Sunday, December 26, 2010

Soaring High



If there was any doubt if Blake Griffin would be able to recover after his pre-season ending injury last year, I think he’s canceled all doubt throughout this point of the season. The former College Player of the Year’s NBA debut was put on hold due to a broken left kneecap during the Los Angeles Clippers final exhibition game against the New Orleans Hornets. The question no longer stands if Griffin will be good, but how good will he be!
The Clippers currently stand at the bottom of the Western Conference record wise, but the support from their city has returned. Griffin’s electrifying above the rim play brings fans off their seat every game giving the city something else to cheer for other than the Black Mamba and Los Angeles Lakers. Griffin may be a rookie, but his quick and ferocious jumping ability puts him at an unfair advantage against his opponents. Orlando Magic’s Dwight Howard may be the Superman of the NBA, but Griffin has proved that he isn’t the only one that can fly.
Not many crowds will root for a team that holds the third worst record in the Western Conference, but not many teams have a player with Griffin’s vertical leap. Every game Griffin plays is bound to be in Sportscenter Top 10. Griffin isn’t the only catalyst to the Clippers emergence as players such as Eric Gordon and DeAndre Jordan have attributed to the resurgence of the team. The Clippers are still extremely young squad and are building team chemistry game by game. Their record doesn’t indicate their talent level or capability to challenge any opponent. In a couple years, this team will be a force to reckon with and may be the top sheriff in Western Conference and city of Los Angeles.
Looking to be crowned Rookie of the Year, phenomenon, Blake Griffin, is well on his way. From his montage of dunk facials to his tenacity on the boards, Griffin can develop in to one of the faces of league. Griffin has already entered the top flight fraternity amongst the best dunkers in the league and will improve gradually in other aspects of the game barring injury.
The media sort of had a loss of memory of Griffin’s sensational, tough hard dunking style in college. Knock Knock… He’s back! Griffin is on a young and team and in a great city to manifest his talents. This double-double monster plays fearlessly and his engine doesn’t stop running. Be extra careful around the paint because you may end up in his poster or highlight reel. Griffin may even have the credentials to bring back the Slam Dunk Contest, a contest that had been declining tremendously year by year. Despite it only being one year, Griffin is on a journey of achievement.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Blame Game


For a team that had hopes to win the NFC East and even make a run at the Superbowl, it was hard to swallow the effort displayed by the Philadelphia Eagles in the first half against the New York Giants. Eagle fans weren’t only stunned that they were trailing by a wide margin, but at how much difficulty their offense had with the stingy G-men defense. The script completely flipped in the 4th quarter, though, as the Eagles showed the league why they’re so good. As we all saw, the Eagles ended up scoring a miraculous 28 points in the final 7:18 of the game with Desean Jackson scoring the game winning touchdown on a punt return as regulation expired. I’m still in awe over the performance by the Birds. It was like the scene out of Space Jam when Bugs Bunny grabbed the water bottle labeled “Michael’s Secret stuff” and the Looney Tunes started playing like beasts. The final eight minutes of the game was a total state of shock for fans on both sides as the Eagles made a stunning turnaround.
So how did this game from Hell for Giants fans take place in their very own Meadowlands? Let’s play the Blame Game. There are several candidates up for this great distinctive honor, starting with:

1. Matt Dodge
Any punter in their right mind during this situation would know not to kick the ball to Desean Jackson. The man has proved a countless number of times how fast and deadly he is with the ball in his hands. Kicking the ball to him in this scenario is asking him sincerely to score. Jackson practically is the best returner in the game right behind Devin Hester. The man loves to cross the pylon in big game situations and what better way to do it than against your NFC East rivals in a game that everyone assumed was heading into overtime.

2. Special teams
As far as NFL rules state, there must be 11 men on the field for a team. Matt dodge is one, so that means he had 10 other guys with him during Jackson’s punt return. Dodge wasn’t the only one that Jackson evaded during the play. 10 other guys attempted to catch him or missed him. Dodge shouldn’t be the blame for the whole game or even this play. One player doesn’t equal 38 points. Remember that the Eagles also recovered an onside kick which led to a score. Stressing my main point again, games aren’t judged by one play!

3. Offense
Each NFL football game has 60 minutes of regulation. The Giants offense only played 30 minutes this game against the Birds. They came out striking without fear in the first half scoring 24 points with a commanding 21 point lead into halftime. In the second half, the Giants "O" scored only seven points. Games aren’t won on by a play, drive, or in this case a half. These things may give you momentum, but they don’t win a game. You have to do the little things and keep progressing throughout a game no matter what the circumstance is. Eli may have finished with 289 passing yards and four TD’s, but it obviously wasn’t enough.

4. Defense
As previously mentioned, the Eagles scored more points on the Giants in the final 8 minutes than they did in the whole game. The Eagles offense was electrifying and couldn’t be stopped no matter what play they called. Vick got whatever he wanted and the chains kept moving play after play. No matter how good an offense is, no defense should let this amount of points be scored on them in this amount of time.
You can decide who’s to blame, but we may have found the spearhead behind this all? Drum roll please.........

The Eagles were obviously prepared and coached for this situation better than Giants, which brings about the 5th candidate, Coach Tom Coughlin. Before you yell down the throat of a rookie for a punt, you should first look at what you did wrong. All great teams know how to handle themselves in the face of adversity. The Eagles proved their resilience while the Giants showed no signs of it. As the great boxer, Mike Tyson, said, “Everybody has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

Play of the Week



With 14 seconds left in regulation, Philadelphia Eagles Desean Jackson scored on a game winning punt return.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Catch of the Week



Pierre Garcon makes an incredible catch from Peyton Manning.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Heat's Silent Assassin



With the superstar trio of Dwayne Wade, Lebron James, and Chris Bosh in South Beach, many teams will have nightmares constructing a scouting report on how to stop these three elite players. Ironically, arguably the most valuable, but least noticed player out of this three-head monster is Chris Bosh.
Bosh has always seemed to be the least recognized all-star out of the 2003 draft. It could be due to the fact that he had players such as Lebron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Paul accompany him in his draft or that he played his whole career in Toronto until now. For whatever reason it may be, Bosh has always been a dominant presence on the floor and has improved season after season. He's the NBA's best kept secret. He's a versatile power forward that can shoot, dribble, pass, defend, and post up. Can you ask for any more from him?
When people talk about one of the best power forwards in the league, Bosh's name is hardly mentioned. He can't help if his team is barely publicized in the US especially when hockey comes 1st to everything in Canada.
Teams will quickly learn how deadly of a weapon Bosh is as he'll provide match-up problems for many teams. Bosh is probably the Heat's biggest acquisition this summer due to the size in the paint. Bosh will have to match-up against players such as Dwight Howard, Andrew Bynum, Paul Gasol, Kendrick Perkins, etc night in and night out. Not only will he have to stop some of them on offense, but also box them out repeatedly. Bosh may have more on his plate than he realizes as he is the new face of the interior defense of the Miami Heat. Wade and James may be able to fly through the air and block shots, but Bosh will have to bang up against the bigger bodies constantly.
Bosh will get the exposure that he deserves now that he's playing in South Beach as well as show off his talents. Spectators already know what they're going to get with Dwayne Wade and Lebron James every night. On the other hand, you don't know what to expect from Bosh. Teams need to watch out for the silent assassin of the Heat. He won't talk too much, but his game will speak volumes.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Rookie of the Week



49ers Taylor Mays catches a blocked punt on the end line while staying in bounds for a touchdown.

Game of Redemption


After being traded from the New England Patriots to the Minnesota Vikings this week, Randy Moss will make his debut with his former team against the New York Jets. Besides being able to “moss” Darrelle Revis with a one hand touchdown-catch in the first half, the Jets were able to contain one the best wide receivers of all-time throughout the game. It should be an interesting match-up as Revis has stated that his hamstring would be good to go for the game.
Moss has had some great memories in Minnesota and I’m sure he’ll want to pick up right where he left off. This could be the key to Brett Favre getting his mojo back and hopefully beating his former team as well.
Another player who seems to be forgotten is former Super Bowl MVP, Santonio Holmes. Due to substance abuse policy, Holmes received a four-game suspension. Mark Sanchez seems to be in a groove while the Jets have been able to move the ball not only on the ground, but through the air. The return of Holmes just makes the offense deadlier.
Both teams are probably the most dangerous that we’ve seen them all season. The Jets passing game has added another key element and they already have two monsters in the backfield. Even though Moss may be a little older, he still has made the shaky pass game of the Vikings much more dangerous. Remind you that the man did reinvent the word catching “Mossed” and how could I forget about the vicious, beast Adrian Peterson who runs relentlessly every time he touches the ball.
Both of these teams are top contenders in their conference and have the weapons to make it to the Super Bowl. We may not get a chance to see both of these teams play again, so tune into Monday Night Football to see these titans clash.

Nat Robinson Dunks on Shaq

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

NBA 2K11 is OUT!



Arguably the greatest basketball player of all-time makes his 1st debut in a simulated game.

Boozer out for 2 Months


After recently being acquired by the Chicago Bulls during the offseason for a five-year $75 million deal, Carlos Boozer could miss up two months after tripping over a bag in his house. Boozer's fall caused him to fracture the fifth metacarpal bone in his hand Saturday.
Despite the two-time All-Star's injury, he feels that they have guys who will be able to step up and play. Taj Gibson is likely to replace Boozer in the starting lineup. The Bulls know how instrumental Boozer is to their team and hope that he'll be able to recover quickly from his energy.
Chicago begins their preseason tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Friday, October 1, 2010

McNabb returns to Lincoln


As the Washington Redskins and Philadelphia Eagles meet for the 150th time, what better way to spark up the intense division rivalry again than with McNabb making his 1st return to Lincoln Financial Field.
Even with all of his success in the city of Brotherly Love, McNabb was never truly able to win over Eagles’ fans. Michael Vick on the other hand has received much acceptance in Philadelphia despite being sentenced to two years in prison because of dog fighting. Some have put Vick’s actions behind while others haven’t, have you?
Just after playing 10 quarters and leading the Eagles to top of the NFC East, Vick looks better than when he played with the Atlanta Falcons. Vick once was one of the most talented and highest paid players before his career came crashing down due to torturing and killing dogs. Many players and fans are rooting for Vick the player, but have they forgiven him as a man who’s served his time and is trying to do right and restructure his life.
Little do many Philadelphia fans know, one of the main catalysts for Vick’s success in Philadelphia is their former quarterback, #5. Donovan McNabb brought the idea up to his coach, Andy Reid, when no one wanted to acquire Vick. Many ridiculed the Eagles organization for making a bonehead decision for signing someone that committed all these previous crimes and could possibly demoralize the team’s public image. Little did everyone know how much of an impact the once called “Superman” of the league would have for the Birds.
The fact of the matter is that the Eagles are much more dangerous team with Vick in the huddle rather than Kolb and have a chance to win many more games. Vick has the third highest passer rating in the league and may potentially be an even better player now than in Atlanta. Vick does repeat time and time again how much he owes his success to his mentor, McNabb. Besides from all the laughs that Donovan had provided for him while teammates, he also taught him the art of film study. McNabb took Vick under his wing and molded him into a better player. Vick’s performance has obviously showed as some thought he would never be able to be this good let alone have any impact on the field again.
Vick has taken full advantage of his second chance and will have to keep proving himself game in and out. Regardless of his great performance after two and half games, the season has just begun. Remind you that they’ve only played three games and could fall in the second half of the season.
This game will be Vick’s very first true test as he’ll be playing his 1st division game against his mentor and close friend. McNabb won’t be holding anything back and Vick shouldn’t either! I’m looking for a hard-nose football with adrenaline pumping throughout each and every player’s veins.
#5 or #7, who’s you pick?

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

NFL Catch of the Week



The Kansas City Cheifs are 3-0 for those that weren't aware.

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

National League East Champs


The Philadelphia Phillies clinched their fourth consecutive National League East title with an 8-0 victory over the Washington Nationals on Monday. The Phillies also clinched the league's best record winning their 94th game.
Roy Halladay led the way for the Phils yesterday pitching an phenomenal complete game allowing only two hits and striking out six. The newest acquisition for the Phillies has definitely payed off after being acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in December. It must be a great feeling for Hallayday who has never won a pennant race or ever pitched in October (postseason).
As big of an accomplishment the divsion title was, the Phillies' goals don't stop here. Their eyes on set on the World Series! The Phils fell short of their dream last year as the New York Yankees stopped them from winning two consecutive World Series. The Phillies are looking for a different result this year as Roy Halladay will look to lead the 2010 NL East Champs to another World Series and pitch in the playoffs for the 1st time in his 13th season.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Money Talks...



Playing professional basketball all-year around really takes a toll on the reigning WNBA league and former finals MVP, Diana Taurasi who feels she’s on a never-ending treadmill. Unlike NBA players who play basketball for nine months, a majority of the WNBA players play entire second seasons in places such as Europe, Russia, and Australia on top of their WNBA season.
This new trend among WNBA stars is due to their salary they receive playing basketball in America compared to overseas. The WNBA’s maximum salary for any player hovers around $100,000 when a player can make five times this playing in Moscow. If this is the case, why wouldn’t top-name players want to take a break off from the WNBA who have lost tons of investments and support since 1997 when the league began?
The basketball in WNBA may be more competitive than overseas, but assessing the long-term financial situation also comes into play. It comes down to being a personal decision for most players. Some players love getting a chance to see different parts of the world while getting compensated for it, while others rather rest and heal their body and just play in the states. Some players that play all-year around get breaks in the schedule if their teams are eliminated from the playoffs early, but players such as Taurasi rarely sleep because her team is always competing.
This ripple effect could leave the WNBA with the short end of the stick as many players are reevaluating playing in a league whose salary is dwarfed by overseas. Only time will tell how many people join this movement. I can only imagine how many will follow Taursai who is arguably the best college player ever and one of the best basketball players in the world.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vick named Starter


After naming Kevin Kolb his starter on Monday, Philadelphia Eagles coach, Andy Reid, did a 180-turn and named Michael Vick his starter for Sunday's game vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars. According to a NFL source, the decision had nothing to do with Kolb's health who was cleared to play vs. the Jaguars after his concussion in the season-opener vs. the Green Bay Packers.
Vick will start his second game this Sunday and will look to lead the Eagles to another victory after a great performance this past game against the Detroit Lions.
Vick may understand his role as the backup, but it's obvious how much more of a chance the Eagles have to win with Vick under center. Vick gives the Eagles a whole new dimension as QB compared to Kolb and provides the team with his escapability when the pocket collapses. I'm rooting for the Comeback Kid.

Coach of the Week



Houstan Texans coach, Gary Kubiak, iced Washington Redskins kicker,Graham Gano who made the first attempt for the game winning field-goal, but it didn't count because Kubiak called timeout just before the snap. Gano ended up missing the second attempt wide right, putting the ball back in Matt Schaub's hands for the winning drive.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Vick named Starter


Due to Kevin Kolb's concussion this past Sunday against the Green Bay Packers, Michael Vick was named starter for tomorrow's game vs. the Detroit Lions. Vick hasn't started a game since 2006, but didn't seem to lose a step after displaying signs of vintage/reincarnated Vick last week. Vick once was called one of the top quarterbacks in our league when he played for Atlanta, now he has an even greater opportunity to prove himself again in the city of Brotherly Love.
Andy Reid may feel that Kolb is the future of the Philadelphia Eagles organization, but it was self evident that the offense moved better with Vick under center. It just wasn't Vick's legs slashing through the defense that outplayed Kolb's minimal reps, but his arm as well that hit more open receivers.
This game means alot more than just filling in for Kolb to Vick. This game could prove the future of Vick's stay in Philadelphia and who'll be the starter for the remainder of the season.
Kolb may turn into a tremendous quarterback and live up to all the Eagle's expectations, but maybe it isn't that bad of any idea for him to take the back seat now. Reid wasn't even sure who he wanted to play as both quarterbacks were sharing series throughout the game before Kolb's injury.
It's surprising that Philly is the city of brotherly love being that their football fans are ruthless and impatient. Vick has already been exposed to how quickly fans can turn on you when he was involved in the world of dog fighting.
Many may be quick to guarantee a win seeing as the Eagles play the Lions, but this is the wrong week to take them on. The Lions were robbed out of a win last week and are looking to take their revenge out on the Eagles.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Jacked up Week 1



I guess Ray Lewis proved he isn't just a talker!

Birds suffer 1st game without Mcnabb


In their 1st game since trading Donovan Mcnabb to Washington, the Philadelphia Eagles looked flustered on numerous occasions at the quarterback position. Kevin Kolb may have been the clear starter when the game began, but the once three-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Michael Vick, took over the offense later due to Kolb’s concussion.
For the reps that Kolb received before his injury, the once potent, high-scoring offense looked sluggish and slow with him under center. In contrast, Vick led the Eagles to a near comeback against the Green Bay Packers when taking over as QB. Vick may have not been the most accurate with his passing, but he got the job done in moving the offense down the field whether it was by feet or arm. Kolb has extremely big shoes to fill with Mcnabb being the all-time passing leader in Eagles history, but he’ll soon learn that Philadelphia fans become impatient pretty quickly.
Kolb wasn’t the only Eagle that left the game to due injury; Leonard Weaver, Stewart Bradley, and several other players left the game hurt. Weaver and Jamaal Jackson took the worst hit of them all with their injuries causing them to miss the remainder of the season. Both of these players are key to the Eagles’ offense and will be hard to replace.
Despite the Eagles’ loss to the Packers, the Eagles offense did look exciting with Vick leading them. Even slight memories of Mcnabb came to mind as Vick scrambled out of the pocket to create yardage with his legs. Maybe there could have been a different outcome if Vick played the whole game? All I know is when Kolb returns from his injury, he better bring his A game because his backup isn’t too far behind from taking his position as starter.
One thing that puzzled me during Sunday’s game vs. the Packers was the 4th down call by the Eagles. I’m not one to criticize play calling when it doesn’t work, but I will if it’s a nonsense play that seems to have no hope from the beginning. A shoutgun QB Draw? Really Andy?
Vick did play a good game and did an amazing job in bring the Eagles back with a majority of this coming from legs. To think the Packers, who were in the backfield all day, weren’t going to bring pressure on 4th and yard troubles me. Especially on the game-deciding play! I’m not saying Vick is a bad passer, but he could have been more accurate and missed a couple a receivers here and there. With that being said, why wouldn’t Vick run on 4th down? He’s not going to rely on his arm with the game on the line. If you’re going to do a QB run, do it from any formation other than shotgun. The team fought real hard to comeback and hopefully win, and this play call is let down to the players in my eyes.

Offensive and Defensive Gamebreaker of the Week 1



Monday, September 13, 2010

Monday Night Football



Tune into Monday Night Football at 7 p.m. as the two of the top contenders in AFC square off against each other. The Baltimore Ravens will take on the New York Jets for the first Monday night game in the New Meadowlands stadium.
Be ready for a smash mouth football game as two of the top defenses clash against each other. It'll also be interesting to see how Anquan Boldin does on Revis Island.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Saints just Brees by Vikings


It wasn’t the prettiest of games played by the New Orleans Saints, but in the end they got the job done in beating the Minnesota Vikings in the season opener. Winning a close game, 14-9 compared to their thrilling overtime victory in NFC championship last year against the Vikings might have been surprising, but I’m sure they’re satisfied with the both wins rather than coming up empty handed.
Throughout game play, you could tell that Brett Favre’s ankle was bothering him as well as his timing issues with new receivers. This could have been fixed during training camp if he arrived earlier, but it’s just something the Vikings will have to deal with now that the season is underway. Favre may feel more comfortable when his favorite target, Sidney Rice returns, but Favre will have to learn to spread the ball out more instead of focusing on his primary option.
One person who did play extremely hard was Adrian Peterson who was running with revenge in his veins and blood. It was self evident that he had something to prove with his careless fumble mistakes last year and some people not calling him the best pound for pound running back anymore. Peterson ended with 87 yards on 19 carries and fought for each yard breaking tackles left and right. It’ll be interesting to see how many carries he receives once Favre receives his mojo back or if he ever does.
The Saints played how they usually played in attacking the air all throughout the game. They may have only had rushed three times in the 1st half, but pounded it down the Vikings throat in the closing minutes exposing the weak interior defense. The Saints offense was far less potent than we’ve seen them before, but they're still one of the most dangerous teams in the league with a plethora of offense options.
I don’t way too much on 1st games of the season because most teams are still building continuity and cohesiveness. The Saints could look like the best team in the NFL in the 1st half of the season and fall in the second half, so I don’t want to jump to any conclusions just yet. We’ll find out how good the defending champions are as the season goes on and if Favre can lead the Vikings to another extraordinary season.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

NFL Kicks Off Tonight



The New Orleans Saints and Minnesota Vikings will open up the 2010-11 season tonight at 8:30 p.m. The Vikings are looking for revenge as the Saints edged them out last year in the NFC Championship game, 31-28.
There are lot questions concerning Brett Favre's ankle and if he'll still be able to provide the Vikings with the same magic that re-energized the whole organization last year. Questions also concern Adrian Peterson who has assured everyone that he has improved his fumbling issues that heavily impacted last year's NFC Championship.
As for the Saints, we'll find out if they're still suffering from their Superbowl hangover and how efficient Drew Brees will be who had a 70% completion rate last season.
This game will not be the same as last year with the Saints, Darren Sharper, and the Vikings, Sidney Rice, being inactive tonight.
Both teams provided us a game for the ages last year; we'll find out if they can live up to the hype once again this year.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Another Heisman bust


Only 75 people have been called the most outstanding player in all of collegiate football going back to 1935 when the Heisman trophy was established. Everyone knows how big an achievement it is to win the Heisman trophy and to enter the fraternity that has stunned and started people on the gridiron throughout college history. Unfortunately, most of these players don’t have similar success in the NFL. There have been numerous Heisman busts, Andre Ware and Eric Crouch to name a few, and now we might as well add one more to this list.
Matt Leinart, who was just recently cut by the Arizona Cardinals, signed a one-year deal with the Houston Texans hoping to reestablish his career there. Leinart did have a chance in Arizona when he was starter, but quickly became the backup when Kurt Warner joined the team. Warner was clearly the better quarterback and led the Cardinals to their 1st Superbowl appearance. You would think that it was bad enough that Matt lost his job once, but now twice to Derek Anderson who was named the starting quarterback for the Cardinals during training camp.
Leinart had a lot of going for him when entering the league having won two national championships, winning a Heisman trophy, and being drafted 10th overall, but this all became old news as the NFL and NCAA are two completely different places. In Arizona, Leinart ended up throwing for more interceptions than touchdowns, not what you would expect from a Heisman winner.
Leinart hopefully can begin a new chapter in his career with Houston and maybe move his way up the depth chart to become starter eventually. Easier said than done as he’ll have to take Matt Schaub’s spot as starter who led the league in passing last year.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Tiger makes Ryder Cup team


U.S. Ryder Cup Team

Stewart Cink
Rickie Fowler
Jim Furyk
Dustin Johnson
Zach Johnson
Matt Kuchar
Hunter Mahan
Phil Mickelson
Jeff Overton
Steve Stricker
Bubba Watson
Tiger Woods

The U.S. team will face the Europe Oct. 1-3 at Celtic Manor in Wales.

Monday, September 6, 2010

The Rain is Over


With Darrelle Revis finally ending his 36-day holdout to sign a 4-year deal for $46 millon, the New York Jets should feel confident entering this season with the return of their best player and arguably the best cornerback in the league. Being seven days away from their season opener against the Baltimore Ravens, the Jets will need Revis to matchup against Anquan Boldin and T.J. Houshmandzadeh, who just recently signed to a one year deal.
The Jets have already been put under the microscope in top 5 preseason rankings and will be tested early against the Ravens who also join them amongst those ranks and are even a Superbowl favorite. I don’t think we’ll find out how well both organizations will do during this upcoming season after their Monday night game, but this game will definitely set the tone and bar high. Other than the Sunday night game between the Washington Redskins and Dallas Cowboys, this is the biggest game during Week 1!
There’s probably no person happier within the Jets’ organization than Rex Ryan who feels there is new energy in the building. The team understands how Darrelle is a big part of the team and extremely instrumental in them reaching the playoffs and holding up the Lombardi trophy. Not only will the Jets be tested early, but so will Revis as his 1st three weeks matchups are against Boldin, Randy Moss, and Brandon Marshall. I don’t know how successful opposing receivers will be on Revis Island this year, but if Revis plays somewhat similar to last year, wide outs are in for a world of trouble!

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Underrated or Overrated


From the booing chants on draft day to being traded within his own division, #5 has never truly been accepted by the City of Brotherly Love. The Philadelphia Eagle fans had ridiculed Donovan McNabb for his play, decision-making, swagger, intensity, effort, basically EVERYTHING. The list doesn’t stop on what Philadelphia fans thought McNabb could improve on in order to lead their organization to their 1st Super Bowl ring. I guess all of this irrelevant now, as the Eagles' wish has finally come true with the trading of McNabb to the Washington Redskins.
As McNabb starts a new chapter for the Redskins, the young gunslinger, Kevin Kolb, will take the new position under center for the Eagles and hopefully become the organization’s new leader for the young inexperienced team.
When you look at someone’s stats of having the third highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks, 2nd best touchdown to interception ratio of all-time, and least intercepted quarterback of all-time, you would think that the city appreciates this player’s contributions and respects him. Ironically, this is not the case. McNabb is hated and despised in the city of Philadelphia. I’m not saying that McNabb’s popularity and like level has to be equivalent to Brian Dawkins, but at least somewhat close. Sadly though, there is no love for him there and there never was. Fans have probably never gave the man a chance because they were blinded by the flashy and magnificent running back, Ricky Williams. Williams did have a tremendous college year for the Texas Longhorns, but did nothing in the pro’s compared to his collegiate achievements and records. This career could have been different if he played for the Eagles, but we can’t base it on that.
Donovan has poured his heart and soul out for Philadelphia and all they have done in return is turn their backs similar to the burning of the Lebron James jersey by Cleveland. McNabb has led a sub-par team to NFC Championship game on several occasions and has never been recognized for this. He’s also never been surrounded by players of his caliber to throw to. Todd Pinkston and Freddie Mitchell aren’t the receivers you surround around a superstar quarterback if you have your eyes set on the Lombardi trophy. The only year that the Eagles surrounded with him a good wide out (Terrell Owens), they made it to the Super Bowl. Even though they lost by 3 playing a C game to the New England Patriots, it simply illustrated how good McNabb could be with some type of talent surrounded around him.
If the Eagles thought McNabb was washed up, they were highly mistaken. Donovan has been criticized by every individual since he’s entered the league and is looking to improve them all wrong once again. The Eagles may be contempt with Kolb leading their offense, but McNabb has nothing but revenge in his eyes when he plays his former team on October 3rd. I hope the Eagles are prepared to fly high on that day!

Mayweather takes shots at Pacquiao



This is just plain immaturity by Floyd Mayweather. Grow up.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

West heading South


After recently being waived from the Minnesota Timberwolves, Delonte West has now been suspended without pay for 10 days after pleading guilty to a weapons charge last month. West's weapon charge took place last September in Maryland while speeding a motorcycle with the possession of a loaded shotgun and an 8½-inch Bowie knife. If Delonte signs with a team this season, his suspension would be instant with the first game of the regular season.
Delonte's career seems to be on the downhill with this recent suspension as well as the rumor of having relations with Lebron James mother, Gloria. Remind you that he's also currently jobless!

Jacked Up

Thursday, August 5, 2010

600 Club


At the age of 35, Alex Rodriguez became the youngest player in MLB history to join the 600 homerun club in a 5-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays. Ironically, Rodriguez did it exactly three years to the day he hit his 500th homerun. Alex now joins the six other players to reach this milestone and currently sits 7th on the all-time homerun list.
Even though Alex had the longest streak between his 599th and 600th homer among the homerun kings, he’s relieved that it’s out the way so he can focus on more important things. The milestone hopefully will provide a spark for the Yankees, who moved back into a first-place tie with Tampa Bay Rays in the AL East. Rodriguez only has 163 more to go if he wants to be the king of all sluggers.


Player Homeruns
Barry Bonds 762
Henry Aaron 755
Babe Ruth 714
Willie Mays 660
Ken Griffey Jr. 630
Sammy Sosa 609
Alex Rodriguez 600

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Practice makes Perfect



Estimated distance is between 205-228 feet. Wow!

2010-11 NBA Marquee Games


Date Time Matchup
Oct. 26, 2010 7:30 p.m. ET Heat at Celtics
Oct. 26, 2010 10:30 p.m. ET Rockets at Lakers
Oct. 27, 2010 8 p.m. ET Bulls at Thunder
Oct. 29, 2010 8 p.m. ET Magic at Heat
Oct. 31, 2010 7 p.m. ET Jazz at Thunder
Nov. 1, 2010 8 p.m. ET Blazers at Bulls
Dec. 25, 2010 Noon ET Bulls at Knicks
Dec. 25, 2010 2:30 p.m. ET Celtics at Magic
Dec. 25, 2010 5 p.m. ET Heat at Lakers
Dec. 25, 2010 8 p.m. ET Nuggets at Thunder
Jan. 17, 2011 8 p.m. ET Magic at Celtics
Jan. 17, 2011 10:30 p.m. ET Thunder at Lakers


*** Full NBA Schedule will be released on Aug. 10th.

The Diesel still has gas


According to ESPN sources, Shaquille O’neal is close to signing a deal with the Boston Celtics. This would be a great acquisition for the front line of the Celtics who were also able to acquire Jermaine O’Neal during this off season. Shaq may not be as dominant in the paint as he used to be, but his size will help the Celtics defend the basket and rebound against players such as Dwight Howard and Andrew Bynum. This would also lighten up the load off of Kendrick Perkins back who is probably the best post-defender in the league.
The Celtics are still in it to win it and are making all the right moves to win the championship after falling short last year to the Los Angeles Lakers. Don't be so quick to jump on South Beach bandwagon with their new superstar trio! The Celtics are still the defending Eastern Conference Champions and are better than last year if able to sign the "Big Aristotle" along with their other new additions. Not taking credit away from the 2010 NBA Champions, but if Perkins wasn’t injured, there may have been a celebration in Beantown instead of LA.
The Eastern Conference has drastically improved since last year with players such as Carlos Boozer and Amar’e Stoudemire leaving the West. I still don’t think the East is as competitive as the West, but East is now a lot more balanced and exciting to watch.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

No Love for Cleveland




It was bad enough that Lebron James decided to leave Cleveland to go to South Beach to join Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh on national television, but now he doesn’t even mention the city where he played basketball for seven years in a full-page ad in his hometown paper. James’ ad thanks the people of Akron for their support for 25 years, but fails to even slightly mention where he started his professional career. Coincidentally, this ad came out two days after his former Cavaliers and now Miami Heat teammate, Zydrunas Ilgauskas, took out an ad in the Plain Dealer thanking Cavaliers fans for their support over the years.
King James leaving Cleveland empty handed in the paper could be looked at as both classless and childish and even justified with owner, Dan Gilbert’s haughty comments. Honestly though, I don’t think Cleveland fans will ever be able to forgive their once beloved “Chosen One.” The damage has already been done and thank you note in an ad wouldn’t minimize the fact that he will no longer be playing in Ohio. Most of Cleveland hates this man because they he feel quit on them and him not mentioning them in the ad is just adding fuel to the fire.
I just can’t wait to see when Lebron visits Cleveland during the regular season. This game will be brutal and I think that David Stern should highly consider hiring extra security for this game. Lebron was everything to this city and now they despise him with nothing, but disgust filled in their veins and blood.

Chris Johnson aiming for the top


Becoming just the 6th running back in NFL history to reach the 2,000 yard mark was just a minor accomplishment for Tennessee Titans running back, Chris Johnson. Johnson has eyes set on a higher goal which is Eric Dickerson's record of 2,105 yards rushing in a single season. If able to break the record, Chris wouldn’t just hold the single season rushing record, but be the first running back to rush over 2,000 yards more than once. Neither Barry Sanders, O.J. Simpson, Terrell Davis, Jamal Lewis, or Dickerson could do it, but this doesn’t phase the ambitious 3rd year running back.
Besides from accomplishing so much in two years, Johnson still feels that he has something to prove. Not receiving a vote for MVP was unfathomable to him, even though he was selected as The Associated Press' 2009 NFL Offensive Player of the Year. He also feels that he’s without a doubt the best running back in the league, hands down! He doesn’t want there to be a split decision between him and Adrian Peterson; it should be unanimous.
It would be amazing for Chris Johnson not only to break Dickerson’s record, but to rush for over 2,000 yards in consecutive seasons. Barry Sanders came the closest when he rushed for 1,491 yards the next season.
Johnson isn’t complacent with his success which shows his work ethic to become the best. His personal success is nothing compared to his final goal of winning a Superbowl and holding the Vince Lombardi trophy.

Big Baby shows off his dance skills



Just when I though I seen it all from Glen "Big Baby" Davis, he proved me wrong once again! We've seen him cry on the bench when being yelled at by Kevin Garnet, knock over a kid after a buzzer beater against Orlando, and even drool during the recent NBA Finals Game 4, but this has to be Number 1 memory of him. I don't what he was thinking when he recorded this! Coonery???

Monday, August 2, 2010

Revis holdsout



One of the NFL’s top teams started training camp without their best player today. NY Jets cornerback, Darrelle Revis, is holding out while locked in a contract dispute. Revis is set to make $1 million in the fourth year of his six-year rookie deal, making him one of the lowest-paid defensive backs on the team this season. Revis feels he deserves much more being not only the best player on his team, but the arguably best cornerback in the league. He single handily shutdown top premier receivers of this league and finished second in NFL Defensive Player of the Year voting.
There could be a lot of reasons for Revis holding out from the Jets promising him that his contract situation would be taken care of by training camp to wanting to be the NFL's highest-paid cornerback, a distinction that belongs to Oakland's Nnamdi Asomugha, who signed a three-year, $45.3 million extension last offseason. On top of this, this coach, Rex Ryan, told him he should be the league's highest-paid cornerback, so can you blame the man?
Revis obviously feels he’s doing what needs to be done as he’ll be getting finned $16,523 for each day of his holdout. This isn’t the best way for the Jets to start off who have high expectations surrounded around their organization being ranked in top 5 preseason rankings. I don’t know how long Darrelle plans to hold out, but one thing is for sure is that the Jets’ defense needs him in order to excel!

Slow down Rookie



Here's a video of NBA Rookie of the Year, Tyreke Evans, arrested at gunpoint during Memorial weekend for driving over 120 mph. Attorneys stated that he pleaded no contest to reckless driving, was given 80 hours of community service, ordered to take part in teen driving programs and lost his license for 30 days.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

The Queen City has found a new Monarch


The Drama Queen of the NFL, Terrell Owens, will be playing for the Cincinnati Bengals next year along with his close friend, Chad Johnson/Ochocinco. Owens signed for a one-year deal for $2 million deal which may also include another $2 million in incentives.
This may not be a bad place for T.O. as I think that he understands how his off-field image has diminished his value to most teams. Owens has shown to be a cancer to every team he goes to whether it be the San Francisco 49ers or Philadelphia Eagles. What makes it even worst is that he ridicules each organization and their quarterback after he leaves giving them bad publicity. T.O. probably will be a little bit more controlled as Ochocinco and Carson Palmer will be on his back constantly to keep him in check. If this doesn’t work out, Marvin Lewis will take it into his own hands, but I don’t think T.O. wants it to get that far.
It was sure that some team would pick up Owens and use his talent during this upcoming season, despite him being 36-years old. I don’t know if this will be the end of one of the greatest of wide-receivers, but I think we’ll have a definite answer after his performance this season, on and off the field.

1st No No for Tampa


Congratulations to the Tampa Bay Rays', Matt Garza, who threw the 1st no-hitter in franchise history and 5th in MLB this year against the Detroit Tigers last night. The Rays are finally on the right side of history as they've been on the other side of two no-hitters this season alone. This is also only the third time in major league history that a team has been involved in three no-hitters during one season. Hopefully this will help the Rays on their push to win the division being three games behind the New York Yankees, despite having the 2nd best record in the American League.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Move over VH1


As it has been reported, several teams including the St. Louis Rams and Cincinnati Bengals are now interested in acquiring the reality TV-star (Sorry, I meant to say free agent wide-receiver), Terrell Owens. The truth of the matter is that any team that wants him can get him! With training camp in session now, T.O. has very few places to choose from entering his 15th season. With that being said he shouldn’t have too many demands within any contract that is given to him as it would be a blessing just to receive an offer.
Some teams still look at T.O. as a game-break type player that can be put on the gridiron during any situation and still make a play, while others could just use him to sell more tickets and receive the media attention. Owens may want to receive a ring and play for a playoff contender this upcoming 2010-2011 NFL season, but his off-field shenanigans impede this reality from happening. Looking at T.O.'s stats and his accomplishments through 14 seasons would make him a great asset to any team, but the truth is that most teams don’t need the negative media light. Teams are focusing on holding the Lombardi trophy in Dallas this year, not on someone complaining about getting enough catches.
One thing is for sure, if T.O. is able to get signed, he needs to make sure that his play and performance are superb on the field and his mouth is quiet off-field or this may be the last of the NFL Drama Queen.

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Snippet of NBA 2K11



I'm looking forward to play with arguably the greatest ever.

Friday, July 9, 2010

King James goes to Wade County


Now that this long spectacle is over on where Lebron James will go, everyone will question him if his new home, South Beach, was the best move? The Miami Heat may have landed the top 3 free agents in 2010, but in order for them to be successful during the 2010-11 season and near future, they will need more than that. The Heat have still yet to fill out their 12-man roster, so there are many concerns on how good they’ll be and what their expectations are if they’re not able to obtain some decent bench players. There are still a lot of players out their under the radar who can fill in as good role players, so I have no doubt that President, Pat Riley, will sign the key components needed to bring South Beach a championship.
If Lebron James thought he had the cameras on him before, wait until this upcoming season begins. From the feeling of betrayal by Cleveland Cavaliers owner, Dan Gilbert, and fans to the expectations to win a championship with two great superstars by his side, Lebron James will get uncontrollable media attention. The bar has been raised regardless of who else Miami Heat signs. Lebron, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh need to send out a message from Day 1. That means it starts now in the off season, not during their first regular season game. Any signs of collapse or bust from the new Big 3 will be the green light for journalists, analysts, and the media to scorn them. I don’t know how much “King” James will be able to take because it will definitely get nasty and Lebron has always be portrayed as savior to the media.
Ultimately, this was Lebron James choice and it’s actually extremely disturbing that owner, Dan Gilbert, would come out with a rude and absurd email expressing his feelings towards his former “Chosen 1”. He wouldn’t have said this if he chose Ohio. You can call it betrayal or disloyalty, but in the end, this is the Cavalier’s fault. Besides the hiring of Bryon Scott, what have you done to lure the poster boy of the league back to his hometown? Nothing! How do you expect a man that wants to win so badly and will do anything for it not to leave an organization that has surrounded him by mediocre players if that. Lebron could have stayed and finished the fairy tale story with a ring, but that wouldn’t be guaranteed. James has so much pressure on him and knows that he doesn’t want to miss any opportunities to be surrounded by talent that can elevate him to the next level.
The Cavaliers team is decent, so don’t get me wrong, but they're not championship worthy. The regular season predicts only home court advantage and seeding, nothing else. The Cav’s regular season record may be eye popping, but in the playoffs it’s a whole new story!
Whichever team LBJ chose was going to bring out critics; it was a lose-lose situation. Nets had the worst record in the league last year, why would he go there? Chicago has a good team, but now he would have to win 6 rings and would be in Michael Jordan’s shadow forever. Cleveland’s team is still the same from last year with one minor change. The Knicks haven’t won a championship since’73 and their supporting cast isn’t the best; Lebron and Ama’re can’t do it all!
Miami may be the easy route and may minimize his legacy away from Jordan and Kobe, but we all know what this man is capable of and he still will enter the ranks of the greatest. Some of the best in the NBA players haven’t won a ring (Patrick Ewing, Pistol Pete, Karl Malone, George Gervin, Elgin Baylor, etc). No NBA superstar should want to be added to this list, especially a Lebron.
Eventually, we’ll see who Riley has chosen to surround this so called “Dream Team” with a decent amount of cap room left. Miami is close to signing Mike Miller who would be a great addition to the team with his shooting. Miami may have three great superstars, but they’re still not the favorite in the Eastern Conference. On another note, did Shaq ever sell his house in Miami? Hmmmm…

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The King has it his way


So all the controversy will finally come to an end as Lebron James will make up his mind on which team he’ll play for on an hour ESPN special tomorrow at 9 p.m. There have been many changes since the free agency period has started that have definitely affected his decision from Bryan Scott being hired as the new Cleveland Cavaliers head coach to Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade teaming up in South Beach.
No one really knows where Lebron will go and there are many contenders to sign the dynamic superstar, especially with the Big Apple signing Amar’e Stoudemire and Chicago signing Carlos Boozer. What disturbs me is how there will be an hour-long press conference/show on where this NBA icon will go. Is this really necessary; it’s kind of unfathomable to accept? Then again, this is the media’s fault. They’ve pampered and called him a “King” since he stepped foot into the NBA. Lebron can’t go to the bathroom without someone writing a story about it. I would probably do the same thing if I was Lebron! You’ve covered this man’s every movement since he became a free agent, so why wouldn’t he make a big deal about this substantial decision.
Until then, I guess we won’t find out where the pre-Madonna of our league will go until 9 p.m. tomorrow. Maybe Stephen A. Smith’s source was right of there being a new Big 3 in Miami. One thing for sure is that Lebron isn’t giving any clues on where he is going as he will make it official from Greenwich, Connecticut tomorrow (Not too far from NY lol).

Note: All the proceeds from the commercials go to the Boys and Girls Club's in America. Good job Lebron!

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Only Four remain



What started out as a 32-team bracket is now down to 4 teams. There have been some staggering games in the previous rounds of the World Cup that have left fans in awe, but the best is yet to come. These players seem to amaze me game by game with how much love they have not only for the game, but for their country. This event happens every four years, so there is no next year for some of these players or teams. It's now or never!

Today:

Uruguay vs. Netherlands @ 2:30 on ESPN

Tomorrow:

Germany vs. Spain @ 2:30 On ESPN

Friday, July 2, 2010

Elite 8



Tune into ESPN as Brazil takes on the Netherlands. Only eight teams remain, but there will only be one champion crowned on July 11th.

Note: Later today, Ghana vs Uruguay @ 2:30 on ESPN

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Best Free Agency Pool?



With so many superstar free agents on the market, it’s frightening to think how talented some NBA teams will be next year. The scouting reports for opposing teams will be a nightmare once this 2010 Free agency period is done. The thought that one team could have the trio of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, and Chris Bosh is mind-boggling. These three superstars may be the biggest names out of the pool, but there are many other all-stars out there that range from Dirk Nowitzki to Carlos Boozer.
King James may be the best free agent, but he knows from 1st hand experience that he can’t do it alone. Whichever team he decides to play for, he will need role players and a dominant #2 player unlike Mo Williams in Cleveland. Money should be the least of Lebron’s worries as he needs to win a ring if he wants to take the throne from Kobe and solidify his career. Lebron hasn't even reached his peak yet which is spine-chilling, but in order to be a king you need a RING.
A new story will come out everyday that will claim that a superstar is leaning towards one team or another, but we will not now where these NBA icons will go until they sign on the dotted line. Verbal confirmation to a team is meaningless as these players are meeting with several different teams a week that are explaining why they’re city is the best choice.
Negotiations with NBA free agents start Thursday, July 1, 2010 and actual signings can begin a week later.

Bulgarian stuns Williams



Just when tennis fans were anticipating a prospective Wimbledon finals match with the Williams’ sisters, the script was flipped. Venus Williams took a surprising loss in straight sets (6-2, 6-3) this afternoon to the unseeded, Tsventana Pironkova. Williams’ loss to the 82nd ranked player ended her hopes of winning a landmark 200th major game and 6th Wimbledon title. Pironkova’s win not only helped her advance to the next round vs. Vera Zvonareva, but made her the 1st Bulgarian to reach the semifinal in Open Era.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

USA vs. Ghana



Tune into ABC at 2:30 as the USA faces Ghana in the quarterfinals round. The winner will play Uruguay who beat South Korea, 2-1, today. The U.S. have an opportunity to do something really special this afternoon and can prolong their stay in the World Cup with a win.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Win and your in



Tune into ESPN and watch the U.S. take on Algeria. It's simple, win and your in! There is still a chance for the U.S. to advance to the next round with a draw, but I'm pretty sure our country would prefer a victory.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

2010 NBA Draft



Reminder to tune in to ESPN on Thursday June 24th 7 p.m. for the 2010 NBA Draft.

Smith breaks arm again



In recent reports, Steve Smith of the Carolina Panthers broke his arm during a flag football game. Smith is expected to be ready to suit up for the season opener against the New York Giants, but this is still a devastating blow to the Panthers.
This is now the second time in six months that Smith has broken his left arm. Being a top wide receiver in the league and one of the main scoring options for the Panthers, Smith needs to be healthy for the team to win. Smith’s injury may not just affect his performance on the gridiron, but the quarterback’s as well. With an inexperienced quarterback in Matt Moore and recently drafted Notre Dame QB, Jimmy Clausen, the Panthers need Smith at training camp in order to develop chemistry. The Panthers already lack in depth at receiver, so Smith will be deeply missed at the start of training camp.
Carolina still has the explosive duo of Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams running the ball, but you can’t be one-dimensional in this league. The NFL has evolved since created and a majority of the teams in the league primary option is air rather than ground. Even though the Panthers were a run first team, Smith still added that diversion factor. Smith is a stud receiver, so I’m not going to doubt what his performance will be, but it doesn’t look too good so far. Hopefully, the Panthers will be able to improve from a .500 season last year.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Heart of a champion



When looking at superstars in the NBA, there are many of them that work hard night in and out, but how many of them actually dedicate their whole lives to the game? Who Eats, Sleeps, and Breathes Basketball? There are only a handful of them and at the top of that list is the 2010 NBA Finals MVP, Kobe Bryant. Regardless of what analysts and spectators think, Kobe Bryant is the best basketball player in our league, NOT Lebron James.
During the regular season, everyone looks at the Cleveland Cavaliers’ success and is kick to jump on the bandwagon because they “appear” to be the best team because of their record. Then when the playoffs start, these same people are the critics who say that Lebron has no supporting cast and the whole team is an Achilles heel. Throughout all this Kobe is calm, cool, and collected and disregards all the hype because he knows the regular season means nothing when compared to the playoffs. Lebron’s stats will always be eye-popping in the regular season, but if he doesn’t get a ring, his career will never be complete. He still has a lot of time being only 25 years old and already one of the faces of the league.
Winning his 5th ring and 2nd Finals MVP has definitely taken a lot of pressure off of Kobe who has a big burden on his back ever since Shaquille O’neal left the Lakers. Winning back-to-back championships without the Big Aristotle has quieted those who didn’t think that Kobe could win without him. Kobe loves to prove haters wrong and really does feed off of people who think he can’t do something. His passion to be the best doesn’t stop and that’s what makes him one of the best all-time.
Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers not only earned the 2010 NBA Championship, but deserved it. At the end of the day, they won and that’s all that matters. When tested, they passed and when someone tried to stop them, they kept moving. The 2011-2012 NBA season will definitely be exciting with all the free agency acquisitions that have yet to be determined and the in coming rookie class (Blake Griffin is still a rookie). In the end, no matter what moves are mad in the off-season, The Los Angles Lakers are still the Champions. Until someone takes that from them, they will look to three-peat and solidify themselves as a Dynasty.

Friday, June 18, 2010

1 Month Anniversary



I just wanted to thank all my followers and fans that have supported my blog so far. As you can see, there have been some recent changes, but I think the new display fits the blog better. This blog wont be a short term thing as I'll continue to write daily, so please check the website frequently if you can. Enjoy and please don't forget to comment. Thank you again and have a good day!

Upcoming blogs: Lebron's Free Agency, John Walls, and Kobe vs. Jordan.

P.S. Did anyone see how depressed Terrell Owens looked last night at the NBA Finals Game 7. Maybe he won't get signed. O well, life's tough, wear a helmet.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

More than just a Game 7



It doesn’t get any better than this: Game 7, Winner takes all, Bragging RIGHTS, Green or Gold, Who’s your pick?! Will Kobe Bryant get his 5th ring and establish him self as the greatest ever in the game or will he still remain in Michael Jordan’s shadow? Will the Big 3 still be playing together after this year or will Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen retire while on top if they win? The only thing we will know for sure after tonight is who will host the trophy as the 2010 NBA Champion.
Despite the devastating loss of Kendrick Perkins, the Boston Celtics should have nothing to fear. Besides Game 6, the Celtics have played mediocre throughout this series and still were close to winning each game. The Los Angeles Lakers put the dagger in them in Game 6, but other than this game, the Lakers’ wins haven’t been convincing. Candidly, I think that neither team has reached their full potential this series, especially Boston. The Lakers played a flawless game in Game 6 and the score showed this, but I would like to see one game when both teams are both at their best. This series has been a joy to watch, but I expected so much more. Many thought maybe this historic rivalry could be renewed, guess we were wrong.
I understand that some of the Boston players are old, but I’ve seen them play much better through these playoffs. Maybe they sabotaged this whole series to win in Game 7 in L.A. on purpose? Maybe, lol? Whichever describes their funk, they need to play like they did against Cleveland and Orlando. Then maybe, they can be successful in obtaining a championship.
As for Kobe and the Lakers, his teammates need to play like Game 6. Kobe has made tough shots every game and won’t stop; he eats, breathes, and sleeps this type of pressure. He accepts all challenges thrown at him and oooo, does he answer! Regardless of Kobe’s performance tonight, Gasol, Odom, Artest, Fisher, and the rest of the team will be key. Kobe can’t do it by himself, he needs players not spectators.
Tip off begins in a couple of hours and I don’t know who’s going to show up. Maybe Rondo will actually shoot some jump shots and lead Bean town to a win. Maybe Kobe will put up 50 and put the team on his back. I guess we’ll have to wait until 9. Big Stage, Big Lights, Millions watching, but there can only be 1 Champion!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Vince acting Young



You would think for someone that stated they would be the next African-American quarterback to win a SuperBowl, they would be focused on reaching that goal? Wrong! Instead, Tennessee Titans quarterback, Vince Young, was out at a Dallas strip club where he received a misdemeanor assault citation. Young proceeded to push (some sources say he threw a punch) the owner of the club who taunted him with an upside down Texas Longhorns sign. Regardless if the owner did that or even “flipped the bird to him”, Young should have never reacted the way he did. When you’re a professional athlete, whether popular or not (popular in this case), you must carry yourself a certain way and have a positive image in the media and public. There was no need for Young to use his hands and now he must face the consequences.
Young mentioned that he hopes that NFL commissioner, Roger Goodell, doesn’t come down to hard on him, but we know that’s not realistic. Goodell isn’t notorious for being lenient and having sympathy for his athletes, just ask Pacman Jones. My motto for when Goodell makes a decision on players is: “Expect the unexpected.” Many players have suffered greatly from their off field incidents and have been suspended for numerous games and fined for hefty amounts.
Young still has yet to reach his full potential as his collegiate career has been far better than his professional. Whatever the repercussions may be, I hope this is used as motivation for Vince to reach his goal rather than bring him down…Suit up Kerry Collins.

Monday, June 14, 2010

No Help for Kobe


Besides being on the brink of elimination, the Los Angeles Lakers have some other things to worry about. Despite the superb performance from Kobe Bryant scoring 38 points, his supporting cast was nowhere to be found. The next leading scorer was Pau Gasol with a mere 12 points. Fisher, Artest, and Odom were nonexistent throughout. The Lakers combined scored only 10 more points than Kobe which is completely unacceptable. The Boston Celtics tried their best to contain Kobe who was forcing and making tough shots all night from around the perimeter. If Kobe is to score this much attempting 27 shots, can the Lakers even have a chance of winning?
Game 5 was the best game that the Boston Celtics starters played together throughout the NBA Finals. Garnett filled up the box score in all categories, Rondo was penetrating and dishing, and Paul Pierce played like vintage Pierce from the 2008 Finals. Although it wasn’t Ray Allen’s best game, he finished in double digits and it’s a good finish compared to his horrific performance in Game 3 (0-13 to be exact). The Celtics are definitely in the driver seat being up by 1 game, but they’re going to the Staples center which isn’t the easiest arena to close out a NBA finals let alone win a game.
Phil Jackson’s record of being undefeated when winning the 1st game of a playoff game will be put to the true test as over 70% of the teams winning Game 5 go on to win the series. In addition to that, the Celtics are 11-0 all-time when up 3-2. I don’t know if Game 6 will be a repeat of 2008 when the Lakers were blown out, but I’m sure that Kobe will have his team ready to play on Thursday, not just him!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Bench surges Celtics to victory



As “Big Baby” Glen Davis led the Boston Celtics to a crucial Game 4 victory, many seem to wonder how long it will take for the Celtics’ superstars to come alive again. In my opinion, I don’t think that Boston can rely on the bench play of Davis, Nat Robinson, Tony Allen, and Rasheed Wallace alone to win this series. In order for them to stop the Los Angeles Lakers from repeating, Rajon Rondo and the Big 3 need to lead the team. The Celtics can’t have half of this as Rondo and Allen played well in Game 3; they need all of them to add their contributions.
The scary thing in this series is how close Boston is every game, without any sign of their veterans playing well. Imagine if Paul Pierce was playing like the 2008 NBA Finals MVP, Kevin Garnet was a monster on offense and defense, Ray Allen was lights out, and Rondo was putting up triple doubles….If this were happening, I guarantee the Lakers would be getting blown out! The Celtics stars don’t have to play like this every game, but any sign of it and it’s a given victory. The Lakers should be shocked as good as they are or supposed to be that the Celtics are still pushing them to the edge every game with the Celtics playing mediocre. Or are the Celtics just that good? Whatever it may be, some changes must be made. Coach, Phil Jackson, may have had no comment regarding the play of Robinson and Davis in Game 4, but he’ll be vocal about at the Lakers next practice.
If Boston thought that Game 4 was key win, Game 5 is even bigger. The Celtics can’t keep thinking they’re going to get by playing sub par. Kobe Bryant can only do so much for the Lakers, but you can’t forget that he’s the best player on the court and one of the best all-time. Kobe may just have to have a 40 + point game to wake up the Celtics, but if he does, it just may be too late for Boston.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

2010 Fifa World Cup



With the 2010 FIFA World Cup less than 24 hours away, I can hardly wait. The anticipation and adrenaline for this world wide event is indescribable. The curtain will rise on Friday as all predictions will be put to the test when the 1st World Cup on African soil kicks off.
This month-long tournament will be full of upsets, enthusiasm, pride, and honor as we will see the top players from each country fight for the same goal in mind: FIFA World Cup trophy! There will only be one champion crowned on July 11th, but until then, let the games begin.
If the posters, gossip, and commercials haven’t caught your attention by now, I don’t know what will. The World Cup takes place every 4 years and many viewers and fans have been waiting for this since ’06. You can watch the NBA Finals alone or watch both like me, but trust me when I say this: No sports event from now till JULY 11th will overshadow the World Cup (key word- WORLD). Not even Queen James’ free agency decision. lol

Note: U.S. vs. England on Sat. June 12th

This commercial is amazing in itself: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idLG6jh23yE

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Lives up to hype


Despite of all the hype and predictions surrounded around the young 21-year old, Stephen Strasburg, the most important question was if he could live up to the hype? Is 14 strikeouts and a win enough? I think so as Strasburg had the Pittsburgh Pirates swinging all over the plate in his MLB debut. Strasburg’s 14 K’s were the third-most all time by any pitcher in the history in a big league debut. Strasburg pitched for seven innings as the Nationals defeated the Pirates 5-2 yesterday. Some analysts are already mentioning that he could be the best all time, but I wouldn’t go that far. Stephen’s 1st game was phenomenal from start to finish, but lets remember that it was only one game.
If National fans thought that Strasburg could be the savior to their organization, this game definitely ended all doubts. The Nationals, who are tied for last in their division, seem to have hope again. With many games left in the season, this is could be what their team needed. I’m not saying that the Nationals are going to automatically win the division because of one player, but this could help re-energize the team to play better.
Stephen got all his butterflies out and certainly showed he’s ready for the majors, but it’s only going to get harder from here. I can’t say where the bar is set for him, but I know it’s pretty high as he has been named the “Lebron James of baseball.” Strasburg has so much expected of him, but fans and critics must understand he’s young and will have to mature. Don’t start making predictions of which next pitcher he’s going to be; let him finish a season first or even two games at that. Hold your horses! This isn’t the Triple A and Double A which he dominated; it’s the BIG LEAGUES. He won’t face the Pirates every night and give up no walks. He might just give up some shocking home-runs here and there as he gave up one 2-run bomber yesterday (his only mistake). We’ll see how dominant the young pitcher is as time progresses.