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A Little Less Chaos for the Redskins

28 Aug

The Washington Redskins have released popular tight-end Chris Cooley or Captain Chaos. Cooley has been with the Redskins since he was drafted back in 2004. He has a popular blog called “The Cooley Zone.” The two-time Pro Bowler will be remember for his big personality and wild hair. The Redskins released Cooley because of a serious knee injured that kept him sidelined for most of 2011. It has been reported that he doesn’t want to play for anybody else. But because of his personality he primed for television.

-M

 

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Chad Johnson Loses Everything

13 Aug

It has not been a good weekend for football player Chad Ochocinco Johnson. First on Friday Johnson drops the only pass he was given in the preseason opener game. On Saturday Johnson was arrested for head-butting his new bride/ “Basketball Wives” star Evelyn Lozada. Apparently Lozada was upset when she found a receipt for a box of condoms in the trunk of the car. She confronted Johnson only to get head-butted. Johnson claims that it was actually Lozada who head-butted him, although he didn’t have a mark on him.

Just a mere 24 hours later the Miami Dolphins decided to let Johnson go. Coach Joe Philbin says it is merely a coincidence that he is releasing Johnson after his arrest for battery. Philbin had apparently been itching to get rid of Johnson after he proven to more than a handful. Johnson thought he was the star of the Dolphins despite his terrible last season with the New England Patriots. Johnson would barge into meetings and cursed like a sailor in front of the press. Which luckily HBO has caught on tape thanks to the the “Hard Knocks” series featuring the Dolphins.

If things couldn’t get any worse Johnson just lost his up coming reality show VH1 ”Ev and Ocho”(not really sure why it’s called Ocho since he changed his name). Apparently domestic battery is the line that VH1 won’t cross when it comes to reality television. So now Johnson is wifeless, jobless, and even reality televisionless. When reality television rejects you on moral grounds you know you have problems.

-M

Trade Talks: So Where is Everyone Going?

14 Jul

It’s been a crazy trading season, like usual, so I have decided to give you an easy rundown on what is happening. Here is your trade cheat sheet.

Boston Celtics

Ray Allen bid farewell to the team in order to warm the bench in South Beach with the Miami Heat. Or as some fans refer to Allen he sold his soul to the devil. But don’t worry the Celtics have managed to hold on to big man Kevin Garnett. I know what you are thinking but Garnett is like 36 but don’t forget he can still do fist push-ups so he’s good for at least another season. The Celtics also managed to hold onto Brandon Bass, Chris Wilcox and Jeff Green. Although Green has been out to due heart surgery he may just be the it scoring factor the Celtics need.

They are still in the process of acquiring Jason Terry from the Dallas Mavericks but the paperwork should be done by the end of the week.  So don’t worry they will be fine without Allen.

The Miami Heat

Obviously the Heat are in a great position. They are coming off their championship win and they have all three major players still in place: LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, and Chris Bosh. Now they just have to hope no one gets injured. They are now just padding their bench with veteran players. Allen is the perfect example of this. Joining Allen they added Washington Wizard Rashard Lewis. Both were former Seattle Supersonic players back in the day.

One thing is clear the Heat are looking for another championship win next year.

Los Angeles Lakers

The Lakers obviously need to replace point guard Ramon Sessions since he didn’t intend to return. And aside from that the after being knocked out of the second round of the Playoffs it was obvious something needed to change. So the Lakers brought in veteran Phoenix Sun point guard Steve Nash. We can only hope he is more comfortable on the court than he looked at the ESPY awards the other night. The Lakers also managed to hold onto Devin Ebanks for another year.

Now the question is will the Lakers end up with Dwight Howard? Up until today it was looking like the Houston Rockets were going to get Howard but now the Lakers seem to be back in the mix. There is nothing official about what the deal would look like. Everyone has speculated that Andrew Bynum would be exiting as part of the deal. As a Laker fan I would gladly take Howard over Bynum even if it’s only for a year.

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The Most Confusing Trade Ever

9 Jul

So Dwight Howard has his heart on moving from the Orlando Magic to the Brooklyn Nets. In order for this to happen a bunch of other trades need to happen. It is literally an orgy of trades. I made a diagram to try to illustrate how absurd this trading situation is. Here is the easiest way I can explain it. And it is still confusing.

The Orlando Magic

Lose: Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhan, Earl Clark, and Quentin Richardson.

Gain: Brook Lopez, Luke Walton, Damion James, Shelden Williams, and Armon Johnson. They also get 3 first-round picks. Two picks from the Nets and one lottery protected pick from the Clippers.
The Brooklyn Nets

Lose: Brook Lopez, Damion James, Shelden Williams, Armon Johnson, Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, Sundiata Gaines, and MarShon Brooks. And the two first round picks to the Magic.

Gain: Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhan, and Earl Clark.

The Cleveland Cavaliers

Lose: Luke Walton

Gain: Kris Humphries, Quentin Richardson, and Sundiata Gaines.

The Los Angeles Clippers

Lose: One lottery protected pick to the Magic.

Gain: MarShon Brooks.

So who wins in all of this? I think only Dwight Howard.

-M

Ray Allen Going to South Beach?

6 Jul

Boston Celtics’ free-agent guard Ray Allen is exploring his possibilities. Just last night he was wined and dined by the Miami Heat. Allen has spent 5-years with the Celtics and I guess is feeling a little replaced by players like Avery Bradley and Jason Terry. The Heat just acquired Terry after the Davis Mavericks didn’t re-up his contract. This means that the line-up will be Bradley starting and Terry being his back-up. So where does this leave Allen? Either on the bench with the Celtics or the Heat.

The Heat are pushing really hard to sign Allen. Both LeBron James and Dwayne Wade have reached out to him on Twitter. But I were Allen and I wanted to have more playing time the Heat would not be my first choice. Both Minnesota and Memphis are interested in Allen. And although they might not looking appealing now maybe you will warm up to the idea after watching games from the sidelines with the Heat.

-M

Jeremy Lin May Be Going to the Houston Rockets??!!

5 Jul

I am just a surprised.
-M

Confessions of a Jeremy Lin Addict

Wow…all this free agency news is really keeping me on my toes. So in a surprise move, the Knicks sign Jason Kidd and the Lakers get Steve Nash. (I wonder how the Raptors are feeling right now???? Maybe something like this???)

And the image below may be a familiar sight next season, instead of the Knicks’ blue and orange. It has also been confirmed that Jeremy plans to sign Houston’s offer sheet for 4 years and $28.8 million on July 11th. The Knicks have until July 14th to match that offer. I have no doubt that the Knicks will do everything they can to match Houston’s offer. It will be tough though, since Houston backloaded their offer and the Knicks already have the expense of Amare Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Tyson Chandler, and Iman Shumpert, which equals to about $64.2 million…on top of matching what Houston is offering Jeremy for his…

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So Steve Nash . . .

5 Jul

While I was working . . .  on my tan at the beach yesterday the Los Angeles Lakers were working on acquiring point guard Steve Nash from the Phoenix Suns. They sealed the deal by giving Nash a 3 year contract for $27 million and the Suns get 4 draft picks- 1st round picks in 2013, 2015, and 2nd round picks in 2013 and 2014. Nash has played most of his career with the Suns minus a brief stint with the Dallas Mavericks. So for Suns’ fans it was a bittersweet goodbye. On one hand Nash is 38-years old and nearing the end of his career. On the other the Suns really need to be rebuilding with younger talent.

And for us Lakers fans it is a mixed bag of very different emotions. No one was particularly attached to Ramon Sessions and apparently he felt it. Sessions left quicker than he came choosing not to exercise a one-year contract with the Lakers. This left the Lakers totally dependent on Steve Blake as a starting point guard. Blake who last season averaged 5.2 points a game was not everyone’s first choice. So they decided to fix the problem by acquiring Nash.

So the Lakers went from inexperienced Sessions to over the hill Nash. Wait didn’t the Lakers just get rid of Derek Fisher because he was aging out? And Fisher is a year younger than Nash. Anyways I digress from the point.

The Good News: Nash is a great players and definitely a very well liked person. It will nice to see two NBA idols, Kobe Bryant and Nash play together. And with the acquiring Nash it is looking less likely that Pau Gasol will be traded. This move definitely puts the Lakers in a better position for the Playoffs next year.

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Kevin Garnett Staying With the Celtics

30 Jun

Kevin Garnett resigned with the Boston Celtics. Garnett is 36 and there were talks of him retiring. Instead he resigned a three-year contract. The contract is worth $34 million dollars. Unlike some other free-agents from the Celtics Garnett didn’t want to play with anyone but coach Doc Rivers.

The other free-agents on the Celtics are: Ray Allen, Brandon Bass, Marquis Daniels, Keyon Dooling, Jeff Green, Ryan Hollins, Sasha Pavlovic and Mickael Pietrus. The Phoenix Suns are strongly pursing Allen because they will most likely lose their scorers Grant Hill and Steve Nash. The Miami Heat are also pursing Allen. The Celtics want to keep Allen but may have trouble competing with the big bucks the Suns will be slamming down.

-M

Everybody Loves Peyton

8 Mar

Peyton Manning was single for about a minute before receiving 12 calls from prospective teams. Manning is saying that he will pick a team in the next week. The list of potentials include: Arizona Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks, Washington Redskins, Miami Dolphins, Kansas City Chiefs(Why they still have this mascot is beyond me?), Denver Broncos, and New York Jets. The two that seem most unlikely from this list are Denver Broncos and New York Jets. The Broncos have a little known QB by the name of Mr. Tim Tebow so I’m not sure how that would work out. It feels a little like he is the hot girl in high school who is suddenly single and everybody wants him but doesn’t quite know what to do when they get him.

My money is on the Dolphins.

 

 

Bye-Bye Peyton

7 Mar

It has finally happened the Colts, like any middle aged man, have traded in their older model QB Peyton Manning for a new hot thing Stanford’s Andrew Luck. Manning is $28 million richer poorer and a free-agent. The question is still how good is Manning post surgery? Will he recover enough to make a difference to another team? It obvious that Irsay didn’t think he could make a comeback. For all the older divorced women out there who lost their husbands to 20 somethings I hope that Manning comes back. Regardless it will definitely be a rebuilding year for the Colts.