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Thursday, December 27, 2012

2012 Reasons You Love Sports This Year...Ok Maybe Not...

Sports are here to interrupt our daily headaches of life right?  This year we were witness to some horrible travesties (Hurricane Sandy, the shooting at Sandy Hook, Connecticut and Aurora, Colorado) so I turned to sports to take my heartaches away from it all.  This year sports have brought us some exciting highs and some unexpected lows.  With a New Year just up the block I looked back at the year it was in sports...achievements and misfortunes.

National Basketball Association:
LeBron James can finally call himself “King” and have true meaning behind it. Winning the National Basketball Association title was all it took.  After all the Player Association and the NBA Owners labor negotiations, which carried on for 149-days, we finally had basketball.  James and (Dwyane) Wade along with the rest of the Miami Heat players made it a season to remember.  Not only did James win the NBA title but along the way he managed to grab the MVP Award, A Finals MVP Award and an Olympic Gold Medal.  Now he has just a few more NBA Titles to get...not just one, not two, not three...

Harvard graduates often go on to do noteworthy things in life. Athletics making a splash in professional sports hasn't been one of those things that often.  So when Jeremy Lin made a splash in the NBA it was a major story.  Not because he was solely from Harvard but, his performance spoke volumes.  Lin put up at least 20-points in eight straight games, including a 38-point outburst against Kobe and the Lakers.  Lin now playing for the Houston Rockets will forever be the guy who created insanity (“Linsanity” that is).

College Football:
The glory days of college football returned this year.  Remember when Notre Dame ruled the world of college football? Well the legendary program made a supreme comeback this year.  Going undefeated and now playing for their first National Title in over two decades.  The Fighting Irish haven’t won a National Title since 1988.  Win or Lose the Fighting Irish has fought their way back to being relevant in college football.

Penn State and the scandal, Need I say more.

National Football League:
This year the season kicked off with a lockout of a different fashion.  The NFL referees held out over labor dispute.  While the regular referees were in the boardrooms the “Replacement referees” couldn’t be replaced fast enough.  It appeared that the NFL and the Referees were nowhere near reaching a new labor agreement.  However, when the Monday Night game in Week 3 where the Packers vs. the Seahawks last second Hail Mary called was miscalled they reached a new collective bargaining agreement in a few days. 

I can’t forget about the “bounty program” where the New Orleans Saints players were awarded cash for taking certain opponent key players out.  Several suspensions were handed out.  Sean Payton, head coach, suspended for the entire season, Defensive coach Gregg Williams out indefinitely from professional football, and Saints General Manager, Mickey Loomis, suspended for half of the season.  A host of Saints players were give suspensions also.     

Gabby Douglas, Missy Franklin, and Michael Phelps enough said. GO USA!

Major League Baseball:
San Francisco Giants are giants once again after winning the World Series for the second time in three years.  Having superstar closer Brian Wilson gone for the season, and key slugger Melky Cabrera suspended for performance enhancing drugs no one had the Giants winning it all.

Some would say the greatest professional cyclist in the world, while others might call him the biggest lair in the universal.  Beating his only personal battle with Cancer while raising millions Lance Armstrong became the face of cycling. After winning a record seven Tour de France titles Armstrong was banned from the world of Cycling and stripped of those titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.  They found him guilty for using a banned substance which 12 witnesses provide evidence against Armstrong.  One of the most touching and inspirational sports stories reached the finish line when it broke back in August.

Until next time, live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success.

Dwyane Wade trying to play kick ball with Ramon Sessions

You mean to tell me that Dwyane Wade didn't intentional kick Ramon Sessions in his Man Muscle...you be the judge.

Until next time, live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Gerald Henderson flies high

Dwight Howard on the wrong end of a posted…Gerald Henderson throws one down!!!

Until next time, live out your DREAMS with some Determination. Put forth Real Efforts. Given your Abilities Means you will have Success.

Monday, December 17, 2012

The 2nd coming of Jeremy Lin

When you’re first at anything, like graduating from college in your family, being the oldest sibling, or even carrying an entire country on your back for basketball, naturally the bar is set high.   Let me ask you this: how difficult is it to come second behind the greatness of that person or even third. In most cases being compared to those who came before you is inevitable. There is no place where this is more visible than in sports.  You can’t have Kobe without comparison to Jordan, Chris Paul to Isaiah Thomas, LeBron James to, well LeBron James, or Chris Tang to Jeremy Lin.

Oak Hill Academy, a little preparatory Baptist affiliated high school, in Mouth of Wilson, VA just might have another special player.  Never heard of this prep school before?  Allow me to assist you with a few names: Kevin Durant, Carmelo Anthony, Rajon Rondo, and Brandon Jennings, even Jerry Stackhouse.  All are products of this basketball powerhouse with a school principle:

Deep down inside, all children are good.  Regardless of academic ability, every child is capable of success.  All children would rather succeed than fail.  Once a child gets a taste of success, he or she will want more.

Now I’m sure you’ve heard of Oak Hill Academy, right?

Chris Tang. Have you heard of him? Well, his basketball “hoop dreams” was set in motion from the love he found in watching the great Yao Ming.  While growing up, Tang fell in love with the game and like most Asian kids he went to the playgrounds around his neighborhood to master Ming’s moves.  In a recent interview Tang had this to say about watching Yao playing for the Houston Rockets;

“When I got out of school, I’d go straight to watching the Rockets on the internet.  My dad used to get mad at me because I would skip meals sometimes to watch the fourth quarter of a game, but I couldn’t stop.  It was crazy just how much I loved to watch those guys play”.
In China, like most overseas countries, if a basketball player has the talent and skill-set he can turn pro at a very young age, and earn money for his family.  Unlike here in the States you must play at least one year of college basketball or be removed from high school at least one year after your graduating year.  I hear Tang was that good to have the option of entering the Chinese National basketball program or play for a local club team. 
Fast forward a few years and Chris Tang now plays for Oak Hill Academy.  The comparisons to Lin will only increase now that he’s at a more visible Prep School.  Currently, Tang has several colleges with strong interest in signing him from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Maryland, to Stanford, Oregon and even Jeremy Lin’s former college Harvard. 

Transitionally, Oak Hill Academy basketball program attracts local kids from around the country.  Most of them come with very high potential and the ability to play Division I college ball; they just need polishing.  However, with the increase of basketball being more globalize stories of international kids, like Chris Tang, coming to play for Prep Schools shouldn’t be a shocker.  What is shocking, to me perhaps, is that we are quick to find the next ‘whoever’ because it’s a great story.  Should I not be so surprised by sports comparison being made because, like the phrase goes, history often repeats its self, we all pattern our games after somebody, right?   So for the 2nd coming of...enter a name here I’m sure it won’t be hard...keep working to mimic your favorite player because your time will soon come.

Until next time, live out your DREAMS with some Determination. Put forth Real Efforts. Given your Abilities Means you will have Success.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The New Mr. 30,000

In sports ‘real’ milestones occur every so often.  And they are often made a big deal.  This recent milestone has only four NBA players who have reached the 30,000-point club.  Kobe Bryan is the newest.  Kobe Bryant’s legacy amongst the basketball greats will always be debated around the league, and in barbershops.  At the age of 34 years old, Bryant is the youngest to reach this mark.  However, it took him the longest to achieve such a mark.   

Making the jump from high school to the NBA, by far the best to ever do it, has allowed him the most opportunity to pursue this record.  Now, with him playing in his 17th season with the Lakers, he will truly go down as one of the greatest Lakers of all time.  I’m sure that too will be debated.  The other NBA greats that Bryant joins in the 30,000-point club are Chamberlain, “The Captain” Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, “The Mail-Man” Karl Malone, and His Airiness Michael Jordan.  Those five I’ll match up against any five you can get any day!

What makes this more remarkable is that Bryant’s numbers are up even at this age.  Yes, the Lakers’ season hasn't gone as planned, thus far, but Kobe has seemed to be improving.  His free-throw attempts are higher, and the stat that stands out to me the most is he is assisting on a higher percentage of his teammates baskets.  That means he’s passing the ball more.  I’m sure Bryant would like to see more wins and championship rings to catch Jordan, and his six.

I notice Bryant’s skills are far from declining.  That’s great for Lakers fans, maybe not so great for other teams around the league.  The rumors of him retiring are no longer heard of.  I think those retiring rumors only had legs because Bryant seemed to struggle throughout last year.

Bryant had this to say on joining this elite group

“I really just love what I do. I just have a passion for it. I thoroughly enjoy it and this is my 17th year but for some reason that passion hasn't gone down.  It’s been quite the opposite and I really have no explanation for it; it’s actually increased.
I have so much love for the game and I just enjoy working hard and doing what I do best”    

It’s not surprising that Bryant spoke about working hard.  He has a work habit second to none of any current NBA player. He truly has no off season. 
Will Bryant win another ring or two, catch Kareem for the all-time scoring leader, and more importantly keep his sanity with this current Lakers roster? Only time will tell and if we know anything about Kobe Bryant he will down taking a shot. 

Until next time live, out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success. 

Sunday, November 25, 2012

NBA Fathers' New Favorite Sons

I believe it’s only appropriate that since the holiday seasons is upon us that I take this time to write about a feel good sports family story.

Let me start off by saying I was sold on this University when Rumeal Robinson hit those two free-throws to clinch their first National Championship. That sharp shooting of Glen Rice only made it better. If you haven’t guessed it, I’m talking about University of Michigan. Not only do they have a growing basketball program but their football program isn’t too shabby.  I can remember like it was yesterday Heisman trophy winner, Desmond Howard posed after a punt return against rival Ohio St. in 1991.

The next generation revolutionized the game of basketball by creation of the “Fab 5” Webber, Rose, Howard, Jimmy King, and Ray Jackson played at a level that no other group of freshman had ever played.  During their time at Michigan basketball was buzzing from their style of play, confidence, and swagger.  Although the “Fab 5” had swagger before Kanye West made it a popular phrase there was another guy creating his own buzz at Purdue University. Glenn “Big Dog” Robinson the All-America well-built 6’8” forward, who had scoring ability anywhere on the court, lead all college players in scoring with 30.3 points per game.

While in the National Basketball Association (NBA) there was a point guard with a ‘mean’ cross-over dribble that dub the name UTEP Two-Step, after attending the University of Texas – El Paso, Tim Hardaway had Golden State Warriors fans coming out in droves to see him play.

Having a son myself its nothing more rewarding to have you son (or daughter) playing the game you love.  This is what both “Big Dog” and Hardaway Sr. are experiencing with their sons Robinson III and Hardaway Jr.

The connection to Michigan is that they both are restoring the glory days of Wolverine basketball.  They have Michigan rank #4, in the AP Polls, and once again Michigan is viewed as more than a power house football program.

Michigan basketball program is finally recovering from minor setbacks from the “Fab 5” era (scandals) these two sons are putting up numbers that drawing positive news coverage. Hardaway Jr. leads the teams in scoring 18.2 points per game and Robinson leads the team with 7.6 boards per game.

Not having a famous father, I can only imagine its pressures and difficulty to live up to a famous father’s reputation, ask Marcus Jordan son of Michael Jordan. However, Hardaway Jr. had this to say when ask about being compare to his father “I realized I don’t have to do it for my dad, I can do it for myself”           

These two Wolverines are from very different environments but share a very unique bond.  Heck they are similar in built both 6’6’’ and only 5lbs separating them.  It’s no wonder that when Robinson III took his official visit to Michigan Hardaway Jr. was his tour guide.  Having their fathers’ athleticism maybe the ingredients needed to get the team to the Final Four; as a Michigan fan my fingers are crossed.  Robinson III and Hardaway Jr. are more than just sons of famous NBA players. They are young kids enjoying life as a collegiate athlete, trash talking each other, and supporting each other on and off the court with the goal of making it to the NBA.

Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

D'Antoni You Are Next...

It’s appropriate that the latest news in the NBA is coming out of Los Angeles home of Hollywood, right?  With the recent dismissal of Mike Brown after only five games, where he went 1-4, Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak felt it was time for someone new to breathe life in this rich franchise.  So next in line is offensive guru Mike D’Antoni.  I know you thought I was going to say Phil Jackson.  Well I didn’t.  Jackson isn’t walking through those doors anytime soon.  D’Antoni, 61, who is coming off knee surgery will take over the rein after the negotiations with Phil Jackson, broke down.  

Not only did Mike Brown get shown the door but, so did the Princeton offensive which was suppose to restore the glory days of the Lakers offensive power.  Even with arguable one of the top three players and high scoring Kobe Bryant, last year the Lakers were the 10th highest scoring team in the NBA (106 per game). 

I like the hiring of D’Antoni as the coach for this Lakers roster and here’s why:

D’Antoni is known for the pick-and-roll and up-tempo offensive.  As the coach of the Phoenix Suns; Steve Nash won back to back MVP awards. Now Nash will run point guard for the Lakers, when he returns from his injury. 

This pick-and-roll system is also more effective when having a big guy who is very athletic the Lakers have two of them in Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard.  Nash with those two big guys will have more dribble handoffs, back-cuts and most importantly flood space for Kobe to go to work.

Kobe, more so then ever will be able to freelance and have more isolation in this system where as before in the triangle offensive, Phil Jackson’s system, it was more pattern oriented.  Another key element to why I love D’Antoni as the Lakers coach is his reputation is regarded as a player’s coach.  He allows his players to just play and don’t pull back on their offensive freedom. Dependability is with Nash which stems from him coaching Nash in Phoenix.  Coaching Kobe won’t be completely foreign.  As an assistant coach for the U.S. Olympic in 2008 and ’12 D’Antoni and Kobe relationship became stronger as player and coach.     

So for all you Lakers fans who wanted Phil Jackson on the bench, sorry!  Look at it this way if they don’t defend better, and play harder night in and night out there isn’t a coach who can save them.  And Phil won’t be criticized for having a loaded team like he’s always had and not win a NBA title. 

Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Means you will have Success.   

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Who Will Win the Western Conference

“I feel healthy, I feel strong. I feel ready.” Kobe Bryant. Is he implying trouble for the rest of the league?

Where did the summer go? Better yet, what players went where? With so many players swooping teams this season should be more exciting than years past.  No discussions of a lockout, no Collective Barraging Agreement worries and a full 82 game season slated, waiting for this season has add a few more gray hairs.

Let’s start with the Western Conference.  Last season showed us that Kevin Durant and the Thunder will be title contenders for years to come.  Will they represent the West in the NBA Finals over the next few seasons?  The way they stomp over the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, it’s not a bad guess.  If they sign James Harden, there’s no earthly reason why they shouldn’t, this team will be great for years to come. 

Speaking of the Spurs, Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker are far from spring chickens but one thing is for certain their productive will be there.  Coach Greg Popovich will once again develop a solid bench to offset the scoring power once had by the Spurs version of the big three.

With two major signees, Nash & Howard, the Lakers once again leap to the top of everyone list of title contenders.  Even with those two future Hall of Famers there are questions, of course.  What will the chemistry be like with Kobe and his new teammates? Will the bench be strong enough? Teasing but, will Phil Jackson need to come coach this team to win a ring?  One thing is for sure the Lakers will once again be must see TV, and yes I see them being there at the end battling the Thunder.

Another team out West on the come up is the Memphis Grizzlies. Their two-man frontcourt of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol will give teams nightly nightmares.  Having a healthy Rudy Gay will be an additional benefit.  Can you say second round in the playoffs? I can.

With the Lakers once again returning as L.A’s favorite team, the Clippers will take their familiar place as the “other” team in L.A.  Chris Paul and Blake will lead the NBA in highlights on Sports Center. Yes, that’s a stat.  If Billups is healthy and with the addition of Duke great Grant Hill, and the return of Lamar Odom the Clippers will be prime to make a deeper run in the playoffs. 

Speaking of running, the Denver Nuggets will do a ton of that.  Coach Karl’s brand of basketball with this team is run-baby-run.  They never saw a 3-pointer they didn't like and with Andre Miller running point there most certainly will be 3-pointers available.  JaVale McGee has a bright upside.  Having a defender in Iguodala should help on the defense side of the ball.  First round playoff team but I don’t see anything beyond that.

Remember the good ol days when Dirk was the best player in the league? Yes, those days are long gone.  Also, gone is the talent that Mark Cuban Mavericks once had. Dirk and a host of role players will only get them so far unfortunately; it’s nowhere near the top of the Western Conference.  The best thing about this season after playing 88 games (that’s 82 regular season and 6 playoff games) Dallas will have plenty salary cap space for a big-time free agent this summer. 

David Lee and the Golden State Warriors will bank on Bogut returning strong from his injury last year.  Having Bogut as the anchor in the middle the Warriors defense will be much improved.  Stephen Curry will hold down the scoring, and with support from Carl Landry and Jarrett Jack the Warriors will have a solid team. 

Don’t be surprise but the Minnesota Timberwolves will be in the middle of the playoff race again this year…barring any injuries.  Rubio is back. Kevin Love will continue to be the most consistent power forward in the league.  If Brandon Roy has anything left in the tank this Timberwolves team will win enough games to earn Coach Rick Adelman coach of the year. 

You know what you’ll get in the Utah Jazz.  Now will it be enough to push them pass the first round of the playoffs.  Their defense will again be their strength, last year only allowing 97 points per game, offense will need a boost.  Their young cats Derrick Favors and Gordon Hayward will be a key ingredient to their success.

In the ‘Big Easy’ easy victories won’t be the story line for the New Orleans Hornets. However, they have a very bright future with Anthony Davis, who will be the favorite for rookie of the year, and a solid guard in Eric Gordon. No playoffs this year or next year, but I’m sure their bandwagon will grow when they begin to win.

Jeremy Lin we have a problem Houston.  The Rockets are young and Jeremy Lin will bring some excitement but it won’t equivalent to enough wins for a playoff spot. 

The Sun has already set in Phoenix even before the season starts.  The Suns will also have sufficient amount of salary cap space after this year.  The big question is will they have the surrounding parts to draw a ‘big name’ free agent to the land of the Sun.

Portland is a solid team all around.  LaMarcus Aldridge is a bon-a-fide star, with wing players in (Nicolas) Batum and Wesley Matthews they will in the hunt once again. 

Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The Natives Have Grown Restless

“…I get emotional about it because these guys, they work their butts off. Matt Cassel hasn't done anything to you people.” – Eric Winston, KC Chiefs

Emotion can drive a humbled man to the edge of insanity. Emotion is what drives 200 to 360 pound men to run into one another and bash each other’s brains out; well emotions and potentially millions of dollars in salary, but I digress. Emotion can justify ignoring what’s right, and reverting to do wrong. Finally, emotion can take the small incident, and blow it completely out of proportion. Today, I bring you a tale of a city that has been craving a championship NFL franchise since 1969, the administration, players, and mentality that has done everything in their power to make sure that does not happen. This is Kansas City.

In a season that many thought that the Kansas City Chiefs would contend for the AFC West division title, the team has looked like everything but a winner. Aside from a come from behind 27-20 victory against the New Orleans Saints, the Chiefs have been throttled only to submit to the will of their opposition. During this five game period of losses in all but one game, starting Matt Cassel has thrown eight interceptions. In this past Sunday’s game against the Ravens, Cassel had three interceptions, preventing the Chiefs from conjuring up any offense against a Ravens team that could only produce nine points themselves.

As badly as Cassel had played, a sudden spark of offense could possibly ignite the Chiefs to snatch victory from the hands of defeat. With the help of a Haloti Ngata pass rush, Chiefs fans may have found the change that they had longed for. A bruise from Ngata left Cassel initially motionless, but seconds later struggling to gather himself as he was obviously in pain. According to Winston, in his first year with the Chiefs after signing a 4 year, $22 million contract, this is when cheers reigned down from “70,000” in the crowd. Quite frankly, 70,000 fans would have been impressive to hear considering Sunday’s attendance was 68,803 according to ESPN’s box score totals.

Yet it is hard to imagine a full house would all cheer their starting QB laid out during the game. As badly as fans in Kansas City have wanted the benching of Cassel, as well as the firing of Scott Pioli; the Vice President of Football Operations and General Manager of the Kansas City Chiefs, is an on-the-field injury the reason for fans to rejoice.

Personally, I believe an injury to an opposing team member or the home team should never be cheered. While Pro Football is the most popular sporting event in America, the long-term effects that many of its alumni suffer is quite depressing. Dementia, memory loss, joint damage, severe arthritis, and other ailments rob many from enjoying life after retiring from the game. With the speed of the game today, a single hit can escalate the arrival of retirement for players. So for the many who pursue this career, quite frankly, I admire their courage. I, in no way, am ignorant to the fact that they one of the benefits for such valiancy is immediate wealth; in many instances generational wealth. So, as a professional these players subject themselves to abuse from their opposition, as well as from upset fans and media. But somewhere in this connection between athletes and fans, don’t we have to separate are expectations of winning at all cost from the humanity of our fellow man? I believe so, but I can’t fault those who do not.

In the case of Chiefs Fans, I have been a witness for the last 15 years to the growing frustration of supporting an organization that has profitability before championships. While Pioli has not been here for that full period of time (former GM Carl Peterson prided himself on earning previous team owner Lamar Hunt a whole lot of money, even if it only produced one AFC Championship appearance under his regime), many of his decisions have been questioned with the intensity of an Internal Affairs interrogation. None more scrutinized more than the signing of Matt Cassel in 2008 to a six year, $63 million contract ($28 million guaranteed). What was the reason for such a lofty contract? In his first season starting at QB since high school (yes, HIGH SCHOOL), Cassel lead that New England Patriots to a 10-6 season. That’s it. A franchise put its hopes on the potential of a QB who hand a period of eight six years between starts.

While the Cassel experience started off nicely (10-6, AFC West Champs), the team’s progress has deteriorated each season since. Coaches have lost their jobs during this period and Cassel has continued to underwhelm, but he “gave the Chiefs the best chance to win”; the mantra being spewed from Pioli all the way down to the equipment manager. The fact of the matter is fans have grown tired of waiting for the potential that Cassel supposedly has to come to fruition. So Sunday’s cheers, whatever few there may have been, may not have been because of Cassel’s injury, as much as the Chiefs organization being put into the position that the fan’s wishes HAD TO BE MET!!!  So I don’t think Winston heard a stadium full of disgruntled fans cheering an injury (he would later be quoted as saying he did not mean all in attendance cheered) but the what he was hearing was the consumer getting what they wanted at the chagrin of a franchise that has wanted to give them only so much.

Dwight Mannery Thomas – Follow me on Twitter @UrbanSportsSpot

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

NFL Game Recap of Week 3

What a wacky and wild Week 3 it was. For starters the Ref’s really showed up and showed out! Plenty upsets and surprising finishes, its fear to say the NFL has some bright young talent on the raise. 

A few questionable calls help the Seahawks in a victory against Rodgers and the Packers 14-12.

Giants return to the running game as they crush Cam Netwon, and the Panthers 36-7

Bears’ D perform at a high level which results in a victory Bears 23 Rams 6.

The Bills start strong behind Fitzpatrick 3 TD’s and cruise pass winless Browns 24-14.

Cowboys finally had a home game. They survive a scare by the Buccaneers 16-10.

Titans played host to the Lions in a wild and crazy game. Four quarters wasn’t enough as it took OT for the Titans to collect the victory 44-41.

A nail biter in Indianapolis between the Jaguars and the Colts results in a lost for Luck and the Colts. Jaguars QB Gabbert late TD brings them their first victory 22-17.

Jets needed OT to get pass the Dolphins 23-20.
Upset of the week Vikings steal a victory over 49ers 24-13. Vikings QB Ponder 2 TD’s aided in the victory.

Saints Offense still struggling even behind Brees 3 TD’s. Chiefs rallies in OT to stun Saints 27-24.

In an ol’ fashion shoot-out Bengals survives the Redskins late push 38-31.

Cardinal’s defense slams the breaks on Vick and the Eagles speedy offense. Cardinal’s superstar WR Fitzgerald had a monster of a game with 9rec for 114yds and 1TD in a 27-6 victory.

Falcons soar over the Chargers with no problem 27-3. Falcons QB Ryan 3 TD’s lead the charge, and now the Falcons are 3-0.

Texans QB Schaub MVP whispers are getting louder. With 4 TD’s Schaub and the Texans stay undefeated with a 31-25 victory over the Broncos. 

I said there were upset like the Raiders over the Steelers.  On the foot of Raiders kicker Janikowski the Raiders win 34-31.

Playing with a heavy heart, with the passing of his brother, Ravens WR Smith played out this world with 6rec, 127yds, and 2TD’s to help beat the Patriots 31-30.

Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Replace the Replacements

Okay, okay it’s just a game. I understand that fully, but when athletes aren’t allowed to play the game like they’re supposed to we as fans get very pissed!  Enough is enough.  Monday night, my beloved Green Bay Packers was robbed, bamboozled, and downright made a fool out of.  See the video.  The NFL veterans Officials are in a current lockout.  And for the time being replacement officials are policing the games.  Well, there lies the problem.  These refs aren’t trained nor have the experience to manage the tempo and intensity of this wonderful game,  which leads us to watching comical play thus far, it’s embarrassing. 

The first three weeks there has been more yellow laundry (those damn flags) then office post-it notes on my desk  and terrible calls that had me wondering if this was all a horrible dream. Packers-Seahawks Monday night game took the cake.  Unless, the Patriots fans still questioning the Raves game winning field goal the night before,  which had their future Hall of Famer head coach Bill Belichick chasing after an official to question if it was good or not.   See the video.   Sadly, he’ll be fined for his actions.

I’ve been watching football for as long as I can remember both college and professional and I’ve never heard of ‘simultaneous possession’ have you?  I didn’t think so.  Well, after that fiasco of a call last Monday night I’ll never forget that term.  That term was used by the officials to say that Packers defensive back M.D. Jennings and Seahawks receiver Golden Tate had possession of the football at the same time.  Therefore, the ball was awarded to Tate and ultimately the game winning touchdown was allowed.  That decision, all be it an awful one, sent the football world in an uproar not just Packer-Nation.  I’m sure in your office, just like mine, it’s the topic of discussion around the water bubbler.

At this point, it’s out of control and my fear is that it won’t get better anytime soon.  It’s easy to see the miss calls but I can’t continue to take players being beat, like they stole something, to the point where their being carter off the field.  Well, who’s to blame for the current state of the NFL? The Owners, The League, Or what about the power of greed?  The NFL is a multibillion-dollar company and we are left with replacement refs.

After three weeks of miscues by replacement officials one would hope, fingers cross, that the NFL Owners and the Officials can finally have an adult conversation.  More of this people might just show up at NFL commissioner Roger Goodell office door steps.  Don’t you think it’s time to replace the replacements? I do!

Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jim Calhoun A Great One

A basketball national powerhouse where? Storrs, Connecticut. Yes, Jim Calhoun for the past 26 years has taken a small school, University of Connecticut, to heights higher than any Hollywood film maker could imagine.  In a part of the country where not much excitement is happening, Coach Calhoun stepped on campus with his brass in your face approach.  Storrs, Connecticut soon became the talk of college basketball world for how fast the program became elite.

With his announcement of his retirement over a week ago Calhoun, the Hall of Famer, will join an exclusive group of  other college great basketball coaches like John Wooden, Mike Krzyewski, Adolph Rupp, and for my true college basketball junkies Jim Phelan (google him).  Calhoun has 873 victories, which place him 6th-most victories overall, 3 National Championships and a conference best 7 Big East Tournament Titles.  Without question he has made his mark on College basketball.

Calhoun’s legacy will go down simply as a winner.  Coaching a host of future NBA players, like my favorite Ray Allen, Donyell Marshall, and Richard Hamilton, to local Wisconsin native Caron Butler.  Not only did Calhoun win basketball games, he battled and defeated Cancer twice all while returning to coach his Huskies.  

Although in his final years he battled the NCAA on recruiting violations and poor academic performance. Legendary coaches like Calhoun, who truly built a program from nothing, and turned it into a powerhouse program, only come around once in a life time was great for the college basketball.  Let’s not forget that before Jim Calhoun you never heard of University of Connecticut for anything.  So although he’s stepping down his footprints will remain on UConn campus as the guy who took a cold part of the country and made it a hot bed for great college players.

Here's a tribute to Jim Calhoun.

Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

NFL recaps of week 2

Video courtesy of ESPN Sunday Blitz  
Two down and fifteen more to go this week brought many surprises. We recap the second week of NFL regular season. Some had Wonderful Dreams, while others and Horrible Nightmares.
  • Guess the Packers didn’t need much luck against the Bears. Packers defense had 7 sacks, 4 INTs so Rodgers, the offense finished the Bears off 23-10.
  • Offense outburst from the Bills made fast work of the Chiefs. Fitzpatrick and Spiller two TD’s a piece aided in the victory 35-17.
  • Late heroic FG by Colts Vinatieri gives Andrew Luck his first NFL victory over the Vikings 23-20.
  • Bengals QB Dalton 3 TD’s was more than enough to help Bengals beat the Browns 34-27.
  • Bush controls the offense for the Dolphins with his 26 carries, 172 yards and 2 TD’s. Dolphins 35-Raiders 13. Raiders fall to 0-2.
  • Cardinals win the shock award this week, as they are 2-0 with a huge victory over Brady, Patriots 20-18. Patriots also lost TE Hernandez.
  • Vick passing for 371 yard, the Eagles edge the Ravens, despite 4 turnovers 24-23.
  • A giant performance by Giants QB Eli Manning 510 yards and 3 TD’s in a come from behind victory over the Buccaneers 41-34.
  • Who dat without a victory? Saints drop to 0-2 after a road lost to Newton, Panthers 27-35.
  • Texans defense held Jaguars offense below 120 yards and Foster rush for more than 100 yards. Texans 27-7 over Jaguars.
  • Rams QB Bradford put up a 300 yard performance as the Rams out last Griffin III, Redskins 31-28.
  • Seahawks use a strong defense performance to roll over the Cowboys 27-7.
  • Rivers, and Chargers bolt pass the Titans 38-10. Rivers 3 TD’s were the highlight of the game as the Charger are now 2-0.
  • 49ers move to 2-0 with a strong performance behind QB Smith’s two TD’s. 49ers 27-Lions 19.
  • Big second half for Big Ben and Steelers as they ease pass Jets 27-10.
  • Broncos couldn't escape Manning’s slow start and his 3INT’s. Falcons used that as their starting block to hold on to the 27-21 victory.
Until next time live out your DREAMS with some Determination, put forth Real Efforts and given your Abilities; Mean you will have Success.