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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
02:09 PM - July 28, 2015. Written by stiets1118
Offensive Captain: TE Ben Palmer, 6-4, 228lb senior from Albany, Oregon. Ben was in one of the first recruiting classes for Coach Tietsworth. Ben moved to the Anchorage area with his twin sister, Mary, who is also enrolled and is a Criminal Justice Major. Ben is the schools all-time leading receiver at tight end, and may end this season as the schools all-time leading receiver. 138 career catches for 1572 yds and 13td. Ben has hopes of playing in the NFL, but also is interested in becoming a pastor back home in Albany, Oregon.

Defensive Team Captain: SS William Davis, a 6-3, 221lb junior from Red Springs, NC. William, or Billy, left the sandy beaches and warn weather of the south east for the oft cold and blustery Alaska. Why you ask? Well, Billy says he grew up not knowing winter very well, and on an official visit, he spent more time building a snow fort and making snow angels than he did touring the Alaska State facilities. Billy was hooked on the campus for the weather and football. Billy was a huge recruit, as he was a 3 time all-state nominee for both track and football. Billy will return with a degree in Environmental Science, and hopes to return home and start his own tobacco farm.
Dynasty: stiets1118
12:53 PM - July 28, 2015. Written by apetroski
NCAA Football Rankings - AP Top 25 - Updated: Jan 7, 2021
11Chicago (65)1401625
48Long Beach State1311074
86South Carolina112947
104Penn State103886
1112Oklahoma State112863
1316Oregon State122746
1417Washington University112704
1518Georgia Southern112672
1720Virginia Tech94600
1825Georgia Tech103578
2123Notre Dame85502
23-Michigan State94448
Dynasty: apetroski
12:33 PM - July 28, 2015. Written by apetroski
2020 NCAA 1st Team All-Americans
PosPlayer NameHtWtYear
QBAustin Piotrowski, Chicago6'6"240Sr.
HBSean Dickson, Chicago5'11"206Jr.
HBMarcus Jenkins, Georgia Tech6'0"206Sr.
WRJames Gordon, Auburn6'4"197Sr.
WRCory Monroe, Oklahoma State6'5"237Sr.
TEBJ Smith, Chicago6'7"263Sr.
OLRob Powell, Auburn6'6"298Sr.
OLPedro Harvey, Chicago6'3"289Sr.
OLTerrence Parker, Chicago6'1"285Sr.
OLAnthony Walker, Auburn6'2"304Sr.
CDavid Carlson, Chicago6'5"289Sr.
DLLonnie Rankin, Chicago6'2"253Jr.
DLBo Byers, Chicago6'3"264Jr.
DLJay Thomas, Chicago6'5"277Sr.
DLBrian Baker, Chicago6'3"267So.
LBTravis Sims, Arizona6'2"236Sr.
LBRaymond Burnette, Chicago6'3"224Sr.
LBKenny Collins, Iowa State6'2"231Jr.
DBLee Larkin, USC5'11"173Jr.
DBTerrence Perry, Nevada6'2"182Sr.
DBDan Grimes, Auburn5'11"217So.
DBNigel Adams, Chicago6'2"208So.
KMike Fletcher, Georgia Tech5'11"189Sr.
PBrandon Smith, Chicago5'10"227Jr.
RSJimmy Guerrero, Oklahoma State6'0"183Jr.
Dynasty: apetroski
Mike7Vinas' Arkansas State Red Wolves Dynasty

-Background Info

In a desperate search for a stable dynasty team for this season I stumbled across Arkansas State, UTSA, and UTEP. After 3 months of testing, thinking, and writing I decided on a dynasty.. Arkansas State. I'm aware that the Red Wolves went 7-6 last season which is pretty good but I went over the roster and there is A LOT of work to be done. I'm looking forward to the challenge.


Game System: Playstation 3
Quarter Length: 9 Minutes
Difficulty: Heisman
Recruiting difficulty: Heisman
Roster: 2015-16 OS Rosters v.1
Sliders: Mr. Hurricane's Minnesota Golden Gopher Dynasty sliders.
Recruiting Restrictions: None. It'll be hard to recruit so no restrictions on recruiting.
Transfers: If they want to leave. They do. I can't convince them.
Players declaring for NFL Draft: I can't bring them back.
Gameplay: I'll be playing EVERY game. No simulation.
Teambuilders: Georgia Southern will be going in for Georgia State and the reason for this is because G.Southern won the Sun Belt so they deserve to be in this dynasty so I replaced them with the last place team.
Appalachian State will be going in for Charlotte/UAB. I'm using the 2015-16 Rosters so Charlotte is in for UAB but I don't like them having UAB's Uni's so I'm changing them.

-About Head Coach Laurence Gilbert!
Age: 31
Skin Tone: Light (I'll upload pictures at another time)
Strength: Offense.
Types: Offense- Pistol; Defense- 4-3 Multiple
Background: A former Division 2 Standout at Kutztown University in Northeastern Pennsylvania this Golden Bear alumni knows football. He was a quarterback with great speed and he likes that in a QB. This is his first head coaching gig so his Coach Skill Tree will start from scratch. 0 free upgrades.

-History of Program
Straight from Wikipedia.

Early years (19111953)
The school itself was founded in 1909, and, two years later, Arkansas State fielded its first football team. In 1918, the team was temporarily disbanded due to the First World War. Arkansas State played without conference affiliation until 1929 when it joined the Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference. From 1937 until 1953, Arkansas State competed as a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). After the 1941 season the football program was interrupted due to World War II and did not resume until the 1945 season. The school left the AIC in 1950 and would remain independent of conference affiliation for the next 12 years.

During the 1950s under coach Forrest England, ASU emerged as a bit of a regional football power, appearing in four post-season bowl games from 1951 to 1953. The Indians compiled a 48-22-9 record under England. The Indians played in two different bowls at the end of the 1951 season, winning the Refrigerator Bowl and losing the Tangerine Bowl (now known as the Capitol One Bowl). The Indians lost the 1952 Refrigerator Bowl and tied the 1953 Tangerine Bowl.

College Division years (19531972)
In 1953, Arkansas State moved to the NCAA, and played as a member of the College Division through 1972. The early part of this era was characterized by mediocre records under several short-term head coaches. In 1962 head coach King Block departed for Nebraska where he was to serve as defensive line coach.

Bennie Ellender was promoted from defensive backs coach to head coach, replacing Block in 1963 just prior to ASU joining the Southland Conference. Ellender would serve for 8 seasons compiling a 52-20-4 record culminating in an undefeated 11-0 College Division National Championship year in 1970. This championship season included a victory over Central Missouri State in the Pecan Bowl, the Indians 3rd consecutive bowl appearance under Ellender and 3rd straight Southland Conference championship. Ellender departed after the 1970 season to accept the head football coach position at his alma mater Tulane.

Centennial Bank Stadium, formerly known as Liberty Bank Stadium
Divisional realignment years (19731991)
In 1973, under head coach Bill Davidson, the Indians were reassigned to NCAA Division II. They remained in this classification for one year before being promoted to Division I. Arkansas State recorded an undefeated season (going 11-0) in Division I in 1975 and was one of only two undefeated Division I football teams that year. Arkansas State is one of only four institutions to have gone undefeated and not win a National Championship at the Division I-A (now Division I FBS) level. Since Arkansas State was a member of the Southland Conference, and the league did not have a bowl game tie-in, Arkansas State was not selected for post-season play despite being undefeated. As a result of this inequity, the Independence Bowl in Shreveport, Louisiana was created (though ASU has never played in the game). Davidson retired after the 1978 season due to health problems. Davidson compiled a 51-32-1 record during
During the 1980s, under head coach Larry Lacewell, Arkansas State played in the NCAA Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) compiling a 69-58-4 record and making four appearances in the playoffs, including a loss in the national championship game in 1986 to Georgia Southern, 48-21. After the 1986 season Arkansas State left the Southland Conference and became a I-AA Independent. Lacewell left ASU in 1989 after 11 season to accept an offer to be Johnny Majors' defensive coordinator at Tennessee.

Lacewell's departure came as the decision was being reached for Arkansas State to pursue entry into what is now Division I FBS.

FBS transition years (19922010)
The transition from I-AA (FCS) to I-A (FBS) football was a painful one for Arkansas State. The school spent most of the decade as a I-A Independent with two separate two-year stints as a member of the Big West Conference.

Al Kincaid came to Jonesboro from his post as an assistant at Alabama. He served as head coach for two seasons, posting 4-17-1 record before his dismissal. Kincaid was replaced by former Alabama head coach Ray Perkins. Perkins tenure was highly anticipated but ultimately a failure as he posted a 2-9 record in one season before joining Bill Parcells' staff with the New England Patriots as offensive coordinator.

Perkins was replaced by offensive line coach John Bobo who oversaw moderate improvements to the team's performance including ASU's first winning record since the start of the transition but he was unable to sustain that success and was fired after the 1996 season.

Bobo was replaced by the highly sought after offensive coordinator at Ohio State, Joe Hollis. Hollis was unable to adapt and posted a 13-43 record in five seasons before being relieved after the 2001 season.

In 2001 the Sun Belt Conference added football and Arkansas State joined the conference as an inaugural football member.

Steve Roberts came to Arkansas State from Northwestern State and was ASU's head football coach for nine seasons (2002-2010), where he compiled a 45-63 record. Although Roberts finished with an overall losing record at Arkansas State, the ASU football program made great strides under his leadership. During the 2005 football season, Arkansas State finished the regular season as Sun Belt Conference champions with a record of 6 wins and 5 losses and was invited to the New Orleans Bowl. This was the school's first bowl game since the trip to the 1970 Pecan Bowl and subsequent national college division championship. The Indians lost to The University of Southern Mississippi in the game, which was played that year in the city of Lafayette, Louisiana due to the lingering effects of Hurricane Katrina.

In 2008, Arkansas State changed its name from the Indians to the Red Wolves and defeated Texas A&M in their inaugural game with the new mascot. Players recruited by Roberts were the foundation of the highly successful teams of the "One and Done" era.

The One and Done era (20112013)
This three year period saw the Red Wolves achieve remarkable success on the field in the midst of unprecedented turnover in its coaching staff. The players recruited by Steve Roberts saw three conference championships, three bowl games, and two 10-win seasons under three different head coaches. Red Wolf players played all three bowl games without their head coach and with depleted coaching staffs. The program's continued success during the adversity of constant coaching changes received considerable national attention.

Hugh Freeze (2011)

Hugh Freeze
In 2011, led by first year head coach Hugh Freeze, Arkansas State went undefeated in the Sun Belt conference, a perfect 8-0 record, as well as going 10-2 overall. After the last regular season game, Freeze took the head coaching job at Ole Miss, taking four assistants with him. Running backs coach David Gunn was named the interim head coach and led the team to Mobile, Alabama for the 2012 GoDaddy.com Bowl. In that bowl, held on January 8, 2012, the Red Wolves were led by quarterback Ryan Aplin, as they squared off against the Northern Illinois Huskies at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Northern Illinois rallied back from a thirteen-point deficit for a 38-20 victory. Also in attendance in Mobile was Gus Malzahn, who was named Arkansas State's new head football coach on December 14, 2011.

Gus Malzahn (2012)
Gus Malzahn came to the Red Wolves from Auburn, where he had served the previous three seasons as offensive coordinator. In 2012, Arkansas State lost only one game in the Sun Belt Conference. For the first time in school history, they had back to back 10 win seasons (10-3 in 2012) and back to back Sun Belt conference championships. On December 4, 2012, Malzahn announced his return to Auburn as head coach, thus making it two years in a row the team would be coached by an interim in the post season. John Thompson coached the team to 17-13 victory at the 2013 GoDaddy.com Bowl against #25 Kent State on January 6, 2013. Former Texas Longhorns football offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin was named on December 11, 2012 to succeed the departing Malzahn.

Bryan Harsin (2013)
In 2013, Arkansas State under Bryan Harsin won the Sun Belt Conference, and received a bid to the GoDaddy Bowl for the 3rd time in as many years with a 7-5 (5-2 conference) regular season record. They were deemed co-champions this year with the UL-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns who were also 5-2 in conference. Before the GoDaddy Bowl, Harsin joined his predecessors in announcing his departure after one season to coach at his alma mater, Boise State. Harsin's contract included a $1.75 million buyout which was paid by Boise State. Defensive Coordinator John Thompson coached the team in the GoDaddy Bowl where Arkansas State blocked a Ball State field goal in the final seconds to hold on to a 23-20 win.

Blake Anderson era (2014-2015)
On December 19, 2013, Arkansas State hired Blake Anderson as the new head coach away from his offensive coordinator post at the University of North Carolina.In an attempt to end the "One and Done" era and provide much-needed coaching stability, Arkansas State placed a hefty buyout provision in Anderson's $700,000 per year five year contract specifying a $3 million buyout for the first two years, $2 million for the third and fourth years, and $1 million in the final year but do to an off-field issue he was fired and replaced by Laurence Gilbert! Source- https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arka...olves_football
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Dynasty: Mike7Vinas
Monday, July 27, 2015
06:39 PM - July 27, 2015. Written by mkilcNYR
Hey all and welcome to the first installment of Cold Brewed Light, a look inside the minor league system of the Colorado Rockies. I'll be doing this every 10 games and pretty much it will be to update everyone on the hottest players and coldest players at AAA and AA and the standings.

For the first post though I'll do a quick run down of the key players at each level (AAA/AA/A) and I'll be keeping tabs on them in each installment (if they're not already included as a hot or cold player).

Albuquerque Isotopes

The AAA farm team of the Colorado Rockies does not have that many players that can make a major impact on the parent club as it stands now. That being said there are some who will be able to develop into something hopefully down the road. Those are:

SP Jon Gray (23 years old, 71 overall, B ) 3-0, 1.21 ERA
RP Scott Oberg (25 years old, 59 overall, B ) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 4 IP
CP Jairo Diaz (23 years old, 58 overall, B ) 0-0, 0.00 ERA, 5 IP, 3 Saves in 3 Chances

Gray started the year in AAA to refine his craft and he has done wonders for the rotation winning all 3 of his starts so far in the PCL season. I'd rather he stay down there for a while to see how he develops over his next 5-6 starts before even considering bringing him up to the major league level if the starters continue to struggle at the major league level.

Oberg has done a good job out of the pen so far in the 4 innings that he's been called upon. He so far has a WHIP of 1.50 with 4 K's on the year. There is some concern that he has walked 3 and surrendered 3 hits but he has been working with the pitching coach for the Isotopes (Training) on reducing those

Diaz was somebody who was considered to begin the year at AA New Britain or even in A Modesto in the California League but he showed enough poise in Spring Training to warrant an assignment to Albuquerque. He so far has rewarded that faith through his first 5 innings he's pitched. he currently has a WHIP of only 0.80 allowing 3 hits (1 a home run) and 1 walk while being perfect and picking up the save in all 3 opportunities. He currently sits with a 1.80 ERA

Hot Players: 0

Cold Players:
SS Cristhian Adames (23 years old, 63 overall, C ) .152 Average, 0 HR, 2 RBI, .264 OBP
CF Roger Bernadina (30 years old, 63 overall, D ) .159 Average, 1 HR, 6 RBI, .224 OBP
RF Noel Cuevas (23 years old, 60 overall, C ) .158 Average, 0 HR, 0 RBI, .200 OBP
RF Tyler Massey (25 years old, 55 overall, D ) .187 Average, 0 HR, 3 RBI, .187 OBP

New Britain Rock Cats

The AA farm team for Colorado plays in the Eastern League and does have a few players to keep an eye on but I'll just do a rundown of the top three:

CF Raimel Tapia (21 years old, 62 overall, B ) .342 AVG, 0 HR, 5 RBI, .390 OBP
CF David Dahl (21 years old, 65 overall, B ) .241 AVG, 2 HR, 8 RBI, .313 OBP
SP Gus Schlosser (26 years old, 73 overall, C ) 2-1, 2.05 ERA

Ramiel Tapia has thrived at the AA level so far (he is one of the players on a hot streak for AA right now). His presence in the 2 hole and his ability to work the count and rip pitches into the gaps has translated well for his average and prospects in the farm system

Dahl is also a natural center fielder but is playing left right now and hits leadoff (due to his 77 speed). While not hitting for average at the same level as Tapia he is a home run threat and can work the occasional walk to get on for Tapia behind him. They form a good 1-2 punch at the top of the order.

Scholar has thrived at AA in the first 3 starts going 2-1 while striking out 19 and holding a respectable 2.05 ERA. His WHIP is 1.23 through the early parts of the season. He is being evaluated now for a possible promotion to AAA depending on the out comes of his next 2 starts.

Hot Players:

CF Raimel Tapia (stats above)
1B Jordan Ribera (26 years old, 53 overall, C ) .316 AVG, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .447 OBP

Ribera is underwhelming on the field but has produced consistently enough to make the list. Potentially he could be an unfolding asset moving through the year.

Cold Players:

SS Trevor Story (22 years old, 62 overall, C ) .105 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .244 OBP
2B Juan Ciriaco (24 years old, 57 overall, D ) ..140 AVG, 0 HR, 1 RBI, .229 OBP
SS Pat Valaika (22 years old, 57 overall, C ) .214 AVG, 2 HR, 7 RBI, .250 OBP

When you're cold you're cold and Story is cold. That combined with Valaika's cold streak at short as well could wind up having a SS or utility infielder promoted from Modesto if things don't improve by May

Modesto Nuts

Since MLB the Show does not have playable A these will just be the top 3 players assigned to the A level for now and what their training on

SS Brendan Rogers (19 years old, 63 overall, A ) Fielding Drills (Fielding and Reaction)
3B Ryan McMahon (20 years old, 54 overall, B ) Hitting Coach Session (Vision, Discipline, Clutch)
C Dom Nunez (20 years old, 54 overall, B ) Fielding Drills (Fielding, Reaction, and Blocking)

All 3 players at Modesto are considered big players in the future for this Colorado ball club and will no doubt be featured here at higher levels. Rogers could be a natural successor to Tulo when he either retires or is traded down the road (I signed Rogers to keep things consistent with this years draft)

McMahon is working hard with the hitting coach at Modesto to improve his vision and plate presence for a potential call up to AA at some point in the year

Nunez is already a better fielder and hitter than the backup catcher at AA and with a bit more training behind the plate there is no doubt that by next year at the latest he can be the starting catcher at AA
Dynasty: mkilcNYR
10:46 AM - July 27, 2015. Written by mkilcNYR
Hey all, before I get into the game action for the Rockies v. Dodgers series I have a league update to announce. Every time a trade goes down I'll do one of these in the future going forward. I'll put the trade down and also give a small analysis of the deal (Also I'll be doing an minor league update today so stay tuned!)

TRADE ALERT 4/15 The Rays and the White Sox have agreed to swap players. The transaction details are below:

White Sox- GETTING: SP Grayson Garvin (25 years old. 64 overall (C)) Assigned to AAA Charlotte Knights

Rays- GETTING: C Geovany Soto (32 years old. 73 overall (C)) Backup catcher on Tampa Bay Rays.

This is a fairly good deal for both teams. The Rays needed a backup catcher as John Jaso went down this week with a broken hand he suffered during this weeks series against the Jays. He'll be down for 1-2 months and Soto/Rivera platoon is serviceable until he gets back.

The White Sox had both Flowers and George Kottaras as a catcher on the major league team so Soto was the odd man out in Chicago so there was no major loss on that front. Garvin fills in nicely at the back end of the their AAA team's rotation and takes over for a struggling Kyle Drabek. Garvin could be used potentially as a reliever also on the major league level should Chicago choose to go that route or just release him without much loss as he is only making 60K this year.

Onward now to the games!

Game One: The Rockies had off on Thursday and took the time to recuperate and figure out ways to end this 6 game losing streak. The Dodgers got the scoring started on a Yasmani Grandal solo shot to left in the 2nd which put them up 1-0. The Rockies though would answer scoring runs in the 4th and 5th thanks to an RBI single by Justin Morneau and an RBI double by rookie Kyle Parker that made the score 2-1.

De La Rosa would load the bases in the 6th but escape giving up only 1 run and left with the score knotted up at 2-2. The Rockies would push across the winning run in the 8th on a long fly ball by Drew Stubbs who was pinch hitting for Brandon Barnes (who was 0-3 on the day and had a 0.76 average) with runners on 2nd and 1st. Puig tracked the ball and got under it for the final out but then inexplicably dropped the ball and was charged with an error which allowed Nick Hundley to score from 2nd and make it 3-2 in favor of Colorado.

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Apr 17, 123456789RHE
Colorado (3-6)000110010390
Los Angeles (7-2)010001000261
W: Butler (3-0) L: Hatcher (0-1) S: Axford (3)

Game Notes: Eddie Butler once again came to the rescue out of the bullpen for the Rockies throwing 1.2 and struck out 2 while yielding 2 hits. Kyle Parker went 1-4 with the RBI double to extend his hitting streak to 4 games. Nick "Heavy Hittin'" Hundley went 2-4 with 2 runs scored to raise his average to .428 on the young season.

Game Two: Fresh off a win in the first game of the series the Rockies look to make it 2 in a row here at Chavez Ravine. Jordan Lyles took the mound and it was not a happy game for the usually strong starter. Lyles would only last 4+ innings giving up 5 runs and 8 hits. His ERA swelled to 4.11 as a result of the startling start. The Rockies though would not go down. Colorado scored 5 runs through the 7th, 8th, and 9th innings thanks to home runs by Blackmon, Tulo, and Rosario. With the game tied 6-6 going in the 10th the Rockies catcher Mike McKenry came through again launching a solo homer, his 2nd of the year into left field at Dodger Stadium to make it 7-6 Rockies. John Axford pitched the bottom half of the frame for his 4th save of the year and the Rockies won their second in a row!

Rockies at Dodgers |
Apr 18, 123456789ExtrasRHE
Colorado (4-6)0100001221781
Los Angeles (7-3)11120010006110
W: Hawkins (1-1) L: Rodriguez (0-1) S: Axford (4)

Game Notes: Clayton Kershaw had everything going for him until the 8th inning when Kyle Parker drove in 2 runs which came on Rosario having homered the inning before and made this good start a mess. He finished with 7.2, 4 runs scored, 3 walks, and 7 K's. Casey Jansen blew his first save of the year after Tulo homered in the 9th. Kyle Parker went 1-3 with a walk, double, and 2 RBI's on the day to push his average to .305 and his hitting streak to 5 games.

Game Three: The Rockies entered this game hoping for a sweep of their divisional rival from LA but left with a realization that the team was really out performing these past 2 games. Matzek surrendered 3 runs over 6 innings while walking 2 and striking out 4. That was not a good enough line as Zack Greinke was on the mound for the Dodgers and was he masterful as ever. Greinke threw a complete game scattering 6 hits and striking out 6 while walking only 1 (Kyle Parker) for his 3rd win of the year.

Colorado Rockies at Los Angeles Dodgers
Apr 19, 123456789RHE
Colorado (5-6)000000000060
Los Angeles (7-4)00003001X480
W: Greinke (3-0) L: Matzek (1-2)

Game Notes: Greinke now has lowered his ERA to an astounding 0.33 on the season through his first 3 starts. Tulowitzki was given the day off but did pinch hit in the 9th grounding out for the final out. Kyle Parker was inserted into the 5 hole in the lineup due to injuries/scheduled days off. It did not suit him as he went 0-3 with a walk which snapped his hitting streak at 5 games.

Up next on the docket are the San Diego Padres as the Rockies head home to Coors Field for a 4 game set against the Padres and then a 3 game set against the Giants. Here are the matchup's for the series against San Diego:

Game 1: Kendrick (0-0, 3.97 ERA) vs. Kennedy (1-0, 2.08 ERA)
Game 2: Hale (0-2, 8.59 ERA) vs. Morrow (1-1, 7.71 ERA)
Game 3: De La Rosa (0-1, 2.25 ERA) vs. Shields (1-1, 5.71 ERA)
Game 4: Lyles (0-1, 4.12 ERA) vs. Cashner (0-2, 10.80 ERA)

Hope all of you stay tuned as we take on the friars next and coming up at some point today will be an update on the first few games and progress of the Minor Leagues for the Rockies!
Dynasty: mkilcNYR
Sunday, July 26, 2015
07:19 PM - July 26, 2015. Written by Fridge Combat
Bolts Insider

Remember, full game highlights available here:


August 24 - 4:00PM
Levi's Stadium,
Santa Clara, CAL

San Fran, a team who have yet to lose a game in the Preseason, (despite a lot of changes on this squad), will be inviting the Chargers down to their home tonight, for some hard-hitting action!
While this may not be the dominant 49ers defense of a few years, we expect them to put up a good fight, along with this verstaile offense.

The Chargers' offensive drive started slow, unable to convert a single down.

The 49ers had no such issue. They pushed the ball on the ground, but were unable to get to the redzone. Instead, they decided to go for the 58yd FG! Obviously, it was short, (ambitious call!), so the Bolts got the good field position.

Unfortunately, with San Fran playing shut-down run defense, the Bolts only managed to get to the redzone and come away with three. Still, it was the first points of the game with a minute left in the Qtr.

If the 49ers were shutting down the run game, then the Chargers were opening the door for them! The running back corps torched the Bolts on the ground, leading to a 2yd TD run by Kendall Hunter. The 3rd running back on the depth chart!

For a moment, it looked like it would be another quick 3 and out for the Chargers. Luckily, the veteran ability of TE Antonio Gates came through on 3rd, with a great one-handed grab over the middle.
The very next play, QB Kellen Clemens finds WR Dontrelle Inman wide open in the endzone, 26yds for paydirt.

Veteran presence: This clutch grab led to the Chargers' first TD of the game.

Down by 3, the 49ers ground assault continued. Newly acquired RB Reggie Bush and Kendall Hunter pushed the offense up the field with ease. Even when the ball was put into the hands of backup QB Dominique Davis, despite a sack by OLB Tourek Williams, the offense still moved without much resistance.
Eventually, the Chargers were able to stall them at the goal-line, leading to a gimme FG, tying the game up 10-10.

Rushing Woes: As the stats show, the Chargers have struggled to both run the football and stop the run!

San Fran received the kick-off and the Chargers defensive woes continued. Davis was able to pick apart the team through the air, even tuck it and run for yardage. It wasn't until a sack from DE Corey Liuget brought up 4th down did the madness end!
However, K Phil Dawson made the 45yd FG, putting the Niners up early in the half.

The Chargers' offense found life early though, with a nice screen pass to RB Branden Oliver, which went for 50yds! This put the Bolts in great position to milk the run game, until Clemens found WR Jacoby Jones for the TD. Bolts back on top 17-13!

With only a minute left in the 3rd, the Niners continued their aerial assault. Another sack, and continued pressure by Tourek Williams, seemed to do little to hamper their progress. Now into the 4th Qtr RB Kendall Hunter runs it in from a yard out, putting the Niners back on top.
The see-saw game continues, with neither team able to pull away.

So with five minutes left in the game, the Chargers need to score and hold off this stampeding offense. A sack on first down, then a knock down on second, is not the way to do it. But 3rd & 18, Clemens uncorks a beautiful lofted pass to a streaking Dontrelle Inman, which is caught for a 42yd gain!
With the great gain, the Chargers' offense came to life, and stormed down the field, carving up the Niners defense through the air! On about the 5th play of the drive, Clemens dumps it off short to Gates, who makes a beautiful cut and punches it in for the 11yd TD! Once again, the tide turns and now San Diego pulls in front.

But disaster for the 49ers this time, as Davis takes off and is caught from behind by FS Eric Weddle. The ball comes out and is scooped up by SS Jimmy Wilson on the opponents 39!

With a chance to put this game away, Clemens tries too hard to deliver the ball to his receivers, and the drive ends at the 26 with a 3 and out. But Novak is able to put away the 36yd FG, giving the Bolts a seven point lead.

With just under two minutes remaining in the game, the pressure was on for Davis and this offense. Going no-huddle the entire way, Davis scrambled around looking for receivers, eating two sacks in the process. But even with 30 secs left on 4th down, he still finds a way to convert!
It isn't until a a 23 yd pass to WR Anquan Boldin, (who goes up to pull it down in TRIPLE coverage!), that this 49ers team may actually score! With no time-outs remaining, 8secs on the clock, on the 4yd line, last play of the game! Davis takes the snap, looks, breaks a sack, and with a defender hanging off him, slings it into the endzone, and its caught by WR Torrey Smith! So the 49ers, with their dying breath, tie the game up, and therefore, ladies and gentlemen, we are going to Overtime!

Poise: Even surrounded by traffic, the young man out of East Carolina is able to stand strong and deliver the ball accurately to keep his team in the game!

Overtime in the Preseason, who ever wanted this? Still, the fans who showed up were getting their money's worth!
The Niners win the toss and elect to receive.

San Fran started as before, some nice running from RB Reggie Bush go them down to the Chargers' 42yd line. But soon after, disaster! As Hunter takes the hand-off and finds a huge gap in the middle of the Chargers' defense and sprints 42yds, untouched, for the game-winning TD!

Final Score: SD - 27 SF - 34

Kendall Hunter on the winning TD.

San Diego Chargers at San Francisco 49ers
San Diego Chargers (1-1)37710027
San Francisco 49ers (2-0)031014634
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense236466
Rushing Yards3250
Passing Yards233216
First Downs1024
Punt Return Yards00
Kick Return Yards185162
Total Yards421628
3rd Down Converstion310
4th Down Conversion01
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals2/13/1
Posession Time12:3529:34
San Diego Chargers
K. Clemens9/1319430
P. Rivers3/74700
D. Woodhead294.50
M. Gordon4-5-1.30
B. Oliver4-6-1.50
A. Gates46015.01
D. Inman38127.01
L. Green23015.00
B. Oliver15252.00
M. Gordon11111.00
J. Jones177.01
T. Robinson01
S. Williams - CB8000
D. Perryman - MLB7000
J. Wilson - SS7000
E. Weddle - FS6000
D. Stuckey - FS6000
M. Te'o - MLB4000
T. Williams - OLB4200
K. Emanuel - OLB3100
D. Butler - MLB3000
P. Robinson - CB3000
S. Richardson - CB2000
C. Liuget - DE2100
R. Mathews - DE2100
R. Carrathers - DT2000
J. Addae - SS1000
N. Novak2/23/3943
J. Jones415639.00
D. Woodhead12929.00
San Francisco 49ers

Another close loss for the Bolts this Preseason, but in fairness, the defense couldn't stop a nose bleed this week, which primarily led to their loss.

On the other hand, the offense looked pretty good out there, well, at least in the passing game! Kellen Clemens had another nice week, passing for 3 TDs and a handful of incompletions. But what let this offense down was the running game, or lack there-of! The Chargers put up an embarrassing number of rushing yards, and got no help from the O-Line either! After last week one would have hoped this issue would have been solved, but alas, we will see what next week brings.

On the other side of the ball, the defense got trampled, both through the air and on the ground, they may as well not have even been there. The Niners looked dominant, putting up 466yds of offense. Their receivers ran unabated all day, and the defensive line might as well have lay down for them.

We spoke to Coach McCoy over the phone after the game, and asked him his thoughts and what went wrong:

"Putrid. That is the only word that springs to mind right now. Understand we have a lot of young and inexperienced players on that second team, but to see your players perform like that makes this job so tough...
I'll be sitting down with the defensive staff and having a long discussion. We need to make sure our young guys are better drilled for these kinds of situations in the future."

Offensive Gameball: QB Kellen Clemens; It's two weeks in a row now, but it's hard to argue that Clemens wasn't the driving force of the team this week. With 3TDs, no picks, and some accurate passing he continues to impress. Even with no running game, (and little help from the O-line), he showed some real talent out their, and deserves his second gameball in the same number of weeks.

Defensive Gameball: OLB Tourek Williams; Before coming into the season, Williams was one of those guys who had yet to impress and was on the cusp of being let go. Now, after a great preseason so far, he earns his first gameball. While he didn't have the best stats of the team, his two sacks and nice tackles in the run game, (not to mention his constant pressure), was probably the only bright spark on the defense.

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Dynasty: Fridge Combat
08:25 AM - July 26, 2015. Written by stiets1118
Alaska State Snow Cats 2017 Schedule
Sep 2at New Mexico StateWon, 32-7
Sep 16at #11 Arizona Won, 30-27
Sep 23vs WyomingWon, 48-0
Sep 30at NC StateWon, 34-7
Oct 7vs Utah StateWon, 65-14
Oct 18vs San Diego St.Won, 27-10
Oct 28at NevadaWon, 47-12
Nov 4at HawaiiWon, 27-20
Nov 11vs Fresno StateWon, 41-12
Nov 18vs BYUWon, 45-20
Nov 25at UNLVWon, 41-29
Dec 9vs Air Force - Mountain West Championship GameWon, 50-0
Jan 8at #3 Miami - BCS National Championship GameWon, 34-25
Dynasty: stiets1118
Saturday, July 25, 2015
Hey everyone. The Rockies are officially here and ready to begin this six game road trip through California and are ready to kick off this 3 game set against the Giants to get the ball rolling.

Game One: Game one did not go at all as the Rockies planned. While managing to score 2 runs in the Top of the 3rd off Tim Hudson thanks to a run single by Corey Dickerson (which boosted his average to a healthy .307), Tyler Matzek completely coughed up the lead in the bottom half of the inning surrendering 4 runs. To add injury to insult Corey Dickerson went down gripping his shoulder in pain after throwing a ball to home plate to try and save a run on a hard hit single by Buster Posey. Rockies medical staff said that while he did not tear anything he did have a case of shoulder inflammation and was put on the 15 day disabled list with a return time of late April.

The rest of the game did not go well for the Rockies. The Giants would tack on a few more runs to wind up winning the game 8-4 and taking the first of this 3 game set in the Bay Area.

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
Apr 13, 123456789RHE
Colorado (3-3)0021000104160
San Francisco (2-5)00403010X8120
W: Hudson (1-0) L: Matzek (1-1) S: Casilla (3)

Game Notes: After the injury to Dickerson, Drew Stubbs was put in to play LF and will platoon there with Brandon Barnes for the duration of Dickerson's DL stint. Rosell Herrera was called up from AAA Albuquerque Isotopes to provide depth on the bench. Eddie Butler once again was called on to pitch in relief in a game and performed well again. He pitched 2 innings in relief of Matzek giving up 1 hit and striking out 2. He lowered his ERA to 0.87.

Game Two: With that disastrous game 1 loss to the Giants now behind them and seeking to break the 4 game losing streak, the Rockies handed the ball to Kyle Kendrick in the hopes that the streak would end here in the Bay. The Rockies got off to a nice start in the first inning as D.J LeMahieu singled, reached second on a grounder after he was put into motion to avoid a DP, and scored on a hit by Nick "Heavy Hittin'" Hundley who drove him in with a double.

Kendrick would cough that lead right up in the bottom half of the inning as Nori Aoki and Angel Pagan both came around to score. The Giants tacked on another in the bottom half of the 4th to push the score line to 3-1 in San Fran's favor. However the rookie Kyle Parker did nicely filling in for Carlos Gonzalez in this one by driving in 3 runs on a double in the 5th inning to give Colorado a 4-3 advantage. Kendrick would go into the 7th and all seemed well until the bottom of that inning when Rex Brothers came on in relief with only 1 more out to get in the inning for a tired Kyle Kendrick (he gave up a single to Nori Aoki which prompted his removal from the game and he had almost 0 energy left). An Angel Pagan triple later and the score was tied 4-4 with Brother's visibly upset at his performance.

San Francisco would tack on 1 more in the bottom of the 9th to walk off with a 5-4 win in a game that felt like it was robbed from the Rockies.

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
Apr 14, 123456789RHE
Colorado (3-4)1000300004115
San Francisco (3-5)200100101580
W: Petit (1-0) L: Hawkins (0-1)

Game Notes: One bright spot in the losing effort was rookie Kyle Parker who began the year with the parent club due to the injury to Carlos Gonzalez that he suffered in spring training. With the 3 RBI double that Parker ripped in the 5th he finished the game 2-4 with 3 RBI. He now has a .320 average, 1 HR, and 9 RBI to begin the young season. Rex Brothers suffered his first blown save on the year. The Rockies committed an unprecedented 5 errors on the field in the game. D.J LeMahieu committed a whopping 4 of them at second base and Morneau committed 1 at first.

Game Three: David Hale took the mound for the Rockies as they try to stave off elimination in the series finale of this 3 game set. He also is trying to dispel the belief that he should be demoted after the 1.1 inning performance in the Opening Day disaster that had many in the organization looking at Jon Gray as a potential early call up if Hale can't right the ship. However he did prove he can compete at this level. Hale went 6 innings, giving up 6 hits, 2 walks, 2 runs, while striking out 5 Giants. He managed to keep the Rockies in it to win it with the score at 2-1 thanks to a sac fly by Brandon Barnes who brought in Kyle Parker from third after he hit a triple leading off the 5th inning.

It was not to be though as the Giants scored again in the 8th and finished up the series with a sweep taking the third game 3-1 from Colorado.

Colorado Rockies at San Francisco Giants
Apr 15, 123456789RHE
Colorado (3-5)000010000181
San Francisco (4-5)01010001X370
W: Peavy (2-0) L: Hale (0-2)

Game Notes: David Hale did lower his ERA from being over 33 to now at 8.59 on the season, still though a disgusting number to look at. Kyle Parker now has a 3 game hitting streak after he went 1-4 with a triple in the losing effort. Troy Tulowitzki could not have had a worse day. Besides going 0-4 he also went 0-3 with RISP which undoubtedly led to the Rockies dropping another game that felt like it was absolutely winnable.

Even though the series with the Giants did not go as planned there is still half a road trip left and the Rockies are determined not to make many of the same mistakes as they did in the series in San Fran. Here are the matchups for the 3 game series against the Dodgers:

Game 1: De La Rosa (0-1, 1.50 ERA) vs. Wieland (0-0, 5.40 ERA)
Game 2: Lyles (0-1, 2.30 ERA) vs. Kershaw (2-0, 2.12 ERA)
Game 3: Matzek (1-1, 8.71 ERA) vs. Greinke (2-0, 0.50 ERA)

Hope you all follow along as the Rockies continue onward to the City of Angels and the dangerous Los Angeles Dodgers!
Dynasty: mkilcNYR
Thursday, July 23, 2015
08:27 PM - July 23, 2015. Written by Fridge Combat
Bolts Insider

Another week of preseason is in the books, and a lot of teams have begun their house-cleaning chores. This week we saw a bunch of free agents find new homes, and many now looking for them.
So without further ado, let's get started with this week's news!


SD - T. Reese WR - 520K: Reese is on his way back to San Diego. After being drafted in 7th Round last year, he was cut after struggling at WR. However, after some reconsideration, it would seem the kid's freakish athleticism is too much to pass on. He has break-neck speed and agility and could be dynamite at KR, but may struggle at the Receiver position.

CLE - W. Welker WR - 2.83M: This probably isn't exactly how Welker wanted his career to go, after so many years with the Patriots he is slowly becoming a journeyman. That said, he is arguably still the best slot receiver in the NFL, and he will help Cleveland immensely in the passing game. Johnny Football should enjoy his new target!

The elite slot receiver has probably found his last home in his career, at least somewhere he can help out in a big way!

HOU - S. Rice WR - 2.13M: Losing Andre Johnson, the Texans have filled the void left by signing veteran Sidney Rice. IF, he can fight through the myriad of injuries he's had in his career, he is talented enough to really help this young offense. He can definitely contribute, but again, it's all down to WHEN he gets injured.

TEN - B. Pollard SS - 4.54M: Pollard just landed himself a huge deal for this year alone! The hard-hitting, tempo-setting Safety is on his way back to Tennessee, and a good thing too! The Titan's secondary is somewhat lacking, but adding a force like Pollard should help them out immensely. He may even lead the team in tackles this year.

BUF - H. Dahl OG - 2.06M: The Bills are building a destructive team this year! With the frightening front four on defense, all the talent on offense, now they have one of the nastiest O-Lines in the NFL too! Harvey Dahl joins Richie Incognito at the OG position, both known for their tough and nasty play. They should be two maulers on the line this year, if they can stay out of trouble.

NO - J. Greer CB - 2.87M: An odd move here by the Saints. After letting Greer go, after an awful ACL injury, they have decided to pay big to take him back. It's unclear if he'll be at 100%, but he know the team and knows the defense, so even if he's not on his game he may be able to contribute. But, is he worth $2.87 million? We shall see.

OAK - A. Bradshaw RB - 2.2M: The division rival have added a little juice to their backfield. With a young bruiser in Latavius Murray, Bradshaw will add a bit of wiggle and allow a nice 1-2 punch. Bradshaw has had some fumble issues in the past, along with some injuries. He probably won't start, allowing Murray to get his reps, but is a great backup at the position.

MIN - V. Leach FB - 950K: With Minnesota getting Adrian Peterson back, they've gone with the best FB on the market to block for him. Leach is a bulldozer in the run game, like a lineman in the backfield, he should pave the way for Peterson to have a great year!


CIN - D. Peko DT: Peko is at that age now where he will only replace injuries or be used as depth. That is not to say he still isn't a dominant run-stopper, but he will be hard pressed to find a place to call home this year.

Possible Landing Spots: DAL\ PHI\ ATL\ SF\ DET\ DEN

PHI - B. Jones MLB: Jones' time in Philadelphia is over before it even began! As a 7th Round pick, Jones has flourished in the NFL. His production has outshined anything that was expected of him, and his work ethic and commitment really impressed his coaches. He would be a nice fit to any locker room, especially those in a 3-4 scheme.

Possible Landing Spots: GB\ OAK\ NO

SF - T. Holliday WR: The kick-return specialist will have to find somewhere else to contribute this year, as the Broncos let him go in an unusual move. There are plenty of teams who would love a threat in the return game, so his year of football may not be over quite yet.

Possible Landing Spots: ATL\ OAK\ BAL\ WAS

SF - J. Smith DE: Someone may be able to grab one of the most dominant DE's in football. Reaching the twilight of his career, (and a costly contract coming up), the 49ers have cut ties with one of their best defensive players. He is suited to a 3-4 but could probably slot in as a 4-3 DT. He's versatile and he is an exceptional player, could be a place for him yet, otherwise retirement may be on the horizon.

Possible Landing Spots: ATL\ GB\ OAK\ TEN\ TB\ ARI

If he can't find a home before the year is out, Smith may consider retirement, but we find it hard to believe he will be passed up completely!

NYG - A. Snyder OG: Snyder is an extremely versatile lineman who hasn't seemed to be able to settle long-term. In San Fran, he played all over the line, (besides Center), displaying his versatility and willingness to learn new assignments and help out his team. This kind of mindset would be beneficial to any team.

Possible Landing Spots: SD\ SF\ NYJ\ DET\

NYG - M. Patterson DT: Formerly regarded as one of the best rookie defensive linemen in his class, Patterson has had a tumultuous career. After being diagnosed with Cerebral arteriovenous malformation in 2011, (abnormal vein and artery connection in the brain which can lead to seizures and internal hemorrhaging), he was cut from the Eagles. Now it seems his time in New York is also up, and will have a hard time finding a team to take a chance on him with his medical concerns, which is a shame as he is still a talented defensive lineman!

Possible Landing Spots: N/A


PIT - Trade V. Williams MLB for M. Devito DE - KC - Pittsburgh may have made a bargain trade here. Spotting a weakness on the front three, the Steelers get Mike Devito, a 3-4 veteran who will make that defensive front fearsome. In return they lose three year man Vince Williams, a hard-hitting, athletic Linebacker, but with Ryan Shazier now in the fold, it doesn't seem a great loss.


NYG - O. Beckham Jr. WR - Foot Fracture (5 weeks) - Luckily, the Wide-receiver phenom will only miss two weeks of the regular season. Whether his foot will hold up the rest of the season is another question.

NYJ - M. Wilkerson DE - Broken Collarbone (5 weeks) - Luckily, it is only two weeks, so he will have plenty of time to keep on impressing. But so far, it looks like the Jets may have the most fearsome defensive line in football upon Wilkerson's return.

CAR - C. Newton QB - Upper Arm Fracture (4 weeks) - Cam got lucky this week, most of Carolina probably held it's breath waiting for the results. Luckily for the Panthers it will only be one week in which Derek Anderson has to carry the load.

Newton and the Panthers dodged a bullet this week, obviously without him their hopes of a playoff run decrease dramatically. Luckily he will be back on the field soon.

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Dynasty: Fridge Combat
06:28 PM - July 23, 2015. Written by mkilcNYR
Game 1: The Rockies came home to a hero's welcome at Coor's Field after having swept the Brewers in Milwaukee to begin the year. The Opening Day joy would not extended beyond the pre game festivities though. David Hale could not make it out of the 2nd inning and would be charged with 5 runs while only striking out 1. He began the season with an awful ERA of 33.75 and reaffirmed the belief that the bottom of the rotation might not be able to offer much in the way of help.

The Rockies found themselves down 8-1 after 5 innings with the only run coming off the bat of first baseman Justin Morneau. The Rockies rallied though scoring 4 in the 6th and then getting another 2 in the bottom of the 7th off the bat of Nolan Arnado who hit a 2 run homer, his first of the year. The Rockies managed to pull within 2 at that point but that would be the end of the scoring and wind up being the final line score.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies
Apr 10, 2015123456789RHE
Chicago ()3203001009140
Colorado ()1000042007100
W: Hammel L: Hale S: Rondon

Notes: Morneau continues to rake as he went 2-3 with 2 walks and the RBI double in the first inning. Solid anchor in the lineup that I'm not sure what the Rockies would do without

Game 2: The Rockies hoped to rebound from the typical Coors Field shootout that happened on Opening Day and Jorge De La Rosa stepped up his game big time. Over 6 innings the veteran managed to strike out 9 while giving up only 1 run on 2 hits while walking 3. His control was iffy sometimes (as evedinced by the 3 base on balls) but when it counted he bore down and got the job done.

The same could not be said for the Rockies offense. Wada took the ball for the Cubs and pitched 7.2 innings of masterful baseball. He scattered 3 hits over the innings while not allowing a walk and struck out 3. The Cubs lone run came on a Dexter Fowler single to left that scored Montero in the 3rd but it was all that Wada would need.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies
Apr 11, 2015123456789RHE
Chicago ()001000000140
Colorado ()000000000030
W: Wada L: De La Rosa

Game Notes: No regular player in the Rockies lineup got a hit. Drew Stubbs and Michael McKenry (the road warrior) picked up the only hits for the Rockies with Stubbs going 1-4 and McKenry going 2-3 with a double

Game 3: Manager Walt Weiss turned to Jordan Lyles, the de facto staff ace, to turn this series around and send the paying customers home happy. And my did he give it the old college try. Lyles went 8.1 and took a no-hitter into the 9th inning before Anthony Rizzo crushed a mistake location fastball over the wall in right center. Lyles would leave the game and Christian Friedrich would surrender a single and then homer to Miguel Montero (who scored the Cubbies only run a game ago) to put this one on ice and give the Cubs a 4-0 unexpected win.

Jon Lester meanwhile threw a complete game and matched his Colorado opponent pitch for pitch, albeit giving up 5 hits along the way. Either way he picked up his first win of the year and lowered his ERA down to 2.45.

Chicago Cubs at Colorado Rockies
Apr 12, 2015123456789RHE
Chicago ()000000004441
Colorado ()000000000050
W: Lester L: Lyles

Game Notes: Lyles has now thrown 15.2 innings over his 2 starts and gone deeper in both games (the 8th in Milwaukee and 9th here at home) than any other Colorado starter has so far to this point. Hopefully this troubling stat turns around as Lyles cannot carry the world on his arm. However I was extremely impressed at his ability to keep the Cubs off balance and am excited for what the rest of his year holds for him!

Up next the Rockies will travel to the Golden State for a 6 game road trip against the Giants in San Fran and then the Dodgers in the City of Angels. The matches for the Giants series will be:

Game 1: Matzek (1-0, 4.26 ERA) vs. Hudson (0-0, 0.00 ERA)
Game 2: Kendrick (0-0, 7.75 ERA) vs. Lincecum (0-0, 2.57 ERA)
Game 3: Hale (0-1, 33.75 ERA) vs. Peavy (1-0, 6.35 ERA)

Hope you all continue along as we take Cold Brewed Ball on the road to bask in the sunshine of the Golden State! See ya'll soon!
Dynasty: mkilcNYR
Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Hey everyone, decided to make a few changes to the Colorado franchise I'm making. Instead of updating every 10 games I'm going to update every series that the Rockies play that we it's a bit more involved. I will however make the peek into the MiLB (Henceforth known as Cold Brewed Light) every 10 games to see how the prospects are doing. That being said onwards to the first batch of games!

Game 1- Colorado VS. Milwaukee: 5-4 Rockies Win! (13 innings)

Opening Day came and went and then everyone just stayed at the ballpark a little while extra (but who doesn't want opening day to be longer than advertised?) as the Rockies edged the Brew Crew in 13 to win it 5-4. Jordan Lyles took to the mound and pitched 7.1 innings in a great performance. 2 earned runs allowed with 3 K's over that time frame ensured that he showed that the #1 spot in the rotation is in safe hands.

Kyle Lohse for the Brewers put up pretty similar numbers also going 7.1 while striking out 5 and allowing 0 runs to cross the plate. That did not mean though that the Rockies did not pester him constantly. 8 hits and 2 walks resulted in his exit from the game in favor of Jonathan Broxton who struck out the last 2 in the 8th to hand it over to K-Rod in the 9th hoping for a Brew Crew win at home.

K-Rod promptly ran up against the wall of Tulo and Morneau who singled in 2 runs in the 9th to tie the score at 2. The Rockie rally was started by backup catcher Michael McHenry who doubled as a PH batting for LaTroy Hawkins. Going to extra's was a perfect chance to allow new rookie Kyle Parker some chance to show what he's made of. A 3 run homer by the rookie in the top of the 13th frame pushed the Rockies to a 5-2 lead (he would finish the day 2-6 with 3 RBI). Axford had some trouble handling things out of the pen in the bottom of the frame but after allowing 2 runs and putting runners on 2nd and 3rd with 1 out, Axford buckled down and struck out the next 2 batters on 95 MPH fastballs out of the zone to end Opening Day.

Game Notes: Justin Morneau finished the day 3-5 with an RBI. Eddie Butler was masterfully coming out of the bullpen in long relief throwing 4 innings. He struck out 4, walked 1, and was responsible for 1 of the 2 runs Axford gave up.

Game 2- Colorado VS. Milwaukee: 7-3 Rockies Win!

The second part of the law firm of Lyles and Matzek took the mound in game 2 of this young season. Matzek threw 6.1 innings and struck out 5 but also surrendered 3 runs, 3 walks, and 8 hits. While not giving up any homers a couple of pitches were taken deep to the warning track. Hopefully those were just opening week jitters and not something indicative of an issue with his command.

Thankfully though the Brewers seemed to have no idea what was going on game wise and imploded. Nelson, Thornburg, and Smith combined to give up all 7 runs, 10 hits, and the Brewers dreams of winning over the 7 innings they pitched. Justin Morneau continued to mash hitting a 3 run homer while Blackmon and Hundley added triples of their own

Game Notes: Tulo went 2-4 and drove in a run. Nick Hundley went full "Heavy Hitting Hundley" mode and went 2-3 with a walk and increased his batting average to .438 through these first 2 games. Axford picked up his 2nd save of the year and 2nd in 2 games.

Game 3- Colorado VS. Milwaukee: 5-4 Rockies Win!

The Rockies finished off a 3 game sweep to open the year with a 5-4 win over the Brew Crew in Milwaukee. Colorado was down 4-0 going into the 8th inning but rallied in epic fashion off Matt Garza and the Brewers bullpen in those final 2 frames. Charlie Blackmon and the rookie Kyle Parker (again his name is in lights!) drove in 3 runs in the Top of 8th and Michael McHenry once again was called off the bench to provide offensive support in the 9th inning. With K-Rod already the owner of 1 blown save this year McHenry provided the 2nd after he homered with Nolan Arenado on first. That came 1 pitch after K-Rod threw a fastball up high and tight near his head making the homer not only the go ahead runs but also a perfect revenge hit.

Game Notes: Once more into the breach Eddie Butler, once more he answers the call to arms. Butler came on in the 5th inning and finished the game out in the 9th going 4.1 with 3 K's. He lowered his ERA to 1.08 and wound up with the win. He's now 2-0 through only 2 appearances this year so far

That's a wrap on the first series, will the Rockies go 162-0? Tune in for the next post and find out as we face the Chicago Cubs and the beloved Joe Maddon for the home opener at Coors Field in Colorado. The matches will look like this:

Friday April 10th: David Hale vs. Jason Hammel
Saturday April 11th: Jorge de la Rosa vs. Tsuyoshi Wada
Sunday April 12th: Jordan Lyles (0-0, 2.45 ERA) vs. Jon Lester (0-1, 6.35 ERA)
Dynasty: mkilcNYR
Tuesday, July 21, 2015
01:55 PM - July 21, 2015. Written by mkilcNYR
Hey all. Starting up a Rockies franchise and hope to repeat the success I had in my trial run with the Royals (WS Champs!)

I'll be updating this every 10 games for the Rockies and will take a look at the AAA & AA level once a month and let you guys know how they are progressing and any rookies are really laying it all out at the lower levels.

(Side note: I'll be playing this franchise with TNK's sliders version 2.0 and OSFM Rosters Update 1)

First things first an Injury report:

Lost Carlos Gonzalez during the Spring to a torn hamstring with an estimated time of 2-3 months on the DL. Silver lining here is that he was injured in the early spring so the Rockies are expecting him to be back by mid-May/late-May at the latest. As a result rookie prospect Kyle Parker was called up and he'll be playing RF for a while in a platoon with Brandon Barnes (who had an excellent spring with 14 XB hits)

Beyond that everyone else is healthy, including Tulo, so it shouldnt be a bad year. The rotation will shape up to be this:

Jordan Lyles
Tyler Matzek
Kyle Kendrick
David Hale
Jorge de la Rosa

Matzek and Lyles will essentially have to be the anchors at the top of the rotation because I'm unsure how the rest of the rotation will fare across the year (especially de la Rosa who finished spring training with an inflated ERA of 7.50).

Hope you guys enjoy this and onward we go to Milwaukee for the first series of the year!
Dynasty: mkilcNYR
Monday, July 20, 2015
05:40 AM - July 20, 2015. Written by Fridge Combat
Bolts Insider

Remember, full game highlights available here:


August 15 - 10:00PM
CenturyLink Field,
Seattle, WAS

The Chargers' second game of the Preseason would take place down in the CLink, where the current Superbowl champions reside.
Known for their physical, bruising style on defense, (and on the ground), the Bolts knew they would have to strap it up tight tonight.

San Diego wins the toss, but defers to Seattle, not wanting any of their starters to get injured!

The 'Hawks came out of the gate doing exactly what we expected them to do, be physical. The drive looked strong, with RB Marshawn Lynch and big-time trade TE Jimmy Graham, all getting involved early. However, some nice pressure on 3rd & 9 brought up the 3 & Out.

Undeterred by their physical style, the Chargers looked to be stubborn in the run game, with mixed success. QB Phillip Rivers looked to exploit mismatches to his veteran TE Antonio Gates in the passing game, rather than risk challenging the likes to CB Richard Sherman and FS Earl Thomas.
However, the 1st Qtr would soon end, and it would QB Kellen Clemens turn in the firing line. On his very first snap, heavy pressure comes from the left so he rolls right, and finds a wide open WR Dontrelle Inman for a 31yd TD!

Now the 'Hawks second teamers would hit the field to see what they could do. Two runs by RB Robert Turbin met with stiff defense. 3rd down and QB Devin Gardner finds a wide open Turbin, but a huge hit from CB Patrick Robinson dislodges the football! It's scooped up by rookie LB Denzel Perryman, and the Chargers will take control again at the 'Hawks 38yd line!

David and Goliath: Despite having 34 pounds on him, Turbin succumbs to Robinson's devastating hit!

With another chance, Clemens wasted no time in moving the ball. Once again, on his first snap he rolls right and slings it down field to WR Jacoby Jones between coverage. It's caught for a 36yd gain! But at the goal line, three attempts by RB Branden Oliver are turned away, and the Chargers have to settle for a FG.
Chargers up 10 - 0.

So the 'Hawks defense steps up and helps dodge a bullet. Speaking of dodging bullets... On his first play of the drive, QB ? Gardner drops back into his Turbin as he tries to block for him. The messed up assignment allows rookie OLB Kyle Emanuel to off the edge unabated to the QB. His hit does not bring Gardner down (!) and in desperation he flings it deep to a Receiver, CB Robinson is in perfect position to make a play and he drops it! Even a diving SS Jimmy Wilson can't corral the tipped ball!
So Gardner breathes a huge sigh of relief for the luckiest play of his career! His luck would run out however, as on 3rd down, FS Eric Weddle finds his way unblocked to the QB and plants him, leading to a turnover.

The Chargers would also find their own drive tough going. They continued to run the ball with little to no success, until finally they too had to punt the football.

So with only 46secs left in the half, the 'Hawks looked to just run the clock out and finish the half. But a facemask penalty by LB Perryman gave them one more second on their own 36yd line. Gardner throws it up for grabs, it is contested but no-one can come down with it, ending the half.

At the half-way point, the Bolts had outperformed the 'Hawks in every way. But, the score was still close and Seattle a had plenty of time to mount a comeback!

After deferring, the Bolts would now get the ball to start the half.
San Diego looked good running the ball all of a sudden, 6/8 plays were running plays. But it wasn't until the eighth play that Oliver takes the ball up the right-hand side, and dives in for the 28yd TD!
The points gave San Diego a comfortable 17 point lead.

Oliver Takes Flight: With the defense closing in, the second year man takes to the air to secure the score!

Clearly on their heels, the 'Hawks offense looked shaky. Gardner was able to complete some nice passes under serious duress, but ultimately luck was not on his side today. With LB Emanuel on his heels again, Gardner looked to scramble right but is caught from behind by ? causing a fumble! OLB Cordarro Law picks it up and starts taking back to the house! He is finally caught after taking it 41yds back the other way.

Already close to the redzone, it looked like the Chargers would no-doubt score. Unfortunately, too much of a drop-back and waiting too long meant the Clemens was sacked twice consecutively, pushing them out of FG range.

Luckily, a beautiful punt by P Mike Scifres pinned the 'Hawks at their own 3. The long drive would take them into the 4th Qtr and down to their own 44. Faced with 4th down to continue, Gardner comes through, throwing on the run to Turbin, who just gets the 1st down before being blown up by MLB Manti Te'o.
With new momentum, Gardner would carry the team down to the Chargers' 2yd line. A hand-off to FB/TE Luke Wilson would put the 'Hawks first points on the board.

San Diego would continue to milk the clock, with good running from Oliver and some short to intermediate passing. However, some errant throws would give the ball back to Gardner with 1:48 left in the game.

Starting from their own 10, Gardner would find a streaking WR Ricardo Lockette, who blew his coverage. With no-one within 10 yards of him, Lockette is finally pulled down at San Diego's 10yd line! The 'Hawks would go no-huddle, and Gardner finds Turbin for the easy TD.

For the game to continue, the 'Hawks would have to get the ball back on the onside kick. Luckily for them, there's a miscommunication on the Chargers' sideline and the Special Teams line up for a regular kickoff! K Steven Hauschka puts it across the turf and... Eric Weddle is able to come up with the football!

So with that, the Chargers can safely run out the clock, and take home their first victory of the Preseason.

Final Score: SD - 17 SEA - 14

San Diego Chargers at Seattle Seahawks
Aug 10, 20141ST2ND3RD4THSCORE
San Diego Chargers (0-1)0107017
Seattle Seahawks ()0001414
Team Stats Comparison
Total Offense273304
Rushing Yards10147
Passing Yards172257
First Downs1314
Punt Return Yards40
Kick Return Yards1054
Total Yards287358
3rd Down Converstion65
4th Down Conversion01
2-Point Conversion00
Red Zone Touchdowns/Field Goals0/12/0
Posession Time22:1717:43
San Diego Chargers
K. Clemens9/1215010
P. Rivers3/34000
B. Oliver22874.01
M. Gordon6152.50
D. Woodhead111.00
D. Inman25829.01
J. Jones24422.00
A. Gates23216.00
J. Phillips2136.50
D. Woodhead12828.00
S. Johnson188.00
T. Reese166.00
B. Oliver111.00
J. Troutman01
E. Weddle - FS4100
J. Wilson - SS4000
P. Robinson - CB3000
M. Te'o - MLB3000
D. Butler - MLB2000
C. Liuget - DE2100
J. Addae - SS2000
D. Perryman - MLB2000
S. Williams - CB2000
D. Stuckey - FS1000
S. Lissemore - DT1000
M. Ingram - OLB1000
T. Williams - OLB1000
B. Flowers - CB1000
S. Richardson - CB1000
N. Novak1/12/2519
P. Scifres38829.33
J. Jones11111.00
T. Reese122.00
J. Jones122.00
Seattle Seahawks

So a convincing win by the Chargers this week against the inaugural favourites, and we saw a lot of things to be excited about!

San Diego's offense struggled in the early going against this vaunted defense, but as soon as the backups came on it was a different story.
QB Kellen Clemens showed us today, what we expect from a veteran backup. He looked comfortable and poised against a strong team, and threw the ball accurately and didn't make many mistakes. If Rivers goes down, there may be some hope yet.
The Chargers also managed to assemble some semblance of a run game this week. RB Branden Oliver picked up close to a buck rushing, and had plenty of carries. It shows us that, even if they are struggling, San Diego is stubborn enough to stick to a ground game to relieve pressure on their QBs.

But let's not forget the defense either! It took the 'Hawks a whole four quarters to put any points on the board! Some nice coverage, sound tackling and capitalising on fumbles to create turnovers, saw this defense give up only 14 points to a stacked roster.

In conclusion this game wasn't as close as the score indicated. San Diego were in control for the majority of the game, and the second string team continues to impress when given the opportunity.

Offensive Gameball: QB - Kellen Clemens; Clemens had a solid performance, a far cry from last week! He was very accurate throughout, made good decisions in the passing game, and helped put to rest some concerns of his abilities.

Re-emerging Veteran: Clemens performance might solidify his spot, as rumours swirl around the signing of a new backup QB.

Defensive Gameball: CB - Patrick Robinson; Whilst no-one particularly stood out today, the defense as a whole played very well. But a couple of stand-out plays from the long time Saint, squeezed him ahead of his peers, making him the second CB this Preseason to earn our 'coveted' Gameball.

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Dynasty: Fridge Combat
Sunday, July 19, 2015
08:35 PM - July 19, 2015. Written by Reiny09
Cleveland Indians at Minnesota Twins
Apr 17, 2015123456789RHE
Cleveland (5-4)1002101016111
Minnesota (5-5)00102040X790
W: M. Pelfrey (1-0) L: B. Shaw (1-1) S: G. Perkins (4)
Scoring Summary
CLE1Brantley homered to right.10
MIN3Santana singled to left. Plouffe scores.11
CLE4Chisenhall homered to right. Gomes scores.31
CLE5Moss doubled to right. Murphy scores.41
MIN5Santana singled to center. Nunez scores.42
MIN5Dozier hit a sac fly to right. Santana scores.43
CLE7Moss singled to center. Bourn scores.53
MIN7Pinto homered to center. Santana scores. Quentin scores. Hunter scores.57
CLE9Murphy doubled to center. Bourn scores.67
Cleveland Indians
Bourn, CF5230020.211
Murphy, DH4121110.294
Brantley, LF5111021.235
Moss, RF4022110.290
Santana, 1B3000110.375
Gomes, C4110020.281
Chisenhall, 3B3112111.194
Aviles, SS4010010.143
Raburn, 2B4000010.000
TEAM TOTALS3661164122
2B: B. Moss (1), D. Murphy (1)
3B: M. Bourn (1), D. Murphy (1)
HR: M. Brantley (2), L. Chisenhall (1)
RBI: M. Brantley (4), B. Moss 2 (10), D. Murphy (2), L. Chisenhall 2 (5)
GIDP: C. Santana
SB: M. Bourn (1)
CS: C. Santana (1)
E: R. Raburn (1)
Minnesota Twins
Nunez, SS5110000.333
Santana, DH3232100.316
Quentin, LF3110100.333
Dozier, 2B3011010.342
Hunter, RF2100200.171
Pinto, C4124001.263
Vargas, 1B4000000.000
Heredia, CF4010020.235
Plouffe, 3B4100000.194
2B: G. Heredia (2)
HR: J. Pinto (1)
RBI: B. Dozier (6), J. Pinto 4 (7), D. Santana 2 (6)
SF: B. Dozier
GIDP: K. Vargas
SB: E. Nunez (2), D. Santana (5)
Cleveland Indians
D. Salazar6.18442204.97
B. Shaw (L, 1-1)0.11332117.71
R. Webb1.10000000.00
TEAM TOTALS8.0977431
Minnesota Twins
K. Gibson4.27443623.97
M. Pelfrey (W, 1-0)2.12111202.53
C. Fien (H, 3)1.00000100.00
G. Perkins (S, 4)1.02110305.79
TEAM TOTALS9.011664122
Dynasty: Reiny09