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Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 3 Results

Monday, Mar, 10 2014


Our NASCAR Pick 3 is off and rolling for 2014!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every Thursday (or Friday), on the Home Stretch, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio & Ben Brust of the Badgers join Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Ben, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race.

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener beats 3 of 4 or sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s.

Here are the week 3 results:

1st place: Justin
Jimmie Johnson: 6
Jeff Gordon: 9
Dale Earnhardt JR: 2
Total: 17

2nd place: Alex
Greg Biffle: 22
Joey Logano: 4
Brad Keslowski: -5 (winner)
Total: 21

3rd place: Listener Greg
Tony Stewart: 33
Jeff Gordon: 9
Paul Menard: 3
Total: 45

4th place: Ben
Tony Stewart: 33
Matt Kenseth: 10
Kasey Kahne: 8
Total: 51

5th place: Dad
Kyle Busch: 11
Jeff Gordon: 9
Kevin Harvick: 41
Total: 61

Yearly Rankings (total points):
1st – Alex: 66
2nd – Justin: 76
3rd – Listeners: 93
4th – Justin’s Dad: 117
5th - Brust: 131

Race Winner Picks:
Justin’s Dad – 1 (Race 1)
Alex Hayden - 2 (Race 2, 3)
Justin, Ben, Listeners – 0

Weekly Winner honors:
Dad - 1 (Week 1)
Alex - 1 (Week 2)
Justin - 1 (Week 3)
Ben - 0
Listeners - 0

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 4 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 2 Results

Tuesday, Mar, 4 2014

Our NASCAR Pick 3 is off and rolling for 2014!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every Thursday (or Friday), on the Home Stretch, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio & Ben Brust of the Badgers join Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Ben, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race.

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener beats 3 of 4 or sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s.


Kevin Harvick (Photo espn.go.com)


Here are the week 2 results:

1st place: Alex
Carl Edwards: 8
Jammie McMurray: 10
Kevin Harvick: -5 (winner)
Total Points: 13

2nd place: AL the listener
Matt Kenseth: 12
Jimmie Johnson: 6
Brad Keslowski: 3
Total Points: 21

3rd place: Justin
Brad Keslowski: 3
Kasey Kahne: 11
Greg Biffle: 17
Total Points: 31

4th place: Ben Brust
Denny Hamlin: 19
Jimmie Johnson: 6
Kyle Busch: 9
Total Points: 34

5th place: Dad
Denny Hamlin: 19
Jeff Gordon: 5
Matt Kenseth: 12
Total Points: 36

Yearly Points:
1st – Alex: 45
2nd – Listeners: 48 
3rd – Dad: 56
4th – Justin: 59
5th - Brust: 80 

Winner Picks:
Justin’s Dad – 1 (Race 1)
Alex Hayden - 1 (Race 2)
Justin, Ben, Listeners – 0

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 5 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Scuba's NASCAR Pick 3: Week 1 Results

Monday, Feb, 24 2014

Another NASCAR Season is here which means the Pick 3 is back for 2014!  Scuba’s Bar and Grill in Appleton is on board this season challenging you to beat the experts!

Every Friday, on the Home Stretch, Alex Hayden of MRN Radio joins Justin Hull to talk NASCAR.  At the end the conversation, one listener will be chosen to call in and pick 3 drivers for the Sprint Cup Race that weekend.  After that, our expert panel of Alex, Justin and Justin’s Dad will pick their 3 for the race. 

It’s golf style scoring so the lower the scorer, the better.  You get points for whatever position each of your drivers finish.  If you pick the winning driver, we subtract 5-points from your total.  If the listener sweeps the panel, it’s a $25 Gift Card to Scuba’s.  If you beat just one, it’s a $10 Gift Card to Scuba’s. 

Here are the week 1 results:

1st place: My Dad
Matt Kenseth: 6
Kyle Busch: 19
Dale Jr: -5 (winner)
Total Points: 20

2nd place: Chad the Listener
Matt Kenseth: 6
Kyle Busch: 19
Denny Hamlin: 2
Total Points: 27

3rd place: Justin
Brad Keslowski: 3
Jeff Gordon: 4
Kurt Busch: 21
Total Points: 28

4th place: Alex Hayden
Denny Hamlin: 2
Jeff Gordon: 4
Paul Menard: 32
Total Points: 32

Yearly Rankings:
1st – Justin’s Dad: 20
2nd – Listeners: 27
3rd – Justin: 28
4th – Alex: 32
5th - Ben: 46 (took Ben's average from races 2,3 & 4)

Winner Picks:
Justin’s Dad – 1 (Race 1)
Justin, Alex, Listeners – 0

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 5 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


WIAA Boy's Basketball Regional Semifinals

Tuesday, Feb, 18 2014

The WIAA released its Boy's Basketball pairings Monday.  Over the last 24-hours, I have scoured the brackets to find the match-ups in North East Wisconsin that are the most intriguing.  Here is a look at my top-5 matchups for the Regional Semifinals which will be played Friday, February 28th at the better seeded school.

5.) #6 Wisconsin Rapids @ #3 Oshkosh North (Division 1, Sectional 1)

This is a match-up teams that would have found themselves with higher seeds had they been in different sectionals.  Frank Shade’s Oshkosh North team has a resume that is impressive with wins over Neenah, De Pere, & Wisconsin Lutheran while taking on Germantown early on this season.  Rapids likely pushed down to 6th because of their conference being down and in a meeting with 7 of 9 teams at meeting from FVA. A Late win over Marshfield didn’t help.  What team has more motivation?

4.) #3 Waupaca @ #2 Hortonville (Division 2, Sectional 1)

Both teams put together solid years in what turned out to be top heavy conferences.  Waupaca definitely trending upward as they were the ultimate spoiler in the EVC with wins over Ripon and Little Chute.  Hortonville is very tested playing in the Bay Conference with Seymour, West De Pere and Shawno.  The two teams met on February 14th with Hortonville notching a double-digit win. 

3.) #5 Appleton North @ #4 Appleton West (Division 1, Sectional 1)

There may not be a team that is trending more upward than Appleton North.  There only losses since December 17th were to Neenah (2), Oshkosh North, Kaukauna, & Appleton West.  In that 2-month stretch is a win over Oshkosh North, which shook up the FVA standings in a big way.  Appleton West was steady throughout the year while overcoming a couple key injuries down the stretch to sit at 3rd in the FVA.  West won both regular season meetings.

2.) #6 Xavier @ #3 West De Pere (Division 2, Sectional 2)

If anyone can find an outright Conference Champion with a seed lower than 4, please let me know.  Xavier (will) pick up an outright Conference Championship in the Eastern Valley but because that league is mostly D3-schools and the Hawks non-conference schedule wasn’t the greatest, they slid down as far as they did.  West De Pere has definitely lived up to the hype this year with 2 of their 3 losses coming to Seymour and Ashwaubenon who sit in the same sectional.  The key for the Hawks will behind the arc.

1.) #5 Kaukauna @ #4 Pulaski (Division 2, Sectional 2)

In most years, Kaukauna would have been in the conversation for a FVA title but Neenah and Oshkosh North were so top heavy, the drop off seemed bigger than it probably was.  Pulaski is in the mix in the FRCC with the likes of Ashwaubenon, Bay Port, & De Pere.  If you can only see one game for the rest of February, this is it.

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 5 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


Hump Day List: Most important Brewers in 2014

Wednesday, Feb, 12 2014

Here are the Brewers that I think need to have a big year in order for the team to compete in 2014.

5.) SS Jean Segura – After an all-star start to his Brewer career, the team was kicking the tires on an extension showing just how big he is to the future of the team.  Those talks cooled down as Segura did in the 2nd half.  Who is the real Jean Segura?  Hopefully that comes to light in 2014.  There have been many “flashes in the pan” in the Melvin era in Milwaukee and SS has not been his best position.  A strong year by Segura could settle things down and give the team options with a couple of prospects down the pipeline to bolster other positions.

4.) RP Jim Henderson – The day of the “Closer” in baseball is shrinking.  We are seeing the life span of individuals at the back of the bullpen getting shorter and shorter.  Any long term success that a team can get with a closer now is such a bonus.  If Henderson can close out the year in that spot, it may mean a few more wins than the plethora of teams who play musical closer.

3.) SP Matt Garza – There are two reasons why I put Garza on this list and not Lohse.  The first is that Garza is coming off back-to-back seasons where injuries have cut into his season.  The difference (potentially) between Garza and who would take his spot is significant enough that another injury would be felt.  The second reason is how long he is here.  If Lohse slides, his deal is up after next year making it easier to cut the cord.  If Garza slides, he is in Milwaukee until 2017.  He needs to produce.

2.) OF Ryan Braun – I talked about him a few times on the show the last month as the season draws near, so does the realization that Braun is back and his success will coincide with the Brewers success.  For all the fan talk about trading him, the fact is, you need players like Braun on your roster to compete in today’s league.  It’s not that you have to like/respect him, but the first time he contributes to a win will be a weird feeling for Brewer fans.  Braun doesn’t need to put up his MVP numbers, but he has to be at least 75% of that.  If he tanks, for whatever reason, it will be tough for the team to dig out.

1.) SP Yovani Gallardo – This is the same answer I have had the last couple years.  As Yovani has gone the last few seasons, so has the team.  In 2011, His 3.52 era, 1.215 whip, & 3.51 K/BB ratio were all career highs.  In 2012, his slow start mirrored that of team and his 2nd half spurt coincided with the team’s late push.  2013 was his worse year and the team’s output coincided.  Obviously, Garza and Lohse will be key, but Yo has to be great.

If you want to vote, I put the poll question up on our Home Page.  Thanks!

posted by: The Home Stretch with Justin Hull 5 month(s) ago Comment On This Post


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