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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Tailgating Recipe - Brats With "Maple-ized" Onions

Labor Day weekend is coming up and that means two things. One is the unofficial end of summer, and two is It's football season. Now whether you are having a BBQ at home or tailgating at your favorite teams stadium The Sports Den will be posting some recipes for you to try out. hope you like them. The recipes include either Captain Morgan Rum, or Crown Royal Canadien Whiskey. The Sports Den would like to send a shout out to Matt Michaels at Taylor Strategy for the recipes.

Brats with “Maple-ized” Onions
Photo Courtesy of hirejoejohnson

  • 2 large onions, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 oz. cup Crown Royal® Maple Finished Whisky
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Buns

Instructions: Grill bratwursts over medium heat, turning them every three minutes until they turn golden brown or the internal temperature reaches 160 degrees Fahrenheit.

Meanwhile, melt butter and oil in skillet on medium-high heat. Stir in the onions and add a pinch of salt frequently, until the onions begin to brown, about 5-10 minutes.  Add Crown Royal® Maple Finished Whisky to the skillet and continue to cook onions, stirring occasionally, until well “maple-ized” (turn down the heat if onions appear to be browning too quickly). Simmer until there is very little moisture left in the pan. Place brats on buns and top with generous amount of onions.

Daily MLB Picks - 8/27/14

Here are The Sports Den's MLB picks for today. The money line is according to Sportsbook at the time of this post.

            Wednesday August 27, 2014

      Game                                   Pick                  ML

Cardinals @ Pirates                   Cardinals          - 126
Yankees @ Tigers                      Tigers               - 182
Braves @ Mets                           Braves              - 129
Indians @ White Sox                  Indians             - 184
Dodgers @ D'backs                   Dodgers            - 230

Last Night: 3-2

Season: 414-304

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Phillies - Nationals Recap Quickie Game 2

The Phillies took game two from the Nationals by the score of 4-3, and now have a three game winning streak at Citizen's Bank Park, and have won 6 of their last 8 games. Cole Hamels ( 7 IP, 8 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 5 K) was dominant for the first six innings, but ran into trouble  in the seventh and eighth innings to come away with a no decision. the Phillies took a 2-0 lead in the fifth on a Freddie Galvis, and Darin Ruf made it 3-0 with a solo home run in the sixth. After the Nationals tie it 3-3- in the top of the eighth, Carlos Ruiz hit a sacrifice fly to put the Phillies up 4-3 after eight. Jonathan Papelbon sealed the deal with his 33rd save of the season and his 100th save as a Phillie. The Phillies pick up their 60th win, and are now 60-72, and the Nationals drop to 75-56.

Player of the Game:

Freddie Galvis, 2B Phillies: 2/3, 1 HR, 1 R, 2 RBI

The Sports Den's 2014 NFL Division Predictions - NFC South

If the teams stay healthy this should be a three team race for division title between the Saints, Panthers, and Falcons. Here is how The Sports Den sees the final standings at the end of the season.

NFC South 

1. New Orleans Saints -The Saints finished second in the division last year behind the Panthers with an 11-5 record, and made it back tot he playoffs. The Saints still have one of the scariest offenses in the league with Drew Brees, gets scarier if Mark Ingram has a break out season, their defense isn't so scary. The Saints should get off to a quick start considering they have an easy schedule to start the season, gets tougher after the bye week. Prediction: 12-4

2. Atlanta Falcons - Thanks to injuries then Falcons finished tied with the Buccaneers at the bottom with a 4-12 record. Should give the Saints a run for the division title, but will come up just short. Should make it to the playoffs. Prediction: 11-5

3. Carolina Panthers - Won the division last season with a 12-4 record, and get rewarded with a tough schedule. That is the main reason The Sports Den sees them finishing third in the division. Prediction: 10-6

4. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - This team imploded last season and finished 4-12 good enough get head coach Greg Schiano fired, and replaced with Lovie Smith. Lovie Smith has a lot of work to do in Tampa Bay. Prediction: 5-11

Next: NFC West

Daily MLB Picks - 8/26/14

Here are The Sports Den's MLB picks for today. The money lines are according to Sportsbbok at the time of this post.

         Tuesday August 26, 2014

   Game                                 Pick                 ML

Braves @ Mets                    Braves              - 142
Cubs @ Reds                     Reds                 - 205
Twins @ Royals                  Royals              - 161
Marlins @ Angels                 Angels             - 180
Rockies @ Giants               Giants               - 215

Last Night: 3-2

Season: 411-302

Monday, August 25, 2014

Phillies - Nationals Recap Quickie Game 1

The Phillies have a two game home winning streak after taking game 1 from the NL East leading  Nationals 3-2. A.J. Burnett ( 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K) pitched a gem to pick up his seventh win of the season. Domonic Brown gave the Phillies a 1-0 lead in the fourth with a RBI single. Cody Asche made it 2-0 in the fifth with his 9th home run of the season. The Nationals Anthony Rendon made it 2-1 with his 17th home run in the sixth. Carlos Ruiz put the Phillies up 3-1 with his 4th home run in the seventh inning which turned out to be the winning run. After getting the first two outs in the ninth Jonathan Papelbon gave up a solo home run to Wilson Ramos to make it 3-2 before getting the final out for his 32nd save. The Phillies improve to 59-72, and the Nationals drop to 75-55.

Player of the Game:

A.J. Burnett, P Phillies: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 12 K

American & National League Players of the Week

Here are the AL & NL Players of the Week in MLB for the week of August 24, and what they did they did to be named a player of the week.

AL Players of the Week:

Trevor Plouffe, 3B Twins:  .367 (11-30), 5 2B, 2 HR, 10 RBI, 6 R

Danny Santana, CF Twins:  .378 (14-37), 2 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 7 R

NL Player of the Week:

Nolan Arenado, 3B Rockies: .545 (12-22) 3 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 3 RBI, 6 R, 1.045 Slgg. %, .600 OBP