Saturday, April 14, 2012

Dwight Howard Diagnosed With Herniated Disc

Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard has been diagnosed with a herniated disc in his lower back. The star center will attempt to heal his injury through rest and rehabilitation, but surgery could be in the near future for Howard. Dwight has missed four out of the last six games and does not plan on returning for another 10-14 days. The Magic are pretty much screwed going into the playoffs, because without Howard, they will most likely get swept out of the first round. I can't sit here and tell you guys that Dwight is quitting on his team because you could tell he was in serious pain after that post-game interview in Philly last Saturday. Even though he has been a distraction and a prima donna, for Dwight's sake, let's hope he gets well soon and can suit up for the playoffs. Stay tuned for more updates regarding Dwight's health.

**UPDATE**Stan Van Gundy told reporters on Sunday that Dwight is "50-50" for the playoffs. I wouldn't be surprised if the Magic shut him down for good.

Larry Brown Wants to Coach... SMU?

Hall of Famer Larry Brown will interview for the head coaching job at Southern Methodist University. Brown had this to say about returning to basketball. "I'd like to get back involved in the game in some capacity. Whether that's as a coach, assistant, running a team or just as a resource, I don't care." I understand he wants to do something in basketball, but don't you think Larry Brown could get a better job then at SMU? Southern Methodist has never been a basketball school, and the last time they made it to the NCAA tournament was in 1993. Before coaching in the NBA, Brown coached at UCLA and Kansas, winning the National Championship in 1988. Brown spent the majority of his career coaching in the NBA, winning one NBA championship with the Pistons in 2004, and is 6th all-time with 1089 wins. I just don't get why he would want to do anything at SMU because he could definitely get a better college coaching job, an NBA job, and even an NBA basketball operations job. If Brown really wants to get back into basketball, what the hell is he doing interviewing for the Southern Methodist Mustangs head coaching job?

Thursday, April 12, 2012

C.J. Watson Sends it to Overtime Against Heat

Clutch 3 from Watson to send the game into OT against the Miami Heat. Bulls went on to win the game despite Derrick Rose only scoring 2 points. It was a playoff like atmosphere in Chicago, and it very well likely could be an Eastern Conference Finals preview. Chicago has a four game lead for the top seed in the East, and despite a collapse, they should lock into the number one seed next week. Playoffs should be great to watch as there is no absolutely dominant teams in either conference.

Demaryius Thomas Doesn't Care That Tebow is Gone

Broncos Wide Receiver Demaryius Thomas could care less about Tim Tebow being traded to the New York Jets. I wonder why Thomas won't miss Tebow, maybe it's because Tebow can't complete ten passes in a game, and Demaryius wants the ball! Another thing, the Broncos brought in some scrub named Peyton Manning, so now Thomas can catch more than 32 balls in a season, and think about reeling in 100 +. Thomas went on to say this about the media coverage of Tim Tebow " Everything on ESPN was all about Tim. "That bothered some players, too, because they would say, 'Tim Tebow Time.' I felt like it was a team thing. If it wasn't for the defense most of the time, there wouldn't be no supposed 'Tim Tebow Time." Cry me a fucking river Demaryius, yeah the defense kept the team in ball games, but guess who was putting together game winning drives week after week? Tebow. It seems that Thomas is just itching for some media attention in Denver, and he won't get it unless he somehow turns into an all-star receiver because instead of Tebow getting the media attention, it will be Peyton Manning 24/7 when the NFL season comes around. Hey Demaryius don't expect any headlines this season because you just not good enough.

Updated NBA MVP Race

Since the 2012 NBA season is coming to a close, I figured it would be appropriate to discuss potential MVP candidates. As of April 5th, I had LeBron, Durant, Kobe, K-Love, Tony Parker, Chris Paul and Russell Westbrook (in that order). There have been a few minor changes within the past week, so here are my updated MVP rankings.

Despite a loss to the Celtics on Tuesday night, LeBron put up 36 points, 7 assists and 7 boards. King James' statistics are undeniable and he has been my leading candidate ever since the performance he put on against OKC on April 4th. Kevin Durant went 7-21 from the field last night in a loss to the Clippers and took a controversial 28-footer at the buzzer. Despite a few shaky games, Durant is second in the league in scoring and his Thunder sit atop the Western Conference. Kobe Bryant has missed the last three games, which may hurt his stock a little bit, but I would be surprised if Kobe finished outside the top three. Kevin Love suffered a mild concussion last night and the timetable for his return is unknown at this point. As long as Love doesn't miss too many games, he will finish near the top five.

The Spurs got humiliated last night (on their home court) by a Kobe-less Lakers squad. Tony Parker shot a disappointing 2-12 from the floor last night and has started to cool off. In his last four games, Parker averaged just 12.3 points and 4.8 assists on just 40% shooting. Chris Paul dropped 31 last night in OKC on 55% shooting. Although CP3 has struggled a little bit as of late, he has the Clippers in fourth place in the West and only 1.5 games behind the Lakers for the Pacific Division lead. Russell Westbrook shot 3-14 from the field last night and has shot just 37% from the floor in his last five games. Westbrook was emerging as a legitimate candidate a few weeks ago, but after a mediocre last few games, he is starting to slip a little.

Here are some surprises:

Rajon Rondo deserves some MVP love. For the sixth time this season, Rondo put up a triple-double (10 points, 20 assists and 10 rebounds) last night in an OT win against Atlanta. The Celtics are atop the Atlantic division and have won the most games in the NBA since the all-star break. Rondo leads the league with 11.4 assists per game.

Josh Smith is having his best season as a professional. On a nightly basis, Smith is putting up 19 points, 10 rebounds, four assists, two blocks, one and a half steals and is logging 36 minutes of playing time. He has the Atlanta Hawks in fifth place in the Eastern Conference and has played in (and started) all 58 games this season.

Steve Nash also deserves some recognition as an MVP candidate. Despite averaging only 12.8 points per game, Nash is shooting a career-high 54% from the floor and is second in the league in assists with 11.1 per game. Not to mention Nash shoots 88% from the free throw line.

As of now, I'd have to go with LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kobe Bryant, Chris Paul, Tony Parker, Kevin Love, Rajon Rondo, Russell Westbrook, Dwight Howard and Josh Smith (in that order).

Honorable Mention: Carmelo Anthony, Steve Nash, Blake Griffin, Dwyane Wade and Andrew Bynum (in that order).

Note: The reason I have CP3 and Tony Parker over K-Love is because the T-Wolves are the fourth worst team in the Western Conference.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Big Win for the Knicks Over Bucks. 111-107

With 8 or so games remaining in the NBA season, there was only one game separating the Bucks from the Knicks and the 8th seed in the playoffs. So it was a huge win for the Knicks on Wednesday night which now gives them a two game lead as they come down the home stretch. Carmelo Anthony led the way with 32 points and 10 rebounds. Tyson Chandler also had a double double with 19 points and 11 rebounds. The Knicks are without Amare Stoudemire and Jeremy Lin so Anthony has to carry this team on his back if they want to make the playoffs. Anthony has turned it on as of late going for over 25 in each of the last 3 games. As it stands now the Knicks would face the top seeded Bulls in the first round, but the Knicks are one game behind the 76ers for the 7th spot in the east and the 7 seed would face the Heat in the first round if the season ended today. There are still two weeks left in the season, and anything can happen especially with the Knicks being so inconsistent the entire season. Who knows maybe the Bucks win the last 8, and anything is possible with Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings on the same team. Ellis had a game high 35 points in the loss against the Knicks. The Knicks fly home to take on the pathetic Washington Wizards on Friday where it should be another win for the Knicks.

Bobby Petrino Ousted From Fayetteville

Just a week and a half after Bobby Petrino's controversial motorcycle accident, the Montana native is unemployed.

Petrino failed to mention or acknowledge the female passenger that accompanied him during his motorcycle accident on April 1st, who ironically turned out to be his 25-year-old mistress, Jessica Dorrell. Petrino has a wife of 26 years, as well as four kids, yet he was railing some girl half his age. In fact, Bobby's oldest daughter, Kelsey, is the same age as Dorrell. To make matters worse, Petrino lied to Arkansas AD Jeff Long and tried to cover up the circumstances of the incident.

Long was quoted as saying, "In short, coach Petrino engaged in a pattern of misleading and manipulative behavior designed to deceive me and members of the athletic staff, both before and after the motorcycle accident." Those are some pretty strong words folks.

Long also revealed that Petrino and Dorrell have engaged in an inappropriate relationship for a "significant" amount of time. Just four days before the accident, Petrino hired Dorrell to a position in the football department, paying a salary of roughly $55,000, which Long described as "a staff decision that benefited himself and jeopardized the integrity of the football program." Petrino also admitted to giving Dorrell a $20,000 "gift" sometime in the past.

Wait it gets better.

Jessica Dorrell is reportedly engaged to a man who also works in the Arkansas athletic department, in the role of the assistant swim coach (wait does that even count?) and they have a wedding scheduled for the month of June. What the fuck is going on at Arkansas people?

Let's remember though, this is the same Bobby Petrino who bolted on his 3-10 Falcons team (via post-it notes) in 2007 to take the Arkansas job (they despise Petrino in Atlanta).

So now our boy Bobby is left with four broken ribs, a cracked vertebrae in his neck, a tarnished reputation, no job and some sleazy 25-year-old former Arkansas volleyball player (who is apparently engaged to someone else). Tough luck Bobby. Karma's a bitch. 

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ozzie Guillen Suspended 5 Games

Ozzie Guillen has been suspended by the Miami Marlins for five games, due to his inappropriate comments regarding Fidel Castro. In an interview with, Guillen said, “I respect Fidel Castro. You know why? Many people have tried to kill Fidel Castro in the last 60 years, yet that [SOB] is still there." He was also quoted as saying he "loves" Fidel Castro and that he heavily drinks after away games.

This isn't the first time Ozzie Guillen has said some stupid shit. What about the time Ozzie said Adolph Hitler "just had that 'it' factor?" Or the time he called Sean Penn a "loser" and Jay Mariotti a "fag" (which is actually pretty funny).

With an overwhelming population of Cuban-Americans in Miami, this is not a very smart thing to say. Guillen was brought into Miami to help increase interest and create buzz amongst those of Cuban descent, not to insult their culture. Ozzie returned to Miami yesterday to apologize for the remarks, but it hasn't seemed to make much of a difference. Ozzie is lucky to only be missing five games and hopefully he will learn to keep his mouth shut (but I doubt it).

Dan Le Batard, a Cuban-American sportswriter, discusses the severity of Ozzie Guillen's comments.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Bubba Watson Wins The Masters in a Playoff

When Bubba Watson hit his tee shot on the second playoff hole, few people thought he would be able to get it close to the green, let alone 15 feet from the hole. It was a great shot out of the trees that not many other players could even think about hitting. It was the shot that earned Bubba his first Masters victory, and first major overall. Bubba had two chances to end it, one 8 footer for birdie on 18, and then a second opportunity on the same hole in a playoff. Watson beat Louis Oosthuizen who double eagled the 2nd hole to vault himself to 10 under par early in his round. It was only the fourth double eagle in Masters history. With the victory Bubba moves to number 4 in the world, making him the highest ranked American in the world.

How can you not root for one of the Golf Boys.