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Sorry for the lack of articles guys, I’ve been on this trip and just very busy. I flew in this morning and promise some new stuff soon, NBA Power Rankings and Tackle Tuesday will still go up this week
Still blogging from the road and currently in Iowa as this posts, I bring you guys another Friday Football Forecast. Hope you guys enjoy it and let me know what you think, I want to make sure this motion sickness from the car-ride is worth it
Redskins vs. Falcons:
The Redskins are coming off their first week of the season that didn’t involve any drama, and that’s only because they’re coming off of a bye week. The Falcons, meanwhile, are coming off a loss to the Saints in front of a national audience on Monday Night Football. The Falcons have struggled as of late, losing two in a row to Dallas and New Orleans, however both of those games were on the road where Matt Ryan continues to struggle. This is a home game against a struggling Redskins team in turmoil, and the Falcons should take full advantage of it.
Falcons 24, Redskins 10
Cardinals vs. Bears:
The Cardinals come into this game reeling after a surprising home loss to the Carolina Panthers. The Bears meanwhile are coming off what was pretty much a bye-week, also known as a game against the Cleveland Browns. Both teams came into this season with high expectations that for the most part have not been met. The Cardinals still have one of the leagues toughest defenses despite last weeks flop, and the Bears are always one of the stronger teams defensively. This game has potential fireworks with Jay Cutler leading the Bears and Kurt Warner throwing to Larry Fitzgerald and Co. This game can go two ways, either a defensive battle or a shoot-out, and I think it will be a fun game that comes down to who scores last.
Bears 31, Cardinals 28
Ravens vs. Bengals:
This is a surprisingly big division game in the AFC North. Plenty of people have picked the Ravens to compete for the division crown but not many had the Bengals up there as well. This game has huge implications either way, if Baltimore wins it drops the Bengals into a tie with them and keeps them one-game behind Pittsburgh at the worst. A Bengals win cripples the Ravens much more, it would drop the Ravens two games behind Cincinnati and Pittsburgh in the race for the division. This should be a low-scoring defensive battle, a physical game in every sense of the word. In the end I think Baltimore realizes the consequences of a loss and comes to Cincinnati to claim a W.
Ravens 21, Bengals 17
Texans vs. Colts:
Quite simply, this is the biggest game in Houston Texans franchise history. A win at Indianapolis keeps the Texans in the thick of the playoff race and unlimited amounts of confidence. The Colts meanwhile are riding a 16-game regular season winning streak and come into this game 7-0, coming off of an anything-but-impressive 18-14 win against the Niners. It’s never, ever, ever smart to pick against the Colts, especially at home, which is exactly why I’m picking this game as my Upset Special of the Week. I think the Texans will go into Indy and shock everyone, proving they really are a playoff contender for the first time in franchise history.
Texans 27, Colts 21
Dolphins vs. Patriots:
The last time we saw the Patriots two weeks ago they were in London laying the smack down on a sorry Tampa Bay team. The Dolphins meanwhile are coming off a big road win against the Jets, thanks mainly in part to Ted Ginn Jr. returning two third quarter kick-offs for touchdowns. This is another big divisional game, however if there’s one thing the Patriots have proven time and time again it’s that they are virtually unbeatable at home against AFC East rivals.
Patriots 31, Dolphins 17
Packers vs. Buccaneers:
The Packers are finally able to completely move past Brett Favre now that the teams have met twice this season and will avoid each other for the rest of the season unless they meet in the playoffs. The Bucs meanwhile are the leagues remaining winless team after the Rams defeated Detroit and the Titans trounced the Jags last week. Quite simply, Tampa Bay is one of the worst teams we’ve seen in the league in a LONG time, and the Packers are looking to rebound from a tough home-loss, which is exactly what they’ll do this weekend.
Packers 30, Bucs 13
Chiefs vs. Jaguars:
After what has surely been a long week for Jacksonville after a loss to previously winless Tennessee, the Jags return home to take on another lowly team in the 1-6 Chiefs. The Chiefs meanwhile are trying to put things together with Matt Cassell at quarterback and seem to slowly be starting to click. However Jacksonville sorely needs this game if they are going to have any chance to make it to the playoffs and they should take it.
Jags 24, Chiefs 14
Lions vs. Seahawks:
This is going to be one of those games that nobody besides Lions and Seahawks fans are going to want to watch, and for good reason. Both of these teams look hideous on offense and are shaky on defense. In a game of not much consequence the Seahawks should be better than the Lions, who are coming off of a loss to previously winless St. Louis.
Seahawks 24, Lions 10
Panthers vs. Saints:
Another week, and the Saints continue marching through this NFL season putting up points at a record-setting pace. Coming off of a 35-28 win over the Falcons, the Saints are 7-0 and easily the most explosive team in the league when they get the ball. The Panthers meanwhile have been under-achieving all season long, but are coming off of a big road win against the Cardinals last week. That might be a turning point in the season for them, however this week won’t be a part of that turnaround, the Saints will score early and often in another easy win for Drew Brees and Co.
Saints 41, Panthers 24
Chargers vs. Giants:
A couple of weeks ago this one would have easily been penciled in as the Game of the Week. However, both teams are currently struggling, the G-Men losing three straight following a 5-0 start and the Chargers haven’t looked good at all this season against teams not named the Oakland Raiders of the NCAA. This will be a big game for both of these teams, the winner staying alive in the playoff race, the loser dropping even further back in their respective divisions. The Giants have the edge because of being the home team, but the Chargers have more talent and are always up for a game against the man who demanded to be traded from San Diego on draft-day, Eli Manning.
Chargers 24, Giants 17
Titans vs. 49ers:
The Titans are coming off of (finally!) getting their first win of the season against the Jags last week in Vince Youngs first start of the season. The Niners meanwhile are reeling, but are coming off of a moral victory (if that’s possible) in a close loss to the Colts 18-14. The Titans Chris Johnson has guaranteed the Titans will win their last 10 games of the season, which is going to be virtually impossible, however this is basically the same team that started 10-0 last season. I think they get to win number two of their desired 10 in this one.
Titans 21, Niners 13
Cowboys vs. Eagles:
A division-battle in Philadelphia is what takes us to our Game of the Week. The Eagles are soaring right now, coming off a 40-17 beat-down of the Giants at home last week. Donovan McNabb is really starting to click with his young receivers Desean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin. Meanwhile Tony Romo and the Cowboys are rolling along, coming into the game with the same 5-2 record as the Eagles. This will be a hard-fought game, that should turn into a old-fashioned shoot out. The Eagles are getting Brian Westbrook back and at home, and that should be the difference in the game.
Eagles 31, Cowboys 27
Steelers vs. Broncos:
If it wasn’t for the ‘Boys – Eagles game this would be our game of the week. The Broncos are coming off their first loss of the season, a 30-7 thrashing at the hands of the Ravens, while the Steelers are on a four game winning-streak and head into this game with all the momentum. Troy Polamalu is expected to make his return from an early-season injury and help an already strong Steelers defense get even stronger. The Broncos finally came crashing back down to earth last week, add that to the fact that the Steelers can gain greatly this week with a win and a Baltimore or Cincinnati loss, and it looks like another big road-win for the defending Super Bowl Champs.
Steelers 24, Broncos 13
Thunderous Throw down:
The Lakers began the first part of a back-to-back last night in Oklahoma City, taking on the Thunder in what was probably the most exciting game of this young NBA season. In a game matching the best player in the world Kobe Bryant up with the hottest rising young star in the League in Kevin Durant, we knew this game had the potential for fireworks. Durant dominated the first three quarters, scoring 28 points and helping the Thunder overcome an early 13-point deficit to take a three point lead into the fourth, for the most part out-shining Bryant. But as the game stayed close and things got tense down the stretch we saw exactly why Kobe is “The Closer” as he made tough shot after tough shot while Durant was completely shut down by Ron Artest. With the clock winding down in a tie game Durant airballed a 3-pointer and the game went to Overtime where Bryant hit big shot after big shot. On the other end Durant was held scoreless, capping off a horrendous fourth quarter and overtime with yet another air ball that could have tied the game late, and the Lakers held on for a thrilling 101-98 win.
Magic, Howard Pistoned Off:
What a shocker last night at the Palace as the under-sized, short-handed Pistons handed the Magic their first loss of the season, 85-80. The Pistons were without Tayshaun Prince and Rip Hamilton, yet got over 20 points from guards Will Bynum, Rodney Stuckey and Ben Gordon in a balanced attack for the upset win. The Magic got minimal production out of Dwight Howard, who was limited to 17 minutes before fouling out. Afterwards, Howard was clearly frustrated, and even hinted that he might go off on a ref soon if he doesn’t start getting calls for the beating he takes night in and night out. Howard re-injured his shoulder in the third quarter, but was able to return. This win was especially shocking because all of the three guards who lit up the Magic are under-sized, and even though Orlando is dealing with their own injuries, they still were considered to have a huge advantage coming into this one. The Pistons won their fourth straight over Orlando, continuing a dominance from last season that few people can figure out.
Scorching in the Desert:
The Suns went into Miami last night and walked out victorious in what was a battle of the surprising unbeatens. The Suns used a hot fourth quarter, out-scoring the Heat by 14 to run away with the win. Steve Nash had 30 and 8 for Phoenix, who move to 4-0 and are atop the Pacific Division standings. Although it won’t last, the fact that anyone but the Lakers is alone atop the division is surprising, especially since the Lakers lead from wire-to-wire last year. Blessed with an easy opening schedule (Clippers, Warriors, T-Wolves) Phoenix has taken advantage and are undefeated heading into a big game with the Magic tonight.
Heading into Game 6 tonight, the Phillies should be focused on fighting for their playoff lives. Instead it seems their focused on fighting each other. A story hit the news-wire yesterday that pitcher Cole Hamels and Brett Myers had gotten into a throw-down in the locker-room, but that was later said to be false. Hamels, for those of you who haven’t heard, was quoted as saying he can’t wait for the season to end, and many Phils fans and players alike were surprised by the statement, taking it as Hamels saying he had quit on the team. Hamels has since gone back on those statements, but it is definitely on the back of everyone’s minds, including players in his own clubhouse. We will have to see tonight if the Phils can extend this to a Game 7, or if the Yankees will be walking out with their 27th World Championship.
What’s up guys? Welcome back to a new week of The Sport Authority. Let’s kick it off with an NBA Power Rankings, the top 5 teams in the NBA after the first week with explanations, followed by the remaining 25 teams in order. Some of you might be surprised with the order of the other teams, just remember a winless team might not necessarily be worse than a team with a win, take for example the Clippers, 0-4 but with losses against tough competition, and the Bobcats, 1-2, but with a loss where they scored 59 points and the only win coming against the cellar-dwelling Knicks.
5. Denver Nuggets (3-0)-
The Nuggets are off to a great start and two words can explain why, Carmelo Anthony. Denver opened up with a tough back-to-back, taking on Utah at home before going to Portland and ended up winning both, getting 30 and then 41 from Melo during those two games. Only three games in the Nuggets are making a serious case to the third-best team in the West status. We know they’re going to score, but the defense will decide if this team keeps winning. Through one week, that’s exactly what they’ve done.
4. San Antonio Spurs (2-1)-
The first team to make a splash this off-season, the Spurs have looked just like a team that is still adjusting to their new pieces. Dejuan Blair was impressive in his debut, notching a double-double, but Richard Jefferson has struggles his first few games as a Spur. Regardless, you get the feeling he’ll adjust quickly and the Spurs we see will be more like the team that dominated the Hornets opening night, not the team that struggled against the Bulls the next night.
3. Los Angeles Lakers (2-1) –
One bad loss and you think I’m going to drop the defending champs out of my top five? You’ve got to be crazy. Look we all knew there would be an adjustment period with Ron Artest involved, and with Pau Gasol out of all games so far this season, the Lakers looked sluggish and like anything but Champions in that loss to Dallas. But just in case you were wondering if the Lakers were falling apart, all you had to do was watch the third quarter of last night’s game against Atlanta to remember exactly what makes this team so dangerous. An 18-0 run in what seemed like two minutes put the game away just like that. And Ron Artest completely shut down Joe Johnson after he put up 20 points in literally ten minutes. This team is still the most dangerous team in the league, regardless of what one off-night the first week of the season tells you. However, if they don’t get it together QUICK, they will fall way behind the other top teams in the league in the race for the best record in the League.
2. Orlando Magic (3-0)-
After making a trade for Vince Carter, losing Hedo Turkoglu, finding out Rashard Lewis would be suspended the first ten games of the season, and realizing it would be difficult to adjust all at once, it would not have surprised anyone if the Magic had stumbled out of the gate. Add on an ankle sprain suffered by Carter in the second game, and you have “slow start” written all over this team. But not Orlando, they just plug in Ryan Andersen and keep on chugging, rolling out to a 3-0 start and not missing a beat despite missing to key cogs to their team. Honestly, if I’m Boston and LA right now I’m definitely worrying about what Orlando looks like at full strength.
1. Boston Celtics (3-0):
The following sentence is going to kill me to write, but in the honor of professional journalism I must say it, gulp, after one week, the Boston Celtics are the scariest team in the League. My fingertips burn a little from writing that. In all seriousness though folks, the Celtics came out this week and made the biggest opening statement. They go in to Cleveland on Opening Night, and do something only the Lakers did last season, beat the Cavs with Lebron in Cleveland. Then the next night they go home and hold the Bobcats to 59 points…. for the entire game. Granted it’s only the Bobcats, but to hold any NBA team to under 60 for a game, on the second night of a back-to-back no less, is very impressive. Hopefully Boston only holds this spot for one more week, I don’t know if I could heap any more praise on them without wanting to bash my own head in with my laptop.
6. Dallas Mavericks
7. Washington Wizards
8. Miami Heat
9. Cleveland Cavaliers
10. Houston Rockets
11. Atlanta Hawks
12. Phoenix Suns
13. Portland Trailblazers
14. Oklahoma City Thunder
15. Philadelphia 76ers
16. New Orleans Hornets
17. Chicago Bulls
18. Utah Jazz
20. Milwaukee Bucks
21. Detroit Pistons
22. Memphis Grizzlies
23. Los Angeles Clippers
24. Minnesota Timberwolves
25. Golden State Warriors
26. Charlotte Bobcats
27. Indiana Pacers
28. New Jersey Nets
29. Sacramento Kings
30. New York Knicks
What’s up guys? So since I’ve been so busy lately I’ve been lacking in some good articles on the World Series. Admittedly, baseball is not my strongest sport, but if there’s anyone in this world who I know can put it into the proper perspective it is my youngest brother Yousef. So here’s a special World Series article for you guys, from a future Major League All-Star!
A World Series Recap
In game one of the 2009 World Series it was a pitching match-up with two former teammates, and CY Young winners. Coming into game one, the Philadelphia Phillies second baseman, Chase Utley, was 0 for 5, against CC Sabathia in his career including last years NLCS. Utley hit two solo homeruns off of Sabathia giving him two RBI’s, but he wasn’t the only Phillie to do damage. There was no surprise who the others were, Raul Ibanez had two RBI’s while Shane Victorino and Ryan Howard had 1 each. Ryan Howard and RBI’s were not uncomfortable together in the same sentence, he had at least one RBI in every game of the ALDS and ALCS. That streak did not end in the World Series, yet. Alex Rodriguez who was on the same track as Howard, went 0-for-4 with three strike-outs. He was not the only Yankee that didn’t produce, though. Mark Teixeira also went 0-for-4, but he is not having such a great postseason, so it isn’t that much of a surprise. Johnny Damon and Jorge Posada both went 1-for-4, and 3 other Yankees went 0-for-3. All of that from arguably one of the best pitchers in baseball, Cliff Lee, who threw a complete game 6-hit, 1 run, (which was not earned) game with 10 strike-outs. While his former teammate CC Sabathia went, 7 innings allowing 4 hits, on 2 runs, 3 walks, and 6 strike-outs. The only Yankee that really came through against Lee, was no surprise, the All-Time hit leader for the New York Yankees franchise, Derek Jeter. He went 3-for-4 with a run. The Phillies won 6-1.
In game two of the series, the Phillies offense flip-flopped. Utley went 0-for-3 and Howard went 0-for-4, it was his first game in the 2009 Postseason without an RBI. While on the Yankee side, Rodriguez went 0-for-4 with three strike-outs again. Mark Teixeira and Hideki Matsui each had solo homeruns, and Jorge Posada had a pinch-hit RBI single in the 7th. In game 2, it was another good pitching matchup with the great, Pedro Martinez, and , AJ Burnett. Burnett went 7 innings, allowing 4 hits, 1 run, 2 walks, and 9 strike-outs. Martinez went 6 innings, allowing 6 hits, 3 runs, 2 walks, and 8 strike-outs. The Yankees won 3-1, and the series is tied 1-1. Alex Rodriguez, who was almost impossible to get out in the first two rounds of the playoffs made history in game two, he became the only player in MLB history to have back-to-back three strike-out games in a World Series.
What’s up guys? I greatly apologize for the lack of an article yesterday, school and life has been extremely hectic but I’m back in full force. Here’s another weekly segment I want to have every Friday, a quick prediction of every NFL game this weekend, and even a prediction for some big top 25 college football games, hope you guys enjoy, and please PROVIDE FEEDBACK!
Miami Dolphins – New York Jets:
This one is an interesting pick because the Jets are reeling after their 3-0 start, going 1-3 with only a win against the Raiders, who I think my intramural team would put up a good fight against. The Dolphins are coming off a low of blowing a three touchdown lead at home to the undefeated Saints. That’s something that is hard to recover from, so I’m going Jets simply because this is a home game for them.
Jets 21, Dolphins 13
New York Giants – Philadelphia Eagles:
This game has HUGE division title implications. The Giants come in at 5-2, having lost two straight since a 5-0 start, the Eagles are at 4-2 coming off win last week to bounce back from their loss to the Oakland Raiders of the NCAA. I think the Giants have big plans in mind this season while the Eagles have been too inconsistent for my liking, this is a big road win for the G-Men in a season that could be full of big wins.
Giants 24, Eagles 17
Denver Broncos – Baltimore Ravens:
If after Week 3 when both of these teams were 3-0 I asked you which team would be 6-0 and which would be 3-3 heading into this game, I think 99% of us would have said the Ravens will be undefeated and the Broncos will have fallen back down to Earth. Shockingly it’s the opposite of that, the Broncos are flying and the Ravens are reeling. Which is EXACTLY why this is my Upset Special of the Week. The Ravens will finally knock the Broncos from the ranks of the unbeaten and regain some mojo for their season in a must-win.
Ravens 27, Broncos 14
Houston Texans – Buffalo Bills:
Shockingly, Matt Schaub is atop the leader board for passing yards in the NFL. And the Bills are, well the Bills. This is a team that lost to Cleveland whose quarterback completed TWO passes the ENTIRE game. Needless to say Schaub will do better than that, and unfortunately for the Bills this game won’t be close. Get TO the ball already!
Texans 31, Bills 6
Cleveland Browns – Chicago Bears
This one is simple and easy to pick, the Browns are terrible, the Bears are coming off a HORRIBLE loss at the hands of the Bengals. This game will be a rebound for the Bears and an easy confidence-builder. Jay Cutler should have one of those games that remind people why the Bears jumped at the opportunity to trade for him.
Bears 34, Browns 3
Seattle Seahawks – Dallas Cowboys:
Tony Romo is coming of a huge high from a big-time win against the Falcons in which he (FINALLY!) looked like the quarterback everyone has hyped him to be. For once, he stepped up and showed us why everyone thinks he’s an elite quarterback. Now let’s see if he can actually do it for two straight games. He will be shaky, but the running game should have enough support for a win.
Cowboys 21, Seahawks 17
St. Louis Rams – Detroit Lions:
This one has GAME OF THE WEEK written all over it…. NOT. This is a game pitting two of the cellar-dwellers in the league, one that will probably be blacked out across the entire country and rightfully so, if any of you get this game you need to contact Fox and ask for a refund, because they are wasting your electricity. I think the Lions will take this opportunity to double their win total to two…. and to also keep up their hope that the Rams finish 0-16 so they are no longer the only team to do it. Lions in a shoot-out (that’s what in the business call sarcasm)
Lions 13, Rams 9
San Francisco 49ers – Indianapolis Colts:
This one has upset potential, after a 2-1 start that was a Brett Favre miracle away from 3-0, the Niners looked like a playoff team, until they showed us they’re not. They turn to Alex Smith this weekend after he nearly brought them to a second half comeback against the Texans, and his teammates will be looking to pick him up and build his confidence. The only thing from the Niners I want to see is Michael Crabtree, that kid is going to explode soon. The Colts are undefeated, at home, and have Peyton Manning beating up on defenses like he’s playing Madden in Rookie mode. Advantage: Colts.
Colts 31, Niners 17
Jacksonville Jaguars – Tennessee Titans:
Zzzzzzzz, that will be me during this game. This is a snooze-fest, two inept offenses going at it. The Titans are finally starting Vince Young at quarterback and giving him another chance to prove to us that he is an NFL-type player, and not just the kind of guy who had one amazing college game. This should be a boring game no doubt, but the Titans are better than 0-6 and will pick up their first win and kick-off VY-Mania.
Titans 17, Jaguars 13
Oakland Raiders – San Diego Chargers:
Last time these two met was Opening weekend on Monday Night Football. It took a Chargers comeback drive and late Darren Sproles TD to secure the win, and made us all think that maybe the Raiders had graduated from NCAA status. But I think we can all agree that they have gone back to that standing, and maybe even dropped to NCAA D2 status with the great passing game they have. This one shouldn’t be close, the Chargers are out to catch up to the Broncos in a division they were supposed to have no trouble with.
Chargers 35, Raiders 13
Carolina Panthers – Arizona Cardinals:
If we looked at this game before the season started we would have big anticipation for it. Steve Smith! Larry Fitzgerald! The defending NFC Champs! The defending NFC South Champs! Now we look at it like this: Cardinals suck, Panthers suck and are boring, and this game needs to end quickly.
Cardinals 24, Panthers 13
Minnesota Vikings – Green Bay Packers:
Now we can really get to the Game of the Week. Look, we all know the story-lines, Favre back to Lambeau! He’s a traitor! He’s the Vikings savior! He’s…. annoying the hell out of all of us. Look the bottom line is this, there will be an entire stadium of people cheering for him again, during intros. Then when the game starts, he will become the most hated Viking of all-time. Unfortunately for the Packers, he’s got this running back named Adrian Peterson, and well he will control this entire game. It’s prime-time on NBC, which is when the stars come out, and this will be AP’s break-out game of the season.
Vikings 24, Packers 21
Atlanta Falcons – New Orleans Saints:
We know who the Saints are, high-scoring, offensive juggernaut. They came back from a 24-3 deficit last week for a 46-34 road win against Miami. We have no idea who the Falcons are, at home they are unbeatable, on the road, not so much. Take last week, in a game they should have one, they let Tony frickin’ Romo look like Troy Aikman. And with a road game against an undefeated Saints team who is feeling pretty unbeatable right now, I have zero confidence in picking them to win this game.
Saints 38, Falcons 21
Bonus NCAA Picks:
There’s a couple top 25 match-ups this week so let’s pick them to make up for yesterday.
3. Texas Longhorns – 14. Oklahoma State Cowboys:
Texas is on a mission to prove they are a national title contender. After beating Oklahoma in a close game without Sam Bradford, the Longhorns need a signature win. This should be it, Oklahoma State is vulnerable without Dez Bryant, and this is where it comes back to hurt them. Colt McCoy will have a Heisman-type game and Texas shows why they are better than Bama.
Texas 35 – Oklahoma St. 17
5. USC Trojans – 10. Oregon Ducks:
USC is another team that wants into the national title picture. They have that blemish of a loss to Washington early this season, and to make voters forget that they have to win games like these. Alabama and Florida are on a collision course, one will lose in the SEC Championship game and drop out. Boise State is fourth in the nation, but let’s be real, there’s no way they play for the national title. So that leaves USC one Texas loss away from being in the drivers seat to the Title game. If you don’t think Pete Carroll knows this then you my friend are crazy.
USC 38 – Oregon 13
What’s up guys? So since we didn’t get a Putback yesterday, I’m going to try and roll two of them into today’s. I’ll just quickly recap the main stories from the NBA so far, an NFL headline and then discuss the first two games of the World Series.
Melo on a Mission:
Although we don’t know what the Denver Nuggets will bring to the table this season, one thing is for sure, Carmelo Anthony will score and score a lot. In his first two games this season Melo has put up 30 and 41. That 41 was insane for a couple of reasons, first, it was on the road in Portland, where any Lakers fan knows is hard as hell to win. Furthermore, it was on the second game of a back-to-back when most players are tired and their scoring drops. Melo might not make MVP noise, but he will definitely be up there in scoring when it’s all said and done this season.
What is wrong with the Cavs? Two games in and we’re already starting to question this whole Shaq thing. Granted its premature to start saying tear it down and the Shaq trade was all wrong, but there are some serious flaws that need to be looked at by the team that had the NBA’s best record last season. Lebron can’t do it all on his own again, there’s just no way, the Celtics and Magic are too stacked, and at this rate Cleveland won’t even make it out of the second round. It will be interesting to see how Shaq and Lebron adjust to each other, and which of his teammates will step up and offer some support. Who would have thought a week into the NBA season and 7 weeks into the NFL season the teams with the best records last year would be winless?
One team that looked very impressive their first game was the defending Eastern Conference champion Magic. They came out in their opener against a Philly team many expect to challenge for a playoff birth and completely dominated them, reaching 100 points before the fourth quarter and leading by 31 after three. They were outscored by 17 in the fourth and still won by 14. Balanced scoring outside and dominating Dwight Howard inside made everyone forget Rashard Lewis is serving a 10-game suspension. Cleveland and Boston might get they hype, but Orlando is the team to beat in the East.
Speaking of impressive first games, Boston has turned in two equally impressive wins to start the season, but achieved them in dramatically different ways. Opening night took the Celtics to Cleveland, where the did what only the Lakers could do last season, beat the Cavs at home with Lebron playing. It was a great opening statement win, and one they followed up with an even more impressive win the next night, holding the Bobcats to a franchise-low 59 points. Keep in mind some people expect Charlotte to compete for a playoff spot, and they were catching Boston on the second game of a back-to-back, yet Boston still held them under 60 for the entire game.
Quick NFL updated here, the 0-6 Titans, coming off a season last year where they had the best record in the NFL, have decided to bench Kerry Collins in favor of Vince Young. Logically speaking, this is probably Youngs last chance to prove he can run an NFL team. I know a lot of people hate on VY, but the guy wins games. He’s 19-11 in his career as a starter, he’s just a little nuts sometimes. I think he knows this is his one chance to save himself from bust-status, and he might just win the Titans a couple of games.
Two games into the World Series and a couple of things are clear, the umps are going to blow a whole lot of calls, and the team with the best pitching will win this series. In Game 1 Cliff Lee came out and shut down the Bronx Bombers, in a complete-game domination to allow Philly to steal away home-field advantage. In Game 2, AJ Burnett was the man who dominated, limiting the might Philly offense to one run to help the Yanks even the Series. This thing might go 7 games and with two equally powerful line-ups, it will come down to whose pitching is the most dominant.
My bad everyone, school has been extremely hectic today and haven’t had time to post anything, I promise all of you a new Friday Football Forecast and a new Putback tomorrow.
Thanks for the patience!
Here’s a bonus article for you guys, I’m feeling good this week with the NBA Season opening up, the Lakers getting their rings and the blog doing well, so I bring you a gift.
Rookie of the Year: Tyreke Evans (Sacramento Kings)
A lot of people are going the easy route and picking Blake Griffin to win this, but with him suffering a knee injury and missing at least the first six weeks of the season, Evans has a chance to steal all of his rookie thunder. Evans should be handed the reigns from day one for this sorry Sacramento team, and he has the ability to put up a triple-double every night. Says here that he will do enough on his own to swipe the ROY away from Griffin by seasons end.
Most Improved: Derrick Rose (Chicago Bulls)
Kevin Durant is a popular pick by most and for good reason, his scoring average should continue to rise, and the Thunder should win more games this season and push for a playoff birth. BUT, Derrick Rose is going to make a leap this season that will be undeniable. With Ben Gordon gone, he will be the one who has to come through in the clutch for this young Bulls team, and by the end of the season we will be talking about him as one of top point guards in the league.
Sixth Man of the Year: Lamar Odom (Los Angeles Lakers)
This race will probably come down to Odom and the Spurs Manu Ginobili, but at the end of the day I think Odom takes home the award and is once again rewarded for his sacrifice. Odom could start for any team in the league, its plain and simple, yet he chose to re-sign with the Lakers, knowing he would be sixth man, for a shot at another ring. He will play the majority of clutch minutes in the place of Andrew Bynum and will come away with the hardware.
Coach of the Year: Flip Saunders (Washington Wizards)
After winning a lowly 19 games last season, the Wizards will be a playoff team and Saunders will rightfully receive a lot of recognition for it. With Gilbert Arenas back at full-strength and the Wizards looking sharp they should make a quick rise to the top five of the Eastern Conference.
Defensive Player of the Year: Ron Artest (Los Angeles Lakers)
Lebron will have the flashier plays, Dwight Howard will have the gaudy block numbers, but when the Lakers inevitably end up with the best record in the NBA, we will look at the numbers and see the difference Ron Artest has made on the defensive side. Now that he is the fourth or sometimes fifth option on the Lakers he will have more focus to the defensive side of the ball, and with him guarding Paul Pierce and Lebron James in the marquee games, Artest should get enough national spotlight to sway the voters.
Most Valuable Player: Lebron James (Cleveland Cavaliers)
Lebron is easily the most physically gifted player in the league, and there is no reason why he shouldn’t be able to defend his MVP crown. Kobe may have more wins, but with a better supporting cast his numbers will be lower than Lebrons. Dwyane Wade might put up better numbers, but with a one-man team that will result in a much worse record than the Cavs. Dwight Howard isn’t far along enough offensively to be the MVP, and Lebron should be able to take it in a cakewalk. Although he should be wary of Chris Paul, with a better supporting cast Paul could but up some insane numbers if everything goes correctly.
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