Archive for December, 2011

Should Even Bad Teams Rest Their Starters?

To play or not to play? That is the question.

Coming down to the last few remaining weeks in the NFL you start to see players on certain teams, usually the ones who have already clinched a playoff berth rest their players. But what about the teams that don’t have anything to play for as they already know that their not going to the playoffs, should they rest their players too?

It’s a question that certainly comes up as on Saturday, Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson tore both his ACL and MCL against the Washington Redskins on Saturday. It was a meaningless game for both teams as all they really had to play for was draft order and pretty much nothing. So did it make sense to play Peterson? Well it did for fantasy football owners and maybe fans, but looking at it now as Peterson’s 2012-13 NFL season may be in jeopardy, playing him didn’t look like the right call.

Now this isn’t the first injury for Peterson this season as he already missed three weeks of the season with an ankle injury. Luckily for the Vikings they didn’t have anything to really play for as they were already out of playoff contention at the time. However back-up running back Toby Gehart filled in well for the superstar running back while he was out. Though, it didn’t really change the Vikings out come of their games as they still lost each one, however it showed them that in the occurrence of another Peterson injury they would be okay to run with Gehart as the lead back.

Unfortunately on Saturday the Vikings would get that other occurrence as Peterson would go down with a knee injury that would sooner be revealed as a torn ACL and a torn MCL. Gehart would rush for 109 yards off of 11 carries in the absence of Peterson and the Vikings would defeat the Redskins 33-26.

But the Vikings weren’t really thinking about a win as losing Peterson with an injury of this severity this late in the season, really hurts them. Now of course it doesn’t hurt them this season, but next season it’s going to.

Now reports have come out saying that Peterson looks like he’d be okay to return week one next year, however it’s not 100 percent as no one can determine that being so far away from the 2012-13 season. Though what they do know is, that training camp will mostly be Gehart taking the first string snaps as a timetable for this injury at least a couple months.

Though, other there has been other reports saying that Peterson may be placed on the PUP list to start next season which would put him out until at least week 6. So taking all of this into account, does it really make sense to play your players in a meaningless game?

In my opinion, it depends on the scenario. For instance if the player was already hurt that season or that player has a history of injuries, then no, you don’t play him. However if their healthy and playing good let them play.

Though on the flip side, each year come this time, there’s about 12 to 15 teams that are already out of the playoffs, and of those 12 to 15 teams about half of them are very bad to the point where they should rest their starters as they should test out the backups and the younger players to give them a chance. In doing that, maybe they find out that they have something hidden talent on their team which they could then go ahead and make a trade to bring in some new talent or stay put and keep them.

So looking at both of the scenarios, I say just let the players go out and play the game. That’s what they get paid to do, so play them. Yes you don’t want to put them at risk of missing anytime or the rest of the next season, but at the same time it’s there job and injuries come with the game and they new it from the time they signed up.

Follow xOrtiz4x on Twitter


Matt Barkley Decides To Stay At USC: Good Or Bad?

It's a yes, Barkley will opt out of becoming an NFL player and will instead come back for his senior season at USC.

Around 12 o’clock this morning Matt Leinart tweeted “So does Matt Barkley stay or does he go?? In my opinion, I think he stays!! You heard it first here.”

A couple hours later, news would break that USC Quarterback, Matt Barkley would decide to remain and a Trojan and play for USC in his senior year. “This 2012 team has some serious unfinished business to attend to and I plan to play a part in it,” Barkley told ESPN. “I have firmly decided to forgo the 2012 NFL draft and finish that.”

Barkley was projected to be a top ten draft pick in the 2011-12 NFL draft, however he wasn’t focused on that as he was focused on their upcoming season next year.

Barkley announced his decision in USC’s Heritage Hall with his head coach Lane Kiffin in attendance as well as his family. After making the decision to stay, Barkley would be applauded by a sea of cheers from students and the school’s marching band would play their music.

Now this wasn’t an easy decision for the junior quarterback as he said that he spent some “considerable time” deciding rather to go pro or play another season at USC. However despite talking to former USC athletes, pro athletes and NFL experts who all told Barkley that he would be an NFL player, he decided to postpone his NFL career for one more season at USC.

“I am not postponing my dream of playing in the NFL just so that I can have one more year of college life,” Barkley told ESPN. “I am staying because I want to finish what I started.”

Barkley threw for 3,528 yards, 39 touchdowns and seven interceptions this season, leading the Trojans to a 10-2 record and a number 5 overall finish in The Associated Presses Top 25.

Though, did Barkley make the right decision? Now yes he’s projected to be the second best quarterback in the draft behind Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck, who threw for 3,170 yards, 35 touchdowns, and nine interceptions and lead the Cardinals to an 11-1 record. But while maybe that’s a reason as he wanted to be the first quarterback/first pick in the draft selected, however what more can he really do at USC? Because he certainly can’t take them to a bowl game, as the Trojans are banned from bowl games for two years, so why did he want to stay?

That’s exactly it, for the love of the game. He knows he can’t really do that much more or that he can’t take his team to a bowl game, now sure maybe he wants to be number one next year, but it looks like Barkley’s decision to stay was just for the love of the game and for the love of his college.

“This is a special, special college student-athlete story,” Kiffin told ESPN. “To be a part of this story is unbelievable for all of us involved.”

Follow xOrtiz4x on Twitter


High School Student Suspended For Tebowing: Connor Carroll All-Access

One of the many pictures of Connor Carroll Tebowing. Photos given by Connor.

Denver Broncos quarterback Tim Tebow hasn’t only touched the football world with his great skills, but he’s touched the world with a new trend called tebowing. Now tebowing is when you get down on a knee and start praying, even if everyone else around you is doing something completely different. This trend, called “tebowing” has taken over the world as vast amounts of people have been performing this act. One of those several people to perform this trend called “tebowing” was a Riverhead High School senior Connor Carroll. Carroll as well as his brother were suspended from school and from their baseball team for one game, here’s what Connor Carroll had to say.

Mike Ortiz: Are you a Broncos fan?

Connor Carroll: No. I am a New York Giants fan.

Mike Ortiz: When did you first get the idea of tebowing?

Connor Carroll: I first got the idea of tebowing on Thanksgiving. My family was gathered around watching the pregame show and CBS aired a segment in which people were tebowing all over the world in places such as the Vatican, Eiffel tower, etc…

Mike Ortiz: What made you want to do it in school?

Connor Carroll: We tebowed in school because we are all big Tim Tebow fans. It was supposed to be a small thing between my group of friends. It took a life of its own.

Mike Ortiz: How did you convince your friends to do it?

Connor Carroll: I did not need to convince my friends to do it. They are all fans of Tim Tebow and thought it would be cool to show our respect to Tim.

Mike Ortiz: How many times have you done this in school?

Connor Carroll: We tebowed once a day Monday through Wednesday. 3 times.

Mike Ortiz: Why did you guys get in trouble?

Connor Carroll: We got in trouble for blocking the halls. Administration has told the media we have been warned before therefore we were the only ones suspended. That is completely false. They are trying to connect an unrelated event two months ago. Our principal has even told us that event is unrelated. We were never warned.

Mike Ortiz: Did you think it was fair?

Connor Carroll: I do not think the suspensions were fair. We were not warned. There were up to 40 students involved and 38 get off with warnings? Quite ridiculous.

Mike Ortiz: Were your parents mad at you that you got suspended?

Connor Carroll: My parents were not mad. They thought it was funny. They were upset that we were singled out.

Mike Ortiz: Are you done tebowing forever?

Connor Carroll: I’m done tebowing in school because administration will overreact again. I’ll continue tebowing everywhere else though. Myself and Tebowing is linked now so I can’t stop.

Mike Ortiz: Looking back now do you think it was worth getting suspended to make all of the National Coverage etc?

Connor Carroll: Absolutely. It is not what we intended to do. I could never have imagined being on ESPN, FOX News, CBS, NBC, ABC, etc… I would do it all again without hesitation.

Here’s more pictures of the incident:

Photo given by Connor Carroll.

Photo given by Connor Carroll.

Photo given by Connor Carroll.

Follow xOrtiz4x on Twitter


Chris Paul Is Headed To Los Angeles…The Los Angeles Clippers

Chris Paul has been dealt.

Last Thursday it looked like guard Chris Paul was headed to the Los Angeles Lakers to join forces with guard Kobe Bryant. However a couple hours later the trade would be vetoed by Commissioner David Stern. The trade consisted of three teams; the Lakers, New Orleans Hornets and the Houston Rockets. The Lakers of course were getting Chris Paul but the Rockets were getting former Laker forward Pau Gasol and then the Hornets were getting former Rocket guard Kevin Martin, former Rocket Forward Luis Scola, former Laker forward Lamar Odom, and a Houston Rockets first round draft pick.

Though after the trade broke ground and the media started broadcasting the news NBA owners including one Cleveland’s owner Dan Gilbert responded. Dan Gilbert emailed Stern saying “Commissioner,

It would be a travesty to allow the Lakers to acquire Chris Paul in the apparent trade being discussed.

This trade should go to a vote of the 29 owners of the Hornets.

Over the next three seasons this deal would save the Lakers approximately $20 million in salaries and approximately $21 million in luxury taxes. That $21 million goes to non-taxpaying teams and to fund revenue sharing.

I cannot remember ever seeing a trade where a team got by far the best player in the trade and saved over $40 million in the process. And it doesn’t appear that they would give up any draft picks, which might allow to later make a trade for Dwight Howard. (They would also get a large trade exception that would help them improve their team and/or eventually trade for Howard.) When the Lakers got Pau Gasol (at the time considered an extremely lopsided trade) they took on tens of millions in additional salary and luxury tax and they gave up a number of prospects (one in Marc Gasol who may become a max-salary player).

I just don’t see how we can allow this trade to happen.

I know the vast majority of owners feel the same way that I do.

When will we just change the name of 25 of the 30 teams to the Washington Generals?

Please advise…

Dan G.

After emailing the Commissioner, Stern responded by vetoing the trade. When news then broke of Stern’s decision to veto it caused an uproar as media outlets, players, and fans responded.

As a result to the veto Paul threatened to take the NBA to court as he planned on suing them. As for the other players involved, Scola and Martin went to training camp as well Gasol went to the Lakers camp, but Lamar Odom refused. Due to being “traded” Odom felt disgusted and demanded a trade. The Lakers would respect Odom’s wishes and trade him to the Dallas Mavericks for $8.9 million trade exception, as well as a protected first-round pick.

It seemed as if trading for Paul was almost impossible at that point until the Los Angeles Clippers got involved. The Clippers and Hornets would agree on a trade that would send guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman, and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick in exchange for Chris Paul. Though, the deal was that the Hornets had to choose either Gordon or the draft pick. However it wouldn’t matter as Stern put an end to the trade once again.

Trading for Paul appeared to really be dead at that point as two trades were accepted and they were both vetoed. It started to seem like the league and Stern almost wanted to force Paul to stay in New Orleans as long as they could, until Wednesday night when another offer would be accepted; Chris Paul and two future second round picks for guard Eric Gordon, forward Al-Farouq Aminu, center Chris Kaman, and Minnesota’s unprotected first round pick.

Though no one believed it just yet until the approval of Stern was confirmed. After being approved by Stern it was official, Chris Paul was going to the Clippers.

Follow xOrtiz4x on Twitter


Donovan McNabb Waived: Where Will He Land Next?

Now that Donovan McNabb has been waived, where will he land?

After signing with the Minnesota Vikings this off-season 35 year old Donovan McNabb was waived today as it was in the best interests of both McNabb and the Vikings coaching staff. Both parties felt that it wasn’t necessary for McNabb to sit the bench as after starting 1-5 for the Vikings he was pulled in week 6 and the rookie quarterback Christian Ponder replaced him and took over the starting quarterback duties.

Now despite having the worst season of his career (1,026 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, and 2 interceptions) since his rookie season McNabb still seemed like he had it. Though some would say that “no he doesn’t” and “he’s done” as after seeing the stats and the 1-5 record would make one think that. But you have to add in some factors as well; the lockout.

Due to the NFL Lockout and training camps and all of the other pre-season preparations being cut short was very valuable time lost for McNabb and any other player joining an organization. Because, not only did he lose preparation time, but he wasn’t able to learn the play book as fast, get connected with his teammates; get on point with his receivers, etc. So to see what McNabb did and how he played this season and taking in all of those factors you really have to give the 13 year veteran a pass on this one. Though why dwell on the past as what’s done is done.

Looking ahead to the future now there are some spots that McNabb could land and really be in use, starting with the Houston Texans. With quarterbacks Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart both out for the remainder of the season, McNabb would be a perfect fit. With wide receiver Andre Johnson and running back Arian Foster to take the pressure off of McNabb would be a perfect situation. Now even though he would have to learn the play book and get connected with his teammates in this situation it would be okay for him to jump right in.

Next up is the Jacksonville Jaguars, they remove quarterback David Garrard in the beginning of the season and put faith in Luke McCown and rookie quarterback Blaine Gabbert. Well fast forward to now at 3-8 the decision didn’t really work out and that’s the not even the beginning as did you guys not just fire your coach, but your owner sold the franchise…ouch. McNabb would be a good fit for this team, but there’s no chance that they’ll make any moves as this season is as done as Ryan Leafs career.

Last but certainly not least for now, the Chicago Bears. They suffered a tough break with quarterback Jay Cutler as he broke his thumb and will miss at least six weeks and possibly more as there have been reports of him to possibly miss the remainder of the season. So bringing in McNabb would really help as Caleb Hanie isn’t really what you want if you’re trying to make the playoffs and compete for a Super Bowl. Because, three interceptions and a 25-20 loss to the Oakland Raiders who struggled on offense with 18 of their 25 points coming from field goals just isn’t going to cut it. Now yes it was his first week of action so the Bears will cut him a break, but bet your bottom dollar that they’re keeping McNabb in the back of their mind.

Follow xOrtiz4x on Twitter


  • RSS ESPN Top Headlines

    • Machado homer puts O's past Angels in 12 July 30, 2014
      Manny Machado led off the 12th inning with a home run off Cory Rasmus and gave the Baltimore Orioles a 7-6 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. […]
      Associated Press
    • Cards, CB Peterson agree to record $70M deal July 30, 2014
      The Arizona Cardinals have agreed with Patrick Peterson on a five-year contract extension, a deal the Pro Bowler said Tuesday night is worth $70 million with $48 million guaranteed, which makes him the highest-paid cornerback in the NFL. […]
      Josh Weinfuss
    • Lester scratched from start but no trade yet July 30, 2014
      Red Sox left-hander Jon Lester will not make his scheduled start Wednesday, but he has not been traded -- yet. […]
      Gordon Edes
    • Durant lauds LeBron's move, unsure of own July 30, 2014
      Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant congratulated LeBron James on his decision to return to Cleveland but says he's not sure if he'll play for his hometown Wizards when he becomes a free agent. […]
      Ramona Shelburne
    • Pauley Pavilion court flooded as main breaks July 30, 2014
      A massive water-main break that flooded parts of UCLA's campus, including Pauley Pavilion, threatened to ruin the Bruins' home floor and do similar damage to other buildings Tuesday. […]
      Myron Medcalf
    • Lakers greats hail 'right guy' Scott as coach July 30, 2014
      Byron Scott says being the new coach of the Los Angeles Lakers is "a dream come true." […]
      Dave McMenamin
    • Boeheim calls Rose 'most impressive' player July 30, 2014
      Bulls point guard Derrick Rose continues to open eyes in Team USA's training camp as he makes his way back from the torn meniscus in his right knee that cost him all but 10 games of the past season. […]
      Nick Friedell
    • Silva, Diaz return as main event for UFC 183 July 30, 2014
      Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva will return to action Jan. 31 in a 185-pound contest against Nick Diaz at UFC 183 in Las Vegas. […]
      Brett Okamoto
  • Copyright © 1996-2010 Sports Headlines. All rights reserved.
    iDream theme by Templates Next | Powered by WordPress