By Alex Wiederspiel
This is the beginning of a set of stories and feature pieces dedicated to exploring what could happen with certain players in the 2011 season–and beyond. From here on out we leave the fanciful footing of firm fact and paddle through the drudgery of murky waters (anyone who gets this reference gets my respect) and will try and use a plethora of different facts, stories, and logic to put together what will happen in the future. I must admit that I could be totally and completely wrong, but using what I believe to be the past to predict the future and other trends I can accurately tell you who is going to do what this year from an individual standpoint.
And like any good piece, we’re going to start with the quarterbacks–for that’s what everyone is most interested in. Read more
By: Jared Ramos
The NBA is heading towards a lockout, that is inevitable. This is terrible news because there will be no more basketball and no more trades. Luckily for us, ESPN has the trade machine, which allows people to try to pull off fake trades and see if the deals would work for both teams. It’s a genius idea because fans always try to come up with trades, well with the trade machine they can see if their trades are realistic.
With the collective bargaining agreement set to expire on July 1, there will be a number of teams who should consider trades. With a whole new cba on the way, it could become difficult to move certain players. If you’re the Sixers it could be a whole lot easier to move Andre Iguodala now then it could be once a new cba is reached. Same for a team such as Minnesota who needs veterans. They might as well try to swing a deal in the next few days rather than wait and see what the new deal will look like.
By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo
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By: Mike Asti
Real or fake? You decide. Was this rant by WWE super-star, CM Punk part of the show and just another segment in his rivalry with John Cena? Did WWE intend for it to feed into his heel image? Or did the unthinkable happen? Did CM Punk go off script, knowing his contract was not going to be picked up? We all know professional wrestling is sports entertainment, but the moments that make you wonder are the ones that live forever. The “Montreal Screw Job” is still debated in wrestling and sports circles world wide. It is very possible this “shoot” will have just as much of a lasting impact.
By: Marcus Ferro
“I’m gonna take my talents to South Beach” uttered NBA Superstar, LeBron James last summer as he decided to join Chris Bosh and Dwayne Wade on the Miami Heat. James made this decision in hopes of finally winning a championship after failing to do so for his first eight seasons. Now almost one year later and still ring-less, LeBron makes another monumental decision to bring him one step closer to his ultimate goal.
By Alex Wiederspiel
So people are going to be curious about my three straight first overall selections–all have been offensive linemen. I confess that I have a strong affinity for the position, but I also must make it plainly known that my philosophy if I were the general manager of an organization would be to build through the draft, and predominantly build the trenches first. Success in the trenches can mask poor play at other positions, and I believe that the league would have extreme parity if every team had a good offensive line. You find most predominantly that the worst teams in the league year-in and year-out are the teams that struggle to pass protect and/or run block. What also needs to be said?
After doing this one, and this was by far the hardest of all the Re-Drafts, three years is not long enough to judge a player. Quite a few of the players near the bottom of the first round have had only one year of success.
So that being said let us begin the 2008 Re-Draft, where Jake Long will hold his top spot, but there are other changes afoot.
1. Miami Dolphins — Jake Long, Left Tackle, Michigan
There can be absolutely no doubt about Long going first overall. He is a top three left tackle in the NFL, and an outstanding all-around linemen. He has the ability to extend his career one day because of his run blocking and strength and play on the right side, but as of right now he’s going to be a long-term left tackle. Long has the occasional struggle against speed rushers, but he’s overall an elite player who is already on the fast track to Canton. Read more
By: Mike Asti
The 2011 MLB managerial carousel continues spinning at rapid pace. After the Washington Nationals were stunned to learn their manager, Jim Riggelman was resigning and leaving the team, a franchise with hopes for a bright future seemed to be in turmoil. The Nats brass wasted no time in putting a plan of action together. Baseball returned to the D.C area in 2005 and the organization is determined it will be eventually be a winner. Despite a winning streak and .500 record, Riggleman felt disrespected by not receiving a contract extension or even much communication discussing the possibility of keeping him around long term. Riggleman saw the light at the end of the tunnel. He was well aware a repaired Stephen Strasburg and a young phenom, Bryce Harper would be in the fold very soon. Unfortunately, the franchise did not appear to be gun hoe about fully handing him the keys to a potential Cadillac in the making. Right or wrong, the Nationals have every right in the world to go in whatever direction they feel is best. My full thoughts on the Riggleman debacle can be heard here: The Howitzer and Buzz-saw Show. Read more
By: Josh Cooper
About fifteen years ago, a guy named Tim Hardaway was tearing up the court with cross over moves and making some of the best buzzer beaters in the league. Now, there’s a new Tim Hardaway and this one has the entire package. This is Tim Hardaway Jr., the son of the inventor of the cross over move. In Michigan, there was the fab five. Now, there’s Tim Hardaway Jr., the next big thing in Michigan and in college basketball
Tim Hardaway Jr. is a very mature guy going into his sophomore year. He has a strong body at 6’5 and 185 pounds which is great for a guard and is even quicker than his dad was. If you watch highlights, he looks great. As a freshman, Hardaway averaged great numbers, averaging 13.9 points per game and 3 assists, playing along side Darius Morris. He can drive to the hoop as well as shoot the three. He shot 36% from beyond the arc and had a field goal percentage at 42%. With Morris gone, expect Hardaway to be the leader of that team and his college numbers to go up. Read more
By: Brian McLaughlin
Major League Baseball prides itself on its rich history and tradition. It is a league that does not make a whole lot of drastic changes. One example of the league’s traditional values is the issue of instant replay. Although the league did implement reviews on home run calls, it has been hesitant to go any further than that. Any baseball person is well aware of the way the league does things, and if you are a true baseball fan, then most of us have been supportive with the decisions the league makes.
However, it seems that something is missing in ballparks these days. Oh yea, it’s the fans! In 2008, the Tampa Bay Rays were the top team in the American League, going all the way to the World Series. In that season, they ranked 12th out of 14 teams in attendance. So far this season, the Rays are playing pretty good baseball, as they have a record of 40-34. For all of that solid play, their attendance in 2011 currently ranks dead last in the American league. It seems unless it’s Philadelphia, Boston, New York (Yankee Stadium), or San Francisco, stadiums are empty.