November 28th, 2011
The NBA has finally reached an agreement with the players ending the 149 day lockout. Lakers/Bulls, Heat/Mavericks, and Knicks/Celtics will kick off the 2011 NBA season on Christmas. As you can see in this video, the players are ready to get the the season started… and so am I! My thoughts on the aftermath of the NBA lockout coming soon…
Since Vince Young proclaimed his squad “The Dream Team” during the offseason, the losses are starting to pile up for the “Super Bowl or bust” Philadelphia Eagles. The New England Patriots came in to Lincoln Financial Field and beat up an already wounded Eagles team. Vince Young’s 2nd start in an Eagle’s uniform was unsuccessful, despite a 400 yard, 1 TD performance. The beginning of the game seemed promising for the Eagles after building a 10-0 lead in the 1st quarter. After being down early, the Patriots didn’t look back. Tom Brady’s no huddle offense scored 3 straight touchdowns on the confused Eagle defense to capture the lead for good. Once again this 2011 Eagles team has folded under pressure. LeSean McCoy, the Eagles leading rusher, really didn’t get involved. New England’s defense held McCoy to his 2nd lowest rushing total of the season (10 rushes, 41 yards). Meanwhile, DeSean Jackson continues to have an inconsistent 2011 campaign. Jackson dropped 2 sure touchdown passes in the 2nd half that left him on the bench in the 4th quarter. “DeSean has to do a better job. I wanted to give other guys a chance in fourth quarter,” Reid said after the game.
Offense hasn’t been the problem for Philly; they rank 2nd overall in rushing yards per game and top 10 in total offense. The Eagles defense however, has been horrendous at times this season. Including Sunday’s loss, the Eagles have lost 3 games in which they were ahead by 10 or more points this year. Penalties and injuries have also plagued Philly. The Eagles committed 10 penalties against the Patriots. A handful of key players were unable to play, including starting QB Michael Vick (who is still nursing 2 broken ribs), as well as free agent acquisitions Nnamdi Asomugha and Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie.
During the offseason, the Philly Eagles were very active in free agency. They acquired a boat load of talent in hopes of making a strong playoff push. Despite assembling a talented team, the new acquisitions have yet to translate to wins. After their 7th loss, the Eagles have little to no chance of making the playoffs. They are now sitting at the bottom of the NFC East tied with the Washington Redskins. With 5 games left on the schedule, Andy Reid’s job is on the hot seat. Philadelphia must remain competitive in these games in order for Reid to keep his job. Eagles’ fans are disgusted with their team’s performance and have grown impatient. Their demands for Reid’s firing will grow louder with each loss…
The Bayou Bengals, punched their ticket to the SEC championship to face the Georgia Bulldogs after a dominate 41-17 win over #3 Arkansas. It was yet another impressive victory by LSU as their offense racked up points, while their defense suffocated the Razorbacks. Super sophomore Tyrann Mathieu once again made his presence felt during the game with a 92 yard touchdown punt return to go along with 2 forced fumbles. Mathieu led a vaunted LSU defense that held Arkansas to 47 yards rushing. Razorback QB Tyler Wilson was under duress all day and failed to get any kind of rhythm going after his only TD pass that came in the 2nd quarter. He was also sacked 5 times and intercepted once.
Tiger QB Jordan Jefferson didn’t have a particularly strong game for the Tigers, but it wasn’t needed. LSU used their trio of running backs, as well as the athletic Jefferson to gain 286 yards rushing (6.2 yards per carry). After Arkansas took a 14-0 lead in the 2nd quarter, LSU turned up the heat, outscoring their opponent 41-3 for the rest of the game. For a team that hadn’t been down more than 3 points all season, this was by far LSU’s toughest test of the season. Friday’s test however, was passed with flying colors, as the Tigers made their 12th consecutive victory look easy.
Besides a 3 point victory over Alabama, LSU has dominated all the opponents they have faced this season. Next Saturday’s SEC showdown will Georgia will indeed be a stiff test for LSU. Time and time again the Bayou Bengals have proven to be the superior team in 2011, and December 3rd will be no different. The only question now is can the BCS pick a worthy opponent for LSU in the title game? I personally would like to see a LSU/Bama rematch. The Crimson Tide is the only team that has the capability to match the Tigers weapons and athleticism. Only time will tell if the BCS will get it right… but even if they do pick the right opponent, will it even be a contest?
A tribute to the greatest dunker of all time, Vince Carter. This clip features some of his best in-game dunks.
Ran across some Kobe highlights from 2003. I think this game signified the passing of the torch from Jordan to Kobe. Kobe was lights out in this game, scoring 55 points. He was hitting shots from all over the court, overshadowing MJ’s 23 point effort.
For the past several days Penn State has been a lightning rod for controversy after former football coach Jerry Sandusky was indicted on multiple counts of child abuse. The long tenured defensive coordinator was arrested on charges of molesting at least 8 children between 1994 and 2009. As of Wednesday, the University fired long time head football coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier. The dismissal was a shock to many; Paterno had just announced that his 46th season as head coach would be his last. The university’s decision sent the campus into an uproar. Students and alumni gathered to protest on campus as well as through social networks to show their displeasure. In Paterno’s resignation statement, he referred to the scandal as “one of the great sorrows of my life…”
In 2002, a graduate assistant notified the former head coach after witnessing Sandusky molesting a boy in the shower. Paterno immediately notified Athletic Director Tim Curley, but failed to notify authorities. The situation was basically swept under the rug. Sandusky was banned from having youth sports camps on campus and was no longer allowed to bring children to campus facilities. And yet, no one believed Sandusky was enough of a hazard to youth to call the police? Even after informing his superiors, Paterno never bothered to follow up on the situation, or wonder why nothing was done. I guess the hectic college football schedule kept the iconic coach from further inquiries. For years after being caught having intercourse with a minor, Sandusky was still allowed access to Penn State’s football facilities. According to published reports, Sandusky worked out in Penn State’s weight room as late as last week.
Joe Paterno, forever a Penn State legend, was not fired for what he did do, but what he didn’t do. Yes he made the right decision to notify the Athletic Director, but child abuse is a situation that should have never been kept “in-house.” The fact that Sandusky was still allowed to have access to the facilities was severe negligence by Paterno. This forced Penn State University to make a very tough decision, the right decision. Unfortunately, the media circus surrounding the scandal has distracted us from what is most important, the victims. Having to wait over a decade for justice to finally be served must be an extremely traumatic experience for the victims and their families. No man should be immune to injustice, regardless of status. The winningest coach in college football history found that out the hard way…
Hometown hero David Freese’s walk off home run capped a thrilling Game 6 World Series victory by the St. Louis Cardinals. This 11 inning game featured several lead changes and plenty of homers. This was the 1st ever World Series game to have multiple home runs in extra innings. Twice the Texas Rangers were 1 strike away from their 1st World Series title. Each time however, the scrappy Cardinals found ways to survive. In the Bottom of the 9th down 2, Freese hit a 2 RBI triple to force extra innings. In the 10th, Lance Berkman’s RBI single tied the game yet again, which lead to Freese’s heroics. The Cardinals became the 1st team in World Series history to overcome a 2 run deficit twice in a game. It marked the 5th time they came from behind to tie the score. After what some consider to be one of the greatest games in World Series history, the Cardinals and Rangers have to muster up what little energy they have left to play for the title in what is sure to be an epic Game 7. Tomorrow’s game will once again feature both clubs’ aces in Chris Carpenter and C.J. Wilson. Expect the unexpected, as both teams will surely leave everything they have left at Busch Stadium. Can the Cardinals finish off the Rangers after a captivating Game 6 victory? Or will the Rangers find a way to pick up the pieces after losing a game they easily could have won? I predict the Cardinals will defeat the Rangers to capture their 11th championship in front of Cardinal nation despite a valiant effort from their opponent.