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Welcome to Snubsville

Posted by mvetack on January 29, 2010

Every year their is a handful of guys in every sports all star game that seem to get the shaft.  Here is the list of guys pitching tents in Snubsville this season.

David Lee – New York Knicks – The Knicks big man has played like an All Star all season long putting up 19.6 ppg to go with 11.6 reb per night.  Playing on a bad depressing Knicks team is Lee’s undoing this season.  Expect him to be ballin at the All Star game in the not so distant future.

Monta Ellis – Golden State Warriors – The guard position in the Western Conference is absolutely stacked, making it very difficult to get your name in the All Star Game program.  Just ask Deron Williams who just made his first All Star game this season.  Monta is averaging 26 pts 5. 6 ast and 4.3 boards a game.  Only two other guys in the NBA are averaging atleast 25 pts 5 ast and 4 reb.  Lebron James and Dwyane Wade.

Antawn Jamison – Washington Wizards – Antawn is putting up respectable numbers, 21.9 pts and 8.7 reb per game.  His numbers are not through the roof but hes doing it for a sideshow of a team this season in Washington.  Jamison is the only guy keeping that team afloat.  His numbers may not be better than many guys in the All Star game this season but he has been an All Star character guy and hasn’t jumped ship on their season like most guys would in his position.

Joakim Noah – Chicago Bulls – Noah is second in the league in rebounding behind Dwight Howard and is averaging a double double.  If their was a hustle award he would certainly get it as he never takes a play off and ends up on the floor and in the stands on more than one occasion per game.  Joakim was doomed from the start of the voting as he wasn’t on the ballot at all.

Chris Kaman – Los Angeles Clippers – Kaman is averaging a 20.2 point and 9.1 reb average for a Clippers team that has been in much need of a down low presence with super rookie Blake Griffin missing all of this season due to injury.  Kaman is a defensive rock, he does get on a poster from time to time though, and cleans the boards night in and night out.  He just might be the best big man in LA this season.

Josh Smith – Atlanta Hawks – The most consistently best player on the floor in almost every game the Hawks play misses out on the All Star game behind two of his teammates.  No disrespect to Joe Johnson and Al Horford but come on.  Josh Smith’s presence on the court causes missed shots with guys looking over their shoulder to see where he is coming from for the block.  He does it all for one of the best teams in the East averaging 15.1 pts 8.5 reb 3.9 ast 1.5 stl and 2.2 blk on the season.  Across the board this guy gets it done and it is a disgrace he isn’t in the game this season.

Chauncey Billups – Maybe the reason why Mr. Big Shot isn’t in the All Star game this season is becasue he is simply being Chauncey once again.  This guy is a great player who year in and year out puts up great numbers and flat out wins games.  It doesnt help he is a guard in the Western Conference (see Monta Ellis).  Billups is averaging 19.2 pts 5.9 ast 3 reb and 1.2 stl on the season for one of the top three teams in the deep West.

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Back to bagging?

Posted by mvetack on January 29, 2010

Kurt Warner announced today that after 12 seasons of football with the Rams, Giants (yea remember when that happened) and most recently the Cardinals that he is officially retired.  The number one lesson Kurt taught us all is dont trash on the guy bagging your groceries, he could be a Hall of Famer someday.  (Yes warner should be in the Hall)

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Stat Line of the Night

Posted by mvetack on January 29, 2010

Omar Samhan – Saint Mary’s

23 pts 19 reb 3 blk – W 88-81 vs Pepperdine

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NBA Nicknames

Posted by mvetack on January 29, 2010

Creating solid nicknames seems to be a lost art with the aliases that NBA players have today. The latest and lamest trend in nicknames in today’s sports is initials and single letter prefixes. The initial nickname is by far the laziest form of a nickname. Kevin Garnet claims the nickname of KG. KG? Really? Where is the creativity? Now I know he has one of the good nicknames in the Big Ticket so why is KG even still around? Other culprits include…

CP3 – Chris Paul #3
CB4 – Chris Bosh #4
AI – Allen Iverson / Andre Iguodala

The single letter prefix is almost as lazy as the initials. Baseball made it famous by creating A-rod for Alex Rodriguez. One ballers who has tried it out like Deron Williams going with D-Will. Here are some current stars of the NBA and their nicknames.

Kobe Bryant – Black Mamba
Recently this nickname got bashed on ESPN by both Jalen Rose and Barry Melrose. I respectively disagree. The Black Mamba is original and will never be repeated. The Black Mamba is one of the worlds most deadliest snakes and it can attack at 99 percent accuracy, similar to Kobe himself.

Lebron James – King James
New Nickname – Prince James
This one bothers me, especially since he was dubbed King James way to early in his career. You can’t be a King until you earn the crown and as of now King doesnt have his Crown. He is working and fighting for it right now but until that crown comes to Castle Cleveland, all you are is a Prince.

Andrei Kirilenko – AK-47
This is the only circumstance in which the initials number combination is acceptable. AK the initials and 47 his number works on another level. Kirilinko is from Russia and the deadly AK-47 originated in Russia. Any nickname that refers to your home country and one of its most deadly inventions is fine with me.

Kevin Durant – Durantula
New Nickname – Stretch
This one I enjoy, and I have give credit to JE Skeets of the Basketball Jones for coining this one. It is creative and a nice play on his name. Someone has to defend it a little more in terms of Durantula describing the type of Game that Durant has before it becomes legit for me. Unless you were given a nickname before you started playing sports by a grandma or neighborhood friend, the name has to do your game justice. Durant has ridiculous reach with those lanky arms and uses them to his advantage. You heard it here first boys and girls, Kevin Durant you are now Stretch.

Dwight Howard – Superman
This nickname is perfect. Looking at Howard the last thing you think is ordinary human so he must be Super Man. Also it doesn’t hurt that he flew through the air superman cape and all during the dunk contest on national TV two years ago.

Dirk Nowitzki – Dirkus Circus
Again the great JE Skeets of Basketball Jones coined this one and it fits beautifully. Dirk is the ring leader of the circus shot. Off balance, completely unorthodox, legs kicking in the wrong direction, getting bumped, and he still manages to make clutch shot after clutch shot. If Mr. Big Shot, Chauncey Billups, wasn’t already taken Dirk would have rights to it.

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All Star Reserves announced

Posted by mvetack on January 28, 2010

Eastern All Star Reserves

Chris Bosh
Al Horford
Joe Johnson
Paul Pierce
Rajon Rondo
Derrick Rose
Gerald Wallace
Western All Star Reserves

Kevin Durant
Pau Gasol
Dirk Nowitzki
Chris Paul
Zach Randolph
Brandon Roy
Deron Williams

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Wednesday’s Scuttlebutt

Posted by mvetack on January 27, 2010

  • Devan Downey Downs Kentucky
  • Grizz vs Pistons prediction
  • Kissing Bob Barker

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Stat Line of the Night

Posted by mvetack on January 27, 2010

Devan Downey – South Carolina

30 pts 5 reb 3 ast 2 stl – W 68-62 vs (1)Kentucky

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Pick of the Night

Posted by mvetack on January 27, 2010

Memphis Grizzlies -1.5 at Detroit Pistons

The Grizzlies are now 23 and 11 since their 1-8 start. As of now they would be the 7th seed in the West and a dangerous 7 seed at that. Taking down the likes of the Suns, Jazz, Trailblazers, Spurs, Thunder and Magic in recent weeks. The Pistons on the other hand have been very disappointing this season even with adding prolific scorer Ben Gordon. The Grizzlies are in the process proving to the rest of the league that they are no longer a slouch in this league. This is a game that they are supposed to win, rarely have the Grizzlies been in the position where they are supposed to win. Grizzlies minus only 1.5 points seems like a logical choice to me.

Grizzlies over Pistons – Scuttlebutt Record – (14-19)
Last pick, Tarheels -1 over Wolfpack, resulted in a Win with the Heels ending their losing streak with a 77-63 win.

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Quote of the Day

Posted by mvetack on January 27, 2010

“I can tell you I’d rather be kissed by my dogs then by some people I’ve known”

Bob Barker

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Tuesday’s Scuttlebutt

Posted by mvetack on January 26, 2010

  • Top 5 Teams right now
  • Championship Football and basketball stat lines
  • UNC vs NC state prediction
  • Parick Roy can’t hear you

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