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Ever Seen A Court Come Together?

Posted in Sports with tags , , , on March 20, 2010 by sportsguru09
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2010 Overrated Bracket Buster Tourney Teams

Posted in Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on March 17, 2010 by sportsguru09

As we approach the 24 hour time period before March Madness really begins, I have to vent about a few teams that I simply tired of hearing about in the media and in the college ranks. Take a look and let me know what you think about these 3 ghosts of March. No way any of the 3 stand a chance to cut down the nets in Indy…

1. Purdue Boilermakers

Honestly, has anyone heard of Robbie Hummel? If you have, you know that he is the biggest talent on Matt Painter’s Purdue roster. As the backbone and only leader on the team, Hummel is an All-American. However, if you haven’t realized it, he’s nowhere to be found, out with an ACL injury through the rest of the 2009-2010 season. What does this mean? It means no chance for the Boilermakers to make a run at the NCAA title. Already given the privilege of getting a more-than-generous #4 seed in the South Region, Purdue isn’t making it out of the 1st Round, let alone cutting down the nets in Indy in a few weeks. Matched up against an always dangerous, and proven Siena team, Purdue simply doesn’t score enough points without Hummel to be anywhere near a “true” #4 seed. Come on NCAA Committee, what are you thinking here? Maybe they did it for such a high potential for ratings when Siena knocks off Painter’s club. I mean, for goodness sakes, Siena is close to being favored in the game according to Vegas. Look for Painter’s bunch to take a backseat to Siena’s speedy and guard heavy squad in the 1st Round. Sorry Boilermaker fans, No Hummel = No Championship.

2. Ohio State Buckeyes

Evan Turner this, Evan Turner that. Come on guys, can we get off the Evan Turner bandwagon now? Most people hate OSU (rightfully so), but have begun to take a ride on the Tuner bandwagon all the way to a potential NCAA championship. Let me start by saying that I agree that Turner is a great player. He is a one man wrecking crew. However, we must remember that this tournament format pits the best teams in the country against each other, in a race to win 6 games and grab a plaque in April. Turner has done a great job so far carrying the weight of an entire basketball program on his back. That job will be too much come the end of March. In this style of tourney, I absolutely cannot give a team that has one “proven” player a chance at winning the title. It’s too much pressure, too much to carry throughout 6 hard-fought games in the NCAA bracket. Sure they’ll win two or three games, but when they match up against Kansas later in the tournament, an exhausted Evan Turner has ABSOLUTELY NO SHOT at taking down Bill Self’s experienced and NBA-ready Kansas Jayhawks. The OSU Buckeyeres? Very overrated. Wow, this sounds a lot like college football season. I mean, I guess that’s what happens when you play a cake schedule, right OSU fans? Get a grip…

3. Tennessee Volunteers

Bruce Pearl, how I loathe you and your Orange suits. What do I hate more? Your athletic team’s massive underachievement and laziness. The only way Wayne Chism actually proves his worth is by wearing his headband awkwardly on his hand. One week, they’ll go out and be the best team in the country. The next week they can’t roll with the bottom of the barrell in the SEC. Shouldn’t that orange suit be lucky or something Bruce? I hope so because there is absolutely no other reason that anyone in their right mind would wear it. Watch out for Sand Diego State, watch out! If your team does their usual Jekyll and Hyde performance, the #6 seed could easily, and likely fall in the 1st weekend. With so much talent, it’s a shame that it will and has gone to waste. Stick to football Volunteers…

2010 March Madness Sleepers….

Posted in College Basketball, Sports with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 16, 2010 by sportsguru09

Another year, another March, another month of Madness. That’s right folks, it’s a new year and a new bracket of teams with no hope, some hope, or a good chance of cutting down the nets in Indianapolis. March Madness 2010As everyone scrambles to start filling out fifteen different scenario-pending brackets, we all bask in the glory and anticipation of a tournament filled with buzzer beaters, upsets, and the potential for a #1 seed to finally bite the bullet and get canned in the first weekend (except my Blue Devils). Trust me, if Duke gets canned, you won’t hear much more from me in the latter half of March. The Thursday deadline is approaching fast so let’s kick the Madness off with a few upset specials I’ve got up my sleeve….

1. Temple vs. Cornell in the Round of 64

Yes, I know everyone likes Temple and their guard play this year. But you know what? Cornell is one of the best 3-point shooting teams in the country. They fire up threes like the ball is on fire. With any space, a 3-ball is headed toward the rim from the Big Red. Cornell is one of the leaders in the clubhouse in 3-point percentage and attempts in the NCAA Division 1, and there’s no reason to be gun-shy here in the tournament. I mean, for goodness sakes, Andy Bernard (the Office) went there, so they must be good. With that Ivy League brain power, they might very well just have the fortitude and the swagger to knock off Temple. As we all know, the 5-12 matchup is always an intriguing one. Every year, at least one 12 seed does its thing and takes care of business against an often too-comfortable 5 seed. Look for this year to be no different.

2. Notre Dame vs. Villanova in the Sweet 16

Let’s skip a few rounds and head on to the Sweet 16 where I really like Notre Dame to upset a very overrated Villanova Wildcat team. With Harangody back and Little-Hansborough playing well from the perimeter, Notre Dame has taken on an identity that was present with the ballclub last year. I know the ‘Cats still have Scottie Too Hottie and an array of guards, but there is not one soul on the Villanova that can truly contain Cool Hand Luke in the paint. If the Fighting Irish make it this far and Villanova doesn’t lay an egg against Richmond in Round 2, look for the Green and Gold to fight on and lose to Duke in the Elite 8.

3. Florida vs. The West Region

All I have heard this week is “Oh, my Hokies didn’t make it, what is the committee thinking?” or “My Hokies or My Bulldogs deserve a spot in the NCAA Tournament.” Well, to be quite honest, they might as well go ahead and worry about the NIT because neither Miss. State, nor VA Tech had a chance of cutting down the nets anyways. Who got in instead? My super sleeper team, the Florida Gators. Watch out folks, watch out for the Gators to come chompin’ on your doorstep. Billy Donovan is a prove winner and his team ALWAYS plays well during tourney time. Now that they’ve been given a chance by the NCAA committee, count on them to prove their worth in the West Region. Not only do I have them upsetting BYU in Round 1, but I have them taking down Kansas State to secure a spot in the Elite 8, where they will eventually succumb to their Orange counterpart, Syracuse and Jim Beoheim. Florida is deep with young talent, they endured a learning season in the brutal SEC, and have a young star by the name of Chandler Parsons who can light it up from 3-point land or dribble to the basket among the trees. No one has heard a lot about Florida this year, but any team coached by Donovan makes me a believer. Everyone is on the K State bandwagon, but watch them unravel under the pressure when they face the Gators early into March Madness. I like Florida and their potential here, and why not? No one’s ever able to “call” the next George Mason run in the tourney….da Gators have the best chance of anyone. Count it, and the foul.

I Hope Paulus Looks Good In Orange…

Posted in College Football with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 15, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Associated Press

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Greg Paulus is returning home to Syracuse to play football. The former Duke point guard will enroll in graduate school at Syracuse and try to make a comeback in football for the Orange, he said Thursday. “My gut and my heart were telling me that (Syracuse) was the best place for me,” Paulus said from Durham, N.C., during a conference call.

“It got me thinking, got me throwing again (and) once I got doing that, the itch and the desire came back,” Paulus said. “To have this opportunity where I have two sports, and to be able to do them both at the college level, it’s something that’s pretty unique and special.”

He said he called new Orange coach Doug Marrone on Thursday morning to notify him of his decision. SyracuseOrangeThe three-year starting guard graduated from Duke earlier this month. He has one season of eligibility remaining and can play immediately if he receives a waiver from the NCAA. Marrone was not available and could not comment on the announcement because the NCAA paperwork has not been completed, university officials said.

Paulus was a record-setting high school quarterback in high school at Christian Brothers Academy, located less than a mile from Marrone’s office, and now has a legitimate chance at Syracuse, a proud program that’s fallen on hard times. “I’ve seen a lot of great years at Syracuse,” Paulus said.

The Orange hired Marrone in December to resurrect the team he once played for — Syracuse has gone 10-37 over the past four seasons. greg-paulus-picHe already has moved former starting quarterback Andrew Robinson to tight end and demoted Cam Dantley, last year’s starter, to backup behind redshirt freshman Ryan Nassib, who has never thrown a college pass.

Paulus said Marrone has made “no promises, no guarantees” about playing time. At CBA, Paulus was one of the nation’s top prep quarterbacks. As a senior running a potent spread offense, he threw for 3,700 yards and 43 touchdowns in a 13-0 season. He finished his prep career with 11,763 yards and 152 touchdowns passing.

DukeBlueDevilsMiami and Notre Dame offered him football scholarships, and he received a basketball offer from Syracuse before choosing to play basketball at Duke. For most of the past four years, his only flirtation with football came when he threw the ball around with his younger brother, Mike, a quarterback at North Carolina.

Having been away from the game for so long has raised doubts about whether Paulus, at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds, can succeed at the Division I level, especially for a team like Syracuse, which has struggled to build a solid offensive line.

“There’s going to be challenges along the way with getting into football shape, learning the system, getting back to speed,” Paulus said. “It’s a different challenge, and it’s one that I’m looking forward to.”

Since Paulus did not redshirt and will complete his degree at Duke in four years, he can go to graduate school elsewhere and compete right away if he is granted the waiver. Paulus said he plans to drive back to Syracuse in the coming days to deal with the necessary paperwork.

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My Worst Nightmare…

Posted in College Basketball with tags , , , , , , , on May 13, 2009 by sportsguru09

The title speaks for itself…gross…

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Cuban’s An Idiot, Bashes KMart’s Mom…

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 12, 2009 by sportsguru09

It’s official, Mark Cuban is a moron and a total idiot. Taunting Kenyon Martin’s mother? Are you serious Mark? mark_cubanThat’s a good way to get your you know what kicked in front of 30,000 fans, in Denver or Dallas for that matter. Mr. Cuban, have you ever seen K-Mart? He’s thug nasty and would not hesitate to paste your face to the ground. Not a bright idea big guy, I’m just saying…

In the aftermath of Game 3 of the Denver Nuggets-Dallas Mavericks NBA Playoff series, Cuban blew off steam pacing down the hallway into the Mavs’ locker room after the officials blew a late second call to give the Nuggets and ‘Melo the win. On the way down the tunnel, he ran into K-Mart’s dear mother and told her that her son was a “thug” and a “punk.” I’m stunned…If Mrs. Martin would’ve punched Cuban right there in the face, no one, not even on the Dallas sideline would’ve blinked an eye and likely would’ve dapped her up. DenverNuggetsMainLogoCuban’s a jerk, a drama queen, and a cry baby. Just because your Mavs can’t win in the playoffs and every year they are overrated Mr. Cuban, it doesn’t mean you should attack other people’s mothers. It’s just not polite sir. Could you have laid a Mrs. Martin-Mark Cuban beatdown on your conscious? I think not. Oh and in case you were wondering, in a fight, I’d bet on K-Mart’s momma dukes. For goodness sakes, where do you think he learned to be so “street?”

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All Hail King James…

Posted in NBA with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2009 by sportsguru09

Courtesy of the Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) — Unstoppable at both ends of the floor this season, Cleveland superstar LeBron James is the NBA’s Most Valuable Player.

James, who led Cleveland to a team record 66 regular-season wins and the top overall seed in the playoffs, will receive the award Monday afternoon, a person with knowledge of the choice told The Associated Press. red-cares-lebron-james-400a120706James has chosen Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary High School, his alma mater, as the site for the award presentation, said the person who spoke on condition of anonymity because the official announcement has not been made.

James is the first Cavaliers player to win the award. The 24-year-old averaged 28.4 points, 7.6 rebounds and 7.2 assists this season, his sixth as a pro. He also finished second in voting for defensive player of the year, making him perhaps the league’s most dominant two-way player since Michael Jordan.

At 24 years, 106 days, James is the youngest player to win the award since Moses Malone (24 years, 16 days) in 1978-79. Wes Unseld was 23 when he won it in 1968-69.lebron-james-wallpaper

Focused from the start of the 2008-09 season, the 6-foot-8, 250-pound James sharpened his magnificent skills this season.

He started a career-high 81 games and set personal bests in field-goal (49) and free-throw (79) percentages. James became just the second player to post five straight seasons of at least 27 points, six rebounds and six assists. The other is Oscar Robertson, whose well-rounded game is the one James’ is most often compared.

James was in a three-way battle all season with Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant and Miami’s Dwyane Wade for MVP honors. lebron20james20-20dunker1The trio — teammates last summer on the U.S. Olympic team that won gold — seemed to upstage each other on a nightly basis.

It’s not a surprise that the loyal James would select his high school for the ceremony. It’s where he won three state basketball championships and where he burst onto the national scene, becoming a cover subject for Sports Illustrated as a 17-year-old. He announced his intention to skip college in the Fighting Irish’s quaint gym and recently filmed a “60 Minutes” interview there.

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