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Why we love sports

Posted by mvetack on December 9, 2009

The Dagger


There is nothing more
enjoyable in sports then when the announcer yells “_______ with the Dagger!”. Especially if it is your favorite team. The dagger, for those who are currently scratching your head, is when one team makes a play (most common in basketball) that in essence ends the game. Examples include….

The “thanks for trying but NO” Dagger

This dagger usually is followed by a lot of exhales and sighs of relief from fans. Your team built up an early lead and have lead comfortably throughout. But all of a sudden a funny thing happens on the way to the finish line. The opposition begins grinding away at the lead and next thing you know you look up from your fridge and your up by 4 points rather than 14. This is a scary moment in time. So much racing through your mind. Why was our bench in so early? Will we ever hit another shot? How will I ever come up with the money? But before you turn off your phone to avoid any human contact for the rest of the night, the dagger is dagged (dagged?). With about 2 minutes to go and the lead shrinking like wrap, your team gets a key defensive stop and hits a big three in transition to increase the lead back to where a comeback is near impossible. Gus Johnson yells something about “The Dagger!” and everyone is happy again.

The “everyone is gonna remember me” Dagger

This dagger comes in a game where you have no time to head to the
kitchen for last nights leftovers. In a game like this the Lead Changes and Ties stat will pop up above the bottom line numerous times. Concession sales are down in a game like this as no one can bare the thought of leaving for just a minute. The dagger is approaching but no one is really sure even what side is going to nail it. One team will pull away to about a two possession lead, enough of a lead where the losing team knows they can’t waste too many more possessions. This is when the team doing the dagging (dagging?) gets a steal, rushes down the court, and throws one down, similar to that of Jerome, and draws the foul putting the game out of reach and spinning the momentum their direction. The player responsible for the this dagger will end up on front pages of newspapers and talked about for at least a couple days. Again, “DAGGER!” is yelled loudly for all to hear.

The “Ok theres, the game is over now, can we go home yet?” Dagger


This dagger is more common in football or baseball (the term dagger seems to be underused in these two sports) than in basketball. A team builds a comfortable lead and seems to be teetering on Mount This Game is Over. There is still a chance for a comeback but it has to be made soon. In baseball this might happen in a 5 – 1 game in the 6th inning. In football this might happen in a 24 – 10 game midway through the third quarter. In baseball the Dagger is usually nailed by a bat and lands in the stands. Perhaps with two outs Prince Fielder gets a hold of one and sends it to Souvenir City and the lead is now somewhere around 7 instead of 4. In football this might come on a kick off return or long Touch Down run that puts one team up by about three scores. “Dagger!” may not be yelled at this point but everyone and their cab driver knows the the deal is done.

The “Got a little excited there” Dagger

This is a Dagger
faux pas. An announcer gets a little too excited and emphatically yells “WITH THE DAGGER!” as a ridiculous tomahawk is thrown down in the face of some European born player with 4 minutes left to play before the TV timeout. Little does the announcer realize that the lead is only 7 points and there are some sharp shooters on the other squad. With in the next two minutes the game is once again tied and the team that supposively put the dagger into the hearts of the opposition, is intentionally fouling and watching their victory slip away one free throw at a time.

So next time you yell “Kobe with the Dagger!” remember, this is why we love sports.


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Double Dose of Nuggets

Posted by mvetack on November 16, 2009

Give Credit where Credit is due

The headline everyone saw when they woke up and turned on ESPN over their bowl of frosted flakes this morning was probably something like this, “What was he thinking!”. This of course referring to Patriots coach Bill Belichick’s decision to go for it on 4th and 2 from their own 28 yard line up by 6 with just over 2 minutes to play. The Colts stopped Brady and his bunch before scoring the game winning touchdown, Manning to Wayne, with 13 ticks left on the clock. What every Monday morning quarterback is talking about today is how Belichick made a dumb call and blew the game. What people should be talking about is the Colts defense.

In a game that featured 477 total yards by the Patriots and 375 yards passing from Tom Brady, the Colts defense showed up when they had to. A first down on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or even 4th down tries would have clinched the game and bragging rights for the Patriots. Ten yards is all that was needed by the potent Patriots offense. The Colts stepped their play up and stopped the Pats on 3rd and 4th and 2. Making a stop on perhaps the decades greatest team, quarterback, and coach is easily one of the best defensive series of the season.

Only God himself knows whether or not Peyton and his Colts still win last night’s game if the Patriots punt, but what we do know is the Colts can play D when it matters and MVP Peyton Manning still runs the most clutch and undefeated offense in the NFL.

College Football Parody
College Football is currently a 6′ 8″ 275 lb. man wearing a children’s small t shirt, the two just do not fit. The t shirt being the current BCS bowl game system and the man being the potential and parody that is happening in college football today.

College football is so much bigger than what the current system allows it to be. We see it every weekend. Stanford more than doubling up USC, TCU and Boise State laughing at competition as they stay undefeated, Ole Miss manhandling a Tennessee team that took both Florida and Alabama (the nations top two teams) to the wire. Gone are the days of dominating undefeated seasons. Teams cant blow out their schedule to an undefeated National Championship anymore. There are too many great young athletes playing for many good to great teams across the country.

We have seen it in college basketball for years. More and more small conference teams (see Davidson, Gonzaga, George Mason, Western Kentucky among others) are getting better and better players to help them compete against the so called power houses. College football is experiencing something similar. Unlike college basketball’s event of the year, the 64 team tournament, college football crowns its champion by voting.

There are so many great athletes and teams that need to be put on the big stage in some sort of tournament in college football. The increase in great football players going to college leaves more and more of a selection for schools up and down the ranks. There is parody in college football that the suits are not letting us see. College football has such a great product it is failing to unleash and give it a shirt that fits.

The day these old men wipe the money away from their eyes and showcase the true talent in their sport with a season ending tournament, is the day college football becomes the greatest sport to follow and watch. Instead, half way through the season only about 5-6 teams fans can realistically root for a championship. As for the rest of us, bring on the “insert company name here” Bowl presented by”insert company name here”.

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Wednesday’s Weekly: Why I love sports

Posted by mvetack on November 12, 2009


Throw the Heisman

Ever so often a Heisman candidate makes a game changing play that he feels solidifies him as the Heisman winner. Charles Woodson has done it, fellow Michigan alumni Desmond Howard may have thrown the most memorable Heisman pose as he reached the endzone late in the season against rival Ohio State. Kellen Winslow Jr. decided he wrapped up the heisman with his only touchdown catch of the year. KWJ may have been a little over his head with the Heisman pose but it is always fun to watch someone imitate that famed golden trophy.

Throwing the Heisman should not just be for College Football Players. Everyone should get in on it. Thats right even you, did you just close the biggest sale of the year? Throw the Heisman. Just became a proud father? Throw the Heisman. Just got that really hard question on Jeopardy? Throw the Heisman. People young and old can and should throw the Heisman. Use it wisely though. For every Desmond Howard their are about 50 Kellen Winslows. You decide who you are.

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