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2010 becomes 2011 continued

January 1, 2011 Leave a comment

Boxing continues to be one of Americas forgotten sports. In one of my first posts on this blog I wrote about how Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather Jr. needed to fight to save boxing and nearly a year later the fight still hasn’t happened. Both have fought and both have won easily, but they have yet to fight each other. To make boxing even more irrelevant the heavyweight division is still without a major superstar. So the question is…

Will Pacquioa and Mayweather fight? Will the Klitschko brothers fight each other and give people something to talk about.

Answer: Pacquioa’s next fight has already been determined and that is against and over the hill Sugar Shane Mosely(Less sugar and more molasses last time I checked). Mayweather on the other hand will be fighting the law after numerous allegations were brought up against him. Will these two fight? I say yes, just not when anyone cares anymore. I feel like this will be a fight that happens late in both of their careers when they are not the tremendous fighters they are today.

As for the Klitschkos… noway this happens but wouldn’t it be great to see them duke it out? Not only would it unify 3 belts but what would be better than watching two brothers beat the hell out of each other!

Celtics won round 1… Lakers won round 1 and 1/2 and round 2. Round 3? Both are on a collision course once again to meet in the finals. This year however both paths are far more difficult, So the question is…

Will the NBA Finals be Lakers vs. Celtics?

Answer: No! Not only are the Lakers are too old, but they still have to go through the west. The Spurs are better, the Mavericks are playing defense, and the Thunder are better. The Celtics have to go through, wait for it…THE EAST! I know shocking right! The not only have to battle the Magic and the Bulls, but there is this little team in Miami that is starting to figure things out. One of the two may make it but I have a hard time believing that both will get there.

You remember this guy right? He was and still is the best golfer in the world. Sure he had a rough 2010, but who didn’t really? Sure his was far worse than most people on the planet but whose to say he can’t bounce back. So the question is…

Will Tiger Woods fix his golf game and start winning again?

Answer: PGA Tour you have been warned. Tiger fell off so much that other golfers actually started talking smack! If struggling through an entire golf season wasn’t bad enough, other golfers actually not fearing Tiger was the last straw. I foresee Tiger going bananas this year and leaving a clear path of destruction in his wake. Wins, Wins, and more wins.

Bonus question: Will Tiger Woods start dating again?

Bonus Answer: Now I would love nothing more than Tiger to start dating either Lindsey Lohan or Brittney Spears, but after the year he had I just can’t imagine him dating so soon. If he does date however I expect the women to be someone from high society without any history of any shady past whatsoever.

AND FINALLY……..

Both the NFL and NBA are in golden eras and both are in jeopardy of not having seasons next year. So the question is…

Will the NBA and NFL have lockouts next year?

Answer: David Stern and Roger Goddell call Bud Selig and ask him how 1994 was, PLEASE!!! No one wants to see a strike. In the NFL it would mean players like Tom Brady, Chris Johnson, Adrian Peterson, and Andre Johnson wasting prime years of their careers. In the NBA it would be a loss for Lebron James, Chris Paul, Kevin Durant, Derrick Rose, and Kobe Bryant. Both leagues have never been better so hopefully these labor negotiations can be worked out before we lose any basketball or football.

2010 was a great year in sports and hopefully 2011 can be even better. Hopefully we will soon be able to find out the answers to all these questions! Happy New Years from SOGJ!

2010 becomes 2011

December 30, 2010 Leave a comment

Its been a while and a lot has happened that has not been blogged by your favorite writers here at SOGJ but a new year means a fresh start.

Sitting around deciding what to write about has been the hardest part of jumping back onto the blog. I didn’t whether to write a year in review or a prediction of things to come so I decided to combine the two ideas. The year that was and the questions the create for next year.

1. Brett Favre’s NFL Future

For 20 years Brett Favre has played in the NFL and finally after this season that may come to an end. After an amazing 2009-2010 season Brett came back after his annual, “I may reitre”, “I don’t know what I am doing”, “I want to play.” fall fiasco to play one of the toughest seasons ever by an NFL player. Now it is no secret I am not a fan of Brett Favre but I have to give the man respect for being an absolute warrior playing through multiple injuries that individually would sideline most men but he played with all of them. A fractured ankle, a concussion, a sore shoulder, a sore elbow, a fractured foot, and a broken reputation(thanks Jenn Sterger). So the question is…

Will Brett Favre retire?

The answer: Most likely I think he will. Now that being said it would not surprise me in the least bit if we see number 4 in purple and gold next year.

After a stellar college career Tim Tebow was suprisingly drafted in the first round by the Denver Broncos. Former head coach Josh McDaniels traded up to the first round to get the Captain of Team Jesus, even though most projections had him as a 4th round pick at very best. Most of the uncertainty was based around the fact that it took Tebow 3 days to wind up and throw the football. So what did Tebow do? He changed his throwing motion and eliminated his hitch. This was a positive sign that Tebow one day may be an effective NFL QB. Then the Broncos signed starting quarterback Kyle Orton to and extension, effectively ending any chance for Tebow to start for the foreseeable future. Flash forward 6 months, fire Josh McDaniels, take the Broncos out of the playoffs and Tim Tebow gets his chance to start and after two games he has looked good! So the question is…

Will Tim Tebow be a starting quarterback in the NFL for the next ten years?

The answer: I think yes. From what we know about Tebow is that he has the will of Rocky Balboa, the determination of a stubborn child, and Jesus on his side. He wants to prove all of America wrong that he can play.

Coach K has had 2 and a half of the best coaching years in the history of basketball. First he led the Redeem Team to the 2008 Olympic Gold Medal, then he led the his Duke Blue Devils to the National Title, and he followed that by leading Team USA to the World Championships. He will soon break the record for all time wins by a coach in NCAA history and his team is currently ranked number 1 again. So the question is…

Will Duke win another title and is Coach K the greatest coach ever?

I think that Duke will repeat in a walk. They are clearly the best team in the country, with the deepest lineup, and the best players. As far as the greatest coach ever I think he is certainly making a case for it. If in 2012 he leads Team USA to another gold medal there are few other coaches who have done what he has accomplished.

To be continued…

Summer of 2010

July 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Who would have thought?

For three years this summer has had a bullseye on it. We have waited and waited for something spectacular and regardless of how you feel about the newly created Miami Heat this summer has been spectacular. But they have only been part of the story that is the summer of 2010 there has been so much more.

The NBA Finals

It started in June where in a rematch of the 2008 finals the Lakers and Celtics collided in a classic 7 game series. Game 7 was an ugly, physical perfect game 7 that went down to the final minutes. Kobe had a horrendous 4th quarter which was very unlike the best closer in the game and it was (mentally disturbed) Ron Artest who hit the biggest shot of the finals down the stretch.

The World Cup

Once again fake football took America by storm. Once again many Americans began caring about Futbol! We finally had something to root for as our Americans got out of their group (apparently a big deal) and then were a poorly played game away from making the semi-finals. Its been a few weeks and like expected we have moved on from the soccer kick(bad pun I know) and we are ready for the real football to begin.

Strassmas!

Rookie phenom Stephen Strasburg made his Major League debut and blew away the Pittsburgh Pirates.(Most of these guys should be playing church league softball to be fair) He has made 9 starts and is 5-2. If he played for someone other than the Nationals he would probably have a better record. What I am most impressed by is his Matt Clementesque goatee that just seems to keep getting larger and larger.

Brett Favre

This was one of the many times he has retired.

Once again we have out favorite season Favre(Please insert heavy sarcasm). It comes right between summer and fall. This is the time of year we find out whether or not Mr. Favre feels his body is healthy enough to come back and play. It includes will he won’t he talk, Brad Childress visiting Mississippi(Happened earlier this week), Brett throwing laser beams to high school kids, and of course our favorite reporter Rachel Nichols setting up a tent on Brett Favre’s front lawn. She must get a Christmas card from the Favre family.

The NBA Free Agent Fiasco

In what was supposed to be a free for all it truly lived up to the hype. Whether it was the meetings, the rumors, the “Decision”, or just the fun NBA free agency lived up to the hype. We now have a legitimate possible super power in the East since LeBron, Wade, and Bosh joined forces. Chicago, New York, and Golden State all got better. This NBA season will hopefully be one of the best in a long time. Every time the Heat play they will get every teams best. They have become the NBA’s version of the Yankees.

This summer has been one to remember and I can’t for the fall. College sports, NBA and NFL we are truly living in a golden era of sport.

NCAA Basketball Championship Recap

April 6, 2010 Leave a comment

INDIANAPOLIS - APRIL 05:  Gordon Hayward #20 of the Butler Bulldogs shoots a last second shot from half court over Nolan Smith #2 of the Duke Blue Devils that missed during the 2010 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball National Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium on April 5, 2010 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Duke defeated Butler 61-59 to win the championship. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

This was the shot that all of America, save anyone who was actually rooting for Duke, wanted to to go in.

Right at half court, off a rebound, three dribbles ,Butlers best player Gordon Hayward, who had just missed a fade away that would have given his team the lead, and it almost went in. Almost sadly, does not count in NCAA Championship games.

The country held their collective breaths for what seemed like forever as the shot approached the rim, hit the backboard and the rim before falling helplessly off the rim to the ground and the Duke celebration began. The scene at Hinkle Fieldhouse, Butlers home court and historic gym, was priceless scroll down and check out the video,

http://espn.go.com/blog/collegebasketballnation/post/_/id/10297/emotions-high-and-then-low-at-hinkle-fieldhouse

So where does this leave us at the close of the college basketball season? The NCAA has some lame idea that we need to mess with a system that produced upsets, great shots, and moments college basketball fans will remember forever. They want to change from a 65 field tournament to a 96 team tournament for no other reason than money. I guess I can’t blame the NCAA for trying to make a buck, but why change a system that seems to be perfect where it is?

There is finally parody to the point that the little school got to the championship game against one of college mega powers and they want to change it? This will probably mean that he entire Big East, ACC, and Big Ten will be in the tournament next year. Really? Where does all the bubble talk go? How long before Joe Lunardi’s head explodes while making out his enormous mock bracket? Most importantly how do we fill out a 96 team bracket with any chance of knowing who will win?

The tournament this year, in my opinion, was perfect. Northern Iowa, Cornell, Butler and even Duke were all great stories. Why would you want to mess with perfection?

Either way, last night’s game will go down in history as one of the hardest fought battles in NCAA championship game history, where no team gave and inch and in the end had Duke given Butler just one inch, Gordon Hayward’s half court prayer might have dropped.

The Tournament is missing one thing!

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Although the Men’s NCAA Tournament has been absolutely thrilling after 4 days it is missing one important thing. That is that Gus Johnson has not been a part of one of the more memorable games of this tournament. He has broadcast from Buffalo where the games have been okay but certainly not to liking of us here at SOGJ.

Our man Gus needs to get a great placement his next game with one of the underdog teams where he is able to thrive by getting super excited about a team that wins that shouldn’t be winning. I for one hope he gets assigned to Northern Iowa or Cornell so he can gush over the small school stars like no one but Gus can. Unfortunately I feel that he will continue with the teams that he had in Buffalo. If that is the case if then there is a possible Big East battle looming which hopefully be a good game so that Gus can make the tournament truly great.

But CBS is you have anything to do with this and I know you do, please give him a good game that he can go absolutely nuts for. And since I know some of the higher up people at CBS are currently reading this blog my request will no doubt be granted. Thank you CBS you are wise and fair!

Categories: College Basketball

March Madness INDEED!

March 21, 2010 Leave a comment

Four days down and this has been one of the most entertaining NCAA Tournaments ever! Not only have there been multiple upset(By seed only if you have watched the games the better teams won) but the biggest upset of them all was when overall number 1 and supposed best team in the country, Kansas, was dominated by the Missouri Valley Champ University of Northern Iowa. With more names you don’t know and even a few more you can’t pronounce Northern Iowa is on a roll and there are no signs that they are slowing down. They meet up with the Big Ten’s Michigan State in the Sweet Sixteen and might be the favorite. Early reports are that Michigan States point guard and best player Kalin Lucas may have a torn achilles. This could mean that Northern Iowa would have a legitimate chance at the Elite 8 and possibly the Final Four!

Other upsets include St. Mary’s who took out higher seeds Richmond(7) and Villinova(WAY OVER RATED 2) pretty easily. From this we have met St. Mary’s hilarious big man Omar Samhan(Watch some of his interviews they are great!) They are playing awfully well but run into a very difficult opponent in the Baylor Bears from the Big 12. I think that the run may be over for St. Mary’s but heres hoping it’s not.

Finally the team that I have fallen in love with and are throroughly enjoyable to watch and have just plastered the first two teams they have played and that is the Big Red of Cornell. Now lets not forget they have defeated Temple and Wisconsin and this team can’t even give athletic scholarships. REALLY!!!! They can’t give scholarships! All there players have to be smart enough to get into the Ivy League school and then afford it. Not to mention that they all live together in the same house! You can read about that here:

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/basketball/blog/the_dagger/post/Give-Cornell-s-basketball-team-high-marks-in-che?urn=ncaab,228248

Cornell next runs into the hottest and scariest team in the tournament Kentucky. If any team can control pace and frustrate the Wildcats it’s the Big Red. I hope that Ryan Whittman(Cornell’s best player) and the rest of the boys can keep their run going!

There has been some chalk, Duke, Kentucky, Ohio State, Syracuse, and West Virginia are all still alive. This all makes for a great second week of the tournament and we shall see if all the underdogs can make their way to Indianapolis!

Categories: College Basketball

Suck it Kirk.

March 5, 2010 Leave a comment

Kirk's worst fear: the black is back.

Somehow, the Bradley Braves coaching staff was able to orchestrate an 81-62 ass kicking of Creighton today in the quarterfinals of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament.  It’s amazing considering the rigorous planning and time invested into the decision to rock the black jerseys.  How they were able to game plan against their arch nemesis, Dana Altman, and pull off an all night, boiler room style meeting to decide if the black jerseys were the right call or not is beyond me. It’s a good thing that PG Sam Maniscalco put up 31 points against the Bluejays to save their asses.

I agree with Kirk. This shit can’t continue to go on, especially in the Missouri Valley Conference tournament.  As a pseudo-alumni, I am outraged at the oversight and carelessness of this coaching staff.  These crappy gimmicks and shenanigans need to stop…now.

This is Bradley, not some single-A minor league baseball team.

(Those who aren’t catching the thick, creamy loads of sarcasm that I’m laying down right now, please read my previous article about my best friend Kirk Wessler.)

In all seriousness though, big congrats to my boys on the BU squad! A 19-point signature win in the MVC tournament is always a great way to start the weekend.

Bradley will face Northern Iowa tomorrow in the MVC Tournament semifinals, where Jordan Eglseder will still continue to have the hairline of a 70 year old man and look like Happy Gilmore’s former boss, Mr. Larson.

"...and I'll be waiting for you, in the parking lot!"

"I BELIEVE THAT BELONGS TO MR. GILMORE!"

Come on, I know you see it too….