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!

Let Free Agency Begin

With the NHL and NBA playoffs complete, it means that both sports are in the midst of their respective off season. Free Agency officially began in the NHL yesterday at noon and begins in the NBA on July 10th. NBA players are currently able to enter into verbal agreements with teams, but may not sign a contract until the 10th. With that said, let’s take a look at some of the big players in the NHL and NBA and where they are likely to wind up.

NBA

1. Gilbert Arenas
The former Washington Wizards guard is the premier player on the market this year and is going to bring in some big bucks. The Wizards are certainly looking to keep their All Star point guard as they have reportedly offered him a deal of 6 years for approximately $126 million. Also in the running are the Golden State Warriors, who now have some extra cash lying around after Baron Davis’s sudden departure. The Warriors are offering Arenas a 5 year deal worth 100 million dollars. Arenas seems to be content with the Wizards and the extra year that only the Wizards are able to offer (NBA rules) so I expect him to stay in Washington.

2. Baron Davis
Well I’m going to predict that Davis goes to the Los Angeles Clippers for 5 years and $65 million. So as everyone has heard, Davis verbally agreed to a 5 year, $65 million withtheClippers. Davis surprisingly opted out of his contract with the Golden State Warriors a couple of days ago after they refused to offer him a long-term deal. Averaging 22 points a game last season, Davis is a huge pick up for the other Los Angeles team who now can set their sights on resigning big man Elton Brand, who is up next on this NBA Free Agent list. Continue reading “Let Free Agency Begin”

Daily Sports Roundup 1/6/08

Sunday is always a pretty slow day in sports, but there are a couple of interesting stories that made news today. Here they are:

Wild Card Games: The final two wild card games of the NFL Playoffs are today. The New York Giants visited Tampa Bay while the Tennessee Titans travelled to San Diego. In the first game today, the Giants defeated Tampa Bay 24-14 behind a strong outing by Eli Manning. The Buccaneers stadium was rocking, but three costly turnovers helped Eli and the Giants escape with the win. Manning completed 20 of 27 passes for 185 yards and 2 touchdowns while Bucs’ quarterback Jeff Garcia completed only 20 of 39 pass attempts for 207 touchdowns while throwing one touchdown and two interceptions. The Buccaneers chose to shut down the Giants’ running game, which they did as New York averaged only 3.3 yards per rush. Unfortunately, in shutting down the run, Tampa gave Manning the opportunity to pass. He took that opportunity and made the best of it, leading the Giants to the victory. New York will face Dallas in the Divisional Playoffs next weekend. The AFC Wild Card game takes place tonight. Vince Young will need to play a great game to overcome the Chargers’ balanced attack. If the Chargers win, they will face Indianapolis in the next round, but if the Titans win, Tennessee will face New England.

Arenas Hopes To Return This Year: Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas is hoping to play basketball again this year, but doesn’t want to risk further injury. Arenas had surgery last April and then another surgery in November to repair his knee. Though he is progressing, Arenas is still months away from returning. He wants to get back this year, but realizes that it may not be in his best interest to do so. “I have to protect the rest of my career, too, so I won’t jeopardize that for just 15 games if I’m not 100 percent,” he said Saturday “If it’s aching, if I’m out here practicing and it’s swelling up then, I’ll see you next year.” Continue reading “Daily Sports Roundup 1/6/08”