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Thursday, October 1st, 2009

Who to draft first Kobe Bryant or Deron Williams?

Kobe is the safer and more well rounded fantasy player but choosing Deron is also a solid way to go. There fantasy ADP (average draft position) are both around picks 5-8.

Case for Kobe: Kobe played in all 82 regular season games averaging 26.8 points, 5.2 rebounds, 4.9 rebounds, 1.5 steals and 1.4 threes per game.  However, he elevated his game in the playoffs averaging 34 points in the conference finals and 32.4 points with 7.4 assists in the NBA Finals. Kobe contributes in almost every category and is a safe top 5 pick. Even though he is getting older his skills are not diminishing and his fantasy numbers remain great as he is evolving into better teammate.

Case for Deron: Williams is the second point guard taken after Chris Paul. Williams played in 68 games last season due to a sprained ankle he suffered early in the year. He averaged 19.4 points, 10.7 assists (second in the NBA), 1.3 steals and 1 three per game. In his last eight games …

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

Knicks should bring in Jack McClinton

The San Antonio Spurs released former University standout Jack McClinton on the eve of training camp. McClinton is the all time 3-point percentage leader in ACC history and was selected by the Spurs in the second round of the 2009 NBA Draft (51st overall). He struggled in the Vegas Summer League but has the potential to light it up as he had consecutive 30-point games against Wake Forest, Duke and North Carolina. He averaged 19.3 points during his junior year while shooting 45% from downtown. The Spurs added NBA veterans Keith Bogans and Dwayne Jones which was a reason he asked for his release.

Before the NBA Draft, there were rumors that Knicks Head Coach Mike D’Antoni praised the 24-year old shooting ability. Donnie Walsh should bring in him in and compete for a spot as the Knicks released sharp shooter Morris Almond.

 

Friday, July 24th, 2009

Knicks talking to Wafer?

Knicks Rumors & News

Donnie Walsh has had discussions with Von Wafer, according to the guard’s agent. Wafer averaged a career high 9.7 points for the Rockets last season. The five-year pro was on the Knicks summer league roster last season but found his niche with Houston. The former second round pick shot 45% from three last season and would provide the Knicks with another shooter off the bench. New York could offer Wafer a one-year deal worth the biannual exception (about $2.9 million). 

Fast forward to about 65 minutes and listen to me (7/23/09 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/realsportstalk/2009/07/24/Real-Sports-Talk

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

My Jets Home Games- Swaggerlicious, Staggerlicious, and Coles in a Tiger Costume

Jets Rumors & News

Somehow I lucked into a split season ticket situation for next year.  4 games, I get to pick which ones.  Basically, a father and son like the Jets but don’t want to go to every game.  The only catch is that the Carolina and Jacksonville games are spoken for.  Is that a catch?  With the AFC East being once again incredibly competitive and Rex Ryan’s promise of a new style of football, I’ve spent some serious time debating which games I should go to.

First choice- and this one’s a no brainer- the Patriots are coming to town in week two for the Jets home opener.  Rex Ryan vs Bill Bellicheat, round one- FIGHT!  This game will bond coaches, payers, and fans for we will stand together against the tyranny of that state just North of Rhode Island.  Tom Brady’s twice surgically repaired knee will be tested as will our revamped secondary I’m sure. Maybe they’ll actually serve beer at this game.

One player I truly can’t stand …

Monday, March 23rd, 2009

Week 22 NBA pickups

Fantasy Playoffs

Teams with five games: Chicago, Phoenix

Teams with four games: Atlanta, Boston, Denver, Detroit, L.A. Clippers, L.A. Lakers, Miami, Minnesota, New York, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Washington

Guards

Keyon Dooling (Nets)- Dooling has started the past four games with PG Devin Hariss sidelined with a shoulder injury. Last week as the starting PG he averaged 15.8 points, 6.5 assists and shot 60% from the field in four games. Dooling recorded  season-highs in minutes (40:42) and points (19) against the Cavs yesterday.

Antoine Wright (Mavs)- Wright has been in the starting lineup since January 6th. He has averaged 12 points and made five three-pointers over this past five games.  He played a season-high (40:23) minutes against the Hawks last Thursday.

Honorable mention: Arron Afflalo (Pistons)

Forwards

Julian Wright (Hornets)- Wright has been in the starting lineup since March 5th. He blocked a season high four shots vs. the Warriors yesterday. The second-year player scored eight points, pulled down seven boards and recorded four steals against the Grizzlies last Friday.

Joe Smith (Cavs)- Smith is averaging modest points (7) and rebounds …

Monday, March 2nd, 2009

Week 19 NBA pickups

Teams with four games: Atlanta, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Golden State, Houston, Memphis, Miami, Milwaukee, New Jersey, Oklahoma City, Phoenix, San Antonio, Washington

Guards

Charlie Bell (Bucks)- Over his past five games Bell has averaged 16 points, one steal and has made 15 three-pointers. In 11 games last month he  played 27 minutes per game and hit a season high five three-pointers last Friday.

Courtney Lee (Magic)- Lee has started the past six games and has scored in double-figures in five of them. The rookie averaged 1.1 steal and 1.5 three-pointers made per game and played and 29:48 minutes per game in February.

Honorable mention: Larry Hughes (Knicks)

Forwards

James Singleton (Mavs)- Over his past five games Singleton is averaging 11 points, 11.6 rebounds and shooting 61% from the field. He pulled down a season high 16 rebounds yesterday against the Raptors. He also blocked three shots last Saturday vs. the Thunder.

Dominic McGuire (Wizards)- McGuire has started every game for the Wizards since December 23rd. In 12 games last month he averaged 7 rebounds, 1.7 blocks and shot …

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Dear Santa,

I know it’s last minute but this year I’ve got a really important item I need to add to my wish list.   Actually, I need you to put it at the top.  I’ve analyzed the playoff standings, read all the local sports pages, and I’ve come to the conlusion that you and your reindeer are the Jets’ only hope of  making the playoffs.  So if you can find it somewhere in your jovial heart to give us one very unlikely Christmas Miracle we promise to put out wings and beer next year instead of cookies and milk.  Even those of us who don’t celebrate Christmas will do it.  Kwanzanites, Jews, Muslims, Agnostics, Branch Davidians, Scientologists- there are Jets fans of all faiths, shapes, and sizes and we’ve really had a rough couple of months.

I know the team itself might not look like they deserve it, but Belichick cheats so neither do the Patriots.   Ever been to Boston?  Grumpy, wicked Retaaahhds everywhere…  Stay away Santa, trust me….

Monday, December 22nd, 2008

Week 7 NBA Pickups

Guards

Aaron Brooks (Rockets)- Brooks averaged 15 points, five rebounds, five assists and 1.3 steals in three games last week. He also shot 45% from the field and 91% from the free throw line. He has played at least 42 minutes in two of his past three games with PG Rafer Alston sidelined with an hamstring injury.

Jarret Jack (Pacers)- Jack scored a  season high 27 points against the Clippers last Friday. In his past three games he is averaging 21 points, 5.6 assists and two steals per game. PG T.J. Ford returned to the lineup on Saturday from a groin injury. However, Jack played 31 minutes in that game and dished out a season high eight assists.

Honorable mention: Louis Williams (76ers)

Forwards

James Singleton (Mavs)- Singleton pulled down 13 rebounds, blocked three shots and had three steals against the Wizards yesterday. He played 28 minutes and can be a good source for FG % and rebounds if given enough playing time.

Andres Nocioni (Bulls)- Over his past three games Nocioni has averaged 17.6 points, six rebounds …

Week 17 pickups

Running backs

Fred Jackson (Bills)-  RB Marshawn Lynch left the game in the second quarter with a shoulder injury which allowed Jackson to total 113 yards of offense against the Broncos. He rushed for a TD  in the fourth quarter and could start in Week 17 if Lynch is out.

Jaamal Charles (Chiefs)- Charles caught three passes for 102 yards against the Dolphins last week. He only carried the ball three times but has a favorable matchup against the Bengals this week.

Honorable mention: Ladell Betts (Redskins)

Wide Receivers

Chris Henry (Bengals)- With WR Chad Johnson out for the game against the Browns, Henry took advantage and caught a TD for the second straight week. If Johnson is out again he could be a low end start against the Chiefs this week.

Johnnie Lee Higgins (Raiders)- Higgins has 122 yards and two touchdowns his past two games. This month he has a 56 yard catch and is averaging 18 yards per reception

Honorable mention: Devard Darling (Chiefs)

Tight End

Anthony Fasano(Dolphins)- Fasano caught two touchdowns last week against the Chiefs. …

Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

No joke, my keyboard shorted out yesterday when I started working on this week’s post.  Coincidence?  I think not.  The last two games have been nothing but abysmal for Jets fans and the venom inside of me must have leaked out of my finger tips and fried my keyboard.  The venom is green  in case you wanted to know and it glows in the dark.

What the Jets appear to be missing is a big set of steel balls.  We look Timid. Afraid.  Very much like Daniel-san in the first Karate Kid.  We’re so close to getting the girl but because of our own stupid pranks (gadget play calls) we’re in a shower costume being chased down and beaten up by a bunch of teenage skeletons.  Where is Miyagi when your secondary needs him?

The forced delay in posting this gave me time to cool my Jets and reflect upon our situation.  The only real change is that there is zero room to wiggle here.  We must win …

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Daunte’s Terrell O…

So I heard a report on ESPN this morning that Daunte Culpepper was supposed to meet with the Chiefs yesterday to finalize an agreement to play and sign a contract.  Instead, Culpepper rejected the offer because he has “a better opportunity with another team.”  The first thing that came to my mind was an image of Terrell Owens whining so much that Jerry Jones caved in and gave Culpepper a call. You heard it here first, Culpepper to the Cowboys with the promise of reliving his golden years when he used to just huck the ball 50 yards at a time to Randy Moss.

At least that’s what Owens, Jones, and Culpepper are imagining.

Here’s what I’m imagining.  Culpepper arrives in Dallas to much fanfare where he quickly learns that his undisciplined style can totally fly as long as he wins and Romo stays hurt.  The way he sees it, he’ll win a few games, get some contract leverage in the process, and then ride the bench all …

Friday, October 24th, 2008
Jets Rumors & News

Momentum
1: a property of a moving body that the body has by virtue of its mass and motion and that is equal to the product of the body’s mass and velocity; broadly : a property of a moving body that determines the length of time required to bring it to rest when under the action of a constant force
or
2: strength or force gained by motion or through the development of events : impetus

“The campaign gained momentum.”

Sports are all about momentum.  Which team has it and which team has lost it.  Look at definition #2 above and now look at our lowly Jets.  Events have developed in such a manner that it seems just by taking the field the Jets are giving the opposing team momentum.  Favre’s first play against the Bengels?  Here’s the ball (fumble) and go score a touchdown.  Our first drive against the Patriots?  Missed chip shot.  Our first against the Cardinals?  offsides on the defense-NOT and another “here’s the ball, go score a …

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