Archive for July, 2009



24
Jul
09

What’s Good ESPN??

big benkobe

By Jesse Jones

Some of you may know already the troubles associated with Ben Roethlisberger, but for those who do not, let me fill you in. Andrea McNulty, a 31 year-old woman, has filed a civil lawsuit against him for rape last summer in a hotel penthouse. To no surprise, Roethlisberger has denied the charge.

But I’m not here to talk about all the details. I could make this into a video of What Grinds My Gears, but I felt that it would be more appropriate to blog about instead of vlog, because of the seriousness of the case. These charges were made last weekend, but ESPN has not made any news of it until late. Why is that? I could guarantee that if this story was with Kobe, which we already know all the publicity that occurred when he had his trials, or with Terrell Owens, ESPN would talk about it nonstop.

So why not Ben Roethlisberger?? I do not really know the answer. That’s just something I wanted you, the viewers/readers, to think about. I’m not saying that ESPN is racist or favors some athletes over others, I just have no idea why ESPN is keeping this story on the down low for so long. Let me know what you think.

23
Jul
09

The United States of Los Angeles

By Ben Linton

I don’t think that the USA Olympic Basketball team should be composed of the twelve best players in the NBA. Now before you exit this site and call me an idiot, hear me out. It gets really complicated when they have try outs for Team USA, and the selections are so political, so i say “Why not just send the Lakers?” Why assemble a team of all-stars that might not get along, and when you could just send the starting five from the best team in the NBA? That way, the team would have so much more chemistry and would have a higher chance of winning.

We all know that the United States has the most talented basketball players in the world, its just the chemistry that could be our downfall. So lets just get rid of that small possibility of failure by sending an actual team to the games. I would trust the Los Angeles Lakers to take home the gold in the Olympic Games in 2010 in Vancouver and 2012 in London.

Here is how I would do it and answer the questions in most of your heads:

1. Are you out of your mind!?! Pau Gasol can’t play for Team USA, he plays for Spain! – Then just plug in Dwight Howard, the best center in the game. He and Bynum can carry the load.

2. The Lakers don’t have a true point guard– Give them Chris Paul. Derek Fisher will still be on the team, but also give them Chauncey Billups for reassurance.

3. Coach K needs some ex-Dukies!– Carlos Boozer and Shane Battier. This will be a good fit because the Lakers would need size with the absence of Gasol, and these players already know Coach K’s system from college.

4. What about the King? He’s gotta be there!- The only problem I would have with LeBron going is that he and Kobe would be on the same team. Knowing how much these guys shoot and want to have the ball, I don’t know if it would work. For now, LeBron is on the bench.

Coach K can finally coach the Lakers! sort of

Coach K can finally coach the Lakers! sort of

Starting Five:

PG Chris Paul

SG Kobe Bryant

SF Trevor Ariza

PF Lamar Odom

C Dwight Howard

Bench:

PG Chauncey Billups

PG/SG Derek Fisher

SG Dwayne Wade

SF LeBron James

SF Shane Battier

PF Carlos Boozer

C Andrew Bynum

22
Jul
09

The King Gets Overthrown

By Ben Linton

After much anticipation, the infamous dunk by Xavier player Jordan Crawford on King James has been released on the internet. The King surely will have more to cry about then just foul calls now. Ouch!

22
Jul
09

What Grinds My Gears Pt. 2

Let me know what you think!

21
Jul
09

Vick and Shanahan in Washington in 2010?

By Ben Linton

We all know about Dan Snyder and his crazy antics. His hunger to sign the big-name players and big-time coaches, even if they are way past their prime, is very apparent. So what would be bigger than having Michael Vick in the Burgundy and Gold? As a Redskins fan, I would not approve of this, but have come to except these sort of things with Dan Snyder and Vinny Cerato holding the cards.

What are the odds?

What are the odds?

We all know about Vick’s history, as a person and as a player, which strikes up huge controversy. That’s Dan Snyder’s kind of guy though. Why have the quiet and soft-spoken Jason Campbell when you can have one of the most hated players in the NFL world? It almost seems as if every year, Snyder says, “Nobody is talking about the Redskins this year. Maybe I better go sign somebody so they start talking about us again.” It seems as if he does these things just to get his name out there.

It has also been rumored that the Redskins might have interest in acquiring Mike Shanahan next year if things don’t go as planned with Jim Zorn. Yet again, Shanahan has the bigger name, the ring, and will get the bigger paycheck. Trust me, I think I have finally discovered what’s floating around in Daniel Snyder’s head. Expect the unexpected. The unpredictable is predictable. If the Redskins don’t make the playoffs this upcoming season, there will be a new coach and a new quarterback in D.C. That’s just the way it is around here.

20
Jul
09

Time For Some Controversy!!!

vick

By Jesse Jones

Now, I know many people feel that Michael Vick should not be allowed back into the NFL, but I am not one of those.  What he did was terrible, but he payed his debt (which was way more than Stallworth who killed somebody while drunk and high) and has not said anything or done anything to make his situation worse.  Now, if Vick were to play, here is a team that I think could use him that is not the Patriots (they’re rumored to be interested in Vick).

The San Francisco 49ers.  Now I know that they have already denied interest in Vick, but who knows which teams will actually pursue him if he is reinstated by Roger Goodell.  The 49ers are on the brink of winning the lackluster NFC West.  They finished second in the NFC West behind the Cardinals with a 7-9 record, and a 3-3 Divisional Record.  Mike Singletary was clearly the right move to head coach, even with his crazy antics.  The defense is solid, with players like Patrick Willis, Takeo Spikes, Dre’ Bly, and Nate Clements.  On offense, the team has Shaun Hill from UMD as quarterback, Vernon Davis from UMD at TE, Frank Gore and DeShaun Foster at RB, Isaac Bruce and newly drafted Michael Crabtree at WR.

So where does Vick fit into all this?  I’m pretty confident that no team is going to take Vick back in his first season back from all the drama, so a back-up roll is key to look at.  Shaun Hill, who is the probable starter, is more of a pocket-passer.  Vick, as we all know, is a scrambler, one of the best the game has ever had.  With the new found love for the Wildcat offense, Vick could possibly be the best fit for that, with any team.  Vick could put the 49ers over the hump and back into the playoffs, where it was so common to see them for many years.
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If the 49ers do not acquire Vick, I think they will finish second again, behind the Seahawks, who will have a healthy roster and T.J. Housmandzadeh, unlike last year.  Ben thinks that the 49ers will win the division either way.  Let us know what you think!

19
Jul
09

Much Ado About Nothing

Britain Open Golf

By Ben Linton

Yesterday ESPN and Sportscenter were salivating over 59-year-old Tom Watson’s two-stroke lead going into the final day of the British Open. All this talk about he hasn’t won the Open in 32 years, Tiger Woods was seven years old and Phil Mickelson was 13 when he last won, what the price of gas was, and how many presidents had passed since his last major victory. It was annoying how they were over-analyzing and hyping this guy up. It seemed as if they had crowned him champ before the final day had begun. So to no surprise, Watson lost his lead and eventually lost the tournament as Stewart Cink won the 2009 British Open.

On the 18th hole, Watson had a birdie putt to wrap up the victory, but shanked it and entered a four hole playoff with Cink. He bogeyed the first hole then magically made par on the second. On the 3rd hole, a terrible drive on his tee shot caused him to double bogey, while Cink made par twice and birdied. Watson finished +6 in the playoff while Cink was -2, giving him his first ever major title. In the end, Watson was just too fatigued and could only play so well for so long. They say golf is a game for life, but youth previals on the highest levels.




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