Paul Dealt To Clippers

December 14th, 2011

By: Steve Silverthorne

After a crazy few days it turns out Chris Paul is headed to Los Angeles after all. However, it will not be in a Lakers uniform, rather he will be dealt to the Clippers or Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles Clippers have agreed to a deal in principle with the league-owned New Orleans Hornets to acquire guard Chris Paul, according to sources close to the process.

The Clippers, sources said, will send guard Eric Gordon, center Chris Kaman, forward Al-Farouq Aminu and Minnesota’s unprotected 2012 first-round pick to the Hornets for Paul.

The Clippers will also receive two future second-round picks, according to sources.

The deal is expected to be approved by the league Wednesday night, sources said.

Belichick Not Giving Broncos Any Extra Motivation For Sundays Game

December 14th, 2011

By: Steve Silverthorne

In recent weeks, opposing teams have been doing their best to try and belittle what the Broncos had going with Tim Tebow. From calling him a running back to saying the offense was ‘crap’, the intimidation game, or simple lack of respect, has been running
rampant from Broncos opponents.

Don’t expect the New England Patriots  to fall for it.

“Obviously, the Broncos are doing a good job of playing complementary football — offense, defense and special teams, “Belichick said. “They’ve made some key plays when they had to … its good team play and Tim has done a great job for them in the running game, handling the offense, throwing the ball, getting the ball down the field, also taking what
the defense has given them.” That’s right, complementary football was mentioned.

Belichick also was quick to squelch any talk of Tebow’s perceived inconsistent throwing motion. “I don’t agree with any of that.  He’s got some very good throws. As good as anybody you want to put in there.” Of course, it wouldn’t be Belichick without a question, and answer, from the world of the obvious.  When asked about the thin air in Denver, Belichick was quick to respond. “Both teams will be breathing the same air.”

Heisman Finalists translating to NFL Stars?

December 14th, 2011

With the Heisman Award presentation taking place on saturday, the 2011 Heisman was awarded to Robert Griffin III from Baylor.  Of the five finalists there was zero who are seniors academically, which means all five finalists are eligible to return to school and play at least one more year.

We already know that Andrew Luck is prepared to enter the NFL draft and he is the consensus #1 pick believed by pretty much everyone.  And he is believed to be one of the best players out of college of all time.  So the chances that he can translate into an NFL superstar are pretty high.  But what about the rest of the candidates.

Heisman Winner: Robert Griffin III

Before this year Griffin was not really known by many of the NFL draft experts, but by the time he finishes his bowl game, he will most likely be the 3rd best quarterback prospect and most likely a 1st round pick since so many NFL teams are in need of a quarterback.  Griffin rocketed up draft boards for his athletic ability and also for his ability to throw the ball deep down the field.  The one question experts have is about his size, though he is listed at 6’2″ many experts believe his actually shorter than that.  Griffin also has one more year of eligibility if he decides to put off the NFL for one more season.

Trent Richardson

Richardson finished third in the Heisman voting and is considered the best running back prospect by many NFL draft experts, he is comparable to his former teammate Mark Ingram, who was the first running back drafted last year, but Richardson is bigger. Richardson is almost a sure lock to be the first running back drafted if he decides to enter the draft rather than stay at Alabama for one more year.

Montee Ball

Ball, a junior from Wisconsin, finished 4th in the voting although he led the country in rushing.  He will most likely break Barry Sanders record for touchdowns in one season during there bowl game because he is just 1 touchdown behind the record of 39.  The touchdowns along with the fact that Ball led the country in rush yards would make many think he should have finished higher in the voting.  The one reason many believe he did not deserve to finish higher is because he plays in the B1G, which did not have a team in the top 10 of the BCS. But if you look closer, Ball faced better defenses than the other running back finalist, Richardson.  Ball has one more year of eligibility and he will most likely go back to school because he has not been targeted as one of the top running backs by experts even though his stats are pretty incredible.

Tyrann Mathieu

Mathieu, a sophomore from LSU, was one of the most dynamic players in college football this year.  A cornerback and a punt returner, Mathieu had 4 touchdowns this season, two on returns and two on fumble recoveries.  He led the country in fumbles forced and many say he is just always around the ball and makes things happen.  Mathieu has been compared to his former teammate and first round pick Patrick Peterson because of there ball skills and return abilities.  Mathieu is ineligible to enter the draft this year, but next year he will surely be a hot commodity, with the only shots at him being his size, he is 5’9″, and his suspension for testing positive for marijuana.

Of all five who are the stars of the NFL in the future?

I would say Luck, Mathieu are the closest to locks, with Griffin and Richardson having a shot.  Ball has a chance but he is more of a wildcard.

Bubble Wrapped Future Players

December 14th, 2011

I can’t speak for the sports I havn’t played in but it seems like the regulations for “safe play and safety gear” is getting a bit extensive. I feel as though eventually we will come to players running around with the football gear while playing field hockey. As I played field hockey throughout my high school years the rules changed to make the game “more safe”. My freshman year we could wear any  kind of mouth guard we wanted, by my sophomore year we had to have colored ones that stayed completely in our mouth with no parts sticking out. The shin guards even got bigger and bigger. I wore eye goggles through my years even though they weren’t forced but now they are mandatory for all players in that league. Field hockey, to me, should be a rough sport… I little hip check got me a yellow card my senior year. Softball is even worse, absolutely any contact can be considered obstruction for either the runner or the player. There are so many silly rules, but of course they change throughout the leagues. In the last softball tournament I played in there we no metal cleats aloud, all head gear (soft fabric hair bands) had to match colors on the team, no yellow on the jersey, no jewelry, and no hats/visors. The rules go on and on for softball, all we want to do is play a simple game of softball and the rules make it so safe that it takes away from the game. The rule book for the softball world series is as big as the bible, why do we need so many rules. Will the future sports of tomorrow be so simplified that we lose sight of what the game is really about?

Head injuries in sports

December 14th, 2011

Head injuries in sports have been becoming more and more prevalent.  Whether it is because they are being watched more closely nowadays or if it is just that every sport is becoming more and more rough.

The first example comes from the NHL where Sidney Crosby, arguably the best player in the game right now and the face of the league has played in only 8 games this year and he missed the almost the entire second half of the season last year due to lingering concussion-like symptoms.  Will Crosby ever be able to come back to the league or will he be a player whose career gets cut short because of the head injuries.  There have been players in the past whose careers have been cut short due to concussions, for example, longtime Philadelphia Flyer Eric Lindros had to retire much early than expected because of concussions.  In his career, he was thought to have suffered over 8 concussions.  This is many more than Crosby has endured and Crosby has missed many more games than Lindros did after one of his concussions.

The next example comes in the NFL.  The NFL can easily been seen as one of the most dangerous sports when it comes to head injuries because of the size, speed, and aggression that most players play with.  Even with the new rules in place that are supposed to protect players from head injuries there have still been a continuing amount. The latest example was the Browns Colt McCoy, who was hit in the head by the Pittsburgh Steelers James Harrison during Thursdays game.  McCoy sustained a concussion that was not diagnosed until after the game, and now James Harrison has been stuck with a one game suspension without pay because he is a repeat offender. Harrison has been involved in giving at least two other players concussions during the games.

This recent increase in concussions could be due to the fact that there has been more research on concussions and the effects of multiple concussions.  So now there is no more of just “getting your bell rung,” shaking it off and just continuing to play.  Now if “your bell gets rung” than you are going to have to sit out for a few days at the least and take many tests to make sure that the symptoms have gone away before they can play.

Ryan Braun tests positive for PEDs

December 14th, 2011

Now what? With Ryan Braun, the 2011 NL MVP, testing positive for PEDs before he officially has received the award what happens now? I know the drug policy in the MLB is set up so that a formal announcement cannot be released until the the player is given a chance to prove their innocence if they want to, but regardless of that fact Ryan Braun’s image has been severely tainted and it will be very difficult for him to overcome that.  There is a slight possibility that Braun will be able to win the appeal he put into the MLBs arbitrator according to his Player’s Union, but if the more probable outcome, of the test being valid, occurs than we will have a couple different views about the MLBs drug policy.

The first view that many people will side with is that the new drug policy is really working and its not afraid to go after one of the bigger names in the game, even a player that Bud Selig has even said in the past, is good example of how baseball has been cleaned up.  The next view is that the drugs are still prevalent in todays game and the drug policy has not had much effect on cleaning up the game.  Since Braun was a Rookie of the Year, is a constant fixture at the All-Star game, and now an MVP.  It shows that PEDs are still prevalent in even the most successful of players and what makes people think that they are not being used by other of the upper tier of players.

We will find out soon if the test is considered valid, and if it is we will soon debate the effectiveness of the MLBs drug policy.

Why Dallas Can Never Seal The Deal?!

December 12th, 2011

This is more of a question, than a statement. Why can Dallas never close a game, ecspecially when it is one as big as the one yesterday. I feel like the put themselves in perfect situations to win the game and than when everybody thinks they have it in the bag they say, “how can we piss our fans off and make them want to kill themselves.” I mean Tony Romo has his reciever WIDE open 20 yards down the field, and if he completes the pass its a touchdown. He had played great the whole game! Throwing for over 300 yards, 4 tds, and having a passer rating of 141.3. But for some reason when all he has to do is hit his WIDE oper reciever, he overthrows him! Which than leads to Giants scoring and taking the lead. Which than leads to us marching down the field and once again getting our hopes up that we will win. But Dallas never lets you down. With 6 seconds left we kick the game tying fieldgoal from 47 yards out. Keep in mind that we kicked two 49 yard fieldgoals earlier in the game without any problems. On this kick though we decided to take a play off and let one of their linemen block the kick. So once again I ask, Why does Dallas never seal the deal?blocked

Does the NFL Protect Star Players?

December 12th, 2011

On Sunday week 14 of the NFL season Linebacker London Fletcher was called for unnecessary roughness on his hit of Tom Brady. Tom Brady appeared to go into his slide late and was fair game for London Fletcher to tackle. The call on the field was that Fletcher made contact with his forearm on Tom Brady’s helmet but on the video replay there was no evidence of Fletcher’s forearm hitting Brady’s helmet. Was this just a missed call or do the officials give preferential treatment to star players like Brady and protect them?

Here is the video of the hit on Brady.


Lakers Out of Chris Paul Talks

December 11th, 2011

Now on to Dwight Howard…Lets hope the NBA doesn’t cry about this one

The Sugar Bowl Travesty

December 9th, 2011

The BCS selectors that put Virginia Tech and Michigan into the Sugar Bowl should be ashamed. Despite both of those teams being lower that Boise State and Kansas State in all the human rankings and all the computer rankings, the Hokies and Wolverines were granted access to the BCS bowl instead. VT and Michigan got in because they are more popular than Boise State and Kansas State, not because they had better football seasons that warranted their entry into the prestigious and lucrative bowl. That’s a complete and utter embarrassment, yet no one seems to be paying it any mind.

I don’t care that this is not a new occurrence. Virginia Tech people will harp on the fact that they were wrongfully snubbed from a BCS bowl back in 2001 when they were chosen over by a lower ranked team who was more popular. But just because this isn’t the first time that greed has trumped the sport of football itself doesn’t make it any less unfair this time around, nor does the fact that the Hokies were excluded a decade ago vindicate their criminal inclusion into one of the premiere bowls this season.

This isn’t some elementary school election where you just vote for the most popular kids in school. I’m sure the Sugar Bowl would love to have teams that travel well and will draw big TV ratings, but that sort of thing can’t be a determining factor for a sport that preaches the mantra, “every game matters.” Do you think the MLB and FOX wanted the Rays in the postseason this past October over the more popular Red Sox? Of course not, but Boston collapsed late as Tampa Bay surged and surpassed them so that was that. The play on the field determined the outcome, not the fact that the Rays don’t sell as many tickets in a three-game series as the Red Sox do in a single game or that there isn’t a strong enough Tampa contingent to get good television ratings.

On the field, it’s no contest that Boise State and Kansas State were the two teams that earned the trip to New Orleans. The Wildcats, ranked eighth in the final BCS standings, endured a grueling Big 12 season (thought to be the best conference this year, no worse than second best to the SEC) and finished the year 10-2 with wins over Baylor (12th in the final BCS) and Texas (24th in the final BCS).

Meanwhile, the Broncos, who finished seventh in the final BCS standings, went 11-1 after the regular season came to a close and notched a road win over Georgia (16th in the final BCS) to start the year to get themselves a strong out-of-conference victory.

In comparison, Virginia Tech, who closed the season 11th in the BCS standings, got the advantage of running through a weak ACC conference and defeated zero teams that finished ranked in the BCS final top-25. The best opponent Frank Beamer’s Hokies squared off against this year was Clemson (ACC Champions and 15th in the BCS final standings), who Virginia Tech played twice (once at home and once at a neutral site in the ACC Championship game). The Tigers won both of those meetings over VT in blowout fashion, with the aggregate score of the two games: 61-13 Clemson.

Michigan (13th in the final BCS) was as equally as undeserving as Virginia Tech. Like the Hokies, the Wolverines failed to win their conference, however, Michigan failed to even make it to their conference championship game. Bradie Hoke’s team notched their best win against Nebraska (20th in final BCS), and though they came from a respected conference they were fortunate to avoid Wisconsin (10th in final BCS) and Penn State (22nd in final BCS) with the way this year’s season broke.

The BCS system is far from perfect and the vast majority of Americans would rather see a playoff, but since we are not granted that pleasure then we have to make due with the system in place. This system is supposed to merge the subjective of what sports writers and coaches (who are meant to serve as expert witnesses with great knowledge of the sport) see with their own eyes and combine that with the objective of what the computers see through the numbers as how the season bore out. That balance is supposed to find the best teams, and while there are variations in some circumstances, there is no deviation from in any of the ranks that Boise State and Kansas State were superior college football teams in the 2011 season to Virginia Tech and Michigan.

Money drives the bus in all big business and college athletics, at least men’s basketball and football, is indeed just that. But no other sports organization that is taken seriously allows the greed to climb to such heights where it overthrows the product on the field itself and bastardizes the sport in order to squeeze out every penny they can manage. Just another reason to hate the BCS.