- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew5 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Following their 7-2 World Series Game 2 win over the San Francisco Giants, a smoke machine pumped fake smoke through the air of the Kansas City Royals' clubhouse.
Or it could have been the residual heat from the Royals' bullpen master trio of Kelvin Herrera, Wade Davis and Greg Holland. On Wednesday, the three shut out the Giants' offense to get the final 11 outs of the game.
The flamethrowing group has been integral to the Royals' success during the regular season and, even moreso, in the postseason. Through the Royals' 10 postseason games, the three have pitched 29 1/3 of the team's 95 innings played. Each has given up a solitary run and HDH, as they've come to be known via shorthand, have combined for 36 strikeouts while producing a WHIP of 0.89.
In Game 2, Herrera, the hardest-throwing member of the three, was up first once again as the Royals tied the World Series at 1-1.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday13 hrs ago
Robin Kiffin, the mother of Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin, is not looking forward to his return to Knoxville, Tenn., on Saturday.
Alabama visits Tennessee and it's Kiffin's first game back in Knoxville since he left after a season to become USC's coach before the 2010 season.
"I'm scared to death for his safety," his mother Robin Kiffin told CBS Sports. "Some people were visiting us last weekend from Tennessee and they said they better not let him on the sideline, they should put him in the press box. I want him to be in the press box."
Kiffin's three kids will not be going to the game.
Kiffin has been coaching this season at Alabama from the sideline and will be there on Saturday. iWhen asked about Kiffin being on the sideline during Wednesday's SEC teleconference, Alabama coach Nick Saban said he wasn't worried about it, though he did seem exasperated about the questions.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew17 hrs ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – What happens on the field during the World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Kansas City Royals is the central theme for MLB Productions annual World Series Film. But it sometimes isn't the main focus.
The film, which MLB says is the "definitive visual historical document of the World Series each year," began in 1943 as a way to inform troops overseas fighting in World War II about the baseball they had missed.
As MLB took over production of the film in 1998 and the explosion of instant information makes it almost impossible to not access the box score details of a World Series, the production focuses on the stories surrounding each team thanks to nearly unlimited and exclusive access.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday20 hrs ago
A West Virginia player was one of the people cited by Morgantown, W.V. police after celebratory riots broke out following the Mountaineers' win over Baylor Saturday.
Elijah Wellman, listed as a fullback/tight end on West Virginia's site, received one of 24 citations handed out in the aftermath of the game. He was charged with disorderly conduct.
Wellman redshirted in 2013 and, according to West Virginia's site, is a member of the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll. In seven games this season he has two carries and three catches.
According to WBOY.com, 32 street fires and seven dumpster fires (no, not a euphemism for Florida's offense), were reported after the game.
- Nick Bromberg at From The Marbles20 hrs ago
Stewart-Haas Racing is making some changes before the season is over.
The team is swapping the crews of Kurt Busch and Danica Patrick after this week's race at Martinsville. With both drivers not in title contention, it's an opportunity for the teams to work with their new drivers in race conditions before 2015.
Busch's crew chief, Daniel Knost, will become Patrick's crew chief. Tony Gibson, Patrick's current crew chief and a man who just signed a contract extension with Stewart-Haas Racing, will move over to Busch's team. The Charlotte Observer first reported the switch Tuesday night.
"Making this change at Texas gives us three races to get ahead of the testing ban and get a headstart on the 2015 season," Busch told Motorsport.com.
Stewart-Haas vice president of competition Greg Zipadelli agreed in a statement the team sent out Wednesday afternoon announcing the switch.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday21 hrs ago
Well, this is an effective way to make sure Michigan knows that Saturday's opponent is Michigan State.
Someone painted the block M on Michigan's campus green on Tuesday night and added an "SU" in white next to it. We don't need to explain what the three letters mean.
The block ‘M’ on Michigan’s campus has been painted green. pic.twitter.com/lGFvnXeVbv
The block M was donated to the then-university president by the class of 1953. According to Michigan legend, if you step on the M, you'll fail your first blue book exam.No word what the punishment is for painting the letter.
The Spartans are 17-point favorites for the game in East Lansing, Mich., at 3:30 p.m. ET Saturday. And it's not the only rivalry game this weekend that has a recent history of vandalism. Last year, someone posted an Alabama message on Tennessee's "The Rock."
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- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Could Todd Gurley be returning for Georgia's next game? The Bulldogs are wanting it to happen.
Georgia announced it will officially apply to the NCAA for Gurley's reinstatement Wednesday. The star running back has been suspended since Oct. 9 amid reports that he was monetarily compensated for his autograph. In a statement, the school said it hoped Gurley would be reinstated for the Nov. 1 game against Florida and Gurley said he took "full responsibility for the mistakes I made."
Since completing its initial review of the eligibility matter involving UGA student-athlete Todd Gurley on October 9, the University has been supporting Todd and cooperating with his legal counsel as they review the matter.
- Nick Bromberg at Dr. Saturday22 hrs ago
Could Texas A&M be making some changes to its depth chart and starting lineup before the Aggies' next game?
Coach Kevin Sumlin didn't rule anything out on Tuesday when asked about potential changes to his team in the wake of a 59-0 loss to Alabama and a three-game losing streak.
"To answer your question I don’t think there’s anything that’s off the table, any position, in evaluating where we are right now," Sumlin said. "Something like what happened Saturday is an eye opener, and should be an eye opener, not just to coaches and fans but to players too. We’re evaluating that situation. We’ve got coaches out recruiting today. They’ll be back in the office tomorrow and we’ll be practicing Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday. I’ll have more info probably next week at the press conference.”
Sumlin and his coaching staff can afford to wait to annoince any changes publicly because the Aggies are off on Saturday. And then Texas A&M's next game is against Louisiana-Monroe on Nov. 1. If there was ever a time to introduce some midseason changes to a team, a bye week and a game against a non-conference non-Power Five team is the time to do it.
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew1 day ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night gave the Kansas City Royals something that hadn't happened since Sept. 27. A loss.
But members of the team weren't willing to dwell very long on the 7-1 defeat that broke the Royals' eight-game postseason winning streak. Players quickly turned their attention to Wednesday's Game 2 against San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Jake Peavy, a man the Royals know very well.
"We've got no choice but to bounce back," Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer said. "It's pretty hard to sweep through the whole playoffs. ... I don't think it's ever been close to being done. We've gotta bounce back. Same way you take a good win and enjoy it and forget about it, you do the same thing with a tough loss. You forget about it, get ready to go back tomorrow and even it up and head back to San Francisco."
- Nick Bromberg at Big League Stew1 day ago
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City Royals fans chanting "Moose" every time third baseman Mike Moustakas comes up to bat or makes a play in the field has become commonplace since Moustakas played his first game in the major leagues.
Bringing almost four-foot tall moose antlers to the ballpark in honor of Moustakas is not common.
It's what Craig Rookstool did Tuesday at World Series Game 1, and yes, they got through security without issue.