February 27, 2008
After living in New Jersey my entire life and now attending college in Connecticut, I believe at this time I want to make a move to somehwere else in the country. Right now, that somewhere else looks like Tennesee. Well, maybe not a permanent move, but definitely until soemtime around the end of March or beginning of April. You may be asking yourself, why Tennessee? I’ll give you three words to sum it up: Tigers, Volunteers, and Commodores.
For a big college basketball fan like myself, big things are happening in the good old state of Tenneseee. On Saturday night, the the No.2 Volunteers knocked off No.1 Memphis in a memorable 66-62 game. Only 3 days later, the new crowned No.1 Vols were upset by another Tennessee team, the No. 14 Vanderbilt Commodores, 72-69.
It’s very rare that one state can boast 3 teams that all have the chance to be crowned NCAA Championship. All 3 teams have the depth, drive, and detremination to make a big splash during March Madness. Out of these 3 teams, I think that the Volunteers are still the team to beat in the state right now. They boast a well-balanced attack, and possibly one of the best players in the country in Chris Lofton. Memphis, I think will be hurt because of the weak conference it plays in and as of last week, the Tigers ranked last in Division I in free-throw shooting, which will come back to bite them. Vanderbilt has stuggled at times on the road this season, and with all the games during March Madness being on the road, they might be proned to an upset. But for right now I’m just enjoying the great college basketball and thinking about packing up my stuff because Tennessee is where I want to be
February 27, 2008
In the extremely tough Western Conference, the Houston Rockets got off to a slow start at the beginning of the season. But of late, things were starting to turn around as they were riding a 12 game winning streak and had climbed to 7th in the West with a record of 36-20. They recently had acquired lights out scorer Bobby Jackson to compliment Yao and T-Mac. But as the old saying goes, “what goes up must come down” and the Rockets might be returning to Earth as they learned that Yao Ming will be done for the season becaused of a stress fracture in his left foot.
The 7-foot-6 Ming was having one of the best seasons of his career as he was averaging 22 points and 10.8 rebounds per game. The door has now been opened for the 9th place Denver Nuggets to slide into the playoff picture if the Rockets fold without Ming. However, last season when Ming missed 32 games, the Rockets compiled a record of 20-12. It should be interesting to see which way the Rockets go as their big man has gone down for the count.
February 25, 2008
Not too long ago, Kobe Bryant was asking Los Angeles Lakers management for a trade. It seemed like he had enough of Lakerland and wanted to start fresh elsewhere in the NBA. A few months later, Kobe is still wearing yellow and purple, and the Lakers are currently38-17 and hold the best record in the super-competitive Western Conference.
Kind of crazy how things can change so quickly. When Kobe demanded a trade he was upset that the Lakers were not doing enough to put good players around him. This is when the Lakers got smart. Instead of trading their star player, they did exactly what he wanted, put good players around him. When the Lakers had the chance to trade Bynum to New Jersey for Jason Kidd, they decided to keep Bynum because of the potential he held. Then, in a huge steal, the Lakers acquired Pau Gasol for a very little.
Now, when Bynum returns, the Lakers will be able to put a crunch time line-up that includes sharpshooter Derek Fisher, Kobe, do-everything Lamar Odom, Gasol, and Bynum. Arguably, it could be the best line-up in the NBA and it makes the Lakers the favorite to win out West.
February 21, 2008
Tonight is going to be a great night of basketball. Both Jason Kidd, who was traded to Dallas yesterday, and Shaq will be making their debuts for their new teams tonight. Kidd and the Mavericks will be taking on the Hornets, while Shaq and the Suns will host Kobe and the Lakers. For those of you that would like to check out the matchup between the Suns and Lakers it will be on at 9 p.m. on ESPN tonight.
Many have questioned whether or not Shaq can fit into the Suns running style. Shaq has said this week that he is ready to run like Randy Moss and Terrell Owens. For Jason Kidd, the Mavericks will hope that he hcan bring some mental toughness to a team that folded to the #8 seed Golden State Warriors in last seasons playoffs. I highly recommend checking out the Suns-Lakers game if you get a chance to, it will be a good one.
February 19, 2008
On Monday, Andy Pettitte held an hour long press conference where he addressed his use of HGH. Pettitte made a few statements and then fielded a barrage of questions from the press, asking why he did it, what was going through his min, and if he could go back in time would he still have done it? He even had to field the question, are you a cheater? To this, Pettitte answered, “I wish I never would have done it, obviously, but I don’t consider myself a cheater, no.”
Unfortunately Andy, you are a cheater. I am a die-hard Yankees fan and Andy is a very likeable guy. He was there for the success the team had in the late 90’s and was there for 4 World Series Championships. But when push comes to shove, you used a substance to gain a competitive advantage. However, at least we have found one honest man who has come clean about his use of HGH.
February 18, 2008
For those of you that watched the dunk contest the other night, you were lucky enough to see some of the best dunks in the history of the contest. For years now, many folks have believed that the dunk contest was played out and not that good anymore because there were not enough new dunks out there for people to try. Renowned sports columnist Bill Simmons believed they should replace the dunk contest with a game of H-O-R-S-E. Well folks, Dwight Howard has proved these people wrong.
Howard flew through the air on his second dunk of the contest with a Superman shirt and cape on. It was probably one of the most athletic moves I’ve ever seen by an individual. Quite frankly, Howard is a freak of nature. Howard wasn’t the only contestant that electrified the crowd. The Minnesota Timberwolves, Gerald Green had one dunk where as he dunked it, he blew out a candle sitting on top of a cupcake.
Check out the below video to see some of these dunks.
February 14, 2008
When the disparity between the West and the East in the NBA looked at an all-time high heading into this season, there seemed to be no way it could get stronger. Over the last 2 weeks, two blockbuster trades have made the West one of the strongest conferences in sports history. On Wednesday, a third trade was on the verge of happening-that would have involved the New Jersey Nets sending Jason Kidd to the Dallas Mavericks for Devin Harris, Jerry Stackhouse, Devean George, a few other players, and possibly draft picks and money. However, George denied the trade as he has the right to deny any trade as it is part of his one year contract.
The trade would have sent Kidd, who was drafted by the Mavericks and won Rookie of the Year honors for the team, to one fo the best teams in the league. Kidd would have been paired up with reinging league MVP Dirk Nowitzki and up and coming star Josh Howard.
Last month, Kidd said that it was time for him and the Nets to part ways as it would be good for both organizations. The Mavericks would be the winners in the short run, while the Nets with the young Harris and more possible draft picks could win out in the long run. We will have to wait and see if the teams can figure out something to get around George’s denoal of the trade.
February 13, 2008
On one night and almost simultaneously, men’s and women’s college basketball saw poor officiating at its finest. On the men’s side, Villanova was called for a foul with .1 seconds on the clock, while being tied with Georgetown 53-53. The foul was called 80 feet from the basket when Villanova’s Corey Stokes bumped Georgetown’s Jonathan Wallace. Wallace sunk both free throws and Georgetown walked away with a 55-53 victory.
On the women’s side, Rutgers had a a 58-57 lead over Tennessee with a few seconds left. After a missed shot, Rutgers’ Kia Vaughn fouled Nicky Anosike with .2 seconds left on the clock. Anosike drained both free throws and the Lady Vols walked away with the 59-58 victory. When looking at the video, it seems as if the clock stopped at .2 seconds before the foul was even called. The refs did not review the play and the controversial ending went to Tennessee
Irornically enough, both of the teams that received the calls were the home teams. Both calls were a disgrace to the game of basketball. The fact tha one was called 80 feet fromn the bsket and that the clock stopped before the whistle was blown on the other one shows how terrible some officiating can be. If I was the coach for either of these teams, I would want some kind of explanation from the NCAA on these calls.
February 12, 2008
As if Major League Baseball needed more attention brought to the steroid era, former Atlanta Braves pitcher John Rocker has added more added more heat to an already boiling pot. On Monday, Rocker said on an Atlanta radio station that Major League Baseball, including Bud Selig, knew that he had failed a drug test. He then went on to say how the league had taught him and some teammates how to effectively use steroids. This bombshell comes only a few days after Roger Clemens was questioned by Congress for his alledged steroid use.
It’s unfortunate that the MLB has not had more reliable people come out and talk about their steroid use. Rocker was always known as a headcase during his career. He is one of a few pitchers that would sprint from the bullpen to the mound when called in to pitch. Rocker often lost his cool on and off the mound. In a Sports Illustrated story, Rocker was quoted as saying he would not play for a New York team because he did want to ride the subway next to some queer with AIDS
However, if his allegations prove to be right and league officials were telling players how to use steroids effectively, Major League Baseball will have an even bigger mess on its hands.
February 7, 2008
Today the NBA saw one of the biggest trades in its history occur. It can be labeled a big deal because of the sheer size of the man involved. The Miami Heat sent the 7-foot-1, 325-pound, Shaquille O’Neal to the Phoenix Suns in return for Shawn Marion and and Marcus Banks.
Many people have been left scratching their heads after this deal was made. O’Neal doesn’t really fit in with the Suns fast -break style offense and may even slow them down. Others believe it is a good trade as Shaq’s size will help the Suns match-up against teams like the San Antonio Spurs, Dallas Mavericks, and Houston Rockets.
On the other side of the fence, the Heat pick up the ultra explosive Shawn Marion. The Matrix has been of the top forwards int he league for many years now. On any given night, Marion can lead the team in points, rebounds, assists, blocks, and steals.
The other player involved in the trade is guard Marcus Banks. Banks has not played much of a factor in for the leading Suns.
It will be interesting to see if the Diesel can bring a ring to the desert.