Saturday, September 13, 2014

CFB Saturday 6 Pack Week 3

College football is entering its third week and hasn't disappointed so far. Funny how things change once the games are being played.  The Big 10 is seemingly eliminated from the playoff talk. Several highly touted teams coming into the season are struggling mightily. And believe it or not, Maryland and Oregon have another uniform combo.  A relative slow week for college ball so College GameDay makes their almost annual visit to Fargo, North Dakota. Last week was another subpar week on the money lines. We went 3-4 bringing the season tally to 6-7. Plenty of time to right the ship so here is this week's Saturday 6 Pack...

Incarnate Word +52.5
   Really only picking this since GameDay is in Fargo. Top ranked FCS North Dakota St rolls today. But just not by 50 points.

Iowa St +12
   Battle for the CyHawk Trophy features two struggling teams. Iowa is 0-2 against the spread so far.  Look for a nail bitter in Kinnick Stadium.

West Virginia +2
  Maryland is 2-0 since joining the Big 10. Have a feeling West Virginia pulls the mild upset on the road.

Georgia -7
  This weekends marque SEC match up. Spurrier's Gamecocks were the favorite to take the SEC East crown but haven't looked the part and now they have to stop Todd Gurley.

  Another game between struggling teams. Texas has some serious problems and things are going to get worse for Coach Strong. Todd Hundley gets his Heisman journey back on track.

Texas A&M -32.5
   Watch out for another big game from Kenny "Thrill" Hill.

And the Sunday Chaser is New York Giants +2.  Enjoy the cool weather this weekend!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

CFB Sturday 6 Pack Week 2

Who isn't completely jacked that football is back? There are some nice matchups this weekend and a huge non-conference showdown in the Great Northwest. After seeing the impressive list of home and home opponents that Ohio St has set up for the future, it's going to be real interesting as more teams follow suit.  Some huge non-conference matchups usually reserved for the Bowl season should become the norm with this new playoff system. Speaking of big games, as long as Wisconsin has McEvoy as their starting QB, they're not much of a contender. We got off to a rough start with a 3-3 opening weekend with a NC on the Idaho vs Florida game.  It can only get better, here is Saturday's 6 Pack...

Kansas St -13
  We mistakenly thought the Cyclones were improving but last week's dismantling by FCS North Dakota St proved otherwise. Could they be overlooking a ranked opponent for THE game against rival Iowa next week?  Plus, per a Clones fan we know, Coach Rhoades sideline mannerisms are becoming annoying and embarrassing.

Missouri -4.5
   If you haven't heard of Mizzou's Maty Mauk yet, you will have by season's end.

Stanford -3
   Our dislike of USC made this easy. The Cardinal are looking to add to a 17 game home win streak. This should be a fun game to watch as a football fan.

Penn St -14
   Not sure how Akron plans to slow down Christian Hackenberg, who threw for 454 yards last weekend.

Notre Dame -3.5
   Had to include the final scheduled ND-Michigan tilt. Don't they play for the Golden Ukulele or something? Taking the home team with both teams being pretty evenly matched. Who will become the hero?

Mich St-Oregon Under 58.5
  The Big 10 needs to start winning some of the high profile matchups as they have dropped behind the Big 12 in strength of conference. Oregon has had some struggles against top notch defenses lately and Sparty's D is pretty stout. Expect Michigan St to slow down the Ducks explosive offense a little. The Ducks will probably win by double figures but the under looks too tempting.

And this weekend's Sunday Chaser... Kansas City Chiefs -3.

Enjoy the games, enjoy the brews, and remember it's only the beginning. There's a lot more to come as the pigskin season rolls on.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

CFB Saturday 6 Pack 8/30

The football season is finally here! And the road to the first college football playoff has begun. I'm enjoying flipping the tube between College Gameday and the Croke Park Classic so far this morning.  The nacho dip is stewing and the Leinenkugels is on ice, except for the one I just cracked to aid in my typing.  The first couple weeks of games are always interesting.  The lines seem to move a lot and there are so many unknowns. Even with the high profile ranked teams. Did I just hear Stone Cold Steve Austin is the guest picker? Sweet! Should be fun listening to everyone's excitement as the first Saturday action kicks off.  Here is today's 6 pack of picks...

Northern Iowa +19
   Iowa's running game will dominate the second half and cement a Hawkeye victory but RB David Johnson and the rest of the Panther offense should be able to score enough to keep this one close and cover the points.

North Dakota St +3.5
   The Cyclones continue to improve and are no longer everyone else's punching bag.  The three time defending FCS Championship Bison football factory of Pac-12 castoffs is trying to win their 25th consecutive contest.

UCLA -20
   Bruin QB Brett Hundley begins his journey towards the Heisman Trophy and further fuels the media's lovefest for the Pac-12.

Florida - Idaho under 51.5
   The Gators should be much improved this season and will win big in their opener.  Although it will still turn out to be Will Muschamp's final season in The Swamp. But can the Vandals score enough to get this game in the 50s.

Oregon -53.5
   The Ducks score by passing, rushing, a return, and even a defensive TD on their way to 70 points.

LSU -4.5
   Wisconsin continues the Big 10's dismal record against the SEC and the Tigers jump into the national title talks.  Should be some good smashmouth football with LSU's speed making the difference.

And the Sunday chaser is Tennessee -4.5. Good ol' Rocky Top.  Hunker down for the day, pound a few cold ones.  Its time to watch some football, so next week we can all be experts. Enjoy the games!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

MHSC Hardwood Hills

First lap from the Missouri Hare Scramble Championship event at HHR on 6/15/14. Trail Rider class. My favorite venue so far this year.  Course had a little of everything and just flowed together nicely.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

MHSC Americus Start

First few minutes of the D Trail Rider class Missouri Hare Scramble Championship in Americus. Good start (for me) and then the rest of the day was like a 3 Stooges film. Rest of the race to come later.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

MHSC Westphalia

Video from Round 4 of Missouri Hare Scramble Championship.

2014 Off-Road Cup

Posted a bunch of pictures from the Off-Road Cup. The race took place in Wyandotte, Oklahoma at the D-Day Adventure Park. It was the first time motorcycles had raced at the park, which is usually a paintball heaven.  The park had a military theme with tanks, planes, helicopters, and numerous buildings all over the property. It was extremely cool.  The MORE team of Steve Leivan, Zach Ingram, and Drew Higgins took home the cup making 28 laps in the nine hour time limit.  The pictures can be found on our Facebook page by clicking here.

Thursday, April 24, 2014

MORE Series Round 1

Also added some video from the MORE Series opening event from a couple of week ago...

Thursday, March 13, 2014

2014 Big Ten Championship BWI

The Big Ten season was quite the roller coaster. The conference had three top five ranked teams early on and then everyone proceeded to pummel each other. When the dust settled, Michigan seemed to come out of nowhere to grab the regular season crown. Indianapolis should be an interesting hangout for the next few days. Izzo's Spartans are finally healthy. Which Iowa team will show up? Jekyll or Hyde? Or can a dark horse like Penn St. make some noise? Stay tuned!

2014 BWI Big Ten Conference Standings

1.  7.8  Wisconsin
2.  8.8  Iowa
3.  9.2  Michigan St.
4.  10.9 Michigan
5.  11.2 Nebraska
6.  11.6 Ohio St.
7.  12.1 Indiana
8.  14.0 Minnesota
9.  14.2 Purdue
10. 14.7 Penn St.
11. 18.7 Illinois
12. 19.9 Northwestern

Check out the fan guide, game recaps, and everything Big Ten Championship by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

2014 Big 12 Championship BWI

Kansas won the regular season Big 12 title behind their fabulous freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Joel Embiid and enter the Phillips 66 Big 12 Championship as the top seed. Embiid has been ruled out of the tournament due to a back injury. Oklahoma State's BWI numbers suffered when Marcus Smart was suspended. This tournament really is wide open. The Iowa State Cyclones led by Conference Player of the Year Melvin Ejim could make some noise also. This will be interesting to see how the BWI plays out.

2014 BWI Big 12 Conference Standings:

1.  3.7  Kansas
2.  7.2  Oklahoma
3.  7.8  Texas
4.  10.3 Iowa St
5.  10.5 Oklahoma St
6.  11.1 Kansas St
7.  11.7 West Virginia
8.  12.6 Baylor
9.  16.1 Texas Tech
10. 17.8 TCU

Follow all the tournament action and view the bracket by clicking here.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Crash Test Dummy

With the MHSC starting this weekend, we ran the FMHSC opener at Collins as a tune up last weekend. Putting together a race report.  To pass the time we threw together a video with a few bloopers from the 2013 hare scramble season and local riding areas. Had a great time and didn't get hurt.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

2014 Missouri Valley Conference BWI

It's Arch Madness! Tip off is later today in St Louis. Gone are the Creighton Blue Jays, replaced by the Ramblers of Loyola. Usually the Missouri Valley goes into the NCAA Tournament under the radar and surprises a few folks. That wont be happening this season as Wichita St plowed through the regular season undefeated at 31-0 and the #2 ranking. The Shockers placed three players on the First Team All-Missouri Valley Conference squad and guard Fred VanVleet was named the Player of the Year on Tuesday.  It comes as no surprise that the Shockers grabbed the top spot in the MVC BWI.

2014 BWI Missouri Valley Conference Standings FINAL

1. 2.6 Wichita St.
2. 6.6 Indiana St.
3. 9.1 Illinois St.
4. 9.4 Southern Illinois
5. 9.7 Northern Iowa
6. 11.2 Evansville
7. 13.0 Missouri St.
8. 14.6 Bradley
9. 14.8 Drake
10. 15.8 Loyola, IL

All the Arch Madness news, stats, recaps, and the bracket can be found by clicking here.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

College Hoops Tournament Time

Two weeks of NCAA conference tournament basketball action has begun. The passion, joy, and anguish the players of the smaller conferences go through is mesmerizing. There is nothing better than watching these kids cash in their ticket to the Big Dance.  Conference tournament basketball also means it's time for the annual BWI, an index that predicts the winner of the games. Creating the BWI is a very time consuming process but it's so much fun to dig through the stats of the Atlantic Sun or Ohio Valley Conference. It really opens your eyes. Unfortunately, tournament action snuck up on us this season, so we had to settle with conferences of local interest. The Missouri Valley index will be up tomorrow, followed by the Big 10 and Big 12 next week. ESPN has a great page that helps keep up on all the tournament action... click here. Enjoy the hoops action everyone.

Monday, February 17, 2014

Winter Olympics

Every two years most of the world comes together for the epic event called the Olympics. Picture this... you have won a trip to the Olympics and have a chance to cross something off your bucket list. But you now have a choice to make. Do you pick the Summer or Winter Olympics? It's a no-brainer for me. I'm taking the winter one.  The Winter Olympics include more interesting sports in my opinion. It may be the sicko in me, as I'll always remember the old "Agony of Defeat" commercial from when I was young. The sports just seems more dangerous and trilling.  The other reason the Winter Olympics win out is that they are usually hosted at more picturesque locations.  The Olympic facilities always look so cool with snow and rough terrain in the backdrops.

On the top of my to-do list is hockey. I'm a huge fan of Patrick Kane, Jonathon Toews, Ovechkin, and Jagr. It would an incredible chance see all your favorite players and many NHL stars at once. The teams play with incredible passion and tenacity that is sometimes missing in an NHL game.

The are a lot of sports that would be worth checking out and many that don't get mainstream television time in the U.S.  Skeleton is an event that I wouldn't be able to miss.  Those men and women are insane. It takes a special person to go head first on a sled at 80 mph. Not to mention their face is a few inches from the ice. Might as well throw in the lugers too. Cray cray.

Curling is another event I want to see. Although ear plugs would probably be needed. I almost have to mute the television when curling is on with the all the yelling of instructions. Short track skating, snow cross, and downhill skiing are the other events that I would make time to watch.

There really is just so much to see and do that a trip to the Olympics would be incredible.