Sportin’ UP’S-BRAWL OF THE WILD WEEK

Grizzly athletics have had lots of short comings this year. Soccer has fallen short of the NCAA soccer tournament with the loss to Idaho St. in the Big Sky conference championship game. Football is falling short of playoffs for the second time in three years. But the Montana Grizzlies will make sure to

NOT

come up short this week.

GRIZ/CAT week.

This week is a very historical week that means a lot to Grizzly fans and Bobcat fans. This is the 112th meeting between these two teams which is one of the longest continued rivalries in football. There is nothing like the week leading up to

Griz/Cat Saturday.

I myself get jitters when thinking about it. Whether its -20 zero or 60 degrees out it makes for a great November football game. This year Bozeman comes in ranked number 2 in the FCS (Football championship subdivision). The Grizzlies have no playoff hopes but are playing for

PRIDE….TRADITION…..AND…..

Bragging rights for the second year in a row.

With both teams planning on winning the great divide trophy, this year is expected to be nothing short of expectations.

My prediction

Grizzlies sneak by Cats 33-30 behind 250+ rushing yards for the Grizzlies running backs.

In national sports news the NFL an FBS is getting very interesting.

For the FBS, the BCS has had a mix up with #1 Alabama loosing to Texas A&M. Kansas St. is now ranked #1 followed by undefeated Oregon and Notre Dame.

The last few weeks will be interesting especially if the all three of these teams stay undefeated.

Oregon has some tough tests with Stanford, Oregon St., and the Pac-12 championship still to come. Notre Dame finishes the season against the always tough USC Trojans. Kansas St. has to battle in the rugged Big 12 against Baylor and #13 Texas.

So once again here is Shane’s Bold Predictions.

BCS championship: Kansas St. vs. Alabama

Rose Bowl: Nebraska vs. Oregon

Orange Bowl: Florida St. vs. Louisville

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. Florida

Sugar Bowl: Georgia vs. Texas A&M

With that comes news from the big leagues.

In the NFL this week we saw lots of rarities with key injuries, a tie, defensive battles, and plain good ol’ November football. The San Fransisco 49ers tied with the St. Louis Rams Sunday afternoon in a battle in the NFC West. The prime time games this week ending up being more defensive then offensive.

The Houston Texans battled for a 13-6 victory over the ferocious Chicago Bears. Then the Pittsburgh Steelers squeaked by the Kansas City Chiefs 16-13 after an injury to Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.

Other key injuries were Quarterback Alex Smith of the 49ers, and Quarterback Michael Vick of the Eagles.

Week 11 brings some excitement with the bone crushing rivalry between the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers as they battle for the lead in the division Sunday night. Then the leagues best defenses play Monday night as the San Fransisco 49ers host the Chicago Bears.

Don’t forget about the NBA and NCAAB who just opened up their seasons. Not much big play in men’s college basketball yet but there has already been an upset as the #23 Connecticut Huskies defeated the #14 Michigan St. Spartans this weekend and the Syracuse/ San Diego St. game that was supposed to be played on an aircraft carrier  USS Midway, but was postponed to

condensation on the court. Instead they played at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany at 2:30 a.m eastern time.

The L.A. Lakers making the news in the NBA as they fired coach Mike Brown through five games and hired Mike D’ Antoni instead of previous coach Phil Jackson who brought them five championships.

Will Mike D’Antoni’s run and gun style of offense match up with new accusations of Dwight Howard and two time MVP Steve Nash.

Will find out on that topic and plenty more upcoming local/national sports news at Play Missoula’s/destinationmissoula.org website on Shane’s  Sportin’ Up Blog.


Sports Hangout

Fall is here and Winter is on our doorstep.

 

Well that’s what everyone is saying anyways.

In local sports news Griz fans are all but excited this fall.
Our Beloved Montana Grizzlies are a measly 3-4 and out of the top 25 rankings for the first time in 5 years. Montana Grizzlies have only lost at home twice the past four years and now have two home losses in the same year and they haven’t even played the Bozeman Bobcats yet.

What do you expect from the team though. Its hard to come back from a semi-final season with the loss of your all conference quarterback, Big Sky Conference coach of the year, and your athletic director that has been with the team for years. All the bad headlines that have surrounded the Griz just keep coming.

Keep your head up though because as a Griz fan you know one thing…..That is Griz can still beat the Cats!

Outside of football our Lady Griz Volleyball team is struggling at the bottom of the standings, and the soccer team is trying to battle for the conference title for the second consecutive year. Erin Craig is leading the team to a promising season and hopefully another shot at the tournament.

Since there won’t be any playoff football games in Missoula this year for the Griz at least we can cheer on the soccer team and focus on the hopes of the Women and Mens Basketball teams that are about to start their season.

The Mens team is the favorite to win the conference even with Will Cherry being out until November-December. The Ladies season looks promising also as they return all 5 starters and still have a young roster.

I’m predicting the Men to make it to the big stage again this year and possibly win a tournament game. On the other side I think that the Ladies will finish second in the conference.

The Soccer team will win the conference again this year but will get beat game one of the tournament.

 

In Professional sports we are mid-way through football season and are at the tail end of postseason baseball.

Everyone’s early season predictions of the 49ers, Packers, Ravens, and Patriots all look to be letting down and under performing. The oh so horrible NFC West isn’t as bad as people thought it would be with the Arizona Cardinals, St. Louis Rams, Seattle Seahawks, and San Fransisco 49ers playing very competitively.

In FBS football the first BCS rankings came out and people are raving about the Gators, Fighting Irish, Beavers, and Wildcats who have stunned people so far. Oregon is keeping their swagger on the field and Alabama is rolling through teams with their classic defense and run first style.

Enough ranting on, since the Grizzly football has no playoff hopes I will give some predictions for FBS and not FCS because I don’t want to talk about the number 1 ranked Eastern Washington Eagles and their dreaded red turf…..so here is

Shane’s Bold Predict

Superbowl: Texans vs. Giants

BCS Championship: Alabama vs. Kansas St.

Rosebowl: Florida. vs. Oregon

Fiesta Bowl: Oklahoma vs. LSU

Sugar Bowl: South Carolina vs. Notre Dame

Orange Bowl: Florida St. vs. Louisville

World Series: Tigers vs. Cardinals (Tigers Victorious)


Sports Rage

Fall is around the corner and sports are in full swing. Playoffs for baseball are about to start, and the NFL is under way. NBA training camp is about to start and College football is getting crazier every week. Mike Trout might get the MVP award as a rookie, Peyton Manning is back, and Dwight Howard is following Shaquille O’ Neal’s footsteps by playing for the Lakers.

I personally can’t handle the sports overload. I want to be able to watch all these prime time games and I can’t even come close.

With the Arizona Cardinals beating the New England Patriots today, I realized why I love sports, and that is because anything can happen.

As this week comes up I dread Monday until the Monday night football game between the Falcons and Broncos. Jared Weaver pitches Tuesday against the Texas Rangers in a heated AL West matchup.

So I am ready to move on with the week and get to the weekend so I can see Ryan Clark crush Jacoby Ford, or see Cam Newton make players look like fools.

So here are some crazy notes you might want to take in this week.

The Griz are going to win their homecoming game behind Dan Moore’s 113 yards rushing, even after Trent McKinney throws for 2 interceptions. The Griz defense will shut down the Northern Arizona Lumberjack’s offense.

Lady Griz soccer will split their games this weekend with a 2-0 win against Idaho st, but with a 2-1 loss to Weber st.

Lady Griz Volleyball will end up splitting their matches this weekend. Will defeat Eastern Washington 3-1 and loose to Portland St. 3-2.

My upsets of the week will be Maryland over West Virginia, and the Dolphins over the Jets.[frame align=”left”][/frame]

Finally congratulations to the Missoula Osprey for winning the Pioneer league title.

 

 


4-Mile Run / Walk

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On Sunday August 26th, in conjunction with the Annual River City Roots Festival, the Annual 4 Mile Run / Walk will kick off. The race starts at 9:30am at the XXXX’s in Circle Square at North Higgins in Downtown Missoula. The course is 4-miles through beautiful Missoula terrain. Prizes will be awarded to men’s and women’s winners.

You can register for the race at runwildmissoula.com.

You can also download a complete course map online ahead of time here.

Along with the 4-Mile Run / Walk River City Roots Festival provides plenty of activities for the whole family. There will be music, a Juried Art Show, food and beverage vendors, and many other featured exhibits. The fun starts on Friday August 24th in Downtown Missoula and continues through Sunday evening. Find a complete schedule and list of activities at RiverCityRootsFestival.com.


Grizzly Soccer

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The 2012 Griz Football season isn’t the only sport Missoula is excited for this fall. The Women’s Grizzly soccer team kicks off their schedule on August 11th in Missoula against Montana rival, Carroll College. Last year Montana doubled its wins total from three to six and its goals scored from 8 to 27 in 2011 under first-year coach Mark Plakorus.

For a complete schedule visit : www.GoGriz.com

You can find more information about the team and the 2012 Preseason Prospectus here.


Missoula Marathon

The Missoula Marathon is the brainchild of a group of local, dedicated runners who want to share the area’s beauty and Missoula’s unique feel with runners from all over. In addition to the traditional 26.2-mile marathon, we offer a half-marathon, a kid’s marathon, a 5k and a Missoula 5k. The courses are all relatively flat and fast with the marathon, half marathon and kids marathon finishing in downtown Missoula.

You won’t be disappointed in the course or the surroundings. We live and run in a city of about 67,001 nestled in the Rocky Mountains of western Montana. At 3,200 feet above sea level, our summers are generally warm and sunny and our evenings are cool. Missoula, known as the Garden City, is at the confluence of five valleys and is surrounded by the Rattlesnake Wilderness and the Bitterroot and Lolo National Forests. The Clark Fork River flows through downtown and lively trout wait to test the next angler’s line in the nearby Bitterroot and Blackfoot rivers. Rock Creek, an internationally known trout stream, is only minutes away from downtown. The University of Montana lends the town its progressive vibe and its 13,600 students give Missoula a youthful pulse year-round. The city is home to more than 100 restaurants; here you can find something to satisfy every palate. Historic downtown provides a unique shopping experience and wealth of watering holes to quench your thirst after crossing the finish line. Missoula is also a launching point to some of the country’s most breathtaking wild lands, including Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, the Bob Marshall Wilderness, Flathead Lake and more.

Registration for the 2012 Missoula Marathon has begun. Visit the registration page to sign up. Get a schedule


Whitewater Championships

The purpose of the Montana Whitewater Championships is to promote the sport of whitewater kayaking and the community of Missoula, Montana.  In June, Missoula is surrounded with world-class whitewater.  The goal of the championships is to bring some of the world’s best kayak athletes to Missoula.    Athletes will have the opportunity to compete for cash and prizes in a Sanctioned USFKA Freestyle Kayak Rodeo.

The event will be held at Brennan’s Wave, a man-made kayaking wave in the heart of Downtown Missoula in Caras Park. You can grab some food at Out-To-Lunch on Wednesday the 27th or Thursday the 28th and watch the participants test their skills.