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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Howard to L.A?

Will he do it? Or will Dwight Howard stay put. The hottest talk around the National Basketball Association is that Dwight Howard is considering taking his talents west to Los Angeles in two years. Will he show the world that he is true to the Magic blue? This might be a bit premature but, everyone was waiting on this past summer for about two years and we all saw what happen.  Melo is going through the drama now about trade talk…New York! Or New Jersey!  Orlando franchise would hate to open that storybook again. Once having Shaquille O’Neal who opt for the west coast sun and a few championship rings.  While all this trade talk about Melo is happening, Chris Paul is quiet now but he’ll make more clatter when his Hornets start losing again. Dwight Howard can end all the untimely noise about him going west to team up with Kobe Bryant by coming out ending the story before it really takes off.
I can’t think of anything that Orlando Magic have done to betray their relationship with Howard. They have built a new arena, brought in Rashard Lewis, convince Hedo Turkoglu to come back, and even tried out Vince Carter. Now having Gibert Arenas and Jason Richardson the Magic just need time to fall into place. Will Howard wait longer than two years for that, is the million dollar question. With those types of athletes taking down the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics, in the playoffs, is more practical than ever before.  Let’s look two years from now Kobe would be 34 and clearly on the back end of his illustrious career. Yes! Kobe’s skills won’t be the same and his drive to be the best might make it awkward for Howard to play alongside of him. Not sure even if ‘Superman’ can take that. Here’s my cry to Dwight Howard, you don’t need Hollywood the NBA is global and your big right now you could be huge literally and figuratively anywhere…see Tim Duncan in San Antonio it got him four NBA titles. Don’t make a Decision Part II, don’t be a drain like Melo, just BE DIFFERENT!...Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.

Friday, January 21, 2011

Packers! Bears!

Packers! Bears!
Where were you in 1920 okay, I’m sure nowhere to be found. The newest and most enjoyable number one sport, sorry Baseball and Basketball fans, was just starting. Imagine that. That decade is referred to as the ‘Roaring Twenties’ or the “Jazz Age”.  By 1932, the first NFL playoff game was played between the Chicago Bears against Portsmouth Spartans. Yep! The very same Chicago Bears Franchise, that will go against the Green Bay Packers for the rights to play in Super-Bowl XLV that’s the 45th super-bowl people.
If you weren’t around for the first ever playoff game, well allow me to ask you where were you December 14, 1941? Okay, okay same answer would be my guess. That game marks the only time in this intense rival that the Packers and Bears met in a playoff game. Final score Chicago 33, Green Bay 14. So now, nearly 70 years later, the Packers have their rematch game to get even. Packers’ fans have the right to be hype for this game. Think if you had to wait 70 years to avenge that beat down you got by the elementary-school bully, that neighborhood kickball game lost, or even showing off your wife or husband to your old high-school mate. I bet you would be pumped too. So the anticipation for this game is understandable.
See if you can catch these Packers-Bears historically memorable moments; The NFL’s first ejection for fighting came in a Packers-Bears game. That set the tone for the rivalry!
Start with Green Bay Packers defensive back, Mark Lee, running Walter Payton over the bench in a 1985 game at Lambeau Field. It’s bad when someone tries to take out a guy with a nickname “Sweetness”.
A year later, I must say it was miserable to see, Charles Martin body-slam Chicago Bears egoistic quarterback Jim McMahon. Charles Martin wore a ‘hit-list towel’ with quarterback names on it McMahon was first on the list. I still get goose bumps over this next moment. Don, the magic-man, Majkowski scrambling around for years to find Sterling Sharpe in the end zone, before crossing the line of scrimmage. Bears fans had their share of moments that will live forever. Bryan Robinson blocks Ryan Longwell’s last second field goal six days after Walter Payton funeral. RIP Walter “Sweetness” Payton.
My personal favorite sports nick-name William “the Refrigerator” Perry soaring over Packers to score touchdowns, okay maybe not soaring but you get the picture. Finally, in 1980 Bears’ Alan Page blocked a field-goal attempt in overtime, but the ball bounced back to Packers Chester Marcol, who ran it back for the game-winning touchdown.
Packers. Bears. Whoever wins this NFC Championship game the rivalry will continue and I’ll be watching to see what moments will come from this game. By the way my prediction is Packers 24-Bears 20…Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.            

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Greatest Super-Bowl Quarterback is...

Let's look at the numbers...

Name, Team, Wins/Appearances

Terry Bradshaw, Steelers 4/4
Joe Montana, 49ers 4/4
Troy Aikman, Cowboys 3/3
Tom Brady, Patriots 3/4
John Elway, Broncos 2/5

Now when Brady makes and wins this year Super Bowl he would be the greatest Super-Bowl quarterback of all times! Brady would tie Elway with the most appearances, and tie Bradshaw and Montana with the most wins. I don't see him slowing down anytime soon to make at least one more. The way teams change year to year and with players jumping from team to team, for more money or more wins Brady has continue to make the playoffs and the Super-Bowl. The one year the New York Giants won could be the only of few debates most would have against Brady, and even with that I would take a lose over not making the Super-Bowl. And for those to say that Montana has three MVP's and Brady has only two, who was throwing Deion Branch, that years MVP, the ball so that should have been his third MVP. I think that it would make for a great debate...take your pick and tell me why? Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.


Talk about brothers from another mother. New Michigan football coach Brady Hoke and Mike Golic, from Mike and Mike In the Morning could pass for look-alikes...Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.  

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Melo Trade Talk

Brett Favre where are you when sports gossip needs you, similarly to Kanye West is needed for Hip-Hop music. I guess he’s waiting on Carmelo Anthony to be traded to the New Jersey Nets. The hottest story in the NBA is just that a story, rumor, or for the Nets a fantastic dream. The latest trade talk has Anthony, Chauncey Billups his Nuggets teammate and Detroit’s Richard Hamilton going to the Nets; Derrick Favors, Devin Harris and a host of others to the Nuggets; and Troy Murphy and Johan Petro to the Pistons. The Nets would be a playoff contender the minute Anthony signs the deal.  Look what the Eastern Conference has to offer now; ‘The Heatles’ James, Wade, and Bosh; Boston has Rondo plus the Big Three; Orlando’s Dwight Howard and his super-friends, Chicago Bulls seems to be all Roses for now; and there’s the Hawks.
If I was Denver’s executive I would make the deal. Sure, no team ever believes their receiving equal compensation by trading their franchise player…ask Los Angeles Lakers about the Shaquille O’Neal trade for Lamar Odom, Brian Grant, Caron Butler really! NBA executives must joggle talent and the budgets I understand that but at what cost do you stretch your talent thin and use all your labor on balancing the budget. It’s one thing to have cap space however most seem not to know what to do with it. It’s sad when above average players at best receive superstar contracts and teams are locked into them. Denver is back into a corner with Melo.  Keep him and his unhappy…trade him and in return they’ll get money for this summer free agents. Great! Zach Randolph is the only unrestricted free agent and he’s not your typical franchise changing player. The fact that the NBA, this summer, is facing a lockout Melo and Denver should part ways both sides would benefit at the end of it all. This could have all been prevented if both teams would have completed the deal this past summer. Now we all can go back to taking wages on if Brett really has called it a career…New York Knicks you still might have a shot at MELO! Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.  http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=6014330

Friday, January 7, 2011


For the more experience NBA fan Larry Nance, Dominique Wilkins, -The human highlight Film- Jordan!, Kenny ‘The Sky’ Walker, and even Dee Brown with his Reeboks Pumps aren’t walking through those NBA Slam Dunk doors anytime soon. With the recent announcement of this year’s Sprite Slam Dunk contestants I can honestly say that not even Blake Griffin (Los Angeles Clippers) will save this, lackluster event.  I wish Brandon Jennings (Milwaukee Bucks), my hometown point guard all the luck with his hurt ankle and all! JaVale McGee (Washington Wizards) and Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunders) will all be first time contestants. 
The NBA All Star weekend is a time for the league to showcase their bright young stars however; the fan favorite’s guys like Kobe, LeBron, and Wade often do without the Dunk contest and transform more to fans their selves.  Therefore, we are left with the “extra” curriculum activities such as Superman and Lex Luthor dunk-off which eliminates the true art of the dunking.  For those who never seen these four first timers view their dunking clips…

...and that's what the NBA has to offer. When the NBA All-Star weekend is over I hope the Dunk contest will still be around, come on Kobe...LeBron...Wade we're asking for a few dunks! Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success. 

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


Allen Iverson
NBA players are often label the best athlete’s in the world. The way they sprint, leap, and shift around the court, day in and day out, I can’t argue that label. There are a number of NBA players who could have made a career in another professional sport…alright I might be reaching a little bit but, I found this interesting. Here’s a list of top NBA players who tossed around the pigskin before taking a shot with the Spalding…
Allen Iverson: Led Bethel (Va.) High School to state title as starting QB
LeBron James: Named first-team all state as a wide receiver and he led St. Vincent-St. Mary High (Ohio) to state semifinals
Nate Robinson: Played wideout for University of Washington, and at 5’9”
Glen Davis: Played three positions for University Laboratory High in Baton Rouge, (La.) Defensive end, tackle, and tailback.
Charlie Ward: One word should be enough for Charlie Ward-Heisman! He won the Heisman Trophy in 1993 while playing quarterback at Florida State.
Ben Wallace: Auburn University offered him a football scholarship. How many knew that?
Jermaine O’Neal: Played quarterback for Eau Claire (S.C.) three years before vaulting to the NBA after his senior year.
Charles Barkley: Played one day for Auburn…does that count?

Charles Barkley
Matt Harpring: Was the quarterback for Marist School (Atl.) Wisconsin and Northwestern both had him on their radar.
David Noel: Wide receiver standout for Southern Durham High School (NC.) committed to University of North Carolina before picking up the round ball.
Pat Riley: Drafted by the Dallas Cowboys and San Diego Rockets in the same year, 1967, I guess he was born to be on top.
John Havlicek: The 1962 NBA, Boston Celtics, and NFL, Cleveland Browns, draft called Havlicek…NICE!
Matt Barnes: Earned All-American honors his senior year as a standout wideout for Del Campo High School in Sacramento (Cal.)
So I guess I’ll have my son start with the pigskin and then have him pick up the round-ball like these NBA stars. Nice sample of NBA players who had professional sport opportunities. Are there other NBA players who has football ties before turning to the NBA…I’d like to hear from you. Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.

LeBron James