The 2015 Iowa Hawkeyes have positioned themselves to finally break back out (after all it has really been a while) and make a return to the national stage in a major bowl game, barring some sort of colossal meltdown over the next few weeks. With their gritty win at home against the Illini of Illinois, a week after a hard-fought win on the road against an always tough Wisconsin Badgers squad, the Hawkeyes have improved to an impressive 6-0 record. The last time the Hawks started off this strong was 2009 which, not coincidentally, ended in an appearance in the Orange Bowl. While the Hawks are often a popular choice as a dark horse team, this year the team and its coaching staff actually look talented and prepared to seize that opportunity.
(Disclaimer: This post was written last week and has not gone through my editor yet. I will likely re-post once the edits have been made, and all stats will be updated to reflect the most accurate information available.)
The 2015 race for the National League Cy Young award seems to be a three-horse race. The three main candidates this season are Jake Arrieta from the Chicago Cubs, Zack Greinke, and Clayton Kershaw, both from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Miami Dolphins play their final preseason game tomorrow against the Tampa Bay Bucs, but for all intents and purposes, the preseason is over for the team. As most people who follow the sport know, the starters play a minimal amount, if at all, in the final game. As I reflect back upon this preseason and look ahead towards the season to come, I find myself in a relatively unfamiliar position.
Being a fan, you're always hopeful for your team’s chances going into a new season. But being the fan of a poor team, you are usually lying to yourself. Trying to convince yourself that you're seeing things that you're not, trying to deceive yourself into believing that the flaws you're seeing aren't really there at all. This is going to be THE year, right? Right?
Scandal is nothing new in the world of collegiate athletics. It seems like every time you turn the TV to ESPN they’re reporting on another academic scandal at a well-known school. Every other day it seems like some coach is getting busted for minor infractions, and with the amount of asinine rules there are in the NCAA handbook it’s really easy to see why.
I, myself, have even written articles in the past outlining scandals as they popped up at various schools. No, these things are nothing new to the NCAA, but sometimes they cross the line from being minor violations to being major, and sometimes in extreme cases even outright criminal. As is the case with the current scandal the Baylor Bears find themselves involved with.
Contrary to what a popular ESPN program would have you believe, sometimes numbers do lie. Like in the NFL preseason, for example. If you were to look only at the final score of Thursday’s match-up between the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears, you might think that things are looking pretty bleak for the Dolphins despite it being the first preseason game. Normally there’s not much good that can be said after losing 27-10 but that, my friends, is the beauty of the preseason. Contrary to the final outcome of the game, I saw a lot of good things from the Dolphins. A lot of things that have me pretty excited for the coming season.
In Sunday’s post, we took a look at the offensive unit for the Miami Dolphins coming into the new season. Today, it’s time to give the defense their time in the spotlight. Defense has always been a point of pride for this franchise. From the days of the “No name” defense, led by Nick Buoniconti and Manny Fernandez, that was instrumental in Miami pulling off a perfect 1972 season, up through the “Killer Bees,” a moniker resulting from the fact that 6 of the 11 starters had a last name beginning with “B,” in the early 80’s, all the way to the defenses I grew up with featuring Jason Taylor and Zach Thomas.
This year, thanks to a huge free agent acquisition and some stellar play by some surprise names so far in training camp, looks to be no exception. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the 2015 Miami Dolphins defense.
The Miami Dolphins seem to be a trendy pick to make it to the NFL Promised Land every year lately. This off-season has certainly been no exception. Between the addition of some key free agents, and the suspension of Tom Brady for his alleged involvement in the Deflategate scandal, the Miami Dolphins are the chic pick to finally unseat the Patriots as the kings of the AFC East. Some, including a model done by students at Harvard University, even have the Dolphins going so far as facing the Seattle Seahawks in the Super Bowl. All this has many Dolphins fans asking “Is this the year we finally put it all together?”
In this post, the first of two, I’ll be taking a look at the Dolphins roster, both offense and defense, and providing my breakdown. Is the Super Bowl a realistic expectation for this team with the pieces they’ve added through free-agency and the draft? Let’s find out.
Bruce Jenner rose to prominence during the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. It was there, during the height of the Cold War tension with the USSR that Bruce won the Decathlon event, taking the title from reigning champion, and Soviet, Mykola Avilov. For his achievements, Bruce was quickly dubbed “the world’s greatest athlete”, adored by millions of Americans, touted by the Republican Party as a model for the American work ethic, and even adorned the Wheaties box. But deep down, he had to live with the shame of knowing it was a lie, without having anyone to talk to about it.
It's an exciting day here at A Spoonful of Sports. As was promised in my previous post, I have expanded the reach of A Spoonful Of Sports, in an effort to reach a wider audience. Now, in addition to reading the posts made here, you can also follow me on Google+ and Twitter. I've also set up a Gmail account specifically devoted to A Spoonful of Sports, so if you have any questions, concerns, or would like to guest-write a post, please feel free to email me.
That's all the news I have for now, please stay tuned for a post coming up later today!
As many of you may have noticed, about a month ago I put up a post here, ending close to two years of inactivity at A Spoonful of Sports. While I never intended to put the blog on hiatus for that long, the last two years of my life have seen some of the highest highs, and lowest lows that I’ve ever experienced in my now 28 years on this earth.
Welcome! My name is Chris Spooner. I am an overly-passionate Dolphins fan who has many opinions about his team, and the sports landscape as a whole. I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy voicing them.