It’s been a while

So it’s been two months since I’ve written anything … no lamenting so here we go!

The Kings vs the Devils in the Cup finals, the Devils (hated rival) broke my Rangers hearts and the Kings have been lighting up everyone they play sweeping or merely losing one game to each team. Now they’ve lost one to the Devils and they find themselves in the driver seat up3-1 heading toward their first Stanley Cup victory. They’ve been ridiculous on the road not losing a game all postseason, so what do you say we close this series out Kings? Connecticut’s own Jonathan Quick has been as close to perfect as you can imagine posting a ridiculous 15-3 record with a 94.8 save percentage and a machine like 1.39 GAA. Good luck beating him twice in a row Devils!

To the NBA, the Thunder await the Heat/Celtics win as they, the Thunder, ran train through the Western Conference except for a road stumble against the Spurs. The Heat and the Celtics are playing one of the best conference finals in recent years and it is certainly entertaining me as Lebron James scored a ridiculous 45 points and grabbed 15 rebounds in the Heat’s blowout Game 6 win. We head to Game 7 in South Beach where many talents will be taken on Saturday night!

The MLB has been interesting this season already with surprises of the Orioles, the Indians and the Mets. The Yankees and Red Sox struggled to find their stride but seem to be discovering it and rather quickly too. Josh Hamilton is destroying the ball, so was Matt Kemp before he hit the DL … twice. Pujols is struggling, Fielder is fitting in nicely, and Jose Reyes is having trouble getting hits in the biggest (and gaudiest) ballpark. Johan Santana has returned in a big way pitching the Mets’ first ever no-hitter We are only one third of the way through the season but there is much to look back on already.

The most interesting thing since I have last written is the amount of press an off-season of football can receive. The Saints have been put on probation since bounty-gate, head coach Sean Payton has been suspended and so has defensive captain Jonathan Vilma. Junior Seau has paced away after he shot himself in the chest, placing more emphasis on concussion treatment and work for retired athletes. The NFL Draft came with two QBs taken in the first three picks. Free agency came and went and my Giants lost two key members of their offense in Brandon Jacobs and Mario Manningham, whom both left for San Francisco. Peyton Manning isĀ  Bronco and Tim Tebow is a Jet. I know, I know.

Well I will be most certainly posting more and you should keep checking more to read my take on some of the stories from the Sports world and even some movie reviews!

These are my two cents … cash em in!

T-Catz

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Repeat Offender or Passing of the Torch?

So now that we are through the halfway mark of the NBA season, or we technically have hit that mark, there are always the question as to who the MVP is to this point? Derrick Rose, deservedly took home last year’s award and it begs the question this year, should he retain his crown? Rose is posting 22.2 PPG, 7.7 APG, and 3.4 RPG, in other words, around the same numbers he put up last year. Rose’s influence on his team, however is what put him above and beyond his competition last year. It seems that Rose continues to carry his team this year as well, however; the team fared well in his absence of 5+ games this year. Which, to the voters, may diminish their view on Rose’s presence or absence with his team. However, Rose is clearly the leader of a team filled with a few high B-Listers, in Boozer, Deng and Noah, and an oft-injured Rip Hamilton way past his prime.

Competitors look like, Kobe Bryant, Lebron James, and we all know Jeremy Lin’s name will be thrown in there. Kobe is leading the league in scoring, on two bad knees with one wrist and now a broken nose and mild concussion. In other words, “Are you kidding me?” Bryant’s throwing up 28.4 PPG, 4.8 APG, 5.8 RPG, all above his career averages. Now if you look at the Lakers without Kobe, the tale is much different than that of the Bulls without Rose. Both seem to be facilitators on their teams, but Rose’s team is more meshed to play well without him, while the Lakers have their two big men that cannot lead an offense the same way Luol Deng can.

Lebron James’ numbers are ridiculous right now averaging 27.4 PPG, 6.8 APG, and 8.1 RPG, this coming from a small forward, or really a point forward. He did most of this without Batman, Dwayne Wade, who is putting up his own numbers of course. The most intriguing and jaw-dropping statistic is that Lebron is shooting 54.7% from the field and 41.3% from beyond the arc. Statistic wise Lebron should be the hands down favorite, however his voters will be swayed because of the team he plays on.

Finally, we have Mr. Lin. No he has not played a full season, but he has taken an 8-15 team and turned them around drastically while inserting energy into an entire city. Without him, the Knicks would have been looking forward to next year and the offseason where they could hope to mesh or find themselves a point guard, one most likely way past his prime. But now the Knicks have a 23 year-old franchise point guard in the making. He saved the team, possibly forfeited some blockbuster trades, and may have saved the coaches job, because of how well he meshes into that system. The argument will be made for Lin, but after all is said and done, it will be Kobe Bryant who finds himself as MVP of the shortened NBA Season in my opinion. The guy is a gamer and is tough as nails as he shows night in and night out.

Those are my two cents … cash them in if you dare!

Debate here for someone else!

NBA All-Star Weekend Wrap-Up: Blame LeBron Edition

The NBA’s 61st installment of it’s annual all-star game has now come and gone. The weekend in the Orlando was full of its fair share of highlights for each evening. Friday night, Kevin Hart dominated the celebrity game taking home MVP honors. One of the evenings’ highlights came when Hart threw up an alley-opp to rapper J. Cole. Hart also managed to become the first ever player to be ejected from the game. See the video after the jump.

Saturday night is supposed to be the night of nights for the NBA. In a really good all-star weekend, Saturday’s festivities become defining moments that overshadow what occurs during the game Sunday. This year did not feature many Monday morning discussions of “Did you see (insert spectacular play from Saturday night).” In fact, the water cooler probably dispensed a better product than the NBA did. There is nothing wrong, nor fixable about the undercard portions of All-Star Saturday Night.

The Three-Point Shootout brought excitement with it’s tie-breakers, and with the added bonus that the competition came down to the last rack of basketballs (Hats off to Kevin Love for winning). The Skills Challenge saw Deron Williams hand Tony Parker the crown missing four 15-foot jump shots in the final round. The Shooting Stars competition saw New York’s finest in Landry Fields, Cappie Pondexter, and Allan Houston bring back the first piece of hardware that Madison Square Garden has seen since the Knicks made it to the Finals in the ’99 Lockout Season.

In the much unanticipated dunk competition, there were some pleasant surprises. Chase Budinger channelling his inner Woody Harrelson definitely kicked off a night of originality. Eventual champion, Utah’s last minute entry, Jeremy Evans was cleared for takeoff when he skied over teammate Gordon Hayward, while managing to jam home two basketballs in one swift motion. It is up for debate, but one can argue that Indiana’s Paul George had the dunk of the evening when he was able to successfully execute a 360-degree windmill dunk…in the dark!

Overall, while this year’s dunk contest did bring theatrics and originality, it lacked star power. And in a case like this, there is only person to blame…LeBron James! Reggie Miller said it best at the end of Saturday’s dunk contested when he stated, “All the greats at one time in their career participated in the dunk contest.” Fans have been asking for LeBron to participate in the dunk contest ever since 2009 when he said that he would do it the following All-Star Weekend in Dallas, Texas. Expectedly, he backed out of his unofficial agreement.

In case it’s not already known to the casual NBA fan, superstars only do these competitions when there is significant monetary incentive. So let’s just gather a large purse for this event then. Surely, the NBA can arrange to put up the necessary amount to make the dunk contest a truly star-studded event as it was in the early 2000’s. The perfect foursome for next year’s contest in Houston should be Andre Igoudala, LeBron James, Blake Griffin, and Jeremy Evans. It’s only fair to give the previous years’ champion the ability to defend his crown. If you pay them, they will participate. That’s the motto. LeBron needs to finally deliver and give the people what they want.

Fast forward to the waning minutes of Sunday night’s All-Star Game, and LeBron can be blamed for the East losing. At least that is what the realm of social media would lead a person to believe. LeBron made an ill-advised pass down the stretch but he is one of the two reasons that the East made a late rally to begin with; Deron WIlliams was the other East member responsible. But LeBron did what he does best, and that is carry a team back into a game single-handedly. Had his great pass to Dywane Wade not been dropped, he would not have been labeled as the scapegoat for this game.

All in all, it was a great weekend for the NBA to showcase its best and brightest superstars. Thankfully, the weekend was not overshadowed entirely by the latest rumors of the Dwightmare.

Jimmy Lips