Superbowl times folks. I gotta be honest with you, this is the first Superbowl where I kinda like both teams. I was just happy to see both the 49ers and the Patriots lose. I like Russell Wilson of the Seahawks, as he’s a class act. And I know if Pete Carrol wins a Superbowl, Jim Harbaugh is gonna commit suicide. On the other hand, Peyton Manning is the best quarterback ever and with a win in 2 weeks, he will cement his place a top the list of greatest all time. Imagine how much Bill Belichek is gonna hurt if Wes Welker wins another ring, especially after Billy had him in the doghouse last year. Either way, looks like a good matchup. Oddsmakers have Denver at -2.5 (that’s a 2.5 points favorite for you rookies) and my gut is telling me that Denver’s gonna take it. Seattle hasn’t earned its bones yet and after watching them again the 49ers, they seem to inconsistent on offense and frankly a bit nervous. The line will probably move 1 point by the end of next week so you might want to jump on the Broncos now. Either way,, should be a great game in shitty weather. Too bad my Chiefs choked away a 9-0 season and a 28 point lead against the Colts in the opening round.
Kobe Bryant returned on Sunday night after missing about 8 months of ball due to an Achilles injury. The Raptors were without Rudy Gay who just got traded to Sacramento. The Lakers, well they were without an inside presence. And so they lost.
Here are the cons of the night: Pau Gasol sucked. He was muscles around, couldn’t get a shot off, and his body language was horrible. I’m glad this is his last year in purple and gold. He also made Amir Johnson of the Raptors look like Bill Russell. Johnson finished with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Another problem is Robert Sacre. Great Mark Madsenesque cheerleader, but this guy shouldn’t be getting any minutes at this level, let alone starting for the LAKERS?!?!?! They need to start Shawne Williams. At least he opens up the floor and can hit a 3. One more problem for those Lakers’ guards,, fouling jump shooters is a no-no. Basketball 101…
As for Kobe, looked a bit rustier than I expected. Too many turnovers (8) and was trying a little too hard to be a distributor. Seems like he also lost a step and the quickness is not there anymore. I’ve gonna wait ’till I pass judgment on him but I expected more than 9 points from him.
Pros: The Lakers bench, they finally have one. Nick Young and Jodie Meeks are instant offense. Jordan Hill is a hustler. I just don’t know why he can’t develop some post moves. Xavier Henry seems a little meatheady but 17 points in 14 minutes… D’Antoni’s gotta find a way to put him in the game. This team is not a contender for the finals. IF they make the playoffs, they will get swept in the first round. But at the very least, it makes the rest of the season a bit more interesting. I gotta admit though, they played a lot better with Kobester on the bench… I’m just saying… Makes you think about that 2 year extension.
Is it just me or does Steve Nash suck? I know he’s 40 or 400 years old but the Lakers’ signing him last year was so promising…. I never thought that he would be this big of a liability. Now, he can’t play on back end of a back to back games and is constantly injured. It’s sad to see a 2 time MVP fall like this. And I’m not even talking about the heist job he’s pulling on the Lakers, 3 years at $27 million? So disappointing…. I’ve never seen a worse group of point guards on a team: Nash, Steve Blake, Jordan Farmar. Nash is average under 5 assists a game and under 7 points a game… are you kidding me? Can’t wait ’till the end of the season for the Lakers to clear up some cap space and some some real players and not these Div 3 scrubs…
7 touchdowns!!! WOW! Whoever had Peyton playing on their fantasy league probably won their week already. The passes Manning was throwing weren’t even bullets. Shows how much accuracy is more important than strength. Ask Greg Maddux. As for the Baltimore Ravens, what a difference an offseason makes. They lose 10 starters including Ed Reed and Ray Lewis and their defense couldn’t stop nobody. I’ll give them this, their offense didn’t help them out with all those 3 and outs but the Ravens look like a fraction of themselves. Manning on the other hand, 1 game, 7 touchdowns, ties an NFL records. I bet you Bill Belichik was smiling when Wes Welker fumbled that punt return in the 1st quarter but way to go Wes by rebounding with 9 catches and 2 touchdowns.
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Alex Rodriguez had his big debut in New York Friday night at home against the Detroit Tigers. The good news: Yankees won. The bad news, they did it without any help from A-Rod, who struck out 3 times and was hitless on the night. It’s kinda sad now. Remember when A-Rod was teamed up with Ken Griffey in Seattle to form one of the greatest tandems in baseball history? I don’t. You know why, because I can’t stand this guy now. He’s so fake it’s disgusting. Even his own teammates can’t stand him. The Yankees should bench this guy (which they are actually doing on Saturday to “rest” him). They’re in the thick of a pennant race and at the age of 38, a HGH/steroid-less A-Rod is not helping them out. Let’s keep it real, the Yanks aren’t making the playoffs this year but until they are mathematically out, you gotta keep putting in the best line-up.
What are the chances the Indiana Pacers beat the Miami Heat? What are the chances my San Antonio Spurs (that’s right, I said MY Spurs) can get a break this NBA Finals and play the Pacers? My guess is that the Heat will beat the Pacers in 7 but wouldn’t it have been nice if head coach Frank Vogel didn’t f-up game 1? Indiana would be up 3-1 right now and just chillin. Instead, they’re tied 2-2, and have to start from scratch. I believe the odds of winning the series are in favor of the game 5 winner so I’ll definitely be rooting for the Pacers. Indiana has played the Heat tougher than anyone this post-season and I’m giving them about a 35% chance to pull off this upset.
On a side note, I do think the NBA needs to crack down on all this flopping. It makes me sick. Back in days of the Detroit Pistons and Celtics v. Lakers, any player would get knocked out if they ever flopped like Lebron and David West did the other day. The $5,000 fine they levied on these guys is a joke (unfortunately, his name slips my mind right now). Oh well, they don’t make them like they used to and clearly the game has changed. I must say though, I’m actually enjoying these finals. If you have any good karma left, throw it the Spurs way. They deserve to win. They will win. They’re the prototypical franchise with ideal players. No complaining, no talks about contract extensions. Heck, Parker and Duncan don’t even have twitter accounts! With that said, let’s go Spurs!
Am I the only basketball fan outside of Oklahoma City that can’t stand Kendrick Perkins and Serge Ibaka? Perkins, scowl and everything, plays dirtier than most but complains about every call. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to have him on my team, but he is so dirty. Did anyone see the play against Houston last night where he HELD Chandler Parson’s hand to prevent him from playing D against a 3-point shooting Thabo Sefolosha? The worst part of it was that the ref was right there and didn’t even make the call. I understand home court but this was ridiculous. How is that basketball? You can’t see it from this pic but there’s a referee standing direclty behind Perkins.
As for Ibaka, he just annoys the heck out of me. Somebody tell him the finger wag after a block was coveted by Mutumbo. While the PF is a stud, his 13 ppg and almost 8 rpg don’t do him justice. I just don’t understand how this guy became a tough guy after just 4 years in the league? I wish the Charles Oakleys and teh Bill Laimbeers were here to knock him on his ass. And how did this guy slip to the 24th pick in the draft? Oh well, looks like the winner in the West is going to come down to the Clippers and Thunder. But the way these 2 guys are playing, I don’t think the Clippers bigs are ready to mix it.
This could be quite possibly the most boring NFL draft EVER! And the funniest part of it all is that I’m a Kansas City Chiefs’ fan. Don’t get me wrong, I know most games are won in the trenches, but how can you have an NFL draft without a stud? Where are the RGIIIs, the Andrew Lucks, the Cam Newtons? How about an Elway or Marino? For the first time in a long time, the Chiefs “won” the first pick in the draft and you’re coming at me with an ERIC FISCHER from Central Michigan? I hear the mid-American conference is a tough one. Now if Fisher turns into an Orlando Pace, you can throw it in my face, but geez, quite possibly the most boring draft ever. I guess I gotta entertain myself with “I wonder how low Mantei Teo will fall?” and Roger Goodell’s “big homie” hugs!
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If you’re wondering why the Lakers can’t get over the .500 hump, look no further then their biggest problem, coming from their biggest man, Dwight Howard. He’s shooting .485 from the free throw line. Called “free” for a reason. Called “charity stripe” for that same reason. Yet big Dwight, who runs up and down the floor so lackadaisically, just can’t seem to put it together. Imaging how frustrating it is to make a stop on the defensive end, come down with the ball, get it to the big guy who gets fouled, is sent to the line, and misses both free throws. And its not happening once a game, he went 3 for 14 from the line yesterday. I mean talk about demoralizing to the rest of the team. You can see it in Kobe’s body language. You can even see it in Nash’s body language. Missing freethrows has gotten contagious. I bet you didn’t know that Howard made 67% of his freethrows in his rookie year? Howard is a perfect headcase. You knew in the first quarter that he wasn’t gonna have a decent/respectable day from the line. You can see it in his eyes. Try to focus for pete’s sake. We’re not asking for much, just 50%. Just run up and down the court with energy. You have bad hands. That’s why people don’t pass you the ball often. You goaltend at least 1 shot a game. I’m frustrated. What good is it going to do for the Lakers to make the first round of the playoffs. So we can all watch them get swept by the Thunder? I’m predicting that they’re not going to make the playoffs so we don’t have to worry about it. The Lakers should’ve traded Howard before the deadline. Big mistake by Jimmy Buss. Then again, so was hiring D’antoni.