Hammer Down Athletes of the Week

By Steve Samek

Strong performances were in abundancy during this week of fall sports. Two players excelled, one in victory, the other in defeat.  Presenting you with Hammer Down’s best for the week of 10/24 to 10/30.

Women’s Cross Country – Emily Latimer:

image_handler.aspx-4.jpegLatimer won the gold at the Presidents’ Athletic Conference women’s cross country Championships Saturday on a hilly St. Vincent course.

Emily Latimer edged out twin sister Katie Latimera prior Hammer Down Athlete of the Week – to secured the victory. Emily Latimer jolted across the finish line breaking the tape with a 23:15 ahead of her sister’s 23:37.

Emily’s title is the first in Waynesburg cross country history. The team matched Latimer’s performance by securing the team gold, scoring 21 points, which is also a first in program history. In addition to the Latimer’s top two spots, the Jackets placed six or the remaining runners in the top 10. Continue reading “Hammer Down Athletes of the Week”

Hell in a Cell Preview

No champions will be changed in the cage match

By Donny Chedrick

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WWE has to truly consider returning the Halloween Havoc pay-per-view next year if they plan an event falling this close to Halloween. Tonight we get Hell in a Cell – a structure of steel that has shortened careers left and right.

The event has an intriguing concept, and the matches inside the cell are almost always entertaining. We get to witness three championship matches inside the cell as Roman Reigns defends his United States title against Rusev, Kevin Owens defends the WWE Universal belt versus Seth Rollins and Sasha Banks clashes with Charlotte for the Raw Women’s Championship. Thousands will pack into the TD Garden in Boston in hopes for an exciting show. Continue reading “Hell in a Cell Preview”

Goldberg is Next

All-time great wrestler makes triumphant WWE return

By Donny Chedrick

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We got the music, we got the walk from the back, we got the pyro and smoke. We got Goldberg.

The man who hasn’t entered a WWE ring in more than 12 years made his return to the company on the Oct. 17 edition of Raw. Goldberg came back to answer the challenge coming from the guy he had encountered in his final WWE match at “WrestleMania XX” – Brock Lesnar.

Since the initial trailers of WWE 2K17, there has been speculation that Bill Goldberg would make a WWE return due to the fact that he is the special pre-order character for the game. Plus, fans had reason to believe in the return because previous pre-order characters made at least one last return to the ring, like Sting and Ultimate Warrior.

Bill Goldberg is somebody best fit for a surprise return, but due to the recent ratings and the ratings an advertised Goldberg appearance brought in, there was no way WWE wanted to make it a surprise. Continue reading “Goldberg is Next”

World Series Preview

1908 vs. 1948

By Joe Smeltzer

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The World Series is here.

On one side, there’s the Chicago Cubs, who are making their first Fall Classic appearance since 1945 and looking for their first World Series title since 1908.

On the other side, there’s the Cleveland Indians, who have not won a World Championship since 1948. So, somebody’s curse is going to end, and it’s perfect for baseball.

I’ve been saying for months that a Cubs-Tribe World Series would be great for business, as it pits a large media market (Chicago + the Midwest) against a small, but loyal, market (Cleveland).

Both of these franchises have interesting back stories, as the Cubs were built back up to dominance by Theo Epstein, Joe Madden, Jed Hoyer and the young team that Epstein and Hoyer put together.

Cleveland is under the guidance of Terry Francona, who worked with Epstein to break the “Curse of the Bambino” in 2004, and is looking to take the lead over his former boss in the

Let’s take a look at some key matchups in the Fall Classic. Continue reading “World Series Preview”

Hammer Down Athletes of the Week

By Steve Samek
It may have been Fall Break for Waynesburg University students, but it wasn’t for the athletes, as sports were very much in session during the hiatus in classes. The following players excelled for their respective teams last week:

 

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Men’s Soccer – James Snyder

Sophomore goalie James Snyder played a strong game in net last Wednesday in a 2-0 win over St. Vincent.

The sophomore keeper stopped all six shots in the last home game for the Jackets on the season.

This marks Snyder’s third shutout of the season, which is ranked fourth in the Presidents’ Athletic Conference.

Snyder will defend the net for Waynesburg at Grove City Wednesday, Oct. 26, for a 12:30 p.m. start.

Continue reading “Hammer Down Athletes of the Week”

WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who Had the Better Week?

A segment-by-segment breakdown of the two events

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By Joe Smeltzer

Looking back at Raw and SmackDown last week, both had their high points and low points. Let’s compare similar segments from each show (i.e., Raw’s women’s match vs. SmackDown’s women’s match), compare them and see which one was more effective.

Raw: The show got off to a good start with Kevin Owens cutting a promo with Chris Jericho. Owens has come a long way on the microphone, and I think that he and Y2J make an interesting pair.

Seth Rollins then interrupted the segment, and this led to a match between Rollins and Jericho. While I enjoyed the opening promo, I did not like how the last match from last week had to be the first match of this week.

From an in-ring standpoint, the Seth Rollins over Chris Jericho match was solid. Both Jericho and Rollins are excellent workers and thus can work well together. Continue reading “WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who Had the Better Week?”

In Close Race for NL Cy Young, Jose Fernandez Should Come Out on Top

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By Jacob Meyer

To read great writing about Jose Fernandez by other writers at Hammer Down, click here or here.

Jose Fernandez’s death nearly a month ago is truly a tragedy.

As a stat geek, I naturally looked at Fernandez’s baseballreference.com page when I found out he had died that Sunday morning. I realized his eight-inning, three-hit, 14-strikeout masterpiece four days earlier against the Nationals would be the last addition to his stats.

I then noticed the career. No season with a FIP (fielding independent pitching) greater than a 2.73. No season with an ERA higher than a 2.92. A career 11.2 K/9 rate. The list goes on, but it won’t be as long as it should be.

I then noticed his 2016 season – a season that ended two starts too short.

The 24-year-old was having a career year, and, despite his death a week before the season’s end, should win the NL Cy Young Award.

No matter who wins the award, it’s going to be a tight race, and before explaining why I would vote for Fernandez, let’s look at the rest of my ballot. Continue reading “In Close Race for NL Cy Young, Jose Fernandez Should Come Out on Top”