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Archive for April, 2010

Let’s See What Leading-Scorer Kevin Durant Does When Facing Elimination

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 28, 2010


The Seattle SuperSonics Oklahoma City Thunder were the most improved team in the league this year improving from third-worst in the league last year, to a 50-32 this season, somehow landing them the eight and final seed in the Western Conference Playoffs.

Kevin Durant can make it rain on any jumper he wants. (Photo by Layne Murdoch/NBAE via Getty Images)

In the process Kevin Durant became the youngest player to ever lead the league in scoring, and won me a bet with my roommate made prior to the season that Durant would average more than Lebron.  His league-leading 30.1 points-per-game average helped the Sonics Thunder reach their first 50-win season since they relocated to Oklahoma City.

Durant has improved drastically over the his brief three-year career in the NBA.  He has increased his scoring average by five point every year, and this past season also led the Thunder in rebounds and steals.

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Major League Baseball — Why I Just Don’t Care (Until August)

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 26, 2010


So we’re getting to the point in the baseball season where the “newness” factor has worn off.  Everyone loves opening day for a sport.  I love opening day for baseball, and I’m not the most avid baseball fan like most others are.  I like the Cubs, but I can’t call them “my team” like I do with the Hawkeyes or Cowboys.

It’s almost a lose-lose scenario for me though.  I’m not that thrilled when they win a game, but it sucks when I watch them play, and they end up blowing the game in the late innings like always.  I don’t think the Cubs have the talent this year to compete for a division title or a wildcard this year, but I still enjoy a good game of baseball like everyone else.  However there is only one problem.  There are no good games of baseball until August — at the earliest.

162 games in a MLB season makes the individual game almost meaningless in the grand course of a season.

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Do the Dallas Cowboys Have Enough Balls to go Around?

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 25, 2010


I don’t think anyone can nitpick with regards to talent when it comes to Dallas getting Dez Bryant in the draft. Bryant was the most talented receiver in the draft, and slid all the way to 24 where the Cowboys moved up three spots to select him.

Bryant comes into one of the most talented teams in the league in Dallas. A core of offensive skill players include Tony Romo, Jason Witten, Miles Austin, Marion Barber, Felix Jones, Roy Williams, Pat Crayton, Tashard Choice, and Martellus Bennett.

The question for Dallas now becomes do the Cowboys have enough balls to go around to all their play-makers?

Let’s take a quick look and what to expect from the Dallas offense in 2010.

Will the arrival of Dez Bryant give the Cowboys too many offensive weapons? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images North America)

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Which Teams Benefited Most From 2010 NFL Draft?

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 24, 2010


Which teams benefited the most from the draft?

Let’s take a look at five teams who improved their teams either by filing multiple needs, or adding impact players.

5.)  New York Jets

Kyle Wilson (right) is a perfect fit to take the Jets defense to a higher level. (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images North America)

What is amazing about the Jets even being on this list, is they only had four picks after various trades that brought in Mark Sanchez, Shonn Greene, and Antonio Cromartie amongst others.  While they only had four picks, every selection that New York made was a good one.  They drafted Boise State corner Kyle Wilson with their first pick, which is an absolutely perfect fit.  Wilson slides into the nickel, and with Antonio Cromartie along with Derrel Revis — the best corner in the game — Rex Ryan has the best trio of corners in the league.  Note to opposing offenses:  good luck.  Then in the second round they drafted tackle Vlad Ducasse, scat back Joe McKnight from USC in the fourth, and fullback John Connor in the fifth.  Connor fits the Rex Ryan type of player — a tough nosed fullback who will play a major rule in the power running game of the Jets for years.

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Time to Reassess Who Is Annointed As Role Models

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 15, 2010


The other day I overheard someone say how outraged they were that Tiger Woods cheated on his wife so often.  “Outrage” is not a term that I think should define your feelings toward what someone did, that you have no connection.  “Outraged” is what Tiger’s wife should feel.  As far as I am concerned, everyone else should feel completely indifferent, besides the fact that he was unfaithful.

I know why people get upset about this.  Morally, he did a bad thing.  I understand that.  But, his choices have in no way affected any of us negatively.  Personally, I have no stake in his choice to commit adultery.  I did not watch much professional golf and this has in no way affected my interest level, besides the fact that we get to make Tiger jokes now.  Within five years, the majority of people will have somewhat forgotten that this even happened.

So, I made the above point my response to their statement.  The other person informed me that it sets a bad example for the kids.  That he’s not being a good role model.

Besides his performance on the course, Tiger Woods (or other athletes) should not be viewed as role models in their personal lives. (Photo by Keith Allison)

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Love Him or Hate Him, A Sauced Jerry Jones Tells It Like It Is

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 14, 2010


As an avid Dallas Cowboys fan, I am always looking for ways to get “closer” to the organization.  Watching player interviews, reading draft reports, or following training camp progress, etc.

Now comes a video that may get many of us closer than every to Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones:


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Ben Roethlisberger: The NFL’s Catch-22

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 13, 2010


By now, you surely know about the latest sexual assault case against Ben Rothlisberger and its subsequent dismissal.  I will not waste your time rehashing the details.  The issue I want to discuss is why the NFL needs to discipline Rothlisberger, and if there is no consequences for his actions, a new NFL Commissioner needs to be found.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell has been very strict against players who have violated the personal conduct policy (i.e. brought embarrassment to the NFL), especially repeat offenders.  Rothlisberger has become a repeat offender with the latest rape accusations in Georgia, Lake Tahoe, and also a motorcycle incident without a helmet that nearly ended his life.

Ben Roethlisburger needs to be suspended -- regardless of his high-stature quarterback position. (Photo by Jeffery Beall)

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From 35 to 30: Why NCAA Basketball Needs to Shorten the Shot Clock

Posted by RichieZ23 on April 8, 2010


Alright, let’s get one thing out of the way first of all.  I fully believe that defense wins championships, and you won’t convince me otherwise.  I have no problem with defensive oriented gameplans.

A slow-it-down defensive oriented approach got Butler into the National Title game and nearly won it for them, as Gordon Hayward almost hit a game winner from half-court, but ultimately Duke endured and won 61-59.

Gordon Hayward almost won it all for Butler in the fifth lowest scoring National Title game over the last 45 years. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

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