There are three types of sports fans — which one are you?

Now this is a super crazy fan.

This past week I woke up in the middle of the night to watch the Oakland A’s play their first two regular season games in Japan.

It was not very smart for my health as my sleep schedule was thrown out of whack and I might have probably lost some muscle with my weird eating schedule.

But it was something I knew I’d do again if it came to it because I am a fan of the Oakland A’s. In fact, the A’s are the only team I think I can honestly say that I am a die-hard fan of. Baseball is my favorite sport and the A’s to me has become the team I invest the most time, money and effort in.

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ESPN sinks to a new low by making it awkward for Brandon Weeden

Thanks to Niners Nation for bringing this to my attention.

Weeden is a 28-year old NFL draft quarterback prospect and his age is a concern. But is it necessary to do this to him? It’s not like he’s hold and unable to throw a ball. He spent the early part of this 20s playing baseball before enrolling at Oklahoma State in 2007.

This is the kind of stuff that I expect better from ESPN but at the same time, I am not surprised. ESPN has been criticized for their around the clock watch of Brett Favre and Tim Tebow in recent years and has caused unintentional stirs. Age is an important part of Weeden’s profile — but not like this.

Of course, this is ESPN. And I guess my response to this should be another famous ESPN saying: “C’mon man!”

Photo of new Jaguars Nike uniforms leaked and my two cents on it

This was tweeted earlier today. And if you have trouble seeing it, here’s the actual image of the new Jaguars Nike uniforms.

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It was reported earlier that the Jaguars would add black in 2013 but it looks like it will make its return for this upcoming season. It’s a little plain but we’ll see how it looks live. There are a few things to notice in this photo.

The first thing you see are the two jerseys on the far left. Those will be the practice jerseys. It looks like it has some serious side piping down the side. I really don’t care too much for practice jerseys but I usually like them to be one solid uniform color instead of a two-tone.

Nike had said that they wanted to just adjust the template and fabric of the jerseys that weren’t going through a design change. It looks like the seem for the side piping is getting a slight readjustment and it looks a lot better already.

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Nike’s takeover of the NFL shouldn’t seriously affect Jim Harbaugh’s wardrobe

In his final season at Stanford (a Nike school), Harbaugh was already wearing his version of a black sweater.

On April 1st, Nike will become the official outfitter of the NFL and all previous products, uniforms created by Reebok will no longer be in use. The change in supplier means that every aspect of the team will be made by Nike. From uniforms to shirts, Nike will be the outfitter.

There has been buzz as to what the Nike takeover will do to the uniforms but there is one thing that will see very little change on the 49ers’ sideline — Jim Harbaugh’s infamous black sweater.

Despite the change from Reebok to Nike, Harbaugh actually already has a history wearing a Nike black sweater. In his final year at Stanford (a Nike school), Harbaugh donned Nike’s version of a black sweater and black cap. Much like the Reebok sweater Harbaugh wore this past year, it’s all black and features a simple team logo.

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Another Opening Day, another tough loss for the Oakland Athletics

Pennington did OK on defense, but was close to a homer in extra innings.

I can’t believe that I woke up from a three-hour sleep to catch the A’s-Mariners game. After all, it was Opening Day and the A’s are my love. But I knew that even though I had a lagging online stream, I could listen to the radio. I wouldn’t do this kind of stuff for any other team.

But here I am sitting in my kitchen listening to this game. The A’s were exactly what I thought they would be today. They would keep it close with a great pitching performance and the offense did produce. But it was the missed opportunities that cost them.

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My Oakland Athletics Google Chrome browser theme

You can use this as your Chrome browser theme.

Over the weekend I worked on this little thing with my Google Chrome browser. You can customize your own browser and since I am a huge A’s fan, I decided to take a photo I took of Opening Day last year and put it into a theme.

What do you think? Feel free to use it if you want by going to this link.

If you want to create your own, head over to this link. Show me what you come up with!

Check out this guy’s amazing collection of MLB caps on his wall

I came across this video and just wanted to share it with you. As you know, I am a baseball cap collector but I don’t like buying fashion caps. I only like buying caps that were used for on-field play.

Unlike this guy, I am very picky and I don’t need to own a cap for every team. But for this guy, he owns every New Era cap ever made for any baseball team. This is his first video and he plans to add more.

I just have to say WOW and good luck to you sir on your adventures.

What is your favorite football movie of all time?

I am trying to compile a list of my favorite football movies of all time (like I did for baseball) and I got stuck. I can’t remember all the football movies that I have seen.

I’ve seen most of the popular ones out there but I still need a refresher. One movie I know that has to be on the list is “Remember the Titans”. I remember seeing that movie when I was a freshman in high school and I didn’t even really care about the actual football part of it.

What Disney does really well with their sports movie is show us that there is a bigger story other than the game itself. This movie about the struggle of racism between black and white ended up being one of the greatest stories ever told on film. The scene above is probably the one movie scene that I always watch and never leave without a tear in my eye.

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Oakland Athletics in Japan – March 24: See the Sights

Samuel:

This makes me really jealous. Even though it sucks that the A’s aren’t here to start the season, this is still kind of cool and I wish I was a part of it.

Originally posted on Athletics in Japan: Opening Series 2012:

As the team holds an afternoon workout at the Tokyo Dome, many A’s front office and family members head outside Tokyo for a day trip to the south-eastern area of Hakone.

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A ropeway travels up a mountain to get a better view.

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The Cotroneos pose for a photo at the top of the mountain. The fog behind them is actually steam, a result of volcanic activity.

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While waiting for the trek down the mountain, you can play Whack-An-Alligator, similar to Whack-A-Mole.

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Down the mountain, people fish in the large lake.

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Lunchtime! Squid, fish, or corn are available options at this grill stand.

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A closer look at the meal options.

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Amanda McCarthy decides to make a purchase…

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…and offers 95.7 FM The Game’s Chris Townsend a bite.

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The A’s board a boat and Townsend poses with the pirate captain.

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Lakeside sights are seen, including this gateway.

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The “captain” looks on as…

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NCAA Tournament Buzzer Beaters – Top 10

Samuel:

What a great list and there are some I remember watching live. I love the NCAA Tournament even every year my bracket gets messed up.

Originally posted on Ath-Lists:

One of the best parts of the tournament format is the do or die nature of every single game. One loss and you are eliminated. This leads to excruciatingly lengthy final minutes of games and unrivaled drama. These buzzer beaters change the fortune of a teams in an instant, and allow anonymous names to etch their mark into NCAA lore. There is nothing quite like the unbridled joy or pained despair the teams on the following list went through.

 

10. Northwestern State- 2006, First Round vs. Iowa
While most fans know that Northwestern has never made the tournament, the Demons of Northwestern State managed to win a game as a 14 seed.  In a tight game throughout, they found themselves with the ball down two.  After forcing a bad three point shot, the ball bounced out to the corner to Jermaine Wallace, who was forced to launch an even…

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