Archive for January, 2010


Caps On 10 Game Winning Streak

By Jesse Jones

The Washington Capitals beat the Tampa Bay Lightning 3-2 today in Washington this afternoon to get their 10th consecutive win.  These 10 wins look like this:

  1. @ Florida
  2. Toronto
  3. Philadelphia
  4. Detroit
  5. @ Pittsburgh
  6. Phoenix
  7. @ New York Islanders
  8. Anaheim
  9. Florida
  10. Tampa Bay

This streak has kept the Caps in first place in the East, with 80 points, an 8 point lead over the second place New Jersey Devils.  They are one point behind the Sharks for the most points in the NHL.

Washington plays next in Boston Tuesday night.

**The last time the Caps won 10 straight games was in 1984**


Ravens Hire Zorn


By Jesse Jones

The Baltimore Ravens have filled one of their coaching holes by hiring Jim Zorn to be their quarterbacks coach.

Zorn, who was recently fired by the Washington Redskins, was the QB coach in Seattle when Matt Hasselbeck was in his prime.  In ’03, Hasselbeck threw for a franchise record 3,841 passing yards.  Hasselbeck also led his team to a Super Bowl and has been to three Pro Bowls.

Although his time in D.C. failed, Jim Zorn did help Jason Campbell improve as a quarter.  In 2008, Campbell threw for 3,245 yards, 13 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.  In 2009, he threw for 3,618 yards, 20 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.  His passer rating also went from 84.5 to 86.4 in the two years under Zorn.

Hopefully Zorn can help Flacco grow and make the offense better.  Then we might see that pose a lot more in Baltimore.


Wizards Win Both Games of Back-to-Back

By Jesse Jones

On Friday and Saturday night, the Washington Wizards traveled to the Meadowlands to play the New Jersey Nets and then came back home and hosted the New York Knicks, despite the snow storm.

Friday night’s game came down to the wire.  The Wizards had to come back from a 12 point deficit, and ended as Earl Boykins hit the game winning shot with 0.4 seconds left.  The team won 81-79.

Saturday night the Knicks came to town.  Despite all the snow, there were still fans in the stands which was good to see.  The Wizards jumped out to an early 36-19 lead after the first quarter, but then cooled down and let the Knicks tie the game at 52 early in the third.

That’s when Mike Miller took over.

Miller finally found his shot, and scored 17 in the third quarter, went 5-6 from three, missing only one shot as he was the main part in a 30-17 scoring run for the team.  From there, the Wizards won 106-96.  Miller finished with 25 points, and Jamison had 21 points and a career-high 23 rebounds to help the team get on a two-game winning streak.

Washington’s next game is tomorrow night, February 1, at home against the Boston Celtics at 7:00 PM.


Possible Draft Picks

By Jesse Jones

When I went to the Baltimore Ravens website today, they had an article showing the experts’ predictions about who the Ravens would take with the 25th pick in the first round of the 2010 NFL Draft.  They mentioned which player the team would take, followed by an explanation.  Honestly, I forgot about some of the players when I was thinking who the team should take.  See for yourself:

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First Place Terps crush Canes

By Ben Linton

In arguably the team’s most complete game of the season, the Maryland Terrapins defeated the Miami Hurricanes 81-59 tonight at the Comcast Center.

Maryland jumped out to an early lead, scoring the game’s first six points. The Terps stretched their lead to 17 points at half time and never looked back. Maryland’s largest lead was 32 points at 76-44.

Four players scored in double figures, led by Landon Milbourne and Greivis Vasquez with 16 each. Eric Hayes and Sean Mosely both played well, adding 10 points respectively. Jordan Williams also played a good game, finishing with 8 points and 6 rebounds. All the Terps’ starters had solid games, which made for balanced scoring, which made for total domination.

Maryland shot 50% (47% from three) from the field, while holding Miami to 38% (30% from three). The Terps forced 16 turnovers, and played a great defensive game ( Miami had only five assists the whole game).

The win put the Terps at 14-5 (4-1 ACC) and first place in the ACC, in prime position to make a push for the title. Next the Terps head to Clemson, losers of two straight and hungry for a win. It should be a tough game and if the Terps can pull this one out they may be looking at a possible national ranking.

Hopefully they can keep this streak going and continue to play consistent basketball.


Ravens Add and Lose Coaches


By Jesse Jones

Tuesday Morning Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh announced the addition of a new linebackers coach, Dean Pees.

Pees is coming from New England, where he was the defensive coordinator from 2006-2009, and the linebackers coach from 2004-2005.

Coach Harbaugh played for him as a defensive back at the University of Miami (OH), and defensive coordinator Greg Mattison coached along side him at the Naval Academy.

However, the Ravens did lose a member of their coaching staff Tuesday as well.  Quarterbacks coach Hue Jackson has left the team to become the offensive coordinator for the Oakland Raiders.  Last year, the Raiders did not have an offensive coordinator, as head coach Tom Cable called the plays.  Now, Jackson will get the majority of the play calls.

Jackson said leaving the team would be hard, especially after two playoff appearances and developing Joe Flacco.


Number Ones Reach Super Bowl

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By Jesse Jones

Unlike the recent trends of the NFL when six seeds would be going to the title game, Super Bowl XLVI consists of two number one seeds, the New Orleans Saints and the Indianapolis Colts.

The Saints are making their first trip to the Super Bowl in franchise history.  Their offense is clearly one of the best in the league.  Drew Brees has made the team pass-happy, and they’ve now found out how to effectively use Reggie Bush.  Their defense isn’t one of the greats, but they make enough plays to help the offense.

The Colts are going to their second Super Bowl in four years.  Peyton Manning is the MVP of the league, and has two very good young receivers in Pierre Garcon and Austin Collie.  Dallas Clark and Reggie Wayne are a given.  What is surprising to most, is how good the defense has been playing.  They force turnovers, and swarm the ball very quickly.  In order to play effectively against them, you have to make quick, precise decisions.  Now Manning gets a chance to win his second championship in the place where he won his first, Miami, against his father’s team.

***More analysis will be given as the game nears***

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