Get To Know the Sports Staff: Intern Brandon Tew

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Name: Brandon Tew
Hometown: Cary, NC
Year at App: Senior
Major/Minor: Electronic Media/ Broadcasting Minor: History

Favorite Sport: Baseball

Favorite Team: Atlanta Braves, Carolina Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes, Charlotte Hornets, UNC Tar Heels

Favorite Jersey: Houston Astros “Tequila Sunrise”

Favorite Sports Memory: UNC Football 2004 Season, Connor Barth Game Winning field Goal to Beat #3 Miami, UNC Basketball 2005 and 2009 National Championships

Biggest Sports Disappointment: 2015 National Championship game UNC vs. Villanova (Kris Jenkins buzzer-beater)

Best Looking Male Athlete: Tim Tebow

Favorite Male Athlete (All Time): Bo Jackson

Favorite Female Athlete: Mia Hamm

Dream Venue to watch event: Turner Field

Favorite Sports Quote: “If you make every game a life-and-death thing, you’re going to have problems. You’ll be dead a lot.” –Dean Smith

Favorite Fantasy Football Pickup: I picked up Blake Bortles last Season after I went 0-4 in a league rode him to a 7-6 record and the playoffs. Then to the Championship game in that league.

Flacco=Elite??: No!!! Super Bowl MVP does not make you Elite

Get To Know the Sports Staff: Intern Joshua Kornmayer

Name: Joshua Kornmayer
Hometown: Polk County
Year at App: Sophomore
Major/Minor: Electronic Media/ Broadcasting and Mathematics

Favorite Sport: Hockey

Favorite Teams: San Diego Chargers, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Flyers, San Antonio Spurs, and THE Ohio State University Buckeyes

Favorite Jersey: San Diego Chargers Powder Blue Jerseys

Favorite Sports Memory: 2010 Stanley Cup Playoffs, The Boston Bruins vs. the Philadelphia Flyers. Bruins were up 3-0 and the Flyers came back to tie the series and then in game 7 Flyers were down 3-0 in the game and came back and won becoming the third NHL team to come back from 3 games to 0 to win.
2016 MLB All Star game festivities including Celebrity Game, Home Run Derby, and All Star Game

Biggest Sports Disappointment: EVERY SAN DIEGO SPORTS TEAM EVER

Best Looking Male Athlete: Tyler Seguin and Ryan Kesler

Favorite Male Athlete (All Time): LaDainian Tomlinson

Favorite Female Athlete: Caroline Wozniacki

Dream Venue to watch event: PetCo Park

Favorite Sports Quote: “I wish I could tell you that you’re going to take the NFL by storm. But just because your life will be going according to God’ plan doesn’t mean it’s going to be a fairytale” Danny Woodhead

Favorite Fantasy Football Pickup: Like my favorite sports teams, my fantasy teams always choke come playoff time, so I’m still looking for the best fantasy football pickup.

Is Joe Flacco elite?: NO

New York Dreams: Do the Mets Need a Miracle?

As the World Series shifts to New York after the Royals took both games at home to jump out to a 2-0 lead in the 2015 World Series, the mood in the Mets clubhouse is much different than it was just a week ago. After a Game 2 effort that included but 2 weak hits whose combined speed wouldn’t warrant a speeding ticket, they now know just why the Royals dealt 3 left handed pitching prospects to the Reds for Johnny Cueto and what makes him so dominant. Cueto’s complete game, 2 hit effort featured just 4 strikeouts and 3 walks on 122 pitches; only 70 of which were strikes.

 

What do these numbers mean? They mean that Cueto was excellent, but not his normal dominant self. In fact, he was in some trouble in the middle sections of the game, in which he allowed his lone run of the evening on a cue-shot single by Lucas Duda in the top of the 4th that scored Daniel Murphy. This was immediately followed by 1-2-3 innings in the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth innings, showing the mindset Cueto locked himself into while feeding off of the raucous 41,000+ fans in attendance. After asking manager Ned Yost for permission to pitch the final inning, Cueto became the first Dominican born pitcher to toss a complete game in the World Series, and the first player in general to accomplish the feat with 2 or less runs allowed since Greg Maddux in 1995. When you find your name mentioned alongside that of Maddux, you know you’re in some historic company.

 

When the series returns to Citi Field, the Mets must do one thing better and one thing only: HIT THE BALL. The pitching will be back to its normal, dominant self, with Noah Syndergaard toeing the rubber (and we all know what he usually does), but offense must be of paramount importance. After an 11 hit performance in Game 1, the Mets’ bats went quiet. With Yordano Ventura throwing for the opposition, the Mets hitters have to find a way to make Ventura throw extra pitches by employing the Royals strategy for Game 2; fouling off pitches as a strategy. They fouled off 24 of Jacob deGrom’s 95 pitches, forcing him to exit early. The backside of the Royals bullpen is their obvious strength, so Terry Collins’ club has to try and attack Ventura and get to the bullpen as early as possible in Game 3.