Archive for February, 2012

New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox Rivalry Renewed Due To Comments

Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine talks to reporters.

Last Saturday, February 25th, new Boston Red Sox Manager Bobby Valentine informed his new team in a morning meeting on Saturday that he was going to ban alcohol from the clubhouse for good.

Then a couple days later Valentine made headlines again as he began bashing the New York Yankees starting with third baseman, Alex Rodriguez.

“From afar, he was everything you want a guy who wears a ‘C’ to be,” Valentine said of the longtime Red Sox captain Jason Varitek. “He was a man’s man, he was a big hitter when needed, he was the leader of the pitching staff. [Pause] He was able to beat up Alex, all that stuff. He was exactly what he was supposed to be.”

The “Alex” that Valentine was referring to was of course Alex Rodriguez and the incident that he was referring to was the famous fight on July 24, 2004 where Varitek took a shot at Rodriguez which then resulted in a bench clearing brawl that would finally end in an 11-10 Red Sox win.

Though, Valentine didn’t stop there as he would continue on at Tuesday’s press conference where he began taking shots at Yankees short stop Derek Jeter.

Valentine was discussing his teams’ fundamentals and drills that they were practicing when he brought up Jeter’s famous backhand flip play of game 3 of the 2001 Al Division series vs. the Oakland A’s. Valentine would pretty much emphasize that the great play that Jeter made was luck saying, “We’ll never practice that,” Valentine said. “I think [Jeter] was out of position and the ball gets [Giambi] out if [Jeter] doesn’t touch it, personally.”

However Valentine, who didn’t have the hands on look at the play, as like the majority of the people who saw it, as most viewed it from home or saw replays of it weren’t right there. Though Ramon Hernandez the current catch for the Colorado Rockies who at the time was on the Oakland A’s had the opportunity of being right there.

“If Jeter doesn’t catch the ball, the ball hits me – that’s how far off the mark it was,” said Hernandez, the on-deck hitter who was signaling Giambi to slide. “Jeter made an unbelievable, heads-up play. Then he makes a great throw to boot. Unbelievable. The play saved them.”

However, Valentine would go onto add “That was amazing that [Jeter] was there. I bet it’s more amazing that he said he practiced it. I don’t believe it.”

Well on Wednesday after hearing what Valentine had to say about them, both Rodriguez and Jeter would respond.

Rodriguez after laughing after having Valentines comment read to him he would say, “Like I’ve said, guys, I’m not gonna win many battles here when it comes to words, especially against Bobby,” he said. “But I will tell you this, I got my new press secretary that should be landing in couple of days, Reggie Jackson, so I’ll let him handle that, all right?”

As for Jeter he would find it funny too as while smiling he would say, “We practice it every year,” Jeter said. “Maybe he hasn’t seen it but we do it every year. If he wants to come over and watch, or someone can videotape it and send it to him. I have no reaction to it, really. Bobby is entitled to his opinion.”

Responding to more questions Jeter would alter his comments saying, “We do practice it, but not the flip home,” Jeter said. “But who cares? Why are we talking about this? He must be bored over there, huh? I don’t understand.”

Then after hearing Jeter’s comments Valentine would respond saying, “Total mistake on my part that they don’t practice it, that’s for sure,” he said. “He [Tuck] said that when they practice it, he always got there late in practice.

“I said yesterday that the shortstop’s there being aware. But it’s hard to practice that, because why are we going to practice a bad throw? That’s not what we’re doing here. But I get it.”

“I’m indifferent, really,” said Jeter. “I don’t know Bobby well enough to know what he’s trying to do. I could care less. I guess that’s the best way to put it.”

The Yankees and Red Sox first meet on April 20th in Boston where they will begin their three game series.

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Iman Shumpert Out Of Dunk Contest: See Who His Replacement Could’ve Been

Elliot Williams a high rising rookie.

In a year of where the NBA’s All Star Slam Dunk Contest may be at its absolute worst, it just got even worse as New York Knicks guard, Iman Shumpert said that he will not be participating.

The reason for his absence was due to an injury that he suffered against the New Jersey Nets on Monday night.

As for his replacement, it will be Utah Jazz forward Jeremy Evans.

Evans a second year player out of Western Kentucky has played in 16 games this season for the Jazz averaging 1.7 points per game.

What a great person to add right?

No, absolutely not. I mean in a Dunk Contest which was looking like to be the worst contest of all time, the NBA had a second chance to “make things right” by finding a good replacement for Shumpert, however instead the best they could do was come up with Jeremy Evans a player that barely even plays.

Now it’s not like they couldn’t find anyone as I’m sure they could’ve found someone better, like Portland Trailblazers rookie guard, Elliot Williams for instance. A 6’5 guard who can jump out of the gym as after viewing a couple of his youtube videos, you’ll see why he should’ve been Shumpert’s replacement.

And just incase you didn’t believe me, Williams did want to be in the Slam Dunk Contest as he told CSNNW.com, “Hopefully there is a way I could get in, I would hope so,” Williams said. “Being in the dunk contest has always been something that I wanted to do as a kid. It’s out of my hands but hopefully I could get some consideration.”

Williams would even go onto add that he would be willing to make a highlight tape to get in as well.

“If it takes creating a Youtube video, I’ll do it. I know I’m not a big name so I may have to,” Williams said. “I got some tricks up my sleeve. I just need a shot.”

What more of a case do you need than that? A player begging to join a depleted dunk contest and a player that could possibly make this dunk contest at least watchable.

Though despite not being able to participate in this years dunk contest as for the 2012-13 Dunk Contest, he’s got my vote America, Elliot Williams for the 2012-13 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.

Here’s one of Williams’ dunks this season.

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Kobe Bryant Goes At Los Angeles Lakers Management: See What They Need To Do

Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol, great friends on the court and great friends off the court.

From the time the NBA Lockout ended all the way up until the present time of everyday, there have been trade rumors revolving Los Angeles Lakers forward, Pau Gasol almost constantly.

Gasol, who was acquired back in 2008 from the Memphis Grizzlies along with a 2010 second round pick in exchange for forward Kwame Brown, guard Javaris Crittenton, guard Aaron Mckie, the rights to Marc Gasol, as well as a 2008 and 2010 draft pick, brought in forward Pau Gasol to Los Angeles. However more importantly, it would bring a superstar that longtime Laker, Kobe Bryant wanted and it would bring in something that the whole organization wanted; a championship.

Fortunate enough, the Lakers wouldn’t get just one championship as they would get two after the addition of Pau Gasol. Though after failing to complete the three peat by losing in the playoffs last year to the Dallas Mavericks 4-0, forward Pau Gasol has been rumored to be traded.

Though after a 102-90 Lakers loss to the Phoenix Suns on Sunday night, Bryant would respond to the continuous rumors very angrily saying, “Basketball is such an emotional game, you got to be able to have all of yourself in the game and invested in the game. We didn’t have that,” Bryant said. “Pau, it’s hard for Pau because of all this trade talk and all this other stuff, it’s hard for him to kind of invest himself completely or immerse himself completely into games when he’s hearing trade talk every other day. I wish management would come out and either trade him or not trade him.”

Bryant would go onto defend Gasol saying that he’d rather have management keep him, rather then trade him.

“I talked to [Gasol] a little bit about it,” Bryant said. “It’s just tough for a player to give his all when you don’t know if you’re going to be here tomorrow. I’d rather them not trade him at all. If they’re going to do something, I wish they would just [expletive] do it. If they’re not going to do it, come out and say you’re not going to do it. This way he can be comfortable, he can go out, he can play and he can invest all of himself into the game.”

And just like Bryant wished, he would receive as Lakers general manager, Mitch Kupchak would release a statement Monday night on the teams website saying, “As a former player, I understand how the days leading up to the trade deadline can be nerve-wracking for an NBA player. Nonetheless, as General Manager of the Lakers, I have a responsibility to ownership, our fans and the players on this team to actively pursue opportunities to improve the team for this season and seasons to come. To say publicly that we would not do this would serve no purpose and put us at a competitive disadvantage. Taking such a course of action at this time would be a disservice to ownership, the team and our many fans.”

A disadvantage? A disservice? Not at all. Matter of fact, not saying if you’re going to trade Gasol or not is putting a team at a disadvantage based off of the facts that Bryant told reporters after the game. Continuing with that, it put’s not only the fans at a disservice but it puts the team at one too. Because, not telling Gasol rather if you’re planning on trading him results in wondering where he’s going to be the next day, if it’s going to be LA or not and then as far as the fans, they’re getting cheated out of seeing a good game as their players, the Lakers aren’t performing at their highest level due to trade rumors.

So Mitch Kupchak, you don’t have to come out publicly and say that your trading Gasol or not, as you would claim that puts you at a “disadvantage” and “disservices” to the fans, but what you do have to do is sit down with Gasol behind closed doors and tell him the truth, that you do need to do.

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Minnesota Timberwolves Derrick Williams Is Atop All Sports Headlines

Derrick Williams involved in trade rumors?

Minnesota Timberwolves Forward and former Arizona forward, Derrick Williams will be one of the four players taking part in the NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest this year. As for his opponent they won’t be Los Angeles Clippers’ forward and defending dunk champion Blake Griffin, not Golden State Warriors’ guard Nate Robinson, or even Miami Heat’s forward LeBron James, who said over and over again that he would do it won’t be there either.

So who will be joining him? Well Houston Rockets forward Chase Budinger, New York Knicks’ guard Iman Shumpert, and lastly Indiana Pacers’ guard Paul George.

However, that’s not all the news that’s taking place with Derrick Williams as he’s being rumored to be traded. Yes, according to FOXSports.com’s  Chris Tomasson there are rumors of the Minnesota Timberwolves trying to get Los Angeles Lakers forward Pau Gasol in exchange of giving up rookie Derrick Williams.

Now I know….I know, you’re thinking what are they crazy?! Pau Gasol for Derrick Williams?! Yeah right. However, it seems less crazier then it seems as it may be possible.

The reason being of why this trade would go through and I’m not saying that it will is because the Orlando Magic who are looking to trade center Dwight Howard are looking for a good deal with young possible future talents involved. So that’s just it, rookie Derrick Williams drafted number 2 overall in the 2011 NBA Draft is a great piece to put in a Dwight Howard trade.

Though notice the word piece as the Orlando Magic or most likely any team in the NBA wouldn’t do that trade straight up. So, if the Lakers were to do this trade as is, Pau Gasol for Derrick Williams, they would want to make sure that they verbally agreed on a deal with Orlando. I just couldn’t imagine the Lakers doing this trade without Orlando agreeing that they wanted Derrick Williams before shipping away Pau Gasol.

So as of right now, it’s Derrick Williams for Pau Gasol, straight up. Also too, keep in mind All-Star weekend this year is in Orlando and Derrick Williams will be there in a familiar place that their super star has been in; the dunk contest.

Now while this is only at the step of a rumor as you all know this rumor can grow into a possibility and then into a likely and maybe into even a happening. So as of right now stay tuned as we’ll be keeping you updated.

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Randy Moss Comeback?

Comeback?

No happy birthday song was needed for free agent wide receiver Randy Moss as the only gift that he wanted on his birthday Monday was an NFL team to play on.

“I wanna play football,” Moss said on UStream on Monday morning. “Your boy is going to come back here and play some football, so I’m really excited. I had some things I had to adjust in my life.”

In 2010 Randy Moss had his worst season of his career as he bounced from team to team, playing with the New England Patriots for four games, then being acquired by the Minnesota Vikings, and then acquired by the Tennessee Titans where he remained there for the rest of the season. Moss caught just 28 passes that season for just 393 yards and five touchdowns.

Soon after the season ended Moss would retire to a career that many thought was over with 202 games, 954 receptions, 14,858 yards, 153 touchdowns, and many special moments.

However one year after sitting out, Randy Moss has decided to call it a come back and at age 35 as of Monday a lot of questions now come to the table.

Can Moss still play?

Will he be able to fit into a teams’ system?

Will his attitude get in the way?

All questions that were all answered by his former head colligate coach at Marshall, “It didn’t surprise me when he retired, and it doesn’t surprise me he wants to come back,” said Bob Pruett. “I think he can be a great player for whoever picks him up.”

Though that’s just one take and one opinion on Randy Moss and unfortunately for him, Pruett’s opinion doesn’t help him lock up a spot on an NFL roster.

However, I do too, have faith in the great Randy Moss that he can still play and as far as his attitude, I don’t see that as a concern either

“Faith, family, and football, that’s my M.O., bro,” Moss said. A “motto” that seems like a different Moss

Continuing with that, after listening to Moss’ comments about returning it seems, at least at the moment that he has changed as he seems wiser and more mature. Though is that enough to get him on an NFL roster? That I do not know.

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New York Giants Win Super Bowl XLVI But New England Patriots Still Top Twitter’s Trend

New York Giants wide receiver Mario Manningham makes an unbelievable catch.

It’s official; the 2011-12 NFL Super Bowl Champions are the New York Giants. Coming in again as the underdogs to the New England Patriots like they were in 2008, the Giants scoring late in the fourth quarter again took the lead and would go onto win.

As for the New England Patriots they would head back into the locker room as they did in 2008 while the Giants would remain on the field to celebrate their Super Bowl victory.

However, there’s one thing different this time as twitter unlike in 2008 is a lot more popular with it’s trends and tweets, which brings us to the trend that’s circling the social media world right now; “Patriots Locker Room Playlist.”

Yes that’s right, Patriots Locker Room Playlist is trending worldwide as users pick a song or more that they would imagine playing in the Patriots locker room after the game if they were listening to music.

So here’s a sample playlist of some of the best ones that we felt fit the trend best.

1. From @iSpeakComedy: Notorious B.I.G. – It Was All A Dream.

2. From @UptownJigg: Brittney Spears – Opps I did It Again.

3. From @SjonesiProduce: Rolling Stones – You Can’t Always Get What You Want.

4. From @KGorospe: Waka Flocka – No Hands (His reasoning, for all the missed catches).

5. From @Sonaclj: One Republic – It’s To Late To Apologize.

6. From @DiaryOfG2Gent: Keyshia Cole – I Should’ve Cheated.

7. From @_CanYouLive: Notorious B.I.G. – Give Me One More Chance.

8. From @Jelanie_: Justin Timberlake – Cry Me A River.

9. From @Jelani_: Déjà vu- Beyonce.

10. From @BTNichols_MOAM: DJ Kahled – All I Do Is Win (His reasoning, wait wrong locker room).

11. From @TheLindaMilani: Akon – I Tried

12. From @Mads_3: Lady Gaga – Speechless.

13. From @Mads_3: Keyshia Cole – I Just Want It To Be Over.

14. From @Jelani_: Alicia Keys – Try Sleeping With A Broken Heart.

15. From @Jelani_: Usher – Burn.

Now I’m sure that there are plenty of more songs that you could add to this playlist which you can certainly do by posting your comment below. As for the rest of the Patriots night, I’m sure it will just be a quiet one. However a little music never hurts. So with that I would like to conclude the playlist with a song by Queen, We Are The Champions New York Giants Remix.

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Blake Griffin’s “Dunk” Wasn’t Loved By Exactly Just Everyone: See Who Didn’t Like The Dunk

Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake Griffin rises over Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kendrick Perkins

When Los Angeles Clippers forward, Blake Griffin dunked over Oklahoma City Thunder center Kendrick Perkins Monday night, Perkins’ name became trending on twitter and the rest of the worldwide web…except for all of the wrong things.

David Lee of the Golden State Warriors tweeted, “I never tweet about opponents highlight plays but that Blake Griffin dunk was crazy, definitely worth mentioning…”

Demar Derozan of the Toronto Raptors and one of the members of the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest last year tweeted, “OMG @blakegriffin!!!!!”

Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors tweeted, “……………….REWIND……………….”

Then tweets came out against the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as Perkins alone saying…“@blakegriffin I hope you told Kendrick Perkins to shut up about the mantra!!!” Love was referring to an event at the “Mantra” which is a club in Boston that hosted an event involving Perkins as well as Boston Celtics guard, Rajon Rondo, Memphis Grizzlies forward, Rudy Gay, and Atlanta Hawks forward, Josh Smith.

Though that wasn’t it as Sacramento Kings forward, Chuck Hayes tweeted, “Ok so I just saw the Blake Griffin dunk again, and I’m more impressed that the thunder bench didn’t have a reaction, not one player moved, #teamwork.”

However Superstar and teammate, Kevin Durant would respond to the dunk by saying, “I have no appreciation for it at all,” said Durant “It was a layup, I think. He threw the ball in and got fouled and made his free throw, so it was three points at the end of the day, no matter how it happened, how it went in the basket. I really wasn’t impressed. He finished it. So what? We’ve moved on.”

Durant would continue saying, “I wasn’t surprised [That the dunk gained so much attention] because Blake is a poster child,” Durant said. “He dunks the ball a lot and makes spectacular plays. If it wasn’t against us, maybe I’d say it was a good play, but it was against us, so it was a bad play. I have nothing against Blake, don’t get me wrong. But it was against us, so I’ve got to stick up for my teammate.”

Though that wasn’t all as Durant would continue saying, “I knew that wasn’t going to get attention because we never get attention like that,” Durant said. “We’re not an L.A. team or a Chicago team or a Miami team. All our plays get thrown under the radar.”

Now I have to agree with Durant on this as looking over Griffin’s dunk it honestly wasn’t all that great as it really does look like a layup. However at fast speed it looked like a dunk, but watching it over again, you can tell that it’s just a layup. As for Durant’s comments about them not being noticed as much as other teams, he’s right…but it’s not because they’re bad or that they don’t have as well known players but it’s just the city that they’re located in.

According to the top tens, the top ten most popular states in the United States are, California, New York, Florida, Texas, Illinois, North Carolina, Massachusetts, Washington, Colorado, and lastly Indiana. As for Oklahoma, they’re not even listed as one of the contenders.

So the point I’m getting at is, yes, Durant you are right, Griffin’s “dunk” was a layup and you guys don’t get as much attention as you guys should deserve but it’s not really anyone’s fault who wants to talk or go to Oklahoma? According to about.com the number one attraction in Oklahoma is the OKC National Memorial. Come on Durant let’s be honest you know that Oklahoma isn’t the best place in the world either, coming from the guy who traveled around looking for various recreational sport events.

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