Looking Forward to NFL 2016

By. Michael Vislosky

The 2015 NFL season is over and with it possibly one of the greatest careers in NFL history. Peyton Manning with the help of an amazing defense won the second Super Bowl of his career. The quarterback who most people believe will be the face of the NFL for years to come, lost and reverted back to some of his childish behavior after. Now some 4 days after the season we look forward to next year and what that will bring.

The firings and hirings have been done and one coach who was fired will be here in California coaching the San Francisco 49ers. Chip Kelly will bring his up tempo offense to Santa Clara but who will be the quarterback? Will Colin Kapernick get to prove his doubters wrong? In my opinion, I do not think he will. This is for better or worse, Blaine Gabbert’s job at this point. Let’s not forget he was a top 5 pick just a few years ago so there is potential there. Chip Kelly’s offense may be just what he needs.

The 2016 season will also bring football back to LA. The Rams will be playing at the Los Angeles Colesium for the next couple seasons, and hope that they themselves bring a quarterback with them. The trade for Nick Foles last offseason did not work out as planned and has some LA greats asking for Mr. Manning to play one more year. I think Foles has potential, and having a running back who has one heck of a career in front of him will help immensely.

Last but not least, I have to talk of my team, the New York Jets. Yes the season ended in the worst way I could have imagined, but next year beams a bright light. After they sign Ryan Fitzpatrick and lock up the defensive line, they will most likely lose their starting backfield. My hope is that they draft a running back and some offensive line help, and if they do, they should be in the playoffs. They will have a tougher schedule this year and much more travel as they play the NFC West, but as a fan I have never felt more confident in the future of a team as I do this one.

I wish that I could wake up tomorrow and it was September, but I guess I will just have to wait patiently as the days go by. That patience will then be rewarded as the New York Jets will be holding the Lombardi trophy after they defeat the Arizona Cardinals 24-14 to win Super Bowl 51. Ryan Fitzpatrick will be the MVP, and Fitz Magic will become the trend throuout the world. Continue reading Looking Forward to NFL 2016

Kings lose AGAIN; Ezeli goes under knife; Donaldson gets paid

(AP) — LeBron James recorded his 40th career triple-double while Kyrie Irving matched his season high with 32 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers rolled past the Sacramento Kings 120-100 on Monday night.

James scored 21 points to go along with 10 assists and 10 rebounds for his first triple-double of the season. The four-time MVP didn’t play the fourth quarter.

Irving was 13 of 21 from the field and tied his career high with 12 assists. J.R. Smith hit six 3-pointers and finished with 22 points.

Cleveland went ahead early in the game and steadily built its lead against the listless Kings, who have dropped eight of nine.

Rudy Gay and Omri Casspi led Sacramento with 16 points each.

(AP) — Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli has undergone arthroscopic surgery on his left knee to remove debris and is scheduled to be re-evaluated in six weeks.

The defending NBA champions said Ezeli’s operation was performed by Dr. Arthur Ting at the Fremont Surgery Center on Monday morning. The team said it expects him to return this season.

Ezeli, averaging 7.5 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.23 blocks in 40 games with 11 starts, last played Jan. 25 against San Antonio before missing the last five games with soreness in the knee.

The Warriors host Houston on Tuesday night.

 

(AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Josh Donaldson and the Toronto Blue Jays are nearing agreement on a $28.65 million, two-year contract.

The person spoke on condition of anonymity to The Associated Press on Tuesday because the agreement had not been completed. The progress toward a deal was first reported by Sportsnet in Canada.

Donaldson and the Blue Jays had been scheduled for a salary arbitration hearing. The 30-year-old third baseman had asked for a raise from $4.3 million to $11.8 million and Toronto had offered $11.35 million when the sides exchanged proposed arbitration salaries last month.

Acquired from Oakland in November 2014, Donaldson made the AL All-Star team for the second straight season in 2015. He led the majors with 122 runs, topped the AL with 123 RBIs, and hit .297 with 41 home runs to help the Blue Jays reach the playoffs for the first time since winning consecutive World Series in 1992 and ’93.

(AP)- Coach Rick Pitino says he is still waiting to be interviewed by the NCAA about allegations by an escort that a former Cardinals staffer hired her and other dancers for sex parties at the team’s dormitory.

University President James Ramsey Friday announced a self-imposed one-year postseason ban for the men’s basketball team after the school’s investigation into allegations revealed violations did occur. Pitino has said he did not know about the incidents and that athletic director Tom Jurich does not believe he was aware of the activities.

Pitino said Tuesday on ESPN’s “Mike & Mike” if Jurich “thought for one second I had 1 percent of hearsay in this case, I would have been gone a long time ago.”

The university investigation is ongoing and it’s unclear if more self-imposed penalties are possible.

 

 

 

Chico State Baseball Beats Point Loma; Gelfand shines again

By Mike Baca

Four pitchers combined on a 5-hit complete game shut out as the Chico State Wildcats knocked off the Point Loma Sea Lions in the opening game of a pivotal three game in-region series this weekend at Nettleton Stadium

Clayton Gelfand shined again for the Cats as he pitched six innings scattering five hits and giving up no runs. Gelfand only walked one hitter, his first in 12.1 innings on the season. Last year Gelfand was his own worst enemy at times walking a batter every two innings but he has been a more aggressive pitcher this year, pounding the strike zone and using his defense. Chico manufactured runs early with stolen bases, good reads on the bases and heads up situational hitting to grab a 4-0 lead after 4 innings.

Gelfand went six solid innings with relief help from Stuart Bradley, Torgen Soderlund and Hunter Haworth. If Chico State wants to make a post-season run a successful weekend against the Sea Lions would help. Point Loma won 33 games last year and has 21 returners  from their regional squad. Chico knows winning the series will strengthen, what they hope is a glowing resume in May.

The Wildcats will play two games tomorrow against the Sea Lions with both games on KpaySports.com and ChicoWildcats.com and at least the first game of the double-dip on AM-1290 KPAY.

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Chico State Baseball opens up three game series against Point Loma……

 

The Chico State Wildcat baseball team looks to build on their three game series sweep of Menlo with a big in-region three game set against the Point Loma Sea Lions. Point Loma returns 21 players from last year’s team that went to the NCAA West Regional. This is a good early season test for the revamped Chico State club that is riding high after two walk-off wins last week.

Game time is 2pm with the pre-game at 1:45pm

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Super Bowl 50 approaches; Dubs roasted by Obama; Cats’ and Runners in action

By Mike Baca

President Barack Obama honored and roasted the Golden State Warriors at the same time during an official White House visit for the World Champions on Thursday.

Obama jokingly poked fun at the 45-4 Warriors for not being the best single season team yet, instead praising Steve Kerr for  being part of the 1996 Chicago Bulls who won 72 games, a number the Dubs are chasing during this campaign.

Obama also poked Steph Curry for being a great shooter but not having the “prettiest” jump shot on the team, instead laying that honor on fellow Splash Brother Klay Thompson.

It was a joyous day for Warriors fans who waited 40 years to see their team capture a title.

SUPER BOWL

The Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers are getting ready for Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara. The NFC champion Panthers are 5.5 point favorites

LOCAL SCHEDULE

The Chico State baseball team opens a three game series today as they take the Point Loma Sea Lions. Point Loma was a West Regional participant last year. The first game of the series is at 2pm this afternoon on KPAYSports.com with pregame at 1:45. Tomorrow’s 11am double-header is on Newstalk 1290-KPAY and KPAYSports.com

Chico State basketball is hosting Cal State East Bay tonight and Monterey Bay tomorrow. The Wildcats are 16-3 overall and sit one game behind UC San Diego for first in the CCAA. The Wildcat women have won three in a row and looking to climb up the CCAA standings against East Bay team that is the second best defensive team in the CCAA giving up only 52 points a game. You can hear the games on Newstalk 1290 KPAY and KPAYSports.com at 5:06pm on both Friday and Saturday nights.

Butte College baseball (1-1) is in Yountville at Napa Valley today at 2pm and then plays a double-dip tomorrow at 10am. Butte College softball opens their season at noon with a double-header against Yuba College tomorrow. The Roadrunner basketball teams host Shasta College tomorrow with men at 4pm and women at 6pm.

Magical season opening series as Cats sweep Oaks

 

The sample size is small but the early returns point to an exciting and fruitful 2016 Chico State Wildcat baseball season. Behind two walk-off wins and improbable comeback from six runs down the Wildcats served notice that the 2015 season appears to be an aberration, a mere blip on the screen in their storied and historic run.

After Friday’s 1-0 walk-off win over a very good Menlo College squad the Wildcats were pushed to the limit on Saturday in the first game of a double-header. Menlo jumped on the Cats early and often in the first game scoring two runs in the first and 5 more in the second. Chico found themselves down 7-1 in the 2nd. By the fifth it was 9-3, and the deficit seemed insurmountable in the 7th after Cal Berkeley transfer Lucas Erceg slugged a home run to right giving Menlo a 10-4 lead in the 7th.

With hope waning Chico State summed up some old Nettleton Stadium magic. The Cats would score two in the 7th and then four runs with two outs in the 8th highlighted by a Josh Falco bases clearing double to tie the game at 10. The game almost slipped away in the top of the 9th after a one out error allowed the Oaks to grab an 11-10 lead. Chico had the tying run on third with two outs and two strikes in the bottom of the 9th, only to have Erceg air-mail a 1-2 pitch to the back-stop allowing the tying run to score.

In the bottom of the 10th, after a single and two walks, the Wildcats Dillon Kelley would hit a ground ball in the hole, Menlo got the force at second but the return throw to first was late setting off a wild celebration and improbable 12-11 win.

The Chico State Wildcats would win the night-cap 8-1 finishing off a fantastic weekend for the Wildcats.

In 2015 the Wildcats finished under .500 for the first time in 21 years. The autopsy from the disappointing season revealed that the Wildcats were lacking some key components that leads to success between the lines.

First, the Cats had virtually an entire roster that under-achieved from their 2014 West Region Championship. Second, the club lacked the necessary depth to withstand pro-longed slumps from key players.  And lastly, the Wildcats needed to canvass their squad with players that mimicked the teams of Wildcats’ past. Chico State baseball isn’t about playing perfect baseball. Wildcat baseball is about playing the game with a laser like focus and belief that you will somehow find a way if you “GRIND” it out. Grinders…..Chico State had lost that identifier in the 2015 season. On the recruiting trail, the Cats needed to find a bunch of players that would throw caution to the wind and play the game with a joy, fervor, passion and belief that made us all believers again

As I said, it’s the smallest of sample sizes. It’s a long season, there will be highs and invariably there will be lows, but when a group of players are all pulling in the same direction and play with passion and selflessness good things happen. This weekend showed the Wildcat faithful that is all is well in Wildcat Land. They showed us……..

That it’s OK to believe again.

*PHOTO AND VIDEO COURTESY OF CHICO STATE ATHLETICS AT CHICOWILDCATS.COM

Is this Peyton’s last rodeo

By. Michael Vislosky

When everybody counted out Peyton Manning this year, when the article came out saying he may have done HGH, when he missed six games because of injury, he may have been the only one that knew he was not going out like that. His family has admitted they didn’t know what was going to happen. When you have had as much success and are arguably one of the best quarterbacks to ever play the game, what do you have to prove?

I am rooting for the Broncos to win this SuperBowl. As a Jets fan, I am of course tired of seeing Brady win, that I can not deny, but I am also tired of people not giving Peyton his credit. Yes he has not been terrific in the playoffs, but did he ever really have a great defense in Indianapolis? Yes they had big names, and Bob Sanders did win a defensive player of the year award, but really look at that defense overall. Then look at the one the Broncos had two years ago. The reason why this Broncos defense is as good as it is, is because they knew the defense was the missing link.

The Broncos do have a tall task that’s not even a question, but it can be done. The video came out after the AFC Championship with Manning telling Bill Belicheck that this may in fact be his last rodeo, and it should be. He has shown the heart to fight and come back to lead his team. No offense to Brock Oswiller, but the Broncos would not have been here if he was the quarterback. Brock has a chance to be a great quarterback, but he was not fully ready yet. The Broncos needed one man for this, and Peyton was that man.

I believe in my heart that this it for Peyton, and I believe that his teammates sense that, and that might be the extra motivation needed to get the job done. To say one day that you were on the team that helped win Peyton Manning his second SuperBowl, that would sure be a life moment for me. John Elway went out winning two SuperBowls, and now he will have a chance to watch a quarterback try to walk off into the sunset like he did with his team.

On Purpose or Accident

By. Michael Vislosky

Last night in an NHL game between the Calgary Flames and the Nashville Predators, defensemen Dennis Wideman cross checked referee Don Henderson to the ground on what looks like a purposeful act. At first glance it looks like its a sure thing that he hit the referee on purpose, but many analyst and some hockey executives believe his story that he did not see the referee until the last minute. You be the judge…

Dubs dismantle Spurs; move to 41-4

(AP) — Stephen Curry scored 37 points and hit six 3-pointers in three quarters as the reigning champion Golden State Warriors showed they still rule the West by routing the San Antonio Spurs 120-90 on Monday night.

Curry had 15 points in the opening quarter and shot 12 for 20 in Golden State’s 39th straight home win at raucous Oracle Arena, where a star-studded sellout crowd saw a lopsided showdown in what was billed as a potential Western Conference finals preview.

The Warriors (41-4) snapped a 13-game winning streak by the Spurs (38-7), off to the best start in franchise history but without Tim Duncan this time. The teams had the highest combined winning percentage in NBA history by opponents meeting at least 40 games into the season.

(AP) — DeMarcus Cousins set a Sacramento record with 56 points, most by an NBA player this season, but the Charlotte Hornets beat the Kings 129-128 in double overtime Monday night after Troy Daniels hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 9 seconds left.

Daniels made eight 3s and scored a career-high 28 points, enough to help the Hornets overcome a dominant performance down low by Cousins. The All-Star center grabbed 12 rebounds before fouling out early in the second overtime. He surpassed his career best of 48 points set in the previous game, Saturday’s victory over Indiana.

Cousins broke Chris Webber’s mark of 51 points for a Sacramento team, also in an overtime game.

Kemba Walker scored 24 points for the Hornets, who won their third straight. Marvin Williams had 21 points and fouled out in the first overtime.

Jeremy Lin added 20 points and 11 assists. Spencer Hawes scored a season-high 18 and fouled out late in regulation.