Roy Hodgson the Right Man for England?

April 30, 2012 by

Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson was born in 1947.

His playing career started in ‘63 when he joined the Crystal Palace youth team. Hodgson played with 7 teams before retiring in ‘76 but Palace is the only team worth mentioning.

As soon as he retired he went right into coaching and has now coached 18 teams. Of the 15 club teams the most notable were Inter Milan, Blackburn, Copenhagen, Udinese, Fulham, and Liverpool. He is currently managing West Brom. His national teams were Switzerland, UAE, and Finland. He hasn’t actually been hired by ‘The Three Lions’ yet.    Read the rest of this entry »

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Corporate Fail: Sprint Doesn’t Understand Basketball Terminology

April 30, 2012 by

I’m not expecting a helluva lot from a cell phone commercial. But since we’re going to be seeing this Kevin Durant spot for the next six weeks, it deserves a little bit of criticism. Go ahead and watch the ad again before we get started.

A number of things are bothering me here.    Read the rest of this entry »

NFL Mock

April 24, 2012 by

1. Indianapolis Colts- Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

2. Washington Redskins- Robert Griffin III, QB,  Baylor      Read the rest of this entry »

Brian Dawkins: Player for the Ages

April 23, 2012 by

Brian Dawkins retired today. A wonderful playing career is over, and I feel compelled to sing his praises.

First, the numbers:        Read the rest of this entry »

NBA’s Best Point Guards

April 6, 2012 by

The point guard position is one of the most important, if not the most important position in the NBA. They are otherwise known as floor generals; are compared to quarterbacks; and operate as captains whether they’re  named as such by their coaches.

Today’s PGs are offensively talented and they need to be just as good defensively, because the guy they’re guarding is usually another point guard.

At the turn of the century the NBA was losing fans because it seemed like a game of superstars, rather than team play, hard work, and winning. I’ve heard more than enough people say that NCAA ball was better.           Read the rest of this entry »

Commish for a Day

March 29, 2012 by

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Baseball’s new Wild Card format got me thinking – if I could change one thing in each major sport, what would it be?

MLB – Problem: I am sick of 162 games not meaning anything and Wild Card teams winning the World Series. The regular season used to mean something; the new one-game playoff helps even the field a bit, but it’s not enough in my mind.     Read the rest of this entry »

Is NFL Armageddon on the Horizon?

March 28, 2012 by

An article was referred to me today that raised some legitimate questions about the future of the NFL, and it got me thinking about the long-term possibilities.   Read the rest of this entry »

Six Pack of Thoughts – First Weekend of NCAA Tournament

March 21, 2012 by

With the initial two rounds of the NCAA Tournament (I refuse to comply with the NCAA calling the 5th through 36th game the “second round”) behind us, here are some of my thoughts :  Read the rest of this entry »

March Madness Live Blog

March 16, 2012 by


You’re likely at work on Friday. That sucks.

I’m going to be at the Styles Inn watching all 16 games of Day 2 of the NCAA Tournament.

Beginning at 1:30, I will also be providing game updates, unsolicited opinions, & bias observations. Join me here so we can get sick with it.

 March Madness Live Blog

UPDATE: That was fun. Thanks to everyone that checked in and contributed. Let’s do it again next year.

Ranking the Voices of the NCAA Tourney

March 15, 2012 by

CBS and Turner Sports will continue to cover The Big Dance this year, and they have rounded up the usual suspects to call the games.

In honor of the legendary Gus Johnson, who tragically parted ways with CBS, here are my top five play-by-play and color guys for the upcoming tourney.   Read the rest of this entry »

Sporting Hedonism is Upon Us

March 13, 2012 by

In a few hours, the NFL free agency frenzy begins. And with it, five days of sports euphoria.

Am I being too dramatic? Read the rest of this entry »

Selection Sunday Tweaks

March 10, 2012 by

Tomorrow afternoon, CBS will continue its yearly tradition of announcing the teams that will play in the NCAA basketball tournament.

Anxious fans of the 10 or so bubble teams will be nervously watching, ready to exhale with relief…or smash the remote.

The show does a pretty good job of building the drama. They only show a few matchups at a time, and they take plenty of commercial breaks. If you’re a fan of a bubble team, Read the rest of this entry »

Let’s All Feel Sorry for the NFL’s Golden Boy Peyton Manning

March 8, 2012 by

Peyton Manning was released by the Colts yesterday. Poor lil fella. Predictably, ESPN led the crotch-nuzzling.

You would have thought he retired, with all the attention he is getting. I heard an ESPN voice (and former QB) say he “deserved better”.

He deserved better? He was paid $25 million this year to play quarterback for the Indianapolis Colts sit on the couch like you and me.

He talked Indy into NOT putting him on IR in September. Instead of a 53-man roster, the Colts operated with a 52-man roster the ENTIRE YEAR. That’s not selfish at all.    Read the rest of this entry »

Close This “Gate” For Good

March 6, 2012 by

Phil Loadholt Phil Loadholt #71 of the Minnesota Vikings checks on teammate Brett Favre #4  after he was hit by Remi Ayodele #92 of the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

OK.  I understand we live in an age where news is being instantaneously reported and ambitious media outlets are constantly searching to create the next witty, easy-to-say catch phrase which describes a potentially budding scandal.  I get it.

The part I don’t get is why all potential scandals – political, sports-related and elsewhere in today’s culture – are now forever linked to a Washington D.C. riverside hotel and office building.     Read the rest of this entry »

ESPN – The Entertainment & Sports Promotion Network

March 5, 2012 by

What do Danica Patrick and UConn coach Gino Auriemma have in common? I would say three things:

1) They are all over SportsCenter

2) I had to google them to find out how they spell their names.

3) No real sports fan gives a crap about either of them.

Last year, the 4-letter network’s coverage was over the top comparing UConn’s winning streak to UCLA men’s record.

Hey ESPN – they play with a different size ball. IT’S NOT THE SAME GAME.   Read the rest of this entry »

Larry Bird’s 60 vs the Hawks

March 4, 2012 by

Lots of nostalgia surrounding Wilt’s 100 point game. It got me thinking about Larry Bird’s 60 pt game he had vs the Hawks in the mid ’80s.

I remember a couple of things from that night: Dominique Wilkins also went off; Bird was unconscious; and my old man (a Celtics fan) telling me “he could do this every night, but he’s too unselfish”.

I decided to do a little research, and it was well worth it.      Read the rest of this entry »

Basketball Players No Longer “Score” – They Now “Score the Basketball”

March 2, 2012 by

Exactly when and why did basketball analysts, commentators, journalists, and talk show hosts begin using the silly phrase “score the basketball”? And how do we get them to stop?

Can a short sports phrase be any more redundant? “…he has the ability to score.” That’s the same as “…he has the ability to score the basketball.”

It sounds DUMB.   Read the rest of this entry »

Danny and the Miracles

March 2, 2012 by

It’s getting to be that time of year — the NCAA Tournament is right around the corner; thus, I am going to look back at one of the teams that helped make March MAD.

The 1987-88 Kansas Jayhawks were led by their coach, soon to be vagabond Larry Brown, and Mr. Everything Danny Manning. They started the year in the preseason top ten, but quickly dropped in the polls with two losses in the Maui Invitational. They grinded through the rest of their non-conference games, and entered conference play at 10-3.

When the Big 8 schedule began in late January, the Jayhawks hit rock bottom.  Read the rest of this entry »

Dallas Mavericks – 2011 NBA Chumps

February 29, 2012 by

Who won the 2011 NBA title? Was it:

Kobe and the Lakers – no that was 2009 and 2010.

Oh I got it, it was those Spurs led by that all-time great Tim Duncan – sorry, no.

Was it the NBA’s greatest franchise, the Boston Celtics, they won number 18 right? Wrong again.

It was Oklahoma City, led by the league’s youngest star Kevin Durant. No, what the heck?

Oh yeah I almost forgot, it was the Miami Heat – they won the title in July 2010, that’s what almost everyone said anyway. No no no, why I am so confused?      Read the rest of this entry »

Kevin Hart is the Funniest Man Alive?

February 25, 2012 by

Kevin Hart Drives against TIM Hardaway

You may or may not agree with that opinion but it’s a fact that he is a fool.

Last night was the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game, the annual curtain-raiser for the NBA’s All-Star Weekend; a game of actors, singers, rappers, television personalities, NBA Legends, male athletes from other sports, and usually a WNBA star or two. The game was a classic East vs West battle.

The West team boasted the old Golden State Warriors trio, Run TMC (Tim Hardaway, Mich Richmond, and Chris Mullin). Other notable stars were JB Smoove, Ne-Yo, and Common – who is not an NBA player but played one on TV. Common and the East’s J Cole had a head-to-head battle that was dominated by J Cole, as he invited him into “Cole World.”   Read the rest of this entry »

What Would it Take For You to Watch Badminton?

February 25, 2012 by

Mesinee Mangkalakiri

The World Badminton Federation may have suggested that women have a more “attractive presentation,” by wearing a skirt or dress as part of their uniform. Okay maybe it is more than just a suggestion. It is a new rule that has stirred uproar in the women’s badminton community, if such a community exists.

Mesinee “May” Mangkalakiri, a 2008 Olympian with the United States, was quoted as saying “It doesn’t matter what Kobe Bryant wears, people like his skills on the court. You’d hope they come to watch you because you are their favorite player and you have ability and style, not because you’re wearing someone’s favorite skirt.” Sorry May but I disagree.      Read the rest of this entry »

Enough “Linsanity” Already!

February 24, 2012 by

 Norris Cole #30 Of The Miami Heat Guards

It was fun while it lasted.

The Jeremy Lin story, which has captivated the sports media, the Twittersphere and the Worldwide Web over the past several weeks, came to a screeching halt last night as the Miami Heat gave “Linsanity” and his followers a much-needed dose of reality.

Lin’s final line – 8 points on 1-11 shooting, 6 rebounds, 3 assists, 8 turnovers in a 102-88 loss by the New York Knicks to the Miami Heat in a game that was much more lopsided than the score indicates.

As has been well-documented during his rags-to-riches story, Lin overcame long odds to even make an NBA squad this season.  He’s Asian-American, an Ivy-Leaguer and by all accounts a very articulate, engaging young player in a “me-first” league… an NBA marketing dream for both domestic and international basketball markets.  To his credit, Lin was given an opportunity to play at the highest level and he seized his moment on an incredible run, turning his team from a pretender into a potential contender in under a month.  What’s not to love here?

The reality is – similar to rookie pitchers in Major League Baseball – it was only a matter of time before the book was written on how to stop Jeremy Lin.  Don’t get me wrong – Jeremy Lin is a nice player who will carve out a niche in the NBA as a score-first option at guard.  As we learned last night, the second coming of Isiah Thomas he is not.        Read the rest of this entry »

Association Football World Best XI (4-5-1 with 7 subs)

February 23, 2012 by

Lionel Messi

Goalkeeper

Joe Hart – Loads of talent and still more to come.

Defenders

Maicon – If he gets picked over Dani Alves by the national team coach, he must be better.

Gerard Pique – He doesn’t have to defend much against La Liga teams but still is able to avoid complacency. He earns his money in the big games and performs so well you start thinking that maybe he isn’t being overpaid as a defender on a Barcelona team that doesn’t defend much.     Read the rest of this entry »

NFL, MLB, and the Parity Myth

February 20, 2012 by

Parity.

This is the reason so many experts and fans give for the NFL’s popularity versus that of America’s original pastime – Major League Baseball.

However, the numbers are a lot closer then the pundits ever admit. Let’s take a close look at them, and start with the good clean year of 2000.           Read the rest of this entry »

This was ESPN Mobile’s Lead Headline for 35 min Last Night

February 18, 2012 by

Yes, you read that correctly.

Courtesy of the always awesome Deadspin, ESPN ran that headline on ESPN Mobile from 2:30 to 3:05 EST this morning. Shortly afterwards, the apology came:    Read the rest of this entry »


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