By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo
A RIDICULOUS end to the MLB regular season lends the Howitzer and Buzz-saw much to discuss this week. Mike and George preview the 2011 baseball postseason and give you their picks for the World Series. In the Asinine Block, Ozzie Guillen’s move to Miami, Jose Reyes acting like a chump, and even a Buzz-saw rant on Steve Bartman round out our baseball talk. In the back half, we’ll take a look at this week in the NFL. The Howitzer still has a three-game lead on the Buzz-saw in the HBS Picks standings, after both Mike and George struggled to a 9-7 finish in Week 3. Who do they have winning this week, and which game will be the Mike Asti Asinine Game of the Week? Bust out the apple cider and pumpkin pie – it’s finally fall on The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. Conquering sports radio, one day at a time….
By: Mike Asti
The New York Yankees and Detroit Tigers will highlight a first round series many believe has “the real ALCS” written all over it. This is the exact spot both of these franchises expected to be going into the 2011 season. New York due to their unreasonable championship or bust mentality, Detroit solely based on their experience and talent. This always gives them a shot in the AL Central. However, it was not an easy road to October for either club. Read more
By: Brian McLaughlin
The Philadelphia Phillies, (102-60) and the St Louis Cardinals (90-72) will meet in the other National League Divisional series. This is a surprising matchup, obviously as we know by now the Braves collapse was completed Wednesday night and St Louis won themselves into the playoffs behind ace pitcher Chris Carpenter. For the Cardinals this has been a wild season. They came out of spring training with nothing but questions about Albert Pujols and his future with the team, as well as questions concerning their starting pitching after loosing co-ace Adam Wainwright for the season. The Cardinals had a rocky season to say the least at entered September with a 72-64 record 8 and a half games out of the wild card, with seemingly no playoff hopes what so ever. All they did was go 18-8 down the stretch behind fantastic starting pitching, an offense that was as hot as ever and the great leadership of Tony La’Russa. They fought and got themselves into the playoffs despite every up and down during the season. Read more
By: Mike Asti
Wow! That’s all that needs to be said to describe baseball final night and the way Tampa managed to crawl into the post-season. Tampa surged back from 8.5 games back coming into September to dethrone the mighty Red Sox. While this is partly due to Boston blowing it, don’t sell the Rays short. They played determined in the season’s final month. Exactly 3 minutes after Boston lost to Baltimore in extra innings, Evan Longoria sent a ball over the shortest part of the fence to send his Rays to October and a ALDS re-match with Texas. Last year when I broke down this meeting I predicted Tampa’s speed and athleticism would be too much for an inexperienced Rangers team. Boy was I wrong. The Rangers kicked the Rays right out of the playoffs en route to the franchises first ever AL Pennant. With several key cogs of 2010’s division series long gone will Tampa have a chance to keep the luck alive and get revenge? Are the new look Rangers still too much for a now exhausted and less talented Rays team? This series might not get the hype of some others but it will undoubtedly be fun to watch. Read more
By: Brian McLaughlin
The Milwaukee Brewers (96-66) and Arizona Diamonbacks (94-68), two teams that did not make the 2010 playoffs will face off in the National League divisional series. For Arizona, what a difference a year makes. A season ago, they made a managerial change on July 1st, while finishing dead last in the NL west, with a 65-97 record. This season, almost a complete turnaround, they finished with a 98-64 record and the NL West crown. Enough cannot be said about Diamondbacks manager Kirk Gibson. He did a remarkable job with a ball club that coming into spring training was left for dead and in complete rebuilding mode. In the offseason the D’backs decided to trim off some of the fat and decided to go with youth, defense, and pitching. They traded away Mark Reynolds and added JJ Putz to solidify their bullpen. Even last season they made a key move trading Edwin Jackson to the Chicago White Sox for, Daniel Hudson, who won 16 games this season. Not moves that would exactly blow your mind, but moves that played a vital role for the now NL West Champs. Going with pitching and defense is what has the D’backs back into the playoffs for the first time since 2007 and will be the key to their success this postseason. Read more
By: Kelen Conley
I tried to give this article more time. I did. CM Punk has been on fire since right after the Capital Punishment PPV when he sat down on the Raw stage and cut the promo of a lifetime on everybody who mattered in the WWE. He faced the biggest name in the wrestling business, John Cena, and was actually booked to win. And when Vince McMahon charged Alberto Del Rio out with his Money In The Bank briefcase to steal the WWE Title back from Punk, the Voice of the Voiceless dodged the bullet and disappeared into the crowd. Unsigned and with the WWE Title in tow.
Easily the coolest shit I had seen in years.
And the WWE and Phil (Punk’s real name) messed it up. Read more
By: Jared Ramos
Al Golden needs to offer this kid a scholarship now before Nevin Shaprio gets a hold of him. I mean this kid is ahead of his time. He is already funneling drinks and partying with hot chicks. Who cares if the hot chicks are his mom and grandma and who cares if he is funneling Capri Sun, this kid screams University of Miami player. If he is not playing for them in 2025 then their is something wrong with Miami.
By: Chris Sedenka
The Houston Texans waived Steve Slaton today, ending an up-and down tenure in the Lone Star State. Slaton rushed for over a 1,200 yards in his rookie year, and seemed poised to be the next breakout star. However, a slow start the following year (which included a fumbling issue) and a season-ending injury derailed his career.
By: Mike Asti
Listen as the incomparable Chris Jericho complains that the current crop of WWE stars are copying the gimmicks, language, mannerisms, and persona he once made famous. Y2J calls out CM Punk and the Miz as the biggest thieves of all.
By: Jared Ramos
The New Jersey Nets have decided on what they will be called when they move to Brooklyn. Ready for it? They will be called… the Brooklyn Nets.