Wake Up With Whitty – 12/18/2017

Good morning Good evening Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. We’re midway through December and the unthinkable has happened. The Bengals have been officially eliminated from playoff contention. I know, I’m as shocked as you are. I could’ve sworn they’d clinched a playoff spot like three weeks ago since they’ve played so well this year. The good news is that Bengals fans can watch the last two weeks of the season without worrying about the games’ outcomes. At this point the best case for the Bengals would be to lose out in order to get the best possible draft pick, but I just can’t get on #TeamTank. It feels wrong. So I’ll continue to pull for the Bengals to win, knowing that if they don’t then they’re still going to better their draft position. It’s win-win. Or lose-lose, I’m not quite sure. Anyways, here’s Wake Up With Whitty.

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NBA 1/4 Season Awards Presented by Milliron Sports

For many people, the NBA season doesn’t even begin until the Christmas day marathon of games, but not here at Milliron Sports. We’re a quarter of the way through, and it’s time for me to present the highlights from the beginning of the year. Alright, I don’t want to waste anyone’s time here, so lets dive right into it:

Most Graphic Injury : Gordon Hayward

There wasn’t even a ton of competition for this one. It was opening night in Cleveland, and the Celtics were looking to make a statement against the Eastern Conference Champs. Too bad that statement was “HOLY SHIT, HIS LEG’S SHATTERED!”

WARNING: this shit is nasty.

It’s pretty surprising to me that Hayward hasn’t been missed that much, seeing as Boston went on that ridiculous winning streak.

Honorable mention: I know this wasn’t from the NBA, but prayers up to Grayson Allen after this nasty injury.  Shoutout to @millironmac for providing the footage.

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Wake Up With Whitty – 11/19/2017

Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. We’ve past the midway point in November, the weather is starting to turn colder and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. The NFL playoff picture is starting to take shape and there’s only one week left before Conference Championship Week in college football. Some of the psychopaths Christmas enthusiasts have already started putting up their lights and trees (*cough* Jefe *cough*) and the big red bow car commercials are out in full force. It’s an exciting time of year, and with so much going on, it’s hard to stay focused on the stories that matter. That’s where I come in. Join me as I take you on a journey through the first three stories I happened to come across the top stories around the world of sports from this past week.
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Wake Up With Whitty – 11/12/2017

Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. The last few weeks of college football have been pretty crazy, in an exciting kind of way (except for last week’s OSU/Iowa game, which I refuse to acknowledge), and yesterday was no exception. We saw two top 4 teams fall and four top 10 teams. In each of the past 3 weeks we’ve seen at least two top 10 teams go down. With two weeks left in the season, plus conference championship games still to come, there’s a good chance we’ll see more shakeups before all is said and done. This could be the first year we see a 2-loss team in the College Football Playoff (fingers crossed). So if the NFL isn’t giving you enough excitement (and if you’re Bengals fan like me, it isn’t), there’s plenty to be found in the college game. And if that doesn’t it for you, then I don’t know how to help you…

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Wake Up With Whitty – 11/5/2017

Good Morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty.  It’s the end of Daylight Saving Time, so if you haven’t already, make sure you set your microwave’s clock back an hour.  And if you have any other clocks in your house that don’t set themselves automatically then you need to re-evaluate your life choices.  I always have a hard time wrapping my mind around whether I’m getting extra time or if I’m losing time.  And the people that don’t even take part in Daylight Saving Time?  Are they living in the future? Or the past?  Time travel is a complex, confusing concept.  All I know is if for some reason this blog post isn’t available when you would normally expect it, it’s because it got lost in the Daylight Saving Time time warp.  Sorry.
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Wake Up With Whitty – 10/21/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. It’s Bengals/Steelers weekend so keep your head on a swivel out there.  Burfict’s going to be out there taking heads off, and I’m sure Mike Mitchell will be doing Mike Mitchell things:

It’s going to be an ugly AFC North slugfest on Sunday.  Any time these two teams get together, there’s going to be fireworks, and you can guarantee that both teams’ fans will be bitching about how dirty the other team played.  In my experience, one of the two teams’ fans have been 100% justified in their complaints and the other team should quit whining because the one time that they actually did fall victim to a dirty play it helped them Steel a playoff victory.  I won’t say which team is which though because Wake Up With Whitty is a place of love and acceptance so we should all just put aside the hate for a moment.  Ok, moment’s over: I hate Pittsburgh.  Here’s Wake Up With Whitty:
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Wake Up With Whitty – 10/7/2017

Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. It’s October and the NHL season is finally here. The Blue Jackets looked sharp in their season-opening 5-0 victory over the Islanders.  As an unbiased observer (fan) I honestly cannot envision a scenario where the Jackets don’t go 82-0 (Editor’s Note: 81-1-0) and then sweep their way to a Stanley Cup championship. I know it was only one game, but I’ve seen enough to say that I can’t see anyone beating this team (Editor’s Note: Again.).  It was also great seeing the Penguins on the wrong side of a 10-1 ass kicking.  I don’t usually care for the Blackhawks, but anyone that embarrasses the Pens like that is okay in my book.  Let’s just hope they got it all out of their systems for tonight.
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Should the Lakers Retire #8 or #24?

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The Lakers will reportedly retire Kobe Bryant’s jersey in December this year, before the Golden State Warriors game.  This is something that is obvious to even the most novice NBA fan.  After 5 Championships, 2 NBA Finals MVP awards, NBA MVP, 18 All-star selections, 2 scoring titles, etc. etc. etc., it was a foregone conclusion that the Lakers were going to retire his number.  There’s just one problem; for 10 seasons, Kobe wore #8, and for another 10 seasons, Kobe wore #24.

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Wake Up With Whitty – 8/26/2017

Hello and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty, where I recap some of the happenings from the past week. As we pointed out in the most recent episode of the Nati Boys podcast, it’s officially fall now that you can find pumpkin spice everything at your local grocery store. Football is also officially here, as a handful of college football teams kick off their seasons today. While there aren’t many matchups of particular note, I’m just happy to finally watch a football game that actually counts. If you’re as excited as I am then sip on your pumpkin spice latte, kick back and enjoy the most recent edition Wake Up With Whitty.

Nobody’s Perfect

The Dodger’s Rich Hill pitched one hell of a game Wednesday night. Hill was perfect through 8 frames, which is the closest we’ve been to a perfect game in a long time. We haven’t seen a perfect game in over 5 years, and Rich Hill was well on his way. Unfortunately for Hill, the 9th inning started off with a throwing error by Logan Forsythe. Perfect game gone.

Luckily for Hill, the no-hitter was still in tact.  He recovered and retired the next three batters, competing the full 9 innings of no-hit baseball.  There was just one problem.  His team failed to score a single run in those 9 innings, and the game went into extra innings.  After a quick 3 up and 3 down by the Dodgers, Hill trotted out to see if he could accomplish the extremely rare extra inning no-hitter.  After getting a first pitch strike, Hill fell behind Pirates’ second baseman Josh Harrison, 2-1.  On the next pitch, Harrison sent the ball over the left field wall.  No-hitter gone.  Shutout gone.  Game over.

Hill did not have of the good fortune of throwing the 24th perfect game in MLB history.  He did not manage to complete the 297th no-hitter in MLB history.  But he did pull off a feat that no other pitcher in MLB history has accomplished.  Hill is the only player to ever lose a no-hitter on a walk-off home run.  Lucky him.

Many people felt bad for Hill for the way things ended up for him on Wednesday night, especially due to his lack of run support.  Personally, I think he has nobody to blame but himself.  As a National League pitcher, Hill had plenty of opportunities to generate some offense himself, but instead he turned in a dismal 0-4 performance at the plate.  In his first at bat, he failed to move a runner over on a sacrifice bunt.  He then lined out with the bases loaded and again with a man on second.  Seems to me like he had plenty of opportunity to win it himself.   I guess that’s what you get for expecting someone else to do your work for you.

Celtics/Cavs Swap In Jeopardy?

The blockbuster trade that sent Kyrie Irving to Boston and Isiah Thomas to Cleveland could be in jeopardy now, as the Cavs have expressed concern over Thomas’s injured hip.  The Cavs staff did not like what they saw during IT’s physical on Friday, and now the status of the trade is uncertain.  The Cavs would have the right to veto the deal based on a failed physical, meaning Kyrie could be heading back to Cleveland.  I have to imagine Irving’s feeling a lot like Michael Corleone right now: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”

My hunch is that Lebron had something to do with this. He probably got word of the Isiah Thomas tweets bashing him from 2010 that some fans dug up after the trade was announced. Lebron’s poor ego probably couldn’t handle sharing a locker room with someone who openly bashed him, even if it was over 7 years ago. He probably told Gilbert to stop this thing from happening by any means necessary.

Whatever ends up happening with all of this, I just hope the jersey burning is over, because that really gets King James triggered. In all fairness, I do agree with him. Burning a player’s jersey is one of the dumbest things you can do, especially if that player was traded instead of leaving on their own volition. Unless maybe that player was a douchey former team captain that tried to fight the team’s goalie in his first game back in his former city. Then by all means, burn his jersey and every memory you ever had of the prick, hypothetically speaking.

Parting Thoughts

Thank you for joining me for another edition of Wake Up With Whitty. As always, be sure to leave a comment and let me know what you thought. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter, and check out the Nati Boys podcast on iTunes. If you dropped the $100 on tonight’s Mayweather/McGregor match, I hope you get your money’s worth. Maybe we’ll even see Conor shock the world. My money’s on Floyd though. See you all next weekend!

Wake Up With Whitty – 8/19/2017

Good morning and welcome to another edition of Wake Up With Whitty.  We’re heading into weekend number two of the NFL preseason, which is generally your best chance to see some extended playing time from the starting units on each team.  We’re also just one short week away from the start of the college football season.  As a fan of a sub-par MLB team, it’s a been a painfully long summer from a sports standpoint, but the wait is finally almost over.  To get mentally prepared I’ve gathered a collection of old remotes to practice throwing at the TV in anger during tonight’s Bengals/Chiefs matchup.  It’s preseason for the fans too you know, so study up on your favorite team’s roster and start practicing your obscenities that you’ll be screaming at its players on Saturdays/Sundays.  And once you’ve gotten that out of your system, come back here and leave some positive, uplifting comments about how great this week’s Wake Up With Whitty was.
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