Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
DUNK THE BLOG IS TALKING ABOUT...
The Rays are in the ALCS. They beat the White Sox. But can you believe it? The RAYS ARE IN THE ALCS? Last year, they were last place in their division. This year? They only have to win four more games and then they're in the WORLD SERIES!
The Dodgers are also looking mighty good. They beat the Cubs who "had" the best record in baseball. Keyword: "had". With Manny Ramirez, they look unbeatable. In my mind, Manny gets MIP. (Most Important Player) Not MVP. If he played like this the whole year, he'd get my vote. Manny is MIP because.... the Dodgers were out of the playoffs in reality. 5 games back I think it was. The Dodgers weren't playing good baseball so I thought we were out. Than Manny comes along and I thought it was a bad deal at first. Even though we got the bat, there was speculation of his attitude. I haven't seen nor heard any problems for him. By the way, where are the Dodgers now? The NLCS.
The Red Sox in my mind are the champs. The Phillies don't impress me at all.
World Series Prediction: Red Sox win the series against the Dodgers 4-2.
Redskins are rolling along. Titans are 5-0. Giants are 4-0. Colts are embarrasing themselves. Patriots without Brady is like a human without a brain.
All I have to say?
What is there to talk about the NBA. Kobe is going to have an MVP-worthy season. LeBron will win it because he hasn't won one yet. It is stupidity but the mind works that why. CP3 will fade a little bit and K-Love will be ROY. Like my predictions? Got some more for you. Derrick Rose will fail in the NBA. Worst pick in my lifetime as number 1. Gotta go with Beasley on that one.
Monday, October 6, 2008
Friday, October 3, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
Okay, another crazy week in the sports world.
1- Al Davis fired Lane Kiffin. I would rather see Lane Kiffin fire Al Davis but that can never happen.
2- SHUT THE CUBS UP! The Dodgers destroyed the Cubs at Wrigley Field.
3- Tonight, we will all watch Sarah Palin get a nailin'. There will be more people watching this VP Debate then there was watching Obama knock-down Mccain.
A little biased. Huh?
We'll see what happens.
Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Monday, September 29, 2008
Every year they're are the Colts, the Patriots. The Cowboys. The Packers. The teams that seem to win every year. Then they're the Dolphins or the Rams. The teams that never seem to win each year. Then there's always at least two teams that were terrible the year before that are 4-0 or 3-1 in the first 4 weeks. But rarely, do they ever pull through in the final stretch and keep winning.
The Tampa Bay Devil Rays are a great example. The Rays were destroying all of baseball in the first half. Question was... were they for real? The second half was much the same.
This year the Bills are 4-0. 49ers are looking good.
We'll see what happens at the end of the year.
Every once in a while I will do 3rd time the charm. It's where I list 3 things that happened not so long ago that stand out to me.
1- As we all know, the Government rejected the $700 Billion dollar package deal.
2- Redskins beat the Cowboys. (Rocks, huh?)
3- Obama totally pushed Mccain around like a little baby.
That's it for now.
Final note: Help the democrats get into office. Go to BarackObama.com and donate.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
It seems like the NBA Season will never come. Every day that goes by, it is getting closer. But it sure doesn't feel like that. I'm sure the players would hate this but, what if they made the season longer? It would mean more money for owners, and better for fans who want to watch basketball every day. I'm sure this will never happen. Just givin' it a thought.
That's what I think. What do you think? You can always comment to give me your thought on the comments page.
Thanks for reading.
Saturday, September 27, 2008
Friday, September 26, 2008
Thursday, September 25, 2008
Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Let me tell you something first. I love Slam. It's a fun magizine to read. I subscribe to it and I read the newest issue. On the front it says, "YALL AIN'T READY". The picture on the cover was Michael Beasley, OJ Mayo, and Derrick Rose. I was sickened to look at that, and let me tell you why.
I love my man K-Love. I'm a UCLA Basketball fan and I hate USC. In my mind, K-Love is better than OJ Mayo overall. OJ Mayo probably is more athletic, but Kevin is so smart with the ball and can give a team a better chance to win.
OJ Mayo is questionable for a couple of reasons. Back in High School, people thought he was great. Then, he comes to USC and underachieves. Now, he is being treated like a Superstar. Do you get what I'm saying? Kevin Love has never really been in the spotlight but showed great skills this summer.
Back to SLAM.
You can probably tell why I'm a little mad about that article but watch out! Kevin Love will be R.O.Y.
Monday, September 22, 2008
Let's get off topic a little bit and talk some football. My favorite team... The Redskins. I can just spit it out right now. If the Redskins make the playoffs, I will be out of my mind. They are in the toughest division, the NFC East. With the Eagles back on top, I can't believe this. But out of the Eagles, Cowboys, and Giants... one of those three teams will not be in the playoffs. With Eli, McNabb, and Romo gunning down receivers like a 4-star general. I can't wait to see what happens.
And then, there is, the... Redskins who are talent-wise, behind the pack.
This looks worse than ever for the Redskins, but will be a fun year to watch.
Thursday, September 18, 2008
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
One thing the Washington Wizards won't be seeing this year is a full season of Agent Zero greatness. Gil is going under a 3rd knee operation and will be missing at least 1 month. I'm wondering if this is affecting Gilbert more than the Wizards. Arenas missed most of last year and when he was playing he wasn't 100%. Now, he's sitting on the sidelines watching his team suffer... again.
Don "The Bear" Haskins passed away September 7, 2008. Don is most famous for beating Kansas in the championship game. Don won that game by making history for starting five African Americans.
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Check back later tonight for full coverage of the late Don Haskins.
Friday, September 12, 2008
Think about this. All of those NBA Players who are getting paid to put the ball in the hoop are living lives of luxury. Sounds great, right?
Those players may be getting paid a lot of money, but it takes a lot more than money for them to pursue the passion of their life. Every day of their life for most of their lives they've been practicing as hard as they can. Talk about wear-n-tear. They might be having fun playing out there, but they're knees can't be feeling too well. And for many of those players they'll wake up a lot of mornings for the rest of their lives feeling the effects of all those days pounding the rock into the asphalt.
Monday, September 8, 2008
I'm watching Monday Night Football. It's the Packers vs. Vikings and this is great. I have almost no interest in any of these teams, but with Aaron Rodgers first NFL Start, and Adrian "All Day" Peterson running the ball... IT'S JUST GREAT! It's one of those games that would be a terrible Week 13 game but it's a great Week 1 game.
I'm all for Aaron Rodgers. Main reason: I was sick of the whole Brett Favre situation. More than that though, I always root for the underdogs, or in this case, a young gun, and boy he is looking good tonight.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
Friday, September 5, 2008
Domination. Determination. Defense. 3 Words that sum up the Lakers Season. The whole team was unstoppable. With Kobe Bryant helping. Go a couple years back when people were saying Kobe Bryant was bigger than the Lakers. Those fans must be kicking themselves because Kobe showed them up and basically was the king last year. With Bynum injured, us Laker fans were wondering what could go worse but Mitch Kuptchak saved us all with a big deal to bring in Pau Gasol. They were great all season but fell up short when the spotlight came down on them. With Bynum added into the triangle offense, it will take the pressure off of Pau Gasol and make the Lakers that much better. They are looking good going into the NBA Season.
Questions about the Lakers:
Kobe - Better, Worse, or the same?
I'm going to say about the same. He could go a little better or a little worse. Fatigue could become a factor but I'm not buying that. I say he has another MVP-Worthy season but will lose to LeBron.
Andrew Bynum - Will his injury effect his play this year?
I think it will effect a little bit but he will still be the Bynum were used to.
Prediction: 59-23 Win the Finals
You heard me.
Wednesday, September 3, 2008
The Celtics last year were simply amazing. You gotta' give props to the Celtics GM, Danny Ainge. In the 2006-2007 season, they were awful. They had a record of 24-58 finishing last in their division. They were crushed soon there after when they didn't get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft. When everything looked absolutely terrible, Danny Ainge made some huge deals. He brought in Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. Two monster weapons along with Paul Pierce. They were just better than everyone. (except the lakers) I am a lakers fan by the way. *laugh* After crushing teams in the Regular Season, they got off to a shaky start but then got back on pace to win the NBA Finals.
NBA Preview 2008
What to look for: Boston Celtics to be once again dominant, but not be as dominant as teams will catch up. Boston Celtics year-by-year will get older just like everyone else and watch out for them to slow down at times. Also, watch out for a lesser production game-by-game from the Stars... a.k.a. Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen.
Players to look out for: Rajan Rondo could be a hit in the next few years, or, he could be a complete failure. The bench could also be a surprise with the growth of Leon Powe, and others.
Prediction: 59-21, Eastern Conference Champs, and lose to the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Thanks for reading and I'll be back.
Monday, September 1, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Monday, August 25, 2008
Hugh McCutcheon's Olympic experience was rare. These 2 weeks were the worst, and the best, of his life.
McCuthcheon's Olympic experience began with the brutal stabbing of his in-laws while they were site-seeing in Beijing. The attack by a deranged Chinese national killed his father-in-law died; his mother-in-law survived, but was seriously injured and remained in the hospital throughout the Olympics. To make the attack even more crazy, the attacker took his own life by jumping off the tower on which McCuthcheon's in-laws had stood.
This senseless attack would have ended many people's quest for gold, but McCutheon knew that his in-laws would have wanted him to compete. So, McCutcheon continued to coach the Olympic men's volleyball team.
McCutheon and his players banded together to play in the memory of the coach's father-in-law. Two weeks after the brutal attack, McCutcheon and his players won a gold medal and heard the roar of a Chinese crowd that saluted the team's victory, but also tried in some way to apologize for an attack by one of their countrymen. This must have made the cheers of "U-S-A!" even more special to McCutcheon.
He will remember these two weeks for the rest of his life as memories... both GOOD and bad.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
It's Spain vs. USA. Pau vs. Kobe. Europe vs. North America. Old World vs. New World.
Spain came into the Olympic Games as a legitimate contender for the gold medal, but so far they--and everyone else--have just been pretenders. The US is close to avenging a series of losses in world games, but redemption depends on winning the gold medal game, so the Americans haven't really avenged anything yet.
The games are becoming tougher for the US as they get deeper into the medal round, despite final scores that suggest blowouts. The Argentines pushed the US, and the game was a lot closer than the Americans would have liked. The question is... Will Spain use the same tactics Argentina used? Spain can win only if Pau Gasol has a huge game and Spain avoids a lot of turnovers.
More important than that... THEY GOT TO GUARD US! If they let us roam around behind the three point line, we'll first shoot wide open threes and then penetrate the middle when Spain contests the long ball.
Spain has a chance to compete for the gold if they do those two things but in my mind, it just isn't gonna' happen. The Americans will be wearing gold necklaces come tomorrow.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
When Usain Bolt goes on the track Lighting strikes. We all pretty much expect Usain Bolt to win gold. I watch it for the hype, the excitement, and his dance. People are saying he's a showboater... That's Bogus. Outright BOGUS. If you can do what Usain Bolt does.... why not dance?
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Kevin Durant was the ROY last season, but not the most surprising. Rodney Stuckey has my vote for the surprise rookie of the year. No one had heard of him and he didn't play much at all. He showed his stripes in the games that mattered most, also known as... The Playoffs! His stats don't show much at all but he showed his stripes. Commentators were saying that Stuckey has the potential to be the next D-Wade. Back to my point... I don't follow College Basketball much except for my favorite team UCLA. I never even heard of him before! Although he didn't win the ROY award, he had a much bigger season than Durant.
I've been reading Mike Lupica's book. Travel Team, The Big Field, Heat, Summer Ball. His books are great. All of them are. Great books for the perfect sports fan. I love Travel Team the most because of how he writes about Danny going through adversity by being the smallest on the team and with a difficult parent situation. I will say no more! NO SPOILERS! All I'm telling you is, go read those books. There fun, There smart, There great.
Great for every sport fan.
Saturday, August 16, 2008
In 2006, Dwayne Wade owned the NBA Finals. The Heat played the Mavericks, and the Mavericks won the first two games. D-Wade made sure that the Mavs didn't win another game. He scored 42 points game 3, 36 points in game 4, and 43 points in game 5. The Heat won all three games and then won game 6 to end the series. Wade was the series MVP and everyone expected him to be a league MVP candidate for every year after that.
It didn't work out that way. Wade missed 31 games during the 2006-2007 season and almost all of the second half last season. His stats and his production went down dramatically. We were all wondering where the D-Wade of 2006 was.
We've found him in China. In this Beijing Olympics, he is the leading scorer on the US team coming off the bench behind Kobe. In 18 minutes per game, he is averaging 17 points! Also, he is shooting 73% from the field with some additional sensational dunks to hype up the crowd. What else can I say? When everyone just about forgot about him, he has come up huge and helped our country dominate the Olympic Games. He also has gained a wider fan-base!
Way to go Dwayne!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I was thinking a couple of days ago about what makes an NBA player better than the rest. Remember that only about one-tenth of one percent of the population is good enough to become an NBA player. The sixth-grader or the ninth grader or the twelfth grader who you think is great most of the time turns out to be an average player at best in college and never makes it to the pros. Most of us don't know anyone who ever made it to the pros. So, out of the 400 or so people who are good enough to become NBA players, why is one of them so much better than anyone else?
It isn't because the player is a better athlete than anyone else. Most NBA players are amazing athletes, and there isn't much that separates Kobe from Caron Butler from Sasha Vujacic from that great shooter you knew in high school.
The difference, I think, is something inside the best players, something you and me will never be able to understand. About six months ago I read a book about Kobe that gets at this difference. In 1997, Kobe was only a 19 year old second year player. The Lakers were locked in a battle with the Utah Jazz for the Western Conference semifinals. After four games, the Lakers were down 3-1.
In game 5, when the Lakers were facing elimination, Del Harris needed one player to take the last shot. You wouldn't have thought that we would turn to Kobe. After all, that team had Shaq, Nick Van Exel, Eddie Jones, and Robert "Big Shot Bob" Horry. But when everyone else looked away from Harris in the final huddle, only one player returned his stare. Only one player wanted to take the last shot. And that player was a second year player from Lower Merion High School who had no reason to regard himself as the number one option on the last play of the series.
But that was when Kobe stepped forward and essentially asked to take the last shot. He had the courage and mental toughness to take 6 shots in OT and to take the last shot of the game. Yes, the Lakers lost the game and, yes, Kobe air-balled every one of his last 6 shots, but the fact that he wanted to take the last shot after whiffing on the prior five showed that Kobe had a competitiveness within him that no one else had. And after Kobe missed the last shot, he spent the next day making 1,000 shots from each of the spots on the court from which he air-balled a shot in overtime.
Just think about it, he was only in his 2nd year and he stepped up and took those shots that veterans won't even think about doing! Also, when other people were on vacation or sleeping, Kobe was in the gym working out on his game.
The average players will practice when they are told to but the great players will work out when they don't have to. That's what makes the great players great--they work harder than everyone else and believe in themselves more than anyone else does.
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Nobody is talking about this because there are a lot of other things going on, but should the Dallas Mavericks have traded Devin Harris for Jason Kidd? Dallas lost an up and coming young point guard and gained a 35 year old point guard whose skills were declining with each day.
The Mavs thought that Kidd would help them go deeper in last season's playoffs, but that didn't happen mostly because Kidd couldn't keep up with another one of the Western Conference's young point guards--Chris Paul. Had the Mavs not made the trade, Harris would have been a better defender against Paul than Kidd. No one has been able to stop Chris Paul, but Harris would have had a much better chance of slowing him down. And Kidd didn't really add much to the the Mavs' offense. In other words, Kidd didn't help and probably hurt the Mavs' championship hopes.
We don't know what wold have happened had the Mavs not made the trade, but we do know that after the trade Dallas got their booties smacked 4-1 and their head coach was fired. And now they don't have a rapidly improving player in Devin Harris. What they do have is a huge salary cap hit on their roster for the rest of Kidd's contract. Oy!
One more thing, Kidd the starting point guard for Team USA instead of Chris Paul. This is a MESS! A total mess.
The New Orleans Hornets are going to play seven preseason games prior to their season opener. Two of those games will be in Europe in part of NBA Europe Live. They play the Washington Wizards on October 14th at the O2 World in Berlin. Last year NBA Europe Live brought over 10.3 million viewers watching.
Monday, August 11, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Team USA looked great in exhibition games except they lacked defense the last two games. D-Wade is performing great, Kobe is playing D and scoring the ball. LeBron is a great option also. I will be very frustrated if we don't win the gold this year. We have more to lose, than win. Almost nobody would be surprised if we win GOLD medal but.... If we lose, I don't know what worse can happen. To lose in your own game. It's crazy. Keep on reading.
SAVE THE NBA
The number 1 draft pick hype has flown away. His expectations are very low and Brown says, "I'm in the best situation ever. I came in as the number 1 pick and now there are no expectations."
Kwame says he likes where he's at because of the low profile Pistons. Hopefully he brings back the hype.
The NBA once was Money-Land. Don't get me wrong, they make a lot of money. Now, Europe seems like Money-Land. First off, we all know that we lost Josh Childress left for Europe and Carlos Arroyo left for Isreal for more money. Nothing much but warnings for the NBA about players leaving for Europe. Now, LeBron is reportedly getting $50 Million dollars in Europe. Now.... LeBron is doing great stuff for the NBA and it would be a devastating loss if he went to Europe. LeBron is missing out on MVP awards and NBA championships if he leaves but his agent is saying if he leaves for Europe it will only be for one or two years.
LeBron would be a global icon.
$50 Million buckaroos a year! (He is being offered $20 million dollars until 2010)
LeBron would be the most Dominant player.
Not much of competition.
No NBA glory. (Championship rings, MVP award etc.)
Does LeBron need the extra $30 million dollars? I'm not sure.
It would really be a loss for the NBA and the NBA needs to decide quick on how to fix this problem of players going to Europe.