Monthly Archives: May 2009

One down, one to go…

Much to the chagrin of David Stern, Nike, Jim Henson and the basketball world outside of Orlando. The King with his 11 bubbling jesters, and a depressed city have been relegated to a fishing boat.  Memo to Danny Ferry, get Bron Bron a dynamic Robin ASAP or he is going to be saving Gotham for real in 2010.  Bring on Kobe and GO MAGIC!

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Five Wide: Friday hot off!

DING DING DING! we have a hot off folks! Vote on the Vandy eye candy! Will it be Lilli on the left or Lauren on the right. Which Kappa Kappa Gamma do you wanna wanna wanna? Post your votes in the comment section. We know its a tough decision so here are some links to past the time when your thinking about it. Let’s go five wide!

sad news today as we learn that Lee Corso had a stroke.

If you hate the New England Patriots here is a good reason to change your mind. uncoached

Motorized hot dog griller!?!?! im in! uncrate

Luigi is sick of being in Mario’s shadow. college humor

Oklahoma highway patrol will mess with anyone, even EMT’s. youtube

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The Green zone: never too early for an NFL power poll

Our NFL correspondent Ozz has been traveling all over the country visiting NFL OTA’s, interviewing coaches and players, and dissecting game tape. After going over all this information with a fine toothed comb he is finally ready to impart his knowledge on us. (Editors note: the above might not be entirely factual) Regardless, here is Ozz!

NBA and NHL seasons are winding down and we’re still a couple of months away from when the MLB starts to matter, so naturally now is the perfect time to look at football. Here’s one, very uninformed opinion on how NFL teams stack up post-draft.

1. Pittsburgh Steelers: They’re the champs and they deserve to be here. However, don’t let the trophy distract you from a season that saw Ben Roethlisberger running for his life constantly. Big Ben’s numbers saw a huge drop off from 2007 to 2008. Although he threw for more yards last year, he threw 4 more interceptions and 15 fewer TDs on a career high 469 pass attempts. The D remains one of the best, but if the Steelers don’t improve up front on offense, a repeat might not be looking too good.

2. New England Patriots: Honestly, I can’t put together an early season power poll without the Pats on it. Apparently, it’s illegal. So here they are at #2. They get Brady back and it’s very questionable that he’ll be able to return to pre-injury form in a reasonable time. Still, a gimpy Brady is better than probably 24 of the league’s starting QB’s, including Matt Cassel. We got Brady, Moss, and Welker involved, so you know the passing attack should be potent.

The real question for the offense is if they can have a “go-to” back or will the coaching staff continue using their… six-headed monster? Really, I’ve never seen more disdain on the part of a coach towards the concept of starting running back than Bill Belichick. In an era where even those in a running-back-by-committee scenario find themselves rushing for north of 1000 yards, Bill Belichick still finds a way to limit his top rusher to 700 yards and some change. Message to Bill: Even Jamal Lewis found a way to crack the 1000 yard club wearing an ankle bracelet while Derek Anderson was cashing checks on the sideline.

3. New York Giants: The Giants like to believe they were one piece away from being a dominant team. Well, more dominant than their 12-4 season suggested anyway. Perhaps overshadowed by an abysmal performance in windy conditions in the playoffs and the constant Plaxico circus, Eli actually posted his best statistical season yet as a Giant and finally finding a way to limit his INTs. The problem for the Giants last year was the red zone. The Giants made their way into the red zone 69 times this year. Tops in the league and their best mark in a decade. However, their 51% TD conversion rate ranked them 20th overall in the NFL. This, the Giants hope, will be remedied by the addition of Hakeem Nicks (who possesses Chris Webber-like hands apparently) and Ramses Barden (who’s apparently really tall). The defensive unit should see a boost with the return of Osi Umenyiora.

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Michigan adds two powerhouses to their schedule. (okay, not really)

The Ann Arbor News is reporting that The University of Michigan has filled two spots on their 2010 schedule hosting Bowling Green and UMass in back to back weekends.

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Secrets…college coaches no longer have to reveal top 25 votes

In 2005 coaches votes in the USA Today top 25 became public bringing accountablity to the voting process. But it only took three years for the coaches to say “screw accountability!” According to the gallup poll did a evaluation on the AFCA’s voting process and decided that voting in secret would be a much more “fair” way of voting. The 2009 season will remain under the current system and coaches will be able to go back in hiding in 2010.

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King James dominates

Lebron James is the best basketball player on the planet period. Forget about Kobe, D-Wade, or any other pretenders to the throne. Lebron James is king. The Magic made a huge comeback after getting decimated in the first quarter but the King just wouldn’t give up the series, not just yet.

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5 reasons to watch the Stanley Cup Finals

We have a special treat for you all today. Former Robert Morris University hockey super star Brian Panucci is joining us as a guest writer. Panucci is a hard core Penguins fan and can hardly contain himself since his squad is in the Stanley Cup finals so he was forced to put pen to paper. Take it away Panuch!

This as most of my ideas do, started as a text message then became an e-mail. I have been visiting Empty Backfield and saw a Nascar article then I figured maybe you could use a once annual NHL article.

Getting a college football crowd to watch hockey is basically like arguing to Chappelle Show’s Clayton Bigsby that Barack Obama is the right vote for President.

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Five Wide

I have been put on record that I hate The Hills and would much rather watch the spoof 7th Floor West. But with Kristin Cavallari making her spectacular reality TV comeback I might have to change my mind…Let’s go Five Wide!

Judd Apatow made a fake sitcome with Jason Schartz to promote his new movie Funny People. Check it out, its hilarious. Yo Teach!

Over at SI hot clicks you can watch Carlos Zambrano’s melt down in all of its epic glory.

Lane Kiffin has been at Tennessee now for a few months. Time for a job review.

Simona Halep is a Romanian tennis star who is thinking of making the ultimate sacrafice for her sport….breast reduction.

Speaking of breasts, have you ever had a problem telling if a pair is real? well not anymore after reading the breast test! (NSFW)

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DG – Volume II

I know it’s been a couple of days.  I promised a DG running diary live from game 3 as I scored some great seats.  Then I promised a combo report on games 3 and 4.  Well, after getting the pulse of Orlando, the pulse of Cleveland courtesy of our bitter Nascar loving Clevelandite and the pulse of the rest of America, here is what I came up with…

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Bill Simmons: The Peoples Champion

I have been reading “the sports guy” for almost 10 years now and if you are anything like me you probably have been getting tired of all his pro-boston articles. Simmons will go on and on about the celts, the pats, and the red sox that you want to take a mallet to your computer. In his defense I will say that if my favorite sports teams have been hording championships like his I probably would be doing the same thing. Though when Simmons decides to take off his Boston shaded glasses he still knows how to bring it.

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