NCAA Tourney Review

April 3, 2014 by

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We’ve gotten 68 down to four, so lets take a look back at some of the things that stood out the last two weeks.

The play-in games (I refuse to refer to it as the “first round”) continue to be a potential springboard for an unlikely tournament run.

For the fourth straight year since its inception, a (non – 16 seed) team has buoyed a win in Dayton into an upset a few days later. In 2011, VCU famously stormed their way to the Final Four as an 11 seed after dispatching Southern Cal in a play-in game; South Florida beat 5 seed Temple before being knocked off by Ohio in 2012; last year, La Salle beat Kansas St and Ole Miss before losing to Wichita St in the Sweet 16. This year, Tennessee scraped by Iowa in OT in Dayton and then took care of UMass and Mercer. Only a dodgy officiating decision kept them from the Elite Eight. NC St easily could have made it two teams from Dayton advancing even further; the Wolfpack couldn’t close out St Louis, despite being up 11 with a little over three minutes to play.
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What if Your Locker Room Leader…is a Bully?

November 7, 2013 by

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By now everyone is familiar with the NFL story of Richie Incognito and Jonathan Martin; Martin skips OTAs, coaches (allegedly) instruct Incognito to “toughen him up”, the harassment continues to a point where Martin walks away from the team (and files a formal complaint), and Incognito is indefinitely suspended by the Dolphins.

We have heard everything spanning from “he is a racist, bully, and a bigot” to “that’s how we police our locker rooms“. Consequently, Read the rest of this entry »

Irsay – Manning Controversy Much Ado About…the Truth

October 19, 2013 by

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I can’t resist a controversy surrounding Frankenstein.

During the week, Colts owner and twitter whore Jim Irsay was quoted in an earlier interview with less than flattering words about Peyton Manning’s time in Indy. You know the specifics, so I will summarize; WE GOT TIRED OF GREAT REGULAR SEASONS FOLLOWED BY SHITTY POSTSEASONS.

Predictably, the media was all over it (as if NBC needed any more pub for the SNF matchup – you would have thought the DAL – WAS game was the week before the Super Bowl). Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Concussion Documentary Omitting the Obvious???

October 9, 2013 by

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NFL Concussion Documentary Omitting the Obvious???

I’m the first person to hammer the NFL, the Walmart of the American Sports Industry ; but PFT points out what League of Denial overlooked…

ACC Bubble Watch

December 16, 2012 by

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It is never too early to start thinking about the BIG DANCE, and with conference schedules right around the corner, let’s take an early look at how many ACC teams have a chance to dance this year.    Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Preview – The Predictions

November 5, 2012 by

ALL-NBA*

1st Team

Kevin Durant, OKC

LeBron James, MIA

Carmelo Anthony, NYK

Deron Williams, BKN

LaMarcus Aldridge, POR

2nd Team

Russell Westbrook

Chris Paul

Dwyane Wade

Rajon Rondo

Marc Gasol   Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Preview – Western Conference

November 4, 2012 by

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1. Memphis – Losing O.J. Mayo was addition by subtraction, and bringing in Jerryd Bayless gives them a nice one-two punch at the point with Mike Conley. The frontline is nasty, and Zach Randolph figures to be even more productive now that he is healthy. Rudy Gay can shoot them out of games, but his talent is undeniaable. The bench isn’t great, but Lionel Hollins is one of the best coaches in the league. The division will come down to the wire, and the Grizz will edge out the Spurs by a couple of games.

2. San Antonio – Status quo for Pop’s crew, as they return the big 3 plus important role players Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard. But it’s too much to expect Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, both in their mid 30s, to play 70 games and be fresh enough in the playoffs to beat other elite (and younger) teams in a Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Preview – Eastern Conference

November 4, 2012 by

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1. Philadelphia – Only one starter (Jrue Holiday) returns from 2011’s opener, and the health of newbie Andrew Bynum is a huge issue. But the minutes formerly allotted to veterans Andre Iguodala, Lou Williams, and Elton Brand are now going to better fits in Doug Collins’ game plan: Evan Turner, Jason Richardson, and Thaddeus Young. They’ve added an additional two shooters in Nick Young and Dorell Wright. Promising young big men Lavoy Allen & Arnett Moultrie compliment veteran PF/C Spencer Hawes. Without Bynum, this team wins 45 games. If he plays 50 games, they win 55.

2. New York – I wasn’t a fan of the Knicks ditching Jeremy Lin in favor of Jason Kidd/Raymond Felton. You don’t let promising young PGs just walk out the door. Now you have a knucklehead starting backcourt of Felton & J.R. Smith; neither are efficient shooters and Felton has a lot to learn about

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Balance of NFL Power Leaning Towards the NFC

October 16, 2012 by

 

 

Six weeks into the 2012 season, the NFC is flexing its muscles.

A peek at the standings show the following:   Read the rest of this entry »

Greedy NFL Making a Mockery of the Sport

September 24, 2012 by

The subject of NFL officiating is now bigger than the NFL itself.

For the past two weeks, seemingly every game has been littered with refereeing follies.

I don’t blame the scabs. It’s on the NFL.

The NFL, and some of the media, will have you believe that the current refs are not that bad – they are on par with past officiating. That claim is now a joke by any kind of intelligent observation.

To wit:    Read the rest of this entry »

NBA All-Hair Team: 1970’s & 80’s Edition

September 13, 2012 by

Take another look at that picture. Mike Cage has that swag due to  1) he is 6’9″ & ripped and  2) his gorgeous hair.

The 70’s and 80’s were known for outrageous hairstyles. The NBA had their fair share:  Read the rest of this entry »

The NFL – A 6-Pack of Thoughts

September 5, 2012 by

Another NFL season is upon us, so lets take a look at some talking points and projections.

1. The Refs

I won’t bore you with the particulars of the negotiations. You don’t care and neither do I.

What we do care about is the game being officiated competently. Nothing that has occurred during the preseason has me confident that the scabs are going to miraculously become good officials.  Read the rest of this entry »

Fantasy Football Preview: The Sleepers

September 2, 2012 by

Every year, there is value to be found outside of the first few rounds in fantasy football drafts.

Last year it was Cam Newton, Victor Cruz, DeMarco Murray, Rob Gronkowski, & Jimmy Graham.

Here’s my stab at this year’s steals:   Read the rest of this entry »

Fantasy Football Preview: The Top Five

August 29, 2012 by

With an abundance of different fantasy football scoring formats, a top five overall list can vary from league to league.

Consequently, my selections are five separate #1 picks at each of their respective positions. As in real football, I’m ignoring the kickers.   Read the rest of this entry »

Micheal Ray Richardson – A Retrospective

August 26, 2012 by

 

 

Quite routinely, supremely talented athletes come along in the world of sports. And some of them are also charismatic, likeable, and highly entertaining.

Unfortunately, the demons of drug or alcohol addiction can derail such promising careers. Mickey Mantle. John Daly. David Thompson. George Best. Dwight Gooden. And one-of-a-kind NBA guard Michael Ray Richardson.

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Breaking Down the Howard-Bynum-Iguodala Trade

August 12, 2012 by

The long-awaited Dwight Howard trade has finally been completed (to the relief of basketball fans EVERYWHERE).

Lets take a look at the teams & players involved, and the impact of the trade on the 2012-2013 season and beyond.

ORLANDO

What they gave up

Dwight Howard, Jason Richardson, Chris Duhon, Earl Clark.         Read the rest of this entry »

NBA Draft Live Blog

June 28, 2012 by

THE SPORTS CULT will be live blogging the NBA Draft tonight beginning at 7:30 EST.

Join us here…as we tear apart ugly suits, dumb draft picks, & the Commissioner, among other things.

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NBA Mock Draft

June 27, 2012 by

1. New Orleans Hornets – Anthony Davis: PF, 19, 6-10, 220, Kentucky

Davis will be the first pick, but he won’t be a player to build a franchise around.

Top end NBA Comparison: Marcus Camby

2. Cleveland Cavaliers (predicted trade with Charlotte Bobcats ) – Bradley Beal: SG, 18, 6-4, 201, Florida

Beal caught fire at the end of his freshman year, and the Cavs are in love with him. He won’t be the best wing player taken in this draft in the long run.

Top end NBA Comparison:  (young) Ray Allen   Read the rest of this entry »

RIP NBA

June 22, 2012 by

Birth: June 6, 1946.

Death: June 21, 2012.

The NBA passed away late last night at the age of 66, after a two-year battle with a deadly disease.  Read the rest of this entry »

Heat – Thunder: A Finals Rivalry Born?

June 11, 2012 by

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The NBA Finals kick off tomorrow night, and it should be a great series. Hardcore hoops junkies and casual fans alike should find it highly entertaining.

Both OKC & Miami play an engaging style of basketball, and there promises to be plenty of memorable moments.

There are multiple story lines:     Read the rest of this entry »

Manu Ginobili & James Harden – Brothers from Another Mother?

June 3, 2012 by

A few weeks back while watching OKC in the first round of the playoffs, I started to realize that James Harden’s game was a lot like that of Manu Ginobili. I began to refer to Ginobili as “White Harden”, and to Harden as “Black Ginobili”.

I decided to explore the comparisons a little closer; the similarities are uncanny…right down to unflattering areas of their games’.     Read the rest of this entry »

Dear Tim Tebow: You Don’t Matter, But Here’s How You Can

May 28, 2012 by

Dear Tim,

I will be blunt because I know you can handle it. Your career as an NFL quarterback that matters is over. You’ll certainly see some action in New York as a backup. And it’s not inconceivable that some act of God (in the form of a thunderbolt to Mark Sanchez’s ligaments or noggin) might get you back in as a starter. But neither the All-American apple-cheeked aw-shucks image nor your legions of flyover-state fans are going to help when the knives come out in the country’s toughest media market.

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Owen Coyle Got What He Deserved

May 27, 2012 by

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Bolton Wanderers Football Club were relegated from the English Premier League two and a half years after Owen Coyle took over as manager. It took a while, but it finally happened.

Coyle helped Burnley gain promotion to The Prem from the Coca Cola Football League Championship in 2009, and had the team looking impressive in their first Premier League season.       Read the rest of this entry »

76ers – Celtics: A Rivalry Reborn?

May 15, 2012 by

 

 

The 76ers and Celtics are meeting in the playoffs for a record 19th time, and their storied rivalry has included many notable regular season and postseason games.

This year’s matchup is only the second in the last 17 years; from 1980 to 1985, they met four times in the Eastern Conference Finals. Historically, only Lakers-Celtics is on the same level as a rivalry.

This series is shaping up to be a tight, grind-it-out affair. Could this renew what was once one of the fiercest rivalries in sports? Before we look forward, lets look back.

Here are my five most memorable games:    Read the rest of this entry »

Six Reasons Why Manchester City FC Deserve to be Champions

May 15, 2012 by

Manchester City beat Queens Park Rangers with two goals in stoppage time to win their first Barclays English Premier League title in 44 years. Coincidentally, they recorded 44 shots in the match.

Although I am a Manchester United fan, I have to congratulate The Citizens on their hard work and a well deserved championship.

In light of their accomplishment, I have analyzed the key factors in their championship-winning season.     Read the rest of this entry »


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