Monday Morning Quarterback for July 29th, 2013

Welcome to the 7-29-13 edition the Steve Black Show’s version of Monday Morning Quarterback.  Now on to some highlights from last week.


NFL training camp’s injury fest!!

National Football League teams are officially getting ready for the new season and the season is already over for some players.


Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Jeremy Maclin tore his right ACL during Saturday’s practice and likely will miss the season. Maclin went down at the end of a non-contact drill and appeared to be in pain while he was on the ground for several minutes. He was helped onto the cart and needed assistance getting off it and going into the team’s practice facility.


Baltimore Ravens tight end Dennis Pitta fractured and dislocated his hip during a drill on Saturday.  Pitta’s injury occurred during the third day of training camp, when Pitta collided with safety James Ihedigbo in the back of the end zone vying for a pass from Joe Flacco.


And Denver Broncos center Dan Koppen is out for the season after tearing his left ACL on Sunday in 9-on-7 drills, less than six weeks after rejoining Denver following J.D. Walton’s setback in his comeback from ankle surgery.

All I want to know is WHO’s NEXT??  Yikes!!!!


USA National Men’s Soccer Team wins the 2013 Gold Cup


USAs Brek Shea scored 42 seconds after coming into the game as a substitute, and his goal in the 69th minute gave the United States a 1-0 victory over Panama in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final. It is the fifth Gold Cup title for the U.S., but its first since 2007. The victory also extended the Americans’ winning streak to a record 11 games, four more than their previous best.

Can the Americans ride their success into next year’s World Cup in Brazil?  We will have to wait and see.


Ryan Newman wins the Brickyard 400


Like many Indiana kids, Ryan revered Indianapolis Motor Speedway, the track he first visited in 1986 and later accidentally stumbled upon NASCAR’s inaugural 1992 test while out buying tires with his mother.  And like many racing fans from Indiana, like Tony Stewart and Jeff Gordon, Ryan longed for a victory at one of the world’s most famous race tracks.

Stewart has one to his name and Gordon has collected four of his own, but on Sunday Newman made the boyhood dream a cool reality, taking the checkered flag at Indy to end a 49-race winless streak in front of his home state fans. His parents, who fueled his love of racing and took him to the 500 as a kid, joined him for his biggest win in Indiana.

That’s it for this week’s Monday Morning Quarterback.  What will this week in sports have in store?


Monday Morning Quarterback for July 15th, 2013

Monday Morning Quarterback is a term used by many, so this is not an original title, but I am going to use it anyway for the title of my weekly sports happenings blog of the past week in sports.

Major League Baseball has entered it’s “Unofficial” half way point of the season with its All-Star Break.  This year’s All Star Game will take place at Citi Field in New York City, home of the New York Mets.  The winning team’s league will get home filed advantage during the World Series in October.

Major League Baseball Logo

If the season ended today, here would be the playoff teams from each League:

AL East Champ      Boston

AL Central Champ  Detroit

AL West Champ     Oakland

AL Wild Card          Tampa Bay and Texas

NL East Champ      Atlanta

NL Central Champ  St. Louis

NL West Champ     Arizona

NL Wild Card          Pittsburgh and Cincinnati

Of course, anything can happen in the final two and half months of the season.  Atlanta has the largest lead of any of the Division leaders with a 6 game lead over Washington.  Many other teams out there have the chance to get to the post season.  It should be great to watch as the regular season nears its end!!

Back on March 30th, I had my MLB Preview of the Steve Black Show with Matt Mahony, Scott Cummings and Donney Jackson.  Check out the broadcast and see how their playoff picks are stacking up so far.


Good Monday to you all!!!