Fed Ex Delivery Man had Jeremy Lin the #2 PG in 2010 Draft

February 17, 2012 by

Fed Ex delivery driver Ed Weiland, carries packages in downtown Bend, Ore. Weiland also writes for a blog and predicted that Jeremy Lin would be a good NBA player

Although a couple of us weren’t that surprised that Linsanity is running wild, NBA scouts and GMs are likely kicking themselves for overlooking him.

However, before the 2010 draft, there was one fellow that had him pegged as a potential NBA starter.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Sweet Injustice

February 14, 2012 by

All this football Hall of Fame talk got me thinking about transgressions in other sports. And when you talk Hall of Fame, you start in one place – Cooperstown, New York.

With the recent induction of Barry Larkin and Ron Santo (both debatable), I decided to take a look at one of my favorite players growing up. Why is Sweet Lou Whitaker not on the tip of the pen of the members of the Baseball Writers Association of America?      Read the rest of this entry »

Rob Gronkowski – Dance Machine

February 14, 2012 by

“Eli Manning… You and the New York Giants just won the Super Bowl! Where are you going to go to next?”

“I’m going to Disney World!”

That is the commercial we all see and love when the Super Bowl ends and the offseason begins. But what happens when you take the flip side of that question and present it to the loser? Read the rest of this entry »

Welker Drop or Brady Misfire? You decide…

February 13, 2012 by

Immediately after the New York Giants come-from-behind victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLVI, debate swirled not on another 4th quarter comeback by the most clutch quarterback in the NFL or on the Tyree-esque sideline catch by Mario Manningham… but on a play which arguably could have sealed the game for New England. Read the rest of this entry »

Blake Griffin vs Kevin Love – Who’s the Better Player?

February 13, 2012 by

Two young All-Star PFs with great careers ahead of them.

Griffin is known for his explosiveness — Love for his well-rounded game.

Griffin scores a loud 35 — Love a quiet 20 and 20.

Griffin’s ceiling is higher — Love is more fundamentally sound.

Griffin intimidates and imposes his will on offense — Love stretches the defense.

Griffin has flair for the dramatic — Love is the better rebounder. Read the rest of this entry »

Drazen Petrovic – A Retrospective

February 10, 2012 by

European players are common on NBA rosters these days, and a lot of them are pretty talented: Nowitzki, Rubio, Parker, Bargnani, Calderon, and the Gasol brothers among them.

Twenty years ago there were only a few. The shining light among them was Drazen Petrovic. Read the rest of this entry »

HOF Voter Has Been on the NFL Beat Less Than Six Months

February 8, 2012 by

According to Profootballtalk.com, one of the members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee just started covering the NFL in September 2011.

Take that in for a moment. Someone responsible for determining whether a player is worthy of the HOF, the ultimate honor…has been covering the sport for a mere five months.

In addition to the issue of inexperience, how can that person NOT be swayed by some of the other voters that have covered football for many years? Read the rest of this entry »

Another One for the Ages

February 7, 2012 by

With the first of two Duke/North Carolina match-ups a day away, I would like to take a look back at the last 30 years of this fabled rivalry.

These are my five most memorable games:

5)  Feb 3, 2000 – Chapel Hill – Duke 90  UNC 86 (OT)  Read the rest of this entry »

Every-Down Running Backs a Dying Breed

February 7, 2012 by

Remember when Monday Night Football began giving us the starting lineups via the video head shot and self-intro? Around that time, I distinctly remember Edgerrin James hitting us with “Edgerrin James, every-down back”

Between 1997 and 2006, Edge and his fellow RBs accounted for 28 of the top 50 yards-from-scrimmage seasons in NFL history. In the five years since? Only Ray Rice, Arian Foster, and Chris Johnson.  Read the rest of this entry »

Five Rings Not Good Enough for Canton

February 6, 2012 by

Five Super Bowl Rings —  over 100 sacks — two All-Pro teams. But no Canton.

Why is Charles Haley on the outside looking in when it comes to the Pro Football Hall of Fame?

Haley was a 4th round draft pick of the San Francisco 49ers in 1986, and made an immediate impact his rookie year by recording a team-high 12 sacks and forcing four fumbles.     Read the rest of this entry »

The Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee Is Fraudulent

February 5, 2012 by

Lets get this out of the way first–congratulations to the recent elections into the HOF:

Curtis Martin – the epitome of durability & production. A class act to boot.

Chris Doleman – 150 sacks in 15 yrs.

Willie Roaf – dominant Tackle for 14 yrs.

Dermontti Dawson – long overdue; best C of the 1990s.

Cortez Kennedy – great very good DT

Jack Butler – senior committee selection from the 50s.

The process for electing HOF members needs to be reevaluated.     Read the rest of this entry »

Where’s the Game?

February 5, 2012 by

In a technological world, we now have access to virtually everything instantly.

We have been watching and critiquing both New England and New York the entire season and playoffs.  There is also a two-week break before the Super Bowl to compile even more information on these teams.

With so much time and technology, we should have a clear picture on how this game will turn out.     Read the rest of this entry »

Will UNC come up LONG in March?

February 4, 2012 by

A couple of times a week you can see a certain basketball team trot out a rotation that looks like this:

PG – 6’4″

SG – 6’7″  205 lbs

SF – 6′ 8″  215  (6’11″ wing span)

PF – 6’11″ (7’5″ wing span)

C – 7’0″  250 lbs

First big off the bench – 6’9″

Back up swing man – 6’6″  220

If you were looking to your nearest NBA city, you would come up empty. Read the rest of this entry »

Offense Wins Championships Too

February 4, 2012 by

Some of the more memorable title teams of the last fifty years have been characterized by their tough defenses.

The ’86 Bears and the 70’s Steelers. The Bulls of the 90’s and the Spurs of the 2000’s.

Perhaps this has fueled the notion that a team needs at least a very good defense to win on the biggest stage. In fact, offensive performances in championship games have been just as important. Read the rest of this entry »

Gun to my Head

February 3, 2012 by

“New York or New England, make a pick”.  If I knew anything about guns, I’d let you know the model and make.  Shiny.

“Who the fuck are you guys?!”,  I bark back realizing my hands are tied, and some fucktard knocked me out while I was getting into my car.

“New York?  New England?… You mean the fucking Super Bowl?”

“Yeah, that’s right hotshot”, the man says with a smirk, pulling back the trigger on his big shiny gun that won’t get out of my god-damn face!  “Make a fucking pick!!!”    Read the rest of this entry »

JERSEY STRONG: North Jersey Trumps NYC in NBA Talent Produced

February 3, 2012 by

St. Patrick's Michael Gilchrist in 2007

New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Balt/D.C. have long been considered the regions of the country with the most high school basketball talent. NBA rosters are littered with players from these areas.

It’s time to talk about northern New Jersey in the same light. 15 NBA players  prepped in North Jersey, highlighted by big names Andrew Bynum; Al Harrington; Loul Deng; Joakim Noah; J.R. Smith (as soon as he gets back from China); and exciting rookie Kyrie Irving.

In contrast, the NYC area is only represented by 8 players.   Read the rest of this entry »

Bernard King – A Retrospective

February 2, 2012 by

BK

 

Last night, I was watching the Knicks/Pistons game on TV when Spero Dedes mentioned the anniversary of a Knicks milestone: 28 years ago, Bernard King scored 50 points in consecutive games. It hadn’t happened in the NBA since 1964.

King was 20 for 23 (10 FTs) and 20 for 28 (10 FTs) from the field. Those are Wilt & Shaq numbers, and sick for a 6’7″ small forward. It got me thinking.    Read the rest of this entry »

Welcome to The Cult

January 20, 2012 by

The primary purpose of this blog is to discuss sports; focusing mainly on the

NFL, NBA, MLB, NCAA football & basketball, & international soccer. My hope

is that we can keep this original and thought-provoking; and that this will be a

place that sports junkies can come to the get their fix.


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