29 Results for month: 04/2016

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 4/30/16

Time flies when you're having fun, as the old expression goes. I start having fun on Opening Day of the baseball season, and sure enough, time is absolutely flying for me. I can hardly believe we're already about to complete the first month of the campaign. While scanning some team data from the first month, one set of numbers caught my eye. I knew this ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 4/29/16

Dee Gordon will be on an unpaid vacation for the next few months. The Marlins second baseman and reigning NL batting champ is down for the next 80 games after getting nailed on a PED drug test. I'm waiting for the statement from Gordon where he tells everyone he has no idea how these drugs got into his system and why he tested positive. Of course, ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 4/28/16

Joe Girardi thinks it's time for baseball to outlaw defensive shifts. The manager of the Yankees said this should be illegal. He then proceeded to explain why, and in the process kind of made a fool of himself. "It's an illegal defense, like basketball. Guard your man, guard your spot," said Girardi. "If I were commissioner, they would be illegal". ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 4/27/16

I certainly never thought it would reach this point this soon. But tomorrow promises to be one of the most fascinating days in the sports history of Las Vegas. Oakland Raiders owner Mark Davis will be in town to meet with the Southern Nevada Tourism Infrastructure Committee. The purpose of the meeting will be to determine the possibility of a domed ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 4/26/16

It's been awhile since I took what amounts to a blog break. So I'll give myself a night off as far as the editorializing goes. But there are no days off on the free plays, so that's here as always. I went 0-1 on Monday, with a loss on the Cardinals. The NHL series plays are 2-0 thus far and I'm still alive with the Predators as a handsomely priced dog as ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Monday 4/25/16

The Sunday sports scene couldn't have been much more exciting. The late games on the baseball slate were absolutely nuts, there was an NHL series clinch in a tremendous double overtime duel, and even the NBA chipped in with a pair of exciting games. But the big news coming out of Sunday's action came in a game that ended up being a blowout. Golden State ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Sunday 4/24/16

Boxing doesn't command much attention these days, which is pretty much boxing's own fault. That's the inevitability when the sport is run by multiple promoters who are looking out for the best interests of themselves and not the sport. Don't get me wrong, I understand that stance completely, and if I were a promoter, I'd probably be doing the same thing. ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Saturday 4/23/16

I was planning on skipping the commentary in today's piece, and just writing up the daily free play. But after seeing one of the craziest baseball plays ever, that had to change. Here's the setup. Top of the seventh inning, the Rangers are trailing the White Sox 5-0. But Texas was in position for a big inning, as they'd loaded the bases with none ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Friday 4/22/16

The first big event of the 2016 NFL season is almost here. Next Thursday is Draft Day and experts like myself cannot wait to heap praise or criticism on the winners and losers. Well wait, I need to amend that. When it comes to the draft, I'm not an expert. I have no doubt I'm entirely capable of bullshitting my way to what sounds like a really informed ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Thursday 4/21/16

Words speak louder than actions. I know the old expression was just the opposite, but that was before political correctness rose to its present level, and apparently there's no end in sight with this phenomenon. Chicago's Andrew Shaw will serve a one-game suspension, which means he'll be sitting out the Blackhawks critical Game Five battle with the ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Wednesday 4/20/16

This is strictly the fan in me speaking. The sports bettor portion is enjoying the NBA playoffs, but as a fan the early returns on the pro hoops post-season are beyond awful. Let's call it straight, aside from perhaps three games, the entire opening round to date has been blowout city. Move along, nothing to see here. I know this won't happen because ... More

Cokin’s Corner, Tuesday 4/19/16

I learned a simple lesson back in what amounts to the middle of the 20th century. Jeez, that makes me sound so damn old. Be that as it may, it occurred to be circa 1960, that while I was already an ardent fan of the Boston Red Sox, I was not one of the players and not part of the game. Cheering for my team and razzing the other team was cool. But that was ... More