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Posted on: May 22, 2011 12:42 pm
 

And tne 2011 NBA Finals will be ..

Eastern Conference - Potentially, the winner of the 2011 NBA Finals will come from the EC.  Chicago Bulls v. Miami Heat .. this is what good basketball is all about.  Superstars abound and for starters, we have Derrick Rose, MVP this year with underachieving but always tough PF Carlos Boozer, SF Luol Deng, and C Joakim Noah.  This is a front court heavy team with the excellent play of Rose.  We also have for the Heat, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade with Chris Bosh.  The Heat's Big 3.  This is a classic EC matchup and when things get physical, the Bulls and Heat know how to play at a higher level.  LOOK for the Bulls to pull this series out 4-3.

Western Conference - This series is not all about Dirk Nowitzki though he plays a huge role for the Dallas Mavericks.  Nowitzki is playing great basketball and his teammates are finally supporting him.  Oklahoma City Thunder are still an inexperienced group lead by second Most Valuable Player, Kevin Durant.  This is an outside shooter's series with Nowitzki coming up huge so far.  EXPECT the Mavs to continue to the '11 NBA Finals 4-2.

Chicago Bulls v. Dallas Mavericks.
Category: NBA
Posted on: June 7, 2010 9:46 pm
 

Saints ^|^ great team, better people

New Orleans Saints players visiting the Gulf of Mexico area is a joy to read midst this tragic story of loss.  Saints are a great team!  They are even better people!  GEAUX SAINTS!
Category: NFL
Posted on: June 7, 2010 8:49 pm
 

LeBron6 a Bull

So I'm watching a sports channel and I'm hearing that the next superstar to lead a team to dynasty championship level status may move from his hometown team of Cleveland to Chicago.  LeBron James has nothing to prove.  If he retired today and he won't - he's got a decade of greatness to go - LeBron6 is a first ballot Hall of Famer.  True, no title .. yet.  In his prime .. sure.  But, some would disagree and say that without at least one NBA Finals title, LeBron James is not necessarily a HOFer.  This bears comment.  Firstly, no one noticed that LeBron is going from Cleveland to their rival Chicago Bulls?  In an age where money and endorsements go hand-in-hand & titles equal professional basketball status, LeBron is bolting (potentially) his beloved hometown team for the lights of Chicago.  This is alright, but I believe LBJ would be acknowledging that he doesn't just need but is obliged to win a title or 2 (more??) for his team.  He does not need to prove this to me.  I sincerely would be just as impressed by the power and courage of LeBron James if he stayed in his hometown to play possibly for a great head coach candidate in Tom Izzo.  Or, if LBJ joined the New York Knicks and patiently played while the Knickerbocker management built his kind of team around him.  True, a title may be waited for a bit longer, but LeBron would look good in a Knicks #6 uniform.  Chcago Bulls were and in many ways are still Michael Jordan's team.  With Phil Jackson as head coach and Scottie Pippen and Horace Grant, John Paxson and Billy Cartwright, B.J. Armstrong and John Salley, Bill Wennington and Toni Kukoc, His Airness built the Bulls into the pro basketball team of the 1990's and quite possibly greatest ever for a decade.  Can LeBron carry the torch?  Yes.  But, what about the Cavaliers fans and the team that needs him just as much, the Knicks?  LeBron6 it is up to you, but you have nothing to prove already.  The King is the alltime best forward the NBA has ever seen.
Posted on: March 8, 2010 9:52 pm
 

Suh or Bradford: the Number One pick

April 22 will determine who the Saint Louis Rams and Detroit Lions draft in this year's NFL draft.  The two top players available are Nebraska's tough defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh and Oklahoma's gifted quarterback Sam Bradford.  The Rams are apparently leaning towards the QB of the Sooners, Bradford.  He is an accurate passer with some intangibles that another great Sooner QB had.  One Troy Aikman, Oklahoma 1984-1985.  Sam Bradford is a more than capable NFL ready quarterback with the 2008 Heisman Trophy as a redshirt sophomore.  Strong armed at 6'4'' 236 pounds, Sam Bradford should be a solid Ram just as Marc Bulger finishes a good career in Saint Louis.  But, I don't know what it is.  Maybe a gut feel.  Maybe after watching many years of football.  But, I like Ndamukong Suh to make a HOF-like impact on the Detroit Lions (or Rams if they choose him).  This guy's an absolutely outstanding defensive tackle.  Listed at 6'3'' 307 pounds, Suh makes offensive linemen work harder with his pass rushing and run stopping.  I have witnessed the great Reggie White and maybe one day we will mention Ndamukong Suh as the definitive DT of all time.  Suh is that good.  That strong.  He'd make a great Lion but should be the #1 pick by the Saint Louis Rams.

In other NFL draft previews, watch out for Gerald McCoy to be the number 3 selection by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Followed by Russell Okung to the Washington Redskins, Bryan Bulaga to the Kansas City Chiefs, Eric Berry to the Seattle Seahawks and Joe Haden to the Cleveland Browns.  Should be a very good draft this year!

Category: NFL Draft
Posted on: January 17, 2010 11:43 pm
 

road to Super Bowl XLIV

Are we there yet?  This journey of an NFL season that seems to date back a long time ago.  That witnessed not one but 2 different teams in both conferences challenge but ultimately fall short of a perfect season.  Some quick review shows me that the MVP and player of the year awards were gratiously presented to two outstanding players:  Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts and Chris Johnson of the Tennessee Titans.  What about the likes of Drew Brees of the New Orleans Saints and Adrian Peterson of the Minnesota Vikings?  How about Darrelle Revis of the New York Jets winning a defensive player of the year award instead of Charles Woodson of the Green Bay Packers?  Well, the truest award presented will take place in 3 Sundays from now.  The Super Bowl Vince Lombardi Trophy.  Manning is a candidate for leading his Colts into the AFC Championship game.  He is truly a great quarterback.  There was Slingin' Sammy Baugh, Otto Graham, Johnny Unitas and Bart Starr, Joe Namath, Terry Bradshaw and Roger Staubach, Joe Montana and Steve Young, Dan Marino, Troy Aikman, Brett Favre and Tom Brady.  But, no great quarterback has won the MVP a record 4 times!  What an astounding feat.  What a living legend.  This former Tennessee Volunteer may indeed be the greatest quarterback and greatest football player this generation or any generation has or will ever see!  Chris Johnson is a better running back than Adrian Peterson.  He is a force but his Titans did not make the playoffs though close.  Charles Woodson made it clear that the 2009-2010 NFL season may be about comeback players who make an impact what with Woodson and Brett Favre leading the way back!  But, lets talk January to February football.  Lets talk about Peyton yes, but also about 3 players who are special ... real special to their teams successes.  Drew Brees is my personal co-MVP for this year.  I guess he has to do it again in 2010-2011 to get the MVP award and HIS name mentioned with the elite quarterbacks ever to play in the National Football League.  Breesy is a tough guy with the linebackers antiglare always under his eyes.  Number 9 is as important to his teams successes as ANY single football player today.  He is the one who makes the Saints juggernaut offense motor.  Watch out rest of the league for Drew Brees!  Adrian Peterson is the second best running back in the game, arguably the best if not for Johnson.  AP runs like a bigger version of (gasp!) Barry Sanders.  Future Hall of Famer to be sure, #28 is a shifty powerful runner.  Watch the number of touches he makes and his impact with the big play Saints defense.  What a match up!!  Finally, the New York Jets have a budding superstar and household name in Darrelle Revis.  Number 24 leads the vaunted Jets defense that is in large, a no superstar laden defense but a unit of one.  Who under Head Coach Rex Ryan harasses you like few since the elder's 46 defense.  Revis' interception was amazing and he never quits.  A winner all the way!

Who do I have in this NFL tournament of a kind:  the Championship game.  I like the Vikings and Jets.  They are solid teams especially the Vikings defense and Jets defense.  But, give me the Indianapolis Colts and New Orleans Saints in SB XLIV.  This is what we've been waiting for this big game.  Every NFL and sports fan will be amazed at the competitiveness of this classic match up.  Cerebral Head Coaches Jim Caldwell and Sean Payton will lead as Peyton vs. Drew, Colts O vs. Saints D, Colts D vs. Saints O makes this road to the Super Bowl simply awesome.
Category: NFL
Posted on: January 8, 2010 11:37 pm
 

tournaments

Alabama Crimson Tide rolled to a 37-21 victory against a game but Colt McCoy-less Texas Longhorns squad.  I had Bama over the Horns 48-20 in my pregame discussions.  I like Heisman Trophy winner RB Mark Ingram.  Actually saw a nice interview with this winner before the game and concluded Bama would win.  With a staunch defense and like him or not HOF caliber Head Coach Nick Saban.  Actually, I like the QB for the Tide, Greg McElroy.  This youngster has some nice tools and he is a winner.  Don't get me wrong.  Colt McCoy and then Gilbert are marquee players.  But, I like McElroy after seeing the Tide defeat the Florida Gators in the vaunted SEC Championship game.

How about this team?  14-0 in the toughest college football conference bar none.  A victory over the Longhorns and it absolutely cements the Tide for 2009-2010 to be a great championship squad.  Lets see how many future pros we saw last night for the Horns and especially the Tide!

Now I have the hammer wielding Boise State Broncos as the season ending #2 team of the nation.  How would a tournament for college football sound at this stage of the game?  A little less Spring football to commence and gimme more tournament like action!  How about a BCS final game of Alabama v. Texas with the other major bowls contributing their winners?  This year it could size up to this type of seedings:

1.  Southeast:  Alabama Crimson Tide; Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

2.  Northeast:  Iowa Hawkeyes; Florida Gators

3.  Midwest:  Ohio State Buckeyes; Cincinnati Bearcats

4.  Southwest:  USC Trojans; Texas Christian Horned Frogs

5.  Far West:  Boise State Broncos; Oregon Ducks
Therefore, next Saturday (1/9), we would have a playoffs such as:

Alabama 38, GT 26

Florida 37, Iowa 24

Ohio State 23, Cinci 21

TCU 37, USC 27

Boise State 41, Oregon 31

Alabama would receive a 3 week's bye for being BCS finals champs.  Therefore, on 1/16, this is the slate:

Florida 24, Ohio State 21 (OT)

Boise State 27, TCU 24

Following a 2 week off scheduling, the playoff could continue with:

Boise State over Florida

leading to a Alabama v. Boise State "College Football Super Bowl."

It would occur on the Saturday before the Professional Football Super Bowl.  It would be classic.  More parties and enjoyment before a Super Bowl would occur that whole weekend!  Just a thought ... maybe one year.
Category: NCAAF
 
 
 
 
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