Matt Shoemaker came in real clutch for the Angels in their afternoon game against the Oakland A’s. Shoemaker pitched six scoreless innings and and allowed 1 hit. The Offense was taken care of by Kole Calhoun and Albert Pujols. They both had 2 RBI’s. The Angels have completed the 1st sweep of the season and now are 1 game over .500. The Angels have to play better than .500 baseball to get to the Playoffs. So far so go looking in April.

The Angels get to travel to the Twin city to face the Twins at Target Field for a 3 game series starting Friday. Garrett Richards starts the series for the Angels. The Angels Hitters will have to face Tommy Milone on Friday.

The Los Angeles Lakers beat the Utah Jazz 101-96 to send Kobe Bryant into the Sunset as a winner. Kobe Scored the final 15 of the last 17 for the Lakers to complete a vintage Kobe Bryant Performance. This was Kobe’s 6th and final 60+ point game.

That was one of the best ways to go out. Score 60 and have a ton of former teammates there watching you. Kobe I want to thank you for 20 years of memories. I have only been to 1 Lakers game and I will always Cherish it. It was in March 2012 against the New Orleans Hornets. Even though you only had 13 points that game you scored the game winning 3.

I am 21 years old. Out of all the Teams I like and all the players on those Teams Kobe has been the Forever man. It was great to watch the Lakers led by  Kobe Bryant win 5 Championships. I just want to say Thank You Kobe Bryant. Good Luck in Retirement.

The Angels were down 4-1 with 2 outs in the eighth inning thanks to Semien’s 2 home runs in the game. Albert Pujols came up with 2 outs and 2 on in the eighth. Pujols ripped a double to the left field wall that brought in 2 that brought the game to within a run at 3-4. With the A’s held scoreless in the bottom of the eighth the angels had 3 outs to get 1 to tie or 2 to take the lead. Giovanni Soto came up with a runner on first and belted a 2 run home run over the left center wall. Huston Street came on in the bottom of the ninth to shut the game down. Huston Street earned his third save of the year and the Angels are now 4-4.

April has been the reason the Angels did not get to the playoffs the passed couple of years. They have so far been more successful in the early going than years past.

The Angels fans after today should be happier about the trade for Simmons. He made a long run and catch in foul territory in the ninth. This guy is great gold glove material. Hopefully is bat can catch up a little bit and it would be a more even trade.

The Angels have had a couple come from behind wins this season. Since the Cubs series they have showed the fans way more fight in the games.

The Angels will have Matt Shoemaker on the mound Wednesday afternoon to try to sweep the Oakland A’s.

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The Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning will meet up again in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. The Lightning and Red Wing finished 2nd and 3rd in the…

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The Detroit Red Wings and the Tampa Bay Lightning will meet up again in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the 2nd year in a row. The Lightning and Red Wing finished 2nd and 3rd in the Atlantic Division.Detroit Red Wings vs Tampa Bay Lightning

Detroit Red Wings X-Factor

The Detroit Red Wings need Niklas Kronwall to play real good in this series. Kronwall missed several games this year and his output has been the lowest since The 06-07 season. He still remains on the Red Wings Top defensive pair.

Tampa Bay Lightning X-Factor

Tampa Bay has been bit by the injury bug late in the season. With Victor Headman possibly coming back from injury, it will take a couple of games to get back into top form. Matt Carle has to come in to play and step up his game. Since Carle came back from injury he has been getting more playing time and has made good use of it. With Stamkos out the Lightning will need all the help they can get on special Teams play.

Who Wins the Series

As a Red Wings fan this is hard to say, but I think the Tampa Bay Lighting will win this series in 6 or less. The Red Wings inconsistent play on Defense and in Goal tending lead me to think that the Lightning offense will take advantage of it.

Week 17 of the NFL regular season has come to an end. The morning games set up the rest of the day in meaningful football. 

Texans vs Colts: This game was a very inspirational and emotional game with Chuck Pagano coming back to coach the Colts to victory. The colts have huge  momentum going into the playoff game against the Ravens. The Houston Texans have lost 3 out of the last 4 games and went from the #1 seed lock-in to the #3 seed.

Dolphins vs Patriots: The Patriots got great news before Sunday morning. Rob Gronkowski was coming back after missing 5 games with a broken forearm. Another reason why this game was because the Texans lost their game and they had the chance to move up in the seeding. In Typical Patriots fashion they beat the Dolphins 28 to 0 for their first shutout since 2009.

Chiefs vs Broncos: The Broncos also benifited from the Texans loosing the colts. In typical fashion the Broncos put on a clinic against the Chiefs and dismantled them sending them to the offseason as the #1 draft pick. The Broncos now have homefield advantage throught the playoffs.

Giants vs Eagles: In order for the New York Giants to keep the playoff hopes alive they needed to win against the Eagles. The Giants completed their task of beating the Eagles but still needed help to get in. They needed the Bears and the Vikings to loose.

Bears vs Lions: The Bears entered the Game needing a win to keep their chances of the playoffs alive. The Bears barley did enough to beat the Lions and eliminate the Giants. The Bears also had to do some scoreboard watching of the Packers vs Vikings game.

Packers vs Vikings: This game would determine if the Vikings would go to the playoffs and complete the amazing collapse of the Chicago Bears. More people seemed to care about if Adrian Peterson was gonna break the Single Season Rushing Record. This game was an exciting game to watch to the end. Even though the AP did not get the rushing record he reapetely told reporters that he was happier to go to the playoffs then have the record. His effort got him 9 yards short of the record.

Cowboys vs Redskins

This Sunday Night Football game decided who was top dog of the NFC East. Their were two players who domination post game chatter was sixth round draft pick Alfred Morris and Tony Romo. Morris ran for 200 yars and now owns the Redskins record for single season rushing record, which was previously owned by Clinton Portis. Tony Romo pretty much ruined the Cowboys playoff hopes with 3 Interceptions and not giving the defense any help.

The Chicago Bears who lost their 2nd challenge of the year to the Houston Texans in a rainy defensive battle 13-6. The Atlanta Falcons lost their 1st challenge of the season against the desperate New Orleans Saints 31 to 27.

The question after a Sunday of Football is are the Bears and Falcons still front runners for the SuperBowl? The answer to the question is no. The new front runers for the SuperBowl are the Houston Texans and the Green Bay Packers. The Houston Texans have had an impressive win over AFC contendor the Baltimore Ravens by the score of 43 to 13 and the new one this pass Sunday against the Bears. The only blemish on their record is from the other front runner for the Superbowl, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers have beat both the Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans. The Packers have started off slowely to the season but have gotten progressivly better as the season went on.

The Bears and Falcons are still in the lead pack for the Superbowl but have got to win their challenging games in order to keep from falling any farther in the hunt for the SuperBowl.