Tag Archives: Free agency

Make Or Break Time

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Draft Days Are Here

By John Ventola

The annual three-day National Football League (NFL) draft gets underway tonight in Philadelphia. Two hundred fifty-three names will be called before the event concludes Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two league franchises, each hoping to improve their team’s talent pool, will make choices to either correct a position deficiency, or select the best player available (according to their talent evaluations) at the time of their pick. Continue reading

Giants Capture Third World Series In Past Five Years

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Dynasty Defeats Destiny

By John Ventola

Baseball 2014 is now officially over. The San Francisco Giants rode the pitching of lefthander Madison Bumgarner to a World Series clinching 3-2 victory over the Kansas City Royals to win their third series title in the past five years. The seventh game win between two wildcard teams was unusual in that neither starting pitcher was able to get more than 10 outs and all runs but the deciding one were scored in the first two innings. It put the finishing touches on an entertaining, fan friendly year of outstanding baseball. A year that featured a changing of the guard with the retirement of long-time Yankees captain Derek Jeter, the infusion and continued development of young stars like Clayton Kershaw and Mike Trout, and exciting pennant races. Continue reading

Free Agency Necessary For Team Success

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Hired Guns

By John Ventola

As National Basketball Association owners and General Managers begin constructing their rosters for next season, their NFL brethren are ready to see what the league’s draft and free agent signings have done for their franchises heading into training camp. While the annual drafts for all sports are the lifeblood of teams, free agency can fill position needs and quickly turn a team previously considered a pretender into a contender. Continue reading