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WestsideBrandon

  • joined Jul 09, 2008
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Aspiring sports broadcaster at Northwestern University. From Los Angeles, California. Fan of the Clippers (never did like Kobe), Dodgers, Kings (hockey), Northwestern, and Tottenham Hotspur FC.

Play-by-Play announcer for the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League. Check out some of my work at www.brandonliebhaber.com.

A Fan Of...

  • MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
  • NBA Los Angeles Clippers
  • NCAAF Northwestern Wildcats
  • NCAAB Northwestern Wildcats
  • NHL Los Angeles Kings
  • EPL Tottenham Hotspur
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Softball team takes down #6 Texas in first tourney game

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Pretty big deal considering this team was 18-25 at one point this season. They won their last eight Big Ten games just to make it to .500 (which is necessary for postseason eligibility). The just made the tourney as the lowest ranked team in the Austin Regional. But none of that mattered today, as NU berat Texas 2-0 in the first round thanks to a stellar performance from pitcher Amy Letourneau. The 'Cats also got RBI singles from Marisa Bast (who is having a huge year) and Mari Majam. Now this could very well not turn into anything. For those unfamiliar with how the NCAA baseball and softball tournaments work, the 64 teams are divided into 16 groups of 4. Each regional has one seeded team (1 through 16) and that team hosts the regional. Only one team advances out of each regional. Basically, the only team that does not lose two games in the regional is the team that advances. Great start for the 'Cats, but they'll need to keep it going to make a super regional.

1-on-1 interview with Kyle Prater tonight on WNUR

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I'm not hosting the SportsVoice nor did I do the interview, but some of my colleagues at WNUR sports conducted a 1-on-1 interview with Kyle Prater after the Spring Game. It'll air tonight on the SportsVoice, which is on WNUR (89.3 FM or sports.wnur.org) at 8 central tonight. Listen in!

Fitz' comment about Jeremy Lin draws criticism

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First off, I'm not posting this to start an argument about Pat Fitzgerald. Divided as some of us may be, this has absolutely NOTHING to do with his abilities as a head football coach. However, I feel that this tweet should be noted. Fitz is the face of the program (and the university in some cases) and this tweet did come off as ignorant and reminiscent of Gregg Easterbrook (an unfortunate recipient of a Masters from Medill). It obviously depends on how you read into the comment, but it certainly seemed racially charged to an extent. Watson points out that Fitz has said nothing of Derrick Rose, a Chicago product who has done nothing wrong on or off the court since coming to the NBA (or any other basketball player for that matter). Considering inner city kids make up a large part of the pool of heavily recruited NCAA football players--many of whom are very active on Twitter--this comment isn't smart. He took it down and this is not going to have a big impact. But for a coach who consistently gets praised for the image he portrays of himself and the institution he works for, this came as a surprise.

Spencer Hall ranks Meineke Car Care Bowl 14th best bowl

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The always funny Spencer Hall ranked every bowl game, and we're 14. My initial reaction upon hearing the news was: we're going to lose. But it's a bowl, which means we have a chance. 14. MEINEKE CAR CARE OF TEXAS BOWL: Texas A&M vs. Northwestern. This feels like a blowout in the making, but A&M has a habit of dragging inferior teams into games whether they like it or not. "No thanks, we'd like to go down by two scores." A&M: "Not today, buddy." Ryan Tannehill throws a pick six. "No really, thanks, but we just really want to get back to recruiting and workouts and build for 2012, okay?" A&M: "You're done when we say you're done, junior." An A&M running back fumbles the ball, and the defense allows them to score on the next play on a blown assignment. YOUR STUPID NON-COLLEGE-FOOTBALL-WATCHING RELATIVE SAYS: "Why is the army at this game? What's the acceptable amount to spend on an engagement ring? It's a year's salary, right?"

Possible at-large bowl scenarios

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My friend Eric at WNUR breaks down each of the bowls that could have an at-large spot open for NU. Take a look if you're interested in where the 'Cats could be going.

Thoughts from NU's exhibition win against Robert Morris

Loretta gave his thoughts about Northwestern's 51 point win against Robert Morris, but I thought I'd give some of my own considering I was one of the few students actually in attendance. I...

But I thought small private schools in power conferences aren't allowed to recruit well?

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Rodger tweeted about this, and I thought it was prevalent. Vanderbilt is on a recruiting tear in football, which goes against everything I'm told about recruiting. I spent most of my first year at NU taking heat from people for my general pessimism, which included our recruiting. We're usually near the bottom of the Big Ten in rankings and seem to top out at 3-star recruits. I'm usually met with the same rhetoric about us being a small private school in a big conference, but that's the same situation Vandy is in. So why can't we do it? Fitz had some quote about him being a 0-star recruit and a two time All-American, but he's not walking through that door (as a player, at least). I'm not asking for another All-American, but if we're going to compete for the occasional Big Ten title (which I'm told is a fair expectation), then we're going to need to step our game up in this department. Just my opinion.

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My take on Fitz

Bumped per the Fairness Doctrine - L8 I know I'm the designated pessimist on the site so people probably don't want to read 900 words written by me, but I wanted to get my feelings out about the...

Pomeroy on why the RPI isn't a good way to rank teams

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Interesting article by KenPom on why the RPI isn't a good way to compare teams come tournament time. The simplicity of the RPI seems to go against the weight it's given by the selection committee. Seriously, are these guys so against math that they can only understand a system that has three components? Anyways, interesting stuff especially for the less numerically inclined (uh, me). Good food for thought while we wait for the NIT (Less than 24 hours, who's excited?!).

Don't know who his sources are, but seems like Carmody could get fired in the offseason. Gottlieb's...

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Don't know who his sources are, but seems like Carmody could get fired in the offseason. Gottlieb's saying a lot of the same things that anti-Carmody people have been for awhile. Good tactician, less than stellar recruiter. To be clear, I think the guy's done a great job getting the program to the brink of respectability. 11 years ago, that was unfathomable. But right now, this team is too talented for a CBI berth to be in their imminent future.

Piece I did on Juice Thompson for SportsNight. Hard to reflect on his amazing career in under two...

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Piece I did on Juice Thompson for SportsNight. Hard to reflect on his amazing career in under two minutes, but I did the best I could. You guys are actually getting a sneak peak; this doesn't go on Evanston public cable (!) until Thursday at 10 pm.

Some shameless self promotion

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So I called the NU women's basketball game vs. Iowa today for Big Ten Network.com. The link is to a video recap (NU lost 86-75) if you're interested in women's basketball. Also, if for some weird reason you're awake at 7 am central on Tuesday, the game is being re-aired on the Big Ten Network.

Andre Miller on Blake Griffin's selection: "I'm not a hater. But he hasn't made anyone better. They...

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Andre Miller on Blake Griffin's selection: "I'm not a hater. But he hasn't made anyone better. They are giving young guys too much respect'' I don't even know how to respond to this. Andre Miller is officially my least favorite player, not just former Clipper. http://twitter.com/#!/jwquick

Shurna out vs. Ohio St

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Per NIck Brilowski's twitter. Brilowski is the men's basketball SID. It won't really have an effect on the end result, but it's still worth noting.

Just a couple of questions with Carmody about his contract extension. Really just showcases how...

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Just a couple of questions with Carmody about his contract extension. Really just showcases how boring sports journalism can be and how bad of a reporter I am. But it's just 45 seconds so take a look.

Carmody's extension is 2 years, says Greenstein

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I feel a little bit better knowing that the extension is only two years, though it hasn't been confirmed by an official source (on a side note, I'm probably failing out of Medill as I write this for reporting something that has yet to be made official). Regardless, Greenstein is usually pretty reliable. I guess the logic here is that you can hold onto recruits and maintain the status quo while still keeping Carmody under pressure to get into the dance. I can deal with that. However, being the temperamental 18-year-old who has way too much emotional investment in sports, I'll probably want him taken to the guillotine if we lose in Carver-Hawkeye again.

Women's Basketball gets 5 star recruit

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Okay, so most of you probably don't care about women's basketball. But I do. And they signed a 5 star recruit, who is ranked the ninth best player in this year's class by ESPN. This is a big deal, regardless of sports or gender. And the team is pretty damn good this year. They're off to a 3-0 start and I fully expect them to make the tournament under Joe McKeown this year.

Iowa is really dumb

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We play at Ryan Field, not Welsh-Ryan Stadium. It's amazing how little respect the Hawkeyes have for NU considering our recent domination of them.

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New Blog

As you can tell from my username, my name is Brandon. I've been a lifelong Dodger fan and hope to get into sports broadcasting some day. I just started my own Dodger blog, called Los Doyers, and,...

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Clippers blow 11 point lead, what else is new?

I just got back from the Clippers/Jazz game and it seems like a good time to share some of my thoughts with the fine folks here at Clips Nation. Though the game was a vast improvement over the...

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It's the Clippers...

For once, things were going right for the Clippers. For one week, it seemed that all was well in Clips Nation. For one small period of time, I could truly look forward to watching the Clippers with...

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How I Became a Clipper Fan

I know I'm a little late on this topic, but I feel like I have a pretty good story on how I became a Clipper fan. Last year in my English class, I was assigned a narrative essay. I could write...

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I don't want to rain on this parade, but...

Something good happened to the Clippers. No, something great happened to the Clippers. They won the draft lottery and are going to get a bona fide stud in Blake Griffin in June. Good luck like this...

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So, I guess Dunleavy's the coach...

I have tried to stay away from all things Clipper for the past month or so. Luckily for me, baseball season came around and the Dodgers look really good this year. Even with the allure of May...

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Sam Cassell the Coach

Today, according to ESPN (as told by our own Lawler's Law) Sam Cassell was traded from the Celtics to the Kings in a deal to free up roster space and to take money off of the cap. The link also...

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Baron vs. Dunleavy

The Clippers poor season is nothing new here to citizens of Clips Nation. Of course, there are a myriad of reasons for the Clippers 10-33 record to this point. I'd like to use this post to...

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Clipper Curse

I was enjoying what was soon to be the Clippers ninth victory of the season earlier tonight. That was until Marcus Camby hit the hardwood grimacing in pain after pulling down an offensive rebound....

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Donny Mac to the Clips

In another shocking development, the Clippers have agreed to terms with Fox Sports in a trade that would send Marcus Camby to FSN West/Prime Ticket in exchange for former NBA player and collegiate...

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My Thoughts on the Clippers/Pistons Game

Alright, so this started out as a comment to Citizen bestclipfan's recap of the game today, but I had a lot of thoughts (as you can all see) so I made it a FanPost. No disrespect to bestclipfan. I...

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DTS and losing

For some reason, I decided to open up the Sports section of today's Los Angeles Times to get more perspective on the Clippers fifth straight loss, this one coming against a Brand-less 76ers team....

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