game of the season.

It was also hard to put a movie in the top five that fails to mention the Cy Young candidates they had on the team including Tim Hudson, Mark Mulder, and Barry Zito. The truth is this movie opened the door to a new philosophy of baseball that became a lot more noticeable to the public than the book it was written about. Continue reading

The Lost Florida Southern Mocs Preseason Preview

At the beginning of the season I had prepared a write-up for Florida Southern for inclusion in the DII preseason rankings. I really felt that FSC would rebound and put together a big season; however, considering how dismal the Moc’s 2013 season was I scratched them from the list. I thought I must have been crazy and would lose credibility for such a prediction. Guess I was wrong, or right… But with a great record and a sweep of NSU last weekend it appears that FSC is definitely back and ready to compete, not just regionally, but nationally as well.

FLORIDA SOUTHERN MOCS (18-28)
Unquestionably the 2013 Florida Southern baseball schedule didn’t go quite as anticipated. The traditionally talented team struggled to earn wins and finished with their first losing season since 1959.  Nevertheless the Mocs’ uncharacteristic collapse should be short lived.  The roster was a bit barren to start the season and Head Coach Joe Niekro was in his first year at the helm of the program. Now with a year of experience both on the diamond and in the dugout the Mocs should be ready to once again compete for conference and national titles. Continue reading

Tampa Has Figure-Four Leglock on Top of Latest Wrestlemania Themed DII Rankings

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Tampa Spartans
Tampa (35-2) swept three games from Palm Beach Atlantic. At this point a Spartan loss would be just a unbelievable as Brock Lesnar breaking the Undertaker’s Wrestlemania win streak.
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Lander Bearcats
The Bearcats (31-6) split a pair of games early in the week in anticipation of their showdown with rival USC Aiken. The Bearcats won the series after getting the Pacers to tap out to Patrick Grady’s infamous Yes!-Lock submission hold.
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Minnesota State Mavericks
The Mavs (23-6) split a four games series with Augustana. Just when it looked like the Vikings may earn the upset series win, the Mavs won when Jason Hoppe distracted the umps so Matt Geisliner could deliver a power bomb for the win.
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West Florida Argonauts
The Argos (25-5) had their series with Henderson State canceled after West Florida coach Phillip Ebert ate all the baseballs akin to George the Animal Steele feasting on turnbuckles.
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Southern Arkansas Muleriders
The Muleriders (29-10) had an impressive win over LSU-Sherveport but lost a series to East Central as the Tigers were able to deliver a pair of Stone Cold Stunners to the SAU offense. Continue reading

DI Baseball – Who’s Hot and Who’s Not


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According to @ScoreCzar and his scary accurate computer rankings

ScoreCzar.org is an independent computer ranking site that utilizes a
mathematic formula to determine each team’s Overall Power Rating (OPR). The formula employed by ScoreCzar compares Runs Scored to Runs Allowed and factors in Strength of Schedule. The formula accurately predicted seven of the eight teams that landed in Omaha in 2013.

For more info, check out http://www.scoreczar.org/

Who’s Hot
1 Michigan State
2 Kent State
3 Northeastern
4 Middle Tennessee
5 Sacramento State Continue reading

DII Baseball Rankings – Top Eight Remain Same in Week of Few Upsets

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Tampa Spartans

Tampa (32-2) lost a game but not the series as they took two of three from long time nemesis Florida Southern. The Spartans still look as impressive as a 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California (less than a hundred were made) and will look to stay on top with some wins over Florida Tech this week.

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Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (28-4) split a pair of games at Georgia Southwestern with the finale to be played Monday. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids and dweebies are all excited for LU’s upcoming showdown at USC Aiken. They think its a righteous series.

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Minnesota State Mavericks

My best friend’s sister’s boyfriend’s brother’s girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who’s going with the girl who saw the Mavs (17-4) take first two in their series with Minnesota Duluth with another pair of games to be played Monday. MSU plays Upper Iowa on the road and will tangle with an upset minded Augustana club next weekend.

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West Florida Argonauts

The Argos (25-5) pitchers are very protective of their very cute 2.32 team ERA and don’t want it violated or killed. Hence in their sweep of Lee they only allowed a single run in three games. UWF hosts Henderson State this week.

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Southern Arkansas Muleriders

The Muleriders (27-8) offense stalled against Southeastern Oklahoma State, but the pitching stepped up to lead SAU to wins in two of three. After seeing priceless works of art and eating pancreas, SAU will host LSU Shreveport and visit East Central this week. Continue reading

Characteristics of Winning Teams

I have been fortunate in my career, both as a player and a coach, to be on a few teams that have achieved a high level of success: regular season and conference tournaments titles, NCAA Regional appearances in Division I and II and multiple wins on both levels.  I have also been on a couple teams that have been below .500 and not qualified for the post-season tournament.  The winning teams, the ones who achieve something of note and occasionally something extraordinary, have a few characteristics in common which I believe contribute to the positive nature of their accomplishments.  Conversely, I believe the antithesis of these characteristics will tear the fabric of a squad and make it difficult to achieve any team oriented goal.

1.) DISAGREEMENTS AND CRITICISMS ARE DEALT WITH IN THE OPEN AND HANDLED ON A PERSON TO PERSON BASIS – Conflict is all around us on a daily basis and nearly impossible to avoid.  The manner in which the conflict is ultimately resolved is where the difference lies.  If individuals approach the person with which they have an issue and rationally and respectfully discuss the situation with adherence to the doctrines of mutual respect and empathy, instances of interpersonal conflict are largely diffused amicably.  Never underestimate  and  power of a sincere and heartfelt apology.  Continue reading

Same Song Different Verse, Tampa Spartans Remain in First

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Tampa Spartans

Tampa (23-1) ran its winning streak to sixteen games after a sweep of Rollins. With two one-run wins and a pair of extra inning victories over the past two weeks UT has shown they are vulnerable but also very, very good. Spartans host Franklin Pierce midweek and Barry this weekend.

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Lander Bearcats

The Bearcats (23-3) beat Newberry and swept Georgia Regents to slip into the second spot on the rankings. LU has it’s biggest series of the season to-date as they play at Montevallo this week.

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Minnesota State Mavericks

The Mavs (12-3) concluded their Florida trip with a wins over GVSU, SJC and Alderson Broaddus but it also included a shutout loss to Ohio Dominican. MSU is scheduled to play its first home games this week with a series with Southwest Minnesota State.

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West Florida Argonauts

The Argos’ (17-4) tangled with Alabama Huntsville with the Chargers getting the series win in the last at bat. UWF will have their angry eyes on when they host West Georgia this week.

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Southern Arkansas Muleriders

Muleriders (21-6) consecutive series win streak was stopped at twenty after being foiled by Harding in an extra innings loss. SAU will look to start a new streak this week when they host Arkansas Tech. Continue reading