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What’s With All the Groin Punching?

10 Aug

This Olympics in basketball may inspire future Olympians to invest in some serious groin armor. First it was Team USA’s Carmelo Anthony who was struck in the groin during a jump shot by Argentina’s Pablo Campazzo. More recently French player Nicolas Batum punched Spain’s Juan Carlos Navarro in the groin on Wednesday. The move was a calculated foul by France who wanted to regain control of the ball with only 23 seconds left in the game. There was also speculation that France thought Spain had lost a previous game just to avoid playing Team USA.

Despite the painful foul Spain beat France, 66-59. Then today Spain went on to beat Russia, 67-59. Now Spain, the defending silver medal winners, will go on to play Team USA on Sunday. Team USA will play Argentina today to secure their gold medal spot for Sunday. But I think we all know how that game will turn out.

-M

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The Greatest Athletes in the World

9 Aug

While Usain Bolt was prancing around proclaiming himself to be the best athlete in the world . . . Ashton Eaton and Trey Hardee were busy getting medals for actually being the world’s greatest athletes. For the first time in 56 years the US has won gold and silver in the decathlon. Eaton took home the gold with 8,869 points. Hardee (one of the hottest Olympians) finished second with 8,671 points. The points are accumulated over 10 events over two days. The events include: 100 meters, long jump, shot put, high jump, 400 meters, 110 meter hurdles, discus throw, pole vault, javelin throw, and 1500 meters.
This is the first medal for 24-year old Eaton who got the Olympic record in the trials with a score of 9,039 points. Hardee was more than happy to get silver after fouling out in the pole vault in Beijing. It was a truly great accomplishment for both men.

-M

 

 

Heat for the WIN! Boom Shaka Laka!

17 Jun

Great analysis here. Enjoy.
-M

Meaningless Words from a Princess

Today’s game was AMAZING!

I was only able to catch the 2nd half since HD ABC wouldn’t play at the TV at work which kinda majorly sucked. But it happens that way sometimes. These jerks who ordered food came to watch the game so I was kind of happy that it wasn’t playing on the TV. Karma’s a bitch.

But my biggest thought for today is WHAT IS GOING ON WITH WADE TONIGHT? 5 Turnovers is NOT OKAY. Stop being pressured into a turnover, why didn’t anyone have his back? So many needless bad passes and hesitations by Wade. We need to work on that yeah?

And for Chris Bosh, it’s just like Mark said, you’re a big man so finish the game! A foul doesn’t mean you can just throw up the ball all willy nilly! Take it to the hoop! But amazing job on those block shots! You’re…

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Heat Adjust Beat Thunder, 100-96

15 Jun

I had a sneaking suspicion that the Miami Heat were going to figure out a way to come back. I just have an image of LeBron James crying after Game 1 against the Thunder about how he was never going to get a ring. The Heat started out Game 2 strong putting the Thunder in a 17-point hole. James managed to control Kevin Durant and score 32 points at the same time. Durant still managed to score 32 points for the Thunder but was not able to facilitate plays like he was in Game 1.

Dwayne Wade definitely step-up to the plate this game(I’m sure James was pushing him) and scored 24 points. Chris Bosh rejoined the Heat’s starting line-up and helped with 16 points and 15 rebounds. And my favorite Heat player, Shane Battier, did an amazing 17 points. This is Battier first Finals despite being in the NBA for a billion years. It is pretty clear without his outside shots the Heat would not have been able to win.

It clear moving forward that the key for the Thunder is going be not giving the ball to Russell Westbrook for 3’s. He was missing field shots left and right last night and giving the Heat a lot of rebound opportunities. Despite that Westbrook still managed to score 27 points. The extra push last night for the Thunder really came from the offense of James Harden with 21 points.

And the Thunder might just have won last night if it weren’t for the refs making a bad call. With 7.2 seconds on the clock Durant went in for running dunk only be held back by James. Durant missed the shot and worse he managed to give James two foul shots. It was clear to almost everyone that the foul should have been on James not Durant. James made his two free throws and sealed the win for the Heat.

This series is only going to get more interesting. Can’t wait for Game 3 on Sunday in Miami.

-M

Jay Pharoah on First Take

6 Jun

Finally the meeting we have all been hoping for has happened. ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith and his impersonator from SNL’s Jay Pharaoh were in the same room. And honestly, I can’t tell who is better at being Stephen A. Smith, himself or Pharaoh. Pharoah also delighted the audiences with several other impressions running together. He Eddie Murphy, Denzel Washington and Charles Barkley. I let you try to guess which one is which.

Not only that but he made a funny impression of Celtics’ Paul Pierce running then immediately falling for a foul. Claiming Pierce is a ‘diva.’  In response to this impression Pierce tweeted, “Who is Jay Pharaoh?” Which is probably the best comeback he could do.

-M

Oh Spurs It’s Hurts Me to Watch

3 Jun

I’m sorry for delay in covering the Game 4 of the Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs match-up. I may have had a little too much to drink and am just recalling what actually happened in Saturday night’s game. I remember something about Ryan Seacrest, man that guy is everywhere. I can’t believe Seacrest could get tickets but Lil Wayne couldn’t, I think we see the Thunder’s standards for celebrity courtsiders.  The Thunder again dominated Spurs and won, 109-103. Which I know looking at it doesn’t seem that bad but it did not feel like a close game. The Spurs didn’t seem like they were in a rush to close the gap in the 3rd and 4th quarter.

The closet the Spurs got was within 4 points only to be smacked back down by Kevin Durant with 16 points in 5 minutes. It kind of felt like the Spurs just didn’t care. Like they are just killing time until they have the home court advantage again in Game 5 on Monday. And now all the sports announcer who used to say, ‘No question the Spurs will win the series’ are now changing their tunes to ‘I always secretively thought the Thunder would win.’

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Mets Have No Hitter. . . Could They Get Fans Next?

1 Jun

Johan Santana pitched the first no hitter in the history of the New York Mets franchise Friday against the St. Louis Cardinals. To put this in perspective they have played 8,020th games since 1962 without a single no hitter game. The Mets beat the Cardinals, 8-0. The no hitter almost didn’t happen when Carlos Beltran hit a line drive (the hitter hits straight out) over third base in the sixth inning that hit the foul line. The ball should have been considered in but wasn’t. Maybe this is a reason they should have instant replay in baseball. But no one really wants to examine this because they are so happy the Mets actually got a no hitter.

Let’s focus on the positive. Mets’ Mike Baxter made a great catch in the left field and ran into the wall in the process. Don’t worry he’s fine now. It was so sad to watch the no hitter game and there are empty seats everywhere. As a Mets’ fan I am very happy for them and maybe this will spark the secret fan base out there.

-M

Spurs get ‘Nasty’ on the Court

30 May

 

And by get nasty . . . I mean win. Tuesday night’s Game 2 between Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs was not what I expected. It was probably not what the Thunder expected either. The Thunder trailed for entire game. The closest the Thunder came was within 6 points. It was like after Game 1 the Spurs really looked at their plays and reworked them to match the Thunder. And the Thunder well they just seemed utterly lost at how to beat the Spurs.

The Spurs won their 20th straight game beating the Thunder, 120-111. I should note that the Thunder are the first team to make it to a 100 points against the Spurs. Kevin Durant put up 31 points for the Thunder. Russell Westbrook had 27 points and James Harden had 30 points. And despite all of that scoring the Thunder still lost. Whatever was working for the Thunder before certainly isn’t working now.

Tony Parker (who shockingly gets very little attention in the NBA) scored 34 points. Manu Ginobili kept up his break out Game 1 appearance and scored 20 points. The biggest thing you notice while watching the Spurs is there ability to share the ball. When you look at the scoring stats it’s not just a few key people making points. Continue reading

Let the Sweeping Begin: Heat Win, 93-79

28 May

The Miami Heat as expected beat the Boston Celtics for Game 1 Monday night in Miami. The Celtics were keeping up for the first half but slowly went down hill in the third quarter. At this point all you can hope is that the Celtics give it their best and try keep some of their dignity in this series. For the Celtics Kevin Garnett was trying to be the whole team but it just didn’t work. He scored 23 points and had 10 rebounds. Poor recovering Ray Allen couldn’t make a free throw. And don’t even get me started on their lack of defense and guarding. My message to the Celtics would be, “Yes Miami is big and strong but don’t be scared to get in there.” The Celtics did keep the Heat from making as many 3 pointers but then seemed to open wide for them to come in and dunk.

LeBron James scored 32 points and had 13 rebounds. Right behind him was Dwanye Wade who scored 22 points, 10 of them in the 4th quarter alone. There was sold support for the Heat from conference final virgin Shane Battier who put up 10 points and 10 rebounds.

This is going to be short and not so exciting sweet series if the Celtics don’t bump things up a notch.

-M

 

Who Should the Lakers Drop?

22 May

This is the second year that the Los Angeles Lakers have exited the Playoffs after Round 2. The first question all Lakers fans are asking is: what will change next year? Everyone has their personal predictions and thoughts on the matter. Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons to cutting people.

Mike Brown (He’s my vote) 

Pro: There is something not working chemistry wise with the Lakers. Yes the Oklahoma City Thunder are young and passionate but why didn’t Brown try to adjust for them. Brown is a great coach for the regular season but not for the Playoffs. As Kobe Bryant is getting older they need a coach who is going to take them all the way. Brown doesn’t seem to have the ability to cope with the egos of Bryant or Andrew Bynum.

Con: Brown has improved the Lakers defense. The Lakers seem to be happy with Bryant running the team and Brown being the public figure. If they bring in someone new know that doesn’t mess with Bryant it could just make things worse.

Andrew Bynum

Pro: If you trade Bynum you can get more bang for your buck. He is worth more than any potential trade with the exception of Bryant which will never happen. Bynum is not consistent and this is a real problem. He has the potential to be an amazing point guard but only if everything is in his favor. The best part is that Bynum gave a quote last night saying,’It doesn’t really matter to me. I’ll play anywhere.” Which to me is basically the preemptive cover your ass break-up line like “I was going to break-up with you first.”

Con: Bynum has some amazing potential and is still very young. If you trade him to another team you risk having to compete against him. Basically in girl terms you don’t want to be the starter wife for a guy who then goes out and makes millions.

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