In honor of the opening of the NBA season, it’s the perfect time to point out the eerie resemblance between Dallas Mavericks’ head coach Rick Carlisle and oddball funnyman Jim Carrey.
by Ryan Meehan
Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant has been the center of attention because of his antics on the sideline of Sunday’s last minute loss to the Lions. This was a game that I understood there was going a certain level of frustration for a lot of the Cowboys players. But Dez made a scene of it, and now it’s front page news.
What Dez Bryant seems to have forgotten is the Cowboys aren’t exactly strangers to blowing games like this one. Perhaps the reason everyone else on the sideline was so calm is that they know damn well they should be 6-2 and running away with the division now known as the NFC Least. Continue reading
By J-Dub and Meehan
Yet another week has passed in the sportsgasm that is the NFL season, and that means it is time for us to tell you some things you need to know without the self-serving spin those assbags at ESPN will never give you. We know this because if you think you can get real football information from concussion poster children like Merrill Hoge, you probably also didn’t know that tetherball originated as ninth-century Tatar war ritual that involved chopping off the head of your dead enemy, tying it to a pole, and beating the shit out of it.
Think about that the next time you drive by an elementary school. Now let’s learn something about this week in the NFL.
1) Your Official Dr. Kelly Brackett NFL Death Watch:
- Cause of Death: Vick-Barkley Syndrome
- Autopsy Report with Bonus Comment: For the record, Meehan accurately projected how the Eagles would start this game. Ah yes…here it is…
“But after all that, really – it’s a 60% capacity Michael Vick versus Eli. And after Vick leaves the game because he aggravates that hamstring yet again, it’ll be Matt Barkley in his place.”
The landscape of college football went relatively unchanged after week ten. For the Pac-12, the week was full of predictability, as there weren’t any upsets; there also weren’t too many close games to speak of. In other words it was a pretty boring weekend for those — meaning me — who liked the chaos of the previous week. Now, let’s get to the power rankings for the Pac-12.
Oregon Ducks: Oregon regained its title of the great spread coverers; the Duck’s 28 point victory over the Bruins was impressive.
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With the NBA season right around the corner, we here at Sports Blog Movement are doing exactly what you would expect a bunch of sports bloggers to do; pretend like we know what the fuck we are talking about when it comes to what this campaign may bring us. With that, here’s my rundown on the Pacific Division, complete with five good questions that may make or break each team’s year.
1) Golden State Warriors
I know that with the impending demise of the Lakers, the Clippers have become the sexy pick to reign over this division. I just don’t buy it. There’s a host of reasons why, but I will get into those when I get to the section on the Clippers. Right now, I’d rather point out the five questions that with the right answers point to the Warriors winning the Pacific.
In the Southwest division’s nine year existence, the San Antonio Spurs have dominated the division – winning it six times. But as we’ve written here, the Spurs are getting up there in age and there are other teams that are ready to step up and take division title. It’s probably one of the most competitive divisions in all of sports, but that means that towards the end of the season it’s also the easiest to slip out playoff contention. During the 07-08 season, all four teams that made the playoffs had at least 50 wins, and during the 10-11 season, all five teams had winning percentages over .500. So in other words, it’s not a division that the current Phoenix Suns would do particularly well in. Here’s how everyone finished last year:
1. Oklahoma City Thunder (63-19)
Key Additions: Steven Adams (Draft), Ryan Gomes (Out of the league)
Key Losses: Ronnie Brewer, Kevin Martin, DeAndre Liggins, Daniel Orton
The Thunder didn’t make many moves this off-season. Then again, they didn’t really need to. Kevin Durant and Russel Westbrook will lead this team to a great regular season record– anything under 60 wins should be viewed as a disappointment. Their biggest question will be the shooting guard position. Thabo Sefolosha is a great perimeter defender, but he’s more of a situational player than a full-time starter. The Thunder will need second year player Jeremy Lamb to blossom into the player they think he can be.
A player to watch here is Steven Adams. The rookie has been very impressive in the preseason and could end up unseating Kendrick Perkins at the starting center position. Overall, the Thunder are the only team that has a legitimate chance to beat the Heat in an NBA finals series. That is, provided they can get there. Continue reading
College football is saying good-bye to the BCS after the 2014 national championship game; and the process of transitioning to a four-team playoff begins. Many people suspect that the four-team playoff is just a stepping stone to an eight team — and then a 16-team — playoff. Hopefully this is true, and there will be a 16-team playoff sometime in the future; a 16-team playoff does create some challenges and a lot of those challenges are only going to be made worse if the selection committee system stays in place. So the question is; what are those issues and how do they get fixed?
In part one we will take a look at addressing the issues of conference representation; getting the tournament field to 16 teams; and the BCS bowls. Part two will take a look at the seeding of the tournament; where the playoff games will be played; and the timing of the tournament. The third and final part will be published after the college football season is over, and I will use Tim’s final computer rankings for the 2013 season to generate the tournament field.
Now on to part one:
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