By: Josh Cooper
This year, Duke will be national champions again, even with the young team that they have. You may hate them and you may love them, but everyone has to admit they have who will probably the best player in the country in Austin Rivers. Even with a young team, they will still be able to become national champions for the second time in three years.
When you are trying to win a championship in any basketball league, it starts with a good point guard and Duke has more than just a good point guard. Austin Rivers is going to be one of the top if not the top point guard in the country. The best part about Austin Rivers in leading Duke to a championship is that he is a guy that wants the ball in any close game. His average shows that as he averaged 28.8 points per game during his time in high school. That is a big key for Duke and something that Nolan Smith, Kyle Singler, and Kyrie Irving never did in college. If Rivers can produce those big scoring numbers, Duke will go a long way. Read more
By: Mike Asti and George Gerbo
It’s now official: we are headed back to football! The locks on team facilities are open, and The Howitzer and Buzz-saw will pick up from last week’s NFL speculation and give you the breakdown on this week’s player signings, cuts, and trades leading into the start of training camps. Baseball is equally full of intriguing moves. Carlos Beltran is now a Giant – where does that put San Francisco in their quest to repeat? St. Louis adds some pieces and gets rid of Colby Rasmus – will this shot in the arm propel them into 1st in the tight NL Central? Stay tuned for the usual schkanery, and expect the teeth of the Buzz-saw to be espically sharp this week.
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By: Marcus Ferro
As a Patriots fan, this is one of the most exciting days of my life.
By: Marcus Ferro
I woke up to a text message from my friend today saying, “pats got Haynesworth” my response was, “Fuck you, no way” I didn’t believe it, until I turned on SportsCenter and saw Bill Belichick putting on his usual cryptic press conference persona. It’s true, the Patriots traded a 5th round pick for Haynesworth. It just didn’t make sense to me, the Patriots run a 3-4 and have Vince Wilfork, the best nose tackle in all of football. So where does Haynesworth fit?
By: Jared Ramos
Gilbert Arenas posted this picture as his twitter avatar. For anyone who is confused this picture is Gilbert’s bbm list or blackberry messenger. If this is not the best list to come out this decade I don’t know what is. I can tell you one guy who could care less about the NBA lockout and its patient zero. I wonder what other NBA players bbm groups would look like? Would Kobe’s be girls I raped, girls I raped and got away with it? I also want to know who the one girl is that he respects?
By Alex Wiederspiel
Well isn’t that a lovely turn of events. It took more than eighteen weeks, the cancellation of the OTA’s, and the loss of the Hall of Fame game (boo boo), but it’s finally back. Some undrafted free agents have already begun signing (Ian Williams, Mario Fannin, and DeAndre McDaniel have all signed) and the big free agent craze will begin in earnest on Friday while teams attempt to unofficially re-sign their players with expiring contracts.
The events that are about to occur over the next few days are going to be unprecedented. Tons of players are going to be reporting late to training camp and marquis players are going to be in the move in what has to be the strangest free agency class in history. The talent is located in the usual positions (RB, WR, CB), but the crazy thing is that there are young, talented players on the market. Santonio Holmes, Sidney Rice, and Antonio Cromartie all in one free agent class? Together? Of course the top player is Nnamdi Asomugha, but the top player for the future is probably not Nnamdi. Long-term success is probably on the side of Santonio, which is what makes him such a high priority for the Jets and such a popular target for the receiver needy teams around the league. Read more
By: Jared Ramos
So I could really care less about women’s sports in general, but Alex Morgan is something special. She can do no wrong in my book. Not only is she an absolute smokeshow, but she is an amazing soccer player. For every Amy Winehouse in the world, there is an Alex Morgan. Thank god for her though, just look at this goal. I mean I had no clue women had their own soccer league, but now I may start paying attention. I don’t dig the whole pink ball, but who cares if Alex Morgan is playing thats good enough for me.
By: Josh Cooper
In UConn, newly hired president, Susan Herbst is taking a very bold step in looking into UConn’s athletic department, even when they are as of recently having the greatest of times in sports. Over the past year, UConn has seen their basketball and football programs reach new heights with the UConn women’s basketball team having the most consecutive wins in NCAA history, the men’s basketball team winning the national championship, and the football team making it into the Fiesta Bowl. Even after all of that, Herbst is rightfully displeased on how athletic director, Jeff Hathaway is running their sports program and it is a great message throughout the college sports world.
In the wake of UConn’s success they have been under NCAA sanctions for NCAA violations, declining academic scores in men’s basketball, and a decrease in the school’s donations. If UConn wants to be respected in winning the right way, then they have to change some things about their program. It all starts with making the boldest move in firing their athletic director. These violations in UConn include exceeding the number of phone calls to their recruits which is supposed to be just once a month. Even with the rule that could be disagreeable among many people, it still doesn’t give UConn an excuse to violate it. And because UConn refused to obey the rules, they lost thirteen scholarships, and many of which could have been five-star recruits. Susan Herbst understands that the school has to follow all NCAA rules in order to be respected and win the right way. Even though she can never erase what was already done, she can make a better athletic program for the future.
By: Jared Ramos
So this is the Pac-12’s new promotional video. I am not entirely sure what to make of it either. They say two prominent universities have joined the Pac-12. They call Colorado a “progressive powerhouse” and other “a panoramic heartbeat of the nation’s 45th state.” Not sure what any of that means, but when you describe a football team as the nation’s 45th state it doesn’t sound too good. I am pretty sure this video also went over the head of the entire Arizona State campus. If all that was not enough the video ends with these words of wisdom, “This is more than a beginning. It is more than an end. It is the quintessential profile of what a modern conference can be. Welcome to Pac-12 football.” I think what they really meant to say was “this is where a modern conference see’s it’s best program receive the death penalty and it’s second best program pay $25,000 for recruiting videos. Welcome to Pac-12 football.”
By: Mike Asti