Orioles Prospects Shine in Arizona Fall League
The Surprise Saguaros downed the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League championship on Saturday, November 16. The score was only significant to diehard baseball fans but Baltimore Orioles’ fan should take notice. The Solar Sox lineup featured a trio of Cubs top prospects in Kris Bryant, Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler. Bryant, who was named league MVP, teamed up with Angels prospect C.J. Cron to put on an impressive power show throughout the fall season. The powerful Mesa lineup was not enough to overcome the squad from Surprise.Pin It Tweet
Nissan Turns Heads with BladeGlider Concept
Nissan garnered the attention of the auto industry and a public increasingly concerned with fuel economy when it unveiled the Leaf, a battery-electric vehicle. Nissan is set to unveil another revolutionary technology in a head-turning package at the upcoming Tokyo Auto Show. The new Nissan BladeGlider, a futuristic concept car, will be powered by a pair of small in-wheel motors.
The BladeGlider looks like something off the set of a sci-fi movie but according to Nissan brass it could find its way onto highways in the near future. The BladeGlider has the shape of a fighter jet and will no doubt draw praise from the Star Wars set with its long tapered nose and broad rear. The design significantly reduces fuel consumption and offers advanced stability. The BladeGlider features a single seat for the driver in the front with dual passenger seats in the rear flanking the driver’s seat.
The unique dual motor design replaces the conventional bulky gasoline engine under the hood. Instead the BladeGlider is powered by motors inside each of the rear wheel wells. In addition to removing the need for an engine compartment the dual motors deliver power directly to the wheels. The odd shape of the BladeGlider could be a challenge to get past new crash standards but Nissan seems intent on using the new dual motor technology in a modern consumer vehicle.
Shoppers looking for a more practical fuel efficient vehicle should look at Nissan’s options such as the Leaf, Versa, or Hybrid Pathfinder. The Versa Note offers an EPA rating of 31 mpg city and 40 mpg highway at the low MSRP of $13,990. The electric Leaf starts at $28,800 and offers a dependable vehicle with zero tailpipe emissions. The Pathfinder Hybrid has a starting price tag of $35,000 and an EPA rating of 25 mpg city and 28 mpg highway.
If you’re interested in learning more about the BladeGlider concept, or looking to test drive a Nissan, head over to http://kaysernissan.com/ to find the perfect vehicle for you
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Accolades Mount for 2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray
The immense success of the most recent iteration of Chevy’s classic muscle car, the 2014 Corvette Stingray, has drawn raves from the auto industry. The Corvette C7 (the 7th Corvette designed by Chevrolet) was recently named Automobile of the Year by Automobile magazine giving quite a boost to the Detroit car-making scene. The accolades come on the heels of the C7 winning Performance Car of the Year honors from Road and Track.
The 2014 Corvette represents a comeback from the more conservative C6 offering. The honors it has collected signify a comeback for General Motors. The automaker has been renewed and revitalized since its 2009 bankruptcy. With the 2014 Corvette Chevy has knocked off contenders from Japan and Germany to rise to the top of the auto industry. The 2014 Corvette Stingray has given the Porsche 911 a run for its money, both in the street and the showroom. The Stingray represents similar style and substance at a fraction of the price. The C7 and its mounting accolades prove that no one does the muscle car like Detroit.
Chevy offers the Corvette Stingray in six models, ranging from the 1LT with a MSRP of $51,000 to the Z51 3LT with a starting price near $62,000. The 2LT expands upon the 1LT’s base features by adding interior items like Bose premium audio, heated and vented seats, and adjustable lumbar supports. The 3LT, which starts at $59,000, kicks it up a notch for a full leather interior. The Z51 Performance Package, which is available on all models, includes: larger 19 or 20 inch front wheels, larger front brakes, HD cooling, performance gear ratios, and a unique Aero package that reduces lift for high speed stability.
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League of Denial is Enlightening and Infuriating
I recently completed reading League of Denial, the Fainaru brothers attempt at uncovering the NFL’s closely guarded secrets concerning the extent of the league’s concussion problem. The book is a fantastic read that features great storytelling, some heartbreaking tales of personal demise, a wealth of research and medical information, and enough league sanctioned chicanery to make even the most diehard NFL supporter blush. By page six my stomach was doing somersaults.Pin It Tweet
Ed Reed’s Houston Departure is No Shock
The Houston Texans released veteran safety Ed Reed on Tuesday just one day after he made comments critical of the coaching staff and less than eight months after signing the future Hall of Famer to a three-year contract. Reed’s release fulfilled a predictable end to his short time in Houston, and likely his impactful career.
Reed was a transcendent player in 11 seasons with the Baltimore Ravens. He established himself as one of the best ball-hawking safeties in league history and evolved into a one-man highlight reel. Reed’s responsible for some of the most memorable plays in Ravens’ history and for many of the gray hairs on the heads of Brian Billick, John Harbaugh, Ozzie Newsome and Steve Bisciotti. Reed’s physical gifts and uncanny football instincts made him a fan favorite but his mercurial nature and penchant for freelancing often flew in the face of the coaching staff. As Reed’s body broke down—he dealt with chronic neck and hip issues over the past few seasons—the dynamic plays were fewer and his defensive lapses started to mount. For his last few seasons in Baltimore Reed, was like Superman without his cape as his frequent gambles left cornerbacks out to dry and he tackled with all the ferocity of retired matador Deion Sanders.Pin It Tweet
Orioles Fans Brace for Quiet Offseason
The Baltimore Orioles are a pretty good baseball team, which isn’t so bad after a decade and half of laughingstock status. Still, fans expect more: more stars, bigger payroll, and most of all more pitching. Despite a solid core, financial flexibility, and some glaring weaknesses don’t expect much from the O’s this winter.
If there’s anything we’ve learned from Peter Angelos’ two decade reign at the helm of the Orioles franchise it’s that he won’t commit a long-term contract to a free agent pitcher. Angelos has yet to allow a major financial commitment or a deal in excess of three years to a significant free agent starter. Don’t expect him to start now. The Orioles have a solid though unspectacular starting rotation of Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Miguel Gonzalez, and Bud Norris. The acquisition of a frontline starting pitcher would push each of the aforementioned hurlers down in the rotation and greatly strengthen the team’s chances to compete in the tough American League East. While O’s fans want an acquisition along the lines of Matt Garza, David Price, and Japanese import Masahiro Tanaka, Dan Duquette’s front office will once again head to the thrift shop.Pin It Tweet
Crock Pot Pumpkin Bread
I’ve never been much of a baker but the bread baking mood does strike me from time to time. A few weeks back I drew some late night inspiration from a can of pumpkin and a crock pot. I took to Pinterest and found a recipe for pumpkin bread made entirely in the crock pot. It was as easy as it was delicious.
Here is a link to the recipe I found on CDLlife.com.
The recipe was easy to follow and the paper towels are key. I assumed the bread would be soggy but the paper towels really do the trick so don’t skimp. I cooked the bread for approximately 3 hours and it was perfect but my crock pot has a tendency to run kind of hot. The cooking time could vary so just be careful.
I didn’t start baking until around 11 pm on a Saturday night so this served as a terrific Sunday morning breakfast surprise for my Wife and kids. We downed half the loaf for breakfast and damn near the rest of it after dinner.Pin It Tweet