Saturday, March 17, 2012

March Madness in Full Force

15 seed Norfolk State shocks the 2 seed Missouri Tigers on a wild Friday for March Madness.

Just hours after the Norfolk State win, 15 seed Lehigh knocks off 2 seed Duke. This is just the 6th and 7th time a 15 seed has beat a 2 seed.

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

D'Antoni Resigns, Knicks Win in Blowout

Mike D'Antoni had enough of the New York Knicks and resigned on Wednesday, mainly due in part to Carmelo Anthony crying like a baby. I can't blame D'Antoni for pretty much telling the Knicks to shove it up their ass, and there were even reports that D'Antoni wanted to trade Carmelo for the Nets Deron Williams. Obviously the coach gets some of the blame, but he can't help it if Carmelo decides to all of a sudden shoot a career low 40 % from the field. By the way some guy named Amare Stoudemire has been equally as bad as Carmelo, and with the exception of a 3 game season in 2005 for Amare, he also is shooting a career worst from the field. D'Antoni definitely would go back in time and stop the Carmelo trade from happening because he simply has not been worth it, in his 60 games for the Knicks. Anthony has said he supported D'Antoni 100 % even though it was publicly known that the two had significant differences about the offense. Baron Davis, Jeremy Lin, and Amare are not happy about the departure of D'Antoni. Carmelo is the problem here folks because he wants to do everything his own way, and he does not care about the input of anyone else. I don't think the Knicks will win a championship with Carmelo on the team because he wants to be Player/Coach/Gm. Think about the team that is around Carmelo, quality point guards in Lin and Davis, Amare at power forward, Chandler at center, Novak as the shooter, and J.R. Smith who should be a starter on mostly all teams in the NBA. Amare went from scoring 25 per game last season to just below 18 points a game this season. Melo and the Knicks better turn it around or Carmelo could be run out of the city.

Hours after the resignation, the New York Knicks blew out the Portland Trailblazers by a whopping 42 points. This Portland team has nobody except Lamarcus Aldridge, so don't get too excited Knicks fans. The Knicks dominated from the start and never looked back, and the big guns only played for about half the game. This is the kind of play New Yorkers have been looking for then entire season, and it's not like new coach Mike Woodson had some magic formula for high level of play on Wednesday night because what could he possibly have done in the few hours before the game that D'Antoni would not have done. Next up for the Knicks are the Indiana Pacers on Friday night at the Garden.

DeSean Jackson Signs 5-Year Deal

Adam Schefter is at it again folks. ESPN's NFL Insider is reporting that the Eagles have agreed to a 5-year, $51-million dollar contract with DeSean Jackson.
The specific details of the contract have yet to be revealed, but Andy Reid is "thrilled" to have DeSean back in Philly.

Tampa Bay Opens the Check Book

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have come into the 2012 free agency period on a mission. Within the past 24 hours, the Bucs have already signed three big name free agents: Vincent Jackson, Eric Wright and Carl Nicks. While these acquisitions are extremely talented, they came at a steep price.

Tampa has dished out roughly $142 million thus far, including about $72 million in guarantees. As expected, Carl Nicks became the highest paid guard in the NFL and Vincent Jackson cashed in on the long-term deal he has desired for years. Nicks  will help protect Josh Freeman and create holes in the running game, while V-Jax will open up and develop the Bucs' passing attack, which will evidently open up the running game as well. I don't know much about Eric Wright (besides those off-field issues at USC), but he seems like a solid corner. With Ronde Barber close to retirement and Aqib Talib being a question mark, you can't really blame Tampa for going after Wright.

Only thing is...Raheem Morris is probably sitting there going "WHAT THE FUCK?" after Tampa Bay spent basically no money in last year's off season, with the exception of punter Michael Koenen (and then gave him the boot). Look I know the Bucs had a terrible season last year, but if Morris inherited all this talent, I believe he would have righted the ship.

Anyways, word on the street is that Tampa Bay is still an active player in free agency, so stay tuned for more updates. 

What's the Deal with Dwight?

With only one day remaining until the NBA trade deadline, the Dwight Howard drama is at an all-time high in Orlando.

After repeatedly asking for a trade throughout the season, Dwight reportedly wants to remain in Orlando for the rest of the season. Last night, after the overtime victory against Miami, Dwight told reporters he wanted to stay in Orlando for the rest of the season, and even said he wished the Magic would "roll the dice" on him. Some unnamed Magic officials are "disgusted" and I don't blame them at all. As of matter of fact, it was reported earlier today that GM Otis Smith (and other Magic officials) will trade Dwight unless he agrees to a contract extension within the next 24 hours.
 As of 4:00 PM ET (about five minutes ago), Dwight Howard has told numerous teammates and friends that he will not opt out of the last year of his contract. Although I won't believe it until he signs the papers, it looks like Howard will be back for another year in Orlando. Stay tuned for more updates on Dwight and the Magic.
***UPDATE*** (3/14/12 8:00 PM ET) Dwight has told the Magic he will not sign the opt-in for the final year of his contract. Look for Dwight to be moved by the deadline, but unless he is traded to New Jersey or another team that Howard wants to play for, don't look for him to sign an extension.

Brandon Marshall and Jay Cutler Reunite

Just as free agency started, the Chicago Bears finally got a receiver for Jay Cutler to throw to, and that receiver is former teammate of Cutler, Brandon Marshall. The price could not have been better for the Bears as they only gave up two 3rd round picks for the three time pro bowler. The Bears have been without a top receiver for years now, and last year the leading receiver for the Bears was Johnny Knox, reeling in a measly 727 yards and two touchdowns. Marshall, who had a couple of bad quarterbacks throwing him the ball in Miami , still managed to get over 1000 yards in his two seasons with the Dolphins. Cutler and Marshall both had their best seasons while they were together in Denver, and they are both in the prime of their careers and could be quite the scary duo in Chicago. After an 8-8 season the Bears should be a much better team because you can't win if your quarterback has nobody to throw the ball to. They will have to battle it out with the Detroit Lions and other teams for a Wild Card spot next year because there is no way in hell that Aaron Rodgers and the Packers are losing the division.

Could the Miami Dolphins be clearing the way for Peyton Manning to come in and pick whoever he wants to throw to (Reggie Wayne)? I am not so sure of that because why wouldn't Peyton Manning want to throw to a top receiver like Brandon Marshall? It's not like the Dolphins got anything good in return for Marshall, and were clearly just trying to get rid of him. Peyton has narrowed down his search to the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Tennessee Titans, and the Miami Dolphins. Peyton wants to pick a team sooner rather than later and possibly within the week.

Its a possibility Dolphins Fans.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Randy Moss to the 49ers

 Randy Moss is back folks.

As per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the 35-year old Moss reached an agreement on a one-year deal with San Francisco earlier today.
Head coach Jim Harbaugh filled in at QB and tossed balls to Moss during his workout on Monday because NFL rules prohibited any quarterback on the roster to participate (until Tuesday). Randy previously worked out for the Saint's last week, but he left New Orleans without an agreement in place.

I'm not sure what the details of the agreement are, but I would expect it to be an incentive-laden deal with performance escalators. I can't imagine the base salary being over $3 million, but we'll see what happens on Tuesday. If Randy comes into San Fran motivated, I feel like he can definitely make an impact. With Crabtree, Vernon Davis, Ted Ginn and now Moss, the Niners are looking nice at the receiver position (tight ends included) and you can't help but look at them as a legitimate threat in the NFC.

**UPDATE** (3/13/12 12:00 PM) As initially expected, Randy's base salary will be approximately $2.5 million, with about another $1.5 million available in performance incentives (via Adam Schefter). Guarantees are still unknown. Stay tuned for more updates regarding NFL free agency.

Big Blow to the Redskins, Cowboys Take a Hit

 The Washington Redskins and the Dallas Cowboys will have a smaller salary cap then the rest of the NFL teams. The Cowboys will lose 10 million dollars toward the salary cap, but the Redskins will lose a whopping 36 million. The two teams can split losses over the next two seasons, so it is not that big of a deal for the Cowboys. On the other hand for the rebuilding Redskins, who are poised to take Robert Griffin III in the 2012 draft, will have major problems resulting from this penalty. The reason for the penalties on these two teams is that during the uncapped 2010 season, both the Cowboys and the Redskins front loaded their contracts for big salaries in 2010, but lesser salaries for years after that. For example, Dallas Cowboys signed Miles Austin to a six year extension and paid him 17 million for the 2010 season and significantly less for the rest of his contract. This can not come at a worse time for the Redskins as they will finally get their franchise quarterback (they hope) and will be handcuffed by a lower salary cap to put the right pieces around RG3 on the offensive side of the ball. If they weren't already out of the Peyton Manning race, this pretty much put the nail in the coffin with 10 truckloads of dirt piled on top. Dan Snyder, the Redskins owner is always willing to throw buckets of cash at free agents, and will have to stick to his draft picks and low end free agents until they have more cap room to work with. As for the Cowboys, it is not really a big deal, and if they split over two seasons it only results in one players salary. The free agency period starts tomorrow March 13th at 4PM.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Knicks Drop 5th in a Row

From Linning to Losing. The Knicks lost their 5th straight game on Sunday to the Philadelphia 76ers by a score of 106-94. It wasn't as close as the score would suggest because the 76ers were up by 15 or more points for the majority of the fourth quarter. Jeremy Lin was a big problem for the Knicks on Sunday afternoon, he only had 14 points on 5-18 from the field and he turned the ball over 6 times. There is absolutely no way in hell that Jeremy Lin should take the most shots on a team with Carmelo Anthony, Amare Stoudemire, and J.R. Smith. Amare only took nine shots in the loss on Sunday and had nine points. This Knicks team is going in the wrong direction and it seems that there is no fixing this mess of a team. Linsanity is dead, after that great fun of about 10 games, Jeremy Lin has come plummeting back to earth. Baron Davis might start to cut into Jeremy Lin's playing time if his average play continues. Carmelo and Amare sat on the bench for the entire fourth quarter, and the Knicks pretty much gave up on the game. They were down 16 entering the fourth, but that is no reason to sit the stars because who else is going to score when Lin all of a sudden can't put it in the ocean.The Knicks heard it from the crowd as they left the court after the final buzzer. It doesn't get any easier for the Knicks as they travel to Chicago tonight.

Tiger Withdraws with Leg Injury

 Tiger withdrew from the WGC Cadillac Championship on the 12th hole after hitting a shot that caused him some pain. Tiger said he felt tightness in his left Achilles when he was warming up for the round and it got worse throughout the round on Sunday. Hopefully this is just a precautionary move by Tiger as the Masters are only a couple of weeks away. Everybody pays more attention when Tiger is on the course because he is the guy that changed the game of golf, and without Tiger, the huge payouts at each tournament would be significantly less. Tiger left the golf course after struggling for most of the day and he was in progress of a 3 over round. He is scheduled to play in a exhibition event at the golf course that is right down the road from him called the Tavistock Cup on March 19 and 20th, and then the Arnold Palmer Invitational starting on March 22nd. The Masters starts on April 5th, giving Tiger a short window to get healthy for the first major of the year.

Justin Rose went on to win the WGC Cadillac Championship by one over Bubba Watson. The new number one in the world Rory Mcilroy,  gave it his best shot in the final round on Sunday and came within a single stroke of the lead after a birdie on 16. However, Mcilroy finished with a bogey on 18 and finished two strokes behind the winner Justin Rose. Interestingly, Mcilroy will take the next three weeks off to gear up for the Masters, where he hopes to capture his first Masters victory.