I’m Back

It’s been more than four months since my last post, but I’m back. This year was my first year at Duke University and I didn’t have much time to blog. Now that I’m on Winter Break, I’m starting back up again. We’ll see if I can keep it up once school gets going again, but for the next couple weeks, look for consistent posts here.

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Why were Brandon Jacobs and Albert Heynsworth not suspended for their fight? Each was fined but neither was suspended even though punches were thrown. Not that I don’t love watching players fight, but come on. That was pretty ridiculous. The play was over, but Jacobs just didn’t stop. He didn’t even get the bigger fine. Maybe I’m missing something here, but Jacobs does not deserve to be playing Sunday. He certainly deserved more than a $7500 fine.

Gilbert Arenas apparently stored firearms in his locker. Wow Gilbert. I just don’t understand why an NBA star feels it necessary to store firearms in his locker. Why does Gilbert need a firearm? Should have watched what happened to Plaxico a little more closely. So many of us dream of becoming sports stars and I for one don’t understand these players risking it all with being so stupid. At least Plaxico kept the gun with him. Gilbert left it in his locker. He can just be happy that law enforcement isn’t involved.

Finally, just a big WOW on the AFC Playoff situation. I’m psyched for this weekend. 6 Teams at 7-7, 2 at 8-6, and 2 at 9-5. Lots of very important games and lots of big matchups. Has there ever been an NFL playoff race this close? Every play is going to matter so much and every snap will be so intense. This sunday and next sunday may be unlike anything we’ve seen in the NFL for a long time or will see for many years. Enjoy it!

Alright, that’s all I got for today. I’ll be back with longer, better posts soon. Stay tuned and Merry Christmas!

2009 NBA Draft Review

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The 2009 NBA Draft came to completion today as the Clippers took Blake Griffin with the number one overall pick as expected. After that though, everything was up in the air in a draft filled with very little talent. Let’s look at the clear winners to begin:

Memphis Grizzlies

Memphis selected Hasheem Thabeet with the number two overall pick and got DeMarre Carroll with the 27thpick. Then, they got one of the steals of the night with Sam Young at the 36th pick. Thabeet will boost the Grizz’s defense big time and Carroll and Young are both solid players. Neither will be a superstar, but each will give work-man like performances day-in and day-out while adding energy and more defense.

Denver Nuggets

The Nuggets traded their one pick in the draft, but also acquired Ty Lawson from Minnesota for a future first round pick. Lawson is quick, plays strong defense, and runs the point well. He fell all the way to 18th for Minnesota and now sits as a solid back-up point guard for Denver. Continue reading “2009 NBA Draft Review”

LeBron Should Not Have Been Fined

NBA Commissioner David Stern fined LeBron James 25 thousand dollars after he refused to talk to the media after losing game six and the series to the Orlando Magic. James certainly made a mistake in blowing off the media, but he does not deserve to be punished. The Cavs were expected to reach the NBA Finals easily and losing the series to Orlando must have stunk immensely, specifically for LeBron who’s individual skill level is one of the greatest of all-time, but has yet to reach the Finals.

I can understand that LeBron would not want to talk after the game. I think anyone who has ever played sports can understand that. As a fan, you want to see the players rise above their anger and embarrassment at defeat and show their character by speaking with class, but you can’t expect that.

LeBron made a mistake, but not one worth 25k. I certainly wouldn’t want to face the media after a loss like that, but I’m not LeBron James. With such high expectations for the Cavs, LeBron would have been sliced up by a media eager to criticizetheir stars. I understand why he didn’t talk afterwards. David Stern has no right to dictate whether players speak to the media after the game. LeBron hurts his own image by not speaking. He doesn’t tarnish the game. Stern, butt out. Continue reading “LeBron Should Not Have Been Fined”