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I love sports I dont care who knows it…

Posted by mvetack on October 18, 2011

Wow, just read my last post and saw it was back in February.  Eeek.  I am just going to jump right back into this thing head first. Lets go!

The Cardinals are in the World Series?  Are you kidding me!  It was crazy enough that they made it to the playoffs but no one really took them seriously did they? The Rangers on the other hand are back for the second straight season.  People don’t seem as excited about them being there but they are a really fun team to watch.  The Rangers did not get talked about too much by the masses as world series favorites throughout the season even though they were defending AL champs.

Mark Sanchez looked pretty decent vs the Dolphins on Monday Night.  The offense really took a while to get going but when it did they looked real good.  A nice balance of run and pass and the Jets look decent again.  Holy Revis by the way.  He may have gotten away with a little interference on the TD but the D never gets the benefit of the doubt, good call.

No NBA in the near future is really not cool with me right now.  I got my NBA fix and some with 2k12 lately but now playing the game is only getting me more excited about actual NBA action.

I got roped into a fantasy hockey league for the first time ever.  So glad I am in the league.  I enjoy watching hockey but I admit I am falling behind on the buzz of the league and who the players are.  Patty Roy’s Right Hook is definitely helping me out.  My new favorite player is one of my earlier picks Wayne Simmonds from Philly.  He can get after it.  Throws his body around, gets some penalties, and attacks the net with speed.  Finally got Versus network at the house and love having NHL on my television again.

World Series tomorrow night! No football, no NBA action, so you better be watching.  Its the freakin World Series people come on!  Oh and New Hampshire’s own Chris Carpenter is on the bump, very cool.

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E-mail to sports fans

Posted by mvetack on February 15, 2011

Dear Sports Fan,

Are you kidding me! the Cavs finally won a game against my fantasy star Blake Griffin and the Clips.  I guess no one can really be surprised by the Clippers being the first victim in 26 games.  Weren’t you lookin forward to the Wizards 0 – and everything on the road vs the Cavs losing streak?  Well that game was still played and the Wiz finally won on the road.  Combine the Cavs ending their losing streak, the Wizards getting their first road W, and the Ohio State Buckeyes losing for the first time on the season, and you got quite a week for ending streaks. 

Did you watch that Kansas – Kansas St game last night? Pullins went OFF for State.  They made Kansas look like a cupcake and not the number one seed that they had gained just hours earlier.  Remember when K State was supposed to be a good team.  Top 5 to start the season.  Now they might be playin in the NIT. 

Spring Training has begun.  As exciting and happy I am for Spring Training, it does not do too much for me.  I love watching some spring training games and hearing about some baseball stories but we are still over a month away from real baseball and Spring Training just isnt the same.  Maybe I should go next Spring and catch some of the games. 

Pujols is gonna get paid  a TON of money but the question is by who?  I gotta think they Cards and Albert will come to an agreement and not let him walk.  Pujols could be the greatest player ever behind Babe Ruth.  You do what you have to do to keep that guy.  He is a once in a life time player. 

I know its been out a while but I love the Ovechkin “This is Sportscenter commercial”.  I don’t think I have ever seen one of those comercials I didn’t enjoy. 

Don’t look now but Nash is making a run at Rondo and his league leading assists per game.  In the past week Nash averaged about 3 more assists per game than Rondo and is now just over 1 asssist per game behind Rondo.  I think this is the NBA story that no one is paying attention to and will be fun to watch down the stretch. 

The biggest arguement in basketball is how to rank the top PGs.  For some reason no one likes to rank any other position.  Here is my top 7 point guards.  Deron Williams, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Jason Kidd, Rajon Rondo,  Steve Nash, Russell Westbrook.  Deron and Paul I think are in a class alone.  Both can fill up the score sheet and dish out assists like nothihng.  If they were not such good scorers they would be putting up the same assist numbers of Nash and Rondo.  Rose is next.  He is one of the best scorers in the league and is so difficult to guard one on one.  Maybe impossible.  And with his pretty good jumper this year he is just too dangerous now.  I got Kidd over Rondo because he is a better passer I believe and easily a better shooter.  Rondo has the defense edge and quickness but not being able to shoot a lick just can not put you ahead of Kidd.  Nash is next for me because his offense is so well rounded as a dominate passer, offense runner, shooter.  His D is just too lacking for me for him to be top 5.  Russ is 7th because of how explosive he is.  He moves too quick and fast sometimes and gets charges called and throws up off balanced shots in the lane.  But his skills are right there with Rose and he could be on his level pretty soon.

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Run Down

Posted by mvetack on November 30, 2010

Welcome to the run down, just a semi organized post of stuff I gotta talk about in sports.  Here we go…

Gilbert Arenas is back.  He may not be Agent Zero or Gilzero but his game is back!  With or without John Wall he is scoring the ball like its 2006 again.  Basketball is just better when the new number 9 is a top player.  I am not just saying this because I have his autographed shoe and jersey, but he is just an entertaining player to watch.  Its good to see his game talking for him and not his over the top antics.  The funny stories and practical jokes are cool but we all know he went over the top with the whole gun thing.  The Wizards have a nice little group of guys this year even if one of them (Arenas) is making more than the Florida Marlins.  Gilbert and Wall make a good pair of guards with Hinrich off the bench.  JaVale McGee is having a year closer to the expectations when he came into the league.  Blatche has continued his good play since Gil went down last year.  If you haven’t selected all 7 of your league pass teams take a look at the Wiz.

Derek Anderson and the Cardinals had an embarrassing showing on Monday Night Football.  If you have a TV, internet, or twitter, I am sure you have caught the video of Derek Anderson laughing on the sidelines during a blowout and then blowing up (Mentos and coke style, not Mount Vesuvius style) during the post game presser.  For one I don’t think laughing and joking on the sideline is that big of a deal even in a losing effort.  Yea this is their job and they are getting paid big money to do what most of us would love to do on a weekly basis, but its ok to have a laugh, smile, or chuckle despite whats happening on the field.  Maybe he should just wear all black (they were wearing the alternate black tops last night) and mourn until next Sunday.  Your watching a grown man playing a game!  What do you expect.  Hes playing a sport for a living, its not the most serious and important thing in the world.  The Cardinals were not losing a playoff game or an early season game, they have 3 wins and its week 12.  Probably not going anywhere this season.

Blake Griffin is a bona fide all star.  In a league with not a lot of dominate centers, Blake Griffin is making his case for starting in the all star game.  He is not just dominating the highlight reel with send all your friends youtube clips dunks, he is putting up around 20 and 10 daily, nightly, and ever so rightly.  Blake has been well worth the year long wait.  Their is finally a reason to watch the Clipp show even if they lose by 10 or 20.

Besides Derek Anderson’s laugh on the sideline last night, MNF was the stage for a premier player going down for the season.  That would be San Fran’s bulldozer Frank Gore.  The Niners were ripping off 10 yards a clip with Gore in the back field as he was well on his way to a career game.  On just 5 carries in the first quarter Gore had 52 yards.  Suddenly Gore was seen jogging to the locker room.  Gore came back the next possession for one carry for about 11 yards and looked like he would come back to get the 150 to 200 yards  he was on pace for.  Then he was seen shaking his head, helmet off, talking to coach Singletary back on the sideline.  While grimacing on the sideline Gores back up and former Eagle great Brian Westbrook eclipsed 100 yards to go with a score.  Twitterverse was flooded with, Gore is a wimp… Get in the Game Gore… I just need a couple more Fantasy points Gore come on!  And some other NSFW pleads for Frank.  Gore is now out for the season with a hip injury and killing Fantasy Nerds playoff hopes everywhere.  Including mine.

Andre Johnson and Cortland Finnegan went at it NFL Blitz style.  Remember sitting on the basement floor with your brother for hours late hitting Emmitt Smith with your favorite line backer?  Then you loved the “fisticuffs”, as ESPN calls it, that occurred in the Texans vs Titans blowout.  Its always fun when a hockey fight breaks out in a football game.  Helmets flying and fists throwing ended with ejections and 50K into the NFL’s bank account.  Andre won the fight over the Josh Koscheck – DJ Pauly D combo in Finnegan.

Derrick Rose and Russell Westbrook are the two guys I would pay the most to see play live.  These are two of the top players in the league right now and should be leading sportscenter on a daily/nightly basis.  No one is quicker than either won and both dunk in track and finish near the hoop better than most players can finish a free throw.  Russ Wes is taking over the Thunder from his bff Durant while Rose is putting the city of Chicago on his shoulders and can’t wait until the Booze Cruise Carlos gets in the lineup.

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Best and Worst of the Weekend

Posted by mvetack on September 28, 2010

Worst of the Weekend

Arkansas had a 13 point lead on the number one team in the country and blew it.  Yes you are playing the best team in the country defending their title with the defending Heisman winner, but if you are any type of good team with a supposed Heisman candidate at QB who is gonna be a first rounder next year, you do not blow that lead.  Alabama is a great team and it is tough to stop from getting two touchdowns, but you gotta put some points on the board Mallett.

The Texas Longhorns got blasted by UCLA over the weekend.  UCLA dropped a 34 spot on the Horns while holding them to just 12 points.  Texas lost McCoy to the NFL but that does not excuse the 6 year old girl fight they put up against UCLA.  The Longhorn’s season is over now in terms of any hope of a National Title now.

Tom Brady knocking down a pass late in the 4th quarter.  This play got overlooked by everyone including the announcers doing the Patriots Bills game.  It did not end up meaning anything but it very well could have.  With just over 3 minutes left in the game the Patriots set up a short pass on 4th and long to try and pick up some extra yards to get a better punt off.  The Bills are down 8 and are getting the ball back for one final attempt at a game tying drive.  Brady threw a pass that got blocked by the D line and right back to him.  Instead of catching the pass then running or even just taking a knee to keep the clock going and forcing the Bills to take their final time out, he bats it down and stops the clock.  Now, the clock is stopped before the punt and the Bills have a very helpful time out in the pocket.  With little time left the Bills need to save as much time as they need.

Best of the Weekend

Leon Washington had two spectacular kick off returns for touchdowns in a win vs the slow starting San Diego Chargers.  Two out of the three touchdowns the Seahawks scored, including the game winner, were these two kick off returns.  The Hawks offense did not do too much so Washington bailed them out to get the win.

The Texas Rangers are in the playoffs.  It has been 11 years since October has hosted the Rangers.  The AL West has been dominated by the Angels for a while now.  The Rangers used surprisingly good pitching a an always special offense on their way to a division title that cultivated over the weekend.

Anquan Boldin was a fantasy hero this weekend and more importantly a Baltimore hero in a win over the Cleveland Browns.  Boldin racked up 143 receiving yards and all three of Baltimore’s touchdowns on Sunday.  Bolding seems to have gotten out of Arizona just in time, and is now the best player on a Super Bowl contending team.

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