AP Top 10 Preseason … ALL HAIL THE SEC! Part 2

6) Texas A&M

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There is so much stuff going on with this team at that the moment that I do not now know where to begin. First, the signal caller needs to stop being Johnny “So College Bro” Manziel. This discussion is meant for another post, but for now I will say, “No Manziel equals no chance at the West title or even at a major bowl game.” Texas A&M has 6 starters both on offense and defense returning but this could change with a possible Manziel suspension. Their rushing game must pick it up in order for Manziel to have the heat taken off him (even if he plays). They have a strong schedule, but they will be “Roll-Tided” early on and knocked out of BCS chances if Manziel is not playing (Possible game of the year here). Whoever plays quarterback will have good protection again thanks to the depth of the line which is what the SEC is notorious for. Their secondary and defense looks good with some starters returning, but there is just so much in the air right now. You need Manziel, and if I were the coaching staff, I would sit this kid down and tell him he better shape up or the team has to take losses or even wins without him.

7) South Carolina

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I dont…I dont even know where to begin, but i will start in an obvious spot. I started following Clowney around the time I really got into college football and football in general. I remember him being the top prospect and wondering why he would go to South Carolina and not Alabama who had just won their first BCS National Championship or Florida who had Urban Meyer and were equally good. Ever since, this kid has been nothing but a menace. He is frightful and I have always thought of him as one of the best defensive ends even when he entered as a freshman. Now, South Carolina shares a similar schedule with Georgia in regards to having to play three top contending teams. The good thing is that South Carolina’s offense has matured, which means they can hopefully do a lot better this year. The defense has carried South Carolina for the past couple of years (as shown by Clowney’s murderous hit). If South Carolina’s offense puts up 30 points a game, then I would recant my comment about Georgia reaching the SEC Championship from before. The hard thing about this is which quarterback will take the snaps and the hopes of Davis filling in for Lattimore, who is a ‘Niner now, may be a long shot. I want Clowney to win this year so he can leave and start his NFL career, but that’s just me and the other SEC quarterbacks’ hopes.

8) Clemson

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I will tell you why this team is going to be much better than the Florida State “powerhouses” we have seen in the past couple of years. Firstly, this team is going up against two SEC teams that are ranked in the top ten in two of their four out of conference games. That alone proves this team is willing to take on the best. Second, they quietly finished at 11-2 last year and they hit bad tides a couple years back when they got embarrassed by 70-35 in their bowl game. However, they can score and not many teams are going to be able to shut down their scoring efforts very well. They have defensive problems much like Georgia, and they look like the Mud Dogs defense without Bobby Bouche. There are 7 returning starters on each side, but the offense is more ready to go this year with Tajh Boyd and and Sammy Watkins. The hardest part is going to be the opener against Georgia (offensive powerhouse SEC) and the closer against South Carolina (defensive powerhouse SEC). If, however, this team rises up and beats both of them (even one of them), I can see them going to a major bowl game. Their schedule may be too weak to warrant a BCS national championship game, unless they are unbeaten and win the conference championship. However, I like this team and they can make a good run if the defense can find a rhythm.

9) Louisville

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Around a year ago in October to November, I text my brother telling him that Lousiville was third in the nation when it comes to the defense giving up points and I said their quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was a good player. I humbly stand corrected about this and say he is now an excellent player. Louisville is the underdog of this top 10 and I can see them climbing these polls as all these teams destroy their own seasons. The only way at this point for Louisville to make the Big Dance is to be the only team or one of the last two teams standing undefeated. With their schedule, they could be poised to go undefeated and should with all the talent returning. They have 17 returning starters and most of which are on that stingy defense. Their problem is running the ball and their offensive line. If those two big issues are fixed somehow, then Louisville’s fate is sealed and they can move “forward”. However, they showed they can play with the big boys when the thrashed Florida in the Sugar Bowl. That 33-23 win was not as close as many think. Louisville proved that day they can play with the big boys and teams better recognize. Teddy may end up being the Heisman trophy winner unless Clowney decides to start intercepting the ball and sacking the quarterbacks on every other play. Overall, this team can make a run and I am excited to watch them play. It is clear and simple Louisville and I will make it simple: “Win…Win…Win…Win.” You do this, and you will be in the dance or at least a major bowl game.

10) Florida

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Florida comes back with a lot of questions raised. The team did not perform well in their performance against Louisville, but that team was tough in respect to them. Florida’s secondary is somehow still good even though they have 3 returning starters. The team has to reload and begin figuring out how to pass the ball this year. In addition, the front seven must be addressed before they can step forward but this SEC team (like many) has good depth and they may only need to find the right chemistry to be okay. For the offense, Driskel must begin passing the ball more, means relying on his receivers to get open. For Florida, correcting the pass rush and getting a pass offense is what they lack from moving up further in the ranks, clearly the pattern is in the word pass. They must play Georgia, LSU, and South Carolina . They could also make a run for the title, but it will be a little more difficult as they are the last team in the top ten and would need to be all teams on their schedule.

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My choice for the championship realistically/idealistically:

Well, this is the breakdown from the top 10. This group seems to be heavily strong towards offensive prowess which is a nice change. Overall, Alabama is the more realistic choice here and it makes sense really. Three championships in the past four years. However, ideally I would pin them against the Lousville Cardinals. I love this team and everything they have achieved in the past year. They came from nowhere in the Big East and were probably underestimated by many teams and were expected to lose to Florida. Instead, Louisville came in and decided to K.O. Florida within three quarters and prove who the real team was. I hope it happens again and I hope the best for Bridgewater. This young man does not have the best line nor the best run game and he was able to produce an astounding 3,400 passing yards along with 25 touchdowns to 7 interceptions. Louisville v. Alabama, you heard it here first.

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Top 10 Preseason … ALL HAIL THE SEC! Part 1

The season opens tonight with #24 USC at Hawaii, but let’s delve into the top 10 as a preview for the college football fans. As expected, the SEC is the dominant force in the opening polls with half the top ten consisting of their powerhouses. Let’s breakdown each team and why they are ranked accordingly starting with the two time defending champions.

1) Alabama:

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To honestly say that the Rolltide would not be number 1 in the rankings I would have to smack you and say you know nothing about College Football. This is a dynasty in the making which is extremely rare to discover in the college world. Saban did lose a couple of studs last year like Dee Milliner on defense (possibly next Darrelle Revis) and offensive role players like Eddie Lacy, and D.J. FLuker. However, Saban made sure that plenty of players had experience last year and there are going to be a good amount of players for defense. 11 players have good enough experience for Saban and his defense wrecking which only gave up a stingy 10.9 points (1st in the country). A.J. Mccaron will be fine too. He has the explosive and powerful Amare cooper still along with T.J. Yeldon who has not yet tapped into his true potential. The only thing stopping Alabama from winning again is themselves. They have 18 freshmen, 28 sophomores, 30 juniors, and 18 seniors. Of the seniors, 12 are linemen and receivers which means almost nothing except that Saban will look for more of those two positions in the upcoming prospects. This team is young and experienced enough to win again. The only problem may be players on offense stepping up. Both Amare and T.J. had their parties last year and so the conference is ready for these studs. It is up to the senior unit to keep defenses guessing. They do this, they repeat. Expect ‘Bama to win again this year, or to have a 12-2 season, with that second loss coming in the last game of the college football season.

2) Ohio St.

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My friend told me about Braxton Miller, but I did not really look into him until the end of the season and oh boy I missed a lot. This guy put the team on his back and I am saying that he is indeed a Heisman candidate. Overall, Ohio State has a strong team and they also dictate whether they make the dance. Their secondary looks impenetrable as all the starters are returning, but they mostly reload in the front seven. If the team can put play-makers there, then they will have no hiccup and go meet ‘Bama in the national championship. They have 9 returning starters for offense which is going to take a load off Braxton. Urban Meyer returns in his second dream job season and quite frankly this should be a good year for Buckeyes fans. Good Buckeyes.

3) Oregon

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This is an excellent surprise to see another conference stepping up to battle the SEC cause quite frankly they are tired of shutouts (Or at least I know ‘Bama is). The Ducks come back with 9 offensive returners and 7 defensive returners as well. Marcus Mariota comes back with basically the same guys at his disposal which means their scoring capability will remain the same. The big question, however, is not how much the Ducks are able to score, but how much they can put up with the presence of their fearless leader going to the Eagles. This is going to be interesting to see how the Ducks are going to fair without their most successful head coach in school history. Now, the Ducks also have injuries in the secondary which may or may not hurt them in the long run. At the moment, Oregon is poised to be the PAC-12 champions unless Stanford or another team (USC and UCLA) picks up their game. The team has a very tough schedule and you could see them playing a very talented Washington team and of course Stanford to boot. If they survive, Oregon could be heading to the BCS National Championship if Ohio State and/or Bama have a misstep.

4) Stanford

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Now we come to the next team on the list and I am shocked at how they are fourth. It makes sense to have ‘Bama at first but I find it difficult to place third only because they had a good season. This team has battled through losing Andrew Luck last year and many more starters. They ended 12-2 under coach David Shaw who also won them a bowl game. In addition, they have the toughest schedule with a strong and upcoming Pac-12 conference that could potentially rival the SEC in a couple of years. The key for Stanford is for Hogan (their new QB) to step and have an excellent year. They also need a lot of production out of Taylor in order for their team to go far and make a run for the title. The have 7 returning offenses and 10 returning defensive players. David Shaw has caught wind of what the SEC is doing and is manipulating it. He has recruited good linemen both defensively and offensively in the past couple of years. He is also recruiting good defensive players and this is why they could make a run soon.

5) Georgia

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This is a school I have grown to admire and really take notice of in the past couple of years. Georga comes off a bowl win and one play from beating Alabama in the SEC championship so I think I can say they will take things more personally this year if they play ‘Bama. Aaron Murray can go to work again since all but one of his wide receivers and linemen have graduated or gone to the draft. 10 returning starters on offense not only gives Georgia a strong unit, but also better chemistry and more maturity. Their schedule includes Clemson, South Carolina, and Florida . They have one of the toughest schedules out there thanks to the three teams above.  So, the question is how the teams will take Georgia down? Well, Georgia lost about 7 starters last year on defense which means reload time (including Jarvis Jones and Alec Ogletree)!!! They have to play with the pieces and see what will work for them. The nice thing is Georgia’s depth and if they beat Alabama in SEC championship (because I have both those teams returning to the ‘real’ Big Dance), then watch out for the BCS national championship no matter who is there. They are favorites for the SEC East, but I think this will be a tough year for them given their schedule..

To be continued shortly….

Go Play Outside Johnny!

Do I like Johnny Manziel? Yes. Do I think he deserved to be suspended and that he clearly needs to start thinking before he acts? Absolutely. Did I know that he would play in every game or merely miss one? Duh. There was no way in hell the NCAA would allow its most marketable asset to miss more than one game and not be on the field against the most anticipated face-off of the 2013 season, Texas A&M vs. Alabama. For those of you who aren’t aware, Johnny Manziel has been suspended for the first half for this Saturday’s game against Rice University. How did it come to this you ask? Let me explain.

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Reports surfaced, along with informants, that Johnny Manziel had signed memorabilia in hotel rooms and had received over $7,500 from brokers. Apparently there was sufficient information and backing to this, but this half game suspension might disprove that theory. On the other hand, it could prove how consistently inconsistent the NCAA is in their rulings and how ridiculous they will continue to look. The NCAA is that kid in the corner of the room with a dunce cap on his head. The half-game suspension was handed down because the NCAA claims Manziel did not take the proper steps to prevent this from happening. Texas A&M’s lawyers claim they accepted the penalty because they wanted to get Johnny back on the field.

UNCLE NATE!!!!

UNCLE NATE!!!!

Now, don’t get me wrong College Football is arguably my favorite sport, but its governing body needs a few slaps to the head. Let’s touch on some past head-scratchers:

  1. USC – Gets a three year bowl ban and loss of a ton of scholarships because Reggie Bush’s parents accepted some free stuff, Reggie was already in the NFL at this point for a couple of years, so let’s punish a school and the players that now have 0 to do with Reggie Bush?
  2. Penn State – Loss of  10 scholarships per year, a large amount of money ($60 million), loss of all victories from 1998-2011, basically attempting to destroy a program because of something that one man did an the reluctance of a few others to take extra steps, but let’s penalize the incoming athletes and the people replacing these other individuals, instead of the individuals.
  3. Miami – Reportedly a booster, Devin Shapiro, paid former and current Miami players, but the NCAA had to stop its investigation, to investigate its own employees and whether or not unethical practices had taken place. Miami is still waiting on a ruling regarding their case after nearly three months, Miami could reach the ACC Championship game and have it stripped away from it the day before. Ridiculous.

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College athletes have been accepting forms of payments since god knows when. In the late 80s with the SMU “Death Penalty” there were funds being provided under the table (BTW watch the “30 for 30” on this scandal). It has been over 25 years since that and athletes are still accepting payments, compensation and gifts. This will always be an issue, even if the NCAA allows players to be paid, other versions of this issue will arise. There are reports coming out now that these autograph brokers have “client lists” dating back to 2004 (YIKES!).  Johnny Manziel was trying to cash in on “Johnny Football” just like the the NCAA has. Yes, he is held to a higher standard and should hold himself in such as well now that he is a Heisman winner, but only time will tell if he makes smarter decisions.

-Anthony

Aaron Hernandez: Former NFL tight end, PCP addict, Murderer, and the boy who cried wolf.

In the recent Rolling Stone article, Bill Solotariff points out that Aaron Hernandez was a heavy angel dust user over the past year.  Hernandez may have been the best ‘fantasy’ tight end but at the end of all this lies a bigger issue, college football coaches protecting their most talented players from crime while leaving them uneducated and uncontrolled.  All superior athletes growing up in current day America get their ego’s “pumped up” on the regular, whether it’s 8 year old Johnnie kicking a field goal or 17 year old Darrell clobbering the freshmen quarterback; athletes are being taught that if they perform on the field that everything off the field will be taken care of and that’s not reality.  The athlete of the next generations needs to learn how to grow up in reality because I believe that right now there are too many coaches and institutions that worry too much about the dollar signs and fame that they receive from guarding the egos of their star players.

The boy who cried wolf is a simple lesson that I believe  youth football coaches need to take into account when they are dealing with their star players specifically regarding education.  You cannot just go through the education system and completely ignore the education you are being provided. This means you have someone ignoring the educational institution that provides a guideline for a successful life and that pays your coaches’ salaries.  These players who are crying wolf need to see that when they are face to face with the wolf they could yell and scream until they took their last gasp of air but no one will come save them.

Dilson Herrea to the Mets, Harvey to the DL

Herrea (left) a smaller second basemen could mean the Mets moving Daniel Murphy in a future trade.

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Dilson Herrea (left) was traded to the Mets today for John Buck and Marlon Byrd.

For a Buck and a Byrd the Mets acquired Dilson Herrea and a player later to be named from the Pittsburgh Pirates minutes ago.  Does this mean that Sandy Alderson has a plan to use Daniel Murphy as future trade bait possibly this off season? The Mets need help all over the diamond and if trading Murph will get us two players that can start immediately I’m okay with sending him on his way.  I love Murph and I love the Mets but I think its time he goes to a team that will respect him.

And Matt Harvey was officially placed on the DL today.  Lets hope Wheeler can pick up where Harvey left off.

Roy Hibbert is filling out

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I’ll be honest I know that the NBA is months away but this is worthy of being looked at. Roy Hibbert looks to be putting on some serious size and at 7’ft. 2″in. he could be nearing 300 pounds in the future. There have been a couple of NBA players who’ve weighed more than 300 pounds. I think that Hibbert could get to the 300 pound club to make him the 14th player since 1990 to eclipse that mark.

What If the Yanks kept Soriano?

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Again, hear me out.

162 game averages :

Player Hits 2B HR RBI SB BB SO GDP
                 
A-Rod 177 29 39 125 18 85 135 16
                 
Soriano 171 40 35 99 19 47 148 11

Another interesting number when comparing the production of these two players is the location in the batting order that they produced these numbers in. In A-Rod’s career (throughout the whole span) he has hit in the 3-4 spot 71.85% compared to Soriano who has hit there 21.17%, but has batted in the lead-off spot 41.21% of his career. Think about the numbers Soriano put up for the Rangers, Nationals and Cubs when they were all last place teams and hitting lead-off almost half the time along with being moved around the line-up. Now think about what he could have produced if he was hitting anywhere in the Yankees lineup from 2004-2012. Soriano came up and was a speed demon with power in the lead-off spot and his speed went underutilized after 2008 with the Cubs, which is head-scratching. A-Rod’s speed was also an asset of his but he was more known for his pure power and great contact. What’s shocking is how close the home run numbers are over the past 9 years since they were traded. Let’s also not forget to factor in the proven notion that Yankee Stadium is a launching pad, and who knows what Soriano could have done here.

Now listen I’m not saying we would have or would have won the 2009 World Series without A-Rod and the actually clutch performance he put on throughout that postseason. But the headaches, the drama and the disappointment that has followed ever since trading for A-Rod in the 2004 season. We reached two world series when we had Soriano and only one since we’ve acquired A-Rod.  Let’s take a look at this financially speaking too now. Since being traded to Texas, Alfonso Soriano has averaged a $13.322 million salary per year, with most of that money coming after 2008 in a bad contract offered by the once “spend-happy” Chicago Cubs. Now in the other pocket, we have the worst contract in baseball history. A-Rod’s contract since 2004 has averaged over $27.555 million, helping the Yankees break the luxury tax threshold by milestones. Consider the fact that there would have been more money for the Yankees to spend on other superstars and stay around that total salary number they hovered around for years during the early 2000s, but adding another player rather than spending it on one guy. Hindsight is always 20/20, and call me crazy but I would have kept Soriano and built from there if I were the Yankees going back. There are some things that would have been changed guaranteed: less headaches, less insults, less boos and less scrutiny. We can’t go back, but now the Yanks seem to be in somewhat of a rebuilding mode after mistakes made in years past. Tell me what your thoughts are on this!

-Anthony

Knicks Preview 2013-2014

After a fantastic 2012-13 contest where the Knicks won 54 games, they look to improve on that number next season and make an even deeper run into the playoffs. The lineup as it stands looks impressive on paper and the 2013-2014 New York Knicks season is going to be a flagrantly fun one (bad MWP and JR Smith joke) to say the least. The Knicks have had some crucial additions / losses from the ‘12-’13 season so let’s have a quick break down to get everyone up to speed.

Key Losses:

  • Chris Copeland aka The Galloping Lesbian aka Brittany Griner – Sweet dreadlocks, but a defensive liability. Seemingly scored at will and put up high points when he was on the court, but the Knicks couldn’t afford him. He was one of the most underrated players of last season left as an UFA to the Pacers. 
  • Steve Novak aka Novakaine – Three point specialist (and fan favorite) who towards the end of the season lost some playing time / lost his only valuable asset, his shot from beyond the arc, left in trade with Toronto.tumblr_m5ld2ohUeA1rtnwmvo1_500

  • Jason Kidd aka Crash Bandicoot – Retired and is now the head coach of the Brooklyn Nets

    Too soon?!?!

  • Marcus Camby aka Marcus Camby- One of my favorite Knicks of all time. Not utilized properly, was involved in trade to Toronto which he’s PISSED about.

  • James ‘Flight’ White- Dude sucked a bag of dicks. Was supposed to be an auto-win in the dunk contest…..NOPE

  • Quentin Richardson – oh the title of this is KEY losses….this guy is a bum

Key Signings/Trades:

  • JR Smith– The reigning 6th man of the year was resigned to a 3yr/17mil. deal which he’s currently using to drive around $450k armored vehicle around NYC. Streaky shooter, but a solid player and when he’s hot….is the hottest player on the planet. Last season he seemed to have a new vision on the court; less chucking and a more balanced and intelligent selection of shots. If he can keep this up when he returns from knee surgery, the Knicks SG situation is going to be nasty. 

  • Pablo Prigioni  aka Pablo Pepperoni aka Priggie Smalls- Smart BBall IQ, able to space the floor. Needs to grow a pair and shoot the open 3 pointer. New York’s best lineups last season included Prigioni at the point and Felton playing off the ball. He is like a ghost on the court, tipping passes, ruining plays and stealing the ball out of nowhere. This guy is awesome. 

  • Kenyon Martin – One of my favorite players ever. Big man, Big blocks, Big dunks, rebounds and can fill in quite nicely when Chandler is off the court. Signing for the vet minimum is a HUGE steal for the Knicks.

  • Metta World Peace aka Ron Artest aka ??? – Fierce perimeter defense, extremely tough, makes problems for shooters on the floor. Minus the possibility of him kicking some fans asses, he’s a fantastic pick up and will prove as a TREMENDOUS bargain for $1.6 Mil. Teaming him up with local nutcase JR Smith should be a fun ride for NBA fans of all ages. QUEENSBRIDGE STAND UPimages

  • Andrea Bargnani- This is what they call in the biz as a high risk/high reward situation. The Knicks traded Novak, QRich, Camby and a few picks (‘14 2nd round, ‘16 1st round, and ‘17 2nd round) for this Italian Stallion. Known as a ‘soft’ center/PF. This is by far the most confusing move the Knicks made this year because the seven footer isn’t much of a rebounder or a defender (what the Knicks really lacked last season) he’s a stretch-4 that can help Carmelo. He needed a change of scenery, and hopefully MSG is the place to do it.

  • Beno Udrih– Tremendous STEAL for the Vet minimum. Doesn’t seem like a huge acquisition, but the dude can ball. Averaged 8.2ppg with ~5 assists in 22 mins. With an aging Prigioni/Felton, Beno is going to get some quality minutes.

    I think it’s just better to put a picture of Beno’s wife instead of him…thank me later

Other Notables

  • Tim Hardaway Jr. – Dad ISN’T Penny Hardaway. Hardaway is coming into a team with a solid shooting guard situation. He may see some minutes if there’s an injury this season, but its pretty much going to be the Shump/Smith show.

  • CJ Leslie– MVP of NC State the last couple of years. I really like his game and was PUMPED when the Knicks signed him.He’s incredibly athletic and a great scorer. Scouts say he lacks motor and sometimes gives up on plays, but Woody will whoop him into shape real quick. Similar to Hardaway he comes into a log-jammed PF situation with STAT and Bargnani so his minutes will be limited in the early going.

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

    The HAMMAAAAAAA

  • Jeremy Tyler– This guy turned so many heads in the Summer League that he got offered a contract with the Knicks. He’ll be the third center option behind Chandler and Bargnani/Kenyon. Kid’s 6’11” so he can match up with many other centers in the league. All its going to take is some quality outings to gain more minutes.

    BOOM SHAKALAKA

My Starting 5

PG- Raymond Felton

SG- Iman Shumpert

SF- Carmelo Anthony

PF- Andrea Bargnani

C- Tyson Chandler

Second Team

PG- Pablo Prigioni

SG- JR Smith

SF- Metta World Peace

PF- Amar’e Stoudemire

C- Kenyon Martin

The ’12-’13 Knicks are deep at a few positions. The PG crew of Felton, Prigioni and Udrih is pleasantly deep and each brings something different to the table. Felton has the ability to score, Prigioni is a playmaker and Udrih is a veteran who can be creative and can make a play off the dribble. The Knickerbockers are also deep at the Shooting guard position with Shump, JR and recently drafted Hardaway Jr. The forward position is swamped with talent including: Melo, Stat, MWP, Bargnani, Kenyon, Jeremy Tyler and CJ Leslie. The only position the Knicks are truly lacking is a backup big man. They have players that could potentially fill in (Bargs, Kenyon, Tyler) but none are as ‘true’ a center as Chandler. The Knicks have one more spot open on their roster so look for them to find a backup big with potential like Hamed Haddadi (who they worked out last week), Earl Barron or maybe even Cole Aldrich. The Knicks are going to make some waves this season, and still (and forever will) run NY. This may be the season Knicks fans have been waiting for since ’73.

Is that Louis CK in the background ??!?!?!?!

Lemme know what you guys think.

-DiRoma

PED Use Not Only a Problem in Major League Baseball but in The NFL Too

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In the wake of the Alex Rodriguez PED circus I thought that it would be relevant to discuss the NFL players that have been suspended for parts of the 2013-2014 NFL regular season.  Now understand that the MLB and NFL do have separate rules regarding PED’s but what it boils to is players trying to gain an edge over their opponents no matter the sport.

Jo-Lonn Dunbar – Linebacker- St. Louis Rams – 4 Games

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A Boston College graduate that was part of the New Orleans Saints 2009 Super Bowl Champion team.  Dunbar was pegged to be the starting middle linebacker for the St. Louis Rams week one but his four game suspensions handed down from the league for PED use will put that on hold until week 5.  St. Louis’s defense is good but no team can afford to lose a guy who they are depending on to be a starter and I believe that the Rams will suffer from his lose.

Asa Jackson – Cornerback – Baltimore Ravens – 8 Games

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Jackson was an unknown on the Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl Champion team of 2012 and maybe the departure of a lot of defensive veterans pressure him to up his performance and take PED’s.  Truthfully I cannot tell you why Jackson took PED’s but what I can tell you is that he won’t be receiving a paycheck for eight weeks.  This is Jackson’s second violation of the NFL’s PED policy as he also tested positive for Adderall in 2012 serving a four game suspension.  When will Jackson get the message?

Bruce Irvin – Outside Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks – 4 Games

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Irvin is the best player on this list and the Seahawks are going to suffer from him not playing the first four games of the 2013 season.  Irvin is coming off his rookie season where he recorded 8 sacks and going into this year Pete Carroll was looking for Irvin to be the number one pass rusher on the Seattle front line.  Unfortunately that will have to wait until after the Seahawks week four matchup against the Texans to get on the field.

DeMarcus Love – Left Tackle – Minnesota Vikings – 4 Games

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The most Love has done in his career that is relevant to anyone is he protected Ryan Mallet’s blind side at Arkansas.  Love’s professional career has not gone well after being drafted by the Vikings in the 6th round of the 2011 draft.  He was inactive for the entire 2011 season and in 2012 Minnesota took Matt Kalil with their first pick in the 2012 draft and has not only taken Love’s position at left tackle but also gave Kahlil his number 75.  Don’t think the absence of Love is going to hurt the Vikings performance in the first four games.

Will Hill – Safety – New York Giants – Four Games

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Mr. Hill is also a second offender of the NFL’s and got off a little easier than Asa Jackson who I spoke about earlier.  Hill didn’t receive a greater punishment from the NFL this time because he violated a different violation of the leagues PED policy (whoopie!!!).  Last season Hill tested positive for Adderall and was suspended four games.  This time around it was a different drug that has not been named by the media or NFL yet but some speculate it is Marijuana.  Hill was looking to be in the dime packages for the Giants but now has to deal with this suspension.

Weslye Saunders – Tight End – Indianapolis Colts – 8 Games

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Weslye (no that is not a typo) is another second time offender of the NFL PED policy and he is not getting off as easy as Will Hill.  Saunders is being hit with an 8 game suspension for his second positive test of a drug that has yet to be disclosed but is definitely on the list of drugs that the NFL does not allow.  In 2012 as part of the Pittsburgh Steelers was suspended four games for using Adderall and following the newest 8 game suspension for Saunders he was cut by the Indianapolis Colts.  Struggling there buddy, try and work a little harder and maybe you’ll make a team.

Gabe Miller – Tight End – Chicago Bears – 4 Games

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Miller was recently signed by the Chicago Bears off of their practice squad to fill the hole left at third tight end spot on the depth chart.  The drug Miller was using to violate the NFL PED policy is unknown but if he’s taking it and he’s only on the practice squad than I would suggest pursuing a career in another field.  Miller is probably the most irrelevant guy on this list right in front of DeMarcus Love.

That rounds out the list for now but I am sure that I will be adding names to this list as the season goes on.  Von Miller is waiting to hear from the league about his appeal of his suspension for drug use in the coming weeks.

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The Rejuvenation of ARod and the Yankees

Last night, the Yankees and the Red Sox finished off a weekend series in Boston that was filled with the usual fanfare and fireworks of the greatest rivalry in all of sports. The game was a high scoring affair in which the Yankees came out on top 9-6. CC looked rocky again, giving up 6 ER in 5.1 IP (improved to 11-10 on the year). The Yankees bullpen looked strong, hurling 3.2 scoreless frames with the GOAT getting his 36th save of the year. Every Yankee got a hit except for Soriano (0-6) and Jayson Nix (0-1), even Chris Stewart got a hit and an RBI…Aliens

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The real story coming from this game occurred in the second inning where Rex Sox pitcher Ryan Dempster threw four straight pitches at ARod, with the fourth pitch of the AB hitting ARod right on the left elbow. This resulted in warnings to both benches. Joe Girardi was furious, flying out of the dugout like a bat out of hell (obligatory Meatloaf reference) screaming at home plate umpire Brian O’Nora. He was clearly upset that Dempster was left in the game after intentionally throwing at ARod and being allowed to stay in the game. Girardi was ejected, but it got the Yankees blood pumping and fired them up. “Whether I agree with everything that’s going on, you do not throw at people and you don’t take the law into your own hands,” Girardi said. “You can’t just start taking potshots because you disagree with the way the system is set up.”

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You’re right Joe…That IS bullshit and he IS a pussy.

Later on in the game, ARod got his revenge, hitting a home run off Dempster to straight away center to start the Yankees rally that would eventually give them the lead. “It was awesome. I was pretty excited,” Rodriguez said of the homer that started the Yankees’ go-ahead rally. “It was the ultimate payback.” When arriving at home plate, ARod delivered an even bigger jab to the Boston faithful, imitating David Ortiz’s point to the heavens. It was a big ‘Fuck You’ moment from ARod and will hopefully spark the rest of the Yankees season.

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This was a huge game for the boys in pinstripes.  They took two of three from the first place Sox, moving within 7.5 in the East and 6 back in the Wild Card. The ejection by Girardi in the second will prove to be one of the turning points in the season. It showed that their manager, regardless of off the field issues and injuries still believes in this team and supports his players. It was the needed spark to light a fire under everyone’s ass (the proverbial “Michaels Secret stuff”, if you will) .

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You heard it here first…The Yanks are about to go on a tear down the stretch. Don’t count us out just yet. Pride, Power, Pinstripes.

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