Way I made this list up was the top 5 stories from the local ranks (high school and college). Then regional (DC and Baltimore). Followed by the top 5 national stories.
1. Martinsburg football 3-peats. Was there really a question this would not be number one? First time since Charleston did this feat from 1968-1970 in Triple-A. No question this is the number one local story of the year.
2. Denny Price retires. After a great coaching career and great season for the Appleman Denny Price sang his swan song.
3. Hedgesville Boys Basketball wins Triple-A crown.Since 1970 a basketball title has eldued the Eagles. But playing perfect basketball in the Carleston Civic Center, They brought one home
4. West Virginia moves to the Big XII. After being in the Big East since 1991 in football and the 1995-1996 season for basketball. The Mountaineers made the leap to the Big XII.
5.Hedgesville and Mussleman go to the state volleyball tournament. Any time a local team goe to a state tournament that deserves a top 5 slot. Region
1. Orioles nake the playoffs. For the first time in 15 years The Orioles had both a winning season and Playoff appearance. that to me is enough to earn the number one spot.
2. Strasburg shutdown. I still hold on to a belief that had he pitched in the NLDS they are moving on to the NLCS to take on the Giants.
3. RGIII and the REDSKINS.Making a Playoff push and the Redskins exciting. First time in a long time that has happened.
4. Ravens injuries. Reason i put this here is because many had them as a Super Bowl contender but with the injuries a first round playoff win would be very lucky.
5. Capitals season/playoffs. Looked like they would not get in.Instead went tot he second round and took the Rangers righ to the brink. Nation
1. Giants win the World Series. Reason i have this here. Giants had a tough regular season lost closer Brian Wilson to injury. Lost Melky Cabrera to performance enhancing drugs and the Dodgers bolstered there lineup. Giants ended up winning the division to spite that all by eight games. Then the playoffs. Went down 0-2 to the Reds and had to go into Cincinnati a place they NEVER win had to win 3 in a row and did so. Then went to St. Louis. Went down 1-3 and had to rely on a guy in Barry Zito that pretty much had robbed them blind from 2007 until October 19th. Where he pitched a GEM. And the Giants never lost again.As they beat the Cardinals in game 5 5-0 then went on to dominate the Cardinals in game 6 winning 6-1 and game 7 winning 9-0. Then onto the world Series they DOMINATED and when i say DOMINATED I am putting it lightly. A heavly favored Detriot Tigers was there foes in the World Series Giants swept them and trailed for a total of one inning. So if it is debated why that is my number one National story theres all my points.
2. Michael Phelps. Put on another great show as he always does in the Olympics. Dominating in the pool he earns my scond spot.
3. Kings win the Stanley Cup. An 8-seed that looked like they would not get to the playoffs got there and behind Jonathan Quick dominated the playoffs. Hockey maybe in lockout but cannot overlook what they did back in June.
4. Chuckstrong. I had that of Peyton Manning going to the Denver Broncos and being Peyton Manning at this spot. But seeing What the Colts have done and the tribute made for Chuck Pagano before this afternoons Colts-Texans game that is what stole my heart and got the 4-spot.
5. Peyton Manning being Peyton Manning. Came in with questions could he be that guy he was in Indy? Well if the Broncos win today then he got a one seed for the Broncos. I think that question was answered.
There is my top 15 stories of 2012. I hope you all had a good 2012 and a great 2013. Happy New Years!
Tomorrow West Virginia will take on Syracuse at 3:15 in the New Yankee Stadium. Having DirecTV let's me have New York stations and if you love snow according to those tv reports then you folks are in for a treat. As tv had forecasted snow and lows in the low 30's all afternoon. Perfect football weather!
Digging out the media guide this evening for the Mountaineers it had me wondering what A. The overall series record between the Orange and Mountaineers was (Syracuse leads 32-27) and B. What was West Virginia's record in bowl games in my lifetime I remember (6-11).
I will start with column b of the bowls I remember.There are those I always love remembering The 2006 Sugar Bowl when the Mountaineers beat the Georgia Bulldogs 38-35. The 2008 Fiesta Bowl when the Mountaineers beat the Oklahoma Sooners 48-28. And of course last years Orange Bowl when the Mountaineers beat the Clemson Tigers 70-33. But there are those i love erasing from my memory. Like the 1989 Fiesta Bowl when the Mountaineers lost to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish 34-21 (an undefeated season before that game). Or the 1994 Sugar Bowl when the Mountaineers lost to the Florida Gators by a final of 41-7 (again an undefeated season before that game). The Gator Bowls i do not need to name scores there those where just straight up nightmares for the gold and blue faithful .
Column a has me thinking of really two games. Sure there where alot more but two really stuck out to me. 1998 when Syracuse came to Morgantown with a high ranking the Mountaineers rose to the challenge and won by a final of 35-28. And another game I remember that I would LOVE to erase is last year when the Mountaineers went to the Carrier Dome and got romped by a final of 49-23. Again there are many in between the two but those are the ones that i do honestly remember,
So for as far as tomorrow goes. I see the Mountaineers avenging last year's loss to the Orange and winning in a shootout. After all it is Bailey,Austin, and of course Smith's swan song so they cant loss rigth?
Do not forget the game tomorrow can be heard here in Sports Radio 1340 WEPM starting at 1:15 pm for a 3:15 pm kick.
The WEPM Bowl Challenge rolls on and we take a look at the next block of games as the holidays draw near.
A year after a thrilling win in New Orleans in its first bowl game, Louisiana-Lafayette is heading back to the “Big Easy” to face Eastern Carolina in the R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl Saturday at 12 noon.
Later Saturday afternoon, BoiseState and Washington have only met once, but they’re about to get more familiar with each other. The Broncos and the Huskies meet in the MAACO Bowl in Las Vegas, which will be the first of three meetings in as many years.
FresnoState has enjoyed a good season in a new conference with a new coach; the only thing in their way of the winningest season in 11 years is former WAC rival SMU on Christmas Eve. It’s the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl.
On Wednesday, 2 teams are out to prove that they deserve to play post-season football in Detroit. Central Michigan takes on Western Kentucky in the Little Ceasars Pizza Bowl in the “Motor City”.
The 1st of three games on Thursday is in our nation’s capitol as Bowling Green plays San JoseState at 3pm in the Military Bowl.
At 6:30, it’s Big East vs. ACC in the Queen City, Charlotte N.C. Cincinnati against Duke in the Belk Bowl.
Finally at 9:45, Baylor out of the high scoring Big12 heads to San Diego to play UCLA of the Pac-12 in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl.
MACCO Bowl; Boise State vs. Washington
Pete: Boise State 41-27
George: Boise State 42-13
Greg: Boise State 48-42
Sheraton Hawaii Bowl; Fresno State vs. SMU
Greg: SMU 16-10
Pete: Fresno State 38-17
George: Fresno State 35-38
Little Ceasars Bowl; Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky
George: Central Michigan 21-14
Greg: Western Kentucky 21-18
Pete: Central Michigan 20-10
Military Bowl; Bowling Green vs. San Jose State
Greg: San Jose State 28-20
Pete: Bowling Green 20-17
George: Bowling Green 24-21
Belk Bowl; Cincinnati vs. Duke
Pete: Cincinnati 31-17
George: Cincinnati 38-17
Greg: Cincinnati 45-12
Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl; Baylor vs. UCLA
George: UCLA 55-52
Pete: UCLA 41-38 OT
Greg: UCLA 35-34
Bowl season begins out west with two games, a duel in the desert and a battle on the blue turf.
Albuquerque, NM hosts the Guildan New Mexico Bowl between the Nevada Wolf pack in the WAC and Rich Rodriguez with of the Arizona Wildcats of the PAC-12 on Saturday December 15th at 1pm. Many will remember Rich Rod as the former head coach of WV.
Later in the day, it’s the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl between Toledo out of the MAC, against UtahState of the WAC with a 4:30pm kickoff.
On Thursday December 20th, The Aztecs of San Diego St. play a virtual home game against BYU in the San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl at 8pm.
The first week of bowl week wraps up with Ball St. playing UCF in the Beef’O Brady’s Bowl in St. Petersburg Florida, on Friday December 21st at 7:30pm
Guildan New Mexico Bowl; Arizona vs. Nevada 12/15 1pm
George- Arizona-43; Nevada-35
Pete- Arizona-42; Nevada-31
Greg- Arizona-55; Nevada-45
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl; Toledo vs. Utah State 12/15 4:30pm
George- Utah St.-55; Toledo-48
Pete- Utah St.-31; Toledo 20
Greg- Utah St.-32; Toledo 24
San Diego County CU Poinsettia Bowl; BYU vs. San Diego St. 12/20 8pm
Pete- San Diego-27; BYU-10
George- San Diego-38; BYU-35
Greg- San Diego-35; BYU-24
Beef’O Brady’s Bowl; Ball St. vs. UCF 12/21 7:30pm