Archive for March, 2013

The Maturation of JR Smith

Posted: March 31, 2013 by OnDNxtLvl in Knicks

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JR Smith, the enigmatic 6th man for the New York Knicks, can bring you to your feet in joy and have you collapse to your knees in disbelief – all within 20 seconds of the same Knicks possession.  His penchant for both clutch shooting and puzzling shot selection have drawn comparisons to another free-gunning Knicks player of yesteryear, John Starks.  While JR’s FG and 3-point shooting percentages have fallen since joining the Knicks he has provided much-needed scoring punch off the bench.  As of late we’ve seen a different JR.  A team oriented scorer, especially important with Amar’e out six weeks after knee surgery and Tyson Chandler nursing a bulging disk.

JR is currently on a spectacular run, averaging over 27pts while shooting over 55% in his last 6 games.  He has turned a corner of sorts, realizing that not every shot is a good shot.  He’s taking advantage of his athleticism to get into the paint, scoring on layups and getting to the line.  This smarter, more efficient JR is exactly what the doctor ordered.  The Knicks are on the path to a long playoff run and Carmelo needs his #2 scoring option to play team basketball.  Or the exact opposite of JR’s antics in their elimination game (Round 1 – game 5) of the 2012 playoffs – when he shot 3-15 from the field and had a plus/minus of -20pts vs. the Miami Heat.  In that game JR was 6 of 6 from the ft line.  Even then we had a snapshot of where his opportunities were.  He chose not to exploit them…but today is a new day.  JR has been attacking the basket and getting to the line with regularity and opposing defenses don’t have an answer for it.

If Stoudemire can return to the lineup in time for the playoffs and resist the urge to beat up fire extinguishers the Knicks could be deep enough to make some noise come playoff season.  Only time will tell if they can stave off injury and continue playing efficient and effectively.  They’ll need the new and improved JR to play a vital part in their run.  Will he cooperate or does he still have a little too much John Starks in him?

-Pierce

Cinderella in the Tourney

Posted: March 31, 2013 by Ndiggy in MarchMadness

Wichita State is in the final four!!!   They ain’t called the Shockers for nothing.  People love seeing underdogs win because it’s unexpected and real fans hate seeing the favorites win unless it happens to be their own team.  This is the beauty of March madness and why so many people get excited about the tournament year after year.  With a one game elimination anything can happen and often times anything does happen.  In other professional sports like basketball, baseball and hockey there are long drawn out series where the better team normally wins.  The one game do or die scenario adds so much more excitement to just watching a game as a sports fan. The only sport we get this in is football and since the lights are out in all stadiums not just New Orleans we must wait until September.  But for now we still have a few more games left in the tournament and a Cinderella in Wichita State.  I know who I’m rooting for in the dirty south next week, and if your team isn’t in the final four or you have no shot at winning your bracket then I know who your rooting for too.

It was reported yesterday that Kevin Kolb signed a two-year $13 million deal with the Buffalo Bills pending a physical. As a Jets fan, what does it mean for me? It means that we are still stuck with Mark Sanchez as our starting QB. Early reports linked the Jets to Kolb once the Arizona Cardinals released him. As the mediocre teams of the AFC East improve (Buffalo Bills and Miami  Dolphins)  with their recent free agent additions (Kolb – Bills and Wallace, Ellerbe, Gibson, Keller, etc,), the New York Jets continued to experience the Rex-edous with Matt Slauson signing a one-year deal with the Chicago Bears on Friday.

The Jets have lost DeVito (Cheifs), Landry (Colts), Greene (Titans), Keller (Dophins), Slauson (Bears),  Bell (Cardinals) and have released Pouha, Scott, Thomas, and Moore. In a locker room that has been fractured over the past couple of seasons, gone are creditable veterans on both offense and defense and the Jets have put their trust in the great leaders of Sanchez and Holmes. Be afraid! Their defense is young and has the potential, but once again Ryan will be the defensive coordinator that he is great at…not a great head coach.

Jets fans have a short memory with the two AFC championship games that Ryan brought in his first two seasons. All I remember is the mediocre and losing seasons that the last two seasons have brought. The free agent additions of Colon, Goodson, and Garay are hardly the names that make you want to pick you spot in the Canon of Heroes. O, and I can’t forget the competition that was brought in for Sanchez…the immortal David Garrard! So with the Kolb signing in Buffalo us Jets fan are left with Sports Center’s Worst Play of the Year – The Butt Fumble:

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Step Right Up: Ride the Romo Rollercoaster!!

Posted: March 31, 2013 by OnDNxtLvl in Contracts, NFL

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A seesaw battle, the 2012 NFC East title and a playoff spot on the line, three minutes left to play and the Dallas Cowboys are in prime position to take the lead.  Yet Cowboys haters are all at ease.  You see, The Dallas Cowboys are relying on Tony Romo to lead a season saving drive and performing and such feats just aren’t his forte.  Sure, toss him into a week 6 scenario, down 6 points with two minutes left and he’ll lead you to the promise land.  Romo is a supremely gifted athlete and QB.  But when the chips are on the table and you need his talents to shine he’s as dull as a Ferris Bueller’s Econ teacher – “anyone…anyone?”.  Anyone but Tony Romo.  Against the 30th ranked defense, the Washington Redskins, Tony Romo decided to throw what could only be described as his most careless and ugliest pass of the season.  A duck lob pass to Demarco Murray in the flat.  The lob quacked its way squarely into the palms of Redskins LB Rob Jackson, Tony’s third intercepted pass of the game.  That play sealed the loss, the second consecutive season ending with a loss in a win – or go home season finale.  The third time in the last five seasons he has had an opportunity to win the NFC East in week 17 and lost.

Whether he’s throwing three interceptions against the ‘Skins or blowing the hold on a game winning kick in the playoffs he’s the NFL’s most entertaining form of a disaster – our Daytona 500 ten car wreck.  Or more importantly, Jerry Jones’ ten car wreck.  Jones’ GM skills adeptly allowed for Romo’s agent to negotiate for Romo’s contract to end immediately after the 2013 season instead of during the “franchise” period, as most contracts do.  This basically gave Romo all the leverage in negotiating a franchise record contract, earning him $57 million in the first three years of his 6 year extension worth $108 million.  In Romo’s 6 ½ years as the Cowboys starter he has orchestrated a number of spectacular flame-outs.  Is he worth the nearly $60 million headed his way in the next few years?  Jerry Jones believes so.  Apparently he’s a fan of rollercoaster’s.

-Pierce

O By the Way…

Posted: March 30, 2013 by B in Knicks

The New York Knicks have the longest winning streak in the NBA right now! HOLLA!

For OnDNxtLvl and NDiggy, here are some moments from our favorite celebration…the THREE!

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The Road to the Final Four…

Posted: March 30, 2013 by B in MarchMadness, Sports

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With the loss of #1 Kansas and Florida waking up Cinderella team Florida Gulf Coast University, the Elite 8 starts today. Here are the match ups:

Saturday

(4) Syracuse vs (3) Marquette

(9) Wichita State vs (2) Ohio State

Sunday 

(4) Michigan vs (3) Florida

(2) Duke vs (1) Louisville

Here is my Final Four predictions:

Louisville vs. Wichita State

and

Michigan vs. Syracuse

When these guys wake up..they’ll give you their predictions! If they wake up…LOL

Talk about securing the future! Think it’s a great move by SF. Financials not yet disclosed.