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Quick Hits

So, it has been a while since I have written here. With having three midterms and a project due the two days before break, and not having internet on Spring Break, it has been hard to find time to write. And boy, has there been a lot of stuff going on in the sports-world that I have wanted to write about.

Instead writing a bunch of full blogs, which would take a day and a half, I figure I would just write about a bunch of short blurbs.

1. There have been two rule-changed in the NFL that will take place this season (hopefully). One change was they would review all scoring plays, taking the stress off of NFL coaches. This is one that was overdue. As a head coach, you have worry about players, plays, a wide variety of other things. They are 30 yards away from scoring plays, having to rely on the big screens and other assistant coaches to tell him to challenge it. With this, it will take more stress off the head coach, and automatically replay every questionable scoring play.

The other rule passed was they moved the kickoff spot forward five-yards, to the 35-yard line. Kick off specialists Devin Hester and Joshua Cribbs have both publically lashed out against the new rule. They have a point. It will severely dimish their skilled position as a kick returner (although both play crucial parts in their teams offenses). But, if you think about it, strategy can come into play. You might be able to catch some teams off-guard who are expecting a touchback.

1a. The NFLPA wants the rookies to boycott the draft. They don’t want the draft class to show up to Radio City Music Hall, not to walk across the stage infront of the entire country, not to hug Roger Goodall and receive the ceremonial jersey, and to not take pictures that will last a lifetime.


As a kid, you dream about that. Hoping one day you can strut across that stage. It is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and the NFLA want them to miss it. How selfish.

And P.S.- it is the same NFLPA who wants to implement a rookie pay scale. Which means the rookies, who they are asking to boycott, will lose out on millions.

[Insert witty comment here]

1b. Still no word on the labor front. April 6th seems to be the day. Keep your fingers crossed.

2. March Madness! Like everyone else in the country, my bracket was done after the third-round, with both Pittsburgh and Notre Dame losing early. This has been the most exciting tournament in a while. There have been buzzer-beaters, multiple Cinderellas, and controversial endings. All play into an exciting four days of college basketball.

3. But, there is a downside to the tournament. The length. In the first four days, 48 games were played. Then, there was a three-day break, then eight games in two days, and so on and so-forth. It slows down. The pace of the tournament screeches to a halt after the third round, and limps to the finish. Yes, I understand the kids do have school. But between rounds, they don’t go back to school. They hang around the beach, and relax. March Madness could add more excitement by shortening the tournament (It is called March Madness, but ends in April; does anyone else see the problem?)

4. The big thing in the NBA still focuses around the Carmelo Anthony trade, but not the focus the Knicks wanted. They are under .500 since getting ‘Melo, while the Nuggets are 11-4 since they traded away ‘Melo and Billups, getting most of the Knicks. The Knicks have also fallen two spots in the playoff standings, and are looking at a first-round matchup against the Celtics.

Guess the Knicks were better BEFORE they got ‘Melo. Walsh and D’Antoni got this one wrong (so far).


5. Alex Ovechkin is out 7-10 games. He doesn’t elaborate on the injury. The Capitals are saying he ‘needs the rest for a playoff push.’ They have clinched a playoff spot, and look to have one of the top-two seeds in the Eastern Conference. If I was on the Capitals, and a player was ‘resting’ 7-10 games, while I was busting-my-butt on the ice every night, I would not be a happy skater.

6. Kyle Busch won the Jeff Byrd 500 at Bristol Motor Speedway last Sunday. He swept both the Nationwide Series and Sprint Cup Series races. Week after week, he is the ‘man-to-beat,’ always a favorite to win the race. Jimmie Johnson, on the other hand, never expects to win, but always flies under the radar into the Top-five by the end of the race. JJ is one of the most under-rated drivers in NASCAR. Yet, Jimmie has won five straight series championships, Kyle was won none. Doesn’t sound right.

7. One week until Opening Day. So excited to see Boston’s revamped lineup and rotation. They look good so far. But spring games don’t count towards a World Series. If everyone stays healthy, the Red Sox look like the favorite to win the American League.

A lot has happened in the sports world, with a lot more left to come.

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Posted by on March 24, 2011 in College Sports, MLB, NASCAR, NBA, NFL, NHL


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How the East Was Won

With a slow night in the NBA tonight, we get a chance to regroup from the crazy last couple of days in the basketball world.

It all started on Thursday, with the NBA trade deadline. Major deals were reached, with many teams getting a facelift. Many teams traded away star, and important players, who, for some, were franchise players.

The East got a complete make-over around the trade deadline. The Nets got Deron Williams, who could be a corner-stone player for the Nets in the future. The Celtics traded Kendrick Perkins and Nate Robinson  to the Oklahoma City Thunder for Jeff Green and Nenad Krstic. And we all heard about the blockbuster trade, where the Knicks traded away half of their team for Chauncey Billups and, of course, Carmelo Anthony.

And, along with these trades this past week, the Orlando Magic remodeled their team in the beginning of the year, trying to give Dwight Howard the tools to win.

Those trades created a power-shift in the Eastern Conference this year.

Now, instead of two or three teams that had a decent shot of winning the East, like in the past, there are now five teams that have a legitimate show of winning the Eastern Conference. The Celtics and Heat both look they are going to fight it out for the top-spot in the conference. But now, the Chicago Bulls, Orlando Magic, and the New York Knicks all have the personnel to go far in this years playoff.

We got a sneak-peak of the playoffs last night, with the Knicks going to South Beach to play the Miami Heat. In an up-and-down game, which came down to the last minute of play, the Knicks edged the Heat, on a last-second block of LeBron James by Amar’e Stoudemire.

So with the ‘Power-of-three’ reigning in the East, it is going to be an exciting playoffs. No one team has come out as the favorite. Miami, on paper, should be the favorite, but they are 0-5 against the Celtics and Bulls this year, and 12-15 against the top eight teams in the conference.. The Bulls, with Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah, and the Magic with Dwight Howard and company, have been looking to take the title all season. And Knicks, with Anthony and Stoudemire, proved last night that they can hang with the best.

And, after this season, the waters in the East will become even more clouded. The Knicks are looking at Chris Paul to compliment Amar’e and Carmelo, which will make them even stronger. The Nets, with Deron Williams, will be looking to land a couple of big names on the eve of opening their brand new stadium in Brooklyn.

But I am getting ahead of myself.

How do I think will win the Eastern Conference this year?

My prediction: The Celtics. They are the only team on that list with experience. They know what it is like to play at this level during the playoffs. Their ‘Big-Three’ of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen, along with Rajon Rondo, have been to the NBA Finals two out of the last three seasons, winning it all back in 2008.

Who do you think will represent the East?

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Posted by on February 28, 2011 in NBA


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“‘Melo-mania” Shows What is Wrong With the NBA

It is finally over. The story that had the NBA in a choke-hold is finally over. Carmelo Anthony is a Knick.

Reported by The Denver Post, around 9:30 at night on Monday, the deal sent Carmelo Anthony, Chauncy Billups, Sheldon Williams, Anthony Carter, and Renaldo Balkman to the New York Knicks, in exchange forWilson Chandler, Raymond Felton, Danilo Gallinari, Timofey Mozgov (basically halfof the Knicks team), a first round pick, and two second round picks, along with $3 million in cash, to the Denver Nuggets. The Minnesota Timberwolves also put their hands into the candy bowl, getting Eddie Curry and Anthony Randolph.

Now, as of now (early, early, in the morning on Tuesday), this is the proposed deal. As you can see, there are a lot of moving parts in this deal, and specific details are coming out slowly.

This deal exposes what is wrong with the National Basketball Association.

With this deal, one team gives away an arm a leg, while the other team gets very little. It doesn’t seem fair, morally. On paper, and in the bank account, it is an equal trade. ‘Melo is a good player, so of course you will have to give up a lot.

But, this shows the biggest flaw of the NBA. Teams stacking up on talent.

Sure, you see this in other sports. The Yankees, the Cowboys, can, in some ways, be guilty of doing this. They do whatever it takes, and at all costs, to win. The Yankees can bully around pretty much any team (except the Phillies; sorry- I am a Red Sox fan, so I had to get that jab in). Every year, they have the highest salary, by more than a couple millions. The Cowboys use their brand to attract high-profile players, another way of bullying teams.

But in the NBA, it is a little different. The theory right now in the league (especially the Eastern Conference) is the ‘Big-Three Theory.’ Teams have been loading up on three high-power stars, and use them as the core of their team. It all started in 2007, when the Celtics signed Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen, to add with Paul Pierce for the ‘Original Big Three.’ And with two finals appearance in three years, it appears to work.

This past off-season, the most high-profile ‘Big-Three’ connected in South Beach, with the Miami Heat signing Lebron James and Chris Bosh, to go along with Dwayne Wade. As long as those three stay healthy, they fire on all cylinders, and look like the team to beat in the East.

Those aren’t the only two teams in the league with a ‘Big-Three’ alliance. Orlando, Los Angeles, San Antonio, even Orlando, have a solid big three, with three high-profile players joining together to play together.

And, with the addition of ‘Melo in New York, it looks like the Knicks will enter into the ‘Big-Three’ discussion this offseason. Deron Williams, of the Utah Jazz, a Chris Paul, of the New Orleans Hornets, are voicing their pleasure of joining the Knicks this offseason, to complement Carmelo and Amar’e Stoudemire, who are now in the Big Apple.

This brings me to my point. This is bad for the NBA.

Just think about this for a second. These teams with a ‘Big-Three’ add no excitement. Sure, you have the mystery of which team will come out on top, but, for the most part, there is no parity in the NBA. The same-old teams win, the same-old teams lose. There is no surprise anymore. You never see an underdog team rise to the top. You never see a Butler, or a Florida Marlins, that team you don’t expect to win, but does anyway.

If I were the commissioner, I would take a look at this, and try to fix it. With no surprise and intrique, fans might stop tuning in. And that means no money. Think about it.

I would like to hear your thoughts on whether you think ‘The Big-Three Theory’ is good or bad for the NBA. Comments are appreciated.

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Posted by on February 22, 2011 in NBA


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C’Mon Melo!

Every sport has their own prema-donnas. You know, those people who steal the headlines, and always have their name plastered over ESPN.

From Terrall Owens, to Brett Favre, to Manny Ramirez, you can’t surf the web without hearing about them.

Well, the NBA has their most recent on.

Carmelo Anthony.

Over the past couple weeks (and months), Anthony has been in the headlines, quarreling with  the front office of the Denver Nuggets.

It started last year, when he wanted a trade out of Denver. But over the off-season, Melo decided to stay in Denver, for his last season before his contract expires.

But in the recent weeks, the trade talk has kicked-up to 12 on the crazy scale. In December, The New Jersey Nets wanted to trade to get Carmelo. But after very public comments, the Nets owner backed out of trade talks.

But in the mind of Carmelo, he has always wanted to be a Knick. From his start in Syracuse, he has always wanted to return to the Big Apple and play in Madison Square Garden. And for a while, it looked like that was going to happen. A proposed three-team trade between the Nuggets, Knicks, and the Minnesota Timberwolves, would send Carmelo back to New York.

The trade talks took a bizarre turn the last couple of days.

The Los Angeles Lakers threw their hat into the Carmelo ring, offering Andrew Bynum. The Lakers, who are citing a disagreement between Bynum and the coaching staff, are looking to bolster their lineup for a playoff push.

But Melo is denying reports about the Laker-trade. he is claiming he ‘didn’t know about it’, and doesn’t want to go there.

And, on top of all that, he is saying he would sign a three-year extension with the Nuggets if a trade isn’t reached.

C’mon man! Your telling me you had no thought in your mind about going to the Lakers. They are championship team,are one player away from making another serious championship-push.

And you don’t want to go there.

That is the one thing you are missing. A championship ring. I don’t know whether you are saying that to try and lead the media off your ‘train of thought,’ but it has to stop.

And just make up your mind. If you want to leave, don’t say you would sign an extension. This is getting worse than the T.O.-saga the past couple off seasons.

I don’t know why athletes like this get all the attention, but  it has got to stop. WE GET IT! You are disgruntled. Fine. It happens. But think about it, you are making millions of dollars, while people starve on the streets. You could be a lot better off.

And sports is a job. Not everyone likes his job. You don’t see Joe Smith making a big deal about hating his job at a local company. Instead, he deals with it quietly.

Take notice.

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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in NBA


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